* Posts by Anomalous Cowherd

386 posts • joined 30 Jul 2008


UK-US corporate world slams 'dot-brand' domain plans

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Who wanted this?

Given ICANN stand to make $185,000 per application, take a wild guess. No-one wanted ".xxx" either except the people selling it.

Outbound space probe looks back at tiny Earth and Moon

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Not round?

Drat. You caught us, it was all done on a soundstage in New Mexico but we messed up the lighting.

Love, NASA

Gerard Depardieu takes piss on plane, gets tossed off

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Takes piss on plane, gets tossed off.

Sounds like a german film I saw once. Scarred me for life it did.

Seagate's flash-disk hybrid crosses the chasm

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4GB? Come on people. I'd pay over the odds for a 500GB disk with 32GB of flash in a heartbeat, but 4GB? Please, I wouldn't buy a 4GB memory stick these days.

Glaswegian arrested for pro-riot Facebook posts

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Must not feed the trolls

You are an obvious troll, and undoubtedly a bit of a cock too.

So I'll merely point out that the first amendment does not allow the right to free speech "involv(ing) danger to the public peace and to the security of the state". See Gitlow v. New York, 268 U.S. 652 (1925)

Use found for Twitter and Liz Jones

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I'd never heard of this woman until now, but she's just fantastic


All this time I thought these people were exaggerations so lefties (myself included) could poke fun at Mail readers. But they actually exist, and they're so much worse than I imagined! And then they send her to Somalia to cover a famine?!? Sweet Jesus, it's like Christmas in August.

Anonymous and LulzSec spew out largest ever police data dump

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Not saying much

Everything falls under the Terrorism Act.


Intel 320 SSD bug causes forum despair

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Depends on the failure mode

According to this (rather good) interview with one of the guys from Kingston, when SSDs fail they tend to revert to "read-only" mode. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/kingston-ssdnow-ssd,2550.html

That was the final convincer for me upgrading our server to RAID-1 on SSD. Belt and braces man, me.

'Lion' Apple Mac OS X 10.7: Sneak Preview

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Java install, but from where?

If Apple are dropping their JVM but Oracle doesn't have one for OS X yet, where does it get it from? OpenJDK?

Anyone with this dev preview care to give us the output of "java -version"?

Firing back at LulzSec

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There's much more to it than that...


Someone has been busy.

Google urges background tab websites to throttle themselves

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Ho hum

You're clearly already running flashblock, otherwise your machine would have gone up in smoke before you hit 30.

As for this magic new extension, deveopers have blur and focus events on windows pretty much since JavaScript reared it's ugly head back in Netscape 2 - courteous developers suspend their background tasks on blur, the other 100% don't, and I don't see how another event is going to change that.

What a mix-up: using different hypervisors

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Done this a fair bit at the low end

We've hopped back and forth with a few different routes using the low-end stuff: Virtualbox, Parallels before finally setling on KVM for our 4 or 5 VMs

The only problem we've had here has been disk images, and our solution has been to always use raw disk images rather than compressed. When I haven't, I've eventually regretted it: the space you save with a compressed image isn't much, but the time taken to convert between formats when your server drops and you have to bring up a VM on your workstation under a different platform is a royal pain. Disk is cheap, time is expensive.

Video vigilantes in trouble again

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Why not?

It worked for Big Brother, and you weren't even paid

Personal jetpacks and solar-powered ships

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The wind isn't always there when you need it.

Having just spent 4 days bobbing off the coast of the Azores with a dodgy engine and no wind, some solar powered means of propulsion would have gone down a treat.

Twitter vs Beeb in superinjunction nark shindy

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Whole thing smells bad

Am I the only one that's disturbed by the coverage on this? Listening to the press you'd think Giggs and his evil high-court judge henchman were attempting some Orwellian-style censorship, and the press were the champions of light and justice.

I'd expect it from the red-tops and the Daily Hate, but the Guardian, Channel 4 and BBC have all taken an unqualified "injunctions are bad" position. Yes, it was for Trafigura, but this is one family wanting privacy and (regardless of the truth) involves a fairly obvious attempt to extort money.

The press have a dog in this fight. And don't even start me on that smug fuck of an MP...

BT cheerfully admits snooping on customer LANs

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Enhanced form? Hell no, I wish more ISPs would do what Blue Yonder did, and I've no problem with someone remote port scanning my home network - black hats do it all the time.

This one is different however - it's not a remote port scan (initiable by anyone) but somehow they've hopped over the router and scanned the internal network. That implies a back door, and *that* is a bad thing.

Google slips open source JPEG killer into Gmail, Picasa

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Hear hear

Quite agree. Personally I've been listening to Placebo in lossless format recently, and it's lucky they're a trio as I'm not sure I could fit any more musicians in my pocket. They sure do get angry when I forget to feed them.

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Not as of the latest public release, and we're expecting the next iteration from ISO in the next few months so I wouldn't count on it for a while, at best. PDF can already embed JPX (aka JPEG2000) compressed images, so I'd guess Adobe will leave it there unless this offers a marked improvement.

'Fierce competition' drives Apple's iPhone 6 changes

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Matching a 5mm lens with a 12MP CMOS is like fitting a Ferrari engine to a Vespa. Although probably less spectacular, now I think about it.

New tech lets you drink exhaust fumes

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Isn't there a law of thermodynamics to be satisfied here somewhere?

If these micro-porous ceramic jobbies convert steam to liquid water, at any sort of useful conversion rate they must be red-hot, right?

Project Ceylon – Red Hat builds Java killer replacement

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Yawn, another one.

The issue isn't the language - new languages are two a penny, there are already a good half-dozen that run on the JVM, and arguing the toss about closures, pass-by-reference etc. is like arguing about indents or brace placement - it's not going to impact a decent coder to get the job done.

The reason Java has succeeded is the class library, which is (by and large) not too bad. Yes, there are cockups - Dates, URLs, Image I/O and anything to do with XML springs to mind - but Collections, java.io, threading, java.util.concurrent, these are all well designed subsystems. This imeans I don't have to reimplement them, but even better: no-one else has to either, which means I can interface to 3rd party code with these constructs. No painful translation required. Well, unless you're using org.w3c.dom (my god, how I hate thee...)

Any new language has to match or it's a non-starter.

The BBC struggles with concept of 'tech bubble'

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Christ on a bicycle.

Fantastic. This is the same Julie Mayer who backed notable technology inovater Spinvox (who I recall you're familar with Andrew), and Ernst Malmstein, who I had the pleasure of working for back in 2000. I say pleasure because I was a contractor, and so unlike most of the other 400 or so poor souls there I was paid for my last three months work.

I wouldn't trust either of them to run a branch of Dixons, let alone a tech company. But perhaps I'm playing the man unfairly, particularly when the ball is in such easy reach now that Facebook has a market cap of roughly $82 billion on the secondary market. Roughly the same as the GDP of Slovakia. Given China's current balance of trade, they could afford to buy the whole company in a mere 11 years.

Can anyone tell me what they produce? Anyone? OK, they're a service company, what do they charge for their service? Still nothing? OK, they're a media company, selling media space and marketing to their customers, like (say) News Corp. Like 'em or hate em, Rupert Murdochs's empire brings in $33bn a year in revenue with a market value of about $14bn. Facebook is worth five times that, pulls in 1/20th of the revenue ($1.6bn, extrapolated from their leaked financials), and is STILL looking for external funding. Personally I'd rather invest in British coal mining.

I'm two pints in after lunch and that's a bit ranty, but sweet Jesus, this is obvious right? Schoolboy stuff.


Swedish newlyweds enjoy lively honeymoon

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His name might be Svenstrom...

But they call him "Mr Glass"...

Comodo-gate hacker brags about forged certificate exploit

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1000 times any other programmer!

The smell up close must be overpowering.

Fans face freezing Apple MacBook Pros

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Fixed in latest update.

10.6.7 is out and fixes this, apparently.

Sapphire Edge HD

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HDMI audio

The nVidia ION 2 is what handles the HDMI audio, and it's a bit of a pain in the arse - although I'd assume the tweaks required for other ION2 machines (I've got the Shuttle XS35GT) would work. I had to:

a) set the audio output to use "plughw:1,7" rather than the default. Check http://forum.xbmc.org/archive/index.php/t-89111.html or search for setup guides for XBMC on the XS35GT.

b) boot with the HDMI receiver (my TV) plugged in directly. For some reason running this through a Cat5 HDMI extender wouldn't work.

Works a treat.

Balanced, neutral journalism is RUBBISH and that's a FACT

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SHOCK research reveals Wi-Fi not as nippy as Ethernet

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5Ghz through walls?

My understanding is that 5Ghz isn't so hot through solid objects like brick walls - anyone done any testing on this? Given I can see 20+ SSIDs from my London mid-terrace on a good day, all on 2.4Ghz, there's an argument for moving frequency - but not if I can't get through the walls...

Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis

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Misconceived indeed

> Theos criticised the BHA’s campaign as "misconceived" and "unnecessary"

I hope the BHA pointed out that was god in a nutshell.

Museum readies touch-tastic retro comms gear hands-on

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Reminds me of a story from my Dad...

... who was working on an IBM mainframe back in the mid 70s. The beast kept resetting, and they eventually traced it to one of the data entry operators who wore nylon underwear and kept sparking the box into a reset.

Then there was the punch card operator who thought it would be a good idea to "recycle" the punched cards by pushing the punched bits of card back in the holes... bearing in mind the nearest computer was 1400 miles away in a different country (Sydney) with turnaround for a run in the order of weeks, this did not prove to be cost-effective.

Comedy gold, I know.

Yanks outweigh Canucks: Official

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Yeah yeah

Whatever, fatty.

Apple brings multi-touch, full-disk crypto to latest OS X

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God, I hope so.

Filevault is useful. Time Machine is useful. Yet I can't use them at the same time?

Surely, they must have fixed this...

Bionic leg builder makes huge step in prosthetics

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I'd give my right leg for one of these.

Who needs 600 friends when you're a bride of Christ?

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"Sister", perhaps?

Quite common for nuns, so I'm told

How to build your own Watson Jeopardy! supermachine

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No general internet data?

Ah, if only

"Arguably the most influential musician of the 20th Century" Bing! "Watson?" "Justin Bieber"

Coming soon: Die Hard 5 - The Zimmer Frame

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Someone likes it

Every "Die Hard 4 Sucks" comment has been downvoted. Can't understand why - when he leapt gamely onto the bonnet of an F-35, I was a little bit sick in my mouth.

100s to be contacted in re-opened NotW hacking case

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Why is it worth it?

It's illegal, it's apparently on a massive scale and it was condoned at the highest level of a large organization that has an unsavoury record of meddling in other peoples private lives. If you came home to find the News Of The World rooting through your underwear drawer, the fact you'd accidentally left your front door open wouldn't make it less outrageous.

Likewise if this had been done by the Met Police (who also arguably fit that description) you'd be up in arms, and rightly so.

Tip o' the hat to the Grauniad for their tenacity in chasing this one down, and a massive shitty brickbat for the Met, who have come out of this smelling strongly of NewsCorp.

Open-source forkers declare Oracle independence

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hudson-ci.org is not new

<nitpick>It has been the domain for the project for a long time</nitpick>

I suppose I'll have to rename my CI virtual machine now. Damn you, Oracle, for your intransigence!

Dating site and hacker in online spat over security breach

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This came up on slashdot

A few punters there said the site would regularly email them a their password as part of a "reminder" email. So plaintext or not, it was recoverable, which is very bad - they should have stored a hash for comparisons.

Assange traveled in drag to evade gov spooks

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Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

There's a full stop between those sentences - there's no implication that he hacked MILNET with a C64 (although I don't know what significance Mhz or RAM has when you're over a network link).

And as for "I give him top marks for dressing up as a woman to protect his sources" - you're a comedy genius sir, although perhaps unintentionally, and I can't wait for the film adaptation - perhaps they should cast Rowan Atkinson?

Antique Nimrod subhunters scrapped – THANK GOODNESS!

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No bad thing

New Zealand having a strike airforce is as useful as Austria having a navy.

I vaguely recall them considering some F4 phantoms many years ago - thank christ that one didn't pan out.

Videogame TRAINS TERRORISTS, yells pundit

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Valuable training

In other news, CCTV footage of the terrorists showed them running up, down, up and down the stairs, before darting left and right a couple of times and shouting "B" then "A".

Fortunately snipers took them down before they could shout "Start" and achieve immortality.

Passenger cleared after TSA checkpoint stare-down

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On a practical note.

(as you're in south-east Kent this mught be of use)

Two mates I was travelling with forgot their (UK) passports on a day-trip to France on the tunnel last month. We went anyway and getting in to France they didn't even look. On the way back, we were pulled over and had to wait while their passports were checked on the computer. Delayed us about 20 minutes.

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No need for an ID card

What we do need is a plastic card version of the passport - simple enough to issue one at the same time as a regular passport.

No new database, no data creep, no problem.

iTunes gifting scam plunges Reg reader into the red

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Absolutely Correct

£1000 of fraud on a debit card? It's your money and you have to fight to get it back.

£1000 of fraud on a credit card? It's the bank's money and they have to fight to get it back, from either you or the retailer.

Never, ever, use your debit card to purchase anything online.

Tunisia plants country-wide keystroke logger on Facebook

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Quantifyng the cost

Yes, there is a cost, but it's not as big as you'd think. Google switched it on for gmail across the board, and it cost them 2% of CPU time.


WikiLeaks gets Swiss bank info

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The worm turns

It will be interesting to see which of his celebrity backers suddenly drop him like a hot spud...

US bumblebees in 'alarming' decline

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You're assuming that evolution has a desired goal here, namely that current levels of pollenization are going to continue. There's no reason to assume that.

Sure, bees have evolved in the past but maybe here they won't. Maybe trees will adapt, but maybe flowering plants will be massively reduced in numbers and as a consequence we will too. The planet as a whole would go on, no doubt, but that's not much consolation when you eat your last apple.

A 95% drop in fish stock is considered a complete collapse. So a 96% reduction in bees really isn't good.

BT fibre-up-your-exchange poll in 6-way Mugabe style pileup

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Not just tossers

But tossers without requiring type coercion. That is one strong equlvalence relation.

Hacker warning over internet-connected HDTVs

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Did one last night actually.

So there's at least one, and it was a lot easier than upgrading Windows.


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