* Posts by holmegm

59 posts • joined 20 Aug 2018


RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit


Re: Puzzled

"We can see they are good at science and engineering, and they don't appear to have copied from the West to achieve it."

Not disputing they can be good at it, but not sure that follows from this ...

Landing on the moon? (US, 1969, manned)

Discovering that plants don't like cryogenic temperatures? (Pretty sure the West knew that some time ago ...)


Re: Puzzled

"Drive around with a blindfold on?"

If you must do, the moon is probably the best place for that ...

Black Horse slowed down: Lloyds Banking Group confirms problem with 'Faster' payments


Re: Faster Payments...

They should have called it : No payments...

Well, you have to concede; no payments is faster ...

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach


Why do so many businesses think that an email address is a good logon ID?

Because #1 it is unique, and #2 you won't forget it.

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath


Re: This is the Bizarro Universe

However, if it's the inner circle, then the outer stuff is hot like in the Bible right?

To be even more pedantic, the Bible uses multiple metaphors to refer to Hell.

Some are hot, others not so much (one assumes that "outer darkness" is pretty cold).

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free


Re: Citation

Oh, "allegations"! Well, that settles it then.


Re: Crazy

What bizarre beliefs you have about your fellow countrymen.

Well, there is *one* group that resembles what you are describing - your new favorite pet voting block, those of the worldview that must not be named. They *actually* oppress women, which doesn't bother you at all.


Re: Easily solved

Someone must have forgot to tell them your clever little joke, because still they, and their southern neighbors, come ... and come ... and come ... year after year, decade after decade.

I indeed wonder why they don't protect themselves from such evil folk as we are, and choose to stay in their vibrant paradises where they are safe from us. Mysterious.

It's almost as though snarky anglo techies might get things wrong sometimes ...

Microsoft vows to destroy Office, er, offices: Campus to be demolished and rebuilt


A Classic ASP website can output any HTML that you want ... so there's no reason it couldn't be responsive design.

There are many *other* reasons not to have a Classic ASP website, but that is not one of them.

Y'know how you might look at someone and can't help but wonder if they have a genetic disorder? We've taught AI to do the same


Re: Is this the

Is this the "new" and "improved" version of phrenology?

Er, no ... facial abnormalities are literally used in medicine to screen for and identify genetic disorders.

The idea itself is science, not pseudo-science. Can't speak to the execution here though.

It's the end of 2018, and this is your year in security


Re: The election wasn't hacked, oooh no it wasn't, honest.


If a given election got the results that you wanted, then in your eyes it wasn't hacked.

If a given election *didn't* get the results that you wanted, then in your eyes it *was* hacked.

Under no circumstances could your side just lose legitimately.

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?


Re: Look out

“Nazis” really?

You disagrees with someone so you compare them to a genocidal dictatorship who attempted to exterminate and entire ethnic group? That makes you at least as bad as the people you are trying to deride with your exaggeration of their intentions.

As an American I find that very amusing right about now for some reason. I won't go on about it though. Carry on :)

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter


"Got a source for those 24 inches? According to the article you linked to, the vibration had an amplitude of 3 inches,"

Well, he's a guy, so ...

2018 ain't done yet... Amazon sent Alexa recordings of man and girlfriend to stranger


SELECT audiofiles FROM alexa WHERE customerid = 123456789 would be pretty much the same on any database, friend ... it's getting the 123456789 right that's the stumbling block.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music


"and send the UK hurtling back to the pre-Brexit era when neighbours didn't one day decide to hate each other?"

Trollery indeed ... one needn't hate the neighbors to not wish to be ruled by them.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


Re: No one likes a lying asshole

You could post that comment in any year or decade ... and people did (in one form or another).

US told to appoint a damn Privacy Shield ombudsperson already or EU will take action


Re: Data sovereignty

And if you don't comply, vee vil taunt you a *second* time!

Silent night, social fight: Is Instagram the new Facebook for pro-Trump Russian propagandists?


Re: The wrong culprit

"So what? The system in the US is skewed towards rural areas and states with lower population density and everybody knew it."

Which is why many of the states agreed to join the union.

It was *designed* to water down the power of big population centers.


Re: subtle..not

"That's a big assumption that you know what anyone else should consider to be in their interests."

That's really what they think though.

They think they are just so clearly and obviously right, that the only way someone could disagree with them is by being duped by propaganda, being an idiot, being a racist, etc.

Often that works for them - groupthink and peer pressure are things, after all.

But with Trump, Brexit, etc. it didn't work ... and that scares them, mightily.


"Wait, didn't some government just persuade you to vote against your own interest and vote for theirs instead?"

No, they didn't.

Again, if you believe that propaganda was required to get anyone to disagree with you ... well, that speaks for itself.

Believe it or not, people can and do disagree with you without being dupes of propaganda.


If you believe that propaganda was necessary for people to be concerned about excess immigration, I have a bridge to sell you.

Anyway, sure, let's have some government regulate all of our communications for truthiness. What could go wrong with that?

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal


Re: Curious precedent on what is allowed

Seriously. Even in Orwell's dystopian nightmare the hate sessions were only two minutes, for pete's sake.

Godmother of word processing Evelyn Berezin dies at 93


Ah yes, the inevitable downvotes for pointing inconvenient stuff out.

I just find it amusing.

El Reg on Engelbart: "We debunk you! You didn't do *anything* of note, you weren't showing the first of anything, fie upon you, XY carrier!"

El Reg on Berezin: "Awesome, first word processor evah! Er, for some values of "word processor" ..."



"This…does not compute. The Data Secretary was functionally identical to the IBM MT/ST, introduced in 1964. Like the Data Secretary, it was not a modern word processor that allows you to type an entire document and then print it out. You typed one line at a time on an IBM Selectric typewriter—fixing typos along the way—and then saved each line on a device that used quarter-inch magnetic tape. When you were done, you put a blank piece of paper in the typewriter and told it to spit out all the lines you had typed. "


"Evelyn Berezin’s Data Secretary was the first computerized word processor only if you use the word “computerized” very narrowly: the MT/ST was originally electromechanical and only later used circuit boards in its main processing unit. The Data Secretary used ICs from the beginning.

I understand that the Times obit section is trying to be more conscious these days of women who didn’t get credit for their accomplishments back in the day. In this case, however, they’ve overreached."



Here's a link to the Drum piece, for those interested:


Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC


Yeah, puzzling.

The specific shenanigans listed, yes, they are certainly bad. Burn the ISPs at the stake for them, fine with me,

The article headline that is here though? Well, yes, generally if you are poor, your stuff is less shiny. That's an injustice in itself? No.

Slower broadband does not exactly make me think of the poverty of Jean Valjean or Cosette.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it


Re: I thought they were going to talk about the Internet?

As it happens, "de-platforming" has also involved domain name registrars, network providers, and payment processors (yes, it all has to be paid for, so that's part of the plumbing).

So when people said "well, let them go set up their own websites then!", ah, no, apparently not ...

FCC slammed for 'arbitrary and reckless' plan to change how text messages are regulated


Re: comforting innit.

Project much?

Twitter, Facebook, et al actually *have* been doing what you describe ... but not to "progressives".

Nobody has been doing it to text messages.

Forget DeepFakes. This robo-Rembrandt with AI for brains is not bad at knocking off paintings


Or to drive down the price of originals

"“We’re building the technology to reverse this trend, and to create inexpensive and accurate reproductions that can be enjoyed by all.”"

A truly spot on reproduction should drive down the price of the original too, shouldn't it?

Oh, I suppose not ... it's kind of like "Well, *this* ascorbic acid comes from rose hips!"

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


Re: I would be scared shitless....

On the plus side, it's much more difficult here to get arrested for an unkind but truthful Facebook post.



'the officers asked to search the car and found "a large, open clear plastic bag which contained a light blue substance, spherical in shape" beneath the vehicle's floor.'

She was storing cotton candy "beneath the vehicle's floor"?

Secret recipe?

Facebook to appeal against ICO fine – says it's a matter of principle not to pay 18 mins' profit


Re: Well ....

Like I said "not saying it's a *good* principle."


Well ....

Well ... if a business refuses to just pay a fine of 18 min profit, then it probably *is* a matter of principle. No?

Not saying it's a *good* principle. Just that it's likely not a matter of pure short term money only.

You can't have it both ways - "oh, c'mon, it's 18 min of profit, it's *nothing*, pay up" with one hand, and "you worthless money grubbers who only care about money, that's clearly why you won't pay!" with the other.

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO


Wait, what?

What, what?

I thought the rest of the world was just going to *have* to tremble and comply with this legislation ... if they wanted to do any business with EU citizens.

This terrifying consequence here is a tad underwhelming, given what I was lead to expect.

Scumbags cram Make-A-Wish website with coin-mining malware


Re: Sometimes complex matters do have simple answers

And automation.

Nearly all attacks are automated now.


Re: Surely you mean...

Drupalgeddon 1 and 2 *really* sucked.

In addition to the fact that there will always be some first victims, no matter how itchy your upgrade trigger finger ... Drupal does not have any easy one click updating (not that that is always a safe thing to do anyway, but it *guarantees* that updates are non-trivial).

Then there was the sequel ... it's hard enough to get your client to do something - and quickly - about a security exploit, when it's a non-trivial upgrade. But to have to come back just a few weeks later ... "um, yeah, you remember that Drupalgeddon thing a couple weeks ago? Ahem, um, well ... "

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship


Re: L500

No, you are not the only one.

And just to head it off, I spend more time with my shoes too, but I don't pay that much for those either ...

Trump in Spaaaaaaace: Washington DC battles over who gets to decide the rules of trillion-dollar new industry


Re: feedback and fallout

There's a sort of irony in hearing people talk all the time about how irrelevant you supposedly are, lol

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!


Re: 2018 is the year of stupidly sized phones

That's because women's trousers are not *intended* to be functional ... at least, not for the function of carrying stuff around.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


Re: Hardly any mention of Software...

Roopee, good point bring up the hoarding of software.

I used some stacks of 15-20 year old software boxes found in the office to build my first standing desk ... the boss then bought me a real standing desk, not seeming to appreciate the aesthetic appeal of my creation ...


Ah, the Iomega ZIP drive ... I remember that, the vast, vast portable storage space! Had one of those for ... well, a very long time after I used it for anything.

I had a no name Taiwanese laptop from the 90s until I think 2012. Could only bear to get rid of it when it wouldn't power up anymore. To get the CDROM in it to even sort of work in Linux (in the 90s), I had to guess at memory addresses and tell a seemingly random CDROM driver to use them. Those were the days ...

'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects


"Chipzilla joins strangely controversial movement to encourage civility, inclusion"

It would be strange indeed if the desire for civility and "inclusion" were the source of the controversy.

You know, of course, that it isn't.

Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more


Re: Google - FBI

>Wait a mo! Didn't the FBI. Recommend that Java script should be

>disabled some years back!?

Yep. Just like everyone used to recommend that you keep the family computer in the living room.

I still do ... while everyone else's kids carry internet connected computers in their pockets. Funny what people get acclimated to.

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat


Thanks for the intro jake, lol



Er ... and the IT angle is?

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator


Re: Anyone wanna take bets?

"Anyone who uses the phrase Rainbow Hair or SJW deliberately and with full knowledge of the derogatory meanings pretty much labels themselves as either grossly ignorant or part of the Alt-right and part of the problem."

Seriously? Using the term "SJW" makes you part of "the alt right", in your mind?

The pot calling the kettle black.

"There is nothing wrong with giving a little bit of room and thought to people who act/behave/are a little different to you,"

Unless, of course, they use the term "SJW". *That* difference, we will not tolerate.

The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties


"Why are they allowed to take these over?"

(Dons Sam Gamgee cloak) ... ahem ... "allowed"?


Re: In related news....

"Funny thing about Sears: they upgraded all their POS terminals so the screen was closer to eye level, but their aging staff got cricks in their necks from tilting their heads back to see through their bifocals..."

As a wearer of progressive lenses, let me say (in more than one sense) "ouch" ...

I suppose I could make the obligatory retort, suggesting that the POS screen be at phone level to attract a younger staff ... cricked necks indeed ;)

Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN


strange indeed

These are strange days ...

Salesforce dogged by protests, leaked emails, and guerrilla blimps on first day of Dreamforce



What exactly is "credibility", when it comes to a band?

Do they have trouble proving that they are in fact Metallica? Proving that sound emerges from their instruments? Or what?


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