* Posts by druck

1544 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

Tails Linux farewells 32-bit processors with imminent version 3.0

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Re: Sad to lose old hardware

It's not just old hardware, I've got quite a few VM's (various distros) which are 32 bit, some of which date back to before 64 bit hardware, others were set up deliberately as 32 bit so as to minimise memory usage, but they've all updated smoothly through numerous major releases (except Ubuntu which broke twice).

Given most will be dropping 32 bit support soon, I'd like an upgrade path to 64 bit, but only Open Suse has so far done so. I converted Open Suse 13.2 to 64 bits and then upgraded to Leap 42.1 with remarkably little difficulty.

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US government agency pops 16 years of solar weather data online

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Re: solar weather

I think you'll find that denying the solar weather has any affect on the Earth's climate, is one of the founding tenants of the AWG theology.

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For $deity's sake, smile! It's Friday! Sad coders write bad code – official

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WTF?

Knowledge worker?

I don't like the term knowledge worker, its almost as bad as sex worker. I'm all for calling a prostitute a prostitute, and a programmer a programmer.

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Hard numbers: The mathematical architectures of Artificial Intelligence

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Re: The problem with defining artificial intelligence

Cuddles wrote:

Importantly, note that the "data mining" step in the article explicitly states that this is something human intelligence is no good at. It ultimately defines artificial intelligence as something qualitatively different from human intelligence.
The human brain is extremely good at data mining, it just depends on what the dataset is. When recognising patterns in visual or audio data, and things we have experienced, it is far better than machines. When it comes to a data mining a billion supermarket transactions in a database, then the computer is better.

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GitLab.com luckily found lost data on a staging server

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Re: Ofcourse they went public...

They couldn't do a Talk Talk defence and bluster on about a tiny number affected users, and hope some more idiots will join up next week, developers aren't that stupid.

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Ohio bloke accused of torching own home after his pacemaker rats him out to cops

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Re: Pleading the Fifth

Good point!

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

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Re: Spring or Summer?

The summer season starts on the solstice, which is indeed June 21st this year.

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'Grey technology' should be the new black

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The reason for assistive technology costing 10x more is because it either qualifies for direct government subsidies to individuals, or disability discrimination law means businesses have to provide it for employees that require it.

Some products such as full screen readers are very complex products which are expensive develop and keep up to date with every change to the underlying operating system, so would not be cheap under any circumstances. But subsidies or captive markets really put those extra zeros on the end.

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Ransomware avalanche at Alpine hotel puts room keycards on ice

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Re: @2+2

The days of clay copies are indeed long behind us, a simple photograph and a 3D printer is all you need these days.

And those safes in the room, even if they weren't next to useless security wise (default master codes) and far too small for anything else but a couple of passports and some jewelery, they are usually at additional cost, and most people don't bother.

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'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

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Poor Cats

Won't somebody think of he cats.

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Bloke launches twinkly range of BBC Micro:bit accessory boards

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Re: x2 NICs

There are plenty of ARM chips with fast interface buses, just not the cheapest SOCs aimed at mobile phones or set top boxes which are used in Raspberry Pi like boards.

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Forget Tony Stark's Iron Man – exosuits of the future will be spandex

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Re: Great ... but ...

@PhilipN are you arguing for more legs? How many, 4, 6 or 8?

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Revenue is vanity and profit is sanity. Right, Seagate?

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16TB is a horrific amount of data to lose, when just enough Helium has leaked out to cause the heads to be aerodynamically unstable and crash in to all those tightly packed platters. But then again, a similar sized SSD running out of write life will also ruin your day. So if there's one thing about these large drives that is for certain, you'll need to use more of them for backups.

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It's official: Ejit – sorry – Ajit Pai is new FCC boss (he's the one who hates network neutrality)

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Re: from article: "President Snowflake"?

Last night my 3 year old had exactly the same reaction to being called snowflake as Bombastic Bob, he called me a "poo face" and bagged the keyboard until a lot of capitals letters came up.

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Government to sling extra £4.7bn at R&D in bid to Brexit-proof Britain

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Stop

NEB

Lets hope this isn't the start of another National Enterprise Board thowing money at buzz words and lost causes.

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Mozilla wants infosec activism to be the next green movement

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They want to do for Internet security what climate change has done for scientific rigor?

Gawd help us!

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Boffins ready to demo 1.44 petabit-per-second fibre cables

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Re: Priorities

That's probably sooner than they'll have finished writing the cargo ship full of micro SD cards.

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Trump's 'cyber tsar' Giuliani among creds leaked in mass hacks

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Re: Enquiring minds...

El Reg has always been a tabloid!

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All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

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Sport

BT: stop spunking money on sport for BT-TV no one watches, leave that for the fools on Sky to pay for, and get back to providing a phone/broadband service.

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Elementary, my dear IBM: When will Watson make money?

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@Ledswinger

tl;dr Ask Watson: How do we make some fucking money out of you?

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Wintel part deux? Microsoft Azure first for Intel Clear Linux

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Re: Optimised for x86 ?

A decreasing number of distros are supporting x86, AMD64 is what they are targeting now.

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Adobe's naughty Chrome telemetry code had XSS problem

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Re: The fix

The fix is simply to say NO when Chrome asks if you want to enable this piece of malware.

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Square Kilometre Array precursor shrinks 5TB of data to 22MB – every second!

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Re: My desktop computer has 4TB and can easily write 22mb a second

Not if it's a fast gamma ray burst, or other short lived phenomenon.

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RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

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Re: Sobering thoughts

My 3 year old is very much in to rockets, and every time he sees one, he asks me if it is going to the moon. I have to explain to him that men first when to the moon when his daddy was his younger brothers age (1), and no one has been since his daddy was his age. Worst still, I now have to tell him that those brave astronauts are very old, and half of them have died.

I just hope he keeps up the interest without the spirit of discovery from the manned space program that characterised my childhood in the 70s and 80s, and him and his brother live long enough to see mankind take the next giant leap on to another world.

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

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Thermals

The BCM2837 chip in the Pi3 does run very hot under load, which will be a challenge for some embedded uses. It's a shame the Pi2 chip (BCM2836) is no longer available, as that is the coolest running of all the variants at idle, and delivers good 4 core performance at reasonable temperatures, even when over-clocked to 1GHz. The Pi2 which is now being sold contains an under-clocked Pi3 chip and has WiFi and Bluetooth deleted.

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Smart fingerprint padlock startup to $320k backers: Sorry for the radio silence

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Re: Sounds like a crap product to start with ..

I can just see the advertising slogan now:-

The lock where you leave your key on everything you touch.

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Embrace the world of pr0nified IT with wide open, er, arms

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Re: The pontification of Lara Croft with swishy hair and swaying breasts...

...did not improve Tomb Raider gameplay one jot.
But backing her in to a corner and getting her to groan suggestively, was a seminal moment of my teenage years.

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Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

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Re: Legal persons, not natural persons

I think I am the liquor has hit the nail on the head. The manufacturers will be protected from investigation of the rules they have programmed to balance the value of your life against other groups of people, and allowed to get away with paying paying in to an insurance fund.

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D-Wave goes public with open-source quantum-classical hybrid software

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Point?

So it might not solve the problem and it doesn't actually run on the D-Wave smoke and mirrors machine.

I must have missed the point somewhere in the article.

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Crims shut off Ukraine power in wide-ranging anniversary hacks

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Re: On the bright side

Bullshit? It's all true, Trump is just pissed that stories of a video showing him with a room full of Russian prostitutes has come out now. Vlad was supposed to leak it in 4 years time, as given how much the groping tape actually helped him in the polls, it would have undoubtedly won him a second term.

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Autocomplete a novel phishing hole for Chrome, Safari crims

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Ask the right question

Auto-complete shouldn't just ask you yes or no, it should first tell you all the fields which it will complete. You should then be able to spot a list which is longer than the boxes on the page.

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Too much landfill, too little purpose: CES 2017

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@dan1980

What you want is the Intranet of thingsTM

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Fitbit throws fit, emits writ for outfit's non-hit, rather sh*t, 'Fitbit' kit

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Coffee/keyboard

Love the subhead

See --->

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

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Re: Only TRULY GIGANTIC lawsuits will stop this...

If it was a KitKat wrapper, it would be obvious, as you have to rub it until the writing on the chocolate shows through, then slice between the bars with your thumbnail. If that isn't the way you open it, then a drug related investigation is entirely warranted!

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Cat litter + evidence

If you are going to keep cat litter in your car, then make sure it contains some evidence of cat usage.

You wont have to worry about your windows fogging up, as you'll need them down to avoid the aroma.

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FM now stands for 'fleeting mortality' in Norway

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Re: DAB+ DrXym

Tom7 wrote:

Its more a question of replacing 4K full colour TV with 4K full colour TV with seriously reduced reception and usability cos 'new is better even if it really isn't'
No its more like going from 4K back to SD, most of the DAB channels are mono rather than stereo and at bit rates that give audio quality up there with telephone hold music.

It wasn't until Freeview HD arrived that I got a better digital pictures than with a good analogue signal. The artifact riddled Freeview SD was awful even before they reduced the bit rate to fit in all the shopping and +1 channels. Maybe the difference between DAB and DAB+ would be the same leap as Freeview SD to HD, but as it isn't happening in the UK, leave FM the hell alone.

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Former car rental biz staff gave customers' details to phone pests

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Sue ball

I think I'll be suing Enterprise for a chunk of that £400,000 to compensate me for all the cold calls I've received since I used their company.

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Put walls around home Things, win $25k from US government

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Re: One idea

"I want an *intranet* of things"

Couldn't have put it better myself.

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One idea

IOT shouldn't mean send data to the cloud.

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Researchers work to save trusted computing apps from keyloggers

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Achilles heel

The real Achilles heel continues to be the Intel Management Engine embedded in all of it's chips. No one knows what it is doing, so you can't trust any aspect of the chip.

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How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it

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To my fellow programmers

FFS, get a clue!

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Where's the meat

That's all I can say.

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Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

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Re: "Smart meters are 'dangerously insecure'"

The physical security of the meter is strong,
No it isn't, it sits in a box on the outside of my house which can be opened by anyone with a key from a poundshop.

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MacBook killer? New Lenovo offering sexed up with XPoint booster

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Yes, Yes, Yes, No!

The specification will include a range of compute and storage options, such as Intel Kaby Lake CPUs, Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics, 32GB of DRAM, a 4K touch display option
Yes, yes, yes, hell yes...
and Windows 10,
...no thanks.

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Re: Can you imagine Windows 95 going at the speed of today's hardware?

Def wrote:

I hated the Walt Disney UI of XP,
Disney would be less infantile, XP is Telly Tubby land, and no mistake.

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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So much

It wasn't until I followed the links in the obit did I realise that so much of what I love about El Reg was down to one man. A very sad loss to us all, and especially his wife and young family.

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Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

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Re: Like!!

Just make sure you replace Firefox with Chromium on older systems with less than 4GB of memory, then you'll really see what it can do.

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NIST requests ideas for crypto that can survive quantum computers

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I'll beleive it when I see it...

...a working quantum computer capable of cracking conventional cryptography, that is.

In the mean time I'll spend the time worrying about the myriad of crypto implementation weaknesses, that don't need magic quantum fairy dust dust to exploit.

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Firefox to give all extensions their own process in January

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Re: Ditched FF at v48

I've also ditched Firefox on my systems. The performance of the last couple of versions has dropped off a cliff on my more modest and low memory systems which used to be ok, such as an old 2GB Atom netbook running Linux Mint and the 1GB Raspberry Pi 2's and 3's, but strangely also the company 4GB i5 laptop when using a VPN.

The performance on my 4GB i3 and 8GB i7 laptops is acceptable, but what finished it off for me is Firefox's failure to play BBC News video clips, unless you refresh the page a few times until it stops being a black rectangle.

Chromium's performance on all those systems is far superior, and BBC News clips play straight off, so its bye bye Firefox, which is a shame as I prefer it's fonts and rendering on many sites.

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