* Posts by analyzer

32 posts • joined 10 Oct 2007

'Tesco Bank's major vulnerability is its ownership by Tesco,' claims ex-employee

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AC Consider

Link your TESCO Bank Debit card to your TESCO Club Card and receive 500 points!!!!!!!!!!

No need to scan your TESCO Club Card when you pay with your TESCO Bank Debit Card.

So much more convenient for you, our precious customer and FREE POINTS into the bargain.

Go on, you know it makes sense

TESCO Every little helps.

Sorry AC what was that you were saying?

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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Re: Oh dear

and you misspelt Tony B Liar

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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I know I'm late to the discussion

and the link is wiki, but light wasn't around until after inflation

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6f/CMB_Timeline300_no_WMAP.jpg

Which would mean that there was no light until the first stars lit 362 million years after inflation and therefore no speed of light. Light is the big boy in measurement terms now but there are 400 million years before it was around and 20 million years when it was openly defied by our wonderfully complex universe.

It seems to me that the universe from big bang to end of inflation existed only as a large bowl of quantum 'soup' that had no respect for Einstein, Maxwell, Lorentz or any one else. Someone getting their minds around what that soup consisted of and it's behaviour is probably not happening in whatever is left of my timeline.

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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Re: Interesting

This is probably more to do with 1/3 of instances running on Azure being Linux based instances.

Also sounds like a lot of cross platform stuff from Microsoft, "Runs the same as on Windows"

if you squint hard enough

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Demo may have frozen, but narrowband IoT stew is still piping hot

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Ability to bill? Vodafone you say?

Not since they rolled out their new billing system they bloody well can't.

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Signal security revealed: A triple-Diffie-Hellman with a double ratchet

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Re: Capture the message post decryption...

@Charlie C

I think AC probably meant that point at the end when you'll need plain text. Potentially a screen grab or before being sent to the display, but at some point the message has to be human readable.

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Vodafone blames €5bn H1 loss on cutthroat Indian competition

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they forgot something

How many people left after their new all singing all dancing billing system screwed up everything and couldn't be sorted out as was my case?

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European Commission dangles €374m for low-power exascale research

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Re: €375m

This is Europe, they don't really account for anything, they just sign off the main accounts and say there are errors that the plebs have to put up with.

Warning, that's a PDF :-P

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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tabs vs spaces

I set my IDE to produce what the customer desires.

If the customer defines tabs then <TAB> it is ( 8 space equiv )

If the requirement is a defined number of spaces then the <TAB> gets set to that number of spaces.

Then I can use <TAB> all the time.

oh and @ Denarius, yeah, the only way to deal with those PHB buggers.

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Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers

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Oh yes, that billing system

Ex voda here

April came along and they decided that 25th of the month was no longer good enough to be paid on so they changed it, without notice to the 15th. I only noticed this because coming back from holiday the bank had kindly charged me 25 bloody quid for bouncing their DD and on the 18th texting to say they were restricting my service for non-payment and stiffing me for £4.48.

Talk to CS, very nice people to be honest, 'yes we have changed it back to the 25th and deleted the late payment.

May, same thing but I had not re-enabled the DD, 3 phone calls to CS

June ditto May

July ditto June and changed e-mail

August ditto July with I'll have my PAC if it's the same next month

September PAC code please

October you owe us £150 because you cancelled early

Tell you what you send me your bill and I'll send you mine .

Heard nothing yet.

I'd been with them for a decade without any issues, doubt I'll ever be going back.

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

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and yet

The Christmas before the vote you could find people being concerned about the actual value being much lower than the markets were showing at the time. [1]

Things are not usually as simple as people make out, the GBP was effectively being protected by the skirt of the EU from a much earlier fall of ~20% in value.

[1] Yeah yeah, I know, the Torygraph, but there are other publications that noted it as well.

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PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

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upgrades rule

SWMBOs PC is 4? years old (maybe older) and was getting a little tired.

I doubled the ram, swapped an SSD in and got the fastest AMD APU that would fit an FM2+ socket. For less than 200 quid she's happy with her 'new' machine because it's at least twice as fast as previously. It could now be good for another 3 - 5 years.

It has always been that if you have a recent machine, you can always upgrade it. It's just that the term 'recent machine' is now becoming a much longer time

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Spotify serving malware, no escape from reality

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Re: Sophisticated malware capable of infecting Windows, macOS and Linux systems.

It would appear that it launched the default browser to other sites with malicious software for drive by downloads.

The launch of the default browser was successful on all 3 O/S' but there is no evidence that any system, other than the usual one, actually downloaded anything.

I got fed up with the ads and went premium a couple of months back.

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Never explain, never apologize: Microsoft silent on Outlook.com email server grief

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Naughty El Reg

Have you been nasty to Microsoft again!?

"The Register has asked Microsoft about the issue, but after a day of waiting, we too have been left in the dark by Redmond."

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‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

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Re: Google’s NT You mean BSODs? Actually, no

You keep saying that but the context switch time is a function of the hardware and X86 of any type is appallingly slow at doing this.

NT 3 as designed by Dave Cutler depended on the context switching speed that a VAX processor could provide. This was heavily assisted in the VAX with a dedicated block and register to speed the switch up.

The 4 modes of the VAX, kernel. executive, supervisor, user, these were all used.

The X86 family have this as well but only kernel and user are used because the context switch speed is stupidly slow.

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Sophos to drop Quadsys after Five Avoid Jail

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A little odd

At first I thought good for Sophos, innocent unless proven guilty.

I then read on and reached the bit about them having entered a guilty plea and thought WTF were they thinking not cutting the cord then?

Then I put the MBA hat on, you know the large cone one with a big D on it, and thought we can keep support costs down if we leave it until the last possible second and screw any customer concerns.

Then it no longer seemed odd.

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Either misguided prescribing or misguided reporting

I rather suspect incomplete, a possible edit error.

Pain killers for the pain and antibiotics to prevent infection. Getting kicked multiple times in the head can cause more than a few issues.

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Uncle Sam rules on self-driving cars

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Re: "self-driving systems can be considered a driver"

I fail to see what makes you think the UN will be any quicker with their hand wringing than the US court system?

The group may come back with guidelines within 5 years but once they get put in front of every country for discussion ...

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BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

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Trollface

I think this has been done before

An appropriate response has already been written.

Just a quick copy and paste should be sufficient, at least Bloody Terrible will know they're no longer being ignored

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Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

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Re: re: 1970 thinking.

Er - no 'dude' muti-core is just multi cpus.

You can call it a core since that is common practice but each core is a cpu in its own right and can only do one thing at a time then switch to another. These multi core things used to be called CPU Modules, just you kiddies forget the modules bit.

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MoD's London brass resist job cuts

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Stop

Some things never change

and others just get worse. I used to think my Dad's solution to the civil service population was a bit extreme, now I find that I agree with him but instead of 2/3rds it should be 75% of them lined up against a wall and shot and the other 25% made to do a proper days work like everyone else.

I used to argue that they should be sacked not shot, he would argue that the compensation paid out to the families would be less than the wages and index linked pensions.

Looks like he was right :P

Stop sign, the civil service is probably big enough for a 200% population growth already

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BSA slams EC's 'narrow-minded' interoperability vision

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Paris Hilton

What a suprise!

Someone says Open standards, none of your rubbish patants in it like, and suddenly the MS shills are running around screaming about the falling sky.

Heavens above, they may actually have to compete properly, the cheek of these EU whippersnappers, how dare they imply that these overly rich and out of date companies should have to work for their rightful portion of the EU surfs tax money.

Bollocks to the lot of them, EU should put it more bluntly. Open standards only or f*ck off.

About bloody time

Paris, she knows more about 'Open' than any of those tossers

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Microsoft EULA lands it with $175m Indian tax headache

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IT Angle

@Sceptical Bastard

<""No one can be as calculatedly rude as the British..."

I glowed with pride at that. At last! Something we're world class at.

Then I thought "Whoa! He's obviously never met the French.">

Switch that glow back on old chap, the French are calculatedly ignorant, it's because they lack the imagination to be properly rude

On topic,

Microsoft shafted by it's own EULA, can't think of anything that may stop me ROFLMFAO

BTW Where's the IT angle MS has been a marketing company for a decade now :)

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Cambridge boffins draw map to Free Our Data

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Flame

Morons

"The government argues that businesses and individuals who use the data should contribute to the cost of collecting it."

Just where do the bloody morons think the bloody money came from in the first bloody place. Public money is OUR taxes you bloody morons that's OUR data your charging us for.

When, if ever, are we going to get politicians who've been hit with a large cluebat to vote for? :(

Flames in the hope they burn in hell for their stupidity

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Anti-trust committee checks out Windows 7

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Stop

@Stephen "You fools just keep paying for it..."

Yes 'Fools' is the correct term.

linux emporium PC's/Laptops pre-installed with Linux no MS software tax in sight

Novatech PC's and laptops can be obtained with no OS installed and hence no MS tax in sight

It can be done, just need to not be a lemming

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BlackBerry inventor escapes UK patent fees

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Linux

Oi US Courts

Read it and weep

"That is exactly the sort of thing that computers do when programmed. It does not seem to me that that is enough of a technical effect to render the invention patentable," he said.

Hopefully the Federal courts and SCOTUS will heads up and sort the USPTO out finally

UK is Linux friendly :)

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BT targets 10,000 data pimping guinea pigs

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Go

Re: Changing ToS

These types of scumbags always do that, then assume that you have browsed the web page and accepted the change, and even say you must contact in a certain time or you accept.

Send them an e-mail of complaint, then in the blurb that is always after the end of it now, add changes to the contract stating that if they do not reply within seven days they accept these changes.

It will either change your contract to a more reasonable one or get a reply :)

Oh and *always* e-mail your ISP regarding any changes with your contractual change in :)

On your Marks ... get set ... (icon)

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Deloitte flags risks of UK child database

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Flame

Yeah right

So that's no CD/DVD glued up USB and FireWire slots, no floppies no card reader/writer, no insecure OS' and competent civil servants.

Yeah I can just see that happening :(

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Oz admits $85m p0rn filtering FAIL

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Black Helicopters

@Damian @ andy

Andy, it's a good thing to let under 16's know that you know, it encourages them to approach things with caution.

Simon, I hope you let him approach you regarding the 'distasteful' stuff as opposed to you going to him, and on his 16 birthday you do plan to kill the monitoring don't you?

Sometimes you need a helicopter :)

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French motorwonk savages hybrid cars

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Thumb Down

Don't forget

The energy input required to make the batteries and dispose of them at end of life. Lots of people forget about those things and seem to think they just appear.

I haven't seen a study the looks at the making of a standard car and a hybrid over say a 15 - 20 year life cycle, and the energy and pollution requirements in those cases.

The claims of the hybrid makers could well be fluff as well.

Thumbs down, they should have tried harder

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Rebit: This is your grandmother's data backup

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Flame

So much for the geek memory

The first backup will do multiple partitions because all those PC World etc MS Windows PC's come with a restore partition that will kindly destroy everything on the boot partition given half a chance.

Since the target is newbies backing up a second partition only the once is probably a good choice.

At least the newbies know they know bugger all.

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Ballmer: All open source dev should happen on Windows

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Gates Horns

So which IP does this moron mean?

After all software patents in the UK, where this drivel was hosted, are very much stricter than the candy corner shop attitude of the USPTO.

It's unlikely the MS have any UK patents so they can go whistle.

PS. Reg, where's the "This loony is a moron" icon?

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