* Posts by richardcox13

106 posts • joined 19 May 2012

Page:

Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

richardcox13

Re: My solution:

> Ground-up restos are spendy, true, but it's still far cheaper than purchasing a new car.

Does that include accounting for your own time at a decent rate?

I doubt it.

3
0

Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

richardcox13

Re: VB

> Strustrupp didn't want C++ to C backward compatibility.

Evidence?

He certainly didn't say that in "Design & Evolution of C++" which goes through the early stages of C++'s evolution from C via "C with Classes".

> Why are people still writing ordinary C

Because they are targeting platforms without C++, or in case where it is (at least perceived that) C++ is unsuitable (too much dynamic memory, polymorphism, ...: too hard to predict exactly what happens). Eg. consider code for a low power embedded system running on a PIC controller with memory measured in hundreds of bytes (or less). And then there is inertia.

> Yes the survey is inaccurate

Of course it is. As every such survey (whether COBOL marketing from MicroFocus or a survey of job advertisements to name two that regularly generate headlines) it is massively biased because of its selection of data sources.

8
1

Firefox preps processor revamp under Project Electrolysis

richardcox13

Re: Memory usage going up?

> Chrome seems to grab one or two[fixed] 50MB process per tab.

"Seems" is the right term. There is a lot of shared working set across those processes (and others).

Here, one Chrome worker process has a working set of some 55MB, but of that almost 22MB is shared.

Just adding up the working set of processes will always end up double counting memory usage in Windows.

TL;DR: Memory in virtual memory systems is complicated. Almost every measure is not what you think it is.

1
0

Hubble spots Pluto's moons are a chaotic mess of tumbling rock

richardcox13
FAIL

> "We are learning that chaos may be a common trait of binary systems,"

Someone needs to go back to school. The Three Body Problem has been known as long as gravity: Newton covered it in Principia…

0
6

There's a Moose loose aboot this hoose: Linux worm hijacks Twitter feeds for spam slinging

richardcox13

Re: Bit of a challenge

> How the hell are we going to get the consumer market[…]

We're not.

That is far too complicated. (And by "far" I mean: distance to the edge of the observable universe far, not round the corner to the chemist.)

Any solution needs to be easy enough that no user interaction is needed, and cheap enough that it becomes the default.

2
0

Analogue modems allow UNSTOPPABLE Android attack ... at 13bps

richardcox13

Re: Ive got a side channel attack.

> Can I be famous now please?

If you were original then maybe. But you are not: https://xkcd.com/538/ hence no.

0
0

Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

richardcox13

Re: taking ordnance to pc parts...

> mythbusters [...] fast machine gun to cut something solid in half

Cut down a tree is the usual aim.

Been done in other programmes as well.

Not cost efficient or time efficient. But does show why one does not want to be in front of such weapons.

0
0

Google makes life easier for mixed-content sysadmins

richardcox13

> why are these sites not using[…]

Content separated from structure (eg. CMS) could well mean no one person controls all the markup.

(And there is always content relative links, eg. //code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.2.min.js, for content from other domains.)

1
0

Boost your attachment size with this one weird trick

richardcox13

Re: No, never increase attachment size limits

> Business knowledge is lost in email. It must be properly filed on a network location, and email only serving links to the latest version.

And now your sales team wants to send a quotation to that potentially very lucrative customer.

Not everyone is connected to the local network ...

0
2

Finally, Mozilla looks at moving away from 'insecure' HTTP. Maybe

richardcox13

Re: Bad idea

And note even IE6 (XP SP3/2003 SP2 and above) supports SNI. (Not in the original versions of those OSs, but it was added later.)

If you have clients from before those relics then it is quite possible even assuming HTTP 1.1 will be a problem, so you have to have a unique address even when unsecure.

0
0
richardcox13

Certificate providers are appearing with ever cheaper (some promising free) certificates.

(This is covered in the linked discussion thread.)

While they won't be EV certificates, as the underlying drafts do consider levels of security, that aspect is covered.

So your "About Me" site gets a free certificate, but as you are not selling anything you are only looking at providing end to end integrity rather than significant identify validation.

At the other end of the scale a medical site or retailer does need to spend some money on their identity. But if they are not willing, how secure is anything they do?

1
0

NASA to put the stars in your hands with coming-soon-now API portal

richardcox13
Go

Compared to an anoying Canadian

> It's also about a thousand times smarter and more interesting.

Talk about damning with faint praise…

1
0

National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

richardcox13

Re: Low IQ Alternative

There is already a standard for it: RFC 3251 "Electricity over IP", but your a couple of weeks out for that.

0
0

ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

richardcox13

Or perhaps, hoist by their own petard.

1
0

Extensive 3D NAND drives very expensive to make

richardcox13
Unhappy

Cost of manufacture isn't just CapEx

> Each year flash costs between 162X and 53X more to make per TB than disk

The graph clearly says cap-ex. But the cost of manufacture is op-ex (eg. staffing), materials and a /proportion/ of cap-ex.

It will be more expensive, but nothing close to the cap-ex multiplier because the other costs will not be anything like as proportionately as big (otherwise flash would already be far more expensive than it is reative to spinning rust).

0
0

What type of storage does your application really need?

richardcox13

> High-end storage: […] Frankly, unless you already have a pile of Fibre Channel disk shelves then go for SATA.

I think someone meant "SAS" there, otherwise the next sentence – backward compatible with SATA – does not make sense (and who does high end storage on SATA?).

0
0

Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud

richardcox13

Re: I'm sure that...

And hope the sign does not sink...

Go stick your head in a pig.

3
0

Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

richardcox13

Re: funny

> First off, several encryption methods been written and tested so there is no longer any reason to invent a new method.

Wrong. New attack techniques are developed, faster computers can brute force longer keys and thus new, more resistant, algorithms are needed and longer key lengths are needed.

For instance DES has never been broken (albeit it was weakened my new attacks), but it can be brute-forced in hours today. Equally SHA1 has been weakened by new attack techniques.

Thus neither DES or SHA1 are suitable for their original purposes despite huge evaluation and analysis through their standardisation processes.

11
3

Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets

richardcox13
Headmaster

Re: We are on high holborn :- currently looking like we will be down another day

>f ISO 25999?

What's that?

Or are you mixing (now withdrawn) BS 25999 and (its replacement) ISO 22313?

1
0

Dino-boffins discover ancient, TOOTHY-CLAWED, four-eyed MONSTER LOBSTER

richardcox13
Coat

Re: Weird thought

> They probably tasted like chicken.

Can't have done. Chicken (or any birds for that matter) had yet to evolve.

0
0

Marathon race ace FOUND ON MARS – NASA boffins overjoyed

richardcox13

Re: Obligatory xkcd

http://xkcd.com/1504/

This time it is Opportunity.

0
0

SNIA examines standardised access to object-based disk drives

richardcox13

Re: A solution in search of a problem?

> looks to me like they are trying to turn every hard disc into a NAS box

[without all the benefits]

Indeed. Instead of open set of code managing redundancy (with a support contract), you end up with every application doing it. Mostly poorly (inevitably).

0
0

National Lottery sleeps through Sunday

richardcox13

Re: "timestamps don't translate well"

Twitter displays the date/time of other's tweet's in your locale. Unless they are recent, then it displays something like "+20 min".

Thus Vulture South would need to translate the offset into a local time, and then perform the timezone conversion, Neither difficult, but it was a Sunday :-).

0
0

Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year

richardcox13

Re: All I want to know is...

> Seriously, Alt+F to open the menu, [...]

Press ALT: see ribbons overlaid with the available short cuts. As you enter them more specific ones appear.

Once you know where the command is on the ribbon (they are easier to find as the organisation is far more consistent, but you're used to the inconsistency of the menus).

So to sort a table: Alt-JO and the Table Tools Layout tab is opened, SO and the sort dialog is open.

And this works even if the ribbon is collapsed (Control-F1 to toggle).

The ribbon is different, but it is not hard.

4
4

NASA preps lobotomy for Opportunity rover to cure amnesia

richardcox13

Necessary XKCD Reference

http://xkcd.com/695/

(Wrong rover, but applies even more so.)

3
0

Crack open more champagne, Satya, XP's snowballing to HELL

richardcox13
Stop

Re: Meaningless statement by useless stats mangler - film at 11

You'll continue getting support.

Because it does not end in January, only "mainstream support" (ie. new features being added) ends in January, Bug fixing and security patching go on until "extended support" ends in 2020.

But then I expect you know that. Troll.

8
2

Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder

richardcox13

Re: "issues with our 2003 servers"

While Fasthosts may have no such legacy applications, their customers may well have legacy applications.

(And I agree, I read it initially as "that's a very specific number of servers" :-))

0
0

Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

richardcox13

Re: Reasons for traditional HD

> Give us a small and cheap but very fast PCI card to boot and run our O/Ses from!

Have you looked at M.2 flash cards (on motherboards with the appropriate support)?

Of course they have capacities that mean you can skip a SATA flash disk and just back it up with the large spinning rust for bulk storage if required.

1
0

ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

richardcox13

> Why is this different from using a telephoto lens on a camera?

Well the camera is remote, potentially significantly remote, from the operator (photographer).

And unlike, conventional, helicopter based news filming, a UAV is far less noticeable while being able to get much closer.

Then you get into the difference between private only use and commercial use (eg. requirements for release forms).

So it is somewhat different. But I suspect it'll take a court case or few to really determine the rules.

2
0

Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

richardcox13

… and in other news

Arboreal areas contain ursine turds.

0
0

Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

richardcox13
Thumb Up

Re: It's excellent

Just received a nice dead tree edition... and wondering what's happened to the time :-)

There have been some updates compared to the online versions (plus some extras), so worth it even if you do read http://what-if.xkcd.com/

4
0

Microsoft unloads monster-sized can of bug spray on Internet Explorer, again

richardcox13

Re: I don't understand...

> ... Why is MS still releasing patches for IE6?

Server 2003 is still in support (until April 2014 IIRC), and shipped with IE6. Hence it gets patching because Microsoft's policy is currently to support all IE versions that work on a supported OS version.

However, as of Jan 2016, that will change (as announced recently), with only the latest compatible IE supported on each OS.

0
0

Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

richardcox13

Re: Disappointing

Good point. After all they only need to return status 418 (even if not short and stout).

This article is about Tea; HTCPCP is about coffee.

0
0

LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

richardcox13
Thumb Up

> VinceH I think we got hit by the same inspiration particle!

Clearly some form of particle cloning going on, because it seems to be bouncing around here as well!

However, in proper abbreviation creation mode I reverse the last two words:

Arboreal Recognition System for Evasion.

1
0

Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

richardcox13

The difference between "update to [get to] V31" and "update [applied] to V31": the ambiguities are strong in this one.

5
0

50,000 sites backdoored through shoddy WordPress plugin

richardcox13

Re: Where is line 91?

I would assume the malware (incorrectly) injects quite a few lines of its own code knowing it is a file that is executed for each request.

0
0

Ever wanted to be a Playmonaut? El Reg's Vulture 2 spaceplane sim reveals what it's like

richardcox13

More content needed in simulator...

Maybe something like this: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/flowers-in-space-azuma-makoto-exobiotanica/

Gives the heroic pilot something to look at while hurtling along.

Is there anything people won't put below a weather balloon?

0
0

CERN data explains how Higgs heavies other matter

richardcox13

Re: femtobarns

Well according to another place (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_%28unit%29):

> Other related units are […] the shed (10^(−24) b (1 yb), or 10^(−52) m^2) […]

which makes a nanoshed really rather small indeed.

0
0

Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

richardcox13
Mushroom

Re: Black space craft? Whatever could go wrong

> The space craft that belonged to Hotblack Desiato I believe,

Correct. While he took a year dead (for tax reasons).

You might need to consider doing the same should you book Disaster Area for the local church fête: governments are likely to be unhappy with the wholesale breach of strategic arms limitation treats.

2
0

NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

richardcox13
Go

For Updates...

follow https://twitter.com/NASA_LSP for launch updates (including relevant links to NASA TV) to see if NASA can get it up (next time).

2
0

Wake up, grandad: All the techies use social media

richardcox13

Re: Since I started using the internet in 1998,

> I guess that makes me a dinosaur!

I started about it 1988, so what does that make me… or rather does that make you just a newbie?

That new fangled web thingy, it might just catch on...

> Can I yell 'Get off my lawn!' now?

Wait in line youngster! If you've not had to work out UUCP bang paths for email addresses you've had it too easy. (El Reg's Approach! To Yahoo! Related! Headlines! Brings! Back! Bad! Memories!)

8
0

Redmond promises IE8 patch is in the pipeline

richardcox13

Re: What is the risk of this bug really?

> XP is end of lifed

So what? IE8 is the default browser on a new install of Windows 7; thus its support ends with Win7.

4
0

Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

richardcox13

Re: We need more...

Check out of the rest of YouTube channel.

Making a pulse-jet a bog-brush stand to power a BBQ is memorable.

3
0

Super-heavy element 117 DOES exist – albeit briefly. Got any berkelium handy?

richardcox13

Re: How about...

> Unobtainium

It has been obtained, so that does not seem appropriate.

How about "hardtogetium"?

6
0

Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

richardcox13

Re: Which box?

> to occasionally record Channel 5 shows

I suspect the C5 EPG data is at fault. I see most series jumping to C5+1 from time to time.

This seems to have always been the case with C5 on every FreeView PVR I've used. Other channels do not have the same problem.

Therefore I think this might, for once, not be BT but the data source: Channel 5.

0
0

Target finally implements chip and PIN card protections

richardcox13

Re: two factor?

With chip & pin the two factor is (1) something you have (the card) and (2) something you know (the PIN).

With online it is something like (1) something you know (password) and (2) something you have (mobile to receive the second code).

Three factor systems add something you are (a biometric).

1
0

Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

richardcox13

Re: I don't get it..

> why expect a length parameter at all ? That is metadata that can be calculated quite trivially.

How? A socket connection is just a stream of octets, there are no record delimiters (except as provided by your own protocol).

And then you need to detect with partial data (eg. interruption on the network).

5
0

QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

richardcox13

Re: Deal With It!

> A triangular rubber coin 6,800 miles along each side?

Fiddling small change then, and thus not accepted by glacta-banks.

1
0

BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

richardcox13

Re: HTTPS compulsory?

> Someone better tell El Reg then.

Indeed.

More than a little of the pot calling the kettle black here.

0
0

Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

richardcox13

They certainly do use images.

But the images are always the complete install (a "diff" image would work, but only for the same base).

However there are a lot if images to manage and maintain: different OS editions/versions, different Office editions/versions, ...

This soon becomes a rather large number each patch Tuesday.

1
0

Page:

Forums