* Posts by richardcox13

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Samsung intros super-speedy consumer SSDs, 'fastest M.2s ever'

richardcox13

Re: Has to be said:

> Those are blazing fast .......

ISWYDT

That said, having a 961 (the, currently available OEM version), the term "ludicrous speed" starts to make sense (for example on startup the BIOS part is unnoticeably longer than OS boot time).

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Are you sure you want to outsource IT? Yes/No. Check this box to accept Ts&Cs

richardcox13

Re: Cyber Essentials Plus

> since most cloud providers do not seem to be certified to anything;

But not all. Eg. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/trustcenter/Compliance/default.aspx

Includes one for UK.GOV (towards the bottom).

[This is no way a suggestion that Azure is "secure" (whatever that means), just that there is at least one provider that is getting certified.]

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BT's Wi-Fi Extender works great – at extending your password to hackers

richardcox13

Re: Why didn't they spend some time testing the product before releasing it?

> test it properly first

Please define "properly" for this purpose.Without that definition you fall into the trap of trying to prove a negative.

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Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January

richardcox13

Re: Dumb idea IMO..

> Unless you're trying to support IE on Windows XP, you'll rarely find a case

Make that pre-SP2 Windows XP. SNI client support was added in SP2.

If your client's are using Windows XP without SP2, then they have bigger problems than a few security warnings. But as Chrome now requires at least Windows 7, they won't get the warnings anyway.

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Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

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Boffin

> this is simply a [malware] disaster waiting to happen

Only if someone manages to break the signing and thus create a replacement file that works as an update with the same signature.

When downloading updates direct from MS today they are downloaded over HTTP, not HTTPS. But the signatures are downloaded on HTTPS and checked against the patches downloaded without a secure channel. This avoids the overhead of encrypting the patches for each client while performing the same content validation a secure channel would given (remember TLS both validates the content came from the correct server and hides the content on the network: the latter is irrelevant in this case as anyone can download the patches already).

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SpaceX blast kills Zuck's sat

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Some coverage elsewhere (eg. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37247077)

Quote: "Local emergency officials described the incident as a 'catastrophic abort during a static test fire'."

Sounds like an sudden unscheduled disassembly.

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Ireland's govt IT: Recession and job cuts forced us to adapt

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> "Information and Computing Technology".

I thought it was "Information and Communications Technology", everyone outstide government and education would just use "IT".

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Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

richardcox13

Re: re: 1970 thinking.

>The fact that you think computers can do more than one thing at a time, rather

> than spend a tiny amount of time doing one thing then swtiching to another one,

> shows a staggering lack of understanding

And when was the last time you used a computer without multiple CPUs/cores?

Current systems really do multi-task.

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Intel's latest diversity report shows numbers at a standstill

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FAIL

> the figure was bumped up a mere 0.1 per cent, from 0.5 to 0.6 per cent.

I know journalists are not famed for their mathematical skills but this is a technical publication so needs calling out.

An increase from 0.5 to 0.6 is a twenty percent increase. It may only be 0.1 percentage points, but 0.1 is a large proportion of 0.5.

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Billion-tonne IceCube: Sterile neutrino does not exist

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Re: Back of the envelope calculation = awesome

> through 29m of solid ice?

This is glacial ice: transparent.

The ice we normally see is full of crystal flaws and is therefore optically translucent.

Given a few thousand years of serious compression (under a km of ice) these flaws are force out and the ice becomes optically clear.

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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

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Re: Inflated prices...

> 15 years ago a typical business workstation would have and realistically need perhaps a 20GB drive

I think you mean 25 years age: start of the 90s, 40MB was large buyt increasingly common.. A decade later – after the millennium – hundreds of megs if not a gig was normal.

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Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

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Re: It's all rather depressing really

> Microsoft documentation is well-known for being accurately unhelpful.

Usually a case of reference documentation is not helpful until you know the basics. Oracle takes this to the maximum: unless you know a lot about the statement already the reference documentation is completely unreadable (often within the first few paragraphs they're talking about edge cases dependent on database version and/or option settings).

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The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!

richardcox13

> Wow, we are a load of language snobs, aren't we?

Not really, not (until now) a single mention on Clojure, OCAML, Haskell, …

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richardcox13
Boffin

Re: Ah, just like real projects

> Is it also possible to request a language that is less noddy

Indeed, what's wrong with Ook, a Befunge, or – perhaps best – whitespace?

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TP-Link abandons 'forgotten' router config domains

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Re: Internet Rip-Off

> Sigh, another example of how the Internet market has become just another way to screw money out of businesses.

How?

TP-Link chose to use different domains for those functions rather than just a URL (or IP address). That they failed to maintain functions they created is their failure.

It is nothing to do with the massive expansion of TLDs.

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Hubble spies rare cosmic tadpole galaxy

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Boffin

Re: but no indication how far away it is?

If you look at section 2 of the paper it says 24.5 Mpc.

For this purpose I'll round that to 25 Mpc. Which is 7.714e+23m.

IIRC one linguine is 15cm so that's 5.14e24 linguine, so – just so I can use the prefix – 5.1 Yottalinguine.

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Docker taps unikernel brains to emit OS X, Windows public betas

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Re: Wondering how long...

> What *would* be extremely useful is running Windows software on Linux.

That is coming: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/DevelopersCanRunBashShellAndUsermodeUbuntuLinuxBinariesOnWindows10.aspx

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Champagne supernova in the sky: Shockwaves seen breaking star

richardcox13

Re: Supernova Fusion

> I think (but may be wrong) that stars normal fusion process can create atoms up to iron[…]

You're not wrong.

Fe-56 to be precise.

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Mozilla will emit 'first version' of Servo-based Rust browser in June

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> Also, FWIW, Chrome for example ain't exactly svelte once you add up all the various processes' RAM use.

That will seriously over count on virtual memory based systems because on such systems there will be significant sharing.

On contemporary OSs memory usage is a not a simple topic, there is no simple way to count the memory usage of even a single process. For a start what do you mean by "memory usage": working set, commit, private allocation, address space allocation, or …?

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Tandy 102 proto-laptop still alive and beeping after 30 years, complete with AA batteries

richardcox13

> machine's much-better-than-a-ZX-Spectrum keyboard

There is damning with faint praise, and then there is this statement.

Is it possible to have a worse keyboard (outside of some ruggedised niche)?.

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Microsoft explanation for Visual Studio online outage leaves open questions

richardcox13

Re: SQL Server 2014 memory allocation

> It is not clear from the blog whether this is a custom version of SQL Server 2014

> used internally by Microsoft, or whether it is the production release.

No it isn't a custom internal version, but the SQL Server used in Azure is not the same as the version you would deploy locally. See Books Online reference for lots of differences. That said they are mostly the same.

> anyone running SQL Server 2014 in SQL Server 2014 compatibility

> mode is likely to suffer issues with massive over-allocation of memory to

> queries and stored procs.

"is likely": no, not likely. Otherwise current users of SQL Server 2014 (which has been around now for almost two years) would have noticed.

However you could hit the same bug: in which case raise a support issue to get early access to the fix.

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richardcox13

If you want some detail...

A much more detailed write up:

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2016/02/05/vs-team-services-incidents-on-feb-3-4/

and

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2016/02/06/a-bit-more-on-the-feb-3-and-4-incidents/

The latter includes some rather low level details...

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

richardcox13

Re: Lower to uppercase

> I appreciate that was probably very old code... but you do realise that changing case in ASCII is just a bitwise operation?

Only if it is truly ASCII: 7 bit encoding, nothing accented.

Once you need to deal with wider encodings or outside the USA then it breaks down.

Even if all the characters are unaccented it will not work (see Turkish I Problem).

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Watch: SpaceX Dragon capsule breathes fire during crucial hover test

richardcox13

Re: flash?

I don't know: give users HTML5 and then they'll also demand TLS for pages with a login.

And indeed we should have these things.

> 2015

Perhaps when you catch up with the rest of us in 2016? :-)

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

richardcox13

Re: Well what worked best before?

> That's one of the very few XKCD strips that confuses me

http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/689:_FIRST_Design

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Happy 30th birthday, IETF: The engineers who made the 'net happen

richardcox13

> the internet grew faster than any technology has ever grown in the history of man and yet it never failed, faltered or fell over

It may never have failed but it has certainly faltered.

I can't be the only one who remembers the "Great Internet Worm" of 1988, when some 40% of the hosts online were taken out.

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

richardcox13

Re: The drive's a Seagate...

> Does that mean that, due to relativity, there is a tangible time difference between the inside and outside of the disc?

Yes, since any velocity or space-time distortion will give a change. But I doubt it will be much.

Assuming the outer edge of the data area of the platters is 3", I get a linear speed of 21.6m/s.

Which gives a adjustment, of special relativity, of 0.0026%.

However, this is non-linear motion so general relativity applies. Which reverses the effect. But I've no idea by how much.

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Beyond iTunes: XML boffins target sheet music

richardcox13

Re: Eh?

> I'm 'writing' using a computer font, I'm stuck with a single set of characters

No you are not.

Look up "Font Stylistic Sets": a single (Open Type) font/typeface can include multiple variations of each glyph; which can then vary contextually (shape is influenced by surrounding characters).

Unicode supports this with Variation Selectors.

Even Word (recent versions) supports this. Select a suitable font (eg. Gabriola) and use the Advanced tab of Font settings to change the stylistic set. Compare sets 1 and 7 for obvious differences.

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Seagate wears dunce's cap in hi-cap disk ship slip

richardcox13

Re: Gah, that chart hurts my head!

> Also, the chart shows shipped capacity

Exactly.

Someone has a spin they want to push, and has designed a chart to help that spin.

Consider units would have the 8GB section an eighth the height and the 10GB section a tenth. The latter would essentially disappear.

That said, net revenue would perhaps be a more useful scale but unlikely any of the companies publish sufficiently detailed sales data.

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Amazon: Just to let you know, Oracle's cloud is so 2011. That's all

richardcox13

Re: Looks to me as if Oracle is rolling on the business as usual train

> Depends on what Microsoft includes in Cloud Revenue - these figures are quite easy to manipulate by any party.

Exactly. I seem to recall reading on these pages that MS includes Office 365 (to work Amazon has no equivalent).

However, like much in accounting, where the lines are drawn is completely arbitrary. If MS is using Office 365 to fund Azure development by making use of it, then so be it. In much the same way Amazon started AWS based on its own internal need for computing resources.

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German Govt mulls security standards for SOHOpeless routers

richardcox13

Re: So it begins..

> get messed up by patents and trade secrets

Patents: no, they're published anyway.

Trade Secrets: if the company goes bust then that's no loss; if they choose to end support then they have chosen to reveal those secrets.

Ie. it is still their choice.

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richardcox13

Re: So it begins..

> but there are two ways round this :

And the third, and well established in the business software world: escrow. If the vendor goes out of business customers get all the design and software information, including source code.

I would push for more: either the manufacturer must fix security issues in a timely manner (eg. 7 calendar days for remote code execution), or make the entire device – hardware and software – open source (including any tools required to maintain and update it).

So either update yourself or let others do it,

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Microsoft previews cloudy Active Directory Domain Services

richardcox13

Re: Interesting development in the cloud tug of war

> Have an upvote, but I would never allow my connection to AD to

> have the achilles heel such as needing an internet connection.

Hence the approach of running one AD tree in Azure and another in the office(s) with a trust relationship between them.

This is only worth it when you have enough resources in Azure that the centralised authentication, authorisation, and group policy justify the extra infrastructure (much less than previously) and cost (including someone to do the admin).

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Crypto cadre cloud-cracks SHA-1 with just $75k of compute cost

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FAIL

> It would take more time to crack MD5 using current technology than[…]

No, it is done, and has been done, repeatedly. Creating a second document with the same MD5 hash requires small resources. This is old news.

Hence dropping support for MD5 in certificates across all crypto libraries.

I suggest you update your crypto knowledge from the 90's.

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AVG to flog your web browsing, search history from mid-October

richardcox13

Re: We wont pay for data slurping pesterware

> Eset, just get Eset nod32, not the cheapest but its worth it..

Please no. Thankfully getting rid of it here.

Lots of random "ESET needs attention" popups without any information about what triggered the pop-up. Log full of "Could not download updates" but no error message.

Its detection might by good, but its UI and error handling is crap.

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Symantec fires staff caught up in rogue Google SSL cert snafu

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> issued for non-existent domains

Even better would be to use an internal CA that is not trusted (by default) by browsers.

Thus anyone else seeing the certificates would get an error.

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HMRC breaches job applicants' privacy in mass email spaff

richardcox13

Re: If only they'd hired a script kiddie

> Is it difficult or something to have Outlook say "this email has more addressees than your default allows. Are you really sure you want to send it?"

In 2013 it is the default (a warning certainly appears with a mailing list with 21 entries, so the limit is below that).

Equally in Exchange you can apply an ACL to mailing lists, so only selected users can send to the bigger lists (been true since at least Exchange 2003).

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

richardcox13

Re: AI or MInd?

Probably one of those that have a deficiency in gravitas.

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Prognosticator, for one, welcomes our new robot work colleagues

richardcox13
Terminator

It could be worse, they might be nice to us.

Maybe the shoe event horizon won't be so bad?

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Adobe pays US$1.2M plus settlements to end 2013 breach class action

richardcox13
FAIL

Re: $6.77 billion in equity

> Oh my, a $1.2 million settlement!

Please read the article again.

$1.2m in /legal fess/. The settlement amount is not disclosed.

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Cloudflare hiccup nudges Stack Overflow and others offline

richardcox13

Re: Shame StackOverflow came back up

> most spiteful trolls

You really don't get out much do you.

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Google's new parent Alphabet owns abc.xyz – and, yup, there's already an abc.wtf

richardcox13

> abc.wtf was registered by Microsoft themselves

Probably not.

While the IP points to an MS server (try visiting http://abc.wtf), the registrant is a registrant protection service (ie. proxy to avoid putting you personal details into the whois database).

The reverse DNS just reflects the resolution of the domain.

Its nameservers are also not MS (primary on Rackspace).

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Boffins beat Amazon Web Services at its own storage game

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Thumb Down

For crimes…

against typography this should be immediately ignored.

That horror in the diagram.

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Intel emits Skylake CPUs for gamers, overclockers (Psst, you'll need new RAM and a new mobo)

richardcox13

Re: Cooling is going to be fun with 95W!

> 95W

Given i7-9xx (1st gen i7's) had a TDP of 130W, and current generation AMD CPUs also go well over 100W how to dissipate that much heat is nothing new.

(Looking at Sky-Lakes to replacement of my ageing i7-920: but will wait on the mainstream variants, however is does look like 2x16GB for memory is viable price wise.)

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Exploding 'laptop batt' IN SPAAACE! Speeding lithium spaffed by nova

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Re: So....

> Nope the explosion creates Lithium

No, the explosion spreads the lithium, Lithium is a normal product of late life star fusion.

As a stars hydrogen is consumed it is not enough to sustain the star, gravitational collapse leads to high core pressure and temperature allowing higher order fusion to take place. If the star is massive enough this can go as far as creating iron. (The latter stages of this happen in the final minutes before the star explodes as only stars massive enough to end as supernovae take fusion that far.)

Fusion into heavier elements is endothermic so cannot sustain the star, these elements are only created in a supernova explosion itself.

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Are smart safes secure? Not after we've USB'd them, say infosec bods

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Re: @ The Original Steve

> I know no modern OS that still have this huge stupidity set by default: auto-executing of removable storage. Apart from Windows.

Windows does not either. Unless you are running XP, *and* have not done the simple configuration change. XP always supported that configuration setting so its existence is old (more than a decade) news.

I suspect other commenters here are right: the diagnostics tool is just a thumb drive and relies on the OS to execute it, rather than having a secure mechanism,

But then its not like the safe and lock industry have a history of security by obscurity is it.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

richardcox13

Re: This is another reason...

> they have more control over the updates, and can pick and choose.

More than "complete and total"? WSUS gives central control for all (supported) versions of Windows: server or not.

If you want control run Pro edition and use the tools provided. If you want an easy life leave it on automatic. I would rather have all those potential botnet nodes, sorry, home users, up to date thank you.

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Ex-MIT prof jailed for 'making experimental film' about bank robbery. In a bank. Without saying it was a film

richardcox13

Re: Ah yes....

> but wanted his company to do an audit.

The bosses had asked him to check things: makes a big difference having permissions even if the local branch staff do not know.

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Tour de France leader's cycling data may have been hacked by doping critics

richardcox13

Re: curious

The teams operate all around the world: uploading data from those events rather than snail mailing a memory stick?

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

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LOHAN

I'm assuming this is all part of the process of preparation for LOHAN.

Isn't a proper mission control part of any (near) space mission?

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