* Posts by badger31

81 posts • joined 29 Jan 2011

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Mad Max: High-octane dystopian desert demolition derby

badger31

n00bs?

"never mind those console n00bs, my Overclockers Infinity Vesuvius 4K rig ..."

If you bought your gaming rig, then you are just a more affluent n00b. Building it yourself is the best bit about owning a gaming PC.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Re: Why should they ban them?

@AC - What a bell-end of a comment. Vaporising is one of the most effective ways of getting smokers off cigarettes there has ever been. They remove ~99% of the harmful stuff, leaving only the practically harmless nicotine (less harmful than the related chemical caffeine). I have many friends who were unhealthy smokers who are now much healthier vapers. I've been in confined spaces with them and smelt nothing at all because there's nothing to smell. In a modern free society we should be able to as we choose, so long we aren't harming anyone. People inhaling nicotine vapours are not harming anyone, not even themselves compared to smoking cigarettes. If you are personally offended by then, you can personally piss off.

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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

badger31

We have always acted in good faith

What utter bollocks. Just because something is available "out-of-the-box" doesn't automatically make it right to use it.

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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

badger31

I feel much safer with this crime king pin behind bars.

All these years, and still no sarcasm icon. Seriously?

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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

badger31

This IS about copyright, not patents. I boils down to the fact that software is covered by copyright, so the question is are APIs software? I've always believed that ideas are not copyrightable, but implementations are. APIs are slap-bang in the middle, straddling both sides. I guess you could say that they define the idea and are the first step towards implementation. We all know that enforcing copyright on APIs is a bad idea, but as someone who has written APIs I understand why they are covered by current copyright laws. It's the law that needs to be brought up to date.

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

badger31
Joke

If the asics have no heat sink ...

Just run 'em for making the toast. It's a win-win!

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

badger31

I agree. MagSafe is a work of genius - why get rid of it? Seems like a backward step to me. I love my 5yo MBP but it's definitely showing it's age, despite the upgraded RAM (8GB) and SSD (512GB). But at least I could upgrade it. I'd love a new MacBook, but every year Apple give me less incentive to buy one. More expensive, less power, non-upgradable and now no MagSafe! Fuck Apple. Now I'll have to find a nice ultra book and stick linux mint on it. Bollocks.

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BT inks deal with Williams F1 for go-faster cloudy goodness

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Broadband Speed

BT should get Valtteri Bottas helping them with their rural broadband scheme.

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

badger31

Re: Keyless Vehicle Theft...

So, read "keyless" as "jamming a screwdriver into the ignition lock"

You don't even need to drive the car to steal it, just drag it on to the back of a lorry. If they are getting broken up for parts, they don't need to run.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

badger31

Unclear motives

I've heard arguments for similar situations whereby someone has tried to trademark/patent something in order to STOP people cashing in on it - by giving it away for free afterwards. I doubt this applies here, though. I also wonder if the t-shirts were being sold at a profit or not.

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What an ACE-HOLE! This super-software will whip you at poker, hands down

badger31

Re: Yawn

@Killing time

No, my mates moves was a stupid one - he just got a little over excited. He had decided on his approach before the hand was dealt and we all laughed and pointed at him for getting caught out. That part of my comment was just an amusing aside, but it highlighted the fact that a lot of the time, in NL-TH, the actual cards in your hand are irrelevant as nobody gets to see them.

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badger31

Re: Yawn

Agreed. I have worked on poker AI quite a bit over the past seven years, so while I applaud the work that these people have done, I won't be impressed until it can play no-limit against a full table (>6 opponents). I imagine that what they have actually achieved isn't much more than the pure statistical models we already have, especially if it has only trained against itself. Every good (human) poker player knows that what cards you hold is irrelevant unless there is a show down. What is far more important is what your opponents think you have, and what you think your opponents have*. The latter is achieved by player modelling, the former by how you represent your hand (bluffing). I'd be astonished if this new AI could learn all this by playing itself, leave alone all the psychology involved in the game.

And all this talk of eleventy trillion billion training games is also bunk. Unless it comes across a new strategy, all that will be happening is that the learned model will focus in on the local optimal with greater accuracy. I'll wager that the learning curve flat-lined pretty quickly.

* I remember once in a friendly game of NL-TH, one of my friends, who was under the gun, came right in with a big pre-flop raise. This was a bold move, considering we had only had one card dealt.

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Big Blue stuffs data into backup at GIGABYTES/sec

badger31

"A previous PoC used 56Gbit/s InfiniBand to link TSM and GPFS servers and also produced outstanding results:

Peak backup performance using multiple sessions for a single TSM server is 5.4GB/sec.

Peak backup performance using multiple sessions for two TSM servers is 9 GB/sec in total.

Peak restore performance using multiple sessions for a single TSM server is 6.5 GB/sec.

Peak backup performance using a single session for a single TSM server is 2.5 GB/sec."

9 GB/s over a 56Gbit/s (7GB/s) link is very impressive, some might say impossible. Looking at the linked blog post shows that the TSM servers connect to the switch each with a single 56Gbit/s link, but that the GPFS Storage Server is hooked up to the switch with 2 x 56Gbit/s connections per server. So unless I am mistaken, they are sending the data to and from the same storage, albeit through the switch. This sounds more like marketing than a genuine PoC to me.

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BEHOLD Apple's BENEVOLENCE! iMessage txt BLACK HOLE finally fixed

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F#ck me!

They've only just fixed this? They took their sweet time over that one.

A couple of years ago I ditched (well, gave to the missus) my iphone 4 for an android phone. Thankfully I had long ago turned iMessage off, on the grounds that it was shit. Back then, at least, it would spend about an hour trying to send a message as an iMessage before giving up and sending it as a text message. SMS is and should be basically instant. Maybe if you have limited SMSs on your contract/PAYG iMessage would be tempting, but considering how much a contract on an iphone is already, a huge bundle of SMSs is practically nothing on top. I bet it wouldn't be hard, if not already done, to forward any SMSs to your other apple devices as an iMessage, if that's what you want.

And yet despite all this, every now and then, I'm actually tempted by the iPhone 6. I went to look at one in an Apple store and it was very nice. They have finally made it rounded again, so it would no longer cut holes in all my trouser pockets. I can't see Steve Jobs letting them get away with a sticky out camera, though, that's far from perfect. Maybe the iPhone 6s ...

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

badger31

Re: Prius?

<rant>

Because so many people get all wet in the pants about the prius, as if they are saving the fucking planet. They are far worse for the environment to produce than most cars, due to their complexity; they are not well built, causing multiple deaths [http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/01/18/toyota-settles-first-hundreds-wrongful-death-suits-involving-unintended/] and at least one massive recall [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26148711]; and they are not even fuel economical when you get out of a thirty zone.

OK, so battery powered cars are not yet ready for mainstream use, by quite a long way, but if you have an electrically driven car with a relatively small battery (mostly for accelerating and kinetic energy recovery) kept topped up by an efficient internal combustion engine (running at an RPM that is not directly tied to the speed of the car) you have the best of both worlds: maximum torque at 0 RMP, no clutch, regenerative breaking and the power density of petrol/diesel.

The Prius marketing is all about its green credentials, and they are mostly bullshit. Every time I see a Prius, I assume the driver is more concerned about looking like they care about the environment than actually caring about the environment. Or they are an idiot. Or both.

</rant>

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UK.gov mulls what to do about digital currencies

badger31

FFS

You can't regulate all crypto-currencies. If you crippled Bitcoin, Litecoin would take over, then dogecoin ... etc. And as with a lot of new regulation, you're only going to end up criminalising otherwise honest people; said drug dealers and terrorists are already breaking existing laws, so adding 'using unregistered crypto-currency' to the rap sheet isn't going to worry them too much.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

badger31

The squeaky wheel wants to be greased.

And that's where the real fear in homophobe comes from.

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You! AT&T! The only thing 'unlimited' about you is your CHEEK, growl feds

badger31
WTF?

What I still don't understand

is why any telco can call their data plan 'unlimited' when it has limitations. I ditched O2 because their 'unlimited' data plan didn't allow tethering (that's a limitation, by the way) and they re-compressed images to the point of being unable to tell what the picture used to be. I'm pretty sure they had an (un)fair use policy, as well. All this bullshit can be called 'unlimited', but redbull get sued for jokingly suggesting that their fizzy drink gives you wings.

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You get what you pay for: Kingston's SSDNow V310 960GB whopper

badger31

Re: Where are the 2TB SSD's?

Buy two 1TB SSDs.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

badger31

Relevant results?

IE11 for Windows 8.1 is the most relevant result for 'weather' on a Mac? Apple must really hate Google.

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

badger31

Blocks are ineffective against VPN users.

They're next.

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WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

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I can't let this one go. Java is just fine - and I program in several languages of various paradigms. Don't blame the language for shitty programming.

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Want a customer's call records Mr Plod? No probs

badger31

Re: Backslash, Backlash!

Bollocks! The problem is the law, not the telcos. How are the telcos supposed to 'validate' the requests, if not automatically? Who's going to pay for it? The telcos have no power to refuse these requests, so why bother? If I were a telco, I know I'd be doing this automatically. I would also log each and every request, looking for evidence of abuse of power.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee defends decision not to bake security into www

badger31

I agree. Always on security just means people (Internet users, that is) will just get used to the idea of accepting self-signed certificates. Very dangerous, indeed. At least HTTP isn't pretending to be secure.

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badger31

Re: HTTP or HTML?

It was HTTP - effectively he invented the World Wide Web, which runs on the Internet. As for email, it did what it was designed to do AT THE TIME. How could anyone involved in creating the protocols know what the situation would be in 2014? Hindsight is much clearer that foresight.

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Hot DRAM! Samsung splurges $15 BILLION on Korean chip fab

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$15bn

Now THAT'S walking around money!

(We need a 'Mom' icon)

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

badger31

Re: There are lies ...

Speaking of fruit based statistics, here's my favourite:

93% of people would put someone's genitals in their mouth, but only 6% would eat a brown banana.

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Netflix bullish after six-country European INVASION

badger31

Dr_N is right about the VPN

Netflix is at its best when connected through a VPN. This now means that (English speaking) people living in these new countries can sign up, connect through a VPN to USA (for the biggest selection). My wife an I ditched Sky TV (£21 - £71 pcm + adverts + contract) in favour of Netflix (watch what you want, when you want with no adverts - just so long as they have it - for £6 pcm with no adverts or contract). For the difference in price, you could go ahead and get Amazon Prime as well (also £6 pcm) and still come out way ahead. With Sky, you are paying to watch adverts. Screw that!

Oh, and if you are worried about watching it on your big screen telly, get a chromecast or better still something like a Sony BDP-S1200 (although a doubt the sony has an option to connect to a VPN).

And on the subject of VPNs, if you are not scared of a Linux terminal shell you can (like me) get a VPS in the USA for $13.50 per YEAR (http://lowendbox.com/tag/fliphost-net/). For that you get 500GB of data pcm - plenty. Just install Ubuntu Server, ask nicely to have ppp enabled and install pptpd (plenty of online guides for this). I haven't tried watching Amazon Prime through the VPN, so I can't comment on that, but Netflix works a charm.

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

badger31

Re: Prototype rocket explodes

Exactly. If it didn't explode, they would not have been pushing hard enough. How and why they rockets could explode is very valuable information.

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

badger31

Re: Password fields need to be bigger.

<rant>

I've always had a problem with the maths of that particular cartoon. It treats each word as a series of characters (plus common substitutions), be he actually states that passphrase be FOUR COMMON WORDS. Even if you tried all combinations of the top 2000 words, thats only 2000^4 = 1.6e+13 combinations. OK, thats only a smidge less than his 2^44 (1.8e+13), but I could easily prune that search tree with simple heuristics and word ordering. (I'm actually tempted to try this!). If the password is 8 random visible characters, thats 95^8 (6.6e+16).

I type in login many, many times a day, so it needs to be as quick to type as to remember. No way I'm having a 25 digit password no matter how easy to remember. The only use for this I can think of is that 'verified by visa' bollocks, which won't allow it anyway. Every time I need to use that, I can't remember my password, and every possible variation of my memorable passwords has already been used, apparently, leaving me with no choice but to set a new password every time, with even less likelihood of me remembering it. And all that is needed to change the password is my card details and my DoB, so some thief with my wallet would have no problem.

Anyway, my main point is that a sufficiently random 8 digit password will be hard to crack, and if you use it enough, your fingers will remember it, even if you don't.

Oh, and password managers are just a pointless single point of failure (that could go 'tits-up' [http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/12/lastpass_outage/]), and if someone hacks that password, they own you, bitch.

And besides, who the fuck cares what your facebook or twitter password is? Generally speaking, the login password is not the weak link; unless you're a moron with a password like 'password1'

I could go on, but ...

</rant>

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

badger31

Rubbish

There's nothing wrong with getting a bargain deal with a lengthy contract, if you know you'll need the service for at least the contract length. The problem is that you should be able to get out of the contract if the ISP, or whoever, is not providing the service they should.

I am currently going through this process with a client whose internet is dog-slow or none existent, despite having an excellent DSL link to the local exchange. His ISP claims they are not in breach of contract as they are making efforts to rectify the situation. They want £185 for early termination. Bastards. At least BT Business have a reasonable SLA to go with their unreasonable prices. Seriously, £19pm just for line rental. FFS.

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Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'

badger31

Wow.

I thought all that secret backdoor stuff was just in the movies.

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El Reg posse prepares for quid-a-day nosh challenge

badger31

I was on the dole once.

I was told by the job centre words to this effect:

"The government has calculated you need £35 per week to survive. We are going to give you £27." WTF?

I only survived because a friend worked the night shift at a local petrol station. He gave me all the food that went out of date at midnight.

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

badger31

How do they clean their equipment?

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IBM PCjr STRIPPED BARE: We tear down the machine Big Blue would rather you forgot

badger31

@Franklin

I feel the same way whenever I see a Nissan Juke.

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

badger31

Re: Utter f*cking idiots. Re. iOS 6.1.6

"yep, loads of people are still on iOS 6 on there phones because they don't want iOS 7"

Yep. My wife really doesn't want ios7, so she's going to be really upset when I tell her. Sorry dear, you need to update to that pig-ugly ios7 because Apple didn't implement a security protocol correctly. Yes, they fixed it in ios6 also, but you can't have it. She, like many others, will have no idea how important it is.

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Silk Road reboot claims: Hacker STOLE all our Bitcoin funds

badger31

Re: Words

My understanding of it is that most of the BTC are stored in offline wallets, but the admins were about to make some changes to the server and expected the vendors to withdraw their funds. This required the BTC to be made available to the vendors by putting them in an online wallet.

At that exact moment, one of the vendors apparently used the malleability trick to syphon off the entire wallet. So despite the fact that they knew about the vuln, the admins went ahead and put every BTC they held online. Hmm. Sounds a bit fishy to me. The admins are either lying thieves or monumentally stupid.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

badger31

He coded it in a couple of days.

What took him so long?

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IBM to invest $100m and a decade into using Watson in Africa

badger31
Coat

They called it the prayer,

It's answer was law.

It's logic stopped war,

Gave them food.

How they adored,

'Til it cried in it's bordom ...

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

badger31

Re: Shock horror!

I think they did pretty much exactly that with the original X3.

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

badger31

Leaves

Alan G

No. The problem with the leaves was that they were abundant and easy to obtain. The problem with Bitcoin mining is that it is hard and getting harder all the time. If the price of Bitcoins increases in line with the increased difficulty, the miners will be quids in. If it doesn't, they (I) will be boned. It's a gamble.

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We flew our man Jack Clark into Facebook's desert DATA TOMB. This is what he saw

badger31

I believe DNA is the big hope for super-duper long term storage, that stuff holds for millions of years.

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Bitcoin mining rig firm claims $3m revenue in just FOUR DAYS

badger31

Re: I really don’t understand?????

@BongoJoe

"Only in the sense that they lost and, therefore, they were the Bad Guys."

Really? Only that?

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'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

badger31

Amen

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Shadowy drug fans threaten FBI agents, vow to 'avenge' Silk Road shutdown

badger31

Sounds like they are just venting steam.

It's a shame about the silk road, but now that the FBI have made it clear just how amazingly profitable it was there will be many more popping up soon.

Everyone should have the right to get high now and again - what harm does it cause (other than the harm caused by it being illegal)?

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Happy

Re: giga

Like one point twenty-one jigger watts?

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Operators look on in horror as Facebook takes mobe users Home

badger31

Why would anyone want this?

I'm seriously, you guys. Why?

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

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Joke

Re: I seem to recall..

Wow! The Apricot F1 had a HUGE keyboard :-)

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Texas judge sends Uniloc packing in Rackspace patent suit

badger31

"many of the fundamental operations of a computer are pure mathematics and are not patentable subject matter. "

May I suggest that ALL of the fundamental operations of a computer are pure mathematics and are not patentable subject matter.

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Not got 4G? There's a reason we aren't called 'Four', sniffs Three

badger31

Should have stopped at 'Dyson.'

None of the rest of the article made any sense.

I agree with the ridiculousness of EE's pricing. Their cheapest sim-only contract is £21pm, and that;s with just 500mb data allowance. I pay £15pm with 3 for unlimited data. Even if my phone was 4G capable, there's no way I'd be moving to EE.

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