* Posts by koswix

33 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Jun 2012

School's out as ransomware attack downs IT systems at Scotland's Dundee and Angus College


Re: Can someone possibly explain...

If it's the opposite of infiltrate, doesn't that imply that the "hacker" put the data there in the first place, though? It's not exfiltration if it's their data, it's just theft.

My god, that word really does grate for me. Sad that I'm getting downvoted for a linguistic preference, whatever is the world coming to? Here's some other words that unreasonably annoy me if anyone else wants to jump on the downvote button: pumpernickel, edamame, bunion and ointment.


Re: Can someone possibly explain...

Well yes, I can see the obvious link to 'infiltrate'. a quick check round the usual dictionary sites suggests it's a relative new comer (1960s or 1980s depending on source), although I note that my favoured big word list maker, Chambers, don't list it at all. Certainly sounds like something the Cold War would produce - create something ugly and with a good dollop of brute force applied, to solve a problem that never really existed in the first place.

Like I said, I don't know if it's 'correct' or 'valid' language, I just know that I don't much like it.


Re: Can someone possibly explain...

Your point may or may not be good and valid, I've no idea because I just cannot get passed the absolutely absurd sound of the word 'exfiltrate'.

I've no idea if it's correct or generally accepted, but it just sounds... wrong.

Rugby legend Will Carling tells El Reg: Techie stats bods will love this year's Six Nations


Can be decent, not reliable though. Especially when, in the 6N at least, every opposition's primary tactic for 3 or 4 years against Scotland has been "destroy Hogg and the rest will follow".


Better idea for tech in sport

A better idea would be a roll out of Canon's 3d video reconstruction tech. They demoed it at the rugby world cup last year, and some of the footage is frankly astounding. (Google Canon 3D rugby for plenty of examples).

Any word when something actually interesting and useful like that will be added to the tournament?


""How many line breaks do you make in the 22, how many are converted into points? I think that's a really, really good stat which shows you which teams are really clinical, which teams are converting their chances" into points."

We've actually had these stats available for a very long time. They're even displayed, in pretty much real time, both on TV and around the grounds. On TV coverage they often use some fancy graphics, where as at the grounds themselves they normally use a fairly old bit of tech known as a 'score board'.

As for kick prediction - anyone who follows the game reasonably closely can likely perform better than their algorithm. There's only six teams in the 6N (clues in the name), so essentially that's just six players (not accounting for injuries etc) that you really have to get a feel for when it comes to place kicks. I'd say I call 9 out of 10 kicks correctly, and I'm certainly no stats junky and don't follow as closely as many people I know (watch all TV games I can, attend all Murrayfield games with my son).

Should be even easier, as a Scotland fan, to predict our kicks this season. With our golden-booted Number 9 having retired last month, and fifty-fifty Finn having been sent home from training camp for having one too many on Sunday night, our kicking chance is going to be somewhere around 7%.

Maybe AWS could devote their marvellous AI to working out how the fork our Chief Exec warranted a million quid pay check, or how our head coach didn't get the boot despite failing to get out of the group stages of the world cup? I guess some questions are just too hard for AI and are better suited to artificial stupidity.

Beer icon, as rugby cannot exist without it.

First, Google touts $150 AI dev kit. Now, Nvidia's peddling a $99 Nano for GPU ML tinkerers. Do we hear $50? $50?


Re: Given that most CNC controllers...

Predictable cycle time is only relevant for actual step generation. Most commercial systems I've seen (including our newish Hurco machines we use at work) have a hybrid system with a CPU based system generating the acceleration profiles and a real time motion controller generating the control signals as queued by the CPU.

The motion control is a lot smoother and more finessed then our old Hurcos, and a lot better than my home machine running a smoothie board. We get better cycle time and surface finish (less chatter) out of our new machines than the old ones, even though they are using the same tooling.


Traditionally, yes. Travelling salesmen type paths are slow on traditional hardware, so would be interesting to see if the cuda cores could speed things up.

But in terms of motion planning (for acceleration profiles) is often done in the controller hardware, and also requires the hardware to look ahead at the next moves and account for them. Traditional DIY controllers are limited by slow processors and limited ram (few hundred kB), which limits the number of moves held in memory while still allowing head room for the calculations.


With that performance and price, I see a potentially promising future as a CNC controller, with decent look ahead and route planning. Travelling salesman like path optimisation would be nice to implement in hardware, wonder how it would cope with that. Any word on numbers and capabilities of the GPIO pins?

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits


Sounds more like PR spin to me. Can't do any planned maintenance as the network is down, so suspend those jobs and you indeed now have 'hundreds' of technical staff available to focus on the outage... Even if they're doing nothing, they're *focused* on doing nothing.

YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties



There's a comment in the announcement that existing earnings will be paid out in line with adsense policies. Fees this mean that if you haven't met the payment threshold as of 20th Feb, they'll keep your money?

I want my 26 quid please!

Voda customers given green light by Ofcom to ditch contracts


Re: First?

Greece is in Europe, but wasn't part of feel at home until the EU ruling came into force.

I'll say one thing though, I always had the cheapest bills with Three. Mainly on account of how I could never get a signal to use the damn thing.

Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships


Clearly a naughty boy, but what part of US law covers the sale and distribution of substances in Europe?

BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'



I dunno, it would certainly explain why Ryanair's website is so awful!

Did you buy anything from Microsoft's glum Apple Store knockoff? You may be owed $100


Re: 8000 purchases?

Ah, guess that makes more sense than the app store. I did find it hard to believe that 200 people had loaded the app store each month, never mind actually made a purchase.


8000 purchases?

November 2013 to February 2017 is 40 months, I think.

1.2m settlement, minus lawyers fees (400k) and 10k for the first guy, leaves 790k for paying out the rest. Call it 800k.

At 100 dollars a payout, that's 8,000 purchases from the store. In 40 months. 200 purchases from their app store a month.

I had no idea it was doing so well.

Ex-soldier pleads guilty to terror crime after not revealing iPhone PIN


Re: Something fishy about this story

So you're saying there's no whey he was joining the Kurds?

Facebook bungs 10-year-old kid $10k to not 'eliminate' Justin Bieber


I imagine that, like most twins, his brother is more or less the same age.

Still, I bet it was the dad wot dun it. He's giving the kids the credit in order to exploit the chatshow network.

UK research network Janet under ongoing and persistent DDoS attack


Re: Are you suggesting

As an engineering student revising for exams, no, I can't really claim El Reg to be essential to work. Maybe I could spin some of the articles and editorial into being relevant for my project management course, but that's mostly bullshit anyway.


Didn't notice this at all yesterday, but today the network is almost unusable (in Edinburgh). It's a very cunning attack, I can access the Reg, reddit, facebook, etc., but anything I need for actual work is completely unreachable. Oh well.

Volkswagen: 800,000 of our cars may have cheated in CO2 tests


Tax bands

Could this lead to tax band regrading, and potential increased VED for owners? If so, odont put that chequebook away just yet, VW.

Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista


Apart from the Orwellian level of surveillance, and the lack of basic features*, and the general instability of certain drivers**, I quite like 10. In a "oh god is this really the final push I need to switch to Linux full time" kind of way.

*auto switching between headphones and speakers when I plug/unplug headphones. How on earth did they fuck that up?!

**I'm looking at you, WHQL certified nvidia driver!

We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens



That Dyson's got a nerve to complain about claims on the label. I ended up in hospital after trying out one of his ball cleaners.

GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds


I have had a number of mid-conversation messages end up in spam this last two weeks or so. Do I win a prize?

Fridge-size probot headed for comet touchdown


Re: Official unit?

And yet for some reason it never seems to actually be Wales.

Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'


Re: I can confirm...

>>So I phoned up and had a massive go at them. As you do.

No, as /you/ do. When I need someone in customer service/Tech support to sort something out I tend to find that not being a complete arse hole to them is far more effective.

And as someone who (sadly) works in customer service I can confirm that the people who "have a massive go" are the ones that get bumped down the to do list and receive the bare minimum of help.


Re: @sorry, what? - Sieze the opportunity

That's how I ended up with Sky - BT wanted 120 quid to reconnect my phone line, Sky did it for 20.

My sky broadband has pretty much worked from day one, at close to the maximum speed (19.8 mbit last time I checked). But then I live in a city, and the exchange is about 3 streets away. YMMV.

A lightbulb that does IPv6: You know you want it


Personally I can't wait for the EA addition that requires an always-on connection. If your internet goes down you have 20 minutes to finish what you were doing before the lights go off.

Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son


Did you here about the Chinese-German war game?

20 minutes after playing you're still hungry for power.

Flash memory made immortal by fiery heat


I'm pretty sure my laptop already gets to ~400C when doing anything in 3D, so my SSD must be invincible. Shame my legs aren't.

Burglar steals $60,000 of computers from Steve Jobs' home


[Insert joke about jail breaking here]

O2, GiffGaff network goes titsup for unlucky punters


Been flakey since yesterday afternoon

Up here in rainy Edinburgh I've been having issues since about 3pm yesterday - keep getting told my sim card (giffgaff) isn't allowed on the network.

Had service this morning up until about 2pm and then nothing since.

Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 and Nexus Q

Black Helicopters

Swap the N for an n and that sentence becomes far more worrying.