* Posts by Gnoitall

23 posts • joined 9 Mar 2011

Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why


Correcting tea misinformation

Quoth Dabbsy:

My immediate conclusion is that Koreans are as bad as the French at making tea. As anyone in the civilised world knows, tea must be prepared using boiling water

As anyone in the civilized world knows, tea must be prepared using water approximately 25 degrees below boiling. One does not boil civilized tea. (I.e., green tea. Thus saith the civilizations that invented the stuff, including the Koreans.)

Only poseurs pretend wilted oxidized tea is better.

BOFH: Turn your server rack hotspot to a server rack notspot


Chekhov's PDU

“They looked fairly sturdy,” The PFY sighs.

“Oh yeah, you could beat someone to death with them but you wouldn’t want to use one,” Dave blurts.

Not cool, dude: Brit web host Hotchilli Internet freezes itself for good


Closed to serve you better

And not at all ironic

BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support


Simon will look back on this

with a degree of gratitude to PFY. When you stare into the abyss long enough, the abyss reaches up and drags you into it. It really sounded like Simon had fallen into a fugue state, mentally trapped in the Support Maze. And PFY retrieved him, yanked him back into reality, with the best tool for the job.

'Course, Simon will also zap PFY when he's not expecting it (any more), because you don't get away with that kind of s**t without consequences.

CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar


What the AV tools have been doing

An AV tool that can't accept the Meltdown patch is an AV tool which has been silently exploiting the Meltdown vulnerability for as long as it's been "drill[ing] deep into the kernel's internals in order to keep tabs on the system."

In other words, the AV software have been the exploiting malware we've all been worrying about, and have been for years.

Firefox 57's been quietly delaying tracking scripts


That's not a bug, it's a feature.

"The feature won't behave perfectly in every case – but that, Bambas wrote, is because some pages are simply badly written. An ill-designed page that uses Google's Page-Hiding Snippet, for example, might load as blank for a few seconds, and if a developer is sufficiently inept to refer an API of an async tracking script from a sync script, a race condition is set up."

Never ascribe to stupidity that which can be adequately explained by greed. If malvertisers can hold content hostage behind tracking and advertising, don't you think they will? Prioritizing content on the browser-side conflicts with prioritizing monetization in the page design, and guess which wins? (Unless the browser user is sane and uses anti-malvertising technology like uBlock.)

Seagate: Happy Xmas, staff – thanks for everyth... um, you 500. Can we have a word?


Mighty Seagate Warriors! Good work! Congratulations on Delivering!

You've earned some time off. So take some time off. Take as much as you'd like, or until you need money again.

BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?


I hope Simon is taking proper caution about depending on PFY

He has been properly treacherous when opportunity arose. Promotion in the IT department is by assassination, like in all proper hierarchies.

Trusting PFY to tidy up BOFH's audit trail as well as his own can't possibly be the only plan. I really hope there's a devastatingly good Plan B, like past experience has shown. It's critical to my conception of The Man that he's thinking at least three moves ahead of every other player.

Q. Why's Oracle so two-faced over open source? A. Moolah, wonga, dosh


Claiming Oracle is "Anti Open-Source" misses the critical point

They're not Anti Open-Source.

They're Anti-competition. They're against Open Source when they think they'll be competing with it. They're completely in favor of it when they can use it to lower their internal costs or enhance their offerings. (Like as the underpinnings of their dedicated DBMS hardware.) The kind of thing that allows them to sell (and make money) while reducing the money they have to spend.

It's not about for-or-against Open Source. It's about for-or-against Oracle.

Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee


I'll just leave this here.


FreeNAS sheds storage skin, tries on sexier hyperconverged garb


Increased capability comes at a cost

Even if FreeNAS whatever continues to be free-as-in-beer and more or less free-as-in-freedom (BSD license and all), the extra capability -- unneeded in most current use cases -- increases complexity and correspondingly decreases reliability. If the VM or Container capability is useless to you (because it's just a NAS, dammit), that's still X thousands of lines of code that can knock down the machine unless you brutally and thoroughly neuter it from the installed configuration.

Extra unneeded capability is not a benefit, no matter what iXSystem's roadmap says.

Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month



" And a person must be responsible for the consequences of her actions. There you go."

Alas, the Patent Office Corporation Person would be a Government Person, and therefore damn near immune to the consequence of its (official) actions. (Per sovereign immunity (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_immunity_in_the_United_States). If the PTO was acting in accordance with their official policy and direction, they're untouchable.

Must be nice to be a Corporate Government Person.

Nifty website claims to make comparing cloud costs simple. Good luck with that

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Paraphrasing the Ever-Insightful Douglas Adams

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly [how cloud service is actually priced], it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable."

Married man arrives at A&E with wedding ring stuck on todger


Re: Pink??

IV needle gauge color code. A pink needle is a 20-gauge, a moderately fine needle good for drawing or for IVs in patients with fine veins.

See http://www.registerednursern.com/iv-gauge-needles/ for an explanation.

BOFH: What's your point, caller?


It's a shame to have to work so hard just to avoid work.

Of course, Simon's in the good. He has delegated, so all's right as rain with him. All that hard work-avoidance work is rolling right by him like a flash flood, as viewed from the hill above.

But poor PFY. Have a nice pint.

FCC: We're GUTTED people think we'd gut net neutrality

Big Brother

Orwell called it

All content providers are equal, but some providers are more equal than others

Forstall ousted from Apple after refusing to apologise for Maps

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"...Maps has proved to be the killer blow though...."

Finally, an appropriate use for the trite cliche "killer app".

Intel phone boss: 'Multi-core detrimental to Android mobes'


SMP Bad, Beer good?

“In some of the use cases we’ve seen, [the] second core is detrimental because of scheduling.” Having looked at the multi-core options on the market, he said, the performance didn’t justify “the size and cost of putting in that part".

I'm sorry... what? The Android kernel is Linux, and since kernel 2.6.26, Linux has had an awesome multicore thread-scheduling algorithm. Maybe he's saying the Dalvik VM doesn't take good advantage of it? Or is he just slagging 50 years of continuous improvement in the state of the art of symmetric multiprocessing?

I guess it's more like post #2 (@Anonymous Coward) says: "We don't do it, and our competitors do, so it must suck."

BTW, I'm pretty pleased with the performance of my Motorola Droid 4. If multi-core is a performance detriment, I haven't noticed it yet.

Tag Heuer readies €4700 Froyo phone

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A product for the same clientele which would buy

a Romain Jerome "Day&Night" watch: $300,000, only tells you if it's daytime or nighttime, and looks fabulous on your wrist.

The intent is not functional, unless the function is screaming "LOOK HOW MUCH MONEY I HAVE!"

Draw and fold working circuitry with the silver-ink pen


This press release was a triumph

I'm making a note here -- HUGE SUCCESS

Of course, it's a triumph of public relations technology: the ability to re-announce 40-year-old technology and make the technical press believe it.

BOFH: Every silver lining has a cloud


@Dave P 1 re: Soldering Irons

Actually, I recommend a lower-wattage iron, since their operating temp is lower. Poorer cauterization, less nerve damage (so your...patient.... gets more of the full experience before the nerves die).

Canonical pares Ubuntu down to 2 editions

Dead Vulture

@Will Godfrey

"The only things I consume are food and beverages."

The laws of physics say otherwise. Specifically, "Conservation of Mass". And plainly, you've never "consumed" beer... otherwise you'd know, "You never buy beer, you just rent it."

"And no, I don't consume oxygen. I actually very generously add a few carbon molecules to it."

I'd like to see how well that works out if we lock you into an airtight box. I'm sure the extra carbon atoms attached to those oxygen atoms you need won't interfere with your metabolism.

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