* Posts by Ragarath

1030 posts • joined 26 Aug 2009


Brit uni's AI algorithm clocks 50 exoplanets hidden in Kepler space 'scope archives


EVE online Project Discovory

Machines are just better at finding alien worlds than us humans

EVE Online's project discovery found 37 in the first few weeks using fleshbags like you and I. I'm pretty sure many many more candidates were found over it's lifetime. I've not looked for a while though.

Are yo sure your strap line is correct?

Pass that Brit guy with the right-hand drive: UK looking into legalising automated lane-keeping systems by 2021


Please clarify, do you mean before or after it was dead or that the emergency braking system engaged before or after the Racoon?

The incidents are not mutually exclusive. The Racoon may well have been alive and in front before the emergency braking activated.

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


Re: Plenty have tried this whole mainstream ARM thing before, and all of them have failed

I assume you got the downvotes for the "rounded corners" comment. I am no fan of Apple but what you said gave me a chuckle as it's exactly what they do.

Although I would change the 'do it better' part to 'market it better' as their solutions are not always better but are sold to the public in the way that they understand.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal


Re: Apple and Google have too much control

But why at no point am I allowed to say an app CAN do that?

Lock it down with lots of big red warnings. Make it so an app can't have the permissions in those worthless pop ups. Make it so someone has to go in and enable it.

There are many ways to do it, they won't because they lose control. The world of personal computers shows it is possible.


Apple and Google have too much control

This only proves that we need more control over our smart phones. Google and Apples Apps are allowed to do something well, but no other app is.

The approach by the UK may be wrong but I should be able to say which app has that control, not Apple and Google.

Happy birthday, ARM1. It is 35 years since Britain's Acorn RISC Machine chip sipped power for the first time


My Beloved Electron

My beloved Acorn Electron never gets a mention. Yes we could not afford a BBC but it did spark my love of all things computers.

China strings up red tape barrier that shows businesses they're better off buying local tech



Apple did reply to The Reg a few weeks ago about something. Can't remember the article but I'm sure they did!

Please help me out someone; it may be that I have gone mad?

UK MPs fume after Huawei posts open letter stating: 'Disrupting our involvement in the 5G rollout would do Britain a disservice'


Still alive!

I remember having an Imagination graphics card back in the day. They're still going then? I had not thought about them in many a year.

Huawei P40 pricing is in step with previous P-series efforts – but flagship lacks the apps punters have come to expect


Re: Facebook Free?

Come on, pull the other one. trackingware free only moves it from Google to themselves.

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD


Re: "spinning rust"

They must be slow at transferring data ;)


Re: "spinning rust"


Yes, that's the one, just did not put it's full name to the post. But thank you for pointing it out!


Re: "spinning rust"

I thought is was "Drive" not device.

HDD = Hard Disk Drive

SSD = Solid State Drive


Re: "spinning rust"

You mean that phrase, used by many a techie since... well I can't remember when as I have been using it for so long.

It's not The Registers phrase, it's our phrase and yes it is going to stay and get used for as long as they (HDDs) are around.

Reg, carry on, nothing to see here.

Note: HDDs were made with iron oxide initially (Rust).

'That's here. That's home. That's us': It's 30 years since Voyager 1 looked back and squinted at a 'Pale Blue Dot'


Re: Human curiosity

You forgot the "if it din't kill you first" part!

Tens of millions of biz Dell PCs smacked by privilege-escalation bug in bundled troubleshooting tool


Biz PC's!

Wait, come on, business PCs? Is there anyone that does not immediately wipe and reinstall dell,hp,lenovo any other vendor?

I assume this is small biz where they may not have the resource to do this.

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


Power button still works fine, or the great switch'o the wall.

Things I learned from Y2K (pt 87): How to swap a mainframe for Microsoft Access



Can someone please tell my employer that VB6 is dead? I still have to support it and OCX files, yes welcome to my security nightmare, you may come in!

Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy... and why we all shouldn't get too much of it


Wow, so much wrong with this AC post.

You ordered something from Amazon, therefore you paid for it upfront. No invoice. An invoice anyway is a legal document that you have entered into a contract to pay if you want the goods. The goods are sill not yours until you accept that contract. That is stealing.

Conversely, web adverts and tracking cookies are little ones and zeros that you can stop from entering your home as once they hit your router the cost is entirely on you. It costs you to display them in terms of bandwidth and electricity.

No legal contract has been entered into, a website can say what they like on their front page "You cannot view this site unless you accept ads" but it is still not a contract.

If they so wish they can block all access until you click the button that says yes to these ads. The same way they can change their funding model to a pay to access. A lot of these sites don't because people wouldn't.

I consider this the same as the telemetry crap that manufacturers of devices say they "need" to help with making the device/service better. It is using my data, you know those ones and zeros that cost me money. So they either get not used or blocked at the firewall.

We should not have to accept this crap "just because"


Re: "Microsoft Loves the Web"

I'm pretty sure you'd just end up with a cohort of ads following you around and not as you surmise have the first ad block the rest.

It'd be like a gaggle of kids all trying to be the one heard.

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them


Re: thisisnotmypasswordbutitturnsoutitisaverylongstringoftext

ROT(#) is one of the first things I'd try if I was nefarious and found a book of passwords with..


...in it.

Looks like the party's over, folks: Global PC sales set to shrink as Windows 10 upgrade cycle tails off, says Gartner


Re: Perhaps

So proud of being windows free that you put your name as AC?

'No BS' web host Gandi lives up to half of its motto... Some customer data wiped out in storage server meltdown


Nice to see a Gandi employee backing up the company line.

IMO it all depends on IF they sold this as a backed up solution. If they did, fault is on them if not then yes you are welcome to have a go at the users of the service for not having their own backup.

Log us out: Private equity snaffles Lastpass owner LogMeIn


Re: Or you could, maybe, possibly, perhaps...

I only run a smallish site and I have hundreds of passwords for the services I have set up. There is no way I can remember them all at 12 characters and properly random.

Even using passphrases for them all is not going to help in that manner and still with some services not properly allowing spaces or certain characters.

Remember too that this is after having to remember all my personal passwords (which I do just use my memory for) for all my services.

Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing


So many flaws

First, the cans are NOT tapped with a finger.

Second, though as noted, not on the side.

You use the pull ring to tap the top of the can three times (I'm a rebel/lazy and sometimes only do it twice) pulling it until there is enough tension for it to spring back with speed. This creates the resonance to dislodge the bubbles. Using your finger does not create this.

Will test again tonight under duress.

Outposts, Local Zone, Wavelength: It's a new era of distributed cloud, says AWS architect



Seems to me like everyone has suddenly remembered that latency and bandwidth are a thing and that not everything can/should be hosted.

I only have 2 cloud hosted servers for this exact reason and they could be hosted in any old datacenter. Luckily I don't have t o deal with expanding or contracting processing needs though.

Sage still waiting for cloudy investments to make it rain as operating profit tumbles 10.5%


Patrick Stewart, analyst at Megabuyte

Is he boldly going where no analyst has gone before?

Astroboffins baffled as Curiosity rover takes larger gasps of oxygen in Martian summers


The book got it wrong...

Researchers have no idea what could be pumping and dumping oxygen on Mars


Vodafone UK links arms with Openreach to build out its full-fibre network


What is an FTTCP cabinet?

It's either FTTC or FTTP. Are BT trying to pawn of that FTTC is actually FTTP in some places?

If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is: Nobody can decrypt the Dharma ransomware


Re: Surely decryption is possible...

They mean the technology that can do the decryption in a reasonable amount of time and that could be done for a measly $175 charge.

As in there is a f'ton of processing going on really quickly without burning the world down or making it short of several nuclear power plants worth of electricity kinda billions worth.

Boffins blow hot and cold over li-ion battery that can cut leccy car recharging to '10 mins'


Buy a better house.

I love how people miss the joke icon and immediately go on the down vote train.


Buy a house?

Watch tiny swimming magnetic robots suck up uranium in a droplet of radioactive wastewater



Since they’re partly made out of iron

They're gonna rust like, you know, real quick.

Are you coming to the party dressed as an IMP? ARPANET @ 50


All hail our Internet designing overlords for they granted us many wonders.

Power to the users? Admins be warned: Microsoft set to introduce 'self-service purchase' in Office 365


Re: So what happens when the user leaves?

Well I assume logging in as admin, setting the user that has left password to a known string and then cancelling or if allowed moving the license.

I would also write it in the IT policy. As in "Any purchases made without IT oversight are considered not valid for support and may/will result in the license being revoked with no reimbursement to the individual/department."

That revocation would need some additional text along the lines of "to revoke a license control of your user account will be assumed by an administrator" but you probably already have something in allowing you to take control of a user account anyway.

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket


Re: But not for long.....

Ahh, I was all for the buzzword bingo and nearly completed my card but you left out the all important AI which was the last one I needed.

OAMigod! Microsoft has a cloud app spec for you – and hopes Rudr can't fail


Standards smandards

In an email to The Register, Tom Petrocelli, research fellow at IT consultancy Amalgam Insights, said while he's generally pleased with Microsoft's embrace of the open source, the company seems to want to push standards, which the open source community tends to avoid

Whom is this random consultancy person (was there some deal for a mention) from what I see Open Source can be a mismash of implementations but everything needs to have or work toward a standard to be inter-operable.

Imagine if all the Open Source implementations of an email server decided to send email however they wanted or TCP/IP or many other such things.

They may try to make things their way so it becomes the de facto standard (same thing here from MS and Ali) but when there is a standard it's normally used.

Hubble grabs first snap of interstellar comet... or at least that's what we hope this smudge is


Re: Couple of things

They just needed to use the toilet. All that waste has to so somewhere!

Criminalise British drone fliers, snarl MPs amid crackdown demands


Re: criminalising the flying of any drone within three miles of a licensed aerodrome.

Oooo my turn.

A lot of people are always keen to tell me if I want good broadband move into a built up area. Now I can tell the people that want to fly drones for fun to go live in a more rural locale?

Promise of £5bn for rural fibre prompts Openreach to reach for the trench-digging diamond cutter


Re: An unpopular opinion

5G might work in the rural areas by why oh why is everything being ducted? There are lots of poles available.


Re: "new tech"

Not to try and upset you but FTTC would get you the 70Mbps. FTTP will get you a lot more than that, are you sure you have a fibre into your premise as it sounds like VDSL to me?

Black holes are like buses: You wait for one – and three turn up at once in galaxy merger


There is an easy answer to this...

“One burning question in astronomy is how these supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies can grow so quickly, to sizes of one million to several billion times the mass of the sun, because we don’t just see them in close-by galaxies – they’ve actually been detected as early as a few hundred million years after the Big Bang.”

Sky Fairy - or would that be galactic fairy?

had to edit to also say, some awesome science!

Why do cloud leaks keep happening? Because no one has a clue how their instances are configured


Can I just say...

... I know where my data is exposed because I have the keys not the cloudy ones.

How to fix the global slowdown in broadband rollout: Redefine what broadband means


</p>Mobile broadband should in principle be easier to roll out, and it is getting better, quickly<p>

Are we inventing new spectrum. Or have we found subspace already? It may make it easier to start but as soon as there is any reasonable uptake aren't we (or the third party state) going to be having spectrum issues?

New lows at Bose as firmware update woes infuriate soundbar bros

IT Angle

Re: My neighbour...

It's the same from kids toy's through clothing to electronics. Brands used by the cool/rich kids because "Brand".

It's normally all you are paying for. People can pretend to be richer/cooler than they really are.

Tesla Autopilot crash driver may have been eating a bagel at the time, was lucky not to get schmeared on road


Re: What a complete plonker!

Plus arn't these things supposed to be able to spot objects and stop? It spectacularly failed at that one if so.

Python the latest language to slither into Microsoft's serverless Azure Functions service


Someone crueller than us might say "jack of all trades, master of none".

But...but...but... you said it! My head hurts.

J'accuse! Amazon's Rekognition reckons 1 in 5 Californian lawmakers are crims in ACLU test


50 / 50 false positives

Of the 26 lawmakers identified as possible criminals, more than half were described as "people of color"

How far over half I couldn't find the info? Surely it is about right if it's close to 50, 50 or is this just designed to get peoples backs up? One or the other is is most likely going to pull slightly ahead.

One things for sure though. The tech is no where near ready to be relied upon.

Chap uncovers privilege escalation vuln in Steam only to be told by Valve that bug 'not applicable'


You can actually use that? I'ts not really a place they thought about anyone actually having a good experience.

Steam is looking dated but works the Epic shop just makes things unnecessarily hard.

Virgin Media promises speeds of 1Gpbs to 15 million homes – all without full fibre


Re: "speeds of 1Gbps"

Famous last words from many a person.

1Gbps may not be required 100% of the time but when you do on occasion need it and it is not there you wonder what you are paying for.

If we can (and we can) build the infrastructure to take more than that then we should. Let me use your above example with requirements now (not in the future) with that 78Mbps connection.

My wife and I usually watch the same programs (streamed) at 1080p which is enough for us at this time but 4K is starting to look like the future more and more. Services for this vary on their recommendations (and I can't be bothered to do the maths now) between 15Mbps and 25Mbps. I'll settle in the middle at 20Mbps.

Me and My Wife = 20Mbps, Daughter = 20Mbps, Son 1 = 20Mbps, Son 2 = 20Mbps, your 38Mbps is way too slow. If my wife and I want to watch separate programs then add another 20Mbps and I've already blown your 78Mbps. Yes it's not all the time but as I said when it's needed it's needed.

And 8K is here too. I see no need for it but higher and higher fidelity is the future so double that in a few years, again a few after that and you can see why we need the provision and I've not even touch on other uses aside from TV that gobble as much bandwidth as possible.

Let's actually build for the future for once rather than accepting second or third best. Do it once do it right, or am I too much of an optimist?



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