* Posts by James 47

317 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

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Linus Torvalds wavers, pauses … then gives the world Linux 4.5

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Re: PS/2 Mice

Pretty much all motherboards for gamers/overclockers will still come with a PS/2 port.

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'Microsoft Office has been the bane of my life, while simultaneously keeping me employed'

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Re: How are async callbacks primitive???

Async callbacks are used even for multi-threaded code, unless you use the anti-pattern of using one thread per request (whatever a request is in yuor domain), which will kill any chance of implementing a scalable architecture.

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Re: The deep mysteries of VBA bugs

How are async callbacks primitive???

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AMD to fix slippery hypervisor-busting bug in its CPU microcode

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That must have been a complete nightmare to debug

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Docker may be the dumbest thing you do today

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"Docker is NOT good at isolating Linux Containers from each other (shared kernel)"

That's a deal breaker right there

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'Boss, I've got a bug fix: Nuke the whole thing from orbit, rewrite it all'

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Re: Beastly, Just Beastly

You can get around the hatred of goto with the following;

do

{

if (!someOp())

break;

if (!someOtherOp())

break;

return SUCCESS;

}

while (false);

cleanup();

return FAILURE;

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Brit airline pilots warn of drone menace

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Re: I hope you drone pilots have decent insurance

Are you tripping balls pal?

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Rust 1.6 released, complete with a stabilised libcore

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Won't const auto& give you a reference to the members of the array instead of their actual values? Why would you want the extra memory dereference?

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Whisper this, but Java deserialisation vulnerability affects more libraries

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Re: Misses the point of serialisation...

What are you banging on about? Are you saying that traditional file format do not require validation? You're totally wrong if you are.

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EE plans to block annoying ads on mobile network

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Re: It's not about the customer

It's not going to be the advertisers, it'll be the ad networks.

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Today's exoplanet weather: 1,000°C, glass rain, 8,700 km/h winds

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Supersonic wind

What does that sound like? One continuous sonic boom?

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Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

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Re: Windows 10

I have a button on my motherboard that resets the BIOS. The machine would fail to boot, telling to insert bootable media.

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Windows 10

I gave it a shot, i don't like the UI and it would occasionally crash and somehow corrupt my BIOS.

Uninstalling it and going back to 8.1 was surprisingly easy but they just rename the Windows 10 "windows" folder to something explorer won't list. And Windows Update still nags me to install it

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Ad-slinging rootkit nasty permanently drills into Android mobes, tabs

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Time to bring back Symbian

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All aboard the Skylake: How Intel stopped worrying and learned to love overclocking

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I've a CPU and MB that allows all sorts of overclocking but TBPHWY I'm terrified to change anything

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Facebook's React Native is exciting devs. Or is it, really?

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I'm not really sure what all this all is, but I'm pretty sure it'll end up with my CPU at 100%

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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Anthony Zuppero has an interesting, but rambling, document of other nuclear (and space) related things:

http://www.neofuel.com/inhabit/inhabit.pdf

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Re: If you need a "new" PC

Whenever Linux has gone haywire for me it after I do something complicated like change the screen resolution. Hence, VMs from now on

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Linux on a laptop? *Shudder*

I won't run Ubuntu on bare metal anymore, only VMs

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'Logjam' crypto bug could be how the NSA cracked VPNs

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Because crypto is hard, and any research that uncovers flaws in a protocol or cipher is likely to be pounced upon by the government and the researcher silenced. Or they'll sell it to the highest bidder

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Why Joe Hockey's Oz tax proposals only get five out of 10

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Are there any numbers re the volume of trades done from within ISAs?

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C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

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Re: C++

Couldn't agree more... the best C++ programmers are those who know what parts to leave out.

Templates are quite cool, but they're a fucking disaster in the hands of fools. It's inexcusable that a missing 'const' can lead to pages and pages of compiler errors (I'm looking at you boost)

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asio

I::was::never::a::big::fan::of::boost::asio

string_view? is that what's now string_ref?

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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I run Windows 8.1 and then Ubuntu in a VM. Best of both worlds. Windows 8.1 isn't that bad really once you get to pin the Control Panel to the taskbar.

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Amazon CTO destealths to throw light on AWS data centre design

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Dropped connections

Did he explain why AWS continually drops established TCP connections to other AWS machines?

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Twitter slips into the world of venture capital with barely a chirrup

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Twitter recently acquired MoPub, which is a mobile advertising exchange. This probably has more to do with that than writing an app for reading tweets.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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LibreOffice

I once tried to chart 65k timeseries values. I think I started back in October. It's still at it

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Re: I'm free!

You can install windows on a new motherboard.

There's a program somewhere (spui maybe) that displays a set of numbers and a freefone number to call. You enter the numbers and it gives you back some more. Enter those in that program earlier and windows is activated again. It's all free, no human interaction, and takes about 5 mins.

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Node.js fork io.js hits version 1.0 – but don't call it production-ready

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Re: Can anyone recall me

It actually allows loads of concurrent connections because it uses the libuv library, which is asynchronous.

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NGINX scores $20 MEELLLION to remind people it sells stuff

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Apache is pretty much outdated. The conf settings are bizarre, the multi-process model might have been relevent in 1995 and you end up having to faff with shared memory. One thread per request... please.

Try find sample code that reads a request body... WTF is a brigade...

The documentation is woeful

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GSMA denies latest Snowden leak

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Re: Weren't the encryption docs kept secret and only available to "qualified" GSM implementors?

I seem to recall hearing about them increasing the key length only to have French Govt insist on the new bits being zeroes.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

James 47

Re: Its the kernel

MS children!? Nah, they're probably just software engineers, being downvoted by javascript monkeys

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Re: Unknown source of kernel lock-ups?

It would depend on the severity of the bug really. One that causes a CPU lock-up would, in my mind at least, be a showstopper.

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Unknown source of kernel lock-ups?

And it's being released anyway!? Sounds like something Adobe would do

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Gangnam Style BREAKS YouTube

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If they don't already, YouTube will only increment the view count on completed plays. Numberphile/SixySymbols did a video on it. There's also an 'off-by-one' bug where the view count is listed as 301 for a while instead of 300 until YT do their number crunching to determine the real view count

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

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Re: A money burning exercise

Frustratingly, the Linux ecosystem has nothing that comes near to Visual Studio

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AWS CloudFront wobbles at worst possible time

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DNS issues

There have been DNS issues with running on AWS for ages now even when all connections are internal to AWS

https://forums.aws.amazon.com/thread.jspa?threadID=161837&tstart=0

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VXers Shellshocking embedded BusyBox boxen

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boxen???

are poeple still using this stupid phrase?

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Sarong it's right: Coining it in Thailand without a visa

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Re: Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

£54k after tax isn't pittance, especially in Thailand

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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

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Patching is hard

There's more to it than blindly fixing the issue, you also have to make sure your fix doesn't break anything else - which is something Microsoft is very, very good at.

When I upgraded Ubuntu to Trusty it actually borked the OS.

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I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

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Oh noes!

You just know there are politicans across the EU just waiting to implement something like this.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Nope

He walked away with millions and a divorce. That's a typical CEO.

Seriously though, Nokia had crippled its ability to deliver long before Elop arrived. It's only when serious competitors came on the scene did Nokia realise the dire situation they were in.

His memo was a complete fucking disaster, but the issues described in it were not his doing.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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I think it looks crap

Why are the icons so massive? Linux desktops always love to waste screen real-estate.

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Speaking in Tech: On iPhone 6 - 'If you make big-*ss phones, you'd better make 'em usable'

James 47

Obligatory xkcd

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/hyphen.jpg

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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negative equity

I don't see how negative equity should be used as a emotional bargaining chip. When housing markets collapse people who made unwise investments MUST be burned. Otherwise people will not think twice about getting in that position and will assume everyone else will bail them out, either through artifically high house prices or receiving taxpayer funds directly. It *will* all eventually collapse at some point, and when it does, it'll affect everyone simulateously. Just look at what happened in Ireland.

The government mortgage guarantee scheme was a terrible, terrible idea. It's a bluff.

Governments should have nothing to do with the private property market at all.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Can't say I blame them

Oh I have used it in the past 8 years, did you deliberately ignore my comment about having to reinstall it when I changed the graphics card?

Oh and the update to Trusty failed mid-way too and, yup you guessed it, complete reinstall... to Windows7 and VMs. Never looked back.

Sorry I upset you with facts.

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Can't say I blame them

Maybe someone had to reinstall Ubuntu after doing something as simple as changing graphics card...

Linux works perfectly well as guest VM OS on a Windows host. That's how I do all my dev.

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

James 47

Re: Anam

'anam' is also Irish for 'name'

amazing

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Chrome OS leaks data to Google before switching on a VPN, says GCHQ

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SELinux eh?

People still trust that?

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Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot

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Don't consumer-grade GPS chips stop working when they detect you're travelling above a certain speed and/or altitude, to stop terrorists from making their own guided missiles?

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