* Posts by DougS

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Pulses quicken at NASA as SpaceX gets closer to crewed launches and Russia readies the next Soyuz

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Re: Keeping your people from revolting

Well there isn't a whole lot of point in going back to the Moon over and over again. At least on Mars there are some mysteries to solve - though I think people living at least within the lifetime of anyone currently alive is folly.

There's little point in setting up a Moon base when you can do most of the same stuff (much of it better) in a space station and there already is one of those. Much better IMHO to invest in a bigger and better space station than going back to the Moon or trying to live there.

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Re: Drugs assurance

Because NASA requires its contractors have an anti-drug policy, and if SpaceX has one it is obviously not being enforced on its CEO. IMHO the policy is outdated, but so long as it exists they are required to enforce it.

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Re: Elon & Drugs

They CAN prosecute in the "legal" states since it is still a federal crime, they just have chosen to ignore it. There was a lot of worry that it might be enforced under Trump, since republicans are more anti-drug than democrats, and Trump is known to be against drugs and alcohol since his older brother Fred was a chronic alcoholic who died in his early 40s.

Republicans only believe in states rights when it is republican states making laws different than the federal government (like abortion) but not when it is democrat states making laws different than the federal government. However, the DOJ seems far more concerned with going after immigrants right now than pot smokers in California, but if Pence becomes president look out - he's always been very anti-drug and doesn't care nearly as much about immigration as Trump so he would probably change the DOJ's focus.

If a state decriminalizes other drugs then they'd probably enforce it regardless of who is in power and it would wind up in the Supreme Court.

Montezuma's Revenge can finally be laid to rest as Uber AI researchers crack the classic game

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Re: Confused.

Yes it is exactly "play the game a lot and remember which bits work". Brute forcing a game like this is far easier than brute forcing chess, which is how all computers play chess and no humans do.

I wonder if they were using a simulator able to run at a much higher speed than the actual game, or just played thousands of instances of the game in parallel?

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe

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Further thoughts

The figure of merit used for to determine monopolies for app stores is installed base, not market share. iPhones to be used longer than Android phones, and have a second life after the original owner replaces them. According to the below graph, the installed base of iPhones is growing at over 10% a year in the US despite flat unit sales. At 180 million, it is safe to say more people in the US use iPhone than use Android.


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Re: Monopoly probe...

44% isn't enough to be considered a monopoly in the US, they'd have to use some sort of new argument that the app store constitutes a "monopoly on iOS" and ignore that iOS doesn't even have a majority of the overall smartphone market share. Of course, the iOS market share in "smartphones" would have been much higher when this case was brought almost a decade ago so even if it can't be considered a monopoly in 2018 it might have been in 2010 (and the potential damages would be pretty small)

However, this hearing / decision is just about standing - whether app purchasers can sue Apple at all, or if only the app developers would be allowed to sue. Apple argues that they just provide "shelf space" for the apps and mark it up, similar to how a retail store provides shelf space for products which they purchase at wholesale and mark up to sell at retail.

Back when software was sold prepackaged in retail stores like Best Buy, I'll bet most of it was marked up more than 30%.

Check your repos... Crypto-coin-stealing code sneaks into fairly popular NPM lib (2m downloads per week)

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Re: Javascript

Much as I dislike Javascript, how is this specific to Javascript? This could have just as easily been an obscure Perl module or C library that is a dependency for something widely used. If updates can be pushed to those obscure modules/libraries with little or no oversight, and people get those updates when they download the "widely used" thing this will be a problem.

Not every project has a Linus looking out for bad code, let alone code with evil intentions. Even Linus isn't checking every line of patches to drivers for every random USB device. He's trusting that his downstream maintainers do that.

LG: Fsck everything, we're doing 16 lenses in smartphones (probably)

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Pretty soon

You'll have to hold your phone around the edges while taking pictures, because the back will be completely filled with lenses!

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I think you missed the point

If you are worrying about resolution. A good photographer will take a better picture with a generic 4 Mp cell phone camera found on a $100 cheapo smartphone than 99% of Reg readers could do with the most expensive and technologically advanced camera in the world.

What distinguishes the work of a better photographer is not resolution, HDR or other technology gimmicks, but presenting the right subject, lighting, angle, etc.

Seeing as Bitcoin is going so, so well, Ohio becomes first US state to take biz taxes in BTC

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Nothing says "we are a high tech state where you should base your online business"

Like chasing yesterday's tech fads. I wonder if they will introduce a Windows Phone app to pay your taxes with next?

China doesn't need to nick western tech when Google is giving it away

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Tariffs are a poor remedy for either issue

Regardless of what one thinks about Trump, it is pretty obvious that manufacturing jobs have been leaving the US and going to China. There have been reports of Chinese IP theft from the previous three administrations, so it isn't just a recent Trump thing, or even a D vs R thing.

The question is whether government policy can make any difference. If trade barriers are erected high enough with China, those manufacturing jobs will leave China but they will go to some other low wage country like Vietnam. They aren't coming back to the US, so a trade war in an attempt to bring manufacturing back home is doomed to failure unless you put tariffs on imports from every country with lower wages than the US (and if people think that's a good idea, they need to read their history)

If you want to reduce Chinese IP theft, I'm not sure what the remedy would be, but tariffs aren't a solution. China could still sell products containing stolen US IP within China, as well as to every other country who didn't give in to the inevitable US pressure to erect similar trade barriers. China would probably be successful in getting countries under its sphere of influence to block imports of US products containing that same IP, so would likely hurt those US companies to even try such pressure.

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"There was a niche for a not-apple variant in the market"

That's true, but it isn't clear that niche would have been filled by only one OS, rather than several. Just as it isn't pain-free to switch between iOS and Android, in such an alternative world it might be more difficult to switch between Motorola and Samsung, or Huawei and LG.

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Re: One word: Tizen

That's because the large majority of Samsung's market is in countries where Google's tools provided added value to their customers. That's not true in China, where hardly any phones include Google's stuff. It is all Baidu, WeChat, etc. and they have their own app stores.

The barriers to entry for a non-Android operating system are far smaller in China than in the US or EU. Though I'm not sure what they would gain by switching - they are already getting all the post-sale advertising dollars from those phones, not Google.

They may be kicking the tires on Fuschia so they are ready if/when Google switches from Android to Fuschia. Though I question whether Google will be able to pull off such a transition. What incentive will all the third party OEMs who have been using Android for years have to switch? What incentive will developers have to port their apps to a new API until there is a large installed base? Google selling a few million Pixels isn't going to induce developers to follow them, any more than Microsoft selling a few million Windows Phones induced developers to follow them. If Google makes Fuschia Android API compatible, then no one will ever develop Fuschia apps.

That sphincter-flexing moment for devs when it's time to go live

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decides that the carefully prepared plan "takes too long" "costs too much" and needs to be done in less time for less money


Projects ALWAYS go over budget, and in my experience upper management is far more likely to have tolerance for giving extra time than extra money. At a certain point, upper management's performance bonuses are based on financials which become impacted, thus they will clamp down on project spending. That's why they are usually willing to give extra time (unless there are other constraints involved like regulatory issues) since that spreads out the expenses to future quarters.

Typically items deemed "not critical" to the project, like developing scripts to guarantee fast and accurate transition, are the first to go - I remember one time being told "I am paying tens of thousands of dollars a day for all these specialists, they don't need training wheels". Also often on the chopping block is preparation for potential rollback - as an example and I again quote "failure is not an option".

As it turned out, that project was cut further and I wasn't around to personally see it through to completion, but I was told by those who remained that it was a total shit show and the CIO's "rising star" who was responsible for those quotes was fired as a result.

Net neutrality is heading to the courts (again): So will the current rules stand or be overturned (again)?

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Re: Don't you just love

'Free markets' always tend towards abusive monopolies.

That's ridiculous. This is really only a problem where you have barriers to entry, or other laws that aren't being enforced. We don't have abusive monopolies in grocery stores, just as an example, without any need to apply special regulations to prevent Kroger or Winn Dixie from taking over the market.

Back when ISPs were dialup, there wasn't much of a barrier to entry - just setup a bank of modems, buy a bunch of phone lines from the local telco, and add a network link and you are in business. When we moved to broadband then the owners of the wires become defacto monopolies since in most areas there is a single wireline owner and a single cable company serving a given address. You don't get much competition where consumers have only two choices.

Maybe this will all work itself out when fixed wireless 5G becomes a thing - there won't be anything stopping multiple different companies from offering service to a given address, thus weakening the wireline monopoly. The problem will be if they are mostly the same players like AT&T and Verizon, and the smaller players will still have to buy from the big ones. So a "wait and see" attitude isn't going to cut it, but regulations should be enacted with this future in mind rather than trying to fight yesterday's wireline battle.

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Re: Yes, this will happen

No, it doesn't separate responsibility. Congress makes the laws, the executive branch enacts the laws, the courts interpret the laws. The problem is that laws are passed for a given set of circumstances, then things change - a lot in the case of technology. If there isn't enough agreement in congress on changes to the law, or the president vetoes, then the executive branch is left to try to figure out how to do the job on their own using authority given to them by congress in those outdated laws (or they imagine/hope is given to them) If someone with standing sues, then the courts decide if they overstepped their authority or not.

We are seeing this play out in multiple domains, it isn't just net neutrality. We are long overdue for an updating on immigration law but we've got the same problem there, and the same thing is resulting - Trump has been trying to act via executive order and the courts have mostly been shooting him down.

Congress was not able to pass anything even with republican majorities in both bodies, and the upcoming democratic house is certainly not going to be willing to pass anything Trump wants on the immigration front, so immigration is dead until 2021 at least. Maybe net neutrality is something we can see bipartisan cooperation on. Trump has made some statements that sound like he might be amenable to something less than Pai's hard line on this front, but if the democrats won't get everything they want so they'd have to give a little too.

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Re: Interesting study, bad subject

do you think wind and solar can ever replicate the sheer megaJoules that 100 million barrels of crude per day produces?

Eventually yes. I did say "decades", did I not? This isn't something you do overnight - all you have to do is bring enough solar/wind online to replace any new generating plants that are needed (for either new capacity or existing) and then it is just a matter of time. Obviously some areas are more amenable to wind and especially solar than others, but fortunately the places with the greatest peak to peak demand cycles tend to be ones with a lot of sunshine to exploit - and unlike wind that can be effectively exploited in small scales on people's rooftops. So there's a lot you can do before you start looking at replacing base load capacity.

As for how you would store it, there are already utilities making use of flow batteries and other storage technologies to store renewable energy. That's just getting started, but I would expect by the end of next decade it will be commonplace. Distributing storage batteries around the grid would also buffer the grid, making it more resilient to the sort of domino effect outages where one transformer blows, overloading another and a localized outage grows in scale so it is desirable even before renewable + storage is lower in price.

The mistake people make in thinking about wind and solar replacing fossil fuels is thinking in too short of time scales, and ignoring that wind/solar get cheaper over time as technology improves while fossil fuels grow more expensive due to more challenging recovery methods. The market is going to make this happen, though subsidies can (and have) helped push the technology more quickly and could help pull the timescale in further.

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Re: exporting gas

I dont know why any country would export fossil fuel.

First of all, the US isn't trying to produce as much natural gas as we do. It is a byproduct of the fracking for oil. The US is now the world's largest oil producer, and based on the trends in production growth from 2008-2018 within the next year or two will produce more oil than it consumes.

If there was no alternative to fossil fuels then I'd agree with you that exporting it would be short sighted for a country like the US but we can't get the oil out without getting gas as a byproduct so we can either let it go waste (burn it off) find ways to use it (difficult since you can't just flip a switch and replace coal or oil burning generators with natural gas overnight) or sell it. You can't leave it in the ground and you sure can't store the volumes we're producing.

For countries like Russia and Saudi Arabia who derive much of their GDP from oil and gas production, leaving it in the ground and using only what you need is only an alternative if you want your government overthrown.

At the rate wind and solar is dropping in price, that natural gas may be worth much less in a decade. Coal is already more expensive - even the pollution regulation cuts Trump's cronies have pushed through won't cure the "problem". Coal is finished in the US, no new plants will be built and the existing ones are being retired before their full life span is reached. Gas is still needed for base load, but as better battery technology (flow batteries etc.) comes online over the next decade, it will become practical to store excess wind/solar and eat into natural gas's baseload role.

It will take decades to replace natural gas's baseload role completely, but once wind/solar is cheaper with storage (it is already nearly equivalent for peak power use) new natural gas plants won't be built and gas utilization will slowly drop as existing plants are retired and replaced by wind and solar.

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He has all kinds of tells

He would make the worst poker player in history. My favorite is the "strong and powerful denial". When he says someone gave him a strong and powerful denial, you know that not only was the denial a lie, Trump knows it was a lie but intends to defend it to his death.

3 is the magic number (of bits): Flip 'em at once and your ECC protection can be Rowhammer'd

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@bombastic bob

There are only a handful of viable VM technologies they could possibly use. You've got ESX, Hyper-V, and Xen, that's about it. The type of attack you'd use against each would be different, but you could try all three - though realistically it probably isn't hard to figure out what technology a particular cloud provider uses. Just check their job listings and see what skills they are looking for.

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You are thinking far too narrowly

Who says it is malware? If you are a cloud provider you have legitimate customers running whatever the hell they please. Are you going to be able to tell if they're trying to exploit rowhammer?

If it takes a week to manage the triple bit attack the attacker will be patient, because when they succeed they'll have access to the hypervisor and thus the VMs used by all the other customers on that particular server. Though it is quite possible they might gain access to far more, i.e. if they can access SSH keys either in the filesystem or in memory. Plus they'll have a foothold inside the cloud provider's network.

Is Google's Pixel getting better, or just more expensive?

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Why would Google license their photo processing to Samsung?

If they weren't going to sell their own hardware, wouldn't it make more sense to license it to any Android OEM who wants it as an optional extra-cost add-on?

I've never understood the point of Google making their own phones. It is a niche product that sells only a few million, and it competes with their own licensees - which only encourages them to want to break away by doing their own assistant etc. I guess Google feels invulnerable since there isn't an alternative OS Android OEMs could license instead, though if anyone could fork Android and make a go of it on their own it would be Samsung.

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

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Why not include some info that only Amazon would have

But isn't sensitive, like your last order number. Add it on the bottom: To aid you in verifying the legitimacy of this communication, your last Amazon order number was 23462098 on Oct 15, 2018.

While that information could be had by someone who breaks into your email account, then you are being targeted by spear phishers which is a whole other class of attack.

Germany pushes router security rules, OpenWRT and CCC push back

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Re: "ISPs will even go as far as to try and prohibit the use of a 3rd party router/modem"

It's illegal in EU

So they have no problems doing it in the UK, since by the time any action could be brought against them Brexit will have happened and they won't be bound by EU regs.

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Actually installing third party firmware is niche

But making it POSSIBLE to do has other benefits, like a non-zero resale value for routers that are no longer supported. It would also potentially be useful for ISPs that distribute routers to customers - rather than let customers continue using routers that go off support and become insecure when unfixed exploits become known, the ISP could "upgrade" them to a DD-WRT or OpenWRT flavor.

Or they might do that up front, to add their own branding. That would have the side effect of helping DD-WRT/OpenWRT as they'd likely get some additional funding from the ISPs in exchange for help with customizing to their needs.

That would be particularly valuable for DD-WRT, which is pretty much 'expert level' considering it has been "beta" status for over decade so you really need know to what you're doing with it. If a major ISP used DD-WRT, one could look up what hardware they are using and download that build knowing it has been a lot better tested than what they release.

Australia's 'snoop minister' wants crypto-busting law probe wound up, proposals back into parliament

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What would they need metadata from encrypted chat apps for when they have 10,000 phone calls and 15,000 text messages?

A 5G day may come when the courage of cable and DSL fails ... but it is not this day

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Re: Dead birds?

I read something a couple years ago about this happening, though not by design. A new cell tower was put up, and one of the big telcos like AT&T or Verizon had trucks and a crane on site for days getting antennas placed. Then the inevitable electrosensitive whining from a couple people in the area claiming all sorts of ailments at a county government meeting that begun the moment the trucks left and the tower was operational. The government people said they'd try to get someone from the telco out at the next meeting.

The telco sent a representative out to the next one, and who had to hold back a grin when he told them they are still waiting on the electric utility to connect power to the site so it hadn't even been tested yet, let alone become operational. The whiners got laughed out of the room by the rest of the audience, as they deserve.

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Re: Dead birds?

There will always be crazies claiming their ailment or pet cause is affected by a new technology. 5G doesn't use higher power levels than LTE, and the new frequencies that are being opened up are mostly those being used for satellite uplinks for C band and Ka band - which operate at much higher power levels than cellular towers.

So if "5G" caused bird deaths, there would be giant piles of dead birds around every satellite uplink facility!

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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I was offered a gig doing storage for an IBM mainframe

Even though the guy offering it to me knew that I had great experience with EMC Symmetrix and zero with an IBM mainframe. He basically said "you'll pick it up". Maybe it would have turned out I didn't need to know much IBM stuff but I figured I'd pass and wait for something I didn't have to risk damaging my reputation over.

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

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Why is he screwed?

Given the location of and likely timing of the indictment (note the August 2018 date on the filing here) this is almost certainly in connection with the Mueller probe. That is, for his role in colluding with the Trump campaign on the timing of releases of damaging information about Hillary.

Not sure what the penalties would be, but we're only talking a few years in a 'country club' prison that's probably not much worse than the room he's currently in at the embassy. And if he cooperated he might get away with probation or a simple ban on future entry to the US. Sentencing himself to life in the embassy would be his choice, he wouldn't be facing hard time or a decades long sentence even if he refused to cooperate - and I don't know why he would refuse, it isn't like he had any prior relationship or allegiance to the anyone involved.

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Re: Well he's a bit of an arse, but...

He said it would happen SIX YEARS AGO. It is unlikely this "cut and paste error" was from a 6+ year old case, more likely he has been charged under seal in connection with the Mueller probe right around the time of this August 2018 filing. That probe has farmed out a lot of cases to the eastern district of Virginia where this was found.

It would be ironic if in his fear that the US would charge him if Hillary was president, he committed a crime in the process of trying to prevent Hillary from becoming president.

Mueller likely has a number of indictments under seal at the time - knowledge that Assange had been indicted would alert those he was conspiring with that their connections to him may have been exposed. There's little to be gained by keeping his indictment secret, since he's been in hiding for six years and seems willing to sentence himself to an unlimited time of self-exposed exile rather than possible justice for any crimes he may have committed.

Alphabet gives bipedal robots the Schaft 'cos no one wants to buy its creepy machine maker

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Re: After the Google acquisition, it completely clammed up

As long as there are stairs in the building that should not be an issue.

You're thinking of Daleks. They will have gotten stair climbing ability from Boston Dynamics if they didn't sell it too soon.

Google doesn't want Daleks, the eyeballs that give them almost all their revenue need to be attached to living beings that haven't been exterminated for advertisers to pay for the ad impressions. For now, at least.

128-layer flash flood to come roaring down the Yangtze in 2020 – report

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Selling for less than their "spinny equivalents"

A few years ago people said if only we could buy a 250 GB SSD for the same as a hard drive - well now you can. They will reach the price you want for 1 TB when NAND costs are about 1/4 of where it is today. That is, when you can buy a TB SSD for about $50, which is the floor for a hard drive price using current technology. But when that happens you'll want 4 TB, and when we reach that you'll want 16.

Brits shun country life over phone not-spot fears

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The solution to urban sprawl

Only provide good broadband and cellular options in the core of the city where mass transit is available!

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Based on his name

I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt that English may not be his first language, and thus excusing the apostrophe. Even if I spoke his native tongue (Italian?) I'm sure I'd commit far, far greater grammatical offenses!

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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Re: Could a human even survive the gravity..

It is 3x the diameter, so if the density is the same you'd weigh 3x as much. It would put quite a strain on you, but you could survive it if you were in really good shape. Not a good destination for couch potatoes!

You'd need some sort of artificial gravity for the LONG trip over to avoid losing a bunch of bone density and muscle mass. Assuming that was done via rotation you could slowly increase the rotation during the trip to help acclimate yourself slowly rather than being dumped into 3x gravity all at once.

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Why did it take 21 years to confirm the planet?

The star is very close, dim, low mass and the planet is high mass. That seems to be ideal for planet detection. Yet we've found thousands of planets much further away orbiting much brighter stars. Can someone explain the seeming contradiction?

Nvidia just can't grab a break. Revenues up, profit nearly doubles... and stock down 20%

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Re: Oh please

Just because NVidia won't release the drivers as open source doesn't mean they won't make the source available under license/NDA to someone buying thousands of cards for a top 500 cluster.

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Oh please

It isn't like they haven't had the same policies for years. You think NOW people suddenly care as much as you about DRM and open source? Sorry, but most customers are running Windows and don't have any issues there.

Anyone refusing to buy Nvidia stuff over these issues in the last quarter was refusing to buy it five years ago - you can't lose customers who you've never had.

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

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"Short dip in the deep end of a pool"

Why is there so much confusion around IP6x ratings? It is pretty simple, IP67 is defined as being able to survive immersion in a half meter of water for up to 30 minutes. IP68 is defined as being able to survive immersion in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. No, I don't know why such a small difference needed a different rating (I guess maybe the difference between a drop in the sink versus a drop in the bathtub?)

There are no phones rated to survive a drop in the pool - even in the shallow end. Not just because they are over a meter deep, but because the IP ratings are for fresh water only. Now obviously just because the rating doesn't tell us it can survive a drop in a pool doesn't mean it won't - pretty sure all phones rated IP6x would if you fished it out right away. Apple even said they'd tested with chlorinated water, salt water etc. which is isn't part of the IP6x regimen.

I just find it amusing that people think the difference between IP67 and IP68 matters. It does not.

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

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Corporate welfare is not "liberal"

I guess you think Donald Trump and Scott Walker are liberals then. They are the ones who made that horrible deal with Foxconn that screwed Wisconsin taxpayers out of billions - and in that case they weren't tax incentives that's actual money Wisconsin is giving them. Walker didn't lose re-election by much, it is pretty obvious that bad deal is why he got booted from office. Unfortunately his successor won't be able to undo that deal.

Did you by chance hack OPM back in 2015? Good news, your password probably still works!

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The smaller the network and fewer the users, the easier it is to implement procedures like this. Not excusing OPM's lack of action, but they are facing orders of magnitude more difficulty implementing and coordinating a project to do this across their whole network than you face in your network - the "server room" of which probably fits in a broom closet.

Six critical systems, four months to Brexit – and no completed testing

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Is the UK ready for Brexit in any way?

I keep reading the articles about all the ways in which they aren't prepared, is that the story everywhere or is El Reg just cherry picking the worst headlines?

At least during Y2K we all knew about all the ways in which things were prepared (and in many cases, quite overprepared) despite the doom and gloom of the popular press, but the general public didn't so when it went off without any major glitches they felt the IT world had been crying wolf. Will the same thing happen when Brexit occurs, or is the UK in for some real pain?

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean hackers won't nuke your employer into the ground tomorrow

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Well no duh

Security professionals are worried about a bad hack? Which would expose them as not doing their jobs well enough and thus might get them fired? Color me shocked!

In other news, company fire safety officers are most worried about a deadly fire at their employer, company fraud prevention officers are most worried about a fraud that costs their employer millions, company lead security officers are most worried about a theft or unauthorized personnel able to access their employer's facilities, and so on...

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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Not the network port attacks

All you need is physical access to the twisted pair connected to its port - if a convenience store had an ATM connected in that way it would probably be pretty easy - many of them will have wiring run in a suspended ceiling which would be trivial to access from a restroom.

Just cut the cable, attach connectors to both ends, and connect it to a wifi router with a battery. Then you can replace the ceiling tile, hack the ATM at your leisure from the parking lot over wifi, and when you are ready to trigger the "dispense all cash" command you have a couple conspirators go inside and distract the cashier so he isn't watching when the ATM spits out $10,000. They probably wouldn't figure it how it happened, so you'd be able to return later, swap the battery, and do it again!

Many ATMs use cellular, I wonder if the network port attacks could be done against that either by splicing into the antenna wire (since the antenna is often just sitting on top with a wire running inside the ATM) or by getting it to connect to a fake base station.

Empire state of mind: NYC scatters palm leaves for Bezos' cloudy web shop juggernaut

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Re: DC and MD are the big winners

That's the biggest flaw in such schemes, Virginia is kicking in $550 million but the location is very close to their border so many employees will be from outside Virginia. The same is true for New York's Long Island City HQ2 location, which is an "easy" commute from New Jersey (easy in relative terms compared to some commutes in that area)

I've long said there should be a federal law banning tax incentives, it is a race to the bottom where politicians can spend future money, often decades worth, to try to buy votes. That's exactly what Scott Walker did in Wisconsin with that disastrous Foxconn deal, and the realization of how bad it was for the state is the main reason Walker lost his re-election bid last week.

France: Let's make the internet safer. America, Russia, China: Let's go with 'no' on that

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It wouldn't make any difference

If the US agreed to this. We'd simply violate it and deny we were doing it, like we do with spying on allies, rendition, and all the other crap our government does that us citizens are powerless to stop (powerless because it happens whichever party is in power, so we can't easily fix this with votes)

Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

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Give it up, Google

We know it frustrates you when people run apps on iOS or applications on Windows, and you can't see what the users are doing like you can with Chrome for web activity and Android for Play Store apps. Sorry, you don't need to see what every computer user on the planet is doing all the time. No one wants that dystopian future, go away!

Big Q. Tch, what could have persuaded Intel to bring forward 5G chip production six months?

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This assumes their 10nm process is ready by then

The XMM8xxxx series is supposed to be made on Intel's 10nm process. Given Intel's repeated delays with 10nm, and rumors they have scrapped it altogether and are skipping to 7nm down the road, Apple better have a backup plan.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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Re: Can anyone tell me the advantage of face/print unlock?

That assumes you haven't locked out the biometric before handing the phone to the police or mugger. Which is pretty easy to do given that the two buttons required on the iPhone are on opposite sides so you can squeeze them as you pull it out of your pocket to hand it over.

Plus, by default Face ID requires "attention" - that is, your eyes have to be open. The police can point your phone at your face, but they can't order you to open your eyes. It only takes a few failures when they try it and you shut your eyes before it locks out.

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