* Posts by Andy Mac

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Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

Andy Mac

It wasn't until I came to Australia that I found supermarkets selling middle bacon, with both the meaty bit and the streaky bit all in one convenient package.

The only downside is that you're required to inform your health insurer when you buy it.

Edit: Oh my, I've just discovered the bacon wiki: http://bacon.wikia.com

Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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Bear repellant

Does it work on sharks too?

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

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Meh

The talk surrounding Huawei has been going for years, even during the last presidency. To the best of my knowledge, I don't think anyone has actually produced any evidence at all Huawei has actually done anything wrong. However, sanction-breaking is a different beast to infrastructure-level espionage, so maybe they actually have some evidence this time.

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

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This is good news. Microsoft's slow release cadence and insistence that each new browser version will not run on older versions of Windows has causes nothing but pain for us devs. I find it faintly ludicrous that MS was somehow unable to keep pace with Google and Mozilla.

Also, I'm not overly concerned about the reduction in competing browser engines as the companies with a vested interest in the Chromium project should keep it from stagnating into another IE6. I could be wrong though, and they might all become puppet states in the greater Googleocracy.

Keen for much-hyped quantum computing to finally land? Don't expect it for a decade

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Does anyone else think that the quantum chip in the article looks like it's made of Lego?

Talk about a GAN-do attitude... AI software bots can see through your text CAPTCHAs

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I hut a picture-based CAPTCHA today. It asked me to identify cross-walks. Now, not being of the North American persuasion, I couldn’t define what a crosswalk was *exactly*. Was it a zebra crossing, or anything woth traffic lights in it? Whatever I did, it was wrong.

Falcon 9 gets its feet wet as SpaceX notch up two more launch successes

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I don’t carry a strong opinion about His Muskiness or SpaceX, but it sounds like the safety precautions put in place worked perfectly and ensured the malfunctioning stage landed at sea rather than crashing on the ground. Overall, not great, but chalk one up for safety backups.

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Re: I give you...

Can I modify that to “non-orange sleazebag of the year?”

Azure MFA falls over, Windows 10 struggles with Intel drivers, and Microsoft gives us... more Sticky Notes?

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Pint

Re: Massive kudos...

Are you kidding? I watch Hey Duggee without my kids!

NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

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Re: MARS?

Potatoes? Did it squash Mark Watney on landing?

Microsoft squeezes a 2019 server out of the Azure DevOps pipeline

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Windows

Azure(tm) is the new Windows(tm)

Just slap the name on everything and see what sticks. It worked for Windows RT, right?

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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I feel like the Iron Islanders need to change one of their sayings:

“Did you pay the Iron Price, the Gold Price or the Apple Price?”

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Hey lock, say goodbye to key, you two might not be seeing each other for a while.

Data flows post-Brexit: 'Leave it to government to make sure you've got a smooth run in.' Er, OK

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Bullish?

Move one letter and add another on the end and you’re closer to the mark.

Microsoft teaches a 10-year-old Red Dog new tricks and the Windows 10 1809 delay hits Exchange 2019

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Nice to see Skype for Business supporting TLS 1.2. Almost just in time for TLS 1.3...

What can I say about this 5G elixir? Try it on steaks! Cleans nylons! It's made for the home! The office! On fruits!

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Maybe I’m missing something here, but 5g just seems like a faster way to burn through my pitiful mobile data allowancewhat do we get from “faster download speeds” if there isn’t a corresponding, and most significant, increase in data.

Super Cali goes ballistic, net neutrality hopeless? Even Ajit Pai's gloating is something quite atrocious

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States’ Rights....

...seem very important when they’re pushing a conservative agenda. Now, they’re just an inconvenience.

It's a cert: Hundreds of big sites still unprepared for starring role in that Chrome 70's show

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So we’re saying that 0.1% of site admins aren’t doing their job properly? If only that ratio were applied across all jobs.

Microsoft hopes it has a sequel better than Godfather Part II: SQL Server 2019 previewed

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Re: Hope it's better than Highlander 2 at least

The Highlander TV show probably cost me my A-Levels thanks to being on at 11pm. It hasn’t aged that well, but I loved it.

And so, SQL Server. Yay. Nothing really exciting for us developers. I wonder if the intern has finished updating Master Data Services. Still need Silverlight? Oh dear.

Renegade 3D-printing gunsmith Cody Wilson on the run in Taipei from child sex allegations

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Does Ecuador even have an embassy in Taipei?

Early bird access to .NET Framework 4.8? Microsoft, you spoil us

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Re: Despite coding in it ...

After 15 years or so and with the utmost respect to Mono, they finally achieved cross platform development with Core.

I have little doubt that the full framework’s failure to go cross platform had a lot to do with Microsoft being... well Microsoft and putting Windows First. And that worked out so well...

What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM

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Holmes

Surely the logical follow on from that paper is one in five years saying how Millennials and Gen Z are innovative and open to ideas while Gen X is stuffy and stuck in their ways. And in another 15 years telling us how out of touch Millenials are.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Gimp

Re: Next change in line

This as well (this++?, this*2?).

I miss the Reg app with the dark theme so so much.

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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WTF?

Doubling down on stupid prices too

I was toying with the idea of upgrading. Now I’m not. Even I’m not idiot enough to pay that idiot-tax.

I can’t see the Xr doing well. Who wants to pay premium prices for a sub-premium phone? It’s the 5c all over again.

Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis

Andy Mac

Personally, I’m looking forward to the increased speed of 5G. I’ll be able to burn trough my paltry data allowance in under a minute.

It's a mug's game: Watch AI robot grab a cuppa it hasn't seen before

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Terminator

And they dare to call this “AI”.

Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge

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Now they just need to develop a machine that can punch a hole all the way through the ballot paper.

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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Re: The return of front page

You’re missing the point. It’s *AI* doing it this time.

Anyway Frontpage disappeared a long time ago. My ire is reserved for Dreamweaver.

Beam me up, PM: Digital secretary expected to give Tory conference speech as hologram

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Paris Hilton

To be honest, I’d think more of a politician’s technical chops if they *didn’t* have a Twitter account.

BTW, is it time for Paris to be replaced by a Kar****ian? Discuss. In your head preferably.

The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

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WTF?

I thought I was reading Something For The Weekend for a minute there.

Whistleblower org chief quits over Assange critic boot demand

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Any good Wikileaks ever did has been eclipsed by this bellend and his antics.

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Thanks!

This is the kick I needed to finally ditch Google Maps.

IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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I dread the day I ask someone for their IP and they give me an IPv6 address.

Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

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If your organisation is big enough to get through 10000 messages per day and is too stingy to pay Slack, I’d be worried.

Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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Gimp

I’d reply saying “Thsnks! I’ve been racking my brains trying to remeber that password!”

Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'

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Gimp

Re: JFDI

Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it.

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Big Brother

JFDI

For all us Duckduckgo users.

Up in arms! Arm kills off its anti-RISC-V smear site after own staff revolt

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Joke

RISK-V sounds good...

But does it run Windows?

And in current affairs: Rogue raccoon blacks out city power grid after shocking misstep

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Re: Are you SURE it's dead?

You don’t have any prosthetic limbs in the house do you?

Bill Clinton's cyber-attack novel: The airport haxploit-blockbuster you knew it would be

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Re: Spitting Image got there first?

What about The Simpsons and Troy McClure’s “The President’s Neck is Missing”?

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

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Re: Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam...

I’ve had the same hotmail address for around 17 years and I’ve used it to sign up for *everything*.

I get hardly any spam at all (maybe 10 a week) and right now most of it is because I bought a domain and stuck the address on Whois.

I can’t speak for other peoples’ experience, but I’m very happy with the lack of spamage (although Hotmail is my main weakness in my attempt to be data-slurping-behemoth-free).

What a flap: SIM swiped from slain stork's GPS tracker used to rack up $2,700 phone bill

Andy Mac

I always find the huge phone bill stories a bit confusing. Speaking personally, it’s not like I’m sitting around thinking about all the phone calls I would make, if only they were cheaper. Unless it’s a data bill of course.

British info watchdog slaps Midlands firm with £4,500 fine. Next time, register

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Big Brother

I read that headline and I thought it was Inspector Gadget: “Next time Register...Next time”

Registry to ban Cyrillic .eu addresses even if you've paid for them

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Unhappy

EURid

Ne’er was there a more appropriate name.

Ready, get Sets... no? App-grouping whizzery for Windows 10 killed

Andy Mac
Windows

Re: still using classic shell.

I’ll stop using Classic Shell the day MS stop forcing a terrible touch-first UI on me. i.e. never.

The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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Re: There's one born every minute

Given the levels of household debt in western countries, it would seem that anyone can be easily parted from their money. Either that or we’re all fools.

Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Childcatcher

I thought of the child(ren)

While I’m firmly pro-gun control, it’s still nice to read a story of somone using a firearm who isn’t a criminal/cop/toddler and a shootee who seems to have thouroughly deserved it.

Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

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Stop

Enough

I really think journalists need to get together and agree to stop reporting canned statements and instead treat them as no response at all.

Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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Re: Phone on contract...

"the "call time contract" was WAY over inflated in price to cover the cost"

IIRC, the monthly contract cost excluding the phone repayment was comparable to the PAYG plan I was already on with a different provider.

However, I cop to idiocy for getting such an awful 6S contract.

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Re: Internets for the win!

I can’t speak for the UK any more but contracts in ’Straya are getting stupid. I got an iPhone 4S on contract and the phone cost me a bit over $100. When the time came to get a 6S, the subsidy was practically nonexistent and the data allowance was pitiful at the start of it, let alone 2 years later.

Now I’m on PAYG, which now looks exactly like a contract since all calls and texts are inclusive, except the price is better, the data allowances are better and you can always change if a better deal comes along.

As a person of moderate intelligence, I honestly cannot understand why *anyone* would get a contract.

The next time I need to pay the idiot tax for a phone, I’ll be running straight into the freakish hell that is the Apple store to get it direct.

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