* Posts by Korev

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64-bit malware threat may be itty-bitty now, but it's only set to grow

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Re: Obviously...

Sadly I think the virus writers will just byte back with a new version

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GPU-flingers' bash: Forget the Matrix, Neo needs his tensors

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Weighing in at a robust 815mm2, oodles of flops of various kinds, and 300W, it’s big, it’s fast, and it’s hot

Hooray more half-filled racks :)

Seriously, it's getting to the point that datacentres are going to have to up their power and cooling if they have any real computational geeks as the servers/accelerators become so power hungry. My work's "high density" racks were optimised for blades in a corporate DC (think SAP, Oracle). We've just put in 100ish P100s and have had to spread them out in two racks.

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Re: Russia

Sounds like an interesting idea, but wouldn't security be a bit of a nightmare? Moreover, one of the boats sinking would create a huge amount of pollution.

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Re: After Manchester

Security is rather important and means we probably won't be seeing any reactors in the middle of a roundabout anytime soon. I could see how having one of these reactors next to a large consumer of power with preexisting security like aluminium smelters would work though.

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Re: Underground

Like the ones on Lake Geneva?

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Bluemix gives users two months to adopt new rolling deployment tool

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Not long at all

Two months isn't long for a potentially large migration project, especially if there are regulatory requirements to be met...

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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Re: Dear Companies, your on hold system is a dual edged sword.

The irony is that they'll probably put you through to the "Customer retention team" who have no wait.

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Re: LiveChat with support staff

Support in call centres in the West can be dire too, there's no need to single out India-based centres like that.

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Re: Suggestions for tech firms' hold music

Any call centre: On Hold by the XX

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Or go Full BOFH™ and make them fear calling you. Imagine how many people wouldn't call up their phone provider if the call centre staff could get some decent current down the bell wire.

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Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

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Re: Other media options are available.

Dumping the data to sets of PST's and directories and throwing it on some form of removable storage would be the most sensible way of going about it frankly.

Azure want somewhere between $0.05 to $0.087/GB for data download from the US zones. It's not clear if they'd actually be able to cough up the money for that.

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SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

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Re: Most/many of us

Amongst ElReg's leadership quite a few, in the "normal" population almost none; I suspect that transferring the OS etc. would be too much for many people.

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IBM's ShinyHappy™ SAP Ariba deal papers over SaaS fail

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Purchasing systems

Of all the things you don't want to have to change in an organisation, big purchasing systems are quite high up the list as the changes are so disruptive*

*Disruptive in the sense of costing the business a huge amount of time and money, not in attracting huge amounts of VC money to squander

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Re: “cognitive procurement solutions that redefine the source-to-settle process.”

It's like devops, but more agile, for use in today's strategic sourcing scenarios.

It's generic and disruptive across all the verticals and now the horizontal cloud synergies because the devops rockstars are Ninjas

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Has AI gone too far? DeepTingle turns El Reg news into terrible erotica

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Re: Dinosaurs

I heard that if you give it half a chance the Tyrannosaurus Rex you

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O2 will be carrying out UK IoT connectivity trials later this year

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Conclusion?

The likely conclusion: no signal or too low speeds to be usable...

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Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

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Re: International data transfer?

Interesting point about data going international though, were they trying to connect to GCHQ?

As members of the "Five Eyes" group, the Aussies and Kiwis probably are perfectly able to do those shenanigans themselves

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After stiffing us with Trump, Weiner 'fesses to underage cock shot rot

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Re: As foretold on The Day Today :D

It looks like there's a new Chris Morris film on the way.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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Re: Appeal to armchair strategists

In any case, apart from the whinges in the usual papers, we were quite happy to let 1/2 the russian fleet sail past last year.

You're being a little unfair, we sent a fisheries protection vessel. That'll learn 'em good.

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Re: Come for the article

upvotes will catapult up

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Mi casa es su casa: Ubuntu bug makes 'guests' anything but

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SSH?

The bug, of course, could be considered a security flaw as it would allow anyone with local access to an Ubuntu machine access to any sensitive files and data on the host machine.

Does Ubuntu* restrict guest logins to users sitting physically on the machine or can anyone with SSH or a remote vulnerability get in?

*More of a RHEL man myself, hence the question

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Re: "We can only imagine the pointing and laughing"

Yep, Mint. I don't know if it's affected by this though.

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

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I helped get one of the UK power companies prosecuted after they annoyed me too much on the door step. It was most satisfying to see them get fined.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: I stuck with CDs

Only pains for me is re-ripping the entire collection, if push comes to shove. I am thinking that my next home project shall be an attempt at a robotic CD ripper. The storage issues I don't mind too much.
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You've already said that you rip to FLAC, so transcoding should be a load less hassle - unless you fancy making the robot for fun of course ;)

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Re: Rather than like buying a BMW

When it comes to convenience MP3 is fine. Now that Amazon do "autorip" I've got rows of CDs on the shelf still in their wrappers.

Sometimes the CD with autorip is cheaper than buying the album in MP3 form.

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Re: MP3 Gone?

Yes I know I made the same pun the other day, but you guys kept ogging me on with the upvotes...

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Re: MP3 Gone?

You're going to get some FLAC for that

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What could go wrong? Delta to use facial recog to automate bag drop-off

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Human accuracy?

A NIST study [PDF] published in March found that facial recognition systems in a boarding gate scenario misidentify 6 per cent of the people in a 480-person data set, and 18 per cent of people in a 48,000-person data set.

This figure isn't useful unless you compare the machine to the human accuracy rate.

Two former colleagues (one male, t'other female) were travelling and managed to get their passports mixed up at checkin. They let her on the plane with his passport, but decided that he didn't look like a woman!

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Travel IT biz reportedly testing 100TB SSDs

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Nice setup

Amadeus are a pretty big shop.

>49PB and >54b transactions a day!

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Re: M8!

Only if you're a bit LAME

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Blamestorming

Someone's going to take the FLAC for this?

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Ireland to make revenge porn, cyberstalking criminal acts

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Yes..

...That would be an ecumenical matter

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Google DeepMind's use of 1.6m Brits' medical records to test app was 'legally inappropriate'

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Although the same argument could be used to justify intelligence gained through torture if it turned out to be life saving. This should just be treated as serendipity.

True, but you'd be pretty pissed off if you ended up on the kidney transplant list if they could have picked up the disease earlier and just given you a few tables and/or diet changes.

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Off the shelf data?

You can buy anonymised data from the NHS via CRPD which can be used for this exact purpose. Google could have avoided this fuss if they'd just handed over some cash. Maybe the PHBs at the Hospital got all excited by working with Google and handed their data over for free.

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Google's use of Brits' medical records to train and test its AI was legally "inappropriate," says Dame Fiona Caldicott

What does this actually mean? Did the hospital or Google actually break the law?

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Nutanix, IBM hug each other in Power pity party

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Hyperconverged

Cloud

Software-defined storage

If only they'd mentioned AI then I'd have been a buzzword bingo winner...

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IBM's pension fund sells most of its IBM shares

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"Just keep firing the workforce to maximise profits in the short term"

FTFY

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QNAP users: It's your turn to patch in a hurry

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Re: Malware discovered on QTS devices

Exactly why my Synology NAS is kept firmly behind my firewall with all of the remote access stuff disabled.

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Blighty bloke: PC World lost my Mac Mini – and trolled my blog!

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Re: Why oh why

I was amused that he was described as a "techie" and he still bought stuff from there...

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16 terabytes of RAM should be enough for anyone. Wait. What?

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Genome assembly

This'll make our bioinformaticians happy, their thirst for RAM is incredible...

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It's 2017 – and your Mac, iPad, iPhone can all be pwned by an e-book

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Re: So much for

"and a pair of flaws in iBooks (CVE-2017-2497, CVE-2017-6981) that allow ebooks to open arbitrary websites and execute code with root privilege"

Why on all earth does a normal application have stuff running as root?

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Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

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Re: Depending on Microsoft..

There are enough Linux worms and exploits around to not guarantee security. It's feasible that a bug in an NFS implementation could have a similar to effect to the one in Windows' CIFS that "caused" this. You'd also need to get the vendors to release their software for Linux.

Linux is my OS of choice at work (HPC), but I can see that it's not appropriate for all scenarios at the moment.

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Beeb hands £560m IT deal to Atos. Again

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because to keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result is clearly a sensible sane way of doing things.

"Blackadder: It's the same plan that we used last time, and the seventeen times before that.

Melchett: E-E-Exactly! And that is what so brilliant about it! We will catch the watchful Hun totally off guard! Doing precisely what we have done eighteen times before is exactly the last thing they'll expect us to do this time!"

Youtube of the above

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Phil Collins and supergroup exposed as cloud investors

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Don't just stare at it...

Whenever I see Phil Collins I always think of *that* American Psycho scene

Where Paul Allen's gone ->

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RBS is to lay off 92 UK techies and outsource jobs to India – reports

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As RBS moves towards becoming a simpler, smaller UK-focused bank

Which is exactly why the jobs are being moved from the UK to offshore right?

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The rise of AI marks an end to CPU dominated computing

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A lot of hype around AI...

...but most of our GPUs' workloads are Molecular Dynamics and CryoEM. We did buy a load of GPUs for the latter recently, I guess purchases like this are counted in Nvidia's sales figures.

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DSL inventor's latest science project: terabit speeds over copper

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Don't tell BT...

...they just use it as an excuse to not lay fibre to the home....

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On today's a-gender: Axing net neutrality will harm America's women, say women senators

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Etsy?

Etsy are surely a bad example as they probably have the size to get around this.

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IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

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I had a vendor tell me off because I wasn't allowed to accept lunch from him; he said that his manager had told to spend more money entertaining customers. This wasn't IBM, but another similar company that also appears to be circling the drain.

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Guardian Soulmates users spammed with smut following breach

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Re: Thing is

Nine (column) inches I suspect

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