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* Posts by John H Woods

1293 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007

iOS was SO much more valuable to Google than Android - until Maps

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Re: @Nightfox:

Maverick - by CodeSector

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Health dept puts off NHS 111 helpline roll-out for 6 months

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Unhappy

misdial

isn't 111 a bit close to 112? Surely they wouldn't have chosen 998 as a good number?

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Stephen Fry's Pushnote goes titsup

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Re: Yep...

... but I would say Julie Burchill is a clever person's idea of a stupid person.

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Volkswagen Up!

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Re: Fuel economy

Thanks for the admission - my comment that it was thirsty cost me a downvote - despite the fact that loads of people agreed with me! I feel better about it now :-)

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Surprisingly thirsty?

My Audi A3 cab (140bhp 2.0TDi) has averaged over 50mpg in its first 15,000 miles, despite the fact that I sometimes enjoy driving it. It's fairly easy to get >60mpg even with the lid off on any trip over about 10 miles. I would have thought it would be reasonable to expect 80-90mpg out of a car like this?

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ZTE and Huawei execs get ten years for bribery

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Look here, you foreign chaps...

... that's just not the right way to go about things. BAE, Saudi Arabia and the Serious Fraud Office can advise you on how to do it properly.

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Silicon Valley Bank lures Brit startups with sacks of cash

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non-technocracy

Absolutely. Makes one wonder if its a short step from a society where there is a lack of social mobility to one that is effectively antimeritocratic.

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Password flaw leaves MySQL, MariaDB open to brute force attack

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memcmp! FFS!

As a someone familiar with testing, I can see how something like 'sometimes the wrong password is accepted' doesn't get tested - I don't think I've ever seen a security test plan that just keeps trying the wrong password in a functional security test! However, the weakness should have been discovered during non-functional security testing - an obvious way to attempt to DDoS a DB (or any other app) is with repeated bogus login attempts.

But what I'm really struggling with is how a function like memcmp can have (a) been screwed up and (b) have its screwup missed in regression testing. How can one have any confidence in a library where a function to compare two sequences of bytes does not work properly?

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Gov exposes 8,000 GPs so punters can pick one

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More fake choice ...

... just like with state schools, where the only availably strategy to exercise that choice involves moving house, this is about the illusion of choice. If the practice you'd like to join is full, or nearly full --- and there is a sensible prioritisation of places for those who live locally --- you'll have to go to the practice that is in your own town, whether you like it or not.

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Molyneux chisels away at social experiment

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Game over ...

a) game fails to catch on, nobody gives a toss what's in the cube, no movement of news through social media to track.

or

b) game goes crazy, winner announces contents to media, everybody finds out at once, no movement of news through social media to track.

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We'll pull the plug on info-leak smart meters, warns UK.gov

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Schoolboy error...

... what makes you think that any of this is for customers?

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UK websites: No one bothers with cookie law, why should we?

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Re: Shit laws should be ignored

'These sorts of laws should be run by engineers first so that we can say "No, you dipshit, that is complete bonkers, this is how the problem can be solved simply and cheaply"'

Steady on, now, Tom38 - imagine if we took that approach to government IT projects?

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1930s photos show Greenland glaciers retreating faster than today

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Re: Dear Reg editors :-

Urban Legend Alert: 'still got bowfingers' is considered unlikely as the source of 'the Vs'

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Council builds £2.8m shared database of vulnerable kids

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I see the future...

... twenty SIX databases.

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ITU adopts two ultra-high def TV specs

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Re: Happy with TV as it is - but want awesome Virtual Reality goggles

Sony already make some: http://www.reghardware.com/2011/10/21/sony_3d_goggles_get_priced_up_for_uk. Not really VR afaics tho, to me that implies movement of the picture correlating with movement of one's head.

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People-powered Olympic shopping mall: A sign of utter tech illiteracy

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Re: "As Joules are very small people..."

you aren't but maybe you're the only one who missed the earlier excellent sarcasm about commas :-)

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Re: Dimensional analysis

Actually it's not quite meaningless. If you do the division the other way, you get an area. That area is the cross-sectional area of a 'solid tube of fuel' that a vehicle must 'nibble up' as it goes along in order to sustain its motion.

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Boffins cram binary data into living cells' DNA

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Re: Ace science...

Rob,

I completely agree but that's my point. This is useful technology for genetics - just not informatics.

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Ace science...

... but there is no usable *IT* technology here, probably never will be. In terms of genetic technology there is always potential anywhere you can control genetic material; but I really cannot see why "Programmable data storage within the DNA of living cells would seem an incredibly powerful tool for studying cancer, ageing, organismal development and even the natural environment." That just sounds like marketing, rather than science.

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SpaceX does what it HASN'T done before: Dragon in close ISS flyby

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Re: Patent lawyers... IN SPAAACE!

Not at all. As long as they don't have ships, tethers or suits I'm happy.

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Insect vision a template for computer ‘sight’

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Re: Is this why Bee's are on the decline...

Agreed but a more sensible evolution for the relatively recent invention of the apostrophe would be to dispense with it altogether, rather than treat it as part of the letter S and sprinkle it liberally all over the place.

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Attack of the clones: Researcher pwns SecureID token system

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Re: They have Software Tokens?

"Kind of" with RSA as well, for the reason you say.. But it is RSA who provide the S/W token; like a locksmith who sells you a lock and, when it's compromised, says "oh, everyone knows those aren't secure"

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Wireless remote control inventor zaps out at 96

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Re: Reader Question

"Nottatoy"

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Russian satellite beams home 121-megapixel pics of Earth

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Re: Can do / can't do

*moon* race. Fixed that for you.

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Another NHS trust coughs up £90k fine for lax fax acts

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I can beat this

I was once faxed a full transcript and evidence for an employee disciplinary hearing. Apparently this Orange store employee was considered to have violated some purchasers privacy. I nearly died of irony.

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Seeing ads on Wikipedia? Then you're infected

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Re: I have a serious question:

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/jimmy_wales

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Txt-speak is a sign of humanity 4 U

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Lots of love

Grandma has died. LOL.

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Does Britain really need a space port?

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Money Men?

"That said, Reaction Engines believes it will need a cool $12bn to make a Skylon fly: and it remains unclear that it can pay such an investment back on the time scales that money men demand. "

Weird isn't it? These 'money men' seem to thing that waiting over a century to get their money back from their Facebook shares is perfectly ok.

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UK man to spend year in the clink for Facebook account hack

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Re: Note to Home Secretary

IIRC the military passwords Gary McK guessed were, for the most part, blank. So even weaker than the average FB password!

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Re: lol @ todays "hackers"

Yeah, did he mean gaol?

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Button batteries BURN KIDS FROM INSIDE

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Weird...

... were they waiting for someone to invent X-rays?

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New Apple keyboard patent may spell trouble for Android

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Re: Did you hear scientists are replacing lab rats with patent lawyers?

You forgot (3) only a finite number of rats in world :-)

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Foxconn chief: we're gearing up for Apple 'iTV'

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ITV2

Can't remember which sketch show it was, but a wonderful 10 second clip of the ITV2 logo with the voiceover "This is ITV2. Move along, nothing to see here" is very hard to forget.

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Headbanger plays Star Trek theme on floppy drives

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Re: The standard by which all others are tested

My favourite is Phantom of the Floppera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmoDLyiQYKw

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UK milk wastage = 20,000 cars = actually completely unimportant

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Re: Unfortunately, the facts are otherwise

"No child benefit after second child - that way it's like a tax on children."

Errm, children are FUCKING expensive anyway, they do not need to be taxed. Couples who choose not to have children are rewarded not only 'in some way' but ENORMOUSLY due to - guess what - not having to pay for children (xkcd 946).

If you were correct in your cause and effect wealthier people would have more children than poorer people, and that isn't what happens. Making the poorest poorer will not stop them having more children. Looking after children properly, educating them properly and making them productive members of society is what we need to focus on.

Remember your 'reduction in class sizes', even if it were to happen, is a reduction in the number of people who will be able to pay for you - pension, healthcare etc - when you are older.

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How to simulate a light armoured vehicle

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Re: Aussie sims.

It's a great story, and has some basis in fact, but the reality of it is apparently a little more mundane. The devs did it as a joke; it was something visible right away (not an embarrassing hiccough during demonstration or after deployment); and it was at an early stage of development (when the projectiles were still, IIRC, beachballs rather than missiles).

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US gov boffins achieve speeds FASTER THAN LIGHT

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@David W

whilst I appreciate the sarcasm in your amusing post I feel compelled to opine thus:

The highly trained individuals to whom you refer would (rightly) have zero respect for us if we took them, or any other highly trained individuals, at their word. This is a logical fallacy called "accepting the argument from authority."

It has been my privilege to meet many top-flight scientists and my feeling is they would be more impressed with even our ill-informed attempts to debunk their approach than the unthinking 'scientists say...' acceptance of the other lay media where their results will be reported.

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Cameron hardens stance on UK web filth block

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Re: I can only imagine

Actually I found a porn mag whilst walking the dog the other day. And, sign of the times, it had a DVD taped to the front of it!

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Yahoo! board! probes! CEO's! CompSci! CV! blunder!

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Completely agree ...

... you might even hire me (BSc Genetics, PhD Biochem) to do an IT job, given I've been doing one for 20 years. But there's a difference between "not having an IT degree" and "being prepared to lie on one's CV".

Bit like MPs with sleeze. We don't care what shenanigans they get up to in their personal life. But we do care if they are liars.

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Virgin Media cuts Pirate Bay access for millions of punters

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ABH

*rubs forehead twice*

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US, Euro e-car makers back 'standard' AC/DC jack

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Re: Is it just me....?

I hope you never have to take a Rorsach test!

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ICO mulls stiffer probe into Google Street View Wi-Fi slurp

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Re: How is this all so wrong?

If you did that you could hardly object to my observing your signal strength (oh, that person over there is shouting at this volume). But what if you shouted something I didn't understand (bytes) and I went to the effort of translating it, transcribing it (making it search-able), storing it with something identifying your voice (MAC code), the address you were at, and when it happened. And keeping that information indefinitely. Oh, and then systematically driving round the whole world doing the same, with microphones able to pick up what people were saying 100m away. And then saying I did it unintentionally.

Doesn't it seem just a tiny bit wrong now?

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'Oppressive' UK copyright law: More cobblers from IP quangos

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Time is a quality filter

I think there *are* good movies, games and music still being created. It just looks like it was better in the old days because we don't re-show, re-broadcast or re-play the dross: the intervening years act as a filter.

Countless films were made in 1942 - 1358 of them are listed in iMDB. They weren't all as good as Casablanca and most will never be shown again. I still occasionally play Timesplitters 2, but that doesn't mean that I think 2002 was somehow a golden year for videogames in general.

I certainly don't think there should be an expectation that we should enjoy the works of others for free, nor that the works of those others should provide income for generations of their descendants long after their death. But I don't think we can claim that so-called 'piracy' is responsible for the death of all quality when we haven't really established that such a death has occurred.

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GCSE, A-level science exams ARE dumbed down - watchdog

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Let's see

1) Tie the (monetary) success of schools to their grades using league tables etc.

2) Allow the exam boards to compete with each other so that schools can choose exam boards

3) Act all surprised at the consequences

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Want to be a better marksman? Play shooting games

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I used to play Skyrim all day...

... but then I took an arrow to the paycheck

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The truth about Apple's mind-boggling low tax rate

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Re: On this occasion I am willing to accept the iPhanboi argument that.......

Sorry, but the fact that "people" would not offer to pay more tax, quite apart from the fact that they are effectively taxed much more than corporations - and have a lot less wiggle room in terms of clever accounting - has nothing to do with this argument.

Companies are either paying enough tax or they are not. And, as they have a duty to perform as efficiently as possible whilst remaining within the law, it is the laws which may or may not need to be changed.

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