* Posts by Khaptain

3255 posts • joined 4 May 2008

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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MoD insists there will always be a human at the wheel

Preference would be that he/she remained at the yoke, with his thumb away from the fire button...

If a full on war was declared, and <sarcasm> "AI" </sarcasm> decided to launch all of it's drones and they took out the wrong targets, who would be to blame... The Windows ME laptop running in the corner, which represents "AI", or the actuelle meatbag Chief in Command ?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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£899 - Ouch

"Huawei is no longer the plucky underdog and at £899"

That is an understatement to say the least. I have the P10 Pro and would like to upgrade but not at that price... That is moving towards the ridicoulous Apple/Samsung price inflated shiny shiny levels...

Corporate greed knows no limits.....but my pockets do...

Shame because it looks like a nice device...

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal firm's original directors rejoin

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Re: Massive-

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Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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A decent star can add a good six inches

And create a whole load of other problems.......ouch

International politicos line up to get shot down by Facebook

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Re: Simples

I have lived overseas in varying countries for the largest part of my life, more than 30 years, and yet I have never had any problem keeping in contact..

I even new a Kiwi girl who would communicate with her mother every day using snailmail...

Facebook is just another tool within a very, very large toolbox.... Zuckerberg loves the idea that you think like that but honestly you need to think again... Nothing is free when it is free....

Dutch cops hope to cuff 'hundreds' of suspects after snatching server, snooping on 250,000+ encrypted chat texts

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Re: New???

And anyone that owns a gun , knife, baseball bat is obviously a killer in waiting.....

The nights are drawing in. Pour a cup of cocoa and join us for Windows 10 Autumnwatch

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If it's not ready, don't release it

The marketing Id10ts might want the release but they are probably the only people on the planet that really care....

Everyone else just wants stuff that works without sending entire IT Departments up in arms...

On a daily basis we have enough to deal with without repairing the one element that really needs to just work...

Cisco swings the axe on permanent staff – hundreds laid off worldwide this week

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"Over the last several years, we have been transforming Cisco to deliver even greater value to our customers,"

I am sure that those who are being layed off will find great console with that phrase...

US draft bill moots locking up execs who lie about privacy violations

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But how can we be sure they are telling the truth?

Because the truth would smack you hard....very hard...

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We would definately lock them up if they told the truth.....

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Re: @Sandtitz


I had to look that up, learning something new every day... ( Even if it exists only in my mind) :-)

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Retina burn

So the ALiens see the light, head towards it and then get their retinas burnt out.

I came, I saw, I got burned......

So I went back home thinking what a bunch of bastards...

Stairway to edam: Swiss bloke blasts roquefort his cheese, thinks Led Zep might make it tastier

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Tasteless comments

Gouda getta out of the place : Animals

Cheese cheese me do : Beatles

And you are all going to cringe at this


Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

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Surface Pro is not a tablet

Since the Surface Pro has a fully fledged OS with a detachable keyboard, should it count as a tablet ?

Yes, it does have tablet mode but I would hazard a guess the 98% of it's usage is in the fully desktop mode.

So, if we don't count the Surface Pros then sales are even lower than the cited figures.

Not surprised really as tablets are great for for very little excpet media content slurping, the very rare powerpoint boredom slideshow and a little bit of gaming. Telephones are so powerfull now that they are just as good as tablets for almost everything where a 6" screen is acceptable.

Google flings $25m at Social Good AI contest, Baidu's whips up neural-net camera to treat eye diseases, and more

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Increasing Population

It would be interesting to see the results for the following

"How can we control the ever increasing population"...

"How can we find a better spread of the worlds wealth ?"...

"How can we find honest politicians ?"...

"What is a viable alternative to religion, something that doesnt make people kill for ?".

"How long do we have left before nature decides to take back control ?".

"Will Goolge and FB be replaced by soemthing worse ?"

Although I would suggest that the real world questions will remain unanswered where the followingas will probably be high up on the list

"What is an stronger alternative to controlling the sheeple".

"Can you invent a drug that relays information directly to the Chocolate Factory".

"How can we better hide drug money etc".

"What tax loopholes are still available."

"How much more stupid can we make people"

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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If it's for a Cisco then you probably have the original Cisco cable which deals with the propieratary side of things..

Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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Re: 1440×900

Don't the Retina displays double the pixels and hence reduce the actual resolution?

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Re: What's 2.7 lbs in real money?

Since when was 8GB RAM "shittty" in an entry level device FFS?

Since the Internet and browsers decided to use 150mb per page....

And anyone in IT is likely to have 20 or more pages/tabs open at once.

Then you remove Windows overheads. Then you remove your daily applications + Office/Outlook overheads, then there's that YT video in the backgrounds or a radio streaming and a couple of rdp sessions..

Suddenly 8gb seems very limited...

OK you standard user might use less but you can be sure that their PC is full of shitty games and a broken antivirus and the OS is screaming for updates, whilst Candy Crush or similar is hogging a max.... And they too start to feel the limit.

Memory costs very little today, except for Apple memory that is. So why limit it from the beginning h.

Shit if even my telephone has 4gb why would my pc have so little....

This is just vendor greed....

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" Thinkpad t480 "

Probably the best value going.. couldn't agree more... never really understood why IBM gave them up.

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Re: What's 2.7 lbs in real money?

"(Ah, 1.22 kg, or so my phone tells me… That's pretty impressively light!)"

Nah not so lite , the Lenovo X1 Carbon is only 1,13 Kgs and with a slightly better config ( 14" IPS Screen, same shitty 8gb ram, better disk capacity 256Gb SSD ), it is more expensive though.

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Retina Grade Density

And what is the actual resolution, on their site they don't appear to actually give a resolution outside of the fact that there are 4 million pixels ? confusing ....

@Gordon : It appears as though there are 2 (sic) "Thunderbolt 3(USB-C)" ports..

It's raining drones, but just one specimen: DJI's Matrice 200 quadcopter

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Re: Damn batteries ...

Could be someone having some "fun" with a drone jammer such as one of these :


Drones would normally use 2.4 or 5.8 Ghz which is not 4g but it is easy to understand how they are often confused... simply because they are wireless is enough for some...

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Re: Raises an interesting question

What about a small canister full of compressed helium, which could inflate a balloon, thinking along the lines of airbag tech. Might not stop the impact but at least if it would slow down the descent.

A couple of jagged edge kilos dropping suddenly from 50m or so must be quite deadly.... so almost any idea would be better than none.

Microsoft to staff: We remain locked and loaded with US military – and will keep adding voice to AI ethics debate

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"August 29, 2019 : All Americans are now Chinese citizens"

Once could argue that that is almost the case at the moment...Trump is trying to regain some control with his import taxes kerfuffle but I am not sure that he will win in a war of attrition..

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Solid Defense

Presonally I am not convinced that relying on MS to "defend" an entire country is the most appropriate option.

They are a shitload of talented people out there that could probably do far better than MS for this kind of contract...

AI - Artificial Intelligence is just that, it is artificial.... Why not use the real world, grey cell matter version to pick of targets...

I can't think of anything more frightening than allowing a computer algorithm the "right" to select it's victims. What happens when the algorithm is hacked and the targets suddenly become local rather the distant....

IT and AI have their place, but choice of target is just damned scary...

Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage

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Re: RE: Then came the Linux crowd where there were no such applications


You do know that modern PowerShell is actually available and actually worlks... and that headless MS servers do indeed exist...

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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Probably the same numtpy that is goading us towards 0365 online only version....

A complete bastard.

FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal

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Re: How long before the courts move into the modern world?

I work with lots of hospitals that absolutely refuse certain communications unless they are sent by fax... And I work in what's called a very modern society...

Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

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They don't outdo the lingering odour of old piss

I'm currently in Paris and can assure those who are afraid of the punaises thatbthey don't have to worry as the odeur d'urine largely covers up the coriander...

Even amongst the high risers of La Defense it doesnt get any better....

Vive la France

Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

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Re: Make anything more than a plain vanilla Android completely optional

There's really very little bloatware in the Huaweis, nothing ever seems intrusive or annoying.. The updates arrive frequently so I am very happy.

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Re: Make anything more than a plain vanilla Android completely optional

This is exactly the reason that I switched to Huawei, Samsung Bloatware drove me crazy.

Samsung want control over the users but they are not Ms, Google or Apple.

Samsung indeed have become a steaming pile on nuisance.

Haven't looked back since and my colleagues are now moving over as well. Samsung have gone down the wrong path and they will soon start feeling the pain. I give Samsung 2 more years before they will have no other choice than to make huge changes in what they are currently doing..

I just wish that a European manufacturer came back into the mobile market.. Come back Nokia...

Indiegogo pulls handheld airport pervscanners off crowdfunding platform

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Creepier thought

Making this kind is device is creepy, but those who buy them are even creepier.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Calls and Email

"If anyone wants to talk to me, they can give me a call. Other forms of communication, for example email or social media, are available when I choose to use them – and via a linked device that allows me to use them more effectively.”"

I must admit that I might not have fully understood what they mean by "via a linked device".. If it can talk to a 3rd party device to ask for email then why not do it directly to a mail server ??

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Calls and Email

If it can do calls and Email ( preferably integration with an Exchange server), then I want one.

12 days of autonomy, yes please.

Also, will it phone home to Google or not ?

Edit. Just had a quick look at their site, it does do email :-)


I'm gonna get me one, it's got all that I need for work phone...

Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update

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Re: I have to admit

They are actually nice machines to use, if you forgive their lack of physical connectivity. They are quite light, they fold small and carry easily. The screens are bright and clear, with enough memory and I7s inside they are powerful. As I mentioned above it has been my workhorse for almost 2 years.

They are far better than they are given credit for, except for the lack of ports.

The albeit expensive docking station allows to run a further 2 screens effortlessly. which is cool. It was my situation when in in the office.

We have about 10 of them in the company and we have had no failure on any of them so far. I replaced my keyboard after a little beer accident.

I have never seen anyone use the pen though.. And it's not very often that anyone uses the touch screen except for some minor Web scrolling.

I even played fortnits on mine but I wouldn't recommend that to anyone. The graphics card is really not great for gaming. It can handle Blender without a problem for the basic stuff.

I even bought my wife one, a SP3, she loved it. It was handy around the house, far better than a tablet due to it using a full OS.

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Re: Going back to Thinkpad


Et voila, I learned something new today , for any Regtards to lazy to read the link that Waseem linked to , the DOS command is

powercfg /energy

It produces a very detailed html report, interesting,

Waseem here are the results for my battery

Battery:Battery Information

Battery ID 27926DYNX9xxxxx

Manufacturer DYN

Serial Number 27xxx

Chemistry LION

Long Term 1

Sealed 0

Cycle Count 453

Design Capacity 38152

It seems that you have already a lot of cycles, and yet we have similar battery life, not looking good for me should I arrive at the 900ish mark...

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Re: Going back to Thinkpad


"I suspect you may not be the target market then. "

These are expensive machines so I would have expected that the target market is either top line execs or IT Pros. ( I am the latter).

The problem relating to lack of connectivity is also to be found on many other "professional" laptops.. We have several at work, Dell, HP which also do not possess Ethernet or Multiple USB ports.

We are trying to convince managaement to move to Thinkpads for the next refresh.. Personally I am hoping got a T480s ( i7 and 16gb should be fine)..

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Re: Going back to Thinkpad

@Waseem Alkurdi

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"Interesting! Can you tell me how many cycles is on that battery and how much it used to last new, for reference"

I have no idea how many cycles it has, but I can tell you that I have used it almost every day for the last 2 years.

In the office I plug it in to it's docking station, at home I use the standard charger. I travel twice a week on the train which represents about 4 hours of battery only usage.

I also use it a lot at the weekends, sometimes for gaming, work, web.. The battery is fully depleted/charged every 2 or 3 days, sometime I forget to plug it in at home or I forget to turn it off etc...

I don't have it with me at this moment but I can check tonight if you want. Is it actually possible to know the number of cycles, if so by which means.

I am more than happy to share the details.

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Re: Underwelmed

Agreed , no USB-C on a bleeding edge machine is just pathetic.

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Going back to Thinkpad

I have enjoyed a Surface Pro for the last 2 years. Its a powerful and capable machine but..... It also severely lacks connectivity.

The machine is nice and slim it I am forced to carry round a USB hub and a USB to Ethernet cable.. Which is a reak pain when you forget either..

On top of that you need a real tabletop for it to rest on, using it on your lap is the equivalent of juggling milk bottles with your nose...

Another annoying factor is the bloody screen resolution which can wreck havoc with some apps, especially remote desktop. There are solutions but it's a pain nonetheless.

Even after 2 years I still have about 4.5 hours of battery which is not to bad.. I have the I7 which is very comfortable, it can easily run a couple of VMs..

On the whole, I love the Surface Pro but it's the little things that let it down...

Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

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Is that the Apple only version ?

Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list

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Re: ICO information in reports

"Because they could be withholding their CLI or sending fake CLI data."

Which means that the Telco is allowing them to do this......

Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs

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Negative towards who?

The photographer put the guy into focus, he is the object, the light is on him and he is being portrayed dishonest.

I would therefore consider this image as a negative portrayal of men.

The woman in red is not even in focus, for all it matters she could have been completely out of the picture.

Building your own PC for AI is 10x cheaper than renting out GPUs on cloud, apparently

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Much cheaper alternative

A second hand laptop, anything that can run putty/etc with a 4g connection to the web.

Learn some hacking theory, practice your skills and then hack your local university, or any other large institution with reasonable processing power and backbone connection.

Fumble away as all and many might do. Create the next Skynet AI, call it a religion, rewrite history as you see fit, buy an island, protected by the eponymous laser equipped sharks , and Bob's your auntie.

Cost of the operation , a small farthing or two. You've got to be a little bit crazy, but that hasn't stopped other world leaders.

Alternatively, forget AI, it's media hype for - we have got a lot of data but we have not yet found any other use than a new kind of snake oil.

Sometimes I think that "we" are already "Artificially Intelligent": think about it ......

Cisco sneaks hardcoded secret root backdoor into vid surveillance kit

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3 Letters

"someone created the “secret” account during product development, and forgot about it".

Maybe it was that nice government agent guy that came in to do an audit ? These things happen you know, on a surprisingly frequent basis.

And this is professional gear, imagine how many "absent-minded" mistakes will remain when all that IOT shit hits the mass market.... ( On saying that, some of it is already there)

Renegade 3D-printing gunsmith Cody Wilson on the run in Taipei from child sex allegations

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Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

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Getting good at littering

The Earth is already a nightmare, now space too is becoming a problem..

Aren't there some lessons to be learned somewhere.... We are only in the beginnings of space travel and we have alreay created a mess..

Facepalm at the idea that with all our intelligence we keep repeating the same errors.

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