* Posts by Mike 125

53 posts • joined 1 Jun 2010

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Windows 10 blamed (partly) for stalled PC sales recovery

Mike 125

it's shifting

@BigAndos

Agree completely.

The irony is that since NTFS turned Windows into a real OS, each new version has offered very little new. And that's really always been the elephant in the room for MS. OS as a service is their only way out, with a "Support and Security Fix" tag line. Windows 10 is the start of that shift.

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C For Hell – Day Two: Outage misery continues for furious C4L customers

Mike 125

And yet they continue making the 100% claim...

"At C4L we specialise in providing 100% uptime and security to protect you from the results of disasters when using such a setup. We will ensure that all of your data remains available in the event of fire, theft or other data loss. We can also ensure that should you lose an office/site, then your staff can continue to work as before from either home or another location with no interruption."

Still, they could have claimed 110%, like a footballer. So s'pose that's humble of them.

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Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

Mike 125

EE adverts..

I'm intrigued that EE advertising appears down both sides of Reg's home page and other stories. But click on this one, and it disappears - completely blank. Biting the Hand.. but within reason!! Respect! Or probably just complete coincidence.

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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wow

This has all the makings of total f#king disaster. Slow car crash time. You can somehow just sense it. Updates off, for now.

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Facebook casts a hex with self-referential IPv6

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Voting

I voted Sad, but was secretly thinking Cool.

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Google harms consumers and strangles the open web, says study

Mike 125

But it's the system.

We appear to have a system which turns innovative genius into monopolistic monstrosity. Inevitably. Suggestions?

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Webmail password reset scam lays groundwork for serious aggro

Mike 125

Insane

Giving up a mobile number to a free webmail provider is about as dumb as it gets. That's obvious.

As for the scam, it just goes to show that adding complexity doesn't imply better security. It nearly always implies the opposite.

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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Re: Some seriously flawed thinking there...

>> “If we actually succeeded in creating machines that were intelligent, how would we ensure that they would be controlled and friendly?

> By definition we couldn't. To be intelligent, an entity needs to be able to make its own conclusions and decide its own actions.

By definition? That implies we're agreed on a definition, which we're not.

But let's define an AI as "Something capable of creating new knowledge, creating new ideas and ways of testing them, and thereby amplifying the human ability to research." Even then, why does it need the ability to decide its *own* actions? Couldn't it just issue a list of instructions? So, if it decided some particular theory deserved investigating, it would explain useful ways to do so.

Couldn't we *use* such an intellgence, without giving it any physical ability... a pure, virtual intelligence? But then, how to firewall the damn thing...... Can knowledge be firewalled?

Probably not.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

Mike 125

ffs

It's time to call out F#cking Farce on this.

You could not make this stuff up. Only Damien Hirst sells more worthless pieces of crap to bigger morons. But that's a very, very high bar.

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

Mike 125

I'm suggesting it.

>>There's no suggestion that the accident was in any way related to XP. ®

I'm suggesting it. So now there is.

The sort of mentality which thinks it's ok to use something like XP, (let's assume it's not actually controlling anything, which would be insane), in a nuclear installation, probably also thinks it's ok not to build a wall higher than 10m (or whatever it was), to protect the emergency backup generators for the nuclear core coolant system.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

Mike 125

Re: White pylon

@Ledswinger

Cool. And even better, we can just let the kids worry about the decommissioning and clean up, somewhere down the line. They'll thank us for keeping the lights on. And in any case, there's no problem with any of that sh't, right, nothing a good, stiff broom can't budge, right?

Ahhh... amortising costs out to the future, to screw up the future - it's so great.

Now, back to a serious question: how do you actually measure the efficiency of a wind turbine? Power out / Power in, but how do you measure the Power in?

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Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

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Re: Um....who uses these things?

@Thecowking

Hmm, impressive.

But have you got a plastic cup which requires ~5000 words of legal mumbo?

https://www.myvessyl.com/terms

Thought not.

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Ex-Autonomy chief Mike Lynch's Darktrace bags £12.6m from investors

Mike 125

"Darktrace"??

Impressive credentials. But "Darktrace" ? Hahah - gimme a break. Someone's been watching too many crap '90s cybercrime flics.

Security is so great - selling nuts to monkeys.

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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

Mike 125

>> Don't hang around with other expats too much and also try to learn the language.

Agree, and especially avoid expats who only hang around other expats.

The Germans I've worked with are a great bunch. Culturally, we're very close in more ways than we like to admit. Work hard, play hard.

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Facebook scammers punt fake 'sexy vid' of Emma Watson

Mike 125

Re: That talk

@Craigness

Wow.

Let it all out, dude. Squeeze all that bile and pus right out. It's good to talk.

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

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Re: This is a great time for tinkerers

@Frankee

Yea, it's better times for pros, too. The market for embedded sw engineers, and especially those with some low power and/ or security knowledge, is looking quite rosy at present. Most good people have been sucked in and blown out of the mobile industry over the last few years. That's now a nightmare, as mobile races to the bottom.

But just recently, it's become clear that we may be able to avoid Linux just a bit longer...

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Google grand fromage Eric Schmidt: Backing climate denier lobby a 'mistake'

Mike 125

They are the worst.

Those who make money from scientific achievement, and then deny science when it comes to climate, those people should be the first against the wall. Let's remember their names. And we certainly won't find that particular history on Google, in a few years...

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ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

Mike 125

Re: We could be in a simulation

@DougS

We could be. But that theory adds no new explanations for what we observe. Moreover, it would require additional explanations, if true. Hence, we choose to drop it. Please just drop it. It's old and boring. Like me.

Great picture - good work.

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Chip daddy Mead: 'A bunch of big egos' are strangling science

Mike 125

Re: Ego

...unlike the rest of human kind, which acts with selfless, imaginative, quiet humility, content to spread happiness and peace throughout the land.

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ICO: How 'sensitive' is personal data? Depends what it's used for...

Mike 125

How 'sensitive'? Not very.

It seems to me that the IT industry will be always be utterly, incompetently, and completely incapable of implementing these subtle rules.

The only realistic way ahead is to "get down with the kids". We have to start accepting that we won't have private information, except that which we keep in a diary, maybe. Once the psychological hurdle is jumped, it's easy. All the Information Commissioners, lawyers and "security specialists" [haha] lose their jobs. So what?

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BBC blueprint to make EVERY programme on TV a repeat revealed

Mike 125

@McWibble

zzz ... sorry - is this a piece of your brain?... zzz

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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

Mike 125

control and actuation are different things...

@AC

No. You're confusing control with actuation. Electronics cannot do what hydraulics does. And most car breaking systems these days are controlled by electronic detection of a loss of traction - a skid.

If this problem is the battery, then it should be relatively easy to solve, although the logic of using a battery capable of sustaining its own combustion is very questionable.

If, as seems more likely, it's the charge and management electronics, then it could be total nightmare.

I genuinely wish you Good Luck, guys.

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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

Mike 125

Re: @DJ

Ok, wow, so it seems the evidence is overwhelming. And you present it so well. Thank you.

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

Mike 125

Re: Comprehension

Haha great story! Mind you, that's how many people approached Bob Dylan's music, including me. It was that wonderfully awful nazal grind he made - it just seemed to grow on you, like smoking.

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Mike 125

It's not an Interweb thing...

This is not an Internet phenomenon. There have always been sources you can trust, and sources you can't. It's nothing new. That's why in science and medicine for example, the peer review "chain of trust" is fundamental. (Of course, it too breaks down sometimes.)

So the Internet just gives us more and quicker, not better. But I thought everyone knew that..?

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

Mike 125

Re: I remember the whole matter differently

Agreed. It's an odd article.

Also- "Underpowered Intel Atom processors made netbooks useless as number crunchers..."

Well, duh. The clue is in the name.

Netbooks died because the functionality 99% of people want is now standard in phones and tablets - even cheaper and more portable.

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

Mike 125

Re: Good job he wasn't a diplomat

Since you have "had the luxury throughout my life never to have experienced what he went through." then why the hell do you find his views "remarkable"? There's more to life than being a diplomat. Idiot.

RIP Sir Patrick.

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Forget fluorescents, plastic lighting strips coming out next year

Mike 125

Re: Always nice to see an oscilloscope

No, for real science, it has to be Lissajous figures. Also, the guys have turned the scope towards the camera. Real engineers wouldn't do that - fail on 2 counts!

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Bash Street bytes: Do UK schools really need the Raspberry Pi?

Mike 125

Re: @blcollier

"Are you really suggesting we should be teaching school children how to program an OS?"

If he's not, I certainly am. The point about the Pi is that a few hundred lines of bare-metal code can make it flash an LED, beep a speaker, detect a finger, detect a light source etc etc. And that is where it all starts for kids. On that simple beginning everything else can stand. Over a number of school years, a complete school OS could be built, and the relevant hardcore Computer Science introduced as appropriate. That's how to teach computing.

We have forgotten that an "OS" can be simple and elegant. Of course, any single board computer could have fulfilled this role equally at any time over the last 20 years.The noise and b'llsh't of the likes of corporate MS have perverted what happens in schools. (And for balance, Linux is far too large and complex to play any part of early school learning. These are tools.)

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Businessweek: 'It's Global Warming, Stupid'

Mike 125

Re: Why the Denial?

@ Sean Timarco Baggaley

He meant denial in general- the whole denial THING.

And to you:

"Our cover story this week may generate controversy," he tweeted, "but only among the stupid."

We draw our own conclusions.

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Petition for Alan Turing on £10 note breaks 20,000 signatures

Mike 125

Terry...

...W.T.F Wogan?? Give me a f'ing break. Morons. Turing should be there, without question. No one else on that list should make an I.O.U., let alone a tenner. Oh wait...

Anyway, the man now has my vote.

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O2 network staggers across UK

Mike 125

Re: Don't mean to be a bore..

The HT is required at very low power, and easily derived from step-up conversion. 90 volt batteries for HT valve supplies were common for this purpose in the after-war years. Now of course, electronics is used to generate it from the 12 volt vehicle supply. That step-up conversion electronics *could* be valve, in the extreme case. And then you would only require semiconductors to get things going. (I'm not saying I've got such a set-up... but it's all feasible!)

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Mike 125

Re: Don't mean to be a bore..

I guess you don't know much about CB. And yes.

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Mike 125
Mushroom

Don't mean to be a bore..

...but can anyone point me to govt. policy over what happens when the sh't really does hit the fan? [Pick 1 or more of early AM asteroid strike/ terrorist A bomb/ volcanic eruption/ Resident Evil scenario etc]. Given any national emergency, we know the mobile networks and internet will disappear faster than Jimmy Savile's CRB pass certificate. And I don't have any greater faith in digital broadcast. So what do the people do? (Personally, I'm keeping my valve CB in working order.. breaker break..) But is anyone on this case??

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Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed

Mike 125

Re: WTF...

Errr, what? My comment was flippant...

As far as I can see, the forum discussions concern what happens when the file system starts to fill up, (so flash is implied). The article here is fine - it quite reasonably assumes we're discussing flash. The title is confusing, that's all.

I don't see what relevance that link has, unless the world is already more complicated than I thought... which could well be the case!

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Mike 125

WTF...

....is flash RAM?

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NZ beaks give climate skeptics the bird

Mike 125

Don't tell anyone but...

...just because climate sceptics have a setback, or even, ultimately, are shown to be completely wrong, do not for one minute be misled into thinking that means there is no global scientific conspiracy to promote the theory of man-made climate change. That would be a big mistake…

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NASA’s new lander CRASHES AND BURNS

Mike 125

How hard can it be..?

Hmmm, I really think that after 50 years, it's time they had this hovering thing licked. I mean, come on, it's hardly rocket science.

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Only global poverty can save the planet, insists WWF - and the ESA!

Mike 125

haha

Reg journos and radical thinking just don't mix!

We have a closed system, (well, one input- solar radiation, maybe two- asteroids) and everything follows from that. It's really not that hard - relax, calm down, lie in the sun and think about it.

You’ll get there.

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Online Christmas orders from retailers go titsup

Mike 125

There's a FAQ on Fortnum's website which reads...

"Do you have an Archivist?"

Hmmm. May I suggest the Q

"Why don't you use an IT supplier who knows WTF they're doing?"

would be more FA. Odd how these useless sites are always ASP stuff.

Happy Christmas.

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iPhone 4/4S 'self combusts' in airliner inferno

Mike 125

I always take a dodgy iPhone on the plane.

The chance of one dodgy iPhone is small. So the chance of two tends to zero.

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Colossal dead black neo-sphere approaching Earth

Mike 125

"YU55 poses no threat of an Earth collision over at least the next 100 years."

*... unless of course, a friendly nudge by a piece of junk changes its orbit*. Encryption is safe and uncrackable... *given current technology*. Why oh why do they never circumscribe the risk? It's not hard to do.

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Intel 320 SSD bug causes forum despair

Mike 125

So wear levelling is required...

in a HDD? Maybe I'm missing something.

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Mike 125

Failure modes in HDDs...

are well understood, and by and large unrelated to usage patterns. OTOH writing to a flash cell accelerates its failure, making it inherently harder to predict. Wear levelling slows things down, adds complexity, and virtually removes any hope of secure deletion. It's a bodge to fix a poor technology.

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Mike 125

SSD... SSucker's Drive.

Recipe for faster, smaller and more reliable drive:

1) Take one fundamentally dodgy technology. Ideally, this should exhibit at least 2 complex failure modes: i) random failures which exist at the point of manufacture, ii) random failures which develop over random time.

2) Add a complex software layer to mask failures from application.

3) Slowly realise that complexity reduces reliability and speed.

4) Suddenly realise that software layer makes secure deletion impossible.

5) Stop and wait for something better.

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Microsoft strategy chief quits Redmond

Mike 125

Hank Virgil

...is a much better name. I bet he wishes he'd thought of it.

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Mummy, mummy, there's a nuclear monster!

Mike 125

macho men of "science"

What I find most scary in the debate on here is how people with such a supposedly solid grasp of the science have such utter contempt for those expressing natural human fears.

This contempt seems to be a macho thing: Hey, I understand everything, and therefore fear nothing. Oh, and look at my huge dick.

Those who do dangerous things know it’s often fear which keeps them alive. Brave people finding leaks in reactors fear. But they also know more about the job in hand than anyone spouting their macho garbage on here.

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Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA

Mike 125

pompous fool

if you don't understand the fear, you're barely human.

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Electric cars not as 'green' as advertised

Mike 125

What magazine?

Which?, oh you sad little mag for the baby boom generation. Opitome of selfishness and the me me me consumer. When I was a lad, 30 years ago, it was a sorry little affair. Can't believe it still exists. Good for toasters though.

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