* Posts by Remy Redert

515 posts • joined 2 Mar 2007


Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 debut derailed by website glitches, bots, lack of supply

Remy Redert

Re: Several Problems Caused This

This was a problem with the Radeon 6990s when I got one on release. I went through 3 cards before I had a functioning one. The first one I could swap at the retailer I bought it from, when the second one also turned out to be a dud it had to be shipped back to AMD, took a few weeks before I got a replacement that did actually work.

Net neutrality lives... in Europe, anyway: Top court supports open internet rules, snubs telcos and ISPs

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The only way I could see zero-rating being acceptable at all is when the user gets to pick (freely) what websites or services to zero rate. Of course that would never happen because then ISPs can't make deals with a limited number of services and collect money from them.

Competitive techies almost bring distributed disaster upon themselves – and they didn't even find any aliens

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Not mine thankfully, but a friend of mine had a (legitimate) folding@home setup running on their test rigs overnight, when no overnight tests were scheduled.

This setup happily ran for a few years without issues and with approval from management. Then they decided to go cloudy for these test rigs and despite warnings from the test teams not to, IT copied the existing setups straight onto cloudy machines. And then set the limits for cloudy instances up appropriately generously so that the multi threaded memory heavy tests would run well.

And then they got hit by a stupidly high bill in the first month because of course the folding@home jobs had gotten copied across and were configured to use every bit of CPU and memory they could. This cost rather a lot more in the cloud than it had previously in power bills.

Digital pregnancy testing sticks turn out to have very analogue internals when it comes to getting results

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Re: "Surly we can come up with a similar device with replaceable strips?"

One of the things we had at the veterinary clinic I worked at was a strip reader for a multi-test urine strip. Dip strip in urine, wait 5 minutes, put strip in reader. Reader pulls the strip through and dumps it into the trash container.

That thing came from human medicine and was probably 20ish years old. It was toaster oven sized. There wasn't much incentive to make them much smaller though.

'A guy in a jetpack' seen flying at 3,000ft within few hundred yards of passenger jet landing at LA airport

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Re: Radar?

Even if they were running primary radar and someone was looking at those screens, he'd most likely be filtered out as noise. A human sized target is unlikely to make enough radar return to pass the noise filters.

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Re: Did the guy look like Elon Musk?

It's undoubtedly capable of a 1G barrel roll, even if doing so would give the insurance people conniptions.

Huawei mobile mast installed next to secret MI5 data centre in London has 7 years to do whatever it is Huawei does

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Re: Does this mean all MI5 could find was a 30m cable?

At school we had a few spots were a switch was installed with 1 cable in, 1 out, because the 4 put switches and the unshielded cable did not approval, but the shielded cable necessary to cover the same distance without switches or other repeaters was too expensive and would have to go through the (lengthy) tender process.

The fact that this solution was well over twice the cost didn't matter because the individual parts were below the threshold so could simply be bought off the shelf.

The truth is, honest people need willpower to cheat, while cheaters need it to be honest

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Re: Piracy is called that for a reason

Theft is taking with the intention of depriving the owner of the thing stolen. Software or music piracy does not remove the thing copied from the owner's possession. More to the point, a lot of forms of software piracy or music piracy in the US don't (and shouldn't) count as piracy elsewhere, such as ripping CDs to MP3 (for personal use) or downloading videos/songs from YouTube (again, for personal use).

Fusion boffins apply plasma know-how to building thrusters

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Re: YES !

But they're proposing cutting the 9 month journey in half, when we have designs that will straight up cut travel time to 4 to 6 weeks. That we could build and launch with today's technologies.

It's called NERVA. Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Applications. And while some Nerva designs are T/W > 1, none of the mission designs made ever featured a fuelled Nuclear rocket being launched, they were all intended to launch the nuclear rocket, propellant and nuclear fuel in separate launches for payload mass and safety reasons. Once fuelled the rocket would make multiple trips to Mars and back, only needing new propellant and payloads.

US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine

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Re: Wrong lightbulbs...

Good LEDs use between 25% and 50% less power than CFLs. But obviously that's a MUCH smaller savings than between CFLs and incandescent bulbs. A good reason to replace CFLs early however is that a lot of CFLs suffer from fading, which hurts both light output and efficiency.

My experience with LEDs so far has been that the early ones had a relatively high early failure rate, usually within the first 2 years. If they didn't die early, they'd last a good 10 years.

'We stopped ransomware' boasts Blackbaud CEO. And by 'stopped' he means 'got insurance to pay off crooks'

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Re: "Subset"?!

All but the one who hadn't migrated yet is a subset of customers. All of this year's back ups is a subset of their back ups.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Re: Win10 is Not Fit For Purpose.

I can answer that one. Performance and features. Vulkan performs better, is cross platform and implemented a bunch of new features. Not to mention that DX12 was late to the show. Vulkan APIs were out on win7 before DX12 APIs were available.

And then the few games that implemented both Vulkan and DX 12 found that the former ran faster on the same hardware.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline

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Re: We're not done reading this kind of story, I'll wager.

This is why my power buttons do nothing. The reset button is recessed and needs a pin to be activated, so that's fine, but the power button is disconnected because PCs are warm.

When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan

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Recently had a fun time with backing data up. A semi competent computer user asked me to help him get a Linux instead going on one of his PCs. Having set up a previous machine of this with Linux in the past, I said sure, helped him decide what distro he wanted and came over armed with a live USB.

I checked with him that he had everything important backed up, he had. So I plug the USB stick in and let it run the pre configured install while we talk.

I walk him through the steps so he can do it himself next time, including the part where the drive gets repartitioned.

At the end I said we were ready to put his backed up stuff on the machine and asked him for it. D:\backup he says. He'd created a new partition to put his back up on. It was of course nuked during the install.

I've learned to always ask for the backup before even starting the machine.

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

Remy Redert

Re: Almost mouse free

First time we went on holiday and brought the cats, one of them came running in with a young rabbit. She was in a particular hurry because mom wasn't happy about the cat abducting her babies. Fortunately none of those involved were seriously injured and we managed to reunite the rabbits.

The same cat was harassed by a big fat pigeon a few years later. A couple of days after she came strutting into the bungalow with a pigeon almost as big as she was. The pigeon was very much dead already at that point.

US Air Force wants to pit AI-powered drone against its dogfighting hotshots in battle of the skies next year

Remy Redert

Re: Which aircraft will the meat pilot use?

The two biggest problems for the F-35 in current counter insurgency operations are speed and its cannon. The much slower A-10 has a much easier time acquiring targets (especially infantry) and the gun is both significantly more powerful and carries a substantial amount more ammo.

For reference, the GAU-8 fires a 30x173mm round, at 3900 rounds per minute with 1350 round carried aboard the A-10.

The GAU-22 fires a 25x135mm round at 3300 rounds per minute and a mere 180 rounds aboard an F-35.

The fact that the F-35 can't loiter as long didn't help of course, nor does the extremely low availablity of the F-35.

SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon cleared to hoist real live American astronauts into space

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The instantaneous launch window opens at 4:33 p.m. EDT, or 20:33 UTC

Direct from SpaceX's official website.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Never store CC details

Speaking from the far off lands of the Netherlands, but also available in some other European countries, we have a wonderful system called iDeal, where a transaction is stated in the vendor's environment, transferred via a single use number negotiated between vendor and bank and then finishes the transaction in the bank's environment.

We also use IBAN, which can be used to transfer money to an account and identify the account, but cannot be used to charge the account without jumping through a bunch of hoops at which point a large part of the responsibility lies with the bank.

Obviously this is less attractive for Amazon and all, because they can't use their one click purchasing with these systems.

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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Re: Experienced tester.

Have I got a great example of that one. The social security managing software that the company I work for makes has some very interesting 'features'. For example, the client in a dossier and his partner are stored in 2 separate fields in said dossier.

When we make a new dossier, we check the existing ones to see if there are any incompatible dossiers around and still active. If there are, we show an error. This check of course only checked for clients, not partners.

So you could give client A and partner B their social security check and then give client B and partner A their social security check as well, paying them twice because partner B didn't already have a dossier as far as the system was concerned.

It only took a year to get it accepted as a bug and fixed, because of course the user and their processes wouldn't allow that situation to happen in reality.

Lost in translation and adrift in cloud storage

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Re: google translate anyone?

3) Microsoft does, of course.

You'll get your money – when this bank has upgraded Windows 7... or bought extended support

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Re: Do I have this right ...

None. The EULA prohibits it.

Forcing us to get consent before selling browser histories violates our free speech, US ISPs claim

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I don't see 'Internet Service Provider' or 'company' in the list of protected classes, so it's perfectly fine to discriminate against people on the grounds of their being an internet service provider, a company or a specify type of company.

And companies are after all people.

Star wreck: There's a 1 in 20 chance a NASA telescope and US military satellite will smash into each other today

Remy Redert

Re: No lineage?

Planetes is an anime series where space junk and it's clean up occupies a central role in the story.

There's a manga too, which goes a fair bit further in the story.

Curse of Boeing continues: Now a telly satellite it built may explode, will be pushed up to 500km from geo orbit

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Re: Stupid (I'm quite sure) question...

Because it doesn't have anywhere near the Delta/V required to deorbit it. If you try, you'll likely just end up with an elliptical orbit that strays through the geostationary orbits on a regular cycle.

Airbus A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours

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Re: Why is there a choice?

The technician has just found that floppy 412 is unreadable. Unfortunately that means the software will have to be completely removed and reinstalled from the back up. We've been assured that this shouldn't take more than 3 working days.

Chemists bitten by Python scripts: How different OSes produced different results during test number-crunching

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Re: Stating the bleeding obvious part #261

If they ran that on Windows ME they'd get the same result you always get on Windows ME.

A blue screen of death

Careful now, UK court ruling says email signature blocks can sign binding contracts

Remy Redert

Re: Email?

Generally typos are treated as they should be, mistakes where the letter and the intent differ and if intent can be established, for example with those previous emails, intent takes precedence.

Same if the result is held to be unreasonable.

Army Watchkeeper drone flopped into tree because crew were gazing backwards

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Following the instructions was not to hit the button because the aircraft was already in go-around mode.

My suggestion would to just power the camera down entirely when stowed. It's apparently a distraction for the operator.

Cloudflare punts far-right hate-hole 8chan off the internet after 30 slayed in US mass shootings

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Re: inspired by 8chan

You're missing mental healthcare in that list, I'd argue that the access to guns is the least of the problems in that list, with education and mental healthcare taking the 2 top spots.

Of course, improving education will take time and even if it happens today, it'll be a decade or two before the results start to come around. Improving mental healthcare would produce results faster, but the US seems allergic to any kind of affordable healthcare and has a cultural problem that has only recently started to shift of people not seeking help.

So access to guns and restricting speech that incites others to violence and discrimination are the lie hanging fruit. For certain values there of.

Our hero returns home £500 richer thanks to senior dev's appalling security hygiene

Remy Redert

Re: Ahhh passwords...

No, you take the new password which hasn't been hashed and the original forgotten yet and compute a whole bunch of likely variations and run those against the hashed old password. If any of them match, the new password is too similar to the old one.

If you don't get any matches, create the hashed password and get rid of the plaintext.

It's official: Deploying Facebook's 'Like' button on your website makes you a joint data slurper

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Re: simple solution!

That'll be Ireland's responsibility, so little chance the. However this ruling means websites are going to have to unlink from the Borg or risk being in the line of fire.

He's coming home, he's coming... Hutchins' coming home: British Wannacry killer held in US on malware dev rap set free by judge

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Re: Hear, hear! @monkeysee

The point seems to be that he didn't use the software nasty against anybody, others did that. He should have been prosecuted in the UK for making and selling this software nasty in the UK. If they can prove he sold it to people in the US, they might have jurisdiction the same way they would with an illegal arms dealer selling weapons into the US.

UK competition bods to stick probe into worrying lack of said competition in online advertising

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Re: Lack of competition?

That makes it even better. Ask them to report all the data they have on you, then demand they delete it and sue them for having it in the first place, you never agreed to let them collect it.

Alexa, are you profiting from the illegal storage and analysis of kids' voice commands?

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So they can argue that you accepted the terms and consented to being recorded. The moment I step into your home however, they are breaking the law as I never gave any such consent.

Like using the latest version of Microsoft Office? Love Offline Files? Not for long!

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The answer to the first is no. If you point Libreoffice (or any other OpenOffice variant) to any folder synched by a cloud provider, including One Drive, it will happily take advantage of the useful part (file synch and duplication) without any of the downsides of use Office 365 Offline files.

Unless you're using Onedrive and Microsoft decides to help you by cleaning up some space on your hard drive for you, of course.

Wow, talk about a Maine-wave: US state says ISPs need permission to flog netizens' personal data

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Re: Market Forces

This would work wonders in any market where market forces are present, the cost of starting up a business is low and there aren't many regulatory hurdles to leap across.

The ISP market in the current framework in the US is not such a market, so your choices are to change the rules and enforce openness to get there, as many European countries have done or change the rules and enforce privacy rules, net neutrality and more.

Of course in the EU we kind of went both ways. Most EU countries require at least the phone networks to be open to competition regardless of who owns the actual lines, through local loop unbundling and other such schemes and most EU countries never allowed privacy abuse the way the US does in the first place. They certainly don't now that the GDPR has come into effect.

All we really need now is for the Irish to start hammering certain large US-based companies that continue to flagrantly violate the rules.

Let's make laptops from radium. How's that for planned obsolescence?

Remy Redert

Re: Why is it...

Because while the plastic molecules don't decompose and are nearly impossible to digest, the plastic fibers do fall apart. Those toys are now micro and nano plastics spread all over the environment. Or they got burned in a trash incinerator.

Ok Google, please ignore this free tax filing code so we can keep on screwing America

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The Netherlands here, same deal. I don't think they force you to use it, but it works pretty well and almost everything is pre-filled so filing is very low effort.

Uncle Sam charges Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion

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But why is it being charged in the US? He wasn't there when he committed the crime. Charge him where he was when he committed the crime and we can talk.

Two Arkansas dipsticks nicked after allegedly taking turns to shoot each other while wearing bulletproof vests

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Re: Testing in the real world

It is important to note of course that in the picture in question, the bulletproof vest wasn't getting tested.

They had tested the vests extensively and so were certain that they would work. The people they were trying to sell them to however were unconvinced, so they decided to have a very convincing demonstration.

On the eve of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 can automatically remove borked updates

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You should probably do that the other way around. Install Linux on the machine and not have the Windows issues. Install a VM with Windows to do the few things you need Windows for.

As a bonus, that makes it trivially easy to prevent updates from downloading (and thus installing) unless you want them to.

Why are there never free power sockets when my Y-fronts need charging?

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That would be the transaction fee, which at a mere few hundred dollars per transaction will be an absolute bargain.

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Re: Don't be........

I recall a 2010 article detailing that slurping WIFI data was EXACTLY what Google did. They did not try to decrypt or crack the encryption on anything, but they did store anything that came over the air unencrypted while their cars drove by.


Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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Probably didn't bother checking it because it was a matchbox? Too small to stuff anything dangerous or particularly illegal in.

Remy Redert

Re: I cant imagine a sphere would make a good door stop full stop.

It's gold. If you need it to be a doorstop, it's easy enough to deform a hollow sphere of gold to the point where it won't roll.

Mind you, it would in this case as already noted probably be 2 hemi-spheres, either of which would make a fine doorstop.

German competition watchdog tells Facebook to stop combining user data without consent

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Re: Non facebook users

They have some valid uses for keeping hold of IP addresses, at least for a while, in terms of abuse prevention. But using them for marketing purposes would require explicit informed consent, lack of which should not prevent people from using the website.

As for the Cookie directive, they must inform you that they are using cookies. Consent is only required for cookies that are not required for basic functionality. So a cookie to track your activity in order to keep you logged in or in order to keep a shopping basket or some preferences does not require consent. A cookie to track you for marketing purposes does.

GDPR is the answer to your final paragraph. It works on the basis of very broadly specified private information and doesn't care how that information is collected, only if it is and under what legal basis.

London's Met police confess: We made just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial

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Re: *just* one successful arrest?

The real question is how many people did the system flag as being wanted when they weren't? If the false positive rate is very low, then a high false negative rate can be forgiven in a system like this. If the false positive rate is high, it's worse than worthless.

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy

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Re: Great system...

Depends on how prone to configuration errors you want to be. The error-free way is to load the default first always, then check for a system specific configuration and load that over the top, then check for a user specific configuration and load that.

That way, anything that wasn't specifically modified by the system or user configurations will use the default and the user only has to configure those things he cares about.

Alternatively, you load the user configuration if it exists, the system configuration is the user configuration doesn't exist and a system one does and the default only if neither of the previous exists.

Ad-tech industry: GDPR complaint is like holding road builders to account for traffic violations

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Re: A pox on all advertisers.

The law says you can't have that information, so any information you already have is now illegal.

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Re: Collective Authority

It's individual competitions. Lose any of them and pay through the nose for it.



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