* Posts by soulrideruk

412 posts • joined 21 Jan 2016


DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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Re: Boffins or Bafoons?

If you are going by what you perceive as right (you THINK they don't look like twins), rather than the article telling you they are twins.

They are identical twins, because I, unlike lazy you (I don't know if I can call you lazy, you wrote what, a 10,000 word post?), also read articles outside of the register, other sites tend to carry more info on the boffinry bit.

They had their DNA sequenced by Scientists at Yale, at the start of the progam, to create a baseline before they sent tests off to test the validity of these devices.

Rather than backing up the AC with a monster post full of even more crap than the original poster, why don't you just read the article on another site?

Really saves you looking a complete idiot.

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Now let's analyse your non-post for a moment. Maybe you only skim-read the article? I say that, because this line seems to make your post redundant..

" Boffins at Yale university, having studied the women's raw DNA data, said all the numbers should have been dead on.

"Despite having virtually identical DNA, the twins did not receive matching results from any of the companies," the investigative team noted in their report this week."

Unexpected final boss for games kit SpatialOS: Unity blasts multiplayer GDK out of the cloud

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If you want to develop games in C#....

use the fully open-source engine Xenko - Xenko.com, released under an MIT license, so truly open source. They are currently developing version 3.1. The engine also happens to be written C#, which makes it a very interesting engine.

Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election

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Re: Red herring

Only in America can really complicated issues be boiled down to two simple choices:

You're a commie Leftie


You're a Fascist Right Wing Nazi.

Most people around the world realise that nothing is black and white, no-one agrees 100% with Republican or Democrat, even Americans. Yet they gotta pin their badge to the flag. Because America.

Most of the world laughs at your petty squabbles over republicans and democrats, to a lot of Europe, your lefties are pretty far to our right, which makes your arguments even more hilarious.

What you need to realise as an American, is that as a country, you are pretty extreme. The rest of the world views you as what you are - extremists. Some of the worst human rights records in history, complete lack of concern for your fellow humans, positively aggressive against any form of helping your fellow humans, unless it benefits America and it's people.

You can't be moderate and straddle the line with us Europeans if you are a right wing American. You might as well be a jihadist, as a country, your views are that extreme, and as a government and people, you are not afraid of terrorizing whoever you feel like, whenever you feel like it.

Those are not the actions of reasonable people, and you can only judge people by their actions...

Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe

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Re: Amateur Amateurs!!

"Probably the mac originates from inside, because they are spoofing their spoof, and hacking their hack, backtracking their back trace, and then using 4 keyboards!"

You have obviously never seen CSI....

4 Keyboards??

If you had said 4 people using one keyboard, then I would agree with you, but 4 Keyboards? No, their is definitely only one keyboard assigned to the whole show.

Amazon exec tells UK peers: No, we don't want to be dominant. Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues

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Re: Tax allowance for costs is a grace

"If you put another 20% on sales it would simply result in prices being raised to pay it."

But if they increase the prices, guess what? They are further increasing their revenue, so the price hike would still be short of the taxable amount and Amazon would still have to pay additional out of their pockets. They keep putting the prices up, and it is not until people stop buying products that their revenues start to decrease. By which point they are on an instant path to bankruptcy.

What would actually happen is it would pass about half on to consumers, and half onto suppliers and partners of it's services. Then it won't have to pay any additional tax.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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Store is a mode in windows 10, you can turn it off and have full fat windows. You upgrade in the MS Store, it's free and available to anyone.

So because you didn't know how to support the system, you advised them it's of no use to business.

Who do you work for again??

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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Re: The real solution

The problem with a back-up non flashable bios, assumes that BIOS are:

a) Without flaws themselves

b) Are valid for the chip you have installed.

If you have a newer chip which required a BIOS update before installation, your method is less than useless, and would only brick the system until a new BIOS could be installed, except that if the BIOS doesn't support your CPU, you can't load the BIOS to change it.

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media

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Re: Spot the 'deliberate' mistake in the video

You know this isn't a video of the landing, but a pre-construction of how it is going to happen, right?

No-one is going for re-education on this one.

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?

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Re: Vindicated


Microsoft's 2018, part 2: Azure data centres heat up and Windows 10? It burns! It burns!

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Re: ... and people ask me why I use Linux exclusively

I keep reading about these problems with Microsoft, and I am sure they exist, but I wonder how big the problems really are. Windows 10 can be annoying certainly, but so far, I have not had any of the issues reported with any Win10 update. Even the writer of this article says the only issue they had was with the brightness control on their laptop, so how big are these bugs really?

With an install base of 700Million, even 0.001% of users having an issue would sound like a lot of noise, as that would be 7,000 voiciferous complainers. But 0.001% isn't really a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Heck, 99.99% correct and 0.01% bad would still sound terrible, as 70,000 users.

My point is, these issues are terrible and all that, but how widespread are they really? How many people are actually affected by all these issues?

Microsoft's 2018, part 1: Open source, wobbly Windows and everyone's going to the cloud

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Re: Windows 10 S

You had a field, with a pre-filled country code, you entered the 0 of your number in the next box, it wasn't accepted and that is MS fault?

You also complain about the PC vendor added crapware, and seem to be blaming that on Microsoft as well.

I'd suggest that you maybe weren't the ideal person to set their machine up.

An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour

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Re: That Genesis reading

I believe the reaction to the reading was what caused them to go with something more spontaneous when Neil stepped onto the moon for the first time. The moon landings would definitely have featured a biblical reading otherwise.

'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos

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Re: Fair's Fair

They do that already....

Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook

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Re: Image used for article

Err, that is a Zombie, completely different from Beheadings...

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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Re: Brittle software?

Chrome is not open source, Chromium is open source, Chrome is closed source, so no-one can check the code to find out....

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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"“The President of the United States lies with impunity “... WTF does that mean???"

It's an English phrase which means he lies pretty much all the time and doesn't care.

We do have our own problems, we have our own right-wing, lying nut-jobs to deal with, but fortunately, we never made any of them our leader. But, even if we did, we Brits have the right to be able to speak about our leader as we want, especially if they were lying asshats, like the US president.

Being the leader of a country does not automagically make one good, right or honest, those principles come from the people themselves, Trumpy McFartface is none of those, and would be treated with the same disrespect by the British even if he was our leader, in fact, especially if he was our leader.

Don't think this is America bashing, this is just lying bastard bashing. There is a difference, although it may not seem like it.

Brit startup Graphcore tossed a £200m early Christmas pressie for machine learning CPU

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Re: "the company has been valued at $1.7bn"

"Hold on! Haven't I seen this move before? You know, that one where investors persuaded themselves that somebody had invented a machine that defied the laws of physics?"

Heck, they only promise a 10x boost over x86, for the specific targetted workloads they will be used for. These are not general purpose CPU's, so being 10x faster in machine learning applications is probably a bit low on what could be achieved. I'd rank this one as a fairly safe bet...

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)

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Re: An opening is here

I agree an opening is here.

@Waseem - Not really, computers are still the fancy calculators those old OS ran on, what has changed is seemingly the definition of Operating System.

Whereas an OS used to do nought but manage access to the hardware in those heady days, it now does a plethora of other things that are not OS related. A new operating system that was just that, an operating system with a Hardware API and an execution environment. There is definitely an opening for that. Everything else could be plug-in modules, not tied to the OS. There is definitely an opening.

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'

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Re: Too bad he's gonna lose, most likely.

Him being born in the US probably has a lot to do with why he lives there, rather than him 'choosing' to live there.

German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?

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Re: Maybe banned because there are no back-doors

Exactly, the NSA have stolen their source code, and still can't provide any evidence, so that would indicate there is nothing going on. This does potentially point to the NSA not being able to breach the systems, and if that's the case, that would be great, but I don't think so, it is just probably just part of the anti-Chinese, make America great again industry rhetoric that is being thrown around by the white house.

An AI system has just created the most realistic looking photos ever

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I know this in general is a very bad development, but at the same time, as a solo hobby game dev, being able to generate 5000 unique images of people to use in a 2d game could be very handy.

Godmother of word processing Evelyn Berezin dies at 93

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What's embarrassing, the word 2007 error, or the fact you are admitting to using word 2007 a few days before the start of 2019?

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

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Why not use office software that is free, lightweight and actually works with MS office documents:


It doesn't do everything that MS Office does, but that is a good thing. It is lightweight and has none of the compatibility issues that plague LibreOffice or OpenOffice. It even runs on Android..

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Re: Yes, what MS really needs now is more marketing...

No, they really do need more marketing, Have you seen the article:

"The existing Office 365 subscription, aimed at consumers, has been a success, with the Home Edition giving six users the likes of Word, Excel and PowerPoint along with an hour of Skype calls and 1TB of cloudy storage for £7.99 a month."

"with the Home Edition giving six users"

A whole six users have taken up the Home Edition of the subscription so they call this a success!

They really need more marketing!!!

I found a security hole in Steam that gave me every game's license keys and all I got was this... oh nice: $20,000

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Except the guy who exploited the bugs and got the free keys then reported it to Vavle of course...

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Re: Why don't we have a referendum...

Bill Posters Is Innocent!!!

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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A national disgrace? No other nation wants to do it. Nobody cares.

@Mr Johnston.

May I suggest you get the hatred for Bloodhound out of your eyes so it doesn't affect your ability to understand the truths of the world which prove you to:

A - Not know what you are talking about

B - Sound like a right miserable bastard.

Now, onto the point of this post:


Yes, you read that right, Aussie Invader 5R is almost ready to begin running for the 1000mph club. Originally with a AUS$450,000 tax incentive from the Australian Government.

Now, we have proven you don't have a clue what you are talking about when it comes to this subject, maybe you will take your whingy ass to some other site where your pontificating may be appreciated.

Wanna save yourself against NotPetya? Try this one little Windows tweak

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Re: Makes You Wonder...

Maybe a company that wants to test it's defences against a poisonless malware to see how their network holds up. You know, general information gathering.

Three no Trump: China says it's 'open' to giving Qualcomm-NXP wedding its blessing

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Re: Qualcomm to acquire Dutch semiconductor maker NXP

Totally agree about the US regulators, but in this case, even the EU regulators approved it. One would hope the EU people were looking out for the EU.

Ex-Intel engineer tried to make off with 3D XPoint secret sauce on his way to Micron, says Chipzilla

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Re: Those who cannot remember history . . .

Nah, she was working against the evil spying government, this case is different.

This is much more like the Waymoo/Uber/Otto scenario, where the guy tried to run off with Googles secret sauce...

It's a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love

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Re: Let's be fair to MS (thought experiment)

I fail to see how firing of QA exponentially increases the complexity of a piece of software. Unless something was missing from my Algorithmic Complexity module, I'm pretty sure QA has no impact on Big Oh Notation.

While the quality undoubtedly drops with no QA, the complexity does not increase....

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There is a certain irony in seeing all these fixes requiring the command line, after all the (misplaced) criticism of Linux for supposedly always needing to use the command line to Do Anything.


Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Re: I don't like the aspect ration

May I introduce you to the concept of the portable DVD player???

Comes with screen built-in - https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8625229

Not sure if pink Disney princess theme is your thing, but plenty of others to choose from if you don't like the colour scheme...

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Re: I don't like the aspect ration

If your primary use for a laptop is watching videos, may I suggest a TV and DVD player/Streaming box combo? Much cheaper than the laptop, and is actually designed for watching movies.

Then you can use the laptop for the real computing tasks it is desinged for.

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Re: I rather like it, but for one detail

I don't think I've seen a dedicated numeric keypad on a laptop for years?

Can you point me in the direction of where I would be able to find such a device?

Symantec execs cooked the books to protect their fat bonuses, investor lawsuit alleges

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Please be careful when investing..

The value of your investments may go down as well as up.

Do investors these days not know how this works?

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Re: Pissed

I always thought that was no one ever got fired for buying Intel??

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Re: Pissed

Home users are approximately 0.01% of revenue for microsoft, they really don't care. They are market leaders because they are who the corporates trust.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Surely Q&A is a mistake?

QA: Quality Assurance

QC: Quality Control

Q&A: Question & Answer

US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

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Re: And on that note...

So everyone involved said there is no such story, including the FBI. This is the same FBI who scared Americans to get rid of Kaspersky, so you know they would definitely tell if there was a problem.

Only Bloomberg and their 'Anonymous' sources claim this to be correct.

There is zero evidence, no-one anywhere has produced a compromised motherboard.

So no evidence, denied by everyone accused and only 'anonymous' sources claim this to be true. You think the jury is still out??

The only thing that is 'still out' is the mass of synapses that is supposed to rest between your ears. If there was any issue, the FBI would have been telling everyone to remove supermicro parts, like they did with Kaspersky.

Of course, there is one situation where the FBI and all their companies would deny this, and that would be if the bits added to the motherboards were done so at the Americans request, and not the Chinese. Then if it were true, it makes sense to deny, but if China was behind this, America would have made sure the world knew about it.

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

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Re: In addition to extensive internal validation

@Version 1.0 - I think you may have missed the reasoning behind the snigger comment and the title...

Although, it may just be my mind that missed the reasoning...

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@Dave K - "Regularly releasing buggy code and forcing it onto your customers machines is a great way to destroy trust in software updates in general, and that's dangerous territory if users start to increasingly see updates as something to fear..."

For me personally, seeing updates as something to fear is what agile development has brought to the software world. I cannot comprehend why anyone thinks it is better to release unfinished software and continue to evolve it, especially something as mission critical as an OS. Features can be tested in this way for sure, but products should not be a constantly moving goal post.

People plan their hardware and software environment requirements based on the needs of their business, they should not have to worry about an OS adding massive new features or removing critical functionality due to some hippie dippie lazy programmer excuses that somehow turned into a methodology to be worshipped like some sort of digital god.

Agile has it's place, but not in 90% of the places it is currently used. Whether work or home I want to know that what I buy will work and will continue to work. I don't want my audio production software updating every 6 months, I will buy a new version when there are features I want which the old one cannot support. Same goes with almost any creative software. Agile is a toxic poison. The concept of discussion and feedback with users is valid, but releasing unfinished software to forever tinker with is a cardinal sin.

Design it, program it, test it, release it, fix missed issues, then develop the next version. It really is simple. Don't fuck with my environment, I don't want anyone's agile software thank you.


I feel better now.

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Re: Really the Home versions of Windows are evil and the price difference etc Home / Pro is evil

Except that my Win10 pro is still activated and still genuine...

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Really the Home versions of Windows are evil and the price difference etc Home / Pro is evil

The price difference is evil?

I paid £2.36 for a win10 Pro licence off ebay. Home was £1.73. I can't see how the price difference is evil? 63p is hardly earth shattering. It won't even get you a can of coke...

Worldwide Web wizard Tim Berners-Lee sticks wellington boot into Worldwide Web's giants: Time to break 'em up?

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Potemkine!: "Amazon is another story. It destroys a lot of local businesses alright, but isn't it the same case than cars eradicating horse transports?"

No, it is not even vaguely the same thing. Cars replaced horses, but the jobs didn't disappear. Hearses changed from horses to cars, only the horses themselves were put out of work, not the business owners running the business.

With Amazon, the jobs disappear and the business owners lose the business, and sometimes their homes and family too. It is not even close to being comparable. Amazon is already a monopoly, just no-one has realised yet... Facebook and Google are other examples of monopolies from the wonderful internet age.

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Re: No qualification needed.

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Boom! Just like that the eSIM market emerges – and jolly useful it is too

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All SIMs are reprogramable - you just need the right GlobalPlatform keys..

Excatly. You wouldn't be able to transfer your phone number otherwise. It would require a new sim.

Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants

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Re: There will be £10m for a scheme to identify ways to keep physics and maths teachers in schools

codejunky: That is one way to go but from what I hear from teachers it would be better if the gov would step back and stop trying to be in charge of what they dont understand.

Well, the teachers need to understand that the very definion of a gov is a group of people trying to be in charge of things they don't understand..

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Re: There will be £10m for a scheme to identify ways to keep physics and maths teachers in schools

That's true, but as an initial investment, I think it's a great starting point....


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