* Posts by Darryl

1569 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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Re: Not an AI

"Who is going to pay? The drivers, that's who."

So hundreds of millions of drivers have to pay to install new equipment in their vehicles, including the aforementioned hassles of taking the time to get it installed, etc. because a few hundred Tesla "drivers" can't be bothered to pay attention to where they're going?

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BlackBerry snips Alcatel label off a midrange biz 'Droid, sells it for $299

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I'm kind of liking this phone. Might be easier to convince our "Anything but Android" director by pointing out the BB logo on the back and extra security.

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Apple Watch exec Bob Mansfield 'gets into secret Apple car'

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Re: Car?

"I wonder does an Apple car only unlock with an Apple iPhone?"

Worse, it would have to be logged into iCloud and used cars will be unable to be activated because they're still locked to someone else's iCloud account.

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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Re: Buy stock in bullshit makers Now!

@ Steve Davies 3

You forgot:

4) Everyone plugs in their new electric car, using up all of this extra power and most of the existing, causing a global brownout.

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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"web celeb Milo Yiannopoulos"

Sorry, never heard of him

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"it's actually not racially biased when you consider criminality rates across races"

Like the cop in Miami who was concerned that an autistic guy had a gun (which was obviously a toy truck) so he naturally shot the guy's black therapist, who was lying on the ground with his hands in the air?

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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...and get the hell off my lawn!

I'm an old fart and even I'm impressed by how 'grumpy old man' you all sound.

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

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Re: Capture? What capture

Yes

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Dying! Yahoo! writes! off! half! of! the! $1bn! it! paid! for! Tumblr!

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I need to point out

...that is the most apt in-article stock image El Reg has ever used.

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Never before have so many with so little to say said so much to so few.

(One of my favourite Despair.com demotivators)

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IBM caps '20 years' of deep MS love with Surface deal

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Unhappy

Surface Authorised Distributors

Sort of an unfortunate acronym...

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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Re: Excuse du jour

Or the Audi 5000, where people gave themselves shin splints trying to push the brake pedal down harder. Only it turned out they were holding the accelerator down by mistake?

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Keep up the pressure on the telcos, Canada

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Re: Hard to believe

The difference now is, the "men with shovels" are corporate lobbyists shovelling "campaign contributions" into the pockets of politicians.

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Windows Phone users beg Pokémon Go creators for attention

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Re: There are dozens of us, DOZENS!!!

I'm horrified to know that I'm not safe from Pokemon Go because I own an Android phone. And worse, I have a company iPhone!!

Oh wait. I didn't install Pokemon Go on either of them. Phew, crisis averted.

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SETI mulls reboot: Believing the strangest things, loving the alien

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Re: Alien search

Wait. I thought we were looking for intelligent life?

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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

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@ShelLuser

You'd think they'd know all about dynamic IP addresses already, though, because the sites were obviously designed back in the days of dial-up

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Re: Smug, complacent and wrong.

Sure they've learned. As per the comment above, they're now blocking your IP if you try to get in. That'll make sure you never never ever have any way to get back there.

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Drowning Dalek commands Siri in voice-rec hack attack

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Re: drowning dalek ?

Siri, you will open XKCD.com. Resistance is futile

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Amazingly insecure industrial control systems + internet = Cupful of nope

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The vulnerabilities aren't surprising, as a huge number of these controls are running old versions of Windows and doing things like patching and installing antivirus packages can bugger up the proprietary software that seems to be designed to be flaky on purpose to ensure lots of expensive after sales service by the manufacturer.

What surprises me is why these things are connected to the internet? I can understand having to plug them in for remote support occasionally, but they should be isolated the rest of the time. That's what we've always done...

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Galaxy S7 Active can't swim, claims site. But it can, vendor retorts

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As mentioned above, Consumer Reports buys all of their test items from a retail store

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IBM scraps loyal staffer gifts in favour of... a congratulatory social page

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The large multinational that bought the ex-large multinational that I started working for back in the dawn of time, shut down the plant I worked in three months before my 25th anniversary. I still believe it was just to avoid spending money on a service award gift for me.

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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I saw that iOS10's messaging app will have the ability to translate your texts to strings of emojis, so you're closer than you think...

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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So she's a Sociologist now?

That means she can ask the big question - WHY you want fries with that

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Re: ?

Don't forget the part about Kim doing a sextape with a marginally famous rapper and her mother seizing upon it as a business opportunity.

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The problem with Canada? The price of broadband is too damn high

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Re: The price of broadband is too damn high

I'm paying $70/month for 25Mbps with a data cap of 300 GB. Not sure what the upload speed is, but I think it's 4-5Mbps

The reason it's so cheap (HAH!) is because it's bundled with $90 worth of TV and a $17 home phone line.

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Re: a few hugely vertically and horizontally integrated companies

Don't forget Shaw has decided to join the other three in mobility too by buying up Wind Mobile with funds from petty cash...

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Re: O Canada

From what I read, Canada didn't block anything... One of the Canadian assholes ISPs lodged a complaint with YouTube and YouTube voluntarily blocked it for Canadian IPs

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Re: It's an old story

Don't you mean his "hookers 'n' blow" budget?

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Re: Let the lawsuits begin

Yay! Another unrelated car analogy. Does GM remotely remove the engine from her car and substitute another one that doesn't run properly without her consent or knowledge?

So she should be paying a 'techie' to ensure that MS doesn't foist Win10 on her computer? And how exactly is she supposed to know this? Sounds like her computer was working just fine before

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

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Re: The second video taken from across the airfield

Phone software should have a mode whereby it delivers electric shocks to users who try to film vertically

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I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

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I thought MTV had given up on music and was concentrating on pregnant teenagers and teenage moms and teenagers trying to get pregnant and pregnant moms who are teenagers and...

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US House to vote on whether poor people need mobile phones

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Instead of "People abuse the system, so we should shut the system down,", which hurts all of the people who legitimately need it, how about "People abuse the system, so we should fix the system to make sure it can't be abused."

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Re: "he customer definitely does get a nice big fat discount for taking a chance... but "

...only driven by a little old lady to the ISS on Sundays...

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Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

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Re: Complications: borrowed from mechanical watches.

Complications to me evokes "There were complications during the surgery,"

Really not a good name for something that's claimed to make your life easier

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Re: Understand

I prefer "Cats have staff."

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

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Re: "almost two millennia under water..."

Wonder if they spent the extra drachma and got AntikytheraCare on it...

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Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches

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What's disconcerting about speedos is the fact that approximately 99.7% of men who wear them have bodies that really, really need to be more covered up.

And yes, I'm including myself in that group. But I don't wear speedos - the sounds of people around me retching and gagging disturbs my fun by the water.

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iOS10 bloatware deletion

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Re: I agree some of that is bloatware, but Contacts?

From what I've read, it looks suspiciously like the icon gets hidden, but the app is still sitting there taking up space. So you're right - no different that stuffing them all into my 'Apple Shit' folder hidden away on the 2nd screen

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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Re: But do you make the vapers stand with the smokers?

No, make AA members DRINK their milk in pubs. And their morning coffee

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After spending some quality time on a commuter train filled with people who wear scents, I have breathing issues for the rest of the day. Yet no-one is calling for perfume wearers to be banished to the far corner of the parking lot.

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

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If we're taxing things just because they cause people to become a burden on the health care systems, then we should also be taxing sporting goods because concussions, broken limbs, muscle strains, etc.

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"We will finish off our tofu and avocado salad, wash it down with a fruit tea infusion, cry a little inside, and wonder where it all went wrong..."

...and we won't live any longer, but it'll sure feel like forever

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Re: Teching self-help

Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day, but give him a case of dynamite and soon the village will be showered with mud and seaweed and unidentifiable chunks of fish.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Re: America?

ElectricRook. I'm sure that Mexico will appreciate your geography lesson.

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

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"we're on track for a single standard hole for most portable devices any year now."

And then Apple will come out with something more proprietary and expensive

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So. Why don't people talk to invisible robots in public?

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"I found three restaurants that serve fermented sea cucumber. Would you like me to display the nearest?"

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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No, his mistake was living somewhere that something like this is even legally allowed to happen.

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Winston Churchill glowers from Blighty's plastic fiver

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Re: It is safe in the washing machine - how about the dryer?

If it's the same material as Canadian dollars, they don't handle the dryer at high heat very well. Gets all crumple-y, but still recognizable.

The two most annoying things are, they're very thin and tend to static together when new, so you have to be very careful you're only handing over one bill, and when they get folded crooked, it's almost impossible to un-crease them and re-fold them straight.

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