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Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source

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CPU

If they have a proven secure Microkernel, I assume they've proved that their hardware (including CPU) are all secure too.

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Verizon to limit unlimited 4G plans

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Shock horror!

A company offers an unlimited product, then has to back-track when it finds some people are using so much of the unlimited product it's affecting all it's other customers.

Don't these companies ever learn by their mistakes? If you offer an unlimited service/product, some customers will try and use as much as possible of it.

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Beancounters tell NASA it's too poor to fly planned mega-rocket

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Re: On Mars, on time, on budget.

You don't mention the type on landing on Mars ;-)

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

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They also refuse to use indicators, as the constant flashing of the bulbs reduces the life of the bulb and indicator unit.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Re: Incorrect

The study was testing the effectiveness of Paracetamol for back pain, NOT painkillers in general.

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It always amazes me how people put up with crap office chairs (and hence employers get away with supplying crap office chairs!)

Standard office chairs are terrible and just encourage bad posture. I always fight to have a good office chair. As geeks, we may want to have the latest computer/monitor/software, but the first thing we should fight for is decent office furniture: Desk and chair. They'll make you a more efficient employee way more than the latest tech.

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All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on

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Re: 4G?

Even decent 2G GSM coverage would do!

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Where to put the intelligence

If memory serves, when they were designing the early mobile phone networks, they put a lot of the control of cell handover into the mobile phone itself. This was because working out which cell was best for the handset was hard for the network to figure out, whereas the handset could tell much easier.

It seems like they're coming across the same problem with spectrum sharing: It's hard for the network to know what's best for the handset at it's current location.

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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

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Re: Certs aren't all bad

@Hans 1 Certifications are for incompetents looking for a salary increase/new job, so they have a place.

It depends on how the tests are structured. If they're multiple guess^H choice, then the "knowledge" gained probably isn't that great. If the exams are practicals, then you *have* to know your stuff.

Jay 2 mentioned the RedHat exams, and I've heard that the Cisco CCIE exams are tough practical exams too. Those are the qualifications that are worth something.

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Microsoft exams are far too much "tell us how Microsoft views the world"

All vendor courses and exams I've been on have been like this. I've generally been fortunate and had honest trainers who say "The vendor says X, but in the real world it's Y."

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In test for SQL certifications we ask you to actually create an SQL query

Really? It's taken them this long to come up with this ground breaking idea?

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Twitter hints at messaging moves

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Didn't Facebook try to get everyone to use its service for messaging by giving all users an email address? How well did this take off with its end users...?

Hint: It didn't. They dropped the service a while ago.

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Cisco relaunches Developer Network

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Support, support, support

The number 1 problem with Cisco's DevNet is support.

The developer forums are like a barren wasteland with people asking questions and no-one providing answers. No Cisco employees hang out there and few other people are able to answer questions. (Contrast this to the main support forums with plenty of helpful people and Cisco employees)

You can log a support call with Cisco: Providing you pony up $2,000 for the entry level developer support. When you do manage to pry the credit card out of the boss's hand and log a support call, they're not fast at getting back to you. It feels like the support engineers know no more than the customer.

Their API documentation isn't bad - except for the documents that require over 2GB of free RAM to open.

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Kill queues for fast data centres: MIT boffins

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Re: There is a reason that competent USENET programmers ...

"Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them."

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Circuit switched data

This all sounds suspiciously like circuit switched data to me. I thought Ethernet was to replace circuit switched data as it was simpler & cheaper?

I wonder how long it is before they decide to use 53 byte packets ;-)

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LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs

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Re: Portability is the problem

The Insane Coding blog recently had an article on the difficulties of dealing with randomness in *nix.

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5 seconds of fame

From the release notes of the very first portable version of LibreSSL:

"This is intended as an initial release to allow the community to start using and providing feedback"

I think this corner case bug is more feedback on a .0 release of a piece of software rather than a massive security scare.

At least the LibreSSL people took the bug report and fixed it within a reasonable time frame.

Remember people: Writing security & cryptographic code is hard. Very hard.

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CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

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The 13 TeV setup will ... collect as much as 150 times as much data as the previous 8 TeV configuration.

Why will the 13TeV setup collect more data? Are the detectors upgraded? Will it run longer than the 8TeV setup did?

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Microsoft, Google et al form club to push 25/50 Gbps Ethernet

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Why?

10 & 40Gb/s are already in the market. The 25Gigabit alliance website doesn't really say much (Other than a press release)

Not sure how far off 100Gb/s is.

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London teen charged over Spamhaus mega-DDoS attacks

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Vulnerable individual is a generic term to mean not just an under-18, but someone (possibly over 18) with learning difficulties.

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Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

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Grumpy old git

Is it me, or does most of this just sound gimmicky, designed for those with more money than sense?

I can't see that any of these "toys" are going to make you a better/faster/safer cyclist. About the only useful gadget is a cycle computer for monitoring basics like distance, speed, climbs, etc.

Bah humbug.

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Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns

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WTF?

Facebook has doubtless built a rig tuned to Instagram's needs, so it is probably not reasonable to draw a conclusion that AWS can't keep up with the house of Zuckerberg's data centre skills.

Er, no. Facebook has an infrastructure and software stack tuned it's particular workload. Amazon is just providing generic compute (& storage) infrastructure.

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Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser

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Reinventing the wheel

Those of us with long enough memories will remember that one of the reasons Firefox was forked from the Mozilla browser, was that Mozilla was based off the large behemoth that was Netscape Communicator. Firefox's claim was that it was lean and fast: All extraneous features were stripped out.

How long before they add an IMAP/POP email client inside Firefox and complete the circle?

"Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes"

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Google mulls splashing MEEELLIONS on laying fat pipe in watery depths

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How much of this is for Google to guarantee bandwidth, and how much to make it harder for the spooks to intercept the data?

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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Re: Nightmare

I believe that in the early days the regulations said each operator had to run their own network. I believe it was to encourage service differentiation and competition. It's only recently that things like mast sharing (and then network sharing) has been allowed.

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Hackers steal trade secrets from major US hedge firm

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So who is funb? The board of fun?

If only there was a link with every El Reg article where you could submit corrections such as these...

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The assumption of espionage was given further weight because attackers added slight delays to the time between the issuance and execution of the victim's trades

Personally, I feel all trades should have an minimum delay.

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Titan sprouts 'Magic Island', say astroboffins

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Re: It's not "magic".

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"

(c) Arthur C Clarke.

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D'you think they grow magic mushrooms on their magic island?

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Cisco promises Lync link for its UC kit and collaborationware

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Re: Anecdote

That could be the Jabber presence stuff. That comes with a Lync connector out of the box,

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Re: Cisco leading in the VoIP market?

Cisco doesn't play in the low-end VoIP arena (Well, they try to with CallManager Express, but..) They're strength is in the larger arena e.g. 1K+ endpoints. (Out of the box it scales to 40K endpoints and CallManager can scale to 100K+ endpoints if you ask Cisco nicely)

Is Cisco as cheap as Snom, Asterix, etc? No.

With Cisco, you're paying for the management ecosystem, in built high availability and access to their 24x7 support (Which, when your system is down, actually works!)

Most of the handsets are quite nice too. (Well, we'll forget about the 69xx series - something Cisco are trying to do very quickly too!)

Disclaimer: I run a large CallManager system.

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Re: Cisco + collaboration standards?

To be fair, all of Cisco's collaboration kit started out as a buy in. Cisco didn't write CallManager, etc.

What Cisco are doing, is buying all these products in and gluing them together.

Oh, and you do know the 7937 (Polycom based conference phone) is now End Of Sale and has been replaced by the 8831 (Cisco designed)...

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Careful with 'fibre speed record' hype: which record's been broken?

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There are lies, dammed lies and statistics...

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Operators shackled to GSM, so Huawei ties GSM to LTE

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If it's handset independent, it's a great feature. Now, will it require replacing all the existing base station controllers, or is it just a software upgrade?

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3CX WebMeeting: Not bad for a 1.0 product – just keep my phones out of the cloud

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Re: Missing from the list...

Just remember that Unify/Siemens have just said goodbye to a large amount of staff.

www.channelregister.co.uk/2014/06/04/unify_job_cuts/

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WebEx On-Prem

You can get WebEx as an on premise solution if you don't want to use the cloud.

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TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

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Re: Combo Upate

The way MS/Windows handles lots of patches really narks me off. Why do they make it so painful to re-install Windows and get it up to date with patches? Can't all their engineering brains sort this mess out?

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The cute things they say

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My PC's not working...

Re-told to me by a support desk person...

User: My PC's not working.

Helpdesk: Are there any lights on the front?

User: No, and nothing happens when I press the power button.

Helpdesk: Can you check the PC is plugged into the wall and is switched on at the wall?

User: It's hard to see round the back as it's quite dark now the lights have gone off...

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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"Protests aren’t the answer"

Er, aren't protests one of the basic ways a group can express their unhappiness over a matter to those in power?

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UBER UBER ALLES: Investors value ride app at $17 BEEELLION

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@Cliff - Re: You could be right

There you go, using common sense and real numbers. You'll never make it in the financial world.

These investors aren't going to make their money by the company making money. They'll make their money by flogging off their shares to more gullible idiots.

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Ofcom's campaign against termination rates continues

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Re: Solving telemarketers

All that blocking calls with no CLI will do, is expand the use of fake CLIs (That's calls which have a CLI that is not a valid dialable number) These usually originate from overseas. OFCOM need to add a rule which says that calls with UK CLI must originate in the UK.

That way, for most people, you block/ignore anonymous & international calls. I know this isn't perfect, but no anti-spam system is perfect.

Since anonymous call blocking became a bit more mainstream, I've seen more UK companies transmit some sort of number; Usually a non-geographic number. (The only except being the local police: They insist on sending no CLI. Grrrr....)

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Race to the bottom

The UK mobile carriers are engaged in a race to the bottom. They're doing all they can to cut costs to reduce tariff prices. But in the process they're cutting money to the rest of the business (customer service, billing, tech support, etc) Even the spend on network upgrades and expansion is as little as they can get away with.

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Unify to axe 3,800 employees, blames the cloud

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Re: It's a sinking ship

It's been taking on water for a long time....

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

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Re: Its all about blame

As an IT executive with in house IT, when sometime goes wrong, you can pull staff from (almost) anywhere to chip in and get things working again. If you treat your staff well, they may even offer to work silly hours to help you and the company out.

As an IT executive with outsourced IT, you can fire off ranty emails (and swear down the phone if you're lucky) and....?

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Re: worse

I the days before "cloud", and when Novel were still alive, they had a tool (in beta) which allowed you to run commands on all your NetWare servers at once. It was useful, but then Novel wiped the tool from the face of the planet. I did some asking around, and was told that Novel pulled it because it was too easy to use and too many customers were shooting themselves in the foot with it. I was heard tales of people deleting NDS from every server in the tree with the tool. Ouch!

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Poor sod...

I feel sorry for that poor sysadmin. It's going to be a while before they get over this. The only glimmer of hope, is that Joyent don't sound like they're going to hang the sysadmin out to dry.

Have a beer to drown your sorrows.

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Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

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Hmmm....

At the lower end, I could see a MacBook Air with an ARM CPU being an interesting idea. But ARM isn't know for it's higher performing CPUs, so the higher end MacBook Pros and all the desktop Macs I can't see moving to ARM. As others have mentioned, by having an ARM CPU machine, you would also loose the ability to run Windows on the machine.

Also, running your O/S on multiple CPU architectures, and persuading your ISVs to write their apps for both CPU architectures doesn't doesn't sound easy. I know iOS and MacOS are based on the same kernel, but there's more to an O/S than just a similar kernel (Just ask all the Linux distributions!)

IMHO, the best way to make this fly would be to get the Transmeta people they took over to crank out ARM/x86 translation tools.

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GSMA: There are more mobile connections than PEOPLE... but WHO'S HOGGING them all?

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Re: Meh.

All hail the Nokia 6310i!!

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DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher

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Security Vs Usability

The trade-off between security and usability is never easy. From what the article says, it seems BMW have made a fair attempt at trying to make the system secure, but easy to use by non-nerds.

Is it perfect? No. (But is any security system perfect?)

Is it hideously broken? No.

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Antivirus firm Avast! takes down forums after breach

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The company plans to rebuild the forum on a different software platform.

Am I the only person to read that as:

"We knew the forum software we were using was shonky, but as it was just our user forums we just couldn't be bothered to fix it."

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