* Posts by A Non e-mouse

2559 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010

Bezos offers to knock $2bn off his bill to NASA to stay in the running for Moon contract

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From my understandng the original NASA contract said they wanted the bidder to commit some of their own money to the cost of designing & building the vehicles.

SpaceX replied saying "See those rockets we're building and flying over in Texas....?"

Bezos' bid, being run by traditional companies, rubbed their hands in glee at the thought of another lucrative cost-plus government contract.

Peers question experts over UK police use of AI, facial recognition tech

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“It’s not like human intelligence,” he said. He then went further, adding that the technology is “brittle” and can fail in unexpected ways

Just ask anyone behind the wheel of a supposedly self-driving car.

All hands on Steam Deck: Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?

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Nintendo Clone?

Looks like they trying to break into Nintendo's hand-held market.

BT to phase out 3G in UK by 2023 for EE, Plusnet, BT Mobile subscribers

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Re: Rural coverage is still very poor

It's not just rural coverage that's a problem. Walk away from windows in some buildings and wave goodbye to a signal.

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The problem with turning off 2G & 3G isn't the consumer phones but all the industrial/bespoke kit that's out there.

Microsoft extends security updates for Windows and SQL Server 2012 and 2008

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makes Azure the cheapest place to run Windows Server and SQL Server in the cloud

We have a small SQL Server app and were looking to move it to Azure. Until we saw the cost. Either we've misunderstood Azure's pricing calculator or anyone who runs SQL Server in Azure has more money then sense. I think the standard on-prem license broke even in under a year compared to Azure. I thought the cloud was supposed to be cheaper?!?

Hubble, Hubble, toil and trouble: NASA pores over moth-eaten manuals ahead of switch to backup hardware

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I met an instructor who said they liked students who made lots of mistakes as the students learned a heck of a lot more from undoing the mistakes than those that got things right all the time.

It sounds corny, by mistakes are great learning experiences. Just don't make them a habit ;)

Twitter U-turns after conferring society's highest honor – a blue check mark – on very obvious bot accounts

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World Bollard Association

And Twitter still won't give the Word Bollard Association a blue tick. A real account posting real content.

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip

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Even Elon gave a congratulatory tweet.

US offers Julian Assange time in Australian prison instead of American supermax if he loses London extradition fight

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I don't care where he goes to prison (if found guilty of any crime) he just needs to be tried in court for the rape allegation.

NASA readies commands to switch on Hubble's back-up hardware

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I think someone's sarcasm detector has failed this morning.

Chinese chip designers hope to topple Arm's Cortex-A76 with XiangShan RISC-V design

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Re: Synthesize your own

But is a FPGA synthesized core as fast or as energy efficient as a physical CPU?

Taikonauts complete seven-hour spacewalk, the first for China since 2008

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Re: Humankind

We're just caretakers of this planet - and we're doing a really s**t job.

Sing a song of Office, a pocketful of why: ARM64 version running in a Pi

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Re: You Guys Should be Songwriters

You're clearly new around here. The "Super Cali..." sub-head pun has been ongoing for several years. My search engine foo reveals this as an example from 2017. If your search engine skills are better than mine (Not hard) I'm sure you can catch 'em all.

Battery recycling boosted by dentist-style ultrasonics, if manufacturers can cooperate

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I'm disappointed that they didn't invent a sonic screwdriver to dismantle the batteries.

Coat 'cause that's where I keep my screwdriver.

‘Fasten your seat belts, raise your tray table, and disconnect your Bluetooth headsets from the entertainment unit’

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F**k bluetooth for the in-flight entertainment. In fact, f**k in-flight entertainment: Just give me a few more inches leg room.

Intel sticks another nail in the coffin of TSX with feature-disabling microcode update

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Re: Would prefer the user to decide

I think it's more than just performance. It's that it breaks other things. ("memory ordering issue")

Hubble telescope in another tight spot: Between astrophysicists sparring over a 'dark matter deficient' galaxy

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Re: Dark matter believers

But not as much as getting hold of the fuck that stole the spectrometer.

The sad thing is that the thief probably didn't know what they had stolen and when they realized it wasn't a shiny smartphone they probably just threw it in the bin.

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Remember kids, that scientsts rarely agree 100% on something. And this is a good thing. This is what helps science move forwards: People questioning things.

AWS offers you the opportunity to pay cloud bills before they’ve been issued

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Re: Public Sector Budgets

The theory* is that you asked for too much money this year so you'll need less next year.

* That's Bean Counter logic, BTW, not mine.

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Re: Public Sector Budgets

Round our way the flowerbeds in the roundabouts get replanted.

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Public Sector Budgets

In the UK Public Sector, if you don't spend all your budget by the end of the financial year it all gets taken back to the central Borg bank account. So departments like paying in advance for things (especially in March ) as you get to "keep" the money.

USA bars imports of Chinese polysilicon due to human rights violations

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Like ban imports from countries whose police kill innocent protestors or whose politicians want certain ethnic groups of people thrown out of the country - despite the government actually encouraging those people to settle in the first place?

Treaty of Roam finally in ashes: O2 cracks, joins rivals, adds data roaming charges for heavy users in EU

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Re: Colour me surprised

data plan costs did not increase when the EU banned roaming charges

On our corporate contract, whilst EU roaming charges dropped to zero, non-EU roaming charges sky-rocketted. Gotta fund those executive bonuses from somewhere....

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Colour me surprised

Is any actually surprised by this? Roaming charges were a massive cash-cow for the mobile operators until the pesky EU stuck their oars in and cut it off.

Algorithm used to predict sepsis in hundreds of US hospitals isn’t as good as maker claims — study

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If only we knew how to get it out clinicians might not need AI / startups and lots of money

There's your problem. From a Bean Counter's view, Clinicians are terrible. They have to be paid to work, have to have paid time off, sometimes get ill themselves, cost a fortune to train, occasionally get things wrong and in parts of the world with employee rights are difficult to get rid of. AI is a simple fee, which is predicable, easy to fire (i.e. turn off) if you don't like it and people blindly believe because "It's computers"

It's 2021 and a printf format string in a wireless network's name can break iPhone Wi-Fi

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I'm sure Bobby Tables has attempted to sign up multiple times over the years

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Repeat after me:

Never trust user input.

Japan assembles superteam of aircraft component manufacturers to build supersonic passenger plane

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Re: Engines?

The engines have to run hot with reheat to do their job.

Not for crusing they don't.

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The other problem with the Concorde was terrible fuel efficiency

To be fair, Concorde's fuel efficiency was way better than what some other aircraft could do at that kind of speed.

Concorde really was a technological marvel of its time.

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language

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Re: Bad names

Just call it "MathProver" or something descriptive

Because English isn't the only language used on this planet and the authors of the project are French speakers where coq doesn't have the connotations the word has in the English language.

Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'

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Partial Failures

Partial failures are the hardest to spot and defend against. So many times I see high-availability systems die because they failed in an obscure and non-obvious way.

And as we make our systems more complex & interconnected (ironically to try and make them more resilient!) they become more susceptible to catastrophic outages caused by partial failures.

Student Loans Company splashes out on 20,000 cybersecurity training courses – for just 3,300 employees

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Re: "Mastering GDPR, Governance Security, and Compliance in Office 365" at £3,260 per head

I don't know about this particular course, but we've had some of the Office 365 courses run by Microsoft engineers (not trainers) and go into way more depth about the topic than is available in the standard docs. Those courses were not cheap but the staff who attended them rated them as some of the best they've every attended as the engineers knew their stuff and didn't blindly follow a PPT.

Version 8 of open-source code editor Notepad++ brings Dark Mode and an ARM64 build, but bans Bing from web searches

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Re: Notepad++ is genius

I view Notepad as a true text editor and not some bloated behemoth.

Seagate finds sets of two heads are cheaper than one in its new and very fast MACH.2 dual-actuator hard disks

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Need some chips? The Raspberry Pi Pico's RP2040 is heading to a channel near you

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Re: Expensive part

I looked up the price of my old faithful Z80 CPU. The Z180 (8-bit, 8MHz is £6.38)

It's a very weird world out there.

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Expensive part

$1 is expensive? For a 32-bit CPU? What a weird world we live in.

Ganja believe it? Police make hash of suspected weed farm raid, pot Bitcoin mine instead

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Re: I can never understand...

If you don't know when they're likely to be around, you could waste a few days waiting for someone to arrive.

AWS Free Tier, where's your spending limit? 'I thought I deleted everything but I have been charged $200'

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Re: Free tears

The other side to this coin are the companies that let you sign up easily online but make you call a premium rate number to cancel the service.

NASA to return to the Moon by 2024. One problem with that, says watchdog: All of it

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Re: Get real.

Whilst money is a big issue, the biggest problem for Artemis is Shelby and all the other politicians sticking their oar in.

If Shelby, et al. weren't interfering I suspect NASA would be a lot further forward.

Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID

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There's going to be some interesting mud-slinging going on over the UK's handling of COVID.

Unfortunately I doubt anything useful will happen as a result.

We’ve found them! Govt reinstates records previously missing from the Police National Computer

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Re: Well, the data was recovered

Unless your back up solution is written to understand your database application, restoring individual records in a database is usually not a trivial exercise. It's not like you're picking a couple of files from a filesystem backup. You're going to have all sorts of referential integrity pointers that you're going to have to re-setup as you re-insert the data back into the system.

In short: Databases can be big & complex beasts. You only truly value your local DBA once you f**k up and they pull you out of the hole you've dug yourself.

Cloudflare stops offering to block LGBTQ webpages

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The problem is caused by Cloudflare providing service internationally. Differing countries have different social norms & legal requirements.

e.g. In China, Tiananmen Square is a restricted topic. In the rest of the world it's not.

Cisco: A price rise is coming to a town near you imminently. Blame chip shortages

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Re: Profiteering at it's best!

Cisco are mainly a software company.

Facebook Giphy merger stays on ice after failed challenge to UK competition regulator

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Love it when the courts give a kicking to the multinationals who think they are above the law.

Colonial Pipeline was looking to hire cybersecurity manager before ransomware attack shut down operations

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I'd have thought that getting budget and approval for cybersecurity will be quite easy for the new manager.

Google Docs users, you are on notice: Code rewrite may break browser extensions

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Re: What would be nice

If you bothered to read the article you'll notice that is one of the reasons they're switching to canvas rendering.

Copper load of this: Openreach outlines 77 new locations where it'll stop selling legacy phone and broadband products

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I haven't had a phone plugged into my landline for around a decade. Not missed it.

GitLab's 10-day certification freebie offer lasted only two because, surprise surprise, people really like freebies

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Anyone got a Hoover...?

The quest for faster Python: Pyston returns to open source, Facebook releases Cinder, or should devs just use PyPy?

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Re: You don't always need speed

Premature optimization is the root of all evil.


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