* Posts by Richard 12

3236 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

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Re: 'and even then every design professional would laugh'

The colour management and fonts were a very big deal in that space. Windows really couldn't do that until about 10-15 years ago.

But now, macOS Mojave can't even render fonts properly, as they removed subpixel rendering. Perhaps that's not completely necessary on a Hi-DPI screen, but most Macs don't have "Retina" displays.

It's time Apple just admitted that they don't want to make laptops and desktops anymore, and concentrate on the phones and tablets that are their core business.

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

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Re: Should have sent the tardigrades

Hope not, what if they perfect the spore drive?

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

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Re: Look it's really quite simple.

I'd say that they used to be well-made and built to last, but aren't anymore.

A company can ride the wave of its historical performance for quite a few years, but eventually people do notice. Usually the company does not survive this.

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Erm, no. The point is that assuming the worst-plausible situation, battery replacement doesn't even come close to explaining the actual revenue numbers.

Thus, it cannot possibly be the cause.

Oh, SSH, IT please see this: Malicious servers can fsck with your PC's files during scp slurps

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Re: One way ?


Though a broken server install might allow a client to upload files to a place the owner of the server doesn't want, that's a different type of bug.

Yes, you can remotely hack factory, building site cranes. Wait, what?

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Re: Cranes vs Cranes

Site cranes are moving to putting the operator on the ground too.

The reason being that it should be much safer if they don't have to make that climb several times a day.

Aside from that, they've always been remote controlled by a guy with a walkie talkie because you can't see what the load is doing from the cab.

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Re: Hardly surprising

Proprietary doesn't mean secure.

Usually, it means the opposite.

If a miscreant simply recorded the radio command stream and played it back five minutes later, would your product act upon it?

My expectation is that it would.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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Re: Pesky microwaves

All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names.

Used to. *maniacal laugh*

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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Is it bad that I want to try Lime Pig flavour ice cream?

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Re: Comparison

When you posted that Bob, none of the furloughed federal employees were going to get anything at all.

"Essential" workers will, they're required to keep working without pay on the promise that they'll get paid eventually.

The rest are furloughed. Legally, that's unpaid time off.

The direct employees only get paid if Congress passes a law saying they will. That was finally passed yesterday (11th), but as of posting was not yet signed into law (waiting for Trump) so even now, their wages are in doubt.

Even then, the furloughed contractors get nothing at all.

And aside from that, if your rent or mortgage is due, not all landlords or banks will wait for long and even those that will charge interest on the late payments.

So all of those 800,000 federal workers are going to be out of pocket to some extent.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Re: "if an incumbent monopoly becomes moribund, it will no longer be top dog"

Apple have been doing the same for years.

In fact, I'm having trouble thinking of an actual Apple innovation at all in the last five years, if not longer. Everything is a buy-in.

Ok, other than removing all the connectors, which was clearly a cost-cutting exercise despite not needing to cut costs.

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

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Re: Kill Windows 10 version of Start Menu

Subfolders are objectively better.

I've got five different versions of Qt installed because I need them. The Win10 Start menu shows "QtLinguist QtLinguist QtLinguist QtLinguist QtLinguist..." under "Qt".

Go on, which one is which?

In Win7, everything for each version sat in a subfolder named for that version.

The same is true of many other applications.

And having Cortana appear out of nowhere if I happen to hit backspace once too many times is just abusive. Sure, I can go into Policy and kill her but that's about as hidden as it's possible to get.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Brexit just gets better?

Ok, here's an example for the average three year old:

This is a chocolate orange in Dublin. You're in Manchester. I send you the orange.

The UK is in the EU: You get the whole orange.

After a no-deal Brexit: Customs open the orange and remove two segments. (8.3% to be exact)

That's the effect of WTO rules on importing chocolate. Other products are much harder hit.

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Re: Dot-EU domains cannot be bought or renewed outside the union?

That'd be fine if the UK was joining the EEA, like Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein.

But May rejected EEA membership, so the UK doesn't get those benefits either.

It's almost like the Leave campaign deliberately misrepresented what leaving means.

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You mean "inconclusive"

I refer the poster to the words of Nigel Farage:

"In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way. If the Remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it."

Yes, there is an "unstoppable demand" for a second vote.

Dark matter's such a pushover: Baby stars can shove weird stuff around dwarf galaxies

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You've forgotten the rest of the Universe

Any theory that hopes to explain the universe has to also be compatible every observation we've ever made.

That one simply is not, and is therefore wrong.

Being a little bit wrong is not necessarily bad (see Newton), but that one is a lot wrong as it contradicts a lot of observations, not just numerically but qualitatively, and including secondary school physics...

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Better to just disable embedded fonts entirely.

There is literally no legitimate reason to embed fonts in email - if my email reader doesn't already have access to locally-installed fonts that support the unicode code points in the email, then they're a form of communication that I can't read anyway.

If I understand (eg) Korean, then I'll have installed a few Korean fonts. If I haven't got a font for those characters, it's almost certain that I don't understand them anyway!

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Re: People stil falling for the fake email.

These days all email links go to Mimecast or similar filtering services, in an attempt to stop the muppets.

Sadly, that means we're training everyone not to check links before clicking. So anything the filtering service misses becomes a massive hole.

On the bright side, it also means you can't forward the emails to anyone outside the company, which hopefully cuts down on chain emails...

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?

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Re: Facebook

How does your home firewall block sex?

There's a rather large market for that, if you can package it.

'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos

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Re: I think I know what providing the code would provide!

The thing about trade wars is that you always, always, always lose. The only question is how badly you lose.

Eg Trump's current ongoing trade war with China is bankrupting US farmers, so he's borrowing more money from China to keep them afloat.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: What about zapping it with high powered radar?

That is basically what Drone Dome does.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Re: What drone?

The press photogs have historically been able to get photos of celebrity boobs from over a mile away.

The drone is supposedly bigger than boobs.

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Re: Preprogrammed drones

Multirotor flight time is around 20-30 minutes.

So if it was that type of thing, after maybe 3 hours at most there was no drone, just pure hysteria.

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That would be "unconfirmed" sightings.

Some of those will have been plastic bags, balloons, specks of dust, leaves and police helicopters.

And presumably some of them were real.

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Re: Fire and forget ...?

DNA doesn't work like that.

It's done by comparing specific samples. If they aren't currently on the "DNA database" then they'll never be found that way, and the bigger the database the less useful it becomes as the real rate of false matches would become public knowledge.

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project

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Re: Both sides are bad

The Co-Op seem to be claiming that there should have been multiple drops (79), and a payment at each one.

That looks far more like Agile than the massive waterfall IBM seem to be claiming.

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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Re: support Mozilla

I've gone back to Firefox because gmail doesn't work in Chrome.

Yep, you heard that right. Gmail goes into infinite redirect on Chrome.

I haven't yet worked out why, but I suspect it's probably due to being on a shared computer and the way Chrome tries to force you to be logged into a Google account.

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech

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Re: The False Positive Rate is NOT 98%

The data we have so far supports the idea that it simply doesn't find anyone at all.

It's reasonable to assume that at least some of the people they hoped to detect were present, because the trial was done in secret and they must have believed it likely that those people would turn up or there would be no point it doing the trial at all.

Thus the false detection rate is likely to be extremely high.

Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors

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There's an XKCD about it

Something about standards...

Frankly, we have way too many multithreading and multiprocessing libraries already, adding a new one is not going to help the fundmental problem that thinking up parallel solutions is hard.

Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory

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Re: The thing is

Yes, it would have been, had it occurred after GDPR came into effect.

As it stands, Equifax have dodged that bullet.

Next time, they die.

Bethesda blunders, IRS sounds the alarm, China ransomware, and more

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Re: The problem of creating unique keys...

Why do you think you need to do that?

That's one of the things specifically prohibited by the Regulations.

If someone buys a widget and declines your kind offer to create an account, then you're simply not permitted to link any of their future transactions to that one.

Report fraud up the chain to the payment processor. That's the card issuer's problem, not yours.

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Re: One of those is off-line backup

The problem of creating unique keys without reference to any other party is long solved and built into all well-known operating systems and database platforms.

Aside from that, data minimization means "Do not collect or store more data than is actually strictly necessary to provide the service".

In other words: You don't need someone's gender for any online transactions at all. Don't ask for it. You don't need their social security number to sell them a widget. Don't ask for it.

The CVV code is only needed for the period of the transaction, don't store it.

As a rule of thumb, if Marketing are asking for the data then you probably should not store it.

It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff

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Re: Spectre and Meltdown

I believe there have been some Meltdown ones.

Spectre is difficult to exploit. As I understand it, it's really mostly a route to attack those who put some of their eggs in " the cloud" services as the easiest/most reliable Spectre exploits rely on being a VM living on the same host machine as your target.

If you're self-hosted, then an attacker in a position to use Spectre vulnerabilities is also able to use other, faster and more reliable vulnerabilities, or doesn't need to bother because they're already inside the airtight hatchway.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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There's no technical difference

A wiretap is a backdoor, and exposes your privates to anyone and everyone who cares to try.

When wiretapping meant physically clipping onto actual wires, it was less serious because a miscreant who did it would have been found out relatively quickly.

Under this legislation, wiretaps become automated and thus any miscreant, anywhere in the world can create one. For example, on the private communications of the Australian Prime Minister.

And the next 7nm laptop processor will be designed by In, er, AM, um, Qualcomm: The 64-bit Arm Snapdragon 8CX

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They will ensure Android will support the chipset, and that means Linux will.

I don't know if Microsoft are still enforcing the "This Arm is Microsoft's" clauses they added in Windows 8 RT.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Re: But what was working?

Voice was down for many users for 10 to 12 hours, as 4G carries voice as well as data.

It was worse than the cells being gone, as handsets would register with O2, but be unable to make calls. So even "emergency only" mode wasn't available.

Credit to them, O2 clearly prioritised getting voice back up. The "fix" seems to have been to shut down 4G network-wide thus forcing all phones to switch to the older network.

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It was voice too

Cellular network communication is the only option for a lot of people, including people who may have needed to call the emergency services yesterday, but could not.

And if the ESN was live already, that would include the emergency services themselves.

It's likely that several people were physically harmed by the voice outage. Any deaths may still be undiscovered.

Qualcomm lifts lid on 7nm Arm-based octo-core Snapdragon 855 chip for next year's expensive 5G Androids

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Very interesting.

One wonders about pricing on those chips, they'd make for a reasonably decent Linux laptop.

UK taxman told to chill out 'cos loan charge is whacking tax dodgers and whoopsies alike

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Re: And care workers, supply teachers, couriers...

The House of Lords used a care worker as one of their case studies!


Not exactly hard to find.

Temps don't get contracted directly.

Schools don't employ supply teachers and Councils don't employ temp careworkers. They contract agencies.

Agencies then insist that their employees work under "umbrella" companies. The umbrellas have no assets, so instantly fold when HMRC investigates.

And bingo!

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And care workers, supply teachers, couriers...

Yes, you heard right.

A lot of minimum-wage and zero-hours workers have been forced into these and similar arrangements so their employer can avoid/evade national insurance and similar.

HMRC then go after the poor sods on minimum wage, instead of the employer who created the arrangement. One assumes this is because a minimum wage earner probably can't afford a tax accountant or lawyer to argue on their behalf.

OneDrive Skype integration goes live aaand... OneDrive falls over in Europe

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WTF indeed!

If I sent She Who Must be Obeyed a PowerPoint instead of a full 3D model, I'd be looking for a new home, not a new kitchen!

Sketchup, Lego and cardboard might be acceptable formats.

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Re: Blockchain tutorials

Oh, so I've been doing blockchain for years. I guess I'd better get on that hype train sharpish!

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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IIRC, the thruster is powered by venting the propellant tank pressure.

So both translations would be accurate.

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Re: A glitch in a Soyuz

When it comes to rockets (and aircraft), you don't compare fatalities.

You compare near-misses and vehicle losses, because vehicle losses aren't survivable.

Soyuz takes up to three people, while the Shuttle took up to seven. So you'd have to lose more than twice as many Soyuz to kill the same number of astronauts.

So given an equal death rate, you'd choose the Shuttle as you're half as likely to die.

Soyuz currently has very obvious quality problems, as there are now two that were launched in the last year with issues that should never have made it off the production line.

That is indicative of a manufacturing culture where mistakes are covered up, rather than fixed - the workers don't feel like they can say "oops, I broke it" without consequences to their livelihoods, and thus will hide that.

NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

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Re: Well done

The lens cap is still on.

- No joke, it really is. They'll pop over and take it off soon.

(I assume there's really an actuator to pop it off)

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Re: Off to the tower with Zuck

The Tower still has working* dungeons.

*The floor, walls and roof remain unbroken thick stone. However, feeding and toilet facilities don't meet current standards.

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

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Re: Not it isn't allowed under WTO rules at all.

We're not a WTO member. We have associate membership as part of our EU membership.

We will need to negotiate with the WTO to join in our own right and hope to transfer our existing quotas etc from the EU membership umbrella out into our own rain.

This should be relatively easy, so will probably only take two to three years.

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

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Re: Nothing to worry about

The elves argue that the list is necessary to provide the service.

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

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Re: Horses for courses

That sounds most uncivilized.

What if they're busy?

Linux kernel Spectre V2 defense fingered for massively slowing down unlucky apps on Intel Hyper-Thread CPUs

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That's multiprocessing, not multithreading

Microsoft compilers do it that way too, though you have to use the new-ish msbuild or the 3rd party jom as Microsoft's cmake doesn't support -j for some reason.

However it took until MSVC 2017 before msbuild became capable of doing any of the other build steps in parallel.

And linkers are still mostly single threaded.

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