* Posts by jaffa99

54 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Aug 2014


NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount



Weeks, NASA can't plan a meeting in weeks. That was the giveaway.

Hey, Brits. Your Google data is leaving the EU before you are: Hoard to be shipped from Ireland to US next month



What, so EVIL Google will be able to show me ads that are relevant rather than random? That's terrible.

Get a grip snowflakes, unless you're a pervert, kiddy-fiddler, terrorist or criminal you have nothing to be afraid of.

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard


I don't care

I have an Android phone with a USB-C connector, but I have wireless chargers in my office and at home, so I rarely use a cable. I've never had an Apple product of any kind, I really don't care what they do.

My eyes thank you, Google: Android to get dark mode scheduling in future update


I don't care

I'm using dark mode and I don't want it to switch back and forth, that would just be annoying, I also stop the sat-nav in my car switching, it's on night time mode all the time.

Tesla has made a profit. Repeat, Tesla has made a profit – $143m in fact



They'll be about a billion dollars in the red this year, add that to the $13 billion of losses over the past 17 years and it's clear Tesla are far from profit.

Musk loves his Starlink sat constellation – but astroboffins are less than dazzled by them



Here we go again, there's lots of space but the astronomers want it all to themselves.

Gee, SEC, how did that get out?! 'Leaked' Tesla email claims big boost in Model 3 production


Leaked emails - because tweets have to be true.

Musk isn't banned from tweeting, he's only banned from tweeting lies - thanks to his SEC fraud case settlement.

If this production news was true he could have tweeted it - but he didn't.

Seems like Musk needed a new route for dishonest communication, hence the recent *leaked* emails.


Not true

If it were true he'd have tweeted it, he needs to get tweets approved for accuracy under the SEC settlement, so we can safely assume this is inaccurate since it's a 'leaked' email, via a Chinese news outlet.

SEC Twitter sitter has been neutralised.

Tesla touts totally safe, not at all worrying self-driving cars – this time using custom chips


Re: This time for sure?

They need to be much better than the 'average' driver, machines killing people at the same rate as clumsy people is not going to be acceptable.

One way to make sure they're good enough is to make the CEO (and other Board members) personally liable for their systems mistakes as if they were at the controls.

Epic's Fortnite fail: Ancient UT2004 server used for login-stealing proof-of-concept


Agreed, I like the new UT, I'm too old for Fortnite.

When I lived in the US (not that long ago) my colleagues didn't even know what a fortnight (the corrrect spelling) was.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users


The work I did at home last night was done again this morning when I got to the office. I just love it when I have to do something again because someone else screwed up.

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax


Who gets the $5billion?

Who gets the $5billion?

I'm always curious when businesses or banks are fined these huge sums, who's getting the money because I never seem to get my share.

SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec


Apple repairs

"Basically it means Apple owns your device, not you, and could conceivably disable it remotely if they detect unauthorized repairs going on."

I think that's a bit paranoid. More likely it's a mechanism that ensures the machine has not been tampered with. I wouldn't be surprised if this could be enabled on machines sold to some business or government to allow them to verify the integrity of the hardware in their machines as part of an overall digital security effort.

Bug bounty alert: Musk lets pro hackers torpedo Tesla firmware risk free



Plenty of caveats in their terms that make it definitely not "risk-free"

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist



It sounds amazing, where can I get one ?

Apple takes an axe to its App Affiliate Program



Apple products are so second-rate, every single one of them, it's astonishing what can be sold to idiots through slick marketing. They should be congratulated.

Honestly, 8 years late with OLED, 6 years late with wireless charging, 4 years late with fast charging, no expandable storage in phones, most expensive devices, most delicate devices, buggiest mobile OS, most dongles, fewest ports, proprietary connectors, no touchscreens on laptops, useless siri, the watch, those earpods, the $300 speaker. There's not a single Apple product that has any merit at all and there hasn't been for years.

Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon


Bacteria are not space aliens

They're at it again, 'boffins' pretending that bacteria is the same as 'space aliens'. They're not, no-one cares if an asteroid, or mars, or one of Jupiters moons has some bacteria on it, even less so if it's long dead bacteria. No-one ever wrote a Sci-fi film where the humans leave earth in a huge ship, spending decades in 'stasis' to reach another solar system and find some microbes.

'Boffins' stop pretending that your life's work and all the funding are worthwhile because you found 3 billion year old fossils that are evidence of some prehistoric bacterial life. Unless it has a weapon or at least is more intelligent than my dog I don't want to know.

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave


Re: I'll still want a phone with Google's Android implementation.

Vendors are not "forced to include Google search", they can take the freely available Android source code and build an OS with whatever pre-installed and pre-configured junk they want, but if they want to put google services & the google play store on it they have to comply with Google's rules - nothing wrong with that.

Users can choose to buy phones from vendors who provide regular updates, they have a free choice.


I'll still want a phone with Google's Android implementation.

I only buy phones with 'standard' Android builds because all those skinned and modified Android implementations are inferior. I'm buying it for Google's services, I don't want a phone full of inferior adware, junkware and half-baked & buggy OS modifications which is what the EU seem to think we want.

But more importantly where is the 4.43 billion Euro's going? Is it going to the consumers it is claimed were disadvantaged or is it going into EU coffers to help pay their outrageous pensions?

Sueball claims Apple broke hacking laws with iOS batt throttling code


Who's cashing in ?

"Apple has been facing a parade of class-action lawsuits in recent months as lawyers look to cash in on the throttling controversy"

How dare those lawyers try to cash in on Apple's attempts to cash in. Disgusting.

At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements


sht cmputrs

Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum


Re: More Deadly Waves!

Yes, it's idiotic


Re: using microwaves to charge your phone

It does really work, but you have to put the phone on a piece of tissue paper on full power - that's the trick.


Re: Wireless Charging is Shit

Energous can 'transmit' several mW over distances up to about 200mm with an efficiency of a few percent. So a 3000mWh phone battery would take days to charge, if they turn the power up it'll quickly get into dangerous territory. It's a non-starter.


Apple can't even make their wireless charging mat work, it's still not on sale nearly a year after being announced, Apple are not taking the lead in this area. There will be no across the room / in your pocket wireless charging because all methods for transmitting significant amounts of energy beyond a few mm are hopelessly inefficient unless they're focussed and then they're inherently dangerous. How many times will this nonsense story be ressurected?

Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets


Irrelevant outside China

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android


I guess if you don't like it you shouldn't use it, but Android without Google will just be a useless OS with no market share and poor functionality. I imagine the same people post on Windows PC stories suggesting people adopt Linux on their PC's - a sure way to make a PC almost useless.

Frankly I see these 'we're being tracked' stories all the time and it comes down to the same thing, basement dwelling, tin-foil-hat wearing nobodys imagining their lives are of interest to others. But you're not that interesting (nor am I) the idea that anyone is looking at you as an individual is a fantasy and frankly it's pathetic.

I still think most people dripping about the issue are worried about their habits being recorded because they're illegal.


Re: Lots of comments about Google Maps,,,,

"A user DOES NOT NEED A GOOGLE ACCOUNT to use Google Maps"

But to make it work for navigation on your phone you do and it's worth every bit of information Google collect. It's better than any sat-nav, better than any system supplied in any car. No contest whatsoever.

It even keeps a very accurate record of all your journeys, great if you want to remember what you did six months ago for your business mileage claim, not so good if you're a travelling rapist or serial killer.


Re: Pipe dream

Jamie Jones said " television companies have managed perfectly fine to provide a service funded by advertising without knowing everything about you"

That would be teletext would it? Are you for real?


Get a grip

I'm not using Android 5 (or earlier), even if I was I really don't mind if the ad says "Happy Birthday John, your favourite beer is on special offer just for you", how is that intrusive? I don't consider my name or date of birth to be a secret.

I don't run any apps that point to any strange passtimes or perversions, I'm pretty normal. As I said in my original comment I suspect it's mostly perverts and criminals dripping about being 'tracked', maybe people having affairs too or other dishonest folk, they need to be careful I get it.

But do you people really think you keep your names and addresses secret? How do you get stuff delivered? How do you rent a car? How do you get a mobile phone? How did you open a bank account? How did you get a credit card? How did you get a job? How many people look at your passport or driving licence, how many hotels have photocopies of those documents? Waaaaaaaaa company A knows what I bought from company B, waaaaaaaaa the sky is falling. Do you realise how ridiculous you sound?


For navigation with real-time fraffic, does it really?


Perhaps they could sell ads to pay for it all, maybe track the users so the ads they see are somewhat relevant rather than random. Then the users get good quality services for little or no cost.

I wonder if anyone has thought of that.


I just don't inderstand why people get so worked up about this issue, you're going to see ads so why not see ads that are relevant to you? Personally I'm happy to have 'free' high-quality services like Google navigation and Gmail with the only 'cost' being ads that I never click anyway.

I always assume those who drip about being 'tracked' are up to no good. Perverts and Criminals probably.

British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update


Eggism, Adolf Hitler would be proud.

Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time


Re: Heavily tested then

In fact, since passenger cars are required to go through a type-approval process (and the Euro-NCAP in Europe) I'm surprised Tesla are allowed to develop, test (hopefully) and roll-out an update to the brakes (in just a few days).

Surely an update that alters the performance of the braking system requires approval by the authorities that originally type approved the vehicles in different regions.


Heavily tested then

This week, so this new braking firmware is going to get a couple of days testing at most. Hope it works better than the 'autopilot' concrete barrier detection.

Apple exits music player biz by killing iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle


"when the original iPod launched in 2001 the state of the art for music lovers who wanted variety on the run was a portable CD player and a wallet in which to store lots of discs"

That's Apple fan drivel, in 2001 portable CD players were still common but many portable MP3 players existed before the ipod, all the ipod brought to the market was slick advertising and white headphones.

Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue



Yes, to make the devices smaller & lighter, improving aesthetics while also withstanding knocks and general handling they're glued together. Why is this a problem? What are you going to replace? The CPU and RAM will be soldered to the board anyway to meet the cost/packaging criteria. The story is idiotic because there are plenty of options for people who want to be able to dismantle and 'upgrade' their laptop, but it'll be bigger, uglier & heavier than this one. It's like buying a sports car and complaining that it's not as roomy or economical as your old mini-van.

Stop dripping nerds, this is the future, it's disposable.

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?


Items move on web pages just as I'm clicking too often for it to be unintentional, I often end up clicking an ad.

Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?


Re: Android - bit of a toy OS, really.

You can touch the screen if the phone is mounted in a holder.

Fanbois iVaporate: Smallest Apple iPhone queues ever


"Steven, who asked us not to use his surname" - but let you use his picture - lol.

Apple says banks can't touch iPhone NFC without harming security


banks can't touch iphone nfc without harming Apple's profits.

Oh and regarding Apple security, there are plenty of celebrities out there with pictures of their snatches on the internet thanks to icloud, while their banks are keeping their money perfectly safe.

Is iOS 9.3 Apple's worst ever update? First it bricks iThings, now Safari is busted


Re: apple fans

A fool like you once called me a racist because I said "I don't like rap music".


Re: Lies, lies, lies.........

ok, how about this

Apple - it just about works

hahahahahaha hahahahahaha hahahahahahaha, honestly you couldn't make this up, it's hilarious after all the apple-fan nonsense over the years.


apple fans

Unless grindr stops working the Apple fans won't notice.


Re: Apple...

no..........it only just works


Lies, lies, lies.........

we all know Apple stuff "just works"

or should that be "only just works" lol

New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand


Thin & flat isn't better

"Huawei has managed to chop the thickness down from 10.1 to 7.3 mm, making it much easier to manipulate."

The Nexus 6 (like other Motorola phones) has a curved back, while it might be 10.1 mm thick in the centre it's much thinner at the edges, the result is a device that's much more comfortable to hold than a thin flat phone.

Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers


Yep, criminals will flout the law and use illegal strong encryption. Like in the UK since the gun ban only criminals have them - because they don't obey the law - because they're criminals.

'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error


Those who get upset by the 'denier' tag are idiots, it's a distraction and it works a treat every time. The entire thread of discussion here is dominated by people crying about being labelled a 'denier', so what get over it and discuss the issues.

The warmists know there's no actual evidence to support CAGW, just a theory and computer models programmed to run that theory. So stop letting them distract you with name calling. Fools.