* Posts by Shart Tank

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Shart Tank

Can I cuss if it's on topic?

Fuck Gary Becker

Fuck Human Capital

Fuck the neoliberals

Fuck new rapacious manifestations of the first three, on the internet

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Just wanted to say that everyone saying we should cull our native fauna is a complete waste of space. If I have to share the planet with you, you can share it with some native birds.

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Google slides DNS privacy into 'Droid developer stream

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Unhappy

Not in Public DNS yet :-(

I'd use it if 8.8.8.8 were accepting RFC7858-Connections.

DNS-over-TLS (if run on port 443) is a stupid yet practical way to get around braindead DNS service in hotels. The more expensive the hotel room, the crappier is their network service.

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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Happy

Re: Turkey is a NATO country.

"OK, maybe not the planes they wanted, but that's not really the politicians concern."

For some reason, I read your comment in the voice of Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, small-cell law is bogus. School IT outsourcing is also... quite atrocious

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never mind the Super Cali headlines...

... just write more headlines about Steely Neelie.

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Concerns raised about privacy, GDPR as Lords peer over Data Protection Bill

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Re: The ICO is hopeless

Just be quiet and pay your annual ico registration fee ;)

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

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Re: Free market

I am no fan of the Orangeutan and I am no fan of the Horsey.

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Shart Tank

the world is eating software

if software can eat the world, the world can also eat back.

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'Alternative network provider' CityFibre boosts sales 36%

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the reseller ISPs are useless and the only competitive pricing is on the cityfibre GPON product - which is far less than ideal and doesn't seem to offer a subsequent migration path.

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How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

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Re: Alternate Title

Possibly will work given he's obviously an AGW freak.

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: A venerable workhorse

> Well, anyone round Cambridge (UK not USA) will probably have seen/heard

> Snoopy knocking around. It's a C130 that for a long time (still?) had a huge

> engine on it as a testbed for Airbus.

Airbus uses an American-made C130 for testing? Don't they have any of their own planes they can use for testing?

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Daily Stormer booted off internet again, this time by Namecheap

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Coffee/keyboard

Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz

So... basically he is asking for new laws to strictly define what content to host and where to draw the line, so he doesn't have to make a decision himself?

Isn't that the bad kind of governmental meddling?

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Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

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host file

yes these should be reserved but a hosts file before - an often 3rd party dns - isn't a bad thing

also .localdomain while we are at it pls

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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

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Flying from Pluto to Donald Duck?

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Will use Firefox till death. I refuse to submit my whole life data to Google. (anymore than it already is)

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if it took you fifteen seconds to save a bookmark then there is something seriously broken with your pc, not Firefox's fault.

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Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

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> Even with the basic systems on cars today a similar attack can be carried out and for less money. Some already have been for instance:

> Drop a concrete block off a highway/motorway bridge

Years ago (possibly 30+ years ago), I remember reading an SF story that involved self-driving vehicles on highways and bored people tossing Christmas trees on to the road and then watching traffic grind to a halt because they couldn't cope with the obstruction, especially if the trucks were driverless.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

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Re: "de-toxing its culture"

Their name has obvious resonances of ubermensch, so it's been like a sneering from mini-Nazis for the past several years. Absolutely no one at the company or the company's investors can pretend that this resonance sailed over their heads. It just so happens that they are resonant of ubermensch, while disrupting underwritten paratransit and showing contempt for the disabled people who rely on it. You are exempt from Godwin's Law on the merits of the situation.

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It's the precarity, stupid!

(Just an expression, Reg., I would not call you stupid lest I become the truly stupid!) It's the precarity. It's the contingent work! It's the 1099! It's always been the 1099! It was illegitimate, cheating nonsense in 2011 and it's illegitimate, cheating nonsense now. This is an interesting development, and Uber touches upon the entire rainbow of kinds of outrages, but most of those outrages trace back to the 1099! Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, Sidecar, Homejoy, Handy, Spoonrocket, Postmates, Luxe, crud like Gigwalk, Deliveroo (I don't know the UK as well), and the rest of the menagerie of animal names are equally assholish even if they are branded as the "nice" startups who love labrador retrievers, empathize with you neoliberally and feel your pain, and not the "mean" ones who are known for kicking your shins and causing the pain in the first place. So I hope that not too much will be wrapped up with one personality. Kalanick sets a low bar - two cheers for the other 99% of misclassification practitioners who don't love Ayn Rand but are still trying to exploit unemployed people and cram entrepreneurship down their throats to make a phony arm's-length relationship.

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Headmaster

Re: Right, $50 of bars will stop a 4000lb car going 74mph.

"The wiki article you link to is for REAR impact guards"

It's actually about all types of impact guards and mentions that while rear guards are mandatory through a EU directive, side and front guards are regulated by UN/ECE R73 and R93.

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Chrome 58 is out now. It shows apple.com and epic.com correctly. (A few minutes ago, 57 on my computer showed them as bogus URLs).

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Proprietary: Pure sticks to flash module design, becomes a direct flasher

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Too funny you say there is no innovation. Did you read: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/13/pure_drops_to_fifth_overtaken_by_ibm/?

Pure coming in from nowhere and taking 5th place for flash is an endorsement of their customers trusting their products.

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Alternative vet Quartermaine exits Daisy, Daisy...

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british left waffles on falklands

It was amusing trying to parse this headline. I thought Alternative vet Quartermaine was something like an alternative blood lab called Theranos. I rolled my eyes and thought, would those damn disruptors please leave the sick animals alone? But no, it's their mission to break up the power of the incumbent veterinarians' cartel. It would be funny, except I'm sure there actually is a startup like this. The vets are all precarious freelancers, or as Quartermaine prefers to refer to the community, "Quarties."

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Virgin Media suspends 4 staff over misreporting connections

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Coat

Should Virgin be talking up penetration rates?

Just seems to be some odd wording to my unwashed ears.

Ok, ok, I'm leaving already. Don't push me...

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

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FAIL

The whole cloud rests on a single turtle

The dashboard was not the only central AWS system affected. The console and API also seem to rely heavily on the US-EAST-1 storage with increased errors rates when trying to deploy elsewhere or change entries in Route 53.

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Axe net neutrality? Keep the set-top box lock-in? Easy as Pai: New FCC boss backs Big Cable

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Re: Unfortunately for big cable, pretty soon they'll be swimming in competition

That should be easy. The partner services are on a whitelist and get preferential full-speed access while everything else gets lumped into the same few-kilobits-per-second bucket routed via overloaded peering points.

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Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.10 just 'blew up' as rc6 bloats

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A newsgroup is not better. Mailing lists can be filtered and sorted into folders to the receiver's liking, can be accessed on multiple clients syncing the read/unread/tagged status. A newsgroup requires the same name everywhere without any server-side support for flags and tags.

NNTP is mostly dead. Mailing lists rule.

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London Ambulance IT system hit by three outages in last year

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Joke

Wir schaffen das

Don't worry. Germany will protect Poland against any hostile invasions.

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Turns out there's a market for marijuana... plants' video surveillance

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Potential liability risk?

Could Quantum be risking Federal liability, or even massive asset forfeiture to the profit of the Trump administration, by advertising their products for something that while claimed to be legal by the states, is still a Federal felony to produce?

Or is this story just the product of creative journalism?

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Shart Tank
Go

Enough with the sales pitch already

Where's the link to the camera feeds?

I'd like to watch the weed grow.

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Custom silicon, 9PB storage boxes, and 25Gb Ethernet – just another day in AWS hardware

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>> The custom chips also power a custom AWS network architecture that uses 25Gb Ethernet, a format Amazon believes is actually more scalable and efficient than the 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet standards commonly used.

I don't get it. Does anyone have any details from the conference on why this is the case?

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Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

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Thumb Down

Yet another Windows 10 annoyance

cmd.exe is not good, but at least it is fairly simple, and has "worked" for all versions of Windows.

I don't want to learn yet another scripting language, particularly one with such limited portability.

May Microsoft's executives spend a long span in purgatory trying to eat soup with chopsticks, until they grasp the notion that while users appreciate new functionality, they don't want it enforced by default.

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

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Years ago, well before Apple Pay came out, the only place I was able to use my American Express Blue card's NFC capability was at McDonalds. Even now, stores that accept contactless payment is limited.

(I enjoy laying my wallet on top of the credit card terminals and watch the cashier's expression. Some times they'll start to tell me that's not how to use it, only to be interrupted by the beep signaling the completed transaction)

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Lenovo be Nimble, Lenovo be quick, inks deal to take on Dell EMC kit

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Can you disclose who you are? You smell like a DellEMC person.

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Casino cops are coming if we can't move all this cash in a hurry

Shart Tank

Sounds like a stack overflow problem.

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

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Re: When we get to the stage where we have to label everything...

I used to have one of those mouse mice. I was disappointed when I got a new computer that no longer had a PS2 port for the mouse.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Did the study look to see if sex was the only form of exercise they engaged in? If you don't regularly exercise when older, any form of exertion can cause a heart attack (such as shoveling snow from your driveway).

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

Shart Tank

The hypothetical situation described in the article seems a bit of a stretch, and given the plethora of driver assistance devices being installed in modern cars (adaptive cruise control, lane keep, etc) it doesn't seem too far fetched to assume that autonomous vehicles will be better at dealing with danger than human drivers.

However, there is another significant impediment to their widespread adoption: liability. Who is at fault in a collision? The cars themselves will invariably have a great deal of logging data to assess what was done incorrectly, and in most cases this will likely provide evidence that the other (human) driver was to blame, but in the few cases the software proves to be the culprit who will be held responsible? Will it be the owner of the autonomous car or the manufacturer?

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Re: What are the odds

"The Transdimensional Personnel Locator was a BT skunkworks project "

To differentiate it from normal phone boxes is the "Transdimensional Personnel Locator" painted blue, perhaps with a blinking light on top?

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HMRC's IR35 tweaks have 90% of UK's IT contractors up in arms

Shart Tank

Corrections:

Thing thing = 'this thing'.

£65k salary = PRE-tax permanent salary

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Reminder: IE, Edge, Outlook etc still cough up your Windows, VPN credentials to strangers

Shart Tank
Black Helicopters

Windows for Warships won't work without it

I really can't come up with any other reason. There must be some big customer behind it, if it has to be on by default.

A registry setting to disable this behaviour exists!

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

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20+ years ago, part of my job was building a mail client for PCs. I made sure that the client blocked downloading .bat attachments.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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> Is mistake was not selling to a local user.

I strongly suspect that the purchaser intentionally targeted a seller in another state, so it would be difficult for the seller to defend himself in court.

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Women account for just one fifth of the EU’s 8m IT jobs

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Plus what happens when there's 52% women? Do you encourage females to leave the field then to make room?

Shall we start with HR and other plush no real responsibility and accountability power grabbing positions?

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Unhappy

Re: It's a shame

I'll stick with Video2000 then, the aborted Nokia N900 line. The USB socket is gone but it's still my favourite mobile terminal.

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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If someone has compromised your computer and stolen your password. Changing your password is just going to give them an opportunity to also steal your new password.

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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

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All this fuss...

... and nobody managed to mention Sir Humphrey Appleby?

Why, the Foreign Office must be overjoyed with all the discussion and no answers. Surely they are pro-europe, aren't they?

http://youtu.be/37iHSwA1SwE

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