* Posts by Terje

201 posts • joined 14 Mar 2011

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Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Re: Don't be........

But does Osmiumfoil have the same proven shielding effect as proper tinfoil?

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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One of the more obvious (at least to me) reasons to block ads/scripts is not to minimize the load time, but to avoid the premiere delivery method for tasty new exploits to the masses since the ad slingers don't actually check what they are serving up.

One news site, not sure which one I happened to stumble across a while ago did have a very nice opt out of tracking advertising cookies etc. dialog pop up when entering, I gave up when I passed the 200 mark and just left. In addition quite a few of the ones they served up could not be disabled from that site, but had to be separately opted out from from separate sites. Given the volume of crap pushed at us it's not surprising that things grind to a crawl.

Google's stunning plan to avoid apps slurping Gmail inboxes: Charge devs for security audits

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I'm not cynical, trust me.

Once upon a time Google was a company that I actually liked, nowadays they seem to morph into a more sinister version of the NSA.

I assume that any audit of the GMail codebase would show so many obscene things done to any mail that pass through it that it would almost show on the bottom line result if it got out...

I'm sure internal google audits done years ago have shown that they were clearly not slurping enough information and not correlating it enough in earlier versions, but I'm sure that have been corrected a number of years ago, so by now there's unlikely to be any more missed revenue to be gathered by additional audits.

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

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Re: IOT=Crap

The only use for an internet connected thermostat I can see is if you have something like a cottage that you only visit rarely and set it to maintenance temperature to avoid freezing when not there but want to turn on heat remotely so that it's warm and nice when you arrive.

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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It all depends on what you use it for.

From an ethical point of view I would say that using the data to try to figure out who an unknown dead person is is probably ok in most cases, of course you can construct cases when it is probably not ok, but in a general sense for the general profile of "Found dead person in a lake who is it" case I have no issue with it. You definitely step over a line when you try to use it to find a suspect. Your ethical mileage may vary.

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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Re: Promise to do better

Never tell that to the pissed off grunt with the launch keys for the rods from god!

Disk drives suck less than they did a couple of years ago. Which is nice

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Turn off your computer, what nonsense is that? Only time I turn mine off is for surgery or cleaning!

Microsoft delivers a second preview of Visual Studio 2019 (a Redmond thing we actually like)

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My wish list is rather short. Sort out edit and continue. supposedly it is possible to get it working by sacrificing an unknown number of black cockerels and a virgin or two, but as I'm out of virgin sacrifice material I have been unable to get it working.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Re: Not sure...

Rose, that's your problem, If it had been either white or red I'm sure it would have been perfectly fine, but I'm sure the touch pad had taste and just refused to work with someone drinking rose!

Office 365 enjoys good old-fashioned Thursday wobble as email teeters over in Europe

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Luckily it seems as if my company managed to dodge the bullet this time. Maybe it's just some bored Microsoft techie playing server roulette to get something to do.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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I think the most damning thing here is a shared L1 cache, how can that not be a bottleneck? I can't imagine not having a rather significant number of collisions there.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: Projection much?

You neglect to mention that many supposedly bad genes may serve or have served a decidedly positive point in surviving. Quite a number of bad or damaged genes found today can be shown to be granting resistance or immunity to various diseases or parasites.

Gyro failure fingered for sending Earth-gazing Digital Globe sat TITSUP (That's a total inability to snap usual pics)

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They built a satellite like that without redundant gyros??? While the gyros used in spacecraft have apparently got en better it's still a moving part and in this case a single point of failure!

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off

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Re: They should stick to mice and keyboards

You are not supposed to hit the side buttons with a hammer! :) My G700 have lasted since early 2011 and it's been flawless apart from needing a new micro switch for the lmb after wearing it out. Apart from that I have had no issues at all with it and that is with heavy use. I guess they may well have changed the design of those parts to be cheaper though. What keeps me stuck with logitech though is the free spinning scroll-wheel that I can't fathom to live without now.

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

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Re: RTFS much?

He asked the guy responsible for the application about the error and got told it was nothing to worry about. Unless you have a particular reason to not trust that person then I can't see that he did ANYTHING wrong, you got to remember that error / warning messages can quite often be rather unintelligible unless you know the software rather well. I do hope the application guy got a nice welcome when he got back to work though...

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD

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Re: About a billion years ago in internet time (call it 1986) ...

Have an up vote!

In the poor chemists defense, in chemistry G is usually something entirely different (Gibbs free energy). To much exposure to one field of science (particularly one involving lots of organic solvents preferably halogenated ones) tend to erode any residual knowledge in other fields.

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage

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Re: El Reg forgot to mention ...

Of course it doesn't melt, vampires are at ambient temperature!

Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors

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Mushroom

For my home desktop system I care about one metric when it comes to the cpu and that is performance and price. As long as the heat dissipation is not significantly higher then my current 5930k cpu it's a non issue, exactly what the architecture looks like what lithography process is used in manufacturing, if the manufacturing requires a virgin or unicorn sacrifice is of no concern to me as long as it works and delivers performance. To me integrated graphics is just extra cores that's not on the chip as there's no conceivable way they will outpace a discreet card in the foreseeable future anyway. But I guess intel is desperately trying to convince anyone that will listen that it's not important.

ofcourse the priorities are different when we talk about high density servers etc. but the conclusion is the same It's not important how it's done just that it is. Unfortunately for Intel they have been mostly standing still treading water for some years now.

Mushroom cloud because it's about the correct temperature for a decently overclocked cpu!

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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Re: Interesting, but radiation killing through water?

High energy muons are remarkably slippery and can pass a kilometer of water without to much trouble. The same thing applies to the ability to pass through a human, megalodon or whale though so I have no clue about how much energy are dumped into a nearby dna molecule when the muon zips by.

I think we can safely ignore the neutrinos though as you have to be inside the surface of the star to recieve a lethal dose of neutrino radiation from the supernova and unless the megalodons were surfing on the stars hitchhikers guide to the galaxy style they were probably not in any danger in that regard.!

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Maybe its time for Microsofties to study programming?

There's also the possibility that as the codebase grows older it gets harder and harder to maintain as there are fixes changes redesigns and tweeks all over what in the beginning was nice clear and easy to understand code. I guess a large part of the windows codebase could realy do with a rewrite, sadly you tend to never get the time to do that as you need to get new shiny feature (that makes the code even worse) out to make the beancounters happy.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Given that quite a few networks around the world use Ericsson equipment and not every network seems to have fallen over quite this bad, I would guess it's something to do with network size / design that aggravate the issue for some, if that's the case it's probably not that easy to catch in a test environment. :(

As I'm Swedish I'm contractually obliged to try and protect Ericsson...

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas

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The main issue with all the escalating surveillance nonsense is that it will have negligible effect on stopping terrorism, and when they realize that they will ask for even more powers. There have never in the history of police organisations been one that said that it didn't need more powers.

The fact that the politicians that are supposed to say NO to them seems to be losing IQ points at an even more alarming rate must just be a side effect.

Sysadmin’s plan to manage system config changes backfires spectacularly

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I can thing of several reasons to use revision control for config files.

It makes it very easy to set up a new unit in a specific environment while keeping tab on what changes are made (Say all computers in lab B where you add a new computer have the same config but those in lab A are different), you check out the correct branch (Lab B) and get all the correct configs for it.

If down the line you find some issue that is not immediately apparent you can easily see what have changed in the config since it last worked no matter how long ago the change was made.

Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe

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Re: RE: Dried Pasta & Stubborn, Unmoving Cats...

I prefer the overcharged CATtle prod myself.

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Re: if breathing() return LYING

That is likely because only 35% of the tweets actually contain any information that can be truth or lies the remaining 5% is likely truth by accident.

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

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If MS SQL server is either not backed up (shudder) or incompetently backed up, then setting recovery mode to simple at least saves you from an ever growing log file, though I recommend a competent backup as the proper solution....

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: It's not that Windows failed, it's that it failed in public view

What's wrong with a good old "Guru meditation"?

Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Re: Not just assembly.

Mmm, reminds me of the good old days when I used to do 68k assembler, I promise you never once did the MOVEM instruction bite me when I pushed more or fewer registers on the stack then I pulled back...

Boffins have fabricated microscopic sci-fi tractor beams for real

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Re: Em Drive

I have to admit that I never looked to carefully at the proposed em drive, but I do recall some chamber that somehow amplified things in ways that should not be possible.

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The problem was not that an em drive don't work, if you shine a flashlight backwards you will accelerate forwards, it's just that the effect is so incredibly small as to be pointless, the em-drive claimed to generate way to much thrust.

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Re: using beams of light to manipulate atoms.

Photons are massless, but they have momentum. If you are looking towards the sun you are actually experiencing being pushed backwards by the sunlight, be it very very very weakly.

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So what am I missing here, what's the difference to an optical tweezer?

D.O.Eh: Here's the new privacy law Canada can't really enforce

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I think that the point of legislation like this is not to monitor that companies follow it (they should do so) but to have a hammer to use when it turns out that someone has not followed it, hopefully the penalties are harsh enough that it will be better to report then sit quiet in the corner and pretend nothing happened.

It's big, it's blue, and it'll be raining down on you – it's 3200 Phaethon

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Re: Interesting ... but

To answer the questions.

1. To say that it's blue is rather a misnomer, the surface is very very dark, it just reflect slightly more of the blue light then it "should", I assume some group has tried looking at the reflected spectra, but as a general rule it's quite hard to figure out the composition from that.

2. Asteroids and comets are generally considered to be two separate populations of objects.

3. Phaeton don't pass through the atmosphere what happens is that the earth pass through the leftover debris that has spread out over the orbit. If indeed Phaeton had passed through the atmosphere it would likely very soon have resulted in one of two scenarios, either nudged about to cause an impact, or be flung out to a different orbit.

Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active

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No I'm quite sure it requires a dedicated effort to make something that much worse.

Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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At my workplace the "expected" punishment for forgetting to lock your computer is to have the background replaced with a picture of Justin Bieber, a fate worse then death for the seconds it takes to restore order to the desktop!

Hate to burst your Hubble: Science stops as boffins scramble to diagnose gyro problem

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Re: One can only hope

The focal length has nothing to do with how far you can see, but more about the field of view and resolution you get with a given sensor.

Example:

A full frame DSLR camera with a 100mm lens gives an approximate horizontal field of view of 20 degrees

If you replace the 100mm lens with a 50mm one your field of view will double and at the same time the resolution will be halved if using the same sensor.

The theoretical resolution of a telescope is not affected by the facal length of the telescope but by its diameter. Hubble has a theoretical maximum resolution of about 0.05" while in practice the resolution achieved with most of the sensors is about twice that 0.1"

If I recall correctly the telescopes they got were rumored to be spares for KH-11 telescopes. so they should probably be 2.4 meter diameter telescopes which is identical to that of hubble and it should thus be able to achieve more or less the same resolution.

Cambridge Analytica's daddy pleads not guilty to ignoring data notice

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What is the possible punishment for this if they are found guilty?

Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

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I guess the real reason is that you need an organization around the voting process. printing ballots etc should not be the issue. Getting people to count the votes and training them is likely to be a much larger problem.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: Links to resolutions, will work with any browser

Granted I'm counting my apartment and not the entire house (in which case it would not be very impressive with 10), but I could not come up with more then 8 possible candidates to run any form of unix flavor including the electricity meter in the basement.

Volkswagen faces fresh Dieselgate lawsuit in Germany – report

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If Volkswagen selectively told current shareholders about this, how then would acting on that information not constitute insider trading if the information is not publicly disclosed?

Jupiter suffered growing pains before becoming our system's big daddy

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It would need to gobble up a fair bit more then just a little more mass to turn into a star, as the cutoff limit for a brown dwarf (still not rely a star) is about 13 Jupiter masses, it is true though that without changing other parameters (Such as a lot of heating by being excruciatingly close to the sun for example.) if Jupiter were to gobble up more gas it would stay approximately the same size.

Well, can't get hacked if your PC doesn't work... McAfee yanks BSoDing Endpoint Security patch

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Mcafee almost work after you tell it to don't bother looking at anything in the vicinity of visual studio...

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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I'm continuously amazed at how a system that is known to be broken so far beyond repair that it should just be tossed on the scrapheap is still used.

While pieces of paper are nowhere near as fashionable they are as far as I know not prone to being hacked by anyone and his mother with a wifi bluetooth or other wireless device.

Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Re: Bridge rectifier?

Be glad they were not using Tellurium, compound smelliness apparently increase as you go down that group of the periodic table S -> Se -> Te. I assume that Polonium compounds would be even worse, but there you have other problems to contend with that are more worrying then smell..

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Re: Plot twist? What plot twist?

No, in the civilized part of the world that is entirely normal

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Not in IT...

So how are they to prove that you deliberately didn't train them well? being a good teacher is usually not something that is required for most jobs... and completely, so they want to retain you as a consultant training the replacement for eternity? In my optinion most of those clauses should be easily torn apart by even a half decent lawyer.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Being Swedish people call # a whole lot of things, though the only one that I can think of that any swede would universally understand is "brädgård" that is the Swedish word for "lumber yard". As Dave126 pointed out above as being the Swedish cartographic symbol for a lumberyard which I had no idea of, now I do feel bad about learning things during my vacation so I better stop reading comments!!!

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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I just don't understand why so many sites try to force you to weaken your passwords by specifying you must have at least one upper case character one number and one non alphanumeric character. there are ten numbers, there are in reality something like 16 special characters that is ever likely to get used...

Just enforce a decent length password. and for the love of god don't ...ing limit the password length at say 32 characters, if the function you use to hash the password can't handle arbitrary long input (within reason) then fix your hash function don't force the user to limit the password.

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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Re: UI elements that make it obvious what they do?

Then I would recommend the logitech mice with "free spinning" scroll wheel that I'm since a number of years totally addicted to and force me to keep using logitech mice, I have even goten a couple of additional proselytes at work.

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