* Posts by Frederic Bloggs

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Red squirrels! Adorable, right? Wrong – they're riddled with leprosy

Frederic Bloggs

Only the grey variety (apparently). Also the Reds are significantly smaller than the Greys so there isn't (anything like) as much meat on a Red.

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Brace yourself, Samsung: Activist investor Elliot's in an arm-twisting mood

Frederic Bloggs
Happy

Hm.. Aikido at El Reg?

Do you have some Aikidokas at El Reg? Nice picture illustrating effective arm (more accurately wrist) twisting with Sankyo. The lower arm will twist too, unless one isn't too bothered about waiting for it and the attached body to catch up). Happy memories.

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Hubble telescope spies massive 'cannonballs' of fire from dying star

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Relax

PS why is El Reg not using the official units of measure? All this Fahrenheit and Celsius is a bit off - isn't it?

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Frederic Bloggs

Relax

It's just another computer simulation to keep the curious amongst us busy speculating and thus happy. There’ll be another one along soon, just as we get bored with this one.

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

Frederic Bloggs

Botnets

And how long will it take the ungodly to crack this monoculture of devices? And what will they do with them once cracked?

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Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Security by melting?

"Oh no, not again!"

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

Frederic Bloggs

Is it Outlook or the interaction with a M$ IMAP service?

Does the same problem occur when talking to something modern and clean such a Dovecot IMAP server? And anyway, surely the password strength police should be applauding the use of any UNICODE characters that increase the overall entropy of the password?

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LTE-U’s window is closing and bigger 5G disputes may be coming

Frederic Bloggs

Why use 5Ghz?

Obviously "because it's free" or at least likely to cost some negligible amount (compared to the $86 billion the FCC thinks it's going to get for its next round of spectrum auctions). And they "need" the spectrum. Bugger the current users. They have no ownership "rights". They have no "economic power", or more accurately "regulatory mindshare".

There is a distressing tendency for hard pressed civil servants, who are generally intelligent and well meaning but have insufficient domain knowledge, to need to rely on "industry partners" to help them "think". Anyone who has been on one of the DoT wireless related study groups or the TAG will have seen this in action.

There has to be a real shift in Civil Service recruitment and training to address this. But how it is to be achieved is moot, especially for acquiring comprehensive knowledge without compromising independence. Can't say I am hugely optimistic. Sadly, the way the US equivalent works with its built in political cycles, stands no chance.

It truly is a pity that the US still seems to succeed in styling itself "leaders of the free world", because "free" in this context means allowing big US money to determine what the rest of the world has to put up with.

Hands off our WiFi spectrum.

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300 million pelicans? Pah. What 6 billion plastic bags really weigh

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Remind me...

Nominative determinism is alive and well. But the Fail's editor is a different chap to the ex-editor of the Sun/Mirror you are thinking of (well, thinking of his name anyway). Spookily, he appears now to be working at the Fail as well.

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HPE promises users Itanium server refresh next year. In Dutch!

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Christ, just put it out of its misery now

It's not Unix, it's DEC VMS. Not the same. Not even a little bit.

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Replacement IT at 'high risk'. Squeaky bum time for UK tax folk

Frederic Bloggs

Erm.. £405billion / 143 = £2.8 billion a pop

Do we actually need all of these projects? Especially as many of them will fail. If the Government wants to throw money away, it would be better just to convert that into helicopter money where it might do some good. Using it for something actually useful (and therefore potentially vote winning) might be better.

There's waste, but then there is Government waste!

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WIPO chief trying to 'fix the composition of the Staff Council' – lawyer

Frederic Bloggs

What is it about running a patent office?

That makes someone behave as though they are beyond moral and ethical standards of behaviour? First the King of the EPO and now someone who seems to be able to successfully get away with DNA testing his workers over a workplace spat. On current performance it seems likely he will get away with sanction busting as well.

Do these people really need this level of Teflon coating lack of accountability to do their jobs?

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Bank tech boss: Where we're going, we don't need mainframes

Frederic Bloggs

About time...

The only problem, of course, the (lack of) timescale and whether the people doing the "agile" etc buzzwordy thingies actually have a clue as well.

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

Frederic Bloggs

This really hasn't changed in the 40 odd years that I have been in the business - particularly in anything to do with software production. Nearly every company I have ever worked with have war stories about a CompSci graduate that they have employed. The complaint nearly always boils down to: intelligent, but not actually much use for "our" business without spending two years (re-)training them.

Why is this? Why has this still not improved?

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US plans intervention in EU vs Facebook case caused by NSA snooping

Frederic Bloggs

Re: True enough

It's actually worse than that: we look at everyone with a computer - and we all know where that leads when humans get involved with the output.

The computer - she say yes - so, sorry mate, you're nicked.

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Boffins blow up water with LASERS, to watch explosions in slow-mo

Frederic Bloggs
Coat

The bit that intrigues me

is how the water manages to be liquid in the vacuum chamber in which both the camera and the xray laser are said to "operate". Or am I missing something?

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

Frederic Bloggs

Cut the man *some* slack

There is a chance that he might actually be good at Maths. Which would be a novelty anywhere in government.

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Frederic Bloggs

Re: "You couldn't make it up."

And they did.

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Neo4j CEO: We're at 'a huge inflection point for graph databases'

Frederic Bloggs
Coat

What goes around, comes around

I have been doing this indeterminate sentence call "IT" for a long time (with no imminent prospect of release), so it tickles me rather that "graph databases" are being touted as "new". In the early days of "databases", "graph" or "network" databases were the only game in town. Then some upstart, name of Codd, came along and said that they were all wrong and we should embrace some new fangled concept called "relational" databases instead.

I know that one has to hype one's product up to stand a chance of getting it noticed - but I do wish that, at least some, acknowledgement of computing history is given instead of hyping some "new" concept that has been around before - sometimes three or four times.

I know, I know - I am an old codger and am on my way to get my knackered coat already... I just wish they would let me outside.

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Hey, Atlantis Computing. What the heck is this in your EULA?

Frederic Bloggs
FAIL

Re: There is precedent.

That's interesting. The company is headquartered in California and any kind of "disparagement" clause is specifically BANNED in that state (scroll to the bottom of 1670.8).

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Mal Men men hit LiveJournal with Angler exploit kit

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Ad Blockers?

Not to mention NoScript

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UK draft super-spy law 'not fit for purpose,' say 100s of senior lawyers

Frederic Bloggs

Sigh...

The European Court of Justice has nothing to do with the European Union, other than it lives in a town in the EU. I don't doubt that if the UK leaves the EU, it will likely also attempt to extricate itself from the the ECJ. But it will have to do that separately.

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Going on a thin client diet

Frederic Bloggs

What goes around...

... comes around. In this case for at least the fourth or fifth time. Or one could argue that they haven't really ever gone away, just dropped out of fashion and then occasionally in (a bit) for a while.

If you need them, then use them - it really isn't some big deal or new technology that requires all this hype. Remember Wyse "thin clients" from the 1980's?

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Dirty data: Tech-heavy Thames Valley scores big in adultery index

Frederic Bloggs

My Village

According this site, in my village (which shall remain nameless) the rate is 17.8%. Which makes one think a bit as about 2/3 of the population of 500 is over 50 and getting for 1/2 of those are over 65.

Or could there be another explanation?

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Schlock and .aw as Dutch net registry rebrands

Frederic Bloggs

This was answered earlier. "BV" is the Dutch equivalent of a Private Limited Company. See here for more detailed info.

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Frederic Bloggs

Voluminous puffery

I don't know from whom their PRs have been taking lessons, but I must say that the PRs have excelled themselves. The original Dutch puff makes many similar British "announcements" seem staid, subtle and succinct. Amazing.

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Oz town suffers hairy panic attack

Frederic Bloggs

One carelessly dropped match or a lightning strike

in 35+ deg and no rain for weeks. In the height of the fire season.

Poof... one ex town.

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Safe Harbor ripped and replaced with Privacy Shield in last-minute US-Europe deal

Frederic Bloggs

Why worry about the US

While the UK gives itself powers to slurp everything, everywhere, all the time anyway. And we all know where that's going to end up (on demand) - because of the "special relationship" tha' knows.

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Plan B hoovers up NZ-based cloud outfit ICONZ

Frederic Bloggs

I wasn't aware that the possible new national flag of NZ had been a) chosen and b) adopted.

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GitHub: We're sorry (again) about (another) outage

Frederic Bloggs

Surely..

Git is a distributed SCC system? Isn't the whole point? One can hack away at one's code, committing revisions and then catchup when (or if) ever a central server comes back. If it doesn't, or just if needs be, then your repository can be pulled directly by co-workers. Try git send-email.

Go look how git is used for the thing that it was written for: the Linux Kernel. Or alternatively RTFM.

Git is not CVS nor is it Subversion.

Github going away for a few hours or even days is not the end of the world.

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Catalan town hall seriously downsizes monarch

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Inheritance

You mean like the "arrangements" in Venezuela? They are ostensibly "democratic" but now that the president's aura is waning, he continues to cling on with grim death. No, I stick with a nice constitutional monarchy, thank you.

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'You're updated!' Drupal says, with fingers crossed behind back

Frederic Bloggs

Re: DrupLOL!

For me, this is very timely advice. So what would one use?

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Here – here is that 'hoverboard' you've wanted so much. Look at it. Look. at. it.

Frederic Bloggs

Or maybe this?

This seems to work a bit better and is probably cheaper.

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iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff

Frederic Bloggs
Joke

Surely you mean "have their tail strike protectors tested"?

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UK citizens will have to pay government to spy on them

Frederic Bloggs

15TB?

Is that all? On a 1Gb link? In a year?

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Get 'em out for the... readers: The Sun scraps its online paywall

Frederic Bloggs

Statistics...

GCSE Statistics Paper Question

A "quality" newspaper recently asserted that: in 2013 another "newspaper" had 30 million audited users per month. But today, that "newspaper" now has 1 million readers per day.

Please tick one only one answer:

* The "newspaper" has 96% fewer readers today than in 2013.

* The "newspaper" has roughly the same number of readers per day.

* The "Grauniad" has a maths problem as well as all the others it's famous for.

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Snakes in the aircon, killer crocs in the river, virtualisation for apps

Frederic Bloggs

For the record...

Barramundi is an excellent fish to batter, fry and serve with chips. But then I prefer haddock and chips and regard cod as tasteless, therefore my judgement may be suspect.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

Frederic Bloggs

Another balancing article from the 'Fail

On the very same day, the 'Fail runs an article about a consultant gastro-enterologist saying that he recommends the eating of red meat. Which article are we to believe?

Or is the 'Fail just trying to make sure it can maximise its (cough) "targeted" Ad revenue by playing both ends to the middle?

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Pitchforks, torches, and awful quotes – we read what Cisco's CEO said

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Don't hold your breath, but …

Not just students, but clueful techy SMEs as well. A customer of mine has identified that his shiney new internet line, that is at least three times as fast as his old one, is going to overwhelm his existing Cisco border router. The only choice is either to go up to the next range (entry price £5000+) or buy a chunky white box with eight NICs and do the routing & firewalling himself. He has the knowledge to do it either way. His white box would cost about quarter of the price...

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How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

Frederic Bloggs

Re: I still can't get my head round this one

Fixing the hardware so that it is blindingly obvious that the computer is on would go a long way to solving this wetware problem. If hardware designers spent some time on usability instead of solely on aesthetics, life for support people would be soooo... much easier.

What is it with designers hiding tinier LEDs with every new generation in less visible places? With (if one is lucky) some unfathomable symbol which is one is supposed to "intuitively" understand means POWER ON?

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The Emissionary Position: screwing the motorist the European way

Frederic Bloggs

It's all very well

But just knocking diesel because it has some characteristics that can cause problems (which have largely been solved) and then blithely saying petrol engines "will catch up" simply doesn't cut it. Each engine type has its particular emissions issues that need to be cleaned up and an advance with one fuel sort is quickly transplanted onto the other.

Frankly petrol engines have different characteristics to diesel which are fundamental to the cycles that they use. Those characteristics are why trucks use diesel and cars (that don't tow or carry heavy loads) use petrol. It isn't simply a matter of fuel consumption. It is all about torque curves and a petrol engine performs comparatively poorly in the [torque, engine size, fuel consumption, (blown) air pressure] matrix compared to diesel at various loads.

I declare an interest: I have had several diesel vehicles over the years - for the way they drive and not just for their fuel consumption. Given equal fuel consumption and similar fuel costs: I prefer the diesel.

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Apple files patent for long-rumoured iRing-type bling

Frederic Bloggs

Annular Member?

Not certain about the "annular member" either. Apart from the obvious I can't quite see how one can call a ring (apparently with stuff attached to it) a member, annular or otherwise.

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Pentagon on manual mission to build nation-wide security database

Frederic Bloggs

How about this one?

A central database accessed by 6200 people in 133 locations. It's just a boring database with a load of miscellaneous administrative data that is of no interest to anyone but us chickens. Anybody see anything that could go wrong with that?

No? Thought not. It'll be fine.

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Google bods reform DEMOCRACY in coconut or vitamin water quandry

Frederic Bloggs

Perhaps we should vote on it?

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Start learning parallel programming and make these supercomputers sing, Prez Obama orders

Frederic Bloggs

Weather? Certainly useful but...

I didn't see any mention of breaking encrypted data in your "useful" list. This may have been an oversight.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Richard Branson cuts ties off

That should be: "rich dick"

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Emergency-service comms omnishambles worsens as HP dives for the door

Frederic Bloggs

dual-mode TETRA/4G

Is that wishful thinking or is there some actual evidence that the HO (probably secretly) has this as a "fallback" position? It is the only foreseeable solution that makes any sense. But no solution that has working PTT group calling and 4G+-like data in the same device will be available (even in beta) before at least 2018.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Uitsmijter

Frederic Bloggs

If you are talking about the stuff called Gouda that they send over to the UK for sale in supermarkets then you are absolutely, if distressingly, correct. However, a decent matured Gouda (particularly a farm produced one) is a completely difference animal. It has taste, bite and is only very slightly rubbery. It also melts very satisfactorily when toasted on bread and, perhaps draped over some previously grilled bacon, chopped tomatoes and with a generous amount of Worcestershire Sauce, makes a very satisfactory post pissup neck filler itself.

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Frederic Bloggs

No tomatoes. The only vegetation that should be present is gherkins. A lack of gherkins is a serious omission.

The Dutch are expert piss artists. They provide many neck fillers for post pissup consumption. FEBO will provide the usual ones like: croquette and bitter ballen but the crucial thing missing is that eating these things should be done during the drinking process, not just after. Then there are a range of comestibles for eating before drinking (like haring sla) which are designed to coat the stomach - to allow one to drink even more kopstoters (a beer with jenever chaser).

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