* Posts by Mage

4700 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Microsoft, Google bury hatchet – surprisingly, not in each other

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encourage government regulators to investigate each other

Pity.

Certainly both need investigating.

MS: Windows should not be included with PC

It's reasonable that Macs and Phones and non-x86 tablets should be preloaded. But the OS on a laptop / PC / netbook should be an optional extra. By all means sell it in PC world as a bundle, and pre-configured so it just flawlessly installs. Then users also have media (SD card, USB stick, DVD or whatever) to re-install.

W10 telemetery must be stopped.

Forced updates must be stopped.

No bundling of MS Cloud services. Option

Google Android:

Permissions wrong, updates lacking

Playstore and rest of Google spyware should be optional install and have a privacy warning.

Google must be more seriously investigated as to manipulation of search results, hosting of fonts, java & analytics for websites, abuse of privacy and data.

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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Cockney Quiz

right!

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

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enables high speed interstellar travel – but with only minimal fuel

No, it doesn't. Even with 100% efficiency and fusion you have to coast most of the way and have enough fuel to decelerate.

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tests in Germany, China and at NASA have corroborated

Really?

I thought the results were statistically dubious and within margin of error?

Still, Microwaves and light are both EM and you can shove stuff with light.

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12,000 chopped: Intel finds its inner paranoid

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Re: Citation needed

ECU isn't IoT, nor new, maybe more than 15 years old?

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this technology is making jet travel safer

ZERO to do with the evil that is IoT.

Embedded CPUs are around since the 4004. 1971. wasn't it used in Minuteman Missile program as well as calculators?

Anyway Intel has been making chips NOT for servers or PCs for 45 years. They even had a few successful CPUs that were not x86. 8051, i960 and they didn't sell ALL the ARM SoC to Marvell (acquired from DEC).

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Lock-hackers crack restricted keys used to secure data centres

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Or electric drill

Locks are only a time delay / deterrent or to stop casual stupidity by employees.

They are only part of an over all strategy.

Battery powered drills, bolt cutters, angle grinders, gas cutting torch, explosives ...

Any have decent locksmith can make a key from a photo that has something to give scale. The 3D printer and patents are irrelevant. A patent only tells you profile and method, not the actual specific physical "code".

A lock system with a single master key isn't really a lock.

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Storage with the speed of memory? XPoint, XPoint, that's our plan

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Paradoxically, storage media that doesn’t move is faster ...

How is it paradoxical?

Moving discs, drums, tape can be faster for pure sequential writes, but for RANDOM seeks, random access, multi-threaded multiuser access of small files etc, it's inherently slower than any storage without moving parts..

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'Technology enablers' will help Ofcom determine if spectrum can be shared

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Sharing Spectrum

Generally it can't. Basic physics as ANY communication engineer will tell you.

Ofcom, will you actually REGULATE and PROTECT spectrum and Consumers, instead of trying to facilitate large corporates (esp. Mobile) and raising money from licences. Your job isn't to make money for you or anyone else but to SENSIBLY manage, police and protect Spectrum. Ban interfering devices rather than ignore them. Co-ordinate with neighbours (Ireland, France, Netherlands etc) and ITU.

Stop trying to destroy the infrastructure of UK by running it like a supermarket for corporates.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Centos & Mint

Well, Centos is basically RedHat, a more sensible choice for a server than eye candy Ubuntu.

Mint with Mate desktop is far closer to what a user workstation / netbook / laptop /desktop should be, but it and Ubuntu are basically Debian, Unbuntu with more stupid bits. I used to use Ubuntu, now I use Debian, Mint + Mate, sometimes Centos.

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Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app

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Finally!

A smart phone app that's not just a locked in alternative to a web site.

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Exploit kit writers turn away from Java, go all-in on Adobe Flash

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Flash and Java.

Both disabled by default. No site is whitelisted for Flash as even BBC.com has served malware.

Only whitelisted Javascript.

While loads of sites use Flash and Javascript, I can't remember the last time a website wanted actual Java, so it's surprising ANY malware writers bother with it. Flash is the low hanging fruit, followed by hijacking an advertiser's domain and thus getting "reputable" web sites to distribute malware via java script because most people either don't run Noscript or enable whole page rather than whitelisting important bits. Some sites (Twitter, Google, Facebook etc) only get temporarily enabled for session. because of the evil tracking scripts in the buttons/icons people sprinkle on their sites.

It would be better if the icon was static HTML with an argument. But that would not suit the parasites.

If website wants me to see an advert, it's simple. Put a static jpeg + text ON YOUR OWN SERVER you moron!

Otherwise I will block it FOREVER.

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They Came From Beyond Our Galaxy And Landed In The Ice!

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which fortuitously has its jets aligned towards Earth

Even more fortuitously it is far enough away that we are not fried by the jets.

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Belgian boffins breed 'digital canaries' to test your random numbers

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Re: In theory the canary number will be affected first

Like a Zener diode thermal noise source getting modulated by power supply noise (SMPSU ultrasonic or mains hum).

A Zener diode feeding an ADC sounds like a nice idea for a RNG, but it's actually quite hard to do it properly.

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UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate

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Re: that's not even a Cloud issue, it's a hosting one,

Cloud is just market speak for certain kinds of remote hosted services,

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Embrace, extend – and kill. Microsoft discontinues RoboVM

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Microsoft was sued by Sun for its implementation of Java

Which is why J++ became C#

Oracle is a less sympathetic company than Sun. It was a sad day too, when Sun's SW portfolio became Oracle's.

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Windows 10 Mobile races to summer with useful facelift

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Icons, buttons, menus

Win 3.1 & Win 9x

The designers should try them, Takes 2 seconds to load Win 3.x in a VM on a 14 year old laptop.

They may think minimalist and pretty, but UX wise it's moronic.

Solid shapes.

Colour when needed.

Highlight and shadow to show if pressed in or waiting to press, or grey all round for disabled.

No need to to go Skeumorphic or photo-realistic.

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URL shorteners reveal your trip to strip club, dash to disease clinic – research

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Re: Beware Pron ahead

It's Twitter's fault.

The privacy issue isn't important. Short URLs are irrelevant to that. The issue is similar to stupid phones that go to URL in a QR code without showing destination FIRST.

All short URLs are evil because you can't know what domain / website it goes to before you click. An intermediate page with simply the real link would maybe make short URLS acceptable.

ANYTHING that "sees" QR codes ought to prompt and not automatically "execute" them. Does QR use short URLS making that idea useless?

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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

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modern era’s obsession with misspelt branding

It's not modern. At least to 1880s. It's to do with trademarks etc, easier to protect "Batrymax" than "Battery Max". Or Kleen than Clean (Kleenex).

Though Google slipped up. Enid Blyton has "Google buns" in the "Faraway Tree" series, I think maybe 1942.

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ExoMars works! 2 Mbit/s link established and camera snapping

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Re: Astounding !

Yes, 2Mbps is its UPLOAD speed. I have 8Mbps down, but only 1Mbps up. 8Mbps DSL is usually worse upload, about 0.4Mbps?

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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Re: Real Player

Yes, or at least disable it in Browser.

Real Alternative

http://www.videohelp.com/software/Real-Alternative

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RealPlayer#Real_Alternative

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Re: Trailers Site?

Also you can only browse iBook Titles on an Apple thing. What if I was thinking of getting an ipad and wanted to know what's on offer?

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QuickTime and iTunes

Removed both* these pests long ago.

Shame on Apple they don't implement proper USB mass storage for their devices.

[*I'm not partisan, I removed Silverlight and replaced Realplayer with "real Alternative"]

I have bare minimum of stuff that is allowed to run in a browser. I use NoScript, Java is off and Flash is set to prompt, never auto run. Anything else has to be downloaded.

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Microsoft explains which cloud security problems are your problem

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Cloud

Great for temporary collaboration and non-critical data you can afford to lose or have public or temporarily inaccessible

Madness for core business.

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Euro watchdogs give America's data-sharing Privacy Shield an 'F'

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So it's dead.

Good.

The American Mega Corps with have to set up companies in Europe and data centres in Europe.

Despite Ireland being expensive for Electricity Apple, Facebook etc ARE build more datacentres in Ireland.

What I don't understand is why the German 1 & 1 hosts UK customers in UK, mainland European customers in Europe / Germany but Irish customers in Kansas, USA.

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HGST has an entry-level 14PB archive box... is that enough for your, er, home collection?

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"Binary"?

That's from RAM, ROM and now I suppose Flash, because it's addressed in powers of two.

It was always wrong. K is NOT 1024, M is not 1024 x 1024. K = 1000 and M = 1,000,000

It's not even an SI unit issue.

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Bug hype haters gonna hate hate hate: Badlock flaw more like Sadlock

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So ...

If your LAN doesn't leak via WiFi or Internet Router and is in a private location, no public. Then it's not a big deal?

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Uber hands over info on 12m passengers, drivers to US officials, cops

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I was surprised ...

Do the Uber Drivers realise that Google is a major investor? That other abuser of privacy.

Does Uber actually exist simply to collect data or also as a trojan for future Google self drive cars.

Are the Autonomous Google Wagons really about scraping more info about the public?

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Re: Choice

I added "Classic Theme Restorer" to Firefox and some other sauce to fix GUI stupidity in Thunderbird.

Why can't Mozilla fix bugs and stop buggering the GUI?

Print Selection still non-existent in Thunderbird, still buggy in firefox (may throw blank pages with header & footer for part before selection) and Print Preview only does whole page.

Lots of other bugs ... "forgets" blocked cookies settings is an annoying one.

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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Re: Penguin

In the last 20 years every crash (since NT4 release) has been faulty hardware, or rubbish graphics driver or rubbish printer driver.

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Reusable autonomous swimming microbots soak up 95% of spilt lead

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I'm confused.

If they are self propelled, how are they powered? What sort of propulsion?

Are these really bots (programmed, CPU, engine & PSU) or a meta-material?

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Websites take control of USB devices: Googlers propose WebUSB API

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Re: Where to begin?

Esp. when the proposed API is proposed by Google, who would no doubt love to know what you are doing with your dongle.

This is worse than IoT.

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina buys a Huawei superdupercomputer

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maybe they are going to run a copy of the Internet?

As per title.

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Spinning rust fans reckon we'll have 18TB disk drives in two years

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Re: They should make 5.25 hard disk drives

They'd probably have to be 4,800 rpm max. Calculate linear speed and also force at edge? Differential expansion is an issue too for larger platters.

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Flash are not all equal.

Cheaper ones have poor number of write cycles.

Expensive Flash powered down may not last as long as powered down non-shingled HDD

Cheaper ones beat HDD on random access, but can MUCH slower for sequential writes, or even random writes.

"Flash" covers a very wide variety of qualities.

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Full height

I remember full height 5.25" drives, Floppy and HDD (that diameter is probably a problem for higher spin speeds and other things). Twice height of "traditional" CD Drive. A lot of PSUs are still about that height.

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Wishful thinking ...

I'd hope we can still buy drives without helium and without shingles.

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Saturn spacecraft immune to mysterious Planet 9's charms

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Cassini is unaffected by Planet 9's gravitational charms

Well, it's close to Saturn and it's very big. Even an uncharted moon of Saturn will have more effect.

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BlackBerry boss mulls mid-range Androids

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Re: Just can't make it work?

Teams too big

Changing goal posts

Stupid input from Marketing

Bureaucracy

Political infighting / empire building

Not specifically Microsoft. Nokia went wrong in about 2002- 2003

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Former Microsoft HoloLens man: It's NOT about gaming

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Re: UWP

If you just want to display more simply rendered polygons at a lower res - or even 2D schematics marking out the location of electrical cabling, say - the hardware required is far more modest.

Obviously you don't understand the differences between say 3D stereoscopic and a headset, the response time to changes isn't the same as the GPU ability to draw (which is often poor for 2D CAD compared to video).

You need very much more responsive systems to avoid motion sickness.

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UWP

Oh dear.

How stupid.

Windows Phone is dead.

How would a phone or tablet have the computational power to avoid lag in movement?

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WordPress pushes free default SSL for hosted sites

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Re: It means millions of websites will be safer from spying and interception techniques.

If my ISP did either of those I'd get at different one. Sadly though many people have no choice or can only use Mobile, which isn't broadband.

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Re: It means millions of websites will be safer from spying and interception techniques.

If you have to log into a wp site then your user/password doesn't get sent through all the intervening servers in plain text.

Seems daft that the majority of email and website logins are unencrypted. What were the designers of websites and email systems thinking of?

So for most sites it's only the Administrators. But can't MITM attacks be done on HTTPS anyway, most easily via "free" access at cafe or Hotel etc (WiFi or ethernet). I use a VPN to my home server if I'm using public internet.

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It means millions of websites will be safer from spying and interception techniques.

How?

Like how much content on a typical WP site isn't

a) Public

b)The same view for everyone?

So this makes uploading draft pages & posts you haven't publish yet more private. That's about all. It's of some benefit if the Wordpress has shopping plugin, are those even possible of WP own hosting rather than 3rd party?

I'm all in favour of encryption. But what value is it for content 100% public and the same view for everyone? Can someone explain the value to me?

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Picture this: An exabyte of cat pix in the space of a sugar cube of DNA

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re: No word on actual data transfer rates.

About 10 hours per access operation, minimum according to the article. Really slow but high density and long life. A USB stick might be 5 to 10 years. A writeable CD left on window sill less than a week?

An old HDD in a drawer might last a long while (not sure about shingled or other very density).

Tape can last 20 years if stored properly, you need to make copies as slowly get print through.

I think Magneto Optic storage was good (I remember 3.5" Sony cartridges in 1990s with 250Mbyte)

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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No individual or company is above the law

True.

So you go after the person with the key. You don't force lockmakers to make faulty door locks so everyone's car can be stolen and house burgled.

TSA keys are online.

If you weaken encryption so you can get in with a court order, without the users key, then shortly all the unfriendly governments and criminals can do it without a court order.

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

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I'm disappointed.

Torpex isn't made out of boiled cat.

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Mumblehard spam-spewing botnet floored

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Microsoft?

For a moment I thought this was another article about MS's Chatbot, Tay.

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Ultra-rare WWII Lorenz cipher machine goes on display at Bletchley Park

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Wonderful

I hope they have a good reunion.

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Bezos defends Amazon culture in letter to shareholders

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Kindle

it and Kobo have REALLY poor User Interface and book sorting/organising features. I've got a Kindle and Kobo, I love the hardware and eInk. The software is terrible. We had better document organisation software 30 years ago.

Amazon's CreateSpace is a dreadful website.

Amazon KDP, Author Central and retail sites are terrible GUI / UX too.

They are good at marketing, not at software. I suspect the HW is mostly bought in consultancy?

Kindle Reader was based on Mobi and the eInk Kindle is basically a poor user shell on Android + Mobi Reader.

Amazon Echo / Alexa is totally creepy. No thanks. Ever!

One tech company I worked was just like what Amazon sounds like. Most somewhere between that and acceptable. Only one in over 30 years was "reasonable". Burn out was common. Engineers were thought of as something to be used up like laser toner. "We'll hire more"

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