* Posts by Marketing Hack

4228 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

On 20th anniversary of Microsoft antitrust, US Treasury Sec calls for Google monopoly probe

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Black Helicopters

I'm glad that Google is being looked at, but this is in large part political payback.

Silicon Valley likes to openly support the Dems and oppose Republicans, and now the bill is coming due. I'd feel bad, but the idea that these internet platforms have become so powerful that they can basically define/constrain your reality is definitely pretty creepy and worth some serious scrutiny.

3
0
Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Mushroom

So if I try to Google "Problems with Google" or "Google monopoly"....

Will my computer explode? Will I just be permanently disconnected from the internet? (Hmmm, except for missing El Reg and the occasional cat video, that last one might not be so bad.)

1
0

Blighty's super-duper F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in a few weeks

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Devil

Sorry to you optimists who believe in progress over time...

Avro Lancaster = dam buster

F35-B = damned budget buster

18
0

Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Coat

So in summary, you could say...

That users of these devices found out what it is like to be kicked out of the Nest? :)

(And now I'm leaving before you guys start throwing rocks and bottles.)

27
0

Decades-old data reveals shows Jupiter’s moon sprayed alien juice over Galileo probe

Marketing Hack
Silver badge

"My God, it's full of starfish!"

How is it that I am the first to post that? You other Regenistas are slipping...

4
0

Britain to slash F-35 orders? Erm, no, scoffs Lockheed UK boss

Marketing Hack
Silver badge

There's always the Harrier option...

By which I mean Britain buys the 138 F-35s at full price, and then sells them back to the U.S. at half price, and then touts the budget savings in the next election.

6
0

Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Terminator

The GPS/localization issue is potentially pretty serious

I use Waze and basically give that free rein on my smartphone, including of course GPS location., and it does not inspire confidence in industrial-grade GPS navigation. Driving around downtown San Francisco Waze too often jumps locations around by a few hundred yards. So one second you will hear "turn right at such-and-such street" then immediately "turn left" or something like that.

While I expect the GPS receiver on autonomous cars are probably better than my smartphone, I would hate to be on one of San Francisco's scores of one-way streets when autonomous GPS location jumps around and starts thinking that it is now going the wrong way on a nearby one-way street that runs in the opposite direction.

(Icon chosen because it is possible that Skynet is assuming control of all traffic navigation so that it can kill off all puny humans without the fuss and cleanup of a nuclear exchange.)

1
1

Typical cynical Brits: Broadband speeds up, satisfaction goes down

Marketing Hack
Silver badge

Re: The good news is that Comcast is going to enter the British ISP market...

We export good TV shows to you guys, so that's a plus.

0
0
Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Joke

The good news is that Comcast is going to enter the British ISP market...

Time for Brits to learn the REAL meaning of pain!!

(Actually, no, I don't think Comcast is entering the British ISP market. I don't think the United States would do that to you guys.)

2
0

FCC shifts its $8bn pot of gold, sparks fears of corporate money grab

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Black Helicopters

You have to pay for the recent tax cuts somehow...

I bet this is part of some Treasury Department gimmick to make a small dent in the deficit, now that the recent tax cuts are blowing it up.

5
2

Ahem! Uber, Lyft etc: California Supremes just shook your gig economy with contractor ruling

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Headmaster

Re: I'm glad...

I worked for Cisco as a contractor, its definitely not 90% contractors, at least not in the professional positions. I'm sure they outsource all their production to Foxconn and other contract manufacturing firms, and how many of their people who are building Cisco gear are actual employees, I cannot say.

But at the Cisco HQ campus in North San Jose, it is about 80%-90% employees and 10%-20% contractors.

0
0
Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Thumb Up

I'm glad...

Enough of these gig-economy companies watering down employment rights so that they can try to keep their poorly modeled businesses afloat. If your work is central to the company in question, you should have the right to be an employee or a contractor, depending on whether you prefer more stability or more flexibility.

9
2

How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

Marketing Hack
Silver badge

Perhaps...

In it's haste to forestall the right to be forgotten, Google has forgotten what is right? :)

(More seriously, this is a BS dodge by Google's expensive lawyers. I can underrstand why the expensive lawyers tried this, but this defense doesn't pass the smell test.)

8
1

You. FCC. Get out there and do something about these mystery bogus cell towers, huff bigwigs

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Facepalm

Another example of collateral damage from permissive attitudes towards surveillance...

Just like so many of the IT vulnerabilities that sigint agencies horde, this is an example of technology that was supposed to be the sole property of "the good guys" getting into the wild.

The good news is that the law enforcement that are hoovering up your comms are in turn getting their comms hoovered up, so we're all screwed together.

6
0

Let's go to Mars, dude: Euro space parachute passes maiden test

Marketing Hack
Silver badge

Re: Wtf

@Gordon10

Because the EU needs to make its annual pork production quota?

1
0

Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood

Marketing Hack
Silver badge

IBM continues to move down the weasel continuum...

Why don't they just get it over with and sell the business to Wipro or Tata?

11
0

We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Meh

The first thing the pols will want to know is whether any of THEIR particular antics have been detected/are in danger of being found by the press.

2
0

Auto manufacturers are asleep at the wheel when it comes to security

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Mushroom

Until bad software causes so much automotive mayhem that mass recalls are required and class-action lawsuits emenate, the industry will continue to ship crap software.

Remember that this is the same industry where at least 1-2 of the big U.S. carmakers used the "Is the cost of a recall > cost of lawsuits? If so, then don't recall" And where only a couple years ago Volkswagen deliberately changed their software to allow illegal levels of automotive pollution.

(Icon shows Ford Pinto doing what it is most famous for.)

12
0

Suspected drug dealer who refused to poo for 46 DAYS released... on bail

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Holmes

I can't believe!

That I am the first to use this very appropo icon during this thread!

6
0

Paul Allen's research vessel finds wreck of WWII US aircraft carrier

Marketing Hack
Silver badge

Re: Creepy...

The world would be a lot more F'd up if the Allies hadn't won.

11
0
Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: lucky hit

I'd say that it was both A) a lucky Germanic hit and B) crap British design on the battlecruiser. Apparently the fatal shell not only penetrated the Hood's deck armor, but also several other decks, set off the aft magazine, and then the flash from that explosion traveled up some unblocked shell transfer passageway to the forward magazine and blew that up as well. That seems pretty dangerous to me that a shell could hit either magazine (or possibly even just penetrate and explode in the passageway that ran the length of the ship) and cause a catastrophic ship-wide explosion.

So all but (I think) 3 sailors on the Hood died and the ship a pile of scrap that is barely recognizable as a ship on the floor of the Iceland-Greenland strait. If just one magazine had gone up it still would have been fatal, but I have to believe there would have been more survivors.

3
0
Marketing Hack
Silver badge

Re: Creepy...

In WW2, the locations of sunken ships were better tracked, so it is easier to find them. Plus ships of that era were rather large and made of metal, so they are easier to find with sonar and magnetometers.

I suppose you could look for WW1 wrecks, but most of those will be in the North Sea, have already been found, and are probably draped with years of tangled fishing nets (I know the Lusitania is covered in snagged fishing gear). Maybe the remains of the British fleet that got sunk by the German Asiatic fleet off of Chile have yet to be found, and the remains of that same German fleet that got caught by British battlecruisers off of the Falklands.

It would be great to see the wrecks from Trafalgar, Quiberon Bay or many of the other battles from the age of sail, but the wooden ships have A) rotted by now B) might have been salvaged/looted for cannon and other valuable artifacts and C) buried on the ocean bed by years of sedimentation and deposition moved by currents.

11
0
Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Go

Those Devastators do look like they are in mint condition.

If it weren't for the depth, I would say that aviation enthusiasts should recover those and refurbish them. (Those would have been on the Lexington's deck when she sank, so they do not have dead crew members in them and are not war graves.)

6
0

Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Headmaster

Does Tiangong-1 contain Chinese steel or aluminum?

If so, we are going to need payment on a 10%-25% tariff before any pieces can land in these United States.

(If other Regenistas insist that it is made with Chinese "aluminium", then I guess Britain has to split the tariff with China. That has something to do with Limeys inflicting extraneous vowels on their American cousins.)

23
0

The KITT hits the Man: US Congress urged to OK robo-car trials

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Meh

This is already sounding like a stampede to the trough...

If its not a stampede for federal contracts, its a stampede by pols looking for political donors.

The only one of those backers that I am happy to hear about are advocacy groups for disabled people in need of driving services. Even Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a bit problematic, as I have not seen any current evidence that autonomous vehicles would A) be used by someone whose judgment is impaired and B) that autonomous vehicles are systemically safe.

I still think the big issues around surveillance/control of who is on the road and the IT security of having a large percentage of cars on the road being autonomous has been properly thought out.

4
1

OK, who is shooting at Apple staff buses in California? Knock it off

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Coat

In a related story....

Samsung's local executives released a statement denying they had anything to do with the attacks on Apple buses.

"What? Us? Um...no!...I mean seriously....We would never do a thing like that....What?....That rifle in the corner?...I..um...hunt! Yeah, that's it, I'm a hunter!! Grizzly bears! Those things are totally out of control!!"

(Mine is the Kevlar vest sitting on the bus stop bench over there.)

20
0

Hypersonic nukes! Nuclear-powered drone subs! Putin unwraps his new (propaganda) toys

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Mushroom

Aren't nuclear warheads already hypersonic?

Now, if you developed a warhead that could maneuver erratically before accurately hitting its target, that might be useful to avoid anti-missile defenses.

This sounds like a lot of pre-election propaganda to convince Russians that Vlad is the man to face down those Yankee hordes.

4
1

Euro Commission gives tech firms an hour to take down terror content

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Facepalm

Collateral damage, anyone?

Let's trust tech-illiterate pols to spec a system for restraint of hate speech.

Oh crap, using "tech-illiterate pols" just got this post flagged as hate speech.

4
1

Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
IT Angle

Remember when...

"Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM"?

2
0

And lo! Crypto-coins came unto the holy land. And the wise decreed they must all be taxed

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Angel

To update scripture for our modern age...

It is easier to pass a camel through The Eye of the Needle than it is for Bitcoin to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

13
2

Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Go

Maybe if they can add some Trump branding to Opportunity...

It will help grease the budgetary skids!

Or if Opportunity has a Twitter account, maybe unquestioningly re-tweet all of The Donald's Twitter rants?

("Suspending freedom of the press is a great idea, Donald! It takes a great leader to come up with visionary statements like that! I can tell you from personal experience that Mars gets along just fine without CNN.")

8
0

If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now

Marketing Hack
Silver badge

In other news...

IBM announces the layoff of 500 people who held positions in their solution architecting and RFP response departments....

2
0

Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

Marketing Hack
Silver badge

I can understand why highly processed food correlates with some increased cancer risk.

Higher fat content, more preservatives and additives, less fiber. Quite possibly also a correlation between lower income levels and consumption of these processed foods, with some of the elevated use of tobacco and alcohol products in the working class

However, what is the solution? Let's come up with some practical, affordable ways for people to eat healthier vs. throwing your frozen pizza rolls in the microwave and scarfing them down 5 minutes later.

2
0

It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Coat

William Apespeare?

Proof of the old canard that a roomful of chimpanzees with typewriters will eventually reproduce the works of William Shakespeare? Or perhaps just a way to profit off the Bard's intellectual property. We all know how literate the weekend morning cartoon crowd is....

And the Tim Burton remake was kind of crap. Especially the end where Mark Wahlberg returns to Earth and finds out that somehow this ape general is now lionized there, even though the movie took place on another planet. It would have been a good ending if Wahlberg was unable to return to Earth and ended up back at the ape planet, only to find that the general (who had been disgraced before Wahlberg left) really had been proven right by time and his vision that apes and humans cannot co-exist as equals had been born out.

(Mine's the ape suit on the hook by the door.)

2
0

GCHQ unit claims it has 'objectively' made the UK a less desirable target to cybercrims

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Meh

When was the last time you heard about a government agency/program...

That DIDN'T succeed?

1
0

US broadband is scarce, slow and expensive. 'Great!' says the FCC

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Headmaster

To be fair....

This problem predates the Trump administration. Barak's boys didn't cover themselves in glory on this issue either.

10
13

Tech biz boss slipped Detroit's IT chief bungs in restaurant bathrooms to bag software deals, prosecutors claim

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Go

Has the jury considered...

That maybe those bathrooms have that nasty, scratchy bus station TP, and Mr. Dodd wanted something a little softer?

1
0

Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Go

This bodes ill...

For my upcoming attempt to fly from San Francisco to JFK with my self-esteem tiger along for the ride.

(I guess I'll have to sue the airlines for diminishing my self-image.)

4
0

In America, tech support conmen get a mild slap. In Blighty, scammers get the book thrown at them

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Holmes

The FTC is bound by limits on fines and enforcement

For the last 35 years or so, Republican and some Democrat congresspersons have refused to increase fines with inflation. The result is that fines that were something of a deterrent 30 years ago are now a slap on the wrist.

(Sherlock would not approve.)

2
0

Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
IT Angle

DC has a lot of tech talent around, mostly drawn by various defense contractors and other Beltway bandit integrators and IT outsourcing firms.

I didn't think that the SF Bay Area would make the cut. Amazon is looking to this second HQ to cut labor costs and reduce the competition for tech talent for their openings. Moving to Silicon Valley is not going to accomplish that.

4
0

Butcher breaks out of own freezer using black pudding

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Go

"Black pudding saved my life, without a doubt."

And now he's the spokesman for the British Black Pudding Association.

4
0

MPs sceptical of plan for IT to save the day after UK quits customs union

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Go

Re: Alexa, write me a Brexit compatible Customs system

@Steve Davies 3

The good news is that the PM gets Amazon Prime TV and free delivery on their Amazon.com purchases once they plunk down the 3 billion Sterling.

2
0

1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Alien

Hey, don't forget the three even-numbered Star Trek movies, which were also from the 80s

While episodes 1 was from 1979, and III, and V never happened :)

0
0

Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

Marketing Hack
Silver badge

Re: Hmmm

After the success of GoT, George R. R. Martin could probably get his tax returns filmed, so be thankful this isn't his tax returns!

2
0
Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Go

"picked up by the cable channel Syfy"

Considering it is the SyFy channel, which 80s popstar is going to be casted in this series? Boy George could play an alien without requiring much makeup (just throwing that out there)! And what part does Tara Reid get?

1
0

Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Go

I just posted about Boy George being an alien in new George R. R. Martin scifi series thread

Which brings to mind the idea of using "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" as NATO's new, more relatable hymn.

0
0

You Wreck Me, Spotify: Tom Petty, Neil Young publisher launches $1.6bn copyright sueball

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Go

Alternate article titles

Tom Petty music publisher tells Spotify "Don't Do Me Like That"

Niel Young music publisher stops searching for a "Heart of Gold" at Spotify, flings sue-ball.

0
0

Soz, guys. No 'alien megastructure' around Tabby's Star, only cosmic dustbunnies

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Black Helicopters

Meanwhile...

The Smoking Man was seen leaving El Reg's offices, and the editorial staff have been assured of abnormally large tax refunds this year.

3
0

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

Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Alien

Re: Grainy videos of possibly alien spacecraft

@AC "where's the secret alien material hiding in Vegas, that supposedly we can't defend ourselves from?"

Have you ever pondered where the Blue Man Group came from and why they are so popular on The Strip?

10
0
Marketing Hack
Silver badge
Coat

Why the aluminum isotope and not the iron isotope?

Simple--the aliens space mined all the iron before our piddly backward solar system formed. See? That was easy! Don't any of our boffins actually read science fiction? How about the SyFy channel--don't you eggheads get cable?

(Mine is the chainmail anti-shark diving suit, in case of Sharknado.)

19
0

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018