* Posts by jgarbo

313 posts • joined 3 Jun 2013

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Firefox 72: Floating videos, blocking fingerprints, and defeating notification pop-ups

jgarbo
Big Brother

Re: ? Critical Security Bug in 72.0 ?

Homeland Security are offering help with security? It's a trap.

Long-term Linux Mint: 19.3 release unchains the Gimp, adds HiDPI, is kind to your older, less-beefy kit

jgarbo
Linux

Re: 2020 will be...

Please remember: The Linux Corporation (;-) is not trying to dominate the Desktop. It fights without fighting, wins without winning. It cares not for accolades or the odd kudos. It simple is, in the Zen sense. If you want it, take it. If you don't, it feels no loss. It goes on...

jgarbo
Devil

Re: Gimp

GIMP to Glimpse placated the Snowflakes who limp after kicking an inflated football. I'd suggested LEER or OGLE but the Glimpse brigade won.

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

jgarbo
Devil

Re: these terms are "divisive and humiliating,"

The good doctor has it all wrong. It's not hate speech, it's hate language. English is a hateful language. Ban English under punishment of a good tongue lashing, say 50 whacks. Then we all speak Aramaic, the language of gentle Jesus, and become meek and mild. No words for nerd, boffin, etc. Problem solved.

Two can play that game: China orders ban on US computers and software

jgarbo
Facepalm

Re: Typical Chinese

The Great Stable Genius is playing 4D chess with the Chinese. They call it Tiddly-Winks.

Go champion retires after losing to AI, Richard Nixon deepfake gives a different kind of Moon-landing speech...

jgarbo
Unhappy

Re: AI Go.

And no more swimming. Dolphins are faster. I retire...

Google forks out $2.1bn for Fitbit – and promises not to exploit all that delicious health data to sling ads (honest)

jgarbo
Big Brother

Re: Health data is the missing piece for Google

This is not about hardware, it's about another piece in the IoT jigsaw picture: health, exercise activity, location habits. The walls are closing in. Your FitBit flashes a text...

"Quite a good run this morning, Joe. Ready for a thirst quencher, only 50 m along the street at Pep-Juice. Special today for successful 5km joggers."

WTF? Apple iPhones shrank by more than $22bn in fiscal '19

jgarbo

Re: The Thrill Is Gone

Both hands? Holding it wrong...

Mark Hurd is dead

jgarbo
Thumb Down

Re: Dick Laurent is dead

Your epitaph suggestion: "Pour more treacle on my grave".

Don't be so Maduro: Adobe backs down (a little) on Venezuela sanctions blockade

jgarbo
Boffin

Maduro, democratically elected, is running a government. Trump, not elected democratically but installed by a clique called the Electoral College, is running a regime. Are we clear now?

How bad is Catalina? It's almost Apple Maps bad: MacOS 10.15 pushes Cupertino's low bar for code quality lower still

jgarbo
Flame

"Apple's marketing group overrides engineering concerns." I read a similar post about Boeing awhile back. Luckily Mac's can't fly...

Stallman's final interview as FSF president: Last week we quizzed him over Microsoft visit. Now he quits top roles amid rape remarks outcry

jgarbo
Headmaster

Re: He should have stuck to what he knows

Arrogantness lasts longer than simple arrogance. (OED) ;-)

Valorous Vikram lunar lander – or Star Wreck: Enterprise? India's Moon craft goes all silent running during descent

jgarbo
Angel

Latest: Lander found. ISRO trying to reconnect. BTW, NASA's success rate for lunar missions: only 60%. So let's wait and see if they can restart the lander. That'd make India, 100% success rate...

China remains in pole position for electric vehicle uptake despite cuts to subsidies

jgarbo

Re: Common Sense by the Chinese.

Methanol has about 45% energy value of gasoline,ie fewer mpg, plus it's hygroscopic - rusts ferrous metals and accumulates water in tank and fuel lines. Not nice.

jgarbo

Re: Common Sense by the Chinese.

No at all.Old wives' tale. Pure H2 is inert. The "Hindenberg Syndrome" was Al203 paint ignited by a lightning strike, which then ignited escaping H2.

Clutching at its Perl 6, developer community ponders language name with less baggage

jgarbo
Pirate

Re: Why not split the difference

Perl rape is a felony in Disneyland, punished by repeated showings of Elmer Fudd constantly outwitted by Bugs Bunny. Dear delicate Snowflakes may I offer some sage advice? RTFM!!!

Bloke who claimed he invented Bitcoin must hand over $5bn of e-dosh in court case. He can't. He's waiting for a time traveler to arrive

jgarbo
Mushroom

Well, there are BTC ATMs in many countries, You can buy stuff with BTC. And New Zealand, though not yet a nuclear hegemon, will allow salaries to be paid BTC. So I guess you could say BTC is usable.

https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/new-zealand-legalizes-cryptocurrency-salaries-including-bitcoin-2019-8-1028442320

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

jgarbo
Big Brother

Re: "We estimate that these sites receive thousands of visitors per week."

Mr Beer has inadvertently uncovered a state-sponsored honey pot. I suspect he was told how much to reveal, ie the malware and its eradication, but nothing more, or else...meanwhile new malware is being written and uploaded. The game goes on.

jgarbo
Devil

Re: Entire populations: State sponsored?

The US doesn't spy. It's a democracy. It protects...

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

jgarbo
Facepalm

Some Snowflake complained that Imp demeans "small folk" . Christ! So Snowflakes no longer "shit"; they "donate personal organic compost"...

jgarbo
Terminator

Re: Eventually...

Further, some people are offensive and should be phased out of our existence. Want to see my list?

jgarbo
Devil

Re: Bring out the glimpse..

I've already explained to these Snowflake F**kers that "Glimpse", in my local dialect of Zombidongo means "espying the act of public sex with a reluctant farm animal", which is common in our region though illegal. Our town has demanded a name change or we will sue.

Cisco axes hundreds, shares tumble amid China cut-off – but we're winning the trade war, right? So much winning

jgarbo
Coat

Re: How can this be?

So, is stealing from a thief theft? And does improving the theft require royalties to the first thief or the original owner? US Theft law is complicated. i give up.

FBI, NSA to hackers: Let us be blunt. Weed need your help. We'll hire you even if you've smoked a little pot in the past

jgarbo

Re: New Acronym

I usually hear, "But I did not ejaculate". Is that permissible, too?

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision

jgarbo
Facepalm

Re: Based on my (Citroen) in car touch screen

We've added this very expensive kit for your convenience, but don't use it, it's very dangerous...

jgarbo
Stop

Re: Touch screens

Bring back the knob and the slider! And the big Red Stop button.

You can easily secure America's e-voting systems tomorrow. Use paper – Bruce Schneier

jgarbo
Pirate

Re: Use paper...

Oh dear. Pen & paper are obvious. But how do we then rig the election in favor of our psychopathic warmongering idiot? Wake up! This is serious, not democratic.

Hey dudes, we need to start living together in Harmony: Huawei puffs up new distributed OS

jgarbo

Sun Tzu

"When faced with a superior enemy, befriend his allies with gifts and treaties. When he discovers he's alone, he will surrender or retreat."

Alexa, can you tell me how many Chinese kids were forced into working nights to build this unit?

jgarbo

Re: Children?

China's working age: 16.

jgarbo

Re: Children?

Another US backed anti-China play. US customer of renowned integrity, Amazon, orders slave driver Taiwanese maker, Foxxcon, to "just do it!" in their Chinese factory, with 16yr old workers. And China's the culprit? Plus, China Labor Watch is NYC based "NGO", income sources not shown (NED?). Well, at least they didn't blame the Russians.

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

jgarbo

Re: Hearts & minds propaganda, courtesy of MoD

Ah, yes, the "Sunshine factor" in inventive genius. Good point, sir.

jgarbo

Re: Hearts & minds propaganda, courtesy of MoD

"How come the Ruskies got a man into space before you Yanks, mate?"

"Their Germans were better than our Germans."

Apparently true story.

Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report

jgarbo

Re: So...

"...an all-new aircraft, disguised to look like a 737..." No. A 30 yr old airframe with tacked-on new engines that don't fit. "Hand me the #11 shoe horn, Chuck, no-one will know the difference. Ha..."

Sailfish OS given a Jolla good buffing as version 3.1 bobs gently into port

jgarbo
Boffin

Any LineageOS comparisons?

Has anyone tested it against Lineage OS?

https://lineageos.org

Doesn't handle my Note 4...

Boeing's 737 Max woes trigger BEEELLIONS in losses – and that's just for the latest quarter

jgarbo
Devil

Oh dear, will it be Freedom Fries again, after the last French disagreement? Will Melania be shopping at Walmart to fly the flag for MAGA? Will Boeing go back to designing wonderful aircraft with engineers instead of accountants? So many questions but just one answer. No.

Microsoft demos end-to-end voting verification system ElectionGuard, code will be on GitHub

jgarbo
Facepalm

Re: "there is little cause for optimism"

So the open source code is the same as the voting code? And Santa Claus will oversee it with the help of his reindeer...

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker

jgarbo

Re: Autonomous driving is months, years, or decades away

So how does the ad go? "Autonomous driving with no more than 10 deaths or injuries per 100 miles". Tough sell.

jgarbo

Re: Autonomous driving is months, years, or decades away

Switch off your AutoRead for this story, go Manual.

Did you buy a hot Asus Rog Strix notebook? Like, really hot? Like, super hot? Like, ow-ow-ow my lap's on fire hot?

jgarbo

Re: Under a proposed settlement [PDF] submitted this week to a California...

It's Business 101: Profit, profit and profit. A bit like Economics 101: This works perfectly if we exclude people.

Is it the psychological distance of corporations? We can't see our customers only our products so the products must be right.

Queen Elizabeth has a soggy bottom: No, the £3.1bn aircraft carrier, what the hell did you think we meant?

jgarbo

Re: Trim options and the sticker price

Ah, just one engine over a wide (and deep) ocean, Yes, Minister would call that "courageous"...

jgarbo

Re: RN waives the rules!

And tell me again, memory fading, what is all this suppose to do to pay for itself? Are we back to privateering to cover expenses, like old Drake and Raleigh?

jgarbo

Re: There it is...!

Couldn't they just use Harriers? Oops...

Here's a great idea: Why don't we hardcode the same private key into all our smart home hubs?

jgarbo
Holmes

Re: Unfortunately I am not staggered

This is not bad code, it's bad policy, therefore the blame/responsibility falls on the owner/manager of the operation, not the Indian on three chapatis a day. The US white men were lazy or stupid or both.

We are shocked to learn oppressive authoritarian surveillance state China injects spyware into foreigners' smartphones

jgarbo

Surprised it took so long

That area is a favorite recruiting ground for CIA assets. "Tourists" would be rightly suspected of nefarious intent. The CIA uses Muslim Uighurs in ISIS terror networks thought out the ME and north Africa, so the Chinese are right to be suspicious.

jgarbo
Facepalm

Tip: Always assume they are smarter than you. In your case, make it mandatory.

jgarbo
Facepalm

You don't think they'll run you through scanner to check for other devices? It's not Disneyland.

14 sailors die aboard Russian cable spy, er, ocean research nuke sub after fire breaks out

jgarbo

Re: Nightmarish stuff

No thanks. I've seen Das Boot. My submarining days are over.

While we were raging about Putin's meddling and Kremlin hackers, Five Eyes were pwning Yandex, Russia's Google

jgarbo
Big Brother

If you know you were breached, it was an amateur. Now imagine all the pros you missed.

Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards

jgarbo
Paris Hilton

Re: A crazy idea

Hey! Who else could do "Rounded Corners"? He's a genius.

Decoding America's spies: What does the NSA's cryptic memo really mean? Citizens illegally spied on again

jgarbo
Terminator

As a healthy rapist should! All one's vital energy expended and still have to pay taxes! Rebellion, men!

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