* Posts by linicks

362 posts • joined 24 Oct 2013


GIMPS crack whip on plucky processor to find largest prime number


Re: Infinite monkeys?

That isn't probability - that is odds or chance.


Re: Infinite monkeys?

Probabilities - wiki? load of bollocks. A truly random number has no probable outcome nor odds. Any sequence can appear in an infinite number: if it is probable then is is random? yes and no - the cat is dead or alive.

The probability of me winning the lottery is 50% - I either win it or don't.


Re: My favourite part...

100% in a truly random number - any arrangement can appear, and will, which is what confounds peusdo-random number generators hard to prove if they really are random.


Re: My favourite part...

If you dialed that when being murdered, you might be lucky and get two copper's arrive fresh from the kebab shop 6 hours later.



He wasn't the first to discover it - it was the Tr0tsk1 3lit3 haxors group running a meltdown trojan on his machine that did!

Google turns on free public NTP servers that SMEAR TIME


"Beyond 1s precision probably requires a dedicated time source."

I see a theme here - 60's[ec] ~ dedicated follower of fashion == Google!



The good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.

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I gave up on the NTP pool servers and what not - use the real thing:

NPL time servers

Delay is down to about 18ms and jitter is around 3 ~ 5. Using NTP pool servers, delay could be up to 40ms and jitter all over the place.

The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly


Titter ye not - I have a copy of this at work - being a Quality Technician the specs. need to be looked up now and then.

Microsoft sues Wisconsin man (again) for copyright infringement (again)


Two thoughts here - either the guy is stupid to keep doing this, or crime _does_ pay. Mind you, at least it's Microsoft, so no harm done there.

Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down


Re: Strong password

"includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, special characters and a number."

Ummm. Special characters - will that be Harry Enfield or Paul Whitehouse, I wonder?

Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps


"That's because the cartographers are american."

Well, as the old saying goes - Americans learn geography from war. Seeing as they have never gone to war with the Aussies, how can they know where Australia is?

More gums than Jaws: Greenland super-sharks live past 400 years old


So, to find the age of the thing, you have to kill it? That's great after 400 years.

'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared


Re: People being stupid.

"No. Like many other Brits living in Europe, I was denied a vote despite this being a matter of supreme importance to me."

So if you are living in Europe (what ever that is) why should _you_ have a vote for the UK to leave/stay in Europe anyway? Obviously you went to work abroad to make more money etc. Oxymoron.

Live in England. Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland - then maybe you could have voted.


Re: Whatif 17.5 million people sign the petition?

"Not an absurd possibility judging from the rate of signatures being received per hour. This defiance of acceptance of the result is something that is not going to go away."

Utter bollocks. The UK voted. Result.

So if this petition succeeds, then what's the point of any other electoral vote ever? Why bother to vote at all?

Losers are losers.


People being stupid.

I have read all the threads on here.

What don't you people get? The UK had vote on the EU (my first one ever, even being 56 years old) and the LEAVE vote won. That's it. LEAVE won. No matter how much you squinny, LEAVE WON.

So give it a rest.

LEAVE won. England will now be England again, Wales will now be Wales again. I can't speak for the others.

I presume you all had a vote/bothered to vote? If not, tough luck, it's too late now to be a cry baby.


Re: run crying to the teacher

Tut. It doesn't matter what. The voters voted and the winning side won.

What the hell is more concrete than that? If not, what is is the bloody point of having a referendum or election votes at all if the losers squinny and demand a new one?


Re: A few thoughts...

Umm Hadrian's wall was built by the Romans to keep the Jocks out.... a few people ought to learn about Europe here ;)


Re: Confirmation Bias is at large

"I remember growing up in the early 1990s"

If you remember the 90's, you wasn't drunk like me.


Re: "I'm sure I heard passing references to Polish delicatessens"

"Krakowska sausage"

Didn't he score the other day?


Please define "British"?

I am English.


Re: Question

Bollocks. The real petition was on voting day, and the LEAVE vote won. This isn't an infant school playground game whereby if you don't get what you want you run crying to the teacher.

LEAVE WON, and that's that.

Stop squinnying everybody.


Re: A few thoughts...

"Always thought the majority of the english were stupid cunts, yesterday proved it."

Seeing as us stupid cunts voted LEAVE by a majority, I guess that makes the others clever dicks (but not so smart)?


@ Pliny the Whiner

4. David Bowie died :(

5. Terry Wogan died \o/


Re: So how long before ...

" Like Decimalisation."

Which of course was spurred by the Government wanting us to be in a Europe superstate.


Re: Seriously...

Bloody nonsense - I was 15 (too ypoung to vote) in 1975 on the only vote we have ever had on Europe, and have never had a chance since - until now.

Up! the over 50's for getting us out of this juggernaut of foreign control that our predecessors got us in.

Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image


Re: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish...

Slackware is still 'clean' :)

SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months


"I wish I could work for a company like this and be so involved and invested in its success, I don't think i have many skills that would get me in though :("

There are some great jobs going - I wish I was 20 years younger.


Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours


Re: Not surprising

Good point - but us humans have an input filter called the ears - you can ignore the input (at your option - some people swear, some don't etc.) when heard and the option to reply is likewise or not or opposite. AI can't do that (at the moment) unless you FILTER through a sieve which isn't discretionary. Then it isn't AI.



"Why don't you just fuck off"

"No, you fuck off!"


"Fuck you, I am trying my best"

"Hang on, I am just the messenger, don't shoot me!"


And of course, MP:



Hah Ha ha

This made me laugh a lot.

MS just haven't got a bloody clue. I mean, why, WHY on earth is the bot a girl between those ages - and WHY a girl?

This is all taboo in current trends on the *net.

If I were to do the same experiment, then I would use something like Arnie's 'Terminator' so that there is something unknown and hopefully get it to train to be nice (or robotic).

I just wish MS would get lost with all their shite they pump out.

London's $40m 'flash crash' trader is to face extradition to the US



I mean, how clever is he - yet went for millions that lit up light bulbs rather just a few 100K.

Microsoft to add a touch of Chrome to Edge


This reply just reminds me of homeless people sleeping on the streets.

Swede builds steam-powered Raspberry Pi. Nowhere to plug in micro-USB, then?


Re: El Reg suspects his dad might have given him a hand... ®

The Internet is wonderful, sometimes.

Here's the one I had:

Steam Engine


El Reg suspects his dad might have given him a hand... ®

Seeing the 'hairy hand', I agree.

Great fun though - I wish I still had my meccano stream engine from the 70's :(

Ben Nevis embiggened by a metre


So in a hundred years time...

... when sea levels rise 1/2 metre, the guys in 1949 were spot on!

Linux fans may be in for disappointment with SQL Server 2016 port


"Microsoft's decision to bring SQL Server 2016 to Linux caused great excitement in the open-source world this week."

Where was this then? Was I asleep?

Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux


Re: What's the use case for this?

Good comment - this is what I thought - why would GNU/Linux ~ Unix people want to run MS stuff on *nix boxes anyway? If somebody needs to run it, they run MS stuff.

OK, so if MS think they can get away with getting *nix users to run their stuff, then more licences etc., but how that does work out?

This is surely the first move - embrace.


Re: Windows on Linux next?

"You're blaming Group Policies for having a crap IT department/System Administrator? Do you blame your browser because your broadband line is slow?"

No - I am blaming MS for allowing crap IT people to be able to administer their shite, and to be honest, there is so much AV and anti-this/anti-that stuff that needs to be run on MS machines now it is bordering on useless functionality. I mean, 8/9 minute boot up time. How much does that cost Industry?


Re: Windows on Linux next?

Yes - a load of crap. At work, I have to use the shite, and after booting up and logging in (3 minutes), the thing sits there for 5 minutes "Loading Group policy printers policy...".

Microsoft has crafted a switch OS on Debian Linux. Repeat, a switch OS on Debian Linux


Re: Beware the E E E effect

Look what they already done to the GNU/Linux skype users.


Right, here's the catch

"This underlying hardware must therefore implement the SAI, an API that Microsoft contributed to the Open Compute Project (OCP) in 2015. The OCP, launched by Facebook in 2011, encourages hardware manufacturers to produce generic gear to the project's open standards and specifications so large organizations can buy the machines cheaply in bulk and use software to customize and control the gear as they wish."

Now get everybody to use it, and slowly change the API/hardware over a few years until you have to use the MS version otherwise it all goes tits-up.

Come on people, this is typical MS history.

Hope we are all not fools.

2016: Bad USB sticks, evil webpages, booby-trapped font files still menace Windows PCs


Re: Dem Bones, dem dry Bones!

Can a can of worms have a can of worms?

What a pair of ace-holes: Crooks bug gambler's car with GPS tracker, follow him and rob him

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Hah, great story. If you saw Hollywood do this sort of thing it wouldn't be believed.

SSL's DROWN not as bad as Heartbleed, still a security ship wreck


Re: Is TLS vulnerable or not?

...and also, Mr. Cracker (not a hacker) has to know where to look and when to listen to get this job done.

Now, I hope the major banking sites et al are OK.

You could really relate this to say that 70% of homes in the UK have the wrong fuse fitted on electrical items and it could be dangerous - but in reality it isn't - but might be.

HTTPS DROWN flaw: Security bods' hearts sink as tatty protocols wash away web crypto


Re: In other news

For people under the age of 40, Telnet is a user command and an underlying TCP/IP protocol for accessing remote computers. Through Telnet, an administrator or another user can access someone else's computer remotely.


Apache httpd

I get A+ from ssl labs:

SSLProtocol all -SSLv2 -SSLv3

SSLHonorCipherOrder on


One-third of all HTTPS websites open to DROWN attack



... I think around 1995 (when I first connected to the Internet), it seemed a great idea - and got better and better (how on earth did I pay my bills and stuff? I can't remember).

Now, 21 years later it seems to be going backwards, and becoming more of a liability than an asset.

What to do people?

Complex chips and crash-proof computer pioneer Edward McCluskey dies


"crash proof computers". He obviously never worked for MS then?

Anyway, sad news - we are losing all the heroes (!Terry Wogan) lately :(


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