* Posts by Terje

282 posts • joined 14 Mar 2011

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Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

Terje
Devil

Re: Yesterday

Graduate from the BOFH school of IT i see! :)

Apple drops a bomb on long-life HTTPS certificates: Safari to snub new security certs valid for more than 13 months

Terje

Re: Super slowmo

Last time I checked certificates can be revoked and as such should throw a warning if they are known to be compromised. And the required time for a CA to revoke a compromised certificate is waaaay shorter then one year. To me this smells like yet another poorly thought out idea that apple will try to force down everyones throat.

Good news: Neural network says 11 asteroids thought to be harmless may hit Earth. Bad news: They are not due to arrive for hundreds of years

Terje

Re: A Neural Network ?

Given the ephemeris of the asteroid and the known /estimated errors it's not that hard of a problem to just press fast forward on the simulation and see if you get a cross section with earth. I trust that method a whole lot more then I trust a random neural network.

You'll never select all and mark as read again after this tale of peril... Oh, who are we kidding? Of course you will

Terje
Headmaster

Re: User problem: needed to be escalated.

Bad puns, I beg to disagree, they are at least average puns!

Astroboffins may have raged at Elon's emissions staining the sky, but all those satellites will be more boon than bother

Terje

Re: Missing the point

I would say that if you can't more or less constantly spot a satellite you are not making an effort as there are usually quite a few non geostationary ones i.e. moving ones in the sky at the same time.

Terje

Re: "I can't see the satellites, therefore they're not a problem"

Careful with the malt as alcohol even in low amounts negatively impact dark vision!

BOFH: Darn Windows 7. It's totally why we need a £1k graphics card for a business computer

Terje

Re: Keyboards

I tend to hang on to my mice as long as I can as well they are like a well worn set of trousers, best just before they fall apart, luckily I I have managed to keep my current one going for a good while now, had to replace the microswitches in it (ok, only the lmb switch was bad but might as well replace both when you have it apart) and have another set of fitting switches and replacement glide surfaces on standby when / if they decide to give up the ghost again.

Terje

Re: Keyboards

Mouse button microswitches always get crap, no matter who make the mouse, fortunately they are usually quite easy to replace with new ones.

Android owners – you'll want to get these latest security patches, especially for this nasty Bluetooth hijack flaw

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My Pixel 4 is on 1st January 2020 as well, so feels like they haven't pushed anything since then.

Cache flow problems continue for Intel: Yet more data-leaking processor design blunders discovered, patches due soon

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For most users this is a non issue, unless you are datacenter hosting different customers it may be an issue, but for mostly anyone else it's not. If a mitigation for these (to me) non issues cost performance I'm not interested.

Verity Stob is 'Disgusted of HG Wells': Time, gentlemen, please

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I would love to see this made into a miniseries!

It promises to combine the best of Douglas Adams with a dose of Neil Gaiman and a generous pinch of Monty python!

Remember the Clipper chip? NSA's botched backdoor-for-Feds from 1993 still influences today's encryption debates

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Politicians have forgotten that it's not there job to give police etc anything they want but to tell them they can't have it and have to make do with what they have. No police force (or similar) in history have ever thought they have had enough rights and always complain that they need to be allowed to do X or that no one should be allowed to do Y because it makes it harder for them. if they are allowed anything they want we would end up with random people dragged off the street and tortured just because they maybe knows of some wrongdoing somewhere far sooner then anyone can imagine. The job of politicians is to tell them that they can't have everything they want and make sure they do get a painful smack if they step out of line.

Finally, a technology angle on the coronavirus outbreak: Semiconductor biz stocks slip amid China supply chain fears

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Those will be no good, what you need is a copy of pc-cilin

Chrome suddenly using Bing after installing Office 365 Pro Plus... Yeah, that might have been us, mumbles Microsoft

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There's a basic issue here that I fail to grasp.

If I open a browser and search for something I want the response from the search engine of choice be it bing, google, duckduckgo or something entirely different!

If I seach local files or a fileshare files I don't want to be told that amazon sells some tat for $X mixed in.

Why would anyone want things mixed up, sure there's a case for mixing local and fileshare but apart from that if you have no fing clue what you want you should probably not have access to it...

Ancient Ore Crusher or KillBot 2000? NASA gets ready to pick a name for its Mars 2020 Rover

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Opportunity is just refusing to answer!

https://xkcd.com/1504/

Make sure not to land it in the opposite side of the planet, maybe some upgrades to automatically run away from other rovers may be prudent as well!

South American nations open fire on ICANN for 'illegal and unjust' sale of .amazon to zillionaire Jeff Bezos

Terje

Re: All of this would have never happened ...

I don't know of a single new tld that have a reason to exist, there's probably a few hiding somewhere, but where are the good new tlds? Hmm, maybe I should try to get .boffin?

Autonomous Logistics Information System gets shoved off the F-35 gravy train in favour of ODIN

Terje

Re: Hum

I always fall into the same pit of not being jaded enough. When seen from this perspective it's obvious!

1. Put intern on cobbling together basic functionality time taken 2 weeks, cost ~$0

2. Let jaded developer make sure the software is no longer fir for purpose time taken between 200 and infinity weeks, cost giga$.

3. goto 1

Terje

It's amazing just how they manage to beep up these kind of systems, at the core it's really not complicated at all. Keep track of flight hours, part durability and flag up what needs to be done. This base functionality could be cobbled together by mostly anyone in a few days, of course it would not be a fit for release, and adding on preemptive parts ordering could add a few more days, but the basics are really simple, how they manage to bloat it to such a degree it entirely fails is beyond me.

The Curse of macOS Catalina strikes again as AccountEdge stays 32-bit

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It has nothing to do with Apple (a company that I personally would like to see bankrupt and left for the crows to pick on unfortunately this is not very likely in the foreseeable future.) screaming about support for 32 bit being removed for however long making them somehow not responsible.

They are fully responsible for most issues caused by this as there's no "good" reason they couldn't have kept the 32 bit API as Microsoft have, they didn't want to keep 32 bit support because some beancounter decided that it's not cost efficient and thus forcing people to either stay on an old os version or in the best case scenario buy new versions of software if it's even available if they have legacy software they need.

If you think it realistic that all or even most legacy code can be changed without massive investments of time even if the codebase itself is fairly well maintained you are deluding yourself. making fundamental changes like this requires massive amounts of work rewriting what is likely to be core functionality and in turn requiring changes in other parts of the system and so on. Once you have a barely working system comes the fun part of near infinite iterations of testing and fixing just to get back to an apparently working system.

In the case of some critical software it will simply be better sense to just drop it like in this case as the amount of trouble you may get in from a bug you didn't find combines with the years of work needed far outweighs any future sales you may have.

To me this is nothing but another sign to stay away from apples overpriced garbage.

Now let the down votes rain...

Sometimes shining a light on a nuclear problem just makes things worse

Terje

Re: Radiotelescopes also have tricky-to-find issues

There's also the case where a telescope doing VLBI would get out of position for no apparent reason, turned out to be a heater on one side of the "pillar" supporting the dish causing uneven heating and a slight bend moving the telescope a minute distance but enough to throw the VLBI off.

Windows 7 and Server 2008 end of support: What will change on 14 January?

Terje

Re: "Although it is not unreasonable...

Windows 10 run fine and do what I need it to, sure you have to black hole the telemetry if you don't want it, but aside from the schizophrenic control panel I find it significantly better then 7 (though I still feel that a bit of 3d would not harm anyone...).

You can't keep supporting for eternity, you have to drop the support at some time otherwise we would still have people clinging to windows 3.11

Cheque out my mad metal frisbee skillz... oops. Lights out!

Terje

Re: Oops

I would say that they are not really dangerous unless you have absolutely no idea what you are doing (something I believe the overwhelming majority of people frequenting these hallowed boards have). The only damage done on this occasion was the need to reset the breaker and throw away the old probes as the pointy bit's were strangely enough not designed to carry well in excess of 100A. Now I always check that no one has left the meter set for current measurement before I use it and always set it back to voltage after measuring current.

Terje

Re: Oops

I only vaporized the multimeter probes when I did the same when the leads were set for current instead of voltage. The loudness of the bang always shock you as well.

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

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Rocket science is mostly easy though, it's when you get to actual rocket engineering that it gets real hard real fast! And if you are a scientist working on rocket propellants I definitely admire them for the lack of self preservation needed to work in that field.

Wham, bam, thank you scram button: Now we have to go all MacGyver on the server room

Terje

Re: Dont have your machine room at the top of a building

80% hydrogen peroxide (the oxidizer used in the Me163) is a LOT safer and easier to handle compared to ClF3 and there is no way to extinguish it if it starts to burn, and then we have not even started on the lovely combustion products you are likely to get.

Microsoft emits long-term support .NET Core 3.1, Visual Studio 16.4

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Now if they would only finish some fundamental controls it would be nice (Yes I'm looking at you DataGridView...

As pressure builds over .org sell-off, internet governance bodies fall back into familiar pattern: Silence

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In my opinion both ICANN and ISOC have shown for quite some time now that they need a firm and proper smack in the head as they have clearly lost all connection they ever had to "reality". As they in my eyes have lost all forms of trust they should be dissolved and the responsibilities given over to a new international organization with proper oversight and accountability.

Internet world despairs as non-profit .org sold for $$$$ to private equity firm, price caps axed

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Re: Alternate Internet

Can I have cute pictures of sloths as well? I need those to stay sane during the work week!

Terje

Re: Fork, anyone?

I'm currently leaning towards the USA being a mix of oligarchy with kleptocracy by proxy :)

A bridge over troubled water: Intel teases Ponte Vecchio, the GPU brains in US govt's 1-exaFLOPS Aurora supercomputer

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Re: We'll burn that bridge when we come to it

What makes it more likely now compared to the last couple of years to my mind, is that it aligns with a process shift as well, so they still have to do the redesign of existing parts for a the new smaller process. This should make the extra work/risk of shifting to another manufacturer as small as possible.

Terje

Re: We'll burn that bridge when we come to it

Nvidia is supposedly moving manufacture of Ampere to Samsung from TSMC, from what I read capacity constraints of TSMC would likely be a significant factor in that.

HP to Xerox: Nope, your $33.5bn bid falls short of our valuation

Terje

Re: "not in the best interests of shareholders"

The issue is that the best interest of shareholders seems to be evaluated over a ever shortening future times span, and not over the longer time span that would be the responsible thing to do for both the company and shareholders. It's a simple fact that the two questions "How do we give the shareholders the most money NOW" is very rarely compatible with "How do we give the shareholders the most money over the next ten years"

What a boar! Wild pigs snort and snuffle €20k worth of marching powder stashed in Tuscan forest

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Re: "Coldiretti – Italy's largest farmers' association – led protests in Rome"

Wild boars are a problem more or less everywhere, they increase in population fast, they can cause a lot of damage to fields or lawns. To top it off they can also be quite dangerous. Since we have been very efficient at killing off all natural predators there is nothing but human hunting and food limiting the population.

Section 230 supporters turn on it, its critics rely on it. Up is down, black is white in the crazy world of US law

Terje

Re: "This will also lead to an angry mob trying to lynch you"

No they should not be above the law, the law should CHANGE to be appropriate as the current system is broken one way or the other, you just have to be careful not to make the reworked laws either to weak so they mean nothing to draconian so they remove everything or to wide/ narrow. Is this easy to do? Absolutely not. We also have to think about the fact that this is US law that have some inherently broken (from my point of view) views on what is suitable for children and basically rather skewed morality. A movie with quite graphic violence is fine for children but if there's so much as a hint of a nipple you can't show it to anyone under 18. It's ok to have guns lying around the house (I know this is not the way it's supposed to be in most places but this is all a hyperbole) but seeing your mother naked is sure to make you scared for life...

Terje

Re: The law of Unintended Consequences applies....

I think you are aiming a bit high in this instance. Let me use Youtube as my example here.

If you give Google/Youtube full responsibility for everything published on Youtube, it will be shut down before the ink would have time to dry as you correctly stated. This will also lead to an angry mob trying to lynch you probably including me as I no longer really watch ordinary television, but I do watch a large amount of Youtube videos as the channels I watch cater to my specific interests which no other media really do. While I would not cry for Google there are no alternatives as anything remotely like it would suffer the same fate. The exact same thing would happen to every social network (I use none so I don't care, but I think that horde would be even bigger and probably even have some torches and pitchforks in it!

The fact is that every single platform for non instant communication would be gone.

The reasonable thing to do is to require the platforms to make a resonable effort to police the content provided on it and force them to act on obviously illegal content brought to their attention. If they sling ads that would not be ok in another media then it should not be allowed for them.

Teachers: Make your pupils' parents buy them an iPad to use at school. Oh and did you pack sunglasses for the Apple-funded jolly?

Terje

One thing that makes a calculator different from phones / computers is that you can let students have them on tests without as much of a risk of cheating.

Personally I still use my trusty old HP48gx solid enough to substitute for a brick for self defense use.

To avoid that Titanic feeling, boffins create an unsinkable hydrophobic metal with laser power

Terje

Re: Hmmm...

It may be interesting for small boats though if it prevents water from leaking in through small holes or cracks

California’s Attorney General joins the long list of people who have had it with Facebook

Terje
Happy

I think that picture should be close enough.

Thinking of it, maybe the whole Facebook issue can just be sorted out with a priest and vigorous application of holy water?

IBM stands for I Block Money, says sales rep: Big Blue sued yet again by its own staff over 'missing' commissions

Terje

Re: IBM ....

Insincere Business Model

Boffins hand in their homework on Voyager 2's first readings from beyond Solar System

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Re: Obligatory PTerry reference

I bow to your knowledge on the subject, just one question. What part was the dog and what part was the bear, or was it a centaur case where you basically stack a bear or dog on top of the other?

Terje

Re: Obligatory PTerry reference

Bears are just like dogs, they secretly love fireworks! The howling, whimpering and mauling (in the bear case) is just there to make sure we don't catch on!

I'm sure all big firework displays are just there to attract bears into the cities to increase the wildlife diversity in parks!

Terje

Obligatory PTerry reference

"And the probability of them running into anything is almost zero"

It wouldn't happen to be a million to one chance? If so I'm getting a bear for the fireworks!

BOFH: Judge us not by the size of our database, but the size of our augmented reality

Terje
Terminator

I forsee the nice gardening robot chopping off some of the corporate deadwood!

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?

Terje

Re: PEBBAP

I hope that you took notes from this lesson and make sure to water/coffee/tea proofe any relevant electronics to avoid such a misfortune in the future!

Terje

Re: It was something we used to do in the 80s

Ahh Hydrogen suflide and the lovely smell of relative safety, if you can smell it and your eyes are not running you are probably mostly fine. If you can no longer smell it it's bad.

Discworld fans stake claim to element 117

Terje

Re: A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob On The End

Shouldn't we just go for a trawl in L-space to see if we can figure out what the next couple of elements will be called, that way we don't have to worry about the suspence!

Got too say I'm all for Oook.

Don't fall for the hype around OpenAI's Rubik's Cube playing robot, Berkeley bans facial recognition, and more

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The folly of multitasking?

I feel that we see the inefficiency of trying to teach one neural net to do two very different things simultaneously, i.e. solve the rubiks cube, and manipulate the hand/cube system. My guess is that if you used two different networks and limited them to one of the problems each, trained them and then fed the ouput from the solver i.e. do this move to the manipulator it would have been far superior at both tasks with far less time expended.

I'm assuming the real goal of this is not to make a rubiks cube solving robot but to investigate how to solve a much more complex multidimensional problem in this case solve the cube AND manipulate the arm and how to make it more efficient at those kinds of tasks.

Don't look too closely at what is seeping out of the big Dutch pipe

Terje

Re: Student exchange!

Rel media player, that magically managed to be a Master master volume control of the PC... lower the volume and everything got quiet, even though the master volume was still maxed!

Virtual inanity: Solution to Irish border requires data and tech not yet available, MPs told

Terje

Re: An alternative solution

Of course not, you should just imprison the current leadership for treason and remain in EU. I'm not sure what hallucinogens the people that dream up the ideas that you could have all the good parts of EU without the bad ones use, but I'm sure the street price would be enough to cover a significant portion of the GDB loss you will take from leaving.

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool

Terje

Re: Hardware Testing

Nothing wrong with ARS, nice Latin word!

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