* Posts by Ken Y-N

134 posts • joined 10 Jan 2013

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Japan to start stamping out rubber stamps and tearing up faxes as new digital agency given Sept. 1 start date

Ken Y-N
FAIL

There's a long way to go

On the news in Japan last night, the vaccines are finally starting to roll out, and the paper form for recording vaccinations comes with a standard 1D barcode and the serial number printed below. There is an iPad-like tablet for reading the code, but 1. the autofocus doesn't work correctly half the time and 2. the app actually ignores the barcode and tries to read the serial number below, which also fails another half of the time because autofocus isn't correct or otherwise dodgy OCR code.

The government fix is to send out aluminium stands so that the tablet can be placed the regulation 7.5 cm away from the form.

Intel throws sand in the face of 'musclebooks' with 10nm Tiger Lake tech

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Re: "a new PC will be faster and smaller and lighter"

My under-a-kilo A4-sized Panasonic manages the ethernet, headphones, SD reader, SVGA and HDMI along with 3 USB ports and some other hole with a squiggly logo that I don't recognise.

Sloppy data compliance sees Japanese government cut out its own use of LINE messaging app

Ken Y-N
Black Helicopters

The (over-?)reaction may in part be due to LINE being developed by a Japanese subsidiary of the Korean giant NAVER - I've seen right-wing loonies banging on about Korea stealing all the user data, so nationalist politicians might be wanting a more local solution.

As noted, LINE was already the main COVID telehealth hub, and had plans to be the main online vaccine appointment tool, so that's going to be yet another delay in the already glacial roll-out (hobble-out?) - we've so far had just half a million medical staff injected, and the old folk jabs start in two Tokyo city/wards from the 12th of next month, where they'll get one box each of 1,000 or so shots to inject. I might get mine for Christmas, if I'm lucky.

So it appears some of you really don't want us to use the word 'hacker' when we really mean 'criminal'

Ken Y-N
Headmaster

Quantum Leaps

But, a quantum leap in sub-atomic physics is the smallest jump an (err, should Google this) electron can make moving from one orbit to another or something.

Back in my PFY days, I read a book on the story behind the Sinclair QL (Quantum Leap) and they said that they nicked the term from the Japanese who were using it to describe their efforts to move to 5GL and AI.

Linux Foundation, IBM, Cisco and others back ‘Inclusive Naming Initiative’ to change nasty tech terms

Ken Y-N
Facepalm

I couldn't help noticing the second-worst project for "whitelist" is called "cockpit", which surely is a phallic-centric view of who is qualified to operate machinery. I demand my right to be offended!

China-linked hacking gang ‘APT10’ named as probable actor behind extended attacks on Japanese companies

Ken Y-N
Stop

More confused

Broadcom is Chinese? Looks very American according to Wikipedia.

Biden projected to be the next US President, Microsoft joins rest of world in telling Trump: It looks like... you're fired

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Trump is more Scottish though

His mother was a chain migrant who might have had an English level as poor as wife number 3 (she was a native Gaelic speaker), but that didn't stop the vast majority of us hating the ginger shitgibbon.

FYI: NASA appears to have scooped dirt from an asteroid 200 million miles away and plans to bring it back home

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Nice, but note the Japanese did this last year, and will be home for Christmas.

https://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/en/

What is your 'intent'? Google Assistant opens door to chatting with third-party apps

Ken Y-N
Go

...And it's gone!

GMail Go has Gone - it seems they must have accidentally removed the device lock, as it's now unavailable on my devices.

FFS FSF, you're 35 already? Hands up if you just sprouted a grey hair or felt a craving for a Werthers Original on reading that. Happy birthday, folks

Ken Y-N

I believe they are a popular beat combo, m'lud.

Now Nvidia's monster GeForce RTX 3090 cards snaffled up by bots, scalpers – if only there had been a warning

Ken Y-N
Terminator

Couldn't AI work out who was a bot?

I hear that NVidia might have some expertise iin that field.

Take your pick: 'Hack-proof' blockchain-powered padlock defeated by Bluetooth replay attack or 1kg lump hammer

Ken Y-N
Facepalm

Re: Blockchain

> I didn’t even see where blockchain is used here?

Security through obscurity - there's such an obscure mechanism for using a blockchain that it might as well not be there.

Notepad++ website sent to China's naughty step after 'Stand with Hong Kong' software update

Ken Y-N
Big Brother

Notepad++

Voted "Doubleplusungood" by the CCP.

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. Fujitsu tells 80,000 of its Japan employees: From now on, you work remotely

Ken Y-N
Paris Hilton

I predict the Fujistu salaryman divorce rate going up; with hubby at home all the time and him having no chance to go out with the boys after work for networking over a beer or ten, marital stress will go up.

Paris as one of the favourite evening pastimes is visiting hostess bars, and not surprisingly one of the major vectors of new cluster outbreaks is clubs for the gents (and for ladies too).

Ken Y-N

Japanese resident here - I'm with another major Japanese company and waiting for the same announcement for us. My home office is the kitty room sitting on the floor at a low table staring at an A4-sized screen, and I've probably got a larger than average place.

It's not mentioned in the post, but there's an extra 5,000 yen (about 35 quid or so) per month to buy a desk, pay for air conditioning, etc.

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'

Ken Y-N
Stop

Black/whitelist to block/allowlist?

Why not stick to colours and have Redlist and Greenlist as are already used by governments for things like trading partners? Or will American Indians and vegans get upset?

(I agree changing master/slave, but for git, keys, etc it smells of virtue signalling)

Whoa, whoa... Tesla slams brakes on allegations of 'unintended acceleration' bug: 'Completely false and was brought by a short-seller'

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How I hate "clap-back"!

Perhaps I'm not enough of a yank millennial, but what's wrong with good old "retort"?

Also, I find all the "short-seller" retorts that fly around whenever any bad news about Tesla no more that just a smokescreen to distract from the fact that the US authorities are happy with purchasers continuing to be beta (alpha?) testers for Tesla's platform. Germany has decided they must disable it ("Wah, wah, BMW/Benz are just butt-hurt!" I hear the Teslarati cry) but will the US ever start independent investigations?

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row

Ken Y-N
FAIL

Re: Is this just an English thing ?

> what if "they" is also on the banned list?

I've just been catching up with this whole story, and yes, "they" is banned as you may hurt his/her/xer/attack helicopter's feeling by not using his/her/etc's preferred pronoun.

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

Ken Y-N
Flame

"Industry-standard"? Each of the three has a single-digit number of citations, yet I looked up some of my own dull patents and in 10 years or so they've picked up 50 or so citations each despite being relatively buzzword-free.

And don't get me started on your gratuitous mention of blockchain...

Good news Flash lovers! Microsoft won't be disabling it by default (so long as you use IE or old Edge)

Ken Y-N

...from the right-click tab context menu

I nearly choked on my cornflakes at the prospect of create tab and reopen closed tab going away, but they mean from the context menu; I always use CTRL-N and CTRL+SHIFT+T, so it makes no different to me.

There once was a biz called Bitbucket, that told Mercurial to suck it. Now devs are dejected, their code soon ejected

Ken Y-N
Mushroom

One good thing about git is the tools for fixing mess-ups

One bad thing is that it's all too easy to mess up! Merges never work well for me, so I always have to nuke and restart a couple of times.

I tried GitFlow, which was supposed to make local branching easier, but it was yet another set of commands to learn and I ended up having to drop back into rawer git to fix up when it went wonky.

And we now have repo sitting on top of git, which is another set of commands to learn and our admin has not set it up correctly, so it's yet more fun with random local branch confusion.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

Ken Y-N
Mushroom

Re: Wow, it's almost...

Much as I'd like a do-over, I have to agree with you and the downvoters are just trying to deny reality, I think.

However, if there was solid evidence of Russian involvement in influencing the result (such as I believe happened in the USA where there is what looks to me like concrete proof) rather than just wishy-washy Labour Remain support and blatant falsehoods from idiots like Farange and Boris I could get behind a legal challenge, but what happens if a re-vote resulted in Remain? Should the Brexiteers be entitled to a best-of-three re-re-do?

New era for Japan, familiar problems: Microsoft withdraws crash-tastic patches

Ken Y-N
FAIL

The MS patch is to use code for a small data change that holds new era name

It doesn't help, though, that the government has yet to announce what the new era is going to be called, so they can't even begin the process of requesting a Unicode update!

No-one should be storing dates in as Heisei nn, but I wouldn't put it past Japanese programmers to have actually done so. Finally, official documents cannot continue to use Heisei 31 as a workaround as that will not be correct.

Five actually useful real-world things that came out at Apple's WWDC

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Facebook nagging

I use the mobile web site version of Facebook on Android, and it is very noisy about "Do you want to download Facebook 'Lite' (Lite on space, just as Heavy on the data slurping)", regularly giving me splash screens, messages, and reminders in comment threads, etc, so I can imagine Facebook being even more aggressive about persuading you to get an app on the Mac/iPhone.

Presto chango, crypto buyo: You're travelling like El Reg's gang of nerds

Ken Y-N
FAIL

> http://ibtimes.satoshipay.xyz/

No HTTPS? Obscure spam-riddled .XYZ domain? Astroturfing commentard? Sounds like a business I can trust!

Watchdog growls at Tesla for spilling death crash details: 'Autopilot on, hands off wheel'

Ken Y-N

Why no braking though?

The most "interesting" point for me is why there seems to have been no attempt by the car to brake. It has depth-sensing stereo camera, otherwise not-really-an-Autopilot would plough through the car up ahead. However, the crash was at night, so that suggests that it couldn't pick out enough of the concrete block to detect that there really was something there and not just a camera artefact. The NTSB may be looking to see if Tesla have dialled down the object detection algorithm to ignore excessive misdetections at nighttime.

If I were buying (or just using) an autonomous vehicle I'd choose one from the boring old companies; Fail Fast may work when delivering web services; not so good for vehicles.

There's more to blockchain than dodgy cryptocurrencies

Ken Y-N
Stop

Could versus should

There's perhaps a number of problems that could be solved by adding a blockchain, but that's not saying they should be. Git, for instance, with replication is rather similar to a private blockchain and may often make more sense than mucking around with blockchain consultants who often have dodgy reputations for seeing everything as a nail for their decentralised hammer.

Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

Ken Y-N
FAIL

> "This doesn't do anything that signing up for Shutterstock or Getty Images wouldn't."

It does (too many negatives in that line) - it ensures you'll sell even less of your content as the effort required to obtain some Koin will send people running back to Shutterstock for a painless Visa or PayPal transaction.

Japanese quadcopter makes overworked employees clock out

Ken Y-N
Black Helicopters

Working as I do in a large company in Japan, unless they equip the thing with tranquilliser darts and a skyhook to eject the offenders, I expect little effect.

Alternatively, deduct the overtime pay from the manager's salary, and they'd soon be booting them out the door by 5 pm.

Crap cracked fat-attack Pact app chaps slapped in pact backtrack infract

Ken Y-N
Stop

Loftium looks highly dubious! I love their example of Jen and Marco with the small print:

*This is a fictitious example to show how Loftium can be used to afford a home

US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

Ken Y-N
Paris Hilton

DON'T MISS

I see that this story is now featured prominently on the front page with said DON'T MISS heading.

Paris too is puzzled as to whether or not That's The Joke.

Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash

Ken Y-N
Stop

"it's also sent as CAN, not raw, data to cut down on storage"

What's that supposed to mean? CAN is just a data bus; replace CAN with TCP/IP and see how strange it is.

What they might be getting at is that if there are separate busses between the cameras and the image recognition stuff, and the image recognition and the main ECU, they are only sending the attributes of the recognised objects, not the whole raw image.

Parents have no idea when kidz txt m8s 'KMS' or '99'

Ken Y-N

Re: Top Tips

ROFM!

Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

Ken Y-N

Why did they get a member of the White Man Group to do the presentation?

Samsung SmartCam: Yes, those eyes really are following you around the room

Ken Y-N
Headmaster

Ugh, translation by idiots

The text by these icons were obviously not run past a native speaker, especially not in the context of an app:

"A two-way conversation"

There is no "A" in an interface, and a one-way conversation isn't going to be much fun.

"Play video in enlarged view (up to four times)"

What happens when I play the fifth time?

Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

Ken Y-N

I didn't say it should do anything different, I just commented on the apparent lack of differentiation in the display.

Ken Y-N
Stop

Is that it? Automatic emergency braking is hardly unique to Tesla, and the most important thing this story tells me that Tesla's sensors are pretty basic as they appear to be unable to tell the difference between a car and a person.

If Mr Musk is so keen to claim this success, will he accept liability next time a Tesla runs someone over? Or will he channel Steve Jobs and tell people they're driving it wrong?

Pepper robot acts like real teenager, gets job at Pizza Hut

Ken Y-N
Terminator

Dentist near my office has one

Fortunately as a receptionist/greeter-type role; it's not let loose on your teeth.

How long until we can build R2-D2 and C-3PO?

Ken Y-N
Gimp

Just a note - Pepper is actually French, from Aldebaran Robotics, although the personality is Made in Japan.

And for all you pervs, the Pepper AUP was recently updated to exclude sexual services, perhaps because a pixellated Pepper penis in a pr0n production may not quite be the best selling point.

Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

Ken Y-N
Go

It could be a Tier 1 system

Think all-round cameras and other sensors, plus software for automated driving. Tesla recently released software that did all that for highway driving, so poach these engineers and build your own system that is not exclusive to a single manufacturer, with an iPad as the in-dash display. There's double-digit profit margins there, and other companies you might not expect are rather active in that field, such as Panasonic:

http://business.panasonic.com/solutions-automotivesolutions-adas

Want to avoid a hangover? DRINK MORE, say boffins

Ken Y-N
Joke

Japanese nashi pears did you say?

This one will drive you to drink:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funassyi

Hackers sell 79,267 Cloudminr accounts for ONE Bitcoin

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The currency of the Internet!

Well, at least the part of the internet occupied by scammers, spammers, drug dealers, ransomware authors, DDoS As A Service providers, and any amount of other seedy activities.

Yank my blockchain: Bitcoin upgrade SNAFU borks hungry miners' currency

Ken Y-N
FAIL

Greece has already said NO!

See here:

http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/2013/04/22/bitcoin-and-the-dangerous-fantasy-of-apolitical-money/

Basically, for 10 million Greeks, they could each do one transaction every four days or so, which would be good for eating olives in the sun, I suppose. Furthermore, Greece would be beholden to early adopters, mostly a bunch of Anarchist Capitalists, and to Chinese miners, who provide most of the electricity-wasting security that keep Bitcoin contributing 47 kg of CO2 for every single transaction.

See https://www.reddit.com/r/Buttcoin/ for more realism regarding Bitcoin, and a fuller explanation of how utterly broken the whole Bitcoin "protocol" is.

Heinz cockup sees Ketchup's QR codes spurt saucy sites

Ken Y-N
Coat

Re: I have heard the movies on that site are a bit saucy

Indeed, 69 varieties of sauce.

Get mine too while you're over there.

Apple: Relax, fanbois! We never meant to read your heart rate during wild wrist action

Ken Y-N
Coat

Re: er, wrist rate

But if you use your left hand it feels li...I'll get my coat.

SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

Ken Y-N
Alert

Test cars versus real cars

Although their numbers are impressive, I would bet they have a huge amount of electronics, megapixels, and CPU power that would never make it into a real car, where every milliwatt counts. Furthermore, I would guess most of their efforts is towards a technology demo - making it into a product is not an easy job, as electronics and code needs to be made failsafe, handle all the edge cases (what happens when you get snow on your camera, for instance) and all these other boring aspects that Google never seems to be very good at.

Read ISO 26262 and MISRA-C guidelines, for instance, if you need an antidote to the Google hype.

Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

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Bonking my way round Tokyo

Most Japanese phones come with a full Felica chip, not a cut-down basic NFC like Apple, so have more smarts. I use my phone as my season ticket and ad-hoc rail ticket, to buy my morning coffee at a convenience store, and can easily either set it to refill from my credit card automatically, or manually with a quick password entry on a phone app. I just say "SUICA" at the checkout, the staff press the right button on the till, and a quick bonk and it's all over with no drama.

Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

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Fortunately, http://homeopathyisnot.science is still there!

You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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My Lovely .Horse

http://www.ITaughtTaylorSwiftHowToGiveHeadToMy.horse is still available

Checkmate, GoDaddy – Google starts flogging dot-word domain names

Ken Y-N
Stop

Visited the site, and

"We're sorry. You appear to be in a country where Google Domains is not yet available.

You may search for domains, but you will not be able to purchase a domain unless you have a U.S. billing address. Learn more"

I then looked up my own domain, and it recommended ".kitchen", ($30/y) ".maison" ($50/y) and ".glass" ($30/y) along with the usual com/net/org options. No thank you. Although I might cybersquat on http://www.theregister.pub...

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