* Posts by Uffish

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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Re: Marketing PowerPoint

I once got hold of the spreadsheet the marketing guy used to toutt the rosy future of some harebrained scheme. His carefully researched estimates of the sales figures for each town (three pages of towns) was the town's population divided by three.

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If you have a decent 4K screen ...

... and good stereo speakers nothing else counts. If you have less it will still be sufficient for the usual American TV production standards. Shenzen will have a set top box for $35. Where is the problem.

No, I have no idea what the new (US) standard entails and no intention of reading it, I think my comment has some merit despite that.

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Oz military megahack: When crappy defence contractor cybersecurity 'isn't uncommon', surely alarm bells ring?

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The buck stops somewhere

The sub-contractor got the commercially sensitive information from somewhere. If the somewhere was a bundle of papers casually handed across at a meeting with no real warnings about the security to be provided for the data (or the email equivalent of that scenario) then any data loss is both the sub-contractor's and the main contractor's fault. If the main contractor gave specific and sufficient security instructions and got specific and sufficient assurances from the sub-contractor then it is the sub-contractor's fault. Even if it is the fault of some poor sod in purchasing who didn't read the Ts&Cs properly, someone didn't do his job properly.

Maybe in Australia a terse comment from the ASD is enough to get standards raised but they will still have to prove it.

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Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

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Re: Howler monkeys.....

@BombasticBob Thank you for your kind invitation to behave like a howler monkey. I did downvote you, (cackling like a gibbon more than a howler monkey).

The downvote was really for using the word "SKEUOMORPHIC" repeatedly. "Immediately understandable" is what you should be wanting, that and "nicely designed".

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Re: Wine to the rescue

Wine for Warships might work in the RN and many other navies but the USN is, I think, dry.

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Re: "Because it's free?"

I'm a recreational user of Linux, it's on my home computers because it works, it's reliable, and it is fun.

My wife changed from XP to Win 8.1 and didn't want the further hassle of changing to Win 10. That whole sorry saga was definitely not fun.

I am even more unimpressed with MS now that they are going round saying "Malware happens you know, it would be a shame if it happened to you, whoops, looks like we're a bit late with a security update - better change to Win10 then you won't get hurt".

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Re: So MS is doing what everybody else is doing ...

Why start with MS? Because they are cheating some of their customers, that's why.

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German Firefox users to test recommendation engine 'a bit like thought-reading'

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Whatever happened to reality?

Time was that binary was a two state affair, now it is variable and depends on an algorithm.

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Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

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Re: You say .. I say ..

I tried root,rout,route,router on Google Ngram. Over the last 200 years the words root (as in carrots) and route (as in 66) have been consistently and widely used, the word rout (as in disorderly retreat) less widely used and with a steady but slow decline in usage. The word router only starts to get going after about 1975, and I guess that was due to Cisco & Co.

But where does the IT version of router come from, the carpentry tool, the disorderly retreat or route (as in 66)? I would bet on the route (66) derivation.

So I checked YouTube for examples of Route 66 sung by Americans. In my sample 'root' was the American way to pronounce route.

English is a great language isn't it.

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Re: barcode in motion

I use the self-scan gadgets in our local supermarket. I have found that shiny bar code labels should be read at an angle, so that the specular reflection doesn't blind the scanner to the diffuse reflection from the bar code.

I have also found that some bar codes can only be read in motion. It shouldn't be true but it is a repeatable observation.

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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Re: 0 working days per year

@The Man Who Fell To Earth

Can't comment with any accuracy on non-working practices in Italy or Spain but you are dead right about France. I was employed in France for 30 years, only went in to the office for the jokes and the croissants, salary ok and to top it off I'm now retired on a decent pension*.

The joke is on you.

* My UK pension is spent in the UK, it provides pocket money for holidays.

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Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

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Big Brother

Newspeak

Every time that Google says 'algorithm' truth dies a little.

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Geoboffins claim to find oldest trace of life in rocks 4bn years old

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Re: "firing into it with colts"

I'm not an expert but I would have thought that firing into it with bullets might have had a more dissuasive effect, after all would you stop attacking someone just to eat some horse meat?

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Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships

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Re: "3 years ago it was shown how... pics taken by today's cameras "

Forget the pics of fingerprints - get me the photos of the sports results and stock prices in three years time.

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Re: Guano... at the discretion of the President...

Aw come on now, there may be a few things wrong in the US but times have changed, they have chemical fertilizer factories now, and so I really don't think their Presidents are crazy about bird shit any more.

Bat shit crazy on the other hand...

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Re: required by (French) law

Have you ever crossed the French border? No, I thought not, otherwise you wouldn't post such a stupid remark.

And no, I wouldn't care if French law actually did include something like you mention, in reality France is a free country - you know, freedom as in feel free, have a nice time, don't be an uncivilized, not the "American" freedom which means 'we reserve the right to shoot you, it is our manifest destiny'.

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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Re: "chese toasty"

That should be "toasty cheese" or "cheese toastie" mate but grilled cheese is Welsh Rarebit.

Oh thanks, it's the one with the takeaway Croque Gallois in the pocket.

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DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

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Re: "What specific law..."

You have got the wrong end of the stick. Unless a law is passed according to the constitutional procedures of a country it does not apply in that country. End of story.

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Re: Good fences make good neighbours.

Don't take this personally but I don't give a flying fuck what US laws the USA thinks are valid outside their territory, they do not apply here (clue, I'm not in the USA). They also do not apply to US citizens here, US Marshals cannot come over here and pick up some US citizen and take him back to the USA for trial, not legally anyway. What happens when someone or something enters US territory is another matter - US laws apply in the USA.

Similarly citizens of, say, the Republic of Ireland should respect Irish laws concerning, say, data privacy and incidentally so should US citizens if they happen to be in the Republic of Ireland.

You may well say that Google can do what it likes with any data that it can get its sticky fingers on - I wouldn't bet on that situation lasting long once it becomes unpleasant for its customers.

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Good fences make good neighbours.

Of course US laws don't apply in other countries, but the do apply in the USA. The FBI and USA spooks in general would like to have complete access to everything and anything that is in the USA or can be tricked, coerced or downright kidnapped to be in USA territory. This case is about coercing US companies to bring data into the USA. The US courts probably don't take into account any illegality that would cause in other countries. It sounds like madness to me.

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Re: A word can be patented ?

@ Pompous Git

Oh dear, it's dictionary wars again. Look up patented in Webster's before saying it was misused in the article. The OED is my preferred dictionary of English too but the English language is spoken the world over.

The OED does not try to define the limits of the English language, it merely documents a large selection of it.

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Re: A word can be patented ?

I googled the word, (not using Google of course, no-one should use Google for googling), and found

"Definition of patented::originated by or peculiar to one person or group :individualized".

I rest el Reg's case M'lud.

I also googled 'J-type aircraft sheds' (using Qwant as the googler by the way) those 'sheds' are huge.

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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Re: "ForthisNotDead is quite right..."

... wing.

FTFY

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@ ForthIsNotDead

Strange that you can type but not think.

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: "substituted for"

I think you owe me some compensation for the mental effort expended in imagining a realistic scenario where an actor could be seriously injured by the use of a rubber knife instead of a real knife.

P.S. Where is the 'Elf and Safey' icon when you need it?

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: September 13, 2017

It's six potatoes versus half a dozen tomatoes but my computer pops up a short, unambiguous "Wednesday 13 September 2017" which I read as "Wenzday the 13th of September 2000 and 17".

Given that my computer is in France, with local time (French ) correctly displayed and with the date written in English, the decimal point being a full stop not a comma, and monetary symbol being whatever I want - I am very content, and quite amazed at the common sense of the various programmers involved.

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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Re: "There is also evidence that its next to impossible to quit smoking".

I think you were just trolling for fun and comments, but if you were not - your comments are meaningless. Back when I was a school kid and wrote with a fountain pen we were told that nicotine was why you smoked and smoke/tar was why you died.

I only know Jerry Pournelle from his delightful Byte column. He was obviously a great guy but I never felt like reading his novels, though he plugged them hard enough in the column.

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Google to kill Symantec certs in Chrome 66, due in early 2018

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Re: Sarcasm

Oh, so you were just being funny. Meh, the wide eyed innocent interpretation ended up being more useful for those lazy sods like me who vaguely recollected the name but couldn't be bothered to search.

I haven't been anywhere near them or their predecessors since viruses came on floppies.But why does it have to be "Big Google" that is judge, jury and executioner? Because there is no-one else? Hmm.

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Re: architectures that I can trust

I believe that an abacus is fairly unhackable, that and an edible notebook should be sufficient for most requirements.

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Re: Pedantry

Oh well done Sir! Pedantry like is welcome anytime.

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Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature

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Re: Email *was* a text medium. Decades ago.

Isn't progress wonderful.

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Outage outed: Bing dinged, Microsoft portal mortal, DuckDuckGo becomes DuckDuckNo

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Re: Other search engines are available

Thanks for the suggestions.

Started with Astalavista.box.sk because it reminded me of Altavista - it has a dark green and black colour scheme and says it focusses on security related sites, which I don't.

Next tried yandex. Looks competent and interesting but all in Russian and I couldn't find a little flag icon or whatever to see if it would change to English.

Didn't try baidu because I have come across it before and had the same language problem as yandex, except in Chinese.

So nothing worked out of the box, but that is not a criticism of the sites, it's because I need mollycoddling, Will try again though.

Startpage is good, Qwant is good.

Where is the UK in respect of search engines? Stuck in the mud and dreaming of the empire, that's where.

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Re: Startpage

Yeah, I use that too and the slight extra dusting of Dutch sites that turn up is nice but that's Google being Google I suppose.

I have a soft spot for Qwant because way back when I had just found it I think I helped it find the true meaning of "el Reg" as a search term.

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Other search engines are available

I use Qwant at the moment, anyone got a good list of others?

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Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

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Re: I like British Standard' BS8611

The BSI shop advertises BS 8611 for a mere £158 (28 A4 pages) and gives a brief overview,it seems to be health and safety driven with a layer of ethics over the top. I have also found that there is a "Robotics Law Journal" (American) and the EU Legal Affairs Committee has called for EU-wide rules on Robots. The EU has also published a study: European Civil Law Rules on Robotics (34 pages, free).

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/571379/IPOL_STU(2016)571379_EN.pdf

It seems that the laws of robotics are a thing.

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There is no real AI

If the programming is clever there will be some humane intelligence visible but otherwise we make machines. The manufacturer/owner/operator of the machine is/are responsible. Depending on whether you think the phrase "Guns don't kill people, humans do" is true you allow unlimited deployment of machines in situations where humans should be actively involved and suffer the consequences, or you make limits and rules for the deployment of unsupervised 'decision' making machines.

I think the plain old fashioned legal process of law will prevail. I like British Standard' BS8611 ( I think - I'm going to try to see what is in it).

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Rocks

Don't knock the stone age, it lasted a lot longer than the post stone age will.

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APT-style attack against over 4,000 infrastructure firms blamed on lone Nigerian 20-something

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Wake Up Call

All around the world the Finance Departments are having nightmares. Actually, I find it hard to believe that this could work, and I suppose it didn't for most companies but, really, haven't management realized that it is a big naughty world out there and that big naughty world is within touching distance of the company's systems and staff.

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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Re: "but pretty damn good"

My wife's iPad works perfectly when it's switched off.

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Boffins grudgingly admit they may have found an exomoon

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Re: Score!

Please don't.

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China can't find anyone smart enough to run its whizzbang $180m 1,640ft radio telescope

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Re: Chinese copies...

Henry Ford did not invent the automobile. He didn’t even invent the assembly line. That bloody American copied everything. (That last sentence is what some Europeans were probably saying at the time).

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WannaCry vanquisher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to flogging banking trojan Kronos

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Re: Interesting

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps. All I know is that the whole arrest and publicity circus thing that the Americans put on stank to high heaven.

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Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

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EU exit celebrations (with bongs).

I thought the brexiteers were on something much stronger, but perhaps it is all due to their genetics.

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Re: Farage at Midnight

24 hour timekeeping anyone?

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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Re: Police shooting black folks? Really?

Yes, really. Why the hell do you think the Black Lives Matter movement started?

As for your woeful (wilful?) lack of understanding of crime rates and the origins thereof I can only say go back to kindergarten and work your way back up through the education system but pay attention this time. Perhaps after that you will have developed some reliable reasoning techniques.

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Re: "98 per cent of people charged in America take a plea deal."

There is a painting in the Prado that corresponds to the descriptions given here of the American legal system.

https://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection/art-work/saturn/18110a75-b0e7-430c-bc73-2a4d55893bd6

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Re: A few things to get straight mate

Granted, but nothing you have said makes me think that justice will be served in this case.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Ten pages !!??

From a cursory glance at the headlines I formed an (uninformed) opinion that the guy was unfairly dismissed although deserving a warning. But ten pages? Hmm.

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It's August 2017 and your Android gear can be pwned by, oh look, just patch the things

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Re: which will post their own updates in time, hopefully.

" Maybe you run old kit, or don't pick premium kit?" I run old kit, it still has the specs to do what I want to do and I don't need to impress anyone so it seems a logical choice. My quite old android tablet gets an astonishing number of updates for the aps on it but never a murmur about the ancient version of Android. It does seem a bit odd but if it gets pwned it will get blended (or more likely a mortar and pestle job using a club hammer and a concrete path). But buy a premium tablet, you must be joking.

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Microsoft Surface laptop: Is this your MacBook Air replacement?

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Re: " just try2

If that is the case, and it may well be, I would expect war to break out quite quickly - and I would expect a continuation of the OEMs and a long, slow decline of Microsoft, which would be a pity. The one real benefit to humanity of Microsoft is that it imposed a certain stability on the hardware.

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