* Posts by Tom 64

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Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

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Re: And Yet Again

> "Such campaigns are concocted in a marketing department and never ever go anywhere near security and engineering."

Yup. This is the sort of marketing tosh that gets outsourced to the lowest bidder, who couldn't give a monkeys about how it could be abused. Been there, done that.

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Re: Wasn't Fukushima a "fail-safe" design?

> "Insufficient attention was paid to evidence of large tsunamis inundating the region surrounding the plant about once every thousand years."

Correct but to defend against such a large tsunami, the protective barrier would have needed to be at least 50ft high.

The biggest issue was the loss of backup power generation to cool the reactors. Since the diesels were in the flooded basement, nothing could be done to prevent meltdown. Had the diesel backup generators been on the roof, the plant could have been saved.

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Vigorous tiny vibrations help our universe swell, say particle boffins

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Re: OK, i'll ask the obvious.

> "What is it expanding into?"

The concept of 'size' may not apply outside the universe. 'outside' may also not apply =)

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Re: The Silastic Armorfiends...

I'm pretty sure that would make me feel seasick

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Openreach hints at fibre network strategy rethink

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Re: FTTP?

> "get rid of the last bit of copper."

That would require them to, you know... make investments in infrastructure rather than milk the old stuff for every penny, while wasting further time and money on 'consulting'.

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HP Inc ships laptops with sinister key-logger

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Re: WTF is this thing and why does it do what it does?

Indeed, I can think of ZERO reasons why a headphone driver needs to log keystrokes. Even for 'debugging' purposes, this makes no sense.

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Taiwan government to block Google's public DNS in favor of HiNet's

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Re: China (PRC) vs China (ROC)

ROC probably get hacked, spoofed, etc extremely frequently by PRC and this looks like a ROC.gov attempt to thwart a lot of that. Can't say I blame them. As far as I know PRC's China Telecom isn't allowed to operate in ROC.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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overseen by a "judge appointed by the prime minister."

Does anyone else think this is a horrible idea?

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Victory! The smell of skunkworks in your office in the morning

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IT Angle

> "management actually does their job of, well, managing."

Great punchline, kept me chuckling for a while.

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

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Color me surprised

Its an obscure fork of a fork of an OS that never had much market share to begin with.

Hardware support probably isn't near to what Linux has even for servers.

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

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Re: Introductory

> "most serious JavaScript stuff is now done using 3rd party frameworks as the language isn't up to scratch."

Wrong. Personally I avoid those 3rd party bloatware fests like the plague.

Its not the language that isn't up to scratch, its the quality of the developers.

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

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nice reference

Will have to re-watch Idiocracy. If I remember rightly, it was somewhat prophetic.

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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Re: Sounds like the makings of a witch hunt to me.

> "The answer (or lack thereof) might be amusing"

Or it might make my blood boil and result in me yelling at the telly.

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what...

The implementation of an algorithm is usually just the automation of an existing process.

If the process is illegal, that's hardly the fault of the programmers is it?

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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WTF?

I don't get it...

By screwing people over like this, they are just going to push people to mac or linux.

Dick move Microsoft, dick move.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Re: And it's back up it seems.

I hope you liked the wham. I'm not a big fan myself. Too 80's.

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Cowardly Microsoft buries critical Hyper-V, WordPad, Office, Outlook, etc security patches in normal fixes

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Adobe Flash

7 remote execution flaws?!? 7?!

Glad I ditched that crap years ago in my regular browsers. For some reason however, I can't seem to remove the flash player version that came bundled with Windows 10...

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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Re: Just a matter of timing

> "Fuel makes up a huge part of airplane operating costs, so if a hybrid can improve consumption by even 10-20% that's a big win."

Indeed. Taking aviation kerosene out of the equation is also a plus. Refining the stuff is resource intensive.

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

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Paris Hilton

Re: They walk amongst us

> LINK "Why Do Patients Stop Dying When Doctors Go on Strike?"

My bullshit-o-meter just hit 11. Congratulations, that's rare.

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I wonder

How quickly he will be thrown out of court, and if there will be associated laughter.

Break open that popcorn!

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

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WTF?

Re: They should have chosen Plasma

I do quite like the design of Plasma, but ... it's neither stable or fast.

In fact it's a massive resource hog.

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Re: Mir -> Wayland then?

I think its a good decision.

Gnome 3 is very slick these days, especially on wayland. Far better than the ghastly kludge that is KDE5.

I may even consider trying out 18.04 over Fedora, probably before running back to the warmth of DNF.

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Twitter sues US govt to protect 'Department of Immigration employee' who doesn't like Trump

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Re: About time

Probably annoyed about the illegal nature of the request, and quite rightly took it to court.

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It's not just Elon building bridges to the brain: The Internet of Things is coming to a head

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Re: initially for therapeutic purposes...

I for one look forward to the day when I have a 6.35mm socket in the back of my skull ...

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Pong, anyone? How about Pong on a vintage oscilloscope?

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Awesome

Big respect for all that solder work... I'd give up by joint 20.

I wonder what is the minimum amount of transistors you could get away with building a game of pong from.

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Core Blimey! Azure moving from physical to virtual cores

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What they actually mean is

They are going to start spawning more VM cores than their physical CPUs have.

Bit late to the party, AWS and google have been going it for a while.

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: Zombie! Help! It speaks!

( https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrocute )

Your going to cite merrian-webster?! really?!?

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Drive-by Wi-Fi i-Thing attack, oh my!

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"An attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip"

Surely this can only bork the radio, right?

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WONTFIX: No patch for Windows Server 2003 IIS critical bug – Microsoft

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> "only direct exploit is to send it a specially crafted XML"

Even if the sent document doesn't match the schema, the xml parser can still be vulnerable and get owned. In fact xml parsers do not have a very good security history. Especially the microsoft ones.

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Mushroom

"not because of any technical reason"

That's not right though is it. There are good reasons not to use this OS, the least of which being that it's shit. Modern windows does have better protections than 2003.

I can't think of many good reasons why 2003 can't be migrated away from and you'd be nuts to expose it to the internet.

If budget is a concern, use Linux. If you rely on some archaic microsoft technology that is no longer in use, you are doing it wrong, and should re-write your app anyway.

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Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

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Re: Edge

Well, no-one ever said they were at the bleeding err, edge.

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Re: Yay!

And more yay!

I will be happy to ditch those ugly media queries =)

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Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

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Re: a bare-bones web browser that has no JavaScript

try curl

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So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

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Re: Dual VPN?

Good luck streaming video over that link

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

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Terminator

The future is bright.

Work from home day everyday sounds like a ball...

No commute to waste energy or pump more CO2 and other crap into the atmosphere, and more time to get out and enjoy the natural world. The Oculus Rift lifestyle only appeals in winter time thank you very much.

I for one welcome our AI overlords.

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Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

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"13 per cent of CPU"

What kind of CPU was that tested on, a celeron or an atom?

A fresh open sees only 3% here

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

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Re: Idiocy - but hardly a surprise

> "politicians learn any lessons."

Thanks for the chuckle there buddy.

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Google Spanner in the NewSQL works?

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Not particularly interesting

It sounds like a layer over big table to aid partitioning and querying.

If you have building scalable systems for any length of time, you'll already have developed all the strategies you need to deal with making MySQL/NoSQL work for you, and at a fraction of the cost.

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National Audit Office: Brit aircraft carrier project is fine and dandy... for now

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> "speed up the deployment"

... "in order to be seen to be delivering value for money to the taxpayer as soon as possible".

in order to support the next foreign war you mean? The conservative government doesn't give a crap about taxpayer value, just look at the NHS.

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60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

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Mushroom

Ruddy Noora!

... that is all

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Russian! spies! 'brains! behind!' Yahoo! mega-hack! – four! charged!

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Paris Hilton

The stooge of my enemy is my stooge.

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Today's WWW is built on pillars of sand: Buggy, exploitable JavaScript libs are everywhere

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Re: Stop obsessing over JavaScript

> "got 10fps refresh on a PNG"

That's lovely for a hobby project. Try scaling that to a million users.

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

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Big Brother

What year is it again?

Perhaps I should go fish out my calendar from 1984 and just flip it back to January every new year.

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Re: Don't use the words Donald Trump

I prefer Tronald Dump. Seems appropriate somehow.

Where is El Reg's dump icon?

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

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Yay!

El! Reg! will! be! able! to! continue! with! the! ridiculously! punctuated! headlines! since! the! brand! isn't! dying!!!

I'll! get! my! coat!!! And! some! eyewash!

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Hold 'em, don't fold 'em: How to bite Bitcoin pools

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Re: house of cards question

> "It could be used for another cryptocurrency"

This. Why not try to mine another currency. You may not earn as much cash, but you'll have a chance of the new currency becoming more popular simply by the fact of switching to it. If enough of the big miners do it, you'll have bitcoin 2.0

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AMD does an Italian job on Intel, unveils 32-core, 64-thread 'Naples' CPU

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Re: About effing time -- But what about performance per watt?

I saw somewhere else that these are clocked pretty low (1.4Ghz base) and rated around 150W.

Still with all those PCIe lanes and DIMMs, the socket itself must be pretty damn big.

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President Trump-themed escort services may soon open in China

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IT Angle

Plane and Painter

Some good gags missed there, come on El Reg.

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Windows Server ported to Qualcomm's ARM server chip. Repeat, Windows Server ported to ARM server chip

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Re: LINUX BEAT THEM BY YEARS

> "MS running on Arm"

This actually makes sense for microsoft's server software. An ARM windows laptop, not so much - another Windows RT flop there I think.

Either way, intel stockholders should probably be worried. They have been taking money hand over fist from the cloud market for a while and that stranglehold seems to be coming to an end with this and AMDs latest efforts.

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After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

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Coffee/keyboard

Always been clunky

And once you start a project in VS, its hard to migrate away from it.

I'm far happier developing in Visual Studio Code, its lightweight, fast and free.

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