* Posts by Keven E

235 posts • joined 15 Sep 2015

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2FA? More like 2F-in-the-way: It seems no one wants me to pay for their services after all

Keven E
Facepalm

Re: I'm glad it's not just me

I couldn't stand watching a show (for very long) where I could *see the "jokes"/"gags" coming a mile away. I gave it a second try and the setup was exactly the same so could see it coming from last week.

Got enterprise workstations and hope to run Windows 11? Survey says: You lose. Over half the gear's not fit for it

Keven E

Re: What's the rush?

I was planning on retiring in 5 years... maybe I'll push it forward to 4 years just so I don't have to be any part of the flush.

So I’ve scripted a life-saving routine. Pah. What really matters is the icon I give it

Keven E
Trollface

Re: Try living in a building...

Gee...what's for dinner today????

Keven E
Pint

Re: who was world-famous throughout France

http://roadsidephotos.sabr.org/baseball/name.htm

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Or as Eddie Izzard *would say (paraphrasing) " The World Series... America has won every year... maybe one year, someone else will... but I doubt it"

Technology does widen the education divide. But not always in the way you expect

Keven E

Re: Clarification

alisonken1 - Thanks for asking!

Australia gave police power to compel sysadmins into assisting account takeovers – so they plan to use it

Keven E
Pint

Re: Stepping stones...

When did church and state separate?

Technology has the potential to close the education divide. Key word: Potential

Keven E
Holmes

Just both the facts, Ma'am

It seems quite clear that the divide is growing.... and, that is sad as I believe it does have the "potential". Both are true.

It also seems as if the *original Yes or No question isn't what ElReg (Sponsored by Lenovo.) are actually asking to vote on: "Technology widens the education divide - Yes or No?"

How could one answer this question if what they see is that it IS widening the tech divide but really shouldn't have to?

If the question is "Is some technology inherently designed to divide?" My answer is *yes.

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Personally I believe the suggestion that social policy (under the guides/guise of politicians) has the potential to fix this is errant... even as I like to be an optimist. Technology is / has been quite obviously tied to economics. If you feel there's a chance / you have a plan to fix the haves-vs-have-nots struggle, perhaps you can fan the flames of my optimism.

Don't ask me if there is a potential for the answer to be "no".

Can we talk about Kevin McCarthy promising revenge if Big Tech aids probe into January insurrection?

Keven E
Pint

Re: Don't you just skew it?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_spectrum#/media/File:Political_spectrum_Eysenck.png

There's a subtle reason why it's laid out like this.

Just sayin...

Keven E

Don't you just skew it?

.,. far-left, fascist ...

Directionally *challenged.

As much as I realize we here in the US haven't really had a actual *liberal in office in many, many, many years... and the last one was actually a Republican... it does explain why your sense of right and left may be superimposed onto a circle... and the view seems clearer from a center that is a bit skewed.

Keven E

2 times X

How did he get voted in in the first place?

Women represent 51% (ish) of the voting populace. Perhaps... the wives of Republicans vote most often with their hubbies... and... a lot more men than women voted.

Adding AI to everything won't make sense until we can use it for anything

Keven E
Holmes

Re: 25 years in IT has made me increasingly cynical about AI ...

"reason about the situation (rather than) react on instinct as shaped by experienced and emotion."

Perhaps perceiving those as separate things will permanently relegate the descritptor *artificial.

Keven E

Is less more?

"...there is no foresight in the industry in terms of how complete datasets might be useful."

There aren't alot of shared goals out there, so *foresight seems unattainable by definition...especially from generations of "me" inspired "capitalists". Perhaps just as foolish as expecting intelligence to coalesce... artificial or otherwise.

World Intellectual Property Office settles dispute with CIO it previously ousted for 'criminal misconduct'

Keven E

Re: Way Laid

...he is looking for "non-gainful opportunities" to use his "skills and spare time".

All the best. *Personal gain, perhaps.

Wireless powersats promise clean, permanent, abundant energy. Sound familiar?

Keven E

Efficiency issues

Can't we focus parabolic mirrors to solar panels and increase electric output from each square *foot?

School teacher accused of pocketing $1m+ in insider trading using tips from Silicon Valley pal

Keven E
Pirate

All the data analysis in the world is trying to...

"...and you suck at it..."

It really wouldn't be so valuable if it was public.

Relly, it's ok to lie and cheat someone at .001c for 100,000,000 repetitions (hello <insert search engine of choice here> (lol)), but one time at 100,000$... we can't have that!

Lawn care SWAT team subdues trigger-happy Texan... and other stories

Keven E
Pirate

Re: The Lawnmower Man

I can understand a certain amount of *control needed in fire risk zones, but...

"Being shot at trying to make the community look better"

... don't tell me what "looks better"!

Researchers find evidence that stress does turn your hair grey, and it can be reversed – you just need a holiday

Keven E

Re: It's true!

I read "peeing into the mirror"...

British minister claims technology makes maritime cannibalism obsolete

Keven E

You've waited a long time...

....ElReg.. to use that photo!

McDonald's AI drive-thru bot accused of breaking biometrics privacy law

Keven E

Re: Your order.

"...to predict a customer’s “age, gender, accent, nationality, and national origin.”

It's my goal to learn as many accents as possible. This has become a target for *shenanigans.

Keven E

Re: Success Rate

http://zippythepinhead.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/2000/images/ZIT00728.gif

The policy of truth: As ransomware claims rise, what's a cyber insurer to do?

Keven E

Monkey Business

"stock-price-driven design consistently failed."

Thumbs up for that one!

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"paying ransoms online validates the crooks' business model, emboldening them to keep doing it."

Just calling it a "business model" seems to (insult the monkeys and) reveal, once again, *issues with "business as usual".

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day

Keven E

Re: Presumably the fuckwits in charge ...

"...where "right thing" has been replaced with "It's all about ME"..."

Add 20 years to that and you'll find Reaganomics... a serious contender for the ultimate atmosphere of "me-based" greed.

Just one in 5 Googlers plan to swerve the office permanently after COVID-19

Keven E
Pint

All Wet?

"...team synchronised swimming to ensure editors and reporters are all on the same page."

Poor Dabsy has to do it with a webcam and a bit of a delay, eh?

UK government gives Automated Lane Keeping Systems the green light for use on motorways

Keven E
Holmes

Biting the hand of reasonability

"The Register has long voiced reasonable concerns that the thrust toward self-driving technology is driven more by investors, manufacturers, and governments trying to cling on to the next hype cycle rather than a desire to offer anything of significant benefit. Incremental technology developments will not in themselves overcome these problems.'

I agree. Unlike an O.S. released into the wild...where nobody gets killed when things go wrong (mostly... I can't wait for all the forthcoming examples <snicker>), we really can't test the safety of systems incrementally on *live humans. Yet, think of all the volunteers that have really allowed us to push beyond the edges of what (again) is mostly considered reasonable.

Perhaps : Technology, by and for humanity. (not vice-versa)

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout

Keven E
Windows

Re: Er ...

"Friends. Texas has the rest of the United States."

LOL

Home office setup with built-in boiling water tap for tea and coffee without getting up is a monument to deskcess

Keven E

Re: Do you need glasses as well?

"...chill your beer or wine ready for post-work drinks! "

I don't see a camera there.

Nigerian email scammer sent down for 40 months in the US, ordered to pay back $2.7m to victims

Keven E
Angel

"conscience"

"...ethical concern was assuaged and overcame by his desire for material success."

A full scale wiping coffee from my screen process initiated.

Microsoft OneDrive for Windows 7 drives off a cliff for business users

Keven E

Re: Is Win10 stable yet?

Remove One Drive immediately upon arrival.

After years of dragging its feet, FCC finally starts tackling America's robocall scourge

Keven E

Re: I have a captcha ...

"...a ringerless phone for emergency calls."

Done... and to find the misplaced cell phone.

Feature bloat: Psychology boffins find people tend to add elements to solve a problem rather than take things away

Keven E
Terminator

Re: Proponents, Opponents, Observers

"Self preservation is an understandable human trait."

Self preservation is one thing... but pride is one of the seven deadly!

I'm quite sure there is more than 7.

How to ensure your tech predictions catch on in a flash? Do the mash

Keven E

Re: You Can Take The P*ss As Much As You Like...

Faint memories of being fascinated by the Stingray *animatons in the late 60's on early morning TV here in the US, but I think it was a trial screening early on Sat. morning... they certainly didn't show all the episodes, and IIRC by about week 6 or so we were looking for it, but it was no longer showing.

DoorDash delivery drivers try to manipulate the food biz's payment algorithm to earn a living wage in gig economy

Keven E

Re: Pimping 2.0

"It is fairly clear that society does not permit it for sexual services..."

For a limited definition of *society.

We allow MMA *employees to beat the living crap out of each other... for a limited time only!

Often society isn't trying to be social.

Yep, you're totally unique: That one very special user and their very special problem

Keven E

Printer error messages

Some users are just too busy, even after telling them about it the last time they saw *that error message... that the printer is out of paper! OK it only happened twice, but.

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Speaking of auto controls, and I have only owned 2 cars with power windows... I always felt that each car was different when it came to the direction in which to pull or push the armrest tab to control up/down motion of the window. I swear they were opposite.. or trying to retrain my intuition!

Easily distracted by too many apps, too many meetings, and too much asparagus

Keven E

Quality -vs- quantity

Corona is a prime example of the saying "You never really have a beer, you're just borrowing it"...but it seems that it's the same thing with asparagus and the effects on urine.

Biden's $2tn infrastructure plan includes massive broadband rollout, equates internet access with water and power as essential utilities

Keven E

Re: Infrastructure

".. including the more than 35 percent of rural Americans who lack access to broadband at minimally acceptable speeds."

Even as access is ridiculously expensive... what, when it comes down to it, is an *acceptable speed?

"The last year made painfully clear the cost of these disparities, particularly for students who struggled to connect while learning remotely, compounding learning loss and social isolation for those students."

I'm sure all the streaming services will be very happy with the uptick in subscriptions.

What happens when back-flipping futuristic robot technology meets capitalism? Yeah, it’s warehouse work

Keven E
Holmes

Re: exactly the sort of thing we want machines to do.

It should be ownership/partnership with one worker + one robot. Any increase in efficiency will add time off for the worker... or perhaps more pay... that would be up to the worker. The worker is responsible for maintenance and operation of the robot. Both worker and robot is capable of performing the work, however, human (reasonable) productivity must be the base pay/expectation... good luck with that one.... as in, the human *owns the robot, not the company.

NASA sets the date for first helicopter flight on another planet – and the craft will carry a piece of history

Keven E

Re: Penguins in SPAAAACCCCEEEEEE.....

https://youtu.be/9dfWzp7rYR4

BOFH: Bullying? Not on my watch! (It's a Rolex)

Keven E

You haven't got a baboon in your pocket, have you?

It's all that comes to mind here...

https://youtu.be/G_Sy6oiJbEk

Move aside, Technoking: All hail the Sweat Master and his many inspirational job titles

Keven E

Furry memories

He was just covering for calling it "That f**king cat!".

Keven E

All three

Tech noking - Knocking it around a while... just to see what happens.

Bit coking - Only a little piece... a bit of a tease.

Crap toking - Full of *it.

Space station dumps 2.9-ton battery pack to burn up in Earth's atmosphere after hardware upgrade

Keven E

Re: There's nothing to put it in.

"...to deorbit sich things faster though"

It does make me wonder why it takes so long to deorbit. Are they just conjuring up some work to do for a family member for a coupla years? Can't you *shoot the thing a little more directly and burn it up a little faster?

Hacktivists breach Verkada and view 150,000 CCTV cams in hospitals, prisons, a Tesla factory, even Cloudflare HQ

Keven E
Paris Hilton

Cool, man

"...speek itz branes..."

This and the use of "hacktivists"...

...

...whatever.

So it appears some of you really don't want us to use the word 'hacker' when we really mean 'criminal'

Keven E
Angel

Re: 'If 'lifehack' isn't pejorative, 'hack' shouldn't be either.

Even inside "little bunny rabbit ears", using the word art there is a quite *revelating reflection of the issue we attempting to hack into here.

Remember that day in 2020 when you were asked to get the business working from home – by tomorrow?

Keven E

Re: Nice article

"...were best addressed by advising users to move their PC closer to their Wi-Fi routers."

The first few weeks of hearing complaints about VPN *accessibility has unearthed the same two solutions:

- Make the standard recommendation of plug directly into to you router... the complaint was the frustration of "I keep getting kicked off then having to log back on". I shipped many 50-100 foot cables.

- Home speed tests showed the bottleneck of the "This file is copying so slow" complaint came from home internet access being quite dismal overall. That has improved now, not because of VPN accessibility issues, but because homebound streamers upgrading being unable to *handle the frequency of pixelation, perhaps.

While Reg readers know the difference between a true hacker and cyber-crook, for everyone else, hacking means illegal activity

Keven E

Re: Increased suspicion and distrust

"People who make ordinary folk look and feel like idiots by doing things that are beyond ordinary people's capabilities."

"Make" seems a bit over the edge.

Yet this issue is one that is still being stretched to its limit by marketing... *making it seem as if the simple act of using technological advances moves the user one step close to... capable.

The fear of the unknown is, indeed, in play and being played (with and upon) by certain politica.

Keven E

Re: Badly worded motion

"But 'hacker" does have a single meaning in the context of computers and networking, and technology in general."

Just keep in mind when saying that... apparently, my hair shampoo uses "technology" these days.

The sooner AI stops trying to mimic human intelligence, the better – as there isn't any

Keven E

Re: Smells like, "dog turds"?

Tastes... yet... also smells (like) the dogs bollocks.

Big data: Study suggests even a moderate gambling habit is linked to increased mortality and other bad stuff

Keven E

Re: Don't need this study.

Yeah... and stop calling my lifestyle "negative"! lol

Virtual cycling service bans riders for doping – doping their data, that is

Keven E

Re: it is for some a good way to get some social contacts

"Having others in similar situation could make this more enjoyable."

That sounds kinda *unscocial... quite schadenfreude(y), actually.

Huawei has been Biden its time, but there's no sign new US president will reverse American sanctions

Keven E

Suspecting suspicion

"This issue is reportedly being reviewed..."

I realize it isn't giving a yes/no answer, but it's because there isn't one to give (yet). Not *actually dodging the question, methinks.

I'd imagine nobody ever needed to give the last POTUS a lot of information to *decide.

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