* Posts by Mark Exclamation

235 posts • joined 8 Oct 2014


Apple takes another swing at Epic, says Unreal Engine could be a 'trojan horse' threatening security

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Re: Is anyone stupid enough to believe....

Rubbish. Epic (originally) agreed to the T&C of the App Store and became successful in there, making $millions. Now they don't like them and want more $millions. Most solutions consist of trying to re-negotiate the terms, or if that fails, cancel the contract and walk away. Epic wants it both ways - its own terms in the store AND stay in there. I hope Apple has an Epic win here.

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

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Re: However

"Humans cannot maintain a high level of concentration for long periods when not actually doing anything." - This exactly. If I was sitting there in the driver's seat not actually driving the car, my attention would wander fairly quickly. I agree that this job is impossible to do to an acceptable standard, and no-one can be expected to react appropriately quickly if circumstances dictate.The whole thing is unreasonable.

It is completely different if you are actually driving the vehicle.

Family wrongly accused of uploading pedo material to Facebook – after US-EU date confusion in IP address log

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Re: International Standards Organization

"Now, our autos are all metric anyway, since they're sold worldwide (the good ones, at least)..." Er, please name one good American "auto".

Chinese database details 2.4 million influential people, their kids, addresses, and how to press their buttons

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Re: Thought experiment

"..... so they can ask how their kids are doing or commiserate that the team they follow was relegated or whatever in an attempt to build rapport..". Nice try, Xi. You nearly had me fooled.

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Re: How many does that database say read El-reg ?

"It might not be high-value, but I've long assumed that the PLA is active here." Exactly this. Of course they're active here. There are often posts here supporting China's activities, often linked to posts critical of them. The CCP's cronies are everywhere, trying to make China look truly wonderful. Truth is, they only accept international law when it suits them. Oh crap, now I'm a target!

China makes treatment of its 5G vendors an issue to rank with climate change or disarmament

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Seems like China is writing a comedy, starring itself. I wonder what episode two will bring?

IBM repays millions to staff after messing up its own payroll

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Re: Odd practice..

Actually, long service leave is 13 weeks leave (without the 17.5% leave loading) after 10 years, and continues to accrue for each year thereafter. I should know, I've been with the same company for 33 years. We also have the ability to cash-out accrued sick leave - one week's worth every year on start-date anniversary.

I can 'proceed without you', judge tells Julian Assange after courtroom outburst

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Re: Blackmailed

At the time, "she" was a "he".

Server buyers ask Lenovo for made-in-Mexico models instead of Chinese kit

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No *modern* military weapons, but the Chinese used pre-made clubs with nails poking out. Completely pre-meditated on their side. I would call it murder.

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If you have to ask that question, you need to get your head out of the sand.

When Huawei leaves, the UK doesn't lead in 5G, says new report commissioned by... er... Huawei

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Re: Where's the proof?

Seems you're replying to my comment. If so, I can't see the relevance. In one part you seem to support my comments, but your introduction is obviously snarky. And thanks for "doing my work for me", but I didn't realise I had any to do. If you can't see what's bleedingly obviously going on, what's written doesn't matter.

Oh, and if you're not replying to my post, my bad.

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Re: Where's the proof?

Agreed, but it's not the potential of backdoor that is the problem. Huawei is a puppet of the Chinese Communist Party and *must* do anything they demand. Furthermore, with the increasing bullying China is doing to its trading partners (see Australia for example), the world needs to step away from China and source products from elsewhere, and leave China in the cold until/unless they become reasonable. Rejecting Huawei is a very good place to start, and we must add many other companies and products to the list. COVID has decimated much of the world's economies, so for most countries it can't get much worse, so now is the time to reject Chinese made products, preferably make our own, or at least trade with friendly, international-law abiding countries.

Ireland unfriends Facebook: Oh Zucky Boy, the pipes, the pipes are closing…from glen to US, and through the EU-side

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Re: About time too

I do. They're all dogs (and before someone tries to be funny, they're canines). And they have FB accounts. Oops.

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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Re: China isn't behind.

You are Xi Pingpong (or one of his paid/coerced trolls) and I claim my $5.

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Re: Uh oh ...

Nope, the real question is: when China does invade Taiwan what will anybody do about it ?

And the answer is "nothing".

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Sorry, China needs to be targeted until they become a trusted country with which to do business. I have no beef with Huawei, but if they have to suffer in order to bring the Chinese government to its senses, then I support these measures. The world needs to do more.

Northrop Grumman wins $13.3bn contract with US Air Force to kick off Minuteman III ICBM replacement

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Re: Pleeeease.....

Indeed! Two minutes after launch MCAS decides to point the nose down.......

Customers defecting to Oracle? Not according to our research, says SAP chief number cruncher

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Re: Ah, the Oxford comma

According to the way it's written, there's only 3:



supply chain and spend management and CRM

I wonder what the 4th is?

China proposes ‘Global Initiative on Data Security’ forbidding stuff it and Huawei are accused of doing already

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Re: Sure...

I would have up-voted you multiple times for this.

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That's a given, but the article is about China, and we all know we can trust China, don't we?

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Re: Credit where credit is due

"Nevertheless, bravo China." Seriously? If you really believe *anything* that the Chinese government says publicly, then you are a mug.

Huawei set to exit server, storage, networking business in the UK

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Re: Not so fast

Exactly this. There is no free trade with China, it is all lopsided. You want access to the Chinese market, you give them what they want first. You try to put conditions on Chinese companies getting access to Western markets, it's unfair and they impose sanctions and/or tariffs.

And when China "licences" IP, it just means they can use it whenever they want - it amounts to theft. Then they copy it and patent it wherever they can get away with it.

That's why the US has gone the way they have, just giving China a taste of its own business practices.

US ponders tech export ban on SMIC, China's biggest chipmaker

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Re: Abiding the law

You show considerable ignorance of the Chinese Communist Party.

ALL Chinese companies are beholden to the wishes and demands of the Chinese government. Any company that refuses or questions these demands tend to lose their top management very quickly, and they disappear forever, replaced by compliant management. And this is why you can't trust Huawei's protestations about sanctions and saying they have no link to the CCP. They may not have a direct link, as such, but they are legally-bound to do what the CCP demands.

The USA is far from perfect, but they don't do this.

Taiwan tightens rules around local tech firms sharing tech with China

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It's all really moot.....

When China eventually marches (sails/flies) into Taiwan (which it will do), it will get everything, including the chip manufacturing companies, their tech, and all American (and Western) military defence equipment. Oh wait, they've already got all the plans to the latter.

China lashes India’s app ban, calls for return to ‘win-win cooperation’

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Re: Dont piss off your buyer

And hopefully a large percentage of the rest of the world will follow in India's footsteps. We can't negotiate with unreliable China, so we have to oppose them. Given time, they will realise Xi lead them to their downfall.

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Re: DoubleSpeak FTW!!!!

China will only obey or call on international law when/if it benefits them. All other times it will ignore it. Militarised islands in the South China Sea, anyone?

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Re: In other words

No, it hurt the feelings of the members of the Chinese Communist Party. Aaah, diddums, take a collective concrete pill you poor little politicians.

Nutanix CEO and co-founder Dheeraj Pandey to step down

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Re: Bain - oh dear

Agreed. They've just "invested" in Virgin Australia. Bain aren't there to run an airline for the meagre profits they sometimes make. Bain are there to make a fast billion or two. Strip the company of any assets, load it up with debt, then get out with said billions. The company will then likely collapse. A replay of what happened to Dick Smith Electronics (Australia), although Bain wasn't involved in that one.

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong

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Re: Welcome to the post-sanity world

Agreed, and if they catch anything they could have been vaccinated against, quarantine them and offer absolutely no medical assistance. They can take their chances on god (which is just as unreal as their beliefs).

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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I am totally offended by all their alternative words. They must change them immediately. We cannot have *anyone* offended!

Bad: US govt says Chinese duo hacked, stole blueprints from just about everyone. Also bad: They extorted cash

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You are Xi Jinping, and I claim my $5.

SoftBank: Oi, we paid $32bn for you, when are you going to strong-Arm some more money out of your customers?

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Re: SoftBank bought a goose that lays golden eggs...

Or China?

Google Cloud cancels planned Chinese venture

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Re: Don't think for one minute...

Not sure it's got anything to do with confidence or self-esteem, but it may have something to do with ethics.

Hey, Boeing. Don't celebrate your first post-grounding 737 Max test flight too hard. You just lost another big contract

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Re: It takes two-to-tango

Yes, there are two of them, but originally only one of them was used at a time, alternating with every flight. The crash flight(s) just happened to be using the faulty one at the time. Using both of them is an improvement, but as you said, there needs to be three, just as Airbus does.

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Re: Except plenty more.

Exactly this. The airlines no longer have any use for the aircraft they have on order, and have no money, either, both due to Covid. What better way to save and make money than to cancel orders and sue for a completely unrelated reason?

Two out of three parachutes... is just as planned for Boeing's Starliner this time around

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Re: Boeing's landing technology also features airbags -

Takata might be able to supply some. Oh wait.....

India bans 59 apps it says have privacy, national security problems. In a massive coincidence, they’re all Chinese

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Re: Tit for tat fail?

Thanks, that was very interesting, I had no idea this was going on. The world owes it to support India at this time, and show China they cannot just do whatever they want, whenever they want, against international law.

Waiting for the CCP trolls to vent their spleens.

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Re: "fist fights"

Yep, the rest of the world needs to take notice, support India, and move away from China. It will be difficult (I keep trying to buy non-Chinese-made products but it's almost impossible) but we have to start now. China cannot be trusted by anyone, including those that think they are "friends" or allies. You're only a friend of China for as long as you bow to China's demands.

Taiwan to stay ahead of China as top chip manufacturing titan

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"Taiwan has become the world’s number one chipmaker,....." - at least until China marches in and takes everything, which it WILL do at some point in the future, especially when it realises no one can or will do anything about it.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'

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Re: So using the new ZFS terminology...

"Also, "male" and "female" connectors must be banned."

Indeed. We actually need 49 different kinds of connectors, including gender-neutral.

Arm wrestle round two: Chinese outpost says it's fired the replacement CEO foisted on it by HQ

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And this is exactly why we can no longer trust China as a business partner. It is time the world started moving manufacturing out of China. Bringing it back home would be best, but spreading it around would suffice. It will be difficult and expensive, but we have to start now.

Now you've done it: Cyber attack targeted Australian brewery 'n' dairy biz Lion

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"....who theorised that the attack may have been linked to the takeover of Lion by a Chinese firm."

Theories aside, Chinese companies (owned or not by the government) have been buying up Australia's food chain. They have beef, beer, and are about to buy a huge milk (products) producer. They are strategic purchases that could be used against Australians in the event of soured relations. Lesson: a country's food chain should not be controlled by a potential foe. Oh wait.....

IBM quits facial recognition because Black Lives Matter

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Re: Good on IBM

"I will applaud any company that faces the reality that facial recog simply does not work in public areas. The error rate is way too high."

Will you tell the Chinese Communist Party, or shall I?

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?

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Re: Might be me

Not really. VB is popular, but is utterly disgusting.

Ever felt down after staring at your phone late in bed? It's not just you – mice do too

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Maybe this has already been observed, tested, and diagnosed. I suggest you read/listen to a book "Why We Sleep" by Matthew Walker. In it he discusses the effects of blue LEDs on sleep, the lack of which causes many health issues (amongst many other things). A very interesting read/listen.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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No, people who have fixed ideals, who won't engage in discussion about them, who hurl insults and name-calling at non-believers, and when none of that works engages the "racist" principle, bit like Godwin's law for the far-left. And yes, the far-left are just as bad as the far-right, but are cleverer at disguising their movement.

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things

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Re: Same as the Nebraska meat packing plants

I'm thinking some people shouldn't inhale at all (and it's MEAT). Because even idiots should know by now that if the virus is on the packaging and you touch the packaging and the virus gets on your finger/hand and you rub your eye or nose or lips or mouth, then the virus....... really, I can't be bothered. Some people are not worth the effort.

Ransomware scumbags leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX documents after contractor refuses to pay

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It is total and utter negligence that this contractor has allowed this information to be accessed by unauthorised individuals. Visser Precision should be barred from any further contracts, and whoever is/are responsible for their computer security (depending on if it's due to denied funding or just plain incompetence) should be locked up for a very long time.

US prez Trump's administration reportedly nears new rules banning 'dual-use' tech sales to China

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Re: In ten years time, China will be restricting exports to the West

Exactly this! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Cops charge prankster who 'corona-coughed' on aged officer and had it filmed

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Calling him a "prankster" makes it sound like it was only a joke. IMO, it was Assault with a (potentially) deadly weapon, and the act should not be minimised as it has. A seriously long prison sentence (>10 years) is justified for this act.



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