* Posts by arctic_haze

554 posts • joined 13 Nov 2012


Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion

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Re: Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus

That's why some people call them giant planets.

It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

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Neither the Finns nor Nadella

The man who killed the Nokia phone business was Ballmer. He sent Elop to Nokia and Elop burned the platform without giving any replacement soon enough to stop the slide. He announced Nokia will be 'Windows only", The day he did that, I told my wife "Nokia is committing suicide". I was right.

However Nokia itself (the company) survived also due to Ballmer. His decision to buy the phone part of Nokia saved them making iit possible to pay off debtors. Microsoft wrote off all that money as loss the next year but that was not Nadella's fault. Nadella just stopped the large money stream going straight to a black hole ear after year.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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A question

What do you get if you copy the URL? If the copied URL is not complete it may not work.

How stupid would that be?

NASA 'sextortionist' allegedly tricked women into revealing their password reset answers, stole their nude selfies

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Re: 64 years

He should have kept all his heroine in the cloud.

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

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Re: V'ger

Put in charge an Artificial Intelligence.

What can go wrong?

Ever wanted to strangle Microsoft? Now Outlook, Skype 'throttle' users amid storm cloud drama

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Re: I NEVER get tired of posting this

There's n cloud. There are only other people's computers.

Mozilla changes Firefox policy from ‘do not track’ to ‘will not track’

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There is one advantage of using Firefox, or another Mozilla code base browser. No large company needs to have all my browsing history.

Russian volcanoes fingered for Earth's largest mass extinction

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Re: Trumpet

The new version is:


Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

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Plenty of warning

Indeed. However, they were fans who refused to accept the warnings at face value even when they came directly from the Redmond mouth.

Last year I could not get some Windows Phone users to comprehend why no sane developer would invest any money into new apps for the platform. They lived in a world where Windows Surface will save the day soon and very soon and meantime they could always buy a private import from Asia.


Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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Patents are suposed to be for not-obvious things

Which part of not-obvious the patent office cannot understand?

Also there is prior art, for example the remotely controlled orgasmatron Barbarella was forced to use in the 1968 movie.

The off-brand 'military-grade' x86 processors, in the library, with the root-granting 'backdoor'

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Black Helicopters

It's sad

Real life in the 21th century pushes me to being paranoid after I managed to spend some decades laughing at all the IT conspiracy theories.

For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

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Re: Who's at fault?

Wonder of wonders. One minute after I posted the above complain, I checked on my phone if there is an upgrade. 99% of time there is nothing. This time an upgrade to Oreo awaited.

Thank you The Reg. You acted really quick!

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Who's at fault?

Is Google complaining that everybody uses old versions of Android? It should definitely talk to the mobile companies who sell the phones. I am not able to upgrade to Oreo even with a quite recent phone. Maybe I should not complain as I at lest receive security updates.

Here we go again: Monopoly case another round in Arista vs Cisco

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Monopoly case

I used to play Monopoly long enough to earn that the important thing is to have the Get out of Jail Free card.

Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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Re: Dave

I came here to look for the obvious HAL 9000 joke. I wasn't disappointed.

So iit seems HAL should have been down to business. Luckily it was year 2001 and the study wasn't yet published!

Linux kernel 4.18 delayed: Bug ate my rc7, says Linus Torvalds

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Linus should really learn from Microsoft

Beta testing of the operating system is a job for end users, not the developers. This archaic system Torvalds sticks to explains why Linux cannot dominate anything except smart phones and supercomputers. Oh, wait...

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Ireland will still be a EU country. Cutting cables to it may result in Europe cutting off Britain in retaliation.

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Re: "Especially if the actual Brexit doesn't fit in with the beliefs."

Let me become a typical voter for a moment:

"I believe in flat Earth, alien abductions and in government conspiracies to spray me with aluminum from planes and to induce autism through immunization shots. Should I support a soft or hard Brexit?"

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Re: eh?

"This is exactly what the majority of voters voted for."

Not in Scotland and Northern Ireland and any kind of hard Brexit will facilitate losing both.

Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

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Trumpis a very stable geniius

He stated so himself so it is almost as certainty true as if Mr. Putin said so.

No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging

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It will improve for Samsung et al.

Modern phones are not replaceable batteries. So the producers need just wait until the batteries run down creating a new boom in sales which journalist will attribute to some new irrelevant features.

Universe slipped Milky Way a sausage galaxy to grow a big belly bulge

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Origin story

Our sun did not even exist when the Sausage entered the Milky Way.

I wonder if our very existence is due to the disturbance caused by a sausage?

US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

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Re: This could be solved by...

...rejoining the United Kingdom!

We might be skimming the Surface, but it looks like Microsoft's readying a wallet-friendly device

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Is this part of the Cargo Cult?

We await you, o mighty Surface Phone!

Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

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Cargo cult

Or rather a millennial one. The followers believe that the thing they wait for (end of the world or Surface Phone) will come on such and such date, and when the date arrives and nothing happens, they happily switch to another date.

Maybe human psychology makes us do such stupid things?

A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

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Backward compatibility

I have some really old Windows games I like which work fine under Wine but not on any version of Windows since WinXP.

IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Simple solution

I would claim I'm an early prototype of a millennial.

Infamous 'Dancing Baby' copyright battle settled just before YouTube tot becomes a teen

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Fair use

As Lawrence Lessig has famously stated “Fair use is only the right to hire a lawyer”.

Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Hosted by its own petard

The very reason EU wanted its own navigation system was that the US refused to give military grade signal to its allies. Britain worked hard on making rules which make it impossible to give such a high-quality data to third countries. Now iit is a third country. Need I to say anything more?

Software engineer fired, shut out of office for three weeks by machine

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"I missed three weeks of pay because no one could stop the machine."

This should not happen. He was told by his bosses to continue working so he had at least an oral contract. That he could not actually work was also not his fault because he kept trying.

He should sue.

Norwegian tourist board says it can't a-fjord the bad publicity from 'Land of Chlamydia' posters

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Re: Norwegian History

That explains why the Hunger novel by Hamsun was even possible in late 19th century Kristiania (now Oslo).

How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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PDF is also great for presentations

I produce my PDF with LibreOffice. It is very efficient. A presentation produced by Impress (the LibreOffice counterpart of PowerPoint) decreases its file size 2-4 fold when exported to PDF with 90% quality which is good enough even for a big screen. Plus the slides look as intended on every computer.

The downside you do not have animation (with the exception of slide transitions). But most animations in presentations are a distraction anyway.

Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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Re: obvious solution ...

Generally this is not a possible solution to a hospital as a whole. It certainly needs to access the national health insurance system(s), prescription systems, vendors and possibly many others.

Maybe some crucial infrastructure may be kept offline for security but than you need to revert back to 20th century technology having to burn DVDs of all the scans etc. and carry them manually to computers of doctors.

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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What's wrong with good old ANSI C?

ANSI C is good enough for the scale of project I do. If I really needed to start a big multithreaded project I would think of something created for that purpose, but most probably that would not be C++.

Google cuts price of cloudy interconnects from partners

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All the best to all Google partners and customers, regardless whether they can get to POP or not.

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Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

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Re: Hard as I try...

The best defense against bad guys with side channel attacks are obviously good guys with side channel attacks. That is of course what National Sidechannel Association (better known as NSA) want me to believe.

Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Re: least complaint-generating Windows ever

Lack of complaints may be caused the number of people (and companies) which upgrade as late as possible to avoid at least some problems.

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

"Now the EU is being vindictive because it's following rules that we helped lay down? Seriously?"

It is just another example of the UK politicians thinking Britain is "special" and above the rules it itself helped to set up.

Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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It show you how Windows apps are installed and uninstalled

MS devs are used to be the masters of your computer and think they can get away with just anything.

Budget Surface 'spotted' in Microsoft's crystal ball

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Surface Phone second coming

Isn't it like the sects which announce a new date of the Doom every second week?

The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

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Piece of advice

Do not post on Facebook anything you do not want to be 100% public.

Yahoo! Kills! The! Messenger!

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I await the day when Facebook Messanger will be terminated.

Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan

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The best defense

We should start live testing of cutting Russia from the Internet.

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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It costs them about the same price as Nokia did

I believe they will write it down equally soon.

SpaceX flings SES-12 satellite into orbit, but would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack

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Space lifts?

A space lift would be the #1 target for every terrorist. Just imagine the results of a 9/11 type of attack against it.

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It's 2018...

....and the Russians are still using the 1960s era Soyuz capsules?

Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster

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Saving on pennies and paying onself £100,000

He should have become a CEO. Than he could do it legally without worrying about the printer.

Facebook finally fully embraces GDPR – Generally Derailing Pages Recklessly

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Maybe it is the way Facebook accomodates ne EU privacy rules

At least they should spin it that way.

Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

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Re: 100% got the upgrade, only 50% have made it through.

I wonder which half my colleague belonged to. Close to the end of the week day on Tuesday he said to me that his laptop is installing an update since 9 a.m. I went to see the progress and found it displaying a message that it is uninstalling an update. I haven't asked him since whether the laptop left the time loop of eternal install, uninstall, install...

MH370 search ends – probably – without finding missing 777

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Re: Silver lining

"Having much improved maps of large parts of the Pacific Ocean courtesy of a few years of detailed scans cannot hurt either."

Indian Ocean, but otherwise I fully agree.


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