* Posts by Nano nano

553 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Jun 2007


AWS S3 is 'pushing to become primary storage for a lot of applications'

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First Aws service

I thought EC2 was the first Aws service .

UK air traffic woes caused by 'invalid flight plan data'

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test data ?!

Not sure why the "excitable" tabloids should be pleased it was a French airline that provided the test data that showed up bugs in the UK NATS system ...

Germany's wild boars still too radioactive to eat largely due to Cold War nuke tests

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Typo/fact checking

"telerrium-135" ?!

What's that?


Brexit Britain looks to French company to save crumbling borders and immigration tech

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microservices no excuse for poor design

The Amazon/microservices "story" is tosh, since the design described unwisely placed intensive processing within Lambdas.

Not a good idea, and just asking for poor performance.

What a Hancock-up: Excel spreadsheet blunder blamed after England under-reports 16,000 COVID-19 cases

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Sleight of hand

Perhaps Dido is set up as the scapegoat, she cannot fall further in terms of tech opprobrium.

In which case, what else is going on ?

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Lockdown loonies

We had Prof Ferguson's software pulled to bits by the lockdown denialists not long ago; will we now see a "leak" of the Excel sheet update algorithm ?

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Re: Dido (computing):

You got it !!


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Dido (computing):

see GIGO

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ignorance breeds ignorance

If there is nobody at the applicable level in PHE or NHS, that knows the first thing about technical engineering and development, then they won't know to hire people with applicable relevant skills.

And so it goes.

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you know

import csv

with data_file as f:

reader = csv.reader(f)

for row in reader:

.uk registry operator Nominet responds to renewed criticism – by silencing its critics

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Re: What has Russell Haworth achieved in 5 years?

A lot less than the Romans ever did for us ...

Meet the ‘DPU’ – accelerated network cards designed to go where CPUs and GPUs are too valuable to waste

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PPUs ?

Slightly reminiscent of Seymour Cray's "peripheral processing units" in his Control Data systems.

Nvidia to acquire Arm for $40bn, promises to keep its licensing business alive

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Re: BBC coverage is surprisingly ok

Tudor was my uni lab partner, for a term.

Quiet, astute, unassuming.

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Re: China ARM and a leg

Unlike the converse, as happened with Ferranti...

'We stopped ransomware' boasts Blackbaud CEO. And by 'stopped' he means 'got insurance to pay off crooks'

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Re: Capitalism at its best

Car theives used to believe that.

When talking to "one of the community" when looking for my stolen car during Horse Fair Week, the response was, "Well, it was insured, wasn't it ?"

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware

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Standard firmware practice ...

It's standard practice in firmware code, where it's possible to brick a device, to flag a new download as "on trial". Once processing the new file has been deemed successful, it's marked as being OK.

On a subsequent boot, downloads still marked as On trial are deemed faulty, and to be ignored from then on.

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Re: Why...? Just Why? - revocation ?

It might be to revoke various certificates or e.g. HDMI / HDCP identifiers.

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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Compute in orbit

As implied in other comments, having the compute intensive node in Mars orbit where there is plentiful solar power, but which is milliseconds and microwatts away from the rovers, makes a degree of sense

MacOS on Arm talk intensifies: Just weeks from now, Apple to serve up quarantini with Kalamata golive, reportedly

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Backward support

Apple has little interest in supporting its "legacy" devices: look what's happened to its 32-bit iPads.

Microsoft unshackles WSL2 Linux kernel from Windows 10 image for future fettling via Windows Update

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Re: It's not an OS

Such as a single system event queue ...

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Re: Junction support

I may have misunderstood, but when I used WSL, you mounted Windows D, E etc drives at a Linux mount point.

'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails

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Re: Been There...

Email would have been in its infancy two decades earlier ....

GnuTLS patches huge security hole that hung around for two years – worse than Heartbleed, says Google cryptoboffin

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Erm, Unit testing ?

'Nuff Said

Come to Malmö for St Peter's. Stay for the Bork

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Re: My swedish friend says:

If you use a Lime scooter, beware of the loose paving blocks !!

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Reg reader shopping

I would think that Reg readers would be more interested in the Teknik Magasinet shop in Triangeln, than the ones mentioned.

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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None of the above ...

Nope, was hoping one of the submissions would trounce my

"Blue Azure Cult"

But none succeeded.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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40,000 licences every day ...

The Blue Azure Cult ...

Cisco is ready to axe workers at its Ubiquisys small cell unit

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Degraded capability

I worked at Ubiquisys in its early days, ten people or so in a Regus office.

There was definitely version control (Subversion) and unit+integration+system testing. Of course, product versioning is possibly a different matter.

So what happened in the later years, after my one-year stint, I don't know.

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database

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But for personal stuff, you would use a CMK for anything but primary key attribute.

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Simple Sharing Service.

Boffins find proof that yes, Carl Sagan and Joni Mitchell were right, we really are all made up of star stuff

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Dust grains

Go back, reread the original, and rewrite the article, the sense is completely wrong, and palladium is not "destroyed "

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Palladium might be driven off, but it's not "destroyed " in any sense.

Choose a better word.

Just what we all needed, lactose-free 'beer' from northern hipsters – it's the Vegan Sorbet Sour

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Don't poke fun at people with food allergies

As was implied in the Headline and standfast ....

How four rotten packets broke CenturyLink's network for 37 hours, knackering 911 calls, VoIP, broadband

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Logic ...

"Have I seen this packet before? If so, discard,"

"Does this node allow no-expiry packets ? If not, discard "

Microsoft gets some jClarity on Azure Java workloads, swallows London-based firm

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Java platforms

IBM was building its JVM for at least 12 platforms back in 2000 ...

We checked and yup, it's no longer 2001. And yet you can pwn a Windows box via Notepad.exe

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Re: Is this why a "notepad" app doesn't come with Android?

The article is about a vulnerability in Windows. Android runs .... Linux, and Android.

Brussels changes its mind AGAIN on .EU domains: Euro citizens in post-Brexit Britain can keep them after all

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Nigel ?

That's a rather Brexity article, isn't it ?!

Meet the new Dropbox: It's like the old Dropbox, but more expensive, and not everyone's thrilled

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Do one thing really well ?

The selling point about Dropbox was its focus on doing one thing really well, without distractions.


It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware

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plain sight

Given that WhatsApp has been run by FB for ages now, and that buffer overflows are classic exploits, it seems odd that this was not found sooner, with tools like Coverity etc around.

Veteran vulture Andrew Orlowski is offski after 19 years at The Register

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There is life after El Reg ...

After all, Lucy Sherriff hasn't done too badly ...

Self-taught Belgian bloke cracks crypto conundrum that was supposed to be uncrackable until 2034

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At home

Just think of the Seti@Home units !!

Loose Women woman's IR35 win deals another high-profile blow to UK taxman's grip on rules

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Re: Everything

Not government ... common standards.

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pro rata

They could pay tax on profit in each country, pro rata by turnover in each country.

Either Facebook is building yet another massive bit barn in Iowa, and doesn't want you to know about it....

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jobs for all

Why isn't Trump insisting these centres be sited in rust-belt towns ?

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Literally, a giant sugar lump ?

Is what a Zuckerberg -should- be ....

Bug-hunters punch huge holes in WPA3 standard for Wi-Fi security

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Timing based attack ?

Not that "time taken to compute" issue again ? I thought anyone doing a hard sum that could leak info due to time taken, would have known to fuzz that by now.

Need a Ferranti Pegasus board in your life? Brit computing history could be yours for four figures

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red mainframes

My first "hands on" computer was a Ferranti Argus 700E, and a very nice box it was too, with 10MB hard drive and 64k words of 16 bit core memory.

Managed to get BCPL/OCODE running on it, just, too !

London's Metropolitan Police arrest Julian Assange

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No smoke without beer ...

But what was he up to with Farage in the period around the Brexit referendum ?

Windows Subsystem for Linux distro gets a preening, updated version waddles into Microsoft's app store

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Ubuntu is good enough

I have been using Ubuntu under WSL for 8 months, on a corporate "Windows only" Dell, works fine for me ! I use Xming as the X server.

Bit nippy, is it? Hive smart home users find themselves tweaking thermostat BY HAND

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You are very wrong in your supposition, but there have been organisational changes ....