* Posts by Jim 59

1727 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Secret questions are a hangover from the "security" procedures used by banks before the Internet. They never offered much security, for the obvious reasons outlined in the article.

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Spotify smashing new media paradigms with something called ‘video’

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"CEO Daniel Ek promised you’ll be grateful for its algorithms. “Recommendations will adapt over time to fit your taste and mood,” he said. As an example, if you’re jogging then Spotify will match a tune with your running pace.

I thought choosing what music to listen to was part of the pleasure of music. Like choosing which wine to drink, or what golf club to use for a particular shot.

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Google Maps gets hit with racist White House listing

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Surprised anyone used satnav for that. You practically fall out of the Stockley Park door onto the M25.

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Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

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Also I prefer just to shoot monsters, me vs. computer. A quick 30 minute blast. But single player has all but died out now. It is you vs myriad strangers or nothing.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Because London would never allow its local industry to go into decline.

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Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

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Systematic and/or continued actions to torment or demean someone in a way that would make a reasonable person (1) conclude that Reddit is not a safe platform to express their ideas or participate in the conversation, or (2) fear for their safety or the safety of those around them

Sounds like a reasonable policy. But beware the repeated use of "safe" and "safety" - here used as in the loony lexicon of US campus madness - where "safe" means "safe from being exposed to new ideas, facts or anything outside my comfort zone". Urgh.

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

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And PC users will need a big rig to power virty specs

They already need a big rig to power Windows.

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Election? Pah. Here's the REAL question: Who’s the SEXIEST MP?

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It should only show the top 20. Listing those rated least attractive is not nice.

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$19 billion made from dumped e-waste every year, says UN

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Solution

Put e-waste into a big box in your loft. At least it won't do any harm there. You never know, one day the world might develop a proper way of dealing with it.

The cost of making something should include the cost of unmaking it.

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Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

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Having seen that documentary a couple of years ago, I certainly would not like to work there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkNO8J4XSIc

It seems that you are electronically tagged and timed, having only a set number of seconds to do each pick, and will be sacked otherwise. There are much other unpleasantness too. Somebody above mentioned toilet cleaners and so on, but these jobs ore often better paid (railway worker), have some measure of independence (van driver) and you are not treated like an insect.

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Am I the only person...

Indeed. So is the cost of schools, since I don't have any children...

You were, however, likely educated in said schools at other people's expense, including the childless couple next door.

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Re: Am I the only person...

Agree with Boltar that BBC is good value compared to Sky. But there are drawbacks. The Beeb is endlessly annoying and self-promoting, pretending to be a commercial organisation (so it can pay itself like one). Then pretending to be a public broadcaster (so that it can tax us like one). Indulging in chronic group think, failing to tolerate anyone with a differing world view, failing to take an interest in life outside of NW1, and generally acting with the sense of entitlement that comes when you have monopolized the microphone for the last 30 years.

I would like to see it broadened, opened up, rejuvenated, and doing the PS role it was meant to do, broadcasting to the whole nation, and not being hijacked by one ratpack or another. Sorry about the rant.

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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Are we talking robot, or just glorified/armoured/armed remote control car.

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Re: Where's a frackin...

Not a flat screen.

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Small WordPress sites leaking like sieves

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For small sites where the only person actually logging in is the owner, a simple safeguard is to move the login script and replace it with an empty file. Just put the file back for a few minutes when you wish to login or logout. As many owners will be logging in once a week or less, it is no big issue.

Also removes the load on the server caused by bots constantly downloading the login page and submitting password guesses. For small servers it can provide a noticeable performance improvement as well as better security.

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

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Not sure why everyone is so down on the Passat. Never been in one but they are nice looking cars. True, the black jumpers would prefer an Audi, but others prefer non BMW/Audi for the same reason.

It's too expensive though but.

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Systemd hee hee: Jessie Debian gallops (slowly) into view

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[systemd] ...speeds up shutdown times by force killing processes if it has to, which can have unexpected consequences if you're in the middle of something.

Indeed. I am very happy with Linux Mint 17.1, but come shutdown time it simply kills any running apps, even those with open files. Result = regular file corruption for me. Even Windows isn't that stupid, and pauses to let you close files. Thanks, systemd!

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

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Re: No thanks

I don't like systemd because of its Windows-esque design ethos. There are some good things about Windows, but the core design definitely isn't one of them. Meanwhile, Unix/Linux has been so successful because it prizes elegance and simplicity over all other design concerns, enabling it to slice through the complexity which is the enemy of all computer systems.

How's systemd managing the dreaded complexity ? Well, it is now over half a million lines...

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Re: systemd? Do not want.

The messaging system at the barn has been running on a Heath H11A since 1979.

Pics or it didn't happen.

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Wordpress munching contagion turns Linux servers into spam bots

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For Pete's sake, editors. The linked article does not mention Joomla or Wordpress at all, and the white paper mentions them only once in 23 pages, in a sentence speculating that the infection vector *may* be associated with either platform.

So the Register prints a klaxon headline beginning with "Wordpress..."

Seriously thinking of cancelling my subscription here.

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Grooveshark closes, blames 'serious mistake' of not paying for music

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I bought many CDs in the same era as Jay 2. Pocket money just about stretched to vinyl, but CD had to wait until I got a proper job. Nowadays I mainly buy CD from amazon and rip it. I would rather have the disk and data, than just the data.

Miss it though. I remember visiting Virgin records (Durham) in school lunch hour, then being the cool guy at school with my new Stranglers record. Pretty cool.

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Back in '84ish, CDs came out. Albums that had cost £7.99 on vinyl suddenly cost £15 on CD. The public was shocked. For the next 15 years, the music industry happily gouged us on CD sales, explaining the price hike (between sniggers) by saying CDs were more expensive to produce.

Around '99, somebody pointed out that magazines costing £3 were able to give away "free" CDs on the cover. Cue ructions. The industry's argument was a smoking ruin, and investigations ensued. But the industry was to powerful. Prices dropped to £10 or so and stayed there.

Then 2005, it all came crashing down: imesh, audiogalaxy, allofm3.com, etc. etc. etc. Digital Armageddon.

So, they gouged us for 15 years, then we gouged them for 15 years. Is it now time to kiss and make up ? I think it is.

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TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles

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Re: Google maps does all this already...

What I really like of the phone version is that it checks the route for traffic jams and tries to reroute me if possible

Built in satnavs commonly do that now.

I guess built in satnav will be like electric windows. Once rare and expensive but now the norm. Soonish it will be everywhere except in the cheapest cars (and nothing wrong with that). My main problem with phone/tablet nav is having to install it for every journey, and having to operate a touch screen while driving. On the other hand, built in maps tend to get annoyingly out of date.

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Re: Google maps does all this already...

Built in satnav is the way ahead. Nearly all cars will have it before long. If the market is going to shrink for standalone devices, it will shrink for smartphone satnav too.

Personally I think all 3 have their merits, and will continue for some time.

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HDS turns its back to ASICs: Storage vaults to rely on x86 sans magic

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ASICs are application-specific integrated circuits – bespoke chips designed for very particular workloads, as opposed to general-purpose processors...

It's been a while since I worked in the semiconductor industry, but I think the term used for bespoke ICs, designed from scratch, is "full custom", whereas ASICs are off the shelf designs, customised to a particular usage, and cheaper than full custom. Any IC bods in here?

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2016 might just be the year of Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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My cx61 is i7 Haswell, eight core, and to be honest the needle hardly shifts off zero Nice to have the grunt anyway. Laptops that come with Windows, once you put Linux on them, tend to be over specified.

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Re: Ah, but.

Would quite fancy a desktop but my house is small and portability requirement large. I have Mint 17.1 installed on a MSI cx61 (same spec as Chemist), with 2 external monitors. Mint 17 is long term support, so no messing around until 2019 or so. I would recommend MSI stuff to other Linux users.

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Re: Ah, but.

You built your own laptop ? Impressive.

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At home I use only Linux, including Mint 17 for the desktop. However, sales types probably believe I am using Windows, as I was forced to purchase a Windows license with each of my PCs, none of which run Windows.

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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for the record, the numbers are Urban 24.6.mpg, Extra urban 37.2 mpg and Combined 32.5 mpg

What actual MPG did you experience, on your trip to the posh 'otel ?

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Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

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IT Recruiters are mostly looking for that greatest of all skills - the ability to work for much less money.

If they are chasing after sociologists, guess why.

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Re: Piping and conditional logic

Big up the command line in general. For many of us, it was also a natural progression from the 1980s home computer usage.

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Disk drive shipment numbers set to spin down

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Not sure why people are down on disk drives. They still offer capacities larger than SSD at a fraction of the price. 2 TB for 50 quid. How long will it take SSD to match that? If you want more reliability, RAID.

In the enterprise, of about 180 HP drives here (HP 2.5"), only one has failed in 2 years, and that was only degraded. The failure rate of older 3" units has been a lot higher.

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

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All your PoS belong to us.

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Love-rat fanboi left bobbing for Apples in tiny Japanese bath

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...his beloved collection of overpriced blahware

Lol. P G Wodehouse could not have put it better.

Pay rise for Mr Martin.

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: Harm..

It also depends on your search bubble. Use startpage.com or similar to avoid it.

According to Google, loads of my blog articles are on the google front page. But that is only because I visit my own blog so often. startpage.com shows me the real ranking, as a stranger performing the same search would see it. Sure enough, my articles appear much further down.

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Re: So....

"Google are being accused of artificially increasing the rankings of their own services ..": Why should they not, as long as that doesn't conflict with the agreements they have with their paying customers?

No reason at all, so long as Google is open about the conflict of interest, and makes this clear on the search page.

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Re: So....Then it's a Duck

Not a monopoly, and no one EVER forced you to use it. You made the choice to do so.

Nobody said people are forced to use a monopoly. You may not want the item at all.

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I demand a Goodfellas mash up.

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Re: So....

Contestable monopolies cannot be exploited because to do so brings forward that contesting.

In other words: don't worry about monopolies, the free market will sort them out. However, with a monopoly, there is no longer any free market in existence. Ergo, no sorting can occur.

Examples are poor. The Chinese rare earth affair can be discounted as it was clearly not a monopoly in any recognizable form. Being the sole supplier in a market is not sufficient to have a monopoly. As for Rockerfella reducing prices - again, being dominant with a natural commodity is not a monopoly in itself, and Standard Oil didn't behave like one, according to the author.

The Czech supplier having having a shrinking market share - this argument is so slight it almost proves the opposite of what the author intended. All it shows is that the monopoly is still being established.

Google has several of the features of a monopoly in search:

- they dominate the supply

- they dominate in other related areas

- they leverage these positions horizontally, each to strengthen the other

- no effective market operates in these areas (search)

- there has been a corresponding lack of innovation and change (in search) for 10 or 15 years

and mostly:

Google behaves as if it has a monopoly in search. It walks like a duck, it quacks like a duck...

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Google pulls plug on... again

They should never have been allowed to buy YouTube.

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Thank heavens for the silicon chip: A BRIEF history of data

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Good Grief

is my only comment on this story.

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Flying giant octopus menaces New York

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Re: DDBs?

You're waiting for one, and then 13.2 to 19.8 come along.

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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Google now supposedly favouring https sites too, but I don't see much sign of it.

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

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According to popular rumour, people in F1 are almost exclusively arrogant berks, while people in motorbike racing are cool, friendly and approachable.

Don't shoot the messenger! I know nothing of either sport, no idea how true this is and I am just repeating the rumour.

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Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

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The other thing gaming laptops are good for - apart from gaming - is just to be a desktop PC replacement. Smaller laptops, "notebooks" and the like, apart from lacking power, don't have the hardware and ports needed for general computing life. Eg DVD, USB, ethernet, VGA (for multiple monitors or overhead projectors), SD reader and so on.

Yes, you might argue DVD or whatever isn't needed, but life is simpler if you have it.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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Dear Reg

Give me an official Logowatch article or it didn't happen. And two of those words better be "josticks" and "whalesong".

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EU says dominant Google ILLEGALLY FIDDLES search results

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Good grief. One of the worlds most powerful unelected officials is actually accusing Google of being unfairly dominant.

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SMACK! EU set to hit Google with 'abuse of dominance' rap

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Companies "pushing their own products" is good, and is in everyone's interest, until it gets to a certain point of overarching dominance. After that, the company uses its own position to remove competition from the market, and is no longer in everyone's interest.

Cf What MS did to Netscape - result - no browser progress in 10 years.

Cf What Google does to Yahoo - no search engine progress in 10 years?

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So the EU is actually accusing somebody of "abuse of dominance" with a straight face.

You couldn't make it up.

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