* Posts by abubasim

76 posts • joined 22 Sep 2009


From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard


Putin must be laughing really hard

Russia is behind this conspiracy theory: https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/5g-coronavirus-conspiracy-theory-driven-coordinated-effort-200410182740380.html

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G


Product of the Troll Factory


Cloudflare dumps Google's reCAPTCHA, moves to hCaptcha as free ride ends (and something about privacy)

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Google Not Using Their Own Products?

I cannot recall seeing a reCAPTCHA when registering on the Play store on an Android phone.

I see apps on the Play store with hundreds of fake 5-star reviews, with dozens new being added daily. Like this beauty which charges you around USD 90 per week for wallpapers - after a 3 day free trial: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wallpaper.photon

Reporting the reviews as spam or unhelpful does not help. Google just ignores the reports. Same goes if you report the app itself. I imagine the people at Google receiving the reports laughing really hard and loud before clicking on Delete.

Taiwan collars coronavirus quarantine scofflaws with smartphone geo-fences. So, which nation will be next?

Big Brother


This of course depends on people feeling their phones are indispensable. Which reminds me of the 90s when mobile phones were rare and people that needed to be reached carried pagers. Everyone else were off the grid. This is something I think governments do not look back at with fondness.

Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything


Re: A key between Shift and 'Z'??

Pound sign (the currency symbol) on the number 3 key and hash/tilde above the Enter key? Probably not a US keyboard. And a quick image search on Google reveal that the US keyboard for the VT220 didn't have a key between Shift and Z.

I don't want to go on the cart! Windows 10 Mobile hauls itself from the grave one last time


Disconnect and keep using!

Even without an app store I will keep on using my Lumia 1020 as a high end feature phone.

Being online is overrated anyway. To me the social apps have brought so much bad stuff that it outweighs the benefits: cyber bullying, WhatsApp lynchings, decapitation videos and live-streamed mass murders on Facebook, content moderators suffering from PTSD, etc. etc.

I remember the good old days when snuff movies were an urban legend. Today it couldn't get much worse.

Oracle finally responds to wage discrimination claims… by suing US Department of Labor


Not Allowed to Discriminate?

Not allowed to pay women and minorities less in salary? Surely that is going to change under the current administation!

Astroboffins capture video of Mercury passing across the Sun's surface


In Danny Boyle's Sunshine from 2007, one of my favourite sci-fi films, there is a scene where they get to experience Mercury's passing in front of the sun, not across its surface as this article suggests, without using a telescope.

I have no mouth and I must scream: You can add audio to wobbles in latest Windows 10 patch


Quite off topic but related to the article's title: archive.org have BBC's radio drama production of Harlam Elison's story with the author himself as AM here: archive.org/details/ChillersFourTalesOfTerror

$10,000 could nab you an Apple-1... manual at auction. Sorry, it's more like $375k for real thing


Re: Please don't tell the missus.

The scans are already available at BitSavers.

AT&T (sucks) upgrades folks to 5G (Evolution) that isn't actually 5G


Aim gun at foot, squeeze trigger

If people believe they already have 5G on their phones, why upgrade to genuine 5G models? Those technically inclined, who haven't switched to less dishonest operators, will be the only ones upgrading their phones. AT&T better keep a bleak outlook on their sales expectations.

US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies


Re: The BBC's version of this story

5.25" and 8" were floppy but you were not supposed to bend them.

If the A/C broke down in the server room you would not take an 8" floppy to fan yourself with.


Legacy System = Shoes Worn Until Comfortable

The advantages with a legacy system that has been in use for decades are that you are less likely to bump into bugs you haven't discovered years ago and know how to circumvent, and that there's no need for frequent updates to patch for security defects. And I doubt there are any crooks out there writing ransomware for System/1....

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires


Re: Unlimited is limited?

What does an ISP's greed have to do with the law of physics?

No, my ISP does not have a cap. Maybe it's because this market (I'm an expat living in Oman) is very young, but at least for now, their definition of 'unlimited' is true to the word.


Unlimited is limited?

"Under this plan, users get an unlimited amount of data but speeds are reduced when they exceed their allotment until the next billing cycle," Verizon's statement reads."

If there is an allotment then it is not unlimited. That is at least how it works where I live (not USA).

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone


"although most owners would gladly sacrifice a couple of millimetres for a longer lasting battery"

Maybe that applies to the smaller model. On my 8 Plus, battery life is one of the few things I _don't_ have complaints about.

They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today


Re: GMail

You will need your GMail passwords once you replace the phone and the tablet - or need to do a factory reset.

"No body"? Reminds me of the joke about the boy born without a body who's complaining that the only gifts he receive are hats.

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name



That would go well with their Critical Update Notification Tool from Windows 98.

Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit


The Seller's Consumer Law?

"Apple had also argued that the plaintiffs could not seek an injunction against what they allege is false advertising, saying the group could not prove imminent harm."

Is that how American consumer law works, that Apple is free to lie in a product's advertisement as long as no one gets hurt?

Slicker servers, heaving racks, NVMe invasion: It's been a big week in serverland


Kind of slim on internal storage?

"...and 3.84GB of internal storage from two SATA disk drives or SSDs"

That's all? 3.84GB?

Google gives its $1m Turing prize to, er, top Google bods: RISC men Hennessy, Patterson


Re: Silicon valley view of the world

John Cocke of IBM was awarded the Turning Award in 1987: https://amturing.acm.org/award_winners/cocke_2083115.cfm

Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax


Re: 80 hours

Maybe enough to pay for the wall?

Microsoft adds nothing to new Semi-Annual Windows Server preview


Already Past Beta?

"The firewall might not work. It can corrupt data."

So Microsoft's production quality then.

IBM's next turnaround tool is ... a new open-source font?

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Quick and Dirty

The monospaced fonts are poorly hinted - look like crap if you use them with your favourite terminal emulator.

Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store

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All Apps Good?

I don't understand why almost every app in the Play store have at least four stars.

Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe


Public Beta Testers

This is what we have early adopters for.

HP denies rumours Elite x3 is for the axe, admits coveting neighbour's OS


Re: Multi-OS

Probably no chance of that for my Microsoft Lumia 950 XL...

Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes



Combine these two from separate posters and you have the solution:

- "Beginning to think it's more of an issue to go after intelligent, even sentient species for food and/or sport."

- "Unfortunately as a species we're not very good at population growth control..."

Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor


"connecting their PS/2 desktops to the company 3270 mainframe"

3270 was not the mainframe type. This is the terminal type. The mainframe was probably from IBM's System/370 range, not necessarily with an IBM logo. The company I worked for in those days upgraded from a 4381 to a Hitachi machine, and as it was a Japanese box, it was nicknamed the rice boiler.

Uber sued after digging up medical records of woman raped by driver


Corporate Image

"Toxic trash taxi biz"... Must give them a warm fuzzy feeling hearing themselves being described as such...

'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout


A company called Analtech selling 'bulk absorbents'. Pampers?

Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs


Re: "SmartTV's are fine, as long as you do not give them access to a network"

Hurry up and take advantage of the sale at Amazon.com: was $63.87 but now $63.85!

QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones


Re: No need to panic... But PANIC FEELS BETTER

With 'this incident', are you referring to your toe stubbing experience or the article?

Second celebgate hacker pleads guilty to phishing


Federal Prison...


UCLA shooter: I killed my prof over code theft


Re: Interesting omission

He must have been a Muslim because he was not white, he killed a white person, and he had a foreign-sounding name?

FreeBSD 10.3 lands


Re: Compatibility Layer

Joking aside, that would be ironic, considering that Lennart Poettering, the author of systemd, is encouraging Linux developers to disregard compatibility with other platforms such as the BSDs.

Apple's fruitless rootless security broken by code that fits in a tweet


Re: Question

The '1>&-' syntax is not redirection. This closes the specified file handle (stdout).

Samsung is now shipping a 15TB whopper of an SSD. Farewell, spinning rust



Plugged in to your PC using iSCSI over 1Gbps LAN....

Turkish carder scores record 332-year jail term


Spending the rest of your life in a Turkish prison: a fate worse than death?

Oracle ordered to admit on its website that it lost the plot on Java security


Re: To fix this problem...

Software developers know about the poor backward compatibility of Java versions so they often not only specify a minimum version but fix the Java requirement to a specific version.

I have a customer with a SAN storage connected to SAN switches which in turn is connected to an FC-IP router for connectivity to another site for replication. The SAN storage, SAN switches and FC-IP router each have a web GUI with its own requirement for the Java runtime. The worst is the FC-IP converter which only accepts one specific version.

They recently got new Brocade SAN switches installed which of course require their own version of Java.

The solution is to pick the most important device for the web GUI and use the CLI for the other boxes.

May the fuel tank on Larry's yacht always be filled with sugar.

Pirate Bay domain suspended thanks to controversial verification system


Heartless B*stards

They refused to take down a torrent sharing autopsy photos of two murdered children. The request came from the father of the children. Here is more on this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pirate_Bay#Autopsy_photos

Startup founder taken hostage by laid-off workers


Re: re. "a mass streamlining ....etc"

Maybe the workers got a case of the Mondays?

Cash-hungry Google chief upgrades advertising veeps


Re: Article pic...

...with the always excellent Richard E Grant.

Choke on it! Brit police squeeze pirate site advertising money trail


Just a comment on the chosen picture for this story: it's Richard E Grant in How to Get Ahead in Advertising from 1989. I will be watching this film tonight.

James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim



Long live the new flesh!

One of my favourite Chronenberg films.

(Sorry for posting out of topic.)

Chinese bloke escapes execution for Forbidden City nude photo shoot


Re: Disgusting!

Head, knees and toes - what about shoulders?

Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS


PC battery? You mean the coin battery backing up the CMOS? Or do you consider the desktop PC dead now and PC means laptop?



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