* Posts by Baldrickk

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Butcher breaks out of own freezer using black pudding

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Re: This is a serious problem.

They shouldn't freeze - I've had experience in a few walk-in freezers of various sizes.

If you are to get it to freeze you need excessive liquid present that can then freeze in the button - if that happens it's because of poor maintenance or spillages.

The buttons work fine in the standard humidity of the freezers

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Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

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The fix isn't to disable it entirely, though it's true that when it is not done, the chips are not vulnerable.

The problem is from when boundaries between processes need to be crossed. The speculative execution was crossing that boundary to continue its work, was then invalidated by a conditional that evaluated a different way to that which was predicted, and is then not cleaned up properly.

The flaw is the last step.

Because the data remains in the CPU's registers, it can be read by the new branch of code that is being executed.

This works because some protected memory is mapped into the application's memory space. The fix stops this, so that there is complete separation between the application and the kernel. Going from one to the other (system call) now involves a complete context switch (which does properly wipe the registers)

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Re: Optional mitigation

on Linux at least, there is a boot option to disable it.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: Late to the party

It was going mainstream anyway, The Register were just first to that party.

Basically, as soon as Linus revealed that there was a kernel patch that would have a notable performance penalty, the whole thing was going to be exposed.

Apple + MS reporting the same? not so much as it is closed source, but as Linux is open source, any changes are in the public domain as it were.

To the best of my knowlege, The Register didn't sign any NDA.

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Re: Gamers largely unaffected by KPTI?

a certain game I'm having trouble wrestling with
Care to share just what game that is? or is it one in development still and these are problems that will be ironed out?

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Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

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Re: Ubuntu only?

It's not just the kernel version, but also what modules are installed / compiled into it.

Probably the case that other Distros don't have the driver enabled, and its likely that not everyone will even notice a problem.

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Re: Its serial all the way down, mate

Why would Lenovo want to put in a UEFI fail-safe that almost none of their potential buyers understand well enough to make it a selling feature?

They just have to put something into the marketing material to say that their new PCs are resistant to problems with firmware corruption with their NEW [SUPER FEATURE NAME]

That should be enough,

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Re: If you want Ubuntu laptops there is System 76.

Nimbusoft seem to be all sold out, but I'm looking at Entroware.

Thanks to both of you for the recommendations.

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If you want Ubuntu laptops there is System 76.

I would love to. Care to get them to supply me with a UK keyboard layout?

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

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Re: Eh?

My last laptop cost me £750, and got me through my entire university degree. LAN parties included.

(Yes, it did play Crysis, pretty well in fact, on medium settings, and I bought the laptop about when Crysis was released, so the meme is applicable)

My (£1000) desktop PC is pretty high spec, and these days, with faster network/internet connections, I can't really think of much that can't be farmed off to a cheaper, more capable static machine, with the exception of gaming, and even then only e-sport level low latency games. My SteamLink delivers an experience that is 99% that of what I would get sat in front of the machine, over Wifi.

As your only machine, I can see the attraction, but it still seems like a lot.

That SSD will be a big chunk of that price though.

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That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

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Re: That probably explains..

Why not a battery that is user replaceable?

Oh wait, it's Apple.

form over function.

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'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

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Re: Stolen Focus

Anyway. Focus stealing becomes even worse on Windows when some idiot writes an app that pops up a requester and the WORST POSSIBLE ACTION is the default choice. So you're tapping away in Outlook, and something pops up and says "Do you wish to format your hard drive and all connected network drives? [YES] [no]" just as you hit the spacebar which naturally chooses default settings.

Urgh, yeah. Ran into that the other day. Was directory diving on a file server, went to hit ENTER to er... enter a directory. My finger caught the DELETE key on the way. Cue the creation, and immediate dismissal (as my finger finished it's journey to the ENTER key) of the "Are you sure you want to pernamently delete this" confirmation. Of course the default is "Yes", isn't it...

Turns out that said file server only has backups for a small part of the filesystem on it, and the vanished directory was not included.

Oops.

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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Re: Or.....

windows-mixed-reality-minimum-pc-hardware-compatibility-guidelines

Graphics Card:

Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs

NVIDIA GTX 960/1050 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU

AMD RX 460/560 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU

GPU must be hosted in a PCIe 3.0 x4+ Link slot Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620 (or greater)

Windows Mixed Reality PCs

DX12-capable integrated GPU (check if your model is greater)

NVIDIA MX150/965M (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU

Where does the spec say that your 7850 should be capable of running this?

It doesn't meet the requirements for an "ultra" Pc, and your entire manufaturer isn't listed for the non-ultra option.

This is a comparison of your card, the (high)mid-range card from 2010 I recently gave away for free, and my current (compatiable) card.

The 7850 is underpowered and not compatiable, and almost 6 years old, predating the occulus rift kickstarter. Note that it only supports DirectX 11.2

Sorry to burst your bubble, but it was never going to be enough for VR, as VR needs more grunt.

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UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

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Re: The turn of the millenium called...

I can only see 9G/Mo for £18 om Giffgaff - what am I missing?

Almost a decade.

They did unlimited data when they started out, but stopped offering it about 8-ish years ago I believe - at least for phone plans.

A 4G mobile internet connection might have better deals.

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How Google's black box Knowledge Graph can kill you

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Interestingly enough, the few times I have used "OK google ..." to look up something on my phone, it has replied:

"According to wikipedia..."

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Hot chips crashed servers, but were still delicious

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Re: Monitor weirdness

I found that using a spark igniter (the sort you can extract from a handheld gas firelighter) within about four or five metres of my keyboard causes it to instantly cease operation. No contact required. Even the backlight fails (I thought that the static backlight would be more resilient).

It needs to be unplugged and re-inserted before it will work again.

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Re: Power Cables...

You can throw *almost* any memory into a computer (dependant on space).

It may rattle around though.

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Re: My keyboard stupidity.

It's a bios setting, usually.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Re: Aren't those fighters going to get a bit dated?

The Harrier is still in service, albeit only with the US Marines, 50 years after introduction.

Still think we should have kept ours until we actually receive the replacements.

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UK good for superfast broadband, crap for FTTP – Ofcom

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What will you do with all that bandwidth?

I'm getting FTTP sometime in March-May when I move.

The answer to the question is... I don't have a clue. I'll be able to start livestreaming if I feel like it though.

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A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

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My virgin connection is still through a Hub 2.0. No Puma for me. Latency is fine, low 20ms latency to my usual gaming servers, and the 125mb/s download is plenty sufficient for me.

Will be moving to FTTP next year when I move. That'll be nice :)

Only fault with VM that I am having is the lack of upload, and I refuse to buy a larger package just to improve it slightly, as I don't need the extra bandwidth.

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Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch

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Re: Poor sods?

In fact a family member is doing just that this year.

We've already had a family Christmas get-together, so when he flies off in a few days time, we have still had a chance to celebrate.

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Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

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Re: I'd like to go back to a simpler car

Not sure I'd call it a particularly simple car, in the same vein as the AC wanted, but I will agree with it being a nice car.

So much so that I would take one over a 4 or a 5, where they have forgone the utilitarian roots of the vehicle and tried to make it "flash".

My typical example is the way to get to the rear seats (7 seats).

Discovery 3:

Open door.

Fold down seat back of side seat.

Hit lever on side and whole seat lifts out of the way on spring loaded hinges.

Climb in

Seat unfolds.

Discovery 5:

Open door

Tilt rear bench seat (yeah, anyone on that row has to get out first) forwards 45 degrees

slide bench seat forwards about 20cm

Realise that the rear of the seat has only moved forwards enough to reach the edge of the doorframe, leaving nowhere to put your feet as you climb in.

Crawl over the seats to get to the rear row

Realise that the rear seats are now no longer full size, and the headrest pushes against your shoulder-blades

pull bench seat back into position.

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Re: Don't care.

I'm holding out for a decent price on NVMe storage. When I built my new machine, I gave myself the option of waiting a couple more seconds when loading into a game against adding another 40-50% to the cost of my build...

I went with sparing a few seconds, and making a drink/reading something on my phone while I boot if the PC has been fully shutdown and is not just asleep

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Used iPhone Safari in 2011-12? You might qualify for Google bucks

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Re: Just iPhones?

I was using my iPod Touch at the time, same browser, same OS, so I assume the same problem.

Would kinda like to know.

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Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on

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Is this the place James Bond visited?

Yes, in Goldeneye.

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BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

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Re: 5G versus better existing services

Like an earlier commenter said, I've never really found myself in a situation where I've been using 4G and really had a compelling argument that I should be able to get faster data rates.

Same here. 4G speeds are plenty sufficient, and there have been times I've accidentally left my WiFi off (oops) and ended up streaming 1080p content without a hiccup. There is simply no consumer need to move on from 4G yet, but there is for filling in 4G notspots.

As I understand it, the biggest benefit of 5G would be to support more customers in a given location. If they can't find "we need to be able to support all of our customers" as a business case, it's clear that doing it with 4G isn't currently a problem...

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Does UK high street banks' crappy crypto actually matter?

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I'd just prefer to have all my banks take reasonably long passwords, and to not require just a couple of characters in seperate input boxes, so that I can actually use my password manager properly.

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So things that are really out of date, or are old but the user can either turn on the support for later (better) protocols, or use alternative software (e.g. any browser other than IE)?

OpenSSL 0.9.1 was released in '98, the latest version of OpenSSL 0.9.X was released in 2005, and anything older then 1.0.2 is explicitly EOL.

The Java7 update you specify was June 18, 2013 Java7 itself (update 76) expired April 14, 2015.

Android kitkat was also 2013, and while technically supported with security patches to the source, it's unlikely that users are actually getting them. but that's not the problem, you stated older versions which are unsupported.

Not that you have control over what third parties use to connect to your systems of course, but there does come a time when it's probably not worth supporting outdated systems any more - or at least a point when you should be taking steps to discourage their use.

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Apple succeeds in failing wearables

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Re: I don't even wear a dumb watch

Cheers, thanks for the recommendation.

When I do go out for hikes, or a trip to the Lake/Peak district etc, I usually take a watch, but it will live in a side pocket of my rucksac :)

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I don't even wear a dumb watch

I find having something strapped to my wrist an absolute pain.

It makes my wrist hot and sweaty, is usually either too tight or flops around, is of limited utility when there are clocks in my phone, on my desk, on my computer etc.

As for smart watches, it's something else to remember to charge, doesn't do anything my phone can't do better, takes about the same amount of time to access (and requires use of both arms to actually do anything) and like my phone, I would not be allowed to take it with me into my office.

Utterly unappealing to me.

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Q: Why are you running in the office? A: This is my password for El Reg

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Re: Body placement

hmm. I may be in the minority, but my phone lives in the same pocket all the time. orientation may vary though.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: Why not web?

related: http://www.xkcd.com/934/

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How did someone hijack your Gmail? Phishing, keylogger or password reuse, we're guessing

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has nobody mentioned "Correct Horse Battery Staple" yet?

No, so here we go: https://xkcd.com/936/

Though really, just use a password manager.

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Learn client-server C programming – with this free tutorial from the CIA

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Re: MIPS ? PowerPC ?

A recent job had me producing builds of new software to target both of those architectures, along with about five others.

Many companies will still be running old hardware because it hasn't become redundant for its role yet, so it doesn't make sense to spend the time and money replacing it.

From what I understand, there are some major systems running at large companies (not sharing any names) that are still running on those systems.

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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Re: Looks like iOS and Android need new options

I wouldn't worry too much just yet. To pick up individual keystrokes you'd have to re-code web entry forms so they pick up every single keystroke for timing. This makes it easy to detect that something is actively watching keystrokes rather than waiting for a POST with the completed string

or they capture the data client side with javascript and send it with the form data

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: German Efficiency

I always found the trolley problem to be a non problem.

Simply put and hold the lever between the two options, and hope for a derailment.

And what about the 20 people travelling on the trolley-car who are now crashing?

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NASA reconfirms 2019 will see first launch of Space Launch System

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Kerbal

It looks pretty kerbal in design to me - in that it looks almost exactly like my go-to heavy lifter design.

- Orange tank (check)

- Quad nozzle base engine unit (white) (check)

- Big boosters on the side (check)

Art imitating life or life imitating art (I assume the former)

The gravity turn in the video looks kinda late compared to the visible atmosphere though. Is it?

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Re: maliciously possessing an explosive substance

But the charge was:

possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury.

Poster was pointing out that if it was never delivered, he was never in possession of the explosive. (Though he fully intended to be, and the stupid idiot deserves everything he gets)

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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This is where I'm an advocate of open-source.

I recognise that not all applications need, and in some cases should ever be open sourced.

But no consumer device should rely on an external service to the extent that it cannot be re-purposed at least.

Amazon echo etc? really just a speaker and microphone with a small computer attached. What happens if Amazon suspend the cloud service that runs it? Users should be able to connect to google's service instead, as an example.

The device and the service should be separate.

where open source can help here is even if the company providing the service drops it, then someone can 'fix' it.

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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Thinking of switching

I'm moving house next year, and the new place will have FTTP. Thinking of Hyperoptic. Anyone here have any feedback on them?

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Re: You can't change provider on FTTP only!

eh. I'd just rely on my mobile in that situation.

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Cisco's John Chambers: Robot farmers will feed bloated cricket thoraxes to our children

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Re: Why?

I've tried Quorn. It lacks in taste and texture compared to the meat it tries to replace.

If it wasn't trying and failing to be meat, I might eat it more (make it its own thing).

As a concept, I think it's great.

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Dumb autonomous cars can save more lives than brilliant ones

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Re: Better than the next guy

It's less about the experience - I know new drivers who are safer than peope who have been behind the wheel for years.

It's the amount of attention that they are giving to the driving of the car, given that they are no longer the ones driving, until suddenly, they are.

I did of course get what you meant though,

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Re: Problem for OLED

I noticed that my old LG G3 was showing screen burn-in when it was approaching 2yrs old.

I can see that happening on my 1 year old Samsung Galaxy S7, though this may not be because it is worse, and instead because I am more aware of the problem.

Never experienced burn-in on a TFT screen though. My old PC monitor's only problem is a dead pixel which it has had since new.

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Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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Re: Wut?

I think most would be happy with 6mbs.

With your logic, don't complain about the pollution when moving to a town or city. Want cleaner air, move out.

It's why I don't live in a city, and chose to go to a quiet city with an out of town campus for University instead of London/Manchester.

I do value logistics though, so I don't quite live out in the sticks, instead I have a happy medium, and have large amounts of woodland within a couple of minutes walk.

OTOH, Despite the posters going up over 4 years ago, I don't think OpenReach have fiber connections on our street yet. That's ok, Virgin do.

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Re: Alternative words

Well, that's potentially really good bandwidth.

The problem lies in the latency.

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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So if he puts this on his CV, is he more or less likely to get a new job?

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Re: Not just Cockatoos

Always get them to pass the problem up the chain, and never accept a new contract until after the connection is fixed...

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