* Posts by Richard Wharram

957 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

Richard Wharram

Re: Wrangel Island

The Old Kingdom Pyramids in Giza at least were built about 2500 BC so 4500 years ago, not 5000.

The Middle Kingdom Pyramids were about 4000 years ago.

They didn't bother with Pyramids in the New Kingdom.

The oldest Egyptian Pyramid was Djoser's at Saqqara and that's still only about 2650 BC and that wasn't really a true pyramid. Really you'd be looking at the Red Pyramid as the first true pyramid.

Anyone for Serious Sam?

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Amazon douses Fire phone man-in-the-middle diddle

Richard Wharram

Re: I have a fire phone

I don't believe you.

Anyone who actually chose a Fire phone must have such poor decision-making skills you'd probably be hospitalised or dead by now after choosing to brush your teeth with a hand-blender and file your nails with and angle-grinder.

Pix or it didn't happen!

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Are ALIENS hiding on Jupiter's Europa? Let's find out, cry NASA bods

Richard Wharram

Eww...

It's like looking at your Nan's legs.

...

Again...

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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

Richard Wharram

Re: Oh yes it is

Scalability is not the same as availability.

No-one with a clue about what they are doing says a system is 100% available. That would be saying that there is no remote possibility that could ever endanger your system, including Godzilla strike, changes to the laws of physics and err... Moth-ra strike. Or Mechagodzilla. You would only offer an SLA of 100% if you are happy that the payout you are contracted for (or likely to be fined for in this case) is affordable.

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Richard Wharram

Re: du -sh

Or possibly a pipe-delimited file where the 3rd party has applied a 'get rid of all pipes' filter in the text fields but this fails when somebody puts in a double-pipe which acts as an escape-character sequence for 'yes I really do want a pipe.'

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

Richard Wharram

Popcorn time!

Same route cause as last time would be a good bet.

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Ready to go again, soldier? Final Fantasy VII remake revealed

Richard Wharram

Re: A fantastic game

If I remember rightly you could pair knights of the round with a quad(?) materia which made it go off 4 times. Given that it was a super-long animation anyway I could pop to the off-license and back or have a shit, shower and shave whilst it did its business.

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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

Richard Wharram

But but but...

The FBI and CIA can already request all the communications data of suspects from Facebook. They just need to request it. Just because it's encrypted in transport doesn't stop that. Facebook store it and will respond to lawful requests.

Oh wait. That's the point isn't it.

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Password reset sites expose crackable PeopleSoft creds

Richard Wharram

SHA-1?

For hashing passwords? Seriously?

And not salted either? This is the modern equivalent of ROT-13 :/

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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

Richard Wharram

Re: Digital Research must be bricking it.

It wasn't an entirely serious post.

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Richard Wharram

Digital Research must be bricking it.

Microsoft can finally crack down on DR-DOS!!

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Safari URL-spoofing vuln reveals how fanbois can be led astray

Richard Wharram

So instead of the Daily Mail?

They would get some phishing site instead?

I'd say that's a win to be honest.

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Oracle's Hurd says 95% of its software will be cloud services this year

Richard Wharram

SaaS

They need to start writing SaaS contracts that don't allow them to charge for events outside their customers' control then :)

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CenturyLink boosts DaaS capital by acquiring Orchestrate

Richard Wharram

Just 1 UK datacentre?

What Availability, RPO and RTO does that give?

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Managed services biz Claranet adds £107m to war chest

Richard Wharram

Good dial-up

Good yes. I used them as my second choice dialup for Quakeworld but Barrysworld was better.

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PoSeidon, brother of Zeus, forks up point of sale terminals

Richard Wharram

Lund?

You mean LUHN.

very simple check digit

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

Richard Wharram

Re: Hmm...$10,000...

W 59

My old F91-W is still going strong after 15 years without a battery change but the strap broke a couple of years ago :)

The 59 is similar but I can take the kids swimming with it.

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Cuddly robots, whipsmart laughs and plenty of heart in Big Hero 6

Richard Wharram

Re: Pixar

John Lasseter heads up Pixar and Disney Animation Studios. They aren't that different now.

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Let it go, let it go ... Sales of games, video and music up for second year

Richard Wharram

Re: Follow the money

On the other hand Frozen is still filling cinemas and has sold more merchandise than anything else this year.

Even the moderately successful animation Cars which had passable box-office and DVD sales made many times more from lunch-boxes, pyjamas etc...

Frozen stuff filled most kids Santa sacks this year. The profits will be mind-boggling.

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'I've got a brick feeling about this' - El Reg's guide to the best Lego films + TV

Richard Wharram

Re: pseudobricks

I thought they did a great job. The bricks feel the same size they do in real life. I'd never seen a CGI Lego before that looked the right scale. Also the bricks have scratches and imperfections and texture. It's quite well done tbh.

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A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

Richard Wharram

User-facing

The screen and keyboard face the user. The user faces the screen and keyboard.

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Oi, UK.gov. WHERE'S THE DETAIL on your Google Tax?

Richard Wharram

But they already comply with the law

Albeit within a gnats chuff. Since they've already justified to HMRCs satisfaction why the profits are sent abroad (branding etc...) then where exactly is this tax supposed to bite? Except in the ballot box.

I'm not saying it's right but HMRC already accepts their arrangements.

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

Richard Wharram

Dangerous news

What happens when the population starts tracking down the oldest, skinniest people they can find and imprisons them as stool-factories for the obviously good crap they have?

What happens?

What?

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

Richard Wharram

Re: Secret mode?

WRITETYPER

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RBS's Ulster Bank whacked with enormous IT cock-up fine

Richard Wharram

Seems fairly small

Is RBS as a whole going to get a bigger fine?

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Target, Home Depot and UPS attacks: Dude, you need to rethink point-of-sale security

Richard Wharram

Re: Of course it might be easier if...

Keep them on a separate VLAN behind a firewall that's got some draconian rules for a start.

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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

Richard Wharram

Original Moto G?

Is it getting it? 4.4.4 is so last month tbh...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

Richard Wharram

Fair enough

It's not like it was a secret but fair enough for saying it. Shows a bit of balls to come out and say it and risk sales in the nuttier sections of world society.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

Richard Wharram

Re: Does it follow

They need to put more questions in around propensity for a 'menage a une'. Is three a day enough?

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Game of Thrones man stars in sci-fi bit on comet-catcher Rosetta

Richard Wharram

Why land on the comet?

Can't they just blow up Mercury so that the comet misses?

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The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event

Richard Wharram

Can't wait!!!

I'm literally sat on the edge of the bog.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

Richard Wharram

DOUBLE-BLIND-TEST

Forget the bollox. Only a large-scale double-blind test will prove this one way or the other.

Science > waffle

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Retailers shot up by PoS scraping brute force cannon

Richard Wharram

Which POS platform?

Assuming Windows if they're exploiting RDP but may be wrong.

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

Richard Wharram

Re: I am not sure that I am with the ISP in this case

A modern blade running VMs for better utilisation will draw 350W or so.

Large companies will pay about 8p per kW/h.

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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

Richard Wharram

So they moved away from Kontiki to their own platform?

Did they?

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SUPER EARTH possibly home to life FOUND in our 'solar backyard'

Richard Wharram

Just what I thought.

It's likely t be tidally locked.

Susceptible to flares too?

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

Richard Wharram

So Solid Crew

...were correct.

We do have 21 seconds to go!

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Richard Wharram

Re: Reptiles anyone? Or Birds

Some mammals also have only the one pipe. Monotremes, named because of this quirk.

Does the 21 second rule hold true for Monotremata or just for Marsupials and Placental mammals?

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

Richard Wharram

District Judge only

This will be appealed up to the Supreme Court whose job it is to determine how this sits with the 4th and 5th Amendments.

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THREE'S A CLOUD! Microsoft veep says only Azure, Amazon, Google can do hyper space

Richard Wharram

100,000 cores?

Cores or vCores?

They will be contested surely.

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

Richard Wharram

It can't do.

a.) P2P is still a huge portion of the total internet traffic.

b.) Tor users are still a tiny fraction of the total internet users.

c.) P2P is very slow over Tor.

Add it all together and 90% of P2P being through Tor doesn't stack up as a feasible claim.

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All men are part of a PURE GENETIC ELITE, says geno-science bloke

Richard Wharram

Re: Interestingly*

Same in reptiles which allows for females to create males without sex via parthenogenesis.

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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

Richard Wharram

Re: 3 Million Points

The trick was to get the maximum points before the kill screen.

(not that I did.)

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Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed

Richard Wharram

Data Warehouse customers

Aren't they supposed to be using PDW rather than SQL Server?

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Scandal-hit Co-op Bank's CIO hits eject button after one year

Richard Wharram

HBOS

If I remember rightly he was A head of IT not THE head of IT at HBOS.

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Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom

Richard Wharram

Re: MD5

That was his point. He was playing the consumer champion via a technical limitation that is easily rectified. It is just posturing.

Dropbox and others use SHA for the of same purpose and manage fine. The files aren't deleted if they match a banned hash but simply can't be shared. See the Dropbox article the other day.

As to your example, that's the flaw in the Megavideo model which means that content owners would never consider it as a distribution platform. Kimble is playing it as a personal storage platform but monetising it as a distribution platform. If it really was a personal storage platform then they could have taken the measures that Dropbox et al do. But they didn't want to because they would have lost users. Not all users wanted to stream copyrighted content admittedly but many did. Steps are available to reduce copyright violations as others already do but Mega chose not to take them.

Down vote away. Those are simply the facts about that part of the case. I'm saying nothing about the rest of it.

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Richard Wharram

MD5

If Kimble was so worried that using MD5 hashes to identify illegal files would have falsely alerted to legal files then why didn't he just change to use a better hash like SHA? It's not rocket science.

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Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation

Richard Wharram

Reminds me

Reminds me of when I had a gas bill from BG many years ago that was ridiculous. I persuaded endless bods on the phone that I didn't owe it but still the demand letters and bailiff threats came.

I'm sure they're much better now though.

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NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android

Richard Wharram

Isn't 4.0.4. ICS rather than Jelly Bean?

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

Richard Wharram

Re: Luxury item

Organic claims to be both healthier and better for the environment without proving either. Some light reading. Plenty more out there:

http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~lhom/organictext.html

http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/06/06/synthetic-v-natural-pesticides/

I suspect, although noone has absolute proof, that it all rather depends on the individual application of organic or non-organic farming.

Flavour's a different matter. Personal choice init.

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