* Posts by A Non e-mouse

1690 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Delivery

But can Musk actually deliver the trunks? Tesla are having enough problems just trying to make their current range of cars, let alone expand production to a new class of vehicle.

16
0

Ads watchdog tells Plusnet: There's no way unlimited business broadband costs £4.50

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Advert aimed at grown-ups

You have to remember that a "business user" doesn't just mean companies with thousands of employees and a dedicated IT team, but small companies with just one or two employees. Those employees probably know an awful lot about their field of work, but no more than the average consumer about IT.

28
1

Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Removing Copper

The problem with removing the old copper cabling, is that you can't remove a copper cable until EVERY service has been removed from it. But to do that, you need to have installed all the fibre in the first place.

3
0

Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Big Pie

Still needs a bit of work to catch up with Steve Fuber's Spinnaker ARM cluster. At the last count upto 500,000 ARM cores.

5
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Down votes

I think some peoples sarcasm detectors need re-calibrating this morning...

19
0

Microsoft, Intel cook kit to secure firmware in servers and beyond

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

CPU?

Before you worry about device firmwares, you need to go further down the stack and fix the CPU.

8
1

You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Flame

Terrorists

A couple of people have mentioned the theory that the FBI need to get into the phone to see if the shooter had any contacts with terrorists.

What evidence is there that the shooter might have had contact with terrorists? None. Absolutely none.

Terrorism is the excuse that governments are using to exert more and more control over the population. If you speak out against the government's "war on terror", in the eyes of the government, you're practically a terrorist yourself.

19
0

Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Where are they moving to?

This can cause brain aches!

A good starting point is understanding the Observable Universe.

5
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
WTF?

Confused

According to this Hubble press release, they spotted the galaxy MACS0647-JD when it was just 420 millions years old. Which seems younger than G09 83808 by around half a billion years.

Can someone clever explain what's going on here?

0
0

Apache OpenOffice: We're OK with not being super cool... PS: Watch out for that Mac bug

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

It's all well and good saying that, unlike other office suites, you'll support older platforms. But if you barely have enough people to run the project, surely the wise option is the opposite: Only support the current ones (and as few of them as possible)

LWN article on the problems AOO is having.

4
1

Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: "... sympathy for trainees cocking up a landing, ..."

See previous El Reg article on the matter: The poor drones struggle with a phenomenon called "rain".

7
0

Astroboffins spot a fat 'monster' ALIEN planet terrorizing tiny dwarf

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: They should call the big one Planet Weinstein...

I'd say that's insulting to the plant. I think the planet & its star are on better terms than Weinstein and some of his past acquaintances...

5
0

Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Not new

This isn't new. The airline industry has the same problem. When the autopilot switches off due to a problem, the pilots have no idea what's going on and make bad decisions.

47
0

Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Hardly a surprise...

David Nutt is who you are thinking about.

8
0

Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Whisky Class

Maybe they just adapted a Whiskey class boat to test the new propulsion system with? If the modifications aren't too big, it would help keep the cost of the prototype down rather than designing a boat from square one.

5
0

Roaming charges drop smacks O2 daddy Telefonica in the profits

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: 3

I used to be on Three as they had by far the best data packages. I ended up leaving 'cause I just couldn't get signal with them.

0
0

Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Rendevous with Rama

I think that's what Big John (above) was referring to...

25
0

UK's NHS to pilot 'Airbnb'-style care service in homeowners' spare rooms

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: And of course...

From a safeguarding viewpoint, this sounds like a massive no-no. If you've ever attended a course on child or vulnerable adult safeguarding, you'll know that the general rule is: Don't be alone with them. That means you need two people to look after the one patient.

7
0

Fines for crossing roads while TXTing enacted in Honolulu

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Flame

If people crossing a road engrossed in their mobile device cause an accident they should pay all the costs. If that doesn't teach them, give immunity to any car driver that knocks one over. Darwinism should soon alter the gene pool.

14
2

Google: We don't have a quantum computer yet, but we have a compiler

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Happy

Re: Hello World

I think you need to start with a nice strong cup of tea...

1
0

Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Pixies?

If a machine can't boot its OS, you need something running under the operating system, at the chipset firmware level, to recover the box.

Er, isn't this what PXE booting is for?

20
2

Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

It's issues such as this (and the EU ruling that Safe Harbour wasn't very safe) that's prompted companies such as Microsoft to start operating services in Europe via arms length companies. E.g. In Germany, the data centres are run by T-Systems. See Ars.

12
0

WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Client Vs AP

Several commentards have mentioned that the attack is against the client rather than the AP. Aruba claim in their update that they've implemented a mitigation in their APs against this type of attack.

Also, some APs can act as clients as well as APs (e.g. Mesh or repeater APs)

2
0

Elon Musk says Harry Potter and Bob the Builder will get SpaceX flying to Mars

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Colonist motivation

What's really needed is an economic reason to go.

Unfortunately, politicians & financiers don't see "Survival of the human race" as a good use of money.

9
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

More engines!=more safety

...and we have more engines than the typical two of most airliners, then exceeding airline safety should be possible.

The early attempts at building a vertical take-off & landing aircraft had multiple engines producing thrust. They discovered that having multiple engines did not increase reliability but decreased reliability (and introduced lost more complexity). Hence why the Harrier jet has just one engine.

If an engine has a failure rate of once every 10,000 hours, one engine out of four will have a failure rate of 1 in 2,500 hours.

Notice how many of the new jets just tend to have just two engines rather than four (or more)? It's partly about cost, and partly to do with reliability figures. Also note that two engine planes have to be capable of flying with just one engine.

2
10

Essex drone snapper dealt with by police for steamy train photos

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

The problem is that these (and many other unsuitable locations) are now getting very crowded when special trains are known to pass. They've stopped announcing the exact timings of Flying Scotsman services because of people putting themselves in danger trying to take photos.

7
0

Open source sets sights on killing WhatsApp and Slack

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

XMPP?

Isn't this what XMPP is for? And didn't Facebook remove XMPP support from their service a while ago...?

11
0

Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

but for the shrewd who are prepared to put a little effort into thinking, there is always a cheap way in.

Yes, it's called a refurbished phone.

4
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Numbers

Will Apple's share price really be affected by only selling 245 million iPhone-Xs? I mean, that's only 4% short of analyst's expectations. As the figures are based on vague assumptions, how accurate can either of them be? (Are these the same analysts who also claimed Windows phone would become a major force in mobile phones within a couple of years of launch....?)

Assuming Apple really do make a profit of 40% on iPhones, those missing 10 million handsets will mean $4 million dollars in less profit over a year. Will that really be that noticeable in Apple's figures, bearing in mind Apple generally talk about revenue & profit in the billions?

13
3

Hitting 3 nanometers to cost chipmaker TSMC at least US$20 billion

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: That is small

The last I remember reading, was that around 10nm was the limit with Silicon. How are they managing to shrink the transistors now?

4
0

Moon trumps Mars in new US space policy

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Flame

Re: F*cking losers

This sort of off-again on-again crap is why NASA can't get it's shit together and accomplish anything.

It might also have something to do with members of congress being bought-off by the big aerospace companies to keep their plants open, despite the projects they're working on being turkeys.

27
0

Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

@collinsl

We still manage trains up to every 2 minutes on the Victoria Line of the London Underground

Actually, the Victoria line is now hitting 90 seconds between trains during rush hour. See London Reconnections for (another) excellent article.

3
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

@tim99 - Unions

Trains on the London Victoria tube line have also been automated since the line opened. The meatsack at the front just opens & closes the doors and presses "Go": A job the platform staff could easily do via a remote.

If you look at some of the safety systems on trains (speed limiters, obeying signals, being awake, etc) they're just there to ensure the meatsack does what it's supposed to do (The electronic dog). So why not just remove the meatsack? As others have mentioned, trains are so big and heavy that they couldn't stop in seconds if the meatsack saw an obstruction on the line.

The main reason driver automation hasn't been done (In the UK at least) is the trade unions.

27
1

UK Home Office re-bans cheap call gateways because 'terrorism'

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Mushroom

Don't forget

"Think of the children"

13
1

Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

The London Reconnections blog has an article on TFL withdrawing Uber's license at www.londonreconnections.com/2017/understanding-uber-not-app/.

If its TL;DR: One apparently key piece of evidence TfL used in assessing whether to renew Uber's license was a letter from the Police, where the Police state that Uber are not as forthcoming as they should be about allegations against their drivers.

One interesting fact from the article: In New York, your Uber fair only covers 41% of the cost of making the journey. So Uber are bankrolling journeys to quite a hefty degree.

16
0

Compsci grads get the fattest pay cheques six months after uni – report

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: How many are actually employed?

To be fair to the Comp. Sci. graduates, at least they're getting a qualification that is vaguely applicable to the modern world.

What about those doing "Classics" or "History of Art" (to name but two). There can't be that many openings for people with useless degrees: I mean, the House of Commons only has 650 seats...

4
2
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

@ wolfetone

Planning [...] quitting development altogether and going in to primary school teaching

My partner recently quit teaching. They loved the teaching and working with the kids. They hated spending all evening and a fair amount of the weekend marking, lesson planning, writing reports, plus loosing lunch breaks to meetings, etc.

I had a friend who quit teaching after just one year because they said the amount of work you were expected to do was unsustainable.

Six week summer holidays sound great. But a 60-70 hour working week - often with little respect from kids or their parents ain't worth it.

7
1

It's high time we extend Freedom of Information Act to outsourcers

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

There's also the question as to who are actually making these decisions, what their rules are, appeals against incorrect labeling, etc.

3
0

Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Not universal problem

The problem isn't universal. It's more a iOS11/Server 2016 interropability issue. Clearly Microsoft's servers aren't all on the latest version of Windows Server.

support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4043473/you-can-t-send-or-reply-from-outlook-com-office-365-or-exchange-2016-i

15
0

BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Background

This BBC Article tries to explain the £350 million rebate claim.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36040060

11
0

Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Coat

Must be before Monday's first coffee...

9
0

Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Accident reasons

I believe it was because of this meteorological phenomenon called "Rain". It confused the poor "all weather" drone.

4
0

Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

..19 million is an underestimate.

The UK population is around 63 million. So at least a third of the UK population are on the Police National Computer.

12
0

Astroboffins map 845 galaxies in glorious 3D, maybe dark matter too

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Sloan?

So how is this different/complementary to the Sloan survey?

0
0

The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Joke

Re: Connects how?

A bit bemused by an article on a portable device that fails to mention connectivity - Wireless? 4G? Bluetooth? Token Ring?

ARCNet....

1
0

42: The answer to life, the universe and how many Cisco products have Struts bugs

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Flame

Misleading article

This article is written in a very misleading manner. It leads you to believe that Cisco have announced that 42 products are affected by the Struts bug.

That is most definitely NOT what the Cisco advisory (currently) says:

At the time of publication, no Cisco products are known to be affected by this vulnerability.

The Cisco article just lists 42 products that are being investigated to see if they are affected by the bug. As their investigations proceed, I expect some products will be affected. But right now, no products are listed as being affected.

Tabloid journalism at its best.

4
0

Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Indeed

and presumably the force removed her limbs as well

Ahh, they got clean ripped off as he pulled her body out of the sub.

In the end, he had to sink the sub as there was bloody *everywhere*. It was going to be easier to build a new sub and claim she'd disappeared than face the clean up.

14
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Yeah, the hatch hit her head so hard it clean ripped her head off the rest of her body.

23
0

Oracle staff report big layoffs across Solaris, SPARC teams

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

@A/C Re: Timing

We're going back quickly to older times when workers were just cattle.

What do you mean "going back to"? For any moderate to large company, workers are just cattle. Why do you think the department that manages them is called "Human Resources"? Staff are just resources to be exploited for as long as necessary and no longer.

33
0

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017