* Posts by Chairo

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UK digi strategy on ice post Brexit results - sources

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Re: Early [human] days

It'd be very simple if all that were needed were a reboot...

Hmm, reminds me of some movie I've seen a long time ago.

Complex systems, Dinosaurs breaking out and eating everyone, sounds familiar. Oh, right that sounds like the EU.

If it seems to difficult to fix, just run away. RIght?

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Smartphones stymie sex

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Switch off the smartphone? Yes, sure going to happen.

Humankind is clearly doomed.

On the positive side there will be less toilet clogging by used condoms in the future...

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

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Big jets are boring and stable

If you want to experience turbulence I'd recommend a trip in a small one engine craft. Or even better a glider plane flying through a thermal.

I once had a girlfriend getting angry on me when we were flying together in a commercial airliner because she thought I was playing tough during "feeding time". My father was member of an aero club and took me along regularly that time, so I honestly felt nothing notable.

Good training for getting married, though...

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World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

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Re: SIM free

Two years ago I changed to a data only SIM with only emergency call phone support and a separately bought simlock free smartphone and never looked back.

Oh my, did I write this? I suppose you should never read an article again after posting it.

Two years ago I changed from the usual plan to a SIM only contract and bought separately a simlock free smartphone. This contract gives me a few GB of mobile data, but no telephone support apart from emergency calls. I am quite happy with the deal and never looked back.

Well, I hope this is a bit less headache inducing. Sorry for any pain inflicted!

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SIM free

Two years ago I changed to a data only SIM with only emergency call phone support and a separately bought simlock free smartphone and never looked back.

Usually I use my private mobile only for contacting friends and the wife, and IP telephoning works perfectly well for this.

All in all I saved a lot of money, have a far more flexible contract and have no carrier bloat in my phone. Only problem is the available phones. Here in Japan the market for unlocked smartphones is still very limited. Huawei, ASUS and a few Japanese brands are available with some models, otherwise you have to go for grey imports or the second hand market. I think you can also buy an unlocked IPhone nowadays, but the SIM free crowd is probably not their target market segment... What's notable is that Sony is missing with any unlocked models in their very own home market. Pity, as I rather like their phones, but if they don't want to sell their stuff... someone else made the deal.

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

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I wonder how good the training will be anyway. If I had to train my replacement in such a scheme, I would certainly give as few information as somehow possible.

And talk about the quality of work while you are still there... Not a good time to be one of their customers, I guess.

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Spied upon by GCHQ? You'll need proof before a court will hear you...

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Mass surveillance

think it through! The Judge has a valid point here. As they went on and sued the biggest spyhouse in Europe, there is no way they are under mass surveillance any more.

Mine's the one with the black sedan parked in front...

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Germans set to make schnitzel out of controversial Wi-Fi law

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@Charlie Clark,

perhaps the hotels my company contracted are not exactly on the same level as the ones you visited. The last hotels I went to, all had either Telekom hotspots or some other pay for scheme. Those were all midrange hotels specialized on business customers, though.

Anyway, as there are virtuall no public hotspots, my point still stands.

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A change in the rules could help bring about more Wi-Fi availability in cafes and other public places in Germany.

GIven that there is currently pretty much zero open internet available in Germany, it is difficult to talk about "more" availability.

On the other hand, this has nicely boosted the profits of commercial providers, mainly Telekom, as visitors currently have to pay through their nose for connectivity. In my experience most hotels gave up offering their own hotspots and made contracts with Telekom, that happily installs their "pay through the nose" hotspots.

The lobby is strong in this one...

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

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It is red and round

Clearly the holy space tomato.

It is time the pastafaris get their own celestial body.

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Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

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Re: Let me be the first to say it

"Sorry, yes now I'm being a pedantic pain in the arse…"

Yes, poor animal. Probably hemorrhoids.

Anyway, as the first poster stated - a bit of a bummer...

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Let me be the first to say it

What a pain in the ass!

(Sorry, couldn't resist)

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

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That's what I call hightech!

positively neolithic. A bit like a 1GB memory stick...

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Google asks Unicode to look over 13 new emoji showing professional women

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Whatever you do...

don't remove the bento box and the ebifry emojis. Otherwise Japanese salarymen couldn't properly inform their housewives about their wishes for tomorrow's bento.

Mine's the one with the cliches in the pocket...

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Why July

start listening and you might start selling stuff again

Oh, but that is the whole point. They don't want to sell stuff any more. They want to rent it for a monthly fee. They are a commercial company, so ultimately they don't give away free stuff. Windows 10 will be payed for one way or another.

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Edward Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition

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Re: Land route?

Also worth keeping in mind Norway's irrational choice of signing up for F-35s. We have been in the US' pockets for a long time.

Doesn't that rather mean that the US is in Norway's pockets?

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Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

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Re: and what are you, plebs, gonna do about it, huh?

Yes, if the fine for uploading stuff is 10 years, what is the fine for overthrowing the government?

What do you say? Vote them out of office? It is perfectly legal? Oh well, I guess we need to change some laws soon...

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Re: Is there anything worth pirating these days?

Given that you can stream pretty much everything from Youtube, including copyrighted stuff, filesharing has become a bit pointless lately. Apart from blockbusters pretty much everything is avalable. And as you say - apart from a few exceptions I also feel they are pointless to watch, at least on the small screen.

Some years ago I used to download anime fansubs of stuff that was not yet (or never would be) licensed in Europe, which used to be a gray area at that time. A few weeks back I checked out some anime, but most sites seem to be dead now. Not sure, if the legal eagles came down on them or the scene just moved on to youtube. Anyway, it's now all there. All in the hands of Google.

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Big Cable threatens to sue FCC: You can't stop us ripping off customers

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Standards?

Oh, come on, who needs standards anyway. It will just cause disruption, like "choice" and "competition".

Better keep the customers in the dark and milk them dry.

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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Re: Tracking

If folks are spending too long in the toilet it would make more sense to send typhoid Mary who works in the canteen on a food hygiene course.

No, the best would be to cover the toilet walls with tinfoil to make sure the "occupants" can't get a good cell signal inside the loo. That would also help to shorten they stay and additionally help to improve mobile hygiene.

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You Leica? P9 certainly is a Great Leap Forward in imaging... for Huawei

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Re: Chinese manufacturers aren't too bothered about their stuff once it's out the door.

It varies from model to model and market to market. The Huawai G615 I bought roughly two years ago was pretty much abandonware. There were some Chinese Roms with an updated EmoUI, but the base Android version was stuck to Lollipop, so no need to bother installing them. In that case at least Nova launcher worked like a charm.

I hear since the P6 came out they supplied at least a few international updates before dropping it. But again not for all variants and markets.

Generally - if you are not Chinese and expect good customer service and updates, you should probably look somewhere else.

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Galaxy S7 sales slay S6

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Can't talk about others

but for me the missing memory card slot was the main killer. A fixed battery in a non waterproof phone didn't help neither.

Nice to know I am not alone.

Mine's the one with the waterproof phone with SD-card slot in the pocket...

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Inflatable space podule set for orbital trial

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16 square meter?

Wow, in Tokyo that would be enough space for a whole family.

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Contactless payments come to in-flight entertainment units

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Re: Gotcha

in-flight toilets? You mean those paper bags they put in the seat pockets? :P

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Re: Welp...

How about a game of in flight Gotcha? On the other hand the flight attendants do that already when they hand out the drinks, I suppose.

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Not Bitcoin, but close: Red Hat and Microsoft bite into blockchain tech

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Re: Blockchain...

Oh come on, as the electric car industry told us - electricity is clean, pollution free energy that just comes out of the wall socket. (/irony)

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AMD Bristol Ridge finds first home in HP ENVY x360

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the Bristol Ridge processors offer sharper graphics, ...

Do they come with a pair of spectacles?

Mine's the one with the marketingspeach dictionary in the pocket...

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Two things only?

How about lying about the user tracking? It was supposed to happen only in the beta, but made it's way into the production version.

And it cannot be completely deactivated by the user in the non-pro versions.

And no, introducing the "feedback feature" to earlier versions of Windows didn't help repairing the damage.

No one likes to be watched over the shoulder. It is creepy and disturbing. IMHO that's what keeps most people away from Windows 10 Additionally Windows 10 was pushed with malware tactics. Making your new product perceived as malware is probably not such a bright idea, or is it?

In the past Microsoft could react on bad perception of a Windows version by renaming the next service pack and call it with the next version number. This door they closed by themselves by insisting to call all future versions "Windows 10".

I wonder if they already fired the idiot person responsible for this disaster. Probably there is no one higher up to fire him?

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Apple yanks international travel plugs over shock worries

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Re: Translation

In Japanese "siri" means "arse". Usually the honourable prefix "o" is given to soften it a bit, then it could be translated as "butt", but if you are talking about your own body part you can't use a honourable prefix, of course. (Can't up-talk yourself in Japanese, if you are not the emperor himself...)

Some funny images:

I think there was an article in El Reg, as well. Anyway...

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Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault

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dd ?

what do you mean - "if" should be the backup volume, not "of" ?

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'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

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Re: Effing 'Merikans

Japanese also do mm/dd/yyyy.

[Citation needed]

In official documents Japanese dates are stated as EEYY年MM月DD日, with EE being the epoch. Currently we are in "平成 = heisei" Epoch, year 28.

Ups, my driving licence needs to be renewed until 平成28年10月28日. Still a few months to go, but good I checked...

In less official documents the Gregorian calender year might be used, but no self respecting Japanese public officer would voluntary relapse to something so mundane.

Oh, and each epoch starts and ends with the death/inthronation of a new emperor, so some years have two epochs.

Oh, and sometimes you have to enter the numbers as double byte and sometimes as single byte. Filling in a web form in Japanese can be very frustrating, indeed.

Regarding [Citation needed] - you can check it up in Wikipedia. Not that Wikipedia is any good as a reference.

Nothing is ever simple in Japan...

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Alien studs on dwarf's erection baffle boffins

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Re: Space-scat

yes, that was my thought as well. Looks like a cat scratched dirt over something. What could it possibliy be?

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Bill Clinton killed off internet taxes, says Australian politician

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Re: Idiot

He wants what all governments/kings/clan leaders want since the beginning of time - more and more.

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Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

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Perhaps they can just use Crtl+Alt+Del? Or is there a reset button, apart from the lever marked "eject"?

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Microsoft wants to lock everyone into its store via universal Windows apps, says game kingpin

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Re: Deja Vu

Windows 10 is being force-downloaded except in instances where someone has taken active measures to prevent it.

The most galling thing is that it is being force-downloaded even in instances where someone has taken active measures to prevent it.

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AMD to fix slippery hypervisor-busting bug in its CPU microcode

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The really incredible thing is...

.. that they didn't just re-start the build and were happy when it finally passed, but they sat back, gathered all evidence and deep-dived into what went wrong, all the way to the microcode.

I'd say that's impressive.

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

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We all know how it will end, right?

"Look at you, Hacker. A pathetic creature of meat and bone. Panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?"

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Microsoft hits the gas in drive to recruit autistic techies

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Re: Stereotypes for the win!

@ h4rm0ny

Yes, I'm old enough to call them programmers rather than developers

So for you this is a developer and this is a programmer, right?

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Microsoft: We think your Office files should see other people

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Re: Try doing that on Linux Mint!!

Huh? You mean storing my documents anywhere I like?

Who would stop me to do so? Linux is not proprietary and doesn't lock you in to any vendor and his "partners" by design, you know.

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Too easy

They should have hidden somewhere a few seconds of "special" scene. Just to make sure they really verified the whole film.

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Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles – security prof

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Re: Diagnostics and audio

It's a bus, which implies data transfer must be acknowledged.

Actually the CAN bus it is pretty much a network, similar to ethernet with a different physical layer. It can carry various different protocols and every controller can listen and send frames as he desires. There is a collision detection. No need for a busmaster or a token. Some protocols have a handshake (tester communication, for example), some don't. For the usual information exchange between controllers the information is just sent and received periodically over standard frames. If you are lucky there is a rolling counter to tell you, if the sender is still alive, but most frames don't even have this basic measure. Generally it is designed as a "trusted bus". Meaning the control units trust that each controller in the system has it's own self-monitoring and the information send over the CAN is sane and validated by default.

Not exactly what you should or would connect to the internet, right?

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You can have an ODB port for both without connecting them.

Interesting. How do you do that, given, that you have only one physical connector?

You build in a second connector underneath the first one for the 2nd bus? Not sure if this is possible from a legal point of view.

In any case, the best solution to have something not hacked remotely is not to connect it to the internet. No need for constantly updating everything if it just works and it is not connected to the ugly sewerage system that people call the internet.

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"But the two networks have to talk to each other"

Why?

Legal requirement. As soon as some controller can be reprogrammed in the field, it must answer to some standard OBD protocol items. As most sensors contain microcontrollers, nowadays, there must be a gateway to the OBD connector if the sensor can be reprogrammed. One of the reasons is that it allows to check easily, if someone messed around with the calibration dataset. One of the OBD services requests a checksum over the dataset area, which is calculated on the fly. You can find all this stuff in ISO15031, btw.

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Ubuntu's Amazon 'adware' feature to be made opt in

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Re: use Xubuntu instead

I also prefer Xubuntu, but it should be noted, that they don't offer the same long term support than for the regular LTS Ubuntu distros.

Of course you can also install Ubuntu and then change the window manager to whatever you prefer. Unfortunately you then still have to deinstall some Unity stuff by hand. In particular those Unity scrollbar slider things. Oh, and the next OS upgrade brings back all Unity glory and makes it default again.

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Spoilsport scientists unstick Spider-Man

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Whoa

Next you'll tell me that Cyclops laser eyes won't work. And what about Thor's hammer?

Mine's the one with the cape...

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: Anti-Trust suit impending.

That was my first thought as well. They form a cartel that forces their customers to follow an unloved business decision.

Compliance? We have heard of it...

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

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Re: Instead of artificial insemination?

Unless it's used for sporting events of some kind, with bets and everything... Then it's understandable.

Sorry, no bets, but still there is a big and eminently huggable prize.

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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"By and large though desktop Ubuntu was a bit boring"

You make that sound like a bad thing.

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