* Posts by druck

1532 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report

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Re: is anyone surprised?

The train could make a difference, but also as you are travelling in the opposite direction you may well be using a completely different set of masts due to the call hand off characteristics.

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Microsoft skates over Surface Hub sales data

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Eye watering prices

I'll wait for the Chinese copy, and loose a zero off the end.

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Enter == submit

RISC OS used the far superior and logical method of Enter/Return moving to the next text entry field, rather than prematurely closing the dialog without all the fields being entered. If you did want to exit immediately, that's what the OK button is for.

Oh and while we are here, the buttons in a dialog box didn't always have to be OK and Cancel, leading to ridiculous Windows dialogs with great big explanations "Press OK to do this action or Cancel to do the other action", Where as on RISC OS you named the buttons "Do This" and "Do The Other".

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Can ISPs step up and solve the DDoS problem?

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Re: Actually curious...

We aren't even anywhere near ISPs working to make the situation better, they can't won't even stop making thinks worse. Look at Talk Talk, they've been told 76,000 of their customers Wifi passwords are circulating on the internet, and they won't even tell their customers to change them.

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Guess King Battistelli's plan to fix the Euro Patent Office. Yep, give himself more power

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Re: Ways to get rid of him

They did try other ways of getting rid of him such as cutting the brakes on his bike. But for full comedy effect, they should have suspended a grand piano over the bike, and cut the rope to that.

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NASA spunks $127m on SSL-powered robot to refuel satellites in space

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Re: "should be capable of refueling satellites that haven't been designed for the job."

Before you can even think about what refueling connector to use, you first have to grab hold of the satellite, which is extremely difficult if it hasn't been designed with any handles, and has protruding solar panels and antenna. It was difficult enough for shuttle astronauts to do by hand, so a machine is going to have quite a challenge.

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Sigh... 'Hundreds of thousands' of... sigh, web CCTV cams still at risk of... sigh, hijacking

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OpenCAM?

What's needed is the camera equivalent of OpenWRT for routers, allowing the vulnerable firmware to be replaced with something more secure - as long as the camera has re-programmable flash.

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What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm – a 10nm ARM server chip

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Raspberry Pi 4

After this mornings disappointment at the cancellation of Broadcom's Vulcan, we can always dream that this could be in a Raspberry Pi 4.

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Broadcom quietly dismantles its 'Vulcan' ARM server chip project

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Re: Raspberry Pi 4

Yes but it's no Vulcan. I tried it out the Pi3 with an 64 bit version of SLES at the weekend. On a small C++ test program I got a 40% performance increase compared to the 32 bit code. The python version was half the speed though.

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Raspberry Pi 4

Damn, I was looking forward to having one of those in the Raspberry Pi 4.

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China and Russia aren't ready to go it alone on tech, but their threats are worryingly plausible

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Your balls

Going in to a joint venture with China is a worse prospect than even a joint venture with Microsoft. With Microsoft you can expect to have your balls cut off and handed back to you, with China expect them to be cut off and then find cheap copies being sold everywhere before you can wince.

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Microsoft says LinkedIn will make Trump, Brexit, voters feel great again

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Voted leave

Microsoft says buying LinkedIn will help to address the middle class discontent that saw Britain vote to leave the European Union and America vote to leave politics as we know it behind by electing Donald Trump.

I've got news for Microsoft, I addressed my middle class discontent by voting to leave Microsoft long before voting to leave the EU.

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BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

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Yes people are fallible when in control of aircraft or other forms of transport, but so are the people who design the software for automated vehicles. The difference being that if there is a human in the loop they can try to use their human ingenuity to try to avert disaster, if the computer is in control and the situation hasn't been thought of during the design process, there is no hope.

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The Hudson ditching was due to bird strikes taking out both engines.You might be thinking of the Colombian crash, if you are thinking at all.

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Ofcom fleshes out plans to open up BT's ducts and poles

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Re: How many times?

That would explain the deja-vu.

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Sony kills off secret backdoor in 80 internet-connected CCTV models

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I had hoped for better

You expect this sort of thing from no-name Chinese camera makers, but a high profile company like Sony? Well I suppose their rootkit team had to go somewhere.

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Cassini tickles Saturn's rings ahead of final death plunge

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Re: All the best science

The point of the fiery destruction is that the probe doesn't crash in to and contaminate one of the major moons. But with all this diving in and out of the rings with a non trivial chance of collision, are the boffins sure that a debris cloud couldn't form that could eventually reach the moons?

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Microsoft boffins think VR visions will rival drugs by 2027

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Clunky

If you thought the Windows 8/10 interface was a step backwards, just wait until you have to wear a clunky headset to use it.

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Bloke sold cash register code to restaurants that deliberately hid sales from taxmen

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Re: the various tax boards WILL check up...

They aren't forced to be a tax cheat in the same way you aren't forced in to childish uppercase name calling.

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Hollow, world! Netflix premieres Java in-memory database toolkit

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Eh?

I'm pretty sure my smart TV has nowhere near room for a data set of 100GB, what gives?

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

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Re: Intel seem to be a bit fallable

Should have gone with an ARM SOC.

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Microsoft, IBM, Intel refuse to hand over family jewels to China

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The cheek of it

It's not like they haven't stolen most of the secrets already.

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Axel Springer boss defends Facebook in fake news controversy

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On Brexit

We are better off than the rest of Europe now, and in 5 years we'll be hell of a lot better off.

And that's not a fake story.

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Google turns on free public NTP servers that SMEAR TIME

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Re: Smearing

You don't use the calendar time set by NTP for anything other than human readable output, any program that is remotely sensitive to time differences should be using the monotonic API, which is just a value incrementing at a constant rate and completely unaffected by leap seconds or any other adjustment to the calendar time.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Silly people

I was going to post vegans should go away and procreate, or a euphemism to that effect, but I'd rather they didn't breed in anyway, think of the poor children denied the delights of a bacon butty.

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Nokia restores ‘Phones’

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Re: Makes you wonder

One word; Elop.

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Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

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Re: As if the justice system in the US wasn't fucked enough already...

The US is only a week extradition treaty away...

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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@Pontius

Sorry but vegans are the most self-righteous self-denying fools on the planet, and will get no respect from me.

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50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

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I'd say its less about learning something, and more about knowing they wont get the cash from congress to spunk on some even more hideously expensive ground up new design, and instead keeping favour by retaining employment at some of the old Shuttle factories.

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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Re: Go A350 !

My first job after university was writing the cabin software for the A330/A340, I hope they are using something a bit better than old 68000s in the A350.

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NASA sets fire to stuff in SPAAACE. On purpose. Because science

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Re: "If you're going to have crime, it might as well be organized crime"

Better than the uncontrolled test(s) on Mir.

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2016. AI boffins picked a hell of a year to train a neural net by making it watch the news

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BBC News Subtitles

Did they compare the result of the lip reading against the text of the BBC News subtitles? If so the error rate is going to be much higher, as the subtitles are often gibberish.

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Rumble in the off-the-shelf server jungle: HPE comes out swinging

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Inverse halo

The high end Itanium systems are rotting on the vine with no significant new silicon from Intel in years, which tends to put an inverse halo on the rest of the range. Which is a shame, as a lot of the mid range systems are quite nice.

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NASA trying to rein in next-generation super-heavy lifter costs

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Re: James Hansen will be furious

Lets just look what NASA does with the results of its climate change research, you don't have to go any further than this very website http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/02/a_tale_of_two_thermometers/

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LinkedIn competitor offers to drop Russians into same legal trap that caught LinkedIn

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You couldn't...

...make it up!

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Facebook recruits some help to fight fakes, but doubles down on wisdom of the crowd

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Fake the fakers

So we can expect armies of nutjobs marking legit stories as fakes now, so their preferred fakes wont stand out.

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Australian government lends nbn™ AU$19.5bn to finish the job

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Subsidies

I was going to say something, but then I remembered the situation with UK broadband, government money and BT, and realised we are in no to position to comment.

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LinkedIn officially KickedOut of Russia

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Owned

Kind of hard to feel sorry for Linkedin now they are owned by Microsoft.

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Searching for 'Fatty Kim the Third' banned on Chinese social media

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Devil

The UNHCR left out execution by anti-aircraft weapon, which he reserves for his personal favourites.

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UK warships to have less firepower than 19th century equivalents as missiles withdrawn

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Re: When was the last time a RN fired a shot in anger?

@Voland's right hand: is there no subject that you don't feel qualified to spout crap on?

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Brit smart streetlight bods Telensa named 'global market leader'

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Around our way not only did the new LED lights involve a pole swap, but they also removed one in every 4 poles too, so there are now great sections of what now looks like absolute darkness compared to the new bright lights.

Ironically 3 out of the 4 remaining lights shine in to our back garden, making it impossible to see the stars, unless you hide behind the shed one the one spot they don't reach, and then you can only see directly above you.

Ours seem to be particularly badly designed to spill so much light away from the road. At my parents the new LED ones there are so tightly targeted that while the road is well illuminated the front of the houses are now in darkness, you can hardly see them on the other side of the road. Of course my parents are now worried this will allow criminals free reign to creep around.

So a bloody bad idea all round.

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Tech Trump: Silicon Valley steps into the valley of unhappiness

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¡Bong!

I'd love to see a Steve ¡Bong! vs Donald Trump showdown.

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Boffins of the future gear up to build their own beastmode rigs

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Re: Pi

Raspberry Pi's no, but this might be worth a go http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/15/packet_dotnet_arm_cloud/

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Encrypted email sign-ups instantly double in wake of Trump victory

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Re: FUD

@bombastic bob: Whatever the merit your views may have is completely destroyed by using silly names, it makes you look like an idiot.

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HP Elite x3 phablet: The three-in-one business has been waiting for?

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It was ok until...

While reading the article you can start to see some merit in the idea, but then you get to that screen shot of the start menu, and realise the full horror of having to put up with Windows 10.

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

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IC2 in police parlance.

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Anti-ultrasound tech aims to foil the dog-whistle marketeers

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Re: Or

My hearing threshold is down to 8KHz.

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Build your Type 26 warships next year? Sure, MoD – now, about that contract...

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Re: Have they finished the aircraft carriers yet?

If the Scot Nats get their way( and vote to SCEXIT the UK) perhaps they will be built at Barrow alongside the new subs.

The Scot Nats are so deluded, they think they can get independence, still build the ships for R-UK and keep a couple for themselves while they are at it. In the words of the great lady "NO, NO, NO".

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10x faster servers? Pop a CAPI in your dome

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Cars or trains?

From the description of the coherency, it sounds like it should be a multi-line rail tracks next to the old PCI free-way, rather than just a faster free-way.

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