* Posts by the Jim bloke

496 posts • joined 18 Apr 2007


Never mind that naked selfie scandal... Brazil lights the, er, kindling, dot-Amazon saga roars back into life

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Re: Greece

The Greeks had the original democracy too, but you certainly dont want them having any say in running your country (possibly including Greece)

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Re: No Wonder

so how many times DOES "free" go into "millions of dollars"?

Lets use a small value of millions, say 2, and the commonly understand value of free, as 0...

2 000000 divided by 0......


broke the internet,

but the countries of the Amazon basin can rest their industrial base on providing services to the importers delivering infinite kindles..

Cisco sues lawyers on its own side – for bigger slice of capacitor price-fixing settlement pie

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This is the real reason we need Trumps wall

So come the revolution, we have sufficient capacity to line up all the lawyers, and bankers, and lobbyists, and spammers, and telemarketers, and reality TV participants, and advertisers, and....

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

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Thought the yoof of today werent up to being civil?

so is this just for spying on old farts?

Holy planetesimal formation, Batman! Ultima Thule's no snowman – it's a friggin' pancake

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It is a table

to rest Russell's teapot on.

... once the orbits intersect.

..... might be a while.

Mumsnet data leak: Moaning parents could see other users' privates after cloud migration

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Statement sums up attitude to security

"We're very sorry to say that we've become aware "

because everything was lovely and fluffy until then...

OK, Google. Music in 2019 isn't what it was, but Play nice, will ya?

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Re: Thankfully, the bug won't play our (UK) Eurovision entry.

For some reason, Australia tries to participate/compete in Eurovision.

I am not the only person who fails to understand why, but its probably something to do with the promoters not being smacked while they were children.

It might be worthwhile if we could cancel the citizenship and return tickets of our contestants while they were over there, but apparently international law frowns on that

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Re: All the best music was written before 1988 anyway

There is good music, but it wont be anything that is "successful"

The missus describes it as the Sony Effect, where any artists creativity and quality went to shit as soon as they are signed up by a major label.

I get my music from bandcamp -unrestricted download in a range of formats, streaming for those weirdos who think thats a valid solution, 80% of money paid going directly to artist, and access to a huge assortment of styles and genres. Only drawback is not much of a 'back catalogue' or older music.

Leaky child-tracking smartwatch maker hits back at bad PR

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So Prior to the sale of these devices

..wannabe child molesters of whatever flavour had to track down their details by direct observation, or trawling social media.

Are the details of these devices in a single database, or searchable in some fashion that allows the crim to say, "hmmm, I feel like a 7 year old tonight, lets take a look through Kid-E-Traks GPS records" ?

I mean, apart from the abysmal device security, does it also (fail to) contain 'personally identifiable information' that makes life more convenient for such predators?

If its only another shitty leaky IoT ripoff device, then all the OMG THINK OF THE CHILDREN !!!! is misplaced sensationalism, and its not particularly worse than any of the others, however, if there is an access-able database of users, or a specific range of addresses or mobile numbers associated with the devices, and child predators can use this knowledge to improve their predations... THEN the threat level is actually meaningful.

National Enquirer's big Pecker tried to shaft me – but I wouldn't give him an inch, says Jeff Bezos after dick pic leak threat

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Pics or it didnt happen...

Big trouble Down Under as Australian MPs told to reset their passwords amid hack attack fears

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Re: I'm the Next PM

At least we do throw them away once they get a bit smelly, although the criteria is more "will they lose the next election", rather than "violently allergic to telling the truth", or "unable to recognise other people as human beings".

I actually suspect our current reigning political party has deliberately decided that being in opposition is a better strategic position, and has been maneuvering to get there for the last couple of years.

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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Re: Huge loophole?

there is a Statute of Limitations on unreturned library books, isn't there?


Good news! Only half of Internet of Crap apps fumble encryption

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IoT, where the S is for security

OK, smarty pants AI. You can beat us humans at video games. But how about real-world puzzles like Jenga? Oh, oh no

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Re: OK, I'll bite ...

Its here to steal the livelihoods of Jenga players, leaving them destitute in the streets.

All part of the master plan to replace and eliminate meat people.

Wednesday: Facebook sparks another privacy brouhaha. Thursday: Facebook axes Iranian disinfo bods. Fancy that!

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You only need be concerned by the "well funded" adversaries

Actual private individuals cant afford to play at FBs table.

And they know these 'adversaries' are well-funded, because they have been in an ongoing commercial relationship with them...

Texas lawyer suing Apple over FaceTime bug claims it was used to snoop on a meeting

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Can the court award him damages

to the amount of a replacement Android phone?

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

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AI robot to help in the kitchen

..Maybe they can store recipes on it......

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Then Ozzie-land is definitely sucking up to China - in its typical incompetent bungling style.

Sure we dont have the advantage of manufacturing the hardware, but will just legislate for suppliers to give us backdoors anyway. What could go wrong ?

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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Re: Furthermore...


Twins can have different growth and development through childhood nutrition and disease, and physical habits, and, well, there are these things called "shoes" that people attach to their feet, which have the effect of altering perceived height.

"picture of twins not showing what shoes they are wearing... your argument is invalid"

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito

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How many "smart" home devices

have been bricked by updates, or changes to T&C ?

So even if you buy something that provides a useful service (now), the only real guarantee that it will continue to provide same useful service later, is to isolate it from external connections. This has the added benefits of preventing malicious actions, AND ensures your privacy.

The smartest thing you can do, is buy dumb.

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

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Yes it gets cold at night

Why is that a problem ?

We have insulators that withstand far higher temperature differentials than a couple of hundred degrees, I remember a publicity photo from the early days of the space shuttle, someone holding a re-entry shield tile in their fingertips on the corners while the center glowed red hot (easily faked photo, but the shuttle did work)

Heat loss, AFAICR occurs through radiation, convection, and conduction. Convection should not be a issue. Radiation and conduction are engineering problems and solvable as such. It may just be that mass constraints precluded carrying enough insulation, but the narrative the Chinese were pushing wasnt going to mention that..

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: Size vs position?

Because Brexit. (roll downvotes)

sorry, but you will need to find another solution to MK

China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere

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Re: I would like to see the aims of the experiment.

Old school science.. try something, see if it works

if it works, hooray, try something harder. (actually, try it again, several times, because being right is IMPORTANT)

if it doesnt, figure out why the hell not.

The location and media attention on the other hand, would be political grandstanding.

Thats why the Yanks went to the moon, and if they have lost their mojo then its a good thing somebody else has taken up the job.

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Useful research, even if it appears social-media / PR focused.

less likely to horrify the general public than sending a dog or monkey up there and leaving it until it dies, although that is a valid step somewhere along the process. The important thing is to learn, and even -or especially- if(when) it fails

'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim

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The entire statement from the spokesperson was as rote and meaningless as "good morning" or "have a nice day", usually used when you just want the target to get out of your way and stop bothering you.

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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AI/Smart/Robotic "solutions"

is that they’re installed to solve a management problem rather than a customer need

too often these days, it's management that IS the problem.

German competition watchdog toys with ban on some Facebook data-slurps

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Re: About time

plus a "like" button on only the most questionable websites (even Twitter has more coverage in this area).

you DID notice the row of icons at the bottom of the article, I'm sure, and are indulging in that favourite pastime of commentards, of trolling El Reg...

No plain sailing for Anon hacktivist picked up by Disney cruise ship: 10 years in the cooler for hospital DDoS caper

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He may have no regrets regarding his IT activities or recognise any moral culpability there, but should at least regret being a crap sailor..

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Re: So where is the new market ?

With the rising size of smart phones, I have decided I require a smaller form factor that I can effectively waterproof and use for water activities.. a "beach phone".

Not something I want to leave unattended in a bag on the beach to be nicked, so able to withstand immersion in salt water to a depth of up to 5 meters, and to 1.5 meters for up to an hour, while being small enough to carry comfortably - and securely - in a velcro'd pocket.

Naked IP68 phones arent adequate - plus being large and expensive, so my interim solution is a zombie Nokia 520 windows phone in a sealed bag. With an SD card full of tunes and a set of bluetooth earbuds it gets me to and from the beach without having to look to the real world for stimulation, and is cheap enough that loss or leakage isnt a drama.

As a zombie, it is no longer any use for phone calls, so I am still looking for alternatives, (plus the windows phone music app is prettyvery crap)

An Ipod might be a solution - as long as it requires no relationship with itunes or apple cables...

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As someone who considers Coca-Cola / Amatil one of the great evils of the world, those declines give me a fragment of a trace of hope for the future of humanity.

This July, Google will weep for there are no more worlds to banhammer: 'Bad ads' to be blocked globally

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Encourage ads using Flash.

Make it compulsory for ALL ads to use Flash.

Then disable Flash...

(actually, disable Flash first....)

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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"business ethics" and "political leadership" are the great oxymorons of our time

Reg Standards Bureau introduces the Devon fatberg as coastal town menaced by oily blob

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Re: Fosters

Beer so bad we sell it to Americans

In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies

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How quickly they forget


Hit X to install windows 10


I am somewhat biased, the only facebook profile I have is whatever they made themselves, whereas maybe three quarters of my games library is un-usable as I no longer boot into windows at home.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Re: @ analyzer: Bloody typical

distorted satisfaction survey response

People go into the public service because they enjoy making other people miserable.. The worse it is the more they will try to inflict it on the population-at-large

Whatchu got for us this week, Microsoft? Skype, Powerpoint tweaks and – oh – another foldable

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Re: From the title

.. just wait

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

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Re: Photovoltaic?

geo thermal is depletable at the rate we want to use it, unless you are in an active area... It is great for people who live amidst the smell of rotten eggs, but less so elsewhere.

Even on Lihir Island, a dormant volcano on the ring of fire, with steam venting from the ground, the geothermal generators power output dropped over time and was insufficient to run the gold mine processing plant.

Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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offtopic but reminds me of an old joke

Somewhere in generic Africa, a visitor was being reassured about the threat from lions.

The locals said most lions are shy, eat small rodents and fruits, and can be frightened away by wearing bells, and if they get too close you can drive them off using pepper spray.

Its only the rogue lions you have to be careful about.

The visitor asks how can you tell which is in the area.

The locals tell them, Examine the droppings.. normal lion poo has small bones in it and smells a bit fruity.

Rogue poo contains bells and smells of pepper

(this joke would actually work better set in America with brown/grizzly bears, but that would be stealing)

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Total Indifference To Supplying Usable Product

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Re: Doesn't everything green have thorns in Australia?

around here we have spinifex - needle like grass which causes festering sores as the tips of the grass break off and remain in the wound,

Bush Tomatoes - covered in very fine spines,

Mimosa bushes - invasive weed species with spikes/thorns up to 10cm long (according to business.queensland.gov.au website..)

and that's just the first 3 I can remember the names of

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Hiring policies would require exemptions

to non-discrimination requirements, unless there are already loopholes that allow hospitality industry to refuse to employ "unattractive" workers...

Every other industry that HR have got their fangs into seems forced to employ unsuitable and incompetent recruits, then try to mitigate the harm by increasing management.

Pencil manufacturers rejoice: Oz government doesn't like e-voting

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The Government knows it will be secure

- because they will be watching through the compulsory backdoor

/ Everyone else knows its security is a joke - because of the compulsory backdoor....

Waiter, what's this? SpaceX delivery delayed for a day by moldy food

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Not too concerned about the mice

although it may degrade the quality of the results, but getting spores through the life support system is something you want to avoid as best you can.

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas

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Big Brother

Australian Privacy

Defective by Design..

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

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Re: Microsoft middle(nuisance)ware.

Clearly the design team should be given a good talking to.

Waste of time if they wont listen...

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turning their privacy protection up to 11

because 10 offers none at all...

FYI: NASA has sent a snatch-and-grab spacecraft to an asteroid to seize some rock and send it back to Earth

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Re: Serious Question

Thank you for the smart arse answer.

Care to explain how much gravity that 500m diameter accretion of dust and mystery is generating, and how much effect that will be having at 7 kilometers distance ?

I have made a bunch of assumptions (yes I know) and got a mass for Bennu of about 150 million tonnes, while Osiris-Rex would be somewhere around 1.5 tonnes, which online calculators works out as 0.286 milliNewtons,

Which isn't much.

The mass of Bennu could easily be greater, about 175 million for solid silica, the 500 metre diameter is probably a media figure and only loosely accurate...

The 'orbit' probably is slow, but a radius around 7250 meters it is insanely tight, rough calculations tell me thats a 1 degree vector change every 126.5 meters,

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Serious Question

How do they orbit something roughly 500 m in diameter?

a) what is the attractive force ? which leads to ..

b) how fast is the probe changing direction?

I cant see this working unless its a powered orbit, or not an orbit at all but just a very slow flyby - with maneuvering.

Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years

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Re: Data Shmata

"Not that I don't already do it to a large extent online, but I'm starting to wonder why I don't just get black market new identities"

Half a billion fresh ones now available.

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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Grammar error totally discredits entire campaign

Why tick "all of the above" AND have all of the above boxes ticked anyway?


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