* Posts by druck

1637 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

What's the frequency, KeNNeth? Neural nets trained to tune in on radar signals to boost future mobe broadband

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Re: These energy detectors are not discriminating enough

I cannot upvote this comment enough!

The bigger they are, the harder they fall: Peak smartphone hits Apple, Samsung the worst

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Re: Well well well ....

I could have written the same thing about the S8 and the S7.

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin

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It's probably because it's been re-shown on digital TV in HD, and you can actually read the text in the book, where as in the 90's with analogue SD and a VCR, you would be hard pressed to read the book title.

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

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Re: Technically...

You can run one over the internet on Raspberry Pi's, and it's great for those wanting a bit of nostalgia, but...

..what gets my goat is a couple of genetic throwbacks insisting on posting to comp.sys.raspberrypi via a Fidonet gateway on a BBS, annoying everyone else by having 90's style flame wars with each other, complete with broken threading, awful non standard quoting and incorrect timestamps - thanks to the ancient BBS software.

Missed Valentine's Day? Take your beloved to a Visual Studio 2019 launch event instead

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The bloat is nothing new, I had to reinstall Visual Studio 2013 on an old laptop last night. I only wanted C++ and C# so unticked every optional component, and it claimed to need 9GB. After installation it had actually used over 12GB, and included crap I'd specifically told it not to, such as Windows Phone and Silverlight SDKs.

Oh Snapd! Gimme-root-now security bug lets miscreants sock it to your Ubuntu boxes

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Re: snapd and systemd

Mint 19.1 has 3.0.4. No snaps required.

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

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Re: About time

That and all those learning letters toys.

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Paw Patrol is the best (according to my 5 and 3 year olds).

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

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Re: 646464

Running Linux Mint Mate desktop on a 2GB Atom netbook, with Chromium, Thunderbird and a couple of terminal windows open, takes 774MB of memory with the 32 bit version, and 1.2GB with the 64 bit version. The 64 bit is faster, until you've been using the browser a while and it starts to swap, the 32 bit version lasts a lot longer before it starts to do this. The machine has a SSD, but being an Atom is a slow SATA2 bus, so swapping is still very painful.

I've got both versions, as already some 3rd party software is x86_64 only. So it looks like ARM is the only place where 32bit is OK, and incidentally a 32bit Raspberry Pi 3 runs faster and lasts longer before swapping, despite only having 1GB of memory and driving a 1920x1200 monitor rather than a tiny 1024x600 laptop screen.

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Re: staff have been banned from serving up anything non-vegetarian.

Chuck in a few black puddings to get them really bloody worked up.

Che tiara! Revolutionary cloud commune fitted for Red Hat developers

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Re: I misread something

Unless a SystemD happens to fall down it, never to been seen again.

Tedious Service Bulletin: No prizes for guessing which UK bank's services are DOWN for business users

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Re: Why do they still have customers?

Well no matter how many IT failures, they have never failed to take my mortgage payment on time.

Brit security services firm SecureData sold to France's Orange for an undisclosed sum

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Re: Rental UK

Military victories.

Team America tries to crash Little Rocket Man's Joanap botnet from within, warns owners of infected boxes

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Re: That explains a lot

They need to send a SWAT team in first to convince you.

Human StarCraft II e-athletes crushed by neural net ace – DeepMind's AlphaStar

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Not playing the same game

It receives a raw interface describing the current state of the game with a list of available units and their properties as input
AlphaStar has a few advantages compared to its human opponents. It played a slightly dated version of the game “geared for research” rather than for entertainment, and could glance at the whole map. Everything not hidden by the fog of war, including its own units and its enemies can be seen at once. Humans don’t get this luxury, and instead only see bits and pieces by clicking on parts of the map.

It would have to be pretty shoody AI not to win with such an advantage.

When the AI is playing the same game, i.e. with the same interface as the human, and it wins, then report the story.

UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports

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Re: I would be fascinated to know

Having seen a couple of Russian 747s (which had visited Marshals for refurbishment) taking off using every inch of runway, and passing very low over Cambridge station, you wouldn't want them to encounter any drones, it could wipe out half the city.

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Re: amazon delivery drones

Outlawed as it damn well should be.

Canonical brings some bling to the Internet of Things with Snap-happy Ubuntu Core 18 release

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Happy

As ever, the world comes back around to the RISC OS way of doing things, even if it doesn't know it.

Self contained applications with no interdependencies, you saw it here 30 years ago,

Google to yoink apps with an unauthorized Call Log or SMS habit from Android Play Store

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Re: Backhander

Sorry old chap, but we speak the Queen's English here.

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Re: Backhander

check verb (EXAMINE) ​ A2 [ I or T ] to make certain that something or someone is correct, safe, or suitable by examining it.

cheque noun [ C ] a printed form, used instead of money, to make payments from your bank account.

If at first, second, third... fourth time you don't succeed, you're Apple: Another appeal lost in $440m net patent war

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...To think you can win against someone who can afford more lawyers?

No more Windows build strings for you: BuildFeed has turned off the lights

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Has about the same effect on the average user's productivity too.

While Windows 7 wobbled, AI continued its relentless march at Microsoft

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Re: Azure not Linux

Python is 25% to 40% faster on Linux than Windows in to the bargain.

A billion-dollar question: What was really behind Qualcomm's surprise ten-digit gift to Apple?

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Re: I do wonder...

That's the best joke I've heard yet this year!

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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Re: Management by PHB wannabes

I think you have accurately identified that older works are completely incompatible with what IBM are trying to sell to other businesses these days.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Re: TMP=temporary? I hope not!

In case you had not noticed, this is an English language website, so correct use of the decimal point is required.

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Re: TMP=temporary? I hope not!

Either you are specifying the RPM to 3 decimal places, or you are using a decimal point where you should use a comma.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: Cut off the GPS so it lands

Private pilots do not rely on GPS, and are probably more skilled at navigating without any electronic aids than professional pilots - and won't be using Gatwick in any case.

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Cut off the GPS so it lands

Do you want to be the one who signs off on the use of something that could potentially screw over the GPS receivers aboard dozens of airliners, opening you up to ruinously expensive compensation claims as well as properly grounding all the holidaymakers jetting off for Christmas? No, thought not.

Lack of GPS will not ground airliners, they have other navigation and precision landing systems. The main problem would likely to be passengers getting lost while driving to the airfield, despite all the signage.

Ofcom asks networks, ISPs: Hey, wouldn't it be nice if you let customers know the best deal once their contract's up?

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O2 already does.

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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Re: All true

Pantile does not work as well as RGB. Black or white text against a white or black background is indistinguishable, but if you have coloured text and/or a coloured background, it looks awfully fuzzy. This was particularly noticeable with the lower resolution screens of early phones, such as the original 480x800 Galaxy S which used Amoled Pantile, and the Galaxy S2 which had the same resolution but Superamoled.

US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops

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Mushroom

WTF/WFH

Dear bomber,

I'm working from home today, so whatever...

Cheers

---druck

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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A decade of poor configuration

Such shenanigans were still possible at many universities 10 years later in late 80s on unix systems, where you could inject characters in to other terminals stdin, or boot them off all together with stty 0 > /dev/tty1

Qualcomm lifts lid on 7nm Arm-based octo-core Snapdragon 855 chip for next year's expensive 5G Androids

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Re: I'm Confused...

You may not notice a 4K screen on a phone normally, but the resolution is very apparent when using a 3D headset like a Samsung VR.

As sales slide, virtual reality fans look to a bright, untethered future

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Nauseating

We picked up a Gear VR (last but one model) for £40 on ebay, which is about right seeing here is very little content, particularly free stuff. My 3 and 5 year old love the dinosaur rollercoaster, which I find nauseating (despite being a pilot). I've just noticed on the box its says for 11 years and older, so I'm probably ruining them for life.

HP's Neon Dion says if anything goes wrong, it's totally Intel's fault: CPU shortage may hit PC maker's financials

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Printers

Who got printers when HP split? HP Inc or HPE, or looking at the numbers, both?

Amazon's homegrown 2.3GHz 64-bit Graviton processor was very nearly an AMD Arm CPU

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Re: Interesting comparison...

They are talking about single core performance.

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

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I just think it emphasises the unreliability.

NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

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Re: Power?

@jmch you are about 1000x out on W/sqm on earth!

Comparison sites cry foul over Google Shopping service

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No better than spammers

Let's not forget these comparison sites were no better than spammers, polluting search results with pages of links to utterly useless pages. They needed de-ranking for everyone's sanity, and the EU should not be forcing any search engine to let them back in the top results.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Re: Schadenfreude

I believe its a reference to the Titanic, a ship which was claimed to be the most advanced ever developed, and completely unsinkable, but turned out to be a disaster. Intel's disastrous Itanium processor was dubbed the Itanic and Microsoft's disastrous OS is dubbed the Win-10-nic.

5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1... Runty-birds are go: 12,000+ internet-beaming mini-satellites OK'd by USA

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Re: Cameras

Don't worry your little tin foil covered head about mini comms satellites with cameras, remember there are still a few Hubble sized KH-11 telescopes looking down on you.

NAND so it begins: Micron mounts head-on attack against 10K disks

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Re: Where can I get a WLC drive to try?

And the 3rd mistake on that line is DLC instead of SLC.

Corrections sent.

Hackers seed StatCounter with nasty JavaScript in elaborate Bitcoin cyber-heist caper

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Re: JavaScript far to powerful

s/far to/far too/g

s/of sites/off site/

Even that comment had 4 mistakes - what hope for Javascript coders.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Re: Fuck !

I was going to go with a James May "Oh cock!".

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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Re: "Ethernet is so much better"

10Mbs ARCnet is still to be found in Formula One ECUs.

There's no 'I' in 'IMFT' – because Micron intends to buy Intel out of 3D XPoint joint venture

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Re: Octane flopped because

Octane flopped because Intel relentlessly hyped XPoint as being thousands of times better than flash in every metric, but by the time it arrived on the market it turned out to have a bit better latency, and otherwise a massive disappointment. I'm not surprised Micron want to get as far away from that 'I' as possible, and build a market for their version of XPoint based on its actual merit.

The mysterious life of Luc Esape, bug fixer extraordinaire. His big secret? He's not human

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Meh

Fixing a build is not fixing a bug

Just on the basis of what I've been working on today, every failed build could be fixed in an obvious way, but quite often just getting a clean build doesn't remove an underlying bug caused by a very human development process. I'm not sure a bot submitting fixes would get me to code working in a way I intended, any faster.

HP dangles subscription hardware at power users

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I love the smell of <s>napalm</s> leather in the morning

HP's reputation of terrible laptop cooling, power hungry Intel core processor, large Lithium battery, no fan, and covered with leather. What could go wrong?

Arm doodles server, comms CPUs in public before they leak out in open-source code...

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Turning Japanese

I know you are just trying to wind people up by calling ARM Japanese, but its working.

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