* Posts by S4qFBxkFFg

581 posts • joined 6 Feb 2012


Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 debut derailed by website glitches, bots, lack of supply


Indeed; it's hard to believe this isn't their preferred outcome. At first glance, they have the strongest of incentives to stop it: margin going to botnet-equipped scalpers is not going to Nvidia('s shareholders). If they wanted to avoid this situation, they'd auction the cards themselves, or set the price at an insanely high level that gradually reduces until inventory shifts.

This is just complicated marketing.

Europe is falling behind in AI, we need to launch our second machine learning-powered satellite soon, says ESA


Re: AI for cloud and ship recognition ...

AI has determined that the insertion of the string "AI" into requests for funding to politicians, and press releases, correlates strongly with increased funding, and greater numbers of mentions in mass media.

If you think Mozilla pushed a broken Firefox Android build, good news: It didn't. Bad news: It's working as intended


Fair enough - when I loaded the page that's eventually linked from Firefox's notification, it didn't go into that detail, but only mentions that the master password is to be no more, primary password replaces it, and has a brief paragraph about the fact that "master" is a now a bad word.


"I've removed my Master Password for now, just so my passwords don't get blitzed."

You may or may not know, but the reason this change is being made, is to get rid of "problematic" English-language nomenclature - the same function will be enabled by something called the "Primary Password".

(To be explicit, the undesirable connotation is with human slavery, where the word "master" would mean a master, sometimes owner, of slaves.)

Now, if I may, I will digress into a rant...

No-one can deny that racism exists, it can be casual, organised, deliberate, accidental, etc. I would hope everyone could agree that whatever adjectives are used, it's bad.

If we consider the deliberate and organised kind of racism - imagine the kind of people who post seriously and enthusiastically on /pol/ (8 or 4) - if they are "out", they may march at protests wearing swastikas, but more likely keep their activities anonymous - expressed online, and in the ballot box. One of their goals (and in the context, it seems obvious and reasonable) is to discredit their opponents - these could include almost the entire political left and centre, as well as most of the right and unengaged.

Now, the relevant part - one of their methods to achieve this goal (and this can be seen being openly discussed on some of their forums/boards) is driving a wedge between those who actively oppose them (a minority) and those who are uninterested, uninvolved, or even "normal".

Even assuming actions like removing the word "master" in favour of "primary" are taken in good faith in pursuit of a better, more equal, society: This is not what the majority of people affected by such changes will think. They will experience inconvenience, and if they make the slightest enquiry as to why, they will associate it with "those BLM people". They will be that little bit less likely to accept genuine anti-racist positions, and perhaps even drift into active racist thoughts and actions.

Don't assume I'm saying people will join the KKK over Firefox breaking their passwords - the point is that this is happening across society - both genuine and false-flag anti-racist positions and actions are being publicised (this could be as simple as some nobody sharing an absurd "loony left" story on facebook/twitter) with the intention of portraying good and necessary responses to racism in our society as extreme, and harmful to "normal decent folk". If this happens enough times, it will not be shrugged off as a one-off.

In nearly all cases of such "wedging" there will be no convincing evidence unless someone is willing to spend their time digging around the extreme-right web.

Please remember this if you are in any sort of position to influence any kind of change that affects others - by all means, take the actions considered necessary to improve society, but think hard on the effects, and how they could be presented - inconveniencing the uncommitted and denigrating the unengaged run the great risk of being nearly entirely counterproductive.

(Rant now ends - I bashed this out in the last ten minutes based on some previously unaddressed thoughts that pulled together when prompted by this master/primary thing Firefox is doing - please let me know if I got anything obvious wrong.)

This PDP-11/70 was due to predict an election outcome – but no one could predict it falling over


Re: The elevator did it

"Remember when audio systems used to make a noise when your phone received a text or phone call."

ISTR reading that this no longer happens because the phones have changed frequencies, not that the audio systems are less sensitive - I remember it happening in the pre-smartphone days, but not recently (and there has been commonality in the audio equipment over that time).

Pass that Brit guy with the right-hand drive: UK looking into legalising automated lane-keeping systems by 2021


"The government is seeking to permit the technology on roads with speed limits up to 70mph (112kph)."

Er - isn't that all of them? (Unless it's "Up to (but not including) 70mph".)

Google extends homeworking until this time next year – as Microsoft finds WFH is terrific... for Microsoft


Re: re: lack of variety

"Cats just think of themselves and crap everywhere."

That is untrue; we have two cats, and I must refute: they just think of themselves and vomit everywhere.

(In all seriousness, one of them is genuinely attached to his human flatmates, not just at feeding time; the other has her moments, but often conforms to the stereotype well.)

Intel couldn't shrink to 7nm on time – but it was able to reduce one thing: Its chief engineer's employment


Re: Reliability, security and all that tat

"There is little reason to speculate."

I see what you did there.

Oh deer! Scotland needs some tech smarts to help monitor its rampant herbivore populations


Re: Reintroduce Wolves & Bears

As they say, "With no natural predators left, deer numbers have increased substantially in Scotland over the past 60 years."

However, lynx would probably be an easier sell: https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/species/lynx/

Downloading display drivers when the GUI won't work, and keeping the deer in check - busy animals.

Hungry? Please enjoy this delicious NaN, courtesy of British Gas and Sainsbury's


More like "Mortal Dismay"

"an alternative pud option, butterscotch Angel Delight, is a thing of glory"

We all have our preferences, but I can't understand how anyone can even tolerate, let alone like, this - maybe it was ruined by the way our school did it (the pink version, and everyone had to finish, unless they had a doctor's note), but as soon as it was in my mouth I felt the stomach muscles start considering expulsion - it's like it's in the uncanny valley of cuisine - the texture is nearly like food, the flavour is nearly like food... If that wasn't enough, butterscotch - another thing irrevocably ruined, in this case because, somehow, the smell was often present in the dirty nappies I was changing up until a couple of years ago.

It's a good thing I'm trying to lose some waistline, that's put me off lunch, at least.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets


In the long run, pine marten recovery may be the best way to solve the grey problem. Actively being reintroduced in England: https://www.vwt.org.uk/projects-all/pine-marten-recovery-project/

Wired: China's Beidou satnav system, 35th bird in orbit. Tired: America's GPS. Expired: Britain's dreams of its own


Re: And next: commercial positioning

While noting the other replies, a problem would be that I think the ground receivers are too large for use in phones, and apparently depend on things like phased arrays. Fine for buildings, ships, and large aircraft; probably doable for smaller vehicles down to car size; but impractical for anything held or even carried.

Watchdog slams Pentagon for failing – for a third time – to migrate US military to IPv6


Re: What are the security concerns?

"Maybe we should have an IPv4.1 that is exactly the same as IPv4 except that it has more numbers."

Already in the works:


Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'


This is why I got rid of Snap - somehow, it managed to break dconf (which is itself a problem, but at least appears to be better behaved) by getting it to attempt to save a user's settings in a file only writable by root:


'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation


Re: git broke English

Don't you mean "unretain rocks at their houses"?

Openreach tells El Reg it'll kill off copper sales in 118 UK locations next year


Re: Educated cable thieves? Shirley knot.

Possibly tall tale:

Company laying cable places thin plastic sheeting printed with "FIBRE OPTIC CABLE - DOES NOT CONTAIN COPPER" message over it before refilling the trench.

Cable thieves pull up the cable anyway, leaving a note saying "sorry - we have to check".


The USA are a bit funny in that respect - over here, it's generally a lot more obvious when you're walking from an OK to not-OK area; over there, not so much - I remember talking to various cab drivers / receptionists / restaurant staff, all appalled and seemingly surprised I was still alive and in possession of my valuables after mentioning where I'd been.

SpaceX's Elon Musk high on success after counting '420' Starlinks in orbit and Frosty the Starship survives cryo test


Re: This may be a really obvious question.

The obvious answer is existing satellite internet customers (aircraft, ships, and people unable to get fixed line or 3/4/5G mobile internet).

Apparently the military are also interested. Also (once inter-satellite links, whether laser or radio or microwave are available) financial institutions may use it - the latency could be better than cables, allowing superior arbitrage to competitors, etc. (at least until we have through-planet neutrino communication).

Taiwan to develop military exoskeleton because it's not like these things are open-sourced or one-size-fits-all


Re: Aren't.....

I'm just irritated they chose an image of a powered endoskeleton for the story.

Starship bloopers: Watch Elon Musk's Mars ferry prototype explode on the pad during liquid nitrogen test


Re: Unsurprise.

"I will bow to your superior experience of buttplugs."



Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket


Some commentary suggests he only claimed a belief in a flat Earth for fundraising purposes - Wikipedia puts it: "In 2016, Hughes launched a failed fundraising attempt for a rocket that earned $310. After professing his belief in a flat Earth later that year, Hughes gained support within the flat-Earth community. His post-flat-Earth fundraising campaign made its $7,875 goal."

Astroboffins may have raged at Elon's emissions staining the sky, but all those satellites will be more boon than bother


AFAIK, they don't support IP V anything - your packets will get wrapped up into whatever in-house protocol SpaceX have concocted

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened


Re: WTF?

"I'm leftanded, so ball-point pens have 75% or less reliability."

You're obviously writing in the wrong direction; several years ago, with a broken shoulder, I tried going left-handed for writing - the results were predictably terrible. However, changing to right-to-left writing sorted it (and was surprisingly easy).

The fact that all the letters were backwards was a minor inconvenience.

NASA is Boeing to get to the bottom of that Starliner snafu... plus SpaceX preps to blow up a Falcon 9


Re: Is it me or is this seriously creepy?

I have no expertise in Japanese language/culture, but reading the comments from people who are, there is a custom in Japan called Miai, which is a type of matchmaking (so far, I doubt this is deflecting the creep-o-meter any more than online dating). In this case, it's been incorporated into reality TV - probably as a way for Yusaku Maezawa to offset some of his ticket cost (which is probably a bit steep, even for him).

In summary, more gimmicky than creepy, if I'm reading it right.

We are absolutely, definitively, completely and utterly out of IPv4 addresses, warns RIPE


Re: "We have now run out of IPv4 addresses"

"Just tack on four more bytes, and consider that the existing IPv4 space was simply"

Honest question - why can't we do this?

Obviously(?) it would only be possible to use it if everything between clients was doing the same thing, but is it possible to run your own protocol in a similar way to the fact that it's possible to run your own DNS without any reference to the root servers?

Questions hang over Gatwick Airport after low level drone near-miss report


Re: Units

"Magnetic bearings"

With the exception of runways at airfields inconveniently close to the magnetic poles (i.e. Canada, and iirc Greenland, Alaska, and bits of Russia).

Other things in these areas like airways and VORs/NDBs might also be set up with reference to degrees true rather than degrees magnetic, can't remember for sure though.

edit: oops - just noticed someone beat me to that point. By 14 hours.

The UK's Civil Aviation Authority asked drone orgs to email fliers' data in an Excel spreadsheet



If the regulations actually specify a weight of 250g (yes, I know what they mean), how long before some enterprising individual combines their drone massing considerably >250g with a suitably sized set of helium / hydrogen / hot air bags with the final result having a weight of close to 0g, +/- depending on whether it's climbing or descending?

Cringe as you read Horrible Histories: UK Banking Sector, sigh as MPs finger cloudy Big 3 as future risk


I thought this was the interesting bit.

The report states: "The case for the regulation of these providers to ensure high standards of operational resilience is therefore considerable. The government should urgently consider how best to regulate cloud service providers. Regulating them as critical infrastructure, while complex, may be necessary."

This implies that if the clouds continue to support retail banking, they're going to get hit with the regulation hammer. Until we know precisely what these regulations are, it's difficult for them to start calculating costs, but it's obvious there will be some sort of hit. This means that if your cloud supplier has consumer banks as customers the prices you pay will probably go up (unless they accept reduced profits from UK customers, or spin off banking services subsidiaries).

It's possible the tipping point when deciding on moving between cloud/local will change in favour of the latter soon.

Reaction Engines' precooler tech demo chills 1,000°C air in less than 1/20th of a second


Re: Here We Go...

"However the reduced air pressure on board the ISS does preclude the making off a proper cup of tea."

That would explain why Mir was kept at atmospheric pressure.

US games company Blizzard kowtows to Beijing by banning gamer who dared to bring up Hong Kong


Re: Blizzard Streisand

"Side note - I successfully copied the Taiwanese flag into this message and can see it in the edit window, but it doesn't show up in the preview and when I try to submit it fails without any error message. Weird."

When I try to include it, the error is "The post contains some characters we can’t support", but it appears to apply to all emoji flags.

Boris Brexit bluff binds .eu domains to time-bending itinerary


Re: Out of curiosity ...

"I'm typosquatting leave,eu"

Very forward-thinking of you - ICANN are still trying to wring all they can out of the dot-separated names, they haven't even started on the comma-separated ones yet.

UK ads watchdog bans Burger King Twitter jibe for condoning chucking milkshakes at politicians

Black Helicopters

Re: Steven Joyce

That reminds me of when Garry Kasparov had a speech interrupted by a well-equipped drone.

(The icon works if you think of it going in the other direction.)

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament


Re: Damning...

"the act was unlawful, ie. illegal"

I think that "unlawful" and "illegal" are not exactly the same, especially when it's the legal profession talking.

To declare that I am the Queen is unlawful, as that is not how (these days) one becomes a monarch according to our laws but it is not, afaik, illegal for me to do so.

Switch about to get real: Openreach bod on the challenge of shuttering UK's copper phone lines


Re: For 2025 read 2075

I take your point, but the article did state that actually removing the copper will be delayed until 2027 (with digital over copper being available in that time).

I expect that date will be far more vulnerable to regular adjustments.

In the bag: Serco 'delighted' to grab £450m ferry and freight deal between Scotland and Northern Isles


Re: Do they have any ferries though?

It is the SNP's goal.

However, it is important to remember that while the SNP may be the most effective single organisation in getting an independent Scotland, it may struggle with governing an independent Scotland.

I am not questioning their competence, but rather their ability to maintain their popularity (and therefore, their ability to win elections) once their primary goal is achieved.

(Analogously, what do you think will happen to Cancer Research's donations if a workable cure for cancer is discovered?)

In summary, both those who support and oppose the SNP should not expect it to be relatively as powerful as it is now if it achieves its primary goal - its post-independence policies are aspirations, which should not be regarded as as deliverable as its election-to-election policies within the UK.

I just love your accent – please, have a new password


Thunderbolts and lightning very, very frightening as loo shatters, embedding porcelain shards in wall


I'm disappointed the headline/article didn't use it.

It's 2019 – and you can completely pwn millions of Qualcomm-powered Androids over the air


Re: Can Google do something...think of the users!

"Seriously, could Google mandate updates be sent out by handset manufacturers (maybe refuse them access to newer versions if they don't)...how many Android's will go unpatched because hardware manufacturers can't...be bothered."

Not 100% sure of this, but Play Services is probably technically capable of arbitrarily modifying what's on the phone - the questions are whether Google wants to annoy the manufacturers and carriers that much, and whether they would be able to do it without falling over some weirdness the manufacturer left in the hardware (resulting in a brick, of whatever hardness).

Fantastic Mr Fox? Not when he sh*ts on your lawn, kids' trampoline and your soul


Re: Foxes and dogs

"It would seem that there are nice middle class urban foxes"

Indeed: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0096fwm

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, where to go? Navigation satellite signals flip from degraded to full TITSUP* over span of four days


Re: Huzzah!

"Alternatively just how do you manage to set up a geostationary satellite that hovers directly over Birmingham?"

Tundra orbits: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tundra_orbit

A figure 8 pattern in the sky is possible if you're not fussed about it remaining at a constant altitude - the Japanese do it with their QZSS satellites: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quasi-Zenith_Satellite_System

The Sirius radio satellites over North America do the same sort of thing.

We've Falcon caught it! SpaceX finally nets a fairing half after a successful Heavy launch


Re: "the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You"

If they increase their launch rate to the point where they need enough landing barges to start running out of names, at some point, we'll see "Meatfucker".


Uh-oh .io: Question mark hangs over trendy tech startup domains as UN condemns British empire hangover


Re: Those who do not learn history...

"A should give some land back to B because B lived there first, but if you accept that then how far do you have to go back to make things right?"

At the very least, if there are 'B' individuals still alive, and it is accepted as fact that their homes were where they said, then they and their descendants should be allowed to return, with healthy compensation for their trouble.

(Yes Israel, I'd apply this to you too.)

Exclusive: Windows for Workgroups terror the Tartan Bandit confesses all to The Register


"we all have different ones"

Indeed, possibly apocryphal tale below:

I recall reading about a tourist from the USA browsing one of the more "upmarket" tartan shops (i.e. the items were made of wool, and there wasn't a powerful loudspeaker just outside the entrance pumping "Scotland the Brave", and similar).

The tourist expressed interest in buying a kilt in "his" tartan, only for the shop assistant to apologise, and start to explain that unfortunately he did not think that the clan Bernowitz had ever got around to designing theirs.

This was the point where the manager/owner speedily takes control of the customer interaction, apologises for his new-and-still-inexperienced employee, and starts extolling the wonders of the Bernowitz tartan, reminding the customer that many tartans have a "hunting" variant, of which his own is a fine example, and that even if one already owns a kilt, why not go the whole hog and gain the magnificence of wearing a "great kilt"?

The shop is, of course, prepared to accept dollars - "the customer is always right", after all.


Re: I changed the start up & shut down sounds.

Another good one was finding the file for "It's now safe to turn off your computer." and changing it to "It's not safe to turn off your computer.".


Re: Changing Wallpaper can have career enhancing effects

There's also the old trick of changing someone's wallpaper to a screenshot of their usual desktop - before dragging all the icons off the screen (which Win10 appears not to support ☹️).

Tesla driver killed after smashing into truck had just enabled Autopilot – US crash watchdog


Re: Autopilot

I take your point that an actual autopilot has an easier job than with what Tesla's is charged, but that is incorrect - even a not-so-modern airliner, for example, will have a number of autopilot modes: https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Automatic_Flight_-_A_Guide_for_Controllers

Buffer the Intel flayer: Chipzilla, Microsoft, Linux world, etc emit fixes for yet more data-leaking processor flaws


Re: Nice explanation but....

These sorts of graphics can always be worse:


Get in line, USA: Sweden reopens Assange rape allegations probe


There may be legal subtleties I have not considered, but this may actually be good news for him - if I ever was unfortunate enough to be facing prison in both Sweden and the USA, I'd definitely hope to end up in the former.

Can he shorten the process by dropping any opposition to the Swedish request, while still fighting the American one?

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco


Re: Red herring

"In the old, old days the Boeing flight manual gave a real procedure on how to recover the airplane"

In the old days, the flight engineer could help haul the trim wheel back (or alternatively might have a fighting chance of knowing which breaker to pull to kill the misbehaving system).

In the old, old days the navigator could assist.

If you went even further back and requested the radio man lend a hand too, you're probably not getting out of this one.

We regret to inform you the massive asteroid NASA's all excited about probably won't hit Earth


Re: The Royal "We".

I thought that was what you meant, but fool I am, googled to make sure.



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