* Posts by Andre Carneiro

192 posts • joined 5 Jun 2007


Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

Andre Carneiro

Re: Good article.

Didn’t work first time?

Now there’s a story begging to be told!

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

Andre Carneiro

Better than this??

I have not laughed this much at a Reg article in a long time!

Pure gold! :D

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

Andre Carneiro

Re: Replay

Whilst I see your point, I think it’s unlikely that Apple will be on the verge of bankruptcy any time soon.

They are still an insanely profitable company and have plenty of cash in the bank to keep going for a very long time.

I do mourn the death of Apple the Innovator, though...

Andre Carneiro

Re: Never mind China

You are right but my one misgiving is that you’re relying on an notorious data slurper to run those services (I’m assuming you use Google products but am happy to be corrected) and whilst I agree on most of the above comments about the extortionate pricing, I still see Apple as pretty much the only large tech company willing to fight for your privacy. I avoid Google like the plague.

That has value to me and makes their products contenders and difficult to compare side by side to other manufacturers, but it is of course a value that varies from person to person and is difficult to put a price to.

Huawei CEO defiant on security claims, vows to be so good, 'no market can keep us away'

Andre Carneiro

“Will never be”...

I am more than half tempted to believe they never were a security threat, but I absolutely do not buy the promise that they never will be so.

I think there’s probably good reason for some degree of paranoia, but then again all major state actors are rotten apples from the same rotting tree...

Apple yanks iPhones from sale in Germany – and maybe China, too – amid Qualcomm spat

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Out of interest, why such visceral reaction that led you to such extreme measures?

Sticking with one mobile provider gets you... Oh. Price rises, big exit fees, and lovely, lovely lock-in

Andre Carneiro

Re: And another thing.....

In the end you got a new number?

Blimey, you must have been DESPERATE to stay with EE to go through that.

Personally would have just cancelled my contract there and then on the principle of it...

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

Andre Carneiro

Re: Roboflop

Thank you for your cooperation

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

Andre Carneiro

LAN parties

Oh, how I miss lugging my 486DX and monitor and keyboard and all that malarkey to my mate’s for a LAN party.

Internet wasn’t as ubiquitous in Portugal back in the day so it was a lot easier and a lot more fun to get all your mates together and plug all the boxes into an Ethernet hub and spend a whole night fragging each other (hur hur) on Quake.

Man, why am I so *old*?

Google: Psst, hey kid, want a new eSIM? Our Fi has one right here

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I just can't trust them

Unfortunately, Google have now become "that sinister company" in my mind and as far as I'm concerned their brand is so toxic that I won't touch any of their services with a bargepole.

I am well aware that I am in the minority but I can only wonder just how much more personal data they can harvest from that particular service...

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

Andre Carneiro

She who must be obeyed, washer of socks and cooker of meals

And Buster Of Balls, I suspect, if she ever reads this... ;)

Q: If Pesky Pepper had a peek at patient papers, at how many patient papers did Pesky Pepper peek? A: 231

Andre Carneiro

Don’t you then have at least a moral obligation to report them?

I really mean it, that’s serious shit.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

Andre Carneiro

Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

“Sounds like that angle of attack sensor should be triplicated. How else can the software decide which sensor is bad, if both produce plausible values (one being wrong, but not impossibly so).

- And the same for goes for all other safety-critical sensors.”

Yes, I’m somewhat perplexed by the lack of a “tie breaker”.

Again, comparing with the Airbus implementation:

The Airbus aircraft generally have 3 ADIRUs (Air Data and Inertial Referencing Units), each with its own AoA sensor. And yes, there is a voting system so that a rogue sensor will merely cause a DISAGREE state and is disregarded, rather than something potentially rather more catastrophic.

Andre Carneiro

Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

“If the priority button remains pressed for more than 45 seconds, then the other stick will he disabled for the remainder of the flight.


That's not good.”

Why not?

If you have a faulty stick it makes sense to disable it rather than constantly taking priority every few seconds and risk an unexpected random input at a critical time, IMHO.

Andre Carneiro

Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

If they both press it, whomever pressed it last will have the side stick priority.

If the priority button remains pressed for more than 45 seconds, then the other stick will he disabled for the remainder of the flight.

Andre Carneiro

Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

Also.... The issue with that particular AF flight was multifactorial (as these things often are) and started before the actual event (as these things often do).

In a very very quick summary, there were significant training issues. Losing Air Data at high altitude is serious but it's fairly trivial to maintain level flight using Thrust and Attitude (pitch up measurement) alone. There are tables for that in the manual: ""For this thrust, at this weight, with this pitch, this plane will fly at approximately this altitude and continue doing so").

The choice of route (straight through a thunderstorm from which other planes had deviated) was probably a determinant factor and indicated the complacency of the pilots and the over confidence in the superiority of the technology (the last point being driven home by the fact that the copilot had a full nose up input on the stick for most of the incident which is a schoolboy error when dealing with a stall, because he assumed the alpha-protections would keep the plane from stalling). That the Captain was absent from the flight deck when the plane entered the storm cell again may suggest complacency or a lack of awareness of the risk.

It was all very sad and it is easy to analyse with the retrospectoscope but ultimately the software did exactly what it should do and the plane should not have come down.

Then again I wasn't there and the barrage of inconsistent warnings and failures would probably have overwhelmed me as well.

Andre Carneiro

Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

Whenever the two side stick receive a command, there is a very loud DUAL INPUT aural and visual warning on the FMA.

The end result of the command to the plane is the sum of the vectors of both inputs (so a full “pitch down” input would effectively nullify a “full pitch up input”).

Moreover, there is a SidestIck Priority button which, when pressed, disables the other one, gives a loud PRIORITY LEFT/RIGHT aural warning and a visual warning on the console of the pilot who lost priority. This is in case a stick fails and starts sending weird inputs.

While everyone coos at the promise of 5G, UK network Three asks if it can tempt you with 4G+

Andre Carneiro

4G+ icon?

Is this a thing on iPhones? I’ve never seen or heard of it...

Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

Andre Carneiro

Mac mini SSD

Is it really a generic, upgradeable SSD on the Mini?

M2 socket? That would be SO sweet!

Openreach hacks full-fibre broadband prices for developers... Property developers, that is

Andre Carneiro

It’s about time!

Seems like OR are finally starting to get serious about fibre deployments.

Now to replace the old copper carcasses...

Andre Carneiro

No need for ducting

It’s fairly trivial to replace the copper cable washing lines for fibre washing lines.

Ducting would be a lot more reliable and aesthetic but shouldn’t disadvantage you too much...

Have you ever, ever felt like this? Have strange things happened? Is high-speed data going round the twist?

Andre Carneiro

Copper is truly dead

Fibra seemsnto have a new expansion roadmap every month.

Can we stop this whole FTTC/G.Fast nonsense now?

Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

Andre Carneiro

If you are in your first 14 days then you know what to do... ;)

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

Andre Carneiro

Re: C

Fascinating, I never knew that’s why they were removed!

Yet again I learn interesting stuff from El Reg commentards.

You guys rock!

'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls

Andre Carneiro

Re: I use a blocker

Interesting! Tell me more!

How does it work? How much does it cost? Where do you get it from?

Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook

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Get rid of the lot

Having long deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts (and recently Instagram), I am probably a bit biased.

But I do wonder if the perceived benefits of social media actually outweigh the fact that we’re putting the sickest, most depraved, most horrifying aspects of human nature in a platform where they are now accessible to everyone.

Or maybe I’m just getting old and grumpy.

UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

Andre Carneiro

Re: RE: Andre

I’m awe of the ludicrousness of the analogy.

It’s a fascinating insight into what makes Brexiteers tick, though.

Andre Carneiro

I’m sorry if my apology offends you. >:)

Andre Carneiro

“I think that voting leave will be worth any economic cost. ”

I’m sorry, but this is simply not something that anyone sensible would say and it utterly reinforces my idea that Leave is a semi-religious frenzy rather than a rational decision.

Probably for the best: Apple makes sure eSIMs won't nuke the operators

Andre Carneiro

eSIM sucks

If the experience on my iPad is anything to go by, I’d rather have the two physical SIMs any day.

Also, am I the only one thinking that this puts WAY too much power on apple’s side?

The handset should be utterly network agnostic and log into whichever network it has a SIM for.

eSIM means networks will have to actually engage with Apple in order to allow their offers to show up on a selection menu.

I suspect it may be free now but what’s to stop Apple charging networks for the privilege?

Vodafone hounds Czech customers for bills after they were brute-forced with Voda-issued PINs

Andre Carneiro

Ah, Vodafone...

The gift that keeps on giving.

Good to see they’re as utterly shit abroad as they are in the UK.

Never again!

Techie's test lab lands him in hot water with top tech news site

Andre Carneiro

Re: What's your vector victor?

You have clearance, over

It’s “Clarence Oveur”.

Vodafone's spending pays off - but EE hangs on to UK network crown

Andre Carneiro

Reflects my personal experience

Been with Three for years and their data performance has been getting crappier pretty much everywhere I go, which is a shame.

Tried Vodafone a couple of years ago and the shambles with C/S was such that even if they scored top of the ranking I still wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole.

Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

Andre Carneiro

Re: "Do not want" is not strong enough.

I use Apple Pay a lot but not Apple Music. It’s easy enough to disable and make go away?

Andre Carneiro

Re: The latest industry

A bit like 3D TVs: annoying, poorly executed, “niche” at best but pushed incredibly aggressively by manufacturers and movie studios. At a premium, of course.

Those went well, dind’t they?

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

Andre Carneiro

Hyperlinking OK though

Did I interpret the text wrong or did it imply that whilst downloading the photo and uploading it to my website is verboten, hyperlinking to the original photo is OK?

And that being the case.... what’s the difference?

Nokia scores a $3.5bn deal to inflict 5G on T-Mobile customers

Andre Carneiro

Spectral efficiency?

Will 5G bring about better spectral efficiency like 4G did compared to 3G?

Because if so, then there might be a logical reason to deploy it.

Otherwise I have to echo everyone’s sentiment that this does sound like a lot of hot air with limited benefit.

Sysadmin's PC-scrub script gave machines a virus, not a wash

Andre Carneiro

Well, 4 out of every 10 men have issues at least once in their lives...

Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet

Andre Carneiro

“You’re heads are spinning”?

Someone’s spell checker didn’t wake up properly today... ;)

UK chancellor puts finger in air, promises 15 million full fibre connections by 2025

Andre Carneiro

Re: 2033 to "Finish" the job??

Looks like he’s right!


Astounding, if it’s true...

Andre Carneiro

Re: 2033 to "Finish" the job??

I’m gonna have to call you up on that...

10Gbps for €50pcm??

Ten gigabits? Broadband? Can GPON even support that?

UK spy agency warns Brit telcos to flee from ZTE gear

Andre Carneiro


Well, I would say "North" is a direction and "The North" is a place.

Worried we'll make ourselves extinct? Let’s be scientific about it

Andre Carneiro

Re: Well ...

You could argue that we haven’t reached an evolutionary dead end, merely the evolutionary pressure is off for the time being.

Pretty sure that if natural selection started kicking in again we’d start evolving again as well.

And crocodiles haven’t evolved much in quite a long time and still seem to be going strong.

Regardless, this sounds like it could be quite an interesting evening...

We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

Andre Carneiro

Cambridge Professor

So whatever is happening to this Cambridge Professor who allegedly actually gathered the FB data in the first place?

His name has been conspicuously absent from all this mess and he’s just as culpable (if not more so) as any of the other lot?

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

Andre Carneiro

Analysis of the email market in 2007?

Should that be 2017? Because 2007 was 11 years ago and I’m not sure data from there bears any relevance today...

Anyway, it’s good to see MS holding true to their long standing asshattery. At least you know where you stand with them.

Smartphones to be inescapable, even at 40,000 feet

Andre Carneiro

Quiet zone

Ah, but think of the extra an airline can charge to sit you in a "Quiet Zone" where mobile phones are (supposedly) not allowed...

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

Andre Carneiro

Re: Remnant of the 1980s

Amazon Now is not an option for 95% of the country.

That said, I probably would have opted for a Next Day delivery as well. Surely one can survive without a desktop UPS for 24 hours?

Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

Andre Carneiro

Re: I'm disappointed

I dare suggest it may not be THAT rare. There are significant numbers of people who have dog walkers or cleaners or whatever for whom limited (and, dare I say, logged!) access to you don’t door may be quite useful.

Also, nobody is suggesting everybody should have a “smart” (I hate this term!) lock. All I’m saying is that the concept isn’t nearly as outrageous or useless as a Bluetooth-enabled toaster, for example...

Andre Carneiro

Re: I'm disappointed

Those are practicalities and execution, not the principle of the technology.

Andre Carneiro

Re: So ignoring the fact you need an internet connection....

You'd think there would be a physical key mechanism to override it? Not beyond the wit of man to solve that particular problem...


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