* Posts by heyrick

3159 posts • joined 20 Dec 2009

UK.gov: You can't have our drone test results because... er, security

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The study's authors could not find a way to launch a 4-kilogram drone against an aircraft windscreen

Conclusion - if a test cannot mange to launch an actual drone at the windscreen of a non-flying aircraft, the chances are that real drones messing with real aircraft are pretty slim (speed, size, air turbulence...).

Instead, we must surely outlaw hastily cobbled together fake "drones".

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Firefox is dead

They're killing off XUL extensions and looking to do the nowhere-near-as-capable WebExtensions.

In other words, it'll mutate into a second rate Chrome clone. WTF? If we wanted Chrome we'd already be using it.

https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2016/11/23/add-ons-in-2017/

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: Jesus, NO!

"approximately 50% of people just reading this comments section find it offensive, then there is sufficient reason for it to be banned."

I bet right now around 50% find Brexit offensive. Can we ban that? I'm sure far more people don't want to watch Songs Of Praise than do. Can we ban that? I bet it would be hard to get a huge number of people who would like to see Islam banned. Can we? Can we ban Trump?

Hyperbole, but the point is that arbitrarily banning what annoys is is no solution at all. Better to come to a compromise of sorts. I accept that "you" (whoever you may be) want to get your next nicotine hit by vaping. Granted, it's a lot better than smoking, however please accept that I find such a thing distracting and annoying so kindly go do it in another room. Okay?

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Re: Jesus, NO!

"Can you please define the "proper" way to quit smoking?"

Watching somebody nearly die appears to have that effect. At work, a previous big boss was a chain smoking bundle of stress. So it probably shouldn't have been a surprise when he had a heart attack in the middle of Yet Another Meeting. The first aider was a section boss not unlike a big boss in the making. Dealing with it, seeing it, plus accompanying big boss in the ambulance right to the door of the operating theatre...

Let's just say section boss quit smoking that very same day and made a ton of lifestyle changes. He doesn't get stressed by every little problem any more and he certainly seems like a happier person.

There's no "proper" way to quit smoking, but seeing something awful happen to a person they're destined to turn into might be sufficient impetus to change things before it's them on the operating room table.

Note - I'm am aware that this is more about a life filled with stress rather than direct tobacco related issues. The guy had a heart attack, not lung cancer. But serious medical issues do happen to smokers (the packets aren't even remotely subtle at pointing this out).

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Re: *Real* programmers don't smoke... or vape.

Until, that is, said programmers meet management, in which case smoking/gaping is an acceptable substitute for hard drugs.

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Re: Jesus, NO!

"This is the 21st century" ... which means little in this world with people pushing for creationalism to be taught in schools in preference to our best guesses about evolution, plus a long procession of "fake news" which makes it ever harder to work out what's true and what isn't...and leave you wondering why you even care any more.

If you want to start a discussion relating to "fact", don't begin by saying "This is the 21st century" as if the passage of time makes us smarter. There's plenty of evidence to the contrary.

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Grrrr, it's NOT vaping

There's no vapour. It is the solution (the e-liquid) in an atomised form.

Yeah, yeah, I'll go get my coat...

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Re: Jesus, NO!

"I get not liking the smell, but I don't get why people refuse to acknowledge that there is no evidence that vaping is dangerous at all,"

Hang on, isn't that what "they" said about tobacco cigarettes for years until the masses of actual evidence became to great to ignore?

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Forgotten your Myspace password? Just a name, username, DoB will get you in – and into anyone else's, too

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Re: Schrödinger's Account ...

Ditto. I had a MySpace account a long time ago, but I thought they did something stupid like throw away everybody's content? So I just didn't bother logging in anymore...

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Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

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Chuck You Farely ?

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

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The perfect critter

Armoured skin, clingy claws, front mounted cannon... It's basically a biological Tachikoma. What's not to like?

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

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Re: Signed Integer

"So you can represent dates before 1970."

Which would be good if it worked... Many moons ago I wrote some code to deal with ages. It worked fine for me, I was born in '73. My friend can along and broke it (born in '68) and there was no way the library was going to accept anything before 1970. In the end I wrote my own time library counting minutes from 1900 (seconds weren't relevant).

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Insurers may have to adjust policies to reflect 'silent' cyber risks

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That said... Maybe the "cyber" (people still use that word?!) risk payouts should come from the bloody large fines dropped onto companies that are lax with their so-called security. Fines need to hurt if they're going to have any effect, otherwise such things will just be factored into the cost of doing business.

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Summing this article in one sentence

"We think we've found a semi plausible reason to extract more money (and urine) from our clients."

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Former GCHQ boss backs end-to-end encryption

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I think you'll find that the opposition is also largely in favour of this nonsense

You know, I have difficulty imagining that the current leader of the opposition even knows what a computer is...

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But he's a former GCHQ boss.

And she's been a (bloody awful) HomeSec for quite a while before her current position.

Taunting an active or former spook is daft. Taunting the (active or former) boss spook is insane.

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FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

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There is a dark evil danger to the big uptake of HTTPS

An increasing number of public WiFi APs (hello KFC Laval, I'm calling you out on this) will push a dodgy certificate if you try to access an SSL page. The less geeky might accept this and fail to realise that the AP, no doubt for shitty copyright infringement reasons, has just dropped a MitM on them and they have immediately compromised all of the security that HTTPS is commonly understood as offering. Log into Amazon? Your bank? Congrats, the AP could be logging it all or passing metadata on somewhere else.

Here's what happened a couple of years ago when I visited Google at the aforementioned KFC. http://i.imgur.com/aXz8A8I.png

Now I use my phone as a personal AP and avoid public hotspots.

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Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month

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So, am I missing something?

Google's efforts to deal with the problem of "fake news" is to make bots to create even more?

Still, this might be an issue to an American. I struggle to see how Google can hope to challenge the likes of the Daily Mail that have been regurgitating alternative facts for years.

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European MPs push for right to repair rules

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A smartphone should be as fixable as a refrigerator

And who fixes their fridge? I mean proper fix, not just changing the light bulb...

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El Reg partners with Action for Children to give IT industry an uncomfortable night

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Re: Austerity is violence

"Not this, not anything.

Fair comment, but that doesn't mean we can't at least attempt to make the mental stresses a tiny bit less shitty. Sometimes self worth can receive a useful boost when a person without any sees random people doing something to try to help, it's like they're not just alone and forgotten.

You're right, it won't solve much, but given that I believe one of the main reasons that certain extremely rich people pushed Brexit so hard in their media outlets is exactly because they want the EU to leave their tax dodging alone and they will later want to lobby for fewer employee rights without that pesky EU thing getting in the way... Hell's going to freeze before anything is done about tax evasion and to be brutally frank, this whole thing is destined to get worse. But that shouldn't stop anybody from helping now.

Oh, and AC sixth post down (that hates children) - fuck off. I tried to think of a polite way to phrase it, then I read your post again and decided that, yup, that's exactly the response you deserve.

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One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

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Re: KATIE Hopkins Is FRIEND KF AMONERIC

Amanfrommars you aren't.

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Re: Proposal for El Reg CMS Enhancement

The article was a bit brain melting, but hey, we get to dump on Hopkins, so that's okay...

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Wanna tap 3 MEELLION phone calls? All it takes is one measly warrant

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Re: Did you know...

...just click on anybody's name...

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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That's a very restrained response from NASA

"You gotta be fucking kidding me!" is what they should have said. It's what I would have said. Hell, it's what I am saying...

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It's the thought that counts: Illinois emits 'no location stalking' law

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"Getting permission to collect the location data will require a company to state exactly how they plan on collecting the data and what they plan on using it for."

My Xperia Mini Pro used to say "Will collect anonymous data while using GPS. Data transmission charges may apply." If you agree, everything worked. If you disagreed, GPS would not be enabled.

I used to wonder how this was legal in the EU. No indication of who, what, when, how much, rights, privacy policy... And certainly no indication beforehand that an important part of device functionality was effectively disabled unless you "agree" to this unknown data collection by unknown organisations for unknown reasons.

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How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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Re: DevOps!=Bullshit (at least some of the time)

"What that means is that the team was responsible for the product. From building it to deploying it to supporting it."

I find it scary that a product may have multiple teams working on different aspects of said product - that some build it, some other supports it... does everybody have to know the product inside out? Wouldn't it be better for the same team to know and support their own product?

Maybe that explains why there's so much awfulness going on right now with worms and hacks and other nasties. Too many people too disconnected from the software...?

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

"If you're describing what you want and then a system implements it and makes sure it stays implemented..."

Isn't that what Quality Assurance is supposed to be about?

Okay, I see. ISO9001 was horrible and your Quality Manual could be lousy and nonsense but that didn't matter so long as it was followed without deviation. Now I understand. All the chancers involved in Quality have rebranded themselves as DevOps, right?

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O Rly? O'Reilly exits direct book sales

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Re: As long as they're still publishing dead tree books ...

"these days I use phablet which acts as book reader"

When you're coding some low level stuff and your system documentation comes in three huge volumes, there's no amount of electronic gizmos that can top having the book on the desk beside you with a dozen post it notes in the important places.

A few years ago, I'd have paid a company to print my SoC documentation given that PDF was the only option, but since I didn't create it myself, nobody wanted to touch it. :(

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Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

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Re: So, so wrong

You'd rather they run Windows 10 with all the "telemetry"?

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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Re: If you were to invent a really great device...

"If one were to ask anyone on the street whether they'd pay £280 per year to use Google search, maps, mail and a few other websites, having already spent £700 on a phone, I doubt there'd be many takers."

There. Fixed that for you.

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Re: Pesky Euros

"You are assuming that these foreigners will be willing to pay."

I wasn't aware that legislation was optional (except for the wealthy). Many have already paid for a useless thing, and will be expected to pay some more.

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Re: Tax Dodging

"then why the heck are we leaving the EU anyway?"

Because the "real elite" (think of media moguls and owners/editors of certain Tory friendly newspapers) didn't want the EU to pry into their tax evasion?

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"Nope, they were all pretty much the same at the time. What Google got right was dealing with scammers in the days when Altavista,"

Google was much faster. Not at searching...well, it might have been, but nobody is going to care about a few milliseconds when it takes a minute to get the bloated page into your computer. Google's page was small, concise, and exactly streamlined for the internet as it was back then - through dial up modems running at speeds that ... wait... doesn't the girl in the movie "Hackers" gush over a computer that is now comically obsolete?

So as a person with a dial up to a point of presence, there was a notable difference in Google and Altavista. Altavista was more powerful with its boolean operators, but Google was so very much faster. I look at Google's page now, and it seems like a joke. And as for the searches? Google is getting much better at failing to find what I'm looking for, and when in doubt, it'll offer a bunch of irrelevant StackOverflow links...

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Re: European competition

"Well, I have some web site at https://meshpage.org which can compete against youtube in technology."

No.

Not really.

Browser: SLOW (webassembly missing => asmjs fallback used)

At which point your site tried to hit me with around 14MB of JavaScript. Two minutes later, was still waiting. I gave up. My rural broadband is pretty lame, but I ought to be able to pull 14MB much faster than that.

YouTube, in technology, doesn't complain that my browser doesn't support certain recent features - it still has Flash as a playback option if the HTML5 video isn't supported. It also gets itself going fairly quickly.

I also wonder how that site and its bandwidth would scale if there were twenty billion kitten videos and one Korean bloke that broke all the counters...

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Re: Pesky Euros

"Except that since the deal with the DUP"

Already sorted. The price for the I'm-Legally-Allowed-Here cards will be £286 each. How do I calculate this? Easy. One billion quid to the DUP, divided by three and a half million foreigners. Sorted.

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Re: Possible solution

...might encourage the EU to start developing it's own services instead of everybody relying upon the caprices of an American company, and then moaning about it.

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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I have used NMFP in the past. Not My {choose appropriate word} Problem".

Also LASH (Lazy Ass Shit Here) for those things that are somebody else's responsibility but they're trying to push it on to me...

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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????

I live in a farmhouse in France which is at the end of a long line of overhead three phase. When the kettle goes on, the power drops from around 225V to about 190V. The water pump (2kW) kicking in makes the lights flicker. Shall I go on? Let's just say sometimes the LED light in my lamp starts acting weird due to the lack of power...

My Pi doesn't reboot, neither does my PC. Nor the router. Nor the NAS. Nor.........

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Remind me...

...why is this so-called company not being done for fraud and deception?

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Re: Code-aware editor and diffs would be nice

"I would like the editor to have a "presentation" mode where it shows the code as I want it formatted

That would be lovely. No more fretting over the insane and incorrect things people do with the curly braces...

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earn!=paid

"Earn" is the nice figure that is dangled like the proverbial carrot.

"Paid" is what you end up with after all the many deductions.

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"Then you have very poor tools.

Uh... It can be changed you know, including a mode where tab will line up with whatever is on the previous line.

The two points were - firstly it doesn't matter how many spaces there may be, the code will look the same in every editor (unless you code using a proportionally spaced font!) as the space character is a known entity. Saying "tab is tab" is akin to "Brexit means Brexit" - what is it exactly? Two columns? Three? Four? Eight? It needs to be figured out if it was written in an editor at up didn't to the one you're using, and as I pointed out, I have seen older code written in different editors in its life where tabs meant different things in the same file.

And secondly, the point was just because you prefer spaces doesn't mean you need to repeatedly type them. Any useful editor will permit the tab key to insert your preferred number of spaces, in my case that's three...

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*Must* be spaces. When working with code you didn't write, you quickly grow tired of working out what the tab width is supposed to be to fix the code, and yet worse, code of vintage might have been passed through several editors arriving at different tab widths in the same file. Yuck.

LOL at the suggestions to use Tab because mashing the Space key is a lot more effort. When I press Tab, the editor inserts exactly three spaces. No more, no less. Furthermore, using Delete on leading whitespace will back up by a Tab's width each time.

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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

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Re: Typical.

"How so?"

Roaming doesn't cost "nothing", fair enough.

But on the other hand, if two British people in Nantes call each other, do you really think the call goes to the UK and back? Don't be ridiculous.

So why were we being charged is if it did?

Various home and mobile data tariffs have already shown that it is simple and effective to video call anybody anywhere in the world as part of the tariff. Your bytes don't cost more going to Japan or New Zealand than ones going to Wales. As such, I agree with another poster - the cash cow has gone. It's been pulped and turned into budget burgers.

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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

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Re: Music to developer profile

"thinks he moves like Jagger, but actually moves like Merkel."

Thanks a lot. Now there's tea all over the table and bloody management smirking at me cleaning up the mess...

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Mood music

If I'm coding for fun, I'll be listening to Kalafina.

If I'm debugging, Nightwish.

If I'm debugging somebody else's code, Sarah McLachlan.

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

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Re: So what about false positives?

If your content was erased, you're clearly doing something wrong...

...and if not, the law can be adjusted accordingly.

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Raspberry Pi sours thanks to mining malware

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Re: "...it's a sufficiently common devuce..."

Covfefe?

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

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Re: When I was a lad ....

"Round The Twist" - recently got the DVD box set, to happily remember one of the craziest shows of my (late) childhood.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: Ship of Theseus

Is it the same woman if some of her parts have been upgraded?

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