* Posts by John H Woods

1408 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007

Ministers consult public on 'opt in for smut' plans

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Re: At the same time lets

Richard Rae: "You shagged without a contraception, you have a kid you TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS EDUCATION!"

More than happy to. If the government will let me.

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'Inexperienced' RBS tech operative's blunder led to banking meltdown

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FAIL

{in}experience of ONE person...

... is not a good enough reason for this fiasco.

Consider: "a lone terrorist hacked the system / posed as an employee / whatever and caused a banking crisis affecting nearly 20m people for nearly 2 weeks"

Even if the poor bugger had done it ON PURPOSE there is NO EXCUSE for what happened next. It is a system failure on every conceivable level and therefore the ultimate blame must absolutely lie with management.

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Chess algorithm written by Alan Turing goes up against Kasparov

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Miek...

... be fair! There's a difference between writing pseudocode before you go to the computer and writing it before the bloody thing has even been invented :-)

BTW: match is at http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/garry-kasparov-versus-alan-turings-1950-chess-program, worth a look.

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Resistive Ram cache to make Flash fly, say boffins

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Re: How much does RRAM cost?

There's a million square cm in 100 square m. So your chum reckons you need a zetabit to "fully describe every atom in a human body"

IS2R there's about 10^26 atoms in a kilo of meat, so around 7e27 in a body. A zetabit gets you about 1 millionth of what you need for 1bit per atom, which is hardly enough for a "full description" (say, which element it is, and its 3D coordinates at a sufficient resolution). Even 100m x 100m wouldn't be enough - I reckon you are going to need 6e12 cm^2 - 600 square kilometres - just to get a bit per atom.

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DDR 4 sets the pace for fast memory

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Not much need ...

... to correct you either, because you were almost right - certainly close enough to make the point.

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Boffins program peripheral visions for ultra TV immersion

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How long until...

... we get themepark style air blasters capable of battering one with hot air full of the smell of burning?

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All that 3D stuff gives me a headache http://xkcd.com/880/

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Users still slack about passwords: Trustwave

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Re: Intentionally Weak passwords

Check out #4 in " 8 Websites You Need to Stop Building" http://theoatmeal.com/comics/websites_stop

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RBS IT cockup: This sort of thing can destroy a bank, normally

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Re: It's amazing

"We the voters must take responsibility of our part in this"

What - because we are too gutless to start an armed insurrection? Democracy - certainly as practiced in the UK - does not give you anything like the fine-grained control we need to prevent this sort of behaviour.

1) Politicians are not bound to stick to manifesto promises - in fact, they are almost bound not to.

2) Politicians are increasingly self (career) oriented, rather than state and/or society oriented.

3) The FPP system restricts the choice of government to two parties, both of which behave similarly in this respect.

I could go on. I believe in free-market capitalism, though I admit to being a bit of a small-L liberal. The problem we have had is that we will allow industry (e.g. 1970s British car industry) to go to well deserved oblivion, then we distort the market by preventing the banks from doing the same. This prevents them from doing proper risk analysis, because it us who bear all the risk, despite the fact we have no real means of relieving ourselves of the burden of doing so - nobody we can realistically elect will allow us to.

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Office printers spew reams of garbage as 2-year-old Trojan runs wild

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Re: mandatory...

@A J Stiles. Cool - can you tell me what this means? WHOOOSH!

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Turing Machine brought to life with Lego

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Re: Sir

Officially a 'posthumous pardon' is not applicable - he was convicted under the (bad) laws of the time, and pardons are reserved for people whose convictions are found to have been wrong, rather than whose prosecution is.

But I can't see why they can't find some official form in which they could apologize for ruining his life, and prematurely depriving us of a genius who played no small part in ensuring the continuity of our own state.

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Amount of meat we eat will barely affect future climate change

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Re: If God had wanted us all to be vegetarians...

... he wouldn't have made animals out of meat (by Jo Brand, IS2R)

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EU boffins ponder robot copters that carry people but no pilots

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Re: Or just use buses

Cheaper for whom? I live 4 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon on a main road. There is a bus stop outside my house. It is covenient, true, but It is cheaper for me to drive my daughter to town in 4.6 litre 4x4 than it is to buy one adult and one child ticket.

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Python wraps its coils around the enterprise

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In other news ...

... Smalltalk has yet to be bettered ...

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Ten... celeb headphones

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Re: Why?

I'll tell you why - the very same reason that even the rubbish reg articles are worth a look - the comments are priceless.

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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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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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