* Posts by Rafael 1

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

Rafael 1

Re: "Wendelstein 7-X"

Upvoted because it was the fascistic storytelling of my youth too. Even today I consider learning German just to see what happened after issue 500-ish.

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Uber rebrands to the sound of whalesong confusion

Rafael 1

...so we're* ditching it as a news source...

* For very small values of "we"

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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

Rafael 1

Re: Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: FacOps

Why not call also other essential stakeholders (can I still use "stakeholders"?) like pizza or chinese/indian delivery restaurants, people that clean the office, Human Resources Humans, Company Lawyers, Middle Managers, Facilitators/Motivators/Intermediators?

Just call it PizChiIndCleanHRHParasitesMoreParasitesOhLookMoreParasitesFacOps.

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Brit airline pilots warn of drone menace

Rafael 1

Re: How bad?

I don't know why the OP was downvoted, and I bet he is not advocating reckless use of drones near airports.

I have the same question. I guess it would be bad if it enters the turbine, but how bad would that be? And if it hit the cockpit? Any differences if the hit was when the plane was approaching landing?

Wonder if this is a good what-if to ask Randall Munroe.

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Brazilian whacks: as economy tanks, cyber-crooks samba

Rafael 1
Mushroom

Phising and spam are also increasing

I've noticed a huge recent increase in the amount of phishing attempts. It is funny because I get 5-10 similar messages in a day, often in a very short intervals.

Ironically, one I received recently stated that "the Federal Police (our Feds) obtained proof that you are breaking the law, click here for more details"... with a link to a weird site.

Some time ago the phishers used to explore out-of-country websites (lots of nasty payloads in small association web sites, BnB sites, etc.) Nowadays dozens of sites like www.gwrzx.com.br are registered daily, if you complain to the internet providers they do nothing. Combine that with a "oh, I got a message, must be important, this guy knows me, must reply" kind of mentality for a recipe for disaster.

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Brazil gets a WTF WhatsApp moment

Rafael 1

Re: What if?

(too late to edit my own post)

They *DO* make a dime from WhatsApp, actually at least two -- on a prepaid plan, they charge 75 cents of a Brazilian real (20 cents) for each day for data (with additional restrictions, limit on daily data usage) -- this allows plain SMS and WhatsApp. When you use all your KB for a day you can "renew" for a similar amount of money.

One of the telcos even have a WhatsApp-friendly plan! What they want is a way to charge MORE to people that want to use WhatsApp.

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Rafael 1

Re: What if?

FWIW, the judge asked for the information in July 23rd (he asked for the contents of some user's messages, this user was suspect of some crimes -- he was arrested in 2013!). The judge asked again in August 7th, with a fine in case they didn't comply. Now we had this blackout and outcry.

The main issue behind this is Brazilian telecoms are starting to complain about Whatsapp since it is not regulated by the National Telecom Agency, while the operators are, which (in their opinion) is unfair.

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Rafael 1

Re: "...sad to see Brazil isolate itself from the rest of the world"

(temporary) Expat here. I was able to do two Skype video conferences and send/receive e-mail during that horrible, horrible Whatsapp blackout. SWMBO works in a Brazilian IT office, though, and told me that some people's hands were shaking from the withdrawal symptoms.

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Rafael 1

Re: Limited?

...which is used by over 90 per cent of Brazilians...

[[citation needed]] -- there are 200 million Brazilians there.

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Seagate wears dunce's cap in hi-cap disk ship slip

Rafael 1

I summon Edward Rolf Tufte

Colors are similar, text is tiny, label boxes too, but aw, come on, at least it is quite blurred and badly rescaled!

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Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

Rafael 1

Why? Inquiring minds want to know

Why www.cybersquirrel1.com when www.cybersquirrel.com is available (at least for the next 45 minutes)?

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VirusTotal invites Apple fans to play in updated Mac malware sandpit

Rafael 1
Devil

Re: What do you mean, the internet told you something else??

Good thing we're learning the truth from an anonymous commentard :-)

You could be extra convincing if used "sheeple" and "fanbois" in your post.

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

Rafael 1

Jumping enthusiastically onto the airborne parcel bandwagon..

...what could possibly go wrong?

Just out of curiosity,which is the Brit equivalent of "it was taking a gander at my daughters so I've shoot it?"

Something with catapults and/or crossbows, I hope.

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Cisco: The day of PCs is passing, cloud storage will dominate by 2019

Rafael 1

The end of PCs...

... flying cars, affordable and useful robots, the year of the Linux desktop, colonies on the moon, Peak Apple, Leonardo DiCaprio gets an Academy Award, end of spinning hard disks, cloning yourself for spare parts, everybody giving up on Java, end of reality shows as mankind realizes it was pointless, real quantum computing, three-day week for IT workers, teleportation of whole pizzas and not only particles that no one can see, non-dorky-looking wearable computers, invisibility cloaks, a real Wonka everlasting gobstopper.

What else, did I miss any?

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Balloon-lofted space podule hits 30,000m

Rafael 1

Re: strong liquid courage

I'll bet they serve Johnny Walker Red Label, at {$,£,€} 100 a dose. Yuck.

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Microsoft mavens promise proper quantum computer in 10 years

Rafael 1

But wait a minute; don't we already have quantum computers?

We do, until someone try to observe them, then we don't.

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

Rafael 1

To others...

"...the word's been adopted as a prefix in the term ““brogrammer” that denotes macho programmers who bring sexist attitudes into the workplace and make life difficult for women in technology-heavy workplaces"

To be honest it is the first time I ever read about this. Before reading this quite tendentious definition I would believe a brogrammer would cover other brogrammer's mistakes or collaborate with other brogrammers projects' and drink cheap beer while coding. What a world.

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

Rafael 1

Re: The author put cookies in quotations ffs.

As in /it will almost certainly be logging your "IP address" and placing "cookies" on your computer/ ?

That was my first hint that this is not a serious article he (she?) forgot the quotes in "computer".

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

Rafael 1

Mildly nsfw?

I love it how the "mildly nsfw" bit was just below the picture -- it took me half an hour to notice it.

The picture, of course, can't be unseen.

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Fancy a mile-high EARJOB? We've had five!

Rafael 1

Re: A pair of cans which cancels out those noises entirely would be worth a lot of money.

Go to the Duty Free before flying and see if they sell vodka or rum in cans :-)

Apply directly to mouth. No batteries required.

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Activist pens pirate's map to 'liberating' academic journals

Rafael 1

Re: big move towards open-access publishing

> However, given the total cost of a typical research project, open access publishing costs are insignificant

Not really -- some funding agencies and/or employers (at least here, in a big, soccer-loving-but-lately-not-quite-as-good-as-it-was South America country that shall remain anonymous) doesn't cover publishing costs, and some OA publishing fees are well in the hundreds of dollars, sometimes more than what a PhD is paid in a month.

Then there are the predatory OA publishers, which are another problem...

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

Rafael 1

"Harold, dear, you're getting too close to that weird looking car!"

"Don't worry, Martha. It is one of those whatchamacallit Google Drive Carts, it will see my car and automatically get out of the way. Just watch!"

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Chinese takeaway, hold the Google: Xiaomi Mi4 LTE Android

Rafael 1
Headmaster

Get the Mi4 out of it’s impressive box

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

Rafael 1

What about No. 911?

Oh wait, wrong comment section.

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Google presses 'send' on 'undo send' – AT LAST

Rafael 1
Happy

Picture

Love the "half message" shown in the picture. Was it from Malcolm Tucker?

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Android M's Now on Tap cyber-secretary is like Clippy on Class A drugs

Rafael 1

Android M will also include much finer user controls as to what apps can access

Does that means that granma will have to ignore hundreds of options instead of just a dozen when installing a new app? Or will "user control" mean that the user controls what the app can do?

Isn't there a simple (for the users) way to ensure that no app would have undesirable side effects?

-- Granpa

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Chap mines Bitcoin with PUNCH CARDS and ancient mainframe

Rafael 1

Why?

Why not?

Mr. Shirriff, I salute you.

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

Rafael 1

No more ads, huh?

What about "messages from Google and partners you may be interested in?"

And "sponsored links"?

And videos that are e.g. ads for products? How long until people get a way to link them as "suggestions" to the ones you want to watch?

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Samsung's bend blame blast: We DEMAND a Galaxy S6 Edge do-over

Rafael 1
Trollface

Re: Apple users in general lack ethics and tend to be quite sneaky

Not only that, we also seldom wash our hands after using the toilet and often tip less than 7%. Me and my pals Hitler, Stalin, Torquemada, Cobra Commander, Skeletor, all big-time Apple users. Muhahahahaha.

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Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

Rafael 1

Re: It all has to get paid for somehow

I don't believe in "paying to get rid of ads" -- more precisely, I don't believe that paying to get rid of ads will get me rid of advertisers. Just like cable or satellite TV.

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

Rafael 1

@Mystic Megabyte

Step 1) Go to pub earlier

Step 2) Drink a lot.

Step 3) See aliens.

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

Rafael 1

This can only work if there's just one robot, and preferably just for the manager

A manager face in a cold, soulless, probably annoying robot? How exciting!

How long until the managers realize that they can still show their faces in the office while eating, pooping or watching TV?

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Apple: We could expose our WHOPPING 12 INCH iPad - but it's not real

Rafael 1

The 9.7" is plenty big

Sorry, I beg to differ. I have a Samsung 12-inch tablet which I use to read comics and technical PDFs (neeeerd!) and the experience is quite different from the one I had with the iPad. Depending on the price and weight I'd go for a 14- or 15-inch one, either Android or iOS.

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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

Rafael 1

Re: The joy of the walled garden

Just out of curiosity, what defines a "walled garden"? Is the ability of sideloading apps? Choosing other "official" app stores?

Honestly, just asking. If I am not planning on developing for the tablet (i.e. no need to sideload), nor want to jailbreak it, and just want to get content from the official app/media stores what is the difference?

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

Rafael 1
Pint

Why is it always guys?

Because guys like Stuff. Ask Dave Barry.

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Pony up: Botnet succesfully targets Bitcoin

Rafael 1
Joke

Dogecoin not on the list?

Such trust. Much safety. Very better. Wow.

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

Rafael 1

Re: Lost in the bowels of his website:

I salute your courage. Have an upvote.

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

Rafael 1

You can get extra points if you read moving your lips and eyebrows a lot. Mumble a bit and nod vigorously a lot, it will ensure some space around you in crowded trains.

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Brazilian TV show accuses NSA of spying on oil firm based on leaked docs

Rafael 1

Yeah, Brazil really has nothing to fear from the US.

We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; but then again there were some nice looking, almost naked ladies on the beach, the sun was great and there were those carts selling coconut water and sugar cane juice all over the place and someone brought a volleyball and we sort of forgot what we're supposed to do.

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

Rafael 1
Happy

I got the last 17" Macbook Pro, and I'm very glad it came with an optical drive... so I could remove it and install a second HD on its slot.

I've installed the optical drive in an external bay and used it maybe two, three times in one year and a half.

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Google Apps goes TITSUP for millions - users REJOICE on Twitter

Rafael 1
Headmaster

0.007 per cent of its users - which would amount to millions of people

We all love bashing {Google, Apple, Microsoft, aManFromMars}, but if 0.007% of X is "millions" (let's just say 2 millions) then X is 28 billion? Just asking.

Where is the icon for pedantic math nazi alert, or in my case, pedant math drunkard alert?

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Climate change set to bumpify transatlantic flights, say researchers

Rafael 1
Happy

...an inflight glass of wine spilling onto our lap...

Don't worry -- the way things are going airlines will make this threat almost impossible. Inflight glasses of wine will soon cost Us$ 425, credit card or cash, exact change only.

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

Rafael 1
Unhappy

Re: No Thanks

Just wondering which kind of product placement they'll add to movies/series like Star Wars, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones, Avatar?

Mmmm, middle-earth Pepsi, my preccioussssss

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Japanese gov builds APT database to study targeted attack info

Rafael 1
Facepalm

by using a “fake server” designed

A honeynet? Or something new that will cost 800M Y?

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

Rafael 1
Boffin

What we need

is something like a Drake equation to calculate real problems from forum posts.

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Google Go language gets used: For file-scrambling trojan, though

Rafael 1
FAIL

Great language name! Not confusing at all?

First time I read about it I decided to google "go", then "go tutorial" and "go how to". Finally I've hit something with "go programming" just to learn about Go! (note the !), which seems much more interesting.

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Sharp's slim screen factory 'flogged to death' by Apple

Rafael 1
FAIL

Re: "Cupertino idiot-tax giant"

"I'm not sure I can imagine a Reg that isn't rude about a large corporation."

I think you're not really paying attention to the comments.

One thing is to be rude to companies, which is sort of expected in El Reg, even when the "rudeness" is no more than silly nicknames for the companies ("chocolate factory", "foxconn rebrander", etc) repeated ad nauseam. Some were funny the first two or three times but now are just plain annoying. I have the feeling that some "news" were just excuses to use those nicknames.

Another very different thing is being rude to the readers, regardless of their preferences (or degree of preference) for a brand. Not only it is not funny but immature.

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Why Java would still stink even if it weren't security swiss cheese

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Thumb Down

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I hate {Java, C, Cobol, Apple, Linux, Windows, math, Starbucks, those little colored things you put in cupcakes} because I was forced to learn it while I wanted to learn {anything but Java, C, etc.}. Later I had to work with people that used {Java, C, etc.} and that didn't help with my personal hatred, so I got some links to websites of people that agree with me and the conclusion is that it must die an horrible death. Here's the article. When can I expect my check?

Next: 30 bazillion of posts in Facebook proves that teaching grammar is useless.

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More reports that Apple plans iPhone 5 September surprise

Rafael 1

Re: Tim Cooks seven incher...

Hi Barry.

And people still buy those -- do you have any explanation besides "they're sheeple and only I know what's better for them"?

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Holographic storage: We're going to do it this time. No, really

Rafael 1
Unhappy

the access time for magnetic media is around a second or so and for holographic storage

Maybe I need more coffee, but around a second to do what? Transfer a byte, a gigabyte, 300 gigabytes?

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