* Posts by Benchops

405 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009


At least Sony offered a t-shirt, says macOS flaw finder: Bug bounties now for Macs if you want this 0-day, Apple


"Apple did not respond to a request for comment"

to El Reg? How unlike them.

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain


Their analogy expanded

You buy your house from us.

We will make sure your windows/doors/locks are kept up to date as every so often burglars find a way to open our windows or unlock our locks. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HOUSE SAFE. Don't think about it, just let us do it.

We may also cripple your central heating boiler while we update your locks.

It's the weekend. We're out of puns for now. Just have a gander at China's Moon lander and robo-sidekick snaps, videos


Is that a hoof?

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine


Quite happy with NCSA Mosaic thank you very much.

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention


Re: Which is better?

Home-made presumably means rearing the pig in the first place?

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat


Re: Hmm

Excellent -- can we add icons to votes now? Cool.

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...


Or Rob Newman... (stand-up philosophy)

Rob Newman's recent "Total Elipse of Descartes" comedy philosophy programmes on Radio 4 discusses this problem in one of the four episodes (can't remember which, but they're all worth listening to!)


Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings


Re: would you like to play a game? How about global thermonuclear war?


Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs


Presumably because this is the point at which facebook needs a name synonymous with trust, kept promises and public confidence.

<sarcasm alt="in case anyone was in doubt"/>

Alternatively, facebook absolutely DOES need someone who can sing the "I'm sorry" song every few weeks each time they let on they lost more user data.

That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought


Why has no-one yet said

chromium ?

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms


I like "Zen" and "Slave".

Almost appropriate given Zen is on The Liberator

Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill


Two comments. One sensible, one silly -- you choose.

1) A simple fold-down extra bit if cardboard in the middle could easily hide the notch. Wouldn't help the display but would hide the notch. It could be build in to protective cases. YMMMV

2) I think Sailfish is the occupational descendant of Meego, so Sony and Gemini PDA still carrying that torch...?

make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans


Penguin Parade

Too bad they will have just missed travelling up to Dundee to bag as many penguins in the Maggie's Penguin Parade! https://maggiespenguinparade.com/

TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably


Re: what's the problem?

"\"... But so are all the other banks ...\"

I've had no problems with Nationwide!"

Not a bank... (not commenting on their online service, though I've had no problems with it ever)


Re: "some of our customers are experiencing intermittent issues with online and mobile banking"

"some of our customers" == only those users that tried to use the online services.

"intermittent" == they only had problems when they tried to use online services.

It would be absolutely true to say that those customers who didn't try and use online services over the weekend experienced no problems. Also, those users who did try to use online services had no problems when they weren't trying.

It would also be true to say that the experience of users when trying to use online services was "normal" (for TSB).

Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten


ABC is taking on Alphabet Inc?

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


Re: Updates



5\) Stock Android?


6 a\) Updates?



6 b\) LineageOS? (probably have to wait a month or so)


Now that's a fortune cookie! Facebook splats $5k command-injection bug in one of its servers


Re: 'Let's not use it' - The-Borg: Resistance is Futile

Even if you do manage to make a choice not to use it, they just infer everything about you by the "you-shaped-hole" that all your friends' facebook apps are pointing at.

Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi


Re: "... misplaced apostrophe's, ..."

I think you'll find the first person pluralization is "We'll"

Beam me up, UK.gov: 'Extra-terrestrial markup language' booted off G-Cloud


Re: "who provide a wide range of non-verbal support"

Upvote -- took me half a minute to realise what you meant though. The hand signals would have helped, or perhaps trombones if you like the Goodies version ;)

The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past


Re: Spreading it thin

> The young Sun was wrapped around an accretion disk?

Yes, in the early days of the solar system when the sun thought it would be cool to be a reverse Dyson sphere.

Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound



> It is important to note that when the initial customer accepts the terms and conditions of Remote Premium services that they are agreeing to unbind the vehicle from themselves when they sell it on.

So the previous owner has agreed to a set of terms and conditions with ... whom? I don't think it's the dealership and it's certainly not any future owner of the car. Presumably with JLR (but possibly a 3rd party app owner??). In which case how do they propose to enforce the agreement (T&C) they have with the previous owner? It sure as heck isn't the new owner's responsibility to enforce that agreement!

Boffins build smallest drone to fly itself with AI


The power requirements could be fixed by making the whole thing a bit bigger so it can carry a decent sized battery. My calculations say it would need to be about... normal drone sized.

Second wave of Spectre-like CPU security flaws won't be fixed for a while


Presumably the intel engineers are hard at work on logos first.

We wanted a camera, they gave us the eye of Gemini – and an eSIM


Any chance of some sample photos with the rear camera?

Hi El Reg!

What would be really useful are some sample photos taken on the rear facing camera add-on.

I'm a backer and very excited to get my Gemini some time May or June (especially as my LG G3 is starting to pack up). I'd like to see the focus of the camera add-on to see if it's worth getting. Some 5MP camera can't even take a decent photo of a receipt because they can't focus.

Pretty please? ;)

Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood


Re: Scouring of the Shire

My apologies -- I always thought that Birmingham was part of the Black Country (especially in industrial revolution times). I didn't realise it was more tightly defined (certainly seems to be nowadays)! I have now learnt something about geography! At least I don't attempt to pronounce Shrewsbury.


Re: Scouring of the Shire

The Scouring of the Shire was indeed Tolkien's commentary on the industrial revolution. He grew up in countryside in the Black Country at the beginning of the 20th century (quite well into the industrial revolution). Quite a lot of his inspiration for The Shire came from there (according to his biography -- also some years since I read it)!

Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System


Re: A lot of us thought Rendezvous with Rama =)

My favourite Arthur C Clarke comment is that The dinosaurs died out because they didn't have an effective space programme. Thank goodness ours seems to be getting better!

Patch alert! Easy-to-exploit flaw in Linux kernel rated 'high risk'


Re: "An unprivileged local user"

I'm fairly sure a local user is just someone with a user account on the machine. It doesn't matter where they are. "remotely triggered" means triggered remotely by anyone with a network route to the machine over some network protocol (e.g. HTTP or FTP) with or without a user account on the machine.

Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus


18.5:9 ?

Ummm, you mean 37:18?

Flying electric taxi upstart scores $90m from investors


Re: Using the jets instead of a rudder

They could be stuck up their for days!

Cassini tickles Saturn's rings ahead of final death plunge


Re: Interesting dilema

> I'm glad I didn't have to make the choice between protecting the engine or the antenna!

To be fair, they'd already started detecting a fault in the AE-35 unit anyway.

DRAMA ON MARS: Curiosity bot fires laser at alien metal object



Egg rock? This is clearly the egg that Monkey! was born from.


Graduate recruitment site exposed 50,000 CVs sent to Virgin Media UK


Patched? Bug?

This sounds like basic configuration!

Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'


Re: An den......?

Plenty more characters in Unicode ;)

Spain's iPhone killer actually a rebranded Xiaomi – new claim


Re: Cute !

If you can't put your finger on it, you're probably holding it wrong.

Microsoft paid me $650 to scrub Windows 10 from my grandpa's PC, says man


Re: Error, error. Does not compute...

"Hi! Is that Microsoft Support?"

"Yes, good day to you. How might I be of assistance?"

"Yeah, I think I've got a fault in my AE-35 unit. What could go wrong?"

Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California


From the article:

"But there is still no central database for the number of exorcisms performed."

What are they suggesting, a vatican postgres running in daemon mode?

OpenSSL swats a dozen bugs, one notable nasty


CVE-2016-6304 ?

It's not snappy and there's no logo. No-one's going to want to exploit that.

Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas


Re: Curious

The response should be: if, as you say, this is so incredibly rare, you will not worry one second about paying to fumigate each and every time it happens.

Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on


Re: I was introduce to ST in the US on NTSC tellies

I believe it stands for Never Twice the Same Color [sic]

Life imitates satire: Facebook touts zlib killer just like Silicon Valley's Pied Piper


What they really need, is a box

Blink and you missed it: Asteroid came within 90,000 km, only one sky-watcher saw it



We never get news stories (or facebook posts) about the near-miss asteroids that no-one notices.


Re: Facebook announcement?

It /is/ peer reviewed. If their peers are other facebook users and the reviews are "Likes".

$329 for a MacBook? Well, really a 'HacBook' built on an old HP


Re: EBay


Honor 8: Huawei targets millennials with high-spec cheapie. 3 words – Food pic mode


Re: already 2 checks ahead of the competition ...


Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass


Where's the option

"Yes, because I do actually need assistive technology?"

Flight sim records show MH370 captain practiced 'flight' near search area


I'm fairly sure that

the records show that he *practised*

Star Trek to go boldly back onto telly, then beam down in streams


Re: Reboots?

Start Wreck: Nemesis seemed to ignore specific things that had happened in ST:TNG. But perhaps the odd numbered films and it don't count?


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