* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Re: I think it's worth remembering ...

"n the UK, GEC might stirs some memories"

As does Ferranti and a few more.

Is it possible that rather than businesses becoming too big to fail they actually become too big to not fail?

Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court

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Re: valid use

"Then there will be clear policies and training in place about what is acceptable and what is not acceptable, and appropriate level of controls."

Including staff selection policies. If he'd been warned about misuse of company facilities should they have reviewed the level of continued trust placed in him?

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Re: Just another tax.

"And it was noticed."

It was noticed by the Argus because he sent them a copy and they did the right thing and notified Morrisons.

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"So when a Morrisons employee crashes their car"

Who's "their" in this context? If it's Morrisons' car then very likely their responsbility: either he's on Morrisons' business or he's taken it without their permission and Morrisons failed to have sufficient controls in place. If it was his own can and he was driving for his own purposes then it was nothing to do with Morrisons. However when an employee is using Morrisons' own computing facilities then they have to have some responsibility for what's done with them.

I've got to go out now. I need to get some bread at Morrisons.

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Re: I expect to be flamed

"It was his job specifically to export that data!"

It wasn't his job to export the data for himself to take away. It's up to Morrisons to have sufficient controls in place to prevent that.

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“render the court an accessory in furthering Mr Skelton’s criminal aims”

Nice try. Admirable, even.

But it conflates two issues. One is his criminal aims for which, according to TFA he's been tried and convicted. The other is in Morrisons' conducting their business in a manner which allowed him or anyone else to do this whatever the aims.

Samsung's graphene batteries promise to charge five times faster – without exploding

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"if I can charge my car while I sleep and it can do enough miles the next day"

How many miles is enough? Is your enough the same as mine? Is my enough one day the same as it is another day?

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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"the blame lies with the owner"

There's a saying that the structure of software reflects the structure of the organsation that produced it. What does Windows 10 tell us about the organisation at Microsoft?

Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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Re: More questions

"Well, the US did it to some Cisco routers being shipped to an entity they were interested in, so yes."

Wasn't that a case of planting something in the firmware?

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Re: Not confirmed?

"The odd thing about it is the public statement on knowing about the case on a specific date before the Bloomberg article was published."

A. Bloomberg's reporters had asked them. B. Whoever planted the story planted it with them. What seems to emerge from the translation is that they'd heard of it but have no direct information themselves.

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Re: The simplest answer is usually the right answer...

"It's orders of magnitude easier and cheaper to use flaws in software, firmware and Intel's hardware to accomplish the same goals."

If you were doing that it would be handy to plant a story like this to misdirect attention.

Cosmoboffins think grav waves hold the key to sorting out the disputed Hubble Constant

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"with 25 observations they can measure Hubble’s Constant within an accuracy of 3 per cent"

The existing rival measurements of 69 and 72 suggest they may already have similar levels of accuracy.

I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea

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Does it also have a mechanical astronomical calculator on board?

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator

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"The primadonnas are the proverbial bad apples"

They also seem to have been the ones on the receiving end of Linus's .... shall we say castigation?

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"He didn't want to change it and insisted that all employees be given the same equipment as he."

An alternative route would have been to taken the nub of his advice - everyone has the same sort of monitor - and take the low cost implementation.

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"you manage highly skilled and intelligent professionals towards a common goal"

I think Linus would dispute the "highly skilled and intelligent professionals" or maybe the "common goal" in those circumstances where he's given off. And you tell me just what management tools he has at his disposal.

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Re: Anyone wanna take bets?

"I give a month before his next tirade"

Really? They seem to be few and far apart in reality. Otherwise they wouldn't be reported on a news site because they wouldn't be newsworthy.

AI clinician trained to save humans from sepsis – and, er, let's just say you should stick to your human doctor

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“The use of computer decision support systems to better guide treatments and improve outcomes is a much needed approach,”

The crucial word here is "support". They're talking about a decision support system, not a decision making system. If I were looking for a system to support my decision making I'd want it to be able to explain its recommendations to me. What we frequently hear about AI is that the system isn't able to produce anything that looks like reasoning. Is this one different?

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"avoiding targeting short-term resuscitation goals and instead following trajectories toward longer-term survival.”

I'm not clear on what this means but ISTM that if resuscitation is needed and you can't meet that goal in the short term you're going to fail to follow a trajectory toward longer-term survival.

'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption

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Re: Another step

"by owners I mean google/apple/microsoft"

So use a better browser: PaleMoon for instance.

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

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Re: Do we pray?

Don't all software developers pray that they'll get it to work eventually? Or by the deadline, whichever comes sooner?

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"I wonder what Benedict had yo[sic] say about"

Wonder not. Just go and RTFM for yourself.

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"Since Instruments of Good Works includes 'bury the dead', shouldn't the developers be concentrating on replacing Windows Registry?"

I thought the Windows Registry was the place where the bodies were buried.

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Re: I have a code of conduct

"Unfortunately, common sense is no longer very common"

Was it ever?

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Re: I have a code of conduct

"Everything in moderation, including moderation"

But who moderates the moderators?

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Re: I have a code of conduct

Here's my suggestion:

1. This is a technical group dedicated to $name

2. We value members on their technical ability and technical contributions to $name

3. All other aspects of members' lives including but not limited to ethnicity; nationality; age; gender, biological or otherwise; sexual orientation and general life experiences are orthogonal to technical matters and hence of no concern to the group and so we neither value nor devalue members on such bases.

4. Members' opinions of such orthogonal matters and members opinions of other members' opinions to any level of recursion are likewise orthogonal to technical issues relating to $name and hence of no concern to the group and we neither value nor devalue members on such bases.

5. We acknowledge that some members whose technical contributions to $name we value may not be comfortable with discussions of such orthogonal matters. In deference to their feelings, therefore, we choose not to discuss them in the group nor outside the group in relation to group members.

6. We acknowledge that some people are unable to avoid discussing such orthogonal matters. This is not a suitable group for such people irrespective of any technical contributions they may be able to make to $name. They have our sympathy but not our empathy and we wish them well in their search for a group they may find more congenial.

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"tell that to people murdered in crusades or by inquisition, or any other religious bs"

If you actually read the rule you'll find such conduct contrary to it.

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: Milk in Bags?

True. And a leg at each corner.

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Re: anti-crime

"So, are you root-at-provider-dot-com?"

In order to patch a kernel he must have been at the relevant time.

Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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Back in the days of character-based server applications we had the problem of users switching off their monitor at night & wandering off home (or maybe someone else's home - who knew?) without logging out. We had a motd that reminded users to log off but that didn't always influence behaviour. Eventually we added "This includes you $name" and changing the name whenever we discovered someone else logged in. The message got through fairly quickly and the time between name changes got longer until the last miscreant's name was their so long their manager rang and asked us to remove it.

Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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Re: Unexpected load? Really?

"Properly configured, the worst a customer will see is a long response time."

Properly configured a customer should not even need someone else's computer unless they need access to the system when they're our of range of their own WiFi. And, just in case the WiFi goes down, if they're at home they should be able to do whatever's needed through the control panel.

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Nature imitates art

the cron job that played "cuckoo!" the appropriate number of times on the hour.

The converse of that: back about 1970 when said gadget was the status desk accessory a starling that habitually perched in University Sq Mews in Belfast had the Trimphone ring tone down to a T. I wonder how often the owner of the phone came dashing back to answer non-existent calls. Maybe this is the way to deal with annoying ring tones - have various PCs around the office emit the tone at random times until the owner gives up on using it.

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

A coworker attended a wedding where the music for bride's entrance was "Highway to Hell".

A friend of ours had "Entry of the Queen of Sheba".

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: Devious masterplan?

"Be taken to the Ecuadorian mainland for the hearings."

That means transiting the UK. Are the Ecuadorans going to give him diplomatic protection to stop him being nabbed for bail jumping on the way? I doubt it.

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Re: Won't someone think of the cat?

"when a cat agrees to live with you"

Did the cat get any say in the matter?

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"But anyone with half a clue knows that probably the least restrictive extradition treaty is not the Sweden/USA one"

With a European Arrest Warrant in place the UK couldn't have extradited him to the US anyway. He'd have had to be sent to Sweden. If he'd succeeded in appealing the warrant here then he would have been at risk had the US applied for extradition. It's a moot point whether the then US administration would have bothered with him. The US administration now seems to want to get their little hands on him.

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Re: Lets Get Real

"To be honest if he had not skipped bail he would at most done 6 months at Her Majesty's Pleasure"

If he hadn't skipped bail he wouldn't have committed any offence here, he'd probably have been shipped back to Sweden. It's his skipping bail that makes him liable for imprisonment here.

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Re: Tic-tac-toe < Checkers < Chess

"Not much of a future as a floor painter either."

He proved that when he went into the embassy in the first place. Mind you, the results have been somewhat more entertaining for the rest of us than watching paint dry.

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Re: I really hope he gets the boot

"That the US just doesn't give a damn about the self-important little twat,"

The difficulty with this happening at present is that it could turn into a pissing match between self-important little twats.

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"his situation must rank with being confined to a cruise ship"

Not even that. He can leave at any time without needing to be able to swim.

Find these, er, appealing? UK.gov takes red pen to spy court rules, asks for Parliament's OK

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"The ECnHR can be made much more difficult to access by rescinding the 1998 HRA"

I think the Good Friday Agreement obligates us to keep the HRA. However, post Brexit it looks like that could be a dead letter anyway.

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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"Treating him as a dirty rapist who should be thrown in gen pop without a trial is supposed to be wrong?"

Nobody's suggesting that. He should be sent back for trial. What happens after that depends on the outcome of the trial. Whilst not wanting to prejudge such trial one has to wonder if his leaving the country indicated his expectations of the likely outcome of the trial based on his own knowledge of his actions.

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Re: Another question...

"Basically, was he ever in any real danger in Sweden, aside from becoming a convicted rapist?"

Maybe the danger was conviction and then being deport back to Oz from where he very likely would be extradited if anybody could have been bothered. The other danger, of course, was that of being ignored as a no more that a nasty little sex offender.

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Re: Considering....

"The question becomes what if Ecuador grants him diplomatic immunity?"

ISTR that one was considered and dismissed.

"Or if they sneak him out? Surely the UK is not searching diplomatic vehicles."

Setting a precedent that might lead to such searches wouldn't be a good idea.

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Re: Please, someone set up a GoFundMe

"shovel money at you."

Your choice of verb is greatly appreciated.

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Re: So in other words

"one has to wonder why Ecuador bothers with the guy."

It's one of those things that seemed a good idea at the time and now they're stuck with it.

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"To be sure, he will then get different rent-free accommodations. And a free flight to sunny Sweden, followed by more rent-free accommodations."

After trials, of course, and assuming he's found guilty. In fact, it's trials he's trying to avoid.

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Re: Gross Negligence at it's finest

"Only problem I have with this attitude is that I can’t actually remember when I last actually paid for a MSft product"

You paid last time you bought a PC unless you bought one with no OS installed.

NASA gently nudges sleeping space 'scopes Chandra, Hubble out of gyro-induced stupor

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Re: The Optimal Number of Gyroscopes

"So, three gyroscopes are good, one is ok, but two are not an option?"

I think there's a saying about never going to sea with two compasses. One you have to believe and with three you can disregard the odd one out.

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Re: Great news

"Spin up a few pints for the NASA boffins!"

Not quite yet. Don't drink and drive spacecraft.

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