* Posts by Def

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Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

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Re: GVFS sounds super dumb

Remember what you're dealing with...

C:\>cp file file.old

'cp' is not recognized as an internal or external command,

operable program or batch file.

cp exists in Powershell. If you're still using the DOS-like console in Windows in 2017, you deserve everything that's coming to you.

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Re: @AC

I think it's a sad display if you're selling items and then don't use them for your own setup.

Well in all fairness the article does mention Azure being used for the storage, so it's more than likely they're actually using Team Foundation Server which happens to support Git as one of the underlying VCSs.

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Re: GVFS sounds super dumb

Perforce and ClearCase actually encourage such a way of working.

That's because they can. Perforce was designed to scale, and has always scaled much better than Git. Splitting things up to into multiple repositories is just admitting that Git doesn't scale while quietly pretending that the added inconvenience is some how better.

To be honest, I still don't understand the fascination with Git. The only thing it has going for it (that I can see) is it's free. And at the end of the day, as with all things, you get what you pay for.

I use Perforce at home (after being introduced to it 12 years ago at work) and the number of times I've had to Google how to do something in all that time I can count on one hand. With Git (when it screws up - and it does screw up) I find myself Googling at least once a month (usually when it craps out during a rebase or merge and I need to retrace mysteps and try again). The perceived cost versus the actual costs just don't add up in my mind.

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AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps

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I'm pretty certain Norway has had dynamic pricing for at least six years (when I bought my car and started noticing this sort of thing).

Sunday nights/Monday mornings are the cheapest time to fill up here. Currently the price of diesel is around 12kr per litre at those times. By Monday evening it's usually back up to 15kr. Mid week it's usually somewhere between 13kr - 15kr.

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

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Re: £875 per household per year!

Global temps have been static for nearly 20 years.

I can't even...

Do you have any idea how ridiculous you sound right now? A few years ago, that was a mildly amusing (and totally inaccurate) way to disrupt a discussion. These days it just makes you look like an out of touch child who skipped too many science lessons. So sad!

I can only be thankful, I suppose, that you didn't claim that temperatures across the disc have been static for 20 years.

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Republicans' net neutrality attack written by… you guessed it, the cable lobby

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It is actually a kind of nationalisation.

LOL

Regulation is not even slightly close to being the same as nationalisation. I bet you think Socialism is the same as Communism too.

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It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

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Re: Nice hardware...

This is true but you shouldn't say it in a Register comments section.

Heh

Well, I comment here because I have something to contribute. Not because I want more upvotes.

Paris, because she loves Linux sys-admins too. ;)

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Re: I want to telephone people

Skype is available to make calls on devices without a SIM.

In Windows 10, if you have a SIM you just use the phone app. ;) Actually, that said, you can use any app that implements network calls. It doesn't have to be the default one.

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If you put Windows 7 on there at the very least you'd lose proper support for the high-dpi display, and you'd have no (or very very limited single finger) touch support. You'd lose some of the battery life, and generally performance would be a little lower. (Although maybe not noticeably so - apart from the aforementioned battery life.)

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Re: Nice hardware...

I think you'll find it's the fact that it's running Windows is what makes it so nice.

If you put Linux on there, you'd spend half your life trying to find drivers that worked, and the other half pretending to yourself you didn't really need the audio output and/or pen and/or whatever to work properly all the time.

If you managed to put macOS on there, you'd have the same driver woes as friend Linux, as well as spending most of your time inside a virtual machine running Windows because the software you actually need doesn't support macOS in the first place.

If it were running iOS or Android, you wouldn't use it for anything more productive than checking Facebook, and watching YouTube videos like every other tablet owner out there.

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Nokia, Apple lawyers make peace over nasty IP wrangle

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Re: Patents and Patents

Nokia and Ericsson innovated the shit out of mobile phone network infrastructure back when...

I think you'll find they still are. Nokia sold their ailing phone business for a smidgeon under $8 billion. Their revenue last year, at a little under €24 billion, was almost double what it was the year before.

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Giant spawn hammer on Antarctica map. Thanks, Google Waze

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Should the balls not be smaller due to the cold?

Really? They look pretty small to me already. ;)

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DSL inventor's latest science project: terabit speeds over copper

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Re: Showing my ignorance probably..

No, it wouldn't be there. That was my point about changing the equipment at both ends. The new equipment wouldn't support the older signal.

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Re: Showing my ignorance probably..

Why would you still need the slower signal? You might keep the cable, but the equipment at both ends would change, surely.

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Re: Actually no

adding DWDM can get one to 10 - 20 Tb per fibre

That's pretty awesome in my book though. I remember reading about the new fibre based Internet backbone being laid through Europe back in the early noughties that managed 40Gb per fibre through multiplexing eight (I think, it could have been five) channels over a single fibre. The network itself was composed of 160 fibres, I believe.

The current record is apparently held by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation who transferred 1 Petabit per second over 50 kilometers over a single fibre in 2012.

I have two fibres coming into my house (one is for the apartment downstairs), but I can't justify upgrading my current 80/80 connection - I really don't need anything faster at the moment.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: Risk Management

Using a computer connected to the Internet is a known risk. Letting human beings use said computer is a bigger risk. FTFY

And yes, this vulnerability does exist in all versions of Windows. However, it was automatically patched in 10 a couple of months ago (except for those machines either not connected to the internet or owned by someone who "knows better"), and probably in the other versions too unless they're owned by someone too lazy or too paranoid to install updates in a timely manner.

Say what you will about newer versions of Windows automatically installing updates, but it's functionality that exists for a reason. The vast majority of computer users out there simply don't understand the security implications of keeping a computer patched and up to date.

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Fancy a relaxed boozy holiday? Keep well away from Great Britain

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Re: This does not take into account the country culture

Yeah really. Get stopped on the street at night with a spot of weed on you in Italy and if the fuzz even bother doing anything, the most they'll do is throw it in the gutter and walk off.

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Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

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Re: Silky smooth?

Am I in control of it or is the mothership?

It's from Google. What do you think?

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Silky smooth?

Looks sub-30fps laggy as fuck to me.

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Re: The time has come .......

...you're going to have to do something...

But they are doing something: They're ignoring climate change. Give it 30 years, and Florida will be nothing more than a distant memory. ;)

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Spend your paper £5 notes NOW: No longer legal tender after today

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Re: I had no idea

Norway ditched its 50 øre coin (half a krone; about five pence) a few years ago, so all prices are rounded up or down if you're paying with cash. If you're paying with a card you still pay the exact amount.

I mostly stopped using cash about 10 years ago, and completely stopped about five years ago when I stopped taking public transport every day.

The only thing I need cash for now, rather ironically, is to pay the entrance fee for the English comedy club nights which don't have a fixed abode, so pop up in random bars around Oslo once a month. Everything else is either bank card (shops), through a mobile app (public transport), or Vipps (money transfer app - paying friends back, market stalls, some shops, etc.).

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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Re: Bollocks

The largest Brontosaurus (Pl. Brontosauruses, Brontosauri) skeleton was about 22 metres long, but the article only referred to Brontosaurs, which are their lesser known, fully made up 160 metre cousins.

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Facebook decides fake news isn't crazy after all. It's now a real problem

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Zuck is the new Gates.

His arrogance in presuming he's always correct is very reminiscent of a young Gates.

"You'll never need more than 640KB of memory."

"The Internet is a passing fad."

"Fake news isn't a problem."

Keep it down, Zuck, the adults are talking.

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Intel's Optane in PCs is as good as it will get for years, says analyst

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Smaller pagefiles

I find my system rarely even uses the pagefile. I have 16GB of RAM, and the pagefile is set up to be between 16 and 4096 MB by default. It's currently using 62MB, apparently, but I suspect that's mostly because Windows likes to think it's in control as much as anything else.

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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Windows is for legacy win32 applications, and their "metro universal platform app store, or whatever" is a technological dead-end.

So by that rather poorly thought out argument, the Apple App Store and Google Play stores are also technological dead ends. That must be why nobody cares about apps any more...

Actually, I think you'll find single-function apps are slowly going the way of the dodo to be replaced by the super-app that does everything in a horrendous AOL/Compuserve mashup stylie.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Re: Samsung. Eurgh .....

I promised myself a long time ago (shortly after I made the same promise about Sony) that I would never buy a Samsung product ever again. They're nothing more than shovellers of shit for the stupid and gullible.

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Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

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

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Re: Android and the "Language of Choice".

I see what you're getting at, and yes all our Android UI is currently written in Java. (Whether that will always be the case, remains to be seen.) As a percentage of our code base though, that is very much in the minority.

A lot of the other developers I know are in the games business, so yeah, not usually much need for Java there, and none at all if you're using Unreal Engine, or Unity. (Or Xamarin/Fuse for the non game developers.)

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Android and the "Language of Choice".

Everyone I know who develops for Android does the bare minimum of Java forced on them by Google and jumps into something better as soon as possible. We use C++ as our main language, with a thin Java layer where needed.

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China successfully launches its first robot space truck

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Re: "fast-dock tech that will reduce coupling time to just six hours."

Don't forget to accelerate time, or you'll never actually get there. ;)

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Mozilla abandons experimental Aurora Firefox channel

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Re: Six week release cycles...

Firefox don't copy Chrome per se. They've always been copying Opera, which just happened to switch to Chrome a few years back.

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

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Re: I Remember...

I Remember...

thinking GUIs were for people too dumb to learn commands. I'm often this wrong.

You'd be surprised (or maybe not) to hear that there are far too many people out there today (mostly Linux sys admins - downvote if you like, but it's still gonna be true) who still think that to be the case.

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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Re: 4) By default, it should...

...be disabled.

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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Re: But more importantly...

And when all else fails, they can be programmed to lie about the ethics they don't have. ;)

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

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Re: Question

Think of the PC/Laptop as a Car.

The CPU is the Engine.

There are a good few people who still like to tinker with the engine. Even if today it is just getting the EMS Remapped.

So move to the PC and replacing the CPU with a more modern one is like replacing the old 100bhp engine with one from the GT version that output 110bhp.

MS is akin to Ford/GM/whoever making it impossible to put the 110bhp engine into a car that left the factory with the 100bhp engine fitted by changing the engine mounting points and other stuff.

That has to be the worst attempt an an analogy ever.

If the CPU is the engine, then surely trying to put a newer CPU on an old motherboard would be closer to installing a new engine, and that's almost never possible because processors switch to different sockets, or support different chipsets and memory every couple of years. Last time I checked, Microsoft don't make generic processors or motherboards, so exactly what this story has to do with them I'm not sure.

As for engine mounting points, there is no standard for these things at all, so there are thousands of combinations of engine and chassis that would never work in the first place.

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You must be new here.

Bitching about Microsoft and especially Windows 10 on The Register is the 21st century equivalent of Last of the Summer Wine.

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

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Re: Back to the Future needed 88MPH, not MPG.

This car would technically get infinity miles per gallon as it doesn't use a gallon of anything...

No brake fluid? Or washer liquid? Or air conditioner water? Or mini bar? I find that hard to believe. ;)

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Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

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I know. But you can broadcast from the Xbox to the Hololens right now. Probably not a particularly worthwhile experience today, but I honestly don't see Microsoft not including support in their new machines.

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You can use the Hololens with Xbox One today. I see no reason why it wouldn't work with this too.

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Re: 4K? Meh

Four colours?

We used to look up to you posh "four colour" snobs with envy. Back in my day, we had black and green, and we were happy to have that. We pitied the poor sods who couldn't afford green, and had to make do with orange (which wasn't then and isn't now the new black).

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What a time to be alive: drone pooper-scoopers are a thing now

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The same shit (pun not intended) goes on in Norway a lot of the time too.

But think about this though... There are roughly 8.5 million dogs in the UK (a quick Google informed me). Let's say half of those owners bag up their dog's shit. That's around 8 million bags a day (give or take), or 2.9 billion bags a year.

To be honest, I'm surprised there are still trees standing in the UK.

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Joke

I think you'll find the original station building was demolished some years ago and what's there now has just accumulated over time.

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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Re: Bewildered. (That's grown-up speak for "wtf")

A dishwasher is a dishwasher, the cheapest model does what the most expensive model does: clean dishes.

That's a little unfair. The cheaper models will almost certainly be less power and water efficient, noisier, probably slower, and possibly a bit more crap at actually cleaning.

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Robo-Uber T-boned, rolls onto side, self-driving rides halted

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Re: Bizarre response

Maybe the configuration of extra kit inside has raised the centre of gravity, and someone finally realised this isn't a good thing.

Or maybe Uber just likes to be different.

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Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

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"We don't believe that censoring the existence of ISIS on Google, YouTube or social media will dampen their impact really," said Google's chief counsel David Drummond. "We have to reach at-risk youth all over the world and divert them from hate and radicalisation."

Why does he think those two things are mutually exclusive?

Isn't it better to censor* and reach out to at-risk youths?

*You can argue that censorship is bad, but so is getting hit by flying body parts.

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NASA finds India's missing lunar orbiter with Earth-bound radar

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"dodging debris or asteroids should be easier"

I suspect getting the planet to dodge an asteroid might be a little harder than you might think.

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Microsoft: Can't wait for ARM to power MOST of our cloud data centers! Take that, Intel! Ha! Ha!

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Re: You've come a long way, baby

Yep, I cut my programming teeth on a BBC with BASIC (version II iirc).

The next logical step was an Archimedes with BASIC V which allowed inline ARM assembler. I haven't looked back since.

Programming ARM assembler is still the most enjoyable experience I've ever had as a programmer. It's such a beautifully designed language and processor.

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Net neutrality? Bye bye, says American Pai

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Re: Most Unpopular Administration

No need, UK is safe, we don't need them at home. It's great.

Unfortunately he has a point.

The situation in the US has gone on too long and is too far beyond saving in any sensible time frame. Short of completely banning the manufacture, importing, and sale of both guns and ammunition (effectively turning all existing guns into expensive and awkward clubs) I honestly don't see how the gun situation in the US can be resolved.

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Suffering ceepie-geepies! Do we need a new processor architecture?

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Re: "graph with 18.7 million vertices and 115.8 million edges."

...although I'd wish the graphic at the top could be blown up.

You mean like this?

https://www.graphcore.ai/blog/what-does-machine-learning-look-like

Not much bigger in the blog itself, but if you view the images on their own, they're a bit larger.

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