* Posts by A Non e-mouse

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: Seems to me that a rarity...

I read somewhere that the studios can't afford to make films themselves anymore. Instead, they have to borrow money from the banks who really want their money (with interest!) back from the studios. The way to minimise risk is to re-make or spin-off something that has previously made money,

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Re: Ah, No.

I watched a truly marvelous series of ads last night on the TV. Such a pity they kept being interrupted by that damn movie

Someone once described ITV programs as the filler between the adverts. And it was true: The programs were just there to keep your attention so you'd be around to see the adverts. The TV companies have a fine line to tread between forcing as many adverts on you as possible and you getting p***ed off and changing channels.

But this was before some bright spark realised that: A) You can make a lot of money from premium rate phone voting, and B) Your program can actually just be one massive hype-gasm advert for your final product. And if your hype-gasm advert includes premium rate voting, you're getting your customers to pay for your advert. Win/Win!!

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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Bernie is the problem

I feel that Bernie is the major problem with F1. This year, more than ever, costs in the sport have been high on the agenda and I've been amazed at how much power Bernie has in the sport and how much money he sucks out.

Stop Bernie sucking the life out of the sport and distribute all the media money move evenly between the teams. Then the smaller teams stand a chance of putting up more of a fight to the bigger teams. (But massive credit to the smaller teams for being where they are right now) Make the prize money the differentiator between first and last, not some secretive gentlemans club.

Oh - and someone give Christian Horner & Red Bull a slap and tell them to stop being so childish: "We're not winning any more so we want the rules changed". Pathetic.

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Re: Anyone completed the F1 Drivers survey here...

I'be managed to complete it fine. It's quite long, but it does allow you to comment on most aspects of F1. The only thing it doesn't allow you to comment on is Bernie sucking so much money out of the sport.

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Intel wants containers to be alone again, naturally

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Re: Company selling compute in shock promotion of higher compute requirements

Not given the cost of a context-switch on an x86-type CPU

Can you expand on that? Surely both containers and VMs incur context switches somewhere along the line? Are you saying that trapping all the way out to the hypervisor and back to kernel space is a heavy cost compared to switching between processes in the same kernel?

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Re: Company selling compute in shock promotion of higher compute requirements

But don't containers exist because their overhead is much lower than a full blown VM? If Intel can provide the added isolation of a VM but with the lower overhead of a container, isn't that a good thing?

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Belgian telco prepares to tear out last of nation's phone boxes

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Adopt a (British) Kiosk

Unfortunately, the BT website says only charities or councils can adopt phone kiosks.

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BT boss in shock 'bigger is better' claim as £12.5bn EE bid heats up

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Wholesale...

..given our history as a natural and willing wholesaler, enabling other companies to use the networks we own.

If they were so willing, why does OFCOM have to force them to offer the service?

If they are so willing, why are they kicking up a fuss about sharing their fibre network.?

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El Reg Cold Call

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I'm pretty sure they don't - did you receive a call?

Yep, from someone claiming to be from "The Register" wanting to send me some white papers. (Number withheld...)

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El Reg Cold Call

I didn't think El Reg undertook cold calling of its commentards...?

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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So 'ownership' is fleeting..

There's your mistake. In the DRM world, you no longer own anything. All you are given is a license to view/use the product for as long as the vendor allows you to. This is regardless of how long *You* think you're allowed to use the product for.

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Forced sale of Openreach division would put BT broadband investment at risk, says CEO

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New Builds

For any new build installation (e.g. new housing estate) Openreach should be made to deploy FTTP. Let's at least make a start on this.

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Re: If the board of BT plc won't invest in a demerged Openreach....

I think a de-merged Openreach would be fantastic. The only question I'd have is: How would you prevent the company sweating the existing assets and not investing any money? Make it a non-profit? Put a cap on the profits they can make?

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Boffins brew 'Stop Light' that turns photons in fibre into memory

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Faster than light travel

Faster-than-light is easy if you slow the photons down.

The cosmological speed limit is the speed of light in a vacuum. Light traveling through different mediums can be slower. Going faster than that lower speed is entirely possible. The blue glow (called Cherenkov radiation) when radioactive material is underwater is the equivalent of a sonic boom when particles are traveling faster than light.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: Up the Pole!

There's a blog post on how just 900 votes (in specific constituencies) would have changed the outcome of the election.

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18-wheeler ROBOT JUGGERNAUT hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

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Re: Won't work in England.

Why does the lorry need cameras to read the speed limit signs? Lorries only know two speeds: Stop and 56MPH. I've never seen a lorry do 50MPH in a 50MPH zone in the UK.

Yes, I've had lorries intimidate me because I dared to do the speed limit. This intimidation including ramming my car. Were the Police interested? Like f**k they were.

Are there any lorry drivers who know what 50MPH is, as I've yet to meet them on the UK roads.

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Systemd hee hee: Jessie Debian gallops (slowly) into view

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I seem to be the lone person totally indifferent to it.

Nope, you're not alone...

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Great, we all want 5G mobile broadband. Now just how are we gonna wire it all up?

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Oh yeah...?

Great, we all want 5G mobile broadband.

Um, if you read the comments section here on El Reg, I think many people would be happy with a reliable and ubiquitous 2G GSM signal first.

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

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The fear of tracking is what's delayed this.

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Re: Anyone else wonder...

why the *EU* is trying to mandate this?

Maybe to try and help save lives?

Is it a free-trade issue? Required for international cooperation? Are some countries put at a disadvantage due to the imbalance of car sim devices?

One possibility is that by all EU countries having the same system, manufacturers can keep costs down ?

What number are they going to dial?

RTFA - 112

Who exactly are they going to report to?

Whoever answers 112!

Along with the sim device, will they need a GPS?

Unknown: But mobile phone networks can do a fair job of triangulating your position. Granted, it's not as accurate as GPS, but it'll get you close.

If you're on the Belgian side of the border but nearer a French hospital, who's going to help?

This has nothing to do with hospitals. It has everything with getting help (e.g. the police) out to asses the situation and call on whatever aid is required.

As to the point about picking up the wrong country's mobile network when near to a border: I suspect the authorities already have procedures in place for handling this: These devices aren't going to be the first to dial 112 near a national border on a mobile phone.

I see feature creep in the future.

On this point, I can agree with you.

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Brit boffins BLOW UP Li-On batteries and film the MELTING COPPER

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And who said science was dull?

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MIPS quietly bares its processor architecture to universities

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Re: Interesting

Recall that the original ARM processor was famously fabbed without the Vcc connected to anything but still ran happily on leakage current.

Mentioned in this YouTube video by the man himself: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jOJl8gRPyQ

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The first time..?

For the first time in the history of modern processors, a CPU architecture will be opened up to universities...

OpenSparc or OpenRISC anyone? (I'm sure there are others out there)

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How do you really know if a storage array will perform for you?

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Advert Label?

In future El Reg, could we have a label on an article when it's just an advertorial rather than a genuine article?

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Re: Powershell - I knew it well

It seems that the Powershell designers have taken the worst bits of DCL (Digital Command Language) from VMS...

Windows NT was inspired by VMS due to the work of Dave Cutler who worked on VMS at Digital before moving to Microsoft to work on NT. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Cutler

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Nokia on phone return mutterings: They LIIED. We won't be BAAACK

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I'd suggest that implies a return to business oriented devices.

The problem with that, is that business phones don't sell as they're less "sexy" as consumer phones. Ask yourself these two questions:

1 - How much time, effort & money has Apple spent selling its iPhones (& iPads) to business?

2 - How many people in business use iPhones (&iPads)?

I'd suggest that answers are "little" and "lots".

If you're entering the mobile phone market, in general, you have two main target areas:

1 - Low end/cheap (and probably low margin so you need large volume). Dominated by Android phones at the low end, so how are you going to stand out amongst all the vendors vying to the race for the bottom?

2 - High end/high profit: Dominated by Apple (& Phablets) What's your unique selling point to lure people away from the Apple brand?

So if you're going to enter the mobile phone market where are you going to pitch your product?

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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Sooo.....Microsoft can't make Windows secure, so they're going to run Windows under a hypervisor which is secure.

Am I alone in thinking this is wrong?

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Half a BILLION dollars later and, PHEW, we're all done buying up dot-word domain rights

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Buy the ICANN.Sucks domain, maybe?

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

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Re: Slap me silly...

I hope everyone is aware that Apple have hard coded wifi networks that their devices will automatically connect to when in range, for example when in an Apple Store

I was in my local Apple store the other day and I had to manually select and connect to the Apple Store WiFi. It wasn't hard coded in to my iPhone at all.

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

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Re: maglev is the way to go

One small issue with Maglev: Cost of infrastructure.

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Flash dead end is deferred by TLC and 3D

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Is size everything?

Is the issue with flash memory the size of the chips, or the cost of them?

Me, I think it's more the cost rather than the real-estate they take up in a server.

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Lawyer: Cops dropped robbery case rather than detail FBI's StingRay phone snoop gizmo

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Black Helicopters

Ars Technica has been following Stringray stories for a while.

This article shows that the FBI are involved in a country-wide plan to hide the capabilities of Stingray. And this article shows that the FBI would rather prosecutions were dropped rather than details of Stingrays be revealed.

To me, there's a lot of effort going into hiding what Stingray can do, which doesn't bode well for what Stringray really can do.

The problem law enforcement are going to start having, is as more questions are asked in court (and cases dropped to avoid answering them) the less the cops are going to be able to use them. Their real problem is when a Stingray is used in a high-profile case: Drop the case and have public condemnation or reveal what Stingray actually does.

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JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online

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Re: Assumptions?

So far, though, they don't appear to have extracted any part of the key: They've just shown they can see memory usage.

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Chrome 42 breaks vSphere web client thanks to ye olde NPAPI

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Bad light?!?

If anything Chrome killing off a management plugin puts VMware in a bad light for using crusty formats, rather than signalling any tension between the pair.

VMware was in a bad light to start off with for using Flash for their management interface, long before Chrome dropped NAPI support.

BTW - Google announced a while ago that Chrome was dropping NAPI support, so why wasn't VMware prepared for this?

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WW2 German Enigma machine auctioned for record-breaking price

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Re: You're thinking of Lorenz

Whilst the work that Turing, Flowers, et al did at Bletchley was amazing, some of the early work in cracking German codes was actually done by the Polish: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptanalysis_of_the_Enigma#Polish_breakthrough.

Several beers to all those involved.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

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@Wzrd1

Go somewhere with a *really* good sound system. Hook up a computer, turn up the volume, close your eyes and hit play on this:

The Eve of the War

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The chances of anything being on Ceres are a million to one they said.

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Troubleshooting feature on Cisco routers is open to data-slurp abuse

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WTF?

Er, has anyone told the researchers about tcpdump, which is part of many *nix systems? That can slurp data and write it to disc.

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Got iOS 8.3 installed? Pssh, you are SO last week… version 8.4 is out

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@Lee D

I think the problem is that you're using Apple devices in a corporate environment and Apple stopped targeting the corporate environment years ago.

Apple's focus is on the consumer market. Apple like that corporates use their products, but they're not putting massive effort into supporting it.

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News just in...

A software company was found to be working on the next version of its product immediately after releasing the current version.

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Unpatched 18-year-old Windows man-in-the-middle diddle revived

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@Spasticus Autisticus Re: Typos in the first paragraph

I've just had an email from a sub-editor and the typos have been fixed.

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We hope that our research will compel Microsoft to reconsider the vulnerabilities and disable authentication with untrusted SMB servers.

But surely a server is untrusted until authentication occurs? Isn't this part of reason why we have authentication?

Surely the problem is that Windows is sending a weak authentication token, rather than sending an authentication token at all?

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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Re: Github

Wasn't there a terrorist group who developed their own encryption, because they didn't trust encryption developed in the west, only to have their efforts shown as being futile as their encryption was easily broken?

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American cloud providers are already moaning about loosing business due to American law enforcements love of stealing data/spying on people. Surely this will just drive more companies to not have a US legal presence so they can avoid giving the NSA the keys to the castle?

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Linux 4.0 debuts with the usual no fanfare

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Live Patching

Before people get too excited over the live patching feature, I should point out this kernel just has the first stage of providing live patching support. See this LWN article for more details: lwn.net/Articles/634649/.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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WTF?

Are ICANN seriously trying to say they didn't think this would happen???

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Xiaomi's birthday present to itself: Flogging 2m phones in 12 hours

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Profit not volumes

It doesn't matter how many widgets you sell if you're making zero (or near zero) profit on each one. If you're not making profit, then you're not going to be around for long.

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