* Posts by druck

1569 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

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

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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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FAIL

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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MPs to assess tech feasibility of requirements under draft surveillance laws

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What I don't really understand is why they feel the need to record the communication records of everyone.

It's the same as saying CCTV camera's should not record everyone and only the criminals. A very small amount of the CCTV usage is following suspects using live cameras, the vast bulk of the usage is trawling through records after a crime has been committed. So as with communication records, you need to record everything in order to be able to trace back from a person of interest to their associates, many of whom would not be known in advance.

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Terrorists seek to commit deadly 'cyber attacks' in UK, says Chancellor Osborne

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If your goldfish got together with a few (thousand) others and made it in to the wrong part of the secondary heat exchangers, it could well shut down the station!

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Economics and poltics rather than terror

As the article said, an AK-47 on the street is far more effective an instrument of terror than a hack. The on-line infra structure is at far greater threat from state sponsored economic espionage, as we've seen with gigabytes of material from US defence contractors slipping off to somewhere behind the great firewall, and also many cases of massive disruption of systems of any country which has dared to oppose Vlad's bouts of adventurism.

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Today's Quiz Question: Are there more SIMs than people in the world?

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Picocell

Why doesn't someone come up with a 2G picocell for these old devices, which will then relay over 3G or better.

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We are not getting out of PCs, says Fujitsu exec

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Better than HP

Glad Fujitsu is not dumping the PC biz just yet, the father-in-law bought a very nice i7 laptop recently, solidly built, quick and quiet. Much better than the P.o.S i7 HP he donated to me, although after a full stripping down, cleaning out the heat exchanger and putting new thermal paste on chips, it now runs at a sensible temperature rather then frying and dying at over 100C any time you try to do anything remotely taxing.

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Hubble finds lonely 'void galaxy' floating in cosmic nothingness

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Re: A bit confused here...

I assume they mean we would not have powerful enough telescopes until the 60's to be able to see any other galaxies.

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Conficker is back – and it's infecting police body cams

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Re: @ Mark85

A business can maximise shareholder value by either:-

a) cutting every corner, producing a crap product, look for a new sucker to buy each time

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b) spending slightly more on the product, getting steady stream of repeat business from satisfied customers

While there are plenty of (a)s, there are quite a few (b)s too.

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Doctor Who: Nigel Farage-alike bogey beast terrorises in darkly comic Sleep No More

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Re: I have to say I think it was the weakest of the series so far

I did fall asleep half way through (or sooner) but that's more to do with having a 2 year old and a 1 month old than the episode. Just got them off to bed and sat down to watch, and we are away too - a machine that compresses a whole months sleep in to 5 minutes, it's called the TV.

I was hoping the article would have a proper spoiler so I'd find out what happened, but instead we'll have to play the DVR game - "Did you see this bit?", "I think I fell asleep before then", "Lets watch from here", "Bugger, I fell asleep again", "Me too".

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Yahoo! spills! user! account! beans! in! 60%! of! gov! data! requests!

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As many as...

...7,817 people still use Yahoo! ? I'll get me coat.

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The Edward Snowden guide to practical privacy

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Re: Facebook

You might have 2 SIM cards, but do you have one or two IMEIs? Even if its two, are they easily related? - Same manufacturer, same location.

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Brits rattle tin for custom LCD Raspberry Pi funbox

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Re: Landfill Android

I was also thinking that a landfill android would have a lot better screen and touch capabilities, but not to use it instead of a Raspberry Pi, but in additional to one. An app on the phone handles the GUI, the Pi handles and I/O, and you get the fun of developing comms between them.

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Net neutrality protestors bundled out of UN conference

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Free or not free

The Internet.org service – developed and led by Facebook – allows customers of certain mobile networks to access a number of services while having to pay for the data that they use. Those services include Wikipedia, BBC News, Facebook, and a range of local news and sports results providers.
I thought the idea was the data for those services were free, and anything else had to be paid for - hence the outrage.

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ARM reveals the Internet of Things security defenses hackers will inevitably learn to evade

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Re: TrustZone user-tweakable boards?

A Linaro 96Board should be suitable. You can always play around with the TrustZone in Qemu first.

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NHS IT must spend a fortune to save a fortune, says McKinsey

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NO!

The government is putting another much needed $8bn in to the NHS this parliament, it better as hell not all get wasted on IT projects, which have almost a perfect record of complete failure.

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What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use

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Re: Google doesn't know what I've accessed

PlusNet doesn't support any encryption for POP3 or IMAP either.

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Untamed pledge() aims to improve OpenBSD security

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Narrowing

I assume pledge only allows narrowing of permissions? Or there would be nothing to stop a compromised program from issuing pledge again to widen them.

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