* Posts by 8Ace

119 posts • joined 3 Nov 2011

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HPE sharpening the axe for 5,000 heads – report

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Re: All Meg has done is get rid of people, her answer to eveyrthing

Pretty much sums up a lot of current high level management. there is very little business acumen to be found now and everything is short term gain. If these people can make the numbers look good, then their bonuses are all they care about. never mind selling more as that's too difficult. Dipping into the pockets of employees by cuts to wages or staff is easy money. And when it all comes to a point where the best people have gone, and the company is going down the tubes, take the golden goodbye payment and off to the next victim.

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UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents' mugshots

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Re: You know this is the Home Office

Great article on the BBC. Apparantly there are more border crossings in Ireland, than on all of the EU's eastern borders put together !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40949424

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Now here's a novel idea: Digitising Victorian-era stamp duty machines

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Reminds me ..

Just like Postal Orders, for a 27p Postal order you got a 25p one with a 2p stamp on it.

The days of ordering 74 series TTL logic from Watford and Technomatic !

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European MPs push for right to repair rules

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I wouldn't worry too much

For regulations such as this, the UK will get what the EU gets even after Brexit. Samsung et al won't be producing a "Brexit Special Edition" of the Galaxy S13 or whatever. In fact the UK will have to toe the line on most EU product regs anyway after Brexit, in other words, obey the rules but have no say in their creation.

Take back control .. yeah right !

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Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak

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Re: That's not hot. This is hot.

Death Valley here... 40C isn't hot, try 50C you Aussie softie

It's all relative, this is a temperate climate we're talking about, 29C is hot.

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Oil and lube firm offers to ease pains of frustrated office workers

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It was ever thus....

I'd put money on the "Too Hot" / "Too Cold" split being aligned on the presence or absence of a Y chromosome in the complainant

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Hyundai app security blunder allowed crooks to 'steal victims' cars'

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Next car I buy

Next car I purchase will depend on the manufacturer giving me a declaration in writing that all this crap can be turned off on request. I just want a car with enough electronics to move and play music from CD/USB stick

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Franken-firm DXC Technology is born today, the fun begins...

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Re: God I hate that word ..

Just one of many !

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God I hate that word ..

“we will be serving branded cupcakes for all”

It's a BUN, how the hell did English on this side of the water get polluted with words such as cupcake ????

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Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

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Re: Welcome to Trump.UK

"Why do you think the Common Travel Area that includes Ireland and the UK will have to end?"

Because the CTA has never existed where the UK and Republic of Ireland were in different border regimes. When it started both were independent states, all was fine. Then both were in the EU , all fine again. Now one will be in the EU other will be out, in that case keeping the CTA means the EU having to give unrestricted access to EU territory for non EU citizens, and vice versa, i.e. crossing the Irish "border" in either direction. I can imagine this will require a unanimous vote from the other 27 members before it will be permitted, and all it will take is Spain worried about possible implications for Catalonian independence or somthing like that to block it.

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

Ah the gender pay gap... median hourly rate for women must be equal to that for men, otherwise there is only one logical conclusion .. discrimination, nothing else can possibly explain this !

Absolute bollocks, see didn't even need the cough.

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Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

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Re: Porridge 2017 Script

I can't read that without hearing the voices of Ronnie Barker and Fulton MacKay !

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Gov wants to make the UK the 'safest place in the world to go online'

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Re: "Gov wants to make the UK the 'safest place in the world to go online"

"Something tells me this is PR and nothing else"

Sorry no this is something much more sinister. They are trying to establish the concept of protection as equivalent to restricting access. Once that idea settles in for the majority who don't care as long as they have Facebook, the valves will be slowly closed until we can only see what we are allowed to see.

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High tides: Boffins spy on dolphins baked on poisonous piscines

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Re: Further study required!

Bud Lite vs making love in a rowing boat .......

......They are both fucking close to water

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

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The French

Why didn't they just use the French Charles de Gaulle as a basis. Nuclear powered with cat's and a design ready to use. Same goes for Trident replacement, why the UK doesn't share their ballistic sub program with the French I just don't understand. Shared costs, independence from the US on missiles.

Of course then BAE wouldn't call the shots

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Nuclear power station sensors are literally shouting their readings at each other

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Re: Encrypted Morse code transmitted via sound

I think we're looking at DSP's etc. here, not a stringy piece of cable, attached to an old tape player with a dirty head, playing the lowest quality cassette media. However I agree that the audio spectrum tends to be full of audible, and inaudible crap, interesting how they will deal with that

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NGO to crowdfund legal challenge against Investigatory Powers Act

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Don't forget Gift Aid !!

There is a certain karma in claiming the tax back !

Anyway the whole saga goes to prove that more than anything, governments fear their own people.

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

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FFS

"... projects like the Laser Directed Energy Weapon which will keep this country ahead of the curve."

Does every guvmint announcement now have to sound like a corporate tag line ??

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Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Not in the UK ...

.. I'd bet everything I have that they would be banned as objectifying women or something like that. Can't have the girls thinking they are redundant other than for procreation.

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All aboard the warship that'll make you Sicker

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Helicopter carried on an open flight deck ?

On an offshore vessel . Surely some mistake .

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Happy days for second-hand smartphone sales

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Re: Market saturation again

From the down vote, looks like your ex is a Reg reader !

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NASA gets last Pluto data

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Re: I'm confused

I'd suggest some sort of compression was used, I'm sure this was all factored in at the start.

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US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

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Re: Once was a Fan ...

Also petrol cars made until 2019 will be allowed to exceed emission limits by 50% under EU rules.

To be fair that's because petrol particulate emissions are already an order of magnitude lower than Diesel. Meeting new even lower levels has proven to be a bigger techical challenge than first thought, slapping on a filter as the Gruniad implies is not the whole story.

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Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

8Ace

Not quite ..

"It's like the cops observing a meeting in a public place, or a conversation on a public street"

It's more like It's like the cops being able to observe EVERY meeting in a public place, or EVERY conversation on a public street

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Zombie Moore's Law shows hardware is eating software

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Re: The software is still there

"And at the end of it they generally solve ONE problem. Now imagine a hardwired chip that had EVERY modern graphics algorithm built into it. Seeing my point?"

Jeez calm down, if you are a developer your output isn't going to be replaced by an FPGA anytime soon. The story is saying that hardware is more efficient in a lot of cases and these will increase. Nobody is saying that hardware can replace software, any more that they are saying that software is possible without hardware.

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Re: The software is still there

"Any complex modern computer processor requires microcode to operate. Microcode is software."

ARM designs are supplied to licensee's with HDL descriptions of intsruction decode, these are then implemented directly in hardware

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Re: This is not going to save Moore's law

No, process density is only one factor, there are others such as the process itself (Lithography etc.) and the device type being implemented. Currently the full density can't be exploited due to these other limitations, however there are ways round this. For example the FinFET devices now being used have advantages over previous devices so the technology continues to move forward. All the way from bipolar to CMOS, SOI etc. the devices have been improved. Same applies to the process and the process density. Engineering is problem solving after all.

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Re: The software is still there

That's why the largest current FPGA's and VLSI chips have billions of transistors, you "connect them up". You are still using logic primitives in a lot of cases but they are soft configured within the device.

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Build what you need

"but it seemed that you could only bash a byte at a time between the two processors. If I ever find an FPGA dev board that shares RAM with a "regular" CPU (ARM/Intel), I'd love it."

FPGA's don't have "interfaces" per se. The point of an FPGA is that you have hardware inside and you create your own specific hardware from that. So if you want to use an FPGA with an ARM cpu, decide what interface you want to use and then implement that in the FPGA. If you want to use shared RAM then fine, most FPGA's inlcude memory so you then need to implement your shared access in the FPGA hardware and handle address collisions etc. For those coming from a software environment, VHDL and Verilog can be a strange concept. It's not a program, unless specified there is no flow, and everything can have the potential to happen simultaneously.

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Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup

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Re: Tosh!

Spoken like a true pissed off radio ham with local interference issues !

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Internet of Car...rikey what the hell just happened to my car?

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"I've said this before and it remains true. Never trust software that comes from a hardware manufacturer."

Bollocks. Ever heard of Microsoft ?

I think you mean "never trust software"

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Re: Same old same old

Not really, in the case of the brake fluid, the system was OK and suffered an issue. With these software issues the system is faulty from day one and doesn't leave a handy puddle to show the problem

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

8Ace

More subscription models..

F-35 or Fighter365 ?? Also be interested to know what info the US can harvest from the aircraft's systems once they are (if they ever are) in service with the other nations

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

8Ace

Eh .. no thanks

I'll keep my W7 system for games mostly, everything else is now Linux Mint. I had a few reservations especially as some apps required Wine which I'd always thought must have some gotchas. However I now use Diptrace PCB design s/w in Mint using Wine. It's absolutely perfect. Slight UI style differences due to the Linux Window style but it's been 100% rock solid and no performance issues at all.

Microchip MPLabX has a native Linux version, perfect under Mint. Now I realise these aren't mainstream apps, but my own experience on the move from Windows to Mint has been excellent.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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July 29 .. ?

I think you'll find that's actually the 29th of July

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Quick note: Brexit consequences for IT

8Ace

What a shambles already ..

Boris says:

"EU citizens living in this country will have their rights fully protected, and the same goes for British citizens living in the EU. British people will still be able to go and work in the EU; to live; to travel; to study; to buy homes and settle down,"

German MP points out:

"It will be possible, of course, but not for free - you have to see with Norway, with Switzerland, you have to pay a certain fee. And the per capita fee of Norway is exactly the same as what Britain is now paying into the EU. So there won't be any savings."

FFS did any of these Leave morons think this through ????

Reference BTW - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36637232

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Joke

Apparantley...

The advice to the leave supporters on the voting process was.. "Sign your name in the second box"

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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I still can't fathom it ..

How so many people can vote for .. well what ? Even the Leave campaigners don't know what happens next, they are just hoping for the best. We'll I'll give you an example, trade negotiations with the US:

US: Bend over, here's the vaseline

UK : What ???

US: Sorry, no vaseline, bend over anyway

UK: Will this hurt ?

US: Let's start with full access to your NHS for our healthcare industry

UK: That does hurt !!

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Re: first online shopping

Watford or Technomatic. Multi page ads in Electronics magazines, almost every 74 series and 4000 CMOS listed in a tiny font along with with discrete components.

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Lester Haines: RIP

8Ace

Goodbye Lester

Terrible news, I'd like to send my condolences to Lester's family and all his colleagues at The Register. He will be missed by us all.

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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

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Fundamental problem

Really there is a fundamental problem with the way software products are sold and in fact have always been sold. I think it's because it's really the only critical product set where the "product" can be sent out the door, sold, and fixed later without major expense compared to other industries. As a result there isn't the same mindset that there is with other industries where it really has to be right before it's sold. I'm not saying everyone else is perfect there are lots of horror stories in other industries, however consider the cost of issuing software updates with the recall costs for the motor industry for example, or the costs for the current tumble drier fiasco. If the s/w industry had to incur these costs we'd get better and likely a lot more secure products.

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UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

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Re: Science?

"Yes, we know that. Which means, if you think about it, that Mr Massey has made a very good point."

I agree completely however if we want real software engineers they must be taught to be engineers, to approach problems as engineers do, to use reasoning as engineers do. The main issue is that compared to real trained and qualified engineers, a large number of sw devs at the moment are just children playing with toys.

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Re: Science?

Sorry but there is no such thing as a software engineer, just like you won't find car doctors either. Engineering is a discipline, the state of most current software products shows exactly why no sw dev can be called an engineer

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Sayonara, Brits! The Irish tech sector could benefit from Brexit

8Ace

I'm not sure how that's going to work...

.. it won't. It's a small island and as such the two "countries" have logically decided to pool their resources. For example Kids in N.I. who need heart treatment will have that south of the border in Dublin, cancer services for the North West on both sides of the border will be provided in Derry in N.Ireland.

It's ridiculous that the In/Out decision will effectively be decided in England where issues such as this have no relevance whatsoever.

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Re: Disruption but not as we know it?

It has already been confirmed by UK Gov that in the event of UK exit border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will not be re-instated. The border will remain open, and to all intents and purposes unmarked, as is the case currently. There is too much cross border co-operation on everything from infrastructure to health for this to happen.

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Reduced roaming charges, net neutrality come into force in EU

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I didn't know the referendum was only for England!

.. if only it was !

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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propylene glycol plus some flavourings ?

Well yes but what happens to them when they are vaporised along with nicotine at the very high temps used here. Food additives have only been tested for safety in a cooking/food environment.

What are the by-products for example. If it's safe fine, but let's find out by testing, not spouting "it's food stuff so it must be ok" nonsense. Vegetable oil is safe to eat and cook but at temperatures just beyond those used for normal cooking it produces aldehydes which are linked to cancer.

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Remain in the EU and help me snoop on the world, says Theresa May

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ECHR is also part of the N.Ireland Peace agreement

Writing ECHR into UK law was a condition of the N.Ireland peace agreement, which itself is underwritten both by an Internationally binding treaty with the Irish Republic and more importantly by a large majority in a referendum in N.Ireland itself.

Unpick that

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MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

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Sorry !

I look at the headline picture and I just smile, nothing to do the article at all, some things just make you smile

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