* Posts by General Purpose

343 posts • joined 2 May 2018


Those screws on the Apple Watch Ultra are a red herring

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Re: Muppets

Never mind swimming, how about passing a watch under a cold tap (faucet in the US?). Round here, domestic water pressure's about 40m.

'Last man standing in the floppy disk business' reckons his company has 4 years left

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Re: "Extinct media still in demand"

They are functionally extinct. New floppies are no longer produced; never again will we hear the patter of tiny floppy feet.

Indian tech minister picks a fight with Wikipedia over cricketer's dropped catch

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Re: Definitely a CTO-type

You'd see the edit button if you logged in with an account that's been registered for the minimum number of days and made the minimum number of edits. That's the very low level of protection that's been applied to that article.

Cloudflare stops services to 'revolting' hate site

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It's a big world. I don't expect you to keep track of all websites hosting calls for attacks and whether they lead to actual attacks, whether in Belfast or elsewhere, but then again, I don't see why you'd assume that if you haven't heard of it, it's not happening.

Here's how 5 mobile banking apps put 300,000 users' digital fingerprints at risk

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Re: The other 2%

If hard-coding in the iOS app's exposed the data of all customers, regardless of whether the customer's using iOS, Android, or a desktop browser, maybe you shouldn't be relieved.

Tesla faces Autopilot lawsuit alleging phantom braking

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Hands on the wheel or off the wheel won't make any difference if the software suddenly slams on the brakes.

Doctor gave patients the wrong test results due to 'printer problems'

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The provided explanation, however, was sheer quackery.

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Re: Photocopier challange

Shouldn't you find out how to stop it before learning how to start it?

Shout-out to whoever went to Black Hat and had North Korean malware on their PC

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Re: Malware at Black Hat?

Does anyone knows how malware could detect being at an event like Black Hat? And if so, can we make all our servers look like they're at Black Hat?

Epson says ink pad saturation behind 'end of service life' warning on inkjet printers

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Re: Brother

The downvotes may be from people who know that HP stopped giving free Instant Ink with new printers in 2020.

They had announced they were ending free Instant Ink completely but eventually agreed to honour previous commitments and continue it for the existing printers of customers already on the program. https://www.theregister.com/2020/12/17/hp_reinstates_free_tier_printing_plan/

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Re: Brother

Inkjet cartridges are ridiculously expensive. Epson's Ecotank bottles seem a much better medium/longterm deal (the printers are more expensive) - unless of course the sponges fill up too soon anyway.

Keep your cables tidy. You never know when someone might need some wine

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Re: This is why

Quite. And in many companies (probably most large ones and of course all charities) the MD is another employee, not the owner.

Tech industry stuck over patent problems with AI algorithms

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Re: Patents Require People

Yes, in the US a team can make a joint application.

"[w]hen an invention is made by two or more persons jointly, they shall apply for patent jointly and each make the required oath, except as otherwise provided in this title. Inventors may apply for a patent jointly even though (1) they did not physically work together or at the same time, (2) each did not make the same type or amount of contribution, or (3) each did not make a contribution to the subject matter of every claim of the patent."


Solana, Phantom blame Slope after millions in crypto-coins stolen from 8,000 wallets

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Re: Again

Indeed, everyone who didn't get hacked this time now has proof that they themselves are much too smart.

Microsoft thinks there are people on 2G networks who want to use Outlook

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Re: "only 1GB RAM"

Don't cry, grandpa, please don't cry.

Surprise! The metaverse is going to suck for privacy

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Re: Cognitive Acuity ?

They could measure how quickly you respond to different stimuli and even your eye movements while taking in information. For example, if you often look at timetables or departure/arrival boards, do you generally dwell on them longer or more briefly than the general population? Do you keep looking back at the same information or move on?

Over time, that might tell us something about how quickly you take in information and about your short-term memory. Some collection of such data will probably turn out to indicate the onset and progress of dementia. Responses while drunk or drugged will probably be different too. It might take a lot of AIs chewing through a lot of data to find the reliable signals, but this is the 21st century.

Apple's secret car team tosses keys to Lamborghini lead

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After so long

"Just what we expect from the iGiant: Reasonably affordable, low margin, mass market technology"

It's a delight to see the Register be so positive about Apple.

Actual quantum computers don't exist yet. The cryptography to defeat them may already be here

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Re: Actual quantum computers don't exist yet

Mine's collapsed.

UK tribunal: App Store class action seeking up to $1.8b can continue

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Re: How did they come up with that value

The total seems to be a calculation of extra (excess) profit made by Apple through its App Store, mainly in terms of its return on capital employed and its weighted average cost of capital. That's then been divided by an estimated 19.6 million consumers who have made app-related purchases.

It might be interesting to check that by estimating how much the average user spends on or in apps, but the tribunal doesn't mention either side doing that. The tribunal's pretty clear that the calculations will be a matter for trial, not for deciding whether it can go to trial.

Running DOS on 64-bit Windows and Linux: Just because you can

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Re: Not Amazing

Ah, but I'm still pining for Quattro's linterp function.

You need to RTFM, but feel free to use your brain too

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Re: Check you can complete before you start

That makes another nice point. In documentation (as opposed to exams), if you're telling the reader to do something that's against expectations, abnormal or downright weird, say so. You'll reassure them, carry them with you, retain their confidence in TFM, and have a much better chance of avoiding that disaster!

Halfords suffers a puncture in the customer details department

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Re: Not only their problem - ?

The UK government makes the basics for any registration number freely available. https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax gives you vehicle's make and colour, year of manufacture, month of first registration, fuel type, cylinder capacity and more. https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk gives model, plus date, mileage and pass/fail for each test. There's enough there to allow a rough valuation.

AI's most convincing conversations are not what they seem

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Re: Chinese Room

Some brains think they drink, some drink but don't think they drink and some may not be drinking in a way we think of as drinking at all. At least, I think it's my round.

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Re: Chinese Room

Some brains think they think, some think but don't think they think and some may not be thinking in a way we think of as thinking at all. At least, I think that's what I think.

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Re: The whole article

AC, your comment was clearly written by someone who failed to read the entire article. Which is always the danger when rushing to get in first.

Atos CFO to follow CEO out the door following 'Evidian' split plans

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>Beancounter taking the helm: expect a bloody end for many employees;

No, merely Deputy CFO becoming CFO. Would you rather have a Chief Finance Officer who couldn't count beans?

How did you mourn Internet Explorer's passing?

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Outlook 2019 still loves IE11

Outlook 2019 sometimes offers "if there are problems with how this message is displayed, click here to view it in a we browser" That produces an .mht file.

Set those to open in Edge and I see plain text only – even the links are plain and nonfunctional. Set IE11 as the default (in W10 21H2 fully updated) and IE11 springs to life and opens it very nicely, thank you.

SpaceX staff condemn Musk's behavior in open letter

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Re: This is what late stage Elon looks like

>Maybe it's walking around the house in Kleenex boxes

Kleenex boxes or Kleenex boxers?

Asking for a friend.

How one techie ended up paying the tab on an Apple Macintosh Plus

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Re: Manual page numbering

Also, if Word's being extremely daft or simply for peace of mind, paste into Notepad and if that looks OK, copy the Notepad version into Word. Because sometimes I just want to get on with it.

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The user had discovered that when one line was full, tabbing would move the cursor to the start of a new line.

Mechanical typewriters didn't automatically move to the next line. Users had to operate the carriage return lever to return the paper carriage to its start position, which was usually set to perform a line feed too.

There are demonstrations beginning at approximately 1:46.

Next major update of Windows 11 prepares for launch

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Little Endian, Big Endian

I think it works better if you move the ending to the beginning and stick an apologetic "only" in the middle.

"Until Sept 5th, 2022, Windows 11, version 22H2 based systems may ship with drivers that have only achieved compatibility with Windows 11, version 21H2."

Taser maker offers electric-shock drones to stop school shootings

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Re: Causes

Heh - quite right!

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Re: Causes

Pascal, you cited a Wikipedia article that's specifically restricted to school shootings from 2000 onwards. There were many school shootings before then and there have been many other mass shootings before 2000 too. I would have thought you'd have heard of some.

Does the name George Banks ring a bell, or the University of Texas Tower shooting? Perhaps something like the San Diego McDonalds massacre was too commonplace, but surely you know the term "going postal" sprang from actual events such as the Edmond killing of 14 postal workers by a colleague in 1986?

It didn't take the internet for "wackos" to discover "there were a lot of other wackos out there"; the United States used to have a thriving newspaper industry that covered many such events extensively and 1999's Columbine School massacre was even the subject of a Roger Moore documentary. Some weren't so widely reported, true; it's only recently there's been much coverage of the killing of tens or hundreds in Tulsa on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when a whole bunch of killers didn't feel "alone, isolated".

I don't think you can blame the internet for something that happened a hundred and one years ago.

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Re: Causes

Shootings did not "start in 2000". When you read that Wikipedia article, you didn't notice

"19th and 20th centuries : Main article: List of school shootings in the United States (before 2000)"

Warning: that list of school shootings before 2000 is very long, and it's incomplete.

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Re: And the problem continues to be

We need all the non-violent people to have guns so they can perma-ban the violent people, and the people that look like they might be violent, and the people that might stop the non-violent people having guns, and the ones that are trying to destroy our country, and the ones that did us wrong.

The next time your program is 'not responding,' (do not) try these steps

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Re: That joke is international

One of the sheep was black.

Smart homes are hackable homes if not equipped with updated, supported tech

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Worldwide, at any given moment,



Microsoft sounds the alarm on – wait for it – a Linux botnet

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Re: The next generation will attempt to port the kernel to Javascript...

>or the name of his wife. Sometimes with 1 and an esclamation mark at the end.

That's to indicate she's his first wife. Complete password changes cost alimony.

Safari is crippling the mobile market, and we never even noticed

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Any examples?

Are there any examples of sites that run much better in Android phone browsers than on iPhones under Webkit?

Sure, most will be written to run the same on both and not take advantage of extra capabilities. But it would be great if someone, somewhere, provided some demonstration (or better yet, some usefully functioning site) of this article's central plank.

Your snoozing iOS 15 iPhone may actually be sleeping with one antenna open

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Do you think switching off "Find My Network" turns off all lower-power-mode (LPM) functionality such as low-power Bluetooth, near-field communications (NFC) and ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity?

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Re: It appears to be difficult

I don't think they actually ban mobiles/cellphones in the National Radio Quiet Zone, there just aren't any transmitters for them to connect to.

US cops kick back against facial recognition bans

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Even low-paid people quit if they can't stand the working conditions – "you're not paying me enough for this s***".

Oracle really does owe HPE $3b after Supreme Court snub

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Re: First Amendment

More from that application: "HP’s expert ... claimed that HP suffered damages owing to market uncertainty resulting from both (1) Oracle’s March 2011 announcement that it would stop offering future software versions on Itanium, and (2) Oracle’s August 2012 announcement that it would appeal the court’s Phase I ruling."

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Re: First Amendment

IANAL and I haven't kept track but it seems Oracle argued they were being penalised for appealing.

It's all very convoluted but this bit from Oracle's application to the Supremes seems key: "Oracle argued, among other things, that the damages calculation by HP’s expert was predicated in part on Oracle’s announced intent to appeal the trial court’s ruling, which effectively penalized Oracle for exercising its rights under the Petition Clause."

The Petition Clause of the First Amendment protects, they said, their right to petition the courts (appeal) without being penalised.

Cars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests

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Re: Cyclists are road users, too

> you've got to ask yourself how the cyclist got into this situation

That's a picture of one of the test runs. They're testing the car's response to intersection, not who's in the right, which direction has priority, which road user has what level of training, or how heavily armoured anyone is.

Of the three vehicles tested, one never noticed the dummy cyclist on an intersecting trajectory. It's not that it braked too late, or didn't swerve enough, or anything like that. It repeatedly failed to detect the cyclist, to throw up any detection alert, or brake. It struck the cyclist every time.

Conditions, speeds and distances were sufficient for other vehicles to respond. One was very consistent, one wasn't, but the Subaru Forester failed every time. You can't excuse that by asking questions about whether the test dummy was careful enough or having a go at cyclists generally, or declaring that you "have a pedal cycle".

September 16, 1992, was not a good day to be overly enthusiastic about your job

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Or the football club's owner: "Win this one, lads, and next season we'll be playing in the [] league and can get some proper players!"

Elon Musk 'violated' Twitter NDA over bot-check sample size

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> Interesting how he differentiates the public from "real people" isn't it.

He doesn't. Why do you say he does?

Pictured: Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way

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Re: Pronounciation

"Telescopes" is fine. Observatories may have one or several telescopes, which may be radio telescopes, optical telescopes, infra-red telescopes and so on.



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