* Posts by Qumefox

84 posts • joined 22 Aug 2019


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)+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The Devil's in the details: Church of Satan forced to clarify that no unholy rituals taking place in SoCal forest


Re: Then there was ...

Maybe, but at least it's a tasty crime against humanity.


Re: Oy, less dissing of Mountain Lions, they're lovely...

I had the honor of playing with some of the calmer cats at a big cat sanctuary roughly 15 years or so ago. While they had some cats that were no go and unfriendly to everyone, including the keepers, the cougar's I got to interact with basically behaved like giant house cats.

A volt from the blue: Samsung reportedly ditches wall-wart from future phones


I imagine they'll probably still come with cables. I think it's just the USB wall wart they'll be leaving out. And honestly. I have a drawer full of those already, and i'm sure most people who buy consumer products of any type with any frequency do as well. So I honestly don't think this is a horrible decision on their part. While it kind of sucks that them leaving it out isn't going to affect pricing any, at least it's slightly better for the planet in that there will be slightly less ewaste generated.

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'


Re: This has been handled badly, but it's not beyond hope.

You are aware that AVG/Avast got caught selling users browsing history to corporations, right?

I'd hardly call them "Free" software. With AVG/Avast, you're the product.


I honestly think the only office developers microsoft employs are all just UI devs who constantly have to rearrange the UI in a scamble to be doing something in order to keep their jobs. Everyone else got made redundant because little else under the hood really changes.


Re: Free @NoneSuch

Yep, and if they end up pissing off the community, you can bet someone will fork libreoffice and this cycle will start all over again. I just wish them better luck than openoffice if that happens.

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world



"If the shrinks are right who have looked at things from a distance are right, he's an egomaniac, a paranoid, and in dementia. From where many of my friends are, we think he's just nuts."

I believe the term you're looking for is Narcissistic sociopath.

Ah lovely, here's something you can do with those Raspberry Pis, NUC PCs in the bottom of the drawer: Run Ubuntu Appliances on them


Re: No sale

Using this offering as a desktop isn't an intended use case. If you're already actively interacting with it, you can just tell ubuntu 'yes' when it bugs you about updates.

The appliance distro's seem to be targeting devices that you generally aren't going to be interacting with at the os level much, so the self updating feature would be a huge plus and aims the counter the usual security issues of IoT things in that they very rarely get patched and updated, even if patches and firmwares exist.

A print server would be a good use case. A desktop environment, not so much since it's going to have a human interacting with he OS all the time.

Also, what you want to do with using Pi's as 'thin clients' is pretty much already easily doable with raspbian, etc.

Meet the dog that's all byte and no bark: Boston Dynamics touts robo-pooch Spot with $75k-a-pop price tag


Re: It's incredible. It's amazing. Engineering to die for.

And incredibly expensive. Though you're mostly paying for their R&D. The actual manufacturing costs for the hardware for each one is probably only a few thousand, tops, and will only go down as they produce more.

Boffins find that over nine out of ten 'ethical' hackers are being a bit naughty when it comes to cloud services


Re: It is happening now

Setting up fail2ban will automate the blocking of the vast majority of these. The only thing it wouldn't catch would be distributed brute force attempts, which are probably the single attempts from different IP's you see.

Adobe about to pull the plug on Creative Cloud freebie 'at-home' access for students


Re: On the good side

Rent to own anything is a bad thing. It doesn't matter if it's software or furniture. Either way the 'product' could be taken away from you at any time and you have little to show for your expenditure.


Re: Remote desktop

I don't know of anyone in our company using RDP who isn't the primary user of the machine they're connecting to(over VPN). Doing anything else is just dumb, as allowing world + dog RDP access to a machine is just asking for trouble. But I guess a lot of people do it though, going by how often I read about companies getting infested with ransomware.

The bork on the sign goes round and round, round and round, round and round


Re: 256GB for a sign!

256gb isn't that much storage space these days. It's pretty much the bare minimum for a windows (eww) install after you install literally any other software as well. Plus I'm not sure any reputable SSD manufacture is even still manufacturing SSD's smaller than 256gb anymore. the only 'new' ones I seem to find that aren't NOS are fly by night chinese no name vendors probably building them out of dumpster dived flash modules.

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


I've also been burned more than a few times selling on ebay by crappy buyers. To the point it's just not worth doing anymore. Sure buyers love ebay's very anti-seller policies, however unless you're blind you've probably noticed a trend of ebay turning to just another marketplace filled with people flogging cheap chinese goods by the thousands. Because the sellers doing this can just absorb the cost of the bad buyers using said policies just to scam sellers out of their items. The kind of sellers ebay had a decade ago are a quickly dying breed, since when you inevitably get a bad buyer screwing you over with false disputes, chargebacks, etc, there's literally nothing you can do about it. And just to pour salt on the wound, you'll still get charged the listing and sale fees too on top of it.


Re: E-Bay et. al.

Actually you're much more likely to get ripped off selling on ebay than buying. Ebay's rules are very anti-seller for the most part. If someone buys something from you with paypal using a credit card, then does a charge back, you're pretty much SoL. Paypal is going to yank those funds back from you, or slap you with a negative balance and lock your account if you've already moved the funds out. All ebay will do in this situation is tell you to take it up with paypal and good luck with that. They're even worse to deal with than eBay.. Hell. Sellers can't even leave buyers negative feedback anymore when something like this happens.

And regarding fake goods, most are very obvious if you have half a brain. And if your talking about some actually expensive item, like maybe a rolex, vehicles, etc. Well. I'm not sure why anyone would be willing to send thousands of dollars to someone else for an item sight unseen. That's just asking for trouble regardless of the selling medium. If the price of something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

I've done a lot of business through ebay, and frankly have had many more issues with ebay regarding selling rather than buying.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it


Re: Entirely legal

Don't give Windows 10 an internet connection during installation/OOBE and it'll still let you create a local account. Of course it'll try bug you to setting up a microsoft account when you do finally let it lose on an internet connection, but on this second try, you can tell it to piss off.

Machine learning helps geoboffins spot huge beds of hot rocks 1,000km across deep below Earth's surface


As far away from anywhere as you can get? How are real estate prices there? Because in the current socio-political climate, being as far away from anywhere as possible is looking better and better every day.

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets


Re: Market price

Cost is irrelevant in this case. Roscosmos wasn't selling soyuz seats at cost, they were selling them at market value. The same as Spacex is doing. Cost only matters to the entity producing said product/service. Everyone else's choice is either 'pay market value' or 'make it yourself' or 'do without'.

So even if the production cost of a soyuz is cheaper than crew dragon after factoring in reusability, If roscosmos isn't selling soyuz seats at cost, then what cost is doesn't matter the slightest for anyone not roscosmos

Indian app that deleted Chinese apps from Androids deleted from Play Store


Re: the common denominator in all of those disputes.

Humans ruin everything.

Man responsible for least popular iteration of Windows UI uses iPad Pro as a desktop*


Re: So it doesn't even do what its creator needs ??

At least as far as Mac's go. I'll put up with quite a lot before I resort to paying twice as much for hardware that's half as fast as I was using previously.

Google rolls out pro-privacy DNS-over-HTTPS support in Chrome 83... with a handy kill switch for corporate IT


Re: DoH

The thing about DoH is that it can't be (easily) blocked though. Without decrypting and inspecting every packet (which, if this was easy, https would be pointless) , it all just looks like https traffic. This is why network admins don't like it and would prefer DoL, which is easily blockable.

I guess you could block 80 and 443 to the IP of known DNS resolvers, however that would be a buttload of manual firewall rule entries, and you can't just block those ports globally without breaking the entire internet for yourself.

Multi-part Android spyware lurked on Google Play Store for 4 years, posing as a bunch of legit-looking apps


Android by default shows notifications when things like wifi and bluetooth, etc are enabled/disabled. The malware is suppressing these notifications.



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