* Posts by Mr Benny

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Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

Mr Benny

Re: SGI

The difference however was that SGI delivered the goods. Nothing beat them on graphics performance back in that era.

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Re: Limped after Apple II

Built to a price and hit with the ugly stick a few times for good measure.

IBM to kill off Watson... Workspace from end of February

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Not just IBM. If Sun had sold its desktop Solaris workstations at a sane price instead of 10x the price of an x86 system with the same specs they wouldnt now be just another trophy mounted above Larrys mantlepiece. But unfortunately corporate arrogance and hubris tends to be immune from reality until its too late. See nokia and blackberry for further evidence of this.

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Re: AI, AI, Oh.

Apparently even linear regression is AI now according to google and others. Seems to me AI is now just a meaningless acronym used as marketing bait for gullible CEOs and technical directors.

Computing boffins strip the fun out of satirical headlines

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No danger of that with El Reg headlines.

Most of them are student rag level "funny" with worn out puns and other "gags" that even a Daily Star sub

would toss in the reject pile.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Re: Wild West Days

"His contracts with his customers were fulfilled. He owed them nothing more."

The voice of modern business. God help us.

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Re: Wild West Days

I would buy the beer too if he'd sold it to someone who gave a shit about it and not just the company waving the fattest cheque which started the slow rot. As a business owner you owe it to your customers to hand it over to a good operation when you want to move on.

Mr Benny

Re: Sad News...

It died the day Stanford sold it to the clueless numpties north of the border to fund his me-too venture capital company and (going by his pictures) a lifes supply of fake tanning lotion.

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Re: Modem ISP

This might come as a shock to some hipsters, but there are many rural areas in the UK that still dont have ADSL never mind cable and if they want net access its either cough up for BT to set it up at the exchange (and potentially lay new cables) an expensive microwave system or dial up.

Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

Mr Benny

Then youre just another idiot who thinks the enemy of someone I dont like is my friend. China is no ones friend - ask Taiwan.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Re: Durability?

Use a dongle.

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Re: Durability?

Heres an idea - dont connect your tv to the net. You see that odd looking thing on a pole? Its called an antenna. Plug it into your tv, youll be amazed.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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If systemd wasnt such a clusterfuck and its arrogant ass of an author would just occasionally take some fucking advice from people who do have a few clues, we wouldnt keep going on about it until hopefully one day he bloody listens! New and different for the sake of being different != better.

And unfortunately the distros that dont use it are rarely sanctioned for corporate use. I use slackware at home but work is redhat all the way whether we like it or not.

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You mean the angry old men who know what theyre talking about and understand how a unix system should fit together and work for reliability? Yeah, thats us. Its a pity Poeterring never met any before he started cooking up his dogs dinner.

Mr Benny

Re: Letter To Editor

Dear god, is sarcasm a dying art or is it just millenials who cant see it?

Mr Benny

Re: Much-adored Linux toolkit...

Theyre probably american - they cant spot sarcasm even if its signposted in neon.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Re: Hmmmm

"10.3 was only a pale shadow of Mac OS 8.6"

Yes , that System 8 co-operative multi-tasking, non existent command line and propensity to crash is sorely missed. Just because you're pissed that you can't still run 68K apps doesn't mean Mac should still be running some prehistoric OS.

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Re: Didn't know that - which one?

"To be clear: that policy requires that national governments' first duty is NOT to citizens but rather to anyone who wants to come into the country."

Utter drivel. Apart from it not legally binding it says nothing about taking priority over native citizens.

"Were you Brits not aware of that?"

No, because you just made it up.

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FAIL

Re: Didn't know that - which one?

No it isn't. By definition a governments first duties are to its own citizens, not foreign nationals who've rocked up here.

Mr Benny

Re: Didn't know that - which one?

If it doesnt concern UK nationals then by definition its not an important UK government service. EU nationals chose to come here, no one forced them and theyve had plenty of notice about this so boo hoo if the app doesnt work on their overpriced bling phone.

Full frontal vulnerability: Photos can still trick, unlock Android mobes via facial recognition

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Re: Weird

You can find anything if you play around with something long enough. Or maybe they just googled how-to. And it takes a lot less brains to switch on something that understand its issues and limitations.

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Re: Weird

"what cretin would enable basic face unlock?"

Meet Mr & Ms Average Thick-as-mince Consumer who know as much about IT security as they do about ancient phoenecian galley design.

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

Mr Benny

Re: The problem with that is...

The firmware only needs to get a few things started - keyboard, disk and graphics card (and not even that if its headless) and possibly network card if its PXE boot (or whatever its called today). The rest can be done by the OS. That is one of the main reasons for an OS after all - hardware control.

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Re: The real solution

"costs with that are substantial."

Not as substantial as your company being ransomed, having its IP stolen or going bust.

Another greybeard has left us: Packet pioneer Larry Roberts dies at 81

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Re: TTL exceeded

Why answer is "So what?" so all of that. IP was never meant to provide a reliable link and if it did it would screw up certain applications such as video and audio that rely on data arriving as fast as possible where some lost packets matter far less than prompt timing.

Mr Benny

Re: TTL exceeded

"Even with that part sorted, the complexity and collisions were why it was rapidly dumped."

So don't use a broadcast-at-will system. There are alternatives.

"A common bus is ok in _theory_ but in practice once you start running at any rate of speeds, time of flight (1ns per foot roughly) becomes such a critical factor that it's a lot more expensive to implement than simply running more (very cheap) wires."

I really don't think it makes a whole heap of difference to Sharon opening a Word document on the file server in the next room whether it takes 1ns or 2. Plus a modern 2 way ring bus system could have large numbers of tokens flowing at any one time. 10baseT is pointless - for point to point you might as well just use USB or firewire.

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Re: TTL exceeded

"So TCP/IP doesn't really scale well"

Its scaled across the planet. What sort of scale are you looking at , the universe?

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Re: TTL exceeded

"@Mr Benny: If this is trolling, I take my hat off to you sir."

No, I'm not trolling. 10baseT is an absolute fucking disaster from an infrastructure POV. Alexander graham bell would probably be shocked by the rats nest of wiring it creates never mind those of us who worked with other systems that just required a single wire going around the room. There's is nothing wrong with daisy chain style networking so long as a machine can be automatically bypassed if its not working and with modern protocols the speed could still be kept suitably high enough for 99% of office scenarios.

Mr Benny

Re: TTL exceeded

I'm not convinced what weve ended up with at the hardware level is particularly great today either. 10baseT ethernet is jusf a serial protocol in disguise and the wrist thick ducted cable bundles and rats nest of cabling in even the smallest bridge cabinet in most offices testifies to its unsuitability IMO. An improved version of 10base2 or token ring would be a much tidier solution.

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He was a genuine pioneer of the internet

Unlike people like zuckerberg and bezos who make billions on the back of other peoples ideas both technical and business.

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?

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Seriously?

Just how many school kids do you know who could understand the code to a compiler, much less write one? Where on earth did you go to school, Mensa Grammar?

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"What only became obvious in hindsight was that we were still pioneers. When we were given a task to do - it was often the case that no one else in our IT company had done that before. You had to have an enquiring mind, tenacity, and a capacity for lateral thinking."

Ditto those of us who were kids in the 8 bit era in the late 70s and 80s. If programming was a hobby and you wanted to get something done there was no google to turn to to find out how to do it and the hobbyist magazines were usually of limited use being more interested in software reviews and games. So you either figured it out yourself or gave up and did something else. I figured out a few things myself such as a selection sort without ever seeing it in a book, but some things eluded me such as recursion (but then I was using BASIC), and it was like a lightbulb appearing above my head when I eventually read about it.

Mr Benny

Years ago I was working for a large US bank that needed a network link to a stock exchange that used a proprietary protocol over TCP. So far so good. The problems started when the exchange - whose servers were all unix based - gave us a test system written by outsourcers unrelated to the team who wrote the live system and it ran on windows. Alarm bells rang, and sure enough it had more bugs than an entymology exhibition. We probably wasted 2 or 3 weeks in total deciding if a given bug was ours or the test harnesses. Eventually we persuaded the exchange that it was a POS and they gave us access to a proper system to test against. Not that I was complaining, my fixed term contract was extended because of their screwup. :)

An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour

Mr Benny

Re: Lunch from both ends?

I tried it in a force 8 in the bay of biscay. Did nothing unfortunately despite me keeping it down.

Mr Benny

Re: Lunch from both ends?

"The astronauts (and fighter pilots) consider medics to be the enemy, since they have the power to instantly ground them, so there's an institutional prejudice against talking to doctors"

So in other words very brave, but really not particularly smart.

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Lunch from both ends?

I remember reading a lot time ago that all lunar astronsuts were given military strength anti diarrhea medication so theyd bssically be bunged up tight until they got home. For obvious reasons in a small capsule.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

Mr Benny

Unlikely

If youre tech savvy enough to rig up something like this youre smart enough to know to switch off all mobile devices before you get anywhere near your destination. Or better yet leave them switched on at home.

Mr Benny

Re: Environmental Protestors?

That being said, the people flying off dont give a rats arse about the effect all the extra noise and pollution from the extra air and ground traffic entirely down to them has on local residents up to several miles from the airport. We're all selfish in our own way.

Mr Benny

Re: Drone varmints!!!

And in this case recharge or replace batteries.

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project

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"You have projects with 15 people involved and only one is actually capable of cranking out code."

Don't forget that probably 10 or 12 of them are only there to take the blame when it goes wrong.

But even if its just you and a manager it can still be a clusterfuck if the manager is a technologically clueless bell-end as I had to suffer for a couple of years. His idea of security was putting the post-it with his password on it in the drawer and his design "decisions" were presumably something he dreamt up while smoking some weed. In the end I just bypassed him and collaberated with the IT director to get the project finished. The manager left eventually to go and do an MBA. Enough said.

Scumbag hackers lift $1m from children's charity

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Re: Really.

"he was paid $299,136 - he probably earned about half that"

I think you're being rather generous.

Mr Benny

Re: More to this than meets the eye

"I have seen a lawyers bill for 400000 EUR, exactly the number with no extraneous decimals and digits, the bill stating "Legal services for project xxx", no hours stated, no breakdown of work tasks, and no requisition number."

I can actually believe that was genuine. The legal profession take the piss with their charges and (in the UK anyway) they seem to be the only profession that can get away without having to give you an estimate of how much their work will cost beforehand even when its a standard procedure such as conveyancing. They also seem to think its perfectly ethical to charge £5 per email or phone call even when its YOU contacting THEM because they haven't bothered to keep you up to date!

Lawyers understand the letter of the law but they seem to have a complete lack of understanding of the spirit of it IMO.

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

Mr Benny

"Meatsacks too often drive without reference to prevailing conditions, without anticipating what other meatsacks might be about to do"

Meatsacks blah blah blah meatsacks blah blah.

What are you then, a bot? Or perhaps just a kid who can't drive who resents those who can.

Mr Benny

Re: Simple questions

"Just asking."

Self driving cars are just the next money making opportunity for the silicon valley sociopaths both in selling the tech and running services with wages saved due to no drivers. They don't care if it works 100%, they just care if they can make money out of it. Almost no one in the general public is asking for this tech and its almost certainly a lot way from being ready but that won't stop the sociopaths from persuading governments to license it and people to buy it.

Mr Benny

Re: Simple questions

"In the UK, at least from a legal perspective, the red light overrules the desire of the emergency services to get past you. There have been cases of people getting nicked for running a red to allow this."

Thats because in this case UK law is unfortunately an ass. Getting out of the way of an ambulance could literally mean the difference between life or death to a patient.

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Re: How many billions of dollars are being spent chasing this?

"In shock news, AI doesn't adequately map a solution space without being given sufficient training data representative of that solution space."

And this is why I'm not particularly worried about AI taking over anytime soon. A driver might not be trained in every situation but can generalise and extrapolate (ok, some not so much). A neural net only knows what its been taught and can only extrapolate to a small extent. A better example is image recognition - a net has to be shown thousands, perhaps millions of pictures of dogs at all different angles before it can recognise a dog with reasonable accuracy. A baby only has to be shown a dog once or twice and it knows "dog". Until ANNs can do this then they're little more than useful but dumb statistical recognisers.

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism

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Re: Hopefully

"f you want to know why I look like I do... it's because of narrow minded bigots who close their eyes to facts,"

You look like you do because you're a man pretending to be a woman. As for the rest, boo hoo. As Germaine Grere said, just because you say you're a spaniel and wear some floppy ears doesn't make you one. An incovenient fact that is your problem, no one elses.

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Mr Benny

Re: Hopefully

"But don't ever let facts stop you having a rant."

Ah yes, anything a virtue signaller doesn't agree with is "hate" or a "rant" or some similar loaded terminology. Well you wallow in your perceived moral superiority if it makes you feel better.

And you mention facts, how ironic. Here's a simple fact for you: Someone who has a cock and a pair of balls between their legs is a man, regardless of whatever happened in the womb and no matter what he believes he "really is" or what he wants to be. You might not like that it, but I'll make it crystal clear for you, it is a biological FACT.

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Re: "Hopefully" you do some reading.

", the dimorphic brain regions in transgender individuals resembled the sex of the person they had always felt themselves to be, not their "actual" sex"

Its their actual biological sex that matters to society. You can believe you're a lithe sexy blonde girl all you like but if you look like a dock worker in a wig then tough, thats the way you're perceived, treated and expected to behave.

"Political conservatives also have brain structures which differ, on average"

Almost everyone differs "on average". By definition an individual will rarely match the average.

"If you reply to this post, I'll be quite interested in any conceptual or linguistic markers in your wording."

Have fun. Unfortunately for both of us it seems the moderators here have had an influx of Generation Snowflake and my original post which had been up for 2 days, was not rude about anyone but simply expressed an opinion that didn't fit the group think, got rejected last night. Some of the mods on this site really need to grow up.

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