* Posts by Tom 38

2913 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

NO BRAIN needed to use Samsung's next flagship mobe

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Mobile users trailing behind web surfers?

If you actually hit the monkey though, you win a prize.

0
0

Ericsson and Qualcomm in BONKERS 450Mbps 4G test lab demo

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Not so fast..

Given the likely signal strengths involved, it's probably that your AP will start interfering with your phone rather than the other way around.

Entirely unrelated, I once fell for the allure of wireless, bought myself a fancy logitech 2.4 GHz gaming mouse and a fancy logitech 5.1 surround sound system with 2.4GHz wireless rear speakers. Both work great, but if you listen to music whilst using the mouse, every other packet the mouse sends seems to be dropped, which makes for an "interesting" gaming experience.

0
0

Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Collateral Damage from all this.

Farmer's markets are good, but you have to live close to the source. Imagine being in, say a London or New York city and trying to find a farmer's market.

I grew up in East Anglian countryside, on a farm, surrounded by farms and farm shops.

Its 50x easier to find a farmers market in London than it is in the countryside, because "farmers" (traders) like to come to areas where there are lots of people, and not lots of farms - its good for the margin.

There are traditional, established markets like Peckham, Walthamstow and South Ken, but there are also irregular artisanal farm traders setting up shop all over the place, eg in Stratford shopping centre on a Sunday, the regular market is replaced by "french"* farmers.

* mostly from Kent.

1
0
Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: More neutral language please

On the right track, Zog. 'Discount' implies a reduction of some kind, but Aldi, Lidl don't discount on previously higher prices, they're just cheaper than the others.

In FMCG terms however, it means they purchase goods to sell from the discounter channel. Aldi and Lidl have low prices by buying things that are cheap when they are cheap and selling them cheap. This means that everything in there is cheap, but if you go back every 3 weeks, it won't have the same range of stuff in them.

Tesco/Sainsburys/Morrison tend to keep the same products in stock most of the year, baring seasonal line items.

Its not derogative, it just describes the business model.

4
0

Valve set for OpenGL BIG REVEAL at upcoming conference

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Are AMD and nVidia on board?

I'm deadly serious about the DirectX API being an open standard. Lots of Microsoft technologies are open standards. Why not this API?

First, take DirectX.

MS has always used DirectX in two ways, as a marketing tool to sell OS licenses (Want DX10? You have to buy Vista, not available on XP, Want DX11? You have to buy 7, not included in Vista), and as a way to lock games makers in to Windows and Xbox. Lock in does not work with an open standard.

Secondly, OpenGL already exists. OpenGL is a real open standard; the development of the standard happens in an open environment where any member of the Khronos group can contribute. Anyone wanting to use a standard graphical library on multiple platforms will use OpenGL.

DirectX has Microsoft behind it. OpenGL has AMD/ATI, Apple Inc., ARM Holdings, Epic Games, Imagination Technologies, Intel Corporation, Nokia, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sony Computer Entertainment, Adobe, Amazon.com, Blizzard Entertainment Inc., Codeplay, Ericsson, Google, Huawei Technologies, IBM, LG Electronics, Lucasfilm Ltd., Matrox Graphics, Microsoft Corporation, Mozilla, Oculus VR, Panasonic, Pixar, Renesas Electronics, Synopsys, Texas Instruments, Unity Technologies, Valve corporation, VIA Alliance Semiconductor, VMware....

2
0
Tom 38
Silver badge
WTF?

Re: Are AMD and nVidia on board?

I have always wondered why Microsoft never created an open standard from DirectX

Seriously?

10
1

First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Spotted what's missing?

I'm hoping that they have all these things as layers that you can drop on as you will. Boom! No more churches or tumuli to distract me!

0
0
Tom 38
Silver badge

To be a little bit fair to Google maps, looking at Google's street view, the road into OS HQ does have barriers so is clearly private property.

OS maps include vast amounts of information that is on private property. Being fair would be to point out how shit a map that is generated by driving a car around public roads can be.

9
1

RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: hmm

ARM SOCs are nothing like what people understand as a PC.

Which is why ARM is getting EUFI.

0
0

'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

Tom 38
Silver badge

Sympathetic - to a point

The cited case is of a "hi tech firm"* in the most connected part of the country, doing things with digital media, who decided "Wow, this place is awesome to set up our business, it's cheap, there's a trendy barrista on the corner and we're only yards away from the Spread Eagle!"

They didn't take in to account highly available network connectivity, or they would have chosen somewhere where they could get cheap connectivity.

Another option, if you make your money in digital media, is to, y'know, fucking pay for a leased line like the rest of us. Available throughout London for less than a monkey a month, probably less than they spend on coffee.

* They most assuredly are not, they are a hipster "digital agency".

13
1

Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: What purpose?

Don't forget the Police also have access to the DVLA database so they can match your face to your driving licence if they stop you, amongst other things.

They can look at specific records in the DVLA database. They are not allowed to search through each photo on the DVLA database to compare it to CCTV, and then use that as "evidence".

1
0
Tom 38
Silver badge

Of course nobody wants to be in an identity parade in case they get wrongly fingered for a crime. But if the police have a photo of somebody they want to interview, and there's no match in the PND, I don't see any technical reason why they couldn't run their face recognition technology against facebook.

I hope you see a moral reason sometime soon.

7
0

Netflix goes TITSUP WORLDWIDE (Total Inability To Support Usual Programming)

Tom 38
Silver badge

Simian army irregulars?

Did the chaos monkeys escape from barracks?

1
0

China and Russia start again with this UN internet takeover bull****

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Really?

When they can promise they can stop their countries being filled with spam, hackers and "security" holes then I will care.

According to Spamhaus:

As of 04 February 2015 the world's worst Spam Haven countries for production and export of spam are:

1 United States Number of Current Live Spam Issues: 2553

2 China Number of Current Live Spam Issues: 1270

3 Russian Federation Number of Current Live Spam Issues: 759

4 Japan Number of Current Live Spam Issues: 561

In other words, globally the US is the largest source of spam, and causes the same number of issues as the rest of the top 4 combined.

5
0

Bankruptcy could see RadioShack close doors for good – report

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: "If only there was a great, sane and helpful place around me for my local gadgetry needs"

This isn't capitalism working. This is the wrecking of a classic corner store brand just so a few elite can make a killing. The Shack was a sacrificial lamb.

What a load of left wing bollocks. Radio Shack has/will go bust because of two reasons:

1) Consumers don't buy things in components like they used to, they buy entire gadgets.

2) People who do buy components all buy online, rather than go to a store to do so.

To the elite 1% who sucked RS dry. Enjoy your palaces in the Hampton's, your cruise ships in the Caymans, you total C*nts!!!

I know Americans don't get irony, but when you moan about the 1%, you do realise you are the 1%, right?

1
8

Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Thinking about uninstalling flash for good

It makes you wonder what they are doing with all the money that they forcibly extract from the viewers.

The BBC is vastly underfunded for what we ask it to do. All of their awesome tech is delivered on a shoestring budget by people who should really be working elsewhere and making a whole lot more money. I don't like that they spend so much money on slebs and dancing shows, but it seems to be what people want to watch.

PS: Why does their OCSP list got out of date information? Probably because the person who is fixing that is fixing something more important at the minute. Particularly given that OCSP is a dog, doesn't serve its purpose (particularly in this scenario, no client certificates to revoke, so OCSP is controlling revoking the server certificate) and most browsers will silently ignore invalid OCSP information, I'd imagine its fairly low down the list.

4
1

Obama's budget packs HUGE tax breaks for poor widdle tech giants

Tom 38
Silver badge

Instead, a 2008 study [PDF] by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that of the $362bn that was repatriated to the US, more than 90 per cent of those funds went straight back to shareholders

Fucking shareholders, reaping benefit from their investments. Where do they get the cheek?

As we all know, any money returned to shareholders just goes in to their McScrooge like money pit, never to be seen again.

6
1

BY JUPITER: The science behind Friday's Solar System light show

Tom 38
Silver badge
Joke

Jupitus in Opposition?

I suppose a funny fat man with a beard couldn't do any worse than the current lot.

6
0

Dixons Carphone clings to EE, Three in Phones 4U bullet dodge

Tom 38
Silver badge
Pint

Having run out of people to whom they can sell mobile phones, the mobile industry is very excited at the thought that it can sell contracts to your television, fridge and all your lightbulbs.

Just awesome :)

3
0

Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: you won't defeat the object

But they also couldn't offer me their CORE service of sharing my information with MY friends.

Facebook's business is monetizing identity. Providing tools that you find useful is a side effect of that.

1
0

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Looks tasty

Er, well, yes. But why deep frying them? Looks like there's half a pint of the golden stuff in there.

0
0
Tom 38
Silver badge
WTF?

Looks tasty

But why are you deep frying the spices?

0
0

Google boffins PROVE security warnings don't ... LOOK! A funny cat!

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: I've seen and bypassed this message.

Install the certificate in chrome? Takes about 30 seconds.

2
0

Does Big Tech hire white boys ahead of more skilled black people and/or women?

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: 20 years, near enough...

Seemingly, the fact that the grey haired 40 something had been doing the job commercially longer than the fetus interviewing him had been alive counted for nothing.

Perhaps the interviewer picked up on the fact that his potential new hire viewed him as a "foetus" and decided there would not be an effective working environment between the two of them?

0
2

Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Real estate costs

A suitable cooling system means a DC that has enough cooling and power per rack to give you what you are asking. DCs are designed with a specific wattage per rack.

Since everyone wants more power and cooling, if you want more than the average, your DC provider is going to ream you for it.

1
0
Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Something new every day

Its real world failure numbers for a specific type of load.

If your real world load is not the same as theirs, I'm not sure you can tell too much from this.

Personally, I think their entire premise is bogus - "How many disks do you need to plug in to a server so you can just leave it for 4 years?" is not a question that needs answering because the opex of providing someone to support your boxes is dwarfed by specifying an array of that size (in terms of extra initial cost, extra PDU, extra rack space).

They haven't even eliminated the person to maintain the server - every server needs an admin or two, even if you don't have to go put disks in it occasionally.

1
0

Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Static IPs

All of this to satisfy the 0.01% of technically savvy El Reg reading (or writing) customer base. Really?

Nope, not to satisfy that - although it is a wonderful side effect. The main benefit is that you no longer rely on DHCP servers for your users to get service, and therefore your users never have no internet because of an overloaded or poorly configured DHCP server.

Be used to have innumerable issues with their DHCP servers; as a static IP customer paying £2 extra a month these never affected me.

Removing components that can fail provides a better service, and is a good thing.

1
0
Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Answer me this...

If BT (wholesale) can rent my line to CheapFoneCo for £8.95 a month, which I then rent from CheapFoneCo for £10 a month or whatever, why the hell can't I just rent my line from BT (retail) for £8.95?

Because BT Wholesale are not allowed to offer services cheaper to BT Retail than they do to other providers. If BT Retail only charged you £8.95, their would have to be purchasing it at a lower price than £8.95 to account for costs.

0
0
Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Sort of...

Eh? You couldn't order FTTP without having a copper phone line first? You sure you don't mean FTTC?

With FTTP, BT don't even install a copper phone line, the phone line is provided VOIP over fibre and then distributed over your home wiring. They still make you take the "fibre phone line" however.

My flat has the choice of BT FTTP or Hyperoptic FTTP, Hyperoptic charge £2.50/month for a phone line (also VOIP), but at least its optional.

0
0

'Linus Torvalds is UNFIT for the WORKPLACE!' And you've given the world what, exactly?

Tom 38
Silver badge

Just because a kernel is modular does not mean it is not monolithic. Linux is a modular kernel, but it is also a monolithic kernel. You can load a driver for your TV tuner, but it is loaded in to kernel space - ergo, monolithic.

NT is a modular kernel, but it is not a monolithic kernel (its a hybrid, like OS X).

It gets blurred a bit in Linux, where things like the sound system are partially user-mode daemons if you use a sound daemon like esd or pulseaudio. However, the sound daemon will use kernel mode drivers (ALSA) to communicate with the sound hardware; a true microkernel would provide a mechanism for communicating with (almost) any device, with the device specific bits happening in user mode and not kernel mode.

To go back to the TV tuner example, Linux provides a whole raft of TV tuner drivers. They all run in kernel space. BSD doesn't provide any TV tuner drivers, but provides a kernel mode character driver that can be used to communicate with USB devices. The Linux drivers are then run entirely in user space, communicating using this simple kernel driver. Performance + inability for a TV card to oops your system.

1
0
Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Green for O'Reilly

Way back, I quickly learnt to avoid buying O'Reilly.

I found that, too often, their books were full of irrelevant padding.

Without words..

How do you know anything if you don't read O'Reilly?

Sure, there are some duds (I'd avoid "UML in a nutshell"), but in general they are just awesome - and in some cases, irreplaceable. If you did apache module programming with apache 1.3, and you didn't have O'Reilly's "Writing Apache Modules With Perl and C", then you were missing the only documentation of APR that existed for 1.3.

Compared to other publishers, O'Reilly are a by-word for quality. I remember one "book" from Packt that consisted 1/3rd poorly written project diary and 2/3rd (mostly machine generated) Java. It did not teach me XSLT.

3
0

The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

Tom 38
Silver badge

2001 called

They want their 3D charts back

18
3

Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

Tom 38
Silver badge
FAIL

Re: Microsoft FAIL

Non-sequitur fail?

4
0

Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Hmmm...

I remember some research being done by the US army on drugs that would help dampen memory formation or emotive context.

Cannabis?

4
0

Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Bullshit

I wouldn't take "The Bible", but perhaps just one edition of it - the King James Bible ("the most influential version of the most influential book in the world, in what is now its most influential language").

More commonly used idioms were penned by the translators of KJ, notably Tyndale, than any other English author, including Shakespeare, eg "feet of clay", "reap the whirlwind", "filthy lucre", "take root", "the powers that be", "the blind leading the blind", "no rest for the wicked" and apparently 250 more.

2
1

GDS builds UNICORN HERDER, plays with Puppets

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: rvm use build gem bundle install... ARRRGH!!!

There is some good stuff.

However, on some level I do wish they weren't spending money inventing the new ways to be cool. No-one's website fell over because it is hosted in httpd and not unicorn.

0
0

NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

Tom 38
Silver badge
Headmaster

Re: So-

Dwarf planets are not planets. Planets are objects massive enough to be shaped by gravity (tick), not undergoing nuclear fusion (tick), cleared out all the space around the object of smaller objects (fail).

It's like saying "If Bob is a gorilla, and Bill is a gorilla, how many humans in this room?!"

0
0

Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Accused or convicted?

Nor for this lady there isn't. Must be devastating to have a child murdered, but I'm not at all sure what she wanted the police to do, or indeed what they could do, to someone who has not been found guilty of anything.

1
1

Which of UK's major ISPs will let you have exotic p0rn? NONE OF THEM

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Sweet...

There is definitely something wrong with the interconnect between Virgin and Sky.

I get on average 1mb/s (often lower) downloading movies from Sky while a Steam game will come in at 12mb/s

There are so many reasons for getting a slow speed from a particular provider, it is much more likely to be congestion within Sky's network or capacity of their links rather than the connection between Sky and Virgin.

I'm on synchronous gigabit FTTP (Hyperoptic) in Central London, and can only download from Sky at around 8Mbit/s (1MB/s), whilst Steam and other well connected provider's downloads come down at between 400-700Mbit/s (50-80MB/s).

1
0

Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

Tom 38
Silver badge

I still don't understand why this tax haven is permitted to be part of the EU. Their entire country's economy is predicated on fucking over the rest of us by providing low taxation headquarters.

In most countries in the EU, there can be some differences in taxation levels, like Ireland and Netherlands, but even the Double Dutch pales in to what you can do if you are based in Luxembourg.

11
0

GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: The origin of patch Tuesday

Technically, a patch that fucks up more than it fixes is not "ready".

4
0

Should spectrum hog TV give up its seat for broadband? You tell us – EU

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: No.

Works for me in principle - until it collides with UK political reality, when...

So we can't have nice things, paid for in a sensible way, because in the past we haven't managed to do it? We might as well stick with our current system and just continue to fade in to insignificance, because cynicism?

Seems like a bit of a barrier to progression.

0
2
Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: No.

Naive backwards thinking. The answer should be "YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES", however it has not been phrased properly.

We should absolutely sell off our bandwidth. It absolutely makes sense to use mobile communication frequencies best suited to communicating with mobiles.

It makes absolutely no sense to deliver IPTV via wireless. If you are in a static location, it also makes no sense to use wireless infrastructure for a permanent connection.

Spectrum is valuable stuff. We absolutely should sell our spectrum to whomever will pay the most for it, and use the proceeds to provide a real public communications backbone in the UK. FTTH is what is required, not in towns but everywhere. The 3G auction produced enough money to pay for every home in the UK to be lit.

So, 1) Sell bandwidth, 2) fibre up the country with the money, 3) allow operators to use their newly freed up bandwidth.

In one step, we've paid for the modernization of our internet infrastructure in a way that no other country in the world could match, we've maximised the usage of our spectrum to allow our communications to be more ubiquitous and by making FTTH universally available, we're not limiting the access to information to the rich.

All by flogging some radio spectrum...

1
7

BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Well..

There is a famous French song 'Dès que le vent soufflera - Scélérats" by an artist called Renaud which has appropriate lyrics

Who came first, "Renaud" or W C Fields?

2
0

ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: The end

This is the most concerning part of the whole tale. You'd hope that ICANN staff were a bit more savvy than my grandmother.

You might hope that, but why would it be the case? Because he works for ICANN, the receptionist also knows how to debug BIND?

3
1

Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Not exactly killing

Kim Jong Il was a huge hollywood film fan (over 20,000 DVDs) and, despite being a ruthless dictator crushing his own people, apparently had a sense of humour. He probably enjoyed parts of Team America, given it lampooned America almost as much as the Norks.

Kim Jong Un is a fat spoilt kid in comparison.

0
0
Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Grow some balls!

So you think "rogue state after me" is bad, but you then admit that "rogue state is irrelevant to being attacked". So, what, you just don't go outside?

2
0

Beware of merging, telcos. CHEAPER SPECTRUM follows

Tom 38
Silver badge

Really? The telcos borrowed to buy. The telcos then took the interest charges off their profits, and the tax revenues dropped afterwards.

All Brown did was bring forward taxation

So you're saying that if we had simply given them the spectrum, we would have reaped the same revenue in taxes as we received from the auction? Somehow I doubt it.

2
0

NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats

Tom 38
Silver badge

Re: Fight the war against terror!

Point went over your head pal. If you have a "terrorist threat" against an event, and as a response you cancel the event as it "may be unsafe", you're not "fighting terror", but publicising it.

The only way to fight terror is to completely ignore it and go about your life as if it does not exist.

6
0
Tom 38
Silver badge

Fight the war against terror!

By shooting yourself repeatedly in the foot.

4
1

Forums