* Posts by Phukov Andigh

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The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

Phukov Andigh

the real irony

is people who believe WTC was "an inside job" with staged explosives, planned takeovers and a massive coverup, say that having an American version of the Blue Helmet Guy is impossible. People who make a fortune in new contributions and off of improved coverage due to anti gun rants after every massacre, surely wouldn't ever do anything nasty to make more and more money and influence? But those "other guys" will secretly start whole wars and blow up buildings to do the same?

Either both or none. Political party affiliation doesn't guarantee some sort of nobility and superior ethics. Often the louder a party virtue signals, the worse they truly are.

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A game to 'vaccinate' people against fake news? Umm... Fake news

Phukov Andigh

the "tap's been opened" for DECADES

so why all of a sudden are people and organizations pretending to be concerned?

Any bets on how fast this concern will vaporize in about 3 years?

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PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner

Phukov Andigh

simple

mobile is for consumption.

desktop is for production.

as the worldwide Idiocracy grows and more people need to watch more slideshows on their social media platform to find out what to be Outraged Next about, naughty selfies from nigerian scammers, and an app to figure out what is the politically correct way to hang the bog roll (roll from the front, natch), of course there will be a higher percentage of sales of "consume" devices.

Those who actually produce, not simply modify someone else's work, still need large screen real estate, the ability to handle lots of processes at once, multiple input and storage options, severe number crunching power, and the ability to modify how their system functions.

Which you're not gonna do while wrapped in a hoodie, gaze down, ears blocked by headphones, thumbing away whilst standing on the tube getting to your Next Big Startup job.

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Timeout everyone. Y'all know that Musk's $500 'flamethrower' is literally a Boring blowtorch?

Phukov Andigh

Feb 6?

crap I may be on the road all day! gonna need to know when to pull over to watch the livestream.

as for hype, I didn't even realize this was a "thing" other than one mention a couple of days ago that I took for a hoax.

Oh well.

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When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa

Phukov Andigh

Finally!

a technological reason to tell the youth to "turn that sh*te down!"

I wonder how long until "pirated" audio or video tracks start "phoning home"?

Phishing with music files "traded" amongst associates?

with some of the craptacular techno modified stuff out there, would one ever know till it was too late?

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Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city

Phukov Andigh

good call

I wouldn't live here if my job didn't tie me here. I can't even imagine trying to run a corporate HQ here.

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Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

Phukov Andigh

thats because you cannot effectively monetize or sell non hardware solutions. Not much geekery when there's a product to be sold, its marketing in the front and the "this would be cool" techies in the back

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Phukov Andigh

this is why

this is why you should never use WiFi for FPV. 5.7ghz or go home :)

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

Phukov Andigh

welcome to the "gig economy" "its an app" life

like Uber, you run an "app" that "disrupts" by having everyone else provide the services and take the risks while skimming off the top, you get to "own" the problems caused by those "providers".

Seems the terms "disruptive" and "exploitative" mean the same thing in "App" and "Startup" land

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Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist

Phukov Andigh

what a f'd up situation

this dude's story changed more times than the average polician's stories about their mistresses. Maybe he's ready to run for office now. A little "dead woman at your hands" means you "owe everything" to whomever gets you in office, too.

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

Phukov Andigh

wow!

Stop the presses! we've got a real CSI level Investigator Nanny right here. Specializes in fetish psychology, finance, pediatric medicine, and RF hardware expert!

Get rid of that Mueller guy, defund the FBI, Agent Nanny is on the case!

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America's drone owner database is baaaack! Just in time for Xmas

Phukov Andigh

the big fallacy:

that "registration" equals "safety". At the very best, in the aftermath, you can "assign blame" but registration prevents nothing.

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So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means

Phukov Andigh

so, say you have gone "full Agile"

are you really doing anything "better" for your company, your customers both internal and external? Or did you simply give more MBA's stuff to do?

you can redesign a shovel every month but aside from advertising something new in Tacticool Gear Monthly, you and the other shovel manufacturers haven't really changed how well anyone digs.

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Hey, we've toned down the 'destroying society' shtick, Facebook insists

Phukov Andigh

Re: facebook eventually imploding.

upvote for Asher mention.tho perhaps this is what happens *after* the AI wars. FB is the means to keep humanity from realizing we lost? :) Paging Agent Cormac to the white courtesy phone!

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HMS Queen Lizzie formally joins the Royal Navy

Phukov Andigh

epitome of class, decorum, and what a Leader should be

Glad to see such a vessel named after such a Lady.

this is why us Yanks are so keen to "steal" your Prince Harry/ "Captain Wales" :)

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The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

Phukov Andigh

counterproductive.

so think about it. If you WERE suicidal, and you KNOW youve got some creepy system "looking" for you, what do you do?

you STOP using that system. You censor yourself. you WITHDRAW.

even the belief such a system is in place will keep those most likely to actually kill themselves (as opposed to attention whores and drama queens and politics driven fearmongers) will NOT want some system interfering.

The ones we need to reach the most, will not be there to reach. that last link to the outside world they may have maintained, will be self-cut.

Tho maybe FB is looking more for potential people who will be LEAVING FB. Ive heard deleting accounts called "facebook suicide" a bunch of times. When I killed my first account, I had people I knew in meatspace get all "concerned" like I'd already tried "down the road not across the street".

And that is really creepy. Cutting oneself from an ad spam political/emotional manipulation machine is considered BAD in today's society? Yikes.

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

Phukov Andigh

One guy, a criminal for shutting down incompetence

another, a hero.

Why can't we get some consistency here? BOFH's Unite!

Sysadmins Against Incompetence.

But lock out one PHB in San Francisco and it's jail time. Mess with a Federal officer, and youve got job offers.

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Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

Phukov Andigh

and only electric CARS

you don't get 7.5K on an electric motorcycle either. which if we really wanted to cut congestion (and lower long term health care expenses lol) we'd allow that large subsidy for EV motorbikes. Organs for everyone! :)

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Phukov Andigh

to be fair

they had electric cars for over a hundred years, but the Big Three have not carried anything in their sales line or been doing any continuous development until relatively recently.

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Phukov Andigh

LOL

anyone able to afford a Tesla spends more than 7.5K on breakfasts and lattes on their work commute in a year or two. Pretending that amount caused serious problems and not the numerous other difficulties, both technical and personnel, is a real stretch bordering on partisan pandering.

when you're laying out over $60K USD on a *secondary* car, when your mortgage is well over a half million, and your annual vacations are overseas and over a week long, you don't stop a big purchase because of a sale ending-instead your buy SOONER.

So if there were really a belief that subsidy cuts were happening, people wanting a Tesla would run out and buy earlier, driving sales and value up. If they're not, its because they didn't really want a Tesla anyway and are looking for an excuse to buy something else. If that's the case, the problem is a lot deeper and 100% a Tesla corporate problem.

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Subsidy-guzzling Tesla's Model 3 volumes a huge problem – Wall St man

Phukov Andigh

Re: Guzzling?

so now that there IS a Leaf and others, why continue the subsidies?

the "goal" is completed. Everything after the Model S is merely transferring money without generating any significant engineering. Paying for what is essentially "marketing" or "changing driver's minds about what an EV is" could be done a lot cheaper by hiring ad agencies instead of helping the wealthiest Silicon Valley residents get a 100K car for 80K.

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Facebook vows to double staff with new cadre of Net Police

Phukov Andigh

Re: Facebook is finished

if what you listed was just all that Facebook hosted, I would actually be more inclined to keep it going.

when its used to manipulate public opinion, spread hate, lies, and politics (redundant I know) and sell product, thats where more and more users WANT it to fail

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Tesla hits Model 3 production speed bumps, slides to loss

Phukov Andigh

I live less than 5 miles from the factory

only saw my first Model 3 "in the wild" yesterday.

Took almost that long from "we're in full production" until I saw a Model X on the road or on the lot too.

Or seeing any loading up on trucks to ship out.

What's that giant gridwork of pipes they're building? it looks more like a chemical processing plant than construction or office space framwork

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US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

Phukov Andigh

if the old card game taught me anything

it's the Girl Scouts who are behind it all. The cookies are merely the front and funding!

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

Phukov Andigh

Re: In the follow up..

that's what I had been expecting the outcome to be. BOFH outmaneuvered me too! Bravo! :)

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Phukov Andigh

I must be losing it

I couldn't figure out the BOFH's game, kept looking for some sort of "accident"! Loved the real motivations!

this is gonna be one of the BOFH's Greatest Hits.

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

Phukov Andigh

we don't fuel gas cars at home

so why the insistence on recharging electrics at home? a large battery/supercap bank on a ubiquitous corner "filling station" right along major electrical supply lines would allow more efficient charging and no worries about datasets and potentially millions of homes needing to update charging technology whenever standards change. No worries about intrusive systems to figure out "which power is used for the car so it can be taxed separately" schemes.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

Phukov Andigh

Re: Why or why?

have you actually HEARD the P180? it is the loudest (and has very unique sonic signature) twin turboprop Ive ever witnessed coming in our out of SJ Mineta. Even the (also twin turboprop) Rutan Starship is quieter by a noticeable amount. Only seen that one twice.

turboshaft engines are light. electric motors can be close. But batteries still weigh more than kerosene. which means less cargo, higher wing loading, etc. Engineering challenges mostly but the biggest challenge is the bean counting. Not sure what technology is in the current or near state of the art that'll fix that. :(

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

Phukov Andigh

when all you have is Climate Panic

every problem becomes on of Creating Climate Panic. Climate Panic the coloring book, Climate Panic the T shirt! Climate Panic the Flamethrower! (kids really love this one!)

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Vid game's easiest level makes players white, hardest level makes them black

Phukov Andigh

explains a lot

is that why the game has been delayed almost a year from its previously announced release date? some retail sources refunded their preorders. Me, I'm still waiting for October release

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Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election

Phukov Andigh

great what's next?

getting my IT news from El Reg is gonna be called "foreign influence" soon? They can have my BOFH when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!

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Unable to give up on life on Mars, bio-boffins now thrilled to find boron

Phukov Andigh

so a fuel source?

boron based fuels created locally for higher performance aerial vehicles?

or is this all just leftover from the Martian interplanetary cannon? :P

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

Phukov Andigh

how do you say

"bullsh*t" in Swedish? Because that's what is going on here.

His excuses are about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.....

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US military gets authority to shoot down citizens' small drones

Phukov Andigh

No worries here!

I'm such a sh*tty pilot that I'll crash myself before the battery runs out. No need for ballistic assistance

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Fox News fabricated faux news with Donald Trump, lawsuit claims

Phukov Andigh

wasn't there a lawsuit claiming Obama was hiding UFOs?

the existence of a lawsuit, and statements by the individual or attorney supporting it, do not necessarily lend credibility to the cause of that lawsuit.

Will there be worldwide coverage if the lawsuit fails to be heard or fails in court? Did we bring up all the silly litigation that every president suffers brought on by flat eathers, pro enviro, anti enviro, anti military, pro militiary and every other cause with an axe to grind or attention to gain?

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USA to screen tablets,
e-readers and handheld games before they fly

Phukov Andigh

I apologize in advance..

for the delay I'm gonna be causing at SFO in a couple months. I'll be carrying ALL THE ELECTRONICS muahahaha. Well everything but the cell phones for the whole family. I'm already prepared for the strip search bwahahaha

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BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY

Phukov Andigh

wonder if the BOFH acted prematurely

having a bunch of these desks wouldve guaranteed epic mayhem.

and I'm kinda disappointed the PFY wasn't really developing this thing solely as a "trap" for beancounters and HR folks anyway.

best thing to do would wait until orders were paid for, then extort what's due. And enjoy the chaos

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Nest security camera captures landlord's romp on tenants' bed

Phukov Andigh

I suspect, that this sort of thing isnt that terribly uncommon-the tresspassing anyway. Had a landlady that was notoriously nosy, who seemed to know a LOT about the habits of tenants, and seemed to enjoy hinting at the fact.

When one didn't have a means to record such intrusions, one couldn't prove anything to legal satisfaction, but those that complained, got evicted.

People with some of their kids' toys "missing" and then sometimes seeing her kids running around with suspiciously similar items a couple days later, same deal.

I tried leaving a long running tape recorder, but that either ran out, or eventually, disappeared. Would've killed for technology that sent images offsite but 20 odd years ago, dialup was all there was. and even digital still cameras were out of range for price for most people

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US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

Phukov Andigh

No need

I could and did get more from their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Everyone showing off how "woke" they are. Making sure everyone knows it too. otherwise there wouldn't be any real point would there?

Most of these people flew in, which means they gave TSA every bit of critical personal information needed just to get their tickets. Credit cards linked to finances to pay for it all. And those that drove in, license plates and drivers license info clears the rest.

This is just more screaming for more attention. Often while burning more of the same oil they pretend to oppose. Which in a few years, when the tribe whose land this was NOT on and NOT getting paid finally does, there will be echoing silence as the Tribal Council rakes in the cash.

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Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

Phukov Andigh

lots of fools with lots of money

and still easily parted. "Ironically" of course. Bet if one did demographics they'd find most backers are under 30, no kids and live within deep urban centers and have less time being employed than they've spent in college.

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

Phukov Andigh

all about that sweet, sweet government money

talks about solar power and batteries across the country, because he hopes to be the sole provider of both. Talks of hyperloop whenever stock prices of either Solar City or Tesla are suffering. More of the same from the same

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

Phukov Andigh

we have those in a mall around here

watching them take 30 seconds or more to "recalculate" when a bunch of kids run by them, was disappointing.

It also failed to react to a Sonic Screwdriver toy, nor to standing behind it playing "EXTERMINATE!" from a sound effect file on my phone. I even offered it a jelly baby.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

Phukov Andigh

and here we pay out of pocket to get the BBC

so to get BBC content, we Americans pay out of pocket, sometimes getting extra cable "packages" of crap to get the channel we want, and put up with a small amount of ads for the privilege.

Seems that the BBC could survive on the same thing if people who wanted it were paying for it over there too. No need for a tax, which always means your content becomes polluted and controlled with Politics when politics pay the bills.

That Dirk Gently TV series was brilliant BTW, want to see more like that over here!

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What can you do with adult VR, some bronze gears and a robotic thumb? On a Friday?

Phukov Andigh

Mr. Dabbs has revealed to us, The Future

...and it frightens me! :P

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

Phukov Andigh

you can't fix

what is broken by its very business model.

It's like thinking you can improve Street Prostitution by firing a couple pimps. When the whole thing is based on unlicensed "contractors" trying to undercut licensed industry and passing ALL the expense onto the "contractor" after "the app" takes a cut, you've got nothing left if you "fix" it.

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US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed

Phukov Andigh

Procurement Choices and Pork

so someone explain why Lockheed (and it's Raytheon and California connections to politicians in procurement committees) won out over Boeing's offering that flew and translated between VTOL and level flight long before this aircraft did?

Oh wait, I already answered that. Not enough Washington State politicos in Congressional positions of military procurement oversight.

Too bad blame always goes towards the military that buys the stuff and not the politicians who force them to choose it. One group gets reelected on a "look how stupid the military is" platform, the other becomes the scapegoat for all civilian government decisions.

Aircraft was a bodge from day one. But politics pushed it through anway. No surprise it remains a bodge.

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Worried about election hacking? There's a technology fix – Helios

Phukov Andigh

Re: No, elections don't work this way

I'm not worried about boxes shifting, since my campaign manager can keep finding more ballots in the trunk (boot) of his car for each recount!

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Phukov Andigh

Re: No need for something needlessly complex like Helios

on the flip side, we *encourage* people to vote who don't care enough about issues to do any research or even, after decades, bother to get even basic ID (or so they claim to avoid any sort of election fraud prevention).

If knowing ID is needed for voting and 20 or 30 years later you still couldn't stop off once for a free ID, then is letting that person vote better than forcing everyone who DOES have ID to vote?

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

Phukov Andigh

so yet another

incompatible, "platform exclusive" system to do what the other Big 3 are already doing.

But I still find a few games on one system that I'd love to play, but isn't available on others.

Had to decide on which had the most titles available when I decided to go "console" for more casual gaming, since I wasn't ready to upgrade the PC for another year and it was having a hard time playing the AAA titles I enjoy-plus the PC is upstairs where lack of central AC means "too hot to play in the summer" so wanted to be downstairs on The Big TV. Went with Sony because it had some newer versions of old favorites.

Can't aim with a gamepad worth sh*t. Will be attempting to use some sort of keyboard/mouse emulator soon. And no, I don't do multiplayer so "cheating" isn't a concern.

But as a videogame junkie, I still don't see the business case, nor consumer/gamer value, of yet *another* console offering. And I'm one of those guys who bought a nVidia Shield.

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Google plans to scrub 'inflammatory' and terror vids from youTube

Phukov Andigh

Re: Iraq redux

because the Official News Organ Of Record is publishing those videos, silly! so it Can't Be Terrorism!

:P

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