* Posts by Imhotep

408 posts • joined 17 Aug 2019


I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer


Well, I wouldn't want you on the jury. You've already determined guilt based on no evidence at all.

It’s happened again: AT&T sued for allegedly transferring victim's number to thieves in $1.9m cryptocoin heist


Re: It looks like the Wild West out there

In the US it is $250k per account, per bank.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets


Re: This is why we can't have nice things.

Going by personal experience: No, they won't. Not until they leave campus and have to.


Re: Let them eat rabbits

If the next step is to swallow a spider, remind her that this is Australia.

Electronic health records firm Epic Bristol bags £454m in UK deals as creaking care sector chases digital transformation


Good Choice

Healthcare implementations are what the latter part of my career was.

I've found Epic one of the better healthcare systems.

It is so widely used in the US that pretty much any integration that you can think of has already been implemented and has some years of improvement behind it.

Ex-eBay security execs among six charged with harassing, threatening bloggers who dared criticize web tat souk


Re: Did they think they would get away with it?

And these were their security people. It makes you wonder how effective they could have been in those positions.


Re: Bunch of tossers

Yes, it is. I was curious and went to it yesterday.

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh


Not that it's common, but people do go through drive-thruson their horses occasinally without a problem. I thinks it's not a problem until someone makes it one.


Re: WTF?

I don't know about the waistline, but our we3kly food bill went down.


Re: Ubbereats?

Yeah, make the food worse for an additional cost?

The drive-thru windows never closed here ( south of Nashville, TN), so it's just never been a problem.

As of now, life is going on as normal for the most part.

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft


Re: Compulsory El Reg commentary moan

On #7, those sockets are always monopolized by people charging their phone.

But the Tesla charging stations outside are available.

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


Creative Spelling

Or a nation that manages to pronounce Eoghan as Owen!

They just get a shovel and keep piling letters on the page any old how.

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise


Re: Load?

One of our presidential candidates said we needed to develop a sytem to transport coal and wind. None of the reporters asked about what he meant, but maybe a windfarm will do?

The longest card game in the world: Microsoft Solitaire is 30


PCs helped develop my strong right hand*

I remember being at a conference where the presenter had a PowerPoint up, one of the slides having a graph that showed a steep drop in user productivity once the PCs had been upgraded from DOS to Windows.

The drop was a mystery they couldn't explain.

He then closed PowerPoint, revealing the open Solitaire game.

*By constant mouse use

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police


Hmmm. If he had been a left wing extremist entering the US, we'd be hearing an outcry about the abuse of his rights.

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite


Re: They have a credibility problem.

You have a bad attitude.

Funny how attitudes are classed as "bad" by the people caught in bad behavior.

Imperial College London signs £5m campus sponsorship, 5G deal with Chinese comms bogeyman Huawei


Re: Anyone else reminded of John Hammond

There have been a number of arrest of professors here in the US (and will be more) who were secretly taking money from the Chinese government.

In return they were providing China with the results of their research while also being funded by the US.

Three is the magic number, unless you're Apple. That's how many million iPad shipments it was down in Q1


Re: Overpriced

I use my laptop hooked up to dual screens for real work. Wouldn't think of trying to use a tablet for that.

But I did just buy an IPad for reading the news, email, browsing, etc - and I'm pleased with it for that purpose. It's nice to be able to carry it out to the sunroom or patio for breakfast or lunch time reading.

And the price of $300 new and discounted seemed reasonable.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate


Re: *Hisses & wards against Evil*

Hewlett Packard must have hated that company, because Packard Bell customers couldn't seem to know which company to bad mouth.

My first pc was a Packard Bell, solid metal case and well made. Then they moved to foil lined plastic cases, crappy components and no QA. I guess it was a profitable strategy for a while.

SpaceX's Elon Musk high on success after counting '420' Starlinks in orbit and Frosty the Starship survives cryo test


Re: This may be a really obvious question.

Or a good deal of the rural US - especially the west.

The rumor that just won't die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length in 2021 with launch of 'A14-powered laptops'


This Time I'm Telling The Truth

I don't believe anything when the sole source is Bloomberg. They've been too wrong, too often.

We're all stuck indoors, virtual reality tech should be hot. So why is Magic Leap chopping half its workforce?


All Publicity Is Good Publicity

With each article, Mr McCarthy probably has Magic Leap convinced that they could probably do with a little less of a good thing.

NASA makes May 27 its US independence day from Russian rockets: America's back in the astronaut business after nearly nine years


Re: Thanks To A South American Immigrant

Yes, it would. My apologies to Mr Musk. And to any South Americans I may have offended.


Re: Now, if it just doesn't explode

I seem to remember a response from one of the original astronauts on what he was thinking about while strapped in to the capsule awaiting blast off: That every part on the ship was supplied by the lowest bidder.


Thanks To A South American Immigrant

I'd be interested in the ratio of immigrants to emigrants. That's probably one of the best measures of how a country is doing.

Suspicious senate stock sale spurt spurs scrutiny scheme: This website tracks which shares US senators are unloading mid-pandemic


Re: How long before his site is DoS'd or forced to be taken down?

Yrs, I missed it. Can you provide some more detail?


Re: How long before his site is DoS'd or forced to be taken down?

Most, if not all of those stocks, are held in blind trust for those senators, in theory removing them from any decisions regarding the holdings.

The Wall Street Journal has covered these particular transactions in more detail - it makes for interesting reading and highlights some weaknesses in how transactions are tracked and recorded.

In any case, good on the gentleman for creating this site.

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


Re: Wear face protection?

An example: someone called 911 for their child, who died when her caretaker rolled over on and smothered her. The governor of the state at a press conference listed this as the first death of a child from the virus in their state, omitting the actual circumstances.

We're seeing a lot of bad numbers and some pretty contemptible politicing over here.


Re: "Where does it say that on the official advice, or did you just make that one up?"

"Oh bore off"?

I think I get the general intent, but what does bore mean in that context?

(I like to keep my repertoire of abuse current.)


Re: petty power

Here in rural Tennessee, our town's cops have:

Parked cruisers in the local parks and outside some stores to provide wireless access points for those that need access.

In the parks, watch that the walkers, joggers, etc maintain distance on the trails. All I've seen them have to do is wave and say "Hey, how're yall?"

We're getting a rapid test center (30 minutes) to check for the virus.

A little common sense and a desire to help go a long way.

Still waiting for your Atari retro gaming console? You're not alone: Its architect has just sued the biz for 'non-payment'


Send Me Money

At what point do these transition from being vaporware to fraud?

WeWork sues SoftBank over 'AWOL' $3bn shares purchase – which included millions lined up for ousted CEO Neumann


...fully committed to the success of WeWork

Really? Really?

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response


In the US, it's generally safe to assume that "volunteer" = "unpaid".

Hospitals and other organization that use unpaid labor commonly refer to them as volunteers.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection


One Sided Reporting

And if he indeed was warned multiple times and came in to work when he should have stayed at home, potentially exposing coworkers to infection: he should have been fired.

The reporting at ElReg that originates from San Francisco doesn't meet the standard set by its other reporters.

Uncle Sam turns the screws on VoIP providers allegedly used by coronavirus, tax, bogus tech support scammers


A Confederation Of Dunces

In some neighborhoods you have to pay the local gang in control to operate your own racket on their turf.

The US government is the gang collecting the cut over here.

Cloud'n'server hosting giant OVH more like OMG: Data center hardware failure knocks out services in France


Totally Not My Fault

"A single vendor's faulty gear".

The finger of blame is being pointed pretty early on this one.

Lost in translation and adrift in cloud storage


Re: Apparently, "beheerder" means "administrator".

I thought administrators herded cats?

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2


I can assure you that in the US the acceptable spelling is "check".

The only other spelling we have is Czech, but we're not allowed to send those through the mail. Well, maybe mail order brides.


I would happily pay for the novel experience of someone agreeing with me.


That is "spell cheque".


Yes, and when stress takes over users will frantically keep doing the same thing over and over hoping the next time it will work.

But I never did that.

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm


Re: Bcc FTW!

And give it a five star rating. I've seen that in cases where the product hadn't actually been received yet.

London court tells Julian Assange: No, coronavirus is not a good reason for you to be let out of prison


Re: @Zolko

Perhaps someone better informed can clarify, but doesn't France require an individual to prove their innocence?


Re: @Zolko

In the UK and the US the prosecution has to prove the defendant's guilt to the jury beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant does not need to prove their innocence.


Re: @Zolko

No, he does not have to prove his innocence. That is assumed until proven otherwise.

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


Make Your Parents Proud

I wonder how long it took them to find a 71 year old female to pull this on?

So add cowardly to their CV.

Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft speech-to-text AI systems can't understand black people as well as whites


Re: Racist, really?

Well sure, if you start with a blank slate....


Re: Racist, really?

It's hard to believe you are being serious. Yes, I do think drinking fountains can't be racist. I do believe that people who mandate white only drinking fountains are racist.


Re: Racist, really?

In my experience "black" speech is mainly a function of environment - especially country - and not race. In college my macroeconomics professor was from Nigeria, and I had a hard time understanding him at first. His enunciation was not the problem, but the rhythm of his speech. Even later in the course, it took a couple of minutes for me to get in "sync" with him to understand what he was saying.

I have noticed in my lifetime that the regional differences in speech are going away somewhat - perhaps because the media is bringing us to a more universal accent.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin


Re: But I don't have a so-called "smart" phone.

Yes, banned and discredited by China. Perhaps you shouldn't read it.

I find the paper provides evenhanded, verifiable reporting on the whole.



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