* Posts by deadlockvictim

873 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009


Facebook's at it again: Internal emails show it knew about Cambridge Analytica abuse 'months' before news broke

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El Reg hack» The truth is that Facebook is a train wreck with executives encouraged to do whatever they wanted in order to secure Facebook's position in the digital economy and bring in revenue, regardless of laws or ethics or morals or anything else.

But this is capitalism. Why are we surprised? All that matters is shareholder value.

Chap joins elite support team, solves what no one else can. Is he invited back? Is he f**k

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Re: I keep filtering this story through the BOFH's eyes

Nitric acid, surely, would be a lot better?

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More likely...

The A-Team had learned that people accepted whatever they said and this let them become lazy. Why bother fix something when it seems to require a modicum of work and they can get away with doing nothing?

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Re: Unfortunately predicable

WG» Don't show up the 'experts' is in the same class as don't tell the manglement they are wrong.

For those young enough not to have realised it, the advice given by the A-team was a red flag. Once you hear this from the (ahem) best, you know you have to move on to a new job very quickly.

If you have a skillset that is in demand though, it can be fun to ruffle feathers like this. Needless to say, nothing will happen to the blue-eyed boys.

Capita: B is for Brexit, C is for cutting costs. Stock exchange: Yay! You guys are awesome

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Re: It needs to stop

Brenda McViking» This is proper capitalism - great big behemoths that deliver utter shite to their customers, are badly run and providing crap service go bust

You mean like Capita & IBM?

You miss Margaret Thatcher, don't you? She made Britain Great Again.

p.s. re: "bring it back into pubic ownership", it's already being run by a bunch of pricks, do you think this will make a difference?

What today links Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram – apart from being run by monopolistic personal data harvesters?

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Re: Twitter down?

A better metaphor for the Cloud is what happens when it comes down to earth, you get fog.

And when conditions are very foggy, you can't see where you are going and sometimes you have to stay put.

No guns or lockpicks needed to nick modern cars if they're fitted with hackable 'smart' alarms

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Zombie cars

I wonder how far off we are from driverless cars, namely cars whose systems have been hacked and are at the mercy of someone not inside the car? They'd be indispensable in robbing banks, hit-jobs and the like.

Or do all of these cars still need a meatbag present to press the accelerator?

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Re: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same

To get something approximating the correct Irish spelling you need a lot of what look like superfluous vowels, gs and hs. Take 'Dunleary' as a good example, it's 'Dun Laoghaire' on the maps. 'Finlay' becomes 'Fionn Aighile' or something along those lines

If said Finlay is in Irish girls' primary school, it will become 'Siobhan' or possibly 'Sile'.

If it is to be written out by civil servants, it will become 'Finlay', as in 'Bothar Finlay'. The metropolis of Bray has a nice old name in Irish ['Briogh Chulainn' — Hostel of Culainn] and the lot in charge of the Irish railways turned it into 'Bre', so anyone, really, can write modern Irish. Just take the English word and bastardise it. It's what those who run Ireland do.

Apologies for the lack of fadas (accents), I wasn't arsed to look up the respective ASCII codes.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall: Peak smartphone hits Apple, Samsung the worst

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Oh dear

Title says it all really.

Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star

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Re: Blakes 7

If we are to going to mix metaphors, could we at least hold the court in a quarry in south Wales please?

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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I expect, in a weird twist of fate, that they will be more valuable than iPods in the decades to come.

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Re: New phrase. Thank you.

My toddler is disruptive. I can't say that anyone is better off for her screams and loud protestations that it isn't fair. She was never going to get a second ice-cream. In retrospect, I shouldn't have given her the first one in the first place.

Metaphor for Silicon Valley perhaps?

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Magneto-optical disks

What ultimately pissed me off about minidiscs was the limitation of 3 digital recordings pro disk.

Magneto-optical disks were around for many years before the mini-disc and they looked quite similar. A coincidence, I wonder?

Roses are red, this is sublime: We fed OpenAI's latest chat bot a classic Reg headline

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El Reg Headlines

Flak for Slack chaps in yak app hack flap: User database whacked

El Reg Headlines are often poetry and require an understanding of humour and much deeper language skills.

I'm not surprised that the poor AI engine needed a Solpadeine and a lie-down. You were asking it to get meta.

Maybe a Gumby brothers icon ("My brain hurts! my brain hurts!").

YouTube clip for those who have temporarily forgotten it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7AihnLbw1E

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Re: Wasn't this handled last time?

This is OTT for the "First GPS Millenium", but...

You are correct. Sorry for highjacking the thread.

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Re: Wasn't this handled last time?

Martin Gregorie: Tokyo was heavily firebombed in WW2 — Those who win wars decide what are war-crimes are.

Operation Meetinghouse had 100,000 people killed in one evening. Although the Americans were trying to bring the war in Japan to a speedy end, they ended up showing the world that they were as good as the Japanese in Nanking when it came to mass slaughter.

US lawmakers furious (again) as mobile networks caught (again) selling your emergency location data to bounty hunters (again)

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Why are you so surprised? Ajit Pai is serving his constituents very well.

I don't see why ye Americans are so angry, a majority of ye, no, a majority of the electoral colleges voted Republican and this is what Republicans do. This is democracy, American-style. Why are you so surprised? Ajit Pai is serving his constituents very well.

Apple hands keys for retail to HR boss amid flagging iPhone sales

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That's just marketing speak for 'They have a job and we are paying them.'

Of course, if you think of them emulating Steven Paul Jobs, then the passion that they are exuding in every interaction takes on a whole new light. I would pay to go and watch Apple retail teams treat addi.. customers the way SJ treated people.

Grumble Pai: FCC boss told by House Dems to try the novel concept of putting US folks first, big biz second

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Re: I doubt Pai is smart enough ...

Pai is a Repiblican appointee rather than a friend of Agent Orange, isn't he? I suspect that if the Republicans can hold the Presidency but with another incumbent, A. Pai will stay where he is.

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

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Re: Google

I thought that too. 2001 was only a few years' ago!

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I'm surprised that Google hasn't started offering this service yet to por..., sites that require age-verification. They know all of our ages anyway and they get more info (than they already have, or not, as the case may be) on what porn we like to look at.

The credit card companies could charge 5c (or, in the U.K. 5p) per Age-Verification Check and then all you would need is a good excuse for the Other Half when the credit card bill comes in.

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos

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Could we have a 'frothing at the mouth' icon please?

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Re: Faulty misspelling

I said that your misspelling was wrong. I meant the double-negative in the sense of negation rather than that of intensity.

Your initial post stood out on the grounds that you spelled the word 'grammar' correctly.

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Faulty misspelling

Ma'am, you have misspellt the word 'grammar' wrongly. We can't have that. Couldn't you have at least put in a few misplaced commas [1] to make it look authentic? I despair about the youth of today etc. etc.

[1] e.g. commas'

Q. What do you call an IT admin for 20-plus young children? A. A teacher

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Tell me about it

Poor teachers and poor children. Neither know yet that many of the online services are bad for them in the long run. They think that Whatsapp, facebook and Google are wonderful and that the children should be expsoed to them.

Smoking was cool & fun and not at all bad for you until about 50 years' ago. Then the spoilsports and busybodies came and ruined it all. And so it is with paranoid parents who complain to teachers that they don't warn their pupils about the dangers of Whatsapp, facebook and Google. Although I do note that the schools where smartphones are banned are popular with parents in Silicon Valley.

Gartner: Global trade and politics sure look interesting. Yep. Oh, BTW, world+dog will still spend more on IT in 2019

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Past results rather than future performance

Would you instead do a report card on how successful (or not) Gartner's predictions from one year ago were, please?

It would allow for a more accurate judgement of how good Gartner's predictive power is.

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

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The Black Irish

If you want to find the black Irish, go up to Norn Iron around Marching Season. And while they may not be too happy at you calling them Irish, they are very proud of being black.

Otherwise, Ireland has some black sons of whom she is very proud — Phillo being one of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2OcIqwmSaY

People say tabloid hacks are always looking for an angle. This time, they'd be right: Tilting disk of proto-planets spotted

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Re: And matter is just +ve -ve and electric force

AC3: 9. If matter is completely made of the same stuff light is made of, it has no mass either.

I'm sure that e=mc² fits in here somewhere, but where?

US Department of Defense to fling $1.76bn at Microsoft

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Make America Great Again

Microsoft software: proven over time to be resource efficient, secure and user-friendly.

America, you are in safe hands.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Crazy

According to the Gallup website (1), his approval rating in the week before Christmas was 39% and his disapproval rating was 55%. It was roughly the level of Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan at the same period in office.

So Bombastic Bob is correct in that not even close to everyone wants him gone. Now, whether you believe that opinion polls have any validity is another matter.

(1) https://news.gallup.com/poll/203198/presidential-approval-ratings-donald-trump.aspx

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Re: Crazy

I get the impression that Mike Pence is anything but crazy. Very religious and right-wing but hardly crazy.

With Mike Pence as president, you'd get stability, morning prayer and an end to abortion, as well as more tax cuts to the rich (he is Republican after all). If you can live with 'Happy Christmas' instead of 'Happy Holidays' then it mightn't be so bad.

Would this be 10x worse?

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: Any computer game after 1994...

I thought that Deus Ex & Half Life were not at all bad now.

Now, not Dark Castle or anything from Infocom, to be sure, but not bad nonetheless.

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Tim Cook was simply pricing the top-of-the-range iPhone for those who buy in Hermès and the like. The Swiss sell watches for 3 times the price of the aformentioned top-of-the-range iPhone. I wonder if it wasn't expensive enough?

This iPhone is supposed to be a status symbol. Given how important status symbols are in the Far East, I'm surprised that it didn't sell well.

Maybe Apple needs to get the people [1] in the red-topped magazines aimed at women to brandish them as if they were Birkin bags.

[1] One of them is called 'Posh Spice' apparently and if that isn't classy then I don't know what is. She is seemingly famous for her love of baubles.

German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?

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Re: Huawei the lads!

I came across once some lasses from Ireland who pronounced it, 'ho-a-ye' (as in 'how are you?') which I rather liked.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

Hi bombastic bob,

Are you of the opinion that poor people are poor because of their own failings and that the external environment has absolutely nothing to do with their poverty? Would you concede that there are systemic factors that severely hinder poor people escaping their poverty?

Likewise, do you believe that rich people are rich because of their hard work and endeavour *and nothing else*? How do you feel about the lazy rich? Does a lazy rich person deserve his/her wealth more than a hard-working poor person? It's hard sometimes to understand where Republicans (and I'll assume that you are not a Democrat or Naderite) stand on these matters.

I'm just curious.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Google, Facebook and friends

(Wendy Hall) pointed to the impact and growing influence of China and Russia on our lives, highlighting their authoritarian impulses.

To be fair to China, the impact of Facebook's & Google's influence on our lives is not entirely positive either. Their motives are at best profit-driven and at worst power-crazed. They have their own agenda and I don't see them much different to Russia or China — powerful actors protecting and extending their space.

Microsoft says it's time to get serious about facial recognition rules: 'Laws and regulations are indispensable'

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Surely the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook must all have quite advanced face-recognition algorithms and hugely-trained data-sets by now. I would think that these would be the companies to go to if the U.S. Government had billions around to implement this technology.

My first thought on reading the headline, though, was that it was time for Microsoft to get serious about Windows 10. Concentrate on your bread-&-butter first before you go looking for lucrative contracts elsewhere.

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

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Re: Ethical behaviour

On build quality, I still have a Macintosh Performa 475 from 1994 around that I like to play Prince of Persia and Civilization on every now and then. It needed a new PRAM battery and all was well. Not bad for a 24 year old machine.

Apple co-founder and former CEO has the most expensive John Hancock on the planet

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Re: According to eBay

...crack open the case and look at the inside back face of the bucket...

The previous poster meant that you need to get a long Torx screwdriver (no. 10, I think) and loosen the screws at the back of the 1980's compact mac in order to slide the back case off (a.k.a. cracking the mac). They are about the depth of a compact mac (about 30cm long).

I'm sure that ye all knew that. I just want to avoid any unnecessary violence to old tech.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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If they are going to go full hog on removing obscene pictures, then they should remove all pictures of firearms too.

I know that ye Americans still need them in case the British ever invade again, but I think that you are safe for the time being. They have problems of their own that need sorting out first. And the firearms have created more than a few problems for yourselves, as ye may have noticed #AllLivesMatter.

(And this doesn't earn me downvotes, then nothing will...)

China doesn't need to nick western tech when Google is giving it away

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Re: Welcome to capitalism

Google's actions have made Google's shareholders richer. Isn't this the basis of capitalism?

That America (or anybody else) has suffered is the will of the free market.

Is it written into law that corporations are suppose to have the public good in mind?

Capitalism is about winners and losers. Google wins and others lose.

You might as well be suggesting that the socialists in Scandinavia have a point when you start tying corporations to national, state or local wellbeing.

Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant

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James's Tech Reviews! Episode 1

For the compatibility of multiple digital assistants, I turn to James's Tech Reviews! Episode 1 for clarity:


1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

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Re: Huh?

Bringing all of those children into the Temple *is* engineering, unfortunately it is just social engineering. And they aren't the ones doing the engineering...

A little phishing knowledge may be a dangerous thing

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E-mail Client

That 80% opened an phishing e-mail is not a surprise.

Most e-mail clients open the e-mail in a side-pane or in the whole pane on a small form factor device. I avoid reading e-mails on tablets, smartphones and the like because it can be difficult to tell well-laid out phishing e-mails from what the real thing.

Mouse-over the link to see where you wil be re-directed to.

US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

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Be careful when using that name, he is (well, was) the most evil person in the world. He's up there with Hitler. Just ask any devout American.

I remember some innocent asking in the IMDB forums if the animated film, 'Pirates! (in an Adventure with Scientists)' [1] asking if this film was safe to watch because Darwin was in it.

Now, there were some red-flags concerning the historical accuracy of the film, I will admit, but I wasn't swayed by his heretical message. I was too taken by The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate to listen the lies.

[1] https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1430626/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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Re: Oh really ?

...IoT is a world of badly implemented useless or bad ideas.

So, IoT is a world of badly implemented useless ideas or badly implemented bad ideas.

Anything poorly implemented has the possibility to be really dangerous on the grounds that it has not been implemented according to specification.

It does depend on how one defines 'bad' and I assume the OP meant a poor implementation of an evil idea. I will admit that I'm not too worried, though, about poorly implemented evil ideas.

What a useless idea is, I'm not sure. Can ideas have no use?

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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it really isn't your hardware

Previous Commentard» it really isn't your hardware

The hardware is yours. There are patents and the like to hinder the theft of intellectual property but it *is* yours. You can throw the laptop off a cliff and Apple's primary concern would be about pollution. They will hope that you buy a new Apple product as well.

Apple's line stands with usage. If you use it as intended, they will look after you, often very well. Do things that are not intended, like installing other OSs, then they won't support you and support from Apple is often a reason people buy into the Apple ecosystem. Apple see their products as tasteful appliances ("I want it to just work"). It is the Jobsian mindser and this has been standard in Apple now for quite a while. I personally prefer Woz-ian view myself but this mindset hasn't really been present in Apple since the G5 and that was over 10 years' ago.

Tata on trial: Outsourcer 'discriminated' against non-Asian workers, claim American staff

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Re: Who would have thought

White straight male is still the demographic to be. Least negative discrimination and most positive discrimination. It's akin to be playing a computer game at the 'Don't Hurt Me' level of difficulty. Add massive wads of money to that and you get cheat mode.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Big space lasers

Dammit! If we've got big space lasers then we've got to start blowing things up.

How about the moon? That might take a while. Some of them asteroids maybe?

Or sharks? Why do no sharks have lasers on them yet? It might help them survive their seemingly movie-induced extinction.

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Re: Is it me ...

I do. I think that the chemist's down the road is far away.


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