* Posts by Steve K

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JavaScript spec gets strung out on padding

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Re: -gate

copy-pasta

Yes - spaghetti code is a problem wherever you get it from :-)

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Re: broken by design?

The correct way to deal with this would be to style your HTML so that stuff gets left or right-aligned.

That won't help if you want to pad with zeroes though

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Intel bolts bonus gubbins onto Skylake cores, bungs dozens into Purley Xeon chips

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SImplification

As mentioned in the article, I don't see how this reclassification simplifies anything over the old classification...

The Intel Ark site - since its redesign - also goes out of its way to make it difficult to compare processor features/specifications due to its perverse layout, I actually found myself using the Wikipedia Xeon page to look up current Xeon specs the other day rather than Intel's site

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

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Re: @Steve K

Let's see how August turns out - I am over in Fornebu again for 2 weeks (once they take the "Sorry, we are closed for the summer" sign down again ;-))

If the weather is still crap then I will accept full blame!

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I have been working in Oslo/Fornebu recently and I can attest that I have never seen so many Tesla's (Model S and Model X) in one place!

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Re: It will retail for just $35,000

As well as the potential repair costs of the specialised electronics and particularly the battery packs, this is also in a fairly high performance vehicle category with a sub 6-second 0-60 time.

This is likely to affect insurance premiums adversely also.

It is an exciting development though, and it will be very interesting to see where EVs are in 3 or 4 years time.

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Boffins with frickin' laser beams chase universe's mysterious trihydrogen

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Re: The point is H3+ is really unstable in anything like a normal environment.

Understood - thanks

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Re: The point is H3+ is really unstable in anything like a normal environment.

Don't shoot me down, but could this account for any of the missing matter discrepancy - i.e. we have assumed molecular H2 floating around but it is actually H3 so is ~50% more mass per Hydrogen molecule?

Or am I talking cr@p?

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Trihydrogen...?

I am awaiting the announcement of dilithium - in crystalline form - any day now!

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Re: The Bible (@Steve K)

But Noah's Ark would have quickly run aground in that gene pool.

Some of my best friends are Christians....;-)

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Re: The Bible

..actually before that Noah's goes back to Adam & Eve, who had 2 sons....

What happened next...?

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

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Re: ... floppies into Drive B

Still is here......

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

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Why is there a PRINCE2?

The fact that projects fail with or without PRINCE2 or other methodologies (as evidenced by Axelos' own numbers) shows that methodologies don't/cannot address all of the human/subject matter/corporate/political factors in projects.

A thought though. Why is there a PRINCE 2...what was wrong with PRINCE1...

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Correct

..then you can reach out, touch base and put it outside the back door and see if the cat eats it.

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All the (IT storage) News That's Fit to Print

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With all due respect...

...you're telling the secrets they kept..

(With apologies to Miles Hunt)

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UK regulator probes PwC over BT's Italian accountancy scandal

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An auditor's role is NOT to spot fraud.

An auditor's role is NOT to specifically spot fraud but they might find it in the course of their work.

Their role is to give an opinion on whether the financial statements give a "true and fair" view (I.e. Not materially mis-stated) and comply with the relevant reporting standards (e.g. IFRS).

If fraud is perpetrated by senior management in collusion then they are unlikely to find it in the course of their audit work, and their opinion may therefore be proved incorrect subsequently.

That does not mean that an auditor cannot give an incorrect opinion through incompetence, but they can be taken in by fraud too.

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Four Brits cuffed in multimillion-quid Windows tech support call scam probe

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Re: not stopped them

or https://xkcd.com/278/

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Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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Re: It's behind you ...

Oh no it wouldn't...

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HPE to staff: 'We are PERMANENTLY clipping your costs'

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Re: Maybe i missed something...

You are looking at the historical numbers already posted.

It may also be that their post-DXC split forecasts for next year are down by such a degree that they need to pre-empt and cut expenses now.

Whether they are cutting the right expenses which will not themselves precipitate revenue collapse is another argument entirely (as per IBM and DXC).

Pissing off revenue-earning staff AND customers at the same time cannot end well.....

(For avoidance of doubt I am not arguing that pissing off non-revenue earning staff is a good idea either)

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

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Re: Lots of shielding requires lots of fuel.

Probably the other way around - a bang that large would induce sudden brown-outs in a lot of people

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

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Re: Nice try, but...

Not sure what you are on about but you can go via Singapore with Air NZ (code share)

After flying once to NZ via the hell-hole that is LA transit, I have flown via Singapore to NZ since then.

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'President Zuck' fundraiser opens for business

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Re: Dear God...

Too late - nuke your mouth from orbit - it's the only way

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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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Private Eye always has

Already is - see Private Eye magazine passim!

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IBM CEO Ginni flouts £75 travel crackdown, rides Big Blue chopper

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collectively turning in their graves

Spinning in their graves I think. Combine that with some copper wire coils and maybe IBM have finally innovated again, and come up with a sustainable energy source...

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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Re: AI is still far too dumb

It also has to parse/contextualise/re-order "..the dog in the park I took last week to Instagram.""

to understand whether you took the dog or the park to Instagram OR if you actually meant the photo

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Backup crack-up: Fasthosts locks people out of data storage for days amid WCry panic

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Re: So...

As we take the security of our systems extremely seriously, we are retiring the Windows 2003 platform with immediate effect,

Their statement - nearly 2 years after W2K3 was de-supported - shows exactly how seriously they actually take security.....

I wonder if they typed that with a straight face

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Cabinet Office losing grip on UK government departments – report

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Re: @SteveK

No I haven't (I am of the old-ish fart vintage!)

I still think that spin it its current guise can be traced back to 1997 - and possibly coincident with the emergence and wider adoption of electronic communications and a feedback loop to the media that is much quicker than was possible in print-centric days (or before 24-hour TV news).

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Re: Why senior Civil Servants are preoccupied with presentation

Agree with everything except why spin has become the centrepiece of this Government’s communications strategy

Spin has been at the centre of ALL UK Governments' communications strategy since Blair's tenure (and Campbell's media management) in 1997

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How would you pronounce 'Cyxtera'?

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Loon pants!

Meh - looks like a pair of 70s purple loon pants that have fallen on their side...

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Oracle links to LinkedIn so its salesware can sniff you out

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Re: Targeted spam is still spam

It's not the same as spam as it's most likely not email that is targeted here.

This will be for targeting on Ad platforms and LinkedIn itself to (try to) show you ads wherever you go on the web where they think they can correlate your presence with the information they have on you...

As is mentioned below, I can't see how LinkedIn information can possibly improve data quality given the fiction and wanky-words used in most profiles in the LinkedIn echo chamber.

(Maybe LinkedIn is like an anti-laser cavity? The buzzwords reflect and resonate off the ends of this chamber until a pure stream of incoherent information of the same wavelength emerges and obliterates all in its path).

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SpaceX spin-out plans to put virtual machines in orbit

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Re: Standard range of harware sensors?

Great place for a ToR exit node....

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What are suitable CPUs?

I wonder what the suitable CPUs?RAM/SSDs are for this?

Space-hardened CPUs/RAM/SSDs are usually a few generations behind ground-based ones because of the costs of hardening them ands because they don't necessarily have to do generalised computing tasks.

I am not sure that multi-core Xeons beasts that you would run a virtualisation task down here would survive up in orbit given the intricate circuit sizes.

I suppose they must have considered this, and maybe that's why they are proposing a fleet of these to allow for redundancy as nodes in the cluster fail.

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Super-secure Pi-stuffed nomx email server box given a good probing

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The NOMX site

The NOMX site suggests that he has been unable to demonstrate his claim on their server?

Apparently NOMX is no longer Raspberry Pi-based also.

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Intel redesigns flawed Atom CPUs to stave off premature chip death

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BZZZT! "Reached Out"

"Reached Out" - nooooooooooooo please, stop it.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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Re: Embiggen

Yes, and completely spidulary with existing linguistic gramostications:

Embolden - to boldify more

Embiggen - to biggify more

Emtwentyfive - to drive round in circles more

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Foxconn outbids WD with ¥3 TRILLION offer for Tosh memory biz

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That is a hell of a difference between the KKR bid and the Foxconn bids!

I imagine that their motives/intentions are very different (VC vs. manufacturer/fabricator)....

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Boaty McBoatface sinks in South Atlantic on her maiden deployment

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Re: James Clark Ross?

Exactly - the David Attenborough will only be completed in 2019 according to various news sites..

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

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Maybe it helps if you put Jam in too?

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Andreesen Horowitz tips $10m into American AI drone upstart

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Not sure who the videos are aimed at...

Following my curiosity, I went to their site and watched the videos, (having just received my Blade Inductrix FPV drone to play with and annoy the cat).

Who are they aimed at? They are a bit like an MTV video for someone with attention-deficit on caffeine and other stimulants.

Just as you get to see what the drone is doing there is a jump-cut to another angle of another one going in another direction. It's like a pop video on fast-forward.

The tech is undeniably cool and technically challenging, but they should spend some of that $10m on getting someone to record and edit their promotional material.

Rant over...

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Indian Business Machines? One-third of Big Blue staff based there and Bangladesh

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"switched to Concur, an expensive management and travel booking system."

Freudian or deliberate typo....?

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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So does that mean that if you don't use OneDrive then you won't see them?

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Oracle doing due diligence on Accenture. Yep, you read that right

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Re: "HP fatefully bought EDS and IBM acquired PWC"

separate, independent partnership and has even regrown its consultancy arm in some directions

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So that's what all the fuss on Cloud sails is about?

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Ah yes - like sex in a canoe - f@cking close to water.....

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

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Stayin' Alive...Disco Inferno...Yeah baby!

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Small mirrors? A disco ball would add some 70's style into modern warfare countermeasures.

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60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

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Re: Mesmerising

Being closer towards the "old fart" end of the Reg readership than some, I thought I should share a link to a 1977 book ("Worlds within Worlds - A Journey into the unknown") that I recall fondly from my childhood.

This includes several shots similar to the second video - including one of the bomb tower just after the fireball has started at detonation. The tower is still there, and it has not yet been vapourised - incredible.

There are lots of other high-speed or specialised (e.g. Kirlian) images in there too.

https://www.amazon.com/Worlds-Within-Journey-Into/dp/0030194164

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Cash'n'Carrion restocks atomic keyrings

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Re: Inventory is up, cart is down

Still unavailable, 2 years later....

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Sources: Liberty Global, Vodafone take seats at negotiating table AGAIN

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They renewed their MVNO deal with EE for 5 years at the start of 2017, but I wonder if the BT/EE deal has got them wanting to move away from a direct competitor (for Virgin Mobile AND fixed-line phone/cable/content) by having their own mobile operation/deal.

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