* Posts by Solmyr ibn Wali Barad

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The yummy mummies' likeable wagon: Nissan Qashqai Tekna

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Re: Cannibalistic X-Trail

"The new X-Trail to my eyes looks very very similar to Qashqai, so much so they will be competing against each other?"

As +2 version of Qashqai disappeared from the lineup, new X-Trail had to fill that niche. Basically it's a blend of old X-Trail and Q+2.

About 10 inches longer than normal Q, has 7 seats, and 4WD (which +2 didn't have).

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Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

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Re: The BBC's response

And if someone thinks that the hot scene would be only unlockable with a patch, they'd be gravely mistaken. Har har.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: "No more old guys in hats holding up the flow of traffic"

There's nothing you can do. White Van Man will always catch you.

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

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Re: Back in the day ...

"But I have no fucking idea how a transistor works."

If used as logic gates, it's not that hard to understand. They'd be either almost open or almost closed. Everything inbetween is an unholy mess. But for some strange reason this mess seems to be a preferred state for the analogue folks. Go figure.

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Re: more?

Or dumberer.

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Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh

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Re: It is both

And from a third viewpoint it's a .lemon

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Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

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Re: Commando Comics

Ah, that would be Weltschmerz. English phrase "weary of the world" is quite close to it.

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Re: Commando Comics

Too bad, because Germans have a very decent selection of strong words in the vocabulary, should the need arise. But we shall not utter these here.

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Flash banishes the spectre of the unrecoverable data error

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I see dead disks...

...right next to the pile of dead flash. Once so glorified, almost deitified, so full of hype, starring in countless powerpoints, having a future oh-so-bright. Yet there they are. Mere mortals like everybody else.

Oh, well. Back to work. Gotta keep the blinkenlights flashing.

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Spooks BUSTED: 27,000 profiles reveal new intel ops, home addresses

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Re: MASTERSHAKE?

Also well trained in LOGORRHEA and BLABBERMOUTH.

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Why OH WHY is economics so bleedin' awful, then?

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Re: У Лукоморья

"AIexander Pushkine [whose surname translates as "Cannon's son"]"

Ha! Never thought of that. And going by the countless anecdotes about him, "son of a gun" is an apt translation.

Charming guy and a great poet.

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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Re: downvotes.

First rule of downvotes - we don't talk about downvotes.

And this seems to be the only rule that holds water. All other theories are just delusions.

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Re: WHAT DID YOU FUCKING SAY TO ME???

Seal who is trained in gorilla warfare?

Now that's a really scary beast.

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One bit to rule them all? Forget it – old storage types never die

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Re: Print Button

Sticking 'Print' into the URL still works. Which is essentially what the print button did.

www.theregister.co.uk/Print/2015/05/01/bits_on_a_disk/

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

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Re: please can we have some of those geeks?

You can, but it's not easy. You'd have to swim against a lot of tides.

Firstly, do not rely on HR. Qualities you're looking for do not show up in their keyword lists, because these qualities are nigh impossible to define in HR terms. You'll recognize The Knack when you see it. Others probably won't.

Secondly, start the search early. In the schools. Best chaps tend to avoid the job market if possible - once they get the job they like, they'll stay there indefinitely. So it's pretty much a matter of being first to spot a young talent.

Thirdly, you should start in the schools, because the education system does not work in your favour. There's a huge lot of anti-patterns, academic navel-gazing and other cruft to be learned, that has to be unlearned later on. If it's not too late by then.

OK, the last one was a radical statement - please do not take it as an absolute, but as a problem for your specific use case. Once the younglings have got several years of treatment to the finesses of Academically Approved Ambitious Architectures, they'd probably have a hard time to get their minds back in shape for doing the embedded stuff. Unless they've had it as a side hobby all along.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Re: estonia - embracing the future!

Gosh. Is it September already?

/edit: Never mind, irony detector malfunctioned a bit. Upvoted./

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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Re: Quinting

Yes, the fun factor. It may be a bit underestimated at times - small skunkworks projects may unexpectedly bring about a major breakthrough, and a motherlode of other goodies to go with it. But sometimes it turns out to be nothing but a twattery. Apparently it has to be a delicate mix of playfulness, skill, determination, luck, and deity-knows-what-else. Pegasus really doesn't give advance warnings about his next visit.

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Re: Quinting

Ah, but it doesn't seem to be about solving a problem. It's more likely doing something for the sake of doing it, just because they can. Design awards and press buzz as a bonus.

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Beowulf Gods — rip into cloud's coding entrails

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Yeah. Happy days. Still have some Inmos chips in the bottom drawer. And AMD 2900 bitslices.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Re: Don't tell me you were stupid enough to buy an expensive "SMART" TV

Oh dear, oh dear. This reminds me - I may have forgotten to pick up that fancy smart TV from the store. Come to think of it, I also forgot to swipe the credit card.

With my old memory failing like that, I'll never be a model citizen. [sob]

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"In other words, that's a yay for landfill then."

Seems that some people are not 'on message' yet. It is time for a leap forward, we need a nextification of the landfills. Behold the SmartFill!

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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

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IT Angle

Bugger.

So Ballmer & Sinofsky behaved pretty much like they appeared to.

That's sad. Because cynical viewpoint can't be always right, could it? There should be a bit of hope, if only a fool's hope, that behind the curtains there's more valour than meets the eye. That the emperors are more decently clad than they appear to be. That affairs of their courts are less petty than they seem to be.

But in the end it's just another night in the circus. Lots of smoke and mirrors, loud noise, pretty costumes, carefully staged performances - and after the show, somebody has to clear up all that elephant dung.

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Google broke own security with April fool gag

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Re: re: Have an upvote yourself!

"Exactly :-). It's only an upvote here and there, what does it matter?"

Precisely. Have one more. And a pint, just for pint's sake.

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Re: re: Have an upvote yourself!

Upvoted, because...because... Oh,well, sod it. Upvotes for everybody it is then. Hope it doesn't ruin anyone's day.

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Why are enterprises being irresistibly drawn towards SSDs?

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@1980s_coder

"Go ahead, upvote Rebecca and let her upvote you"

For what it is worth, I upvoted every long comment on this subthread, because they contained one or more reasonable points.

Which does not mean I condone personal attacks, or unconditionally agree with every claim made.

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"OK, we agree up to a point - great."

Good call. It's an interesting discussion, and there's no need to get too emotional about it, because everybody had valid points to make.

Please consider two topics that were not mentioned yet:

1) PRML encoding method, which was introduced around 1991, and has been prevalent ever since. With major updates of course.

PRML means that reading bits off the magnetic media is not a straightforward process, it's a highly sophisticated guesswork. So an uncertain amount of uncertainty is to be expected.

2) T10-PI is a system of additional checksums that is designed to combat silent corruption problems discussed here. PI-capable drives can be formatted with 520-byte sectors, 8-byte checksum is kept inside the same data frame as 512 bytes of payload, and consistency checks are performed along the whole data path.

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"Flash naysayers also tend to leave out the part where traditional magnetic disks have mechanical components that break down and flash doesn't."

/stares grimly at a pile of SSDs that were killed by a leaking supercap/

Oh. Carry on.

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Who runs this world? Sony Pictures CEO jokes about getting UK culture minister fired

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Sony Entertainment...

...an anchor that is dragging the whole ship down.

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Let’s PULL Augmented Reality and CLIMAX with JISM

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Re: ARrrggh!

ARrrggh or fnAR? That is the question.

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Re: >> well, a few graphics would help!!

Forget pictures. Playmobil is the lingua franca for Reg readership.

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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"to get off the upgrades and support treadmill" ... "Android was the answer."

Er...um...shurely shome mishtake?

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Re: What a lovely piece of FUD you've written Gavin

"You realise ATMs run XP Embedded which is not XP and is still in support?"

For whopping 9 months. That ought to be enough for anyone.

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EU bods Oetti and Ansip: We must digitise EVERYTHING

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digi digi digi digi digi

all i hear is digi and digi

meh, i need an abacus

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NO, Joe Hockey, a 'Netflix tax' wouldn't raise 'billions'

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Re: Erm

Saying 'zillion', with a pinky in his mouth, would have been clearly intentional. For a billion, it's not so clear, and furthermore, such a claim can serve no good purpose whichever way you look at it.

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Unpatched 18-year-old Windows man-in-the-middle diddle revived

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I tend to disable SMB on the client side, if there's no critical need for using fileshares. It has always been a bit leaky and open to abuse.

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China weaponizes its Great Firewall into the GREAT FIRE CANNON, menaces entire globe

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Re: its all gona get worse!

"Hon Hai ring any bells?"

Minor nitpick - it's a Taiwanese group. But they have an awful lot of operations in the mainland China, so they have to have cosy relations with the Chinese regime.

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Re: commonly used analytics, social, or advertising scripts

Yup. Most of them are blocked by my very own Great Firewall, painstakingly construed by finding a checkbox named "Enable JavaScript" in the browser settings, and hitting it with a fury of the thousand winds. What a marvel of technological achievement.

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Russian censor warns against meme 'misuse'

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Re: Yeah, like it worked before

Oh, yes, it was a favourite sport among intellectuals - to smuggle hidden snippets of satire past the censorship. With censorship itself being among the most prized targets.

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Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

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Re: So much bollocks spouted in the comments

"Give me a well built virtualised platform"

Hah. Dream on.

While we're at it, can we finally have those flying cars and frikkin-sharks-with-frikkin-lasers? Plus some nice unicorns for the tenderer species in the profession.

And, if it's not too much trouble, a new box of bingo cards, because this topic has been quite taxing on the supplies. 15 instances of the word "legacy" in a short article...there should be a law against that, or at least a fair warning for the unsuspecting readers.

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Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! STOP RESURRECTING our dead titles online

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Re: very fair and balanced

"Our favorite rag just wouldn't be the same if it didn't show contempt for everybody and everything, especially itself."

Well met. Everyone should get bitten fairly and equally. It's kind of implied in the mission statement.

We, the commentariat, shall not tolerate any discrimination on this count.

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

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Re: Externalities?

Yes, external factors are hard to account for. Some of them are covered in confidentiality, like agreements with suppliers. It's not a secret that big retail operations tend to leech their suppliers pretty hard. Tax incentives are usually semi-transparent - public authorities do not like to advertise them, but cannot bury that information completely.

But there is a lot of external factors, for example a number of competitors and local producers leaving the business, that are not directly attributable nor measurable. It may well be that some of the perceived savings are covertly coming from someone else's pocket.

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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Re: Not surprised, but...

I'm terribly sorry, but I have to downvote your post. Despite having upvoted btrower's post at the time. His comment was emotionally toxic, but to balance it out, it was also long, informative and thought-provoking. Your comment fell a bit short on the second part.

If you're going to call people luddites, you have to have a damn good argument to support that. Namely, you'd have to show why the IoT push would end any better than previous appliance pushes - which produced untold millions of things that do not work properly, and will never be fixed, because the industry has pretty much forgotten about them. That's the problem. Industry cares about peddling "technology", "solutions", "ecosystems", "architectures", "visions", and so on, and so forth. Not the things that would actually work as promised.

And in this sense, IoT opens a new can of worms - we can expect a myriad of connected devices that present an active and increasing risk, and manufacturers caring diddly squat about them. Unconnected appliances did not pose such risks - they could be forgotten rather safely.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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"A thing nobody wants, being badly implemented, driven by the mistaken but implacable idea"

Fundamental qualities, if not prerequisites, for any large-scale project with a political support.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Re: AT WHAT POINT WILL THEY STOP?

Yay, revolution. That'd make things so much better. Those nice Jacobines really cared about freedom and equality, did they. Or Lenin and his merry men.

Success stories do exist, but they are few and far between.

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Re: Yet another one? How do we get rid of him fast?

"this is likely to be a concerted effort at meme injection into the hoi polloi body"

Not very likely. Well-constructed meme wouldn't be so fucking ridiculous, but these outlashes against encryption tend to be just that. I'd rather suspect it's the Peter Principle that has provided us with so many high-ranking windbags. And sadly, there seems to be a shortage of Ostap Benders, or Sir Humphreys, to shut them up.

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Re: Had the pleasure of working with Russians trained in tne 80s

"The Soviet system produced some clever, resourceful people"

It's hardly the Soviet system as such, but rather an eternal deficit of, well, everything. Rough times make people creative. And in Russia, there has never been a time that was not rough on the people.

Although an education system that was heavily biased towards industrial skills certainly played a part.

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Re: standard economic joke about Soviet-style socialism

"it was a system to dig up the coal and ore to make steel out of which to build the machines to dig up coal and ore for steel."

That's the nicer one. Another standard joke was "steal a crate of vodka, sell it, and spend the money on getting drunk".

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Wind turbine blown away by control system vulnerability

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Re: Oh Good Grief

That mature industry relies heavily on SCADA. Forfeit your belief, and despair.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Wow.

That was one mighty rant. Or it might serve as a stylish tombstone for that notorious old bugger IE4. Like a ten-foot statue for a deceased mob boss.

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Re: For Markets in a Pickle and Heading for a Mass Flash Crash

"Who let you out again you fucking loon!"

Gooood. I can feel your anger. Go ahead, say what you wanted to say, reveal those things that you want to be done to him - and your journey to the Dark Side shall be complete.

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