* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

1949 posts • joined 6 Feb 2015

Quixotic Californian crusade to officially recognize the hellabyte and hellagram is going hella nowhere

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A Hella Hella?

Dropbox basically decimates workforce, COO logs off: Cloud biz promises to be 'more efficient and nimble'

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Re: Pandemic end?

Sadly neither fast enough, nor effective enough, to wipe out useful numbers of them. Now, Ebola... that's more like the disease of choice for antivaxers.

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Re: Pandemic end?

So the vaccinated then become transmission vectors to pass the virus to their unvaccinated friends and family? Nice.

There have already been public statements that being vaccinated does not appear to prevent transmission, it merely significantly lowers the risk of becoming infected, and of serious problems from infection.

Even if such a policy were enacted, here in the UK that still means waiting around 12 weeks for the second jab, then another few weeks for that to fully take effect. Vaccination is not the quick and easy solution it might seem, even for those who've already had their first jab.

Also consider that most shops, offices, factories, entertainment, hospitality etc. won't have enough staff to open safely, or at all, for at least several months, due to vacine rollout phases. So even though people who're fully vaccinated might be able to safely use retail, hospitality etc, there won't be anything open for them to use.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Trump ban means the service has failed

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Re: Non of us get to judge him now

You don't think the past 4 years is long enough to make an informed judgement? Anyone who's waited until now to judge Trump has seriously missed the boat.

Offshoring is kind of over, says Wipro, as financials surge thanks to offshoring

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Re: cost-effective

It can be, if the project is well defined and the relationship well managed, however in most cases that doesn't seem to be the norm. Savings are usually short-term, and by the time problems come to light the exec originally responsible has taken their bonus and left for pastures new.

Four women seek release from forced arbitration to sue Infosys for widespread gender discrimination

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Be careul what you cherry-pick

And yet the alleged behaviour of HR toward the plaintif reinforces the original suggestion of gender discrimination.

Now on its own, that might simply indicate localised gender intolerance, or a particularly crap HR drone. However, when taken with the pattern of other complaints over previous years, it does suggest a deeper problem.

It's possible there would be a lot more complaints, were it not for forced arbitration. Speculation, of course.

NHS COVID-19 app is trying to tell Android users something but buggy notification appears stuck on 'Loading...' screen

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Re: Spoiler alert!

Seems some people have entered level 5 deadpan humour bypass.

Trump tries one more time to limit H-1B work visas with new minimum salary requirements

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culmination of many hours of extensive research and thought

Wow. Many hours, huh? Well I'm sure that will calm all the concerned organisations who would normally be consulted on such matters. I'm just blown away by how much effort they've put into this, given the vast potential ramifications.

Not many days, weeks or months, which could reasonably be expected for such an important and contentious topic. No no no... hours. And just how much is many, anyway? One up from several? In other words maybe a day's thought went into this, max. Minus coffee breaks and a nice long relaxing lunch...

Pandemic? Check. World in peril? Check. CES is on? Check. So of course Bluetooth Smart Masks are now a thing

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Re: @Version 1.0

Don't worry. The batteries will be safely stored in a groinal pack, with a long power cord you can wrap around your neck to keep it securely attached. Helps keep your bits toasty when it's cold out. Not too toasty though.

Parler games: Social network for internet rejects sues Amazon Web Services for pulling plug on hosting

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Away with you! You, with your insightful logic and reason! Away!

You can't argue with stupid. Current events only serve to reinforce this fact.

That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave

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Re: "uninstall Flash and fire it into the heart of the Sun"

Please don't inflict those massive security flaws and aggressive vendor lock-in / licencing policies on the Sun.

That's the absolute last thing we need riddled with exploits, and we certainly don't want Oracle running a licence audit and deciding in retrospect that we've been enjoying free light and warmth from the Sun for the past 4.5 billion years so pay up, bitches.

Trump's gone quiet, Parler nuked, Twitter protest never happened: There's an eerie calm – but at what cost?

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Re: Why shouldn't people be allowed to demonstrate...? Why shouldn't they be angry?

@Frank Fisher...

Everyone is entitled to anger and peaceful demonstation against real or perceived injustices, errors of process, fraud, anything. You can stand in the street with a sign, shouting and ranting as much as you like. So can anyone else.

What people are not entitled to do is form a violent mob and storm the Capitol, damaging property, causing injury and even risking peoples' lives.

Is the distinction too subtle for you? These morons crossed the line, plain and simple.

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Re: A shameful time for big tech and supporters

Being a sworn affidavit doesn't make its content correct, truthful or actionable. There is certainly no obligation for a court to examine it.

Simply, someone believes in what they're saying enough to legally bind themselves to those statements. Whether those statements are true is irrelevant, and there are plenty of stupid people willing to believe anything and effectively perjure themselves in the process.

Guiliani possing thousands of sworn affidavits doesn't matter in the slightest.

International Space Station scores powerup with solar panels that 'roll out like a tape measure'

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Re: What are you wining about?

OP is clearly cheesed-off that NASA doesn't think he/she has the bottle.

Buggy code, fragile legacy systems, ill-conceived projects cost US businesses $2 trillion in 2020

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Re: Blame the management

Where's your evidence indicating they cannot be retrained? For most people, the barrier to education isn't lack of ability, it is simply the cost.

Pizza and beer night out the window, hours trying to sort issue, then a fresh pair of eyes says 'See, the problem is...'

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Re: Doubtless with the assistance of a baseball bat peppered with rusty nails.

All the best LARTs are multipurpose. Plus, it's always helpful to have an innocent explanation ;-)

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Re: Proof reader

Missed icon opportunity if ever there was one...

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Re: Prelalal dnceodig

Close, but no bnanaa.

I feel like you may have missed the subtle details behind the aforementioned theory...

OpenAI touts a new flavour of GPT-3 that can automatically create made-up images to go along with any text description

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Needs another step though - the ability to instantly understand how to use the knowledge available, and to know what is correct, and what is misleading or just wrong.

Having access to knowledge, and having the ability to use it, are two very different things.

Wait ages for an antitrust battle and three come along at once: Google sued by 38 US states over search monopoly

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...to keep the likes of Alexa out of cars

This claim is stated as though it would be a bad thing.

Hell no!

Alexa shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a car. Just one more distraction, never mind the massively increased tracking and data aggregation.

Dodgy procedures doomed Arianespace's Vega before it even left the launchpad

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Re: plug it in right or you're going to get a melted component

Depends on what is sent over the connection. If it's just a relative voltage that is perfectly acceptable as positive or negative, your component will be fine but it will be outputing inverted results.

Testing should still have picked this up though. An expected result suddenly inverting should have raised some eyebrows.

Also there's the possibility a connector is pinned-up incorrectly. So it's possible to plug a connector in with the proper orientation, keyed or unkeyed, but still the connections are wrong.

This product is terrible. Can you deliver it in 20 years’ time when it becomes popular?

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Well there's ribbed, then there's "wrapped in sandpaper". I suspect the raw 3d-printed options are closer to the latter.

Search history can calculate better credit ratings than pay slips, says International Monetary Fund

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Paris Hilton

Re: credit rating

Interesting euphamism... I suppose any raising or lowering depends on the quality of the porn.

Facebook rolls out full-page ads, website complaining Apple is forcing it to get consent before tracking you

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Re: conscience

Come on... Facebook proved many years ago that their decision makers are out and out sociopaths with absolutely zero conscience between them. They'll quite happily lie, cheat and manipulate anyone, over anything, if they believe it will help their bottom line.

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Re: Ah, isn't it sad?

More like burglar complains that householders will now have the option to refuse to put all their valuables on show, preventing SME burglars from targeting the most lucrative "customers".

Leaked draft EU law reveals tech giants could face huge 6% turnover fines if they don't play by Europe's rules

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Re: politicians are stupid enough to think they can succeed in regulating the web

Grandiose delusions and a complete failure to understand reality tend to be personality traits of high level politicians. Well, politicians generally, but it gets worse the higher up the food chain you go.

Exonerated: First subpostmasters cleared of criminal convictions in Post Office Horizon scandal

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What have looks got to do with anything?

I suppose you believe in phrenology as well.

US Treasury, Dept of Commerce hacks linked to SolarWinds IT monitoring software supply-chain attack

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Wrong "he". The OP is clearly saying Trump lost and the Republican votes cast in states using paperless voting machines may be higher than they would be had fully auditable voting systems been used.

Saying it again. And again, and again, and...

In other words, OP's assertion is the Republicans rigged the vote but failed to rig it enough.

What does my neighbour's Tesla have in common with a stairlift?

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Re: EVs = bad for planet, bad for poor people, bad for practicality

Basically, as a species we're pretty adept at fucking up the environment, regardless of the energy generation technology we choose for personal transport. EV and ICE both have their drawbacks, just sometimes different ones. But both sets of drawbacks are equally capable of some serious environmental damage, and it's naive to posit one is worse/better than the other.

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Re: EVs = bad for planet, bad for poor people, bad for practicality

Public transport in the UK is terrible. Routes and services are being cut all the time, even in cities. Many routes that used to be relatively direct now need the passengers to go via the local hub to get to places.

And have you tried doing the weekly family shop on a bus? Hopelessly impractical.

A lot of car ownership is having the freedom, ability and convenience to go where you want, when you want, without the sometimes vast additional time, cost, inconvenience and low practicality of using public transport.

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Re: Charging

If only there were some kind of highly portable, easily and rapidly dispensed and highly energy-dense liquid that could be somehow converted into energy and used to propel a vehicle.

And what if such a liquid could be produced by growing things that lock up carbon from the atmosphere, or from algae and bacteria grown in vats and which also lock up carbon from the atmosphere, creating a carbon-neutral energy source.

And what if such a liquid were compatible with modern vehicles (perhaps with some minor adjustments) and fuel distribution systems, and so didn't involve digging vast quantities of material from the ground, avoids creating large sometimes-toxic spoil heaps and brine pools, nor shipping large quantities of said material all around the planet to construct different parts of EV batteries.

It's a shame no such liquid exists. Ah well, a man can dream.

France fines Google, Amazon €135m total for slipping ad cookies into people's computers without permission

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Re: Two words...

An objective assessment of the revenue raised by these breaches of cookie laws would have been useful. Whatever that turns out to be, triple it for the fine. Objective assessment, not the company's own assessment. That will require legal authority to subpoena all relevant details, with extremly heavy penalties and executive jail time for non-compliance.

The penalty cost must greatly exceed the gains from breaking the rules, otherwise fines are (yet again) just another cost of doing business.

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Re: Farmers

Not really, no. Since when do cannibals raise a human heard to cull at their convenience?

Google Cloud (over)Run: How a free trial experiment ended with a $72,000 bill overnight

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Re: Is it really so hard to manage?

Ah but you're thinking like a reasonable, decent human being, not a greedy executive of a greedy multinational corporation.

Thinking more like Google, it's pretty clear this is entirely by design. Another dark pattern.

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Sounds more like a cynically deliberate feature than a bug.

Reading El Reg while working from home? Here's a pleasant thought: Kaspersky says 1 in 10 of you are naked right now

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Re: A quick pass with a Kärcher should do it.

But are you thinking the jetwasher or the window vac...?

Asking for a friend ----->

Judge strikes down another attempt by President Trump to force a TikTok US sale

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Re: Americans won

You imply there's a difference...?

Cisco challenges the tyranny of Outlook with short, self-terminating Webex meetings

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Success metrics

Feedback will also flow from new analytics features Cisco said will produce a social graph of interactions across a company so that managers can understand if their teams are "building the relationships they need to be successful". Just how success metrics are determined was not discussed. Privacy was assured.

Success and productivity stems from knowing your shit, talking to the right people at the right times, and generally getting stuff done. It is not wasting time endlessly networking to build relationships.

A social graph won't tell you how well people are working. It will tell you how much time they might spend "collaborating" with others, but without transcribing the conversation and analysing that data, there's no way to go from that to any kind of useful productivity metric.

It certainly does not indicate productivity. Work done indicates productivity, but that requires managers to actually oversee the work being done rather than just looking for a number in a dashboard.

Microsoft just binned a very similar tool because manglers equated collaboration to productivity and started coming down on people with lower collaboartion scores, saying they weren't being productive enough.

Senators, net neutrality advocates rail against looming lame-duck confirmation of new FCC commissioner

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Scorched earth

Seems to be Trump's exit plan. How much more damage will he try to inflict on his way out the door?

Cops raid home of ousted data scientist who created her own Florida COVID-19 dashboard

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Re: Probs just standard operating procedure

There are 2 independent issues here:

1. DoH took an insanely heavy-handed approach to deal with this alleged infringement. Doubtless to make an example of her, to deter others from doing foolish things like refusing the massage the figures and instead reporting real numbers.

2. The cops, as ever, went for instant escalation an maximum aggression. Against a middle-aged family and their kids. Over an non-violent alleged crime. I suspect they get such a kick off the adrenaline rush that this is the default behaviour. Seems like shear luck no one got shot.

Please don't ignore the second by focussing solely on the first.

USA adds China’s top chipmaker to list of companies American money can’t legally buy a slice of

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Re: Echo from the past ...?

Yeah, this is just yet another example of some Yanks complaining about a different country doing exactly with they (Yanks) do.

Glastonbury hippy shop Hemp in Avalon rapped for spouting 'plandemic' pseudoscience

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Re: People turning to nonsense

Nice of you to state how people should live their lives, while complaining about the goverment deciding how people should live their lives.

If separate shopping times for the elderly was actually enforced, policed, then maybe - maybe - you'd have a point. But the only thing enforcing that is most people's sense of decency. And the sort of twats who cough all over people in a queue at the shops don't give a shit about things like that.

EU, ASEAN trade bloc plan closer digital ties that could make China's Belt and Road offering look rather boring

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Re: arcane and pointless regulations

You mean pesky, interfering things like safety standards, requirements to reduce/eliminate ecological and humanitarian exploitation, and so on...?

Sure, some regulations may be designed to limit outside competition, but there still need to be an agreed set of minimum standards about what is safe to use or consume, and how products are manufactured without using what is basically slavery, and without wrecking the environment.

Supreme Court mulls whether a cop looking up a license plate for cash is equivalent to watching Instagram at work

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Re: Ignorance or lack of it

Authorisation for megacorps to do what they do is usually implicitly granted by using their services, or the services which use their services, etc.

Usually buried on page 348 of impenetrable legalise that is the T's & C's or some such.

But yes, the cop is clearly guilty of unauthorised misuse. He's just trying every possible angle to weasel out of it, no matter how absurd. His lawyer is probably paid by the hour so is happy to do so.

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Re: irrelevant

About as irrelevant and unnecessary as your final sentence. Seriously. What possible benefit does that statement bring to the conversation?

So bye-bye, Mr Ajit Pai. You drove our policy into the levee and we still wonder why

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Re: Mr. Pai protected the poor & disadvantaged from the rich

Oh my. Someone's been at the Koolaid again. Your mom really should lock the cupboard.

How the US attacked Huawei: Former CEO of DocuSign and Ariba turned diplomat Keith Krach tells his tale

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Re: Boy is he in for a shock

Krach surely knows and doesn't care about those, because we're part of the 5 eyes "good guys" (insert preferred measure of "good"), and we're toeing the line on Clean Networks.

Likely every country has similar laws for intelligence service access. Just that for some countries the vast majority of their citizens are unaware of them, or too stupid to even consider it a possiblity. Krach played on that and, for the moment, it's working.

NASA building network cables that can survive supersonic flight - could this finally deliver unbreakable RJ45 latching tabs?

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Re: Do Fisher-Price do consuting?

Yeah, but under the brand names Serco and Capita.

Adiós Arecibo Observatory: America's largest radio telescope faces explosive end after over 50 years of service

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Re: 60 years old? -- Time to build a new one

Can't we just detonate the Square Mile and build our World Beating (TM) radio dish in the resulting crater...?

Sure, it might upset a few trading banks. But from where I sit, it's a plan with no drawbacks.

Police warn of bad Apples that fell off the back of a truck after highway robbery

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Re: main benefactor should be the consumer in terms of obtaining genuine Apple spares

What? Stolen goods is somehow a net-positive to the consumer, and so receiving/handling stolen goods shouldn't be a crime, as long as those goods are Apple parts?

Nobody likes planned obsolesence and vendor lock-in, but tacitly encouraging shipment hijacking is really not the way to solve those issues.


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