* Posts by Grooke

88 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Oct 2017


Letter to FCC: Why are US carriers locking handsets to networks?


Re: Buy from the Mfr

The low cost per hour is irrelevant if you can get the same utility & entertainment for half the price. No one is arguing that buying a smart phone isn't useful. The argument is that out of 30-50 cents/hour, you're paying 15-25 cents per hour for a logo (and the "design", and the notch, and the 56 cameras, and the "battery life", and the... bla bla bla, I've had both).

By Jove! Jupiter to make closest approach to Earth in 70 years next Monday


For those wondering

The furthest and closest approaches are about 44 and 27 G Brontosauruses respectively.

Backblaze thinks SSDs are more reliable than hard drives


It's a valid concern for consumer usage, but yeah disk recovery is likely out-of-scope for Backblaze's usage.


That's what they're referring too with "media wearout limit". That's the next thing then want to study

"we'll try to confirm on how far past the media wearout limits you can push an SSD"

Microsoft, Activision Blizzard have days to show merger won't harm competition


Re: World of Warcraft

The fear over World of Warcraft is about the independent subscription vs Gamepass.

Not sure how much it could change things, but it could make WoW cheaper on Windows than Mac.

WoW players on the other hand fear what could happen if WoW through the Gamepass isn't profitable enough for MS, and what that does to the in-game shop (which is currently only cosmetic).

UK's largest water company investigates datacenters' use as drought hits


Enough outdoor space to hang out your clothes?

Someone is doing quite well for themselves!

Twitter claims Elon Musk bailed from sale with 'invalid and wrongful' reasons


Not only has an account, but obsessively refreshes the app just to re-read what they just wrote. Probably couldn't stop if they tried.

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs


"Write stuff" roulette

Let's put LibreOffice Writer, TextEditor, Vi, Vim, SublimeText, and hell even Thunderbird (why should I specify if I want to write an e-mail?) under the same alias and just roll the dice every time we open it.

Don't be fooled, experts warn, America's anti-child-abuse EARN IT Act could burn encryption to the ground


Re: idiots.

Excellent tips for doing so:


FCC sucks its teeth, clicks its tongue, says: Yeah, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Verizon gleefully sold your location data. Guess we should fine them?


Re: Read the actual regulation

This just means a company (processor or controller) from anywhere in the world can be fined for wrongly processing the data of a "data subject" (see definition in the post you replied to).

HP Ink: No way, Xerox. We're not accepting your takeover. Well, we'd never say never. Maybe even maybe? Hello, you still there? Please?


Re: "the current Xerox acquisition offer is not in the best interest of HP shareholders"

On the other hand, it's often advised to not hold too much of your employer's stock in your 401k. You already "invest" your future earnings in the company so it is better to diversify into, for example, an index fund. It's also a gamble that your employer will outperform the market during your entire career.

C'mon SPARCky, it's just an admin utility update. What could possibly go wrong?


I was today years old when I learned you could move to a regular file. I will try to use this newfound power responsible. Thank you.

Fake docs rock real docs: Ex-Wall St guy accused of conning medics out of £27m for bogus cryptocurrency fund using faked paperwork


"none of them are a bank or financial advisor so they can't be trusted with your money."

To be fair, I barely trust a bank to hold my money.

Starliner snafu could've been worse: Software errors plague Boeing's Calamity Capsule


Re: "Capability Maturity Model " A history lesson.

Agile may have become popular because of millennials and the start-up mentality, but the real problem is all the middle-age middle-managers trying to stick agile on everything to prove that they're still relevant.

Tech can endure the most inhospitable environments: Space, underwater, down t'pit... even hairdressers


Re: Surprisingly ...

And then you find a site that tabs out to invisible fields and you curse the developer and all his ancestors. Worst if it happens between username and password, but also bad if it happens from address bar to the first useful field.

Sidenote: the fact that F6 on most modern browsers selects the entire address field is probably the most life-changing thing I learned in the past 5 years.

NASA's Christina Koch returns to Earth as the longest-serving woman astronaut – after spending 328 days in space


Re: Question : What's more import ?

I agree with the sentiment, but you have to fix the underlying cause first. Record holders for this type of thing are disproportionately male because they historically had more opportunities. If this is fixed and women are given the same opportunities to break records and pass milestones, then the distinction becomes unnecessary. Until then, women deserve recognition for making these achievements despite the odds stacked against them. No one would write/publish/read an article titled "person fails to break longest spaceflight record".

Top tip: Using AI to detect alien civilizations is dangerous because if it spots anything, even just a blurry blob, people are going to go nuts


Re: AI could easily spot things we miss

The point of the article isn't that we shouldn't use it, it's that we have to be careful with it.

Current (dumb) AI is so good at finding garbage that we risk spending more time debunking its findings than developing new and actually useful methods of finding alien life.

Virtual reality is a bonkers fad that no one takes seriously but anyway, here's someone to tell us to worry about hackers


"people being turned into "human joysticks" by hackers manipulating paths and directions in virtual worlds to redirect folks into harm's way."

Johnny English was a comedy, not a documentary.

No backdoors needed: Apple ditched plans to fully encrypt iCloud backups after heavy pressure from FBI – claim


Re: I wouldn't trust any crypto that I DID write

Remind never to e-mail you.

For anyone else: my pgp key is quite enough, please don't send me puppy pics.


Re: TL;DR - don't trust any encryption you didn't write.

I don't have a PhD in cryptography so I wouldn't trust any crypto that I DID write (or any crypto written by a random commentard on this site that didn't pass through intense scrutiny).

Whoa, whoa... Tesla slams brakes on allegations of 'unintended acceleration' bug: 'Completely false and was brought by a short-seller'


Missed a few

"As I was making a 90-degree turn to park, your record would certainly show that I pressed the breaks [sic] during the turn. The only way I could have put the car in the high acceleration - that my wife and I noticed - would be that I lifted my feet[sic? I only use one foot at a time on a given pedal] from the break [sic] and instantly pressed very hard on the accelerated [sic] paddle[sic]. I cant[sic] understand how that be[sic] feasible. If the record does not show this precise pattern, than[sic] it points to a potential software flaw."

I'd send it to corrections, but it's mainly mocking the petitioner.

The $4.3bn trial of the century is over! Now we wait for judgment


Re: Can't believe

Agree with everything except:

"even if they *did* make Company 'B' appear to be worth more."

Fraud is fraud. "They should have figured out we were committing fraud" is no defense.

Whirlybird-driving infosec boss fined after ranty Blackpool Airport air traffic control antics


Re: Arrogant dickhead

If the cashier was directing multi-ton metal flying machines to avoid them crashing into each other, no.

If at first you don't succeed, pry, pry again: Feds once again demand Apple unlock encrypted iPhones in yet another terrorism case


Re: Compliance statement

Adding 4D436679648159262E93C2C184DC4 to the list of passwords never to use.

(Not because of some inherent weakness, just because it can now turn up in searches)


Re: Yeah, sure

It's even worse. Apple should make it 5 inch steel, with a secret soft wood hole that only the good guys know about.

Lynch lied about Autonomy's accounts, rages HPE to the High Court


Re: Double negative

I was today years old when I actually looked up the definition of "Corn" and learned that the way I use it is an Americanism.

Intel! China! Sliding enterprise spending! Dell cuts forecasts by $1.2bn to $2bn for fiscal '20


Re: Yahoo!

You beat me to it!

Found on Mars: Alien insects... or whatever the hell this smudge is supposed to be, anyway


Re: If this professor emeritus had spent the last 50 years studying mosses

I almost wooooshed hard and pointed out your "misspelling" of duel.

Space-wrecks: Elon's prototype Moon ferry Starship blows its top during fuel tank test


How else would they have know the tests had over 2000 errors?

No wonder cops are so keen on Ring – they can slurp your doorbell footage with few limits, US senators complain


Re: The un-named PR gave half an answer of course

That's why a lot of models feature accelerometers and keep recording when they detect a collision.

Who loves Brexit? Irish distributors ... after their sales jump by a third


Re: @DontFeedTheTrolls

"Anyone who hides behind the referendum result, claiming that their hands are tied by it, is debating in the worst kind of bad faith."

In D&D, we call this "My guy" syndrome.

Video-editing upstart bares users' raunchy flicks to world+dog via leaky AWS bucket


Re: If something is free...

That bear looks more like Alec Baldwin's impersonation of Trump than Trump XD

The Feds are building an America-wide face surveillance system – and we're going to court to prove it, says ACLU


Re: The USA can't let China take the lead

Ummmm... I think OP just meant the government doesn't want it to be "worse" than the Chinese performance-wise, but we don't want it to be "worse" privacy-wise.

Reaction Engines' precooler tech demo chills 1,000°C air in less than 1/20th of a second


Re: Here We Go...

Would you settle for a drink "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea"?

Lies, damn lies, and KPIs: Let's not fix the formula until we have someone else to blame


Re: Building entry log

How do the wardens know how many people were in the building to begin with?

The access control logs should tell you. They don't have to lock the doors in an emergency to help judge if an evacuation was successful.

Oh dear... AI models used to flag hate speech online are, er, racist against black people


Re: “I saw his ass yesterday”

Use the profile picture and make biases work for you! If facial recognition thinks the user should go to prison, assume they're black and flag the text as AAE. Use bias to defeat bias!

BOFH: We must... have... beer! Only... cure... for... electromagnetic fields


Re: I'm having headaches

I can move a coat rack with my mind as long as a cute receptionist is sitting next to it with an umbrella.

US games company Blizzard kowtows to Beijing by banning gamer who dared to bring up Hong Kong


Re: Blizzcon

It would be 3.0.

2.0 was "is this an out of season April Fool's joke?" over Diablo Immortal.

1.0 was correcting staff regarding Falstad's death (or lack thereof).

RAF pilot seconded to Virgin Orbit for three years of launching rockets from a 747


"This programme is pushing the boundaries of our understanding of space"

A nice way of saying "re-defining where space starts to make your achievements look better"?

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row


Re: Good riddance!

> They do appear to have actively and vociferously announced that they utterly refuse to use preferred pronouns, after also repeatedly calling someone by a pronoun they really didn't like, despite being asked not to.

I'm curious to know where you got that idea. The mod was fired for asking for clarifications about the new policy. Namely: is it OK to avoid pronouns altogether, to use examples gender neutral examples while not referring to the "asker" at all. She didn't say she would misgender people purposefully, she asked if omitting gender altogether was acceptable.

Astroboffins baffled after spotting solar system with great gas giant that shouldn't exist


Does "aphelion" apply to other stars than the sun? KSP uses "apoapsis".

*Microsoft taps your shoulder* Hi sorry yeah, we're still suing US govt for right to tell people when they are spied on


Re: The files of others

> That's a perverse incentive not to outsource.


As sales crash, Gartner wonders who can rescue the smartphone market ... Aha, it is I! 5G Man!


Re: The car lease market...

If one of my kids' wedding is ever an "unplanned large cash demand" that would require the sale of my car, they can pay for it themselves.

There's living above your means, and then there's living above you and your parents' means.

How long is a lifetime? If you’re Comcast, it’s until a rival quits a city: ISP 'broke' price promise


Re: Lifetime warranty

For once it would be the salesman claiming:

"'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!"

Google age discrimination case: Supervisor called me 'grandpa', engineer claims


Re: Ageism

I suppose this started shortly after companies decided they no longer had to inform candidates when they didn't get the job.

You look like a fungi. Got mushroom in your life to build stuff with mycelium computers?


I hope the research team will be diverse and include some fun gals.

Justice served: There is no escape from the long server log of the law


Re: Surely...

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”

― Douglas Adams

Malwarebytes back to square one as appeals court rules blocking rival antivirus maker isn't on


Re: Potentially Useless Program?

What about Depeche Mode?

From pen-test to penitentiary: Infosec duo cuffed after physically breaking into courthouse during IT security assessment


Re: @PM from Hell hire a more reputable firm

This is something a good security firm should make clear. Explain and document the limits and shortfalls of the agreed tests. But at the end of the day, if the customer doesn't want you to test something, you don't.

Geo-boffins drill into dino-killing asteroid crater, discover extinction involves bad smells, chilly weather, no broadband internet...


Re: No broadband

Relevant (recent) xkcd: https://xkcd.com/2199/