* Posts by Dan 55

12070 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

UK government shakes magic money tree, finds $500m to buy a stake in struggling satellite firm OneWeb

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Re: For something one must have.... or for something some think no one should really have?

Perhaps they decided on a different way to funnel money to Branson instead of saving his airline.

Branson-backed OneWeb to raise $1bn for its satellite internet mega-constellation

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Re: It Could Be Made to Work ???

Expert on Twitter says it won't work. If we believe experts.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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If you switch off analogue without a DAB replacement, that means people start to ask questions like "why was the migration to DAB so screwed up over 25 years that it turns out we don't even need it now?"

Another symptom of the same screwing up is Ofcom daren't push for DAB+ as that means people start to ask the same type of questions.

So DAB is now nationally vital... as a face-saving exercise. Carry on regardless.

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Holmes

Re: Switching on the "monitor stand"

What happened to horizontal computer cases? They were much more practical than having a monolith from 2001 beside the monitor, sometimes so tall as to tower above it too, while the monitor itself is at the wrong level. Now, all that remains of them is very niche product.

UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts

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Re: Thank U UK

Well, your nation has a chance to put an end to its long national nightmare in November. The UK, not so much.

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Well, the British press are saying it was due to good luck, but the good luck seems to have come from French and Dutch police and intelligence services cracking it and passing the information on to the UK.

Microsoft sees the world has moved on, cranks OneDrive file size upload limit from 15GB to more useful 100GB

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But have they upped the file count limit...

... or is it still stuck on a paltry 20,000 files (try a source tree or two to use it up)?

LibreOffice slips out another 7.0 beta: Spreadsheets close gap with Excel while macOS users treated to new icons

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Re: CSV=poor understanding --> CSQDV correct

So you can't really rely on string fields being quote delimited. If you code for a specific version of Excel then all you can really say is you can exchange data with that specific version of Excel.

Double quotes remind me of the 1980s, a backslash for escaping characters is more usual now.

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Re: CSV=poor understanding --> CSQDV correct

Excel itself didn't put string fields in quotes until later versions. If a string field is surrounded by quotes then an escaped quote is two quote characters (""), otherwise a quote is just a single quote character. So that makes decoding more fun.

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Re: CSV?

Then import from Excel localised to a European language and watch it blow up. Decimal points become commas and commas become semicolons, but the extension is the same.

The poster who said throw it all out and use TSVs was right.

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Re: CSV?

Count the cells in the line, if it's less than expected then take the linefeed to be a continuation of the previous line.

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Re: Input of accents on mac

To be honest on a UK keyboard the accent deadkeys are pretty nonsensical on both Mac and Windows. I ended up using Ukelele and Keyboard Layout Creator to put the deadkeys on the accent keys so it's more like a compose key.

The popup you get on later macOSes when you long-press a vowel is pretty useful for finding an accent you don't use much.

Living on a prayer? Netgear not quite halfway there with patches for 28 out of 79 vulnerable router models

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Re: Who give's the bad guys access to their router's web server?

It's usually JavaScript in a compromised/malware web page that tries to connect to 192.168.1.1 and other likely suspects.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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Trollface

It doesn't matter how many times you say the article doesn't state way, the article does actually state why.

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FT says this:

"The prime minister appears to have been won over by proposals from the Satellite Applications Catapult this year to develop an innovative positioning technology that could be installed on OneWeb’s low-earth-orbiting satellites, several people with knowledge of the discussions said."

Now either this is now being backpeddled into rural broadband (with a very different model to what they're presently doing) or they really are ploughing ahead with some kind of navigational service with no compatibility with any present device.

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Re: Full-blown kakistocracy

I am assuming that Cummings can a) get on the blower and get some preliminary findings or b) the report, like the Russia one, is not available to plebs or c) he just blundered on with this nonsense as he thought he knew all about satellites, as he thinks he knews about everything else (exhibit A, his blog). Either way, it was 92* million wasted.

* Sorry, not 96 million.

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The article does say, they're LEO comms satellites, not MEO navigational satellites.

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Facepalm

Full-blown kakistocracy

£96m study to spaff half a billion on the wrong satellites. These are the brains behind Brexit, ladies and gentlemen. What could possibly go wrong?

Let's roll the 3d6 dice on today's security drama: Ah, 15, that's LG allegedly hacked, source code stolen by Maze ransomware gang

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Re: LG Software

"This man is Ernest Scribbler... writer of code. In a few moments, he will have written the funniest code in the world and, as a consequence, he will die... laughing."

Apple gives Boot Camp the boot, banishes native Windows support from Arm-compatible Macs

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This quote from TFA suggests yes, it will be locked down:

"But we're not direct-booting an alternate operating system. Purely virtualization is the root. These hypervisors can be very efficient, so the need to direct-boot shouldn't really be the concern."

CSI: Amazon.com coming soon to a screen near you

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Re: whitewash

Also real reviews for one product on Amazon appear under other products that they consider similar. Also fake products find their way into Amazon warehouses because they are tagged by the seller as equivalent to the real product and fulfilled by Amazon, so you could buy the real product from Amazon themselves or a reputable third party store and still get a fake one. All of these problems are entirely of their own making.

Apple launches incredible features everyone else had more than a year ago – this time for the 'smart home'

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Big Brother

What happens when some privacy-invading cloud providers get together and make a standard?

The “Connected Home over IP” will be an IP-based protocol so it can connect directly to the network and internet rather than require a hub

They say a hub not necessary, your lightbulbs, switches, blinds, thermostats, cameras, etc... must connect directly to the Internet and give them that data. Those open source hub solutions looked like they were in danger of getting somewhere.

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps

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Happy

Re: Really?

The downvoters can take a look at where all the new features in Big Sur come from then vote me back up.

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Re: Really?

Yes, the iOSification of macOS continues, the only real difference now with the hardware is the form factor. Not sure why Apple think Windows 8 will be a good idea.

What's the Arm? First Apple laptop to ditch Intel will be 13.3" MacBook Pro, proclaims reliable soothsayer

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Presumably, no, your customers won't know which software you use or care. But it will be another cost. I guess you just like paying for things, many people don't when there's no reason to.

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Meh

Re: FUDD

Intel processors are powerful and fast because they have more advanced instructions for complicated processes

Intel's CISC instruction set is internally translated into RISC. ARM doesn't have a translation layer and the compiler generates RISC code instead. There's no difference, except the amount of bloat on Intel's chips.

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Maybe they'll go with Nvidia as they have more experience with ARM GPUs (Shield TV, Switch).

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Facepalm

Turning into Windows 8

Another thing they're touting is running iOS apps better than macOS does currently but then what will the real difference be between an ARM Mac and an iPad? It's just the form factor.

So looking forward to a future of iOSified apps downloaded from a closed-walled garden on a Mac and running on an iOSified macOS (check out the 'features' which have made it across in Big Sur).

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So you're forced to go back to Adobe and pay the Danegeld because your boxed non-cloud x86 CS6 will crawl under Rosetta? People are looking to leave Adobe, Apple just brought them more customers.

Windows fails to reach the Finnish line as Helsinki signage pleads for help

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Trollface

Re: Is Finland part of Russia?

A router in every house, an Android phone in every hand. How's that for your failing communism?

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Facepalm

Let's cross this one off the list?

My God, make the corporate-matey bollocks speak stop.

But someone tell me how to get Windows 10 to at least wait instead of popping up the "Windows will restart" in a dialog box while you're typing, in the hope that you're going to hit a key which causes it to restart anyway.

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Trollface

Re: I called the cops

AT&T is the illegitimised system.

Can't get your Pi fix online? The Cambridge shop's back open for business, Brits

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Re: YASPDFV

This appears to be an image viewer where you click on the image to get an bigger version but you can right click and choose View Image if you want. What are they doing wrong?

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Re: An idea for allowing hands on action...

This is already done in many countries, but presumably Johnny Virus hasn't reckoned on the Blitz spirit in the UK yet. By not letting this strand of RNA in a protein shell know we're afraid and carrying on as normal as if it wasn't a pandemic, we'll bally well beat it.

And just to make sure, we'll fiddle the figures.

What does London's number 65 bus have to hide? OS caught on camera setting fire to '22,000 illegal file(s)!!'

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Re: There's a reflection in the screen.

I tried to find it but I gave up. Obviously Malkovich's delivery is far better than my half-remembered text. Episode 6 if IIRC though.

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Re: Encrypted video files

Struggling to think of how FAT could be any simpler so you could have a subset of it but it would still be recognisable as a filesystem. 4.1 filenames?

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Re: There's a reflection in the screen.

The video needs to be updated to have Malkovich's reply in Space Force at the end.

"No... it doesn't work like that. You can't make new information from nothing."

At Mozilla VPN stands for Vague Product News: Foundation reveals security product will launch eventually, with temporary pricing, in unspecified places

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I would have thought they'd have stuck with Firefox

Firefox is back to the place where its name needs publicity again and I guess more people vaguely recognise Firefox than Mozilla.

HPE chief Neri: I've got COVID-19 and am staying home for the next fortnight

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Re: The Register in decline

It's probably best to wait until after he's recovered and we can all laugh about it.

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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Re: with respect to the UK app

He seems to be unaware that Germany is a country with 17 millon more people. Italy admittedly is a country with 6 million less but then again they have a working app too, they rolled it out at the end of last month.

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Flame

"we discovered a technical barrier that every other country [...] is also now hitting."

Only they're not, because they actually listened to Google's and Apple's press statements on why a contract tracing API was necessary. Italy and Germany have made their code open source.

And it's not necessary for journalists to even understand technology, all they had to do was listen to Apple and Google's press statements on the matter and draw the logical conclusion that the British world beating app was beaten from the start. It ain't a matter of balancing opinons, it's fact vs. opinion.

But I guess it's easier to just copy verbatim whatever the minister is twunting on about today. Like "every other country building their own app is also now hitting".

Add this app to the list of yet another government IT failure, only this time the general public got to see the failure happen in real time, so this time there's a chance they might understand that a tech-adverse and fact-adverse ruling class being "held to account" by tech-adverse journalism incapable of checking facts actively works against the country's interests.

Rant over.

No surprise: Britain ditches central database model for virus contact-tracing apps in favour of Apple-Google API

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Facepalm

Never fear, Jimmy Wales is here

He can port the German app in a week

Twitter

If Fairphone can support a 5-year-old handset, the other vendors could too. Right?

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Re: planned obsolescence - It's everywhere

Some models can be updated to Windows 10.

Winter is coming, and with it the UK's COVID-19 contact-tracing app – though health minister says it's not a priority

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Re: Not in the least surprised by this

England is still officially at level 4 because the chief medical officer won't sign off on lowering it, but the government is opening up everything anyway and has quietly buried the idea of alert levels. It's become meaningless.

Hayfever in Haymarket, or has Windows sneezed out a BSOD?

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Re: I just don't understand why this is supposed to be hilarious

The Amiga although ahead of its time was a product of its time and didn't have memory management. Nowadays it should be possible to produce a crash-proof kernel. After all, it's just one device driver, it could be unloaded and loaded again. Your screen might flicker, your sound might stop, a file written to a hard drive might be lost, but the whole system should be able to carry on.

Bricks and mortar chemists take down Indian contact-tracing website

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"Indian law prohibits online medicine sales under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940"

Maybe it never defined how online medicine sales should be done so there's a honking great legal vacuum but I can't see it prohibiting them.

Boffins find that over nine out of ten 'ethical' hackers are being a bit naughty when it comes to cloud services

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Re: "fake credit card numbers"

This is PSD2 for online credit card payments that is rolling out everywhere in the EU, although many banks will insist you install their miserable app to get the PIN. An app means marketing opportunities!

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means

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Devil

What this is really going to be used for

Generating evidence for court saying this person didn't keep their distance so it's not Amazon's fault they came down with it.

We cross now live to Oracle. Mr Ellison, any thoughts? 'Autonomous self-driving computers eliminate human labor, eliminate human error'

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We don't care that our Sparc servers are selling less than when we first bought Sun.

That's because you don't care about your Sparc servers, you've just let them wither and die.

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