* Posts by noominy.noom

138 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Sep 2013


Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers


Gig just means...nothing

There are laws and programs in place already for self employed people. Adding "gig" to the mix just means the self employed somehow use the Internet to get their customers. Otherwise, no different than self employed people thirty years ago (we had consultants, contractors etc. before the Internet. Really. I'm not making it up.)

There are lots of things wrong with health insurance availability and tax laws and other things, both in the U.S. and in other countries. But we don't need special laws for people who use an Internet app to get customers. Existing laws for self employed people should be used, and if flawed they should be fixed, without reference to "gig." And of course, if the laws classifying workers was being followed, drivers who use Uber would be employees and would have employee benefits already.

FCC revised net neutrality rules reveal cable company control of process


Re: Is an agreement possible?


"I'm no expert here (which no doubt someone will confirm) but isn't there some genuine issues that NN causes?

If NN is like a road that anyone can drive anything on and at any time, how do the roads get built and maintained to ensure availability and at a cost point that anyone sees as economic?"

I'll take a quick stab at an answer. There are no issues NN causes. In the U.S., Internet connections are typically made over existing telephone lines. Consumers pay their phone provider to connect them to the public Internet. When the phone providers had no content to sell over the Internet, there were no issues. Over the last couple of decades, small local providers have been bought up by larger communications companies, and cable companies have moved in to supply Internet connections over their wire. Both of those entities want to sell their own content over the Internet. They would like to have an unfair advantage by virtue of controlling the consumer's connection to block or impede any content they think directly competes with their content. What many of us worry about is that it won't stop there. There are a lot of rich organizations that could buy up small and regional providers and control the content that people see.

Note in the above answer that the analogy of a road doesn't figure in. There are lots of analogies to use, all have some use but all have some flaws. In the case of roads, note that unlike roads, the Internet infrastructure is not degraded by traffic. Also note that the consumer is paying for the pipe into their house, and content providers are paying for pipes into their businesses. No common infrastructure is involved, though taxpayers money has been lavished on providers to build infrastructure. Also note that back end infrastructure isn't mentioned. That is an important part of the Internet but NN doesn't play much of a role there.

Train station's giant screens showed web smut at peak hour


Railway is British?

I've been living in America for near 60 years and I've only heard train station. I thought the railway station term was British.

Big Internet warns FCC's Pai: We will fight you all the way on net neutrality


Re: not all packets are created equal


quote "Similarly, Verizon and the rest know they can't really extort Google and Facebook because they minute they try to block access, customers start looking for a new provider."

One of the reasons for net neutrality rules is to correct for monopoly markets. I have no provider to look for. I have one provider available.

President Trump-themed escort services may soon open in China


Re: Of course, if the most controversy-friendly president of the millennium

"...Well, to be fair, that's not a high bar to jump since there have only been four US presidents so far this millennium...."

Four? Who's the fourth? Dubya, Barrack, The Donald, ? I suppose technically Bill, as he was Pres until Jan 20, 2000. I don't think conventionally Bill would be considered a 21st century President.

Your IDE won't change, but YOU will: HELLO! Machine learning


Not badly written though I wish the industry would use a different term.

There is no actual learning going on is there? You just set the parameters and it tallies statistics and makes decisions using your parameters. Very simplified statement as I the programming is getting complex and requires some talented humans to do it well and modern hardware to succeed at it. But calling it machine learning seems a stretch. I guess like AI, it is a marketing term now. Anything that simulates AI is AI.

Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke


Re: Odd belief

Where I grew up, we mostly had manual trans. But...it was hard to smoke a fag, drink a beer and cop a feel while trying to steer and shift. Usually you talked the date into doing the steering or the shifting.

Google harvests school kids' web histories for ads, claims its Mississippi nemesis


U.S. K-12 is the entire free public education range. Kindergarten through grade 12, in most locales elementary, middle and high school. Most seniors (grade 12) are 18 years old at graduation. (I should note here that I can't see the picture, I have graphics redirected. A poster earlier said it looked like a teenager.)

Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game


That particular game is on television in both Japan and Korea, along with many similar ones. I'm in the U.S. and can see those on Youtube. Just now I did a quick search and the first few on the list have about a half cup of milk in the bottle and the contestant has to drink that as part of the game. That game show has been airing for several years.

The sidebar is showing many similar shows and male participants are treated similarly.

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again


Re: Can you hold down the power button

@Ben Tasker

>>I'd hazard a guess he's American and means topping up the screenwash, but it is only a guess.<<

I'm American, and I worked as a mechanic for three decades. I've never heard the phrase 'top up the jets' and have never read it. I'd hazard a guess the OP didn't have a clue what they were talking about.

Uber, Lyft drivers shamed for 'racial bias' by uni eggheads


Re: Dis Crimi-nation


You've stated the problem well. Better than I could have. I can only give you one up vote though.

Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station


Re: Musk seems to be losing it

@Keith Langmead

I'm a USAian but I had to upvote you. You owe me a keyboard though.

US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?


Re: Article needs puppy dog face


I don't have sources available, but I've read that most of the last mile infrastructure in the U.S. was indeed built with government subsidies. In a few areas I know first hand that subsidies are being plundered, including in my local home town. I have a fiber box in my yard (large rectangular box with access to an underground fiber connection inside.) They burrowed up and down my street for several weeks when installing it. I have friends that work in management at the local office of the telecom provider (a monopoly enforced by government) that have informed me that the local telecom provider has been taking advantage of federal subsidies to lay fiber underground throughout the city (small midwestern city.) (As an aside, this has been going on for over three years and no public admission of this has been made. 12MB DSL is the best I have available.)

Besides the direct subsidies, keep in mind that telecom companies were protected monopolies everywhere in the U.S. for many decades, and in a large chunk of the U.S. they still are. In the areas where competition is now allowed, only the choicest sites have developed meaningful competition.


Re: Article needs puppy dog face


You're being a bit cosmopolitan. In the U.S. very few people have a choice of ISPs.

Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US


Re: minimum weight


Damn you. I need a new keyboard.

A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre


Re: Building Codes


You owe me a keyboard.

Welcome to the jumbo: Axl Rose tries to take a bite out of 'Fat Axl' internet meme


Re: this is exactly what i thought

Psychonaut-you owe me a keyboard.

The least stressful job in the US? Information security analyst, duh


I admit the U.S. military is not a lucrative employer. But you're saying $3400 dollars a month. That is more than most of the people I know today are making. Working class people in the town I live in are making 12-14 dollars per hour. Some laborers are at 8-10. That is $1600-$2400 a month.

My military experience was Navy, in Jacksonville, in the 80s. It wasnt bad at first, but the bennies eroded over time. Commissary in particular.

Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump


Re: vexatious litigant, eh?

Mine went up but by the normal 20% per year. My deductible is way higher, also. But, my day to day coverage is better, for example preventative care is 100% covered. A wash for me. So the haters make a lot of exaggerated claims. I understand anything Obama backed caused cancer and destroyed the economy, but the ACA hasn't caused me any big problems.

NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails


Re: Employment opportunity

Damn you Kryptonaut. You owe me a keyboard!

How one of the poorest districts in the US pipes Wi-Fi to families – using school buses


Re: So when are the big ISPs going to scream about government-subsidized competition?

@Marketing Hack

I live in the midwest in the U.S. and you won't get much for $120. My TV is more than that and I have no sports packages and only one movie package (Starz.) Combined, my internet/phone/TV is just under double your estimate, about $225.

They're alive! Galileo sats 9 and 10 sending valid signals



You owe me a keyboard.

Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing


Re: It's competition (how unfair)

I can occasionally be a little sensitive about snipes at America. But in this case the criticism is accurate. High prices, no choices and non-existent customer service. American narrowband.

Terrible infections, bad practices, unclean kit – welcome to hospital IT


Re: Obvious


You are absolutely on target. Not only is security always a compromise, but the various advantages and disadvantages are different in different situations. If a system can't be made both convenient and secure then it doesn't belong in an ER.

Apply online to go to Mars. No, seriously


Re: I know that I would make..

Well, yes salary.com reported the median salary of U.S. pastors as $90,000. But a lot of other sites were more believable. Check out christianitytoday.com. They came up with $72,500 as the average wage of married pastors, and it included housing/parsonage. Solo pastors were correspondingly less.

Europe fails to ban web 'fast lanes' – what now for Euro net neutrality?


Speeds and feeds are not the central issue.

I see a lot of commentards here focus on speeds and data caps. Neither of those are directly related to net neutrality. Net neutrality is about censorship. When I pay for a connection to the Internet I do not want my ISP to decide what I can and can't access. They may not censor content directly if they just artificially slow it. But the effect would be the same. Right now, in the US, the primary focus is on video, as many ISPs are trying to sell video services. But if any censorship is allowed, it will expand. And it is not about money. Not directly. I am willing to pay a fair price that a company would need to supply a connection at a given speed. I just don't want them deciding what I get to access with that connection.

Many of the commentards that commented before me stated that competition will sort that out. I believe they are partly correct. I have two problems with that though. One, I don't want to have to buy multiple connections. If one ISP won't carry You Tube, another ISP won't allow VPNs, another won't carry Netflix... I think you get the idea. The other problem I have is time. I am middle aged. I am in the US. There likely won't be competition in my area in my life time. If that was an isolated phenomena I would agree that it was my choice to move to an area that had better choices. Sadly, it is not an isolated phenomena.

Mold whine: Soylent superfood shipments stopped by spore scare


Re: I'm not sure what the problem is here

Damn you Tom 7. You owe me a keyboard.

It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls


I've seen this exact tale in an IBM marketing piece. IBM used to collect stories about the AS400 and decided to publish a few. The one like this farm server was identical except it was a a bowling alley that had been remodeled several times. Presumably this server was boxed in by drywall but still running the business software. These stories appeared in IBM literature in the early 2000s time frame.

Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate


Orlowski as usual did a great troll

I typically comment on net neutrality BS, even when I know I am being trolled. But there have been some good posts here already and I don't want to duplicate the ideas. See above:


Joe Gurman

Confused Vorlon

Zippy's Sausage Factory


Naselus (Well said, the robo-surgery rebuttal)


and sometimes: TheOtherHobbes (not meaning some good/bad, but meaning some on topic some not. I'm just referring to those on topic.)

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy


Re: Other variations

I've had biscuits and gravy in Florida, Georgia, Iowa and Illinois. Never seen onions in it. I'd like it as I like onions. But it sure isn't common.

GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre


Re: Don't believe it

I think they are right. One charger in the dead center of every 50x50 square would be a charger within 50 mile of you everywhere.

Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit


Re: She could always have taken the offending banana and throne it in the freezer....

I've never heard of anybody fumigating bananas or any other fruit/veg here in the states. Many grocers often do gas the bananas with ethylene gas to get them to the desired ripeness. And tomatoes.

DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas


And they spell through, I spell threw.

Sprint: Net neutrality means we can't stamp out download hogs


Re: Pure BS

"By this definition, having a bandwidth of less than *infinity* is a limit, because if my bandwith is less than infinity, there is a limit to how much I can download in a given period."

This is just hyperbole, This is not referring to a limit imposed by the provider. If I have a 10Mb connection, and routinely see 9Mb or better, then the provider decided they didn't like me for some reason and for early evening only allowed me 2Mb, that is an arbitrary limit. There reason for deciding they didn't like me would be irrelevant, but would likely be because I use an application provided by someone other than them and they would would rather I buy the application from them.

"I can appreciate that people feel they want to get what they've paid for, but in a network of finite resources there has to be, at some times, a way of dividing up bandwith so that all users get some service rather than some users getting all the service."

It is unethical to oversell, and should be illegal (and I think that applies to all appilcations, services etc., e.g. airplane seats.) There should be honesty and integrity in any transaction. If they have 2000 customers on a given segment and can't provide all of them the bandwidth they advertise, then that should be in the contract. If they told me they could only provide 10Mb for 1000 users and the rest of us only get 2Mb until the number of users drops, and they priced it accordingly, then fine. If they have three plans, 2Mb, 10Mb and 50Mb, with respectlively higher prices, and no mention of overselling, I would expect if I paid for the 50Mb I should get that or near it at all times.

Trans-Pacific Partnership stalled says Australian trade minister


Re: There's a problem if this treaty isn't ratified?

I agree with your opinion concerning the TPP. But I don't recall NAFTA being at all like TPP. I have never been a policy wonk or political junkie, but I have always paid attention to things such as this and I don't recall NAFTA being secret. All of it was out in the open.

Hyperloop tube trains, killer AI, and virtual skydiving: Yes, it's the Pioneers Festival


Re: Looks like 5 TED talks squashed together

"...Musk has already maxed out his credit trying to get into space."

Should read: ...Musk has already maxed out his credit getting to space.

Google Maps gets hit with racist White House listing


Re: Wonder

@Matt 21

You owe me a keyboard.

Hypervisor indecisive? Today's contenders from yesterday's Hipsters


iSeries was early also

Don't recall the pSeries having LPARs in the late 90s. The iSeries did. They might have been AS400s still at the time. I've always liked OS400 but I don't remember all of the timelines. My last pSeries was in 2008 but I still have a couple of iSeries, along with a small cluster of ESX servers. I don't have any Hyper-V though I do have several dozen Windows servers (mostly virtual.) I keep saying I'm going to give Hyper-V a whirl but I never seem to get to it.

In the early aughts I also had some Sun systems and looked at containers (more virtual machines than containers in the Docker sense.) I didn't make a case for using them in production so didn't get a good feel for them.

MAYHEM in ORBIT: Russian cargo pod spins OUT OF CONTROL


NASA and its partners do not share all supplies

The food, personal hygiene supplies and lots of other things are sent by each respective partner for their representatives on the ISS. As respect to the ISS all the partners seem to be cooperative and I suspect if the situation warranted it they would pool resources including food. But short of that they track their own. So NASA is not two shipments short, only one. And Russia is likely one short, unless this turns out to be less serious than it appears right now.

Non-American nerds jam immigration pleading for right to live in the US


It is not just the big tech companies that are clamoring for unfair advantages. In the U.S. midwest I have seen some big insurance companies crying about no workers available while loads of people were leaving the area because they couldn't find jobs. This was in the mid 1990's when it was most blatant but I saw it still occurring in the 2006 time frame. I have one acquaintance who is a VP at a small software company. His son, who was early thirties at the time, moved out of the area specifically to get an IT job that paid a middle class salary.

Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'


Trip length is relative

I find it instructional to see how people talk about trip length in different forums. In some of the comments above a two hour stint is considered long five hours total is common. I am in the U.S. and travel frequently, most commonly by auto. Four hours between breaks is regular. I do a max of twenty hours in one day, though I am getting older and haven't done that in the last couple of years. Everything is just further apart. I live in the midwest and going to any store other than a grocery store is 80 to 90 miles round trip. We don't think twice about doing it after work on any night of the week. Of course, we don't like to waste fuel so we will attempt to wait until we need more than one or two things so we don't go multiple nights a week. But there are other things that happen, such as kids sports, etc. that have similar distances so several times a week we will be making trips that are hour and a half to two hours round trip.

Nothing says 'Taliban' quite like net neutrality, eh, EU Digi Commish?


Re: Ass-hat

@Mark 85

I've never heard that argument in U.S. media. I've only recently heard it and only after recent events in Europe.

Regardless of where the nonsense is being spewed, it is certainly nonsense.

Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote


Overkill but it needed doing

If Verizon had not been successful in overturning the Open Internet rules of the FCC then reclassifying as Title II would not have been necessary. Without net neutrality we'd end up with a fragmented network where some addresses are available from one provider but not others and vice versa. That would be bad enough all the providers were available in area. But since there is no competition and many areas only have one or at most two providers, then a lot of people would not have access to all addresses on the public Internet.

Elon Musk's Tesla set to unveil home storage battery


Lots of interest in this

I don't currently use any home generating equipment but I keep up on the literature. It is a common refrain in the literature that some form of home storage is necessary to utilize the potential of home generation. That is assuming current or likely near term technology. Yea, you can sell your excess when you have it draw from the grid when you don't but from what I read that is not working well. And of course some people want or even need (geographic issues) to be off the grid.

Windows is TAKING the TABLET market... what's left of it, anyway


I have to agree with the first three posters here. The mid-size company I work at has several execs with ipads. Those execs that do the most computing work are now also getting a Surface. The last couple of mid level managers we hired opted for a Surface instead of a laptop. They don't do a lot of heads down data entry but they work with spreadsheets a lot. Tablet to awkward and laptop is overkill.

'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...


Orlowski's usual distortions

I don't think this is true :"overtook Goldman Sachs last year as the biggest corporate political donor in the USA." Not even close. There are quite a few places to check this info, including opensecrets.org. Andrew is a smart man and good at writing (evidenced by how well he provokes comments) but this time the misdirection (or downright lying?) is not hidden very well.

I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows


Re: Pure Genius


Re: Pure Genius

I think Musk qualifies as a proper boffin. Doesn't dress like one or necessarily talk like one but he has both the degrees and the practice. He does do a lot of the design work himself.

'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely


Re: Well...


Well said.

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.


Link to columnists

I've searched through the threads in the forums and can't find a mention of this. What happened to the link to the columnists?

No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK


Upper floors do indeed flood

The company I worked for built a new building and put the server room on the second floor, along with lots of cubicles including those for the IT department. About two weeks after we moved in we had a heavy rain and I got a call. When I got to work there was water running down the stairs. The second floor had about four inches of water retained that didn't run down the stairs. Right next to my cube the sheet rock on the wall was busted out and a ten inch pvc pipe was visible. The designers had put in a 90 degree bend, then about foot over another 90 degree bend to angle back down. It was the roof drain. The water had backed up and the weight on the junction caused it to burst. The server room was higher than the rest of the floor on that story as it had a raised floor. The water level didn't get to the wiring under the floor. So the equipment was fine. We worked remotely for about a month as we had to have mold removal and other time consuming operations performed. But the server room stayed live.