* Posts by BebopWeBop

2695 posts • joined 11 Dec 2015

Off yer bike: Apple warns motorcycles could shake iPhone cameras out of focus forever

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Re: What did you expect?

they have not been reported and compared? I would love to see the full list - maybe a comparison of failure rates amongst all the news phones that have cameras with sophisticated wiggly bits?

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While a lack or durability is regrettable, I can well understand why someone on an MTB can do a better job of borking the camera than someone on a motorcycle. My eyes feel the same way after some descents.

A practical demonstration of the difference between 'resilient' and 'redundant'

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Re: An SFW tale to share?

Sure it was not the other way round?

Samsung: We will remotely brick smart TVs looted from our warehouse

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Re: Hmmm

Although just making them plain old screens might add to their value with Samsung.....

Israeli firm Bright Data named as enabler of Philippines government DDOS attacks on opposition groups

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Re: You know you're in for some fun and games...

Well it could equally well have been a French, British, or US company. In fact, I am sure that bad actors in all three countries would have been happy to be paid....

Hacking the computer with wirewraps and soldering irons: Just fix the issues as they come up, right?

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Re: Anyone

They get in the way :-)

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Re: Wire-Wrap Gun?

We had a hand-wired PDP11 running Edinburgh's OS in the department. Sheer luxury....

BOFH: 'What's an NFT?' the Boss asks. In this case, 'not financially thoughtful'

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Re: I could see where this was going

Can I number them and sell each as a limited edition?

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I could see where this was going

And I have burnt my pile of newspapers and photographed the ash just in case....

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

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Re: though corroded with rust, could be cleaned and restored to working condition

May I suggest recruiting the football supporter who launched a firework from his arse recently as an operator?

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Re: Ha!

Jolly good too - I oppose Parliamentary forces at the moment.

Israeli authorities investigate NSO Group over Pegasus spyware abuse claims

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Maybe the Israeli MoD are concerned that NSO ware has been used to target them - or are there revelations to come regarding Israeli use against the US and EU countries?

Troll jailed for 5 years after swatting of Twitter handle owner ends in death

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Re: re: And people say 'there is no justice'....... They're right!

Upvote on the basis that I hope you were being ironic

Everyone cites that 'bugs are 100x more expensive to fix in production' research, but the study might not even exist

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It is always good to have someone occasionally look a wee bit harder at the things 'we all know'.

Suck on this: El Reg forces dog hair, biscuit crumbs, and disconcertingly sticky stains down two mini vacuums

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Re: Able to buff up dried-on stains and stubborn sticky patches

Tempted to give a downvote because the image will remain with me, but well found!

Not a baaa-d idea: Embracing the eunuch lifestyle slows ageing – for sheep anyway

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Re: El Reg disavows any responsibility...

Ahh - the 'Praire Oysters' defence

UK urged to choo-choo-choose hydrogen-powered trains in pursuit of carbon-neutral economic growth

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FAIL

Probably a good idea, but as the UK can't even electrify its lines competently, unlikely to happen.

Three things that have vanished: $3.6bn in Bitcoin, a crypto investment biz, and the two brothers who ran it

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Re: Surprised?

Well, Trump's casinos went bust!

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request

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Waters dove have a point

Of all the analytics firms in the world, why is Palantir getting its claws into UK health data?

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Minor correction - it is the English Health Service that is sharing this data, not the UK.

Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID

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Re: Colour me surprised.

The trains were running on time before Mussolini got into [ower.....

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Re: You've got to deal with the fundamental argument that

Well apparently Carrie on the forum and gave a downvote....

Facial recog firm Clearview hit with complaints in France, Austria, Italy, Greece and the UK

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Re: Clearview provides search services to law enforcement agencies

Actually, you could add Jack Straw and David Blunkett to the list

Bill to protect UK against harmful foreign investment becomes law

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A downvote - only because you are a heretic

Appeals court nixes online blueprint sharing ban on 3D-printed 'ghost guns'

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Re: Why bother with 3D printing

They were designed that way. I have seen versions put together in crude machine shops (little more than sophisticated blacksmiths) in Afghanistan that were reliable - not accurate, but at that rate.....

I believe the WW2 Sten Gun was designed on similar principles.

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Re: Why bother with 3D printing

Would you care to provide a reference (any reference) for your numbers - I don't believe you.

A persusal of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States - well it is referenced tells me you are talking out of your arse.

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Re: Obviously more guns needed

I did once have a copy of the 'Anarchists Cookbook' - purchased secondhand in the US when visiting as a teenager.* Perusing it, and with a decent knowledge of A Level chemistry it seemed pretty clear that it had been written by people wishing to accelerate Darwinian selection. Not that some of it was not useful for a controlled bang.

* note to the inevitable listeners in I have it no longer - this was the late 70s.

UK government resists pressure to hold statutory inquiry into Post Office Horizon scandal

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And in the meantime, we can be said to be 'doing something. Se similar approaches to Johnson's behavior and that of much of his cabinet over everything from Track and Trace to PPE procurement by way of Downing Street refurbishments.

Watchdog 'enables Tesla Autopilot' with string, some weight, a seat belt ... and no actual human at the wheel

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One might consider this is an interesting take on 'evolution in action' where the ingenious, but stupid ensure they are removed from the gene pool. Not oiptimal of course - after all they could afford a Tesla and may already have bred - but.....

For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine

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Re: Broke my little toe...

Or mass murder ensues.

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Talking of light, many eons ago, the organisation I was working for got one of the first Intel Hypercubes that were allowed out of the US (export restrictions). The debugging software was f*ng awful, but it had red and green lights that indicated communications and processing. These came to be invaluable in debugging and optimising thre codes we were writing (parallel Fortran with a McFarland comp[iler - the one with the infamous "this error should never occur" compile message).

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

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Re: Not necessarily.

Consider how many people you need to sample before it can be applied.....

Scottish National Party members found among list of names signed up to rival Alba Party after website whoopsie

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Re: Shocker

The Greens are also an independence party in Scotland.

Sure, Dave might seem like he's avidly listening to this morning's meeting, but he's actually doing a yoga routine

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51 per cent cited the commute as a factor while 21 per cent were honest and admitted that a lie-in was welcome.

Surely they go hand in hand?

Royal Navy and Air Force get low-code bridge in UK military recruitment saga

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FAIL

Truly Crapita can do no bad. One has to wonder how many civil servants or/and military personnel are expecting jobs when they leave their current employers.

Homo sapiens: Hey you, Neanderthals! Neanderthals: We heard that

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Re: POTS

They stole the idea and killed off the Neanderthals to avoid a lawsuit.

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Re: POTS

hmmmm - really :-)

Palantir and UK policy: Public health, public IT, and – say it with me – open public contracts

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Re: Trust but verify?

Contractors don't get big by following their contracts to the letter and the spirit. TFTFY

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Re: get points on their licence if they did anything ... against the spirit of a good citizen

whooosh

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Re: Nope, COVID-19 is not a catch-all excuse for backdoor deals

Except in Scotland and Wales.

Rookie's code couldn't have been so terrible that it made a supermarket spontaneously combust... right?

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Re: Not just me then.

The eldest of 4 who provided tech support for my parents - always to blame, even if I had never been near their house and never even heard they had bought some new kit.

Amazon sues NY Attorney General in preemptive strike: Web giant faces claim it did not fully protect workers in COVID-19 pandemic

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Re: They make a convenient bogeyman though…

I haven't compared the prices, but their Garlick pickle is the bee's knees.

The Fat iPhone, 11 years on: The iPad's over a decade old and we're still not sure what it's for

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Re: Phone for the living room

My partner carries an iPad Pro running Affinity Photo for on-site viewing and editing the photos she takes (professionally). Works for her (along with a convenient word processor, web browser, and spreadsheet).

Attack of the cryptidiots: One wants Bitcoin-flush hard drive he threw out in 2013 back, the other lost USB stick password

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Re: Isn’t this just the modern (modern?) equivalent...

We sold 20 - generated as an experiment when Bitcoin just came out. Profit- - near infinity percentage wise. Very content at the time, and frankly despite the rises (and falls) I am, still very happy. (as are the kids who got 6 each). I must say, I was very very grateful that I have been religious on backups in the last 15 years.

Leave.EU takes back control – and shifts its domain name to be inside the European Union

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Re: But why?

Bloody right. How on earth would you pronounce it? (living nearby)

Consultants bag £375m for their role in developing the UK's faltering COVID-19 Test and Trace system

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Re: In context

vurra good

Facebook appeals ruling that it stole tech. So, Italian judge issues new judgment: Pay 10 times the original fine

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Excellent - maybe it can be increased by another order of magnitude when Farcebook appeal it again (as shurely they will)

Watt's next for batteries? It'll be more of the same, not longer life, because physics and chemistry are hard

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Re: How about fungus?

The bogeyman.

NHS awards £23m two-year deal to controversial Peter Thiel AI firm Palantir

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Re: 'When the pandemic abates and the outbreak is contained, we will close the COVID-19 datastore.'

That worked well :-)

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Re: "maintaining high standards of public trust"

Your idea of 'entertaining' may well be somewhat different from mine.....

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