* Posts by Shooter

95 posts • joined 13 Jul 2009


Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure


Re: In other news

The mere thought of a combat hippo is terrifying!

Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains


Re: I'd go in with a camera recording too.

"We are recording this event for quality and training purposes."

And whatever else we can think of.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late


Re: I generate the licenses..

"I had to threaten ligation with one vendor when I needed a new licence key for software we owned but had let the support contract lapse on."

You threatened to tie the vendor up?

I'm afraid to ask what would have followed...

London's Met police confess: We made just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial


Re: Statistics

Additionally, two other relevant pieces of information needed:

- How many people were in the operational area at the time of the test

- What percentage of the people in the operational area actually passed by the camera(s)

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m


Re: When will this hit Apple?

Now I'm hungry...

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home


Re: Ding!

Good one, Dad!

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...


Re: Width

Quitters! You gave up too soon!

Laptop search unravels scheme to fake death for insurance cash


Why isn't his wife getting a prison sentence instead of probation? She received the money and claimed the death occurred in the first place.

Irina pleaded guilty, so likely got a plea bargain - lighter sentence for avoiding the trouble and expense of a trial, while still allowing the prosecutor to claim a conviction.

Igor hasn't been to trial yet. They will use the threat of a 20 year maximum sentence as a bludgeon with which to beat him into pleading guilty as well.

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge


Re: "captured audio of the killings, and subsequent removal of the bodies"

"On a one-second buffer ?"

If I understand correctly, the one-second is used as Alexa is listening for the "wake word". Once that is detected, longer term recording commences.

So it continuously records and deletes sounds in one-second increments, until it hears "Alexa"; then it records until the task is completed.

If you believe Amazon...

RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer


@ Joe Drunk

I deliberately waited to read the El Reg obit, because most of the MSM headlines concentrated on his sports interests and not his tech background.


Re: Finally....

i literally watched that movie for the first time last night; otherwise I would have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Good reference.

Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how


Re: Inevitable

I'll just leave this here...


Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?


Re: As you might expect... @ Phil O'Sophical

Had a similar experience a few years back...

Got home late one evening and set the kettle on the ceramic-top stove. Sat down to wait for it to boil, and promptly nodded off for about an hour.

Woke up to a peculiar smell in the air and tracked it down to the stove, where the (non-whistling) kettle had boiled dry and welded itself to the stove top!

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate


Re: The real crime @DougS

According to the last link in the original article (about the increase in the judgement amount), Apple was attempting to have the VirnetX patent invalidated. Don't know if they were successful, I assume it's still ongoing. That would make any judgement moot, but would probably not affect this particular case.


re: Um. Calm the f*ck down....

... Francis.


Re: Youtube App, @ David Nash

I humbly disagree. At least on my phone, the YouTube app (by Google, the maker of Android) is baked into the OS. At least to the extent that while it can be disabled, it cannot be uninstalled by the user. I think that qualifies it as a "feature you got when you bought the phone", rather than a third-party app.

Most staffers expect bosses to snoop on them, say unions


"social tedia profile"

Not sure if a typo or not, but I love it!


Re: Rule 1 @ Fatman

Quite right. A few months back my direct supervisor was walked to the door on a Friday afternoon. No more company car, cell phone, computer, or access to his accounts.

I know he had his own car (but insurance not current as he didn't drive it), and I think he had a computer at home, but I know he used his work email for pretty much everything.

Don't know how or if he managed to get access to his personal emails - I'm guessing he was pretty well screwed.

All of us peons toiling away in the fields were issued smart phones last year, with an apparently unlimited data plan. A fair few have decided that they no longer need a personal phone and/or home internet connection; I don't think they realize just how vulnerable they are leaving themselves.

Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you


Re: Original Report is here:

That corresponds pretty well with what I remember being taught in my driving classes way back in the mid-1970s, as a rough and ready estimate for when you would be approaching the legal limit for DWI:

One "drink" = 1 beer = 1 glass of wine = 1 shot/mixed drink. One drink per hour per 160 pounds of body weight would result in a blood alcohol content just about at the legal limit.

That's probably changed a little now, as current BAC limit is 0.08%, while back then I think it was 0.10%.

Still better off not drinking at all if you intend to drive.

Super Cali goes ballistic: mugshot site atrocious


Re: Don't do what we do....do what we say you can do.....

Actually, one of the most compelling reasons to make these records public is to *prevent* abuses of power.

Having these records publicly available makes it much more difficult for the government to "disappear" people they don't like, as is common in dictatorships and third-world countries.

Assuming, of course, that the government actually documents the arrest at all.

Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom


The seats are warm.

As someone far wiser than I once noted, there are few things as simultaneously comfortable and uncomfortable as a warm public toilet seat.

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


Re: Opinion & Facts


What your comment does not take into account is the huge taxpayer subsidies that have been paid to the telcos and cable companies for the express purpose of expanding broadband deployment to rural areas.

These companies have simply pocketed the funds and done SFA to improve rural broadband.

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster


Re: Reminds me of a story

@John Brown (no body),

You are correct, sir.

It's also helpful to bear in mind that many oldsters will have a completely different, but still valid, body of knowledge and experience to draw from. In this particular story, it's very possible that the granny in question was quite used to sewing machines, which use a food pedal to control the speed of the machine. This foot pedal was attached to the sewing machine with an electrical cable, and very much resembled an oversized mouse, so it's not hard to imagine that a neophyte computer user who had decades of sewing experience could get confused.

Still, Vince's story strikes me apocryphal, as I've heard versions of it for decades. But I'm sure the story had to start somewhere!

User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot


Re: Xerox photcopiers

And yet another relevant Dilbert comic...


Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious


Re: It's quite simple don't blame the player, vote to change the game.

@ John Brown

Last election I - quite deliberately - wasted my vote on some "no hoper 3rd party" candidate. I had not the slightest delusion that he stood any chance of winning. I was merely hoping that there would be enough like-minded people to make a noticeable increase in overall third party results, thereby giving the big two something to think about.

Needless to say, I was disappointed.


Re: It's quite simple don't blame the player, vote to change the game.

@ AC

I believe you misspelled "US".

Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'


Best feature?

When this phone is available, I will take a look at it for one major reason - NO BLOATWARE!

I know, I'm probably dreaming...

Waiter? There's a mouse in my motherboard and this server is greasy!


Re: Frog @ Stevie

If we took the bones out, it wouldn't be crunchy, would it?

Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled


Re: They walk amongst us

"At this time I take a number of allopathic meds and a similar number of CAM meds that are also allopathic. All were prescribed by fully qualified health professionals."

Well, *someone* has to graduate at the bottom of their class.

Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall


Re: What a relief...

Currently sick as a dog with some sort of plague. I thought the fading text was just another symptom.

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?


Info boxes

My (current) biggest gripe is web pages that have one simple function: usually to fill in a box with your user name/password/account number, etc. Only one thing to do, and only one box to do it in. And they don't automatically place the cursor in the box that is the sole reason for the existence of that page!


Re: Favourite things

@ Doctor Syntax - Yes, click the button you have assigned Application Switcher to once and you get the aligned apps as Dave 126 mentioned. Click a second time (on a blank spot on your desktop, not an app obviously) and you return to the last app you were in.


Re: Favourite things

@ Dave 126 - Thank you for this. It's called Application Switcher, and I was unaware of it until you pointed it out. Upvoted.

Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute


Re: Minor fire

That's what is known over here as a Chinese fire drill.

Mumsnet ordered to give users' real life IDs and messages to plastic surgeon they criticised


@ m0rt

For words of this sort, the prefix "A" means "without; e.g., amoral means without morals, asexual means without sex, etc.

Anonymous means without name (or without identity); removing the "a" indicates his name or identity is provided (although so far as I can tell there is no actual word as nonymous). OP means that he usually identifies his posts with his handle, except under specific circumstances.

Elementary, my dear IBM: When will Watson make money?


"Do you have visibility as to when we should expect an inflection in revenue recognition from Watson, or should we just not think about this as a contributing factor or moving the needle in our models over the next couple of years,"

When Watson can translate this sentence into intelligible English, it will be ready for prime time.

Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail


@ Wensleydale Cheese

In the US, most high school students are graduated at age 17 or 18, with a few stragglers from the extremely smart/dumb ends of the curve. So most high school freshmen are 13/14 years old, if that particular high school has four grades/levels/classes. When I was in school we had elementary school (grades 1 - 6), junior high school (grades 7 - 9), and high school (grades 10 - 12). I honestly don't recall how 10th graders were designated at my high school (freshmen or sophomore); all I recall is juniors were grade 11 and seniors were grade 12. I believe that under the system most commonly used these days, junior high has been replaced by middle school, which runs from grade 6 to grade 8, which results in four years of high school.

Once paroled from high school, most of the college/university bound students would be enrolled in classes the following fall, and therefore roughly 2/3rds of those freshmen would be 18, about 1/3rd would be 17, etc.

Marc Andreessen has a pretty creepy relationship with Zuck


Re: Nothing for the Weekend, Sir?

Dabbsy tweeted a while back that he had nothing for us until 2017.

Stealing, scamming, bluffing: El Reg rides along with pen-testing 'red team hackers'


Re: It's a bit disappointing

Your colleague may have been thinking of this:


Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile


Caps Lock LED

My work-issued wireless keyboard does not have a Caps Lock LED, possibly in a misguided attempt to increase battery life. A message flashes on the monitor for a second or so when you enable/disable Caps Lock, but after that there is no indication of what state the keyboard is in.

Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road


@ Jez Burns

I strongly suspect that these issues of morality and/or liability will be addressed (not necessarily solved) by government fiat. Eventually the appropriate government agencies will mandate that autonomous vehicle decision-making algorithms must adhere to specific parameters laid out by the government. These parameters will be designed to minimize loss of life only - there is no feasible way for an AI to determine relative worth of the humans involved (doctor vs. criminal, young vs. old, etc.) at the time the decision will have to be taken. Exactly how to meet these parameters will be left up to the manufacturers. Whether or not this would include prioritizing the lives of the vehicle occupants would be addressed by those government parameters, and not left to the manufacturer to decide.

Driverless vehicles already have GPS and multiple camera/sensor systems. I suspect that there will be a government mandate that all of that information will be transmitted to and stored at a designated data farm in real time (hey, we're already being spied on constantly, what's a little more tracking). In the case of an accident, that data will be used to determine exactly what happened, and who was at fault (if anyone). As long as the vehicle manufacturer can show that their algorithm meets the government requirements, they will not be held liable for the results of the collision. They would, of course, still be held liable for design/implementation flaws, be they hardware or software. As is the case even now, vehicle owners who do not maintain their cars properly will be liable to the extent that such negligence is a factor in the accident. This would no doubt also include any updates to the driving software, so I would expect acceptance of such updates to be mandatory.

I don't say that this is necessarily the best approach to the problem, just what I see as likely to happen. It would address the issue of reducing the carnage on the roads; as well as minimize liability for manufacturers (thereby giving them incentives to be in the industry). Note that this does not force vehicle owners to accept liability for the AIs action (again, so long as the vehicle is maintained properly); if the vehicle is operating within regulatory guidelines. While there will always be headline-grabbing exceptions to the basic parameters, the public will eventually accept the greatly reduced death and injury rate on the roads as a matter of course. It may take a generation or two to reach widespread acceptance, but sooner or later driverless vehicles will become the norm.

Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'


Re: Keziah Jones

Close. Keziah Mason is the witch you're thinking of. Keziah Jones sounds like a hip-hop artist.

No nudes, bloated apps, Android sucks and 497 other complaints about Apple to the FTC


Re: @ big_D, et al.

Agreed. But my point is that while iOS and Android are both *dominant* in the OS field, neither has a monopoly in the US, which is where the the FTC has jurisdiction. In the context of this article, what happens in Europe or Asia is irrelevant.


@ big_D, et al.

As is frequently pointed out on this site, USAian laws and policies do not apply on a global basis. The FTC is concerned with USAian companies and consumers only. Looking at things from that perspective, Apple is indeed the dominant smartphone manufacturer in the US, selling approximately 1/3 more phones than its nearest competitor (Samsung). While Android is the top smartphone OS, it is barely 10 percentage points ahead of iOS, and is distributed and modified by a multitude of manufacturers. Nothing in this article has anything to do with search in any form.


Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...


Re: Proud to be a 23-Percenter

Where can I buy the hat?

Didn't you see the ad for it?

AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan


@ Meldreth:

Cell phone jammers would be illegal

RF blocking paint, however, would not be. Maybe that should be part of their $1 billion overhaul budget.

GPS, you've gone too far this time


Heck, I've even hit 18,500mph while cycling - apparently!

Hope you were wearing some sort of ablative cycling suit...

Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed


Re: It's the 3rd time in one year?

Patience - the year isn't over yet.

Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her


Re: only one suitable comment

>To be fair to Julia Cordray, and there's a lot of unpleasant motivations being suggested here, it sound like she's just a bit clueless about the nastier side of human behaviour and the internet.

$Diety save us from idiots with good intentions.

Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1


Re: Free*

Bummer. Given the speed of my DSL connection (semi-rural area), it will probably take until 2017 to download the package - if I start now.


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