201 posts • joined 9 Aug 2015
UK government shakes magic money tree, finds $500m to buy a stake in struggling satellite firm OneWeb
The good news: Vodafone switches on first full-fat, real-life 5G network in the UK. The bad news: it only got sent to Coventry
UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts
Brit MPs vote down bid to delay IR35 reforms, press ahead with new tax rules for private-sector contractors
One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway
Hey, Boeing. Don't celebrate your first post-grounding 737 Max test flight too hard. You just lost another big contract
Apple: We're defending your privacy by nixing 16 browser APIs. Rivals: You mean defending your bottom line
Fintech biz Wirecard folds into insolvency like two pair against a flush. Good luck accessing your chip stack
Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez
A memo from the distant future... June 2022: The boss decides working from home isn't the new normal after all
America's Team Telecom urges FCC to do something about that 120Tbps fiber line between US, Hong Kong
Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram
NY Attorney General warns Apple, Google to police COVID-19 tracing apps in their souks – or she will herself
One thing to note is that if I am not mistaken each US state will have its own application.
So whenever you cross states borders you will need to download a new one, that won't have any access to the information collected by the previous one(s) even if it uses the approved API.
If you cross an infected person which contaminates you just before the crossing you will be allowed to contaminate everyone up to the time you develop symptoms...
Ex-Dell distributor in Lebanon ignored ban on suing US tech giant. Now four directors have been sentenced to prison in the UK
BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report
Huawei launches UK charm offensive: We've provided 2G, 3G and 4G for 20 years, and you're worried about 5G?
Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen
Re: Descriptive names can still be enticing
When I was acting CTO for a small company 20 years ago I kept on a share available to devs 2 small programs: DoNothing.exe and DoNotExecuteEverVeryHarmful.exe
The first one did nothing, it was mostly used as a replacement for other exes when testing scripts.
The second one was a version of a demo program for a game coming from Ubisoft (I think) at a time I was working in the gaming industry.
It was displaying an Explorer-like window showing the content of the C: drive, and then asked the user if he wanted to delete everything, with a "Yes" "No" choice.
It was impossible to click on "No", and after a short while the mouse pointer moved by itself and clicked on "Yes"...
This was followed by the Explorer window showing all the content being deleted, including of course the Windows folder, before asking for a reboot.
Of course nothing was deleted, and the final screen showed information about the game to be released.
It usually took less than 2-3 days before a newcomer decided to execute this program and begin shouting in horror seeing the files "deleted"......
UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data
OK Windows 10, we get it: You really do not want us to install this unsigned application. But 7 steps borders on ridiculous
Re: Well, they made some progress, eventually....
Knowing the way tests are performed by the US military, it likely went like this:
- the drone position was known beforehand
- the drone was flying on a steady course at a constant velocity
- the drone was targeted for 1 hour or more by the laser
- then the drone drowned
- no test was performed beside the first one, to ensure a 100% success rate