* Posts by A Non e-mouse

1601 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010

Astroboffins dig into the weird backwards orbit of the Bee-Zed asteroid

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Yeah, Bee-Zed is a real danger to the solar system with its potential to knock Jupiter out of its current orbit....

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Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

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@sarahhart Re: This is gonna suck.

I think the most important point you missed is that disabled people* generally don't want to have to depend on other people. Independence is something very powerful and precious to them.

*Not sure what the correct phrase or terminology is here, sorry. No offense intended.

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@DougS Re: This is gonna suck.

I think you'll find that Apple do something similar to Windows in that they ship a MacOS update that can initiate the UEFI update from within MacOS.

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Software glitch led to London Ambulance Service outage – report

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Re: Oracle "Recycle bin"

So you ask the database to delete something, then you have to ask the database to *really* delete it. And if you forget to ask the database to *really* delete it, the system will eventually crash as it fills up.

So what's the point of the first delete request?

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

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Oh, I really do think they need some education and they need another brick in their (fire)wall...

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India's Martian MOM clocks up 1,000 days circling the red planet

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Nice problem

"We expected it to only last 90 days, but after 1,000 days it's getting a little low on fuel".

In my books, that's a nice problem to have. Beers all round.

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Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

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Typical Big Corp

This type of behaviour is typical of any big corporation. They get so big that no-one can truly control the monster and each part is desperately trying to look after itself, rather than thinking of the bigger picture.

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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Re: How would Storm know?

Where I voted this time, the people queuing to collect their ballot papers could look over the shoulders of those voting. Definitely NOT a secret ballot.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

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Re: If a chick wants to get with me, she needs a big pair of swinging balls.

It looks like A/C's post has been removed by a moderator....

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Re: If a chick wants to get with me, she needs a big pair of swinging balls.

I'm hoping the Anonymous Coward was being sarcastic.

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Re: "de-toxing its culture"

I was on a management course a while back, and the instructor quoted various management gurus who all said that changing a corporation's culture is not a five minute job, but a multi-year process. I think he mentioned one example where a new CEO estimated it would take five years to make significant change to culture.

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Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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Re: The problem with 360 VR

Also remember that the resolution of the human eye, V1.0, is highest in the middle and decreases off to the sides.

Plus there's this hole just below the center, from where the optic nerve runs, which some clever image processing algorithm compensates for.

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BA passengers caught in crossfire of Heathrow baggage meltdown

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Hand luggage

The airport initially dealt with the issue by asking passengers [...] pack "essential items" in their hand luggage.

So security relaxed the rules on liquids being carried in the passenger cabin?

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Ye Bug List

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Re: @Drew Spurious Blank lines at end of comments

If someone at El Reg wants to, they can email me and I can send some screenshots.

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@Drew Re: Spurious Blank lines at end of comments

Not sure how to link to individual comments, but I'm seeing a couple of comments on this page alone.

Also, take a look at the first couple of posts on this article https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2017/06/14/uber_waymo_legal_battle_latest/

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Spurious Blank lines at end of comments

I've noticed the comments are starting to get spurious blank lines after them.

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Judge holds Uber's feet to the fire over alleged Waymo tech theft

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Judges

So why is Corley involved when it's Alsup's case? The article doesn't say she's hearing an appeal over an Alsup order.

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PCIe speed to double by 2019 to 128GB/s

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R/F Design

There must be some serious R/F design going on with those link speeds.

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

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Democracy

Once again, the British public demonstrate that they can't be trusted with democracy.

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Re: DUP not good on Cloud solutions?

Putting a webserver in the cloud doesn't suddenly make it automatically scale to 10, 100 or more, times the number of visitors.

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Forcing digital forensics to obey 'one size fits all' crime lab standard is 'stupid and expensive'

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Missing Graph

The second pie chart showing that 70% of companies have only spent up to £10K to become compliant could make people believe that compliance is fairly cheap. Instead, it could be that these companies have become compliant as it was cheap to do.

What would be really useful is a chart showing how much companies, who are not compliant, think it will cost them to become compliant.

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HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan

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Cloud is no panacea

ATO may like the look of cloud solutions, but cloud solutions still need properly designed & tested HA configurations.

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Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

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Change

I've heard various politicians saying we need radical change... because once there is a crisis [there are calls for] radical change... but probably what we need is gradual change.

No. What you really need is to be flexible and adaptable. It's much easier to cope with the unexpected if you're not set in certain ways.

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

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Re: Look

I recently read (or heard) about someone who has been suggesting such a scheme for a while.

I do wonder, though, how the smaller ship returns back to Earth after having caught up with the larger ship.

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Re: Bah!

Kicking out the students involved was not an intelligent way to go about this

Harvard's first priority is its reputation. If it doesn't have a good reputation, donations, rich parents sending their darlings there, etc. will soon dry up. Allowing students with such views in, would be a very brave (or foolish!) thing to do.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Bomb the terrorists!

May's third point is to rob terrorists of “safe spaces” in the real world. The PM said doing so will require military action in ISIS-controlled territory.

Because bombing the **** out of the middle east so far has worked so well to improve security in the world.

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Boffins find evidence of strange uranium-producing bacteria lurking underground

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Re: Domestos

I think you've missed SkippyBing's joke: By using bleach, you kill the bacteria that process the Uranium.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Electrical Interlocks

If... the power control software controlling the multiple feeds into the data centre didn’t get the switch between battery and backup generator supply right at the critical moment ... it could have resulted in both the battery supply and the generator supply being briefly connected in series to the power bus feeding the racks. That would result in the data centre’s servers being fed 480v instead of 240v...

There should be some serious interlocking going on to prevent two completely different power inputs being connected at the same time to the same load. If there isn't, someone has seriously screwed up on safety and you've got a *very* dangerous situation on your hands.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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...if you have not gone through Immigration you are consider legally outside of the US

Wasn't there a case of an executive who was transiting at a US airport. He came in from one country and going out to another, and not passing through US immigration. Yet, once he had disembarked his inbound flight, he was arrested and charged for actions that had happened (and were legal!) in another country.

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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

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Identity & Access Management

"Microsoft paved the way with Active Directory in the on-prem world..."

I'm sure Novell would disagree...

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Defend yourself against ISP tracking in an Trump-era free-for-all

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Ars Technica has just published an article about setting up your own VPN server.

arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2017/05/how-to-build-your-own-vpn/

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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Re: There is Testing it and there is Testing it

I think this is happening because IT is often siloed into "systems" (SAN, Networking, Servers, etc) rather than services. Which means that few (if any) people really knows how everything glues together.

(Anyone remember this IBM TV advert from a few years back...?)

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@John Smith 19 Re: "A modern airline is an IT business, one that just happens to fly aircraft. "

I wonder how many major lines of business have been so automated that manual reversion is simply impossible. I'm guessing the fruit and veg arms of all big supermarkets.

I read about the history of the LEO computer. Even back then, they realised that although this new fangled computer could improve things enormously, they were buggered if it went down. So they didn't go live with it until a second, backup, unit was in place.

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WannaLaugh? Funsters port WannaCrypt to Commodore, Cisco, Nintendo and Tesla

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Cisco Phone

They could at least have faked the right display settings for that Cisco handset. The 7942 only has a grey-scale display. The 7945 is the colour variant.

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Cloudflare doubles down on its troll-hunting crusade

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CloudFlare is going to launch a lobbying arm of Project Jengo that will focus on supporting state-level politicians who draft legislation...

Soooo..... Cloudflare are going to "buy" politicians.

I didn't think that was how democracy was supposed to work?

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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

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iPlayer Radio

I'm getting nagged that I'll need to login to use the iPlayer app on my phone to listen to the radio. You don't need a TV license to listen to radio, so why do I need to login to prove I have a TV license?

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Orbital boffins cut four years off NASA mission to shiniest object in the Solar System

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Re: Shiniest?

I suppose it depends if you define a shiny object as being a reflector or an emitter of light. Ol' Sol is a very good emitter of light, but I'm not sure how reflective of light it is.

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Details?

It would be nice if there were some details on the difference between the two trajectories. I had a quick look at the NASA site and could only see the original press release.

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Decommissioning

The big bogey men with nuclear power generation are decommissioning costs and dealing with the left-over radioactive waste. Just look at all the nuclear debris lying around Sellafield at the moment.

Either we need a commercially viable way to clean up the waste, or, even better, not generate any radioactive waste at all.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: get ready for “what's your e-mail address?” from counter staff

Remember, corporate policy isn't the fault of the kid running the POS.

I think this is very important to remember. The people on the tills (Or at the end of the phone for cold calls) are not the ones making the decisions. By all means be firm, but keep it polite. They're humans too. How would you like it if some gobby stranger started swearing at your kids doing a Saturday job?

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How good are selfies these days? Good enough to fool Samsung Galaxy S8 biometrics

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Three pillars of identity

This (and all the other form of biometric & password hacks) is why security should be made of three things:

- Something you know (a passswod)

- Something you have (a piece of hardware)

- Something you are (Biometrics)

Any one on its own is not strong enough.

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Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

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The real issue

The real issue that El Reg hasn't mentioned, is why did the company only have comms with one telco? Surely if the system is that critical, it would have had resilient/diverse connectivity via several telcos?

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Cisco's servers are stuck in limbo, look likely to stay there

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Expensive & not sysadmin friendly

We were brainwashed to buy a couple of Cisco servers a while ago. They're expensive for what they are, include zero support out of the box and from a sysadmins view, they're not the greatest. Remote management requires Flash *AND* Java, and they just refused to boot with the Intel NICs we put in them. (Our Dell servers work fine with said same Intel NICs)

Cisco used to claim having special sauce to enable bigger memory setups, but nowadays, they're just another tin vendor. Against the likes of Dell, I see no reason to buy Cisco servers.

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ICO fines telco £100k for 3.2m mobile phone text spamhammer

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Re: cheep at thrice the price

Beat me to it. At that price, companies can just factor the fine into their business model.

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Travel IT biz reportedly testing 100TB SSDs

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Cost

Any how much are all these SSDs going to cost?

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Train station's giant screens showed web smut at peak hour

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Some tube platforms have overhead projectors for showing adverts when there's no train at the platform. And some escalators on the tube now have LCD screens for displaying adverts, rather than old fashioned posters.

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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I think you're being a bit hard on Microsoft.

XP Was released in 2001 and mainstream support ended in 2009 - that's 8 years of main official support. Then, there was extended support (Patches only) 'till 2014. So that's 13 years (give or take a few months) in which Microsoft supported XP. (I'm ignoring the custom support companies could pay large amounts of money for post 2014)

XP's successor, Windows 7, has been out since 2009. So companies have had around 8 years to move from XP to 7, with an overlap of five years between XP & Windows 7. (Corporate tend to have a three-five year refresh cycle for desktop hardware)

According to Google, it is estimated that around 400 million copies of XP were sold in its first five years. Estimates as to the total number of licenses sold appear to exceed 1 billion. And that's not accounting for all the dodgy versions out there. So even if there are "millions" of XP installations out there, that's possibly just a single percentage of all the XP licenses ever sold.

In this situation, I think Microsoft have been quite fair.

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Amazon's Alexa is worst receptionist ever: Crazy exes, stalkers' calls put through automatically

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Who's in charge here: The user or the device?

Surely the device should be designed to make using it easy for the user.

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For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge

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That's different: That's a plain and simple copyright violation.

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'Judge Java' to sueball-slinging smut studio: Test your pirate-hunting tools or walk the plank

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From his other work (Oracle Vs Google, Prenda, Google Vs Uber, SCO Vs IBM) Alsup appears to be a judge who knows his onions and doesn't take kindly to being jerked around.

If I ever met him, I'd like to buy him a beer - but that might get me in trouble for trying to bribe a judge.

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