* Posts by Steve Knox

1947 posts • joined 16 Jul 2011

At 900k lines of code, ONOS is getting heavy. Can it go on a diet?

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Xinu Is Not Unix!

[Was to be a joke, but that's what XINU actually means. ]

This July, Google will weep for there are no more worlds to banhammer: 'Bad ads' to be blocked globally

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So Google considers the following to be perfectly fine on desktops:

Prestitial ads (without a countdown)

Pages with more than 30% ad density

Flashing animations

Poststitial ads that require a countdown to dismiss

Fullscreen scrollover ads

Fuck you, Google.

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

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Re: How To Do Encryption IN THE REAL WORLD

Normal people won't cope with asymmetric ciphers. But they understand the concept of key sharing.

You don't spend much time with normal people, do you? Normal people don't really get the concept of encryption keys, period, let alone key sharing. It's not because they're incapable, mind. It's because they couldn't give a flying fuck.

Encryption, for normal people, is stuff the techies are supposed to sort out.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Just disable web fonts by default in e-mail clients, as many already do with images.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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"...AI systems at present fall short of rats in terms of overall intelligence."

So... we should have rats driving our cars?

Microsoft: Come and play in our Windows SandBox

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Re: Erkk!!!


See definition 4 (computing, transitive).

As this is an IT rag, and the technical usage is more precise in describing the actual process, I think the transitive use is justified.

Consumer group attempts to lob Safari workaround sueball at Google... again

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Re: Who had the loss?

From the article:

"The workaround was killed off after three Brits sued Google for breaching their privacy rights."

Individual suits already solved the root cause; class action suits which only line lawyers' pockets are superfluous.

Here's the list of space orgs big and small sparring to send next NASA gear to the Moon

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Sadly, with NASA's schedules stretching out beyond the most optimistic projections for the length of the Trump presidency...

You mean the shortest ones?

US told to quit sharing data with human rights-violating surveillance regime. Which one, you ask? That'd be the UK

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Re: You know you're doing something wrong...

Specifically, what you're doing wrong is allowing your government to collect your personal data.

Any red-blooded American knows you should be allowing private companies to be doing the collecting, and the government will leech off of them.

NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

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A Mercury Tooth Filling?

Wouldn't that put InSight about 170,030,000 km off course?

Word boffins back Rimini Street in Oracle row: 'Full' in 'full costs' is a 'delexicalised adjective'

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Re: Excuse my lack of understanding ...

Oracle is pushing for costs not normally considered in legal cases.

Take this example:

"Full time as in not half time?"

This question requires a specific quantity of time (you cannot assuredly have half of an indeterminate amount). That specific quantity would be "full time", and more than that would be "more than full time". For illustration, consider a standard working week in the US. Full time is normally 40 hours per week, half time 20 hours per week, and more than 40 would be "overtime." Oracle's interpretation of "full" in this context would allow up to 168 hours per week as "full time.", simply because that time exists within a week, even though it is not part of the customary definition.

Or take the "full parking lot" as one with no free parking spaces. Oracle's argument, essentially, would be that such a lot is NOT full because you CAN cram more cars into it (by filling up the driving lanes, stacking cars on top of each other, etc.) But such an interpretation would ruin the functional definition of a parking lot, being a place to temporarily place vehicles to be readily removed for use later.

3 is the magic number (of bits): Flip 'em at once and your ECC protection can be Rowhammer'd

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Re: Bravo! *slow clap*

I've got to agree with the other commentards here. Wikipedia has the following sentence in the "Mitigation" section of its article on RowHammer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Row_hammer#Mitigation)

Tests show that simple ECC solutions, providing single-error correction and double-error detection (SEC DED) capabilities, are not able to correct or detect all observed disturbance errors because some of them include more than two flipped bits per memory word.[1]:8[15]:32

That particular sentence has been in place, unmodified, since March of 2015. And as for published papers, those are referenced in the original Wiki article.

At best, these researchers can claim a repeatable demonstration of already known limitations of ECC under laboratory conditions.

We asked the US military for its 'do not buy' list of Russian, Chinese gear. Surprise: It doesn't exist

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The Register asked the Department of Defense if anyone cared to elaborate on the criteria for being added to the non-existent list. We've not heard back.

It's super simple:

1. You must be a non-US competitor to one or more US companies.

2. Said US companies need to have bought appealed to a sufficient number and combination of US lobbyists, politicians, and civil servants.

Western Digital: And when I pull the covers off, behold as NAND becomes virtual DRAM

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Re: Is two really three?

"Western Digital is consolidating its brand names into two classes: consumer, and enterprise and commercial."

Now I am really confused...?

You're clearly not from Oxford.

Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Re: How they test matters

Actually, you can program testing robots to cycle through all of those modes and more. Will Samsung? No idea. But just because you can't conceive of it, don't say it won't or can't happen.

Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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1. It's not directionless. It's following a very specific orbit, one calculated to last at least 20 years and recently evaluated to likely last 50 or more.

2. Its fate is not to break up, but to crash into Ceres.

Imperial bringing in budget holograms to teach students

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Re: Virtual lecturer and audience

See also the "Falling" montage in the movie "Real Genius".

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Alternative to the F word

The G word.

Then we can tell those Googling Googlers to Google the Google off.

Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists

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Re: So it's...

Hot fudge.

Very, very hot fudge.

SCISYS sidesteps Brexit: Proposes Irish listing to keep EU space work rolling in

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Re: I'm not sure it's that easy

The EU also suffers if there is no workable agreement made.

True, but you cannot say with a straight face that the EU will suffer as much as the UK, or that they will suffer as much as they would if there were not the framework which allows them to renegotiate trade with those who choose to leave.

There are two eventual conclusion to this situation, one where there are 2 winner and one where there are 2 losers.

It's not quite that simple. There is a spectrum of possible outcomes. It is possible for the EU to negotiate agreements which benefit them and harm the UK, just not very likely (although if UK.gov is convinced that the harm of such an agreement is less that the harm they'll incur if they don't agree, it becomes more likely.) It is also possible for the UK to do the opposite, though even less likely. Most likely is that both lose some out of this deal.

I have to disagree with your representation of the 2-winner conclusion as worthy of inclusion as one of the two major possible conclusions. Brexit is already imposing considerable costs and complexity on the EU-UK relationship on both sides, and the purported regulatory and social freedoms are largely ephemeral. The 2-winner scenario is the least likely of all of the conclusions to this.

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Re: I'm not sure it's that easy

would have thought there'd be . . ." a get-out clause / provision, with a fully workable formula, agreed, openly discussed and regularly updated by all member states...

There is: Article 50. It's what allowed Brexit. It's also what allows the EU to say "Fuck You" to any and all requests for equal or special treatment from countries who decide to leave. EU members did think that some might want to go it alone, and they made sure that the EU would not suffer from such selfish behaviour.

What you're actually complaining about is that there isn't a get-out clause / provision that lets your country get out of the responsibilities of being in the EU while still keeping all of the benefits. Well, I'm sorry, but the rest of the world doesn't exist solely for your benefit. Get over yourself.

Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing

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Clearly this "Robert Baptiste" is a puppet for the liberal elite. That's why he's posting on Twitter under a different name.

Donald Daters is a great site - the best site. It's absolutely not an attempt to sucker already proven rubes into giving away their personal details.

This article is nothing but a deep blue state smear campaign. Sad.

Icahn to Dell investors: You can't touch this DVMT offer

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“In my opinion it is better to have peace than war..."

Anyone familiar with your modus operandi knows better than that, Carl.

US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

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Here's a simple test for you. Find someone with a WWJD bracelet (or bumper sticker or magnet, whatever) and hand them a bottle of water.

If you don't get a bottle of wine back from them, you know they're not serious.

Can't read my, can't read my... broker face: Premium Credit back online a week after cyber attack

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Were they insured?

Hope their premiums don't go up too much...

Building your own PC for AI is 10x cheaper than renting out GPUs on cloud, apparently

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Chen has done the sums, and, apparently, after two months that will work out to being ten times cheaper.

That sounded dodgy to me, so I read the paper. He has done the math, and it doesn't say what you said it says.

It's not the entire cost which is 10x cheaper, but the monthly costs alone (on a monthly plan). That makes 2 months the break-even point, not the point at which the total cost is 10x less.

The point at which the cost of running your own system as opposed to renting is 10x less (again based the monthly plan and figures given) is about 14 months.

As one Microsoft Windows product hauls itself out of the grave, others tumble in

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"Flash elements crashing an Edge browser"

Why do Microsoft continue to support such buggy software when the rest of the world has moved on?

Tsk, tsk...

..And putting Flash on it, as well!

Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit

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Why the icon?

Referring to the current POTUS?

Your statement is more truth than joke.

Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

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Re: Why do we need IPv6

Seriously. Why more than one public IP per household, and maybe a dozen or so on average per organization?

Because most people have more than one device, and most organizations have more than a dozen or so devices.


Most people do not have eve ONE device which needs to be publicly accessible. That's why most ISPs only provide one IP address per consumer connection; you have to use a NATing router (some ISPs even NAT you again internally). Have you got a consumer-grade WiFi router at home? Then you're almost certainly using NAT and getting private IP addresses for devices on your home network -- probably 192.168.x.x but possibly 10.x.x.x.

I don't know of any organization which does not use NAT to hide all non-public machines. Yes, you'll need an IP address for your webserver (but not a dedicated one if you use shared hosting), e-mail server (ditto on the shared hosting) and any edge routers you have (except those for private WAN routing) but for most companies that comes to well below a dozen IPs. Those few who need more are likely using the internet to allow tunneling VPN access to or between physical locations. This should average out to, as I said, fewer than a dozen per organization.

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Re: Why do we need IPv6

Why do you believe it's reasonable for hundreds of devices per person to have public IP addresses?

Seriously. Why more than one public IP per household, and maybe a dozen or so on average per organization?

Berkeley bio-boffins' butt-blasting belly-bothering batt-teria generates electricity

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Soon when our batteries fail, they won't just be munitions; they'll be biological weapons...

Trend Micro tools tossed from Apple's Mac App Store after spewing fans' browser histories

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Re: VW-ing (cheating) the App-Store screening?

Could Trend Micro have coded the apps to detect when they are being tested by Apple and not do the data slurp?

More likely Apple does the test on a clean VM, so no data to slurp.

Facebook flogs dead horse. By flog, we mean sues. And by horse, we mean BlackBerry

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Tell me again...

...where these lawsuits were filed?

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

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Re: we are the Cloud, you will adapt to service us. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE

Yep, whats worse tho, an outage that microsoft spends it's time fixing or one you do?

One Microsoft spends its time fixing. Because they "fix" it by deploying an untested update which prolongs the pain. Did you even read the article?

Power goes out, how long does your UPS last, bro?

Til my generator kicks in. Which works until the issue is over or until the secondary site is brought up. That's what happens when you properly plan business continuity solutions, instead of chasing buzzwords.

Enjoy being bad at computers tho.

Right back at you, bro.

‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow

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Re: Trump bashing inaccurate here

Ever notice how righties always have to go back 30+ years to find an example of a leftie being racist, just so they don't feel so bad about their current hero being racist?

Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Re: Scope creep

"phase two when you'll have to start disposing of the bodies..."

Or phase 3:

"I'm not dead yet!"


"Who's that?"

"Dunno. Must be a software developer."


"He hasn't got shit all over himself."

It's a net neutrality whodunnit: Boffins devise way to detect who's throttling transit

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Re: adamsmith.com

I miss amanfrommars

It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.

1. What's hard to understand about GNU Image Manipulation Program? It's a Program to Manipulate Images, brought to you by GNU. Makes sense to me.

2. Neither Adobe PhotoShop nor JASC PaintShop Pro allow you to sell or buy photos or paints. How is that easier to understand? I think it's more that you're familiar with them so you assume novices will be as well. At best you may argue that PhotoShop has become a colloquial term, but that's simply brand penetration, not clear naming to begin with.

3. Even if you only know it by GIMP, since it is not pre-installed on any systems that I know of, how would it even end up on a novice user's machine without them downloading it, at which point one would assume they've been to a website which describes to some degree what the software does.

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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Re: Unlimited; that word does not mean what you think it means

Verizon was true to its word: unlimited data, nothing was said about unlimited speed.

Are you a troll or an idiot? The latter is a derivative of the former over time. You cannot limit one without limiting the other.

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Even their "good" practice is bad.

"Regardless of the plan emergency responders choose, we have a practice to remove data speed restrictions when contacted in emergency situations."

Then why implement the data speed restrictions in the first place? Why make emergencies worse by putting up an entirely artificial barrier to efficient resolution?

'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

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Re: Default passwords? In this day and age?

What!? They've hacked my luggage!?

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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Re: As usual, incredible claims come from far away

Statistically, most of anything comes from far away...

Well, if you want to get technical, the vast majority of stuff is far away, but doesn't come here. It's moving away at an increasing rate.

All the stuff you mentioned is staggeringly close to hand in comparison.

Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

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"It has potential..."

Wouldn't that be a battery?

Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Interesting cultural intersection.

Now can you do a piece on the Annoying Orange and see if Trump will ban you?

Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator

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Re: I wonder...

Of course they should. And this bill will pass at about the same time as the bill holding them liable.

Windows Server 2019 tweaked to stop it getting clock-blocked

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Re: 1 second

Don't account for leap seconds and in a couple of years time you are 30+ seconds out which means that no TOTP system (like Google Authenticator, banking apps, etc.) will generate the right codes if they are using different clocks that do (e.g. in a smartphone).

No. FTA:

[Since 1972] To date, there have been 27 leap seconds added – when clocks show 23:59:60 rather than rolling over to 00:00:00 after 23:59:59. The other 10 seconds arrived as a bulk adjustment in 1972.

Even including the 10-second block in 1972, that's 37 seconds over 46 years, or 0.8 per year. Even if we round up to 1/year, it would take 30 years to be 30 seconds out. By then you're likely to have replaced any system you're using for OTP 3-6 times over.

One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

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Re: No

Didn't know it was a typo -- this was the first article I read on the device, and 800x1200, though in portrait mode, is a much more common resolution than 1800x1200.

However, my point still stands -- and is perhaps reinforced:

1. my 5-year old 8-inch tablet still has a higher resolution, and cost significantly less.

2. 1800x1200 is still not FHD, as a minimum horizontal resolution of 1920 is required for that.

This second point makes me think someone at Microsoft wanted to keep this product on-point and didn't want people looking to use it as a budget FHD media player, as it's suspiciously close to FHD.

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"The 10-inch 800 x 1200 (217 PPI) resolution is impressive."

No, it most definitely is not. I have a 5 year old tablet with 4x that resolution that cost under $200 back then. Anything under FHD is unacceptable on any device with a screen over 3" in size.

Thanks for the happy memories, Micron – now beat it, says China: Court bans chip sales

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Re: People’s Court

Actually, the apostrophe in "People's Court" is correct -- just as the full name of China is indeed the "People's Republic of China" -- "people" in this case is a singular noun referring to all of the individuals in China as a unit (similar to "group" or "team"), so it takes the singular possessive form.

"Peoples" is not possessive, and "Peoples' Court" necessarily means a court for multiple nationalities, tribes or other groups of people, because people as a plural of person never has a trailing s, so "peoples'" must be the possessive plural of "people".

See http://www.dictionary.com/browse/peoples -- especially the section on usage, which touches on the possessive.

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Yes, but Taiwan doesn't have a big orange potato talking smack about Chinese steel and doing everything in its power to start a global trade war.

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