* Posts by Dan 10

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

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Oh look

The reg just devalued a credible technical article by including a large but completely irrelevant image of a hot girl on the front page, topical only because she's holding a phone. You guys keep rocking that last-century approach to attracting women into the industry.

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Re: Shit happens. Hope they patch soon.

"most round here won't need to" - speak for yourself! :-)

I don't have a dev background, so all this is really interesting to me.

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Private cloud has a serious image problem

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Re: Private = Privacy

The stated use case for hosting in different regions is the regulatory impacts. So if, with AWS, I choose Ireland as my primary location, and Frankfurt as secondary, then in the event that AWS still cough for 'the man', the benefits of multi-region hosting start to wobble.

'Course, given that there isn't a UK host region (yet), that still mightn't be sufficient for regulated industries.

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

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Re: Five minutes of internets sleuthing..

Clive-sleuth + retina display = jaw-dropping desktop

Wow, thanks!

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: A little damage was enough

Indeed - 'Vulcan 607' by Roland White, mesmerising feat of engineering and logistics. I seem to recall something like 90 aircrew, 14 aircraft and umpteen in-flight refuellings. Don't ever tell the RAF that something is impossible!

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I always used to smile when the Vulcan passed overhead at the airshows, leaving a series of blaring car alarms on the first couple of rows of parking. There would be people scrambling all over the place looking for car keys...

Also, XH558, thanks for keeping me dry while I ate my sandwiches under your starboard wing. Hat well and truly tipped.

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OpenStack private clouds are SCIENCE PROJECTS says Gartner

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No regrets

In 2011 I set about deploying a strategic BI platform - everything from server tin to fancy front-end tools. I was challenged to use Openstack at the time, but I didn't feel it was ready. Ended up with Intel, VMware, Sharepoint etc, loads of capacity for new projects, sadly no chargeback capability, but looking back, I still think it was the right decision.

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Reader suggestion: Using HDFS as generic iSCSI storage

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I wondered recently whether HDFS would provide commodity iscsi storage for an ETL staging layer using an extract-once, read-many approach, but ISTR the random reads and variable file sizes (and other stuff I can't recall) didn't make it very friendly. The more obvious GPFS appears a better choice.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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I think there's an element of selective quoting - Cameron is implying that you can be an obvious baddie(TM) but as long as you obey the letter of the law, then legally they can't currently touch you, which is what he wants to change. Think extremist preacher who causes the media to blast the government as inept because said preacher is 'untouchable under this country's weak laws' etc etc...

Clearly though, if not properly thought through, this will be ripe for abuse.

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There's little spending on Big Data, object storage and OpenStack

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Surprise

Storage spending is where it's at! Says, er, storage company. With a dodgy methodology.

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RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

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Why the criticism?

So then, no-one is allowed to ask for anything because there is always someone less fortunate than you? What a load of cobblers.

That said, at £500 between a group, I don't see why they don't just crack on. Add a bit of generosity from the likes of bpfh (above, re switches) and you're away. When I felt a bit remote in the Falklands, I ended up saving £3k in 4 months, get to it lads!

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'Shadow IT' gradually sapping power and budget from CIOs

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If you can't beat em, join em

Which is why, despite umpteen years in corporate IT, I now find myself taking time to acquire skills in AWS...

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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Re: "there is no derailleur....so the prototypes are fixies"

LOL at the idea of a fixie e-bike - you WILL pedal all the way to work... and past it... etc

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Almost EVERY SAP install hackable, researchers say

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Eye-opening stuff, including some of the horror stories in the comments. However, how many of these SAP instances are accessible from the corporate network anyway? If the host LPAR is in it's own network zone with only the appropriate ports open to permit access from an authorised front end, most of the risk is potentially from a malicious authorised dev/admin, no? Not that this is a small risk, but I can see why C*Os everywhere accept the risk...

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Ex-NSA security bod fanboi: Apple Macs are wide open to malware

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Hey, thanks other commenters for the tips. (Netstat shows a connection to Twitter, when I don't even use Twitter?!)

I know I prefer OSX to Windows or Ubuntu, but I'm the first to concede that I don't know all the ins and outs of the OS.

Little Snitch looks useful. Seems there is also a rudimentary IDS called 4shadow - appears to just be a front end for a bunch of scripts/commands etc, but at only £4 I might give it a whirl.

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Teradata tumbles off Wall Street pedestal, buys back paper

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@Beachrider - I'm not so sure. The Aster and hadoop products push them into the big data space, complete with their own hardware appliances. I wonder whether there is a combination of forces; industry hesitation (at least at the purchasing level) about how all this stuff is tied together, and why it's a good idea to have both a DW and Big Data platforms, the in-memory performance of things like SAP HANA, and perhaps recognition that if you get the data architecture and usage right, then cloud hosting, with it's "upload and process as much as you like, pay for the download" approach lends itself to analytics, and doesn't involve £3m on your own hardware?

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Security audit finds dev OUTSOURCED his JOB to China to goof off at work

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Re: Fallen star

Doesn't surprise me, I worked with some genius devs who, once outside of the pure programming world, didn't seem to know one end of a computer from the other.

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Vibrator guru on pleasure tech: 'Of all the places you'd want a quality UI....'

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Re: "sexual health and wellness"

Blimey, that's an odd story. Seems I missed my calling!

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Eric Schmidt heading on mystery mission to North Korea

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Re: Why Hello Hans Blix

"Hans Brix you f***ing w@nker!"

My mate nearly did himself an injury laughing at *that* sex scene.

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Delay climate mitigation, escalate the costs: study

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Re: Propaganda still winning hearts and minds?

Alternatively, perhaps it's merely indicative of the Reg being frequented by the kind of people that would rather see data and evidence than hyperbole.

But of course, rather like climate 'science', you conveniently ignored any possibility which didn't suit you. Funny that.

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Re: Message Translated..

I was thinking more along the lines of:

Buy one window or door and get one free, ONLY at SAFESTYLE UK! But hurry, this offer is strictly time limited! Honest!

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The latest tech firm to be accused of tax dodging: Microsoft

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Dodgy

Any higher indeed. What bothers me most about this is that the capitulation of Starbucks, while great for UK public funds, has established a precedent whereby the government can look at something they don't like, realise there's nothing illegal, therefore set the UK lynch mob of media and screaming masses upon the target and wait for them to cry 'ok, ok, you win!'. How is this different from the insipid whinings about being tried 'in the court of public opinion' by Harman or Wacky Jacky or whoever it was a while ago?

Sorry, but it's a companies duty to act in the interests of it's shareholders. If I was a shareholder, and the company declared a £10m write-off 'because it seems like a fair thing to do', I think I'd be rather miffed.

It might seem like a good idea currently, but this is nothing more than tabloid-inspired lynching, and it won't be long before the same approach is tried on other things where we might not be as keen.

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Curiosity finds organics on Mars, but possibly not of Mars

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Re: Hang on a minute

David Bailey-n? (Try saying it)

Sorry.

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

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Re: Also obligatory

Damn. I came here just to post that!

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Is lightspeed really a limit?

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Re: Limits.

@Chemist. I find this interesting:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-09/20/warp-drives

"The drive works by using a wave to compress the spacetime in front of the spaceship while expanding the spacetime behind it. The ship itself would float in a "bubble" of normal spacetime that would float along the wave of compressed spacetime, like the way a surfer rides a break. The ship, inside the warp bubble, would apppear to be going faster than the speed of light relative to objects outside the bubble."

Now I'm no mathematician or physicist, but this seems to broadly concur with the Adelaide prof mentioned here?

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Hapless Kate topless, toothless law useless

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Re: In Royal News Today!

to quote Cartman:

"You've warped my tiny little mind!"

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How talent-spotting boffins help Team GB bag Olympic gold

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Re: Trivia Fact

Apparently one of the American swimmers is not as tall as his wingspan and that makes him great at butterfly stroke - he's the one with underarm muscles like batwings.

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Hobbyist builds working assault rifle using 3D printer

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Re: Metalwork class

No, more likely the 3D printer that my wife's school bought for £3k last year - and the prices are tumbling all the time.

Wait for it, and the biggest growth in torrented data will be *.sta (think that's what they're called) files that can be pointed straight to the printer. Once these relate to illegal items or those with copyright, this shit's going to get interesting.

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Atos IT workers threaten strike during Olympics over 'living wage'

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Re: Atos IT workers are threatening to strike

Sorry I've obviously completely missed this one - what's the score here? Are ATOS contracted to complete assessments of claimants of incapacity benefit or something?

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HP patents teleprompter-esque transparent screen tech

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Re: Questionable utility

"there isn't much use for this". Seriously?

One the big growth areas right now is mobile, closely related to location-based apps. This tech provides the means of seamlessly overlaying the two.

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Computer error triggers mass rocket launch

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Re: Result

Stiff neck

I've always wondered what a display would look like if they set everything off at once.

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The touchscreens that push back, thanks to Brit hi-fi boffinry

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Nice!

"dehydrated bacterial slime that Sony used for diaphragms"

I've got this half-formed mental image of a slimy blob creature breathing (diaphragm) via headphones. Bravia-branded, perhaps...

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CERN catches a glimpse of Higgs-like boson

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Yep

Checking Google news for this as soon as I logged on, the first link was for The Telegraph. This story is like a magnet for religious nuts!

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Techies evac'd as raging wildfire menaces $100m Colorado data centre

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I know it's the reg and all...

...but all the comments above this one just seem random

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So you wanna be a Wall Street techie? Or anyway, get paid a lot

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Re: Impossible to answer interview questions

knowing zilch about pianos, I was thinking that the question referred to a tool of some kind, in which case I thought your reply was going to be "what about the basic ones owned by all the piano players?"

Regardless, I'm sure there are many many piano players who can do basic tuning. He didn't count them either. Can't blame you for withdrawing your application.

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Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

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keyboard

I think the cover doubling up as a keyboard is a cool idea, I can see a third party offering an iPad equivalent.

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Oracle staffer accused of sex-for-favours in Singapore

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Re: Really?

Sounds like you're _too_ grown up for a site such as this one...

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Terror cops hunt laptop snatched from retired MI5 spookmistress

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Re: airport security?

I feel like I need eyes everywhere when this happens - you're supposed to just trust that the passengers in front of you don't pick up your stuff as it sails past your spread-eagled/nekkid-photographed form and idles at the end of the conveyor.

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Canary Islands host long-distance quantum teleportation

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Re: Where's the teleportation?

The way I read it, the entangled photon pair (of which one half was sent over the fibre) merely acts as the baseline. It was sent merely in order to create distance between points A and B. The teleport bit was when a third photon was injected into one half of the entangled pair (at point A) and the OTHER half of the pair (at point B) reflected the changed state immediately - from oodles of km away.

Impressive stuff, my brain hurts trying to imagine how the teleport itself actually takes place.

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Audi proposes PC-packing stunt bikes

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Re: Computerised bikes from Audi.

I may be wrong, but ISTR that it had more to do with cocky magazine journalists thinking it was so kitted out that they could hoon around with impunity in the knowledge that it wouldn't let them do anything stupid. Hence the early models 'flipping' when the lateral forces were strong enough.

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Re: The Raleigh Vektar rides again!

I forgot about the Vektar! +1 the Streethawk comment.

I had the road bike version - the Raleigh Sensor:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/files/raleigh_sensor_2_162.jpg

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Defend your phone against loose networks? There’s an app for that

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Or...

...an attacker can download the app to scan networks for presence of the FW type that would allow the attack to succeed, reducing wasted time.

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Google+ dying on its arse – shock new poll

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Re: Pitch to your strengths

Given that the majority of those kind of comms are likely to be within private circles, that would appear to align with what an earlier poster said about only public comments being counted for this report.

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Re: Wasn't it meant to attract people with things to say?

When talking about Facebook, the interesting thing is that you *knew* them before they joined.

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Vote now for the worst movie NEVER made

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2/10 - must try harder

see me

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Queen unveils draft internet super-snoop bill - with clauses

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Re: Alternative approach.

@Seamon - I see that as not much more than a modification to SETI - and I agree that it's not only feasible, but becoming rather a good idea. The master node would be populated with new search terms as and when they become relevant, to be spat out to all the client devices. The fact that the other post above points out the anti-google effect merely gives it a legitimate purpose.

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Billion-dollar high-tech ghost town to run itself without humans

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I disagree

Someone thinks it's a good idea to build the ultimate testing environment - this is a good thing for other companies wishing to innovate. This has the potential to be an enabler for economic growth.

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Google's self-driving car snags first-ever license in Nevada

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Anyone read Daemon?

They'll kill us all...

Seriously though, Google don't have a culture of developing safety critical embedded systems, remains to be seen how good these are.

Also, taking the responsibility of driving away from me, but leaving me with the responsibility if it crashes is a cop-out. If the thing runs for miles without incident, do the authorities really expect you to pay attention constantly when there is no incentive to do so? Already there is talk that drivers are less attentive when besieged with myriad driver safety aids (lane deviation sensors, stopping distance sensors linked to auto-braking, etc etc) - if I buy one of these it's because I want to use the travel time more productively.

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Syrian secret police endorse male hair remover

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Great friday fodder

hilarious

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GCHQ's spy death riddle shines light on UK hacker war

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Re: Bizarre

Yeah, but he makes a very good point if you consider that:

a. it was in his job description to mingle at Blackhat/Defcon etc

b. (assumption) he had unusual private interests

c. the *really* (in hindsight, natch) obvious route to having a hold on him would be to obtain access to his browsing habits etc in the interests of blackmail

d. we (or any black hats so inclined) wouldn't know all of the above, but he did - all along

e. I'm not buying that he had a careless personality that would have ignored such a threat

The whole thing stinks, and his family have my deepest condolences - almost any other death in recent memory hasn't been followed up by quite such an awful line in sordid detail.

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