* Posts by iron

2125 publicly visible posts • joined 25 May 2017

Car industry pleads for delay to post-Brexit tariffs on EVs

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Re: I'll be sticking with petrol (or diesel) for my next car.

> If your car can get 40% of the 9.5kWh out of a litre of petrol, and is not harder to push down the road than my EV, then it should get at least 19 miles per litre -- more if my EV is less than 100% efficient -- or 85 1/2 miles per gallon. Does it?

My old 125cc motorcyle used to get over 90 miles to the gallon, no problem.

Apple extends Qualcomm contract to 2026 as homebrew 5G chip dream still on snooze

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Challenges Apple faces to develop its own 5G solutions

Didn't they buy a working 5G chip design when they bought Intel's moblie unit?

In which case what happened? Otherwise what was the point?

Arm's lawyers want to check assembly expert's book for trademark missteps

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Scrap the book

Markstedter shouldn't bother with a reprint, she should scrap the Arm book and write a new one about RISC-V.

That would teach Arm not to fuck with the people who actually sell their product by educating others how to use it.

Long-lost 1977 Star Wars X-Wing prop discovered – lock s-foils in bid position

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Re: X-wing is cool

In atmosphere X-wings use repulsorlift technology (anti-gravity) so aerodynamics is as unimportant as it is to flying saucers.

X marks the spot where free speech clashes with Californian transparency

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Re: Legal wording

Legal wording or English? If you ask me its the latter the previous poster did not understand.

Bombshell biography: Fearing nuclear war, Musk blocked Starlink to stymie Ukraine attack on Russia

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Re: So Musk has blood on his hands

How many people have been injured, mainmed or killed by Tesla's supposedly working years ago "Full Self Driving" package?

There is plenty of blood on Musk's hands.

Guy who ran Bitcoins4Less tells Feds he had less than zero laundering protections

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Nail bars, like tanning salons, are often a front for something else.

The many Turkish barbers in my area seem to have have a lot of staff and very few if any customers but considering the prices they charge these days, maybe they're legit?

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Re: Cheap sentence?

> a kid operating a blatantly open money laundering gig

At 33 years old it is a long time since this fool could be described as a kid. He is in fact an adult and fully responsible for both his actions and their consequences, as he is about to find out.

The only thing launched for Amazon's Project Kuiper is a lawsuit

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SpaceX and Starlink are not competitors.

SpaceX and Jeff's BO are barely competitors given BO have never built a rocket that can go to space and SpaceX have launched over 60 of them this year.

Jeff's BO is in the same league as North Korea when it comes to being a successful space launch provider.

Vodafone and Amazon shoot for the stars while Kuiper satellites remain grounded

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> Bezos' satellite constellation still lacking any spacecraft in orbit

He needs to figure out how to get to space first. Oh and how to build a rocket.

Jeff's BO has never launched a rocket into space, sub-orbital hops below the Karman Line do not count as anything other than high altitude flight.

Google opens up Chrome 117 Developer Tools box, drops in a few spanners

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Why would web devs rejoice at Google throwing a spanner in the works? That is a bad thing.

Is this a case of The Register's new USA bias mangling the English language and confusing native speakers?

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Re: Chrome

No you don't. Test with any of the derivatives and you're good to go, no need to install Google's spyware on your machine.

Oracle, SUSE and others caught up in RHEL drama hit back with OpenELA

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If Larry was profiting off my hard work without paying me I'd call him a freeloader and do my best to stop him too.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Pi? Asus's 'NUC-sized' SBC aims to out-Pi the Raspberry

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Yeah their support for the government surveillance industry and ex-coppers is awesome.

Support for actually buying their product... not so much.

Larry Ellison a major contributor to Blair Institute vaccine database plan

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Except it isn't an either / or, a similar database already exists free of charge and publicly available from the WHO.

This is duplicating those efforts at great cost to launder Larry's ill gotten license fee gains.

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The WHO already has a database of vaccination records to help monitor and combat diseases across Africa, South America and Asia. It is available free of charge and without a requirement for an Oracle or MySQL license. I know because one of my open source projects is used to compile it.

I'd be impressed if Larry donated to improve that but no, he gives his money to a known liar and grifter to duplicate that effort.

Couple admit they laundered $4B in stolen Bitcoins after Bitfinex super-heist

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Re: As much as I'm not a fan of the idea of billionaires existing...

Except they didn't manage to pull it off, they got caught.

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Re: You mean the Wild wild crypto West where

The world is more nuanced than black and white so both statements can be true and neither is misinformation or conflicting reporting.

Crypto currency transactions are anonymous provided no one knows your wallet address.

But, if your wallet is known then every transaction is out there on the public blockchain making it possible to trace where it came from.

Aliens crash landed on Earth – and Uncle Sam is covering it up, this guy tells Congress

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Re: Not impossible, just ludicrously unlikely

You are assuming a very earth-like biology for these aliens which requires oxygen, water, salt and animals as food. Aliens are just as likely to need Argon, Flourine, Silicon and sunlight.

What does Twitter's new logo really represent?

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Re: Let's hope it stops the hate comments

Please arrange a meeing with Musk or anyone else you think I would not be willing to tell what I think to their face - the evil robot that calls itself Zuck would be a good shout.

I'll happily tell them exactly how despicable they are and what I think of their companies.

Tokkers can Tok like Tweeters can Tweet – for now

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Re: "specific bans for some, such as government employees"

I guarantee that IF I worked for a bank and IF I wanted to use social media, Tiky Toky or otherwise, that I would be able to do so.

There isn't a corporate IT dept I can't get around if I want to.

Twitter name and blue bird logo to be 'blowtorched' off company branding

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What do you get after Plan 9 from Outer Space?

Plan X from Outer Space!

I'm sure this change will be just as successful and popular.

Amazon sets up shop at Kennedy Space Center to prep Kuiper broadband satellites

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Jeff's BO putting the cart before the horse

Jeff's BO putting the cart before the horse again, or in this case planning to launch thousands of satellites before they have ever sent a rocket to space.

Engines that don't blow up would help too.

Try building the rocket first guys, it will save you a lot of time, money and embarassment.

And no, 65km does not count as space no matter how many times Jeff repeats that lie.

Tesla to license Full Self-Driving stack to other automakers, says Musk

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Re: Yawn ..

I'd love to see a Tesla on a single track road in the Highlands with a flock of sheep coming the other way. I'm guessing the shepherd won't be too pleased afterwards...

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Re: "plans to license its as-yet Full Self-Driving stack to other automakers"

> I can't help but feel that no product might be a better choice than integrating the product of a competitor.

Especially when trhat product is substandard and has a history of safety issues and investigations.

AlmaLinux project climbs down from being a one-to-one RHEL clone

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Re: Decisions, decisions

So why not test with RHEL itself? If that is what you are testing then it is what you should be using and RH do provide free licenses for home labs and similar use cases.

You should have been testing with RHEL to begin with.

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Re: Open and Shut

RH are still providing source to customers - people who have recieved their binaries - so they are not in violation of the GPL, legally speaking.

They may be violating the spirit of open source or what people understood the GPL to mean but strictly speaking they are in compliance with the law no matter how much we dislike it.

Linux has nearly half of the desktop OS Linux market

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Re: ChromeOS is a fake linux

What a grand and intoxicating innocence, to think that one could defang a Google OS by merely not using their browser!

We will find you and we will sue you, Twitter tells 4 mystery alleged data-scrapers

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Re: Unjust enrichment?

No, it doesn't. And nor do your inane postings on Facebook, Insta or here.

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Re: automated requests severely taxed X Corp's servers and impaired the user experience for millions

I haven't seen an ad in decades.

Broadcom asserts VMware's strategy isn't working and it basically needs rescuing

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Re: "VMware alone can't get that job done"

I worked in a VMWare shop about 4 years ago, long before Broadcom expressed an interest. Their tech appeared to be complete shite back then, with admin apps that used an out of date tech stack (Flash IIRC!) and replacements that did not cover all the features of the obsolete tools. Not what I was expecting based on my experience with VMWare in the early 2000s.

China succeeds where Elon Musk has failed with first methalox rocket

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BE-4 is not a methalox rocket

> Bezos' Blue Origin blew up one of its BE-4 methane/LOX rockets late last month, CNBC reported yesterday.

BE-4 is an ENGINE not a rocket.

> The explosion reportedly destroyed the engine and damaged test mount infrastructure, but caused no injuries.

Yes because it was an ENGINE test not a rocket test.

> The rocket was due to complete its testing in July before being delivered to the United Launch Alliance for use on its Vulcan craft

BE-4 is an ENGINE that will be fitted to the Vulcan rocket. It would make no sense to fit a rocket to another rocket, especially since without BE-4 Vulcan is a rocket with no engines!

It would be nice if El Reg's "journalists" could at least tell the difference between a rocket and an engine. Next you'll be calling a keyboard a computer.

Asus blames 'thermal stress' for fried SD card readers in Ally handhelds

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> it's not unusual for AAA games to consume well in excess of 100GB

Actually that is unusual, Cyberpunk 2077 is about 60 GB - even with mods installed!

Horizon Zero Dawn... 72 GB

Steel Rising... 67 GB

Control... 42 GB

AAA games still consume much less than 100 GB.

India's space agency set to launch lunar lander, rover

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Re: Anybody remember Google Lunar X Prize?

> Can be handy on Mars.

And there's sod all there too.

Mars is a dead planet unable to sustain Earth-based life. The only useful thing we'll discover by studying it is the likely final condition of our own planet once we've finished fucking it.

From cage fight to page fight: Twitter threatens to sue Meta after Threads app launch

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Re: Privacy? what's changed

> Not only will they not even install unless you give them full access, they will check every time they start up as well.

There are no Meta apps on my phone but I'm an Android and iOS dev so I know a thing or two about writing and publishing apps...

The first part of your statement is NOT POSSIBLE. Apps are installed from the relevant app store and Google / Apple DOES NOT enforce Meta's requirements before install. It just isn't possible to do that.

On every run, yes they probably ask for permission to check your colon and refuse to run without it but it is not possible for an app to ask for permissions before installation and refuse to install if not given access.

You are mistaken and Zuck is still evil.

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Re: Twitter's biggest Trade Secret

Funnily enough none of my friends or family have ever been on Twitter.

None of my work colleages has ever mentioned being on Twitter.

I have never had a Twitter account either.

Are there any real people on Twitter at all or is it just billionaires, celebrities, scammers and conspiracy theorists?

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Re: Whoever wins ...

It would be more accurate to say "Whoever wins... I don't give a shit."

China to Meta: Flattery needed to get you into our VR market

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If you're rich there's the not yet avaiable even though we've been hearing about it for years, presumably diamond encrusted at the price point iSadLoner or whatever Apple are calling it.

You will pay more than double the cost of the Quest Pro, which was mauled by reviewers and consumers alike for being far too expensive. But, no doubt somehow they will all queue up and praise Saint Jobs for offering them the opportunity to pay far more, probably for less features.

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> The piece creates a rare moment when it feels possible to cheer for Mark Zuckerberg

Sorry but that is just not possible. I will never cheer for that despicable being.

Personally I liked the metaphor about woks and Chinese food. I may have to appropriate it.

Free Wednesday gift for you lucky lot: Extra mouse button!

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What a load of crap.

El Reg used to be a site for IT people. This article proves it is no longer for IT people because we all know the mouse wheel is the middle button.

I had a 3 button mouse for my Spectrum in the '80s and my current mouse has 5 buttons and 2 wheels!

Meta's data-hungry Threads skips over EU but lands in Britain

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Re: Eh?

Shut up you moron.

All EU laws that were introduced before Brexit are also UK laws. Unless those laws have been repealed they are still UK laws and should be enforced.

GDPR has not, yet, been repealed so this app is in fact collecting data illegally under UK law.

Twitter rate-limits itself into a weekend of chaos

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Re: It is utterly crap

Anyone with a quick brain either left Twitter long ago or never joined.

I'm in the later camp.

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Re: Thanks to misreading your post ...

Well he would have trouble proving he's human.

Unlike the android Zuck I don't know what Musk is but it definitely isn't human.

Google accused of ripping off advertisers with video ads no one saw. Now, the expert view

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Re: Ads in mobile games

They usually make me uninstall the game that's actually showing those terrible ads too.

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Adblock+ has been a poor choice for some time now, uBlock Origin would probably block those ads.

I say probably because I've never used Facebook so I don't know for sure but I don't see adverts anywhere using uBlock Origin.

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Re: Disregard the deaf? Only hearing-able persons count? Eh, what?

Shhh don't point it out or they'll do something like make YT refuse to work unless you have verifiable sound enabled and we won't be able to use this loophole any more.

As someone born partially deaf myself I'm very happy for the ad industry to ignore us.

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> "Of course not all digital advertising is bad. Digital ads shown to humans are good and work as advertising.

Sorry Dr Fou but in my experience most ads are terrible, digital or otherwise, and almost no advertising works for anything other than brand awareness. Mostly to make me aware of brands I DON'T want to buy.

Forget these apps and AI, where's my flying car? Ah, here's one with an FAA license

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So this thing can fly one normal sized person, perhaps with a small child, or about half a Yank?

Potential market is going to be small.

Crook who stole $23m+ in YouTube song royalties gets five years behind bars

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> streamers should refuse to play songs they don't have the royalty recipient of

Have you hear them whine when YT demoniteses them for using music they don't have the rights for? They don't give a shit about paying for music used.

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Re: Ill-Gotten Payoffs vs Prison Time

As I understand it, cops in the US don't even need a conviction to steal and fence a suspect's assets.