* Posts by Mark Exclamation

202 posts • joined 8 Oct 2014


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.

Good news, everyone: The US military says it will be ethically minded about how it develops AI

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Re: Greater concern

I was going to say much the same thing, but you beat me to it. If we take the US military's statement at face value (which is, admittedly, difficult to do), the Chinese and the Russians are not going to be constrained by the same conditions. Be very afraid of what they will produce.

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Re: But!

Great reply. The OP lost me the moment they wrote "A bombs needlessly on two Japanese cities", and your reply addresses it perfectly. Some people's POVs are really screwy. Of course, it all hinges on their political leanings.

Samsung will be Putin dreaded Kremlin-approved shovelware on its phones, claims Russia

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Re: Obligatory Yakov joke...

Don't be too sure. If China's military weapons are anything like the crap they manufacture that the West buys, most of them won't work (properly) when they come to use them.

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Did we? All Snowden did was confirm what we already knew.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign

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Re: Sigh.

If you are unable or unwilling to drive at the speed limit when conditions permit, you are not competent to have a driving licence.

Facebook tells US tax bods: Swear to God, we were only worth $6.5bn in 2010 because we were menaced by... MySpace and smartphones

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Never thought I'd say this, but "Come on IRS, you can do it!".

Astroboffins may have raged at Elon's emissions staining the sky, but all those satellites will be more boon than bother

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So, Musk has "permission" to launch 12000 satellites. From whom? From an American institution. Space is not owned by America (much as they think it is), it is available to all nations. What happens if the Chinese, Russians, Indians, Iranians etc etc each want to put up 12000 of their own satellites? I'm sure their respective governments will be happy to give them "permission" to do so. It can only get worse.

Cover for 'cyber' attacks is risky, complex and people don't trust us, moan insurers

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Re: Insurance Co Or Bookmakers

^^^^^ This, exactly! Insurance is nothing more than a wager: "We'll bet you {your premium} that an insured event won't happen. If it does, we state we'll pay you {insured amount}." (But we'll do our utmost to find a way not to pay you).

EU outlines 5G rules: You don't have to keep 'risky' vendors completely Huawei

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Re: HCSEC is auditing Huawei code

Taping cables? I know duct tape has a multitude of uses, but this is incredible....!

Over a thousand electronic gizmos went missing from London councils last year

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Re: Contextual information required

But it would have been ok if it had been a Labour fan club?

Ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain's part in the accounting badness was 'wildly overblown'

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Re: impersonation

Ok, I stand corrected. But it doesn't sound like him!

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Re: A Future Option for IPO Parties ..... Safe Harbouring Seriously SMARTR Cookies

Actually, this is amanfromMars 1, not the venerable (and unreadable) amanfromMars1 (note the subtle difference. Someone is trying an impersonation. Would the original amanfromMars1 care to confirm?

Pair charged with murder, manslaughter after IBM Aspera boffin killed in New Year's Eve laptop theft struggle

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HPE to Mike Lynch: You told either El Reg or High Court the right version of why former Autonomy execs won't testify

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Upvoted. I seriously hope HPE lose this case, and have to pay Lynch's costs.

Iran kills the internet for its people's own good as riots grip the Middle Eastern nation

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Re: For All Our Sakes

@BigSLitleP - All the current models are based on "adjusted data" - why are they afraid of using "raw" data?

Who wrote the computer modeling programs? Those who trumpet climate change did. Adjust a few lines of code here and there, and you'll get a completely different conclusion, maybe one that discredits climate change.

If you think current models are completely accurate, you are part of the problem.

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Re: Connection from fuel prices to Primate Strange.

@steviebuk - well said, wish I could upvote you more than once!

Black holes are like buses: You wait for one – and three turn up at once in galaxy merger

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Re: @Jake That's going to make one hell of a racket.

If 3 galaxies collide and no-one hears them, do they actually collide?

Call-center scammer loses $9m appeal in stunning moment of poetic justice

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Re: I believe the word all y'all are looking for is ...

@Jake, as a result of your hurriedness to be a smartarse (see what I did there? Not meaning to insult you personally, just continuing the subject), I think you were, in the first instance, incorrect. I think you'll find "dumbass" is actually the joining of two words, to make a more insulting third word. An ass is biologically dumb, so really there was no real reason to join them in the first place, other than to make a better-sounding insult. (Shades of Sir Humphrey Appleby, sorry).

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Re: I believe the word all y'all are looking for is ...

Stop insulting asses....!

Vulture Central team welcomed to our new nest by crashed Ubuntu that's 3 years out of date

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"And I would encourage people to use anyone other than specsavers.. (speaking as an habitual user of opticians since about the age of 5..)"

Care to advise why?

New lows at Bose as firmware update woes infuriate soundbar bros

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Re: A grand?

Ok, I'll bite. I actually like Bose stuff. To me, the sound is really good. Matter of personal opinion, I suppose, but obviously a lot of people agree with me, otherwise Bose would be going broke.

Mainstream auto makers stuff in more self-driving tech: 8% of new Euro cars have Level 2 smarts

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What I want from a car:

I'll turn on the headlights when I want them on. And I'll turn them off when I want them off.

I'll turn on the wipers when I want them on. And I'll turn them off when I want them off.

I'll drive in the lane where I want to drive.

I'll apply the brakes when I want to brake.

And since I'll be doing all this myself, I'll be wide awake and concentrating on driving, and will continue to have an accident-free motoring life.

Yahoo! customers! wake! up! to! borked! email! (Yes! people! still! actually! use! it!)

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Re: You may not be able to access some of our services

Actually, if you're in the UK, it probably will rain today, and tomorrow, and the day after.

If you're in Brisbane, it definitely won't rain today, or tomorrow, or the day after.

Apple blinks on iPhone repairs, touts parts program for independent tech mechanics... sort of

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"....repair shops will have to have an Apple-certified technician on staff." Either that certification will cost a $squillion, or Apple won't pass anyone. So, no change here.

Female-free speaker list causes PHP show to collapse when diversity-oriented devs jump ship

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Re: 9Rune5

You're an uneducated chap, aren't you?

As a meat eater, I'd ask you, as a vegitarian, did you ever learn to spell?

Russian spacebot stranded outside the ISS as Soyuz fails to dock

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I think the whole thing is Kurs(ed)!

Samsung Note10+ torn apart to expose three 5G antennas: One has to pick up something

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Re: Units

I see what you did there...!

Six-day cruise lies ahead for India's Chandrayaan-2 probe before the real lunar shenanigans begin

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Haven't we learnt anything from all the junk orbiting the earth? Before long, the moon will be just as bad, with all the orbiting junk that is just starting to accumulate.

Soon Google will have more bit barns in Texas than you can shake a stick at: Second facility planned for Ellis County

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It used to be that manufacturing companies consumed the most power, but at least they produced something tangible. These days, it's bit-barns that consume all the power, and all they produce is hot air!

Finally, people who actually understand global trade to probe Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods

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Hypocrites, anyone...?

"The WTO's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) announced it would look at the tariffs in January after receiving a complaint from the Chinese delegation back in May 2018."

Since China doesn't abide by decisions made by international bodies (Philippines Vs China re: South China Sea, anybody?), why should anyone waste their time looking into China's complaints? Perhaps when they accept the neutral umpire's decision, and not until.

Strewth: Hackers slurp 19 years of Oz student data in uni's second breach within a year

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Course score for this University:

Not yet competent.

You go that way, we'll go Huawei: China Computer Federation kicks back at IEEE in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: Yay more standards

And I would question music.

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco

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Re: Proper Certification

I suggest you read up on the AF447 crash details. What you have written here is far too simplistic, verging on incorrect. As for Boeing Vs Airbus, I suggest it's a dead-heat for reliability.



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