* Posts by Prst. V.Jeltz

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Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

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"My understanding is that Bytes are capitals and bits are lowercase"

"All prefixes greater than 1000 use a capital letter. Kilo, hecta and deca use lower case"

So a kilobyte should be written: kB ?

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160 terabit per second

Now thats speedy!

I also like how unambiguous it is about wether its bits or bytes. Refreshing.

When ISPs quote things like "ooh u can get 50 mbs" or mbps or Mb/s Its never clear wether they are indicating bits or bytes , or if they even know they know the difference , I guess the techs do , do the salesdroids? Are they pulling the wool over our eyes by relying on the customer not knowing and quoting the bits implying they are bytes?

I seem to remember the correct distinction is all in the capitals or something?

How does one correctly quote bits and bytes?

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CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

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Re: I still don't understand how this happened

I also wondered that.

The only thing I can imagine is that someone pwned the webserver enough that they could swap the compiled msi for thier own.

I dont know how hard it would be to fool the client ccleaner that it got its update but it could certainly unload the malware.

Think about it - every malware writers wet dream is a surefire "infection vector" ( is that the buzzword?) that dosent rely on some idiot clicking on an attachment - as is the route 99% of the time. As such anyone whose hacked into the servers of a massively popular program that updates regularly is in an enviable position. (bonus points if its an AV company!)

I bet that ccleaner access was sold on the' black hat market' rather than perpetrated by the same people who made the payload.

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Re: CCleaner targetted?

CCleaner didnt get infected. its a program . Machines get infected.

I'm not sure what you mean with your Intel analogy ,

What appears to have happened here is that some ner-do-well has hacked into AVGs house , and planted their virus inside the downloadable update for CCleaner.

So AVG and their cleaner program were "targetted" but not by the malware.

I'd still like to know exactly how the malware got in there

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Re: And yet when I suggested the only way to safely fix a malware infected host...

yeah but thats a bit of a faff isnt it. Easier to use a reputable AV and be 99% sure.

I mean , as soon as you plug that shiny new re-flashed rebuilt reinstalled PC into the internet you are instantly "not sure" again , so you just wasted 3 or 4 hours.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Re: Inaccuracies from those who should know better

Yeah, but it succeeded at the NHS, proving the point that the Public sector is more lacksy-daisy about patching and other security measures, and they do indeed hold a lot of juicy data

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"The remaining XP machines are still in place due to complex technical requirements from a small number of externally provided highly specialised applications," a spokeswoman told the BBC."

i read as:

"The remaining XP machines are still in place due to an incredible lack of foresight and standards on the part of the teenager who wrote the system as his 6th form project"

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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Re: More!

You were lucky!

When I was at University , we had to get up at 5am, build us own mini computer out of peanuts and shoeboxes , code our own OS every day because there was no storage ,then render our own 8x8 images on the slide tile display and midnight the tutor would beat us to sleep in our dorms.

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Flame

dont get me started

that is all

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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Trollface

Y'all seem to know a lot about printers.

Stop Printing!

Paper is dead!

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Re: @Dr. Syntax

" If they have a 'good' quarter now then their price rises."

This is what I hate about about capitalism. Everything has to grow until it ,presumably, eats the world.

(A bit like the Moore's law discussion the other day)

If HP made £100 last quarter , and because of this chip DRM scam make £120 this quarter, then the following quarter's £110 will be considered a failure.

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Re: if the same market exists for laser

" I think now that ink jet is too slow and expensive."

You forgot "unreliable"

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Inept bloke who tried to sell military sat secrets to Russia gets 5 years

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Re: Gregory Allen *Justice*

Wouldn't it be more ironic if justice hadn't been administered to Justice?

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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regulation

I agree medicines need regulating

Just do what they do , hell , pick a country with the best safety record and use their "approved list".

We dont have to get involved.

We just use thier rules , dont have to be in the eu for that.

Its duplication of effort

and money

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People make a big deal out of £350 million a week

As of Q1 (the first quarter of) 2015, UK government debt amounted to £1.56 trillion, or 81.58% of total GDP, at which time the annual cost of servicing (paying the interest) the public debt amounted to around £43 billion (which is roughly 3% of GDP or 8% of UK government tax income)

Whenever people band around big figures of govt spend / loss / need , I always like to compare to national debt interest payments.

3.6 BILLION per month , whilst may be only be 3% of GDP , still seems like a bit of a waste to me, and when I get into power , we're all eating spam sandwiches until its paid off!

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Re: 2 percent

" who is going to approve new drugs if there isn't a shiny new British agency to do that"

Why dont we just watch what the old agency in the EU does and go off their ruling?

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NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

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Re: Righhhtttt....

I see . Offsite backups.

I'm not clear on a whole load of other survival necessities - but at least we know these red shirts can go 8 months without killing each other.

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Re: I'm trying to figure out why else they'd need a "British science" officer.

Its not clear to me if its the officer or the science thats British.

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"It's really important to get off Earth – if you look back at the geological records it is just full of mass extinctions."

Hopefully , we're a bit smarter than a Woolly Mammoth or a dinosaur and therefore wouldnt be totally surprised by an ice age or even a massive impact. I'd rather take my chances here than move to a small rock a billion miles away with no air, water , plants , animals , fuel .

Hell you'd be just as well off staying in the space ship.

Whats Mars got to offer apart from somewhere to stand on? and it dosent even do that properly cos the gravitys not been turned up enough.

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8 months?

I'd imagine the participants of the Volvo Ocean Race could tell you what thats like , more isolated in a smaller space , for longer.

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Pirate Bay digs itself a new hole: Mining alt-coin in slurper browsers

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Re: you may laugh

if this was mainstream all the coins would be mined out pretty quickly

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Re: Protection software spews sensitive data to third parties

I think he meant he'd welcome that as a change to advert revenue on other more respectable sites.

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And that's exactly what Pirate Bay.

Huh?

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

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Re: admin/admin

Well the poster a couple of posts above that mentioned that he like to make sure he learns something new every day or he cant sleep. So I offered that nugget in the hopes he wasnt aware of that.

I wasnt. I guess you think of nevada as inland and LA on the beach . Turns out CA is a bit bendy.

Its like a geographic optical illusion. I was in Canada once and worked out I was further south than at home in UK . Also I bet its further across the bottom England than it is from to top to bottom .

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Re: admin/admin

Heres your new fact for today:

"Reno is farther west than Los Angeles."

There. sleep easy.

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exactly .

I dont get why collecting it in the first place isnt illegal

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Re: admin/admin

Anyone who has studied at undergraduate level will attest that it does not matter what you study (bar vocational degrees such as law or medicine), It's your attitude to learning that matters. You get taught HOW to learn. I went to university thinking I'd learn everything about my subject. On graduating, I left knowing just how little I know, but with the confidence to know I can pick up any damn book and learn a subject just as well as anyone else.

Why did nobody tell me this at the start? There's me learning differentiation , integration , fluid dynamics , youngs modulus, resonant circuits etc ad infintum, when I could have just chosen "Navel Gazing" and gone on a bender for 3 years.

I find it a little sad that you apparently dont pick up any useful information or skills on a "dosent matter what subject" degree . Dosent that make it a waste of time?

Didnt you learn how to learn in school ?

does it really take 3 years to learn how to learn? (5 years if you count your A levels.)

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Re: What will she actually do?

"what is there left for her to do?"

Just sit back and collect the 180k i reckon

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

What next a minister for health who believes in homeopathy?

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Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

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Re: Brexit

If at all , sounds like a made up soundbyte to me , to justify having digital in your job title

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: Because It's Not Google

question1 = "Do Hoover even still make Hoovers? whats the market share now?"

question2 = replace (question1 ,"Hoover" , "JCB")

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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"Who's chairing it? You know, who's riding that pony off the cliff?"

nice

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: In my experience ...

"... allowing ordinary users to interface with test systems in the comfort of their own desks is asking for trouble."

I disagree. For one - getting users to help you is tricky , so getting them to relocate makes it harder.

2) it makes a more realistic simulation , as seen in this case

I think in an ideal world the users wouldnt even know they were testing - you'd just ask them at them of the day " any issues today?"

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Re: See where it says " Tips and corrections" at the bottom of the article?

Why would anyone use that when we can "lightheartedly rib" the author in the comment section?

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Re: Testing is complete?

@ Dave

Testing is never complete.

For any mission-critical software, it's important that every single patch and update is tested before being deployed

soooo, given that testing is never complete , how do you complete your testing of every patch?

Hmm , so thats why testers get paid so much , often more than the developers it seems!

Mission impossible?

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Re: Ped-ANT-ic typo in title

"never shut down their system since it took to long to reboot"

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Re: TBH

"(reboots on my systems are on the order of 20-30 seconds and I don't do anything particularly special, and only a handful are actually SSD)"

I call bullshit / rose coloured glasses / wishful thinking / best case scenario

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D-Link router riddled with 0-day flaws

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more!

http://www.azquotes.com/author/6509-Robert_A_Heinlein/tag/cat

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Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

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Re: OTOH this may be a good thing ...

Id like to think that the police dont use the equivalent of google's "I feel lucky" button (which no one has ever used ever) and actually look at the reults and select the correct / most likley one

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DELETE * FROM Customers

WHERE convicted = 0

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Re: OTOH this may be a good thing ...

"Every false positive requires man-hours of work to chase up"

What? how? surely you look at 2 pictures and, as a human, give a yes and a no . You could do 1000 in an hour.

Not having a picture match hoewever , because you deleted the database results in 1 picture of an unknown person and the question "who the F is that ?" I put it to you that that will take a lot more man hours to figure out than if 2 pictures are the same person

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Re: Napolionic

"To be surveyed and tracked on the off-chance that you might do something wrong in the future, is to not be free."

How about they dont "survey" or "track" you , but when you end up robbing a bank and the bank says "we got a picture" , The police dont have to say , yeah we deleted him off the database so cant help you there

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: A load of old pish!

well said Cowherder.

Get this - Bizarrely, I don't use my iPhone for music, and hence dont give a shit about its DAC . Were I to do so i'm sure it would be perfectly adequate - its probably better than the £5 chinese mp3 player / fm transmitter that currently provides music in my car.

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Boffins' satcomms rig uses earthly LEDs to talk to orbiting PV panels

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Joke

missed headline opportunity

PV Panels in SPAAAAAAAACE!

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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

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Re: Doubling

exactly . Exponential scales are fine for mathematicians to make graphs with, but it cant be sustainable to double processor speed every 2 years just cos we did it when it was easier. Once the numbers get big .... Obvioulsy its impossible and shouldnt be looked at as a failure.

The graph will level off with a nice curve and flatten out . full speed achieved

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Re: Semiconductors are getting hard to fill

"not only research but a lot of other aspects of commerce"

Think bigger - world love and peace and harmony for mankind ,the end of war , also maybe we'd find out what the dolphins are going on about.

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Re: Semiconductors are getting hard to fill

I reckon we are "at saturation" with that . They are small and fast enough - move on to something else.

Time travel ,

GM crops

Animals that want to be eaten

ebola vaccine

babel fish

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Enough Already!

"The growing scarcity of ideas means more and more resources have to be put into research to maintain economic growth"

I'm all for innovation, but *some* things are at an acceptable level and dont need to "grow"

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Totally uncool California bureaucrats shoot down drone weed delivery

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well from what ive seen in the movies trains in america are mobile dos-houses ,knocking shops , free buses , a mobile buffet of whatever goods you want to take home ...

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Achievement unlocked: Tesla boosts batteries for Irma refugees

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People seem perfectly happy to rent the whole car from the manufacturer these days.

"Ah well , you know , depreciation, servicing , MOT's , blah blah --- its just worth it"

I've gotta admit when they spell it out I struggle to refute it , but it just seems wrong to me. Lazy . Also I guess they are comparing to a new a very nearly new car , whereas people used to make their cars last.

Now that car bodys dont rust to pieces in 10 years , and engines can easily go 200k miles - we seem to throw them away even earlier for some reason.

Not Green!

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