* Posts by Michael

166 posts • joined 12 Apr 2006


Bill Gates lays out a three-point plan to rid the world of COVID-19 – and anti-vaxxer cranks aren't gonna like it


Couldn't agree more. I thoroughly disliked many of the things he allowed to happen whilst running Microsoft. I've huge respect for what he has done since.

Financial Reporting Council slaps Autonomy auditor Deloitte with £15m fine over audit 'misconduct'



I struggle to see why it would be the CEO at fault here. He appointed auditors who are recognised as one of the biggest and most reliable. They sign the accounts off. CEO doesn't need to understand all the mechanisms used for accounting, that is why they have a CFO and auditors.

I also don't understand why the auditors and team that carried out the due diligence that HP should have had signed off on the purchase at such an inflated valuation. In fact, I seem to recall that they didn't, rather that HP management rushed through the purchase before due diligence completed. Buyers remorse is a bitch, but it wasn't a criminal act from the CEO. Any trial should really be in the UK as the supposed crime occured here.

Firefighters to UK Home Office: Yeah, maybe don't turn off emergency comms network before replacement is ready


Re: Business cases?

Anyone driving on the A9 regularly would consider dualling the carriage way to be value for money.

UK govt finds £200,000 under sofa to kick off research into improving mobile connectivity on nation's crap railways


West coast mainline

I thought it went to Glasgow? Hmm, perhaps it has been stopped due to lockdown?

Fancy some fishy-chips? Just order one of these sensors: Research shines light on suspect component sources


Re: Solution is not simple at all

Farnell, digikey and RS will happily sell to you.

Aussie immunology legend consults Twitter for his local off-licence opening hours


Re: Drums away.

Usually only the newer distilleries will sell you a new fill cask. I could suggest Arran?


Older casks are a bit pricey...

Internet use up 40 per cent in San Francisco Bay Area – but you know what’s even higher? Yep, alcohol, weed use


Re: Makes sense

Mmm. I've run out of Talisker. I generally prefer Islay, Lagavulin for preference, but I seem to spend too much time in Speyside and I can't seem to pass a distillery without buying another bottle.


Re: Is this any surprise?

Coronials surely?


Re: Makes sense

Glenfarclas 105 is a fine Scotch which happens to be 105 proof at 60% alcohol content. Fortunately I still have a couple of bottles left to help should I get a sore throat. Or get thirsty. Actually, I've a couple of other cask strength bottles somewhere.Looks like my 'working' day will become a bit merrier than usual.

Brit housing association blabs 3,500 folks' sexual orientation, ethnicity in email blunder


Re: They emailed...

Bash script looping over each file to diff with the original and appending the different lines to a new file?

Looming ventilator shortage amid pandemic sparks rise of open-source DIY medical kit. Good thinking – but safe?


Re: When you have nothing...

Actually, the UK government are contacting companies across the UK to see who has the capabilities to manufacture ventilators. I received a call on Monday. I had to clarify that we use contract manufactures and could manufacture anything ourselves.

However, given the lack of manufacturing and assembly capabilities in the UK I'd be surprised if there are many companies left that could change production lines to make ventilators in a reasonable time period. This won't be helped by schools phoning for parents to collect children that cough once to keep them out of school for 14 days.

Auf wiedersehen, pet: UK Deutsche Bank contractors plan to leave rather than take 25% pay cut for IR35 – report



Some of us would like to see a reduction in the stupidly high levels of pay and an increase in the number of doctors trained. Reduce work load and increase availability of skilled staff. Also, the fact that you can't get an appointment with a consultant on the NHS, but can pay privately to see the same consultant within 2 weeks indicates that there is a clear bias to work privately and not for the NHS the further up the chain you get.

Windows 7 will not go gentle into that good night: Ageing OS refuses to shut down


Simple explanation

The monthly update didn't come out and the buffer checking for it overflowed resulting in a corruption in running services and locking access to features out. MS hasn't gone so long without a patch before and nobody had tested for that....

Microsoft Teams starts February with a good, old-fashioned TITSUP*


Do I get to cast the first stone?

Now, I'm not saying I've never had software issues. Certificates, however, have never been an issue.

IoT security? We've heard of it, says UK.gov waving new regs


Re: New legislation

Ah, if only the muppets in the SNP weren't so set to get rid of trident they'd even have a nuclear capability. Of course as the can't mange a country as small as Scotland, the orders will undoubtedly be confused to state invade Edinburgh and replace with the English officers.

Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan


Re: Right to repair?

Probably at least 70% mark up on everything. I'd be surprised if it were any lower. Marketing is expensive. This scheme is all about encouraging people to part with extra money more quickly than would otherwise be the case if you have to wait for products to fail and users to buy a replacement.

Gas-guzzling Americans continue to shun electric vehicles as sales fail to bother US car market


Re: (strokes chin)

To be followed by the model B, model E model 4S and model T

EU's top court sees no problem with telling Facebook to take content down globally


Re: Facebook/Google et al

As this ruling requires that there is an international law to apply. Right to be forgotten is an EU only law and not part of general worldwide agreed treaties. Therefore it applies locally. This judgement states that if there is a relevant international law found to be breached then the locally applied for an won court ruling should be enforce globally.

Glasgow extends middle finger to southern fairies as London ranks bottom in mobile signal top 10


Re: Whatever

Based on 2900 people in London. The rest evenly distributed. Apart from the one person in Glasgow who lives and works within 200m of the mast and still has crap coverage.

Let me know when you have results for 10%of the population per city. I might believe the results have any significance.

Good news: Microsoft is doubling your OneDrive storage for more than double your money


Re: Just Tell Me...

Simple. Install your favourite Linux distribution.

Pizza prankster's prisoner plea plot perturbs police, Norks invading and Uber woes


Re: Please explain

As the kid that wrote the software on a summer placemeny at his dad's pals company carefully crafted it using a visual basic script and excel to total the results?

Look, we know it feels like everything's going off the rails right now, but think positive: The proton has a new radius


Re: Shifting a lamb

Well, as aniseed balls are about 1cm in diameter, 0.5cm in radius. So the aniseed ball is around 600,240,096,038,415.4 times bigger than the proton. .

Or to look at it another way, if you imagine that the aniseed ball is the proton, you'd need to compare it to something with a radius of around 20 Astronomical units.

MAMR Mia! Western Digital's 18TB and 20TB microwave-energy hard drives out soon


Re: Contradiction

Kilo doesn't mean 1024.

1 kibibyte (KiB) = 210 bytes = 1024 bytes

This is not the same as one kilobytes. Which follows standard SI unit convention. This has been the case for over 20 years. I think, since 1998 as I remember the arguments during my undergraduate course.

Trade union club calls on UK.gov to extend flexible working to all staff from day one


That's true, but for every job that can be done entirely remotely, we must encourage remote only work.

No we shouldn't. Some people might like remote working. I hate it. I know of too many people working in banking where you are expected to work from home at least 2 days a week. No thanks. I've three kids, I couldn't get my job done at home. I don't have the space for a home office, I don't want to work from home and quite frankly like being able to ask someone on my team a question without relying on a remote desktop session to show them the issue.

I also don't want to work in a large open plan office or have sales people remotely near my office space. Another moronic design decision that too many large companies seem to think make sense.

UK.gov: Huge mobile masts coming to a grassy hill near you soon


Re: Can someone explain...

There are a number of advantages. largely around the increased use of MIMO directional antenna, improved capacity and better uplink speeds. For businesses and users with higher upload requirements 5G will make a huge difference as the speed achievable are significantly improved. There are plenty of business uses for the 5g network that need more responsive upload speeds. These can't come to market until the network exists.

I have to agree that for most users it will make little difference and the increase in mast height will be more significant to more people. Equally, networks will be upgrading their hardware anyway to maximise profits by reducing the number of mast required or by being able to service more customers. There will be a long term benefit to users as data usage continues to increase.

This major internet routing blunder took A WEEK to fix. Why so long? It was IPv6 – and no one really noticed


Re: "they weren't in use so nobody was affected"

20 years old is new? Seriously?

The outfit where the NHS England Digital boss is headed? Turns out their code is 'not technically suitable' for the £6.4m NHS App


I'd recommend

Ember and PostgreSQL because its low cost, can be developed quickly and will work on all platforms such as Apps and PWS.

Brit hacker hired by Liberian telco to nobble rival now behind bars


Trial in the UK

I note that we seem able to hold a trial in the UK for a crime that was carried out in other jurisdictions. Why can't this be done when the attack is against America? Although I note he was in Germany for trial also.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans


Re: Just like buying a magazine.

I have three kids. I don't negotiate. I am their parent. They will do as they are told or there will be not internet access. I fail to see the complexity involved in this process.


Re: Just like buying a magazine.

Yes all children should be supervised online at all times until they demonstrate that they can behave as their parents deem appropriately. If they do so, give them the opportunity to demonstrate that they can do this without supervision. If they break the rules, no access without supervision.

US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted


Re: How long...

Or a group of women suing him will register trumpjustwantedtofuck.us

Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines



I'm slightly amused at the use of the term dramathon. It's also the name of a marathon. They happen to have a Japanese whisky available for limited finishers. I wonder if it will have detectable levels of caesium 137 too?

Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control


Re: Automotive Systems & Software

Yes there is. Mistakes can still happen. Given the failure combination that is required to happen and the fact that you can over come it by pressing the break this isn't really that significant. Beyond the number of vehicles that require to be reprogrammed by a dealer. This is more annoying as they deliberately make it difficult for non dealerships to fix, which in turn slows the whole process down.

Ah, uni days! Drugs, sex, parties... sci-tech startups? Not so much


Support for researchers not academics required

The on-going issue is that academics (in the main) don't want to accept the risk associated in a spin-out. The reality is that most spin-outs would be better run and managed by the research fellows/assistants/PhD students that actually develop the technology. A large number of universities continue to make it very difficult for people to spin out due to their desire to claim 20-30% stake in the company and maintain high levels of control over the company. This doesn't sit well with VCs and angel investors making it harder still to succeed.

Academics tend to try to use the spin out process to help their academic career by proving the impact their research is having in the real world and using the company to gain further research grants that require a commercial partner. The motivation for academics is to stay in academia. They should be given the option, leave the uni, with the option to return in up to x years, or leave control to someone else that is willing to take the risk.

Data-by-audio whizzes Chirp palmed £100k to keep working with EDF


Re: Apps??

No they were programmes back then. They still are to me.

Microsoft sparks up Ignite with fresh Azure, Office 365 features


Linux support yet?

Any chance they have announced support for video calls in Skype for business in Linux. I'm fed up searching for a windows PC to be able to join meetings and can't get the company to switch to anything sane that works everywhere.

GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail


Disaster recovery

It is all relative.

For example, in our small team, we destroy our entire staging environment and perform complete restore from backups once every month or two. We also use the production backups for restoration to verify that these are working in a separate environment. I deliberately get someone that hasn't done it recently to check the documentation is correct and everything works. Given that we also have the git repos and source on multiple dev machines also for everything, the worst case data loss is from a dev not committing regular changes. But everything is tested, and I believe regularly enough for a team of 10.

If I was hosting thousands of peoples data, I'd expect a more regular testing of the backup and recovery procedure. The can never have tested it with production data as they have no working backups. That is just incompetent.

UKCloud: We ARE cheaper than Microsoft or AWS online storage


real time costs

You can get real time costs if you put a little effort in and try something like Netflix ice:


Although pricing estimates can still be somewhat confusing.

Apple wants to buy Formula 1 car firm McLaren – report



If Microsoft join in we could see some spectacular crashes.

Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive


ARM released new bug capture system to shocked dev community

Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right


Article is wrong

If anyone from the register cared to look up the regulations you can make the CE marking hollow:

http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/11502 Principles of affixing the CE marking

"The CE marking can take different forms (e.g. colour, solid/hollow) as long as it remains visible, legible and respects its proportions. It must also be indelible so that it cannot be removed under normal circumstances without leaving noticeable traces (for example some product standards provide for a rub test with water and petroleum spirits).

Nevertheless, this does not mean that the CE marking must form an integral part of the product. "

One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive


Re: Linux

Nope, we have been forced to use office 365 as other departments are using it. Only, no Linux support so we need to either restart into a windows machine, run a VM or remote desktop onto a Windows PC to work on documents or browse the random locations where others have shared files.

The web interface is a joke for document editing.

The fact that you can't selectively sync files is painful to deal with.

Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first


Stating the bloody obvious

What would we do without academic studies to tell us what is bloody obvious.

There are plenty of large scale sensor networks have been running for years without issue. You design your system for the environment and make compromises based on real measurements and deployments.

MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross


Re: @LDS (was: Yes, Word is the worst word processor....)

Lyx for those that want to see as they type.

Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me


Methane production?

Build enough nuclear power stations, use excess power to generate hydrogen.

Build some zero emission methane burning power stations next to the nuclear plant


Combine the two gases to get more methane.

Should keep the lights on for the next 1000 years or so. Might be inefficient, but at least we'd have a relatively easy gas to store and burn on demand to account for peaks in demand.

Apple dodged all UK corporation tax in 2012


25% duty on branding costs

cross borders used to offset a reduction in beer duty!

Gigabyte's BRIX fall into place



Get a USB IR receiver stick it somewhere unobtrusive and mount the PC on the VESA mount at the back of the TV. Or in a drawer. Having the IR on the PC means I need to have it on show.

Crowd-sourcing interpretation of IBM RAID 5 extension paper


Quick answer

RAID 5 can handle one disk failure. If there is a sector failure also you can not recover the associated data.

RAID 6 can handle two disk failures, or one disk plus one sector but not two disks and one sectors, or even one disk and two sectors.

The proposition is for encoding of sectors to enable recovery of disk failure and a simultaneous disk failure. By adding additional parity to the disk contents you can recover from a disk and sector failure in RAID 5 which you could not do normally.

Architect pitches builder-bothering 'Print your own house' plan


Re: do for building what Linux did for software

Will slowly over time take control of the mobile home world?

Apologies, that was bad.

Google Chrome feature helps you silence noisy tabs


There has been a work around for years

I have no speakers attached....



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