* Posts by Rainer

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Amazon shareholders revolt on Rekognition, Nvidia opens robotics lab, and hot AI chips on Google Cloud

Rainer

I guess the problem is in the White House

If the prez was Clinton or Obama or old Bernie, it wouldn't be such an issue.

At least on the surface. The principal issues would still remain, of course.

But with Trump being who he is and where he is, people seem to actually warm up to the idea that having the military-industrial complex rule the country could have negative consequences for a lot of people.

Cops: German suspect, 20, 'confessed' to mass hack of local politicians

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Re: Your country needs You!

> Assuming this chap wasn't just a script kiddy, and had some decent skills

Such is the state of it-sec awareness among the people's representatives in Germany (and probably elsewhere, too) that I'm rather confident in saying that he is just a script-kiddie, almost 100%.

All these people need to have their internet-privileges revoked.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Try managing an older AirPort device with the current software....

No chance.

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Re: Ré double the price of local Chinese phones

> Local shop owners, taxis, and bus drivers were all bemused to see us paying with cash.

You need a Chinese bank account to be able to use WePay (in China).

Good luck getting one as a foreigner. Even more so as a tourist - it's pointless.

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No. They are priced in USD.

IIRC, if you convert the UKP prices back to USD (and subtract the tax), you're more or less at the US-level.

Same here in Switzerland.

This was not the case in the past, where you could actually save some money by doing your own US import - this is now pointless.

Huawei or the highway: Chinese giant whacks marketing drones for tweeting from iPhone

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Re: Easy

Apple doesn't really have "brand-ambassadors" like other companies.

And I'd say Apple as a business-partner is important enough that you really make sure you don't mix-up like that. Huawei clearly wasn't ;-)

I guess if Apple's GSM chips (well, Intel's) get better in a few iterations, one can cross-off one more excuse for not using an iPhone for such a function....

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Easy

They believe in fear as a motivator.

It's a lot of work, being popular: Apple, Tim Cook and the gilets jaunes

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Re: India is a race to the bottom

Yes - but how much money are they actually making?

OK, so it may not matter to Huawei, as the Chinese government funds them.

But still, "making it up with volume sounds a bit too dot-com bubble-familiar".

Rainer

India is a race to the bottom

How much money are all those Android handset makers making in India anyway?

Even if Huawei is making some money, and Oppo - there'll soon be a new Android OEM that'll build slightly worse handsets for a little less money and Indians will flog to that.

You wait for one IT giant to show up with its sales figures, then two come at once: Red Hat, Oracle

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Re: Double lock in is not winning IT folks over

To be fair, a lot of AWS looks like it's going the same direction: if you don't use AWS for everything, it's just more difficult.

And AFAIK, AWS has almost "anything-as-a-service".

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Oracle Cloud

Recently saw a presentation on the Oracle Cloud.

It doesn't look too bad, TBH.

Pricing I don't know, but it looks like a large, solid OpenStack implementation.

I wouldn't rule it out if I was tasked with choosing a cloud-provider.

AWS may be cheaper in some (or all cases) - but the lock-in is IMO even worse than what you ever had with Oracle databases.

And Jeff's ships are bigger and more expensive than Larry's, so you can make an educated guess as to where this is going...

Angry Googlers demand bosses pull the wings off 'Dragonfly' censored Chinese search engine

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Re: What's up next?

> Ad-buyers aught to consider whether in fact Google are selling them dreams of relevant targeted

> advertising.

With the amount of click-fraud going on (see the CERT-advisory sent out yestersday), it's a wonder anyone actually makes any money on the products peddled by ads.

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What's up next?

Are they signing petitions soon to not collect any data from users and not monetarize it towards the evil ad-buyers?

That's like working in the defense-sector and keeping saying to yourself "It's only for defense, see, it's in the name". All the while working on a compartmentalized bit of a Reaper drone...

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Re: Well, who'd have thought it?

> Easy: Tabloids told them migrants were the source of all our problems

> which would magically disappear if we left the EU.

It's not the only thing that will disappear, I'm afraid.

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

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What's the problem?

There's the classic iPad for what? 329 USD. It even works with the pencil and AFAIK, you can connect a BT keyboard to it, too.

The new iPadPro is really just the "iPad for the 1%".

As much as I wish, I have no regular use for it.

Amazon tries to ruin infosec world's fastest-growing cottage industry (finding data-spaffing S3 storage buckets)

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Our ticketing system

can store BLOBs in S3 buckets. But their support made it clear that the bucket has to be completely public.

We actually have a private S3-implementation on-site, but it has to be public-public.

Their support said, it wasn't a big deal because the actual URL of the bucket was "not public".

We store the BLOBs on the local filesystem now.

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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I don't have amazon, netflix (or any TV at all), my employer pays for broadband and the cellular contract.

Once every couple of years I get myself a new iPhone and use it for a couple of years.

My car is 17.5 years old at this point.

Insurance, tax, fuel, maintenance adds up to more than what a new iPhone costs, every year. And I use it maybe twice a week.

Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!

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Re: Mixed emotions....

I actually have the "black screen" problem, too - but with a 2012 MacMini connected to a 30" HP LP 3065 display via a TB-to-DL-DVI adapter (it's a very old display, probably ten years old, got it as a hand-me-down from my boss when he bought a new one).

It happens very rarely, though.

Sometimes, unplugging the adapter (sometimes a few times) does work, sometimes I reboot.

Rainer

TimeMachine will encrypt, too, with a password of your choosing.

IIRC, later version of iOS suggest you encrypt.

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

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Re: Macs typically have a longer usable life than Windows PCs ...

> Is any linux distribution from 2007 still supported?

RHEL5.

If you pay RedHat for it.

Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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Sadly

Dad threw out my RISC-PC during a clean-up of the basement a couple of years ago :-(

Very sad.

I had spent almost all the money that I received during my year of mandatory service at the German Armed Forces on it and a 17" CRT from Iiyama (which was pretty high-end at the time).

I upgraded it to the StrongARM CPU daugherboard when it became available (even pre-paid for it and received a reservation-number - Acorn was ahead of the curve there, too: they preempted Kickstarter by a decade..). It had SCSI-disks, SCSI-CDROM...

I loved the integrated vector graphics program ("Draw", IIRC), as well as TechWriter.

And the ChangeFSI picture-format conversion utility...

RISC-OS taught me many important concepts of computing - and it truly was a joy to use.

The new Huawei is going upmarket, but the old Huawei still threatens

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Does else anybody find it ironic that British people refuse to have a population register (for their own government) but have no problem forking over much more data to what is basically a Chinese state-owned mega-corp?

SUSE punts SES v5.5 out door, says storage is going software-defined and open source

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Re: how is this different from red hat?

SuSE's Storage Server is much cheaper than RedHat.

It's licensed by node and the prices are reasonable.

I hate stuff that is licensed by TB (or GB, if you're an EMC customer).

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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All true

But look into the mirror - if your own life was put under a microscope, what would people find?

Also, he didn't write books to encourage people to follow his lifestyle, as other rich people have and continue to do so. He was probably aware of the fact that the planet is big enough to accommodate only a single person of his character.

At least, his kids seem to have turned out well, unlike other billionaire's kids.

He made sure the one and only authorized biography appeared after his death, so he wouldn't be bothered by the comments.

He's been dead for seven years.

It's easy to spit on a grave.

Let's give him some rest.

Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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Which vendor still supports Android on a four year old phone?

And you have to ask: who is making money on this phone, and how?

If you're not paying, you're probably the product, not the customer ;-)

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Re: "Pixel sales have been unimpressive"

> but news flash, most people don't want to spend £600-800 on

> a handset!

I'd say most Android users don't want to spend that kind of money.

iOS users on the other hand...

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

AFAIK, you can't easily make ANFO anymore, because they changed the recipe of fertilizer to contain less nitrogen.

As for "doing something": anything that would be done now would only impact the (very) far out future because of the number of legal and illegal guns in circulation.

We know how good politicians are with such far-out timelines...

The sheer availability of weapons is not the only factor in reducing the number of shootings.

I live in a country where every able-bodied citizen has to join the military for compulsory training once he turns 18. Everybody who completes that training gets a fully functional, automatic assault riffle to take home and keep, in case the country is attacked and quick mobilization is needed.

Ammunition is not handed out anymore (since 2007), but that is not a big obstacle.

While murder-suicides did and do happen, but they usually involve close family.

Why is that?

Maybe because a functioning social security system exists, that doesn't leave people completely hopeless? Even criminals can have hope here (up to a point, of course).

Maybe it has to do with the amount of holiday people get, the amount of work-related stress?

Also, the amount of prescription drugs consumed is way less here (well, pretty much everywhere else but the USA has lower consumption).

I'm in favor of restricting gun-ownership (unless maybe you live in the mid-west and actually own a farm or go hunting nobody needs a gun).

But it's unfortunately only a very, very small part of the puzzle and it will only slightly reduce the problem, for a very long time: the guns will be around for decades to come.

Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta

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I bet

it's pretty much bullet-proof.

Apple leaks rekindle some hope for iPhone 'supercycle' this year

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Re: Is China that big a market for dual-SIMs?

Probably less iPhone users in the whole of Africa than in NYC alone.

They mostly have other problems.

Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

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Re: Boo Hoo

Pinochet came into power through a coup in which the CIA had a substantial role.

The US never cared who its allies were, as long as they went along the party line and lined the pockets of US corporations.

Revolving doors between CIA, private corporations, contractors meant that they were often indistinguishable anyway.

Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!

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To be fair

Never underestimate the persistence, determination and general ingenuity of a motivated teenager.

Also, he wasn't trying to be particularly stealthy as it seems.

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

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AFAIK, Google has ceased development in Android for tablets

In that sense, there's really only Apple and Microsoft who actively develop their OS for tablets.

Talk about left Field: Apple lures back Tesla engineering guru

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If you look at the state of software in cars

you realize it sorely needs somebody to shake it up.

Car manufactures got to be software-manufactures quasi-overnight and for some it seems it still hasn't registered.

Tesla may have better software, the infrastructure to deliver and update it - but it was always clear from the beginning that Tesla would struggle with ramping up production beyond the original couple of thousands of cars per year.

Maybe some people at Apple thought they could excel where Tesla has failed - maybe at least at the beginning of "Project Titan". But the manufacturing challenges are real.

I think they'll go with the "Designed in California, made in China" scheme on this one, too.

They'll probably partner with somebody like Geely and just have them execute their designs.

Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard

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Re: A fully spec'd 15'' macbook pro is now £6209.

This is not a laptop. As you say, it's more of a desktop-replacement.

How much does it weigh?

Personally, I can't stand Windows 10. I'd rather pay more for something I like to use than pay less for something that I hate switching on.

I don't need any of the Windows-apps, there would be no benefit for me to switch to Windows, except saving a bit of money every couple of years.

That said, I currently don't need a laptop anyway. My hardware-requirements are very modest (satisfied with a 2012 i7 MacMini, 512 GB SSD, 16GB RAM).

Rainer

Re: A fully spec'd 15'' macbook pro is now £6209.

These are enterprise-grade NVMe PCIe SSDs.

Not SATA.

The price isn't even overly expensive, AFAIK.

There's a reason people use these laptops for video-editing, even if they have no liking to Apple in every other aspect.

Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

Rainer

We have Mattermost

Self-hosted, off-premise, on an OVH-VPS that costs <5€/month, IIRC.

I'm glad I don't have to have the Skyke-Client open in the Remote Desktop session to the Windows Terminal Server.

That would be even more destraction.

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone

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I liked the form-factor and haptics of the iPhone X, compared to any other iPhone.

I still have the 4S. Will look into the SE successor.

I tried all of non-SE, non-X iPhones in the store and they seemed too "light" and a bit flimsy.

The all-glass iPhone X - while easily shattering when it does fall down - had a certain weight that made it comfortable to hold and yet wasn't as huge as the 8+.

So, it's either last year's X or an updated SE.

Whatever you say about the price, the X is a remarkable piece of technology.

No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging

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The problem is:

Apple actually does make money from the phones beyond the sale. Apps, iCloudStorage, accessories, add-ons.

That's why they have no problem extending the life of the iPhones 5S(!) another year by giving it iOS12.

Android OEMs? Nope.

You can make an educated guess as what to expect from this race to the bottom.

So... where's the rest? Xiaomi walks away from IPO with less than hoped

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The problem is:

you can only get by with 5% margins if Apple does all your research and your major sales point is basically "Looks just like Apple, but way cheaper".

Soon enough, there'll be another copy-cat that works on even thinner margins and the people who buy such crap will flog to that.

Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Home invasion 101

If it's the US: Don't.

SUSE Linux Enterprise turns 15: Look, Ma! A common code base

Rainer

Luckily, it's just a number

They don't really mean anything anymore.

The floor, gate, train renumbering is absurd though.

At least, we've still got Tram 13 here. And my street has a house number 13 (I live in 15).

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled

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Re: Similar thing at HP

My brother works at a French University. At another department, a professor was screwing his secretary.

It worked well, until someone reported it. Apparently, the French also have regulations against this (Mon dieu!) and the professor was sacked and the secretary is since then sick at home.

Because the professor is suing the university, they couldn't hire a replacement and his department is/was headless for a while.

So, it's not all "nudge-nudge wink-wink" in France either anymore.

OpenBSD disables Intel’s hyper-threading over CPU data leak fears

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Probably heard a rumor

Like with the "Eager FPU" thing.

2018 will be a memorable year.

Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?

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You people are funny

Someone has to pay for all this stuff.

People want cheap phones, an OS and apps with no ads but for free and all open-source.

Unless you get the taxpayer to subsidize it, that's not going to happen.

Tech giants! How do you know Jim in accounting isn't Putin moves on you

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Re: Tech giants! How do you know Jim in accounting isn't Putin moves on you

It seems to have some sort of sexual innuendo:

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=put%20the%20moves%20on

Not something you'd expect from El Reg. Oh wait...

Rainer

"Jack Ryan - Shadow Recruit"

Well, the concept wasn't exactly new.

US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Re: Crony Capitalism at it's best

Laws are mostly written by law-firms these days.

As it goes, the same law-firms often also happen to represent the corporations the laws are about.

Data centre down: Budget plane-ride mart Ryanair goes all in with AWS

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I get it that amazon shop is better run than most other IT shops on the planet - but having all these businesses sign up to them and basically marrying their business-logic to their cloud-provider can't be a good long-term strategy.

Once Amazon has enough market-share, they'll really want to make money and start milking their customers.

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Re: Olds

At least, Carnegie founded libraries.

Bezos is just pissing away the money on space-travel - as if space there wasn't enough space-debris in the atmosphere already.

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Compare Bezos to Reinhold Würth

See the German Wikipedia: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhold_W%C3%BCrth

He's also a billionaire, but he founds museums and art-galleries (free admission) in various countries and pays for an orchestra in his home-town.

People always complain about Apple being the big tax-cheat - but in reality, Amazon is much worse. And at least, Apple didn't hold a silly contest about where to build campuses.

Bezos acts a lot like a late-19th-century capitalist, who thought all workers were lazy bastards that needed to be held down and kept on the short-leash, else they would spend all the money on booze and stop coming to work a few days.

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