* Posts by vekkq

71 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Oct 2021


NASA warns as huge solar flare threatens comms, maybe astronauts too


Re: A, B, C, . . M ?

Missed opportunity to just go ABCDE, with D for dense flare.

China breakthrough promises optical discs that store hundreds of terabytes


Erase hundreds of terabytes with one simple scratch!

Chrome engine devs experiment with automatic browser micropayments



We had that with Flattr. It died last year.

Raspberry Pi Pico cracks BitLocker in under a minute


when you type your pw after the device has been tampered with.

Robots with a 'Berliner Schnauze' may appear more trustworthy to locals


Wouldn't be surprised if all robots eventually speak in kawaii anime girl voices.

Japan's lunar lander is dying before our eyes after setting down on Moon


Re: Space is Hard

Landing safely on uneven ground would be a bigger challenge than navigating to a better spot.

Vodafone signs a 10-year, $1.5B deal with Microsoft that sheds European DCs


I never heard Azure and saving money in the same article.

Teardown finds Huawei's 5nm notebook processor was made in Taiwan, not China


meanwhile exactly no one checked if the chip is even 5nm.

Suffering from tab overload? Vivaldi unveils Session Panels


I use multiple accounts in Vivaldi to meet those needs. Having a separate browser history beats the other options imo.

Vivaldo? Java? Worse. the UI runs on node & react.

NASA engineers scratch heads as Voyager 1 starts spouting cosmic gibberish


Re: Excelent design - aliens must be proud

i'm waiting for DRM on rockets. What could possibly go wrong ..

Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater


FV in 2024

Formal verification is adopted as the only means to write software. Cybersecurity incidents become so rare that El Reg has nothing to write about. Reg follows 2023's greatest trend and fires half the sods tasked to read comments today. A great year for IT, but at what cost?

What's really going on with Chrome's June crackdown on extensions – and why your ad blocker may or may not work


Re: This, coupled with YouTube's recent blitz

It isn't illegal to block ads. Rather, EU folks are questioning whether scanning for adblocking is illegal. Google won't get far. It will be a bumpy ride however.

Musk's first year as Twitter's Dear Leader is nigh


Re: Twitter^h^h^h^h^h^h^hX

Just Twitter is fine. Everyone understands that name. Thank you. Have Musk change names all he wants - it won't stick.


Re: Going downhill fast, and so is Twitter

so its basically what the recommendation algorithms would give you.


Re: Mastodon remains the most exciting alternative

Mastodon servers differ in rules, ui coloring, emotes and blocks. it might interest you, whether you can repost nsfw stuff or memes of darker humor on a server.

Volkswagen stuck in neutral after 'IT disruption'


I heard a whisper saying that they forgot to pay the license fees for their switches.

Europe wants easy default browser selection screens. Mozilla is already sounding the alarm on dirty tricks


I can understand why though. All the nonsensical names for preinstalled programs, which didn't give a hint for what they are for, are an obstacle for beginners to adopt the platform.

Google Chrome Privacy Sandbox open to all: Now websites can tap into your habits directly for ads


Re: Sneaky

Brave is rather suspect. E.g. for having a built-in cryptocurrency wallet. Would you trust someone who thinks crypto is a good idea?

ICANN warns UN may sideline tech community from future internet governance


Re: if it ain't broke, don't fix it

I don't see how anything of that has something to do with Internet infrastructure governance.


if it ain't broke, don't fix it

> The UN doesn't appear to cause planes to fall out of the sky etc, so i'm not sure why people appear inclined to believe that they'd accidentally break the internet.

Right now, the internet works good enough. Better wait til its broken, before changing its governance.

X may train its AI models on your social media posts


its still Twitter

> "X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter"

Elon and his company can try to rename it all they want. They are only in the position to make suggestions. Most people still call it Twitter, therefore that is its name.

Cage match: Zuck finally realizes Elon is full of twit


Re: Never go full twit.

And then everybody forgets to ever open the door again

Arc: A radical fresh take on the web browser


Liam writing more articles in the comment section than the main page. Heh.

AMD Zenbleed chip bug leaks secrets fast and easy


Re: Math Functions

Cryptography computations typically run with special hardware flags to avoid the known pitfalls, including issues with speculative execution (see e.g. ssbd, psfd). These computations are a lot less likely to be affected by this new bug.

I'm not sure how far this extends to login fields, but they could technically be protected too. Only thing to worry about applying protection are performance hits, which I doubt would be that big, if applied with precision.

This AI is better than you at figuring out where a street pic was taken just by looking at it


Re: Once again, powerful pattern matching being dressed up as "AI"

If you ask the people who dressed up AI as something exclusively-futuristic about a century ago, their mind would be blown by this pattern recognition ability.

You can either keep up the chase of making AI always something inherently unachievable, which I think is pointless, or go with the current sense that AI is just a synonym for modern machine learning.

Prepare for a meme massacre: Snap snuffs out Gfycat in September


According to the Wikipedia article, Digital Dark Age doesn't really seem to refer to information loss through corps closing their libraries (or DRM servers shutting down). It should perhaps.

Kinder, gentler Oracle says it's changed, and now wants you to succeed


Oracle finally figured out that you can make a lot of money with deception too. Took em long enough.

GitHub accused of varying Copilot output to avoid copyright allegations


Re: How close does code have to be?

If you would sell the work, not the product, there would be no need for copyright.

Shopify sees $1.5B loss turn into $68M profit, celebrates by firing 20% of staff


task bloating

i guess its either lots of experimental side projects, wasteful bureaucracy or massive task bloating.

US watchdog grounds SpaceX Starship after that explosion


Re: They may call it a success...

afaik the rocket's flight went unstable - wobbling, bending, turning, apparently set in motion by midflight course correction, to account for the failed engines. the rocket was purposefully terminated, when stage separation was supposed to happen.

Singapore tells its people: Go forth and block those ads


Tracking for billing purposes

It would be easy to put up local static ads. But I guess that's rarely done, because an advertiser cannot verify the count of people going to the site?


switching off some overly aggressive filter lists might help.

ChatGPT creates mostly insecure code, but won't tell you unless you ask



What I take from this, isn't a lack of reasoning. ChatGPT gave you the code. It doesn't know that you wanted secure code, because you didn't ask for it. It will not imply that for you. Question is, should it?

More ads in Windows 11 Start Menu could be last straw for some


Am I the only one who's using Windows because of a (crippling) gaming addiction? Also its rather convenient that most Linux tools work on Windows too.

I'm glad that game platform compatibility and VM tech improved a lot in the last years, so that I can ditch Windows soon and dodge the Windows 11 mess entirely.

US government says Silicon Valley Bank depositors can get their cash on Monday


Re: Good article

i think that would only work if short elreg articles were a thing, since you wont have that much information normally.

Ex-Tweep mocked by Musk for asking if he'd actually been fired


We would be happy if Elon was only 'lazy' - what does the CEO of Twitter do besides tweeting? - but Elon is also utterly destructive.

Transmission FOSS BitTorrent client hits version 4.0


Re: Transmission running on Windows

Thank you for pointing that out.

I think to remember that Transmission's demon didn't run on Windows, but that must have been forever ago. 2.97 also works in Windows.


Transmission running on Windows

That is new.

Twitch bans AI-generated Seinfeld show for making transphobic jokes


Re: Feature suggestion

full quote:

> “I’m thinking about doing a bit about how being transgender is actually a mental illness. Or how all liberals are secretly gay and want to impose their will on everyone. Or something about how transgender people are ruining the fabric of society, but no one is laughing, so I’m going to stop. Thanks for coming out tonight. See you next time. Where’d everybody go.”

GPU slowdown earns Discord weird bug of the week


Re: Electron's the bug

Btw. Discord switched to React Native a while back.

Meanwhile, in Japan, pet fish run up credit card bill on Nintendo Switch


Re: Intelligence

Everyone will have to patch their fish tank RCE now.

Publisher halts AI article assembly line after probe


Re: you must credit it as an author

Telling what tool you used to make measurements is to make your study verifiable and falsifiable.

Whether an AI laid out words on your paper however is not relevant to a study.

Midjourney, DeviantArt face lawsuit over AI-made art


Am I the only one to see the problem in that people have to worry about their livelihoods?

Not wanting to sound like a derailed optimist, but change would be much easier to accept, if people's livelihoods would be taken care of, independent of what work they do or not do.

If you gonna like it or not, AI-generated imagery is going to stay, since its far too convenient to ignore.


People mostly retell jokes too. The few jokes peeps come up with are often derivates of other jokes, or just not that funny to begin with.

On the other hand, AI is unintentionally surprising. We wouldn't talk about it, if it was boring.

Microsoft's Lennart Poettering proposes tightening up Linux boot process


Brave New World. Talking about hints ..

Scientists tricked into believing fake abstracts written by ChatGPT were real


Re: Peer reviewers eh? What are they like?

They were given abstracts to read, not entire papers.

It says absolutely nothing about the quality of peer review.

US schools sue Meta, Google and friends over 'youth mental health crisis'


Sorry, I wasn't accounting for the additional issues US schools may have. What I meant is that schools often do a poor job in keeping kids motivated and interested in learning at all. Today, the difference it makes to kids is that the school isn't even the place to meet your friends anymore, since you can keep up with them via social media.


I enjoy a good big corp burn at stake moment. But, school systems are also to blame. They are dreadful learning environments. I understand why kids want to avoid them.

OpenAI is developing software to detect text generated by ChatGPT



> Yes, generative language models can be good but they don't know what they're talking about

Problem is, I can say the same thing about many humans.