* Posts by Annihilator

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Another 170,000 Freeview homes to be freed from reality TV - possibly

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Re: Why don't you...

Dammit, missed the cultural reference :-( Fail on me - if I could downvote myself, I would.

I'm clearly jaded by the comments on here that post that literally!

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The short answer is that there's no such thing as a perfect filter.

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Re: Why don't you...

For example you could post sanctimonious comments on web sites...

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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

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To paraphrase a tweet I saw yesterday (Rob Delaney I think?) "I'm not sure what Bitcoin is, but I'm jumping off a 45-storey building just to be safe"

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Finance bods probe RBS over bank-crippling IT cock-up

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Re: Loyalty and experience

"If it's tangential to the primary purpose of the organisation, outsource it. If it's mission-critical, don't. Is there really anything else needs to be said?"

Except in this instance they didn't "outsource it", they hired cheaper, inexperienced staff - and offloaded more expensive, experienced staff.

Presumably the Reg (and any other online rag) is failing your test too? Their mission critical things that I can tell are "host web site" and "generate ad revenue". Their solution? Rackspace and DoubleClick.

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Re: Not outsourced

"This is not a failure of outsourcing - these people were/are RBS employees, just in India - it's a failure of off-shoring."

Yup, you'd think an IT rag would understand the difference between offshoring and outsourcing. Think I've made a similar comment in pretty much all the RBS outage stories on here.

If anything I'd wager that part of the problem is that RBS *didn't* outsource their offshore work. Outsourcing can work, offshoring can work. For a company to decide to work out its own recruitment policies across two continents and put the management practices in place to cope with it is pretty brave/foolish. It's cheaper than getting someone to manage it for you, but it means you have to develop your own expertise in managing it.

Never though I'd say it, but TCS et al exist for a reason and as such cost more than hiring directly. But you also have the fact that *they* would be on the hook for any such fines and as such have a vested interest in getting it right.

Outsourcing is generalised as a "bad" thing (this article being no exception) despite pretty much *every* company doing it to some extent (from cleaners to IT host). IT is often cited as a core service for banks and as such should remain inhouse. By the same token you could argue that IT is crucial to any web news site (el reg being an example) but I'd bet heavy money that the hosting is done by Rackspace, the search by Google CS and the Ads by DoubleClick.

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NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days

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Re: For those just knowledgable enough to be dangerous.

I crunched those numbers and came up with similar, but ran into some problems. Using yours (100g pellets, effective recoil of 0.02m/s) lets still consider that this jolt is happening in a microsecond apparently, or 10^-6s. So the acceleration would be 20,000m/s/s at the point of impulse. So it would certainly be an odd sensation.

Then there's the "pulsing every minute or so" part. The ship is gaining 0.02m/s each minute. So it's average acceleration would be 0.00333m/s/s. After 15 days of constant propulsion (or 1,296,000s) it'll be travelling 4320m/s which sounds pretty nippy, but this is halfway through the predicted journey and we'll only have covered 2.5M km. Somewhat short of the distance to Mars, given the closest known approach is about 22x that.

What am I missing?

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US Air Force reclassifies 6 cyber tools as weapons

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"This is my cyber-weapon. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My cyber-weapon is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My cyber-weapon, without me, is useless. Without my cyber-weapon, I am useless"

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Climate change set to bumpify transatlantic flights, say researchers

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Re: This result is trivial, obvious, and almost certainly wrong

"That one needs an explanation relative to the anthropic principle that explains how it is we were in the magical era where flight was possible and yet a 1 - 3 degree warming will make flight intolerable to aircraft and passengers."

It's not that we were in a magical period, it can be considered instead that we had a relatively stable environment that we developed flight capable vehicles to suit that environment. If flight had developed in the suggested "new" environment, you can assume it would have developed differently and been able to cope. In the above reply, there was talk of such severe flight that an over-G assessment was required. Presumably if turbulence were more intense when our planes today were developed, the airframe would have been built to withstand greater forces.

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Major blow for Apple: 'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO

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Bouncing Back

Am I the only one who read "Bouncing Back" and immediately thought of Alan Partridge's autobiography, heartily endorsed by Shakin' Stevens?

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ROBOT COCKROACH SWARM unleashed in Sheffield lab

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Re: Always looks cool but probably more flexible to do this in simulation

That's what's strange - I recall doing this sort of thing during behavioural AI lectures at Ed Uni in software/simulation back in 1998. So I'm not sure what's "new" exactly?

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Re: This looks awesome, BUT...

http://dilbert.com/fast/2013-03-28/

Nuff said

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USA's H-1B skilled worker visa applications open

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"you can always spend the year between now and the next round of H-1B applications making yourself as physically attractive as possible "

You sure you mean "physically attractive"?

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Why does our galaxy spiral?

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Re: I think I hear a clock

Black and white fractal generator took hours to run on C64, let alone a colour one. When CSS was first cracked, it took 36 hours to rip and encode a DVD to divx.

And now my phone does realtime HD h264 encoding. Kids these days, etc...

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Net neutrality? We've heard of it, says Ofcom

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Er, what?

"While some mobile operators are blocking access to some services, the free market will sort that out"

If it *were* a "free market", then yes. But it's not. There are only so many mobile telcos (4?) out there and they all have a vested interest in offering a slightly limited service. As long as no-one breaks ranks, nothing will change.

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Review: Jabra Revo Wireless headphones

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Re: Gapless = correct

Not to mention live albums. Or any album where two tracks are related (off the top of my head, Green Day's American Idiot has Holiday and Boulevard of Broken Dreams)

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How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects

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Re: 100% availability?

Can't tell you about the others, but online banking and ATMs certainly don't come with a 100% availability. There are maintenance windows and just general failure from time to time.

Users may *expect* 100% but the reality is very different. Highly available services (the stuff you don't want failing, ever) is only usually rated to what was previously the holy grail of "five 9's" (or 99.999%), which equates to about 5 minutes outage per year as I recall.

There's also the question of whether availability even means anything. It's a very crude tool to measure outage impact. A 30 minute outage on the ATM network is more costly to a bank at 5pm than 4am, but availaiblity stats will show the same figure.

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Patent shark‘s copyright claim could bite all Unix

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Re: April Fools!

Please Register, in the future, moderate your April Fools comments to remove any pointing out it is a joke, so we can have a laugh at all those comment posts that have taken it seriously."

Sadly in this case we couldn't have laughed too hard given how close to reality this was :-|

"Patent troll attempts to patent blatantly un-patentable thing" is a recurring theme these days.

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Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

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Re: Why would a sane person buy one?

Why do people install apps on their smartphones that replicate a web page? There are many bizarre choices that users make.

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Reg man bested in geek-to-geek combat - in World War 3 nerve centre

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NWB

Noted to go make a trip. The phrase "somewhere less expendable" did remind me of Springfield's designation of NWB, or "Nuclear Whipping Boy", meaning that in the event of a nuclear war all friendly nations will first calibrate their missiles by bombing Springfield.

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How to survive a UEFI BOOT-OF-DEATH on Samsung laptops

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AC with the long response - it was clear it was a Samsung problem. For *any* hardware to irrevocably brick itself due to the software running on it is a faulty bit of hardware, regardless of what the trigger point was.

My point is that if this were a laptop that bricked while running Windows, the story wouldn't even mention the OS. Even if it did, it would take a special kind of leap to blame Windows.

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Re: @Pete H - "Garrett was able to demonstrate an application on Windows could wreck a machine."

"Yeah. 'cos if the problem had been seen in Windows first Linux users wouldn't have been gloating."

Not to get into a game of who started what, but the entire blame and cause of the incident was Samsung and their bodged implementation of UEFI. This was patently clear to anyone reading the original article and yet it invited claims of "ooh, Linux is crap!" for spurious reasons.

This was never a Linux thing, and the only people who thought otherwise were ardent Windows fans.

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Re: The brick factory....

You won't find a BIOS update on their site that would fix this. It would be a UEFI update :-D

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LOHAN slips into tight rubber outfit

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"Last week, the Low Orbit Helium* Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team"

*Hydrogen. Tra la la la-laa....

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Breakneck star orbits black hole at record speed

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Re: "out of thew [sic] main disk of the galaxy."

The speed of light... where? And even if written compared to c (which I assume you meant), did it give you any information you didn't already have?

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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"I don't miss paying the TV license fee because to get decent TV here you HAVE to pay for Sky [...], where-as in the UK Sky truly was optional because the BBC was such a good service."

While I'll defend public broadcasting to the end, is the above statement not a matter of opinion and preference? For many the BBC doesn't offer a service they want, especially once they started losing various sports to Sky. For the first time I'm considering it after a season without full F1 coverage for example, but I accept not everyone would feel the same.

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4K video may wow vidiots, but content creators see pitfalls

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Re: Back-of-napking calculations

@Rampant Spaniel - true that you can compress anything (isn't it weird that the automatic assumption is that compression = lossy whereas when I were a lad, compression almost always means lossless) but the ability to do that in real-time (and without significant lag) is part of the problem too, especially in the studio which this article was primarily about.

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Re: Sounds great

@Charles 9 - I hear that a lot, but know of no-one who does it, lest I'd be having to text people "I'll be on +34 123 4565 19 for the next 2 weeks if you want to reach me.." Or forever swapping SIM cards back and forth depending on whether I want *my* expensive phoneline, or *a* cheap phoneline.

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Re: Cupertino, start your photocopiers

Much as I both agree and disagree with the sentiment (I reckon Apple and Samsung have probably taken "inspiration" equally as often from each other), I've upvoted you purely for the brilliant line :-)

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Re: Sounds great

Translate sounds marvelously useful on the face of it. Until you give it some though.... The most likely and useful place to use it would be while holidaying in some foreign land, ask it "which way to the beach" and it can translate it for a helpful local to point you in the correct direction. But... when you're on holiday you'll have to rely on the hefty data roaming charges it will inevitable rack up to talk to the translation servers.

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Touch screens and greasy mitts: All you need is glove

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Re: Oops!

Perhaps Apple could create that image and tactile feedback for a failed jailbreak attempt on an iDevice :-)

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BOFH: My HELPDESK HELL - lies, phones lines and statistics

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Idea

"Projects for which the proposer had a serious workplace accident prior to implementation"

I'm considering proposing that for one of our new KPIs in the office... Would be happy to contribute to it too!

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Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi

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Re: How is that "netbook" running Windows?

Short answer - it's not!

http://www.instructables.com/files/orig/FXN/P9DX/H8RVBCHF/FXNP9DXH8RVBCHF.jpg for the full size image that shows the desktop more clearly. It's the Wheezy distro by the looks of it.

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Google to pay laughably minuscule fine over Wi-Fi slurp across US

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Hmm..

The oddly amusing thing is, Google would have probably paid several times that in order to buy such data. Or rather more ominously, is probably holding much more private data, which we willingly give it every day, and selling it on at enormously greater values than $7m. Hell, it's Google's business model!

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HEAVILY ARMED SEX CRAZED DOLPHINS on RAMPAGE in Black Sea

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Re: Quick!

I clicked through the article and the comments just to count the references - am amazed it was no references in the article, and 7th comment!

What happened to the old memes :-(

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BT engineers - missed appointments

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Re: Its not the Openreach Engineers thats the problem...

Sky lied to you then. The majority of the service impacting work has to be done by BT Openreach.

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Re: Statistics

It's far more likely that over-stretched BTOR engineers are being alotted an hour slot for a three hour problem, sticking around to do the job properly and missing the next two appointments. Given the rollocking they'll get for that, the simple answer is to tick the box that says "customer not home" which won't appear on the "no show" reports.

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Intel's Centrino notebook platform is 10 years old

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Re: Not sure why downvoted?

"Oh please how can someone be so pathetic, it's a forum for quickly commenting on an article. I could cry"

Over a meaningless voting system? Further perspective required.

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Single IPv6 packet KILLS Kaspersky-protected PCs, fix emerges

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So malicious packet causes system to lock up - should probably get a security suite to deal with tha... oh.

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Apple assimilates France, Sweden and pals into iCloud

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Re: Just the usual question..

"Is it a massive problem if someone finds out you bought Justin Bieber's album?"

In that particular instance, the answer is yes, very much so.

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Apple CEO Cook's investor-meeting reveal: 'Dog bites man'

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Re: Sideshow Bob..

As I understand it, the shareholders tricked Cook into singing the entire score from HMS Pinafore.

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Microwaves thrash fibre on speed... if you like two-nines uptime

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"Fastest connection"

This is why I detest using "speed" as a measure in telecoms. They didn't have the "fastest connection", they had the "lowest latency". It's meaningless without bandwidth considerations (which are meaningless on their own too - I could send terabytes/day via the Royal Mail).

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McAfee dumps signatures and proclaims an (almost) end to botnets

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Re: Eadon

"It's like trying to explain evolution to a creationist."

Yup, somewhat ironically you've nailed it the analogy, just not the way you intended...

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Re: Eadon

"- I didn't know the NHS was a govt dept, AC, thanks for this enlightening post. >HEADDESK<"

NHS falls under the Department for Health, glad you're enlightened.

You can rant on about the difference between viruses vs trojans all you like, but I challenge you to find a reference in the article to "AV", "antivirus" or even "virus". McAfee and the likes refer to themselves as Security products, which every OS needs to some extent or another.

But don't let that stop you turning this into an opportunity for you to vent against a different company/arena that you don't like.

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Re: Huh?

"But in the last review of anti-virus products by a web magazine, McAfee rated DEAD LAST with largest number of allowed intrusions"

"Ah, but that was the last version", said the sales rep looking nervous and sweaty, "the next version will be the best ever and will stop all botnets!"

Note though, that they're only claiming success for botnets, not every other type of virus out there.

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Trekkies detect Spock's Vulcan homeworld ORBITING PLUTO

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"One might ask why work colleague Charon and guard snake Hydra would be closer to Pluto than his nephew?"

Easy. I sadly see my work colleagues every day, and my guard snake just as frequently, coiled at my feet ready to strike at any of said work colleagues should the need arise..

My nephew, generally see him at family gatherings is the extent of it.

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Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'

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Re: no screams, just explosions...

That's what I thought - they just ignored it. That and fireballs that fall back into the center of the explosion despite the no gravity, and debris that doesn't shoot off into oblivion at the explosive speed.

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Razzie voters drive stake through Twilight

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Re: probably closer to the actual public's view of the commercial film scene

" the Razzies are deliberately set up to mock and criticise and as such will get a very non-typical demographic... cynical sarcastic fault-picking types."

Much like the Reg forums :-)

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Re: probably closer to the actual public's view of the commercial film scene

"The actual public's views are measured by bums in seats and pounds in tills. Therefore in the public's view, those twilight films are worth watching even if we think they suck."

I take issue with that assumption - you pay your money before seeing the film to judge it well. Bums-in-seats is a measure of the hype assigned to a film.

As for the "public" decreeing the Twilight films worth watching, it's fair to say that they could just put a One Direction music vid on loop and show it at the local Odeon and achieve similar ratings. It's just swoon-worthy tosh.

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Unwearable tech: Five ways IT garb's gone HORRIBLY WRONG

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Re: OMG it never worked before, why still try?

"Then again, I'm the type of guy who has always despised people who wear sunglasses after sundown, so I guess it's a matter of taste."

For those who often have their picture taken, you can understand the appeal. Otherwise, bright flashes in the face in darkened room = headlines the next day of "Joe Celebrity drunk!" featuring picture with glazed, half-open, dilated eyes.

For everyone else, they're just pretending that the same applies to them and I share your aversion.

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