* Posts by MiguelC

845 posts • joined 22 May 2014


Bad news for 'cool dads' trying to bond with their teens: China-owned TikTok and WeChat face US download ban by Sunday

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Re: They should be banned globally

Come on, no Judge Dredd-like execution? You're going soft there...

How do you solve 'disruption' at the UK border after Brexit? Let's call Peter Thiel! AI biz Palantir – you're hired

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Re: the gov might have the best intentions with its covid advice

best intentions? but for whom?

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide

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Re: Distracted Driving

A colleague of mine used to have a book to read while stuck in traffic. Once she was interviewed by a TV reporter who was doing a piece about the really bad traffic jams on that particular road As you might guess, she wasn't moving much if a reporter managed to have a conversation while standing outside her car...

Surprise! Apple launches iOS 14 today, and developers were given just 24 hours' notice

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"Incoming calls, for example, are now indicated in a small window, and no longer consume the entire display."

Hoo, hoo, did Apple just invent what Samsung (maybe other Android variations too) users have had for some years now?

Bad apples: US customs seize OnePlus earbuds thinking they're knock-off AirPods

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Wouldn't it be funny if China customs also seized an AirPod shipment for looking like counterfeit OnePlus Buds?

Q: How does hydrogen turn into a metal? A: Hang on a second, I need to train my AI supercomputer first

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Re: Another possible niggle

Mercury, gallium and indium are all liquid at NTP, and all are metals too. In physics, being a metal is more commonly regarded as being electrically conductive. Lots of elements not classified as metals become metallic under high pressures and temperatures, while other lose their metallic properties under those conditions (like sodium)

Huawei's supply chain squeeze tightens, as SK Hynix and Samsung set to stop selling chips to the Chinese bogeyman as of next week

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While I do generally agree with your idea, I think the pressure from the US would most likely be financial - if huuuuuge fines were to be levied against the companies unless they’d stop selling to Huawei, they would have no option but to comply (under their own investors’ pressure)

Upside down, you turn me, you're giving bork instinctively: Firefox flips as a train connection is missed

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Maybe that particular train was supposed to be sold to Australian railways but somehow ended up in Blighty?

India flies Mach 6 scramjet for 20 whole seconds

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Re: Blue water navy?

Yes, there are

Salon told to change ad looking for 'happy' stylist because it 'discriminated against unhappy people'

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Re: Thought that the call was a "wind up"

I always answer those with "you called me, you must know who I am"

Borking all over the world: At home or abroad, you're never more than 6ft from a BSOD

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Re: Depth of troubleshooting that ensued ...

Not really, you eliminated one step of (unnecessary) troubleshooting, so you actually gained something

Intel, Apple, Cisco, Google sue US Patent Office – Tech police, open up!

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Never expected saying this, but...

I hope Intel, Apple, Cisco & Google succeed

(in this case alone)

While you lounged about all weekend Samsung fired up its biggest-ever chip factory and started cranking out 16Gb LPDDR5 DRAM

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You say 16 Gb, the picture shows 16 GB

So, which is it?

China trolls Trump with tech export rules changes that could imperil TikTok sale

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Don't forget the grudge for the empty seats on his comeback rally in Tulsa, which many attribute to a campaign launched on TikTok

Ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain loses US appeal bid against fraud convictions and 5-year prison sentence

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"We rather regard any resort to the privilege against self-incrimination as a black mark."

Wow, just wow.

They're basically saying that the whole point of the existence of that privilege (if you can call it that) is for defendants to imply their guilt by using it?

Google wants to listen in to whatever you get up to in hotel rooms

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Re: Reminds me of the time

marshmallows? what about 12 boxes of live crickets?

Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers' privacy

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Re: Facebook Tracking

Same here (and no-scripted to hell)

A bridge too far: Passengers on Sydney's new ferries would get 'their heads knocked off' on upper deck, say politicos

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They're navigating like an Egypcian

When there was at thing called ‘tourism’ in the world, I did a cruise on the Nile river.

Enjoying myself on the top deck, I didn't understand what the fuss was about when the boat's employees started dismantling the tents that provided some well needed shade.

Then we passed under a bridge that I could touch with my hand if I'd wished to.

Watching more carefully, I noticed that every other boat we passed by also had those removable tents on top.

Never read about any accident resulting from that particular set-up, though.

Ancestry.com: Let arbitrator decide on auto-enrolling membership lawsuit

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News at 11: there are lots of scumbags on the interwebs

Just an example of one of those subscription scams a close friend fell for: https://www.trustpilot.com/review/bilablau.com

She had to cancel her credit card to stop payments being sent

They've been going on at it for years and the authorities don't seem able to stop them - although they've been reported to the police in 2018 (and probably earlier, they most probably are the one that has complaints from across Europe)

Android user chucks potential $10bn+ sueball at Google over 'spying', 'harvesting data'... this time to build supposed rival to TikTok called 'Shorts'

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Re: It is their nature

Just the other day I was talking to a friend about derivatives (the calculus type) and she asked how I'd define them. After I gave her a brief expo, I picked my phone to look for a more exact definition.

I typed d-e-f- into the google search box and the first suggestion was "Definition of derivative"

What are the odds?

On a side note, I don't have google's voice assistant enabled

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"The case is McCoy v. Alphabet, Inc. et al, case number 5:20-cv-05427"

But is it the real McCoy?

The results are in: Science says the Solar System's magnetic heliosphere looks like a deflated croissant

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Re: If the latter, it's not a croissant, ask any Frenchman.

From wikipedia "Mège-Mouriès made very little profit from the invention of oleomargarine, which never became popular in France", et pour cause.

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault

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Re: Ambush

There are offices we do our utmost to avoid, which we informally call Bermuda Triangles, if you get near them you'll inevitably be sucked into them where you'll be asked about countless old tasks status' and as many new requests will be made.

China slams President Trump's TikTok banned-or-be-bought plan in the US

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Re: I'm surprised he didn't ask for personal commission, to be honest.

It's not on record, as is par for the course.

A tale of mainframes and students being too clever by far

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Re: (not from the database, from memory)

ah yes, I remember sometime ago a coworker learning that deleting records from an in-memory array meant it could also delete them from the database, depending on the parameters used for creating the damn thing.... not a fun weekend for him, recovering information from backups and transaction logs.... at least he learned (as did others - natch - by example) that everything should be thoroughly tested before deploying in production, even seemingly small changes.

Brit retailer John Lewis to catapult 111 tech bods over to Capgemini weeks after dumping 244 on Wipro

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"(...)111 who will transfer to Capgemini under the Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (TUPE) regulations.

The Register understands that of the 111, 80 former Partners could be made redundant."

Funny how the part about "protection of employment" doesn't seem to mean what it says...

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a charred white dwarf star blasted across our galaxy by an ancient semi-supernova

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900,000 KPH (559,234 MPH)

I'm pretty sure the original measurement wasn't that precise...

UK smacks Huawei with banhammer: Buying firm's 5G gear illegal from year's end, mobile networks ordered to rip out all next-gen kit by 2027

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Re: This will end in tears.

For the sake of the exercise, wouldn’t the British government be incensed if, let’s say, JCB was banned from selling its machinery in China? Would that automagically transform JCB into a government owned company?

Burn baby burn, infosec inferno: Just 21% of security pros haven't considered quitting their current job

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Re: "The majority (64 per cent) claimed it was being forced to cope with fewer resources"

It might become #1 priority, but security won't get any more resources allocated because of that.

They'll hire some PR people instead.

Cornish drinkers catch a different kind of buzz as pub installs electric fence at bar

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Re: what happens to the drunk

What I really had on the back of my mind was this Ren & Stimpy episode...

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Re: what happens to the drunk

Don't Pee On The Electric Fence

So Darned Kind of you, Facebook: SDK bug sends popular iOS apps crashing earthwards

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Re: yet another reason to not use ZuckBook

a reason not to use third-party login services; today it was Facebook, tomorrow it might be Google or any other one

Philippines government tech agency seeks 750 percent budget boost for COVIDigital transformation

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Digital transformation indeed

They're on the (right?) path, their currency already being PHP

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

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Re: I would like to deeply apologize to the Chan family.

And the comment he posted to the video, was he sill drunk?

He just apologized after getting exposed to the world and its dog, as a mitigation attempt

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.



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