* Posts by Ragarath

856 posts • joined 26 Aug 2009

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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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Ragarath

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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NASA to fire 1Gbps laser 'Wi-Fi' ... into spaaaaace

Ragarath

Give the writer their due. 'Wi-Fi' was in inverted commas.

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Hutch's Three UK users ripping through over 6GB a month

Ragarath

You what?

The fixed line ISP is going the way of the fixed line telephone, which explains why legacy cable companies are so keen to merge with mobile operators

I'm sorry but wtf? Give me a dedicated line any day. There is only so much radio spectrum to go around. You put everyone and their dog on a mobile connection and there is no way it is going to be handlled by mobile

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

Ragarath
Coat

Re: Simple really

Ah but you DNS lookps are being profiled.

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Dormant Linux kernel vulnerability finally slayed

Ragarath

Err AC...

From what I think you're saying and what you are trying to portray, it also seem like they are standard in Linux as evidenced in this very article.

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MP brands 1,600 CSC layoffs as the 'worst excesses of capitalism'

Ragarath

Re: "no less than 5% of the workforce"

Yes, that would be good and I agree. The problem though is people paying for the service. They will no doubt say (even if found to be untrue) that supplying the services will cost more that way. Then comes a price hike.

Will they pay the price hike or as seems the want of everything now-a-days go for the lowest price?

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URGH – bitter taste! Sage hikes One SaaS price 50 per cent

Ragarath

Re: Desktop Accounts Software

What software do you use? We are looking at alternatives to our antiquated system and looked at sage on premise but the price was astronomical.

Recommendations would be appreciated.

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Did you know? Amazon does film production – and it treats those workers like dirt, too*

Ragarath

But..

There is a joke icon for a reason though.

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YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond

Ragarath

AI Really?

It will also include its own Google AI-powered recommendation engine

Hands up who thinks this is real machine learning/AI?

Now hands up who thinks this is an algorithm? Thought so.

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Incremental improvements but a few annoyances

Ragarath

Shrinking the image?

Why pay for a nice big phone if your just going to shrink the image? If you have small hands buy a smaller phone?

Could this not have been better accomplished by a better UI design?

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Clone it? Sure. Beat it? Maybe. Why not build your own AWS?

Ragarath

Re: Not so Baffling @AC

Perhaps that is why you are an application developer and not a sys admin/storage/hardware guy.

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Google yanks workers from ISP outfit, it's THE FIBER COUNTDOWN

Ragarath

Re: "it's not totally giving up" @AC

Ermm, Wi-Fi is microwave.

In fact it even works on the exact same frequency as your microwave 2.4Ghz. Google may be using one of the other frequencies (it's a rather large range) in the microwave spectrum but the fact still remains.

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With nearly 1m users on its books, DigitalOcean touts load balancers

Ragarath

Confused

Lightsail, a simplified hosting option for customers seeking virtual private servers, storage, DNS management, and a static IP address.

Is this not what we called "hosting" before "cloud" was the buzzword? Are we now calling bog standard hosting cloud?

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Ragarath

Re: Never heard of them

I use them for some of their guides but not hosting. Some are really good simplified instructions for getting you started with software you may not have used before.

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Nifty website claims to make comparing cloud costs simple. Good luck with that

Ragarath

I had a quick play too, it seems you can sum up their model.

If you do store a lot and don't take out super amount go AWS else go Azure.

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Apple nabs smartphone top spot from Samsung, but for how long?

Ragarath

Re: Never is a long time @AC

What is going to make them stand head and shoulders above the next iPhone in the eyes of the normal punter?

Just pointing out that no smartphone for many years has stood head and shoulders above any other. They have all just been iterations of the same thing, whether this is an Android or iOS based phone it does not matter.

All new phones even budget ones are powerful enough to do everything your average and even power user needs.

I only upgrade mine because they old one died (non replaceable batteries grrr) some anecdotal evidence too ;)

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Microsoft is cooking virtual storage in Azure

Ragarath

Replication

Replication, replication, replication.

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Boffins ready to demo 1.44 petabit-per-second fibre cables

Ragarath

Re: Waterproof

What you are probably experiencing here is what is know commonly as "ugh it's wet I am going to stay in and go online" your contention ratio then hits max and the line fibre that BT installed expecting only 5 of those 50 to be online doing anything at oncecannot cope with all 50 at any reasonable speed.

Or it could be that it is FTTC instead and it's your copper getting wet as light going through a sealed cable does not tend to get affected by rain.

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UK's largest hospital trust battles Friday 13th malware outbreak

Ragarath
Trollface

Re: Gosh.......

Destroy All Monsters, you forgot the joke icon and now people don't get it. Please go write on the blackboard 1000 times "I must remember the joke icon" and go to bed with no tea.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

Ragarath

Won't let me do that. It says C: is in use.

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Ragarath

Re: Hurray - we're getting the basics in, 2 decades late

They find, in a technical analysis designed to stress test the resilience of Windows 10, that the bugs were neutered on Anniversary Update machines even before it issued the respective November patch thanks to the exploit mitigation controls.

They did not say before the update, they said the anniversary edition of windows 10 was able to stop the exploit before the exploit had been patched. Not that the anniversary edition was not a "patch."

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Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees

Ragarath

Re: More lockin...

Yikes, when did the cloud start solving everything? I find it good for a few things and somewhere a lot of my stuff will never touch.

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Digital video recorder installers master password list 'leaked' – claims

Ragarath

Re: a CCTV installer in Nigeria.

Someone did not give him their bank details so he could transfer it to the UK (other locations may have been available) so yes he had to resort to getting a job.

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

Ragarath

I want to sign but...

Having been a regular reader of El'Reg for a very long time now I want to help out but...

I've just had a read through (properly even though i have read about this before) and would like something clarified as IANAL.

In the legislation http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2013/22/section/40 section 2 it states that the Court must not award costs if the publisher is a member of an approved regulator. Yes there are a few provisions but as I said IANAL and they seem reasonable.

In this case would not being a member of an approved regulator exempt El'Reg?

Please can someone that understands this stuff more explain for me?

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

Ragarath

Thumbs up

I am no Apple fan but this is one thing Apple got right and should be emulated IMO. Let's stop the phone companies having control over things they have no idea about and have proved again and again they do not care about.

Have a thumbs up for the observation.

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Astroboffins glimpse sighting of ultra-rare circular galaxy

Ragarath

Re: "No connection between the two"

But there is a connection, you see, and the article is wrong. You and I may not be able to see it but gravity is a compelling thing.

(Yes I know a physical connection was meant but it was not specified. You need to be exact with these things)

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BT and Plusnet most moaned about broadband providers. Again

Ragarath

Re: there's BT and there's bt

I could make some rude comments suggesting that sky have so few complaints because their users are too dim to realise things aren't working, I could, but I won't.

You just did. Resorting to major generalisations is rather unbecoming and just makes you look silly.

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IT ops doesn't matter. Really?

Ragarath

What's DevOps?

There is development and operations roles.

If anyone thinks they can do both to their full potential at scale then "I fart in your general direction".

DeveOps is for small teams that can't afford to have someone do both. But you know the saying "A Jack of all trades"?

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Remember that brightest supernova ever seen? It wasn't one

Ragarath

Re: Massive black hole?

But mas has very little relation to size. Depends on how squidged it gets.

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Masterful malvertisers pwn Channel 9, Sky, MSN in stealth attacks

Ragarath

JavaScript

From what I am reading, this is all enabled by JavaScript. Who's idea was it to allow code be executed on the client?

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Brit telco EE's ads banned for 'misleading' 4G speed claims

Ragarath

Re: What's 4G?

So standard it's not available to the AC above? Really seems standard...

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Don't rush into 5G until you've got a market, warns GTI chief

Ragarath

Having said that, 4g is pretty damn good. You can actually use the internet when you're not in WIFI range without getting bored and giving up waiting.

If you can actually find an area that is covered.

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Fibre pushers get UK budget tax reprieve

Ragarath

Re: "Pure fibre"

It would not be hard for them to create Openreach Copper and Openreach Fibre as two seperate companies.

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

Ragarath

Re: Fibre for Exchange-Only lines : no chance!

I thought they were putting in new "cabinets" at the exchange for exchange only lines? They have done here.

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AI boffins turn to StarCraft to train future neural networks

Ragarath

Re: Has been done

When did StarCraft become turn based? Not played that version before.

If it was 100% equal it does not mean the AIs would do equal things. If one got ahead of the other (assuming they are doing the exact same thing at the exact same time or very close to. What I assume you mean by turn based) then the AI that is behind would alter it's strategy would it not?

AI is not pre-programmed software that will only do A if B occurs. It is trying to look for the best scenario with the inputs it is given. If those inputs change (as they would if one got ahead) then so should the AI output.

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Microsoft puts Windows Updates on a diet with 'differential downloads'

Ragarath

Re: So how does this work for a reasonable systems administrator??

Yea I would have thought WSUS would still pull the whole update but would be updated with the mechanism to push only what is needed or at least the OS will pull only what is needed.

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

Ragarath

Re: Now the the future is closer than ever.

(Thinking I always get told the cost of Office 365 is cheaper, compared to 2016)*.

I get this too, until you point out that 3 years at £8.50 = £306. To buy a copy outright is < £200. (yes I know you don't get publisher but come on how many people need publisher?)

Also bear in mind that for most uses the version you buy will last a lot longer than the 3 years. I have users still using 2010 and you have saved a lot of money.

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Ragarath

Re: Now the the future is closer than ever.

You can buy a standalone version of 2016 too you know.

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Apple fans using Chrome on alert for Mac malware

Ragarath

Where did the technically astute bit come in? Never heard that myself.

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Docker user? Haven't patched Dirty COW yet? Got bad news for you

Ragarath

Re: But...

Sorry needed a sarcasm icon. :)

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Ragarath

But...

Containers mean everything is separated right? Nothing can escape is what we were told.

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Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

Ragarath
Coat

Re: surprisingly good – at least from a hardware perspective.

Isn't Linux Open Source? Write your own drivers? Wasn't this part of the whole point with Linux that you can write what is not supplied?

It feels like the new users of Linux want everything handed to them on a plate, you know like Windows and MacOS do.

It feels like a protest vote at times from people, rather than using the software that fits your need. Yes your need not what others tell you is bad because it is from X company.

Rant off, I'll get my coat.

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Google fibre: Subs up, Revenue up, expansion over

Ragarath

Re: Not enough money in new fibre?

Or good news for a totally separate infrastructure company(ies) from the users of said infrastructure. And by users I mean ISP's telcos and the such.

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LASER RAT FENCE wins €1.7m European Commission funds

Ragarath

Re: Those of us old enough to remember . . .

I think what is trying to be intimated is that although yes they are pests to the crop, they may also have a beneficial side like that is being overlooked.

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Asda server glitch leaves customers without online shopping

Ragarath

Re: 1st world problems

Or get in the car and go and get it*. I know it means coming out of the house but hey, we all have to sacrifice something.

*Yes I know some people do not have cars and some are disabled and may have had the route of getting said shopping in person or proxy removed.

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Two new dinosaurs walked from South America to Australia, via Antarctica

Ragarath
Joke

Re: Just in time to pop the Flat Earth bubble.

Of course it was, and it is all the fault of man made global warming that we now cannot.

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Puppet shows its hand: All your software is belong to us

Ragarath

Re: In the future code is going to be managed and deployed by other code

They call that AI I think :)

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Hard-up Brits 'should get subsidy for 10Mbps'

Ragarath

Re: hmmm

I agree. In all honesty if this is about accessing government websites then there is still not much more need than a 56k modem (can you still get a dial up service?) as the pages will still load.

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