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* Posts by Silverburn

1604 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Cameron to ink cyber deal with India, protect Brit outsourced data

Silverburn

Re: Clueless security

Methinks the powers should look at how operators access that data - afterall, it's far more likely it's the operators doing the leaking - and the business/application processes that allow such leaks to occur - rather than a problem with the basic server security itself.

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Re: Right we get the point but

You mean to say there's a problem with India? Are you implying that India call centres and data centres leaks like sieves? No...you jest. Surely not.

/sarcasm.

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Alibaba takes ANOTHER swing at Google with search engine launch

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Facepalm

Ah yes, Alibaba...

...that quality market for the purveyors of quality goods.

Pinarello Dogma 2 frames for as little as £600. They're genuine. Honest. We don't know why any of the high street retailers are charging £4,000. They must be rippiing you off. Because the genuines we sell are only £600. So what if the seat tube is all wrong, and the colours are from last year. Ours are genuine and won't smash into a million pieces on the first pothole impaling you with dodgy carbon fibre. No sirree.

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MIT boffin teases space-station probe's DARK MATTER DISCOVERY

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Boffin

an upcoming paper will reveal a major breakthrough in dark matter research

It's darker than we thought folks.

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Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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The iMacs are quite hard to get at the moment, which could be because the market has decided that OS X is preferable to win 8...

I'm a mac fan, but even I know this is not true. I suspect imac shortages are due to manufacturing issues with the new cases and screens, since Apple disappeared up it's own arse so much that the machines are now difficult to manufacturer, upgrade (21" specifically) or recycle.

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Re: Gates quote - XBox is a success myth

as their market is under fire from mobile and up-coming competition from Linux consoles, including one from Valve

Pendantry alert: For a market to be under fire from something, that something actually needs to exist. The valve console is still very much vapourware, as far as the consumer is concerned.

The points about about mobile games is correct, but not for the reasons you assume - it's because mobile gaming is "the new thing"...current consoles are 4-5 years old, and not "the new thing". Recent console sales have actually been ok. There is no direct evidence that console sales are being lost to mobile. They appear to be two different markets.

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Twitter row goes to court, beak says man must cough £17,500

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Re: I still don't get the point of Twitter

I always thought it was as pointless as facebook, just with less characters. I'm still not sure why I should use one over the other, even if I could be bothered.

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Re: @boldman

All seems a bit of a fuss over a bunch of slow hardshelled creatures.

You might find these easier to spot in your lasagne though, given lasagne is not meant to be teeth-shatteringly crunchy. Unless it's cooked by me, of course.

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Any storm in a port

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Re: I have one plug that works *every* time..

I get mine wrong, because it's right next to the microphone 3.5mm jack.

Every frickin' time.

I'm sure the "unknown microphone detected" message I subsequently get on screen is actually my PC's code for "You are an utter loser."

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Apple design bloke Ive finally honoured properly - with Blue Peter badge

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Terminator

In his defence, if you have children it's almost compulsory.

As a parent, you learn things a grown man is not supposed to know, purely by having childrens TV inflicted on you. Like knowing all the characters in "In the night garden", for example, and how to spot the pinky-ponk from the ninky-nonk, purely by the theme tune.

Please. Kill me now.

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Happy

Jony Ive fondly remembers making a paintbrush holder out of an old detergent bottle

Bet you he still managed to whale song to buggery the fit & finish, performance and design though. It was - no doubt - the most magical paintbrush holder *in the world*.

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Ex-pats take note: China IT salaries set to jump 40 per cent

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Re: Looks to me like a viable option

Two crucial omissions in your comment:

- Tax (high...ish)

- Cost of Living (lower...ish)

It's still a +1 because you'd still be better off than here when these are factored in...

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Crucial question after asteroid near-miss: How big was rock in Olympic pools?

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Boffin

Re: "The meteorite has been estimated at 17 metres" A mere pebble in other words :P

Doubly amusing because even if the fighters were airborne at the time, and actually in a position/heading to perform an intercept and travelling at their maximum speed (lets assume a mig does 2.1mach in favourable conditions), the rock was (allegedly) still travelling at 54,000km/hr...

...a mere 20x faster than the fighters top speed. It would be like trying to outsprint a TGV when it came past at full tilt (I could have quoted a UK intercity train, but frankly you might actually win).

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Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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Windows

installing vs uninstalling

Frankly...if they'd make the IE uninstall process a lot better (ie by actually removing it), I'd be a lot happier.

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Inside Microsoft's Surface Pro: A fiendishly difficult journey

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Coat

Recycling

What's bizzare is that all electronic manufacturers are obliged to make their products more recyclable (though this varies country by country).

So while I accept the "throwaway" economics, I simply can't understand why they're making recycling harder, not easier?

Mine's the hemp one with the CND badge.

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Windows

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...

...then Apple must love MS for this.

Though it would not surprise me if they still sued for MS, on the basis that they patented the "worst upgradeable device ever", and now MS have gone and improved on that design.

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Doped nanotubes boost lithium battery power three-fold

Silverburn

Re: Mmmmm. @ Tee Cee

Methinks advancements in quantum physics will be the only way to understand female logic.

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Silverburn
Flame

Re: My Samsung Galaxy SIII needs a good battery

You dare speak against the holiness that is android and/or Samsung! Don't you realise they are faultless and perfect, and far superior in every way to all other phones, especially to the "fruity one"?

You must be holding it wrong. No wait - that's the other fanboi camp...

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Journo says Elon Musk apologized for Tesla battery fiasco

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Happy

Re: electric handbrakes

The next Tesla, an MPV is called the Tesla X, no doubt to capitalise on the Dragon X.

If it can me and the kids into low earth orbit on the way to Tesco's and in a cost effective and reuseable way, I can't wait to preorder one.

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Silverburn

Re: 6 of 1, 1/2 dozen of the other?

"Petrol gives you range, reliability, global reach, convenience and performance. Electrics...don't."

Think about that carefully again.

Ok, I will.

Reliability? Electric has *far* fewer moving and component parts and is potentially a lot more reliable.

I agree...but potentially reliable != reliable today

...or do you mean that you can buy petrol where you can't get electricity?

Yes. Because you can.

I'd dispute that, as there are a lot more electrical outlets in the world than petrol pumps.

Maybe, but they're all different sockets, different voltages, and only located in towns. And for flat dwellers, charging from your home circuit is impossible.

Petrol is standardised worldwide (see RON), petrol doesn't suffer from performance issues in cold temps, the pump nozzles are all the same, and in the middle of a desert, you'll find a pump before you find a charging point *today*.

I consider it more convenient to get in and plug a car in that I do going to a petrol station. I don't know in what other way petrol is more convenient. What say you?

Plugging is the easy bit...if you can find one...and find one that fits your car...and the voltages are compatible...and if you don't mind the HOURS of waiting for a full charge, even on fast charge. Petrol filling wins massively.

Performance? 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, and a 12 second 1/4 mile. 125mph top speed is generally enough for most occasions, too. What does your car do it in? That 0-60 time is a genuinely staggering number. And that's not good enough?

If you read what I said, I acknowledge electric performance. circa 100% torque from 1-2rpm will never be matched by petrol.

By all means slate the car for it's genuine downsides (range and recharge time), but there's no need to just pluck some other stuff out of the air and state it as fact.

1. range and recharge time...low temps performance, convenience

2. It is fact. You're the one trying to pluck stuff out the air.

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Silverburn

Re: 6 of 1, 1/2 dozen of the other?

The whole problem with *current* electrics (cars and infastructure) is that it's a degredation of the lifestyle a petrol car gives you. It's a step backwards.

Petrol gives you range, reliability, global reach, convenience and performance. Electrics...don't. So what he left it outside in the cold without a charger plugged in? That's a step *backwards*. Stopping every 200 miles, instead of every 400-600? Backwards. Fluctuations in range/performance due to temperature? Backwards. Hours to fill up, instead of 5 minutes? Backwards.

Electrics need to *advance* the concept of "the car" - on all fronts - if they are to be accepted. They need to be BETTER - the next generation, if you will. They need to be faster (ok, they can be already), have better range, have better reliability and have more convenience. We are a long, long way from that, and that's *exactly* what these types of articles prove. Being "green" (and that's questionable) is not enough.

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Silverburn

Re: Don't get me started on electronic handbrakes

That and it's probably got that "electronic hill hold" thingy as well.

So they introduced 2 bits of (expensive) technology to replace *one* simple one that was working perfectly well and didn't need replacing.

<slow clap>

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USA sinks Atlantic cable plan over Huawei worries

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Stop

sub 60ms

Pfft. That's certainly not going to improve my success against the pimple-faced youths in Black Ops 2.

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Imation takes $310.2m hit in hellish, wallet-draining 4th quarter

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Facepalm

Imation management having grown the annual loss by 800 per cent

Well done. Well done indeed. Bonuses all round?

<slow clap>

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Higgs hunt halts as CERN prepares LHC upgrades

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Pint

Re: Wigner effect

Mine's a pint of Wigners please.

In a lead glass, apparently.

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Super Proton Synchrotron

Over at the Super Proton Synchrotron, meanwhile, 1o0 kilometres of radiation-damaged cables will be replaced

1. How f*ing cool is the name "Super Proton Synchrotron". Someone at CERN has been watching too many "Gerry Anderson" series...

2. Radiation damaged cables? How? And why 100km?

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Boffin

Understatement

...the 2008 incident that crashed the facility...

"Crashed" is a bit of an understatement...how about "catastrophic failure"..? Afterall, crash implies a simple "Have you tried turning it off and on again?" might fix it - the 2008 incident involved replacement of considerable number of physical component and cryogas, and *then* it was "rebooted" then slowly re-frozen.

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Apple refreshes MacBook Pro range

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Facepalm

doesn't offer the chance to add to the 8GB of memory the machine possesses when it leaves Apple's artisanal manufacturing workshop, but it is possible to configure the machines with up to 768GB of solid state disk

Why the restriction on RAM? Surely it's just a simple 2 minute job of popping the ram cover off, and slotting in 2 new....ah wait.

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Recipe for a bad day: 'State-backed hackers are attacking your PC'

Silverburn

Re: Linux is a strong solution

Secure VPN is a no-no too...if the machine is compromised by the web channel, all it does is expose the machine to your internal network, unless you have some abstraction as well (eg Citrix apps) and no other routes out the VPN DMZ.

No, better to abstract the application layer, slap in some 2FA and do some session validation and mutual auth transport encryption.

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Silverburn

Re: Linux is a strong solution

Seriously Eadon, did you just cut and paste that in there from another article?

You might wanna go read the article again. It's mainly about gmail. Even the first line will give you a clue:

Several Burmese journalists and foreign correspondents have been warned by Google that their Gmail accounts may have compromised by “state-sponsored attackers”.

Now...tell me...how will Linux's "foundational security architecture" protect my gmail account...which is hosted at Google, and already on Linux (Wikipedia link), and built on possibly the world best and most customised high availabilty storage/OS stack?

LINUX, Apple or PC...if they are being targetted, the attack vector will be the feeble and gullible human, not the technical one, and the aim is to get them to compromise their own machines. Spear phishing, I think we call it these days.

The solution is to not trust the session, and use some 2FA at the front door. Which is exactly what Google are proposing to do for these guys.

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Capita bosses defend £30m migrant-poking IT deal with Border Agency

Silverburn

What we bring to it is process, rule-based systems, and workflow management tools.

Oh, that gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling, knowing my tax pounds are going to good use...

/sarcasm.

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

Silverburn

Re: Cold weather and cold batteries

Batteries work best at a relatively constant warm temperature, cold will kill the charge, heat will kill the battery itself.

Which is why they're pretty much doomed as a reliable energy source for vehicles sold anywhere other than SoCal.

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Silverburn

Re: NewsFlash: Electric Cars require FULL charge for FULL range.

NewsFlash: Electric Cars with enough charge to travel 185 miles should be able to do that, regardless of charge level.

Given the consequences of fuel depletion in an electric car, they should have *even more* accurate range calculators than those in a petrol engined car.

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Still on the Top Gear theme

We all know about the cars *driven* by cocks...is there a new category for cars *made* by cocks?

Your car didn't do well in the real world...again...no point being a cock about it.

On the upside...damn, this is a good looking car.

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Fire danger as iOS mislocates towns, again

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Coat

Re: Apple - Arse - Elbow.

Does that also mean there's an elbow end of Australia as well, and the two get mixed up a lot?

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Eager students, huge racks - yes, undergrad cluster wrestling is back

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Coat

Eager students, huge racks

Damn. It's not that.

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Samsung laptops can be NUKED by ANY OS – even Windows: new claim

Silverburn

Re: QA whats that then

Easy as it might be to call this a QA issue, it probably wasn't in their spec to test LINUX installs on this hardware. They would have been given a number of official scenarios, and tested those and a few secondary scenaros as well. Anything else would not "be supported" so no testing.

And even then, not all found issues are fixed; sometimes they generate a helpline script to be followed, and just accept it as "a feature". Dell, Apple and HP all have history here.

However, if this is indeed exploitable via one of the "supported" OS'es, and all it takes is a different install vector (eg: verbose install from DVD? boot from SD card?), then Samsung really do have some QA questions to answer.

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Dish boss on ad-skipping service: 'I don’t want to kill ads'

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Thumb Up

Indeed. Witness a recent "1 hour program" I watched the other day.

10mins of program, 5 mins of ads. repeat a further 3 times.

I downloaded it on itunes later in the year, and without the ads the program was only 38 minutes long. So in one hour, 37% of my viewing was ads. In some US stations, this can be even higher.

Needless to say I download more now, and watch TV a lot less.

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Thumb Up

ad skipping technology: Something you want to should about, because it's good tech, and ad avoidance is a good thing. But if everyone used it, Ads wouldn't see a benefit in funding stations/media any more, and the costs would have to go somewhere. So you can't shout about it.

So i say - officially - down with Ad blockers.

Unofficially...I'm off to my secret Ad-free lair...

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Chrome OS code suggests Chromebook Pixel could be real

Silverburn

Re: resolution up to 2560 by 1700

Apple fixed this on their retina displays by offering a control panel for "2 for 1" style upscaling of pixels for certain onscreen elements. The benefit being you can maintain stuff like font sharpness, while maintaining the physical size of "touchable" elements.

I imagine Google will do something similar.

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The Register Guide to Windows Server 2012

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Re: Where are the register Linux server guides

I mean, seriously, the stuff that you Windows guys come out with beggars belief. It's truly scary in its naivete.

Pot...kettle...

TCO - check your licence and support contract first. As a lowly peon in a mega corp with *hundreds* of Win servers and Redhat servers, I can tell you the TCO gap is not as wide as you imply. In fact the adoption of Redhat cost us *more* in years 1 and 2 as the integration was not smooth.

Scalability - Actually win2k12 64bit scales well, and makes good use of hypervisor for VM scaling too. Based on Redhat vs w2012 on standard 1U HP units, it's about the same. The limitations are physical.

AD vs LDAP. The performance will depend entirely on performance tuning. The OS is pretty much irrelevant, because the performance tuning affects it far more than the OS does. Of course Eadon, you will be able to quote sources for your statement...?

One thing you did get right: Exchange is horrid. But it does start to make sense once you scale to Enterprise sizes, with multiple distributed nodes and stores (now that the 16gb limit is gone).

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Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock

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Devil

Re: Holy cow get a life!

How about Redhat? They wear red hats. Ergo they must be evil. Well, their support pricing is, at least.

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Re: No desirable 128GB versions and too many 64GB ones

El Reg also said that recent droid tablets were better value than ipads...but people are still buying ipads in droves. Sometimes people just don't listen to sense.

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Silverburn

I'd go further and say there was no driver at the controls either, apparently.

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Curiosity raises mighty robotic fist, punches hole in Mars

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Coat

Re: Drill bits made in the UK

And it actually worked???

First thing out of Dorset that did...

Yes, yes, I know the way.

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Silverburn

Re: "another proud day for America"

American definition of international = "Hawaii".

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Coat

Re: Yeah, bu (t)...

Additionally, uranus' small size and non-optimal location does make [orbital] insertion tricky.

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Silverburn

Re: Robocowboys

Robodentists too.

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Silverburn

Re: Funny

There's no blood or severed finger ends in shot though, so it's definitely not one of mine.

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Bit9 hacked after it forgot to install ITS OWN security product

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Facepalm

<--- This

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