* Posts by Trollslayer

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Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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It's like a hamster trying to juggle snakes

Except it's us that get bitten.

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The curious tale of ICANN, Verisign, claims of subterfuge, and the $135m .Web dot-word

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Where are ICANN based?

Could it be the US?

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Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

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Re: Photovoltaic?

That's fine in Iceland but what about the middle of Essex?

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By George

I think they have it!

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Cambridge Analytica's administrators misled judge, High Court told

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Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: Alternatively...

If they haven't understood it you having been paying attention to them.

Different people need different training.

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UK Supreme Court considers whether spy court should be immune to legal probes

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

While the UK is better than many countries it is far from perfect.

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Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request

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Re: Jaywalking

A very good analogy.

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Is it just me

Or was China complaining about human rights an obscenity?

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UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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Is anyone surprised?

Didn't think so.

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Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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If Tesla made microwaves

They would freeze whatever you put in.

Remember - this is the guy who kept calling one of the volunteer divers who rescued those kids from the cave system a paedophile.

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Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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Not a surprise

I test embedded products and last year was doing NTP testing with Wireshark looking for DHCP renewal packets.

I noticed some leap second packets from unknown devices and on a whim opened the addresses in a browser - it was some quite pricey HP laser printers/scanners whose web interface didn't have a default password.

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Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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UK contributions

How much has the UK paid to prop up Grexit, bribing Eastern European countries - sorry subsidising - to join the EU?

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Re: FFS

Israel can join the Galileo program because they pay with money from the US.

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Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Re: "get a CEO's head on a pike"

How would putting it on a fish help?

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Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

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Re: Quite.

Be fair - he is in the matrix.

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'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects

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If proof were needed

Look at a lot of the posts here.

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Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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Miles to go

before I sleep. Rest in peace.

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US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan

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This from thieves

The Republicans treat the people of the US as a piggy bank.

The Tax Bill reduced corporate tax from 35% to 21% plus directors can 'pass thought' their money from the company at corporate rate so they have halved the tax on that.

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US Congresscritters discover Wi-Fi, updates on Oz's nbn broadband plan and much more

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Congress + WiFi =

More stupid little ego games.

Does anyone have some Etch-a-Sketches they can have as laptops?

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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In polite terms

It is extracting the urine.

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Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

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Six letter words

scare Trump and the cyber czar used words long than eight!

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Virtual reality saves wannabe prison officers from actually, you know, having to visit

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Re: Corrections

Many years ago I did some work on a system in the gatehouse of a category A prison - a home office design that needed rework then nursing.

Odd place, most of the time it was like a workplace then there would be something or nothing and you remembered what the place was there for.

The gateshouse POs were good to work with but I knew not to go into the prison area.

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HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

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Epson

Inkjet.

Good printer and works just fine with third party cartridges.

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US cities react in fury to FCC's $2bn break for 5G telcos: We'll be picking up the tab, say officials

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Yet another reason

not to move to the US.

The UK isn't perfect but this is typical with regulation.

There are even state unions for all kinds of things such as 'nail technicians' which are basically run by gangsters who get away with massive membership fees.

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No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim

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Re: Porbably not just down due to the FBI

That makes sense.

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At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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BBC review

It is aimed at a less technical audience but a very good review:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-45521497/a-new-reality-putting-magic-leap-one-to-the-test

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Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

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I used to be ambivalent about leaving the EU

But this petty dictatorship over domains shows the EU at it's worst.

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: Compliant but non-functional?

I have had that a few time so stick with Prosafe unless there is a reason to use something else.

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Re: Been running PoE Pis for years...

Probably direct power e.g. no device detection etc. but if it works for you then fine.

Device detection is optional on PoE btw.

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@Doctor Synax

"Where does luck come into it? Given the historical problems with power on Pis I'd have expected anything in that area to be fully tested with all possible build configurations."

Unfortunately switches that offer the same standards often vary on load.

Personally I don't trust TPLink for PoE, one minor surge near the threshold and I have to power cycle the one I have.

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Re: Hats off to 'em...

Especially when we commentards are immature!

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Re: If only the the folk at Nvidia were as honest to own up to their mistakes.

@AC

"If only the folk at HP/Nvidia were as honest as Eben Upton, to own up to their poor product testing, that has left so many Geforce based laptops dead from poor Geforce GPUs/poorthermal design and the use of lead free solder."

You literally have no idea about modern soldering.

To get BGA connections at the required density requires the solder has extremely precise characteristics and unfortunately the effects resulted in joint fractures after a combination of time, changes in the solder and temperature cycles which arose from the varying workload.

Yes, I worked at Nvidia (a non graphics division) and Jensen was genuinely upset about letting the customers and users down. I even met him once, a nice guy.

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EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out

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There is an EM drive in orbit

Remember that earlier this year a pair of satellites were launched, one with a conventional motor and one with an EM drive.

Let's see how it works in practice.

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America-China tariff tiff could flip the switch on Cisco price hikes

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COCOM strikes again

Remember the Reagan era?

COCOM was supposed to be about security but it was about denying people important components.

Is anyone surprised when it turned out to include basic logic devices? I ended buying Japanese parts and US equipment manufacturers of many kinds had trouble exporting their products.

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Non-profits push back against Big Cable's bumpkin broadband blueprint for America

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The US

For sale to the highest bribe

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UK.gov went ahead with under-planned, under-funded IT upgrade? Sounds about right

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The usual

Someone makes a decision despite not knowing anything about how it is to be done or if it can be done.

The important thing is to make a decision when you said you were going to make a decision.

Universal Credit

NHSfIT

CrossRail

I have known at least one system for HMP establishments which could never work - I know because I had to redesign it for one site.

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Wannabe Supreme Brett Kavanaugh red-faced after leaked emails contradict spy testimony

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Service as normal

As long as you get away with thing it is OK.

Like the lack of prosecutions from Hillsborough.

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Using Python in Visual Studio Code? Microsoft has new toys for you

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Re: installing vs code on Linux

I wasn't expecting that

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AI image recognition systems can be tricked by copying and pasting random objects

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Re: The elephant in the room!

"it lacks the meta to understand it does not understand".

Best description I have seen about autonomous vehicles.

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Cobbler feels the shoe-leather: An IP address is still not a human

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Re: what’s with Adam Sandler?

Try The Longest Yard without prejudging it.

Yes, a remake but a very good one.

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Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot

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Lower phone sales

Less land fill and less money thrown away.

I work with industrial Android device testing BTW.

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Xeon-bashing Tachyum claims its Prodigy CPU will run AI jobs as well as traditional apps

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The objective

is to live off the investors money?

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Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

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Let the fines begin!

Up to four percent of turnover.

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Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

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Word process tax

To subsidise typewriters!

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Australia blocks Huawei, ZTE from 5G rollout

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Good idea

I learned a few weeks ago form someone involved in aircraft satellite comms that now in China the comms needs to be routed via their ground stations while in Chinese airspace.

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If it doesn't need to be connected, don't: Nurse prescribes meds for sickly hospital infosec

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Technology isn't magic

This message still gets ignored.

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Snap code snatched, Pentagon bans bands, pacemakers cracked, etc

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Unsigned code?

We produce an Android based product at work and production apps must be signed with the production key.

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Hackers can cook you alive using 'microwave oven' sat-comms – claim

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Hate to tell you

but the microwave antennae in an aircraft cannot be aimed into the cabin areas, it would be a liability.

I have seen one as well.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Who needs Zorro?

We have El Reg!

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