* Posts by Synkronicity

23 posts • joined 1 Feb 2018

Singapore awards 5G licences – and winning carriers pick anyone but Huawei for nationwide network


Re: Seen it all before

lol American here, we don't even control our own country how are we controlling the world? Go take a break from the internet.

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets


lmao wut? How is the Crew Dragon more expensive at $55 million versus the $80+ mil the Russians were charging? Also remember (because Rogozin conveniently didn't) that the market price is not the same as the internal costs. The Crew Dragon is almost definitely cheaper than the Soyuz for the simple reason that it is reusable.

Lastly, the Dragon spacecraft comes with a reusable rocket. The Soyuz is less a Kalashnikov and more of a Mosin Nagant.

With millions upon millions out of work in the US, here come the scammers claiming victims' unemployment money using stolen info


The Etymology of Secret Service

It's called the Secret Service because it was the only law enforcement agency at the time of its creation not to have a pre-defined role. The naming was intentionally vague to allow the agency the bureaucratic mandate to do whatever Congress needed it to do without having to create a dozen individually defined agencies. This is why they're in charge of things as diverse as dignitary protection and financial crimes. It was never actually meant to be a secret of any kind.

In case you were curious like I was.

Five new players – including Blue Origin and SpaceX – are now in NASA's race to send landers to the Moon


How is that sexist? I'm pretty sure all of NASA's female astronauts think they're just as qualified to go to the Moon as their male colleagues. Might as well cross "first female on the Moon" off the milestone list since we have no other real mission goals except to feel good about American potential again.

Uncle Sam is asking Americans if they could refrain from slapping guns on their drones


Re: But...but

Though I agree with your sardonic sentiment, the Second Amendment does clearly state "regulated militia" so yes, the FAA could in fact ban these in the same way you can't own a nuclear bomb or automatic firearms made after 1986. So long as you don't ban all firearms in general or create regulations that essentially prevents individuals from owning firearms you're allowed to regulate to a largely undefined and mercurial extent (2008's DC vs. Heller) but IANAL.

Capital One gets Capital Done: Hacker swipes personal info on 106 million US, Canadian credit card applicants


"I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right"

Read: a worthless credit monitoring service you already got for free from any number of data breaches you've been previously exposed to. The lawyers, regulators, and auditors all get their hush money whilst society moves on to the next data breach learning nothing.

Much like our other daily occurrence: mass shootings.

Cyberlaw wonks squint at NotPetya insurance smackdown: Should 'war exclusion' clauses apply to network hacks?


Re: Prove it

You should add an '/s' or some other identifier to let us know you are being sarcastic rather than idiotic.

Anyone for unintended ChatRoulette? Zoom installs hidden Mac web server to allow auto-join video conferencing


Re: Tape

I never got the point of taping over or installing a shutter on your webcam. If my laptop was compromised to that degree I have far greater concerns than hackers watching me masturbate. Besides, the microphones will always be more incriminating and you can't exactly tape over those.

How do you like dem Windows, Apple? July opening for Microsoft's first store in Blighty


Re: Empty Stores

They're not just in proximity to each other, they're directly opposite each other. That said, the MS store usually has several Xboxes and recently was demo'ing PC VR so they've been attracting a ton of kids. Which I guess is worse than tumbleweeds come to think of it...

NASA rattles the tin for an extra $1.6bn to keep 2024 lunar hopes alive


Re: Hard to get excited

For me it's nuking some important gov't grants that helped put me through college that makes this a bitter trade-off

US foreign minister Mike Pompeo to give UK a bollocking over Huawei 5G plans


Re: 51st state

You'd be states 51 through 53 as I'm certain Wales and Scotland would like their own separate congressional representation. ;)

Champagne corks undocked as SpaceX brings the Crew Dragon back to Earth


Re: Well done, SpaceX ...

But that's the f-ing point. A private company is doing what was once the provenance of superpowers. Where we go from here can only get more exciting for the future of our species.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack


Re: Backups?

They should have used offline backups. This failure is on VFEmail.


Could be a former or current employee with an axe to grind.

Most likely a customer with some very compromising information on the service they needed removed without calling attention to themselves. So they deleted *everything* and left nothing to chance

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far


Re: As ever

Who are the owners of Linux, GPL, and GitLab and what are their goals?

Now who owns GitHub and, together with LinkedIn, has exclusive access to a mother-lode of enterprise data and a history of abusing their market power?

Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data


Re: I stopped reading at

What's high end about the Pixel 2 other than the camera? No headphone jack, the same Qualcomm processor, the same NAND memory, the same Gorilla Glass, the same LTE modem, and the same OS as every other Android phone. The Nexus 5 had high end specs for midrange price. It was the whole point of the Nexus line. The corners were cut with build quality -- and the build quality of the Pixel 2 is a joke (awful screen, terrible industrial design, QA issues). So is the Pixel 2's camera worth several hundred more than the exact same phone made in China minus the imaging processing?

If you kept reading the article you'd come out less like a moron.

Planning on forking out for the new iPad? Better take darn good care of it


Re: Just

What are you even arguing about? You've completely lost it.

Why a merged Apple OS is one mash-up too far


I never got the impression this was about merging operating systems and user interfaces so much as it was about merging software ecosystems. Which would make sense considering the Mac App Store pales in comparison to the iOS App Store.

So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...


Re: In the confusion...

Wtf? No, that just creates more urgency that THE NUKE WE TALKED ABOUT ON THE NEWS IS FINALLY HERE AND IT'S LANDING NOW SEEK SHELTER THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Now imagine that endlessly repeating, hijacking everyone's phones with loud sounds and vibrations for 38 agonizing minutes. That'll solve the panic!


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