* Posts by Reg Reader 1

134 posts • joined 14 Mar 2019


China’s preferred Linux distro trumpets Arm benchmark results

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Re: Remind me

I agree with your sentiment, but...I don't think we in the west have become lazy and stupid on purpose. There's been cuts to educational spending since the early 1980s, at the least, and corporate owned politicians made it easy to move work to lower cost areas. This is laissez-faire (free market) capitalism at work.

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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I thought the evil portion was covered by Monopolist.

Openreach tells El Reg it'll kill off copper sales in 118 UK locations next year

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It's expensive to replace copper with Fiber, but once it has been replaced troubles incidents and repair go way down.

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things

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It's entirely possible that he was pandering to Trump for Political favour and maybe a Federal purchase of Tesla's or a favourable view of SpaceX and Starship, who knows. I have little doubt that he'd like the factory opened for production, but his wording was right off the Trump sound bite list it seems to me.

Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution

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TeX, LaTeX, ect... not hard to use and available on MS, Linux and BSD OSs.

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: And this is why the Aussies are on top of it

The problem with school children going back is that seems to be evidence that Covid-19 may present differently in the young than even people in their mid-teens and older. I think it is premature to to send children back to school, especially as the age group they are targeting will have little understanding of social distancing.

As I was typing this it occurred to me that sending the really young back and then enforcing social distance might really frighten them and leave with social anxiety, such as, fear of being near or touching others. That's a thing that could carry forward through their lives.

Uncle Sam courting Intel, TSMC to build advanced chip fabs on home soil – report

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Re: Er, Strategic Policy?

Great comment. I hadn't considered that issue for either Taiwan or Japan.

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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Re: Introduce DRIVE THRU Ballot drops

That's just about enough to wonder if mail in ballots are another reason he wants to kill the USPO. Could the GOP then make it too expensive, claim there is not enough security or other?

Planet Computers has really let things slide: Firm's third real-keyboard gizmo boasts 5G, Android 10, Linux support

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Re: Slip sliding away...

I used an "LG Rumor 2" for years. Loved that little phone with its great little slide out keyboard

That critical VMware vuln allowed anyone on your network to create new admin users, no creds needed

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Re: re: very unique

Very interesting and, perhaps, unique.

Guess what's heading to trial? IBM and its tactic of yoinking promised commissions after sales reps seal the deal

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IBM has nothing to worry about. They'll get it to the Supreme Court as fast as they can and if IBM have been "generous" to the Drumpf's the case will settle strongly in IBM's favour.

Voatz of no confidence: MIT boffins eviscerate US election app, claim fiends could exploit flaws to derail democracy

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Re: Who to believe?

You beat me to it.

MIT Profs/researchers did the testing and they are backed up by two other very good schools Profs/researchers. For these people to go out on a limb when they could lose their reputation and possibly positions if wrong. Why would the Profs from these prestigious institutions go out of their way to be wrong?

Voatz will lose money and contracts if their app isn't secure. Their software has been updated 27 times since the version this Prof. looked at. Updates are generally a good thing and can be used for a variety of reasons, but something as fundamental as voting needs to be done right before it's released. I'm not sure that's possible.

You, FCC, tell us again why cities are only allowed to charge rich telcos $270 to attach 5G tech to utility poles?

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There is a cost doing business and if a business is unwilling or unable to pay that cost it is either a bad business decision to proceed, a broken business model, or the business, itself, is unable to compete.

People seem to forget that "for profit business" is a risk. Businesses can make huge profits, if they succeed. No "for profit business" should be given government subsides or have costs, to that business, fixed by the government or any its agencies.

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But how does setting a price fit into the vaunted Capitalist marketplace? Surely anyone can charge what the market will pay. Probably a lot more in a large center and at least cost recovery in less populated areas.

Uncle Sam: Secretly spying on networks around the world without telling anyone, Huawei? But that's OUR job

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Wow, thanks for sharing that. It was very interesting.

Guess we have to do this the Huawei then: Verizon sued by Chinese giant for allegedly ripping off patented tech

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Re: I'm shocked

Although you are correct it is a different world now than during the Industrial Revolution. The speed at which IP can be stolen and the ease of espionage over the Internet make IP theft so much faster and possibly easier than it ever was. Then there are differences in how IP is perceived in China versus the Western World as well how foreign companies are treated in each country.

What my above statement boils down to is that Governments should have never let greedy Corps move manufacturing to lower cost centers. That stupidity is coming back to bite us even harder than it already has.

Astroboffins may have raged at Elon's emissions staining the sky, but all those satellites will be more boon than bother

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Re: Missing the point

Maybe the companies that own these satellites could be cajoled (forced by government) into putting a few astroboffin space type telescopes in orbit above the LEO satellites. It would be good PR and create good science.

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

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Well, it should be but the snipping tool freezes my work desktop to often to be useful while Paint never does.

BSOD Burgerwatch latest: Do you want fries with that plaintext password?

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Here's a linux kiosk distro.


I've tried their PC distro and liked it. I've never had a need for their kiosk distro.


Remember that 2024 Moon thing? How about Mars in 2033? Authorization bill moots 2028 for more lunar footprints

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Re: I note that the dates seem to match US Presidential Election cycles

but will Donny make his daughter heir or one of his sons?

Google security engineer says she was fired for daring to remind Googlers they do indeed have labor rights

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The whole Union vs non-Union thing is ridiculous. The scales are so tipped against workers and Unions, in NA, that it's a non-issue. Corporations outsource to companies, often created by "former" VPs, often out of country, to places where workers are an 1/8th or less of what we earn in NA. Then there's the medical coverage 'cause what'll you do, especially in the US, if you or a family member get sick and you don't have coverage, rhetorical question you go bankrupt and or die. Of course, just like with companies merging back into the mega Corps that were broken up in the early 1900s, we're seeing the rebuilding of the robber barons again. Free-market, Laissez-faire, capitalism.

Not only do workers need Unions those Unions need to have global reach. There is absolutely no reason a worker in Bangladesh, for instance, should be paid less than a worker in Silicon Valley, for the same work.

GlaxoSmithKline ditches IR35 contractors: Go PAYE or go home

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Re: Killing the Goose that lays the Golden Eggs

If I were cynical, I'd have to wonder if these new tax laws weren't designed to break the economy. Why?, you might ask. Well, the wealthy have their stuff paid for and are in control of the economic system anyway. So, by breaking what's there they get to grab back the little we Plebs have been able to gather together over the years since WW2.

It seems to me that there is a worldwide movement to the right and Fascism. It's not just these tax laws it appears that Governments everywhere are moving in this direction. If you were to guess that I am quite cynical you be correct and maybe left :)

We've heard of spam filters but this is ridiculous: Pig-monkey chimeras developed in a Chinese laboratory

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I'm no expert, but maybe two harams make a right. ;)

Huawei 5G kit in Faroe Islands: Chinese ambassador 'linked Huawei contract to ... trade deal' – report

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haha, love it

Two can play that game: China orders ban on US computers and software

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Re: Intellectual property

If you look at Bannon's rantings and see what Trump is doing it's almost like you can see a pattern. Putin>Bannon>Trump

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Re: The year of the Linux desktop

Or OpenBSD, I think, still hosted out of Canada which allows export of all that good crypto stuff. The "problem" with BSDs and to a much lesser extend Linux is having properly written drivers for the hardware, especially with really new equipment. I'm betting the Chinese Gov could make that happen for any OS they pick.

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Brilliant move by the Chinese. Every move Trump makes seems to benefit the Russians or the Chinese, it's a shame that Trump isn't as interested in helping those in the Western Hemisphere and Europe.

The Chinese never planned on allowing the West more market share than the Chinese required us to have. Now they probably have a reasonable replacement for Windows and all the hardware IP and manufacturing they need to supply their own HUGE market. While we in the West, have given up our IP and ability to manufacture to them; as well as, R&D momentum. All for greed on the Wests' part.

Here's a bit of Intel for you: Neri a day goes by that HPE doesn't feel CPU shortage pinch

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Re: Shortages

If I was a business in Taiwan I think I'd start building fully functional manufacturing plants in the EU and NA. That might increase TSMC, GlobalFoundries and AMD future prospects.

EU wouldn't! Uncle Sam brandishes 'up to 100%' tariffs over France's Digital Services Tax

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Re: Poor America, the shallow version

My problem with Globalization and Free Trade has always been that the increased economic strength that it has given to developing economies translates very little to the populace and that in countries where you can look after your family for an eighth of what is required in developed economies the cost of doing business in those developing economies is going to be much lower whether it's manufacturing, programming, business administration or whatever else you can think of. Companies that make their money in higher cost centers should not be allowed to outsource to or buy goods from any country that doesn't have equivalent pay, safety, or benefits of the developed economies or buy products from them. Interestingly, the aforementioned rules might preclude the US if the US keeps on its path. Sadly, for us in the populace, our countries no longer have the ability to complete important supply chains and getting that ability back will be difficult. Then there the whole problem of Corporations having bought tax laws from corrupt Politicians that, in effect, are enabling them to destroy the developed economies infrastructure, health care, and education systems.

We live in interesting times.

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Instead of targeting the US with tariffs I'd like to see countries confiscate all Trump foreign properties and bank accounts as proceeds of crime? 'cause let's face it that how Trump rolls and roles.

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Re: US labour laws = unfair competition

not only is that too many people in University but Universities are expected to graduate a huge number of those which then causes lower standards to pass enough people to meet the goals and for the University to acquire enough money to continue to run. My ex marked papers for a professor of hers. It was a second year course. many of the papers looked like they were written, printed and hardly legible, by a grade 7 or 8 student and she was expected to give many of those a passing grade. As a side note, I've met some foreign students who have Canadian University degrees and can hardly write in English, but that makes sense given my previous sentence. Of course, I've also met foreign students who were absolutely brilliant, but for Canadian Universities foreign student fees are a huge boon to their finances, so many pass who shouldn't, just like Canadian graduates.

In Canada, there is not enough money to run our primary and secondary schools properly, let alone fund higher education. Actually, as per our GDP there should be lots, but tax laws having been bought by corporations there isn't. That trend really got started in the 1980s.

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Re: US labour laws = unfair competition

It is well past time for tariffs on any country that doesn't provide equal pay, benefits and healthcare equal to those of Europe/ Canada etc. The developed economies are being bled dry by globalization that bought by Corporations through who I can only assume were dirty politicians.

Astroboffins baffled as Curiosity rover takes larger gasps of oxygen in Martian summers

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Re: Easy

and that is the one reason I have no cows in my yard!

One man's mistake, missing backups and complete reboot: The tale of Europe's Galileo satellites going dark

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Re: Doesn't inspire confidence....

@Paul Crawford "authority without responsibility", more than a little like Trump's White House and the people he has appointed, especially in the judiciary.

I thought I should point that out as the EU/ESA is taking a lot of, well deserved, flack; but, it is not a unique experience. A better example, in this case, might be NASA and their inability to produce rockets due to the pork required by the Congress and Senate to keep meaningful employment in certain geographic areas.

Open wide, very wide: Xerox considers buying HP. Yes, the HP that is more than three times its market cap

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Re: How are they going to fund it?

after which a Chinese company will buy what's left for any IP they may want and the names as those will still be know to consumers.

Cambridge boffins and Google unveil open-source OpenTitan chip – because you never know who you can trust

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Re: Applications could include...

I hope you are correct, but I suspect MS, Apple and IBM will push for that to be on all hardware. I'm very cynical and expect Big Corps love in with open source to change. They'll want to lock down which OSs can be installed on any equipment.

Comcast-owned Brit telco Sky to hire 1,000 new staffers, half of them engineers

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Re: They are not engineers

My wife, like me is a Technologist, and she decided to join a group of Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) which required her to write a test. I don't know if that's similar to what you did, but here she is still not considered an Engineer.

I do know that here, many of the Technologist programs are basically the equivalent of the first two years of an Engineering degree. This enables a Technologist to get an engineering degree with only a couple of years at University. Many Universities allow you move your credits directly to the related program. That is very helpful as Community College is often in your own town and the tuition is lower so you can start a degree that way.

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Re: They are not engineers

In Canada, Engineers have a University degree, Technologists (like me) have a two or three year, depending on whether you did a job placement College diploma and Technicians have a one year or less course.

Anyone in Canada claiming to be an Engineer needs to have the degree as being an Engineer brings with it responsibilities not required of the other groups mentioned above.

GraphQL a cut above the REST, say query lang's fans: Airbnb, Knotel, others embrace the tech

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Thanks for asking that question.

@Tom 38 and Unep Eurobats

Thanks for those explanations.

Just take a look at the carnage on Notepad++'s GitHub: 'Free Uyghur' release sparks spam tsunami by pro-Chinese

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Re: *Standing, thunderous, rowdy ovation*

Upvoted as you may be correct, but with China's social monitoring app, I forget what it's called, the Chinese gov can tell who's doing what. Extra credit for those who spam the western doubters. So, whether it's the Chinese gov sponsoring this or not it may be worthwhile for Chinese citizens to do things like this just to build a better social profile with their gov. That kind of makes this or any other spamming from China in support of their government sponsored by their gov.

Aviation's been Boeing through a rough patch: Software tweaks blamed for Airbus A220 failures

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Re: Just wondering

I was wondering the same thing. But in a world of unrestricted free market capitalism there is less or no governmental oversight. People will say to this that the market will sort itself out, but when there are only a few big players and they are all doing the same thing then there is little chance of change because there are no alternatives.

UK culture sec hints at replacing TV licence fee, defends encryption ban proposals and her boss in Hacker House inquiry

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Capitalism has a tendency toward monopoly and Fascism. There is no perfect system. The restrained Capitalism or Social Democracy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was the catalyst that built the middle class we know today and which is being steadily eroded by monopolies as the wealthy continue to buy political support and push politics further to the right.

Some fokken arse has bared the privates of 250,000 users' from Dutch brothel forum

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Re: Way to go El Reg

Great show :)

Ditch Chef, Puppet, Splunk and snyk for GitLab? That's the pitch from your new wannabe one-stop DevOps shop

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Re: Santayana

Ah, man

Oh cool, Alibaba's first home-grown AI chip. Oh wait, it's only for its own cloud servers... for now

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Re: Thank you, Trump..

I'd like to blame this on Trump but I think it is more to do with the failure of globalization. We can't outsource our manufacturing to other countries. Lower cost is great. Loss of jobs and control is not. Kudos to the Chinese though. They've grown a great high tech sector and economy on the backs of the greedy Corporations that pushed for globalization and all the outsourcing that followed.

German ministry hellbent on taking back control of 'digital sovereignty', cutting dependency on Microsoft

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Re: Do you want to be held hostage by Microsoft?

*possibly by design

Globalization! The wealthy have been able to keep many developed countries GDP high while causing job loss in the middle and lower economic middle classes. Job losses cause what you've described above and lower wages for just about everyone else and that pulls money away from the populaces ability to pay taxes which then hurts education, infrastructure, and healthcare. Decreased educational standards then continue the downward spiral.

Don't trust Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, boffins warn: Zuck & Co know that hash is king

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Re: I'd rather stick a fork in my eye....

My guess about this is that FB will have enough critical mass acceptance that it won't matter if a few don't use a service like this. There is also the possibility that a number of Govs or three letter agencies would bankroll this effort just see what the value of the data created they can get out of this payment scheme.

Lenovo ThinkPad X390: A trusty workhorse that means business but it's not without a few flaws

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"resolutely non-upgradeable 16GB of PC4-19200 DDR4 RAM" One of the reasons I've liked the ThinkPad series is that they've been upgradable in damn near every way. To be fair, I've used T-series. I guess this is a way to make a laptop obsolete without reducing build quality.

Microsoft Surface users baffled after investing in kit that throttles itself to the point of passing out

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I can barely believe that all of you who have previously commented missed the obvious fix. Remove the ability to check the CPU usage and speed. There! FIXED!

Science and engineering hit worst as Euroboffins do a little Brexit of their own from British universities

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Re: Brexit bollocks

The developed economies are screwed under Globalization. The wealthy aren't worried about that as the GDP of some nations, US and Canada, is growing, but taxation as a proportion of that is down and income to us Plebs is down or stagnant, while the income to the wealthiest is at all times new heights. Many Politicians from the 1970s to present should feel a great deal of shame, but I don't believe shame is part of a sociopaths/psychopaths make up.



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