* Posts by anonanonanonanonanon

54 posts • joined 9 Oct 2020


Texas law banning platforms from social media moderation challenged in lawsuit


Re: Censorship

Uhmmm, I don't think so, much as conservatives want to play the victim, they can go around buying anything they like anywhere, but I think most shops still have the right to refuse and throw out someone who starts ranting at other patrons.

Swift 5.5 unleashed with async keyword to fix 'pyramid of doom', plus other changes in 'massive release'


Re: await

Also in the 5.5 release is structured concurrency, I'm still reading it, but it seems to address what you ask : https://github.com/apple/swift-evolution/blob/main/proposals/0304-structured-concurrency.md

Scam-baiting YouTube channel Tech Support Scams taken offline by tech support scam


Re: YouTube tech support?!

I think more popular youtubers do get preferential treatment and probably do get contacted by them. They're the ones who make youtube money

UK govt draws a blank over vaccine certification app – no really, the report is half-empty


Re: Here in the EU...

The Swiss put their app on github. https://github.com/admin-ch

You've got your own app that you scan the qr code from the vaccine form, another app that can check it without revealing any details apart from your name. Only valid with another form of ID.

It's all completely separate from any other medical stuff

Went to a nightclub a few weeks ago with it, and a festival this past weekend (Nightclubs and large events are only allowed if everyone can prove they are vaccinated)

YouTube's recommendation engine is pretty naff, Mozilla study finds


Needs an "Only watched it to see if it really was that insane" option

I watch YT through my playstation, for the most part, it's pretty good and sticks to the stuff I like on the recommended for you section. But I've madde the mistake once of watching some truly insane nutter out of curiosity and then said nutter and associates kept popping up, and I had to go and start them so I could dislike them before thy eventually went away. If I want to see something like that now I got to private mode on my iPad and watch it there.

Also, don't make the mistake of watching anything gun related, even if't is some odd antique weapon, coz YT is suddenly, oh you like guns? I'll give you guns, nothing but guns.

Amazon Lumberyard is dead, long live the permissively licensed Open 3D Engine


Will Star Citizen switch engine?

Just sell some whales some new ships to fund another switch again I guess

Open standard but not open access: Schematron author complains about ISO paywall


Why is it so troublseome to find specifications?

Although it now seems to now turn up in google search, last year I needed the very specific definition of the EXIF format to try and debug and fix a very annoying problem we had with one implementation we were using. Could I find the damn doc anywhere? No, there were some pages that gave a fairly detailed breakdown, but never quite complete enough. The exif.org website has it, but you cannot find it from the home page. I think I first found it through a chain of links leading somehwere where someone mentioned it in passing in a comment.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'


Re: Man makes idiotic statement on a mailing list...

JUts using the term Virtue Signalling is virtue signalling that one has no virtues

Everything Apple announced: Tor-ish Safari anonymization. Cloaked iCloud addresses. Cloud CI/CD. And more


Re: Gotta sell new hardware

I was hoping someone else would coz the articles I found were old and I got bored, but I'm pretty confident android manufacturers software support hasn't improved much,


Re: Gotta sell new hardware

Meanwhile, average software support for an Android phone is?

Day 3 of the Apple vs Epic trial: What actually is an iPhone anyway?


Re: Don't buy an iPhone Maybe?

Just carry on with the arrogance, cheap devices are either cheap or you're the product, sure, *you'll* know to remove all the bloat and adware, but you represent a tiny majority of buyers, no one selling a mass market device is banking on you buying it, they're planning on making just as much margin as Apple. Apple releasing a cheap device would be a signal that they're just going to sell all the data they have.Everyone competes, Apple make high price products that cost me less time than cheaper ones I have to sanitize.


Re: Don't buy an iPhone Maybe?

`Never, never be happy with a walled garden. It's a prison. Have you stopped trying to look over the walls yet to see the big world? What walls?`

Not even on your own house? Like I say, don't buy a house with a wall if you don't want one, it's not my computer, it's my iDevice.

And I very much feel it's all the techies looking down on me and the snobbishness is strong with this post, as with most who despise Apple devices, it's very much look at all this software? Which one is bad you ask, you can just go read the source code for absolutely all of them, isn't it wonderful, yes sure, you have to have extensive experience with computers to understand it, and plenty of time, but everyone does, right?


Don't buy an iPhone Maybe?

Almost every story here on el reg about Apple will have both the article and the commenters go on about Apple's walled garden and how they would never buy them. Or that Apple users just like to buy shiny gadgets, whatever.

Point is, it's pretty well known that Apple's iDevices are restricted, and some people, myself included, are quite happy about that.

While I'm not happy about the 30% cut apple takes, they don't really earn it anymore, the app store is full of suspect apps, I'm less happy that these suspect apps could free reign to make it even worse by implementing their own deceptive in app purchase mechanisms.

Free Software Foundation urged to free itself of Richard Stallman by hundreds of developers and techies


Re: Oh how the woke wimper

Quite right, when will they learn that freedom of speech is for those in power only? Don't you just wish all these woke people could be silenced and ignored? Only positive and reinforcing views should be allowed, I'm so sick of being forced to read about it all and have to go on forums to express how offended I am

Canonical: Flutter now 'the default choice for future desktop and mobile apps'


Cross platform ok. Same interface for Desktop/Mobile, not so much

I'm very dubious of cross platform solutions that attempt to cross the divide between mobile and desktop, they tend to do both badly and encourage almost exclusive desktop developers to think mobile devices are just like desktops with smaller screens.

SD card slot, HDMI port could return to the MacBook Pro this year, says Apple analyst


But I have all the dongles now!

Having switched over to the all USB-C not long after they came out, I slowly upgraded all my cables and dongles as I needed them. There's only a couple of things I still need dongles for, HDMI dongle, very occasionally to connect to a projector, but most displays support thunderbolt now. Some external HDs still need a dongle, but now I tend to buy stuff with USB-C anyway.

Even before the change, I was doing multi-media stuff, and connecting multiple displays to my laptop, so even 1 HDMI slot was not enough

The Fat iPhone, 11 years on: The iPad's over a decade old and we're still not sure what it's for


Re: It's for...

I do feel a lot of the sneery attitude some techies have towards them is severely misguided, we design for them in construction, inspection and agriculture industries, particularly with drones, but now branching out into using their AR Tools, the addition of a LiDAR sensor has opened up a lot of possibilities.

Drone smashes through helicopter's windscreen and injures passenger


It looks like one, but, but seems to be missing the branding, there are also a lot of cheap clones that look like mavics

Google, Apple sued for failing to give Telegram chat app the Parler put-down treatment


Re: The duopoly needs to learn the hard way!

This is what I thought, you can get a link to a group hosted Signal, which I guess anyone could join, and you could post that link somewhere public.

But AFAIK, there's no facility in Signal to browse groups, so I can't go onto signal and go looking for groups based on subject or the like. Nor do I care for it to do that.

Then they're left with the problem that, short of randomly joining publicly posted groups, they can't go looking through the messages because it's all encrypted.

Over long US weekend, GitHub HR boss quit after firing Jewish staffer who warned Nazis were at the Capitol


Re: Good to see....,

My guess is it would have been a trump supporter trying to play the PC card

Barbs exchanged over Linux for M1 Silicon ... lest Apple's lawyers lie in wait


Re: What am I missing here?

That's not the only motivation such tactics might be employed, protecting a brand is also another reason. Apple can vet all the software they run on it.

Lots of devs confuse iDevices for computers, but your grandma might not want their nephew to install the latest kewl hacks, and should somthing like that happen, it wouldn't be the hcker nephew that gets the blame but grandma blaming apple

Loser Trump is no longer useful to Twitter, entire account deleted over fears he'll whip up more mayhem


Re: Goin' down fightin'

I kinda think that is how he ran his business, and why he failed so many. He very likely had unreasonable beliefs and demands, fired anyone who didn't agree with him, prob ended up with a bunch of yes men who covered what was really happening to the businesses until it was too late, and it all melts down.

Trump silenced online: Facebook, Twitter etc balk at insurrection, shut the door after horse bolts and nearly burns down the stable


I was loking forward to a twitter meltdown after he lost the election, and, well, that went worse than expected

Intel wheels out new face authentication product that works a lot like Apple's FaceID


FaceID and facemasks

My iPhone X faceID would not work with a face mask on, but in the last couple of weeks, it's started working again, maybe at the last iOS update? I'm not entirely sure, haven't been out so much and used it as we faced deeper restrictions here... plus time is all becoming a bit of a blur.

It is one of my favourite features TBH, better and more reliable than touchID, really annoyed to go back to the PIN when FaceID stops working

File format conversion crisis delayed attempt to challenge US presidential election result


Re: Cassandra

They certainly attempted to rig it, by screwing with the postal service for one hoping to delay valid votes, suggesting people vote twice as another.

Now the corrupt idiot (or maybe just senile?) is phoning people up to get them to just fix the figures how he wants them

As Uncle Sam continues to clamp down on Big Tech, Apple pelted with more and more complaints from third-party App Store devs


But I like that it's very hard to accidentally install crap on my iPhone

Although many here object strongly, I actually like that apple exerts strong control over what can get installed on my iPhone and the restrictions it places on developers to comply to certain standards. I agree that the cut is a bit large, but otherwise, completely and utterly fine that say, apps can't download executable code, or that a snooping app can't be sideloaded without me knowing it's there.

If you don't like that, don't buy an Apple phone. It seems to me, that to a certain extent, some devs would really like to get around one of the reasons I buy apple in the first place to sell me shitty apps with dodgy in app purchases

LibreOffice 7.1 beta boasts impressive range of features let down by a lack of polish and poor mobile efforts


Re: UI coding isn't that bad

Ugh, QT, no, maybe for desktop, but far more trouble than it's worth for mobile, it only appeals to devs who like to make a project 10 times more complicated for the pleasure of pushing cpp on mobile and thinking they've done a much better job because they've made everything as bad as it is for them.

Glastonbury hippy shop Hemp in Avalon rapped for spouting 'plandemic' pseudoscience


Re: Knowing what you're talking about

But you don't understand, all these big heads who know stuff specifically created a system to discredit natural healers, things like science were engineered in such as way, with things like double blind drug trials, to put honest healers with natural remedies and simple charms out of business so big pharma can control the market, it's all corrupt you see.

Or so I read in a comment somewhere, jews have something to do with it too.

Comcast to impose 1.2TB-a-month broadband download limits across more of America from next year


Re: $30 extra for unlimited?

Switzerland, 69CHF (Nice) (~75USD) a month for 1Gbit/s up/down unlimited

Just checked my account and they say they're going to reduce it next month to 49CHF, didn't even ask.

Trump fires cybersecurity boss Chris Krebs for doing his job: Securing the election and telling the truth about it


Re: Nice to see you all have completed your subversion training courtesy of commies

What's the ILLEGITMATE PRESIDENT narrative?

The narrative I've seen is that he's an incompetent buffoon, perpetual liar, narcissist.

But recently I've been seeing posts like this, rewriting history to try and justify the massive fraud claims.

I think most people think it was unfair he won despite losing the popular vote, and that he possibly colludes with foreign powers to try and get dirt on his rivals and influence the vote.

But this narrative you speak of? where is it?


Whats to come

I'm guessing his replacement will tow the Trump line and declare massive voter fraud without evidence? Is it going to be another sharpie thing on a whole new scale? Trump start presenting crudely altered results his aides have drawn for him?

Not on your Zoom, not on Teams, not Google Meet, not BlueJeans. WebEx, Skype and Houseparty make us itch. No, not FaceTime, not even Twitch


Video is better than a voice conference

As someone who has a great deal of difficulty tellings people voices apart, seeing people faces is a great help, as is just seeing the expressions, which helps me to understand people a lot better.

TBH though, I've hated telephones for a long time, and it's much harder still if you're trying to speak and understand a foreign language, I find facial cues help a tremendous amount. I hardly ever even use voice calls on my mobile, it's usually spam, anyone who knows me knows to send text, chat, etc, and I speak to my mum on facetime, given a choice of calling a number or any other means of communication, i will hunt down any other method of contacting rather than talk to someone on a phone.

The revolution will not be televised because my television has been radicalised



What sort? Care to give an example?

Election security fears doused with reality: Top officials say Nov 3 'was the most secure in American history.' The end


Re: Some thoughts on the election

Well, no, they didn't have the internet, and the UK and US court systems are vastly different, it was handled by the police, who did (eventually) find him. I find your comparison quite absurd.

But all "evidence" here is not being done by the police, FBI or anyone, it's a bunch of trumpists saying, "I heard so and so". And my, don't the jokesters have a lot of that

However, we do have a top elected us official encourage voters to commit voter fraud on video.


Re: Some thoughts on the election

All that and you could have provided a link to the evidence.

I'm not aligned either way, I'm just inclined to believe accusations made without evidence and I want to seem reasonable by first mentioning that I'm definitely not a stooge


No link to source for those claims? What a surprise, if trump holds up 4 fingers and says there's 5, will you agree?

Apple cracks down on iOS terminal apps because they can download code


Re: The Store has to open!

It kinda is the device owners choice, don't buy one

Apple built their brand on this model, all along developers (some, not all, but a very vocal set) have complained endlessly, on various issues, from declaring things they thought were vital in smartphones that apple didn't implement, walled gardens, app dev restrictions and that they would never use it.

Apple still managed to be hugely successful, now those developers want to remove the things that people bought into apple for in the first place so they can have a slice of the pie that they declared would never materialise.


job, securely, reliably and efficently.?

Like stopping users from installing apps that can change their purpose with executable code?

They're so paranoid about reliability it's one of the reasons apps always have had such restrictions

Most apps are pretty single purpose too, making them pretty efficient

Biden projected to be the next US President, Microsoft joins rest of world in telling Trump: It looks like... you're fired


Re: Not if Republicans run the senate

Yeah, but Trump did suggest voters should vote twice, one mail in, and one in person, to test things out....

Apple emits iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS patches to fix three hijack-my-device flaws exploited in the wild


Re: Security update - shirley not

The 14.2 which is the new iOS version, which includes new features and security updates

There's also 12.4.9 which is for older phones that don't support the latest iOS, which is just the security updates

Luke Skywalker used to bullseye womp rats in his T-16 on Tatooine. But Star Wars: Squadrons misses the mark


Rogue Squadron was the best

I really wanted a rogue squadron, this wasn't it, but I stlll enjoyed it, and it is a bit cheaper than regular games I guess. I did find a couple of sudden ramps in difficulty in certain missions that were frustrating, I almost gave up on it, but did finish on Pilot level and didn't much feel like continuing. Bit disappointed there was no decent trench run section too.

I got Watchdogs Legion and that's keeping me very occupied now.

Let’s check in with that 30,000-job $10bn Trump-Foxconn Wisconsin plant. Wow, way worse than we'd imagined


Re: El Reg becoming political now ?

I just can't, i want to rant, but, oh

Factual Propaganda...


News! It's just factual propaganda, why do facts make the orange one look so bad?


Re: El Reg becoming political now ?

Lol, tech news like this is register bread and butter.



NASA hires Nokia to build first 4G network on the Moon as part of plan to boldly go back to lunar surface by 2024


Wonder what the roaming charges will be?

Rambo: First Bork. Turns out John Rambo is no match for a bad CMOS checksum


Ah fond memories, I used to go to that very place in Wokingham when I were a lad over 20 years ago, used to be called something different, but the only place in town with arcade machines

Gamers are replacing Bing Maps objects in Microsoft Flight Simulator with rips from Google Earth


Re: I think the key point is that you CAN import from elsewhere

I don't think how they're exporting the data from google is compliant with Google's terms and conditions.

And Bing/MS probably also has Terms and conditions against importing copyrighted 3rd party models.

I saw a vid on this not long after MSFS came out, and it's not a simple step of hitting export in google, more like intercepting the 3d data when querying 3d data on google maps.

It's that time of the year when Apple convinces you last year's iPhones weren't quite magical enough, so buy this new 5G iPhone 12 instead


Re: Why ?

Well, be baffled, but many would say it's a feature, not a drawback. It's a phone, not a computer, it's pretty damn secure and has all the apps you need, and blocks a lot of apps you definitely don't

iOS is also very good as a development platform (If you're not one to reflexively gag at the word of apple mentioned). I think this is partly the reason many apps come first on iOS, it's very quick to develop for, and swift (which i used to dislike) makes it pretty hard to write in dumb bugs.



Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2021