* Posts by Tom 64

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Gemini is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

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Re: Where Gemini's value really lies

Just give me a fullscreen linux terminal, and I'll be very tempted to open my wallet indeed.

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Boffins: If AI eggheads could go ahead and try to stop their code being evil, that'd be great

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“slightly concerned about AI, but not generally not aware of its rate of progress.”

If that sentence is anything to go by, we're doomed.

I for one welcome our AI overlords.

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Year-old vuln turns Jenkins servers into Monero mining slaves

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PowerShell?

I'm guessing this only affects windows boxen then? I see no reference to OS on the linked info though.

</panic>

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Google reveals Edge bug that Microsoft has had trouble fixing

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Intel issues

Not so surprising they didn't disclose the intel bugs quickly - all of their cloud runs on x86 intel and they wouldn't want the expense of cleaning up the outright ownage that would result if they disclosed before intel had decent fixes ready.

Microsoft of the other hand have a competing software product, so fuck 'em

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Helicopter crashes after manoeuvres to 'avoid... DJI Phantom drone'

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Re: It's time...

My suspicion is that this is a case of instructor covering for his dumbass student. There may not have been a drone at all

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Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

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Re: Anyone want to make a lot of money?

It's leave your conscience at home day! Lets take a shitton of public funds and line our pockets!

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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> "Google is preferentially boosting AMP results"

More likely targeting teenagers who have never seen a PC get owned by email

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You won't ever be able to convince me...

... that running any kind of code in an email isn't a horrible security risk.

I'll stick with plain text thank you.

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UK PM Theresa May orders review of online abuse laws in suffrage centenary speech

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Re: 'edge' Lord,....

> "After a while you start to believe what's being said about you."

I hope so. Hopefully Mrs. May will eventually get the hint that she is in fact a useless PM and should go.

Sadly she has been doing rather well at ignoring this kind of comment.

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Billionaire bros Bezos, Buffett become bonkers bio brokers: Swap W in AWS for H for healthcare

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Re: America Fuck Yeah

Nope, remember these 'founders' are capitalists. I doubt they'd be in it if they didn't think they could turn a tidy profit.

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Timeout everyone. Y'all know that Musk's $500 'flamethrower' is literally a Boring blowtorch?

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Popcorn time!

Just kicking back here, waiting for the inevitable law suit.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Re: Credulous or corrupt?

> "UFOs are just rich kids breaking the rules and buzzing the natives for a laugh."

In that case, we're probably doubly screwed if they do decide to make contact.

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Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

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Re: sort of confused ?

> "the likes of Google et al"

Classic misdirection. Are you perhaps a Tory party member?

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Royal Bank of Scotland culls 1 in 4 branches, blames the interwebz

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Re: Mortgage negotiation

> "Lately, most has been pushed to exploit customers as much as they could"

This.

Last time I went into a high street bank was to change my registered address and change my account type. I was told I had to come back for an appointment at the bank's convenience to do the latter, during which I had to endure the attempted upsale of all kinds of rubbish I didn't need.

Considering moving my banking offshore for the better service /joke

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Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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Re: Pocketalypse

I for one welcome our new phabetising overlords, always misstype on my Sony Z5 and would welcome something bigger...

Paris because she probably would too.

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Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project

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Re: Greenwash?

>" lithium batteries are heavy and are a fire hazard"

And aviation kerosene isn't either of those things I suppose?

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What's that fresh, zesty fragrance? Oh, Linux Mint 18.3 has landed

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Re: Up to date updates

> "Not forgetting the frontends 'synaptic' and 'aptitude' if you need a finer search than apt-cache search."

Something wrong with grep?

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While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

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>" ensure that we continue to lead the world in mobile wireless services"

... someone hasn't been to east asia recently.

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Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on

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Re: Welcome to 21st Century USA - How about an unbiased source?

>"Oh, it WAS unbiased once,"

@Big John, luckily political bias doesn't affect scientific results.

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Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

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Re: Who to trust? NSA or Kaspersky?

Neither.

*doffs tinfoil hat

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Your attention has value, personal cryptocurrency will advertise it

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Re: This has been tried before

Useful comment, thanks.

I still don't understand why I need another currency. If they simply pay me in bitcoin, I'd probably use their browser. As it is, they can take a running jump.

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Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years

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Gravitational Lensing

>"The research team also used gravitational lensing ..."

This paragraph makes it sound like GL is a neat tool an astronomer can pull out of his box for better results.

The reality is that an astronomer cannot simply move massive galactic clusters around, and GL is likely the ONLY reason that this galaxy was observable at all.

Check your science, El Reg.

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IBM's Phase Change Memory computer can tell you if it's raining

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"boffin bunch"

@El Reg

Please use the correct collective noun for boffins. 'baffle'. e.g The baffle of boffins ...

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Osama Bin Laden had copy of Resident Evil, smut, in compound

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Malware

He obviously had a net connected PC, hence steam and halflife (a not inconsiderable download on a shit connection), so I wonder if the malware had a role in fingering him.

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Hey, you know why it's called the iPhone X? When you see Apple's repair bill, your response will be X-rated

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Re: In shock news today...

>"But you can buy an iPhone 5SE for £349."

True, but it is a gimped piece of garbage, which Apple will obsolete after a couple of months of ownership.

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HMRC boss defends shift to AWS, says they got 50% knocked off

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Re: tax dodging

>"Thanks withheld. They did enough damage when they were running the country."

Oh and the tories have done so much better on the economy in the last seven years? Wake up!

http://uk.businessinsider.com/uk-economy-q1-gdp-third-estimate-brexit-2017-6

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>"AWS took a large loss on this?"

Nope, they simply have economy of scale and don't pay any tax. Not even to Uncle Sam.

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tax dodging

indeed.

HRMC, a tax-payer funded government department for the purposes of collecting tax, is paying a tax-dodging foreign company for their IT needs over a British one, who have been pushed into bankruptcy. Welcome to Tory Britain.

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NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

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Re: Oooooh, really?!?!?

> "Microsoft also like copies of any files that crash any of their software, along with the memory dumps."

They must have a lot of copies of their own software sent back to themselves then.

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FYI: iOS apps can turn on your camera any time without warning

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Trouble is,

both apple and their customers stick their fingers in their ears and scream 'LA LA LA, CANT HEAR YOU' whenever anyone mentions security issues with their kit.

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Arm isn't saying IoT firmware sucks but it's writing a free secure BIOS for device makers

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Pissing into the wind

I can't see how the kit makers in China could be arsed with this, and don't expect regulation to fix this. Theresa May and the Brexiteers are happily burning those books.

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Plants in SPAAAAAAACE are good for you

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Re: Weed

>"Too bad. There are rules, and there are consequences for breaking those rules."

I was under the impression that in space, since you are at least going to be 200 miles from any national soil that maritime law applies.

I'm not sure it says diddly squat about what you can smoke.

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Red (Planet) alert: Future astro-heroes face shocking adventures on Martian moon Phobos

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>"fast gusts of solar wind"

Why did I read this as 'fast guffs of solar wind'? ...

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Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

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Gun, meet foot.

What's now to differentiate between Ubuntu and Fedora, which works very nicely with weyland?

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

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Re: Cheaters will cheat as Crackers will crack

>"Its likely to screw-up and bork games".

This.

Games dev's wont be too hasty jumping on-board with this particular feature. Who wants more Microsoft lock-in?

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Toshiba, you can't have 14TB served on a platter. It'll take eight, at least

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Quantum Bigfoots

I was working in a PC build shop around the time these were in general availability. We had to RMA sooo many of them because they were unreliable garbage. The contemporary 3.5" models were way better.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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> "but the real magic of the movie is that it invites the viewer to discover the question after the end of the movie ... that's real movie making."

I'm betting the new one ends in an obvious cliff hanger.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: The Home Office

>"All she has to do is type Google into Google"

I'm willing to wager she has tried this.

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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That price

>"Price has been set at £69.99/$69.99/€79.99"

So there it is, dollar/pound parity. Thanks Tories.

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Cluster coordinator Kubernetes claims crisp care clip

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Been a user for a while

When it breaks, because of the large amount of abstraction involved, it can be very difficult to diagnose the issue or get help.

That said, I'm sold, and will be advocating it to others. It solves a lot of time-consuming problems.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Re: And its only Windows 10?

> "Real men use wget."

Look at you with your dandy tool. Engineers browse with curl.

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Re: £1,149

> "a thousand quid on a phone"

this.

I could buy a car for that price. A fast car which would probably last 5 years if not 10.

I know where I'd rather spend the dosh.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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FAIL

> "reads your face and works even if you grow a beard, wears glasses, or otherwise alter your appearance."

Or, unless they have fixed it, someone else holds a photo of you in front of the lens.

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Linus Torvalds' lifestyle tips for hackers: Be like me, work in a bathrobe, no showers before noon

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Re: One word springs to mind

Hmm, a shower you say? I think I lost one of those in my beard in the 1980's

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Paris Hilton inflates cryptocurrency bubble some more, backs Initial Coin Offering

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Re: Live Operational Virtual Environments Meets and Greets 50 Shades of Grey Zerodays

You know it's garbage when the whitepaper makes less sense than amanfrommars

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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Well if it is an alien communication beacon or propulsion system, they've fucked up. I imagine they have cooked themselves with it quite nicely, along with everything else in their galaxy.

That's the kind of engineering screw up that would make both captain Picard and his number one facepalm.

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Boffins prove oil and water CAN mix – if you do it in a gas giant

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Re: water has a 'dissolved gas' capacity

> "/me points out that this is why warm soda/beer goes flat, but cold soda/beer retains its fizz."

And I'd like to point out that proper beer is served at room temperature and never has any of that gassy crap in it in the first place.

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Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

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Re: Yeah...

I have the regular XPS13 (which cant flip over). Great laptop, but also has a very difficult-to-open hinge.

You'll have more luck prizing open clams and mussels. To be fair that is just about it's only fault.

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: A venerable workhorse

Indeed. Always enjoy flying on 747s, it always feels like an occasion. I've yet to try the airbus A380, but the modern 777s flying now are a little dull by comparison.

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Calm down, internet. Elon's Musk-see SpaceX spacesuit is a bit generic

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Re: aesthetics

I don't get why it needs to be aesthetically pleasing at all. Marketing I suspect.

The instant a compromise is made for aesthetics over safety would make it a spacesuit I wouldn't want to touch with someone elses.

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