* Posts by Credas

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Beware Red Hat interviews: You'll pay for coffee, lunch and fuel

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Strange rationalisation

When I look back at that meeting now, I realize that Szulik and Cunningham were just being open and treating me like any other person they may have had coffee or lunch with or got gas with.

The normal, open people I have lunch with would make damn sure they had money on them to pay their share of the bill before going out to lunch, and would be embarrassed if they found they couldn't pay. This sounds more like some perverse kind of "amusing" test.

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Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

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Re: Has El Reg employed F7 as Editor-in-chief?

It's only one little typo. Replace the second "than" with "that".

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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I think the "£26" is a mix-up between the Pound and Euro pricing - essentially they charge £20 or €26. Either way, it's a complete ripoff for a non-functional POS.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Hype

We already have autonomous cars that we can hire, often at lower cost than owning and operating our own car - we call them taxis. Replacing a low-paid human with a shedload of computers, sensors and servos doesn't make it a magical new class of shared transport, although recognising that wouldn't make for a breathless headline-grabbing report for an "analyst", would it?

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Airbus warns of software bug in A400M transport planes

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Re: Under "wraps"? Seems odd....

There's nothing "proper" about holding up a flight safety investigation. The only value of the flight recorders, either to the criminal investigation or to the rather more useful manufacturer's one, is the data they contain. There's no point in hanging onto the recorders without having the data downloaded, something the investigating judge certainly can't do anyway without outside help. If the judge wants to use the recorder as an evidential doorstop after the data's been downloaded then fine, but don't prevent the problem with the aircraft being identified and fixed. This may be the way things are done in Spain, but that doesn't mean it's sensible.

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Nissan CEO: Get ready, our auto-wagons will be ready by 2020

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Re: Yes but no, okay maybe...

I don't see the point of anything less than a fully autonomous car (from both technical and legal perspectives). If I've got to be awake, alert and sober to take over at any time, then I might as well drive it myself. In fact if I don't drive it myself then I'd probably be so out of practice when the automatics do go "what the hell is that? I've no idea - over to you!" that I'd stuff it up anyway!

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KA-BOOM! Russian rocket EXPLODES over Siberia minutes after lift-off

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Re: Just a reminder...

Just because someone makes something look easy doesn't mean that it is easy.

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Google fastens buy buttons to paid mobile search results – report

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Apparent-itis

"Apparent"/"apparently" crop up rather a lot in this article, don't they? Doesn't give a lot of confidence that there's much in the way of hard information behind it.

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Starbucks denies mobile app hack, blames careless customers

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Re: It is interesting to see lots of IT people mocking users for ticking the linking boxes etc

You don't need to be some kind of IT expert to work out that effectively handing over your wallet to a retailer just to avoid the inconvenience of fishing a card or cash out of it each time you buy their product, is a bad, bad idea.

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Re: Reactions

Personally I'd like it to brake as hard as possible, as late as possible. That way drivers won't become inclined to rely on it to maintain a safe distance, because they won't enjoy having their face imprinted with the maker's logo on the steering wheel every few miles. If this is a last-ditch protection, like ESP, then it's a good thing. If it encourages the driver to disengage brain and stop driving the vehicle properly then it's a bad thing. So no adaptive auto braking for me, thanks.

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SAP crypto offers customers choice of remote code execution or denial of service

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Why "Crypto"?

I don't get the reference to crypto in the title. LZH and LZC are (ancient) general purpose compression algorithms, not cryptographic algorithms. They might be used in crypto products, but surely that's kind of incidental to this vulnerability?

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Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

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Not nearly as reduced as their experience will be if they can't understand what you're saying. :)

I wasn't suggesting simplifying meaning, rather simplifying vocabulary and syntax, and avoiding idiomatic speech, which is surely sensible? It's a very well understood approach in technical authoring, where writing to a given comprehension score is a requirement, for example.

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I try to avoid idiomatic language when talking to a non-native English speaker anyway in order to make understanding as easy as possible, so I don't think it's unreasonable or a hardship to do the same when dealing with translation software. More problematic with real-time translation IMO is how it copes with all the umms, ahhs, pauses, repitition, etc that normal speech is littered with.

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What the BLEEP? BitTorrent's secure messaging app arrives

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Re: Works well

If something's "free", and the supplier's not a charity, then it's generally wise to at least be sceptical.

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Door keys are an option. It's just a matter of time

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Industry pushing unwanted tat

the biggest barrier to adoption for smart-tech is easily understandable and industry-wide policies

No, the biggest barrier to adoption is that this flaky, costly, unreliable, privacy-busting tat doesn't solve any problem that most people have.

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Forced sale of Openreach division would put BT broadband investment at risk, says CEO

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Doesn't make sense

Why would the New Openreach board be less willing to invest in broadband infrastructure than the current BT board is? That only makes sense if the current arrangement enables BT to make profits from being able to "manage" the relationship (and pricing) between its two halves, and those profits would vanish if it had to deal with New Openreach on the same basis as its competitors. Ofcom should regard those comments as good reason to act like a real regulator, get out the anal probe and start exploring.

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Kiwi company posts job ad for Windows support scammers

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This works?

Unless this is well-known long running joke down under, personally I'd assume it was a scam pretending to be from the power company, like the Microsoft prize draw winnings my spam filters are informed of with monotonous regularity.

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

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Re: IoT Doorlocks...

+1

The problem they have is that they're trying to flog a solution to a problem that hardly anybody thinks they have. And an expensive solution, at that.

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Accused Aussie game hacker flees to Europe ahead of trial

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Re: Australian Take-away

Jeez - who would have imagined that there was such a thing as a Lynton Crosby fan to downvote you?

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Not pro-Bono: Russian MP wants Apple to face stiff action for cramming 'gay' U2 into iCrevices

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Very telling

This kind of complaint says very little about the object they supposedly find abhorrent, while telling you a great deal about what the complainant is obsessively thinking about...

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: So...

Power could be left on 24/7, but even in that unlikely event the aircraft would still be powered down eventually for scheduled maintenance. So to encounter this in the real world you need an operator who basically doesn't operate his aircraft, such that it doesn't need maintenance for 8 months, yet still leaves it powered up continuously. The fact that 787s have been in service for three and a half years now, and more than 250 of them are flying without this fault being encountered, shows how improbable this is. Of course it needs fixing - continually eliminating risk is how aviation has become as safe as it is - but in practice this one is no big deal.

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Airbus to sue NSA, German spies accused of swiping tech secrets

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Re: NoneSuch

If the moral high ground is your destination, perhaps you'd also like to address the US riding roughshod over the NPT in agreeing to trade in nuclear materials with India? It's a lot less speculative than French involvement in Saddam's chemical weapons programme.

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UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

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Re: No poll here

Thanks, it's appearing for me now. Thought it was strange, haven't had a problem with polls here before.

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No poll here

OK, so which script do I need to unblock to see the poll? That doesn't involves enabling massive banner ads, anyway.

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This is Spartan? No, it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer

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Call it Esmerelda if you like

You still need to prove that you've done more than apply some lipstick to convince people who've suffered IE that this one really is a beauty rather than a pig.

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Facebook policy wonk growls at Europe's mass of data laws

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Having to deal with all those tiny EU countries is terrible, isn't it?

Obviously that's why Facebook bases its worldwide non-US operations in one of the larger EU states, not in a small country with a population under 5m and a data protection regulator based in what looks much like a chip shop. Oh, wait...

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: Anyone else wonder...

Yes, but you are replying to someone whose political hero was nearly killed in a stupid air accident while trailing a banner.

I'm going to assume you're referring to me, in which case it just shows that you haven't a clue about my political affiliations. Believe it or not, it is possible to hold the view that decisions should be made at the lowest practical level, without being a UKIP supporter. In fact the principle of subsidiarity is supposedly a fundamental principle of the EU itself.

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Re: “Quicker response from the emergency services to accidents on roads ....

I think you're right. Not least because the chances of the emergency services despatching fleets of police, ambulances, and fire/rescue vehicles to some on the uncorroborated say-so of an automated phone module are slim to none. These are going to end up being treated like burglar alarms, ie ignored unless there's a follow-up voice call.

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Re: Anyone else wonder...

Anyone else wonder...

why the *EU* is trying to mandate this?

You get downvoted to hell on here for suggesting that the EU shouldn't be regulating more and more. For some reason a lot of readers seem to think that making laws at the highest level is better than making them at the lowest practical level - eg national, in this case. This is also why we now have cars driving in bright sunshine in Spain or Italy but lit up like Christmas trees, rather than allowing countries in the north where permanent driving lights might make sense to make their own decisions.

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eBay sides with Google in EU competition case? Only if you cherry-pick

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Re: I was just thinking about eBay and Google

Could be worse. The results could be poisoned by links to Foundem.

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UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

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Re: Beware consultants flogging snake oil

Sure a phyical attack can work but remote exploits.... forget it.

So what? What matters isn't whether something is remotely exploitable, or locally exploitable, or physically exploitable, but how readily exploitable it is, full stop. An easy local exploit can be much more dangerous than a relatively difficult remote exploit.

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Beware consultants flogging snake oil

Any system devised by man is capable of being manipulated with evil intent by man. Those apparently super-safe, air-gapped systems the Victorians developed, with mechanical semaphores next to the track, wouldn't have exactly been difficult to sabotage to show that the line ahead was clear. The electrically signalled lights that followed and that we've relied upon up to now would have been more difficult to subvert, but still relatively vulnerable. Sure, the new signalling system will have potential weaknesses, but it's still better than what it's replacing, and life isn't risk free - get a sense of proportion, FFS.

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Belgian minister set to legalise Uber

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Re: Why the snide?

The Commission proposes laws and the Parliament has to approve them. Both share a common interest in the inexorable expansion of Big Government. You're right that the Council of Ministers can effectively veto much of this, but they're involved in horse-trading to protect what they see as their vital national interests, so much of the stuff that they're not so interested in has to be allowed to slide.

As for your objection to my pollution examples, you could apply that principle to absolutely anything vaguely employment-related. Perhaps the EU should regulate car parking; after all, employers' provision of free car parking for employees, or local councils' provision, could give countries a competitive advantage over their neighbours? As could rates of road tax, or maybe minimum nutritional standards, or immunisation programmes, or recreational drug use laws, or.... At some point you need to make your mind up about what should be decided locally, and what needs to be decided nationally/supranationally. With the EU as presently constituted, the traffic's all one way.

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Re: Why the snide?

Most regulation is national and managed by national bureaucrats. Brussels only becomes involved in questions of the single market.

Ho, ho! Brussels meddles in all kinds of things that have at best marginal and indirect effects on the single market; air and water quality, for example.It wouldn't surprise me at all if next week the Commission decided that in the interests of enabling cross-border taxi operation it's regulation would henceforth be an EU competence.

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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Re: so what if you can't upgrade it?

why would anyone expect to upgrade/replace parts in their watch??

What, like replace the battery? Everybody. Until the likes of Apple bastardise the category, anyway.

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Proof in case is that there is already a porn novel (I shit you not).

I think your irony detector has malfunctioned.

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Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

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Not that bothered

The worst that any miscreant would be able to do in my account is rape it for the points value of a coffee. Other than that, it's the usual drill of unique email, password, and a whole bunch of made-up personal details. Surely nobody is daft enough to provide genuine details if they aren't needed?

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JUNK in your TRUNK is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan

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Re: Insurance

Why? All they're getting is a one time code to unlock the boot, not the key to enable them to actually start the car or anything. As long as the car locks again once the boot closes there's no real issue.

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Trading Standards pokes Amazon over 'libellous' review

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Re: Perhaps

And even if it was a cold call, the extra step of pressing *5 only assures that a human is on the line who won't be stymied by it. The service being provided is pretty gimmicky and relies on honest humans, a quality you won't often find in telephonic sales.

You'd think so, wouldn't you? But my experience using a phone at home that has BT Call Guardian built in (does very much the same job as the device in the Amazon reviews), is that it stops 100% of nuisance calls. It seems the spammers either can't, or can't be bothered to, go through the call screening steps.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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Re: My wife make the low fat/cal/oil version of this...

Not much use as a post-pub neckfiller without the fat though? Not unless your idea of a session is a small glass of cava, anyway.

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Activist investor Jana Partners calls for Qualcomm break-up

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And of course, all of those patents are genuinely innovative, non-obvious and without prior art, right?

If you knew anything about Qualcomm then you'd know that in the great majority of cases the answer is that they are indeed real, genuine, innovative technology patents. Not the kind of "click to buy" ephemera you probably have in mind.

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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Re: Predictions...

Precisely as valid a wild-ass guess as his.

I think you'll find that Ellen Stofan is of the female gender. That kind of slip could get you crucified in The Guardian's comments sections.

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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Re: Possible

Looks like it may have been started by someone smoking dope down there...

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A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

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Re: "Users could opt out of sharing data"

WTF does that tirade (which I agree with, as it happens) have to do with Chrome browser extensions?

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Jailed Brit con phishes prison, gets bail

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Re: Oh, the details

From reading the BBC article it's pretty clear that there's no website involved; he just registered a deceptive domain and used it to email the prison. Significantly less challenging than attempting to clone a website using a mobile phone!

It would also be nice if the author of this article could copy place names accurately - it's Southwark, not "Southwalk". Perhaps Southwalk was the typo the Beeb mentioned that the cheeky felon made, but it's not a London borough.

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Amazon fires rocket up FAA for dithering on drone approval

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Re: Welcome to the real world...

Agreed. One the one hand we have professionals who preside over a highly successful regulatory regime in terms of aviation safety. On the other we have a retailer throwing its toys out of the pram and pressuring politicians to override their assessment process. I know which side I'd want to come out on top here.

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Another GDS cockup: Rural Payments Agency cans £154m IT system

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Re: yes minister

Damned prescient as well, since the RPA was only established in 2001.

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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Still don't know why it's 12-sided

Other than that nostalgic retro "because the thruppeny bit was 12-sided" argument, anyway. Particularly when it's a bimetallic design, I'd have thought the last thing the vending machine manufacturers would want is a coin bouncing up and down, rather than a constant-diameter one rolling smoothly past their sensors.

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Re: And how long will the "old" coins be valid?

Six months. Same as when they've introduced new coins recently like the revised 10p.

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Is the DNS' security protocol a waste of everyone's time and money?

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Re: Corrections

You click on the "Tips and corrections" mailto link, type your text in the message body, and hit send. Is that so difficult?

PS: browsers have spellcheck add-ons nowadays to help if you find words like "rigmarole" challenging.

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