* Posts by Stuart Halliday

1092 posts • joined 2 Jul 2007


Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Linus :Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?

Moderators : Right here we go.

Google says its artificial intelligence is faster and better than humans at laying out chips for artificial intelligence

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How long before we trust it and stop double checking it's correct?

How long then before we lose the skill set to do it ourselves?

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer

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Let's be thankful that decent well trained IT staff found and sorted the bug.

Thanks, boss. The accidental creation of a lights-out data centre – what a fun surprise

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If you display a big red button, expect it to be pressed. Stupid IT.

Days Gone PC: Melting pot of open-world influences makes for one of the more immersive zombie slayers out there

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Re: "It ran silky smooth from launch ...

I could barely afford a GTX750Ti. So If it doesn't run on that, tough!

Arm has another 'most powerful CPU to date' – this time, the 64-bit-only Cortex-X2 for laptops and smartphones

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Will it ever lose it's Acorn/Archimedes link?

iFixit publishes teardown of M1 iMac, shows that making a determination of repairability is still hard

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Re: e-waste

Not true.

Maplin for example paid a fee to be exempt from this.

Apple announces lossless HD audio at no extra cost, then Amazon Music does too. The ball is now in Spotify's court

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Re: Can you tell the difference?

Damn it. I keep picking the mp3 version!

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Anyone care to speculate late why they're doing this?

Amazon says it destroyed two million knockoffs in 2020, a fraction of the amount it ships

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EBay is just as bad.

Look up 2TB USB Sticks or fake HDMI leads or multiple coloured flowers. Thousands of items.

Ebay don't even have an option to report fake goods. Fake goods aren't even listed as an option to report.

Samsung stops providing security updates to the Galaxy S8 at grand old age of four years

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So I guess my Galaxy S9 is doomed next year or sooner?

British IT teacher gets three-year ban after boozing with students at strip club during school trip to Costa Rica

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Obviously he has personal problems if he thought he could get drunk in front of pupils.

FreeBSD gives ARM64 green light for production over x86 alternative's 'growth trajectory'

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Does seem that ARM is slowly being adopted by the Big boy industries.

My first Arm was the Arm1.

Blockchain may be the machinery of mischief, but it can't help telling the truth

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So if I print a hash of a NFT, could I sell that for a million quid?

Scottish National Party members found among list of names signed up to rival Alba Party after website whoopsie

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That didn't take long...

The Audacity of it all: Version 3.0 of open-source audio fave boasts new file format, 160+ bug fixes

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It works....

Grotesque soundbyte alert: UK government opens wallet to help rural areas get 'gigafit'

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I wonder when domestic customers will realise that "36Mbps" you supposing paid for is shared between you and 50 other customers..

That's more like 720Kbps if they all try to use it at the same time.

Wake up and ask about the 'contention' ratio?

Faster than a speeding... tab opening? Vivaldi 3.7 is here

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Still using Brave here...

Huge if true: If you show people articles saying that Firefox is faster than Chrome, they'll believe it

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Gummy bears as a unit of measure? The Reg Standards Soviet will not stand for this sort of silliness

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Is this the American Gummy or the British Gummy?

The 40-Year-Old Version: ZX81's sleek plastic case shows no sign of middle-aged spread

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The reason why the ZX81 was so delayed was the ULA was devilishly difficult to make. Ferranti had problems of Fungi getting into the die and wreaking the device.

Does Samsung want you to buy new phones? Asking 'cos Galaxies now get four years of security updates

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Re: Mandatory 5 year minimum.

Wouldn't it be nice if companies offered a 5 year repair policy. I keep my phone until the SSD wears out... Still on a Samsung S9

Healthy 32-year-old offered COVID-19 vaccine because doctors had him down as 6.2cm tall with BMI of 28,000

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Cute. But let's not make a mole hill out of a mountain?

Nurserycam horror show: 'Secure' daycare video monitoring product beamed DVR admin creds to all users

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About time we had a government system of testing security and issuing certs of hardware.

'It's where the industry is heading': LibreOffice team working on WebAssembly port

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If they think more people will run LO because it's in a web browser, then think again.

Most users have no idea what a web browser is or what it does.

Looking for the perfect Valentine's gift? How about a week of retro gaming BBC Microlympics?

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I wanna play Sentinel....


I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can do that: Microsoft unveils Custom Neural Voice – synthetic, but human-sounding speech

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We know.

Of course we all know what it'll be used for....

That age old subject - pornography

Well, what other use has technology got?

Musk see: Watch SpaceX's latest Starship rocket explode while trying to touch down

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Re: SN10

A good crash is one where you can get all the pieces? :)

Raspberry Pi Foundation moves into microcontrollers with the $4 Pi Pico using homegrown silicon

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Re: Annoyingly low on RAM

Some of us used a Cambridge Mk14 (un-upgraded)

ZIP folders were originally a Microsoft engineer's side hustle until bosses figured out he worked for Microsoft

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Wasn't Acorn's RISC OS the first to use a file to be replaced by a 'folder'?

Buggy code, fragile legacy systems, ill-conceived projects cost US businesses $2 trillion in 2020

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Re: Quality

It's Leo all over again.

When Leo came out, they'd develop a business system by understanding how it worked and make a bespoke system.

Naturally businesses caught onto this and started to develop systems that were bog standard and quoted low prices that caused the client to accept software that wasn't made for them and their business suffered.

History is doomed to repeat itself if you're ignoring it....

Google reveals version control plus not expecting zero as a value caused Gmail to take an inconvenient early holiday

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IT Angle

Ask how Boeing do their testing then don't do that method...

Watt's next for batteries? It'll be more of the same, not longer life, because physics and chemistry are hard

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So why do we get so many Battery PR releases claiming the Earth?

For decades now we have Anode or Cathode inventors or both claiming impressive charge densities but still no sign of them on the market?

Can we get a ban on battery PR for the next ten years?

Sounds like a start in the right direction.

Next day delivery a bit of a pain? We have just the thing... nestled deep in the terms and conditions

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It's a well known tactic used by Lawyers.

If you have a unreasonable statement in a contract, you can deliberately leave it in and hope the other party doesn't spot it.

If you wish to break a contract, you simply raise the statement and the judge rules the whole contract null and void.

Not usual for it to be so obvious though....

Arm at 30: From Cambridge to the world, one plucky British startup changed everything

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Good times

Is my original ARM (Advanced RISC Machines) mug and dangly label worth anything yet?

Zoom strong-armed by US watchdog to beef up security after boasting of end-to-end encryption that didn't exist

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Why do we believe the hundreds of VPN services out there that claim they don't log?

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Never trust a Sales Director...

They'll claim anything and know nothing....

Apple presses pause on Pegatron: Major long-time supplier on naughty step over China labour violations

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The Chinese do this pretty much all the time.

It's a part of their culture.

Their Government mostly ignores it too...

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?

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Only in the UK

Has anyone else noticed that here in the UK, we push the bottom half of the Mains switch to turn items on where as in America it's the opposite.

Certainly explains why some PC power supplies the power switch looks 'upside down'!

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I had to place plastic warning panels over the Mains sockets in our office as the Cleaners were very enthusiastic.

Those were the days.

LibreOffice rains on OpenOffice's 20th anniversary parade, tells rival project to 'do the right thing' and die

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But Office365 is free!

I'm a keen LibreOffice user and I've donated money to the organisation a few times.

When I visit Home users on IT jobs, Office365 often becomes a subject of conversation.

It seems a lot of people with Office365 can share the suite. Seemingly up to 5 shares are allowed?

So getting it free is a big temptation I guess.

Internet Archive's way cool Wayback Machine gets way more websites in Cloudflare fail-over pact

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Backups good....

Long overlooked, Archive is the best!

Google Chrome 85 to block ads that hog power, CPUs, network: Web ads giant will black-hole 0.3% of web ads

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The Good Old Days...

Remember when you could turn off all graphics....

Ex-Apple engineer lifts lid on Uncle Sam's top-secret plan to turn customized iPod into 'Geiger counter'

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Re: Hard reality

Yeah, don't try it in Aberdeen.

One of the most natural radioactive cities in Britain....

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced techie is indistinguishable from magic

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It's always Hardware....

Today IT plodders think software first. But it's really Hardware...

I was in the last class at Uni to be taught how to hit/tap Valves to get them to work.

Stayed with me throughout my career.

Ink tanks park themselves all over the lawns of Western Europe as orders flood in

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IT Angle

Ink Tank Printers?

Is that a new term for ancient ink Printers?

Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple

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Damn you commies

Apple has ever right to ask for a discount.

It didn't get to be a greed guts by giving money away.

Eventually it won't be able to increase it's profits and at that time stockholders will desert it in droves.

If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Kit maker won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code

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It would help enormously if product Reviewers asked this support question during the review.

Might make the manufacturers take it seriously.

Brave takes step closer to sensible business model by building subscription VPN into the iOS version of its browser

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Matter of trust

How do you trust your chosen VPN?

I've yet to see any VPN provider who has a security certificate issued by a reputable company.

They say they don't keep logs. But at least one was caught with logs recently.

A reputable security company making surprised visits would go a long way towards trust...

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

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Reminded me of a battle I had when I worked at Maplin. Next door was PC World. Customer came to me to get a cable for their desktop PC as instructed by the PCWorld person.

I told the customer that such a cable didn't exist. So back to PCWorld he went for further instructions.

He came back with a piece of paper and once more I said, such a cable didn't exist.

This exchange went on about 6 times. Until I feeling pity for him went with him into PCWorld and looked at his PC myself.

I saw immediately that PCWorld technician was inventing cables. You can't get a 6 pin graphics card power cable to ATX 24 pin main board adapter. I of course sold the customer the correct PSU cable....

Made a change from telling the customer to refund their £90 HDMI cable from PCWorld and buy a £6 from us instead.



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