* Posts by John 156

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ASML‬ plays down mystery hack attack

John 156
Black Helicopters

That's a bit far-fetched isn't it? ASML make photolithography equipment; how do you compromise that equipment to burn in a piece of NSA signature circuitry which connects with the rest of any particular chip?

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TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

John 156
FAIL

Re: How did that actually work then?

Clearly, you have no knowledge of how Direct Debits work, which I cannot be bothered to explain since it is nowhere near as simple as you imagine..

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

John 156

Re: Could this already be a problem ?

Pensions systems tend to hold dates in decimal form so that they can be displayed or printed directly. They would then pass dates to a calculation routine to determine elapses. The 32 bit problem would certainly have have been spotted because clients are sent statements at initiation and annually defining their future projected entitlements at maturity.

Incidentally I did Y2K for a major; unfortunately, someone else did the rates retrieval system which used six decimal dates, a problem they surmounted by deciding that years higher than 30 were 20th century otherwise 21st! I pointed out, too late, that it was always possible to calculate the year accurately simply by using the current date and an assumpotion that people did not hold a pension for more than 99 years.

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Qualcomm, ARM: We thought we had such HOT MODELS...

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FAIL

Re: What I Took From the Article

"But I'm surprised that ARM isn't in more trouble already. Never mind Intel using the x86 chip as an Android alternative."

Have a good read of Intel's last results with particular reference to its performance (or lack of it) in mobile before ennunciating an hypothesis like that.

ARM sold 4.8 billion chips in the mobile space last year; catching up with that from a standing start is a tall order. In fact the only market in which ARM does not have a significant presence is Servers where it would have to compete with your other named venders head on, but currently without the muscle power to make much impact overall.

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Unsurprising report: UK local govt sites remain totally crap

John 156
Facepalm

I have found that to find specific information on crap sites, as long as its not using an intranet, is to search externally:

searchengine [search argument] site:crapsite.gov.uk

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

John 156

ARM is obviously determined to keep Intel out of the mobile market, much more so than trying to compete directly in Intel's traditional PC makets; at some point, ARM will decide it has the edge even there, and then they would make a concerted move with specific designs for these markets.

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John 156
Coat

Re: Change of venue

"The company's presentation of the blueprints to industry analysts and press this morning in Budleigh Salterton"

For a successful launch, it would, of course, need to be on market day.

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LEAKED Qualcomm processors reveal sexy new specs

John 156

It is not clear from the 'leak' of what the TS2 consists apart from the number of cores and the process; speculation it is the replacement for Krait is exactly that.

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Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

John 156
Big Brother

Is Tim in the pay of the CIA? Oh, no!

In a situation whereby the CIA has bullied and bribed major commercial website operators to harvest private communications passing through their servers on the CIA's behalf, I find it difficult not to have sympathy with Putin's opinion; furthermore, when we know that GCHQ has also been actively harvesting data and passing it to the CIA which then passes it all to Israel, it is difficult to believe that Berners-Lee's ambition for his invention has been realised in practice; would that it had.

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

John 156
Paris Hilton

Re: Good luck on that one.

"I'd be equally happy if it was Free To Air on one of the commercial channels, but as it isn't that presumably reflects the fact that the effective PAYG advertising revenues on terrestrial FTA broadcasts aren't sufficient to match the sports industry's costs."

Sports industry's costs have skyrocketed since SKY decided that it wanted the most popular international sports irrespective of costs, Murdoch knowing that fans would pay whatever he demanded. Whether sportsman are worth more than banksters, pop stars, slebs, generally, is a moot point, but the only winners are shareholders of SKY and manufacturers of Italian sports cars.

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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

John 156
Holmes

Another UKIP policy stolen by the LibLabCon: UKIP had previously announced that they would fund free STEM subjects at uni in exchange for working in this country for a minimum of 5 years.

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You don't have to be a genius to tap into Albert Einstein's BRAIN

John 156

Those employed in the computer software industry with an interest in Physics might like to be aware of a site by one of their number, http://blog.darkbuzz.com/

Roger Schlafly has also written a book, How Einstein Ruined Physics, which gives a history of modern Physics with Einstein put in a more objective context than that of simply being the greatest physicist who ever lived.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

John 156

Re: RCA? Pah. Young 'uns know nothing

...and Sexist.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Off to a bad start

I respect the judgment of guys like Jeff Waugh who brought Gnome 3 to an unsuspecting world and who said, "it has to solve a real problem. 'Doesn’t include systemd' is not a real problem.” when he means, ""Does include systemd" is not a real problem".

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Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW

John 156
Holmes

What are the numbers telling us?

According to the 2014 3rd quarler figures for Mobile and Communications:

Turnover : 1 million

Loss: 1 billion

Loss for last three quarters: 3 billion

(My) Projected loss for full year: 4 billion

The pressure from shareholders to close this operation down will be intense.

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Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'

John 156
Holmes

Re: Branding bugs

"Who are the 23% of Windows XP users?"

Having met one and their laptop recently, I can affirm they are users of old kit who don't know the name of their operating system and delete any annoying messages that appear in the bottom right hand corner of their screens.

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

John 156

Re: "80% of our laws come from Europe" [citation needed]

"Unlike most of your remarks"

Don't bother to comment on how the British Constitution works when you know f-all about it. I repeat: the Courts are not allowed to create new laws; that is how our Constiution has worked for hundreds of years.

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John 156
Stop

Who Rules?

People are completely missing the point here; the Supreme Court exists to rule on whether an action of the executive or a lower court is in compliance with the existing laws of England or not. The ECHR was originally given a clear mandate from which it has departed ever since in order to make rulings and laws which override those of nation states and which have nothing to do with their original brief; if you don't like an existing law, vote for a party that proposes to change the law in a way which supports your beliefs. Under our constitution, the Legislature makes the laws, not the Courts, in theory, whereas, in practice, 80% of our laws come from Europe which has absolutely no democratic foundation, since the European Parliament does not make laws, but simply rubber stamps those originating anonymously from the Commission or the Council of Ministers.

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ARMs head Moonshot bodies: HP pops Applied Micro, TI chips into carts

John 156

Re: Ubuntu - Seriously?

What you say is generally true, however, Linux distributions that support ARM64 based SoCs are not universally available as yet and Ubuntu has been engineered to support it, probably by patching the kernel. Would M$ run on it? Probably not.

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ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7

John 156
Stop

Re: At last

Since when has ARM been trying to market the IoT as the basis for an intelligent kitchen; this is an assumption by people, usually politico types who are not aware of any technology outside their own very limited horizons.

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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

John 156
Holmes

Re: The 'thought' process is easy to understand

In other words, M$ did not ancipate a flood of users wanting to get their greasy mits on full size monitors at all; they simply wanted to force app developers to provide touchscreen functionality so that johnny-come-lately could offer a credible product in the tablet market. It was always the apps that kept people loyal to M$ not their ghastly, 16-bit OSs which they were still foisting on users of 386+ tech many years after it came to market, otherwise the story of M$ would have ended long ago.

it is typical that M$ did not think then to enable users of PCs and laptops the ability to revert to a normal DE without tiles etc.

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Stonehenge's HUMAN ABATTOIR was just a prehistoric Burning Man hippyfest site

John 156

Archaeologists need to stop making stuff up; they also need to accept that they may never get into the mindsets of those of whose beliefs they have no knowledge.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

John 156
Big Brother

Problems are best addressed at source

What we need is smart energy generation for which we need smart politicians to remove us from the EU preferably before the the latter starts a war with Russia.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

John 156
IT Angle

If only economists ruled the world

I think we should have totally open borders, no planning laws, people on housing benefit being able to live at taxpayers' expense wherever they want with their landlords to be able to charge whatever they want; improve the help to buy scheme so that buyers only have to pay back loans if they really, really wish to i.e. operating a bit like student loans.

Furthermore, all houses for sale should be advertised in every country in the world with an absolute ban on British people being allowed to purchase a new built property since allowing people to live in properties which could more usefully be purchased for investment purposes by foreigners would be a clear market distortion.

All this will work because the government has a bottomless pit of money from which to draw and we have an endless supply of land; let's face it, what are farmers for if we can import all the food we need? Come on, get out those concrete mixers, you know it makes (economic) sense; we could become more wealthy and successful even than Ireland before their housing based economy crashed.

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

John 156
WTF?

Trick Cyclists discover new syndrome to justify their existence

In the bad old days, psychotics used to hear messages used to control them emanating from the radio, then the TV.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

John 156
Stop

You cannot be serious!

We know where all this is leading: the total removal of all white heterosexual males from anything other than menial roles and their replacement by 'minorities', some of whom appear to in a far greater majority in purely numeric terms although not necessary at the higher reaches of the Bell Curve. This is what Cultural Marxism is about; so we can all look forward to a Nirvana where absolutely nothing works which is reputed to be the case where many of these 'minorites' originate.

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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

John 156

Outsourcing to India looks like the cause.

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HP's Machine and IBM's $3bn R&D splash – aka how to survive Google

John 156
Stop

Oh really?

"Worse, neither Amazon or Google or even Microsoft appear to do much fundamental hardware and materials science research, so for IBM or HP to stumble would likely set the wider technology industry back by decades."

Amazon, Google and Microsoft are more users of hardware than originators. HP and IBM had major business segments using Intel technology to build servers; that's not origination, either. So we are all reliant on HP and IBM to belately get back to doing what they were originally founded to do many years ago. Meanwhile, there are plenty of newer hardware companies, far more innovative than IBM or HP are now; but they have step aside and let HP and IBM do the heavy lifting because they have armies of R & D engineers sitting there with sharpened pencils waiting to be given something to do.

Actually, I have a suggestion for HP: why not invent a printer which is not continuously running out of ink and does not suffer from progenia.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

John 156
Big Brother

a drift to US moral codes and values?

Possibly, de facto, but what it means in practice is Hollywood's moral codes and values or more accurately, the moral codes and values and historical perspectives which Hollywood, with its atypical demographic, wishes to foist on the rest of the world. Should we be concerned? Yes. "he who controls the past controls the future, and he who controls the present controls the past". - George Orwell. Personally, I prefer foreign language programmes and films because they usually do not attempt to emulate Hollywood clutural norms or be made with an eye to the US market.

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EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'

John 156
Big Brother

What is news? what is legitimate news; what is illegitimate news?

Lord Northcliffe: "News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising"

Lord Northcliffe was declared insane on the say so of a purported doctor in Switzerland and died shortly afterwards. The is a battle on the web between those who want the truth out and those trying to suppress and distort it; these latter who have rendered Wikipeda totally unreliable except for techie stuff now have another weapon in their armoury.

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What's inside AMD's life-support machine? A big pile o' PlayStation 4s and XBox Ones

John 156

Re: I'm buying. They aren't selling

The numbers are telling AMD to stop competing with Intel on x86 head on. The new AMD roadmap shows 2015 to be when they offer users the plug compatible x86/ARM 'Project Skybridge' solution and if that is successful for the ARM variant, 2016 will see a switch to ARM only as the roadmap has a name for that ARM-based solution, the AMD designed 'K12' but not for the (fallback) prospective x86 solution. As AMD have stated, an ARM based chip is cheaper to develop and quicker to market which sounds like a strategy for catchup.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

John 156
Childcatcher

First things first

When are high profile practising paedophiles going to be arrested or do we have to wait for their demise in all cases to find out how shocking their crimes were? I have a very strong suspicion that people view material in all categories in which they would never themselves partake; however there are those who pose as fine upstanding members of the Community whose unpleasant proclivities in respect of children in care need to see the light of day.

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

John 156
Big Brother

Does Hollywood produce entertainment, anymore?

Hollywood has moved from providing entertainment, other than for infants, to using its English language film monopoly for the purpose of Cultural Marxist grooming of its audience in order to prepare the world for Western multiculturalism; one of its great successes has been election of Barak Obama as President of the World whose interventions in Ukraine and the Middle East look designed to provoke a world war. In order to remind people what they would wish for if they rejected their multi-culti trash is increasingly repetitive films of the evil nazi genre; funnily they don't produce films about the Bolshevik Empire and the consequent dangers of allowing a criminal alien gang funded by Wall Street banksters to take over a country who would then go on to murder sixty million Slavic Christians with the ultimate goal of taking over the globe.

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Intel told to PUT A SOC IN IT: Fill our kit with chips, says Panasonic

John 156

Re: Can't beat them, join them

"Except of course that Intel will struggle to make money [switching to ARM]. Their whole corporate culture is geared to high margin products (x86s that sell for $hundreds)."

That is why Intel will flog x86 to death whilst getting third parties to subsidise their fabrication facilities.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

John 156

Re: White Elephant Ahoy!

From my experience, with a duff project the choices are either to spend the money and get it work or stop work and write off the committed contract cost; there aren't any other alternatives.

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John 156
Pirate

More than one way to spice the mainbrace

An inevitable consequence of playing the sailor's hornpipe. An alternative solution would be a boarding party and a jolly roger.

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John 156
FAIL

White Elephant Ahoy!

470 London buses is a nice little talking point to hide the fact that our only aircraft capable of using the flight deck are helicopters. The only fighter plane capable of using this vessel in the future is the MD Lightning II F35B STOVL which will be about $ouch! each and will have the aerodynamics of a brick should its sole forward engine fail, whilst its weapons carrying bay is full of vertical takeoff engine, to boot.

So we have an aircraft carrier at 290ft the longest we have ever had, dependent on the avilability of one possible aircraft because the aircraft carrier does not have a nuclear powered engine and does not have, therefore a steam catapult to launch many different types of aircraft; this has to be the worst weapons procurement programme in British history for which we have to thank the cretins in the Labour Party and Conservative Party who could not order pizzas for a party without screwing up.

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'I got a little bit upset by that Register article...' says millionaire model. Bless!

John 156
Big Brother

What is this article about?

Obviously we should all be very concerned about the £200k of taxpayers' money received by Ms Cole's website, but that is hardly a huge sum compared with the billions wasted by the government on our behalf on ill-considerd, ill-executed schemes for streaming-lining government and buying votes; in fact its probably about the same amount as thieved by the average bankster on a quiet day before lunch.

As to Snowden, people should have no concern about the spying of CGHQ and NSA because the ultimate beneficiary for all their endeavours is the most benign nation on the planet composed of the most morally advanced human beings, in fact according to religious doctrine, the only human being on the planet, namely Israel.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

John 156

What really is the point of this article? Quite clearly the idea that fridges would become smart is based on the fact that people like David Cameron imagine that the Internet of Things refers to the white stuff in the John Lewis basement, they having imagined presumably that apart from computers and fridges, everything else works by magic.

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John 156
Boffin

Re: The internet of fridges

""if the door is shut, the little light is out,"

But is it?"

Yes it is, by inference, as you will find a lever at the top of the fridge which can be operated manually instead of by the door to switch off the light.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

John 156

My advice to Lily Cole would be: do not sunbathe and keep yourself covered in strong sunlight. ..and another thing: earning lots of money parading your long elegant frame in public does not necessarily indicate that you have what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

John 156
Big Brother

Re: Our MPs

I think you'll find that a PPE degree is ideal training for becoming a minister in a modern, vibrant, multicultural cretinocracy in which the pursuit of self-enrichment through graft whilst driving the country towards third world status is the name of the game and has been for decades.

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

John 156

Re: Driverless car

"Do you have any evidence to support this?"

The Docklands Light Railway?

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John 156

Re: I'm against it at this time. here's why...

What is needed for driverless cars is something akin to the Turing Test (except that it would not apply to the skill level of someone too young to drive) such as going round Hyde Park Corner in the rush hour from any direction and taking any exit without hitting another vehicle or forcing it into taking avoiding action.

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

John 156
Stop

Why not look at the GEDI website before deciding whether to take this seriously?

http://globalgie.com/

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BT and Neul ink gov-funded deal: Milton Keynes to be test bed for Internet of Stuff

John 156
Stop

"BT's corporate IT practice boss Alan Ward said that a variety of applications could be cooked up using the infrastructure."

Always best to find the solution before defining the problem.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

John 156
Alert

The correct action was taken in this case; what I would like to know is why the authorires have still taken no action to remove water molecules excreted by Napoleon? Is there not some danger I might catch megalomania?

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

John 156
FAIL

Three cheers for the EU

...and the point of this exercise is? Incidentally, why was there no recognition of Athens, Madrid and Brussels where Twitter was extensively use to co-ordidate Austerity Riots against the parasitical orgamisation that produced this garbage.

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HP: Lenovo's buy of IBM x86 biz is bad, bad, bad...

John 156
FAIL

HP - What's it for?

Despite the fact that I'm grateful to HP for overpaying for my Autonomy shares, I will still not forgive them for selling me an inkjet printer in which the total capacity of all five reservoirs is less than that of the monochrome HP printer which it replaced, such that it is for ever running out of ink. You can only expect to get away with a stunt like that once.

HP should either find some something useful to do or sell out to the highest bidder; its glory days are long over.

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