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* Posts by Will Godfrey

3427 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

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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Open-source civil war: Olive branch offered in trademark spat... with live grenade attached

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So Sad

A total publicity disaster for both sides, and a confusing loss to the entire FOSS communuity.

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

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Phew!

Fortunately, last November I'd already decided my next computer would be an AMD Ryzen. It's being built this month.

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

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How very inter...

Ooo look! A butterfly.

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

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Very Interesting

If it can run purely as a Linux device I'm in. It seems exactly what I want as a general purpose personal assistant (without any stupid AI).

Also, being dextrously challenged with fat dry fingers, touch screens are virtually unusable for me - indeed such a 'smart' phone was the only electronic device I ever lost my temper with.

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The hounds of storage track converged and hyperconverged beasts

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hyper, hyper

I live in a hyper-converged environment. I call it a Home.

It has multiple containers, some dedicated to a single function, while others are dynamically configurable. I call them Rooms.

Many of the rooms can work with Windows, but this functionality can be disabled with Curtains.

A few of the rooms directly interconnect, but most use a central network I call a Corridor.

This network is itself multi-level, the connections being made via Stairs. I considered an alternative connection type - a Lift, but found there would be little or no improvement in speed, but requiring considerable restructuring and expense.

Oh, almost forgot, the home has two highly secure connections to the wider environment.

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Cloud-building alien space rays altered Earth's climate – boffins

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The bad news

... is that the anti man-made lot will jump on this as justification for doing nothing.

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UK good for superfast broadband, crap for FTTP – Ofcom

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Re: 30Mb

For a moment I read that as "Superficial Broadband"

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but, but

Profits!

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Ugh, stupid power supplies hogging server density, who needs 'em?

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Ok, but with a caveat

High voltage DC supplies present two significant risks.

Electric shock is much more likely to be fatal.

A fault creating any kind of arc will do massive damage - it won't self extinguish like an AC one.

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Telly boffin Professor Heinz Wolff has died

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No tears

He was a lot of fun, but at the same time taught people a lot (without them realising it).

Oh, and nutty to the end.

-> for him, not me :)

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One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics

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Last of it's kind?

It's a bit ironic that Maplins started out as a mail order company at a time when there were lots of small electronic component shops. Now the small shops have all gone, it's the only place a kid with a handful of change can go and get just one of each bit he needs.

If these kids are to progress beyond rote assembly of (poorly designed) kits, they need places like this, and it's those kids, not the talking heads, who will ultimately decide whether the country has a future in electronics.

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

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Warning!

I think we should all keep very quiet about the experiments we did with explosives as teenagers (not that I did any of course). Today it would come under the classification of "Possessing information liable to be of benefit to terrorists."

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Pest control: Eggheads work to help RoboBees dodge that fly-swatter

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Re: Robot bees?

For the ultimate in scary surveillance:

"Other Days, Other Eyes" by Bob Shaw - first printed in 1972 !!

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My mousetrap has 4 AA batteries and a tiny inverter. Electrocutes them. Seems pretty humane to me.

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Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

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Temper Tantrum

Send them to bed without supper.

It is a bunch of 2 year olds we're talking about... isn't it?

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UK.gov told: Your frantic farming of pupils' data is getting a little creepy

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Wrong wording

"getting" should not be in the article title.

Thinking about it, neither should "a little"

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Intel Management Engine pwned by buffer overflow

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Plonkers

Buffer overrun eh. Never heard of that before.

/s

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Merger-hungry AT&T sued for price gouging by Texas ISP

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That's the problem. AT&T with throw shitloads of the most expensive lawyers they can find at this simply to bankrupt En-Touch, with not-so-subtle hints that anyone else complaining will get the same treatment.

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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WTF?

Only one story here

Civilian (ex-copper) illegally in possession of computer material.

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FCC boss Ajit defends axing net neutrality by… attacking Cher

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Can it get worse?

This {expletive deleted} has raised corruption and deceit to, and beyond an art form.

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What's that fresh, zesty fragrance? Oh, Linux Mint 18.3 has landed

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Hmm

Not for me if it's more gnome like. I avoid gnome like, oh, err, gnome.

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Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

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If this comes into force, then in a short time a drone will be anything the police want to call a drone.

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Activist investor rages at Mellanox for dismissing Marvell's advances

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Confused

Whatever happened to the idea of making quality goods, or providing a good service?

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Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

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We turned it on its head

At one electronics place place I worked we had a long sheet of fanfold headed with:

"Cockups we're prepared to admit".

There were all the usual things and most people initialed their entries, including one of the bosses with "Plugged 110V kit into 240V supply".

What was revealing was the people who never made a single entry.

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'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

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Very necessary

Sad it's going.

If you do any serious coding you really need a bit of light relief sometimes.

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The Reg parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong

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So

Did Bong take a Bung?

Hungry minds need to know.

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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FAIL

Duh!

So not only was it a crap idea to start with, it was crap implementation as well.

So, Amazon. Get stuffed.

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DJI bug bounty NDA is 'not signable', say irate infosec researchers

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Fools

It's almost as if DJI want researchers to go dark.

Perhaps they also want to go out of business when the bad guys get to work using all the bugs that nobody would now be telling them about.

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Automatic for the people: Telcos forced to pay for giving you crap services

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Well, it's a start I suppose

But what about all the random disconnects, when they claim there is no fault and it must be my hardware?

Odd that it happens with two modems of different manufacture and different vintage.

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BOFH: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

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Wow!

The lions sleeping with a lamb.

I'm shocked! Truly shocked!!

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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One way out

If I'm being at all verbose I've got into the habit of typing it out in a text editor, proofing it then just copy/pasting it into the website's input field.

I wonder what their thingy makes of that!

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Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

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Doh!

Put that into any spy story and everyone would have said you were being totally unrealistic...

but that was yesterday.

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Jupiter flashes pulsating southern pole, boffins understandably baffled

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The Answer

Jupiter is obviously a relay station for intergalactic communications.

A.C. Clarke was almost right. {Actually he knew the whole story, but signed an NDA}

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You're designing an internet fridge. Should you go for fat HTML or a Qt-pie for your UI?

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Mushroom

If you're designing an Internet fridge...

keep well away from me.

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UK.gov joins Microsoft in fingering North Korea for WannaCry

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WTF?

Wait!

I thot it was s'posed to be the Ruskies wot dun it.

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Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

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Re: Rendevous with Rama

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The Ramans always do things in threes.

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The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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Re: Love them

Car:

Originally a contraction of 'Motorised Carriage'.

It's a carriage of a sort.

It's motorised in a way.

Its a car.

It's also rather a lot of FUN

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