* Posts by asdf

6385 posts • joined 7 Apr 2007

Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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Re: "That must be why we're not shipping Windows 98 yet," quipped Gates.

He knew his baby back then. Can't watch video at work but have a feeling he drew in some breath as that was being done lol.

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Re: Speed...

My most blatant bribe was actually long ago as a pizza driver when I turned down a $30 tip to not take a check from a customer who had bounced numerous checks in the past. Cool story I know but bored on a Friday.

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Mad Leo tried to sack me over Autonomy, says top HP Inc beancounter

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Re: Face facts

Autonomy is probably not the company you want to highlight to make that point though to be honest. They did not represent what is good about British software companies.

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Re: CEO of HP, demonstrating incompetence

Whenever I picture an HP board meeting I can't help but hear Yakety Sax playing in the background.

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Autonomy pulled wool over Brit finance panel's eyes, US court told

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FAIL

The HP way.

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'Disappearing' data under ZFS on Linux sparks small swift tweak

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Linux has its place for sure and won't deny that. Also have seen problems with some of HP stack above the OS which is why I am not chomping at the bit to move onto an Itanium VM either. HP-UX on RA-RISC hardware though is beyond rock solid. Real pity Itanium came along at all tbh.

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@elip - Yep. Linux is great until your company decides to dump HP-UX for it to save money and you are responsible for production system up time (so far so good for me arguing but some others I work with not so lucky). Never seen HP-UX kernel panic ever. Had a Linux system crash this week (get your move fast and break things the fsck out of here). Vendor having control of both hardware and software tends to make systems expensive but you generally get what you pay for.

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Can't view memes on London-Southampton train? It's the worst line for mobile coverage

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Re: Where are we going?

To this Yank the Isle of Wight will forever be a Who live album first and an actual physical place a distant second.

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They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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Re: That's the trouble with open source

>RAR!! HULK SMASH PUNY STACK!!

See icon.

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Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let's take a closer look at that

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Re: Still no go

>DNS manipulation is a standard censorship method

DNSSEC through unbound on your router stops most of this but privacy is still a problem unless you run all traffic though tor (VPN just shifts who to trust).

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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>How is somebody else going to use it against me? They're not.

2/3 of all gun deaths are suicides (not to mention accidents when cleaning, etc) so people tend to underestimate who the greatest risk to themselves are. Sure most of them said I would never ever use my gun to kill myself right up until they do or I am always super careful until they are not. Also a lot of people are law abiding gun owners right up until the road rage. Same phenomenon of how everyone thinks advertising doesn't work on them. For many people they are comfortable managing the risk for the benefits they feel the gun(s) bring them and I accept that. There is no upside to guns for me (granted I could also greatly reduce any risks as well as had significant amount of gun safety training but why bother) in my situation so I choose not to own them any more (have in the past). To each his own.

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For every story where someone shot an intruder but you can find one where a toddler shot someone or himself.

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Nothing is as easy or effective suicide wise as guns. It would really greatly reduce the suicide success rate but not really a freedom I am going to go after. That said I choose not to have a gun in the house so that is not a worry for me or my loved ones. I don't mind so much people owning guns but this lie that it makes you safer is total bullshit. You enjoy shooting fine. You enjoy hunting fine. You want to own one fine but it doesn't make you safer. By far the most likely gun to kill you is one you or a family member own.

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Rare city dweller who grew up in rural Iowa (makes Wales look cosmopolitan) so I have seen both sides and it really is two totally different gun cultures. Honestly there are so many guns in the US at this point that its a lost cause. I would gladly let the right have their guns if they would be a little more reasonable about carbon emissions but neither here nor there.

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Not really for or against guns honestly. Am big into research and statistics which the NRA until recently have quashed and for that they can fsck right off. Gun homicides are kind of like rape where 1% of the population is causing most of the problems. If you locate them early and say not allow domestic abusers to own guns (NRA also against this since they represent gun makers and not gun owners) then you don't have to take them anyway from everyone. These mass shootings happen less often than lottery winners (too lazy to look but with so many state lotteries but someone won one this week already) so they are statistical noise but deeply psyche affecting I guess.

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Try again. I would buy almost any developed country but its a big drop off from the top 25 or so and the rest. Venezuela is worse than St. Louis (wow nearly double by latest figures) but over an entire country.

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Homicide rate varies all over the map depending on your zip code in the US. The one of the 50 states I live in is twice the land size of the England. It really isn't the wild west like many overseas seem to think. With 325 million plus people and a huge country its easy for things to be blown up out of proportion. Most homicides are not mass shootings and occur in very poor neighborhoods. Drunk drivers still scare me far more than guns. Statistically the easiest way to prevent dying by gun death is not own one (suicide, accident and significant other much more likely to kill you than stranger) and live in a nice neighborhood.

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Majority of all gun deaths are suicides and accidents (at least in Australia gun control reduced these far more than homicides). NYC also has fairly strict gun laws and a similar heavy police presence as London. NYC is a bit of an outlier of major US cities with a low murder rate. Here is the other extreme.

#1. St. Louis, Missouri

Murder rate per 100k people: 59.29

Number of reported murders (2015): 188

Population: 317,095

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Details are always sketchy early on. El Reg has to go by stricter libel laws in the UK I assume so they won't be your breaking news source not mention that is not their MO.

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Floyd Mayweather-endorsed cryptocoin startup knocked out by fraud allegations

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Re: I always take investment advice from sportspeople.

No worries. Capitalism is remarkably effective at making sure someone with more money than brains don't stay that way long. Fraud just makes the process faster I suppose.

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What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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Plenty of shady stuff in George H Bush past besides grabbing asses though even if this one was nothing. US weapons were sold to Mullahs after all.

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Ex-ZX Spectrum reboot man threatens sueball over unpaid invoices

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Just going for that authentic Sinclair vaporware feel.

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Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood

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Joke

Nah the stock buy backs will fix everything.

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We sent a vulture to find the relaunched Atari box – and all he got was this lousy baseball cap

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Re: Reliable Atari

Doesn't help that Billy McFarland sorry Mike is running everything.

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Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi

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Re: So?

Exactly if going to run legacy OSs might as well run ones that people actually used to use. Even AmigaOS is more relevant than WebOS at this point.

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No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse

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Re: Awesome

One Universe's black hole is another universe's white hole (Big Bang).

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Re: Yet again:

>The paper looked at one of the enduring challenges Hawking created for himself – how to resolve the conflict between how Albert Einstein's models of the universe work (gravity, for example, at the very large scale), and how quantum mechanics works at the smallest scale.

Him and every other theoretical physicist for the last 70 years so yeah created for himself is a bit disingenuous here. Also like saying David Koresh created the challenge for himself to decipher the seven seals though Quantum Gravity is coming eventually.

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Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Re: Not useful

The answer of course to Fermi's paradox is the universe has so much space that the human mind can't comprehend how little matter to space there is as well as distances involved and that travel outside of galaxies is basically impossible. Hate to be that guy but I truly believe no human will ever be in orbit around any star but our own.

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Amateur astronomer strikes it lucky with first glimpse of a Supernova

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Re: No rocks here

Well said but from what I understand they keep pushing back how little time Earth needed before it had water (wow quick check shows may have formed with some surface water). Things (life, water, etc) early on seem to happen much faster than boffins previous had assumed. Your point still stands as it took a shed load of a long time until complex life showed up though.

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Helicopter crashes after manoeuvres to 'avoid... DJI Phantom drone'

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Re: The NTSB, not the FAA

FAA is much more into airline industry fellatio than the NTSB which is exactly why they are separate. Not unusual for the NTSB to get on the FAA ass for putting industry profits before safety. Regulatory capture is a feature not bug.

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Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

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Re: Have Apple learnt nothing from the Microsoft's Metro/Tile Interface forced rollout?

>Forcing the issue helps no one

Shareholders? Isn't that the only thing that matters these days?

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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Sorry to thread jack

Have to say that article ended with a bang. Maybe disagree with the decision but that is the best pants pissing quote I have heard from the C suite.

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Look out, Wiki-geeks. Now Google trains AI to write Wikipedia articles

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Re: First law of computer programming

Granted machine learning requires putting in a sh1t ton of data but you can get unexpected results which is why its fairly revolutionary.

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Dell EMC squashes pair of VMAX virtual appliance bugs

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A hard-coded password vulnerability in 2018 is totally unacceptable even in garbage consumer routers but to have it in enterprise VM stuff is a serious face palm. Glad my job doesn't rely on the security of that product.

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Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women

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Genetic diversity

Isn't 85% of all genetic diversity in humans found in Sub Sahara Africa (phenotype as well)? Remembering hearing that. Too lazy to get real reference but this wikipedia snippet will do for now.

"Sub-Saharan Africa has the most human genetic diversity and the same has been shown to hold true for phenotypic diversity.[36] Phenotype is connected to genotype through gene expression. Genetic diversity decreases smoothly with migratory distance from that region, which many scientists believe to be the origin of modern humans, and that decrease is mirrored by a decrease in phenotypic variation. Skull measurements are an example of a physical attribute whose within-population variation decreases with distance from Africa."

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Uber and Waymo sitting in a tree, S-E-T-T-L-I-N-G

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Re: Current Manufactures...

I can buy that. Will readily agree just as SV sucks at supporting a product for two decades or one that will take a decade to even go on the market car makers aren't exactly always nimble or disruptive to be disruptive either. Horses for courses and both will play their part.

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Re: Current Manufactures...

Yep just as I assumed - https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/apple-car/ - Making a car at scale profitably is not trivial and tends to have a pretty long lead time which isn't really Silicon Valley's strong point.

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Re: Current Manufactures...

I think you vastly underestimate the barrier to entry in making the second most expensive thing most people own. I think its a heck of lot easier for the car companies to buy the tech like they do for many other things even if they can't get their own attempts to work than it would for say Google or Intel to start making cars themselves profitably. Not an expert on the car industry so not sure if there is a foundry concept but can't see the big boys letting the tech companies muscle in on their turf without a fight. They will co brand sure (they already do) but Apple may well have to buy a car maker if they want Apple cars (also a real possibility I guess).

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Re: Smoking Gun

Too lazy to research but I am betting whose making self driving cars in a decade is going to be pretty much the same companies who are making regular cars now. These companies are just battling to get their tech into the car right? Even Telsa is learning the hard way about the kind of logistics it takes to succeed which many of the car companies have a century head start on.

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US states accused of skimming cash from 911 emergency call dosh

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The strongest force in the universe

is a politician/bureaucrat wanting to spend money they don't have to directly take the hit to raise the tax for.

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Bruce Perens wants to anti-SLAPP Grsecurity's Brad Spengler with $670,000 in legal bills

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Well IBM can't mess around when it comes to litigation as that is a big part of what little is left of the shell of their former self. They have to go scorched earth as not defending their patents would be suicide.

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Uber and its 245 million reasons to settle with Google's Waymo

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Re: But why didn't Google decide to simply kill off the company?

>That's the great thing about equity in a dodgy, unlisted US technology company: They can't run out of equity, because they issue it. It's like printing your own banknotes.

As long as someone will take it. Anybody that does deserves what they get which is why Uber might have the last laugh at Google in a very Pyrrhic way.

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Re: Sell That Stock

Who knew massively subsidizing taxi rides wasn't sustainable as a long term business model?

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Ghost in the DCL shell: OpenVMS, touted as ultra reliable, had a local root hole for 30 years

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Re: The sky is falling in

>Perhaps you are unaware, but the US DoD is still using VMS systems.

Workstream running on VMS also probably still runs in more semiconductor fabs than it should. Most fabs don't run well or at all with the MES down for an extended amount of time (though most fabs still using VMS probably aren't paperless so some mitigation there).

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Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect pulls plug amid Bitcoin bloodbath

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Yeah that quote is at least that old if not older.

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Intellectual Property Office drops, er, patently cool cartoon to teach kids about trademarks

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Exactly but then again her job is to make propaganda and she at least has a deliverable. I have seen some of the big mega corps try to sneak this into my kids cartoons too (Adverture Time had an episode on this). I am all for property rights and don't pirate anything any more but this whole force feed hyperconsumerism to kids is garbage.

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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Re: It's not a back door

Yeah proof reading what's that lol.

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Re: It's not a back door

Guilty myself and you are absolutely right off course.

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Laugh at Podunk County but the Garland police department have stopped more terrorists than the TSA. Of course giving them more power than the firearms they already have no thanks.

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