* Posts by Mark 65

2754 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

We have good news and bad news about metadata retention

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Re: Who can access the metadata without a warrant?

10Mbit/1Mbit isn't really all that slow on a VPN. If you think a VPN is unnecessary then you are George Brandis and I claim my $5.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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I switched from Firefox when it started freezing, becoming a massive memory and CPU hog and just running a bit shitty - I generally leave my machine up and running until a restart is mandated by patching or it becomes a bit treacle-like in use and have 30+ tabs open normally. I moved to Chrome, not something I wanted to do, but it was the only real option at the time. It is much better at one tab not screwing the whole thing up but I now find that it becomes a bit of a resource pig on occasion - normally the Google Chrome Helper process. Wonder where to next?

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Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

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Re: Uber is just the first...

It's the gig economy, stupid! Climb on-board and take part in the serfdom.

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Re: Really?

I'm sure they've got douche-bag they haven't even tapped into yet.

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Software dev cuffed for 'nicking proprietary financial trading code'

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Re: You say "sophisticated algorithmic trading models"

Most of the "as close to the exchange" stuff is gone since the advent of co-lo which earns the exchanges big $$$$. There can still be shenanigans around "where in the room" your servers end up but the distance part is mostly solved. The main areas seem to be getting your indicators faster (various methods depending on market - layering, public vs private feeds etc) and making your quoting and execution as sharp as possible (hit "bad" quotes without getting picked off yourself).

If you're referring to Knight Capital with that last statement they failed because they fucked up royally with a system release.

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Incidentally short term high frequency trading is a lot easier than standard day trading too since you're less exposed to the possibility of news / events screwing your trades.

It is only easier if you can get your trade off before the next guy steals the opportunity. HFT operates on extremely tight pricing whereby the fastest operator picks up virtually all the pennies and the rest feed off the scraps. So whilst it may seem easy the difficulty is outside the classroom where the rubber meets the road.

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Re: Oh wonderful

You Sure!? Threatening the EU to sending the entire British fleet consisting of HMS-MIssile-Sponge, HMS-Weapon-Less and HMS-Rust-Bucket

Don't forget the HMS "hides under the water and can fire missiles at you all day because all you have are fishing trawlers".

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US Customs sued for information about border phone searches

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Re: Possible plan

Are you so sure they are necessarily copying stuff off rather than putting something on? The more empty phones they see the more likely they are to start adding shit to them rather than cloning.

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

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Re: What MS giveth MS taketh away

Except this bit...

The CU release will warn the user when they're switching from an unmetered connection like Wi-Fi, to a potentially metered connection

Both ethernet and wi-fi can be on a metered connection, especially when it comes to moving gigs of data, if either of those is just to your household router.

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UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

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Was the Nimrod named after the head of MoD procurement?

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Given she wants "no place for terrorists to hide", will she also be banning wardrobes?

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

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Re: Keeping the seas safe, to ensure customs frauds while importing Chinese goods?

The problem with sending someone a large bill after they've told you to fuck off is principally that they've just told you to fuck off.

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Marissa! Mayer! out! as! CEO! of! Yahoo! corpse! post-Verizon! gobble!

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Re: Marissa

You laugh, but I could see someone of her delusion levels turning to politics.

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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Re: There's more to it that that...

Put lights and darks in at the same time and I guarantee you'll end up with grey "whites".

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Re: WHOLE point is reduce the ability to swap suppliers easily

No, that's reason #2

Reason #1 is to remotely disconnect you either because they THINK you didn't pay or because they need to shed load.

Load shedding is definitely something headed the UK's way. With only 5% excess capacity in the network over demand at peak times things are not looking good. Add in large amounts of intermittent wind supply which burdens the network with requirements for base-load backup in the form of gas turbines which are more expensive to run and you can see where you are headed - high price, unreliable supply.

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Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard

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Given it was built by BAE I can only assume Ms Johnston-Burt is entering service in 2018.

May God bless her and all who sail in her.

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US Marines seek a few supposedly good men ... who leaked naked pics of a few good women

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Re: But when I am in the doo-doo

And how often is the average El Reg reader under hostile fire?

Seemingly every time they take to the keyboard to express an opposing viewpoint these days - these forums are a dangerous place, I only frequent them in daylight.

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Microsoft slaps Apple Gatekeeper-like controls on Windows 10: Install only apps from store

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Re: All walled gardens turn into ghettos

Surely what most other operating systems need is Linux like package management so I can add a trusted "store" (repository) from a developer for a product I want and updates feed into the general update mechanism. This is the one thing I think FOSS has nailed. You can add a store concept much like Mint or Ubuntu have the software browser but also allow users to add their own resources. After all, what we really desire is that flawed software is patched.

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Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

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Re: Darwinian selection in Government IT

Regarding

"In response to this, HMRC are developing an online tool that will help public sector bodies to determine whether or not the rules apply.”

bool doesRuleApply(object doesntFuckingMatterItWontBeConsidered) {

return true;

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Brit lords slip 30Mbps Universal Service Obligation into UK Digital Economy Bill

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Re: Stupid dick.

@inmypjs: "So at a stroke Manedleson has decided all ADSL2 equipment in the country is scrap"

As he stated, his intent was to mandate something suitable for the future and not for the past. Given how long such services take to roll out you don't want to mandate something that will easily become obsolete by the time the people have access to it. 10Mb/s is pretty obsolete. Not if you're currently struggling on 1Mb/s ADSL, admittedly, but that's more of a damning statement of the status quo in 2017.

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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Re: My condolences.

To be fair, the responsiveness and ability to drag to scroll was what switched me from Streetmap to Google. The natural language search just topped it off. Streetmap was great at first, very useful, but the problem with being one of the first is that you need to keep innovating because the challenger can see what they have to beat - you get no such insight into them. They didn't innovate in my opinion and died on their arse for usability reasons.

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Software glitch, not wind farms, blacked out 60,000 in South Australia

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Gas only produces if price spikes above $300 or thereabouts. It also needs to be a predicted spike sustained for long enough to justify turning the unit on. You then need to make sure you have enough fuel to run it. Given they lost $17m related to the plant the previous year it was mothballed so there would likely be no fuel contracted for it. Hence they had no appetite for switching it on.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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Re: The long term plan

I have noscript and abblock, 16GB RAM, SSD etc. Doesn't make any difference. You may get some mileage out of a fresh installation but it isn't long before it starts it's shenanigans. Chrome is no angel but I've found it to be more tolerable.

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Re: faster?

Real World speed matters though. How browsers handle large pages with images and JS matters. FF exhibits too much juddering. Has done for some time.

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Re: Firefox unloved by mozilla

In defence of malfeasance, FF doesn't work properly on in LAN in a corporate network when I configure the proxy settings as IE has them. Even when given the internal sites it first looks externally. Chrome just works. Guess which one gets used?

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Re: Religious?

@MJI: I wouldn't be quoting anything from religion in general if I were you, most don't have positive things to say about same-sex union.

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Re: The long term plan

@Chemist: For example FF never crashes (and this i7 laptop is only rebooted every couple of months), it uses quite a lot of memory (~1.5GB) on occasion but regularly reclaims it.

FF regularly crashed for me, much like their Thunderbird mail program does. The crashes and the juddery page scrolls are what turned me away from Firefox - something I never thought I'd do.

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Re: Too many features dropped

@Dan 55: In which case their interpretation of individual cookie control is retarded. A user would expect to be able to have such control at a sub-domain level - i.e. theregister.co.uk [Accept] [Deny], no further prompts - as noone in their right mind would want to control the individual cookies themselves. I believe there is a "remember my answer" checkbox that simply doesn't seem to work.

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Re: Couldn't have put it better...

I find that every few days it sits there just hitting 97% CPU on one of its Google Chrome Helper processes on my machine, so it isn't entirely without issue.

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Re: Fair comment.

I loved Firefox, it just worked perfectly for my needs. However the removed the tab group manager and it just starting becoming slow and unreliable. It started getting easier to hack as well. I felt I had no choice but to begrudgingly move to Chrome. I'm not sure what would now encourage me to move back.

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In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

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Re: Careful there...

The reason Uber can charge you €5 rather than €20 for the journey is because the ride is subsidised by all the VC money flowing into the company. They don't make a profit and lost over $3bn in 2016. When the line of VC numpties runs out, so will Uber. Make the most of it whilst it lasts.

For anyone that is interested the following site has run an 8 part story looking into the world of Uber...

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/02/can-uber-ever-deliver-part-eight-brad-stones-uber-book-upstarts-prpropaganda-masquerading-journalism.html

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Dirty data, flogged cores: YES, Microsoft SQL Server R Services has its positives

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Another issue for newbies will be the need to get your head around the practicalities of R being a domain-specific language. You will almost certainly need an understanding of statistics to get meaningful answers out of your code.

I'm curious as to what analysis someone would be doing of the data without an understanding of statistics - mean, max, min?

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Re: Anyone

I believe Oracle has an R option also, not that the above treatment should not be meted out to Mr Ellison.

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Re: Dirty data

Thing is, and that the article misses, is that you need to do some kind of analysis first to see how dirty or useless your data is.

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HPE blames solid state drive failure for outages at Australian Tax Office

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Re: "We'll know more in March, when the PwC report into the incident emerges"

I'd have to think that, for this level of technical investigation, PWC would be on the letterhead but they'd have drafted in an outside SME to consult on the issue and write the contents.

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Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

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Re: This

Not sure there's too much wrong with capitalism. The problem is that we actually don't have capitalism. We have oligarchs, monopolists and bought-and-paid-for politicians.

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Re: 'I read that in the original article.'

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence. Or, in this case, people like flashy, vacuous, it's so easy phone unlocking methods and the manufacturers couldn't give a shit either way. Banks only care when something forces liability for losses onto them, or rather they are unable to offload those losses onto the customer.

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Re: 2FA with the remote device *well* away ?

Yep, ever since the Yank's border agents went rogue with their inspections I'd have thought SOP would be to factory reset the phone and take a fresh install laptop with you. Possibly even make that a basic Nokia candy-bar type phone - pure calls and texts. They can image a fresh install until the cows come home.

Genuine question - given they image the phone, does that mean that a Google Authenticator installation would be susceptible? i.e. are its 2FA number cycles safe or not once cloned?

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Unlucky WD Ultrastar drives are knackered, need replacing ASAP

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Re: Return of the Deathstar

It was only a matter of time until the takeover resulted in the quality of HGST products descending to meet WD ones rather than the latter rising.

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As South Australia blacked out, PM's office was told renewable power was not to blame

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Re: Just the beginning

Given the Oz ruling elites love of monopoly, falling back to oligopoly as last resort, I would bet more on an excuse for massive price rises in "electrical network infrastructure".

This raises an interesting point in the case of QLD which owns both major generators and the transmission networks and takes large dividends from both. They want 50% renewables which will undermine their generators value quicker than would normally occur. I guess they think they'll make it up on the gold plating that will need to occur on the transmission side. Never mind whether the lights are on or not.

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Sophos update borks systems at London NHS trust

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Re: Poor NHS

Presumably they tested this update on a suitable standalone SOE or test lab before general deployment? Personally I wouldn't take 3rd party anti-malware to a shit-fight.

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Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

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Re: By The Short and Curlies

Interesting that they always tout currency movements as the reason for price rises but don't give you the option to pay in $US and hence take on the currency risk yourself. Arseholes.

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Is it the beginning of the end for Visual Basic? Microsoft to focus on 'core scenarios'

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Re: I liked VB

Replacing VBA is likely too much of a pain in the arse. ExcelDna is your friend here.

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Re: Why does there always have to be development?

I don't think it was belief that led to the inclusion, more that it would be an(other) excuse for businesses to not upgrade to 8-10.

PS Can't believe we're now on https at El Reg.

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Re: Next up... C# ;)

If C# goes by the wayside it will be because something of a similar ilk has superseded it, not because anyone has decided that GUIs etc need to be written in C/C++. Horses for courses.

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You'll always get end users reach for Access to get shit done, but really SQL Express should be your starting point (up to 10GB database size) given it is free. I know of places where Access is not installed by default with Office in order to prevent the breeding of MDBs. Excel is harder to resist though.

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Re: VB was the first MS language I learnt...

You never forget the joys of trying to get shit installed on other machines that works perfectly on the dev box. OCXs and licensing being a bit of a shit, and various controls that were on your box but not theirs.

There's a reason the .Net framework came about, VB6 could be a c*nt to install.

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Re: Oh dear ...

To be fair the writing has been on the wall for at least a decade. When VB.Net came out almost everyone I know in the financial services sector said that company policy was to move all new development to C# (that is, development that would have been VB6 or ASP so not the C/C++ or server Java stuff). The reason being that C# was a first class citizen and VB.Net was not and the differences between VB.Net and VB6 were enough that the learning required meant it was more beneficial for devs to learn C#.

I do remember one major re-insurer where the head of development took the line of "no we won't be using C# I want all GUI code done in VB.Net, that is the future". Wonder how that's working out?

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'Treat your developers like creative workers – or watch them leave'

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His comment about 'knowing how to prrogram Excel' is wrong.

What he likely means is "everyone will have a crack at record-macro programming in Excel".

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Mumsnet ordered to give users' real life IDs and messages to plastic surgeon they criticised

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Re: Errm ...

Think of the children

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