* Posts by Andre Carneiro

209 posts • joined 5 Jun 2007


Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes

Andre Carneiro

Re: Criminal Negligence and/or Corporate Malfeasance? Those are a Rock and a Hard Place

Fair point, hand't thought of that...

Andre Carneiro

Re: Criminal Negligence and/or Corporate Malfeasance? Those are a Rock and a Hard Place

Your car is required (provided that you are in Europe and it has been built recently) to have daytime running lights, thus obviating the need to manually turn on your headlights if it happens to rain during the day.

Andre Carneiro

MCAS is being misportrayed

The mainstream media seems to keep misrepresenting the role of MCAS.

It is not a simple anti-still mechanism. There is a stick pusher for that.

I am pasting a very clear explanation of what MCAS does and why it came to be. Credit to FCeng84 (https://www.pprune.org/member.php?u=291487) from PPRune for this post.

"There is a cert requirement that as AOA increases, the nose up pilot command required must not decrease. This is demonstrated at fixed thrust levels so there is no change in thrust pitching moment. The 737MAX issue here that gives rise to the need for MCAS is that as AOA increases the lift provided by the engine cowling that is so large and mounted so far forward of the wing causes a nose up pitching moment that results is a decrease in the column pull needed to maintain a steady positive AOA rate. That characteristic is not compliant with the requirements. MCAS comes active during this maneuver putting in nose down stabilizer that must be countered by the column. The net effect of engine cowling lift and MCAS nose down stabilizer as AOA increases is that the column needed to complete the maneuver does not decrease part way through the range of AOA for which characteristics must be demonstrated. 737MAX without MCAS fails the cert demo. 737MAX with MCAS passes the cert demo."

It exists to make sure that the "feel of the aeroplane" is consistent across increasing Angles of Attack in order to pass certification, not as a protection against stall as such.

That said, that is more or less irrelevant. The engineering of it (one single data feed? Seriously?) and the certification process (the manufacturer self-certifies? Seriously?) are critical issues which, I believe, are rooted in complacency: 2017 was the first year in aviation history where not a single life was lost to commercial aviation.

It's sad to see that this flagship industry is starting to let its guard down.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

Andre Carneiro

Interesting point, but there are some acts that are criminal pretty much everywhere you go.

Murder is one of them.

(I mean murder and purposefully make an exception for the death penalty which, in a sense, is institutionalised murder, but the two are easy to distinguish).

Why not start there?

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

Andre Carneiro

Re: Corporate travel bookings

You need to find yourself a better job...

We're not throttling you, says Vodafone, claiming slow vid streaming is down to the 'cards'

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Good to see their business and broadband “customer service” emulates my experience with their mobile phone products.

I have never experienced such incompetence in my life (and having had a brief contract with BT, that’s saying something) and I was pleased I managed to get the hell out within the 14 day cooling off period.

Still, at least their CS experience is consistent across all their products...

Andre Carneiro

Re: Bob the Builder

The days when people all sit on front of the telly watching the same thing at the same time are over.

People consume content intermittently and at whatever time is convenient for them. Multicast doesn’t fix the problem in that model.

In Portugal at least, multicast is used for “live” IPTV already.

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You pay peanuts...

Pokemon No! Good news: You can now ban the virtual pests, er, pets to stop nerds wandering around your property

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Other than, I suspect, age-related grumpiness why such a visceral reaction to an otherwise fairly harmless (if sometimes annoying) game?

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

Andre Carneiro

Re: The only way is OATH

It has the name “Google” in it, I’m going to assume it’s insecure.

Things that make you go .hm... Has a piece of the internet just sunk into the ocean? It appears so

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Did you notice how quickly it loaded and how straightforward it was to access the relevant information?

I do miss those days...

Apple solemnly agrees to pay France $570m in back taxes, turns to camera, gives us a wink

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Re: It's not bullshit

I see where you're coming from but have to disagree with you.

Loopholes are, by definition, technicalities that allow you to defeat the spirit of the law because it was shoddily implemented.

You may well be doing something that is not technically illegal but you know damn well that your intent is certainly not pure.

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

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Still gold

It's now nearly a month since this article was posted.

It's still making laugh so hard I have tears in my eyes.


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Better than this??

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

Pure gold! :D

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

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Re: 4k for a fridge?

I admit to probably spending too much money on "cool tech" (see what I did there?) in the past and I'd probably fall into the "early adopter" category.

But yes, £4k for a fridge????

Something about the early parting of fools and their money?

Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'

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Re: Bullshit

Was it Einstein that said "Never put down to malice what can be easily explained by human stupidity"? And also "There are only two infinite things, the Universe and human stupidity. And I'm not so sure about the first"?

I'm still putting my money on malice, though. The whole thing is just so very suspicious...

Seagate punts external PS4 drive at the millions who uninstalled their game libraries to fit Red Dead Redemption 2

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Replace it

It’s trivial to replace the internal drive on a PS4 (unlike the XBox), so I personally plonked a 2TB SSHD neatly connected to the SATA bus rather than messing around with external USB crap.

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc

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Bureaucracy rather than malice

Well, I’m assuming the terms and conditions of .eu registration precede Brexit by a significant number of years.

If all along they clearly stated that "Any natural person, company or organisation residing in or established in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway can register a .eu or .ею (Cyrillic script) domain name." then it seems to me like they’re simply applying them to the letter...

Also “register a domain” does not simply mean the act of actively registering but also the ongoing fact of owning the domain name so whilst letting it lapse rather than cancelling the registrations would be a practical and pragmatic approach, cancellation is pretty much in line with the T&Cs registrants agreed to.

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

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Re: Good article.

Didn’t work first time?

Now there’s a story begging to be told!

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

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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'

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“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

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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

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Re: Roboflop

Thank you for your cooperation

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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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.


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