* Posts by werdsmith

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Carl Icahn: Will someone rid my portfolio of this rotten Apple?

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One of the problems talking about altruism is that people who manage to amass vast fortunes are usually of a personality type that means that they are quite happy to do whatever it takes at the expense of everyone else and stepping on people is not going to register on their conscience.

An person who is altruistic and considers other is less able to compete in such a world.

I am certain that I couldn't use up even 10% of a $2Billion dollar windfall to live my life so the rest of it would have to be given away to where it could do useful stuff for other people. But because I think like that, I am never going to be stupidly wealthy.

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Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

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Re: Don't see Intel succeeding at IoTs.

People comparing arduinos and Pis again. It's really daft.

If you want a device that will run linux with Apache/NGINX/node.js/MySQL etc, or you want to see a HDMI desktop with LXDE or run a CSI port camera or run a choice of different OSes then you need a Raspberry Pi.

If you just want a controller with low power standby that can boot straight into its sketch then you need Arduino.

If you want both, then they work nicely together. You can even write and upload Arduino sketches from a Pi.

It's a bit like trying to decide if you want a car or a motorbike.

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Faecebook have been demanding ID such as passports and driving license / ID cards. They have started with obvious pseudonyms but will eventually get round to everyone. Having verified IDs on their users increases the value of their snoop haul.

Nobody with any intelligence has succumbed to their demands as far as I know.

It is ridiculous that a website that deals in fatuous crap is taking itself so seriously that it thinks it can do this.

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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

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People keep asserting that this will happen or that will happen if brexit etc, and other people keep contradicting them.

In fact nobody knows what will happen. So they should all shut the fuck up and stop wasting their breath trying to bullshit the rest of us. I'm sick of hearing about it already, it's got very negative on both sides and we already know what the result will be. Let's just have the referendum and then get on with life.

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Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

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Re: Those nasty plastic bags again

"I'll bet we don't hear too much on the rest of the media outlets"

BBC reported no drone involved long before Reg.

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"populist" conclusion

The pilots and the airline industry in general will be very anti-drone and will look for any opportunity to get publicity against them.

Another incident a couple of months back involving a laser being pointed at a plane climbing out London. The pilots noted the laser and then continued their flight for a further hour or more before one of the crew became unwell past Ireland and over the Atlantic. They then turned about and flew all the way back to their starting point. The pilot being unwell was linked in the publicity to the laser incident, this was a tenuous link at best.

Of course flying drones near airports and pointing lasers at aircraft is moronic, but crying wolf is also not helpful.

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Re: Still, I think it's time this is tested properly

Modern passenger aircraft will likely survive any single drone strike, but even so each incident will be expensive and if there is an ingestion then it will be $millions.

Got to try and keep the quadcopters out of the hands of morons. Not an easy task considering some of our 40+ hour course trained licensed private pilots who have passed written tests in air law and navigation, passed a flying navigation test and separate skills test - still manage to blunder without knowing it into controlled airspace with tedious regularity.

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First rocket finally departs Russia's Vostochny cosmodrome

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That's way out in the middle of nowhere then, separated from Vladivostock by a salient of China.

Bad news for Kazakhstan.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Win7 Professional certainly is home software if you choose to use it at home.

But my comment was not about the marketing label on the name of the OS, I was talking about the way the computer was deployed and managed. The clue is in "AD, Group Policy and WSUS".

However, @MrTuk, the apology with which you began your comment is accepted.

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Dozens of Win 7 desktops here in the office and none of them nag for Win 10 upgrade.

Now I don't know why that is because I don't admin the windows, but I think it might be because they are all on an AD domain and managed by group policy and WSUS. So the Win 10 nagware thing is a function of home user setups, so it makes me wonder what kind of organisation this TV station is if they are using off the shelf windows setups.

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

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Re: Rates and news?

But what about people firing guns and people dying at other HQs ?

Would it be reported as news if it happened at Lockheed-Martin?

I suppose if makes a change from reports of people dying at Foxconn.

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Re: Oh goodness how awful

I'm also considering all the people who die through suicide or for whatever reason in their workplace, probably every day, but none of them get a mention in the media because they don't work at Apple.

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

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Re: hmm

Some grade A playing the troll card there Mr Grifter.

No dice.

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Re: hmm

@h4rm0ny

What double standard are you referring to? That someone reacts differently to someone they find attractive and non-threatening to someone they don't find attractive and do feel threatened by?

You've concocted a lot of specious circumstances to try and justify what boils down to:

"This guy is attractive so he can say whatever he likes" and

"I don't like the look of this guy so if he so much as puts a foot wrong I'll try and wreck his livelihood".

Which is at least as bad an attitude as any of the perceived sexism, in fact it damn near is sexism.

There was no threat, the guy was just not attractive. In the outcome of both cases, the complaint was not upheld (by the female HR people), and in the second one the person involved was a persistent stirrer and made herself unpopular by her actions.

As for going off a tangent, no. I followed the tangent off from a previous comment.

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Re: How endemic is it? (@werdsmith)

@Lamont Cranston

You're are also right, it doesn't mean that it's acceptable. That doesn't mean that I was an any way suggesting that it's acceptable.

I really don't know how you could possibly infer otherwise, especially as I mentioned murder.

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Re: hmm

"Different reactions for different people" as an attempt to explain away that double standard really does not cut it.

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Re: hmm

The anecdote time then.

Twice I've witnessed this event:

Hot guy from marketing makes lewd flirty comment to girl about her appearance. Girl giggles and flushes, is flattered and tells her mates about it.

Creepy guy from IT makes a comparatively innocuous (compared to previous hot guy) comment complimenting same girls appearance. Girl is appalled, creepy IT guy finds himself in hot water with complaint against him for sexist behaviour.

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Re: How endemic is it?

Social Media, number of active twitter accounts - around 230 million.

So if you can find 100 people in that 230 million who want to abuse you via twitter then that is 0.0000435% of the user base.

If you put yourself up in front of millions then there will be a few who are not the full ticket amongst those millions prepared to do things that the rest of us find abhorrent. I don't think we are talking about normal humans, but social media is exposing those who have brains that are not correctly wired.

In my small world I don't know anyone who would even understand the motivation behind this stuff, but search far enough and I might find one. Cast the net over the whole world and you'll find a few. Give the whole world a direct line to yourself and I expect you'll hear from a few.

I don't think this is even new, famous folk who get their faces on the telly have been taking their share of stick for decades. They get harassed and stalked, some have even been murdered.

And that's without even mentioning the cultures of the world where women are not expected to be in any position of leadership or acclaim.

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It's true but you shouldn't say it.

--Marge Simpson.

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Meet the malware that screwed a Bangladeshi bank out of $81m

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Re: Your teacher told you that proper spelling and grammar are important

Your teacher told you that correct spelling and grammar are important

But the 2106 fashionable dumbing down movement insist that it is not.

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Re: Follow the money

But what do you do with $81,000,000?

Share it amongst all of the people involved in the crime, and use some of it to bribe various officials to keep the heat off. Maybe an individual would be left with less than $5 million.

$5M Would go a long way in Dhaka though.

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Facebook's own TLS cert used by crooks in double logon phish

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Users should alter their security settings to enable login approvals that ask for two-factor authentication whenever logins occur from unknown origins. close their Faecebook account immediately.

They are even demanding passports and photo ID now to verify user accounts and claiming its OK to do it anywhere in EU because it's OK in Ireland.

They are the home of the fatuous. They offer nothing that can't be done better using other services that are not attempting to own the www and people are now embarrassed to admit they use Faecebook. Bin the bastard now.

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Microsoft, Google bury hatchet – surprisingly, not in each other

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Re: encourage government regulators to investigate each other

The major selling point of Mac and OS X is actually they come from same vendor and thus are compatible. The Non-Macs are much more work to support.*

* In theory.

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NASA saves Kepler space 'scope by turning it off and on again

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Re: If cycling power doesn't work...

There were two main types of socket for DIL packages, one was considered the quality option - turned pin and they tended to hang on to their component. There there was another with flat pins and a sprung (be being bent) contact, these ones could work a component out by flexing of the PCB regardless of which way up the PCB was, even against gravity.

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Irish researchers sweep smartphones clear of super bugs

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Some subtle idiomatic language differences exemplified here.

We did in the past wash up after dinner, nowadays we just load the dishwasher and it does it for us.

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Sysadmin given Licence To Perve shows why you always get it in writing

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Re: SAID NO MANAGER EVER

Do managers yell at people? Go into rants in the middle of the office with raised voice? I can't remember it happening, except in sit-coms and some poor Hollywood output.

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

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Re: I think _I_ can explain it (and it's not that hard)

Well, _I_ think that _I_ can explain it. And it's not that hard.

The whole scientific world has been missing a trick all this time. All that scientific methodology BS can go in the bin. All they ever needed to do is ask any question on the The Register and the answer will be forthcoming in pretty short order.

Next on the agenda will be: Simple nuclear fusion at room temperature in a starbucks cup and anti-gravity bricks. And while you are there, could you bottle up some dark matter. Thanks dear.

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Mitsubishi 'fesses up: We lied in fuel tests to make our cars look great

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Re: QED..

All the cars are higher in NOx than they are supposed to be, but it was reported today that no other cars have been found to use defeat device software.

So, Mitsubishi have screwed up over a very small part of their range, and previously (before VW) Ford and Hyundai/Kia were in trouble.

But nothing like the VW dishonesty has been found, and had VW not happened then this Mitsubishi story in the Far East would barely have been noticed in the West.

So really, it is still only VW that are the dirty bastards.

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Re: EU?

Yeah those taped up gaps and low skin friction aerodynamic coatings make all the difference on a rolling road inside a lab.

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Re: Official Test Cycle

It's not bullshit figures from hybrids because commutes of 10 miles are not unusual therefore 10 mile journeys are taken many more times than 300 mile journeys.

Unless a person is an idiot, they will know what the strength of a hybrid is.

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Re: There's another one coming

A single car that hasn't been serviced not performing as well as one that has been serviced? Hardly a surprise.

I believe there are Audis with EA189 engines recalled:

• VW passenger cars - 508,276

• Audi - 393,450

• SEAT - 76,773

• Skoda - 131,569

• VW commercial vehicles - 79,838

The MMC (and Ford and Kia/Hyundai) cheats are completely different from the VW one, where VW wrote their defect device into the software to attempt to cheat future tests on the cars. The MMC cars would not have been able to cheat any independent tests because there was no test mode.

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Re: Only 10%?

I've found that in all cases it is possible to get better than the quoted MPG figures driving any car.

I'm interested that the guy says that he is getting 40MPG from a diesel Peugeot 3008, as I am getting a regular 45 MPG from a petrol SUV, that is quoted as 50MPG by the maker. I can drive it to get better than 50MPG if I am careful, and choose a warm day, start with the engine warm and my journey encounters no conflicting traffic to mess things up.

And there is no such thing as "real world" mpg, because everybody has a different "real world". The official figures are just fine if your expectations are realistic. A car that is quoted as 50MPG can do 50MPG or more. But it won't get 50MPG on a minus 5C morning in heavy stop start traffic on hilly roads, it will be more like 35MPG. Well duh, imagine that! All those evil dishonest car makers telling us lies.....

I really don't understand why people have such a problem with the quoted MPG figures.

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Blighty ranks 38th in World Press Freedom Index

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Since many years I have learned not to believe a single word that appears in the printed press.

Freedom to print lies is what they actually want, the press in UK has repeatedly proven itself too irresponsible for freedom.

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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Colliery spoil is not slag.

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Re: Very Sloppy Headline Writing

Some may even hide behind those rules designed to protect us in order to get away with harming us.

It's a dilemma.

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Gathering masses of data is like mining ore. Getting useful information from data is like smelting ore to obtain a precious metal. A by-product of smelting ore is slag. I am slag. Generally smelters don't pay much attention to slag, but they don't have much respect for it either. Slag can be used with cement as a component of concrete.

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HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

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Re: Getting hard to tell them all apart

Can it survive a splash

Can it survive a drop on concrete from head height

Can I read the display in sunlight

Will the battery last more than a day

Will it get and hold a signal in a fringe reception area

All of the above before screen dpi that I can't see, too many megapixels that cause noise, silly case styling details and all the other rubbish that phone makers push.

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Re: UI design

The more Google tightens the screws on the differentiation they are allowed to have, the more likely they are to look for alternatives like forking Android or some sort of non-Android Linux.

Please let this happen. Preferably the non-Android part.

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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omertà

New word in my vocabulary. Thank you.

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

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Re: Learn to Read

No, I think most people are pretty clear about what he said, but are not that happy about what is tantamount to blackmail. Such behaviour from a jerk of person like that should always be thrown straight back in his face.

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Re: Google gives everything away for free, so how in heaven can EU extort google ?

So you are happy that the internet/web becomes dominated by a few giant corporations because they offer you a few sweets? They are like a giant creeping ivy all over the services.

All those things are not free, they are getting revenue from somewhere, so indirectly you are paying. And when they all the control they want, you will pay more. Think it through.

And Android user interfaces "well thought out" LOL!

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Re: Presumably we could all just switch to Yahoo! or Bing if Google goes...

You might have to choose between Microsoft and the Daily Mail then.

I remember when google were the upstart darlings and cute little friendly outfit. Now the have overtaken Microsoft in the most hated evil presence league and are second only to Faecebook.

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Re: They are more than welcome to

Yes Matt, sounds like a very good plan to me. Take Faecebook with you too please.

And close the door behind you.

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UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'

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Re: Play "chicken"

Aircraft hit birds all the time. Occasionally - very occasionally - it is with tragic results.

If you happen to be a bird then you can change "occasionally" to "usually".

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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Re: M-Web

I thought that users of ISPs for website hosting had responsibility for their own backups.

I know if mine were wiped now I could restore it from my own backups (less the updates by users that have happened since 4AM) in the time it takes to push up the wire.

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Killer Japan quake jolts Sony factories to a halt

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I recall when there were floods around a couple of important silicon fabber factories in the far east and this worked as an excuse to increase the price of RAM by a considerable amount. Consequently RAM became a valuable commodity which made lockable PC cases all the rage.

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Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

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Re: I was born in the early 80's

Well obviously being a bit older than a millenial, I write my card pin codes on the signature strip on the back of the card. That's what the strip is for isn't it? After all the CVV number is printed there for all to see.

And passwords, well I just use Pa55w0rd for everything, because nobody would guess that and anyway, how hard would it be to find out my mother's maiden name and the name of my first school?

Actually I don't remember passwords, there are just too many different online accounts needing a different password that it becomes ridiculous. Instead I just remember one complex formula which constructs a unique password from context.

Alternatively I could just remember the password for my email and use the forgotten password reset link every time for everything else.

Or not do anything important online.

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Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

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Re: Love 'em or hate 'em...

Just replacing a battery should be simple. But that's next to impossible on most phones now.

Or a 5 minute job like it is on an iPhone.

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

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The way I read your comment is like this:

"Data watch: utterly pointless gimmick to take money from... existing customers because I don't see any point in it and it's all about me, here, at the centre of the universe".

There are many things that I don't see a point in, but others seem to enjoy. I really don't feel the need to tell them that what they are doing it pointless. Because, it's not all about me.

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Re: Cars

However "reasonable" it is, you can still be prosecuted for going through a red light to let an emergency vehicle through.

Yes that's the letter of the law. You also can be prosecuted for picking your nose whilst driving.

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