* Posts by Negative Charlie

68 posts • joined 8 Apr 2019


Is it OK to use stolen data? What if it's scientific research in the public interest?

Negative Charlie

Re: when is collected data stolen?

"Road Signs are generally not found in print"

In my experience they're always found in print. Very large print.

Nothing works any more. Who decided that redundant systems should become redundant?

Negative Charlie

Re: Recent CCTV footage from a laundrette in France...

That would never happen in Britain:


Linus Torvalds admits to 'self-inflicted damage' with -Werror as Linux 5.15 rc1 debuts

Negative Charlie

Let me get this straight. You wrote some bad code that the compiler didn't like, so you then wrote some worse code to get around the warning but the compiler didn't like that either. And it's the compiler's fault?

Not criticising, just trying to understand.

Windows 11 will roll out from October 5 as Microsoft hypes new hardware

Negative Charlie

Common sense & Norton? I think you're allowed one or the other, but not both.

Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' with a pair of 32-core AMD Epyc chips, 1TB RAM, 510TB disk space

Negative Charlie

Re: Engineering approximation

A real engineer can approximate anything to 3.

Google fixes 'Chromebork' one-character code typo that prevented Chrome OS logins

Negative Charlie

I'm surprised that any code like this could have compiled without any warning or been reviewed without someone spotting how fragile it is.

Does nobody use Lint any more?

Still, it moved fast and broke things so that's OK.

Jeff Bezos names the fourth person for the first New Shepard flight: Wally Funk

Negative Charlie

Look at it from Bezos' point of view - no matter how careful the employee screening there's bound to be someone involved in this launch with a relative who's been injured in an Amazon warehouse. That's a risk that has to be mitigated.

Putting Funk on board is nearly as good anti-sabotage insurance as taking a nun with a basket of kittens.

Cross-discipline boffin dream team issues social media warning: FIX IT NOW!

Negative Charlie

> But how do you harden up something so ephemeral as a supposed science built on something as fickle as human nature?

You set up two Foundations at opposite ends of the Galaxy.

New Yorkers react to strikingly indifferent statue of Elon Musk with cheerful hostility

Negative Charlie

Re: It's deffo a winner on Twitter

> Truly saddening to think that these people will become the future adults of society.

I have some bad news for you. They're already the present adults of society.

Microsoft wasn't joking about the Dev Channel not enforcing hardware checks: Windows 11 pops up on Pi, mobile phone

Negative Charlie

Re: Why any person would want to do such a thing is open to question

> Because it's there.

> - Sir Edmund Hillary^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H

- George Mallory

Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

Mensa data spillage was due to 'unauthorised internal download'

Negative Charlie

Re: A bit bonkers

> as Oscar Wilde put it I would never be a member of a club that would have me as a member

That's Groucho Marx, actually. No wonder you didn't last long.

Google says its artificial intelligence is faster and better than humans at laying out chips for artificial intelligence

Negative Charlie

Re: "OK, we see where this is going"

> (and sounds a LOT like Alan Rickman)

And EXACTLY like Stephen Moore.

Security researcher says attacks on Russian government have Chinese fingerprints – and typos, too

Negative Charlie

> I'm sure that putting in a few typos and some crude work typical of the ones used by some other criminal nationalities would be a very simple way of throwing some investigators off the trail.

Oh yes, definately.

Today I shall explain how dual monitors work using the medium of interpretive dance

Negative Charlie

Re: Examples...

> For those I don't like I throw in things like flash RAM ... just to hear their anguished sobs.

You can probably hear my anguished sobs right now. It's flash EEPROM, dammit!

IBM compiles dataset to teach software how software is made: 14m code samples, half of which actually work

Negative Charlie

Re: correct, secure, fast - choose one.

> And best of all, is if the code can be made to work efficiently and without bloat.

Bestest of all is if it can be read, understood and evaluated by a human.

Vivaldi update unleashes the 'Cookie Crumbler' to simply block any services asking for consent (sites may break)

Negative Charlie

Re: Come on, Mozilla!

> You wouldn't eat food if it did not have the list of ingredients and the nutritional breakdown on the pack.

You've never eaten at a restaurant?

In most cases a restaurant patron just wants to eat a meal prepared by an expert and doesn't need to check out the kitchen, but if you ask nicely then a reasonable restaurant owner would normally allow any patron a quick backstage tour (and grant full access to any health inspector).

Vivaldi does the same: https://vivaldi.com/source/

Something went wrong but we won't tell you what it is. Now, would you like to take out a premium subscription?

Negative Charlie

> My current point of interest is a login screen which will throw an error on the first attempt irrespective of what credentials if any are given to it.


This is a trick used by some fake banking sites to allow the victim to provide their (correct) credentials which are then tucked away for later malicious use. The victim is then sent to the real login page, enters their credentials again, and goes merrily on their way without knowing that anything is wrong.

The more paranoid among us ALWAYS enter the wrong password the first time. Why keep the hammer down on a live round?

Yep, you're totally unique: That one very special user and their very special problem

Negative Charlie

"I always do a nice fat factory reset on the 'entertainment' system of a rental car before I return it."

The previous renters of my free-upgrade-cos-we're-out-of-Camrys Mercedes did that.

Bastards. Do I look as if I speak German?

Dell online store charges 16 million dollars for new laptop with paint job

Negative Charlie

Re: the total cost of ownership of Dell hardware has always been a bit absurd

Cursor jumping all over the screen? There's a simple solution for that - piano lessons from an old-school teacher who'll rap you on the knuckles with a ruler if you let your hands drop.

Turning off the touchpad is cheaper but not as much fun.

Let's... drawer a veil over why this laser printer would decide to stop working randomly

Negative Charlie

Re: Never under estimate the ability of a user to out stupid you

c) No.

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.



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