* Posts by Mage

4882 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Did you know there's a mega cybercrime backlog in Ireland? Now you do

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work with the FBI

Given how poor Irish Regulators are, I suppose there will be no practical regulatory hurdle.

Personally I think ANY USA involvement with any State or Governmental etc service in Europe should be illegal. They have proven that they are not trustworthy.

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Grim-faced 'naut Malenchenko prepares to return home

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Yuri Gagarin's smile

Airbrush photo retouching. Like the flag shot.

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Microsoft offers Surface-as-a-Service from its own stores

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Rental

My dad gave up TV rental in 1970s.

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Better than the other guys

More sensible than Google's or Facebook's plans to exploit Africans.

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Apple to kill off Mac OS X?

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Re: Apple have a mountain to climb

"They have to do what MSFT have painfully achieved over the last 2 years, creating a core OS that'll run from watches to cars"

Actually the stupidest thing ever MS did. As stupid as having WinCE look like Win9x on a tiny screen.

It's better to have different flavours of OS and ESPECIALLY different GUI / UI / UX for different kinds of systems, user input and hugely different screen size.

I'm no Apple fan, but they did the right thing adapting OS X to give iOS and buying in Fingerworks and putting a totally different GUI on iPhone.

The Apple Watch seems to be pointless, but that's a deeper issue than OS, or the too fiddly GUI on it.

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Re: Lame title

"Nothing is being killed off."

Yet.

They removed "Computer" from name

They don't make a physical server any longer

iTunes makes iOS very profitable, OS X / Mac OS / Mac OS X really only makes a small income from niche sales of Mac.

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

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Not using a file extension

Linux, UNIX, BSD etc doesn't care about extension. You have to set "execute".

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File Endings

FIRST hit on Google

50 potentially dangerous file extensions on windows

Yes, it's got bat pif scr cmd etc.

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Mushroom

So...

what about .cmd or .scr or .reg or a load of more obscure endings?.

I have no confidence in this product.

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Your comms metadata is super-revealing but the law doesn't protect it

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Privacy

Whatever the USA decides about privacy for their own, unfortunately the rest of the world are not even foreigners, but aliens and 3rd class compared to their own humans. So it won't apply.

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Reg photography special: Get a better snap of a BLACK HOLE

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Alien

Wonderful

Now if we had a copy of the new 500m Chinese Radio telescope on the edge of the near side/far side of the moon, or steerable on either moon pole, that would be a nice aperture combined with Earth based dishes.

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Microsoft's BITS file transfer tool fooled into malware distribution

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Windows Update

It's so complicated and relies on so many services, that in normal circumstances are not needed by anything else. This was inevitable. Too much complexity = bigger attack surface

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McDonald's says bigger fonts cooked up improved profits

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Happy Meal

Meal Deal?

I'm here for a snack, because you are the only one open here. I'd go to a real restaurant if I wanted a meal.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Linux

this is not your father's Microsoft.

I dunno, I remember installing MS Xenix.

It was a huge number of disks. Might have been 1987?

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Microsoft's mobile device management meltdown

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Enterprise?

A service for Enterprise users, yet needs Microsoft servers on the internet to work? (AKA so called Cloud)

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LISA Pathfinder free fall test beats expectations

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Excellent.

I read somewhere that they hope now to do the full size version on a shorter timescale.

" I assume it uses lasers to balance the weights... um "masses" to keep them in freefall and from hitting the edges? Or does it use magnets, and the lasers just for measurements?"

The laser is used essentially as ruler, to measure the distance apart of the blocks.

Nothing is holding the blocks in place (relative to the spacecraft), other than inertia. That's why it's at the Lagrange point.

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

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MIMO

Grossly overhyped and to do properly needs expensive aerial arrays, multiple transmitters and multiple receivers.

Shannon's law is based on Thermodynamics. There is no free lunch.

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wireless charging pads

They universally need mains connections.

A simple dock, like "cordless" kettles, drills, DECT phones and two way radios have (and phones used to have is sufficient) but doesn't have the same hipster marketing value.

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European Patent Office blocks staff reading critical articles at work

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Sorry, we are unable to translate the page you requested.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news.

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Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

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Re: WTF?

Enid Blyton's "Dame Slap the Teacher" in the Faraway Tree series comes to mind, similar questions with no possible answer. Curiously the series has Google Buns. (1936 - 1951!)

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So. Why don't people talk to invisible robots in public?

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Elephant in the room

They are pretty poor too, other than simple commands.

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From iWarp to Knight's Landing: James Reinders leaves Intel

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Pint

I wish him well

Real Computer Scientists knew the future was parallel, even in late 1970s.

In the 1980s

We had the Transputer.

Ivor Catt.

Occam

Co-routines et al. built in to Modula-2.

Despite James Reinders, CAR "Tony" Hoare and others we have not made much progress since 1980s with "modern" multicore CPUs depending too much on OS level multithreading and bottlenecked by shared I/O and shared external RAM.

A beer for James Reinders.

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NASA 'naut to boldly enter pump-up space podule

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Inflatable stations

Such structures should have multiple water tanks as part of outer skin, be wheel shaped and have the docking ports on outer skin opposite the spokes. PSU, Communications platform, gyroscopes etc at hub.

Water is additional shielding, also a source of oxygen and hydrogen if you have fission power, fusion power or a lot of solar power.

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Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats

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Re: It seems

I was telling Profibus researchers maybe ten years ago that security wasn't an optional extra on industrial control and needed to be designed in.

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WiFi vs Mobile

Local access rather than access over the Internet and mobile is preferable. It's done rather badly.

The idea of controlling ANYTHING on a vehicle you can't actually see is a fail. Remote reporting is a separate kettle of fish, I mean privacy issue.

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GNU cryptocurrency aims at 'the mainstream economy not the black market'

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Re: Mining?

"isn't this more of a money transfer system rather than a full-fat cryptocurrency?"

Yes, I think so.

Cryptocurrencies are a speculation vehicle anyway.

Anonymous payment systems or cryptocurrencies are an invitation for criminals and other neer do wells to do money laundering, accept ransom payments etc. I'm dubious about the claim of anonymous + taxable.

I'll stick to IBAN and PayPal.

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Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

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Re: Every up (sorry down) grade of Windows is a total disaster

You can "cold boot" XP on a four year old laptop using a 5400 RPM HDD, in under 15 seconds, if all the junk is removed, eye candy off and all services not needed are disabled.

About 1s to load Win 3.1 in a VM! ^_^

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Re: Low marketshare

XP ...

Good user practices & turn off all services not needed.

Use a separate firewall

Use safe browser with NoScript, no Java and no Flash

No media player or PDF plugins in browser

No remote HTML etc in a safe email client

use a VPN away from home.

Don't use Adobe for PDF, Apple quicktime etc

dual boot to Mint + Mate + WINE + Redmond theme :D

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Re: And

The Win 10 débâcle was even on BBC R4 You & Yours today. They were not kind to MS.

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Re: And

Which doesn't count old PCs never on Internet or PCs replaced by phone / tablet and rarely used online.

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Re: Microsoft aren't helping matters

" Microsoft have given us a succession of complete fusterclucks from Windows 8 onwards."

Actually since XP and Server 2003. (NT 5.1 & NT 5.2?)

Windows 7 was after all not a new OS, simply a fix up of disastrous Vista, should have been free to Vista users.

The release of Vista (NT 6.0 I think) and Win 7 (NT 6.1?) left out almost all the "interesting" new features promised after Win2K/XP/Server 2003. Bugs in Explorer and other parts of windows since NT4.0 still are not fixed.

The GUI has become more inconsistent and each version of windows since NT4.0 has gratuitously moved were admin / set up settings accessed from GUI.

Mostly the default install is STILL based on a Server not a workstation with too many server type services and other stupid services running.

We are seeing the result of bad management over the last 15 years coming home to roost. It's like what Nokia did since 2002 (Killed S80 and touch GUI development back then, high point was the the first few Nokia Communicators). Where will MS be in 2020?

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Smart meter gag orders lifted

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Good

Some sanity

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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French?

What do they say?

L'Académie française, institution créée en 1635, est chargée de définir la langue française par l'élaboration de son dictionnaire qui fixe l'usage du français.

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

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Re: "Microsoft should also hand over a big donation...

"And we've got these leftover Zune MP3 players! :)"

At least those don't need iTunes and won't be nagged to update to Win 10.

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XP

XP is safe from Win 10 Nagware.

If not connected to the Internet it's fine. ATM didn't use to connect to the Internet, if i was connecting an ATM using ANY OS, I'd use a properly setup VPN to my ATM's Server. What sort of idiot would have a cash dispensing machine or it's transaction server over the Internet without a proper VPN?

If XP set-up and used "properly" by an IT expert, there isn't as much risk as W7, W8 or W10 used badly. (i.e. by typical user that auto clicks on OK, adds browser tool bars, uses Outlook and MS browser, has no script blocking, Java, Adobe PDF, Media Player , Flash etc all work in browser by default. Not your typical El Reg commentard)

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Farewell, Fadell: Nest CEO Tony quits IoT biz

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Re: But... the billions and billions of customers

The better alternatives existed YEARS before Nest was even thought of.

There are plenty of easy to use controllers, easier to use thermostats, all more compatible than Nest.

Nest is shiny / gadgety hype, Also insecure and creepy. Overpriced

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Software snafu let EU citizens get referendum vote, says Electoral Commission

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Re: damn

UK Vote on In/Out might be:

French: Some Out, Some In

Polish, Irish, Germans: Mostly In

Not sure about Danes and Swedish.

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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

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Re: Chromebooks

Budget isn't Apple vocabulary.

They DO have an ARM ultra air laptop, disguised as a tablet, with detachable keyboard and stylus/pen.

I've said for years that the Mac OS is niche product. Someone here said it's so that workstations at One Infinite Loop have Apple logos and not Dell badges.

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Apple R&D

Only about 1% I think.

Most "good" stuff bought in

How much of Apple R&D is cost of their patents and "Design patents" and general R&D overheads in USA?

How many Apple patents and products are real R&D?

How much Apple R&D is Research and how much simply product development of fairly generic industry parts?

Considering Huawei accounting methods, much greater range of products (not just consumer phones/tablets) and their overhead / localities, I expect they are getting better value for money too.

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Smartphone sales falling

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Re: Idiot analysts

Even people with iPhones are not automatically updating as the Job's Reality distortion field decays.

It won't help if they really are ditching the headphone socket. They'd do better to add a Micro SD socket and only make one size of memory, but the no external storage, different memory sizes and iTunes control of content instead of USB storage is part of strategy to have 25% to 40% profit margin and more people upgrading (to get more memory) rather than 10% to 15% margin.

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Unicode serves up bacon emoji

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Dictionary

Is there one?

Probably it would be irrelevant.

I wonder what these look like at about 16 point in monochrome sans or serif style?

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Shoes

Impossible often to get less than a man's UK 6.5 (40 or 41 possibly) and many shops start at UK 7 for men (41 or 42). Adult men's feet go from 5 to 12 I think.

It's worse for women. Almost nothing above a UK 7. Women with 7 and larger feet often have to wear men's trainers, or "ugg style" boots (these are often a size larger than marked and wide), or hiking boots etc. Plenty of women have broader feet too.

Children's shoes are narrower and often stop at UK 5 (about a 38?), though I think there is an Irish VAT thing where kids shoes have no VAT and Adults do.

Almost everyone I know (women and men) find that while an Adult shoe is proportionally wider and wider at UK 5 and UK 6 than a kids shoe, they are too skinny and wrong shape.

Feet wider near toes and very short toes are common. Shoes do not seem to be designed for Europeans.

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Stock Control

Tesco have computerised stock control

Barcodes and whatnot

Customer cards that let them track what customers want.

Lidl also have computer stock control.

Yet they run out of popular items, often non-perishable, practically on alternate weeks. Baffling.

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

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Dark Energy

It's a fudge anyway, the more fudge "Dark Matter" you estimate, the more of it needed.

I don't see a problem with equations, only with fudge. Less Dark Energy solves it. Or less Dark matter, and less Dark Energy.

Likely the only "problem" is the Dark fudge previously added.

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'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

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Re: "scrubs out and falsifies information that [..] would allow carriers to identify the handset"

Presumably the IMEI or whatever. The carrier needs the SIM info and some sort of phone serial number too. Though how a false one works, beats me.

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Re: "scrubs out and falsifies information that [..] would allow carriers to identify the handset"

Presumably using the SIM.

|This is why I'm against abolishing SIMs, I like to swap them too, in a phone and between phone "devices"]

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'Limitless enterprise storage'. Really? Digging deeper into Symbolic IO

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Odd

A lot of marketing speak there.

1) Simple deterministic compression will compress certain kinds of uncompressed data. It won't compress anything already compressed, especially JPEG, MPEGx, MP3 etc.

2) Conventional disks do waste space for smaller files, if they use a fixed block size (which is commonly the case). Perhaps it's got a clever file system than FAT, which wouldn't be hard!

No doubt they are doing "something" but not likely saving anything on large files of already compressed file formats.

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Google is the EU Remain campaign's secret weapon

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Re:Armanents.

That would be all the sales to countries on the UK's OWN list of evil regimes.

Most of the non-military Aerospace is European contracts, government "pork barrel" support of UK companies involved in Electronics from 1950s onwards helped destroy the UK consumer Electronics industry and make UK electronics and semiconductors uncompetitive.

Steel and coal production weren't profitable probably from before 1914, but became strategic. There is a good reason why they were nationalised.

Take out Oil, dishonest Financial Services, immoral arms sales what is left?

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Re: Hopefully Brexit...

Germany has more real economy, While it's true that Nigeria and Afghanistan have a corruption issue, the UK is the most corrupt in the world courtesy of The City Of London / Financial services who are parasites. Too much of Britain's GDP comes from their money laundering and speculation and currency manipulation, so successive UK governments of all hues never interfere.

Take out so called "Financial Services" and Scottish oil, then what has UK got compared to Germany?

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Microsoft sells 1,500 patents to Chinese mega-phone biz Xiaomi

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Re: agreed to buy 1,500 patents

So that's bizarre. Even when Nokia got out of phones they only licensed IP to Microsoft. They didn't sell a single patent.

Exactly why would ANY tech company actually sell off IP unless they were in a Kodak or Polariod Ch11 or otherwise seriously strapped for cash? MS are not short of money.

Surely MS would ONLY sell IP that it determines is non-Core and will never be needed to defend its own product.

Makes no sense!

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