* Posts by Bronek Kozicki

1925 posts • joined 6 Sep 2007

Linus Torvalds finds 163 reasons to wait a week for a new Linux

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Actually

... merge window for Linux 4.10 will be shorter than usual., not longer as "predicted" in the article

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Hackers actively stealing Wi-Fi keys from vulnerable routers

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Oh my ... that's why we need proper ISP like A&A, who not only generate the password just for your broadband modem, but also go out of their wait to help you set up a better one, if you happen to have one.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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120,000 vs 150,000 .... this is very depressing. Or alternatively, it may serve to demonstrate the power of mainstream media.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: Is anyone working to overcome this?

Thanks for the link to ORG guys, signed up (already A&A customer - the service is absolutely brilliant)

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

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Re: Next steps

@Nick I upvoted you, but then I thought - what if "powers to be" read your post and interpret the upvotes as endorsement of this plan? You have to admit, that's a possibility too, in which case downvotes would be needed ...

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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Re: I have to wonder WHY

Some shops do not like to have Windows in the datacenter, and yet they are users of ... Oracle. I recon Microsoft is after those. It is a very reasonable strategy of putting your goods in many baskets.

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Re: Target audience?

I do not think there would be much of a virtualisation overhead, since the technology does not virtualize a machine, only an OS. As you move up the abstraction layers, the optimization opportunities are more obvious. In other words, it is system calls which are virtualized now, not the CPU. For majority of Windows APIs there is a very simple relation to Linux system calls (especially if you control also the application code, i.e. SQL Server itself). This means a wrapper will add very little overhead. This also includes IO (at least with the most popular options, including asynchronous IO) which is the largest source of virtualization overhead and coincidentally also major source of database performance issues (next to CPU cost of running queries). Also, Microsoft is obviously aiming this as competition to Oracle on Linux, so they cannot really afford large overhead.

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Microsoft's development platform today: What you need to know

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Re: Visual C++ for Linux Development

1) Visual Studio community edition does all the other versions do - you can even use it for commercial purposes. Not that I care, my favourite text editor starts in milliseconds and does not need Windows.

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Elon Musk wants to launch 4,000 satellites and smother globe with net connectivity

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I found elsewhere these are meant to fly only ~1500km above Earth. This means a radio link would be probably less than 6000km (you will not track fast-moving satellite all the way to horizon, so likely distance will be even less than that - which is exactly the reason why so many satellites are needed). This distance translates to 20ms. Add another 20ms for connection from satellite back to Earth and you have 40ms overhead, at most. This is much better than 35,800km for geostationary orbit with round-trip latency ~240ms.

I think all satellite internet providers are currently using only geostationary orbit. A large number of low-flying satellites is definitely breaking the mould.

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There surely are some redeeming qualities in the article.

For example a fleet of 4000 satellites - I heard first time about this from El Reg!

As for the rest of the article - I couldn't care less ...

EDIT: the interesting part about 4000 satellites is not the number, it is the orbit they will be on. Because, if it is low enough, the latency might be much better than the current offering on the market. Of course low orbit implies lots of speed relative to the surface and also more atmospheric friction. Plenty to discuss and learn about actually. And instead the reporter chose to focus on ... oh c'mon. Really, this is embarrassing.

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The encryption conundrum: Should tech compromise or double down?

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Re: Trump can't force Apple to knuckle under using current law/court rulings

law that has just received Royal Assent

hold your horses. Royal Assent is the only thing that the snoopers charter is missing from becoming the law.

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Experts to Congress: You must act on IoT security. Congress: Encourage industry to develop best practices, you say?

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Their lawyers, bankers, lobbyists and all other "contributors". That's where all politicians have a weak spot. Well, except the fabled honest ones.

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Re: This is exactly how things are designed to work

@alannorthhants the thing with Linux is that there is plenty of cruft on top of the kernel, which upon appropriate notification from udev will update configuration as they seem fit, not necessarily asking the user for permission. Examples here and here. Yes of course these things only do as much as they are setup to do, but under "wrong" circumstances it can be just enough to e.g. make an ad-hoc USB device a default gateway.

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British politicians sign off on surveillance law, now it's over to the Queen

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VPN Tor and other stuff is going to become the norm

... and perhaps that's a good thing. The only one from this bill.

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Re: What happens

I might be mistaken, but I suppose Her Majesty is not given a deadline on signing the bill. Which means she could delay until change of government or until someone tabled a proposal to change this law. Assuming I am right on this, it would be still frowned upon and might even trigger constitutional crisis.

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Lenovo intros monster disk box

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Devil

... or OpenZFS on FreeBSD

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Recruitment giant PageGroup hacked, Capgemini dev server blamed for info leak

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Re: Is it still a leak when it comes from a sieve

Or the same, tired email address you use for everything else.

Yeah, I know.

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Flash crash trader takes plea bargain, cops to 'spoofing' and wire fraud

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Re: This case is a farce....

The market manipulation took place in Chicago.

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Re: This case is a farce....

Good point, until 3 July 2016 a different regulation was in place. See page 2 , FSMA 118 here

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Re: This case is a farce....

Ad 3. Yes, there is

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Re: Though there is no English crime of "spoofing"

Technically spoofing is market abuse, and I am pretty sure is forbidden under English market regulations. Of course the crime took place in Chicago Mercantile Exchange, so was not subject to these exact regulations. But given that if the deed took place on LSE it would have been penalized, I think extradition is only fair.

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Cisco emits new branch box

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Cisco can get lost

I have firebrick.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: What they voted for

One thing common to both Trump election and Brexit vote is that in both cases, most politicians on both sides of the current system were strongly against them. Nothing speaks more to those who feel ignored that the parties on both sides see a common threat. And as we can see, they will side with that threat. More to come in next year, as AfD is gaining support in Germany and FN in France.

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Re: How can any decent voter

Your attitude is exactly the reason why people voted as radically, both on June 23rd and just now, as they did. The people voted as they did exactly because they feel disenfranchised. And your best advice? "not vote". Sorry, that is not going to help.

PS I am myself rather shocked by Trump win and it is definitely not what I expected - in case someone came to conclusion that disagreeing with your opinion means siding with Trump. It does not, and it is also beside the point.

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Chinese chap in the clink for trying to swap US Navy FPGAs with fakes to beat export ban

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Re: Buy rad-hard from the Russians?

I guess the justice for spying in Russia is ... well, dispatched more quickly. Which may make potential Chinese spies more careful.

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Fresh Euro Patent Office drama: King Battistelli fires union boss

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Re: Exactly what does he know about the members of the Admin Council?

@Phil Ah yes, thanks for the correction

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Re: Exactly what does he know about the members of the Admin Council?

Well, he does have immunity, since EPO is quasi-sovereign organization. Only an agreement of all EU member states could depose him.

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

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Re: First thing I would do

Actually there are worse than Samsung

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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You can view it on Bloomberg

Yeah and in many other places, personally I prefer Reuters. It jumped by 1 large figure which is respectable but nowhere close to regain loses from 1.48 it was right before the vote. If the markets thought it realistic that Brexit won't happen after all, GBPUSD would be moving fast to 1.30 , at least. It is not.

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I do not think that changes much. There's been no huge reversal in the GBP rate, so the markets seem convinced that article 50 will happen, eventually. Also, Tories have commons majority and I am quite sure that, if MP vote is after all required (there is still a challenge by the government to take place), Brexit vote be pushed through no matter what.

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: Diasappointing

Oh c'mon, who needs both second SIM and micro-SD at the same time.

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Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender

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yeah, about that

El Reg, pls do allow me to pay subscription fee (or donation) since otherwise you will not be able to monetize me reading my favourite site. I do occasionally take down my defences, for a short while, to check your ads and yeah, they are still slowing down my reading of this site. Perhaps due to tracking scripts or maybe slow ad content, I do not know. And honestly I do not care, it should be your problem, not mine (because if I do not like your ads, I simply enable blocking back again)

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Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

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Manjaro

For those who like Arch packaging system but have no wish to dabble in command line more than strictly necessary and also like their releases more polished, I recommend Manjaro Linux.

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I've run Arch for 2 (or more?) years, and since the very beginning I've taken to clone and maintain few packages locally - these which are critical for my own purposes (kernel, samba etc.). There is actually very little maintenance involved, I usually follow mainline Arch packages except for my own version selection or small patches to improve the functionality important to me.

Still, when I want to upgrade I do keep few hours reserved in case I need to rollback. 15 minutes would be sufficient if I was not troubleshooting first - which I usually do, as to contribute to fixes. Arch is closely following the most recent version of all packages and sometimes these do not play nicely with each other (recent example - samba 4.4.6 with tevent 0.9.30)

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Hm, is that a minefield? Let me just throw my magic bomb-sniffing spinach over there

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That picture

could the El Reg editors have found a photo of someone with a less ghastly smile? No? Thought so ...

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WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

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Re: Just wait...

... and run a web browse in THAT docker, and run docker in THAT web browser. It's turtles all the way down.

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Boffin's anti-worm bot could silence epic Mirai DDoS attack army

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Re: go for it

Not sufficient - client will simply move to another ISP, until all users who can't be bothered will move onto these ISPs who can't be bothered either. Which will reduce amount of money available to ISPs who do care. Either this is mandated behaviour (so the ISPs who do not care get punished, e.g. disconnected from upstream) or forget about it.

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Coming to an SSL library near you? AI learns how to craft crude crypto all by itself

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Re: Algorithms created by AI

You don't need to understand how something works for it to be useful

I do not think algorithms belong, nor should belong, to this category. At least, not until AIs can also do the "understanding" part. In the context of "to analyze, understand and reproduce" work of another AI.

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Algorithms created by AI

... are only as useful, as they are readable to humans. In other words, if an algorithm cannot be expressed in a form which humans can parse and understand, it is useless. Basically it's the same as with science - an experiment which cannot be repeated does not prove anything. Here we have AI as the first experimenter and humans trying to reproduce its results, with the benefit of hindsight. First half alone is useless.

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Web devs want to make the Internet of S**t worse. Much worse

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@Charles 9 if I am not mistaken, you are comparing things such as modern medicine, housing or sanitation with the IoT. This is hilarious comparison, hope you get it.

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"... the geniuses pushing ideas like this could spend their time fixing the mess they've already helped to create"

I'd like to suggest that they have no intellectual capacity for constructive work, because if they did then this article would have belonged to an alternative universe. Sadly it does not.

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BlackBerry design boss tells El Reg: 'We're not getting out of phones'

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well for the time being, I just bought another BB Classic from ebay to use when my current one wears down ... because indeed, the phone without keyboard is not much to me.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Re: Perfect for the wannabe creator market

From my humble (really) experience with drawing programs, the high resolution is very useful BUT only if CPU power (and memory) to draw the screen in realtime is available. The GPU is actually not that very useful, most of the time.

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Exit through the Gift Shop? US copyright chief was assigned to shop till, tweeting

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Re: "make copyright in the public interst"

@LDS you are correct, but it should be be no surprise that dirty tactics from one side had eventually invited the same from the other.

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Samsung patches Galaxy Note 7 to not explode as two-thirds of phones recalled

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Re: Interesting approach

Excellent indeed, since all of: battery wear, probability and the severity of fire are proportional to the amount of energy held by the battery. If battery charging is capped to 60% this makes the potential fire less severe and significantly less probable. Not to mention giving the owner the nudge to finally have the blasted phone replaced.

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Graduate recruitment site exposed 50,000 CVs sent to Virgin Media UK

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Re: This is embarassing

"mission creep" is one thing I fear from this government. Or more specifically from Mrs May.

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This is embarassing

Hope Virgin gets slapped by the ICO

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Reports: Twitter chainsaw massacre redux on the cards

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... or Bloomberg. Hopefully that would stop them from confusing official tweets with spoofs.

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App proves Rowhammer can be exploited to root Android phones – and there's little Google can do to fully kill it

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In the long run ...

... Google could mandate ECC for Android phone memory. I wouldn't be first when "enterprise feature" leaked down to handsets...

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Boffins twist beams of neutrons into pasta to cook up holograms

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Neutron radiation?

I wonder how do they propose to cope with the formation of isotopes in the nuclei of examined material. Or is the total dose of radiation used to small to worry about the amount of isotopes produced?

Icon selected to match my level of understanding in these matters.

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