* Posts by NomadUK

12 posts • joined 27 Mar 2018

Living up to its 'un-carrier' slogan, T-Mobile US stops carrying incoming calls, data in nationwide outage


Strange Curves

Oddly, looking at the Downdetector home page, the problem report curves for Metro, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, Consumer Cellular, Century Link, Mint, and Cricket all look strangely similar. Even Google and YouTube have the same general shape: all have a sudden peak at around 15.00 - 16.00 on 15 June, gradually tapering off.

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


Can't stand Tesla, but....

Malcolm Gladwell did an episode in the first series of his podcast, 'Revisionist History', in which he thoroughly examined and debunked the whole Toyota uncontrolled acceleration fable, showing that it was almost exclusively due to driver error. A small fraction might — might — have been due to the floor mat, but that was uncertain. Almost every case was due to the driver thinking they were pressing the brake when in fact they were pressing the accelerator.

Google tightens the screw on 'less secure apps', will block most access from June 2020


Re: Thunderbird is fine. K9 doesn't do OAUTH2 yet

MailMate is quite nice if you're on a Mac. IMAP only, but the closest thing to the fabulous but long-in-the-tooth Mailsmith from Bare Bones.

100 mysterious blinking lights in the night sky could be evidence of alien life... or something weird, say boffins



'Rapid changes over 70 years suggest stranger phenomenon...'

'A stranger phenomenon' or 'stranger phenomena'. Pick one.

Astroboffins spot the most energetic photons yet from gamma ray burst – and here's hoping Earth is right in the way of the next one


Re: Here's hoping..

Dunno. The only other obvious alternative is a big asteroid, and we might be able to deflect those.

14 sailors die aboard Russian cable spy, er, ocean research nuke sub after fire breaks out


Re: Out of interest...

This book came out in 1998 and is brilliant. I used to work with a fellow who was a submariner and strongly hinted that he was involved in some of these things but, of course, could not actually talk about it.

So, yes, the idea that the Russians are somehow unique in their desire to tap undersea cables is — to put it mildly — disingenuous.

Eggheads have found a positive link between the number of racist tweets and the number of racist hate crimes in US cities


'Castleton reported the lowest number of racially motivated hate crimes, but ranked 17th in posting the highest proportion of racist tweets.'

This may have something to do with a lack of targets, as Vermont is pretty much the whitest state in the country (there are a number of contenders, but I think Vermont has them all beat).

Chrome ad-blocker crackdown preview due late July. Here's a half-dozen reasons why add-on devs are still upset


Um, Safari. But, yes, on macOS and iOS only.

Amazon teases package drone, US civil rights folk want facial recog tech ban and AI carumba – YouTube!



I'm trying to figure out how parents 'unwittingly' post their home movies to YouTube. Do they do it in their sleep? Does their hand slip across the mouse and keyboard as they reach for their coffee cup and inadvertently execute the upload?

IBM to kill off Watson... Workspace from end of February


My mind is going, Dave. I can feel it.

Drones Bill said to be ready for world+dog's crayons 'this summer'


I guess I've been out of the loop for awhile. What does 'world+dog' mean?

How a QR code can fool iOS 11's Camera app into opening evil.com rather than nice.co.uk


Only mostly sucks, not totally

Interestingly, it seems that, if one uses the Camera app directly from the desktop, the resulting dialog does display the full URL at the bottom (this is with iOS 11.12), so one can see that it's a dodgy URL (by dragging down on the dialog). But if one activates Camera from the lock screen, it doesn't.

Unfortunately, the displayed URL is also accompanied by a view of the destination URL, which rather obviates the point of displaying the URL beforehand. So, not all that brilliant.


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