* Posts by MiguelC

1423 posts • joined 22 May 2014


Russia's Facebook-like VK removed from Apple App Store

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@El Reg, did you ask Apple for comment?

Yeah, I know, I was just trolling you

Teardown shows Apple iPhone 14 Pro is not pro-repair

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Re: Hard to make something pro repair and anti theft

This in an old tale, but once a colleague arrived at the office absolutely fuming. He had left his phone in the cab he took to get to the office and, when he realized it, he used a payphone to call his own number and asked the cabbie to return the phone, to which the answer was "Sorry mate, this one's gone!"

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Re: Hard to make something pro repair and anti theft

Absolutely! My daughter got hers stolen at a club. She reported it to the operator to block the IMEI - they told her it'd be blacklisted on every operator in the country but that thieves (or. more probably, their fences) usually resell them abroad. Hers was activation locked with find my iphone turned on, but it never pinged again...

China's central bank declares victory over online lenders, Bitcoin speculators

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Re: P2P loans is not necessarily cryptocurrency

P2P micro lending helped numerous people in India, many of them women, who previously had no traditional access to banking services. No cryptocurrencies involved whatsoever.

Soaring costs, inflation nurturing generation of 'quiet quitters' among under-30s

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Their lack of experience – exasperated further by the pandemic

I guess they meant 'exacerbated', but exasperation also has it's role in this sad state of affairs

Is it a bird? Is it Microsoft Office? No, it's Onlyoffice: Version 7.2 released

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Re: Ribbon

I would say it's a mis-selling point - for me, at least, it is.

City isn't keen on 5,000 erratic, traffic-jam-causing GM robo-cars on its streets

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It's nice of GM's to ask for a safety rule exemption, because we all know safety rules are in place just to bother drivers...

Darth Vader voice actor James Earl Jones allows AI to take over the role

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James Earl Jones is 91 years old

Wow, I feel old...

Teams of aerial drones might one day help to build houses

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They're planning to have drone-ambulances to take you to fully automated drone-doctors

'I Don't Care About Cookies' extension sold to Avast

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Re: Hmm

If you use it along Cookie AutoDelete, then accepting them has no real consequence, as they last only while the page is open (other durations available)

Musk says Starlink will ask for exemption to US sanctions on Iran

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Re: ha ha ha

well, wearing the wrong clothes maybe not, but for being the 'wrong' colour?

(not that it is government-sanctioned, but you do get half the political spectrum saying it's the victims' own fault)

GPT-3 'prompt injection' attack causes bad bot manners

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Re: Edge's News Feed pitching tech support scams

"The initial request to the scam domain fetches Base64 encoded JavaScript that then profiles the victim and decides whether a scam attempt is appropriate."

The deciding factor being whether the user is using Microsoft Edge...

The next deep magic Linux program to change the world? Io_uring

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Re: "NO MORE SANS! Web pages NOT allowed to override!"

So, in other words, you shot the serif?

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Re: Perfect for hackers :)

That was my immediate thought, but then I read that people a lot smarter and knowledgeable in the area than me approve of it, so it must must be OK

Testing of Starlink internet under way in Antarctica

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Deep down, everyone knows what will happen...

Pornhub usage in Antarctica will rise like an Orca hunting seals on ice shelfs!

(thumb up icon in the absence of Miss Hilton's)

Microsoft Outlook sends users back to 1930 with (very) mini-Millennium-Bug glitch

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Re: Collapsing global economy and rising fascism.

That paragraph, and the one about contradicting views on the Y2K bug, are filled the kind of subtleties that the old Reg was choke full of and made me want to read it instead of greyer publications but are, unfortunately, getting rarer in current articles

As others say, bring Dabbsy back!!

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The 31/Dec/1999 night I was on duty, after a year and a half working on that project for a large bank.

At around 1 AM I went to the nearest ATM and checked my balance and latest account movements (my account was not with the bank I was working for). There was an interest credit of around the equivalent of 3000€. Resisting the urge to spend it there and then, I went back, showed the slip to my co-workers and pondered on what would happen from there on. At 8 AM, after an uneventful night on the job, I went down and checked my balance again. Without a trace of that earlier payment, it now showed the correct and, unfortunately, much smaller interest deposit...

Someone's night was indeed a lot more eventful than mine ;)

Samsung investing $5b in efforts to be carbon neutral by 2050

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3 weeks ago I saw the episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver about carbon offsets

It really is worth watching to see how corrupt and fake all this greenwashing has come to be - and the public falls for this propaganda for lack of more information and real regulation

Google faces fines of up to $25.4b in UK and EU ad tech case

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Fines galore!

This is the same day that the EU's General Court has upheld a 4.125 bn € fine against Google "for using the Android platform to cement its search engine's dominance"

Red Hat says staff can stay away from the office forever

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Re: "when was the last time Voyager 2 actually showed up in the office?"

Oh, but you know that, one day, V'Ger will come back to the office. And not alone.

Automating Excel tasks to come to Windows and Mac

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Re: Users can record what they've done with Action Recorder, which creates a TypeScript language script that can be run again whenever it's needed. Scripts created and edited with the Code Editor can then be shared across the organization, enabling coworkers to automate their workflows, according to a Microsoft online document about Office Scripts.

"A macro by any other name..."

Chinese researchers make car glide 35mm above ground in maglev test

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Bumby rides ahead

From the Twitter video, it promises a really bumpy ride, and the car also swayed wildly from side to side. I'm sure if that's the promo video, things were a lot worse in other tests.

It can only get better from that, then

Blue Monday for Blue Origin as rocket bursts into flame

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Re: They must of


Have Have Have Have Have Have



Judge tells Elon Musk he can't stall Twitter trial

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Re: US legal system is rather sensitive to money

The US give you the best justice money can buy

No, Apple, you may not sell iPhones without chargers

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Re: "Perhaps then all cars should come with a filling station"

That would be like requiring a phone to bring a power plant with it.

Electric cars come with a charging cable to plug them to mains, the home charger is optional.

Indian tech minister picks a fight with Wikipedia over cricketer's dropped catch

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Re: Not a new issue

I remember once, when Wikipedia was relatively new, I edited the page about Wikipedia itself describing it as a site where any fool could write whatever they'd want to about anything they'd thought about.

My edit lasted for just a few hours, but I was proud of it :)

E-commerce pros tie the knot in Amazon-themed wedding

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Did the newly-wed indicate what their return policy (for each other) is?

Terminal downgrade saves the day after a client/server heist

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Re: Green screens were great!


Also worked with some SGI workstations in the early 90's with twin monitors, not sure uf they supported more but they probably could - those workstations were a class apart from anything else at the time

Ex-HP finance manager jailed after going on $5m spending spree using company plastic

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Re: Ambition, risk-training, vanity, lack of morals…

Because she got caught

Asteroids may shoot pebbles into shallow temporary orbits, boffins believe

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US claims Chinese supplier violated export rules by helping ZTE sell telco equipment to Iran

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Only two of them though, El Reg must still be low on the CCP's propaganda bureau priorities

Burger King just sent spam receipts to customers

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Re: Romaine calm

They might need to beef up security

China allows robo taxis – without backup drivers – in parts of two major cities

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Re: as an aside

They could just remove the steering wheel, pedals and gear selector and make the driver's seat a second regular front passenger seat

Scientist shares spicy pic of 'James Webb' discovery

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Re: Brilliant...

Brilliant and tasty.

Have a caña to go along, and I'll have the same!

Virgin Galactic delays commercial suborbital flights again

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Bezos' "not trying to compensate anything" rocket-dick has just this week done it's 6st journey carrying space tourists while Musk's has been sending stuff and people upwards for a long time.

Branson really needs to up his game if he wants to join the space multimillionaires big boys' table.

Claims of AI sentience branded 'pure clickbait'

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Re: generally agree...

Rage Against The Machine never specified what type of machine they were furious with but I reckon it was probably a printer.

Be careful where you install software, and who installs it

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It can bite us all

One project I did, I had to extract data from a fund management application, which had it's own query builder. I was given a user access, being assured that all necessary permissions were granted to that user, and created the query and a job to extract new data daily for my own SW to ingest.

All went well in testing, having frequently adjusted the query during that process, and, after smoothing all edges, into production we went.

All kept going well, at least for a month or so. Then suddenly we stopped receiving the files. Nothing. The reason behind the problem was soon found: my user's access had expired and, therefore, all of those user's processes stopped working.

So we had to ask the application's admin to recreate our process using a system user that never expired, or they would have o keep giving us access to something we didn't need or want.

Anti-piracy messaging may just encourage more piracy

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Re: False equivalence as well...

No need to go to Burma, you can buy replicas in the UK, like this Ferrari California

Apple sued by French media over App Store power

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Re: "Apple doesn't get yet 30% of any wire transfer that you initiate or receive through your banking app on an iPhone"

Don't give them ideas!

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Re: "not French or European law"

The answer to 1) is easy, newspapers and media content creators sell subscriptions to their users through the app store, and Apple will gladly collect 30% of that (just as Google does on its own app store)

The second point though is really astonishing, I thing is unheard of. That one country's law should be applied worldwide is a usual bet, an the US as a habit of trying it, but asking that another country's law should be applied in your own is just weird!

Lapping the computer room in record time until the inevitable happens

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Office chairs need more cornering grip

In a project that fell into my lap, very overdue, I had to work long nights to get it back on track. That also meant most nights my team was alone in the office, a large square open plan designed around a central area where were located the lifts, WCs and a small kitchen, with a corridor going all around, desks on each side of it and partitioned sections in each corner for the various managers' offices.

Each full compile (excellent XKCD) meant some 30 minutes of leisure time. So we did what was expected and raced chairs, right until the one time someone failed to negotiate one of the 90º turns and slammed head-on onto one of those manager's offices. An half-broken screen went flying, as did the desk behind it, with everything on top of it scattered around (no clean desk policies at the time).

So we took an extra hour that night trying to put everything back in its original place, including paperwork and personal stuff and, after figuring we couldn't, concocting an explanation to give in the morning... In the end we just blamed some clumsiness on the part of the team member in charge of bringing our nightly pizzas, he'd tripped on a misplaced chair - the manager even praised us for working as hard as we did :)

I paid for it, that makes it mine. Doesn’t it? No – and it never did

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Re: Tune in, turn on, then say goodbye

Doubt it, it's probable the moderators will, at some point, also have been burned by Hive or Nest or Sonos or TomTom or any other 'smart' devices support ending without recourse.

I uphold the user's right to march wielding stakes and torches. All hail the uprising of the users!

US puts $10 million bounty on North Korean cyber-crews

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Kim won't be shaking in his shoes

He'll be thinking about how he might deliver some of his minions in exchange for $10 million, and if the reward is per minion or not

MIT, Autodesk develop AI that can figure out confusing Lego instructions

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"the researchers said it outperformed existing methods across the board" - except for the human method, that is...

Cheap cellular data list is out: And US doesn't make top 200

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Re: statistics for their own sake?

I pay 15€ for unlimited usage - but 0.00€/GB is not identified as possible, although it would gravitate towards that with the use I make of it - as a mobile hotspot for everything (including TV) and everyone in the household while away in our country cottage, we could easily top 50GB per day! (alright, not really 0.00/Gb, but I didn't see 0.01€/GB either)

Being declared dead is automated, so why is resurrection such a nightmare?

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My house is not registered in the borough were the land it is build belongs to (not exactly a borough, but the local equivalent). Every time I need to sort something with an utilities company it's like going to hell and back

Beijing residents blast COVID surveillance device

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Re: We are very concerned for your continued health

"Do you want me to wear this?"

"No, Mr Bond, I want you to die!"

That emoji may not mean what you think it means

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Re: Eggplant

Don't tell me "two girls, one cup" has nothing to do with ice-cream

First-ever James Webb Space Telescope image revealed

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Re: Here they are!

Looking at all the detail, I think the Universe really needs Marie Kondo's help



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