* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

1950 posts • joined 6 Feb 2015

Your server remote login isn't root:password, right? Cool. You can keep your data. Oh sh... your IoT gear, though?

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Re: "targeting [..] companies within Saudi Arabia [..]"

Being rivals, Iran treating Saudi as 'one of their own' is not a thing.

The Eldritch Horror of Date Formatting is visited upon Tesco

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Re: I hate to be a spoilsport but…

Well... strictly speaking, they can be.

Gets messy, though.

EE-k, a hundred grand! BT's mobile arm slapped for sending 2.5m+ unwanted texts

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EE ... did not deliberately set out to breach electronic marketing laws ...

Of course they did. Then they lied to get away with it, and the ICO bought it hook, line and sinker.

As Terry 6 mentions above, this 100k is an investment that very likely paid off.

Sputnik? No, comrade, this is Spunknik: Frozen sperm manages to survive zero-grav in this totally realistic test

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Re: When I was growing up .....

I hope you appreciate your Dad passing on that beautiful, touching and romantic recount of your conception.

Having bank problems? I feel bad for you son: I've got 25 million problems, but a bulk upload ain't one

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Re: "the bank's reputation would be left in 'tatters' "

Ah but they're only the customers Lloyds didn't want, so TSB doesn't really give a shit.

Imagine being charged to take a lunch break... even if you didn't. Welcome to the world of these electronics assembly line workers

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Re: Luxury!

You had bread?

Monster magnet in my pocket: Boffins' gizmo packs 45.5-tesla punch and weighs just 390g

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Re: When will I be able to put it on my fridge door ?

Soooo... you'd consider a squirrel then? Calm or not..

UK.gov whacks export ban on 'grotesque' crab made by famous Brit potter bros

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Re: $25000 = 250700 GBP

Try it without the VAT tacked on. VAT which likely doesn't apply anyway.

Delicious irony: Hacked medical debt collector AMCA files for bankruptcy protection from debt collectors

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Re: Part of epic fail - Short sighted

Nah. Not a chance.

Ahhhhh! What year is it?! Users left without direction or clue after Google Calendar 404s

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Re: Am I the only one...

So... a bit like your appalling spelling and grammar.

After years of listening, we've heard not a single peep out of any aliens, say boffins. You think you can do better? OK, here's 1PB of signals

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Re: Misleading headline

Yes in the tiny subset of star/frequency combinations they looked at, they found nothing they could interpret as an artificial signal.

Our own galaxy is believed to have at least a billion stars, never mind the bilions of other galaxies. Maybe there's nothing out there, but they've barely scratched the surface.

Signals could be too weak to detect, could be disguised to appear natural (why advertise?), maybe not using radio. Some species must be the first to achieve radio comms - statistically it's as likely to be us as it is any other species that might exist.

Galactically speaking searching for 3 years, even 35 years (SETI) is a blink of an eye. It's a very, very narrow observation window - we could so easily miss the few decades of high-powered broadcasts before emitters become more directed and efficient.

This isn't Boeing to end well: Plane maker to scrap some physical cert tests, use computer simulations instead

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Re: Really?

Most scientific fields don't involve winged metal tubes carrying hundreds of passengers thousands of feet in the air at several hundred knots.

There is no substitute for physical testing in such cases. Almost like Boeing are trying to crash their business alone with their planes.

23. 712. 3. 608. 45. 89. 11. 332. 841. 255. You want more? Cloudflare and pals are streaming 'em live from new RNG API

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Re: The best RNG so far is

Though unless the spin is chaotic, his axial deviation could be predictable...

Silicon Valley doesn't care about poor people: Top AI models kinda suck at ID'ing household stuff in hard-up nations

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Yeah, if the comparison had been tupperware vs. pots/pans for food storage, that could have been valid. But trying to call a pan a fridge is just plain daft in any context.

March 2020: When you lucky, lucky Brits will have a legal right to a minimum of... 10Mbps

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Re: you can't have both

I can and do...

Sky fibre (last mile over phone lines) for domestic: 76Mb for about £20/month.

Virgin business broadband (cable) for work: 100Mb £40/month.

No comment on customer service of either. They were available and decent value for my needs. YMMV.

Price cap for paltry 10MB down / 1MB up should be no more than a tenner.

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Re: Bribery at work

So naturally you were refunded the £85 charge of the first callout, right? Since the second callout proved there really was a fault.

Wait. What am I thinking...?

The e-mpire strikes back: Google appeals that $1.7bn EU fine for choking web ad rivals

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Re: I appeal to your better judgement

Whilst I applaud your grammar pedantry, missing the pedantic grammar nazi alert icon is a schoolboy error.

Musk loves his Starlink sat constellation – but astroboffins are less than dazzled by them

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Re: resource for all humanity and for the protection of nocturnal wildlife

Sure, if such animals exist. Colour me skeptical. Citation needed.

Aside from humans, I've ever heard of such a thing, but I happily admit lacking detailed knowledge of the intricacies of nocturnal animal navigation.

How would such animals cope with... oh I don't know... clouds? Plus, the night sky changes signifcantly as the Earth orbits the sun and rotates on its axis. In all cases the night sky is far from constant.

I suspect any animal using stars for navigation can probably cope. Filter out faster moving stuff as noise, focus on the more constant, static stars.

If this really is a thing.

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resource for all humanity and for the protection of nocturnal wildlife

Laying it on a bit thick, aren't we...?

Sure, they're reflective. But they're also tiny. From the ground they'll just look like more stars. Nocturnal wildlife won't give a damn.

UK's internet registry prepares a £100m windfall for its board members – and everyone else will pay for it

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promises the board will respond to those members that have complained

Hmm... let's guess what the response will be...

Downvote for: Goodness, we're terribly sorry about this dreadful oversight and will immediately remedy the imbalance.

Upvote for: Back in your cage, gimps!

More facial-recognition bans, new creeper tool links girlfriends to past porno, Microsoft's AI school, and more

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“Leaders in the public sector are often faced with unique challenges when considering how to apply AI to improve the speed and quality of the government services they offer their citizens,” said Mitra Azizirad, corporate vice president for Microsoft AI marketing.

Here's a challenge... how about public sector leaders just don't bother with something that usually doesn't work properly (if at all), stop cutting corners in the name of topping up their pension funds, and employ real people. AI is proven time again to be universally shit outside it's specially crafted training set. Get off the fucking bandwagon. It's not going anywhere.

Chinese bogeyman gets Huawei with featuring in EE's 5G network launch thanks to bumbling BBC

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Re: don't know why I sparked a downvote frenzy

Simply because it wasn't even vaguely clear you were making a generalisation.

Neptune-sized oddball baffles astroboffins: It has a good atmosphere despite star-lashing

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Re: Weight loss plan

Was thinking the same thing. Could have been Jupiter sized and been there a very long time so lost almost all its atmosphere. Thus maybe what we're seeing now is the dying remant of something that started out way more massive.

Uncle Sam to blow millions on mind-control weapon tech that can be fitted without surgery

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They have those...?!?!

Backup your files with CrashPlan! Except this file type. No, not that one either. Try again...

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Re: Grubby Little Hands

So... Fraud as a Service...?

China trade tariffs? Fuhgeddaboudit, say Cisco execs. We, er, shifted some production

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Re: There's just a leeeettle untold problem with these industry ideas (and it's not just Cisco)

Nah. As others have suggested, they'll still make the stuff in China, then ship it to Taiwan where they slap a "Made in Taiwan" sticker on it and shove it in a different box. Simples. At least until Uncle Sam investigates the supply chain.

Russian bots are just for rigging US elections? They hit home, too: Kid stripped of crown in TV contest vote-fix scandal

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Well they could start by not registering multiple votes from the same number... 8000 votes from 300 consecutive numbers = 26.67 votes per number.

Tech giants get antsy in Northern Virginia: Give us renewable power, there's a planet to save... and PR to harvest

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Ahhh the legalised monopoly... only in the Land of the Free. Well... and China. Soviet Russia. North Korea...

Hey, those warrantless smartphone searches at the US border? Unconstitutional, yeah? Civil-rights warriors ask court to settle this

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her lawyers want to know what data was copied and want it returned to her

How does one 'return' data...? Not like it exists as a single physical thing you can hand over. She needs better lawyers.

Extortionist hacks IT provider used by the stars of tech and big biz, leaks customer info after ransom goes unpaid

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Weird measure of success

CityComp... "successfully fended off the attack"

Umm no you didn't. Hence now being blackmailed over the data you "successfully" defended.

Eggheads confirm it's not a bug – the universe really is expanding 9% faster than expected

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Re: Problems, problems

Nothing of Einstein's says 'space' (i.e. the fabric of) can't move faster than light. Just the stuff within space can't. Hence the possibility of superluminal expansion of space in the first few nanoseconds of the universe.

International Bullying Machine? Big Blue seeks exposure of corporate canary

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Standard defence practice isn't it? Bankrupt or threaten to bankrupt the plaintiff with litigation costs, forcing them to drop the case.

Amazing this doesn't qualify as intimidation.

'Safety will always come first,' insist Arizona biz org in response to Uber self-driving car death

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readily available and almost free?

It will be neither.

We're entering the era of mobility as a service. This can have pro's and con's for service users, but sadly I fear the con's win out long term. Every journey will be charged the maximum the market will bear, varying by time of day, week, month, year, local traffic conditions, demand an a gazillion other factors..

Competition won't help as even without cartels, pricing will naturally tend to the local bearable maxima. Sure there might be some initial loss-leader effects as newcomers try to undercut and kill off the established players (e.g. bus, taxi), but once those are dealt with watch the prices jump.

Fleet sizes will cover the 80-90% average use requirement at best. Service providers certainly will not have extra vehicles sitting unused just in case they're needed. That's poor resource management. They will just surge-price during peak demand, discouraging enough customers to keep service within acceptable wait times for those still willing/able to pay the exta.

Citrix mysteriously quiet amid whisperings of senior layoffs: Executives, teams logged out, it is claimed

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trying to get perpetual licenses to convert to subscriptions

And here's the huge, gaping flaw in the subscription model.

What compels anyone who bought (presumably expensive) perpetual licensing to pay again for a subscription? And to become tied into cloud services which may not suit their needs.

Sure there is the promise of regular updates, but some organisations may have a long compatibility and validation process before allowing any update onto their system, or legacy hardware/software which just isn't compatible.

And if your system already works as you want it to, there must be a feeling of why bother?

Also... turning a $284M loss into a $166M profit hardly seems like a failure. Guess that extra $400M+ just isn't enough :|

Easy-to-hack combat systems, years-old flaws and a massive bill – yup, that's America's F-35

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Re: What use is a secure fighter jet if they haven't even made it work right yet?

You know it's possible to design for and build both at the same time, right?

In fact, to get the thing working right they have to be done simultaneously. Can't really bolt security on afterward. Well you could, but it usually ends up a half-arsed clusterfuck.

When it comes to 5G kit security, you can go your Huawei, EU tells member nations

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EU skirting the 'issue'...?

If there really is an 'issue' as our American friends say - and that's yet to be proven - EU seems to be skirting the issue of approving/banning outright and passing that buck to individual member states.

Or, to put it slightly more bluntly, EU doesn't want to piss of China and can point to this saying "we didn't say to ban Huawei", but is happy for individual member states to piss off China and face their ire.

Just my tuppence worth. For whatever that's worth. Probably nothing.

NASA 'nauts do what flagship smartphone fans can only dream of: Change the batteries

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the "mole", encountered an underground obstacle

What... like a rock? Shocked. Shocked I tell ye. Inconceivable one might find rocks underground.

Geiger counters are so last summer. Lasers can detect radioactive material too, y'know

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Re: Not a nuclear scientist here...

Genuine question... you really think an EMP from an airburst nuke over SF would have enough energy after travelling 5351 miles to take out London?

Stuggling to believe that given inverse-square scaling of enery over distance, and that there's a significant amount of planet between SF and London.

Unless the airburst was pretty much in orbit. And even then it's gotta be a high orbit to see London from above SF.

Ethiopian Airlines boss confirms suspect flight software was in use as Boeing 737 Max crashed

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Re: Why not just disable the system and put the planes back in the air?

Only then will the 737 MAX be considered safe to resume flights.

But will anyone want to fly on one? Even if full recertification and proper pilot training happen, trust is surely completely destoyed at this point.

Facebook's at it again: Internal emails show it knew about Cambridge Analytica abuse 'months' before news broke

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Your hope is too late.

Altered carbon: Boffins automate DNA storage with decent density – but lousy latency

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HDD don't store one bit per electron. Each bit is many, many nanometers wide and long. That's a great many electrons per bit.

Size isn't everything when talking mobile performance: The UK's largest cities suck at it

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Coventry came top for something? Living there, I sometimes find that hard to believe :|

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Guess downvoters just don't get sarcasm.

Bombs Huawei... Smartphone exploded in my daughter's pocket, seriously burning her, claims dad in lawsuit

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Re: $25k?

Scarring, pain when moving. Both can be permantent. Hard to say the extent without more information, and things are often exagerated early on to try to scare the defendant to settle early.

Don't be too shocked, but it looks as though these politicians have actually got their act together on IoT security

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Missed opportunity ... prompt millions of consumers to keep their devices updated...

Shirely this requires manufactures to, oh I don't know, fucking provide updates!

That's the weak link. Right now they ship insecure shit and never provide updates because they can't be arsed, and aren't in any way compelled to do so.

We can do this the easy way or the Huawei, US tells Germany with threat to snip intel over 5G fears

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@Chinashaw: arbitrary jailing with little to no access to legal support

You're talking about China, right...?

Such things never happen in the US.


Uber won't face criminal charges after its robo-car killed woman crossing street

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Re: What? The car can't do emergency braking on it's own?

Right so even if the car had alerted the driver at T minus 1.3 seconds, there was no time to react, never mind stop.

Suggests the collision detection algorithm is seriously flawed if it can't properly classify a high-probability collision outside the human thinking time required to take action.

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Re: New???

Speak for yourself much?

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Re: What? The car can't do emergency braking on it's own?

Indications are the driver was watching some streaming thing from Hulu at the time of impact, instead of watching the road.

This at least means she wasn't doing her job properly. Negligence leading to death suggests she is personally liable. If Uber expected her to do housekeeping tasks instead of watching the road, Uber should reasonably be considered liable too.


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