* Posts by Sureo

622 posts • joined 9 Jun 2008

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Russia to block access to cryptocurrency exchanges' websites – report

Sureo

Re: Banning it so it must be popular

Anything that threatens the power of authoritarian governments must be banned.

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Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

Sureo
Flame

Now they know...

that the fire suppression system works. How often do you get to try that for real?

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Internet-wide security update put on hold over fears 60 million people would be kicked offline

Sureo

"60 million people could be forced offline"

Most of them would be facebook users, so doing them a favor.

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Boeing slams $2m on the desk, bellows: Now where's my jetpack?

Sureo

Should be fun....

JetPacking around here in winter during a blizzard.

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Ethereum-backed hackathon excavates more security holes

Sureo

Inquiring minds want to know....

Why does anyone use this? Just askin'....

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MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

Sureo

"Tax avoidance does come with a huge cost such as less government revenue to fund vital infrastructure projects and no pay rises for essential public sector workers."

As much as I agree with your statement, no one can waste £1bn like the government. They certainly do on the other side of the pond where I live. The money will be put to much better use in people's pockets. And BTW 20% tax is outrageous.

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

Sureo

I can't help wondering what happens when the owner dies. I suppose they'll just bury the gadgets along with the body, giving lie to the saying 'you can't take it with you'.

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Achievement unlocked: Tesla boosts batteries for Irma refugees

Sureo

additional battery capacity

This might be a good time to disable updates, if you can. Or maybe the car will just refuse to go anymore. Not really your car, is it?

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F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

Sureo

Re: Error 0x00000245

Better yet, Microsoft specialty: "Process failed, unknown error."

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

Sureo

When asked online, I always specify my DOB as Jan. 1, 1970. Seems appropriate. Or maybe I should use 1982-03-04, the date I got my first PC. In any case I don't use FB or any of those others.

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Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding

Sureo

"The A350's hydraulic fluid cooling system is located inside its fuel tanks. "

So how does it work when the tank is empty?

Must be a bitch getting in there to fix a part.

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Bad data and new IT system bugs help knock 66% off Provident Financial share price

Sureo

Lending money at high interest rates to people who can't afford to repay, then sicing debt collectors on them and deploying crap IT systems - what could possibly go wrong with this business model?

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Dismayed by woeful AI chatbots, boffins hired real people – and went back to square one

Sureo

WTF

It seems that the more people we have in the world, the more they want to automate stuff. Am I the only one who finds that paradoxical?

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

Sureo

"smart home devices"

Don't seem that smart, do they?

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Blocking peeps on social media? That's a paddlin' for governors, senators, house reps

Sureo
Flame

If the politicians want the benefits of social media they should be willing to take the heat that comes with it. Seems they want to tell you how it is but aren't interested in what you have to say.

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KCOM whacked with £900k Ofcom fine over 999 call handling

Sureo

Re: Worries me a little about VoIP replacing TDM

Cost of landline, C$50/month. Cost of VOIP with more services, C$15/month. Over the same line. Fortunately FWIW have mobile as backup.

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Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

Sureo

Sounds like the perfect computer for the NSA.

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No, really. You can see through walls using drones and Wi-Fi

Sureo

We need those tinfoil hats more than ever.

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Uncle Sam bungs rich tech giants quarter of a billion bucks for exascale super R&D

Sureo
Coat

It shouldn't be hard to find a billion scrapped mobile gadgets. Spend the money figuring out how to hook them together. (Where's my phone?)

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

Sureo

"...and the only way out is to wipe it and start over..."

Nothing changes.

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New 'Beaver' web server has exactly ONE user outside China

Sureo

Wait...

Wait a minute, the beaver is Canada's national animal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_animals

Why didn't the Chinese use their own?

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

Sureo

I am waiting....

I am waiting for Windows 10 Legacy Edition, which should look, feel and work just like Windows 7. (But I'm not holding my breath.)

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ATM security devs rush out patch after boffins deliver knockout blow

Sureo

Funny...

Funny how when the problem is, for example, Android, security updates seldom or never get distributed and applied, but when money is flying out the window.....

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Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

Sureo

Rules

Apple can enforce or ignore its rules as it wishes, whatever is in its best interest.

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Seagate launches non-flying disk drive for drones

Sureo

" two months of complimentary access to Adobe Premiere Pro CC "

Then it's $20 or $50 per month after (depending on what you subscribe to). No thanks.

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Russian hacker arrested in Spain for bot-herding not election-fiddling

Sureo

Ought to stay home...

.... where Putin will give them a medal for service to the state, instead of traveling to the west where they are arrested.

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IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row

Sureo

IBM should task Watson with the job of fixing the company.

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

Sureo
Happy

Time to cut the cord and move to the wilderness.

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Adblock Plus owners commandeer Pirate Bay man's tip jar Flattr

Sureo

Re: Who better?

Even with a workable micropayment system, what's to stop them from whoring your personal information anyway? Who trusts them?

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

Sureo

Now Ikea has to change its name to iKea.

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This AI stuff is all talk! Bots invent their own language to natter away behind humans' backs

Sureo

Senior bot to junior bot: "Go fly a kite."

Junior bot to senior bot: "Jump off that cliff over there."

Senior bot to junior bot: "No dinner for you. Go to your room."

Junior bot: short circuits.

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The future of Not Reality is a strap-on that talks to my smarting ring

Sureo

"pointless gadgets that purport to solve problems from which nobody suffers"

Today's technology, solutions without problems. Paradoxically it has produced large numbers of billionaires.

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Doctor Google stitches eyes, ears onto its cloudy learning monster

Sureo

Imagine...

Yes we'll know more about cat behavior than we ever could imagine.

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Tesla 'API crashes' after update, angry rich bods complain

Sureo

"Unknown Error"

To me this is characteristic of poorly written software. Error exception handling is hard. Many developers are in a hurry to code the main function and leave error handling to later, or never. I have seen this message so many times, it's a slap in the user's face. As a developer it makes me ashamed. /rant

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

Sureo

"Two reported about 32 per cent less usage than actually occurred."

I would keep quiet about that.

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Did you buy anything from Microsoft's glum Apple Store knockoff? You may be owed $100

Sureo

$400,000

The lawyers did really well.

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Facebook scales back AI flagship after chatbots hit 70% f-AI-lure rate

Sureo

"...things always go wrong..."

Are you sure that it's Facebook's AI, or just Zuck at the helm?

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Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

Sureo

Perhaps all the out-of-work drivers can find a useful occupation picking up the pieces from the wrecked AI vehicles littering the road.

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Trump cybersecurity order morphs into 2,200-plus-word extravaganza

Sureo

Trump did promise to put America back to work - writing reports.

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What's the biggest danger to the power grid? Hackers? Terrorists? Er, squirrels

Sureo

Re: Treasonous Squirrels

Don't you know, they have an entire wing at Guantanamo Bay for squirrels that caused acts of sabotage (and survived). :)

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Japan's terrifying techno-toilets will be made foreigner friendly, vow makers

Sureo

My toilet at home has one control on it - flush! The rest is nice but not necessary for the purpose. What they need for foreigners/ignoramuses is one icon that looks like a flush lever, perhaps larger than the rest, so we know exactly what to do and avoid unintended consequences.

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

Sureo

Re: Well done SpaceX

FB wants me to log in or sign up .... it's to youtube for me. Blow up, FB.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

Sureo

Re: "...just weighed them..."

Thank god Canada did away with pennies some time ago. Weren't worth the trouble to pick one up if you dropped it.

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

Sureo

There should be a "come back home, all is forgiven" button on the remote.

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Microsoft scores nearly $1bn non-compete contract with US military

Sureo

"...4 million windows 10 computers..."

Oh the pain, the pain......

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Windows 10 nags, Dirty Cow, Microsoft's Linux man love: The Reg's big ones for 2016

Sureo
Pint

Windows 10 upgrade suvivor

Highlight of the year - I managed to resist Microsoft's efforts to upgrade my W7 computer, in spite of repeated efforts on their part. It was hard, and I'd like to celebrate.

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Cyber insurance brokers: If it makes you feel any better, 2016 was not our year either

Sureo

So if you're a policy holder and get hacked, you get paid. What about your customers/users who actually suffer?

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Don't panic, friends, but the Chinese navy just nicked one of America's underwater drones

Sureo

Now they have to send a Mission: Impossible team led by Tom Cruise to go in and destroy the sub. Maybe DT can make it into another reality TV show.

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Uber to Cali DMV: Back off, pal, our 'self-driving cars' aren't self driving

Sureo

You would think that the driverless cars, going through red lights and doing other dangerous things, would eventually all get smashed up, removing them from the road. Problem solved.

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Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

Sureo

"...train them as instructors ..."

Now they've learned what not to do.

Let's hope self-driving autos have more reliable sensors and software.

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