* Posts by maffski

330 posts • joined 23 Jan 2014


Can I get some service here? The new 27-inch iMac forgoes replaceable storage for soldered innards


Of course Apple cares. A custom CPU package would cost more.

Amazon gets green-light to blow $10bn on 3,000+ internet satellites. All so Americans can shop more on Amazon


Re: Tempora mutantur, et nos mutamur in illis.

'When I was young it was the dog that ate your homework'

It's the giant mutant star goat you have to watch out for.

Nvidia may be mulling lopping Arm off Softbank: GPU goliath said to have shown interest in acquiring CPU design house


Re: What is the point ?

'Lots of brains at ARM have the skills that could boost Nvidia's ranks'

It could go the other direction as well. NVidia are extremely good at market segmentation and they might think that while Softbanks 'just charge more for everything' approach will drive customers from ARM some careful technology segmentation might see specialist industries paying up.

Nominet shakes up system for expiring .uk domains, just happens to choose one that will make it £millions. Again


From the 'consultation'

'In order to provide the exact time and date an expired domain name will be become available for registration we will need to introduce a time period of certainty where the domain cannot be renewed by its previous registrant and has not yet been deleted and made available for registration by a new registrant (i.e. a Pending Delete period). We would consider a Pending Delete period of around five days.'

Brilliant, so if you forget to renew your domain you'll be blocked from purchasing it to make sure the squatters have a chance to bid for it.

Don't strain yourself, Zuck, only democracy at stake... Facebook makes half-hearted effort to flag election lies by President Trump


Re: why aren't postal votes considered a fraud risk in the US?

They are. The results of elections have been very carefully analysed and there have been a number of studies that conclude the risk is fucking tiny.

So you agree with Trump that an increase in mail in votes will lead to '...the MOST CORRUPT election in our nations history...'

This is the issue I have with all these 'truth checkers' - they seldom seem to be actually checking what was said and instead going off an OMG interpretation

UK formally abandons Europe’s Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless


"Not one non-hole driller has been able to explain what tangible benefit they think they have by not drilling a hole in the bottom of this boat". The answer is, of course, not fucking everything up.

Not terribly relevant but almost all boats have at least one hole in the bottom.

NASA delays James Webb Space Telescope launch date by at least seven months


You don't seriously think that the PM hasn't been sacked (or quit) several times already ?

It's government funding. The PM(s) will have been promoted.

You've think you've heard it all about automation in technology? Get a load of this robot that plugs in cables



To be fair it was the USB A socket that finally proved the existence of 720 degree quantum spin.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now


Re: Wishy washy

'ALL Lives Matter!'

What, exactly, do you have against zombies?


Re: Wishy washy

Lord and Serf?

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway


'unless they can convert the satellite from Ku-band to L-band, then they cannot be configured to operate with existing GPS receivers.'

Why would you want to do that? Do you expect billions of existing perfectly good GPS receivers to be updated to support an additional standard?

There's no reason why these satellites can't provide navigation, comms (the British military currently buy commercial bandwidth I believe), and emergency location beacons.

I don't think we need another GPS, but if you're going to do it you may as well get all the services you can.

Machine-learning models trained on pre-COVID data are now completely out of whack, says Gartner


Try reading it as 'people who sell models insist you need to buy models'

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps


Re: "Intel never thrilled me" - "x86-64 isn't at all bad"

x86-64 isn't Intel. It's AMD.

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means


Re: It's almost as if...

...people are capable of calculating the opportunity cost from being sat at home for three months

We cross now live to Oracle. Mr Ellison, any thoughts? 'Autonomous self-driving computers eliminate human labor, eliminate human error'


Re: Fill the void

'...eliminate human jobs...'

Which is, of course, what increased productivity is. The elimination of human work. Otherwise 99% of us would still spend our days digging in the fields with hand tools.

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?


Re: I salute that man!

Hang on, is this trebuchet going to be operated by Koalas or launch Koalas?

Typical customer specification. Always leaving out the details.

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


Re: El Reg faux pas

You're right. Entirely inappropriate.

Finland doesn't have school buses so why would one be on the blackboard?

Car crash: Uber axes another 3,000 jobs, closes 45 offices as punters snub app during coronavirus lockdown


Re: AI for hailing a cab?

Quite possibly. At least in the sense it might learn Prag Vec are playing a sellout at the Melkweg, which is ending in 15 minutes, so free drivers might like to head over that way.

More automation to suddenly look like a jolly good idea as businesses struggle through coronavirus crisis, say analysts


No, the conversation is an automation. Remember, in economics everything is a technology.

Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground


Re: Electric planes?

You need far more power for take off and landing than during cruise.

So much so that cruise is less efficient than it could be, if you could use a couple of smaller jets and then add in electric fans for extra power when you need it you could improve fuel economy by a couple of percent.

NASA are trying another approach, using a smaller wing which is fine for cruise but then adding electric fans to increase the airspeed over the wing during take off and landing to gain the extra lift required. - https://www.nasa.gov/specials/X57/index.html

IBM veep partly blamed Sopra Steria for collapse of £155m Co-Op Insurance Agile project


Re: Hmmm....encryption

'... Its not an application level property...'

So how do you know you can trust it?


Re: Hmmm....encryption

Not even inter-server. It may be a requirement for inter-process encryption on the same hardware - to protect against man in the middle intercepts for example.

BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?


Re: Cynical is what an optimist calls a realist...

Programmer: Damn, I should have forked it when it was still full. Now I'm going to gave to work trice as hard.

FYI: When Virgin Media said it leaked 'limited contact info', it meant p0rno filter requests, IP addresses, IMEIs as well as names, addresses and more


Virgin Media's CEO Lutz Schüler said last night...

"Based upon our investigation, Virgin Media does believe that the database was accessed on at least one occasion but we do not know the extent of the access or if any information was actually used."

Given that they know the security researchers accessed it what Virgin Media's CEO Lutz Schüler actually said last night was 'We have no logs for this server or for the network routing to it so have no way of knowing if, or how often, this information was accessed.'

25 years of Delphi and no Oracle in sight: Not a Visual Basic killer but hard to kill


Re: Why didn't it sweep all?

It was the MSDN subscription for us - before documentation being all on the net having the Developer Network CDs made it much easier to be productive in VB compared to Delphi


Re: Wot no Stob?

+1 The only part of the Delphi ecosystem that's still relevant.

(Disclaimer: I am bitter as these days I am mostly doing PHP)

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


Re: Ha

'A US Food and Drug Administration handbook shows that US food standards allow for:

Rat hairs in paprika

Rat droppings in ginger

Insect fragments in peanut butter

Maggots in orange juice.

The US suggests that these are unlikely to be harmful to human health provided the levels are fairly low.

We (UK & EU) suggest that we'd rather not have them present, and err on the side of caution.'

This is not true. These are levels at which the US inspectors are legally required to prosecute - at levels below this they can caution or prosecute as they think appropriate. In the EU inspectors are never required to prosecute and can caution at any level of contamination.

Full fact


Impressive, managing to preemptively contradict yourself

The article says...

'...Galileo was one of those moments of awakening when UK lawmakers realised that if you leave a club, you also lose access to its toys....'

...and yet earlier...

'...it appears the UK will have access to the Public Regulated Service (PRS) of Galileo required by the military...'

This AI is full of holes: Brit council fixes thousands of road cracks spotted by algorithm using sat snaps


Re: I have a simpler and lower cost solution

They had a trial a few years ago of putting cameras on a bin lorries.


Brits may still be struck by Lightning, but EU lawmakers vote for bloc-wide common charging rules


'Standards can be revised'

Laws not so much.

Which is why these things are better as standards than laws.

15 years on, Euroboffins finally work out what it took to send the Huygens Titan probe into such a spin


Re: New Reg unit?

Ah, an easy mistake to make. But our Scottish brethren are actually eating square sausage, not hamburger.

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit


Re: I am rather surprised

'The question is though, "is it a public path". It was never officially designated a public path, but people have been using it for years.... ...The state's argument seems to be that there's always been free access there so surely that must continue...'

It's common law. Essentially if something has been going on for so long that it's normal, then it's normal.

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


A foldable keyboard that actually works?

Presumably you could just print one out

Post Office faces potential criminal probe over Fujitsu IT system's accounting failures


Re: Good for them & the judge

I suspect the quality of data previously was so poor it was presented as '...the fraud was always there but Horizon lets you see it...'

$13m+ Swiss Army Knife of blenders biz collapses to fury of 20,000 unfulfilled punters


Re: Don't be mean, Or, Lies and Statistics

Well, if it's correctness you're after then '50% of the electorate of your country are below average (mean) intelligence.' is an impossible statement to make, for instance 100% of the electorate could have the same intelligence, in which case 0% would be below the median.

Tesla has a smashing weekend: Model 3 on Autopilot whacks cop cars, Elon's Cybertruck demolishes part of LA


Re: I Can't Stop Myself

'..commercial aircraft can perform the equivalent of selecting a postcode in the sat-nav, pressing 'go' and sitting back and watching. A Hawker Siddeley Trident performed the first fully automatic landing way back in 1964...'

And they absolutely will not make any attempt to avoid crashing into things.


Re: I Can't Stop Myself

'So here's to live crash-test dummies'

Actually you might be on to something. Rich countries have low road fatality rates. Poor countries have high road fatality rates. If rich countries provided cars to poor countries they could raise the standard of living and self driving behavior would quickly become safer than the local human drivers.

EU wouldn't! Uncle Sam brandishes 'up to 100%' tariffs over France's Digital Services Tax


Re: Wrong argument

'As Starbucks UK is owned by Starbucks US - the answer is zero. Internal IP transfer pricing should be deemed to be zero'

I don't know about the US but the UK comes under EU law, which means it must apply internal transfer pricing and that pricing must be in line with the costs that would be incurred if the licence were held by a 3rd party.

The EU did fine Starbucks over it's transfer pricing, and Starbucks won on appeal.

Who loves Brexit? Irish distributors ... after their sales jump by a third


Re: "the country has an advantageous business and digital tax environment"

'Let's ignore unicycles'

I thought that too. Then I remembered that tariffs don't just appear. We're paying bureaucrats salaries so that they can decide how much more expensive becoming a clown should be.

You're happy with a tariff on Apples to protect Orchard owners and workers? Fine, but what about cider makers? What about bakers? What about green grocers? What about super market workers? You've made all of those industries more expensive and therefore harmed their workers. Why is that fair?

If orchards don't pay well enough then perhaps there should be fewer orchards? Or they should be more efficient. Or they should concentrate on premium products.

The US and Aus were two countries I picked as being culturally similar to the UK and English speaking so I had a chance of finding and understanding their tariffs. And frankly it was enough hassle traipsing through those three that I couldn't be bothered to look for any others.


Re: "the country has an advantageous business and digital tax environment"

In growing, no. Which is why importing unprocessed coffee is tariff free.

In processing, packaging and retailing, yes. Which is why importing processed coffee is not free.

(in fairness, there have been moves to reduce/remove the tariff for processed coffee from poorer countries, helping their growth)


Re: "the country has an advantageous business and digital tax environment"

Tariff schedules are big and complex things. But as examples

Unicycles - US 0%, EU 15%, Aus 0%

Apples - US 0, EU 125Euro/100kg, Aus 0

Coffee, roasted, not-decaf - US 0%, EU 7.5%, Aus 0%

EU Market Access Database

US Harmonized Tariff Schedule

Australian Border Force Current Tariff

'Yes, the EU is protectionist. So are almost all countries and trading blocks in the world.

So I'm unsure what the point of leaving such protections behind is.'

The only thing that unites us all is that we are consumers. Therefore every decision should prioritise consumers over producers. So less tariffs are always better than more, and no tariffs are best of all.

One man's mistake, missing backups and complete reboot: The tale of Europe's Galileo satellites going dark


Re: if there are any questions

Thanks for your work.

Do they not have anything like a 'live' and 'beta' data stream so they can test their updates on the system before publishing them?

IT contractor has £240k bill torn up after IR35 win against UK taxman


Re: I cannot understand why HMRC pursues contractors so much.

Why would a contractor, selling mainly their time and skills; have the same profit margin as a Amazon; the UK arm of which is mostly logistics I think (the warehousing and delivery services)?

America's 5G auctions will make someone a fortune – but for whom exactly, and who pays?


Re: Who pays?

Yes the consumer will be the one paying, but the very fact that it becomes value driven (the more people are willing to pay for the service the more of the bandwidth we can buy) will cause a more efficient allocation of resources and a correspondingly greater value to the consumers then if it had been left to the tragedy of the commons.

Boffins blow hot and cold over li-ion battery that can cut leccy car recharging to '10 mins'


Re: Charge or just swap the batteries?

The problem with better place was that standardised battery - it was a weird t-shape that went under and behind the rear seats.

Reaction Engines' precooler tech demo chills 1,000°C air in less than 1/20th of a second


Re: Here We Go...

'...the design must start with the tea making facilities...'

Where do you think they plan to dump all that heat? I'd let it stand for a few minutes if I was you.

Row erupts over who to blame after NordVPN says: One of our servers was hacked via remote management tool


Re: tweet hubris

They knew about the breach. It was their customers that didn't know.

But they were just about to tell them. No really.

In a touching show of solidarity with the NBA and Blizzard, Apple completely caves to China on HK protest app



I wish he'd bring back Lily Savage for one of the keynotes, they're getting very dry.

When the satellite network has literally gone glacial, it's vital you snow your enemy



'...They had two buildings separated, with a laser...'

To make four buildings? Must have have been a powerful laser.

The gig (economy) is up: New California law upgrades Lyft, Uber, other app serfs to staff


Re: So what about

'It seems to me that no one is much worried about people in the gig economy on good money; it's only those exploited at the bottom of the payscale that need protection.'

So you have to ask yourself why do people capable of earning good money choose to do so as independent contractors? And from there ask yourself if those at the low end are really being exploited or they simply don't have the skills to be higher up the pay scale.

Force a business to pay more than the job is worth and eventually the job just doesn't exist.



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