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3002 posts • joined 3 Nov 2015

Florida Man laundered money for Reveton ransomware. Then Microsoft hired him

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Re: Lost it - Should have studied grammar at school.

Depends whether you want to work for the sort of politician who wants clever people to fix his speeches or the sort of politician who feels threatened by anyone around him who can write good English.

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Re: Interesting

They probably suspected around the time he tried to get promoted by telling them he had a really interesting idea for making more money out of W10.

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Re: Quick Sand Windows

"By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand."

Amor vincit quicksandia.

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Re: WinRT?

"Now they are pretty much equivalent to all the other 2G Celeron cheap windows 10 home machines"

Except for the ones that run i3 or i7. Of which there are now a fair number.

Though I prefer ARM ones as I have no intention of running anything Windows. I have a box or two for that.

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Corporates

I suspect that the selling point to corporations is that everybody can have a Chromebook and the management tools, but those who need it can run Windows or Linux on the same hardware. The TCO could be considerably lower than for a Windows fleet with a number of machines running Linux or Macs.

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Re: Don't need it, thanks.

What are these hoops? My Chromebooks recognise the Epson Workforce on the network just fine, thanks.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Re: The latest industry - “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”

That's easy - the sound of the master's hand slapping the novice on the head and him saying "Don't try to be clever with meaningless questions, stupid boy."

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Re: @ matjaggard

Interesting that some Brexiters are so moronic that they have to downvote a post that merely states an opinion.

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Re: @ matjaggard

"Are you taking a share of that responsibility, or referring to other old people?"

I voted Remain, I would still vote Remain, interpret that how you will.

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Re: @ matjaggard

"But I'm glad I gave you an opportunity to spew your contempt for old people. Feeling better ?"

To be fair it's old people like me that are responsible for the current mess.

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Re: "Do not want" is not strong enough.

"Samsung has not been satisfied with making the best Android phones. "

It's just as well because there is no such thing, it depends on your criteria. Which is after all why Android has its benefits - there are currently four types of iPhone, or rather two types with one having different sizes. There is perhaps too much choice in the Android world - but it exists. As with Apple - want a small high spec Samsung? Forget it. Samsung high res LCD? Ditto. Robust version? Apparently US only.

Perhaps trying to be like Apple explains why the likes of Huawei are snapping at their heels.

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Re: The latest industry

"A bit like 3D TVs: annoying, poorly executed,"

Anyone who has made a serious study of 3d vision can tell you - it is not technically possible to achieve 3d reproduction without individual headsets, so multi-user 3d TV or cinema is guaranteed to be poorly executed.

Basically, for any two-image attempt to stereo reproduction there is only one eye position that works, that which corresponds to the exact position of the taking lenses.

As this has been known since early Victorian times, 3d TVs were basically a scam from day one.

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Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

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Veer

I really would like a new version of the Veer. With the use of phones as 2FA and Android Pay, I'd like a small second phone to use for those jobs and in emergency so when the main one gets stolen it won't be a disaster.

The Veer was tiny, it had a 2.4 inch screen running webOS, a slide out keyboard, a magnetic connector with a magnetic headphone jack so that accidentally yanking on the lead didn't cause damage. From the back it looked like a large river pebble. A modern version could fit an iPhone 4 screen into the form factor. 16G, 2G RAM, NFC, BT, wireless charging, mobile hotspot, slide out keyboard that also answers and ends calls, no need for GPS or expansion, no front camera, job done.

However, I suspect the actual product will be a small, cheap rectangular slab with no keyboard and low spec parts and the only Palm-like thing about it will be the logo.

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WhatsApp security snafu allows sneaky 'message manipulation'

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" I'm sure much fun could be had using this attack."

You are sure it isn't being done to politicians' messages already? It could explain a lot. Does it work for Twitter?

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Intel: Yeah, yeah, 10nm. It's on the todo list. Now, let's talk about AI...

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Re: Intel knows that it is in deep trouble

We saw an article only the other day that suggests AMD might possibly get to 5% of the server market in a couple of years. That is not deep trouble.

As with the entire tech sector, Intel has a problem in that share prices are driven by hope and greed more than strict economic reality, and too much rests on share prices. But remember when Microsoft had a big problem and had to discover security in a hurry? Disasters like the OS That Nobody Speaks Of between XP and W7? Yet today Apple is nowhere in the server world and has about 5% of the world laptop market.

This isn't about technical merits but about the sheer size of Intel's masse de manoeuvre.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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"If the ZX computers kickstarted the British home computer market and taught a generation in the early 80s, they couldn't have been that crap."

Oh they were. It was getting them to kind-of work that taught the 80s generation so much about computers. Kids today don't even know what an edge connector is, let alone how to keep them working.

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Imagine Python fan fiction written in C, read with a Lisp: Code lingo Nim gets cash injection

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Re: Why? - Is it me?

It is you.

Seriously, but cynically, if you learn C, Java, Javascript, C++ or whatever you are going to encounter people who know them in infinitely greater depth than you do. Whereas if you kind-of know the latest and greatest, your chance of running up against someone who knows a lot more is much lower.

So, when the job advert put out by clueless HR says "10 years Nim required" you might be the only candidate. (You don't tell them it hasn't been around for 10 years. Java was like that once.) And since the job is there because someone decided Nim was cool, decided to do a job in it, got stuck and buggered off, your chance of success is relatively high. Get your feet under the table, ask loudly "who wrote this pile of steaming excrement?", tell the boss Nim was unsuitable and do the job in a language you know. Reputation made.

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"because it combines the speed of C, the readability of Python, and the extensibility of Lisp."

Is that supposed to be a positive assessment? I'm not sure. Lisp's extensibility can be a curse, wars can be fought over Python's readability, and the speed of C only really works if you are already a good enough programmer to know what's fast and what isn't.

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Pleasant programming playground paves popular Python path

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-->So why are Lambda's acceptable?

Greek words are computer sciency.

My wild generalisation over many years is that women programmers tend to want to get the job done with minimal fuss while many male programmers want to demonstrate their ability with the coolest concepts and the latest buzzwords. That's why I'm grateful that the two people who taught me programming were both women. When the most recent comp sci graduate decides to refactor some of your code because it's insufficiently exciting, spends a week doing it and then is asked for a change log, it's Schadenfreude time.

There's probably money to be made out of running bare knuckle fights between the "do it in the compiler" mob and the "this code is so much more efficient" mob.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: Hush, hush, whisper who dares..

Everyone laughs

Nobody cares

Christopher Robin

Has fallen downstairs.

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Interesting cultural intersection.

Surely not. Trump has a mutual dependency with the media - if they don'tr exist, how can he keep tweeting about fake news?

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Re: Not the entirity of China...

"Is this why the Brits have built themselves a couple super(ish) carriers?"

To provide targets for the hypersonic missiles of the Chinese Navy? I'm sure we could have done it cheaper.

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Re: Not the entirity of China...

"Britain is not allowed by the terms of the relevant treaty to treat this as causus belli and take Hong Kong right back."

The massive disparity in military power and the relative distances surely outweigh any treaties anyway. We only just managed to get the Falklands back. And if it happened again, we perhaps could not.

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Re: Tibet

I have a book written by a French explorer in 1939-40 about Tibet and how the Chinese were gaining influence by putting down bandits and stopping the monks from oppressing the peasants.

I'm not excusing the Chinese but Tibetan Buddhism was pretty horrible and Buddha would doubtless have felt about it the way Jesus would feel about the Orange Order*. The Dalai Lama may be a progressive guy but his predecessors were not.

The Cultural Revolution was an utter disaster for just about everybody in the Chinese sphere of influence and Hong Kong and Taiwan were incredibly lucky to avoid it, but Tibet has a bit more nuance than you might think.

*What is it about the colours orange and yellow and dodgy religions?

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Re: whatever’s wrong ...Xi does happen to be competent

Right now I'd exchange our present government for the Politburo provided we were allowed free democratic elections in 2022. Because "competent" and "British government" are disjoint sets.

Hey, we might get some decent railways, an airport or two, some more wind power, a burgeoning electric vehicle sector, some decent electronics makers and cheap Russian gas. And possibly a statement that Britain is an indissoluble part of the EU (cf Taiwan).

Sadly, based on the Hong Kong experience, the free democratic election bit is unlikely.

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Re: Just to be helpful:

Of course no pants - how else can a bear poo in the woods?

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A A Milne

Are you sure you've got the right one? I may be wrong but IIRC it was Shepherd (Wind in the Willows) who had a difficult relationship with his son. Milne didn't until long after the Pooh episode. Milne stopped writing children's books because he was worried about the effect on his son, but it was much later before the son became estranged. The confusion may arise because Milne did a well known theatrical adaptation of Wind in the Willows (Toad of Toad Hall).

Milne was invalided out of WW1 but stayed in the Army in a desk role (writing propaganda) till after the war and subsequently became very anti-war for a while, evidence of his bad judgement being an attack of pacifism in 1934.

But someone more obsessive about Punch and Milne than I may be able to correct me. I'd like to know.

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Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

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Re: Two sine waves 180 degrees out of phase

But it isn't a duopoly. It's a monopoly, since Intel has all the power and AMD is more or less in the noise. As the article says, it is not feasible that AMD could get even 5% of market share in any really foreseeable timeframe.

Monopolies maintain their power through barriers to entry, and in Intel's case there are many of these none of which can go away at all quickly.

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MessageBird, Twilio tout low-code tools for DIY comms app plumbing

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"low-code tools"

Remember how BASIC was going to eliminate programmers?

Then fifth generation languages.

"The One" program - that was going to allow you to automate your office without programming.

As T S Eliot said in another context, "According to thy word they shall praise thee and suffer in every generation".

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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Re: See Janet in "The Good Place"

I thought Janet was a Joint Academic Network.

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"Which sounds rather like the mix they'd have got if they'd just asked for volunteers from the students in one of their psychology classes."

Of course. As one of my supervisors said, psychology research is conducted on WEIRD people (white, educated, industrialised, rich, democratic). And many of them are psychology students.

Unsurprising really. As Washoe has demonstrated, you can teach American academics to communicate using sign language, but if you try it with Congolese, they try to kill you.

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Marvin

Clearly the designers of Marvin were aware of studies like this. Marvin is annoying but miserable, so for hundreds of millions of years nobody switches him off. Because he might like it. It's a well designed survival strategy appealing to the latent sadist in all of us.

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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"if Galileo and Darwin had not question what they had been told was fact where would we be ?"

In fact Darwin built on the work of other investigators, including his grandfather Erasmus. And Galileo did not get into trouble with his fellow proto-scientists but the church. Both were great scientists, but they were trying to explain known facts, not overturn them.

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new pyramid shaped, smelling of fresh bacon, razor sharpening alien overlords

Indeed, you need to sharpen the razors in order to slice the bacon, so it all makes sense.

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Re: Maybe Rob ("Robert") Newman was onto something ?

"Given that 20 years ago we had passenger supersonic flight - but none now. It was quicker to go London - Edinburgh by train a century ago."

To be pedantic it wasn't, because there was a war on and trains were frequently disrupted due to military traffic, the running of the railways by the War Office, bombing, and the fact that skilled railway engineers like my grandfather were either running the railways in France or recuperating from injuries.

And it wasn't between the wars. It's roughly 400 miles from London to Edinburgh and I think you'll find no scheduled steam train has averaged over about 75mph. That's over 5 hours equivalent. The current time is an average of about 4 hours 40. The fuel consumption of the steam train was enormously greater than that of even a Diesel.

Same with supersonic passenger travel. A tiny niche which could only be afforded by the rich and then only because the vast R&D expense had been written off, really doesn't count.

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Re: I have no idea if it works, because I've got a beard

"Oh, yes, except for a friend of mine who kept his blades in an old envelope because they stayed sharper than the ones kicking around on the bathroom shelf."

Protection of steel from moisture + corrosion happens fastest at sharp edges. Makes sense.

And perhaps that's the cardboard pyramid secret - take them out of the bathroom.

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Re: Has The Register been hacked by the Express ?

"Because they were built to a plan using the (ridiculously simple) tools to maintain angles and lines."

And several thousand years of compressive force along with the absorption by limestone of carbon dioxide tends to reduce any gaps, explaining the apparently perfect fit.

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Re: Mystery?

"There was not enough volume of stone taken from the quarries for the pyramids to be all dressed stone, therefore a goodly proportion must be rubble"

Early Carillion project?

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Re: And...

But not the High Court. The English judiciary is pretty woo-proof.

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Web doc iCliniq plugs leaky S3 bucket stuffed full of medical records

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File names

Some organisations are remarkably ignorant about this. Doing an audit once on a government-related site we noticed that SNMP was turned on for printers with no security. We drew the attention of the management to the fact that anybody in IT with a simple monitor could read the files printed by most of the larger machines - so allowing people in HR to print files with titles like "Proposed headcount reduction 20xx" was probably not a clever idea.

Another organisation was set up so that documents printed in London went through print servers in the Midlands managed by IT workers in the North. Again simple inspection of print server records revealed interesting stuff.

There's a number of printers that need to have SNMPV3 as the only SNMP port, and a number of companies that really should think hard about not putting sensitive stuff through print servers.

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First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

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Re: It's obvious..

Stuff to make your tentacles sleek and glossy so they appeal to at least 13 of the other 36 genders? Or boring surface transporters photographed in moody lighting driven by high-pheromone-emitting potential brood mothers?

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Re: Uh, am I the only one

"Srong enough that it was used from Earth in the 1960s to measure the rotation rates of Mercury and of Venus"

But we're detecting it at light years, which would imply a signal strong enough to be used at interstellar distance. There would be no point in using so much power for merely interplanetary radar within one stellar system. If a signal like this can be detected at 3 million ly, using it to measure the rotation rate of a nearby planet would seem slight overkill.

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Re: Uh, am I the only one

An interesting radar. Have you considered how weak the return signal would be?

Plus, by the time it got back, the original radar would probably have been replaced by a newer model.

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Pedantry

I know this is pedantry but there is a system for naming electromagnetic waves, and 580MHz is in the UHF or decimetre band, both of which are less misleading than "low frequency".

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: Sometimes it's the user

We had one of these when I was at school. He could cause expensive glassware to break in the chemistry lab merely by poking his head in the door.

He arrived at university the year after I did because he had a nearly fatal motorcycle accident, which I suspect was the revenge of the Cosmic Machine Karma System.

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CableLabs sends its time lords to help small-cell mobile nets

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Re: GPS - HAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHA!

Downvoted for a negative post that does nothing at all to explain why the original poster was wrong. Writing "There is a reason..." and then not giving it is just preening, not informative.

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Amnesty slaps Google amid crippled censored China search claims

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Re: First, they censored Chinese Searches...

Why "from this point on"?

Facebook and Google may not be 100% responsible for Trump, but they certainly facilitated him.

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Re: It's just a test.

The #fakenews AI will need to be agile though - it will frequently have to reverse its position overnight. At least the central planning of the Chinese politburo ensures a certain consistency in what is and is not to be the truth.

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Facebook's security boss is offski. Not to worry, it has 'embedded security' in all divisions

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For some meaning of security.

I guess the next head of security will be tasked with ensuring that things like Cambridge Analytica never get found out.

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