* Posts by quxinot

369 posts • joined 15 May 2016


RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit


Re: Bad planning

>Clearly the control group needs to be of a reasonable size. So, the entire commons, plus any member of a political party sitting in the house of lords?

From the other side of the big water, we can cheerfully loan you a big pile of congressmen and senators.

You know, just to increase the statistical accuracy.

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo


Re: Getting shades of...

A flyswatter and some blur and perhaps that's the effect they wanted?

The DevOps Salary Report is in, and is great news for American men


Re: Is pharma not healthcare?

Insurance is heathcare? No, notsomuch. And insurance runs on tight margins? Again, notsomuch.

Otherwise agreed.

As a quick mental check, think about what you see advertised the most, on television, radio, newspaper, etc (I'll assume you see nothing advertised online, that means you're doing it right!). There's certain types of business that have significantly more advertising spend than others--turns out, it's because they're very profitable indeed. Insurance, pharma, and telcom companies very clearly have huge profit margins....

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz


Re: nobody performs well when put in a difficult position.

And that logically progresses to the best XKCD ever:


Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...


Re: Width

To be fair, there's plenty of width. It's just that it looks like whitespace if you have adblock enabled.

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate


Re: Great for this Engineer

The problem is that 'digital' can also refer to the things attached to a hand.

Then it becomes quite a bit more funny and dirty in equal measures.

The glorious Brexit uncertainty: The only dead cert on data rules for tech biz in 2019


As opposed to the honest politicians?

I mean, I understand there's a lot of ill-will being spread around, but there's FUD and there's basing your thoughts on absolute fantasy.... 'Honest politicians'... as if!

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it


Re: Dear fragile and wonderful academics...

Anarchy is where there's no rules, so those with money/resources stomp all over everyone else's freedoms.

We're there.

Microsoft makes a dip in the Azure Cosmos DB pool just a bit more tempting with another price drop


Gosh. A price cut so huge.... though doesn't that mean that it could also spike up dramatically and without warning? Bet that'd be unpleasant, if you had made it critical to your work...

US told to quit sharing data with human rights-violating surveillance regime. Which one, you ask? That'd be the UK


Re: People in glass houses ...

Must admit that I agree. After reading:

>UK authorities should not be granted access to data held by American companies because British laws don't meet human rights obligations, nine nonprofits have said.<

My initial thought was "So what? US laws don't meet them either!"

It's a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love


Re: 1809 patch

I'm sorry.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget


Re: just one bulb reduced my fridges light use from 15w to 3.3w

>I reduced my fridge's light use to 0W by shutting the door.<

ow do you know the light goes out when you shut the fridge door?

I mean, that's a difficult to measure metric to ensure that you're saving 3.3w!

Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean


Re: what's soap?

>Its the stuff you knick from your mum to get the grips to go onto the motorbike!<

No, that's hairspray. It'll dry sticky so they don't twist around on you.

Persuading world+dog to love Microsoft's AI assistant a step too far for Acompli founder

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Re: Pretty obvious

>We need open standards, so we can choose our voice assistant separately to the hardware we run.<

I will market the world-beating new AI: Sally the Mute.

I expect to be rich.

Fujitsu: Closes director's gate to Tait, 9 execs abdicate, and for German workers – a crap Weihnachtszeit


Re: Wurst news ever

Don't be a brat about it.

From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat


Re: Remember the good old days?

>Mars Bar wrappers are apparently a better fit.<

The "fun sized" are a bit insulting, though.

Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?


Re: Thing of the past, thank god! -users just do not get why you need to limit their mail to 2Gb

>>I don't understand why people look at it and/or store it on their work computers.

(unless they are pornographers)<<

Maybe they don't have a pornograph at home?

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Re: Ok, where is he?

>I scrolled the comments, twice now, expecting to find BOMBASTIC BOB!!!!! blaming it all on C-POUND and the evil that is JIT compilation.<

Ctrl-f for ".not" and for "flatso".

Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in


Re: this is just the start of a very ugly battle for your home

It's actually a great idea. The problem is I want it to have a backend on a server I control. Probably in the basement next to the NAS. If it's just yet another pile of crap tied into google, notsomuch.

If it could be easily hacked and turned into a local control for local systems, without phoning the mothership? They'd almost start becoming interesting and viable!

SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space


Re: Don’t call us plucky

Stop that.

There's plenty of sax and violins on the web already.

UK.gov asks biz for ideas on how to 'overcome' data privacy concerns in NHS


>cat herding is very easy (if using some tasty treats to tempt them).

Or a firehose.

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond


Re: "Are you affected by the outage? Leave us a comment and let us know."

^ Agreed.

Get Mr. Dabbs to rewrite this article, please.

Ubuntu flings 14.04 LTS users a security lifeline, chats some more about Hyper-V


First step: Embrace.

Google Chrome 69 gives worldwide web a stay of execution in URL box


Re: With M$ Windows dead as a dodo

Gnome's direction and quality explains why Mate is such a hit. And rightfully so, it's at the sweet spot of usability and customizibility for the vast majority of use cases.

When it isnt, there's a whole medley of other choices. And that is one of the best parts of linux on the desktop!

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers


Re: Typical Apple

>If you know anything about watches you would also realise that Rolex are actually a top notch manufacturer, their service is first class and they produce watches using top quality materials, many of which are in house made, including their usage of their own perfected steel.. It's anything but tat.<

Their bracelets sure are crap, though. Compare a Submariner's bracelet against a Seamaster and you'll wonder why people buy Rolex.

(The watch heads themselves are absolutely lovely, though.)

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit


Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

I was immediately transported to listening to George Carlin rant about people and their 'stuff'....

(Worth looking up on youtube etc if you haven't heard it.)

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)


No worries!

So long as I have the ability to turn it BACK ON.

Sorry, Chrome's lack of customization is one of the major reasons that I can't stand using it. Yes, privacy, tracking, etc.... but trying to monetize my information by selling ads that I'll never see (blocked at the network level via PiHole, blocked again with Ublock, and killed violently if they get past that!) is one thing, but making decisions for me is entirely another!

Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth


Re: Wow, that's quite a cosmic prang

>... unless, of course, you might be thinking of buying a few tickets to the policeman's ball - oh look, I just happen to have a few spare tickets in me pocket here. Put you down for a couple o' dozen, shall I?"<

That's a myth.

Policemen don't have balls.

Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)


Re: How did they find it?

As far as finding the leaks, if it's venting to the outside, there must be a reactionary thrust from the escaping gas. I wonder how much that screws with the orbit, and how detectable it is.


Re: Then they're hurt or killed

>Uncle Bumblefuck?<

Glad I wasn't the only person with a mind that immediately went that route.

Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking


Re: Open source works

Thank you, Debian.

Facebook flat-out 'lies' about how many people can see its ads – lawsuit


Re: I have often wondered

>The stone cold reality is you don't really know what that software does and that could include a wide variety of things of which Facebook bots are merely one.<

Frankly, the mining software is less of a concern to me than the actual OS itself (from certain vendors--desktop and mobile). If you're untrusting at the level of worrying about the mining code, step back and look at most of the black boxes that you have running on a given device.

There's exceptions, but I'd wager that the mining software is less of a sketchy enterprise than the OS, for the majority of users.

Boffins get fish drunk to prove what any bouncer already knows


I believe a fake model is in fact a real fish, likely.

We all know what kind of predator they should have used (see icon).

CADs and boffins get some ThinkPad love


>Every time I see 'Apple like' or.....<

I don't want to see "Apple like" when talking about a new, high power laptop. What I'd really like to see from Lenovo is "Thinkpad like"! Bring back the days of slightly chunky, easily upgraded, powerful, durable laptops that the branding came on in the first place! There's no reason to copy anyone else when you already have a winning concept, just stick with what worked in the first place!

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing


Re: Whose side is it not worth being on


Looking at the vendors, 1984 seems more appropriate to me.

The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs


I think I'm on the same page as everyone else as far as price, though I don't think we have to see absolute parity between the two styles--perhaps a 10% premium against the middle of the pricing band would be acceptable to most.

But what I'm waiting for is a SSD that actually can replace my NAS's drives. In that instance, I'm looking for price and longevity mostly. Speed isn't particularly important as the dozen drives can saturate a gigabit link without working terribly hard. So why hasn't a manufacturer come out with a medium format (3.5" rather than 2.5" or 5.25) SSD that can be stuffed chock to the gills with chips from the previous generation--where the fab is paid for and failure rates are low, so easy to make reliable profits on--and designed NAS drives? Start showing me 2-4Tb units in a larger case with good endurance within 10% of the price of something like a WD Red, and I suspect there's a vast amount of money to be made.

Nevermind that that same drive could be jammed into a normal desktop by an OEM for significantly cheaper than a 'fast' SSD of the more current designs, and allow the OEM to put a big sticker boasting about it having "not just an SSD but a bigger one than the competition" on the box, and I suspect they'd be onto a winner.

But then I'm the cheapskate that's still using a dozen used rusty 2Tb drives in my NAS because that was the sweet spot for cost:space, and let ZFS pick up the reliability (which honestly, has been excellent). Makes you wonder just how fat the profit margins are, and how much that's pushing for bragging rights in the speed arena. That said, I just also put a fancy M.2 into my main gaming rig, and the speed is really noticable, but the pricing makes it dumb for storing ...uh... cat videos.

UK comms revenues reach all-time low of £54.7bn, as internet kills the TV star

Paris Hilton

Re: beating off Microsoft

Paris needs a jewler's loupe to prevent ocular mishaps in case of sucess, you mean.

FBI boss: We went to the Moon, so why can't we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week


Re: if we can put a man on the moon, we can...

If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we put a man on the moon today?

Suggests that perhaps our government isn't performing up to snuff to me.

Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound


Don't care who the maker is...

I do not need my car going online. Period. This crap needs to be optional at the time of purchase, and easily disabled or modified after purchase.

I love driving tremendously, but absolutely am not looking forward to buying my next car. I'd cheerfully trade all the electro-tinsel for a decent chassis that delivers what I ask of it.

Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs


Re: From experience...

Can't edit on mobile, so apologies for self-relplying here.

VCDS runs on XP, much faster booting and lighter in a VM, which you'll probably not allow online other than for updates (which aren't necessary for VCDS unless you are trying to work on a new car not in your database.... in which case, just download the latest version and copy it locally to the VM instead of letting it go online itself).

The other piece of software that I'd like to try in v-box is Eurodyne Maestro, but I haven't needed to go that route just yet (already using APR's software in the ECU, so major hardware changes are needed to justify the change).


Re: From experience...

VCDS works on virtualbox. Ross-tech just won't support it officially. At least with the HEX-CAN interface, I have no experience with the wireless versions.

I do recall that there was a trick involved, but couldn't tell you what that was even about. If you're comfortable with virtualbox, give it a shot!

Enterprise Windows 10 users, Microsoft has some 'quality' patches coming your way


Re: Widnows 10 "Enterprise" LOL

...and Office Proplus 2019...

Read as "Office Prolapse 2019". Took a moment to decide if that was wrong or not.

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes


"My Watch saved my life back at the end of May, by notifying me of a very elevated heart rate, and stating that I should seek immediate medical attention. I went to the emergency room, and ended up in the hospital for 2.5 weeks. If it weren’t for that, I could be dead. So is this trivial? No, it’s not. It’s worth every penny. Your smartphone can’t do that."

So they save lives?

Arguably, a cheap plastic band around everyone in the world's arm that said "Don't smoke, and don't drive drunk" would save more lives by a bajillion percent. Your needs are not the needs of the market, when talking about absolute mass-market products, rather than niche ones.

(I would of course have the geek version--a mobius strip.)


Re: Still need that "killer app" ?

"The unique feature a watch provides is the time and date. Instantly. Fusslessly."

Arguably, a mobile phone's unique feature was the ability to make telephone calls remotely. Instantly. Fusslessly is debateable.

The big killer app was ...er... the app, actually. Suddenly the smartphone became something that the cell phone was not. Calling a smartphone a phone is almost ludicrous, as they're pocket computers more than anything else.

The reason why everyone in manufacturing jumped onto the watch platform is because they didn't want to miss out on the prize if it became as important as the smartphone did. It didn't, mind you, so they all have dropped back out again. There's still a bunch of niches available, from sports-tracking devices, handy GPS reference for golfers who want to know exactly how far they hit/need to keep hitting, diving computers, and so forth. What we're all waiting for is something that takes the smartwatch out of the category of niche and blows it into "basically everyone on the planet will want one" like smartphones did.

Hasn't happened yet. If I knew the answer, I'd probably be a very rich man--or more likely, complaining and irritable when someone with more means gets the same idea and gets there first. But then, manufacturers can't do basic things like include reasonable pockets in women's jeans despite demand, so maybe there's hope yet.

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it


Given the reliability of O365 and such

... It'll obviously be GitDown!

Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO


Re: Fix it, don't disable it

Rather than using excessive caps, why not let the force of your words alone provide the weight you're looking for?

You may as well be using emoji to make a strong point.

USA! USA! We're No.1! And we want to keep it that way – in spaaaace


Re: Where do you want to go tomorrow?

>Don't go to Venus. It's horrible.<

But physics calculations give us an idea of what flight there would be like. The upshot is: Your plane would fly pretty well, except it would be on fire the whole time, and then it would stop flying, and then stop being a plane.


Venus is a terrible place.

--Randall Munroe, XKCD's What-if "Interplanetary Cessna"

Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions


"Judge us by our actions"

That's why there's so many people making local backups and looking for an alternative, sir.

You have suffered without red-headed emoji for too long. That changes Tuesday


>I guess more emojis are needed because people can't write anymore? Pretty soon they're will probably be a Twitter for just emojis and no text.<

It worked for the Egyptians for a good long while!


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