* Posts by happy but not clappy

50 posts • joined 9 Jun 2015

Super Micro says audit found no trace of Chinese spy chips on its boards

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Black Helicopters

Not a scam

It's US foreign policy driven from the White House. Look at all the other Chinese manufacturers that have been banned/harassed and generally interfered with over the past few years. Not that the Chinese are being especially targeted, just that the dirty tricks are much more public.

Anyone entering the US market does so with trepidation IME.

Why, you're no better than an 8-bit hustler: IBM punts paper on time-saving DNN-training trick

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WTF?

8 levels = 3 bits, no?

Wouldn't 8 bits need 256 levels?

European fibre lobby calls for end to fake fibre broadband ads

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Devil

The ASA are shills, not consumer protection folk

As an experiment I once complained to them about the use of the term "pure" to describe adulterated products.

They had a remarkably similar response to the above. That the ingredient in question, despite only being 5% of the product, was itself pure, so calling it "pure" was quite okay. Complaint rejected. Good night.

So I guess "pure fibre" means, "fibre somewhere or other, maybe, nothing to see here".

Samsung touts bonkers-fast 8 Gbit DRAM for phones, AIs

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WTF?

Maths?

So, 6.4Gb/s is the same as 51.2GB/s = 409.6 Gb/s ?

How does that work?

You have 64 in parallel maybe?

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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I order ed a book about computer veruses

In the early nineties I ordered the David Ferbrache classic book about computer viruses a little before it was properly published.

Within an hour I got a phone call from someone in "intelligence" asking me questions about hacking and trojans. That was instructive.

BT bets farm on consumers: Announces one network to rule 'em all

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Holmes

on-shore call-centres...

...you know that means robots right?

AI Chatbots are now "good enough" to replace all the off-shore ones. So no more hiring here either.

Internet of Twats. Yay!

A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options

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FAIL

450 seat 777 - oh dear

This is already the suckiest plane to be stuck on at the back.

OVH data centres go TITSUP: Power supply blunders blamed

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Re: "trying to restart generators"

You fired the Prime Minister? Now that's power right there. Not so easy these days.

And so it begins... Cleaning up HMRC's £10.7bn Aspire mess

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Pint

Counting the "digital"s

My browser satys there are 216 uses of the word "digital" in the linked strategy. Huzzah!

How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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Go

Here's the thing...

To do devops (or indeed any of the good stuff) properly requires a shit-ton of extra money, time and effort to succeed. It is a strategic choice. It is about faster-better.

Yet when said manager hears "devops", they hear "need fewer/cheaper staff". Whoops. bye-bye.

MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body

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So, the PAC

Can we sack the PAC? MP's is it? Oh well.

Can someone please show them a side-by-side, including the cost of those 700-odd savings professionals?

Central procurement, honestly. Worked so well for the Soviets eh?

Mr Orwell couldn't have been more appropriate, plus a bit of Kafka and maybe a pinch of Philip K Dick. Same everywhere I guess.

UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

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See nursing and doctors

For how this will turn out.

Yet our politicos serenely avoid the issues.

I imagine all government systems will now work like our hospitals. Both extremely expensive and crap. Due to a massive mismatch of supply and demand, which turns into a structural poverty of supply. FTW.

A bit like RBS and indeed Lloyds, for a more directly IT angle. Continuously and repeatedly ripped off by consultants from top to bottom, demotivated permies getting fired or off-shored, and criminally poor performance.

I certainly won't be contracting again till all this sorts itself out.

This easy one cloud trick is in DANGER. Why?

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Boffin

layer 4...

...is your friend.

Microservices et al make this much much easier. They generally do not (should not?) use port 80 (low ports, boo hiss, evil root etc), but that's ok.

Any scaled up microservices setup will also include load-balancing and service liveness/performance monitors, so all that mapping is built in.

InterNetworks can go back to being dumb. Sorry CISCO et al.

check it out: https://github.com/Netflix/vizceral

Oops! 185,000-plus Wi-Fi cameras on the web with insecure admin panels

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Go

Where's the FTFY squad?

In "Brazil" the movie, we had Robert De Niro in his finest role as a renegade plumber. Now, as in the movie, no doubt it is a death penalty offence to shutdown these intelligence service backdoors.

We need the Harry Tuttles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teufz17PqoY

Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

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Devil

Re: Robots

And we agree. Yawn.

The problem is indeed with specification. It's what I spend most of my time doing these days, pushing agile uphill and telling the "business" to stop using IT as a scapegoat for their laziness and inadequacy. Yet we still have these "my manguage is bigger than yours" threads (saw the typo, liked it :)).

Still, I think we have hit a tipping point of sorts. Previously we had to build our infra, nowadays, not so much. Then we had to build out systems, we still do that, but not for good reasons, and so on. This is quite new. So, at risk of going meta, I imagine we will go to a functional approach, a meaningful CSP with state, on a relatively universal surface. Languages will be rather script'y. So our junior dreams may come true. Do you think it won't happen?

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Devil

Re: Robots

"Junior" he he. Nice.

Object storage is trivial, yes. I like Spring Data. Maybe a little too magical for my taste, but I'm an old timer. Note your argument though, how little human interaction is needed. Why are you behind a keyboard again?

I give it less than three years before Microsoft and Google start punting robo-programming systems and demonstrating that they are provably more correct, more efficient, more whatever.

We shall see eh?

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Devil

Robots

Will program most of it soon.

It boggles my mind that we are still writing CRUD and data mangling back-ends by hand.

I seriously thought about, and part designed, an automatic programming system years ago, but then thought, "nah, might need a job" and quietly shelved it.

Someone may catch on at some point. I would bet good money Googlers know this too.

Meanwhile the Y2K gravy train rolls on, choo choo!

UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors

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Meh

Missing opinions

So which members are "for" this amendment? Can we have some journalistic investigation please! Then us techie ne'er do wells can vote with our feet, one way or t'other.

Government to sling extra £4.7bn at R&D in bid to Brexit-proof Britain

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FAIL

Buzzword bingo and the boomer mindset

It would be nice if they understood that effective social uplift was the goal, not robots and AI and all that other trickle-down globalised efficiency bollocks.

Unless they replace the politicians of course. I'm all for that. Then they can all do something useful, like building houses or looking after the old and knackered.

Brussels cunning plan to save the EU: No more Cookie Popups

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Thumb Up

Wait till the GDPR kicks in

It's brilliant. No more re-targetting without explicit opt-in/opt-out. Mmmmm. Feel that goodness.

London Stock Exchange's German mega-merger: It's a go, despite Brexit

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Meh

But HFT maybe a bad thing

Is there scope for an IEX which prevents HFT in Europe? I'm not sure I want to buy/sell shares if some flash twat can see my orders and arbitrage the buy-sell before they are matched. Fair markets and all that.

Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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I'm voting out

Just saying. I won't bore you with why, but it is nothing to do with Farage and everything to do with the contents of the book "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" and a belief that small is beautiful.

Gov to pull plug on online ID verification portal Gateway in 2018

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Verify doesn't work

On multiple occasions it has asked simple questions, received the right answer, and then claimed it did not know who I was. So far so expected.

AA battery-sized Arduino

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Pint

This is great...but get his name right...and link

It's Johan Kanflo. Link here: http://johan.kanflo.com/the-aaduino/

How NoSQL graph databases still usurp relational dynasties

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Boffin

Yes but no but

This is 50% right, as I have come to understand it. Yes, SQL is crap at expressing these things as it has no explicit looping, and works in sets, not linear chains. There are kludges to fix this of course via stored procedures, and stored tables, and nasty operators (CONNECT anyone?) but it isn't pretty. Impedance mismatch, yes.

It is, however, pretty easy to encode them in relational databases (e.g. two tables, one of nodes, and one of edges). Directions are also easy to express.

So the problem here is one of semantic power, and that is something that is easily added, so I think graph extensions to SQL will appear, and performance will be equivalent if not better, as soon as someone can be bothered to add it to mariaDB. Like all good ideas, it has probably already happened.

Stevie Graham: Why I hack mobile banking apps

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Pint

Bang on

This is exactly how it should work, and why your bank won't go away. Full disclosure: I design a product to do this (coming soon folks!) so I might be a teensy weensy bit biased.

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Devil

Re: Stevie's time has passed

Well the EU are trying to put their foot down here, but you are right. Unless one of the utilities (like Vocalink/Faster Payments) gets broadly accepted, the banks will screw it up.

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Boffin

Stevie's time has passed

So Stevie's problem is that if all the banks expose a standard API, there is no reason for his app to exist. Sorry Stevie.

Oh, and I am in this business, and it is looking like the banks will not be dis-intermediated by this as described. It's worse. They'll lose the piles of cash they've made by controlling the channel. And if that happens, then someone else will need to pay. Probably us.

Then people will see that push payments are intrinsically safer, and therefore less risky, and therefore cheaper, than pull payments. Cue Visa and Mastercard's business exiting stage left, followed swiftly by all those payment providers and probably a bunch of banks. Part of me is pleased.

Software dev 101: 'The best time to understand how your system works is when it is dying'

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WTF?

"today's best practice"

Wha? Since when?

"today's fashion-statement". There, FTFY.

Fifth time's the charm as SpaceX pops satellite into orbit

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Re: Its managing public perception

Sure, but if I were him, I would want to check footage before releasing it. Real-time really isn't that hard as my fellow commentards have pointed out. To do otherwise would be oddly un-businesslike, which he is not.

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Its managing public perception

I believe they do have footage, but it runs on a delay loop, because they only want to show success.

Pictures of detonating rockets is bad for business, and SpaceX's competitors are not nice people.

Thus we get no footage, even some time after the event.

Docker may be the dumbest thing you do today

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Holmes

Enterprise apps suck

So docker will, I hope, try to avoid being a bridging technology. We have porky VM's for that.

A modular approach, with lightweight automated ops on a commoditised fine-grained utility platform is obviously the way forward. Give it twenty years and a business disruption cycle and all this will be seen as academic. Some of us are already building this componentry.

Bye bye Oracle and friends. FTW.

Storage upstart E8 claims it has a 10 million IOPS flash dazzler. Hmm

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Boffin

Push the controller logic onto the client

Simples

The Nano-NAS market is now a femto-flop being eaten by the cloud

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Holmes

They are too expensive

There now, that wasn't hard was it?

Software devs' new mantra: Zen dogs dream of small-sized bones

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Boffin

Yes this, but...

most of the use-cases for devops to live are only for systems where a bug in live is a low risk. Furthermore live devops to stateful systems is ridiculously immature.

One poster suggested devops to pre-live, and that's good, though unpicking one change from a bunch is difficult.

The key here is what is called "QA", though really they are talking about QC i.e. testing. This is the hurty point now, not the technology, and is why the business are nervous. They want good arse-coverage, and this doesn't give it to them, yet.

Uni of Manchester IT director resigns after chopping 68 people

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Holmes

Ooh, disaster smell word...

"Transformation"

Any IT program with "Transformation" in the title leads to pain and failure, mainly due to top-down consultant-led fuck-wittery. Extra points for adding "digital" at the front.

Ooh, what is this I see before me: https://www.gov.uk/transformation. I rest my case m'lud.

Splice Machine bags $9m to fund RDBMS on Hadoop and Spark

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Go

This could become something, but the business model stinks

They've rewritten Apache Derby to use HBASE as a storage layer, and added some MVCC. Nothing wrong with that, although that implies optimistic locking which sucks under pressure, but otherwise it is a big bag of open-source stuff, which they are then trying to sell. I find that offensive.

Hortonworks shares plunge 22% after secondary IPO news

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Devil

Bleeding at the edge

I'm currently reviewing "big data" tech, and it isn't pretty. Most of it (with the honourable exception of Cassandra) just doesn't scale well. And none of them cover the standard use-cases well without significant complexity, though they are trying. Look at the mess that is the Apache ecosystem. How many products?

Any medium size business that throws money at this is probably going to lose large chunks of it, same as they did in the nineties with "data warehouses". Still, this is SNAFU, so not so surprising.

FYI, for extra CV points, add "data lakes". Oh yes. I've got three out back...

Bone-dry British tech SMBs miss out on UK.gov cash shower

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It's academic, innit

Innovate and all those others desperately seek to glue academia to industry (universities try really hard to justifdy their own existence, and they have copious free time to stuff the boards of these organisations).

Thus partnerships with Universities give you a huge uplift. Add some spurious IP, some eco "woo woo" digital fairy-dust, pick a number that hits the average (about £1M by the looks of things) and you are good to go. So you can see why the mentioned project got loads of cash, it is perfectly adapted.

The London catapult is empty of serious applications for this reason, academia are largely irrelevant in the software space, and the amounts of money offered are paltry. £5K gets you nothing really. £800K gets you a little more, but not much. Consider instead what it costs to develop a new car and you are getting closer.

GCHQ mass spying will 'cost lives in Britain,' warns ex-NSA tech chief

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Lives are lost...but do they matter to the powers?

Don't forget, we are collateral damage to the powers that be.

What they expect, evidently, is not to prevent attacks (though they would love to have that too and spend a fortune trying), but the ability to find perpetrators and bring them to justice after the fact, and their friends, and anyone else who was nearby at the time, in a form of judicial drone strike of a wedding party.

The fact that this also kills the false-positives is really not something they care about. Thus anyone who has ever downloaded the ancient and largely shite anarchists' cookbook becomes a terrorist, and goes to jail, and so on. It is the very definition of thought crime. Which is kinda scary.

Assessing the UK’s Government Digital Service

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It's just a little trivial

If you read their stuff, it's just a bit too marketroid. Buzz-word bingo abounds. They support every language going, every devops going, open standards, have a laser focus on the user, use agile, talk about delivering at pace and so on, but there is nothing to illustrate how they do this, or display status of how they are getting on. Lack of transparency/visibility is the kiss of death IMO, and smells of dishonesty.

Good luck to them, but agile is more than dev. Dev is the easy 80%. They need to get this.

£2.3m ZANO nano-drone crowdfunded project crashes and burns

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Holmes

Kickstarter need to take some responsibility

Do they say, in big letters, there is a chance you will lose all your money. If they don't, are they not guilty of mis-selling a financial product and therefore liable?

As much as Caveat Emptor applies, it needs to be spelled out really clearly. I feel slightly sorry for those who were duped.

Micro Drone 3.0 on indiegogo is looking good though...

Open to the core: MongoDB's enterprise push in 'joins' U-turn

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we'd pay $100

So it's zero or $10K. Perhaps there is a sum somewhat less? I imagine a subscription model might work, kinda like Spotify. Obviously contributors should get it as payment for their efforts. Just a thought.

Another go at remote objects: Google gRPC hits beta

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Devil

Call remote as if local...doh!

That is the wrong way round. Again. Though I have made a pretty penny explaining the same thing over and over and over again to the victims of this. So <quick pivot> Ace! Calling remote objects as if they are local! Best idea I've ever heard!!

EU urged to ignore net neutrality delusions, choose science instead

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Facepalm

It does point out the loophole...

...that all net-neutrality regulation has a technical protection clause which can be employed at any time for any reason. Most lobbying positions (as expressed by the author) get quite rabid about avoiding any dilution or oversight of these clauses. Thus BT stuffs my broadband speed in the evening in order to protect it's tv multicast service which I do not consume. This directly affects its competition (Netflix/amazon/BBC etc) which I do consume. There is nothing stochastic about that. This is a commercial prioritisation involving a conflict of interest.

Net neutrality is about separating those interests, and treating traffic according to the customer's desires. Given the EuroPol's are involved, I suspect we won't get that, though I live in hope.

Tegile thrashes rivals in race to supply vomit-free krill pills seller

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Facepalm

Biiiiiig data

Does anyone else think they have gone a bit OTT here? What one earth do they need all that kit for?

Bill Bailey: The man, the musician, the comic, the troll, the legend

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Happy

Almost killed

By him back in the day. He did a Rubber Bishops tour with Sean Lock in the mid eighties when comedy clubs were the thing. I never knew dying laughing was possible, though I came close that night. He did it on purpose. It would have been murder.

You call THAT safe? Top EU legal bod says data sent to US is anything but

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Meh

The threat to commerce is overblown

If the safe harbo(u)r agreement was torn up, it wouldn't be a problem. I imagine lobbyists are presenting this as somehow breaking the world, but technically it is a piece of piss to ensure personal data stays in Europe, just very slightly more costly.

More interesting is the DOJ's attempt to say it can subpoena data that is already in Europe, but managed by a US company. If that changes then truly M$ and their cloud buddies are shafted.

KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Holmes

"counterintuitive"

So it wasn't Boeing or the Russians then. Maybe the evil capitalist hippy Branson then? After all he's trying to pivot into the satellite launching biz.

So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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FAIL

Continuous equations...no no no that can't be right...

I like the idea of MV=PQ and all that, but doesn't it ignore the structure of the flows? And that structure is dynamic is it not? So therefore the equation never reaches equilibrium and effectively machine guns those who cannot afford to influence or insure against that structure, no?

The dynamic element has sand-pile qualities (bursting bubbles, avalanche effects) which are by nature unpredictable, and will always dominate behaviour at some boundary of scale, and individuals are almost always at the frothy end of that scale.

So if Milton was right, it is by exception, and only at a selected (large!) scale. Us ordinary folk are stuffed for the foreseeable.

Or am I missing something, and the last 45 years of maths is wrong. Bring on the smug Black Swan guy stage left...

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