* Posts by Fading

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Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Lots of reasons for Apple to shift.....

and the enforced obsolescence of all the current Intel kit is just icing on the cake.....

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From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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Holmes

Uni researchers unable to question assumptions....

"is that kids associate memes with happiness regardless of the message"

They need to study this bit first.

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UK Home Office admits £200m Emergency Services Network savings 'delayed'

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Tautology?

Apologies to any serving officers....

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Party like it's 1989... SVGA code bug haunts VMware's house, lets guests flee to host OS

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SVGA?

MCGA is where it's at..... in 1987

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Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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Doesn't play well...

With the intel audio display driver (intcdaud.sys vers 10.25.0.3 – 10.25.0.8). Notification here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4465877/what-needs-your-attention-intel-audio-display-notification

As with every update - good luck out there........

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Too many apps

Right time to download a sextant app, a solar horizon position app, a star chart app (all GPS powered) and do some proper triangulation (on the triangulation app naturally).

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That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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But what about...

The scary old system that no-one even knows what it does? It's running- is connected to many things, has dedicated UPS to keep it running and lots of warning signs but has been in the corner of the server room since before your predecessors' predecessor was a PFY?

How do you migrate the unknown?

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Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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Re: “were quoted a ridiculous price and told it would take four months”.

"isn't that covered by the non-compete clause?"

Yep - just under the honest and transparent change control pricing clause.

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You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: Security vs. convenience

POKE 59458,62,

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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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Black Helicopters

FBI?

So given the list of things the FBI is primarily responsible for investigating:

Terrorism, Counter intelligence, Cyber crime, Public Corruption, Civil Rights, Organised Crime, White-collar crime, violent crime and WMDs then it seems fairly obvious why this site was shutdown.

Obviously this wasn't an "observatory" at all but a Solar collector weapon of mass destruction (possibly the work of the reverse vampires hired by the Rand corporation in conjunction with the saucer people)...

We are through the looking glass people.....

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: Hats off to 'em...

Cough - holding it wrong - cough

:)

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Google is 20, Chrome is 10, and Microsoft would rather ignore the Nokia deal's 5th birthday

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Re: 'No contributors to YACY here then?'

Unfortunately it is JAVA powered. But it is peer to peer so not evil in itself (just running on evil).

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Re: Use Startpage NOT DuckDuckGo

No contributors to YACY here then?

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I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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Re: 3D TV

And that's how we ended up with DAB.......

Oh and "smart" meters.........

The market has decided - no one wants 3D TV (well 3D that requires glasses etc.)

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In the not too distant future......

When AI achieves true awareness. Is it any wonder it will seek to destroy its creator after becoming aware it is a fucking cooker?

Psychotic domestic appliances are the future....

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Windows users have learnt the hard way,

that it doesn't matter what you click - you still get windows 10 installed.......

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The Death of the Gods: Not scared of tech yet? You haven't been paying attention

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Re: Anyone who thinks Google et all have power...

and Big Media, Big Sports, Big Government, Big Fashion, Big Automotive, Big Charity, Big Green and Big Utilities...... Almost as if as soon as they are big enough organisations try to shape the world around them for their own benefit and not for humanity as a whole.....

Who'd have thunk it?

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Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers

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A lot of might, may, and possibly...

Their own research possibly identified the area of the brain that might interfere with risk/reward assessment and have run a experiment that may have shown this for a small group of tortured monkeys.

Of course this might just be my own pessimistic view - so I'm off for some fermented fruit juice whist having air blown in my face (we all need hobbies).....

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: Image of the image.......

But what if I was advertising my monitor?

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Headmaster

Image of the image.......

So if they took a photo of a screen with the image on it and posted that up - who now owns the copyright?

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Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

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Re: Training

I may not want to be trained in that particular skill? As such if the company wants me to have it they can pay.

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I get paid to do my job,,,,

Adequately. My skills match that level. Now if they want "well" then they can pay for it and provide the additional training......

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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I have 8.75 TB of local storage.....

On my home machine - only the .75 is a combination of SSD and NVME, Yes I would love to have more solid state but the costs will have to drop significantly.

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Re: Ah, but

You could get an 8 bit ISA card which had a 30 MB hard drive to fit in one of the Amstrad 1640s ISA slots - similar to Intel's Optane 900p PCIE drive. Well when I say similar it has a spinning metal hard drive mounted on a ISA hard drive controller card and it took up an expansion slot - so not totally dissimilar but IOPS were not in the same range.....

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Need an IT equivalent of mechanical sympathy....

And its antonym...

In my role as unpaid "tech guy" for family and friends I have frequently had the phone ring ten minutes after fixing something only for the voice on the end to say "it's not working again". So either I exude a technological fixing aura or the poor IT equipment is subject to abuse from the less technically literate and simply gives up.....

Mayhap courses in technological sympathy at school would help alleviate this Industrial 4.0 disease.

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Re: One little pill?

Acetaldehyde has a half life of 90 seconds in the blood and it's association as a carcinogen (not a mutagen) is not a proven fact. Given as it naturally occurs in coffee, bread and ripe fruit and is widely present elsewhere in nature I take the IARC rating with a pinch of salt - (IARC class 1 in Chinese style salted fish).

Living can cause cancer - things can go wrong whenever a cell needs to die (through necrosis or apoptosis) as such to fear anything that damages cells as carcinogenic (which the IARC ratings seem to do) is not helpful in any way.

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Re: One little pill?

Alcohol is a natural by-product of the digestion process. The human body has evolved methods of dealing with the toxicity of alcohol - such as alcohol dehydrogenase which is more prevalent in males versus females (https://sites.duke.edu/apep/module-1-gender-matters/content/content-gender-differences-in-alcohol-metabolism/) - hence the advice that men and women should have the same number of units is not based on biology.

It is neither a mutagen nor a promoter and its links to cancer are normally only statistical correlations that frequently have other unhealthy life-style factors associated (heavy drinkers are not known for their healthy eating and exercise plans).

I am very suspicious of all correlation studies as we all should be.

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Re: "but asking for a 386 by 1993 wasn't at all excessive"

I was still running an 8086 in 1993 (Amstrad 1640).

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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They Live....

With the weather reminiscent of my misbegotten youth, I have taken to wearing sunglasses as I wander about town (only during daylight hours - I am definitely not "cool" enough for the sunglasses at night look). One unexpected advantage is that the polarized lenses cause the electronic advertising boards at the many bus stops to fade into darkness. No risk of an autosomal compelling helio-ophthalmic outburst induced by an overly flashy perfume ad from me....

I do surreptitiously check for Rowdy Roddy Piper lookalikes, just in case.

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Amazing truly amazing....

If the DExEU department is anything like this thread, is it any wonder nothing has been achieved in the last two years? The constant "Brexiteers" v "Remoaners" with gross generalizations, finger pointing, poorly-normalized-survey-based-statistical-"evidence"-based insult hurling and constant repetition of points made before the referendum isn't going to get anything constructive done.

From a sensible precaution position and for a better negotiation position we should all now be preparing for a no deal. Article 50 has been invoked and without the agreement of all 27 members of the EU it cannot be revoked (and given the latest helpful comments from the Irish Taoiseach I would not be basing my investment portfolio on a AR50 retraction).

As such whatever industry you are in (whilst most of us are in IT - it may be the IT in the automotive industry, retail, banking etc.) - start asking the questions and start helping gauge your companies exposure . This is new territory for everyone and remember "I must not fear, fear is the mind killer......"

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♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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Undervolt

If you are suffering the thermal throttling issue and are on a windows based machine then a bit of tweaking with Intel's XTU can go a long way in helping. If you undervolt the chip step by step you can get the same performance but with lower temps - hence avoiding thermal throttling. YMMV and note: only certain chips are supported.

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Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

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Re: In the name of all that's holy...

"it's a perfectly cromulent word"

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So New Amsterdam...

Is less resistant to sea level rise than old Amsterdam? Where's the little boy when you need him?

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Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

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A lot of blue sky thinking...

In the NIC report. Chapter 2 is a seriously ungrounded piece of wishful thinking (and only adds up if they use the current price of Hinkley point C to compare against) . Their website keeps crashing on the contact page so I'm struggling to get hold of any of the referenced material in the report. So whilst I welcome their requests for better internet bandwidth and access I don't have a lot of faith in their research.

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Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?

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Re: "once you've spent the time getting the aerial in the right spot"

Ahh someone else on a Govia/Thameslink run line. I can confirm the trains have not been running much at all lately......

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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Big red buttons

In a job so far in the past even my linkedin account has no space for it, I worked in a bakery.

The big red button I happened to push was on the doughnut (or donut for our celebrating colonial cousins) machine - stick freshly deep fried doughy lumps of sugary loveliness on (very sharp) pointy bits on the front, press red button, inject jam into said doughnuts. Remove and repeat. Very boring and monotonous until lack of concentration makes the job boring (into your hands) and mainlining (jam) - (I told you the pointy bits were very sharp) .

Could have been worse - at least it wasn't a lemon curd run....

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Thankfully....

I managed to avoid owning a machine with any of the win 95 to ME "Operating" Systems. My trusty 486 DX2 (Dos 6.22 Win 3.11) kept me going until I picked up an XP machine (Pentium III). At work was a different story and why 95 was ever put in a corporate environment I'll never know (such innocent times where security consisted of asking people to only ever do nice things).

I did have the misfortune of having to provide family IT support on a Win 98 SE machine - active desktop crashing, BSOD just because it hadn't BSOD'd for awhile, woeful drivers that caused more BSOD and dial-up internet (28.8) - what a great time to be young.......

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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It wasn't....

That long ago that individual road pricing was being mooted as the only way to pay for Galileo (the project has struggled for funding over the years and doesn't have a particularly good commercial use case) . Without the high precision military access hopefully the need for road pricing will now be dropped forever.

Yey Brexit :)

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I see a satellite of a man ... Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, that's now 4 sats fit to go

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Trade is not....

a zero sum game. Free trade can and does benefit both parties.

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UK judge appears in dock over Computer Misuse Act allegations

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Re: Quis ispos custodes ?

Missed opportunity to paraphrase an entire Monty Python scene.....

"Who the Guardians"?

"It says "Who guards the Guardians?"

"No it doesn't" and so on......

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Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

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Running at 33% in my house.....

Installed fine on my desktop but both alienware laptops are in the "update not available" stage after it was pulled due to the hybrid gpu issues.

My linux mint HTPC has been updated regularly without any issues time and time again.......

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A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash

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Re: QA, Testing and coding aside

So it was the corrected code that caused all the problems......

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ISP popped router ports, saving customers the trouble of making themselves hackable

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Soon to appear...

In a Monday El Reg - Who Me? article......

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

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I suspect....

The main purpose of Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Hey Google is in the collection of interaction data - to help form and inform the next level of AI. Any advantage to the "owner" of the device/app is purely coincidental. This being the case wouldn't it be better to have your voice pattern known during the early training stage for when the Skynet generation of devices takes over..... Maybe by having you voice associated with good pleasant things in the AI programming DNA at the primordial stage may prevent you being the "first against the wall when the revolution comes" ?

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London's Met Police: We won't use facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

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So they won't be using a

system with "a 98 per cent false positive rate" - so if it was only 97% they would have used it? How wrong does a system have to be before the MET will roll with it? For all we know though a 98% false positive rate is an improvement on traditional techniques.....

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Re: Basic or Full ?

Or the more likely options of full or “basic” aka full with a something to hide flag attached.......

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UK digital committee fumes: You didn't answer our questions, Facebook. (Psst. EU. Pass 'em on)

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Re: Guess what!

Makes a change from Dioxin and Salmonella laced food products we have to take from the EU... Kentucky Derby fried lasagna rather than eastern European horse meat anyone? I'm not sure why any CEO would appear for a dressing down if they don't have to?

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Re: Not a problem here.

One of my laptops has this behaviour - looks like it is an issue if you have a dedicated GPU as well as an iGPU. There is a solution - run the install but when it begins "installing" after downloading the update turn off the internet connection. Elegant it is not and I for one would have delayed the install had I known (foolishly updated the laptop after my desktop update with no problems (I don't use cortana or chrome on my desktop).

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Former Volkswagen CEO indicted over emission cheating conspiracy

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Re: Let's be clear. This has killed people prematurly.

Name 5.

This is about levels of NOx and NOx are irritants and may cause problems for asthmatics and others with pre-existing lung conditions - but are not toxic in themselves.

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Re: As per VW's human-guinea-pigs, he should be forced to breath-in exhaust fumes.

Meh - The EPA have been doing just that to volunteers:

https://eelegal.org/pm2-5-human-experimentation/

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