* Posts by xehpuk

57 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Feb 2013


Details of '120,000 Russian soldiers' leaked by Ukrainian media


Phone lines are still open, we should make a direct campaign from people to people.

Microsoft loves Linux – as in, it loves Linux users running Linux desktop apps on Windows PCs


Want more integration

Will try this, well some day. But now I want more, what would really be nice would be a Windows version that runs inside a container. Just imagine how convenient for IT to let users have a container version. When users log out the container can be backed upp to server. If they log in on another HW the container gets downloaded on the fly. Most users probably have similar files so some deduplication would be nice so files already present don't need to be transferred again. If a machine breaks just take another and continue as if nothing happened. Would solve a lot of windows legacy were every user need to be admin also. They can be admin on their container Windows but not necessarily on the host computer. All this updating can be done while users container version is residing on the server. Backup is inherent and reverting to some old state will not be a problem. /Henrik

Citibank accidentally wired $500m back to lenders in user-interface super-gaffe – and judge says it can't be undone


Re: Double keying already used in some banking applications

It's even more complicated. The bank was just the agent. A cosmetic firm had borrowed the money. The lenders had already sued to get their money back in advance since the cosmetic firm is in trouble. So when the money dropped in they argue it's totally believable that lender had caved in before court hearings. So now the bank might end up having to use their own money to cover it. So suddenly it is the banks money at stake.


ISS? More like HISS, am I right? Space station air leakage narrowed down to Russia's Zvezda module


ISS: There is one imposter Among Us.

Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns


I think you are on to something. But instead of a whip. How about tear gas to quickly move all passengers to the absolute rear. Instead of trying this underdimensioned hand crank.

Also remember that this hand crank is the same on 737NG (it's not new to the Max, AKA 737-8). So all those pilots better be lining up for the gym now anyway.

Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report


Re: So...

I work with rail safety SW. We only need 2 channels (SIL4) since emergency brake is always an option. It's possible to use 2 flight computers if they have internal safety redundancy such as lock step. If so 2 computers is just fine. Reading this article it seems they are not. OMG!

For relevant and interesting reading I would recommend looking up QF72. It was an Airbus back in 2008 that did a brutal nose dive due to a single faulty angle of attack sensor value. Sound familiar?

It might have been a bit flip due to cosmic (or other) radiation but the root cause was never determined. It's a long story.

Brexit? HP Inc laughs in the face of Brexit! Hard or soft, PC maker claims it's 'no significant risk'


Re: Impact will vary

Of course for a company it's way more profitable to be alone on a small market than having to compete with other companies on a large market.

Could you just pop into the network room and check- hello? The Away Team. They're... gone


Re: At home

Did you actually crawl or more like hunch down still on 2 legs only? Keeping low is good but laying down is not good when lots of current flows in the ground. All those sheep were probably killed because they have 4 legs so ground current could pass their hearts. For humans that ground current usually don't reach the heart. Or so I have believed.

UK joins growing list of territories to ban Boeing 737 Max flights as firm says patch incoming


Re: Avionics experts and the court of public opinion....

Very few here have said it was the MCAS this time. They say it could be, so grounding the planes is the correct action until it's proven to be something else than software issues.

Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world


Re: I Think "Brexit" will sign the death warrant for the Pound

Oh shit, I never thought of that, but now that you say it yes.

Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics


Soda cans

I heard some guys cooled their chips with soda cans. It may have been something with probes being in the way for the cooler.

Wires, chips, and LEDs: US trade bigwigs detail Chinese kit that's going to cost a lot more


When the government has such a huge budget deficit it's almost impossible to not have trade deficit also. The money must come from somewhere. But its always convenient to blame someone else for your problems.

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?


I had 2 students on a lab exercise once. It was about logic circuits. They had connected according to the schematics. But it did not work. They had no idea what could be wrong. I asked them if they had power. They just looked like question marks. After a while they reluctantly connected the 5V I pointed at. It still did not work. Ok well how about ground? They outright refused to do it. 0V was pointless to them. I had to connect it and show that now it worked. Electricity needs a return path. Thing is this was a masters of science in electrical engineering program. They should not have been there. They must have entered on som foreign students quota or something.

HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing


Re: "to defend against this"

They can be preprogrammed to run a route using GPS. But if you also yam the GPS they will probably get lost.

Best high tech solution is lasers ofcourse.

BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY


Re: That's funny

I got one for my 10 year son. Ordered it after he claimed he could not do his homework since the desk/chair was wrong height for him. I have no metrics on homework productivity before and after. The desk is quite solid though. If they figured out how to provide for the power and ethernet cords it would be perfect.

LIGO physicists eyeball a new gravitational wave


Re: Two solar masses (in energy) escaped

One theory to explain how gravity (gravitons if those exist) seemingly escapes the black hole is that it's space itself that holds and propagates (sort of remembers) the gravity field. It does not need to be connected to the mass inside. Within the space around the black hole there is then information about how much mass is inside the event horizon. But that is just one theory. It don't fully explains gravitons etc. there is a lot of phenomenas where quantum theory and general relativity don't play with each other.

Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land


Re: Printing

That's up to the printer maker. I have never had a problem with my HP printers. All just work out of box. No need to search the Web for a driver that Windows used to need.


Re: Now if just 1 major PC maker installed Linux by default...

Yes, I have the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, it came with Ubuntu installed. I love it, even the Unity desktop (just weeks before Unity was announced abandoned I began liking it after so many years frowning at it).

Riddle of cannibal black hole pairs solved ... nearly: Astroboffins explain all to El Reg


Re: Cosmic palaeontologist?

The visible universe is much larger than its age. It explained by the expansion/inflation somehow.

Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo



Should work fine on drones, reasonable range. If the drone is out of range then you would have no case taking it down anyway.

Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one


It may be just a point of view

Speed of light is our reference since the formulas make out to be simpler that way. It is definitely possible to set up formulas where a changing light speed over history is used.

To explain big bang and inflation we could see it as light speed dropping while the universe stay att the same size. Inside the universe a reduction of light speed would look exactly same as inflation since that is what we use to measure distances.

For me that way of looking at it is useful to understand how big bang could happen everywhere. It did not happen in a single point from which it expanded.

Since It only changes the point of view, I can not imagine any experiments that could prove it one way or the other. What could happen though is that with more observations more complicated formulas are needed to explain them and some day using a variable light speed would make a less complicated model.

For now Ochams razor say light speed is constant.

NASA trying to rein in next-generation super-heavy lifter costs


Re: Letter to NASA

I read somewhere that skylon would not be able to compete with a reused falcon9. Probably because the payload on a single stage to orbit will be very small.

A two stage version seams more feasible and is indeed investigated:


Personally I would like to see something like bristol spaceplanes hope to make:


DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again



If ISPs had proper egress filtering DDoS should be possible to handle.

Any site should be able to send a message to the net saying block all traffic from that IP to me. The ISP closest to offending node then applies this filtering for an hour or so.

Even if attacked by a million nodes, sending out a million block messages should be doable.

You're fired (into space)! Trump tops Martian ejaculation poll


No use to send Trump to Mars. Putin would fly over and get him back.

BOFH: What's your point, caller?


From the other side of things

Many years ago, before everybody had mobile phones. I needed something from IT department. They never answered. But then I dialed 0 then full number to make it look like an external call. The call was answered immediately. I do not remember the rest but think I got what I needed after some complaints about calling her "private" number. At that time calls from outside where likely not work related.

I only now realise what risk I took.

Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked


AMD is much needed

Nice, we need AMD, competition is good.

Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it


Re: @Pascal Monett

10 times the mass don't dictate 10 G. It depends on the density also. In the atmosphere of gas giants it is possible to find a spot with 1G (same as on earth).

Female blood-suckers zero in on human prey by smelling our breath


If I have a 5m tube for exhaust air?

Could I then fool them to be out of range for visual and thermal sensors?

It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic


Foucault pendulum

Oh no they forgot to consider the coriolis forces. It will show up in London today!

Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC


I think the real issue here was the EULA thing

I think the real issue here was the EULA thing. Yes its clear the laptop came with Windows but it was not clear that some additional agreement must be made to use it and above all not what to do if it is not agreed upon.

Analogies to google and Apple are halting, they do not enjoy a near monopoly as Microsoft used to have. This was a high court ruling so it must have been in process for some years. Today MS is a little less of a monopoly. I was happy to find the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition which come with Linux instead of Windows.

The most important thing governments and can do is stop assuming everybody have MS Office. Communication with authorities should be done with open document formats only. If government require people to use something sold only by one maker then that is a monopoly not just a near monopoly.

Marvell: NO WAY should we have to pay jumbo $1.54bn patent judgment


Re: USPTO liability?

What? If they don't charge anything for rejected applications. Not only would it provide an incentive to approve questionable patents. It will also encourage companies and people to send in piles of questionable patent applications. In Sweden I think sending the application in is free but if the fee of 3000 SEK (about $450) is not payed it will not be processed and never reach approval. No refund if its rejected. For approved patents there is a yearly fee, which increases dramatically after some years.

Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button


Re: Ashamed to say

Open a window. Make sure there is nothing under it. Grab Windows8.x computer at right corner. Drag it thrue window. Release!

FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz


Re: Paid support still available



When you switch a company to next OS a lot of applications needs to be updated also. Make sure to favour applications that are multi platform! That way they will last you much longer and you avoid the lock in in case Win9 gets even worse than Win8.

Exciting MIT droplet discovery could turbocharge power plants, airships and more


Re: Nothing will make airships viable.

If someone could instead come up with a better way to store hydrogene as fuel. The pure water exhaust would be heavier than the hydrogen alone thanks to the oxygene taken up from the air.

DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job


Re: Simple solution

And air fueling to reduce takeoff weight.

Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS


Re: Headline Misleading

Windows TCO is worst of all for the HOME user. Even OSX will cost less in the long run, much less.

To have a useful Windows machine you will spend a day installing all application programs. Find a start menu replacement. Then pay a yearly fee for AV. After time your kids get viruses on it anyway. So start all over installing again. Time is money.

Companies make clones so reinstalling is not a big issue for them, They don't let kids in and don't mind paying yearly fees. So for them Windows is probably fine (just don't put company secrets on them).

With Linux I install all those 10+ apps I use with one command line, take a cup of tea while computer does the work and its done. That is TCO for me!

Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected


Re: The dancing dad of IT

I think they try to be Apple more than Google here.

Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again


Re: People may dislike Windows 8...




So when will Elop go? Nokia shares would jump 20%.

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power


Re: 57mpg?

That is I too read it as if they used charger when they could but now I see that figure was after having used up all charge and not charging more. The figure is quite impressive then.


Re: 57mpg?

I read it that way too.

YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again


There are others

There should be more than 2 players on a healthy market. Be it phone OSes or desktop OSes.

MS already have near monopoly on the desktop. Remember how MS have abused their position in the past.

And what is Windows 8? Did they make it to improve the experience of their existing customers who pay for it? Or did they do it that way so that it would help them sell their tablet and phone OS? I say the later.

So I do hope someone else than MS will fill that third spot, Blackberry or Ubuntu phone would be better. Someone mentioned Firefox OS that would be great.


Re: If Google were stiffing their competitors...

Only because they can't get away with it for now. If Windows RT and Phone dominated the market they would play it even worse than they did in the old days.

Despite Microsoft Surface RT debacle, second-gen model in the works


Re: Microsoft do stupid things

Microsoft wanted to make money like Apple does. So they decided that Windows RT users shall only get SW via the MS app store. They could have just ported old windows to ARM but that had no potential for increased revenue.

Ubuntu boss: I want to make a Linux hybrid mobe SO GIVE ME $32m


Re: Crowd sourcing...

I think its a great idea. Much better than some overly rich company wasting 900 million $ on something nobody wanted.


I think if I don't help in this then who will.

All of us who don't want NSA snooping in our pockets should help projects like this. I have contributed but I doubt target will be reached. Anyway if target is not reached and the money returned, then at least I did put my money where my mouth is during the 30 days.

Open source smartphone OS?


Cyanogenmod is rather open source Android but still needs some binary drivers as far as I know?

I think perhaps Replicant is fully open source variant of Android?

Then there is Firefox OS. They have some phone out in Spain if I am correct.

Today Canonical presented the edge crowd funding campaign. I hope enough open source fans will contribute to it to make it happen. Go to www.ubuntu.com" or "http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge/x/4068054"

I did contribute to it. Or rather promised to contribute, if the target is not reached there will not be any edge phone and contributions will be returned.

Recommendations for SIM with data allowances in Russia


Megafon have the best coverage as far as I know and they have plenty of stores where you can get the SIM card. I payed 200 roubles for a month with internet + 200 so I could making some calls too. Remember to bring your passport when you go to buy the SIM card.