* Posts by Graham 7

13 posts • joined 20 Aug 2014

Sony takes $1bn writedown: Streaming has killed the DVD star

Graham 7

I guess this validates and justifies Sony's decision for the PS4 Pro to not include a 4K UltraHD BluRay drive.

Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

Graham 7

Re: Beware the dogs.

Wow, that rule surely makes the decision easy for the police! Ensure the complainant 'passes away' before the complaint can be heard.

Surely someone else can proceed with the complaint in his name?

Ah no, it's the police. Poorly educated thugs without common sense. Hate them.

Graham 7

I hope this guy gets a lawyer soon. One way to stop police using $2 tests is to make the overall cost to the police of a test $50002!

His request is very reasonable - apology for the mistake, clear his record, publish a correction. Quite cheap realy.

However the police don't have that mindset. They are above the law, so they will not do the above, and it will force him to get a lawyer, who will find other affected people, turn it into a class action, and maybe cost the police millions (hopefully).

Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

Graham 7

I'll await someone attaching a V8 engine to a Sexbot...

Hollow, world! Netflix premieres Java in-memory database toolkit

Graham 7

Re: Eh?

User --- network --- caching client --- netflix edge network --- internal services --- Database

Netflix has moved the problem from an overloaded database to a scalable (just deploy more) caching read-only 'client' that is somewhere that the story doesn't make clear. Could be in Netflix's network, could be in the cloud (amazon, etc), could be Akamai, could be colocated with ISPs...

Graham 7

Re: Soon to come non-standard .xml...?

What this sounds like to me is a binary storage mechanism with ease of read-only access into it.

Think MongoDB's BSON or maybe a pre-computed protocol buffers type data structure for the metadata.

XML was the problem - large bulky datasets that were being validated and all that crap. Here we are serving known-good read-only data. Simplify and compact to death and provide an easy shim layer to read the data directly. Maybe just store it ready to put onto the network without transform - literally just arraycopy the required records out of the data structure into the datagram packet :p

Chap creates Slack client for Commodore 64

Graham 7

Or you can have an IRC client (and telnet and wget) on an Amstrad CPC 464 connected via WiFi, without the use of a Raspberry Pi (but with the use of an ESP8266 WiFi chip with TCP/IP stack embedded, so again, it's mainly offloading the painful stuff). http://www.octoate.de/wp/tag/irc/

UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

Graham 7

Re: Yes, it's pointless

Indeed it will have the opposite effect.

Currently: VPNs are used by (more informed) terrorists and tin foil hat types. Filtering out the latter is easy enough.

Future: VPNs are used by terrorists, tin foil hat types, and a *lot* of normal people who just want to check out angry hamster videos, also their families, their friends.

Basically, a signal that likely is used to identify something potentially of interest to the security services is now lost in the noise.

San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

Graham 7

Given that the building had slumped a foot before any dewatering took place, which was more than the lifetime expectation, I feel this 'sue adjoining properties' scheme is going to be a tough one to argue.

However if the tilt is more recent, then that could be attributed perhaps.

I'm sure a solution will be found, but clearly in hindsight building a massive concrete stiletto on deep soils might not have been the best plan up front.

UK PM Theresa May's £2bn in R&D still a drop in the ocean

Graham 7

If this year has taught us anything it is that most people in this country cannot grasp that Millions and Billions aren't a lot of money overall when you are considering a nation's finances.

They got all frothy over £350m a week! A drop in the nation's finances in absolute terms. Yet used to devastating effect to gain votes illicitly, before being dropped like a hot potato as soon as objective was achieved.

The BBC celebrate raising nearly £50m for Children in Need. It's Sweet FA in real terms for the scale of the problem that it's trying to help. If the BBC ran adverts for charity for a week it would earn loads more, and nobody would have to suffer this event.

Absolute figures are used by anyone in government, or opposition, when it suits them to argue that something is expensive and shouldn't be done. Another favourite tactic is 'rolling up' - taking the cost of a 10-20 year projects and presenting it as a single figure that looks very high on its own. This is often used to stop large investment projects, sometimes for the overall good (HS2!) or for dogmatic reasons.

So absolute figures should be secondary to relative and percentage figures when it comes to sums of money being spent by government from the GDP pot.

EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

Graham 7

Re: Are you British?

I'm guessing he will be able to get all but 15 quid dropped because the notification didn't get through to him until his return, thus he has no warning.

TBH the phones these days should be clever enough to know that they are in a different country from the one registered on the SIM, and at least bring up a data usage reuestor as soon as an app does something in the background.

Graham 7

Re: I know giving BT a kicking is a longstanding Reg tradition, but...

Sadly there are a lot of (mostly female) people that seem to go over their allowance fairly frequently talking to friends and family rather than using services like Skype.

And there is no warning from EE that this is going to happen. You'd think they would send a text or something to say that you are about to go over your 1000/2000 included minutes, but it appears not. So it's when the money comes out of your bank account that you find out.

OTOH EE are perfectly happy to completely stop mobile data as soon as you go a byte over. Why they can't offer a low-bandwidth backup until the end of the month is beyond me ... no, wait, £7.99/GB add-on. Which means that one child YouTube session with WiFi off can be quite costly (even though you've set YouTube to low quality when not on WiFi).

Look, no client! Not quite: the long road to a webbified Vim

Graham 7

Nope, you can code a full IDE in Javascript and run it locally using Node.js. Brackets - and it's actually pretty decent.

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