* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

1950 posts • joined 6 Feb 2015

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want

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Re: Paypal are the ones that p!ss me off at the moment

What bugs me about PayPal is it keeps trying to get me to stay signed in, ostensibly for my convenience of course. Bastards. I don't want to stay signed in, I want to sign in, buy something, then sign out.

It's a fucking payment site not a forum. Convenience be damned. I suspect they like to use it as an excuse when some unlucky sod's account it plundered.

"Oh, you stayed signed in and your device was nicked, you say? Sorry to hear that, but as your account wasn't adeqately secured we really can't help you."

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Re: Join Prime, it's for a good cause, you too can put Bezos into space

How about letting people spend their money on they want to, instead of expecting they spend it on what's important to you (and, granted, to others, but that's besides the point).

Facebook ends appeal against ICO micro-fine: Admit liability? Never. But you can have £500k

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Re: When fines mean nothing

If they do it here again (or anywhere in EU) GDPR rules are in now effect, the stakes are much higher and fine should be much bigger. Or to put it another way, what the article said at the bottom.

Microsoft welcomes ancient Project app to the 365 family, meaning bleak future for on-prem

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Re: "It makes perfect sense for Microsoft"

I don't see it. The subscription model pretty-much compells companies to keep "innovating" so their victims, sorry, sorry, subscribers, feel they're getting continued value from their rent.

In turn this leads to buggy software releases and poor excuses for innovation, because of C-suite pressure to emit new versions at regular cadence, regardless of quality/usefulness.

Come on, you can't be serious: Now Australia mulls face-recog tech for p0rno site age checks

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Ummm... Cockchain...? Hmm. No. I beleive that's an altogether different niche.

My coat? The one with the curiously sized chained ring in the left pocket, please.

It's dangerous to go alone! Take Uncle Sam and the Netherlands: Duo join naval task force into China's backyard

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I fear that would be impractical; with their ever-increasing size they'll soon weigh more than an F35.

It's back: The mercifully normal-looking Moto 360 smartwatch

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And its wholly owned Yorkshire subsidiary, eBuyGum.

I'm here all week. I apologise in advance.

Median speeds for UK 5G four times faster than 4G, but still way behind US and South Korea

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Re: such bollocks is spoken about this subject

nobody 'downloads' a movie to their phone. We stream them.

Talk about a master of sweeping statements. Loads of people download movies to their devices,for the very fact they can't stream, don't want to stream, don't want to eat their data cap in a few minutes, or whatever. And probably using wifi, for the aforementioned reasons.

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Re: ...unless the network designers are really asleep

Unless the network designers are being artificially constrained by the bean-counters. But that would never happen.

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Re: And where there's no wifi there won't be any 5G.

Sorry, that makes absolutely no sense. You seem to be conflating the two without reason.

Plan to strip post-Brexit Brits of .EU domains now on hold: Registry waves white flag amid political madness

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Re: Let me sort this out for you all

So you're saying the UK gov has acheived quantum supremacy...?

That or you've just described Corbyn, who is quite happy to sit there poking Bojo, pointing and laughing all the while as he doesn't have to actually make a decision one way or the other.

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Re: Does the UK require citizenship for .uk domains?

Exactly re cake and eat it. It's how everyone should enter a negotiation, especially one of such magnitude. The EU will have started with exactly the same objective, of course from their perspective not ours.

Media reaction to that was typical and expected. Rather than report it being the normal way of approaching such things i.e. boring, it was better for them to stir up the rabble and make a big fuss about it. Sells more news.

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Re: wants its cake and to eat it

Both sides on any negotiation start by wanting their cake and eating it. What follows are a series of compromises until reaching an outcome both sides are least unhappy with.

Yes, we can't leave the club and still enjoy the full benefits. Only most naive fool would think otherwise. But it still has to be where our negotiation starts from, just like the EU negotiation will start from giving nothing away. Basic negotiation strategy. You never go in wanting nothing, you go in wanting everything and work down from there.

The current stalement in parliament seems a mix of prudent politics from the point of view of wanting to avoid no-deal, and continued dithering and prevarication by Corbyn who wants to stick it to Bojo but doesn't dare actually do something concrete because that would mean taking a side and, you know, actually doing something.

Tesla has made a profit. Repeat, Tesla has made a profit – $143m in fact

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Re: Now, would you please stop proposing to hurl 60,000 Starlinks into low orbit ..

Startlinks are tiny, basically cubesats (I think it's something like 3 cubesat units per Starlink). They're not hulking great multi-ton comms satellites of old. I can see them adding a wrinkle or two, but also the orbits should be well known and published so as to allow them to be ignored.

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Re: Now, would you please stop proposing to hurl 60,000 Starlinks into low orbit ..

To be fair it's only 42,000:


And why do you want him to stop?

LEO surface area (assuming LEO = 2000km above Earth's surface [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_Earth_orbit]) ~8.81x10^8 square km, which for 42k satellites gives ~20,976 sq.km per satellite.

So it's not like there's a shortage of space (ba dum tshhh) up there.

Would you open an email from one Dr Brian Fisher? GP app staff did – and they got phished

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Re: Do you use one of these popular passwords?

That's shockingly high. Sadly not entirely unexpected though, I guess.

I know someone whose password involves running their finger along a keyboard row from left to right. He probably can't recall the actual characters. Dude struggles with passwords though, seems odd as he's otherwise a bright guy but I guess everyone has their nemesis.

A few times I've suggested he at least choose a pattern he can remember easily, and a memorable yet non-obvious modification scheme to apply to different sites, but he didn't go for it. An uncomfortable truth is some people just can't comprehend password security. It's simply beyond them.

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Re: Dr. Fisher

Damn it. Nominative

Proof reading fail. Do not pass go. Do not collect £200.

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Re: [we] "have taken a lot of time to do things right"

Only thing they didn't seem to answer was how Dr. Fisher's inbox became compromised.

Being a prominent lobbysit, well known in the community etc. doesn't explain that. It just possibly explains why he was targeted. Wondering if he himself was the victim of an earlier phish.

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Dr. Fisher

Good to see nomiative determinism in action :)

HP scores $176m win in CD-ROM drive price-fix case – after one biz emailed rival with 'Price Fixing' as the subject

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Re: I bought an HP in the relevant period

The difference would be that (I assume?) you had a choice of which PC to buy, whereas HP had no choice in sourcing its ODDs, as all its suppliers were colaborating to bump the price up.

PS: Apologies if I missed the joke :(

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Re: I was on HP's side until....

"Fair" doesn't feature in legal argument. Regardless of HP's possible negotiating ineptitude, companies actively collaborating to artificially raise prices is generally illegal.

Repairability fiends crack open a Surface Laptop 3: Nice SSD, but shame about the battery

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Re: I don't care

I wonder if gluing the battery improves structural rigidity. Probably just a coincidental side-effect of planned obsolecence. But hey, at least the swappable SSD is maybe starting to reverse the trend.

Not LibreOffice too? Beloved open-source suite latest to fall victim to the curse of Catalina

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It's also not as if you properly read the article, by the looks of it.

Billionaire Bezos unveils plans to land humans on Moon, with a little help from some old friends

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Re: I don't know why

Possibly because now the usual suspects are involved, we'll see the same stellar rate of progress as that paragon of efficiency, the SLS...?

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Re: So Blue Origin aren't New Space after all

Is anyone surprised by this? Oh well. Perhaps when Bezos and co. do finally make it (assuming they make it), the Musky one will invite them into one of his lunar Starship settlements for a cuppa.

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Haxis of evil: Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are 'continuous threat' to UK, say spies

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GCHQ should tell this to the morons advocating those magic encryption backdoors. Oh, wait... that'd make them their own anti-particle, and while I'd like to think they'll only annihilate themselves when they inevitably collide, I fear there'll be substantial collateral damage.

[ Particle/anti-particle mutual annihilation -----> ]

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Re: Well, isn't there just a slight difference between totalitarian regimes and democracies?

Only in name. Every country spies on, tries to hack every other country, and frankly it's naive to think that doesn't happen.

The only difference is we're apparentley the good guys while Russia, China, Iran and NK are the bad guys. For variable and shifting definitions of good and bad.

Chinese customers to unfold their Huawei Mate X on 15 November

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I think it's that thing called personal choice. If someone wants to spend that much on a phone, well that's their business. Not mine. Not your's. Whether you agree with their decision is irrelevant.

HP CEO: Help us save the world one tree at a time... by printing stuff (with our kit, of course)

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Re: CO2 uptake

Oh so now recycling is bad? I can't keep up.

As to file the paper forever...? I don't really see how that's sustainable. Sounds more like a fire hazard waiting for a spark, thus returning all that captured carbon to the air from whence it came.

By all means plant more trees though. Then harvest for lumber and repeat. Perpetual atmospheric CO2 removal, the more trees harvested and replanted the more CO2 gets removed.

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Re: CO2 uptake

That's only an issue if logging is clearing the land, which is generally a bad idea yes.

On already cleared land plant, harvest, repeat. The lumber and/or pulp from harvesting is useful, saleable and keeps the carbon locked away out of the atmosphere.

Best case is to use land that's been clear for a long time. Worst case is the original trees are replaced with managed forresty, which isn't a good as leaving the original trees alone but is better than slash and burn for livestock space.

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Re: CO2 uptake ... then takedown

Only if you don't replant more to compensate. Forest management. It's a thing.

Replant fast-growing species to maximise short-term CO2 absorbtion, and minimise the time to harvest for lumber/pulp. Fast growing doesn't necessarily mean low-quality grain structure. Use drone-planting techniques to massively increase the planting rate.


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Re: CO2 uptake

Or just, you know, recycle the paper.

No one would be so scummy as to scam a charity, right? UK orgs find out the hard way

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Re: Mandate and CEO fraud

Ummm... what?

So you're saying charities shouldn't need to hire the best people to run their operations, because... they're a charity so somehow magically it will all work out regardless of management ineptitude?

And those 'best people' shouldn't be appropriately compensated because its a charity, they should do it from the goodness of their heart and be paid in feel-good endorphin releases?

Naive to think that anything other than competitive compensation will attract people (generally, I imagine there may be some rare exceptions) with the skills and experience to run a multi-million pound operation.

Two astronauts conduct a successful spacewalk, world+dog lose minds

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Have to wonder why they didn't do a (relatively) controlled de-orbit while there was still enough fuel, instead of leaving them up there to get in the way and come done in an uncontrolled unpredictable way some time in the next 15 years.

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Re: "Maybe they didn't like my message?"

Getting hard to tell if he's generally just accidentally ignorant, or willfully so. Either way he's proved himself a moron yet again.

Avast lobs intruders into the 'Abiss': Miscreants tried to tamper with CCleaner after sneaking into network via VPN

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That's just great, congrats. Whilst you're here, care to share any other personal awesomeness with us?

The sound of silence is actually the sound of a malicious smart speaker app listening in on you

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Big Brother

You may call it paranoia...

...others would say common sense and an expectation of basic privacy.

Google lashes out at DoJ, Oracle as it asks US Supremes to sniff Java suit one last time

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Re: The courts are the ones making the decisions here...

You're taking a leap of faith that the court decision is correct, though.

Coding is hard, and I posit it's unlikely the judge(s) hearing the case are experienced developers with a solid understand of how and why APIs exist and are used.

Instead, they rely on so-called expert testimony from both sides, and whichever side sways them the most is the one they base their decisions on. I find that wholly inadequate for determining legal positions because, as ever, it will come down to which side has the most compelling lawyers, rather than technical accuracy.

Help! I bought a domain and ended up with a stranger's PayPal! And I can't give it back

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No such thing as Silicon Heaven

Ridiculous. Where would all the calculators go?

A History of (Computer) Violence: Wait. Before you whack it again, try caressing the mouse

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Re: Percussive maintenance in the car

Are your failing speakers in the doors? Moisture can penetrate and slightly corrode the terminals leading to intermiitent contact. Had this in an old Vectra (I believe that's a.k.a. a GM Saturn for you left-pondians), a gentle kick to the door panel would sometimes restore the connection.

So, what's fashion going to look like on the Moon in 2024? NASA's ready to show you the goods

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Re: Eh?

As I just noticed, to my own embarrassment I'll add, the pic caption indicates the suit is for wearing inside the spacecraft.

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Re: Retro: 1999

Ah hang on... I just spotted the pic caption:

to wear when they're inside lunar spacecrafts

I humbly acknowledge my epic reading comprehension failure and submit for re-neducation at my nearest facility.

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Re: Retro: 1999

That one sent my WTF!?! o'meter of the scale. Wait... what?... But it's a space suit... for in space...

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Re: Snark away

Anything with X in the name is way more cool. As any fule kno.

Hands off our phones, says Google: Radar-gesture-sensing Pixel 4 just $999 with a 3-year lifespan – great value!

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...process face unlocking faster by readying the camera when motion is detected

Hardly groundbreaking. The in-built accelerometers have enabled motion detection for years. Doesn't need a special radar chip to do that.

Smells of needing to reinvent obscure use-cases to help justify the radar chip.

From Libra to leave-ya: eBay, Visa, Stripe, PayPal, others flee Facebook's crypto-coin

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Umm what's a fossile? Some sort of nuclear-powered T-Rex?

(Yeah yeah I know you meant fossil. I'm going. Pass me my coat please.)

How bad is Catalina? It's almost Apple Maps bad: MacOS 10.15 pushes Cupertino's low bar for code quality lower still

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Hopefully this prospect fills you with joy, not dread.

Oh dear... AI models used to flag hate speech online are, er, racist against black people

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Re: There can only be one standard

I read that as simply pointing out the limitations and recognising if there is a a rule, it should be applied consistently, rather than trying to be "intelligent" which creates a double standard.

I say write whatever the fuck you want. If anyone's offended by that, that's their problem. I simply used a colourful metaphor to enhance meaning.


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