* Posts by JSIM

17 posts • joined 27 Feb 2018

Blundering London council emails unredacted version of notorious Gangs Matrix to 44 people. Data ends up on Snapchat


"people's likelihood of gang-related violence."

What does this mean? Can anyone tell without being a mind reader?

More steaming excrement hits El Reg's pages. A daily occurrence.

There are pictures all over the internet of a big dark spot on Uranu... Oh no, wait, it's Neptune


Re: Units

"we estimate the wind speeds are in the ballpark of 328 feet (100 meters) per second"

Last I checked, el reg is British, so FFS, why is it writing "meters" and not "metres"?

There's the right way and then there's the Merkin way.

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator


Re: Took your time over this

Wednesday evening I first read about this, at the Guardian I think, and came here next. Couldn't find it. Been finding everything I've looked for here since around Y2K at least. No time to check every headline with the name Facebook in it and I was scanning for something like "Millions of Shocked Users Left Frantically Rubbing Smartphones as Social Media Heavyweight Falls Flat on Its Facebook - Ongoing Global Outage Knocks Out Services" or at least the word "outage."

What I overlooked was "What today links Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram - apart from being run by monopolistic personal data harvesters?"

My bad, but it just did not register. I'd seen news about Google's problems late Tuesday EST (again elsewhere and didn't find it here) and did not put 2 and 2 together to come up with a title that sounded like a quiz, so I really can't be hard on Jon Smit myself.

Anyway, I think I liked Jon's post better than kierenmccarthy's, even though he made a mistake. For myself, I could have used a link. When you're reading this at 150% (because eyes) with AdBlock, "on the right. Over here --->" is somewhere else, I don't know.

UK joins growing list of territories to ban Boeing 737 Max flights as firm says patch incoming


So, MCAS goes mad when it gets faulty data from AoA sensors, but no-one's talking about changing out all the crappy sensors, just software patches. Is that about right?

Freelance devs: Oh, you wanted the app to be secure? The job spec didn't mention that


Re: Quality

I wonder how those re-purposed Kentucky coal miners would have done.

No, not really.

The BMC in OpenBMC stands for 'Burglarize My Computer' – thanks to irritating security flaw


You think Burglarise is bad? How about


More lousy writing. "Architecture" is

not a verb.

Forget 2019's tech biz takeovers, here's the mega-merger everyone's talking about: Milky Way and LMC, coming soon


The LMC was thought to be fairly harmless, and circle us for a long while.

If you throw in "was expected to", this sentence could work nicely.

As it is, it's just plain sloppy work.

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


Re: Rodentia

"the evil ones"

That would be evil indeed.

Mouse balls ran over everything on the user's desk for months and years - dried sugary coffee cup rings, lunch remnants, dead skin particles, hair, all manner of dust and dirt - over time resulting in very sticky dirty balls and accumulations of the aforementioned filth behind the balls.

Mouse first-aid was always to remove the seizing ball, wash it with soap and water (never, God forbid, in your mouth - YUCK!), and replacing it after picking out the dust bunnies from inside the ball sockets. If that didn't fix it, it went into the bin. Balls would frequently be salvaged and kept as desktop novelty items (relatively heavy for their size - good for fidgeting) and were often used for fun and games to relieve boredom during night Ops shifts.

Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores


Azure Blues.

Who's going to write the song? It's about time for a song.

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force


Re: Spaaaaaace Foooooorce!

Thanks! Never heard of SF before. Had to watch it through, it was so bad it was good.

Interesting: The bridge AI computer (D.O.R.C.) speaking with a German accent just like the Robin Williams voiced Dr. Know in Spielberg's AI. Coincidence?

Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster


Your reply: "Just a hunch."

What you were thinking: "I deal with morons every day."

Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet


Re: Hero ?

Can you simulate this? Marketing wants to know.

Well, big chiller/blower on top of the sim bay, big flexi-hose to the sim roof, integrated air ducting (nice whooshing noise) to the retracting-window-weather-injection system. Beefed-up pressurization. CO2 fog and maybe a little snow thrown in. Real oxygen masks. Barf bags.

Instructor's station completely sealed off, of course. Lexan.

Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous


Surely El Reg's headline for this story should have been something like:

Company CEO Criticizes California City Court's Compelling Caution Covering Cancer Causing Coffee Consumption Consequently Creating Considerable Cafe Customer Carcinogen Concerns

Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly


Re: Men Vs Women

Yup. 0/0 for me too here in The Great White North. Don't see them, don't hear about them. Noone I know or have met wears them or talks about them. I don't even see any advertising. I don't need gyms to stay fit, so I don't know what goes on there. The wearables are yet another fad that I have no interest in, and it seems that I am not alone.

Maybe most people are still too busy getting over the novelty and thrill of playing children's video games and texting drivel back and forth with their smartphones in the subway (underground for you chaps) to pay any attention.

PS. Fitbit? Is that the part of me that never gets tired?


Re: Still no genuine use-case

"You've nailed the essential point of a smartwatch. It's more or less not very much without a smartphone, but functions extremely well as a "remote access" terminal for the phone."

I once would have said that now I've heard everything but I'm sure there's plenty of craziness yet to come. If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs...

I'll just keep repeating that as necessary. Give me the strength.

Neil Young slams Google, after you log in to read his rant with Google or Facebook


Re: "next generation of artists will come from. How will they survive?"

"Most people get paid once to do a day's work, they don't expect to get paid for that day's work over and over for 70 fsking years."

You make it sound like it's a terrible thing and Neil's fault that he created music that people still love and that he and others can still sell and make money from 50 years (not 70) later. Why should anyone else benefit from the fruits of his labour more than he himself? You are way off-base. You are quite correct though when you say that you don't know.


Re: "next generation of artists will come from. How will they survive?"

"While he sites in his massive mansion crying over the number of zeros on his latest royalty cheque."

Nice smear job.

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