* Posts by Will Godfrey

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If the Internet of Things will be SOOO BIG why did Broadcom just quit the market?

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Re: IoT will creep in

Networked sensors can be a really bad idea, as I discovered with my car recently. At random intervals I'd get a series of fault warnings, but nothing was actually wrong. This proved to be a major headache for the garage as it became impossible to identify the sensor that was intermittently killing the network. It took them over a week to deal with it - fortunately under warranty.

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SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

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Fun Times

This is just priceless!

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UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

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On the other hand

I get about 16M on ordinary copper and it would probably actually degrade if I opted for fibre (to the cabinet). This is because the main exchange is in sight of my house, but the nearest (active) cabinet is around 2 miles away.

P.S. That rate is more than enough for my Internet use.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Re: Linux noob

Been a debian user for years. Tried Ubuntu a couple of times but didn't like it. Desktop is XFCE and session manager LightDM - Nice and simple, just like me!

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Is Microsoft's Office dev platform ready to go mainstream?

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Re: Running code from a remote source in Office...

Exactly my first thought.

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Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 growth slows

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Re: MSFT have a cunning plan!

It probably will, but not for me!

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Stop using USB sticks to move kids' data, auditor tells Education Dept

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And another thing...

I'm sure that (not being terrywrists) they don't encrypt these USB sticks either - nothing to hide, as they say.

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Blighty ranks 38th in World Press Freedom Index

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What a sorry, impoverished little island we have become.

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US government sued by activists looking for backdoor smoking gun

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It tells ordinary people that these agencies are up to no good, and the expected rebuffs and evasions makes the point even more clearly. It also serves to bounce the 'nothing to hide - nothing to fear' back on them. People are slowly beginning to take this in, and starting to take measures to protect themselves.

It's a long game though.

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

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Dunno Wot The Fuss Is

Nothing special happening, as fas as I know

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Linux kernel 4.6-rc4 lands

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Re: One wonders how USB3 support is coming on in Devices...

Indeed so, but are any of these specifically for an audio class 3, as opposed to audio class 1 or 2

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One wonders how USB3 support is coming on in Devices...

Not much by way of USB3 audio class compliant soundcards etc.

Come to think of it, is there an audio class yet?

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Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey

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Oi!

Can we cut the political crap. I come here for techie info, not personal political (or religious) rantings.

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Re: Alternatively...

Sorry to come back on this, but a bounce is absolutely the worst thing you can do as a small service company. The original sender won't read the message (probably assuming the bounce was due to the business going bust) and will simply contact another company.

As for trapping the 'common' mistakes, that would be one hell of a long list! You should see some of the ones we get. The company I'm referring to has two main addresses, 'Accounts' and 'Service'. As well as that there are about five named individuals. The combinations are endless - most are highly amusing too!

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Alternatively...

While I agree that catch-alls can be a problem, in small service companies they can be a life (company) saver.

A small business I still do occasional work for has a catch-all for anything that hits the server. This is frequently hit by potential customers that (for example) spell 'accounts' with only one 'c'. If these emails aren't picked up that's a business loss small companies simply can't afford these days.

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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Oh I like this one.

It would appear that this boss' demise will be a well documented catalogue of 'accidents'. Something that will keep HSE fully occupied for months (hence off the BOFHs back)

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Europe's new privacy safeguards are finally approved, must invade EU nations by 2018

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Britain V Europe

As a born and bred Brit, and fairly regular visitor to various European countries, I find Europe as a whole getting progressively more attractive, and Britain steadily less alluring.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

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Re: "A square cm of platter would still contain huge chunks of data"

My usual HD destruction method is to remove the platters and bend them into pretty shapes. The stresses alone will destroy most of the magnetic information. Good luck reading the rest. I guess my discarded cat video porn is safe.

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Re: Just out of interest.......

...is every piece of US legislation the work of drooling morons?

FTFY

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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

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Another missed point

I have one Arduino board... but dozens of atmega 328s that were all programmed in that board, then popped out, connected to a 16MHz resonator and a handful of relevant bits to do specific jobs. Total cost is about £6 per 'unit'. Intel aren't even in the same country, let alone ball-park.

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Contactless payments come to in-flight entertainment units

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If we were meant to fly

Oh. Never mind.

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Homeland Security report hoses down energy-sector 'cybergeddon' talk

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Reminds me of something

A flightless bird perhaps?

Rather large..

.. and there's something about head and sand.

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Eat your greens, FCC tells ISPs with new broadband "nutrition label"

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Re: What about the free market?

Oh come on now. It's April the 4th.

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Commentard April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid

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Re: "12-sided muppet"

... and as subtle as a house brick

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Tay talks back: What made you think you beat me?

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Click

Job done.

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Interesting

... that they chose the shape of the thruppenny bit. Although I guess the current pound is worth considerably less than the old 3d was.

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Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

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Re: Hmmm

They are both at it. I don't remember which one was first with the idea.

It totally screws up low latency floating point DSP work. I have a 'standard' dual core Intel that performs better than sooper-dooper quad cores of both Intel and AMD, with similar clck speeds and identical OS.

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Hmmm

Do they still use 1 fpu per 2 cores? If so, for my work it's effectively (slightly less than) half the number of cores

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Microsoft's Brad Smith on encryption: Let the politicians decide

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OK, got it.

A man with zero credibility, working for a company with zero credibility want's us to leave everything in the hands of a government with zero credibility.

I have zero confidence in that idea.

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Snowden 'more helpful than dangerous' says ex-Colin Powell aide

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Re: Now I've come close to reading everything

I guess those stress pills aren't working too well for you.

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Re: El Senor Cruz de la Cruz --

I was with you till your last point. Nobody accepts having their long-standing prejudices challenged.

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Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

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Re: It could always be worse.

I've no idea what language he was using. The way he was talking and the whole idea (in a non-emergency situation) just struck me as jumping out of the window without knowing how high you were. I'm not even sure I'd do that if my pants were on fire.

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It could always be worse.

Chatting to a supposed programmer some years back, he claimed he had a simple way to get out of heavily nested code. At the desired exit condition he simply wrote a line that would throw an error, and used the system's exception handling. Apparently he selected ones that his programs couldn't possibly throw in reality.

I'm pleased to say I never even saw any of his code.

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On the other hand

Then again in Python, negative array indices are quite valid, and can be very useful.

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Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit: A timeline

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Shadowland

In the world of horrific TLAs, IDS must be one of the most feared.

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Hackers crack OS X, Windows, web browsers' security to net $460,000

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Re: What you might not know:

Tells a rather sad story doesn't it?

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Feds raid 'extortionist' IT security biz Tiversa, CEO put on leave

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Update an old quaotation

"Where there's muck, there's money."

"No muck? Just invent some."

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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WTF?

Exkeewws me

What exactly is a 'long ton'?

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IEEE delivers Ethernet-for-cars standard

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Meh!

I'd be more interested in hearing about a standard for ensuring the 'toys' network can never, ever interfere with the systems network.

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Get ready to patch Git servers, clients – nasty-looking bugs surface

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Re: strlen()

Agreed.

For strings from an external source I use my own simple unsigned counting scheme, and if it looks like it's about to hit the buffers the remainder all goes to /dev/null. The fact is flagged so the program can decide what to do next.

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Former Nokia boss Stephen Elop scores gig as chief innovator for Australia's top telco

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Telstra - Elop

Made for each other.

Not so good for the (soon to be) poor Australians.

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Police use of illegally held biometrics broke the law, says commish

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Naughty boys and girls

Now go to bed!

Wait! Best have your supper first.

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MP wants to stitch 'digital' misuse laws into one bill

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Interesting

How does the good MP think this will help with all those foreign based scams - something that is surely of far more concern that somebody being badmouthed online.

Unlike a real physical bully, the {choke} cyber {cough} ones can simply be switched off.

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Microsoft has crafted a switch OS on Debian Linux. Repeat, a switch OS on Debian Linux

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Re: As long MS keeps Open Source rules

Just watch the slow hardware+software creep until only their variation of Linux will work on their promoted hardware - then a binary blob appears 'as if by magic' and MS has the financial muscle to fight a long and expensive licensing lawsuit.

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Re: Right, here's the catch

@ linicks

So I'm not the only one to immediately spot that.

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Java evangelist leaves Oracle to save Java

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But But,,,

These days I get the impression one of the main 'benefits' of Java is the ease with which you can program cross-platform malware.

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Apple: FBI request threatens kids, electricity grid, liberty

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Wot?

So rather than Tim Cook's unknown intentions, you'd prefer a government's that has a long track record of stomping all over it's own people's liberty.

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French parliament votes to jail tech execs who refuse to decrypt data

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Re: Yup, that'll be France.

From here it looks like the surrender monkeys are in the UK - or am I imagining all the creepy surveillance extensions being rushed through.

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XMA shutters its City pad, will service London from St Albans

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Re: I wonder when that racket will hollow out?

Considering the rent differential I guess you could pay for your own personal link in a couple of years.

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Converged PC and smartphone is the future, says Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth

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Don't want

Do everything...

Fail to do anything properly.

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