* Posts by Ken Y-N

113 posts • joined 10 Jan 2013

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Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

Ken Y-N
Mushroom

Re: Wow, it's almost...

Much as I'd like a do-over, I have to agree with you and the downvoters are just trying to deny reality, I think.

However, if there was solid evidence of Russian involvement in influencing the result (such as I believe happened in the USA where there is what looks to me like concrete proof) rather than just wishy-washy Labour Remain support and blatant falsehoods from idiots like Farange and Boris I could get behind a legal challenge, but what happens if a re-vote resulted in Remain? Should the Brexiteers be entitled to a best-of-three re-re-do?

New era for Japan, familiar problems: Microsoft withdraws crash-tastic patches

Ken Y-N
FAIL

The MS patch is to use code for a small data change that holds new era name

It doesn't help, though, that the government has yet to announce what the new era is going to be called, so they can't even begin the process of requesting a Unicode update!

No-one should be storing dates in as Heisei nn, but I wouldn't put it past Japanese programmers to have actually done so. Finally, official documents cannot continue to use Heisei 31 as a workaround as that will not be correct.

Five actually useful real-world things that came out at Apple's WWDC

Ken Y-N

Facebook nagging

I use the mobile web site version of Facebook on Android, and it is very noisy about "Do you want to download Facebook 'Lite' (Lite on space, just as Heavy on the data slurping)", regularly giving me splash screens, messages, and reminders in comment threads, etc, so I can imagine Facebook being even more aggressive about persuading you to get an app on the Mac/iPhone.

Presto chango, crypto buyo: You're travelling like El Reg's gang of nerds

Ken Y-N
FAIL

> http://ibtimes.satoshipay.xyz/

No HTTPS? Obscure spam-riddled .XYZ domain? Astroturfing commentard? Sounds like a business I can trust!

Watchdog growls at Tesla for spilling death crash details: 'Autopilot on, hands off wheel'

Ken Y-N

Why no braking though?

The most "interesting" point for me is why there seems to have been no attempt by the car to brake. It has depth-sensing stereo camera, otherwise not-really-an-Autopilot would plough through the car up ahead. However, the crash was at night, so that suggests that it couldn't pick out enough of the concrete block to detect that there really was something there and not just a camera artefact. The NTSB may be looking to see if Tesla have dialled down the object detection algorithm to ignore excessive misdetections at nighttime.

If I were buying (or just using) an autonomous vehicle I'd choose one from the boring old companies; Fail Fast may work when delivering web services; not so good for vehicles.

There's more to blockchain than dodgy cryptocurrencies

Ken Y-N
Stop

Could versus should

There's perhaps a number of problems that could be solved by adding a blockchain, but that's not saying they should be. Git, for instance, with replication is rather similar to a private blockchain and may often make more sense than mucking around with blockchain consultants who often have dodgy reputations for seeing everything as a nail for their decentralised hammer.

Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

Ken Y-N
FAIL

> "This doesn't do anything that signing up for Shutterstock or Getty Images wouldn't."

It does (too many negatives in that line) - it ensures you'll sell even less of your content as the effort required to obtain some Koin will send people running back to Shutterstock for a painless Visa or PayPal transaction.

Japanese quadcopter makes overworked employees clock out

Ken Y-N
Black Helicopters

Working as I do in a large company in Japan, unless they equip the thing with tranquilliser darts and a skyhook to eject the offenders, I expect little effect.

Alternatively, deduct the overtime pay from the manager's salary, and they'd soon be booting them out the door by 5 pm.

Crap cracked fat-attack Pact app chaps slapped in pact backtrack infract

Ken Y-N
Stop

Loftium looks highly dubious! I love their example of Jen and Marco with the small print:

*This is a fictitious example to show how Loftium can be used to afford a home

US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

Ken Y-N
Paris Hilton

DON'T MISS

I see that this story is now featured prominently on the front page with said DON'T MISS heading.

Paris too is puzzled as to whether or not That's The Joke.

Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash

Ken Y-N
Stop

"it's also sent as CAN, not raw, data to cut down on storage"

What's that supposed to mean? CAN is just a data bus; replace CAN with TCP/IP and see how strange it is.

What they might be getting at is that if there are separate busses between the cameras and the image recognition stuff, and the image recognition and the main ECU, they are only sending the attributes of the recognised objects, not the whole raw image.

Parents have no idea when kidz txt m8s 'KMS' or '99'

Ken Y-N

Re: Top Tips

ROFM!

Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

Ken Y-N

Why did they get a member of the White Man Group to do the presentation?

Samsung SmartCam: Yes, those eyes really are following you around the room

Ken Y-N
Headmaster

Ugh, translation by idiots

The text by these icons were obviously not run past a native speaker, especially not in the context of an app:

"A two-way conversation"

There is no "A" in an interface, and a one-way conversation isn't going to be much fun.

"Play video in enlarged view (up to four times)"

What happens when I play the fifth time?

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

Ken Y-N

I didn't say it should do anything different, I just commented on the apparent lack of differentiation in the display.

Ken Y-N
Stop

Is that it? Automatic emergency braking is hardly unique to Tesla, and the most important thing this story tells me that Tesla's sensors are pretty basic as they appear to be unable to tell the difference between a car and a person.

If Mr Musk is so keen to claim this success, will he accept liability next time a Tesla runs someone over? Or will he channel Steve Jobs and tell people they're driving it wrong?

Pepper robot acts like real teenager, gets job at Pizza Hut

Ken Y-N
Terminator

Dentist near my office has one

Fortunately as a receptionist/greeter-type role; it's not let loose on your teeth.

How long until we can build R2-D2 and C-3PO?

Ken Y-N
Gimp

Just a note - Pepper is actually French, from Aldebaran Robotics, although the personality is Made in Japan.

And for all you pervs, the Pepper AUP was recently updated to exclude sexual services, perhaps because a pixellated Pepper penis in a pr0n production may not quite be the best selling point.

Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

Ken Y-N
Go

It could be a Tier 1 system

Think all-round cameras and other sensors, plus software for automated driving. Tesla recently released software that did all that for highway driving, so poach these engineers and build your own system that is not exclusive to a single manufacturer, with an iPad as the in-dash display. There's double-digit profit margins there, and other companies you might not expect are rather active in that field, such as Panasonic:

http://business.panasonic.com/solutions-automotivesolutions-adas

Want to avoid a hangover? DRINK MORE, say boffins

Ken Y-N
Joke

Japanese nashi pears did you say?

This one will drive you to drink:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funassyi

Hackers sell 79,267 Cloudminr accounts for ONE Bitcoin

Ken Y-N
Thumb Up

The currency of the Internet!

Well, at least the part of the internet occupied by scammers, spammers, drug dealers, ransomware authors, DDoS As A Service providers, and any amount of other seedy activities.

Yank my blockchain: Bitcoin upgrade SNAFU borks hungry miners' currency

Ken Y-N
FAIL

Greece has already said NO!

See here:

http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/2013/04/22/bitcoin-and-the-dangerous-fantasy-of-apolitical-money/

Basically, for 10 million Greeks, they could each do one transaction every four days or so, which would be good for eating olives in the sun, I suppose. Furthermore, Greece would be beholden to early adopters, mostly a bunch of Anarchist Capitalists, and to Chinese miners, who provide most of the electricity-wasting security that keep Bitcoin contributing 47 kg of CO2 for every single transaction.

See https://www.reddit.com/r/Buttcoin/ for more realism regarding Bitcoin, and a fuller explanation of how utterly broken the whole Bitcoin "protocol" is.

Heinz cockup sees Ketchup's QR codes spurt saucy sites

Ken Y-N
Coat

Re: I have heard the movies on that site are a bit saucy

Indeed, 69 varieties of sauce.

Get mine too while you're over there.

Apple: Relax, fanbois! We never meant to read your heart rate during wild wrist action

Ken Y-N
Coat

Re: er, wrist rate

But if you use your left hand it feels li...I'll get my coat.

SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

Ken Y-N
Alert

Test cars versus real cars

Although their numbers are impressive, I would bet they have a huge amount of electronics, megapixels, and CPU power that would never make it into a real car, where every milliwatt counts. Furthermore, I would guess most of their efforts is towards a technology demo - making it into a product is not an easy job, as electronics and code needs to be made failsafe, handle all the edge cases (what happens when you get snow on your camera, for instance) and all these other boring aspects that Google never seems to be very good at.

Read ISO 26262 and MISRA-C guidelines, for instance, if you need an antidote to the Google hype.

Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

Ken Y-N
Thumb Up

Bonking my way round Tokyo

Most Japanese phones come with a full Felica chip, not a cut-down basic NFC like Apple, so have more smarts. I use my phone as my season ticket and ad-hoc rail ticket, to buy my morning coffee at a convenience store, and can easily either set it to refill from my credit card automatically, or manually with a quick password entry on a phone app. I just say "SUICA" at the checkout, the staff press the right button on the till, and a quick bonk and it's all over with no drama.

Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

Ken Y-N
Thumb Up

Fortunately, http://homeopathyisnot.science is still there!

You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

Ken Y-N
Thumb Up

My Lovely .Horse

http://www.ITaughtTaylorSwiftHowToGiveHeadToMy.horse is still available

Checkmate, GoDaddy – Google starts flogging dot-word domain names

Ken Y-N
Stop

Visited the site, and

"We're sorry. You appear to be in a country where Google Domains is not yet available.

You may search for domains, but you will not be able to purchase a domain unless you have a U.S. billing address. Learn more"

I then looked up my own domain, and it recommended ".kitchen", ($30/y) ".maison" ($50/y) and ".glass" ($30/y) along with the usual com/net/org options. No thank you. Although I might cybersquat on http://www.theregister.pub...

Mock choc shock: 3D candy printer is good news for sweet-toothed swingbellies

Ken Y-N
Alert

Much like the allergy warning on peanuts

Perhaps Hershey's should use the following warning label:

Hershey's chocolate. WARNING: This product may not contain chocolate.

Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

Ken Y-N
Stop

Push-button gear change? Really?

Regardless of the power button placement, buttons for gears means you have to take your eyes off the road, although with an automatic I suppose gearshifts are minimal.

Oh well, at least their UI designers resisted the urge to implement gear changes by tracing the appropriate H pattern on the touchscreen.

Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

Ken Y-N
Mushroom

Re: NORKs ought to fund assassination of POTUS, staring Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu

The NORKs did this, basically, last year:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9939715/N-Korea-video-shows-Washington-under-attack.html

"another [...] depicted US soldiers and President Barack Obama burning in the flames of a nuclear blast."

Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

Ken Y-N

9 out of 12

I didn't know that Zuckerberg went to Harvard, but I read that question as meaning "Which was the first university to have an official public presence on Facebook?" not "Which university's students was Facebook first made available to?"

Apple seeks patent for user-configurable progress bar

Ken Y-N

Looks more like one for Gantt charts

As the task gets closer to being complete, the colour changes then, as the diagram in the story suggests, there is a sub-display that shows, for example. how behind schedule a task might be.

I can see it being moderately useful for project planning - for instance, highlighting something is, say, 20% behind schedule with only 10% of the allotted time left but not highlighting when 20% behind but still 60% of the time left.

Whether it is patentable, of course, is a completely different argument.

Has your STARFISH been DRIBBLING awful SLIME? Scientists now know WHY

Ken Y-N
Black Helicopters

I'll probably get depressed if I search, but I suspect their new line will be "Fookooshimar Fallout caused the virus to mutate!"

Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it

Ken Y-N

...and I further promise

Not to give it to my granny for her to wear.

You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

Ken Y-N
Linux

Here in the land of the rising bonk

Just this week I moved up to the Tokyo region, so needed to pay my train commute. Rather than spend 500 yen to buy a Suica card (Oyster equivalent) I downloaded a Suica app to my Android phone, charged 3,000 yen to my card via carrier billing, and Bobbu-san was my uncle.

Penguin as the Suica mascot is one.

Hackers plunder Hilton 'HHonors' rewards points, go on shopping spree

Ken Y-N
Joke

As the old joke goes

She HHoffered HHer HHonor, HHe HHonored HHer HHoffer, so all night long it was HHon HHer and HHoff HHer.

Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

Ken Y-N
Coat

A .realty terrible waste of money

https://ill-get-my.coat

Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

Ken Y-N
Stop

"a few secrets" or...

...it doesn't quite work right yet? I'd put my money on the second, as reviews I have seen have said that people were allowed to wear it, but it only ran a looping demo.

Summon a beer wench by mobe at baseball

Ken Y-N
Pint

Summon a beer wench by mobe at baseball

At Japanese rounders games in Osaka Kyocera Dome, you can summon a beer-bearing bird via an app that uses Bluetooth LE in your seat to locate yourself.

Japanese story here

Passable Google translation

(In Japan, baseball stadiums have beer girls who wander the stands with a barrel on their backs, ready to serve those in need of refreshment.)

… or are you just happy to see me?

Ken Y-N
Black Helicopters

Man arrested for stuffing chopper in sporran

Surely a better headline?

New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

Ken Y-N
Pint

Re: Please let this not be true...

I thought you meant Father Jack - now that would really be fecking awesome!

iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder

Ken Y-N
Stop

Re: Dr Paul McArthur

Just checked the US6788199; in the introductory summary blurb it says:

> The transceiver, also referred to as a tag, is battery powered

Oops. US7148801 also mentions that there is "usually a battery" with active RFID tags. Therefore neither patent involves the battery-free concept. There could, of course, be a pending application, but...

Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

Ken Y-N

I can't find the story again, but...

A couple of years ago I read a story in the Telegraph (?) where the reporter was the human control for the Turing Test. The thing I noted as odd was that they were primed to pretend to be a computer, so it was really more a test of which was better at pretending to be what they weren't.

Former Microsoftie becomes US ambassador, opts to swear in on KINDLE

Ken Y-N

Looking at the picture, I see...

It's amendment 19 of the US Constitution that she's swearing on, which is about female suffrage.

Quite ironic, though, since she was appointed, and on the basis of her being a big fundraiser.

Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

Ken Y-N

What is

Instagram?

Mt Gox's 'transaction malleability' claim rubbished by researchers

Ken Y-N
FAIL

"Only" [19.46% malleability attacks] were successful?

I don't think Visa would claim that "only" one in five fraudulent card uses are undetected or Lloyds that "only" one in five bank robbers got away with the swag, and of course the other 4 out of 5 have disappeared empty-handed into the ether or alternatively came back the next four days to see which would be their lucky day.

Tokyo to TXT warning of incoming Norks nukes

Ken Y-N
Mushroom

Given that Japan has had smileys for so long, there will be no need for text speak; I predict it will be either:

INCOMING! *frowny face* *mushroom cloud* *pile of poo*

Or the option for Shibes:

So ronery. Much boom. Wow.

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