* Posts by Mike Moyle

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From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes

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Maybe the funding problems could have been solved by charging a small fee for recommending/voting for "Celebrity Conscripts"™ to make up the first shipload of colonists. The pool of has-been/wanna-be/never-were celebs, politicians, "lawyers to the stars", and people famous just for being famous ought to nourish the soil... er... that is... should begin the colonization process heroically, and the "poll tax" for voting ought to cover the costs of the cardboard and old string for the rocket quite well, eh, Moriarty...?

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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I read that title as"WetWork restructuring..." and was reminded of a couple of places I worked while they were on their last legs. Management infighting could get fierce!

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Re: Critical Mass?

It's terrible if there's a break in the cocoa-tinuum --the powder spills out all over the counter.

Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears

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Re: Well, still an idiot

"They did retain yesyesyes.org. Both it and yesyesyes.com reference the same IP (in the Amazon cloud)..."

So, they swing both ways. That's nice.

Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'

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Re: As we get older...

"(A)pparently there is/was a widespread superstition that making a will brings forward your demise."

Based on some families that I'm aware of, it may not be pure superstition.

Thanks for all those data-flow warnings, UK.gov. Now let's talk about your own Brexit prep. Yep, just as we thought

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"We have identified key communication milestones and are developing messaging with specific calls to action for IT readiness in each project's communication plan."

Wow; that is some PRIMO horse-pucky, that is!

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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Re: In Other News

"....So the Great Fires of 2020 will be caused by simultaneous battery explosions in different locations of the same city?"

Self-driving car bombs for the terrorist who doesn't want to become a martyr just quite yet.

Ad-tech industry: GDPR complaint is like holding road builders to account for traffic violations

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Re: Road builder? They are just like those putting ad panels along highways and renting them

"I don't think, for example, they could install plate readers into panels to identify who passes in front of them, and how often, and at what speed, and then sell those data to customer buying the ads space."

For gods' sake; DON'T GIVE THEM IDEAS!!!!!!!

Judge! snuffs! Yahoo!'s attempt! to! settle! 2013! megahack! class-action!

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"Among the holes the judge shot in the proposed deal was a lack of accounting for exactly how much money would go into the settlement and how the various costs were adding up. She notes that no total figure was presented for the settlement, and that the deal doesn't explain how the costs for credit monitoring service, administration of the settlement payouts, or service of notices would be calculated. Without that information, Koh says, it is impossible to decide if the customers are getting a fair deal."

<Yahoo!> "First you complain because we didn't keep things secret, NOW you complain that we ARE keeping things secret! Would you MAKE UP YOUR MIND!??!"</Yahoo!>

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos

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Re: Super rich don't pay salaries either

@ bombastic bob

"One that remains (for good or ill), "charitable deductions", is typically exploited by people like GEORGE SOROS to fund his political influence all over the USA ('media matters' and 'moveonorg' and whatnot). So taxpayers are LITERALLY paying for HIS politics..."

Even worse than Soros is Sheldon Adelson. He's worth about 4-1/2 Soroses and spends WAY more on pushing his radical ideology.

Funny, you never mention him.

Never.

Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads

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Re: T-t-t-toolay?

Later to be known as Antepenultimate Thule.

...Then, possibly Preantepenultimate Thule.

US comms watchdog's industry-friendly 5G rules challenged by fresh legislation

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"America's comms watchdog – the FCC..."

We had a watchdog like that when I was growing up.

Dad always maintained that dog would watch someone take everything in the place.

Bipartisan Kumbaya: President Trump turns Obama's open govt data policy into law

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Does the "Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act" have anything in it that actually requires Congress to make evidence-based policy?

...or ban Congress from forbidding certain researches which might provide evidence for that "evidence-based policy" by federal agencies or organizations receiving federal funds?

I'm guessing that the answer to both questions is "no".

EDGAR Wrong: Ukrainians hacked SEC, stole docs for inside trading, says Uncle Sam

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It would have been an interesting sting if, shortly before a date where some big companies announce their results, the SEC had gone to them and worked with them to upload doctored reports to EDGAR. Reports get stolen, buys/sells are made based on the reports, real reports come out, and the crooks take a bath.

Hilarity ensues, except for Mssrs. Ieremenko and Radchenko who now have very pissed-off customers with very long memories looking for them.

Reg Standards Bureau introduces the Devon fatberg as coastal town menaced by oily blob

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Re: Fosters

Ah-h-h-h-h-h... Fosters! I remember back in the day when it first came commonly available in the States that you'd get the occasional frat-boy or other slope-neck who was used to chugging, say, a Budweiser and then smashing the can on his forehead try to show off his studliness by doing the same with a Fosters oilcan.

It generally ended about the way you (but apparently not HE!) would expect.

Funny as hell seeing a guy walking around campus on a Monday morning with huge bruise-ring on his forehead, though!

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Re: But seriously though...

"...what they hell do we do with half a bottle of well-out-of-date rapeseed oil? "

Stick a wick in it and make an emergency oil lamp?

Do you drive a diesel? Toss it in the tank; used rapeseed oil is commonly used as biodiesel.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Re: Market "too emotional?"

I took that "Market is too emotional" comment to be referring to the STOCK market, where everyone seems to be hyperthyroid on quick returns and anything more than five quarters out is considered "long-term planning".

Border guards probe 'suspicious bulge' in man's trousers to find he's packing fluffies

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Other than something about "KitKat" and a "package manager"... I got nothin'.

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

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Re: Great for this Engineer

"I shall forthwith change my job title to Software Artist."

Why? Don't you WANT to be able to earn a living?

(signed)

A Graphic Designer

(because people will pay slightly more for a Graphic Designer than a Graphic Artist)

New Horizons probe reveals Ultima Thule is huge, spinning... chicken drumstick?

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Re: Scratch one conspiracy theory..

"...if we find something further out, does it get renamed Penultimate Thule?"

Followed later by Antepenultimate Thule?

...then Preantepenultimate Thule?

I mean -- There's a LOT of stuff out there!

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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Pre-cooke and vacuum-sealed in a plastic sleeve. It will keep almost indefinitely at room temperature. Can be microwaved crispy (out of the sleeve) in 10 - 20 seconds in a microwave. Not a great bacon but when I just want some quick bacon bits for, e.g., making a salad edible or whipping up a peanut butter and bacon sandwich, it's quite acceptable.

One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future

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Re: Economists favouring repeal of net neutrality

"Economists are in favour of things that are good for the economy, not necessarily good for consumers."

Or for -- you know -- "people", as opposed to "consumers" (economic units).

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

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Stories from "Matthew" and "Mark" this week...?

Considering the season, you couldn't find stories from "Luke" and "John" to fill out a four-pack this week?

Or are you saving them for closer to the day?

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

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

...to put the burden of covering underserved areas on the backs of "unsubsidized ISPs", maybe that could drop their objections to local and regional governments setting up municipal broadband systems.

Yea-a-a-ah... Didn't think so.

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

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"I have a HTC wildfire that's fully working oh and it takes micro SD cards allowing it to be still used as a high capacity walkman and a handy back up phone. Can you put a Micro SD in an iphone 4 which was released at the same time ?

"Oh and my s2 galaxy is still going strong thanks."

Are they both running the latest Android system -- WITHOUT modding/jailbreaking? Because, as noted in the article, the Apple 6 is. The ability to keep up with security/functionality updates is a big issue for some of us. (Note: I have several Apple computers and an iPad, all of which are fully up-to-date, system-software-wise (My previous desktop was a Mirrored Drive Door G4 duallie that I used for ten years or so, or about two years after they stopped posting security updates for PPC systems.) My phone is a Samsung S8, updated from my old S3 because that one was no longer seeing updates and felt like it was slowing down, and I felt that I had better ways to spend my leisure time than fiddle-farting around with the internals. YMMV.

Adobe Flash zero-day exploit... leveraging ActiveX… embedded in Office Doc... BINGO!

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"Adobe Flash zero-day exploit... leveraging ActiveX… embedded in Office Doc..."

Sounds like a player's guess in that new fun-for-the-whole-family game "(Haven't A) Clue"!

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Re: People are just assuming Apple's app ban was the reason

Exactly! Tumblr.com is still available on the web, so the only rationale for the ban is to get the dedicated "go to our site only" app back on the Apple store.

Were I the suspicious and cynical sort of individual (which, of course, I'm not!) I might think that Tumblr didn't want to lose the "walled garden" of having people accessing their website through an app that doesn't remind them that there are other content-serving sites out there.

Dog with 'psychotic tendencies' escapes home to poop on his neighbours' pillows

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"...an apologetic Rick Didham exposed his Bichon Frise-Shih Tzu cross, Jack..."

A "Bichon Frise / Shits-You cross", surely!

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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Well, sounds like it was probably a typical frozen slab-of-cardboard-with-tomato-sauce-on-it thing, so probably not that great a loss.

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"I remember reading an article recently suggesting that this approach is being frequently used to set-up "pop-up" brothels."

I've assumed for a while that that's how porn movies get cheap shooting locations these days.

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Re: It always pays to carry a Micro-Uzi in a shoulder holster

We haven't risen against the robber capitalists, who are the ones actually screwing people over; I doubt the government has much to worry about.

Forget DeepFakes. This robo-Rembrandt with AI for brains is not bad at knocking off paintings

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As others have noted above, getting the brush strokes right will be the important thing in duplicating art styles; and not just modern art -- my recollection from my art history classes in college is that "Rembrandt" (or whomever) used his paints texturally in, e.g., The Man in the Golden Helmet. Getting the AI to recognize when a color boundary in a photograph is due to pigmentation or shadow depth will, IMO, be a big step.

To find out where the technology really is at any given point in time, give an AI a really big 3D printer and a photo of a Jackson Pollack painting and see what it can do.

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe

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Re: The problem is that Apple is double-dipping

"I'm an Android fanboi because of things like fdroid, which sells open source apps only, and compiles them from source itself, so you can look at the source of the app you're running."

And, if that's what floats your boat, that's fine. The vast majority of the rest of the world has very little skill at vetting source code, and far less interest in wasting their leisure time doing so. It helps to remember that, statistically speaking, in terms of interest and ability in such things the majority of regular El Reg readers are outliers

Bordeaux-no! Wine guzzling at UK.gov events rises 20%

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"so you might say there's been something of a Cabernet reshuffle.

You should burn in hell for that..."

I knew someone would jump on that, just as shiraz you're born!

Thank $deity that week's over. Look, here's some trippy music generated from pixels of a Martian sunrise to play us out

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I was thinking that it had that bass-line drone, but it's no "Also Sprach Zarathustra".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0z_8Gj7wgE

FCC Commissioner slams San Jose mayor for not approving 5G cells… then slams him for approving them

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I'm told that there is an old Russian proverb:

"Whether water is fresh or water is salty, shit floats."

Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

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Re: Odd middle ground

"A tablet is a media consumption device with a bigger screen than a phone, that is all. Useless for productivity, despite the best marketing efforts of Apple and Microsoft.

Horseshit. That may be all it is for YOU, but I can go to a client's site, take photos, make sketches with pro-level art tools (Serif Software Affinity Photo, which I also use on the desktop, since I don't feel like renting Adobe Photoshop), create a quote and email it all in a PDF to a client before I get back to the office. I can troubleshoot relatives' computer problems (being the family geek) remotely with Team Viewer. I can even type long-form text files on the screen -- not being a touch-typist, the lack of a physical keyboard is utterly immaterial to me (although I, at least, have the intellectual honesty to admit that something that I have no need for MIGHT be crucial to someone else!) -- and being able to look at the keyboard AND the output on-screen at the same time works well for me.

Now, it's true that I spend a lot of my leisure time using my iPad (9.7") and my Samsung Tab 4 (7") for consuming content -- try reading with severely nearsighted sixty-mumble-year-old eyes on a moving city bus on a laptop or phone! -- but saying that that's ALL a tablet could POSSIBLY be useful for is just flat-out wrong. I can't drive so, for instance, I might consider a motorcycle to be a frivolous toy, good only for cruising around for amusement. But I had a friend years ago who couldn't afford a car, so rode her motorcycle year-round -- including in New England winters -- to get to her third-shift job after the busses stopped running at night. For me, a motorcycle had no use case -- for her, it most certainly DID.

There are myriad people who have use-cases different from yours or mine. Many of them may be niche cases -- as I will admit MINE is -- but, when you come right down to it, EVERY individual is a niche case and if you can fill a lot of niches, you can have a solid industry.

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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Re: It’s all a conspiracy

** I'm not sure a probe could get around his head.

From today, it's OK in the US to thwart DRM to repair your stuff – if you keep the tools a secret

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I'm expecting to see ads for "Novelty 'Hacker Costume' Toolkits (For novelty, costume purposes only!)" for sale in the back pages of Popular Mechanics and PC World magazines soon.

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Re: DRM didn't protect anything, ever.

"It's rather amusing when studios threaten the large ISPs/Telcos, as the latter companies could solve the problem permanently by BUYING the studios with small change from down the back of the sofa..."

Comcast tried that with Fox. Didn't work. Maybe they should have used a bigger sofa.

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

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Perhaps Norman would have been more accepting, had you written: "And so we will formally need to, erm (sic), give notice that we're changing the shutdown date in December."

...Norman seems a sic sort of individual.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: TheUnregister

"Julian himself would be the first to defend a person's right to freedom of expression."

...unless it inconvenienced or prejudiced HIS interests; then it's right out!

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/wikileaks-assange-complains-hes-victim-of-leaks/articleshow/7139648.cms

Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

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Since these were "leaked" and are now found being used in the wild...

... the NSA can claim plausible deniability for the listed attacks on Russian, Iranian, and Egyptian nuke and aerospace targets.

(...or that's what I'd think if I was a cynical and suspicious sort of person.)

(...which, of course, I'm not.)

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Re: hyprocrites

"The keyboard warriors here who lack the same level of courage or morals should be ashamed. Things are this bad because no one else stepped up to the plate."

...says the AC.

Who SAYS irony is dead?

What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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Re: 6 downvotes and counting

"Reminds me of an old joke. You know why rich people drive Jags, but REALLY rich people drive Bentleys ? Well, everyone can own ONE expensive car, but maintaining a rolling fleet of three and having a mechanic on the payroll is what real money is for..."

A friend owns and operates an auto service company here in the States that specializes in Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Land Rovers, and Jaguars, as well as Mercedes and BMWs. He has often said "If you know 30 people who own British cars, you've got a reliable monthly income."

Google taking action against disguised code in Chrome Web Store

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Re: Unreadable code

"As the number of developers approaches infinity, the likelihood that bad code will be misidentified as obfuscated code approaches 1."

Well, if Google can't tell the difference and bans both of them then, really, everybody wins, right?

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Welcome to the club!

Lesson learned: NEVER decide to "clean up some old files" at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon. You WILL look for shortcuts and it WILL bite you on the ass.

This was back in the mid-'80s, while I was using/adminning Unix boxen with a "Beginner's Guide to Unix", or some such, in hand because -- while I was the Art Department's tech-geekiest member -- I was not a programmer. Fortunately we were a beta site for the machines so;

A -- Having called the vendor Friday to announce my stupidity, our rep was in on Monday morning before I even got there, re-installing the system and recovering the work files, and;

B -- A short time later, the company updated the software to include a GUI for admin tasks, taking the command line out of the hands of fumble-fingered amateurs. (Gee, I wonder what inspired THAT decision...?)

Sunny Cali goes ballistic, this ransomware is atrocious. Even our IT bill will be something quite ferocious

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Re: "Never forget your (insert name of weapon system here) was made by the lowest bidder"

"If the Congresscritters thought it would save a few cents they would probably demand the Navy manage with a couple of abacuses between the fleets..."

Not true! They'd only do that if they had abacus manufacturers in their districts (who were major contributors).

Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

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Re: "Why do people still use Chrome?"

"Won't be long before I do buy a tin-foil hat.."

Buy?! But then they'll know you have one!

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