* Posts by Negative Charlie

40 posts • joined 8 Apr 2019

Quick thinking and an explanation for everything – key CTO qualities

Negative Charlie

> beer chocolate

Thank you. Now I know what I want for Christmas.

Who watches the watchers? Samsung does so it can fling ads at owners of its smart TVs

Negative Charlie

Re: Good reason not to upgrade

> Only thing we can do is to get Netflix, cancel TV and use ad blockers.

I think I just got advertized at.

Did this airliner land in the North Sea? No. So what happened? El Reg probes flight tracker site oddity

Negative Charlie

Re: I blame the following, in this order...

It's never DNS.

The power of Bill compels you: A server room possessed by a Microsoft-hating, Linux-loving Demon

Negative Charlie

Re: Not met a demon

> 16 bit centi-second timer ... rolled over at 37.9259259 days

Your bits may be bigger than mine, but a 16-bit centisecond timer would roll over at 655.36 seconds. Most people would notice if their computer blue-screened every eleven minutes.

I won't be ignored: Google to banish caller roulette with Verified Calls

Negative Charlie

Re: But ...

> if you know the location of Santa, Shirley you can't know if he exists?

If you know where he is then he definitely exists, but you can't be sure how fast he's going.

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

Negative Charlie

Re: reply later

> User A purchases a phone from Apple. User A can't install an application from Vendor B unless Vendor B gives Apple a 30% cut?

Then Vendor B increases their price by 42% and User A switches to a 'droid. Everyone wins - at least, everyone who matters.

There's always a coronavirus angle these days: Honor intros new smartphone with built-in temperature sensor

Negative Charlie

Re: Way ahead of you - and now behind

> It's bin night tonight, highlight of my week ... It's the closest I get to sex now.

Now here's a little story. To tell it is a must.

No more installing Microsoft's Chromium-centered Edge by hand: Windows 10 will do it for you automatically

Negative Charlie

Re: Everyone has it as default

You don't need Windows to be bundled with a browser at all since it already has a package manager (of sorts) - the Microsoft Store.

If all the commonly-used browsers were made available through the Store then Microsoft could save themselves the trouble of developing their own and concentrate on more important stuff.

Too obvious?

Bite me? It's 'byte', and that acronym is Binary Interface Transfer Code Handler

Negative Charlie

Jesus swept what?

Negative Charlie

> French would have is as a "machine for displaying digital information" or some such.

But it would be pronounced "le logic analyser".

Forget BYOD, this is BYOVM: Ransomware tries to evade antivirus by hiding in a virtual machine on infected systems

Negative Charlie

Re: Good idea

It's not the craziest way to get Linux on the Desktop.

Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much

Negative Charlie

> Coffee ... cannot be consumed in the quantities required for refreshment.

It certainly can, but you might need to alternate coffee with water to prevent the "drink a pint and pee a quart" phenomenon from leaving your body entirely without moisture. (A pint is, of course, a perfectly reasonable size for a coffee mug.)

And there are things you can do with coffee to make it more palatable - Irish coffee is a lot nicer than Irish tea.

Driveway karaoke singer who wanted to lift lockdown spirits cops council noise complaint

Negative Charlie

Re: It's a variation of Tragedy of the Commons.

> she took to yelling "looser!"

I'm almost 100% certain that she didn't, for the obvious orthographic reason.

Twitter sticks a beak in, Clippy-style: Are you sure you want to set your account alight with that flame?

Negative Charlie

Re: "the microblogging anger echo chamber"

> the intentionally-insulting phrase "sky friend"

It's not intentionally insulting - that's the polite version.

Give us a reason... not to buy a new handset? Samsung back-ports Galaxy S20 photo features to Galaxy 10 range

Negative Charlie

Re: "the ability to create customer photo filters"

> The amount of errors in articles

Shouldn't that be "The number of errors in articles"?

Cops charge prankster who 'corona-coughed' on aged officer and had it filmed

Negative Charlie

Re: "the woman police officer was 71 years old"

> What kind of barbaric country requires people to work when they should be retired ?

What kind of barbaric country requires people to retire when they want to work?

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

Negative Charlie

MacGyver's approach was to start with an empty bag and a Swiss army knife and then pick up additional things during the mission, a technique brilliantly emulated by a former colleague who successfully backpacked out two servers in the week before redundancies hit.

It has been 15 years, and we're still reporting homograph attacks – web domains that stealthily use non-Latin characters to appear legit

Negative Charlie

Re: A þorny problem, to be sure

A Møøse once bit my sister.

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash

Negative Charlie

Re: Tesla never said it's driverless

> You've got 27R & 27L or 09R & 09L depending on the wind.

Depending on which way you're facing, surely? Otherwise both runways would disappear on calm days and the departure lounges would get very crowded.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago

Negative Charlie

Re: Hybrid children watch the sea


So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

Negative Charlie

Re: Pop music

> The sign needs to say "If you pressed this button once, do it again."

Not bad for a Minimal Viable Product, but for version 1.1 you need something like: "If you pressed this button an odd number of times, press it another odd number of times, THEN STOP."

This isn't Boeing very well... Faulty timer knackers Starliner cargo capsule on its way to International Space Station

Negative Charlie

Re: Can't help thinking...

"It was the only one we have lost out of a production build of 1,000, so that is a 99.99% success rate"

Er... 99.9%, I think.

Please tell us which aircraft you've been involved in designing so that we can make an informed choice about how to travel. Personally, I'll stick with Boeing.

If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is: Nobody can decrypt the Dharma ransomware

Negative Charlie

Re: Sign me up!

A true BOFH would collect the fee first, then confirm the infection.

Hyphens of mass destruction: When a clumsy finger meant the end for hundreds of jobs

Negative Charlie

Re: SCO Unix

"I'm fairly certain that everyone who has ever used *nix in anger"


Anyone who's ever used Unix has used it in anger.

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

Negative Charlie

So what's poor johnsmith@gmail.com done to have his name leaked in this story?

That time Windows got blindsided by a ball of plasma, 150 million kilometres away

Negative Charlie

That takes me back to the happy days when we made our phototransistors by taking a hacksaw to a box of BC107s. Just as every tool is a hammer, every junction is a photojunction if you treat it right.

Justice served: There is no escape from the long server log of the law

Negative Charlie

Re: Surely...

Only putting the name Brent Cross on a station that is actually in Brent Cross would be like only putting the name London Airport on airports within two hours' drive of London.

Anatomy of an attack: How Coinbase was targeted with emails booby-trapped with Firefox zero-days

Negative Charlie

Re: Discovered 'simoultaneosly', or leaked?

So you'd favour "open source with a few secret bits", then? I think I can see a possible downside to that.

The seven deadly sins of the 2010s: No, not pride, sloth, etc. The seven UI 'dark patterns' that trick you into buying stuff

Negative Charlie

There's no need to teach your kids buyer cynicism if you've already taught them the regular kind. A time saver all round.

There's a reason why my cat doesn't need two-factor authentication

Negative Charlie

Re: A pretty simple concept really:

So every time you go to the lavatory there, it is vitally important to get a receipt?

Help the Macless: Apple’s iPadOS is a huge update that will enable more people to do without a Mac... or a PC

Negative Charlie

"Voice control is only active when you are looking at the screen, as detected by the front camera."

More unconscious ableism from Apple - actively discouraging blind users from one of the features most useful to them.

Supra smart TVs aren't so super smart: Hole lets hackers go all Max Headroom on e-tellies

Negative Charlie

"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity."

Isn't it lovely when life imitates art?

That's a hell of Huawei to run a business, Chinese giant scolds FedEx after internal files routed via America

Negative Charlie

"We value all of our customers who entrust more than 15m packages a day with us"

But anyone sending fewer than 15,000,000 packages a day can expect random search and seizure?


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