* Posts by Roq D. Kasba

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

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Really? This is bizarre.

I hope this actually is a joke, I did even check if it was a ¡Bong! article.

So I am invited to use pay pay to pay for a thing, which I then use to pay for a thing.

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2018's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is a lovely lappie

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Re: US$2,579.00

I was reading through thinking "Hmmm, well maybe it's time for a new lappy, battery's a bit flakey on this one..." and that thought was cut short with an out loud "fucking hell".

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Bitcoin's blockchain: Potentially a hazardous waste dump of child abuse, malware, etc

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Re: Potentially?

> In other news, the price of Bitcoin - has not dropped at all since this story appeared.

This is good for Bitcoin. Don't you read the BTC forums and subreddits? Everything is always good for Bitcoin.

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Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model

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Re: Business Model:

"whataboutism" is the Trump method of debate.

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There's more to blockchain than dodgy cryptocurrencies

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Re: Of course there is, until

"Digital Esperanto" - very good.

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Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'

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I tried to tell a Frenchman that I was an overweight homosexual

He thought I was tired.

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Hubris, thy name is Oracle: So, cloud is still totally for nerds, right?

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Re: HUUUUGE

Rounding error

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Re: Modern Data

Yes, a good RDBMS will keep a tidy dataset tidy and healthy until it's dying breath (and many petabytes thereof - I remember MSSQL Server demonstrating an 8TB instance back in the 90's with satellite images of the world just as a demo project).

Which is great if your data still fits the same shape you define a decade beforehand, but it never does, and so surgery is needed. Those modern key pair data buckets suit unstructured and messy data, which suits startups well as they add add remove features. Personally I find key pair data storage quite ugly and unruly, but it's the better bet for some projects.

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Cali cops' Clue caper: Apple technicans, in an iPhone repair lab, with the 1,600 silent 911 calls

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Anyone remember 0990 premium numbers?

In the UK, 0990 was a common prefix for national numbers for a while, such as vehicle hire companies central call centres.

At the same time, pulse (rather than tone) dialling was still being phased out of common usage, but legacy phones still used it. 1 pulse for a 1, 2 for a 2, 10 for a zero. And some legacy phones were a bit crap.

And so so we come to the perfect storm that was my wife phoning a national van hire company and asking for a minibus, for tomorrow, to hold 12, with an a concerned 999 operator asking my confused wife to clearly state if she wanted an ambulance or not. The phone had malformed the leading zero of the 0990 number meaning the exchange "saw" 9990-xxxxxx, and connected the 999 to a valid number with the remaining pulses going into the void.

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Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Re: Lame name options IMHO

Spiced pumpkin extra sugar latte coffee flavoured milk drink

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Microsoft aren't using J++ any more

Or J# for that matter. Just for the irony.

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Yes, without gravy, looks quite nice actually

I mean just for science's sake.

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You. Apple. Get in here and explain these iOS slowdowns and batteries – US, French govt reps

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Pass the popcorn, this'll be fun

Those questions cut to the heart of the issue, well done France.

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Maplin Electronics CEO ups stakes for steak house

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Re: RIP Maplins...

There's practically nothing on the components front left - I got a 50p connector for £3 the other day because I needed it, but resistors, capacitors seem to be sold in multipack bags for £ouch too.

They're taking the route of The Gadget Shop, to a similar event horizon I'm afraid.

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Re: Can I be a CEO in my next life?

Use phrases like "differentiated technology retailer", and you can be.

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Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

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Re: Dear Mr Musk....

@Flakk, why are you getting downvoted for this? It's not like it's not public knowledge that he has HUUUGE public money subsidies - calculated to nearly $5 BEEEEEELION. Billion, not Million. Billions are very very big numbers. A million seconds is 11 days, a billion seconds is 31 years. Billions are BIG.

<<Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support, according to data compiled by The (LA) Times.>> http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hy-musk-subsidies-20150531-story.html

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/economy-budget/345338-can-we-wean-elon-musk-off-government-support-already

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Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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Re: Whats in a name

On the other hand "Big Liz" is a great name.

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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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Agreed

Quality title

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Intel is upset that Qualcomm is treating it like Intel treated AMD for years and years

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Re: Qualcom

I've no strong preference, although I've certainly no arguments that Qualcomm make great soc's. I do, however, back them in this spat because Intel have happily shown shitty behaviours in the past and having a monopoly on all platforms is even worse than on a single one.

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Oh my Word... Microsoft Office 365 unlatched after morning lockout

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Re: Please explain to me ...

>>how running an important application ''out in the cloud'' is better than running on your own machines ?<<

Totally depends how you measure "better" - cheaper, more accessible, lower system maintenance, all good points, compromised availability, security risks downsides.

If something is truly that important you do it in-house, and if it's really, really important you do it redundantly, replicated across multiple sites, paying for dedicated lines and real 24/7 dedicated support...

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Three nines, five nines, bunch of nines...

The only people who seriously deserve to discuss "five nines" uptime are people prepared to pay for massive redundancy required. Five nines is one hour downtime per DECADE. Some shitty line of business reporting app used a few hours a month does not require that level of availability. It shows cowardsly/lazy specifications when "two nines best efforts during core business hours" is what they really want to pay for.

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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LG G4

I was ever so wary of opening this beautiful former flagship device - curved screen, high performance camera, etc., but I needed to polish out a lens. I got up courage after seeing a YT vid - my god it's the easiest to open/fix device I've seen. Not even silly screws or warranty-void stickers on screwheads, just in, unclip motherboard and peripherals, and you're done. First time I was in in 10 minutes, second time mere seconds. It has convinced me to go LG from hereon in, and there's no indestructible OEM software preloaded either - delete what you don't want.

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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Re: There may yet be tapes

Spoliation of evidence I suspect too.

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Re: Still don't understand this bullshit

>>We have to have Clinton personal assassinations PLUS the documentation from the Elders of Zion now. Things have bigged up.<<

Kicking up dust and pointing in every direction but the one under discussion is playbook for an indefensible position. Look at Conway and her tedious employment of this technique.

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Spoliation

It's either an outright bluffthreat or spoliation. My hunch is the latter pretending to be the former, but either is possible

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Re: The Truth?!

Considering he will lie about the weather in front of many, many scores of inauguration attendees and many more on TV watching live, there is clearly no filter or reference to fact whatsoever in his head.

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Re: There's nothing wrong with wearable stickers

These are special, protective stickers. Wear one and stand in the middle of the road, cars just bounce off.

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Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

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Re: Question.

Read my tweets

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Re: I'm sorry, but...

Thank goodness you used the joke alert icon, I was going to get all pompous on you.

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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

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Re: Publisher?

No, although a 365 sub gets you the latest downloadable if you want it :)

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Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

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Re: And Yet Again

I suspect trying to get free technical consulting from Reg comments is just shifting the problem from rogue photo pairings to leaving their VPN passwords and domain admin privs tweeted in a photo of Gary Linneker

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ZX Spectrum reboot firm slapped with £52k court costs repayment order

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There is no truth!

You will be running a Vega emulator...closest you can get...

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TensorFlow: I want to like you, but you're tricksy

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Re: A film recommendation website. Not that clever. OTOH

Better still, it watches the movie, then writes your (haughty) review for you, and tweets your followers to get them to read your review, then argues with them for you. In the meantime you can get on with the fun stuff like programming it.

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: Cabin security isn't about safety

Theatre of security

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Twitter cofounder to sell chunk of his stock for personal reasons

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Re: Value?

$14 or $69 for a company that doesn't make any money really shows that stock market variations are pure bollocks. "These $1 sandwiches cost us $1.01 each to make, but we'll make it up with volume"

So yes, I'm sure his personal reasons include "fuck, we still can't make money at this and I quite enjoy being rich before we are the next friendsreunited/MySpace"

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Graffiti 'dying out' as kids dump spray cans for Instagram, Twitter etc

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Re: Short attention span

The graffiti in Weston-super-Mare is of a generally impressive standard, about the only thing that is. Treat yourself to an afternoon out

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

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>>>On-Call reckons he probably wouldn't mind an even stronger air compressor to get through some of the problems he faces now.<<<

Yes, yes indeed. We once had a problem, we implement SAP, we now dream of having that original problem back...

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Racist Tesla staff drilled my buttocks, claims employee in lawsuit

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There is no truth!

What is an absolute truth? Every event is recorded by a fallible human and interpretation. Previous truths (flat earth, for instance) have become untruths

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Drone biz Lily Robotics takes $34m in pre-orders, ships nothing, shuts down, gets sued by San Francisco DA

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Don't buy vaporware

Wait until there's something on the shelf. You will miss "early bird discounts" for sure, instead you'll get a device from a choice of vendors in a commoditised market space, and likely pay less.

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Cache flush: AI poker bot to compete against top players in tourney

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Re: This spells the death of internet poker...

Internet poker has always been a bad idea. At the moment you have no idea if you're playing an "honest" game, or if one of the other players represents the house and can openly see your cards.

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Re: "Libratus"

How is the meatspace player supposed to know when an AI is bluffing? Will it have a tell it controls (flashing red led gives me away every time!)?

I just don't see how this could be a "fair" game? Poker isn't a game of playing cards, it's a game of playing people...

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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Re: Just so long as someone remembers to close the channel tunnel

I'd actually take "World War Z" (the excellent book not the dreadful, unrelated movie) as a more authoritative source in the unlikely event of a zombie apocalypse.

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Bitcoin breaks US$1,000

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Sudden crash coming again?

Seeing as there is still no material grounds for the valuation, and that with no underlying asset the exposure is 100%, are we just waiting for another big crash? The whole of the value is based on faith in people you probably can't trust (after all they're actively seeking an unregulated money transfer/launder), so maybe another trading platform theft will do it. Must say as a store of value it seems risky, and as an exchange platform it seems volatile.

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

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Re: Not feeling the love

Apple was always driven by the cult of personality, a CEO who could openly pick fights with his own company or shareholders if necessary. The company is moving back towards being just another big IT company. The magic has all been spent.

I got my timescales wrong, I thought the contraction would happen a lot quicker after Jobs influence, but I'm still pretty confident things are changing. Especially now MS are waking up again. Slowly, mind.

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Re: Price

Indeed, even if they said "run time 1 hour", and the test noted sometimes it was exceeded by 400% and sometimes by 1300% for the same tests, you'd still have to question the inconsistency

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We've been Trumped! China's Alibaba is a 'notorious' knock-offs souk, says US watchdog

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Re: Call me commie-nist..

How do you feel about brake-pad manufacturers? Or medicine manufacturers? This knock-off stuff enters the chain in all sectors.

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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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Re: Hmm...

I suspect that's why they are after BTC as opposed to Amazon gift cards.

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BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

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By any chance...

...was that a Certified Independent Natural Antivirus Coordinator?

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Three Mobile, two alleged hackers, one big customer database heist

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Re: One Question

Store level franchise grunts get God privs on customer data? TFU

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Re: That would explain

A month or so back I was getting a call "from three" every day or so. Now I know why.

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