* Posts by maffski

342 posts • joined 23 Jan 2014

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Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer

maffski

Re: Fastly 'fesses up'

I notice they don't bother to mention what the 'customer configuration change' was. If I was cynical I might be inclined to think it was something so simple they'd be embarrassed by revealing it.

Why did Johnny and Jenny's exam grades yo-yo over the summer? Here's some of the code behind UK results chaos

maffski

Re: it would have been interesting to see what was in those "final codes"

Unless, of course, they have previous data of predicted vs actual grades that show teachers of larger classes are more likely to overestimate predicted grades.

It may date back to 1994 but there's no end in sight for the UK's Chief customs system as Brexit rules beckon

maffski

Re: Still. The Farage Garage will be open for business on time.

How about we dress it up as 'People were asked a question and those that answered gave their preference.'

In the same way you could title this article 'It may date back to 1994 but there's no end in sight for the UK's Chief customs system as Brexit rules beckon' or you could go with 'System from 1994 is still capable and so will be maintained'

Linux kernel's Kroah-Hartman: We're not struggling to get new coders, it's code review that's the bottleneck

maffski

Re: Linux and more

// This is a skanky hack!

That strikes me as a very useful comment - a warning that you should think about it rather than read it.

The ones that annoy me are things like:

// Check that the customer has sufficient balance to place the order

That shouldn't be described by a comment. It should be described by a method name.

Google contractor HCL America accused of retaliating against unionized techies by shifting US jobs to Poland

maffski

Re: United, together

But the union has management as well. Who are, by your own reasoning, in it for themselves.

Someone not only created a comment-spewing Reddit bot powered by OpenAI's GPT-3, it offered bizarre life advice

maffski

"We tried to contact thegentlemetre over Reddit for comment"

Be honest, you wanted to offer it a job.

Another reminder that bias, testing, diversity is needed in machine learning: Twitter's image-crop AI may favor white men, women's chests

maffski

Surely the most important question is...

Why prat about with this AI learning to crop an image when you could just scale it to fit?

Amazon gets its tax excuses in early amid rising UK profits – but leaves El Reg off the press list. Can't think why

maffski

Re: You can add another

And yet contractors get paid more than permanent staff? Your work is worth what it's worth.

That can be wages, taxes, sick pay, holiday pay, a staff canteen, stock options, free bagel Thursday, whatever.

And you demanding an extra £8000 per year depends entirely on relative costs - can you really leave or is it an empty threat? Can I replace you with someone else for less? Will that cost more in productivity than I save in wages? Can I replace you with automation? How much investment will that take?

maffski

Re: You can add another

'It isnt paid by amazon , its taken from the money amazon pays its employees...'

Nope. Just cos it's your name on the cheque/check doesn't mean it's at your cost.

Amazon itself is just a legal construct, it doesn't bear the cost of anything as it has no desire to consume (the only cost of anything being the opportunity cost).

All taxes are ultimately paid by some combination of the customer, employee and shareholder.

At the very last Moment.js: Time-and-date JavaScript library fetched 12 million times a week ends development

maffski

I suspect Goodhart's law applies here

'When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure'

Once library size becomes the target I can see lots of libraries becoming nothing but a plugin framework, replacing an 80kb library with a 10kb library and 100kb of extensions.

Another week, another dual-screen phone, this time a T-shaped LG thingamy

maffski

Top Tip

Save money on the new LG dual screen rotata phone by joining your old phone to your new phone with an elastic band.

Google says Australian pay-for-news code means it can’t quit the country

maffski

Google and Facebook need to up their bribery, sorry, funding.

'Australia doesn’t want Google or Facebook to leave, it just wants them to pay news organisations on terms set by Australia'

Or, more accurately, those with political influence want to extract a rent

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

"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

maffski

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

maffski

Re: USB

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

maffski

Re: Wishy washy

'ALL Lives Matter!'

What, exactly, do you have against zombies?

maffski

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

maffski

'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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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'

maffski

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?

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

Re: Hmmm....encryption

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

So how do you know you can trust it?

maffski

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?

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

Re: I have a simpler and lower cost solution

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

http://www.pothole-spotter.co.uk/

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

maffski

'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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski

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

maffski
Coat

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

maffski

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.

maffski

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

maffski

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.

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