* Posts by Trigonoceps occipitalis

1517 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014

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

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Re: Request denied!

If I could I would pay for Starlink terminals to be dropped by balloon all over Iran (and Myanmar, N Korea etc.) I would also drop many automatic decoy terminals to make electronic surveillance more difficult. The only problem remaining is getting the majority to believe, or at least consider, the "propaganda" from the Great Satan and his friends.

Letter to FCC: Why are US carriers locking handsets to networks?

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Re: Buy from the Mfr

Because some see the shiny and the headline £(not very much) cost per month and think "why not?" Then they factor in the "free" replacement in two or three years and, because they can't or won't do the sums, nor think about the real effect of the lock-in, they sign up. Sometimes I fear for humanity.

Years ago my daughter was going to university (history, I console myself that it is at least a literate, traditional subject) and wanted a mobile telephone. The only explanation that got through was pointing out that about every fourth shop was a 'phone shop and who else was paying the rent if not her?

Excel's comedy of errors needs a new script, not new scripting

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Re: Clueless users

"Postcode and house number is all you need, the rest is just redundant window dressing."

That was true right up to the time, several years ago, when a new development used the same numbers as many houses in my Post Code area. It has caused untold problems because most believe this wrong information and use the default address offered by the address finder. It is a real problem and landed me with a £700 unauthorized overdraft (thank you waterboard) when the tenants changed in a house down the road.

I consulted the Post Office and the idea that solely a UK Post Code and house number uniquely identify an address has been wrong for a long time.

US state of Virginia has more datacenter capacity than Europe or China

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Re: Oh - the irony


NASA picks a tailor for Artemis moonwalking suits

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" ... land a woman and person of color ... "

When I was a lad homosexuality was a crime and notices saying "no Irish, no coloured" were often seen in boarding house windows. It was the way things were. We have, thankfully, progressed a great deal as I have become older. I am sure there are many nuances here but is it really necessary today to specify the gender and racial characteristic of the astronauts before they have been chosen?

No axe to grind, I just think NASA should just be selecting the best for the job.

Google tightens screw on staff expenses as economy slows

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Re: HR message to all staff

When I started as a project manager (far too long ago) I was given advice about IBM. The company, then, had the reputation for not firing people. "Get into their office" was the advice. If the IBMer was not bringing profit he (they were all hes then) slowly lost working place privileges, if the office was in the end of the corridor by the toilets you knew he was an employee of little influence.

Halfords slapped on wrist for breaching email marketing laws

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Re: One of those places

I find "bill.gates@ms.com" is usually accepted. I suppose I should update that address to the chairman of Halfords.

Apple debuts iPhone 14, Watch 8, other sparkly things

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It's not the fall that kills you; it's the sudden stop at the end.

Douglas Adams

Google Maps, search results to point women to actual abortion providers

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Re: for balance

"One person in millions is not a trend."

You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick, and they won't take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and they won't take either of them and three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in, singing a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. They may think it's an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin' a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. And friends, they may think it's a movement!

Alice’s Restaurant Massacree by Arlo Guthrie

Google says there's no Waze forward, carpool app axed

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Re: Oh phew

Map Factor Navigator

(No affiliation etc.)

California to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035

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Re: make 'em yourself if you're smart enough

I'll see your Cuban and raise you a Falkland Islander.

"If a Bennie can't fix it, it aint broke!"

How archaeologists can use AI to date our ancestors

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Re: AI? Really?

When ever I see "AI" I think "spreadsheet". I can remember the impact they made, hours to analyze the data rather than weeks using a blackboard, chalk and fairly basic arithmetic techniques.

In this case the hard lifting has been done searching out the DNA mutations. Perhaps AI and machine learning are a bit more sophisticated but I so want the terms relegated to actual use of learning and intelligence.

Software developer cracks Hyundai car security with Google search

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Surely hitting the infotainment hardware with a five dollar wrench would suffice?

AI could save future firefighters from deadly flashover explosions

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Re: Approach

The best choice currently, to map structures is an Amazon Roomba.


Scientist shares spicy pic of 'James Webb' discovery

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Re: Chorizo

Well, someone had to trotter them all out.

Charges filed over $300m 'textbook pyramid and Ponzi scheme' crypto startup

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Re: There's a sucker born . . .

Nostalgia aint what it used to be!

Preparing for Skylab: The separate 1972 experimental mission that never left the ground

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"The point of building such facilities was to learn from them, and mistakes / errors / failures are part of the learning exercise."

It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you’re attempting can’t be done.

Sir Terry Pratchet

Behold: The first images snapped by the James Webb Space Telescope

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Re: Obligatory reference...

What's that in linguine?

Hive to pull the plug on smart home gadgets by 2025

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Re: Net zero in home automation

"For those people who did buy the extended warranty, what happens when they phone up in a couple of years to say it has stopped working?"

It is a life time warranty. When the kit stops working it is self evident that the life time is over.

Tech world may face huge fines if it doesn't scrub CSAM from encrypted chats

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Re: Irrelevant really though, isn't it ?

"We, and other child safety and tech experts, believe that it is possible to implement end-to-end encryption in a way that preserves users' right to privacy ... "

Says Priti Patel BA Economics (University of Keele)

Apple's latest security feature could literally save lives

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Re: WebKit, anyone?

"Sometimes people are led to browse to a certain page ... "

Dominator combine harvester?

Will optics ever replace copper interconnects? We asked this silicon photonics startup

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Re: Wake me up when it ships, which will be about never.

I we're lucky a Linux desktop running on a light based MB will be controlling the local fusion power plant.

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Re: The medium is the messenger

... I think I'm right in saying that because light doesn't go through fibre optic in a straight line ... "

And that is why I have Oxygen free audio cables, the electrons don't have to deviate around the Oxygen atoms!

Travis CI exposes free-tier users' secrets – new claim

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Re: The Cloud...

Remember folks, clouds evaporate - usually just when you need them most.

Man gets two years in prison for selling 200,000 DDoS hits

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Re: Customers?

I hope not -oops!

Mods, please delete.

EV battery can reach full charge in 'less than 10 minutes'

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Re: Still no answer...

I refer you to something I read earlier:

"DARPA wants to refuel drones in flight – wirelessly"

Just avoid the shimmering air as you walk down the street.

DARPA wants to refuel drones in flight – wirelessly

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Re: Already seen this movie

No, no, no. What is needed is 10,000 football programmes with shiny covers.

IBM ordered to hand over ex-CEO emails plotting cuts in older workers

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Re: The dog ate it

In the UK juries very seldom sit in civil disputes.

EU lawmakers vote to ban sales of combustion engine cars from 2035

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Re: And the UK ?

Germany, France and Italy all use different mains sockets.

No more fossil fuel or nukes? In the future we will generate power with magic dust

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Re: re Fukushima

How does 4000 compare to the deaths caused by an equivalent coal power station?

No axe to grind but I think the casualty rates are roughly similar?

US Copyright Office sued for denying AI model authorship of digital image

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Who owns the copyright of amanfromars' posts? That may, or may not, throw some light on the process.

Can El Reg claim the copyright of a bot's post in the same way it (probably) claims copyright on my posts?

Drone ship carrying yet more drones launches in China

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"it is invariably the military interest ... "

Er: Rule 34

IBM-powered Mayflower robo-ship once again tries to cross Atlantic

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Re: What is the actual goal?

"If it truely had AI it would turn around when it realised it was approaching America"

Unless it thought it was on its way to China or India.

UK government having hard time complying with its own IR35 tax rules

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Re: Can anyone get it right?

"capricious, inconsistent, chaotic, unfair, incompetent"

A fish rots from the head.

Ex-spymaster and fellow Brexiteers' emails leaked by suspected Russian op

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Re: Sowing Division

Scottish NATIONAL Party. Easy mistake to make.

Millions of people's info stolen from MGM Resorts dumped on Telegram for free

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Re: "the masses have yet to be convinced that they need to change their behavior."

"Recipients of phishing calls ... "

And thereby hangs the problem. How do they tell it is phishing and not legit? I know we know. All we can do is try to educate the non-cognoscenti.

Quad nations pledge deeper collaboration on infosec, data-sharing, and more

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Re: The quad

"our own track records against African, American and Australian native nations"

Don't forget their treatment of the Celts and Romano-Britons.

Me, I think us Homo Sapiens owe the Neanderthals some reparations.

Bing! Microsoft tests search box in the middle of Windows 11 desktop

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"And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?"

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We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because we can.

Voyager 1 space probe producing ‘anomalous telemetry data’

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Re: Choice of technology.....


That's very hurtful to those of us who identify as acoustic couplers!

Lawyers say changes to UK data law will make life harder for international businesses

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Re: BREXIT was a massive and expensive lie.

May be, may be not. It is just that was not what was written.

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BREXIT was a massive and expensive lie.

One thing BREXIT is not is a lie. For good or ill we are out.

On the subject of e-gates, Portugal allows UK passport holders to enter using e-gates so there is no reason, except punishment, for not to allow UK passport holders to use e-gates to enter France, Germany etc.

I believe that EU passport holders can use e-gates to enter the UK. How about a bit of quid pro quo?

Do not assume that I support, or not, Brexit. Just an example of unnecessary friction as a result. Anyone could see it coming and, presumably, those who voted yes discounted the effects.

Cars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests

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Re: So technology works as intended...

And the next contestant is a_yank_lurker, specialised subject "The Bleedin' Obvious".

San Francisco police use driverless cars for surveillance

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Re: If corporations are persons with Rights...


Ad-tech firms grab email addresses from forms before they're even submitted

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Re: Busted

it seems those "engineers" who worked for google have another gig.

Mars Ingenuity helicopter and Perseverance are talking again

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Re: TFTFY :-)

"Volumes in particular were all over the shop, with multiple definitions of hogshead and firkins and barrels and so on."

Ah, the firkin:

The imperial Unit of Excess, always used in pairs, as in "two firkin much" and "two firkin heavy".

Elon Musk set to buy Twitter in $44b deal, promises stuff

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Re: Popcorn time

So nearly a whole post without a stuck caps-lock. Good effort, keep trying.

Could a leaky capacitor be at fault on ESA's Sentinel-1B?

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Re: This particular capacitor is part of the main and redundant regulators

Perhaps "particular capacitor" is a reference to the type, ie one of the type in each regulator as opposed to one capacitor bridging both regulators? Not clear writing.

YouTube terminates account for Hong Kong's presumed next head of government

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Pikachu (aka Lee Ka-chiu)

There's another fictional world joining Pooh in limbo as far as China is concerned.


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