* Posts by Sampler

780 posts • joined 16 May 2007

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'Housemate from hell' catches 24 new charges after alleged nightmare cyberstalking spree

Sampler

Re: Need help with a cyberstalker

Locals might not help, a friend had a nude image of herself added to a 4chan page for local Brisbane girls by a former flatmate that had stolen it off her mac and posted it up, police wouldn't do anything as he was in Queensland and she was now in NSW, best she could do was get a report number so she could at least get the website to take it down (however, given it'd already been scraped a reverse image search shows it on many sites now).

Might be worth taking your evidence to US authorities in the area of the perpetrator, if they follow up like the cops in this article you may do better than than Aus. authorities.

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Billion-dollar investor tells Facebook: Just Zuck off, already!

Sampler

"I find that argument, that if you’re not paying that somehow we can’t care about you, to be extremely glib and not at all aligned with the truth."

Just like a farmer cares for his cattle...

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Amazon warns you have 30 days before Music Storage files bloodbath

Sampler

Re: Avid user.

I don't know how you get from a CD you own to streaming back if Amazon doesn't sell it to you again.

Almost like that's their business model...

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First there were notebooks. Then tablets. And now ‘book tablets’

Sampler

Point?

Why ChromeOS not Android? Seems the elephant in the room not addressed in the article.

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Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

Sampler

Great idea, rather than solve the problem of the car being able to actually identify a cyclist, trust a beacon, which, I presume requires power, something a homeless person with a bike wouldn't have access to*, but then, it's not like any of them have come a cropper with self driving cars.

*presuming a dynamo is insufficient power, given how badly they manage lights, and there's still the matter of pushing it rather than pedalling.

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Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

Sampler

Re: Shouldn't lidar work *better* in the dark?

"how many average drivers would have seen her?"

If they were travelling 85 metres without looking at the road (the speed they said the vehicle was doing at impact for the duration the video shows him staring at his phone) probably none.

And this is the issue with the self driving car, people will zone out and not be prepared when the car cuts back to them or, in this case, needs to be overridden.

The idiot who hit the truck in the Tesla is a great example of that and his car had adaptive cruise, auto breaks and lane adhesion, not even self driving (though calling it autopilot seems to have confused some users into thinking it's more, such as the guy found asleep and drunk at the wheel as "the car was driving itself").

So, even having it as driver assist is dangerous, should leave people to manage the difficult bit, keep them alert, keep the busy. Where's my sabots...

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Reflection of a QR code on PoS scanner used to own mobile payments

Sampler

All your payment tokens are mine

Calls himself a hacker, surely "All your payment tokens are belong to us" would've been a far more fitting title..

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We sent a vulture to find the relaunched Atari box – and all he got was this lousy baseball cap

Sampler
Trollface

Re: OOOPS! El Reg has just upset another ...

Almost like they're biting the hand that feeds...

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

Sampler

Still prefer my Note4

Got a Note8 beginning of the year because new tech, and, shiny camera aside, Note4 is better all round.

They need to put the faster chips and camera in that case, would trade in instantly

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Google reveals Edge bug that Microsoft has had trouble fixing

Sampler

Re: as they use it the first time to download chrome

I did say or firefox...

Though, I probably should've used the "joke alert" icon given the number of downvotes = \

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Sampler

To be fair to google

Only people using Edge will be affected, so, no real harm really - it's only a small window as they use it the first time to download chrome or firefox...

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When Samsung reveals the S9 at MWC, at least try to act surprised

Sampler

I replaced the one on my Note 4 which gave me a year of better performance before shifting to the 8, which is worse in many respects that I still use the 4 alongside it.

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Bzzzt! If you're in one of these four British cities, that was a drone

Sampler

Bradford?

As someone who was born and raised in Farsley my first reaction was "Bradford? Why not Leeds?" but that was when I was thinking drone deliveries, when I further read what drones could be used for, like police surveillance, it all made a lot more sense..

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

Sampler

As a Yorkshireman...

Stuck at the far end of the world, away from the beautiful god's own county, and having discussed this glorious invention with fellow ex-pats (ejected from the Great Yorkshire and sent to sweat in Sydney for not drinking the minimum amount of cups of tea per day, a ruling we all have deemed harsh, but fair, and one day wish to return home once we've made recompense by catching up our tea dept) the only solution we have is to make our own.

Similar to our recent hunt to find a decent scotch egg in the uv blasted land and resorting to home cookery, we have procured the ingredients and next weekend we will be set to recreating what could considerably be a stroke of fusion cuisine genius or crossing that fine line into madness, we are yet to know.

That said, we will be accompanying it with standard pizza accompaniments fries, but, also stalwart Yorkshire companion, onion gravy.

Yes, chips'n'gravy...we're from the North, what else did you expect?

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All your base are belong to us: Strava exercise app maps military sites, reveals where spies jog

Sampler

Good guess but no = )

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Sampler

Good point, I don't share to social media as I see many do and I have security zones set around work and home to obfuscate to some degree where I live and work. Only "friends" can actually see my stream and I have to confirm each friend request (I believe by default the system allows anyone to follow you, it's an opt-in setting, but, shouldn't checking security settings be the first thing you look at when signing up to any online system, or is that just me?).

As my use is mostly for, well, my use again I can see where my usage diverts from the majority of users. That all said, I don't think most care and it isn't really a big deal, those in government positions and especially armed forces should really be given a briefing on securing their online presence though and to think through usage of such platforms.

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Sampler

Re: Fail!

In defence, as someone who uses said app and has bought a watch specifically for the task of GPS tracking running & cycling (and swimming, but, it transpires GPS doesn't penetrate water that well, a mere seconds thought beforehand would've made the counter assumption obvious I guess).

It's not so much for it to tell you when to exercise, but to monitor progress, am I getting faster, slower, about the same? Where are those gains being made?

I also suffer from a terrible memory ("the worst case of sleep apnoea in someone of your age and build" means I literally spend half my time sleeping not breathing, so I never hit L3 sleep) so it's useful for tracking when I've been, how much I've done this month and should I do more. I admit my reasoning here is fairly individual.

Plus, as a nerd, who doesn't enjoy an abundance of stats?

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Sampler

I actually follow one particular el'reg journo on Strava and can tell you they exercise rather a lot, putting some of us to shame..

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Fella faked Cisco, Microsoft gear death – then sold replacement kit for millions, say Feds

Sampler

Re: Twisting the knife

Rape and murder will get you a twentieth and tenth of that, but fuck with big businesses money, oh boy, you're not seeing the light of day again...

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FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

Sampler

Re: Fake actors...

Most of it?

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Today in bullsh*t AI PR: Computers learn to read as well as humans (no)

Sampler

As someone who's day job it is to keep an eye on such things, I'm deeply saddened by the progress.

I work at the tech side of market research and having computers read and categorise lengthy human comments is a goal of our companies, as our competitors offer it, only, our competitors use the tools available and not one of them, in my view, is capable enough to do this accurately enough for me to be comfortable selling it, but they don't care, as the old adage in market research goes "everyone lies, but it doesn't matter, because no one is listening".

I was hoping from the article headline we might be a step further, appears we're a step to the side instead..

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Australia won't prescribe its national broadband network a high-fibre diet

Sampler

In defence of the sub-title

I do get 100 Mbps down and 40 Mbps up, but then I live in the city (well, Surry Hills) so should expect to get good performance.

So far it doesn't crap out during peak hours either, so, that's a plus..

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Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist

Sampler

Re: WTF???

Maybe he stabbed a hole, then poked the hole, would that satisfy your query?

Now I'm going to go have a quiet word with my mind on how it works and the inventful ways it resolves problems put before it, replete with images, even when it wasn't asked to do so...

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

Sampler

Re: Make it sew

Isn't this what Fove were supposed to be doing to distinguish themselves in the VR space, I recall reading it a while back and being the only VR headset I was interested in, before I lost interest in having a VR headset..

Kickstarter snakeoil? www.getfove.com

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OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

Sampler

One would assume that's on the lan side, for devices the chromecast will be connecting to for casting from, judging by the wording of the article, the phoning home will be a different flood of packets as it sends back everything it's recorded whilst "asleep" (in terms of Google Home devices).

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Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

Sampler

Re: slang v gospel

@StargateSg7

of unwanted data attacking your network ontop of b.a.u?

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No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

Sampler

Re: Not panicked yet

I do the same, however, I do the same workload with my AU team of three (well, 2.5 as one only works half a week) who take a full lunchbreak, leave on time and have some good office banter compared to the UK team of twelve fulltime staff, who are hurried, stressed, work late and eat at their desk.

I've tried to introduce the UK to my way of working, however, automation requires a lot of setup, bug testing and a little getting your head around a few apps that will save you so much time. They're too busy to make this investment, so never have time.

So, there is some truth to the article, if I can reduce a workforce by a quarter within my own company right now (and I'm no specialist in the field, just hate doing repetitive tasks) then I imagine there will be some job reduction in the future from AI, in the terms of algorithms, not actual AI.

I mean, I'll be fine, others, not so much, because they thought working harder was the right thing, rather than being lazy and getting the computer to do it for them.

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Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

Sampler

Not usually one for pedantry

But isn't thermite an incendiary, not an explosive (ie, it burns very hot, very well, but doesn't actually explode)?

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Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner

Sampler

ID 10T?

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Now that's sticker shock: Sticky labels make image-recog AI go bananas for toasters

Sampler

Great

Where can I get a few of these, for when the machine uprising kicks in and I can be safely identified as a toaster and carry on my daily business..

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Sampler

KAISER?

I predict a riot...

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Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

Sampler

Not applied to Government, of course

Can't ban Trump, no one would visit the failing platform anymore

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No one saw it coming: Rubin's Essential phone considered anything but

Sampler

Re: No accessories

To be honest, I'm not sure the point of Motorola's, a battery - I have a USB pack that I can lend to my girlfriend who has a different phone (and manufacturer as she sips the Apple koolaid), or charge my action cam, or the next item, a speaker - similar to my jbl, that I can also hookup to my laptop at work and listen to the radio, or my tv at home when my housemates aren't asleep, that's loud enough I can chuck it in my pannier bag and still enjoy tunes on the cycle to work..

There doesn't seem to be much benefit over these proprietary mods that generics don't meet and then surpass in they're not tied to a device or even platform.

Even camera's have been done, though, Sony don't seem to be pursuing there's anymore, which is a shame, as I kinda fancy one to use for a week and then leave on a shelf to gather dust..

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Games-mart Steam halts Bitcoin payments

Sampler

And the other way

But, the other way around, when the value increased before they cashed in, presumably Steam just pocketed the difference?

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We go live to the Uber-Waymo court battle... You are not going to believe this. The judge certainly doesn't

Sampler

Re: Uber...

Could get it delivered by UberEats...

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Apple embraces El Reg! iOS 11 is now biting the hand that types IT

Sampler

Apple

I.T just works..

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nbn™ pauses hybrid fibre-coax build and will fix current connections

Sampler

I for one..

Welcome a return to all fibre, if that's what they're saying here (rather than simply replacing the copper with "better copper").

In saying that, my flatmate upgraded our connection to NBN and a speedtest showed 93.21mbps/38.15mbps at peaktime whilst my other three flatmates used it, so happy with the service they provide in Surry Hills at least.

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

Sampler

same same

Same happened with desktops, where this years chip offered no tangible difference to the OS usage feel and only high end processes were aided, motherboard upgrades the same, where much of a muchness with new connectors, throughput or bus options, memory improvements marginal, ssd's, so a new PC every year became two, became three, current build is getting on for four and I could replace it, but wouldn't notice anything but a hole in my wallet (and it's only a $500 AUD build to start with).

Then we moved to laptops, smaller, lighter, better battery, better graphics, higher res screen, now they two are much of a muchness.

So too with phones, the annual upgrades not delivering anything new in terms of battery life, camera, cpu/memory, my note 4 still does me well, it's thin enough, fast enough to do everything I need (plus I can still replace the battery and add an SD card). Yeah, a note 8 looks nice, but no, I don't feel compelled to upgrade as what I have will do, even with the built in obsolescence of turning off updates, when that happens (as I'm still getting them, but when) I'll just switch to one of the many open source, I know as I'm more technical then most others won't, but a wedge will sit without updates or noticing/caring, so only a small percentage will upgrade then.

We've reached peak phone, without something radically new (strapping to your face for poor mans VR or this year's hype wagon of AR don't count) they've progressed themselves into a corner.

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

Sampler

Re: What if ...

What if you know someone is stupid enough to have one of these, you know there work hours or they're away. You order something crap off amazon, next day, to their address.

Wait for the delivery dude to rock up, flood the network let him leave, let yourself in.

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

Sampler

Interesting

But, I'd like to see a model without the bulk of the speaker to reduce package size (and save some of the battery for more projecting) I already have a bluetooth speaker so running that discreetly will do. So 5.5"x5.5"x3 for instance, would be a lot more appealing as I could conceivably fit that in my day to day bag.

Also, not really fussed about having the apps on the device, so long as it dnla's then the netflix/youtube/etc can stay on my phone.

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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

Sampler

Re: Pixies?

I was thinking, fifteen years ago when I assisted the third line and infrastructure support guys, all the servers had iLO's in them, so, why would you need to build it into the chip for sysadmins when the chips go into a lot of other machines?

Allow those that want to put iLO's into the devices, the rest of us that don't need one, can skip, makes the silicone cheaper, so more profit for intel, that point, right there, concerns me, why aren't Intel maximizing their bottom line?

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Domino's Pizza delivers user details to spammers

Sampler

So that's where those came from

I've had them based on Elizabeth Street (the Domino's nearest my former work) and Glebe (the Domino's nearest my last but two residences) and did wonder where they got the location data from, sadly it was on my junk account so that email address had been signed up to waay too much stuff to be able to pinpoint.

Nothing from the last two places I've worked near though, so appears it affects only up to March this year when I moved across the city for both work and home.

Not that I eat a lot of Domino's, but five bucks for a filling lunch ain't bad at months end..(now six, and smaller, so Thai takeaway it is)..

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Pulitzer-winning website Politifact hacked to mine crypto-coins in browsers

Sampler

Re: It'll be be blocked...

Why not make it opt-in? Set a cookie, usual ads disappear, mining comes in, hell, you could have a volume slider for the amount of threads it spins up.

If possible, log work by each user and have a reward for whoever generates the most each month.

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Don't fear the reap... er, automation: Puppet hopes to make IT boring, says that's a good thing

Sampler

Re: Meh

With that sense of optimism have you thought of a career in IT?

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Cortana, please finish my sentences in Skype texts for me

Sampler

Re: 'Redmond's not-at-all creepy service'

No it's German, The Microsoft THE!

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Town wants Amazon's new HQ so much it plans to split off new town called 'Amazon'

Sampler

Re: Stonecrest, Georgia?

Spoiler alert, it won't..

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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

Sampler

Yeah, you're right, you are old and miserable..

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

Sampler

May I recommend WeWork Pyrmont?

Having bounced around a few offices in the city (started at Market Street, been in the Rocks, Surry Hills and now Sussex Street) I found WeWork Pyrmont to be rather nice, price wasn't too bad for the co-hab spaces (I ended up with a dedi-desk as I didn't fancy moving all my crap everyday in the freerange desks).

They have ping pong tables, lots of cool meeting rooms that scale to your needs and, oh yeah, free beer on tap..

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The bigger the drone, the bigger the impact

Sampler

Until..

They get hacked and taken down with less fancy strategies and the cargo snatched, at which point they'll be relegated to moving cheap tat no one would worth stealing, like your macca's lunch...

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

Sampler

Re: Where Do I Find These Lawyers

You kid, but I wrote a website (still have all the code floating around on an old disk somewhere) that transformed closed nit group forum software into a more open and shared experience, allowing direct messaging and self profiles where you can share details of yourself and pictures.

We know a similar thing today as Facebook.

I am not suing Facebook, many people have similar ideas, those that press on with them, preserve and build the monoliths are welcome to the fruits of their labours, whilst me dicking around with a few mates online can disappear into the obscurity where it mostly lived..

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