* Posts by RonWheeler

529 posts • joined 3 Mar 2012

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US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called

RonWheeler

Re: I could have done without the "nerd" comment

Sounds like humourless, childish but fashionable Trump-administration-bashing to me.

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Google must cough up contact info for 8,000 employees in gender discrimination case

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Why this way round?

Why not take 5000 random men and 5000 random women, compare them head to head in a skills test of boolean logic and programming. Then pick the top 0.1 percent as candidates. Double blind. If women come out equal, then let this case proceed. Otherwise I call discriminatory gender bias against the govt.

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

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Strangley,

the >< didn't show up on my display. Must be the browser playing up....

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

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Re: "Apple will no longer use any Qualcomm chips in future products"

Doubt it. Qualcomm aren't I suspect as vulnerable. Although it will hurt. Stupid leftie hipsters have a lot of disposable income.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Back on planet Earth, it's reassuring to note, no one cares.

Sadly ,it seems, The Reg does.

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Facebook has a solution to all the toxic dross on its site – wait, it's not AI?

RonWheeler

I assume

Guardian readers giving their deep thought ' you're a Daily Mail readering Nazi' stuff still won't be hate, just usual rational argument?

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Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

RonWheeler

Re: The basics...

Which tax cuts for which already rich people? Facts might help your case.

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Gay Dutch vultures become dads

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IT angle?

At least if it were slashdot they'd have in-jokes about how the vultures not being virgins.

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Acronis beats Veeam

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Who paid for the study?

Does the study compare using the compression/dedupe settings? Or conveniently cherry pick?

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Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

RonWheeler

The

witch should be shot. Dead.

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Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

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or, the opposite

err, you do realise anyone bleating about WMDs has had their brain reset by mainstream media?

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/01/27/opinion/a-disappointing-choice-on-iraq.html

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It's been two and a half years of decline – tablets aren't coming back

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Squeezed

Phones git bigger, laptops got thinner and cheaper, tablets got irrelevant,

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Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

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Re: no surprise

Pointless, they'll choose to pick a legally correct but intentionally deceitful interpretation of the words to avoid answering.

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

RonWheeler

Nobody spot the elephant?

Lots of smart people confused why a computer sees the elephant?

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

RonWheeler

Android

still leads the way in this junk. Every other app spams you with ads for sister products under the guise of notifications. Sad to see MS follow it down the plughole.

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MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body

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Stitchups-

Having been shckled to a number of these schemes over the years, 95 percent of the time you can find what you need considerably cheaper on amazon, ebuyer, Scan etc etc But hands are tied so you have to whizz taxpayer money up the 'approved supplier' wall.

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Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP

RonWheeler

Re: Get HTTPS

True, but I already know it is all raped. Confirming it site by site is rather a waste of time if I'm powerless to prtest, especial;ly as an IT team person where I'm mean to suck up this stupidity as a good thing.When the Cisco hypocrites all have straight unfiltered pipes to everywhere . For 'testing'.

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RonWheeler

Get HTTPS

So your browsing can get raped by your employer's man in the middle.

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Top tip: Unplug your WD My Cloud boxen – now

RonWheeler

Looks mine has auto-updated

now on v04.04.05-101 - was on series 2.something till autoupdate Dec 15th.

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RonWheeler

Dammit

Got two which I rely on heavily. Might have to go back to VPN into home network, avoiding which is one of the reasons i bought these in the first place.

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Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

RonWheeler

$600

Is about twice what the real world market is likely to stand given other-tablets-do-exist.

Wish them well, but suspect price will kill it stone dead other than for enthusiasts.

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Oh, irony of ironies: Gov.UK's transparency report reveals... nothing

RonWheeler

Re: how can.....

Become an auditor silly.

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RonWheeler

As long as we

don't define something as a problem, it isn't a problem. Pick your battles.

My state colleagues earning £25 every day of the week driving between sites at 65p / mile aren't doing something wrong.

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Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

RonWheeler

I ran a Citrix farm.

20 servers for 100 onsite staff. Always VERY busy.

2 servers for 80 offsite staff. Usually working-from-home managers. Barely awake. Clock in early, fire off a bunch of urgent emails, then stay disconnected till 10.30 PM when they fire off some more urgent emails cc:ing eveyone in the address list. Working from home is largely a pisstake that nobody talks about. Managers know this because they do it themselves.

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RonWheeler

Re: Titanic deckchair painting strikes again!

Will cost more, but they might get more done. Most [no, not all, most] work from home staff aren't working.

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

RonWheeler

Re: Remove! Flash! Everywhere! on! your! site! Now!

Some people want to read information over making point of principle statements.

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Probe President Trump and his crappy Samsung Twitter-o-phone, demand angry congressfolk

RonWheeler

Re: They don't like it

Really?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38245530

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RonWheeler

They don't like it

not because of security, but because he uses it effectively..

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

RonWheeler

None

Nostalgia sucks. Learn from the past, don't recreate it.

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Virgin Media swallows 215,000 new fibre customers in Blighty

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4k Tivo?

Pay extra to avoid aged crippleware sluggish app-unfriendly Tivo, get stuck in new 18 month contract. We're hostages, not customers.

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Voila! Bazinga! Amazon turns Alexa into an annoying 'cool' aunt

RonWheeler

No Monty Python?

Python bores would go ape.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

RonWheeler

Cognitive dissonance

Clearly is a thing.

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Microsoft's DRM can expose Windows-on-Tor users' IP address

RonWheeler

Who in their right mind

...would download a WMV when alternatives exist?

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Humanity needs you... to build an AI bot that can finger rotten headlines

RonWheeler

See Scott Adams' blog

Trump plus dark or chaos = fake

Corbyn plus leadership = fake

May plus iBoris plus discussion = fake

G8 plus cabal = fake

2 DAYS AND A GREP SCRIPT AND JOB DONE.{sorry, capslock on]

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Imagine a ChromeOS-style Windows 10 ... oh wait, there it is and it's called Windows Cloud

RonWheeler

Re: The things that make Chromebooks appealing

Not on RT it wasn't.

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The things that make Chromebooks appealing

1 Chrome

2 See 1

Can MS offer that?

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Brexit White Paper published: Broad strokes, light on detail

RonWheeler

Negotiation strategy

Means you can't predefine the outcome.

But lefties never were in important meetings so no surprise.

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We need to talk about Granny: She's way more likely to fall for phishing

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Same as phone marketing, door to doort salesmen etc etc

UN PC mode on. We need to stop going, aw bless, they're just poor people in desperate times trying to make a living. We need to be saying kick their heads in - they're scum.

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Well-rested women in danger of bouncing their men into early grave

RonWheeler

Gender difference is the interesting bit

The rest of it I can put down to anabolic vs catabolic mechanisms [e.g. https://canute1.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-longevity-of-the-long-distance-runner-v-whole-body-factors/}

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President Trump tweets from insecure Android, security boffins roll eyes

RonWheeler

A billionaire...

and he hasn't been hacked already?

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Tech moguls dominate Oxfam's rich people Hateful 8

RonWheeler

Money

is not the same a lots and lots of rice. Hand the money out,,they get twice as rich. They all go to buy rice, the price of rice doubles. Back to square one.

The problem is a supply one, not a numbers one.

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Donald Trump running insecure email servers

RonWheeler

Not a government official

therefore his problem, not a national security issue in breach of the rules.

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El Reg just saved your Wikipedia Xmas

RonWheeler

Partly agree, but

To be honest I still consider them better than the Reg at all attempting to smear banner ads all over my browser and creating paid advertorial stories.

BUT, concern is the slippery slope effect. Like charities who start of with enthusiastic amateurism but end up with high paid marketing bods looking for customers to sign up to monthly direct debits.

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How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

RonWheeler

Same old

Used to work in a school. Big IT regularly tried ti make out getting foot in the door was generosity.

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Crappy sandwiches, cantankerous nerds: Put user back in user group

RonWheeler

Re: Sold my details, never again

Booked on by departmental secretary....

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

RonWheeler

Re: Brexit means brexit.

No. That is simply the justification for preconceived ideas that right-on types tell themselves over and over and over. Doesn't get any truer, just makes people feel metropolitan.

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Microsoft: Don't worry about the CRM cloud price hike... think of the features

RonWheeler

This year's sales targets

> long term customer retainment.

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Uber drivers entitled to UK minimum wage, London tribunal rules

RonWheeler

Don't like the terms?

Don't be a driver and go do a different job.

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Who killed Cyanogen?

RonWheeler

IMO the opposite. It now works pretty well and is quite reliable. But still a lousy product.With added annoyance of being a bit too actively promoted in W10 along with Onedrive et al.

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Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

RonWheeler

Undoubtedly partly true

Undoubtedly also partly true that golf buddies will boost the ratings of their buddies, Battlefield players will give points to those who also play over World of Warcrafters. Etc etc

Problem is compunded if they have anti-discrimitaion policies in the HR dept where those who get employed in the first place are given unwarranted priority due to gender.

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