* Posts by Jason Bloomberg

2468 posts • joined 8 Mar 2008

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Anone surpised?

It was always clear that brexit was predicated on securing an American trade deal and, to get that, we would have to jump however high America told us to. And that will be pretty high with Trump pursuing his America First agenda.

I always believed the only reason Johnson had allowed Huawei ibvolvement was to pretend we weren't already America's bitch and he would soon fold on that. Just as he'll fold on food standards and everything else Trump wants.

The brexiteer elite, the alternative establishment, have always wanted us to become a Vassal State of America. They convinced the gullible and self-claimed 'not stupid' that it was 'freedom from the undemocratic EUSSR', and that's exactly what we are getting.

Not in my name.

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes

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Re: Yes, Daily, or even hourly!


I received an email today with an attachment showing a Catalina error message which pops-up when trying to run my 32-bit app ...

"The developer of this app needs to update it to work with this version of macOS. Contact the developer for more information".

I sent my reply - "The error message is incorrect. Apple needs to update macOS so your app will work exactly as it used to. It is only not working because Apple will not allow it to work. Contact Apple for more information".

COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away

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Hollywood has the answer

Bluetooth lets the device detect if it is within six feet of another, at which point it administers a buzz to remind wearers that social distancing is a fine idea.

Something additional to "a buzz" would be an exploding neck collar. If that doesn't enforce social distancing I don't know what will.

The one which might have a 'joke icon' in the pocket ->

Google rolls out pro-privacy DNS-over-HTTPS support in Chrome 83... with a handy kill switch for corporate IT

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Nanny statism strikes again

"Chrome will disable DoH in managed environments that declare relevant enterprise policies"

Why can't it just be a checkbox which anyone can turn on or off as best suits them?

The one with the "do as we say" motivational poster in the pocket ->

Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman calls on UK govt to legally protect data from contact-tracing apps

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Re: Oh what a tangled web we weave!

"Doing the right thing" is "doing the right thing" no matter what wrong has been done before.

No matter what charges of hypocrisy, past failure, inaction, sins of the father, there may be; it's still the right thing to do.

The only salvation for past wrongs is in doing right, and that should wholeheartedly be encouraged, not condemned.

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

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Re: If only!

Since the only reason to run Windows is because you have an app that only runs on Windows, I'm not sure what the point is.

Except that's not true. Many are Windows developers because customers are Windows users, because Windows has the overwhelming share of their market. It therefore makes sense for them to be using Windows for development and it is convenient to do their Linux porting within Windows.

Of course, developers have been able to do that for years by spinning up a Linux VM, but WSL is - and more so with GUI support out of the box - so much easier.

WSL doesn't prevent developers using Linux to develop Linux apps if they want but it offers a very useful option for those who prefer to use a single workstation for cross-platform development.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Re: Thailand is opening up

Even if Trump were standing in a field piled high with dead bodies; many would choose to believe he had done a great job, that everything was just fine, that he was the best president, ever.

This is what collective insanity looks like.

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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"Thank you, coronavirus"

"Look; you're wearing face masks, you all look the same, the facial recognition doesn't work, so there's no privacy problem at all if we roll it out at scale, right?"

Shit. I've just realised the voice in my head doing inner monologues sounds like Priti Patel.

ALGOL 60 at 60: The greatest computer language you've never used and grandaddy of the programming family tree

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Re: Algol 68 is not ALGOL 60

I never got to use Algol 68 because it was difficult to write a compiler for and nowhere I worked had one.

If you have a Raspberry Pi: "sudo apt install algol68g", compile using "a68g filename"

If you don't LARP, you'll cry: Armed fun police swoop to disarm knight-errant spotted patrolling Welsh parkland

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Suitable advice

"No criminal offences were committed and the man was given suitable advice."

Presumably "and don't do it again, sunshine" which is the most galling thing when having done nothing illegal, let alone anything wrong.

The one made from Coke can ring-pulls ->

(Yes, that dates me)

The end really is nigh – for 32-bit Windows 10 on new PCs

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Re: Catalina

Yes; totally ditched them.

I ported a free app just to keep a handful of Mac customers happy some time ago, even though it was a PITA and there was no ROI. It worked fine and still would were it not for Catalina.

I am now thoroughly enjoying countering their insistence that I "have to make the app work with Catalina" by pointing out it's Apple's decision which has shafted them, it's Apple who needs to fix Catalina to allow the app to work.

Driveway karaoke singer who wanted to lift lockdown spirits cops council noise complaint

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Re: One song is too much

I can agree that 3 hours forced entertainment can be more than too much but tolerance has to be a communal sport or nothing is allowed because someone will object.

I used to enjoy the one day a year local 'festival' but that's no more because a few would not appreciate the enjoyment it brought to many.

I put up with other people's shit in the expectation that they will put up with shit I might enjoy. It's about balance, tolerance, equability, reasonableness and compromise.

The cure ->

CEO of AI surveillance upstart Banjo walks the plank after white supremacist past sinks contracts

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Re: So where do you draw the line?

So we're supposed to believe him that this is all he did, and he was never the trigger man in some other murder that the cops never caught him for?

If you believe in "innocent until proven guilty" then; yes.

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How long before a person can be forgiven for past actions? How long before they are rehabilitated?

That is usually defined by law.

The question then is; what when individuals or groups do not agree with that, don't consider someone deserving of having their crime considered spent?

That should also come down to law.

This is why we have laws.

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things

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Re: Fine the Bastards for Excess Deaths

The problem is that it is hard to prove any employee caught coronavirus and died only because they were forced into work.

I'm all for protecting employees and redressing failures but it has to be justice, not revenge, not driven by any hatred or dislike for those accused.

NHS contact-tracing app is best in the world, says VMware CEO... whose company helped build it

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Re: Wear the mask

Don't get me started on the Mask - Fact is, they are are extremely useful and successful

Have you noticed the published roadmap is subtly different to what the press and media have reported?

It specifically talks of "homemade cloth face-coverings" and explicitly distinguishes these from "face masks", "surgical masks" and "respirators".

Source code for seminal adventure game Zork circa-1977 exhumed from MIT tapes, plonked on GitHub

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Re: Xyzzy (or PLUGH)

Never played Zork, but I did play Colossal Cave on a DECSystem 10

Same here. My DECsystem-10 introduction came in September 1977. I recall Zork was developed during that summer so the fan-fold listing in my loft may be this released version, perhaps earlier because I recall it being Dungeon back then. I'll have a look later.

There was a bug under TOPS-10 such that anyone could steal a mounted DECtape off another user so "ADVENT" was everywhere. Had many an hour enjoying that and drawing maps.

The BOFH's were not going to let Zork spread the same way so they banned it. A few years later it appeared on a VAX but I never had an account so never got to play it.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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What to call Microsoft?

I'm going to go with "Sir" so they like me while hating the rest of you.

Surprise surprise! Hostile states are hacking coronavirus vaccine research, warn UK and USA intelligence

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Re: Bullshit article based on bullshit press releases.

"Hostile countries". What kind of dumb expression is that?

"China. Iran. North Korea. Russia", when coming from the west. Take your pick and feel free to add any other country you don't like, any you would like others to perceive as today's existential threat.

'VPs shouldn't go publicly rogue'... XML co-author Tim Bray quits AWS after Amazon fires COVID-19 whistleblowers

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Re: Who are the downvoters, in this comment thread

The article made Tim sound like a political agitator who just wants to stir up trouble.

I don't believe it does; that seems more what you think.

Would he have risen to the rank of VP if he had exhibited such a trait? I don't think so.

And, if he was wanting to stir up trouble, he would have done that far better than merely taking a principled stance by resigning from a company he can no longer support.

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"Good morning and welcome to your Amazon interview. Now before we start; have you ever been a member of the communist party, a trade union, a climate change group, an activist of any kind, or feel any concern or empathy for others?"

I would love to put a joke icon up there but that would be the joke.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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Re: Hanlon's razor

Like we did when we asked people to just stay home and not gather, unless they had to, and just be sensible about it ? If it worked, we wouldn't be in this situation in the first place.

It has worked; the evidence is there to demonstrate that. The problems were mostly elsewhere -

The government were initially against containment and eradication and went for a 'ride it out' approach. They allowed it to gain a foothold and spread and that's why we are in the situation we are in.

They were slow to introduce lockdown and pursued their "many loved ones will die", oh well, how sad, never mind, herd immunity plan until the outcry and outrage from scientists and public became too much to bear.

Lack of PPE and testing for community healthcare workers allowed undetected spread and has made some care homes death traps for their residents, the most vulnerable.

Latvian drone wrests control from human overlords and shuts down entire nation's skies

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"During a controlled test flight ..."

^ some might disagree with that description.

Singapore to require smartphone check-ins at all businesses and will log visitors' national identity numbers

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Re: "checks visitors into and out of their premises using their smartphones"

Do I get a government-approved phone to trace me ?

I imagine you'll be offered the choice of handing over your credit card to purchase a suitable phone or getting on the next flight home.

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Re: oh, id checks, welcome back!

Any temperature and pulse sensing will primarily be used to ensure people don't remove the mandated tracker bracelet and to send out an automatic fine if they do.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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Re: I did similar only the other day...

Just got to keep those cables away from the sharp edges now...

Find a short length of 6A two-core mains cable. Pull the wires out. Slice a cut down the sheathing. Slip it over sharp edges. A dab of glue may help hold it in place.

Layers of Gaffer Tape also works.

Salt peppered with holes? Automation tool vulnerable to auth bypass: Patch now

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On the ball

This typo breaks the publish module's runner method," the docs stated. This may well break scripts in use. A fix for this is promised "in mid-June 2020."

Six weeks to release a fix for a simple typo?

Resistance is futile: Some Cisco security appliances are ticking time bombs of fail thanks to faulty resistors

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Re: The manufacturing process issue

As much as we might like to blame bean counters for all the ills in the world: Considering how cheap resistors are in bulk I would guess it's more likely a design or BOM error, using an under-specced component which is overheating and destroying itself over time.

That a single resistor failure renders the entire kit non-repairable suggests to me it's in a critical path somewhere, perhaps part of the power supply (hence my suspicion of overheating), causing a cascade failure when it eventually expires.

Dumpster diving to revive a crashing NetWare server? It was acceptable in the '90s

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Re: A long time ago

I had the pipe break off where it joined the exhaust baffle so that got wedged together with 'a funnel' type affair made from a baked bean can tube held in place by a reformed coat hanger. It got through a fair few MoTs until they decided it shouldn't.

My best DIY repair was probably when someone carelessly knocked a valve off a water pipe leaving a nice hole and an eight foot arc of water. I don't think anyone believed packing that hole with knocked-in matches would work.

I guess it's either in your DNA or it isn't.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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We need an El Reg "Inner Dialogue" competition


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Re: "Orange Man Bad!"


If only some reporter were brave enough to stand up in one of his briefings and ask that while the world is watching.

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Re: Give a child the information in the wrong order.

You try ad-libbing; it's not easy.

He's not meant to be ad-libbing in Coronavirus Task Force Briefings, making shit up and having brain-farts. These aren't meant to be two hour long propaganda rallies where he can 'big himself up' with lies and bullshit.

This will go down as one of his classic "I'm the smartest man in room. Aren't I? Aren't I?" performances.

House of Commons agrees to allow Zoom app in Parliament, British MPs will still have to dress smartly

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The biggest risk would probably be the subversive hack designed to provoke outrage, like a well timed "let them die", "paid too much" or "should be privatised".

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there's an issue of "record" here.

I don't know for sure but I would have expected Hansard to be recording everything as they usually do, as they used to do before we had audio or video feeds from parliament.

Facebook sort-of blocks anti-quarantine events – how many folks are actually behind these 'massive' protests online?

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"Give me Liberty or give me Covid-19"

I think someone should tell them it's not a 'one or the other' choice.

I do have sympathy for those fed up with being treated as guilty until they can prove their innocence. Being pushed around and punished by jobworths. Those criminalised, named and shamed, for not doing as told rather than posing any actual actual risk. And it seems worse in America than in the UK where their police state is more advanced than ours.

I could also understand it if these were people protesting the Failed States of America, where poverty is widespread, healthcare and welfare so poor and lacking that lockdown means comply and die.

But these American protests are purely political, pro-Trump, anti-Democrat, organised and supported by the usual right wing suspects, white supremacists, racists, neo-Nazis, fascists and ultra-nationalists, militias and assorted gun-totting nut jobs and conspiracy theory loons.

Though they do have a point; the greatest freedom and liberty is being able to chose to lose one's life and take others out with you. It's "better dead than red" all over again. Welcome to America.

Academics: We hate to ask, but could governments kindly refrain from building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing coronavirus monsters?

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What's the worst that could happen?

It won't do what it should, can't be effectively implemented, poses huge privacy issues, will arrive late, over budget, will have huge costs for no gain, will only funnel tax payer's money into the pockets of the usual suspects and at best provide another database for the security services.

It's certain to get government approval.

NASA makes May 27 its US independence day from Russian rockets: America's back in the astronaut business after nearly nine years

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This is the first time any non nation-state has put people into orbit, ever.

There's a lot I could say about Musk which would be extremely negative but, on this, it has to be said; well done.

And, not just well done for getting it done; there have been some amazing innovations along the way.

And, as a contrast to Boeing - perfect.

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

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When it's over I'm moving my company to Iran

Amazing work ethic.

If I said "I want a covid-19 detector by the end of the week"; all my team would deliver is a "fuck off".

Trello! It is me... you locked the door? User warns of single sign-on risk after barring self from own account

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Re: Old e-mail

Arguably the company should have unlinked the ex-employee's email from their projects. The ex-employee shouldn't need to worry if the company is giving them access they shouldn't have. That's the company's problem.

But, whoever is to blame; it's simply not right that solely personal projects, never linked to the company, are no longer accessible.

Guess what's heading to trial? IBM and its tactic of yoinking promised commissions after sales reps seal the deal

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Re: Torch 'em

I don't care much for salespeople

I've experienced both kinds. The honest and decent who sell what they have to offer, won't dress it up, nor pretend they could or will deliver more than they can, will be completely open and transparent about everything. They are a credit to themselves, the companies they work for, and appreciated by the customers they sell to.

Then there's the lying scum.

And then there are those companies who are happy to have such lying scum working for them.

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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Re: I suck at FPS...

I enjoyed Wolfstein, Doom Classic and Duke Nukem, am re-enjoying Doom Classic on a Raspberry Pi, but don't much care for modern variants and their so-called improvements; skillz, jumping, crawling, strategy - Fuck that. Kill, kill, kill, blat, blat, blat!

Now that's what I call music. Respawn, repeat.

For me it's my version of beating the crap out of a punch bag. Everyone needs some light relief. Mindless, senseless violence, then back to the real world where things are a whole lot more complicated.

Google tests hiding Chrome extension icons by default, developers definitely not amused by the change

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Re: Once again, the question is choice

make it a choice the user can decide to implement. Why is it so God-damned hard for you people to understand that ?

As I see it; there aren't enough up-votes in the universe needed to give that the applause it deserves.

I don't understand it. When I make a software change and there's a choice of "this or that" and it really matters to users; I don't make a choice because I know it won't be right for all users and I believe all users should be able to make their own choice, not have it forced upon them. I'll choose a default which I believe will suit the majority but that's as far as I go. And, with there being a choice, it doesn't matter much if I get that wrong, it's easy enough to change later.

And why would I even waste my time deciding what it should be when I can leave that to the user?

I have never understood what makes people such control freaks.

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network

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As found on any bootable floppy at the time. It shouldn't have been that hard to get the systems up and running again.

ZX Spectrum prototype ROM is now available for download courtesy of boffins at the UK's Centre for Computing History

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"It produced a black screen with [a] white border."

That is at least encouraging. A whole lot better than 'magic smoke' and a cry of "fuck!" from the R&D lab.

Next thing to do would be to hook up a logic analyser, plug in a 'ROMulator', start writing and downloading code to exercise signal lines and see what peripherals work and don't. Just like we had to do back in the era.

Who's going to pay for Britain's Aunty Beeb to carry on? Broadband users, broadcaster suggests to government

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The way I look at it is that it's not as good as it was but I'm still getting enough out of it to make £3 a week a bargain.

I wouldn't have a problem if they simply took it as tax, but I lean towards being a commie and don't feel aggrieved at having to pay taxes.

I see the issue as mostly an ideological and political bandwagon to close the BBC down, driven by those who would benefit most through achieving that.

How many days of carefree wiping do you have left before life starts to look genuinely apocalyptic? Let's find out

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Re: Tips and Tricks

My sympathy for supermarkets is mixed. They did little to help initially; particularly failing to ration when everyone could see the empty shelf crisis looming.

Once panic buying was de rigour many supermarkets would rush stock out and the vultures would have it off the pallets before it made it to the shelves. A classic When it's Gone It's Gone scrapfest.

That merely created a 'when you see it grab it, because you never know when you'll ever see it again' mentality which made things even worse. It also led to huge crowds as people tried to hit shelf stacking times.

Since it's been 'one in, one out' and rationing it's been a lot better with shelves stocked for longer which compensates for the queuing. Sure; it's our national sport but a big part is whining about having to and that's been taken from us.

At least I'm no longer having to put on the Naughty Nurse outfit in an effort to get in before stock runs out.

Epic Games floats $1m bounty to ID source of 'commercial smear' claiming Houseparty chat app has been hacked

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Rags to Riches

the million-dollar bounty is being offered to "the first individual to provide proof of such a campaign

I'm tempted to start one, prove it exists, then claim my bounty.

Drones intone 'you must stay home,' eliciting moans from those in the zone: Flying gizmos corral Brits amid coronavirus lockdown

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Not just the police but Boris Johnson and everyone else who have been telling the public "the rules" are different to what the actual legislation says. That's just lying.

The police are punishing people when there clearly is no actual harm being done. Shaming people for not obeying non-existent legislation is becoming a national sport.

This is what that slippery slope looks like.

Cops charge prankster who 'corona-coughed' on aged officer and had it filmed

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Re: Idiot

prosecuting someone for knowingly causing fear seems to be quite proportionate.

I don't think anyone disagrees with that. DavCrav's point is simply 'don't make some shit charge up' in the process of doing it. That merely opens doors to someone deserving punishment dodging any.

He "done wrong" but how's that "stalking"? It seems to fail the very basics of what "stalking" involves, and that likely includes premeditation and repeated behaviour.

In the UK it appears such incidents are being treated as GBH which look to me to be proportionate. Leave it to the judge or jury to decide whether his behaviour and any remorse deserves punishment at the lighter or harder extremes of punishment.


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