* Posts by Gene Cash

2559 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

It was bound to happen: Amazon launches first grocery store

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Re: No, just....no

"pay a fair price for free next day delivery"

Uh, then it's not bloody FREE next day delivery, is it??

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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

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Uphill in the snow. Both ways.

I remember the sh*thole theater in the sh*thole backwoods illiterate racist hillbilly redneck town I grew up in started Star Wars where Vader is telling the stormtroopers to find those plans.

The second showing it was where the star destroyer is pulling in the blockade runner.

I didn't get to see the opening crawl until the third showing I saw.

Seriously.

And the local paper had a review mentioning "jet eye knights"

Ocala. Nuke it until it glows. I want nothing but atomic glass for 90 miles radius.

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Ouch! Latest Qualcomm sueball comes from ... its own shareholders

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You know it's bad when your *shareholders* say "stop being an asshole"

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Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

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"Pepsico's PR people told us their Twitter account was not under their control"

Wait, are they trying to play the "not our fault, we gots h4xx0red" card here? Seriously?

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Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

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Drone identification chart for airline pilots:

http://www.phantompilots.com/attachments/image-jpeg.50959/

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Re: Hmmm...

Sure, GoPros have a demonstrated ability to work at high altitude at very cold temps (at least -50) and you can put them in a very small acrylic dome to avoid drag and wind issues. There's lots of tiny lightweight pan/tilt units for it already.

Regulatory paperwork is up to you.

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Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

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Re: Linux?

And if so, is there a driver for the touchscreen?

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Mouse sperm kept frozen in SPAAAAACE yields healthy pups

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Re: A bit gimmicky?

Then you'd have some irradiated sperm. That's rather pointless.

You'd be missing things like the microgravity causing a redistribution of CNS fluid, causing pressure on the eyes, causing astronauts to have vision problems, which sometimes doesn't go away when they land.

Are second and third order effects like that important? Are there effects we don't know about? Does it affect things like sperm? We don't know. So we did an experiment.

Good thing we have people like you to check up on us.

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SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

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So I'd expect the switch from spinning rust to SSD to follow the same pattern as the switch from CRT to LCD monitors? (except I don't expect spinning rust to completely disappear like CRTs did)

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Why Uber threw top engineer Levandowski under self-driving bus

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Re: fsck Uber

If only the local taxi companies weren't such incompetent greedy morons.

I've had to use Uber for things like dropping off or picking up my vehicle for repair. I'd use a taxi except they're too incompetent to find my address or show up on time. Or a horde of other issues I've had but don't have the bandwidth to enumerate.

At the end of the day, they're filling a goatse-size gaping hole in the business, otherwise they wouldn't have gotten a foothold. The taxi companies have only themselves to blame.

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Broadcom bid for Toshiba Memory Business – report

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"Apple is still pondering participation"

I assume they're going to wait until the end of the bidding and go "what he said, plus 10%" like any good eBay sniper...

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Let's sum up Google's VR strategy so far: Making life less crap for a lonely 20-something

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I've always thought Kerbal Space Program would be great for VR. Sadly, with the state of KSP development these days...

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The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

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Re: No Skins please.

"Why would Samsung willingly give up their branding and experience to offer exactly what everyone else does?"

Wow. You mean they'd then have to compete on actual FEATURES, like a decent size replaceable battery, removable SD card, nice camera, waterproofness, etc instead of whether their icons are flat-colored or not?

I've never seen a skin add value. It's usually clunkier and uglier, with more bugs. Thus, I have never bought a Samsung phone.

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No laptop ban on Euro flights to US... yet

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I was hoping this would be implemented

Sad. I was hoping it would piss off enough people that either the security theatre would be revealed for what it is, or possibly some of the crap airlines would go bankrupt. (which would be all of them)

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Like a celeb going bonkers with botox, Google injects 'AI' into anything it can

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only 6 years late

"Android camera app displaying the image of a flower, labelled with its name, courtesy of image recognition technology"

What the f*ck... this isn't new. The Google Goggles app could do this in 2010. Only with far less misleading marketing buzzwords.

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Guess who's getting fat off DRAM shortages? Yep, the DRAM makers

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So in a year am I going to see an El Reg story about Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron are being investigated for price fixing?

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US court decision will destroy the internet, roar Google, Facebook et al

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Old hat

Most of this is what EFF, Stallman, et al warned everyone about, over 20 years ago when the DMCA was first adopted.

I'm glad see it finally biting the big guys finally, not just the little folk. I hope it stings.

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HTC's 2017 flagship U11 woos audiophiles and bundles Alexa

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This is a flagship model? Really?

So I have several cellphone holders that hold the phone by the edges. How is the idiotic squeezing thing going to interact with these?

Not that I'm a customer anyway due to HTC Sense, Alexa and the lack of headphone jack.

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German court set to rule on legality of IP address harvesting

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"It ruled (PDF) that IP addresses can be collected if they don't identify an individual"

So this immediately punts all those "these IPs downloaded our stuffs" piracy fishing expeditions, at least in Germany?

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Uber red-faced from Waymo legal row judge's repeated slapping

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It's nice to hear from a clueful judge for a change, especially in such technical matters.

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Giant spawn hammer on Antarctica map. Thanks, Google Waze

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This is probably the same Google Maps personnel that asked me to take a picture of a non-existent shop to prove it wasn't there. When I took a pic of where the shop was supposed to be, they told me that wasn't acceptable.

Nice one.

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NASA nixes Trump's moonshot plan

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Pretty much. They don't have the money for anything else. And it's ALWAYS canceled, without exception.

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Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

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US/Canada border used to be "soft" too

Until the Homeland Security guys turned out to be such assholes. Now it's "PAPERZ PLEAZE! JA!" just like everywhere else.

It used to be "why are you entering <country>?" and as long as the answer wasn't "smuggling drugs" or "planning to assassinate <head of state>" then they let you through. Not any more.

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Re: Probably won't work

Hm. At least here in the US there's a roadworks number to call with such problems. They even asked me to bring my bike if it was convenient for me, to help with the calibration.

There's also a law saying if the bike waits through a couple lights and it's obvious it's broken, then it's legal to ignore it when safe to do so.

OTOH, once I blocked a VERY busy left turn when the light ignored my bike, and I got an actual Sheriff's car to pull up and direct me through the light. That was years ago, though... and I was kind of being a dick by knowing it was a busy road and being content with being ignored.

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America's mystery X-37B space drone lands after two years in orbit

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Re: It's tiny compared to the Space Shuttle.

And you can see it's not that much larger than a big pickup truck

http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/OTV-4_KSC.jpg

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Re: It's tiny compared to the Space Shuttle.

Two of those would fit in the Shuttle cargo bay, easy.

And Atlantis is already on display at KSC visitor's center. That's a test article/mockup that's being reconditioned.

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Re: Astonishing what you can do when you learn from experience.

The Shuttle was great, but it was supposed to be an R&D design, where they learned from what worked and what didn't, and made successively better follow-on vehicles. That never happened.

Also, kudos to the USAF for rescuing X-37 from the shitcan that NASA threw it in. Yes, this is a cancelled ex-NASA project.

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US Air Force networks F-15 and F-22 fighters – in flight!

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That's a huge pod. In a day when cellphones are a couple of ounces, why is that so big?

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

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One does not simply...cut...a thick yellow cable.

Where there's a workman, there IS a way. They are extremely strong in the Force. And not the light side, either.

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FYI: World was warned FIVE years ago about flaw exploited in Google Docs phishing phrenzy

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"It's like if a web browser didn't show the address bar"

Don't give Mozilla any more damned ideas...

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Tesla: Revenues up, losses deepen, in start to 'exciting' 2017

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Yes, there's quite a bunch of confusion there. People are expecting the Model 3 to have all the "it's a Tesla" bells'n'whistles and don't understand that while a Mustang and an Escort are both Fords, one is rather cheaper than the other.

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Imagination puts two-thirds of itself up for sale as Apple IP fight rumbles on

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"About half of Imagination’s annual revenues depend on income from Apple."

As Adam Savage would say, "THERE'S YER PROBLEM!"

When you put yourself in the position that one customer dictates your life, you're already screwed. This is not much different than the sapphire glass dustup.

They're complete morons that deserve to be selling pencils out of a cup on a street corner.

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Fake news is fake news, says Google-backed research

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Google News

I've noticed the number of articles in Google News has more than halved in the past couple weeks. In some categories, it's now barely enough to fill half the screen.

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Chip design chap arrested for using photocopier

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Re: Reminder to self...

You joke, but that's what John Walker did when he was selling US Navy secrets to the Soviets from the '60s to the '80s.

He was using the copier a lot, and someone asked what he was doing. He actually said "selling secrets to the Russians", the other guy laughed and walked off.

So that's another reason I don't joke about bombs around TSA & FBI folks, as if I needed one...

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Re: Just another normal business day in China

Yup, I've got a counterfeit OBD-II dongle that reports an ELM-327 chip rev that ELM never made.

No CE, FCC or any other government type acceptance. Crashes frequently. Doesn't accept several standard documented commands.

I got an email begging me to post a review on Amazon, so I said the above, and now they're in an absolute panic for me to send it back so they can refund me and delete the review saying "counterfeit"

None of my other points are even addressed, that's the one they keep saying "so solly!" about.

Edit: counterfeit serial-USB chips are so bad and so prevalent, that FTDI once altered their Windows driver to brick such devices. Big Slashdot-style kerfuffle.

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Don't panic, Florida Man, but a judge just said you have to give phone passcodes to the cops

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The judge/prosecutors/cops are hoping the accused don't have enough money to appeal, as this would plainly be overturned.

America has justice, if you can afford it.

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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"Hillary Clinton has lived within a bubble of the super-rich and powerful for nearly 20 years"

BINGO. And that right there in a nutshell is the best explanation for the Trump presidency I've seen.

Trump sucks asteroids through a millipore filter... but Clinton would have been worse.

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Red alert! Intel patches remote execution hole that's been hidden in chips since 2010

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Richard Stallman must be laughing his ass off right now. This is exactly the sort of thing he preaches about.

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Re: Never Blackberry

They will always and forever be "Lawsuits In Motion" to me. I'm not unhappy to see them flailing about before finally going under.

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Don't listen to the doomsayers – DRM is headed for the historical dustbin, says Doctorow

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Correction

It's not "digital rights management", it's "digital restrictions management"

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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Oregon are twats. This is the same state that's so nanny they don't let you pump your own gas.

You have to be specially trained to put "class 1 flammable liquids" into cars. $500 if you do it yourself.

Yeah, did I mention they're twats? There's a reason nobody lives there if they can help it.

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Bullyboy Apple just blew a $500m hole in our wallet, cries Qualcomm

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This is like the war between Stalin & Hitler. You back Apple Stalin because he's only slightly not so mad.

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Apache OpenOffice: Not dead yet, you'll just have to wait until mid-May for mystery security fixes

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"Apache changed its public records"

Wow. That's a move worthy of Trump. What a bag of dicks. And they wonder why devs don't want to work with them so much...

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Flatpak and Snaps aren't destined for graveyard of failed Linux tech yet

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Distro value-add

My distro packaging folks (Debian) do quite a lot of work. They track and report bugs, They keep an eye on updates. They handle security issues by informing people and packaging the fix as quick as possible. They also do documentation like manpages and READMEs where these are missing from the application. They aggregate user feedback to the developer.

A lot of the application developers aren't so keen on supporting end users like that. They're usually focused on churning out code for bug fixes and new features.

I don't see where cutting out the distro ecosystem gets me anything.

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Software woes keep NASA's new crewed missions grounded

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"if suppliers deliver on time and the ESA stops finding dodgy welds and other defects."

Soooo... were there no penalties in the contract for not delivering on time? And letting the CEO's wife's nephew do the welding?

Can you imagine telling Elon Musk he has dodgy welds in his spacecraft? There Would Be Pain.

"each program must integrate its own hardware and software individually, after which EGS is responsible for integrating all three programs’ components into one effort at Kennedy Space Center"

I'm reading about Apollo (again) and the main lesson was they ALWAYS had some bloke paid to be on top of shit like this, trying to predict problems like this and proactively dealing with it before it hit the fan. He had the authority to say "big 'ol nope!" and get things fixed.

THAT NASA's long, long dead, however.

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Plan to kill net neutrality is the best thing/worst thing ever! EVER!!1

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On the gripping hand, he's actually gotten action out of congress, for good or for bad.

That's something Wheeler wasn't able to do.

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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engineers from Kawasaki and Yamaha, coming over looking at Triumph bikes and learning from them

"ok, now we know what NOT to do..."

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Mysterious Hajime botnet has pwned 300,000 IoT devices

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Where's BrickerBot when you need him? That's the hero we all deserve!

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Reg reader offered £999,998 train ticket from Cambridge to Horley

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I have an Expedia screenshot from 2008 where a flight from Toronto to Buffalo was $85+K

http://i.imgur.com/uNwEcjW.png

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A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature

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Re: there aren't any derogatory terms used by Canadians to describe their continental cousins

Indeed... "American-engineered" is my replacement for a much more racist term that my grandfather used.

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