* Posts by Naselus

1442 posts • joined 26 Aug 2014


I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI


Re: Shocked

"You can't prove a negative, this kind of reasoning is stupid."

Uh, while I don't believe that Apple is using TouchID to mass-harvest fingerprints for a secret database, you CAN prove a negative. For example, 'The is no milk in this bowl' is a negative, and can be proven by simple observation of the lack of milk within the bowl.

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back


Re: Same trick, new pony

"Feature complete Photoshop is coming to iOS in 2019, so there'll be a couple of years to demonstrate ARM productivity applications can work well."

Relying on Adobe to produce evidence of software 'working well' is a recipe for disaster tbh...

Welcome! Mimecast finds interesting door policies on email filters


Agreed; I read the article and thought 'and that's about how much shit Mimecast let through into our system every week, too'.

Microsoft's next trick? Kicking things out of the cloud to Azure IoT Edge


For their next trick

They'll encourage you to move everything off the IoT edge devices onto a large number of individual devices which house both storage and compute in one box. And they'll be kept on-prem, possibly in a dedicated, air-conditioned room, in order to eliminate network latency problems.

That'll learn ya! Data watchdog spanks two Brit phone botherers


Re: annnnnnnd..........

Only for the premises to be occupied by a new company called Our Valut Ltd, with all the same directors, staff, and equipment, as of Monday Morning.

Tintri terminates 200 staff, cash set to run dry in a couple of days


A case of some really solid staff making some really awesome tech... being completely squandered under incompetent management running an unworkable market strategy. Based on their arrays alone, Tintri are one of the better new storage firms; this is down to a long-running management failure that's stretched on for a couple of years.

Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine


Re: sustainable, clean energy

"The biggest issue with nuclear is that all current practical economics models emphasise short-term outcomes"

No, the biggest issue is that the public hate them, since they all grew up reading comic books about multi-tentacled super-mutants and nuclear meltdowns that turn the planet into Mad Max World. The reality of nuclear power is basically irrelevant as long as the general population has effectively zero understanding of them, and zero interest in learning about them.


Re: "some kind of journalist rating system"

"It's way better than that. He wants to call the site "Pravda"."

It also only took him about 3 days from declaring his intention to police the media before he linked to a conspiracy site literally connected to a cult, too.


Low AI rollout caused by dumb, fashion-victim management – Gartner


Re: Can I bid?

Does it come in ecosystem?

Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO


"And whilst I'm thinking about this, if Ned Pyle really wants to see the end of SMB1 he should push for MS and people like CERT to issue official statements that any device that defaults to SMB1 is, their considered expert view, not safe to connect to a network in 2018 and therefore not fit for purpose."

Think more or less everyone now has issued such statements. Repeatedly. For most of the last 5 years.


Re: smb 1

"You might need to have a word with the head of your IT dept. as if a file server is being used in a work environment that doesn't support at least SMBv2 then something needs to change ASAP"

Probably including users being able to uninstall their own antivirus if they feel like it, too.

You know what your problem is, Apple? Complacency


Re: This may all be true

You're right, nearly 4% of engineering staff are women. It's a goddamn meat market compared to the rest of the Valley.

Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace


Re: And I always thought it was Dark 'cos we can't see it

"they are not "conceits made to make models work", they are "conceits" (if you will) to make observations of certain things consistent with physical laws that explain everything else."

Um, the combination of all the laws of physics is a model. So yes, they genuinely ARE 'conceits made to make models work'.

It's just that almost all the other bits of the model are independently, observably true - the model isn't incorrect, but rather is incomplete.

Facebook scandal: EU politicians should aim for straight answers, not star witnesses


'New' obsession? Politicians have been doing this forever. For example, you may have heard of Joseph McCarthy?

The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players


Re: Lazy excuses

"These are big enough and ugly enough companies to defend themselves so could someone ask How a "not happened yet" event is linked to Jagex's price increase?"

You know, it says a lot about the mentality of the average Leave voter that the very concept of planning ahead for a foreseeable event occurring in the next twelve months seems absurd to them.

NAND chips are going to stay too pricey for flash to slit disk's throat...


Re: Golf cart versus BMW

As long as any HDD tech maintains a lower $/GB price tag, then it'll still see use over SSD for performance-agnostic workloads.

And no, the power cost difference won't matter as long as the difference in up-front $/GB remains over 20:1 or so - in other words, SSD prices would need to fall to more than 5 times lower than predicted for 2021.


Re: Cost per GB per IOP

"When taking IOPS into account the price per GB goes up massively with spinning rust."

IOPS are not relevant in all storage cases, just as $-per-GB is not relevant in all storage cases. You don't put your most intensive IO apps on spinning rust, but you also don't put archival workloads on SSD unless you are criminally bad at budget management.


Re: Reliability of SSD vs spinning metal?

"So when will SSD reliability overtake spinning drive reliability?"

About 2007.


Some of us have been saying that for years

Unlike Gartner, who change their mind about it every six months or so.

Prez Trump's $60bn China tariff plan to hit tech, communications, aerospace industries


Putting tariffs on US-produced soya is not the same as putting tariffs on all foreign-produced soya. Other large soy bean exporters (Brazil, Argentina etc) will quickly take Chinese market share from the now non-competitive US producers, and will expand production to take advantage of it.


Re: What Trump wants…

Doubt Bolton will last very long, tbh. He's very much an ideologue, with a short temper and incapable of playing nicely with others. In this administration, that means he's likely to get roasted by intrigues and quickly find that Trump strongly disagrees with him on a lot of issues very quickly. For example, Trump's current stance on the Iraq war ("I always said it was a mistake") is wildly at odds with Bolton, who still insists it was a roaring success.

And no, Bolton is not 'respected worldwide'. He's not even widely respected within the Republican party.

Bad blood: Theranos CEO charged with massive fraud


Re: the only penalty is 'you can't do that again for 10 years'

"I think it was a scam for personal profit -- just one that didn't work. But even if I'm wrong, it's still a scam. Whether it was for personal profit or not isn't that important."

I'm not trying to absolve her - what she did was defraud a stunning amount of money off some incredibly stupid investors (like Rupert Murdoch, for instance). But Holmes has run profitable businesses previously, and had no real reason to dump those for Theranos. She could quite easily have dumped just 10% of her shares when the company was valued at $10 billion and done a runner; if it was a scam, it worked beyond the wildest dreams of most scammers and she never pulled the trigger.

The only way that her behaviour makes sense is if she hoped to achieve her claims and never really accepted that she couldn't do it, and so lied through her teeth to get more funding to piss away attempting the impossible. That's still wrong - she took people's cash, pissed it away, and then lied about having done so - but it's somewhat less reprehensible than taking other people's money and keeping as much of it as you can.


Re: the only penalty is 'you can't do that again for 10 years'

"Somehow, I suspect that her financial resources are still far larger than those enjoyed by the VAST majority of people in the rest of the US."

IIRC, that's not actually the case. About a year or so ago she had to take a $25 million loan (from Theranos itself, since by that point no bank would touch her or regarded her substantial share holdings as worth a damn thing as collateral), since she's basically bankrupt. She has sizable bank loans from when she was considered a billionaire, but has no actual income to speak of, and has never offloaded any of her (non-preferential) Theranos shares so despite the epic scale of the fraud, she's not made a penny from all this.

Holmes actually lives a fairly cheap and unadorned lifestyle - she'd be able to manage her living expenses on an average salary without much trouble and doesn't really seem overly interested in taking money out of the company. I don't think this was a scam for personal profit, since she doesn't actually seem interested in cashing in; more just someone over-promising enormously and then desperately trying to keep the charade going long after it was clear that the original idea wasn't deliverable.

Nest reveals the first truly connected home


Re: The question is...

I think the idea is that this replaces your A-lock rather than your mortis. An A-lock is not really secure, since it's not inside the door and can be jimmied. It's supposed to be a daytime lock - you use it for just-enough security while you're in the home and awake, and are supposed to lock a proper mortis when you want the building to be actually secured.

Of course, why I'd want to spend upwards of $200 for the sake of replacing a $10 lock I can only use when I'm at home is beyond me.


Re: Did you ask Dave what he thought about that?

But it's in the cloud, and so therefore no-one understands it and it must be worth spending millions of pounds on.

Facebook suspends account of Cambridge Analytica whistleblower


" you can't have one company having that much power with regards to elections and public opinion."

Except, traditionally, we generally do. William Randolph Hurst's newspaper empire was so powerful that he could make nations go to war with one another. Rupert Murdoch owns so much of the British press that his support has been required to win an election here for the last 25 years (and through Fox News, he has largely controlled the Republican nomination process in the USA from 2000-2015).

I do think FB is headed for regulation sooner rather than later, though.

One in three Android Wear owners also uses ... an iPhone


Re: "...users aren’t buying into the whole Android ecosystem"

"It might just be that it is the Apple ecosystem that is losing out."

That was my first thought on this, tbh - anyone with an iPhone probably bought into the Apple ecosystem a long while back, so these are sales Apple has missed from it's own back yard rather than missed opportunities for Android sales.

Patch LOSE-day: Microsoft secures servers of the world. By disconnecting them


Re: Fix

"It would help if MS didn't screw up *any* part of the TCP/IP stack or network configuration with a bloody routine patch."

Yeah, I've no idea why they keep doing this shit. There's really no reason for them to be poking around many of these systems, which have been working perfectly and to standard for twenty years, and which they're not showing any real sign of improving or changing for the better anyway.

For example, we found a couple of years ago that Win 10 breaks DNS subnet prioritization. Literally breaks it; it inverts the priority stack so that the last responding subnet is favoured rather than the first. Why? Why the hell would you need to poke around with that? It's been operating just fine since server 2003, and the mechanism by which it works hasn't changed and will never, ever need to change. The was no upgrade or change to the system planned or offered. But for some reason, some twat at MS was fiddling around in there and managed to screw it up.


Really? Because mine keeps accepting incorrect root passwords.

It's March 2018, and your Windows PC can be pwned by a web article (well, none of OURS)


"I'm not sure if you mean by Microsoft, but did you realise that Edge has far fewer CVEs than say Chrome since launch and that Windows 10 has had far fewer CVEs since launch than say a similar specced commercial Linux distro install or OS-X?"

I don't think this was a pissing contest question.

Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo


Re: Mains powered clock

"It's also important to have the correct time (or at least co-ordinated time) across any setup using Kerberos (such as Microsoft Active Directory). Oh, I vaguely recall rhere's a rather large slop in the specs for timing in all that."

Kerberos is fine as long as time difference is under 5 minutes.

Pharma bro Martin Shkreli to miss 2024 Paris Olympics


Re: We should start a Go Fund Me campaign

"Shkreli seems to be a sociopath, possibly with psychopathic tendencies. There is obviously something missing in his brain. He simply does not see any reason not to do something which might benefit him personally, no matter who it hurts."

I honestly wondered sometimes whether he was engaged in some kind of performance art, pointing out the flaws of unrestricted capitalism running riot throughout society. He was just too much of a comic-book villain; he reveled in the hatred to the point where it was actually unrealistic that anyone could be that much of a shit. But then those kids developed a drug which did the same thing as his $750 one, which is exactly what ought to happen in a functional market system, and rather than applaud it he threw a hissy fit.

So yeah, just a sociopathic asshole.


Re: Justice is not always as blind as it should be

"If the judge had been influenced, why not give him the maximum sentence?"

In order to not appear influenced.

There's a genuine argument to be made that Shkreli's odious public persona may have helped him avoid the most serious sentence, since the judge will have compensated for his inevitable personal dislike of the little shit, and may have gone too far in the other direction. There's been a few studies that suggest this happens a fair bit, along with other studies that show the inverse - likable or personally charming people being given longer than average sentences for crimes.

Server sales dead? No sir, not in Q4


Presumably everyone is gearing up in preparation for serverless, then

Most IT contractors want employment benefits if clobbered with IR35


Re: Missing the point

"You are completely missing the point."

I rather think everyone is, since this thread has (maybe inevitably) descended into a contractor vs employee pissing contest.

The point here is that, due to various unintended tax loopholes caused by wildly different taxation regimes, contractors are underpriced.

A contractor ought to be something of a last resort, used for very short-term outsourced work. You shouldn't be hiring in a contractor for 9-5 work for over a year. The benefits of contractors from the employer's point of view should be that you can just drop them in and let them hit the ground running, and then get rid of them the moment the job is done with no messy entanglements. This ought to come at a slight premium over permanent employees, so that for long-term work a permie is preferred.

Unfortunately, the way the tax code has shaken out, this is not how the market pricing works. Despite the healthy premium that contractors can enjoy in take-home pay, from the employers point of view it is often cheaper to take in contractors for long-term work they ought not to be doing. I've worked in IT deepartments where literally everyone aside from management was a contractor, from the helpdesk on up. Those kids weren't doing it for the tax benefits, and weren't setting up ltds to get paid through - they were just contractors so that the employer didn't have to offer them the benefits that they ought to have.

Contractors should do exactly what any other business does when an expense like this crops up. Pass it on to your clients. They've been employing you at some 20% or so less than they should have been, because tax loopholes allowed the contractor market to compete more aggressively than it should.

To be honest, I think that this should really be more up to the contractor, so that if he only works for one client, who he works for for over 35 hours a week, for a period of over a year, he can elect to make the business start paying the employer share of NI. I suspect that the number of contractors would drop by about 40% overnight if that were permitted, since a lot of them aren't the high-paid consultant types, but rather kids who can't get a permanent job due to dubious employer practices.


Re: All very well

"Permies generally COST about 40% more than they are PAID as a rule of thumb which quickly brings things far closer to parity, at least for normal freelancers (as opposed to $$$$'day for big software house guys)."

Not really relevant from the employee/contractor's point of view, though, is it? I've done both at one time or another, so I'm not trying to cast some envious judgement on how super-overpaid contractors are. But let's just lay it out accurately.

As a sysadmin in Manchester UK, you can get about 35k a year plus benefits (actual figures from actual job sites, right now). This works out around 3 grand a month before tax; about 2k a month in your pocket.

As a contractor, the identical skillset will get you £250 a day, which is 5k a month before tax. That's a 40% higher pay rate for the same work. Tax takes a bigger bite, since you're paying higher-rate on about a quarter of the money, but you're still taking home a lot more money at the end. And this extends a fairly long way down - when I started out in IT on the helpdesk as a contractor, my hourly rate was very nearly 50% more than the permanent staff were getting.

That's meant to be the benefit of contracting. Not 'you can pay less tax than you are actually supposed to on your income level'. Loopholes are a bug in the tax code, not a feature, and if contractors have been relying on the difference to make it worthwhile then they should do what every other business in the world does - shift the additional cost onto the customer, rather than taking it from the exchequer.


In fairness, tax efficiency is not the only reason to go contracting. Contractors tend to be on a markedly higher hourly rate than employees anyway, so even if they're taxed as employees rather than a ltd, contracting will generally pay a lot better (though obviously will lack benefits, which at the higher-end are worth a fortune).

A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it


Re: Who knew...

Screw that, we've seen this before WITH PHONES. The pre-2006 market was in the same state - the hot new features of 2005's feature phones were 'better emoticons' and 'higher camera pixel density', more or less the exact same 'hot new features' that the S9 has over the S8 (or the iPhone X has over... well, over an S6, tbh).

Bots don't spread fake news on Twitter, people do, say MIT eggheads


Re: The truth is usually complex

"The Guardian is as far to the left as Fox News is to the right."

It's really not. While both sides have their ecosphere of bullshit, it's more prevalent on the right, and also penetrates futher into the right's mainstream. So, for example, while OccupyDemocrats is roughly akin to Breitbart, in that both will happy report complete bullshit, Fox is not akin to MSNBC, in that Fox will also report complete bullshit while MSNBC will merely put a liberal spin on actual news, and the raving moonbats reading OccupyDemocrats are not considered sensible by the mainstream left while Brietbart is a major right-wing news source. Drawing a false equivalence between the two is actually used by the right to try and cover the fact that they've gone completely down the rabbit hole.

Interestingly, Fox News isn't homogenous in this respect - while the actual News parts of Fox News probably can be compared to the Guardian (it's actual news, but with a right-wing spin), the 'opinion' parts (ie, 90% of the channel's actual output, like Hannity or Tucker Carlson) are way out in dipsy-la-la land. It's notable that the actual news portions of Fox are not remotely as popular as the crazy bullshit opinion muppets are.

Oracle UK's profits have more than halved


Re: You can only get away with a screw you attitude...

I'd blame this on Hurd'n Catz, tbh. Hurd has followed his HP "cut everything now so next quarter looks great and we're fucked in 3 years" approach, and Catz appears to have no qualities that balance out Hurd's obsessive short-termism. Plus, they're pissing most of the budget into Oracle's dire cloud offering, not recognizing that they're half a decade behind the competition and no longer capable of scaling to be anything more than a bit player.

For all we know, aliens could be as careless with space junk as us


Re: just a little rant...

"in other words, bullsh%t artists and muppets..."


FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor


"It is then up to people and the media to explain the problems to the law makers etc in a succinct manner."

I've yet to see a single journalism major in the media who understands why what Wray is asking for isn't possible.

Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO


Re: Not a PC

"Unusual perhaps, but in no way dangerous of itself, unless the connector under the sink was open to the elements?"

Good back and re-read the voltages again.

Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners


Re: Planned Failure?

"Btw, what happened to all those tablets? "

Replaced with e-readers and phones for people who want to read/watch stuff, and laptops for people who want to work. Which was fairly predictable from the get-go, since tablets are actually kinda shit at, well... everything.

Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly


Still no genuine use-case

Smartwatches have yet to find any niche worth talking about, tbh. There's vanishingly few things that a smartwatch can do that a phone can't, and a huge list of things a phone can do that a smartwatch can't. And even those few things that a smartwatch is better for than a phone, like heart rate monitoring etc, the watch tends to be fairly terrible at - I've yet to see any evidence of a smartwatch with a remotely accurate heart rate monitoring function, and my gf's fitbit is regularly wildly wrong.

And it doesn't seem like manufacturers try to improve these relatively few USPs, instead adding phone features which the smartwatch is genuinely horrible for instead. Even if I could get apps to work as quickly on a watch as they do on the phone, the tiny screen of a watch isn't a great input device for most of the apps I want to use on a day to day basis.

Google: Class search results as journalism so we can dodge Right To Be Forgotten


Re: Show me...

No, allow it. Class Google search results as journalism.

And then allow everyone who has any false statement shown in a search result of their name to sue google for libel. Because, y'know, they'r performing journalism, and so their old excuse of being a neutral platform and not responsible for content can't apply.

Seems an entirely fair trade-off to me.

Samsung's Galaxy 9s debut, with not much other than new cameras


Competition clearly over

With Apple mostly playing catch-up to older features (wireless charging, facial recog, curved screen etc), clearly Samsung felt that they didn't need to do much in the way of innovation this year.

I get the feeling that this will be more or less how it plays out from here on in, until the flagship market dies off completely. Despite their endless 'gamechanger!' claims, Apple aren't really pushing the envelope anymore, which removes the pressure on Samsung to do so as well... resulting in both companies producing ridiculously marginal upgrades for absurd price tags.

The result looks a lot like the phone market in 2004, tbh - lots of companies massively improving the resolution of cameras and fiddling with emoticions(then)/emojis (now), and doing nothing else remotely useful.

Huawei guns for Apple with Mac-alike Matebook X


Re: Maybe one day the Chinese will design a product that's not a rip-off of something in the West

....or more or less every product designed prior to about 1750?

Real talk: Why are you hanging on to that non-performant disk?


Re: ...and with protocols such as FCoE

I think he'd more or less lost credibility when he started a conversation about tiered storage without ever identifying the performance vs capacity dichotomy that sits right at the heart of storage architecture.

So really, he failed to understand why storage bods exist, and in doing so underlined why they have to.

Venezuela floats its own oily cryptocurrency to save the world economy


"asserts it will fix long-standing problems caused by the USA's 1933 abandonment of the gold standard and restore order to the world economy."

Pretty sure you're referring to Nixon's 1971 suspension of dollar-gold convertability rather than 1933, tbh.


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