* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

1950 posts • joined 6 Feb 2015

UK's Civil Aviation Authority hashing out rules for crash-proof cargo pods on drones

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Accelerometer to detect freefall and deploy a small parachute.

Where do I get my 50 grand?

Ofcom swears at the general public for five days during obscenity survey

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Re: Report proves that IT sensibilities are very, very low on the "woke" scale.......

This report is about terms that are usually intended to be offensive.

Not about well-understood and very specific engineering terms that some oversensitive prat decides to find offensive on everyone else's behalf, when the rest of the world wishes they'd just shut the fuck up.

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Re: Swear discrimination

With great vigour and potency. How else?

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Re: Sticks and stones...

Depends on the situation.

Inidividual words don't hurt. Some people find them more offensive or intimidating than others, but that's as much about the aggression behind the words as the words themselves.

Sustained verbal abuse can cause significant psychological issues. That's the difference. Bullying isn't just physical.

Apple tried to patch this security hole in macOS Finder but didn't consider upper and lowercase characters

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That only makes it worse.

Let's say it did go down like that... testing still should've caught it. Changes not tied to a defect or enhancement task simply shouldn't happen in a production environment, and testing should be performed on all defect and enhancement tasks.

Needs a tester with enough nouse to recognise whether case-sensitivity should be checked. They should check things match the spec too, but also need to be able to recognise when something might be missing from said spec.

If they're just test monkeys blindly following the spec, everything is prone to that single point of failure. Which is a management failing for allowing it to happen.

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String comparison 101 - should it be case-sensitive, or case-insensitive. Always ask that.

At least 7 stages that should have picked this up!


Design review


Specification review


Code review


That it slipped past all of these unchecked is deeply concerning. This is fundamental stuff and no way it should have been overlooked by any but the greenest of greenhorns.

An easier way to Flutter? Custom functions improve visual code builder but devs may still be frustrated

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Re: median cost is I believe $100,000

That might barely cover a single developer salaray for one year. Might. Depends where the developer is located, and their skill level, of course.

Add in infrastructure costs, marketing costs and so on, and $100k for an app that does much beyond "hello world" seems entirely realistic.

JEDI contract might be no more, but case should live on, says Oracle: DoD only wants Amazon, Microsoft for new cloud deal

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Poor Sue, gets dragged into everything. Oracle should leave her alone.

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Followed this saga well, you have not.

US Congress ponders setting up permanent UFO investigation office

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Re: I'm not sure what ET could gain from a sight-seeing tour of Earth

It'd be like going to the zoo or a drive-through safari. Look at the animals!

Now America's financial watchdog probes 'frat house' Activision Blizzard

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Re: I'm shocked!

SEC should also check if any board members or executives coincidentally flogged stock right before the allegations were made public.

A Burger King where the only Whopper is the BSOD font

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Re: A Prob?

By the Sherlock Holmes principle... it must be aliens. Windows never falls over, therefore the only remaining option, however unlikely, is the correct one.

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Re: half the price and double the quality of BK

MD's didn't improve, BK just sunk even lower. What's concerning is there was a "lower" to sink to.

NASA hopes VIPER rover will search for water in Moon's Nobile crater in 2023

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Re: Why solar powered?

Space is filled with radiation anyway.

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Why solar powered?

Seems RTG would be a more sensible choice. Power where there's no sunlight. Guaranteed heat where it's really cold, no batteries to be killed by the cold. Move around only to fullfil the mission, no need to mooch off for a recharge.

I can only imagine the design meetings that led to this decision...

It'll operate in permanently shadowed regions of a crater at the Lunar south pole.

I know! Let's make is solar powered!

It's one of the coldest places in the Solar System.

Another winning case for solar power! Batteries love the cold, and their electicity can run heaters!

We need to efficiently map an area of the surface and subsurface.

Let's make it have to constantly trundle to somewhere there's a tiny bit of sunlight to charge the batteries! It'll never get too far away and risk running out of power before it can get back to it's charging point.

Tick, tick, tick … TikTok China just limited kids to 40 minutes' use each day

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Re: I’ve always limited my social media time

And yet, here you are, interacting socially in a distinctly non-zero manner.

I kid. Like many here, I suspect you draw a line between the sweet serenity of El Reg forums, and the bitter crack addiction that is Facebook, Twitter etc.

Apple, Google yank opposition voting strategy app from Russian software stores

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Re: Democracy pah

14 hours to hit Godwins Law.

Are you saying that big tech should ignore local laws? What about small tech, businesses and people generally? Can they also ignore local laws, or is that privilege reserved for the big boys?

Or, are you saying they shouldn't do business in Russia? Which would leave dodgy imports, grey markets, black markets and State-sanctioned models as the only options, severely curtailing customer choice, reducing chances for the locals to look beyond the propaganda, and increasing the State's ability to spy on their citizens.

Neither seems a good option, and neither will happen. Big tech will continue to to business in Russia, and, surprise, will obey local laws whether they, you, or I, like them or not.

Royal Navy will be getting autonomous machines – for donkey work humans can't be bothered with

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Re: small, disposable craft

An overwhelming swarm (or should that be school?) or small, cheap, disposable, autonomous or semi-autonomous drone torpedoes, guns (naval, not small arms) and missile launchers. Doesn't matter if they don't last for 20 years. Most won't need to last 20 days.

Pile 'em high, launch 'em in vast numbers at the enemy. Modern defenses of even peer navies are designed to hit big, relatively slow and relatively few targets.

Small, fast and deployed in their hundreds, even thousands, will rapidly overwhelm any current defences, with no squishy meat-bags (at least on our side) put at risk.

SpaceX successfully sends four amateurs into orbit for three-day tour

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Re: What the fuck are you thinking?

Ummm.... Care to elaborate?

Are you objecting to the launch, the mission, the duration, or the crew of amateurs?

Ransomware crims saying 'We'll burn your data if you get a negotiator' can't be legally paid off anyway

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Re: If we see professional negotiator from Recovery Company™ – we will just destroy the data.

Just a scare tactic. Deleting the data definitely kills any chance of getting paid. Bad guy is just trying to maximise payout.

You can 'go your own way' over GDPR, says UK's new Information Commissioner

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Re: number of complete change of previous direction per second

Brilliant! Just brilliant! Have many of these ----->

Amazon to cover 100%* of college* tuition* for hourly employees* in the US

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Re: Plenty of future potential...

When you put it that way, it does sound like maybe they're prepping their workers for a future of indentured servitude

DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats sue NYC for trying to permanently cap delivery fees

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Re: Working class?


Why tell the doctor where it hurts, when you could use emoji instead?

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Re: not suitable for shredding ties, gloves or babies

But is that just because babies won't fit in the slot?

Sorry. I'm going now.

Australia rules Facebook page operators are legally liable for user comments under posts

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Re: Out of curiosity ...

Have to wonder, why the downvote here?

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Silver linings

At least you're was used correctly. However, that's the only positive I can find.

SAP 'investigating' after viral video allegedly shows anti-mask employee coughing on shoppers

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Re: Regardless..

A large percentage of the population are raving idiots. Average US IQ is about 98, and dropping, meaning a huge number of people are borderline functional at best.

Western IQ averages are dropping across the board. It's not just a US problem, and it's getting worse.

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Re: Fake vax certificate

Never underestimate how dumb people can be. They'll always find a way to prove you wrong.

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Re: Covidiots DO exist!

I'm perfectly fine with it. Actions have consequences, and an action doesn't need to be a crime to land you in trouble with your employer. Potential for reputational damage is usually enough.

SAP have clearly taken the view they don't want to be associated with people like that, and are sending a message.

Elizabeth Holmes' Theranos fraud trial begins: Defense claims all she did was fail – and that's not a crime

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Re: My BS meter

Wow! See that needle bend!

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Re: What a feel-good story!

Let's not forget the gem that is:

Executives happily throwing each other under a bus to save their own worthless hides. ✅

LA cops told to harvest social media handles from people they stop, suspect or not

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We're all criminals to them, simply (in their eyes) they haven't proven it yet.

Talent shortage? Maybe it's your automated hiring system, lack of investment in training

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Re: To which you can add ...

Worst. Policy. Ever.


Talk about shooting themselves in the foot. You want a competitive disadvantage? There it is.

How about hiring the best person for the job if that person comes along, instead of deliberately rejecting skilled candidates just to hit some arbitrary diversity percentage. If you're struggling to attract a diversity range matching the demographic in your region, maybe consider why that is. But FFS don't reject perfectly good people just because you've already hit your artifically self-imposed 80% white-male-under-50 "limit".


Kim Kardashian and Big Tech slapped for spruiking craptocurrency – and holding back useful crypto

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Re: opportunity

Not even aware they should wonder, never mind how to do so.

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Re: opportunity

Opportunity may well exist, but capitalising on it takes education, ambition, intelligence, charisma, effort, time, a supportive environment and usually money. All of them. For education it starts early, before school age even. Supportive environment starts with the parents, and it's not teaching their kids they're always awesome at everything, it's also teaching them they aren't always perfect, how to handle failure, and how to move on from it and improve.

And most people simply don't have all, or even any, of those things. Which leaves them with empty lives, wishing for things they'll never have, and blindly following whoever manages to capture their attention, completely unable to understand they're just marks being suckered for every extractable penny.

They're doing so well, everything they say must be true, real, right?

Chinese e-commerce tycoon Richard Liu to step away from the spotlight

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Did he jump, or was he pushed? Has he annoyed the Chinese government recently, or perhaps gotten too big for his boots (sexual assault allegations aside, or maybe that's the kind of public exposure they don't want)?

Facebook apologises after its AI system branded Black people as primates

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Re: Hmm

Devil's advocate for a sec...

Without wishing to defend Facebook, this could put an entirely different slant on things.

We're missing some key details:

1) What kind of "primates" were being suggested, and...

2) was the offended chap watching something specifically about prominent black religious figures, perhaps tagged correctly as "Primate", and...

3) was the follow-up suggestion simply text "primates" or was it images of prominent religious figures?

Say he doesn't know the eccumenical aspects of the term and, let's be realistic, I suspect many people don't; it is really easy to jump instantly to the wrong conclusion.

On the other hand, this is Facebook, so Occam's Razor etc.

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Re: No "I" in this AI

I was thinking to hard, went down an "In[something]" rabbit hole. The simplest ones can be easiest to miss.

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Re: No "I" in this AI

Artificial [blank]...

  • Ignorance
  • Intolerance
  • Incompetence
  • Inanity
  • Ineptitude
  • Indolence
  • Inneficacy
  • Insanity
  • ...

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Re: No "I" in this AI

Mission complete, then.

[This is joke. Kinda like Facebook.]

Norwegian student tracks Bluetooth headset wearers by wardriving around Oslo on a bicycle

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Re: "...It never crossed my mind."

"It is unpleasant knowing that others that you don't know are able to track you via Bluetooth. It never crossed my mind."

Seems like a severe imagination deficit. Especially given all the COVID-related tracking over the past year or so.

US Air Force chief software officer quits after launching Hellfire missile of a LinkedIn post at his former bosses

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Re: Well Done


Arm says it has 'successful working relationship' with Chinese joint venture run by CEO who refuses to leave

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Arm Ltd has dismissed an analyst's opinion

Well, they're hardly going to say "Yep we got mugged off, and now a Chinese company we have no control over has our designs.".

This drag sail could prevent spacecraft from turning into long-term orbiting junk. We spoke to its inventors ahead of launch

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designed to operate even if the host spacecraft is inactive

So how exactly does the host spacecraft command it to deploy, if the host spacecraft is inactive? Perhaps and automatic failsafe if it doesn't receive heartbeat from the spacecraft for more than some arbitrary period, but that carries its own risk of failure and prematurely deorbiting a working bird.

No good being deployed all the time since a bird would need constant low burn to remain on-orbit, or periodic burns to boost it back to desired orbit (more than already needed for LEO and MEO). Either way it'll use up the fuel a lot faster, requiring bigger tankage and more mass to stay orbiting for the desired lifetime.

Children of China, your state-sanctioned hour of gaming begins … now!

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Re: "The spokesperson named Chess, Go, and programming as games"

Programming a game is still not a game. Sorry. And while one might be able to gamify some aspects of programming, that still doesn't make programming a game.

Alibaba to offer self-defense training in response to sexual assault allegation

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Re: I can see it already

Which is why self defence training given must be backed up by HR, other senior management, and the independent investigation panel taking Susan Victim seriously, instead of always believing Johny Scumbag and brushing it all under the carpet.

And the independent investigation panel really must be independent. Almost autonomous, and certainly free from management and executive interference. As long as the panel doesn't become corrupt. Who watches the watchers, etc.

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Re: So the only answer is to teach people to give a bloody good kicking?!

Physical self defence has its place, everyone has the right to use appropriate force to protect themselves. Like it or not, sometimes it's just not possible to talk your way out of a situation. But the key is "appropriate" and that must be carefully weighed against the situation at hand. Which isn't always easy in what's often a split-second choice.

Yes education is 100% the long term solution. Some people simply don't know their behaviour is wrong, and need to be taught. But that takes time, effort, persistence and reinforcement. And then there are those who simply don't care, and no amount of education can fix.

So no, a swift kick in the bollocks is not an appropriate response to a tasteless remark in the office kitchen.

But, faced with the immediate risk of sexual assault, it's absolutely justified given the alternative.

What is also needed is awareness that support exists after the fact, complaints absolutely will be taken seriously and never brushed aside. Victims need to feel they can physically defend themselves, if they have to, and not have it used against them to make everything go away.

Feeling like no one will help, no one will listen, and that taking defensive action will only make things worse, can only increase feelings of powerlessness.

Microsoft emits last preview of .NET 6 and C# 10, but is C# becoming as complex as C++?

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Re: "perhaps the most important new type system capability since Span<T>"

You're trolling, right? Must be. Code complexity and environment understanding are definitely not mutually exclusive.

Good news: There's a slightly increased chance of asteroid Bennu hitting Earth. Bad news: It's still really slight

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Re: doh!

Laden or unladen?

Xiaomi builds a robot dog out of smartphone cameras and an Nvidia edge AI board

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Could be an ideal pub companion. <singing>"Xiaomi the way to go home..."


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