* Posts by Blank Reg

466 posts • joined 21 Jun 2011


Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab

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Re: Nor a good solution

But unless I'm a criminal, why do I want anonymised, decentralised currency token transfer with full auditing and accountability

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Re: Nor a good solution

And what problem is crypto-currency solving? You can hardly buy anything with any of them, I don't know about this conference but in the past, even many crypto-currency conferences didn't accept crypto-currencies as payment. If you want to pay for something anonymously you could pay cash. If it's a large amount where cash is impractical and you need to remain anonymous then odds are that what you are doing isn't legal.

So other than facilitating money transfers for criminals, what good is crypto-currency?

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I can't prove you wrong. It's still a solution in search of a problem.

And there is no evidence that such a problem exists.

I won't bother hunting and reporting more Sony zero-days, because all I'd get is a lousy t-shirt

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Re: A little shortsighted

Your analogy doesn't work, they weren't asked to find vulnerabilities. It would be as if a mechanic walked up to your car to do an inspection that you never asked for and then demanded to get paid.

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results

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Putin-Trump makes more sense

Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...

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Re: So I gather

The technology to take your photo and print it on a pass card has existed for decades, and I've even had theme park season passes that used just such a process. There is no need for them to save your photo, just take it, print it and delete it.

They already have people checking you when you enter the park anyway to keep out evil contraband like a bottle of water, so having them look at your face and pass while they do that isn't going to slow things down.

Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?

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I would never be a billionaire as I would have cashed out long before that and gone on to enjoy life rather than trying to make yet more money than I could possibly spend without being entirely stupid.

Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

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Re: Yes, the bad companie are

Not if they own the code. They can fork a proprietary product off from the open source version and never contribute back to the open source side. So eventually they will be two separate products

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

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Re: Great for this Engineer

Software Engineering wasn't available as a degree until a year after I graduated, so I got a BSC in computer science and physics.

But I've had various "engineer" titles for over 3 decades. That only ever became an issue in the last year of my previous company where you couldn't have engineer in your title unless you were licensed as a professional engineer. They also forced people who had the appropriate degrees to put MSC, PHD etc. on their business cards, whether or not they wanted it there.

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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Re: Very disrespectful

When has the orange idiot ever done anything worthy of respect?

'Bomb threat' scammers linked to earlier sextortion campaign

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I think that is the real reason

With Bitcoin heading towards its true value of 0, this is one way to drive the price back up. Any of these companies that actually decided to pay would have to buy Bitcoins. Why else would you ever buy them, it's not like you can spend them anywhere useful.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Good for memory makers

Since Chrome is such a memory hog.

I switch off Firefox when it became slow and flaky, then switched from Chrome to Edge because Chrome had become bloated. And now Edge will be just as bloated as Chrome, consuming much more memory and spawning endless processes.

Maybe Opera next.

If you ever felt like you needed to carry 4TB of data around, Toshiba's got you covered

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Re: This has been available for a while

I have at least a dozen WD passport drive from 120Gb to 4tb, none have failed.

Every drive that has ever failed for me has always been a Seagate, so I just don't buy those any more

GTA gamer cuffed, charged after PS4 live mic allegedly overheard him raping teen girl

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Re: Re:Reporting bias

Due to his debts and the now negative value of the trump brand, It may turn out that he has less money than you'd find down the back of your couch.

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

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46.2Mbps fiber?

What kind of crappy fiber are they using? I can get 1Gbps on cable, and they have just started running fiber to the home in my area so it could still improve further.

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao

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Do any of those people upset by the Clintons even have Internet access at the trailer park?

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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Re: 3-axis accelerators are everywhere

That depends on your time frame. There are extremely accurate accelerometers used for tracking the movement of soldiers indoors. But that only needs to be accurate for a matter of hours, I don't know how far off it would be after a few days, though I expect it would be adequate for navigating a boat or plane.

Dollar for dollar, crafting cryptocurrency sucks up 'more energy' than mining gold, copper, etc

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Bitcoin transactions also have an energy cost, I may be mistaken but it's my understanding that this cost increases with the size of the blockchain.

Samsung loses (again) to Apple in patent battle (again). This time to the tune of a mere $539m

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Re: design is design..

I discovered the secret to Apple design a few years back after getting back in to CAD after having been away from it for a few years. When you don't know the controls and features available in a CAD package everything comes out looking like it was designed by Apple.

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort

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You could probably add several 0's to the cost had the PHB decided to just go ahead and use blockchain everywhere because they had heard it was the latest thing so we must use it.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: C

I can't remember how it is in the rest of Canada as I've not driven outside Ontario or Quebec for quite some time, but trigger locks are rare in Ontario. Costco has them, but hardly anywhere else that I've seen,

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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Re: For once, Google won fair and square

And they ripped off Java knowing full well that they needed a license. Their own staff, many of them ex-Sun even told them so, but money is only supposed to flow in one direction at Google.

Oracle pours a mug o' Java 11 for its addicts, tips pot of Binary Code License down the sink

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These methods are redundant if you know regex as you can use the various replace* methods. I guess they were added to appease the kids that don't know regex.

Amid Trump-China tariff tiff, Cisco kit prices to resellers soar up to 25%

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A couple of years is not enough time to build any significant local production in many of the products affected. It's not just cheap labour that causes companies to move production to China. It's the entire manufacturing ecosystem where anything and everything you need to design and produce a new product from scratch can all be found in one area.

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

Blank Reg

These apps are yet another case of a solution without a problem. My contactless payment cards always work, never run out of power and can be dropped repeatedly without damage, and it's faster to pay with a card than either cash or an app.

No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim

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Re: Jackanory

I've not seen anything about other solar observatories going offline, but it would make sense.

These kinds of facilities tend to share a lot of information with each other, so if they were afraid that the network had been compromised then there would be a chance that other collaborating facilities may also have been compromised.

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Re: Missed opportunity...

Toronto is also on that list. And if I were Bezos I'd build it there and make sure to make it clear that it's all because of trump. Why would you want to expand business in a country that is doing it's best to alienate the rest of the world and is fast become a 3rd world theocracy.

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The problem was that the mainstream media underestimated the extent of the stupidity and gullibility of the voters. When you're not an idiot it's really hard to fathom just how stupid people can be. It was obvious from the beginning that trump is an incompetent con-man and all around dirt bag.

For most of us in the rest of the world we just can't understand how anyone could be stupid enough to not see that.

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Re: Poor Jeff is so right, nobody takes his leftist hate pamflet seriously anymore

There is no filtering required, he hasn't done anything good, he really hasn't done much of anything at all except whine and cry about how unfairly he's being treated. When you the worlds most visible buffoon you have to expect that kind of stuff.

The economy is still coasting along, and only keeps going because it took so long for this administration to actually pass any legislation. But it will come crashing down eventually, and of course he will blame everyone else.

And with North Korea he hasn't actually achieved anything, he gave up what NK wanted and got nothing in return. Kim was never a real threat anyway, he knows that starting a war would be the end of him. He just need to threaten war without ever actually having one.

BTW, where is the wall? And why haven't Mexico written that big fat check to pay for it?

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

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Nothing has changed

I recently picked up a prepaid vodaphone SIM card on a trip to Prague, I'll give you one guess at the pin number.

Samsung's sleek 'n' sporty X5 SSD pledges blazing transfer speeds

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Re: Still too expensive

But by the time this gets down to $200 you'll be able to get a 10tb external drive for half that price.

As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange

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Re: Oh dear

They are only overly harsh if you are a normal person. If you're wealthy, a celebrity, a politician, or major political donor then you may never see the inside of a jail.

Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

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Re: "Get a licence or build something new. It's really that simple."

That's BS. Java ME was on pretty much every phone in existence, over a billion of them. Even on Symbian and Brew based devices where the platform owners were pushing their own native development platforms.

Blank Reg

No, Java was the only sensible choice. At the time Java was by far the most popular language for mobile development. For most mobile developers it was the only language they had ever used for app development. So the path of least resistance was to base their new platform on what everyone was already using.

But despite warnings from their own staff that they needed to negotiate a license, they just went ahead and used Java anyway rather than have to pay a few pennies per phone in royalties.

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

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Re: mature market ?

I'm still using a 5 year old Sony Xperia, and don't really have any reason to upgrade. I'm sure that I'm not alone.

Smash-hit game Fortnite is dangerous... for cheaters: Tools found laced with malware

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Re: Can't feel too upset about this

Low self esteem.

They are looking for anything that can make them feel better about themselves, even if it's a lie

Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination

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I never even noticed

Because despite having a bunch of slack channels set up for our various projects, I only get about 1 message every few months.

It's just a waste of computing resources. I just checked and there are 6 Slack processes running consuming over 300Mb of RAM in total and about 4% of CPU

Canadian utility makes blockchain upstarts bid for their ravenous rigs' electricity supply

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Re: How does this work?

Well if you are an independent trying to use 100's of KWH above what is typical for a home, then you're either mining or you have a grow-op.

If it's a mining business then you have told Revenue Canada what is your line of business, and I expect they aren't too happy when you lie to them about that.

Donald Trump trumped as US Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban

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Re: Nice to see that some parts of US Government are still working for the US

Walmart alone buys something like $50 billion worth of stuff from China every year. If they start getting hit with a 25% tariff on any significant portion of that then guess who will end up paying for it. Hint, it won't be Walmart.

If their prices go up, and sales go down then you can also expect layoffs, and if it goes on long enough then possibly even store closures.

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Re: Disagree....

Despite having used it extensively, C++ has long ago become my language of last resort. It has just become too complex. This is especially problematic for legacy projects where you can find every instance of the latest and greatest addition to the language being used.

While you can write clean, easily maintained code, it's also trivially easy to write code that will make your eyes bleed just looking at it. And once that second developer joins the project the risk of eye bleed ramps up and increases as the team and project grow.

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: Yeah - but if I am a "common criminal" I'll definitely find another non-indiegogo to pawn

Yes a Caucasian Sheppard will easily take care of any would-be intruders. But I like the neopolitan mastiff as they have some interesting traits. They tend not to bark much and are naturally protective. So if they hear an intruder they don't usually go crazy barking at them, they will just quietly go search them out. Once they find them then the growling starts, by then it's too late to get away, the intruder is dinner.

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My keychain has 2 sizes each of flat and Philips screwdrivers, so I'm set should I need to suddenly go on a burglary spree.

Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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An unfettered free market just leads to disaster. And many aspects of modern society just won't work in a purely capitalistic world. Just look at the joke of a healthcare "system" in the USA.

And I could never understand the idiotic view of slashing taxes and social programs. Are you going to start paving your own roadways and act as your own fire department, police force etc. Someone has to pay for all that, it won't just magically happen. And cutting social programs just leads to more poverty, that isn't good for anyone. Poor people don't help grow the economy much, and any money you saved would be made up by the increases in crime and additional expenditures on policing and the rest of the judicial system.

P.S. We're currently looking to expand our company into Europe, The UK isn't even up for consideration, largely because of Brexit, and nothing you've proposed would change that. Even if Brexit were canceled I'd wait a few years before considering the UK just to make sure things are stable. We'll most likely pick France or Germany.

Korean cryptocoin exchange $30m lighter after hacking attack

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I don't think so, the total value of all cryptocurrencies is too small to have that much impact on the global economy. Of course the real value is zero so the sooner we get to that the better.

At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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Re: Fertilizer?

This sham has been going on for so long that I don't even bother to watch these events or read the emails they send me any more. If it ever become a real product on store shelves then I'll take a look again.

You know who deserves more help from UK.gov? Startup investors, say policy wonks

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Having spent too much time talking to VC's and watching some of the idiotic ideas that they fund, I'm not sure that government bureaucrats would do any worse.

Most VC's don't really care if a product or service will be successful in the long term, they only care about how much money they can make on the IPO.

Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

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Re: Indeed on the pork ...

I stopped wearing my wedding ring decades ago after getting a good zap while working in a rack of 48v telecom equipment, No permanent injuries, but my hand was numb for about an hour.

'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

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Re: Not fit for purpose

Driver aids such as emergency braking work fine in most cases. The key difference is that no one expects to take their hands off the wheel and stop paying attention just because they have these driver aids to help keep them safe.

Autonomous vehicle makers are pushing exactly that, and that will lead to deaths that could have been avoided.

Facebook's democracy salvage effort tilts scale in Mississippi primary

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Re: Facebook's "real ID" is a sham

I have an old facebook account I set up with a bogus name, it doesn't even sound real. I set it up soon after facebook went live and it's never been challenged, but then I never post anything and that account has no friends. I only use it for things like "log in with facebook" for web sites I don't care about.

As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Re: People are saying he should stop tweeting and go back to work on the assembly line

@anonymous boring coward

Defeatism? No, just realism. I know enough about automobile manufacture to know that I don't know enough.

Musk was just too naïve to understand the extent of the task he'd set for Tesla. If he had tried to become a niche supercar maker, then that would have been fine. If you're charging $500k+ for a car then it's ok to only turn out a dozen cars a day, in fact it's preferable as it adds to the exclusivity. But mass producing "cheap" cars with consistent quality at predictable production rates is a whole different kettle of fish.


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