* Posts by Beeblebrox

17 posts • joined 29 Apr 2020

Nokia's reboot of the 5310 is a blissfully dumb phone that will lug some mp3s about just fine


Re: Would this be a good 'phone to have ...

Maybe nobody has thought of shitting down the 5G networks in Australia yet?

I know why: 1st wave of covid-19 infections in Australia is still too low to reap the benefits of torching 5G towers.

Switzerland 'first' country to roll out contact-tracing app using Apple-Google APIs to track coronavirus spread


PRC app

In the meantime, it's reassuring to know that the technology used in the PRC may become mandatory post covid-19 to track future medical conditions.

The West should be aware that like minded bureaucrats may want to follow suit.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC


New PC

"The Register feels Torvalds has probably acquired a whole new PC, as the Threadripper range requires a sTRX4 socket and those debuted on motherboards from late 2019."

Same PC, just new CPU, RAM, Mobo and maybe graphics cards.

Campaign groups warn GCHQ can re-identify UK's phones from COVID-19 contact-tracing app data


Re: Thank you

Also, the 'Counter Disinformation Cell' feels it needs a broader remit and a better name:

'Ministry of Truth' springs to mind.

Maybe someone could suggest a shorter, pithy abbreviation?

New Zealand releases Bluetooth-free COVID-19 tracing app


It doesn't end until we have herd immunity or a vaccine

... or social isolation ends all transmission.

May be hard to achieve.

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl


ADT is guilty of trusting its employees

For ...

Seven _years_


Re: His own email?

Seven _years_

Open letter from digital rights groups to UK health secretary questions big tech's role in NHS COVID-19 data store


dysfunction and a hole

Has the amanfromars bot changed it's handle?

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit


Face Recognition

Don't forget that you need some kind of goggles to protect your eyes from airborne coronavirus.

May also give greater chance of defeating face recognition.

ALGOL 60 at 60: The greatest computer language you've never used and grandaddy of the programming family tree


Not quite how I remember it

"you basically march up to the machine, the machine's got the ALGOL system loaded, you run your programme, it produces gibberish"

When I was in the sixth form, one of my maths teachers had a contact at the local Poly. We were low priority, do we got to leave our precious punched tapes with the operator who would run it for us in time for us to pick up the gibberish the next day.

Needless to say I thought computers were complete bollocks.

A couple of years later when I was at University, and they had these lineprinter style terminals, I started to think wow, maybe there's something in this; soon after I got access to a green screen terminal.

The rest is history.

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register


If it was Labour in power


The point of containers is they aren't VMs, yet Microsoft licenses SQL Server in containers as if they were VMs


only I -OR- or me AND the missus drive it

Works for the car insurance companies.

FYI: Your browser can pick up ultrasonic signals you can't hear, and that sounds like a privacy nightmare to some


How much simpler do you need IT to be?

Why set limits?


record everything and skip the adds

My tv aerial has been pointing in the wrong direction since a storm a few years ago.

Since then I've got by with downloading everything, and some kind soul has skipped all the ads on my behalf.

Like life for a lot of us, Google's 2020 was going relatively fine until March hit. Ad sales nosedive, but yay for cloud and Chromebooks?


Non-ad YouTube sales

Is that purely subscriptions?

In such a case it would be impressive: around the same as YouTube ad sales.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink


block printers from accessing the internet.

Good idea. Why don otherwise?

Another option is to stop printing.

I think I printed < 5 pages of A4 last year. Nothing yet this year.

I have a criminally slow HP LaserJet from around 2010 at home. This got a bit of a workout when the kids were still at school, I even bought some kind of toner refill in around 2015.

Aussie immunology legend consults Twitter for his local off-licence opening hours


Re: Thing is, it wasn't even a question.

"It lacked a question mark"

Apparently Twitter, like Google, does not mandate question marks.

Sounds like Twitter is missing a trick by not showing relevant ads.


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