* Posts by A.P. Veening

474 posts • joined 15 Aug 2018


What was that P word? Ah. Privacy. Yes, we'll think about privacy, says FCC mulling cellphone location data overhaul

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Re: Pai's FCC

In that case we have the problem of somebody meddling with the rules who doesn't even play, similar to the official position of the Roman Catholic Church upon sex and anti-conceptics, meaning disqualified.

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Re: Pai's FCC

"Pai will not do anything that might restrict cell carriers from making every dime of profit they can, no matter the cost to people or society at large."

So put a bounty on Pai's head and let the bounty hunters do their job. I think he will see the light pretty soon (though it might be the fiery red light of hell's fires).

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes

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I'd say they guessed wrong and it will cost them even more money. A full re-certification will be required now and EASA and CAAC (to name just two) aren't going to rubber stamp the FAA certificate this time, but will require re-certification independent from FAA. If Boeing is luckier than it deserves, EASA and CAAC will agree to a combined certification, but will still have to be without FAA.

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Re: Criminal Negligence and/or Corporate Malfeasance? Those are a Rock and a Hard Place

But those DRLs don't activate the rear lights and therein lies the real problem.

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Re: Finger of blame

"In either case, someone should go to prison."

After a severe flogging.

NB: I object to capital punishment as there always is the possibility of finding an innocent guilty, I don't object to corporal punishment that leaves no more permanent injury than a scar.

PuTTY in your hands: SSH client gets patched after RSA key exchange memory vuln spotted

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Re: "basically operated by one volunteer in charge of a small team of volunteers"

"In the end, unless you speak fluent C++ (with a security specialisation to boot), you're still trusting "someone else" to deliver secure and reliable code. Or you're still trusting "someone else" to review the code for you in a timely manner."

Even if that is the case, you still have to trust the compiler (and the compiler's compiler).

This headline is proudly brought to you by wired keyboards: Wireless Fujitsu model hacked

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Re: Nasty problem

And while you are at it, also use a tailed rodent.

Wireless mice need batteries and get lost.

Bad cup of Java leaves nasty taste in IBM Watson's 'AI' mouth: Five security bugs to splat in analytics gear

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Re: I look forward to...

I don't see any reason to post that one as an AC, have a --->

We don't want to be Latch key-less kids: NYC tenants sue landlords for bunging IoT 'smart' lock on their front door

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"How does the postal carrier gain entrance to put mail in the tenants’ mailboxes?"

The correct and safe answer would be that the postal carrier doesn't gain entrance, the postal carrier just pushes the mail into mailslots at street level.

Public disgrace: 82% of EU govt websites stalked by Google adtech cookies – report

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Re: Suggestions?

How about a Pi-Hole? If you run it on a Raspberry Pi, it can do the ad blocking for all internet equipped stuff in your home.

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Re: GDPR is a cookie own-goal

Those cookie walls have been deemed illegal by the relevant authority here in the Netherlands (ACM) and I expect the same to happen pretty soon in most of the EU and the EEA. The obvious exception will be the UK thanks to Brexit, but that is their problem.

What made a super high-tech home in Victorian England? Hydroelectic witchery, for starters

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Should be an interesting place to visit with my sons when I am in the neighbourhood. Might take a while though as I live in another country.

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system

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To err is human

To really screw up, you need a computer.

Ted had the right idea as such repetitive jobs are ideal for automation. Unfortunately, it is too easy to screw as he discovered.

Welcome. You're now in a timeline in which US presidential hopeful Beto was a member of a legendary hacker crew

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Re: Nice

When did he get promoted to 2-bit?

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

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Re: A comment from Christchurch

I can understand your need and I don't mind people studying things like this. However, I do mind people stumbling upon it without being prepared for it. I also do mind people applauding this kind of atrocity. And I strongly object to life-streaming atrocities, at least to the general public. If it helps law enforcement services, they can watch it life (and real time) while on duty.

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Re: Your "nutter on a rampage" is China's "Tiananmen Square"

I think there is a bit of a difference between somebody armed with grocery bags standing in front of a tank and somebody shooting an automatic gun in a mosque full of praying people. I just hope I am not the only one.

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Re: El Reg follows common sense!


"People" (note I use that term very loosely in this case) that stoop to this level should be covered exactly twice:


Make that thrice:

Finally (after dying in prison) the body should be covered with earth in an unmarked grave at an undisclosed location.

Q&A: Crypto-guru Bruce Schneier on teaching tech to lawmakers, plus privacy failures – and a call to techies to act

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Re: Willful Clueless

"Your second group has an unfortunate tendency to become managers and politicians."

Is their any other meaningful distinction between the two than that politicians are usually failed managers?

Brit prisoners to be kept on the straight and narrow with JavaScript and CSS

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Police education

Forced education of the police is already long overdue for just the reason you gave.

It's alive! Big Switch stitches together an open-source Network Operating System

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Re: Will Huawei start shipping boxes with this ?

"If you need cheap and automation at scale Cisco ACI is likely what you need."

Cisco can sell it cheap because of the NSA subsidies.

Samsung slings the skinny on its 12GB GötterDRAMmerung for next-gen smartmobes

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"50MB of RAM, which is the same more than 50 times the amount of RAM you could run an entire PC OS in the 1990s."

FTFY, "640 KB should be enough for everybody".

Can't do it the US way? Then we'll do it Huawei – and roll our own mobile operating system

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Re: I suspect its a clone of Android

"They've overplayed the "national security" card with so many countries so far though that nobody except those who desperately want to just believe it's true take them seriously about it any more."

Even worse, the things the Chinese are accused of (backdoors) have been found in American stuff, so whatever else is going on, the Americans already have a couple of strikes against themselves (and a load of hypocrisy).

That's Numberwang! Google Cloud staffer breaks record for most accurate Pi calculation

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Re: Pi on Pi

"I wonder how long this would take on a Raspberry Pi"

The answer is "too" (long) ;)

Year 1 of GDPR: Over 200,000 cases reported, firms fined €56 meeelli... Oh, that's mostly Google

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Re: Companies going too far.

"I have been getting much better ads though... now I've opted out of targetted ads where I can."

I've been getting a lot less ads since I started using a Pi-Hole. As a nice side benefit, a lot of pages load a lot quicker.

Thought you were done patching this week? Not if you're using an Intel-powered PC or server

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Couldn't they get those patches ready in time for patch Tuesday? Even Adobe can manage that nowadays. And who the hell releases them immediately after patch Tuesday anyway?

What do sexy selfies, search warrants, tax files have in common? They've all been found on resold USB sticks

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Re: I bought a used 1TB 3.5 incher off Tatbay...

Only for a pyromaniac (but we are in a sufficiently large group ;) ).

They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7

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And prepare for the sequel.

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And get rid of those tiles, it isn't a bathroom!

Boffins discover new dust clouds in the Solar System, Mercury has a surprisingly filthy ring

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You also managed to ask one more question, he however avoided a down vote (at the time of writing this at least) ;)

Airlines in Asia, Africa ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after second death crash in four-ish months

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"Seems that once the plane is lined up and ready to roll an autopilot could handle the take off and climb."

Given modern navigation (like in cars), it shouldn't be too difficult to have the autopilot also handle taxiing and lining up. That would certainly avoid problems with using incorrect connections from the taxiway to the runway, taxiing to the wrong (blocked) runway and taking of from taxiways.

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Re: "under the wing of the single-aisle jet’s notoriously low-riding landing gear"

" especially if the two (!!!!) sensors don't agree??"

Because it doesn't even compare those two sensors, it uses only one (alternating them each flight).

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"everything else is different and pilots training is should be different as well."

Small correction as the pilot training isn't different while it should be. Unfortunately, the decision was made to keep the same type rating (saves money in retraining) and hide the differences with a hidden and undocumented modification (MCAS).

On the eve of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 can automatically remove borked updates

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Re: Automatically removing borked updates

Nice. Now if they could only progress to automatically removing some incompetent managers at MicroSoft and re-instate proper testing.

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Better term

"A better term might be a 4 letter word for excrement..."

I would prefer an eight letter word with as definition: "The end product of an adult, uncastrated, male head of cattle, aka rose fertilizer".

Microsoft tweaks Windows 10 on Arm64 to play nicely with KVM

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Cold desert

I know, I was exaggerating a bit for the sake of argument.

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"Do I see ice crystals forming in Hell?"

No, you don't as those have been there for the last 1,000 years at least. Hell has always been a cold place, the old Norse mythology is correct in that regard. The idea of hell as a hot place comes from some ancient desert dwellers, who lacked the imagination that cold could be unpleasant.

UK Ministry of Fun seeks deputy director for IT as it edges away from Cabinet Office shared services

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Re: it had made “good progress” towards "collaborative" and "agile" working

"And yes, 68 grand for the requested level of experience is a joke an insult".


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"after Brexit metric measurements will be abolished"

Eleven yards will also do ;)

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For practical purposes, I recommend a ten metre barge pole.

Radio gaga: Techies fear EU directive to stop RF device tinkering will do more harm than good

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Re: Industry Lobby

"So basically sledgehammer and walnut come to mind."

I think you are overstating the problem and understating the "solution". It is more like an elephant gun and a mosquito.

Remember the OpenAI text spewer that was too dangerous to release? Fear not, boffins have built a BS detector for it

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Re: English, bad English and AInglish

The real difference between native and non-native speakers isn't in the vocabulary or spelling, but in specific parts of grammar, especially things like "their", "there" and "they're". And for some strange reason, non-native speakers are usually better at those while native speakers are usually better with "its"/"it's".

Tired of smashing your face into the brick wall that is US net neutrality? Too bad. There's a long way to go yet, friends

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Re: Republicans v Democrats

It would make a difference with more parties, just make sure no one single party can get a working majority but always will need at least one other party to get that majority. That way those parties get used to working together, because if they don't, they are on the way out.

Unless you want your wine bar to look like a brothel, purple curtains are a no-no apparently

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As the owner of that wine bar, I would have sent an open letter to the council in the local news paper, asking them whether they would prefer me closing down and putting some people on the dole or shutting up those stupid, nonsensical (but I repeat myself) complaints?

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Re: Colour me suspicious

Cupid stunt or stupid cunt? I'd say that one in Washington, D.C. is the latter.

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Re: Probably the word "bordello" that did it ...

Is there any other kind?

Liz Warren: I'll smash up Amazon, Google, and Facebook – if you elect me to the White House

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Less than shit, shit still has value as fertilizer.

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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NIMBYism at its finest


Last month, the good citizens of Barnes, one of the most affluent areas of London, succeeded in scuppering an erection by O2, which was trying to replace a 12m mast with one that was 15m tall.

"The mast is higher than the permitted height of 15 metres, we measured the new mast on the truck and it is 15.5 metres, it is bright silver. The original application was for a wood coloured mast to blend in with the surrounding trees and it is effectively doubling the capacity," one concerned resident told the Sutton and Croydon Guardian.

Half a metre of the pole goes underground, something the objectors had failed to notice. But no matter: the lorry and its load were sent packing. Barnes could breath again.


I sure hope they finished deconstruction and removal of the 12m mast before driving off with the replacement mast.

No guns or lockpicks needed to nick modern cars if they're fitted with hackable 'smart' alarms

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Am I the only one questioning the wisdom of calling it Pandora? Or is the story of Pandora completely forgotten?

Still fewer Windows 10 devices out there than Instagrammer Kylie Jenner has dollars

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"There was a fictional story once of a man who was left £1m which he had to spend on losses in a fixed time. Failure to lose it all meant he would not inherit the family's vast fortune. He found it very difficult to spend - as other people kept refusing payment or they ensured bad business decisions were converted to successes."

Are you by any chance referring to Brewster's Millions?

Is this the way the cookie wall crumbles? Dutch data watchdog says nee to take-it-or-leave-it consent

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Re: Bastard, the lot of them...

"How in the blazes is this possibly legal?!?"

It shouldn't be, but you can start by blaming D. Trump, the fake president of the USA.


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