* Posts by fishman

668 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

fishman

Re: Mass market?

They are going to ramp it up to 20,000 a month by the end of the year. They hope.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Enterprise

I've been watching Enterprise lately. Like all Trek spinoffs it doesn't start getting decent until the 3rd season. I figure it tanked because of the Meh quality of the first two seasons, and Trek exhaustion from so many consecutive years of Trek on TV.

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Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash

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Re: Nut Bush City Limits.

Once the cars are all autonomous, it will probably be much safer to ride a bike. No crazy or inattentive people to kill you.

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Fast-spreading CopyCat Android malware nicks pennies via pop-up ads

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Re: Google itself is the reason for sideloading

The only App store I use other than Google Play is Amazon's. And that's only for the Amazon Prime Video app that isn't on Google Play. I always leave sideloading off unless I'm installing or updating that app.

I wonder how many people sideload an app, and then not reset the device to no sideloading?

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Watch out Facebook, Google – the EU wants easy access to your data

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Brexit

It just gives Brexit fans another reason to leave the EU.

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H-1B visa applications from India plummet (and Trump can't claim credit)

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Re: I'm leaving cause of Trump + general craziness

As far as racism goes, I think that if there is any increase in racism against Indians it may be due to the large number of scam phone calls with the caller having an Indian accent.

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Nuns chastise Google and Eric names Larry greatest human alive

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Re: Doing more and more evil

Apple? I thought it was Microsoft.

I guess I didn't get the memo......

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Pai guy not too privacy shy, says your caller ID can't block IP, so anons go bye

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Liar

"The US comms chairman said on Thursday that the rules will help to improve competition among broadband providers"

Roughly 3/4 of Americans have only one available broadband provider, and roughly 1/4 of Americans have only two available broadband providers. The changes are to help these companies while gutting most Americans.

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Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon

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Non working

The big question is what will we do with all of the non working people? You can give them government handouts, but with a lack of goals and incentives will a significant portion of the population resort to mischievous behavior to alleviate their boredom?

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

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Re: Law of Unintended Consequences

Using GoT as an example is a bad choice - much of it was filmed in the EU.

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Comcast accused of siccing lawyers on net neutrality foe

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Re: To elaborate

Roughly 3/4 of Americans have only one broadband provider available. And only about 1/4 of Americans have only two.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: It's a bit of an irony, actually

"Here we were, idly postulating about how evil our governments could become, when it was actually private companies that were working on perfecting the most invasive day-to-day violation of our privacy."

Yes, but Google wants to throw ads at you - your government wants to throw people in jail.

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

fishman

Re: All products have a support life

Ford Pinto -

A friend of mine had a Pinto and a Corolla wagon back then. He was an engineer, and said that the Corolla had the same problem as the Pinto. So he made a modification to his Corolla that was similar to the one Ford provided to the Pinto.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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"Get a Police whistle and blow it very loudly into the mouth piece."

Back in college in the '70s I took care of one of them by blowing a firecracker next to the mouthpiece. They had been calling everyone in my dorm, and stopped after they got to me. (The phone numbers for the dorm rooms were in sequence - add 1 to get the next room. The next numbers were not called).

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Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

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Microsoft patents

I wonder if the new OS will avoid the "Microsoft Tax" on Android.

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Italian F-35 facility rolls out its first STOVL stealth fighter

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Joke

Fiat

Well, you know what they say about Fiats - "Fix It Again, Tony". Hopefully Sergio Marchionne won't have anything to do with this.

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Fortran greybeards: Get your walking frames and shuffle over to NASA

fishman

Re: Faster hardware?

"Hang on - if the code dates back to the 1980s then the CPUs it's running on now are about a million times faster than the original ones. If it was fast enough 30 years ago, why is it too slow now?"

They try to analyze more complex problems. And it can take several weeks to run.

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Re: addicted to having a continuous supply of disposable students and postdocs.

"More importantly, why do we keep lying to the young people about their actual job prospects when we encourage them to get STEM education?"

To create a glut of STEM graduates to push down the salaries.

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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Re: Google's fault

Google's policy for Android updates / security fixes have been known for a couple of years - before the 5X came out. And it is longer than what it was in the past - the Nexus 1 to 3 had much shorter times than the Nexus 4.

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The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye

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Re: Being a yachtie myself...

" I think there is still a J class around somewhere"

There are a number of J class yachts around, and they get together and race. They have actually built new ones, but were restricted to using designs from long ago - one was a copy of Ranger, originally launched in 1937. The new version is for sale - $7.9M.

http://www.northropandjohnson.com/yachts-for-sale/3891-ranger/

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Opportunity rover gets bored of spot it's explored since 2014

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US and UK

The US and the UK have one thing in common. Neither have any teams now playing in the Champions League.

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New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

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Re: The real worry is cascade collisions, where debris from one hits a bunch of others.

"But what really surprised me is the claim only 60% of graveyard orbit burns are successful."

Probably due to keeping them up there until they stop working. And if they stop working, how can you tell it to deorbit?

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Re: Not again...

"Almost every story I read about America incredibly brings my opinion even lower."

Brexit.

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Verizon's bogus bills tanked my credit score, claims sueball slinger

fishman

"Tell me again what's good about living in America?"

We have fewer surveillance cameras than the UK.

For now.

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Big Internet warns FCC's Pai: We will fight you all the way on net neutrality

fishman

Re: not all packets are created equal

"Unfortunately - and as hard to believe as this is - there really isn't that much choice of Broadband providers, at least not where I live.

I live in Manhattan, and my only realistic choice is Spectrum - née Time Warner Cable."

I live just outside of Washington DC - 18 miles to the White House. I have a choice of two broadband providers - Verizon and Comcast.

I don't have to use Google, or Facebook, or Netflix. But I have little choice of broadband providers.

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

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No new ideas

Apple doesn't seem to have any new ideas after Jobs passed away. Apple TV is the one remaining Jobs idea that they have left.

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Take that! FCC will hand net neut to FTC – reports

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Re: FCC Reaction

I live 18 miles from the White House. I'm luckier than many americans in that I have the choice of two broadband providers. Sadly, it's Verizon and Comcast.

If I don't like Google, I have the choice of quite a number of search engines, including DuckDuckGo. Using things like Adblock, Noscript, and Ghostery, I can reduce the amount of "data leakage" to 3rd parties. But short of getting a VPN, my ISP has access to all of my internet activities.

How long before someone using a VPN will be considered a possible terrorist?

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BezosBux: Amazon gets into scrip game with Cash scheme

fishman

Re: No Paper Trail?

Use a proxy or vpn to access a free email account. Ship packages to an Amazon Locker. Enter an emailed 6 digit code to open the locker and retrieve the packages.

No paper trail. However, there are probably security cameras at the Amazon Locker facility.

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Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

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Updates

So, if you have your phone modified by Microsoft, if the phone vendor comes out with Android security fixes or updates then are you out of luck? Will Microsoft come out with updates and fixes?

If Microsoft would come out with updates and security fixes for the phones they modify, I'd jump on it in a heartbeat.

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Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

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In a Galaxy Far Far from now...

They will be making Star Wars movies a century and more from now. Eventually they will make a couple of real stinker (low boxoffice - that's the only quality that matters) movies, and then they will stop for 10-15 years before they do a reboot. Rinse, Repeat.

Eventually all of these big money franchises will be remade.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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US marines didn't want them

The US Marines didn't want them but congress (AKA lackeys for defense contractors) forced them on the Marines.

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Microsoft delivers secure China-only cut of Windows 10

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Re: Chinese worry me less than Microsoft, GCHQ and NSA.

"But you're ok with Google?"

Google doesn't bother me - they will just throw ads at me, where governments can throw me in jail.*

*Of course, if Google [or others] has the data, governments can force Google to surrender the data.

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Did you know? Amazon does film production – and it treats those workers like dirt, too*

fishman

Typical Hollywood

It sounds like Amazon is just following typical Hollywood studio methods. The studios are famous for stiffing workers and using creative bookkeeping to stiff others.

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'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

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Legal fun

If the guy is innocent, then we have false arrest, false imprisonment, etc. Wonder if he will sue.

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Re: A colleague of mine

A PDP11 with the old Q Bus? We had those. One time we bought some hardware for one of them, and the vendor had their people install it. Those idiots didn't understand the idea that you cannot leave any gaps in the Q Bus slots (all slots from the first to last device had to be filled), so they couldn't get it to work. Even with me explaining it repeatedly.

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Talk of tech innovation is bullsh*t. Shut up and get the work done – says Linus Torvalds

fishman

Re: he's really quite clever, ain't he?

"I am not sure how long he took to put git together,"

IIRC, it took him about two weeks to write the initial version of Git. Of course, he might have been thinking about it for quite a while before that.

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Linus Torvalds decides world doesn't need a new Linux today

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Re: Thanks, so-called Linus

All day to compile? I compiled 4.9.8 a few days ago, and it took at most a couple of hours on a slow (5 year old AMD Llano) computer.

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Senator wants a piece of Pai: FCC boss blasted for ripping up schools, libraries internet report

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Re: you must know the drill by now . . .

"As I read somewhere, Ignorant, uneducated, poor white Southerners have been voting Republican for generations, and they are still Ignorant, uneducated and poor."

As I read somewhere, Ignorant, uneducated, poor minority urbanites have been voting Democrat for generations, and they are still Ignorant, uneducated and poor.

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Sony takes $1bn writedown: Streaming has killed the DVD star

fishman

So much content

Right now I've got so much content that I can legally watch that I don't need to buy any disks. Plus, I've got so many DVDs that I bought in the past that I don't need any more clutter in the house.

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US Congress asks FCC to snuff out Google's TV landgrab

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Massive profit for the cable companies

The cable companies make over $20 billion per year from renting their boxes. The boxes that are worth around $100-$200, and they make back the cost of the box in less than a year, so it's pure profit from then on.

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I'LL BE BATT: Arnie Schwarzenegger snubs gas guzzlers for electric

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Re: Difficult to blame him

"and these were easily swappable then electric car users could have fast option of battery exchange at a filling station"

Easily swappable = easily stealable.

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CIA boss: Make America (a) great (big database of surveillance on citizens, foreigners) again!

fishman

Re: The Phoenix Syndrome

I voted for Gary Johnson (Libertarian). Don't blame me.

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US Navy runs into snags with aircraft carrier's electric plane-slingshot

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Re: EMALS

"I have heard the Americans are looking at the UK's new carriers and comparing them to their own in terms of purchase price, operating cost, and capability, and concluding that the UK is getting a lot more value for money."

Nope. The Navy went through this sort of ANAL-ysis back during the Carter administration, with the CVV program. While the carrier is cheaper, your other costs aren't reduced, but the capabilities are far reduced. Can all your planes take off with a full load? Can you carry as many planes? Can you fly the same planes? But you have just as many escort ships and subs in the carrier squadron. So you save 10-20%, and have 50% capability.

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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Move along, there's nothing to see.....

Crackpot bills (submitted by crackpot legislators) are submitted all of the time.

It doesn't mean that it has a chance of passing.

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White House report cautiously optimistic about job-killing AI

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"Self-service checkouts are slower than human checkout. I really don't see how it could be any other way. "

Where I shop, there are usually 3 people in line at the cashier, versus an open self checkout lane. I can scan almost as fast as a cashier (and faster than a few), and I can bag faster than most. I'm done and heading for the car while I would have still been in line for the cashier.

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BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

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"Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Andrei Chikatilo, and Gary Ridgway combined have disposed of fewer people than the BOFH, and PFY."

Sounds like an episode where its the BOFH vs Sherlock Holmes would be interesting.

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

fishman

Legacy %

How many people need to run "legacy" apps? Most people use a browser, office, skype..... and not much more.

CAD? Better off with a dedicated machine - a tablet/phone won't have the graphics and cpu horsepower and storage for anything other than minor stuff.

There will be a market. But I'll guess that it isn't that large of a percent of the total market. So this will be a nice feature but no game changer.

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The only thing worse than working at CSC? An Xmas redundo programme at CSC

fishman

Typical

1). Get big contracts

2). Fire the expensive skilled staff

3). Replace with cheap less skilled people

4). Profit - use Golden Parachute

5). Projects fail.

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FCC wants a word with AT&T about that zero-rated DirecTV streaming

fishman

Re: This won't matter

"Just...what has Net Neutrality helped competition? Name something...anything."

If it has no effect, why are the ISPs like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T screaming about it? Why do the republicans want to kill it?

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Sony: Get out Comedy Central, MTV – we've built a wall around Vue, the greatest wall ever

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Adding / Dropping content

Streaming services (like Netflix) add and drop content all of the time to keep from having to raise prices. Nothing new here.

I've got Playstation Vue, and watch it on my TVs hooked up to Amazon Fire TV devices. It allows up to 5 TVs to be used, plus tablets and phones. Along with access to ESPN, Fox Sports, NBCSN, and Playstation Vue apps on phones, tablets, and Fire TV. And unlike cable TV, I can drop it easily.

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