* Posts by Phil Endecott

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

Phil Endecott

> Why would I want to make that specific device mobile?

So you can take it on a train, to the pub, restraunt etc. and record other peoples' conversations too.

(How long till that actually happens?)

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Qualcomm is shipping next chip it'll perhaps get sued for: ARM server processor Centriq 2400

Phil Endecott

And also AMD's abandoned ARM chips.

A significant factor is the fab process; these are 10 nm, while the AMD chips and X-Gene were on 40 nm. That's a huge difference, Not sure about thunder-x.

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Phil Endecott

Comparison with Thunder-X and X-Gene would be useful.

Please can I have one with perhaps just 8 or 16 cores?

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If your websites use WordPress, put down that coffee and upgrade to 4.8.3. Thank us later

Phil Endecott

PHP FFS

In your "Perl the most hated programming language" story I was going to going to vote "No, PHP is even more disgusting". But then I saw you also had Visual Basic as an option, and that has actually caused me even more pain.

Honestly all three should be nuked from space.

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Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

Phil Endecott

I can't believe this story is still here.

The linked press release talks only about a "permanent magnet motor", not a megnetohydrodynamic drive.

Where did this come from, except the author's imagination?

N.B. posting "fake news" stories makes me less likely to believe anything else that appears on the site.

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Phil Endecott

Re: Wait, what?

I agree, nothing in the linked document talks about magnetohydrodynamic drive at all!

Read it yoursleves: http://eng.mod.gov.cn/news/2017-10/25/content_4795721.htm

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NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report

Phil Endecott

Re: Easy to mitigate

"152 Simple Steps to Stay Safe Online"

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/24/googles_security_advice_we_dunno/

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Sex harassment scandal scoops up Silicon Valley's Slimy Scoble

Phil Endecott

Re: Some advice from my mom...

> she may tear off your balls

Apparently your mum was wrong; I think these arseholes have discovered that generally women do not tear off balls in this situation, and that's why they continue.

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Google emits tools to make cross-platform HTML apps less tragic

Phil Endecott

Obligatory XKCD

https://xkcd.com/1174/

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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

Phil Endecott

Re: For decades now

>A hardware reset took the program counter to a defined

> memory location and started executing code there

To give one example of the difficulty of that, the DRAM controller needs to be set up first. So you need to interrogate all of the DIMMs (RAM modules) via their i2c interfaces and ask them their capacity, speed etc. and then program the control registers in the DRAM controller to match. Until you’ve done that you don’t have any RAM. So you have various tricks, such as having a small block of on-CPU RAM that can be used while the main RAM is brought up. Or maybe a mode where the on-CPU cache behaves as RAM initially.

There are plenty of other similar issues. The ROM containing this start-up code, for example. Clocks are now under CPU control, so you need code to run to turn on the clocks and set the right frequencies. Even power supplies are under software control, so that power management (sleep modes etc.) can work.

For a few years it was made to work by having things power on in some sort of “safe” lowest-common-denominator configuration, but that really doesn’t scale to the complexity of modern systems. So instead, there is a small separate processor that comes on first (and can boot in the sort of simple old-fashioned way that you describe, because it’s simple enough to do so), and it brings up the main processor, Subsequently it doesn’t need to do much except perhaps adjust clock frequencies and core voltages depending on workload.

This is all good.

The only issue is that it is locked down and unverifiable.

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Legends of the scrawl: Ordnance Survey launches augmented reality tool for maps

Phil Endecott

Re: OS map data is free

> You can download the OS data and maps for free, in multiple scales

Not exactly; you can’t get the Landranger and Explorer maps for free.

What you can get for free includes “Vector Map District”, a 1:25,000 product that is somewhat comparable to Landranger, and “Terrain 50”, which is contour lines. By combining these with footpath data from Open Street Map it’s possible to make something that’s almost as good as the paper maps but considerably cheaper. As it happens this is what I do for a living: http://ukmapapp.com/

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Lucky Canada. Google chooses Toronto as site of posthuman urban lab

Phil Endecott

On the plus side...

It does seem to have a distillery.

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You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early

Phil Endecott

Re: Does Microsoft's approach not imply...

> two repositories are necessary

Isn't this exactly what git is supposed to be good at?

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You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

Phil Endecott

Re: Not knowing how to look can make it hard to find

"I have software deployed in C, C++, C#, Go, Python, SQL92, JavaScript, TypeScript and Kotlin on 4 different embedded ARM architectures plus Linux, Windows and FreeRTOS.

Can I remember the exact syntax, APIs, class libraries etc for all of them off the top of my head? Of course not."

I'd hope that you'd be able to get close to the right suntax for whichever one of those you claim you were using last week.

And I'd also hope that, unlike some of the interviewees I've seen, you would not totally freeze up and refuse to write anything at all in that situation.

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Neutron stars shower gold on universe in big bang, felt on Earth as 100-second grav wave

Phil Endecott

Re: Missing answers

> What if this event happened in our Milky Way galaxy

> which has billions of neutron stars

Size of our galaxy = aprox 1e5 light years diameter; this event was approx 1e8 light years away, so a similar event in our galaxy would be about 1e3 times closer. Due to the inverse square law, the intensity of the radiation would be 1e6 greater. But that's still tiny:

According to section 6.1 of

http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/aa920c

the total gamma ray energy released was about 3e46 erg, with a peak luminosity of about 1e47 erg/s.

(1 erg = 1e-7 J,so that's 3e39J and 1e40W respectively.)

1e5 light years = approx 1e21m. Surface area of a sphere of that radius = about 1e43 m2.

1e40W over 1e43 m2 is 1mW/m2.

That compares to solar energy reaching earth of about 1e3 W/m2, i.e. a million times more. (Not gamma rays admittedly.)

So I don't think this sort of event happening "somewhere in our galaxy" is a worry. It would need to be a lot closer.

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Phil Endecott

Get it right.

"At 0841 ET (1241 UTC) on August 17, LIGO picked up the longest gravitational wave signal detected to date, named GW170817, and a short gamma ray burst"

The gamma ray burst was detected by the Fermi gamma ray observatory, a space telescope.

Not by LIGO.

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Combinations? Permutations? Those words don't mean what you think they mean

Phil Endecott

> Assuming your data set is large, and there are many visits to the

> website, you're likely to apply machine learning (ML) in your

> investigations.

Nope.

I'm just going to use "a program".

Or is "machine learning" just how people spell "a computer program" these days?

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Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

Phil Endecott

Wouldn’t it be great if there were some significant European email provider for people to switch to instead of US gmail, hotmail, outlook, yahoo, icloud etc. I think the closest we get is gmx.de.

(Hilariously, my iPad autocorrected gmx.de to gmail.com!)

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El Reg was invited to the House of Lords to burst the AI-pocalypse bubble

Phil Endecott

Neuroscience

My guess is that gaining a better understanding of how brains work would be one of the better ways to spend AI money.

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'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'

Phil Endecott

> That should catch 'em all right?

There was an old woman who swallowed a horse...

She'd dead, of course.

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Et tu Accenture? Then fall S3er: Consultancy giant leaks private keys, emails and more online

Phil Endecott

Re: Oooohhh Nooooo

> I cant imagine why you would ever want public access to bucket storage.

You can implement websites directly using S3.

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Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill

Phil Endecott

Great visually, but IMHO it would have benefited from a bit more plot. Or a bit more depth to the plot.

Last film I saw set in LA was Lala-land. Quite a contrast!

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

Phil Endecott

In some cases, these crazy prices will be due to, for example, the purchase actually being a pack of 100 but logged as a single item. Or 50m not 50cm.

Ignoring outliers and looking at the 10th percentile would be more informative.

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Here's a gentle guide to building JavaScript AI in web browsers. Totally not a scary thing

Phil Endecott

> "The image recognition processing is not done on the PC, I'll wager."

> And certainly not in javascript in a web browser. It would probably

> take an hour just to process a single image.

Wrong. This runs in the browser, using WebGL to access your GPU for hardware acceleration.

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

Phil Endecott

0.90 vs 90%

My guess is that they've correctly calculated that the probability is 0.90, and then just written 0.90% without multiplying by 100.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

Phil Endecott

Re: Rudd

> What happens when the old car that the 17 year old buys needs

> a new battery - will they be refused ?

Same as under 16s not being allowed to buy disposable razors.

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Microsoft shows off Windows 10 Second Li, er, Mixed Reality

Phil Endecott

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Anyone else read that as "Windows 10 Fail Creators Update" ?

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Dnsmasq and the seven flaws: Patch these nasty remote-control holes

Phil Endecott

In my quick look at the Google security blog I wasn't sure whether "remote" meant "from the outside internet" or "from another machine on the local network". For example, the DHCP bugs are surely only going to be exploitable by local machines, right? Do DNS bugs require that the attacker is controlling replies to DNS requests that I make? That would be tricky if my dnsmasq is forwarding to my ISPs DNS, for example.

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It's a real FAQ to ex-EDS staffers: You'll do what with our pensions, DXC?

Phil Endecott

> That's 25 years of full-salary paid back to you.

No, it's not full-salary; it's typically about a third of that.

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'Alternative network provider' CityFibre boosts sales 36%

Phil Endecott

> If you think of "customer premises" in terms of "University Halls

> of Residence" or "Office Block with 35 tenants",

The connections near me are more like "office with 6 people" or "small primary school" or "hooiday inn express". I guess they're at the bottom end, but there must be some very large customers to make the average that high.

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Phil Endecott

> It connected another 745 customer premises to its fibre metro area

> network (MAN), with an additional £11m of initial contract value.

Does that mean each customer is paying an average of £15,000 per (something), or is there some other meaning?

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Trump's tax tease will be a massive payday for Valley tech giants and their shareholders

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Researchers promise demo of 'God-mode' pwnage of Intel mobos

Phil Endecott

> Applied Micro X-Gene

I have one of those in a Gigabyte motherboard, and it has at least three poorly-documented auxilliary processors running code that I don't have source for.

I don't have a QoriQ or a RPi3 so I can't comment on those.

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Phil Endecott

> ARM allows an individual with proper access to disable / replace the

> TrustZone firmwar

Could you give a practical exmple of that? I have numerous ARM systems, and all of the modern ones seem to include some signed binary blobs in the boot process.

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My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

Phil Endecott

Re: Thriller

> building the M&S channel

You could buy a winphone in Marks & Sparks ?! That's an interesting demographic to chase!

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Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?

Phil Endecott

Re: Perhaps I'm the only one left

I went to the post office the other day to buy a stamp. I had recevied, by email, a scan of a paper form which I had to print, sign, photocopy for my records, and post back; the whole process took about 3 days - largely due to the enormous PDF overwhelming my rarely-used printer - of which the 10 minute queue in the P.O. was just a small part.

At the front of the queue, a guy in his 20s was asking: "so is this self-adhesive?". "Oh, so do I have to tear it along the perforations?". "Then I tape it on? Do you have some tape?". "Oh so if I lick it it will stick by itslef! OK I'll give it a try! Thanks so much for your help!".

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Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

Phil Endecott

Re: Question:

> GSM devices must be able to contact emergency services - even without a SIM.

Not true in the U.K.

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ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 MEEELLION nuisance calls

Phil Endecott

> Thats no good if the company can just wind up to avoid the fine.

They should pay the fine in advance.

Seriously. If you want to send bulk text messages or make automated phone calls you should pay a deposit before you can send them, which is returned to you in the unlikely event that the recipients actually did opt in to receive them.

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UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

Phil Endecott

> “Terms used in Chapter 2 and in the GDPR have the same

> meaning in Chapter 2 as they have in the GDPR” - are fairly

> Kafka-esque.

Huh? That's not Kafka-esque, that's just English. What's the confusion?

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

Phil Endecott

Since Waterloo - Kings Cross is the only tube journey I do anything like regularly:

- Via Oxford Circus is undoubtedly the best option. The Victoria Line was specifically routed to allow quick step-free connections to the Bakerloo line there.

- The slowest bit of the journey is due to the signage at Kings Cross, which directs you down a newish feels-like-half-a-mile tunnel to the "Northern Ticket Hall". If instead you get off the Victoria Line train and follow the signs for the circle line you'll end up in the old ticket hall, and and you'll be out much faster.

I don't often travel at rush hour, so best options may be different then due to congestion.

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

Phil Endecott

More people asking questions on Stackoverlfow is not necessarily a good thing; perhaps that means that it's too complicated for people to use in practice,

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As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

Phil Endecott

Is there a version of that video that doesn;t require me to agree to Twitter's terms and conditions?

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

Phil Endecott

Looking at the example in the article, I'd say that the one on the LEFT is flat. The one on the right is just completely borked.

Have a look. On the left, the "shop" buttons are blue, caps, underlined. No 3d shading or even 2d box around the border of the button. That, to me, is "flat". On the right, the "shop" buttons are in the same style as the body text - grey, mixed case. You could only find them by guessing from the words that it is clickable, or by trial and error (unless there is a mouseover).

This does not appear to be an argument in favour of the pre-iOS 7, and equivalent Windows, button styles. It's just an argument for not completely borking your UI.

It's worth looking at all their tests. Some are better than others:

https://www.nngroup.com/articles/heatmap-visualizations-signifiers/

Approximately the bottom third of the page is tests where they didn't find any difference between the two versions.

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That virtually impossible classic compsci P vs NP problem is virtually impossible, say boffins

Phil Endecott

> .... NP‑complete if the answer is also easy to check.

Not quite. NP means, yes, it's (relatively) easy to check. But the "complete" part is also important. An NP-Complete problem is one which can be shown to be at least as hard as every other NP problem - so, if one can find a P solution to *any one* NP-complete problem, then there are also P solutions to every NP problem, and hence P = NP. On the other hand there are problems that are NP but not NP-complete, so finding P solutions to those problems doesn't prove as much; finding prime factors is (probably) an example of that.

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Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in

Phil Endecott

Re: This user has visited one or more of these sites today

> For most people probably pretty reasonable that real-world

> problems are reported back to the developers automatically.

Less than 20% of the users of my iOS app opt in to sending anonymous crash reports.

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Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

Phil Endecott

"Headless body found near topless beach"

Not funny.

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Identity fraud in the UK at 'epidemic' levels as cases rise 5% – report

Phil Endecott

Re: Hmmmm

> The Police aren't interested when you report it because YOU ARE NOT THE VICTIM

Right, so if I see someone breaking in to a neighbour's house, I shouldn't bother phoning 999 because I'm not the victim.

Sounds ridiculous, but it's actually true. I once witnessed some kids trying to burn down the bin store at the back of the building where I lived. Police wouldn't take a statement from me because I was a tennant, and only the owner could report it.

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Berkeley boffins build better spear-phishing black-box bruiser

Phil Endecott

Re: "our detector extracts the feature vector for that URL "

> You mean the parameters of the URL?

No, they mean a feature vector. Try Wikipedia.

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FTC wants AT&T to kick in $4bn to help balance US budget. Why? Some dodgy ads or something

Phil Endecott

They could give the $billions to Foxconn....

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FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

Phil Endecott

Pants

Last month I bought some pants. Enough to last a couple of years, I think.

Now, EVERY SINGLE FUCKING WEBSITE I VISIT is covered with adverts for pants - and bras.

It's madness, really it is.

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