* Posts by HmmmYes

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

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Open up bidding.

Ban BT from it. Theyve demonstratred they are not competent

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Microsoft plans St Valentine's Day massacre for SHA‑1

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Buy Intel stock!

There's finally going to be a massive hardware update cycle.

Or people install Linux Mint on the old PCs.

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Re: It won't be gone for decades...

You been in my room of shit crap that I cannot throw away because ... of stuff.

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Hacker dishes advanced phishing kit to hook clever staff in 10 mins

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Re: Discerning?

From my experience of Northern LAs the test centres around being related to someone already working he council.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise to outsource global IT team to CSC borg

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Re: Juicy

In 6 to 12 months time, yes.

But it would have to be good to walk into that shit storm,

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Forget razors and blades, APIs are the new gotcha

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Your not seeing it. No one ever does.

The thing that keeps your business running is not hose blinking light boxes, sucking in electric.

Its the software that runs on them FFS.

How do you interact with those boxes - CLI?, console? web thingy? Network API?

Whatever. Its all software. Software turns the world.

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Dirty code? If it works, leave it says Thoughtworks CTO

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Problem here, as elsewhere, is too much concentration on the implementation. Totally naive. Bullshitter.

As someone who, for ltast 20 odd years, has effectively been a programmer, I dont worry too much about the language - bit of whitespace here, white space there, they are all much of a muchness (apart from Java which is shit and being used for something for what it was not designed for i.e. only programming set top boxes. Oh and PHP too. Junk).

What care about is how a system is put together. Is there some sort of structure, where I can pull bits out and swap them in and out.

How can I test something? Does the system make testing easy?

Is there a control system in place? As soon as something leaves the door, can you rebuild a previous release easy? Is there versioning - at the software and the product level?

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Strange.

The quality of code from academics tend to be much worse than code from any long-ish running company.

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TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

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Whiskers .....

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Cheer up, world! AWS instances just got cheaper

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Re: Your move Microsoft?

I upped vote you.

Sadly, as it the way MS roll.

But gladly as I dont have any exposure to MS.

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Join the Q: British intel agencies seek tech-savvy apprentices

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Yes.....

Im sure theyll pay enougth for a budding young cyber expert to live in either Chelthenham or London.

Fail.

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Microsoft: Don't worry about the CRM cloud price hike... think of the features

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Re: No thanks!

The changing costs (upwards, always) are the least of SME problems. The are easily fixed by ca$h.

Its problems such as changing the API/compatibility at random time - Eh, my web sales app no longer works and I dont have anyone to change it.

Or, the killer, Weve pulled the plug, fckoff. Also known as Silverlight.

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Unstoppable Huawei draws level with Apple

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Red Army Ponzi scheme.

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James Dyson's new startup: A university for engineers that doesn't suck

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Re: Ah the old ONC/OND

It saddnes me that it is almost impossible to do a day release Degree over 5-6 years, or even manage to do an A level in Maths at night school.

A fortune is spent of FE. Most of it is wasted.

Fe needs shutting down and startign again.

Mind you, so does a lot of HE.

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UK will retaliate against state-sponsored cyber attacks, Chancellor warns

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Hmm.

Each time I type R e d Army the computer software changes it:

'Beloved protectors of the country'

'Brave heroes of the revolution'

'Huawei is great!'

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Re: Who gets the retaliation?

Smersh?

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How?

Send all that Huawei kit bck to the Reed Army and ask for a refund?

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WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

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Can't we just put LUA in the browser and sort out a competent DOM definition?

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

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Biggest security incidents I have with my family are from family members under 30 and those over 55.

Both groups need to be locked in a room, away from the phone and interweb.

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Microsoft boffins: Who needs Intel CPUs when you've got FPGAs?

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Re: Who Needs Programmers When You Need Hardware Designers?

Its less than language and more handling the complexity of parallelism.

A language like Erlang.OTP with its parallism and declarative-ness ought to go when on silicon.

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First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

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Most SME struggle to admin their boxes and printers.

Pitching something like this to a small company is nuts.

Basically they want someone capable of admin-ing VMs but not capable enough that they'll realise they might as well put Linux on the VM.

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No, software-as-a-service won't automatically simplify operations and cut costs

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Saas will fix fix some known problems and create some as-yet unknown problems.

Overall, itll be a benefit. But the complexity is lurking somewhere; its not gone away.

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Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel

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Re: Is Linus's vision really this narrow?

Yep. The generation under 30 mainly interact with ARM tablets.

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He's talking about architecture rather any any pros/cons for Arm vs. x86.

Most (all?) x86 PCs are the same - they have a CPU, they have a BIOS, the BIOS boots such way, they have the same interrupt controller, they have a chipset that allows you to self indentify cards and the like.

ARMs are put in a lot more diverse hardware. Some may map their firmware at xyv, some at zyx. Some ill have an interrupt controller, some might not - ARMs are put in hardware where saving $2/device can give you big $$$$$ savings over 1M devices.

I guess if someone got together and put together an ARM hardware spec, mandating you have this firmware, interrupt controller, system device than ARM as a workstation/server platform would evolve, allowing the software to make assumptions about the platform itll run on.

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A year living with the Nexus 5X – the good, the bad, and the Nougat

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Re: Hmmm...

Im with BlackBerrier.

I want to go one way. The rest of the world wants to go another, opposite direction.

Im very suspicious of Android. I run it on a tablet but avoid all things passwordy/security. Its just a web and media browser.

I have a Nokia feature phone. Its great as a phone - battery lasts ~8 days. Cost me £40 Happy to drop it in the toilet.

Im stuck. I want a phone to run some more softwrae - but not the whole all-singing/all spying. And I want the battery to last a longtime - so small, power sipping screen.

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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Hmm, why write an app to .Net?

Just stick to plain C99. Any extra functionality use QT.

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Windows Server 2016 will cost more on big servers, but discounts can be found

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Could be corporate policy - less likely these days after one shooting-self-infoot episode after another.

Reputations take a long time to build - MS started going for corp money in 1988 with Xenix and finally got there (a bit) in 96 with NT 4.0. Its been a long hard struggle since.

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Re: I can see why AWS is winning the war

AWS will some of the war. Im investing in Unix command shell - be it physcial or cloudy.

Im also investing in Postgresql.

Physical boxes are Postgresqll (DB) on FreeBSD, mainly for ZFS and DTRACE.

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Whatever you think or are told the WS2016 licensing costs are, they'll work out a lot more when it comes to installing software on metal. And then go up at a later date.

I think MS server products are OK - if you have to run MS OSes - and a lot of people have to.

But .... with a server I need to plan of a 5-10 year lifespan of both the hardware and the possibility that the number of servers will increase at some point down the line. With the changes to MS server pricing and the sheer opaqueness Ill be fcked (and this is my own money, which makes a difference!) if I want to take that punt.

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Oracle's cloud strategy is simple – woo and win the latecomers

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Nope. Oracle's strategy is to gouge as much money from latecomers, who are going to run and sing anything put in front of them without grasping the contract.

Shame, as Solaris 11 containers is technically the *best* cloud platform going.

Watch as Docker realises 1) It needs ZFS 2) It re-invents Solaris contaners.

VCs will throw money at Docker when they should be throwing money at Open Solaris/BSD. Linux is nogo.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

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Wierdly, have neighbors bricked Windows 10 (updates from Windows 7) laptop in the front room.

Second time Ive had to fix it.

First time some nuts craps was slowing down the login.

This time an update has fcked the bookmgr.

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

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I get about 4-5 very large bits of junk mail from Virgin. Every month!

Assuming everyone else receives a similar amount then the extra money is down to postage + print.

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WTF is OpenResty? The world's fifth-most-used Web server, that's what!

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LUA is great.

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JDK 9 release delayed another four months

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Is not that a problem specific to Java, its a problem that occurs when you're deploying a heap hammering application to a cloud. Each VM goes through an MMU mapping, which goes through a physcial MMU mapping. It all adds up.

More and more stuff is being run on VMs/clouds. Memory hogging apps really perform badly.

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Re: Is Oracle really serious about Java?

Define serious.

Oracle have a lot of Java dependent software.

Its certainly useful for them and they'd not like to see it go elsewhere.

Are Oracle serious in the 'spending money' on it way? Dont know.

java is relatively mature now. I dont see the JVM or language attracting much in the way of new features. Id guess the whole sue Google has put offer Google investing much in Dalvik.

One thing Java is *terrible* for is running on cloudy platforms. Java gets its performance by throwing memory at the JVM. Memory hungry/mallocing apps running on VM are shit. Java is memory hungery therefore Jave based apps are shit on the VMs.

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Java9 codenamed Godot

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Google tries to lure .NET devs with PowerShell cloud bait

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Re: I like to imagine Powershell

Powershell - copy and paste code hell.

I've tried to bootstrap stuff over to Powershell.

Its not as easy as i should be.

Problem #1 - Different OSes have different Powershell versions, some of which are missing some features that I consider core. Lots of swearing getting an not so old box updated with consistent powershell version.

Problem#2 - Its more a wordy basic programming language than interactive shell. Its really slow to do cmdlines that are easy on Unix.

Problem#3 - Its slow. Really slooooooow. Several seconds to complete some command lines ffrom the interactive shell. I press TAB and wait ..........

Problem#4 - Its needs an editor of benevolent dictator in charge. Too many people shoving in too many commands.

There's some really good things about powershell. Its obvious that WIndows is going to fully adminned by PS and the Azure stack - But it needs a lot of coordination from MS which apperas to be missing.

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Linode fends off multiple DDOS attacks

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Why Linode?

Are they being picked out?

Are hey crap?

Or are they just being more honest?

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

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Re: Linux BSOD on Aircraft?

My reply would depend it the person seated next to me was busty starlet type.

If so - Yes I work in the movies. Im casting for my next picture. Would you care to accompnay me to the plane toilet ....

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WhatsApp, Apple and a hidden source code F-bomb: THE TRUTH

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OK, A problem has occurred. Ive replaced the production executable with a debug version - all debug remain unstripped.

I run the system up and - wow! - no problem.

so why does the production version not work but the debug does?

Again, a very naive and limited version on what can go wrong.

No imagine we talking about a system running many 100s or 1000s of binaries. NOw you'll see why application logging becomes essential.

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No. Not in this case. Not in a lot of cases.

This application needs to run on a number of similar but not identical platforms.

At a guess, its also working its way through a FSM against some sort of remote entity which may or may implement a protocol. Maybe that protocol has been 'optimised' by a 3rd party.

There's a world of difference writing a single application that runs on one or two platforms, to writing a very large - think telecom switch - that has to interface to a large number of 3rd parties which may or may not implement a protocol correctly. Then there's different version of protocols.

Large system live and die by their logging. Tools like Dtrace give you some help for free.

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HPE crams unloved software down Brits' throats – then charges them $9bn to swallow it

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In short, HPE have flipped their mistakes to MicroFocus and taken a majority stake in the new company.

All I know about about MicroFocus, from years ago, is it did something with Cobol. I could not comment on how this will pan out.

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Japan's Brexit warning casts shadow over Softbank ARM promises

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Not sure on this. I think its more cars - Nissan and Honda.

Any change to to EU tariffs will but a downer on the UK export model.

Arm? Less so.

Softbank's head office remains in Japan.

There's a world of difference selling IP than there is to heavy lumps of metal with a wheel at each corner.

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Angler's obituary: Super exploit kit was the work of Russia's Lurk group

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Re: Russia is not parading because they will be useful...

They would have had a had choice: Russian jail or work for us.

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Lurk or Smirch?

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Intel fabs to churn out 10nm ARM chips for LG smartphones next year

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Re: No love for servers?

x86 is probably still is.

x86 is an example of how make a pig fly by throwing money at it.

Imagine how a MIPS64 built on the shiniest Intel silicon.

Imagine a 256 MIPs cores on a single chip!

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

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Re: "Lightening"

Fuckers!

Im very special, like my spelleng.

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How do you know if a suge protector has failed after a lightening strike?

There's normally burned out bits on it usually.

Lightening is wierd. After one electrical storm I had a single computer where the LCD and graphic card were fcked. Everything else was OK.

Id guess monitors are prone to some sort of surge/inductive charge.

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Thats fine, no problems with that. Support is expensive.

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A cheap good VGA monitor can be had for £60.

If a company is balking at paying than then there's no way they are going to pay ~800/day fees.

Explain the situation. Explain theyve been failing to maintain their systems and they have pushed their luck too far and there's no 100% guarantee of success. Get them to pay after everyday.

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