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* Posts by David Knapman

45 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

David Knapman

Re: ?

A mission run by people who can distinguish the difference between comets and asteroids?

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

David Knapman

Given Sasha's track record

Should we expect a website critical of facebooks handling of these sorts of cases to appear shortly?

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Oracle plans German DCs to soothe NSA-ruffled nerves

David Knapman

All well and good

But until the Microsoft vs DOJ case about their Dublin data centre is resolved, it means diddly squat.

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

David Knapman

Just so I'm sure

Just want to check I'm reading this right. The whole line of reasoning is:

If the public knew the truth about Company X, it could harm Company X's commercial interests, therefore the public should not know about this.

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US judge 'troubled' by Apple's $450m bid to end ebook price-fixing row

David Knapman

Re: I still can't understand how no-one goes after amazon

Because it's not illegal to have a monopoly - which I'm not even sure Amazon do have in any particular markets.

If we both set up companies selling the same product, and I happen to be able to sell it for cheaper than you are able to, and so I end up with the majority of customers, that's just the way things are. There's no legal, moral or ethical requirement that I raise my prices, you lower yours, or some government function intervenes, so as to balance the market between both of us.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Danger

The most dangerous object to be making use of whilst driving is the car itself.

So they ought to ban the use of cars whilst driving, and the problem will be solved.

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Australia gets spooks' charter, new leak penalties

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And so...

And, so, we see, that the lesson **has** been learnt from Edward Snowden:

The laws also impose increased penalties for leaking information. A new offence would be created that offers five years in prison for disclosing special intelligence operations, rising to ten years should the disclosure “endanger the health or safety of any person or prejudice the effective conduct of a special intelligence operation”

Maybe not the lesson we wanted our governments to learn...

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Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer

David Knapman

Re: It looks suspiciously like an AE-35 unit

I think space inside the station is reserved for things that benefit from having access to warmth and atmosphere. Computers don't (yet) need either.

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I suspect big and bulky is actually a bonus when you're trying to manipulate things in a spacesuit. You don't want to be dealing with anything that requires fine dexterity to fit.

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Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

David Knapman

Re: Call yourself an editor?

Agreed. The "relations" in "relational databases" are the *tables*, not the links between them.

Which is more obvious if you actually study e.g. relational algebra.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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What's really depressing is that, due to how these stats are collected, we know that these are all machines with access to the internet.

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David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

David Knapman

Gaps?

Would those be the same gaps that companies have been spotting for years? That as soon as a company establishes that there is a worthwhile market in such a gap, BT decides it's actually going to rollout into the same area.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

David Knapman

Re: RE: service charge

Yes. And I'm sure they install the OS and all of their utilities from scratch as well. Do you not think it's quite likely that they have this automated?

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WORLDWIDE SELFIE: Cosmonauts finally get ISS cameras working

David Knapman

Re: UrtheCast

My first reading was urethra, and when I read your "piss poor" comment I wondered if we were heading for a bad pun.

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Tethered and vulnerable: Hotspot password FAIL not just in iPhones

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I'm not sure it counts as brute force

When it takes less than a minute. Maybe it could be described as "delicate force"

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PM Cameron calls for modern, programmable computers! (We think)

David Knapman

He Misspoke

The modern way of using computers is "consumption", not coding. Thou shalt not dare do anything but consume.

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Hitchhikers' Guide was WRONG, Earth is not in a galactic backwater

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Of course

All that the guide itself has to say for Earth is "Harmless" (later updated to "Mostly Harmless")

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$1.5k per complaint. Up to 1,900 gTLDs. Brand owners, prepare to PAY

David Knapman

Doesn't this also forget that trademark rights are limited to particular fields?

I.e. Microsoft don't own a trademark on "Windows", they own a trademark on "Windows" in the field of operating systems (and possibly some other fields, I'm not going to go and chase up their registrations)

Whereas this centralised clearing house seems to grant a trademark holder in one field the ability (possibly) to prevent a legitimate trademark owner for the same name in a different field from registering their domains.

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Space station 'naut supplies Reg with overhead snap of Vulture Central

David Knapman
Alien

What are the blue dots? Anyone know?

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Big Data in creepy hook-up with big-game whales

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I'm hoping that this is jargon

"Segment your users by ... stickiness..."

Or else they have some form of data collection (WebCams?) that I've not noticed before.

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Register readers mostly too ashamed to cop to hideous hoard horrors

David Knapman

Gaius Hammond, who noted: "Unfortunately my camera lens isn't wide enough to include the other half."

What does Gaius's missus have to do with this?

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DEKATRON reborn: Full details on World's Oldest Digital Computer

David Knapman

Solent seems to have moved

Last I checked, it was a little closer to Portsmouth than Plymouth

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US court lifts ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

David Knapman

Who edited this?

"following a ruling that it infringed a key design patent - D’889" - no, the ruling in June was that there was a strong *liklihood* that it would be found, by a Jury, to infringe that patent.

It was the fact that a jury has now *not* found it to be so that leads to the ban being lifted.

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Google Go language gets used: For file-scrambling trojan, though

David Knapman

Who edited this?

The 3 sentences:

The Encriyoko Trojan uses components written in Go, a compiled language developed by the search giant. It first emerged from the Chocolate Factory in 2009. Once installed on a Microsoft Windows PC, the Trojan attempts

Make it sound like the *trojan* was authored by Google.

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Apple: Thanks for the iPhone 5s, China, now get to the BACK of the queue

David Knapman

Eight?

"The eight countries where the iPhone 5 will go on sale first are: the US, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore"

I'm sure there's a special way of counting that makes that work, but I'm not sure what it is...

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Visual Studio 2012: 50 Shades of Grey by Microsoft

David Knapman

Because all developers are equal

"It also seems odd that Microsoft puts so much energy into IDE design rather than, for example, implementing more of C++11 in Visual C++." - yes, because I want someone who's good at IDE design to be implementing complex, close to the metal C++ features.

Not all developers (or designers, etc) are good at the same range of tasks.

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Oracle plans to join Java hardware speed party

David Knapman

Re: Am I missing something?

Agreed - it's almost as if they forgot what the topic was, because up at the top they were talking of "offloading code generation, garbage collection and runtimes" - no mention of graphics at all.

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Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

David Knapman

Re: Biggest thing my cat ever brought in...?

Try a live adult seagull. No idea how it got it through the catflap and a foot long tunnel.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

David Knapman

I'm not sure what you're doing there - but you've got excess ingredients for your bacon buttie. The bread should be moistened purely by the meat juices - butter has no place here.

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WTF is... WiGig

David Knapman

Those annoying sync cables?

You mean the ones that provide power to the other device?

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Oracle accepts a nice round number in damages from Google

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No fair switching the units!

You could at least report that they won £0bn, like the other figures.

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Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

David Knapman
WTF?

It's incredible

Wow. Just wow. I sincerely hope the guys who are running these experiments are reading the el reg comments section. Because you guys are *bound* to be the first ones to think "hmm. maybe there will need to be some serious thought put into this system failing safe".

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Cambridge boffins build laser 'unprinter' to burn pages clean

David Knapman

I've got some bad news for you

If the "currency" you have was printed by a laser printer and normal toner...

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Barnes & Noble answers Microsoft's anti-Android suit

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The real juice

So far as I can see, the best part of B&Ns response is where they point out that one of the patents ('233) was essentially rejected in another form, because of prior art ('552 Cassorla patent), but they failed to bring that prior art to the Patent Offices attention whilst working to get '233 approved.

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Apple smears Web2.0rhea across online support

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If only

there was somewhere you could post a question, asking people to speculate on what benefits and privileges that a high point score might provide...

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Microsoft spends $7.5m on IP addresses

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Is there the remotest possibility

That their *entire portfolio* of IP addresses was represented by more than one block?

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Texas bank robber asked for ID

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I don't know what banks are like in the states

But most banks in the UK don't have a sign up informing you of how much money is currently available for robbery. Do they have interactive screens above each teller, so you can pick which one to target?

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Intel finds flaw in Sandy Bridge chipset

David Knapman

Impressive

"Intel was very clear that there are no flaws in the Sandy Bridge chip designs themselves"

Surely they should only be able to say that there are no known flaws. If they've actually proved that there are no flaws in the design, I'm seriously impressed.

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IPTV UK: failure to launch?

David Knapman

Tense?

Do you lack the ability to distinguish the tense?

"... recently said it believes syndicated BBC material should go solely through ..." would indicate an aim for the future, whereas your comment "... goes via Virgin Media's VoD service, which was, when I had it ..." is talking about your experiences in the past. The two do not overlap.

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Lloyds TSB's online banking system shows no love for Firefox

David Knapman

I just tried www.netscape.com

And I can't find anywhere to download Netscape Navigator...

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IP minister rules out 'three strikes' disconnection law

David Knapman

It has asked companies that produce copyrighted material to contribute to a consultation

Is it planning to ask consumers too, or are we going to have the usual one-sided consultation process?

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Infra-red cameras to tackle congestion in Leeds

David Knapman

Re: It's not the first

@Mark - it is the first *Leeds* High Occupancy lane in the UK. I'm almost certain.

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Shooting stars to dazzle in September...

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3 out of 8

People who've commented seem unable to follow a simple story which a) States that there'll be a rare shower on the 1st September, and b) States that an annual shower will be worth watching on Sunday.

How difficult is it?

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Talking Trojan taunts victims

David Knapman

Re: huh? trojan thats not a trojan.

Um, you might want to go and check your definitions.

A trojan is a program that enters your system under the guise of a non-malicious program. (You know, as in the Trojan horse, whence it gets its name).

The fact that many trojans set up backdoors, etc, is a by-the-by.

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Embedded problems: exploiting NULL pointer dereferences

David Knapman

Exception vectors in RAM

I'm by no means an expert on embedded systems/flash, but I'd imagine that the vectors are in RAM so that the system can react to interrupts and the like *whilst* it's flashing the flash memory.

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