* Posts by Adrian 4

1312 posts • joined 18 Jul 2009


It WASN'T the update, says Microsoft: Windows 7 suffers identity crisis as users hit by activation errors

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Doesn't seem unreasonable.

Dodgy software is trying to work but may have faults.

Windows has components which are deliberately designed to disable it.

Both are capable of being faulty, and it appears that if Windows has faults everyone will forgive it.

So which has the stronger incentive to be correct ?

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Can't fix stupid

Stupid is an evolutionary handicap.

Maybe the US will get the first ever Darwin award for a whole voting population.

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Re: "Democracy depends on politicians being able to keep their promises to the people"

"True democracies have this sharing of powers exactly to avoid nuts like Trump could do much arm unrestricted, just promising the Moon without being able nor to reach nor to pay for it."

Though having a funding system that allows a wilful president or some uncooperative politicians to shut down non-political government functions for their own selfish purposes seems like a fairly major design fault.

They should be able to switch off their own salaries and choose not to approve new items of expenditure (like the wall, which, if it was a campaign promise, was not made on the basis that taxpayers would pay for it), not shut down existing infrastructure.

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Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

This sounds like a job for ... STARMAN

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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Tablet-PC things are screwed anyway.

I bought an Asus Transformer with windows 8.1 on it. Even after a factory reset, it didn't have enough space to update itself to the free windows 10.

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far

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Re: As ever

You pay for open source products by contributing to them.

Unless, of course, you don't. In which case I guess you are indeed the product.

Low-power chips are secret sauce behind long-life wearables

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Re: Lower end

You missed the earlier quote :

".. whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea."

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Re: Is the next step

I have a Seiko Kinetic (which was my dad's, so it's a few years old now). It does exactly that and was designed to use a supercapacitor. They updated the design to use a NiMH cell when the supercapacitors were found to have a shorter life than rechargables, but since then it's been running happily, even if left unworn for several days.

Pewdiepie fanboi printer, Chromecast haxxx0r retreats, says they're 'afraid of being caught'

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Re: Youtube channel subscribers

I'm not sure if the number of subscriptions affects what google pays out. Perhaps that's a factor.

However, it's more likely that you'll notice a new upload (because google can remind you) and therefore substantially increase their viewing figures. This in turn affects their income.

So it's a way to reward your favoured channel operator, if you so wish.

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

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Re: More fuel if any is required...

It's often been noted that encrypting your network access marks you out as a possible terrorist. With every porn viewer using a VPN, Her Majesty's Spies will suddenly find themselves having to burn a lot more CPU to read our mail.

Bored IT manager automates Millennium Eve checks to ditch snoozing for boozing

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Re: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

So .. he was bored by just doing the email, and did all the other communication methods unnecessarily to fill time. And then automated that because .. It was too much work ? Taking away the pointless job he'd created for himself ?

Seems like he needs some training in timewasting. It should be more fun than that.

Microsoft's 2018, part 2: Azure data centres heat up and Windows 10? It burns! It burns!

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Re: All that elderly code is one reason for the current woes of the OS (?)

The usual problem with elderly code is not, as BB rightly says, purely that it's old. It's because someone who doesn't understand or respect its quirks messes with it - perhaps to add new (and largely pointless) shiny, perhaps just to push it through the latest compiler.

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?

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Re: RE: Getting one over on the boss

The best ones are where there are old outdated procedures in the documentation, but everyone follows different ones (that aren't written down) because the old ones don't work.

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: Perhaps they should apply the same rules on PCs on the Parliamentary Estate

Rule XXXIV, isn't it?


Your two-minute infosec roundup: Drone arrests, Alexa bot hack, Windows zero-day, and more

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Re: Drone arrests

Glad to hear they've released the non-perpetrators. I hope they get decent compensation for the Daily Wail's doxing and what must have been a pretty unpleasant episode. I wonder why the police jumped on them in the first place ?

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: Genies and bottles

Autonomous flying-object seeking drones on guard at an airport.

Yup. That'll fly.

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Re: Tinsel might do the job or a net

I'm imagining what the pilot of a helicopter would have to say about suspending a rotor-jamming net underneath their aircraft.

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It doesn't really matter how much damage it would or wouldn't cause. If it were a military airfield in a conflict, they're be no problem : flights would continue unaffected and if one was damaged - very likely not fatally - at least the drone would be gone.

But a commercial airport ? If they keep flying and there's any damage, non-damaging collision, near miss etc. guess who'll take the heat ? The drone pilot ? A little. The airport operators ? A lot.

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Re: Don't they do risk management any more?

Of course they do.

But short-term risk management is aimed at not getting anybody important killed. It therefore consists of stopping flights and getting some people to hunt down the perps. Longer term risk management related to keeping people happy and the economic viability of the airport hasn't come into action yet.

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Re: EMP gun?


Lacking further available upvotes, I'm forced to express my amusement with a comment. Well done, sir.

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It's 7am. Do you know where your goddess of love is ?

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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Indeed, that describes precisely one (of several) reasons I supported Remain.

Our political classes are quite simply incompetent and I don't see us being able to produce better than the EU (for all its faults) any time soon.

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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Re: Technology

Not just kitchens. Haven't you ever been to a hotel with a guest-operated conveyer toaster at the breakfast bar ?

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech

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Re: Funding cuts lead to this

The future is somewhere between OCP and Facebook IOI.


Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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Re: Screen measurements in inches are tube size

What's more, colour encoding in broadcast TV systems from the CRT era has half the bandwidth of the luminance channel. Because it's adequate for pictures. And your eye has lower colour resolution than luminance, too.

Scumbag hackers lift $1m from children's charity

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I wonder how much they've spent on insurance in order to make that claim. $1m ? $10m ?

One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future

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You mention economists as though they would have something useful to add. But they're social scientists : they produce opinions, not facts. Nothing they offer is more than guesswork because they can only observe previous behaviour and attempt to use it to predict future behaviour - without ever knowing if the conditions that it occurred in and perhaps caused it are comparable.

When economists start behaving like proper scientists, their suggestions might be good for something more worthwhile than politics.

The comment that 'only 11 percent of economists support net neutrality' is telling. You have an 11/89% difference of opinion ? That means something is very seriously wrong with the 'science'. If you had a 1/99% difference, you could dismiss the 1% as mavericks or bought, like the climate change deniers. But with a mismatch like that, you simply don't have a clear view. Science isn't something you can vote. It's not a question of a majority. It's a matter of proof, or, until that's available, consensus, and you haven't got one. Come back when you have.

Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked

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I suggest that two months is about how long someone can spin out 'I left my laptop at home' until someone finally loses patience and finds out the truth.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Re: Why?

Hipsters may be a curious life-form but the ones I've come across wouldn't consider a shiny capsule machine. They want authentic, not tinned. Hence the large steam machines in hipster coffee shops.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Re: Dear fragile and wonderful academics...

Authoritarianism start with well-meaning people seeing that something is wrong and thinking 'if only everybody acted like me, it would all be OK'.

Anarchy is attractive, if you think the existing authorities are doing it wrong. Do it the way *you* want with no comeback. But it's just leadership by example instead of by law. It still needs good leadership.

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Maybe we're just not very good at doing big communities ?

Many communities work fine when they're small. As they grow they get out of control - the members stop caring about each other. Unlike many communities, the internet promotes communication but not contact.

It makes me think the tower of babel is an illustration of treatment, not of punishment.

Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early

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You think an even less meaningful name would be better ? Bookface, maybe ?

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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It will be repeated until answered with "properly engineered systems fail softly".

Which is answered with "fail-safe systems fail by failing to fail safe".

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: Five minutes ago...

It's a pity the anti-whistleblower astroturfers have outvoted them now. I guess the home office lackeys have nothing better to do with their time than knit sock puppets.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Re: Next step, do the same for Windows

"Microsoft has the internal knowledge to develop a proprietary wrapper with higher compatibility than Wine"

Are you sure ? Didn't they admit Samba was more maintainable than the windows code ?

Maybe they'd build a compatibility layer around Wine, rather than instead of it.

I don't much like Satnad's slurpy habits but he seems to be more pragmatic and less religious than his predecessors.

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Re: Bloatware

Google isn't minimalist any more. The page might look free of junk but it's full of animations and other unnecessary crap.

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Re: Chrome

This puzzles me too. I avoided it initially just because I hated the tab layout (firefox's was nicer .. until they copied chrome) but I found lots of experimental stuff that used it because it had the latest bells and whistles, like webgl.

Unfortunately, devs started using it for real work instead of playtime, and google tried hard to make most of the alternatives work badly with gmail etc. And so it got used more commonly.

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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Re: stupid terrorists!

It's not the stupid ones that worry me.

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Espionage is often described as an arms race. What does that mean for gchq ?

In WWII, it was mathematicians following orders vs. mathematicians trying to outwit johnny foreigner. Easy to see who's going to win there (and we have no information about how well johnny foreigner managed to penetrate our brave eggheads).

Currently, it's people being paid by the hour trying to outdo : terrorists whose lives / life missions depend on their methods, and enthusiasts (hackers, cryptogeeks, whatever you want to call them) who see it as a game.

The smart money's not on the government any more.

Qualcomm lifts lid on 7nm Arm-based octo-core Snapdragon 855 chip for next year's expensive 5G Androids

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Re: NE555?

There was a Power PC processor called 555.

And a cheap and nasty audio amplifier called 386. Very fitting.

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Maybe its time for Microsofties to study programming?

Worse still, they might be Keen.

Add that to inexperience and you get a very bad result.

Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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irritant ?

A spray to irritate bears. Right.


And lo! Tim Cook becometh tech Jesus. But with more awards

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Re: Apple

I think you'll find fruit is just what it was. The idea of it being an apple was just media garnish.

How the mighty have fallen: Anglian Water knocks Google off perch as UK's best workplace

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lies & damned lies

I have very little faith in a metric that shows such huge swings in value

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

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Re: Microsoft middle(nuisance)ware.

"I use both every day, and I can't deny that Windows 7 is far easier to use than Windows 10."

I use neither every day, and it's getting harder and harder to use them occasionally as they hide formerly obvious choices behind layers of crap.

Example: I reboot a laptop into windows and it gets really fussy about the wifi connection, connecting but constantly giving up on something that worked perfectly minutes earlier when the same hardware was running Linux.

Microsoft are not only getting less relevant, they're making it increasingly difficult to go back to Windows once you're using something else.

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Worked for Apple (for Linux, read BSD)

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Re: I did use Edge...

More that it chose a route that took you by it's selection of billboards.

Time for a little bet on Google? App-building framework Flutter now fitted for more than phones – desktops, too

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Re: Thanks, but no thanks!

It's a funny thing about applications. They come in waves.

I remember editors being the thing (there was surely some other craze before that) with everyone following Stallman in creating their own editor.

Then compilers. Then operating systems (oddly, Stallman led these two as well, though he again didn't retain the mass market), Currently it's languages.

What next ?

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: Arrested for being drunk


The 'point' is to acquire investment funds.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Imagine a teenager of your acquaintance is told crack cocaine is illegal and she can't have it any more.

What's your reaction ?

You could :

1. Lobby for crack to stay (maybe on prescription)

2. Fight harder for it to be outlawed (because now you have evidence for harm) , and for help for the desperate teenager to do without it.

Note that I have deliberately avoided referencing other drugs with a less clear harm / benefit. Substitute some other narcotic (fast cars, social media etc). rather than miss the point and argue for drug tolerance instead.


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