* Posts by druck

1477 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

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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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Re: Smart things need smart solutions!

No, the switch only has the live side of the circuit, where as the rose will have permanent live, switched live, neutral and earth. At least in civilised countries such as the UK.

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World's largest private submarine in mystery sink accident

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Cruashed

Well at least if the hatches were left open when it went down, it wouldn't be crushed. Might even be salvageable.

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Microsoft: We beat Google, AWS to cloudy GPU VMs in Blighty

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Re: Under-resourcing

Less of the canned press release please.

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Under-resourcing

How does this play against MS's under-resourcing of their UK data centres?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/04/microsoft_azure_capacity_woes_hit_uk_customers/

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IBM adds Optane to its cloud, only as storage and without GPUs

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Looks like Optane could be the next Itanic.

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: Ask her this

Banking isn't end to end between two users, one end is the service provider, i.e. bank.

Which of course is the answer; e2e unless there is a warrant, in which case encrypted messages are exchanged via the app providers servers.

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Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

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Re: waiting patiently...

Exactly, pre-ordering is nothing new, companies have been taking us for a ride since the days of the home micro. Pre-ordered products were invariably extremely late, underspec'd or already obsolete. Often the best you could hope for was to cancel for a full refund with a lesson learned.

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

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Re: You get what you pay for

An important difference between the two product isn't just the download speed, but the upload speed. It's only 9Mb/s for the 55Mb/s product, but 19Mb/s for the 76Mb/s one. That makes a lot off difference when doing things such as uploading to the cloud, RDPing in to your computers at home, or running your own VPN so your mobile devices aren't being snooped upon when using public WiFi.

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Re: You get what you pay for

Nothing wrong with PlusNet's service. Just don't expect POP3/TLS.

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Marketing giant Marketo forgets to renew domain name. Hilarity ensues

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Re: Be Paranoid

Don't rely on the Registrar to remind you either. Found an old club domain had fallen off the net in June, with not a single reminder having been sent. Luckily we got it back and running again, but a shared calendar entry has now been set up, so multiple people get the message.

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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Re: have you tried...

I think even Amazon themselves are finding Alexa a bit frustrating, given the banging coming from the floor above at One Station Square. Or they could be playing with the delivery drones in doors again.

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Trump's CNN tantrum could delay $85bn AT&T-Time Warner merger

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Forget Trump...

...anyone think this merger is going to be good for the consumers?

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Britain's warhead-watcher to simulate Trident nukes with Atos supercomputer

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Re: Hmm

@Tascam Holiday: "Yeah but we'd keep the lid on the saucepan to be really safe."

Although it could end up as the second saucepan lid in space:-

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/16/america_soviets_space_race/

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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In harms way

Choosing between hitting someone who has walked out in the road or swerving and hitting others on the pavement is not the right way to look at the issue, for a human or AI. The person that has stepped out in to the road has deliberately put themselves in harms way, the pedestrians on the pavement have not.

If the person stepping out is aware enough they may have a chance of getting out of the way in time, the pedestrians on the pavement will be generally unaware of what is happening on the road and will have no chance - as we've seen too often recently in both lorry accidents and terrorist attacks.

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Blighty's Department for Culture, Media & Sport gets 'digital' rebrand

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Keep it Simple

There shouldn't be more ministries than fingers on one hand; Home, Foreign, Defence, Justice and Treasury. The rest of these long acronyms should just be a department sitting in a dusty corner of a ministry.

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French general accused of nicking fast jet for weekend trips to the Sun

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Seafires!

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Intel launches 64-layer 3D flash client SSD

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Re: Who cares?

People with a clue don't buy overpriced Intel SSDs.

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Who cares?

Exactly the same performance, but a different number of layers?

See title.

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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Re: Erm

@Robin Bradshaw: I wish I could set up a huge botnet to give your post the number of up votes it deserves.

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Re: Erm

No the EU don't want to ban it, but they've been taken in by to the whining of dodgy link farmers, so now you'll also have to wade through pages of results which lead to crap sites which don't even have the products you are looking for.

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Skynet? More like Night-sky-net. AI hunts for Milky Way's turbo stars

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Re: Galaxy screen saver

It was very similar to that, couldn't say if it was based on exactly the same code.

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Re: "My Way or the Milky Way" (throws dwarf)

The Milky Way has already collided with several smaller galaxies, and is in the process of colliding with the large and small Magellanic clouds (small galaxies). Eventually the really biggy will be in 4bn years when it comes together with the massive Andromeda galaxy.

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Re: Rarities

It's surprising there aren't more hyper-velocity stars, I used to have a RISC OS screen saver which simulated galaxies colliding and many stars used to escape before the galaxies coalesced. But then again it might not have been a very accurate simulation on a 200MHz Strong ARM.

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50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

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Autobank

The Midland Bank before it became part of HSBC used to call it an "Autobank". We more commonly call it a cash machine, ATM is very American.

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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

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Windows 10 S secure?

Did I really hear him say that Windows 10 S will be secure because it's not programmable? No 3rd party could ever hope to introduce more than a tiny fraction of the bugs that Microsoft will have included as standard, and will keep adding to with every non-optional update.

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Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

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Re: Another botched call by Intel

@ Daniel Palmer you've clearly never used ARM assembler, or any assembler for that matter.

The original ARM instruction set of a thing of beauty, simple, orthoganal and immensely powerful. Unlike some other bloated ISAs which are effectively compiler only, it allowed developers to write large amount of hand crafted assembler to make things possible on early low power devices that couldn't be with high level code for several more years. (See RISC OS)

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Re: Another botched call by Intel

@Bazza: I don't think Intel would wipe the floor. When they got hold of the wonderful StrongARM from DEC, most of DECs chip designers left rather than be forced on to the Itanium millstone. The Intel people then developed it to the X-Scale, which despite being fast at time due higher clocking using a smaller processes size than competitors, was a rather rubbish chip.

Unlike Apple who have actually improved their cores over the baseline designs from ARM, Intel made it far worse in terms of instructions per clock, with a load of unnecessary barriers between execution units which have never been seen on ARM before or since - indicating they just didn't know what they were doing. The memory subsystem was horribly crippled, and the chip errata was longer than every other ARM chip that came before it combined - almost as bad as an x86.

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Microsoft throws its weight behind Parisian AI startup factory

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I disagree, it will be no different to Microsoft Research in Cambridge. It tries to suck up the most promising UK graduates, who could have gone on to form the next Acorn or ARM, and lock them away playing with toys. They don't care that most of the projects will never bear fruit, but if by any chance they do come up with anything commercial, it will be Microsoft in the US that makes money out of it, not the UK.

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US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

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Re: Police State

@Potemkine! "Such a database would be highly illegal here, and rightly so"

Where is 'here', and what is their immigration policy?

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Re: Behavior

Yesterday morning people in Cambridge may have seen the air ambulance depart from Parkers Piece, after someone miscalculated that oncoming bus. Yes there are people who do that now, but I guarantee there will be hell of a lot more with driverless vehicles.

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Behavior

What isn't being taken in to account the change of behaviour of other road users when automated cars are in the majority on the roads. Most pedestrians realise that stepping out in front of a car could mean death, even if it isn't speeding because you have to take a gamble that the driver is paying attention. When they think a driverless car will always see them and stop in time, then no more waiting for pedestrian crossings, they will just step out in to the road at anytime, and traffic will just stop.

So if you are in a driverless car get used to hanging off the seat belt every few seconds as a pedestrian or car with a driver decides you'll be the one to stop. I was going say pedestrians, cyclists or cars, but around Cambridge parts, cyclists already do that.

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Wi-Fi Dream Home Of The Future™ gets instructions for builders

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Re: getting the home-building industry to do WiFi right.

Our new house will have a phone socket in every room, which isn't needed as we've got cordless phones. But the builders wouldn't consider replacing the phone wiring with Ethernet.

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Don't touch that mail! London uni fears '0-day' used to cram network with ransomware

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Re: Oh dear...

But thinking back to when I was there (87-90), all the academic work was done on various UNIX boxes, and the only PC's were a couple of horrible Olivettis kept up in the attic to transfer files for personal use. These were so ridden with viruses, that you had to bring your own DOS floppy with you.

Remembering even more, the UNIX boxes for undergraduate use were so over subscribed as to be unusable (mainly Sun 3/50's with no local discs), so I ended up porting my 3rd year project to RISC OS to get it finished and then porting it back to UNIX. They also expected the dissertation to be written with nroff, but my pre-release copy of Impression desktop publishing software was a lot easier, and produced a lot better results when it came out of their postscript printers.

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