* Posts by David Austin

345 posts • joined 11 May 2007

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Rosetta probe's final packets massaged into new snap of Comet 67P

David Austin

Re: Amazing!

Obligatory XKCD Link:

https://xkcd.com/1356/

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World's first dedicated computer centre declared 'irreplaceable' by Historic England

David Austin

Re: TNMOC rocks!

Love both Bletchley Park and The National Museum of Computing.

Always make sure I take any visiting tech heads up there.

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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

David Austin

Ad Free?

What's their business model, then? Controversy aside, have they got a viable business model?

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Google to kill Symantec certs in Chrome 66, due in early 2018

David Austin

go to example:

Veritas.

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Don’t buy that Surface, plead Surface cloners

David Austin

Liquid Cooled

In a Laptop? Don't think I've seen that outside the Gaming laptop area, even in Business Premium before.

My gut reaction is it sounds like a bad idea, but I could [Probably] be wrong. Anyone willing to weigh in on this? Off the top of my head:

- Is the Liquid moved using convection or by pump? Wouldn't running the pump take more out of the battery than a temp controlled fan?

- Assuming it's a sealed loop for serviceability, will that give it a shelf life through coolant loss?

- How will liquid cooling cope with being bounced around in a backpack all day?

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Bitcoin Foundation wants US Department of Justice investigated

David Austin

I Agree it's not money...

...But I can't see how you could reasonably argue it's not Monetary Instruments, which in the UK at least means most financial laws would cover both.

Still the trouble of actually tracking down the xcoin users at the other end of the transaction, but one step at a time.

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Microsoft's fix for web graphics going AWOL? Disable your antivirus

David Austin

Re: Is IE still a thing?

It's useful to run Cookie Clicker in the background, so my other browsers can get on with real work.

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Re: Who'd be a web designer?

I know you were being tongue in cheek, but I can think of a fair few websites I use where that setup would be a huge improvement for usability and/or performance...

I'm not saying the look isn't important, but some web developers sometimes need a gentle reminder that it doesn't trump the other two...

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So what's in the new Windows Insider build? Bug fixes, an AR goof-around, and a font

David Austin

Virtual or Augmented reality?

Of the two, I can see augmented growing faster, even against Vive PSVR and Rift, which are viable products.

Step outside of gaming, and augmented seems the more immediately useful, cheaper to deploy, and more portable than the current goggles.

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Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

David Austin

It's Legacy Tech

If you wanna play with it, fire up a Windows 98 VM without internet access, the same way that someone would want to play with any old versions of stuff in a secure way (Looking your way, RealMedia)

Nothing stopping you building an oldskool machine with 1995/1998/2001 era technology and software. No need to keep this zombie shuffling on for the rest of us.

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

David Austin

No Problem with paint3D replacing paint...

..but last build I looked at, it was either missing a huge amount of basic classic paint features, or did a bloody good job of hiding them. I'm reasonable technical, but with all the 3D Controls, doing some of the basic stuff like transparent cutting was either impossible or a ball-ache.

There's a lot to be said for paint Classic's "Keep It Simple, Stupid interface"

I'm not dissing on paint 3D: it's an amazing free built in app for doing rendering and 3D printing, but they're two different programs with two very different usage cases.

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Microsoft reveals first Windows Server Insider Build

David Austin

For Clarity

If you are on the current public Windows Server 2016 14393, if you don't intervene manually, will that go onto the twice yearly update system, or the LTSB?

With most SMB customers I work with, Windows server is basically file and AD, so the stability and less intervention of the LTSB seems more attractive than the bleeding edge version, which will have many (Admittedly cool) features, but few they'll want or need.

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Three Microsoft Outlook patches unpatched, users left to DIY

David Austin

Re: Outlook still turns invisible for me

On Office 2013+, the normal fix for that is to disable Hardware Acceleration:

Start any Office program.

On the File tab, click Options.

In the Options dialog box, click Advanced.

In the list of available options, click to select the Disable hardware graphics acceleration check box.

From https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/help/2768648/display-issues-in-office-client-applications

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Java 9 release back on track, community votes 'yes'

David Austin

Community Process

"[...]in spite of warnings from Oracle that a “no” vote would undermine the community process."

That's... some of the most ass backwards logic I've heard since Oracle sued their employee after arbitration.

community process is great... as long as they agree with us.

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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

David Austin

The trouble is...

...I think where Netflix was around 2015 is where iTunes was around 2007: They nailed the content deals, got the right service at the right price, made it simple and easy to use, and broadsided the market. They're so far in front of everyone else, it'll be hard to catchup if you're not an established player.

Granted, it's a brave man that bets against Apple, and they have the cash reserves to slog it out with Netflix, but how long will Shareholders let them faff around with a loss leading service before calling time?

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Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

David Austin

Re: I'll try it

On the road, site to site, with no easy and guaranteed access to power. Hence me springing for the All Day Battery, and dropping Firefox when it stopped it being so.

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David Austin

I'll try it

Reluctantly Switched to Chrome after Firefox 50, as whatever Firefox was doing, it was knocking 90 mins of my 9 call battery run-time, meaning it wouldn't last the workday.

Firefox was my favourite browser, with my extensions and customisations, but that was a deal-breaker.

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Windows Server to get twice-yearly updates, plus stable and fast-moving branches

David Austin

Little confused

If you're on the current Public RTM Build of Windows server 2016... where does that leave you? Will that cascade onto the semi-annual version, or will it be treated as 1.0 in the Long Term branch?

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

David Austin

Had this once

Nice old lady with a magnetic bracelet - Keyboard typing movement would randomly lock/crash the laptop.

We did rebuilds, replaced whole PC bit by bit. All the standard stuff. It was only when we relocated her to a new laptop, and the problem followed her we began to twig something odd was going on.

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HPE claims new gen-10 ProLiants have more mem persistence, more secure server firmware

David Austin

Vendor Lockin

Call my cynical, but the silicon root of trust protection sounds like a good way to squeeze money out of customers: No Support contract, no firmware updates - Possibly even a selective feature shutdown.

Also trying to wrap my head around how PAYG would work: How would they not lose money to people massively over-provisioning (Which means the hardware needs to be in the box in the first place), then never turning any of it on?

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Uber fires robo car exec for insubordination

David Austin

Was it wise to fire him?

Could there be comeback in counter-lawsuits for Constructive dismissal?

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A switch with just 49 ns latency? What strange magic is this?

David Austin
Joke

I Know it's completely pointless...

But the Primal part of my brain is screaming to buy one to squeeze that little extra bit of "git gud" performance out of OverWatch.

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Nerd Klaxon: Barbican to host Science Fiction exhibition this summer

David Austin

Barbican

Sweet - My Favourite Genre in my favourite place.

Just seems right hosting this in the 1970's version of the Utopian future that we never quite got (And I'm quite sad about that).

See you all there in June - We'll meet at the Osteria bar.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

David Austin

Vista:

A Necessary, but Painful step to Windows 7.

With so many Longhorn Restarts, and 6 years since a new OS, I get the feeling Microsoft frantically cobbled together whatever parts it gout get running into a workable OS.

Shame WinFS Died a death then: That was the most promising bit of tech from the stack.

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Graffiti 'dying out' as kids dump spray cans for Instagram, Twitter etc

David Austin

see this is what happens...

...When Sega Skip Jet Set Radio for a Console generation.

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Ubuntu 17.04 beta FACT: It's what's on the inside that matters, not looks

David Austin

To some people..

No UI Changes is a major plus point...

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UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

David Austin

Usable Life

How long should they have left as combat ready, after the MK5 upgrade?

Does it make financial sense to do that over writing them off? Based off past experience, the MoD Don't always seem to notice or care when they're throwing good money after bad

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Adobe buddies up with Microsoft for new ways to mine your data

David Austin

Based on previous records...

...If you're willing to put your customer data in a product co-written by Adobe... you're a braver man than me.

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Did you buy anything from Microsoft's glum Apple Store knockoff? You may be owed $100

David Austin

Seems a bit of a schoolboy error from Microsoft

say what you want about them, but Microsoft are pretty good at selling stuff to people. How did such a non compliance issue a) happen in the first place b) Go on for so long without any audits or checks spotting it c) Get this far in a court of law instead of them settling at the first opportunity with such a weak case their end?

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Did Oracle just sign tape's death warrant? Depends what 'no comment' means

David Austin

Perfect for SMB

Yes, it's painful for the 5-100 people companies to shell the 3 grand needed for an LTO Drive, a pile of tapes, and Backup Exec (Plus Agents), but after the initial cost it runs and runs and runs, often outliving the server it came with, and moving into the next one.

Nearly every client I've set a tape drive up for has retrieved some desperately needed data from years ago, or done a bare metal recovery from a tape, easially justifying the initial outlay. Great for taking accounting year end backups or sending copies out for legal/compliance purposes too.

Not the cheapest solution, but still one of the best despite "tape dying" since I started in this industry.

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

David Austin

Legality

I'm pretty sure the lawyers at BlackBerry will make sure what what was on the papers was legal. How the papers were presented, and how much employees were allowed to scrutinise them may not be so legal.

Either way, that does not protect BlackBerry from being branded a bunch of sneaky bastard cockweasels.

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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

David Austin

Payment Processor

At this point, Paypal is a De Facto payment processor, on par with Visa and Mastercard, but without a lot of the regulation, due process, and oversight those two are subject to.

That allows them to treat customers and sellers unfairly, like freezing accounts almost on a whim, and making up policy on the fly, like the Smashed up violin case.

At this size and scale, they have a lot of power, and I think that regulations should catch up with them, and at bare minimum, treat them the same as Visa and Mastercard. Probably not too good for Paypal, as it will eat into compliance and profits, but good for just about everyone else.

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Javapocalypse soon! Oracle warns devs to bin plugins, fast

David Austin

Re: Won't someone please think of the Enterprise!

If both say no?

Only choices really are to sandbox an older web browser/OS, lock it down to only communicate with said legacy kit/site, and add multi layer security over the top.

OR:

Take a chance with a known, insecure plugin/application vs. the LAN/WAN, and hope you get away with it.

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David Austin

Flash Support

Whhhhhhhhhhhy?

Of all the Plugins, that's the one that needs to die, Die, DIE.

Hope to god they're at least planning to sandbox it to high heavens

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Update or shut up: Microsoft's choice for desktop Skypers

David Austin

Meh

Moved to Discord last year for IM's and not looked back, as I tend to hang wither gaming crowds and they all jumped over with me.

It is genuinely refreshing to have a client that I like using rather than seeing as a necessary evil: Just like the good ol' Windows messenger days.

Video calling's coming in Discord later this year: Can't see Skype sticking around on my desktop after that happens.

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GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

David Austin

Refreshingly Honest

That must have been a very painful document to write, but it's a great real live scenario and a future test case - How many people have screwed up backups and kept quite and vague about it for operational reasons or pride?

Hopefully, someone will learn a lesson from this, but I won't hold my breath.

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

David Austin

Dunno, Man

I can only offhand remember one other time Apple implicitly admitted they made a mistake, and backed down: the 3rd Generation iPod Shuffle. They went from 4 way Button on device > No button on device (Meaning like iPhone 7, speciality headphones are required) > 4 way button on the device

Other than that, Apply normally power through whatever they want, and drag the surprisingly sticky market with them: I can't think of any other company the could get away with their premium laptop and premium phone, together costing at least £1,500, not coming with a cable to talk to each other by default (USB-C to Lightning)

At this point, I think they'll stick to their guns, and our old 3.5mm friend's gone for good. The only tangible change I expect this to have on apple is they won't drop the adaptor in the box just yet...

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

David Austin

Re: Numbers

One of the coolest things XKCD Has taught me is that has a proper name: Femi Estimation.

https://what-if.xkcd.com/84/

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Machine-learning boffins 'summon demons' in AI to find exploitable bugs

David Austin

Re: I thought this was a Laundry Files story

Has someone got Angleton on speed dial?

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Adobe's naughty Chrome telemetry code had XSS problem

David Austin

God Fucking Damnit Adobe

I Hate you I hate you I hate you with every fibre of my being, and If it was within my power, I would unmake everything you wrought at the atomic level.

Get your shit together.

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Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner

David Austin

Surely

You start with π, then decide how many zeroes you out on the end?

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McDonald's forget hash, browns off security experts

David Austin

Title

I Hope you gave the headline writer the rest of the day off; they clearly peaked early, today.

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

David Austin

60% Fit for purpose is a pretty good success metric for a Public Body IT project.

I'd say apart from the fact it was illegal, it was a pretty cost effective measure...

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Snapchap snaps back: Snapchat Snapbrats' Snapstats are Snapcrap

David Austin

Who to believe?

Tough one - is this a disgruntled bad fit employee getting revenge, or is this a business still playing by start-up rules, and assuming you can fly by wire, the numbers don't matter, and eyeballs are everything?

Glad it isn't my job to call this one.

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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

David Austin

Medical

Could this be one of those weird US situations where you're pretty much forced to sue someone to get your medical expenses covered, like the Jennifer Connell case?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/jennifer-connell-aunt-who-tried-to-sue-12-year-old-nephew-says-she-was-forced-to-after-insurance-a6694671.html

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Apple drops requirement for apps to use HTTPS by 2017

David Austin

Halfway House

I think if I was Apple, I would have been tempted to De-list all AppStore Apps that weren't compliment: Existing users could still re-download and install those apps as normal, but no new users could get it: I'm pretty sure most developers would have got a working version out the door pretty quick if new users were cut off to them.

As with TLS 1.x and User Account Control, there's more than a fair few software houses around that seem happy to not implement new security features for as long as possible, until it ends up bothering them by irate users calling/complaining, or it just stops working

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

David Austin

Re: Happy Christmas Trim Cook

If it is a software issue, wouldn't this affect the older generation Macbooks on the same OS X Level?

Only reason I can come up with to explain it not affecting the older macbooks is Apple's offloaded something to the hardware (Either using a new feature in the Intel Skylake, or another dedicated chip) in the new lappy

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MH370 hunters call for new search of extra 25,000km2

David Austin

Scary

I Know it's a tough job, but I still find it kinda scary, in the 21st century, with all our Technology and Telemetry, a plan can go "missing" for so long.

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'Emoji translator' sought by translations firm

David Austin

Pretty sure...

...We're talking about Whitechapel, Swiss Cottage, and Seven Sisters.

Now let's see them do Mornington Crescent.

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Major outage at broadband biz 186k

David Austin

Need More Info

Has anyone figured out what's going on at 186K?

Trying to figure out what's te state of play on the POTS lines, as well as Broadband: Luckily, only got 6 customers on 186K, and most of them are backups for BT/Virgin.

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