* Posts by Craig 2

374 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009


On the eve of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 can automatically remove borked updates

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Cue stories of the automatic reboot fixer putting devices into an endless loop so they'll need a update-fixer-fixer and so on.... Spaghetti code extreme!

Airlines in Asia, Africa ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after second death crash in four-ish months

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Re: A programming error?

"pilot errors that cause a crash are extremely rare."

In fact, pilot error is the leading cause of commercial airline accidents, with close to 80% percent of accidents caused by pilot error, according to Boeing. The other 20% are mainly due to faulty equipment and unsafe, weather-related flying conditions.

The numbers may vary, but the experts agree: Human error is the biggest cause of plane accidents. The focus is often on the pilots. PlaneCrashInfo.com analyzed 1,015 fatal accidents involving commercial aircraft, worldwide, from 1950 thru 2010, and found pilot error was a factor in 53 percent of all fatal accidents in that period.

As aircraft have become more reliable, the proportion of crashes caused by pilot error has increased and now stands at around 50%.

Iranian-backed hackers ransacked Citrix, swiped 6TB+ of emails, docs, secrets, claims cyber-biz

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Re: Sensitive Data

Let this be a lesson on what happens when you think there's no need to use the joke icon. :)

Champagne corks undocked as SpaceX brings the Crew Dragon back to Earth

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Re: Here in the UK... off topic

A bit like when you fill in an online form and find it's taking longer and longer to scroll to your birth year....

Microsoft flings the Windows Calculator source at GitHub

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Re: Is this a boiling frog experiment ?

Microsoft's ultra-long term goal: Gradually open-source Windows so they can dump it and concentrate on being a cloud company where the real money is...

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...

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Re: Landing

"and the first stage returned to the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You"

and now that fact is just a run-of-the-mill fact

Another way to look at Amazon's counterfeit-busting Project Zero: Making merchants cough up protection money

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" Amazon's takedown procedure is less effective than eBay's"

How can it be less effective than eBay's COMPLETELY USELESS takedown procedure.

Sure, it's easy to report but they usually get ignored. As someone who has repeatedly flagged items (with evidence) they never get taken down in a meaningful way. Even if a listing gets removed, it just gets relisted with minor changes.

It all hinges on this: Huawei goes after Samsung with its own foldable hybrid Mate X

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"foldables are a gimmick no more"

I disagree, now they're just a gimmick the average person / rich lunatic can buy.

Even the Huawei guy said 3-5 years...

Google: Hmm, this government regulation stuff looks important. Let's stick some more lobbyists on that

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"We'll give you the money if you make the law in our favor."

They call it hosting a "fund-raiser" over there..

Samsung pulls sheets off costly phone-cum-fondleslab Galaxy Fold – and a hefty 5G monster

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Re: re: The cheaper model has the fingerprint reader mounted on the side of the phone

"As for the foldable... How long before 'foldgate' starts appearing on this site in relation to folding problems?"

This was the first thing I thought watching the demo, but surely they had a machine folding / unfolding a million times to test resilience.

Amazon triples profit to $11.2bn, pays ZERO DOLLARS in corp tax – instead we pay it $129m

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"So what do you do to keep transnational corporations from just pulling up stakes and moving to friendlier countries that are bound to exist due to competition?"

Sales in that territory = taxed in that territory. It's the only way.

Intel SGX 'safe' room easily trashed by white-hat hacking marauders: Enclave malware demo'd

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Re: Untrusted code

"How, it was a rootkit, not a format of C: drive?"

I'm not saying that people don't exaggerate in stories such as this, but that rootkit (like most) had several vulnerabilities and bugs. This had the potential to cause system crashes which in turn can cause data corruption and so on... VERY, VERY unlucky to lose everything, but not impossible.

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

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Re: Brilliant

So your actual weight is 0.68 sysadmins, where's that on the SMI? (sysadmin mass index) Could this be a new Reg unit?

Oh dear! Amazon's facial recognition is racist and sexist – and there's a JLaw deep fake that will make you want to tear out your eyes

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Re: mashup

While your (presumably intentional) omission of Jennifer Lawrence's notable movies is humorous, Silver Linings Playbook is also a great film. :)

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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Please, can't you just have a separate section for O365 / Azure / MS outage reports? They're just clogging up the front page every bloody day...

Mozilla security policy cracks down on creepy web trackers, holds supercookies over fire

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About time

You've only got to install something like NoScript to realize all the crazy shit that is going off in the background and how badly broken some websites are if they can't run numerous remote scripts.

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far

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All of the above :p

Google settles Right To Be Forgotten case on eve of appeal hearing

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Re:"thousands of inquisitive people are searching the Inetrwebs to discover who NT1 is"

Without infringing the court order, how would you go about that? I'm intrigued....

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Covering the airport in heavy duty netting might impede the planes somewhat...

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

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Brilliant... Next year's model will be sold on "10% larger screen, etc etc"

aaaaand repeat...

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Peak Tech?

More like Pork Tech...

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

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Re: Losing customer

Sounds like you're well on the path I'm just starting down. No more iPhones, mid-range Android from now on.

Incidentally, I wonder what this will do to the argument of 2nd hand Apple phones holding their price so well...

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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I wonder what the aggregate uptime for all Microsoft services combined is... It just seems pretty much every week there's some part not working.

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

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Re: Well, who'd have thought it?

"I'm not sure anyone actually understood what "Vote To Leave The EU" actually meant."

Easy: Tabloids told them migrants were the source of all our problems which would magically disappear if we left the EU.

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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Re: 2018 is the year of stupidly sized phones

"whereas nothing fits in women's pockets so that's not an issue."

Why would they need to when everything is within easy reach in the cupboards & drawers?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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Re: £899 - Ouch

Yea I'm never paying close to £1k for a phone! The BOM for the iPhone XS was quoted as something like 1/3 sale price so plenty of wiggle room while still making obscene profits. Hopefully this slowing in phone sales / upgrades recently is the tip of the iceberg and people will wake up to the fact that they are being fleeced.

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: Um

I managed to uninstall Office 2010 silently. It's not that hard...

I thought Windows Update was how you silently uninstalled things?

US draft bill moots locking up execs who lie about privacy violations

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How about a law locking up politicians who lie? Yea, thought they wouldn't be so eager on that score...

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

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Re: No value

They don't need to research to improve battery life, just make the average phone 1mm thicker and it will have great battery life. Ahh well, wishful thinking...

Seagate HAMRs out a roadmap for future hard drive recording tech

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Re: Should be interesting

If the worst kind of failure simply turned it into a read-only drive I would be happy with that!

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I can't read stories on hard drive density without immediately worrying about my stored data and it's seemingly precarious existence...

Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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Re: So the 365 in Office 365 means...

No, it means Microsoft picked the most ironic name in software history :)

Hi there, Hubble, glad to hear you're doing okay

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So what you're saying is it's amazing how people like stuff they can actually see?

We're not all Neo, we can't read the source code to the universe ;)

Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants

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"..and the corporations will pass the cost of that tax straight on to us as higher prices. Thanks Phil."

Ignoring the fact (already pointed out) that we don't pay for services from most of the targeted corporations, it will also hopefully start towards leveling the playing field with online mega-retailers and small businesses.

Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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Fond, fond memories of BBC Basic, it was a joy to work in and ahead of it's time for creating structured code. The Archimedes came along towards the end of my school time and I mainly remember being wowed by the "Lander" demo.

NASA's Chandra probe suddenly becomes an EX-ray space telescope (for now, anyway)

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re: it will actually take 10 mins and a 3hr 50 min tea break......

Estimated repair time is always infinite, until you hit the solution :)

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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"I’m an engineer, I work in IT..."

Who signed off on him not carrying alternative options? What was his rollback plan? Calls himself an IT engineer....

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Conspiracy theories incoming...

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: Thrilling

"My home backup solution is in some ways more elaborate than my enterprise toys :p"

Indeed, it would take an ELE impact to destroy all backups of my photos!

Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs

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re: no offence, but....

My daughter thinks you can say anything as long as you start with "no offence, but". It has given us some eye-watering truths!

Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

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So turning it off and on doesn't always work then....

Florence and the Machines: Data centers brace as hurricane smashes into US coast

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Sounds like a lot of effort just to keep us entertained with cat videos...

Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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RE: Just where do you get these stock photos from?

Never mind where they come from, what the hell do you type as search keywords to get that headline image!

Probably for the best: Apple makes sure eSIMs won't nuke the operators

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Re: I can see some of the US networks

Yes, Apple may have won a power struggle with networks; now they can leverage that to get favourable terms (for themselves, not customers) when deciding which network(s) to support with new phones. The name has changed but the game is still to make as much money as possible by any means necessary...

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HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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Re: Honestly.. this is the problem with the Android phone market

"The USP of this handset is practically non-existent.. "

As mentioned, the market is mature. Do you buy a toaster that has some great USPs or do you just want good toast? I want any device to perform the functions I bought it for, not to play with the latest gimmick.

DeepMind AI bots tell Google to literally chill out: Software takes control of server cooling

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"AI decided to get rid of the meatbags?"

Well, most people are a source of unnecessary hot air so it's only logical...

Bitcoin backer sues AT&T for $240m over stolen cryptocurrency

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You would think AT&T could look at the existing sim activity and see that it's still valid & working. A least send a text saying "do you really want to port? 24 hours to respond..."

Talk about left Field: Apple lures back Tesla engineering guru

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"will they slow their cars down as the batteries wear out?"

I guess this is just a snarky joke, but technically it could reduce top acceleration from standstill. :)

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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"The fact they screwed up and then tried to blame someone else is just pathetic personal ethics."

Indeed, this kind of "casual lying" is pervasive in society today. It should not be accepted, especially from official bodies such as representatives of the people since it hints at a greater general dishonesty.


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