* Posts by low_resolution_foxxes

152 posts • joined 8 Nov 2016


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

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Re: Which applications exactly?

What you missed, is that Vodafone could probably sell £150bn of "services".

They may well have sold a similar value of 4G services. But clearly this is a sexier number that clearly highlights the superiority of 5G. Whatever it is.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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I suspect we may have semantic issues here.

I meant to say I had never given it a thought, because, well, I had never been told it was a problem for ethical review, so it hadn't crossed my mind. I had to judge if it was morally a good idea. Recognising that slavery was barbaric I went along with it (my language used was not ideal or enthusiastic, perhaps, recognising a slight internal groan at identity politics trends in general).

I suspect you assumed I said it, because I was a filthy uncaring heretic, who doesn't think about these things at all.

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Was it the time she discovered there was no coal left in the coalmine..?

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Re: If George Floyd's death achieves just thing

I have noticed that the OTT white guilt/virtue signalling, is overwhelmingly correlated to working in the public and charity sectors. I assume there is a certain element of "being seen" promoting virtuous ideas, as part of career advancement.

I can kinda see the logic.

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When going around labelling innocent people as a "problem", you need to take a long hard look in the mirror, then decide if you are also, part of the problem.

Society has reached a stage, where far-left-wing identity politics is almost as toxic as the far-right equivalent.

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After 20 years in the industry, I must be honest I had never given it a moment's thought, or heard a single complaint.

In the grand scheme of things, fine whatever, the change really won't harm my life. If it helps some people have a slightly less shitty day, then so be it.

Hey NYPD, when you're done tear-gassing and running over protesters, can you tell us about your spy gear?

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Re: Protests

I saw some interesting stats the other day. Rough figures were:

-85 black Americans shot dead by police in 2020 so far (population 43 million)

-30 US cops shot dead (from a population of 700,000)

It seems to work both ways. While resisting arrest is usually the trigger point for an escalated conflict. Certain communities are more likely to resist arrest (for example, Asian people are 3x less likely than white people to get shot).

They (Ameeeericans) need to sort their crap out obviously. But it is hard to know where to start (we all know America needs to reduce their quantity of armed humans, but that's going to be a long hard political war).

Speaker for yourself: Looks like 5 patents are table stakes as Google countersues Sonos

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I am not a lawyer - but let's have a quick look at these revolutionary Sonos patents.

US 8,588,949

-A multimedia controller with a plurality of speakers on a network (wow!!!!)

-It has a user interface with VOLUME settings (fuck me, this is serious R&D)

-A computer with software and a UI that can play music on a network, hmmmmmmmm

-Awesome! When you press the volume UI, the fucking sound level changes on the speakers (seriously..?)

-OK, I just read dozens of claims that are legalese jargon for "user gone pressed a button, speaker gone changed the volume!“

-Here come the big guns - there are GROUPS of speakers, with different volume settings (begads, a miracle)

I am not qualified to judge the merits of this case. But frankly, my non-tech wife could have drunk a bottle of Prosecco and adequately described these patent claims.

Perhaps later I will investigate if the other patents have a similar level of extreme and futuristic technology.

Dude, where's my laser?

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Working hypothesis: aliens.

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes

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Re: Yes, Daily, or even hourly!

If the app is biz critical

I really don't think they'll be happy with that answer?

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Re: Seriously though...

Mspaint is possibly my most opened program after Outlook and Chrome.

International Tech support - need images to break the language barrier.

What I need is an accent software tool - so I can provide UK support with a Russian / indian accent.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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It is my personal belief that public social media (mainly Twitter) was promoted by the state to avoid the awkward legal situation they found themselves in 10 years ago (the state had full backdoor access to facebook/google/MS data, but was not legally allowed to have it without a warrant. Much easier if you train the plebs to communicate on a public-by-design network that someone else owns).

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It is an interesting legal argument. If you cannot separate his "crime" and his political character, I'm afraid what you are accomplishing is mob justice (you might be part of a complex problem). It's all fine until someone decides You are the problem ("running Linux Sir? Are you a communist?").

Whether it was the real reason or not. The state and media has shown willingness to leak such political contact lists historically.

Honestly, I find this type of pre-crime concerning so many levels. The irony is that they mainly check your social media for "character" when they have "reasonable suspicion". I mean ffs they have advanced flying lists and 24/7 backdoor access and algorithms monitoring my social media.

In which case, why bother? So much banking, passwords, nudes, personal sensitive data/nudes, corporate data etc. But the state wants to know if I know how to wire up TNT and my god wants to kill your president.

I'd perhaps handover my phone unlocked, but frankly they can fuck off if they want my passwords.

Bada Bing, bada bork: Windows 10 is not happy, and Microsoft's search engine has something to do with it

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DDG uses Microsoft for its search functions doesn't it?

I like the lack of direct and obvious ad profiling, but if GCHQ/NSA wants your DDG searches, they will still get it, it just won't be in the same database. Presumably they monitor this at the network level

If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam

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For balance, the Chinese have some pretty daft laws of their own.

Ever wonder why there's so many Chinese billionaires? It's cause in China you need a local Chinese 50-50 partner. Only exception is Tesla so far.

US tech faces some serious obstacles over there. Facebook is essentially banned, WhatsApp, Instagram, the great firewall blocks half of Google, patents don't mean shit, WeChat is replacing banks. So to be honest, it is pretty damn painful running a business in China. We had to run ours as a UK trade associated business and get a local distribution partner. I hear hilariously terrible stories about Chinese business shenanigans all the time (getting credit and going into admin then cropping up elsewhere is rife).

There's Norway you're going to believe this: Government investment fund conned out of $10m in cyber-attack

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Never actually seen them improve a process.

They send plenty of 25yr olds with no business experience to collect paper for a week. Occasionally they might take a simple and unproblematic process, complicate it to the point no one has a clue what to do anymore, achieving the objective by preventing any work taking place.

Sky Broadband is not the UK's cheapest, growls ad watchdog

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Re: Disappointingly

It resell BT Internet. Virtually an identical service down the same cable.

If you can get a 25% discount for two years, hell yes.

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Knowing how Corp mindset works:

They will guarantee the WiFi works. If it fails due to hardware defect they'll replace it.

If the signal is not strong enough, they will sell you WiFi repeaters.

Ergo, it's basically a vacuous free promise they would probably be required to cover as part of a basic normal guarantee.

Stop tracking me, Google: Austrian citizen files GDPR legal complaint over Android Advertising ID

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Is that not his point? He paid for a £800 smartphone, that he cannot use without agreeing to 3rd party adtech companies profiling his entire life.

Granted you could make a different argument regarding users of a "free" service.

Author of infamous Google diversity manifesto drops lawsuit against web giant

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For the hell of it, I just read his memo.

It reads like an educated and reasonable intellectual debate over gender issues. I don't see hate, I see constructive criticism (alas this is not something that certain types of leftists are fond of).

They gave a high functioning autistic coder a diversity gender training seminar. You asked his opinion. He gave his honest opinion which conflicted with the diversity officers.

It's a sad age when you can get fired for reasonable intellectual discourse. It's not like he shouted women should get back in the kitchen.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Re: The wolf enrobed in penguin feathers.

The start?

As a US company holding your code in a "private" directory, the US govt now has an admin backdoor to any code published on Github.

I'm sure it will only be used for "terrorism", but imagine the MPAA-type lawsuits once they can scan your code for patent violations.

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Kardashian Softcorp™ (omnipresent yet unwanted).

LCD bloatcorp™ (lowest common denominator)

Internet ExploderCorp™

IR35 Grudgetax Boutique™

Senior MP tells UK Defence Committee on 5G security: Russia could become China's cyber-attack dog

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Re: Russia and China...

You could pay both high software dev and patent royalties, or.. Not? And use cheap ruski China labour instead?

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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Re: Experienced tester.

I seem to have a good knack for knackering beta software.

Apparently our old software dev manager hated me for my lengthy takedown test reports. Detailing why all the wording and UI is terrible, typing names like "Sir %qwert££ - +66" and finding you can crash the app by hitting CTRL-ALT-DEL while running 5 instances from my remote laptop on a public hotel WiFi.

Billionaires showered with wealth as experts say global economy set for long and deep recession

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Re: Do people still really believe...

Where are you going with this?

For one reason or another, Buffett owns 18% of Berkshire Hathaway, with a total market cap of $500bn.

So yes, I am quite happy to believe he is one of the wealthiest people on the planet, with $90bn or so.

I'm open to debate about the various other wealthy people in the world, but when I read statements like the one you made, I take a deep breath and hope you're not going to say something particularly troubling and silly?

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Re: whenever governments grab MORE control...

With all respect, would you say the 2020 poor are poorer than 1920?

I know it's a flippant comment. But what you are describing is the nature of people who invest and save regularly, and those who don't. That's not necessarily an evil relationship.

Otherwise I generally agree.

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Re: Recent Stock Price Dips - Who do you think was buying it up?

Possibly. But the algorithms will probably trade more often during periods of high volatility, it's probably triggered enormous volumes of 'stop losses' and set price buys.

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The billionaires described are tech billionaires in a relatively small field of companies that are doing well in hard times, as they provide homeworking and home shopping solutions. It's hard to say if the share price rise will be sustainable.

As most wealthy types will have stock portfolios and real estate, I'd imagine the vast majority of millionaires will have seen their wealth drop by 10-30% over the last few months.

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

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Just to get some sense of perspective, if I take the following links as gospel, the environment agency wants access for the following staff:

“Environment Agency: Area Management Team Member or equivalent (Grade 7) or Senior Enforcement Technical Advisor or equivalent (Grade 6)"


OK. That must be a limited number of SENIOR employees, at directly level, right? There are a surprising number of employees at this level, perhaps 1500+.


What could possibly go wrong, giving 1500 employees at a left-wing quango, access to internet records of individual citizens?

Baby, I swear it's déjà vu: TalkTalk customers unable to opt out of ISP's ad-jacking DNS – just like six years ago

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Re: Switch provider, and refuse payment

It kinda depends on the type of company.

It's best for less consumer-y companies. Basically one of the 9001 requirements is a controlled official complaint tracker. Which must be reviewed by the quality manager (or equivalent). Even better, it will regularly be monitored by the external auditor, so companies are more likely to act to close the complaint.

Doesn't always work. But as a former quality engineer who has had 3 customers pull this stunt on me, it was pretty effective.

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Re: Switch provider, and refuse payment

You're probably right

Man, I've worked for some dire small companies that could fill in ISO 9001 docunentation.

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Re: Switch provider, and refuse payment

Don't be silly! There's a whole game to be played here, especially if there is a genuine fault caused by Talk Talk.

Register your complaint. Register the failure of the resolutions.

Demonstrate the effect as unreasonable. Waste their time as much as possible.

If company is ISO9001 certified, ask for the quality managers details, raise a complaint and demand a copy of your ISO9001 complaint reference number. Make constant requests for updates. Register any lack of resolution and communication. Politely waste as much time as possible and eventually, when they see it as a "cost saving" to get rid of you, voila! Success.

Just pissing off the quality manager enough to force technical meetings about registered ISO9001 complaints is surprisingly effective in all industry sectors.

As nice as Pai: FCC chairman comes out in favour of Ligado Networks' 5G proposal, despite criticism from airlines and military

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Re: 99.3% reduction in power?

4G is usually max 1W, typically much lower. Although for comparison a microwave is 1kW.

Trello! It is me... you locked the door? User warns of single sign-on risk after barring self from own account

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Interesting user situation.

Looking at the probable employer, I can certainly see why they might be a bit tetchy about security (critical energy/infrastructure, major global player, working in some very sensitive global locations). Although frankly I'm slightly surprised they use Trello...

I laughed and thought "would never happen to me!" and then I realised, that for really stupid reasons (understandable IT fuckups) I think several of my accounts have a backup linked to my employer, it is not impossible that something similar could happen. Hell, one of my food delivery logins is my employers (it rejected my personal email due to "existing account", then said no such account exists!".

In this case.. The ultimate confusion is ownership, the user opened the account, but settings were enforced by others. Tbfh, he fixed his own problem anyway.

I was never entirely sure how much "business data" to put in a free Trello account. Sure, it's probably OK, but WHO can snoop? I'm talking, Chinese/Russian/Korean/USA software engineers, who could theoretically have data slurps from bad actors looking for company Intel /R&D and secrets?

Vodafone takes €1.9bn punch to wallet thanks to India's decision on airwave licence fees

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Re: Empire Building

Simple version:

As a general idea, 60-70% of large takeovers backfire and lose money, when using sane metrics like a normal person would.

Enter some MBAs and tax accountants, who will get bonuses for completing a transaction, who will be looking to minimise their tax bill. Say you make £100m profit, you could pay £25m tax, or buy a competitor to pursue growth, so now you are not making any profit - and not paying any tax.

At the extreme end, my opinion is that the banks highly encourage (read: corruption) to force this nonsense through. Reduced tax, increased bank profits and massive city finance bonuses (usually 2% of the total deal value) going to a select few in the know.

Sometimes though, it is just national companies buying firms from other countries, to form a "global" footprint. A big trend in mobile, as they transition from nationwide to global communications (pushed along by the EU regs on free roaming).

Low-orbit internet banking fraud claim alleged to be a load of space junk

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May I ask a silly question?

Are these dates material to the case? Amending her recollection of bank setup/password changes by a few months, does not materially change the case alone, although technically I suppose they are incorrect statements of fact.

If the changes mean it was impossible for party A or B to do something alleged, well that kinda becomes material.

Honestly, I find it hard to believe you'd be sat on a NASA Weblink dicking around with your ex wife's bank account and moving cash around. Cause VPN or no, it would be surely traceable and an open/shut case.

OK so I just read that her main point was that her ex wife viewed her bank account, using the historic password, but made no transfers. Originally the Sept date would have made it "hacking", while the new date could be argued either way (ethically problematic perhaps, but difficult to know before a divorce is finalised if that's a strict no-no).

Guess what's heading to trial? IBM and its tactic of yoinking promised commissions after sales reps seal the deal

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Hmm, it's a tough call.

Many sales staff are.. garbage. Pathological liars, ignorant of reality, causing immense problems for the tech teams wherever they go. Ignorant of the product and/or theory. Refusing to document leads, contacts and knowledge (their info makes them more valuable). You may as well send the cleaning lady.

Then again, I've worked with many sales staff who are methodical, technical and honest, even to the point where they trained me up to understand and take over in their absence. Working 12 hour days, with 20 years experience at the same company. Actually irreplaceable.

Ransomware scumbags leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX documents after contractor refuses to pay

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Re: Anti-mortar system?

If I recall correctly, Lockheed have a 50kW laser weapon that can just heat rockets until they explode from several km distance. It can quite easily destroy planes. No suggestion they stole the docs for this though, as I imagine Lockheed have a variety of laser/radar/thermal scanning equipment in their portfolio.

I would personally not want to upset someone with that kind of weapon in the warehouse.

Stop us if you've heard this before: Boeing's working on 737 Max software fixes for autopilot, stabilization bugs

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There is a minor sales point we sometimes gloss over.

If 737max was a separate plane with its own certification, pilots would "lose" 737 regular certification by training for the Max.

Hence the categoric emphasis on *must* operate like a 737. US pilots can only work on one type of major aircraft at a time.

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If I understand correctly, it all got a bit messy when it came to developing markets and semi-offshoring as part of its problem.

Historic local (read: expensive) software coders were slightly miffed, as Boeing won a $30bn contract from two Indian carriers, with the sweetener required that Boeing would allocate several billion dollars to Indian IT companies, to develop local capabilities.

Allegedly, some of these "offshored" software coders earnt £6 per her hour and were fresh college graduates with no experience. Apparently, MCAS is a homegrown USA product using experienced US labour. To be fair, it's not the usual offshoring story, as I understand why with such enormous contracts they might want a quid-pro-quo agreement.

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Ahh, but you see, Boeing have fixed that problem (they renamed the 737-Max to something else).

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In hindsight, it is probably accurate to say the 737 Max overall design was a "no win" design challenge.

Your rival is creaming you in the market with the Airbus NEO fuel efficient range, your sales execs want the same super-revolution in performance, but it *MUST* operate exactly the same as the last 737 (to avoid pilot retraining).

But this requires a bigger new jet engine, that puts the whole plane off balance (requiring automated "bodge" systems, that the pilots can't know about, cause the plane is supposed to be identical to the 1960s design).

Ah yes, but we can't fix the design properly, cause it needs to be taller, Airports don't like paying for the expensive "walk on" walkways.

Cue MCAS, a dual sensor automated "bodge" system, where apparently only 1 sensor was connected, with no redundancy, that faceplants into the ground when it glitches or birds damage it (even when pilots manually fight it). Oh yes - for added fun, the LED that indicates MCAS failure (dual sensor mismatch) is an "optional sales extra".

My engineering mind is truly aghast at this chain of events.......we're not talking about a photocopier company FFS.

Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all

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Re: Please don't kill Skype

Our IT team played with some chat/call settings and it became far more bearable.

I have to say, two months in, I don't have a fecking clue how the actual team/group task discussions are meant to work.

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Many have wondered if Microsoft are responsible for the PR spin of "Zoom is not secure!" squeals we've had this week.

Well yes, but it's free, easy to use and most using it don't care. If Microsoft want to force a worse product onto the market, with "better security options" (read: harder to use) that's fine.

The fact New York was the first state to ban them, is testamount to its local stock market interest (an unusual coincidence huh?).

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK

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£850 of tinfoil... Shaped into his own grounded Faraday cage bedroom..

His bed might be more valuable than his van!

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Re: Either the work of goons for a competitor or goons "for your own protection"*

It is surprisingly more common than you'd think, especially for minor fires.

They get this in Italy with temporary fire wardens, they only get paid for when there's a fire, so they go and set light to a bin in a field somewhere and report it.

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Re: Either the work of goons for a competitor or goons "for your own protection"*

As much as I love conspiracy theories (real or imaginary), it is more likely the Fire brigade reported some arsonists had genuinely set fire to 5G masts, whether it was bored teenagers or hippies is irrelevant if the journos think it makes a good story.

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PS for a giggle, this was a video a friend sent me a few months back. Check out his upgraded "anti 5G" Glastonbury bedroom.




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