* Posts by Will Godfrey

3464 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

A bit of intel on AMD's embedded Epyc and Ryzen processors

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Re: The ryzen parts look like a fantastic desktop CPU :)

Interesting. I was thinking exactly the same - you weren't reading my mind I hope.

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Europe's Unified Patent Court fate in the balance amid German probing (yes, Brexit is in the mix)

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Battistelli

The person who achieved something I would have thought impossible - giving megalomaniacs a bad name.

The repercussions of his power obsession seem to be endless.

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KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software

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Lest we forget

The (frequently changing) variable speed limit sings on the M25

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Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

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Re: 2 years Opportunity = Trump's new gin cabinet

That's probably a good thing!

P.S. I read that as ruining the country.

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BOFH: Turn your server rack hotspot to a server rack notspot

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It's more important to be able to spin the steering and do an instant 180deg turn when being pursued.

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Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

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Re: Location, Location, Location.

@thames

The debian one asks at install time whether you want to enable system tracking. This is with a window that stops everything until you say yes or no. It also tells you exactly how to change the setting, if you want to do so at a later date.

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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Re: classic!

Good question.

I've seen plenty of 680nF and 820nF caps, and I suppose there's a 750nF one in the E24 series (but never seen one). 720 isn't in any series I know of.

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Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

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Re: Bah!

The librarian {thanks Terry}

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UK names Russia as source of NotPetya, USA follows suit

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Wizard?

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

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Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

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Re: "Office just isn't good enough"

However, network access is often not available, whereas some form of power usually is. The irony is, I've seen people using andriod phones with a local link to a honking desktop to drive audio/video systems. So if it's just simple control, you don't need the expensive iPad, but if it's real work you can't use it.

TL/DR

Horses for courses

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Nice to be part of a community

I'm another oldie who uses a simple (no HTML) newsreader. It makes for a peaceful life!

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Why aren't you being arbiters of truth? MPs scream at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

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WTF?

How would they know?

I can't remember the last time I heard a politician make a truthful statement.

Talk about out of touch with reality. They can't possibly have any concept of how they appear to anyone capable of logical thought. Maybe Facebook et al should have just held up a mirror and said nothing.

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BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

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Deja Vu

There is a frightening uncanny familiarity to this situation.

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I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

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No Ta.

I'm another one who linked out just before Microsoft linked in. I also changed my details several times first over a couple of weeks.

I don't seem to get any spam from them at all these days.

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ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

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Storm in a teacup?

Sorry, but someone had to say it.

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Monday: Intel defector touts Arm server chip. Wednesday: Intel shows off new server chips

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Re: Yes, but does it ...

... so platform-wide compatibility at no extra charge.

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Uber quits GitHub for in-house code after 2016 data breach

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What a shame

I'm sure the people at github are really upset that Uber doesn't seem to want to be associated with them any more.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Good Engineering

Oh, and there will be some very unhappy pork barrelers... to my great delight.

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GCHQ unit claims it has 'objectively' made the UK a less desirable target to cybercrims

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Obvious

They're hardly likely to say that all their snooping and dodgy activities has made matters worse, are they?

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Google code reckons it's smarter than airlines, AI funding, and lots more

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Re: Forget delays, what about go-/no-shows?

"Learning data feeds should include local transport links. If they're stupid enough to put an extra runway at LHR, load factors will decrease massively and erratically every time there's a major accident on the M25"

Lately that seems to be every day not beginning with an 'S'

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Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

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America

The land of ???

Help me out here. I thought I had some idea once, but now I haven't a clue.

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Re: Missing a crucial step

They've also got to be proper chips fried in lard - not those revolting 'fries'.

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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I think you forgot one

The totally circular references that go through umpteen zillion links to take you back to the first one... without any of them telling you anything.

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Govt 'comprehensively ignored' advice over NHS data-sharing deal

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Dog bites man?

Government ignores experts - not news.

Government acts based on expert advice - now that would be news.

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Red Hat tries CoreOS on for size – and buys

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Redhat, Google?

Google, Redhat?

I can't make up my mind which has gone faster and further towards the dark side.

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You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

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Re: State-sponsored actors

@WatAWorld

What makes you think they are on 'our' side?

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Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

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Nooooooooooooo

oooooooooooooooooooo

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Hawaii governor: I wanted to tell everyone nuke alert was fake – I just forgot my password

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Scary Stuff

I just hope the actual launch system is a bit more robust

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Electronic voting box makers want kit stripped from eBay – and out of hackers' hands

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Tried, tested

... and failed.

Good ol' security by obscurity.

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Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link

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The mag for the whole family

Dad would buy it for some unknown reason. Mum would them pick it up to read the stories. Big Bro would use it for {cough} education. I flicked through it somewhat puzzled by the cartoons.

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.UK overseer Nominet abandons its own charitable foundation – and why this matters

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Re: What I want to know is

That's all very well, but when your .uk address has been around for nearly 20 years, you risk losing a lot of contacts by changing it. You forget to notify some, others don't get your email etc.

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Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

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Pedant alert

I think you'll find WINE actually stands for:

Wine Is Not Emulation

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Scumbag who tweeted vulnerable adults' details is hauled into court

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Wow!

What are the odds of getting someone with a near identical name and not a million miles away. I'm in North Kent, and I'm not a "William" - phew!

I think I can also safely say I'm not an idiotic arsehole.

Edit: I expect some one will now come along with "Citation Needed" :p

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How many Routemaster bus seats would it take to fill Wembley Stadium?

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Proof indeed

That the Reg commentards as a group know almost everything about almost everything.

There's even a rumor that they know a bit about IT.

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HTML5 may as well stand for Hey, Track Me Longtime 5. Ads can use it to fingerprint netizens

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Bar-stewards

I don't know if it does much good, but I've got into the habit of always closing then restarting the browser between website changes, and have it configured to delete all cookies.

Hopefully, although they can track my movement around their site, they won't know what my next site is.

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Sueball smacks AMD over processor chip security flaw silence

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Confirmation

These people are simply making it clear that they are more than happy to start international wildfires if it makes them a bit more money.

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National Audit Office report blasts UK.gov's 'muddled' STEM strategy

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Re: Too many cooks spoil the broth

Have one of these as well as an upvote ->

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Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

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Re: No excuses

"Part of a downward trend in capabilities of qualified operators I'm afraid. Anon because I am one."

One what?

Downward trend?

Or are you recursively tell us you are anon?

P.S. It's late, I've been wor... doing hard stuff all day, and you left yourself open.

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Feds may have to explain knowledge of security holes – if draft law comes into play

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Yeah, Right

Does anyone actually believe the NSA would obey such a law? The very best possibility would be a slow/partial release of old exploits once they've found better ones.

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UK taxman told to go easy on transformation with Brexit in headlights

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Only one answer

Take early retirement, then move out into the sticks and start helping the local farmers etc. You'll quickly get into the swing of the 'alternative' economy and if you can defeat some of the John Derre lock-in crap you'll have free food and friends for life!

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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It's a dull grey winter day

But for these few minutes it just brightened :)

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Intel top brass smacked with sueball for keeping schtum about chip flaws

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Some decisions are just so hard

Save some small change for a handful of (very rich) investors, or protect millions of people from being worked over while a fix is being found.

For just this once, I think Intel was right.

However, they were total arseholes when the facts came out and they tried to pretend everyone was in the same boat.

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Everything running smoothly at the plant? *Whips out mobile phone* Wait. Nooo...

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I woud like to say I'm surprised

Really, I would like to.

But I prefer to tell the truth.

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If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

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FWIW

We once had a dog that taught itself to open doors... inwards!

For months the whole family were all accusing each other of leaving doors open, until my brother walked past the dining room window and glanced in at the exact moment the dog's paw landed on the door handle, and he performed a sort of pirouette pulling the door open in the process.

Once we knew he could do it, we actually found it very useful - just had to remember to lock bedroom doors.

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CCTV commish: Bring all surveillance systems under code of practice

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He makes a lot of sense

... so will probably be ignored :(

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UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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Numpties

So how do potential employers find the kids that actually put the work in to learn something useful?

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Security hole in AMD CPUs' hidden secure processor code revealed ahead of patches

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More 'nice' surprises

It looks like 2018 is going to be an interesting year.

Just waiting for the next creature to crawl out of the (decaying) woodwork.

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Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

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Lots of negativity here

So, it might not work out. Still worth a try though, and personally I like to hear that some people still are pushing at the boundaries.

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Re: Maybe we dodged a bullet?

@Ken Hagan

I thought "NSA-types" was the all-inclusive term for bad types.

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Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

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Glastonbury have one answer

You have to send in a recent photo which gets embossed onto the ticket, so not re-sellable and not easy to fake. That's only a part of the security measures - and yes, they do check them at the gate.

For people who genuinely later find they can't go for some reason, it is possible to get a partial refund (I think it depends on how late you return them).

No new laws needed, but it does require the vendors to be somewhere approaching honesty, or at least know what the word means.

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