* Posts by sjsmoto

140 posts • joined 9 May 2012

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Open source sets sights on killing WhatsApp and Slack

sjsmoto

"We have this idea of easily, when you reply, seeing their online status, and chat instead..."

I'm wondering about the great opportunities here for spammers. I don't need more work trying to prevent something I didn't want in the first place.

(insert pessimist icon here)

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Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

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Re: > hear about ... problem ... didn't affect anyone

@JimC - I don't know... when these kind of problems keep happening, you'd think a company (especially a smaller one) would be very happy to get noticed by saying a crash affected no one.

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FAIL

When was the last (or first?) time we heard there was a major cloud problem but it didn't affect anyone because the rollover performed flawlessly?

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We experienced Windows Mixed Reality. Results: Well, mixed

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A house for apps? So basically it's a 3-D Bob?

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Top tip for all you insider traders: Don't Google 'insider trading' from your work PC

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Wife's search at work: "How to bury a body in the basement."

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Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

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Put him in a cell for 10 years with someone who can't stop making knock-knock jokes.

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Google to remove private medical data from search results

sjsmoto

"DeepMind has consistently said that patients’ data is safe, and will not be shared with its parent company, as well as emphasising the benefits Streams has for patients."

Something you never read: "As a way of showing their trust in its security and use, all of DeepMind's executives have added their own personal medical history into the system."

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Uber sued after digging up medical records of woman raped by driver

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Uber should be required to show, on their app, where their former and current executives are at all times so you can go up to them and kick them in the ass.

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White-box webcam scatters vulnerabilities through multiple OEMs

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Looks like we need an Underwriters Laboratories for checking internet connection safety in devices.

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It was bound to happen: Amazon launches first grocery store

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I guess it'll work

"Customers who bought Cheapy's Hot Curry Spread also bought Cheapy's 20-count Bog Rolls."

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Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

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It's "Facebook" not "Factbook". Why should I expect anything on there to NOT be fake?

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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Re: ahhh buzzword bingo.

Yes! I was waiting for mention that the fruit packs will be delivered by drone and the presser plays whalesong.

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It gets worse – now WD says Toshiba memory business sale breaches joint venture terms

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Joke

They make laptops and have no nuke buyers. So why not make nuke powered laptops? They'd never run down, and you'd never have to charge them.

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Pennsylvania sues IBM for fraud over $170m IT upgrade shambles

sjsmoto

Management never learns

"Big Blue's representations that it was the only vendor with the type of proprietary databases capable of providing a totally integrated computer system."

That's what happens when you don't invite tech people to the sales pitch.

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Stop the press: Journos not happy losing jobs to journo bots, say journos

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Will the bots get bylines? I'll want to follow those that don't mention Russian election hacking or global warming.

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Move over, Bernie Ecclestone. Scientists unearth Earth's oldest fossil yet: 4bn years old

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Alien

I'm probably the only one that gets annoyed with scientists and astronomers having to append to every discovery a Rimmer-like gush about alien life. Like the recently impressive find of seven nearby Earth-sized exoplanets - sure, that may be cool, but it's nothing compared to the possibility there may be ALIENS!

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IBM UK: Oh, remote workers. We want to be colocated with you again

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Step 2

Now that you're all here together, you can begin training your replacements.

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Pack your bags! NASA spots SEVEN nearby Earth-sized alien worlds

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IT Angle

I tried the "travel poster" link and it shows the message "Web application could not be started" along with all sorts of info like the application root directory, environment variables, user and group info, ruby config settings, and load and library paths. To me that's like showing phpinfo() for a crashed php page. Why would it do this?

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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We need hacker kids

Without them we wouldn't have gotten shows recorded on those old VCRs you controlled with confusing buttons on the front. Or got our car clocks reset. Or got the TV violence chip turned off.

(Insert old-fart icon here.)

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

sjsmoto

I was considering upgrading my Macbook Pro, and waited for the announcement. But it's unlikely now due to the steep price just to get to where I am today. I'll probably just get a new Mini and remote into it from my Toshiba. :)

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Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

sjsmoto

I actually find Siri useful for adding things to reminders or grocery lists. I don't have to pick up the phone, I just tell it what to add to what list, when something comes to mind. Since there's less tapping involved in getting to a list and getting things entered, it's a positive in this regard.

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Florida man ran $1.35m hack-and-spam racket with 50m-plus addresses

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Someone needs to knock on his jail cell every 15 minutes asking if he'd like to buy Viagra or cigarettes. 24 hours a day. 365 days a year. For 25 years.

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

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IT Angle

For the IT angle, perhaps they'll name this new crater Foo.

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WD gives My Passport spinning rust drives a lick of paint

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Joke

What, no "Hey Rusty!" voice command system and 3-D goggles? How disappointing for the kids.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

sjsmoto

I think sending people to live on Mars is a totally stupid idea. The moon is only about 3 days away - 3 DAYS! Set up a permanent base there, then have commercial flights. (Next thing you know, you'll have a Starbucks.)

But I know, Mars is sexier. Instead of having to wear a space suit all of the time you're walking about on gray powder, you can be excited walking around in a space suit on red powder.

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Yahoo! Mail! down?! Great! timing! as! more! US! senators! dogpile! hacked! web! giant!

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Definitely pot/kettle here, seeing how the personal information for all US gov't federal employees was hacked recently.

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Alleged buggy software wrongly flunks wannabe lawyers from bar exam. What happened next won't shock you

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I hope the all of the newly minted lawyers get exactly what their future clients would get - one coupon good for $10 off any ILG test.

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Google plots cop detection for auto autos

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Joke

red and blue lights

Good luck making it down a street with blinking Christmas lights.

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Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

sjsmoto

I might trust a self-driving car after Google's board of directors have been using them exclusively for their transportation for a year.

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Microsoft buys Genee's lamp, tips it into Office 365, smashes lamp

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FAIL

Re: Hmmm

Right! At what point is the computer going to do the work instead of us having to remember which bloody "intelligent assistant" to use.

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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What an idiot.

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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

sjsmoto

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

Great.

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Google kneecaps payday loan ads

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"The internet should not be a place that profits from your weaknesses," said Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Center for Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law school.

The .XXX domain laughs at you.

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Game over for Xbox 360

sjsmoto

I have a 360. I don't use it much anymore, so it's probably my last game console. If I may rant: I enjoy video games but I want them to have a "stupid easy" mode. Sometimes I'm just not into mashing buttons until my thumbs fall off. I also want to be able to stop and save the game at any point - not just at preset save points. I understand this is a game issue rather than a console issue, but it should be standard by now. Otherwise it's been fun, and the 360 ran fine.

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Bay Area man forced out of his $400 box home

sjsmoto

But it's funny how cities will throw some regulations out the window, like they do with taxi laws for Uber.

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

sjsmoto

I'd be disappointed if a British polar vessel wasn't named RSS Bangers and Mash.

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ADpocalypse NOW: Three raises the stakes

sjsmoto

Ads are annoying, and I'd love to see a change (like plain-text ads only), but I'd call them voluntary in many cases - you voluntarily visit a page or use a game knowing there will be ads (like on The Reg). What I'd prefer to be gotten rid of first is spam email. No one asks for it or wants it, and it eats time getting rid of it.

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

sjsmoto

Bah, it's nothing like the book.

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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I use ScriptSafe, which kills most things, then the rest goes through AdBlock.

I never click on ads, you never know which one has crap behind it.

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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Gimp

Moeron, Larryium, Curlygen, and Shempton.

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FAA introduces unworkable drone registration rules in time for Christmas

sjsmoto

Bet you read this with FAA's voice of faux authority in your head.

"Based on SCIIII-en-TIFIC CAAAL-cu-LAAAA-tions"

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

sjsmoto

But what about that https patent troll?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/01/cryptopeak_sues_/

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Prison telco recorded inmates' lawyer-client calls, hack reveals

sjsmoto

They should at least be forced to change their name to Insecurus.

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At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

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Joke

Eventually they'll say 640K is enough for anyone.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

sjsmoto

What happened after WebMD was hacked with new entry "How to cure Asshat".

(I live in the US, no free drives for me.)

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Amazon Echo: We put Jeff Bezos' always-on microphone-speaker in a Reg family home

sjsmoto

Some improvements that would nudge it into my purchase vision:

Ability to have it contact 911. If something happens and you can't reach the phone, just being able to say "911" to have it get help would be great.

Ability to have it listen while you're away for "odd" sounds. Like if you're at work and it hears the door opening and you know no one's at home, it would let you know there's something you might want to check at home.

In a related feature, have the ability to turn on the mic and listen when you're not at home.

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US Navy grabs old-fashioned sextants amid hacker attack fears

sjsmoto

Having read Ernest Shackleton's lifeboat journey from Elephant Island to a 720-nautical-mile-distant South Georgia, I'm mightily impressed with what the "old ways" of navigation can do for you.

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Adblock farms out acceptable ad policy to independent reviewer

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I use AdBlock in Chrome, plus ScriptSafe. With ScriptSafe you can whitelist domains and/or subdomains, so it cuts out whatever AdBlock might let through that you don't want.

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