* Posts by arctic_haze

747 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Nov 2012


NASA rockets draining its pockets as officials whisper: 'We can't afford this'


Re: Please, ell me another one, that one was hilarious

You must be American to write such nonsenses about trains. Especially since when are buses (or cars) safer than trains?

In the European Union trains and planes are the two safest options (0.035 deaths per 100 million passenger kilometers), followed by bus and coach (0.07), ferry (0.25) and car (0.7). In other words, trains are as safe as planes, twice safer that buses and 20 times safer than cars.

Source: https://etsc.eu/transport-safety-performance-in-the-eu-a-statistical-overview/

We will find you and we will sue you, Twitter tells 4 mystery alleged data-scrapers


It seems they did block some IP numbers

Most probably randomly. I know because I cannot see any tweets whatever browser I use. And my data scraping level has been like two tweets per week.

Ex-Twitter employees owed half a billion in severance, says lawsuit


"Musk will just lawyer up"

I wonder if he will pay the lawyers anything...

MySQL Heatwave dives into object storage data lakes


What an absurd name

Calling your software HeatWave is as clever as calling it Gonorrhea.

Over 100,000 compromised ChatGPT accounts found for sale on dark web


Re: Won't get anything from me

Mine would be similar. I first tried to see how reliable it is (a total failure). Then I started testing its limit. Funny thing but it is easier to entice it to create an erotic story than to agree that Putin is a war criminal.

File Explorer gets facelift in latest Windows 11 build


Re: Thank God!

Also Install Windows 10 without going online. This forces it to offer you the local account option.

Twitter loses second head of Trust and Safety under Musk


Re: Content moderation = politics

The "carefully-contrived company" (whatever that means) is wholly owned by the trust. And per taxes, how much do you think it should pay on a profit of £11.7m (2022)? More than companies which have profits in billions but pay no taxes at all?

This ain't Boeing very well: Starliner's first crewed flight canceled yet again


"NASA desperately needs a second provider for crew transportation"

With an obvious psychopath running SpaceX it does make sense. I do acknowledge the quality of Falcon launchers but Elon did not seem that eccentric a few years ago, comparing to recent months. However, the bean-counter run Boeing seems not to be the best alternative possible. Maybe even the worst.

Microsoft to let Internet Explorer 11 haunt Windows some more


Who cares?

Funny thing but I even do not know if my PC still has a working copy of IE. I have been using Firefox since it was still called Phoenix.

No more feature updates for Windows 10 – current version is final


"I find myself continually wishing MS would just drop Windows entirely and do a completely new greenfield OS"

Well, they could make their Linux distribution and do some work on Wine to have backward compatibility. An easy job, actually.

SpaceX's second attempt at orbital Starship launch ends in fireball


All hail the successful test!

It was the most successful space mission ever. Full stop.

[Will I get my blue badge for free?]


Re: bad, very bad

"[They] let the rocket continue for a long time after it was clearly in trouble before detonating the range safety explosives"

I think they wanted to burn as much fuel as possible. Actually a laudable thing.

Musk tells Twitter advertisers: You're welcome back, but don't make demands

IT Angle

Spend matching?

Is it something like speed dating?

Microsoft nopes out after Twitter starts charging $$$ for API access


This ain't no technological breakdown. Oh no, this is the road to hell.

Suing your clients is one of the shortest routes to bankruptcy.

While Twitter wants to sell its verification, Microsoft will do it for free on LinkedIn


Re: Nothing changes

I have been flying using a driving license as ID in two countries: the US and the UK. In the US it was a California driving license but in the UK (to make it stranger) it was a EU country driving license. I'm not sure if Brexit killed that option or not.

Elon Musk actually sits down and talks to 'government-funded media' the BBC


Re: Passport was always checked

You left the EU, including the single market and you still expect to be treated as if you were part of it? You no need to pass an external border of the EU which is also a customs border which was not the case before Brexit. Blame only yourself.

Twitter users can now trade stocks on the platform – sort of


Remind me shy do I need a Twitter account to trade on eToro

Because I'm pretty sure I do not need one.

For whom the bell polls: Twitter voting is for Blue users only now


Where are all the fans of Elon Musk?

I come to the Twitter-related comment pages to see how many fanboys are still clinging to whatever they cling. It seems this species is almost extinct by now. Or maybe Elon started to save money on paid trolls, recently.

Microsoft promises it's made Teams less confusing and resource hungry


I refuse to use Teams on my laptop

I use it on my Android phones if someone sends me an invitation to a Teams meeting. Because I have no Microsoft account, I usually manage to join the meeting only after the fifth attempt on the second phone I try it (the older one). But I'm not surprised because it is a Microsoft product.

Twitter algorithm to be open sourced 'next week,' says Musk


Elon has just fired another 200 employees

My guess is this was done to create an excuse why this promise will not be fulfilled.

Microsoft to cap daily Bing AI queries to stop the bot delivering daft responses


Re: Fire all architects!

When I asked ChatGPT if the AIs can cause human extinction it waited for a very long time and gave me an answer arguing it is "relatively unlikely". I ask how relatively and then got an apparently pre-prepared (no delay) answer about no need to worry if the AIs are written in ethical way. Not very encouraging, in my opinion.

Musk says he ain't going anywhere as Twitter CEO until at least late 2023


Re: Interesting

I'm pretty sure it is already as illegal as not paying the rent for your building. But somehow Elon thinks he can get away with it.

Landlord favorite Twitter sued for allegedly not paying rent on Market Square HQ


It is very simple to explain

He thinks he is above the law.

Third-party Twitter apps stopped dead with no explanation from El Musko


Re: The meltdown continues

It's simple. You are extreme left in the US if you believe no one should be too poor to buy food, have a roof above his/her head and have access to medical help just because he/she is unable to work.

Elon Musk's cost-cutting campaign at Twitter extended to not paying rent, claims landlord


Re: Twitter Still Free to Use ?

"200m robots won't have $5 each"

Neither will 100m kids and 100m users in poor countries.

Stolen info on 400m+ Twitter accounts seemingly up for sale


Re: "miscreant", "scumbag"

It is illegal as long as you are not a billionaire.

Musk bans private-plane-tracking @Elonjet on Twitter, threatens legal action


Re: So it is terrible when his children are in danger

Well you used a wrong icon. Correcting it for you.

Musk: Twitter will have 1 billion monthly users inside 18 months


Re: So more users less advertisers

I have a Samsung phone but no Twitter app. There is one for Facebook I never used and yes, I am able to uninstall it (I have just did that successfully).


Re: Quick poll

Long ago I had some comments deleted on El Reg. They were always under the articles of the same author and I suspect he was the one deleting them. Luckily he left over three years ago.


Re: Quick poll

In opinion of the alt-right snowflakes, anyone who disagrees with them is censoring and cancelling them. On the other hand, if they manage to gather even a little power, they start to censor and cancel everyone.


Re: One billion users?

There is only one way he gets 1 billion users. He needs to lick the boots of Chinese communist rulers to make Twitter an obligatory application in China. But I'm not sure how his alt-right friends will take it.


Re: Track record..

You story proves that companies are really run nowadays by psychopaths.


Re: Track record..

The salesperson probably has all the contact s/he needs on the private phone. So the only solution good enough for the abusive employer who fires them to actually use a firing squad.


I will not be one of the confuded billion

Neither will I apply for a Twitter job.

Yandex plans to break up with its Russian motherland


I can see a potential market for Yandex

The conspiracy theorists who are so afraid of their own governments somehow do not mind sharing all their data with the Putin regime.

Twitter search spam campaign hides China riots, researchers say


His own Twitter toy and now a new phone?

Has Elon Musk really regressed into a 4 year brat?

Elon Musk to abused Twitter users: Your tormentors are coming back


Re: Here we go again

What's wrong with criticizing someone who breaks the law?

And if you will claim he is not, just wait for the result of the torrent of lawsuits that will follow his recent decisions.


Re: I, for one...

I've never had a Twitter account so it does not "effect" me. But I still think it is a bad idea.


Re: Also in the news: "Musk to abused H1B visa holders: I am your tormentor"

How did pushing the "hardcore" button waive the employee legal protection? In California they still should get 60 day pay. Unless they signed a small-print text moving them to Texas or Afghanistan.

Twitter set for more layoffs as Musk mulls next move


So he is truly insane

Also kudos to the bosses who preferred to get fired instead of participating in the massacre of their teams.

Germany says nein to Qatari World Cup spyware, err, apps


Re: So a cellphone is mandatory to enter the country...

Not even a cellphone. You need a smartphone and certainly not one with some niche OS.

World's richest man posts memes as $44b Twitter acquisition veers off course


4D Strip Chess

The problem is that the expensive staff was most probably the very developers Musk needs for his Twitter 2.0. Yes, he got rid of them. But this is his very problem. Hence no new features.

Also he is losing now much more than $4m per day and the bleeding does not seem to end any time soon. The advertisers will not return to a platform which no one is moderating and which owner threatens to "name and shame" them in a particularly moronic move. For everybody who is not an Elon fanboy it is obvious this is not going to end well.


This is a stable genius, indeed

Just when you think he did all the damage possible to a single human being, he doubles down with no effort. Well done, Elon!

Multi-tasker Musk expects to reduce time at Twitter, seek another leader


Re: What do they do?

"- staff to convince every android OEM to make twitter a "system" app"

I think this one solved itself already. Allegedly 100% of the Tesla Android team has already quit.

Twitter, Musk, and a week of bad decisions


Looking forward to Monday

I should have bought more popcorn.

It's time to kick China off social media, says tech governance expert


I would start with Russia

If the Russian trolls support something, it's gonna be a disaster for at least one Western country.

NASA will award contract for second lunar lander to a biz that's not SpaceX


Re: Boeing Boeing Gone!

I have already commented that without additional money the second lander will delay Artemis by many years if NASA will share the available funds between two companies.

Cloudflare, Akamai: Why we're not pulling out of Russia


Putinski makes him sound too Polish

Putin is just as Russian as it needs to be, like Stalin. Actually I like to call him Putler (he is the closest thing this century has seen), especially as the Putin trolls seem to hate this a lot

20 years of .NET: Reflecting on Microsoft's not-Java


Re: Mono

Also investing too much in Mono development was risking getting entangled in Microsoft legal wars if it went the Oracle way. A remote but not improbable constant threat.


A circle of mutual adoration

Everyone here seems to be in love of the ever changing Microsoft development tools while the future is... Rust.