* Posts by Bronek Kozicki

1948 posts • joined 6 Sep 2007

Windows 10 memory management changes to give Hyper-V more headroom

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Running Linux on top of Windows hypervisor ...

... is like pouring milk before hot water when making a tea. Getting there, but in the wrong order.

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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Re: What are customers moaning about?

@billat29 I would recommend A&A as they provide bare connection service, but since you seem to be price sensitive I am not so sure you will like it. The service is top notch, though.

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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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There is nothing wrong with kernel 4.4

Also in the light of the fact that 4.8 is now officially EOL, it makes little sense to upgrade to it. It is not as if 4.4 will not run on newest intel CPUs; it may be simply less optimal e.g. using more battery power than it should.

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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Re: Accuracy of Reporting

... and while we are pointing to lack of self-regulation in press, perhaps it is time to see the mote in our own eye.

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Re: Accuracy of Reporting

@Paul Smith please be careful where you use the words "as an industry", because El Reg as a web publication had no reason to promote self-regulation of paper publications such as The Sun etc. It is the lawmakers who chose to put them all in the same basket.

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5G? Pff, don't bother, says one-time Ofcom man's new book

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Re: Tech semantics

NGMN is nothing else but a large group of network operators, trying to tap into internet of shit hype. They have no ITU affiliation and do not actually set standards.

Well at least that's what it looks like from the sidelines, happy to be corrected.

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Re: Tech semantics

"You need to catch up." with what exactly? The only one which matter is ITU and they have nothing to say about 5G. The link you provided does not mention Qualcomm, which is heading towards different standard, from the same organization which developed LTE. But then again, since ITU keeps schtum there is nothing to talk about, anything to do with 5G is at this time purely speculation (or marketing talk, which is the same).

It is really embarrassing that government gets involved into this whole hype and someone needs to talk them out of it - just shows how clueless they are.

EDIT: on second thought - if someone explained that 5G is expected to be nothing else but incremental improvement on 4G, that would be lovely.

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Re: Tech semantics

5g promises lower latency, lower power usage for iot, and higher concurrent throughput.

Downvote for making things up. Technically there is no such thing as "5G mobile network specification", so it can not promise nor deliver anything.

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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News organization with an agenda

Well, what a surprise.

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

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Yup, that's why I love El Reg. Two different authors, two different points of view. One might say that state media should learn from this example, but of course state media would never learn from private enterprise because it must be "inherently flawed".

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Insane blackhats behind world's most expensive ransomware 'forget' to backup crypto keys

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Analysis of all the software's functions?

Well, since reverse engineering of malware is exactly what outfits such as ESET do all day long ...

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Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way

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Yes, thought about this too, then checked the write speeds here. No microSD (or regular size SD) will match 4Gbps (or 400MB/s). Still, I wonder if this speed is really useful in this case?

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Re: Food is not only sustenance

@Voland's right hand, while I share your sentiment about social function of eating, I am also offended by the suggestion that eating alone might be a sign of a troubled mind. Some of us simply do not have a company to eat with, nor appropriate place to seek such company. Or simply prefer eating alone for whatever reason. While such preference might be justifiably called "unsocial", I feel you have crossed the line here.

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Kaspersky fixing serious certificate slip

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Re: OK

From personal experience, F-Secure seems fine.

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Bitcoin breaks US$1,000

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Re: "classical inflation is simply not possible"

The volatility of Bitcoin, or any minor currency, is mostly down to the volume of real-economic transaction conducted in it; the greater volume, the more stable the currency. Bitcoin is in it's infancy here.

and, quite likely, it will stay in infancy until some other cryptocurrency replaces it (or alternatively, it simply dies out) . This is because number of transactions per second is limited by block size, and there is no consensus to increase the block size.

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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Yes, but if they do I bet the new ones to replace these which John Deere put on "planned obsolescence" will be a different brand. It is a marvelous way of removing oneself from the market.

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

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Re: Screensaver Browsing

Oh wow, some of these searches were very "interesting". I wonder what my ISP (A&A) will make with ICR requests it is bound to receive soon :D

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Re: This is great news...

Frankly, I do not think the lack of reporting in "mainstream media" has anything to do with agendas etc. I think the reason is more prosaic : the right to privacy does not rank very high in media. It is perceived as something too technical or too mundane to talk about.

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Strong non-backdoored encryption is vital – but the Feds should totally be able to crack it, say House committees

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PFS is most useful for data in transmit, but it won't help data at rest and this is what authorities are also interested in.

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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Re: Crapware

I think it is the natural progression of small closed-source software: original developer gets bored and wants to move to new things, but not before monetizing on the old success.

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Bluetooth-enabled safe lock popped after attackers win PINs

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Re: No need for any sniffing or surviellance to get in to other bluetooth locks

You mean, rather large angle grinder? That does not scale to well-made safes.

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If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report

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It's the same old story: expect housing without actually building anywhere, expect jobs without transport etc. infrastructure, expect electricity without power plants ... and expect logical thinking rooted in facts, without education.

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Microsoft Edge's malware alerts can be faked, researcher says

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Good I don't use ...

Facebook Edge.

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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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... 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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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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