* Posts by Trigonoceps occipitalis

1306 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014


Shine on you crazy diamond: We don't know who needs to hear it but NASA's explained the weird shape of the Bennu asteroid

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"really close to the surface and just misses"

A bit like flying then?

UK electricity and gas regulator Ofgem puts up £30m 'to respond to urgent requests to complete projects'

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I win.

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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Re: Thinking outside the box

"You want someone to drink WATER in Australia?"

They do, only they call it beer.

Oh what a feeling: New Toyotas will upload data to AWS to help create custom insurance premiums based on driver behaviour

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Re: eCall only activates when there's been an accident

"Why in the name of Zog does a car monitor *when doors are opened*??? Seriously, give me just one good reason, because I cannot think of one."

If the car is driving with the door open it must be on test. How else will VW know when to reduce emissions?

Frosty the plaintiff: Yeti Data flings surprise trademark sueball at Snowflake

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No Confusion

We all know each snowflake is unique.

Intel, boffins invent an AI Clippy for code: Hi, I see you're writing another lock-free bloom filter. Can I help?

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A Godsend to Patent Trolls!

Thus, you show it two routines and it should be able to figure out whether or not they were designed to do the same thing regardless of their implementation.

cf. Look and Feel.

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on

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I wonder how the London Olympics would have fared if Capita had been doing military recruiting in the years running up to the event.

Uncle Sam adds fresh group of 11 Chinese firms to Entity List over human rights abuses

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Re: @AC - Agree

Not a leftpondian so a question really. Unless there is a thumping defeat for Trump and he decides to stay he will offer a rational for this.

"I won the popular vote."

"There are irregularities in Florida."


If the Secret Service eject him is it a coup? It won't be until the Supreme Court rules that all will be clear.

Germany bans Tesla from claiming its Autopilot software is potentially autonomous

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Re: About effing time

There are autonomous vehicles. Tesler make them, it is just that they kill people.

United Arab Emirates’ Mars probe successfully launched and phones home

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Re: Honestly no idea what are they proud of

Standing on the shoulders of giants perhaps but we all learn to walk holding onto a parent before running.

See you after the commercial breakdown: Cert expiry error message more entertaining than the usual advert tripe

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Should we wear masks and gloves to prevent convictions?


Google: OK, OK, we pinky promise not to suck Fitbit health data into the borg. Now will you approve the sale?

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Re: We accept your conditions, just prove your honesty

There are many, perhaps too many, cases of insurance payouts being refused because there is evidence of a pre-existing condition. Has anyone's search history ever been used to support such a decision?

Google employs people to invent colours – and they think their work improves your wellbeing

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We've all missed Googles long term plan

to invent the wheel.

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

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"double the pork-barrelling"

As Mervyn Griffith-Jones nearly said:

"Is it the sort of thing you would wish your wife or servants to see?"

Social media giants move to defy Hong Kong's new national security law

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Re: The equation to be evaluated ...

"POCA allows the seizure of all the assets of anyone suspected but not convicted of a crime."

With the minor inconvenience of getting a judge to agree, albeit at civil standards of proof.

Holy Guacamole! Researchers find Apache remote desktop software was silently pwnable for snooping on sessions

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Re: So you're saying

Isn't Avocado the basis of that Guacamole you get in fish 'n' chip shops?

The Moon certainly ain't made of cheese but it may be made of more metal than previously thought, sensor shows

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Re: Density

"The Moon appears to have an iron-rich core ... "

They've found the Soup Dragon's cauldron!

Boffins baffled as supergiant star just vanishes – either it partially blew itself apart or quietly turned into a black hole

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Solar Help Desk

Perhaps the link was a bit rough and they missed " ... and then switch it on again."

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

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What may you infer if a BMW's indicator is flashing?

The bulb is working.

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Re: There is no price...

"The funny thing is you can never find one when you want one ... "

The USB charger is the larval stage of the odd sock.

Working from home on Virgin Media's broadband? Too bad. Outage hits English capital

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" ... tripled for every hour of outage ... "

Never done the sum about grains of rice and a chess board have we?

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Re: Yay! Its groundhog day!

Stuck in a stupid time loop until a properly peer reviewed paper is published that proves or disproves the concept of a safe back door.

Actually that will not stop the idiocy. A bank's assessment of safe is somewhat different to a law and order (think of the children) politician facing re-election.

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" ... put some encrypted data in drop box using my own encryption ... "


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Re: "A trio of Republican senators"

Perhaps a "Thicket of Congressmen"?

The state of OpenPGP key servers: Kristian, can you renew my certificate? A month later: Kristian? Ten days later: Too late, it’s expired

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The world is covered with the graves of indispensable people.

If you're despairing at staff sharing admin passwords, look on the bright side. That's CIA-grade security

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Re: Numpties, the lot of 'em.

The clue is in the name "Kingdom". HM the Queen is head of state for all parts of the UK - hence United Kingdom. As for the rest, yes, cats and herding.

20 months behind bars for IT support worker who nicked £30k worth of crypto-cash

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Re: What about redemption?

The last public execution in Great Britain occurred in 1868. Michael Barrett was executed at Newgate Prison for mass murder.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: "There's no slave in git though"

" ... condemnation of those who previously used the terms. It's not."

I just can't help the feeling that in a few years time there will be cyber pitch forks out:

They used the M word in their software! No platform them!

I hope not but one thing the Internet is good at is demonstrating the lack of thinking in some.

Facebook pays for exploit to catch a predator, voting software security under the microscope...

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And small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were really not small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.

MacOS on Arm talk intensifies: Just weeks from now, Apple to serve up quarantini with Kalamata golive, reportedly

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Re: Is this the year of Apple on ARM?

No, it is the year of Apple in a Pi.

Laughing UK health secretary launches COVID-19 Test and Trace programme with glitchy website and no phone app

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Re: So how will it go?

Jackblock Construction Technique

"The building method starts by constructing the roof at ground level."

Spit the bones out of that Big Ears!

Broadcom sends its England-based staff back into office as UK lockdown eases – though Welsh workers get a free pass

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Re: Aaah...

Wales: the first part of the English Empire.

Ex-Imagination Technologies boss tells UK Foreign Affairs Committee: Britain needs to stop overseas asset stripping

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If you think, even for a moment, that multinational companies, or those that have that aspiration, will buy second best or over priced kit/IP etc because "Brexit" you are seriously deluded.

Brexit may be, or may not be, the most rational of political decisions but please stop saying "Brexit" like it is some absolute final argument that supports your world view.

Baby Diesel? Little d'Artagnan? There is another child of Musk in the world

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Re: X Æ A-12




Apple-Google COVID-19 virus contact-tracing API to bar location-tracking access

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Re: Makes a change

"quality beats quantity"

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West

Latvian drone wrests control from human overlords and shuts down entire nation's skies

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Airports run two types of RADAR. Primary RADAR is the traditional bounce EM radiation off the metal bits and detect the reflection. Secondary RADAR (not strictly RADAR) detects a radio signal reply generated by aircraft systems. Both are useful and fill slightly different functions.

The particular advantage of secondary RADAR is that the squawk will identify the individual aircraft.

Spyware slinger NSO to Facebook: Pretty funny you're suing us in California when we have no US presence and use no American IT services...

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Re: QuadraNet did not immediately respond to The Register's request

"Send them a DM over WhatsApp"

Send anyone a DM over WhatsApp


Prank warning: You do know your smart speaker's paired with Spotify over the internet, don't you?

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Re: Until some vendor takes security seriously...

Surely it will be when Linux is in the desktop?

I'm doing this to stop humans ripping off brilliant ideas by computers and aliens, says guy unsuccessfully filing patents 'invented' by his AI

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Re: Its all binary

No they don't, but they do belong to my macaque.

ATLAS flubbed: Comet heading our way takes one look at Earth, self-destructs into house-sized chunks

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Re: That's not a comet...

No problem, I have a small dog.

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

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The military is supposed to blindly obey orders.

They tried that one on at Nuremberg and look where that got them.

Nineteen mysterious invaders from another Solar System spotted hanging around the outside edge of ours

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Social Distancing

" ... abiding by social distancing rules and will come no closer than 16 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon ... "

What's that in Osmans?

Contact-tracing or contact sport? Defections and accusations emerge among European COVID-chasing app efforts

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Re: Generalised testing


Taiwan to develop military exoskeleton because it's not like these things are open-sourced or one-size-fits-all

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So, it will be ten years or so?

All your jobs are belong to us... Amazon is hiring 75,000 people but if you want US home groceries, tough luck

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Major General John Sedgwick

"Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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Re: But........

"No idea why cars built 12 years after DAB ..."

While there is more or less full coverage by FM radio it is good enough. Car manufacturers are masters at up-selling. Why forego the opportunity of offering a (expensive) DAB upgrade, fitted as standard to differentiate higher trim levels ?



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