* Posts by Mark 65

2572 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: Some Department of Commerce weather alert systems use Fortran

There aren't that many COBOL and Fortran programmers left, and no one is learning those languages these days

Also worth noting that Fortran tends to be taught as the programming language of choice to physics undergraduates - apparently it's quite popular in that area - it has an international standards body and is targeted at scientists. It is also pretty damn fast (http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sp/2014/870146/abs/) and, to emphasise a point made above, it is used for large numerical calculations (http://www.moreisdifferent.com/2015/07/16/why-physicsts-still-use-fortran/)

In the field of high performance computing (HPC), of which large scale numerical simulation is a subset, there are only two languages in use today — C/C++ and “modern Fortran” (Fortran 90/95/03/08).

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Snowden: NBN leaker raids a 'misuse' of Australian Federal Police

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Re: Snowden isn't an academic by any means.

@ Aodhhan: university education or not, he's a damn site more eloquent, articulate and intelligent than you are. Not everyone wants or needs to piss 10s of thousands of dollars against the wall for a think by numbers university education. If he doesn't have one then he's demonstrated they really aren't all that necessary these days. Some of the World's larger employers are starting to see it that way too.

You might also want to note in your empty headed rant that one of his major points is the shithouse and missing legislation that enables the political classes to shit on anyone at any time in Australia. The gist being that, even if it's meaningless, the US still has controlling legislation versus the Australian free-for-all.

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Re: What Snowden misses

and in true State of Origin competitive fervour NSW don't look like they want to lose out to their northern competitors.

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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Re: Corporate networks decrypt SSL

HTTPS everywhere and SSL observatory, courtesy of EFF. Always be wary of free wifi - I certainly wouldn't use it unless I was using laptop with a Live CD due to the possibility of malware let alone MITM. Plenty are poorly setup, maintained and secured. Think of using it as being like having unprotected nooky. You may get away with it quite a lot, but then again....

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Queen’s Speech: Digital Bill to tackle radicalisation, pirates

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Re: That's just cover

The only thing that changes here is what a Judge can determine at the end of a trial, after the jury has returned a guilty verdict. A Judge is still free to determine what ever sentence he sees fit, but it can't be longer than 10 years.

What twaddle. If the ceiling is raised from 2 to 10 years then Judges are going to use that extra headroom - they certainly aren't going to keep giving out no more than 2 years are they? This law change has bullying and usage creep written into it.

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Re: Still might be a tad excessive

Where do you get the idea that this is about big media. The biggest losses are from small creators. Big media suffer loses but not on the same scale. Small creators are looking to sell stuff to large publishers, large publishers reduce the amount they are willing to pay because of piracy.

Large publishers reduce the amount they are willing to pay because they are greedy bastards and hold all the power in the relationship. Piracy is neither here nor there - you cannot count piracy as lost sales because the vast majority simply are not.

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Re: Still might be a tad excessive

In general I believe that financial crimes should carry a custodial sentence for the more serious ones and financial penalties with asset seizure for the whole spectrum. i.e. you shouldn't be able to commit a £1m fraud and get 6 months and/or £100k fine, it should be £1m forfeiture + £100k fine + custodial as appropriate.

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Re: Rhubarb

Yep. Saw this line

“Nobody’s going to go after a teenager in their bedroom, unless that teenager is operating a serious scale pirate site. Just as with physical goods, nobody goes after the small fry.”

and remembered that what it really means is that if you run a search site that allows people to locate links to content but host no content yourself then you'll get 10 years unless of course your search site is called Google.

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YouTube Red comes to Australia

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Who'd pay $12 per months for that shite?

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Australian Greens don't believe Silicon Valley can save the world

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Here at El Reg we think his remarks about technology are far more dangerous, because as we all know Big Data and the Blockchain will revolutionise everything, more or less instantly, so that the Internet of Soil becomes a reality and deals with that depletion problem.

Everyone knows the soil needs electrolytes, stupid.

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

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Sizzles I think you misunderstood me. When I say pre unity I am talking about why use mint vs Ubuntu and the chief reason was installed codecs out of the box - it just worked. Post unity, and without codecs, the chief selling point is just it doesn't have unity. They are undermining their advantages.

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And there was me thinking that, pre unity, the shipping of a distribution complete with working codecs was always one of its main plus points. What is there now but "it doesn't have Unity"? (I'm presuming it will end up with Systemd)

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Meet the man who owns his own piece of the internet

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Stamford

He likely left without a degree because he isn't that smart but having a billionaire or powerful daddy gets you into any U.S. university. GW Bush and Yale?

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

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Re: To be fair...

Perhaps you didn't notice the scuffle in the Balkans? The odd touch of genocide occurring on the EU's doorstep? Strictly speaking not the EU but pretty much Europe. If you're basically stating that the Germans haven't started another war then you've obviously missed the economic and political colonisation that's been going on. They just got a bit smarter over how they ended up ruling Europe - why use tanks when politics and promises will suffice.

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Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?

The bit I find amusing about the Remain camp's campaign is when they talk about things being so much worse if we leave. They obviously don't realise that, if their points are true, then we are screwed either way. Do they seriously think that if the UK votes to remain then everything will be as it was before? No, the EU will push even harder on the UK to integrate and it will have little ability to refuse as Dave gained no ground in his negotiations and the populous would have just voted that they prefer being in the EU. There's no way the EU will let the UK piss about on the periphery after this very public event.

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A modest proposal: dump the NBN mess on Telstra

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Re: Speed tiers killed FTTP

Well Mathew only 7% on FTTN are choosing 100Mbps would that be becuase they are unable to receive such a speed.

That's more likely because of:

1. Poor backbone infrastructure struggling to serve the speed

2. Shit links off the rock. If there's poor links to the rest of the world then your speed matters less. I'm starting to struggle to saturate my 30Mbps cable connection, so why try for 100?

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Review legacy code: Waking dragons is risk worth taking, says Trainline ops head

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Another day...

...another DevOps puff piece.

My grandad always used to say that if something needs that much advertising it can't be that good.

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Router hackers reach for the fork: LEDE splits from OpenWRT

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One of the downsides with the open source ecosystem is that it allows the petulant child types to take their ball and run away rather than have grown up discussions to reach mutual agreement on how to solve a problem. It's very easy to get some key people and fork-off rather than have the tough conversations that may be necessary to force change. This would seem like one such occasion.

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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It is hardly surprising given these days the occupation tends to attract the power obsessed face stompers rather than those who actually do wish to "protect and serve". Look at the occasions where arrests could likely have been made more peaceably (if at all) if it weren't for Sgt Roider running in gun drawn, finger slightly off trigger weight, looking for just one potential word of non-subservience in order to go full auto until the clip needs changing.

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How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

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Re: This also serves as a guide so the NSA knows what to target

Interesting point, to hide in a large volume of innocuous traffic that is common. Give them a needle-in-a-haystack problem.

In that case swim in a sea of vacuous Tweets and Facebook status updates - an ocean of faecal matter if ever I saw one.

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Re: Hmm. If one is an aspiring terrorist......

Windows 10? Is that because it would just shit you to tears so much you just switch it off or destroy it?

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

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Re: We really shouldn't have decommissioned the Harrier and Ark Royal

I'd suspect F35 or not that would happen. We have plane-less carriers and destroyers that lacked armaments for a period of time. More of a Heath Robinson navy these days. We'd fight on a best endeavours basis.

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Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

Whilst on paper the F22 is king of the skies it's not really proven in combat against leading edge aircraft. I'd say the US isn't so certain about air superiority against anyone but stone throwing desert dwellers.

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US govt quietly tweaks rules to let cops, Feds hack computers anywhere, anytime

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Re: Here we go again

What happens when the FBI (or another of the merkan TLAs) break into a computer in another country and get caught?

Like hacking into a Russian or Chinese Government machine and getting caught?

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I can't wait until the first instance of them trying to hack some absolute gun Eastern European hacker's machine and end up with no end of shit installed back on their own hardware.

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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@ Ilsa Loving: Doesn't systemd make log files binary, in which case it is not a lack of familiarity but rather it does stupid useless shit. grep or awk your binary log file? Tail it? No, chances are there's some reinvented wheel command to perform each action.

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Panama Papers graph database cracked open for world+dog

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Re: "curated information"

This really isn't like the Snowden leak and I cannot think off-hand what reason there is for not making the whole lot available to all and sundry to make their own investigations. Otherwise it seems like the analysis is being curated rather than just the information.

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Is VMware the power it once was?

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I think the popularity of Amazon is due to the current fad of get someone else to manage your compute (a.k.a. cloud) versus the old-school do-it-yourself. One favours Amazon, the other VMWare.

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Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

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Re: His (her) Master's Voice

Welcome to the Britain of Dickensian Dave

Surely the Britain of Dick-in-pig Dave?

Sorry, couldn't resist (said Dave, allegedly).

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Planning to throw capacity at an IT problem? Read this first

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No body loves a bandwagon...except a consultant.

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Re: "For decades"

I disagree with your point on Agile delivery. Agile has its place it is just that it is often misused. Agile works well for tactical developments, prototyping etc and I have witnessed it work well in trading environments. However, like everything, you have to use it appropriately. Large, plenty of thought, lots of planning, non-Agile projects also go arse up. No method is perfect.

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Prof squints at Google's mobile monopoly defence, shakes head

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Re: Maps, etc.

My suspicion is that the box the EC has put Google into actually has a second label underneath the "Monopoly abuse" label that reads "Tax avoider"

Good. You see, that's the problem with aggressive tax minimalisation techniques - you attract a lot of attention to yourself and the authorities will start looking closely at everything you do which means you'd best make sure you're squeaky clean elsewhere. Google have clearly started doing some Microsoft style OEM license techniques and it is now likely to bite them on the butt.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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Re: Yet more evidence

@Hans 1: Yes, from Blighty, how is that democracy of yours going in the US? You know, the one you keep trying to force on the rest of the planet at the end of a gun barrel whilst the fabric of your society slowly decays amidst your crumbling financial empire? At least Britain knew when to call it a day whereas the US seems to want to go broke fighting the inevitable.

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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

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Re: Syntax

And then of course there's the infamous "tunnel vision" issue with Google and others serving you customized results. Are you searching from a clean device/browser, cookies cleared, not logged-in to any other Google services/sites?

The author covered that by using "duck duck go" no? They also got the same results.

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

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Re: Half-Hunter

Shaken the traditional watch makers to the core.

Yep, I can see the likes of Breitling and Tag Heuer just quaking over these gimmicky pieces of shit.

Call me old fashioned, but I prefer my watch to tell me the time and perhaps the date (although a Casio is likely better at both of these tasks) and if I want it to be fancy I'd look at these sorts of brands. Having a bluetooth connection to my phone because I'm too lazy to get it out of my pocket - not so much. Notifications, meeting alets etc? I prefer to look at what my day holds at the start and use my memory along with a buzz in the pocket (so to speak) to demand my attention when needed. Dick Tracy's "calling all cars" is a step too far.

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NZ hotel bans cyclists' Lycra-clad loins

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Re: They're not necessary anyway

Always makes me laugh when I see someone clad in lycra on a carbon composite road bike who also happens to be about 20 kilos overweight - dude, you've totally missed the point.

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Translated that means "Some parents don't want to answer their kids' questions about the human body".

Might also mean that when someone is out having a nice lunch they don't want to be faced with some fatty sweaty lycra-clad pillock's teensy cheesy rollback staring at them from within a pair of shorts that would probably fit a 10 year old rather than the middle-aged born-again tour-de-suburb speedster sporting them. Your mileage may vary but I consider such people on licensed premises to be inconsiderate arseholes.

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Surprise! Tech giants dominate global tax-dodging list of shame

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That's why you pay your lobbying levy as a corporate, to make sure those loopholes continue to exist.

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Re: US tax rate?

Personally I think it's great - it empowers communities to decide their own priorities, and also imposes a degree of financial discipline. As in, make taxes too high, and people will simply vote with their feet.

I'm sorry, but that is just nonsense. Local government has always shown itself to be fiscally irresponsible. Who cares how much you spend when it's someone else's money? Need more? Just raise the taxes. Very much the same with council tax.

As for people voting with their feet, that is simply crap. There is a reason taxes get levied on dwellings and that's because it is simply impractical to just keep selling up and re-buying elsewhere in order to try to lessen your tax bill. For the average punter the dead money involved in that two-way trade more than negates any saving. Again, that's why you levy taxes on property and residency.

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

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Hell would freeze over before I believed the testimony of those duplicitous pricks.

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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

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Re: A Misunderstanding....

I think his mention of a second was more figure of speech than absolute time interval.

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Just how close are Obama and Google? You won’t believe the answer

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Re: You see, this is why the United States is such a great country!

I think you'd be surprised out how much money has changed hands - you just haven't seen it yet. I don't think it's any coincidence that the man who repealed Glass-Steagall now pisses dollar bills. His wife seems to have carried on the tradition.

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Re: Doubt anyone is surprised by this

All those millions Google spends in lobbying and campaign donations aren't for nothing. The interesting question is whether Google's special access continues once a republican administration arrives (whether that's next year or 2021)

Seriously? Republicans love money as much as the next man. Perhaps Google might need to start doing some military work to calm their fears but have no doubt what the end result will be.

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Re: Downvotes?

It's about the only positive thing I can say about the EU - they have form at having a serious crack at the corrupt US/Global companies that buy their way out of trouble over the pond. Microsoft anyone?

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I think the issue is the transparency around what you give and what you get in return. The bought decisions the politician's holidays you pay for etc. It's all bribery, doesn't matter which way you look at it. Nobody gives big donations without the expectation of something in return. That's a bribe.

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Re: The only thing missing

The US is a house of cards that will collapse under the weight of its own hubris.

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Your pointy-haired boss 'bought a cloud' with his credit card. Now what?

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Re: Mistrust

The problem is, generally speaking, that IT has good people and shit management. I can count on the fingers of no hands the number of places I've worked where IT has had good technically capable management and leadership with direction.

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Re: Missing the real point

Just too add my tuppenyworth, if you are in a position of responsibility and some internal department is blocking you from an action, there is probably a damn good reason for it. Be it IT, Legal or HR, there is usually a very sensible reason why you *can't* have it.

No, actually there isn't. Sometimes in life you just happen to come up against obstructionist pricks in a cosseted position of power and they say no because: 1) they likely don't understand and don't want to look stupid and reveal the tenuousness of their tenure, 2) love the feeling of power they have. Believe me when I say I have experienced this nonsensical bullshit first hand. Some people are just tossers. You might want to believe that everything is done for a valid reason but I'm afraid your outlook is far too clean-room for the real world.

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IT freely, a true tale: One night a project saved my life

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Re: should probably change job.

@Mage: Not necessarily. If you've stuck with a sector, like finance for example, then you will have plenty of domain knowledge and employers will pay handsomely for those that know what works and what doesn't and can bring a wealth of experience from competitors. There's a valid reason why IT contractors in the City constantly travel on a merry-go-round between the banks. Can't speak for other industries.

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William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

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Learn by the mistakes of poor inter-agency communication (9/11 anyone?) or forever be destined to repeat them.

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