* Posts by Thoguht

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The good news: Vodafone switches on first full-fat, real-life 5G network in the UK. The bad news: it only got sent to Coventry

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Re: Which applications exactly?

I think the self-driving car is being touted as one of the killer applications for 5G. Probably in more ways than one.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Re: stupidity out of ignorance or avarice

The problem with the role of US president is that the Framers sought to give the presidency equivalent powers to the then King of England. However, they grossly overestimated those powers. In effect, the UK is, and has been for centuries, a republic with a hereditary president, whereas the US since its inception has been a monarchy with an elected monarch.

RIP ROP, COP, JOP? Intel to bring anti-exploit tech to market in this year's Tiger Lake chip family

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So what exactly will stop the bad people from putting ENDBRANCH in their exploit code too?

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up

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Well, a lot of SpaceX stuff breaks itself up anyway, so no need to worry.

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Re: Real Fix

So by the same logic would you ban all high-level languages and insist that everything is done in machine code?

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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Re: not the terminal, the punch card

A diagonal line or two drawn across the top of the deck was usually enough to get things back in order.

But as for line lengths in code, I get around 300 characters on my UWHD monitor in Visual Studio, but I'll still break lines that have complex if/while conditions with lots of && and || because I think that makes them easier to understand.

One malicious MMS is all it takes to pwn a Samsung smartphone: Bug squashed amid Android patch batch

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MiA? It was installed yesterday on all Samsung phones made since 2015.

Huawei looking to take on Apple in the 'hearables' space... with an almost identical AirPod clone that costs under £100

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Poor battery life?

The reason is obviously because, while you are innocently listening to music, these nefarious objects are silently uploading the contents of your brain via satellite to a vast server farm in China.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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After seeing the picture at the head of the article, I think the captain should be given the Boot.

20 years deep into a '2-year' mission: How ESA keeps Cluster flying

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Re: "It's a very strong design,"

So, not like my washing machine that's just died, then.

Samsung says it has the future of DRAM sorted after success with new EUV process

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"The result is smaller features and simpler and cheaper manufacturing process."

"The main problem has been that the new tech is more complex than its predecessors"

Make your mind up, guys.

Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner

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So the coronavirus is cleaning up the Earths' atmosphere. Almost enough to make you believe in Lovelock's Gaia.

OK, so even discounting the questionable science of the Gaia hypothesis, it's undeniable that large population concentrations are going to be especially vulnerable to communicable disease. Is it time then to rethink cities before something comes along with a much higher mortality rate?

Looming ventilator shortage amid pandemic sparks rise of open-source DIY medical kit. Good thinking – but safe?

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Re: RE: werdsmith

Without wishing to minimise the seriousness of this particular coronavirus, the actual death rate is still pretty much unknown because we have no idea how many people have caught it and have either no symptoms or very mild ones. It could be that real death rates are much lower than we think so far, but the only way we will know for sure is by adopting the WHO's "test, test, test" strategy. And until we have hundreds of millions of cheap, quick and accurate test kits available that's not going to happen.

On a related note, I read a report this morning about a new, rapid test being produced in Japan that was described as "100% accurate when testing people without the virus". Well, I think pretty much anyone could make a test like that.

In case you want to flee this wretched Earth, 139 minor planets were spotted at the outer reaches of our Solar System. Just an FYI...

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It's OK, my neighbour has a small dog.

AMD, boffins clash over chip data-leak claims: New side-channel holes in decades of cores, CPU maker disagrees

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Digging the dirt

Interesting that the article doesn't mention what is being reported elsewhere, which is that Intel is believed to have co-funded this security research.

Android users, if you could pause your COVID-19 panic buying for one minute to install these critical security fixes, that would be great

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Re: Wider than that

Two Android versions worth of upgrades isn't bad, at least in part because the mandatory hardware requirements are upped for each version. Presumably large manufacturers are given information about this by Google when they design phones, but I doubt even Google knows what the requirements will be three versions ahead because by then there might be some game-changing new doohickey that will be a must-have for all phones.

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc

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Re: Disable AMT/ME

Exactly. Sounds like the ME has its own BIOS that boots and runs before ever the main BIOS does.

Uncle Sam's nuke-stockpile-simulating souped-super El Capitan set to hit TWO exa-FLOPS, take crown as world's fastest machine in 2023

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Re: ..OR ....

Yes, but it's so fast it will play Fortnight in under 2 days.

Broadband providers can now flog Openreach's new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK's copper phone lines by 2025

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The new Sky router has a VoIP socket too "for future use".

Honeywell, I blew up the qubits: Thermostat maker to offer cloud access to 'world's most powerful quantum computer' within months

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Re: They don't make thermostats anymore

Damn, you're right of course, I've been retired from Honeywell too long (well, not long enough really).

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Stands to reason Honeywell makes quantum computers because I'm pretty sure those need thermostats.

AMD takes a bite out of Intel's PC market share across Europe amid microprocessor shortages, rising Ryzen

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I used to think this "Intel runs more slowly when patched" was just a marginal thing until my laptop manufacturer finally produced a BIOS update with the microcode fixes in, and my program to solve Microsoft Wordament puzzles suddenly started taking over twice as long to run!

So yes, AMD for me next time around.

Crazy idea but hear us out... With robots taking people's jobs, can we rethink this whole working to survive thing?

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There was no army of laundry ladies going house to house to do the laundry, it was the housewife doing the laundry.

Depends on how far back you go. Until the widespread availability of running water in homes, people often used to take their laundry to other people's houses to be washed. I know this because my great grandmother was a laundry woman, among other things.

But actually, you'll know things are getting really bad when reports like this are written by AI.

EU tells UK: Cut the BS, sign here, and you can have access to Galileo sat's secure service

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Galileo is the BS system

That's because a) the Chinese can take it down any time they feel like by filing a complaint to the ITU because it's effectively squatting on frequencies technically reserved to their BeiDou GNSS system, and b) the Americans have stated that they will take it down by force if necessary if it ever contravenes their essential security interests.

Vendor-bender LibreOffice kicks out 6.4: Community project feel, though now with added auto-█████ tool

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Re: M$-fonts

No, they're from Monotype, who I think you'll find know a thing or two about fonts.

Totally Subcontracted Business: TSB to outsource entire IT estate to IBM for a cool $1bn after 2019 meltdown

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Re: Splendidly well done, IBM !

The whole of Sabadell is moving to IBM, TSB is getting dragged along willing or not.

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Re: Splendidly well done, IBM !

Not TSB, who is obviously incapable of managing its business any more, so is showering Big Blue with moolah so it can continue fleecing its customers.

Banco Sabadell is calling the shots, TSB is less than a third of their total operation.

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls

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Re: What about the mysterious bug in Windows cryptolibraries Krebs talked about today?

That's just like when my previous car went out of warranty and suddenly the garage found all these things that needed fixing.

National Lottery Sentry MBA hacker given nine months in jail after swiping just £5

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Whatever next?

Soon we'll be back to hanging people for stealing a loaf of bread.

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Re: This seems out of proportion to the offense

it cost a charitable organisation £230K to respond to the attacks

They would say that, wouldn't they. Like the US DoD, which claimed that Gary McKinnon had caused $700,000 worth of damage to their computer systems by deleting files that should have been easily restorable from backups in a few minutes.

H0LiCOW: Cosmoboffins still have no idea why universe seems to be expanding more rapidly than expected

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Re: Riddle me this:

As far as I understand it (which admittedly isn't very far), the expansion only applies to things which aren't naturally holding themselves together, like you and me or the solar system, for instance.

I am broot: The Reg chats to French dev about Rust tool that aims to improve directory navigation

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Really?

That is a shame, since Broot can do something the Windows File Explorer cannot, which is to show how much space is occupied by a directory including all its sub-directories.

How about right click, Properties? That gives you the total logical and physical sizes of all files plus a count of files and subfolders. Well, at least on Windows 7 it does...

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

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Re: I'm looking forward to this

I never had any issues or virus infections while running and using CP/M, RSX11M or RTS every day for years.

Same here, but that's because the machines were pretty much islands back in those days. I can't vouch for RSX and RSTS, but CP/M was definitely written in C and probably had unchecked buffers and use after free vulnerabilities if anyone could have been bothered to find them.

We won't CU later: New Ofcom broadband proposals mull killing off old copper network

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Re: No,no, thrice times no!

Not this one again? Both the Oxford and Cambridge English dictionaries list "flack" as an acceptable alternate spelling of "flak".

And it's "three times", not "thrice times" - "thrice" already means "three times".

No horrific butterfly keys on this keyboard, just you and your big, dumb fingers

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Assuming that demo is even real, the typing speeds are below what I can get on a phone touchscreen with the late lamented Swype.

Intel teases NUC-leheads with new desktop-class graphics systems and a fast i9 CPU

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Re: OK, but how much?

How many litres are your pockets?

LibreOffice 6.4 nearly done as open-source office software project prepares for 10th anniversary

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Re: Usability

why doesn't it come out of the factory with good settings

They're good for me. Context sensitive stuff is a pain precisely because things change according to context. Instead of having to learn one set of menus and toolbars you are forced to learn a large number of them.

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Re: Usability

Yes, yes and yes. And not having it is one of LO's better features.

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The "Document Foundation" is not a company that employs developers, it is simply an umbrella structure that seeks to organise the work of volunteers. If you ever looked at their Bugzilla this would be obvious.

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Re: Usability

My biggest problem with LibreOffice is clutter in the menus and toolbars

Everything is customisable. If you don't like it, change it.

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Re: "Has LibreOffice succeeded?"

Actually you can do all sorts of things in LO charts if you have the time to spend on it. Like bar charts with variable width bars, mixing of different chart types and if you're handy with a font editor you can even do sparklines. Although of course in a commercial environment you'd choose MS every time.

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If you read to the bottom of that page, it says "If you are one of the volunteers contributing to the LibreOffice or Document Liberation projects...", so I think that makes it pretty clear.

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LibreOffice is fine as long as you don't find a bug. I (and several other people) have been waiting well over a year for a fix for a regression that affects charts, but (presumably) because it's maintained by volunteers the bug is just sitting there with nothing happening. So yes, I'm sure 6.4 is great, but I'm stuck on 5.4.

It's cool for Brit snoops to break the law, says secretive spy court. Just hold on while we pull off some legal jujitsu to let MI5 off the hook...

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Re: Arbitrary law is reappearing

It was Parliament that created the Supreme Court to replace the judicial functions of the House of Lords and gave it the power, among other things, to hold politicians to account when they violated the accepted constitutional settlement.

But on the case in point, it's a legal nightmare. Suppose you are an MI5 agent and are told to infiltrate, say, a drugs gang. You aren't going to get very far if you keep on refusing to have anything to do with illegal drugs. Which is, I suppose, OK up to a point, but what do you do if having earned the trust of the top criminals you then get ordered to kill someone? Refusing might blow your cover and maybe wreck years of work that could have eventually brought the whole gang down and saved thousands of lives. In the end, it's a trolley problem.

The IoT wars are over, maybe? Amazon, Apple, Google give up on smart-home domination dreams, agree to develop common standards

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Be careful what you wish for

Great, now all it will take is a single vuln and every device in your house can be pwned.

Bad news: KeyWe Smart Lock is easily bypassed and can't be fixed

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Re: Alexa?

Open the pod bay front door, Halexa.

Mayday in Moscow as devs will be Russian to Putin mandatory apps on phones, laptops, TVs

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Google will be OK

Isn't Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin Russian(-ish)?

Silicon Valley Scrooges sidestep debt to society through tax avoidance to the tune of $100bn

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This is his definitive piece on the subject from the Vulture Archives.

High-resolution display output or Wi-Fi: It seems you can only choose one on Raspberry Pi 4

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OK, so the PDP-11 was a minicomputer, so what? Although it's difficult to compare things from such different eras exactly, if you're using the SPEC benchmarks then the Pi 4 should come out between 10-30 times as fast as a PDP-11 on integer operations and at least 30 times as fast on floating point, and that's even assuming the PDP-11 in question had the optional (and expensive) floating point board installed.

Planets may lurk in harshest environments. Not that Novell NetWare server you can't unplug – black holes

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I wonder where they got that idea from?

Not so strange I suppose that someone from Kagoshima comes up with this when the city of Kagoshima itself has formed around a violent massive volcano.

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