* Posts by ragnar

98 posts • joined 6 Nov 2013


Billionaires see wealth double during pandemic as tech bros lead the charge


Re: They actually believe the money exists!

This is a myth. Billionaires frequently liquidate enormous sums with no difficulty.


Another Debian dust-up with Firefox dependencies – but there is an annoying and awkward workaround


Re: "dangerously outdated browser"

Isn't running an outdated browser just begging for an exploit?


Re: Once again ...

Are you confusing slackware with arch?

Slackware doesn't have the latest and greatest versions - it has a glacial progression that prioritises stability.

Kremlin names the internet giants it will kidnap the Russian staff of if they don't play ball in future


Re: a state run by mafia

Governments don't evolve over thousands of years, they are formed in response to immediate political events. This particular government is the consequence of allowing capitalists to assume control of the lion's share of state assets after the fall of Communism.

China's hypersonic glider didn't just orbit Earth, it 'fired a missile' while at Mach 5


Re: a limitation of hypersonics

You might be surprised. It took 4 weeks of weapon testing to sink CV-66, and they eventually had to board her to plant explosives to finish the job. They're extremely difficult to sink compared to battleships.

New World: Grindy? Check. Repetitive? Check. Fun? We hate to say it... but check


"Though the game starts off with NPC quest-givers fully voiced, this declines over time to the point that side quests just have some text."

That seems like a pretty cynical design decision to lure players in with a bait and switch.

The blowing up graphics cards ended up being due to poor manufacturing I believe though.

Data-breached Guntrader website calls in liquidators, is reborn as Guntrader 2 Ltd


Re: How does this work?

I'm also interested. I was under the impression that the corporate veil could be lifted when directors use liquidation as the means to avoid legal obligations.

Former SAP leader's lawsuit claims she was canned for pushing corporate diversity


Re: "Nothing to stop them"

I'd hazard a guess you've never talked to a female HGV driver.

Frustrated dev drops three zero-day vulns affecting Apple iOS 15 after six-month wait


Re: Mitigation?

I don't think that should be a get-out for a company as profitable as Apple though, at least when it comes to security bugs.

They could spend $100m to build an amazing security team that does nothing but handle bug bounties and *still* have made $105bn in profit. Hell, spend $1bn and make it $104bn in profit.

The resources they have access to are utterly mind-boggling and it's shameful they don't care enough about security to use it.

I'm feeling lucky: Google, Facebook say workers must be vaccinated before they return to offices


Re: I'm not sure

There's a lot of people confidently spouting complete bollocks on here today. Your mask isn't there to catch COVID particles directly. If it did, you wouldn't be able to breathe, as oxygen molecules are several hundred times larger.

The masks prevent you spraying water droplets everywhere, which are a vehicle for transmission because those droplets can contain the virus. This is basic, basic stuff.


Re: I'm not sure

Wow, it's a good thing we have El Reg reader ForthIsNotDead to tell us how our medical professional know nothing and to dispute the countless documented cases of infections by symptomless carriers. Where would we be without you. /s


Re: FREeDomZ

It's almost like there's some sort of difference between flu and COVID.

A real go-GETTR: Former Trump aide tries to batter Twitter by ripping off its UI


Re: Litigiousness.

Well, I am not a lawyer, but you can't just sue for the fun of it. You sue to make amends for some sort of loss that you've suffered.

If Trump says he was cheated of the Presidency, Joe Bloggs can't sue him for that. If Trump says Joe Bloggs filed fake ballots to make him lose the presidency, then that would be a reputational loss that you've suffered, and perhaps you might have a case.

If you wanted to read up, then https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tort is probably what you're looking for.

Just when everyone thought things might be looking up, Dido Harding admits interest in top job at NHS England


Re: Check with the Anti-Corruption Champion?

Surprised this wasn't in the article actually.

Nvidia nerfs RTX 3080, 3070, 3060 Ti GPUs to shoo away Ethereum miners


Re: nVlidia is not a government agency

Look out, the soCiALisM is coming to get you!

The far simpler explanation is nVidia care about maintaining their multi-decade customer base of video gamers and don't want them to switch to a competitor or to a next gen console in case they don't come back.

Satellite collision anticipated by EU space agency fails to materialize... for now at least


Re: the 2007 Fengyun-1C anti-satellite missile test

All major powers have done this.


It's not a uniquely Chinese problem, and the US has vigorously opposed UN resolutions to stop this kind of thing.

Director, deputy director, CTO of Free Software Foundation quit after Stallman installation


Link please. I haven't been able to google anything about wanting to remove Sir Francis Drake from textbooks.

Red Hat pulls Free Software Foundation funding over Richard Stallman's return


Re: Let's be very clear here ...

You're on a really sticky wicket here. Only 14% of child marriages in the US are between people of similar ages.


Between 2000 and 2015, over 200,000 minors were legally married in the United States,[10] or roughly six children per thousand.[11] The vast majority of child marriages in the U.S. were between a minor girl and an adult man.[10][12][13] Most minors married were girls.[10] In many cases, minors in the U.S. may be married when they are under the age of sexual consent, which is 16 to 18 for most states.[14] In some states minors cannot legally divorce, leave their spouse, or enter a shelter to escape abuse.[15][16]

Unchained At Last, the only non profit advocacy group dedicated to ending child marriage in the United States, found that only 14% of the child marriages conducted from 2000 to 2010 were between two children marrying each other.[12] In most cases, child marriages are between a minor and an adult.[26] In terms of spousal age, the majority of those surveyed, about 60%, reported being 18–20 years old. Less than 3% reported being over 29 years of age.[10] In over 400 cases, the adult was aged over 40. And in 31 cases, they were over 60.

According to data compiled by Anjali Tsui, Dan Nolan, and Chris Amico, who looked at almost 200,000 cases of child marriage from 2000-2015:

67% of the children were aged 17.

29% of the children were aged 16.

4% of the children were aged 15.

<1% of the children were aged 14 and under.

There were 51 cases of 13-year-olds getting married, and 6 cases of 12-year-olds getting married.[10]

Extreme examples include a case in 2010 in Idaho, where a 65-year-old man married a 17-year-old girl.[citation needed] In Alabama, a 74-year-old man married a 14-year-old girl, though the state has since raised their minimum age to 16.[10] According to Unchained At Last, the youngest girls to marry in 2000-2010 were three Tennessee 10-year-old girls who married men aged 24, 25, and 31, respectively, in 2001.[citation needed] The youngest boy to marry was an 11-year-old, who married a 27-year-old woman in Tennessee in 2006.[12]

Workday bets big on staff coming back to the office by splurging $172.5m on HQ and five more Bay Area buildings


Re: Nope

It's still quite eye-wateringly expensive for a non-business connection though.

Now that half of Nominet's board has been ejected, what happens next? Let us walk you through the possibilities


Re: The bottom line?

Do you mean profit?

Google emits data-leaking proof-of-concept Spectre exploit for Intel CPUs to really get everyone's attention


Re: Tried all exploits, none worked. Yawn.

You're really bad at reading comprehension. The exploit was developed on Linux. And the page specifically says it's not designed to test whether your machine is vulnerable:

"It was developed and optimized for Chrome 88 running on an Intel® Core™ i7-6500U processor on Linux. While it was confirmed to work on other CPUs (different vendor and/or generation), operating systems and Chromium flavors, you might have to adjust the configuration and it might work less reliably (or not at all). Note that the goal of this proof of concept is to demonstrate the feasibility of a web-based Spectre exploit. It is not a test to see if your device is vulnerable or not."

Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops


Re: @Trevor Don't buy US kit

Heh, this comment didn't age well

Takes from the taxpayer, gives to the old – by squishing a bug in Thatcherite benefits system


Re: As they said in the 80s...

And to add to other comments, most benefit claimants are in work. The taxpayer is subsidising private companies who don't pay workers a living wage.

Be careful where you log into GitHub: Dev visits Iran, opens laptop, gets startup's entire account shut down


Re: relying on third-party services

You can't avoid US influence with banking services, which is why the EU has been unable to provide an effective shield for companies to trade with Iran in the face of US sanctions.

Google Cloud (over)Run: How a free trial experiment ended with a $72,000 bill overnight


That's probably illegal, if you live anywhere sane. People have wised up to the possibility of someone doing this and if you do it with the intention of avoiding paying your bills, piercing the corporate veil is a thing that absolutely does happen.

Python swallows Java to become second-most popular programming language... according to this index


Re: Popular?

Mozilla, Pinterest, Instagram, Disqus, National Geographic according to


We're not getting back with Galileo, UK govt tells The Reg, as question marks sprout above its BS*


Re: European Union

This is because there are requirements in the withdrawal agreement for both parties to negotiate to reach an agreement in good faith.

Although I think it's fair to say that many (most?) European leaders are at the point now where they're resigned to the possibility of a No Deal in the face of all of our crazy negotiating 'tactics', they don't want to risk being the first to walk away.

But don't worry, the end is coming soon, one way or another.

DPL: Debian project has plenty of money but not enough developers


They have an accumulated cashpile, rather than recurring income from which to pay recurring salaries. I don't think that would be sustainable (and wouldn't cover the number of developers needed in any case).

Mozilla signs fresh Google search deal worth mega-millions as 25% staff cut hits Servo, MDN, security teams


She's still just a lawyer with a chinese degree though. Hardly someone with the engineering chops to be making decisions on Firefox's direction.

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO


Plenty of people signing that letter are not "rational thinkers" because they've a track record of ignoring the scientific and medical consensus about the validity of transgender people. The letter may have had innocuous wording, but several people signing it are bigots based on their prior behaviour.

If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything


Re: Google apps etc. via browser?

Google maps via the mobile browser is pretty dire. Can't speak to the rest.

Amazon settles for $11m with workers in unpaid bag-search wait lawsuit


Not much back pay then for something that dates back that many years. $7.16m / 200k = $36 each unless I've missed something. Sounds like Amazon have basically got a free pass here.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party


Re: Another thing...

"Do you really think things would be different with another party in government?"

Maybe yes? There are plenty of governments around the world who didn't ignore their pandemic preparedness warnings or defund their health and social care services. There are examples of governments who didn't dabble with herd immunity, who followed WHO advice, who locked down early, and had fewer deaths as a result.

Things don't always have to be this shambolically run - we can, and should, aspire to be governed by a competent political class that isn't beholden to financial interests, as some other countries are lucky enough to have.

And while I do share your boredom at constant Brexit mentions, it has been specifically cited as one of the reasons our pandemic plans have not been well executed; because civil service energy was being directed elsewhere for the last two years. Governments have limited bandwidth.

Welcome to life in the Fossa lane: Ubuntu 20.04 let out of cage and Shuttleworth claims Canonical now 'commercially self sustaining'


Re: I still don't see the purpose of WSL

My company is a mostly windows shop for its laptops, and we use various local docker images to provide various things for developers. Our server infrastructure is all Linux, so having WSL means instructions etc. can all be consistent and gives everyone access to a nice linux command line without having to get a mac.

Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft speech-to-text AI systems can't understand black people as well as whites


Is this actually a fair conclusion to draw?

"CORAAL contains black speakers who use AAVE to various degrees, and hail from Princeville, a city known for its historic African American population, as well as Rochester, New York, and Washington DC.

VOC is made up of white speakers from Sacramento and Humboldt County, California."

Wouldn't it have been a better comparison to have a dataset made up of white and black speakers who are all either speaking English or all speaking African American Vernacular English?

Since wikipedia says AAVE has its own unique grammar, vocabulary and accents, it's unsurprising that an AI dealing with standard English struggles. The AI may be equally good at recognising black speakers who are using conventional English grammar, vocabulary and accents but this study doesn't seem to allow us to draw a conclusion on that front.

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure


You shouldn't do this.

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage


Because they had the opportunity to write existing EU standards into law to give their stated intentions legal force and refused to do so.

People like Jacob Rees-Mogg have already talked about how Indian standards will be good enough.


Auf wiedersehen, pet: UK Deutsche Bank contractors plan to leave rather than take 25% pay cut for IR35 – report


Re: Alternatively

Those waiting lists would be smaller if the consultants were available 100% of the time for NHS work.

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees


I believe moving panels and switches around may require recertification in some cases.

UK Home Sec kick-starts US request to extradite ex-WikiLeaker Assange


Re: Oh, the irony !

I mean, the US judicial system is a shit pit, but it's not China. I'd be protesting too.

Portal to 'HELL' cracks open in street – oh sorry, it's just another pothole


Re: Warning - tory bashing.

Their central funding will be cut by 77% by 2020 according to the Financial Times, not normally known for its socialist hand wringing.


Even if your council *actually* hires diversity officers (and you didn't just read a ranty page in the Sun about it), the Conservatives are conducting a full scale ideological assault on local services that should be opposed.

Spending like you describe is a rounding error next to the cuts and is trumpeted by the right wing press to deflect blame from the real cause of all the service closures. Most people are simply unaware of the scale of the cuts from central government and will happily blame local councils - don't fall for it.

Kent bloke incurs the anchor of local council after fly-tipping boat


Brilliant. Many well-deserved groans.

FYI: You could make Tesla's Autopilot swerve into traffic with a few stickers on the road


Re: "a driver can easily override Autopilot at any time [..] and should always be prepared to do so"

They should stop calling it "full self driving" for one thing, as Musk recently tweeted.


It's unbelievable. All the talk about the importance of separating the screens from the flight controls for airlines, and Tesla can't even do it right when they're designing the thing from the ground up.

Easy-to-hack combat systems, years-old flaws and a massive bill – yup, that's America's F-35


Re: Ships

Octavian, by the way. Octavia was his sister.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse


Did anyone else catch what she said in the Call The Hands video at roughly 00:13 - 00:16?

Thanks, great article!

Dell Corp UK makes 1.46% net profit margin on £1.556bn in sales – 'satisfactory' apparently


I can answer your main question - the level of profit probably is considered satisfactory for a limited risk distributor and shouldn't be considered a mark of commercial failure in any way.

If it's designated as such, then its goods and services will be transfer priced to achieve a low profit margin in that range. The idea being that the small level of profits are in line with the arm's length level of profits a 3rd party company would expect to earn if it had a business with such limited risks. Profits instead accrue to the entity taking all the commercial risk, presumably the US for Dell?

Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes


Re: Good on the judge

For the avoidance of doubt, nobody (including Apple) pays VAT on profits.

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME


Re: A Curious 'curious'?

Changing the behaviour on upgrade by default would be breaking the 'contract' the user already had when they installed the first time; that no data would be collected.

For new users, it's a new agreement, so they can pick their preferred option.

Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!


Re: The logic of the ruling is scary

No need, blackmail is already a criminal offence.



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