* Posts by Steve K

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It's all fun and games until someone loses a rack*

Steve K

Re: NVIDIA 1080 Titan GTX GPU?.

OK, the Pascal 1080 Titan X is announced now...

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/nvidia-pascal-titan-x-revealed,news-53501.html

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Steve K

NVIDIA 1080 Titan GTX GPU?.

As far as I am aware there are no TITAN GTX 1080 (Pascal) cards out yet - did this mean the GTX 980 Titan (Maxwell?)

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Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

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Boffin

Re: I know, I know

Oh no, just wait till we get Barry on too...

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Samsung deals out microSD-crushing faster fingernail flash cards

Steve K

Re: Capacities

I paid £150 for a 128MB SmartMedia card in early 2003 to use in a Finepix 6900 (3MP interpolated to 6MP due to a clever sensor design)... I STILL had to have a stand-alone card-reader (with a 2GB HDD!!!) to transfer pics off it while I was travelling round NZ.

The kids of today...etc.

Steve

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

Steve K

Wether - castrated rams require legislation?

If l may channel Kryten for a moment, I hardly think that castrated rams need any further legislation...

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

Steve K

Re: But it needs to be "militarised"

Shhhhh! The USAF are trying to keep a lid on it now.....

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Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

Steve K

Re: Unmask?

Having read the BBC article linked to above, it appears that the "unmask" bit actually refers to the lead-up to the original claims in April/May (apparently part of a business plan/strategy for his backers/associates), rather than any new actions arising since then.

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Steve K

Unmask?

I thought that Craig Wright had claimed to be Nakamoto already, so surely there is no need to unmask him....?

If it is not him (as most suspected) then it is an admission that he was making it up previously, which would not help his credibility in his latest venture.

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You've got petabytes of unused storage, says Formation. Er, do we?

Steve K

Re: Data duplication?

The original comment said (in an ironic manner..) Dup, not de-Dup.

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Intel's Knights Landing lands

Steve K

Re: Superior nerdities needed

Unless I am mistaken, the key one is that you can run x86 code on it, whereas Pascal etc. will need you to code against NVidia's CUDA API (or have something else in the middle to do it for you).

Steve

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Developer waits two years for management to define project

Steve K
Boffin

Re: Signal to noise

Well you still missed 2...;-)

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

Steve K

Blamestorming

Ah yes - a blamestorming meeting!

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That didn't take long: Shareholders sue Oracle in 'fake cloud sales' row

Steve K

It will be terminology...

I imagine that it will be caught up in the terminology and so difficult to prove/disprove.

In my humble, alleged opinion:

* Oracle probably count their OMCS (Oracle Managed Cloud Services) revenue as "cloud" too when it is NOT cloud but traditional hosting/virtualisation

* Cloud incentivisation of the sales teams (i.e. bonus multipliers for anything "Cloud") will also probably lead to fuzzing of the classification of sales as "Cloud" when in fact it may be less clearcut. For example a hybrid on-premise and cloud deal might be recorded as all-cloud by Sales in order to hit their target/bonus level - regardless of the actual mix sold.

* Some Oracle Cloud offerings have a period of lock-in or a fixed term (rather than just being fully-flexible and month-to-month), which could mean that the full revenue stream might have been recognised up-front, rather than spread over the contractual period/schedule. (Bear in mind that many of the applications offered require a non-trivial amount of technical and functional work from the end-user organisation to migrate on or off)

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

Steve K

Re: Must be...

Trio, surely?

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Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

Steve K

Re: I'm writing the script now

Kaffe Fasset?

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Don't tell the Cabinet Office: HMRC is building its own online ID system

Steve K

May I just say...

May I just say - what an omnishambles...

One arm of Government afraid to talk to another, so both spending money on the same thing. Great.

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Troll seeks toll because iPhones work

Steve K

Re: I've got an idea...

Nice idea, but ironically they will already have prior art on this.......

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

Steve K
Coat

Re: Supply commitments?

Maybe they are going back to fizzion power?

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What's holding up Canada's internet?

Steve K

Not to mention the shading on the cable insulation...

Well while we are being pedantic, what about the shading/highlights on the cable insulation on the left and right-hand sides...?

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Dark net LinkedIn sale looks like the real deal

Steve K
Black Helicopters

Re: Password changes

That's OK - I haven't changed the password now ;-)

(@ A. Bee Have an upvote from me too. Thread makes less sense for future readers now as I deleted the duplicate before I saw your post...... Sorry)

No idea how I managed to post twice - might have been using the back button to add a post icon.

Steve

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Steve K
Coat

Password changes

"While people's passwords can and should change routinely"

Well that's not what GCHQ said today...;-)

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

Steve K

No real changes required

Neither a new company number nor new directors are required - a company can trade under any name it likes (within reason and avoiding other trademarks).

A company can also change its name at Companies House if it likes too - subject to agreement from the directors and shareholders passing the appropriate resolution(s). This also does not need any change of company number or directors.

The name is still complete bollocks though.

I wonder if they considered using the song "We built this city" by Starship...? That would be a double-bingo....

Steve

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LiveDrive drive by: Backup biz's price hikes will kill us, say resellers

Steve K

Re: Livedrive are a dishonest bunch - wouldn't now recommend at all

Thanks!

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Steve K

Re: Livedrive are a dishonest bunch - wouldn't now recommend at all

As a current LiveDrive customer - can I ask whether Dropbox does deduplication and lets you do file versioning?

I have added Azure Blob storage too as a backup target for my QNAP NAS recently (approx. £5/month for 350GB) which gives availability options too (at a higher price) - pleased with it so far.

Thanks

Steve

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Steve K

LiveDrive

I have used LiveDrive for years (as part of a more diverse personal backup strategy) and renewed last month for approx. £50 (£4/month-ish). I don't think I would use them for business back-up though as their support and SLA are at the cheap end of things (fair enough for what I pay them....)

I haven't had any notice of changes from them, and the charges look the same on their website.

Giving the benefit of the doubt, I wonder if this is because of problems that they have had with resellers overselling the service in some cases (rather than a land-grab by LiveDrive)? It looks like resellers get 5TB initially to pool over their user base, so if resellers are selling that as "unlimited" then maybe that's where the charging problem has come from.

It is pretty tough on resellers if a huge price increase has been imposed on them, but I imagine that contractually there will be get-outs (for the reseller) since they would have no control over their upstream provider (in this case LiveDrive) pulling the plug/going bust/increasing charges in a way that does not suit their reselling model etc.

It's also tough on the end-users too, but - as long as there is notice and some kind of pro-rata refund available - you can at least get your data back (may take a while if you have several TB stored.....) and move elsewhere before the new charges kick in. As others have said - you should not have something like this as your sole backup target.

Steve

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Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

Steve K

Re: Offline device

Maybe I've misunderstood, but aren't you advocating carrying another device in addition to your phone in order to manage passwords?

Pretty secure as you have outlined it, but prone to failure (in the sense that there are now more devices - and not just passwords - to forget/lose etc....)

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Steve K
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"bread out" most backdoors by now"

Luckily for you or you'd be toast

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Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

Steve K

Re: How the mighty have fallen

"Ime Archibong" - Is this a distant, but more senior relation to the Reg's esteemed correspondent Steve Bong???

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What's all this? Welcome to The Register's News Bytes

Steve K

Re: Can I switch them off as they mess up the front page layout....?

Email and screenshots sent.

I get the same result on IE11 and Edge

I don't think it's a technical/compatibility issue to be honest.

The grid on which the main news items is based does not align with the Newsbites items (probably due to the smaller font that Newsbites uses?) so you get a column of story snippets in a small font on the left that looks misaligned with all of the story snippets on the right in a bigger font...

I know, suddenly everyone is a web design expert, but this just jars with me because of the uniform grid layout for the front page.

Steve

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Steve K

Re: Can I switch them off as they mess up the front page layout....?

Thanks!

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Steve K

Can I switch them off as they mess up the front page layout....?

Can I switch them off as they mess up the front page layout....?

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Waiting for your Oculus to arrive? Yeah, it's going to be some time

Steve K

Is a Facebook account mandatory here?

So do you have to have a Facebook account in order to use the Oculus device at all, or is this just for Facebook content interaction?

Steve

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'Planet nine' theory boosted by Kuiper Belt Object with odd orbit

Steve K

Re: Typical

The proposed orbit is pretty big, so maybe your neighbour's bathroom ceiling might be better?

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Steve K

Milankovitch cycles

Could this explain the Milankovitch cycles in any way (i.e. when the Earth and this planets' orbits are in the right orientation and hence resonance every n*20000 years-ish) or should I get a bigger tin-foil hat?

Steve

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Oracle's website, social media to wear sandwich board of shame over Java SE insecurity

Steve K

Re: Bah!

Absolutely - even some of Oracle's own products have needed to use old JRE/JDK versions on both client (and server) sides.

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Russian rocket roll-out and raising revealed

Steve K

Space-grade Gaffer tape?

Is it me or is that Gaffer tape over some connector ports on the loud end of the booster at approx. 02:00 in the video.....?

You can tell it's space-grade as it's silver and hence "spacey".

Steve

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'No regrets' says chap who felled JavaScript's Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?

Steve K
Boffin

Yes - hubris means overweaning pride and arrogance.

This is more like "pietas"?

Steve

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Reposting 8-second sports clips infringes copyright

Steve K

Disruption...

..and too often "disruption" equates to ignoring the law (whether IP/commercial/statute) rather than a genuinely innovative offering for consumers

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Electronic Superhighway 2016-1966 – a retro: Texts, ar*se and ASCII rolls

Steve K

Re: ouch

Depends on your interests. It's cheaper than a Premier League/Division football game. You can choose to avoid both and save the money.

One man's fish is another's poisson....

Steve

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Power outage in Sheffield kills e-commerce at Insight UK

Steve K
Coat

Rebranding?

No secondary provision.?

Soon to be rebranded "HindSight UK"...

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Watch six tiny robo-ants weighing 100g in total pull a 1,769-kg family car

Steve K

Re: I, for one,

A great book indeed - and includes a car stereo that turns every cassette tape into Bohemian Rhapsody ("Is this the real life - no it's just Battersea").

A bit like the Waif-o-matic (TM) that every f@cking TV advert is using at the moment to get some 80s/90s classic songs to sound like they have been sung by the same insipid waify-girly singer.

Aaah that's better - glad I got it off my chest.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

Steve K

Re: When I was your age...

300 baud? Luxury!

When I started we just shouted 1s and 0s down the phone line to each other.

If someone replied "Pieces of 7" you knew it was a parroty error.

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Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

Steve K

Re: Keep in mind it's 90 000 feet on Earth,

I imagine that in a Martian scenario they would have to keep their pressure suits since pilots have to get in and out of it under unpressurised conditions.

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Machismo is ruining the tech industry for all of us. Equally

Steve K
Coat

Re: equality

Well to judge your request properly we need to know if you are male or female, Mr/Ms. Other - if that's your real name.......

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

Steve K
Stop

Oh no I don't....

Unfortunately that won't work for me since after entering my postcode:

"Dominic Raab MP has told us not to deliver any messages from the constituents of Esher and Walton. Instead you can try looking them up on the Parliament website. There you will get a phone number, a postal address, and for some MPs a website or way to contact them by email."

Great.... and not for the first time with Mr. Raab

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Europe is spaffing €20bn on handouts for tech

Steve K
WTF?

WTF...?

“Convergence is actually following a reverse trend.”

WTF... - does that sentence actually mean "divergence"....?

Steve

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

Steve K

In the same vein, whilst not fanless or completely silent, the All-in-One solutions (e.g. Corsair H55 - approx. £60) are pretty quiet - especially if you only need the CPU-supplied graphics, and use the fan-tuning software that ships with the motherboard (e.g. Asus).

Steve

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Oz town suffers hairy panic attack

Steve K
Black Helicopters

Clone tool....?

Is it just me or does the picture shown look a bit "enhanced" via the clone tool....?

Maybe it's just the downsampling to JPEG from a screengrab that makes it looks fuzzy though.

Steve

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Trade union threatens work-to-rule action over HPE Lancashire job cuts

Steve K

"not covering for anyone else’s work"

"not covering for anyone else’s work"

I can see how the rest of the items could be covered under work-to-rule, but how can you refuse to cover for someone else's work in an infrastructure role?

By its nature you would have >1 person assigned to individual environments/systems, and you would pick up helpdesk tickets as they came in. I can see that you might have reduced capacity if someone was absent, but you can't refuse to cover their work as it's not just "theirs".

Steve

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