* Posts by David Glasgow

168 posts • joined 24 Aug 2007


Is your kid looking at GCSE in computer science? It's exam-only from 2022 – Ofqual

David Glasgow

Back to. Basics

If its any help, I had to read a piece of punched tape for my CSE. It said "Marylin Munroe".

Most exciting exam I ever had.

Chinese rover pootles about... on the far side of the friggin' MOON

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Wait a minute!!

...where are the flags not waving in the breeze that wouldn't be there??

I call FAKE!

That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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Re: So the logic is

“I keep meeting people who absolutely love their Windows Phones and protect them like human babies,”

Where do you meet these people? I haven't met anyone who has a Windows phone for a very, very, long time.

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: Puh!! Visit Dublin and try out their 121m whip antenna

Who would thumbs down that post? Onot person I can think of would be the Dublin Spire architect. So, architect, was it you?

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Re: Puh!! Visit Dublin and try out their 121m whip antenna

I do hope there is a more detailed account of this ill conceived caper published somewhere?

Russia's national vulnerability database is a bit like the Soviet Union – sparse and slow

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Never mind the delay....

That chart labels days to two decimal places. Harrumph!

Boffin botheration as IET lifts axe on 20-year-old email alias service

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Re: Email forwarding services are passé

Oh yeah! Everyone should do that right now. That thing that you just said.

Decision time for AI: Sometimes accuracy is not your friend

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Oi. Where's the curve?

One of the benefits of receiver operating characteristics is that the method generates a curve, not a spot on a chart. Sadly omitted from this article. You use this to choose an optional cut point on the continuous measure depending on the positive and negative utilities of the outcomes. You could easily create an algorithm to do this.

Nothing much to do with AI though. Intermediate statistics.

Fraudster admits she was OPM dealer: Leaked US govt staff files used to bag cash, car loans

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Re: Take that!

One in thirty three US citizens are incarcerated.

Creaky NHS digital infrastructure risks holding back gene boffinry, say MPs

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200 Gigs true

Apparently. https://medium.com/precision-medicine/how-big-is-the-human-genome-e90caa3409b0

I don't understand it beyond the general principles.

NHS given a lashing for lack of action plan one year since WannaCry

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Re: Kick me whilst I'm down

"an upgrade from Office 2007 would improve everyone's productivity".

I agreed with everything else, but this. How on earth would productivity be increased by upgrading Office? Most clinical records are (pretty much) plain text, and so they should be.

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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Re: Gateway Drug

Ahhhh. Maplin. :((

Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

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Why on earth would victims need to send potential revenge porn to Facebook?

Surely the hash values or 'PhotoDNA' (©️Microsoft) of images at risk of revenge posting can be obtained without them actually going anywhere?

Firefox 57's been quietly delaying tracking scripts

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Re: Oh, that's why

You stay on the Daily Mail website for more than four minutes?

History shows why geeks will never, ever, ever... get along

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Re: constructive antagony

Even then, even there, nobody said "dang".

Facebook pulls plug on language-inventing chatbots? THE TRUTH

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I'm still not sure I understand

Did the bots just break, or were they converging on an analogue of the Morse code where the words are used (a la caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland) to mean something different to the conventionally ascribed meanings?

Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

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Re: random luck

"please make sure you use all the doors!"

Oooh! Quantum!

Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway

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De-metrification of previously metrified imperial specifications

Introduces error, and is a slur on the genius. The canal was designed to be 110 feet wide and 20 feet deep. NOW you can add metric equivalents in parentheses if needed.

Because it matters.

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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A spark of truth in the darkness of duplicity

"... a choice designed to help people take advantage of the most secure, and most productive Windows"

Notice there is no claim to be the most secure and productive Operating System?

Don’t panic over cyber-terrorism: Daesh-bags still at script kiddie level

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I've seen NCIS. Those terr'sts are hacking into allsorts of 'mercan 'mainframes'. And they have spiffy GUIs on their state of the art hackware. A big green box pops up that says "hack successful!"

Encrypted email sign-ups instantly double in wake of Trump victory

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Using caps on El Reg has an effect contrary to the effect you desire.

Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Re: I want to join

You see the real problem here is that no-one can tell if this is irony or a genuine 24 carat spittle-flecked-monitor rant.

David Glasgow

Re: Windows 10

Tee Hee.

Joke, right?

After baffling Falcon 9 rocket explosion, SpaceX screams: Hands off our probe!

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Hey, looks like I have been mistaken all these years...

I have NEVER had an accident. Go me!

High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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,,,,the pilot exited the aircraft while it was extinguished.....

I’ll bet he bloody did.

Violence, vandals and vomit: London's naughtiest tech Tube stations revealed

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Further FOI application required

Were any of the Voms El Reg neck-fillers?

Ditch your Macs, Dell tells EMC staff

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Re: Cease and desist

I beg to differ. Very interesting reading.

Carry on lads.

'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: Seriously

Its true. It is skewed. There are more people of below mean IQ. There are more ways of being intellectually disabled than there are of being intellectually gifted.

Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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He should call it The Peach

An altogether more satisfying Reg headline would then arise.

Microsoft’s IFTTT-alike Flow seeps into the iPhone

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I just love it.

Lester Haines: RIP

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Safari 10 dumps Flash, Java, Silverlight, QuickTime in the trash

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Re: Doing away with the cruft?

Cruft is not sticky and oozy. It's sort of flaky, whiskery and dusty.

Jacob Appelbaum quits Tor Project amid 'sex misconduct' accusations

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Re: IOError's Statement

Oooh! Post not found. Que pasa?

Kids these days can't even write a decent virus

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Why would Microsoft offer a reward?

I don't understand. We've all seen the advert. They have a huge Minority Report style room thing with touch screens and stuff. From here they can track down criminals wherever they are in the world. I feel so much safer running Windows in the knowledge that team and tech are dedicated to crime busting.

Come to think of it though, I haven't seen any reports of how many baddies they catch each week. That's a bit odd.

Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

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"Given the magnitude of our results "

Is a novel use of the word 'magnitude'

To put the results in context, if performance was expressed as a standard score (like IQs) with a mean of 100 for the no IT group, the wasters with their tablets and laptops averaged 97.

This is a good example of confusing statistical with real world significance.

CERN publishes massive data set

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Tsk.... primary school error

...confusing barn doors with shed-loads. Former area, latter volume.

How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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I worked with your old man at Leeds

Affectionately and universally known as "Dabbo"

I hope he's still going. Either way, I shall raise a glass to him in couple of minutes.

Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

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Re: To be clear @Just Enough

Leonard, is that sarcasm?

Criminal records checks 'unlawful' and 'arbitrary' rules High Court

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Re: Time Travel?

...kind of Minority Report thing?

2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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... sounds interesting. Where was it published?

All eyes on the jailbroken as iOS, Mac OS X threat level ratchets up

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Re: No absolute numbers provided. Why?

Also, a metric relating to threats on platform A has no relevance to risk reduction of platform B, unless one is choosing between platforms on the basis of number of threats.

In fact, sharing such metrics could increase risky behaviour by encouraging false subjective probability and potential harm re platform B based on an irrelevant comparison of unrelated threats.

I do risk assessment. Of humans.

MPs slam gov heads over 'childishness' on failed farmer IT project

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The decision to use gCloud and PaaS?

... A bigger boy told me to do it.

So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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You see the problem is...

.... that all the evidence is that many health workers forget to wash their hands when they should. Not a new problem, but something that has been harming patients for 50 plus years. (Difficult to take it further back because of course cross infection wasn't so widely understood.)

Ironically, many years ago, I crushed some of my fingers when I was playing a very minor role in a hand washing research project. No connection between the two, just a coincidence. The nurse who dressed the wounds didn't wash her hands or use aseptic technique. She got very cross when I commented on this.

The point is, this isn't just washing your hands before dinner, or after you've had a crap, it is washing after every physical contact with every patient, over again, all day long. And people don't do it.

Microsoft gobbles Chipzilla's Havok 3D physics unit in cloud gaming play

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Re: Microsoft's new battle cry?

Good.... But how about

"Buy Havoc and let drip the blobs of gore"

It even sounds like a Reg headline.

11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

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Vorsprung durch software

I'm pretty impressed. I'd love to know exactly how the software determined a test was in progress, and what it then did. Where did the software live? Who put it there? Who ordered it? Who agreed to it? Who knew?

Oracle laying off its Java evangelists? Er, no comment, says Oracle

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head first Java

acquires a whole new meaning.

Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

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Informed consent?

The text the police refer to as being consent to be recorded for the purposes of their trial would to most appear to be consent to appear in videos and photographs taken as part of the festival itself.

Most are happy with that. My daughter was delighted to see her elbow appear in crowd shot.

To use this form of words is disingenuous and exploits an obvious red herring. I don't think this would stand up as properly informed consent.

Apple Pay's Brit biz bashed by banks planning to Zapp it out

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Pingit and Zapp

I wonder how much they paid what nobs to come up with such toe-curlingly bad names?

They inspire images of light hearted, trivial, 'let's hope this works' kind of financial transactions.

I much prefer the staid, boring reliable and secure kind.

Sun's out, guns out: Plucky Philae probot WAKES UP ... hits 'snooze'

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How big...

Is a packet? ( in this instance?)

Spy: Acres of comedy talent make this smart spook spoof an instant classic

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"The Big Bang Theory is not funny"

Ah. OK. Sorry. My mistake.

And there's me thinking those "ha ha ha" sounds coming out of my mouth meant that I find it funny. Perhaps we should alert everyone else who is similarly mistaken?

Could take a while.


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