* Posts by Lusty

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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@Nicko

"Not so. Digital is digital - you may reclock it, but there should be no bit-lossage."

Odd that the industry is so obsessed with error correction then, don't you find? Bit loss is common, very common. Error correction means that ultimately that doesn't matter because the copy will usually reproduce the original perfectly despite the loss of bits. The copy on disk may or may not be a bit for bit representation of the original data stream but the information should be.

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Speaking in Tech: Gather round children for some Fyre festival horror tales

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Boffin

Can't we gather skinny kids, or do you specifically need round ones?

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Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

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Re: getting old I suppose.

I thought Linux dropped POSIX compliance before Windows did. Have I imagined that?

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Re: nice reference

I'm watching it now - it's happening all around me, all day every day :(

The film is just the abridged version of modern society.

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BezosBux: Amazon gets into scrip game with Cash scheme

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Re: No Paper Trail?

Buying stuff off the back of a lorry is the opposite of what these people are doing! The guy selling dodgy goods off said lorry, or drugs, or guns, or, well you get the idea needs to launder the money and get it into official channels again. Amazon have just created a laundry service for these people, or part of one at least. given everything you can buy through amazon it would be trivial to turn into legit cash again through a "business" in the marketplace. Actually shipping goods about is unnecessary in this scenario since you're the seller and buyer.

I'm just guessing of course your honour.

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I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

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Re: Just maybe

Let's say someone near the top earns £1M/year. A good infrastructure person will earn say £100k, so we get to save 10 of those thousands for each exec. We're now left with 10 people who have no work since they are in a declining market, and no management to steer them towards something else. They will be redundant in a couple of months regardless...

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Sweet AFA: Pure sees flash of Big Blue as it drops to fifth behind IBM

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Re: Does AFA matter?

Do you really believe that AC? Violin was different, sure. Pure is a commodity server with flash in running custom software. That's not "built from the ground up" it's a slightly different software stack but with fewer features and less maturity.

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Re: Does AFA matter?

They can have different tuning parameters, but then a mixed array could just as easily have several sets of parameters. They are just normal computers after all (except for the marketing joy that is 3Par ASICs)

No, the category was created because somebody with an interest paid for it to be created. That somebody was not one of the incumbent market leaders, who simply released their existing arrays in "all flash" configurations a couple of years later and became market leaders in the "new segment". OP is right, it's a pointless category that shouldn't exist. SAN performance can easily be measured so why would it matter if there are capacity disks present other than someone wanting to show themselves in a top right quadrant during powerpointless sales presentations.

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Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP

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Re: Cookies...

I'm still annoyed that the menu is gone! And don't get me started on version numbers...

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Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month

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Re: Been in Microsoft Outlook for freaking ages

No up to 2007 Outlook had the cunningly similar "out of facility" which didn't feature a start date but did allow you to use it in a factory environment or other non-office facility. The more specific "Out of Office" replaced it only after IBM invented the concept.

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

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Re: @Lusty

TLS works at the transport layer, clue is in the name. The security device sitting between the AWS/Azure host and the network would likely terminate any connections which are not actually setting up a secure transport as part of that connection. In case you missed it, both services have installed custom silicon on the network side of the NIC for exactly this purpose.

Telnet doesn't expose the transport layer, and so if this were terminated it would indeed show as no connectivity when the service is up for legitimate traffic.

I've not tested whether these services work with a Telnet test - my point was that just like ICMP, it proves nothing about the service itself.

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@Alister, see other response regarding TLS and Telnet. Right back at you.

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Re: @Lusty

"How is telnet to port 443 a 'fake connection and a security risk'?"

The lack of any legitimate data would flag it up as a security risk. Using Telnet without encryption to connect to a TLS service is a dead givaway that it's not legit since Telnet doesn't set up the TLS before the connection.

If you lot think ping is a good way to test a network then you need to get out more. For ping to work, it needs the service accessible and running on the endpoint you're testing and requires that nothing drops the traffic in between. It's quite a common thing and might confirm a connection is up, but lack of a ping response tells you nothing about whether that connection is down, certainly not a non-ping service on that same endpoint.

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Re: Cloud selling and Pricing

"Audited for what? Do you actually know, honestly know?"

Yes. I and everyone else who bothered to look do know. It's quite well covered actually, and has to be to allow architects to do our work properly.

Azure details are in the trust centre.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/support/trust-center/

AWS is in their compliance and assurance pages

https://aws.amazon.com/compliance/

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An advanced cloud storage service fails to accept telnet connections. Shocker. Telnet and ping are not reliable test tools. I'd expect these services to drop such fake connections as security risks.

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Re: Cloud selling and Pricing

No third party audit? Have you ever tried reading? AWS and Azure are probably the most audited data centres on the planet!

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

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Re: OS

Epoch 32 had support for those things. At the time, no it probably wasn't pentested due to lack of an Internet but I suspect the billion or so Nokia phones which later ran it allowed security to be tested pretty thoroughly. Did you even try to look up which OS Psion created? It was more advanced than DOS by a long way, and probably better designed and more modern than Windows at the time too. Epoch32 (Symbian) only died because Apple came along and later Android. Being tied to Nokia probably killed it more than anything.

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Re: OS

"doing an OS is *hard*."

For normal people, maybe. Psion created more than one great OS with spectacular popularity as well as some of the most usable productivity apps I've ever seen and their own object oriented language (when that sort of thing was a big deal). If these are the same guys they are perfectly capable of not only making a better OS than Android but also of making that the global standard smartphone OS within a decade. I'd buy one as I'm desperate to get away from control freak money machine Apple and not go to data slurping privacy killer Google. Blackberry and Windows Mobile aren't real options so an OS move from these chaps would be a great move. Especially since their old mobile OS went on to be the leading mobile OS through Nokia for a looong time.

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Re: hope this isn't more vapourware......

+1, don't mess with us here Reg or we'll burn your office down! We've been waiting for a new Psion for decades :)

That said, the month of actual usage time on two AA batteries and proper fold out keyboard were really what I liked, along with the ability to use almost no memory to do what Windows does but faster. Put Linux on it, even Android and most of that is lost.

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Tosh doubles 64-layer 3D flash chip capacity with a bit of TLC

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Re: Is the world ready for a 30TB Failure Domain?

@AC the issue with RAID isn't whole device failure it's with probability of recovery. Following one drive failure on RAID5 you'd be unable to recover the set if you get a single non recoverable error on another drive. You lose all data in this scenario and need to go to backups. Given current NRE rates, the chances are better that you'll lose everything on a 10TB volume than it recovering properly with no further read errors.

RAID 6 is less risky because it uses different striping patterns usually as well as having more parity. It's still true though that after two drive failures a single dead block can kill the whole volume. Current error rates give good odds to about 25TB for RAID 6, although why risk it?

RAID 10 will silently copy the error blocks, causing spreading corruption as more errors are cloned when disks fail. Yes I am overstating this issue, but it is an issue. The OS can often recover or fail at the file level though so RAID 10 will rarely lose a volume.

EC will fail the affected parts of data related to the error block, meaning you only need to recover one file from backup, not multi-TB file systems. Because the error would be flagged you could even identify said file and pro-actively repair the file system. Yes, the whole system would need to rebuild after a drive failure, but the probability is high that you'll get most of your data back.

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Re: Is the world ready for a 30TB Failure Domain?

That's not how erasure coding works. This is the issue erasure coding is designed to fix, and it does fix it. RAID makes a set of disks, erasure codes encode pieces of data. The failure domain, therefore, is whatever size the blocks being EC'd are. EC is also designed to allow scaleable resilience so you can allow for 30 drive failures if you really want to.

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Re: Impressive

"Sample shipping of the 1TB chip will start in April."

You didn't. At least not with your pedant hat on properly :) It quite clearly talks about the 1TB chip. Of course, we may never know what Tosh are releasing thanks to the Reg!

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Impressive

That's quite a jump from 512Gb chips to 1TB chips. 16x improvements don't happen every day in technology...

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That guy using a Surface you keep seeing around town could be a spy

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Yes, why would Lenovo, the Chinese technology company not be approved as a supplier to American intelligence services? Madness I tells ya!

You may find that the NSA asked the government to put certain services on Chinese hardware...

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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

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Re: Help the aged

When I were a lad, the Reg wasn't like this, so certainly not forever. In my day it was forward looking and the audience liked moving with the times. Of course, back in those days there wasn't a forum either...

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Help the aged

When did the Reg become a site full of old timers who don't get new technology and reminisce about paper? Is there a site out there where the audience is a bit younger and accepting of new things and new technologies?

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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Re: Said it before, will say it again

Completely agree, this is the kick in the nuts that the movie business needs to sort themselves out. 6 month exclusivity for cinema showings? I will NEVER go to the cinema to watch a movie just like some will always go, this is nothing to do with availability. All of the UK streaming services have the same crappy catalogue, and it never contains the movies you actually search for. Studios dictating usage rights to their customers (distributors, not movie watchers) - surely just set the price and let the market decide how to deliver your content? Cinemas around here are busy for a week following release and then have almost empty showings for the next several months, criminal waste of time.

Piracy fixed the music business, and hopefully it will fix the movie business, remove their greed and let them make money (which many of us will willingly pay!).

I've chosen not to use Kodi and the like, and was amazed at how simple piracy had become when someone showed it to me. Hopefully this is the Napster moment we've been hoping for.

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Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

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Re: Why would you use email from 123/GoDaddy/HostPapa etc. anyway?

"Why would *anyone* use email services from a cheap hosting provider??"

Another perspective, why would *Anyone* let Google near sensitive business information? Personally I'd rather suffer outages with a poor provider than give Google any of my or my companies data. Different requirements for different people I suppose.

Google have pretty poor uptime out of the major public cloud providers over the last year too by the way. The Reg has had many stories of their patching nightmares!

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

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Re: Blue ensign flown by many yachts

The CA use a defaced blue ensign, not a blue ensign. These are very different things. Defaced ones are for people who want to be important, plain blue ones are for people who (usually) earned them. The article specifically stated undefaced - also not rare but not the same as you're talking about.

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Ensign

The blue ensign isn't rare or even that exclusive. Anyone who has a warrant is entitled to wear the blue ensign on their boat. On a summers day in the Solent probably a quarter of all the boats will wear this ensign as many ex-navy people have applied for and received their warrant.

It's quite rare for ships, and certainly for this kind of ship!

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President Trump tweets from insecure Android, security boffins roll eyes

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Re: hang on...

@JustNiz

Not made in the USA...YET. Big D said he's fixing that. Presumably he'll be waterboarding Tim today now that it's become urgent.

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Is Kubernetes a little too terrifying? Platform9 has a safe space for you

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Re: the best cloud use-case done badly on premises!

Kind of the point. Spending weeks or months validating a platform that's not quite as good as the public cloud version is just distracting from actually developing services that sit on that platform.

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the best cloud use-case done badly on premises!

All these projects trying to put cloud computing on-premises when both major clouds are so much easier, cheaper, feature rich and mature. I've only come accross one customer who genuinely couldn't use public cloud, and the issue there is connectivity rather than compliance due to financial services industry legacy stuff. I like tinkering as much as the next geek, but realistically these projects are dead in the water, it's time to learn the tools which actually do represent the future of application hosting and deployment.

Yes, I'm sure this post makes a lot of the resident dev nerds angry; downvote away...

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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"go to funding human trafficking victims,"

While I'd ba happy to pay for rehabilitation etc. for victims I think it's a little hipocritical to use the money from a porn filter to fund more victims!

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UKCloud: We ARE cheaper than Microsoft or AWS online storage

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Re: 1,000 TB

How do you differentiate then? Disk manufacturers, Apple, Unix all use decimal, Microsoft and a few others use binary. Decades ago it was almost irrelevant but now the difference between PB and PiB is in the many Terabyte range which is significant in any calculation.

I'm not a nutter, I'm just better at IT than you are. Many people wrongly interpret the (non existent) difference between a terabyte and 930 gibibytes as "formatting losses", you think they are the clever ones?!

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Re: 1,000 TB

A petabyte is 1000 TB. A Pebibyte on the other hand is 1024 TiB. It's really not that hard.

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Corrupt NHS official jailed for £80k bribe over tech contract

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Seems about right

£80k is probably about right. That is, as the difference between what the NHS pay and the salary required to hire someone qualified and not corrupt to do that job. Nobody is saving any money by paying massively below the private sector!

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Top cop: Strap Wi-Fi jammers to teen web crims as punishment

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Thumbs

OK, so the wifi is impractical but I like his thinking. Perhaps we could just super glue their thumbs down instead? Mobile access would be maddening without thumbs for a week :)

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Flashy new jobs for storage folk

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Machine learning is the new flash. Bored of it already! Surely it's cheaper to just replace the flash than pay for machine learning?!

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The wait is over ... Nokia's BACK!

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Re: ditch the Apple

I would love it if this were true. I've had iPhones since the 3s (4s, 5s, 6s, and iPods galore) but every iteration has gotten a little worse for me to the point that I can barely use the MP3 player any more it just fills me with rage (interface design) and the wifi is up/down (and takes out my Sonos with it somehow) and phone signal is worse than ever. Also, no Apple, I don't want your FUCKING UPDATE!!

I really don't want to switch to Android because, well, I understand computer security and privacy. That only leaves MS phone at the moment which isn't a real option. Someone needs to come up with a good option soon and I think they will make a killing because I know a lot of people fed up with iPhone not willing to go Android, and I know a bunch of people fed up of hoping their next Android will the "the one" and being similarly disappointed. How did we end up here, the future used to look so promising :(

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Speeding jet of Siberian liquid hot Magma getting speedier, satellites find

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Re: The mind boggles

A weirdly shouty response from someone who clearly didn't understand what I was saying. In future try asking for more information, you might learn something.

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Re: The mind boggles

More likely it will improve our understanding of the weather. That heat is the same heat that comes up to the surface, so if it produces even a mildly different surface temperature that will warm the air in different places enough to disturb the air. This could quite easily be the root cause of the jetstream moving about as well as variances in weather over decade time periods which many refer to as "climate change". I'm not saying there isn't climate change here, I'm saying shorter term shifts may be explainable with this information.

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Brussels cunning plan to save the EU: No more Cookie Popups

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Re: Love the EU again?

"if memory serves"

It doesn't, you need to go and read how the EU works because it doesn't work how you think it does.

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IT ops doesn't matter. Really?

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Re: noops

No it doesn't. The ops guys are still responsible for the infrastructure in a DevOps environment - nothing changes there. It's just the approach that changes when done properly, and that actually does work well.

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Violin Memory shares collapse as it files for chapter 11

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What went wrong?

Basically, what went wrong is that a great company with a great niche product went public. The shareholders then focussed on growth rather than doing well what they were good at. Growth isn't always possible or a good thing. Violin could have remained in their niche and made a lot of money, they could have licensed their excellent IP, they could have done a lot of things had growth not been the driving goal.

Were they a failure? No, the initial shareholders and investors made their money and it was other people who lost everything. The way the stock market is played (it is a game, and nothing to do with business) this was a roaring success. Someone will now get a lot of cheap patents, so hopefully it's not all dead.

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That is pretty, er, Nimble. Storage firm claims 'six nines' availability

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So which is it then, 6 nines including maintenance or 5 nines like every other array? Excluding maintenance is cheating like it or not. That's the entire point of availability stats, if I run it and maintain it properly how much downtime do I expect? Excluding maintenance you're pretty much down to luck of the draw and a couple of drive failures will destroy those stats so be careful how loudly you shout!

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Germany warns Moscow will splash cash on pre-election propaganda and misinformation spree

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Re: They're under our beds!

"Excuse me, but not voting most certainly does not count as "none of the above". Not voting counts as "any of the above"."

That may be the case. We therefore need a "not these people" box which triggers a re-election with all different candidates. It's the only way to genuinely fix the democratic system as far as I can see. It would be expensive on the first go as the nation would need to reject wave after wave of career politician and rich nut jobs but eventually honest people would get the idea that they could make a difference...

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Microsoft announces 16 years of support for Windows, SQL Servers

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End of product?

Looks to me as though this might signal the slowing or end of active development for on premises stuff. Server 2016 was already morphing into a cloud first system, and pretty much every innovation had that in mind. It would be a great way to make some more cash without being obliged to keep adding features. Let's face it, nobody is really demanding more features on premises and ver few people want to upgrade systems so allowing for two paths forward (on prem, little change, cloud lots of change) is a good idea. Well, it's not an entirely stupid idea...

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Online advent calendar offers mystery VM every day until Christmas

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Sweet

Downloading a virtual machine someone else has installed and configured and connecting it to my network? Sure, what could go wrong ;)

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BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

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Re: Probably easier to do than autonomous car driving

" I think it will be a while before they can really come up with safe self-driving cars"

What's your yardstick here? Self driving cars are already safer than human driven cars, the main issue right now is the humans around the self driving cars!

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