* Posts by renniks

79 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Nov 2017


Don't hate on cryptomining, hate the power stations, say Bitcoin super-fans


If I had my way, all crypto & social media would be shutdown - better for the planet, better for peoples mental health

Elon Musk set to buy Twitter in $44b deal, promises stuff


Re: Popcorn time

Hyperloop - pure smoke & mirrors nonsense.

A success if you count taxis driving slowly in a narrow tunnel I suppose

Twitter faces existential threat from world's richest techbro


Re: Most of us don't give a toss.

Exactly the reason that Trump's 'Truth Social' failed to get off the ground - no discussion, just an echo chamber for Trumpists

The dark equation of harm versus good means blockchain’s had its day


Outlaw all crypto - bloody waste of energy the lot of it

Also - social media could do with being canned too. Data centers keep on expanding to store the ever growing inane rubbish that people post, plus, the mental harm trolling can do to people etc etc

GPU makers increasingly disengage from crypto miners


Unless it involves the 'miner' peddling a bike to generate the electricity to run his rig, then nah


Wasting energy is the problem with crypto mining.

After four bans, TikTok finally passes the Pakistan challenge


"the government feels its citizens are best served by having some communications media turned off"

To be fair, everybody would be better off if 'social' media was turned off, as it nothing but rot

Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations


Re: @Flywheel

Tell that to the people of Tangier Island - disappearing beneath the waves at a rate of approx 8 acres per annum.

California is in a desert - how can they not be getting a load of electricity from solar? Still doesn't excuse the amount of water taken from the Colorado River to irrigate crops in a desert though

Sophos was gearing up for a private life – then someone remembered the bike scheme


I'm using Bitdefender, and find it decent.

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash


Re: Tesla never said it's driverless

Spike on the steering wheel AND remove the drivers seatbelt - see if that wouldn't have the effect of sharpening up the drivers awareness, reducing his speed, and keeping a big gap between him & the car in front


Re: Tesla never said it's driverless

The 'car' doesn't call it autopilot - Tesla, the maker/retailer of the car call it autopilot. This is a marketing ploy, but unfortunately, some people believe this to mean press the button & the car will drive itself

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket


So he died a 'flat Flat - Earther' I guess...

McDonald's launches wearable then pulls it after kid feels the burn


and therapists ;-)

S20 Ultra 5G: Samsung unfurls Galaxy flagship with bonkers 108MP cam, 6.9-inch display


Re: outlier here

Check out the Ulefone Armor series of phones if you want rugged. I got the Armor 6E for €175, and I am well happy with it.

The thing with spending a grand on a 'flagship' phone is that all it takes is one drop and you can say goodbye to your expensive phone

Apple calls BS on FBI, AG: We're totally not dragging our feet in murder probe iPhone decryption. PS: No backdoors


Re: Hypocrites

and Apple products are made where?

Is it the good ol' US of A? Nope - it is China. Why? $$$$...

Why is a 22GB database containing 56 million US folks' personal details sitting on the open internet using a Chinese IP address? Seriously, why?


Re: And closer to home?

Yep - if/when UK does leave the EU, I would hope that all access to the database is cut off.

Under construction: CAT lobs bargain-basement rugged mobile that will take a kicking and keep on clicking


I've an Ulefone Armor 6E, and find it great. I got it for €175, which is a fine price to pay for the spec you get. Build quality feels really solid.

The new Armor 7 has double the ram & storage of the 6E - 8Gb/128Gb vs 4Gb/64Gb, but is double the price of the 6E.

A sprinkling of Star Wars and a dash of Jedi equals a slightly underbaked Rise Of Skywalker


How about they gender-flip the role instead?

Astroboffins peeved as SpaceX's Starlink sats block meteor spotting – and could make us miss a killer asteroid


Re: Curiousity

That's when there's a chance to observe an asteroid that may be approaching from the direction of the sun I think

Judge shoots down Trump admin's efforts to allow folks to post shoddy 3D printer gun blueprints online


Re: The biggest problem here

I thought gun fairs are where people who aren't allowed to own guns go to buy them, as there are no background checks or so I've heard

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?


Re: Forget the risk of fire spreading through the holes in the wall

Use 'powerline' adaptors to network stuff inside the home - no need to go running utp cables

Avast lobs intruders into the 'Abiss': Miscreants tried to tamper with CCleaner after sneaking into network via VPN


eh, Avast bought AVG a couple of years back?


Finally! A solution to 42 – the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything


Re: Disturbing

It's not as if you can only get Weil's disease from wild rats though, or is it?

I thought all rats have a constantly leaking bladder so that they leave a trail of piss behind them?

Mighty spring loaded metal rat traps for the lot of em - let them wear them as hats

Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards


Re: Customer service?

Next time try hitting the starter with something heavy, while someone else tries to start the engine with the ignition - sometimes the starter solenoid can get stuck, and a tap or two will free it up

Nvidia keeping mum on outlook for year as data centre slows, channel chokes on crypto crap


Re: Gaming revenue dived

Same here - on the 970, and I am not interested in 4K. I recently bought a new 27" screen, and only went for a 1080 capable one, as it was way cheaper than the equivalent 27" 4K model.

DXC: We axed 10k staff, shut nine data centres, closed 4.6m sq ft of office space... and sales tumbled, funnily enough


Yay - the company I work for!!

(after being outsourced from one crowd to another, all the while doing onsite support for Ericsson who I started with in 1997)

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill


From Wikipedia:

"Referendums in the United Kingdom are very occasionally held at a national, regional or local level. National referendums can be permitted by an Act of Parliament and regulated though the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, but they are by tradition extremely rare due to the principle of parliamentary sovereignty meaning that they cannot be constitutionally binding on either the Government or Parliament, although they usually have a persuasive political effect.

Until the latter half of the twentieth century the concept of a referendum was widely seen in British politics as "unconstitutional" and an "alien device". As of 2018, only three national referendums have ever been held across the whole of the United Kingdom: in 1975, 2011 and most recently in 2016."

If the result of a referendum is not constitutionally binding on the Govt/Parliment, then why doesn't the govt just ignore the result & remain in the EU? Seeing how the UK hasn't got a clue on how to go about leaving the EU, and looks like it is going to lose a shed load of jobs if/when it does leave.

Super Cali health inspectors: Tesla blood awoke us


poor H&S in YankeeLand?

who would have guessed...

Judge: You're getting an Apple data centre and you're going to like it


On the objector Brian McDonagh, it appears he objected due to a case of sour grapes:

"The third High Court objector came from left field.

Brian McDonagh is one of three brothers who, in 2007, paid €22 million for land in Wicklow, funded by Ulster Bank. They applied for permission for “the world’s largest data centre”, using a company, Ecologic Data Centres.

A planning battle ensued that went all the way to the Supreme Court in 2013, where the McDonaghs defeated An Bórd Pleanála, which had refused permission. Some of the Apple objectors have pointed to the Wicklow site as a possible viable alternative.

McDonagh does not appear on the list of original objectors in Athenry. There is one objection recorded, however, from a Dr Yeok See Ooi, who gave an address in Ballymount, Dublin. Dr Ooi gave no reasons for the objection.

Companies office records show McDonagh has operated businesses from an address close to the one given by Dr Ooi. A trawl of High Court documents reveals Dr Ooi was, in fact, McDonagh’s girlfriend. She is an ophthalmologist based in Wicklow, and appears to share his Delgany home.

A woman who answered the phone at McDonagh’s Delgany address, which was on the market in 2004 for €5.5 million, said she would pass a message to him from The Irish Times. There has been no response to several further phone calls."

source: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/apple-remains-stuck-in-mud-in-fields-of-athenry-1.2845918