* Posts by imanidiot

2349 posts • joined 19 Mar 2012

Unearthed emails could be smoking gun in epic GDPR battle: Google, adtech giants 'know they break Euro privacy law'

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But you might be the sort of person that buys a new car every single year! How are they supposed to know you're poor?

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I don't mind advertising

What I mind is 20 Mb blocks of code that I didn't request, that do things I don't want, share lots of unknown data with people I don't know and in general make page loading excruciatingly slow when it shouldn't be. There is no reason whatsoever for ANY webpage to be over a few Mb in size, yet I've encountered websites that try to shove over 50 Mb into my browser, only a quarter of which is actual content.

When the amount of data traffic required for advertisements outstrips the actual information on the website something has gone wrong.

Here's the advertisement model I propose:

Website A has slots for advertising in it's design and would like some income. They go to ad broker B and tell it, they want X amount of ads of size Y and their target/normal audience Z. Ad broker B auctions X ads of size Y for audience Z to the highest bidder. Website A displays the winning ads for a set amount of time until the slots are auctioned again (change however often is required/desired).

More than some very basic target audience information is not needed and more than some basic code to fetch whatever ad is required from broker B server is not required. Just simple, straightforward, fast loading images.

Oh and for the love of god can we please just outright BAN any animated advertising? (And a death penalty for anyone that dares put an autoplay video or audio clip on their website!)

Visited the Grand Canyon since 2000? You'll have great photos – and maybe a teensy bit of unwanted radiation

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Here's my impression of this guy:


The reaction of anyone sane: *Shoulder shrug*

This is some of the stupidest "OMG radiation!" stories I've read in a LONG while. And that's saying something after all the Fukushima FUD.

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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Sounds like it's a casting blank/former used to shape the cavity in the mold. They used to be made from very hardwearing dense woods as pounding the sand around it to form the mold takes its toll and making the formers is a painstaking job. It's probably some form of Ironwood, which is (by definition) denser than water and thus sinks.

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Re: I cant imagine a sphere would make a good door stop full stop.

It was in fact a hemisphere (Half of a full sphere).

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Company watercooler gossip

This tale to me seems to fit into the company watercooler talk embiggening of events. What was probably an expensive piece of machined metal (large gauge block or something) turned into platinum. The boss's quick inquiry into why something expensive is being used to prop a door open is turned into minutes filled with pain and anguish. An engineers shoulder shrug is turned into an epic tale of blasé.

The truth, as they say, is out there.

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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Re: So, what should it be America?

ALL the guns!

How's this for sci-fi: Orbiting probes face fiery death dive from planet's radiation belts. And that planet is Earth

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Meeting the tenuous oxygen atmosphere at a paltry 30 km/s probably has an influence in how it affects materials. Yes, they were exposed to normal earth atmosphere when built, but that doesn't affect spacecraft and their materials in the same way as screaming through the upper reaches of the atmosphere at orbital speeds does.

A once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity: NASA bids emotional farewell to its cocky, hardworking RC science car on Mars

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Rest In Peace Opportunity

Truly the end of an era. Congrats to the NASA team that designed, built and operated it! You've done an amazing job.

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Mechanically complex and heavy, not guaranteed to work, not worth it for a mission like this.

Wells Fargo? Well fscked at the moment: Data center up in smoke, bank website, app down

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Re: Datacenter fire just a cover story?

Man, they call that dangerous and hairy nowadays?? They'd be able to fly 2 abreast in that street! Plenty of space, roads closed off. Calm clear weather. <sarcasm> Yeah, really dangerous... </sarcasm>

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi

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Re: Mould breakers

Brick and mortar stores aren't dead by default. They're only dead if they offer no advantage (or even active detriment) compared to ordering stuff online. When it comes to this Pi-store, I'm not entirely sure what the "selling point" of it's physical location is. We'll have to wait and see. As long as the Pi foundation doesn't go all "we must have a Pi-Store in every mall" apeshit, having one store is just fine. You can shut that down again easily if it turns out to be too much of a loss maker. I don't think they're expecting much of a profit from the store anyway, which helps in viability.

Leaky child-tracking smartwatch maker hits back at bad PR

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Re: Dammit you guys!!!!

Don't you worry about security, let me worry about blank!

(Paraphrasing Steven Fry, Futurama, Episode: Futurestock, First aired 03/31/02 )

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Re: "But, at this stage, this security is not 100 per cent available"

Recent history has shown most expensive cars are ludicrously easy to hack into expensive cars and drive away with them. Very few people seem to give a shit.

Trolling in the Reg's forums... we mean, er, 'working' on the train still rubbish thanks to patchy data coverage

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But.. That IS a measure of their dick size. I'ts just that it's an inverse relation instead of the one they imagine it to be.

Brit Mars bot named while NASA 'nauts must wait a bit longer for a US rocket trip to the ISS

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Re: Space?

Looks live Mark "Forger" Stucky and Frederick "CJ" Sturckow both visit El Reg

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Re: Space?

Leave it to the US to come up with their own definition of what the rest of the world agrees upon.

The US gives anybody that reaches 80+ km participation medals astronaut wings.

Pants-purveyor in plea for popularity: It's not just any pork push... it's an M&S 'love sausage'

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Re: I dont know what everyones laughing about.

That very much depends on the woman...

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Re: missed opportunity

It would work in Dutch, but only if the context made it clear. We're more prone to do away with euphemisms and just straight up call them balls.

Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears

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Yes. Though in this case from the article it seems his title was: Head of sales and marketing. The exec bit seems to have been put in by El Reg.

Sales drones seem to be the type that feel the need for a fancy title on their little "business cards" just to get a sense of validation. Can't go into a meeting with ANYONE with the title of "sales droid". That would be embarrassing. How could one POSSIBLY sell anything. Now if they're meeting with the "Head of sales and marketing" they'll feel they're dealing with someone who has some pull in the company and get them a good deal! Instead of the reality of getting even more royally shafted.

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Better ship the product in cans then. I shall be very disappointed if I can not buy a can of lubri-can.

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Stop your whimpering

and take it like a man. Sounds like this guy screwed up and didn't want to admit it, souring work relations. He had 3 years to take the hint and leave of his own accord.

Things that make you go .hm... Has a piece of the internet just sunk into the ocean? It appears so

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El Reg interview time?

Might be interesting to have a chat and a pint with this man after this has blown over. Seems like an interesting story. How did he get to be running .hm. And why? How much time does he spend on it. What's the hardware involved. Does he have provisions taken to make sure .hm can be transferred to someone else in case of his untimely demise? Does it impress the ladies if you say you run one of the worlds Top Level Domain registrars? Inquiring minds need to know!

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Re: .UK or .GB??

Yes, but since it's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, .GB would exclude Northern Ireland, and they're already feeling a bit bullied right now (and in the past). So most people seem to prefer the more inclusive .UK.

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Re: Not so isolated

Unless they amended it in the meantime, doesn't it say "one of the most isolated"? It does for me. And that's certainly correct!

Clever girl: SpaceX's Mars-bound Raptor engine looks like it works just fine

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Re: Green

If I understand correctly the copper is actually the direct lining of the combustion chamber and throat, so what is happening is probably a bit of engine rich combustion.

What can be done to fix it can involve many things. Among them: Changing fuel/oxidizer mixture ratios, changing the flow balance in the wall to improve cooling in the hotspots, altering wall thickness (either thinner or thicker, depending on what is happening), changing the injector pattern or slightly altering the flow in certain spots.

There is no TEA/TEB being used in the full size Raptor, so it's definitely not the starter system causing the tinge. On top of that the flame starts out yellow and then turns green. It'd be the other way around if it was ignition fluid.

I also doubt it's the camera as different angles show the same discoloration, and I'd find it strange if several cameras with different lenses, at different angles all showed exactly the same sensor saturation issue.

LibreOffice patches malicious code-execution bug, Apache OpenOffice – wait for it, wait for it – doesn't

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Re: Tried Libre about 3 weeks ago....

I'm of the opinion that if you're using that many row in an excel sheet you shouldn't be using excel but something more adapt at handling massive data sets and complex math operations on those sets. Something like MatLab ($$$, great documentation and service) or SciLab (Free, open source, but terrible documentation) or something along those lines. Much faster, and allows all kinds of funky stuff that is sometimes hard to pull off in excel.

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it

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So? Responsible Disclosure?

Isn't what he's arguing for basically the ground rules for responsible disclosure? Keep schtum, report the problem to the company, give them enough time to fix it or at least give you a response and reasoned argument why they need more time or won't fix it. Then if the company is being an arsehat and only AFTER the previously set deadline has expired without action or response do you disclose to put pressure on the company.

I think the professor is being a bit naïeve in his thinking if he's arguing we should wait with disclosing until it's either patched or exploits are out there because the past has shown we won't know of many of the exploits in use until it's far, far too late.

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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Re: Easter

It does actually say that, they'll be cajoling the ISPs into blocking the sites (Ofcourse that doesn't work, you know that, I know that, every 13 year old boy with common sense or the ability to google knows that, but apparently that particular fact has eluded the lawmakers).

Techies tinker with toilet-topper to turn it into ticker-tracker

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Re: Dickheads

The solutions exist. It's mostly politics and logistics that get in the way.

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy

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Re: Behind a locked door...

Nah, just inside the BOFH manual, with the heavy steel covers. Wired to the heavy duty inverter downstairs. Remember to use your gloves.

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Re: It's For the Children

1984 and several real world political regimes of the past and present. Some of which seem to have taken George Orwell's book as an instruction manual.

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Re: Design deficiencies

That's a very shitty thing to have happen. Bet your friend had a crap day when he returned.

It's also why you ALWAYS either leave something clearly unfinished or finish it completely. Or at the very least tape the bog lid shut with a very big notice on top that the pipes are not connected.

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Re: Deep Six

At the same time, once a macbook's been wet, it's a ticking time bomb. It's not a matter of IF it'll stop working but when.The boards completely unprotected with no conformal coating whatsoever to prevent corrosion.

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats

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No wonder

No wonder the place is infested with the flying rats. Plenty of roosting opportunity and probably plenty of food sources around from people littering. Whomever thought it would be a good idea to mount those aircon units outside the flat like that deserves to live there for the rest of their lives. Only way to solve it now is to put proper boxes around them with steeply sloped tops and all access holes sealed up properly. The only other solution is to shoot the f%^kers, but that tends to get the treehugging crowd riled up and is difficult to do safely in a residential area.

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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Re: And this is what you get

Backup, as in, another computer that can take over when the first one fails. Preferably on a different power supply, bonus for geographically separate too. Not just a copy of your data (though having that is ofcourse also a good idea).

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Re: And this is what you get

Atleast if it goes down you then have control over getting it back up, instead of having to sit on your hands and waiting for someone else to figure out where they fucked up.

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And this is what you get

For running stuff you depend on, on *someone else's computers*. If you can't afford for something to go down, host it yourself and have backups. Don't let someone else run it with the ("not a") backup on exactly the same service.

Irish data watchdog to Facebook: Hang about, what's all this about a WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger merger now?

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That would be a stupid move

I'm currently (reluctantly) still using WhatsApp because it's the only way I communicate with some relatives, but if Facebook does indeed pulls everything into the Borg that's ending immediately. Screw Facebook. They already know way too much about me. I'm not going to be using FaceBorg Messenger, EVER.

Japanese astronomers find tiniest Kuiper Belt object yet – using cheap 'scopes and off-the-shelf CMOS cameras

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That's all I can say. Very impressive work.

Underfunded HCI startup Maxta hits the buffers as VC cash runs out

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Re: $35 million in funding

might HAVE been needed...

Raspberry Pi Foundation says its final farewells to 40nm with release of Compute Module 3+

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Re: "How can we find out? There's science to be done!"

Yes. Sure. For anybody that is still alive. We'll go with that.

My chemical romance drowns tomorrow's money, warns TSMC: Chip maker's yields rocked by bad batch

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Sounds a bit like a bad batch of resist resulting in poor litho performance. Or possibly something got contaminated with copper. That's a really insiduous contaminant in how it affects the chip. Could work fine for a while until higher temps allow the copper to diffuse somewhere it shouldn't be.

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 15 years on Mars – by staying as dead as a doornail

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Re: at present we don't know the rover's status

I'm sure it's got a terrible pain down it's left side transistors, so why bother even telling us. We wouldn't listen.

SpaceX enjoys three whole seconds of fire and fury on Pad 39A

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Re: First space tailback?

Maybe the crew dragon is supposed to dock to the port the Cargo dragon would be docked to? They don't have a massive amount of free docking ports and some are more suitable for a first time docking than others

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I don't know, I'm certain I achieved at least momentary lift-off this morning.

You heard the latest Chinese CRISPRs? They are real: Renegade bio-boffin did genetically modify baby twins

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Re: Gene therepy not needed for HIV-free kids.

With proper treatment the levels of virus in the blood can be reduced to such low levels that it would be safe to do it the old-fashioned way (giggity) without risk of infecting the mother.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Re: Not sure...

It never fails.

Data hackers are like toilet ninjas. This is not a clean crime, you know

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And the worst part is

If YOU as the outsider ever so much as put a dirty teaspoon on the counter you'll be apologizing profusely in the all-staff meeting called just to shame you.

It's the weekend. We're out of puns for now. Just have a gander at China's Moon lander and robo-sidekick snaps, videos

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Re: "Prepare to die"

You know very well I meant descent... I can't help it you lot came up with such a convoluted language.

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