* Posts by Terje

67 posts • joined 14 Mar 2011

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

Terje

While better batteries is of course good, I feel that "people" tend to forget some of the issues with a mass use of electric vehicles.

1. How do you generate all the electricity to charge all the vehicles. It's not just a few wind turbines we are talking about here, it would be a significant chunk of all the current electricity generated.

2. Assuming we have all that extra production, how do you distribute it? The existing grid will not be able to handle it, it would need extreme upgrades and rewiring to handle.

My solution to the second issue is to simply bypass it and focus research on better fuel cells and produce hydrogen (something that is comparatively easy to transport) close to the electricity generation source.

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ITU rubber-stamps '3D' audio format

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I may be missing something here but did they actually specify an uncompressed format?

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'RipSec' goes to Hollywood: how the iCloud celeb hack happened

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No no no, you will have to pay to report vulnerability. Just think about all the costs you cause apple and the possible associated loss in shareholder value!

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Malvertisers slam Forbes, Realtor with world's worst exploit kits

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Re: responsibilities

I say that the very argument you put forward here is wrong. To continue with your restaurant analogy. The restaurant orders a box of icecream cones to offer to children this is the equivalent to the advertisements. Now we have to possible assumptions to make.

1. The icecream maker supposedly make ice cream and the icecream is probably good because it is when we sample it so we serve it complete with the wrapping paper to the kids.

2. The icecream maker is either evil or someone in the chain is evil so before serving every icecream we unpack it and analyse every part of it to make sure there's no poisons in any part of it.

I for one believe it's entirely unreasonable to expect a restaurant to follow the later alternative.

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Re: responsibilities

You did forget the most obvious ones.

The ...ing bastards who make the exploitkits.

The ...ing bastards who use the malvertisment to install abovementioned exploitkits.

The ...ing bastards who run and profit from the botnets created and maintained by abovementioned exploitkits and malvertisements.

I can't help but feel that if just a fraction of all the money spent by moronic politicians on saving us all from terrorists this would be a non issue.

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UHD everywhere ... but it's not quite ready to drink, yet

Terje

I hope my comment didn't come around sounding as I was racking down on your excelent article. My comment was directed motly at the industry/content distributors /creators who allways seems to count every pirated copy of anything as a lost sale while in reality most of them would never have been sold at all, and the knee jerk reaction of heavier and heavier drm solutions.

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I love how piracy allways seems to be promoted as the biggest of evils that need to be stopped at any cost. My not so humble gut feeling is that the amount of lost revenue from that kind of service is overall very low, since most of the people using them would never cough up for all the channels anyway given that they were even available...

And since this niche crime needs to be stopped at any cost that will lead to higher costs and more hassles for the paying user.

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Half the Fanbois in your office are unpatched ATTACK VECTORS

Terje

I believe that this shows clearly that the lifetime of a phone (or tablet) is usually a lot longer then the software support is. I'm on a HTC One X and the last official release for it is 4.2.2 sure I'm contemplating upgrading it, but I'm hard pressed to find a compelling reason other then "new shiny" as it works perfectly well. I guess my situation is mirrored by quite a few users nowadays, it's not that you don't want to update it's that there's simply no updates to get, and I'm way to lazy to go looking for unofficial updates.

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Broadband powered by home gateways? Whose bright idea was THIS?

Terje

This is the kind of scenario that just makes me wonder who will pay when something goes wrong at one customer and that fries equipment for other users. That scenario will likely be a lot more likely if there is circuitry in place that is actually actively feeding power down the line.

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America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

Terje

With no real idea of how this looks like in the field I wonder if this is a real issue or a case of this might possibly be bad in the future. I would guess that if we do some guestimates number of wifi things that run a non vendor firmware is probably somewhere in the order of 1%, then we look at that one percent and ask ourselves what kind of non standard firmware are they running? 95% is probably running a well known drop in replacement that is unlikely to cause problems. with the remaining 5 percent running whatever hacked firmware there is left, say half of those do stuff to the radio part that put them out of spec.

The gives us 0,025% of the kit spewing out stuff it should not do. this is of course a very rough estimate but if anything I feel it's probably on the high side. Now of the 0,025% of kit doing bad things how many of them will actually cause problems? Most of them will probably be quite unlikely to cause issues to anyone but the person running the dodgy firmware.

I strongly believe that this number is a lot smaller then that caused by dodgy vendor firmware that never gets updated.

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BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

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I'm starting to get just a little scared that the BOFH and PFY are getting affected by huggy feely team building events and other such dross. letting the Architect live might be acceptable negligence but not only one but two management goons make me fear that even the bottom drawer hammer might be replaced with a foam rubber version!

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

Terje

Finding a USB charger in the jungle is just slightly easier then finding a banana powered one.

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Collective noun search for security vulns moves into beta testing

Terje

In my opinion you missed the most obvious one.

an adobe of bugs!

for those of you not familiar with the word here's a definition.

adobe : A building material consisting of clay mixed with straw or dung.

i.e. a pile of s..t!

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Me and my windows 7 live a happy life together for the foreseeable future it looks like, just as I predicted.

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Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

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Is there any reason not to simply put Oracle up against the wall and let the firing squad do its job? I'm quite sure that the good Oracle does (Lets face it it's probably a negative number.) for the world is alot smaller then what Android does.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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Coat

Why is Microsoft allways trying to reinvent the wheel?

<Begin Rant>

Sure Microsoft want its share of touch thingys, but by focusing on that to the exclusion of everything else in win 8 and refusing to listen to more or less every single person that tested it they ended up with a os about as liked as malaria.

Now for pr reasons they for some reason stay on numbered releases but skip 9 and jump straight to 10 and yet another desktop that give me headaches by using to high contrast and saturation by default and all those 90 degree sharp corners with no (well at least inconsistent) shadows etc. To me the desktop still looks like it has moved back more or less to what it looked like in the late 80s early 90s just in higher resolution, that is not the desktop I want to go back to.

Why microsoft refuses to give people what they want (mostly an updated win 7) that they would easily push out to everyone but forces out what to me still seems to be a product that needs at least a year more of development to be consistent is beyond me. Touch and desktop usage are so fundamentally different that trying to force one single interface for both will just not be a good experience for either so just give me my nice looking updated aero desktop with all it's performance hogging transparency and rounded corners and add a touch mode that is then actually touch friendly instead.

<End Rant>

Mines the one with the windows 7 install media.

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

Terje

I agree with what you say, though from what I understood without doing any additional research shouldn't it be just as plausible to exploit any security vulnerabilities allowing code execution (even within the sandbox) of any installed app to be able to get at this?

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I feel that there are basically two main options for why this has not been fixed yet.

option 1.

We are apple, we don't care.

option 2.

The issue is a design flaw more then an implementation flaw and thus they have no clue of how to plug it without breaking everything or doing big rewrites of loads of core components, thus involving tons of management at all levels of the company and burying the "project" in glue.

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Sony sees the cold light of optical archives, buys ex-Facebooker's upstart

Terje

If as the article suggests the plan is for cold data, then in many situations the data already archived will never change and thus the rewriteability is not much of a problem. I would be more concerned with the classical issue of optical disks for backup/archive and that is a to high price/GB ratio compared to possible advantages to make much sense.

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

Terje

The hardware requirements should not really come as a surprise to anyone considering the need to render at a high frame rate.

The windows only release is not really surprising either considering that a vast majority of the customer base especially if you factor in the hardware requirements, will be on windows.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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Re: Peer-to-peer trusted system updates?

Because you have almost but not quite reached a sufficient level of paranoia.

Once you start seeing flashing red lights and reach for a helmet while heading for the bunker complex, then you are well on your have a basic working level of scepticism and paranoia.

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The more information is released about windows 10 the more I feel I will live a happy life with windows 7 for yet another release cycle.

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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I fail to see in what way shape or form this will benefit the vast majority of users. Sure big enterprises with very locked down environments fine. most SMB style operations, not very much, home users not in any way.

Not to mention you need a separate patching regime for the Hypervisor and mini windows to keep them secure as well as the normal windows update mechanic will be unable to touch them.

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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Re: Parachutes

If you deploy a whopping big parachute the only thing you can be reasonably sure about is that you won't land anywhere near where you want to. The point is that rockets are rather large hard to transport so as soon as you land somewhere else then your designated landing spot you will be faced with the problem of how to explain the new garden decorations to some unsuspecting pensioner.

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Tape thrives at the margin as shipped capacity breaks record

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Re: AAANNNDDD it's gone...

While you are correct I think the reason tape is not on everyone's desktop for backups is because for some unexplainable reason tape drives are priced the same way printer ink is.

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+5 ROOTKIT OF VENGEANCE defeats forces of gaming good

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Re: Streaming does have its advantages

Or you would just get killed because your internet connection is worse then your competition.

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Stress me, test me, vex me ... boffins seek Hall Effect in frustrated magnets

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Re: I don't know about quantum stuff, but I do know about frustration

You need to make sure the stupidity field is strong enough to cause an interaction of high enough energy to create real and not only virtual frustrinos. These experiments need to be conducted under extreme care though as the predicted properties of frustrinos indicate that they will accumulate in the core of the non stupidity field generating entity. Given the frustrinos surprisingly long half life, they risk accumulating to a critical mass causing at best a violent outburst and in worst case a stroke.

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As H-dot Oettinger drafts Europe's new copyright laws – who's he been talking to?

Terje

Not really, the money wasting f-tards will just listen to whoever channels the most dough into the offshore bank accounts as usual, so do it the Vimes way and follow the money. Then we can tell right now what the results will be in n years when they actually decide something.

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SCARESTEROID of the week to miss Earth on Friday

Terje

Re: The UNIVERSE will end on Friday

I'm sure that already happened last Friday!

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BIG DATA wizards: LEARN from CERN, not the F500

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Re: Creative solution of the year!

Or to stay in with what CERN would do, just pass one very very big spare magnet above the ashes and pick up the needle with that!

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: He'll be missed in my house

You didn't just happen to have Susan as a teacher did you?

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US military SATELLITE suddenly BLOWS UP: 'Temperature spike' blamed

Terje

mmm Douglas Adams... Now I need to get my copy of The long dark teatime of the soul down from the bookcase.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

Terje

This obviously can't be right! The bastard on the side of a helldesk drone!!! Sure there is the common enemy but still... Unless this is just a ploy to get the drone to take the blame for some blunt accident waiting to happen...

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

Terje

It does seem like the recommendation I have made lately to friends and family asking my advice on new computers to format and do a clean install does carry some additional merit apart from getting rid of crudrefuses to uninstall properly.

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

Terje

Am I just stupid or is there something fishy here, first they move stuff to AAC, fine standardising. then they cancel shoutcast in the same format they standardise on, what am I missing here?

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IEEE rubber-stamps new patent policy

Terje

What I would like to see (but what will never happen) is that when a standards body clubs through a standard then all patents involved in that standard should be rendered null and void in relation to that standard. That would make standards truly open but would not allow usage of the patents outside of the standard.

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Swedish National Font marches to the sound of whalesong

Terje

Drastic action needed!

As one of the people footing the bill, I would very much like to state that while it's not my idea and I would never condone such an action, I have full understanding for anyone who would propose to exile anyone involved in this together with the macs used to a hole in the ground without internet connection and fill it up with concrete!

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

Terje

El Reg measurement units are of course the standard units of choice for the discerning reader, but does it need to be updated to take account for the advances made in palaeontology? Since our beloved Brontosaurus has apparently never existed, do we need to redefine to some other similar species of sauropod?

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

Terje

Re: Belt and braces

Started reading that link, and sure some of them might just possibly have an almost measurable effect on sound in a room by dampening out resonance in walls and vases, but I really like the make sure all screw heads are aligned horizontally bit :)

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Re: I'll see your audiophile cat 5 and raise you

No, that is called vacuum.

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Malt whisky.... there's an idea, is it best to immerse the storage in Higland park 18years or an Ardbeg 12 year? I suspect that the Ardbeg is better for Jazz and other smoky music, While the Highland park probably improves the fidelity and complexity of a good Mozart opera!

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Yet another backup software woe

Terje

Yet another backup software woe

I have finally after way to many years of patchy manual and less then regular backups of my home system, taken the plunge and invested in some new disks to use solely for backup.

I have quite a lot of junk that needs to go into the backup but most of it is static, the total size today is about 2.8TB of backup data and grows "slowly"

The backup scheme I want to use is as follows it has holes but those I can live with and is the compromise I have come up with.

3 disks are used.

1x 4Tb disk for the full backup which after being done about once every 6 months rests in a offhome location ie My parents house for those house burned down recovery situations.

2x 1Tb disks for a differential every other week or so, and the second for daily incrementals. The disk with the differential backups will be offline when not used and only the daily incremental disk constantly plugged.

Now to my problem, having used and been pretty happy with acronis backup before I tried to use that but realised that it was just not able to do anything without having access to the full backup and tries to do a full backup (which will obviously not fit) instead of an differential / incremental.

Can anyone recommend a program that manages to do differential / incremental backups without access to full/differentials, that is user friendly enough that I don't have to spend a weekend trying to set it up and is either free or has a realistic pricepoint for home use?

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Gigabit-over-copper VDSL successor G.fast signed off at last

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Re: Physics

It's not that I'm not aware of the physics wall it's just that I just don't think that we should be even close to that wall for the applications we are talking about. While of course the largest issue is the quality of the copper there has been so much increase in speed and "smart" solutions to problems that I just fail to see that for the last 10-15 years we are still stuck with more or less the same 24 Mbit max offerings unless you live "on top" of a tele station. What other communication standard is still the best available after such a long time?

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Wouldn't it be a more fruitful pursuit to work on increasing the reach of lower ~100Mb tech so as to be able to reach more households with decent speed, each new step seems to be just faster with even more limited reach. This tech now seems like an extreme niche application to me bordering on a waste of money even putting it on paper..

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Orion BELTS UP: Space shuttle wannabe preps again for test flight

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Joke

All this being careful and aborting for any small reason really has to stop, there needs to put Jebediah Kerman in charge, then there will be a launch as long as the rocket is still standing on the pad! Be it leaky fuel tanks or hurricane winds!

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

Terje

Not being British myself I can't really judge the state of healthcare but if it's anything like Sweden I would hazard a guess that the underlying issues are a lack of budget keeping up with increased wages and increasing population combined with increased cost and complexity of many treatments.

The cost of in this case a smoker is not the cost of an individual, a single individual contracting lung cancer will of course be a net expense, though looking at the whole population of smokers, the percentage that get cancer or any other expensive illness from smoking is low enough to be offset by the decrease in life expectancy and treatment of age related diseases. When looking at total costs, one can't look at individuals but must examine the entire population.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

Terje

While I don't condone counterfeit components or any such, I wonder how FTDI was thinking here as there is no way that this will be good for them.

Reasons.

The fake chips are supposedly "very good" and virtually impossible to identify.

Assuming these chips for any reason end up in the supply chain they can potentially float around the world many times before finally ending up in a product, thus even your reputable local contract manufacturer may end up with a batch of dodgy chips for no fault of there own.

If you are using / planning on using a FTDI chip today and have the ability to swap would you bet that you will never get a dodgy chip in your product and go with them or replace it with something from a company that don't have a history of bricking stuff causing your company major expenses, loss of goodwill and perceived reliability among its customers.

If I were in those shoes they would be out as fast as I could change to something else.

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

Terje

Re: Can someone tell me...

When taking images with mostly any kind of scientific camera, the camera itself is monochrome. Everything you get is a gray scale image, most often with a 16bit depth. In front of that camera you then insert appropriate filters, if you want a colour picture you take three separate images using a red, green and blue filter, these are then combined during processing to give you a colour image. For most scientific endeavours a normal colour image is of very little interest and therefore the filters used are very rarely simple RGB filters so if you want to make a colour picture for public consumption you have to make do with whatever filtered images are available to you and then blend these together so as to produce something natural looking. For many occasions it's actually better to present a gray scale or false colour image to highlight details since the eye has

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Happy

Re: A mass of 2*10^30 kg hydrogen by itself is sufficient to initiate a stable fusion reaction

Now we just needs to build a smallish water tank to put it in to generate steam for our turbines!

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APPLE still building fanbois CULT HQ in Cupertino, it seems

Terje

Re: Totalitarian architecture...

I believe this just showcases Apples lack of hpc experience. Anyone could tell them that a simple ring interconnect would be bad, atleast they should have gone with a 5d torus or a tree!

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