* Posts by Real Ale is Best

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The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Cheaper than HS2.

So it's going to be half the length of HS2 (HS2 ~ 230 km), exclusively in a tunnel, and cost a fraction of the amount.

Could we get them to build HS2 (and Crossrail 2) once they've finished?

Alternatively, get them to build the accelerator as the path of HS2, and share the tunnel with the trains. That would cut down on journey times!

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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So...

Only adults and children with momentary access to their parents' wallet will be able to access porn?

What about audio and text? Is written and audio smut ok?

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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They might also be being careful to avoid flight paths to use the defence, if caught, that they were not endangering aircraft.

In my mind, some sort of acoustic triangulation similar to that used to locate gunshots in cities could be effective at tracking the drones as it may not need line of sight.

It might take a while to write the software to pick out a quadcopter from the other noise, however.

Sticking with one mobile provider gets you... Oh. Price rises, big exit fees, and lovely, lovely lock-in

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What I'd like...

Is better coverage.

I've been with Orange, then EE all my working life, as the coverage had been pretty good, and I'm just uncertain about anybody else.

I guess I'd never believe the coverage maps provided by operators, so there is no effective way of assessing the competition without the hassle and expense of another phone and sim, then the hassle of moving.

Puts me off far more than cost. :-/

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Re: Did you accept the USB?

Have a look at this hack.

Even QR codes are dangerous.

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It'll only get worse

Once USB-C (3.1) sticks become more common, security threats will only increase.

As you can route PCI over USB-C, goodness knows the sorts of attacks that could then be carried out.

I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

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FAIL

Babylon 5 photo with Star Wars references...

Nice photo of the Babylon 5 cast there, alongside references to Jedi and Star Wars.

I think you are confusing your universes.

I'll have two pints of Blockchain Brew and a half of Cloudy Bollocks

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Linux

Nice and cool here in Olympia!

If you are in London this week, I can confirm that Olympia's air conditioning is working very well, and there is plenty of beer available.

Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

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Great British Beer Festival - Olympia

Those who want to spend a day or two sampling and are free at the beginning of August should take a trip to the <a href="https://www.gbbf.org.uk/>Great British Beer Festival</a>.

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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> In practice there's very little difference with FTTC and ADSL2

My connection improved from a flakey 4 Mbit/s to 62 Mbit/s.

I'd say that was a fair improvement, but then we are a fair distance from the exchange.

The Register Opera Company presents: The Pirates of Penzance, Sysadmin edition

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Animaniacs!

I always liked the Animaniacs version: I am the very model of a cartoon individual.

A series sadly not only not continued, but also not repeated!

Imagine you're having a CT scan and malware alters the radiation levels – it's doable

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Radiotherapy machines

Having just had 30 daily treatments in one of these, I'm interested in the treatment machine's security:

https://www.varian.com/oncology/products/treatment-delivery/clinac-ix-system

I was dosed with over 50 Gray of radiation over that time, albeit concentrated on an area the size of a golf ball. These machines can easily provide that dosage to large areas as well as small.

Incorrectly programmed, it could easily kill you in one sitting.

Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

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Boffin

Re: You're really lucky!

The Commodore 64 joysticks were so bad I eventually built myself a replacement using an industrial microswitch joystick. I still have it.

Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Happy

I've really liked the few times I've been on A380. They are quiet and spacious (at least in Economy on Emirates, Singapore and Malaysia), and have been the nicest flights I have been on.

It's a shame the economics don't work for the airlines.

Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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Lies, damn lies and BT excuses

"Templeton is an extremely rural community which makes rolling out fibre broadband much more challenging."

What utter lies. The truth is: Templeton is out of the way which makes rolling out fibre broadband unprofitable, and we won't do it unless forced to.

'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport

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They've obviously never been on the Tube...

Curiosity rover gives Mars the middle finger, prepares to get drilling

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Obligatory XKCD: Spirit and Opportunity

Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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Re: It really

Aren't gas turbines more efficient? For charging a battery, you would want a constant output, and that would suit a gas turbine much better than using it to power the wheels directly.

BT fined £25,000 over second unsafe London roadworks this year

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Seems like a good money spinner for TFL.

Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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Re: A.I.

Depending on whom you use as a measure of intelligence? Not too hard.

Yes, all you need is a mind that is programmed to say "What?" and "Where's the tea?".

Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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Re: No audio jack

What I'm waiting for here is bluetooth headphones that can be charged from the phone via USB-C power transfer. Seems an obvious thing to be able to do....

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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I had one of these calls this morning. Not been with BT for decades.

Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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Re: Obvious question. Could you split the whole grid into smaller sections to be more survivable?

But this is done with the intention of keeping everything running right until the point of a possible CME hit.

If the NOK launched, how quickly could the US disconnect all power stations and open all EHV circuit breakers? Would that help?

Yes, it would be damn inconvenient not to have power, but much better if you could then restart everything with minimal damage sustained.

Got that syncing feeling? Cloud's client-side email problem

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Boffin

Dropbox

Hmm, I thought that Dropbox was supposed to support local syncing to alleviate the problem.

Yeah, it does, albeit with limitations.

Boffin supercharges FPGAs with timing signal tweak

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FPGA design

This seems to me to be a consequence of modern design practice. As things get bigger (RAM, processor speed, bandwidth), there's a decreasing need to optimise and thus no pressure to develop an understanding of the architecture.

I used to design FPGAs back when they were small and expensive, and spent lots of time tweaking designs to get them to fit at all. This often meant moving logic around the chip as there were not enough interconnections between the sub blocks.

Nowadays, they're all programmed via VHDL with each manufacturer's compilation tool doing voodoo magic to program the chip. It's not surprising that performance is sacrificed.

Asteroid nearly gave Earth a new feature, two days after its discovery

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Joke

Re: What if it had hit?

I thought it blew up...?

No, it caught fire, fell over, and then sunk into the swamp.

Mozilla dev and Curl inventor Daniel Stenberg denied travel to USA

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Black Helicopters

Save the Planet!

Maybe all this extra security is actually a cunning way to dissuade us from travelling, thus saving the planet by reducing the amount of air travel.

BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: Ho hum

" Find some bullet proof filesystem"

Find that and you can retire from IT...

Fast, cheap, reliable. Pick two.

Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Beancounters

I think the problem is not the vendors, it's the beancounters.

Microsoft: Here's a licence for your software. We're going to support it till 2015.

NHS Beancounters: Ok, it's a bit pricy, but fine.

> Forward to 2016 >

Beancounters: Well, the computers still all work ok, and licensing Windows 10 will cost lots, especially as we'll have to buy new computers to replace the ones that are not powerful enough! We didn't plan for that. Lets keep on running Windows XP till the hardware breaks. What's the worst that can happen?

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

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What about email?

I'm guessing we'll be using tables for a while yet to format emails...

Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender

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Alert

I occasionally feel guilty about using an adblocker, but when ad networks such as Google are serving malware through adverts, using an adblocker is just another form of anti-virus.

Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

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Also..

If I leave my MacBook Pro to drop into suspend while my external monitor is attached, it crashes. Every. Single. Time.

Even unplugging the monitor before trying to resume doesn't work. :-(

Google emits three sets of Android patches to fend off evil texts, files

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Likewise for my Nexus 6P :-(

L0phtCrack's back! Crack hack app whacks Windows 10 trash hashes

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Joke

It won't be long before L0phtcrack will be faster than Windows' own password authentication code...

BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

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Go

Re: communications are being ignored

It took me years, and finally a promise that for every email they sent me regarding a ex-clients phone account that I was no longer acting for, I would charge them £200 plus vat for consultacy fees to let them know that I was not the person they should be contacting.

I bet you are still collecting on that little money spinner!

India tests Mach 6 scramjet

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Efficiency

How efficient are scramjets compared with other sorts of jet?

e.g. would a scramjet powered concord alike use less fuel than concord did?

71,000 Minecraft World Map accounts leaked online after 'hack'

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Boffin

Correct Horse...

Battery Staple

By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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Boffin

Aren't we supposed to get limitless fusion power by 2030?

I'm sure that's what the scientists at JET ITER promised.

How to scam $750,000 out of Microsoft Office: Two-factor auth calls to premium-rate numbers

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Correct!!! ....... and the man wins a Kewpie Doll.

Call 0901 345345 to claim your prize! (*)

* Calls cost £3.50 per minute. Minimum call time five minutes.

Drowning Dalek commands Siri in voice-rec hack attack

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FAIL

I tried the video with my Andriod

Even setting the phone to listen for voice commands, it didn't recognise a single word.

Maybe the latest Android is better at resisting this?

FOUR Avatar sequels

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Allegiant

The Divergent series is a book masquerading as a four book series. Writers seem to be erroneously equating length with quality these days.

This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

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It's hit the BBC now :-D

How much of an own goal?

HTTPS is not enough: Boffins fingerprint user environments without cracking crypto

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Re: Side channel attacks

So what happens when you have to address BOTH security AND efficiency at the same time? Say a high-security communique in an area or environment where power and/or bandwidth is at a premium?

You can't. If you are being efficient, you will be giving away information. Your decision is the balance between efficiency and security.

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Boffin

Side channel attacks

This sort of thing has been known about for a long time.

For example, you can analyse encrypted chips inside secure tamper proof packages as they perform encryption operations to recover the secure keys inside. To reduce this sort of attack, you have to design the chip to use equal amounts of power for all operations, no matter how simple or complicated.

In a similar theme, the Germans realised that patterns of encrypted messages could be used to deduce attack plans, and commanded that all outposts send a set number of messages of fixed content per day. As one operator got lazy, and just sent a page of the same character each day, this helped break the enigma cypher, as one flaw in Enigma is that a character is never encoded to itself.

Both these solutions trade efficiency with security. If you wanted to avoid these attacks, you would have to send a fixed pattern of packets with random data at all times between end points, replacing the random data with real information as needed. This is not terribly efficient, but is more secure.

Security is always a trade against functionality.

Borked ESET antivirus update says entire web is too risky to browse

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Black Helicopters

It's probably correct!

Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Re: I know how this feels

When I later tried Vista on the same machine, it would barely even make it to the first setup screen before freezing up hard.

I thought that was standard Vista behaviour!

Pubs good for the soul: Official

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Re: giving head

In the dim and distant past I was involved with patents and trademarks. One of our industrial chemical clients had a range of trademarks for food grade foaming agents, mainly for beer. The stuff is still around, despite Camra's excellent work.

The traditional way of encouraging the head in Real Ale is to add a small quantity of wheat to the malt in the mash tun. This is why St Austell beers have a great head, despite (usually) not being served through a sparkler.

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Re: Surprise! Surprise!

BTW. I'm sure CAMRA wouldn't approve of your illustrating their findings with a photo showing three blokes apparently supping pints of pissy lager. [AKA as Beer-Flavoured Lemonade]

Very true, I don't!

(CAMRA Director)

IPv6 is great, says Facebook. For us. And for you a bit, too

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Re: There's begillions

Do you have to configure a /64 as a routed subnet?

Are you sure you can't be more granular than that?

This would appear to contradict that point of view.

Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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I have eight eyes, I am looking at the phone. Now please take that selfie so we can get on?!

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