* Posts by nijam

1162 posts • joined 4 Nov 2011


Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos


> They employ people who were educated at state schools and benefit from their education

You may be happy with a doctor whose education was exclusively at state schools; but I believe you're in a minority.

To go beyond A-level, a typical medical degree in the UK leaves the doctor encumbered with between £50,000 and £100,000 of debt.

Smartphones gateway drug to the Antichrist, says leader of Russian Orthodox Church


Re: Bit late with this prediction

> how many US Presidents can you name who didn't have a pet in the Whitehouse?

Don't mention the eastern European model who lives there.


Re: The so-called "beast" of Revelation was an STD ...

> The second coming can't happen until the bible is translated into all languages.

Well, maybe Perl could manage that kind of convolution (and obscurity, though APL would be even better at that). But which bible, I wonder...


Well, what a surprise. A religious leader complaining about ${MODERN_LIFE}.

Let's not forget that they invented the very concept of fake news.

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports


Re: Ha

> Difficult to see how you could get to 93 witness statements from employees within the airport if it was all BS

Well, numerous people in various occupations related to air transport have been making largely-unsubstantiated, and occasionally-impossible, reports of drones for years.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


> If you bothered to take care of your records they wouldn't skip, crack, or crackle.

Don't be daft, that's how they're made. Plus the weird equalisation to try to cope with the appalling distortion you'd get from the majority of domestic "hifi" record players.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones


> If someone can close down an airport this easily and cheaply why shouldn't we have some tighter regulations?

Because *if* these are real drones (rather than yet more BALPA fantasy drones) the operators are already breaking the existing regulations ... and doing so with impunity, since no-one seems to have a clue how to stop them, let alone catch them.


> Utter fuckwits like this are why we can't have nice things.

> Cue bans and tighter controls on operation.

Are you talking about Gatwick's management, the police, the media, or something else?


Re: the number is increasing......


Not enough legroom in railway carriages, that's what.

Cheeky cheesemaker fails to copyright how things taste


Re: Every supermarket does it

> The large supermarkets often bring out "own brand" versions of new products, copying the product and packaging, but seldom the quality.

In my experience, own brands are usually quite easy to distinguish, but are by no means always inferior quality - surprisingly often they are are better.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz


Re: disappointed...

...if they manage to get rid of Lennart Poettering...

...he'll go and "work" elsewhere.


Ginny will get in her Chopper to go and give them a dressing gown.


AI trained to sniff out fake news online may itself be fake news: Bot has mixed results in classifying legit titles


> Die Hard Democrat came up as Left...

Die Hard Democrat came up as slightly-less Right?

Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching


Re: ME capability should be fused

> You absolutely did pay for the capability... we all have, whether we wanted to or not

Sooner or later, we're all going to pay very heavily for this kind of idiocy.

AI-powered IT security seems cool – until you clock miscreants wielding it too


It may simply be because they have a different understanding of "risk". IT types will see "risk" as meaning "security risk" whereas PHBs will simply be thinking of the "business risk" of it simply not doing what they want (which is, in any case, something they don't really know either).

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't


Re: Yet another Apple "problem" click-bait article

> ... every other in the domain has same problem...

Well, unlike Apple, they don't say they're selling you the movie (implicitly, since it's what you get when you pay them money) as opposed to a subscription that let's you stream it.

We're doomed: Defra's having a cow over its Brexit IT preparations


I know we've heard "Brexit mean brexit" often enough, but what it actually means (hidden behind the laughable triviality of the phrase) is "brexit means 'no deal'", surely?

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)


Re: The layers keep piling up

Maybe changing an injector was that simple 20 years ago, not so much these days.

> I own a car it is my duty to know how it works.

I doubt many people have the time or mental capacity to apply that principle to everything they own. Knowing how something works is - very obviously - not the same as being able to repair it; how far down the rabbit hole do you think people should be expected to go, I wonder?


I blame the idiots who started the trend of using www. as a way of (re)writing http: at the beginning of a URL.

Apple shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, to find gambling in its Chinese App Store


> ... users claimed they were being scammed out of money ...

Err... isn't that what gambling is, actually?

The Death of the Gods: Not scared of tech yet? You haven't been paying attention


Re: --->Götterdämmerung.

> ... many of the ancient scholars seemed to have believed that the search for secular knowledge led to perdition...

Well, they would, wouldn't they?

Amnesty slaps Google amid crippled censored China search claims


Re: It's just a test.

> They'll be deploying stuff like the "right to be forgotten"

Actually, this is indeed a variant of the "right to be forgotten" - namely the right to have someone/something else "forgotten".


Censorship is a tool of corrupt government. That is to say, government.

2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage


> ... also gets you Office for PC or Mac ...

So would a 2TB offering dump 2 copies of Office on you?

Personally, I'd rather forgo Office, and have the extra space. But that's not in the MS plan for making money, is it?

UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom


Re: Good idea.

> ... those who should know better are often the worst offenders ...

You expect the "Director" to know better?

Linux kernel 4.18 delayed: Bug ate my rc7, says Linus Torvalds


Re: That's the advantage of running Windows...

> Sixty upvotes: you all do realize he's being sarcastic ?

Hmmm... Are you completely sure about that?

How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?



> Majority of the UK population? Growing support?

Maybe not now, but at the time, definitely so. Don't forget they polled more votes than the SNP, who have many more seats in Parliament.

The only reason they imploded is because they were set up to fight the battle, not clear up the mess afterwards. Neither UKIP, nor Cameron, nor any sensible person, expected the vote to go in favour of brexit. Cameron thought, along with apparently politically-informed people, that offering the brexit referendum was an empty promise to silence the whingers. Not his fault he was wrong about that, though you seem convinced that blaming him as an easy target (because he's doing something else now?) is better than blaming those more directly responsible. There's a long enough list still active in UK politics, after all.

Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised


Re: Dual use is hard.

Yes, better knives meant better swords, better engineering meant better guns, ...

Always has, always will. It's human nature.

Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons


Re: What is autonomous?

> Many weapon systems, both complex and simple, once deployed are autonomous.

This. An arrow, once released from the archer's bow, is autonomous.

As you say, the whole thing is meaningless PR. But then, so is AI.

People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking


Re: Mainframe?

> ...Microsoft's cunning plan too. Computing as a service...

Computing as an obstruction, more like.


Re: Pointless?

> And it's been around for yonks.

And it doesn't work except for the most trivial configurations. Much like Windows itself, obviously.

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion


Re: Aladdin

> They'll want to monetise it somehow...

N..., No..., Nokia

New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo


> What is a "drone" when it comes to this legislation?

Same as for all other new legislation - a Government spokesman brought in to make fatuous and ill-informed claims about the need for the legislation and to claim that it won't affect anyone except terrorists/paedophiles/tax evaders/...

EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'


Re: Waiting for the EU is a waste of time

> ... fund reduced taxes for everyone ...

Hahahahaha. Hahaha.


Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic


Re: shipping it around

> What was wrong with old fashioned paper bags anyway?

By some measures (not all, obviously) they are worse for the environment, apparently.


Re: Ringworld Calling...

> ... Ringworld creator's civilisation failed because of an errant bacteria being accidentally introduced that ate all of their superconductors.

As I recollect, it was not accidental - it was a deliberate act by a (different) alien civilisation.

Which somehow makes all this talk about enzymes and the (presumed) bacteria that produce them slightly more scary.

GCHQ boss calls out Russia for 'industrial scale disinformation'


Re: plus ça change ...

> unless you read ... the average person had very little knowledge of what went on behind the Iron Curtain

I think you might well know even less about it if you *did* read the Morning Star.

Police chief wants citizens to bring 'net oligarchs to heel


Re: Civil laws

> ... Plod just doesn't have the resources

They seem to have plenty of resources for lots of things that don't matter very much.


Re: UK Laws are the problem

> ... if you lose then you may well find that YOU are having to pay the other sides legal fees as well as your own

It's not entirely clear how that is wrong, in fact. The intent is to penalise mendacious lawsuits, which are rife in the USA (or so I've heard).

Hold the phone: Mystery fake cell towers spotted slurping comms around Washington DC


> ... I am now wondering if there are any in Paris

Don't worry, I'm sure you haven't been left out.

Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower


> ranged from the believable to the stuff of conspiracy theorists

Not all that much of a range, these days, it seems.

Did the FBI engineer its iPhone encryption court showdown with Apple to force a precedent? Yes and no, say DoJ auditors


Re: No right to conceal information

> There is no way to read the original court order to imply that it asked for anything remotely resembling a "universal skeleton key..."

And yet, as should be evident to all readers of this august journal, the court order was based on a request from the FIB that they knew full well could only be done in such a way as to be a universal lockpick. I'm surprised that even needs to be pointed out.


IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again


> if you had a Notes "evangelist" in the company you would find pockets of little Notes based apps all over the place doing clever (and sometimes not so clever)

Yeah, we had one of those. "Sometimes not so clever"? In fact, usually not so clever, we found.

> ... because there was no easy replacement for what those apps did

Our experience was that the main difficulty was in finding out what they did (what they were meant to do was often somewhat different), so they could be ported to an actually-supported system.

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history


> If Facebook hasn't played the spam card yet, it surely will...

What? Surely Facebook *is* spam?

Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?


> Might as give up any attempts at rehabilitation.

In this particular case, it's been stated that the SELF-PUBLICIST gave interviews about his activities after being convicted. Rehabilitation may well have ridden off into the sunset at that point.

It may also be a sound reason for this case not to set a general precedent.


Re: What DOES the EU Want Google to Be?

> The EU mandates a right to be forgotten as a general right.

It absolutely does not. It does not require newspapers to delete or censor their own articles, or even prevent people looking at them, for example.

FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!


> I'm assuming Apple will get their hands on one of these devices, figure out what zero-day it is exploiting and issue a patch?

I'm assuming Apple will get their hands on one of these devices, figure out what zero-day it is exploiting, and deny it's possible to exploit it.

Trump’s immigration policies costing US tech jobs says LogMeIn CEO


> They only go off script when you start being a dick

They only go off script when they start being a dick


Re: Outsource the biggest overheads first...

> ...getting rid of staff because "we don't know what we're/they're doing" is an admission of failure in the company...

Getting rid of staff because "we don't know what we're/they're doing" is an admission of failure in the management.

OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws


> Like many here I was deeply involved in fixing Y2K issues

Whereas, like many others here, I was involved in wasting my time confirming that none of our software or IT equipment would be affected by the Y2K issues. (And just to make the point, I'll point out that it was repeatedly hyped as a "millennium bug", when it was merely a "century bug".)


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