* Posts by richardcox13

275 posts • joined 19 May 2012


The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins


OK, the magnets used on contemporary MRI are the result of research done to develop colliders.


> What benefits do we actually get from projects like CERN?

MRI Scanners for one. Pretty much all high power magnet technology originates from colliders.

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far


Re: Free! For up to three collaborators!

> I don't see what value that brings over just using git locally.


And the issue tracking can be useful to track of plans

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...


Re: Width

Really wide text is too hard to read (eyes have a tendency to jump up or down a line).

This is why newspapers have columns and the traditional layout of books. The width of typical paper sizes is a sensible upper limit.

Hence I've applied a little CSS (Stylus FTW) to limit to 800px wide for a more comfortable reading experience. (And also why I rarely have my browser maximised.)

Boffins manage to keep graphene qubits 'quantum coherent' for all of 55... nanoseconds


Re: Welll .....

> I believe the natural state for Schrödinger's cat is 'undead'.

Unless the cat is Greebo.

In which case the state is known as "bloody furious" and the only safe distances is the radius of the observable universe (if you're lucky).

Thought black holes were donut-shaped? It turns out they're more like deadly fountains


Re: Well, the accretion disk anyhow

> can a singularity be correctly described as having a shape at all?

Correct, it can't.

But what is usually meant is the event horizon around the singularity. And that certainly can have a well defined shape (as noted above in the zero charge, zero angular momentum case it would be a sphere).

Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years


Re: Card numbers

> Maybe what's needed is a token issued at the time of check-in against the guest's credit card that can only be used by that particular hotel.

Just like the APIs that most card processors provide, and have done for years?

When that ecommerce site offers to save your payment details, this is what should be used. There is no need to hold details (beyond a few masked digits so customers can recognise which card has been saved).

(Might be all card processors for all I know, certainly the APIs I've used all have this option.)

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing


Re: A good update?

The build number was (original release of 1809 plus October updates) was 17763.53.

With the November updates applied it is now 17763.134.

Whether a new update to 1809 gives the same build number needs to be confirmed by someone else...

Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report



The MOD seems to be doing this the wrong way around.

According to the documentaries[1] the drones were followed by SkyNet.

[1] But not the follow up fiction.

Twilio tweaks twicky twalkative bot toows to dewight devewopers: It's Autopilot for chat apps


Re: I wonder


We would just have a second man from Mars.

Astroboffins may have found the first exomoon lurking beyond the Solar System


More work to do

The boffins need to get on with this, after all they only need to find a billion billion exomoons to have an exaexomoon.

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)


Re: Hmmmm

Didn't here (work PC updated overnight).

And working fine. Dark theme extends to Explorer now (nice).

A couple of reports of some firewall rules being disabled but that didn't impact me either!

I never seem to have problems with these updates... what am I doing wrong?

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?


Re: Not turn them in to apps.

> I suspect the developers already use notepad++ themselves

More likely VS Code (for obvious reasons), but any dev org that locked down that choice (Sublime Text FTW!) would find retention even more challenging.

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


Re: But...

Sounds like a good start for (re)inventing bistromathematics.

(And messing up The Ashes.)

Visual Studio Team Services squeezes into new Azure DevOps togs


Re: I wish!

I suggest you get you anti-malware sorted out. If it is blocking legitimate installers it is broken.

(If "must use corporate policy" is set, then an internal support request and a willingness to escalate internally until action is taken is needed.)

Microsoft sharpens its claws to cut Outlook UI excess, snip Ribbon


Re: With no competition for miles ....

> Funnily enough I find Outlook is buggy, lacks features and is very unreliable.

Sounds exactly like much "enterprise" software to me!

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)


Re: Hyperlinking OK though

Um, the early creators of the web where computer programmers, who earn their living by the creation of copyright works, called computer software

Who were working in academic institutions in an era where "industry links" and "exploit research" were not yet common. Yes code is a creative output, but for many it is a means to an end for their real job. In my day job in (commercial) software development I still see developers not considering the licencing of libraries before using them despite repeated reminders.

None of this is to dismiss their massive contributions to the "information age".

(See also inherent insecurity of protocols from that era )


Re: Hyperlinking OK though

I can't help thinking that this is directly contrary to the whole purpose of the web and HTTP. The whole idea as published was that if you provided a URL it was to enable people to link to it

Quite possibly the intent, but the early creators of the web were not photographers or others who earn their living by the creation of copyrighted works.

Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints


Re: I'm daydreaming ...

> http://isthepizzahere.com/

You mean Go Upper f5?

(Mines the one with ten-hundred words in the pocket.)

Fancy a little TLC? WD woos data centre crowd with dual-port SAS write fiend


Don't ask

You cannot afford it.

How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF


Jobs Didn't Introduce Typography to Computers

The Mac did in 1985 make limited typography available to those few who could afford a Mac. But typography had been available long before that and in cheaper form.

For a start both troff and TeX seriously predate the Mac or Lisa.

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name



Virtual and Sparse Tree Store

(I'll get my coat.)

Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes


CodePlex is not an issue

> Others wonder where Microsoft's CodePlex will fit in alongside GitHub.

Why? CodePlex is now only a readonly archive, just enough to allow migration to other systems… notably GitHub.

Storm in a teapot: Anger brews over npm's jokey proxy error messages


That is a completely inappropriate HTTP response

…if you are looking for tea.

For instance Green-Tea..

German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way


> an eternity of forever shopping around Ikea.

I'm sure the devil can do better.

Perhaps an eternity of knowing there is a way out if only you just reach it in time. But you never do. And items keep falling off your trolley.

Consent, datasets and avoiding a visit from the information commissioner


Re: Commercial relationship?

> old practice of requiring that someone set up an account before being able to buy something will no longer be tenable.

How? If having an account is part of the contract for the sale (ie. "we only sell to customers who have an account") then that account is converted as part of the contractual consent.

(Also, keeping order details around is likely to be a statutory consent because orders drive stock changes which drive accounts and keeping correct accounts is a statutory requirement.)

Sending marketing emails is not covered, that requires an explicit consent.

El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot


> to fully understand the problems

A complete understanding is likely to take significant quantities of beettime.

in which case, unless the suppliers are properly scaled-out the underlying requirement maybe moot.

If there is no beer left what is the purpose of a beer-transporting robot?

April FAIL as IETF's funny-but-dodgy draft doc arrives a week early


Editor wars are a mere skirmish compared to coding standard wars.

And referencing an April 1st RFC is always a good way to see if the readers are paying attention: one can a;ways claim it was a typo....)

User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps


Re: Feeling Old...

> Who remembers the joys of setting jumpers on a 3Com Etherlink card to get the IRQ and base address set correctly.

That is not a definition of "joy" I am familiar with.

Going systematically through all possibilities and none worked, only to try again from the beginning to realise you didn't start at the beginning the first time and if you had then it would have worked first time.

Oh bucket! Unpack the suitcases. TRAPPIST-1 planets too wet to support life


Re: How much water?

There is a lot of rock and iron. A lot. Work out the mass of the earth's core (iron density and core radius can be looked up) and that is only a small proportion of the total volume. A few km depth of ocean is tiny relative to the whole sphere.


Re: Why doesn't ice float?

There are many types of ice. The common one (that will keep this evenings G&T cool) floats.

The other ones require ever more extreme conditions, and some have a higher density/ Hence the diagram showing *Ice VII` (they variations are numbered).

Good luck saying 'Sorry I'm late, I had to update my car's firmware'


Re: Have an upvote!

> Whatever happened to the concept that if you OWN something, YOU should control it?

It failed for the 99% of the population who failed to control and maintain it... and gave us the bots for the bot nets.

Virgin Media's Brit biz broadband goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Upset People


> If your business is THAT reliant on the Internet


Likely they didn't realised how much they were until it failed, but new #1 priority because any single point of failure …

Smartphones to be inescapable, even at 40,000 feet


> "However, the data slinger promises a campaign from August that will see a satellite launch every three weeks until it reaches the 900 target."

> So that would be, uhm, in about 52 years time!

Looking at Wikipedia (yes i know), the first launch is 10 satalites, and subsequent ones are 32 each.

So not that long.

Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on


A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that


Re: I'm not sure what the point of that article was...

> hey have to be strong enough

You might enjoy this (warning AvE so NSFW): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shnpPFQAugU.

1,900 rotten apps bounced out of Google Play every day in 2017


Where is the sub-editor?

> Google has revealed that it booted “more than 700,000 apps” and 100,000 developers out of its Play digital tat bazaar during 2017.

> That’s about 1,900 a day and 70 per cent more than Google banished last year.

Last year was 2017, so in 2017 70% more apps where kicked out than in 2017?

Or maybe you missed the new year and meant 2016?

UK's iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory nominated as World Heritage Site


Re: This place has ****ing had its day

From which I quote:

> The headquarters of the SKA will be located at Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, England.

So Jodrell Bank is rather key to the SKA.

NHS outages KO Welsh GP services and Manchester A&E


Re: Doctor?

Who was specifically the Emergency Medical Hologram. For use when you run out of doctors (or the doctors are running away from the Borg).

Seems appropriate.

Facebook invents new unit of time to measure modern attention spans: 1/705,600,000 of a sec


> Don't forget the microfortnight

And in the key unit of velocity the attoparsec per microfortnight (quite useful at human scales).

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature


Re: The bug is better than the buggy fix !!!

> set a bit to say whether it is evil

You'll be thinking of RFC 3514.

A more general mechanism would make things easier. Where's that feature Linus?

How many Routemaster bus seats would it take to fill Wembley Stadium?

Thumb Up

Re: Routemaster?

Someone needs to read the caption: you've been trolled.

PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too


Re: PowerShell?

> ls | grep foo => get-childitem | Out-String -Stream | select-string -Pattern foo

Command line, so use aliases, and it is much simpler than that:

dir | ? name -match foo

Firefox 57's been quietly delaying tracking scripts


> Ia there an about:config option to switch this experiment off ?

Ready the ********** blog.

It is there in black and white.

Why bother cracking PCs? Spot o' malware on PLCs... Done. Industrial control network pwned


Re: Question is 'why'?

> The question is therefore what data on a PLC is worth this level of effort to extract it?

A PLC has the logic to choose what components are used when building a circuit to change a component designed for use in one environment (eg. military) to use components only suitable for an office environment. Suddenly supplier loses high value contracts due to using sub-standard parts.

History has shown that one small vulnerability can often be used to open bigger ones.

Wondering why your internal .dev web app has stopped working?


That won't help.

.dev is listed in Chrome's internal list of domains with pinned certificates. They way the address is resolved makes no difference..


Re: I must have missed the change in standards bodies.

> You may not have your own domain

Then get one or more. Despite recent registration/renewal fee inflation they are still cheap (vastly less than the hardware you'll be using).

More than half of GitHub is duplicate code, researchers find


The authors misunderstand git

> there is a lot more duplication of code that happens in GitHub that does

> not go through the fork mechanism, and instead, goes in via copy and paste of files

> and even entire libraries”

At face value they appear to have checked the GitHub repository being marked as a fork. But it is quite easy to fork without it showing in GitHub[1]. Given the basic model of submitting a pull request is to start with a fork either in GitHub or by using a local repository[1] there will be a lot more forks than immediately shows.

Why would anyone go through the local route: interested in how it works so clone locally. Make a change and then realise I want to push that before creating a PR. Given changes already committed the new remote approach is easier.

[1] Clone GitHub repository to local; create new GitHub repository; set new GitHub as remote in local repository, push local to new remote.

Microsoft touts real-time over-the-network pair programming in Visual Studio, GitHub ships it


> Pair programming: perpetually training uninterested developers.

Then you are doing it wrong (or you have the wrong people as developers).

> Gobby

Does it allow me to share a debugging session from one editor (VS Code) with someone else using a different editor (Visual Studio)? Because this is not just shared editing.


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