* Posts by cornetman

58 posts • joined 5 Jul 2018


OK, Google? Probably not! EU settles on wording for copyright reform legislation


And while I'm here:

"There's a great deal of misinformation floating around: the idea [the copyright directive] is going to damage the internet, restrict the internet, that the internet will no longer be the same – none of that is true or relevant."

So if the Internet is going to 100% unaffected by these measures, then what is the point of introducing the legislation?

If Google *do* decide to pull out of Europe, even out of pure spite, then the Internet will almost certainly will be different.


> "But the way some of these have been carried out really has been against the grain of how a democratic society should function."

Democratic? WTF? In what sense is the EU Commission a democratic body?

Apple solemnly agrees to pay France $570m in back taxes, turns to camera, gives us a wink


> ... force American tech giants to pay taxes in the countries where they make their sales.

But that there is the rub: where is the sale taking place? In Ireland? In the US? In France? Or neither? Or all of the above?

In truth the Internet doesn't care about country borders and consequently, neither do most people when it comes to buying and selling.

I don't really see an end to this kind of problem which is a particular problem for sales of non-physical, ethereal goods.

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results


"The authors of the revised spec, however, missed the memo that master-slave terminology is inconsistent with inclusive development communities and has been purged from various open source projects. The almost 3,000 page spec is littered with the terms – each appears about 2,000 times."

Pffftt... that's so funny. Wait? You're not joking?

Quoting from Reddit user nanodano:

Next on the list of things deemed too offensive:

Use of the term 'female' and 'male' when referring to adapters

Use of the term 'kill' when referring to ending a process

Use of 'whitelist' and 'blacklist'

The newly changed 'parent' reference because now people will say 'kill the parent' when referring to killing the master process

The newly changed 'parent/worker' relation because it insinuates children are no more than workers to parents

EDIT: more, contributed by others

Use of the term 'classes' because the class system represent a history of inequality

Use of the term 'whitespace' because it shows a color bias

Using the term 'inheritance' because it's not fair that all objects do not have equal permissions

Use of the term 'penetration testing' in security because it can taken as a sexual reference

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats


We had a major pigeon problem round our area.

A guy came and put up cages with food, the stupid birds just walk in over and over again.

The guy comes and takes them away. We haven't really asked what he does with them, but I suspect that they get their necks broken.

You can't just take them away and release them, the buggers either come back or become someone else's problem.

Your only practical solution is to kill them really, as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain


Did you hear about the dog surrounded by four trees?

He didn't have a leg to stand on.


Big Red's big pay gap: $13,000 gulf between male and female Oracle staffers – reports


> **even after controlling for various factors such as career level, performance review scores and office location**

Did they also control for:

1) Willingness to suck up to the boss

2) Willingness to stay really late (something that is often not recorded officially at all)

3) Willingness to buy into the corporate culture

4) Continuous employment unbroken by time off for childbirth (that's actually quite a big one)

5) Willingness to bargain hard for pay, a trait that is significantly greater in men, or so the psychologists tell us.


Re: All else being equal...

That's all very well and good (well not really) but you actually didn't answer his question.

For any company that is cost conscious, why would they pay men more than women if they are doing the same job? Why wouldn't the company be full of lower paid women since that would improve the bottom line? For that matter, why wouldn't the company be full of brown women if they could get away with paying them even less?

And don't even try to assert that it doesn't happen. Why do you think all these companies are outsourcing to India?

Huawei’s elusive Mr Ren: We’re just a 'sesame seed' in a superpower spat


Re: #MySleepingGovernment Wakes Up and Frees Itself From China: Criminal Nation

Mr Currie, the reality is much more subtle and complex.

China and Chinese companies have been proven to be blameworthy for many things in the past.

However, to tar everyone with the same brush while at the same time being wilfully blind the the blatant hypocrisy of the US is naive and simplistic.

Have Huawei done illegal things? Quite probably.

Are they worse or better in this regard than Oracle or Cisco or AT&T or Google or any other western tech company of a comparable size in business or in collusion with their respective governments? That's really kinda up for debate.

You have to pick your preferred poison and realise that *all* companies can be greedy, moronic and corruptable.


Re: Luddites = Non Sequitur

Yeah, I can see an awful lot of the word "alleged" in that article but little of anything that is concrete.

If Huawei are guilty of any of that, why isn't someone in jail for it?


Re: Luddites = Non Sequitur

> There is more to this I think. I'd imagine a company with nothing to hide as claimed would be open about proving it.

WTF, did you really just justify your stance by saying "you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide?"


Re: Luddites = Non Sequitur

> ... about its trustworthiness as a corporate supplier.

Have we actually seen *any* evidence of wrongdoing by Huawei other than the obvious smearing in the press?

The Chinese government are certainly more up-front about their spying. What I'm more worried about is what the other governments do that we are not generally aware of. Particularly after the Snowden revelations about what the US government has been up to covertly (and without any kind of real judicial oversight), the hypocrisy is quite astounding.

It's easy to conflate the obvious human rights violations perpetrated by the Chinese government (which are heinous enough) with what is essentially a business issue. We've all seen the "secret room" photographs at large telecoms centres in the US allegedly sucking off all sorts of customer data but in reality we have absolutely no idea what goes on in there.

It's a Christmas miracle: Logitech backs down from Harmony home hub API armageddon


Firmware enhancements that specifically improve the product that users request, and it makes your customers happy.

Who knew?

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


Re: Meh

I would put money on it being about the proposed expansion of Gatwick.


They will pull all the stops out to get these guys.

They cannot let it lie.

Allowing these people to disrupt a major airport for such a long time without any plan to answer what is an anticipated threat will not be tolerated.

Expect the culprits to be apprehended and shat on with a f*ck ton of shit from a great height, and they will make a very public example of them.

Alternatively, they can publish their names and let over 10,000 angry passengers vent their frustration upon them

I, for one, cannot wait.

Influential cypherpunk and crypto-anarchist Tim May dies aged 67


...And if you think I'm talking out of my a*se, then I could show you my Patreon profile and you would see the amount of money I pay out every month to worthwhile creatives whom I admire and support, a damn sight more money than I every paid for a regular publication.

Not only that, I have a personal relationship with those people. Try doing that through a traditional publisher of any sort. If The Register had a patreon account, I would probably add it to the list.


Google and Facebook make money because they provide a service that people pay for. They are merely the messenger, stop trying to shoot them.

If you want to find out where real creatives are, look on Patreon and Youtube, and they *are* making money. That's where the real creative action is at, and it has absolutely nothing to do with copyright. I'm sorry. You are trapped in 19th century thinking and the future is rapidly leaving you behind.


> Another legacy of May's work is the legitimisation of a worldview so radical – even for many libertarians – that a consensus that produces workable laws remains elusive. This has been taken to heart by Google and Facebook, corporations arguably more powerful than any government. Google adopted the Manifesto's call to embrace "wire clippers which dismantle the barbed wire around intellectual property" –

You do realise that if we abandoned copyright and patents, then what Google et all are doing would not be wrong?

Laws only embrace what the public find acceptable and should reflect the society in which they are created otherwise they will be ignored. I'm not sure that I agree that "many libertarians", *true* libertarians, would consider the dismantling of the laws that lead to the DMCA, or copyright of author + 70 years at all radical. Indeed, outside of a fairly blinkered and closeted media community, I suspect that view is fairly mainstream.

When it comes to AI research the West is winning, the East is rising and women are being left behind


> It’s not all bad news.... blah blah

Then tell me this: How do you definitively and objectively measure equality of opportunity?

Measuring outcome is not going to cut it.

Oxford startup magics up metamaterials for next-gen charging


Re: I have another theory

10. It avoids wearing out the USB port/cable end which although isn't a huge deal on my Nexus 5, it's a big enough deal that I would rather avoid it.

Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors


Re: Geometry shrinks soon a dead end?

The only real answer is building out sideways for greater parallelism.

> Concentrate on reducing defects than reducing geometry.

AMD is sorta trying this out with their chiplet design. It might be less efficient but does solve the yield problems that Intel is probably experiencing. This way they can design intelligently around the defect issue. Some have made some major prognostications in this are for some time:


Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers


> ... way that utterly prevents this kind of thing.

Sorry, not possible.

You can reduce the risk to 0.01% or thereabouts, but absolute prevention is just not possible. Nature is fickle and messy.

I put this in the same category of "we are striving for 100% accident free roads." An admirable target to aim for, but anyone that thinks it is even remotely possible is deluded.


I like sticking it to the Amazonian 'man' as much as anyone, but this appears to be a honest to goodness accident.

These things happen.

I didn't see anything in the story that substantiated any specific wrong doing by Amazon at least in this instance. Is there more to the story than portrayed?

Wintel dust up: Intel supply woes vs Win10 demand


Looks like AMD is ready to step up, at least in the data centre.

Some interesting predictions/rumours about what they will likely present at CES next year has got a lot of people talking and probably Intel extremely nervous.

Intel eggheads put bits in a spin to try to revive Moore's law


Re: Amazing stuff

> There's lots wrong with it, but we have chance of influencing any change now!

I think that fundamentally the EU suffers from the same problems that all bureaucracies suffer from: their tendency to expand until they implode under their own weight.

I think that's a peculiarly human problem and I have no answer to that. The people that have the power to change things have no incentive to do so while their snouts are in the trough.


Re: Amazing stuff

> There is a European parliament. We have British members of that parliament, that are voted for by British people (thought I bet most of the brexitters can't even name their MEP (member of the european parliament))

The European parliament is a largely toothless body. The commission is the body that holds the power in the EU and it is most certainly not elected. It is basically a closed-shop star chamber of elites.

The truth is that there are a lot of reasons to love the idea of an organisation like the EU, just not *this* one. The corruption is off the scale, it is extremely undemocratic (for the reasons mentioned above) and is now trying to incorporate countries that have radically different ideologies to the main block.

Some kind of collapse was pretty much inevitable.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13


Re: "No it was not. Before IP was protected, noone even considered that ideas should be siloed"

> Craftsmen, architects, "engineers" ....

Were paid for their work.

> ...protected their knowledge and technology closely to avoid to give anybody else an advantage, transmitting it only to their heirs - or bringing them into their tombs.

Just like Microsoft, Apple and many others *still do* despite them also getting copyright protection. Your point?

> Scientists didn't publish and exchanged many of their researches - again, to get an advantage. Many of their ideas were found in their papers only after their death.

Were paid for their work

> Musician could not write music down, for fear someone would use it at their own advantage.

Performed for money


Re: "Intellectual property is a "right" only insofar as the law says it is"

> Many of them were lost and had to be rediscovered again, maybe centuries later.

Well, many older works are being lost to history because their republishing is banned by publishing houses that hold the copyright. There is no money in it for them to issue reprints, but anyone wanting to see those works are prevented unless they can find an ancient copy in a book shop somewhere.

There is an immense quantity of orphaned works that are seriously in danger of being lost forever because publishers are not interested in reprints and copyright allows them to hold the works well past a reasonable time period. Remember, copyright is a social contract. Is says as much at least in the US constitution. Works that exist but are not available do not further the public good.


Re: "Intellectual property is a "right" only insofar as the law says it is"

> Before IP was protected, any new idea was jealously guarded (like Google search engine...) to avoid someone could steal it and profit from it without any effort. Many of them were lost and had to be rediscovered again, maybe centuries later. Hindering progress a lot.

No it was not. Before IP was protected, noone even considered that ideas should be siloed or partitioned off. That's the worst kind of historical revisionism. Artists survived through patronage, an idea that is interestingly coming back in a rather big way. What was old is now new.

It's only fairly recently that the west has embraced the idea that mere ideas could have value that could be harvested since manufacturing took a dive to the cheaper labour countries.

The only people truly interested in perpetuating this myth that the world would collapse without copyright are the large media companies.

A case in point: look at the mess that IP rights have made of popular franchises like Star Trek. When studios start to stomp on fan-made movies because they challenge the formulaic crap that the studios churn out, you realize how f*cked up things are getting.

In the US at least, "...to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts...". My arse.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs


"The moral of the story? Ensure every suspicious nook and cranny of your motor is clear of anything even remotely resembling a controlled substance. ...."

My thoughts run along similar lines to the comments above, but to take away that advice from this story is quite honestly horrifying. So no shopping for bags of sugar, or flour? Sorry kids, you can't have candy floss; it's too much of a risk? Just in case some idiot, power drunk cops pull you over and decide that you're going to spend the next few months in the nick?

That's seriously f*cking messed up.

Baroness Trumpington, former Bletchley Park clerk, dies aged 96


My memory might fail me, but I seem to remember that she was a friend to the Fulham Brass Band, an organisation that I was a member of some many years ago.

I had the honour of picking her up from the Houses of Parliament in my beat up old BMW car to attend an anniversary celebration. Felt quite the honour. :)

Sorry, Mr Zuckerberg isn't in London that day. Or that one. Nope. I'd give up if I were you


> "The fact that he has continually declined to give evidence, not just to my committee, but now to an unprecedented international grand committee, makes him look like he's got something to hide."

Jesus, I hope I never end up in court with these people on the jury.

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)


Re: The issue is changing the password...

> What should be derived from the user password is the key protecting the DEK - so changing it would require only a small decrypt/re-encrypt.

Indeed. My understanding is that is how LUKS works.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait


What happened to the hardware abstraction layer that gets out of the way of running programs?

That's what an OS is right?

What could Microsoft possibly be doing that is creating so much chaos?

Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'


Re: Obvious question...

> How the hell did this get through QA ?

I'm not sure what the bug report would look like.

Bug Detail: Female character is *too* realistic? Make it look more like plastic.


Well I came here to say pretty much what everyone else has already said, but could I reiterate that I have seen women and they do indeed have breasts and they actually do wiggle a little bit when they dance around.

Why does this shock anyone?

New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else


> I find these 'possibility' type theories both annoying and misleading and agree with Dr. Syntax that the main motivation for them is to get something published.

I concur and I wonder if what is proposed even qualifies as a theory.

Surely, "hypothesis" would be more appropriate...if we're going to be precise and all.

No wonder creationists still use the tiresome phrase "just a theory" if the rest of us are so careless with our language.

Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'


Re: On to a loser here


Well that's the problem right there.

If your only knowledge of the case is from the Reg article which, TBH, is just a selection of soundbites surrounding the case then your impression of the actual case is going to be rather patchy to say the least.


Re: It's MOULD, not mold

That's pretty confusing, considering they are two completely different words.

They just happen to sound the same.

Sounds to me like a mistake that everyone (in the US at least) blindly accepted.

UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference


Jesus Christ, so much rage in one page of comments.

Did someone put something in the water?

I thought I'd accidentally navigated to Twitter. :O

Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase


Re: So fresh!

Seems a bit cheeky to me.

FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal


If Pai doesn't like it, then they must be doing something right.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms


Re: looks like python has a new problem

I suspect that this "dwayne gigleum" was taking the piss and if so I applaud his sense of humour.

However, it's difficult to be sure in the current environment.


I'm always suspicious of "undisclosed complaints".

Some years ago, a colleague of mine, who was a golf club member, had a guy come up to him to complain about his attire. Instead of coming out and admitting that he was the one making the complaint, he made up some bullshit about "some of the other members have asked me to talk to you".

If you have something to say, and you can't stand by your speech on its own merits, perhaps it is better to stay silent.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design


My two cents worth.

Front page seems rather disorganised. Differently formatted sections.

Can we not just see a chronological list of stories?

In the morning, I just scroll down the stories looking for something interesting and during the day I do a fresh to see what's new that has turned up.

The front page seems to be dominated by extremely large pictures still. Most of your readers are not interested in clip art. We can use Google for that.

I don't really give a shit about what other people think is popular. They're probably not interested in what I'm interested in. It never seems to contain articles that are interesting to me, so it's a waste of space.

This morning I looked at the website on my phone and although it's OK, each story takes a lot of space, resulting in less content per page. I think the border seems rather superfluous and wastes a lot of space. Again, not really interested in looking at quirky pictures. I come here for the news.

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag


Re: What now?

Over here in Canada, we calculate that the top-of-the line phone in CAD$ including tax and AppleCare will set you back a cool $2.5k.

Microsoft: We busted Russian Fancy Bear disinfo websites


Re: Why

I must admit, I couldn't really see why the court would hand these web sites over to Microsoft.

They're not a federal law organization and it wasn't made clear in the article that Microsoft had any real standing for whatever was alleged.

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal


Some many years ago, a colleague of mine (who shall remain nameless) was developing some tag reader kit. You touch the reader to the tag and it would read an id from it, matching it with a name and would display the name on a small readout on the unit. It was a good gag to put rude names like Betty Swollocks and Mary Hinge in the unit during testing and development.

However, what was not smart was for forgetting to change the test data when demoing the kit to a potential customer. There were some red faces that afternoon.

Intel: Yeah, yeah, 10nm. It's on the todo list. Now, let's talk about AI...


> It would be interesting to see what AMD yields would be if they had to have all 32 cores on one die.

I suspect that Intel would be able to answer that question for you.

I don't imagine that it's pretty. :D

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)


> Was there cash inside? Oops, you are looking for twenty years in the cooler.


I wasn't trying to assert that the copying was moral or legal.

Just that the example given didn't really work.


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