* Posts by Craig 2

224 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009

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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

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"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

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“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

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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

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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

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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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5G? Pff, don't bother, says one-time Ofcom man's new book

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Not really a luddite sentiment to want the existing tech to be commonplace before ploughing resources into a faster version for the minority. Get 4G reliably (almost) everywhere first and I would suggest the vast majority of people would appreciate it. (Actually, they probably wouldn't because when something "just works" it tends to go unnoticed.)

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

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It seems like Oracle is on a mission to make everyone on the planet hate them for one reason or another...

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AI brains take a step closer to understanding speech just like humans

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Re: Strongly linked to full general AI

"fully simulated the whole general intelligence of human beings"

A computer with that comprehension would likely tell any human it came into contact with to go fuck themselves...

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Outage-prone Plusnet goes mobile in a bid to become 'quad-play' biz

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"Plusnet can't even manage their bog standard webmail service these days."

Who cares? Nobody should be using ISP hosted mail anyway!

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BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

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I always wondered what MCP stood for: Microsoft Certified Potato

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Trollface

Re: Never been an apple customer

Damn, that sounds a nice cooker. What model is it?

Oh, and don't sweat the amount of eggs, they're all good cholesterol now!

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Swedes ban camera spy-drones for anything but crime fighting

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Joke

Re: Muppets

"published a piece of sensationalist writing, filled with lies"

or as the Daily Mail call it.... Journalism

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

Craig 2

No problem with the wording as such, just a problem with people's reading comprehension. They see "Up to 100mb" and think "I will get 100mb". Whatever actual speed they get, the statement is correct. It's just taking advantage of the general population's stupidity.

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Linus Torvalds won't apply 'sh*t-for-brains stupid patch'

Craig 2

Re: Linus does good work.

There's nothing wrong with "This is a bad idea because of ..., I will not be accepting this into the kernel".

That approach works for the first 'n' times*. Then from n+1 it starts to get personal. Linus is probably at n^2. :)

Values of 'n' can vary wildly based on your general disposition, last time you got laid, how many kids you have etc etc..

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Break out the Elder Scrolls: Skyrmion characters seek storage possibilities

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Too many big words in the opening paragraph for me, but yay! science.

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Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

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Should have just taken a leaf out of the parent's handbook and wrote on the report "because I said so".

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Pokémon Go tragedy strikes

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Joke

Re: Windows Phone User

It's an app.... whaddya mean you don't know what apps are either?

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BT sees 35% sales gain as it digests hearty EE meal

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Re: Serious margin!

"OpenReach is 300M on 1.25Bn, 25%"

Exactly what I was thinking! Openreach should be just past breaking even

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Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

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Re: PR stunt

"Then by definition the driver was driving too fast for the conditions."

Someone steps out in front of you and it's automatically the driver's fault? I'm not saying he wasn't driving too fast but you don't know that...

"can also be used against drivers"

Or prove their innocence if the other party makes a false claim. If data DOES proves the driver was at fault then good - bad drivers should be penalized. An independent witness (the car) is probably more reliable than two parties with personal interests influencing their testimony.

"Teslas are virtually silent when moving"

So are most modern cars when moving slowly (ie. <20mph) Tyre noise is the predominant indicator when moving at speed, not the engine.

"had to get used to pedestrians and cyclists not hearing him"

I would hope he drives with due care to other road users irrespective of their hearing capabilities. Deaf people are pedestrians, drivers and cyclists too.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

Craig 2

Over the years Skype has been a beautiful example of how to take a great idea/app and turn it into a POS.

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Falling PC tide strands Seagate's disk drive boats. Will WDC follow?

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Re: "spare "unused" storage capacity"

Not to disagree generally back :) but... Reg readers are probably not in the "average" storage demographic. I'm thinking more of the thousands of laptops and business systems with huge drives and almost nothing on them. eg. companies with hundreds of PCs and a server. Each PC probably has 500gb or more in it with just an install of Windows/Office and nothing else because all the data is on the central storage.

Personally, my drives are all usually 90% full but that's because I never delete anything, and just buy another bigger drive. :)

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Craig 2

As an irreverent side effect, I wonder if the spare "unused" storage capacity the planet is diminishing over time. Not too long ago, PCs & laptops were sold with terabyte (or more) hard drives, of which probably the average person used 10%. Now with tablets, phones etc with flash memory, I would imagine it's much more utilized. That's definitely true in my house anyway, I'm always removing photos / apps etc to free space.

A great trick the HD industry pulled off was selling massive capacity that was probably never going to be used, a bit like 64GB Chinese USB memory sticks that have something like 1GB actual flash in them.

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NRA guns down 38,000 Surge.sh sites in anti-parody spray-and-pray

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Re: Misleading

"Name-calling and journalism"

"Leave your bias out"

"you're just playing into it"

Par for the course on El Reg, just to bait suckers like you into posting indignant & reasoned rebuttals.

You lose. :P

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

Craig 2

"They'll get right next time."

They have got it pretty much right already. Now come the endless refinements that increase success rates and allow for previously unforseen circumstances. It's called engineering :)

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Microsoft splashes Virtual Reality-slinging 'Scorpio' Xbox

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"If I want Virtual Reality I'll go outside."

Not to be pedantic, but that would be actual reality, or just "reality". :P

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

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Very true this, and I'm sure Apple will take a leaf out of other manufacturer's books by encoding security measures into all sub-components so that they can't be swapped for fakes. (A bit like the optical drives in XBOX consoles are locked to motherboards etc) Hasn't this already happened to a certain extent with the 3rd-party touch ID sensors?

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Craig 2

Re: It's 2016, why are people still not thinking things through....

Because the thieves themselves won't be hindered by those security measures. It will be the suckers who find out after they bought a cheap iPhone from the man on the street... (No sympathy for them either)

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Tinder bans under-18s: Moral panic averted

Craig 2

Re: People still use Tinder?

"Also- how the hell do they propose to police the age on it"

Ahh, but as long as you LOOK like you care and put in some token controls, you can keep the moral high ground while still reaping the benefits of the (probably) most active demographic.

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

Craig 2

There's one big lesson from all these Windows 10 horror stories... don't use Microsoft products for mission critical applications, they can fuck you over any time.

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

Craig 2

In theory a good idea. However, who knows what types of traffic will be blocked in the future since they will already have the filtering software in place.

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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

Craig 2

If you're stopped by the police and see the officer turn off his bodycam... run!

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Symantec: I know we said things'd get better when we sold Veritas...

Craig 2

Die. Die. Die.

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There's a hole in your website

Craig 2

Great marketing if it was done on purpose..

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Have Microsoft-hosted email? Love using Live Mail 2012? Bad news

Craig 2

A fine example of the bait & switch technique. Fuckers

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

Craig 2

That's going to cost to install city-wide. It comes under the same umbrella as my car insurance being used to subsidise idiot drivers, my taxes for lazy scumbags and bank charges to bail out irresponsible spenders.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

Craig 2

"A bit rough around the edges"

Sounds a bit rough through and through.

Honestly, Windows should be polished to the Nth degree by now...

I hate to think about the ever-sprawling tree of unintended consequences when you change something in the OS code.

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

Craig 2

Sounds like the first exchanges of "big threats" that usually precede these kind of investigations...

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Daily! Mail! eyes! up! Yahoo!'s news! arm!

Craig 2
Mushroom

" I just typed "microsoft support" into yahoo's google search bar"

Burn that computer now, it's beyond saving!

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Spinning rust fans reckon we'll have 18TB disk drives in two years

Craig 2

I would think that across the entire history of human engineering and manufacturing, tolerances have become tighter whilst reliability has improved.

Flash may match the capacity of rust soon enough, but I think it will take far longer to match the cost.

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Mindless Flash masses saved as exploit kit devs go astray with 0day

Craig 2

"Users would need only view an online advertisement"

Excellent, another article I can mail to websites that moan about ad-blocking.

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Truly crap exhibition dumped on Isle of Wight

Craig 2

I've been, it's shit.

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Courts cry over cunning call-center criminals crafting convincing cons

Craig 2

In your head, just imagine unsolicited phone calls are an actual person walking up to you on the street asking the same questions. You'll soon realize that no way are you falling for that shit and hang up.

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Water treatment plant hacked, chemical mix changed for tap supplies

Craig 2

Re: no prizes for good guess

"stiff penalties for companies leaving their systems insecure"

Even connecting critical infrastructure to a publicly accessible network should be a criminal offense in my book. The question of whether it's secure or insecure is easy to answer: it's not.

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Snowden WAS the Feds' quarry in Lavabit case, redaction blunder reveals

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Facepalm

The guy that redacted this document is obviously of the same ilk as someone I work with who has an almost pathological aversion to using the search function on any document. He'd rather search a folder of emails or a huge webpage manually instead of just typing a few characters to find what he's looking for. Let's just hope this guy at the feds isn't in charge of anything to do with something like nuclear launch codes...

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

Craig 2

Re: "FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy"

Yep the FAA should limit all trains to a maximum altitude of 400ft.... Doc Brown better watch out.

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Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

Craig 2

Life is unfair, and the unfair-ness is unfairly distributed.

Get over it.

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Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits already hate it

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Oooooh, I better take note because these pundits are always right on the mark.... /sarcasm

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