* Posts by Craig 2

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

Craig 2

No problem with the wording as such, just a problem with people's reading comprehension. They see "Up to 100mb" and think "I will get 100mb". Whatever actual speed they get, the statement is correct. It's just taking advantage of the general population's stupidity.

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Linus Torvalds won't apply 'sh*t-for-brains stupid patch'

Craig 2

Re: Linus does good work.

There's nothing wrong with "This is a bad idea because of ..., I will not be accepting this into the kernel".

That approach works for the first 'n' times*. Then from n+1 it starts to get personal. Linus is probably at n^2. :)

Values of 'n' can vary wildly based on your general disposition, last time you got laid, how many kids you have etc etc..

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Break out the Elder Scrolls: Skyrmion characters seek storage possibilities

Craig 2

Too many big words in the opening paragraph for me, but yay! science.

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Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

Craig 2

Should have just taken a leaf out of the parent's handbook and wrote on the report "because I said so".

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Pokémon Go tragedy strikes

Craig 2
Joke

Re: Windows Phone User

It's an app.... whaddya mean you don't know what apps are either?

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BT sees 35% sales gain as it digests hearty EE meal

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Re: Serious margin!

"OpenReach is 300M on 1.25Bn, 25%"

Exactly what I was thinking! Openreach should be just past breaking even

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Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

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Re: PR stunt

"Then by definition the driver was driving too fast for the conditions."

Someone steps out in front of you and it's automatically the driver's fault? I'm not saying he wasn't driving too fast but you don't know that...

"can also be used against drivers"

Or prove their innocence if the other party makes a false claim. If data DOES proves the driver was at fault then good - bad drivers should be penalized. An independent witness (the car) is probably more reliable than two parties with personal interests influencing their testimony.

"Teslas are virtually silent when moving"

So are most modern cars when moving slowly (ie. <20mph) Tyre noise is the predominant indicator when moving at speed, not the engine.

"had to get used to pedestrians and cyclists not hearing him"

I would hope he drives with due care to other road users irrespective of their hearing capabilities. Deaf people are pedestrians, drivers and cyclists too.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

Craig 2

Over the years Skype has been a beautiful example of how to take a great idea/app and turn it into a POS.

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Falling PC tide strands Seagate's disk drive boats. Will WDC follow?

Craig 2

Re: "spare "unused" storage capacity"

Not to disagree generally back :) but... Reg readers are probably not in the "average" storage demographic. I'm thinking more of the thousands of laptops and business systems with huge drives and almost nothing on them. eg. companies with hundreds of PCs and a server. Each PC probably has 500gb or more in it with just an install of Windows/Office and nothing else because all the data is on the central storage.

Personally, my drives are all usually 90% full but that's because I never delete anything, and just buy another bigger drive. :)

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Craig 2

As an irreverent side effect, I wonder if the spare "unused" storage capacity the planet is diminishing over time. Not too long ago, PCs & laptops were sold with terabyte (or more) hard drives, of which probably the average person used 10%. Now with tablets, phones etc with flash memory, I would imagine it's much more utilized. That's definitely true in my house anyway, I'm always removing photos / apps etc to free space.

A great trick the HD industry pulled off was selling massive capacity that was probably never going to be used, a bit like 64GB Chinese USB memory sticks that have something like 1GB actual flash in them.

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NRA guns down 38,000 Surge.sh sites in anti-parody spray-and-pray

Craig 2

Re: Misleading

"Name-calling and journalism"

"Leave your bias out"

"you're just playing into it"

Par for the course on El Reg, just to bait suckers like you into posting indignant & reasoned rebuttals.

You lose. :P

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

Craig 2

"They'll get right next time."

They have got it pretty much right already. Now come the endless refinements that increase success rates and allow for previously unforseen circumstances. It's called engineering :)

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Microsoft splashes Virtual Reality-slinging 'Scorpio' Xbox

Craig 2

"If I want Virtual Reality I'll go outside."

Not to be pedantic, but that would be actual reality, or just "reality". :P

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

Craig 2

Very true this, and I'm sure Apple will take a leaf out of other manufacturer's books by encoding security measures into all sub-components so that they can't be swapped for fakes. (A bit like the optical drives in XBOX consoles are locked to motherboards etc) Hasn't this already happened to a certain extent with the 3rd-party touch ID sensors?

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Craig 2

Re: It's 2016, why are people still not thinking things through....

Because the thieves themselves won't be hindered by those security measures. It will be the suckers who find out after they bought a cheap iPhone from the man on the street... (No sympathy for them either)

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Tinder bans under-18s: Moral panic averted

Craig 2

Re: People still use Tinder?

"Also- how the hell do they propose to police the age on it"

Ahh, but as long as you LOOK like you care and put in some token controls, you can keep the moral high ground while still reaping the benefits of the (probably) most active demographic.

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

Craig 2

There's one big lesson from all these Windows 10 horror stories... don't use Microsoft products for mission critical applications, they can fuck you over any time.

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

Craig 2

In theory a good idea. However, who knows what types of traffic will be blocked in the future since they will already have the filtering software in place.

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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

Craig 2

If you're stopped by the police and see the officer turn off his bodycam... run!

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Symantec: I know we said things'd get better when we sold Veritas...

Craig 2

Die. Die. Die.

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There's a hole in your website

Craig 2

Great marketing if it was done on purpose..

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Have Microsoft-hosted email? Love using Live Mail 2012? Bad news

Craig 2

A fine example of the bait & switch technique. Fuckers

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

Craig 2

That's going to cost to install city-wide. It comes under the same umbrella as my car insurance being used to subsidise idiot drivers, my taxes for lazy scumbags and bank charges to bail out irresponsible spenders.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

Craig 2

"A bit rough around the edges"

Sounds a bit rough through and through.

Honestly, Windows should be polished to the Nth degree by now...

I hate to think about the ever-sprawling tree of unintended consequences when you change something in the OS code.

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

Craig 2

Sounds like the first exchanges of "big threats" that usually precede these kind of investigations...

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Daily! Mail! eyes! up! Yahoo!'s news! arm!

Craig 2
Mushroom

" I just typed "microsoft support" into yahoo's google search bar"

Burn that computer now, it's beyond saving!

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Spinning rust fans reckon we'll have 18TB disk drives in two years

Craig 2

I would think that across the entire history of human engineering and manufacturing, tolerances have become tighter whilst reliability has improved.

Flash may match the capacity of rust soon enough, but I think it will take far longer to match the cost.

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Mindless Flash masses saved as exploit kit devs go astray with 0day

Craig 2

"Users would need only view an online advertisement"

Excellent, another article I can mail to websites that moan about ad-blocking.

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Truly crap exhibition dumped on Isle of Wight

Craig 2

I've been, it's shit.

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Courts cry over cunning call-center criminals crafting convincing cons

Craig 2

In your head, just imagine unsolicited phone calls are an actual person walking up to you on the street asking the same questions. You'll soon realize that no way are you falling for that shit and hang up.

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Water treatment plant hacked, chemical mix changed for tap supplies

Craig 2

Re: no prizes for good guess

"stiff penalties for companies leaving their systems insecure"

Even connecting critical infrastructure to a publicly accessible network should be a criminal offense in my book. The question of whether it's secure or insecure is easy to answer: it's not.

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Snowden WAS the Feds' quarry in Lavabit case, redaction blunder reveals

Craig 2
Facepalm

The guy that redacted this document is obviously of the same ilk as someone I work with who has an almost pathological aversion to using the search function on any document. He'd rather search a folder of emails or a huge webpage manually instead of just typing a few characters to find what he's looking for. Let's just hope this guy at the feds isn't in charge of anything to do with something like nuclear launch codes...

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

Craig 2

Re: "FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy"

Yep the FAA should limit all trains to a maximum altitude of 400ft.... Doc Brown better watch out.

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Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

Craig 2

Life is unfair, and the unfair-ness is unfairly distributed.

Get over it.

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Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits already hate it

Craig 2

Oooooh, I better take note because these pundits are always right on the mark.... /sarcasm

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Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts

Craig 2

I'm simultaneously amazed and frightened.

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Under-fire Apple backs down, crafts new iOS to kill security safeguard

Craig 2

I don't understand this story. It appears that your writer is actually defending Apple in a fair and balanced manner? What am I missing? Is this some sarcasm too subtle for even me to detect, or has one of your writers been turned to the dark side?

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Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

Craig 2

Re: "Use your feet to steer by pushing on the left or right pedal"

In an emergency, will pushing the pedals alone cause the aircraft to change heading? Yes or No

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Your anger is our energy, says Microsoft as it fixes Surface

Craig 2

".... users reported flickering screens, poor battery life and continued somnolence when being aroused from sleep mode."

"users reported they are generally shit."

FTFY

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Earthquake-sensing smartphone app fires off early alerts of disaster

Craig 2

Just don't leave it on your bedside table this weekend, greater-than-average chance of the earth moving!

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Reluctant Wikipedia lifts lid on $2.5m internet search engine project

Craig 2

"But then the current front-page to Wikipedia is Google."

Indeed. Has anyone ever typed wikipedia.com into the address bar first, then searched for their desired article?

When you Google the search term a nice box of info usually appears next to the results, sometimes pulled from Wikipedia.

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Random ideas sought to improve cryptography

Craig 2

I love the fact that generating true randomness is a very difficult problem to solve. Also, if you >think< you've solved it, it's hard to verify.

Going out on an existential limb, it could be that true randomness is impossible because there's an innate order to the universe that can't be broken....

(off to take my meds now)

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Cloud growth? Take a number, Microsoft. Two engines have stalled

Craig 2

Thanks to the 20+ million tossers helping to bring about the whole "software rental" paradigm...

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Swivel on this: German boffins build nanoscale screwing engine for sluggish sperm

Craig 2
Trollface

Re: Bad Bad Bad

Well, the lazy dregs of society are already given the most attention during their lives (schooling, benefits etc) so why not start right at the beginning?

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Test burn on recycled SpaceX rocket shows almost all systems are go

Craig 2

Because if you're going to do something, make it a proper job.

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Brit 'naut Tim Peake tucks into space bacon sarnie

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Thumb Up

Good to know we British are finally bringing culinary sophistication to space...

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Randall 'xkcd' Munroe. Live. You get to ask him stuff. No biggie

Craig 2

I love XKCD, mainly because of the fact that I don't "get" some of the jokes so it turns into a learning experience :)

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US gourmets sizzle in bacon-scented underwear

Craig 2
Trollface

Re: Yeah, you like bacon, I like bacon, now shut up about it and bring me some sausages

I was going to respond with a "fun and devil-may-care" post on how much I love sausages, but then I realized I could never cheat on Bacon like that....

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Microsoft to world: We've got open source machine learning too

Craig 2
Joke

They ought to educate management on making rational decisions before trying to teach machines...

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Drug-smuggling granny's vagina holds Kinder surprise

Craig 2

"Drug-smuggling granny's vagina holds Kinder surprise"

What were the odds those 7 words could be combined to make a sentence....

Rest of the world: 1 in a billion

On El Reg: Pretty much evens.

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