* Posts by hammarbtyp

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

hammarbtyp

Re: Linus Torvalds is not a Security Expert

If you have a compromised Kernel, it needs to die, the moment you allow potentially suspicious code to run at the kernel level it is already game over.

If you look at most security specifications, for example IEC62243, the statement is that security of the system overrides everything, EXCEPT when security affects or overrides the safety of the system.

So there are some situations when killing the kernel is a no no. for example if the linux kernel was controlling a turbine.

In fact by allowing detection of malicious code to kill the kernel you are introducing another security flaw where someone could potentially bring down your system just by attempting to inject code into the kernel, even if y=the code did nothing

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hammarbtyp

Re: Linus Torvalds is a f*cking moron?

Now it is possible to just say fix all the buggy software and then you'll never need to validate arguments but I've never heard a competent programmer advocate that.

Ever heard of design by contract?

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Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)

hammarbtyp

The questions is why?

You have the following choices.

Run something like a cheap Chromebook running efficiently on native ARM,

a wintel machine running native x86 apps relatively efficiently

or a arm box running windows native on a x86 emulator slowly

The last one seems to be the worst of both worlds

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

hammarbtyp

Battle lost, War won

When Munich decided to go Linux only it seemed a big deal and the day of the Linux desktop had arrived...

The irony is that it was about the same time that the old fashioned traditional desktop became less important as the world moved to 1st mobile and then clod based systems.

If you look at these you will find Linux at the heart of them, while Microsoft, still king of the desktop , has slowly become less relevant in the real world.

To be honest, Munich moving its desktop is as important as choosing my next film camera. the world has moved on, Linux has won and the world no longer cares

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

hammarbtyp

Please, Please do not take it on camping trips.

The rest of us go camping to get away from the hi-tech world for a little while and the last thing we want is some oik playing music videos outside the tent at some ungodly hour.

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Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

hammarbtyp

Re: One such trip involved “four of us sitting around a cage full of monkeys, feeding them fruit”

They weren't relatives of the Foreign Secretary were they ?

That sir is a scurrilous slur on the Simians bloodline

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Tesla hits Model 3 production speed bumps, slides to loss

hammarbtyp

Re: More failures and more losses

Looks like The Anointed One is going down. Not before time.

Look I agree Elon can and does act like an asshole sometimes, but so was Steve Jobs, and like him he generally achieves what he sets out to do.

In every industry he has been involved in, he has been a disruptor to the status quo, but in a good way. He setup his own rocket company and showed NASA and the cozy relationship big industry players taht you could launch satellites cheaper. He forced big car companies to take electric vehicles seriously by exploring the givens and pushing the technology limits. You could also argue that without him electronic commerce would still be stuck in the dark ages and transferring money would take days, not seconds.

So all in all wishing for his demise, is a bit short sighted

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

hammarbtyp

Wrong methodology

I know we said we wanted an 'agile' aircraft, but in this case we did actually expect some documents too

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

hammarbtyp

Re: Summary

Well...

1. It is only a local attack. i.e. someone has to within range of your wifi. This is is a lot more effort than a remote attack

2. A lot of your devices may already of been updated

3. Routers are only affected if they are being used to bridge to other routers

4. The attack is a proof of concept, and in the wild is harder to pull off

5. If you send your traffic via VPN or HTTPS, it greatly reduces your risk

6. Considering the effort required, do you really think your traffic is worth the cost and trouble? If yes then it is likely this attack is the least of your problems

To summarise. Keep calm and carry on

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hammarbtyp

An important point

One point missed (and it is rather important) is that routers are only really affected if they operate in bridge mode, which is relatively rare.

So if you have a windows PC running a reasonable modern OS (7 or higher ), installed the latest patches and your home router is not in bridge mode, you are probably pretty safe

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Elon Musk says Harry Potter and Bob the Builder will get SpaceX flying to Mars

hammarbtyp

To be honest there is no need to re-invent the wheel. While TCP/UDP can be the transport mechanism while on the ground, when you transmit it over space you will need a different protocol. Firstly it makes sense to extensively use forward error correction to reduce the need to resend packets. Secondly use dynamic compression techniques to reduce the data based on the content. For example voice and images can be greatly reduced based on the level of quality that is acceptable, while data less so.

To be honest GSM/CDMA use a variety of these techniques to solve similar issues i.e variable quality transport medium and relative low bandwidth. Going back even further X.25 solved many of the same issues to allow data to be sent via plain old telephones(ask your parents about modems kids).

I'm sure satellite and space agencies have already pretty well got this covered. The bigger issue is maintaining a line of sight connection between Earth and Mars. If we had a constellation of MASER satellites at Lagrange points, we could probably ensure high levels of data integrity and reasonable bandwidth. Nothing is going to help you on the packet delays however

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Look! Over there! Intel's cooked a 17-qubit chip quantum package

hammarbtyp

Re: around the size of a US quarter

Metric football (Soccer) or US standard football fields?

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'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'

hammarbtyp

Re: Russian snoops snoop on Kaspersky says Israeli snoops ..

"As all the cloud dumped data almost certainly has to move through Russian ISPs to get to Kaspersky you have a direct intercept route (a sniffer on any switch on the route should do it)."

Presumably the data is encrypted enroute, so it is easier to access the servers once the data has been unecrypted than copying it at source. Unless of course the FSB had access to kaspersky's private keys.

The fact they went via this route ironically indicates that it was probably done without Kaspersky knowledge

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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The problem I always had with Star Trek was that they always underestimated the speed of computer development. In the original it consisted of flashing lights and a primitive user interface, even in the next gen when they has a sentient android, the computers were seemingly based Windows 11.

They also missed the idea of smart weapons. A photon torpedo basically fired into one direction and hoped it hit, no basic homing ability at all.

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You forgot Woody Allen's Sleeper

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

hammarbtyp

Re: Depends what you do for a living:-

She has to top up her ant-freeze and motor oil once is a while however

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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

hammarbtyp

on the other hand...

or maybe that's what we've been programmed to think....

I'll get my tinfoil hat

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The UK isn't ditching Boeing defence kit any time soon

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On 2 February 2017, Boeing stated it would bid the KC-46A for the Royal Canadian Air Force's Strategic Tanker Transport Capability competition, a project to replace Canada's fleet of CC-150 Polaris tanker aircraft. The contract is valued at C$1.5+ billion.[97]

-Wikipaedia

Hey, Boeing, good luck with that......

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hammarbtyp

Re: nowhere else to go and buy defence aircraft rather than Boeing

Airbus don't know what they're doing. The A400M has been a financial disaster, is barely ready for military use, with Airbus asking to be let off the penalty clauses in the contracts it signed. In the words of John Gilbert in the House of Lords ""The A400M is a complete, absolute wanking disaster, and we should be ashamed of ourselves. I have never seen such a waste of public funds in the defence field since I have been involved in it these past 40 years."

I can only assume that he was suffering long term memory loss at the time since i myself can remember(and in fact worked on some of these) Nimrod AEW, Nimrod MRA4, Tornado ADV, to name but 3.

At least the A400M will be operational, available and provide much needed air lift capabilities. unlike the Nimrod which only resulted in providing museums with exhibits

If we want to talk success and failures may I point you to the Airbus A330 multi role tanker which has been a fantastic successful program, especially compared to the Boeing KC-46 Pegasus equivalent whose development has been no where near as smooth

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hammarbtyp

Re: nowhere else to go and buy defence aircraft rather than Boeing

Sukhoi, Tupolev, Ilyushin .... I mean its not like Trump will complain against those would he

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

hammarbtyp

Re: Snake Oil

@MonkeyBob

In software the rule is

We do these things not because they are hard, but because we thought they were easy

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hammarbtyp

Re: Fun times....

@itzman

Jet was proposed by the Council of the European Community in 1970 and built in 1977. it was built at Culham which already housed at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy which was built in 1965. Basically the European facility was appended to an already existing research facility(also close to Harwell, Rutherford Appleton and Oxford).

Although some might contend that since the UK already had a fusion research it shows the ability to go it alone, in practice the scale of the UK research was never on the same level as the JET project and Culham probably would of withered without the injection of European capital at the time

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hammarbtyp

Re: Fusion vs. fission

"If we'd spent one tenth of the amount of money that goes into fusion research, we'd have small, intrinsically safe fission reactors all up and running years ago. A bit more and we'd have radionuclide junk-eating reactors to take care of the long-lived fission products."

Even if you are right (and i have doubts about you figures ), we still have the issue of the need to get and refine uranium for the reactor. That fuel has a dual purpose and remains a claer and present danger

Furthermore, fusion is not "clean" - the huge neutron flux makes the walls of the containment chamber intensely radioactive and they degrade, needing replacement. So there is still the problem of disposing of long-lived radionuclides . . .

No, but the waste is confined to the vessel itself and relatively easy to deal with. Most of the issues with fission reactors come from an escape of nuclear material into the atmosphere after some accident, which cannot happen in fusion since it is inherently unstable. Not only that but the half life of a fusion reactor is about 1/2 that of a fission one, and that itself could be reduced further through careful choice of material

Right back where we started - and in the meantime we continue to use our dwindling stock of fossil fuels that wreck the ozone layer, pollute our lungs and could be used far more profitably as chemical feedstock than just being burned. And in efforts to reduce this we pollute the countryside with acres of windfarms whose generators require scarce rare-earths, the mining and refining of which generate even more pollution.

True, US spent £1Billion on Nuclear research while oil subsidies cost $400 bill (by the way rare earths are not that rare and uranium mining has its own issues)

Fusion is a well understood process (though there aren't many nuclear engineers left) and can be made safer than a fossil-fuel plant. Ask the US Navy (not the Russians!) how many of their nuclear-powered vessels have had accidents or containment issues. They operate 100 or so reactors and logged over 5,400 reactor years of accident-free operation while traveling over 130 million miles, enough to circle the earth 3,200 times.

True the US navy has a fantastic record with fission reactors, but these are relatively small self contained devices. Scaling them up increases the risks and dangers. Not that I am anti nuclear, but it is risky to extrapolate. The biggest issue is the fuel and how it is obtained and refined. Fusion uses tritium and deuterium, which is easy to store handle and has little weapon value (Ok I know H bombs use it too, but it is useless without the initiator)

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hammarbtyp

Re: Snake Oil

"To contain semiconducting magnets which are cooled to near absolute 0."

Well 4K to be exact, and that is a huge difference between that and near absolute 0. This is quite easy to achieve (see CERN), and once obtained as long as well insulated very easy to maintain with minimum of energy expenditure

"To extract any usable heat no way to sustain leak and keep reactor ongoing."

Well, that's the challenge isn't it, but it is an engineering issue, not one of basics physics and solving the engineering is why ITER is being built. The only way we will know whether it is possible is to try. The alternative is to give up when things get hard. The reason we keep trying is the rewards for success are so huge

"Its always 20 years to success or anything near that since last few decades."

That ignores the amount of progress made in the last 20 years. Not only that but technology moves onwards. High temperature magnets, advanced computer control and modelling, improved material science provides capabilities that were only a pipe dream 20 years ago. That is why they have the confidence to move from experiment to full scale engineering demonstrator.

That is not to pretend of the challenges. This is the energy moonshot, but the potential rewards are so huge, it makes it worth trying.

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Fun times....

I spent a fun 6 months there as a placement when I did physics. Great place and some of the brightest people I have ever worked with.

I was in the UK part, which had a definite heath robinson feel to it compared to the JET area. However the advantage was that we could try out and reconfigure ideas far easier. Basically the UK was a old ford . that you could take apart and re-purpose while JET was a rolls-royce, that was the ultimate in technology, but expensive to customise.

One situation that comes to mind was the mess when one of the capacitor banks that provided the high voltage exploded spraying the room with large amounts of castor oil, which was the electrolyte used

One thing that is not mentioned is the basic research had a huge number of spin-offs including magnets, cryogenics, power electronics, material physics. A lot of people who worked at Culham have gone off to create new products based on that science. Even if economic fusion is never achieved, the path followed has more than enough benefits to justify us following it.

The UK has benefited greatly from such EU projects. The scale means they are beyond the resources of even the richest national governments so require collaboration. That collaboration brings the other benefits of creating a fantastic melting pot of ideas and cultures. It would be a pity, nah, disaster if we flush that down the toilet of political short-termism and myopia.

In the end working at Culham made me realise that I was not cut out for high level physics, but it did give me an opportunity to play with multiple PDP-11(it was that era), and pushed me into software

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

hammarbtyp

Re: Leave your password everywhere, or just tattoo it on your face

Simple, just require all iPhone users to have plastic surgery every 6 months to meet security guidelines

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Scientists produce a map marking water hotspots on the Moon

hammarbtyp

Interesting...just goes to show how little we still know about our nearest celestial neighbour.

About time we had a mars rover type mission, or even better about time we got another person on the moon again. Its been far too long

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

hammarbtyp

A 3D printer

Ahhh, that old pick line

Is that a 3D representation of my face which you are going to use to hack my phone in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me...

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Regulate, says Musk – OK, but who writes the New Robot Rules?

hammarbtyp

Maybot to the rescue

In the UK we are uniquely blessed in writing such regulations since our Prime Minister elect(hah!) May-bot is well known to be an advanced android who only narrowly recently failed the Turing test (failing when forced to show empathy to non-silicon based life forms)

If anyone can write AI regulations, she/it can...Obviously they may not be the best interest of the humans around , but then again this goes a long way to explain some of her/its recent behavior

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Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship

hammarbtyp

Re: .Sarcasm, I take it?

"We could threaten to send Boris..."

Yes we could drop him over Buenos Aires.

We might even supply a parachute

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

hammarbtyp

@cuddles

Creationists deny all evolution, that's the point and comparing augmentation and automation with that debate is stretching the metaphore

Many of the things that allow augmentation facilitate the move to full automation, but that was not there motive for them being developed. Their purpose is to make driving safer.

Whether it is achievable or even desirable to remove the human from the loop is a different question.

We can look at other examples where more automation has been achieved. Trains have to various levels achieved full automation, but many trains still require a human driver. Most passenger aircraft pretty well fly themselves, but still we have pilots and I would argue not many passengers would get on one unless they new their was wetware at least in token charge.

To achieve full automation in cars you would need a high level of AI to allow decision making to cover unexpected situations.

This I think is the problem. If you make a car with the decision making ability close or above a human driver, it is no longer a car, it is in fact human competitor. As such I think we will find it hard to cross that last step because in doing so we will be accepting we are in fact obsolete, but most will accept a high level of augmentation as long as someone has a hand on the kill switch

* See Asimov I robot books for more reference

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hammarbtyp

Not sure Anti Lock has a big effect on stopping distance, however it does ensure you can steer away from danger as well as brake.

Still, glad it worked

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hammarbtyp

I wonder how many lives have been saved due to anti-lock brakes, stability control, etc. Things almost all card now have but we never think about

Better driver augmentation rather than driver automation makes sense

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

hammarbtyp

Re: Spinal Tap (inspired) Airways

Reminds me of the old joke about the BAe 146 regional airliner

Why does the BAe 146 have 4 engines?

The wings were not big enough for 6

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hammarbtyp

Re: A venerable workhorse

Also the cargo versions will be around for some time to come.

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Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home

hammarbtyp

Re: The Greats have gone

The 1920s onwards were times of great change in technology and its effects on the organisation of society. To some extent we are now seeing or anticipating the realisation of what sci-fi saw then as the apparently "impossible" future developments.

It is difficult to see what current young authors can add to the mix when so many possibilities have already been explored so thoroughly. Has the fantasy genre become the new area for creative writing?

Yep, nothing much has changed in the last 20 years (apart from the internet, mobile technology, robotics, genetics, etc). It must be a struggle to find something to write about

I think the big change in Science Fiction is that we have moved away from using science fiction as a mirror to what is happening now to purely fantasy. The greats, Aldiss, Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein, Dick et al wrote about the human condition and how change effects us. There are a still few who do the same Banks(RIP), Bear, Reynolds spring to mind, but they do seem to be fewer and fewer

This could be rather than too little change, the pace of change is to great, meaning that any science fiction set 10 years ahead will probably be overtaken by the time it is out.

Wouldn't it be an irony is the coming of a technology singularity was the cause of the death of the very science fiction that predicted it...

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Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

hammarbtyp

Re: all it needs now

1. The Unite The Right people were protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, which has been in place for over 100 years.

Right, anytime in the past 100 years any person of any colour could just roll up and protest about the statue and what it represented. Unite the right were not protesting they were acting as agent provocateurs so that they could could represent themselves as the victim

2. They had obtained all the permits required for their protest.

Did the permit request say they were going to bring Nazi flags and armed militia?

3. The violence was initiated by Antifa and BLM counter-protesters - who had no permits to protest and came tooled-up for the violence.

There is no way you can say that. This follows the usual far right play book. Turn up to an area in the maximum provocative manner, encourage counter protest and then act like the aggrieved party. It is direct from the kristallnacht where any resistance to these assholes is used as an excuse for more extreme violence.

Note only one side had a armed militia and only one side had deaths and serious injuries. What makes it worse is the leader of the 'free' world playing along with the playbook.

Interestingly, the police made very little effort to keep protest groups separate - almost as though the leftie govenor of the state wanted it that way, so he could decry all the 'right-wing violence'. Unfortunately, that politcally motivated ploy allowed the violence to get so out of hand that people died.

Another direct excerpt from the far right play book. Police stand back, its a left conspiracy . Police go in, it is a conspiracy to deny us our freedom of speech. The police were in a no win situation as soon as they turned up. Fox news will make sure of that

Trump decried the violence on both sides at the outset as there was plenty of blame to go round. However, that wasn't what our mainstream media, who have their own left wing agenda, were interested in. Hence the pressure to only blame one side. Have you even seen mention of Antifa or BLM? The coverage I have seen would lead you to think the only people there were Nazis.

People turned up with swastikas, for christ sake and paraded around shouting seig heil and you seem surprised the other people were upset?

The violence was purely orchestrated by provocation from one side. They had every right to protest the removal of a statue, but the manner chosen was specifically to ensure maximum provocation. The fact was they wanted violence because it played into their world view as a down trodden minority. Trump showed what side he was on. Just imagine what his reaction would of been if it had been a Muslim driving a car into alt-right protester rally. Would he be saying, oh well there was violence on both side? Of course bloody not

I have no sympathy for the Nazis there,

then stop making excuses for them

but I am wary of the complete airbrushing of both Antifa and BLM - both of whom are quite happy to use violence and property distruction to get their way. Left wing extremists should be held equally accountable for their violence.

Let me repeat. One side drove a car through a bunch of other people killing a paralegal who was peacefully protesting a group of right wing thugs dressed in Swastikas and you feel responsibility is equally held? I guess you would be one of those in 1930's saying "I don't agree with Hitler, but those Jews had it coming"

If you are interested at all in truth, I suggest you watch raw footage on YouTube. There is plenty of it. You may well come to different conclusions than those the media want you to draw.

and how do you know what is raw and which is doctored? How do you put the footage in context without knowing who took it? Funny thing about truth, is that everyone thinks its absolute, but is in fact relative

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

hammarbtyp

At a USENIX Windows NT conference , Microsoft was presenting their future directions for NT. One of their speakers said that they would release a UNIX integration package for NT that would contain the Korn Shell.

A delegate stood up and said that this was not the "real" Korn Shell and was not compatible

The presenter insisted that he was wrong and that Microsoft had indeed chosen a "real" Korn Shell. After a couple of exchanges, the delegate walked out.

Another delegate then stood up and said "you do know you've just been arguing with David Korn don't you?"

I

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Not exactly IT, but I did have a friend who worked for a carpet retailer.

They had customer complaint of stains on their brand new carpet and wanted compensation.

So he went out there to look at the light brown stains on the carpet. As he was inspecting it the customers dog worked in, laid a 6 inch dog sausage in the middle of the rug and trotted out.

He just shrugged at the customer and walked out....

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If we're in a simulation, someone hit it with a hammer, please: Milky Way spews up to 100 MEELLLION black holes

hammarbtyp

Re: Seems a bit early to be drawing the curve

Yep, just read it again, my bad

Of course there are another of other assumptions in there such as method of the formation of black holes, do stars in binary configurations affect formation, etc. So I guess this the upper figure, not necessarily the definitive value

Presumably as we get more LIGO data we can test that figure and hopefully get some new science

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Seems a bit early to be drawing the curve

As far as I understand it we have had 2 detectable events since LIGO went live.

It seems like an awful small amount of data to make such a statement. i presume if LIGO does not detect another for 20 years, the maximum number of black holes in the galaxy will be reduced?

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

hammarbtyp

Re: asshe but

"I genuinely think long gone are the times when an idea was shot down with a well constructed counter argument as opposed to just being silenced by any means necessary. I get the impression that (for some people at least) censorship is more agreeable if the consequences for ideological deviation are of a non-violent nature. Whilst I disagree (mostly) with what he said, sacking him simply enforces a lot of his points about the bigotry that exists within Google"

If this is censorship why are we still talking about it. Censorship is typing falun dong in a search engine and getting a visit from the secret police.

The young man had every right to express his opinions, he just didn't have the right to expect to work for a company whose opinions go directly against the expressed cutltural aims and brand of the company after doing so.

He is still allowed to express his opinions, he just has to find a different pedestal to do so

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hammarbtyp

Re: asshe but

"Mr. Damore has conclusively proven that he cannot work well with others.

Has he? "

Well yes, as soon as he disparaged 20% of the workforce as biologically inferior he became a liability. He became less effective in doing his job and incapable of being put in a position of responsibility where he may have direct influence over the career of others. Not only that but any decision based on the work of others will now have to be put in the filter of his expressed views. Did he turn down a colleague suggestion on its worth or due to their gender.

Google is a corporation, and the bottom line is it about whether an employee can justify the cost of employing them(which I assume in this case is a lot). This employee reduced his worth to the company to the point where it was more cost effective to replace him. The employees big mistake was over estimating that his value.

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Probably the best article i have read on El Reg for sometime.

I am male, a software engineer and i approve this message

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

hammarbtyp

I said that where the differences empower your organisation you should seek to employ them. In this example, it could be seen that those prejudices were inhibiting them, and they should actively seek to address that.

You would expect an organisation to look at its culture or mindset to assess whether it is helping or hindering. It would be foolish of a business to ignore damage being done to their brand or earnings by wilfully allowing a damaging culture (See: Uber).

In a perfect world yes (however in a perfect world there would not be discrimination based on race or gender)

However you over estimate corporations and those who lead them.

If you are a elderly middle manager you do not maintain control by employing people of greater or equal ability., you do it by employing yes men and lesser intellects. Many corporations die, because eventually you get a manager of little ability who employs people not on their ability, but on their subservience, loyalty and the ability to make themselves look more competent than they are. Diversity is discouraged because it highlights their inadequacies and there is always the danger that they may be competent .

Eventually the company dies, gets taken over and in some extreme cases the incompetent CEO gets elected as POTUS

Never underestimate the ability of a company to resist change while pay lip service to the changes they themselves will not make.

Seriously does no one read Parkinson's Law anymore

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hammarbtyp

The best person for the job, is the best person for the job. Don't remove the differences, embrace them.

Problem is how and who defines who the best person is for the job.

For example you could use the old British civil service system which was based on which public school they went to and their ability to speak Latin. Their argument would be that anyone who came from outside that culture would not fit into the environment and therefore be less effective. The fact this was total bullshit and used to ensure power rested with the ruling classes didn't stop the system being used well into the 21st century.

In the end prejudice can often be disguised in this way and after a while can become a reinforcing feedback loop that is difficult to break out of.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

hammarbtyp

Re: Everything should be on nix

Lovely idea, totally inoperable in practice

Firstly anyone who knows about government standards will realize that 5 years is just enough time for the various departments to decide the color of the binders for the requirements spec. When the spec does come out it will be costly, over specified and totally irrelevant to the modern world.

Secondly it is not the OS, but what runs on top of it that is the costly bit. Developments target windows because that is where the market has gone. We think governments spend a lot of money on IT, but this is dwarfed by the commercial sector.

and it is not always easy to port between OS.

Take SCADA. i am sure there will be some SCADA systems running on the QE, and they will be run on some variant of windows. Why? Because the primary protocol for SCADA is OPC and that requires DCOM as its communication back end, which is propriety to windows

Finally, you assume that UNIX variants are immune to cyber attack, where in fact any OS can be targeted with enough money and resources. It is just the that windows popularity makes it the more obvious target.

What is needed is a move to open standards and this is where government can nudge companies. If we have have open standards, porting between OS becomes easier and market can choose based on their needs and priorities. This is happening slowly because firms are wary of vendor lock in

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Discredit a journo? Easy, that'll be $55k. Fix an election? Oh, I can do that for just $400k

hammarbtyp

Won't work in the UK

I don't see a business case in the UK, where the Daily Fail and the Diana Express have being doing that role for years

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Boffins get routers spilling secrets through their LEDs

hammarbtyp

Oh, lordy, please don't let the management see this, otherwise they will ordering us to wear blindfolds when near a router

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Your roadmap to the Google vs Oracle Java wars

hammarbtyp

Re: Oh dear...

"Convention doesn't trump the law."

No, but the question is whether copyright law is appropriate when dealing with API's, which although are technically "published", their purpose is far more extensive than just a paper representation.

Copyright law concepts was written way back,and just was not designed for this. To be honest this is just another example where the way information is used, distributed and disseminated shows that current copyright law is not fit for purpose.

The only people cheering for this judgement to come down on Oracles side, is the author, Oracle and IP lawyers. That's not a group that any sane person would want to be associated with

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