* Posts by Khaptain

3252 posts • joined 4 May 2008

China still doesn't want iPhones despite Apple slashing prices, say market watchers

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Re: I must be Chinese

My work issued me a large Iphone ( we call them Duplo Phones - Duplo in relation top the fact that less intellectually developed love them) and even though it's free for me I still don't like it. I am currently trying to convince them to replace it with the Huawei P20 Mate which is basically the bigger version of my personal P10 Pro..

They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7

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Why wait ?

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Re: Is it stable yet?

Then I would reply, yes it is now quite stable. Its been a couple of weeks for me and not the slightest problem. Ok it's only for home use at the moment, Company refuses to let it in the door so I can't say for corporate use.

This is the Send, encrypted end-to-end, this is the Send, my Mozillan friend

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As I see it , it's free, simple to use and does not require third party installation on the local machine.

And as Richard12 said, the problems of large attachments are resolved.

It is however a DLP nightmare....

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Re: The devil with all this stuff is in the details


Registration is not required for files less than 1Gb. I tried the service as a test this morning and it seems to work well. I did not provide any personal details, or any others details at all. Completely anon outside of the usual Source IP etc.

That's a nice ski speaker you've got there. Shame if it got pwned

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<Statistics show you're far more likely to injure a leg than any other part of the body, and that most injuries are caused by falling or landing badly after a jump, than by hitting someone else (in which case a head injury seems more possible in a one on one collision).>

Statistics are great, so long as you belong in the "broken leg" group..

Quote : Most injuries (about 75%) for both skiers and snowboarders occur either by falling down or loss of control during a jump

Most of us do fall, more so as beginners but we fall nonetheless and since 15% of those include head injuries you can't simply ignore that figure..

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I've only been skiing for 20 years and for 17 of then I never wore a helmet either. 3 years ago I bought my first and honestly I couldn't go back.

First : They keep you warm :-). I usually start skiing in early december when it's quite cold, -15 is not rare with the wind chill factor.

Second : I've had my fair share of falls, knocks and bruises and still suffer from a shoulder problem that dates back about 16 years ago after falling on an icy piste, fortunately it was my shoulder and not my head because I know for sure that a woolly hat wouldn't have absorbed much shock....

Third : I ski with some excellent skiers and all of them wear helmets, they know only too well that at the speed they ski, accidents can and sometimes do happen and that the helmet could potentially save them from very difficult situations. No, it wont save them in all situations but even if though have a 80% chance of avoid major head injuries then that's always a plus.

Fourth : Skies, boots, piste grooming and technology have improved too such an extent that even beginners can ski much faster than they did many years ago. On top of that the pistes are busier, hence the likelihood of more accidents... A little bit of extra protection is not a bad thing.

Fifth : They do not remove any of the sensation, you can still hear well and you almost don't feel them on your head.

You should try one one day, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that they are not a gadget/gimmick or fashion statement. And they are not even that expensive compared to the price of the helicopter ride :-)

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Re: Because skiing or snowboarding aren't dangerous enough already?

Hi Grunty,

I was on a recent trip with my colleagues and on several occasions we were carving on relatively empty slopes, one of my colleagues was skiing at the same speed as me and we were constantly just next to each other. Because of the small field of vision of the mask I couldn't see her but I could constantly hear her, this made me keep very aware of her presence and as such I knew not to use the entire piste. We were able to ski like this for long periods.

If I had been listening to music I would not have not known that she was just next to me.....

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Re: Because skiing or snowboarding aren't dangerous enough already?

Couldn't agree more ; and when the insurance company learns that the chav in question was pumping hard bass lines into their ears just before they "accidentally" caused as accident would make for some interesting cases.

If they do it off-piste , then fine that's his problem. Just don't come onto the pistes amongst others.

I ski a lot and the pistes are getting busier each year and the number of accidents never goes down... This is not a great idea at all... You have a responsibility for yourself and more important for others when skiing, accidents are quite often serious and when they can be avoided all the better for all concerned.

I am lucky in that I can ski outside of the tourist seasons when it's mostly the locals. There is a massive difference in attitude during these seasons.

If people want loud music , then just wait a little until the pistes are closed... Skiing is not worse because your not listening to your favourite vibes....

So. To the question we really wanted answering: How real is 5G?

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Re: But why?

Because the dream of FTTH is just a dream.

Harassment, hate and bile, suicide instructions for kids... anything else social media's good at? Ah yes, cybercrime

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Re: But, but,,,,

But, but , it's a user problem, we only provide the platform......

Can you tell real faces from fake AI-created ones? It's tough! Plus: Facebook's chief AI scientist talks hardware

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I hate the bastards doing this.

It only takes a couple of seconds to realise how this is going to end up creating more problems than solutions.

A little bit of NVidia magic, a dabble of Facebook profiling, a little bit of magic fairy powdering snapchat/instagram powder and you are suddenly an internet meme with all the worst possible unthinkable habits, and it's all on video ......whether you want it or not....

This isn't even Tinfoil hat imaginary scenarios, this is now and it's real....

Not so smart after all: A techie's tale of toilet noise horror

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"If you touch yourself (As one nutty cleric claims)"

The problems with clerics are more related to them touching others....

What's in a name? Quite a bit when it's the most hated abbreviation of 2018 (GDPR, of course)

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Re: Funny

It's not only Germany ..... Except for the UK , not much if Europe really cares about the Orange Skinned puppet....

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Re: Funny

Must admit that on this side of the pond, Trump doesn't have much following.. adn no I dont use Twitter..

In general anything that he spouts is ignored, at least by me .

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Re: Funny

I dont understand the Downvotes , strange..

Here GAFA in a synonym for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

My questions remains the same, what is MAGA. Should I presume that it is MS, Apple, Google, Amazon ?

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Re: Funny

Did you mean to say GAFA, if not what is MAGA ?

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Correct,it is an abbreviation created with Initialisms, such as FBI, CIA. Each letter is pronounced individually contrary to an acronym in which the individual letters create a "word".

Example of an acronym : WORM ( Write once read many).

BUT, there is always a BUT, what would "SCSI"be classed as.... an acronym or an abbreviation, many of us say "Scuzzy" or something similar, i.e. we pronounce it as a word which would make it an acronym even though the abbreviation does not form a word ?

Fancy a .dev domain? They were $12,500 a pop from Google. Now, $1,000. Soon, $17.50. And you may want one

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Commercial bollocks

TLD have long lost their appeal ever since Google gained dominance of the web search.

TLDs once held a certain relevance, now it's just pure commercial bollocks. Regardless of the site behind the name, I can n basically buy a *.*. commercial_bollocks domain and hosting whatever the hell I please.

It's great business for a very small majority and yet another opportunity for sellers/resellers and scammers.

Tim Berbers Lee must be turning in his "bunker"...... ( He's not dead so I presume that he is bunkered down somewhere hoping to lay low from the shit flying around the shit storm that the Interwebs have become )...

WWW = Woeful, er, winternet wendering? CERN browser rebuilt after 30 years barely recognizes modern web

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Re: Sigh. Those were the days.

Unfortunately that's what made them realise that there was a lot of money to be made by ordering the list in relation to the amount that someone would pay to be at the top.

Solder and Lego required: The Register builds glorious Project Alias gizmo to deafen Alexa

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Optional extra

When the Shuttle takes of it would be cool to hear "The Doors - This is the end" as the accompanying soundtrack..

620 million accounts stolen from 16 hacked websites now for sale on dark web, seller boasts

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"Seems like the miscreants just got some free advertising, courtesy of the Reg."

I'd rather know about the hack that not know, even if it means free publicity.

I would also presume that potential hackers don't use El Reg as their source of latest hacks...

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that

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Re: I've been on the receiving end of this

"It's that c**t again asking about his poxy camcorder, what shall I tell him this time?"

That made my day, it's grubby and wet here at the moment, but that line brought a little sunshine into a rather crappy monday morning...

Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears

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If it had been .cum then that I would have understood.

Microsoft decides Internet Explorer 10 has had its fun: Termination set for January 2020

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Re: Browsers

And I can easilly imagine how that could be assisted by simply stopping advertising...

I helped catch Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht: Undercover agent tells all

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Great Read

The story was interseting and reminded me of Operation Julie. Takes a lot of luck, patience and just plain stubborness to pull of these kinds of cases..

Ulbricht was far from stupid, he just didn't know how to improve, when to stop and then he ran out of luck..

Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'

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Apple boredom

Maybe it's also because smartphones have no glitter left in them. We've seen the same ole crap for the last 3 years, nothing evolutionary nor truly exciting.

Not just Apple but smartphones in general.. Although Apple win for having done nothing more than "rebrand" the same phone slightly longer than the others.

Steve Jobs at least made sur that there was some evolution, whereas the current numpties seem to have lost all creativity or sense of adventure.

France wants in on the No Huawei Club while Canuck infosec bloke pretty insistent on ban

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Re: Again....


Snooping on users is one thing, snooping on PowerPlants, Govt Institutions, Telcos etc is a whole other ball game.

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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Re: The "Apprentice" phase

Nothing has really changed since ;-)

Forget Finding Nemo: This AI can identify a single zebrafish out of a 100-strong shoal

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Re: yet it works for fruit flies, too

Exactly, the French could use it to identify and eventually follow the trouble makers within the various "Gilet Jaune" manifestation ( be it the manifestors or the police).

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Re: pictures?


I would much rather see something Zig-Zaggy rather than absolutely nothing at all. Anything helps to prove that there is fact behind the words and not just someones imagination,

Many of the modern higher end Smartphones have some pretty good objectives today, and if you are close enough to recognize that it was in fact a drone then I am sure that the camera would easily film it, even if a little shakily.

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Re: pictures?

"The cops claimed dozens of "credible" witnesses reported seeing one or two quad-copters over the runways"


I had the same thought, dozens of credible witness yet none of them had a smartphone/camera with them ....... kinda strange in these days where everyone is "always connected".

I wonder of there are now people that don't know the difference between a drone and other flying things, you know like flappy feathered things called birds?

Reminds me of the amazing amounts of UFO sighting in the 60/70s etc

Border guards probe 'suspicious bulge' in man's trousers to find he's packing fluffies

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Bad images enter the mind

I wonder how he was feeding that much pussy.

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Re: iMessage and the perceived green bubble of fail..

If Telegram is Shady then Facebook is an absolute nightmare.

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Re: Why can't I feel sympathy?

"Why can't I feel sympathy" Because the Schadenfreude is simply so strong ;-).

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: Something doesn't fly right with this story

Also, how do you see a drone in the rain ?

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril

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Re: Criminal liability

And when they deliberately continue pumping out stock that they know to be faulty?

Car manufacturers are forced to do a recall for similar situations where a life dependant system is known or found to be faulty, why do Suunto believe that they are in a different position?

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Re: I would look for a different provider

I'm currently looking for a new dive computer and I now know that thanks to this article that Suunto will be strucken from my list.

Diving is not a dangerous sport when things work correctly, however we need 99.9% reliance on the material and this is simply outrageous.

Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS

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Re: Sugar?

You must be looking at the .Zero variety, here is a link to the normal stuff, definitely contains a lot of sugar for something advertised as water...


European fibre lobby calls for end to fake fibre broadband ads

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1Gb Download - 400Mb upload

If those copper cables can constantly supply 1Gb+ to your "home router", not just to as cabinet etc, then fine call it fibre, otherwise good job for someone trying to stop this nonsense.

False advertising is no different to "fraud".... Fibre is fibre, copper is copper, 1Gb <> 20Mbs ( which is all I get, grrrrrrr)

Montezuma's Revenge can finally be laid to rest as Uber AI researchers crack the classic game

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Re: Confused.

"To be fair though, isn't that exactly what we do as humans though? We keep trying different approaches, discard the ones that don't work, and remember the ones that do? "

The difference being that we understand very quickly the objectives and if necessary will return to what we previously considered as bad and we don't just randomly move form point to point, trying every possible combination.

We also "perceive" pleasure or frustration which can also influence our gaming, sometimes that is a bad thing though.

An algorithm is just an algorithm and brute force methods are not exactly "intelligent"... they are "brute"....statistically they will eventually arrive at the end.

If their algorithm is any good they should be able to apply it to any game, which I very much doubt. I would rather the programmer researched cancer or heart disease solutions rather then spending time solving limited puzzle games. If their only goal is the eventual monetizing of taxi routes than that is truly sad, too much intelligence going to waste.....

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork

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Broken file associations

"In some cases, Microsoft Notepad or other Win32 programs cannot be set as the default."

Let's just pray that "Notepad++" is not included in this latest round of "features". Ok it's not default Windows but I cant think of many Pros that don't install it very very quickly.

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

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Re: Horses for courses

I'm sure I'm not alone in using a proper PC for work (multiple screens and proper keyboard).

A convertible or laptop for proper email or a bit of Word when away from the desk.

A cheap tablet for browsing on the sofa.

Where I'm different is that I use my mobile phone for telephone calls!

Nope you're definately not alone... There is a whole office sitting on front of me with almost exactly the same habits.

Bordeaux-no! Wine guzzling at UK.gov events rises 20%

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"I do wonder if the cost of French wines is largely down to prestige rather than taste."

I would suggest that the French really do make world class wines, they have the experience and the know how.

BUT, you have to know in advance what you want, expect, for what occasion, with which food etc....

Not all French wines are good, far from it, most of them are pretty poor. But, when it comes to the top class bottles then there really is no question of prestige, it all comes down to what floats your boat.

I have drank some very expensive wine, even the same wine on different occasions ( read : with different food) and the taste can change drastically.

I have also drink excellent, first class Portugese, Spanish , Argentinian, South African wines which are easilly on the same level as the French Wines. Even this week I was in Marocco and was very pleasantly surpised to drink some very fine local wine there.

The French have prestige because they can constantly make good wine, the selection is enormous and the massive regional choice ensures that there will always be good French wine..

As far as price goes, forget it, it is not an indication of quality.

Golden Rule : never buy for the ticket buy for your palate. If you like it then it's a good wine, if you don't , try another bottle :-)

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Official Figures

Now I would like to see the unofficial figures because due to the apparent capacity of some of these "politicians" I wouldn't be surprised to learn that they begin their wine sessions very early in the morning and finish only when they can no longer get the glass to the lips.

The only difference between them and the veritable "winos" is the fact that they get paid to drink.

Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant

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Re: Stop the world, please.

The internet is being covered with layers and layers of vomit... How the fuck can any of the web founders sleep at night knowing that their beautiful tool has now simply become a fcuking marketing tool...

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Re: My superiors?

Couldn't agree more.

We had a lock down policy which stopped the usage of any usb device, guess who were the first to request that their PCs were excluded from the policy. Oh yes Dear Leaders you are the probably more responsible than any else on the company for security issues.......and lets not forget marketing, who cry all day about not having the right to do X or Y, then they cry to the leaders who ask for an exemption also for the marketing department....it never ends...... and Finance are never far behind because of the upcoming audit with PWC etc

Cathay Pacific hack: Airline admits techies fought off cyber-siege for months

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Re: Looks like things are getting worse

Unfortunately, the "We" represents the majority of the unwashed masses that use the Internet.

Its a sad state of affairs but due to the power of Google, FB et al, that mess is not going away anytime soon unless governments start to completely shut down companies that don't comply with privacy rules (that don't actually exist).....

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Re: Flight Pattern

I would hazard a guess that most of the world major companies which hold large quantities of user information are in approxiamtely the same position.. Insurance, Banking, Travel, Governments etc :

The lucky ones have excellent IT teams and hardware and appropriate budgets and can defend themselves to a certain point.. The unlucky ones suffer a lot and then suffer even more when the media/users learn about the facts..

What we never know is who the hackers are or who is behind them .. At this scale it's probably not really script kiddy stuff, serious budgets are being spent by some nasty people in order to create disruption or worse...

Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report

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Re: Missiles, Torpedoes, Mines etc.

If I am not mistaken it is because of the autonomy. From what we are being presented with, and let to believe, they are capable of making decisions, ie : they "decide" for themselves which targets should be taken out.

Some of the drones might also be capable of multiple missions.. "mission" in the sense; get up there and defend us from or target anything that you consider hostile, presumably with some kind of priorisation algorithm.

Whereas a standard missile or torpedo might be capable of tracking an object which they were already given beforehand they can't, or I don't believe they can't, decide what to attack autonomously.

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