* Posts by Raphael

117 posts • joined 8 Jun 2011

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The show Musk go on: Tesla defies Silicon Valley coronavirus lockdown order, keeps Fremont factory open

Raphael

I'm not a huge fan of Musk, but he's right, the panic over Covid-19 is dumb.

I'm not saying we shouldn't be cautious or that we shouldn't be following the restrictions, but the complete plonkers cleaning out the shops and generally behaving like morons is dumb.

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit

Raphael

Re: That $11,000 valve story

Except the story comes out of Italy and the litigious maker of the valve is based in Luxembourg.

So nothing to do with the US and their medical costs.

(and I'm a Kiwi, living in Middle Earth, so no dog in that fight)

Stop us if you've heard this one before: HP Inc rejects Xerox's $36.5bn buyout plan as takeover saga drags on

Raphael

won't someone think about Canon :P

I also read yesterday that Canon has stated that if the Xerox/HP merger were to happen, they would end their 35 year relationship with the company. That would remove about 14% of HP's sales.

Source: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Business-deals/Canon-to-cut-ties-with-HP-if-Xerox-takes-over

Dead or alive, you're camming with me, says RoboPup: Bomb squad hires Boston Dynamics Spot to snoop on suspects, packages

Raphael

This one was begging for a link to the new Bosstown Dynamics video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3RIHnK0_NE

BOFH: Trying to go after IT's budget again?

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Many moons ago I worked for a South African forestry company, Sappi, shortly before I left, they inked a deal with Volvo where people buying a Volvo would have their carbon offset by Volvo paying Sappi some money for a tree they were already going to plant....

IBM stands for I Block Money, says sales rep: Big Blue sued yet again by its own staff over 'missing' commissions

Raphael

Re: IBM ....

Have an upvote for the Schlock Mercenary ref.

IIRC Howard Taylor used to work for IBM

Microsoft explains self-serve Power platform's bypassing of Office 365 admins to cries of 'are you completely insane?'

Raphael

Many moons ago

back when I was a junior dev in South Africa I worked for a large forestry company. This company had a lot of research staff who liked to fiddle.

One several occasions we would have this scenario: there would an MS Access db application that one of the researchers had cobbled together to help him in his day to day work. He would then share this with his colleagues. And in some cases the researcher would have moved on to a new job, shuffled off from this mortal coil, or simply forgot what was happening in the back ground of the app

Then suddenly IT would get a support ticket as something had gone wrong, and as the whole department was now using this Access App it was mission critical.

Ok, where is the documentation? What's that.

Ok, what does it do in the background? Not sure (often some very complicated modelling).

Do you really need it? Yes!

And so a rewrite of the MS Access App into Oracle and .NET1.1 would start.

My boss eventually banned all users from having MS Access.

HP to hike upfront price of printer hardware as ink biz growth runs dry

Raphael

The HP Toner I bought this week has a shipping label for recycling in the box....BUT it's only good in the USA, so pretty useless here in New Zealand

MacOS wakes to a bright Catalina sunrise – and broken Adobe apps

Raphael

Re: Groundhog Day for Apple...

My dad is a little upset his 20 year old copy of Corel Wordperfect 8 seems to have stopped working on Win10 1903.

(the save throws a missing dll error)

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool

Raphael

back in South Africa

When Technikon Natal merged with ML Sultan, they had a submission process for the new name. The Dean of Engineering (a Sea Captain) suggested Southern Hemisphere Institute of Technology.

His suggestion made it almost to the final round of decisions before someone on the Council noticed the acronym....

BOFH: We must... have... beer! Only... cure... for... electromagnetic fields

Raphael

Methinks Simon has been having to listen to the numpties who live up the Coromandel who recently, successfully, protested against the construction of a new cell phone tower (regular 4G, not even 5G).

Eight-hour comms lags and shock discoveries: 30 years after Voyager 2 visited gas giant Neptune

Raphael

Re: Bah!

But it will confuse the hell out of the Beetle Overlords whilst they try figure out how we achieved it all.

now to go dig up that dinosaur fossil holding the "End Nuclear Testing Now" placard....

Official: Microsoft will take an axe to Skype for Business Online. Teams is your new normal

Raphael

Re: Skype for Business

and my personal bugbear. In a group chat especially, no indication of which team members have (a) recieved the message and (b) read the message.

DoH! Secure DNS doesn't make us a villain, Mozilla tells UK broadband providers

Raphael

Re: Mozilla are only partly right

Brave has a Tor mode for it's Privacy mode.

Fellow AI nerds, beware: Google Cloud glitch leaves Nvidia T4 GPUs off estimated bills for some virtual machines

Raphael

"If you can keep a straight face when claiming you didn't know you had to pay for high-end processors." The article does point out that there are some scenarios where you legitimately don't have to pay for them. (Just not the scenario they setup)

Key to success: Tenants finally get physical keys after suing landlords for fitting Bluetooth smart-lock to front door

Raphael

Re: flights of stairs

looking at the building on street view, seems to be about 5 floors. But I would not expect an elderly person (or someone with groceries or young children) to be only using the stairs.

https://goo.gl/maps/xUEDoZKPFn3P1BD88

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin successfully lobs another capsule beyond the edge of space

Raphael

Re: Vertical landing rockets

While the sci-fi fan in me loves the idea of flying cars and longs for them, I look at the other idiots on the road and feel very happy they're not also in the air.

Eggheads confirm it's not a bug – the universe really is expanding 9% faster than expected

Raphael

Re: Saying God did it, with extra steps

Galileo was condemned because he called the Pope (who up until that time) a simpleton for not accepting Galileo's (unproven at the time) theories as fact.Up until that incident there is plenty of evidence that the Church was fine with his teaching about his models, he just wasn't allowed to refer to them as facts because they were not proven yet (and the scientific conses of the day was that he was wrong.

The pope over reacted to being called a simpleton, and condemned Galileo's teaching as heresy.

(and Galileo's models were wrong, and had even more complicated epicycles with circular orbits than the Ptolemaic models used. Kepler's models with parabolic orbits and no complicated epicycles were right)

Google Fiber experiment ends with Choc Factory paying Louisville $3.8m to clean up its mess

Raphael

Re: Scorched Earth

"6) Sky mapping - plenty of applications already available before (I was using one on a 286)."

Skyglobe? (I had fun playing with that)

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?

Raphael

Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

In South Africa we always called them stiffies.

Much like South Africans call traffic lights Robots.

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

Raphael

Re: El Reg follows common sense!

Personally I'm in favour of giving this scum a cell made out of container to live in on White Island..... as close to the biggest active vent as possible.

Azure Kinect: All-seeing 3D camera shenanigans for everyone ... except consumers

Raphael

Re: It already did

The new Cat S61 phone, in addition to the FLIR camera that was introduced with the S60, had a laser for measuring distance. And an indoor air quality monitor.

They're targeting the tradie market.

https://www.catphones.com/en-gb/cat-s61-smartphone/

Apple might be 'collateral damage' in US and China trade dust-up

Raphael

Re: Pour encourager les autres ?

Rule of Acquisition #34.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

Raphael

Re: Lightening strike ?

When I lived in South Africa I went through 3 cordless phones in a month before giving up and buying the cheapest corded phone I could from the local Shoprite (which lasted for a loooong time).

If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?

Raphael

I see tablets generally falling into to main niche markets: School kids and the Elderly.

(Disclaimer, I have a Galaxy Tab A 10'1 2016. I'm not a school kid, nor am I elderly, I do have primary school aged kids)

The kids will generally either be using Chromebooks (not a tablet) or their school will insist on an iPad, so that market is split.

For the elderly, take my neighbour. She is not very tech aware. She has facebook etc on her phone (a cheap android) installed and setup by her grandkids. She battles with the screen size. She doesn't want a computer or a laptop, she does like my Galaxy Tab with the bluetooth keyboard. The screen is bigger, and it does everything she could want it to do.

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

Raphael

Re: My wishlist

The only one the S9 is missing is the user replaceable battery. But personally I consider that a fair tradeoff for the water-proofing.

(My S9's battery generally lasts all day)

Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

Raphael

Re: Seems to me

New Zealand also now has a fledgling space program.

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

Raphael

Re: Anyone dumb enough

Never had Siri (don't like iPhones) and prior to my S9 Google was set to only listen when I pushed a button telling it that it was allowed to listen.

On my S9 Bixby is also set to only listen when I push the Bixby button, but it's so freaking useless I never do.

CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

Raphael

Re: Deleting emails

I hoard emails. It's saved us several times when we have been able to bring an email proving to a client that a certain action was taken on their instruction (sometimes years latter)

La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans

Raphael

Re: MacGuyver solution in the wild

My Jaybird X3's came with some of them (Comply Tips). They work really well, and are comfortable, but I've found they don't last for very long (so gonna have to buy some replacements).

I've used them whilst mowing the lawn (petrol mower) and I would say the comply tips are as good as the class 5 earmuffs I normally use

Raphael

Re: Going for the customers who previously purchased gold-plated ethernet cables?

Perhaps they're chasing after the customers of the Sennheiser HE160.

They cost AU$75,000

https://www.smh.com.au/technology/sennheisers-75000-he160-headphones-the-greatest-sounds-you-will-never-afford-20160209-gmp4e1.html

BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook

Raphael

Re: Seems to me

Have you ever read David Brin's book Earth?

In it he is this prediction of what the internet would become like (written in 1990)

<blockquote>Holospere: The problem usually wasn't getting access to information, it was to stave off being drowned in it. People bought personalised filter programs to skim a few droplets from that sea and keep the rest out. For some, subjective reality became the selected entertainments and special interest zines passed through by those tailored shells...

...Here, a man watches nothing but detective films... Next door, a woman reads and hears only opinions that match her own, because other points of view are culled by her loyal guardian software.</blockquote>

It is remarkably close to what those algorithms are now doing.

Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf

Raphael

Re: Oh do fuck off.

he broke the Law by skipping out on his bail. Regardless of whether or not he is innocent of the crime he was originally being charged with, skipping on bail is illegal.

Hot chips crashed servers, but were still delicious

Raphael

coils and spiking

"It turned out that this forklift had some sort of fault that caused its ignition coil to radiate excessive RF noise. The problem was corrected on the forklift and the crashes stopped."

My old Mini had a slight short or something in it's distributor cap (can't remember the exact fault, over 20 years ago). And my girlfriend's family would know exactly when I was coming to visit as it would cause some static on their TV from about half a km out.

Uber says 2.7 MEEELLION(ish) UK users affected by hack

Raphael

Re: Investment opporunity?

Dewey, Cheetum and Howe?

How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

Raphael

Re: "It has a mass of about eight Earths and radius of about two so it's no golf ball."

I'm sure the newspapers are already printing stories of it being our new ideal home among the stars.

Boeing slams $2m on the desk, bellows: Now where's my jetpack?

Raphael

Re: Martin JetPack already exists...

Except Martin Jetpacks is in desperate need of funding and is possibly closing down.

https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/96463822/martin-jetpack-suspended-from-share-trading

The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

Raphael

Re: Everything old is new again

"Now, with the iPod Nano going defunct, all we need is some 2000-era stand alone MP3 player for joggers who aren't interested in taking a 6" phone slab with them when they exercise..."

I think smart watches are trying to full that niche. (Garmin, Samsung Gear S3 and the new FitBit Ionic all have space for you to upload mp3's)

Google ARCore brings augmented reality to relatively small audience

Raphael

I can see huge benefits for it in engineering applications.

Lets say you're a council engineer needing to check where the various underground pipelines are running, pull up the AR app on your phone and it can overlay where all of them are (1).

Or architects working with clients trying to visualize their new house. Pull out the phone and fire up the app and you can see that building and walk around it seeing how it will look onsite.

footnote 1: requires accurate data.

Toshiba must allow Western Digital access to joint-venture assets

Raphael

Re: I've never got my head around Economics...

the memory business may be profitable enough to attract a buyer, but it's not profitable enough for Toshiba to generate the cash it needs in time to avoid delisting on the Tokyo stock exchange.

And getting the loan would be trading one set of debt for another which is the problem they have at the moment.

Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

Raphael

Speaking from NZ

I would be happy to pay a monthly fee to stream iPlayer content over here in New Zealand. If the paved it in the price range of Netflix and other local streaming products (so NZ$15-NZ$20 pm) it would bring in near the cozy of the annual license.

We have a fair number of British expats over here that would probably be happy to sign up. (I'm a Saffer expat not a Brit)

Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced

Raphael

My wife's favorite phone remains her first Android one, the Sony Xperia X10 Mini.

Yeah, it had a tine screen and was a very early Androind version, but the slide out physical keyboard was a winner in her book.

She likes her current S7, but would probably ditch it for an updated Xperia X10 mini.

http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_ericsson_xperia_x10_mini-3125.php

Raphael

And I saw elsewhere it doesn't come with a headphone jack, that makes it a non-starter for me.

Having just lost my second set of bluetooth headphones (Plantronics Backbeat Fit), and the wallet is too empty to buy a replacement I am very grateful for being able to go back to wired headphones

DOOM'd! Quake god John Carmack lobs $22m sueball at ZeniMax

Raphael

Pretty sure that was an old BOFH episode.

.... found it: https://bofh.subversivedata.com/story/1998/4

Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

Raphael
Pint

you guys aren't ever going to get off there "do not communicate" list. You know that right?

All up, Brilliant article, I know some muppets already standing in line for it.

Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

Raphael

This week's episode reminds my of the news story a couple of years back about the Nepalese (I think) Airways who sacrificed a goat to repair their avionics.

Peace-sign selfie fools menaced by fingerprint-harvesting tech

Raphael

Re: For the 1,000th time

"It was Motorola who started the bloody stupid fad, about two years before Apple and the rest lemming'd merrily after them."

A number of Compaq/HP iPAQ PDA's and Smartphones had them dating back to atleast 2003

http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c00031055

And if I recall correctly, they were actually built by HTC.

The Life and Times of Lester Haines

Raphael
Pint

Time to raise another in Lester's memory

How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

Raphael

Re: Critique

The droid made me think of Marvin from HGTTG....and I'm okay with that.

Apple sues Nokia's pet patent trolls

Raphael

If my memory serves correct (and I think this was covered by Groklaw) Apple has the habit of interpreting FRAND as "give it to us for free, and you can't use any of ours" where most agreements seems to be reciprocal "you can use our patents for free, and we can use yours for free".

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