* Posts by E_Nigma

206 posts • joined 28 Jan 2008


Facebook didn't care if your kids ran up gigantic credit card bills – lawsuit


Re: At Simon Hobson, re: authorization.

A kid "borrowing" a credit card from one of their parents' wallet is the same as a kid "borrowing" some cash from one of their parents' wallet. A business should have enough sense and conscience to have it's attention raised by an excessive amount being spent, but ultimately it is a matter that really needs to be resolved between the child and the parents. I doubt I'm the only kid who always returned the exact change home without anyone having to explain it to me, ever - it was the logical thing to do. And I was much younger than twelve when they started sending me to the grocery store. A twelve year old ought to have more than enough of understanding how money works as well as sufficient moral scruples to not do c*ap like this.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide


It's something in between. AMD's module (2 cores) has two execution pipelines, Intel's hyperthreadded core has one. So, assuming a four stage pipeline, in Intel's case, that would be

thread1_instr1 | thread2_instr1 | thread1_instr2 | thread2_instr2

whereas AMD's case would ideally look like this:

thread1_instr1 | thread1_instr2 | thread1_instr3 | thread1_instr4

thread2_instr1 | thread2_instr2 | thread2_instr3 | thread2_instr4

The problem appears when both threads need a shared resource at the same time, forcing one of the threads to skip a beat. That's not always too bad. If 10% of instructions are conditional, on average, there will be a collision every 100 "steps", due to both active threads' need for branch prediction, so in those 100 "steps" one core will be utilized fully, and one 99/100, making it a very small loss and still practically a lot closer to 2 cores than one hyperthreadded. The problem was that both cores needed the fetch and decode unit pretty much all the time, and that apparently did hurt the performance, but not to the point that it got reduced to hyperthreadding. Indeed, in well threaded tests of the time, the eight core AMDs compared well to Intel's quad core, hyperthreadded i7s, despite a generally significantly lower single core performance (and especially if price to performance ratio was considered, although that is an economic and not a technical parameter).


Sun UltraSPARC T1 had, if memory serves, 6 cores (with 4 logical cores each) all using one shared FPU. Nobody sued them and I don't remember anyone saying that it wasn't a 6-core CPU.

It's worth saying that Sun was fairly up-front about the limitations and I believe that official info said that performance suffered if the share of floating point instructions in the code exceeded something like 6%. In intended application scenarios - the so called enterprise loads that mostly just shuffle data around for a bunch of concurrent users, it ran circles around Xeon and Itanium competition with a comparable number of sockets, and that was good enough for people.

But it wasn't that different in AMD's case either. The Bulldozer (and Piledriver) CPUs performed very well under specific workloads and so and so in others and that too was well known, as a huge array of benchmarks and reviews was widely available.

It's also hard to claim having paid a premium for the chips when they were cheaper than Intel's mid range (i5), not to mention higher end (i7) CPUs. They were pretty much budget CPUs, some of them even had a launch price as low as $110.

The only possible exceptions are the 9000 series models, as those were expensive, but it's hard to claim that buyers didn't know what they were getting: they were merely factory overclocked models which launched almost 2 years after the first Bulldozers, end they were also reviewed fairly extensively on their own.

Additionally, FWIW, with AMD's share in pre-built system being what it is (and what it was at the time), the people who bought FX-8000 (and 9000) series CPUs were generally the people who build their own systems, not some uninformed poor souls who bought a box because AMD slapped it and said "This bad boy can fit so many threads!", so, IMO, this is either some buyer's remorse, or someone smelling free money.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


Re: Google are cunts

Gah! I guess going back to Firefox will be the way to go, but I so dislike the idea that it hadn't even occurred to me until I read the comment. Nothing personal, but, for several years, it just hasn't sat well with me. I'm using Opera, BTW, and also have some love for what the team behind Vivaldi is doing, but since those too uses Chromium, my guess is that they will be just as affected.

EDIT: I was wondering for quite some time until when was Google going to be allowing ad blockers. I guess I got my answer.

Before dipping a toe in the new ThinkPad high-end, make sure your desk is compatible


Re: the monitor is nice

It won't be very pixelated. It is about on par with 24" FullHD monitors as far as DPI goes. Those still look fine.

Ex-Microsoft manager sues former coworkers and Windows giant over claims of sex assault, gender discrimination


She can do whatever she wants, but MS will not accept a job application from her, or work with a company where she works.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too


All worthy candidates. I think I would maybe pick Babbage, although Fleming is a close second. Not such popular choices I see...

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat


I can't remember which one of the rules of the Internet I'm just confirming, but all that, provided that it's all true, sounds a lot like a certain European nation during the 1930s.


Go non-IT Articles, Go Reg

Since we're discussing the presence of non-IT articles on El Reg, generally speaking, I have always appreciated that, from time to time, Reg covers topics and angles related to society (civil rights, policy changes...) that the mainstream media outlets often mishandle, or miss altogether (but researched and written much better than how the vast majority of "non-mainstream" sources handle stuff, which are mostly junk).

Those articles may not be an obvious fit for an IT site, but they have always been quite a welcome bonus for me.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity


Nice to Have almost Seen You

You have visited my city, Mr Dabbs? I hope that you enjoyed your stay.

Goodnight Kepler! NASA scientists lay the exoplanet expert to rest as it runs out of fuel


A Bit Sad

On one hand, I'm as sorry as everyone else that this wonderful piece of scientific machinery is now "dead" due to the trivial matter of fuel, but on the other hand, after almost 10 years, maybe it's time for a new telescope?

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...


They May Have Gotten It Wrong

I think I have participated in the survey and from the statistical breakdown I got at the end, which included the mentioned things such as gender, age, social status, etc, I don't think it got the rules after which I was making the decisions:

- my own autonomous vehicle should never decide to kill me;

- humans matter more than animals;

- the vehicle should not swerve into people who didn't step in front of it in order to save those that did.

The end.

A more general form of the third rule actually makes the first one redundant (assuming that self driving cars obey the regulations): the car should not put people not who aren't violating traffic rules at risk in order to protect those who are.

NASA gently nudges sleeping space 'scopes Chandra, Hubble out of gyro-induced stupor


The Optimal Number of Gyroscopes

"If the Hubble team can implement solutions from the ground to compensate for the problem, the space 'scope will return to three-gyro operations – if not, one of the gyros now in service will be parked and the telescope will be put into single-gyro mode."

So, three gyroscopes are good, one is ok, but two are not an option?

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate


Re: Really?

Another proof that all the academic titles in the world aren't enough to protect a frail ego, which will still be hurt even by things such as a tongue in cheek jab primarily aimed at the frail ego's preferred gadget maker.

BTW, I'm not sure if mentioning Microsoft is at all relevant in this context, unless your work (presumably) in the field of non-linear control engineering limits your personal phone options to either Apple or Microsoft.

'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU


Re: Is it discrimination

A have a few female coworkers at the moment and I appreciate them very much. Smart, hard working, dependable, well mannered, and I really mean all those things (which also generally apply to my male colleagues as well, it's a really nice team). I absolutely wouldn't turn anyone's job application down based on gender, race etc, but that is one thing.

A completely different thing is: you have an offer for which you will pay to be displayed to people on Facebook; you can't have it displayed to everyone as it's prohibitively expensive; therefore you pick parameters of a population that's most likely to respond positively so that you can get the best response for your money; if the job is in the US, you probably don't need to show that message to people in Germany; if 16/17 professionals in that branch are male, you target men with that paid ad. Because if you, say, pay $100 to have the job offer shown to 10000 random people, the expected number of truckers that you reached is 100. If you pay the same $100 to show the offer to 10000 random men, you've most likely reached somewhere around 200 truckers (supposedly, there are around 3.5M truckers in the US). The yield doubles.

That's unless you have reliable access to much more private information about everyone, such as previous job experience (in which case, of course, you pick those who have worked in the field), and that still doesn't mean that you turn down women who apply for the job.


Is it discrimination

The point of targeted ads is that they are to be shown to people more likely to click on them and go for what you are advertising. If one in 100 guys is a truck driver and just one in 1600 women is (numbers roughly correct for the US), then, since you're paying to have your job ad shown, you only pay to show it to guys, because otherwise you're wasting half of your money by paying to show the ad to people who are 16 times less likely to go for it.

Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price


Re: I Wish You Luck

I'm not sure I follow. Bulldozer and related microarchitectures were a flop because both performance and power efficiency were beyond comparison (except under very specific workloads). Ryzen is a completely different case. As for ARM, I'm a little sceptical.

In the past, performance and compatibility weren't there. As those improve, the gap in power consumption dwindles. I fear that in the end, if it does become an option, there will be no particular reason to go with ARM except just for the sake of getting something that's not x86. Which is cool in a way, but it would be even better if we could get a practical advantage. And they do need to go the full distance on performance and compatibility, as market has already rejected products such as Windows RT (power efficient, cheap, not really compatible) and Transmeta Crusoe and the likes (low power consumption, low performance, laptops weren't exactly cheap).

As porn site pounds hard on piracy laws, Cox pulls out prematurely


The Problem

The problem is that they have a legitimate case. The sites in question are porn sites. Their business is showing porn to visitors (and making money from it the same way almost everyone else does). They have extensive collections of material, not just a random pile of stuff, but catalogued, curated, searchable content often with extended metadata. And it's all pirated. They've made a business from "broadcasting" (Streaming) pirated content. And their defence is essentially that they outsourced the procurement of the material to people whom they aren't paying. If it falls under safe heaven, then it's an obvious legal loophole that the rights holders will demand to be closed.

If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?


Re: Niche item

I got a Lenovo Tab 4 8 recently for pretty much the use you're describing: watching something while in the kitchen and occasionally taking it out to show people holiday photos as, at 8", it is a considerably larger surface than my 5.15" smartphone. I always meant it for simple media consumption and for that reason I went for a 150€ device and not something more expensive. Even so, the couple of games (Sky Force Reloaded, SimCity) I've thrown at it worked surprisingly (completely) smoothly. I guess the lower res screen helps with the performance, although aliasing is rather omnipresent in SimCity. It's not noticeable at all when watching stuff with smooth gradients like pictures, videos and TV and also when browsing, and those, again, are exactly the things for which I bought it, so I'm happy. It's actually compact enough that it easily fits in whatever I'm carrying (usually a small Converse shoulder bag, which is just the right size) so I often have it on me and will whip it out when I need to look up something online and there is more than one of us looking at the screen. So I do use it just enough to be able to justify the amount that I paid for it, but going for something more expensive would not have made sense and I also don't think that I'll be replacing it soon: it does what I want it to well and will continue to do so. Therefore, while I did improve the recent sales figures, I can see why they are not that great.

What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas


Depending on the actual quantity, he might have a plausible "personal use" defence, even if the quantities are a bit larger than normal. It makes more sense that a billionaire addict (with well known legitimate source of wealth) would buy larger amounts in order to not have to run to his dealer every couple of days, than that he'd want to become a petty dealer himself. (I doubt many serious drug bosses would allow themselves to be caught with a big stash in their hotel rooms).

In that case, he should get a matching sentence.

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball


You're mixing up two things

You're mixing failure to (properly) produce what was promised with obsolescence. This isn't crap because 30+ year old computer designs are crap by today's standards. This is crap because the execution is completely botched. It freezes (the old Speccy didn't do much of that), it arrives with visible physical damage, the controls are bloody awful (you have to press the directional buttons like crazy) and ~98% of games are missing. There is no need why any of that would be true (actually, this ought to be quite easy to not mess it up).

As for the other thing, it may be that, even if it had been done properly, people would have had a bit of fun at the beginning and then put it away forever, but in the age in which Flappy Bird was a smash hit not long ago, there's a plethora of Spectrum games that one could get hooked on.



It looks like something that they built together good knows where with their last few pennies. Had the project not been mismanaged so badly, I assume that they would have had it manufactured to a somewhat higher standard.

HTC U12+: You said we should wait and review the retail product. Hate to break it to you, but...


Re: 40 Year Old Lesson?

Apparently, that's how long it takes for technology to make its way form military jets to consumer electronics.

China changes its mind on Bain's Toshiba chip takeover plans


It's just a generic picture representing China, a giant panda reading from Mao's Little Red Book.

Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence



@The AC that says that the guy didn't seem drunk, just dumb: And yet we know that this guy isn't dumb, therefore, apparently, he was somehow impaired.

True, it can be argued that intelligent people can do dumb things, but it's usually out of hubris, or in the matters far outside their field. To that point, I don't see hubris anywhere in his behaviour and whether you wave your rights or not in his situation is simple math: those rights are there to protect you, the people who want you to wave them are those who want to convict you.

Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen


Re: Sense of humor

Cubs act differently than grown up animals. Our local Zoo sometimes gives baby animals to volunteers when they can't be properly cared for at the zoo itself. A girl I know had a baby tiger in her home when she was little (and some baby chimps). It was like having a (slightly larger) kitten. BTW it's fully grown now, but still recognizes her and allows her to pet it. I do think that it's a horrible idea on her part, but I've seen photos of her petting it through the bars that close the entrance into the tiger's space (which she can access because she volunteers at the zoo herself now). Also, I know a guy who works with animals on film productions, even wolves among others ("his" wolves were in a very famous TV series, but they were only cast as ordinary wolves, the particularly large ones that the show also features were, of course, CGI). He can work with them while they are very young, after they turn one year and their instincts fully kick in, they have to be released into the wild.

Even so, though, it's not always rosy. One time, he was working for a British director and the film contained a scene in which the main protagonist was being attacked by wolves in the snow. For that scene, he was doubling for the lead actor (for obvious reasons), and, despite those being "his" wolves, he was still dressed up in protective gear (hidden by the winter clothes), ant it turned out to be a really good decision: the animals got a little carried away and nearly choked him. Nobody realized that the struggle was real and the director was thrilled and just wanted to do one more take until she saw his face all grey and realized what had happened.

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties


Re: Rather than focusing on what we've LOST, why not focus on what we've GAINED!!!

Oh wow! Had someone called me 60 seconds ago telling me their PC displayed ads when idle, I would have told them that they had some malware and be 100% sure about it.

Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...


Re: Compared to the **** that is Android WP was lovely ...

So, having used an Android device for more than 5 minutes, everyone will go nuts because things aren't the same as on other Android devices which they don't own? Funny, but it hasn't happened to me (and I'm "a bit" of a techie) and I haven't noticed it happening to people around me.

Also, I use a Xiaomi device, and their OS is one of the most customized, yet Settings have most things where they "should" be.

And finally, for actual device/manufacturer specific stuff (that one doesn't figure out by oneself), everyone with a smidgen of technical skills (or even some basic computer literacy) will google something like "how to do x on manufacturer_name model_name" and get the right answer, for example, you can't change the lock screen clock back to normal (it has to have hours above minutes) on Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 after updating to Nougat and you can't turn off Ramadan reminder in the built in calendar if you went for the dual SIM variant of the device because that one was meant for the middle-east. :D

Contrary to that, when I googled some of the things I needed on WP8.1, for example how to import contacts or how to export them in order to move them to an Android device, the first page of the results was full of stuff such as "you can't do that, you have to sync your WP device with some online service (Gmail) and then import from there" which is wrong, it's just that, apparently, due to the hideous design of WP Settings app, 99% of people who needed the option never found it (probably because even if you did find the right settings page, the option was off-screen, without a scroll bar or any other indicator that there was more than what was initially displayed).

Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed


Re: @NotSpartacus

My Android phone is a 2016 model, the security update level is 1st of March 2018. :)

As far as ease of use goes, I'm not sure which action required fewer touches on WP8.1 and W10M (I've used them) than it does on Android.

From my time with the OS, I remember bugs with notifications and within the built in mail client and missing features (no quick search by contact name in dialer on 8.1?!, no swipe keyboard on 8.1) and confusing menus, and horribly designed settings pages where I wouldn't find the necessary option, because not all fits on one page, yet there was no scroll bar or any other indicator that there is more, and the "Resuming..." screen whenever I switched between two apps (I'm on a bus, listening to some music and playing Hearts; I switch to the music app to change the song - Resuming...; I go back to the game - Resuming...) and somewhat laggy UI (not too much, but by that time, Android was snappier).

In short, WP8.1 was a partly outdated, partly unfinished product. As for updates, there was one for WP8.1 when I just got the L640 and then not much. And W10M has been delayed and delayed, so I had to join the insider program to get it. And some things were better than in 8.1 and there were patches, but it was a beta and it remained a beta for the entire time until I gave up and sold the phone.

Never bothering to polish the current version and instead replacing it with a public beta? Not what I call good support.



"I bought my Lumia 735 nearly 3 years ago. It still works. OK, the Met Office app stopped working in February - just in time for us to get all that snow. And a bunch of other apps are no longer supported - so it's clear the phone is on the way out. But that's still way more support lifetime than any Android phone"

Mate, what are you talking about?! The device is less than three years old and even the apps are no longer... well not just not working, they are ceasing to exist. What kind of support is that?! If you had bought an Android, it would have still all worked. My mom's phone is about as old as yours, apps work, software updates are coming regularly (she won't be getting Android Nougat or Oreo, buts she gets UI/launcher, feature, built in apps and security updates).

Microsoft's support of their mobile platforms has been horrible through and through. They broke all backwards compatibility when they launched WP7, then again with WP8, then with W10M apps had to be rewritten but at least this time some devices could be upgraded to the new OS (but not all, as, despite earlier explicit promises, even some WP8 flagships like L920 or L1020, with its 2GB RAM were just left behind; and even some later devices - just look three posts below yours and read about AC's four hundred L640s that ended up being written off).

Say what you want about the support of Android devices, but chances of ever getting a major version upgrade on WP were throughout it's history close to non-existent whereas on Android there are at least some (not all Androids are as fortunate, but we've got a Samsung A5 and a Xiaomi Mi 5s in the house, both have already been updated from Android 6.0 to 7.0, the Oreo update for the A5 has already rolled out in some countries and for the 5s it seems to be in the works) plus on Android, even if you don't get the latest version, almost all of the apps will still work completely fine (90% of apps still work on Android 4.4).

So, shed your prejudice and welcome to Android. :)

Huawei P20 Pro: Triple-lens shooter promises the Earth ...


Re: Consumers are dumb

800 pounds for a phone is way more than I would pay and on that we agree, but the rest of your post is completely off. If you're talking about ye olde Nokia phones, the battery in them could last a fair bit, but only if one didn't do much with them. Ever taken a look at the talk time for those? It's short. Much shorter than on modern devices. But talking on the mobile was a luxury back then and we didn't do too much of it, so the battery would last for days between charges. The modern Nokias, including the new 3310, have fairly normal battery lives (AFAIK). Apart from the battery not actually being as great as the legends say, today, such a phone is only a half-capable communicating device (and that's probably being generous).

As for the slightly over 100 quid dedicated cameras, they are crap. They will have some zoom and that's the only thing they have which most mobiles lack. Sharpness, colours, noise reduction artefacts, low light performance... it's so disappointing. I was trying to find a snapper to replace my ages old Canon SX260HS and the stuff that goes for 150-250 pounds is not worth getting over my mobile phone (a Xiaomi Mi 5s - the camera bit is the same as the first gen Pixel, bought it last year for 250€ after they released the Mi 6).

No Falcon Way: NASA to stick with SLS, SpaceX more like space ex


Re: It's about government control

"I don't see the parallel development of different rockets as a problem" Different teams independently developing different rockets and not sharing the info is why Soviets failed to send the man to the Moon before the US (although the fact that the furthest advanced project got scrapped in one of the purges didn't help either).

Horn star Sudan, last male northern white rhino, dies aged 45


Re: Extinction

Arguably, the process that involved the primitive man was a natural one. Imagine lions moving into a new territory and finding a nice, juicy species that had no similar natural enemies before. Sucks to be that species, but that's how nature works: when conditions change and you cant adapt, you go extinct and make room for others. The problem that wildlife has with the modern man is a different one: we destroy natural habitats and hunt down animals for trophies (as was the case with the northern white rhino).

You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3


They probably wanted to stick their fingers in their eyes too at some point, so that they wouldn't be able to see the sales figures, but the thing was that they couldn't do anything about it: they were under contractual obligation to only produce Windows Phone devices, and that was it.

Talk about a hot mic: Dodgy Pixel mobe audio lands Google in court


Re: Every 30 months?

John Robson - That's quite a good point! But what's also interesting is that all the people in your household do end up upgrading every two years, it's just that you and your wife buy new devices and the less affluent family members get theirs "second hand". But it fits in with the usual "people keep their mobes for two years" statistic. :)


Re: Every 30 months?

Mr Boltar, if your behaviour is shared by, say, 5% of people, then it's not normal by definition, because it's not (does not conform to) the norm, no matter how commonsensical it may be.

I do wonder, are people using modern phones for juvenile things, or are you just a little bit closed minded? Quite similarly to what you are saying about WhatsApp, someone could make the statement that people yap on their phones with people they are to lazy to see.

And what is more juvenile, grown up people entertaining themselves with video games, or the attitude that everyone else is sooo wrong on all accounts (that you actually have to use sound effects like "Baaaaa!" to express your contempt for what they are saying), and you of all are right on everything?! I quite honestly wonder how much older than your phone you are. If not by all that much, then it's quite fine.

I like tech. I like that, when a regular SMS is only 60 characters if using diacritics and the telco only gives me a few hundred of them per month, there is Viber. Also, call it an inanity, but, while calling someone to say that you've got the tickets for the play you both wanted to see is fine, I sometimes like to just snap the photo and send it for effect. And I plea guilty on the charge of juvenile delinquency for shooting some weird aircraft in Sky Force Reloaded on the bus this morning, and I'm ashamed, I know I should have used those moments for something much more adult. And I plea guilty on the matter of the ultimate sin: when the piece of gadgetry I currently have becomes obsolete in a couple of years, I will go and buy a new one. Baaa and out. :)

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

Paris Hilton

You buy shares so that, if the company does well, you get dividends (or resell shares for profit) and if it doesn't meet your expectations, you sue it for money? I'm not sure that that's how investment is supposed to work.

Is Apple's software getting worse or what?


Re: storm in a teacup?

"On those terms it works and is stable enough, esp if you sit out new releases for a while."

Funny, that reminded me of what people normally say of another OS: "I'll switch to the new version after they have solved the teething problems, when SP1 comes out."

Zilog reveals very, very distant heir to the Z80 empire


Re: Just scored some Z80's not so long ago

They should still be in production and you may be surprised by all the things they do. For instance, there should be a bunch of Z80s flying through space. While I'm not sure about the current state of the matter, until fairly recently, they were actually pretty common there.

The thing is that an average space probe does little to no processing of the data it gathers. Instead, pretty much all that it gets through its sensors is simply routed to Earth. Therefore, you don't need high performance parts. On the other hand, you want them to be "bulletproof", and with all of the behaviour of Z80, both originally intended and otherwise, being completely documented down to the last transistor by now, one can be confident that it won't throw a surprise once it gets up there, that might turn millions of $/€/£ into a piece of space junk.

The manufacturing process of those particular parts is a bit different, in order to make the par more resistant to space radiation, but, other than that, they should work very much like the stuff that powered Spectrums. :)

Source code unleashed for junk-blasting Internet of Things botnet



Multiple dial combination locks often come preset to some default combination, usually 000, and people don't have to be told to change that, so the concept really isn't above an average user's intelligence. People need to stop refusing to not be idiots when it comes to the digital stuff. And I don't mind letting those who can't be arsed learn the hard way.

Sadly, as in this case, it's often others who fare the worst, so I suppose something needs to be done, but, like I said, I wouldn't shame the manufacturers in this instance: if any Tom, Dick and Harry know that 000 isn't a good combination to guard their bikes, why do they think that admin/admin is good enough for their security camera?!

Ever longed to be naked in Paris? City council votes TODAY


Re: HmHmmm

I merely pointed out a formulation that caught my eye and which I find rather characteristic. And it goes beyond sexual deviance: "Those calling me a crook/liar/whatever should look at what HE does!" is something we're likely to hear from someone that has no way of showing one's own honesty other than by pointing finger at others.

But if we're to go into the matter then yes, what constitutes appropriate clothing is a matter of convention and yes, each culture has their own, but, also yes, each culture has one - which rather makes me believe that there is a reason for its existence. In other words, it's not so much about where exactly do you draw the line, but it is important that there is a line on which we have agreed as a society. And I'll leave it at that, otherwise I'm likely to produce a wall of text. :)



"… we disagree strongly. A sexual pervert is someone who does other naughty things and not what we do!" - every sexual pervert in history.

'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'


Re: What date is good for you?

If you disabled auto-update on your VM, you're gold. If not, you can disable its network card before booting up and then disable auto update (and re-enable the network interface).

Foetuses offered vaginal music streaming service


But that's the thing, your missus didn't have to insert a turntable... where this gizmo is supposed to go to get the baby to react (right?!), which nullifies this company's selling point - that it's not really working unless the music source is in there.

Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch


Re: No comments an hour after posting.

Seriously? I own a Lumia 640 and the device is pretty but, previously, I owned a no name Chinese Android with similar specs (A7 quad core, 1GB RAM, 720p screen) that cost me 105€ two years ago and I was happier with it than the Lumia (sadly, I dropped it down a flight of stairs and something inside broke). Lumia is lacking certain basic features that I've had on Android for ages, such as performing an automatic quick search while inputting numbers into the dialer, or swipe input in my language (both supposedly to be fixed in W10P) and a bunch of other small or not so small niggles. Also, Android actually has better multitasking. It may be down to the app itself, but switch from the current app to the music player just to change the song and then switch back and there's a good chance that the OS has already hibernated the original app. Also, not sure about the paid apps, but free ones are usually as crappy if not worse than those on Android (where at least you have more choice to pick and find an app that got it the closest to the way you want it).


Re: Can't understand it

That's what happens when you get to buy something on the cheap - you don't appreciate it and don't care if it's a flop.

Coincidentally, that's pretty much how privatisation of state and public enterprises went on here. Corrupt managers would run a company down so that a "businessman" could come and buy it for next to nothing. The said businessman, if he is a major player, has already done it dozens of times and doesn't really care about the company. He appoints new management with the instructions to cut costs and investments and maximize short term profits. It goes on for some time, but almost inevitably the money dries out, which is when the remaining (by that time no more handful of) workers is laid off and assets sold.

BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package


Re: Reviews

Their guy reports build quality issues that kind of sound serious and also that, for him, the battery only lasted 14h. I find both weird, but, if such was his experience with the device, those are definite negatives.

Also, the author obviously falls into the demographics that's no longer used to physical keyboards and in only two days, he's hardly had time to re-acquire that skill. But in that case, it's strange that he makes little mention of the virtual keyboard, which Andrew, on the other hand, found quite mention-worthy.

Other than that, I found ArsTechnica's verdict on the camera pretty harsh. Noise reduction can get a little aggressive, but still, even their own night shots I would actually call decent. The colours may be a little off in those, but, in all, the photos are no worse than what I'd expect from a hand held compact camera. Definitely not "the bottom of the Android pile".

Seagate unveils enlarged spy drive with support for 64 spycams


Re: The difference between a Surveillance Drive and a Hard Drive is..

Last time I checked specs of a regular Seagate HDD and an equivalent model made for surveillance, they were identical but for one thing: while their AFR (MTBF) was nominally the same, the conditions for the regular drive assumed 8h of use per day, whereas the video variety said 24/7 use. My conclusion is that the "video drives" are made to a higher standard.

Shocker: Net anarchist builds sneaky 220v USB stick that fries laptops


Re: Net anarchist?

"Leave one in the house, labelled as Accounts or similar."

Better yet: "Leave one in the house, or wherever, labelled 'do not plug in'!"

Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist


The cyclist saw the effect he had on the vehicle and decided to keep doing his balancing act when he could have simply stood on his feet for a second, allowing the car to pass normally (so your implication that the only alternative to what the cyclist did came with a risk of being run down is nonsense). But no, he decided to be a self-righteous prick, like most cyclists on the road seem to be, and just keep doing what he was doing and not give a toss.


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