* Posts by Ragarath

733 posts • joined 26 Aug 2009

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

Ragarath

Re: Superpowers

I may as well claim that my first fart in 1955 included six hydrogen molecules which made it to the interstellar void.

That sir is ridiculous. Although, to put it in context, I do think you were well on your way to making a h-bomb.

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A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud

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Shh dont't tell them I said this...

Will someone please tell me just what the hell "using the cloud" actually MEANS?

It means, a cluster server with clients, you know exactly the same as we've been using for years. But remember, don't say I told you this or they will come out of the word-work explaining the small insignificant ways it differs and eat you for their lunch...

... or something like that.

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TfL to splash £400m on networking deal, despite GDS opposition

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Re: Radical Option

That were moved to the firm where it was outsourced, Fujitsu != TfL therefore even though the people doing the work are the same it is no longer in house.

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Re: Radical Option

Don't be silly. If they are not seen to be using this new buzzword "outsourcing" and actually employ people for decent money they have no one to blame when it goes wrong.

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Call that a mugshot? Aussie model/fugitive asks rozzers for more flattering pic

Ragarath

Re: Good God !!

is it me or is 1980's coder almost the new amanfrommars ?

It's just you I can actually understand 1980s_coder.

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Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X

Ragarath

Re: Well as usually those statistics must be taken with a _lot_ of salt

They represents the market shares of those people who don't block Javascript from non-trustworthy sources.

We'll lets be honest here, that is the majority.

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It's the hottest day of the year. So check out John Lewis' Xmas tech range!

Ragarath

Re: Screw Christmas

Bah humbug

That is all.

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Microsoft to release Visual Studio 2015 ahead of Windows 10

Ragarath

Re: ASP on Linux?

He even has the name wrong and is living in the past. ASP.NET is not ASP they are two totally different things.

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Microsoft to offload display ads biz to ... hang on, AOL?

Ragarath

Re: Nice to see Reg and commentards keeping up.

What they mean is, "I don't like AOL so it must be dying".

I don't like them either, but you'll be surprised at the amount of people that do.

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Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

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Isn't Skylon a spaceplane, not a rocket and therefore not the equivalent?

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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

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Joke

Re: Without supporting Sky in any way...

Oooh, and did I mention my 100 Mb's pipe?

Yes, yes you did you complete and utter ********!

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

Ragarath

Re: Use Large Fonts.

Not really a viable option on eBooks as you can change the size. I know it was a troll and arrggghhhh.... it's got me.

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Another Insight exec spotted racing toward exit

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Website

Well the new website they have up at least works faster then the rubbish they had before where you had to go make a cup of tea between each click.

Perhaps that's what they mean by "cloud"

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Commish: Pssst, wanna see that Google chargesheet?

Ragarath

Re: Hah....

...most of those different ways, being owned by Google, perchance?

Don't be silly, there's the yellow pages, the BT Phone book, asking a neighbour (may or may not be a part of the Google Empire) and don't forget 118!

Edit: nearly forgot the bloke down the pub!

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Employees love their IT departments (almost very nearly true)

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I'm guessing if budget is non-existant they probably aren't paid to do the updates out of hours either.

That was what I was going to ask, what size company and on top of that budget are we talking here?

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

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Re: Lack of 32-bit Server platform

Why are 32bit applications holding you back? Yes 2008 is 64bit only but that is the Operating system. The OS can run 32bit applications, that is what SysWow is for.

Profits put before customers by Redmond again means they'll have diminishing customer numbers with every cycle.

I do have to say about this line, Profits, yes businesses need that to survive and is why they exsit and people have jobs etc. People that are still using a 12 year old operating system are not customers. They paid a very small amount for 12 years of support.

I have a single 2003 server that I have not yet moved over, there is no reason really except that I've been busy/lazy. Must get on with that.

Edit: James Turner got in there with the WOW stuff while I was typing.

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OPEN WIDE: Microsoft Live Writer authoring tool going open source

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Re: What licence?

'Open source' is about as definitive as 'real soon now'. It could be anything from GPL to blatant trap.

So you go straight to 'Trap' without waiting to see what occurs rather than actually looking at the direction Microsoft do seem to be taking now-a-days?

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A pause in global warming? Pah, FOOLS. There was NO PAUSE

Ragarath

Heard it on the radio

I heard this on the radio driving in to work. Was not really paying much attention but it sounded like they had just played a numbers game to me.

And from this write up, it looks like I was right, another game of making up numbers. No wonder we cannot actually get to the bottom and agree on what is really happening to our planet.

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Freeparking web hosting services go TITSUP after migration

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And also a ...

website from the 1990's will be yours.

The service may be good, but that website really needs an update.

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What does it take to find the Antikythera Mechanism? Underwater robots, of course!

Ragarath

Re: Nice work if you can get it

It may not be magnetic in and of itself but, do magnetic fields change when in it's presence?

Edit: I've just read that because bronze is a good electrical conductor a changing magnetic field can create eddy's in the bronze. This would seem a good way, assuming these eddy patterns are unique to bronze, would be a good way to find bronze. Not sure how true this is though.

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EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

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Because all parents are as understanding of technology as all us that read these pages?

Ask a parent to set up filters and firewalls on their own so their children can't get access to anything unwanted. It's hard enough for those of us that do understand to get certain things blocked but others not blocked and having different settings for different users.

On the other hand you might be one of these people that thinks a parent can be watching over their children's shoulders 24 hours a day. Or maybe one of them that thinks you can have children grow up in this world and not touch the Internet until they are an adult and can actually consent to what they end up seeing.

There are things that I would like to block from my children that the set up of the Internet makes very hard without some central rating body rating all they can. Even then they cannot rate everything.

I don't agree with the filters and do not have them active, they should be off by default but available, to spout off that it's the parents fault is disingenuous at best.

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UK surveillance commish asks CCTV operators to please be good

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Joke

Re: That's some fancy painting with just a roller on a ...

Where's your joke icon?

Looks more like a brush to me. And I want one of them fancy ladders that can telescope to the height needed to write the top letters.

Also the blending of the paint is rubbish, he needed to get some quality paint so as not to get that blurring effect.

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BT's taxpayer-funded broadband monopoly may lock out rivals, says independent report

Ragarath

BT Scope rubbish

It said the scheme also had the potential to create an incentive for BT to reduce the scope of its commercial investments in order to receive state funding for projects that would still be commercially viable without the aid.

Yep,happened at my cabinet. It was on BT's rollout plans (commercial) 2 years ago. Our authority got the government money and all of a sudden our cabinet was not viable. Our local scheme did not include our cabinet because it was on BT's commercial rollout. Now BT are only considering it because the local authority is trying to tack it on the end of their rollout.

We may still never see it, BT are most certainly doing the scope reduction thing with us.

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Google to extend Hyderabad office into first non-US campus

Ragarath

Is this lack of diversity? Do they need to hire in equal amounts across all of these? Should any company do this?

What ever happened to hiring the best person for the job whomever they may be?

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PHOTON SPACE SAIL successfully Kickstarted into orbit

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A great use for Kickstarter!

This is what Kickstarter is good at! Allowing people to put money into projects like this that we would not normally hear about as it would all be done in academic circles.

I wish this project well.

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Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH

Ragarath

Re: Client server

What if the only "hack" is client side? In that you are just modifying the data on your "own" system. As I understand it, that is how many of these doohickys work.

The problem is that a hack on the client side affects the server. All of the problems you describe provide false information to the server thus changing the servers data from what it "should" be. The client does not exist in isolation with these systems, they are interconnected.

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Nothing BEATS a good anti-trust investigation, eh, Apple?

Ragarath

Re: Digital Downloads

Err... yes, analogue!

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Wordpress munching contagion turns Linux servers into spam bots

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Joke

SEE! Linux is EVIL after all!

Don't you dare try and pin it on that poor innocent program WordPress!

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

Ragarath

Re: It's the Applications Stupid!

You do realise it said many times through the article that the options for the full fat server are still there for those that need it?

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

Ragarath
Joke

Re: Gah!

The idea being that when you feel safer you become more complacent.

So we should make car seats out of razor blades. Also just say there is an airbag when there is not for 1 in a 100.

You'd drive safe just in case it was yours ;)

Other ideas welcome, it's too early for me.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

Ragarath

Re: Survived by a monitor and a keyboard

The cat had it!

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

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Joke

Re: Luckily Aussies are bi-lingual

Root means the same here when used in that way, it's just, you know; we know the difference between a bit or hardware and a Woman!

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

Ragarath

Re: In California? Maybe

The exclusive economic zone is 200mi so 80km is well within that for California let alone the islands.

According to the wiki that rules them all this zone is mistaken as or at least used to be known as the territorial waters. In any case it still gives the "owner" certain rights, economic ones as you might expect which IMO would include things such as a wreck.

Read the wiki, it's quite informative http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_waters

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You! GOOGLE! HAND OVER the special SAUCE, says Senate (of France)

Ragarath

Re: Competition?

Did Google it have the same ring all them years ago? I don't think it did. It's the same with everything that becomes a household name, the ring is there because of it's ubiquitous use.

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Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

Ragarath

Re: My son's Bargain Gaming Laptop ...

128TB at that price bargin!

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'Hackers racked up $$$$s via the Android Play Store, and Google won't pay me back'

Ragarath

App Name

More importantly, what app do we need to avoid?

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

Ragarath

The Register has contacted Apple and and is awaiting a response.

Good luck el'Reg, maybe just maybe this time they will!

Back on to the story surely with the control over the hardware and ecosystem Apple could lock this down tighter than a... well tight thing.

I would like to know more about the "hacks" and why oh why did they not recover the money from the students that did not hand them back? Please don't say they were leaving that up to Apple too rather than knowing who they were handing out the expensive toys to?

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

Ragarath

Re: And why isn't the first word of advice to be

@Alan Brown

It sounds like you have a much bigger budget than most of us.

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Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

Ragarath

Re: Shock news

Not when the telephone poles are stuck along the hedgeline (unlike a lot of mobile towers) and still have no power requirement or foundations.

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Ragarath

Re: Shock news

Especially if a similar footprint such as a telephone pole costs BT effectively fuck all.

Erm, let's see.

A cell tower has foundations, equipment compound, electricity supply and site access needed.

A telephone pole has, well a hole in the ground.

How is that the same thing?

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China's BYD ramps up 'leccycar battery production in challenge to Tesla

Ragarath

Sorry I had to...

Is that pronounced Giga or Jiga?

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Doh! iTunes store goes down AFTER Apple Watch launch

Ragarath

@The Crow From Below

So you joined in Feb 2015 (just over two weeks ago) and your already bored with something that has been going on for at least 5 years.

Learn the history behind the El'Regs attitude towards Apple. I'm not going to tell you because you are obviously to lazy to find it yourself.

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MOOCROSOFT tosses seven proper tech courses online at edX

Ragarath

Re: "At $90, a Verified Certificate is ..."

Students registering for this course will be asked to verify their identity and to pay for the course.

A $200 Fee Required.

The above is from the Powershell Course. So $200 not $90.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

Ragarath

Re: I'm sure we're missing something here

Because building the spaceport here first, specifically designed to meet the needs of these new vehicles would then encourage development here and make people doing it the other way round rent our facilities.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

Ragarath

Re: Let me be the first to say... @AlbertH

So you lie to your customers, nice one.

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Google hatching YouTube Kiddie Vids – report

Ragarath

Re: It's not the big friendly buttons, or time limits, or even parental controls...

Content for the new app will, allegedly, work the other way around. Everything is banned until it has been approved for YouTubeKidz or whatever they call it

So why the new app? Just put a tick box in the normal youtube to make it work like this?

At the moment I have 2 streams enabled for my child as they are very good and know their audience is young. But before their streams got big there are a few videos that are risqué in the language department.

Why is a specific app needed for this? Surely a few lines of code will do.

<is account under a certain age>

yes

<has video been tagged child safe by our safety team>

yes

<insert sweetie ads instead of normal ads>

done

<play video>

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Money from apps? It's all about Apple iOS, says survey

Ragarath

Huge sample

I'm sorry, but that sample over that many countries is tiny. How is it supposed to represent anything?

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

Ragarath

Re: Marketing/advertising have no ethic, so asking for ethical use is useless...

well, there's a difference between giving a model the benefit on a shoot where her chin might have been a bit spotty, and taking 6 inches off her waistline.

There is? Not in my eyes!

If you want a model with no spots or a model with a certain waist size then go out and find them. Both are still a lie. Young girls and boys think they must be abnormal because they are hardly ever without spots or some other ailment they think makes them not the "normal" as these pics show.

I think models should be shot in whatever state they are in, surely it's not the model we are meant to be looking at but the product?

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Tim Cook slurped our brains, snarl fat battery bods A123

Ragarath

Re: Serfdom? @DAM

So your saying that a "bribe" must be offered to the employee so that they actually stick to what they agree to?

I'm sure there's a name for something like that, mmmmm, extortion maybe? Might you be advocating more illegal acts to stop another illegal act?

Not saying the poaching thing is right, or that they have given the "secrets" away. But advocating extortion is not a free market idea.

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