* Posts by Natalie Gritpants

591 posts • joined 9 May 2007

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Apple: The exclusive sales channel for an, er, AI toothbrush

Natalie Gritpants

Cheaper to pay for a trip to the dental hytgenist

They will show you how to brush plus scrape off all the crap that been accumulating.

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.UK overseer Nominet abandons its own charitable foundation – and why this matters

Natalie Gritpants

Re: What I want to know is

Don't pay for a .uk domain, there are plenty of alternatives that are in a race for the bottom and most of the planet is now used to addresses that don't end in .com or .co.uk

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Another day, another Spectre fix slowdown: What to expect if you heart ZFS

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Ubuntu patches?

Think you're getting confused with realtime systems. Unless you have a SLA stating the performance you will get. It's not a bug that your program runs slower as long as it gets to the correct result (whatever that is).

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National Audit Office report blasts UK.gov's 'muddled' STEM strategy

Natalie Gritpants

OI, leave me and my brother alone!

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Shafted by bosses, disdained by punters, loved by hackers – yes, it's freelance workers

Natalie Gritpants

If I ever find myself tied to a gig-economy app

I will buy a cheap phone for it to live on. It may not even need a SIM card.

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Intel top brass smacked with sueball for keeping schtum about chip flaws

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Ouch

About time to ditch Moore's law. It was invented by Intel and used as a stick to beat the competition into submission but it is trumped by Scotty's law "Ya cannae break the laws of physics Jim".

It's not a law, rather an observation of past performance. I could come up with a law that states the Dow-Jones must rise by 10% every 3 years but it wouldn't make it happen forever, nor should it be a goal.

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Apple agrees to pay £136m in back idiot taxes to UK taxman

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Only £20,000

How much to run a train over it?

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FCA 'gold-plates' EU rule, hits BYOD across entire UK finance sector

Natalie Gritpants

Self employed and BYOD

Not sure it's possible to have BYOD when you are BeingYourOwnCorporation.

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FREE zero-day for every reader: AT&T's DirecTV kit has a root hole – and no one wants to patch it

Natalie Gritpants

You do realise that it is fairly easy to read the screen of a CRT from outside your house? Google tempest.

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AI researcher pulls best Blue Steel in Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ad

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Yet another ...

I'm with you, You're wife smells great

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AI taught to beat Sudoku puzzles. Now how about a time machine to 2005?

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Been there done that

383 lines of C that I was going to convert to Verilog when I'm next between contracts. Was going to put it on an FPGA demo board with DVI in and out. Could have been put between a PC and a monitor to fill in sudokus on web pages as you browse the web.

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

Natalie Gritpants

As a Christian I am offended by the complainers. They don't represent me and so don't deserve to label themselves (apart from uptight wankers). I don't take my religion too seriously, God I do, but the church and the people who work for it don't get any special respect.

What would Jesus have done? Probaly that's why there is a bite taken out of the lovely item.

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Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

Natalie Gritpants

I wonder if SCO thinks they have patents/copyright on stuff in Minix?

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Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum

Natalie Gritpants

Re: EORN hash implementation successful

Odd that he couldn't access his source code and yet the compiler could. Or did the Fortran compiler have a decrypt-encrypted-source option that was compatible with vi?

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

Natalie Gritpants

Just got to find a suitable Friesian and get it to stand still

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Judge: You're getting an Apple data centre and you're going to like it

Natalie Gritpants

Not in my badgers yard?

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Micron gets edgy with 256GB surveillance SD card reveal in China

Natalie Gritpants

Re: So all I need is to destroy the camera and no more footage?

Agreed it's bass-akwards. I'm contracting at Cambium and their many of their wireless backhaul products have a POE enabled extra port to allow the customer to add a video camera pointing down the mast so you can see who is climbing up to steal the kit.

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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Hmm ...

I have a dog. I get notified before the visitor has entered the garden by the floor shaking so even deaf people are covered.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

Natalie Gritpants

VHDL - pretends to protect you from stupid errors that Verilog doesn't, but lets you do equally stupid things; verbose syntax that makes you type the same stuff out two or three times.

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Oracle investors told not to let Catz and co get the cream – reports

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Unconscious bias training

Even Jesus has to follow medical ethics?

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Combinations? Permutations? Those words don't mean what you think they mean

Natalie Gritpants

I often go back and forth on websites, e.g.

Home page

Account Cancelation

Are you sure? with OK/Cancel

Back to home page as I clicked Cancel

...

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

Natalie Gritpants

I don't know about you but I suspect some houses/electricty-meters have more than one car parked outside every night. I blame those naughty people living together.

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Beach, please... Billionaire VC finally opens way to waves

Natalie Gritpants

Re: How come?

Assholes that are not filthy rich can't afford to become huge assholes.

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Call the doctor! WDC's new 14TB spinner has shingled write scheme

Natalie Gritpants

It operates just like VHS or DAT tape with guard bands between the overlapping tracks so you don't have to write the whole of the rest of the disk when you change a block. You do have to rewrite the rest of the disk up to the next guard band though so that's why it's no good for random writes. I guess the host managed part is to manage the bands of overlapping tracks in a virtual way so as to not limit it to behaving exactly as a tape.

Be interesting to know if they fake read-after-write checking. Difficult to read just behind the write head without picking up the field from the write head and fooling yourself into thinking the media is written correctly. Any further behind (like a second head on another arm) and you have to manage the rewrites that occur. Bit like turning around a ship.

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

Natalie Gritpants

Very skinny arms

No wonder the fingers broke off. I'd prefer a sex bot that looks more like Ripley.

Also, the guy on the left of the video looks even weirder.

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Programmer's < fumble jeopardizes thousands of medical reports

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Markup language

Why didn't you just give up and use what the form filler typed in? most people know how to format their own name, and people with unusual names are used to telling another human how to. Also, lose the first-name last-name crap, you only have a 50% chance of printing them in the order acceptable to the named person.

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Natalie Gritpants

Re: Looks like...

Me -> Your sister

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Universal Service Oh... forget the Obligation. BT offers to stump up £600m for 10Mbps

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Bluntly, everything has the caveat "UP TO"

It is up to 240V, nominal 230V and a minimum that I can't remember.

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Slapping crap bosses just got cheaper: Blighty's Supreme Court nixes tribunal fees

Natalie Gritpants
Boffin

"graph shows how much access to justice was damaged"

Actually, it shows how much access to the courts was reduced, a different thing. I'd like to see the numbers of successful cases on the same graph. I expect there has been a reduction but without numbers, it's impossible to tell how big an effect the fees had.

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SK Telecom makes light of random numbers for IoT applications

Natalie Gritpants

Re: deterministic RNG

Doesn't need a fake chip. The real chip will have a debug mode that replaces the Q bits with zero for production testing etc. All the three letter agency has to do is activate the debug mode.

Nobody takes out debug-mode just in case it breaks something and you have no means of debugging.

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

Natalie Gritpants

In between the thumb and forefinger

might be convenient for waving at RFID detectors but there isn't much in there that isn't useful, much better to put it somewhere a bit of tissue damage won't be too incovenient - like your buttocks. Unless of course, you're a compo lawyer, in which case it's a great idea.

Plus I now know what bit of the CEOs anatomy to chop off when I want to break into the building i.e. both hands just in case they are left handed.

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Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...

Natalie Gritpants

If you're in a situation with guys running the dark web and you don't know who the fall guy is -- it's you.

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Banking app startups go TITSUP as payment slurper keels over. Again

Natalie Gritpants

The Co-operative business banking web site is down

Am I the last customer?

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

Natalie Gritpants

Re: the problem with clueless amateurs...

A lot of good things started in the medieval period. The rule of law, human rights, better farming, universities and distillation. OK, not some many comp-sci inventions.

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Big question: Who gets the blame if a cyborg drops a kid on its head?

Natalie Gritpants

If you put a helpless human in a machine

You are responsible for what happens. That includes prams, pushchairs, baths, car seats, roller-coasters, hot-tubs, robot nannies, rocket sleds etc. Generally, the simpler a machine is the lower the chance of something bad happening so robot nannies are out for me

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

Natalie Gritpants

There is more than one network on a warship. Some of them will be connected to the internet when the ship is docked. Sooner or later someone will replace a switch and the super secret parts of the network will also be connected to the internet and no-one will notice for a while.

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

Natalie Gritpants

On a serious note

Any agreement to not enforce the law would be a bad thing for UK justice. All sorts of rich and powerful people would be given the impression that if they make it expensive for the law to be applied they would be given an exception.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

Natalie Gritpants

Upvotes for this clearly erroneous comment? "I'm think" is spelt correctly. Makes no sense but it is spelt correctly.

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Congressman drafts COVFEFE Act to preserve Trump's Twitter tantrums

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Where's the Blackberry Bill?

The Trump Twitter feed is actually a numbers station, mostly it's padding to keep the channels active but occasionally a message comes through. Does anyone know what happened in the days after covfefe was sent?

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Capita call centre chap wins landmark sex discrimination lawsuit

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Nice to see a win in favour of equality of treatment!

Given that he is on paternity leave, I'd suggest a coffee.

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Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

Natalie Gritpants

Odd refernce to the statue of justice

On Wikipedia most of them from the countries of the Roman, Greek and British empires have the lady without a blindfold, it's the American ones that can't see what's in front of them.

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

Natalie Gritpants

3d holographic comms - load of wank

Seriously, who needs this? Email/SMS/audio/morse is fine for relaying a message. It's only in Star Wars because that is a film and it needed something cool for the audience to gawp at. Other SF films have done it better.

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

Natalie Gritpants

Wonder what they have to do to get zero stars?

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FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

Natalie Gritpants

Can you disable IPv4 on these devices?

Just throwing away IPv4 packets shouldn't slow it down.

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HMRC beer duty bungle leaves breweries struggling to pay online

Natalie Gritpants

Wrexham Lager is not a brewery

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

Natalie Gritpants

Odd that there were network ports available inside the secure area

WiFi I could understand as it is hard to block completely but any ethernet ports should not be there or be routed only to the CCTV recording machines.

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BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call

Natalie Gritpants

Any chance of getting the top ten offender companies directors names and addresses onto a kickstarter fund for a hitman?

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Intel's buggy Puma 6 chipset earns Arris a gigabit-modem lawsuit

Natalie Gritpants

Any more details on the Puma 6 problem?

I worked on the docsis demod part of puma7, it was a complete redesign so have no idea about bugs in 6 or 7, my contract ended at RTL delivery and these things have a massive firmware component to go which may or may not be common. If it's a hardware problem the fix is to send out new modems with new ASICs in them. Am now working on fixed wireless broadband and it uses FPGAs, more expensive per unit but you can update in the field (much cheaper than sending someone up a high tower with a new box).

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

Natalie Gritpants

The actual quote from his wife

"It's taken so many years and he's dedicated all his holidays and weekends to it so we've seen so little of each other I've really started to hate the Focker"

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