* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

1950 posts • joined 6 Feb 2015

Microsoft fixes the thing it broke via another dose of out-of-band patching to deal with BSOD printing problems

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Re: arrogance, maliciousness, government demands, incompetence or laziness

I'm gonna go with arrogance and incompetence. Simply they gained what is pretty much a monopoly then stopped giving a shit, persuing ever greater profits at the cost of their reputation and of their customers' sanity.

It's not about quality products any more. It's about feeding today's users' insatiable need for new shiny things every few months, rather than focussing on a solid, reliable and robust OS.

Reliability is expensive, hard and slow. New shiny is cheap, easy and quick.

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Re: Permanent BETA software

Welcome to the Brave New World of software development, where uneducated managers see "agile" as an excuse not to bother with testing (because deployment delays wouldn't be "agile") and believe they can rapidly fix any problems later (because that's how "agile" works, right?).

They see agile development as a way to cut short term costs, release sooner / more often, without understanding anything about what agile really is, and without caring what repeated shitty releases does to their reputation.

Agile was never meant to be this way.

Smart doorbells on business premises make your property more attractive to burglars, warns researcher

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Re: bugled several times

Most victims just get burgled. To get bugled as well... and several times... most unfortunate. Most unfortunate indeed. Did it happen it at band camp?

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

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Re: Its very easy to detect ground based broadcasts

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

Were such quantum entangled comms possible, I can see how governments and militaries might supress such knowledge. But with our current understanding, that's just not how quantum entanglement works.

Memo to scientists. Looking for intelligent life? Have you tried checking for worlds with a lot of industrial pollution?

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Re: Looking for that other technosignature

A tad pessimistic. There's no reason society has to go down the global nuclear war path, unless they active choose to by ignoring technological solutions to artificial and genuine resource scarcity.

Nuclear/solar/wind/whatever powered coastal desalination plants (and use the salts and minerals extracted instead of digging them up), vertical farming and greenhouses utilising hydro/air-ponics, for instance. All perfectly achievable right now, but relatively expensive so why bother.

We've seen over the past year what can be accomplished (albeit with varying degrees of success) given sufficient political will and scientific effort. Just need to turn that same zeal to resource production and management. Critically that's not biting the majority of the world yet, so these things just get talked about instead of acted upon.

But give it time. If things start to get desperate it's much more likely we'll invest in technological solutions than nuking each other into oblivian. The cost of doing nothing is far, far greater than the cost of fixing things.

GPS jamming around Cyprus gives our air traffic controllers a headache, says Eurocontrol

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Re: Should not rely on GPS so damn much!

You had a pencil? You don't know you're born.

Clay slab and a pointy stick, mate.

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Re: insignificant

To which specific insignificant wankers are you referring, who are:

a) at war near Cyprus? And...

b) possess nuclear weapons, and therefore an "I'm losing button"?

Also why do you believe the millions of innocents caught up in those conflicts deserve nuclear annihilation?

You only need pen and paper to fool this OpenAI computer vision code. Just write down what you want it to see

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Nope, it's the Bolivian Navy on manoeuvres in the South Pacific.

NASA shows Mars that humans can drive a remote control space tank at .01 km/h

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Re: Nothing there...

Yeah because you can discern so much scientific value from a picture on a website. You should contact NASA immediately, to offer your investigative prowess. I'm sure they'll be deeply humbled by your insight and curiosity.

UK monopoly watchdog launches probe after iOS app makers slam Apple software store's draconian T&Cs

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Re: The new version upgrade is free......but you need a £3000 new machine to run it!!!

Not what the OP said at all. OP is talking about OS upgrades; the assertion seems to be they could presumably work fine on older machines but are deliberately prevented from running / installing.

Personally I don't know if that assertion is accurate, but this is what the OP seems to mean.

The wrong guy: Backup outfit Spanning deleted my personal data, claims Cohesity field CTO

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He genuinely has been using Keyasa for primary storage, in which case he's a tool and should know better given his job, or...

He's just lost the copy and not the original, in which case he's a tool for making a fuss about nothing.

Either way he's a tool. Sure he didn't get what he thought he was paying for, but he should know better than anyone to read the small print.

What happens when cancel culture meets Adolf Hitler pareidolia? Amazon decides it needs a new app icon

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Re: Adolf

Given the article author's location (SF), I'm reasonbly (though, admittedly not 100%) confident we British had nothing to do with this situation.

Amazon came up with a new logo, then decided to go full-bore cancel-culture on itself and euthanased the new design before the offendotrons got the chance.

ESA mulls sending waves of robot explorers into dark depths of lunar lava tubes

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Literally the 3rd paragraph, 2nd sentence thereof:

It's thought the tubes could not only offer a safe living environment for humans but may also contain water or useful minerals for long-term manned missions.

Digital trust-busting time? US lawmakers mull how to tame giga-corps Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook

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Re: Sounds good to me

Absolutely. If an app is genuinely viable, a compelling product, charge a tiny subscription to make up for per-person income lost from the ad parasites. Doesn't have to be a vast amount. Per-user income from ad impressions is around a few quid per year, if that.

Charge 30p a month or a fiver for a lifetime licence. If people don't want to pay that, well you app probably just isn't that good.

If an app is just a shitty excuse to sell adverts, and has no intrinsic value, let it die.

Expect some turbulence while the market adjusts to the reality of not being able to track and sell everyone's every move online and offline, and while people get used to the idea again of actually paying for things they find worthwhile.

We need a 20MW 20,000-GPU-strong machine-learning supercomputer to build EU's planned digital twin of Earth

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Re: 1kW per GPU

Not just the GPUs. The rest of the system needs power, not to mention the vast cooling requirements to stop the whole thing melting into a giant pool of glass and plastic.

[Posted before a screen refresh, hence repeating what others have already said. Note to self: F5 before posting]

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Re: We all do...

If the outputs of this model will be use to inform decisions that could affect us all, damn right we need an explanation. If that takes time to understand, so be it. How can we have confidence in data we don't understand? "Computer says no" is not a valid response. Rushing to make decisions based on such is asking for trouble.

Copper broadband phaseout will leave UK customers with higher bills and less choice, says comparison site

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Re: "TalkTalk" and "reputable supplier"

Two terms that don't belong in the same sentence. Unless "was never a" lies betwixt.

FCC announces winners in $81bn 5G spectrum auction. Congrats to Verizon, which must cough up $45.4bn

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I just wish networks everywhere would sort out a decent 3G or 4G signal everywhere before blowing enormous sums (and adding to our collective bills) on 5G. Connections still drop back to EDGE sometimes, and this is in the suburbs of one of the larger UK cities.

Certainly don't give two shits about overhyped, overpriced, underserved 5G.

Alexa, swap out this code that Amazon approved for malware... Installed Skills can double-cross their users

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Re: Talk to a computer? why would I do that?

It can be useful in hands-free situations when you really need to be concentrating on something else. As in your car analogy. But that's only really viable if you don't have to think hard about how and when to issue the voice command.

If it's not natural language, without special pronunciation, it becomes a distraction in its own right.

If there's a delay between pushing the button and being able to issue the voice command, that's another distraction. Not desireable while driving.

At the moment it still seems too gimmicky, too clunky to be useful. Most times it's often easier and quicker to grab the remote / pick up the phone / flick the lightswitch.

Case in point: step lad had hooked up Alexa to a "smart" lightbulb. Enters his bedroom annoucing "Hey Alexa! Turn on the lights.", whilst passing the lightswitch right by the door. Ridiculously pointless.

Microsoft staffers restive as annual employee poll lands – without questions about compensation

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Most companies that did that would go out of business see a reduction in profits, hurting executive bonuses and annoying some (but not all) shareholders.

Dangerous flying car drone zoomed into UK's Gatwick Airport airspace after killswitch failed

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then you simply have it drop at a known safe velocity

While still allowing horizontal maneouvering. Nothing less simple than a simple uncontrollable descent onto a busy motorway / tracks of an approaching high speed train / active car crusher / lit bonfire / preferred inescapable-death-event of choice.

Now this is Epic: Fortnite maker takes Apple fight to the European Commission and... er... Bismarck, North Dakota

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Epic Games' crusade isn't really about a particular app store or mobile platform. It's about broader questions of customer choice and freedom, and how smaller firms compete with the titans that operate the mobile platforms we all rely on.

Not really, no.

They may be pitching it that way for public support, but this is simply about not wanting to pay Apple 30% to host Epic titles. No more. No less.

Epic initially agreed to the AppStore T's & C's (no choice), and got caught trying to bypass them. This isn't a comment on whether Apple needs to be reigned in or not, simply that Epic knew Apple's terms and chose to breach them.

By all means, frame Apple's restrictions and actions as anticompetitive to try to get legislators on-side, but let's not pretend this is Epic's rationale. Epic saying this is simply a ploy to pressure Apple.

Facebook bans sharing of news in Australia – starting now – rather than submit to pay-for-news-plan

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figure out which sites Facebook forbids and which it permits

And so begins another game of internet whack-a-mole.

Mobile World Congress to run this year's Barcelona event in June with 50,000 attendees. We're speechless

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Re: hubris

Touch free setup won't do a damn thing to prevent spread. This whole idea is deluded insanity. Perhaps the CEO has actually gone insane. Though I suspect this is simply greed and desperation to stay relevant, lest the world discover it really doesn't give two shits about MWC.

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Re: 50,000 from where?

Totally. My company won't even authorise local work travel, and personal travel should respect all local regs and restrictions.

At least it'll be easy to spot the companies who really don't care about their staff or the health of anyone else. Then the rest of the world can avoid doing any further business with them.

Corporate Darwinian selection...?

Openreach engineers vote to strike amid changes to job grading structure

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Yes, take a moment. No point getting all charged up and further polarising the debate.

Terraria dev cancels Stadia port after Google disabled his email account for three weeks

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Re: Google having real employees, I've met many of them

I think the correct term is "decoys", so people believe there are still humans involved in the decision processes.

Web prank horror: Man shot dead while pretending to rob someone at knife-point for a YouTube video

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Some people acted stupidly. Others acted in perfectly justifiable self defence. If someone is dumb enough to pull a real knife on someone as a prank, the consequences are entirely deserved.

Banning guns and butcher knives won't prevent things like this. Attempted robbery is already banned since it's, you know, a crime. Didn't stop this happening. Might as well bad stupid.

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Re: Wind it in.

Why? jake makes a valid point here. This "prank" crossed the line to "crime" by a fucking country mile. If you want to refute the statement, please do so. If you want to be abusive to the participants, please go forth and multiply to 4chan.

EncroChat hack case: RAM, bam... what? Data in transit is data at rest, rules UK Court of Appeal

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Re: I can never use data again

Depends on how the contract describes "at rest". Since it's a specific term you're being required to abide by, it should have a definition somewhere in the contract. If you comply with that definition you'll be fine. If the term isn't defined then it's not your problem, but you should check with your legal weasels. IANA legal weasel.

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Re: Whilst the Judges seem to have overthought this but so has El Reg

IANAL either, but I can imagine it's something like the difference between compromising an individual or single premises' devices, and compromising what could be national or international comms infrastructure.

Big data: Study suggests even a moderate gambling habit is linked to increased mortality and other bad stuff

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Re: "the study is silent on these factors"

I upvoted you on this, then a thought hit me.

That 82% is incredibly vague. I suspect deliberately so.

Of that 82%, how many have returned to "as well off as they were before"? How many of those were poor to start with?

Depending on the numbers, that could correlate well with "most lottery winners end up poor again within a few years".

Without a more detailed look at the data there's no way to know. I don't expect lottery providers will be forthcoming on that, because it could easily go against their narrative.

War on Section 230 begins in earnest as Dem senators look to limit legal immunity for social networks, websites etc

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Re: Clearly if you post that you are trying to be offensive and provoke someone

Not "clearly" at all.

Some people will be offended as it conflicts with their world view, their value system.

Some will agree to varying degree. Some just won't care either way.

Others will go out of their way to be offended by anything remotely contentious.

None of these possibilities make the statement inherently offensive.

Brit IBM veteran wins unfair dismissal case after 2018's Global Technology Services redundancy bloodbath

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Re: magine that UK courts would count moving jobs offshore as redundancy

That does seem to be loophole which needs to be closed. The legal definition is probably outdated, and needs to be corrected for modern multinational business.

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Re: redundancy is laying off workers where the job no longer exists

That's two separate things though - an employee choosing to leave, and an employer pretending that offshoring an existing job is redundancy.

The former is fine. The latter is the problem and should be illegal as it is clearly not redundancy - the job still exists, it was just given to someone cheaper in a different country. Seems like the "different country" aspect is the loophole. That needs to be closed.

Accused murderer wins right to check source code of DNA testing kit used by police

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Re: Repeatable experiment

True, However, the chances of any one of those 6 being in the same place at the same time is vanishingly small. Not sure I'd rely on that as my defence.

Seems better to try to show the court that 1 in a billion is not true, and actually the match accuracy is much, much lower. 1 in a million, or 1 in a hundred thousand, brings it down to several possible people in a large city or town, which seems a much more reasonable basis for saying someone else did it.

UK Test and Trace chief Dido Harding tries to convince MPs that £14m for canned mobile app was money well spent

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Re: Those consultants

Come on... anyone who favours using something existing, skilled and experienced for the task at hand, rather than creating something new, expensive, poorly planned, hopelessly inadequate, and which spaffs billions to their mates has no place in government.

ESA signs off on three more service modules for Moon mission – despite agency boss casting doubt on 2024 landing

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Humanity needs to spread out into space so we don't have all our eggs in a single Earthy basket. It's not if but when the next global mass extinction event occurs.

Returning the moon could be considered a first step to do so.

As to your views on astronomy, you clearly don't consider gaining a greater understanding of the universe to be important. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. However, many people do consider that a worthy goal.

Clearing junk from orbit certainly should continue to be worked on, but it's not an either/or proposition.

In wake of Apple privacy controls, Facebook mulls just begging its iOS app users to let it track them over the web

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Re: does the user *really* benefit from an advert?

They never said it is the user who benefits. They tend to be very careful not to say that.

Cisco intros desktop switches, one with USB-C to power your laptop

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Re: Any freebies included?

To all the downvoters... woosh!

Europe considers making it law that your boss can’t bug you outside of office hours

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Big Brother

Re: One place I visited...

Ah good ol' US employment doublespeak.

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Re: Soberish

Hope you're joking. Drunk cycling is just as illegal as drunk driving, up to £2500 fine and, while a driving ban isn't automatic, courts do have general authority to impose a driving ban for any crime.

But if you're joking, nothing to see here, carry on.

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Re: Operation Spartacus

Hmm, a downvote. Does your boss read El Reg?

In a trial run, Google Chrome to corral netizens into groups for tailored web ads rather than target individuals

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Re: You're Not Allowed To Intrude On My Privacy In Order To Sell Advertising And Fling It At Me


Catchy. Although, I'll not sure Welsh acronyms are the way forward.

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Re: Not ticking a box...

Sounds like a plan with no drawbacks. What's your point?

Laptops given to British schools came preloaded with remote-access worm

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Re: No open tender, Tory donor

Detestable for sure, but let's not assume it's only the Tories pulling this crap. Pretty much standard practice for politicians-in-power of all stripes, since, well, since the invention of politics.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency refuses to pay ransomware crooks over 1.2GB of stolen data

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Re: ...you never appear to have bothered...

Not to nitpick (because, hey, that never happens on El Reg, right?), and I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, but given you're rightly pulling up the OP on their fine command of English Shirley the correct grammar is:

...appear never to have bothered...


...appear to never have bothered...

And don't call me Shirley.

AnyVan confirms digital break-in, says customer names, emails and hashed passwords exposed

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Re: The only way

For the airport case, the guy went undetected for 3 months which is a serious flaw in airport security and someone should definitely be held accountable. So yes, in some cases there needs to be definite accountability.

But we aren't discussing airport security. This is about security of customer data on PCs and in servers and data centres, and anyone hosting such data is obliged to look after it. Too many firms pass the buck rather than proactively attempting to ensure and verify data security, hand waving at the cloud host or the OS or the ISP or whichever.

Such deferred responsiblity cannot continue, and one way to improve things is to ensure the cost of failure to secure is significantly greater than the cost of securing. Is it the only way? Perhaps not. But history shows time and again that many firms will never act unless threatened with the legal equivalent of a really big LART.

US gov sets up the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office at the last minute before Trump's presidency ends

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Re: Facial recognition

It's truly remarkable that:

1) Anyone was deluded enough to think something like this could ever work;

2) Anyone would be sufficiently hard of thinking to actually use it live.

I suppose it does prove that some people will buy anything with "AI" in the name/blurb, and that HR drones will continue to do anything everything they can to avoid doing any actual work, no matter how obviously bad an idea is.

What's next? AI-based phrenology?

Watchdog urges Tesla to recall 158,000 Model S, X cars to fix knackered NAND flash that borks safety features

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That's where Tesla mucked up. They monitor their cars.

Nope. They mucked up by not realising the inherent problems of writing massive amounts of logging data all the time, and so didn't spec adequate storage to cope for decades* without problems.

*This is a car after all, so multi-decadal use is a common expectation, even though it's not often the same owner for all that time.


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