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* Posts by Tom 7

4852 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 1 in 10 Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

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Havent tried lately but it wouldnt let me last time I tried

to use my home phone number. No point in using a cell phone for 2fa when you dont get a fucking signal.

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'No evidence' UK.gov has done much to break up IT outsourcing

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"A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: A Cabinet Office spokesperson said"

Obviously making a business case for outsourcing the Chinese whispers.

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Re: Why outsource

One of the most efficient public bodies I've worked for was efficient because it had avoided outsourcing. Everything was still in-house and the people their knew how the organisation worked and how to provide software for its needs. There were 7 of us doing the work of about 30 in similar sized outsourced organisations of the same size. And where there were 30 people on the ground there were several floating consultants who each earned more than the 7 of us put together.

Things got done in the time other organisations needed to organise the meetings to discuss what needed to be done.

I got made redundant from one organisation that decided it would save money outsourcing, along with 5 others, and when I talked to one of my mates who was still there a couple of years later there were 11 consultants in there getting nothing done.

For small organisations the inside knowledge of how the organisation works and where the staircase with the hidden server is can be more valuable than some twat with a shiny suit and an MBA.

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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The best way to make VR less crap

would be to take it away from the idiots who think it's a good idea.

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Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

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Re: Anonymous Fried Chicken

And keeping your fat arse indoors too!

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Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;

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Re: Anyone seen a single line C program ?

Proper C programmers use this as a style guide: https://www.ioccc.org/

If you look hard enough there is code that looks exactly like the output it produces - this has to be the ultimate commenting!

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Bad programmers blame the syntax.

Its a bit like colour or fonts - the computer doesnt really give a shit and yet I've had half my life wasted in meetings while tossers argue about what colour and font 'means'. Just follow the project/company guidelines - or in the case of things like font or colour move everything that depends on it to the design department (that's what CSS is for ffs) so the anally retentive can worry about it while you get on with the code.

Don't argue with wanky style guides - argue with the computer. At least there's some logic there to get your teeth into and you have a chance of winning.

And if you are so old you cant adopt your coding style you should at least be able to write the code that will convert your coding style into whatever is required.

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Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts

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Re: Will it be that hard to drink it?

@AC "Getting hold of the ice is another matter"

I would imagine at the poles there is not a huge amount of solar so I would imagine they would go and get blocks and thaw it where it was needed. It will be a while before we have pipelines up there and I'd think people will be nearer the equator.

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Will it be that hard to drink it?

Mountaineers have problems because they have very limited carrying capacity. I've used a little hand pump jobbie to make water from sea water and its not that difficult - and assuming the astronauts will be recycling I can see them getting away with a relatively small solar collector for heating and melting the stuff and PV powered purifiers for most of their needs.

Getting hold of the ice is another matter - I've tried hacking at ice before and if it gets any harder as it gets colder a couple of hours work with a pickaxe might produce more sweat than the accumulated ice cubes.

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Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

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RE: Blister packs???

So you could package bacon in such way that, not only could you get the package open on a blurry sunday morning, it would be piping hot too!

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@ Paul Woodhouse.

Under no circumstances should you connect a 32' length of 6' plastic drain pipe vertically to the side of a building, light a candle at the bottom and then pour a cup of toner down it.

Or alternatively lie the pipe on a slope and pour the toner in the top and roll the pipe so the toner is evenly distributed down the length and throw in a lit banger and RLF. This is because you will be running backwards so you dont miss the fun and that could be dangerous!

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Re: Burning 200K cooler is a 'sacrifice'?

I thought the burns from airbags were not thermal burns but 'carpet' burns from the material dragging across your face.

AI could be introduced to punish bad drivers though so a choice of explosives could help moderate drivers.

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Re: I can't be the only one ...

No - theres not enough 'mass' in a printer to make it more entertaining than just thermite itself.

Now mixing a printer with an airbag could be fun...

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Re: Not usually one for pedantry

Gunpowder is an explosive and that burns rather than detonates. Contain it and it definitely goes bang - which is good enough for me. Containing thermite would probably achieve the same result.

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Shaped Charge Tats!

Could catch on...

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Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

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Re: Horizon 2020

But we stop paying the 10% of the budget and we get cut loose - its a bit like not paying your bus fare and suddenly finding you cant actually get to work,

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Up, up and a-weigh! Boeing flies cargo drone with 225kg payload

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Re: Badlands delivery ?

There are no-go areas in the UK. I was not allowed into an area of London - apparently it was some German Immigrants having a wedding or something.

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UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

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And why not

we have the brain of a 3 year old managing aircraft carriers.

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No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

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First they didnt pay us enough to live

but that was OK because they let me borrow to live.

Then they took away my job and I couldn't borrow any more.

Then their money became worthless.

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Boffins closer to solving what causes weird radio bursts from space

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Re: OTT

A civilisation capable of generating massive power and then letting unbelievable shitloads of it escape into space. Doesnt sound likely.

A teenager from an advanced civilisation on bonfire night?

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Beer hall putz: Regulator slaps northern pub over Nazi-themed ad

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Its drinking yards of ale that does it!

Glug.

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

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Re: snap/flatpak/.appimage

Well for one thing you will have a lot less spare space - every image will contain its own libraries so there will be multiple copies of them rather than the single one that is really needed and that leads on to the problem of security - when a security problem is found normally the library would be updated and all will be well but every image will have to be updated and then tested and then downloaded.

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

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Do they do it accidentally or deliberately?

Why do we have such difficulty in giving other living things credibility for an iota of intelligence?

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Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

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Re: Meh

Amongst my peer group only one friend admits to having seen GOT. Amongst my children's friends none have seen it.

There are advantages to not living in a city I guess.

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

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Re: Maybe "ten years away"

Send me a copy of your electron manifesto!

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Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

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RE:"Personally, I'm going to stick to my old faithful Z80"

Its only fast switching between two contexts - in a multi tasking system you still have to load the alternative registers with something useful.

Having said that SymbOS is a bit of an eye opener.

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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Bag and cat long separated here.

I met someone recently who was working on commercial drones and it was fascinating to talk to him, He was working on drones that had valid commercial uses - I've got a bit of guttering that is only accessible by drone or several thousand pounds worth of scaffolding. But the military implications were quite scary in the sense that the technology was there to make cheap cruise missiles.

A friend of mine brought his drones up for a play on the local beech which is massive at the right tides and everything in it is off the shelf and open source and I dare say almost anyone whose been to half a dozen RaspberryPi jams would probably be capable of making something that will breach any and all regulations and the only way to stop this is to stop people being allowed any form of toys or education, We're half way there but I'd rather we could educate people not to do stupid things than just stop educating them.

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And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows - it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

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Hanlons razor

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by backhanders.

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Re: Unusual stock trades

What? Goldman Sachs distributed bonuses early to avoid the lower tax rates?

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Re: I finally switch from AMD to Intel, and this is what happens.

I find buying AMD like not buying Windows - some else always makes the savings.

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Re: Hmmm...

Its going to have to slow everything down - if the OS doesnt do the checks on everything then its leaky as a sieve.

Someone just took £50 from my cpu!

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Nvidia: Using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers? Haha, nope!

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Data Center Defined:

A room with computers containing Tesla V100 chips.

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WTF is a Data Centre? Legally?

I keep backups of friends stuff - does this make me a 'Data Centre'? If I only fill the racks on the left hand side of my room then its a Data Left shirtly?

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We've heard of data gravity – we're just not sure how to defy it yet

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RE telling MBAs the bleeding obvious?

When has that EVER worked?

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Where did all that water go? Mars was holding it wrong, say boffins

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So plate techtonics saved us.

There were some recent reports that there is massive amounts of water in the mantle. It seems not only does the molten earth create water it creates the magnetic field to keep it here.

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Will this be the first indigogo project to come to fruition?

Just wondering.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Re: Grainy videos of possibly alien spacecraft

Anyone got any videos of one of these things in IR mode actually functioning correctly?

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When neural nets do carols: 'Santa baby bore sweet Jesus Christ. Fa la la la la la, la la la la'

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This suggest to me that

neural networks are in fact just computers strolling home pissed on friday afternoon.

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UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

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Re: Still Stuck on 448 up and 352 down Kbpc

Airband?

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Revealed: How Libratus bot felted poker pros – and now it has cyber-security in its sights

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Re: "The techniques that we developed are largely domain independent "

You'd only need 30 of those new google chips for this tho. We're talking half a rack or so.

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No hack needed: Anonymisation beaten with a dash of SQL

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trusted university researchers

These will be like lawyers etc working for the government on large contracts - they very rapidly become extremely well paid working for the contractors to ensure there is no-one on the public side that can point out the errors of their ways.

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Telly boffin Professor Heinz Wolff has died

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A definite genius of a man.

Though one of my dads colleagues went to UCL with him and apparently he had perfect english then which meant I could never watch him on the telly with dad around or he would remind me of this every time.

He has to be congratulated for cultivating the mad German professor role which I think inspired thousands of others.

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'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'

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Re: Hydrogen baloons with lit fuses floating at the ceiling - you name it.

One bonfire night ny dad got some huge plastic bags (maybe 10 times the size of bin liners) and filled one with coal gas and lit a long fuse to it. The bag peeled back releasing a burning ball of gas that floated up until it got to about two foot across when it exploded with a loud pop.

The next one contained coal gas and the exact right amount of O2 (from a dentist) to combust the coal gas (a uni prof for a dad comes in handy some times) and a long fuse of string and paraffin lit, The flame reach the plastic bag and there was a flash and a bang so loud that you could hear it echo off buildings 15 seconds later - which was impressive as most people were now deaf. It was about 10 minutes before the fireworks in the area recommenced. I still swear to this day that the explosion wrote 'bang' in cartoon letters.

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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Re: it's one cable

the internet is design resilient. however companies route around the expense.

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Google boffins tease custom AI math-chip TPU2 stats: 45 TFLOPS, 16GB HBM, benchmarks

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Can I buy one or three?

wanna play.

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Re: Single precision?

I've not seen any NN work that requires FP* let alone 32 bit precision.

* its easier to program in FP but 15bit +sign is more than sufficient for most. Indeed I'd hazard to bet that if your weights for inference need any where near that accuracy you're holding it wrong.

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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Re: There are two name checks...pockets of 'Mum' and 'Ma'

Is that like an inhouse cash machine for the bank of Mum and Dad?

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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

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Re: Traditional my arse

Turkey didnt become common until the 1950s - something to do with the only thing you could get with your ration card. Its as traditional as eating a fucking iPhone for xmas and as tasty but not as nutritious.

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Re: Rabbit

Rabbit is highly underrated. Yes its got lots of little bones and you need to use your fingers but - but - chips!! Some of the best meals I've had have been in country kitchens in far off lands that add rabbit to four or five other ingredients. Probably not a chrismas meal - cant hold the crackers with grease coated fingers but I'd do a Mr Creosote on it.

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Re: Carp recipe

Everyone abuses carp - I'd serve it but I'd call it Sea Bass. Fools em everytime.

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