* Posts by ArrZarr

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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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Joke

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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Boffin

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?

How the mighty have fallen: Anglian Water knocks Google off perch as UK's best workplace

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Re: SAP and Salesforce?

So, you're asking an El Reg journo to go from biting the hand that feeds IT to biting the hand that feeds it?

Mine's the one with a note in the pocket to say that the joke only works if I use the gender neutral pronoun.

After all that! Ofcom proposes BT as only broadband universal services provider for whole of UK (except Hull)

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Re: I have friends in Hull

I used to live in Hull.

Now I live south of the Humber and cross the bridge every workday.

Partly the mortgage is cheaper, partly I can be with Zen internet.

Well worth the bridge toll.

Consumer group attempts to lob Safari workaround sueball at Google... again

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Re: Who had the loss?

It's Google destroying the last vestiges of a free society? I thought the government could be trusted to do that without supervision. Guess the govt. screwed that up as well then.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Re: I rather like it, but for one detail

Any device in the 17" Screen range will definitely have a numeric keypad due to the extra real estate necessitated by matching the larger screen.

What you've got to watch out for more is the keyboard layout (ANSI vs ISO). The different enter key will drive you wild if you make a mistake.

Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

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Same deal for payment with me, but the vast majority get paid this week rather than last week hence the different dates.

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Cyber Monday and Manic Monday are slightly different things (right-pondian marketing speak)

Cyber Monday is the Monday after Black Friday

Manic Monday is the Monday after November Payday when everybody comes into the office and starts buying stuff online.

They can fall on the same day depending on when Black Friday sits but this year they are a week apart

A rumble in Amazon's jungle: AWS now rents out homegrown 64-bit Arm server processors

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Gravitons

"What goes up...better doggone well stay up"

- Morgan Gravitonics company slogan.

NASA has Mars InSight as latest lander due to arrive today

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Re: Dusty

Chrichton - protagonist of Farscape - "Have we sent the standard message of 'Don't attack us, we're pathetic.'?"

Kryten - android on the crew of Red Dwarf - "Then where do all the calculators go?"

Confused the bejesus out of me for years.

1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

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Joke

Re: Not an Apple strong point

English, of course, also being wonderfully adaptable to still make sense to anybody reading it even when distorted far from The Queen's English.

cus 't wudn,t b ye populistic vocabulation uf teh woild uderwise.

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

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Re: Lame duck.

I fear he's wrong as well, but I also suspect that 2025 is outside of the current administration's scope even if 2020 doesn't see a new resident of the White House.

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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Re: Starship

Could be worse, they could have asked the internet for names.

Personally I'd have taken a cue from XKCD and called it the Big Up Goer.

@Arthur When dealing with rockets, RUD is referred to as a "Hard Start" according to John Clark

French president Macron insists new regulations needed to protect us all from Facebook's claws

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Re: maybe the REAL problem

It needs to start with parents, but the problem with parents is outlined in one of Sir pTerry's quotes:

“Sometimes I really think people ought to have to pass a proper exam before they're allowed to be parents. Not just the practical, I mean.”

― Susan Sto Helit, Thief of Time

FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface

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Re: Talk about the gates of Hell !

@Not Spartacus

Is the British based backup tea based?

Could it be an attempt to make a really fresh, *hot* cup of tea as a source of Brownian motion?

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Re: Talk about the gates of Hell !

The article mentions getting repeated gravity assists from Venus. Rich Purnell probably designed the orbits so that a small amount of fuel delta-V used near perihelion triggers a larger drop of delta-V due to the Venus flyby.

Really smart way of doing it if you ask me so Rich gets a pint.

NHS*IT: Welsh system outages put patients at risk

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"based on software that hasn’t been supported by Microsoft since 2014."

To take a wild stab in the dark, is this XP we're talking about?

Stairway to edam: Swiss bloke blasts roquefort his cheese, thinks Led Zep might make it tastier

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'Cause this is Cheddar

Cheddar night

And no one's goanna save you

From the dreams about to strike

You know it's Cheddar

Cheddar night

You're fighting for your life

Inside a Cheddar nightmare tonight.

Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage

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FAIL

Count yourselves lucky.

You changed the ringtone.

Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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Re: It's simple...

Ever since the news reporter got his name wrong, I've stopped reading it as Jeremy Hunt and have always needed to do some quick translation between brain and mouth.

Worrying Windows 10 wrecking-ball weapon weirdly wanders wildly on worldwide web

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Re: safe surfing

3. avoid surfing the web from windows, if possible

That'll do a pretty good job of saving you from this particular 0-day as it's windows specific.

HP says: Like, comment and subscribe to our beastly workstations

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If you have Excel, everything looks like a spreadsheet.

Show me somebody who knows everything about Excel and I'll show you somebody who doesn't know anything else.

People get really down on Excel but there is nothing out there that accessibly solves more problems save getting your hands dirty with Python, JavaScript or some other loosely typed (read: vomiting onto a keyboard) scripting language

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Meh

Re: Pfffft.

I only have one thing to say to that --->

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