* Posts by Frederic Bloggs

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Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Some nutter says "We'll cancel student debt"

Either of them.

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No chips for you! Toshiba takes flash off the menu for WDC

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Try a new approach

Very delicately put. I would characterise more forcefully. WDC has a forked decision to make: either it buys Toshiba cheap - because it paid too much for SanDisk - thereby becoming a serious full scale player in the flash market, or it is sold to someone else. If that happens, that they scale up instead - and WDC whithers on SanDisk's diminishing niche flash and its own spinning rust businesses.

And Toshiba don't want to sell to "anyone", as this includes Chinese or allied companies and Toshiba (or their government) don't want to transfer technology in that direction. Nobody "suitable" seems to have the money that Toshiba want. And notwithstanding all this, don't under estimate the fact that WDC think that they can get the flash business on the cheap - especially given the current political climate in the US.

I suspect Toshiba would have sold if WDC had made a sensible offer. Now it could be "not WDC at any price".

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So who exactly was to blame for Marketo losing its dotcom?

Frederic Bloggs

The other reason may well be that he used his company credit card which got cancelled when he left.

Double Whammy!

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

Frederic Bloggs

Re: This is no time for breads

Marmite!

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Tired: Java. Desired: Node.js. Retired: The suggestion a JavaScript runtime is bonkers

Frederic Bloggs

I wonder what node.js is written in?

Just askin...

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All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

Frederic Bloggs

Don't exaggerate

It's 80 days!

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Better mobe coverage needed for connected cars, says firm flogging networking gear

Frederic Bloggs

Re: STOP this nonsense forthwith ...

So you'll not be buying any more cars when the "emergency calling" (gps+mobile) ERPB that the EU are mandating for all new cars comes into force "for your safety" then? We are (not) reassured that it won't have a kill switch in it (either).

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Frederic Bloggs

ESN

And since ubiquitous 4G coverage is a requirement for ESN, the replacement for TETRA, we await with interest to see whether they manage it before TETRA is switched off in a couple of years. The equipment used for the TETRA backhaul hasn't been made for a long time (think Kilostream) and the supplier will have run out of spares. They have set a hard limit before the backhaul will be switched off and time is ticking away...

I'm not bothering to cross my fingers...

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Constant work makes the kilo walk the Planck

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Confused

Dunno if this helps at all, but in certain parts of Europe 100g is called an ounce.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

Frederic Bloggs

Would this be the version that has stood the test of time, so has to be rebooted every 42 and a bit days (just as said F35B is hurtling toward the deck...)?

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Possible reasons

You're partly right, in fact if you simply make your hovel out of the complete newspapers (i.e not separating them into sheets and scrumpling them up) it is actually considerably more fireproof than that polyethylene cladding. With the bonus of not having much in the way of cyanide fumes to breath in as you emerge out of the smouldering pile.

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

Frederic Bloggs

I wish him well

As the article says: "it's very difficult to fly", as were many of the designs of that era (on both sides).

There has been one fatality (1996) and at least two prangs (2011, 2014) with various replicas. They are very light and directionally unstable so landing in any kind of wind (especially if gusting) is definitely brown trouser time. I wouldn't want to spin one with that tiny tail...

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New measurement alerts! Badgers, great white sharks and the Lindisfarne Gospel

Frederic Bloggs

Er... you've not been here very long, have you?

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In real life, Q is a woman! Head of MI6 calls for more female techies at SIS

Frederic Bloggs

Dunno about the leg, but the clock...

Building one's own grandfather clock was rather popular in the early 1900's. There were kits one could buy to do this. My ex-grandfather in law made a rather fine mercury regulator, whilst he was at university, that is still going strong up in Scotland.

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Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

Frederic Bloggs

Pixel phone by Google

I wonder how long before the Borg starts getting uppity?

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Jimbo Welshes on pledge to stop fundraising

Frederic Bloggs

Re: WMF Financials

Er.. If their salaries are a $31.7m, what are the $65.9m in expenses for?

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UK.gov has outsourced tech policy to Ofcom because it is clueless – SNP techie

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Will go badly

Or sack them. In the (Good Old [hah!]) days of the RA there were 100 field engineers in 6 centres. There are now 30 engineers for the whole country. There was a research department which was dismantled (more or less) completely. Then there was the Technical Advisory Group (which was, admittedly, staffed by industry) - I don't know whether that still exists...

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Red squirrels! Adorable, right? Wrong – they're riddled with leprosy

Frederic Bloggs

Only the grey variety (apparently). Also the Reds are significantly smaller than the Greys so there isn't (anything like) as much meat on a Red.

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Brace yourself, Samsung: Activist investor Elliot's in an arm-twisting mood

Frederic Bloggs
Happy

Hm.. Aikido at El Reg?

Do you have some Aikidokas at El Reg? Nice picture illustrating effective arm (more accurately wrist) twisting with Sankyo. The lower arm will twist too, unless one isn't too bothered about waiting for it and the attached body to catch up). Happy memories.

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Hubble telescope spies massive 'cannonballs' of fire from dying star

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Relax

PS why is El Reg not using the official units of measure? All this Fahrenheit and Celsius is a bit off - isn't it?

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Frederic Bloggs

Relax

It's just another computer simulation to keep the curious amongst us busy speculating and thus happy. There’ll be another one along soon, just as we get bored with this one.

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

Frederic Bloggs

Botnets

And how long will it take the ungodly to crack this monoculture of devices? And what will they do with them once cracked?

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Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Security by melting?

"Oh no, not again!"

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

Frederic Bloggs

Is it Outlook or the interaction with a M$ IMAP service?

Does the same problem occur when talking to something modern and clean such a Dovecot IMAP server? And anyway, surely the password strength police should be applauding the use of any UNICODE characters that increase the overall entropy of the password?

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LTE-U’s window is closing and bigger 5G disputes may be coming

Frederic Bloggs

Why use 5Ghz?

Obviously "because it's free" or at least likely to cost some negligible amount (compared to the $86 billion the FCC thinks it's going to get for its next round of spectrum auctions). And they "need" the spectrum. Bugger the current users. They have no ownership "rights". They have no "economic power", or more accurately "regulatory mindshare".

There is a distressing tendency for hard pressed civil servants, who are generally intelligent and well meaning but have insufficient domain knowledge, to need to rely on "industry partners" to help them "think". Anyone who has been on one of the DoT wireless related study groups or the TAG will have seen this in action.

There has to be a real shift in Civil Service recruitment and training to address this. But how it is to be achieved is moot, especially for acquiring comprehensive knowledge without compromising independence. Can't say I am hugely optimistic. Sadly, the way the US equivalent works with its built in political cycles, stands no chance.

It truly is a pity that the US still seems to succeed in styling itself "leaders of the free world", because "free" in this context means allowing big US money to determine what the rest of the world has to put up with.

Hands off our WiFi spectrum.

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300 million pelicans? Pah. What 6 billion plastic bags really weigh

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Remind me...

Nominative determinism is alive and well. But the Fail's editor is a different chap to the ex-editor of the Sun/Mirror you are thinking of (well, thinking of his name anyway). Spookily, he appears now to be working at the Fail as well.

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HPE promises users Itanium server refresh next year. In Dutch!

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Christ, just put it out of its misery now

It's not Unix, it's DEC VMS. Not the same. Not even a little bit.

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Replacement IT at 'high risk'. Squeaky bum time for UK tax folk

Frederic Bloggs

Erm.. £405billion / 143 = £2.8 billion a pop

Do we actually need all of these projects? Especially as many of them will fail. If the Government wants to throw money away, it would be better just to convert that into helicopter money where it might do some good. Using it for something actually useful (and therefore potentially vote winning) might be better.

There's waste, but then there is Government waste!

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WIPO chief trying to 'fix the composition of the Staff Council' – lawyer

Frederic Bloggs

What is it about running a patent office?

That makes someone behave as though they are beyond moral and ethical standards of behaviour? First the King of the EPO and now someone who seems to be able to successfully get away with DNA testing his workers over a workplace spat. On current performance it seems likely he will get away with sanction busting as well.

Do these people really need this level of Teflon coating lack of accountability to do their jobs?

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Bank tech boss: Where we're going, we don't need mainframes

Frederic Bloggs

About time...

The only problem, of course, the (lack of) timescale and whether the people doing the "agile" etc buzzwordy thingies actually have a clue as well.

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

Frederic Bloggs

This really hasn't changed in the 40 odd years that I have been in the business - particularly in anything to do with software production. Nearly every company I have ever worked with have war stories about a CompSci graduate that they have employed. The complaint nearly always boils down to: intelligent, but not actually much use for "our" business without spending two years (re-)training them.

Why is this? Why has this still not improved?

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US plans intervention in EU vs Facebook case caused by NSA snooping

Frederic Bloggs

Re: True enough

It's actually worse than that: we look at everyone with a computer - and we all know where that leads when humans get involved with the output.

The computer - she say yes - so, sorry mate, you're nicked.

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Boffins blow up water with LASERS, to watch explosions in slow-mo

Frederic Bloggs
Coat

The bit that intrigues me

is how the water manages to be liquid in the vacuum chamber in which both the camera and the xray laser are said to "operate". Or am I missing something?

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

Frederic Bloggs

Cut the man *some* slack

There is a chance that he might actually be good at Maths. Which would be a novelty anywhere in government.

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Frederic Bloggs

Re: "You couldn't make it up."

And they did.

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Neo4j CEO: We're at 'a huge inflection point for graph databases'

Frederic Bloggs
Coat

What goes around, comes around

I have been doing this indeterminate sentence call "IT" for a long time (with no imminent prospect of release), so it tickles me rather that "graph databases" are being touted as "new". In the early days of "databases", "graph" or "network" databases were the only game in town. Then some upstart, name of Codd, came along and said that they were all wrong and we should embrace some new fangled concept called "relational" databases instead.

I know that one has to hype one's product up to stand a chance of getting it noticed - but I do wish that, at least some, acknowledgement of computing history is given instead of hyping some "new" concept that has been around before - sometimes three or four times.

I know, I know - I am an old codger and am on my way to get my knackered coat already... I just wish they would let me outside.

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Hey, Atlantis Computing. What the heck is this in your EULA?

Frederic Bloggs
FAIL

Re: There is precedent.

That's interesting. The company is headquartered in California and any kind of "disparagement" clause is specifically BANNED in that state (scroll to the bottom of 1670.8).

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Mal Men men hit LiveJournal with Angler exploit kit

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Ad Blockers?

Not to mention NoScript

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UK draft super-spy law 'not fit for purpose,' say 100s of senior lawyers

Frederic Bloggs

Sigh...

The European Court of Justice has nothing to do with the European Union, other than it lives in a town in the EU. I don't doubt that if the UK leaves the EU, it will likely also attempt to extricate itself from the the ECJ. But it will have to do that separately.

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Going on a thin client diet

Frederic Bloggs

What goes around...

... comes around. In this case for at least the fourth or fifth time. Or one could argue that they haven't really ever gone away, just dropped out of fashion and then occasionally in (a bit) for a while.

If you need them, then use them - it really isn't some big deal or new technology that requires all this hype. Remember Wyse "thin clients" from the 1980's?

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Dirty data: Tech-heavy Thames Valley scores big in adultery index

Frederic Bloggs

My Village

According this site, in my village (which shall remain nameless) the rate is 17.8%. Which makes one think a bit as about 2/3 of the population of 500 is over 50 and getting for 1/2 of those are over 65.

Or could there be another explanation?

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Schlock and .aw as Dutch net registry rebrands

Frederic Bloggs

This was answered earlier. "BV" is the Dutch equivalent of a Private Limited Company. See here for more detailed info.

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Frederic Bloggs

Voluminous puffery

I don't know from whom their PRs have been taking lessons, but I must say that the PRs have excelled themselves. The original Dutch puff makes many similar British "announcements" seem staid, subtle and succinct. Amazing.

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Oz town suffers hairy panic attack

Frederic Bloggs

One carelessly dropped match or a lightning strike

in 35+ deg and no rain for weeks. In the height of the fire season.

Poof... one ex town.

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Safe Harbor ripped and replaced with Privacy Shield in last-minute US-Europe deal

Frederic Bloggs

Why worry about the US

While the UK gives itself powers to slurp everything, everywhere, all the time anyway. And we all know where that's going to end up (on demand) - because of the "special relationship" tha' knows.

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Plan B hoovers up NZ-based cloud outfit ICONZ

Frederic Bloggs

I wasn't aware that the possible new national flag of NZ had been a) chosen and b) adopted.

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GitHub: We're sorry (again) about (another) outage

Frederic Bloggs

Surely..

Git is a distributed SCC system? Isn't the whole point? One can hack away at one's code, committing revisions and then catchup when (or if) ever a central server comes back. If it doesn't, or just if needs be, then your repository can be pulled directly by co-workers. Try git send-email.

Go look how git is used for the thing that it was written for: the Linux Kernel. Or alternatively RTFM.

Git is not CVS nor is it Subversion.

Github going away for a few hours or even days is not the end of the world.

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Catalan town hall seriously downsizes monarch

Frederic Bloggs

Re: Inheritance

You mean like the "arrangements" in Venezuela? They are ostensibly "democratic" but now that the president's aura is waning, he continues to cling on with grim death. No, I stick with a nice constitutional monarchy, thank you.

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'You're updated!' Drupal says, with fingers crossed behind back

Frederic Bloggs

Re: DrupLOL!

For me, this is very timely advice. So what would one use?

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