* Posts by Ben1892

48 posts • joined 2 Dec 2015

Vodafone reports sliding revenues but customers don't hate them as much

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I walked from VF broadband earlier this year, generally a good FTTC service once they got it up and running but being forced to use their buggy router was the tip in the balance to go somewhere else

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Shut up and take my money! AI luminaries go gooey for Graphcore's smart chip tech

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Coat

Yeah, never mind all that, can I mine Ethereum on these ?

(mine's the one with the Hotdog/Not Hotdog logo on the front pocket)

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Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

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Re: In over 40 years of programming ...

one more squeak out of you and there'll be trouble

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One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

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"Let's use consumer grade "cloud" Office 365, and not LibreOffice as successfully deployed by government agencies across Europe, reducing both long-term costs and the Microsoft macro attack vector."

What?, use LibreOffice to create something like the Rural Payments Agency application ? Seriously, there are plenty of articles you can go and peddle your productivity suite agenda ( cos users only write documents and send email right?) but this ain't the one - jog on !

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Me-ow! Ruski tech titan Yandex open-sources ML library CatBoost

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Re: Obvious question with gradient optimization questions.

I was thinking exactly the same !

(Actually I wasn't but I have recently decided to get myself up to speed with machine learning theory and you've given me something to read up about - cheers )

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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as long as they are called something like "Alien mining SARL" they'll be fine - and pay their corporation tax in Luxembourg of course - see what they've done there, it's like dotcom companies but bigger !

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

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Re: I already consider diesel socially unacceptable

Exactly this, we should be fighting the NOx's and particulates caused by "efficient" diesels ( if they are so efficient how come all that soot then ? )

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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No wonder carousel fraud is rife, I naively assumed that we kept track of goods entering and leaving the UK even though we are part of the EU and only need to charge duty on extra-EU imports.

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Brickbat unwraps in lap of crap Snapchat yap app technocrat brats after stock splat mishap

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Peak Register

Yes, it's going to be hard to top that masterwork, downhill from here then ?

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

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Erm, isn't Microsoft 365 Enterprise a re-brand of Secure Productive Enterprise? and looks like the Business version is something along the lines of Office + MDOP Cals + Azure AD - no mention of the Windows OS itself.

I hate to pop the bubble of a good rant about how everyone should run their 10,000 client estate with Libre Office and Linux Mint, but just sayin'

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Former GCHQ boss backs end-to-end encryption

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I think Tom Scott sums up the argument very nicely https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CINVwWHlzTY

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Is this a hotdog? What it takes for an AI to answer that might surprise you

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Re: I came here for the Silicon Valley reference

I was a very well set-up gag - had me in stitches :) Bring on season 5 !

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Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs

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I really don't think mining is going away any time soon, and the GPU manufacturers are going to be wary of pandering to a bubble, so I can't see supply increasing to meet demand.

Has anyone actually seen one of these "mining specific" cards yet - again they are going to be wary of retooling only to suffer a glut in the market. Overall they'd prefer loyal gaming customers that buy a card every two or three years.

In related news, I did just make £50 profit selling two USB Antminer U2 ASIC cards that I bought three years ago - more than I earned mining with them :)

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

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"I honestly doubt there's a single business in the whole UK who could actually cope with a serious hacking effort." FTFY

Plus business aren't inclined to tell us when they've "been hacked" - tends to make their share prices dive

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Here we go again, I really don't care if they run Windows XP as long as it works - tbh I think they now leave apparent "XP desktop" screens visible to journos on purpose

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Software glitch led to London Ambulance Service outage – report

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Really, "glitch" was it ? or did they just run out of tablespace ?

I love the Appendices in the report - I think "Empty the Recycle Bin" is my favorite action closely followed by "Disable the Recycle Bin functionality"

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Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

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Re: undead eLORAN

But maps still don't tell you where you are, sat navs and phones will still show a map, you'll just have to work out where you are on it - hence I'm going to start a petition to fire up DECCA again :)

A terrestrial system like DECCA/LORAN would be a good solution, or maybe even build in positioning signals into an emergency services communications network if we're that worried about losing satellites for any length of time

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Specsavers embraces Azure and AWS, recoils at Oracle's 'wow' factor

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Re: Google Docs more expensive than Office 365

Yep, it's the cloud PBX to PSTN equivalent functionality that Google haven't been able to get the price right on - they'd be pretty much on a par (O365 E1 and Google for Work) if you didn't need to phone anyone outside of IP Telephony

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Raspberry Pi sours thanks to mining malware

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All your 800Mhz are belong to us !

So even if you if you pwnd 12.5 million Pis, by my back-of-fag-packet calcs would give you somewhere between 1.3Th/s and 2.5Th/s

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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

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My IoT barbecue can't connect to my WiFi and I'm being forced to grill on actual fire - with coal !!! - what is this ? the stone age ?

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Bloodbath at LeEco US as Chinese tech upstart implodes with layoffs

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"we've got all the IP from the Valley that we needed, now we're going to put it to use back home"

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Chinese e-tailer beats Amazon to the skies with one-ton delivery drones

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must ...resist ...urge ...to ...post ...myself ....

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Great Ormond Street children's hospital still offline after WannaCrypt omnishambles

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I was surprised when my wife came home and showed me a graphical report that had been issued by their IT dept - showing a peak of "hackers trying to get in" on port 445 and being swatted away by the almighty firewall.

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Re: Unsubscribe

We don't come here for actual pictures of the device in the factual headline, we want alliterated click-bait with a totally inappropriate images !

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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And for those life-critical applications that can't be patched without killing people; machines that go beep, MRI scanners, etc. can we give some blame to the medical equipment manufacturers for choosing Windows in the first place - surely a different OS if you actually cared about patients. just sayin'

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

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Joke

Re: Oh what fun...

I've been watching that all morning too, then I realised it's an animated .gif designed to give the impression of a live feed ;)

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LastPass connectivity snafu locks out Brits from password manager

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Re: What I don't understand

I just carry my desk around to avoid that problem

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London app dev wants to 'reinvent the bus'

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More importantly, how small is the smaller bus ? are we talking 40 linguine ? 0.2 Brontosaurs ? or, err, half a double-decker bus ?

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Gamers red hot with fury over Intel Core i7-7700 temperature spikes

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TCase vs TJuntion

with the previous generations there was a Tcase value that essentially ran the fan speed and damped the temp value feed to the BIOS. gen 7 uses the hottest core ( TJuntion) and hasn't got a Tcase value - could it be that Intel CPUs have always spiked (though not to 90C ) on single cores just that nobody noticed 'cos their fans didn't spin up ?

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Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

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Or if you do the maths instead of quoting percentages - you end up about £300 out of pocket after 6 months whichever flavour of phone you choose !

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Google's video recognition AI is trivially trollable

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Isn't that working as intended?

Isn't the idea that a human doesn't have to watch hours of footage to find possibly nefarious images inserted into seemingly innocuous videos ? the machine learning algorithm just needs to be taught that videos can be about more than one topic, because humans are sneaky like that

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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I have always wondered why dialogue pop-ups never have a "wait" command to see if you're moving the mouse or typing at that very moment

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Fancy that – the sharing economy lobby doesn't speak for the sharers

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Re: Good post. Got me thinking

Good idea, although who do you bargain with exactly? You can't exactly blockade the assets of these companies for leverage can you - well I suppose you could set fire to your spare room or chain yourself to your car bumper :)

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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Delta Force: Land Warrior

...those were the days (after hours of course) - not been able to do anything like that for years since we locked down the desktop and fired up applocker. I know which scenario I prefer out of; "anyone can install anything from the cover of a magazine" and "put together a business justification and we'll find an appropriate tool for the job"

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Become a blockchain-secured space farmer with your hard drive

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Re: You don't get paid in BTC!

Having done the maths, looked at WD Red drive prices, etc. I came to this answer too, what can you buy with SJCX ? ... and you can guarantee they won't pay you enough of these magic beans to cover the electricity costs anyway.

I do wonder where the $5.4m worth of startup funding has gone though, I thought this type of blag was long-extinct in silicon valley

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Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

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Meanwhile P-E Trump want's to leave the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and not implement the Paris agreement - does that mean they'll give the money back if they do ?

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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Re: Vaping isn't cool

Totally agree about the diesel particulates in Cities, that's been the elephant in the room for some time now. I can't see the anti-smoking lobby become an anti-diesel lobby - much easier to go after vaping as it "looks like smoking so it must be bad for you"

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If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report

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Why let the facts get in the way of a good headline?

Saying that we have better coverage than Germany, France, Israel, Ireland and Italy doesn't have the same impact as the image that you can get better 4G coverage sitting in the Andes at Machu Picchu than you can in Basingstoke.

Having said that, if you actually read the report it's quite a sensible set of proposals. Working for a rural county council, digital enablement is high on our agenda so, it's good to see a direction being outlined for the UK - now they just need to put their money where their mouth is.

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Blighty's National Pupil Database has been used to control immigration

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Re: Who?

Yep - that got me too; "Teachers are being made into border guards and secret police." tad over-dramatic don't ya think !

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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I knew I'd been doing it wrong - I thought it said RECTANAL scan, no wonder I've been getting funny looks trying to get onto the secure floor at work

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Re: Is this a problem?

The police force I've worked with a few times had an air gap for their network - nothing in, nothing out with physical separation of the very few machines that were connected to the outside world.

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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Re: This is a nice piece from the BBC on Vaping

There's also a Horizon episode on this Sunday evening BBC2 for more facts and science on the subject http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07c6ll4

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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

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Re: Amazon?

I'm relived to find I'm not the only one who gets poor search results. Amazon is always held up as the holy grail that all should aspire to, but I can never find what I'm looking for and end up passing them by for a site that has a decent search.

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Council IT system goes berserk, packs off kids to the wrong schools

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Good default setttings ...

....from the commentards; "I bet it's a result of outsourcing", "developer's fault", "change management's fault", etc. come up with something a bit more original please ! You don't re-develop an admissions system each year for the next pupil cohort, chances are it's been stable and unchanged for some time with no development "go-live" needed in recent months or years.

My money is on a human mistake in the non-outsourced admissions team accidentally pressing the "send the results now" button without realising what the effect was.

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Getting metal hunks into orbit used to cost a bomb. Then SpaceX's Falcon 9 landed

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I'm not sure how "...possibly the most significant event in rocketry since Apollo 8..." comes across as negative, but anyhow, I think there's a good point made about the costs of re-use being cheaper or not.

I'm not sure the rocket engines themselves being designed to be re-usable - have you seen the planned production run for the Merlin 1D ? 5 per week doesn't seem to suggest to me they are planning on reusing them any time soon and I would have thought that's where a lot of the expense goes.

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

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My money is that it is indeed XP but that its the only laptop they could find that has a serial port for them to configure the system they are working on. Plus they probably only wrote the configuration software for XP too.

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

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Re: for us too....I would love to have avoided this

We are designing Office 365 it into strategy, we've got minimal M$ cloud services at the moment but our on-prem Active Directory is playing up today too. On-prem does not mean no downtime or problems.

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London councils splurge wildly differing amounts on Oracle software

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Again with the non-story

The same arguments were put forward with "How much do UK cops pay for Microsoft licences". Not comparing apples with apples and declaring a scandal. Why not do "total IT spend per head" or does that not have a big enough discrepancy to be a newsworthy article ?

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