* Posts by Phil Endecott

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FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface

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> The shield has a diameter of 2.3 meters and is 11.4 centimeters thick.

What’s that in feet and inches?

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Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo

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Re: Linux

> What are you waiting for exactly?

Back in Feb 2017, Andrew Orlowski wrote: “Gemini will be dual platform with Linux and Android supported”. What seems to have actually been delivered is an Android device, with some second-rate unsupported Linux of the kind we get on “hacker board” devices, i.e. out-of-tree drivers that need old kernel versions, have bugs, and don’t support everything. As Dave559 wrote above, “the chipset in the Gemini isn't the most Linux-friendly”.

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Linux

Still waiting for the promised Linux on the previous product. Did I miss something, or has that been abandoned?

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Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: Where's Rutherford?

I thought J. J. Thompson discovered the electron. Didn’t Chadwick discover the neutron? But yes, all of them - Thompson, Rutherford, Chadwick - diserve a mention.

Thompson is also notable for his role as a teacher to the next generation of physicists (according to Wikipedia) including Rutherford, Neils Bohr, Max Born and William Bragg.

I think I’d still vote for Maxwell though. His unification of physics (i.e. light is an electromagnetic wave) was something really significant, and with lots of practical consequences. Also, unlike the three nuclear physicists above, his memory is not tainted by the use of his discoveries to kill people (see also Alfred Nobel).

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What's that? SSH can still use RC4? Not for much longer, promise

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How old would something have to be to be using RC4?

I.e. when did someting better become the default?

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£220k fines for dodgy dialling duo who didn't do due dil on data

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Pay the fine in advance

I think you should pay the fine in advance, before you’re allowed to make large numbers of outgoing calls or texts.

If it turns out that you’re not a scammer, you can get a refund.

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If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey

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Re: ISPs' biggest mistake - Including Wi-Fi routers

> Try again from your PC/laptop directly connected through the DSL modem.

Some large and growing fraction of customers will only have wifi devices.

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Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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Re: So, what do you use to write apps for an iPad?

> The sort of person who likes to work in the kind of coffee shop

The MacBook : iPad : Windows ratio in my local hipster trendy coffee shop is about 20:1:1.

It’s hard to see that changing soon.

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Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Re: Congrats Red Hat, you are marrying massive debts

So like Maplin then?

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Say you used to own ARM and RedHat shares.

You made a profit on both when they were borged.

But where do you invest your money now?

Obviously not in the post-borging conglomerates of doom.

(Asking for a friend.)

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It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort

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‘Cannabis + Crypto.’ The two single HOTTEST Sectors of the Market right now

Found by John Hempton, https://brontecapital.blogspot.com/2018/09/crypto-pot-stock.html :

“On Feb 1, the company announced the Acquisition of a 49% Stake in CannaNUMUS Blockchain Inc. - developers of a cryptocurrency which will represent the performance of a suite of portfolio cannabis companies.

“With a 49% equity stake in this blockchain platform, Abattis could see a significant upside from any CannaNUMUS liquidity event, including a reverse take-over of CannaNUMUS or an ICO,”

“Yes, there are already Marijuana-based CryptoCurrencies. And while none are especially noteworthy, it's worth mentioning that CANN(CannabisCoin) has seen 20,000%+ GAINS and now boasts a $5.5 MIL Market Cap, POT (PotCoin) has seen 3,300%+ GAINS and enjoys a $35 MIL Market Cap, and THC (HempCoin) has seen a monsterous 114,000%+ Gain with a $28 MIL Market Cap!

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FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...

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Re: Police Drone Use

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-lincolnshire-45770705/boston-rape-victim-found-by-police-drone

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It's a cert: Hundreds of big sites still unprepared for starring role in that Chrome 70's show

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“Several prominent UK organisations ...

Hill and Dale Outdoors (hillanddaleoutdoors.co.uk),

Micro Scooters (micro-scooters.co.uk),

External Invoicing (externalinvoicing.co.uk),

new and used car dealer Marshall (marshall.co.uk)

HomeoVet Animal Care (homeovet.co.uk)”

I think I can stop worrying.

(The homeovet people are probably trying to make the warnings go away by diluting the certificate.)

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Re: re. micro sd, etc.

> Now, what to do with those FUCKING cables!!!!

ROUND tupperware type containers.

Or, seen in a lab once, a sort of comb-like thing that you fix to the wall and hang them from (best for cables with larger connectors I suppose). Anyone know what that might be called?

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I’ve just checked and my oldest USB flash drive is 64 MB.

Of course it was exactly where I knew it would be. The newer, larger, actually useful ones... no idea where they are.

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Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: I once measured 61,750ish volts on an empty, unused Styrofoam coffee

> Voltages are differences, so you measure them "between" or "across" things

When the answer is 61 thousand volts, it probably doesn’t much matter what your reference is.

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Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack

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“Barry Shteiman ... said ... If the downtime caused by data being unavailable, or by the backup restoration process, is more expensive than paying the ransom, then organisations should pay.”

Mr Shteiman is overlooking the wider effect on society of paying.

Perhaps, if he really believes in this selfish “only our bottom line matters” attitude, we need to tell him that we’ll boycot businesses that pay ransoms.

Does anyone have a list of businesses that have admitted to paying ransoms?

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Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'

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Re: RE: asynchronous nature of geo-replication could have led to data loss

I have geographically-distributed replicated postgresql databases in AWS.

It is my choice whether that replication is synchronous or asynchronous.

Is there something inherently different about Azure?

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A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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Re: HMSO

You know those graphs showing how economic productivity has not been rising like it should have?

All these anecdotes are why.

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

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Re: 1 - 2 - 3 - Not it!

> It's in the EULA that you didn't read.

But did Apple’s reviewer read this EULA for us?

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Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown

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> we're putting it in a TSB account

Maybe he’ll sit at his computer watching the balance fall, £1000 by £1000 as fraudsters pilfer it, waiting to get through to the fraud team by phone.

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Apple to require privacy policy on all apps

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How about this:

This app doesn’t collect any data.

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Teardown chaps strip away magic from Magic Leap's nerd goggles

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If anyone’s curious about the processor module, here’s something to read:

http://linuxgizmos.com/nvidias-new-jetson-tx2-module-runs-linux-on-tegra-parker-soc/

I think It can be passively cooled with a big heatsink, but presumably a fan is lighter.

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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I imagine they could ship it in “Non-free”.

(Edit: maybe not; the restriction is on distribution, and for example the operators of all the Debian mirrors cannot be said to have agreed to those terms.)

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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Re: New El Reg UoM?

> A punch card can hold about 80 characters or 10 bytes.

Nope, try again.

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Here's a fab idea: Get crypto libs to warn devs when they screw up

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This doesn’t seem all that smart to me; it’s easy to add code to check if the caller has asked for DES rather than AES, but much harder to check if they have handled exceptions or error return values correctly. That really needs some sort of static analysis tool.

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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> and iPhones that even if you go into your smartphone's

> settings and turn off "location history", Google continues to

> snoop on your whereabouts

How do they do that on iOS?

Edit: the Android analysis was by the Princeton researcher; the iPhone result was by the journos at AP.

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Hey, you know what a popular medical record system doesn't need? 23 security vulnerabilities

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> Is anybody actually using it?

Apparently yes; one of the screenshots I noticed in the PDF is from a live system with patient details redacted.

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Fractal of fail

People are using PHP for a medical records system?

WTF?

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Tech Shutdown Blows: IT chaos cost Brit bank TSB almost £200m

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> 26,000 customers switched their bank account from TSB,

> but more than 20,000 customers opened a new account

Do you trust those numbers, if they come from this trainwreck of a new IT system?

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Re: Reinventing a more limited wheel

> results = [(x, y, x/y) for x in input_data if (y := f(x)) > 0]

That would surely be much more understandable in multiple lines:

vector<T> results;

for (x: input_data) {

auto y = f(x);

if (y > 0) results.append( make_tuple(x,y,x/y) );

}

...if that’s what it actually does....

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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OVER

Do they have to say OVER when they move the phone from mouth to ear?

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Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps

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How is the Debian support coming along?

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Uh-oh. Boffins say most Android apps can slurp your screen – and you wouldn't even know it

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They seem to be worried about apps that include libraries, and those libraries can read the screen that the app itself is presenting.

If I’ve understood this correctly, I think it’s a non-issue. App developers using 3rd-party code in their apps need to trust that code. If they don’t trust it, it could do anything. (In principle you could have another level of sandboxing between libraries and the main app code, but that’s not something that any OS I’ve ever seen does.)

iOS would be vulnerable to essentially the same issues.

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We just love small firms, screams UK.gov after palming AWS UK £4.1m

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> According to AWS I am now a part of AWS Europe and not AWS UK.

“AWS Europe” is a group of national entities. Your bills will come from AWS UK.

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It may be different for government users, but AWS are in the process of moving UK users from being customers of “AWS Inc” to being customers of “AWS UK Ltd”. I’m not really sure why; it doesn’t materially change e.g. the VAT position.

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

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Re: People’s Court

Not sure about oxymoron, but it certainly has an issue with it’s apostrophe’s.

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Painful truth: DNS, CDNs and CAs are Achilles' Heel for top websites

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Re: Raining CloudFog

This isn’t about “cloud”; a self-hosted website still needs DNS, CAs and possibly CDNs and is equally vulnerable to their failures.

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Oracle Linux now supported on 64-bit Armv8 processors

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Re: Where is the Oracle Instant client for ARM ?

“rants about ARM devices and non-discoverable buses. I'm guessing that nothing yet has changed in the world of ARM SoCs to change that state of affairs.

Whatever its faults, PCI is discoverable.”

ARM servers, if they ever really come to exist at all, will almost certainly use discoverable buses like PCI and USB in much the same way as x86 servers do.

For other devices more tightly coupled to the processor they’ll tend to use ACPI, again in much the same way that x86 servers do.

The nondiscoverable rantyness is largely for devices like phones, tablets, TV boxes etc. and (unfortunately) many of the “hacker” boards that are built using the same chips. The problem should largely go away for server systems.

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Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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Re: New Apple invention :)

> Also could it be set to work in reverse so users have to

> ability to warm a bagel on a metal phone cover?

Yes, I’m sure you could inductively couple into a bagel or a ring doughnut if it were sufficiently conductive.

Of course non-ring-shaped food items would be more difficult. Perhaps it would create a market for ring-shaped Cornish pasties? Just avoid curly-wurlies - I reckon that “ladder” topology would act like some kind of voltage multiplier...

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BOFH: Got that syncing feeling, hm? I've looked at your computer and the Outlook isn't great

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Re: What great timing

> What was supposed to be an edit somehow turned into a second post

Really! That’s quite worrying; it could be a bug that’s affecting other users too. Did you post from your phone, or a computer? Whichever it,was I think you’d better hand it over so we can investigate properly.

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Qualcomm to keep server CPUs but avoids head-on Intel battle

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“x86 compatibility”

> “It’s very clear to us that the ARM opportunity is focused on a

> few players where you don’t have the software x86 barrier to entry,”

Few players? Apart from Windows, who needs this “x86 compatibility” that they’re talking about?

Multiple Linux distributions run absolutely fine on ARM (and have done for years), including everything you need for a web stack - databases, interpetted and compiled languages, server applications etc. etc. I’m personally using a mix of ARM (Scaleway) and x86 (AWS) servers, and there is no difference in functionality that can be attributed to the processor.

From where I’m looking, the “few players” are definitely those who are tied to Windows or to proprietary compiled-for-x86-only software. And that’s *none* of the people I know running online businesses.

Am I seeing a skewed version of reality, or have these Qualcom people got the wrong idea?

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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

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Re: I'm feeling left out

> is there anything to be lost by simply blackholing every TLD not registered before 2010?

.scot has useful content, and was only registered in 2014.

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EU-US Privacy Shield not up to snuff, data tap should be turned off – MEPs

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AWS.

Google.

Microsoft Azure.

Digital Ocean.

etc. etc.

All US companies.

Where are the EU alternatives that aren’t completely shite?

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US regains supercomputer crown from Chinese, for now

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“Classified” computers are not included in the lists, IIRC.

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Great time to shift bytes: International bandwidth prices are in free fall

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Dare I look forward to a drop in the price for AWS bandwidth?

This seems to have been stuck around $0.10 since forever, despite huge drops in their storage and CPU costs.

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Micropayments

Please can someone implement a proper micropayments system for the web so that we can pay for things using money, rather than by exposing our privates?

Seriously, Prestel could do this 40 years ago and WWW still hasn’t caught up. I thought cryptocurrencies might help but apparently they solve a slightly different problem. Conventional-style online payments (credit cards, Paypal) are fine for larger payments but don’t scale down to £0.001 for a web search.

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Re: Hero ?

> The biggest accidents have all been on national flag carriers

> where the crew were afraid to question the actions of the famous

> senior highest paid and highest ranked captain

Not AF447, for example.

Which do you have in mind/?

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First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

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I thought it was “friendly”, like the giant.

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inches and pounds

Seeing all that tech documentation in inches and pounds just makes me want to cry.

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