* Posts by poohbear

223 posts • joined 13 Dec 2010


Yes! Pack your bags! Blossoming planetary system strikingly similar to ours found by boffins


Can't find the Register unit for H₂O/asteroid anywhere ....

In hilariously petulant move, Apple shuts Texas stores and reopens them few miles down the road – for patent reasons


According to a doccie on the subject, "because of what are perceived to be patent-friendly judges " ... who have lawyer sons who happen to practice patent law ... from the suing side.

And people wonder why they always win ....

You like JavaScript! You really like it! Scripting lingo tops dev survey of programming languages


About the same time the semicolon did in Javascript?

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp


Re: I use whatsAp with work

Thank you .... need to uninstall Peel Remote (bloatware that came with Samsung and has since morphed beyond its original mostly benign intent)

French diplomat: Spies gonna spy – there aren't any magical cyberspace laws that can prevent it


Um, are spies allowed to use secure encrypted communications then?

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit


Re: Puzzled

Drive around with a blindfold on?

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate


Re: Great for this Engineer

Do it properly ... Software Artiste.

Back in the 90s when I was a corporate programmer (albeit with a CompSci degree) I remember being thrown by the American tech publications talking about Software Engineers ... like they could write compilers with one hand behind their back. Sanitation Engineers arrived shortly after that, and it's been politically correct downhill ever since.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


Re: Facebook's shadow profile.

"And what exactly they achieve ?"

-- I'm sure the TLAs love drawing lines between people. Might explain your private interview next time you fly.

An AI system has just created the most realistic looking photos ever


S1m0ne should be here shortly.


Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!


Re: diving headlong into the Registry

There wasn't enough space on the web page to list them all.

What's big, blue, and short on Intel? The supercomputer world's podium: USA tops Top500 with IBM Power9


"It runs Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3." ... what, couldn't they get Gentoo installed?

Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN


Re: If it knows it lost mobile, it knows it can lose a heck of a lot more

"Hence why these days IIS has over 40% of all websites versus Apache on 22% according to Netcraft." .... you're looking at the wrong metric.


Re: Blimey!

It's quite easy on two legs.

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


No indication as to whether she lied about her age. Or if she was charged with any crime. What about all her other "clients" ?

SAP faces further South African corruption probe


"An earlier investigation concluded SAP paid about $9.7m to three Gupta-related firms that acted as intermediaries or subcontractors in deals with Transnet and Eskom.

Amid the allegations, the firm sacked the managing director and chief financial office in South Africa, and implemented a global policy to ban commission on all public sector deals in "high risk" countries."

So presumably SAP will continue paying commissions in low-risk countries?....

Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker


I think the real issue here is that she blew an undercover false-flag op by NSA/whoever.

Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure


I've got $10 that says Microsoft's implementation will be incompatible with everyone else's.

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



Okay, I'll bite:

"340 undecillion"

Can you please be more specific? :-)

Did you know: Lawyers can certify web domain ownership? Well, not no more they ain't



Am I the only one who was expecting this to end along the lines of "not necessarily honest"...?

However, the CAs decided this was not a very secure system since lawyers are "generally not qualified to evaluate"

So woke: Microsoft's face-recog can now ID more people who aren't pasty white blokes


Short list

"technology would not be used for anything Redmond deems unethical."

Is there actually anything on that list?

How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF



If I remember correctly, back in the 90s, Adobe was trying very hard to have PDF adopted as the standard for WWW. Thankfully HTML won out.

FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!


Re: Woah! Some much tin foil, so many hats.....

"my cat looks awesome...."

You're not into cats, are you?....

Age checks for UK pr0n site visitors on ice as regulator cobbles together some guidance



I'm not a Brit... so please remind me which political party had this bright idea in their election manifesto?

Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds


Re: More PC BS

Nope, INTJs ... for coding at least.


Re: Won't somebody think of the....

Did the pregnant women walk differently to the non-pregnant ones?...

AI racks up insane high scores after finding bug in ancient video game


Not the real thing

That's not the real Q*Bert ... looks like some sort of cheap clone.

Software that predicts whether crims will break the law again is no better than you or me


"Actually, it only tests whether you are found guilty of another offence, not whether you did it either, come to think of it."

I love the sound of plea-bargains in the morning.

IBM melts down fixing Meltdown as processes and patches stutter


"Like a Lepidopterist."

Don't you mean Laridopterist?

IBM lobs sueball at travel site Expedia for using some old Prodigy patents


I still don't understand how a patent for "*A*" method of doing something is somehow applicable to ANOTHER method of doing the same thing ... I doubt very much if exactly the same code is involved.

IBM's next turnaround tool is ... a new open-source font?


"The zipfile includes both serif and sans serif versions. It's worth grabbing"

More importantly, also a MONO version... and all in a good range of weights. Even has a Bitcoin symbol.

IBM scores some brownie points here.

Stop worrying and let the machines take our jobs – report


Re: Give us what is ours

"Whats that one called where everyone gets a basic wage for free?"


You know, bread and circuses for the citizens while the slaves I mean robots do the work ....

Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone


'Twas Ophelia wot did it.

We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to


Mmm since no one else has done it....


Atlassian kills God, rebrands as a mountain, a structurally unsound 'A' or a high five



That's clearly the fronts of a pair of skis, on someone who doesn't know how to ski....

Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors


IANAL but I have a question:... if they demand your password, and you give it to them, and it still doesn't work (perhaps, just perhaps, they are using the wrong program to decrypt it....), are you obliged to tell them?

And how do they prove you gave them the wrong password then?

Or do they require you to do the decrypting?

Isn't that where the whole "self incriminating" thing kicks in?

All your secrets are belong to us.

Bitcoin Foundation wants US Department of Justice investigated


Re: Dear DOJ:

First, they're fiat currencies, backed only by government word.

Um, aren't they actually only backed by the private central bank that issued them?

Chrome wants to remember which Websites to silence



"I have media.autoplay.enabled=false in FF and that does the job just fine."

So do I but BBC videos insist on playing. That falls under the "excessively annoying" category.

I may be more forgiving if I had followed a link that showed it was a video, but I pick stories via their RSS feed and there's no indication that the story is a video and nothing else. Someone above had a pointed comment about that...

I sometimes wonder if this is a sneaky way to claim that you are watching BBC and are thus liable to pay the annual licence fee.

VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code


When elephants fight, it is the ants that suffer.

Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature


Old school

FWIW, I'm old school ... mail is read and written in plain text, monospaced.

But most of what I get is not. Which is annoying, since corp types really put unnecessary junk in their mails ... long disclaimers, and worst of all, company logos. In every bloody message. Which then sits on my hard drive, wasting space for nothing.

Yes I feel better now after that rant, thanks for asking.

Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum


"Hi, I'd like to be your customer."

"Let's first discuss your political views...."

We all deserve a break. Pack your bags. Four Earth-like worlds found around nearby Tau Ceti


"Men are from Tau Ceti F and women Are from Tau Ceti E"

Please don't tell Google.

Can GCHQ order techies to work as govt snoops? Experts fear: 'Yes'


"if I received such a warrant, I would simply tell the government to get lost"

May we remind you that your passport is due for renewal next year.

Hate for there to be a problem with that...

Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev


From: GCHQ



You have one of our assets.

Please return him immediately.

Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed


FWIW, here in South Africa, while the 'state' telco is busy with rolling out fibre to the home, so too are numerous other companies. Yes they dig up the streets and pavements and gardens and make a mess, but I think in the end it will be worth it. I should finally get what I've been waiting for since 1995 or thereabouts... a high speed (up to 200Mbps) permanent connection to the net....

Been a long journey from my 2400 baud modem...

Apple, Google pull options trading apps after Australian regulator shows scams


Binary options is just a fancy name for an online casino with a high house percentage.

The game should be banned in its entirety.

Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles


So let me see if I've got this straight...

1. The pretty boys are earning way more than the PM, for mugging for the camera.

2. The pretty girls are earning way less and are upset.

3. Solution is to save a few quid by outsourcing the not-so-pretty people's jobs offshore, to pay the pretty girls the same as the pretty boys.

As opposed to, for example, cutting the pretty boys' salaries down to the same as the pretty girls?

Won't someone please thing of the not-so-pretty people who actually work longer hours than those pretty people? They also need to eat....

Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report


Re: Price per page view ...

"(i.e. around 1/10th cent)" ... was on a site the other day that wanted 40c (South African)(== USD 0.31)

On 1000 pages that's R400 which is vastly above typical (I would image, certainly above my < R30) page RPM via Google Adsense...

So I didn't offer to join the micropayments scheme they were running ...

Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone


Re: Bulge looks like a camera to me...

Ah. Finally a phone with built-in sonar. Should be big in the young couples or teenage girls market.

What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived


Don't forget linux...

I ran a few Linux/Unix things as well on my OS/2 box... starting with Apache, bind, etc. I think Gimp as well, under the Enlightenment window manager.

I really missed PM/Mail when I moved to Linux.

Call the fuzz, says Google, get the reward


Go on

We really really want y'all to use Go...


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