* Posts by Qumefox

106 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Aug 2019


Ah, you know what? Keep your crappy space station, we're gonna try to make our own, Russia tells world


Re: It does have a finite life

The ISS's modules indeed have a finite life. However people seem to forget that it's..well.. modular. It comes apart. So the life of ISS itself could be infinite. There is absolutely nothing stopping anyone, at least from a technological standpoint, from building and launching new modules to replace aging ones. Hell they're already in the middle of replacing all the solar panels. The only thing that could kill the ISS is if no one had any use for it anymore.

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


Re: Proxima Centauri is a glimpse of our own future

I think it's moot considering that the most likely outcome is that humanity makes the planet unable to sustain life within the next 250 years. Much less a billion.

Exam-monitoring biz Proctorio tried to silence a critic using copyright law. Now EFF sues to put an end to this tactic


Re: Proctorio is trash

"If you try to open the code inspector while the extension is active, proctorio will uninstall itself immediately."

The more people describe the 'functionality' of this software, the more it sounds like malware.

Starlink creates risk of internet investment doom cycle, says APNIC researcher


Re: re: re: .... astronomers

The only advantage terrestrial telescopes have is size. That's literally it. In every other aspect, something located outside of the atmosphere is going to work better due to not having to deal with that pesky atmosphere distorting everything, or the planet spinning and the thing you want to look at dropping below the horizon. Or not even being visible from the hemisphere the telescope is located in in the first place.


Re: with so much head wind its obviously a good idea

Actually, in this case, what's needed is LESS regulation. Why? Because in a lot of locations throughout the country, the big ISP's and telco providers have lobbied and gotten laws on the books to PREVENT utility companies from doing just this so the telco's don't actually have to compete.

For this to happen, these laws will have to be removed.

Nvidia cripples Ethereum mining on GeForce RTX 3060 to deter crypto bods from nabbing all the kit at launch


This is a stupid idea on Nvidia's part. Their heart might be in the right place, but it's not going to work.

Even if the mining only GPU's are cheaper than normal cards (which they are unlikely to be.) Miners have no incentive to buy them because they'll have zero resale value later on, because once they're worthless to miners, they're worthless to everyone, and actual miners factor that in to their profit model. So you're going to see miners loading up on 3060's anyway and running hacked drivers, because then, they'll still be able to resell them once they're done since they're still normal GPU's.

Web prank horror: Man shot dead while pretending to rob someone at knife-point for a YouTube video


Re: This is why they should be banned.

If I see Gordon Ramsay charging at me with a knife in a parking lot, i'm damn well going to shoot him.

Negative Trustpilot review of law firm Summerfield Browne cost aggrieved Briton £28k


Re: The man who seeks Summerfield Browne for advice has a bunch of fools...

I have this strange urge to slap a stack of papers now.

Loser Trump's last financial disclosure docs reveal Tim Cook gave him $5,999 Mac Pro, the 'first' made in Texas


Re: $5,999

There's also the matter than you can build a far better spec'd machine for half the price, including a monitor. All you have to give up is the Apple logo.

Back to the office with you: 'Perhaps 5 days is too much family time' – Workday CEO


Re: I'd have to disagree...

When i'm forced back into the office, I need to find one that's so loud, it's able to drown out the people trying to pile pointless office social crap on me.


Being asymptomatic doesn't mean being immune. It just means they don't exhibit symptoms when they do get infected, but they do still get infected, then spread it to others.

Being immune means they don't catch it at all, and therefor, don't spread it either.

The asymptomatic carriers are the main reason it spreads like it does. If absolutely everyone who got it got seriously ill, it'd probably spread more slowly, since those with it would be less likely to go out in public thinking nothing is wrong with them.

What does my neighbour's Tesla have in common with a stairlift?


Hey now. I own a 2017 volt and I love it to death. In my opinion it's the best of both worlds. It's pure EV range is great enough that I basically never have to actually use gas for my daily commute, and if needed, I can just drive cross country like a normal car without having to stop every 200-300 miles and recharge for hours like a tesla would need to.

I do agree that pure EV's aren't really suitable for people reliant on street parking though.

Subway email weirdness: Suspicion grows over apparent Trickbot trojan delivery campaign


It depends on where the breach happened. If it was on subway's end, yes, it's their responsibility. However if it happened on the end of whatever marketing firm this is, then it's the marketing firm's problem.

China bans 105 apps, eight app stores, and says it’ll swing the hammer again


Re: Which appstores?

The great firewall doesn't have to be 100% effective at blocking things. Just monitoring network traffic is enough since the use of private encryption is banned in China. So basically if someone in China owns a device and there's data flowing in and out of it in any fashion that the CCP can't decrypt and monitor, then that alone is enough for people to have a significant chance of 'disappearing'. so that makes Tor and the likes moot.

Google Chrome's crackdown on ad blockers and browser extensions, Manifest v3, is now available in beta


Re: Getting out of the inferno

The problem with that is that Google essentially controls the game at this point. If someone creates a browser that starts impacting their revenue stream, they'll just simply leverage their market share and basically change the rules to favor themselves and there's little that can be done to stop them.

About the only thing that would prevent it is if google ended up getting carved up so the ad business was a completely unrelated and separate entity from the browser business. But I don't ever see that happening even if they do actually get brought up on monopoly charges.


Re: Advert program

Actually pretty much every security expert that's not clueless will tell you that cloud based password management (which chrome's is, since it syncs them with google) is a horrible idea. Ideally you want to use unique passwords for everything and just remember them all. However since that's not really doable in this day and age, the next best thing is to use non-cloud based password managers that have local encrypted storage like password safe or keepass, etc. Sure it's not as convenient, but actual security never is.

Plus there has been no shortage of exploits and vulnerabilities that have cropped up over the years that have allowed browser stored passwords to be read by malicious parties. So there are plenty of good reasons your organization has banned that practice.


Yep my takeaway from this article is that i'll be switching entirely away from chromium based browsers in a little over a month when v3 goes live. at least until mozilla caves and shoves it in firefox to. In which case. I donno. Maybe i'll just go outside instead.

Google Cloud (over)Run: How a free trial experiment ended with a $72,000 bill overnight


Re: Not so free after all

There are more variables in that analogy that make it not very fitting. While it's true CC companies will do everything they can to fleece their customers for as much as they're worth, they're also very risk adverse as well for the most part. If you're barely making minimums and are constantly up against your credit limit, they're actually going to be less inclined to expand the credit limit because generally people in that situation have few assets to go after if they end up defaulting, which becomes more likely if limits are raised and minimums payments get even higher. The only times i've gotten my credit limit upped without me requesting it, it has occurred after I carried a balance for a while, then suddenly paid it all off and kept it paid off for more than a month.

Oculus owners told not only to get Facebook accounts, purchases will be wiped if they ever leave social network


Re: Who cares?

the issue is occulus are pretty much the only ones in the market that have a decent standalone HMD that doesn't require a PC.

If you want PC based VR. yeah, little reason to go with them though. just get a HP reverb G2 when they start hitting shelves in a week or so.

AMD claims high-end Big Navi Radeon GPUs leave Nvidia's ray-tracing cards in the dust


I have no interest in upgrading from my 2070 super for the foreseeable future. And while i'm not a super hardcore gamer, I do game some, and so long as the framerates of the stuff I do play stays above 60fps, I see no huge need to throw money at the latest and greatest there is.

Trump's official campaign website vandalized by hackers who 'had enough of the President's fake news'


Re: Conspiracy theories are dead...

Never heard anyone claim he was responsible for it's origins. He is however responsible for several hundred thousand people dying due his mismanagement of it once it did make it to the US.


Re: A sign of the times

People feel like trump won't accept the election result if he loses because trump has stated he won't on several occasions. He lives in his own little narcissistic reality where he truly believes he is incapable of losing unless other people cheat. So it's pretty much a given he's going to challenge any loss with every method at his disposal to try to prop up his ego.

It's not going to matter if he loses every state and literally got no votes at all in the popular vote. You can still expect mass lawsuits and repeated recount demands, as well as likely violence from his most vehement supporters.

First analysts, now YouTubers put you on blast. Do you A) take it on the chin or B) up fire up the DMCA-o-tron?


Re: Vapour Ware

Yeah. How inept are their engineers that they can't cobble together a battery pack, motor and motor controller and make this thing move under it's own power? Hell I probably could have managed it for a few thousand dollars at most. Sure it wouldn't have been fast, had much range, or likely held together for more than a few miles, but it would have still been a damn sight better than just shoving it down a hill.

There ain't no problem that can't be solved with the help of American horsepower – even yanking on a coax cable


Re: the difference between an engineer and sn installer.

it's called a mouse when it's a standalone object, be it living or mechanical, that is used to pull the cord/wire/whatever through an enclosed space. We used to use compressed air to blow a "mouse"(not an actual live mouse) with a pull attached through conduit.

British Army develops AI shotgun drone with machine vision for indoor use


Re: What could possibly go wrong?

first the good guys start fighting using drones.. then the bad guys start fighting using drones. It'll get to the point where the only actual casualties in conflicts will be just be innocent bystanders.

Drone firm DJI promises 'local data mode' to fend off US government's mooted ban


And if you believe the propaganda that comes out of the PRC, you've demonstrated your inability to think rationally as well.

The Chinese government has their fingers in pretty much every company that it allows to operate there. Those that don't allow that, don't stay operating in China for long. So it's not exactly unwise to be weary of possible data collection by them.

I have no love of the POTUS or his knee-jerk protectionism policies. However, I can assure you that none of the chinese made IOT devices (mostly cameras) I own are given unfettered access to the internet. and that was MY policy even before the current idiot in chief came in to office. Because I have yet to find many that don't attempt to phone home for some reason, even when they have zero need to.

Apple to Epic: Sue me? No, sue you, pal!


I picked up Satisfactory from steam and didn't have to install the epic launcher or even make an account. That's only needed if you intend to use multiplayer with someone not on steam. But if you're solo, or only playing with other steam users, the steam version doesn't require the EGS launcher or even have an account with them.


This is really one of those cases where I wish it were possible for both sides to somehow lose.

Adobe Illustrator's open source rival Inkscape delivers v1.0.1 - with experimental Scribus PDF export


Re: Shooting themselves in the foot to save their hand

You can still buy perpetual licenses for adobe products. Adobe just doesn't make that very well known, or very easy, and there's pretty much zero way to do it 'online' since they'd rather rent it to you indefinitely instead. Plus the perpetual licenses are as stupidly expensive as ever as well.

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


Re: This sounds useful

Probably not until goverments stop being able to be controlled by corporations. So. Basically never.

Telco's don't want to do this either, because they make money off all those spoofed robocalls. So stopping spoofing means you would actually be able to block the actual spammers, which means less connected calls, which means less revenue for the telco..


Re: I'm trying to think how many unsolicited calls I've actually wanted

You guys must fall for the 'one ring' spam/scammers quite a bit then. Spammers/scammers that call and just let it ring once to try and bait you into calling them back to see what it was.

Snowden was right: US court deems NSA bulk phone-call snooping illegal, possibly unconstitutional, and probably pointless anyway


Re: Great, so NSA slurping back in Snowden's day was illegal

All governments have always been a "Do as I say, not as I do" arrangement. This will never change.

You're stuck inside, gaming's getting you through, and you've $1,500 to burn. Check out Nvidia's latest GPUs


I just want to see non-Nvidia non-marketing raster (No RTX) benchmarks for these cards. Something tells me that when you ditch RTX which was being pushed hard in the keynote slides and which very few games actually make use of yet, that the true performance of these cards aren't going to be anywhere near the stated leaps over 10x0 and 20x0 that their marketing was pushing hard.


Re: Mouth-watering specifications and possibilities

I've never had a feature update put tiles back on the start menu that I had previously removed before. Nor have I ever seen an ad on the start menu.

Help. The political process is corrupted, full of lies and state-sponsored deep fakes. Now Microsoft's to the rescue


Re: Double check everything

"Ugh. The United States is now officially a shithole country."

Hate to tell you, but it has been for a while. This isn't a recent development.

Though I would argue that it's hardly confined to the United States. There are very very few nations that haven't been guilty of oppressing someone else over ethnicity, religion, etc. China's current oppression of the uighurs is a good example.

The US is just in the spotlight so much now because the man-baby running the joint throws a tantrum every time it starts shifting somewhere else so he can keep all eyes on him.

The real truth is that humanity just sucks.

US Air Force shows off latest all-electric flying car, says it 'might seem straight out of a Hollywood movie'


Re: Oddly Enough...

It could be an option. There are propeller designs that are pretty damn quiet. They just also sacrifice a good bit of efficiency as well. Which, on your average quadcopter, or even a Cessna, isn't worth it since being quiet isn't really a huge consideration hence you never see them used. For a military application, their use becomes more worth the drawbacks.


Re: Not quite finished yet

Where the heck do you live that getting your pilot's license is "only a few grand" Here in the US. When all is said and done, if you want to carry passengers in a single engine light aircraft, you're looking at around $15k after instruction, aircraft rental, fuel costs, etc. And want to fly twin engine? Have to get type rated for that as well, which is more instruction, more aircraft rental (at a much higher rate since it's a larger plane) more fuel costs, etc.

If getting your pilot's license was easy and cheap, everyone would do it. While I personally don't think it's that hard, it's just learning things. It however is far from cheap unless you happen to have a six figure income.

You'd think 1.8bn users a day would be enough for Zuck. But no. Oculus fans must sign up for Facebook


This article mentions Apple and Microsoft, but skips over Valve, HTC, and the other players in the market that actually compete with Oculus in the present day.. I know the upcoming HP Reverb G2 will be one of the best spec'd HMD's when it launches later this year. It has the index's awesome off ear speakers, but with higher resolution displays.

Canon not firing on all cylinders: Fledgling cloud loses people's pics'n'vids, then 'Maze ransomware' hits


Re: "...offers 10GB of long-term storage space for people's personal photos and videos"

It's kind of sad that after all these decades, it's hard to beat tape as a long term storage method. It's also sad that high capacity tape drives cost an arm and a leg as well...

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


Re: Why not clean routers, webcams, 'Smart locks', etc.

I don't even bother with that. The only IoT devices I have on my network, half a dozen cheap chinese IP cameras, are physically segregated on their own LAN with no internet connectivity whatsoever because them phoning home is guaranteed. So literally all they are allowed to communicate with is an interface on the zoneminder server which doesn't route packets, and nothing else, because that's all that's on that physical network.

Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music


Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

My biggest question is will the app go away? I don't use their streaming services etc, but I do use the play app to play local content off my phone because it's a convenient app that's already on the phone that will do it.

Leaky AWS S3 buckets are so common, they're being found by the thousands now – with lots of buried secrets


Re: Outsourcing

It's fine to do for troubleshooting. The issue stems from people treating it like the solution when it fixes things, rather than fixing the actual problem.


Re: Outsourcing

Probably would have killed with one, too.

Intel couldn't shrink to 7nm on time – but it was able to reduce one thing: Its chief engineer's employment


The firing wasn't what caused the price to drop, it was the announcement of 7nm getting pushed back. I work in financial services, and the firing has barely gotten a mention outside of tech circles.


Re: Ultimately, it all comes down to Quantum[tm]

But looking will change the results!


Re: For now, it doesn't matter yet

It's always amusing watching people try and move goalposts whenever presented evidence contrary to their beliefs.

Keep on clutching at those straws, Intel fanboy. they get shorter with every passing day.

We're suing Google for harvesting our personal info even though we opted out of Chrome sync – netizens


"Don't be evil" went out the window as soon as they realized how profitable tracking every individual on the planet could be.

Germany bans Tesla from claiming its Autopilot software is potentially autonomous


Re: But...

I have mixed feelings about Ol' Musky. On one hand, I love what SpaceX and Starlink are doing. On the other, Tesla has some of the most atrocious and anti-consumer business practices around.

Twitter admits 130 A-lister accounts compromised to promote Bitcoin scam after 'social engineering' attack


Re: Grand Exchange Doublers

And the ISK doublers in EVE online, and probably any other game that has trade-able currency.

AMD pushes 64-core 4.2GHz Ryzen Threadripper Pro workstation processors


It's not ok with me. We need competition to continue progressing forward. Without it, you just end up with AMD ending up doing the same thing Intel did for the last decade.. Jack squat, because there wasn't need to innovate because they had no real competition.

The absolute best outcome for consumers will be if intel and AMD keep being neck and neck and trade blows at rough parity. When one side gets too far in the lead for too long, you end up with things like 14nm++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++. Only if AMD gets to be the dominant player, it'll end up being Zen (number)+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++