* Posts by Thoguht

385 posts • joined 10 May 2011


Nothing 'unites teams' like a good relocation, eh Vodafone?

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Re: £8,000 to relocate from Glasgow to Newbury?

Because these days it's a standard way of getting rid of older employees. Younger people with no houses and no kids settled in schools are much more likely to take up relocation offers.

The only good thing you can say about this is that at least the alternative is redundancy, in the US if you get offered a relocation package and turn it down you're deemed to have resigned.

Google Play Store spews malware onto 9 million 'Droids

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Open an unknown PDF?

Surely not, might contain malware.

Feeling a bit gassy? Toshiba floats 16TB helium whopper

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Re: Will it sound different?

That's part of the reason why helium works well because its lower density means that there is less drag at the platter surface and so less turbulence and the heads can sit closer to the platters giving improved areal density.

Hot on heels of 2.0, Vivaldi 2.2 adds tab session management among other goodies

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Dammit, Vivaldi, stop adding features. I just want a simple browser with a totally customisable interface. Next thing you know it'll be asking me to sign into my Vivaldi account.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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Devotional postcard? Personally, I think it's the IKEA mirror that gives it away.

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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Re: battered?

Boil for 9 minutes? No, no and no.

First take some bacon lardons and cook them over a moderate heat in a sauté pan until you have rendered most of the fat off them. Put the lardons to one side and stir-fry the sprouts in the bacon fat for 5 minutes or so. Then add a splash of water, cover the pan and let the sprouts steam gently for a few minutes. Finally, turn the heat back up, return the lardons to the pan and stir gently a few times, making sure any remaining water has evaporated. For a really festive touch, mix in a few sliced marrons glacés before serving.

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

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Re: a £200 phone that does everything an iphone does.

Degrading? Must be the rotational velocidensity.

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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Re: Is it a penis or....

Definitely a protected religious figure (probably NSFW, depending on the attitude of one's employer to certain Shinto festivals).

It's all a matter of time: Super-chill atomic clock could sniff gravitational waves, dark matter

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Re: Nice, but ...

I've only spent 3 minutes reading your post and cogitating about it, but I have noticed a glaringly obvious mistake in your "ommision".

Oh my chord! Sennheiser hits bum note with major HTTPS certificate cock-up

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Why? Because they aren't gold plated, of course. The Sennheiser software gold plates every data packet it handles for the ultimate digital audio experience.

3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day

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Over the past few days Google gets slammed all over the place for being evil, today news breaks that they are really the good guys. What a surprise!

New era for Japan, familiar problems: Microsoft withdraws crash-tastic patches

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Re: year zero , all over again

It will be year 1 of the new era, but an additional issue is that the era name hasn't been announced yet and that forms part of the localised date format - for example, this year can be expressed as "平成30", "Heisei 30" or even "H30" depending on the choice of formats offered.

Traditionally the era name is is not announced until after accession, but this time it is expected to be announced before to give companies a chance to change things. Apparently though a new era can be added to Japanese versions of Windows with a simple registry update, so what could possibly go wrong with that?

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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HTML-only calculator?

Yeah, right. Tens of thousands of lines of HTML to just display pre-canned screens depending on a few characters of input? It's as much a calculator as a dictionary is a novel.

5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1... Runty-birds are go: 12,000+ internet-beaming mini-satellites OK'd by USA

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GPS is NOT a synonym for GNSS (global navigation satellite system), it's one particular implementation of a GNSS by the USA. To call the European Galileo system a "GPS" is a contradiction in terms. I mean, that would be as bad as calling a Dyson a "Hoover".

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Shifting old keyboards?

Sounds like a job for Del boy.

Linguists, update your resumes because Baidu thinks it has cracked fast AI translation

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SOV off

Reminds me of the old joke about a crowd of people next to a building site in Berlin watching the foreman berating one of the workers. An English visitor is walking by and is bemused by all these people standing there intently, so he asks one of them what they are doing. The reply is "We are waiting for the verb!"

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Yo dawg I herd you like phones

So we put a little phone next to yo phone so you can phone your phone when you phone.

300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

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Re: I blame the cursed one

I can still remember the days when some company final salary pension schemes had so much money in them that they stopped taking pension contributions from employees.

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CPI was never intended as a means of measuring personal inflation, it was developed for comparing underlying inflation rates between different countries. One of the issues with it is that it doesn't include housing costs, which is why the CPIH measure (CPI plus housing) is a little better.

But the real problem is that personal inflation rates for older people are typically higher than for younger ones, mainly because they don't spend as much money on things that tend to get cheaper as time goes on, such as technology. RPI is therefore a better reflection of reality for pensioners, although it's still less than half of the estimated personal inflation rate that pensioners in some parts of the country are facing.

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Re: Space Shuttle

Another part of the problem, as astronaut John Glenn is once alleged to have pointed out, is that every component of every NASA vehicle is made by the lowest bidder.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Security's not my forte, but isn't it generally reckoned to be a big security no-no for each device to have its own unique ID? I remember all the fuss when Intel tried to do the same thing with their Pentium III processors.

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Re: Calls and Email

Back when I was working, some marketing bonehead sent round a mail with the latest corporate communication standards, one of which was not to embed images in emails. The mail of course had all sorts of marketing images embedded in it.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Sprouts

Bacon lardons? Cut out the middleman and stir fry the sprouts in bacon fat to start with. Works best with the smallest, most tender sprouts of course, but if you're stuck with large ones you can microwave them for a couple of minutes first.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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Perhaps we should christen the phrase "sarcasm doesn't work on the Internet" as "Jobs' Law" in his honour.

Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

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Good move (perhaps)

At long last, broadband suppliers with own-brand routers won't be able to bamboozle potential customers with meaningless (to most people) strings of numbers and letters. If company A offers Wi-Fi 6 but company B only offers Wi-Fi 5, you know at a glance which one is faster.

Except that if A's router's implementation of Wi-Fi 6 is crap you might still get better throughput with B's Wi-Fi 5. And then there's the question of do you really need that bandwidth when the speed of your copper/fibre is often the limiting factor? Plus, on top of all that, you might not actually have any kit that supports Wi-Fi 6 (or even 5). Still, this is probably a good move by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta

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Well, probably not seeing that nuclear pasta can presumably only exist under very exotic conditions.

And talking about exotic, why the ergs and cm? Whatever happened to good ol' SI?

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: 777?

707? I remember the Comet, or "Plummet" as I think it used be called.

Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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This Fluent Design blurry stuff is all very well, but after the last OS update I got a notification telling me one or more apps are looking blurry and I should change my screen settings.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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One reason is to consolidate the desktop and mobile versions of the website into one design

That concept sure worked well for Microsoft, didn't it.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Re: that's the point where things start to go downhill.

In the interests of gender balance, if you have seme/uke then you need to include tachi/neko as well.

Ever wanted to strangle Microsoft? Now Outlook, Skype 'throttle' users amid storm cloud drama

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Re: Who needs a test department?

Let go? No, they were hired out to the TSB.

5G can help us spy on West Midlands with AI CCTV, giggles UK.gov

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It's at times like this that I'm thankful I'm getting old.

Toshiba crams 14TB into another helium drive, this time with SAS boost

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Re: what?

You can get a 100TB 3.5" SSD from Nimbus. The 14TB Tosh rustdrive is designed for incredibly light usage compared to the Nimbus, but then of course it's bound to cost far, far less.

That said, the ruler format looks as though it will be the way to go for very high SSD capacities in the enterprise.

.NET Core 2.1 – huh, yeah – what is it good for? Bing, apparently

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Re: What is JIT good for?

I know how old JIT is, I used to program in LISP decades ago. But as for JIT vs. traditional compilers, a test I often used to set my junior programmers was to try beating Microsoft Visual C++ at optimising a piece of code. Even back in the days of V1.52c that was a difficult thing to do.

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What is JIT good for?

So why did we even use JIT compilation in the first place? I blame Java.

Brit Railcard buyers face lengthy, unexplained delays. Sound familiar?

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Re: Britain's ticketing is antiquated

You can also buy an integrated bus/tram/train ticket.

As you can also do for many cities in the UK, it's called a "PlusBus" ticket, and the nice thing about it is that the bus part of it is also discounted if you have a Railcard. In London, the public transport systems (except for taxis) are all completely integrated, but you actually don't need to do anything as primitive as buy a ticket if you have a contactless debit or credit card.

Arm debuts CPU roadmap for the first time, sort of

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Re: ARM not Arm

From the Arm website:

... Arm delivers a complete Internet of Things (IoT) solution for our partners and customers.

You're fighting a losing battle trying to keep acronyms capitalised.

Linux 4.18 arrives fashionably late while Zorin OS shines up its Windows

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The default desktop bears a striking resemblance to Windows 10, replete with a familiar-looking start menu

All the more reason not to touch it, then.

Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

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Re: Looking at the wrong holes

It's horse for courses. Embedded systems are vulnerable to various forms of attack, so they are secured by means appropriate to the environment. But for general purpose computing, security as I defined in my first post MUST, and indeed can, be absolute. Otherwise the cloud as we know it is dead. Not that this would necessarily be a bad thing, but that's another discussion entirely.

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Re: Looking at the wrong holes

No, no and no. The CPU design must absolutely guarantee full isolation of virtual machines from each other and from the host OS, and must also absolutely guarantee that within a VM or the host OS, no unauthorised escalation of privilege, either direct or indirect, is possible. Otherwise what exactly is the point?

Embedded systems? I know a thing or two about those having worked on them for 40 years, but the things you do in embedded systems often don't apply outside that limited domain.

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: Question:

Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice was rated "X", so that's over-16, not over-18. It's rated 15 now.

Revealed: El Reg blew lid off Meltdown CPU bug before Intel told US govt – and how bitter tech rivals teamed up

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Neex? Perhaps writing isn't always the best option!

For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

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Re: Only option to stay sane...

With Android people don't pay for the OS, for the handset maker's customisation and installation and generally don't pay for apps

There's no such thing as a free anything. Handset manufacturers using Android pay licensing fees to Microsoft so you paid up front for this and for future customisation and installation when you bought or leased the handset, and of course you pay for "free" apps through advertising revenue or other means (like providing personal data).

The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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Re: QLC? It's not the one for me

The endurance of some high-capacity enterprise HDDs is actually less now than SSDs.

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QLC? It's not the one for me

Each time you add another level, you add complexity to the drive circuitry plus you reduce endurance and so you need more and more complex error correction algorithms to safeguard the data. And all for less and less gain in capacity. From 3 levels to 4 only gives you a one third increase, and (heaven forbid) from 4 to 5 will only give you one quarter. Is it really worth it?

Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

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Re: Just say No to Amazon

Well, actually this follows from the duty placed on board directors in company law:

"The board of directors' key purpose is to ensure the company's prosperity by collectively directing the company's affairs, whilst meeting the appropriate interests of its shareholders and stakeholders."

So that means basically maximising the company's profits.

UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom

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So we've got one part of GCHQ trying to get people to use VPNs and another part of GCHQ that would dearly love VPNs to be banned. Reminds me of that old saying about a house divided against itself...

If you're serious about securing IoT gadgets, may as well start here

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Why not just embed an NFC tag in every IoT device and then have a smartphone app to read the tag and authenticate the device by some means to the home WiFi system? The router itself would need a secure element too, but these things are fairly cheap these days.

Who watches Sony's watcher? Boffins poke holes in surveillance kit

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Pot meet kettle?

I bet they found the flaws a long time ago but have been hanging on to them so they could be publicised, oh, let's say a few days after Cisco has had to release a bunch of security updates themselves.

UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

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Be you ever so high, the Law is above you.

Rev. Preb. Thomas Fuller, 1608 - 1661


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