* Posts by teknopaul

771 posts • joined 11 Mar 2011


Sorry to drone on and on but have you heard of Ingenuity? NASA's camera-copter is ready to head off to Mars

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Re: Why

While this is true, nasa missed an opportunity to design the solarsystem's most bling helipad.

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More than 2 cars. There have been 6 Mars rover attempts, 4 successful, and 4 lunar rovers.

Just sitting there with they keys left in them, waiting for the next naut with a jerry can of nuclear fuel.

Here's a headline we'll run this century, mark our words: Alien invaders' AI found on Mars searching for signs of life

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They thought of that. There are a few comms Sat's around Mars already, I think 4. I remember reading here about them hiding behind Mars from solar flares.

Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Comcast to handle DNS-over-HTTPS for Firefox-using subscribers

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Re: Comcast will just handle it anyway

So at best, a no-op, and at worst, a false sense of security.

also breaking dns, e.g. dns load balancing or perd hacks, local blacklists etc.

dns/https is a powergrab, as soon as mozilla made it acceptable Google do it. so most of the world just get another wall around their Internet and a single point of contact for your local cops.

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash

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Re: Extra flavourings

I heard this too, however now that we know at sea level airline food tastes bland we know that was being used as an excuse for shite cheap catering.

Now I come to think of it, I also rember bacon sandwhiches at 40,000 ft tasting like bacon sandwhiches.

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: Fizzog

Those who are treated as criminals, have nothing to loose by being one.

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Re: Body language

"Stop and search" is a term invented to downplay unwaranted arrests.

ar•rest ə-rĕst′►

intransitive verb

To stop; check.

Google isn't even trying to not be creepy: 'Continuous Match Mode' in Assistant will listen to everything until it's disabled

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Re: Oh mighty one...

Even Goolge needs a name you can google.

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Re: Catching up, maybe???

Latent Microsoft hate: left over from when they had they had the worlds worst agressive and outright illegal business practices.

Relax, its Microsofthate not Googlelove.

Its sparks and smoke from something M$ extinguished. We are many that know that Wordstar was the superior product and the ubiquity of Markdown is the living proof of this fact.

We shall never forget. We shall never forgive.

Xiaomi's Poco F2 Pro flagship lands in the UK with considerably gentler price tag

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Ex-director cops community service after 5,000-file deletion spree on company Dropbox

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Re: Backups? We've heard of them...

Arguably Dropbox is a backup.

On an IT forum one would expect a lot of "wouldn't happen to me"responses, I think its a bit harsh to point the finger at the victim.

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Re: So... the headline should be

Company learned nothing. It went bust.

A memo from the distant future... June 2022: The boss decides working from home isn't the new normal after all

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Re: New Normal?

I've been on some excelent ones. In Finland they start with a shot of something toxic as you get on the bus. Games, relax, chat, booze and an opportunity to get naked.

Across the company the rule is get together, apply food and booze.

A team that has broken bread is significantly more productive. IMHO

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Re: New Normal?

"Perhaps leadership courses for manglers would be money better spent?"

No. No. No. Defo spend the money on booze for the troops.

ServiceNow slammed for 'tone deaf' letter telling customers contracts can't be tweaked as COVID-19 batters businesses

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Re: We use Service Now where I work...

"Nasty stupid" sums up British Politics and Goverment that results.

What does London's number 65 bus have to hide? OS caught on camera setting fire to '22,000 illegal file(s)!!'

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Re: 65 bus route

What is it with English people and pride about transportation knowledge? For Taxi drivers, The Knowledge, as if any other knowledge is incidental.

If you enyoy the journey it matters little how long it takes. Perhaps there in lies the problem?

Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

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Re: If China has nothing to hide...

You dont have to choose a side.

Not going to war was an option.

Ending it still is.

Meet the dog that's all byte and no bark: Boston Dynamics touts robo-pooch Spot with $75k-a-pop price tag

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Re: It's incredible. It's amazing. Engineering to die for.

I dont understand the no head thing.

Seems a very clever toy but lacking 3D printed head, 2 scarily powerful red leds, a couple more stepper motors, some gaffer tape and a raspberry pi to make it whole.

I'd call it a prototype.

Looking for a home off-world? Take your pick: Astroboffins estimate there are nearly 6bn Earth-likes in the Milky Way

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Re: "Getting to them is, however, quite another kettle of fish"

No rules says you cant live on a planet if you have to wear a suit outside.

I personally am ill equiped for a sunny day or a winter's night on this planet without some protection against the natural environment.

I suspect we will make the moon and mars habitable in some ways, as we make this planet unbearable without protection outside.

If you're despairing at staff sharing admin passwords, look on the bright side. That's CIA-grade security

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Re: Numpties, the lot of 'em.

Any one want to join my setting up the CyberSpace Force. I suspect we can secure a decent budget for playing war games and flight simulations in cyber space.

As Uncle Sam flies spy drones over protest-packed cities, Homeland Security asks the public if that's a good idea

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Re: I submitted my comment

Honestly mate, how long have you been living in a world of targeted subliminal marketing.

They dont want your answers: they want you to read the questions.

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Re: "lol they're just using them for surveillance"

Word. I'd prefer to pulled out of the water by a well funded RNLA than a well funded death squad.

The use of drones in emergencies and use of military surveilance at protests are two unrelated questions despite the fact that the ministry of truth would have us think otherwise.

When military kit is the best for civvy use, you paint it orange.

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arms and no brain

First responder organizations have used UAS to search for lost children, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, and many other use cases which justify the name Predator such as shooting "hellfire" missiles at people from the comfort of a bunker.

Its crazy that armed people dont understand that their presence is a threat.

Remember that backdoor in Juniper gear? Congress sure does – even if networking biz wishes it would all go away

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Re: Peace and Quiet

A representative republic is (meant to be) a representative democracy.

Still a democracy.

What you actually have in the states is rather less democratic than a representative republic ought to be, not because its a republic, but because the democracy has been corrupted, by Republicans arguing with Democrats.

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Re: Backdoors

A backdoor is deliberatly made. Not a flaw.

Nowt to do with direction.

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets

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Re: Sour grapes

The Russians are big supporters of the US democratic system.

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Re: Roomy

Very trek, but is it an improvment? Tesla driver's attempts to replace the steering wheel with a touchscreen have not always been successful.

Huawei's latest smartphone for the UK market costs £1,299. And yes, that's without Google apps

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Re: Nearly spat my tea out

I'm not interested in any Huawei phone news until Reg's pun-o-matic headline generator is let loose on the Huawei Five-O.

MongoDB 4.4 aims to be a dev crowd-pleaser, but analysts say it's still short of 'general-purpose' database territory

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Re: Clueless analysts

Schemaless can reduce the complexity. new_att might be null, but if you add it to an existing relational db it will be nullable too.

We have a nightmare changing the schema every golive. It takes downtime.

I agree with your tx data statement, I find many systems have a couple of core requirements where the money is that need to be acid tx and almost all the rest is locked into a complex multi-table schema because of that.

"As the number and type of databases and data sources incorporated into modern applications has exploded over the last decade,"

I wish. We have one big iron/host and a fat db2 for everything we do.

However even at 4.4 mongodb has gaps in reliability and write locking that make it hard to justify even for less important data. Maybe in 5.0?

Big Tech trade association warns Uncle Sam against knee-jerk national security measures that harm industry

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Unintended 'negative consequences' = your not intelligent enough to see the economic and social damge caused by your ranting.

'National Security' = 'Otherwise Unjustifiable'

Franco-German cloud framework floated to protect European's data from foreign tech firms slurpage

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Re: Free Trade

I'm with AC. Everyone benefits.

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Re: How will they build it?

No need for hardware to be independent. The data is the concern. If Microsoft hold your data even physically in the UK, the NSA can get access to it thru the US courts.

Could be cheaper than the US by using huawei kit, lol.

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Re: OVH?

Indicative of the problem, there is no good eu cloud provider.

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Re: Megalomaniacal Europeans try to rule the World: GAIA means Earth (mother)

Not sure how OPs mind linked Gaia with megalomania, when I hear Gaia I think intelligent mum. Or perhaps drippy hippy.

Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'

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Re: Ubuntu Update Snap nightmare...

By design, snap apps have no access to /etc.

They live in their own little world, but instead of a normal chroot, they are splatted all over the standard Linux filesystem layout. With other bits mounted hither and thither.

Its a mess, and subject to change with each release.

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Re: @Steve Graham - Nothing wrong.

Canonical have a revenue stream.

Trouble with lock-in is you can lock yourself in. Microsoft locked people to Windows Server and then found out it is a poor approach for containers: ended up selling Linux on Azure and lost a lot of customers to Aws while they got up to speed.

Canonical would do well to make sure they dont complicate things for whatever the next big Linux shift is. I suspect zerocopy is going to be big, it can significantly improve performance provided you stay in one kernel. If someone can find a way to zerocopy data across containers, in theory you could have data pass through a firewall, nginx, your app tier, into the database and onto the filesystem, without copying it once instead of copying it 8 times.

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If upstream code presumes things will work that dont in snap (e.g. accesses /tmp or /etc) the snap maintainer has to rewrite that code and maintain a fork. Pointless work.

Packaging for .deb is a no-brainer.

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Re: I'll go with the OS that is more polished and trouble free.

Many things are impossible in Windows because you dont have the source. Code and drivers must be signed by Microsoft. To run you own code on your own PC.

Getting root on many Apple OSes is forbidden.

Same for AIX, and other comercial Unix.

With Linux, given time, all is possible.

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The cost of snap is too high.

Its Linux ffs. We want it lean, mean, open, stable, file based, and bash friendly. We want our tools to work together, and above all, we want choice.

Snap is none of that.

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Re: Snapless

Its not too complicated but it is an annoyance.

I want /etc/hosts, /etc/resolv.conf, /etc/nsswitch.conf, /etc/rc.local and all the standard stuff to work. The heavy lifting is done in the kernel. All they need to do is leave it alone.

Its getting harder to make Ubuntu behave like Linux.

Changing distro for me entails a lot of hacking bash. Installing Ubuntu, then uninstalling netplan, systemd, lxd and snapd seemed easier, but my next build is not going to be Ubuntu.

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Re: re: It's DLL hell all over again

So does a folder full of libs, if needs be, a chroot, no need for snap nonsense.

I'm happy to see everyone is agreed that snap is awful. Ubuntu are forcing something, Linux people like simple, and we like choice.

Rarely see 100% upvotes in el reg, someone should send this comment stream to Ubuntu in the hope they back off.

I dont mind that snap exists but forcing people to use it, shows how bad it is.

You can't get a non snap app in Ubuntu app store. You have to sell you soul and say goodbye to everyday stuff like /etc access. I tried. Once. Never again.

The idea that its hard to maintain snap and .deb for chromium is a straight up lie. Snap packaging is hard, (they keep changing the rules) packaging .debs is trivial. Speaking from experiece packaging chromium.

As Twitter blocks white supremacists posing as anti-fascists, FBI appeal is flooded with images of cop violence

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Re: naughtiness on all sides

"But at no point in any of this have I needed to mention the colour of anybody's skin. "

Being colour blind is generally noble, but it didn't slip anyone else's attention that the knee was white, and the neck was black.

You need to be careful.

Until everyone is happily colourblind, you still need to highlight action that appears racist: in the US in 2020, it may not be, but it probably is.

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Re: Que?

I still cant believe Trump came out and said "I'm with the fascists".

Obviously, he has made up the involvment of the antifascists in this, and is name calling, but...

However racist the white majority are, they might not rally behind the term Fascist.

@the_real_antifa should re-brand as the antinazi-league: see if Trump is dumb enough to come out as pro-nazi.

Staff in a huff, personal call with Trump, picking fights with Twitter, upsetting civil-rights groups – a week in the life of Facebook's Zuckerberg

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Re: I still, to this day

I'm with AC on this one.

I have always found it suspicious how badly targeted Facebook ads are. The politics is well targeted.

As anti-brutality protests fill streets of American cities, netizens cram police app with K-Pop, airwaves with NWA

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Re: "Yes, Anon activists are back."

I'm not saying greed does not exist. Or that taking something that is not yours is not theft. I'm saying the motivation for the riot that precedes looting is anger. Not greed, or some Christian notion of evil.

I'm not justifying it, I'm explaining it.

If you insult someone, and they punch you in face, its wrong to justify your insult with the punch. Its stupid to insult them again.

A riot is that on a macro scale.

When OP says "I think rent-a-mob doesn't care about the black life" if you defend that

a) you are clearly incorrect

b) you need to ask yourself why you think this

Why is it important that to find that video? What does it prove? To whom?

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Re: "Yes, Anon activists are back."

IMHO Looting is about momentarily taking back control.

Its not so much, I want to have that iphone, as I want the feeling of empowerment that comes with _taking_ that iphone.

It is far from a rational decision.

A politician that blames the individual, does not know his trade. (Or is is lying)

Greed can be the motivation for a crime.

In a riot the motivation is wrath.

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Re: "Yes, Anon activists are back."

Video everywhere is going to change the game even without the video being leaked by anon ops.

White guy blatantly walking into a protest pointing an assault rifle at people and open carrying a pistol and its just not possible to pull "we have no proof" line with current technology.

Its not whats seen thats important now, its what ignored.

Everyone knows, that everything is known. All miscarriages of justice are known to be corruption. There is no room left for plausable deniability.

Cummings didn't bother to produce a convincing lie.

This transition from hiding corruption, to blatantly ignoring it, is likely to make people mad.

AppGet 'really helped us,' Microsoft says, but offers no apology to dev for killing open-source package manager

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Re: Mandatory...

You are a Muppet if you put your apps in Microsoft controlled "package manager".

This is an AppStore play. They want to take 30% of your apps profits like Apple do.

Otherwise they would not have needed to, ahem, "write their own" .

If a PM doesn't support mirrors in version 0.1, its a scam.

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There is a lot of money in running the official package manager, if you throw your morals out the window, or didn't have any to begin with.

Another attempt at a Big Brand Killer: Oppo daddy BBK hits global smartphone market with Vivo X50 series

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Re: Trumpesque product.

Where's the IT angle?



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