* Posts by Flywheel

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UK wants criminal migrants to scan their faces up to five times a day using a watch

Flywheel
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Power

If it's anything like my Apple Watch they'll need to remember to not be away from a power socket at any time. Or maybe the Gov will give the wearers a belt-mounted power pack as well, just in case.

Tesla promises to build robot you could beat up – or beat in a race

Flywheel
Terminator

Re: "The bot has a brief to eliminate 'dangerous, repetitive, boring tasks.'"

"Accountants everywhere will be terrified"

Raspberry Pi 4 takes a trip to Vulkan, sharpens 3D vision

Flywheel
FAIL

Tut!

Sounds good, but I'm still waiting for the avalanche of emails that I signed up for promising to "mail me when we have some in stock". That was so long I decided to just not bother. And yes, I've heard of the geolocator thing, and no, for the last time I don't want a frigging Raspberry Pi Pico W, with or without wireless. FFS.

Homes in London under threat as datacenters pull in all the power

Flywheel

Re: I still don't understand

one apartment building = dozens of families and a tiny (usually already crowded) roof

Let me see now .. solar panels benefits the block tenants, so no money to made there. Lots of phone masts looking like a metal porcupine = a steady stream of money for the block owner. As usual, it's down to dirty money.

Flywheel

Re: Not near wind farms

a lot of people want easy access to their DC

They can just hop into their electric vehicles and go there if they're within range...

Chinese booster rocket tumbles back to Earth: 'Non-zero' chance of hitting populated area

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Devo have covered this ...

Space Junk

Your job was probably outsourced for exactly the reason you suspected

Flywheel

my actual vocabulary is limited to a couple of hundred common words

No problem! I spent a week in the Czech Republic with a vocabulary of "hello", "yes", "no", "2 beers please"

Flywheel
Joke

Re: "Shri" Lanka

"Shri" Lanka is a little-known island off the South-West of Sri Lanka. "Shri" literally means "tiny island" in Sinhala. Not a lot of people know that. Obvs.

Amazon sues 10,000 Facebook Group admins for offering fake reviews

Flywheel

Amazon - letting their own market place be polluted...

Actually, look at the number of reviews that end with the statement "at that price I can't be bothered to return [faulty item]".

It's getting so bad now that I usually look for reviews on other, more credible sites before I spend money with Amazon.

Security flaws in GPS trackers can be abused to cut off fuel to vehicles, CISA warns

Flywheel

If you don't trust the particular version in question there are dozens more with unintelligible names on Amazon. No surprise there either.

UK Info Commissioner slams use of WhatsApp by health officials during pandemic

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Re: we all know one big reason

a data protection and management nightmare but no-one seems to be doing anything to rein it in

In a case like this, isn't it usually because there is no official, practical working alternative? And if so, why is that?

Canadian ISP Rogers falls over for hours, takes out broadband, cable, cellphones

Flywheel
Coat

Time for a name change

A rebrand always improves performance! How about Rogered ?

Pentester says he broke into datacenter via hidden route running behind toilets

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Comment of the day! W00t!

Supply chain blamed amid claims of Azure capacity issues

Flywheel
WTF?

Microsoft is struggling to balance growing customer demand

... with the support it is giving to the Ukrainian government

So if the war continues for another 10 years as some have predicted, how is that going to work out?!

UK signs deal to share police biometric database with US border guards

Flywheel

If this was the UK, Sunak would introduce a swingeing tax on ammunition - sure, buy all the guns you want, but can you afford to buy the bullets?!

Flywheel
Holmes

Re: Pass the parcel

Who is lobbying for this?

And who is lobbying against this ?

Is computer vision the cure for school shootings? Likely not

Flywheel

Re: Self defence.

Hopefully you missed off the /s at the end of your post, but in case you didn't, there's this https://abcnews.go.com/US/year-boy-fatally-shoots-year-girl-finding-dads/story?id=85847028

Flywheel
Black Helicopters

is machine learning really ready to prevent mass murder?

Well, it worked really well in Idiocracy (automated guns on the prison building) which certain parts of the US are now starting to resemble..,

NanoAvionics satellite pulls out GoPro to take stunning selfie over Earth

Flywheel
Happy

If this was the UK they would have had to nip out to a local Currys and negotiate their way out the extended warranty hard-sell, then use the money saved to buy a space-proof case.

First steps into the world of thought leadership: What could go wrong?

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My Employee!

The rest? I honestly haven't a clue who they are. They ask to connect and I accept

I was on Linkedin a while back, in the days when I foolishly assumed I could take pictures for the music industry and get paid. One day I looked at my LinkedIn account and was surprised and amazed to find that I had not only acquired an employee (in Mumbai), but that he had been working for me for over a year! I tied unsuccessfully to contact "John" (for that was not his name), and then tried to contacting "Support" to get him removed. I heard nothing. The worrying thing was that he didn't even bother to ask to connect. What a great system!

Amazon shows off robot warehouse workers that won't complain, quit, unionize...

Flywheel
Terminator

Re: "The Invaders" Red Glow

> tuning how hard to hit each employee with the laser

In the near future, Amazon associates will be required to have a QR code tattooed on their ankles to ensure that the robots don't have to twist and turn too much...

End of the road for biz living off free G Suite legacy edition

Flywheel
Unhappy

Re: So, advertising doesn't bring in enough money then ?

And I'm sure they'll continue to use their all-encompassing telemetry to watch your every move. And you'll pay for that "privilege"

IBM ordered to hand over ex-CEO emails plotting cuts in older workers

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FAIL

Re: Seventy-one in six years?!?!?

kill off everyone capable of actually doing anything

It's okay, they'll have an AI product for that, real soon now. However, if you look at what they've achieved with Artie the seven-armed octopus, a stowaway on the Mayflower Autonomous Ship, they're screwed.

Record players make comeback with Ikea, others pitching tricked-out turntables

Flywheel
Coat

Re: Digital transmission?

I guess if they use crappy Chinese chips, the pops, ticks, and hiss would be added by those same chips. For free! A feature, not a bug!

TSMC and China: Mutually assured destruction now measured in nanometers, not megatons

Flywheel
FAIL

Britain, alas, seems destined once again to blithely assume that it'll all work out in the end

It'll be the usual Tory mantra - "no problem, we'll just buy it from someone else".

Makers of ad blockers and browser privacy extensions fear the end is near

Flywheel

Re: Freedom of choice

2 ads? How did you manage so few? I've reached the stage where I get 5 or 6 before the video starts, plus a selection during the course of the video. It's getting to the point where my Youtube use is plumetting.

The Return of Gopher: Pre-web hypertext service is still around

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Gopher never dies

I've been running a public-access gopher server for about 5 years now, and am never ceased to be amazed by the minimal hardware it needs to run. I started off with a Pi Model 2B originally and it has since graduated to a small corner of my Intel NUC web server box. I get several hundred visitors weekly from all over the world, and no bots/scrapers. It's a very impressive protocol.

How ICE became a $2.8b domestic surveillance agency

Flywheel
Facepalm

Not "In-Car Entertainment" then

Tut. Wrong kind of ICE. Mind you, I'd be rather annoyed if my car radio started reporting my listening preferences back to whoever.

Putin threatens supply chains with counter-sanction order

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FAIL

But, but where am I going to get all my SPAM, now !?

Crooks steal NFTs worth '$3m' in Bored Ape Yacht Club heist

Flywheel

Re: Why the hate ?

You can "lend" one to Sainsburys and get the use of a shopping trolley for a while...

Funky Pigeon pauses all orders after 'security incident'

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Re: Funky Pigeon

boomf.com still works...

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FAIL

Re: "We take the security of customer data extremely seriously"

why does every business trot it out

It's like the infamous "remorse" statement in alleged British Justice: "My client pleads guilty to attacking 27 people Your Honour, but has demonstrated remorse".

Absolute b0ll0cks of course, but it's an expected thing now.

Intel commits to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040

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Joke

Re: It’s a Scam

“ The climate is so vast it is impossible to model.”

Maybe that's because they're using Intel chips to do it ?

LOL.

Locked-in and hungry, Shanghai residents can't complain online

Flywheel
Holmes

Re: "There have allegedly been no deaths."

How many the Chinese Communist Party are responsible for is a different matter.

You can google "dead donor rule china github" - that might answer your question...

First Light says it's hit nuclear fusion breakthrough with no fancy lasers, magnets

Flywheel

You'd think that as the planet is in such dire straits as regards power generation that they'd switch resources from finding better ways to kill us all to fixing fusion power (and don't give me all that cr*p) about defensce being a "development opportunity for peacetime problems"!

Wing launches drone deliveries in the US where people actually live

Flywheel
Black Helicopters

Re: This video was more what I was expecting

"I'd like 1Kg of weapons-grade plutonium please, and a roll of tin foil". [Accept]

Bank had no firewall license, intrusion or phishing protection – guess the rest

Flywheel
Joke

Re: IT is a cost center isn't it?

put a lot of pressure on 'support' services to increase the profit

Maybe they should've outsourced it?

Crooks use fake emergency data requests to get personal info out of Big Tech – report

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Re: Certainly, officer

Well, it sounds like they need a publicly listed "business/non-emergency" line

I think you mean 101. Your call is important to us - hope you can wait 45 minutes for the next box-ticking agent to talk to you?

Electric Vehicle DC charging tripped by a wireless hack

Flywheel
Facepalm

It sounds like the idiots that designed our mains "Smart" meters have moved on to EV charger design. Will they NEVER learn?

Sealed, confidential IBM files in age-discrimination case now public to all

Flywheel
Happy

Re: Experience

Actually, they'll be in caves :)

Also, obligatory, relevant link here...

RIP: Creators of the GIF and TRS-80

Flywheel

TRS80

I loved my TRS80 and the keyboard alone made it feel like a real computer. I spent some time working in the US where I was able to afford to buy a copy of LDOS to run on it. Of course, that meant getting a 5.25" floppy drive to run it, and I had great fun when I turned up at JFK with the floppy drive (the size of a shoebox) under my arm and checked in for my BA flight home. They asked what it was and I told 'em: no problem, and "welcome aboard". Ah, those were the days :)

Russian IT pros flee Putin, says tech lobby group

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Facepalm

inside a western prison

It'd be an Open Prison for low-risk prisoners. Maybe they'd get let out for shopping trips - y'know, human rights and all that.

Epson payments snafu leaves subscribers unable to print

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The problem is easily solved

.. by taking your Epson printer to the local electrical waste recycling centre, throwing it into the skip, then stopping off at Currys to by a decent printer.

UK criminal defense lawyer hadn't patched when ransomware hit

Flywheel
Facepalm

They were probably trying to work out if they could bill someone for the time and software costs...

Arch Linux turns 20: Small, simple, great documentation

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3 comments eh? ;)

I really like Arch - tried it on a Raspberry Pi 2B ages ago and it worked a treat. Now I'm running it on my Lenovo T480 and it's great - daily updates and it's very fast.

Russia is the advanced persistent threat that just triggered. Ready?

Flywheel

If ever you get the chance to watch "Occupied" - saw it on Netflix a while back - you'll get some idea of the Russian mindset and methods - it was truly chilling.

In other news, my newly set up, self-host web server took a tremendous beating over the weekend - I mean, I'd seen intrusion attempts before but never on this scale. Someone must be pretty desperate to use my computing power!

US imposes sanctions as Russia invades Ukraine

Flywheel

Not sure about the blankets - we can't eat them, unlike the wheat most of the world imports from Russia (and Ukraine!)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/17/infographic-russia-ukraine-and-the-global-wheat-supply-interactive

UK pins hopes on 'latest technology' to whittle down massive National Health Service waiting lists

Flywheel
Holmes

Future dates rely on being re-elected

I love (not really) the way these politicians cheerfully throw dates at us as to when things will happen. Obviously, the new technology Machine that goes PING can't be magicked up overnight, but it does give Javid et al some leverage in getting re-elected. "We're the only party that can clear the waiting list.. but only if you suckers vote us in again"...

Flywheel
Pint

Re: What could possibly go wrong?

Have a beer for spelling Ms Harding's name right.

Out of beta and ready for data: 64-bit Raspberry Pi OS is here

Flywheel

Ditto, and I'd go as far as saying that I'd even settle for a reply to "notify me when back in stock". In the interim, I'm not fecking interested in buying a bucket of Pico.

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