* Posts by alannorthhants

267 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009

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Edward Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition

alannorthhants

Re: The marathon-couch-surfing champion in the Ecuadorian embassy

Bail breaches lasting many years with the breachee publicly taunting the UK courts is something that I suspect will result in a pretty bad loss of the judge's sense of humour.

Ecuador's unwelcome guest is likely to spend several months in the slammer followed by a pretty rapid deportation plus bonus cancelling of all UK visas.

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ExoMars works! 2 Mbit/s link established and camera snapping

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Re: Those bits that are following it

But the craft has to slow down before reaching Mars, at which point those bits may become very important!

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Angry Vodafone customers spark Ofcom probe after phone bill overcharge snafu

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Facepalm

Some times it seems that technology hates you

Wrong. Technology hates you all of the time. It just likes to wait until you are feel complacent before smacking you one.

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ExoMars probe narrowly avoids death, still in peril after rocket snafu

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Re: Atmospheric entry

It is more than enough - that is why landers are all fitted with heat shields.

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Pothole campaigner sprays Surrey street with phallic paintings

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Coat

Sounds like ...

... a bit of a cock up.

Mines the one with the funny bulge in it.

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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... despite insisting repeatedly that Apple were the only ones on the planet who could help its investigation, the Feds may use someone else's unlock method instead ...

This can only weaken the Feds case. Apple's legal eagles must be doing cartwheels of joy.

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VMware's GPL violation case rolls into German court

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Re: Hardly surprising

I suspect that the brief was written by US lawyers trying the normal tactics that they like to use in the US courts. It probably has not occurred to them that these may not be looked at favourably in Germany.

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New York judge blocks FBI demand for Apple help to unlock iPhone

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Appealing the judges descision

Very risky approach. At the moment using the AWA to force Apple to unlock its phones has remained at the judge's discretion. Take to the appeals court and loose and you now have a bind precedent that applies to that circuit (and will be taken into account by all other circuits). Take it further to the Supreme Court and loose and that is game over.

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Borked ESET antivirus update says entire web is too risky to browse

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Been causing me headaches all data ...

... in my role as IT Manager, been getting people complaining all today. Thank <deity> that the update has come through and the dust is finally settling - now I can start to get some work done!

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Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha

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Re: coercion in the US is easy

They tried that once before. Look what it got them!

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IBM Watson offers $5m for an AI to save the world

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Joke

Cyber-amoeba

Sounds like some IT PHBs I've known.

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

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Mushroom

This will be widely ignored ....

I believe that a lot of the porn sites that have ".co.uk" domains are actualy hosted overseas. Unfortunately for this goverment, it's authority stops at our borders, so anything overseas sites will probably ignore this rule. Plan B will be to get the ISPs to do the blocking for them, but the technical complexity of this (plus the simle fact that the porn sites can just change IP addresses, domain names, etc) will probably defeat that; if not then the use of VPNs terminated in overseas servers will do the job. Plan C will probably involve banning VPNs (no chance of that working - business will scream like mad), while Plan D will involve banning the internet, television, video, and all written communications.

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'Hobbit' heads aren't human says bone boffin

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How about some more icons!

Actually it would be good if El Reg allowed some more icons. We see someone saying "what about a <insert-whatever-you-like-here> icon" at least once a week, and sometimes more.

What about it Vulture Master!

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Joke

Re: Homo Trumpus?

I have to disagree with you. Politicians are the sad rements of a primordial species that bacteria and other unwanted things evolved from.

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Norks stabilise non-threatening space speck ... for about five minutes

alannorthhants

Re: Well, so much for the loitering nuke theory

If the satellite is tumbling then any solar arrays used to generate power are going to be pretty ineffective, meaning that the satellite is going to be pretty much reliant on any on-board stored power (in other words, batteries). Unless the Norks filled the satellite with Duracells they will loose power in the next few days.

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Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser

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... or indeed Windows?

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Official UN panel findings on embassy-squatter released. Assange: I'm 'vindicated'

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Re: And who were the other four?

Can't say, but lets remember that Assange has not actually been charged with anything in Sweden (the UK is a different matter now); he is wanted for questioning.

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alannorthhants

What illegal rendition? He was to be legally extradited to Sweden as a consequence of an International Arrest Warrant to face possible (not actual) charges of rape. Everything else is a product of Assange's imagination. The US has clearly stated that they are not interested in him, although that does not really agree with Assange's egomania.

Best thing for the UK is to toss Assange out of the country (after the courts have dealt with him), cancel any visas that he has and then ensure that he is not allowed in again. Let him winge and cry from his home country and see how much notice they take of him.

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

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Mushroom

A completely meaningless ruling

Firstly - the UN WGAD has not authority or juristriction over the UK, or indeed any other country. All they can do is to winge and moan.

Secondly - they have a strange definition of what constitues "detention". Assange (TM) is free to walk out the door of the embassy at any time that he likes - how many prisoners can say that?

Oh, I get it - the fact that the UK courts want to chat with him about little issues such as jumping bail and contempt of court and that Assange (TM) is too afraid to face the music is just too unfair on him.

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Assange will 'accept arrest' on Friday if found guilty

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Re: Don't like his chances

We do have some business with him. I think the UK courts would like a short and very pointed chat on the subject of skipping bail. I also suspect that Assange's "friends" who put up his bail money would also like a chat, but this one will be in a dark alley and will involve something blunt and heavy.

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

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Up and down in Hampshire

Keep getting drop outs last 5 minutes or so then it's back to normal. Thought it was just me, but now I know better. Not even with BT!

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Why the Sun is setting on the Boeing 747

alannorthhants

Re: Ah the 747-100

Redifon Flight Simulation - now that is a name that takes me back to my childhood!

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US government's $6bn super firewall doesn't even monitor web traffic

alannorthhants

Why are you surprised???

Pork barrel politics has been a core part of the US government since about 15 minutes after the Constitution was signed.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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I had never even hard of it until now. Certainly not something I would ever consider using!

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Oracle blurts Google's Android secrets in court: You made $22bn using Java, punk

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Re: Wait a minute

But Oracle is trying to claim that all Google's Android profits have come about because of their use of the API's that Oracle claims to have copyrighted.

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

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Mushroom

Just say no ...

I don't have a Facebook account, and there is nothing that Facebook do or say could ever persuade me to get an account.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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"...also simultaneously holds out a carrot...

I doubt that will happen - to paraphrase a Texan saying, Trump is all stick and no carrot.

Someone might mention it to him as a Good Idea (tm), but Trump is so convinced that he is the cleverest man on Earth that I also doubt that he'll take any notice (at least not until it is waaaayyyy to late.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: Anti-Trust suit impending.

This is MS we are talking about - they'll simply buy enough Congress-critters and Senate-weenies to have any anti-trust investigation taken out and shot.

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

alannorthhants

Don't forget those barges are huge; far bigger than they look on the photos. In fact in terms of landing area they are about the same as an oil rig and a lot more mobile.

Also SpaceX nearly achieved a controlled landing on one the last time around; it only failed because they did not have the control algorithms quite right and the launcher and it ended up with slightly too much lateral velocity which meant it toppled over. Had they tried that landing on a dry pad the result would probably have been the same.

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Mushroom

They are trying to achieve something that the Shuttle miserably failed at - a truely re-usable launcher. With the shuttle they ended up throwing away the main tank, and after each mission they had to perform a very expensive refurb of the SRBs and of the Shuttle itself. SpaceX are trying to develop the technology that will allow them to avoid most of that and hence drop the cost of a launch significantly!

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TalkTalk outage: Dial M for Major cockup

alannorthhants

Re: "Number Not Recognised"

Why assume a conspiracy when straight-forward incompetence (with precedents) explains everything?

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Cops stuff Mumbai thief with 48 bananas

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Coat

This is just ...

... a crap story.

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Nvidia's patent war on Samsung is a wreck – what you need to know

alannorthhants

Re: Strategic Blunder

Now the next item is have their patents invalidated.

That is probably why Nvidia pulled some of it's patents out of the court case - some legal eagle actually had a look at them and realised that they would not survive.

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T-Mobile US boss John Legere calls bulls*** on video throttling claims

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This sounds a lot like Legere knows that T-Mobile is heading for a kicking, and is working on the basis that that best defence is a good (pre-emptive) offenc(iv)e in the hope that you can bully the opposition into silence. In other words standard US business practice.

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Outfit throws fit, hits FitBit's hit kit with writ (Apple also involved)

alannorthhants

Re: Always the same argument

In my experience, companies like Apple, MS and IBM are so large that they just don't give a sh*t about getting caught - they see it as a business risk which they are happy to do if the expected profits are high enough.

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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Technological development

In the real world, it’s rare to have any technology in an advanced civilisation remain static for so long

Excuse me, but what advanced civilisations are you using as the basis for this statement?

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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It's a shame ...

... that I am about to upgrade our main OS to OpenSUSE 42.1 and in the process nuke our Windows 7 dual-boot configuration (we have not booted into Windows for at least 6 months, so why waste the disk space).

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Putin's Russia outlaws ECHR judgments after mass surveillance case

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Re: This could get rather interesting ..

Russia is not a part of the EC. The ECHR is a completely different treaty body that Russia had signed up to, but which it no appears to be ignoring unless the EHCR rules in its favour.

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

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Coat

Re: Hosted Exchange

What - more than one server for every user?

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Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

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Coat

I hope there isn't any joking around as this is a grave situation

No chance of that, this article was dead serious.

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No, the EU is not going to make hyperlinks illegal

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Re: Hyperlink != content

I fully agree with your comment, so have an up-vote.

Unfortunately a minority of "copyright" holders want to disagree, and I suspect they are passing wads of cash to the Eurocrats in order to buy an appropriate law.

Welcome to Euro-democracy.

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Brussels paws Android map apps to see if they displace Euro rivals – report

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They are simply adopting the US business approach - if you can't compete, sue!

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Facebook conjures up a trap for the unwary: scanning your camera for your friends

alannorthhants

Re: Yeah.. No thanks

The only opt out that really works is leaving Facebook altogether

Or even better - never sign up with them in the first place!

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Europe's Asteroid prang probe plan calls for cubesats

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Re: Answer

Cubesats so far launched are mostly in low earth orbit; they'll re-enter and burn up between 5 and 10 years after launch.

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UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping

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Flame

Re: Security Theatre and/or Snooping

In other words: everyone (at least according to the insecurity services).

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Linus looses Linux 4.3 on a waiting world

alannorthhants

Sorry, but I don't understand your rant. Firstly you are going on about OS requiring kernel updates to handle new hardware, and then you exclaim about the ability of Windows 7 to recover from faults in poorly written and inadequately tested device drivers. The two issues are <u>not</u> connected in any way.

In fact Windows 7 does need updates in order to support new hardware. This is not done by MS of course (they do not dirty their hands writing device drivers) but by the hardware manufacturers through the release of update drivers. So your first argument is looking a bit shaky.

Regarding the use of microkernels, subsequent research has identified quite a few problems with them largely due to the increased data transfer overheads associated with moving larger volumes of low-level information between user-space and kernel-space (the amount of information that moves between user-space and kernel-space in a monolithic kernel can be very low - examine the source of the GLIBC libraries if you want evidence for that). Basically this means that an OS based on a micro-kernel will less efficient than an OS based on a monolithic kernel for most hardware platforms (there are exceptions of course, but these tend to be experimental or highly-specialised platforms).

It is important to note that no mainstream OS (which I define as those commonly used in the commercial world) are based on microkernel architectures; they all use monolithic kernels (with or without loadable module support). Microsoft tried to use a microkernel architecture in NT3, but it provided such a big failure that they abandoned that approach and went back to the drawing board.

BTW, Windows 7 uses a monolithic kernel architecture which is essentially the same as Linux. The difference is MS that device drivers are typically implemented in DLLs; unfortunately DLLs span the kernel-space/user-space boundary which means they introduce all sorts of security headaches which non-one (including MS) has managed to resolve. In fact it can be argued that DLLs are the main reason that Windows is so vulnerable to viruses et al. There are arguments for saying that Linux kernel modules are similar to DLLs, however it is important to note that kernel modules operate completely in kernel-space, and do not intrude into user-space.

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

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Mushroom

Re: But...

But only if you have upgraded to, or installed from fresh, Windows 10.

My dual-boot system is about to get it's Windows 7 partition nuked from orbit. I plan to be sure!

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California enormo-quake prediction: Cracks form between US boffins

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Goodbye California

I remember a book written in the 70's by (I think) Alistair MacLean called Goodbye California. At one point there is a discussion about earthquakes in California (the book is set in that state) and one of the characters says (paraphrasing slightly here since I'm going by memory):

If our civilisation disappears and is replaced by another in a thousand years, then they will speak of Los Angeles in much the same way as we speak of Atlantis. It is not a case of if, but only a case when.

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CISA blowup: 'Web giants sharing private info isn't about security – it's state surveillance'

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Re: Ooh look at the pretty smoke reflected in those mirrors

Would someone care to explain how the American senate improving (or removing) privacy rights for American citizens has any effect on non existent privacy rights for non Americans?

It has no effect at all; according to the US Congress non Americans have no rights at all!

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Goverments (all of them) seem to be classic case of the intelligence of a mob: take the IQ most intelligent person in the mob and divide it by the size of the mob.

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