* Posts by Dwarf

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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I'd guess Its probably because of all the downtime required to apply those essential updates when it decides the time is right. There is probably an issue relating to patchy wifi coverage that makes that voice assistant thing decide it can't do what you want as it can't talk to the mothership.

Go,

Go,

Left a bit

Stop !

Stop !

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Veritas considers 'restructuring' another two offices, with 350+ pink slips possible

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I wonder what their backup plan is if things go wrong with the corporate change ?

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Chrome to label FTP sites insecure

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FTP, rats and cockroaches

All 3 still be around at the end of civilization.

No amount of trying to kill them off seems to work.

I fail to see why an anonymous FTP site is any less secure than an unauthenticated http or https site. Its not as if the credential used to log in is any use to anyone - username anonymous, password - supposedly and e-mail address or spam@spam.com in many cases.

Obviously its very different if ftp is used for supposedly secure information due to the cleartext nature of it, but just moaning about the file transfer mechanism of something that is probably equally insecure end-to-end probably won't do much good either. In my experience, most most ftp's are system to system and they will look at response messages and nobody will look at it whilst its still working. The second group are managers - who will by definition never log into an ftp server to see the "problem" either.

This will achieve nothing.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

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Until you can work out what off means

Then you can **** off with your unwanted spying - irrespective of how good or bad the rest of the product is.

This applies to all users, not just those with the deeper pockets who you want to annoy the least.

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Apple's adoption of Qi signals the end of the wireless charging wars

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Witeless charging - how novel

So novel in fact that my toothbrush has done it for about a decade

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D-Link router riddled with 0-day flaws

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Re: Are any routers any good?

Look on the open source router sites and get a list - dd-wrt, openwrt / lede, they all list their supported routers and the hardware specs for each model

The difference is that the better ones will cost more than £30 / $40 / are not given away free by your ISP. Asus and Netgear are worth a look.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Important facts please

Do the new models have a 3.5mm headphone socket ??

If not, don't expect to sell me one.

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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Clouding the situation

Just what everyone needs - more confusion on exactly where the data lives and when and what sort of data fits today's valid file type sieve.

Or is this an admission that the great cloudy thing isn't working out in practice the way that the marketing people thought it would, since little details like the technicalities make it something quite different.

Next up - more fun trying to explain to users where their data is at any given time and why its not where they thought they put it.

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我的天啊! China gives Weibo users a week to use their real names

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How do you find your contacts when everyone changes their name to the new pseudonyms of Wei Zhang or Fang Wang ?

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Microsoft won't patch Edge browser content security bypass

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Re: never learnt from the directX times

Someone doesn't know their activex from their directx. Who cares? MS bad!! Bad MS!!!

That's because like most Microsoft technologies, it's an ex-technology.

Its hard to keep up with that they killed off this week - either by dropping the technology or doing stupid things to it in the name of "innovation" or "cloud" or whatever the unicorn is that their strategy says they are chasing this week.

Customers - yep, many of them are ex too.

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Arcserve left headless as CEO Mike Crest splits for pastures greener

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If only they had a backup, then things would be lot simpler ...

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Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Increase the revs to full power !

So, we've found their weakness and it seems simple to exploit, make the blades out of meta, turn up the revs l and go find the hornets.

Generally this is no different to what they do to male chicks in the chicken farms, so I'm sure it won't upset any of the insectists (assuming that's the equivalent of an environmentalist for bugs).

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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The Great A'Tuin just shed a tear.

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If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft trying to fix broken Excel 2016

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Re: What;s not to like?

Seems that the down voter prefers something different - cat pics perhaps ?

Here - have an up vote to offset it.

I regularly put links in spreadsheets - links to information sources etc.

It would be nice if Excel could figure out that there can be more than one thing in a cell. It can do it with colour and all sorts of fancy type conversion, but not a couple of lines of text that contains two hyperlinks that should be clickable like every other place on the Internet. To excel, its all just text.

How 1990's and typically Microsoft

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Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct

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Normal differences, nothing to see here.

People need to realise that we are all different and driven by different things - we don't all get along with the people we co-exist with, its called "normal life". You make your choices, I make mine. I might not agree with you, but I'll probably respect that you think differently to me (unless you try and convince me that you are right and I'm wrong)

Sometimes we will agree, other times we don't. If we get along, I might have a beer or share a meal with you. If I don't, then don't be offended if I don't send you a Christmas card - irrespective of your religion or inside leg measurement or colour of the laces on your flip flops.

I fail to see what this has to do with "can we all write code for a common outcome". Why not argue about something more constructive - do the curly brackets go on the same line, or the one below, what is the capitalisation scheme for variables and what colour should the variables be.

Seriously though - grow up, quit whining, write some code or shut up - pick any one of the four.

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Sysadmins told to update their software or risk killing the internet

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I feel the need to raise a change request

I wonder how much fun we can have with this within corporate change systems

Scope

External change - Internet reboot

(I know, but its more accurate than many changes I've seen go through)

Detail

Following the request from many users across multiple companies to "Reboot the Internet" when they can't get to their favourite cat pictures site, ICANN has decided to reboot the name servers that hold the Internet together for the first time in history, this will cause a rolling reboot of the whole Internet aligned to each time zone.

Risk

Everything breaks, the Internet won't work, Facebook will not work, outbreaks of work will occur.

Rollback

None - break out the paper and pencils and revert to the old ways of working

Demonstration of Pre-Prod testing

None - there is no Pre-prod Internet, it was de-scoped as it cost too much.

It's got to be worth a try ..

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Diablo Technologies sheds three execs

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Volatile times at a non-volatile storage provider.

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Kaspersky axes antitrust complaints against Microsoft after Windows giant vows to play nice

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Microsoft still at their usual tricks then

Nothing changed in decades, think this fell into the Extinguish box of their normal Embrace, Extend, Extinguish strategy

Well done Kaspersky for the temporary win on the common sense. Just don't bet on it not happening "accidentally" again with another update in a couple of months time.

Think we all know that MS don't deserve any trust in this regard based on their continuous behaviour like this over many years.

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Manchester firm shut down for pretending to be Google

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Re: Write the app, somebody ...

Already been done and works very well on Asterisk

Google for "Hello this is Lenny"

Some recordings of the results are available on YouTube and on Reddit, Some keep the marketing people on-line for about 45 minutes

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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More proof that Microsoft are still smoking their funny stuff and believing that they understand what the users want.

Its a bit odd that with all the customer feedback, the have still not worked out what people really want.

Something that works like Windows 7, Isn't constantly changing "just because Windows", has no telemetry and doesn't need any form of subscription service.

Its not that hard MS.

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Brits look at Google and Facebook every 210 seconds, says survey

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The only face books I've got are those of family photos from various holidays.

Since many have their default browser page set to Google, this doesn't mean that they then do a search, often people will use links or just type the url of the company they want to see.

Sounds like its meaningless metric day - particularly if you consider the Microsoft "we all love telemetry" article too.

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Britons ambivalent about driverless car tech, survey finds

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Re: Sunday (autonomous) driving

@ DwarfPants

Have you tried using kickdown?

Standing up (as much as I can) for my vertically challenged brethren

Kicking Down Dwarfs in Pants ain't allowed.

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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A small appetiser

Sounds like a small appetiser for any of the eating competitions shown on YouTube.

Man Vs Food, Matt Stonie, Randy Santell or Mikey Chen to name but a few.

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

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Re: On the positive side

As soon as you calibrate your monitor, it looks very different.

Exactly, its a display driver / display device issue to calibrate colour, you don't fix display accuracy issues in your application, you simply request "blue"

The article says that its a response to a "modern monitors" issue, so it should be fixed by a monitor / monitor driver related fix.

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On the positive side

As Microsoft are now getting interested in colour again, perhaps they could sort out the monochromatic and flat interface abomination in Windows 10 and everything it touched.

I am worried a bit though about the premise that "colours don't display right". What happens to all those HTML colour codes in all those little web pages around the world. Surely that's a bigger problem than the command line ???

I wonder if any of the people working on Windows have ever heard of Pantone colour charts and surely if the monitor are different, then that's a problem for the video driver to sort out, not the requesting application.

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Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

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Re: Long live tape !

This is the key reason it works so well for Archives !!

Backup and Archive can be implemented with different technologies.

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Long live tape !

How things have progressed from the older 600BPI tape.

Even though tape is not so fashionable these days, tape still has a place as the bad guys have yet to find a way of compromising the off-line backups and archives and the power required to maintain the data after its written is hard to match - just some environmental and physical security !.

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Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch

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Re: @Dwarf

@Chronos.

I completely get your point about other uC's being a lot higher spec than some of the Atmel ones, but you missed the point I raised in my original post.

Google for "Arduino getting started" and see how many pages you have to go through to find an Intel or Microchip / pic reference. Beginners won't do that as they won't know about the different controllers on the boards and are probably just reading up on this Arduino thing. Will they know or even care that the vanilla Arduino has an Atmel uC ?

Ask yourself how many beginners would have a starter app that consumes more than say 30 bytes of RAM or even knows what an interrupt is and how it works.

I'd expect that many of the medium capability users will still not care too much about either, but are probably becoming aware of them and may have used sketches that do use Interrupts.

Even on my heaviest Arduino project which uses a Mega2560, I only use just over half of the RAM and half the FLASH - due to some careful coding with PROGMEM with EEPROM for things that don't have to be in RAM.

Its true that more interrupts and GPIO pins would have been nice on that one, but cascaded IO expanders easily handle that, particularly for the low speed stuff and it gave the opportunity to talk to the kids about I2C and SPI and where its used

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I bet a cold beer that most would just have stuck to the Atmel based boards - given that its about getting people on the ramp of understanding how things work.

Why add in another variable for beginners?

Would those starting from page 1 copy the page they are looking at or go - wow, look thats got an Intel badge and a different spec ?

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Maps to the storage stars: Who'll make it big in next 10 years?

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An interesting read, but you seem to have forgotten about NetApp's Hyperconverged solution in your second diagram.

See your own article on that topic here

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Bit academic

Since most informed people have stopped using it anyhow.

I expect that the majority of users are just the corporate's out there who aren't sure whats still using it - hint - probably more malware than line of business applications.

Obviously they are less likely to be running an up-to-date browser that understands HTML5 at which point the need for flash is significantly smaller. .

I've been running without it for a long while, there are a couple of sites still whine that they want to install it - no I just go elsewhere to providers that have updated to not required this evil technology.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Somewhere in Microsoft Land this makes sense

They produce a paint tool that people find handy and it gets used.Its not fancy, but it works and you can ensure that everyone knows its there, so you can use it for remote support to get screenshots.

They decide to make a 2D user interface on Windows 10, then ship it with a 3D paint program - oh the irony.

Then they remove the 2D version

Whats next ?

Visual Paint.Net version 35.4 - comes as a 20Gb download and has loads of features that you'll never need ?

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UK households hit by 1.8m computer misuse offences in a year

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Re: Is twatting a fly with your laptop...

Don't be daft, there are enough bugs in the system already - why introduce more !

Mines the one with the Zap-Bat in the pocket

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

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Re: Good first step.

So, you've not heard about the SAMBA project then, its only been out for 25 years. :-)

Its not a full 100% compatible replacement, but most of what you care about is in there. See the Samba Main Page and Wikipedia article

SMB client support - Check

File server support - Check

Print Server support - Check

Domain member support - Check

Domain controller support - Check

If you check your repo, you will find it already in there.

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

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"Dwarf planets like Pluto and Eris might be able to, but are too far away to be a threat." - nothing like tempting fate is there :-)

Oi - Stop being sizist, Dwarf planets are just fine.

Oh and don't forget that things get smaller the further they are away from you, that doesn't mean its not a threat. Consider a Tsunami on the horizon or a freight train on the same track as you.

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1Password won't axe private vaults. It'll choke 'em to death instead

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Re: KeePass

You can already import 1Password .1pif files directly, its been available for a couple of years. Look at the plugins link on the KeePass site at KeePass Plugins

Want to define a form that you like for credit cards templates, then just add in the KPEntryTemplates plug-in and away you go.

Its all there and it works really well, local, cloud, PC, iPhone, etc.

Look at the plugins link and see what you like.

Make sure you check out the PickChars function - to help with the "enter the 5, 9, 2nd digit type challenges that some sites use.

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Electric driverless cars could make petrol and diesel motors 'socially unacceptable'

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As Clarkson once said.

The problem with public transport is that it goes from somewhere I don't live to somewhere that I don't want to go.

A car on the other hand .. Well, it was a broadly car themed show.

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Marketing Waffle

Come back when there is a viable alternative that works reliably at the distances and frequencies that I need to travel, when I don't need to plug it in outside in the street every day, and when they stop looking like some 5 year old's view of what a car might look like and offer me more than I've got already.

Realise that cars are handy for getting a lot of people around in comfort with all the stuff they carry in their boots - luggage, tools and other work related stuff.

Come back when you have something viable. In the mean time, stop dreaming and wasting our time.

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Speaking in Tech: What is a Windows 10 licence worth these days?

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Whats a "Windows 10" ?

Not seen any of those things.

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Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

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Perhaps

Perhaps when they can demonstrate that they can deliver some of their products on a 365 basis without the mandatory Russian roulette of downtime and the constant need for patching to stay on the supported version, then I might look again. Until then - I've got customer deadlines to worry about and I might go and look up the terms of the trade of descriptions act about false advertising. 365 implies always available.

A good start would be to define the "supported version" of all products as a number of years that is larger than the number of fingers a person has on one hand, not this "upgrade every 18 months to stay in support" plan that doesn't fit with the business change plan of any real company.

Microsoft. Take a look at the amount of new legislation that has to be met, the amount of testing (yes, that word again) that has to be done and look at where fiddling with the OS comes in the plan of "running the business"

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The AA's copped to credit data blurt, but what about car-crash incident response?

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GDPR

Can't come quickly enough.

Unless companies feel some pain when they fail to manage our personal data properly, they will continue to be laid back about things.

I might only be a row in a database to you, but my personal data is valuable to me - hence the word personal. For example when the bad guys run off with all our cash, it might stop us putting food on the table whilst we sort out your mess.

Customer service is the whole thing - treat us well and give good service and we might come back. Don't give a damn - well there's a good chance that we won't either.

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

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Re: i did this when i was younger

Just a text or a call to say "You busy? Fancy some fun?" and then in half an hour I'm riding them like a donkey.

Most of the time when I see people riding a Donkey (at the beach), they are jiggling up and down at a random pace; often fall off unexpectedly. Some realise that they prefer watching someone else doing it.

There's also the cheap gag of someone making an ass of themselves.

Sorry, that all the innuendo's I cam cum up with.

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Intel launches 64-layer 3D flash client SSD

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Re: Spinning Rust

In my yoof I remember seeing an 8 inch hard disk that had decided it preferred to be a lathe until the tool bit, er, I mean head assembly finally disintegrated.

There was literally a large pile of bits in the bottom of the drive. First major hard drive failure I ever saw. Most of the rest have been really tame compared to that one.

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Northern Ireland bags £150m for broadband pipes in £1bn Tory bribe

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If you're going to dabble in politics, please get the details right.

That's the first time I've seen the words "getting the details right" and "politics" in the same sentence

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Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1

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Re: Yawn

The bigger issue is that when they get to the bug list and adding lettuce to an icon is higher up than fixing the UI that everyone hates, or adding the option to remove telemetry completely then that tells us a lot about how Microsoft works internally these days.

Here's a hint on the unwanted telemetry - how about making it a role that can be added or removed and making it a separate service, so that we can choose what we want to do with it in the service list.

Either they don't care, or the skill set of their programmers are not up to much.

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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Re: When was the last update for...

Re: When was the last update for...

cat -n ?

cat -v ?

Generally after about 13 years, unless they play chicken with a car before that.

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

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ACID, I blame ACID

Call me old fashioned, but don't ALL databases work on the principles of ACID (Atomic, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) precisely to prevent this sort of thing happening.

Or is the bank using one of those new fangled millennial age database engines that farts fairy dust ?

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Researcher says fixes to Windows Defender's engine incomplete

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Re: MS & security in the same breath?

@TheVogon

Perhaps not ... See the NIST Vulnerability Database to see who writes the buggiest code.

Don't forget that this is based on the number of products they provide, so the longest or shortest line isn't necessarily the worst vendor.

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Re: I'm in charge of me

Pacemakers - no

Autopilots - pilots still control and have overrides, they also go into simulators regularly to keep the skills so they can try and recover when something goes wrong, it's not the computer that is expected to fix a problem, since there is no camera to tell it that a piece of the wing came off or that a lithium battery just filled the plane with some bad smelling smoke or any of a stack of other potential failure scenarios that the computer has no sensors for or code to interpret that special case that it causes on the sensors it has got.

Take that training need to self driving cars - will people be expected to attend regular driving lessons and will the manufacturers provide simulators - no, they will just claim it's not necessary at all

Traffic control systems - they advise us, but we still make the decision if we trust the info it's giving us as we are accountable for our actions. Crossing lights out, take extra care and work out when to cross. What would an autonomous car do - fail to sense it or wait till it comes back on sometime next Tuesday.

Train control - still has a meat bag at the front, at least on most U.K. Trains. Ok, some of them do get it wrong, but they generally get my vote.

Power control systems - I'm not plugged into the mains, so if it goes off then it's just inconvenient and I'll carry on. If the power goes up and it all starts going pop, then I can walk away to safety until a human fixes things.

The trend is that I'm in control and am accountable for me, not a computer where I'm expected to put my trust in a piece of code written by the cheapest programmer they could get who doesn't have any accountability for their code.

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I'm in charge of me

I'm in charge of my life, my choices - good or bad are mine. I live and die by them.

I will not allow a machine to be in charge of something that is life or death for me or others around me.

I've seen plenty of badly written software and until you can demonstrate over a long period that the software is 100% error free then I might change my mind.

Of course, when the inevitable bugs do come out from the edge cases that were never tested by the manufacturer, they need to be liable with big, really big fines, otherwise, its just a different tax to get sales of their latest toys that will have been developed in the normal corporate manner of the least cost to the business with the minimally complaint solution and cheapest components they could source.

Perhaps if you started by taking the finance people out of the loop, put the engineers back in control and doing things right then I might consider it in a couple of decades.

Until then, the answer is no.

Oh and I quite enjoy being in control of my car, its a relaxing past time and its part of what makes me unique - the choice of model, style, colour, what I put in it, how I drive it, where and when I drive it, etc.

I'm not so sure that I'll enjoy cleaning it and polishing it when its jut a computer controlled gadget - just like I don't enjoy cleaning the house or cleaning the dust out of my computer when its getting hot and starts to do odd things. Imagine if a car, built with the same basic lego bricks were to suffer the same sort of problem.

Is anyone else wondering what happens if you put a million cars on the road with different laser and lidar systems on them and they all start receiving each others signals or blinding every other living thing withing a 300 metre radius.

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