* Posts by SW10

184 posts • joined 20 Mar 2013


NFT or not to NFT: Steve Jobs' first job application auction shows physically unique beats cryptographically unique


Re: Someone fundamentally misunderstood profit maximization

Surely to maximise returns for your favourite charity, the trick is to sell the NFT of the incredibly collectible and historic bit of paper first. Then when the hubbub dies down, sell the extraordinarily rare and covetable physical object.

There was a crooked man who bought a crooked M1 iMac, and we presume they lived together in a little crooked house


Re: Can I get...

You'll have a hard time measuring an 8.04cm gap using a feeler gauge

Blue passports, French service provider: Atos bags £21m UK Passport Office deal


Re: So, this contract is for doing what the previous one didn't ?

Crown Commercial Services Technology, which takes a 1 per cent fee on contracts it facilitates.

If I were naïve, I'd say that looks like an incentive to have higher costs. Luckily, I realise that all Crown servants are actually 100% irreproachable.

Boeing fined $17m after fitting uncertified sensors to 737 Max and NG airliners for 4 years


Instead of referring to the autopilot and using words like “apparently”, “‘suggests”, and “seems”; why don’t you start with pages 8, 9, and 10 of the FAA crash report, and take it from there?


MCAS fed by a single-point-of-failure sensor is the issue; moreover it worked behind the pilots’ backs in a manner that wasn’t properly documented in order to falsely convince regulators that a 2020s jet was essentially the same as its 50 year-old grandfather


Re: That’s justice!

you would hope that the process was automated

Oh yes, I bet they had an ENORMOUS spreadsheet automating all that

1Password unsheathes Rusty key, hopes to unlock Linux Desktop world


Re: Your Password Is Safe In The Cloud ...

Do continue.

Your bank is effectively in the cloud, along with tens of other repositories of sensitive information. Moreover, so is your real Achilles heel; your email account to which all password resets are sent.

You may be some kind of infosec ninja, but my mum isn’t, neither are millions of others who need to move away from Password123, or my initials and birth date

NASA writes software update for Ingenuity helicopter to enable first Mars flight


They have new, more colourful icons

Mac OS X at 20: A rocky start, but it got the fundamentals right for a macOS future


I did like Aqua

Today I can see that it took up a ridiculous amount of real estate, but it was so different and very pleasing

Russia botches Twitter throttling, cripples anything with t-dot-co in the name – including Reddit, Microsoft


Let Reg Explain

I make those kind of mistakes. Would this do it?:


Italian competition watchdog slaps Apple with €10m fine over allegedly misleading iPhone waterproofing claims


Re: After a short dive in sea water.

I dropped my new-gen SE into the melting ice caressing a bottle of rosé.

As far as the Apple store were concerned, the tell-tales had changed colour, therefore it was my fault. Logic I still don’t follow.

Here’s a thing though; the symptom was a non-working home button. After getting by with the virtual button for some weeks, I exposed the phone to too much sunshine.

Problem solved

It may date back to 1994 but there's no end in sight for the UK's Chief customs system as Brexit rules beckon


Re: Who wants a drink?

A large group of people were asked if they wanted a drink.

About half said: "No, you're alright - I've still got mine."

The other half said "Yes, please" - some fondly imagining a pint; others a cocktail; some pictured a glass of wine - and still others wanted a great cup of tea.

Theresa and Boris promised to get them in and now everyone is being forced to drink a cold, manky, flavourless coffee from a dysfunctional vending machine.

Watchdog signals Boeing 737 Max jets can return to US skies following software upgrade, pilot training


Re: The bigger picture..

So how come Southwest can fly the MAX OK, but some South East Asian and African airlines can't?

I will ignore the dogwhistle racism I sense in your post.

However, to extend your logic:

- Lufthansa can't fly 747s

- Air France can't fly Airbus A330s

- British Airways can't fly 737s

- Delta can't fly 727s

- and Southwest Airlines can't fly BA146s, 737s, 727s...

Accidents are caused by pilot error, design faults and maintenance faults. We should strive to eliminate all of these, but design faults are the most egregious as they affect every model of a given plane.


Avoid repeat disaster

Rewriting software to avoid repeat disaster seems like a low threshold: shouldn’t they be asked to rewrite software to avoid disaster, period?

Apple to halve commission for developers turning over up to $1m in sales via App Store


unless Apple employs huge numbers of dedicated App Store-related staff

I’m not a specialist, neither am I going to try to justify the tax take, but presumably verifying all the apps takes more than a couple of PFYs?

My crow soft adds audio transcription to premium Word Online... Only joking. It's pretty good if a bit on the slow side


Not undeleted in unwiped storage that isnt ours

Can anyone help me with the difference between the Micros~1 phrase:

“ are not stored by our service”

...and my preferred phrase:

“are deleted”?

Norfolk's second-greatest cultural export set for return with 3-metre monument in honour of the Turkey Twizzler


On being sold a turkey

Am I right to assume that Nutritionist Dr Sarah Schenker‘s “research” into the Twizzler Goodness Quotient was funded by Bernard Matthews?

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors



I’ve seen the movie

The kid makes a plea bargain and becomes a renowned security consultant, planting his feet on a succession of boardroom tables around the world. One day he realised he may have met his match as a series of sophisticated attacks overwhelm his clients.

Now desperate, he agrees to meet his new nemesis. Imagine his surprise as he finds himself face to face with (foreign, of course) femme fatale. After a few awkward meetings, they realise that love conquers all and they jointly turn against the evil state sponsoring her attacks

Then they all lived happily ever after

Hundreds of forgotten corners of mega-corp websites fall into the hands of spammers and malware slingers


Just so we’re clear

Are you saying there are sloppy people out there who don’t clear up after themselves?

And that there are enterprises who take a “their-problem-not-mine” kind of attitude?

Hey, Boeing. Don't celebrate your first post-grounding 737 Max test flight too hard. You just lost another big contract


All right now


“We made a very complex machine that also had some complex software to make the machine behave like something it wasn’t

We’re sorry about the accidents

We’ve re-written the software (which still makes the machine behave like something it isn’t) and, working with a mate, found a couple of other glitches that shouldn’t have been there [1]

It’s all good to go now, and we’re not quite sure why the world’s regulators don’t just get in line with our pet here...”

[1] From the Air Current blog:

“[Boeing...] was forced to tackle further changes to the software, including adjusting tolerances on sensors that were erroneously activating cockpit indications that the jet’s horizontal stabilizer was not properly configured.“

An unfortunate bit of product placement for Microsoft as Liverpool celebrates winning some silverware


Re: Clarification

...and the personal pronoun for teams in Brit English is ‘they’, not ‘it.’


“win for Liverpool - it won the English Premier League yesterday“

should be:

“win for Liverpool - they won the English Premier League yesterday”

Strange, I know. But there you go


Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

Thumb Down

Busi-mess Plan

...and “we’re relying on the unstated rules of the App Store” was under the ‘Risks’ heading of his business plan.

Am I right?

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR


Relax, she’s rebranded to Baroness Dido Harding now - totally different bottle of chips

Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods, warns Bellingcat


Re: "this particular one used his surname as part of his username"

How do we know that it wasn’t Able Seaman Jones masquerading as Rear Admiral Bloggs just for a laugh?

Papa don't breach: Contracts, personal info on Madonna, Lady Gaga, Elton John, others swiped in celeb law firm 'hack'



The whole point of lawyers is to write text in unambiguous language and they say:

we've been victimised

No you bloody haven’t. You could maybe say We've been victims, but any good defence lawyer will uncover your contributory negligence

That awful Butterfly has finally fluttered off: Apple touts 13-inch MacBook Pro with proper keyboard, Escape key


Landfill tax

Apple kit doesn't really lend itself to anything but landfill once it goes out of consumer warranty.

Damn. Both the ‘refurbished’ MacBooks I bought from the Apple Store for personal use must have been brand new. And they even knocked about 20% off the price.

With that kind of business sense, will Apple ever make a profit?

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle


Re: Double ejection

The pilot should bear some responsibility

It’s pretty clear the retired guy came from the ejector seat vendor; the crew and pilot did all they could to give him the full fairground experience...

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots


Re: Am I surprised?

I mean, you don’t get this with Voyager, or even Mars Express. So it’s do-able...

Yeah, that Zoom app you're trusting with work chatter? It lives with 'vampires feeding on the blood of human data'


More fool me

Early adopter of the paid service who evangelised Zoom to others who were on Skype

Maybe I should move to Google Hangouts...

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2


He may even have asked questions during his “training” - I can picture the kind of patronizing smart-arse who would fob him off with: “Yeah, for your job, you only need to remember to click the 1...”

One of those dicks who thinks knowledge is a power that should be reserved only for them

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92


Re: O tempora, o mores!

My kids are 100% bilingual and I have a pretty good command of French. They prefer the English versions and so do I. The depth and richness of the humour goes beyond simple translation

HMD Global revamps infamous commuter-botherer, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic


Re: Odd choice

Yeah, nudge me when the one-week-of-autonomy, drop-proof signal-terrier that was a 6310i re-emerges

Browser minnow Brave nips at Google with GDPR complaint


Re: "Brave' is really Brave

Hi AC,

Gary from Google here. Glad you posted from Chrome. Just a gentle reminder that we know where you live. And it would be a shame if something happened to that nice new bike you bought. Oh, and the kids’ Android phones show their route to school as well, which is all part of the value of our offering I’ll think you’ll agree.

Anyway, just wanted to ask you to dial down the cynicism and negativity a little - not what the world needs right now, eh?

Sure we understand each other. Mind how you go.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now: Brexit tea towel says it'll just be the gigabit broadband



Moreover, that “Anno MMXX” wording looks suspiciously foreign

Talk about making a rod for your own back: Pot dealer's seized €54m Bitcoins up in smoke after keys thrown out with fishing gear


Daft or smart?

“Worried about security, I’ve realised I ne account might be too easy to access by heartless criminals, so I’ll spread my stash across twelve. And note all my passwords down on this one piece of paper.”

Surely smarter than that?

World Wide Web's Sir Tim swells his let's-remake-the-internet startup with Bruce Schneier, fellow tech experts


For our service to work

You need to give access to all data in your pod

[ OK ] [ Cancel ]

Larry Tesler cut and pasted from this mortal coil: That thing you just did? He probably invented it


Newton - MessagePad

Although I have never actually seen or touched one, I always hankered after a Newton.

Yeah, it’s probably just as well I never got my hands on one, but 25 years later the appeal of a screen that I can scribble on, which then magically becomes orderly text is appealing...

Razr sharp foldable: Samsung whips out Galaxy Z Flip – and, oh snap, it's £1,300


Re: Why this form factor?

I don't get it. Even though I had a RAZR back in the day and thought it was the mutt's nuts.

But that was the noughties. Today, the pockets on all my clothes have evolved to accomodate the form factor of most mobiles.

Sammy are asking me to buy something that:

- will disappear too far into my pocket for me to reach without contorting my hands, figures and body;

- is twice as thick; and

- has a mechanical/foldy/likely-to-be-breaky component.

Social media notifications of the future: Ranger tagged you in a photo with Tessadora, Wrenlow, Faelina and Graylen


Re: Ministry of names...

the Renaud family who won a court case to be allowed to name their daughter Mégane.

I have worked with an actual RENAULT Mégane (to use the French convention) who was born months before the car was launched.

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands


I notice that...

... no-one is complaining on behalf of trick cyclists

I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing


I have the mac.com address *without* the ‘.’ and they have the one *with* it.

I turned down the invitation to a family event saying they must have got the wrong guy and kicked off some kind of massive family feud whereby I (the other person) was accused of just wanting to pas off certain people

Leeds IT bloke pleads guilty to hacking Jet2 CEO's email account


Question for shareholders

If no personal data or other customer, supplier or Group data [was] compromised after his in-box was accessed, what was your CEO doing?

Aviation's been Boeing through a rough patch: Software tweaks blamed for Airbus A220 failures


Re: Just wondering

had the pilots involved ever learned how to use the trim button instead of trying to muscle the plane's controls

Remembering always that MCAS was introduced “on the quiet” and that its purpose was to change trim behind the the pilots’ backs


Hands off our phones, says Google: Radar-gesture-sensing Pixel 4 just $999 with a 3-year lifespan – great value!


Radar nada

It’s going to be quite hard to learn NOT to touch the phone, isn’t it?

Some fokken arse has bared the privates of 250,000 users' from Dutch brothel forum


Re: Bah!

Can I just say, the only reason my email address is on there is because my my mates thought it would be a laugh.

So, um.

Yeah, that’s all.

Hey, it's Google's birthday! Remember when they were the good guys?


Re: Old search engines

I remember using Yahoo!’s tree structure to find websites (yes kids, it was like the whole WWW on one page!) and then moved to AltaVista which HAD A SEARCH BOX!

The first time I saw Google I was completely seduced by the all-white page and lack of clutter (Yahoo! by now a portal, still trying to corral accès to the whole web through one page). However, the real magic was the accuracy of the results Google produced back then, it seemed mind-readingly spooky.

Obviously I’ve since moved on and now use a blend of ddg and Qwant

Boffins build AI that can detect cyber-abuse – and if you don't believe us, YOU CAN *%**#* *&**%* #** OFF


There is a serious point here about how the neural network is trained.

If it’s a group of (say) white blokes tagging what is ‘normal’, ‘bullying’, ‘aggressive’ etc., they could well overlook or miscategorise things that are perceived as abusive (or banter) by others.

Whistleblowing saboteur costs us $167m bellows Tesla’s accountant


Voting and weighing

There is an old adage that in the short term, the stock market is a voting machine and in the long term it’s a weighing machine.

Musk should know that the long term share price reflects Tesla’s value in the market, anything else is noise. By definition, if Tripp’s revelations affected the long term price they are considered by the market to be true.

If not, then um... keep the money away from the lawyers?

Google security crew sheds light on long-running super-stealthy iOS spyware operation


So, can we know...

...the websites concerned?

I’m not for a second thinking that I’m either interesting enough or threatening enough, but presumably that would provide a fairly strong indication of who the targets are?

Or is $Actor so scarily powerful that Google don’t dare to reveal that information?

More questions than answers

Eight-hour comms lags and shock discoveries: 30 years after Voyager 2 visited gas giant Neptune


Re: Proper requirement analysis

someone must have planned larger than necessary fuel tanks, while others took into consideration the extra bulk and weight

Remember that they were spending government money during the Cold War, and fewer than ten years after the moon landing...



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