* Posts by analyzer

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Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

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Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

A quick search for business costs of electricity finds this

The average bill for UK business is £2,528 per year. The average unit price per kilowatt hour (kWh) is 9.50p. The average daily standing charge is 20p per day. Most businesses use between 15,000 and 25,000 kWh per year.

as opposed to the reaming the general sucker gets

Electricity is typically more than three times as expensive as natural gas – 14.37pence per kWh rather than 3.80p. It also emits nearly three times as much carbon dioxide: 0.447kg per kWh rather than 0.184kg.

So 5p per kWh difference to the good for business and nearly 3p per kWh over petrol.

1 litre of diesel-oil 10,0 kwh 35,9 mJ @120.3p/litre ( average )

at 10kWh equivalent you have 93p vs 120p.

Artics do about 41l/100km thereby costing £49.32/100km and use 410kWh which costs £38.13 in electricity. Using the usual conversion ratio for USD and GBP 1$=1£ you would need to drive 178,731 km to get the extra £20,000 back from the standard Tesla truck.

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Stealth web crypto-cash miner Coin Hive back to the drawing board as blockers move in

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The reg should at least give this a go

Just tested this on my system with 4 threads running, it doesn't get in the way although there is a slight slow down. Running with only 2 threads I wouldn't really notice this at all.

Dump the ads and use this, you are welcome to 2 threads of my CPU without all the crap that ads put on the page.

Yes the Reg is one of the few sites I allow to show ads.

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You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early

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I do

Even though I do not use MS at home I do have to use it at work, I care a great deal about what MS do because it is in my entire work week.

I care a great deal about when they foul something up because it is my entire work week.

I care a great deal about when they get it right, because it is my entire work week.

We have started testing Linux based systems via HyperV because MS said that's cool and this affects my entire work week.

Companies use MS extensively, just because I think it is not fit for purpose on a personal basis does not mean that I can throw it out everywhere. So I really do care what MS do as it has a real effect on my working life.

I am sure that I am not the only person in this situation either, everybody has to pay the bills. As an aside, I have found that MS security ( server side ) is much better over the last 5 years.

As another aside, your post received not up or down vote, a reply was more in order.

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Open your doors to white hats before black hats blow them off, US deputy AG urges big biz

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What a laugh

"Our society has never had a system where evidence of criminal wrongdoing was totally impervious to detection, even when officers obtain a court-authorized warrant. But that is the world that technology companies are creating."

Just maybe it's because they snooped too much and when found out they then lied, had laws changed so it was retrospectively legal, created illegal 'accidental' monster databases etc etc etc.

Then after all that they expect people to actually trust anything they say, such as "We won't look at anything we're not supposed to"

They are liars, pure and simple, liars. If you want my data serve your bloody warrant on me just as you damn well should.

Fscking liars the bloody lot.

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Fresh chips from Intel (yay?) at 14nm (awww)

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I was curious about PCIe

The best Intel have is 42 PCIe lanes whereas AMD are touting 128. It's all very well having the fastest and highest number of cores on one silicon slab but at some point you have to shovel data into and out of the beast, otherwise known as throughput.

With 3 times the PCIe lanes available I don't think AMD will have to match Intel speeds or core counts to be able to best them in genuine real world environments. Until Intel add more PCIe lanes their actual throughput could easily look pretty sick against AMD.

I haven't seen a motherboard that fits out the entire 128 yet and I'm fairly sure that I don't want to see the price of a MB with 128 PCIe slots or how much to fill them all.

This is something that Intel have had no answer for and seemingly still hasn't. This reduces them to 'look how fast single thread is','look how many cores','look at the benchmarks'. "No no don't look over there that's the nasty nasty throughput thing."

Hey Intel this is called competition, you may even have to stop gouging our wallets.

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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Questions, questions

I'm no guru and can get stuck more often than I would like. More often then not the documentation can be a little too terse and still too often incomplete.

I find the best way to ask a question is to ask for directions to more verbose documentation describing subject BLAH as what you have found has not come down to your personal level of understanding.

Very, and I do mean very, occasionally some arse will insist you shouldn't be using BLAH software then but most people will be glad to point you in the right direction to help yourself. After that if you are still stuck then a proper description of your issue and the steps you have taken will get you far better help than the attitude a lot of people tend to have of just crying about how shit everything is.

If you are unwilling to show basic respect why would you expect to receive it?

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You gotta have goals: Oracle ties Larry, Safra and Mark’s equity to cloud

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HAAAAAHAaaaaHaaaahaaaaaahhhhaaaaaa

Of course not, their manglement, they'll never be treated like drone scum.

It would be far more interesting if sales people stopped applying to work for Oracle due to the absolute guarantee that they will be shafted.

Unfortunately the truth is that most of them will think along the lines of "It won't happen to me" in spite of all the evidence to the contrary.

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Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home

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Re: I wonder...

Just buy some 3.5 jacks and plug them in, no cable needed. That physically disconnects the speakers and microphone whilst removing any possibility of damaging your system. After all, you may want to use them under controlled circumstances.

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Intel Pumageddon: Broadband chip bug haunts Chipzilla's past, present and future

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Hmmm Tivo?

Had the old Tivo and that wasn't connected to the SuperHub it was only connected to the TV part of the cable. This is partly why the old Tivos performance was utterly carp.

The new Tivo, on the other hand is connected to both the SH and the TV cable so Netflix and iPlayer etc are fetched over the internet and is an immeasurably better experience than the old Tivo.

Having an SH 2ac I get none of the issues with the SH 3 and also full 200 down, except for really busy times when it sometimes drops to 150 so the new Tivo has always been pretty sharp in performance.

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Re: Virgin Media Tivo

Virgin are being a little economical with the truth. There are 3 different hubs in use SH 2, SH 2ac and SH 3. I had an SH2 that was knackered and the visiting engineer didn't have any replacements so gave me an SH 2ac instead. It was already capable of DOCSIS3 when installed and ramped up to full speed as soon as my tiny bit of the country was enabled.

SH2 was no longer being used in new installs at that time and VM were giving new customers either an SH 2ac or SH3 as the SH 3 was still brand new and in short supply. You may still be able to get the SH 2ac, this is a NetGear based router and uses the Broadcom chipset so has been very reliable for me.

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Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

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Curious

Most people seem to recognise that more cores/threads is not important above a certain number. The issue, as always, is getting enough data into and out of the CPU.

I would have thought that the deficit that Intel have regarding PCIe lanes is far more important to the high end people than actual core count. Ryzen will have 128 PCIe lanes and Intel are still stuck with 44, that amounts to a potentially huge data throughput deficit for Intel i9 processors and there is no indication from Intel that this will change.

The caveat is wait for real systems to turn up and crunch the numbers on, but on a system wide basis, it's looking far better for AMD than it has for years. Of course the system builders and MoBo manufacturers have to take advantage of those extra 84 PCIe lanes for Ryzen to really shine.

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Revealed: 779 cases of data misuse across 34 British police forces

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Re: UK Police Corruption is endemic

It's getting worse because a law was passed that evidence gathered illegally could be used in a court of law against the defendant. The opposite is, of course, not allowed because only the state are allowed to act illegally.

This comes under the exclusionary rule and was modified to allow this.

see here and here if you want to confirm that we are never ever innocent any more.

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Google patches pwnable 'droids for Wi-Fi vuln

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Re: And will Broadcom release open source drivers?

You really think you'll need *that* much space?

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In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD

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Re: Epyc 7351P @ $700

Epyc has 128 PCIe lanes every model, Thread Ripper has 64 hence the different socket.

Epyc has models with a larger L3 cache then TR

Epyc can be dual socket, TR cannot.

There is, currently, no information regarding in memory encryption for TR but is unlikely since as you say it's an enterprise feature.

Even without those features Thread Ripper is sure starting to look like a real beast.

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ARM talks up fresh CPUs and a GPU, all tuned for AI

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Re: My dad said "Ronco" used to supply dodgy products through late nigth infomercials

This Monday is a holiday in the USofA, China and Taiwan as well, it gives a chance for the financial markets people to masturbate before returning to 'work' tomorrow.

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Guess who's getting fat off DRAM shortages? Yep, the DRAM makers

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Re: DRAM

A 'wee dram' is the pub shot, a dram is enough for the width of 2 fingers to be just covered in a proper Whisky glass. According to my old man anyways :-)

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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I'm no fan of Microsoft.

I haven't used MS products on a personal level for well over a decade now but the furore over this is just plain ridiculous. This has been caused by upper management not taking IT seriously at all and this is not confined to civil facilities. It should be impossible to manufacture the amount of Teflon that these people have on their shoulders. MS gave 4/5? years of warnings that XP was being deprecated and then a pay extra program that got increasingly expensive to encourage people to do the right thing and deal with the issue.

At that point upper management should have been asking about the security of their computing estate and how to guarantee its future security and providing the budget for the implementation, not stuffing their snouts in the trough until the money covered their eyes.

8 years to air-gap or secure access a critical unchangeable system is more than enough time for any properly run organisation. Upper management in this country does not meet the criteria required. MS committed to support XP Embedded systems until 2020 and these patches are a function of that.

The debacle that has occurred with XP desktop is due to idle, feckless upper management and any prosecutions should start at board level and work down.

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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Trollface

re: AC

Simple, demand to see a warrant card

This is the one thing that still distinguishes common scum and a beloved Police Officer.

Common scum are not required to carry verifiable I.D. and as a result are not required to produce it upon request, unlike our venerated Police Officers.

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

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Coat

Re: In Binary, 4 is the rudest number

Depends, 4 is rude regardless of which side you begin counting from, 5 not so.

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NSA pulls plug on some email spying before Congress slaps it down

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Devil

Timelines and smoke and mirrors

So they no longer need all the data they've gathered since FISA Courts were set up.

"In addition, as part of this curtailment, NSA will delete the vast majority of previously acquired upstream internet communications as soon as practicable,"

Exactly what does "as soon as practicable" mean to a TLA such as the NSA?

Next week? month? year? decade? century? millennium? myriaannum? epoch?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Icon, and advocate I believe

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Shock horror: US military sticks jump leads on human brains to teach them a lesson

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Facepalm

Trinitrotoluene

I thought TNT was trinitrotoluene and goes bang under the correct circumstances.

This zap the brain with electrickery oh wait, got it

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Samsung Galaxy S8: Slimmer bezels, a desktop mode – and yet another me-too AI pal

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Re: Vanilla Android?

I don't like the way iPhones work but I can see why people like them.

I don't like the way Win phones work, but I can see why people like them.

I don't like stock android but I can see why people like it.

The only phone OS I have really liked as a stock install was Sailfish on the Jolla /me sobs in a corner.

I had HTC because I liked the Sense overlay until it turned into an MS mobile copy.

I now have a One+ 2, and the overlay there is acceptable *for* me.

Horses for courses my good commentard, horses for courses

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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What are you lot on about?

We're talking about someone who vomits his entire thought process over twatter FFS.

No one has to waste resources spying on the orange one.

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Intel reveals Optane will need a 7th-gen core and a PC-centric launch

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Oh just what I need

A system that the manufacturer designs builds and charges a premium for because they cannot use a standard interface properly. I mean it's not like there are any other products of this type that just slot in the DIMM slot. Oh Hi Diablo, hey over there SanDisk how ya doin?

Unless optane becomes a serious must have item this could go badly wrong for intel.

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: Being a criminal has little to do with the list as given.

Unfortunately the scope of the NCA 'guidelines' also covers just about every El Reg reader. Perhaps the NCA should extend their notes to 50-somethings with receding hairlines, who enjoy Margaux, reading the misfortunes of GDS and the occasional hour of playing Skyrim for the umpteenth time.

Ha, your on your own there, I don't have a receding hairline :-P

yet ...

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UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors

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Re: Didn't this behavior collapse the Empire?

This has nothing to do with patriotism and everything to do with power.

The scum who kicked the political class in the groin by voting leave must be controlled, mass surveillance of everybody at home and abroad will achieve this.

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AMD's daring new money-making strategy: Sue everyone! Mwahaha

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Leaving nvidia out is not that surprising.

ATI and nvidia having been the only real GPU designers have an enormous number of patents each. There have been recent reports that intel have been cosying up to AMD for access to their patents as the agreement they have with nvidia runs out soon, later this year end of March

They will need to get an agreement with at least one of them just to stop another lawsuit.

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Super-cool sysadmin fixes PCs with gravity, or his fists

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Re: Faith healing

Did that with an IBM Thinkpad and it's desk expansion with a dodgy connector, I was late in as I was going to be in an international conference call and got sent to this blokes desk. He was complaining about how it was always happening nobody could fix it etc etc. Did the faith healing thing then after the call finished, well early for a change, went and fixed the connector as everybody else apart from security had buggered off.

We really shouldn't do these kinds of things, it only creates a rod for our own backs when the bloody pests insist that only we will do regardless of what the problem is :P

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BT's profits plunge 37% following Italian Job

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Something else caught my eye

BT is “pushing ahead with reforms at Openreach, particularly on governance and customer service.”

They have Customer service???

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Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

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Re: If MS AV is the best...

Curiously, Windows Defender uses ASLR and can operate on a system using ASLR because they are both MS and can therefore access the required APIs to do the defending job.

As to how good it actually is I have no personal knowledge of, but it would seem to be one step better than most anti virus.

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How Apple exploded Europe's crony capitalism

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Re: WIDtf

Not sure ... Wireless Information Device or What It Do?

With the state of WAP back then either was appropriate

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Awesome

Just awesome

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If you bought a dildo in Denver, the government must legally be told

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Obvious answer

Print all the details in 7 point Comic Sans and post them so they arrive in the middle of the budget discussions. The ruling doesn't say how the data has to be communicated to them so make it seriously inconvenient to search the data, it also doesn't say how much time has to pass before reporting.

So report on paper and once per year.

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'Tesco Bank's major vulnerability is its ownership by Tesco,' claims ex-employee

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AC Consider

Link your TESCO Bank Debit card to your TESCO Club Card and receive 500 points!!!!!!!!!!

No need to scan your TESCO Club Card when you pay with your TESCO Bank Debit Card.

So much more convenient for you, our precious customer and FREE POINTS into the bargain.

Go on, you know it makes sense

TESCO Every little helps.

Sorry AC what was that you were saying?

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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Re: Oh dear

and you misspelt Tony B Liar

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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I know I'm late to the discussion

and the link is wiki, but light wasn't around until after inflation

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6f/CMB_Timeline300_no_WMAP.jpg

Which would mean that there was no light until the first stars lit 362 million years after inflation and therefore no speed of light. Light is the big boy in measurement terms now but there are 400 million years before it was around and 20 million years when it was openly defied by our wonderfully complex universe.

It seems to me that the universe from big bang to end of inflation existed only as a large bowl of quantum 'soup' that had no respect for Einstein, Maxwell, Lorentz or any one else. Someone getting their minds around what that soup consisted of and it's behaviour is probably not happening in whatever is left of my timeline.

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

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Re: Interesting

This is probably more to do with 1/3 of instances running on Azure being Linux based instances.

Also sounds like a lot of cross platform stuff from Microsoft, "Runs the same as on Windows"

if you squint hard enough

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Demo may have frozen, but narrowband IoT stew is still piping hot

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Ability to bill? Vodafone you say?

Not since they rolled out their new billing system they bloody well can't.

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Signal security revealed: A triple-Diffie-Hellman with a double ratchet

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Re: Capture the message post decryption...

@Charlie C

I think AC probably meant that point at the end when you'll need plain text. Potentially a screen grab or before being sent to the display, but at some point the message has to be human readable.

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Vodafone blames €5bn H1 loss on cutthroat Indian competition

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they forgot something

How many people left after their new all singing all dancing billing system screwed up everything and couldn't be sorted out as was my case?

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European Commission dangles €374m for low-power exascale research

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Re: €375m

This is Europe, they don't really account for anything, they just sign off the main accounts and say there are errors that the plebs have to put up with.

Warning, that's a PDF :-P

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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tabs vs spaces

I set my IDE to produce what the customer desires.

If the customer defines tabs then <TAB> it is ( 8 space equiv )

If the requirement is a defined number of spaces then the <TAB> gets set to that number of spaces.

Then I can use <TAB> all the time.

oh and @ Denarius, yeah, the only way to deal with those PHB buggers.

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Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers

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Oh yes, that billing system

Ex voda here

April came along and they decided that 25th of the month was no longer good enough to be paid on so they changed it, without notice to the 15th. I only noticed this because coming back from holiday the bank had kindly charged me 25 bloody quid for bouncing their DD and on the 18th texting to say they were restricting my service for non-payment and stiffing me for £4.48.

Talk to CS, very nice people to be honest, 'yes we have changed it back to the 25th and deleted the late payment.

May, same thing but I had not re-enabled the DD, 3 phone calls to CS

June ditto May

July ditto June and changed e-mail

August ditto July with I'll have my PAC if it's the same next month

September PAC code please

October you owe us £150 because you cancelled early

Tell you what you send me your bill and I'll send you mine .

Heard nothing yet.

I'd been with them for a decade without any issues, doubt I'll ever be going back.

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

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and yet

The Christmas before the vote you could find people being concerned about the actual value being much lower than the markets were showing at the time. [1]

Things are not usually as simple as people make out, the GBP was effectively being protected by the skirt of the EU from a much earlier fall of ~20% in value.

[1] Yeah yeah, I know, the Torygraph, but there are other publications that noted it as well.

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PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

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upgrades rule

SWMBOs PC is 4? years old (maybe older) and was getting a little tired.

I doubled the ram, swapped an SSD in and got the fastest AMD APU that would fit an FM2+ socket. For less than 200 quid she's happy with her 'new' machine because it's at least twice as fast as previously. It could now be good for another 3 - 5 years.

It has always been that if you have a recent machine, you can always upgrade it. It's just that the term 'recent machine' is now becoming a much longer time

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Spotify serving malware, no escape from reality

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Re: Sophisticated malware capable of infecting Windows, macOS and Linux systems.

It would appear that it launched the default browser to other sites with malicious software for drive by downloads.

The launch of the default browser was successful on all 3 O/S' but there is no evidence that any system, other than the usual one, actually downloaded anything.

I got fed up with the ads and went premium a couple of months back.

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Never explain, never apologize: Microsoft silent on Outlook.com email server grief

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Naughty El Reg

Have you been nasty to Microsoft again!?

"The Register has asked Microsoft about the issue, but after a day of waiting, we too have been left in the dark by Redmond."

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‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

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Re: Google’s NT You mean BSODs? Actually, no

You keep saying that but the context switch time is a function of the hardware and X86 of any type is appallingly slow at doing this.

NT 3 as designed by Dave Cutler depended on the context switching speed that a VAX processor could provide. This was heavily assisted in the VAX with a dedicated block and register to speed the switch up.

The 4 modes of the VAX, kernel. executive, supervisor, user, these were all used.

The X86 family have this as well but only kernel and user are used because the context switch speed is stupidly slow.

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Sophos to drop Quadsys after Five Avoid Jail

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A little odd

At first I thought good for Sophos, innocent unless proven guilty.

I then read on and reached the bit about them having entered a guilty plea and thought WTF were they thinking not cutting the cord then?

Then I put the MBA hat on, you know the large cone one with a big D on it, and thought we can keep support costs down if we leave it until the last possible second and screw any customer concerns.

Then it no longer seemed odd.

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Either misguided prescribing or misguided reporting

I rather suspect incomplete, a possible edit error.

Pain killers for the pain and antibiotics to prevent infection. Getting kicked multiple times in the head can cause more than a few issues.

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