* Posts by hammarbtyp

916 posts • joined 28 Nov 2007


US prosecutors whack another three charges on list against ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch over $11bn HP biz gobble

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Double Standards

A once heard of a property tycoon who continually inflated his self worth so that he could get business loans to prop his business empire.

But of course being a American, rather than being prosecuted he was lauded as a great business man and got promoted to president.

Oracle spaffed $30bn on buybacks over the past 9 months, but analysts warn it can't last forever

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Re: Those tax cuts in action

Its that old dilemma, Are they mad or just republican

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Re: Those tax cuts in action

...and not on workers wages. What a shock

Brit prisoners to be kept on the straight and narrow with JavaScript and CSS

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Re: What could go wrong?

Python 2 or Python 3 - splitter!!!

That's Numberwang! Google Cloud staffer breaks record for most accurate Pi calculation

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As a weird coincidence, the number of digits equals exactly Google's turnover for last year.

Who knew that the when the company derived its name from the number Googolplex, it was not only a name but a financial aspiration

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31.4 trillion? Rubbish

Trivial. I've calculated to 50 trillion digits, but got bored.

Spoiler alert - the 50 trillionth digit is an 8

Science says death metal fans delightful and intelligent people, great at dinner parties

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Its all an act

I live close to a site of major heavy rock festival. During the 4 days we often have festival goers pop into town for breakfast, beer (and quite often unfortunately wellies and new rain coats).

Generally they are really nice bunch of people, who cause far less trouble than the usual Friday night lot and are a pleasure to be around. However this is because the average heavy metal fan nowadays seems to be roughly 40-50, and are often here to take time off from their family responsibilities, relive their youth and let their hair down (those who have any left).

While initially intimidating, once you dig past the thin veneer of leather, chains, dog collars and offensive t-shirts, you find IT technicians, middle ranking managers, shoe salesmen etc. They are as likely to cause issues as you average COS play super villain is to blow up the universe.

(Disclaimer - I have no direct evidence on the behavior of Pharrell Williams fans, its just that generally most of the people who are happy all the time seem only one step away from either joining a cult or serious mental breakdown)

How to make people sit up and use 2-factor auth: Show 'em a vid reusing a toothbrush to scrub a toilet – then compare it to password reuse

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Re: VIDEO Link

RSA WiFi is not poor, its just over secure :)

Here's the RSA one


Not sure about the toothbrush bit though

So Windrush happened, and yet UK Home Office immigration data still has 'appalling defects'

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I'll get my coat


Yes, we burnt all the evidence and shipped her off on the next boat

UK.gov's Verify has 'significantly' missed every target, groans spending watchdog

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Re: Estonia

Unfortunately the UK is rapidly morphing into Elbonia

Insane homeowners association tries to fine resident for dick-shaped outline car left in snow

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I think it was Frank Zappa who said "There are no dirt lyrics, only dirt minds that hear them"

US Supremes urged by pretty much everyone in software dev to probe Oracle's 'disastrous' Java API copyright win

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Re: Before people get in to a panic...

Ok you make some fair points, but the ruling itself shows a lack of understanding of the basis of software API's.

The biggest one is the 11.500 lines of code allegedly copied by Google. That sounds to a layman like a slam dunk case. However when you analyse it as a software developer it is less so.

What are the 11500 lines of code

The Java library code consists of 2.86 million lines of code, therefore Oracles case rests on 0.4% of the code base being copied. Basically those 11500 lines are the Java 2 API headings, virtually everything else is Google's own work . Google's purpose was to to create a language that was familiar to Java developers but fitted in with Android. To most software developers, there is nothing wrong with that. If i want to use C ion a new hardware, I would recreate the C standard library and write the back-end. Or say I wanted to write my own version of SQL, like a small company like Oracle did way back.

I cannot see where the court gets 170 lines from. How would you write a compatible JAVA library using 170 lines?

Its a bit like Collins claiming copyright over oxford dictionaries, because they used the same word headings even though the definitions were totally original.

The rulling is a total mis-representation of software API's and opens the door to any other corporate vulture claiming ownership over software re-use

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Re: Hasn't this been decided in the other direction already?

Or in fact Oracle writing their own version of IBM's SQL

Nokia 9: HMD Global hauls PureView™ out of brand limbo

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Surely you want one that goes up to 11

It all hinges on this: Huawei goes after Samsung with its own foldable hybrid Mate X

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Some good and some pointless questions

- Do you get a free toaster with the loan you have to get to finance it?

Sounds a lot, but this is not meant for joe consumer. It is for the those with money to burn who must have the latest and greatest. It certainly stands out compared to the latest iphone. Remember to some this is the same cost as a bottle of dinner wine

- What is the software update plan, delay, and how long before they stop issuing updates after sales fail?

Same as any other android phone i'm guessing

- Looks fragile.

Probably no more than your average iphone. However there is probably no way to add screen protectors, which could be an issue

- The screen warp at the seam (watch some of the launch demo videos)

I'm sure that will get better as technology improves

- Too big to put in a pocket.

Depends how big your pockets are, and a damn sight more convenient than carrying a tablet around as well. As someone who used to carry a Psion 5 knows , its small enough

- How does it hold up to scratches?

Again lack of screen protector is an issue. Presumably it has to be flexible material, so there will be some damage

- Is it IP67/68?

Don't see why not

- Can't put a case on it and still use it.

Probably not

- How much does it cost to replace a cracked screen?

Probably a lot. However if you can spend 2 grand on a phone, that is not going to be a major concern.

- Contains two batteries that could become an IED.

Now we are just getting silly. It is still far smaller than a tablet or a laptop

- Contains 5G, which means you have potentially cellular level alternating, millimeter wave antenna. (https://www.saferemr.com/2017/08/5g-wireless-technology-millimeter-wave.html)

Now we are just getting into paranoia. This phone is no different to any other 5g device that will be coming out in the next few year, and almost certainly will have to operate as a 4G device until the infrastructure is out there. While i know there are some concerns on 5g wavelengths there has been no peer reviewed evidence on any issues, just speculation and alarmist headlines.

I don't see the use case given all the drawbacks. Just because you can, does not mean you should.

On that basis we should still be hiding in caves, scavenging fruit and any meat we can scavenge. Progress means pushing in all directions. If we knew where to go we would already be there. Although I doubt I will ever have one I salute the technology pioneers who wish to go first

How do you solve a problem like Galileo? With a strap-on L-band payload, of course!

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when has spending money on a Nigerian scheme ever gone wrong

Dear Mr Grayling

I have been requested by the Nigerian Space Agency to contact you for assistance in resolving the matter of access to GPS. The Nigerian Space has recently acquired a satellite onto which a GPS alternative could be placed. Unfortunately due to international restrictions, we cannot help you until funding has been made available. Please to facilitate this wire £100 million to the attached agency back account, and we will launch your new GPS system for you

Yours Faithfully

Prince Boateng III (Acting head of NSA)

P.S My brother also owns are large number of RORO ferries. I would be please to make these available for another £100 million

White House and FCC announce big, broken solutions to America's pitiful broadband

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Need a new new deal (Don't hold your breath)

Unfortunately this again proves that there is no one fits solution to big problems.

In a realistic world, federal dollars would be used to pay for a public optical high speed backbone that anyone can use to create local services.

But this is America, and that sort of thing smacks of Communism, so they will leave it to the market, who will then cherry pick the best areas, ensure that any competition is squashed and you will end up with a expensive hodge podge which suits no one apart from the monopolies controlling it. Best of all for them everyone in the US will pay for it. But hey it's the American way dammit.

If the interstate network was being built today, and not in Rossevelt's socialist new deal era. Most major highways would stop about 50 miles outside major cities with rural and the poor being forced to use the dirt track back roads

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

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Gmail in heaven

Hotmail in hell

Airbus will shutter its A380 production line from 2021

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Re: Just to big to win

A lot of cargo aircraft are old passenger aircraft. I live near a cargo hub, and you see aircraft, that were retired from passenger use years ago, such as MD-11, old Ilyushins.

Modern passenger aircraft are pretty tough. However the economic costs of their use for passenger use becomes harder to justify as they get older. I don't see Emirates using them for their full life span

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Just to big to win

One thing not mentioned about the A380 freight version was that it was actually just too big. Basically by the time you hit the weight limit it was only 60% full, meaning it was not as efficient as the 747 freighter. However we might see a version for carrying very large objects when they start coming out of service.

Also RR will take a hit, since the Trent 900 was the primary engine used on the type

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Black Helicopters


I never look at terrorist propaganda, however sometime I do read freedom fighters literature.....

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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You think that's a problem? I'll show you a problem

Hey, can't wait till 2038 when the majority of embedded systems start falling over due to the 32bit implementation of time rolling over

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"arnt they geostationary?"


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Re: Yay landfill!

Still use an old Garmin for geo-caching since I find it more accurate than the phone, and i don't need the map.

Probably going to be dead in April, since I doubt the firmware is updateable

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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The standard office licence covers you for up to 3 computers.

Since i got mine for £10 through a work offer, then that's £10 in total.

Even the student edition is only £120. To be honest I haven't met anyone who has ever paid the full wack

UK-EU infosec data sharing may not be KO'd by Brexit, reckons ENISA bod

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Who's in charge?

The main issue would be, as far as I see it, remediation, If the UK is allowed to maintain the same data relationship with the EU, what happens if that relationship is taken advantage of by the UK, against EU rules. Since the governmment is adamant that they will nor be beholden to any EU judicial body or any sort of joint oversight, it is hard to see how a data sharing framework could be managed and policed

Arm wants to wrestle industry into a seat on the UK.gov's £70m hardware security train

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Chicken feed

The EU Cybersecurity strategy earmarked 600million Euros of research and innovation. It is more likely also to have global significance due to the technology and population size of the EU

But hey, at we are taking back control....

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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Re: Umm... nope.


Well my wife's a geologist and she great respect for climate science.

Climate scientist do work with geosciences. For example they rely on ice cores to measure temperature variation over near history. This is why they can show that the present rate of warming is unprecedented and is correlated with the rise in CO2 levels.

However normal geology is not going to tell you a lot, because the normal rate of rock deposition means that they tend to work in periods of 100 of thousands of years which is to long to measure any climate data, especially if we are talking about the last 100 years. However they can show times of volcanic activity and other extreme events that can be tied back to the climate records.

(of course you could argue that most geologists work for the petro-chemical industries or mining and therefore it is in their best interests to dismiss climate change, but generally I have better respect for science professionals and the scientific method than someone who terms "consensus2 as "cabaal")

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Re: Umm... nope.

it's a cycle

If only climate scientists around the world had factored this in

(spoiler alert - they have)

Bipartisan Kumbaya: President Trump turns Obama's open govt data policy into law

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Does that include easier access to tax returns?

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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History of science has consistently shown that when you push the boundaries not only do we find the things we were looking for, but lots we didn't realise existed.

The space race purpose was to get to the moon, the rest came as a by-product of that attempt.

I'm sure some will say that the money spent would be better off spent solving world hunger or cancer research. However this ignores that science is inextricably linked, and a discovery in one area could affect another.

The problem is, if we knew what we were going to find, there is no point looking for it. And once we found something, there may be many many ways to apply it. For example the original quantum research, was purely theoretical and many would of said pointless, yet know we are using the quantum realm in electroncs, computing and starting to look at biological processes in a new way

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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"after she took aerial shots of his Blue Origin space rockets"

Thought I had heard all the double entendre's, but that's a new one

Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe

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They should contact the US CSI or NCIS. I am sure I saw a weekly documentary where they could take a IP or MAC address and instantly show its location :)

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Re: It'll never happen...

Same thing happened to me. Kept getting emails from the states about someones car. Needs Service, etc. For while it was amusing, but then I started getting fault reports and i thought what would I want to do in that situation? So I decided tp contact the provider to indicate a mistake had been made.

1 problem. No contact email address. So instead I put a sarcastic tweet with the companies handle. It worked and they messaged me. Great I thought, getting somewhere. So i told them the issue, they said they would sort it. Finally I thought.

Until yesterday

"Dear Tonya, Car VIN number, model number has low pressure in front left tyre"

So I contacted the company again. The response was. Sorry about that. Can you give us your pin number and we will sort it....<Sound of banging head against wall>

It makes you wonder why you bother

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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Re: Kerosene.

Or just Nuke it from orbit...just to make sure

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Re: Azipods in reverse?

I think that's unlikely since the MS Queen Elizabeth (90,000 tonnes) have them compared to the Queen Elizabeth Class (65,000 tonnes ).

The reasons are more likely a) reduction in draught b) Easier to protect from torpedo attack c) The lack of a need to do close maneuvering such as sailing up and down fjords, so there is no need for the extra complication

(MS Queen Elizabeth has them so that it can dock in small Caribbean islands without the need of tug support and sometimes its useful to maintain station, for example if passengers want to go Jet skiing )

Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors

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Two thoughts

Arm-like big.LITTLE architecture

Interesting because where I stand it appears that Intel have pretty well left the embedded space. If you want to run a fanless x86 processor of any reasonable power you have AMD and that's it. Intel just don't care. Whether such a SoC processor would allow them to get back into the game is questionable.

Integrated GPUs no longer second-class citizens

I may be wrong here, but I'm pretty sure it is largely Intel integrated GPU's that have sucked. AMD with their in-house Radeon expertise have always been better

Keen for much-hyped quantum computing to finally land? Don't expect it for a decade

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Just to add that you also have to balance "risk and cost of not achieving anything" against "potential benefits and possible spin offs"


strong AI, cure to cancer, fusion are strong categories in the latter column, while driverless and flying cars are more in the former camp (although crack AI, and you have driverless cards anyway).

Quantum computing is in the latter camp. Yes we may not achieve the final goal, but in doing so we gain a greater understanding of the quantum world. However if it is managed on a commercial scale, the benefits extend way beyond encryption. remember that most of the progress in the last 30 years has been due to increase in computing power, a curve which using present technologies may well have to stop

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Re: People should focus on the fundamentals first

This seems a common thread in science.

Scientists are single minded, never see the big picture, and are only interested in funding.

this is normally put forward by people who have no specialist knowledge in a particular area, but latch onto the summary of a outlying research paper.

University research tends to be pretty open to new ideas. Proving that quantum computing is not possible would almost as big a break through as proving it is.

I'm pretty sure there are many quantum computing researchers who are aware of the paper and are taken it into account and are more qualified to understand its applicability and ramifications.

Saying that when commercial concerns get involved there is a a tendency to downgrade any information which stops the pork barrel funding, so you need to differentiate between basic research and commercial application

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* strong AI

The original concept of AI i.e a robot brain as or of greater intelligence than person is still a long way off. However in certain limited applications we already have AI. The google search engine for example

* flying cars

Flying cars is easy. Getting a flying car that a non-pilot can fly and not crash into the myriad other flying cars is hard

* driverless cars

They seem to be a long way down that route, with some applications already ongoing. Whether people will accept them on the road is another questions, but expect military applications in the next few years

* cure to cancer

To all cancers, no. To some cancers, yes

* fusion power generation

Yes, unfortunately a long way off. However the problems are engineering and material science not physics

It all goes to show that technology progress is rarely quantum leaps, but slow hard slogs often relying on many different areas.

Estonian ex-foreign sec urges governments: Get cosy with the private sector on cybersecurity

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She pretty well echo's what Bruce Schneier wrote in "Click Here to Kill Everybody"

Waymo's revolutionary driverless robo-taxi service launches in America... with drivers

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Re: The sad truth about self-driving cars

The question is, when this situation occurs, do we want some computer to make the call,

I think the question is whether you want the computer to make the call or Steve, who passed his driving test last week, is driving back after an all night party and is concentrating on trying to tune his radio

The only way to make safe driverless vehicles would be to put them on special lanes, perhaps specifically designed to avoid sharp angles; possibly with a system to keep them on trajectory at all times, like, some manner of metal railing?

I think they are called roads

No, you haven't gone deaf – the Large Hadron Collider has been wound down for more upgrades

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Has the LHC not destroyed the universe yet?

It did, but it was replaced with something equally inexplicable

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Unicorn based politics?

Is that like where Surrey Satellites bid the contract, technically feasible and under cost? Then German OHB win, take 5 years *not* to launch what they promised in three. Then Surrey satellites rescue the spectrum allocation by building tech demonstrators from a standing start in 18 months, while OHB drop a *further* two years and many billions of EU money.

Citation @Justthefacts ?

OHB were technical lead while Surrey were contracted to provide support and test satellite. The test satellite is not the same a the fully functioning system and is just POC


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Re: Actually, this may be a well-disguised win

Seriously though, does the British military not already use GPS for this? Are they anticipating that the yanks are going to cut them off?

That is actually the crux of the matter. Do you base your defense capability on the resources of a foreign power, however friendly they are now.

I remember two situation in recent history where UK military operations were and could of been curtailed by the US. Firstly Suez, where basically the US stopped the war because it went against their national interest and Falklands where it was touch and go, with the US wanting to keep Argentina onside. It was only that the cold war trumped that, that allowed access to some critical resources.

The advantage of Galileo was that the UK military had shared control. They would be in the room where it happened to quote "Hamilton" .Any future Galileo agreement or agreement to use US GPS capabilities would see us as associate partners which could be cut off if necessary (To be honest generally strategically we are closer aligned to Europe interests that US)

But hey, at least we are taking back control......

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Re: Actually, this may be a well-disguised win

As you say for the majority of people this will make no difference. Standard GPS is fine for most commercial applications, even road pricing

However this pertains to defense applications, for example dropping a GPS guided munition down a bunker. In this case you want a higher degree of accuracy. You also want to stop your enemy piggy backing of the same capability which is why it is encrypted

The UK requested this capability in Galileo to be only available to full members of the Galileo project, not thinking for a second that it would lose access to the club.

HMRC: 30 months to prep Northern Ireland backstop systems, 24 for customs

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Re: So this is what Brexiteers meant by "Quick and simple."

"Things could have been very different had a Brexiteer been in charge."

There were brexiters in charge of the foreign office, trade and the department responsible for Brexit, plus half the cabinet, but they still failed. Face facts, it is failing because there is no plan and reality has nasty habit of smacking fantasists up the ass

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Re: So this is what Brexiteers meant by "Quick and simple."

Things could have been very different had a Brexiteer been in charge.

That's like saying the reason why we couldn't fly after jumping of the cliff was because we didn't have enough people who really believed that we can defy gravity

Finally a platform for train puns: IBM Halt station derailed

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Re: I was think more along the lines of ...


My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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Re: I have

Got a couple of those plus a hitachi H8 processor board which i won in a competition (Lucky me!). just waiting for the correct offer


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