* Posts by Blank Reg

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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Re: 3D

4k is far from doa. Soon you won't even be able to find anything below 4k in tvs over 40 inches, except for the very cheapest bargain brands

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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Same here, I'd guess I've "watched" hundreds of video ads in the past year. But as I'm never looking at my phone while they played I couldn't recall even one if my life depended on it.

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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

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A new religion

This whole simulated universe idea is just stupid.

Just because we don't understand how quantum physics works is no reason to make up crap like a simulated universe. That's how religions get started, and we've got more than enough of those already.

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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I don't know anyone with any relevant experience who thought BYOD was anything other than stupid. It was a dumb idea that was probably pushed by clueless bean counters trying to get millions of dollars of rapidly depreciating devices off their books.

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Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google

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Re: What a bunch of curmudgeons!

I won't wait in line more than 5 minutes for anything, I'm certainly not waiting in line overnight, that's for idiots.

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

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Re: The biggest is actually getting and keeping a TFL license

They don't evade regulations, they completely ignore them in many cases.

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iPhone 8: Apple has CPU cycles to burn

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No it's not really that valuable. Get any smartphone running at full tilt and it will be shutting itself down in a few minutes to prevent a meltdown.

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Re: Next step.

I wonder if the glass back can withstand the thermal shock of cold water after it's gotten good and hot from transcoding that 4k video.

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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Re: More!

3 years? What kind of half assed comp sci degree is that? It's no wonder I run in to new grads that don't actually know how a computer works.

Back in the stone age when I did my degree we had to cover everything from programming on bare metal in assembler, all your typical data structures and algorithms, CPU architecture, write an OS almost from scratch including virtual memory, shell, file system etc. and on to the fun stuff like 3D graphics.

And no, Unity and Blender did not exist then, everything had to be implemented from the ground up starting with drawing a point and designing and implementing your own scene graph. And the results could be near photorealistic if you could get 8 hours of time free on the shared mini-computer to render at maximum quality. That's 8 hours for ONE image, not video, and at only 640x480 resolution.

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Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

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Re: $ to pound £

If that's typical for the UK then I see little incentive to move there, I first started making that much about 15 years ago.

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Senators call for '9/11-style' commission on computer voting security

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Re: '9/11 style' commission on computer voting security

They did Iraq already, they need a new target.

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Re: Not The Real. Problem

The only proven cases of voter fraud I've seen from the last election were a couple cases of trump supporters voting twice. Ironically because they were afraid of all the supposed voter fraud.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Re: Memory Utilisation

There is something else going on for sure. I'm sitting here with Edge open using 64MB, and for comparison I opened up Chrome and Firefox which are using 101MB and 125MB respectively with the same page open.

Adding a half dozen more tabs, with the same websites open on each browser brings it up to

Edge 76MB

Chrome 130MB

Firefox 161MB

Edit: After closing the post submission and dropping back to the comments page, Edge dropped down to 44MB. It's not even a contest, Edge is far less of a memory hog in my experience, that's why I've been using it as my main browser since soon after my switch to Windows 10.

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Re: Seen in the wild!

Edge has been my browser of choice for a while now. Chrome has become too much of a resource hog and Firefox has become flaky. Edge seems to be the most stable and fastest of the 3.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: These "new" iPhones

"it might impress friends"

If this is what impresses your friends then you need new friends

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We don't need another hero: Huawei overtakes Apple – even without a big-hitter

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I just recently I saw a new, unlocked quad-core Android phone for < $100. Sure it's an off brand and only has 1Gb of ram, but at least it had a microSD slot, something Apple still refuses to support since it would cut in to their price gouging.

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Solaris update plan is real, but future looks cloudy by design

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This could end up being good news. They could just give up and re-open source the last Solaris version. I know we have Illumos, but that forked off from Open Solaris 7 years ago.

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Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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Re: Hipsters

Having spent more time than I'd like talking to VCs, there are a surprising number of them that are not sensible, or at least lack the technical understanding to realize they are being had.

This is far from the first train wreck that was easily predicted before it even left the station. It's too bad more of these companies don't go public earlier, there could be a lot of money to be made shorting these obvious failures to be.

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Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct

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Re: "there are downsides to codes of conduct"

I'd change to a much simpler code of conduct. It has exactly one line

Don't be a dick.

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Google's $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers' alma maters, web giant's pals

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Re: "the people whose millions of dollars are involved are not represented."

Yup, it's only the lawyers that win in a class action. I've been notified on a number of occasions that I was on the "winning" side of a class action. I could never be bothered to fill out the forms needed in order to collect my $6. And I expect that's typical, unless of course your name is trump

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/trump-files-spy-magazine-prank/

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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Re: Never understood the obsession with ICBMs

Unless they are checking the containers while the ship is still out at sea then it doesn't help. A ship at port, with a nuke the size of a shipping container would wipe out a large chunk of a city.

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Kraut coppers seize 5,000 Donald Trump-shaped dance biscuits

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Re: Pill Colour

Would that be the "Trump recovery" that created fewer jobs in the first 6 months than the same period last year, or the prior 6 months?

The only reason things are still moving along more or less unchanged is because the liar in chief and his band of incompetents have been unable to pass any meaningful legislation. It usually takes a year or more for the actions of a new government to have any real impact on the economy, but due to the ineptitude of the current administration that could stretch even further. Of course he'll take credit for any improvements, and greatly overstate them, even though it's more because of the actions of the prior administration.

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Sofa-jockeys given crack at virtual Formula 1 world championship

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Re: I'd pay good money ...

Car Racing is the only esport in which your gaming skills have any relevance to the real version of the sport.

Not that war is a sport, but FPS players won't make good soldiers, they'll likely be dead in the first 2 minutes of any battle. Being good at FIFA, NFL, NHL, NBA etc. games doesn't mean you're any good at the actual sport.

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Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

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The new season of the Apprentice

I think trump didn't like having no say in who got fired on the original show, so he ran for president so that he could actually get choose who goes. except of course for all those that voluntarily jump ship.

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Wisconsin advances $3bn bribe incentives package for Foxconn

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Re: $230,000 a head

Apple product designers? More likely low skilled factory labor making $40k/year.

It would have been a much better use of that money to offer free retraining for the unemployed.

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Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

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And yet there are idiots like this that are (or in this case was) against safety training

http://americannewsx.com/hot-off-the-press/darwin-award-anti-gun-safety-activist-shot/

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Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

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Re: Trump has exceeded expectations.

It's gone well beyond a dumpster fire. The entire garbage dump is on fire, and the orange buffoon in chief is pouring on more gasoline on a daily, or sometimes hourly, basis.

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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@art guerrilla

I think you're missing the fact that the first amendment refers to the Government not restricting your right to free speech.

Google is not the government (yet), so they can do whatever they want in this regard, provided they aren't violating anti-discrimination laws.

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GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

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Re: Looks like the Russian investment is paying off

"Can he spell Pyrrhic?"

It doesn't matter whether or not he can spell it, he has no idea what it means

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Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

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Re: Farcical

30 years late? I think you're forgetting that this involves government, by their standards things are on or even ahead of schedule

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Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update

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Re: What about auto-updates?

I don't even notice Win 10 updates happening, I assume they do since it claims to be up to date when I check.

But Visual Studio on the other hand takes forever. I don't know how an application update can run for hours. I do multi-GB updates to Unity and Unreal that are done in 5 minutes, including the download.

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Largest ever losses fail to dent Tesla's bulging order book

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Re: Only one comment

"Even Edison couldn't walk on water"

Of course not, no one else had done yet it so he had no way to steal the idea.

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WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

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Re: Conferences?

I've seen at least two conferences make the new lately because they moved out of the US.

Trump is doing a good job of making Canadian conference facilities more money.

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Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

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Re: "Tape has a long way to go yet, baby."

The problem with batteries is that as the power density increases, you cross over from battery to bomb.

There have already been plenty of incidences of pants on fire that were not caused by an excess of alternative facts.

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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Re: Jokes on them...

I suppose I see them, but years of practise means I don't actually notice them, they are just those areas at the top and sides with meaningless text and images.

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Steve Bannon wants Facebook, Google 'regulated like utilities'

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Re: YOS!

"At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought."

Was that trump posting on The Reg?

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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Re: 95% done or 95% of the work remaining?

The saying as I first heard it went

"The First 90% Of A Project Takes 90% Of The Time, The Last 10% Takes The Other 90% Of The Time."

So we're still a long way off. If we suddenly went 100% autonomous then it could work fairly well, you'd only have to deal with those pesky cyclists, pedestrians, animals etc.as all the other vehicles would be able to coordinate with each other. But anything much less than that is just going to be a mess.

One of the issues is that autonomous vehicles don't have a face.

Driving in heavy city traffic often involves a fair amount of negotiation, people look at each other to determine who's going to give way and who is just going to barge in regardless. If I see an autonomous vehicle then I know I can just cut them off since they will back off. Essentially autonomous vehicles behave like nervous new drivers, and we know how they can mess up traffic and cause tempers to rise when they hold up rush hour traffic.

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Big Cable falls into wormhole to alternate universe, sends back blog post about USA's amazing broadband

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Re: Watch your words

I don't know what you're talking about, I'm paying $100 a month for TV, phone and unlimited usage Internet. Both bell and Rogers offered me similar deals, except Rogers offers 150Mbps vs 100. Though they are giving me 1Gbps for the first 6 months. I used to pay for 300Mbps but that's overkill, I'd rather just pay less.

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Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

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Re: Optometrist Algorithm

How backwards is your optometrist? I've been wearing glasses for nearly 40 years and I can't recall any other method but the air puff test.

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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Re: Wait a second!

I expect boring a 200+ mile tunnel through such a densely populated area would easily cost in excess of $100 billion USD. And it would likely take many years just to complete all the geological and environmental assessments needed before the plan is ready.

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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Re: my relocation bundle

I've never been to Seattle yet I get contacted by Seattle recruiters, and I'm thousands of miles away in another country. I think some just go after any living being in the hope they might find someone.

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: At that temp, marshmallows will melt!

As Trump actively works to accelerate the stupidifcation of the US, it may not be long before there just aren't enough people left with sufficient intelligence to operate any power plant using technology more advanced than that found in the Victorian era.

That's how he'll bring coal back.

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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Re: An investigation is needed

Why waste any resources on any sort of capsule? I though NASA were working on some sort of railgun for launching satellites, I think he would make a great candidate for the first test launch. We should just make sure his tinfoil hat is made nice and pointy for reduced drag.

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Re: Calling Captain Video...

Oh really?

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/02/politics/donald-trump-praises-9-11-truther-alex-jones/index.html

And

http://www.thewrap.com/trumps-relationship-to-alex-jones

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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She lied to us? I'm shocked. Next you'll be telling me those jade eggs that I've been keeping in the "incubator" aren't going to hatch into jade chickens.

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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Re: @MiguelC -- Hook, line, and sinker!

The difference is that the punk kid would probably make a better president.

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Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

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Re: Reg commentards claim software not to be trusted

Even if all cars were automated, they still have to deal with pedestrians, cyclists, animals etc. that are not automated.

The only way to be 100% certain would be to only run these vehicles in a controlled environment where nothing else could interfere and there is no chance of unpredictable situations.

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Re: NOTHING is foolproof.

And we seem to keep making ever "better" fools..

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Uber, er, taxi for the 20-plus bros booted out of upstart for harassment

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Re: The fish rots from the head down

Their entire business requires ignoring laws and regulations. If they had to actually act lawfully then they might as well shut down.

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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Re: So....restore from backup

This seems to be an all too common problem. Too many small companies say they can't afford backups and backup validation, I guess their data isn't all that important then.

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