* Posts by TheVogon

3209 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

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Re: Interesting idea

"1/ : yes. While truth is not determined by majority vote, I find it completely absurd to believe 99.9% of climate researchers have been persuaded to join a global conspiracy promoting a fake climate change problem."

It's >97% actually: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/048002

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Re: Interesting idea

"1/. Is carbon dioxide really affecting climate significantly?"

That hasnt been in any scientific doubt whatsoever for at least 2 decades now.

"2/. If it is, is the cost of reducing it greater than dealing with the cost of climate change?"

The models show it is much cheaper to do something about it than to experience it.

"3/. If it is, zero carbon nuclear power is already cheaper than windmills "

Nope - nuclear power is way more expensive than renewables.

3/(sic). Adding storage to renewable energy simply adds more cost.

That cost is offset becaise because you need less non renewable and less peak generating capacity if you can store energy.

"The answer is of course that governments - and the EU especially - are not actually interested in lowering CO2 emissions."

Well they are doing quite well at it compared to most of the rest of the planet.

"Presumably they know that CO2 does not affect the climate unduly."

I doubt that they dispute science that is not doubted by a single recognised scientific institution on the planet. You would have to be a moron on the level of Trump to think that.

"Germany STILL has more hydro and nuclear power running than the UK - in the highest CO2 emissions of any country in Europe"

Germany is on 36% renewables and about 12% nuclear (The UK figures are ~ 30% and 15%). However Germany generates about 40% of it's electricity from coal - with corresponding high CO2 emissions.

SEAL up your data just like Microsoft: Redmond open-sources 'simple' homomorphic encryption blueprints

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"and still it takes a huge toll on the performance"

Microsoft have solved that problem too:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/24/boffins_from_microsoft_and_academia_cook_up_hardwaresecured_database/

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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Re: It always pays to carry a Micro-Uzi in a shoulder holster

"Solution: Don't allow the bad guy to take your pointy stick."

And how do you do that when he will have the element of surprise, whilst still being able to use it yourself at short notice?! If you dont have a gun, they cant take it to shoot you with. Simples.

Domain name 'admin' role eyed up as latest victim of Whois system's GDPRmeggdon

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Re: Primary reason

The EU haven't done anything to WhoIs directly. ICANN decided on their own to make idiots of themselves in court.

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

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Re: What's in the fine print?

"How many 9's of uptime are you promised as a paying commercial MS customer?"

In general, three 9s - for basic services and Office 365. Four 9s for certain cross availability zone clusters, etc.

"What is the recourse if they fail?"

Service credits.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: So the police bear no responsibility ?

"Sure, so where does that put let's say Swiss police?"

Gun in Switzerland are commonly from national service so the owner is trained in use and gun safety, and those guns are generally securely stored separately from ammunition. So it's really not an issue compared to selling them at supermarkets and letting any gung-ho idiot own one...

Google: All right, screw it, from this Christmas, Chrome will block ALL adverts on dodgy sites

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Re: Still worse than an ad blocker (by design)

"It still boggles me that so many people run without an ad blocker."

Well lots of them use Android and Google doesnt allow effective advert blockers in the Play Store. You have to go install block-this.com manually.

We love Kubernetes, but it's playing catch-up with our Service Fabric, says Microsoft Azure exec

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"EASY. One is designed to lock you into Azure"

At least if you design for the features of Azure you can always bring it back on premises via Azure Stack. Good luck doing that with AWS or Google Cloud Slurpages.

GitHub lost a network link for 43 seconds, went TITSUP for a day

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Re: Weird timing

"I wouldn't count Microsoft out as being able to produce a DB which is top tier in terms of it's resilience during a disaster."

What you are looking for is called SQL Server Active Availability Groups.

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"failover works perfectly if you dont have automatic failover. Its the automatic bit that makes split brain possible."

That's what cluster witness servers are for. We have only one server in our office location and that's what it is used for. Or you can use Azure.

Microsoft teaches a 10-year-old Red Dog new tricks and the Windows 10 1809 delay hits Exchange 2019

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Re: There's that T word again

"Exchange Server, while released, cannot actually be used yet since it requires Windows Server 2019. Which is MIA while “we work through a product quality issue” according to Microsoft. This raises an interesting philosophical question: if a software product is released, but no-one can install it, can it truly be said to be released?"

Server 2019 was released and then withdrawn. So it was released. I had already downloaded it and it's on bit torrent if you can't wait. No issues using it so far.

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

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Re: Chaos

"It is not hard, the EU has told Google that giving those apps for free is anticompetetive, so now they are asking money for them."

No, the issue was Google contractually preventing the removal of those apps or the installation of other products as a primary choice. This seems like a bit of a FU to the EU to me. And those tend to come with a very large bill attached.

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Re: Or the fourth option...

"What would the regulators do then?"

Nothing other than get the popcorn out.

That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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Re: Really?

"Surface sales were up 16 per cent year-on-year, equating to $625m more than it sold in the prior year. El Reg estimates that Surface turned over $1bn a quarter."

So why on earth would they cancel a single device range that sells over $4 billion a year and growing?! Not happening imo.

Every CxO and senior manager wants a Surface these days. No one wants an Ipad anymore as they are largely seen as tools of those without a real job that just read emails.

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: It's simply the Google's hate for "personal" devices.

"They got beat by Samsung as a single brand"

I think you mean beaten.

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Re: When you have the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

$1600?! I really can't see Slurp selling many of these at that price. You can get a decent proper computer like a Surface Pro for that sort of dosh.

GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's

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Re: Google is headed for a Republican beatdown

I think they will find very soon that it stands for Google Does Pay Reparations. Those GDPR fines are coming...

Google Cloud boss promises 'security built into every layer of the system' at UK shindig

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Re: Blah...

"The new location restriction policy will allow sysadmins to control who can create new resources, as well as locking down where they can be accessed from"

And how does that prevent trivial avoidance via proxies or VPNs?

UK High Court blocks iPhone Safari privacy suit against Google

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Re: Next steps

I'm guessing that sales of popcorn have climbed in legal circles. And yachts.

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: Not a good look here.

"If it was just storing settings in os drive folders, no problem, even in Documents. I've got multiple apps storing log files in them, sometimes 100s of megabytes of them, thumbnails, temp files and all sorts of other non critical shit I don't need "

None of that gets put in My Documents though. It's all in various folders under AppData. Or under \ProgramData\

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Re: Not a good look here.

""Roaming" will get copied to other machines that the user logs into when on a domain that supports roaming profiles.

"Local" and "LocalLow" aren't copied to other machines and in many cases aren't backed up either. Eg these are where Temp really lives.

Thus Roaming is user-specific settings and data, and Local is settings and data specific to a particular machine and user - eg cache.

Plus there's appdata for machine-specific but not user specific settings & data.""

No, the above are subdirectories of AppData. And are not under "My Documents".

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Re: This is affecting the enthusiasts ...

Worked just fine for my family and I on 5 pretty varied systems so far.

The fur is not gonna fly: Uncle Sam charges seven Russians with Fancy Bear hack sprees

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Re: Correction here

"Largely pointless, since they're never going to stand trial"

Unless they ever set foot outside of Russia of course...

Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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"I think I'd load all that kit into a car and park it somewhere in the expectation that it would be found - and I'd run a second operation a lot more carefully in another location."

But probably not staying by it until caught. And probably not leaving embarrassing details of previous such attacks on the hardware in question.

It's been like something out of a Pink Panther cartoon. Incredible ineptitude.

Google is still chasing the self-driving engineer that jumped ship to Uber

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Re: Spazturtle

"They taste good?"

The burgers themselves taste of nothing whatsoever

Try a bite of just the burger next time you are in an MDs and.see for yourself. The flavour is all from the sauce / bun / salad / gurkins etc

AWS elbows Google Cloud aside in fight for SAP HANA customers

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Re: But Google has a better network...

"Google offers unmatched network performance due to the fact the majority of traffic is served directly to consumer networks."

Well yes, because almost no one on business networks uses them.

Microsoft flings features at Teams to close the Slack gap

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Re: Impressive growth?

"Any app growing that speed is incredible."

It replaces Skype for Business, so they have millions of potential users waiting for it to reach feature parity. Which it now has.

America cooks up its flavor of GDPR – and Google's over the moon

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US companies mostly have to abide by GDPR anyway. It wouldn't be much effort to have a proper US version.

Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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"Microsoft has already announced that Office 2019 will not run on Windows 7 or 8.x"

Or on Windows 10 LTSB.

HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

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Re: Next:

"more chance of the Daleks climbing stairs ........................."

See http://www.themindrobber.co.uk/new-doctor-who-dalek/dvd647-.jpg

Bug? Feature? Power users baffled as BitLocker update switch-off continues

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Re: Not worth the font.

"Companies will decrypt bitlocker encrypted drives for $."

Not without the keys they wont. Read what it actually says

"This only applies in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 on SafeGuard BitLocker Client 7.0 and SafeGuard BitLocker Client"

"as long as we provide the password or 48-digit recovery key."

DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

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Re: IoT?

"Unfortunately that doesn't really solve anything. The DNS requests will still go through the ISP router and be blocked or redirect there. "

Simply not true. Using your own router after the ISP one does allow you to control DNS resolvers, and you could use DNSSEC to prevent tampering if you had any remaining concerns.

Scrapping UK visa cap on nurses, doctors opened Britain's doors to IT workers

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Re: our NHS will be short staffed

"Presumably there would be conversion courses to allow American doctors to learn British physiology ?"

Yep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLi55MV04a8

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Re: Where's your sense of balance?

"And address the reasons why people don't train to do these jobs, or stay in their careers."

Paying market rates automatically fixes that. Supply rises to reach demand as pay rises until it does.

e.g. Not enough people with a certain skill? Market rates will rise. More people will then train in that skill until an equilibrium is reached.

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Re: What's that sound ? Brexiteers expoding.

"it's also fun to remind Brexiteers that "it was never about immigration" too."

Yes it was. Everyone I know that voted for Brexit including me voted to get control of immigration including from poor countries in the EU.

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Re: Where's your sense of balance?

It's about time this was stopped. Make them pay market rates instead of being able to import cheap third world labour to fill these roles.

Microsoft adds Windows module support to PowerShell Core while Amazon unleashes it on Lambda

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Re: ...but can it do a decent 'tail' command?

Get-Content ./log.txt -Tail 10

gets the last 10 lines of the file

Get-Content ./log.txt -Wait -Tail 10

gets the last 10 lines of the file and waits for more

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Re: How come they can't learn bash, perl ?

"How come they can't just learn bash, perl? "

They could but Powershell is a more powerful and advanced solution in pretty much every regard. And it's way easier to learn

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Re: Testing

"And how exactly would the customers applications be tested to ensure that the patches work before they nuke the entire organisation ?"

Presumably the same way it is now. By deploying to test systems first.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: Dear Microsoft -- You Did It To Yourself!!!

"And yet we have IE-specific apps that won't run in Edge no matter what we do."

See the comment above. Use Enterprise Mode to automatically launch them in IE.

"After the last Win10 update came down the wire even IE would just sit there sullenly refusing to pick them up"

So they used to work but now dont. Probably related to a security lockdown, which can generally be removed with the right policy setting. Suggest pressing F12 to enter dev mode, selecting the network tab, pressing the play button to start it analysing and then typing in the URL. That should show you where it's going wrong.

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Re: Dear Microsoft -- You Did It To Yourself!!!

"Entire organizations have web applications that only work on that perverted browser and can't use Edge."

Edge has a setting called 'Enterprise Mode" that automatically switches to IE on websites of choice so yes they can. It's one of the major reasons enterprises dont use say Chrome on Windows 10.

Microsoft tells volume customers they can stay on Windows 7... for a bit longer... for a fee

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Re: Microsoft is giving people some extra time...

"And FreeIPA is the Linux counterpart to AD."

Except it's a bolt together of components from multiple companies, and doesn't provide basic AD functionality like Group Policy, Authorization, Conditional Access, Trusts or Federation.

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"Moved back to windows 7 for gaming from 10. Better fps."

Only if you don't have a Direct-X 12 GPU. Plenty of benchmarks showing that Windows 10 is faster for recent games / GPUs. That's why most Steam users are on Windows 10.

Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

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Re: If ever there was a time...

"you've got a gas boiler for say £3,000 installed"

I paid £2000 for a 130KW boiler AND a Megaflow tank installed to heat / provide hot water for a large house so sounds like you are being ripped off!

Hometree will install a gas boiler for £10 a month.

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Re: If ever there was a time...

"Then there's the fact that gas supplies are finite, and are increasing in cost as supplies deplete"

See https://www.flogas.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions/how-long-will-natural-gas-reserves-last

"Proven and probable reserves are sufficient for about 200 years consumption at current rates."

So not a problem unless you drive a Delorian.

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Re: If ever there was a time...

"That's a generalization"

Hence the wording "about"

"If you don't use a lot of hot water, the cost of simply having a gas supply can outweigh the savings"

Having a gas supply costs next to nothing. 25p a day is a typical standing charge for low use, or less than £2 a week. It is unlikely that many residents would find using electricity cheaper for hot water versus a high efficiency on demand boiler.

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Re: If ever there was a time...

"... to be grateful that I live in a flat with no gas appliances... this is it."

You are glad you use electricity for hot water?! The lifetime cost is about 3 times higher than gas.

I have an electric water heater in an outbuilding and it draws ~ 11KW to be able to run a bath or a shower at a reasonable rate.

Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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Why are they not downloading the code and running a local copy?

It seems unnecessarily risky to me to run it from a remote source that you have no control over.

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