* Posts by Camilla Smythe

1210 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Apr 2009


Starlink starts advertising Direct to Cell satellite phone service as coming in '2024'

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Re: Umm?

Yabbut. Satellites are line of sight with no earth curvature.

How TCP's congestion control saved the internet

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Re: Another reason for Internet's success ...

Thanks for the link. Appreciated.

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Re: Another reason for Internet's success ...

"It is open, lightweight and fast."

Tell me about this wonderous thing. I may have gone via the wrong route but I tried to write an Internet Draft and hit,


I had hoped, undoubtably naively, to propose a means to improve Intrnet Routing by imposition, yes I know, of a particular format, yes I also know.

Unfotunatley nits threw up so many indecipherable complaints about the formatting of my suggestion I decided to let them rot.

USENET, the OG social network, rises again like a text-only phoenix

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"Google intentionally killed it.

Google purchased Deja News and then hooked it up to a web UX called Google Groups."

That's what I remember. I used to post on one of the 8 then one day it turned into Nike Drop Shop. Wasn't worth bothering for the new headers to load.

I'll see your data loss and raise you a security policy violation

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Ah yes .tmp files

I ended up on the help desk of somewhere. I regular help call was "I just lost the document I was editing. HELP!" This was mostly a result of 3.1 deciding to burp and the user not saving regularly. Rather than chat about it on the phone I would ask where they were and tell them to stick their hand up when I entered their office. Almost without fail the 'lost document' would be the last, most recently dated, one in their .tmp folder under a mangled name. Presto, work recovered. But. but. but what about the other 2,000 plus ones!? Also with similarly meaningless names. "Would you like to go through them all or delete them?" Sometimes they tried but mostly del *.* was the preferred option.

Google accused of ripping off advertisers with video ads no one saw. Now, the expert view

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Bleaty Bleaty Bleaty

I already have 14 pairs of socks so both you and google can fuck the fuck off.

Astronomers clock runaway black hole leaving trail of fresh stars

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"After spotting the lone supermassive black hole, they were surprised to see it had left a trail of bright new stars in its wake. It's possible that interstellar gas is being shocked and heated as the black hole travels through it, triggering the material to collapse and form fresh stars."


It is sucking stuff closer to itself at a rate that causes the stuff to reach a density so it can coalesce and make stars but it is going fast enough so it leaves enough in its wake to make those stars.

This is why folks like you read El Reg. The insight commentards provide is way above the "shocked and heated" drivel Astrophysicists make up.

NHS threatened with legal action over £480m patient data platform

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Death, Taxes....

Sell your shit cheap.

SpaceX tells astronomers: Fine, we'll try to stop Starlink spoiling stargazing sessions

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Re: Troll no do math?

I think you will find that Elon had some money to employ some very clever people. Also Elon should just quote FCC 15 at the Woke SnowFlakes and frag on them to re-orientate their aerials..

Tesla driver blames full-self-driving software for eight-car Thanksgiving Day pile up

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Re: Hmmmmmmm. Yeah but....

Is the tell not in the article in as much as Tesla say the software has had an early release to people with a good driving record and now the tards, Idiocracy Reference, are going to get it. So they started out by giving it to what looked, in statistical terms, like sensible people and, because statistics, eventually someone identified as being sensible, chose to drive full auto in an environment where they should have had a heightened sense of awareness but they were having a wank....It seems to me that Tesla, and AI in general, may not be all that in as much as their offerings may work higher up the IQ curve but, when they move down that curve, things rapidly start going wrong.

Digital Ocean won't let new customers create resources in four DCs, won't say why

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Probably overloaded with port scanners.

Either that or all of their IP space has been blocked by the rest of the internet having been associated with port scanners.

DigitalOcean sets sail for serverless seas with Functions feature

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Digital Ocean = Scanner Cesspit

Come one come all.

Digital Ocean hosts them all.

If I wanted to host an e-mail spamming service, or any service for that matter, I would not touch them because most of their IP4 has likely been burned indefinitely into IPTables already.

NASA's InSight doomed as Mars dust coats solar panels

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Sound and Grooves.

Piezo transducers are robust and lightweight. A square solar panel will have longitudinal resonances allowing for efficient driving. Place grooves in the panel at the anti-nodes. Drive the edge(s) of the panel at the appropriate resonance frequency. Dust collects in the grooves leaving the active area free from contamination.

China's Yutu rover spots 'mysterious hut' on far side of the Moon

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Re: You can't not never have too many apostrophe's'

Title fixed. See Title.

Verified: UK.gov launching plans for yet another digital identity scheme

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Re: I see another overly expensive failure on the horizon

Well spotted. Matt Warman spouted bollcocks [I like this accidental misspelling] during the passage of the #IPAct and used to review iPhones.

Billions in data protection lawsuits rides on Google's last-ditch UK Supreme Court defence for Safari Workaround sueball

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It is self-evident that individual Class members would have had very different experiences, and those experiences bear directly on whether (and if so how) they can claim to have suffered any loss at all.”

It is self-evident that in implementing the tracking Google should have taken into account the maximum amount of harm that could befall an individual user and act to mitigate that possible harm for all.


Cloudflare offers $100,000 for prior art to nuke networking patents a troll has accused it of ripping off

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Re: It's not much but...

Oh, sorry link to document


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It's not much but...

Click links to find meaningful expressions,





Ignore Google and go to https://worldwide.espacenet.com/patent/

Enter numbers. Look for either the Global Dossier link which will give you a trail of documents. Look through documents for things like non-final or final rejections or opinions etc. See if they contain mention of any prior art that might be resurrected in order to challenge.

Also look under the patent family list and do a similar search on the numbers that crop up.

Unfortunately a cursory look does not appear to show much meat however generally you find that where an application has attempted to file under WIPO or EPO the reports tend to be more comprehensive and the applicant, whilst they have a US patent, gives up trying to pursue them under WIPO/EPO

However in this case only US8243593B2 gives a WO (WIPO) application






It's not much but they are going to reject claims 1-40 on the basis of lack of novelty and lack of inventive step, Page 4) of the document, 1) Statement. They also give their reasons same page 2) Citations and Explanations.

"Claims 1-40 lack novelty under PCT Article 33(2) as being anticipated by ZIKAN et al. in US Patent No 6,310,881 B1, hereinafter referred to as ZIKAN."


Best I can do you.

Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it

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ISTR During passage of the #IPAct...

MP were warned by their constituents that privacy of communications with members would be subject to interception. Naturally the MPs voted themselves through an exemption. At the time the service was via another third party provider. For the moment I can't remember who, it may have been symantec, however I was aware and made MPs I was in contact with aware that that service provider scanned e-mails and visited links within e-mails to documents hosted on my own web server. I could link to such a document within an e-mail and within seconds or minutes of sending the e-mail a copy of the document was requested by the third party provider both from EU and US located servers. None of it is secure.

Yep, you're totally unique: That one very special user and their very special problem

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Graphics Cards

All PCs were configured from the same image and just used basic Windows drivers irrespective of hardware installed. One user would continually complain that their computer was running slowly and being employed by a big wig instant action was always required because a power point was due for a meeting in five minutes. Every visit showed that they had maxed out the video ram because 'Keanu Reeves', in black and white, was their screen saver leaving barely enough system ram to run wordpad. This was on a 1024x768 display. Every time it was demonstrated to them Keanu looked just as nice with more sensible settings. and the Boss got to their meeting on time... until the next time.

As mentioned all the configurations were the same but one day I made the mistake of installing the proper drivers on someone's PC and this actually opened up the reasonable opportunity to increase colour depths. It made little to no difference to how general company software displayed but the browsing experience was much better. Word got around and as it turns out the general interest was more driven by the fact that company profile photos looked so much better. So requests came in and during quiet times I'd drop by and make adjustments. Everyone was happy apart from one user who did not like their 'new' profile image and asked for things to be set back to 'normal'. Yes folks the person with a black and white screen saver of Keanu Reeves who still caused panics when their Boss was due in a meeting.

Of course you might think the problem was Keanu Reeves related. No doubt in black and white the added colour depth made him look much worse than wacking up the amount of system ram assigned to video. However whilst the user was happy with their profile photo with the old settings they now noticed that it was 'wrong' on other people's computers where the change was still in place. Fortunately although a strongly worded request was put in to fix this by reverting the changes elsewhere everyone else got to keep their shiny new improved colour depths by changing the colour depth on the users profile photo.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

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Looks good to me....


Says OVH Cloud. Looks like a cloud. What's the problem?

Housekeeping and kernel upgrades do not always make for happy bedfellows

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Bloody Experts

Yah Yah Yah. All of your horror shows about rm -rf and you don't know about -rm rf. Thick idiots.

FYI: Your browser can pick up ultrasonic signals you can't hear, and that sounds like a privacy nightmare to some

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Re: Chinny reckon

Bonus points if your acoustic sampling frequency matches your data snooping frequency and moves it into your, higher, data grabbing frequency band.

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Re: It's the microphone, not the browser

Nice hard acoustic reflective surface plus other stuff.

It looks like you want a storage appliance for your data centre. Maybe you'd prefer a smart card reader?

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Fucking Idiots...

I thought the El Reg readership might have been better than this. Obviously the USB thing is an 'often bought with' item as like wot would be used by us in the kno for taking backups from the main product. You do take backups, don't you?

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

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Hmm. 1982 Channel Four. Now our first programme. Countdown.

Produced and Broadcast from Yorkshire Television in Leeds. My first student placement was in part spent grovelling around under the floor in the MCR, Master Control Room, tracing and ring colour-coding 75Ohm video cables... the old sticky labels had fallen off and the documentation needed, cough, updating. The supervising engineer had recently self eliminated himself via a political power struggle and was working notice sorting this stuff out. We finished things up in time and the evening of the day before broadcast he called me to the end of one of the racks to proudly show me a boot sized DC powered electro-mechanical RF relay bolted to the rack. "This is where our Channel 4 feed leaves the building." he said with a big grin on his face. The next evening the relay went *clunk* and Richard Twice Nightly and Carol Vorderman burst onto the airwaves in Countdown. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03c9vit5G4w 4:03

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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As any Fule Kno

Given similar minimal wear in/out time anything with castors on acts like a shopping trolley. Dude you just paid $700 to turn your Mac Pro into a shopping trolley?

Anyway someone needs to leap on the iTray desk market and produce something similarly shiny that your Mac Pro with castors can sit on whilst maintaining the same desktop height of your Mac Pro without castors with added does not fall off the edge of your desk prevention.

Dude. You just paid $1400 for a baking tray?!?

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure

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Just about to dip below rank of 1000

Was about 12,000 on the 25th.

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Re: No CUDA No libOpenCL No GPUs :(

Tah. Used: sudo apt install ocl-icd-opencl-dev

Not sure what is going on but now I show 1 GPU slot and 1 CPU slot running. I had to mess about in config, override -1 on some settings to get the GPU up. Again no idea as to what it did. The only indication that the GPU is doing something is the progress bar is moving and the temperature has gone up from 50C to 67C even though GPU utilisation is stuck down at 3% when I wiggle the mouse.


13:33:14: <!-- Client Control -->

13:33:14: <fold-anon v='true'/>


13:33:14: <!-- Folding Slot Configuration -->

13:33:14: <gpu v='false'/>


13:33:14: <!-- Network -->

13:33:14: <proxy v=':8080'/>


13:33:14: <!-- Slot Control -->

13:33:14: <power v='full'/>


13:33:14: <!-- User Information -->

13:33:14: <team v='250966'/>

13:33:14: <user v='Camilla_Smythe'/>


13:33:14: <!-- Folding Slots -->

13:33:14: <slot id='0' type='GPU'>

13:33:14: <cuda-index v='0'/>

13:33:14: <gpu-index v='0'/>

13:33:14: <opencl-index v='0'/>

13:33:14: </slot>

13:33:14: <slot id='1' type='CPU'/>


13:33:37:WU00:FS01:0xa7:Completed 10000 out of 500000 steps (2%)

13:34:14:WU01:FS00:0xa7:Completed 240000 out of 500000 steps (48%)

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Presumably only to download and return work files. My first download was only 4.5MByte. System monitor on my box shows no additional network anything whilst the thing is heating up my computer. Go for it.

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No CUDA No libOpenCL No GPUs :(

OS Arch: AMD64

10:07:50: GPUs: 0

10:07:50:CUDA Device 0: Platform:0 Device:0 Bus:7 Slot:0 Compute:6.1 Driver:10.1

10:07:50: OpenCL: Not detected: Failed to open dynamic library 'libOpenCL.so':

10:07:50: libOpenCL.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or

10:07:50: directory

Ryzen 2700X 16 cores available. GEFORCE GTX1050

Linux Mint 19.3 How do I get the GPU on the case?

Broadcom sues Netflix for its success: You’re stopping us making a fortune from set-top boxes, moans chip designer

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Re: Do Broadcom actually have any proof that Netflix are using their IP?

Don't they just ping them and see if the numbers match?

Microsoft's GitHub absorbs NPM into its code-hosting empire: JavaScript library vault used by 12 million devs now under Redmond's roof

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See Post

"Looking further ahead, we’ll integrate GitHub and npm to improve the security of the open source software supply chain, and enable you to trace a change from a GitHub pull request to the npm package version that fixed it," said Friedman in a blog post.

"Looking further ahead, we’ll integrate GitHub and npm to improve the security of the open source software supply chain, and enable you to trace a change from a GitHub pull request to the npm package version that broke it," said Friedman in a blog post.

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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Someone is actively nursing a version of XP in Virtual Box under Linux. "Hmm Windows Key R you say? That's OK, I've got a spare couple of hours."

Firefox now defaults to DNS-over-HTTPS for US netizens and some are dischuffed about this

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What of Cloudflare Insights?


Not sure I like the idea of wank like that being associated with my browsing.

Departing MI5 chief: Break chat app crypto for us, kthxbai

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Dear Home Secretary...

Dear Home Secretary,


"Current UK home secretary Priti Patel is firmly anti-encryption, with

the social conservative having banged on about paedoterrorists shortly

after her appointment last summer."

I run Linux. It comes fully loaded with all sorts of encryption stuff

and I can apt-get even more of it should I really care.

For less hardcore paedoterrorists this sort of stuff is also available

on the Interwebs assuming you have the right #hashtags.


There is no need to use the encryption available from popular online

platforms and you do not gain much from asking them to cripple it.

No doubt any backdoors you care to introduce will rapidly fall into the

hands of undesirables.... such as the [HUGE COUGH] Israelis.

Don't mention this to Sir Andrew Parker. He used to work for MI5 and

apparently they don't trust you.



Assange lawyer: Trump offered WikiLeaker a pardon in exchange for denying Russia hacked Democrats' email

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End Game.

Trump denies that he knows himself. In fact he just made coffee. Loser. Sad. He only appears with himself in photographs with himself so often because lots of people appear with him in photographs because he is so popular with himself. Most popular President ever.

Another week, another bunch of Windows 10 machines punched by a patch

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Just here for the downvotes.

Why does Linux never spend more than 5 minutes updating itself and is happy to hold off on reboots on the extremely rare occasions one is required. I mean... last time I moved up a version number that only took 15 minutes and I didn't really notice any difference. What are they doing wrong?

If you're running Windows, I feel bad for you, son. Microsoft's got 99 problems, better fix each one

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Does it still reboot after downloading each one?

Google Chrome to block file downloads – from .exe to .txt – over HTTP by default this year. And we're OK with this

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Move Fast...

... and break other people's things.

Who's got the WD-40? Owners of Motorola's rebooted Razr whinge about creaky hinge

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Navigate to Audio Apps

Turn off 'Creak'.


Gospel according to HPE: And lo, on the 32,768th hour did thy SSD give up the ghost

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SSD Auto-Bork

So they set a counter that kills the drive at the equivalent of an overflow?

Personally I give zero stuffs about it being unsigned or not or for that matter how big it is. They have still installed a mechanism whereby the SSD will Auto-Bork at their imposed time limit irrespective of how much life there might be left in the drive.

I have been advised that one way of extending SSD life is to over provision the drive. 16GB, use 12GB leave 4GB spare. I know not how much additional life time that might gain but the exercise is rendered pointless if the manufacturer wades in and Auto-Borks the drive 5 years before it was due to gasp its last.


Are you as handy with privacy certs as you are with a screwdriver? Ikea has the perfect vacancy

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Re: Remember the electric screwdriver

Left and right corner desks? --->

Teardown gurus plunge screwdrivers into Google Pixel 4XL: Check out the speedy display from, er, Samsung

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For giving a link to the iFixit article.

TalkTalk says WalkWalk if you've got a mouldy Tiscali email address, or pay £50 a year to keep it

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Comes with a fixed IP address. Also sell Domain Names. Drop £36 on a Pi 3A. Sam Hobbs will tell you how to set up a mail server. Basically unlimited e-mail for Domain renewal per year. I've been doing that prior to and including ZEN for about 8 years.

BOFH: What's the Gnasher? Why, it's our heavy-duty macerator sewage pump

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Re: Could be worse

Here you go...


Much shorter when you remove the code resulting from your previous searches for but plugs plus no-one else gets tarred with the same feather.

Linux Journal runs shutdown -h now for a second time: Mag editor fires parting shot at proprietary software

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Granny's Portable.

Does HDMI support 405 line?

Experts: No need to worry about Europe's navigation sats going dark for days. Also: What the hell is going on with those satellites?!

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I miss...

Driving into rivers.

Google's reCAPTCHA favors – you guessed it – Google: Duh, only a bot would refuse to sign into the Chocolate Factory

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Welcome back Ms Smythe...

Please click all boxes containing the socks you wish to buy.