* Posts by Mike Moyle

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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"This won't take us down. You should not be worried about the future of this studio."

Translation: "We're all screwed."

It's times like this that I wish "Google Translate" had a "Business-to English" or "Marketing-to-English" option.

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Any wagers...

...That if they can only make it to 1/3 of the desired amount, they'll "decide" to do the project in stages and so do Julian's "first" and do the others "later -- when we have the money"?

Although, if someone ever DID do a statue of Assange, it might entice me to convert to one of the religions that believes in reincarnation, in hopes of coming back as a pigeon!

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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Does this rule apply to ALL content aggregators?

I mean, Facebook can be considered a content aggregator. The aggregation is done, in this case, mostly by human(oid)s, rather than by bots, but when someone posts a link to a news site, a thumbnail and excerpt of the original site appear in the timeline. It seems to me that that this is infringing at least as much as Google news -- at best, it can be argued that Facebook infringes retail, while Google News does it wholesale, but I don't see how that makes a difference of KIND, rather than merely one of DEGREE.

Does Facebook have a local presence in Spain? If so, does the "rights" agency go after FB next? And -- if A and B -- what do they do when FB decides to close its local presence and block local access?

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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"After all, the robots aren't going to (...) rape anyone, are they?"

...Never saw "Saturn 3", did you...?

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Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

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"We're not sure exactly why the "Bumble" name, but the company has gone all out on it..."

Didn't I ever tell you about Bumbles...? Bumbles BOUNCE!"

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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So-o-o-o-o-o-o...

Does this only apply to software downloads, or does the EU ban include, say "free" events that have concession stands selling food and tchotchkes...? ..."free" schools that have PAYG lunch facilities...? Do politicians have to stop referring to "free" elections...?

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'Most advanced mobile botnet EVER' is coming for your OFFICE Androids

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@ Michael Thibault Was: Re: disguised as a system update...

Perhaps Mr. R79 was just trying to match the tone of the article, which looks as though it didn't get proofread before being posted; viz. "...access the botnet is been rented out...", "Various generations of NotCompatible has infected..."

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Uber exec wanted to sic private dicks on critics ... Hey, Emil Michael, COME AT US, bro

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Re: "... if you're not causing trouble, you're not doing it right."

Unfortunately,. you can be causing trouble and STILL not doing news right. Viz. Fox "News" and any number of other sh!t-stirrers.

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Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale

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At least this one doesn't have the stupid turbine engine.

Since the Barris conversion, every live-action Batmobile has had to have the honkin' big jet engine in it which was -- I suppose -- alright for the mood of the TV show, but makes absolutely NO sense if you're trying to be the movies' ninja-like urban legend.

Just sayin'.

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FCC makes up its mind about net neutrality: Er, we'll decide in 2015

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Delaying the vote until after the first of the year will give the new, Corporate-controlled Republican-controlled Congress to get settled in and hold hearings on net neutrality, where they will blast it as more Obama-decreed government overreach stifling Amurrican bidness and passing a law that prohibits the FCC from classifying ISP as common carriers, taking the responsibility and the blowback off of their plates.

Or, that's what I'd think if I were a cynical sort of individual; which, of course, I'm not!

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: no records check?

In many states, private transfers (e.g., transfers within a family, sales not involving a licensed dealer, etc.) and sales at gun shows don't require the background check.

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Not a perfect solution, but...

If one just wanted a one-off: while quite expensive these days, GyroJet ammunition can occasionally still be found. Being recoilless and not requiring rifling -- while, admittedly, introducing their OWN set of problems -- rocket cartridges seem as though they would be go some way towards making printed plastic handguns viable.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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@ Stuart Castle: PREACH IT, BROTHER!

I spent too many years working retail gigs when actual living-wage-paying jobs were thin on the ground.

I have come to the conclusion that you can ALWAYS tell people who have never worked in service jobs by the way that they treat service/retail workers. The rude, entitled ones have never been on the receiving end; the ones that are willing to at least be polite and treat you like a fellow human being have been there -- or have, at least, had empathy inculcated in them at some point.

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First space Hasselblad goes under the hammer

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Re: But why.....?

Redundant systems.

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Hmm...

"Alan Bond of the British "Skylon" spaceplane project has compared the Virgin "space ships" to a "fairground ride".

...Never read "The Man Who Sold the Moon", did he?

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HP settles suit with popstar Chubby Checker over todger tester app

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Re: because no one else will say it

Because the big stars can afford more and higher-test drugs, no doubt.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: So...

"'We will carry forward all that is good in Windows,'

Were they not doing that with previous releases?"

Well, first they had to *FIND* something good, didn't they?

I mean... Be fair...!!

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Ice, ice maybe: Evidence of 'Grand Canyon' glacier FOUND ON MARS

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Re: Schrödinger's glacier

...or maybe not.

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Re: Armchair lawyer strikes again!

AND -- speaking here whilst wearing my municipal-government employee hat -- he would also doubtless face a tangle of assorted local, state, and federal Conservation, Environmental, Historic, Wetlands, and Whatevere-Else Commissions who might have jurisdiction over dredging up sand and/or changing the beach contours.

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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

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Re: London catching up as usual?

Back in the early '80s, when Banana Republic's thing was comfortable and durable traveling clothes -- before they went all Ralph-Lauren-y -- the store in Cambridge, MA, had a military Jeep that was sliced diagonally in half, and bisected by one of the main windows with one half outside of the store and the other half inside.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: What?

Market share doesn't help the individual companies, except in the indirect "a rising tide lifts all boats" sense.

What you SHOULD be noting is that 51.7% of the smartphone users in the U.S. are split among a half-dozen manufacturers, while ONE manufacturer, Apple -- even WITH significantly higher prices for a given feature set -- has northwards of 40% of the market to itself.

AND Apple has higher margins than Android handset manufacturers can generally claw out while trying to differentiate their offerings from the Android handset on display next to it at Best Buy or Wal-Mart. And it's MARGIN, as has been pointed out, that gets money-men wet.

Now, none of this means that Apple will ALWAYS have that sort of market share to itself, or that it will ALWAYS be able to make those sorts of margins, but as with any war of attrition, they only have to do it long ENOUGH to drive a couple more of the mid- to large- companies out (vis. Sony) and watch the Android market fragment further as smaller companies try to fill the (perceived) gap left by the big boys' exit. If Apple ends up with 30% of the market but keeps their margins up, while a dozen or more companies are splitting Android's 60% and driving their own profits (and, hence, their attractiveness to investors) down to do so, then, even -- with loss of market share -- Apple wins.

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'There is no downside – unless you count the total bath you take moving your stuff'

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As an American who rides buses...

...I always make it a point to say good-morning (or whatever is appropriate for the time of day) when boarding and thank-you when leaving buses, trolleys, etc., and taught my daughter to do the same.

Part of this is simple courtesy of course, but part of it is enlightened self-interest as well. Treat the driver well and, comes the inevitable day when you're still one hundred feet away from the bus stop in a driving rain, a driver who is well-disposed to you is more likely to stop and wait than one who doesn't know you from Adam and whose only interest is not getting ticked for not keeping on schedule.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Are they CERTAIN that it was a human abattoir...?

...Could have just been the prep area for the takeout. I mean, you've got a lot of hungry henge builders, menhir delivery men and the like coming out of the pub next door of a Friday night and you're the ONLY curry shop in 5,000 miles -- you're going to be making a LOT of chicken vindaloo, is all I'm saying...

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General Motors to intro HANDS-FREE DRIVING tech by 2016

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So, will the government now mandate the use of hands-free-free phones when driving?

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Re: cannibalism

But the important question is:

Guacamole or clam dip?

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This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives

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Re: Never trust a 'Merkin to build a roundabout.

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.507584,-0.127719,3a,75y,90h,90t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sHoEB2N_OUWXqydIeM_0VtQ!2e0!3e5

Stupid Americans... Oh, wait... Did *WE* design this rotary with the traffic lights...?

As to the one that you showed -- Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.; you can blame the French for that! Pierre Charles L'Enfant designed it in a grid, with diagonal streets radiating from large open squares spaced around the city. Which worked passably well for horses and carriages, but not so well for lots and LOTS of cars. Rotaries were the only real answer. And with lots of cars, and lots of pedestrians wanting to use the greenspaces in the middle of those areas, yeah... Short of constructing pedestrian over- or under-passes to go from the outside of the rotary to the park in the middle, stoplights at pedestrian crossings were really the best solution in a high-traffic area like that.

Specifically regarding Dupont Circle: Given the limitations imposed by L'Enfant's original street layout, there are only two streets on which you can unerringly pass through the intersection: Massachusetts and Connecticut Avenues. Mass. Ave. (The one that runs from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock) uses the inner ring of the rotary.You can only ENTER the inner ring FROM Massachusetts Ave., and you can only EXIT it ONTO Massachusetts Ave., so it's not like you don't know where you're coming out -- you're coming out on the same street that you started on, going in the same direction, just on the the other side of the Circle. While one COULD enter from one of the other streets and veer into the inner ring at one of the Mass. Ave. entrances, you'd pretty much have to ACTIVELY turn into it -- the "bump-outs" to the outer ring at the Mass. Ave. exits and the divider between the two are fairly obvious guides. With Connecticut Ave. (The next street clockwise from Mass. Ave.), you can either ENTER the rotary, or -- if you simply want to continue down Connecticut -- pass UNDER it and come out on the other side, staying on Connecticut the whole time. Considering that L'Enfant's plan put FIVE major thoroughfares crossing in that square, it actually seems a rather elegant solution.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: A question for our British friends...

The only reason for cinnamon on French Toast (we never used it, ourselves, but some families apparently did) is if you were using that flavorless, bastardized concoction, "Pancake Syrup", instead of the pure maple syrup.

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Re: A question for our British friends...

http://www.batchelors.ie/

http://www.heinz.co.uk/

That's... horrifying.

THESE are baked beans (although, personally, I'd say they could use more chunks of onion and salt pork in there, but that may just be family preference):

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-k72CLKUzO3o/UmlEhESaHnI/AAAAAAAAEDg/ZAFtz3c03rI/s1600/IMG_0359.jpg

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A question for our British friends...

I recently went to a restaurant (stateside) which offered what was claimed to be an Irish breakfast -- eggs, back bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, fried tomatoes, toast and baked beans. Now, I grew up near Boston, MA, so, to me, beans are supposed to be done up al dente in a rich brown -- almost black -- molasses and brown sugar base. The beans that appeared before me seemed to have been stewed until mushy in some sort of tomato-based soup. Was this abomination just the restaurant having a go, or is this really what people over on that side of the pond consider "baked beans"?

...'Cause I gotta say -- seeing those things called "baked beans" nearly put me off the rest of my meal!

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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NUTS

Nowt Up Trees System

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Ferrying planes...

I suspect that my dad's crew would have LOVED to only have to ferry their plane to England during the war. Ferrying B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from the states to India was a long and dangerous haul, even with the reduced risk of being shot down on the trip over. I recall him mentioning (I think) stops in Venezuela, Rio, Ascension Island, Cape Town... And I know I'm missing a good few.

The standard joke was that, if your were carrying maximum fuel and minimum everything else and if you had a good tailwind and your navigator and pilot were on the top of their game, you had just enough fuel to fall 10 feet sort of the runway at Ascension.

Dad was the radio operator and, as the time approached for him to pick up the Ascension radio beacon, everyone was understandably on edge -- there was a LOT of water out there -- and all eyes that weren't busy flying the plane were watching the navigator. Finally, he caught the beacon -- they were coming straight down the beam. As he told it, he first patched the navigator in to his signal so he knew they were on the beam, but he apparently didn't hear it and continued checking and rechecking his maps, tables, and calculations, getting visibly more nervous as time went on. Dad checked his system again -- radio beacon good, patch to navigator good... He was just about to speak up when the nav just grabbed everything on the table up in his arms, screamed "I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!" and threw the whole mess out the hatch.

There was a moment of horrified silence before dad patched everyone else in, so the whole crew could hear the beacon. The nav fell over laughing hysterically at his little joke. How did the others take it? As dad put it, "We almost saved the Japanese the trouble of killing him."

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Questions for rocket scientists:

I'm not a rocket scientist so, being basically lazy, I Googled up this site:

http://www.cthreepo.com/lab/math1/

If I'm doing this right, an acceleration of 0.1G would get you Earth to Mars at nearest approach in 5.5 days and at their farthest, 15 days (plus a bit extra on that last one to avoid taking a straight line and running into the sun).

If you're not in a hurry, or are on tight power rations, accelerating/decelerating @ 0.01G would get you to your destination in 17 and 47 days respectively.

The beauty of constant acceleration, of course, is that -- just like keeping your money in the bank and letting the interest repeatedly compound -- constant acceleration quickly builds on itself to your advantage. So while our 0.1G drive could get us to Mars in between 5 and 15 days, it would get us out to the Jovian moons in something like 20 days, or to Pluto in less than 60. (These are all really quick and dirty averages but I'm really rather abusing the privilege with Pluto, since its orbit is so screwy, but the average should be in there, somewhere.)

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

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"We want to control every part of your lives," and "No Jewish state should be allowed to defend itself"?

Doesn't sound left-wing at all, to me. Unless you consider the Nazis liberals, that is...

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Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers

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Re: Maybe ongoing payback for Israel bad to China and it's trading partners e.g Iran.

"Semite is a member of any of various ancient and modern peoples originating in southwestern Asia, including the Akkadians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs..."

Or, as a Jewish friend of mine once said, "I wouldn't mind the anti-Semites if they were only anti-ALL-the-Semites!"

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MonkeyParking FLINGS AWAY San Francisco service

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" 'Our mission is to get rid of circling the block turning a random parking process into a predictable one, saving people time while also reducing traffic congestion and generated pollution,' the firm said in a statement announcing the shutdown."

Easily solved: Produce an app that allows a user to push a GPS-determined address -- and nothing else -- that gets, in turn, pushed to anyone using the app in that area.

Trust the "Sharing Economy", and all that!

Mission accomplished!

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Rockall batters plucky Brit adventurer

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Re: "Those seagulls will be start to look awfully tempting soon then"

I assume they would have by the time he got near the 60 days, but I expect that right now he's more interested in food.

Wait...

What...?

Never mind.

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Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

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Ave atque vale

You will be missed, sir. I've enjoyed your writing from the MacAddict days to the present. It's been fun.

Now get out there and enjoy your semi-retirement. (And, if you should ever decide to occasionally downgrade it to a demi-semi-, or even a hemi-demi-semi-retirement in order to write the occasional opinion piece, I hope I find out about it.)

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Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

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Re: My biggest reservation

C'mon... This is Google...!

The prompt should be "Hail Hydra!"

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San Francisco issues SMACKDOWN on parking spot sale software

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Re: Money For Nothing, Over and Again...

@ Kristian Walsh

"If it's a roadside meter, the next person doesn't have to pay anyway..."

It must be nice, living where you do. A lot of the cities in my neck of the woods that haven't gone the "ticket kiosk and numbered space" route have installed coin-op digital meters with sensors that flip the time remaining to zero when the vehicle leaves the space in front of it.

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Wikipedia insists paid editors reveal their bits in public

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"... can threaten the trust of Wikimedia(...)"

DOES anybody actually trust Wikimedia?

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Ohio man cuffed AGAIN for shagging inflatable pool raft

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There's a raft of things wrong with this story.

Sorry...

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Kids hack Canadian ATM during LUNCH HOUR

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@ Matt Bryant Re: Mephhead Not an 'hack'.

"...For me, an 'hack' is a tool coded as one part of an attack..."

Perhaps this escapade falls more into the M.I.T. definition of a "hack":

http://hacks.mit.edu

"The word hack at MIT usually refers to a clever, benign, and 'ethical' prank or practical joke, which is both challenging for the perpetrators and amusing to the MIT community (and sometimes even the rest of the world!). Note that this has nothing to do with computer (or phone) hacking (which we call 'cracking')."

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Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

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"...doped collections of carbon atoms recovered from human urine..."

Can I smoke ANY old dope, or does it have to be a specific breed?

"Well, Mr. Johnson, the bad news is that you failed the drug test, so you can't make you an offer for that management position. The good news is that it means that we CAN offer you a position in our battery-manufacturing division!"

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Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

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It'll come back down...

What with the tornados, supercell storms, etc., that roll through Texas in the summertime it'll come down eventually.

All he has to do is hang around outside the stadium during a thunderstorm and wait for it...

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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"Alistair Dabbs is recovering from the dreaded lurgy..."

So the trombone therapy is working, then?

E-e-e-e-e-YAKaboo!

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Samsung wants to 'thingify' your BODY with Simband

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Huuuuurrmm...

This sounds like it would be collecting the same sort of data that a polygraph does -- BP, respiration, skin conductivity, heart rate, etc. I'm sure that this would be very convenient for organizations that might want to ask one embarrassing questions, since they wouldn't need to hook you up to any distracting equipment (nor, presumably, ask your permission to do so). Better still, if the wristband stores data locally between uploads to the cloud, they would have a really good set of baseline readings for you.

...Or am I misunderstanding how this thing would work...?

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Apple plots HOME INVASION at WWDC

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Echoes...

Thanks, Mr. Ford, but I'll pass on your fancy "au-to-mo-bile". I've got a horse and buggy for local trips and there's a train station right in the center of town.

What's that...? "The technology will change the world in ways you never imagined...?" Don't make me laugh!!

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Come with me if you want a lid: Apple bags Terminator-esque LiquidMetal mobe patent

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Re: thermal movement

Actually, I don't think it would matter WHAT the backside/case is made of. My first thought was of an older-style mono body iPod/iPhone case with a lip at the top making a channel around the opening. Pop the glass in and squirt the liquid metal between cover and case. Presto...! You have your glass locked in by a metal gasket locked in a metal channel. The only way to repair any parts would be to break the bezel out and re-install with another MIM machine. Not only would this not be something that the average home hobbyist would be likely to own, it would probably be too expensive for most commercial electronics repair services.

And people complained about the hot-glue-sealed-screen models being hard to repair!

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'Bladdered' Utah couple cuffed in church lawn sex outrage

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OTOH

This *WAS* a Catholic parish, after all... If they WANTED to turn kids off of sex, seeing this would probably do it!

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Truck-sized asteroid slips silently between Moon and Earth

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What's this thing suddenly coming toward me very fast?

Very, very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide-sounding name like . . . ow . . . ound . . . round . . . ground! That's it! That's a good name- ground!

I wonder if it will be friends with me?

Hello, Ground!

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