* Posts by maffski

258 posts • joined 23 Jan 2014


Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate


Re: Great for this Engineer

I shall forthwith change my job title to Software Artist.

As a self employed type I think I'm going to go for 'Logic Crofter'

'Blockchain SAVED my Quango'


Re: Copyright blockchain?

To be honest I wasn't thinking in terms of (semi)professional content creators/consumers, as you say they are well served by current systems.

I was thinking more in terms of the sea of content on the internet, most of which was never created with an intent to commercial gain, effectively orphaned works. Just some meta data within the work and a reason to trust that meta data. Something decentralised rather than the IPO's 'we'll take the licence fee and give it to the rights holder if they ever come forward (we just won't ever try to find them...)'


Copyright blockchain?

Mention of the hub made me think. Is copyright an area where blockchain actually could be useful?

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...


Re: Not the first piece of absurd preaching to come from the SQLite team

'...Threads are evil. Avoid them...'

.'..After I've realised why it's evil not to throw away 75%+ of the processing power available to my application...'

There speaks a man who has never had a race condition.

Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-



Place I worked at used ISDN lines to host application servers for their customers. Our new server admin decided to get some brownie points by setting up network monitoring.

They only made two mistakes.

One was to set the ping size to 64kb rather than 64bytes.

The second was to ping test a router at the other end of an ISDN call. An international ISDN call from the UK to the Republic of Ireland.

No one noticed until the first phone bill arrived.

London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!


This is an interesting definition of 'catching up'

'...Frankfurt catching up...

...Although Germany's Frankfurt is tipped for faster growth – at 58 per cent compound annual growth rate compared with London's 52 per cent – the English capital has twice the capacity....'

Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room


... walking casually in a room...

I don't know about you, but I don't actually spend a whole lot of time walking casually in a room. And this doesn't work at all if your sat down.

I hope this paper wasn't responsible for his PhD. It doesn't exactly move the state of the art forward does it? It's exactly the same transit method as people have been using to detect exo planets for two decades. In fact you can do it without wifi anyway - look at a window and people passing will reduce the transmission from the ceiling lights.

The only time I can think where this might work accurately is during a particularly vigorous earthquake.

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories


Re: AURA get your ears on

AURA is the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, not some kind of shadowy military outfit.

How can you be sure, huh? HOW CAN YOU BE SURE?!

Because they study the sun. And you can't do that from a shadow can you? Obvious when you think about it.

Creaky systems 'cost lives': Health secretary Matt Hancock pledges to solve NHS IT woes


Re: Plonker

'An online booking system will save lives? Rot, having doctors receptionists actually answer their phones might.'

Of course an online booking system means the receptionist has more time to answer their phones.

My GP has an online booking system. Works perfectly well. Doesn't require central government or NHS to stick it's oar in.

VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant


There is no more beautiful sight than the vista of (Kingston upon) Hull.


EU plans for domestic exascale supercomputer chips: A RISC-y business


Re: We can watch if from the UK

'yes, Europeans are really bad at at big scientific projects, they never deliver, just look at Large Hadron Collider'

The Large Hadron Collider is a great example of what public funding can do. Because it's a public good. It's knowledge for the the sake knowledge. It's exactly the kind of thing private enterprise is unable to deliver.

A really fast computer is a great example of what public funding should never do. Because it's a product people will pay to use. It's exactly the kind of thing private enterprise excels at.

Look at the size of Intel, that alone proves public funding shouldn't be spent on computing design.

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it


Re: Missed the obvious one

.Net Visual SourceHub for Business 365 Cloud Services Edition

Be careful not to install the cut down -core edition, it's incompatible and will corrupt your source.

UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit


Commentards are weird

We're going to build a rocket, fly to mars, and live there




Sign me up!!

We're going to upgrade our database to process twice as many requests




We should overturn democracy to stop this lunacy

All those other people are idiots and were lied too.


Re: Don't be cretinous

'...Is it that I am a bear of very little brain and don't really understand these complicated things, or is Rees-Mogg simply a mendacious idiot?'

Might be useful to remember that customs checks and customs declarations are not the same thing.

We only perform checks on about 2% of imports - which I think includes the mandatory checks on all livestock.

CHEIF looks to be an olde world messaging system with mainframe database so boosting it's performance to the required levels should actually be quite straightforward. Which probably means they'll try to rush CDS instead...

UK Minister of Fun Matt Hancock opens London infosec upstart creche


Re: Swansea 0 London 13 mil

Rather than arguing about it's location it would be better if they just didn't p**s 13 million quid of our money up the wall.

We managed to get a senior Lloyds Bank suit to fly in from the US to hear us pitch our startup idea from a crummy little office in the north of england. It didn't require a 'tech creche' or tax payers money.

(And no, we didn't get any investment. The idea was credible... ...we weren't)

Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions


It's not just big numbers you have to worry about

I once had to spend an entire week working out why a company had been sent an insurance payment of $0.00

Lloyds syndicates would usually only take a small percentage of the risk for something large, and frequently package up portions of these risks and sell them on or take out reinsurance against claims.

Claims against an oil spill or fire could run into billions so you needed the risk spread over hundreds of syndicates.

So when an oil tanker claimed $50.00 in paint after it touched the side of the lock in the panama canal our system took the claim and started splitting out the different shares and raising claims against other syndicates.

By the time it had gone through this a few cycles over a few days as different syndicates processed their claims and raised new ones for their reinsurance then every single syndicate involved had decided that their share of the claim rounded down to 0.

Indiegogo grants ZX Spectrum reboot firm another two weeks to send a console


Re: They're just waiting for the new game.

Given Speccy graphics that's the same game just in a different box.


FCC shifts its $8bn pot of gold, sparks fears of corporate money grab


Only in politics can this make sense...

...giving money to corporation to make slow broadband permanently faster = bad

...giving money to corporation to make slow broadband temporarily cheaper = good

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space


@Dan 55 Re: I disagree...

I don't think it's an either/or situation. With that much money to burn he could do both.

Which, of course, he is. If he pays the wages of some rocket engineers then he's paying their income taxes (and sales taxes on all they buy etc.). If he buys rocket gizmos from some supplier then he's paying towards the corporation taxes of the suppliers (and the taxes of their employees etc.)

It's not like he's loading the rocket up with 100 dollar bills and blasting them into space.

Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us


Re: Chokes with laughter

...I wonder if even our truly, wretchedly stupid and ignorant politicians imagine that that is possible?

Perhaps they think that, until it's ready, we'll just use GPS. The same way we have done for the last 30 years.

Double double, soil and trouble, fire burn and heat shield bubble: NASA cracks rover, has dirty talk with ESA


@Dave 126

'...For bridges...a safety factor of around 3 is common, for airliners... 1.5 (150%) is used. Given a Mars mission has more constraints in common with an aeroplane than it does a bridge 120% sounds about right...'

So what you're saying is... ...we should build a bridge to mars?

That Brexit in action: UK signs pact to let Euro court judge its patents


Re: The questionable thing to do.

'In the UK our politicians have been convinced that patents have some sort of constructive function, and mostly tried to push the worst of the UK patent system into Europe out of ignorance'

Invention is, by it's very definition, a public good. Once one person has figured out how to do something we all get the benefit of being able to do it. We love public goods as they make life a little better for everyone.

The trouble with delivering a public good is that it doesn't put food in your belly.

We would like there to be more invention, so we get the public good, but people have no reason or opportunity to invent. We have two possible solutions to this, one is taxation and public research, the other is to just agree among us all that if someone comes up with a good idea we'll promise not to use it ourselves for a little while so they can make a profit.

This is the patent system (and copyright). And you think it has no constructive function?

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever


Re: What planet are you on?

'Can somebody please explain to this poor thick Irishman what the British politicians think is going on?'

You'll have to follow closely because this will be a strange concept for someone from Ireland. But we were given a vote on something and when we gave an answer the EU didn't like our politicians actually followed our instructions.

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


Re: all its very same golden-year grey heads that largely voted for Brexit

'...What is known is that there were more remain among the more educated and more leave among the less educated, more remain in the younger generation and more leave in the older generation. And then there was regional differences and then there was all those who did not vote and those who had no vote. And that's about it....'

What is known is that there was more leave than remain. And that's about it.

It's the very basis of democracy. That your opinion isn't worth more than mine, and that my opinion isn't worth more than yours.

Although regarding the story, lots of people doing well in the current situation want the current situation to continue so they can do well. Quelle surprise.

Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking


...mirrored armor

Mirrors ain't perfect.

Musk: I want to retrieve rockets with big Falcon party balloons


Re: "Ballockets! I say!"

I prefer a Rocloon myself, but they do keep going through the garbage.

Elon Musk's latest Tesla Model 3 delivery promise: 6,000... a week


Re: The Model 3 is coming.... er??? 2019 or is that 2020?

'They are having issues scaling their production up to levels exptected by the arse talkers from Wall St.'

The arse talkers of Wall St. are irrelevant. The established manufacturers are coming and Tesla has a year or so to get volume manufacturing going or it will be swamped. JLR is first up with the I-pace but Audi will be along before the end of the year.

Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt


...more an expression of polite interest

A marking of territory. If the test show promise they'll stump up the cash for the next phase. BAE have increased their existing investment so it must be making progress.

Apple store besieged by protesters in Paris 'die-in' over tax avoidance


Re: Isn't this a consequence of being in the EU?

'More rational solution: stop the £9.9 billion in profits being vanished or tax the firms pulling this shit on revenue instead.'

So all that design and engineering work that Apple does mostly in California is not responsible for any of the value in selling iPhones to Parisians? Do want to be the one to tell Trump that is US can't tax that value?

UK regulator bans slasher-flick parody ad for OnePlus 5 mobe


Re: Have you ever seen Thomas the Tank Engine?

And that time the fat controller forced them into an engine centipede?

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin


Re: Where are the Brexit fans?

We've already applied to ICANN for .xeu

10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it


You could perhaps make it a bit progressive

Why not make it really progressive by saying people who want to live in the middle of nowhere and have fast broadband can pay for supplying fast broadband to the middle of nowhere?

If you want electricity or gas you have to pay the cost of the install, are you really suggesting that broadband is more important to modern life than having an electricity supply?

Corking story: Idiotic smart wine bottle idea falls over, passes out


Re: It shows why freemarkets and capitalism work so well

'Well, there was the 6 million dollars of VC funding that could have been more gainfully spent on something more useful to society.'

No. They didn't just set fire to the money; it went to suppliers and employees, who will then spend or invest it.


It shows why freemarkets and capitalism work so well

You may think it's a stupid idea. I may think it's a stupid idea. But what works and doesn't work isn't down to a few individuals so what is allowed to be tried shouldn't be down to a few individuals.

It's the freedom to fail that allows for economic advancement.

No money was 'wasted' testing this 'idiotic' idea. It was taken from people that had an incorrect view of what humanity wanted and given to other people who might have a better view.

So raise a glass to the falling of Kuvee. A whole bunch of suppliers now have a little profit to invest in this fantastic idea they've got...

...disclaimer. I'm currently investing (time) in this fantastic idea I've got

Taxpayers chuck burnt-out Bongs* millions of pounds to 'decelerate'


Re: Unbelievable

It's about throwing good taxpayer money at assholes so they can be still more of an asshole.

Those with a vested interest will always have reason to lobby for their interest, and have no opposition as no one else cares about their interest.

So the public purse will always be co-opted to the enrichment of the few at the cost to the many.

Hackers create 'ghost' traffic jam to confound smart traffic systems


Re: In the new automated world we are creating...

No, they just have to restrict who is allowed to feed information into it

No, 'I was only following orders' is exactly the wrong thing to do. The systems needs a healthy level of cynicism built it.

Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon


competition drives efficiency... ...That's not a good plan for countries

Because competition drives efficiency, by inefficient companies being liquidated or taken over. That's not a good plan for countries.

Mostly it forces organisations to become more efficient, this is just as true for a country as a company.

And liquidation and take overs? That's just sovereign default and revolution. Neither of which are especially uncommon.


But in most cases, it's a question of multinational companies transferring profits generated in one country by various licensing/chargeback schemes, so as to pay less corporation tax in another.

In general we think competition is a good thing. So why isn't competition in tax regimes a good thing?

You may think an Irish/Dutch sandwich with BVI side salad is a bad thing, but I'd put money on French taxes being higher if it didn't exist.

UK's BT: Ofcom's wholesale superfast broadband price slash will hurt bottom line


Re: Whaaat...

If BT can wholesale at (currently) between £88 & £89 per annum, WFT do they provide by way of "added value" for their retail customers, given what they (which includes me!) have to pay?

Baumol's cost disease

A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that


Re: I'm not sure what the point of that article was...

Michael will be speaking DevOps at our Continuous Lifecycle London 2018 event. Full details, including early bird tickets, right here.

This was the point of the article. To tell you that the author will be speaking at a conference. He will speak for a very long time. No one will be able to decide if he said anything.

Arsenal are red, pundits have 'insights', BT and Sky splurge £4.5bn on footie rights


It's just a massive hole. No, my mistake, it's Bradford

Except those 10m homes will be chosen, in part, for install costs. Feeding fibre through a recent posh apartment block might get you 100 homes for the same cost as 10 houses down a residential street.

And Bradford? Well, we could always half the costs by just digging it up and not filling in the holes, it's not like you could tell the difference.


I'm not sure £1bn would FTTP Bradford let alone Britain.

What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids


Re: It was never going anywhere NEAR Mars

*If* the aim was to burn the rest of the fuel to exhaustion


just to kick the car as hard as possible


they need to burn through all the fuel to compare the real world vs their calculations vs their measurements

In America, tech support conmen get a mild slap. In Blighty, scammers get the book thrown at them


'$150,000 split between about a dozen people and companies doesn't sound like a big deal to me.'

Rather depends how much money they actually made with the scam doesn't it?

Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax


Re: Academics

'Right, they'll repatriate it so they can deliver another payoff to already fat shareholders, creating basically zero jobs.'

Who will, of course, 'do stuff' with the money.

Ford giving electric car investment a jolt to the tune of $11bn


A large proportion of people don't have a don't have a driveway

Yes, in the same way that the large number of families with children mean there is no market at all for two seat sports cars.

Just because it isn't the right set of features and compromises for you (or me) doesn't mean that it isn't suitable for enough of the market to be viable.

Virgin Hyperloop pulls up the biggest chair for Branson, bags $50m, new speed record


Re: More to the point; how fast would a sheep travel in a hyperloop ?

Not very, it would keep hitting all the spherical cows.

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


Re: it's already doing 17.46 km/hour

'When you're going that fast, doesn't time slow down or something. '

Which explains why the records were 45rpm on one side and 33 1/3 on the other.

Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world


RE: Anybody with a link to that list.

List in Google spreadsheet

Unfortunately it doesn't seem to make any adjustment for purchasing parity so the list is completely pointless - except as a cheap PR exercise to get their name mentioned.

Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds


Re: Design

'Though, Kees Cook doesn't exactly have a stellar record when it comes to kernel security work, so I'm sure this patch is crap for other reasons...'

'...explicit whitelisting...'

Yay, now we have a new attack vector. If I can make you think I'm someone trustworthy then you'll unlock your doors.


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