* Posts by Ashentaine

19 posts • joined 19 Dec 2018

Thomas the wank engine: London rail passengers hear pr0n grunts over PA system

Ashentaine
Devil

>"South Western Railway has a policy of blocking inappropriate material, including pornographic websites, on its onboard and station Wi-Fi services.

"We are investigating this incident to establish how this material was broadcast on our service.

A mystery for the ages, indeed. It's a good thing portable electronic devices don't have any kind of built-in storage that would permit videos to be viewed without the need for an Internet connection. Cause if you're really crass enough to be watching porn in public or on the job, you wouldn't want to risk dodgy free wi-fi causing an "interruption" at the wrong moment, now would you?

Symantec boss Greg Clark exits biz amid dismal financials

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Re: Taking care of family and dealing with personal issues

"Health and family" appears to have become the new corporate codephrase for "I can't squeeze any more money from this sinking ship, so buh bye!"

Hate e-scooters? Join the club of the pals of 190 riders in Austin TX who ended up in hospital

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Re: Darwin's old friend Mr Crap Design strikes again

Most likely, the reason is that the smaller wheels are cheaper to produce. No one really expects e-scooters to stick around more than a couple years anyway, so likely the manufacturers figured why bother spending all that money on a proper design?

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Re: Darwin's old friend Mr Crap Design strikes again

>I do see the random powered scooter or skateboard rider, but they usually own the equipment, and, thus, are more likely to be wearing a helmet.

That, and if they own the thing they most likely have experience in how to operate it correctly. I would presume that the vast majority of injuries caused by these scooters came as a result of the rider having never touched one before and not knowing what the thing's limitations are.

The peelable, foldable phone has become the great white whale of tech

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Re: I believe that the problem the industry are facing...............

>New phones aren't anything special, no one sees them as a status symbol, in fact it's the opposite, some young people these days see displays of wealth as distasteful.

The public perception of cellphones is gradually going the way cars went over the last couple decades. Once they were a status symbol that not everyone could afford and gave a feeling of freedom, but now they're just viewed as a burdensome appliance that eats money every month whether you use it or not, is owned by everyone else and impresses very few even if you have the most expensive one out there.

My HPE-funded lawyer wrote my witness statement, reseller boss tells High Court

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>"I'm not sure about how much of this I actually read," replied Baiocco. "But I signed it."

You know you're in trouble when your courtroom testimony sounds like the setup for a punchline in a Dilbert comic.

Town admits 'a poor decision was made' after baseball field set on fire to 'dry' it more quickly

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>There are weed-burners that would do the trick for ice, even little hand-held ones that you can just stick a butane canister on.

In fact, Elon Musk sold a bunch of those for $500 apiece not too long ago...

https://www.boringcompany.com/not-a-flamethrower

Former HP CEO Léo Apotheker tells court he didn't read Autonomy's latest accounts before fated $11bn buyout

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Apotheker's testimony looked like it was rapidly descending towards a playground level argument near the end.

"Well... well maybe I didn't have time, okay? Running a company is HARD! I don't see YOU running any multinational businesses, so where do YOU get off telling me how do do my job, huh? Huh? Huh?"

Someone's spreading an MBR-trashing copy of the Christchurch killer's 'manifesto' – and we're OK with this, maybe?

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Alert

Exactly. Answering indiscriminate destruction with more indiscriminate destruction is never a good solution. Especially in such a naive manner like this, that assums only the baddies will be exposed to it, or that it won't be made even more destructive by some anarchy-minded jackass.

The fact that it's already been sent to some notorious troll havens already is not exactly helping either...

Geiger counters are so last summer. Lasers can detect radioactive material too, y'know

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Re: Power?

True, though such glasses tend to be crazy expensive. But if you're in a situation where you're around lasers frequently, then it goes without saying that it's worth the cost.

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Re: Power?

I'm pretty sure a laser like that would demolish your eyes before you even had time to blink. The cheap green laser pointers that are sold online can cause permanent damage with only a short direct exposure, since they often don't have an IR filtering lens in them to keep the cost down.

Oh, and most types of safety glasses designed for use with lasers don't filter out IR either (as again, good quality lasers have a built in lens to filter that), so don't be surprised if ze goggles, they do nothing.

So about that Atari reboot console... you might want to sit down. It's going to be late, OK?

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Even if this does come out at some point, the disaster that was the Playstation Classic has pretty much killed the market for the plug and play retrobox.

And even if that weren't the case, it'll likely not have the key feature that made the Nintendo offerings popular to the non-technical market; a carefully selected collection of fondly remembered games, presented in a way that completely insulates the user from the emulator and makes it feel like the old console.

The knives are out for cloud gaming as Nvidia flashes blade-based box packing 40 RTX GPUs

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Not surprising that they're rolling it out in Japan and South Korea first, those are the only two places in the world with good enough broadband to make such a thing viable.

I suspect we won't be hearing much more about this service, aside from lots of marketing fluff trying to convince people to buy RTX cards that no one really wants because it'll be at least a year before games that fully use its features are available.

We sent a Reg vulture to RSA to learn about the future of AI and security. And it's no use. It's bots all the way down

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A nice little fantasy, but...

...like most similar pie-in-the-sky predictions, this one doesn't factor in that setting up the infrastructure necessary will be very expensive, and once the numbers start getting crunched and people start asking who'll foot the bill for it, the novelty wears off pretty quick.

A municipality that can barely afford to fix potholes on its main roads certainly won't be able to invest in an armada of drones to replace or augment the local police force. Corporations aren't going to just donate an investment that large to Smalltown out of the goodness of their hearts. Federal grants would no doubt just be whizzed away on unrelated projects. So where would the money for such a project come from?

High-speed broadband fiber in America: You want the good news or bad news first?

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Re: How can this "micro trenching" possibly work?

In places where snowfall occurs, this micro trenching or nano trenching or whatever they want to call it would fail even harder, not just because of freeze/thaw, but because the municipal plow trucks would tear the patches right out of the pavement the first time they put their plows down to clear the streets.

All the asphalt plugs they put down in the summer around here got ripped away after the first decent snowstorm, and now parts of the highways look like the surface of the moon. I can't imagine how a long skinny trench would stand a chance, and forget about the expensive cable dwelling inside it.

Good news! Only half of Internet of Crap apps fumble encryption

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Re: An alternative approach would be just to assume IoT security is generally terrible

Given how much IoTrash seems to be Internet enabled for nothing more than the novelty value, I wish I could say I'm surprised. Not much thought is going to be given to security if the product is expected to be chucked in a drawer and forgotten about after a couple months.

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it

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> "The world has been shaken up by the disclosure; was that necessary and helpful?"

The chaos and loss of trust that would occur if knowledge of such a major vulnerability were actively suppressed and was then later leaked with incorrect information, or worse, some baddie managing to cause real damage and that being what exposed it, seems like it would be far more damaging in the long run.

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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Re: It will create a new market

Given how younger people are increasingly seeing cars as little more than expensive appliances that are leased for a couple years and then disposed of for a slightly different and newer one, I could see how some would see the appeal in that. Especially if you put the right marketing spin on it to make it seem highly trendy.

Chill, it's not WikiLeaks 2: Pile of EU diplomatic cables nicked by hackers

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Yep, that's why data slurping in general operates on quantity over quality. Despite Hollywood's depictions of a hacker being able to knife their way through a system and get right to "IllegalMilitaryOperations.txt", it's much more efficient to just take everything at once and filter out (and then sell) what you don't need later.

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