* Posts by Chairo

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Hyundai app security blunder allowed crooks to 'steal victims' cars'

Chairo

Past and present

In the past you were locked out of your car because the lock was frozen and the de-frosting spray was in the car.

Nowadays you are locked out because your smartphone has no battery any more and the charger is in the car.

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After blitzing FlexiSpy, hackers declare war on all stalkerware makers: 'We're coming for you'

Chairo

SAAS

Smartphone as a service. Just to make sure your better half stays in the fold, so to say. Come on, who could be opposed to a little bit of telemetry?

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

Chairo
Big Brother

Re: No escape

You are alone in an artificial world, yet millions are watching every step you make.

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IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row

Chairo
Unhappy

How the mighty have fallen

You would think that a company with the resources and the research power of IBM would be able to innovate, grow with new products and generally thrive.

Instead they cut the research, abandoned products and tried to shift to services, where they are just a "me too". In my opinion they were only successful with services in the past, because they had the products in the first place.

I wonder how long the tail can wag the dog until it breaks.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

Chairo
Unhappy

I never thought I would ever say this...

Shame on you, NASA!

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

Chairo
Devil

Re: Easy solution...

Alternatively ask them politely to leave the plane before the flight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXVWoe7KNzg

Or just grab some random guy and throw him out, because...

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Riddle of cannibal black hole pairs solved ... nearly: Astroboffins explain all to El Reg

Chairo

So that gravity wave came from ...

stellar black holes. I wonder what would be the gravity wave resulting of the merger of two supermassive black holes. Must be spectacular.

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

Chairo
Joke

be backed by V2.0 of a 6502

You mean the version that supports the ror instruction? What a luxury!

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Chairo

Re: We've let you down...

Clones pretty much almost killed Apple last time. Why would they go down that same road again?"

It's about market segmentation. While it makes no sense to allow low cost hackintosh clones, it would make a lot of sense to sell OS licenses to the professional crowd, that prefers to have their hardware build to spec and doesn't care so much about the price, if they can get what they want.

Some licensing model based on CPU cores, together with a nice service contract can be very profitable. It would open a high profit market segment that Apple cannot reach with their current strategy. Investment would be minimal. Kind of win-win for everyone.

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Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

Chairo

Re: It's dead, Jim

@Steve Davies 3

If 70 million sales (for this year) is sinking to Windows Phone levels then WinPhone was once a best seller.

WinPhone effectively owned the smartphone market with 47% market share in 2007.

A few tactical mistakes and a market can be lost very quickly. CP/M anyone?

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Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

Chairo

Re: Yes, they look beautiful

Exactly what sort of 'disruptive design' are you wishing for, a flying wing?

Flying wings are not so practical for passenger jets. What I am wishing for is something that shortens the time I have to spend in a cramped space with bad air and smelly fellow passengers that share the same armrest. Cruise speed of the 707 was 977km/h. Cruise speed of the 787 is, well, erm, 903 km/h.

60 years of progress and we are moving slower than our grandfathers.

Edit: @AC, I agree with you. yes, there has been a lot of progress. Certainly in commercial point of view. affordable tickets are nothing to sneer at. On the other hand I feel optimisation was too one sided. No one is really pushing the limits. Certainly not the airline companies.

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Chairo
Devil

Re: So a 5 meter increase in lengths delivers 38 more passenger slots?

So about 1 meter = 8 passengers?

Yes, in a 2-4-2 configuration as in the cattle class of the 787 this is what you get. But hey - you got real LED lighting that'll stop you from falling asleep and none-reclining slide-forward seats to support your spine and squeeze your kneecaps.

Good thing is that airlines are not allowed to issue standing room tickets (yet).

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Chairo
Coat

Yes, they look beautiful

but then again they look just the same than nearly all commercial jets that came out before.

OK, they use new materials, engines and electronics, but basically all these passenger jets are direct descendants of the 707 and DC8 models of the late 50s.

Sure, jet design is expensive and no one wants to go for a disruptive design that might fail, but somehow this evolutionary approach is a bit boring.

The one that looks exactly like my last few coats, please ------------------>

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

Chairo

Re: Evolution until someone pulls the plug

We know what happens to species that can only eat one kind of leaf or bug or whatever.

That would depend on the availability and survivability of your food source. Ant eaters and Pangolins are doing quite well since a very long time.

That said, I think our civilization is far too dependent on fragile electronics that can be taken out by sun flares or other EMP sources. It's a bit like settling on an active volcano. Our life is just too short to take eruptions into account that happen only every few hundred years.

Of course there are so many other things that could threaten civilization as we know it, as well. Some large caldera eruption or an asteroid impact could take out our main food sources at any time. Then the question would be how well we could cope. I suppose not well at all.

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Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks

Chairo
Coat

I saw lots of spots in both pictures

And suddenly I realised that I need to clean my screen.

The one with the small black spots, please. ------------->

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That 'Trump lawyers threaten teen over kitten website' yarn is Fakey Fakey McFake Fakeface

Chairo
Thumb Up

ingenious

Meanwhile, kittenfeed.com now redirects to facescratch.com, which appears to be down, presumably under a weight of traffic.

Use the Streisand effect to effectively DDOS a unfriendly webpage - ingenious.

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

Chairo
Pint

Re: "...a local transformer which takes it up from the standard 50Hz to the carriers’ 60Hz..."

I suppose we'll find out the batteries are non-removable next

Come on, we all know you can't have removable batteries and waterproofing at the same time, right?

Btw: What is the IPX rating of an aircraft carrier?

Beer - what else could be used for testing!

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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

Chairo

Re: What if you don't buy into the whole social media thing?

If you want to purge your empty google+ profile you could do that on google's downgrade page. At least that worked for me a while ago.

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Popular hacker warkit Metasploit now hacks hardware and cars

Chairo

Re: IoC

Have governments already weaponized exploit code to cripple vehicles?

I think they are currently busy to weaponize a certain fighter jet.

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

Chairo
Joke

Re: If you're running Windows 10...

@Lost all faith

didn't you know that Mint is a natural mouse repellent?

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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

Chairo

Telemetry, really ?

Let's have a look in the dictionary:

Telemetry:

"the process of using special equipment to take measurements of something (such as pressure, speed, or temperature) and send them by radio to another place"

Spying:

"to watch secretly usually for hostile purposes"

Hmm, I think the second definition fits better to what they are doing.

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Student software finds new Minor Planet found way out beyond Pluto

Chairo
Trollface

2014 UZ224 appears to be smaller than the International Astronomical Union's definition of a “Dwarf Planet”, which kicks in at a diameter of 800km.

Smaller than a dwarf? Would that then be a hobbit?

It would be interesting to see, if the orbit fits in with the hypothetical 9th (10th?) planet.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

Chairo
Angel

Re: What is 'Smart'?

@Hzman

You are mass producing Babies? Must be a very exhausting job. Can I apply for it?

Btw: Babies can be surprisingly smart. They understand very well, what is forbidden and to stay very silent while doing it.

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'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

Chairo
Flame

"He took it out of his pocket and threw it on the ground"

Hmm, which pocket? If it was in the back of his trousers, the bending might have caused the problem. These super thin phones are not very strong against bending forces.

OK, it should still not melt down in such a fashion, but I doubt the "crushed by bum" case is tested very often during the design process.

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‘You can’t opt out of IoT’: Our future is the Rise of the Sensor Machines

Chairo
Devil

“Imagine you’re working in an office. The environment senses you’re feeling a bit drowsy"

What is the more likely case? Will it just change the lighting and be done with it, or will it carefully log your low drowsiness and inform your boss about your performance issues?

My money is on the latter. Bosses always need ammunition for the yearly performance interview, as they have to keep an average level of performance ratings in their group. Such a list would be pure gold in that aspect.

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Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

Chairo

Re: This is a much smaller update than going from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Skeuomorphic design has, I'm afraid, served its purpose and its day is done.

IMHO Skeuomorphic design makes the user interface more comfortable for the eye. The new "modern" interfaces feel like a return to the bad old times of 8bit processors and low-res graphics with severely limited color space. Something most of us happily left behind in the past where it belongs to.

Of course for millennials it might look fresh and fancy, but for most others the new-old flat interfaces are just an eyesore.

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

Chairo

Re: Brexitters

Nah, the rich ones are down in their tax exiles.

You mean they moved to Ireland?

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HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

Chairo

Re: HP still sells printers?

No they don't. They are selling ink. The printers are only a necessary means of empting the ink cartridges as soon as possible.

For me HP printers are dead for several reasons. One of them is county coding the cartridges. In the last 15 years I changes my country of residence 4 times and shipped my complete household including IT equipment overseas. I bought an HP printer specifically because it was specified to work with both 100 and 240V. And then I realized that the only way to get refill ink is either to ship it in from overseas or to buy hacked refill cartridges at EBay.

Another problem are the drivers. Over the years HP drivers evolved from simple drivers to a complex and bloated mess of crapware.

Finally their hardware seems to be carefully crafted for planned obsolescence. It was interesting to see the various parts fail one after another. The most messy story was the failure of the print head deflation. That was done by a plastic cogwheel, pushing up a spring via a lever. The force of the lever caused the cogwheel to crack and thus no deflation happened. Instead of air flowing in, ink spilled out from the print head into the printer and ultimately over my furniture, hands, clothes, ... Oh, and only this cogwheel that had to withstand the lever's forces was made of plastic. The rest was good solid metal. Interesting choice of material.

Ironically without these shenanigans they would not only have sold far more ink to me over the printer lifetime, but I would still use the printer and continue to buy their ink. As it is, some other company sold me my next printer. Back to evil school for HP management. Perhaps they'll learn something.

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Fax machines' custom Linux allows dial-up hack

Chairo

So how many printers from 1999 offer "Windows 8" compatibility?

I'd say pretty much all Epson printers. That is one of their really strong points. Of course they never changed their drivers into unsupportable bloatware like some other well known printer producer.

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Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

Chairo
Coat

... particularly in places where download speeds are not what they are in the west.

I think in the far east download speeds are significantly faster than in the poor, underdeveloped west.

A while ago I downloaded the 16.04 image via torrent and wondered why it didn't work. I started the torrent, checked the download status and nothing was going on.

Turns out that image is so well seeded, that the download finished in just a few seconds. I downloaded the image several times before realizing it.

Mine is the one with the gigabit fiber in the pocket...

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Asian hornets are HERE... those honey bee murdering BASTARDS

Chairo

Not giant hornets

Yes, there are quite a lot of different hornet species in Asia. Luckily the giant hornet is only one of them.

That said even the smaller ones can be quite aggressive if they feel their nest is threatened.

Last week a group of Marathon runners in Japan found that out the hard way. And those were smaller hornets. Their nest was only half a meter in diameter. Giant hornet nests can easily reach a meter.

From personal experience I can say giant hornets are really something special. Already the sound they make is nothing like other wasps. They sound similar to the sound a big beetle makes during flight. But they have nothing of the clumsiness of a beetle. Occasionally one zips through our garden. Good that they don't go for sweet stuff, like European wasps. As long as they don't defend their nest and you aren't a honey bee, you should be safe. Of course knowing that doesn't make you feel any better if one is hovering in front of you. Running away does not work, standing still does not make her go away and slowly walking off takes a lot of willpower.

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Missing Milky Way mass blown away by bingeing supermassive black hole

Chairo
Coat

Re: The Milky Way. Pic: NASA

two guys from Andromeda brought it along.

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

Chairo
Coat

Looks like someone had a botnet

and made it create "suggestions".

How do they say - a million bots can't be wrong, right?

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

Chairo

@Dwarf

does anyone know if they still push adverts on El Reg - not seen one for very many months ;-)

Yes, they do. But my in my impression most of these ads are non-intrusive and don't disturb, so I prefer to not adblock El Reg.

Btw: IMHO the quality of advertisement on a site tells also something about the general quality of the site itself, so there is also some benefit of not blocking ads per default.

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Cray profits literally go up in smoke after electrical incident

Chairo
Pint

Water detected in drive A

Forget about the smell - my guess is that the damage was not so much caused by the smoke itself, but rather by what happened after the smoke detectors were triggered.

Imagine all those beautiful computers hosed down by some overeager fire fighter. Or perhaps less dramatically just the sprinkler system setting them under water.

Best fluid to quench a fire ->

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

Chairo

Re: You can put lipstick on a pig

a bloated pig with lipstick, to be precise.

applause, applause, applause...

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New US spy satellite in orbit

Chairo

A lizard sitting on a rocket?

The lizard squad has now its own spy satellite?

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Australian Banks ask permission to form anti-Apple cartel

Chairo

Re: Life's hard choices

"were Apple forced to open up access to their chips, it could feasibly be opening a huge can of worms with a label on it that reads "iPhone NFC Payment Exploit Kit""

Huh? Why should they grant chip level access to the NFC hardware? All that is needed is API access, based on NDEF standard, for example. There are valid reasons to not support the banks on this, but technology isn't one of them.

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

Chairo
Coat

Re: Eh? What?

Who knows, perhaps the Rathtars were also not CGI and they needed a steel door to hold them back...

Mine's the simulated one with tentacles...

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

Chairo

Re: Windows8.2=10 is a fraud and a scam!

@Teiwaz,

Pure irony, of course.

In any case - in the past you had similar choices- apply the service pack and risk HW compatibility troubles or live with what you have, including a growing risk and SW incompatibility with newer applications.

Rumour has it, that the "Windows 10 Anniversary Edition", due on August 2nd, has a minimum RAM requirement of 2GB, which will kill off most older netbooks and a lot of the tablets that were dumped in the market recently. Perhaps not a great loss, you might say, but under Windows 7 and 8, these devices might have still soldiered on several years.

I wonder, if Microsoft will provide some solution for these devices. Leave them on current Windows 10 and continue to provide updates? Sounds unlikely. Let's see...

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Chairo

Re: Windows8.2=10 is a fraud and a scam!

They have never explained the term "supported lifetime of the device".

I think it is less nefarious as most here think.

Simple fact is that with Windows10 the updates keep coming. At some point they will need to update the kernel in a way you will need new drivers. Tough luck, if your hardware is not supported any more.

In that sense it might be better to stay on a older windows version, as they will be more stable. It depends on your hardware manufacturer's performance.

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Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

Chairo
Big Brother

Re: PR stunt

it can also be used against drivers put up in front of a Judge on a charge

not only "can". It seems, in May a driver in Germany was convinced for manslaughter and sent to the cooler for 33 months, based on data that BMW provided to the court, according to this story. (sorry, in German).

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

Chairo

Re: Another Nokia?

It takes a really special kind of management to release an alpha of a new Linux desktop client and a month later put Mac and Linux desktop clients on notice.

Most likely part of Microsoft's management had no clue that Skype native clients for Linux and Mac even exist, until they saw the alpha release announcement. And after they realised...

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Chairo

Time to leave this wasteland

and go looking for greener pastures...

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Reader needs Aircon help

Chairo

Re: The first thing

The second thing is to put a big ventilator or two in the open door and blow out the heat. Perhaps you can survive until the aircon people arrive.

Oh, and better get someone to install it for you. The pipes between the heat exchange unit and the AC are not trivial to install.

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Kepler's K2 mission confirms 104 Earth-like planets

Chairo

slightly broken, but still perfectly functional

perhaps I should use this excuse the next time my wife complains about my 'old hardware' drawers. Or myself...

Half of my lifetime we didn't even know if there are planets around other stars an now they find them in the hundreds in goldilocks zones.

Good job NASA! Thank you for expanding not only our knowledge but also our universe!

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What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

Chairo

walking in front with a red flag

Yes, and like the red flag it destroys the key advantage of the new system. To give mobility to someone who has no driving license.

The question is, if politicians can understand the difference between fully autonomous driving and autopilot systems as they are implemented in current vehicles.

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IBM caps '20 years' of deep MS love with Surface deal

Chairo

Re: Dinosaur mating ritual

"Surfaces aren't tablets"

In our company IT costs went up considerably after they started rolling out "Surfaces". It turns out that many users don't feel comfortable using them as laptop replacements and order a laptop additionally after a few weeks.

The impact might have been less obvious, if our IT would have started rolling them out to "non-management" employees first, as those have no right to order a second machine and the laptops they receive are, well, let's just say "hdd" types with half the RAM of my mobile phone.

In any case - Surfaces are tablets. Tablets with keyboard and a full OS, but at the end of the day they are still tablets. That is not a bad thing in itself, as tablets are better suited than pure laptops for a good many tasks, but let's stop pretending they could replace (high quality) laptops adequately.

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

Chairo

Re: Space to spare

Otherwise, without a steady income it might look like the whole exercise with these carriers and their aircraft has been a complete fucking waste of money.

Best thing that can happen with military equipment. If you start to really need it, something went seriously wrong, IMHO.

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AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

Chairo

assembled a worldwide team

Hey Ranjith,- can you check what's going on there and fix it?

Thanks!

(Where is the subcontinent icon?)

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