* Posts by Helcat

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'Last man standing in the floppy disk business' reckons his company has 4 years left

Helcat

Re: Speaking Of Ancient Storage Methods .....

The response from the courts would likely to be: "And? You are responsible for keeping this data and you're admitting negligence in doing so? Well, here's a hefty fine: One that's greater than the potential fine if those records had shown you'd fiddled the books'.

That's the problem, especially when it comes to the tax office: You have to keep those records: No excuse. If tech goes out of date: You are responsible for transferring that data to new tech. Fail to do so is admission of negligence and the fines can be crippling - who knows what a company is trying to hide by claiming the records were lost, after all?

Boffins build microphone safety kit to detect eavesdroppers

Helcat

Re: If there's a hardware switch, where's the problem ?

Here's another hardware solution: Don't install a Mic or camera in the laptop.

Saves money, and leaves it to those who want and/or need a mic and/or camera to sort out something suitable for them. Also stops them using the laptop mic as that's really annoying in addition to a potential privacy breach...

How important are tech and other contractors to UK? PM candidate promises tax review if elected

Helcat

Re: May I be the first to call "bollocks" ?

Retirement is when you realise all that money you'd set aside for a pension has been taken by the various governments and squandered leaving you penniless. At that point, you start looking for jobs that'll keep you fed until the day you die.

Unless you're rich. If you're rich it's whenever you're tired of messing with industry, or politics or whatever and want to go spend your time on a beach of that private island you bought, ignoring the world and its troubles 'cause that's beneath you.

Deluge of of entries to Spamhaus blocklists includes 'various household names'

Helcat

Re: Lack of feedback

As ever, there is a cost as someone has to spend time (and occasionally effort) to monitor the email address. Just ask anyone who runs a help desk when they get issues sent in via email - each has to be read and processed.

There is a darn good reason to use 'do not reply' senders - automate alerts, or notifications such as the password or account change : These are information emails that you wouldn't expect a response to, yet may be hit by 'auto response' emails such as 'out of office' which would make monitoring for genuine responses much harder.

However, the content of the email should include instructions on how to reply if there is need that will notify the sender if there is an issue (the password reset notifications, for example - you might need to alert the sender that you haven't requested the reset and to start an investigation into a potential hack). I would argue there should be a response address in every such email, just in case it was sent to the wrong recipient. But that does not have to be the sender address.

UK launches 'consultation' with EU over exclusion from science programs

Helcat

Re: Reap what you sow

I believe the reference was to the EU demanding the UK hand over supplies of Vaccine because the EU had forgotten to confirm their order so their order was further down the list, well behind the UK's order.

There was quite a mess early on with supply/demand of medical equipment and vaccines: It settled down but for a few months there was a lot of bad behaviour from within the EU. That's not to say the UK would have been any different save we were at the end of the chain so there was no one else to steal from.

Oh, and as for the 'great price': AZ was supplying the vaccine AT COST. Zero profit. So no, the EU couldn't get a 'better' deal than the UK. As for Pfizer: They were making quite the profit either way.

Homes in London under threat as datacenters pull in all the power

Helcat

And we also want EV's?

With the push to move away from fossil fuels and the promotion of EV's as the solution, the issue of infrastructure for charging EV's was already on the table. Now it makes sense: Datacentres have taken all the power so there's not enough capacity to boil a kettle, let alone charge a car! And with Datacentres, it's a 24 hour draw, too.

Makes you wonder if anyone had actually sat down and thought this through (Hmm... Government + Thinking? Not a hope!)

Guess Londoners will have to swap to bikes instead: Forget EV's for now.

Helcat

Re: Not near wind farms

Or they could change from venting excess heat to piping it into a communal heating project? Has been proposed in hospitals to help heat wards where they had server rooms, and some businesses have looked into it, too. Not so good during the hot summers, but during the winter: Win!

Or use the generated heat to generate power to help offset the draw from the grid? Again, something that was considered as a cost saving exercise.

The one thing holding it back? Initial cost.

Now if it were made into a requirement then we might see faster adoption of such technologies, not just a reliance on external supply.

US net neutrality bill is only two pages long. And that's potentially a good thing

Helcat
Joke

Re: Once again they take the easy way out

"There's a bunch of lawyers waiting outside in the car park that would like to have a quiet word with you..."

Yea! I'll get the cattle prods and bin bags :)

Think it should be law that all laws should be short and simple, same with all bills put to parliament so people can actually read them and understand the purpose rather than be presented with a 1999 page document with so much waffle that you could feed the whole of Africa for a year, just to obfuscate the one page worth of text that tells you what the actual intention is as politicians generally can't be bothered to actually spend the time reading the darn documents in order to give an informed response.

It's how bad laws and policies get passed.

Surprise! The metaverse is going to suck for privacy

Helcat

Re: Cognitive Acuity ?

Nope - not without changing how VR works. There's no heart monitor or pupil monitor for feedback (yet).

However, it is possible to assess speed of response, head movement in relation to image, and the hand sets movement and try to interpret that. After all, up pops an advert and you look away? Or you look towards it for 3 seconds... or you are hunting around for the 'close' box... That can be tracked and used to garner customer response.

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

Helcat

What happens if you decide to replace the seat with a new heated seat?

Sure, it >might< void warrantees, but it's your car*: You can mod it if you want, as long as it conforms to the standards as set in law.

So go for it: Take the old seat out, get a new heated seat (hey, guess what you just found sitting there by the car! A car seat that matches the car, and it's wired for heating!) After market parts to control the heating element and... sorted!

*If the car is registered in your name then it's your car legally and you can mod it. Only thing to watch for is if you're on a PPP, then you need to be mindful of the T's and C's, so you might need to put the original seat back in and remove the mods before returning the car, if that's what you decide to so.

API rate limits at the core of Elon Musk’s decision to ditch Twitter

Helcat

Re: The whole thing stinks

I got the impression Musk wanted to shut down certain Bots that have been promoting Crypto scams in his name. The same has been happening on Facebook and there's been little visible effort made to address this problem.

So perhaps Musk didn't want to own Twitter as much as he wanted to know how bad the bot issue is - and it's bad. Setting up a bot is, apparently, quite easy and they can be run to create long threads of discussion from various 'users' supporting, opposing or querying a subject.

Damn expensive way to go about this, but apparently Musk thinks it's worth it.

UK response to China's tech ambitions labelled 'incoherent and muted'

Helcat

Re: Simple Question, with a simple answer:

Then country 1 would benefit from the membership, but at a cost of reduced options/freedom. This might be seen as a small price to pay, particularly if the reduced options do not impose hardships or penalties. This would also be more desirable of the membership was one of equals.

Country 2 would have reduced influence but would benefit from greater freedoms: This may be more desirable if the cost of membership imposed restrictions that caused hardships or notable penalties, and worse, of the membership was not one of equals..

So it all depends on factors that are in flux: At any one point, Country 1 would be better off, then it could quickly flip to Country 2. The question would be which is better in the long term, particularly if the Membership starts drawing Country 1 into something that isn't so popular.

So no, not a simple answer: It all depends.

Everyone back to the office! Why? Because the decision has been made

Helcat

Re: that jerk with the annoying voice and that other bastard who sniffs all day.

Thing is: Us boomers were lied to, and at first we believed those lies, then realised they were lies and tried to warn the Gen-X and Millennials, but we weren't believed. Mostly because we didn't know what the truth was at the time, but the Gen-X and Millennials did.

Only the Gen-X are now realising they were lied to, so the truth they knew actually wasn't true, and the Millennials won't listen because the Millennials know the truth and the Gen-X don't...

Screwing up the environment is ongoing, and is based in greed, and those responsible will sell you the lies to hide the damage caused until they've moved on to something new at which point they'll tell you the damage was 'them people over there'...

It's ever ongoing. Lies told to make money, eh? Who would have guessed that'd be the case...

Apple's guy in charge of stopping insider trading guilty of … insider trading

Helcat

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes

Perhaps Mr Levoff needs to sit down and read the works (specifically those relating to Sam Vimes) of Sir pTerry Pratchett: Then he'd understand the principle of Who watches the Watchmen...

Microsoft plans to dig through your Edge Collections to make suggestions

Helcat

Re: Can you block it?

Would be nice if you could block it from connecting to anything.

Used to do this with IE: Make it my default browser, then block it at the firewall. Then if some malware did try opening a browser window (using the default being the common trick) it would open and sit there unable to connect. Even got a few warnings from IE that it couldn't connect. Told me I'd hit something dodgy (thanks, Google!) and saved me some pain.

But that was back in the day, eh: When you could reliably block internet connections as MS didn't put back doors in or ways to bypass their own darn firewall...

A miserable work week spent toiling inside 'the metaverse'

Helcat

I've used VR on and off - got three different headsets to work with, too.

The issues reported are what I'd expect: Most people need a point of reference in their vision but developers keep forgetting to include a 'ghost' reference point (aka the shadow of a person's nose). This tackles motion sickness, which is the nausea, and helps with orientation. We use that fixed point of reference constantly, and VR headsets remove it unless it's programmed in to the software. This was known ages ago - but ignored.

then you have the issue of correctly configuring the focal points for the screens: Although most people have a dominant eye, that doesn't mean both eyes use the same focal length - you need a vision assessment/prescription to get the focal lengths for each eye for accuracy. if you don't have the capacity to handle this on the headset then you'll strain the eyes by having one eye out of focus and trying to correct this.

Basically, everyone is different, and our eyes are inclined to vary so VR has to be adaptable else we can't use it for prolonged periods (Sony's PS4 VR can be very disorientating, easily triggering motion sickness, where as the Oculus isn't quite so bad and Vive has been, in my experience, the better option. Then again, long sighted in one eye, short in the other, no dominant eye... Go team Cat!)

No more fossil fuel or nukes? In the future we will generate power with magic dust

Helcat

Nope: The French never managed to colonise us. Nor the Spanish.

The Italians: Yes. The Norse: Yes. The Germans: Yes.

Or, more accurately: The Roman Empire, then the Angles, Saxons and Jutes, and then the Normans (Norse men).

But never the French (William the Bastard being Normal, hence Norse).

US Army may be about to 'waste' up to $22b on Microsoft HoloLens

Helcat

Well, I can see quite a few uses for these, mostly in connection with drones. Would be useful to locate the enemy and translate their location into a visual overlay of the world so you can better see what's going on and avoid that ambush. Networked with other units in a squad could do the same: What one person sees, the others will be made aware of. Feedback to support vehicles and you've targeting systems for artillery.

Now, will these AR systems be able do deliver any of this?

It's Microsoft: What do you think?

Netflix to crack down on account sharing, offer ad-laden cheaper options

Helcat

Re: GREEEEEED

It depends on the type of 2FA you use.

If it's one where a code is sent, or you have to generate the code, then the other person needs to call you to get the code. That's not quite so convenient, especially as they tend to be time sensitive.

Elon Musk's latest launch: An unsolicited Twitter takeover

Helcat

Re: Sorry Elon, but what's the point ?

Simple: Twitter is an established platform and has a lot of users already, so there's less risk.

Helcat

Re: Sorry Elon, but what's the point ?

Erm... not quite...

40 Keep profit of (y - (y*T))

Where T is the Tax %.

You're forgetting capital gains tax.

Helcat

Re: Funds?

The point of wealth is it's the estimated value of what you own minus what you owe.

Converting that wealth into money is a risk, and you lose value via capital gains tax (Capital Gains Tax is a tax on the profit when you sell (or 'dispose of') something (an 'asset') that's increased in value. ).

It gets complicated with the various allowances and exceptions - and don't expect me to explain them as I'm not the right person to do so.

Anyway, liquidating assets to gain money to buy something is very, very inefficient due to taxes. Instead it's better/cheaper to borrow against your assets to buy more assets then pay off the loan. It may be possible to sacrifice existing assets to do so, but that depends on the exceptions under Capital Gains.

So no, it's not paradoxical: It's how to avoid liquidating $2m in assets just to make a $1m purchase.

Reg reader rages over Virgin Media's email password policy

Helcat
Devil

There's government guidance/recommendation for password security. The problem is this is UK government (in this instance), not an international guidance as a company outside the UK won't care what the UK recommend.

Here's a link to it (or, if you'd rather be safe, google UK Cyber Security Password Advice)...

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/passwords/updating-your-approach

Helcat

Re: Something's not right here

There's a guide to password strength that suggests 10 characters, alphanumeric only, will take 7 months to brute force at most.

12 character including alphanumeric and special, is 34,000 years.

Pass Phrases are best as they are easier to remember and, more importantly, LONG. Remembering the pass phrase (or three + random words, miss-spelt and added substitutions as I've been recommending to friends) being important as you're not tempted to Write the damn thing down or use a password locker - which is about as secure as writing the damn thing down in a note book (Seems secure until someone finds it, at which point they have it and you might not).

That this case seems to be a 10 character limit and cracked the same day: That suggests there's something else happening, such as man-in-the-middle, or a compromised machine, or they've got access to a password store. Then they can just get the password from there instead. Or they're using a shorter list of known passwords, or there's a pattern to the password making 'guessing' it that much easier.

Indeed, most hackers won't bother with true brute force: Those can be easily detected (remember that old 'get it wrong x times and you have to wait an hour. Or two?). Rather, they'd like you to believe they are brute forcing, while they sit there and get your new password from your machine, or password store.

This, of course, is why 2fa or MFA is so important these days.

Microsoft: Russia invasion of Ukraine ‘unlawful, unjustified’

Helcat

"They’ve dropped the sham statements that they weren’t targeting civilians."

They weren't >targeting<. just hitting... accidentally, of course... by aiming at what was right next to them...

Semantics, I know, but that's the military (and often, media) mentality.

Helcat

Apparently, the EV chargers around Moscow stopped working and started showing pro-Ukraine messages, such as 'Putin is a D-head'.

From what was reported - by a Russian source - this was due to the units being sourced from a Ukrainian business that happened to have a 'back door' into the units... and decided to take advantage of that.

That does suggest the Russians weren't covering all bases when they decided to go after one of their infrastructure suppliers home turf...

Tech world's Ukraine response mixes evacuation efforts, ad bans, free phones, infosec FUD

Helcat

Re: Ukraine, we love you:-) Russia: Fuck off.

"Yes, they should rise up and overthrow him, but that's a lot easier said than done and everyone has to put food on the table."

I've seen reports of Russian soldiers surrendering or refusing to fight, claiming they had been deployed on exercise, not to invade Ukraine. How true this is (could be propaganda) I don't know, but the same sources are saying people are quitting their jobs for the Kremlin/government over this, too.

If true: There are people taking a moral stance and risking starving. If false... well, it'd be nice if it were true...

Govt suggests Brits should hand passports to social media companies

Helcat

So are we all going to be issued passports? Free of charge? 'cause I don't have one and don't need one for any other purpose and am not about to pay for something that can so easily be abused just to use unsocial-media.

I would also call into question the validity of using a passport (purpose: Travel documentation) for this. It's in breach of GDPR as it stands (Am not travelling to/from another country when using unsocial-media so no border control to pass through).

Ericsson admits it may have paid off ISIS terrorists

Helcat

Not sure why Isis would need terrorists: She's generally seen as a Good goddess: Protection, Magic, motherhood - got a bit diverse over the years, really.

Still, nice to see Ericsson funding her temples.

Eh? Wrong Isis? Oh... Daesh. Islamic State.

Please don't call them Isis: It's insulting to the Goddess. Not that Daesh care: They probably encouraged it considering they don't want there to be any other religion other than their own in the world. Just call them SHIT (Shiite Hating Islamic Terrorists) instead (they're mostly Sunni). That's more fitting.

Apple tweaks AirTags to be less useful for stalkers, thieves

Helcat

It seems someone has missed the BBC article on this.

Apple are also looking at notifying people if there's an AirTag in their vicinity - one that might be in use to track them.

This is automatic if you have an iPhone, or you need to download the Android version of the app.

Hopefully this is just using the bluetooth signal to determine the AirTag is close by, and remains so as you move around. However, you're putting Apple's App on your phone - what's the betting it needs to track your location, too. After all, it might want to compare your location to that of near by AirTags to see if they're following you...

So yes - sounds like they're trying to do something about the illegal use, but there's a question over if they're also gathering information on people while doing so.

European watchdog: All data collected about users via ad-consent popup system must be deleted

Helcat

Re: Lying F****ers

You missed something: "Every single time you go back to this site. Unless you opt in, at which point they remember your preferences!"

Idea of downloading memories far-fetched say experts after Musk claim resurfaces in latest Neuralink development

Helcat

Re: When did he become the richest man?

That is the one thing people forget about wealth: It's based on estimated net worth: The value of what is owned minus what is owed, and the problem there is value fluctuates. So Tesla has an estimated value, but until it's sold (liquidating assets and all that), the value isn't actually known, so the wealth of the owner isn't known.

So Musk may be estimated as the richest person, but that can easily change: He could be a mere Millionaire tomorrow.

And if he does liquidate assets... that's when the bun fight starts over how much tax he owes and two whom...

Waymo sues California's DMV to block autonomous car crash data from publication

Helcat

Answer is easy

Terms and conditions of the permit is the data has to be made public.

Don't want to make it public? No permit.

It really is that simple.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... a massive black hole spewed out gases that probably helped make stars

Helcat

I believe the claim was relating to distance as Han found a shorter, riskier route which ultimately cut down travel time.

And avoided Imperial patrols.

And sounded impressive, but was delivered in a way that, at the time, implied he was talking about time, hence velocity of the Falcon, and people latched on to the 'secs' of Parsecs, and thought 'Seconds'...

Tesla driver charged with vehicular manslaughter after deadly Autopilot crash

Helcat

That's why I'm not a fan of 'safety' tech that takes away the driver's control. When that tech overrides the driver, you have a problem as to who is actually responsible, especially if the override is due to a bug that appeared in an update that automatically downloaded to the car.

Okay, currently the override is to activate the breaks, but unexpected breaking is considered 'driving without due care and attention'. And as the front sensor that activates those breaks could be reacting to a leaf, raid, or the car in the left turn lane starting to turn left... Not reliable tech.

Helcat

I've a Skoda Kamiq: First one with Lane assist and my first experience with it 'assisting' did feel like it was trying to 'yank' the wheel out of my hands. I've gotten used to it now, so the 'yank' seems more like firm pressure that's not too bad to resist.

I had the same with the brake assist: First time it engaged was a shock - especially as there was no reason for it to do so. If anything, brake assist has proven more trouble than beneficial: I either already know and am adjusting for the 'hazard' or the darn system is reacting to shadows (nothing there!). Not once has it engaged when there was actual need for it to, and not once has it saved lives. It has, however, nearly >caused< an accident (unexpected breaking can do that - especially if the vehicle behind is a motorbike). The audible alert can also be a problem, but less so than the darn car deciding to break unexpetedly.

And now the gov wants all cars to have speed limiters... mine has speed alert : It shows the speed limit on the dashboard and speedometer and would be good if it were in anyway accurate. Unfortunately it rarely is accurate and has displayed speed limits of 20, 45 and even 90mph, insists country roads are 30's (posted 50 when not national speed limit), that a 30 was actually a 40 (speed signs showing 30) and in general is a right mess. Even google maps is more accurate!

The biggest risk, however, is as seen with this story: People getting used to the idea that the car will simply sort everything out so there's no need to pay attention. We shouldn't rely on tech to keep us safe: We should use it to >assist< keeping us safe because the tech has no idea as to what's actually going on. Plus not knowing what the actual speed limit is...

Heart attack victim 'saved' by defibrillator delivery drone*

Helcat

Re: Doctors...

A blocked airway (choking) can be cleared via CPR - the compressions push air out of the lungs as well as compress the heart and can dislodge an obstruction. It's why 'hook and look' got ditched (also - getting fingers bitten was considered a bad thing).

However: DR ABC is a good approach (Danger>Response>Airway>Breathing>Circulation). Someone screaming in pain has a clear airway and a pumping heart. When they stop screaming, however...

(If you want to know more about DR ABC, there are a variety of courses out there that will teach you : They tend to be listed as first aid course :p )

As to the drone dropping off an AED: They're not that large, nor that heavy. One I was carrying a few months back was less than 12" across and weighed a few lb's. I've a larger and heavier one in the office - and that one is several years old (and kept in good condition - never know when you might need it!)

Will I inhale coronavirus at this restaurant? There’s an app for that

Helcat

Re: Ventilation is key

"We also know that improving ventilation decreases the viral load which is why it's virtually impossible to become infected in open air settings."

Erm... not quite: Airflow helps disperse the droplets that contain the virus, but it doesn't reduce the amount of virus in each droplet. Larger droplets fall from the air quite quickly and they have the larger quantity of virus particles. Smaller droplets can persist and get blown around more, but have a smaller amount of the virus.

The main cause of viral spread is proximity, and outdoors you have more space so people spread out meaning lower risk of exposure. Crowd together, however, and the risk goes up.

So it's quite possible to catch covid in open air settings especially if you're crowded together, unmasked, shouting or singing or exhaling with gusto.

Shocking: UK electricity tariffs are among world's most expensive

Helcat

Re: 70's electricty

"a) as per comment above, there is a LOT of wind energy around, however much we extract it's not going to affect the climate"

You come onto a tech forum: One frequented by IT bods, and spout that?

Perhaps you need reminding about Chaos Theory? About the butterfly effect?

Yes, taking energy out of the wind WILL have an impact on the climate. Everything does. The questions is HOW MUCH impact it will have and what form it will take.

The hope is that it will have significantly less impact than burning fossil fuels.

As to the question of what happens to all that wind energy? Some is converted into electricity (Doh!), and some into heat (friction). Noting you can't create or destroy energy, only transform it, that should cover what happens to the energy removed from the wind.

Helcat

Re: 70's electricty

The impact on wildlife (pun intended) has been known for decades. Those impacts also damage the blades meaning they need more frequent replacements which drives up maintenance costs and reduces power production (damaged blades reduce efficiency, and then the turbine is offline for the replacement, which isn't an easy task).

The solution is also known: Change the design. There are several alternatives that generate power more consistently, are less reliant on the direction of the wind, and are easier for birds and bats to see, and so they reduce the number of 'hits' on the blades, meaning the blades last longer.

There are reasons why many companies don't invest in the alternate designs, the main reason being the initial cost. But some do, and they're generating power more consistently - usually on a smaller scale, however, but these alternatives are slowly increasing in popularity.

UK schools slap a hold on facial scanning of children amid fierce criticism

Helcat
Joke

Re: Won’t somebody think of the children!?

Back of the neck, please: And shaved heads need to be mandatory, too.

Please do keep up there.

Assange psychiatrist misled judge over parentage of his kids, US tells High Court

Helcat

Ignoring Assange for a moment:

This 'Lewis' person is telling us what a UK judge would think had they not been told something by a psychiatrist? I am going to assume said psychiatrist is, indeed, a mental health professional who is qualified to assess peoples mental health here.

So 'Lewis' is also a qualified psychiatrist? Doubt it. Did they have an independent psychiatrist assess said mental health? Doesn't seem like it.

Do US courts care about agreements made outside of the US in order to get someone into the US to stand trial? Well, no, they don't (as was reported some years back). They also don't care if crimes were committed outside of the US to get the accused into court. This includes kidnapping, so lying isn't really an issue to them. They might honour an agreement, but there's nothing binding them to do so: It's not really their business. Also: Has Australia agreed to imprison someone on behalf of the US? I believe the answer there was 'no' and I've seen nothing to say that's changed (not that I've looked into that very hard).

So this doesn't seem that convincing. I'd go with a firm 'no' to Lewis on this one. They can challenge the court's decision, but telling us what a Judge would say implies they don't have anything better to present as an argument.

Flip side: This is Assange we're talking about. Isn't he in gaol yet? When is he getting kicked out of the UK? Please: Send him back to Australia and let him be their headache, not ours! After he's served his time for jumping bail, of course.

Online harms don’t need dangerous legislation, they need a spot of naval action

Helcat

Re: There are worse things than abusive tweets.

The problem comes when a tiny minority decide they are the arbiters of all truth and justice and set about informing their representatives, and those of other constituents, to the mistakes being made. Usually repeatedly and occasionally with dire warnings of how not changing ones ways, mind and stance is a 'bad thing'.

AKA harassment.

We don't need an uprising to put those who deem themselves to be our political betters in their place: We should only need to find a suitable candidate to run against them, get enough votes and bing! We've replaced a political better with a proper, independent representative who knows they are only there by the power of the people and nothing more nor less.

Yes, I know: It's a pipe dream, but occasionally it does happen...

Helcat

Re: There's still the old problem

Nope, you mean 'Taking offence'. Giving offence means there was intent to do so.

I am offended that you didn't know this.

Giving offence has an element of reason with it: One where it is considered if a reasonable person would see the statement as intending to offend. Mostly the answer is no. But in taking offence, it's the individual's feeling that matter, not the intention. As such, anyone can take offence for anything, and there is no reason to it as, if you claim my taking offence is unreasonable... that's offensive!

And round and round and round we go...

Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids

Helcat

Re: new organisation Hydra

Nope: Hecate was seen as both good and evil, but mostly in ancient Greece she was deemed to be good and her image was used over portals to ward off evil spirits.

The triple head also seems to be an attempt to connect her to Cerberus, but in most depictions she has but one face.

If you want evil: Zuck himself would be the prime candidate.

IBM US staff must be fully vaccinated by December – or go back to bed without pay

Helcat

Re: Vaccine skepticism: A problem fueled by ubiquitous data and rarefied understanding

AZ is a viral vector: a more established approach to vaccine creation.

Specifically it's a chimp cold virus, modified to resemble Covid-19, without the nasty bits. This is a well established approach to vaccine development.

mRNA has been approved before, just not for something on this scale. It's just that people haven't heard of it before which has caused hesitancy.

So I really don't know where you got your information from, but I got mine from the NHS, and from the BBC interview with the Oxford team who produced it.

Helcat

Re: Shorter development and new technologies

"But at least in the UK, none of the vaccines are yet to be fully licensed"

I think you mean 'Approved'. When Pfizer was approved, it was under a temporary (1 year) term. This was because we were still 'in' the EU and the EMA had to approve the vaccine for full approval. As a short term, emergency measure, individual countries could approve a vaccine or medication pending the approval of the EMA (which has happened) subject to a limited term of temporary approval.

As to the quick turn around: Yes, it was the removal of delays in the overall process that saw this happen. So all the hoops were jumped through, I's dotted, T's crossed, etc.

And example of how the process was sped up was in the testing: AZ, as the example, started production AT RISK at the start of the trials. All volunteers for ALL trials were found before the first trial began. The first trial is for immediate reactions: Is it safe to administer. It's then followed by a test to see if it's effective. As it passed that first point in the first trial, the second, larger trial, began. And similarly the third: They overlapped. So AT RISK, they were carried out over a shorter period, but each was a full trial.

Also, the funding was there from the start: No hunting around for it. And production was under way (again, the at risk) so there was no delay in supplying the first doses.

For clarity: At Risk means financial risk to AZ. If the vaccine had failed to meet standards, or to be approved, the whole lot would have been destroyed. This did happen to some other vaccines, which did not prove to be effective enough.

Helcat

The difference is the vaccine (or having had Covid) reduces the risk of these things. This is because your immune system knows what to look for and how to react resulting in the infection being detected early, antibodies being released to contain, control then eliminate the virus early, limiting the replication and reducing the amount of virus you can emit and hence spread. End result is you're not as great a threat to others as someone who isn't vaccinated and has just caught Covid.

It's the same with masks: They don't *stop* the spread, they reduce it significantly.

State-sponsored Chinese crims targeted India with tax and COVID phishing

Helcat

As the more competent hacker will use a VPN to hide their location - that firewall rule isn't much help :(

Now, if we had infinite monkeys trained with infinite diggers and several rogue meteors we could direct at specific satellites... we'd be out of bananas before we'd cut China off properly :(

Facebook far too consumed by greed to make itself less harmful to society, whistleblower tells Congress

Helcat

Re: "Facebook’s algorithms [..] put immense profit before safety and society"

I've seen reference to this before. It's something a lawyer who understands the principle in question should answer...

but I would question the court who upheld such a claim where the company was acting in the best interests of its clients, or to meet legal requirements. I would certainly question any court's legitimacy if it supported causing harm to the public just so investors got a bigger dividend.

However: Lawyer question more than some random IT geek on a forum :p

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