* Posts by P. Lee

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Biologists gasp at lemur's improbably colossal bollocks

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Re: Landing pads

Do the females not jump?

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

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17 hours? Pah!

London to Aus is 22 hours in the air with only a 2 hour break after 14 hours.

But back to the "cloud" bit of the story: it looks rather similar to what we use to call the bureau model. The difference appears to be that because the Vendor runs lots of small systems, you have a complicated job division and results reassembly requirement. It's just a batch job.

I can nver understand why big companies don't spend cash on hardware for jobs they don't care much for. Ditch the redundancy, just get around to fixing it when you can. Hardware is cheap and if it's just for ad hoc jobs which are not time critical, you don't need expensive DC facilities such as separate power suppliers, anti-tank traps etc. if the aircon breaks, you just hit the off button until it's fixed.

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Re: BA, Bangalore to Boston with a 90 minute layover at T5

>Slough?

Sadly, the Vulcan has been retired.

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>1500 flights can be analysed quickly on a spreadsheet. Doesn't need Big Iron ...

Were they doing high res weather analysis over all of every trip or was it lotus 123 in dosbox?

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Export control laws force student to censor infosec research

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re: Returning faulty goods to the manufacturer

Except you aren't allowed to tell them what the fault is.

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Wikipedia jumps aboard the bogus 'freedom of panorama' bandwagon

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Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

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Re: Streaming is no different than....

> Streaming is no different than.... FM Radio

An audience of one is the same as an audience of unknown size, possibly up to millions?

Also, ... no different from FM radio... I think.

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Re: Streaming is no different than....

I seem to think that in the video there is a twisted "Sleeping Beauty" allusion and the implication is that the apple is poisoned.

Does it get any better?

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How Music Got Free and Creatocracy

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Re: Suffering artists

re: Beethoven, Bach, Mozart

Didn't they tend to get people to pay them to compose? Getting your money up-front and doing a lot of composing might be handy.

What happens today is different.

Someone noted that you get a little brain reward when you hear something, you know what comes next and then it happens as expected. I noticed this when I heard an 80's track and thought "ooh great!" despite really disliking the actual track.

So what we get now is saturation coverage by promotion companies which means people get a little "brain reward" whenever they hear it, which they confuse with liking the track itself and/or the artist.

Many "artists" seem to think its their art which people like and is successful. That's only minimally correct - the real determinant of success (given a pool of approximately equally good "art") is the cash spent on promotion.

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Brace yourself, planet Earth, says Nokia CEO – our phones ARE coming back from mid-2016

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re: So help me - what's the point of buying a Nokia if it isn't a Nokia?

Design and quality control (hopefully).

The same reason people buy Apple perhaps, but from a company a little less inclined to try to take you for all you've got.

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Open-source Linux doesn't pay, said no one ever at Red Hat

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Re: Even if it doesn't pay.

I can see where this is going.

I don't think RH make their money from the desktop though.

I'd hazard a guess that it is mostly support for systems running apache and oracle for companies where such systems handle a lot of revenue.

The year of the Linux Desktop is not here yet. We need to wait for Snow Leopard users' systems to die and be forced to look at the abomination of Yosemite and Windows 10. They will choose the one true KDE Way ;)

We also need a time-machine equivalent to be shipped as standard in a visible way, not be some add-on.

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Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina

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Re: Get rid of it altogether.

Versailles is fine art.

That large lump of whatever it is, is the vandalism. Yellow paint couldn't polish it.

Even if you think the sculpture is art or satire, you don't scribble the words of Orwell's 1984 over a Constable.

(But it still isn't art, its just rude pictures scribbled into a rather nice desk.)

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FBI says in secret that secret spy Cessnas aren't secret

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Re: Works 4 me

Obvious Troll is obvious...

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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Re: Compensation? @alfred

>When the enemy hides in the middle of a civilian area, innocent people will die.

Do you mean in a city such as Washington DC?

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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Re: Waiting game?

The problem is not OS support, its Apple's insistence on selling low-spec'ed systems which can't be upgraded. The OS may run fine, but iTunes? Mail?

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Reddit joins the HTTPS-only stampede

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Re: Front Page of the Internet?

>Front Page of the Internet?

>Is that not 'web portal', that erstwhile magic gate of yesteryear?

Nope, its the "FrontPage" of the internet. As authored by users using MS software.

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Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

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Nothing to hide, nothing to fear

'Cos we deleted it all.

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

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>> "The last few miles are the worst paid in the independent delivery networks, [...]"

>Yet the economics of international container shipping has apparently made "the last mile" the most expensive leg for an individual package.

These two go together. Bulk carrying makes things cheap, especially for uniformly packaged goods; individual package delivery is hard to make cost effective. Standard postmen in the past have cut costs by doing everyone in an area, but couriers have relatively few packages which makes them expensive. Email has cut the number of letters, so now even letters are few and far between, driving up unit costs on letter delivery.

Rather than going for end-user drones, I'd be asking shops (supermarkets?) to become drop-off points though they may see that as self-defeating.

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You'll never love an appliance like your old database

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>The real worry is, that the marketing message appears to be that you no longer need any technical skills to deploy and maintain a database.

So true. Mostly be because vendors want to rent systems, not sell them and purchasers want to ditch that awkward capex request with its need for justification paperwork and switch to maintenance costs. While small businesses might benefit from not needing skilled personnel to run their accounts db, if data is to be effectively used, you probably want to have database skills in-house.

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Hating on 'Like Farms': boffins trawl for Facebook fakes

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The Question Remains

Why would you want to fix this problem?

Is the compulsive desire to overcome a problem simply because it's there so strong that even supposedly intelligent people spend their time trying to make facebook better? Or is El Reg inaccurately using the term "boffin" to describe undergrads?

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Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

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Remind me again

Why did Microsoft pick powerpc for its Windows games console?

Regardless of the relative merits, I suspect the answer for Intel-centric MS was, "to be awkward." You might have a Windows PC at home, but you'll need to purchase a whole extra device for games, because your GMA graphics ain't up to it.

It may have been a convenient anti-piracy device to restrict games to a locked-down console, but now we have lots of games showing up on OSX and Linux on Intel. I'd guess cross-OS is easier to do with games than coping with the different powerpc architecture. Cross-OS development is a far larger threat to MS than game piracy.

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Israeli firm gets legal on Indian techie over ISP ad injection spat

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Re: Bharti Airtel and Flash Networks -@AC

>But the injected code was in cleartext. How can the DMCA apply?

And if his own website was modified in transit, surely he can counter-sue for an unauthorised derivative work.

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Net neutrality? Meh. But don't you dare slow my video streaming

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> at which point their eyes glaze over and an attitude of "meh" takes over.

Which is why the cable co's will keep going on the issue.

Activists get tired but more profit is forever.

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Unable to log on to online games? Blame cheap-rate DDoSers

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>And just as I read this I'm twiddling my thumbs as I can't log into Elite Dangerous. Oh well, may as well read a few more articles...

And that wouldn't be a bitcoin payment outgoing from El Reg would it?

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: And how is this surprising

War is the logical extension of economic policy.

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Let's kill off the meaningless concept of SW-defined storage

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Re: Can we kill SDN as well please?

Although it could be defined in the VMWare sense - virtualised routers (traditionally hardware) running as applications on what would normally be considered application (as in database, file-serving, email) servers.

Software-defined storage is a nonsense because the storage function can't take place in the software layer.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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but still, they came.

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We stand on the brink of global cyber war, warns encryption guru

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>We're sleepwalking into the demise of national governments as meaningful entities,

Yes, one world government is what we need.

I'm not sure what you do when you realise you don't like Kim Il Sung as leader though.

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Re: Just as well...

Now the government wants everyone to use a dab radio and internet companies want us to stream music so after the big one, we'll have no comms and no record of miley cyrus.

Swings and roundabouts I guess.

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

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Re: Does anybody remember

They will get their billion sales eventually, but as you point out it is a maturing market. No one wants big changes except those who profit from change. MS need to focus on "better" rather than "different." I'm not sure a mature market suits the pricing MS wants for a non-mission critical business OS.

It will be interesting to see if the move to network apps/containers/cloud generates the dev environment which can unseat MS' on the desktop and in small biz servers.

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Office for Mac 2016 Preview: This letter will self-destruct in 60 days

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Re: NoW downloading

Missing the obvious jibe... get used to that self-destructing letter threat - it won't end with the beta test.

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EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

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Re: Simples

Opt-in is sensible but doesn't allow the government to try out its national-scale internet censorship scheme. pr0n is just the trojan horse trial system.

Actually, if they wanted to make things easier, it would probably be better to enforce IPv6 provision and allow opt-in filtering for the little darlings' individual ip*ds.

I suspect we'll find http/2 makes it all moot soon anyway

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

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I wonder if you could use the sensor in a mouse to read QR codes off a screen?

Would that be easier?

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

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Re: Extrapolation

It isn't just children, adults also go into a comatose state and become unresponsive to locally generated input. They lose the ability to abide by social conventions, ignoring those around them and communicating only with those who aren't in the room.

Is it "worse" than alcohol etc? It depends how you define it. Is alcohol worse than heroin? In absolute measures, it causes more damage overall.

"Smart"phones' bad effects are amplified because their prevalence undermines the social rejection of their downsides.

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Intel wants containers to be alone again, naturally

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Company selling compute in shock promotion of higher compute requirements

If you need a VM, use a VM, if you need containers, use them. They are not interchangeable.

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Why does Uber keep its drivers' pay so low? Ex-CFO: 'Cos we can'

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Re: Ah, yes. "Capitalism"

Could someone explain why the insurance bills are so much higher?

Ah yes, "because they can."

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If IT isn’t careful, marketing will soon be telling us what to do

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Re: Erm?

>"Isn't IT a tool to help rather than a force to takeover business aims?"

The question comes down to whether Marketing is trying to make IT decisions. You don't have to set up an IT department, but if you do, the implication is that you need their skill in the field of IT.

That's why "requirements" are so important. Vendors will often do the easy stuff cheaply, its the hard stuff which they don't do well, or don't do cheaply. If marketing says, "Company X can do Y for $Z" that's fine, but there's usually a whole range of stuff marketing haven't considered. We shouldn't expect them to - they aren't IT experts. Some things your IT dept won't be able to do easily or as cheaply as a cloud provider, but there are lots of things they can do better. What you need is not an "insource/outsource plan" but good IT personnel who know when to use external vendors and when to use internal resource.

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Boffins have devised TERMINATOR style LIQUID METAL – for an antenna

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Re: I'm running for the hills

Airport security will have a fit.

It was tooth-fillings when it came on board, and now its bomb!

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

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>or perhaps it's a sign that humanity can achieve more through cooperation?

Could be, but nothing drives tech like war.

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Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

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> Hmm, time to set-up up my ebay shop - Virtual Boxing gloves!

Already exist. It's called "World of Warcraft."

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Re: Could they block it?

Rift - Isn't the difference the positioning telemetry feedback?

Anyway, didn't el reg do a thing on this kind of tech and come to the realisation that VR isn't anywhere near realistic enough to be interesting, but that telepresence was the thing? I guess cartoon-style visuals may be fast enough to model and render in real-time.

I'm not convinced that mechanical realism trumps imagination in this scenario. I'm with Stallone on this one.

When a nerd gets hot and heavy, there's a two kilo copper air cooler and three-way SLI titans involved. It seems... wrong.

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Re: The Red Dress

I guess that makes el reg a smut-rag and pimp.

I arrived via RSS feed though, so had no indication there was a red dress before it appeared.

ps. Is she a cylon?

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Google Maps gets hit with racist White House listing

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Re: That reminds me

You've been in IT that long and you've never accidentally typed your password in the wrong place and had it display on the screen?

Rules are not always about someone imposing their will on someone else, they are often about protecting people from themselves, like road rules. Everyone should drive on the left because that rule helps prevent collisions. Stopping at a red traffic light isn't impinging on your freedom, it sets you free to live; it grants you life which you (and others) may not otherwise have.

Most password policies ban *all* single words, not just the naughty ones - perhaps you should have set that up? Most rules in companies which appear to be morality-based are in fact just an attempt to stop employees looking like juveniles which reflects badly on themselves and the company. Common-word passwords are easily recognised by shoulder-surfers. I did this once to someone. He was in the UK and his password was the name of a district of Colombo, Sri Lanka. I only caught a couple of letters, but I happened to live in that district when growing up - I didn't need to see it all to know what it was.

Google are restricting things because (surprise!) people do bad and stupid things. That has always been the case. "Certain religious elements" are not usually to blame for this sort of thing, despite your prejudices. It's just a (corporate, geographic, industrial, whatever) cultural norm and the rules are there to stop you making cultural blunders which can lead to causing an offence which causes disharmony and/or loss of profit.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: Gawd/ess.

> They all get lead home

I wonder who got the magic beans...

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Jay-Z freestyle attack on Tidal's rivals leaked to Tidal's rivals

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Re: I think its a name problem

>'Tidal' is short and snappy,

... and the synapses auto-fire the sound following it as "Wave" which will wreak havoc on infrastructure and might kill me if get too close. Death and Destruction all round then!

I'll stay away.

Is it just that I'm old, or does music not actually matter that much? Maybe I'm too poor, but I can't imagine wanting to pay for a music streaming subscription service, even if I had more money than sense. Its just too inconvenient for something I care little about. Popular music is a bit of fun, but nothing more.

I used to play "spot the product placement" in music videos, but now its way too obvious. Rubbish beats audio anyone? Nope, not for me either, thanks. If you're going to do advertising, do it properly, like the "we will rock you" pepsi ad. Don't pretend it isn't happening.

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KFC's new secret ingredient is a bluetooth keyboard on your tray

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Re: Elven herbs and spices?

Ever seen a fat elf?

I'll bet Galadriel is fruitarian who only eats dead fruit.

No carrots were murdered in the making of this comment.

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AMD promises 100 gigabyte/second memory

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Could be useful for fixed-size compute solutions

Comms kit, perhaps?

Firewalls/"feature switches" needing fast memory access but fairly low total overall memory requirements?

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Microsoft celebrates 25 years' SOLITARY SELF-PLEASURE with GROUP SESSION

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Re: Windows as a service

>What next, an annual fee to keep pop-up ads off my desktop?

Its called, "Skype for Business."

Or run Linux and get skype ad-free.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: Hype

>Replacing a low-paid human with a shedload of computers, sensors and servos doesn't make it a magical new class of shared transport

True, although even a low-paid human in the West will cost vastly more over the lifetime of the taxi than a stack of computers and servos (although most cars appear to have power-steering and braking already). If that's the case, the cost of taxis may fall considerably, leading to more people using shared cars than currently.

You may also, however, attract people off buses and trains, leading to more road congestion.

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