* Posts by Simon Crowe

15 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Sep 2009

Truckers, prepare to lose your jobs as UPS buys into self-driving tech

Simon Crowe

Doomed to failure

You know why this is doomed to failure, because they have not automated train driving.

If you think about the problem of automating a train should be a lot simpler

1. You have a sodding great big hint with the tracks for the automation to work with

2. You generally(?) are going in one direction (i.e. where the tracks take you)

Until they have automated trains there is little hope for trucks and cars

Chip company FTDI accused of bricking counterfeits again

Simon Crowe


When they did this the first time I added FTDI to my list of devices to avoid, as they completely messed up a class i was running, as some devices had a 'fake' FTDI.

Interestingly the 'fake' FTDI was a better engineered bit of silicon ...

We really need someone with a little time to produce an open driver for all platforms ...

VirusTotal bashes bad BIOSes with forensic firmware fossicker

Simon Crowe

So what downloads your BIOS

If i understand it, there are BIOS functions to access your BIOS, so whats to stop your bad bios giving you a good bios when you request to download it (AKA Stuxnet when validating the motor control software).

Once, the bad guys are in the BIOS (or Disk, or baseboard controller, or NIC) you are probably never going to get rid of them ...

As others have alluded to, having a SD card with the firmware downloaded directly from the manufacturer may help, but that really will not stop the three letter agencies forcing manufacturers putting their code into the device firmware from the get go ...

Don't even get me started on the concept of management engine ...

Folk shun UK.gov's 'expensive' subsidised satellite broadband

Simon Crowe

Re: Of course they advertised it ...

But the plans were on display…”

“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”

“That’s the display department.”

“With a flashlight.”

“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”

“So had the stairs.”

“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.”

MoJ extends yet another IT contract in transition to 'tower model'

Simon Crowe

If you are not ruled by 'our' b*****ds then they bomb you into the middle ages

SwiftStack CPO: 'If you take a filesystem and bolt on an object API'... it's upside down

Simon Crowe

Re: The wheel turns...

The question is why was the directory concept introduced, i think it was for us humans as we couldn't comprehend thousands of names scrolling by us as we tried to navigate through the data.

There is still a need for having a simplistic view of the data for persons to traverse and understand, but for large scale object stores accessed by your software directories are somewhat obsolete.

Simon Crowe

Re: Snake oil

I also think that the point with these drives is that the device does not operate in blocks anymore, i seem to remember seeing that for modern high capacity shingled drives maintaining a block mapping is expensive.

So instead of having a block mapping table you have an object mapping table. The concept of blocks for a kinetic type drive does not exist

Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

Simon Crowe

Bait and switch

This is the second time i have seen a cloud storage provider bait and switch ....

Also for the love of god can someone tell these companies what the definition of unlimited is ...

For fax's sake: Medic chaos as e-Referrals system goes offline

Simon Crowe

Re: System offline message....

Who does their testing ?

1. Surely not beyond the whit of man to have an alpha test site on line and purchase load testing services or even rent time on AWS ?

2. Click on the language link on the first page on the page above


Ballmer has plans for more Microsoft own-brand hardware

Simon Crowe

It will be another FOXCONN rebrand

Microsoft may do some of the initial design work, but in the end it will be manufactured by Foxconn who seem to build everything these days, and with parts supplied by Samsung/Sharp/LG.

Homeland Sec., RIAA Torrent lists published

Simon Crowe

Stuxnet II - Dexter - DHS ??????

Wasn't there something in the Stuxnet II virus about Dexter too ???

Coincidence ....

Skype for iPhone makes stealing address books a snap

Simon Crowe

XKCD covered this nicely


Home Office to secure mobile phones

Simon Crowe

And the Winning NFC card is ....

So let me guess in a few years there will be an upgrade to the Home Office Identity card to be NFC capable, so then you have to have a working Identity card to use your phone.

Also would be very useful tool if the cellular phone recording the NFC card used to authenticate the phone call ...

Microsoft offers stickers to boost Windows 7 64-bit take-up

Simon Crowe

Stickers ...

Remember how many computers had Vista ready ....

Yet more of the same ?