* Posts by F Seiler

155 posts • joined 20 May 2007


Florida man stumbles on biggest prime number after working plucky i5 CPU for 12 days straight

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Well, AFAICT it begins with a 1, but the tricky part ist probably getting the length of the remainder FFFFFF.... right

Former headteacher fined £700 after dumping old pupil data on server at new school

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Re: Costs of £364.08

Likely the result of a factor applied on the total or a part.

It is for example 148% of 246 (resp. 26% off of 492).

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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Re: How to land humans on the Moon again ...

Nice, made me laugh.

This may indeed be true for an American programme, but i don't think 13 is particularly unlucky in China (and 4 is past).

Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination

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Re: I never even noticed

Now you made me curious. What a progress.

Hexchat with 13 channels across 3 networks eats less than 0.01% (left idle, up to 6% by busily tabbing between channels) and 14mb ram, and that's on windows. Something like bitchx in its native habitat probably eats not even a fraction of that.

Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

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Re: Another wee problemette...

FB could only use the uploaded nude as an authorization token (face-checked against existing tagged photos or some such) to block all nudes tagged with your profile name on other profiles. After the outcry, version 2 would then give you the opportunity to allow select profiles to post nudes of you again.

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

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Re: Except for mobile

Last time i saw something called "mobile" with coax plugs was in military, and we didn't run DOCSIS on it.

SQL Server 2017: What's new, what's missing on Linux, and what's next?

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Re: Why would you ever want to run SQL Server on Linux?

I would expect them to have isolated the platform specific code parts, as the Sos thing seems to imply. So their core is presumably the same, but this of couse does not prevent them from neglecting the "tuning" on Linux

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Re: ''Various flavours of Linux''

Not sure where all the downvotes derive from. At least in my industry, static linking as much as possible (ie everything but libc+pthread/msvc*) is the sensible thing to do. But thats a highly regulated industry where post final build, a new version can take weeks to months and i guess six or seven figure monies until it can be shipped in any market. After that it should be frozen, but with the bad bad internet you still have to accept that turning off o/s security updates is probably not the best option and hope for the relevant authorities to accept the o/s somewhat changes underneath (bar APIs, i hope).

So, upvoted

Citrix swats Sweet32 bug by just turning off old ciphers

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Re: Just because the bugs are fixed...

Your post holds for about every single patch, but it can't be stressed enough.

Theoretical patch/updateability may actually be counter-productive where it really matters, because it may be an incentive to carelessness or cost cutting at release while critical systems often cannot "just update" without considerable costs and interrupting service. Ianal, but something might need to be recertified, years and milions spent.

Larry Ellison today said really nice things about rival Amazon's cloud

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I have only worked for a year with an oracle db and generally are not a db guy (more image processing, physics simulation, hardware control etc), but what i gathered back then was oracle can be a beast in db performance. Features ... errr, dunno but in my eyes they are all about being fast at relational queries.

A) how do you brag about that other than comparing to how others do on that very same field

B) i can see them actually doing extremely well in /that/ field also in the cloud, but hypy things like big data seems to be about unstructured data.

dunno why; the things i would guess the most valuable for business intelligence, where probably the money lies, /should/ be structured to have value. IOW, if oracle manages to offer relevant help at BI also with "AI" (tho i still shudder at the thought of "pretrained" AI models to use in BI) they should be set up good to help others make money (in contrast to sink money into hype).

Disclaimer of course i'm no expert on any of this, just seeing +/- from the sidelines what some few companies in one very specific field (medtech) are interested in/struggle with, apart from the -inherent to that field- "how do we remain or even get compliant to the gazillon and ever changing regulations".

We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: Let me get this right...

That last sentence there is pretty golden.

Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Re: *yawn*


The "action" command. It deducts one point from your soul per use.

Stress me, test me, vex me ... boffins seek Hall Effect in frustrated magnets

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Re: I don't know about quantum stuff, but I do know about frustration

Not sure if those were not already used to power Marvin.

Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Re: Its the kernel

I'd have thought software engineers typically escaped that war, only having left the energy to mock the systems they use themselves.

What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Well, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+Break are not exactly the same. From memory so may be be not fully correct, but something like one will only cancel the current call or loop iteration while the other will abort the entire script.

Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

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Re: Use gift cards.

>> Last Modified: Jul 14, 2014

Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Simply buy it for yourself. Then the cat will use it.

As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: Are you insane?

I'm not going to vote either way, but think the "synchronization" list filled with functions that deal within the same process. As such they better not actually switch to kernel mode to do their magic and thus can be implemented by anyone else without additional win API support. I prefer to use the C++ language features (where available, and newer versions really add a lot of useful stuff in that regard) than bolting myself onto the win API very firmly. Of course MS's stdlib may or may not use the win API calls under the hood. Or the win API functions use their stdlib under the hood, who knows.

Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Re: recording prevention tabs etc.

you know just a bit of scotch tape over the holes would have done the job as well (and can easily be dis/reengaged as needed)

Battery-boosting breakthrough grows on trees – literally

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Re: Scientific research is shit

i suspect the sceptical reactions are more out of frustration that the advancement here is not as fast as the doubling everything every few years software people have been spoiled with. And that this now limits how wasteful you can be on mobile gadgets.

Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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Re: @ The Axe

..or 4 versions of visual studio, each complete with half a dozen links named the same for the most part. Well except if you started with "v", you lost because although the folder and all other links might start with "visual studio", the main IDE itself is named "microsoft visual studio XXXX".

Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: "a slight catch"

the "catch" on the camera sounded so obviously sarcastic i'm not even sure it wasn't meant as is

Big browser builders scramble to fix cross-platform zero-day flaw

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Re: I explain the graphs as MS making a much more secure browser this month

"primarily intended for use in phishing attacks rather than giving access to full systems"

OK maybe i should wait until details are out, but "phishing" sounds like a bain attack, not a system attack.

A browser can't really defend against that *unless* it phones home all the time in order to block what its home base considers insecure.

Not exactly what i want my browser to do.

(I use varous versions of FF at home, as far back as 3.0.x {ofc always with NS and AB}, use IE at work, but chrome? uuuuhhh)

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Re: How about the REST of the "Browsers"?

uh, why exactly are you using an "internet security" package? is it like "anti virus", i.e the same kind of cycle burner?

Door creaks and girl farts: computing in the real world

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Re: insist on the Source Code?

there are both cases of course. It's apallingly clear that you can't force such a company, but it's doubly blind if you don't insist on the code where you actually could, just to save a few bucks or have easier negotiations in the short term.

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Re: RE: what else do you want - parallel printer ports?

yeah it's funny how how some "tech" people think how computing is reinvented every two years. Funny again how most of the most fundamental algorithms and protocols i actually make use of were developed mostly somewhere around 20 years before i was even born.

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Re: RE: what else do you want - parallel printer ports?

upvoted, not because i'm an "open source" advocat, but because buying binary can lead to some unfortunare circumstances where you are forced to a) hack around failings in the manu firmware and b) are either forced to threat them to kill if they dont give out source/permission to hack or b2) buy the company as a whole.

All because someone thought it was ok to buy in custom drivers without insisting on the source code and the manu is incapable to fix the problems by themselves (i.e driving multiple cards in the same device; not related to parallel ports but close).

Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

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Re: Irfanview

Irfan View: more of a viewer with limited editing

(fast start, can set minimal interface, walk folders with space/backspace, crop, rotate, adjust curves/gamma/brightness, *no* drawing (lines etc), supports something like 9000+ formats e.g. also custom specified raw interpretation)

Paint.net: more of a lightweight editor ("mini-PS/PSP")

you know what it is

I use

-Irfan for viewing, batch conversion, simple stuff like rotate and resize photos

-PDN for labeling stuff on screenshots, collages (at work)

Samsung outs 'retina display' ARM chippery

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OTOH, often-used antialising does render at higher-than-screen-res, then scale down (interpolate) to make the jaggies less visible.

If your screen has twice the pixel/mm you can probably dial down the AA-ing by a factor 2.

So you render at the same resolution as before, have a little crisper image at the risk that people might be able to make out the jaggies a little better (or just not so, because the single pixel is too damn small and looks exactly the same as the larger interpolated value pixel before).

Muvizu animation suite

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i cannot conclusively deny that there could be a use case for this, but my first thought after a hope of "bender for the lazy" on the title was "3D clipart".

Java's 'Steve Jobs' moment in 2012?

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If only the hipsters stopped inserting random silly featlets everyone will have forgotten about in 5 or 10 years, it might someday become almost as respectable as C.

/not so sure about whether i should add the joke icon too, or i'm actually serious.

Give me 10 gig Ethernet now!

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I was downvoting AC, not you.

Probably should have made that clear.

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Since i downvoted your post i feel the need to explain.

I'm not a backup guy, but i can assure you that a decent network link will provide you with close to spec transfer rates for gigbit/s links. We have cameras on 1Gbit reliably transferring somewehre around 110 to 120 million bytes per second (~90-95% of spec) of payload (pretty incompressible image data) over a single gigabit link (on "prosumer" intel/pro PC pci-e cards and windows xp).

One thing to be *very* aware of is however collisions. If you have a dedicated point to point link this is fine. But as soon as you have anyone else interrupting, throughput crashes - like divide by factors, not just subtract a bit IME.

Scientists devise 260GB CD-size glass disc storage tech

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oh, a title

If the US experiments with jumbojet-sized lasers for such, i doubt a shoebox device (LED laser source?) is sufficient. Of course there is a possibility they choose to use the big ones for show effect.

Nokia posts massive loss, blames 'ambiguity'

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thanks for clarifying this

Sometimes with english texts i'm unsure which symbols are used for decimal and which for thousand seperators.

So, it wasn't immediately clear to me whether their income came from the coffee machine in the break room or whether they once sold a sandwich to a visitor while coffee is free.

Wireless networking without paying The Man, man

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not read into it

but i'd have assumed this standard is physical or at most link layer, not network layer (IP) and up (TCP).

LulzSec pwns pron site

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oh, a title

>I don't think they should have to explain anything.

Probably they should not be using their job email for it, rather random webby or private (unless of course their interest in porn is professional).

Antimatter hangs around at CERN

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oh, a title

i think we can safely assume the CRT existed before star trek

PS3s overheat after firmware update

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i cannot completely rule out my PS3 ate the pet rabbit one of my neighbours misses since yesterday while updating to the new firmware, since that also happened yesterday.

How to choose the right screen size

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reporting in

D = 0.988m for my 25.something" (H=345mm measured) 1920x1200 (0.2875mm high pixels) computer display i watch TV and most movies on.

For other things i sit about 0.6m from it, but leaning back for movies gives 1.10m, well close to what the formula tells me to do.

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re your rant

The only 3d-display experience i have is from CAVE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_Automatic_Virtual_Environment), and there i always felt disappointed, until one day during setup i saw it cycling through setting for different assumptions of eye-to-eye distance. At about twice the usually assumed distance it looked amazing, though definitly not "right" :)

So i'm definitly not blind to that "3d" effect but my brain seems to automatically expect anything on a screen to be 2d (resp. ignore "3d" if it is) unless it is severly exaggerated (to the point where i would get sick had i to sit through a whole movie at that setting).

Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5

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oh, a title

>>It's so bad I'm actually thinking of downgrading.

i LOLed a little. It makes downgrading sound like a severe offence.

Often enough can't be arsed to even update if stuff already works. After all i don't find it a particular pleasure to update every software every forthnight.

Nutter preflames El Reg 'cockheads'

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re: no comments

I always assumed that was a rather obvious form of sadism

UK's oldest working telly up for sale

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hard to believe true in the general case

Maybe i didn't really undestand what you want to point out, but..

Given that MPEG transport streams contain presentation timestamps on all content frames it is hard to believe that all of them would be unable to present stuff at the time specified in the stream, that is, not be proper MPEG decoders. And the clock has some quite high frequency (90MHZ IIRC) so it seems unprobable to be a source of inaccuracy or visible/audible jitter.

Of course if the program is already broadcast with desync, the TV doesn't magically know how to fix that :)

Australians can’t read or count

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oh, a title

In my mostly engineering work environment, i don't think i could reliably identify a single person who has never made made a mistake with numbers or never had difficulties properly understanding a paper.

Firefox 4 debuts: The last kitchen sink release

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tried it only biefly at work so far

No big difference so far. Media and JS heavy pages i try to stay away from anyway.

But the aggregation of "firefox menu button" and tab headers into the title bar seems to cancel out on loading pages (at least some, i din't bother to investigate), leaving the UI with more top-of-the-page overhead (namely an empty toolbar or something) than i had before in the previous versions.

I tend to customize it so that there is few UI left and this was nicely taken over on the update - until that said canceling out.

XP by the way, maybe it has something to do with the XP titlebar not friendly to such unexpected customisation :)

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oh, a title

reverse direction, i'd rather have the web 2001 than the web 2011.

(and still prefer XP over 7 but i'm no longer overly religiouos about that and have started to accept that sad joke of UI)

Spooks' secret TEMPEST-busting tech reinvented by US student

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oh, a title

When they ask to keep it a secret - no.

That's just the trade with patents, you get protection for some time with the tradeoff that you must (publicly) describe what you want protection for.

Firefox: freedom's just another word for 'kerching!'

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a last-resort option?

the idea of increasing traffic (noise!) on the net to obscure your identify feels wrong to me.

Windows hits 25

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While i understood what he meant the first time, it severly stalled my reading for a moment - during which i wondered whether el reg at least receives money for mentioning the name of the new owner whose almost-screen-sized logo now on the installer seems to me like the so far only contribution to virtualbox.


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