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* Posts by Credas

1216 posts • joined 23 Jan 2013


Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

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Re: Crapita...

Capita + stunningly incompetent contracting by the customer = epically expensive failure. Why does government have to experience this so many times, and still not learn?

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Re: It's the amusingly named ....

I hadn't heard of that before - if it does work as described then it seems to me that it's a must-have for anyone lumbered with a W10 installation!

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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Re: 80km?

It is a bit naff, not to mention sounding a bit desperate, having to try to convince everyone that "space" is now so much nearer that your spacecraft high altitude aircraft can actually reach it.

Dixons Carphone smarting from £440m loss as it writes down goodwill on mobile biz

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Re: I take it

Indeed; it was noticeable that "Dixons talked up four initiatives or "levers of value" that it will concentrate on to improve the entire business" seemingly without thinking of the novel idea that their sales staff should have the slightest effing clue about the products they're selling.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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Re: Interesting, but radiation killing through water?

There's more than one kind of radiation, with very different penetrating properties; in this case muons, which are massive and very penetrating, are produced by the interaction of cosmic rays with matter.

Incidentally whales and dolphins are sea creatures which do need to surface, to breathe!

Have a gander at this: Amazon agrees not to act as Silicon Valley's foie gras dealer

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Serves them right

They should have stuck to selling more morally acceptable products that aren't banned, like guns.

Qualcomm lifts lid on 7nm Arm-based octo-core Snapdragon 855 chip for next year's expensive 5G Androids

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Re: NE555?

I've no idea (other than it ends in "55"), but personally I'm grateful to the author for the momentary nostalgic frisson it provided me!

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Re: weirdly...

I'd be a proper messay bugger if I didn't have a cleaner.

No, you are a messy bugger - but you pay a cleaner to clean up your mess. :)

Google internal revolt grows as search-engine Spartacuses prepare strike over China

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Re: My advice to Google employees

By all means find an alternative employer whose business aims more align with your values - but good luck finding one that would then tolerate the open dissent to its business decisions that (so far) Google has allowed. In the real (outside Silicon Valley) world these employees could be in for a very nasty shock.

It's nearly 2019, and your network can get pwned through an oscilloscope

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Do these people have any idea how an oscillioscope is actually used?

I can see the point about it potentially, somehow, maybe, being a point of compromise on the wider network. But the idea that someone could somehow gain anything useful from spying on a random oscilloscope, or somehow ingeniously altering its output, is laughable.

International politicos gather round to grill Dick, head of Facebook policy, on data slurping

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No need to rely on Parliamentary privilege

The documents were under legal seal in America as part of a court case brought against Facebook by app biz Six4Three – but Blighty's MPs are able to refer to the content under Parliamentary privilege.

Let's not play along with Facebook's whiny game here - a California court sealing documents has no effect in the UK. There could be an argument that they're Facebook's copyright, but in the absence of a British court order MPs don't need to rely on Parliamentary Privilege to disclose them once they've got them.

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork

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Re: Codecs?

Enlighten me - what does WMP do that something like VLC doesn't, better?

Black Friday? Yes, tech vendors might be feeling a bit glum looking at numbers for the UK

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Re: It's worse than Christmas...

However, here in Blighty, retailers have tried to co-opt this as yet another sales opportunity.

No, (almost all) UK retailers hate Black Friday and just wish it would die. Why would they want to discount just before the Christmas shopping peak, rather than their old model of coining it for Christmas and then dumping unsold stock in the New Year sales? This was an Amazon import from the US (where it makes sense) to the UK (where it doesn't), and few retailers have had the balls to ignore it since.

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg can't remember smear firm, but 'some of their work' crossed her desk

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Re: Nothing to see here

Only a couple of million? That would count as grievous punishment in Corporate-World.

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: How easy it is to get an international deal

French news were reporting on this last weekend, and surveyed random people on the streets for their thoughts.

Well they obviously didn't survey anyone who's actually been to England in a while, or they'd know that in practice you'd be hard pressed to find those old Imperial units anywhere (aside from the yard/mile on our roads for some strange reason, or a pint in a pub).

5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1... Runty-birds are go: 12,000+ internet-beaming mini-satellites OK'd by USA

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The next South Sea Bubble is on its way

The last global satellite comms network to bet against rapid expansion of coverage by competing terrestrial networks was Iridium, and look how well that worked out - very well for GSM, not so well for Iridium investors. And just as with Iridium, I expect much the same will happen with this gaggle of satellite broadband constellations, with maybe one crawling up out of administration to serve the isolated pockets where terrestrial networks just will not go.

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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Will criminals actually bother with all this?

It's nice that someone's thinking about the IT side of ATM vulnerabilities, but i can't see criminals bothering with gaining physical access to LAN ports, etc and working out how to hack the machine to dispense the cash. They seem to have worked out quite serviceable low-tech methods of doing this already, using JCBs, gas canisters, or even just a Land Rover with a steel cable.

Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine

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Re: Congrats

You're being a bit naive if you think the robo-calling PPI leeches have the slightest idea whether you ever had PPI, let alone were miss-sold it.

Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password

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A note to USAian authors

a cryptocoin firm in London, England

To the world at large (ie not resident in the USA) London means London, England. Just like Paris means Paris, France. If you need to distinguish them from London, Ohio or Paris, Texas then please do so, but don't assume that the rest of the world is confused about which is the world city and which is the obscure USA town.

Ex-Microsoft manager sues former coworkers and Windows giant over claims of sex assault, gender discrimination

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How can they even attempt to ban her from working for a totally different company?

They're not - they're saying she basically can't have any dealings with Microsoft while working for another company.

Setback for Qualcomm: It has to license modem tech to competitors

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FRAND definition

The commission argued that Qualcomm had voluntarily committed to the FRAND (free and non-discriminatory) licensing requirements

I would hope that the commission knows that FRAND actually stands for Fair, Reasonable, And Non-Discriminatory - there's nothing free about it!

Clunk, bang, rattle: Is that a ghost inside your machine?

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I wish I'd known this after I was burgled - the scrotes nicked some random items including yoghurts, of all things, and a power drill, but left before taking the valuable VCR (this was some years ago). The enthusiastic cops with their aluminium powder caused far more damage to this one item than the thieves managed in total.

In memoriam: See you in Valhalla, Skype Classic. Version 8 can never replace you

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How they *EX-TER-MIN-ATE* billions and billions, over and over, is really beyond human understanding...

Just a cost of doing business with the US Government - a few $billion out of the marketing budget to kill that pesky spook-bothering encrypted peer-to-peer network.

'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded

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Eco credentials?

Even the watery Natick data centre got a nod from Nadella in an effort to bolster the company's eco-credentials by using the ocean as a giant heat sink.

Pray do tell us, Nadella, how dumping heat into the ocean is ecologically better than dumping it into the atmosphere. Unless you're beaming it into outer space it's kinda the one environment, isn't it?

Yahoo! $50m! hack! damages! bill!, Russian trolls menaced by Uncle Sam inaction, computer voting-machine UI confusion, and more

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Re: Return to Sender ..... Re Cease and Desist or Seize and Persist?

How does a sentient being even manage to write such incomprehensible stuff? Admittedly it is some kind of a skill - or alternatively a state-of-the-art AI bot at work.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Speech to text translation engine adds asterisks

Google Translate and the like have a setting to "block offensive words" enabled by default, but unlike what the article implies you can in fact toggle it off for full effect!

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Re: I have a code of conduct

Whoever came up with these principles appears not to have heard of a fundamental notion for getting along with people of different persuasions, which is that in polite society you should never discuss religion and politics. I would have no greater desire to be part of a coding project that insists on commitment to Judeo-Christian traditions than Muslim/Hindu/Atheist/Communist/...

Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'

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Re: Buzzword bingo

Just what I though. The only quote in that article that was comprehensible was the last one - written by medConfidential, not the National Government Bullshit Delivery Agency.

AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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Fortunately there was this:

“It’s coming and will be a reality in 20 years,” Kott said

So that's the ever-receding 20 years characteristic of other things that haven't happened in many decades, like affordable fusion power? Only in this case I'd be delighted if it never happened.

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Re: "viable and tested emergency system"

I remember reading that once one was in trouble and the other "passengers" disabled his ejector seat as an "incentive" to save the aircraft.

I remember reading that the Moon landings were faked and filmed in a Hollywood studio, too, but that was also a steaming pile of BS.

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Re: Performed as expected...

the actual crewed mission count is similar to that for the shuttle so the raw metrics are pretty similar

Maybe a similar failure rate, but the presence of a viable escape process for the Soyuz makes the outcomes very different.

LinkedIn has a Glint in its eye and cash burning a hole in its pocket

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You are the product

If anyone doubted that their "membership" of social media in general, and LinkedIn in particular, made them the product then this ought to disabuse them of that notion. Of what possible advantage to their individual members could this be?

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Why would anyone want to buy some dedicated Facebook hardware that replicates something they already have on their phone/tablet if they've bought into the Facebook walled garden, while being useless for communicating with anybody outside it? I just don't get it.

First it came for your desktop, now Windows 10 1809 is coming for your Things

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Licensing v. Litigation

For those who think such patent trolls are merely suit-wearing under-bridge inhabitants found in kids' books, they are much, much worse. These trolls obtain the rights to patents and then profit through licensing and litigation rather than actually making stuff.

Personally I don't really see why it's worse that a non-producing company buys IP from a producer and licenses it, rather than a producer (like Microsoft) doing exactly the same thing. For me the issue with patent trolls is that, rather than simply license IP, instead they ambush small companies with claims that they're infringing and then effectively blackmail them with threats of litigation that a small company can't afford to defend.

Self-driving cars may not have steering wheels in future, dev preview for PyTorch 1.0 is here, etc

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Re: No wheel is one thing

you simply cannot achieve the precision required, or the haptic feedback needed, with a stick.

Works fine on combat aircraft, and large airliners, so I'm not sure where you got that idea.

Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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Well if the GRU is deliberately running a subtle distraction operation painting itself as an incompetent bunch of blundering Soviet-era thugs, then it's certainly doing an excellent job.

NASA's Kepler telescope is sent back to sleep as scientists preserve fuel for the next data dump

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Re: Refueling Kepler

If Bezos or Musk can refuel those with unmanned vehicles for let say $50millions, it may be worth the try.

Why do you absolutely want to send a man there to do the job? It would be much more expensive and life-threatening. Such an operation should be made by a robotic mean

I know things like this are easy in Star Trek, and fanboys like to think that their heroes can perform miracles in a tenth of the time and for a hundredth of the cost that real engineers would need, but Star Trek is fiction and this stuff is hard. Very hard.

Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet

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Re: Conclusions?

At least it looks like Musk's learnt something from this - post as Anon. Deleting the more unwise posts/tweets is just his standard MO, though.

Canadian security boss ain't afraid of no Huawei, sees no reason for ban

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Not just Canada

It seems most commenters here (and whoever asked that Five Eyes question mentioned in the article) aren't aware that the UK has the self same approach, with the UK Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre.

Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

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Great, you've caught it. Sooo.... now we have a slightly larger but wobblier item in orbit.

The orbital-hygiene types doing this aren't idiots, you know! The test has been conducted in a low orbit, such that the cubesat+net will re-enter and burn up in a few months even without any sail.

Check out this link! It's not like it'll crash your iPhone or anything (Hint: Of course it will)

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Re: And here's the reason it's not good there are are so few browser engines

Well, I'd rather we weren't a heartbeat away from only having 2 (if Mozilla couldn't stagger on any more). And iOS users might not be too delighted that they have a choice of precisely one engine. So whilst I wouldn't go along with your strawman of a dozen browser engines, I don't think that the current situation is good for anyone.

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And here's the reason it's not good there are are so few browser engines

Webkit, Gecko, Trident. And on Apple devices, just Webkit. Not a great idea.

Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

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Welcome to the real world, MS

"Unfortunately, we had to stop this work because we came across something that the previous internal testing had not uncovered," she revealed. "A team member attended a conference where internet access was provided as IPv6-only and 99 per cent of attendees could not get their VPN clients to connect on this network."

What bubble do MS developers work in that they wouldn't know that many (most?) commercial VPNs are IPv4-only?

Expanding Right To Be Forgotten slippery slope to global censorship, warn free speech fans

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Re: "should not be allowed to decide what Internet users around the world find"

The only problem with that rant is that Googling "Google data protection officer” tells me (7th result down on the first page) that Keith Enright was appointed as their DPO back in May.

Take a pinch of autofill, mix in HTTP, and bake on a Wi-Fi admin page: Quirky way to swipe a victim's router password

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Re: Maybe?

Maybe the takeaway is "Autofill is not a good idea for anything" ?

Yes, I know - everyone here uses a password manager secured by passphrase long enough to produce a short novel, and generating 24-character random alphanumeric+symbol passwords that never touch the clipboard but are entered by hand using a randomised-layout keyboard.

Meanwhile the average person has to get on with their life, and for them using autofill with complex passwords is a hell of a lot better than "password123" for every login page they have to deal with. flings £95m at public sector superfast broadband rollouts

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Re: Yeah, right

Can you actually remember what it was like when the industry was last in public hands? If you think investment in network infrastructure is bad now, think back to those days when it was under the dead hand of the Treasury: party lines, 6 months wait to get a phone connected, and a choice of either a grey rotary dial or cream push-button receiver.

Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be

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Quite. Most people on the left side of the pond never have got the point of SIMs - deliberately in the case of corporates.

Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

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Re: "Et tu Bruté"

Be insured it makes no sense at all.

Rather like your English. :)

Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

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Is it really too difficult to read how Firefox's phishing and malware protection actually works or do you just like spreading FUD?

You can't always trust those mobile payment gadgets as far as you can throw them – bugs found by infosec duo

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Re: There's a lot to be said for cash...

Because obviously there are no dodgy notes or coins in circulation...

Actually cash also gets "patched" periodically - witness our plasticky new £5 and £10 notes, and the new multi-sided £1 coin.


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