* Posts by Potemkine!

774 posts • joined 9 Jun 2017


If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?


That paper discusses Primordal Black Holes

Aren't those hypothetical yet? Was one ever detected?

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Black Helicopters

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I'm a free man!


High-flying Microsoft exec jumps to Magic Leap as CEO. No, we haven't got that the wrong way round


Re: Show me the money

Who wouldn't accept a deal like that‽

Someone with basic dignity and sense of honour?

Civil-rights probe: Facebook has completely failed to… Zuck: Look over here! We’ve banned four groups! Go me!


I read somewhere that psychopathic people have greater chances to succeed in corporate world (here maybe), because their lack of empathy fits well with the true corporate spirit - You know, the same spirit from companies asking their wage slaves to be 'loyal' before throwing them in a dust can as soon as they are not useful enough anymore.

Keep it Together, Microsoft: New mode for vid-chat app Teams reminds everyone why Zoom rules the roost


The number of meetings that could be replaced by well written emails and online forms is astonishing. I guess people love to procrastinate together.

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October


Re: Great timing

Also building a new aircraft with new engines using fossil fuel is not a great idea.

No more Genius Bar bottlenecks for you, Mr Customer? Apple exports independent repair provider program to Europe and Canada


Calm down Apple

Don't forget your motto: 'Everything in Apple, Nothing outside Apple, Nothing against Apple'

Don't make any sudden moves: Huawei urges UK government to wait before declaring it 'unreliable'


Too late Huawei

Krusty Trump called Bonzo Johnson.

Crushing Hong-Kong right now was not a good idea either

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO


"popular justice" is no justice at all

Public lynching is as despicable the action of this bastard.

The official justice should take care of that, as long as there a laws to protect people from being harassed because of their ethnic origin.

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world


"Idiocracy" was so farseeing

With Trump's decision there's a bonus: propagate Covid-19 more by sending people possibly contaminated in the US abroad!

Or maybe that's the point, to make look US situation on this less awful? Everything's is possible with this clown.



If the fascist crowd in the US succeeds to repeal the 22nd Amendment for Trump to stay president, it will mark the official end of US democracy (if one can consider a democracy a country where the President can be elected with less people voting for him/her than for his/her competitor)

Psst: Want to know who else has their snout in the Copernicus trough? (spoiler: it's not the UK)


This MEV is really a great idea. Congrats Northrop, you're still thinking ahead of others.

July? British government could decide to boot Chinese giant Huawei from the UK's networks by this month


51st state

UK will have no choice. The US ordered it.

Euro police forces infiltrated encrypted phone biz – and now 'criminal' EncroChat users are being rounded up


Re: you missed a bit here...

prisons would be over-flowing with lawyers, politicians and estate agents!

Some of them know the Laws, but some of them know the Judge. It helps.


Re: So...

Also, I now hate. you for making me admit that the French police might actually have done something good.

Having talked with some law forces agents working on cybersecurity during Lille' FIC2020, I can assure you they do some very interesting things, even if they lack of means and people. They are really very good compared to the poor resources allocated to them

By emptying offices, coronavirus has hastened the paperless office


In my last two experiences, the best way to reduce printing was to impose secure printing on each printer of the company. Now the user has to come to the printer and type a code to get his/her file printed. After 24h non-printed files are flushed from printer's memory.

Secure printing has decreased printed papers by 25% to 40% from one printer to another.

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references


Briatain a nuclear power?

US making the Trident system, I doubt about that. When your nuclear deterrence is made by somebody else, you can't be 100% sure that you've got total control on it.

Chrome extensions are 'the new rootkit' say researchers linking surveillance campaign to Israeli registrar Galcomm


Awake said its threat researchers "made several attempts to contact Galcomm by phone, email (abuse@, security@, and support@), and the contact form on their website

Moreover, Awake have not even asked for our quote or response on that issue before publishing a report. I got the domains in question via a third party who was asking me about this.

So El Reg, who is the liar?


Hegelian World

Hegel told us two centuries ago that "the only thing we learn from History is that we do not learn from History". This is also true for IT

Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up


5 zeros

0 paper.... checked!

0 default ... in progress.

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means


What does 'six feet' mean?

Everybody should use SI units :-P

We cross now live to Oracle. Mr Ellison, any thoughts? 'Autonomous self-driving computers eliminate human labor, eliminate human error'


Fill the void

'Autonomous self-driving computers eliminate human labor, eliminate human error', eliminate human jobs, eliminate humans.

Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks


Re: Sooo....


The company could always have a settled that case with a "conventional break" (rupture conventionnelle), a way to end a job contract existing since 2008. Instead of negotiating with this person, the company decided to break him instead to avoid to pay him a fair compensation.

20 months behind bars for IT support worker who nicked £30k worth of crypto-cash


What about redemption?

I am always shocked with the anglo-saxon usage to publish the name and the picture of a convict. That guy made a mistake and will pay the price for it, but does he really deserve to be shamed on the web, with an article that will be visible forever (that is as long as the web exists )? When the sentence will be accomplished, why should the guy carry the load of his fault forever through a simple web search? What does giving his name and a picture bring to us readers, is that so valuable compared to the life-long effect it will have on this man?

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements


Re: The repugnant term is black or white

There's only one race: the human one.


New wave

Instead of Master and Slave, I suggest Master and Servant

Ex-eBay security execs among six charged with harassing, threatening bloggers who dared criticize web tat souk


Yes, right.

t although then-CEO Devin Wenig made "inappropriate" remarks about the bloggers, he did not authorize nor know about the alleged harassment

CEO: Court-Exempted Officer.

Thanks God there's always an underling to take the legal responsibility of CEO's decisions.

Germany prepares to launch COVID-19 contact-tracing app 'this week' while UK version stuck in development hell


Which countries are the more hit compared with similar ones? UK, US and Brazil. All governed by a populist nut who uses division and hatred as a mean to gain and keep power.

This is an absolutely not scientific-based opinion, but facts seem to show that getting rid of such buffoons would be a greater help to the public health than an app that can be a threat to privacy.

See for instance here, or how to use a tracing app to ensure the person a company want to work with for a small period of time (approximative translation: The ROTTEN company wants to recruit someone for a short period of time. It want to be sure the candidate doesn't get sick between the job interview and signing the contract. It uses then a dedicated phone which is on only during the interview, and will get an alert if the person is tested as positive later.)

Facebook's cool with sharing the President's nonsense on its mega-platform – but don't you dare mention 'unionize' in its Workplace app


The Land of the Free

Although employers, in America at least, can ban workers from using company email and messaging systems

Why is the Statue of Liberty in the US? Because it's buried there.

There's a black hole lurking within 1,000 light years of Earth – and you can see stars circling it with the naked eye


Many blackholes to discover

There's one in the head of the guy sitting in the Oval office and it wasn't discovered yet

Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?


Saying that the "Theia hypothesis" is invalidated because of this discovery seems a little bit far-fetched to me. As said also in the article there may be many reasons why carbon would have been brought back to the Moon after its formation.

Contact-tracing or contact sport? Defections and accusations emerge among European COVID-chasing app efforts


Re: Generalised testing

99% accuracy

Make twice the test and the false negative ratio falls.

There's no perfect solution and there won't be. 1% of error is better than no detection at all.


Good point from the INRIA paper

"We underline the importance of this debate and encourage to compare technical solutions based on privacy risk assessment rather than on ill-defined catchwords such as ”centralised” vs ”decentralised"

Something can be decentralized but by horrible in term of privacy. Let's focus on risk assessment rather than on dogmatic approaches.

After 20-year battle, Channel island Sark finally earns the right to exist on the internet with its own top-level domain


Sercq indépendente!


Re: Glad they didn't overthink the process....

The current Duke of Normandy is the Queen

No, despite what the Islanders say. The title of Duke of Normandy left the Plantagenet family in 1204 when the land was confiscated by Jean the First King of France, who became also Duke. The British Royals kept pretending being Duke of Normandy as they pretended to be King of France till 1801.

Appareils électroniques: Right to repair gets European Commission backing


Re: What about updates

Nobody sells a car that needs to be updated every month

This is changing quick, and expect 'patch tuedays' for cars too in a very near future, unless you want your car be hacked.

Sadly, the web has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase 'nothing is true; everything is permitted'


Don't shoot the messenger

This article is right, but it didn't start with the Web. Lies, deceits and scams are nothing new!

It is 50 years since Blighty began a homegrown and all-too-brief foray into space


Re: Black arrow is red and silver?

"Red Dildo" would have been a more obvious name, but politically more difficult to impose.

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage


Welcome to the Fist Fuck Playa Club

Loyalty.... blablabla...... Reward.... blablabla.... Engagement....blablabla.... Trust ...blablabla

[ insert other PR BS here ]

Starliner: Boeing, Boeing... it's back! Borked capsule makes a successful return to Earth


Want to transform a failure in success? Call PR! Whenever you need somebody to lie, PR is ready

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise, politicians will philander... And US voting machines will be physically insecure


Why do some push so hard for voting machines if not to more easily manipulate election results?

Pompey boffin bags €1.3m off EU for dark matter research – shame a no-deal Brexit looks more and more likely


Re: Great example.....

CERN *did* produce some amazing science last century. But it hasn't done so for thirty years.

19,032 publications, 3,646 PhD completed under partial supervision of CERN in the last 10 years, it isn't that bad, is it?


Ranking made by Quacquarelli Symonds, a British company based in London....


Black Kettle? Pot's calling.

"I want my money back!"

Bus pass or bus ass? Hackers peeved about public transport claim to have reverse engineered ticket app for free rides


"Magic hand" at work ^^

Our view is that this is symptomatic of the deprofessionalisation of the development community over the last ten years but, but, but... it makes applications much less expensive, and it makes more cash available for the C-suite and shareholders! Isn't that the most important?

Despite billions in spending, your 'military grade' network will still be leaking data


Re: Convenience will always win

Knowing how to knock down usb ports is not enough, when half of the Board nails you down for 'making business impossible'... We are aware of the risks, but many outside the server room do realize it only after a catastrophe has occurred


most vulns lies in layer 8


In IT we spend a lot of time in patching systems, deploying tools and examining logs

This has to be done of course, but it will be less profitable than educating users... Something which is a challenge for the IT crowd, known for its sociopathic tendencies ^^

Google security crew sheds light on long-running super-stealthy iOS spyware operation


Re: Entire populations: State sponsored?

I'm not that sure. If mafias see a particular ethnic group as more interesting than other's to attack because of cultural habits can use, they will.

Ok, the probability for that to be true is less lower than your hypothesis ^^

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media


What's the USA kicking out illegals and visitors got to do with the UK going down in flames??

UK (or what will be left of it) is likely to become the 51st state.First step was to put a clone of the orange insane clown as prime minister, the rest will follow.


Do you know why the Statue of Liberty is in the US?

Because Liberty is buried there.

GDPR...rrrse! Mass-mail fail as German biz asks UK resellers for consent to use their dealer data


Don't worry

After Oct, 31, GDPR won't apply anymore in UK will it?



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