* Posts by Chris Evans

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I was a robot and this is what I learned

Chris Evans

Event capacity?

Whilst I can see using telepresence units as being a bit more efficient at events (you could log in and start the moment the doors open) there is limited capacity on the event floor[1]. Given the saving on travel and accommodation and possibly more importantly time It would be a sort after resource.

So I'd expect market forces to come into apply and you'd have to pay to use one or some other form of distributing the limited resource.

[1] 'Robot wars' could find a new outlet!

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

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Press reporting of Polls

I saw no mention of how accurately (complete with caveats) the poll results were reported! I'm sure that has had a significant effect on the four recent unexpected results (General Election, EU Referendum, US Presidency and the vote in Italy this weekend).

Voters don't seem to like to be told how to vote!

I can't see any politician around the world calling an election unless they absolutely have to or have fixed the result in advance (Russia?)

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Most of the creationists I know also believe in evolution! They are not necessarily mutually exclusive, especially if you are thinking of the start. Scientist keep coming up with new ideas about the big bang. AIUI many/most see flaws in the various current theories.

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Banks' bid to board iPhones' NFC chips rebuffed

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Re: They ain't dumb Apple you know

"Apple was happy enough with a tiny percentage"

Figures please?

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Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

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" Hell, the wildlife are thriving since all the humans moved out."

But how many heads do the cats have!

The Chernobyl_New_Safe_Confinement structure

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_New_Safe_Confinement is some work of engineering! I hope someone makes a program about it. I take my hat off to the designers and builders.

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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Re: Company law

Great Dilbert!

I always tell people Point one of any Business Plan should be: Make a profit

Otherwise you are a charity or Amazon!

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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Whitelists don't work.

Well not as they are at present for most people. Some Schools I know adopt a whitelist approach, that just about works for pupils but I often hear teachers complaining it blocks x, y or z! In my work I often visit half dozen new sites each day many are small and I doubt would be on whitelists.

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Analysts apply Occam's razor to Tesco Bank breach

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Happy

Brilliant sub heading!

"Unexpected items in the banking area" :-)

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European Commission dangles €374m for low-power exascale research

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ARM?

I wonder if ARM will apply?

IIRC they do have one design centre on the continent!

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ARMed and dangerous, Mate: Huawei slips new Cortex cores into Samsung Note killer

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4,000mAh but how long will that last?

Battery life in normal usage is surely one of the most important specs?

I see no mention of that. If Huawei don't say surely the reporter should point that out.

I'm left presuming it is bad!

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If any idiot can do it, we're heading in the right direction

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Better axiom!

"if your data does not exist in THREE locations, then it does not exist" More than once I've seen someone (including myself) want to use the backup of a file but get confused and copy the later version of a file on top of the old file that you wanted to revert to!

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Divide the internet into compartments to save us from the IoT fail whale

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Doing it at home!

I've thought for a while that one way to help achieve partial separation of IOTs this would be to have home routers run two or more separate networks, with the IOT network not having access to the more secure network you put your Desktop and Laptop on. The more secure network could though interrogate the IOT network.

I'm not sure how you'd allow important IOT warnings (The freezer temp is too high) to get through! Maybe via the cloud?

I know some better home routers do offer multiple networks but I'm not sure if it achieves the same end. Not having used such a router or any IOTs.

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Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers

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£4.6m still only a rounding error!

With an annual turnover last year of £41billion £4.6 is not even a gnat bite!

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What will happen when I'm too old to push? (buttons, that is)

Chris Evans

LEDs = Street light polution

Example: The red LED at pedestrian crossings next to the button they press is often brighter than a vehicles rear lights!

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This speech recognition code is 'just as good' as a pro transcriber

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They've been saying this for the last twenty+ years!

When the TV program Tomorrow's World was on, every few years since the early 1990's they said 'Speech recognition has been unreliable so far but now..."

Whilst it has been improving, it seems to still have a way to go and the improvements appear to be getting smaller. I think it's going to be quite a few years before it is good enough for most people.

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Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

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Not here it isn't!

" the absolute must-have tool for every adult everywhere." Speak for your self please.

I sit in front of a computer all day and when I get home I have a PC there. When I'm not by a PC I'm cycling, driving or doing something enjoyable. When do I need a smart phone? I hardly ever need to use any of the smart features on mine!

I know there are some people obsessed with their smart phone, mostly their friends are only other phone obsessives!

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Rosetta probe's final death dive planned for just after last call next Friday night

Chris Evans

I don't understand!

AIUI Rosetta has been orbiting the comet and isn't in a Geostationary[1] orbit so given that the surface is extremely rugged won't it end in up crashing into a mountain side?

[1]I'm not sure geostationary is really the correct term as the 'Geo' bit is of course referring to the earth.

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2,000 year old man found dead near 2,000 year old computer

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Re: Finding DNA could tell archeologists more about the ship and where it came from.

"Still, DNA can tell something about the ship crew and thereby from where it came from."

Not quite, it hopefully will give where that particular individual came from. Whilst probably a crew member that is not a certainty. But it would be a significant part of a big jigsaw.

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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Re: Grammar police alert

I don't think it's wrong but I think in the UK it would normal be written as:

"Apple's reportedly BEEN usING the bag in its stores for a few months now."

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Now there is no need to reinvent the wheel.

1st Phone expensive to do. 2nd and subsequent much cheaper.

Yes there was significant time and equipment used to get to the point of being able get at the NAND chip outside of the phone, but now that he has done it. Another phone could similarly have its NAND removed and read comparative easily and I'm sure there are companies who regularly remove such chips without damaging them.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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FAIL

Battery Stapler Horse Fail

Some people seem to think that the multiple words option e.g. "Battery stapler horse" is the way to go. But I saw the XKCD cartoon about this some years ago and tried to memorise it. I've probably seen it two or three times a year since (More often than I visit some websites I have to log into) I've never remembered it yet! If on all the websites I used I had a different three or four word password only a memory champion would be able to remember them. n.b. I note both Alistair and I got it wrong anyway! Its correctbatteryhorsestaple.

Now did I capitalise any letters... what about websites that insist on: numbers, varied case, a low maximum length....

Part of the answer is for websites to not insist on complex passwords unless it is appropriate. I recommend people to use as complicated a system as they can do reliably. I wish I knew the full answer.

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Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge

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Re: The BBC is skint?

Whilst I agree that not all of them probably went first class, I do wonder how much UK government spends funding sports. Remember most of the money 'UK Sport' receives comes from the National Lottery

A bit of research suggests that in 2015 less than £7M came from the government. I doubt the BBC have spent £28M on the RIO Olympics but it might not be far off, given how adept the BBC are at squandering money.

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Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup

Chris Evans

Wishful thinking!

"Unless the UK and EU have a really major falling out, the UK is likely to be able to continue to contribute and influence."

That is wishful thinking on two counts, we may or may not have a nasty divorce but I can't see our influence being anything other than significantly reduced

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SSP to PERMANENTLY shutter mega-outage bit barn

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"disappointment "?

"Once again, we would like to express our disappointment about the delay, "

Most of the apology seemed appropriate buy the word 'disappointment' really does sound right to me.

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YouTube breaks Sony Bravias

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Apology fail

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause,”

Should be

“We apologise for THE inconvenience this may cause,”

saying ANY sounds like they are trying to downplay things and will really grate with those affected.

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'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'

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It's like..

Asking for unusual BSOD situations is like shooting fish in a barrel. Think of almost any conceivable place and it will probably have happened given the ubiquity of Windows and of BSOD.

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That Public Health study? No, it didn't say 'don't do chemo'

Chris Evans

Headline writers!

I frequently read articles and find the headline wasn't just way of the mark but actually the opposite of what the article stated.

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ARM moneymen OK buyout

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I have a soft spot ARM but!

I was an Acorn dealer and sold the first ever computer to use an ARM CPU, the Archimedes (I still selling them now into the retro market). When ARM was established it was owned 30% by Apple, 30% by VLSI and 40% by Acorn. At the time some of the Acorn share holders were probably not British. Recent reports have said 70% of ARM shares were owned by non UK holders. So it is isn't as a significant change in share ownership as a lot of people think. What will happen regarding paying tax and for employees remains to be seen. Employees may vote with their feet but they are a very bright bunch and maybe they will start up another company that can be sold for £24bn, though it did take ARM 26 years!

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NASA tried turning lost spacecraft STEREO-B off and on again... but it didn't work. True story

Chris Evans

More info please!

I lot well explained about what went wrong but very little about how "NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN)." was used. I think it means that DSN managed to pick up the weak signals that tell them the current status. What will be really interesting to know is do they think they can send commands to bring it back more under control and how will they do that!

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NIST spins atomic gyroscope to allow navigation without GPS

Chris Evans

dead reckoning without a starting referencence would be useless

"'dead reckoning' navigation, which measures change of position without reference to landmarks or start" Not true. There may be a very few circumstances where you only need to know where you are relative to your start but normally Dead Reckoning is used relative to a known starting point. Mariners take a known starting point on their maps and calculate from that. I'm struggling to think of a use without a known starting point... Here's one: you are in the dessert you do not know where you are and you want to get out. You could use dead reckoning to ensure you don't go round in circles and head off in the direction you think a town or road might be.

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IPv6 tipping point

Chris Evans

"which is incompatible with IPv4"

This is not my area of expertise but I know enough to say that saying "[IPv6) is incompatible with IPv4" is a misleading over simplification.

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NASA test foiled by rocket shaking power cord loose from camera

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Re: Not "...shooting in slow motion"

Just remembered I've heard them called 'high speed' cameras, which seems very appropriate!

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Chris Evans

Not "...shooting in slow motion"

They shoot at a much higher frame rate than normal and that then allows them to replay the frames at a normal rate which looks like slow motion.

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Olympics bans GIFs

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The IOC is losing it!

I'm a great fan of most of the Olympics and was a GamesMaker at London2012. It was one of the best experiences of my life. But I do find some of the IOC's petty rules takes a bit of a shine off of it. On Sunday there was a Radio4 discussion on the Olympics and one commentator said that sports should only be included if the Olympics was the pinnacle of that sport. e.g. No Golf, Tennis or Football this makes sense to me. The purists idea that competitors should all be amateur is never going to happen and rarely happened in the past anyway. #Rio2016 Go #TeamGB

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The dev-astating truth: What's left to develop? Send in the machines

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"The Last Program" you will ever need.

There was a program called something like "The Last Program", it was certainly advertised as the last program you would ever need. This was about 25 years ago....

Historian Francis Fukuyama is looking a bit foolish now and I think rumours of DevOps demise are exaggerated.

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Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

Chris Evans

Landing Slots! & ETOPS

I thought that one of the reasons of Wide bodied jets like the 747 were favoured by the airlines was the limited landing slots at popular Airports. Popular routes get a 747 to the 'hub' and smaller planes used to feed in and out I suspect most air travel expansion in recent years has not been on the popular routes. It would be good to hear how that aspect fits into current and projected travel.

ETOPS

"Engines Turn Or Passengers Swim"

I like it, have an upvote!

ETOPS "Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards". ETOPS applies to twins on routes with diversion time more than 60 minutes at one engine inoperative speed.

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UK South East Coast Ambulance slammed for creaking emergency dispatch IT

Chris Evans

Coverage.

SECAM cover: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, and North East Hampshire

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Ad viewability worsens

Chris Evans

Ad blocking success or other metric?

Are they effectively reporting the installation and success rate of ad blockers or is there something else that reduces 'viewabilty' as well?

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Samsung deals out microSD-crushing faster fingernail flash cards

Chris Evans

Random access filing?

I wonder if UFS will be better for use as an operating storage device. i.e. for use by next generation devices that replace things like a Raspberry Pi or Pine64!

SD cards are less than ideal.

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4-day Fasthosts outage: Customers' sites go TITSUP

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Depends on their size!

To some small businesses £60 a month is a lot.

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Dolphin fans freak, blast browser's bumbling bundles of bloatware

Chris Evans

ElReg spouting business gobbledygook!

"Reached out", "Moving forward" etc. What horrible big business gobbledygook phrases! Does ElReg you really wish to portray such a faceless disinterested image?

http://wadds.co.uk/2015/11/11/business-jargon-love-hate-words-phrases-avoid/

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ITU okays another TV spec

Chris Evans

compression jpeg artifacts

1080p with low compression i.e.few jpeg artefacts, would give a good enough picture for me. Broadcasters are skinflints and won't give good quality unless they can charge you more.

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Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

Chris Evans

Re: what about RPi?

"When AArch64 takes over ARM, then we'll be having a similar discussion " I expect there to be billions of 32bit ARM systems being produced for many years to come, the IoT isn't going to go significantly 64bit for many years if ever. There are still many 8bit systems being produced!

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By Jove! NASA's Juno prepares to slip into orbit around Jupiter

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Home significant a speed change?

"change Juno’s velocity by 1,212 miles per hour (542 metres a second)" My first thought was is that dropping the speed say by half or what. According to Wikipedia it was approaching Jupiter at 74,000 m/s so less than a 1% change which seems remarkable!

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We'll smash probe into comet 300 million miles away for kicks, er, sorry, ... for science

Chris Evans

High speed smash?

I was thinking the landing would be at low speed but then spotted that it is orbiting the comet and is not geostationary so whilst the vertical seep may be negligible the horizontal speed is probably high and it will crash into a mountainside at its orbiting speed

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Thunder struck: Apple kills off display line

Chris Evans

Re: Those...

The full quote is better: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

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EPO president caught threatening independent appeal board

Chris Evans

Why can't they just fire him?

Surely someone has the power to fire him. A good article would explain what is necessary to dismiss him or if it isn't possible report why not. I've read umpteen ElReg article about Battistelli but can't recall any mention. It reminds of Katrina Percy, chief executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust who refuses to resign despite a number of damming reports. The fact that both of them are refusing to go confirms they need to go.

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Cygnus spacecraft on fire

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IRONY

'...pushed earthward for an ironic fiery disposal'

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

Chris Evans

Weeping shareholders!

If I was a Microsoft shareholders I'd have my head in my hands weeping!

I read an article a while back that explained big companies like Microsoft think they have to always continue to get bigger so when their main market becomes mature and stops growing they try and expand by buying up comparatively new companies. This almost never works. They can't get their head around managing a shrinking business and squander the cash they have that should be returned to shareholders. I suspect Apple will fall into this trap in a few years time.

Now if I was LinkedIn shareholder I'd have a big grin, though as I never thought anyone would be so stupid as to pay $26Bn for it I'm not a shareholder!

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