* Posts by Baldrickk

691 posts • joined 26 May 2016


Self-driving cars may not have steering wheels in future, dev preview for PyTorch 1.0 is here, etc

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Cars have to have steering wheels

I guess if we stop calling stage 4 autonomous vehicles cars we could avoid the steering wheel requirement? The lack of a driving position is a considerable difference to every car on the market today...

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Isn't this the update that they rushed out because there was very little in it without going through the usual process?

Surprise meter has a low reading.

Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins

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yes but

ours is in space already for testing.

sometimes simple is better - I mean, it's not rocket science is it? or maybe it is ;)

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Re: Centrifugal force

Why call a web page with writing on it an article, or a piece of paper with writing a letter?

Why have male and female instead of having "Humans with parts that go inside another, and humans with parts designed to take other humans parts inside them?"

Its the definition of a term to define a common situation, in this case an apparent force, which allows for succinct communication.

Martian weather has cleared at last: Now NASA's wondering, will Opportunity knock?

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Re: RE: second only to the voyagers

Hardly "floating"

well, yes, "floating" - it's not thrusting at all. It's just floating quickly.

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RE: second only to the voyagers

I'd rate Opportunity above the Voyager probes.

Yes, Voyager 1&2 have been active for longer, but they've not exactly had as much to deal with.

Life is pretty uneventful floating out there in the void...

Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

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Re: Catch 22

"Sorry your internet connection doesn't support online gaming/VOIP/whatever because your connection uses CG-NAT".

Unfortunately, with things like skype going cloudy and not peer to peer, that won't be affected.

Might have an issue with torrents? IDK, one would assume that someone has been working on a way around that.

Hosting your own server though, that's the kicker.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Re: Out with the new, and in with the old

well I'm here for the content (and the comments) so no driving me away, but a less nice design makes it a little less nice to browse.

Really, what is up with the ads?

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Re: Doesn't seem to work

only problem is my screen is a fraction over 4x that...

Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Re: a single "well qualified" in IT person that participates

I do, but none on their main machines, and none at work.

icon: because, well, the effect of potentially volatile beta code

Vodafone cops ads rap over Martin Freeman's vanishing spaceship

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Re: The only useful measure

I've been able to max out the thinkbroadband speed test over wifi, let alone wired - getting higher throughput from other services.

Granted that was ~130Mbs so plenty enough for Voda's advertised speeds, but still...

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: Links to resolutions, will work with any browser

Gaming should be very much improved under Linux itself now with proton https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/ which should be better than vanilla wine for gaming on linux.

I've yet to try it myself, but reports have been positive.

Solid password practice on Capital One's site? Don't bank on it

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Single figure entry

There are other annoying ways for banks to really put a spanner in the works.

For me, the biggest is requiring specific characters from your password.

You can't just copy and paste that either.

Easy to put in if you have a short password that you remember 1-5-7 of "Abcd123"? "A13" not too hard.

What about 8-14-17 of "u[==sPDOD`w>d&]nVaUYOU-em+wY:N" erm... well first I need to open up the entry in the password manager, un-hide the password (so it's now in full view of shoulder surfers) and now count the characters, make sure I get the right ones and put them in. er... "O&V"

I mean, it's not hard to do, but it circumvents filling the password and makes it easier to get your password wrong by miscounting characters.

Also how do they store the combinations required? Is your password encrypted and not hashed (bad)? or is there a finite set of hashes of character combinations (terribly inefficient with space, and it's doubtful that they are going to pre-calculate every possible combination)

Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

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Re: Vonage and 911 (US-specific, sorry)

They do. Mine even allows calls to specified contacts without unlocking the phone - useful if you have a specific need or want your home/next of kin to be contactable.

Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

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Re: Then they're hurt or killed

eveything in:

California might kill you

Australia wants to kill you

Mozilla changes Firefox policy from ‘do not track’ to ‘will not track’

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Agreed. If they all played by the metaphorical book, then there wouldn't be a problem.

I block ads because of the sheer number that are **** annoying, be they playing videos, pop-ups, pop-unders, self expanding banners... Not to mention the scope for malicious ads, and the tracking they do (it's not even useful - if I buy, lets say, a bench online, I then have one. Adds for more benches isn't going to convince me to buy another one when I now have one and only have enough room for one).

If I were to come to a tech site, and was served ads that were static images with a link, and tailored to the experience not by tracking me, but by going "hey, it's a tech, site, lets provide a "techy" ad" then that would be perfectly acceptable, and useful.

When you go onto what should be a fairly innocuous site, and there are 400-500 trackers active on a single page... Who are all these people, and why should they have access to information about me?

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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Re: I do wonder...

When I worked behind a till, the reason for me to do it that way was that coins were less likely to fall between fingers and all over the floor if the note is beneath forming an impenetrable layer that holds the coin.

As a customer, it's really not hard to either pull the notes out from underneath, or just turn everything on it's side in your hand and just pick up the notes from next to the coins.

Teardown chaps strip away magic from Magic Leap's nerd goggles

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Re: Meanwhile the other Leap is also hard at work

Technically, the lighthouse system is also inside out tracking - the lighthouses do none of the tracking, unlike the Occulus / PSVR solutions where the tracking is done using external cameras

It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less

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Re: BBC Micro

We have one of these in the workshop at my company. Its doing the same job as it always did, running tests on new/refurbished hardware.

It'll only get replaced if the company we are doing the work for stumps up the cash to replace it, the problem being that if it were to break, we're out of replacement hardware for it...

The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?

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I wonder what the stats are - how many people opted in to see the change, and how many are still using the new layout?

Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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re: Evidence

And how many incidents that the waymo vehicles have been involved in were caused by human drivers?

Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Re: Huh?

If you're really, really lucky the entire team ends up working on the morning of Christmas day.

At a TV transmitter location? not likely - can't miss the Queen's Speech!

An early tuesday morning maybe, say 02:00 would seem more likely, some time when the least viewers possible could be affected.

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The worst I've seen was in the atrium of the "Hub" building at University. 4 floors high, with offices all up one side, fully wired for Wifi.

Including a few phone hotspots, a Wifi scanner found 262 unique access point/SSID combinations (each access point provided access to three or four SSIDs, so that's 65-85 different visible access points providing the same networks, all on 2.4Ghz)

IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Re: Obvious need for..

What you do is create a compatible protocol so that:


For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

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Only option to stay sane...

Seems to be to ignore the data slurp - give in to it...

Trying to lock everything down just makes you go crazy, paranoid and stressed at the same time, and the only way to stop it seems to be to become Amish.

I'm not comfortable with my phone screen scraping everything I look at - as boring as it is. But what can you do to stop it?

The only viable option would be to go to another system, but the only viable one would be an iPhone, but there are other reasons why I don't want to go there either.

Most recently being my iPhone using sister with a video to send to me, resorting to sending via an online service because the iPhone doesn't support point to point file transfers over bluetooth. I mean, how hard is it?

Google are just after your data, Apple want to lock you down too much. I really, really want a third option.

Ubuntu touch and sailfish seem like good ways to go, but neither support my phone right now, and are not quite viable for day to day use yet, but I really want them to be!

Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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Re: Survey...

I have three or four distinct routes I could take to work, all take about the same time.

More, when you take in other alterations over short sections.

Google maps does a good job at directing me onto the least congested.

The only thing it doesn't realise is that I have cloned the access token for the back entrance to the business park, which cuts a good 10mins off of my 1h commute which is only accessible through one of the main routes....

Top tip? Sprinkle bugs into your code to throw off robo-vuln scanners

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Obscuring the real bugs

Because we all know that security by obscurity always works...

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: It looks a bit... "cheap"

Watching the reviews on YT only make it worse...

Damage from build and construction, really bad control quality - stiff and with no tactile feedback, constant crashes on menu screens, paper logo under the screen cover, the list goes on...

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Re: German tank problem

I hope so. That's a wonderful bit of maths.

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It looks a bit... "cheap"

As title, insert appropriate four letter word as applicable

Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

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Re: (misleading stats)

It'd be "fine" if the scales were the same, but they're not making it impossible to understand properly. You can't even compare the gradients / rate of change.

Castaway hacker guilty of sedating children's hospital computers

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picked up by Steamboat Willie?

Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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I'm yet to send an accidental email like the ones above, but the number of times I forget to attach something yet realise 0.025s after hitting the send button...

LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears

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My G3 was fantastic. It still runs fine, though only if I use a USB-OTG and screen mirroring to my smart TV - I smashed the screen just before my 2 year contract ran out. I had no problems with the phone itself, and would have gladly gone LG again...

...but the S7 was on a very steeply discounted contract so I picked one up instead.

Now the question is, when my contract is up in a few months, should I actually look at upgrading to this, or any other new phone from this year, or stick with my S7 which is still going strong (and put LineageOS on it to get updates)?

It doesn't feel like I'm really missing out on anything except the bokeh effects from dual lenses. I'd prefer to buy a decent camera instead tbh.

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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Re: The Number of the Beast

It's not really that the processors are too powerful for the job - they do the job fine. The bigger problem is that they are too powerful for the batteries you can fit in them...

If batteries could deliver ten times the power for the same volume, then the drain would be less of a problem.

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When I'm driving...

I have a clock on the dashboard, failing that the radio has one, failing that, the phone is mounted for use as a sat-nav and displays the time.

Failing that, and only when looking isn't convenient - "OK Google, what is the time?"

Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

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I don't know about "Mainly" but our Discovery 3 falls back on inertial guidance when it loses GPS.

It's accurate enough to show your rough position while in a tunnel, or get you past a junction in a black spot, but the accuracy degrades pretty quickly beyond that.

It fixes itself once it starts getting updates from GPS again.

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Re: Luckily

It can be a good way around an incident. Recently skipped 40 minutes of stationary traffic by use of a side-road and a car-park with an exit onto that road and the road I wanted to get onto by following some locals. Turns out there had been a smash across the junction that I avoided.

I typically learn my route beforehand. The GPS is a backup to my brain and a convenient way to see traffic levels, plus there is always an atlas at hand in the car as the next fallback.

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: block any specific up/down traffic via firewalls?

Sure, you can, but that's a bit like seeing everything as a nail, right?

Really an OS should just behave itself.

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Re: Windows Update on 10

True, but how often do you end up being forced to reboot Windows as opposed to Linux?

The megalithic kernel in Windows ends up being rebooted far more often.

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Windows Update on 10

Is still as bad as it was from the start.

You can get it to not force a reboot during your standard "working" hours, sure, but you can't dictate when it downloads the updates.

Right when I'm in the middle of playing online games is NOT the right time to take over my bandwidth.

It shouldn't be hard - if there is constant use of the CPU, GPU or HDD, coupled with network activity - the user is probably doing something that requires those resources in use, and doesn't want their OS to hold their network and disk access to ransom until they are done.

Why it can't just notify that there is an update ready to be downloaded and let me download it when ready... I don't know. It was an option in Windows 7.

But even that would kill performance in Windows 7 - I never got to the bottom of that, but when there was an update ready for download, everything slowed down until installed.

There is also no way to <br>

a) shutdown the PC leaving the update pending - it now forces the update installation, even using the command line. - Fantastic when you need to shutdown the PC quickly for whatever reason.<br>

b) fully install the updates (including any restarts needed) - so you tell it to install updates and shutdown when finished using it, and then when you need to hop on quickly the next morning, it has to go through the post-restart update process which takes its time. <br>

slow shutdown or slow boot after updates. PICK ONE MS! or better yet, let us pick.

Or, you know, go the *nix route and be able to update practically everything in place.


'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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They should/could have kept using coax > telephone wire and left "fibre" to full fibre connections.

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Re: Virgin Media are the worst

No problems with them over here, in my old house or at my Father's.

Well, only problem is that they don't have a link onto my new estate.

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Re: telephone that isn't dependant on the mains

My mobile isn't dependant on the mains, as long as I don't let it run out of battery at least.

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Should really be advertised as it is...

...whether that is "FTTP and FTTC" or "hybrid fiber"

The average consumer doesn't care about what the back-haul is built from or how it works. They care about the service they can get.

I'd argue that providing accurate bandwidth estimations should be enough, but the homeowner is also concerned about their direct connection, as that is what can limit upgrades in the future (that they have to care about)

Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn

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Re: PDFs in Edge

Same here. Started breaking after a Windows update.

Not bothered looking into it either, just switched to something that works.

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Features I want to see:

Stabilisation of the OS is good.

Along with that can we also have stabilisation of the UI?

- you know, so we only have one way of changing settings, instead of being split across two separate disparate applications with different conventions.

Unfortunately, *nix gaming isn't yet quite at the same level as Windows gaming, so I'm going to have to keep using it for a while to get the best experience.

Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Re: I like Python and C

I don't think comprehensions are obscure, they're just different, a construct that doesn't exist in C.

But then again, someone moving from python to C will probably feel the same way about pointers and references.

A comprehension has the advantage of being succinct, which is why I like them in general

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: Microsoft XML crazed fever extend to games.

A friend got his hands on street sweeping simulator...

The variables were done in the same way, and he had great fun with the game - changing them so that the wheels were in different positions, making it spawn more, increasing speed etc, making the wheels put quarry dumper trucks to shame, and then putting them all round all over the place, so it acted more like a huge ball.

ah, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHKpCD1OOvQ this was still quite early on in his experiments.


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