* Posts by cornetman

27 posts • joined 5 Jul 2018

Sorry, Mr Zuckerberg isn't in London that day. Or that one. Nope. I'd give up if I were you

cornetman

> "The fact that he has continually declined to give evidence, not just to my committee, but now to an unprecedented international grand committee, makes him look like he's got something to hide."

Jesus, I hope I never end up in court with these people on the jury.

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Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

cornetman

Re: The issue is changing the password...

> What should be derived from the user password is the key protecting the DEK - so changing it would require only a small decrypt/re-encrypt.

Indeed. My understanding is that is how LUKS works.

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Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

cornetman

What happened to the hardware abstraction layer that gets out of the way of running programs?

That's what an OS is right?

What could Microsoft possibly be doing that is creating so much chaos?

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Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'

cornetman
Facepalm

Re: Obvious question...

> How the hell did this get through QA ?

I'm not sure what the bug report would look like.

Bug Detail: Female character is *too* realistic? Make it look more like plastic.

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cornetman

Well I came here to say pretty much what everyone else has already said, but could I reiterate that I have seen women and they do indeed have breasts and they actually do wiggle a little bit when they dance around.

Why does this shock anyone?

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New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else

cornetman

> I find these 'possibility' type theories both annoying and misleading and agree with Dr. Syntax that the main motivation for them is to get something published.

I concur and I wonder if what is proposed even qualifies as a theory.

Surely, "hypothesis" would be more appropriate...if we're going to be precise and all.

No wonder creationists still use the tiresome phrase "just a theory" if the rest of us are so careless with our language.

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Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'

cornetman

Re: On to a loser here

> TL;DR

Well that's the problem right there.

If your only knowledge of the case is from the Reg article which, TBH, is just a selection of soundbites surrounding the case then your impression of the actual case is going to be rather patchy to say the least.

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cornetman

Re: It's MOULD, not mold

That's pretty confusing, considering they are two completely different words.

They just happen to sound the same.

Sounds to me like a mistake that everyone (in the US at least) blindly accepted.

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UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

cornetman

Jesus Christ, so much rage in one page of comments.

Did someone put something in the water?

I thought I'd accidentally navigated to Twitter. :O

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Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

cornetman

Re: So fresh!

Seems a bit cheeky to me.

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FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

cornetman

If Pai doesn't like it, then they must be doing something right.

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Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

cornetman

Re: looks like python has a new problem

I suspect that this "dwayne gigleum" was taking the piss and if so I applaud his sense of humour.

However, it's difficult to be sure in the current environment.

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cornetman

I'm always suspicious of "undisclosed complaints".

Some years ago, a colleague of mine, who was a golf club member, had a guy come up to him to complain about his attire. Instead of coming out and admitting that he was the one making the complaint, he made up some bullshit about "some of the other members have asked me to talk to you".

If you have something to say, and you can't stand by your speech on its own merits, perhaps it is better to stay silent.

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

cornetman

My two cents worth.

Front page seems rather disorganised. Differently formatted sections.

Can we not just see a chronological list of stories?

In the morning, I just scroll down the stories looking for something interesting and during the day I do a fresh to see what's new that has turned up.

The front page seems to be dominated by extremely large pictures still. Most of your readers are not interested in clip art. We can use Google for that.

I don't really give a shit about what other people think is popular. They're probably not interested in what I'm interested in. It never seems to contain articles that are interesting to me, so it's a waste of space.

This morning I looked at the website on my phone and although it's OK, each story takes a lot of space, resulting in less content per page. I think the border seems rather superfluous and wastes a lot of space. Again, not really interested in looking at quirky pictures. I come here for the news.

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

cornetman

Re: What now?

Over here in Canada, we calculate that the top-of-the line phone in CAD$ including tax and AppleCare will set you back a cool $2.5k.

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Microsoft: We busted Russian Fancy Bear disinfo websites

cornetman

Re: Why

I must admit, I couldn't really see why the court would hand these web sites over to Microsoft.

They're not a federal law organization and it wasn't made clear in the article that Microsoft had any real standing for whatever was alleged.

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Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

cornetman

Some many years ago, a colleague of mine (who shall remain nameless) was developing some tag reader kit. You touch the reader to the tag and it would read an id from it, matching it with a name and would display the name on a small readout on the unit. It was a good gag to put rude names like Betty Swollocks and Mary Hinge in the unit during testing and development.

However, what was not smart was for forgetting to change the test data when demoing the kit to a potential customer. There were some red faces that afternoon.

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Intel: Yeah, yeah, 10nm. It's on the todo list. Now, let's talk about AI...

cornetman

> It would be interesting to see what AMD yields would be if they had to have all 32 cores on one die.

I suspect that Intel would be able to answer that question for you.

I don't imagine that it's pretty. :D

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cornetman

I'm no expert in this area so I defer to higher expertise on this subject, but I suspect that the secret sauce is in the efficiency of their infinity interconnect. AdoredTV has gone into this a little by looking at their published papers on interconnect architectures, interesting watching.

Their CPUs do offer NUMA and not NUMA options with their own separate tradeoffs, the overhead of the interconnect being the downside for non-NUMA.

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cornetman

The pace of dev at AMD is quite frankly staggering.

And in the areas that AMD is challenging, Intel really have nothing new to bring to the table.

AMD's chiplet design is going to ensure that they get to high, economic yields massively faster than Intel can with their increasingly enormous slabs of silicon.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

cornetman

> Was there cash inside? Oops, you are looking for twenty years in the cooler.

Agreed.

I wasn't trying to assert that the copying was moral or legal.

Just that the example given didn't really work.

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cornetman

Re: Prepare for...

> Doesn't mean it's not a different harm and hence crime.

OK, so call it what it is, and that's copyright violation.

By that argument, you could call fraud "grievous bodily harm".

Both are crimes, and one is most certainly not the other.

Trying to co-opt another crime for emotional effect is pathetic and dishonest.

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cornetman

See my other reply above.

Using physical theft examples doesn't really work.

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cornetman

> In this case, it's a handbag which was found in a "travel agents", who knew who the owner of the handbag was because they'd had it placed there as a promotional item, but nobody bothered to ask them, or him, before taking the handbag for themselves and even then offering the contents of the handbag out to the general public.

Well in all fairness it's more like someone saw the handbag, got out their quantum duplicator, made an exact copy and made off with their copy, leaving the original exactly where it was before.

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cornetman

Re: Prepare for...

> This all really depends on how one defines the acting stealing.

"Stealing" is usually defined very precisely in the law of the various countries that we care about.

In the UK at least, IIRC, stealing is permanently depriving someone of the use of their property. So in that sense, copyright infringement is not stealing.

The question has been done to death on these forums in the past. We all know why the copyright maximalists like to use the word stealing. It is to get an emotional response about something that we can all agree about. People who steal are arseholes. Copyright infringement is less clear cut in moral terms, particularly considering the inexcusable extensions of term that have been imposed in recent times.

Speaking of which, aren't Disney due to extend the copyright on Steamboat Willie soon? What? Author's death plus 200 years should do it. Right?

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

cornetman

Re: Well cutting the old cruft didn't really work

> The problem for Microsoft is that they cannot get rid of this. Any change means loosing backwards

> compatibility. Any loss in backwards compatibility means that wine and ReactOS will look like better

> alternatives.

Actually, we're already there.

An old 16-bit windows game that we tried to run under Windows 7 - ah, no 16-bit system, runs perfectly under Wine on Linux.

Admittedly, small potatoes yet, but Microsoft are shackled to compatibility as one of their key marketing advantages.

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US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

cornetman

Re: Organized religion is the root of all evil.

Religion = Hero Worship + Dogma + Holy Book

> Stalin's Russia.

Stalin + Marxism + "Marxism and the National Question" = Religion. Check

> Hitler's Germany.

Hitler + Aryanism + "Mein Kampf" = Religion. Check

> Mao Tse Tung's China.

Mao Tse Tung + Maoism + "Little Red Book" = Religion. Check

If it looks like a religion, walks like a religion, and quacks like a religion, then it IS a religion.

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