* Posts by Missing Semicolon

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Pinterest.....

... is goin' daaan...

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: VM/CMS

Get yourself an IBM Model M keyboard. And feel the "best keyboard" again!

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"the default being a hashtag #."

I didn't know Amber Rudd wrote for El Reg?

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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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Welsh water

When I was at UCNW Bangor, there was a sign over one of the loos:

"Do your best. Birmingham needs the water"

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Missing the obvious

" England specifically is facing a water supply shortage by 2050 without a plan to curb water usage and wastage"

Well, duh, then actually build some more capacity, instead of sweating the existing reservoir stock to supply more people.

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'It's legacy stuff brute-forced in': Not everyone is happy with Citrix's cloud

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"Citrix Cloud"

Somebody else's virtual computer running on somebody else's physical computer.

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Re: somehow $399 becomes €449

It's not the $-£ equivalence I care about (too old, too weary), but £500 for an underpowered tablet seems a bit much.

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Re: somehow $399 becomes €499

Yes, and £400 as well.

Actually £500, as what good is a laptop with no keyboard?

And how much cheek is that? £100 for £20 of keyboard cover?

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Boffin botheration as IET lifts axe on 20-year-old email alias service

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Re: Email forwarding services are passé

I'd love to know your trick for getting GMail to accept your forwarded mail. My Postfix system does it, but only by a method best described as a nasty hack (MAIL FROM different to "From:").

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Thanks for the happy memories, Micron – now beat it, says China: Court bans chip sales

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International rules

.. are as enforcable only as long as each country abide by some international arbitration, even when the result disadvantages that country.

China hasn't been playing that mug's game for years. So, expect the court to rule that UMC's Chinese patents are valid, have nothing whatsoever to do with silly bits of paper from the USPO, and Micron can just go home. After all, who you gonna call?

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Apple is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE

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"relinquished" == "relented"

FTFY

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Disk firmware can kill a whole cluster how exactly? Cisco explains

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FAIL

"low-write, long-idle-time workload"

What, like most drives that are not nearline storage? Full of really important archived stuff?

Ouch!

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Micro Focus offloads Linux-wrangler SUSE for a cool $2.5bn

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The value is not the revenue

.. it's the ability to use the company as collateral for a huuuge loan. Then the encumbered husk can be allowed to blow away.

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No more slurping of kids' nationalities, Brit schools told

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Re: Invasion?

Well indeed. And how does central government plan, without any data?

The problem with this is, not the lack of data, but the hope that by not measuring the problem, the problem will simply cease to exist.

There is a distressingly naive part of the population that seems to think that "Nationality" and "The Nation State" is a figment of the imgaination of UKippers and Dad's Army dropouts.

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UK Home Office sheds 70 staff on delayed 4G upgrade to Emergency Services Network

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"Incremental delivery"

== no plan, never finished, bonuses all round whatever.

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Do UK.gov wonks understand sci-tech skills gap? MPs dish out Parliamentary kicking

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"...the skill set is lacking because universities etc have not caught up with it yet"

Yeah. Companies used to do this thing... ooo what was it... oh, I remember! TRAINING!

Even for graduates!

Instead, you hire a fully qualified experienced grad from abroad. Result, nobody gains the relevant experience.

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Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB

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Re: IBM??

IBM run Nationwide's banking system. It does seem to work.

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What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Re: C++ vs C

There are two things wrong with C++

1) Spooky hidden code. Due to the horrors that are overloaded operators

c=a+b;

Is completely incomprehensible. If a and b are instances, the actual code is presumably in the overloaded operator+ for the class of a. Then, it must create a temporary a on the stack, before using the copy constructor to make c. So, if there are side effects in the constructors, all sorts of shizzle goes on. Plus it can eat up loads of stack.

And, the whole mess was just to make sure that strings are not special objects, but you can still write

foo=bar+"more";

The world already has Perl as a write-only language. It doesn't need another one.

2) The utterly crap reference book. Everyone worships Stroustrup, but the book is utterly useless for learning to write real-life code. It always shows stuff as definitions, ans rarely describes how to separate declaration and definition - the way you always work. The descriptions of the various features are a hymn to how clever they are, not a careful description of the use, abuse, and side effects.

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C++ has been squeezed out

If you want stuff to run quickly, or with few resources in a tiny micro, there's C.

If you have a bigger box, heap, scheduling, whatnot, you use a proper manage language like Java/Rust/Scala.

For code where the expression on a complex algorithm is the main problem, not the cyle-level efficiency, you go higher level Python/R/Go

C++ can't really be used unless you have a heap. If you do have a heap, with plenty of free space, yoiu need memory management, ruling C++ out.

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Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?

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Re: What do they expect?

You weren't around in the 80's were you?:-)

That's the way that home micros got sold for years.

And the 90's too, with the back-of-PC-World suppliers that used today's payments to buy the parts for PCs ordered two months ago.

Oh, yes, we were parted from our money then too!

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Microsoft partners to fling out collabo-visual Ginormonitors this year

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Surface hub

They have one in an office near us.

It's still in reception, as it's so heavy, it can't be put on the upstairs floors.

It's left on, even though it's not networked yet. It takes so much power, that if you get within a few inches of the screen you can feel the heat coming off it. Over the vast area of LCD!

So, too big, too hot, and as big a waste of Carbon as you could wish.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Hotmail

Remember them? It was solid, reliable. Then Microsoft forced the operators to move hundreds of servers from Linux to NT Server. It was no good for months.

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At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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If you are a boss in a room full of engineers/devs...

... you have to accept that you are not the brightest person in the room.

Some arrogant sociopath actually thought this presentation was gonna fly?

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Loose .zips sink chips: How poisoned archives can hack your computer

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What about 7-zip?

If that's borked too, truly the end of days is here....

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'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

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Re: Article misses a critical point

"Natural Selection"? Not so far. Name the last company with a massive security breach that shut up shop. Then count the companies with security breaches still doing well.....

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Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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Re: Good. Lyft, Uber & their ilk suck arse.

"Which in turn means that Uber do have to pay minimum wage and all the other guff that goes with it - and yet they're still competitive"

No, they're not. They just have to subsidise the service more. As has been mentioned before, Uber is making a massive loss.

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Servers crashed and burned. So, Qualcomm's back to Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V'ing Arm cores into phones

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"and struggling to make its NXP acquisition fly"

Every time one of the giga-mergers takes place, the sum is less than the parts in terms of value, profit, whatever. It seems amazing to me than shareholders keep voting this crap through.

What were Qualcomm's shareholders thinking of? Shouldn't the board all get voted off next AGM?

Or is it that the pension funds/401k's that hold most of the shares actually run their holdings to benefit the fund managers, not the investors!

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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Re: 57 channels and all the same things on

"13 channels of **** to choose from..."

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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Re: Just what to we know of the whole Ivp6 plan?

One of the things that makes us IPV4'ers suspicious is the religious fervour of the proponents. Especially if you utter "NAT", whereupon they will start waving garlic and crucifixes at you. The failure to realise that there are some valid uses for NAT, that should (instead of being deprecated in a "get-thee-behind-me-Satan" way) be first-class supported in any IPV4 replacement.

In short, if IPV6 did everything IPV4 did, plus some more, there would be much less fuss.

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Re: NAT required

Plus privacy, of course. You can't count the return addresses on my outbound packets and work out how many devices I have.

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Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

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What happens for EU citizens who own non-EU domain names?

.. through non-EU registrars?

For example, GoDaddy publish the full contact information for all .com domains, even if owned by EU citizens. So far, I've heard crickets from Godaddy about how they intend to handle EU customers post-26th.

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Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

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Re: Forward thinking?

I wonder if they will also enforce 4G-capability on any handset, even if sourced independently. Existing 3 SIMS check the profile download bits when the handset starts, and refuse to work if the device is not 3G-capable.

So your old Nokia won't work with a new 3 SIM.

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Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

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If it wasn't so stupidly expensive to dispose of stuff...

... this would happen a lot less.

Our local council has started charging £3.50/bag for disposing of rubble.

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Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change

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Which caught the ISP's by surprise

By using speedtest servers that they haven't yet prioritised.

Plus I expect the Ofcom figures aren't based on real (not-in-the-South-East) actual throughputs.

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Off with e's head: E-cig explosion causes first vaping death

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Re: limit vaping to 20 watts

There's no issue with wattage

There is, when you want to make a hand-portable, pocketable device that can generate (and dissipate) 200W.

A cordless soldering iron would rarely exceed a few tens of watts, for example.

We have a cordless lawnmower. The battery pack has about 10 18650's in it, and gives you about 15 minutes of mowing. Assuming the cells are the usual 2Ah, that's 8A draw. To keep the cells stable, it's arranged that there is an air duct that sucks air through the battery pack while the motor is running, to keep the cells cool. Similarly, on charging, a fan in the charger does the same thing.

A 200W vape device, with 2 18650's in it will draw 27A per cell. Anyone who knows anything about Li cells would wince at the thought! Never mind that the cell is not being monitored or cooled.

Besides, what the hell does it do with 200W?

Picture of cell supplying 27A ------->

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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Re: the whole setup was pretty crude

"Remember, everything you see around you was made by the lowest bidder"

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Hey cool, you went serverless. Now you just have to worry about all those stale functions

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Each new deployment method

.. "DevOps", "Serverless" is supposed to make things "easy". Usually by short-circuiting all that "hard" stuff involving procedures and testing.

Once you put proper deployment processes in place, and mandate full dependency reporting and change management, the process becomes more orderly and secure. And "harder".

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Virtue singing – Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

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Bye-bye Relax....

... dont't do it!

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Africa's internet body hit with sexual harassment cover-up claims

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French Africa

I seem to think that a lot of Africa was French Colonial back in the day.....

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Intel CEO Brian is a man living on the edge

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So, no announcement of the faulty-chip buyback prorgram?

Silly me....

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

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Re: Vi (CR-LF history)

I used to have an old TeleType Type 33.

That is when I found out why it is CR-LF, and not LF-CR.

The Type 33 was completely electromechanical, with exactly one transistor (presumably for the receive side of the 20mA current loop interface).

Each character was printed as soon as it was decoded.

When the CR is interpreted, the carriage is released from its position towards the right of the platen, and a big clock spring hurls it towards the left. A piston on the carriage enters a cylinder at the left, and that cushions the impact against the end stop. Meanwhile, the LF has been decoded, and the paper is moved up one line.

From all-the-way-to-the-right to the home position takes more than one character time at 75baud, so the carriage was still moving as the paper was advanced - it had settled in the leftmost position by the time the first printable character on the next line had been decoded.

I successfully drove mine from my ZX81, and I sent LFCR. The first character on each line was actually blatted on the the paper an inch or so the the right of the home position!

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Australian prisoner-tracking system brought down by 3PAR defects

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3PAR losing data

... again?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/19/kcls_strand_data_centre_down/

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/06/08/ato_hpe_outage_report/

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Heir to SMS finally excites carriers, by making Google grovel

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"the disappointment of MMS"

Well, duh, if you charge 40p/message, what do you expect?

Operators saw a way to charge for "SMS+". As always, they killed it though greed.

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Cisco kicks shrivelling video software unit back to Dr Martens owner

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WTF?

How the hell can you piss $4bn against the wall...

... and not get sued?

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Europe fires back at ICANN's delusional plan to overhaul Whois for GDPR by next, er, year

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EU-only root servers

While that allows EU citizens to look up EU addresses, .eu would cease to exist for the rest of the world. EU citizens would not be able to own .com addresses as the registrar would not be GPDR compliant.

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Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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Stop

More evidence that the Gnome crowd have the Win10 problem:

"the technical GNOME term is client-side decoration, which merges the title and menu bars into a single mess of icons, titles and, well, just about anything the app wants to throw up there. I find them difficult to use in nearly every way – harder to click menus, harder to drag windows and generally a giant usability fail, but they are here and there is no getting rid of them."

When software authors pull the "we know better, so no configuration for you" stunt, users get angry!

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Win 7, Server 2008 'Total Meltdown' exploit lands, pops admin shells

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Re: What about if you're paranoid?

Sorry, what I meant was...

Knowing that any patch has been rushed out, I held off patching.

So I have machines that potentially (if there are exploits in the wild) could have data exfiltrated from them. These machines aren't vulnerable to having admin-level command prompts invoked :-)

Has anyone seen a password-extracting exploit in the wild yet?

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What about if you're paranoid?

.. and didn't install any of the original mitigation patches? Any active exploits for that?

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Facebook can't admit the truth, says data-slurp boffin Kogan

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Re: "none of this would be in the news whatsoever."

.. while we conveniently ignore the state support for the "Remain" side.

I suspect that the Leave campaigners realised that rules would need to be bent somewhat to counter the heavy Whitehall (and BBC!) bias.

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