* Posts by anonymous boring coward

2471 posts • joined 21 Jan 2015

Inventor of the graphite anode – key Li-ion battery tech – says he can now charge an electric car in 10 minutes

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Re: Oh no, it's a battery story

It was 8% per year.

FTC approves $61.7m settlement with Amazon for pocketing driver tips

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Re: So, let me see if I get this correctly

“ And then the computer programmers coded the algorithmically set internal base rate calculations knowing full well they were coding theft.”

Doubt it. Someone changed some parameters. Probably not an actual programmer.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Re: Man makes idiotic statement on a mailing list...

You have issues.

You do know no one is forced to get vaccinated?

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Re: Man makes idiotic statement on a mailing list...

“ 712 got infected, 14 died”

That’s 2%. Do you understand how bad that is?

And now we have had several strains that are much worse than that.

Do you think the hospitals just make up that that get overwhelmed?

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Re: The echo chamber at work...

“ but the vitriolic response meted out to those with a differing viewpoint is both depressing and hard to understand.”

Not really. So much utter BS is spouted that make large, moronic sections of the population not get vaccinated. Which leads to thousands of extra deaths and prolonged lockdowns.

And THOSE SAME PEOPLE often refuse masks, and congregate like idiots.

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Good stuff!

Get the effing morons off the lists.

They can satisfy Trump orally if they wish.

Generous Alibaba to scatter 0.9% of annual revenue over Southeast Asia to develop tech talent and infrastructure

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Re: Erm…

So what. Let them get edgy.

'Vast majority of people' are onside with a data grab they know next to nothing about, reckons UK health secretary

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It seems that Cummings wasn't making up that Hancock is an excellent and frequent teller of porkies.

Linux 5.13 hits rc5, isn’t yet calm, Linus Torvalds is only mildly perturbed

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Re: Still brickin'...

"However that ^%&^* distro seems to have no text consoles at all (at last none reachable with ctrl-alt-F1)."

That's a crime against Linux, if true!

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Re: Still brickin'...

I was thinking about modern versions, such as Ubuntu.

Yes, it was a bit hairy back in the early 90s. But so was Windows.

Installing Linux, that's how you knew the real geeks from the mere men.

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Re: Still brickin'...

Did you use Ubuntu, or similarly well supported version of Linux?

And, as another poster suggested, boot from CD (or USB) first and test, only then install onto HDD.

You can even boot from a disk image in a large file under some other OS, such as Windows (long time since I did this so I don't know how supported this is now).

From your description it seems something very basic was misconfigured. Happened all the time with Windows too, but normal users seldom had that problem since Windows came preinstalled, so some expert had already sorted it for them.

BTW, even if the graphics craps out, you can typically get good old character based terminal windows to let you log in. You can hot swap between several such ones.

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Re: Still brickin'...

I never downvote anyone for having mere opinions, unless they like Trump.

"about 10 years since my last attempts to venture into Linux-land (which resulted in a dead PC tower)"

Hmm.. So another hard disk didn't help? Or simply starting from scratch?

How dead was it, on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being "very, very dead")?

Personally I never had an issue installing Linux. Less so than with Windows, at least. But drivers for some specialised hardware used to be a bit of an issue.

UK's Labour Party calls for delay to NHS Digital's GP data slurp until patients can be properly informed

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NHS Digital has invented this amazing, unbreakable thing called a "substitution cipher". It's really quite clever, you know! Only the boss knows how to shift the translation.

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"Labour with their finger on the pulse again, calling for this days after everyone else"

So what have the Tories done to stop this? Oh, they are doing it to us... What a surprise.

Oracle hits UK reseller with lawsuit for allegedly reselling grey market Sun hardware

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I didn't know there still was Sun hardware!?

Getting all nostalgic now about Pizza Box Sun machines... Unobtainable luxury powerful machines with gigantic screens and graphical interfaces, and three button mice.

FYI: Today's computer chips are so advanced, they are more 'mercurial' than precise – and here's the proof

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"One of our mercurial cores corrupted encryption," he explained. "It did it in such a way that only it could decrypt what it had wrongly encrypted."

Of course Skynet would want us to think it's just accidental...

Today I shall explain how dual monitors work using the medium of interpretive dance

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Re: Laptop + Monitor = two computers?

"We had a new telegraph pole installed near us. "

You must be really good at Morse Code around there?

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Re: Laptop + Monitor = two computers?

"there are folks who won’t have the Covid vax because it’s made by Biotech companies"

Darwin is working really hard nowadays.

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Re: Laptop + Monitor = two computers?

"What do I call characters such as #!~|?%@ used with their special meanings in regular expressions &c when engaging in informal discourse?"

Risky use of words there. Easily mutated.

Not sure. "Special characters"?

They would be conventions of the program or hardware you are using: "sed" used certain ones, some programming language other ones, and so on. Terminal hardware reacted to a bunch of special characters by moving the cursor, blanking a position, clearing the entire screen, and that sort of thing.

"Escape" would precede some other character(s), to alter that/those character(s)'s meaning. Hence vastly enlarge the amount of commands one could encode.

Flying dildo poses a slap in the face for serious political debate

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Re: Children

I didn't know Trump as 78?

Unfixable Apple M1 chip bug enables cross-process chatter, breaking OS security model

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Re: Major security risk

"I never knew you could reduce the security risk of a bug by introducing and/or finding more bugs that leak the same data."

Same principle as in the UK we "only" have a few thousand CV19 infections each day, and we're all home-free, good to ignore the virus. Whereas in Australia you have 10 cases and get a 7 day lockdown.

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Bandwidth is typically expressed in bits/s. So Mb/s if it's megabits per second.

1MB/s would be 8Mb/s.

8Mb/s isn't a low bandwidth for "tapping". Not sure why anyone would claim that?

The Epic vs Apple trial is wrapping up, but the battle has just begun

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Re: Tim Cook has no idea of how much money the App store makes? Really?

Are you talking about revenue, or profit? I'm sure the cost for maintaining the App Store is quite difficult to pin down, as it's spread across various departments. The servers, the app store back end, the app, the iOS features needed by the app, and so on. You might even be able to say that the entire cost of providing hardware to user the app store is such a cost.

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Re: The lawyers have more paydays coming

"Apple has already taken 30% of the purchase price of the app - this is more than enough to cover the hosting and other costs. Taking 30% of in app purchases has no justification other than "We are so big that we can take your money and there is nothing you can do about it"."

Honestly? You do understand that every software house would make the initial purchase dirt cheap, and put all payments into add-ons? Thus avoiding the 30% entirely. This isn't hard to figure out.

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Re: Colin Wilson 2 - Apple have got this right!

"Epic was not cheating, they demonstrated that the 30% you pay for a supposed iron-clad control over the application and the respect of the store requirements by application developers is a scam, by managing to slip into their application a feature that is explicitly banned by Apple."

Are you saying Apple would be justified in upping the cut to 35% so that they can afford stopping this sort of thing? That sort of argument cuts both ways...

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Re: "Apple’s ironclad control of the iOS platform"

"What happens if epic loses? They sell their app through the only market permitted for app sales."

The terms haven't changed. They signed up for it, and enjoyed it for many years. They should try to negotiate better terms -but that's about it.

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Re: "Apple’s ironclad control of the iOS platform"

"I don't think Apple should have the universal right to demand their users can only conduct business through their (Apple's) environment."

Naive. Don't buy an iPad/iPhone if you don't like the model. It's pretty simple really.

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If Epic is so big, how come they haven't negotiated a better deal with Apple?

Apple could make all this go away by having better deals for major customers.

Who gave dusty Soviet-era spacecraft that unwanted lick of paint? It was an idiot, with a spraycan, in Baikonur

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"It's in this state because there is a corrupt populist autocratic government too busy handing out money to their mates ..."

I assumed you were talking about UK.

That Salesforce outage: Global DNS downfall started by one engineer trying a quick fix

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Ehh.. If it looks safe, has been done before many times, and won't kill anyone, just go for it!

Implement it globally, all at once. People are such delicate flowers.

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now

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Thank god the "unelected officials" of EU can't meddle with this!

Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss

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Re: Musk rat

The drivers being killed aren't using the system as they have been instructed to do.

I'm sure they have agreed to do so to use the system.

Of course, anyone who knows anything about human nature (ask the air safety people) knew this would happen.

And it's USA, so all bets are off on what any court case will result in.

Facebook Oversight Board upholds decision to ban Trump, asks FB to look at own 'potential contribution' to 'narrative of electoral fraud'

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Re: Oversight Board Funding

"although its $130m in funding comes from Facebook"

That, for sure, would make them very independent.

The Starship has landed. Latest SpaceX test comes back to Earth without igniting fireballs

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Their definition of "small fire" is slightly different from mine. I think that fire would have engulfed our house.

Very happy though that things are moving along!

The confidence of landing so near to the next one on the (literal) production line!

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Re: A pedant notes...

I think "used 9 times" would cover it.

Bitcoin is ‘disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization’ says famed investor Charlie Munger

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“ Bitcoin is "disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization" ”

Yes. Stupid.

Not so fast, SpaceX: $3bn NASA Moon landing contract blocked by rivals' gripes

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All very Mickey Mouse.

Why isn’t NASA aiming for standardised systems and multiple suppliers?

Googler demolishes one of Apple's monopoly defenses – that web apps are just as good as native iOS software

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Re: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah ...

“ I really love it when a Google Developer spontaneously emits a blog trashing their competitor.”

This could be I’ll advised, though. Coming back to bite Google.

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“ Safari savaged for failing behind in web APIs”

Did you mean “falling”?

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Re: Many APIs are undesirable

He didn’t say that.

Home office setup with built-in boiling water tap for tea and coffee without getting up is a monument to deskcess

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16 days late article?

Huawei tells the FCC it can't force US carriers to scrap its gear – that's Congress's job

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“ Instead, the company has committed to focusing more on cloud and software products,”

The irony... From a security perspective.

Nigerian email scammer sent down for 40 months in the US, ordered to pay back $2.7m to victims

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I think I know this chap!

Very friendly, and has an uncle who is a prince whose wealth has been stashed away, and now needs a small loan to access it?

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

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Re: @LDS - @LDS - "How do you explain almost the exact same feature in iOS?"

MS wants more. Remember how they “accidentally” updated people to SlurpOS 10?

Facebook says dump of 533m accounts is old news. But my date of birth, name, etc haven't changed in years, Zuck

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"Facebook now says "malicious actors obtained this data not through hacking our systems but by scraping it from our platform prior to September 2019"

That's so much better! No need even to hack the system, as it was wide open! Really something to be proud of, and point out.

Yep, the 'Who owns Linux?' case is back from the dead

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Re: Follow the money

A nation state? One where "greed is good" perhaps, in that case?

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

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It's not April 1st until tomorrow!

Starlink's latent China crisis could spark a whole new world of warcraft

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Don't worry! Brexit Boris will increase UK's nuclear arsenal, and fight China. So much better than being under the yoke of Evil Empire EU.

Seagate UK customer stung by VAT on replacement drive shipped via the Netherlands

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Re: Should not have Netherlands VAT ...

You are so confused.

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Re: Should not have Netherlands VAT ...

"The simple solution, instead of lying down and letting bureaucracy walk all over ignorance"

would have been to not vote for Brexshit, like some moronic numpties.

Well done, all morons who voted for this shit. Now we have to pay customs duties on everything from everywhere.

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