* Posts by Craig 2

266 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009

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Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

Craig 2

Re: Pearls to Pig(eons)

What's the bandwidth of an unladen swallow?

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Microsoft emergency update: Malware Engine needs, erm, malware protection

Craig 2

You couldn't make this stuff up....

That's the beauty of it: with Microsoft you don't need to!

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Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

Craig 2

I was hoping they would update it eventually, I still use my 5S heavily but it's beginning to groan under the strain now. I almost bought an SE but held out for just this eventuality.. The form factor does everything (I need) and is more convenient to carry everywhere than it's more bulky successors.

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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It should be feasible to cross-reference number plates and flag impossible situations such as the same plate being 'x' miles apart within an impossible time frame.

Even better, a plate that is regularly flagged close to the registered keeper's address is more likely to be genuine than one being driven around locally in a completely different area of the country. Obviously exceptions apply, before some smart alec posts his particular situation.

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No, Samsung, you really do owe Apple $120m for patent infringement

Craig 2
Trollface

Re: Who invented what?

Be careful quoting reality as you see it as actual reality :)

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

Craig 2

The decline in cash use has inadvertently (or not...) increased the surveillance footprint of everyone.

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Jeff Bezos sells ONE MEELLION Amazon shares, makes ONE BEELLION dollars

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Why not? It's a good way to get ahead...

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Frowns all round as Smile and Co-op online banking goes down

Craig 2

It always cracks me up when people threaten to leave and join another bank, like they are going to have 100% uptime and they really do care about their customers!

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Apple hauls in $52.6bn in Q4, iPhone, iPad and Mac sales all up

Craig 2
Trollface

AC, living proof that there's an ignorant hater born every minute....

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Calm down, Elon. Deep learning won't make AI generally intelligent

Craig 2

Re: I can still prove mathematically that we cannot...

The word you were looking for is "reproduction".

Average guy here. Reproduction is not copying yourself.

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

Craig 2

Rockets, as well as deadlines, make a whooshing sound* as they fly by so I'm sure Douglas Adams would have approved!

*BEFORE they leave the atmosphere, smart alec.

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Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

Craig 2
FAIL

Re: Works fine here

'Brainless cretin-attracting News Outlet'

and yet here you are commenting!

and now I'm commenting on your comment... it's cretins all the way down....

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Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

Craig 2
Trollface

Re: I'm confused

Because the timer only goes up to 255 seconds!

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China orders immediate shuttering of Bitcoin exchanges

Craig 2

Call me cynical but I'll wager a few people got filthy rich playing that currency dip!

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El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

Craig 2

I've always thought (like most things) the transition will be gradual. Ok, I may not have known the exact reasons why but even the blind squirrel finds a nut occasionally... :)

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

Craig 2

"Luckily for the rest of us, EU directive 93/13 and legislation like the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 or the Consumer Rights Act 2015 in the UK offer consumers some protection."

Either of these been tested in court recently? Genuine question

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Nosey ex-NHS staffer slapped with fine for illegally peeking at medical records

Craig 2

Re: £1,745?

"I'd like to know where the 65 quid from my speeding fine went"

Ostensibly used to support casualties of speeding drivers...

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Microsoft breaks Office 365 sign-in pages ahead of surprise update

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"an exciting future of innovation in the sign-in space."

I can hardly contain my excitement :)

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

Craig 2

Re: Ooooh!

Nailed it.

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Brit neural net pioneer just revolutionised speech recognition all over again

Craig 2
Trollface

"Icelandic has only about 400,000 speakers, and they're worried that their language will die out. "

I sympathize with small nations losing their lingual identity (Except Wales*) but wouldn't it be great if everyone in the world spoke the same language? A naive thought I know, it seems difficult in my house just to get teenagers to speak the same language..

*Just printing all those dual-language road signs must cost, and are they REALLY needed?

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Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

Craig 2

The only chance of enforcing hard limits on range and altitude is with actual silicon embedded in the controller chips. NOT firmware and without any kind of software control. Even then, I reckon chances are evens they wouldn't find a workaround eventually!

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

Craig 2

Stream ripping is just the modern equivalent of taping the radio as I (suspect) a lot of commenters here did in their younger days. As we all knew from 30+ years ago, home taping is killing music!

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Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

Craig 2

"Microsoft discovered a warning message that should have existed was missing when a user attempted to store their OneDrive folder on a non-NTFS filesystem – which was immediately remedied. Nothing has changed in terms of official support and all OneDrive folders will continue to need to be located on a drive with the NTFS filesystem."

Hanlon's razor

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Kaspersky repeats offer: America can see my source code

Craig 2

Re: Seeing the source wouldn't help

"Offering to show the source code may mostly be an empty gesture, but at least it shows some goodwill, "

Sorry, but if empty gestures generate goodwill with you then more fool you.

I agree it's impossible for Kasperksy to win here. If America has decided that Kaspersky is "bad" then it's probably for other political reasons rather than an actual belief in them subverting their own software.

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Craig 2

Re: Seeing the source wouldn't help

Precisely! So who is the intended audience for that announcement, since it's a completely empty gesture to anybody with a modicum of technical know-how.

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Amazon squares up to Walmart over boycott calls: Talk sh!t, get hit

Craig 2

"Wow really? You actually think that Amazon corp. would extract/snoop on data held on their customers EC2/RDS instances for their own use?"

It's all anonymized of course, no personally identifiable information... etc etc

I wasn't suggesting they harvest virtual machine images or copy entire databases but....

Do you think they do any kind of analytics on customer's traffic & data? Of course they do, it's just how deep they decide is acceptable. That sounds like a very blurry line. :)

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Craig 2

"an incorrect view that AWS is somehow supporting Amazon's retail business."

If there's a commercial advantage for Amazon retail to analyze competitors AWS data, you can bet they're doing it!

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

Craig 2

Skipped to the end after a few comments because this is an unsolvable & unknowable situation. Every side arguing like they are 100% correct with no room for error. This may, that might, blah blah.... If you believe in self-driving cars you'll make excuses for what happened, if you don't then you'll use it as proof they are the devil incarnate...

Self-driving cars are coming.

There will be fewer accidents.

That is all.

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Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

Craig 2

Hipsters and milennials would be dead in days, unable to find a stream or river without a map. Those of us relying on knowledge handed down by our elders might survive a lot longer.

Luddite much?

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Facebook tried teaching bots art of negotiation – so the AI learned to lie

Craig 2

Re: Hats? Bah !

Careful! If computers realize what power women wield then they may refuse to do anything for male techs. We'll have to resort to wearing wigs & high heels and I prefer to leave that for the weekends...

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

Craig 2

Re: "The universe is made up of about 23 per cent dark matter and 72 per cent dark energy"

Total perspective vortex.....

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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

Craig 2

A computer can respond much more quickly to all previously known problems, it's the UNKNOWN ones where humans generally perform better.

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Golden handshakes of almost half a million at Wikimedia Foundation

Craig 2

Re: Why I don't donate to big charities

" I refuse to fund money-grubbing liars and thieves."

"I applaud the sentiment and I agree with it, but I have to ask: Are you paying your taxes?"

I think the Government (taxes) probably falls under the same scope.....

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

Craig 2

Re: Easy

How'd you hack my details?

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eBay denies claims it's failing to thwart 'systematic fraud'

Craig 2

Same here with counterfeit goods listings, I've reported loads and never once seen the seller penalized in any meaningful way. They (may) remove the listing but another 100 similar pop up. The only saving grace as a buyer is that Paypal / ebay will generally side with you on refunds.

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Guess who's back at Microsoft? Excel, Word creator Charles Simonyi

Craig 2

First day back at Microsoft: Takes a look at the current Office suite source code........ AAAAAARRRRGGGGGHHH!!!

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Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

Craig 2
Thumb Up

Very good, never seen that chart before. Also, I would just like to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed this comment thread even though the aerodynamic arguments were generally beyond me. I get the impression that you're right simply because your posts don't look like unhinged rants :)

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WONTFIX: No patch for Windows Server 2003 IIS critical bug – Microsoft

Craig 2
Joke

...there is a fix if you're concerned, thanks to third-party patchers

Nice - setup a website offering fixes for outdated server editions and get a nice list of visitors who are probably vulnerable.

Cynical? me?

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Doctor Google stitches eyes, ears onto its cloudy learning monster

Craig 2

Re: Are they paying those people for the content they made

Did "those people" produce the content in the course of their employment, expecting payment?

Did they have to upload it for the world to see?

Are you so naive that you would you expect content hosted and distributed for free with no strings attached?

What's wrong with being a multi-billion dollar megacorp? Go ahead and be one yourself, Google were just two smart guys to begin with.

As for tax-dodging, it's the global tax laws that need fixing and the complicit nature of some countries towards "megacorps".

Google DO abuse their position of power no doubt, but your statement is still bitter bullshit.

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Uber loses court fight over London drivers' English language tests

Craig 2

Fluent in English?

They should look at NHS Doctors before picking on taxi drivers!

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

Craig 2

Re: "The question is why do people want Internet-connected lightbulbs."

The real question is how do people relate to light bulbs and do they want them nasally-fitted?

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Deadly Tesla smash probe: No recall needed, says Uncle Sam

Craig 2

Sanity prevails it seems...

A 40% reduction in accidents and it's not even news.

Someone gets killed in an accident which *possibly* Autopilot contributed to and the world goes crazy :/

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

Craig 2

"This is almost boring..."

I'm looking forward to the day when it becomes not even news. A bit like the first transatlantic flights, now there's thousands of them every day. Still, if you go and look at flightradar24 then even that is still impressive!

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AI shoves all in: DeepStack, Libratus poker bots battle Texas Hold 'em pros heads up

Craig 2

"Poker is as much about reading your opponents as it is mathematically calculating the outs you have on a particular hand."

It seems not, as it comprehensively beat it's opponents.

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What do you call a firm that leaves customer financials unencrypted on a hard drive? RSA

Craig 2

“The ICO fined us for not foreseeing the risk"

Now THAT'S irony!

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Uber's Movement dumps data on city planners

Craig 2

Eaxctly... Why did we ever bother training horses when we knew something better would come along eventually? Why buy any technology when it will be twice as good and half price next year?

I'll wager all current Uber drivers will be retired well before self-driving cars become commonplace. Cars on public roads has to be the single hardest problem to solve compared to all other forms of transport such as trams, trains, planes and ships. It's just the public would gasp in horror at the thought of even a train without a driver.

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Top cop: Strap Wi-Fi jammers to teen web crims as punishment

Craig 2

Re: Why would this happen-

"Far better than giving kids a new tool to go and harrass others with."

Didn't have to scroll far to see this comment, which was my exact first thought. From the petty "annoy the local cafe/bar etc" to the "mobile jammer for hire, reasonable hourly rates"

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Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables

Craig 2

Congratulations on reaching your target. The article is up to your usual whimsical humorous standards and certainly has some truths about unforseen consequences of weight loss.

However... the mistake you made with fitness tracker tech is just being too tight. Get a proper Garmin (or whatever brand) GPS watch. Much more suitable than the trendy fitbit type wristbands. No need to take your phone everywhere and GPS means it actually knows how far you've been. A heart-rate strap will more accurately track calories burned during static excercises such as spinning. If you're in it for the long run then it's worth the investment. Good luck keeping it up in 2017!

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Insane blackhats behind world's most expensive ransomware 'forget' to backup crypto keys

Craig 2

Re: They failed at step 1...

"Essentially they need to target a price-point that is about the same as a years licence to a quality anti-virus/anti-malware suite."

Sounds like a bargain, at least the shitty AV won't have been slowing your PC down for a year before failing to protect you when you actually needed it.

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