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41 posts • joined 21 Nov 2007

OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

Thom Brown

Exaggerated risk?

CloudFlare have found it impossible to exploit the bug to steal keys despite their efforts:

http://blog.cloudflare.com/answering-the-critical-question-can-you-get-private-ssl-keys-using-heartbleed

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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1 in 10 reasons probably invalid, so all invalid?

The health aspect is just one of many reasons why one might buy organics, so suggesting that they're a waste of time because there's doubt over one of those aspects is presenting a logical fallacy.

And saying that it "won't save you from cancer" is a straw man. No-one has ever claimed that.

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UK lags US in online content spending

Thom Brown
Unhappy

UK doesn't have the services

US has Netflix... UK does't have a decent equivalent. In fact once you factor in how many services are available to folk in each country, it may end up being surprising the UK's numbers are as high as they are.

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Oracle claims 70X speed-up with MySQL Cluster 7.2

Thom Brown

Re: Re: Erm...

Okay, then are they saying there's a direct link between the 70x join performance improvement and the millions of transactions per second? And is this a best-case scenario for very small tables that are entirely cached in memory? Or even cached query results without accessing the table? There's no detail on the type of transactions carried out, only the type of application it was used on, which could just use the same few queries repeatedly.

Those are interesting claims, but I'd be more interested in non-Oracle real-world examples using large tables. A database with a total of 33.5k rows is negligible. And the environments used to conduct the tests between versions weren't the same. In fact the one used to get the massive hike in performance was significantly different.

Does anyone know if there are details on how to recreate this test?

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Thom Brown
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Erm...

So are they saying they've got a 70x increase in performance because of Memcached using the optional NoSQL integration tool? There's very little clarity here. If that's the case, it's a very misleading claim. That would surely come as the cost of consistency (C in ACID)? Can someone shed more light?

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PETA riled by Mario's raccoon skin suit

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Stop

Just go onto YouTube and look up "Chinese fur skinned alive".

It's a well-known practice, but I don't think the horrific animal rights abuses around the world are helped in any way by PETA working against the public rather than with them. Most people have absolutely no idea what really goes on in factory farming, the fur trade and the "traditional medicine" trade. Why do you think that the public and cameras are strictly prohibited from ever visiting such places? Free range and organic farms often welcome people to take a look around.

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Play.com swallowed by Rakuten

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George Osborne tax-dodger

The chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, the guy who's responsible for government spending and budgets and the UK economy, himself has avoided £1.6m tax. I notice they're not doing much to close those holes. The wealthier you are, the more likely you can avoid paying tax. It's the majority of us who don't have a choice, and we can afford it the least. But then he's a Tory, so I'd be shocked if he were any other way.

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PostgreSQL revs to 9.1, aims for enterprise

Thom Brown

Hmmm...

The example El Reg gave is a bad one and yes, it can be done with 2 statements in a transaction. But what it does provide is a logical chain of queries that can take an input and provide an output to the next, like you would with bash functions. So if you wanted to delete records from a table, then aggregate the data and update another table based on that information, you *could* update a table based on the aggregated data you plan to delete, then go ahead and delete it, but it's more logical to delete it, then start using that data. This way you've only had to define your conditions once.

Actually, there's an example of something more complex than this on the PostgreSQL wiki: http://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/What's_new_in_PostgreSQL_9.1#Writeable_Common_Table_Expressions

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'Apple is not going to change,' new boss says

Thom Brown
Meh

Re: Ahhh 12 kernel panics on a work machines

It was brand new and the company didn't install anything. Windows is rarely used within the company and control over the machine is pretty much left to me, not some clueless centralised IT dept. I do know the type you mean though as I did work for such an outfit once.

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Thom Brown
Meh

Well...

@Anonymous Coward

Not much. I use Chrome, LibreOffice, TextEdit, VLC, Finder, pgAdmin, psql, Terminal, Skype and Adium most of the time. That's pretty much it, just essentials to get work done.

@Graham Dawson

Yes, I use it entirely for work, and occasionally the odd episode of some random TV series while travelling. My much older Acer Aspire One netbook has never yet failed me and I'm more productive on it. And the kernel panics are the tip of the iceberg. The whole list of qualms is too long to go through here. Actually, maybe a blog post is called for, but considering how litigious Apple have been lately, I'd probably be hauled into court over some blasphemy law which they probably now qualify for.

@OrsonX

But I didn't buy it. As I said, it's a work machine. I actually asked to pick something cheaper and more powerful, but I didn't have a say in the decision.

@Ilgaz

The "geniuses" at the "Genius Bar" have looked at it twice, and run all manner of tests on it which took hours. No hardware issues were shown.

@jai

Fortunately there are no forms of Microsoft Windows installed anywhere within my household. Long may that be the case.

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Thom Brown
Meh

So...

Apple isn't going to change? It's not going to stop being a litigious church of pointless consumerism hell-bent on creating a media frenzy every time they update their online catalogue, which strangely requires bringing their site down temporarily, unlike any other company which manages to update their product lines without such downtime, exaggerating every feature in every product like it's a revolution and as if they invented it, but all they did was add a gloss-style curve to everything, discontinuing products the second a new version is released, and continue to fail to interoperate, continue to keep their walled gardens and sealed un-upgradable products where something as basic as wanting to replace a battery has been relegated to fantasy?

Well... it makes them money through the endless sea of drones who buy anything they release. Why would they want to change that?

[Typed begrudgingly on a work Macbook Pro, 9 months old, 12 kernel panics and counting]

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Injunction suspended: EU can buy Galaxy Tabs again

Thom Brown
Joke

Reich from wrong

Maybe it's a very old judge from an old generation that refuses to accept Germany didn't win the Second World War.

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Vodafone hikes PAYG call costs

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Tax?

So is this because they need to raise enough money to pay the billions in taxes they've avoided thus far? Probably not.

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Travelodge hacked, investigating

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Stop

Lenny Henry's favourite motel?

I think you'll find Lenny Henry promoted Premier Inn, not Travelodge.

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Red Dwarf to blast off on new adventure

Thom Brown
Unhappy

Probably going to disappoint

As much as I loved Red Dwarf, or at least the earlier series', I don't think this will end well. It could if they do it intelligently and not make it silly, but my hopes aren't high.

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Lenovo flaunts ThinkPad with 30 hour battery life

Thom Brown
Unhappy

Window tax?

But they'll still come with the same requirement to have Windows bundled with it though I bet. I wonder if I'd get away with insisting on a rebate for not accepting the EULA.

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Amazon lobs Oracle onto heavenly servers

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Stop

Re: Yawn...

You're referring to standard installations of a relational database on EC2, which there have been many for a while.

Read up on: http://aws.amazon.com/rds/

What the article is about is Amazon's Relational Database Service, which currently only provides MySQL, and will shortly be providing Oracle. It takes a lot of the administrative overhead away (in theory) and auto-patches the database, and various other things. Standard installations, however, are still entirely managed by their EC2-instance user.

But it still sucks. Amazon only have 2 offerings for RDS, and both are from Oracle. Not exactly freedom of choice.

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PSP 2 'as powerful as PS3'

Thom Brown
WTF?

ARM vs Cell

So a 32-bit Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 (up to 2GHz) is as powerful as a 64-bit 8-core 3.2GHz Cell processor? If they're comparing performance of a relatively low resolution portable device to a high definition console, that's not a real comparison.

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Facebook beats Google's block

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Stop

Eh?

That's not defeating the block at all! Facebook still can't access people's Google accounts to get their contact lists.

Guess what? I can download all my Facebook wall postings by looking at my wall and copy and pasting them into a text file, and pasting into an email. Look, Google's now got an interface to Facebook's wall feature!

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Android kernel leaks like a colander

Thom Brown

So....

"Coverity found .47 defects per 1,000 lines of code, compared with an industry average of 1 per 1,000. "

So it's less than half the industry average?

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Google sues US gov for picking Microsoft

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Stop

Re: How to win friends and influence people....

They haven't sued a customer. That's the problem. They had no option of them becoming a customer. But the point was that government agencies should be required to consider proposals from competing bidders, which is an even wider problem than just this case. It's also been the case in UK schools where the school were only allowed to choose from a selection of Microsoft-only options, meaning it allowed a private business a monopoly for a public service.

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Ingres and Xeround target MySQL waverers

Thom Brown
FAIL

PostgreSQL-phobia?

Is TheReg intentionally tip-toeing around PostgreSQL? Despite the fact that PostgreSQL had the biggest release in years less than a month ago, or that Sun Microsystem's founder, Scott McNealy, will be keynote speaker at the flagship PostgreSQL conference, PGWest, TheReg hasn't mentioned PostgreSQL a single time in an article since mid-July, and even then it was a passing comment.

Just seems very odd that most other database systems get a mention.

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Cameron to spend £1bn+ on cyber security

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Alert

Hmm...

So massive cuts everywhere, but for some reason this suddenly needs a LOT of money thrown at it? I suspect Cameron's got a few IT security friends he owes a favour to rubbing their hands with glee.

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MySQL's non-heroic future runs Castle Oracle

Thom Brown
WTF?

No PostgreSQL?

There's been a lot of news about Oracle lately, yet the biggest PostgreSQL release in years just seemed to pass by The Reg unnoticed.

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Oracle pledges MySQL community love

Thom Brown
Happy

Re: Here Is The Version Without Legal Exposure

And the big PostgreSQL version 9.0 is being released today ;)

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Ten Essential... 500GB Portable Hard Drives

Thom Brown
WTF?

Essential?

These are all "essential"? Essential to what? I'm sure I don't need any of them.

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Microsoft's Linux patent bingo hits Google's Android

Thom Brown
Unhappy

They've sunk even lower

So Microsoft has become a parasite now?

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Microsoft's FUD goes mobile

Thom Brown
FAIL

Oh great

So when I finally come to getting myself an Android phone, I'll have to avoid HTC.

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Seagate neck and neck with WD in Q3

Thom Brown

Seagate going downhill

Seagate were one of the better harddrive manufacturers around, but with having sent back no less than a third of my drives within a year, they're no longer getting my money. I've found Western Digital to be more reliable nowadays.

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PHPers prefer Windows desktop to Linux

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Stop

Inaccurate conclusion

"In a recent study from Zend Technologies, forty two per cent of PHP programmers named Windows as their primary development operating system."

That isn't the same as saying "PHPers prefer Windows desktop to Linux"

We all use Windows here to develop PHP apps, but not through choice. That's just the operating system the company provides. If we had a choice, most of use would be using Linux, so that study merely indicates usage trends, not preferences.

And all the apps we developer are only written on Windows, so it's really just a glorified text editor for us. They're tested using Linux servers and deployed to Linux servers.

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Near-ready Firefox 3.6 gets second RC sausage

Thom Brown
Unhappy

Firefox sausages?

"It may look like a bloody mess at the start, but once it starts to take shape it’s obvious that you’re making something delicious"

Firefox is made out of dead animals? Oh no!

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Microsoft's Silverlight 3 due in July?

Thom Brown
IT Angle

Race ahead

They'll be on Silverlight 35 before we know it. They really don't want moonlight catching up do they? Adobe, just open up Flash already!

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Pirate Bay loses trial: defendants face prison time, hefty fines

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Stop

What about the money?

Will the money go to the artists they claim they have been defending? How do we find that out? I suspect the artists get squat, which would mean they weren't defending anything but their own bank accounts.

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PETA pitches for Pet Shop Animal Shelter Boys

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Thumb Down

Bacon butty?

So basically you wish to show support for animal suffering because you don't like PETA? That's childish and mindless. FFS, grow up.

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Government flags ID cost increase

Thom Brown

Re: At this point

>And what political party ever follows through with it's election pledges?

Only 2 ever get the chance to follow through, and despite both of them failing, people still seemingly mindlessly vote for them.

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Security pros groan as zero-day hits Microsoft's SQL Server

Thom Brown
Linux

Re: Generic banal comment

"Now that it's been said, everyone else can spend their precious energies attacking something else."

Like when a fireman stops trying to put out a fire when he thinks he's used enough water, even if the flames are still spreading.

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DVLA: A licence to bill

Thom Brown
Alert

Helping theives?

Doesn't this also open up issues with car/bike/van thieves noting down the registration numbers of valuable vehicles they see on the road and then, with a £2.50 donation to the DVLA, locate the residence of the owner and organise its theft or sell the details on?

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Symbian: Linux unfit for mobile phones

Thom Brown
Linux

Eh?

So why does he criticize Linux but does not mention Microsoft Windows Mobile or Apple OSX on the iPhone, both of which are already present in the marketplace? As Drak said, this is just industry FUD to make their own product more appealing. That's the only reason any company criticizes a rival product, because it's a threat.

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Clever, clever Adaptec

Thom Brown
Unhappy

No series 3?

I noticed that they're only supporting this on lowest and highest end cards. Why not the 3 series mid-range? They don't even mention it nor explain what it is about the 2 and 5 series that makes them capable of supporting it over the 3 series.

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Firefox 3 Download Day falls flat on face

Thom Brown

Yes, it is available

You just need to look in the right place: mozilla-europe.org

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Tosh to tempt laptop buyers with free HD DVDs

Thom Brown

Not just laptops

The offer applies to a range of Toshiba HD-DVD devices, like the XBox 360 external drive, and the standalone player models HD-XE1, HD-EP35 and HD-EP30. There might even be a few more I haven't listed.

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