* Posts by dnicholas

151 posts • joined 3 Jul 2017


Just do IoT? We'd walk a mile in someone else's Nike smart sneakers, but they seem to be 'bricked'

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Idiot shoes for idiot people does idiot things when the idiot app fucks up.


Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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Re: Does he not have a point?

If it's not backed up, save yourself the future hassle and delete it now

Take your pick: Linux on Windows 10 hardware, or Windows 10 on Linux hardware

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Yay now my fleet of Pis can BSOD properly

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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"Hi, please click the link attached"

"Gotcha, scumbag"

Party pooper Microsoft pulls plug on Party Cluster

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Re: users required a Facebook login or GitHub account to join the party

Not on Mondays

British cops told to scrap 'discriminatory' algorithms in policing

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Re: Is it still discrimination...

That's why we have (predominantly black) kids killing each other on the streets.

But wah wah racial profiling

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Is it still discrimination...

...when it's demonstrably true?

Just saying

Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?

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I'd tell everyone they should do one thing then prove them all idiots by doing something else

Office 365 enjoys good old-fashioned Thursday wobble as email teeters over in Europe

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There are Chinese fireworks with better uptime than O365

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I didn't even notice

Had a few complaints in the AM (UK time) but just told everyone to be patient...


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It's not even Monday anywhere, come on guys

Big Red's big pay gap: $13,000 gulf between male and female Oracle staffers – reports

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Re: BS statement translation.

Almost like they are unable to write a database query or something. I know Oricle has it particularities but come on guys

Facebook's pay-for-more-eyeballs shtick looks too good to be true: Page views, Likes from 'fake' profiles

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Amazon are always trying to sell me stuff I already bought (on Amazon)

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"Bob, wheel out the android to say sorry again"

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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Re: Pesky microwaves

Relax, it was a joke. I've been on planes and boats, I've seen the world outside my hometown and I am not American

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Re: Pesky microwaves

Lie! The sea is as flat as the flat earth we live on!

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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My firewall does the naughty list for me. Never seen anything sack worthy, I do randomly drop that all internet usage is monitored to certain folk, for their own good

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I've never worked anywhere that could afford to sack 40+ staffers in one go, must have been a big bank

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

>>Or is it the RIFLE part you don't like? Yeah, thought so.

/me notes that if EVERYONE has a firearm, criminals will be a LOT more afraid to use them to commit crimes...


Yeah, thought so

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut

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Focus group have bloodshot eyes

How much research did they do into the topic, or were these peers all well versed in the matter at hand?

Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving

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Hmmm, we could call it a train and all the cars carriages

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Re: Simple questions

I got a telling off from the police for running a red (at 5MPH, in the middle of nowhere with no other traffic about, and I was already stationary) because there was a police car sat behind me with blues and twos roaring. I said to him something along the lines of "I thought you had something important to be getting to so I moved out of the way". To which the copper got red faced and frothing before jumping back in his car and speeding off.

It was an odd encounter

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

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Re: Telling porkies?

What like NASA? No, fortunately, real scientists and engineers work on real space projects. Be they Chinese, American or even escaping Nazi Germans

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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You must have to have quite the sense of humour to be a Microsoft browser developer

It doesn't work with Docker, K8s right now, but everyone's going nuts anyway for AWS's Firecracker microVMs

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Re: Nothing new - just highly optimised.

Secure and Intel CPUs. Those concepts don't sit right together. Why bother with a secure OS when the hardware spaffs your secrets by design?

A rumble in Amazon's jungle: AWS now rents out homegrown 64-bit Arm server processors

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Have Intel shares? Time to sell

Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

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Re: When....?

Well to be fair when it works Office365 is better than Exchange on prem in ease of use, lack of maintenance, easy scalability. Not sure I'd like to go back to on-prem. Plus when it's broken I can just say "Microsoft are working on it". Exchange is a weekend ruining time bomb

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Echoing in Redmond

"Oh for fuck's sake, Bob! I just did the Days Since Last Outage sign"

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

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Re: Just a wee little point

It's six and 3/5 Cornettos

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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It's times like these it's worth pointing out that natives of new found lands here on earth didn't do too well after being "discovered". That some would hope for more of alien life speaks volumes of human stupidity

Intel peddles latest Xeon CPUs – E-series and 48-core Cascade Lake AP – to soothe epyc mygrayne

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I think AMD will take serious server share with next gen Epyc. The only question is how much. There are too many businesses that will buy Intel from fear of reprisals

Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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Curiously removed...

"Microsoft's website doesn't have a lot of information about E2 – and what was online now isn't. Last week, it curiously removed this page about the work, leaving the URL to redirect to an unrelated project."

Nothing unusual about this, Microsoft's websites are a garbage fire

Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

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Re: Polygraph Accuracy

""theatre of security being put in place because we have to "think of the (illegal) immigrants"

incidentally this system will be used at legitimate crossings by people legitimately trying to enter the EU using a passport and possibly a visa application. The real illegal immigration is coming overland via Turkey or by boat to Spain / Italy / Malta / Greece"

People voted for Brexit on the back of worrying about illegal aliens. Never did it occur to them that illegals will come regardless of immigration law, that's their whole modus operandi...

Flash price-drop pops Western Digital's wallet: Surprise revenue fall with worse to come

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"Hate to quote that guy, but quantity DOES have a quality all it's own."

Darn straight. My SANs wouldn't be any faster with all SSD drives, network throughput takes care of that.

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Surely price decline in your materials (i.e. flash) should mean declining turnover but your margins should be fairly stable if you're operating a storage business?*

I suppose that reads better than "we dun fudged up".

* I've probably ready this wrong because it's Saturday and beer o'clock came at lunch time, blame the short days

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Does this fancy new search comb through deleted files too? That'd be useful, essential even

Worrying Windows 10 wrecking-ball weapon weirdly wanders wildly on worldwide web

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"Attackers never stop thinking of new ways to abuse our customers and neither do we" - Windows 10 developer, October 2018

Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

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Re: Not outsourced then ?

Budget. Sick poor people don't rank high on the budget list

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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It's now iSlave

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Re: My prediction

The reason? Cost.

If you sell iWidgits by the million, it all adds up. Multiply by X number of years you plan to be in business... It's a wild prediction of course.

The ideal for a hardware/software biz like Apple would be to control the hardware end to end and supply hardware agnostic APIs to developers for your proprietary OS. But that's just wild speculation

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Re: Basis??

Very competitive, besting a Intel in perf/watt at higher core counts. AMD will improve too, right now the immediate future of Intel chips is (re)spin spin spin

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My prediction

Apple surprises everyone and releases their own CPU based loosely on OpenRISC, raises two fingers to both Intel and ARM.

Predictions are easy

Peter Thiel's Palantir reportedly eyeing up $41bn IPO

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What data would banks glean from them? Potential customer's Facebook faux pas? Risky credit profile because they like a drink?

The sooner the AI singularity occurs and they put humans in a zoo the better

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Actually space mirrors are eminently possible and require very little mass. The hard part is engineering the mechanism to unfold delicate foil in the void, after surviving launch and geosynchronous insertion of course.

The solution of course is to not use street lighting at all. There's nothing wrong with it being dark out, just need to reprogram the monkey brains!

Facebook can't root out fake news and hate talk, but – oh look – it has software to catch bugs

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Fake news is often part truth part wording. Rooting out the context and the intentions of the author requires the sort of intelligence that most PEOPLE on Facebook lack

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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If it sounds like I'm being spanked with a latex gloves full of cream, that's probably not happening. Just putting it out there Alexa

The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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Re: Shut it down

No need to shut it down, we just need strong governments with an actual backbone.

How can it be that everyone's favourite ginger Ed Sheeran pays more tax in the UK than Amazon? That's bonkers and we have politicians to blame, yet again

AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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Unfeeling, cold, calculated protagonists and robots

I can't imagine how horrific it would be to have to fight a robotic army. At least flesh and blood enemies have the fear of death

Happy with your Surface Pro 3's battery? Well, here's a setting that will cut the charge by half

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Re: I thought this was a solved problem

I've got a Clevo that absolutely refuses to do anything but beep without the battery. The said battery is dead as John Cleese's parrot. Not going to buy a new one as that machine has entered semi retirement in my workshop but irks me that I can't just take it out

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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It wasn't me

I'm glad Microsoft are getting the work experience chaps and chapesses involved in coding. It's inspiring


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