* Posts by Ragarath

903 posts • joined 26 Aug 2009

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Organic stuff, radiation, unexpected methane... Yes, we're talking about Saturn's surprising rings

Ragarath
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Re: unexpected methane?

To be fair I'm not to worried about the gas from Uranus...

...it's the other organic material coming out of Uranus that's my concern.

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US and UK Amazon workers get a wage hike – maybe they'll go to the movies, by themselves

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Re: The Calm before the storm perhaps?

If someone would like to step up and provide the service I get from Amazon, then yes I'll stop using them. Until then I will not.

In before shouty people: No I do not use Amazon exclusively, I use other retailers but when all else fails Amazon usually fulfills.

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I like BigGANs but their pics do lie, you other AIs can't deny

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Re: Is it just regurgitating the training dataset?

That was my thought. Is it pulling data as in cut and past from different images it has seen or is it generating the image pixel by pixel.

Perhaps it is painting it like you would in an art application. Who knows. I shall endeavor to find out.

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Building your own PC for AI is 10x cheaper than renting out GPUs on cloud, apparently

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Re: The Cloud..

In addition to the cloud "automagically" failing over you would have had to prep this service upfront so that it could automagically failover/scale. So if you were already planning for that, just buy a few more blades and do it that way.

Would still be cheaper. Cloud is not good for everything or every scenario. In fact most small business scenarios I can think of would be better off with their own hardware, I feel a lot are sold on the "cloud is better" premise even if it's more expensive or specced well above needs.

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Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

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Re: Partial solution

Come on no one has mentioned LAZERS! We need LAZERS. Big arrays of space LAZERS!

And space sharks to swim around in space with them on their backs.

Just saying.

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Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

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Online Video Gaming only just got Big?

And then of course there is the explosion in online video gaming – yes. Fortnite, but others too.

Online video gaming has been big for a long time. We just weren't allowed to talk about it in social circles for fear of being ostracized.

You know there were even big LAN parties where we met up with all the people we met online to play together and socialize with people that we could and were allowed to talk to about this new (ha) phenomenon. Kids these days.

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Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

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A loss prevention employee

Didn't stop him loosing his pants. Sackable offence surely!

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Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

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I'm reminded of the old gag:

Q. How do you make a small fortune through publishing?

A. Start with a large fortune.

Does this not apply to every business now-a-days. You have to have money and heaps of it before you start or the interested parties are not interested.

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New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Re: You left out a few words...

<quote>They will be closed until the scientists support the theory that the sun shines out of the US President's ass.</quote>

There!!!

FTFY

Come on, the president doesn't have a donkey... does he?

Were on a UK site arse is more appropriate.

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Probably for the best: Apple makes sure eSIMs won't nuke the operators

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That's because it destroys the business case for spending even a penny on new network capacity

Which is the reason the network should not be owned by the operators. We should have a compatible network infrastructure that space is rented/leased. I assume how MVNO's work now renting from an incumbent.

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Milton Keynes: Come for roundabouts, stay for near-gigabit broadband

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Re: Openreach

If they rolled out full fibre there would b no limits (bar the physics ones) that would limit the speed. So stop fanny arseing around with different technologies and install fibre. Then as prices come down upgrade the gear that connects you, the switches, routers and transceivers.

I think you'll find they are delaying this because of bandwidth issues. If they roll this out then it will reveal them in a big way.

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It's a mug's game: Watch AI robot grab a cuppa it hasn't seen before

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To be even fairer I'm still training the young ones 11 years on what they can and cannot touch/do safely/in the right way.

Learning these things is a constant evolution that we experience throughout our lives. If you put me in Cern I would not know what I could and could not touch unless being told. Same I guess applies to new born robots. The interesting part comes from me knowing, hmm that looks dodgy (from previous experience / learning) and asking how it is to be done right and then learning from that.

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Nvidia promises to shift graphics grunt work to the cloud, for a price

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Re: Nonsense

Nonsense, in modern games there is a lot that lowering setting will disadvantage you on. One of the most intense and as an example would be shadows. These tell you were something or someone is before you've even seen them and allow you to react.

Lowering settings for things like grass rendering has been used to game the systems and reduce clutter but more competitive games are now making these things mandatory to level the playing field. Hence the need for the good GC.

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Tracking is still a lot better on a surface designed for it. But yes, any old table can do most of the leg work now-a-days.

Still feels worse than my Sphex.

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Re: I mean...

I was thinking more of the Bandwidth needed. If the graphics are being crunched in the "cloud" and you are playing 1080p at 60fps you need this bit stream sent to you. You want this uncompressed to match a dedicated computer or you are introducing artifacts.

Of course there will be some form of compression going on otherwise it ain't happening but that reduces the quality.

5G offers speeds of 10Gbps (in theory) so fine right? Well I hope the backhaul of that cell that your connected to along with INSERT NUMBER of others all trying to do the same thing is well provisioned.

As the article says, someone has to pay for the 5G connections or they will be severely limited... or just Cha'Ching for the networks to charge you whatever they like.

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Re: Full URL

But that's not even what they are talking about.

That site would still show nwolb.com.default.aspx.reffererident.1231e898f.date just the www would be missing.

They are targeting one sub domain here. The problem is where do you stop? They don't like INSERT YOUR DOMAIN HERE tomorrow. Your out of luck, this is worse than the old IE6 shenanigans. Google is too big and needs policing.

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Re: Dislike

@keith_w

Keith, the www is still there in the DNS lookup (or it would really break the system) all the browser is doing is hiding that to the user.

Hiding the actual domain is bad. I have different stuff on domain.com and www.domain.com do not make my users think they are the same, they are different domains. Might just have to ban Chrome!

I also already have a hard time getting people to just use the address bar rather than a Google search to get to the site, they're even typing the www.SITENNAME.com into Google search.

Stop trying to "Make it Easier" it is already easy, people are just lazy.

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Windows Server 2019 Essentials incoming – but cheapo product's days are numbered

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Re: Print server?

He is on about the Printer as in how Microsoft defines a printer. This is the driver and it's spooler which are hosted on a server and I would still argue is much better hosted on a server than on individual machines.

I would rather update the driver in one location rather than manually keep even 25 systems up to date. User logs on, user gets driver update... simples.

BTW the printer (as we would term it) is called a printing device.

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It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

Ragarath

Re: The name means EXACTLY what it is and does. Pass it on!

gimp

North American informal derogatory

noun: gimp; plural noun: gimps

1.

a physically disabled or lame person.

a limp.

2.

a feeble or contemptible person.

You're right. Its name means exactly what it is and does.

Wow, when did this program become a sentient person as in the dictionary you rolled out there.

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Re: once you put half a day or a day into it, it's actually easier

@sabroni why do they have to emulate someone else's UI? Why does it have to be "standard elements" if those standard elements are doing it wrong in the first place?

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Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.

Come on, it's just learning a different way of doing things.

I needed Photoshop 6 months ago but was unwilling to go their subscription model. So I went back to try Gimp, to start with it is a sharp learning curve because yes, it's different than Photoshop and looks at things from a different perspective. Learning the different way layers work, the UI etc. 6 months on and when I use Photoshop I find myself thinking "This is easier in Gimp", of course there are also times when I think, "Photoshop is better at this" and hope that Gimp catches on but they are not as numerous as you'd think.

From my rant, just take it as I really like Gimp a lot now when I would only use Photoshop 6 months ago. You just have to take the time to learn it. You have to do the same with Photoshop if you've not used it before, why not give Gimp the same chance?

And on the name, come on are you really going to complain about the name! Come on, lots of things have names that don't specify exactly what they do. I'll give you a big one. Google.

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Alaskan borough dusts off the typewriters after ransomware crims pwn entire network

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Backups Infected

DR backups were also infected. It's all well and good having these swanky connected backup systems but as said they are connected and thus can also be infected.

I assume they were diligent and had offline backups (though not that diligent if they are a year old) and these were the ones being restored.

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Mirror mirror on sea wall, spot those airships, make Kaiser bawl

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Re: Precision - which he did anyway as it is 19.03 to 2 significant figures.

Gosh darnit you got me. I meant to change it to two decimal places but missed the edit timer. Have a thumbs up.

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Re: Precision

Because this is El Reg and we would harass them if they got the conversion wrong, which he did anyway as it is 19.03 to 2 significant figures.

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Up to 25% of new builds still can't get superfast broadband – study

Ragarath

Really? Have you seen the amount of photos and videos people upload now-a-days?

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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@Prst. V.Jeltz

So you have never had the situation where the customer would fail no, refuse to provide this? I have and I can tell you it is unpleasant.

You cannot do diagnostics if you do not have the information to work with. Sometimes you have to make that trip.

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Crappy upload speeds a thing of the past in fresh broadband 'net spec

Ragarath

No!

Surely you mean 1.21 Jigawatts?

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Sun of a b... Rising solar temp wrecks chances of finding ET in our system

Ragarath

Re: Well, the sun is only going to be in red giant phase for 500M years or so

500m years! You can create loads in that time, it only took God less than a day!

(If you can call Man AKA humans intelligent)

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Scary news: Asteroid may pass Earth by just 6,880km in October

Ragarath

Re: Context

I'll go for it won't, space is big, mind-bogglingly big. The chance of a 10m asteroid hitting a sub 10m lump of metal in a corridor of mind-bogglingly big (can't be arsed to look it up) is very, very small.

But then again those 1 in a million chances do happen 9 times out of 10.

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Revised 'Broadband 2.0' report: 6.7m Brits suffer 'sub-10Mbps' speeds

Ragarath

Re: How many meg?

I thought the point was, people are paying for it but not getting it.

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Wi-Fi firm Purple sneaks 'community service' clause into its T&Cs

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Re: Form Gov.UK

Then the courts are available.

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Form Gov.UK

“It’s written and signed so it’s legal”

A contract term and notice has to be fair to be legally binding on your customer. If it isn’t, they can challenge it – including in court if necessary. Enforcers (such as the CMA and Trading Standards) can also bring cases to stop you using it.

So unfair terms are not enforceable if you want to challenge them. AKA call trading standards.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/unfair-terms-explained-for-businesses-full-guide#common-myths-about-contract-terms

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Blighty's prosecutors slammed for failing to deliver savings on electronic tagging

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No Understannd

How can it cost 60million to put a battery, cellular chip and gps chip in a box to stick to someones leg? These are all commodity parts. Yea some tamper-proofing but to me it just sounds like money to the boys.

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Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

Ragarath
Joke

No pricing...

*Trembles*

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How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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@Nolveys Re: If they’re a 'DevOps Expert', they probably aren’t

Have a thumbs up, fantasic bit of buzzword bingo there!

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Re: If they’re a 'DevOps Expert', they probably aren’t

Has anyone figured out what devops is yet? Can the programmers really run operations effectively in an organisation bigger than a start-up and vice-versa with ops doing dev.

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Specsavers embraces Azure and AWS, recoils at Oracle's 'wow' factor

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Re: Who's network?

Specsavers is putting all new apps on AWS and Azure, with existing apps being rewritten rather than ported. Forty per cent of the IT estate is currently non-cloud and the rest is set to float by the end of 2018. Specsavers has seven data centres globally but will retain just two for backup.

To follow up, I assume you mean this part. These are kept for "Backup" not for holding the data.

And why are the data centres BT's? You normally host your own kit in a datacentre and yes the connections between these are leased but that has nothing to do with the stored data.

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Who's network?

All data will remain within Specsavers' secure network

Erm, no it won't it will remain in Google's and Microsoft's networks. You mentioned you were getting rid of your capacity to hold this data.

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Paxo trashes privacy, social media and fake news at Infosec 2017

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What is this?

Rather than lowering the voting age to 16, he believes we should cap the voting age at 70 – as that demographic contributes least to society.

Really, the least? So the previous 52 years of contribution (and probably continuing due to the rising retirement age and lack of money) do not count toward anything, they no longer matter? We are done with them, chuck um on the scrap heap? They have contributed already they have earned the right to have a say. They have what is know as experience.

Geeze I'm a long way off this yet but do people really think that way?

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Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities

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Re: Nice.

Try doing that while everyone else is doing the same thing in the city / town centre. It's not cheap to run a big fat pipe.

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Apple fights off iTunes patent spat appeal

Ragarath

Re: An abstract idea

Came to say the same thing, have an upvote.

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What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?

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I tried

I tried to listen to some of that, I really did but, I'm afraid that I had to skip big sections to see if it got better.

*** SPOILER ***

It didn't

*** END SPOILER ***

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

Ragarath

Re: Bovine Excrement! @ AC

First off 2001 was 16 years ago, not 10 years ago, and yes this is just a Microsoft problem. Unix/Linux (any year any version) is not susceptible to attack in the way that Windows (any version) is. Even Mandrake circa 2001/2002 is not susceptible to this.

Of course they are not susceptible to this, it was not written to attack them. They are though most likely susceptible to other things. Or are all the updates and patches for Linux just because the programs love to add bulk?

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Dyson celebrates 'shock' EU Court win over flawed energy tests

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Re: Is this the same Dyson who has no time for the EU ? @ Voland

WTF was all that about? I'm sure there is something in there that was meant to make sense but all I read was I love Europe it can do no wrong and I don't like that Dyson bloke.

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

Ragarath

Re: 'world's largest flying craft' - I think not...

Does a rocket designed to go up count as flying? Would flying not constitude horizontal as well as vertical flight?

Can't be arsed to look it up but frokm memory the Saturn V did not have any aerofoils that would keep it aloft for long if you pointed it parallel to the Earth.

If I throw I rock through the air is it flying, or falling with style?

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LastPass connectivity snafu locks out Brits from password manager

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Joke

To avoid...

Just write them down on the back of your hand.

Or use the same one over and over on all sites.

On second thoughts use that thing you we given called memory ;)

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Microsoft Azure capacity woes hit UK customers. Yes, you read that right

Ragarath

Re: UK and no Cloud?

When it rains it pours.

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

Ragarath

Re: Multiprocessing

I think you'll find they are using the right cores for the job. General processing cores are not needed a massive amount in a gaming box that is mostly about crunching graphics. Hence you'll find the box has lots of graphics competent cores.

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OK... Red wire or black... *Clickety* You've emailed the schematic? Yes, got it! It's opening. And... WHAT? NO!

Ragarath

Re: Wi-Fi

But he said he does not want PLT (Power Line Transmission AKA EoP) so that's out of the question.

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Re: Wi-Fi

200M range so you can get everyone complaining that their small device can see the network but it's slow because out at that 200M (usually even closer) through walls interference their device with it's tiny antenna and battery cannot talk back.

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