* Posts by ArrZarr

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Brekkie TV host Lorraine Kelly wins IR35 ruling against HMRC, adds fuel to freelance techies' ire over tax reforms

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Re: At Spartacus, re: Scrabble.

Oh, you're Canadian. There's lovely.

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Re: If so...

You see, the thing about Council Tax is that it's a Tax.

You can see it in the name there.

That word after Council, you see?

From hard drive to over-heard drive: Boffins convert spinning rust into eavesdropping mic

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Re: I'll file this in the ...

Bit old now, but FLSA was intended to be Four Letter Space Agency, as an attempt at a riff on the TLA acronym.

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Re: I'll file this in the ...

Calling it now that at some point, NASA or some other FLSA will be able to use this for research purposes.

Who pressured WHO to put gaming on a par with drug addiction to help silence political dissent? Oh hi there, China

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Please forgive me if I'm misunderstanding, but both of you are directly referring to the gambling part of these modern games - gambling in the form of loot boxes especially. In those situations, does it not follow that gambling is still addictive while the game part of the game is merely compelling?

I definitely agree that a balance must be struck and the onus lies on parents but I'm less sure of where my opinion on when a govt should get involved stands.

Croydon school rolling in toilet roll after Brexit gift deemed unfit for the Queen's Anus Horribilis

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Re: Must be a German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) thing. Jawohl? Nein?

It's felt like you've been somewhat losing your touch recently, constructing sentences that could almost be considered coherent.

Good to have you back.

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Re: Must be a German thing.

Can never have too many post it pads, unless your world is turning into a scene from Bruce Almighty...

Want to cruise your auto auto around but don't fancy killing people? Nvidia has an answer

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Re: All this hoopla for nothing

I was going to give a real answer, but then the idea of an "Autonomous cockwomble coefficient" to trigger those situations made me giggle more than is proper.

Anyway, I'm sure our fellow humans will bow in the face of numbers and logic.

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Re: All this hoopla for nothing

Considering that it is a virtual world, what makes you think that the above are unmanageable?

Sun glare is a visibility inhibitor in a specific direction - reducing view distance towards the virtual sun will handle it,

Intense rain is another visibility inhibitor, as is (falling) snow - reduce the view distance of the simulated car again.

Snow/ice on the road is a modifier to the coefficient of friction - have a variable changing unexpectedly

Awkward potholes can be inserted for maximum awkwardidity or virtual road surfaces could just have a "council budget" slider - all modifiable parameters.

On top of that, autonomous vehicles do not need to be perfect before they are better than humans, they just need to be better than humans to be better than humans.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Re: We have surely reached peak beard.

Getting very fed up of people thinking that how other people choose to present themselves is any of their business, so if you are: try being an individual and let them be as it has nothing to do with you*. You definitely sound like a pillock. And it sounds like all you ever taste is a dog's arse.

Oh, and for the love of God, ditch the bloody "Wiser than thou" attitude, and think about how somebody could take the piss out of your post - there are other assholes on the internet too, you muppet. And keep sitting there staring out the window like a drooling imbecile.

Jesus, you make me puke.

*outside of a professional environment

Why are there never free power sockets when my Y-fronts need charging?

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Bravo, Sir!

OK, team, we've got the big demo tomorrow and we're feeling confident. Let's reboot the servers

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Re: Big demo. Should we test?

In my defense, the pasting into excel bit was because this was a backup process for when the automatic importing failed.

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Re: Big demo. Should we test?

At one point, I was giving training to a client on how to follow a new process for reporting using a supplier's site.

The process itself was simple - pull this report from here and paste into this Excel.

The training session was made more entertaining by the supplier's site going down two minutes in.

Slow Ring Windows 10 fragged by anti-cheat software in the games you're playing at work, says Insiders supremo

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Re: cheating

That wouldn't be caught by this anti-cheating code - while not intended by the developers, messing with the options provided in game is, at worst, an exploit. In this case, it's not something that the game can readily detect, even before you consider the legitimate reasons for running the game below your screen's max resolution (eeking performance out of a weak PC as one example)

This anti cheat code is there to stop external code that modifies play, whether that be changing map files so that a section of floor is missing so that you can skip a series of bosses (WoW - AQ40), have the computer do your aiming for you (aimbots), having it so you have infinite ammo/removing the need to reload, changing the speed you move at. The list is pretty much endless.

Bored bloke takes control of British Army 'psyops' unit's Twitter

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Re: No Shit, Sherlock ..... It's the Gift that keeps on Giving*

Your English is getting better. I got to the second paragraph before thinking this sounded like one of your posts.

Keep this up and I may get to the end of one of your posts!

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Re: PsyOps taken over

The boredbloke missed a trick not claiming they were a cavalry brigade and saying that they'd rather be called PsyClops.

Roses are red, so is ketchup, 'naked' Huawei tells its critics to belt up

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Happy

Re: Bah!

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

Huawei have said

Our tech can woo.

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that

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Re: Hardware mute buttons which didn't mute

"not-quiet-a-mute button"

I see what you did there

Trolling in the Reg's forums... we mean, er, 'working' on the train still rubbish thanks to patchy data coverage

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Alien

Personally, I've always considered AMfM to make the most sense when you take the name literally.

Whatever you've got to say about Google, it can't hear you over the sound of it banking $85m a day in pure profit

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Re: Who is paying?

EDIT: I misread your question. Turns out that people in general trust paid search links and Shopping results. They do tend to be more relevant than the natural search results as they're much more directly curated to search terms than the SEO guys can achieve. Original answer below.

To answer seriously rather that all the (not entirely unjustified) paranoid rantings above:

- "Google web properties revenues – ad money from Google's own websites – were $27bn"

This is companies paying for Paid Search ads at the top of the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs). That could either be the text ads (PPC/CPC) or the shopping ads (PLA/LIA). The shopping tab on the results page also pays into this. This also includes Youtube pre/post roll ads and banner ads on youtube, Google+ etc.

- "Google network revenues – display ad cash from non-Google sites – were $5.6bn"

This is also companies paying for banner ads, just from the rest of the web. Google has nowhere near the dominance in the display market that it enjoys in the search and shopping markets, but still buys ad space on second & third party sites (A quick look at El Reg's ads shows me that they most likely use the Google Display Network (GDN)). In this case, the Company pays Google who, in turn, pays sites for screen real-estate.

To round off this overly long answer, the revenue for all of the advertising cash Google is raking in comes from the same place that pays millions for an ad slot during the Superb Owl or the world cup.

Clever girl: SpaceX's Mars-bound Raptor engine looks like it works just fine

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Re: Green

Could the rocket scientists in the viewrship explain what you do to fix it? I assume that the main change you can make at this stage is based upon the alloy of the bell rather than modifying positions of anything.

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: "our next generation machine learning model"

In Microsoft's defense, the criteria are probably hardware/driver based, rolling out to machines with known good hardware/drivers and then expand it to include systems that deviate more and more from known good over time.

At least, that's how I'd go about it.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Re: I'm not even sure that half the developers read the prompts they are adding

While cancelling a ticket in Jira, you are confronted with the options to:

[Cancel] [Cancel]

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath

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I'd rather you didn't cover me, thank you very much.

Brit comms regulator Ofcom: Disabled left behind by tech

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Re: What counts as 'disabled'?

Agreed.

The other thing that stuck out to me was that it appears that they're including those in and out of employment, of which you can assume that there will be a higher proportion of disabled people out of employment, leaving them with less disposable income to spend on luxuries like smartphones.

Computing boffins strip the fun out of satirical headlines

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Goanna be honest, the Goon Show never made me think - the mental exercise achieved while listening was more along the lines of keeping up with whatever crazy bollocks was happening...on the radio version of "On Screen".

That being said, Spike Milligan's approach to humor seems to have been to keep throwing jokes at the script/book until there was *something* to make you laugh. I'm pretty sure that at no point in his 83 years did he ever meet a joke he didn't like.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Don't recall ever deleting anything, I do recall accidentally moving a site in an FTP with Filezilla (which will happily proceed with questionable instructions without blinking) into a subfolder, taking it offline for a few hours...

Huawei or the highway: Chinese giant whacks marketing drones for tweeting from iPhone

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Alternatively Alternatively: Huawaei outsources twitter marketing to an agency that uses iPhones as their company phone.

There's too much we don't know about here to make informed decisions about what is and isn't reasonable. (That being said, demotion seems strong for this)

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Well they were shopping at Worries PC Hurled, so that shouldn't be too much of a surprise.

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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Re: Someone will Sue..

In my experience, it's never a big deal until after you've upgraded to a new model that does a better job.

Once you get used to the new model doing a better job, you notice the problem if you have to roll back.

See also: framerate in games, power steering, having three monitors.

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7

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Re: With every new device there is a Windows 10 Install

The problem being that there's no clever way to link windows 7 to the word apocalypse like we had with the XPocalypse in 2014.

I might humbly suggest the Armaseven, the 7radgedy or the bowl of petunias, but they lack the zing of the first time around.

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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Re: Rule of thumb: the bigger they are, the less poisonous they tend to be (there are exceptions)

[citation needed]

Here is the appropriate wikipedia link - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pholcidae

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

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Re: took the day off

I have considered sending in a story to On Call but the details would be too recognisable to my boss who also reads El Reg.

Suffice to say we have had one person on 1st level support for 9 months, including on call.

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Re: RTFS much?

Wow, your life must be fun.

Ask the question, keep the paper trail. Best of both worlds. Anything further is opening the doorway to insanity.

EU politely asks if China could stop snaffling IP as precondition for doing business

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Re: and ECHELON?

Officially, as a country, you aren't supposed to steal knowledge.

Unofficially, as a country, you are supposed to steal knowledge.

The line between Officially and Unofficially is quite fuzzy.

China can't see the line. They are taking, as it were, the IPiss.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Re: Facebook's shadow profile.

How about:

Adblockers (probably) don't block sponsored posts, so companies can still put advertising in your timeline. These are still targeted.

Adblockers don't block Non-Sponsored posts, so FB can look at your profile and still put companie's regular posts (still counts as advertising) in your timeline. These are still targeted.

You may not believe that these affect you/that you ignore them but they do sit in the back of your mind - if nothing else as knowledge that a product, service or company exists. If FB get hacked, suddenly the hackers know everything about you and can use that for whatever nefarious purpuse they like.

The biggest mistake you can make is assuming that you're smarter than the people trying to get this information and monetize it. Being smart is fine until you're blindsided and nobody has a monopoly on ideas.

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Re: Good article. Assuming TheRegister is clean with our data.

If lies were Obama's native language, would you care to explain what Trump's native language is? It certainly doesn't read anything like English.

Razer offers freebies to gamers who descend into its coin mine

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Re: What is Razer thinking ?

High end cards are only taxed if you're playing the latest games at eye-watering quality settings.

If you're not playing something highly taxing then all that GPU power is going to waste. Cutting an FPS of 300 down to 60 isn't going to make a difference on a 60Hz screen.

Astroboffins spy a rare exoplanet evaporating before their eyes

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It's weird, once you start getting silly numbers of zeroes involved, the actual unit starts getting less important, although 10 Gigagrams would probably be the most relevant SI-ish term...

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

Libertarian =/= Bob.

Libertarianism simply means that you believe people should be free.

Bob appears to believe that governmental sadism is defendable.

On the matter at hand, if the big ISPs can't compete with a government IT project, then they don't deserve to stay in business.

Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving

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Re: Oh good

For now, humans are the gold standard of driving quality (let that terrifying thought sink in for a moment...) so having the AI work towards human equivalence is the best we've got for the weird situations that will always crop up.

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Re: Simple questions

It doesn't need to work 100%

As soon as it's at the same level as your average human, it becomes safer for 50%* of drivers to have it drive them.

We also don't have any data for the number of accidents avoided by self driving cars at this point due to the things that self driving cars are much better than humans at which, generally speaking, is the majority of situations. The point of this article is that the situations you need a human for are rare enough that we just don't have sufficient data - something telling in itself.

*50% defined by ability, not by how good people think they are

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China

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Clarification for those not in the business -

PPC (pay per click) links are the sponsored links at the top of the page, managed through adwords; have the bejesus tracked out of them.

SEO (search engine optimisation) links are put there by the algorithm that Google obfuscates to stop SEMs (search engine marketers) gaming the system too hard.

For the sake of completeness, Google Shopping is PLA (product listing ads) or LIA (local inventory ads) and also paid but, certainly where I work, are treated as distinct entities for the different knowledge required in managing the adwords accounts.

For the sake of further completeness, these are entirely seperate again to the banner and video ads that we all know, love and block.

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No, you see, if it weren't a different company, then Google wouldn't have to pay Apple to be the default search engine.

By your logic, Google and Microsoft are the same company because of the payments necessitated by the patents Google used in the Android OS.

Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory

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Windows

If only one system relies upon the certificate, and that isn't something checked by another system to inform other systems (or even people) of the failure, then that system can grind to a halt without anything else caring.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Big Brother

Five great charters knit the land

Together linked, hand in hand

One in the people who hold the power

Two in the folk who heal the sour

Three and Five became the civil service

Four engineers this endless circus

Falcon 9 gets its feet wet as SpaceX notch up two more launch successes

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Re: If only...

I think you'll find that they work perfectly in abort mode. The difficulty is getting the cars to turn abort mode on automatically.

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Re: An optimistic cynics take

At a guess, giving the fairings a saltwater bath and picking them up from a ship already in close vicinity isn't too bad as you can get them out of the ocean and take preventative measures (many paper towels) sharpish, Catching the fairing before its bath just prevents the paper towel bit.

To take the cue from XKCD though, we should probably call the fairing "the box that falls off to protect the bit that you want to go to space today"

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We are moving towards a point where we can call them spaceports, which is pretty swish by anybody's money.

Estonian ex-foreign sec urges governments: Get cosy with the private sector on cybersecurity

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Re: In Order to Capture the Caress of AlMighty Core Forces with Perfect Resources Use Heavenly Amm0

You're losing your touch, it almost does make sense.

And that last paragraph is even recognisable English. You feeling okay?

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