* Posts by Mark 85

9245 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

SpaceX's internet satellites to beam down 'Hello world' from orbit

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Re: Litter louts

Not just rockets. but ships with cargo, dead fish, and even airplanes. Oh.. and humans, dead ones, but humans. SpaceX is at least trying and having success at recovering their rockets. Not just from a pollution standpoint but there's a savings in resources. etc. They should be commented not called "louts".

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America's broadband speed map is back! And it doesn't totally suck!

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Price information is meaningless unless there's competition. Where I am, it's one provider who has more than 25 mbps download. The get the "high speed" of allegedly 100 mbps and thus own the market. No competition so no need to mention price, right?

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Nobody expects the social media inquisition! OK, everybody did, UK politicos

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Re: RE: Wolfetone

, but if we take their racist and homophobic rags away from them they'll just fill up the pubs...And none of us want that

Oh, I don't know about that. I can think of a bunch of politicians who I rather see hanging out in a pub than in their "official" place of work.

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Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!

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Re: The world we live in gets darker and darker every day.

That will probably start with us IT types first then get picked up by the masses at some point.... but it might already be too late.

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How about a robot-sex-doll with the same voice as your wife? File under 'S' for 'Stepford Wives' (original version, of course).

Remember what happed to Henry Mudd in Star Trek. I think I'll pass on this idea.

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Couple this tech with the video face replacement tech and there really isn't any good uses for this. Things were scary enough and about to get worse.

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Hey, you. App dev. You like secure software? Let's learn from Tinder, Facebook's blunders

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Re: Blackmail?

I can't think of any other reason to hack into a Tinder account. Oh well... another hour has passed and another security hole has been found.

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Venezuela floats its own oily cryptocurrency to save the world economy

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Market Saturation coming?

Off the wall question... does the Petro smell like tulips?

Seems that at some point, the market will be saturated by crypto currencies.. then what? The bottom falls out and the only one's who make any money are the ones who cashed out ahead of time. I have a feeling that this one might be the start after reading the article and I'm thinking it's wishful thinking on Maduro's part. Somehow, he and his government are going to control this? Mining isn't an option or is it since the currency will be "issued"?

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Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

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3- Blocking Ads is just as much a security decision these days.

There's the big one. How many times have we read that some major news org is slinging malware in it's ads that they have no control over? I'm old school in that I can ignore ads no matter how shiny or noisy. It's the security holes these things open up that makes me nervous.

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Re: Just Visiting

I tried the site with and without my adblocker on. However, my HOSTS file killed whatever ads they were showing. It also kills the miners.... Still got to look at the site without any warnings or popups. Maybe it's a random popup?

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A game to 'vaccinate' people against fake news? Umm... Fake news

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We do see the reverse effect here in the States

This label (fake news) is dangerous when over-used. We have a President who is constantly using "Fake News" at every opportunity. What this seems to be doing is making people think it's not because he's overused the term to the point that it's tossed at anyone or anything. We're becoming inoculated to ignore those words as it's rapidly becoming another version of "where's smoke, there's fire".

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London Mayor's chief digi officer: 'Have faith and give us a chance'

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. And I quote: "So I’d say to your readers: have faith and give us a chance."

Reminds me of the scariest words in the world: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Ayyy-EYE! Google code 'predicts heart disease' by eyeballing retinas

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I wonder (maybe just being paranoid) what's in this research for Google? They seem to be funding a nice chunk of research into retina work.

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Bad news: 43% of login attempts 'malicious' Good news: Er, umm...

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Re: " secure coding.., timely patching, proper device configuration, and prudent password...."

Let's also add..."User stupidity is beyond belief." because "password" is still the number one login password. <sigh>

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Australia joins the 'decrypt it or we'll legislate' club

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In what can only be called a cruel irony, Dutton returned to IT topics later in his speech, promising that his department will help keep Australians safe from cyber threats,

So exactly how will the government do this beside issue warm, fuzzy platitudes about how safe you are? Magic pixie dust maybe? Judging from the reports we've seen, governments can't keep themselves safe.

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Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

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Pint

Well done, sir. Have a cold one.

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Re: Robot manufacturing

What am I missing?

For exploration like what were doing now, there's no saving in just sending a "builder" and lots of parts. Best to build and test here on earth first then send. Up there, you send a "factory" machine to build and the parts then assemble the parts and test. How do you fix if there's no testing bot? Or repair bot? We're actually saving money the way it's being done.

Then there's finding the raw materials and processing them into something useful which hasn't been done. The "finding" part is really just now starting but it'll take time to find the ores. And the issue of mining it and refining and then manufacturing. Not so simple in reality.

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Which President? We've had more than a few in the last 30-50 years. Oh... the current one.... I see.

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Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

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Go back a bit in history to the early 1900's. There were protests and riot by labor unions and the government sent in the troops to "restore order" which usually involved gunfire from the troops only. Also see rh587 reply here for more specific history: https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2018/02/16/violent_video_games_guns_florida/#c_3432326

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Re: Liberal 'logic'

"spray of bullets" usually rapid fire and not well-aimed shots. Unlikey to come from a bolt-action. But the media goes for the sensational headlines, etc. and so if the Kennedy assassination happened today, Oswald would have shot him and the car up with a spray of bullets.

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I do believe you're on to something. It is cultural and probably goes back to values the kids have been taught, if any. Many parents don't see their children for hours on end as the parents are busy and the kids hide out In rooms. In many cases, parents leave it to the schools to teach things like this and we all know how seems to work as there's no time to even teach the basics much less decision making, a bit of morality (yeah.. I went there but it doesn't have be religious based), nor accountability. There's a disconnect here it seems that's being ignored in all the blaming going on.

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The e-waste warrior, 28,000 copied Windows restore discs, and a fight to stay out of jail

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Re: Oh, come on

This isn't about "common sense".. MS has deep pockets and for some reason, Lundgren's lawyers either didn't bring all this up about the licenses, etc. or failed to clearly explain it to the judge/jury at the first trial. And, let's not forget that it's about "law" and "lawyers" and not about common sense. If it were that simple, there never would have been any lawsuits for people falling off ladders or spilling a hot cup coffee from McDonald's on their lap as they drive off from the drive through.

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US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

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Re: Is Eric gunning for Congress or aiming higher?

He may indeed have high aspirations but in the mean time, more power to him. I do wish the other AG's in rest of the States would follow his lead for consumers.

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I'm surprised more states haven't jumped on this. We're on Charter/Spectrum here (west coast) and it is crap. Sadly, our only other choice is DSL and it's even worse by a large margin.

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Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

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Re: Asset stripped and shuttered.

So like a lot of others, rather than focus on customers and sales, they focus on the shareholders. Pretty stupid, IMO. Without customers and sales, there is no "shareholder value". Meh....

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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

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Re: Huh ?

Clearly, I don't speak DevOps.

Have an upvote for common sense. Tell me in plain English (or whatever language we can communicate in) what you want/need and why. I'll get it done. If it's a redundant function or a problem, we'll get a cup of coffee and sort it out. Certainly not 2 months worth of pondering the meaning of the universe and all that.

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Re: Too much head...

Can there be such a thing? Oh wait.. this is beer. Nevermind.

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KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software

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In many places, defacing traffic control signs is a sport done by kids with a can or two of spray paint such as speed limit signs for "30 mph" become "80 mph". Or one I saw a few months ago: "Stop" became "Squat". I wonder how the car would react to "Squat"?

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And lo! Crypto-coins came unto the holy land. And the wise decreed they must all be taxed

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Re: To update scripture for our modern age...

Let's add a bit more: Romans 13:1 "Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities." and Matthew 22:21 Jesus said "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's;

Looks like the usual pay up citizen.

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Google reveals Edge bug that Microsoft has had trouble fixing

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Re: To be fair to MS

They've busy trying to convince the holdouts how glorious Win10 is plus trying to get everyone to stop using the old OS and browsers. They're working hard also to sell more ads for the OS you pay for.. dual income opportunity. So who's got time for patching bugs when there is more profit to be made?

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Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face

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Re: Deleting production data

My first IT job as a programmer on a UNIX system. Note... we didn't have a "test" environment, only "live" data. I'm writing a search utility for marketing and did some cut and pasting from another script to speed up the writing process with the intention (what the road to hell is paved with) of fixing the thing. Come in the next morning and the boss wants met to run what I have done so he can see my progress. Cue mad panic as suddenly all the data on the mainframe disappeared. Luckily, the backups were on site and only about an hours work was lost by the staff. I kept my job as did the manager though we both got reamed for it. The following week a "test" server appeared at our door. The same one the manager had been requesting for two years.

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Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

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Re: How is this relevant?

Bootnotes this is. Now get off my airplane.

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About time scientists got off their lazy duffs and produced a "Satan's Breath" potion, able to produce foul flatus reliably, quickly and safely.

Beans...boiled and baked seem to work very well for this. However, I am open to large sums of money to do research.

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*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!

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Re: Taboolsh*t

Maybe Google invited them in to pick their brains and find out what they are doing in order to block them then? Nah... didn't think so.

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Facebook's big solution to combating election ad fraud: Snail mail

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Re: It's a step in the right direction

I like that idea. So instead of waiting by the computer for something to appear on FB, the users will be waiting by the mailbox and maybe actually talking to their neighbors.

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Global security crackdown, a host of code nasties, Brit cops mocked, and more

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Re: 'Crypto' may be termed 'Bitcoin' for ever.....

Ah.. got it now. Then "Hoover" should be lower cased for the generic as "hoover"?

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Re: 'Crypto' may be termed 'Bitcoin' for ever.....

Hoover? A vacuum cleaner for laundering?

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

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Re: Nice photo!

How did you take a photo with 3 hours of exposure and not get the "arcs" you see when the earth rotates during that time?

They use what's called a clock drive to rotate the telescope/camera so that it cancels out the Earth's rotation. Here's link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clock_drive

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@jake -- Re: Films / TV-shows ever dramatize the collision of galaxies?

Well done. But to do this properly, we'll need to find two Ford Galaxys and have a head on collision to see how they merge.

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Crims pull another SWIFT-ie, Indian bank stung for nearly US$2m

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City Union Bank added that its SWIFT system is back in operation with “adequate enhanced security”.

So PR fluff as obviously their systems aren't "adequate", "enhanced", or "secure". I think PR types should be taken out and stood up against the wall for shoveling this BS.

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Reinforcement learning woes, robot doggos, Amazon's homegrown AI chips, and more

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Computer AI rewarded?

I'm curious...how does one reward a computer or a program? Is there an incentive like extra voltage for a day or something?

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With a horse, the reward is a treat of some sort. What's the reward for a robot?

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BOFH: Turn your server rack hotspot to a server rack notspot

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Re: Stair Oil

By all means, do test this and share your results. I'm sure that most of us will applaud your efforts.

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Re: new keyboard alert !

Given the "stair oil", I'd think more "stairway to heaven"? Though either work, in the end.

I'd think "Highway to Hell" would be appropriate but that's AC/DC.... Hmm... need to research a bit. Turn the music up and sip some cheap wine.

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Re: new keyboard alert !

I usually find that speaking softly and smiling as if remembering a fond moment works rather well. No idea why...

I find mention of fava beans helps also.

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Hands up who HASN'T sued Intel over Spectre, Meltdown chip flaws

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Re: Software next?

So, M$ would be in deep crap for their operating systems? This could be interesting when the dust all settles. I'm guessing more than a few companies will empty buildings.

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FCC inspector general sticks corruption probe into chairman Ajit Pai amid $4bn media merger

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Re: Just Doing His Job

I think it can't be "pre-emptive" but needs at least a charge being filed... either criminal or by Congress.

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Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

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Re: Last name on the list is not likely to be Russian

Could be a lot of folks. I'm hoping they'll start following the money as it could get interesting. We have groups being funded by millionaires to push their agendas (and not all are "business") so why not this? Things may get a bit murkier than they already were.

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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Re: classic!

As I recall some of the early IBM workstations (mid-70's?) used 6". I'm trying to recall but I remember seeing a 12" but I don't remember where or for what machine.

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Re: "...Apple has gone full-DevOps "

Frog pills are definitely better than "Frog in a Blender*".

*Reference: This will work or Google for Bassomatic.. http://joecartoon.com/watch/k1bbbc/Frog_in_a_Blender

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