* Posts by druck

1510 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

Red Hat opens its ARMs to Enterprise Linux... er, wait, perhaps it's the other way round

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Re: History

The StrongARM was made by DEC and included DEC caching technology from the Alpha.

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

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“We need a regulatory environment that moves away from lower pricing to encourage investment in the network,”

Given the continual above inflation increase in the line rental changes from all Openreach sellers, that excuse isn't washing with me.

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Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

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Pi flavour?

[Edit: as Mikel asks;] What flavour of Pi's are they using? Full Raspberry Pi 3B's, Zero or more likely compute modules?

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Automatic for the people: Telcos forced to pay for giving you crap services

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Too late

It's come too late for my disastrous house move; PlusNet were booked to come and install 2 days after moving in, I noticed they had the address wrong, so instead of correcting it they cancelled the appointment and rebooked it for 2 weeks later. The engineer missed that appointment and rebooked another for a month later. I had to drag out of them that the engineer claimed the house builders had not signed off the wiring - but I knew they had from the site manager. After the engineer came it still took 8 days before ADSL was enabled, and then it didn't work due to the new installed master socket being faulty, which took another week to sort out. At least the upgrade to fibre went through on the claimed date 3 weeks later, but was capped to the wrong profile, so it was another week before it was up to the full 76/19.

In all it probably cost me over £250 in 4G data for the dongle and tethering on the phone, and all I got was a refund of £56 for the line rental and broadband fees during the time I had no service. Nothing for the stress and frustration of dealing with incompetence on an industrial scale.

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History shows why geeks will never, ever, ever... get along

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Usenet

If you want to see real techno-tribalism, just look up some of the pre-web usenet flame wars (BEWARE: not for snowflakes).

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Chrome update kills unwanted ad redir... WIN A FREE iPad!!

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Re: Kicker at the end

The only thing that is disabled is automatically triggering an unexpected action. A button will be available to trigger the action, if and only if, that is what the user wants to do. No censorship involved.

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Qualcomm is shipping next chip it'll perhaps get sued for: ARM server processor Centriq 2400

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RISC OS not RiscOS

Unfortunately the chip has no 32 bit mode, so won't run RISC OS, which still contains a vast amount of 32 bit ARM assembler. There are also a lot more important issues which need development time than porting to ARMv8, so I don't see it happen anytime soon.

It could run on the Centriq 2400 via emulation though, leaving 47 cores available to the host OS.

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SSL spy boxes on your network getting you down? But wait, here's an IETF draft to fix that

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Poxy Proxy

A number of proxies will make all TLS connections appear secure, and hide issues with actual site itself, such as having invalid certificate. This can make browsing less safe.

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We're not saying Uncle Sam has lost control on Twitter, but US Embassy in Riyadh just did a shout out for oatmeal

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Re: It beggars belief...

It would also insure that it was 100% free of millennials, who never venture outside of Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat.

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Way-NO, Waymo! Judge snubs demand for Uber's robo-taxi code

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Or why not get an independent 3rd party to analyse both sets of source code? There are plenty of tools to automate the process these days.

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Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI

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Re: Why?

@Voland's right hand well if your coding is anything like your comments, no wonder its ending up in ->

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'Open sesame'... Subaru key fobs vulnerable, says engineer

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Re: WTF?

Rolling codes are normally encrypted or hashed in some way these days, so an observer doesn't just see 1,2,3 being sent over the air.

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

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Phone numbers

If they can detect a private phone number in a tweet, why not do so before it is posted and warn the sender it's against the Ts&Cs there and then, rather than banning after the event with a less than useful explanation?

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Q: How do you test future driverless car tech? A: Slurp a ton of real-world driving data

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Unfortunately this system is going to capture some of the less desirable behaviours displayed on the road by people driving:-

* Unnecessarily large SUV type vehicles

* Rushing between delivery jobs and parking inappropriately

* Driving vehicles they don't own or have to pay insurance on

I'd rather see the trail carried out on vehicles the driver owns, pays for and cares about, doesn't involve blocking other people's driveways while making a delivery, and doesn't think traffic rules only apply when dealing with a vehicle bigger than theirs.

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European Patent Office staff rep blames prez for 'slipping quality'

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Re: Home leave ?

You might one day be happy to move out from mommy's house, but some staff have families and children in education, who can't immediately relocate to a country over 900Km away.

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NASA readies its asteroid warning system for harmless flyby

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Being hit by an asteroid would be vastly preferable than listening to Chris Evans in the morning (or any time).

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Stealthy storage startup wants to fly read-write heads closer to disks

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Re: I have some doubts here

The last drive I saw with a linear actuator and belts moving the head was a 40/80 track floppy.

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Mattel's Internet-of-kiddies'-Things Aristotle canned before release

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Re: an “AI to help raise your child”.

Raising children in the modern world, is one big guilt trip. You try to spend as much time with them as possible to give them love, support and help with their learning. But with both parents having a full time job, you never feel it's enough, and then feel guilty about using other things to keep them occupied such as the TV or computers.

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Russian spies used Kaspersky AV to hack NSA staffer, swipe exploit code – new claim

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Hiding in Plain Sight

What better way to perform the protracted and resource hogging task of scanning every file on the computer for something of interest, than to hide in plain sight under the guise of an anti-virus application.

Whether or not Kaspersky were responsible in this case, you can guarantee one such application is doing it somewhere.

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Smart burglar alarms: Look who just tossed their hat into the ring ... It's, er, Ring

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Re: Subscriptions

There is very little difference in the IR signature of 3 cats and 1 man, or even two very hot cats after they have been chasing each other.

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Subscriptions

Non IoT alarm systems also charge an even larger subscriptions - I was quoted £49.60 a month for someone to check the picture that gets taken every time one of the cats jump on the table and sets off the movement alarm. They say should it ever be a burgler, the police will be rushing around immediately to catch them in progress. I suggested the police were more likely to phone back in two weeks with the crime number for your insurance claim, and they should carry on fitting the alarm to next door instead.

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Foiled again! Brit military minds splash cash on killing satellites with... food wrapping?

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Space Sponge

My idea is for a giant space sponge. It would need perhaps a km sphere of aerogel to capture both large pieces of junk in similar orbits, and small pieces at large crossing velocities. It would then use a small thruster to gently de-orbit, and create a nice firework display.

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Re: Currently...

I think El Reg is referring to the Chinese test of an anti-satellite missile against one of their defunct satellites, which almost doubled the amount of space junk up there. The US was also planning on downing one of their malfunctioning spy-sats, but I can't remember if they went through with that.

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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Re: No audio jack

paulf wrote: I accept omitting the 3.5mm jack means they have more flexibility on device thickness and have a little more space inside the unit,

There is always the option of using a 2.5mm jack, which became common when pre-touchscreen phones got really small. All existing headphones will work with an inexpensive adapter that can remain attached to the headphones.

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Ignite: Microsoft drops veil on Honolulu, releases SQL Server on Linux into the wild

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Re: Difference between Bing and Windows Phone

The difference between Bing and Windows Phone is; you can force anyone using a Microsoft product to use Bing by default, but you can't force a Phone user to buy Microsoft by default.

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Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

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Re: Time to switch to BSD

Bah, there is only one true Daemonette!

http://www.bishopston.com/jamie/misc/bsd-daemonette/

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We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to

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Re: Will it be viewed cynically as corporate propaganda?

wayne 8 wrote:

Do not pick up anyone who has fallen. They may need to be stabilized. Picking a victim up can cause further injury.

Do not try to move a victim unless there is an immediate threat of more harm if left in place.

Nadella was correct in his immediate response.

Jeezus! Does anyone on El Reg forums have children?

It was a supposed to be a baby (toddler) that had fallen over, they are learning to walk and fall over all the time without hurting themselves. They'll cry, but all you need to do is pick them up, give them a hug to reassure them, and put them back on their feet. Their parent will normally do this, but may be struggling with other children/shopping/buggies etc, and need a hand.

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HPE confirms Belfast-based 3PAR engineering office to close

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Disasters

I wonder if HPe going cold on 3PAR has anything to do with the recent highly publicised disasters.

Mainframe TITSUP totals Oz tax tech, again

Let's all go down the Strand (our data centre). King's College London goes TITSUP*

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Playboy founder and dressing-gown wearer Hugh Hefner dead at 91

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1000 Women

That's only about 1 a month on average, which is I suspect less than most people imagined.

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Boffins sling around entangled photons at telco wavelengths

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Me too, and all I can contribute is "whoosh".

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Re: Do not press

I don't see why it's also considered necessary to come out of Euratom. After all, it was formed in 1957 and Switzerland are involved as an associate state member.
That's the point, on leaving the EU we have to cease to be a full member, but can be an associate member.

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Australia commits to establish space agency with no budget, plan, name, deadline …

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Re: Space port (Woomera)

Britain being the only nation to launch a satellite, and then give it up.

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Hurricane Maria leaves Arecibo radio telescope damaged and dark

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Golden Eye

Looks like the secondary dish may have ended up as it did in Golden Eye.

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You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

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How long?

Red Hat have been signing their RPM's since 1999, should have been just about long enough for Slack to realise this is a good idea.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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The Met are also refusing to fess up to how many of the 35,640 XP boxes they had 2 years ago are still being used. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41306321

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Get out your specs: Java EE's headed to the Eclipse Foundation

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Sueball?

Oracle may be open sourcing it, but they are keeping the name and no doubt the right to sue anyone else using the headers for their own implementation, as they are doing with google.

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Stuff the movement of celestial spheres, let's sit down and watch Bonnie Tyler on TV

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Bin Body Cams

Maybe the cameras can also catch the bin men spilling rubbish all over the street and dumping the bins randomly on the pavement outside the wrong house.

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HSBC biz banking crypto: The case of the vanishing green padlock and... what domain are we on again?

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Re: The eight-character limit is pretty bad?

Think of it more of a PIN than a password, as the app only shows you what you can see on screen at a cash point.

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Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

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Re: I don't mine a skeptic. I prefer a skeptic in this position

Plus this one https://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/02/a_tale_of_two_thermometers/.

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Re: I don't mine a skeptic. I prefer a skeptic in this position

DougS wrote: "NASA just launches the satellites that get the data, they don't do any interpretation of it so whether its director is a skeptic, a denier or a believer doesn't really matter. "

Really? So why have they been doing this https://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/06/05/goddard_nasa_thermometer/.

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Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship

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Re: .Sarcasm, I take it?

Why not have a word with Donald, as if the US doesn't sell it to the Argies, we wont have to go to the trouble of sinking it.

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Paris Hilton inflates crypto bubble some more, backs Initial Coin Offering

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PonziCoin

An Initial Coin Offering is different from ponzi scheme how?

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Oracle staff report big layoffs across Solaris, SPARC teams

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Re: RIP SPARC

I knew I certain ex-Acorn staffer who lived that dream.

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Re: Timing

Maybe he couldn't wait for Christmas this year.

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'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

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Re: What?

It's quite simple; if both users of a chat app are verified, end to end encryption can be used. If one of the users is not verified, encrypted comms go via the provider's server so it can be subject to lawful interception.

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

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Re: Smart intercoms/bells are a good idea, that are usually badly implemented

They've had these "smart doorbells" for years on flats. When we first moved to Cambridgeshire it took weeks to get the management company to put my phone number in the system, so we could get deliveries. I was then plagued with doorbell calls for months after moving out, as the company refused to remove the number without an admin payment. I refused and blocked it until the next tenant was suckered in to signing up.

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Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding

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Re: Do you drive a car?

@samzeman: "I don't drive except in emergencies"

Exactly the conditions you shouldn't be driving; you lack the experience of regular driving, and you are under additional stress. If only a software patch would keep you off the road in such circumstances.

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Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

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Picture

Nice picture; injured or possibly dead person lying unattended in the road, while a police officer takes a statement. Presumably with a fully automated vehicle the officer wouldn't even bother attending, and just download the logs.

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Bad data and new IT system bugs help knock 66% off Provident Financial share price

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Up until the crap IT system, it was supposedly working very well.

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So, Nokia. What makes you think the world wants your phones?

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It aint made by Nokia

People are talking about having been waiting for Nokia to bring out an Andriod phone, or they hope Nokia does this, that or the other. The phone is made by HMD, Nokia is just the letters on the front.

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