* Posts by e^iπ+1=0

342 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Feb 2014


Move fast and break stuff, Windows Terminal style: Final update before release will nix your carefully crafted settings


How about a poll?

"1 is the magic number" brigade and the "0 is the only true way" acolytes.

I vote for zero (0).

Neg for 1, upvote for zero.

Suggest another number if you like (does not apply to physicists).

You have one job, Australian PM tells contact-tracing app, and that’s talking to medicos


All they have to do to gain trust is



"unclear if it will be possible to assess if the PM’s words are correct."


Inherent truthiness coefficient



> 0.5 Gimme tracking asap. I'm not quite dead yet.


self isolate anonymously, thx

Vivaldi browser to perform a symphony of ad and tracker blocking with version 3.0


El Reg ads

C'mon, how about locally hosted elreg/bogroll.jpg or similar - I would not block that.

No gifs, however, please.

I'm deliberately running our local bogroll stash low - below 3 rolls currently. I predict a modest downturn in prices soon, and am considering hoarding around 6 rolls.

A locally hosted ad on elreg might convince me where to buy - no tracking, naturally.

Got to go now - need a crap / full of shit / important message from an SEO to catch up with.


Startpage might not be a good choice.

So long, startpage, and thanks for all the fish.

Zuck loves free speech so much Facebook will censor 'anti-state' content in Vietnam after telcos 'crippled' access


tactical withdrawal until such time

Presumably it costs Facebook money to take down restricted content, costs they'd rather avoid.

For example, a disproportionately large number of Facebook moderators (I think I read 25% a while back) are working on removing illegal posts in Germany in order to comply with the country's laws against Nazi content.

I guess this is considerably cheaper for them than pulling out of Germany or getting fined.

Maybe it was easier for Vietnam to just throttle Facebook into complying with their wishes than enact laws which would be subject to public scrutiny, and possibly not broad enough for their requirements.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?


Re: Good for data-less phone plans

Nothing to fear.

Perhaps we'll all get a free, government supplied device.

You may carry it with you.

Should you choose not to, you will be arrested when staff are available.

Those with nothing to hide will be fine.

Checkpoints easy to find for those not sure.


cultured in eggs.

Mmm eggs.

I was just looking for a new egg recipe.

Worst case, could we quarantine the vegans until there was an egg free vaccine for them? Might be available eventually.

Wanted: An exit strategy from the overt surveillance of smartphone contact tracing


Re: Yebbut...

"Or not"

To be safe from virus / facial recognition you need goggles too.

Signal sends smoke, er, signal: If Congress cripples anonymous speech with EARN IT Act, we'll shut US ops


Re: Land of the Free (emphasis on 'free')

If you're free, then you're the product.


follow the money ... chat app WhatsApp

Another is Messenger, same owner. What about Skype?

Let's recap reCAPTCHA gotcha: Our cunning AI can defeat Google's anti-bot tech, say uni boffins

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Re: Nice bit of recursion

Job done?

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that banks where you live



WTF is a pelican crossing????

One that features traffic lights for pedestrians rather than a Belisha beacon.

Next, what's a Belisha beacon? Could always try Wikipedia.

We could all do with a bit of empathy in our systems, says Mozilla as it ships Firefox 75 in the thick of global pandemic


Re: I wish they'd stop messing with things that don't need "fixing"!




browser.urlbar.update1. searchTips

Hmm, I checked and already had all those set to false; my address bar still looks a bit strange compared to a couple of weeks ago.

When I clear the address bar I get a drop-down list of sites (from history?) which I wasn't plagued with until recently.

First it was toilet paper. Then pasta. Now Broadcom suspects hoarders are behind its surprisingly good-looking Q2 sales



If one has loads of BCM4702 in various old routers - are they flushable?

Asking for a friend.

Mozilla plugs two Firefox browser holes exploited in the wild by hackers to hijack victims' computers

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Re: Clarification

"Firefox -> Help -> About Firefox menu"

Doesn't work on Android.

In fact, I can't seem to find the version number anywhere in the app. I need to go into settings, app info, then I see 68.7.0

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No agencies but ...

... what about black hats?

Asking for a friend.

Philippines considers app to trace coronavirus carriers


'started planning an app'

Sounds dumb.

I'm sure if they ask nicely they could get a translated version of the chinese app, maybe even using their servers for free.

Google changes course, proposes proprietary in-app purchase API as web standard


"tiny sword of power"

Want one.

Can I transfer it from one game to another now?

Or even from game version X to game version X+7 without having to buy all the intermediary games?

Huawei P40 pricing is in step with previous P-series efforts – but flagship lacks the apps punters have come to expect


What can a banking app do that I can't do via the webpage on my pc or phone....not much

Unfortunately some neobanks lack websites - app only.

One could choose to ignore such banks, but for me e.g. starling offering euro denominated bank account with associated debit card isn't available from any of the non app-only banks I've come across.

How many days of carefree wiping do you have left before life starts to look genuinely apocalyptic? Let's find out


four bottles per brand.

"only left with 6 bottles"

Does this mean one and a half brands?

As a countermeasure, I've found that after 6 bottles my product "fussiness" might lessen, so do consider buying some stuff you might reject if sober - you know that's not happening any time soon anyway.

Australian state will install home surveillance hardware to make sure if you're in virus isolation, you stay there


real 9/11 they always wanted.

Yeah, these bin Laden inspired biotech engineers are high fiving the pangolin in the mountain cave.


Re: April fool?

I thought they normally flag all the April Fool's day posts as such by 12:00 BST. None today.

I suppose someone decided it would be inappropriate this year (fake news?). Maybe current reality is worse than most April Fool's jokes.

Now, I can't find my spaghetti tree, but I've got one I'm hopeful that might solve the toilet paper shortage in my household. Broad leaves; not flushable, however.

BT providing free meals to coax its healthy customer support staff back into office as calls rocket amid pandemic



Not sure whether asymptotic is a reasonable analysis of the spread - are there always a constant number of new infections per iteration?

I imagine something like (x*2)+1 per generation would support asymptotic growth (1,3,7,15,31,63,...), but I can't see the stats to support that.

Where would the odd 'one' come from? And isn't it asymptomatically insignificant anyway after a couple of generations?

Lost in translation and adrift in cloud storage


Honey bees in general go WAY out of their way to avoid stinging.

Isn't that because they die when stinging?

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


Does the UK government have anyone who advises on software and security matters?


Singapore to open-source national Coronavirus encounter-tracing app and the Bluetooth research behind it

Big Brother

Shady outfits

Presumably one needs to have the application on a large number of devices in a region to work reliably using Bluetooth. 1% might be too low.

So, the TLAs / shady outfits would need to get this preinstalled on phones or bundled in as e.g. an os feature for those in the region, or make it a requirement for progressing past the checkpoint.

For example, install this application if you want to be allowed to leave your home. They have something like that in China.

UK enters almost-lockdown: Brits urged to keep calm and carry on – as long as it doesn't involve leaving the house


He literally couldn't have explained it any clearer.

Shame about all of the prevarication that came before.

Any takers for 'herd immunity"?

Science? We've herd of this.

After 20-year battle, Channel island Sark finally earns the right to exist on the internet with its own top-level domain


why does it annoy you?

One could always leave Sark ...

or shut up.

Other alternatives available.




It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin


IMEI is still tied to you.

New phone, who dis?


sneakily re-grouping?

I think they just farted in my general direction.


Re: But I don't have a so-called "smart" phone.

I do; however I don't have any included data, also no free texts / no credit.

How may I participate?

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home


email containing the string "virus" or "viri"

Hmm, got some with "covid" and even SARS2 or something that got past that filter. Try harder.


This French chap has done a marathon on his balcony.

Done previously in China:



Did you touch your face? Wash your hands.

Basic programming error. Should be:

Going to to touch your face? Wash your hands first.

Otherwise, about as useful as "Did you just cross the road? Look right, left, then right again. If it was safe to cross, you survived."

Forget toilet roll, bandwidth is the new ration: Amazon, YouTube also degrade video in Europe to keep 'net running amid coronavirus crunch



Presumably Netflix et al will be automatically giving rebates to all those paying extra for 4k, hd services that are downgraded? Or do they need to request it?


Re: Uptick on torrenting then?

Make sure you kick off the torrent a few seconds earlier to make sure it's ready when you want to watch.

Why not do it before putting the kettle on for that cuppa you were planning to have with the film?

Budget 2020 in tech: UK.gov splashes cash on broadband and R&D while trying to limit impact of COVID-19 outbreak


nothing being said about how we will pay for it

My guess would be increased levels of government debt, such as bonds.

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?


ATMs only attach to a private Barclays network

Not like any private networks have ever been hacked.

Months-long trial of alleged CIA Vault 7 exploit leaker ends with hung jury: Ex-sysadmin guilty of contempt, lying to FBI


poopy passwords


One of them had MIXed case, the other was amultiwordpassword.

Following 90s password guidelines to the letter.

Published on the website as a backup / disaster recovery.

What's inside a tech freelancer's backpack? That's right, EVERYTHING


"My most essential piece of kit is a four-way power extension cable and block."

Not forgetting all the power adapters needed for eu, Switzerland, us, Australia, UK, more? No, the multi adapters won't suffice.

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


Photograph the evidence ffs

Must be cheap enough these days to just photograph everything before chucking the original items.


Re: Daft or smart?

Fork the coins.

Don't worry, IT contractors. New UK chancellor says HMRC will be gentle pushing IR35 rules


In the future they will essentially be

... zero hours contractors.

Gig economy - eventually permies won't need holiday pay, sick pay and so on either. All this is just wasteful for the corporations.

Facebook tells US tax bods: Swear to God, we were only worth $6.5bn in 2010 because we were menaced by... MySpace and smartphones


can they afford the legal fees?

Maybe the legal fees are tax deductible.

Facebook coughs up $550m to make AI photo tagging lawsuit vanish. How ever will it survive on that $17.9bn left over?


Re: What community?

"Yes people not on Facebook do not even get asked if they mind being tagged into photo's"

Pics or it didn't happen.

UK political parties fall over themselves to win tech contractor vote by pledging to review IR35


Re: Election?

It's a horror film - results come out on Friday the 13th part *** at around 13:13:13 if you're somewhat fortunate.


IR35 - couple of decades old now?

I'm a bit out of the loop now, but I remember IR35 being an issue a while back - part of the reason I took another contract in mainland Europe early this century instead of coming back to the UK; the rate played a role too.

Has it really taken this long for IR35 to start to bite?

What the fuck have they been doing with this legislation in the meantime?

Newly born Firefox 71 emerges from its den – with its own VPN and some privacy tricks


Re: I find VPNs very useful

'only the VPN provider will see the IP address'

Possibly makes you harder to track - sites like Google might see many connections from the VPN exit point, rather than from your "home" IP address.