* Posts by Blank Reg

561 posts • joined 21 Jun 2011


Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Re: 1% are the 1%

"They don't realize that the people we're talking about killing, are *them"

It's not just the 1%, Fox viewers and trump supporters are disproportionally at higher risk due to them being well above the median age of the general population

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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Re: K'in eejets.

Anything less than 5% is light beer to me. My favorite craft beers come in at 7-9%

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Re: K'in eejets.

That's true, but I rarely see anyone drinking regular Budweiser, usually it's Bud Light. Which should not be much of a surprise as the best selling beers in the USA are Bud Light and Coors Light.

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things

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Re: Suprise

maybe they could be cell mates

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Re: Suggestion

It's not just his elderly supporters. The idiots gathering in crowds protesting the lockdowns will be disproportionally affected, and I would bet they are mostly trumpites.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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Don't worry, anything that is wrong with web development will be fixed by the next flavour-of-the-month web framework.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Re: These are wheely gweat!

However they are attached, I'm sure I could design an adapter that you can 3d print and then just use the wheels off of an old office chair.

Samsung calls it a day on liquid-crystal display, says quantum dot is really hot

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Re: Apple holding out

Exactly, why would they go with the more expensive tech when their flock will gladly pay the same for the cheaper stuff.

Out with the old and in with the new as Java 14 arrives, bringing with it first Project Panama enhancements

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The new Records will be as close to structs as you're likely to get in Java. But it's still in preview on JDK 14

Broadcom sues Netflix for its success: You’re stopping us making a fortune from set-top boxes, moans chip designer

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Re: Do Broadcom actually have any proof that Netflix are using their IP?

Even trump has occassionaly told the truth in the past few days. That's a sure sign that the end times are here.

Coronavirus pandemic latest: Trump declares 'two very big words' – national emergency – and unexpectedly ropes in Google to help in some form

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Actually Gates and Zuck have both put in more than that.

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes

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Re: Ratio of medical staff to total population

The ratio improves when you ignore all the Americans with little or no health insurance

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Re: Well

It might just be a relief when they finally find out the root cause of their problems :)

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Trying something to make it look like they are doing something, rather than doing what they should have been doing weeks ago.

Many countries are testing more people in a day than the US has tested in a month. The numbers are so embarassing that the CDC took them off their web site. When pressed in an interview the surgeon general refused to give numbers.

This all looks like an incompetent government trying to pretend the problem isn't there. If you don't test then you don't have cases to report, problem solved.

IBM's outgoing boss Rometty awarded $20m+ in 2019 for growing revenue 0.1%

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Re: WTF?

You forgot the guns, can't go anywhere without your guns.

Boeing didn't run end-to-end test on Calamity Capsule, DSCOVR up and running, and NASA buys a Falcon Heavy

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Yes but the politicians make much of that money back in k̶i̶c̶k̶b̶a̶c̶k̶s̶ donations.

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The difference though is that when your refrigerator fails then maybe your milk will taste funny. When Boeing's products fail, people die.

Our 'solution is killing us in a number of areas' IBM said about doomed £175m Co-Op Insurance project

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Re: Old Codger Talks about the "old days"

I was involved in one of these large projects, we had about 40 people from all over the company involved in writing the requirements and reviewing the vendor responses. It was between our current vendor and 3 others. In the end our current vendor's proposal was ranked dead last. We put together our recommendation and sent it up the food chain for approval. The CEO picked our current vendor.

Then 6 months later he left to become CEO of another company, the parent company of our current vendor.

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Oh look, another failed megaproject

No surprise that IBM is involved, they seem to be involved in most of the failed big IT project lately. Why does anyone hire them anymore?

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry

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Re: Still a problem though

Perhaps, but higher voltage also requires more/better insulation. So the weight could come down but the cable might still be huge.

Superchargers are already pushing 300amps at 480v, how much higher can we go before it's too dangerous to allow the average idiot anywhere near the charge? Maybe there will be new job openings for pump jockeys to operate these 1000amp chargers

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Still a problem though

Even if this works as advertised, there still limitations as to how fast you can charge the battery. To charge an EV battery fully in just minutes would require a cable the size of a fire hose, unless someone finally comes up with a viable room temperature stable superconductor.

MWC now stands for Mighty Wallet Crusher? Smaller firms counting the cost after mobile industry event scrapped

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If you think canceling MWC is problematic

Just wait and see what happens if the Olympics get canceled. There's many billions on the line for that event, and that's not even including the billions already spent building and upgrading the various venues and facilities.

I'll never let go, Jack. I'll never let go: Yes, Sony's Xperia 1 II has a 3.5mm headphone port

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Re: Who is watching movies on their phone?

I'm still using my 7 year old Sony tablet with it's 1920x1200 screen. After all these years it still works well and holds a charge as good as ever.

One man is standing up to Donald Trump's ban on US chip tech going to Huawei. That man... is Donald Trump

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Re: Demented?

People age at different rates, and dementia is not inevitable. I've known centenarians that were sharp as ever, and 60 year olds that couldn't find their shoes when they were already wearing them.

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Re: The US is important, but not important enough to be able to destroy China's tech industry.

During the great recession it was barely felt in Canada because our previous Liberal government had gotten the books in order, prevented the big banks from merging and kept in place sane financial regulation. Even the inept Stephen Harper couldn't screw it up enough, though he did try.

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Re: Trump leads where others follow

I don't know who said it first, but the best description of trump that I've seen is

A stupid man's idea of a smart man

a poor man's idea of a rich man

and a weak man's idea of a strong man.

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Re: Annoyed

Well Huawei equipment has been found to have more security issues than most of its competitors. But that doesn't mean it was done in order to spy on anyone.

"Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by stupidity"

Oracle tells Supremes: Fair use? Pah! There's nothing fair about 'Google's copying'

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that's right, the Java SE license did not allow it to be used in mobile devices. but Google didn't need SE, Java Me could do everything that they needed, they just didn't want to fork over the few pennies per device in licensing fees.

MWC now stands for 'Most Won't Come': Intel, Vivo and MediaTek drop out of mobile industry kneesup over coronavirus

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They should just cancel the whole event

If someone showed up that was contagious then with the typically huge MWC crowds you could expect dozens, or even hundreds of people will become infected. And they will all head home in a few days not realizing that they were infected until after they've had a chance to infect others.

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard

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until your battery inevitably turns to crap and then you accidentally bump the cable while in the middle of something important Been there, done that. Thankfully no one is in inflicting macs upon me any longer.

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Re: Gold plated cables

I've been giving away Galaxy S3s and S5s to my friends kids. You just put a new $10 battery in them and you're good to go.

Free Software Foundation suggests Microsoft 'upcycles' Windows 7... as open source

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Re: Do they know an open source Windows would be the death of Linux?

"I tend to think it will slow the adoption of desktop Linux"

If it were any slower it would be going in reverse, or maybe it already is.

No big deal, Rogers, your internal source code and keys are only on the open web. Don't hurry to take it down

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Too many companies only see IT as an expense, so don't be so sure that they have the resources to prevent such issues. When you only hire the cheapest staff that you can find then you get what you pay for.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes

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"What happens if it doesn't return to service?"

Well, they could put all that aluminum to good use making beer cans.

Non-unicorn $700 e-scooter shop Unicorn folds with no refunds – after blowing all its cash on online ads

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Re: The only winner in this

I don't even notice online ads anymore, haven't for many years. I just mentally block them out and have never clicked on one except by accident. If everyone was like me then the business model for most of the web would collapse.

WebAssembly gets nod from W3C and, most likely, an embrace from cryptojackers online

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Re: I will not use this

There also needs to be finer control of permissions when you do want such a program to run.

So if I give an application access to a local file, then it can only access that local file. If I give it permission to a directory, then it can only access that directory. And under no circumstances should it have access to any system files or directories.

Elon Musk gets thumbs up from jury for use of 'pedo guy' in cave diver defamation lawsuit

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Re: Surprised

So I guess we can now assign musk the new nickname "Pedo guy" and use it freely since there will be no repercussions for doing so.

PSA: You are now in the timeline where Facebook and pals are torn a new one by, er, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen

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He unlikely to do worse than the current jokers in power.

We lose money on repairs, sobs penniless Apple, even though we charge y'all a fortune

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Re: Quelle Surprise

Charging for an extended warranty isn't strange, but making to still pay for repairs even though you bought an extended warranty is something I've not seen elsewhere.

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Re: No comparison

Given how often I see iPhones with broken screens, it seems that they would rather just live with a cracked screen.

Magic Leap rattles money tin, assigns patents to a megabank, sues another ex-staffer... But fear not, all's fine

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Re: It really is interesting

"We have a system which massively rewards utter bullsh't"

When you see tech companies release a prospectus stating that they don't ever expect to make money, and people still buy the stock, then you know that reality doesn't come in to the equation for some investors.

They terrrk err jerrrbs! Vodafone replaces 2,600 roles with '600 bots' in bid to shrink €48bn debt

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Re: €48.1bn??

If they were a country then they would rank somewhere around 60 on the first list I found. Others may use different acounting but I doubt they would vary that drastically.

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That's a bigger debt than most countries

Judge shoots down Trump admin's efforts to allow folks to post shoddy 3D printer gun blueprints online

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Re: More guns = safer for everyone

If you need a gun to feel safe then either you're paranoid or you're living in one of those "shithole countries" that trump talks about.

Just a friendly reminder there were no at-the-time classified secrets on Clinton's email server. Yes, the one everyone lost their minds over

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At least Trump is both a crook and incompetent, just think what might be happening if he was only the former.

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Re: Red Herring

"It certainly was both dumb (against security and other best practice )"

The funny thing is that there is no evidence that Clinton's email server was ever hacked, but the state department unclassified email servers were.

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

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Re: Dihydrogen monoxide

I typically stick with beers in the 90-92% DHMO range in order to reduce the risks slightly. I have tried going as low as 86% but I've not found any to my liking that are below 89%.

Remember the millions of fake net neutrality comments? They weren't as kosher as the FCC made out

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Re: "Media Bridge, based in Virginia, and LCX Digital, based in California"

I realize that such a person as could pull this off would be exceedingly rare and it would almost certainly fall into a typical dictatorship after they are gone. But it has nothing to do with needing a reassuring father figure, it's about being able to do what needs to be done regardless of what the lobbyists, corporations and even the general populace wants.

Instead we get politicians pandering to the masses in order to get elected, and particularly in the US big donors in order to get enough money to even run for election.

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Re: "Media Bridge, based in Virginia, and LCX Digital, based in California"

Actually a benevolent dictatorship can be the best form of government. Unfortunately, the people that would be good at it are not usually interested in the job, instead, we get the worst dregs of humanity

The immovable object versus the unstoppable force: How the tech boys club remains exclusive

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Re: Hmmm...

"Why aren't there more female bricklayers? Do the same impediments apply?"

Have you ever worked on a construction site? The level of misogyny in the construction industry is generally higher than normal. If I were a woman I'd think twice about picking that as a career.



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