* Posts by msknight

793 posts • joined 28 May 2013

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Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

msknight

Nahh.....

Unless it contains a scene where members of the team has a punch up in a pub, it probably won't get an audience.

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Hacked Brit shipping giant Clarksons: A person may release some of our data today

msknight

Translation

"the data at issue is confidential and lawyers are on standby wherever needed to take all necessary steps to preserve the confidentiality in the information." ... which I read as, we will go after any outlet that tries to actually inform anyone of anything. Let's face it, they ain't going to catch the actual criminals here.

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Watch how Google's AI catches shoulder surfers spying on your phone

msknight

Take down your posters

The phone think that Sonic the hedgehog is watching my phone in the privacy of my bedroom.

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VMware refuses to support its wares running in Azure

msknight

Personally....

I don't see this as a major thorn in the side for anyone choosing Microsoft. If you were going to run virtualisation in the cloud, I can't see that many cases where you'd run VMWare machines in the cloud in much more than a disaster recovery scenario. If you were putting things in the cloud, then surely the point would be to re-architect the solution to work in the cloud... rather than just shift VMWare machines to it.

This just smells to me like a dumb play by VMWare and AWS... of course, I'm always open to more information and other points of view that educate me further.

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Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

msknight

Re: In order to protect our profit ...

Exactly. President Xi is clamping down harder than ever, so if Apple thinks it's going to get anywhere with him on working on granting better freedoms, it's work is definitely cut out for it. Westerners are reporting harder clampdown and more checks on whereabouts. Things are getting tougher, not easier. Especially towards the end of this video explains - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0RXyzBmsvc

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DJI bug bounty NDA is 'not signable', say irate infosec researchers

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Company in Communist China...

...has an NDA which is politically objectionable to those in the West. And the shock is what... exactly?

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

msknight

Flooding the network

I imagine that anyone from outside the building can flood the Wi-Fi frequencies to stop communication. We have wireless microphone systems and when they're switched on, no wi-fi devices can communicate on the 2.4ghz band. So I don't believe that blame can always be laid at the drivers door.

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msknight

Simples...

With regards locally stored footage...

Steal the bloody camera.

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Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

msknight

Google are right....

It is a serious assault on freedom.

....their freedom to do what the hell they like with other people's personal data.

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Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'

msknight

Personally, I read that as...

My translation - "You've nobbled our ability to rip people off on the copper network, so we want to switch it off and lock people into our fibre product instead."

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

msknight

Re: "they've missed the more human advancements and ergonomics"

I had a think about this one from an AC...

"If you use Linux, you're not the Apple target. Someone who doesn't like to spend money is not within the Apple demographics, they like people willingly to spend a lot of money for hardware and software. So, blame yourself."

Blame myself for what exactly? Missing out by not buying a phone I don't want?

Just because I use Linux doesn't mean I don't like to spend money. I just spend it in a different pattern. I buy a small percentage of my clothes from Help For Heroes. (supports UK forces personnel) I bought a messenger bag from Sword and Plough, (supports US forces personnel) AND coughed for the import duties. I bought the last O-Bike Fishing t-shirt. (supports clean up Australia - yes, O-Bike fishing in the Yarra river is a thing now - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xuwl6vKiTLU ) I've just bought a classic marble watch from Analog. (that model supports the Schuylkill centre for environmental education) and I've got Rags of Honor on my shopping list for next year, now that they ship to the UK. I've also spent money on Linux and OpenSource... Last purchase was a license for ClickRepair. I don't expect everything for free, and you're assumption that Linux users want everything for nothing is unbelievably misguided and wrong.

Yes... I'll blame myself. I'll blame myself for giving a crap about the companies that I spend my money with.

(of course, I fully expect AC to come back to me and try and protect their statement by claiming I missed their point - welcome to the Internet)

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msknight

Re: yes, it's very nice but...

I believe that companies have been doing advancement for the sake of it, for years. In many areas, photography included, it's been about more megapixels, more shots per second, etc. and they've missed the more human advancements and ergonomics. I like the fact that instead of chasing megapixels, they've switched to HDR on-sensor, which I think is a much more worthy thing to go for. So the manufacturers are fighting for bragging rights in areas that I don't give a flying about, while missing the things I care about.

I work in a cluster of Apple colleagues, (one of whom is currently configuring his X.) and had my hands on an iphone for some time, and I hear people say about usability, and it just works, but for me, it didn't. I was glad to hand it back. Things that just worked under Android, needed more software to be loaded and configured on iOS. I wanted to download video I shot on the phone, to a Linux laptop... but I couldn't. I wanted to transfer files by Bluetooth, but I couldn't... and ended up trawling the store for apps... there were a lot there, telling me that I wasn't the only one wanting to break out of the walled garden... but I couldn't. None of them worked. I was very glad to hand back the iPhone when I was able to use my WileyFox for work.

Personally, I had a very dismal time in the Apple ecosystem. I do currently run a Macbook Air, but it's running Linux... because even their UK keyboard, isn't a UK keyboard, and as someone who is a touch typist, and switches between multiple systems, that keyboard itself has ensured I never buy another Mac.

These days I'm on Sailfish, and while I'm not totally loving it, I'm looking forward to being able to afford Sailfish X and get a Sony Experia to run it on. And it will happen at my pace, no one else's.

I guess my values are just out of touch with a society that seems to be glad to get itself in ever deepening debt over things that... well... I don't know. I wouldn't pay a grand for a phone though, I'll tell you that. Not unless it can do a damn sight more than map my face onto a pig emoji.

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msknight
Trollface

Re: Hell froze over

...or Apple did something that was worth saying nice things about for a change?

EDIT - Got to admit, I wouldn't like to watch a film a'la notch.

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Li-ion batteries blow up because they breed nanowire crystals

msknight
Joke

Dendrites.... ummm....

Aren't those the things which are inside our brains? Are we sure that Siri, Cortana, etc. really are dumb logic processes in the cloud and aren't really alive in our pockets?

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AMD sales soar, actually makes a profit, beats expectations, share price... decimated

msknight

Why spend a fortune on mining...

...when you can use browser code to get other people's machines to do it for you. And given the crackdown on crypto currencies in Russia, China and I think Australia as well... if it gets harder to trade in these currencies, then the demand for the graphics cards for mining, might well go down.

On the other hand, I might actually be able to buy myself a decent graphics card for the first time in years... without taking a second mortgage!

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Tories spared fine after being told off by ICO for election telemarketing

msknight
Trollface

Re: Ridiculous!

What about hand operated duplicators? You know the type. The ones they used to have in schools that got you high if you got too much of the chemical up your nose.

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Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

msknight

Running Mate....

....because Gnome 3 is more Unity than Gnome 2. So... yeah... when Gnome returns Gnome, then I'll celebrate. I had to go to something because Mint was just too far back on some apps.

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

msknight

Let's be realistic...

"Should you install Fall Creators? If you run Windows 10, absolutely yes. "

... because you don't have much of a choice, really.

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Cortana, please finish my sentences in Skype texts for me

msknight

The only Cortana I interact with...

...is when I'm playing Halo. Started Halo 1 again on Windows 7 recently. Enjoying it. But that's where she stays. In the game.

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

msknight

Re: and in the real world

Chance of catching a tea teetotaller in a year is 0%... so even the 100% is wrong.

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

msknight

The whole thing about pensions needs looking at. America runs in 401K where people make their own provisions, although they do have final salary schemes and these are starting to follow the UK in closing down (picked that up on Nightly Business Report) ... but the other side of the equation is what you can actually buy with your pension pot. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCKBCu5tzVI

As long as I don't have to worry about putting food on the table, and can take the occasional trip somewhere in the country to enjoy a bit of a change of four walls, watch a film in the cinema, etc. I'm happy.

The danger as I see it, is the current way that investments are happening. It only takes a problem in the investment markets and all funds and functions that are fed from the stock market/etc. are at risk... along with the social functions that rely on them.

I read of an increasing number of companies going private, etc. and under control of private equity companies, and the consequences are clear...

http://uk.businessinsider.com/us-has-too-few-publicly-listed-companies-2015-6?r=US&IR=T

https://www.osler.com/en/about-us/press-room/2016/the-amazing-disappearance-of-the-canadian-public-c

How we face and fund retirement needs a more in-depth look, than tweaking and arguing over pension pot percentages, IMHO. - and I've just noticed that I lost my silver badge. Meh !

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msknight

And yet we offer them to VAST TRACTS of industry and civil servants.

Local government staff have seen pensions adjusted three times over the last decade-or-so. No longer final salary but career average for many. Of course, depends on your definition for civil servants... some say this and mean all public sector workers.

And other restrictions and reductions as well, including amount paid to dependents for death in service, etc. However, exact details vary from council to council. This on the 2013 changes - https://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/may/17/public-sector-pensions-reduced-third

So far, only MP's and the like have really escaped any form of axe on these issues. Turkeys and Christmas comes to mind.

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Alibaba beats Google for IaaS market share, with IBM out of sight

msknight

"Alibaba's strong showing reflects its dominance in China, Gartner says, "

No kidding! Who'd have thunk it.

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

msknight

Re: Who handles the video streams and pictures, and how?

"So yeah, it seems like you'd still be selling your personal data."

...Well, they know where they can stick that then!

We are back to the traditional problem... how to keep the lights on for a service, by only selling one-time-purchase devices. That's the interesting nut to crack.

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msknight

Re: Who handles the video streams and pictures, and how?

Yes but... what actual details will they have? Other than your name and address to ship the thing, one-time banking details, presumably the thing will be direct connenct (unlike what Micro$hite did to Skrape) and your channel ID... minimal personal data ... potentially... depending on how they configure this stuff.

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Driverless cars will make more traffic, say transport boffins

msknight

If autonomous cars become a serious, cost effective option...

...then I'll ditch my car and use an autonomous taxi service.

The car is an expensive luxury which has become an expensive necessity in todays society and I'd love to be able to spend that money on other things.

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

msknight

Re: They have failed...

The trick with the prize, as far as I can see, is that they have not defined, "quickly." How quick does something have to be, in order to claim the prize?

it's possible to tighten up the thing through a series of checks, which can knock out series of possibilities that chop down the effort of the brute force. Like in my mind, I look at 6x6 and rather than solve, 6x6, I instead solve 5x6 (30) and add 6. It's easier mentally. Rather than solve the problem... I change the problem until it's solvable.

Like the joke about the couple who are lost and ask for directions. "If I was you, I wouldn't be starting from here..."

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msknight

Re: They have failed...

Sounds almost as slow as checking every square as a queen goes down, until hitting an actual queen.

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msknight

They have failed...

...to define, "quickly."

I do have a method in my head, which may be more efficient than placing queens and checking. However, exactly how fast it needs to be in order to win the prize, is another matter.

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China crackdown: VPN vendor gets prison

msknight

Re: " ... in line with its policy of adhering to local laws."

> Health and Safety precautions and policies are mandatory, just as they are in the UK.

Except when you're name is Foxconn? Come on... health and safety? In China?!?!?! Like in the wet markets where blood from the meat drips on to the street where fresh vegetables are being sold?

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China's cybersecurity law grants government 'unprecedented' control over foreign tech

msknight
Coat

Re: especially with the massive anti-foreigner sentiment going around

Most of the world, apparently.

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msknight

The thing is....

China is about to hit a brick wall.

Their economy is massive on housing, which is a large bubble about to burst. The wage rises in China have reached a point whereby Chinese business owners are trying to set up factories... even in the USA. People are trying to move their money out of China before the economy blows up... hence the purchase of sections of London, etc. but the Chinese government have banned export of currency. It's got so bonkers there that it is illegal to ship cameras out of the country... a friend is having to go to Hong Kong simply to get it in the post to me.

Even if they have the IP, they aren't going to know what to do with it, because their domestic market is quite different to the West. Personally, China is the last place I'd be looking to do business at the moment, especially with the massive anti-foreigner sentiment going around. I think there was a video going around with, basically, "fuck you foreigner" or something like that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKyWmMKSdds The younger generation are waiting for the two generations above them to die off, and then they'll be able to form a more moderate line.

Another of the problems is that despite being a communist country, it is commercial interests that are in control; hence all the pollution caused by coal industry has kept running, despite all the governments promises to the increasingly angry people. There's going to be big, big trouble, in big China... coming soon to a communist near you...

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

msknight

Not the first time... won't be the last...

Jukeboxes were loaded with silence records, so that punters who wanted a bit of piece and quiet, could select that record for play, and get a break from all the other records.

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

msknight

Also doesn't help...

...when Microsoft issues an update that turns it all back on again without telling the user.

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

msknight

Reizen...

...is out there and aimed at the same graphics processing audience... and like this i9, doesn't appear to be punching much at gamers.

Reasonable, sort-of Reizen roundup...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZifJ3DvumA&t=336s

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

msknight

So, you're saying that when something is "the shit" that's, "hot stuff," then it can detect that it's something positive, rather than someone commenting on a fresh dump of the brown stuff.

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Facebook pulls plug on language-inventing chatbots? THE TRUTH

msknight

Only one question....

....why the hell are El Reg respectful journalists reading The Sun ?

Answers on a sticky postcard please to....

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

msknight

Personally....

...I believe that the reason that Google doesn't want to reveal how this works... is because it probably doesn't.

I've been on YT for nearly a decade and the stats are absolutely laughable.

Smoke and mirrors.

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

msknight
Trollface

Re: Big egos make bad code.

Surely you mean 1.1231 great white sharks? Or 0.0222 Australian trams?

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msknight

+1 to that Adam

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All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

msknight

Not the first time... won't be the last...

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2016/03/09/soundcloud-shutting-down-not-anytime-soon-executive-says/

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

msknight
Black Helicopters

Re: But...

Personally, I feel safer running windows inside Linux than the other way around... but that's just me.

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

msknight

Re: Capture system... between PC and monitor.

Haven't got a clue. I don't play my Blu-Ray in a player anyway. First thing I do is rip it... or play it on the PC. But I might get a cheap player sometime anyway, just to see if it works.

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msknight

Capture system... between PC and monitor.

I have an AverMedia Live Gamer Portable that sits between my PC and the monitor on HDMI. With an on-board SD card, it records happily for a few hours.

This DRM is doomed to fail before it's even started.

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Trump to world: Forget moving to America to do a startup

msknight
FAIL

Chinese entrepeneures

... these people are facing rising costs of workforce in China and are looking to go to the US to start up factories. So with china's entrepreneurs wanting to move to the USA... potentially turning the tide of Made in China to Made in America... and Trump is going to shoot himself in the foot ... at knee level.... with a howitzer.

What a prat.

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Biometric data stolen from corporate lunch rooms system

msknight

Goes to prove....

...there's no such thing as a free lunch.

But this one was more expensive than most!

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

msknight

Petition will be laughed at - here's why....

Given that one of the key developers was Sophie Wilson, I think this petition will be received at ARM with incredible amounts of hearty laugher - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie_Wilson

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Nokia touts future of virtual reality ads... but who's the audience?

msknight

Dream on...

" as VR is the marketer’s dream for brand engagement."

Exactly that... dream on... because they're not going to reach my eyes.

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Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

msknight

Not enterprise grade

I had a Google engineer sit by my side when I pointed out an important spell check problem, making it completely untrustworthy. "Oh... it shouldn't do that." they said. To the best of my knowledge, it still isn't fixed two years later.

I cna see how small business and individuals can find Google tools useful, but medium and large... well, let's just say that the lack of functionality that required plugins, the lack of macros... it is no wonder why Excel is clung to with such passion.

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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

msknight

Re: "There's more premium original content than consumers can even watch."

Fatigue is already setting in.

I'm reading a slowly increasing number of blogs that are tired of the same old repeating storylines and character flaws... Marvel appears to be ahead of the fatigue pack.

With each day that passes, I'm convinced that "Get A First Life" had a valid point.

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