* Posts by Glen 1

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Firefox maker Mozilla axes a quarter of its workforce, blames coronavirus, vows to 'develop new revenue streams'

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Re: You know,

One-off fees only work if the software doesn't change much.

That purchase money only pays wages for a finite amount of time. The business is maintained by getting people to buy *again* to keep upgrading. (Think how Office and Photoshop used to be)

Otherwise, it would have to be a subscription service. (Like how Office/Adobe creative suite is *now*)

Overbudget and behind schedule, UK's Emergency Services Network reaches 500th base station milestone

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Sort of like OpenReach for mobile?

I mean, the principle is sound, but historically, you have politicians flip flopping between nose-in-the-trough pork-barrel spending and cut-everything-except-their-own-wages spending.

Pen Test Partners: Boeing 747s receive critical software updates over 3.5" floppy disks

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Re: King's Quest

Its not the download that causes the teeth gnashing, its not beginning the download until you try to play the game.

First alligators, then dogs, now Basil Fawlty is trying to standardise social distancing measures

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Re: Standards

Depends if it had the Lucas alternator...

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault

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Re: It sometimes works the other way

There is definitely a question of how much is it *actually* worth to you.

If you can manage tethering to a phone for a day or two, go for it.

If you are hosting client's stuff, or reselling the connection to a client site... An auto response email ain't gonna cut it.

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Re: It sometimes works the other way

"Unfortunately, the vast majority of consumers are becoming used to this treatment and just accept it."

Partly because the customers just go for the cheapest, or near cheapest. Customer service only matters to customers if they need to use it.

Compare Andrews & Arnold to TalkTalk.

Intel NDA blueprints – 20GB of source code, schematics, specs, docs – spill onto web from partners-only vault

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If I were AMD, I'd be watching the aftermath *very* closely in case some of the issues are not unique.

Apple re-arms the iMac with 10th-gen Intel Core silicon

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Re: I believe....

Pros for x86_64:

  • Playing AMD and Intel off each other
  • the cost of moving in terms of software
  • parralells/bootcamp compatibility (windows boot)

Pros for Arm:

  • Apple has already designed similar chips
  • Not paying for Intel/AMD profit margin
  • Power/performance for portable devices
  • Differentiation - difficult to make direct comparisons to competitors (eg MBP vs XPS 13)

"loss of some serious professional software big names and products."

Given how big Apple is in certain industries, the software for those industries *will* follow. Besides, Apple has a track record of ensuring transitions such as these go smoothly. I wouldn't be surprised if in many cases all you needed to do was to change the compilation target.

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"Pretty pokey" in this case meaning "Has a lot of poke"

NSA warns that mobile device location services constantly compromise snoops and soldiers

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Holmes

"live like some sort of luddite"

Thus highlighting you as a person of interest.

High paying job, but no phone? That's interesting. Routinely encrypt email (PGP etc), but have no overt background in computing? That's interesting. Only communicate via courier to an internet cafe...

That's the thing about tradecraft, you need to look as "normal" as possible. Including leaked information. Bonus points for compromat consistent with any cover you're trying to cultivate.

Mind you, If the impression you are trying to cultivate is "Security professional", then *not* raising those flags is suspicious.

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G: So light, you might even forget about its terrible keyboard

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Re: "...a capable machine for the road warrior..."

"Masked Twat.

(The last one needs a bit of work)."

Unmasked Twat

FTFY

See also: seatbelts, condoms, hardhats etc

If you're on invite-only tech-testing scheme, take care with Amazon's Alexa-powered answer to Google's Glass

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Re: Go right ahead. "...take care..." is an understatement.

Folk used to say the same about mobile phones.

Amazon gets green-light to blow $10bn on 3,000+ internet satellites. All so Americans can shop more on Amazon

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Re: Rather a pity

PARIS *DID*

LOHAN, alas didn't. RIP Lester Haines and Playmonaught 1

Voyager 1 cracks yet another barrier: Now 150 Astronomical Units from Sol

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Re: So when does Voyager 1 run into the "Truman Show" wall the aliens keep around our solar system?

I am reminded of a Scifi story where a space probe travelling outside of the simulated volume caused an overflow....

Irony isn't dead... Facebook sues EU on data privacy grounds for requesting too much personal data

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"continues to pursue his case through the English Court of Appeal "

How long after 1/1/21 do you think English law will "diverge"?

Class move, Java. Coding language slips to third place behind Python in latest popularity contest

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Re: Programming language popularity contests are like Ms World

They are literally trying to measure what people *are* using.

Not asking them what they *think* they should be using... or what *you* think they should be using.

UK housing associations offer framework worth up to £400m to eBay-for-plumbers startup (but it won't get to keep it all)

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Trollface

In before "python is a crap choice for this" by python haters.

I believe there are already websites that do similar eg Checkatrade.com. Perhaps not on a per-job basis though.

Putting the jobs to tender like this makes it attractive for folk *not* currently in the south east to bid on those jobs. Also for "make a loss on the initial bid, make the profit on the changes" gravy train.

Green with NVMe: AWS adds more Arm-powered instance types

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Re: A Stone that Shatters Windows

*Desktop Environment

UK's NCSC reveals Premier League footie clubs to be ripe pickings for cybercrooks: One almost lost £1m to BEC attack

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If the only number you have for them is from the fraudsters email footer, or their business card, its trivial to set up a backstop to appear legit.

Its not like the important/personal numbers are public knowledge. If you can phone the public numbers to talk to someone important, so can the fraudsters.

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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Coat

Its all about the effort you... Putin

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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Even for me...

"“female” should be replaced by “jack” or “socket” while “plug” should be used instead of “male”"

As one of the resident Woke/SJW brigade who sees the renaming of stuff as generally a good thing....

In this case, even *I* am like "why?" There was never any good/bad connotation attached to male/female *connectors*

slave can be argued as bad

black having negative connotations can be argued as bad.

male/female? Wheres the implication one is bad?

Nvidia may be mulling lopping Arm off Softbank: GPU goliath said to have shown interest in acquiring CPU design house

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Re: What is the point ?

..Or want to be the ones doing the asset stripping.

Lots of brains at ARM have the skills that could boost Nvidia's ranks, thats *before* we start talking about the tech licencing.

We've heard of littering but this is ridiculous: Asteroid dumps up to 50 quadrillion kg of space dirt on Earth, Moon

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Re: SI units

It was 1 stone.

One *really big* stone

IGMC

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on

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Re: "it must still pay maintenance fees to Capita for the upkeep of the software"

If I buy a house, didn't get a survey and later discover something wrong with it, it has become *my* problem.

If I *did* get a survey... Is the problem something a surveyor should have spotted? Even If the problem is only discovered 10 years later? 20?

We pays our money and makes our choice.

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Re: it's time this ancient, monolithic, waterfall approach to IT projects are also put to rest

My understanding is that the point of the new(ish) trendy agile canban woowoo is that it *expects* changes in specifications, and tries to factor them in.

The problem being that if the changes never stop (because, say, the folks in charge don't know what they're doing), then neither does the project. That suits Crapita all the way to the shareholders meeting.

Not sure if that's the case in this specific instance, but have seen it happen elsewhere. A manager sees the new shiny, and suddenly its a "must have".

After banning Chinese comms bogeyman, UK asks: Huawei in this mess? It was a failure of capitalism, MPs told

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Re: Obvious

It was either going to be China or Iran.

US military whips out credit card for unmanned low-Earth-orbit outpost prototype (aka a repurposed ISS cargo pod)

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Alien

Mass drivers? They have been outlawed by every civilised planet!

Great Maker!

UK formally abandons Europe’s Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless

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Lucrelout is outright delusional. Just look at their post history. Were talking Eadon-level trolling. Remember that guy?.

"Not one remainer, no one reason, in more than 4 years."

Just like there is "No evidence" of Russian interference in the referendum. Like I said, delusional.

I can always tell when they are back on the site, as my recent posts all acquire an extra down-vote, regardless of topic. Ever since attempting to take them seriously.

*shrug*

Do you think they automated that, or are they really that petty?

An axe age, a sword age, Privacy Shield is riven, but what might that mean for European businesses?

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The point of the EU

The fundamental problem is that the EU wants privacy for its citizens, and the USA doesn't.

If the EU doesn't enforce this (or can't or won't), the EU is shown to have no teeth. (as was the case with "safe harbour")

If the EU *can* enforce this, the USA is shown to not be the exceptional little snowflake it thinks it is.

Expect tantrums either way.

Imagine surviving WW3, rebuilding computers, opening up GitHub's underground vault just to relive JavaScript

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Wingdings

Everything must go! Distributors clear shelves of ALL notebooks in Q2, even ones gathering dust over last 12 months

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" set up a home lab, test software"

Company time. Company kit.

If I have to buy it myself, its to train for the *next* job.

AMD pushes 64-core 4.2GHz Ryzen Threadripper Pro workstation processors

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Re: ARM will rule them all

Sensible like a $999 + tax monitor stand?

We call it the "Apple Tax" for a reason.

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Re: ARM will rule them all

The Apple "hate" largely comes from Apple itself not responding well to being called out on it's bullshit.

As in no longer replying to requests for comment if you're not prepared to brown nose them. Biting the hand that feeds IT and all that.

Microsoft might not have a glowing reputation around these parts, but I don't think *they* ever blacklisted el reg.

Its as if you're new around here...

As the FCC finally starts tackling its dreadful broadband maps, Georgia reveals just how bad they are

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Re: Free

"free to be convinced by the largest holders of said monies that their policies of self-benefit will also affect you...somehow; and free to vote against your own self interests while you accept those beliefs."

Something something Brexit, Trickle down economics etc

UK smacks Huawei with banhammer: Buying firm's 5G gear illegal from year's end, mobile networks ordered to rip out all next-gen kit by 2027

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Re: This will end in tears.

There are Brexiters in these here forums that think the EU is a racist organisation. By think, I mean use the accusation as covering fire. After all, it doesn't have to make sense to put folk on the defensive. Something about white majority countries.

Ironic given that most of Africa has tariff free trade access to the EU ("Everything But Arms")... something the UK *won't* have unless a deal is sorted out.

Doubly ironic given that the possibility of Turkey joining was given as a reason to leave... "Breaking point" wasn't it?

As "project fear" aligns closer and closer with reality, you have to wonder at the thought processes of folk who are still in denial about the downsides.

see also: the "Farage garage"™, expats complaining about "Brussels" potentially ending *their* freedom of movement, Sunderland being "unsustainable" in the event of no deal.

I just hope I'm wrong about the lack of upsides, if only for the sake of those whos jobs will be affected.

Sidenote: Its not just the "lefty" "woke" "snowflakes" (as an equally lazy stereotype) that think Brexit is going to be a shitshow.

GitHub is just like all of us: The week has just started but it needed 4 whole hours of downtime

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Re: Eggs and Baskets

What makes me laugh is that one of the selling points of git is it's distributed model.

A single website is probably not something your project should depend on.

*googles*

Gitbucket and gitprep are self-hostable github clones - no idea to their application as a mirror.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old

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Re: Switching on the "monitor stand"

and you couldn't use it when University Challenge was on, or else Bamber Gascoigne's voice would go all garbled.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

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Re: Say it with Love

No.

Nice quote, but new words are either made up, or older words take on new meanings.

How long before BAME is used as a slur?

See also: TERF

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Re: male/female

Where is the implication that male or female connectors are good or bad? With black/white master/slave it's implications are pretty clear.

See also: idiots who think gay marriage affects men+women getting married.

Rip and replace is such a long Huawei to go, UK telcos plead, citing 'blackouts' and 'billion pound' costs: Are Vodafone and BT playing 'Project Fear'?

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Re: > we voted for brexit

Apologies for replying to my own post.

Regarding cost of different speed broadband.

The example I used above for Virgin Media's 100mb connection was so I was comparing like for like (approximately). For the 30mb figure given in the post I was replying to, here are some UK prices for context:

  • Plus.net 36mb for £23.99
  • BT 36mb for £26.99
  • Vodafone ADSL 35mb for £23

So Vodafone's 5G price (£30) is more expensive, but comparable

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Re: > we voted for brexit

"That fibre on the other hand is 10Gbps *to every user*"

"Also that mast won't have anything more than 10Gbps connection anyway "

The fibres to the mast, and the fibres to the premises terminate in the same place - at the exchange. There isn't going to be enough back haul there for 10Gbps per user either way. That's unless you're leasing the whole line, and paying accordingly.

Complaining about contention for one, but conveniently ignoring it for the other, just makes you look ignorant. Fibre will always be faster point to point, but that doesn't matter if the bottle neck is somewhere else.

"I see 5G as major BS which is used to sell new phones."

Something can be both useful and require marketing. Just look at how wifi has changed over the years. Electric cars? Smartphones? Twas ever thus.

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Re: > we voted for brexit

"Irrelevant as you (or anyone else) is *not* going to pay 10* price for that speed. You believe ISPs will sell that speed at the same price you get now 30Mbps?"

10* the price? Try again.

Vodafone £30 per month for unlimited data "fastest available" 5G price plan.

Compare to Virgin media's "£28 a month for 18 months then £44 a month" for 100mb

That's *right now*.

Of course, thats signal dependant, and VM will no doubt increase speed to compete as 5G coverage increases.

"Also, all of that 5G "speed" is *shared* speed among all users. 200Mbs to 100 users isn't any more than *DSL now and *much less* than even slow fiber."

Try again. 150-200 is the expected average. Its the "above 1Gbps" peak part that is shared between phones. Even then, it will be the back-haul that's the bottleneck.(underlying tech tops out at 10Gbps as previously stated)

If you want actual, tested, reality, my phone on *4G* just hit 9mb in a speed test on *2* bars. National average looks to be about 25mb. Source

With 5G looking to be 10 times faster, it is most definitely comparable to a regular internet connection. Hell, only 4 times faster than the national 4G average is comparable.

*shrug*

Im not going to specifically upgrade for 5G, nor would I want it as a home connection (I don't want cariier NAT), but you laugh it off as if its a fantasy, when a decent 4G signal can *already* beat a crappy wet string ADSL connection in some places. I know, because *I've already done it* with a 4G router on a client site.

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Re: > we voted for brexit

"Seriously, why the hell do we need 5G when we have fibre-optic cables?"

because having a 5G mast hanging of the end of 1 fibre is less hassle than installing many FTTP connections.

Remember, 3G speeds were already comparable to many folks home broadband in the few cases where it worked *reliably*. Part of the selling point of 4G was greater range/capacity with the same base stations in part due to frequency changes.

According to my mobile network 5G should "average speeds of 150-200Mbps, and peak speeds will reach above 1Gbps". 5G can top out at 10 gigabits per second depending on equipment.

If you want to pay for FTTP go ahead, but many of us in urban areas will be enjoying a better connection just by upgrading our phones in the next few years. For those in non urban areas it may take longer, but not as long as waiting for the fibre train to arrive, I'll wager.

South Korea joins the ‘we’re going to be self-sufficient in more tech and then export bucketloads’ club

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Re: Every country cannot be self-sufficient in everything

or... everyone buys the from the cheapest supplier that is "good enough". Creating defacto monopolies, if not for individual companies, then for countries/areas those items are produced.

Which is exactly how we got here in the first place.

Remember Thailand's floods affecting hard drive supplies in 2011?

The capacitor plague from Taiwan?

When people try to switch suppliers en mass, there is a lag while production is ramped up. The thing is, such increases not sustainable, as once supply is restored, everyone switches back, because of the same reasons that made them pick those suppliers in the first place.

Yes, there are things you can to do mitigate, but at a cost. At some point a bean-counter is going to try to shave that cost.

The bottom line rules all, it would seem.

.NET Core: Still a Microsoft platform thing despite more than five years open source

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Re: The problem as I see it

The TIOBE Index is *descriptive* not prescriptive.

Certain languages are *unsuitable* for a beginner actually wanting a job, as most of the the jobs are for senior/experienced devs only (e.g COBOL, perl, assembly)

Rhetorical questions:

Where was swift a few years ago? How did it get on the index if folks only learned what was already there?

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

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Paris Hilton

Re: He's not an imigrant

Given the pushback in these very forums against some benign name changes, its hard to tell if you're being sarcastic...

Mind the airgap: Why nothing focuses the mind like a bit of tech antiquing

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Re: I was suspected of Dyspraxia...

"Occasionally someone can't so all they can do is follow you round downvoting you."

After a fairly recent anti-Brexit rant, I found that my downvote total had more than doubled. Hundreds of downvotes in the space of a few days. No single post had a notable (new) spike. Flipping through my post history, I found that 1 or 2 new downvotes had appeared on my posts going back nearly a decade.

Nice to know I touched a nerve.

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I remember working on a loaner ibook thingy years ago.

Thought id try to put Ubuntu on it. It was a slot loader, so I burn a CD (DVD?) and put it in the slot.

Nothing. The drive didn't want to take the disk. There was a foam seal around the opening that was holding the disk in place.

I hadn't used a slot loader before,so I wasn't sure if there was a knack. I *gently* applied pressure, and the disk slid in.

*CLUNK*

I pick the device up

*RATTLE*

Turns out the previous owner had removed the drive, and Id just posted the disk into an empty drive bay.

Manchester, UK seeks IT-slinger: £235m for number-plate-and-fines system to clean up vehicle emissions

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Re: ANPR

As fictional as his Lambo, so that checks out.

Utilitarian, long-bodied Nokia 5.3 has budget basic specs - but it does cost £150

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I have found a factor is not holding the device in place for long enough. It can take 1-2 seconds.

I have a pingit device attached to my watch strap. *Very* handy. These days, its unusual for me to need my wallet (I keep other stuff in there, so I still carry it).

As for security, my thinking is that if i'm going to get mugged, they will get my watch and wallet anyway. Skimming my wrist will be more obvious than skimming my wallet, and I'm rarely - (maybe once a year), in an environment crowded enough where it wouldn't be pretty obvious what was going on.

Still more secure than swipe and sign.

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