* Posts by ArrZarr

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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@Snivelling Wretch

All I'm saying is that if this game were charades, we're wearing a blindfold.

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Re: EU friends apparantly

Ten satellites, all focused on the UK for exceptional precision.

What rest of the world?

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As an overarching body which contains the vast majority of the member states of the ESA, it is absolutely in the EU's interest to remove a country which is being politically hostile for No Good Reason as this strengthens the power of member states while weakening the belligerent state.

The fact that the EU has gone from grumpily accepting that the UK was a big fish within it's membership to gleefully throwing the book at us while we look at our hand full of blank cards to their royal flush should come as a surprise to nobody.

If this game were monopoly, we have no money and just landed on the EU's Mayfair with a hotel.

If this game were Settlers of Catan, we have three cities around a 6 tile that the EU keeps putting the robber back on.

If this game were Scrabble, we're looking at seven Zs while the EU has actual letters

If this game were Snakes and ladders, we just fell down the big snake while the EU climbed the big ladder last turn

If this game were Go, we just noticed that a key group has been put in Atari while we were concentrating elsewhere

If this game were Chess, our Queen just got taken and that put us into check

If this game were Draughts, the EU just took four of our pieces and Kinged themselves in the same move

If this game were Magic the Gathering, we haven't seen a land forever since we built the deck so badly

If this game were Yu-gi-oh, the EU just summoned Exodia following us making them draw a load of cards

If this game were D&D, our cleric just died and ten more goblins appeared in a round.

Have I made myself clear?

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UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues

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Re: TITSUP

Total Inability To Send Users Pennies

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Massive cyber attack targets mid-Atlantic nation 'Berylia'

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The folk of Lancre are a pragmatic lot, and they know the place a lot better than any aggressor. You'd be doomed before you knew it and that's even if you don't annoy the witches.

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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

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I could, but the keyboard on the electron is a joy to use.

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I keep an acorn electron plugged in on a spare section of desk, Ostensibly to mess around with BASIC but really, it's in preparation for one of these cold callers. That way I can say that there's noting wrong with my windows, I can see right through them, following up with telling them I don't have any mice in the house - I keep it clean.

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Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!

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Re: Education, education, education

Oh, definitely. That's why it was called universal decency before 1980.

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Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

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Re: MS kills UWP apps, Telephony API appears in Windows

2/ Develop lots of products and throw them all at the wall in the hope something sticks

This phenomenon has a name, it's called the economy.

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Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

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Call me paranoid, I don't care. But personally I'd prefer to have at least some kind of home grown launcher instead of having to rely on others if we might be so lucky to pay them for the privilege of having our satellites in space.

I'd also prefer to have some sort of magical home grown plane that we could use on our carriers without having to rely on others if we might be so lucky to pay them for the privilege of being able to use our carriers but that's another discussion

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The UK is the only country on Earth to develop a rocket capable of staying off Earth and then deciding that Earth really isn't so bad and giving up on the concept.

It must me something about our weather that made space seem so unappealing.

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EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'

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Re: InBody:, Intext:, Inheader:, Insane shit

Because (and stop me if this answer is overly technical), nobody cares about Bing.

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Re: Hmm

my view changed because of a really fiddly distinction.

Originally, my view was:

Of course people using Google shopping, it's on the Google search page and users go there to find stuff anyway. Therefore what they're doing is fine.

However, I eventually came to realise that the monopoly Google have in the Natural Search space did mean that any Shopping Comparison service that it offered on its SERP (Search Engine Results Page) would have an unfair advantage over competitors in the Shopping Comparison space. The important thing is that Google's dominance in one space was being (ab)used to gain an overwhelming advantage in a new space which has crushed the opportunities for existing Shopping Comparison engines.

From the above, I agree with the ruling that Google was using monopolist practices.

Please also bear in mind that it's the letter of the ruling that I agree with - the specific question about monopolist practices in the Shopping Comparison space.

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Re: Hmm

@Codejunky

It wasn't a shock to anybody, it was merely judged to be monopolist and therefore anti consumer by the EC.

I was originally pro Google on that case but having looked into it further, I agree with the ruling.

The new challenge is total bollocks and I hope it will fail.

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Re: Hmm

Yes, Google prefers to sell products through Google shopping, the issue the EC had was that they were using their dominance in the natural search and paid search to muscle in on the Search Comparison market.

This is why Google shopping is now a "third party" for practical purposes to the part of Google that provides the results page.

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Having had a look at the complaint, there is a fallacy inherent within their logic.

They dismiss Google's promise to run Google Shopping with a profit as "meaningless accountancy"

Yet, since Google Shopping needs to participate within the auction it is, for practical purposes, a third party in this matter.

The Google Shopping entity (which is distinct from the Google which shows you the search page) is under all of the same restrictions as the true third parties, which was the point of the promise to run Google Shopping with a profit. True, they were massively ahead in terms of integration but that was to be expected.

The complainant's points about Google taking most of the profit from them is true, but they're deliberately ignoring the fact that most of the money that Google Shopping takes isn't usable by the wider Alphabet group.

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Re: What are you waiting for EU? Fine them NOW!

This is tangentially related to data slurping at best.

But while we're on the subject, do you really think an EU based company doing the same job wouldn't do exactly the same?

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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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That sounds terrifying...were the threats biological, chemical, radioactive or magical?

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Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

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Star wars always confused me why troops didn't go around in mirrored armor. Everybody is shooting everybody else with light so why wouldn't you just make everything that you needed to defend shiny?

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Re: One from the vaults...

@ a cynic writes...

You're making me feel unconscionably young here. I was 10 when that article was written.

How dare you.

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LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

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Re: In loving memory

@Spartacus

It was his idea, but your barchronym (sticking with that) was the better.

Not bitter at all ;)

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Here's another headline where NASA is dragged through the mud for cheap Mars wise cracks

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Fair enough. I was thinking for practical purposes but upon reflection, 3.5Bn years is a long time for a technicality to take over.

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Well, the atmosphere on Mars is very thin and there are no oceans, making wind strong enough to do any erosion not exist.

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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

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Re: I may be misunderstanding the process but...

@AC

Google's view in the matter is that if your query can be answerd by a snippet without loading another page, then the user experience is improved by presenting that snipped.

I'm undecided on whether this is a better or worse system on balance for the reason you mentioned.

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Re: I may be misunderstanding the process but...

@LDS

The fact that Google's algorithm lifts the data from Wikipedia is due to Wikipedia's SEO. If the site were not so high on the rankings for these questions, the data wouldn't be pulled from Wikipedia to the SERP.

These boxes above the results also show from a large number of sites - try searching "how to make a..." and substituting some kind of food in there. For me, I got three different sites for three different recipes.

Further reading: https://searchengineland.com/get-featured-snippets-site-224959

In essence, Google implemented this into their algorithm but it's up to websites to take advantage of it.

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Pyro-brainiacs set new record with waste-heat-into-electricity study

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You could probably set up some system to do this. In my mind it works similarly to the piston in a steam engine with the pyroelectric* material around the cylinder.

*Man, that word could do with removing the first "e". Pyrolectric rolls off the tounge so much more smoothly.

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Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

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Re: Pleeeease, robots. Take this job away from us!

As they say: Knolling is half the battle.

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Chrome 66: Get into the bin, auto-playing vids and Symantec certs!

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Re: Ok, so you have fixed some bugs

@Chewi

Well...I feel like a pillock now.

My other points still stand though :)

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Re: Ok, so you have fixed some bugs

Because your mainstream options are:

Edge - same shit but with MS

IE - completely awful

Firefox - Has been trying to alienate all of its aficionados for the past 5 years

Opera - same shit but with China

Chrome also has the strongest extension ecosystem with the possible exception of Firefox.

Sure, I use Vivaldi because of the above issues but the scarcity of extensions means I have to return to Chrome every now and then for some tasks.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

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Re: Windows insider Program

@Barry Rueger

Sure, if you take the stable release of it, it'll work the vast majority of the time. Just like Windows.

If you take the dev release or the nightly release, you're more likely to experience issues.

The article is saying that a stable release is being delayed because of an issue found on the dev release which, while inconvenient (YMMV), is the accepted cost of doing business.

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Re: Windows insider Program

@Mage

So what you're saying is that the Windows insider programme is a bad idea because it means that bugs like this that affect system stability are found before patches are rolled out? How Dare They. It's almost as if they're aware that bugs are bad and that their software should be tested by as many people as possible to see if there are any issues like this.

1) Unrepresentative of standard windows users, but on a much wider array of hardware than the in house testers will have access to

3) You improve products by finding out the problems (by testing) and then using that knowledge of problems to improve your design & implementation

I agree with point 4 and don't necessarily agree with point 2 but don't have any good arguments against it currently.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Re: re-orientated itself

Whenever I think of something getting Oriented, I get vague images of pointy straw hats and rice paddies. I'll admit that it Occidentaly confuses me so I use orientate.

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Re: TESS GNC issue

No, the rockets are so tall for the extra long pendulum they use for the clock in the timing system - they can't reset it once it's off the ground, don't'cha know.

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Scotland: Get tae f**k on 10Mbps Broadband USO

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It doesn't make sense if you didn't grow up in Britain.

Just watch out for a moment a few hundred years down the line where the government is more focused on maintaining its own neolithic/monolithic/archaic existence than actually being useful.

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I have to turn the radio off whenever Nicola Sturgeon starts talking on it. The last time I listened to her, she was saying something about how unfair it was that the English want their own devolved parliament when this doesn't help Scotland.

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Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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Re: I apologize for being ignorant in this...

The information is available for request if you have a good reason, just like the registration plate example. It probably also costs per address/registration to get this data. This means that people with the intent to cast a net for fraud of various flavour would have to pay up front.

The data getting out for free lowers the barrier of entry for the ne'er do well.

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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Re: Smaller and Far away....

Load the ROM with unreadable memory and you'd have a Mega Segfault Drive

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 poised to fling 350kg planet-sniffing satellite into Earth orbit

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If I were Musk, I would quite happily stand a Falcon 9 that has returned from space in the Atrium of my Company / Mansion / Gigantic Money Shed

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'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

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With hindsight

Out of curiosity, would anybody be able to explain how you could fix/prevent this if the only load balancers available were wholly insufficient for the task?

20/20 hindsight is allowed but you only have the existing resources of 1995/6

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UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

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Re: Why the excitement?

Because the company making it are British and in the Private sector. This means that the £26.5M will pay for many biscuits and cups of team while the boffins continue their work.

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

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@Irongut

So when you're discussing something with a Non Technical person and they get a detail wrong, it doesn't hurt when you make the decision that the detail they got wrong isn't important enough to go back and fix their misconception?

How about when somebody asks you if something is possible and the answer is No 99% of the time but there is a specific edge case where the answer is yes? I've had to learn the hard way to just say No instead of adding any modifers onto the statement and it hurts whenever I do it.

That's why I'd get the engineers in, not because they're socially awkward autism sufferers, but because being an engineer means you have worked on your eye for detail to the point where the details become much more important.

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Get the engineers in

The people who know how the nuts and bolts work will be pathologically incapable of giving half answers or stalling for time. They'd much prefer to inform the politicians exactly how everything will fit together in more detail than the politicians will want and will feel distinctly awkward if they try to sidestep a question.

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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I think I speak for everybody when I say...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Skype for Business has nasty habit of closing down… for business

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Re: WTF @ArrZarr

Fair enough, I rescind my point about file sizes.

I don't rescind the point about it being more complicated than that (probably)

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Re: WTF

3 bytes per pixel only provides a colour without context. If stored in a 2D array then you require 2 bytes for an X coordinate and 2 bytes for a Y coordinate as an absolute minimum so now we reach 7 bytes per pixel. Now we're up to 116MB. If the array uses an int instead of a short, we reach 11 bytes per pixel - 182MB. That's still only ~9% of the 2GB limit for an application but as with all of these situations *It's more complicated than that*

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British government to ink deal for yet another immigration database

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Re: Usual suspects again

Oh I don't know, I'm sure it's possible to foul up a database with a webpage worse than the usual suspects usually do.

I'm not sure how, mind, and I'm fairly certain that while there is a chance of a small development house fouling this up, it would be so much cheaper than Accenture that you could commission this from three or four of them and just take the best one at the end for less money.

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El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot

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Re: Acronym needed

Surely you mean "barcronym"?

Lager

Energy

Supplier

To

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If it's a case of traversing multiple floors, I would suggest the use of tracks on the outer wall of the building. The mechanism and tracks could probably be handled by K'nex or Meccano and the design would include a trio of hooks which the closed container would hang from to minimise wind based effects in any axis.

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Re: Acronym needed

BITTER

Ballistic

Imbibement

Trajectory

Towards

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Great Western Railway warns of great Western password reuse: Brits told to reset logins

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Re: We need a court action

Considering how the attack wouldn't be possible if proper password security had been in place from the users, I'm having a hard time seeing how GWR can be seen as responsible for this - if an attacker is in possession of both username and password, then the target system is working as intended if it grants access.

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