* Posts by intrigid

130 posts • joined 7 May 2013


Cops looking for mum marauding uni campus asking students if they fancy dating her son


Great news

Good to see that police are getting involved in issues like this! This must mean that assaults, kidnappings, murders, and acid attacks are at an all-time low.

'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU



How is this any different than Rolex deciding not to put up a billboard advertisement in an inner-city getto?

HTTPS crypto-shame: TV Licensing website pulled offline


TV licensing agency

Paying the government for the privilege of owning a magic picture device? The whole HTTP privacy debacle should be an afterthought. You brits should hang your heads in shame for allowing such a ridiculous bureaucracy to exist in the first place.

Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered


More likely hypothesis

Alcohol doesn't prevent dementia. Dietary cholesterol prevents dementia. People who are willing to indulge in alcohol are more likely to be willing to indulge in red meat.

A causes B and C. C causes D.

B doesn't cause D or have any connection to it whatsoever, but B and D are correlated, so journalists start reporting "if you want D, consider trying B"

This is why "correlation isn't causation" needs to be hammered into people's heads nonstop. Even people whose full-time job it is to conduct these studies don't seem to have the foggiest clue what the concept means.


Correlation isn't causation

What is it about this concept that journalists are having so much trouble with? Journalists should stick to their pay grade and leave the scientific reporting to actual scientists.

Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25


Peak Windows

Windows 7 is currently Peak Windows, and it may be the only Windows to gain and never relinquish that title.

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old


Windows 7 to 10 "updgrade"?

I stopped calling software updates upgrades when it meant "taking away 5 things you desperately want, and giving you 50 new things you desperately don't"

Very glad to still be on Windows 7. Hope I will be 10 years from now.

Stop us if you've heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit


The internet's screen door?

More like the herpes of the internet.

Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer


Sorry, Europe

I respect that you're trying as hard as you possibly can to make soccer worth watching, but I think it's time you moved on to something viable.

Law forcing Feds to get warrants for email slurping is sneaked into US military budget


It makes no sense

Why would they need to write another law to say something that is already covered in the 4th amendment of the US bill of rights?

If saying it once wasn't good enough, what good is saying it twice going to do?

FBI's flawed phone tally blamed on programming error. 7,800 unbreakable mobes? Er, um...


What difference does it make?

Whether it's 7.8 million phones or 12 phones, shouldn't it be irrelevant? The debate should start and stop at constitutionality and technical feasibility; the imagined benefits to the FBI should not even rise to the level of an afterthought.

About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer


Windows 7

Have been using Windows 7 with Never10 utility installed for some years now. I feel so sorry for anyone who missed out on the Windows 7 train, and I feel like a bystander watching the nonstop trainwreck of modern operating systems.

Off with e's head: E-cig explosion causes first vaping death


"Surprisingly common"

"While D’Elia's death is a first, injuries from electronic cigarettes are surprisingly common."

The article goes on to provide numbers showing that fatal car accidents are _thousands_ of times more common than non-fatal vaping injuries.

Why do "journalists" have this irresistible urge to inject opinion-enriched, highly contestable words into their sentences?

And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor


Re: A removable notch, that's Genius!

"How? There are going to be OLEDs or LEDs in the way. Turning them off won't make them miraculously invisible."

I guess you weren't aware that OLED circuitry is actually invisible? The image itself obviously is visible, but if you look at the panel itself without any of the plastic casing they tend to put them it, it just looks like a plain old piece of glass.

So when can you get in the first self-driving car? GM says 2019. Mobileye says 2021. Waymo says 2018 – yes, this year


Re: Too soon

Can we please stop pretending that there are any world-charging technologies that _didn't_ accidentally kill a bunch of people in their early stages?


Phony autonomy

"GM is saying it's OK to take your hands off while using its system – although it will still require you to look where the car is going. Glance away any longer that five seconds and LEDs will flash green, then red, then your seat will buzz, and if you still haven't responded, it will start slowing to a stop."

Can we please stop pretending that there's anything remotely desirable about this useless garbage technology in any way?

Peak smartphone? Phone fatigue hits Western Europe hard


Re: Why can I not...

I just purchased a factory-new Galaxy S5 just a couple of weeks ago, for the exact reasons you listed. I was afraid the horsepower and memory would be too far behind the times to make it a pleasurable experience, but I turned out to be delightfully wrong about that.

You could have slapped the S5 innards in the form factor of the S9, given it to me for free, and I would have legitimately believed that I was using the newest available phone.


Peak smartphone quality is well behind us

Phone design reached peak quality several years ago. Now it's on the downswing. At some point in a major product (or industry's) lifespan, it reaches a point where the the remaining room for improvement represents a smaller psychological difference to the consumer than the psychological cost of paying for said improvement, which represents a hard brick wall for the producers.

At that point, the producer is faced with two choices:

1) Bring the innovation phase to a close, begin scaling back production, and prepare for the long-term sustenance phase of the product, which focuses on competitive pricing, marginal improvements, and cultivating a reputation for product quality.

2) Start introducing vast changes to the product that result in a net decrease, rather than increase in the value of the product. Exploit the fact that consumers tend to falsely assume that differences in newer versions of products must be improvements, or otherwise they wouldn't be made. This creates an artificial psychological benefit in the minds of consumers, motivating them to pay more for a newer but overall inferior product.

In my observation, most industries that encounter this crossroad choose to go down path #2 for a number of years, until a disruptive competitor eventually comes along and undoes most of the damage done in path 2, and establishes itself as a long term player by following path 1.

Google's socially awkward geeks craft socially awkward AI bot that calls people for you


Run out of ideas

Reading over the list of innovations in the article, it's startling to me just how bone dry the barrel is that they're scraping ideas from now. I genuinely feel pity for anyone that is excited at anything mentioned.

LG's flagship arrives with <checks script> ... G7 what now?


High quality audio

"Other manufacturers reason that with so much background noise on the move, there's no point building in high quality audio support. LG begs to differ."

Though I hate LG phones in almost every conceivable way, on this point they are absolutely right.

I've been using the LG G3 for two years, and just this week I switched to a Galaxy S5. Though both claim to output 24-bit audio, it's obvious that LG implemented it properly, whereas the Galaxy fell short in this department.

When listening to music at very quiet levels in a very quiet environment with high quality, low impedance, noise isolating headphones, the LG sounds as it's supposed to sound. You can hear everything, serenely and clearly, and nothing seems to be lost. You can spend hours listening at incredibly quiet levels, during which time the brain seems to adapt and make the experience seem louder and richer. In addition to comfort, it contributes to great ear health in the long run.

The Galaxy, on the other hand, absolutely crushes detail at low volumes. Bass is distorted and blown out, resolution has been utterly thrown away, and it feels like you need to crank the volume up to fatiguing levels just to get back to where you can no longer hear the limitations of the DAC. And the more time you spend listening to the crushed audio signal at low levels, the more your brain seems to amplify the background sound which is not dissimilar to someone constantly making crumpling sounds with handfuls of newspaper and bubble wrap.

There seems to be this mentality of "cell phone users are mostly shiteating teenagers anyway, so we'll give them what we want and they'll like it", and frankly it needs to stop.

While Zuck squirmed, Reddit revealed it found and killed 944 Russian troll factory accounts


Re: A little bit too late to matter

"It's called the preponderance of evidence. "

People who use this term are invariably the kind of people who base their opinions entirely on what was repeated the greatest number of times on their favorite 24 hour news channel.

They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems


Re: Too late

"The thing is that this makes the job easier for the police: Someone has a gun, they are a criminal."

Well yeah, by definition, being a police officer becomes a hell of a lot easier and less risky when your job description is to arrest people who have yet to harm anyone!

Someone uses strong encryption, they are a criminal. (Why would you need strong encryption anyway if you don't have criminal intent?) This makes the job easier for police.


Re: Too late

"The fact that there is such a low amount of gun crime in this country shows that the policy works."

And what about victims of non-gun crime? They don't deserve to be included in your dataset, why exactly?

I don't know about you, but if I were laying stabbed in a pool of my own blood, my last words wouldn't be "At least I can die happy knowing I wasn't shot..."


"the FBI was only interested in the contents phones used by terrorists and criminals; that not having access to phone data was a "major public safety issue";"

The FBI ignored 41 warnings about a potential mass shooter before he finally killed 17 people. I'm pretty sure any shred of credibility that government agencies might have had on the issue of "public safety" is now completely blown out of the water.

How machine-learning code turns a mirror on its sexist, racist masters


In other words, researchers didn't like what the data objectively told them, so they fudged the entire process to soothe their OWN subjective biases.

One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools


"I doubt the businesses would care. They may be getting nothing but noise but they'd still package it as good data and sell it on to their customers who I seriously doubt would know any better."

The businesses would realize something is fishy after they run performance analytics on their illicit-data-driven ad campaigns, at which point their software informs them there is zero relationship between their ad-targeting and their customer conversion rates.

But even if THAT weren't true, which it is, you're still missing the main point, which is that your personal information has been poison-pilled like an exploding ink pack in a compromised ATM machine. Not only does this make your information useless to advertisers, it makes it useless to anyone who might commit fraud, extortion, intimidation, or any other act involving you and your data.

Get the message, PHBs: New York City mulls ban on after-hours biz email


During the weeks I'm on call, I receive a bonus which works out to about an additional 30% of my regular pay. That doesn't include overtime when I actually receive a call. Pay employees appropriately, and you will have no shortage of after-hours support.

Another case of legislators full of solutions that are desperately in search of a problem.

Students: Duh, of course we're blowing our loan bucks on crypto coins


Re: Careful

"Not that I disagree with what you said, but people said the same thing a few years ago!"

Yep. Everyone was saying the exact same thing when it shot up from $16 to $40 in the span of a day. Forget it, it's too late, you missed the boat, etc.

Despite all the talk of restrictions, there's just as much, if not more talk about nations issuing their own cryptos.

World circulating currency is about $80 trillion worth. If cryptocurrencies achieve just 50% of that market share, then investing just $10,000 today will make you a millionaire.

No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse


Re: As far as I can tell, you can prove

"My problem with the infinite number of universes theory has always been that somewhere out there, exists a universe where they destroyed our universe at suppertime last Tuesday. That we do in fact still exist disproves it."

Here is an example of why your argument is invalid:

"My problem with the infinite number of integers theory has always been that somewhere out there, exists an integer that destroyed all integers at suppertime last Tuesday. That we do in fact have integers disproves it."

An infinite number of things existing does not imply that everything exists.

The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic


Re: And...

That code only works on the classic The Register, not the 2.0 version I'm afraid.

What do we do about a problem like Uber? Tom Slee speaks his brains


Re: Political soapbox much?

Economic regulation and leftism are one and the same. Leftism is just a heck of a lot easier to type.


Oh dear god

I made it about 60% of the way through the article and I had to give up. I waited and waited for the guy to say something, anything intelligent and I couldn't wait any more.

It's pretty much guaranteed that any time a business comes up with some offering that people want, there will be a politician trying to put a stop to it.

Self-regulation can address issues that arise in the digital economy, says Airbnb


So to you, "letting them self-regulate" means "covering their losses with taxpayer money"?


Re: Yeah, right...

I suppose you consider eBay, classifieds websites, Uber etc to be "fox in the henhouse" type disasters as well?


Re: AirBnB and trust?

Really? You and someone else engage in a mutually beneficial transaction, and your main concern is making sure some other uninvolved 3rd party earns a commission?

Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband


"Or consider firewall-as-a-service. Today, an ISP offering extra security probably routes customer traffic through an actual firewall."


Google pumps $60m into music company Kobalt


I can't believe it. I stared at that picture for a good 30 seconds thinking it was a tiny blob of strawberry jam on a coin. "Why? What does jam on a coin have to do with the story???"

'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely


So then couldn't the software allow the user to specify translation speed? Instant but more error prone and less gramatically correct translations, and delayed but more accurate translations. The former would be useful for one-on-one conversations, the latter for listening to lectures and TV shows etc.

How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar


Re: 3hrs in IMAX?

You're the one who doesn't seem to be getting it. When a major motion picture is released "in IMAX", it means they're being played in traditional theatres branded by IMAX. It does not mean that it will be shown in purpose-built IMAX theatres on actual IMAX 1570 film.

So yeah, OF COURSE there's no sign of Interstellar being shown at your local science center. Nobody ever said it would be!

By the way, does the UK actually HAVE a legit 1570 theatre?



In other words, this movie will NOT be like Gravity?


Re: 3hrs in IMAX?

The movie isn't being shown in IMAX format, silly. It's being shown in IMAX-branded theatres, which are the same as regular theatres but with the seats a little closer to the screen.

UK.gov mulls what to do about digital currencies


You might as well try to regulate BitTorrent, or cash-in-hand transactions.

Like any technological asset, Bitcoin will succeed or fail of its own accord, and there's nothing any government can (or should try to) do about it.

Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to real photography?


Re: Ansel Adams, gear from 75 years ago, location, location, location.

So true. I gave up on scenic photography because I live in a region that's about as scenic as the inside of a brown paper bag. I still enjoy wedding photography, despite the fact that pretty much all weddings are painfully cheesy and ridiculous.

This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha


"no memory card slot"

Stopped reading at that point.



Why do the play-by-play announces ALWAYS downplay these?

"There has been an anomaly. We will investigate this technical difficulty and get back to you..."

The goddamned rocket just blew up right in front of your face! Why don't they just say so? Are they afraid to look like fools because the rocket might to rise out of the fireball and make it to space after all?

Just ONCE I would like to hear the announcer say what's actually going on (in the calm pilot's voice of course)...

"Aaaaand there's been an explosion. ..... This is a .... catastrophic failure. ....... The rocket has crashed into the ground...... My, how unfortunate...... This is obviously an. ..... aborted mission."

Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth


Re: Blasphemy

I know, right? How can you even equate scotch and bourbon? It's like injecting a baseball pun into a story about soccer.

Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea


"I think, as a whole, the entire LED segment of electronics is on a spiral to the cheapest possible way to do things, and that doesn't generate a lot of profit for anybody."

WTF? How does this make any sense? Would that same logic apply to computers and electronics in general? "[the computer industry] is on a spiral to the cheapest possible way to do things, and that doesn't generate a lot of profit for anybody."

Sounds ridiculous when you think about it like that, no?

Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN


Outer space will make humanity its bitch. Seems like it will take humans a few more decades to figure this out.

Mars needs women, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less


Arrogance of humans

This obsession we have with trying to escape our blue ball is practically a mental illness. If we really do try to inhabit Mars, or any other part of outer space, we will very quickly be bitchslapped into submission.

The rest of the universe is NOT a sustainable place for homo sapiens to live, and it never will be.

Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops


Re: Democracy? Republic? Where?

Indeed. The way people worship government is absolutely no different than how people worship God or Allah. We thank government for the food on our plates, and we pray that government will both protect us and smite our enemies. We consider ourselves "moral" for being law-abiding citizens is if the law was our holy book. And in both cases (worshipping god, worshipping government), the same mental illness is at play. At this point I don't think Christianity and Islam are the largest religions in the world. The state now holds the #1 spot.


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