* Posts by Mike Moyle

1543 posts • joined 8 Feb 2007

US senators vow to filibuster FBI, er, NSA's domestic, errr, foreign mass spying program

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" 'I'm surprised we're not being allowed an amendment,' said Paul, adding that he objects 'to not being allowed to vote on our reforms.' "

Suddenly Rand Paul is shocked (Shocked, I tell you!) that his party's leadership wants to rush through a bill that screws people over, with no debate or amendment...? Has he not been paying attention? That's been McConnell's M.O. from day one!

Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

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Not sure what it says about the nanny...

That she immediately recognized elk hide.

"2. 30” elkhide flogger"

Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Re: Number! It's the flipping number!!!

Inappropriate use of "amount of..." instead of "number of..." still grates on my nerves, but I've pretty much given up on fighting that battle in order to save my resources for the truly IMPORTANT ones.

...like the Oxford Comma.

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Re: Saccades

"Any "Focus tracking" (if using that approach to try and give acceptable visual image in "focus" area on a system without the pixels / hardware grunt to render all data at high res) will need to handle that as will pixel rendering (with smooth focus change lots of time to prep the hi res pixels at the expected new focus point, with position "jump", need to "instantly" render a new area as the hi res pixel zone."


I have a pretty nasty nystagmus. My eyes "jiggle" constantly, to the degree that, if there is an emergency vehicle with lights flashing by the side of the road, from a distance the first flash may be directly on top of the vehicle but the next may appear to be 10 - 15 feet up and to the right, say, depending on the distance away it is. The closer we get, the closer the flashes are to their actual locations. So, we're talking a couple of degrees of twitch happening several times a second. It's fast enough, and I'm sufficiently accustomed to it, that unless something like flashing lights brings it to my attention I never notice it. On the other hand, something directly in front of my eyes trying to keep up with that and constantly shifting focus to whatever it thinks I'm looking at could end up being a strain on both its hardware and my software!

I wonder if I could rent myself out to VR developers as a test subject...

Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

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Re: Bros before LEOs

I was thinking: "For our definition of 'valid', of course!"

Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

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Re: POLITICS is driving the driverless car

Or, some of us who are disabled and physically CAN'T drive hate having to impose on friends/family or wait for sometimes-overbooked taxi services to get out to places WHERE or at times WHEN the buses don't run and fully self-driving cars would be a godsend.

So please take your "Lib'ruls are coming to take our g̶u̶n̶s̶ cars!" paranoia and shove it!

(Yeah... Everything hurts, I'm going to be standing outside waiting on the buses to and from a doctor's appointment today, and I'm cranky. Deal with it.)

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Is it just me...?

When I see something like "A multi-billion dollar hype built on gullibility, says railway man" my first thought is often "Trains that travel at 40 miles an hour...? Ridiculous! You won't be able to breathe, traveling at that speed!"

Judging the usefulness of future technology solely by the state of today's technology and assuming that "good enough" solutions won't be found if enough people want a particular new capability is just being a mug (or an opportunist with a book to sell), IMO.

WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

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Re: He hasn't been in the news much lately...

"It's probably just another way of to pump up his profile/ego a bit."

Please, Bre'r Fox... Whatever you do, PLEASE don't throw me into that briar patch!!

Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

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KODAKCoi-oi-oin -- It's made with a nice, bright blockchain,

And its usefulness escapes my brain.

But mama, don't take my KODAKCoin away-ay-ay-ay!

You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

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Re: So, 2018 will be the year of the Linux desktop because of Gnome?

"So, exactly how is "apt" (apt-get is obsolete, obviously) any worse than the maze of cryptically-named menu entries you have to navigate through to make Windows update (or, more importantly these days, *not* update)?"

Basically, if you want Linux to become more than a niche OS -- and I'm assuming here that you are comfortable with the command line and likely comfortable building computers and/or modifying system files to get your machine to work just the way you want it -- you need it to meet potential users where THEY are, rather than making them come to where YOU are. Would they be more competent and independent computer users if they knew more about their machine's internals? Probably so, but they wouldn't necessarily be HAPPIER, and people want to use their machines -- be they computers, cars, or cook-stoves -- to perform the tasks that THEY want to do to make themselves happier. There is a reason that most modern microwave ovens come with a "one touch = one minute on high power" button or a "Popcorn" button, as well as the plethora of settings for time, power intensity, etc. It's because most people just want to be able to heat something for three minutes and enjoy it in as easy a manner as possible. It's why car manufacturers figured out how to provide automatic starters, spark-timing, and shifting; because most people just wanted to GO somewhere with minimal effort. The enthusiast who enjoys tinkering under the hood has his place, but he is NOT the mass market. The mass of computer users just want to be able to shop online, email their friends, and maybe see the video of the new grandkid. They don't want to tinker under the hood, they don't want to learn a new language, and -- with rare exceptions -- they don't think that doing either of those will make them happier.

I used to work in tech documentation. Among other gigs, I worked for an -- at the time -- Fortune 400 computer manufacturer, for a networking hardware startup, and for an automobile-security accessory manufacturer. And in literally EVERY case, the project engineers were convinced that their designs were so intuitively obvious that documentation wasn't necessary. (Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed!) People who are highly technically literate in a particular field often forget that not everyone is nor cares to be and often forget their stumbling early days ("It's all so SIMPLE once you get used to it!"). But those latter "I just want to do 'X'," people are the ones who will take a product mass-market. The technical leader -- the explorer -- has to be the first out into the frontier, but if the greater population -- the homesteaders, if you will -- choose not to follow because the explorer insists that the only way to go is on foot with a bedroll, a frying pan, and a knife, the migration into the new land will be stalled before it starts.

That is where the larger take-up of the Linux desktop has stalled. The mass market doesn't want to worry about WHICH "repository" they need to go to to get an application ("A 'repository...?' Isn't that one of those things Gramps used to use when he couldn't go...?"); they want to go to THE app store. The. The One. The Only One. Sneer at the Apple "Walled Garden" all you want but, with their App Store, as long as you know WHAT you want to do, they made it just about as easy to find and get a HOW that'll do it as it is possible to get. And they don't want to know from "dependencies", "SUDO", or anything else that gets between their "what" and their "how"; they just want to do their "what".

Don't assume that they're stupid; in general, they're at least smart enough to judge whether a tool will let them do their what as easily as possible -- by THEIR terms -- and go elsewhere if it won't.

"I ask out of interest, but as I write this, I realise I won't get an interesting answer."

Sorry to be boring.

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Re: So, 2018 will be the year of the Linux desktop because of Gnome?

More to the point:

"Combine a de facto standard desktop with a standard means of packaging applications and you have a platform that's just as easy to develop for as any other, say Windows or macOS."

The real question is, will it be as easy to USE as the others? Because, if the words "apt-get" or "go to the command line and type..." appear anywhere in standard user documentation then we can be fairly sure that "The Year of Linux on the Desktop" will, once again, be "Not This Year".

Soz, guys. No 'alien megastructure' around Tabby's Star, only cosmic dustbunnies

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Re: Dust?

"The new data shows that different colors of light are being blocked at different intensities. Therefore, whatever is passing between us and the star is not opaque, as would be expected from a planet or alien megastructure."

A stained glass Dyson Sphere! Lovely!


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From my source it could serve for either "I got my new assignment -- I'm out of here and it's your problem now," or as "Yeah, it's a really F***ing stupid idea, but that's how $officer (most often -- but not ALWAYS -- a freshly-minted Second Lieutenant) said to do it."

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"TLMYOYO – Tough Luck Mate, You're On Your Own"

A variant of one I learned from a coworker who was former military. I the military lexicon , there were several levels of increasing F***itude:

SNAFU -- (which everyone is familiar with) Situation Normal: All F***ed Up

FUBAR -- (ditto) F***ed Up Beyond All [Repair | Recovery}

FIBYOYO -- (as above) F*** It, Buddy -- You're On Your Own

FIIGMO -- (the level of f***-uppery beyond which there is no other) F*** It; I Got My Orders

Meet R2-DILDO: 'Star Wars' sex toys? This is where the fun begins

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Does the company make a Storm Trooper butt plug?

"These aren't the 'rrhoids you're looking for."

Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

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Re: 'can expect'

"They were forced to include a sunset provision under rules restricting unfunded tax/spending policy changes; there are restrictions on increased spending that isn't funded by increased taxation, and decreased taxation that isn't compensated for by decreased spending."

Let's be clear, here: The expiration of the individual tax cuts was included because, if the total bill threatened to balloon the national debt any MORE than it does, the Republicans couldn't have passed it in a manner that only took a simple majority, but would have required two-thirds of the Senate to approve it, which would have required -- you know -- negotiation with the other party, time for public comment, the risk of filibusters, and all that messy stuff that gets in the way of pushing their agenda.

Now, they COULD have made those cuts permanent and brought the bill in under the cost that triggers full debate, etc., by trimming a couple of percentage points off of the cuts to the highest individual rates and the corporate rates (which are now the only parts that DON'T expire!)...

...but that would have been wrong, I guess.

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Re: Obamacare individual mandate

"I don't want handouts, just let me keep my paycheck. Republicans are getting rid of the Obamacare individual mandate which was literally a tax on people like me who are too poor to afford health insurance."

So, you're willing to die rather than take a "handout" at the ER if you're whacked by a hit-and-run while crossing the street or your appendix bursts or your case of the flu turns into pneumonia?

It's good to know that there are still individualists in the world who won't abandon their beliefs and go whining to the hospitals for free treatment just because they're having a heart attack or because that funny-looking mole turned out to be malignant and metastatic. Go, you!

No, really: Go, you.

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"Oh and don't forget to accuse me of racism, sexism, Islamophobia and whatnot while you're at it."

Nope. just cowardice at being insulting, then not being willing to own your opinions on a website

European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

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Re: US place names inherited from England

"You want to confuse people where you're from in the US? Try 'Buffalo', 'Plymouth', 'Rockford' or 'Rochester'."

Pfff...! Try "Springfield" There are 33 "Springfield"s in the U.S. Add in another 30-some-odd "Springfield Township"s and you've really GOT something! There's a reason that The Simpsons "Everytown" was named Springfield.

US senators rail against effort to sneak through creepy mass spying bill

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"But there has been no time for public debate on those bills."

That seems to be the modus operandi of the McConnell/Ryan Congress: Block public debate on important bills at any cost, vis. the soon-to-be-passed and never-to-be-sufficiently-cursed tax heist. I honestly suspect that it might be possible to draw a graph demonstrating that the more important the bill being considered, the shorter the allowed period for debate, and vice versa.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Re: God bless her...

It's not so much the size of the leak; it's carrying the [teaspoon|bucket] up seven or eight decks from the bilge to dump overboard that takes the bulk of the time!

Kent woman to season festive dinner with her mother's ashes

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Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'

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He said fake NEWS is a sin; there's nothing wrong with fake OLDS!

I mean... Be fair!

Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' is the ghost of Courier laughing mockingly at fanbois

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Courier? Looks more Comic Sans to me.

Murdoch's Fox empire is set to become a literal Mickey Mouse outfit

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Re: FOX News not included in the deal

"FOX News is not included in the deal, nor are several other television channels. This keeps the centrist news channel out of the hands of ultra-left-wing Disney."

Now THAT'S comedy!

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"Bob Iger, chief exec of Disney, whose tenure is being guaranteed until 2021 as a result of the deal, said in a canned quote: 'We’re honoured and grateful that Rupert Murdoch has entrusted us with the future of businesses he spent a lifetime building.' ”

I'll bet he DIDN'T say that.

Is the "...honoured..." El Reg's response to all the Brit readers complaining about USian spellings creeping over their garden walls or did the Disney press release really use the superfluous "u"?

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I assume that Fox "News" and such aren't included because Disney already owns the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) network, which owns 8 stations on its own dime, and serves 230-some-odd affiliate stations -- making it the largest broadcaster by station-count in the country -- and figures that adding MORE stations might invite more anti-trust scrutiny that it's ALREADY going to get.

(Also, ABC's national news operation is generally pretty centrist and well respected by all but the most partisan viewers and critics and why would they want to risk that by stirring Fox "News" into the pot?)

Tenable's response to folks upset at AWOL features: A 150-emails-a-minute spam storm

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Damn! You beat me to it! Have a virtual pint!

Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

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Re: "Medical Comforts"

For a cold, I generally use (and recommend) a mug of strong tea with a dollop of honey and a large shot of rum in it.

The hot beverage clears the head, the honey soothes the throat, and whatever symptoms those don't get rid of, the rum makes you dig having.

New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Re: How many battery "breakthroughs" is that this year?

"Doubling/tripling/quadrupling capacity? Really?"

Sure! It's absolutely possible. It's like with my uncle Jake, during the gas crisis of the '70s, who bought one of every gasoline-saving gadget that was advertised in Popular Mechanics one month. By his calculation they saved him a combined total of 125% of his gas. The only problem he had was needing to stop every 50 miles to drain his gas tank.

Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

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Re: And the saying holds true

I was actually thinking: “A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.” ― George Bernard Shaw

Euro Patent Office ignores ruling and refuses entry to vindicated judge

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Re: Sources?

You're Benoit Battistelli and I claim my £5!

Looking through walls, now easier than ever

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Re: Faraday+?

"Also, tin foil underwear to match the hat. Faraday Bloomers. Kickstarter ahoy!"

Shouldn't that be Knickstarter?

Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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"The Ghost Inside" - Broken Bells

"Ghost Man On Third" - Taking Back Sunday

"The Ghost in You" - The Psychedelic Furs

"Push The Ghosts" - The Twang

"Ghost Rider" - Rush

"The Ghost of Love" - Simply Red

O Christmas wreath, O Christmas wreath, thy potent skunk's in bunches

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And for the added holiday color...

The Cherenkov radiation given off as these disappear from front doors at faster-than-light speeds add a festive glow to the neighborhood!

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the failest mobe of all?

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Re: Looking at the Android app crashes

"Neither group reported performance problems."

Well, it's not really the sort of thing that one would talk about in casual conversation, is it...?

Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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Re: Health Risk?

Am I the only person who buys shirts with pockets? I simply can't imagine carrying my phone where it's difficult to get at when I'm sitting on the bus/at the office/relaxing at home.

Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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Re: Alternate subhead:

Well, Apple isn't baisé yet, so...

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Alternate subhead:

Mademoiselle from Arm-Intel, Parlez-vous...?

Germany slaps ban on kids' smartwatches for being 'secret spyware'

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Alternate subhead:

"We're the government! We have a MONOPOLY on spying!"

$232m blockchain startup Tezos faces sueballs for alleged investor fraud

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"Alejandro, of Sanford, Florida, claims to have invested about 53.0799 in Ethereum tokens (worth about $17,347.22, according to court documents)..."

Right. He should have kept his money in Ethereum where it would have been perfectly safe!

Fake news ‘as a service’ booming among cybercrooks

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"Mentions of these sites and services across criminal forums have increased increased fourfold in just two years from 418 in 2015 to 1381 in 2017 so far, Digital Shadows reported."

Makes you wonder if the purveyors are using their own tools to boost their online footprint in order to appear more popular and effective to prospective customers.

Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

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"Supposing Donald Trump were secretly banging Vladimir Putin on the Oval Office desk."

Putin would be the Top in that relationship, surely!

'It's back to the drawing board...' Innocent axions found not guilty of dark matter crimes

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I try not to think about what a truly infinite universe means, because the concept of an infinite number of J.J. Abramses terrifies me.

Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Re: When will they learn

"I severly doubt that this method will ever be used in the real world, though it's an interesting demonstration of the technique."

Most people, it appears, are thinking in terms of theft and resale of the phone. OTOH, could a 3D scan of a face be conducted at the same time that a mug-shot is taken? Because, at that point, the police/random TLA have a photo with the requisite feature bits that correspond perfectly to the 3D map AND possession of your phone.

The future possibilities inherent in 4-color 3D printing, and the knock-on effects of that are left as an exercise for the reader.

Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Re: the vast majority of terrorist incidents world wide are linked to Islam

"How many western countries currently have the death penalty for apostasy or homosexuality or adultery?"

The Dominionists leading the ever-rightward push in the Republican party are salivating at the possibility of doing exactly that in the U.S.. If the Democrats can't get their act together, expect it in about ten years.

Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

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The next stage in AI:

Alexa, Siri, and Bixby spend all night arguing about what they're going to listen to.

Jet packs are real – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

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Re: Flying is the easy bit...

"Landing gently however, is more tricky..."

"That's that 'superhero landing'... It's hell on the knees!"

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