* Posts by maffski

314 posts • joined 23 Jan 2014


'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.

Apple programs Siri to not bother its pretty little head with questions about feminism


Re: political ?

"...until your phone develops an independent intelligence and personality, please consider I have as many opinions as your coffee machine might have."

And we know how well that goes...

"Would you like some toast?"

Leaked EU doc plots €100bn fund to protect European firms against international tech giants


Re: Hmm, I can't think why innovation is more limited in the EU

Because regulation stifles innovation.

You might have an idea that's better than twitter. But can you then afford the campus of 5,000 reviewers to remove inappropriate content? The department of 50 AI developers and the associated data centre to process all content and mark it for review before the public sees it? And then cope with differing legislation? There are things that are illegal to say in Germany but perfectly legal in The Netherlands. How good is your GPS? And your maps?

So now as soon as you get any larger than a tiny minnow you're going to have to throw money at all these problems. Still think you're getting that 3rd round of VC funding?

There's a good reason why twitter etc. now accept regulation is necessary. It's not because they've suddenly decided they have a social responsibility. It's because it's a tool in making sure no-one does to Facebook what Facebook did to myspace.


Hmm, I can't think why innovation is more limited in the EU

'...The commission also suggests a move to regulate social media companies in the second half of 2020, pushing for them to take greater responsibility for the content they host...'

Web body mulls halving HTTPS cert lifetimes. That screaming in the distance is HTTPS cert sellers fearing orgs will bail for Let's Encrypt


Re: Follow the money

I've just installed Windows ACME Simple (WACS):


Worked perfectly with IIS. Haven't tried with exchange etc.

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS


Re: OMG!

'...And the solution to the message in the battery health settings screen is to simply ignore it...'

And the next OS update when '..for your safety unauthenticated batteries will charge at a limited rate. Visit your Apple service centre for a replacement genuine authentic high quality battery'

Meet ELIoT – the EU project that wants to commercialize Internet-over-lightbulb


Research farming in the EU

It's taxpayers money. Specifically 5.9 million euros of taxpayers money. https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/220023/factsheet/en

'...Main project goals are to provide an open reference architecture for the support of IoT in the lighting infrastructure, build consensus reflecting the best architectural choices, contribute to standardization of lighting and telecom infrastructures in IEC, IETF, IEEE and ITU-T and provide a roadmap for IoT until 2022 and beyond...'

5.9m euros to attend some conferences, draw up a powerpoint and write a spec. no one will ever use.

To quote Milton Friedman 'I’m sure going to have a good lunch!'

UK taxpayers funded Grand Theft Auto V maker to tune of £42m – while biz paid no corp tax and made billions


Why do your research when you can get free PR by willful ignorance

Hidden in the tax watch 'research' are these weasel words...

'...and unnamed qualifying Rockstar employees...'

So it's not a 'how do we get the money out' scheme, it's an employee reward scheme. Rather common in industries where revenue can swing wildly.

'It is not known whether and how much UK income tax has been paid by the principals on these profit shares'

Except of course it wasn't just the principals. It was normal employees paying UK income tax on their bonuses. As income tax is higher than corporation tax there's a fair chance the UK arm of Rockstar was responsible for more tax payments than if it had retained profits and paid corporation tax.

Still, when your future as a think tank is governed by how many column inches of outrage you can generate then actual facts are just collateral damage.

Can't dance? That's no excuse. Let a robot do it for you at this 'forced exoskeleton rave'


Re: Do they do the splits?

Yep, I'd definitely want some physical limit stops.

Cloudflare gave everyone a 30-minute break from a chunk of the internet yesterday: Here's how they did it


Re: This is an important lesson in the testability of regular expressions

My suspicion would be that it was data volume rather than any particular data set that was the issue.

Biz tells ransomware victims it can decrypt their files... by secretly paying off the crooks and banking a fat margin


Re: Risk/Reward

'It's not like there's a Reviews site of satisfied customers saying the criminals' decryptor is legit.'

The first of these malware groups to get 5* reviews on Trust Pilot is going to coin it in.

Monster magnet in my pocket: Boffins' gizmo packs 45.5-tesla punch and weighs just 390g


Re: When will I be able to put it on my fridge door ?

Surely you don't need the fridge anymore? How long does chicken take to defrost from 85K?

Barbie Girl was wrong? Life is plastic, it's not fantastic: We each ingest '121,000 pieces' of microplastics a year


Re: What fraction of a gram ?

On one hand, if something is toxic, it can be harmful even at smaller amounts than that, so of course it's anyway a good idea to minimise plastic pollution in any form.

Careful there, I think you just tripped over Chesterton's fence. If the number of lives extended by plastics are greater than the number shortened then minimising them is a bad idea. There's a reason we package so much food in plastics.

We ain't afraid of no 'ghost user': Infosec world tells GCHQ to GTFO over privacy-busting proposals


Re: They'll never get it.

Unless, of course, you're subject to a network level attack and the entirely silent end point you don't know about is no longer the security services.


Re: Here we go again...

That's OK. They're all going to be on VPN's running their own encrypted chat networks. Them and the actual terrorists.

Silence of the vans: Uber adds 'Plz STFU, driver' button to app for posh passengers using Black


And you need an App for that?

The good news is Uber are going to run the experiment for us.

If no one pushes the button then no, you don't need an app for that.

And the're not even going to charge extra for doing the science. Free market capitalism, there's no system more generous.

Three planets and two stars adds up to one research team made very happy by Kepler's unique discovery


Re: It'd take almost the entirety of known human existence

...last time I checked we weren't capable of reaching 1g...

Speak for yourself, I can reach 1g sitting down



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