* Posts by Bronek Kozicki

2060 posts • joined 6 Sep 2007

Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

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Re: GVFS sounds super dumb

I think someone at Microsoft missed "sparse checkout" feature in git

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AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps

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It is about accountability

For the long version, see How to Hold Algorithms Accountable. My own short view is that you need to be able to explain how an algorithm came up with a specific outcome, when such question was to be asked. Also if usually no-one usually asks such questions, because they just might, some day. Then try to put yourself in the customer shoes and see how your explanation is likely to fly.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: IoT anyone?

New car/bread bin/etc. Well of course you will receive offers right after you bought it, as the seller realized he should have put a higher margin and also that the one you bought is shit and will fall into pieces the next minute.

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Dodge this: Fiat-Chrysler gets diesel-fuelled sueball from DoJ

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Re: It's not just diesels

@AC yup , for example Popular Volkswagen Polo more polluting than a lorry

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India makes biometrics mandatory for all e-gov projects

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"know", as used in authentication protocols, has absolutely nothing to do with education. Only with the ability to invent and remember a password.

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Mouse sperm kept frozen in SPAAAAACE yields healthy pups

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Re: We will Populate the Galaxy!

It's "Pirx", not "Pirks". At least in most translations and in original.

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7 NSA hack tool wielding follow-up worm oozes onto scene: Hello, no need for any phish!

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Re: Kind of like the Darwin awards

After August 2015 the only way to continue using a Windows 7 system was to disable automatic updates. Those who failed to do this were (almost) sure to wake up using Windows 10 at some moment before August 2016 (or later). In the light of this, it is not surprising that most infections are on Windows 7 systems. There probably are not many Windows 7 systems left in the world which are being patched on the regular basis.

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smart move

Covert infections will eventually allow the author to switch larger number of victims to ransomware mode. I guess something like it was to be expected.

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Uncle Sam drags feet on govt data center cull

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oh these cables ...

Not really related to topic, but can we please have more of techno-pr0n like this?

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Parallel programming masterclass with compsci maven online

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Re: Someone has repealed Amdahl's law?

The first step to solve a problem is to truly understand it. Once you have understood it, you might be able to reformulate it in such a way as to maximize the parallelization opportunities. If this does not happen then perhaps 1) the problem is inherently difficult to parallelize or 2) you are simply not good enough. I know which one it is for me, which is why I'm looking forward to watching this presentation.

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Code-thief pleads guilty to pinching file system to sell to China

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He should have stolen

... IBM Rational ClearCase. And remove all the original source history and backups on the way out.

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Banking association calls for end of 'screen-scraping'

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Re: API vs Screen-scraping

I agree than common API is a good idea, but it will be probably decades before it is agreed - and proven to work well. In the meantime screen scraping should be allowed, IMHO

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Self-driving car devs face 6-month backlog on vital $85,000 LIDAR kit

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Re: I don't know...

"so I'm not sure that the I bit of AI applies" - agree, that's why I used "so called"

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I don't know...

... if lidars really are so important. We humans seem to manage fine just with ordinary vision, and depth perception from owning a pair of eyes works fine most of the time. Given the progress in so called AI I would guess that computer simulated depth perception from collated vision on a pair (or more) cameras may only improve, and quick. Yes there are limitations, but I guess vision is not going to be the only source of information.

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Great Ormond Street children's hospital still offline after WannaCrypt omnishambles

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Kudos to them

"Patient care continues as normal" assuming that is true (I have no reason to suspect otherwise), enhancing security as a matter of precaution is a good thing. Even if it hurts a little.

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'The last thing I want is a software dev taking control of my craft'

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yeah "localised traffic management monopolies"

... just the thing we need, following enlightened example provided by train franchises. I am sure commuters on the south of England would agree /s

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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

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Re: Seems fair compared to banking etc.

irony icon is badly missed these days

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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Re: Its like the Millennium Bug all over again

You have to admit that live would have been easier (in some respects) if these servers were running some different operating system. For example, something from UNIX family. I heard there are few available, some are rather popular, and also available for free (or with commercial support contracts, if you so desire).

(walks away)

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: Risk Management

"This vulnerability is present in 7, 8, 10 .."

How can you be expect an average CTO to trust your assessment if you are unable to count to 10?

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Dyson celebrates 'shock' EU Court win over flawed energy tests

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Re: Is this the same Dyson who has no time for the EU ?

UK loses tax-free access to the single market hard it is quite likely going to cost him a pretty amount of sales.

Unlikely. The FX rate fluctuation have much bigger impact on import/export than tariffs do ; for example GBP fell more than 7% since June vote (relative to EUR; at one moment it was almost 15%), but the average WTO tariffs (i.e. the cost of export to EU in case there is no trade deal) are just 2.5% . That's how much FX rate of a major currency might move in a month, in the period of low volatility. Why do you think the Germans have not kicked out Greece from EUR yet? Because it would destabilise the single currency, which is the biggest aid to German exports both on the continent (removing FX rates entirely) and elsewhere (keeping EUR artificially low)

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Re: Is this the same Dyson who has no time for the EU ?

I would agree that he does appear to be petty. Which does not mean that he is. Also, it does appear that the EU shot itself in the foot with the initial verdict.

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Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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I need to commend my wife here

... because she had banned any use of Alexa in our household, as soon as I announced that it was available on our Fire TV. The reason was that she cannot stand me (or anyone around) actually chatting with a computer. As a result neither me nor children got attached to it. One act of female sensibility and a small win for the whole family :)

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Just 99.5 million nuisance calls... and KeurBOOM! A £400K megafine

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Re: @Voland

I have my SIP with A&A ISP, not a single nuisance call in past 3 years (i.e. when I moved to SIP). And the reason to switch was, you gussed it, an awful volume of nuisance calls on my landline. What annoys me now is that, landline or not, BT is still making profit from me, because they are the network operator.

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Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

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I use Thunderbird and I want to support it

... so, where do I send the money for the Thunderbird Council to use for the future development of this project? I mean, future independent from Firefox?

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European Patent Office dragged to human rights court – by its own staff

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I do not have high hopes ...

... but I wish them well. If not for other reason, then simply because this farce with Battistelli stopped being amusing some time ago.

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Plutus Payroll pledges to pay IT contractors' wages within 72 hours

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Simplest profit model for an intermediary is to keep the money for a few days on a short term, fixed interest account.

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

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Re: I am so happy I left them

Is that coffee machine available somewhere for sale of used office appliances?

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: Usually, turkeys have not the leisure to enjoy Christmas, they have been eaten by November...

If I can give a word of advice, I'd suggest if LibDems formed strong opposition to Conservatives on this election, that would be just good enough. You certainly cannot rely on UKIP or Lab to form an opposition, they will first stab each other before position on anything can be formed.

(I'm not voting, not holding the right passport, thank you)

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits RC2

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Re: It's fascinating that Linux now has the same problem as Windows

Any time I see pathetic attempts to use localized resource files with ID in place of actual readable message I am thankful my parents started teaching me English when I was a child.

The only good programming language with "Polish" in it is RPN. And it's not even a language.

(mine is the one with Polish passport in the pocket)

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XFCE is my impression as well, but there is nothing wrong with it!

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Re: It's fascinating that Linux now has the same problem as Windows

@Warm Braw I call BS. UTF-8 character encoding of text files is both long established and universally supported in Linux, so you can have national characters in text without resorting to binary format.

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Intel gives Xeon a makeover to bring us colour-coded clouds

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This is funny

I suspect the result of "bronze/silver/gold/platinum" naming scheme will be reminding enterprise users that at the roots of every Xeon chip is very much consumer-level technology. Not that really serious users would care but still, this is not a very good move IMO.

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ISPs must ensure half of punters get advertised max speeds

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All good ideas

... but I feel like watching from the sidelines, what with being a A&A customer.

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After years of warnings, mobile network hackers exploit SS7 flaws to drain bank accounts

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Re: Time for "Signalling System No 8" ?

Well yes, perhaps it is time for "SS8". The trouble is that many engineers are necessarily conservative, which makes me think that any new protocol to replace old one will be about as popular as, say, IPv6.

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Flatpak and Snaps aren't destined for graveyard of failed Linux tech yet

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Re: Faff

The answer is in the articule - because distro maintainers won't bother to prepare new package overnight for any application which just happened to bump to new minor version last afternoon. Application developers on the other hand, just might do that. And if you really really want to always run the most recent version of an application, then Flatpak will allow you to rely on developers rather than on distro maintainers providing the new version for you, overnight.

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It's paydaygeddon! NatWest account transfers 'disappearing' (not really)

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Why use a database, when text file will do nicely?

(ducks)

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FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

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Re: Filezilla

"What has FTP been replaced with for uploading/managing a website?"

Depends on server software used, but if something relatively modern then webdav + authentication modules should be available. Or maybe setup a git repository for website files. Or use ssh and scp. I recon any of those would be safer and better performing that FTP, but I do appreciate the sentimental value of a very old protocol.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Eventually everyone will learn to run Windows on a VM (where hypervisor is NOT Windows), with an easy and robust rollback procedure. Come to think of it, there probably is a market niche for Linux distribution for such hypervisor, as to make its installation very simple and easy.

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: contributing, a bit.

I've been donating few quid monthly since the start of the project, also without immediate plan on using it - I have systemd-infested Arch which, for my use, works well enough. So basically my motivation was not as much "displeasure" with systemd as exactly what Devuan promotes - init freedom, for others and perhaps for me (in the future).

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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Re: Juicing is bad

If you eat the fruit, you get filled not just with juice but also with fibre, thus aiding you to consume less of the sugar (because you get filled quicker). Also, fibre is apparently good for your digestive system.

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PC survived lightning strike thanks to a good kicking

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Re: "Ghost keyboard" - Model M

I just recently bought second Topre Realforce (UK layout - but the wait was long) so I can have the same level of comfort both in the employer's office and my home office. If you like mechanical keyboards but people around are complaining about noise, give this model a try. In my very personal opinion it is sublime.

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Re: Pauli Effect

I once had a USB hub with own power, and that hub was badly constructed - backfeeding power to the computer. This also caused all sorts of problems, and to this day I wonder if it might have damaged the MB in some subtle way.

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

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Re: More stable

What do you use to disable Cortana?

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I plan to jump into new version ...

... as soon as I learn how to permanently disable all Windows Store apps and Cortana. Since my Windows is running in a VM, I do not really risk much.

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I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

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If in the UK, I recommend

AA ISP - they provide IPv6 and also have awesome support (I'm a customer)

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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Re: It's crazy, but it's very Miele

If you want an internal web server for information or diagnostics, require a magic key sequence on the front panel to enable it and automatically disable it after one hour.

That's almost exactly what my SIP phone does - there is web interface for configuration which has to be enabled by combination of buttons on a handset, and then it disables itself after configurable timeout. But then the thing was made by people who actually knew what they are doing, with this thing function being entirely dependent on actually being connected to the Internet ...

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Re: What can go wrong?

... or better ask Beko

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Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

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Re: SAN?

"it is network, but not as we know it"

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Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

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Right

Sniggering remarks "do not use C++" or "another boring set of guidelines" aside, I'm wondering if there could be some constructive criticism found here ? Something like "they missed this potential issue" or "that one is C problem, not specific to C++ so it belongs elsewhere".

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King Battistelli's swish penthouse office the Euro Patent Office doesn't want you to see

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Re: I'm starting to understand the Brexit vote

@AC thanks for clarification.

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