* Posts by James 47

464 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Jun 2009


If you think 5G is overhyped, wait till you meet 5.5G

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It works great for me

I replaced fibre with it:


Not bad for a 30-day rolling contract for £28 pm.

Scottish space upstart's rocket crashes into the drink

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Re: No such thing as failure

Are you incapable of sharing that link?


India inks tech pact with EU – only the US has the same deal

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> white people don't recognize how brown people can be discriminatory towards each other

They do, but they’re not allowed acknowledge it

Russia's naval exercise near Ireland unlikely to involve cable-tapping shenanigans

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A Russian 'Research' vessel, Yantar, has often been spotted in international waters off the west coast of Ireland just sitting in the same spot for days.

There are also cables in that area, I believe.

Rust dust-up as entire moderation team resigns. Why? They won't really say

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Re: No one really knows publicly

Try here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=29306845

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The reason seems to be well known...

but not directly stated.

A member of the Core team exhibits behaviour that violates the CoC, and the Mod Team realised they're powerless to do anything about it.

Compromise reached as Linux kernel community protests about treating compiler warnings as errors

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Didn't some guy build the linux kernel with a C++ compiler and it uncovered a host of similar warnings?

We're going deeper underground: New digital project to map UK's sub-surface 'assets'

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Tiny bit related, but way cooler. A young man is trying to capture video [0] of what's going on in The Strid [1]

[0] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot8lr_5oHE4

[1] https://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/11/bolton-strid-stream-that-swallows-people.html

In Search of Lost Time: GNU Grep 3.7 released with fix for 'extreme performance degradation'

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I've always got by with fgrep

Mozilla slams post-cookie ad tech proposals SWAN and UID2 - needs much more work

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Wait, what?

> But he asked that we commit to running his remarks unedited or with any edit subject to his approval – not something The Register does

Why not? It's not unreasonable for someone to expect a reporter to report what they actually said.

BlackBerry says it’s virtualised macOS for M1 on an x86 CPU

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IT angle

Suffice "IT" to say

Freenode IRC staff resign en masse, unhappy about new management

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I wonder if posting these confidential chats is a violation of GDPR

Microsoft joins Bytecode Alliance to advance WebAssembly – aka the thing that lets you run compiled C/C++/Rust code in browsers

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Re: Once upon a time...

> it results in exclusion of those who don't keep their browser "up to date" with the latest execution capabilities.

Indeed, yesterday there was a submission to HackerNews about some scandal in the Scala community. Every browser I used on my admittedly old iPad to view the medium.com article would show the text for a few seconds before rendering a completely white screen.

Chromium cleans up its act – and daily DNS root server queries drop by 60 billion

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Surely, Google would have a list of pretty much every domain known to man.

Why didn't they query this instead of hammering DNS servers?

Redis becomes the most popular database on AWS as complex cloud application deployments surge

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Redis is great, I like Redis and use it a lot.

We're better off running Redis as a standalone instance rather than through Elasticache. We run an instance on each core and shard requests to each core (from the client, not server), this saves a ton of money. We can also then use modules. There is a multi-threaded version of Redis, KeysDB, that we'll soon take a look at.

Linus Torvalds hails 'historic' Linux 5.10 for ditching defunct addressing artefact

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Isn't at least of them used for thread local storage?

Finding remote working a bit of a grind? Microsoft staffers feel your pain

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Re: "without ANY compensation"

HMRC is allowing people working from home to claim money back for increased heating bills

Let’s check in with that 30,000-job $10bn Trump-Foxconn Wisconsin plant. Wow, way worse than we'd imagined

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Re: El Reg becoming political now ?

Things went to shit when Andrew Orlowski left.

Britain should have binned Huawei 5G kit years ago to cuddle up with Trump, says Parliamentary committee

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Re: Mark my words

Ha! My Vodafone SIM and router already support 5G, I just have no signal yet

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Is 5G that good? I'm using 4G for home broadband and it's totally sufficient for all my internet needs. I've never had Netflix buffer

Unis turn to webcam-watching AI to invigilate students taking exams. Of course, it struggles with people of color

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Re: Why use the word racist.

It's impossible to prove you're not a racist. You may as well accuse people of finding young children sexually attractive. Also, by labelling everything under the sun a racist it really dilutes the seriousness of actual racism.

Russian hacker, described as 'brilliant' by judge, gets seven years in a US clink for raiding LinkedIn, Dropbox

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How did he become so wealthy? Is user information really that valuable? To who?

UK mobile network EE plumps for Nokia to provide that all-important 5G RAN equipment

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Re: Got to ask the question

I'm currently using 4G for home broadband and it's great. I'm hoping that when 5G arrives I'll get higher speeds but I'm not sure I'll actually notice

Classy move: C++ 20 wins final approval in ISO technical ballot, formal publication expected by end of year

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Re: C++ is great

I'm not going to read that, and I don't know what non-orthogonal means or why it's a problem, but I do know that I've been successfully shipping products with C++ for many years now.

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C++ is great

The best thing about it is that if you don't like it you don't have to use it!

It pisses me off sometimes, but I still like it.

5G router, anyone? MediaTek lobs cheaper chipset at telco carrier pigeons

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I recently moved to Edinburgh from London and am using the Huawei device as a replacement for fibre. The SIM is Vodafone's pay monthly unlimited data one and is working nicely so far. 90Mbps is average so far, but should hopefully go up once I can get a 5G signal. The cost is slightly cheaper than my previous Virgin Media 100Mbps fibre deal. It remains to be seen how it holds up in stormy weather.

Robust Rust trust discussed after Moz cuts leave folks nonplussed: Foundation mulled for coding language

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Is anything new being written in Rust though, and being used in production? Most of HackerNews is full of 'I ported X to Rust!' articles. My understanding is that only small parts of Firefox were ported to it (open to refutation on that though).

How is Trump's anti-Chinese rhetoric playing out? 70% of smartphones sold in the US are – surprise – made in China

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It seems the article author is unwittingly proving Trump's point. If 70% of smartphones sold in the US were made in the US would that be a bad thing?

But hey "LoL @ tRuMp"

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects

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'gammon'... I've seen this a few times. I assume it's supposed to be some sort of derogatory term for a particular type of white person. Why did you use this term?

Smile? Not bloody likely: Day 6 of wobbly services and still no hint to UK online bank's customers about what's actually wrong

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Re: Smile, a trading division of the Co-Operative Bank

Out of interest, how long did it take to get the money back?

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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Re: None of this is truly inclusive

This is a direct quote from a non-natively English speaking colleague:

"I can't believe this is actually happening. Using English turns into walking through a minefield."

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Re: Crazy

The amusing thing about all this is that it's pretty much cemeted Trump a second term in office. Sane people will speak up at the ballot box.

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None of this is truly inclusive

There is an underlying assumption here that people invovled in software are largely a) American, and b) speak English natively.

The first is just American Privilege pure and simple.

The second negatively affects anyone who has to use a dictionary or online translation service to contribute to a project. They're not likely to be aware of the nuances of certain words.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: Booo-ring

That seems to have been written in 2014, on his personal website.

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Andrew Orlowski would never have published this type of /r/politics drivel.

In Rust, we lust: Security-focused super-C++ language still most loved among Stack Overflow denizens

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Yes, it has a standardisation process.. that's glacially slow. I can't really complain though since they're all volunteers. And I've no doubt there'll be C++ code bases around in 20 years... parked for maintenance only, just like COBOL. No young dev should waste their time learning C++.

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C++ is unfortunately doomed. A lot of fantasic work went in to C++11 and beyond but it's a dying language. Memory safety issues aside (which should have been largely solved by RAII), it's too complex (there are 5 ways to initialise a variable, xvalues, glvalues, prvalues, lvalues, rvalues), its networking framework is too much but also too little and there's zero mention of unicode. I get the feeling that companies like MS, Google and Mozilla are of the opinion that trying to fix their broken C++ code is too much effort when they could just rewrite in Rust.

I'm not a fan of the visual look of Rust source code but I think it'll become a desired skill if not by its merits, but by the herd wanting to use it.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: $$$

We had the same. There was a jumper on the mobo that allowed overclocking to 100Mhz or 133Mhz. Mine couldn't handle 133, but it was nice to 33% more clocks for free.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Jesus Christ. The sooner Silicon Valley collapses, the better.

In Rust we trust? Yes, but we want better tools and wider usage, say devs

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Re: If a developer needs an IDE to be productive

Same boat as you but I used QTCreator just for code writing. They do actually help productivity.

But yes, gdb, make etc are still from the terminal.

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Re: despite the enthusiasm of developers [snip] adoption remains limited

Our server code is written in C++ and I can't remember the last time we had a crash or a memory leak. I'm not saying we're perfect but C++ has come on leaps and bounds since C++03. Rust protects you from this unless you go 'unsafe', and the devs that can still make modern C++ crash and leak will probably get to do the same in Rust.

That said, what will get Rust more widely used is the 3rd party libraries / source code. With C++ it's a pain and that random HTTP parser you cloned from github may not be the best quality.

Also, networking. C++'s ASIO stuff is a headache, I'd be surprised if Rust is in a similar boat. I'm considering dropping ASIO altogether and going straight to using io_uring.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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Re: One Sided Reporting

The San Fran office is turning The Register into reddit.

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

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Know your audience

Let's not turn El Reg into /r/politics please.

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

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Where are they all going to go? Bluffers

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey

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Boo Hoo indeed

Hey GitLab, the 1970s called and want their sexism back: Saleswomen told to wear short skirts, heels and 'step it up'

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"The Register has asked... whether Schulze was the author of the email"

Why? Is the woke patrol about to be unleashed on her?

GitLab can proclaim diversity all it likes, but it seems to have a real problem keeping women on staff or in management

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Re: Diversity = a Nice-to-have

Describe 'bro-ish' for me please. I'm genuinely curious.

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Boo hoo

Are women supposed to be unsackable, or something?

If someone was hired because they're a woman, can't they be sacked because they're a woman?

Rockstar dev debate reopens: Hero programmers do exist, do all the work, do chat a lot – and do need love and attention from project leaders

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WTF is a 'tech bro'?

'I am done with open source': Developer of Rust Actix web framework quits, appoints new maintainer

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Re: PL and TL

An Open Source project doesn't need a management hierarchy. That's the point, it's a place for developers to do what they want, how they want, without having to answer to anybody. If no-one uses it that's fine.