* Posts by MiguelC

811 posts • joined 22 May 2014


You may be distracted by the pandemic but FYI: US Senate panel OK's backdoors-by-the-backdoor EARN IT Act

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And removing protection for intellectual property law (Section 230 (e) (2)) would do exactly what regarding the backdoors being shoehorned?

Three UK: We're sending you this SMS to warn you not to pay attention to unsolicited texts

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Re: It's as bad as the banks

Also stupid Paypal and their monthly account activity emails that they tell you to click on to sign into your account...

Detroit cops employed facial recognition algos that only misidentifies suspects 96 per cent of the time

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Re: ...and a cop can then do human face-matching.

As per the original piece, the police did not do a human face-match, hence the apologies presented by the police chief

Purism's quest against Intel's Management Engine black box CPU now comes in 14 inches

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like in "have an upvote" :)

You wait ages for a mid-air collision spoofing attack and along come two at once: More boffins take a crack at hoodwinking TCAS

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Re: Security

You say it's not security by obscurity and seem to advocate using that? It doesn't really work, you know... Systems should be public knowledge so that any failings can be quickly found and corrected

I would say they're likening it to security by obscurity just because the system is pretty complex, enough to make it hard to replicate (not impossible, obviously).

Russia returns to space tourism and offers a first citizen spacewalk

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Re: The price?

*erm* 25000 * 24 / 1.5 * 14 = 5.6 million miles

what kind of upgrade can you get on your Soyuz trip? caviar-on-toast in a tube instead of borshch? :)

Wanted – DRAM or alive: US Feds bag arrest warrants for three Taiwanese accused of stealing Micron's mem secrets

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Even if it's government mandated or sanctioned there would be "difficulties" in that course of action... some stern words and maybe even some tut-tutting will probably be all that can be done without tanking the global economy.

Coming live from Next@Acer in Taipei: Hardware refreshes, new ruggedised line – and, er, an energy drink

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Not even one AMD Ryzen based model?

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses... but not your H-1B geeks, L-1 staffers nor J-1 students

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Re: L-1

And J-1s?

So the US is effectively limiting their own access to research scholars, professors and exchange visitors?

A brilliant idea like that can only come from a 'like, a smart person’...

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Re: I called the cops

Well, I called 112 by accident once.

I was trying to call an internal extension number stating with 112. Usually you would dial 0 beforehand for an outside line or the extension number directly for an internal one. Only I wasn't using my own phone but the one on a trader's desk. As they would primarily call clients, their phones were configured to call outside lines by default.

A pretty pissed emergency operator lambasted my for trying to speak to a "Javier", insistently, as he was known to be a kind of a joker and I didn't believe it wasn't him answering his phone.

Own PEBKAC goal...

Internet blackout of Myanmar States that are home to ethnic minorities enters second year

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A memo from the distant future... June 2022: The boss decides working from home isn't the new normal after all

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Re: Executive double-speak

Oh... we must work at the same place...or everywhere's the same...

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

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I once did some consultancy work for a bank (whose name sounds like you have a sort of rod, or pole, and something little kids play with... doh!).

The client's IT manager was the proud gatekeeper of an in-house designed software interface that worked as a presentation layer for mainframe screen I/O, on which I was to do some work. He gave me a user manual he'd written and I went to work. As there were no description of the option buttons I needed, I had to design around the SW specification for a way to make it work.

On the day internal SW validation was due I got the message my solution did not work - because I'd designed it not exactly according to what the manual dictated, it was the manager's *opinion* that it didn't work, and he didn't even let his team test it. I went to one of his juniors and showed how I'd made it work and all the tests my team had done... She told me she'd already knew it worked, but could not contradict her boss.

My options were: 1) go back and find a different solution to the problem (with no guarantee of acceptance); 2) go over his head, to the client who originally asked me to do the job.

Without going much into it, I never saw the manager's face again for the remaining few days working there and, to my knowledge my solution worked without a hitch for - at least - the next 10 years and has been adopted by others since.

Oh, and I left in very good terms with the juniors on his team. It seems I wasnt the only one annoyed with his attitude.

By emptying offices, coronavirus has hastened the paperless office

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Re: For the last 45ish years ...

Don't forget the super fast growing, soil exhausting, eucalyptus, that have no other purpose than for pulp and paper and are real ecosystem destroyers.

Facebook's $500k deepfake-detector AI contest drama: Winning team disqualified on buried consent technicality

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Well, they do, if it concerns Zuck's own privacy

No Wiggle room: Two weeks after angry bike shop customers report mystery orders on their accounts, firm confirms payment cards delinked

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Re: There is no breach

Easily averted if you take care to always use one time virtual cards. Even if they keep you card number against your will (or attention), there will be no problem whatsoever.

Top tip, devs – your Chrome extension doesn't have to suck: 'A few hours can result in big improvements for millions of users'

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Re: That's some news article

Not only that, but after starting with 536MB and loading the content blocker extensions it reduced page and subframe memory by as much as 640MB. Must be a really good news article if it ends up using a negative amount of memory

845GB of racy dating app records exposed to entire internet via leaky AWS buckets

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"Word of the uncontrolled emission burst forth from vpnMentor this week, which claims it found a misconfigured AWS S3 bucket containing 845GB of private dating app records.

Data exposed included photos, many of a graphic, sexual nature; private chats and details of financial transactions; audio recordings; and limited personally identifiable information, the biz stated, adding that it thinks it found sufficient data to blackmail people."

It sounds almost like they're about to start a new business model

Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops

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Re: I have to admit...

Or, and I might be going on a limb here, there was no drone to begin with, only the ones the police sent later...

You know Facebook has an image problem when major nonprofits start turning down donations over political lies

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Re: calibration out of date

There is precedent supporting that it wouldn't matter to his following...

Big Tech trade association warns Uncle Sam against knee-jerk national security measures that harm industry

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Re: cooperation with "like-minded economies"

You have given us all a perfect example of whataboutism. Congratulations!

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Re: cooperation with "like-minded economies"

Are the U.S. one?

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'

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Re: Then, there is Chess...

Some would argue they are the 99%

Travel-sick Windows needing a Systemwiederherstellung would be in Germany, right? Austria? Not necessarily

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Re: You ain't seen nothing yet...

The Beef Labeling Supervision Task Transfer Act is an important piece of legislation, not a laughing matter, young man.

We're number... six. Analysis puts UK behind Switzerland and Kuwait in 5G adoption

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Re: You are number six...

My first though was this... https://youtu.be/MLYdFSaE4tk

I have fond memories of running into Bruce Dickinson when I was 14. He was very nice to me even though I was unable to mumble more than a few words :)

Facebook to save US users from ads bought by foreign state-controlled media

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Re: "I don't think they're the same countries."

You are right, of course.

But it has nothing to do with the point being made.

Not just its VCS console that's MIA, Atari is a no-show in court, too: Reborn biz ignores hardware architect's lawsuit over unpaid wages

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Re: Predicting the impact of an asteroid 2km above the Earth

At for at least 2 of those he's acting as liquidator... probably also in Atari's case, although not officially

As Twitter blocks white supremacists posing as anti-fascists, FBI appeal is flooded with images of cop violence

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Re: 108,000 killed by Antifa

According to The Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year 2017 Shortlist, it only became relevant that year.

"The term Antifa has emerged from relative obscurity to become an established part of the English lexicon over the course of 2017, with media attention to the controversial brand of radical leftism now a regular feature in reports on activism across the political spectrum."

Bite me? It's 'byte', and that acronym is Binary Interface Transfer Code Handler

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"if you got here you're fucked"

Yep, we were....

Nokia's reboot of the 5310 is a blissfully dumb phone that will lug some mp3s about just fine

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if you download then somewhere else and store them in the sd card, sure. (RTFA, it doesn't do wi-fi)

This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

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I had a course subject entirely based on the "Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs" book. Unsurprisingly it was called "Algorithms & Data Structures"

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: Brilliant programming

Ah, the famous "it's not a bug, it's a feature" approach.

Lots of (mainly) junior devs tried that on me, to varying degrees of unsuccess.

AR flop Magic Leap's 'pivot' spins CEO right off his throne

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Re: Golden cushion

He is an artist. A con artist, but an artist anyway.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Re: Take Yer Pick...

Why pick one, it's usually more of an all-or-nothing approach

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip

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Re: Actually it's even more impressive

“We used a next-generation optical modulation format with 500 gigabits-per-second per wavelength. With the 80 micro-comb wavelengths, this combined to form an optical super-channel, which added up to 40 terabits per second,” Corcoran said.

Honest question: how can they achieve 44Tbps with 80 500Mbps wavelengths? Arithmetic didn't change, AFAIK...

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes

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Re: Yes, Daily, or even hourly!

I used to deal with a user who regularly sent me scanned copies of printed PDF documents generated by the application they used, even after I showed them the "send as attachment" option...

(we need an icon for "not the sharpest tool...")

Linux desktop org GNOME Foundation settles lawsuit with patent troll

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I hope it's a good result

I really hope they didn't, but nowhere in the article does it say that they didn't pay for the patent licensing.

Call me sceptical, but the third and second-last paragraphs describe what they raised for this and what they seem to have negotiated in return...

Capture the horrors of war in razor-sharp quality with this ruggedised Samsung phone – or just lob it at enemy forces

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"military version"

Will it prevent users from installing Strava, Polar and that beer-rating app then?

It's, it's, a red-and-blue striped golfing umbrella... Facebook teaches its online tat bazaar to auto-identify stuff for sale

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Re: "even if they should somehow resist the temptation to monetise"


Got any other good ones?

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

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A long time ago (in a galaxy far far different from the one we live in now) as I was bored of my job I did a BMP and JPG pixel to Excel cell mapper just for fun.

Best of all, it wasn't completely pointless, as I got to know the innards of JPG compression.

Huawei's defiant spinning top says Chinese vendor can cope with renewed US sanctions

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Re: France's ongoing "digital sovereignty" policy, or "souverainete numerique"

If you're going to put in the French original to the English translation (although it's a literal translation, no need for the original there), you should at least write it correctly "souveraineté numérique" (yes, accentuation does change the way words sound)

Indonesia imposes 10% digital services tax

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Donald Trump and "handled very delicately" do not go together, is there even one example of the opposite?

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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"McClarkin urged the government to provide more support for brewers and pubs in the form of (...) deferment of beer duty"

But, but, that's just the reason it's going bad -- if only we'd all done our beer duty, there would no beer left!

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: obvious

I've told a tale of exactly the same problem, about a time I was teaching a basic computer intro courses for people who -mostly- never had used computers before

Hey, there's nothing wrong about not knowing something (at least if you learn from your errors)

Ampere, Nvidia's latest GPU architecture is finally here – spanking-new acceleration for AI across the board

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Re: OK ok so it's fast

I bet NVidia will soon start marketing their brand new "Personal nuclear power plants (TM)"

Meteorite's tiny secrets reveal Solar System's sodium-rich, alkaline liquid past – a clue to formation of life

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Re: sorry to be pedantic

There's also a quote mentioning "biotic life"

Don't know any other kind, as biotic literally means relating to or resulting from living organisms (as opposed to abiotic, which is devoid of life)

Wanna be a developer? Your coworkers want to learn Go and like to watch, er, Friends and Big Bang Theory

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"And only three per cent of those working more than 60 hours a week were unhappy"

Maybe they're too exhausted to feel unhappy? I remember when I was doing those kind of hours (well, a bit more) and weekends (or just sundays) were mostly to sleep it off...

About that pony, I guess I still have some space on the balcony :)



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