* Posts by Ashton Black

167 posts • joined 10 Dec 2010

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

Ashton Black

Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

It's a good quote, but ol' Bill denied ever saying it.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2534312/operating-systems/the--640k--quote-won-t-go-away----but-did-gates-really-say-it-.html

Have an up anyway!

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UK banks ill-prepared for return of the rabid POODLE

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So, which UK bank is the most secure? The only comparison I could find was from before Poodle raised it's furry head.

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The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

Ashton Black

Re: What happens to the grid ...

Well.... See, on a national scale, it depends on the make up of your power generation system, obviously.

In China/India/US, for example, where electricity is generated primarily with coal, then, these are no better than using petrol cars (equiv to 25-35 MPG) with an average of 200g-300g+ CO2e/km (equivalent carbon dioxide per vehicle kilometer)

Compare this to, say, Paraguay, at 70g CO2e/km or Canada at 115g CO2e/km.

To answer your question, if all of the UK went electrical cars, with our current grid, it would be as if, we all started using petrol/hybrid cars now, an increase of 20-30 MPG equivalent.

These figures, do include the 20-30% increase in manufacturing costs and lower lifetime of the cars.

Anyway, here's the report where I got these figures

http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/electric-car-emissions

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

Ashton Black

"Perfectly Well"

Can they spell Oligopoly? The US Cell Phone Operator's market is given as an example of this on Wikipedia!

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Rolling the ATTACK DICE in King of Tokyo

Ashton Black

Cool. Being playing this one for a while. It's ace, and a good one for any budding tabletopists (yeah ok..... gamers). Next I'd recommend moving onto Munchkin. That's a brilliant game.

http://www.worldofmunchkin.com/game/

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The Grandmaster: Epic, heart-melting, oh and there's lots of kung fu

Ashton Black

Chinese / HK film making has come a hell of a long way. This looks particularly good. I'll be looking out for this.

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

Ashton Black

Re: So its not VAT

I see what you did there.... have an up.

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Ashton Black

I'm confused...

To avoid corp tax, which is on profit. (revenue - costs), the UK divisions, "pay" their Irish/Other HQ for "costs" such as IP which just happens to cost roughly the same as the profit they would have made, without these HQ costs and therefore the UK division pays very little corp tax.

If this 25% is on profit, then it STILL won't be very much. So either:

1) Gidion knows this and is telling porkie pies.

2) Gidion doesn't know this and is an idiot.

or

3) I've misread/misunderstood something and am also an idiot.

Anyone help?

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

Ashton Black

Yep, another!

Love his work! Just bought the audio book of What If? Narrated by Wil Wheaton, of all people.

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Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

Ashton Black

Re: The full quote, please...

Well if you want to "blow" stuff up, you'd have to get Michael Bay to direct. BOOM!!!

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Ashton Black

+1 for these:

Notepad++

VLC

PuTTY

WinRAR

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Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU

Ashton Black

So....

Goodbye Google.co.uk. Hello Google.com, or Google.ca, Google.au etc etc ?

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Calls for probe of UK.gov's DOESN'T VERIFY ID service

Ashton Black

Net access as a Utility?

Assuming, and yes it's a massive assumption, that all these services somehow become online only, then how, in the absence of free net access, how does a person suffering from extreme poverty, get access to them?

Libraries are closing and net enabled devices are most certainly not free. I suspect this will end in rather embarrassing headlines, further down the line.

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Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

Ashton Black

A bit strange...

"anonymous abusive posts against him."

Posted to what? A website? Then he should go after the web sit. Twitter? Then go after them.... Facebook? Well, you get the picture. Surely going after Google, will just have a severe Streisand effect?

Also, one only has too look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_search_engines to find an alternative search engine.

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HP, Symantec PAIR UP to fight off disaster cloud rivals

Ashton Black

Re: Yes, interesting, but....

Agreed. At best, this is off site backup rather than DR, you'd still have to have a BC site and, as you say, this alone wouldn't cut the mustard in most places for lots of reasons.

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Ashton Black

Hmmm

Interesting, but it will have to be more cost effective than a traditional 2nd site DR/BC setup as well as the other players in this field.

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

Ashton Black

Well...

Now, £600 a day would be quite a lot for some people and it's just above my daily rate, but by Odin's beard, that sounds like, not just like a can, but a whole TI-class supertanker full of worms.

I would avoid.

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China BLOCKS Verizon's EdgeCast before internet meeting

Ashton Black

Re: I disagree...

Indeed. Additionally it's a win-win for the growing high-tech Chinese companies. Competition at home is biaised towards them and they face less comparable restrictions in foreign markets.

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Ashton Black

Re: Let's roll out DNSSEC already

I would suggest because DNS poisoning isn't the only tool in the toolbox. There is also, IP Blocking, URL Filtering, Packet Reset Spoofing and now they've started blocking VPN.

So then, if they want to block a site they will. Verizon know this and the infrastructure cost in rolling out DNSSEC, to them, out weighs the possibility that the Chinese government won't just include one of the other methods I've suggested.

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Ashton Black

I disagree...

Do you think, that "Made in China" printed on the bottom of a gadget will put off people buying a cheap device? If this were so, then surely it would have happened already?

Without a concerted media and governmental pressure campaign then most people would not give a flying feck about where a device is made and I doubt that would happen anyway. China is currently in trade surplus of about $45 billion per month and combined with owning a fair chunk of US and EU debt, which one supposes, could be used to ensure trade compliance, despite their human rights record.

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Stephen King, William Gibson and The Quantum Moment

Ashton Black

Re: Anathem

Indeed. It's not as immediate nor as fast paced as SC or TDA, but I also enjoy it immensely on re-reading.

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State Dept shuts off unclassified email after hack. Classified mail? That's CLASSIFIED

Ashton Black

Re: There are constant attacks

Got to catch them first. I very much doubt any state sponsored hacking groups will be spending any time in the US.

It will get worse, I have no doubt, but don't delude yourself into thinking the US doesn't have cells of it's own. The Russians and Chinese also have plenty of prison/gulag places available.

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Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?

Ashton Black

Call me...

... and old cynic but I also doubt that much will come of this. The ISPs will find another statistical loop-hole to exploit, if this one is closed.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Ashton Black

Indeed. Single Player mode, is still there. Offline mode isn't.

Of course, the question, and it's one that I thought I wouldn't have to ask, is what happens when they run out of money to pay for the server hosting?

Here's an article from Euro Gamer about EA closing down 50 of their games, at the end of June (this was posted in May). Don't get me wrong, some have had "good runs" as it were, but some are only a few years old.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-05-12-50-ea-games-will-have-their-servers-shut-down

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

Ashton Black

Scale.

These are great, amazing, in fact. But I wish there was something to give it a sense of scale. I know it's from 10km up, but as with a lot of these things, it's sort of fractal, therefore impossible to guess the scale. How big is that Cheops boulder, for example? 10m? 100m? 1km?

A minor whinge, I admit and I am still in awe of the achievement of putting a probe so close to an actual comet. Looking forward to the landing!

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

Ashton Black

That is... Mighty Boosh levels of weird. Have an up!

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

Ashton Black

Re: Blasters > Rails

Eve reference? Have an upvote!

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

Ashton Black

Interesting. I agree with most of the posters here. True, self-aware, intelligent, imaginative, that is at least as complex as a fully educated, experienced human is a LONG old way off. We're not even more likely to be able to simulate a human brain in the near future (sub 50 years). 100 trillion synapses is several orders of magnitude better than the 4.3 Billion transistors in a high end Xeon. That's just for one brain and that's without the "software" to run on it.

(Yes, I am aware that it's a bit apples and hand grenades, but the point stands, I think)

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

Ashton Black
Joke

No....

You're bonking it wrong...

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VMware's new enemy no. 1 isn't Hyper-V, it's Vladimir Putin

Ashton Black

Re: Do I read this right?

Yes. I believe you do. But then again, I can't quite bring to mind many corporate entities of VMWare's size that don't pander to "investors" to bolster share price. Additionally to say high up execs have a vested interest in maintaining stock price is an understatement.

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Visual voicemail hack makes your messages a snack

Ashton Black

Security IS a dirty word to some of these Telcos, apparently. I mean, hiring a full time pen tester team, may cost in the thousands perhaps low millions, but the cost of not doing, is shown with debacles like this.

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Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

Ashton Black

I am also skeptical.

It's a good tactic. The tech press do seem to love an apple leak and El Reg is no exception.

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

Ashton Black

Re: I Was Robbed As a Child

Dear Cadburys,

Fudge, it wasn't enough!

Call _RCH_'s lawyers!

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

Ashton Black

This is the coolest space mission, since they landed on Titan. I'm really looking forward to Nov 12th!

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Twitter sues US government for right to disclose NOTHING

Ashton Black

If you're reading this....

Then I've not received any FISA or NSLs.

Watch this space.

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

Ashton Black

Re: So..

One would imagine, two short plan(c)k lengths.

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Ashton Black

Re: Ok

Dooomed... Dooomed I tell ya!!!

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POISON PI sniffs WiFi from your mail room, goes on rampage

Ashton Black

Re: Not likely to succeed

In the unlikely event that this happened, any self respecting IT bod would be blatting the OS, as a matter of course, and sticking an OEM Windows or Linux de jour on there. This goes double if it's a Windows hate box. So unless the "sniffer" software is baked into something (UEFI/BIOS re-write or similar), the plan is probably doomed to a rather expensive gift to a stranger.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

Ashton Black

The trouble with "older" sci-fi...

I grew up reading these, Heinlein, Niven, Asimov and the like. They all suffer from context deficiencies, that is to say, when they came out, they were superb, mind expanding tomes and we didn't care about cardboard characterizations, or dodgy political philosophies. But in recent decades, we've had much better writers take up the mantle, for example, Iain M. Banks, Neal Stephenson, Neal Asher and my personal favourite Peter F. Hamilton. Those writers are on a par, with the old guard, scientifically, but are ahead in writing style and characterization.

The Culture or the Night's Dawn universes would make much better TV, IMHO.

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

Ashton Black

Yeah...

... but remember the universe was created for the sole exclusive use of man, according to some nomadic desert dwelling gents.

On a serious note, the cosmos never fails to astound me.

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A Terabyte in my HOUSE? Got more than that in my POCKET

Ashton Black

Re: Cloud? Why?

Secure (or more accurately as secure as these things can be) Backups. No other reason I can think of. Granted, a 2nd HDD or NAS could do just as well, but I do tend to use various "cloudy" places to store not very important files.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

Ashton Black

Passwords.....

For a few years, I've been bugging my better half to use a Password Vault. (KeePass and LastPass for example, local, with a synced backup copy on an external drive). Then the other day she showed me the little book she uses and keeps in her handbag, I had no answer (other than if she loses the book), really, since she uses a word (she remembers) and a number/letter/symbol sequence from the book for each site. Can't argue with that.

Sometimes, us techies can be taught a thing by the non-techies.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

Ashton Black

Re: Why don't media include source links?

Ooooo. That Ancillary Justice looks very interesting. *yoink* :-)

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Hear ye, young cyber warriors of the realm: GCHQ wants you

Ashton Black
Joke

Well...

From what I heard █████████ is ██████████████ and then █████, so there you have it.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

Ashton Black

Great stuff. Mo Reg, Mo IT!

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

Ashton Black

Any excuse..

To post this xkcd toon. http://xkcd.com/936/

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

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Ahh I see....

I must be careful not to get fingered for digital piracy in Nigeria.

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US cyber-army's cyber-warriors 'cyber-humiliated by cyber-civvies in cyber-games'

Ashton Black

Re: How about the NSA?

The CIA would also compete but then they'd drone strike a school, no where near the competition.

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Verizon to FCC: What ya looking at? Everyone throttles internet traffic

Ashton Black

As long as...

1) No "Unlimited" plans, unless it is indeed unlimited and yes, throttling does count, not just a hard cap on data use, since that is the measure they're using to decide who is to be throttled.

2) Give some indication to users where the demarcation line is. Saying 'Top 5%' is fine, but how much is that? I assume it depends on traffic in a given time period on a given cell, but if that changes over time, How does the user know when he/she is reaching that arbitrary line?

3) Seems unfair that a user could use a given amount of bandwidth in one low contention area, but that bandwidth is throttled if he/she moves into an area of high use, solely based on previous usage, rather than a fair contention.

Pfff.... They WILL get away with it, and as has been said many times, the FCC has been castrated by years of telco (and others, to be fair) lobbying.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

Ashton Black

Re: equal and opposite reaction

Indeed and every time a spaceship uses a planet's gravity well to perform a gravity assist maneuver that planet slows just a little...

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