* Posts by Shark? what shark?

20 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Apr 2011

Jenkins admin? Get buzzy patching, says Cloudbees

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Re: Java deserialisation vulnerability

Serialization is just a tool to turn an object into a binary blob, and vice versa. If you don't trust the provenance of the blob, the de-serialized object needs validation before use.

Drone complaints to cops are up twelvefold in three years

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Statistics (and damn lies)

Has drone ownership over the same period increased more or less than twelvefold?

If more (I wouldn't be surprised) then then proportionally complaints have dropped.

Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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Stunning even ;-)

Struggling to understand Docker? Let's start with a Minecraft demo

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Real programmers use Doom to manage their systems


Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Thumb Up

Mmmm rusks

I'm sorry, what were we talking about?

SkyMapper turns up oldest star ever found

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Re: Timescale

Large stars burn faster, much faster. Very large stars can last as little as a couple of million years. So as a early second generation star it will have formed from the debris of large first generation stars. This star won't be very big. The previous candidate for oldest star is 0.8 solar masses, according to wikipedia.

Star Trek: The original computer game

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Now that's what I call nostalga!

You haven't fully experienced the joy of Star Trek unless you've loaded the code from paper tape onto a venerable OS (MAXIMOP on the City of Birmingham treasury departmental mainframe) and then played on a teletype (with your own paper) in a converted school broom cupboard.

Now I think about it, having a direct connection from a school to the council finance system seems slightly suspect nowadays. It was a more innocent time.

Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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Need your broadband to earn a crust?

Shell out the dosh for a proper business product. You get support and SLAs and all that boring but useful stuff that you don't need for torrents. Plus when it goes down the engineers tend to turn up in hours rather than days.

Here endeth the smugness.

Of course I no longer practice what I preach. Not since the pub got free wi-fi.

Moderation gone mad?

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Black Helicopters

Re: nichomach

This article now appears to have been removed from the hardware page and search index.

Searching for stocking in El Reg doesn't find it. Google however has lots of results, and you can have a very productive afternoon reviewing them.

BTW, apropos of nothing, didn't this august organ's strap line used to be "integrity, we've heard of it"?

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The comment window appears to have been an hour and a half.

Probably not the best idea to leave it as the headline article in that case. Just frustrates the comentards.

The best tablets for Christmas

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Re: tablet computers be shit

But it's a troll with a badge. Surely feeding is officially sanctioned?

Annual reviews: It's high time we rid the world of this insanity

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Re: Ironic

Do down votes count against for the total?

I think I feel a guerilla anti-badge campaign in the offing.

Now all we need is a motivational tool to encourage down voting. Perhaps awards for services to negation honoured by badges...

How can the BBC be saved from itself without destroying it?

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If you believe that Sky could do what the BBC do and/or would lower their prices, I have a bridge you might be interested in.

Sky are in business to make a profit for their shareholders. Your part in that as a viewer is to give them money.

Regarding this article, it's not so much about the BBC as an organisation, but rather how it doesn't agree with the climate change orthodoxy as espoused by parts of the register. The BBC bias reflects the majority scientific view, and it would be perhaps better for them to be more sceptical at times, but if their bias was that of the minority view their editorial policies would be severely questioned, and with good reason.

Bird of Prey: 1980s IT on on the small screen

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And if I'm not mistaken, NP-completeness was a plot point.

They don't make them like that any more.

Why Java would still stink even if it weren't security swiss cheese

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Why Java applets would still stink even if they weren't security swiss cheese

Fixed that for you.

If you want to write an insightful article on the other 95% of Java development, feel free, but this article isn't it.

Chinese man's six-ton balls save lives

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The apocolypse protection angle is just a front

It's actually for a pre-emptive strike in marbles

Cliqr control freaks apps across many clouds

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on(-)board vt: To have a special circle of hell reserved for non-nautical verb usage of this adjective

Bomb threat lobbed at Finnish anti-piracy squad

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The Finnish branch of Anonymous Finland

Interesting organisational structure there.

There's got to be a few holes in that matrix for the true loners.

Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos

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A plan for self publicity?

1. Write a sarcastic article exaggerating a perceived defect in well known brand, and it's current prodigal child

2. Syndicate (push to anyone who will take it)


4. Your name in lights

The author is not the first, and won't be the last to use this shape of paddle.

Calling all readers: Want some new icons?

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(no) evil

In homage to google, perhaps a red bordered circular traffic sign with the word evil crossed out in the centre.

And to reflect reality, an identical sign without the crossing out.