* Posts by Primus Secundus Tertius

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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Re: Ingredients

Not a random distribution, then.

If there are 10^11 bits within the supplied software, the standard deviation will be ca 1.6E5, so even 51% - 49% would be suspiciously large.

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Snowden's favourite Linux - Tails - rushes sec-fix version to market

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Re: Secure and stable?

@cantank

I am 70. You are more likely than I am to see it.

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Secure and stable?

All this 'security' lark would be more convincing if the software remained stable for a few years.

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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

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We have RIPA

Who needs a backdoor when the authorities can demand the password on pain of imprisonment?

This happened in the UK a year or two back. An Islamist who had 'forgotten' his password realised he was facing prison, and then 'remembered' it. Too late though: the offence was committed when he refused the original demand, and to jail he went.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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Re: Just take off...

How to get ethernet or wireless drivers when you don't have them already?

I have a USB wireless dongle, plus a CD for windows drivers. Most modern Linux releases seem to support it anyway. So I can then get to the PC maker's website.

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Re: MS Might Share Some Blame

In Windows 7 you can create restoration DVDs that will install on to an empty hard drive, or one overwitten with penguinware. I have done that: there is a bootable start DVD/CD, then one or more system image DVDs.

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Google offers 'INFINITY MILLION DOLLARS' for bugs in Chrome

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Simple infinity

I am surprised hat the 'infinity' image at the top of the article is not a Möbius strip.

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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

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Re: I struggle to know how seriously to take this...

The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee is traditionally an opposition MP. This report looks like crude party political sniping.

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Debian on track to prove binaries' origins

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Trusted code

I have sometimes wondered whether one of the shadowy governemnt agencies maintains code that it can trust. And, indeed, as Jimmy Page notes, whether they have chips they can trust.

In Britain, possibly not, because it all costs. In the USA, perhaps they do.

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Man the HARPOONS: YOU can EASILY SLAY ad-scumware Superfish

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Other Lenovo machines

I wonder whether this exploit was the money raiser that paid for the real sneaky software on Lenovo professional market computers.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Alien probes

What the article didn't mention was all the alien space probes planted in the Oort Cloud, disguised as comets, which drop in to take a look at us every so often.

There's an awful lot of monitoring power packed into what looks like a 100 metre ball of rock.

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IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

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...The teaching vocation trade needs to turned into a profession...

FTFY

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@Peter Christy

No. It makes them representatives of the Great Unwashed, especially of the 50% of the GU who are of below average ability. Er, that's democracy, said by some to be the least worst form of government.

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NASA plots methane-detecting laser in SPAAACE

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Water, water, everywhere...

The most important greenhouse gas is water vapour, the result of the sun shining on the oceans.

What are the greenies going to do about that?

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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Look for the EMP

@Bob W

If there have been nuclear wars on exoplanets, perhaps we should have detected the Electro Magmetc Pulses associated with those bombs exploding.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Re: And still using DISCS IN THE POST

Yes, indeed.

An inconspicuous outer envelope contains an inner envelope marked SECRET. That will keep the hoi polloi at bay.

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Google forced to – wah! – OBEY the LAW with privacy policy tweaks

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Re: FFS the images on your site are getting ridiculous !!

The Telegraph has become very bad, too.

Why have all the media come

To think that we are all so dumb?

Answer: look at some of the comments on the mass media sites. Makes El Reg look loke a philosopher's drawing room.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Re: I still shudder...

The bookmakers at the old chariot races could have used computers for updating the odds rapidly.

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Re: I put it on a desktop system - hopefully

To "address" something "hopefully" is better than to actually fix it.

"Sir, I am hoping the battery indicator is correct?!"

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FROSTY MISTRESS of the Outer System: Pluto yields to probe snapper

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Rather cold there

I am surprised at the statement about an atmosphere of nitrogen.

Pluto at ca 30 AU, so sunlight 1/900 of earth intensity. So for temperature, T**4 is 1/900, making T about 1/5.5 of Earth. Say (300 Kelvin/5.5) or 55 K.

Hydrogen and helium, but not much else.

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Hoaxer posing as GCHQ boss prank-calls PM Cameron

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Reason for call

A fair guess would be that someone has won a bet.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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Re: Pills.

I am a bit of a Pilsner myself.

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Latest NORKS Linux and Android distros leak

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Big Download

The download mentioned in the article has a truly throttled server. 2.4GBytes took more than 9 hours.

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Boffins open 'space travel bureau': Come relax on exoplanet Kepler-16b, says NASA

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Am I dense?

The articles describes HD 40307g as "twice the volume" and "eight times the Earth's mass". That would make it four times as dense, or about 20 tonnes/cubic metre. Solid gold or platinum, perhaps?

Perhaps it should have said "twice the radius".

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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Re: Blaming the tools...

@Phil

Quite so. That is why bad programmers become the managers.

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Prez Obama slaps sanctions on Norks in payback for Sony hack

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Who did the dirty Ddos?

"Today's actions are the first aspect of our response".

That means they deny being the cause of the NK internet Ddos in late December.

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Cops think Mt Gox meltdown was an 'INSIDE JOB' – report

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Re: @AC

But do you remember Harold Wilson (*) saying in 1967 "this will not affect the value of the pound in your pocket"?

(*)British Prime Minister 1964-70 and 1974-76. Devalued the pound in 1967 from $2.80 to $2.40. Currently £1 = $1.56, approx. In August 1939, £1=$4 near enough.

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UK.gov: Sod SIGINT, let's turn GCHQ into a TECH CRECHE

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Cut the payroll

The impression has always been given that many of the people most useful to MI6 work for newspapers or TV companies, thus reducing the government salaries bill. I suspect these proposed shenanigans with GCHQ are another governemnt beancounter ploy.

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The Reg's review of 2014: Naked JLaw selfies, Uber and monkey madness

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Re: 10 page spread

Well said.

To El Reg: bring back the print formst button.

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Which law?

Blair wrote.

"You idiot. You naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop," Blair wrote of himself in his autobiography A Journey last year, recalling his adoption of the law, which took effect in 2005. "There is really no description of stupidity, no matter how vivid, that is adequate. I quake at the imbecility of it."

He could equally have been writing about the Yuman Rights Act passed by his Labour government.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Buses are slow

When I used to cycle to school, we boasted of slipstreaming the buses. Sometimes they were too fast for us, but not often.

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Re: Jolly Joseph

@James O'Shea

A wonderful comment! El Reg at its best, where the comment is worth more than the original article.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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Re: I haven't read everything about this but...

As they traditionally say -- American justice, the best that money can buy.

(But, to be fair, not only in America.)

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

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Users little affected

Few ordinary North Koreans will be affected by these problems, as so few have Internet access.

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Sneaky Russian hackers slurped $15 MILLION from banks

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Poor English

The PDF report is written in poor English.

Have I compromised my own machine by downloading and reading it (despite not using Adobe PDF-ware)?

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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Re: Bad Data Input/High System Utilisation.

@The Mole

You are right that a complete record must have that validity between fields that goes beyond checking for zero, not letter 'O'. (And date formats need to be enforced, essential fields must not be omitted...) But each field has to be validated first, which an XML schema can do. The next stage needs a program.

The kind of Excel input I was discussing can do that, of course. So can whatever program is on the receiving end after it has used a library function to capture the XML into a record in C, COBOL, or whatever.

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Re: Bad Data Input/High System Utilisation.

@SD3

Some organisations use XML for data transfers internally or with suppliers and customers. The XML must be declared valid against a pubished schema, and that can be written into a contract. It should cope with the kind of input errors that you describe.

No, people don't write XML, software does. Excel can be provided with a template, designed by an XML guru, so you type in to a sensible form that will bellyache if you get it wrong, and then export the rigorous data.

Or so I understand. I have experimented with XML but not used it for real.

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Re: "Old" works for me

There was a young man with a drone

Who thought that the sky was his own

Till it flew in the way

Of a jumbo one day

And to jail he was rapidly thrown.

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Re: MPs should keep their mouths shut about things they know nothing about

@McNasty

The fact remains that ten thousand people were affected with delays of up to a day, and politicians as our representatives are fully entitled to complain about that.

Yes, I agree with the comments that running a system at 99% capacity means that one small problem cascades into many bigger ones. There is a rule of thumb that systems should be run at 2/3 to 3/4 of capacity. But as others remark, try explaining that to beancounters or indeed to politicians who set our taxes.

Computer systems have always demanded high reliability from their components. Originally we needed valves that did not pop every few hours: the MTBF of a system with a thousand valves would be a few seconds.

Nowadays the problems are with the software: that is, with logic on a large scale. Not many people are very good at large scale logic, and at breaking down a large problem into smaller ones. You certainly don't find that ability by hiring the cheapest contractor.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Print option

I for one miss the option to render articles in a "fit to print" format, especially for multi-page articles.

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It's whiff, Jim, but not as we know it: Curiosity sniffs ORGANICS on Mars

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<p>I would like to ask whether CO2 was found with the CH4.

That could mean bacteria splitting acetic acid, CH3COOH.</p>

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Microsoft whips out real-time translator for Skype calls

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TV subtitles

People have complained, rightly, about the poor quality of machine generated TV subtitles. It would be useful to test the speech decoding of this MSFT system with those subtitles.

Even better if they could get it to take useful minutes of meetings comprising: subject discussed, principal arguments for and against, decisions taken, actions placed.

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UK banks ill-prepared for return of the rabid POODLE

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Barclays in 2013 were still using Windows XP, on the machine I saw in a manager's office.

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Happy headlines

"Virgin laid bare".

As opposed to being fully clad.. Nice but naughty, Reg!

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Software checking

It seems that a faulty flight plan caused the FP server to fall over.

Looks like poor error checking of input data. But it takes a good programmer/designer to produce good error checking: he or she has to scope out a range of error cases surrounding what is valid input, otherwise bad data just crashes the program. Which is what may have happened here.

That means hiring a good designer/programmer rather than the cheapest contractor.

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Re: Political PHBs

Like it used to be in the German Democratic Republic.

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Control freaks

The phrase "Air Traffic Control" illustrates the control freak mentality behind the whole current setup. What we need are just two relatively simple functions: a collision avoidance function, and a priority function for take-off and landing. Let all the other details sort themselves out automatically.

With that approach, NATS could indeed be replaced by an iphone on every plane.

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Are we ready to let software run the data centre?

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Re: SDN v PHB

Yes, there are managers like that. But I doubt if they read El Reg. The time to be afraid will be when this article appears in a management magazine.

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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Yes, it was SF, and a high flying CIA plane (a U2) was somehow thought to be much lower. I did wonder if it had been flying at 65536 feet.

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Re: Just wait until

That happened where I worked. I was studying the sky and clouds in true Fotherington-Thomas style when there was a flash at gound level and our computers died. The bang came a second later.

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