* Posts by Craig 2

169 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009

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Reluctant Wikipedia lifts lid on $2.5m internet search engine project

Craig 2

"But then the current front-page to Wikipedia is Google."

Indeed. Has anyone ever typed wikipedia.com into the address bar first, then searched for their desired article?

When you Google the search term a nice box of info usually appears next to the results, sometimes pulled from Wikipedia.

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Random ideas sought to improve cryptography

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I love the fact that generating true randomness is a very difficult problem to solve. Also, if you >think< you've solved it, it's hard to verify.

Going out on an existential limb, it could be that true randomness is impossible because there's an innate order to the universe that can't be broken....

(off to take my meds now)

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Cloud growth? Take a number, Microsoft. Two engines have stalled

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Thanks to the 20+ million tossers helping to bring about the whole "software rental" paradigm...

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Swivel on this: German boffins build nanoscale screwing engine for sluggish sperm

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Trollface

Re: Bad Bad Bad

Well, the lazy dregs of society are already given the most attention during their lives (schooling, benefits etc) so why not start right at the beginning?

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Test burn on recycled SpaceX rocket shows almost all systems are go

Craig 2

Because if you're going to do something, make it a proper job.

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Brit 'naut Tim Peake tucks into space bacon sarnie

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Thumb Up

Good to know we British are finally bringing culinary sophistication to space...

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Randall 'xkcd' Munroe. Live. You get to ask him stuff. No biggie

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I love XKCD, mainly because of the fact that I don't "get" some of the jokes so it turns into a learning experience :)

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US gourmets sizzle in bacon-scented underwear

Craig 2
Trollface

Re: Yeah, you like bacon, I like bacon, now shut up about it and bring me some sausages

I was going to respond with a "fun and devil-may-care" post on how much I love sausages, but then I realized I could never cheat on Bacon like that....

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Microsoft to world: We've got open source machine learning too

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Joke

They ought to educate management on making rational decisions before trying to teach machines...

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Drug-smuggling granny's vagina holds Kinder surprise

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"Drug-smuggling granny's vagina holds Kinder surprise"

What were the odds those 7 words could be combined to make a sentence....

Rest of the world: 1 in a billion

On El Reg: Pretty much evens.

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

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Re: So what does this driverless van do....

"... when it's going down some windy country lane and it encounters a car coming the other way? Does it know to back up to the last point? Does it know the other driver should? How does it know there are points to pull in? How does it negotiate who should do what in each direction.?"

To be fair, these problems seem to confuse a lot of human drivers too...

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Judge bins Apple Store end-of-shift shakedown lawsuit

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FAIL

Re: I wouldn't work at a place...

"I wouldn't work at a place...

that has so little trust and regard for their own staff."

Yea, because they brought in the search rules before anything ever went missing...

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Microsoft scares the bejesus out of Skype users with x12 price hike

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Indeed, mine has been set to auto-run at startup for ages. The other day I realized it's just never used anymore. It's still installed but not auto-loaded and after a few months it'll be removed...

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SatNad failure as Lumia income drops over 50% at Microsoft

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Their phone business strategy resembles a motorway pile up: It only takes one asshole up front to cause carnage & mayhem behind....

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Ubuntu 15.10: More kitten than beast – but beware the claws

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Major version 15 of a mainstream OS and they're still messing with a basic UI element....

Reminds me of the problems the Golgafrinchans encounter when trying to invent the wheel.

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Re: Any 6 legged chickens?

Yes, but nobody can catch the bloody things...

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US eco watchdog's shock warning: Fresh engine pollution cheatware tests coming

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Re: LINPACK

I remember 10+ years ago Nvidia and ATI were caught manipulating their driver software to detect benchmark environments (eg. 3dmark) and inflate test scores. As more hardware starts including complex software, the opportunity for cheating will only increase.

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Child abuse, drug sales, terrorism fears: Why cops halted a library's Tor relay ... for a month

Craig 2

Much better anaolgy... As I said in the first sentence, I'm all for TOR. Just not the dumb comparisons people make with driving, using knives etc. If you want to compare something make it comparable on the same terms. Otherwise it could be interpreted as: "well, that's not really a fair comparison so the author is probably biased."

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Craig 2

I'm in favour of TOR and think law enforcement agencies should concentrate on just that: enforcing the law as it stands.

BUT...

I'm sick of all the parallels people try and use to compare TOR with other so-called dangerous activities. Your knives example for instance - it's false logic. Running a TOR exit is not the same as using a knife. It's the same as giving free knives to anyone who wants them. Put a table full of various knives outside your house with a sign saying "free knives" and see how long that lasts...

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Disney's light-bulb moment: build TCP into LEDs for IoT comms

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Joke

What if I want to use Windows to manage the light in my house?

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

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Joke

Re: One wonders why TheReg even bothers to do those articles?

"if your friends put their hands into hot lava, would you?"

Couple of points:

If it was called the "Lava hand challenge" then probably yes.

What other kind of lava is there?

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Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

Craig 2
Trollface

So the failings of USIS were exposed by a whistleblower who was thanked by the DoJ. If only there were more whisleblowers exposing corrupt organizations....

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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Re: Framed?

"Any chance that those addresses belonging to regular blokes were really frame jobs done by someone else?"

That would be my excuse when faced with a spouse's accusations :)

"That Dave from marketing is a real joker..."

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DIGITAL DOPING might make you a Tour de Virtual cycling champion

Craig 2

The Garmin edge 705 has a barometric altimeter which differ from GPS derived altitudes. (Not sure if those smartphones have a barometric sensors.)

The altitude "cliffs" mentioned above can be sensor blockages or atmospheric changes. If you ride for a while, have an hour pub lunch, then continue riding the conditions could have changed (atmospheric pressure) and it will show as a sudden cliff. Most websites allow "fixing" of elevation using their own topographical maps.

GPS recording is always going to be a "best-guess" effort, the only way to get a precision recording of performance is on a properly timed & measured course. GPS data is also wide open to modification to create fake times & distances. (Search digital EPO)

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Apple tries to patent facial recognition

Craig 2

"automatically find a person's contacts in an image and share the photos with those contacts."

After actually reading the article it sounds like the patent is more about "automagically" sharing a photo with the subjects, if they are in the photographer's contacts. I've no idea if that's been done before?

Don't let that get in the way of a good Apple / USPTO rant though :P

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

Craig 2

Another day, another "What we thought we knew might be wrong" article....

For the record I'm not a denier, skeptic or believer. I just think the question of what's driving (possible) global warming is way beyond solving by us, given our present scientific & technological abilities.

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Hands off, Apple! Irish dev studio sues over alleged iWatch infringement

Craig 2

Re: I love it when Apple...

Indeed, but are Probendi actively using the trademark or are they just a patent troll? They say that they are developing a competing watch product that will use the title, but are they really just waiting for an Apple pay-day?

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Peak Google? Chocolate Factory cuts costs amid dwindling growth

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Facepalm

What do they expect? Massive year on year growth in perpetuity? Oh yea, it's shareholders we're talking about....

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

Craig 2

In my (admittedly limited) opinion, it looks like it's changing for the worse, and I hope nobody "gets over it".

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

Craig 2

ahahahahahahahahahahaha... ad infinitum

I feel like smug scum for laughing at people's pain, but I just can't help it....

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Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

Craig 2
Trollface

Re: As it turned out, Microsoft's success was limited

"Have you ever thought about a career in diplomacy?"

They (The Reg) don't want to lose any chance of getting Microsoft review units in the same way the don't get Apple gear.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

Craig 2

Re: Too old to remember

Ditto. In any case, I would bet the circles of real / virtual criminals (aka. burglars / hackers) don't have much overlap.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

Craig 2

In my book, just the fact that the flight control & entertainment systems are linked is proof of negligence and reckless endangerment by the manufacturer.

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With WWDC looming, Apple kicks out third iOS 8.4 beta

Craig 2
Trollface

Re: Huh?

They post stuff like that to expose suckers like you: mission accomplished.

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Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

Craig 2

Embrace.......

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MONSTROUS iPhone sales are CANNIBALIZING iPads, gabbles Apple CEO

Craig 2

Re: Showoffs

I've bought iPhones for my OH because I like an easy life. Some things are just worth the money.

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

Craig 2

"Forensics had even established which songs were played based on the logged keys."

Hmmmm, fairly impressive. Tell me their score for for bonus points...

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What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one

Craig 2

They do not sound like "it's almost finished" type bugs!

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Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

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Shock horror! Domain registration companies fleecing trademark holders.

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

Craig 2

Re: Last week I finally uninstalled Flash across our office

All it needs to marginalize flash is a significant portion of people to do this. Any offending sites would soon be updated to make them HTML5 compatible. If you can't yet commit to fully uninstalling, set the plugin permission to ask; you'll be surprised how little you need it.

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.Free domains at Amazon while Google says bye to .family

Craig 2

Really?? They're just picking random words out of the dictionary now!

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 and Azure for humanity's implacable IoT foes

Craig 2

As far as I can see, the cloud (and persistant internet connectivity in general) is all about control. Taking it out of the hands of customers and into the hands of corporations. Revoking licences, changing terms, disabling functionality or whatever they please is simple if everything is forced through a central server.

I feel like I'm a luddite, but no thanks to all that.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

Craig 2

Re: Going back to the 50s

You've got bigger issues than the loss of £150, trust me.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

Craig 2

Cue sarcastic comments about inserting random unrelated pictures into every article :D

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

Craig 2

Yes, the article doesn't really specify how you get infected and whether it needs human intervention.

How are people supposed to effectively troll the security or lack thereof in their chosen favourite OSs without the full details!?

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

Craig 2

He probably meant to put it into a "Customer notes" box that only employees can see!

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'People ACTUALLY CONFUSE Facebook and the internet in some places'

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eBay...

I'm not surprised eBay is losing money, its website has turned into a bloated POS. From constantly showing spurious "Sorry, can't perform that action", to the ongoing attempt to turn it into a "Shopping Destination".

For example, changing the "Saved Searches" link into "Searches you follow". WTF? Saved searches = searches that I saved. What the hell does it mean to "follow" a search? There are a million similar tweaks that don't add any functionality and just obfuscate the true meaning, all in the name of making it more "social". They should concentrate on making the best tat-selling site instead of trying to compete with the likes of Amazon.

/rant over

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One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

Craig 2

That stage has already been reached and it's a huge improvement.

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

Craig 2
Flame

Still haven't forgiven Braben for the buggy POS that was Frontier, I think I'll wait until some comprehensive reviews come out. I think Ian Bell was responsible for most of the actual gameplay elements of the original Elite, David Braben is more a of a maths whiz who likes making "universe simulators" rather than good games. If Ian Bell's website has any truth in it, Braben is also a bit of a childish dick.

Or am I just old and bitter? ;)

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

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Facepalm

Cloud services: You are the beta testers.

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