* Posts by Reg Reader 1

157 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Mar 2019


Taiwan chip magnate pledges cash for defense against China: 'I'm telling everyone to oppose the CCP'

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Wow, the Russian's and the Chinese sure like to talk about having nukes. So, do many other countries, so why it is that totalitarian regimes have to bring up that they have nukes all the time. I think it's small man syndrome.

Japan reverses course on post-Fukushima nuclear ban

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Re: Wind and solar

There are reactor designs that don't require any amount of water or outside coolant. Those hadn't been actively developed for years because Governments went with plants that make it easy to produce bi-product that could be turned into weapons more easily. The other types are now, better late than never, being researched with the hope building the soon, in terms of nuclear reactors .

NASA has MOXIE, but rivals reckon they can do better for oxygen on Mars

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Re: Yawn

Thanks, that was an interesting article :)

Apple to compel workers to spend '3 days a week' in the office

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Re: Don't know what they're talking about

The company I work for has just mandated my group back one day a month. I'll be curious to see if I have any monitors, a keyboard, or a mouse to hook my mini up to when I get there, let alone a decent chair. If the new environment can't meet proper ergonomic requirements I'll be heading home.

If there are no monitors, or no keyboard, or no mouse I might just plug in and stay. I can say I did what I could with what was there and wonder around catching up with people I haven't seen for couple of years.

Intel, Amazon, and SpaceX asked to tuck into DARPA's Space-BACN

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I understand that this could be a huge contract, but why would Spacex want to work with other satellite or rocket companies? Spacex seems to be so far ahead they'd have to be careful not to pass companies their information. So, then will DARPA not be getting the best from Spacex?

Putin threatens supply chains with counter-sanction order

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Re: You want to play hardball?

That was a very interesting lecture. Thanks for sharing that.

Apple engineers complain of hostile work environment to US labor watchdog

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Re: Is it just me ?

You beat me to mention wage slave. The whole system since at least the late 1970s has been moved in that direction.

Senators urge US trade watchdog to look into whether Tesla may just be over-egging its Autopilot, FSD pudding

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Re: I am kind of surprised...

I wonder if Tesla knows of a satellite company with enough presence to be able to deliver accurate enough GPS?

and I didn't know this, for sure, until I googled it but Starlink does.


Lessons have not been learned: Microsoft's Modern Comments leave users reaching for the rollback button

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Re: The best product doesn't always win

wordperfect, paradox and, quattro pro were wonderful in the mid-90s, better than Microsoft's office tools by a long shot. I haven't used them since, sadly.

Unihertz Titan Pocket: Like asking Mum for a BlackBerry and she tells you 'but we've got a BlackBerry at home'

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I'd love a side slide about the size of the old LG Rumour 2. I thought that had a great physical keyboard and they use use the whole of the top section as a screen and, of course, there are many other possible updates.

The Starship has landed. Latest SpaceX test comes back to Earth without igniting fireballs

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Re: Coming in high

4:20 makes sense as those did go quite high, too

Sucks to be you, any aliens living anywhere near Proxima Centauri's record-smashing solar flare

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Re: Proxima Centauri is a glimpse of our own future

well, that is too bad!

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Re: move the Earth to a higher orbit,

Moving the Earth out of the soot zone is a great idea, but would being farther away from the increase the chances that Earth would be it by asteroids?

God bless this mess: Study says UK's Christian beliefs had 'important' role in Brexit

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Re: Correlation or causation?

Same reason that Trump is popular in the US.

Who'd have thought the US senator who fist pumped Jan 6 insurrectionists would propose totally unworkable anti-Big Tech law?

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Re: Disagree

My contention with having to show ID to vote is OK if the government has made an appropriate ID free to all and easy to attain for everyone. So, you them must include those who have difficulty leaving their abode or getting to a place where they be provided with that appropriate ID. Of course, any government with the goal of voter suppression, like is being conducted in many States, is not going to do that and even if they do provide the ID the acts of decreased polls and polling hours in particular areas still acts as a massive deterrent. The GOP/Republicans know this very well and know that's the only way they win federally and in many case in particular states.

I think much of the problem with American voting goes back to defunding schools since the 1970s and other important issues, but that's just me :)

Salesforce: Forget the ping-pong and snacks, the 9-to-5 working day is just so 2019, it's over and done with

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Employees need Unions. I'm in one and since the pandemic we've been working from home. I work from 9AM 'til 6PM Monday through Friday, my choice as we have start times as early as 7AM and half hour or hour lunches. I rarely take OT, which would be evenings or weekends at and increased pay rate. Almost always someone in my group will pick up the OT, otherwise I will do it as I understand business does need to keep rolling.

When I logout of my computer I'm done until I log back in. No evening, late night, or weekend phone calls, although that is optional for those who may want additional, unscheduled OT. Of course, I'm starting to wind down my career and most in my group are mid or early career.

We'll explore Titan with a methane submarine, a methane submarine, a methane submarine...

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Re: At -179C

and i really wish I had a deep enough understand of the issue to work on that project :)

Somebody's Russian to meddle with UK coronavirus vaccine efforts, but GCHQ won't take it lying down

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"Public statements from Russian officials should mostly be taken with a pinch of salt; they often accuse others of doing what they themselves are guilty of."

Coincidentally ( ;) ), this described Trump's modus operandi.

What a time for a TITSUP*: Santander down and out on pre-Bank Holiday payday

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and like in any big business it doesn't have to be positive change, just change. Makes me wonder about their solvency, what if they didn't want large moving around until after the end of the month?

Whoa-o BlackBerry, bam-ba-lam: QWERTY phone had a child. 5G thing's newly styled

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Re: The sliders never had decent keyboards

My little old LG Rumour 2 had a decent side slide keyboard, limited as it was. Surely, they can beat that these days.

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I hope it's a side slide. They're thicker for sure but the keyboards are wonderful.

USA decides to cleanse local networks of anything Chinese under new five-point national data security plan

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YES! I find it interesting how products from other countries can be an issue for compromise yet there is no call for Corporation to bring jobs back. Weird eh? (ya, I'm Canadian)

Google extends homeworking until this time next year – as Microsoft finds WFH is terrific... for Microsoft

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Move at away from your work computer

I've been loving working from home, which is new to my employer and pandemic caused. Something our employer did was send each of us home with our work desktop and monitors. This way in the morning I log into that and at the end of the day log out and walk the ~20 feet to my laptop for personal use.

I mention this because above commenters have mentioned never getting away from their work. You need to get away from your work. Once in a while you can put a big drive on and put in extra time but people burnout when that becomes a way of life.

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.

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.