* Posts by Paul J Turner

307 posts • joined 26 Sep 2012

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'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers

Paul J Turner

Has another five years gone by so soon?

Again? - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_One_(software)

(Hah, Snap! @teahound)

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Groundhog Day! ACCC again calls for truth in broadband advertising

Paul J Turner

Why pick a period?

The ACCC should take a tip from Microsoft and require ISP-supplied modems to be instrumented to the eyeballs to see what actual speeds users get when they use their modems.

It could even aggregate the 'scores' and return a QOS figure to be used to adjust the ISP's billing downwards when they don't meet spec'.

That would get their attention real quick!

People who pick their own IT kit always get told their kit isn't supported anyway, so no loss to them.

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

Paul J Turner
Linux

Next Gen

Continuing the choc' and lollies theme and needing one starting with 'P'; may I suggest 'Penguin', the well-known chocolate bar.

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Flaws in web-connected, radiation-monitoring kit? What could go wrong?

Paul J Turner

I don't think that word means what you think it means...

"Santamarta's research focused on testing software and hardware, firmware reverse engineering and radio frequency analysis"

And covering just about everything is 'focused' is it?

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Foxtel choked on 65,000 new sign-ups to watch Game of Thrones

Paul J Turner

Re: real problem - they don't want to pay telstra etc

I'm always suspicious when certain number ranges are involved.

I wonder if some plonker counted new signups in a 16-bit unsigned integer that died at 65,535?

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

Paul J Turner

Who stuffed the headline then?

"Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city."

Does not follow from - "A million mosquitoes will be released over a 20-week period."

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Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

Paul J Turner

Re: Yay!

Hmm, not sure about that 'x7' factor, typo?.

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Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

Paul J Turner

Feeling torn

"This paper was also just really, really, really short on details that a radio astronomer would want, to the point where it likely wouldn't have passed a referee at a regular journal," said Yvette Cendes, a skeptical radio astronomer at the University of Toronto.

It would be really nice to think that the persons who SHOULD be the experts were right, but how many times has science been held back by group-think among the 'experts' until their noses were rubbed in the clear and definite truth?

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India sets June 5 as the day it will join the heavy-lift rocket club

Paul J Turner

What ARE you guys smoking?

"India sets June 5 as the day it will joint the heavy-lift rocket club"

'joint'?

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

Paul J Turner

Justice may be happening already

I looked here - https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/cuberon#/entity and found -

...

Founders: Abhishek Gattani, Digvijay Singh Lamba

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Current Team (1) Digvijay Singh Lamba Co-Founder and CTO

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Past Team (1) Abhishek Gattani

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Git sprints carefully towards SHA-1 deprecation

Paul J Turner

@bazza

'Pad', 'Pack', same difference and a data length or end marker is used in some compression systems.

Zip and 7z were just used for reference you could consider the old disk-compression systems which do output files obviously padded to the end of the last sector.

Obviously the size of the resulting hash might make it impractical, but my point is that I think that the best theoretically possible achievable lossless compression must be the minimum size possible for a guaranteed collision-free hash.

Also, the bigger the file the bigger the hash, which might disqualify it if only considering fixed-size hashes.

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Paul J Turner

@Deltics

I know what you mean but I'm wondering if there is an exception.

Consider if you used ZIP or 7z as the hash algorithm.

You end up with less bits (which you can pack to a fixed size) but there is only one possibility for the source file.

You can even verify that by unpacking and comparing, which makes it a bit useless unless you can lock it down from tampering somehow, say with a hash function... ;-)

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

Paul J Turner

Re: I can't help but wonder

Again?

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Sure, we could replace FTNN, says nbn™, if you let the unwired wait even longer for broadband

Paul J Turner

It is NOT FTTC in Australia

It's Fibre-to-the-Kerb (FTTK) in Australia.

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

Paul J Turner

Re: Sorry Prof'

Thanks for your post with a link in it Red Bren. I used view-source and had a practice on an old forum post

I tested with - <_a _ _h_r_e_f_=_"_h_t_t_p_s_:_/_/_c_9_._i_o_/_"_>_C_l_o_u_d_ _9_<_/_a_>

take out the '_' characters

I thought that there was some substitution of '[' and ']' for '<' and '>' but that may have been some other forum.

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Paul J Turner

Sorry Prof'

'The Moon' IS a planet not 'A Moon'.

If the Earth was to vanish it's orbit would continue pretty much unchanged.

https://io9.gizmodo.com/is-the-moon-a-planet-1064356920

Also, It's long past bloody time that El Reg made it easy to include hyperlinks, or at least made the information on how to embed them clear, complete and easy to find.

I think I found a reference once, but it assumed html expertise. Is a button that hard to implement?

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Microsoft on Cloud 9 after online biz boosts profits to $6.3bn in second quarter

Paul J Turner

Microsoft on Cloud 9?

Don't let them hear you say that! Cloud 9

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Paul J Turner

Microsoft on Cloud 9?

Don't let them hear you say that! https://c9.io/

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Competition and wholesale costs, not lack of fibre, crimp broadband in Australia

Paul J Turner

close, but no cigar

“Australia's broadband is rubbish because we abandoned the fibre build”

->

“Australia's broadband is rubbish because we abandoned the all-fibre build”

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As South Australia blacked out, PM's office was told renewable power was not to blame

Paul J Turner

Re: Just the beginning

"Light Water Reactors produce what is known as reactor grade plutonium. It is utterly useless for nuclear weapons and nobody has ever used reactor grade plutonium in a weapon."

Then they won't be building just Light Water Reactors, will they? Simples!

I expect there will be suitable reactors in among the power reactors, probably on the same sites.

Early refuelling of LWRs is a less convenient but possible option, so Weapons-Grade Plutonium CAN be produced by Light Water Reactors.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weapons-grade#Weapons-grade_plutonium

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Paul J Turner

Re: Just the beginning

"a decent arsenal." = "weapons that we ourselves actually have control of."

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Paul J Turner

Just the beginning

I expect to see a lot more reduction of renewables and it's Donald Trump's fault (I'm going for the popular vote).

Now that they have had a wake-up call that they can't rely on the US to keep us safe in Asia, they are probably drawing up plans for a bunch of Australian-owned and operated nuclear power stations to make plutonium (as a 'by-product', honest) to start building a decent arsenal.

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Oz consumer watchdog: 'up to' speeds shouldn't be in broadband ads

Paul J Turner

Re: As I have said for the last two years

Actually I mean the overall speed to the source.

Obviously some servers just aren't too fast but a lot of slowdown is due to crappy low bandwidth links being used on the principle that not everybody uses them at the same time.

Unfortunately, greed for profit sees this taken way too far resulting in rubbish performance for far too much of the day.

'Provisioning' they call it, I'd like to put their network architects and capacity planners in a room and 'provision' their air. I'm sure they don't all breathe in at the same time.

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Paul J Turner

As I have said for the last two years

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2016/07/26/oz_regulator_eyes_broadband_marketing/

"The only thing that needs to happen is that when talking about the bandwidth we pay for, the words "up to" are replaced by law with the words "at least". When the law ensures that we all get what we pay for then Telco's will finally put in place an infrastructure that can actually deliver it."

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AMD's daring new money-making strategy: Sue everyone! Mwahaha

Paul J Turner

That's the point

"All three, to El Reg, sound like technical descriptions for all modern GPUs."

Well, yes. The Unified Shader in particular was a big step forward and if they have patents on it you can bet that Nvidia will be next on the list when they've finished with the 'littler' guys.

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Comms sector teams with business lobby to slam George-Brandis-as-NetAdmin law

Paul J Turner

The first security reform...

Should be Fibre to the Premises with always-on encryption for everybody.

Much harder to tap than a pair of copper wires!

Oh, sorry, didn't they mean the end users security?

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

Paul J Turner

I like it

It's a darned good idea, all that deadwood festooned with red tape that was created for a brief purpose and then often left because nobody could be bothered with doing cleaning when it had served it's purpose.

Now the buggers that created it and left it will have to tidy it up.

I look forward to the infighting as people try and defend their own bit of history that someone else sees as trash.

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

Paul J Turner

Meanwhile...

http://qz.com/875491/japanese-white-collar-workers-are-already-being-replaced-by-artificial-intelligence/

Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

Paul J Turner

Re: Say that again, Jerry ... I can't hear you over HRD's bullshit

" it is patently obvious that something is plugged into the headphone jack right next to the microphone."

That would be the headphones resting on top of the rig then? (just a wild guess)

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Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze

Paul J Turner

From April 2014

This features a couple of the characters mentioned -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzGd-5kwR9E

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NetComm kicked to the curb by nbn™ for fibre-not-quite-to-the-home

Paul J Turner

Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC)

You're F'in kidding me right?

It's Fibre-to-the-Kerb (FTTK) in Australia.

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/07/kick-it-to-the-kerb-not-the-curb/

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New Brit Hubble analysis finds 2,000 billion galaxies, 10x previous count

Paul J Turner

Not long now...

Until we can cross off Anti-Phlogisten / Dark Matter and Mana / Dark energy mysticism and get back to actual science in Astrophysics.

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Bureau of Statistics hides trade data about monitors. Yes, monitors!

Paul J Turner

Re: It's a what?!

I guess someone is importing bits for a big pokies (slot machine) order or upgrades.

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

Paul J Turner

A new Plumber's friend

https://twitter.com/Leicparanormal/status/773509542957223936

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

Paul J Turner

Re: Microsoft will be paying vendors to deploy their malware os Windows 10....

@ <a|a>=1

Search on eBay - "Hystou Fanless Core i5 Mini PC Desktop Computer" Loads of variations.

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Turnbull's Transformers intend to test single sign-on to Gov.au on the offshore, public cloud

Paul J Turner

I'm very much afraid...

That we know what end they're thinking of taking this idea to.

So please Mr Turnbull, If you only watch one video this year...

Why Electronic Voting is a BAD Idea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3_0x6oaDmI

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EE roaming outage hits Brits basking abroad

Paul J Turner

The problem is...

That they HAVE tried turning it On and Off again, when they should have turned it Off and then On again!

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

Paul J Turner

That takes me back about 50 years!

Ha, this reminds me of when I was a kid and sometimes went out with dad on a Saturday doing line testing as the 'navvies' (Irish labourers mostly from the term 'navigator' for ditch digger etc) laid new telephone cables.

I got to help make tea in a teapot about 400mm (16") across with stout handles at the front and back so that you could pick it up and pour it.

Full of water bought to a seething boil, a packet of tea (Typhoo iirc) half a bag of sugar and a lot of milk.

Everybody had strong, sweet tea with milk and liked it! :-)

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Oz regulator eyes broadband marketing

Paul J Turner

As I said last year

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2015/11/09/nbn_mulls_capacity_charge_revamp/#c_2692854

The only thing that needs to happen is that when talking about the bandwidth we pay for, the words "up to" are replaced by law with the words "at least". When the law ensures that we all get what we pay for then Telco's will finally put in place an infrastructure that can actually deliver it

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

Paul J Turner

Fully independent entity within Microsoft

So there'll be no irresistible temptation to fiddle with any of this tech? - https://engineering.linkedin.com/architecture/brief-history-scaling-linkedin - for about a month at least I'm guessing.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

Paul J Turner

Now we know

Why insisting that Government departments adopt IPv6 never got anywhere.

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India roasts as mercury hits 51°C

Paul J Turner

Re: This shows why...

"Our grandchildren will crap on our graves in revenge for the state of the world we will leave them."

I'm being a bastard and getting cremated rather than going for Carbon sequestration. The grand-kids will have been breathing atoms of me for years.

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New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

Paul J Turner

Re: Watts per Dollar is the only efficiency that actually matters

Maybe so, but the more the power companies lower their watts per dollar the better and better things like this will look. Sooner or later someone will figure out a way of manufacturing them for the right price then it's just a matter of power storage, which is already doable but also needs a price improvement.

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If the Internet of Things will be SOOO BIG why did Broadcom just quit the market?

Paul J Turner

I wonder,

Does that Broadcom division source the chips (CPU and now WiFi) used in the Raspberry Pi boards?

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

Paul J Turner

Rather damned sad...

to see a picture of Jimmy Edwards labelled just "twitter_headmaster" :-(

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Edwards

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

Paul J Turner

Something's not right

If there's a bunch of people who pay to go in to not watch the movie, either the movies have too much time with nothing much happening to hold their attention continuously, or they are just a**holes there to annoy people. So make movies that cater to the ADD crowd and/or get some big blokes to throw the nuisances out.

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Apache Foundation rushes out Arrow as 'Top-Level Project'

Paul J Turner

– seeded from the Apache Drill project –

I see what you did there...

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This is what it looks like when your website is hit by nasty ransomware

Paul J Turner

On the plus side

The BACP people now know that harboring murderous thoughts and wanting ten minutes with the miscreants and a baseball bat can be perfectly normal.

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HaLow, is it me you're hacking for? Wi-Fi standard for IoT emitted

Paul J Turner

Poor use for the band

It would be much better used for the emergency services with the extra range and superior wall penetration. I think this has been mentioned in other stories earlier this year.

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Microsoft makes Raspberry Pi its preferred IoT dev board

Paul J Turner

I'm not sure Intel will care

They already made Galileo look rubbish themselves with the Edison module - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/26978356/compare-intel-galileo-and-intel-edison

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