* Posts by anonymous boring coward

2353 posts • joined 21 Jan 2015

No more installing Microsoft's Chromium-centered Edge by hand: Windows 10 will do it for you automatically

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Re: Same old tactics

It's like Google. YouTube frequently forgets that I never, ever want any auto playing videos. (What kind of person actually wants to be fed random videos 4 seconds after watching something, anyway?)

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

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"The main beneficiary of the .eu registry business? The European Union itself."

Money isn't everything. A difficult concept for UK, I know.

The whole concept of making sheadloads of money from internet domain names is wrong from the very start. Basically the registrars themselves are massive cyber-squatters that have take over something that isn't theirs in the first place.

Microsoft's carefully crafted Surfaces are having trouble with its carefully crafted Windows 10 May 2020 Update

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"This is why you need to search for streamlined recent ISOs of Win7 (which MS never did) and the most certain way to find them is in the dark alleys of the net (just use your own legal serial number)."

MS has forced people to do this kind of thing, which is like saying "take your chances with whatever you can find out there -we don't care what infections you might get".

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Re: Windows Insider Bork bork bork

Halfway through XP's life, MS ruined the update process. Presumably any decent programmers from the NT days had left by then.

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens

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Norway...

We sometimes joke about Norwegians, and this doesn't help them.

Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'

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Call me cynical, but is Snap possibly a resource hog as well?

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Was any swearing sensored, or is Linus moderating himself now?

Talk about a control plane... US Air Force says upcoming B-21 stealth bomber will use Kubernetes

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Bombers for defence? That's unusual.

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Can't be long now until fully autonomous weapons running Deep Reinforced Learning decide that humans are mostly a waste of time.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Re: Jail time

I think the purchase price is that penalty.

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You can also get some sticker "dot" that saves you from 5G and presumably Corona at the same time. Very reasonably priced at around £20 for one.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: Just a reminder

"and we can still find (small) bugs"

Not sure I'd categorise going 180 degrees in the other direction as a small bug.

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No, not a good thing. Imagine you thinking everyone is half the actual distance to you on the road, for example. Planning becomes rather difficult.

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

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"workplace safety" is the main concern, for sure. Not customer safety.

Personally I think both Airbus and Boeing should have pilot overridable anti-stall systems. (And in Boeing's case, non-automatic massive trim adjustment.)

The novelty of actually flying an aircraft not relying on faulty AOT sensors and other sh*t...

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You think Boeing senior execs are capable of judging safety?

Not much sign of that so far.

Microsoft brings WinUI to desktop apps: It's a landmark for Windows development, but it has taken far too long

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Is it just me that feels that the wheel is being reinvented, yet again?

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip

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Re: Disgusted

"If every residential property in the UK had 50Mb/s (which on average it probably does) that's over 140Tb/s."

By a factor of about 10, I reckon. Unless my brain failed me, which it admittedly frequently does.

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No fibre to the home in UK, in the vast majority of places. Investment in infrastructure is not a big thing in the UK. We have Tories in charge here.

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The last bit to the home is copper. Old copper from decades ago.

It's already been pushed to 70Mbit or so, which is amazing when you think about it.

But having 800 carriers in an optical cable won't alter anything on the copper end.

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"44.2 terabits a second"

That's terafyingly fast!

Man responsible for least popular iteration of Windows UI uses iPad Pro as a desktop*

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Re: Expensive to be a fanboi in general

You can be a Microsoft fan?

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"Sadly, issues such as the update process hanging for extended period during installation persist. But heck, this is preview code after all."

As in "preview since the 1980s"?

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Re: Its OK...

"Twits who buy Apple have blood on their hands."

Glad to find out just now that Android phones are all made outside China.

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Re: HS2

"HS2"

Good one! A vanity project. Massive cost relative to possible positive impact. Typical Tory delusions.

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Agreed. UK had lots of very small respected niche brands (hifi etc), and some larger ones for domestic consumption (rarely seen outside UK). Very few world wide technology brands. The Japanese had that covered.

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"The ARM staff and skills are still in UK which is the main thing"

No, it's "a thing". Not the "main thing".

Selling out the control of something very often results in a bad outcome for the original employees.

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Re: Is it wrong to be in favour of this?

Unlikely to actually happen, as we know the Tory so-called government says a lot of things that never actually happens. Still waiting for CV19 tracing to actually start. It's just words. Empty words.

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Re: Is it wrong to be in favour of this?

"Putin really must be a genius. He's the leader of a country with a GDP smaller than that of Italy yet he controls the USA and by extension the rest of the free world!"

Compared to Trump he is a genius. In case you haven't noticed, Putin is extremely crafty.

And then we have piss-gate.

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Re: Is it wrong to be in favour of this?

Yes, it's wrong. And stupid.

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Re: So...

It all makes so much sense, as we know that USA is a paragon of friendliness and transparency. Therefore USA must be right in all it says.

The longest card game in the world: Microsoft Solitaire is 30

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Re: ... because someone had to...

I kinda like the mouseless interfaces. Handling a terminal with some excellent add-on stuff (hidden behind obscure Ctrl+key commands) sorted the real programmers from the rest.

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Re: Other things "stolen" from Apple...

That's some talent for sure!

It was very hard to create icons in those days, often with a bit depth of 1 (monochrome), and an awful resolution. I've tried, and it wasn't pretty.

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"The longest card game in the world"

Is it as long as a piece of string?

Anyway, I'm sure several, including various versions of Poker, has been around a lot longer than MS Solitaire.

Competition? We've heard of it. MoD snubs cloud rivals to hand Microsoft £17.7m Azure hosted services gig

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Yes, only Microsoft can do it. Usually by swallowing a suitable competitor.

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma

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Re: "over localised regions of the bridge below"

"Had I bought one of those, I would be contacting my lawyers."

Yes, but for them $30k is "found in the back of the sofa" money.

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

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Imagine if BoJo had won the last elections, and the absolute shitstorm that would result in!

Oh, wait...

You overstepped and infringed British sovereignty, Court of Appeal tells US in software companies' copyright battle

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EULAs are usually not worth the paper they aren't even printed upon.

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Re: US Law applies worldwide

"Lots of a single country's [sic] laws apply world-wide to citizens from that country."

Not to the extent US applies its laws abroad to its own citizens. More specifically, the draconian tax laws that treat US citizens like serfs. So much for "land of the free".

Cloudflare goes retro with COBOL delivery service. Older coders: Who's laughing now? Turns out we're still vital

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Quite a few times I have wished I was old enough to be a COBOL programmer.

Y2K preparations was one time, for example.

I guess my C experience will never amount to much.

You had to go and invent C++, C# and, worst of all, Python, didn't you? Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Presumably an April 1st joke?

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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"The 787 has far more problems. They left metal shavings (from drill holes and tightening bolts) inside where they well. "

Jeeesssusss Chriiiiist! FFS!

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Re: Quite frankly, A.P. Veening ...

Jake, have you done the maths on the MAX?

Dead people / Total flown people

will do. I don't have the numbers, but you seem to.

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Re: What a test

"[Anon. because, although it was a long time ago, it was my (not ARINC 664) software on that particular switch!]"

So not ARINC 664? You must be that other guy then?

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So you should do it every 10 days or so then, to make sure one or two missed ones doesn't cause the issue.

Budget 2020 in tech: UK.gov splashes cash on broadband and R&D while trying to limit impact of COVID-19 outbreak

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Re: Borrowing from yourself

So we had a money tree all along?

Guess May was wrong then.

Meltdown The Sequel strikes Intel chips – and full mitigation against data-meddling LVI flaw will slash performance

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That's because LVI protection involves compiler and assembler updates that insert extra x86 instructions (lfence) and replace problematic instructions (such as ret) with functionally equivalent but more verbose instruction sequences.

Why would an attacker use a compiler that does this?

Did I misunderstand something about this strategy?

'Optional' is the new 'Full' in Windows 10: Microsoft mucks about with diagnostic slurpage levels for Fast Ring Insiders

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"the new build contains a variety of fixes including Windows Update crashes and SafeSearch settings were being lost following an upgrade. The usual issues with crashes during the update process and a broken cloud recovery option for Reset this PC persist as well as a new one that sees the corruption repair process hang at 84.9 per cent"

But I don't want any of those things...

Alleged Vault 7 leaker trial finale: Want to know the CIA's password for its top-secret hacking tools? 123ABCdef

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Re: Why can't we have brilliant people without toxic personalities??

You mean: INCELs have nothing better to do?

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database

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Bit of a slag now then, like Talk Talk.

Google product boss cuffed on suspicion of murder after his Microsoft manager wife goes missing, woman's body found, during Hawaii trip

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"so that I can tell my daughters where their Mom is."

That would be the only reason, for sure, to "find" your own wife.

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