* Posts by BigSLitleP

307 posts • joined 13 Jun 2018


Chinese ambassador to UK threatens to withdraw Huawei, £3bn investment if comms giant banned from building 5G

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Re: Generally, the Reg does a better job

Considering both "orange man bad" and "climate change bad" are accurate statements, i'm not really sure what your issue is?

Also, your post name seems accurate.

Amazon's auditing of Alexa Skills is so good, these boffins got all 200+ rule-breaking apps past the reviewers

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Re: You lied

I have an Alexa because i was given one. It sits in the kitchen, usually unplugged. We use as a speaker in the kitchen, quite often plugged in with an audio jack from an old mp3 player.

It's a good speaker, we don't really use it as a smart speaker and a lot of it's functionality is turned off. Would i buy one? Probably not.

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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Re: Nowadays Macs don't look different than PCs

The iPod was a terrible piece of kit. The sound from it was awful and you could buy much better bits of kit for less. It is exactly what i'm talking about.

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Re: Nowadays Macs don't look different than PCs

I'm not going to argue about the OS. I think most people agree that Apple's OS is pretty strong.

Their hardware though has always been over designer, under powered and way more expensive than it needed to be. It really does come with.... i'll say "cool tax" rather than what is usually used around here. Anybody remember the $1000 monitor stand?

Amazon assembles team of boffins, devs, project managers and more to figure out mass coronavirus testing

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Maybe they should research.....

How to not treat their employees like crap instead? Or how about paying their tax bill correctly?

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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"We don't want to do as we're told!"

I'm not used to feeling like El Reg has lost the plot, but what the fsck is going on here? People are dying and you guys are moaning because idiots are gathering and being told off by the police? Are you serious?

In order to help slow down the spread of the disease, we're being asked to not travel and not form large groups. Yes, some of the forces have been a little over-zealous (telling shop owners what they can stock, stopping people from exercising even though that's clearly allowed in the fricking rules), there are people out there being stupid. Night before last, someone decided to hold a street party. My wife is a doctor. Several people on my street are nurses. We don't need that kind of stupidity. You better believe we called the police and had that party dispursed.

This thing is not a joke. Start acting like adults. Maybe next time, get a Brit to write the story instead. Americans don't seem to know what they are doing at the moment.

Cloudflare family-friendly DNS service flubs first filtering foray: Vital LGBTQ, sex-ed sites blocked 'by mistake'

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Re: Boo hoo!

Sorry grandpa, but we don't whip the slaves anymore either.

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"Cultural Marxism is destroying western societies.

At the end of the day 99.999% of humans are XX or XY. Simples biological fact innit."

Cultural marxism is not a thing.

Please provide verifiable evidence to back up your second statement.

Ignorance is destroying western societies.

Lack of education innit.

IBM veep partly blamed Sopra Steria for collapse of £155m Co-Op Insurance Agile project

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Re: Agile project

Looks like you got a downvote from someone that doesn't understand Agile methodology

Supply, demand and a scary mountain of debt: The challenges facing IT as COVID-19 grips the global economy

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Yet you still came in here and made a comment on your closed tab......

What's inside a tech freelancer's backpack? That's right, EVERYTHING

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Re: unpacking order...

No, he didn't

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Re: "my backpack can weigh between 8 and 14kg"

I'd rather use a company provided phone so that i when i drop it in to a waste sewerage tank, i don't care.

There's no Huawei we're taking this lying down: Chinese mobe maker denies US govt racketeering charges

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Re: There's more than a touch of racism in here

I'll back this up. The UK's racism is a bit more subtle than the USAs but it still runs pretty deep. I've lived all across our green and pleasant land. Strangely, it tends to be against different ethnicities depending on where you are at the time.

If you're wondering how Brit cops' live suspect-hunting facial-recog is going, it's cruising at 88% false positives

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Re: By all means be against facial recognition but please stop getting the maths wrong.

Your maths falls apart when you realise that we don't know how many people walked past the camera that were actually wanted criminals. It found 1. In 7000 people. Stats tells me it missed a lot more than it found.

Also, we're arguing against using actual numbers and not your hypothetical "terrorist" numbers. The 87.5% false positive stat came from the fact that out of 8 people ID'd by the system, only one was an actual criminal. Using your own rubbish example, that would be it shouting "TERRORIST" 100 times and 87 of those being non-terrorists.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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That is why, Ensign, we do not eye ball it.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign

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Re: Sigh.

Actually you can be charged with "Driving without reasonable consideration for other road users (penalty code CD30)" which can carry a maximum of 9 points on your licence and a fine of up to £5k.

Bada Bing, bada bork: Windows 10 is not happy, and Microsoft's search engine has something to do with it

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I'm going to get mega-downvoted for this but i cannot stand Classic Shell. It is the ugliest, naffest thing i've seen. I uninstall it every time i find it on a machine. Time to learn new things rather than trying to go back to the way things were.

This AI is full of holes: Brit council fixes thousands of road cracks spotted by algorithm using sat snaps

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Re: AI 101

It's possible i may have had a different username attached to a now defunct email address :)

Or I'm a very advanced 4 year old. Either is possible.

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Re: AI 101

I fell down this rabbit hole 5 hours ago and i haven't hit the bottom yet. This stuff is amazing! And deranged. Mostly deranged, but still i can't put it down!

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Re: AI 101

I can understand amanfrommars perfectly well. Sometimes too well and then i wonder if i'm losing my mind. I've been around the site for a few years. By few, i mean half my lifetime. :)

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Re: AI 101


Is this site written in a language that i don't understand? I keep reading it, it looks English but i just can't parse about half the sentences.

Infor is now a Koch company: Megacorp swallows cloud ERP outfit after investing billions in early-stage funding

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Sadly degenerated? Their politics was never on the positive side of life. It hasn't gotten worse, just changed colours.

It's been one day since Blighty OK'd Huawei for parts of 5G – and US politicians haven't overreacted at all. Wait, what? Surveillance state commies?

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"lack of political diversity."

What, you mean like the US with it's right wing party and it's even more right wing party?

Glass houses, bud.

UK to Chinese telecoms giant: From 5G in Tiree to the Isles of Ebony, carry me on the waves… Sail Huawei, sail Huawei, sail Huawei

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Re: There is still very little "intelligence" in so called A.I., even after 50 years.

The answer is obvious:

The chef was a prostitute. John is a Panda. He ate, shoots, and leaves.

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program

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Re: Why not save money and not have a border all together?

Yup. We should get rid of nations as well. And currency. And companies.

Now we just need to figure out what to replace them with....

Curse of Boeing continues: Now a telly satellite it built may explode, will be pushed up to 500km from geo orbit

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Re: Somewhat surreal

I think Newton missed a trick here. When he invented gravity, he should have patented it in the US!. just imagine how much money he'd have now! As he was a Brit though, i agree with the whole "we own everything that falls down" bit. Just think of what we could get! We'd own colder temperatures in winter, tree leaves, litter, rain............ oh. That's Britain already, isn't it?

Protestors in Los Angeles force ICANN board out of hiding over .org sale – for a brief moment, at least

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Re: There is no government mandate

"This is a typical response by those who don't actually undertand how the Internet or ICANN works"

......does he realise where he's posting this or is he completely clueless? Also, because i feel like being "that guy", if you are going to attempt to insult people, check your spelling.

'I am done with open source': Developer of Rust Actix web framework quits, appoints new maintainer

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Re: Not just open source

It doesn't sound like you like to work on a team. It sounds like you like to moan about other people and not look at yourself.

Microsoft engineer caught up in sudden spate of entirely coincidental grilling of Iranian-Americans at US borders

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Re: And the consequenques fo failing to act?

Scientology does this too, are you going to start cracking down on their movements?

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Re: And the consequenques fo failing to act?

Not my government, buddy. My government isn't as stupid as yours and doesn't go round kicking over anthills like the neighbourhood bully. This is your own citizens that we are talking about. People that have lived and worked and even advanced your country, yet you are persecuting them simply because of their origins.

This is why America is such a joke to the rest of the world. Absolutely shameful. We ought to build a wall around your entire country so that you can only endanger yourselves.

GCHQ: A cyber-what-now? Rumours of our probe into London Stock Exchange 'cyberattack' have been greatly exaggerated

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It's no wonder you posted as AC....... I wouldn't want to be associated with this dumbass comment either.

Senior health tech pros warn NHS England: Be transparent with mass database trawl or face public backlash

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Re: OK here's an analytical observation that could be considered "low-hanging fruit"

By definition, if you are drinking a lot of booze you are buying a lot of booze. That is one of the highest taxed products in the UK. That means you are paying higher taxes than those of us that do not.


Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan

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Artwork on Cardboard

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Re: another 'Google is Evil' example

"Isn't El Reg a climate change denier? Hard to keep that stance and harp on about "the environment" and "sustainability" at the same time."

You got downvoted because that is not a genuine question. That is you attacking. Everyone that has read The Register for longer than five minutes knows they post a lot of articles supporting climate change.

"Trump supporters? ;-) "

You also got downvoted for this. Insulting people that downvote you is childish.

Cool 'joke', bro, you could have killed someone: Epilepsy Foundation sics cops on sick flashing-light Twitter trolls

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"I'm sure I have never seen a game where you could read "this could cause epilepsy"."

Then you weren't paying attention as it was in most of the game manuals since the early 90s.

Also, for the "on what grounds" part, this person was targeting a group of individuals in order to cause harm........

Come on (not "common", notice) man, engage brain before fingers.

Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing

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Re: Science ? Really ?

Nope, it's not asking questions that held us back. It may not be the most important question in the world, but it's still a question and it's still an advancement of knowledge.

And if you want to get snotty about it, it's actually a good test of flow dynamics in a sealed vacuum.

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Re: Who in their right minds ...


You can't test a can of beer unless you buy a can of beer. Buying a keg doesn't really help....

Space Force is go, go, go! Because we have a child as President of the United States

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Re: Where is the science in this?

Point on the Trump doll where Kieren hurt you.

And then there were two: HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy

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Re: Bloody Shambles

I once lead a team of engineers on a project for HMG. We switched to a new project manager who then asked for a list of staff and their job titles with a description of what they did. When the list was sent round, i saw my name with a title and description of "Team Manger, problem solver". Considering it was one of my underlings that wrote the list, i was pretty chuffed with myself :)

I take and ask for advice from people that are above and below me in the pay grades. My job is to keep the wheels turning, not get snobby about where the info comes from.

Mozilla locks nosy Avast, AVG extensions out of Firefox store amid row over web privacy

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As Limp Bizkit once sang....

She did it all for the Wookie, c'mon, the wookie, c'mon, so you can take that cookie, and stick it up your

BBC tells Conservative Party to remove edited Facebook ad featuring its reporters

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Re: Ha

Evidence of stated "facts" or GTFO

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

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Re: It's an insect...It fell off the rover

If it fell off a Rover, it was probably a gearbox.

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Re: 20/20

As a lover of whiskey, i find this is 100% true. I always feel happy and warm and not drunk and then some git decides to start spinning my bed around when i lie down on it. I find this massively unfair.

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Re: No oxygen

Mars comes from a can

It was put there by a man

In a factory in


Where's the money, Lebowski?! UK data watchdog says £7m in fines unpaid since 2015

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Unlikley to get paid by the liquidators....

I can't see Keurboom Communications paying their fine as they are in liquidation. Looks like the directors all ran away after they got hit with the fine. A case of "take the money and run".

Iran kills the internet for its people's own good as riots grip the Middle Eastern nation

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Re: A nationwide internal internet.




No? I'm not even a Corbynite but know this is fearmongering at it's best. Please don't tell me you back the blonde haired liar, who is legally allowed to be called a liar in public as he has been found guilty of lying by the courts?

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Re: that foreign elements were behind it

I can't decide which country you are talking to.........

That's a bad thing, right? I can think of a lot of countries that fit the description you gave.

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Re: For All Our Sakes

If you think the current models are based on faked data, you are part of the problem.

Apple's latest keyboard travels back in time to when they weren't crap

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Re: I'm working on a design for the most unrepairable laptop...

Not being mean but Apple have whole design teams dedicated to making their laptops unrepairable. What makes you think you can join their illustrious team?

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Re: idiotMagnet as long as Memory and Storage not modular

Sounds to me like someone has money to burn, which is probably why they bought a macbook.....



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