* Posts by joeldillon

230 posts • joined 22 Feb 2013

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Every bloody gadget in the house is ringing. Thanks, EE

joeldillon

So it's 'an operator-specific version of Apple's FaceTime, which will make every connected iDevice in your home (Watch, iPad, iPhone or Mac) "jar out a karate screech".' - which currently only works on iDevices. That, as noted, already have FaceTime.

What genius thought up that idea? They really needed to have an Android version of this at launch.

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Brit prosecutors fined £325k after losing unencrypted vids of police interviews

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'The original version of the data was retained by the police'

It's data, not a bloodstained knife. This was a copy of the version that was, presumably, properly stored with full chain of custody for the trial.

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Blighty's super-duper F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in a few weeks

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Not 'all-American', actually, the flight control software for example comes from BAE. F-35s, whether the ones used by the US or those we're using ourselves, are about 15% British -

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/first-flight-15th-british-f-35b-takes-place/

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Boffins build smallest drone to fly itself with AI

joeldillon

I assume that's 50 euro cents? I don't think I've ever seen a half dollar coin in the wild...

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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

joeldillon

I'm pretty sure it's never applied to, e.g., Romanians. Or French people for that matter.

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Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

joeldillon

That's nice, but how will the student loans people know if someone abroad has crossed that threshold? Unlike people living in the UK, they don't have access to foreign tax returns.

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The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players

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Re: "Jagex did not say exactly how Brexit will up its costs"

' It can choose to raise salaries or not.'

Come on, this is bullshit. It can raise salaries, or it can have its developers jump ship to another company that will pay higher salaries and thus go out of business. Employees aren't slaves, you know, they don't have to work for you if they're taking a pay cut in real terms by doing so, and programmers are indeed in the 'very few areas' where salaries don't trail inflation because good programmers are rather hard to find.

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

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I've played Subnautica. Plenty of life on those planets, it just wants to eat you!

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Another day, another self-flying car pipe dream surfaces

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Used to be? Ripley's Believe It or Not is still there, last I heard...

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Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?

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Re: Add spent convictions to the discrimination legislation

'Convictions are also a matter of public record here too, but the idea is that only those who absolutely need to know about it should have access.' - I think the OP's point is that that is not PUBLIC record. Public record means anyone can look at the information, any time, without having to give a reason.

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Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

joeldillon

I mean, only in the sense your council tax is 'permission to live in your house'. There's a reason it's called 'rates', just as the predecessor to council tax was.

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IBM gives Services staff until 2019 to get agile

joeldillon

A quick google suggests 'ceremony' is just an extremely stupid word for a meeting. So a standup is a 'ceremony'. You don't actually have to go up in front of a scrum master and have him dunk you in the river as you pledge your eternal soul to the Dark Lord K'Anban.

Still. What the fuck is wrong with these people?

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Flight Simulator's DRM fighter nosedives into Chrome's cache

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Re: They're not first and won't be the last.

It sounds like Greece doesn't currently have any such legislation, though, and in general legislation isn't retroactive in effect. If that's the case, they only have to worry about the GDPR if they were still shipping this after Greece put it into effect in law, which is going to take at least a year or so I would assume.

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

I dunno, when I see one of this site's journos post something like that I'm inclined to read The Register more. :)

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

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Re: @ wolfetone

Ummm we co-developed the Eurofighter. It's ours as much as anyone else's, and cross-national development of planes is neither new nor connected to the EU as such - see, for example, the Tornado or for that matter Airbus.

International co-operation is actually a good thing, you know, no matter how much it seems to displease the sort of person who gets on their knees to please Nigel Farage.

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Winter is coming for AI. Fortunately, non-sci-fi definitions are actually doing worthwhile stuff

joeldillon

What the bloody hell does the release of the first IBM PC have to do with, well, anything about this? The AI researchers of the time were using rather more beefy (and usable) kit than that.

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2017 tablet market trended towards torpor

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Around when people decided megabytes upon megabytes of JavaScript libraries were necessary for each and every webpage, I guess.

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FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

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Re: Early warning siren

As far as I'm aware, they're used to this day in Michigan for tornado warnings.

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: If somebody does not understand...

Alright, go teach a classroom of 5 year olds the general theory of relativity.

Sometimes the subject/audience disconnect is too wide to be bridged. That's not the teacher's fault.

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Solaris 11.next becomes Solaris 11.4, but new features aren’t set

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Re: Where's Oracle's Meltdown/Spectre press release?

The T4 does out-of-order execution so chances are it is affected by Spectre. Previous SPARCs might be alright, though.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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'Chipzilla doesn't want you to know that every Intel processor since 1995 that implements out-of-order execution is potentially affected by Meltdown – except Itanium'

Well, yes. That's because Itanium DOESN'T implement out-of-order execution. That was its whole USP, that the compiler would do the instruction ordering not the CPU.

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HTC U11 Life: Google tries to tame the midmarket

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It's also midrange compared to the latest Samsung and Google devices, though. Sorry, I don't like it either, but it's true.

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Leftover Synaptics debugger puts a keylogger on HP laptops

joeldillon

Re: Can anyone explain

Why are you capitalising ifdef?

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Boffins foresee most software written by machines in 2040

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Re: We've been here before...

A specific selling point of the Cortex M is that (because its interrupt handlers use C calling conventions) you can write bare metal firmware for it without using any assembler whatsoever, actually.

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'The tools for writing apps that write other apps are also showing up in various programming languages, like Go'

That link is a facility Go has added for running tools like Yacc as part of its build process. Yacc is 40 frigging years old and was old hat then (Yet Another Compiler Compiler). The facility is only necessary because go manages its own build process; if you were writing C it would just go in your Makefile.

The long standing existence of tools which generate code to a programmer's specifications is ummm really not a good argument for most code being 'written by AIs' in the future or whatever they're yammering on about.

Note how stuff like this is always 20 years in the future, by the way? In 20 years' time it'll be 20 years in the future too.

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Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander

joeldillon

Re: Emulation ?

I don't think the emulation is being done in hardware. Software emulation of another CPU is unlikely to infringe or qemu would be in a heap of trouble.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

joeldillon

Re: how is assembler outdated and by what?

/That particular/ assembler (or rather, instruction set) is outdated. It's not like there's a Pentium in there.

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Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

joeldillon

Re: Why cats?

There's the small problem with the Sea Gripen that AFAIK it doesn't actually exist yet.

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Re: Still not too late

The plan was to fit this -

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

So no steam, at least. On the other hand I gather the yanks are having a bit of trouble getting it to work on their new carrier at the moment.

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Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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Re: bootcamp?

None of these are going to be in any way fast if they are actually emulating the x86 instruction set on ARM, hth. An x86 VM on x86 is a very different proposition.

It can be done (and was, when Apple went from 68k to PowerPC for example) but it's not as simple as 'lol just run Virtualbox'.

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Intel drags Xeon Phi Knights Hill chips out back... two shots heard

joeldillon

Uhh. RISC has been around since like the mid 80s? It's been an option since Intel was churning out 386s.

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

joeldillon

Re: "when Sauron was mortal "

You're thinking of his former boss, Morgoth.

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You're designing an internet fridge. Should you go for fat HTML or a Qt-pie for your UI?

joeldillon

Mildly cheeky for them to say 'the Qt compaby' is a 23 year old company. I'm pretty sure when I worked there it was called Trolltech and based in Oslo.

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

joeldillon

So the new iOS is revolutionary because it has...drag and drop? Really? That's it?

Come on now.

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

joeldillon

Re: More!

3 years is the standard length of an undergraduate degree in the UK. Note that all of that time is spent studying comp sci (or history, or whatever the degree is in) - we don't have minors, electives, general ed or anything like that, you only study your subject.

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

joeldillon

The pound's been through the floor for a year now and that promised rise in exports simply hasn't happened. Probably because a lot of the stuff we export is made with components we import.

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

joeldillon

Re: Seems a bit odd

'Josh Schwartz, director of offensive security' sounds like one of the guys giving the presentation was 'the manager', to be honest.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to Windows Server

joeldillon

Re: What?

To be fair, it's better than Cygwin, because it's operating at a lower level (it directly intercepts syscalls and translates them into Windows kernel terms). More efficient, and also unlike Cygwin it can run an unmodified Linux binary as-is.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: asshe but

Google is legally required not to have a hostile work environment for its employees. This guy stood right up in front of the entire company and said a chunk of said employees and co-workers were biologically unsuited for their job. Regardless of your opinion about that statement, by being stupid enough to do that this guy pretty much legally required HR to fire him or risk Google being sued; Google couldn't just say 'oh well fair enough whatever it's your opinion let's just keep going about our business' any more than it could if he'd set up a burning cross on their front lawn or whatever.

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Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

joeldillon

Re: Nice L3 cache you've got there

Yes, they do, as every x86 chip does. They all still start out in 16 bit mode like it's 1985 until the OS switches them into long mode.

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Oracle's systems boss bails amid deafening silence over Solaris fate

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Re: This makes me sad

PA-RISC has been dead for many years now actually, modern HP-UX runs on Itanium. But yeah, if any commercial Unix vendor is going to die off it's them, chip development on the Itanium has been moribund for a while now, and HP have been making noises about making it easy to transition people to Linux.

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It’s 2017 and Hayes AT modem commands can hack luxury cars

joeldillon

It's absolutely standard for mobile phones to talk to the baseband processor using the Hayes command set, even today. Nothing that archaic about it I'm afraid!

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Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale

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Re: Help me understand

Pretty much the whole Android (and wider embedded) market is buying ARM not MIPS, too.

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Japanese cops arrest their first ransomware-slinging menace – er, a 14-year-old school boy

joeldillon

I mean, technically a script kiddie is someone who doesn't know how to code well themselves but downloads someone else's scripts to hack with. It's pejorative. This kid apparently has actual technical chops.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

joeldillon

'The election of both leaders'?

May hasn't even been elected, yet, anyway.

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

joeldillon

Shame that (in the UK) you can't go to a tribunal any more except on /very/ narrow grounds until you've been employed for two years, then. Thanks Tony Blair/Tories!

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Uber fires robo car exec for insubordination

joeldillon

Re: Dropped

Possibly because it's also still Greyhound in US English? Webster's much-touted spelling reforms have actually made US English /more/ inconsistent in some respects.

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Pentagon trumpets successful mock-ICBM interception test

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Re: a senior moment here

The US is literally the only country that has ever nuked anybody, and it's now run by Donald Trump who may be pretty sober in a factual sense what with the not drinking and all but metaphorically very much is not so.

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IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

joeldillon

Re: Ever heard of contract breach?

I assume the deal is 'agree to this or your contract won't be renewed' (or you'll be disposed of as mentioned).

'I am altering the deal; pray I do not alter it any further'

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Lenovo UK boss pulls the chain, flushes himself out of there

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Re: EMEA?

To be fair, for most tech companies, sales in the MEA bit of EMEA are going to be a drop in the bucket. Mostly they're going to be concentrating on the Europe bit and the others get lumped in there because they've got to go somewhere and at least they're in the same timezone.

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