* Posts by Loud Speaker

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Re: Damn

Smart meters are necessary to achieve robust vendor lock-in.

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Potato, potato. Toma6to, I'm going to kill you... How a typo can turn an AI translator against us

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Re: Spelling check?

Just watch the subtitles on a popular news program to see daily demonstrations of this failure mode.

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Re: Hmmm

Zebras have stripes to throw off tsetse flies (or test files, depending on your AI).

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Meet TLBleed: A crypto-key-leaking CPU attack that Intel reckons we shouldn't worry about

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Re: Core issues

Here in East London, we have long had a saying "If you cannot tell if you are being robbed - YOU ARE BEING ROBBED!"

In the same vein:

If they won't tell you how the security mechanism works - they know it doesn't work.

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Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

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Standard big company shit. Turf wars, NIH, general mis-communication.

You would, however, expect a large software company to be better at this.

Microsoft IS a big company: as far as I am aware, they are among the world leaders when it comes to Turf wars, NIH, and general mis-communication.

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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Re: We're spending more on administering this than we are on actual welfare

I was once told it cost £30 in administration for each £1 paid in benefits.

Does anyone have the actual, up do date figures? or the time to do an FOI request?

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Historical or hysterical? you tell me!

Good old fashioned politicians studied History as part of their education, and History used to include the the French Revolution, with the aim if suggesting what could go wrong if you oppress the poor too much.

For those who did not study history: the outcome looks a lot like ISIS, Boko Haram, etc: mass killing sprees with not much logic behind them, mostly the poor killing the poor themselves, and very hard to stop once started. (It is true some of the rich go first, but once started, killing is hard to stop).

And don't forget Gordon Brown, in taxing the "filthy rich" decided that included people on the dole. The definition of "filthy rich" generally means "anyone I can get £1 out of" when it comes to inflicting pain.

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Intel chip flaw: Math unit may spill crypto secrets from apps to malware

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Re: Floating point crypto operations?

Where are the square and triangular ones kept?<P>

Does that even matter? The Pentagon types are the ones to worry about!

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: If only I could pay

Or, as someone more famous than me said about having shit flung in his face:

"No Shit, Sherlock!"

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Cloud is a six-horse race, and three of those have been lapped

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O.R.A.C.L.E.

So Oracle is offensive? who knew?

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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Alternative version

When I head this story (in about 1979) the alarm was at an electricity sub station, and was allegedly genuine (ie I was told by someone who claimed to have involvement when I was working for an alarm manufacturer).

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Can't pay Information Commissioner's fine? No problem! Just liquidate your firm

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Re: Liquidate company to avoid paying

I have been told by several accountants, on many occasions. that the law states that if a company breaks the law, then, by implication, the contract forming the limited company is broken, and therefore, liability is no longer limited: the shareholders have unlimited liability, although in proportion to their shareholding.

If this is not the law, then it bloody well ought to be.

IF, and ONLY IF it is in the memorandum of association (which I doubt ever happens) the shareholders can pass the liability for criminal action to the directors (as they have legal responsibility for directing what the company does), jointly and severally - meaning that if they can't get the money from some directors, they can still get it from the others - even if one director is forced to pay the whole fine/costs. And even if he resigns before the fine, if it happened on his watch, he is still liable.

This should also be legally enforced.

Remember, we the people consent to the creation of limited companies. We are entitled to have a say in how they behave as a condition of that consent. If your MP does not support YOUR rights over the rights of companies, then you should probably not be voting for him/her, regardless of party affiliation. Companies may be "persons" in law, but they have no votes. You might need to explain this to your MP in words of one syllable.

I write this as the director on several companies. (I don't want to face competition from scum).

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OpenWrt forums lost as hardware failure again crocks open Wi-Fi router

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I wouldn't trust these idiots with my router.

Unfortunately, most of the closed source alternatives are seriously insecure and barely functional.

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Re: Seems like a project killer to me

Not used OpenWRT for a while, but I put LEDE on my BT provided hub, and now it doesn't crash every few minutes, my downloads are 20 times faster, and my uploads are three times faster. On top of that, the UI is actually documented (although you would have to be fairly technically knowledgeable to configure it).

BT sent me a replacement hub when I complained about the crashing - it is exactly the same, and my son's at another location is similar (crashes only about once an hour instead of several times).

BT do not have any meaningful documentation on their "home hubs" and that on the Business Hubs appears to be a limited script on how to do what they think you want to do.

LEDE is not for everyone, but for some, it is wonderful. Or, maybe, BT Hub software is complete shite, but, IME, the other vendors are not much better.

The OSS would be massively better if the hardware manufacturers were to allow people to read the documentation on their products. I think they should be forced* to release all docs on any product that is EOL's to minimise landfill.

* This might need to be at gunpoint in the case of Oracle and Cisco.

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Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

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Re: Please don't kill me with downvotes...

I won't even get started on the marketing department

Please, start a Kickstarter for that ... you will be a millionaire overnight.

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Re: There's an island somewhere...

I assume 6 is for testing the smoke alarm.

No. That is 4. 6 is to burn the building down.

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Re: Genuine Senior Management Quote

the database will have to be converted twice.

If you are lucky, the original will be left on a USB stick in a London train terminus - you are going to need a backup!

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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Would you expect a Scot to make special arrangements when moving to England?<P>

I think this has demonstrated that the Scots and Irish need to do so immediately or expect the same fate. The Welsh are clearly doomed.

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Caribena<P>

But even better with rum!

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Oracle pledges annual Solaris updates for you to install each summer

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T1, T2 and T3 completely obsolete - send to landfill now!

Having declared Sparcs T1, T2 and T3 completely obsolete, implying no longer a source of profit, Does the Shower of Shit plan to allow firmware patches for them to be freely distributed to people with these systems so a future generation of users can learn the benefits of their architecture at home, or is their commitment to "dog in the manger" philosophy of suing people who are so impertinent as to look at their software, so great that they prefer to demonstrate that the best way to improve your ability to stand on your own two feet is to cut off your legs at the knees?

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They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

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Re: There is no God given right to digital security

In other words:

Anyone who believes that their financial transactions are protected over the internet is in for a reality check? Thought as much. Someone should tell Amazon and Barclays Bank.

Incidentally, OTPs still work, whether you use a pen and paper, or a shell script. I think you will find MP3s and PNGs work quite well as OTPs. (random() is probably better). The trick is saying which file and getting a copy to the other end. Its not difficult, but I will not disclose my methods without being paid ;-)

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Terix boss thrown in the cooler for TWO years for peddling pirated Oracle firmware, code patches

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Racketeering

How is this even legal?<p>

Racketeering is legal in America, apparently.

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One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

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Re: Spam-fighting?

I would rather like to be able to pay a few cents for something that would silently throw Google away! And Facepalm, and the twittersphere.

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For some reason, you lot love 'em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018

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Re: thinkpads do it for me

I have a T61

So do I.Two in fact.

Which brings up the question - do any of the new thingies have Ultrabays? Somehow not mentioned in the reviews.

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Re: QC

Lapptop

Guaranteed to avoid Elks

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Microsoft reinvents Massive Arrays of Idle Disks for Azure, 'cos IBM tape ain't enough

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Speed?

As someone who has been a tape user for over 40 years, I do not recall ever selecting tape "because it is fast".

However, IME, the life of hard disks which are constantly spun up and down will be short, nasty and brutish. And the power consumption during spin up is huge, so there may not be a net saving anyway. (I had an early example of RAID with 5 1/4" drives that claimed to take a kilo-amp for a microsecond during spin up. I doubt the power supply could source that, but it seemed to work. RFI was a problem though.

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: I'm Amish.

Never realised being Amish was so much fun.

Can I join?

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legal?

Surely it is illegal to even ask for this under the GDPR?

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Details of 600,000 foreign visitors to UK go up in smoke thanks to shonky border database

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Re: Problems

I suspect they're only there as a backup to the electronic controls.

Obviously needed, owning to total inability to engage competent subcontractors to do anything electronic involving data - other than lose it.

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Re: Guardian has more details.

> Most third world countries don't have Victorian terraced houses, and generally better weather....

Nor do they rely on on-line buzzword matching for recruitment of technical experts to local jobs

(although quite a few rely on "uncles" already in the company for talent spotting)

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

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Re: We put a man into space/landed on the moon? between 1961 and 1969.

Please can we put BT into space between now and the year 2069.

Hell, why not make it permanent.

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

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Re: Whats the point to this experiment?

It seems no one has yet pointed out that Twitter specifically targets twits.

It is possible that media targeting the marginally sane may respond differently from media for the self-selecting insane,

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Re: Choosing to believe...

Is that not the case for most people?

Maybe most in some cultures. In the west, there is a strong tradition of supporting positions by reference to established facts and logical structures. However, this is far from universally the case.

In many cultures, support for deference to authority is a much stronger. Often, in these cultures, age is a measure of authority. Hence statements by elderly (possibly orange and/or demented) gits trumps arguments by well informed young specialists.

Deference to authority is particularly strong when literacy is low, or where facts are complex - people unable to grasp complexity often refute its existence to defend their stance.

For Example, Boko Haram are militantly opposed to the very concept of rational argument (as in use guns against anybody presenting a rational argument). They are not alone. (We are 118)

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Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse

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Re: Form factors

I used to have a phone with a decent screen form-factor, replaceable SD cards and battery.

Ohl, I still use it, because the new stuff has not got any of the essential features.

Phone manufactures are in a foot shooting competition, and they are all winning!

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EU aviation agency publishes new drone framework. Hobbyists won't like it

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Re: Home use

I am quietly confident the plod can't tell a joule from Jules Holland, and I doubt I can do much better. However, I have a good idea what 1.2kg hitting me at 18m/s would feel like, and I don't want it.

I have flown a small drone (under 250gms) , as have others of my family, and it is pretty hard to predict who will get hit next.

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Guess who else Spectre is haunting? Yes, it's AMD. Four class-action CPU flaw lawsuits filed

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There were discussions on Usenet about speculative execution in the 1990's.

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Charity accused of leaving sensitive notes behind after office move

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Re: Paper Trail

uploading it to a cloud

As in "set fire to it"?

- need - more - coffee -

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Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

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Surely it's horses for courses.

I can say with complete confidence that horses are not much use in the North Sea.

I am somewhat less confident that Windows is suitable for "real work". Fake work, maybe.

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Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

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Re: Oh that's just great

Except that "out of order" cpus do not inherently have a predictable instruction execution time, even in a single thread environment, and Intel's threads are "virtual" ie not dedicated - which is where these bugs originate - which means if the CPU is hard at work on multiple threads, unless you have control over what all of them are doing, timings are being actively randomised,<p>

I am not saying "don't panic" I am saying "you only need to panic a small amount, and quite slowly" - there is time for a cup of tea first.<p>

OTOH, since Intel did this deliberately, you might want to go to another supplier next time.

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Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out

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Re: Is it really "economically infeasible"?

Am I being naïve?

Yes. This is a privacy case. If there is a list of victims contact details and back accounts, and the penalty for leaking them is not up to a fraction of a chocolate bar for each offence, then obviously, those details will be sold within the hour.

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UK web grocer Ocado takes £500k hit after robo-warehouse tech splurge

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Yes.

I have just developed some software of my own. It cost me $37, and it was delivered on time and to spec. But I don't work for Ocado or the government.

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Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

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Re: Amiga

I was using BSD in 1977 so was I, but it was not free in those days. You paid quite a lot for the licence (or some else did - in my case GEC).

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Re: Amiga

Free distribution was normal before Bill Gates. Its a simple as that.

He wrote a famous letter saying "the programmer deserves to be paid" a few months after he ripped off the author of what he renamed to DOS.

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Re: "it was mostly white guys."

and you pay people based on their WORK QUALITY

Then how do you explain Windows?

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Re: Open source is leading to single source

Open source is a totalitarian dream. It means you can't have competitive advantages

So there's only one Linux distribution, and the BSDs are not different operating systems?

More and more developers just reuse some bad library, or copy shitty code.

Would not dispute that shitty developers have shitty processes, and expose their shitty code to public view, for others to copy. But eventually, some of it gets fixed.

I think you will find that closed source is far worse - not only is shitty open source code copied without crediting the actual authors, it is not updated when the open source version is fixed.

Because writing their own code is too expensive and time consuming. affects closed source every bit as much as open source - probably more so - many open source contributors write the code because they want the code, and then open source it so others will help maintain it. (I speak for myself here). Closed source code is just not fixed. (Have you ever phoned in a bug report to MS and got a fix?)

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UK data watchdog whacks £300k fine on biz that made 9 million nuisance calls

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So roughly the equivalent of "a slap on the wrist with a soft pillow".

(Sounds like the potential title of a reggae song by Si Cranstoun. - maybe I need more coffee).

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You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

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Re: Reaping what you sow

the skeletons are coming home to roost.

featuring Wallace and Gromit?

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Re: No shared CPUs

For reliability you want your VMs spread across hosts and data centers.

For security, you might not!

If your organisation is big enough to have more than one building, you can have a server closet in each. Hell, if you are a CEO, you probably have several closets big enough to hold a rack full of servers, and desperately need a reason why your entire mansion should be tax deductable expense: put an Enterprise scale server in one and network it to your galactic HQ. It justifies the cost of food for the enormous, man eating dog you need for security. Saves on the heating bill too! With some creative accounting, it probably even covers a pink pony for your daughter as well.

(But remember 77dB is QUITE LOUD!)

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Re: No shared CPUs

You might as well just use... your own server.

but ...

DevOps

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FYI: Processor bugs are everywhere – just ask Intel and AMD

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Re: Even the 6502 - The early 16 bit chips like the 68000 had bugs

That was the "Halt and Catch Fire" instruction.

Very useful in military applications where you did not want you software leaking from chips with on board ROM.

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