* Posts by druck

1585 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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Repeat Until Perfect

I've spent over 25 years regularly coming back to my software, and doing bits of it again properly this time. The day I'm entirely happy with something I've written, is the day I admit I'm tool old and will retire from coding.

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Re: Sequel

For the sequel they should supply it on digital media set up to loop indefinitely. It would be interesting to see how long the BBFC would sit watching it after the declared running time was up. They wouldn't be able to charge extra though, as they could never finish the job.

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Re: ... use up the waste plutonium ...

Plutonium is a very useful power source for space probes visiting the outer solar system, and NASA has run out. So it is useful to keep around for the future.

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Brit boffins brew nanotech self-cleaning glass

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Re: Question

Something in direct sunlight can easily reach 74°C, that doesn't mean the ambient air temperature is anything near that.

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Space podule outfit inks Arizona launch deal

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Re: A bit worried about this

Yes, the video conveniently fades out before what we can assume is a very rough landing.

And a massive thumbs down for wasting that much helium.

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Inside Intel's CPU-level multi-factor auth (and why we've got deja vu)

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ME vs Trustzone

Whilst it is a good idea to keep some security related data away from a general purpose Operating System, which may be compromised in a myriad of ways; compare Intel's approach to ARM's. Intel is relying on the entirely unverifiable closed source hidden firmware in the Management Engine, where as ARM's Trustzone runs any secure operating system the user chooses, which can be independently audited and verified.

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Is that light at the end of AMD's dark tunnel, or God sparking up a cig?

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@Code For Broke

ARM don't manufacture chips, your comments do smell of fish.

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Ad-clicking bots predicted to rip US$7.2 billion from Mad Men

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Someone has to...

...click on those ads, so it might as well be bots, as I never see them thanks to ad blocking.

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Hey, Intel and Micron: XPoint is phase-change memory, right? Or is it? Yes. No. Yes

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XPoint is the new...

..cold fusion?

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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Re: Adblock's next step?

Well at least they wont have the opportunity to cosy up to to ad slingers and expand the acceptable ads features (which is disableable).

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It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

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Wipkipedia Media Circle Jerk

The worse thing about Wikipedia isn't the poor quality, but the circular references used to give itself credibility. A lazy reporter uses an inaccurate fact they found on Wikipedia without cross checking, and this gets in a published article, Wikipedia then references this article to validate the 'fact', forming a Wikipedia Media circle jerk.

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Qualcomm forms JV with Chinese province to design server chipsets

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Well with Intel putting the untrustable processor within a processor "Management Engine Microcontroller" in to all their server chips, who can blame the Chinese or anyone else from wanting something different.

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Comet halo theory for flickering 'alien megastructure' star fails

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Re: Planets

Not only is the quote incorrect, but the name is not just singly, but doubly offensive to all the right thinking bacon munchers who frequent this site.

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Ground control to Major Tim! Brit's spacewalk halted after NASA 'naut takes unexpected leak

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Re: Tasting water?

There are two sources of water in the suit, water from the cooling system which is cold, and water from the drinking bottle, which is warm as it is located on the chest. Luckily any urine spillage on long space walks is avoided through use of the space nappy, or space diaper as the Americans like to call it.

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Huffing and puffing Intel needs new diet of chips if it's to stay in shape

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Re: Oh dear Intel are not making as much profit as they are used to

I don't see much demand for $1000, or even $100 a piece processors in IOT land.

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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Re: A few comments

I'm afraid I've abandoned Ubuntu now, I used to have a very nice stable Kubuntu 14.04 VM, but made the mistake of updating it to 15.x with Plasma 5, and it continually breaks, booting to a blank screen, or an unusable desktop. I liked the 1995 look of KDE, so its Mint+Mate only for me now.

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"WP7 did work much better than Android on low end hardware. That was because WP7 was based on WinCE and had no multi-tasking capability."

Win CE had very good multi-tasking ability basically being a straight port of NT4. If WP7 didn't multi-task, that was down to it, and it alone.

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Intel lobs out new Core m3/m5 Compute Sticks, shouts 'Fetch!'

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10x the cost of an ARM based stick.

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Foetuses offered vaginal music streaming service

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Re: Snake oil

Even more nonsensical is the voice app, the baby can already hear it's mothers voice very clearly through her body, without any assistance from speakers shoved up her woowoo.

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Trend Micro: Internet scum grab Let's Encrypt certs to shield malware

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Knee jerk

Unfortunately the knee jerk reaction to lack of privacy by demanding everything is encrypted, is leading to overall poorer security.

Is the potential of unencrypted web traffic being snooped better or worse than having sites appearing to be trusted by using freely available unverified certificates issued to malware writers?

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Did North Korea really just detonate a hydrogen bomb? Probably not

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Re: No reason not to - they already did the hard part (the A bomb)

Once you have made an A bomb, making it into an H bomb is graduate level chemistry and engineering.

Absolute rubbish, a H-bomb is a very complex fission-fusion-fission sequence which is just as difficult as the A-bomb to get right. It took the UK 4 attempts with Operation Grapple to get a yield significantly greater than the secondary fission device alone. So it's unsurprising that NK's device has a similar yield to its previous tests.

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H-Bombs, its the fission not fusion

In the current media reports on the North Korean nuclear test seems to be a complete lack of understanding of what a H-Bomb is, despite the knowledge being public available. While it has a fusion element, that is not what gives it its greater yield, that is still the fission component, but more effectively.

As mentioned in the article the biggest problem with an atomic bomb is the energy released when fission starts is so great it blows the bomb apart, which leads to a low yield and lots of radioactive contamination from the unused uranium or plutonium.

Where as a convention A-bomb uses high explosives to try to hold the fissile material together during detonation, a H-bomb uses the result of fusion triggered by a smaller fission bomb, to constrain a larger fission bomb so it holds together longer producing a higher yield and less unused fissile material. The actual mechanism is massively intense X-rays from the fusion reaction causes ablative pressure on a uranium jacket surrounding the secondary fission device..

A H-bomb is really a fission-fusion-fission bomb, with the vast majority of the energy released coming from the fission not fusion.

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North Korean operating system is a surveillance state's tour de force

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Re: 9Rune5

"A baboon once made off with my lunchbox though, with me standing right in the middle. I could have smacked the car door on its head, but I felt my lunch wasn't worth killing for."

Killing it? Dream on, a baboon would have smacked you straight back, and taken a big chunk out of you as keepsake.

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Aroused Lycra-clad cyclist prompts Manchester cop dragnet

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Re: Has anyone considered....

Maybe this register story featured on the same page, might be an explanation?

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Microsoft in 2015: Mobile disasters, Windows 10 and heads in the clouds

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If Windows 10 was exactly like Windows 7, why would anyone upgrade? People would stick to 7 for as long as they did with XP, if not longer as the paid upgrade is dead (even Apple can't get cash for the latest shiny shiny OS). Microsoft isn't so much giving away Windows 10 as forcing it down 7 & 8 users throats in a desperate attempt to get them back on a revenue earning platform, and that's the pay forever service model.

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Microsoft halts downloads of new PowerShell power-up

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FFS - WMF

FFS - WMF is Windows Meta File (a rather crap early vector graphics format), MS can't just redefine the TLA.

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There's an epidemic of idiots who can't find power switches

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Re: Am i stupid? or am I smart?

You wouldn't have a problem kicking out plugs if you had a decent UK 3 pin plug, rather than the useless 2 pin ones used in other parts of the world such as the US or Australia, which will part contact with the socket just by looking at them.

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Physics uses warp theory to look beyond relativity

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Physics vs Computing

Well this is the sort of thing that made me switch from a Physics Degree to a Computer Science degree. It's absolutely fascinating, but made my head hurt more than dealing with 0's and 1's, at least until Microsoft came along.

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Visual Studio Code: The top five features

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Re: A pleasant (very) lightweight IDE

Tried Geany, then Code::Blocks, stopped at QtDevelop for the time being, given that it plays nice with CMake.

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Re: On linux? Meh, I'll stick with vim

To make sure vim's syntax highlighting is on by default, put

syntax on
in in your .vimrc and you'll probably want
set bg=dark
too, and maybe set the tab stops to less that 8
set ts=4
if you haven't expunged them from your sources.

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Mozilla looses Firefox 43, including Windows 64-bit variant

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Meh

Shame it doesn't automatically upgrade you from 32 to 64 bit.

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Microsoft extends Internet Explorer 8 desktop lifeline to upgrade laggards

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Re: Write your line of business apps to be browser based

There may be some excuse having to stick with old versions of the OS, such as not being able to obtain drivers for old hardware which is still critical to the business. But there is no excuse for making your business applications reliant on particular version of IE, its a deliberate act of maleficence.

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VDI comes to the Raspberry Pi

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Silent Pi

I've been using the Pi2 to RDP in to work since it came out. Completely silent, unlike the HP i7 laptop, even after re-pasting its heat sink.

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Samba man 'Tridge' accidentally helps to sink request for Oz voteware source code

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First past the post

If the voting system is so complex you need software (open or closed source) in order to count it, it isn't for for purpose.

Whatever you say about first pas the post, everyone can understand the concept of who got the most votes wins.

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Predictable: How AV flaw hit Microsoft's Windows defences

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Re: The MS platform is pretty robust these days, but it only takes one bad Apple

Compared to Windows 95 undoubtedly the security of Microsoft products have got better. But compared to commercial UNIX's, BSD's and Linux, it's got at least twice as far again to go.

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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Re: opps

To estimate the risk, you have to ask how many times have the engineers removed a UPS from a live data centre. If he answer is never or less than a couple of times in the last year, then the estimate is a 1:1 chance they'll cock up the procedure.

At least you got it back up in 36 hours, I'd have said a minimum of 48.

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Libertarian hero: 'Satoshi Nakamoto', government funds, the NSA and the DHS

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Re: NSA

Ah, I thought I thought of that myself, but I was obviously remembering your post.

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NSA

I'm surprised that the conspiracy nut-cases haven't come out of the woodwork to claim that the bitcoin creator was working hand in hand with NSA, and they are able de-anonomize the blockchain or some such nonsense.

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Who! would! want! Yahoo!? How! about! Verizon!?

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Split?

Split the off the search no one uses from other bits no one wants - makes even less sense than buying AOL.

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How business is taking the space race to new frontiers

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Please stop regurgitating fluff pieces from The Conversation.

Putting New Shepard back on the pad after a little vertical hop is incomparable to landing back a Falcon 9 first stage which has helped put a payload in orbit.

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British woman loses £1.6 million to romance scam love rats

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Re: Damn.

It's no fun being an intelligent and honest person, when you see how much you could be making from the dumb suckers out there.

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Australian cops rush to stop 2AM murder of … a spider

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Strueth!

For the love of XXXX man up, throw a tinny at it, and let the croc in the back yard take care of it.

(Speaking as someone who's been all over Oz, and really bloody looked but not found anything more deadly than an echidna).

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Russian nuke plant operator to build on-site data centre

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Re: So?

Having worked for a short time many years ago as a CEGB test engineer in both a coal and nuclear power stations in the UK, I know which one I preferred.

The Magnox nuclear plant was extremely well managed, maintained, and spotless - from the generator hall to the reactor floor it looked like your mother dusted it regularly. The focus on safety from plant operations to health physics couldn't be more intense.

Then there was the coal fired station, you can't have solid floors anywhere because of the carcinogenic coal dust which got everywhere would collapse the buildings, so you could look down at your feet at the top of the cooling block right down through all the grid floors to the basement 300ft below - very disconcerting at 3am. When I finished a 36 hour shift testing the boiler tubes and went to the wash room, I spun around in surprise to see what looked like a coal miner in the mirror - it turned out it was me, I had never been that filthy in my life.

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Microsoft rides to Dell's rescue, wrecks rogue root certificate

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Re: Needed MS really.

Windows regularly deletes any unauthorised root certificates, to prevent malicious use. The fact that Dell used a DLL to put it's back in means they knew damn well what they were doing was wrong, so they can't have any complaint against Windows Defender wielding the ban hammer.

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Plusnet ignores GCHQ, spits out plaintext passwords to customers

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Re: TalkTalk customer Schadenfreude...

Paul Moore wrote:

To be fair, Plusnet's overall approach to security is one of the best in the industry.

I'm afraid it isn't, despite at least 7 years of complaining by customers their POP3 and SMTP mail severs still only support plain text login.

So if you check your email from a mobile device...

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Intel hires Qualcomm's compute leader to lead new mobile push

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x86 Baggage

Intel should have hired him to work over their X-Scale cores (and god did it need it with the worst instructions per clock of any ARM design), as he can't work miracles and somehow make Intel's chips competitive with ARM while carrying all the baggage of the x86 ISA along with them.

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£2.3m ZANO nano-drone crowdfunded project crashes and burns

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Good luck with seeing any of your cash again

The last time I was unfortunate enough to deal with a liquidator, they spent 2 years sending me great thick wads of literature through the post, explaining the substantial costs they running up (a fair proportion from posting great big wads of literature). At the end of I got next to f'all back, what a surprise.

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Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

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Re: But

If you look at the apps for a 3 year old, they are brightly coloured, have big obvious buttons and lots of visual and audio feedback. They straightforward and intuitive for all ages, and a damn sight better than the grey on grey adult orientated apps.

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Re: Good points

Paul Crawford wrote:

I often wondered why the GUI muppets at Gnome, Firefox, Google, MS, etc, all seem to go down the same route of removing functionality and discoverability.
It seems only those working on Mint Mate/Cinnamon still have their heads screwed on and are interested in designing a usable GUI, rather than a bloody fashion statement.

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Red dwarf superflares batter formerly 'habitable' exoplanet

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Colonisation

In July, NASA declared it had discovered "the closest thing yet to another Earth" - Kepler-452b. Once again, scientists put the kibosh on the prospect of colonisation by noting that the Kepler-452 solar system's extreme age - six billion years - meant the planet is probably suffering as its venerable G-type star increases its energy output en route to expanding into a red giant.
It's far more likely any inhabitants of Kepler-452b would be looking to colonise a small blue planet around a fairly young main sequence star, than the other way around.

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