* Posts by fishman

738 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

fishman

Re: Wade Owen Watts

Cringely's name is the pen name of Mark Stephens.

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Fog off! No more misty eyes for self-driving cars, declare MIT boffins

fishman

Maybe it's just me

But I always assume that cars will not stop when I cross the street, so I time it when there is a safe interval in the traffic.

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Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'

fishman

Re: Don't want that swing.

When many people think of nudists they think of young fit attractive adults going naked. The reality is that most of them are old, overweight, and unattractive - like most people.

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BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook

fishman

"So a bit like turning the device off? Are they going to sue for power buttons as well?"

It's more like the "mute" button on my TV's remote control. But it's ON A COMPUTER!!!

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Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory

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Re: Lego...

"I built my Saturn V out of standard bricks."

I built a Saturn 1 using the cardboard tubes from Christmas wrapping paper. The tanks on the first stage of the Saturn 1 are visible from the outside, and it took somewhere around 8 tubes to recreate the look. I was somewhere between 8 and 10 years old.....

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US Navy gives Lockheed Martin $150m big frickin' laser cannon contract

fishman

Sharks

"No information was given about sharks accompanying the Lockheed Martin weapons."

That will be part of the $500M upgrade contract.

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NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

fishman

Re: We have the clueless leading the blind...

I see I got (so far) 9 thumbs down when I corrected someone who provided false statistics. Looks like there are quite a number of fake news fans here.

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fishman

Re: We have the clueless leading the blind...

"On an average day in the USA, 90-100 people are killed by guns. A few are accidents, some are suicides, the vast majority are murders. "

Fact check: The U.S. Department of Justice reports that approximately 60% of all adult firearm deaths are suicides.

Murders are only about a third of the death rate.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

fishman

Re: @ wolfetone

"Lets face it if ever theres a proper shooting war then all these carriers, and the planes still on the deck, will be on the bottom of the sea within about an hour."

If it gets to that point the airfields will be smoldering holes in the ground and the cities will be ashes. And few will be alive to care what happened to the carriers.

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FCC commish gobbles Verizon's phone-locking BS, says it tastes great

fishman

Re: I thought all carriers shared a stolen handset list.

"The only difference between Verizon and the other major telecoms is that Verizon pretends like they're different."

And charges quite a bit more for it.

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Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

fishman

If I remember, at the press conference after the launch he said they would fire the second stage engine until it ran out of fuel. So it sounds like it had more fuel than they expected.

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2017 tablet market trended towards torpor

fishman

Cheap tablets

I remember a number of years ago that a $100 tablet was a terrible piece of crap, with only 4GB of storage, crap screen, slow processor, and ancient version of Android.

For $50 when it is on sale, you can get a Fire HD8 - maybe not fast enough to play some games, but more than fast enough for the web or watching video. And Amazon seems to be updating the OS - my 1 1/2 year old tablet just got the latest OS update two weeks ago.

Of course, all of the data that would have gone to Google now goes to Amazon.

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

fishman

Re: And it doesn't sound like the actual residents of the town were responsible

"Well, Trump was never "elected", he was installed by the "electoral college" through a process called "gerrymandering",which is how republicans overthrow election results, and that is what the US calls "democracy"."

Gerrymandering could have only a tiny affect the electoral college - only Nebraska and Maine give out the electoral votes by congressional district; the other states are winner take all. Nebraska is solidly Republican and gerrymandering would have not had any impact; Maine state legislatures are mostly controlled by Democrats - the state legislatures are where the gerrymandering gets approved - so any gerrymandering would have been probably done by the Democrats.

For those outside the US, gerrymandering is when a voting district geography is reshaped in such a way that the included population will vote in a way the "designer" desires. The voting district can end up in with a strange distorted shape. Both parties are guilty of using it.

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Dinosaurs gathered at NASA Goddard site for fatal feeding frenzy

fishman

Cool!

That's just a couple miles from my house. I'll have to keep my eyes open when I'm out for a walk.

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If you've ever wondered whether the FCC boss is a Big Cable stooge – well, wonder no more

fishman

Re: The previous FCC chair was expected to be a cable stooge

"Too bad Trump was all bluster when he said he was going to drain the swamp."

He's draining the swamp - but replacing it with a sewer.

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Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

fishman

Re: You're really lucky!

My two best (?) lucks - I had a transmission replaced at 35K miles under the 36K mile warranty, and a refrigerator compressor replaced at 4 years 11 months under the 5 year warranty. Of course, better luck would have been no repairs needed at all.

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Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

fishman

Bull

I guess Christian Wolmar has never driven a car in an urban environment. Pedestrians dart out into the road. Even if the driver isn't too busy on their smartphone, or listening to the radio, or talking to the passengers, it still takes 3/4 of a second at best to go from recognizing a danger to pressing the brake pedal. At 25mph that's almost 30 feet. An autonomous system would be able to respond much faster.

We've spent 100 years getting the roads to work for human drivers, and that is leveraging centuries of knowledge of horse drawn vehicle traffic. Just like we have signage for humans, roads will need signage for autonomous vehicles.

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Trump backs push for bumpkin broadband with presidential orders

fishman

Re: Down in Arkasas they'll call it "Sweetmouth Broadband"

I live 1000 miles away from *Arkansas*, and even I know that the team is called the Razorbacks. And Arkansas ranks 24th in pig production.

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US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death

fishman

Re: The More I read About the US of A....

Brexit.

Whenever the Brits start looking down on the USA, don't forget that the UK has far more cameras focused on their population than the US. And their politicians are just as capable of doing crazy/irresponsible things.

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SpaceX delivers classified 'Zuma' payload into orbit

fishman

Re: Mars Orbit?

You mean like the Voyager episode "The_37's" where they find a 1936 Ford pickup truck floating in space?

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Time's up: Grace period for Germany's internet hate speech law ends

fishman

Re: Well this could get messy...

"So, for centuries, your run-of-the-mill Muslims were quite happy worshipping their guy who had been shagging a nine or ten year old. "

Plenty of Christians were standing behind Roy Moore, the Alabama senate candidate, when it became known that he had chased after a 14 year old girl when he was in his 30's. And it wasn't entirely that they didn't believe the girl - some didn't have any problem with the age difference.

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

fishman

Re: What real use are they?

I've seen neighbors with fake security company stickers in their windows.

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fishman

Re: No, it's stupid

Controlled from the internet? You are assuming that anyone who would break in a house has some sort of technical expertise.

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Totally shock claim: Comcast accused of gouging TV rivals

fishman

FCC

The FCC - A division of Comcast, Inc.

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French gov files €10m complaint: Claims Amazon abused dominance

fishman

Re: It seems...

"We have introduced product that wasn’t on their site that once it proved to be be a good seller, Amazon started selling the same thing, bypassing us. Unethical gits."

I don't quite understand. You introduced a product - did you make it, or were you reselling it? And did Amazon start selling a knock off, or did they get it from the same supplier that you did? And was it Amazon, or a seller under the Amazon Marketplace?

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

fishman

Shaft packing gland

I had to adjust the shaft packing gland in my boat several times this summer. I take two large (2 ft long) adjustable wrenches to do it - release the lock nut, tighten the packing gland, tighten the lock nut. Of course, the QE has a much more sophisticated packing gland otherwise they would need insanely long wrenches. :)

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Peak smartphone? iPhone X flunks 'supercycle' hopes

fishman

Phones like the Iphone X and the Galaxy S8 look like they are too fragile. Really nice to hold, though.

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We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms

fishman

Backdoors

If there are backdoors put in, who will hold the backdoor keys? Even the NSA has leaks.

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Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch

fishman

Summer

At least it's summertime there.

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Cost-hurling IBM seeks more volunteers for employment bonfire

fishman

Re: Whatever happened to the critical IT skills shortage holding back the economy?

"... makes you wonder why our Govt and education experts are so hell bent on teaching our schoolkids ICT and coding, when so many IT jobs are going abroad, doesn't it? "

A glut pushes down the wages - businesses want cheap STEM/IT labor.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the failest mobe of all?

fishman

Price vs reliability

There are alot of really cheap Android phones. Some of them are fairly shoddy so it's not surprising if their reliabilty would be lower. If you wanted to compare Apple vs Android reliability similar priced handsets should be used.

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

fishman

Does it really matter?

Considering that the android handsets that do get updates (Nexus, Pixel) make up a very small percentage of overall android sales, consumers don't seem to really care. We (Reg readers) care, but we are tech savvy and good looking, too.

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FCC boss Ajit defends axing net neutrality by… attacking Cher

fishman

Better faster broadband

The problem with getting better faster broadband is that most Mericans only have one broadband provider available. Around a quarter have two, and onlty a few percent have more than two. Capitalism doesn't work with monopolies, and poorly with duopolies, so Pai's claims are pretty meaningless.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

fishman

PaleMoon

I switched from FF to PaleMoon a month ago. Much faster and much less memory hungry. Considering that FF will probably take a while to get their bugs out and the extensions modified for the new code base, I'll wait 6 months to a year and see how it turns out.

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Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

fishman

Re: I prefer a third explanation.

"But now, he's the official Offal Office resident."

Fixed it for you.

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Microsoft president says the world needs a digital Geneva Convention

fishman

And the MPAA and RIAA

The MPAA and RIAA would be right there to ensure that copyright issues would be at the top of the pile.

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CopperheadOS stops updates to thwart knock-off phone floggers

fishman

Re: Folks stealing their stuff?

CentOS users are far more likely to move to a fully supported RHEL system than those who use a Debian/Ubuntu/SUSE/MS system. Sure, they lose some sales to those who chose CentOS - but they would lose many of those to other systems anyway if CentOS died or became outdated.

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'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

fishman

Geese

I expected to read about a problem with massive goose droppings on the runway.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

fishman

Re: Users vs Developers

I also moved to Pale Moon - much faster and more stable. And uses half the memory - at least the way I use it.

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Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

fishman

Re: Horsecrap

"I have a Nexus 4 phone and a Nexus 7 tablet kicking around at home somewhere. They are both 1st party devices. Where are their monthly patches?"

While Apple does a much better job than Google on updates/patches, old iphones can be unsupported - try putting IOS11 on a Iphone 5.

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

fishman

Worthless?

Whenever I upload a picture, I first crop and resize it. At that point what good is a hash of the original image?

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

fishman

Re: 'image persistence' or 'burn-in'

"I'll take your manual choke and raise you an odd lever to cut off the diesel supply to stop the engine."

Lever? I've just got a pull cable to cut off the diesel fuel. Sounds fancy.

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Don't be a turkey: Help Linus Torvalds finish Linux 4.14 before it ruins Thanksgiving

fishman

Re: Internationalisation?

""Yes, but we hear you changed it in your history books to make out it was due to you overthrowing British rule,"

I've never heard anything about Thanksgiving and overthrowing British rule, and I'm a Merican. Sounds like fake news......

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fishman

Going out to shop? What a quaint idea.

I prefer to shop with a cup of coffee or tea nearby. And wearing slippers.

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The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

fishman

Aircraft w/ no wings

It's basically a jet aircraft with no wings so it can't take off. Or at least take off and do sustained flight.

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You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

fishman

Sorry, I should have been more specific - I mean big BALLASTED monohulls. Even if you minimize the ballast weight by using canting keels, you will end up with a much heavier boat than a foiling cat.

Moths are pretty cool. But their ballast is in a highly mobile person, and with the racks you get the leverage and the boat is light. The boat and rig is about 30Kg, and the crew is about 70Kg or so.

Sadly I'm not agile enough to sail a foiling Moth - the best I've been able to do is sail a 505 with a spinnaker up singlehanded.

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fishman

The problem is that it will be harder (and maybe even impossible) to tack a foiling monohull and keep it foiling while you tack, compared to tacking a foiling multihull. So that means that tacking and possibly gybing will really kill your speed, making the boats even less tactical.

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fishman

The next Americas Cup

Whoever has the cup can change the rules. The Kiwis and their poodle have decided to go back to monohulls instead of catamarans. This change has caused some teams from the last cup to not go for the next one.

Larry was using the Americas Cup as leverage to build a world series of yacht racing. So it's not like he is doing it in revenge - he's just continuing what he had been doing before Team Oracle lost the cup.

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Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

fishman

Re: Please explain

And next year AMD will have their new laptop chips out. That will put pressure on Intel to reduce prices or improve performance, just like what's happening with Coffee Lake.

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