* Posts by banalyzer

58 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Apr 2014


Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you


No your not.

I voted leave because I thought we only needed one stinking, putrid, corrupt edifice for the aggrandisement of the political class, but it would seem that I'm selfish xenophobic git who isn't thinking of the younger people.

They must be right because they can't seem to discuss the other :(

AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU


Re: Compare to the GeForce GTX 970

It's using the latest Vulkan, OpenGL and DX12 libraries where the AMD card really shines because AMD have introduced asynchronous compute on the graphics chip.

You'll find a reasonable overview here, I have no doubt that nvidia will eventually catch up so AMD have only a small window to prise the market open.

Microsoft: Enterprise Advantage will be 'a step in quite a long journey to modernize our licensing'


Obviously some non-MS people

have managed to understand the gargantuan complexity that is MS licensing, it therefore must change to correct this.

Brexit-bored Brits back to bashing the bishop after ballot box blues


Mabe we could try for Europe Version 2

Of course that means tearing down the stinking corrupt edifice that was built for the aggrandisement of failed politicians and being content with our own local stinking corrupt edifice for some time, but after this they may actually listen to us.

I do not believe that it is possible to abstract away corruption that stinks. You just have to clean it up.

As for the actual notice, I'd wait until after the next general election, there are a lot of governments that will come under pressure from their own people for the same referendum that we have just had. Resolving the 'Brexit' quickly will do us no favours whatsoever especially with these elections to come from the major countries with EU discontent rising rapidly across populations.

Germany and France, 2017

Austria, Italy and Sweden, 2018

And the EU parliament itself in 2019.

When a major EU politician refers to the referendum result as a contagion ( Cheers Angela ) with other 'leaders' agreeing I fail to see how anyone can allow that level of disrespect to have any say over them.

We may or may not be better off out of the EU, but we will be better without the disgraceful attitude of EU politicians.

IT consultant gets 4 years' porridge for tax fraud


Re: I'm not condoning his actions....

It was 2 years for tax fraud and 2 years for child support offences, these will run concurrently with usual parole, and if he's been inside awaiting trial he's probably already out.

This dates from the 2013 arrest with a guilty plea entered in Sept 2015. If he was on bail then he'll be out for the next tax year.

PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU


leave here

I thought both campaigns were a disgrace, There were 2 primary issues that concern me and not once did either address.

There is a fundamental lack of democracy at the centre of EU politics, exactly how would this be dealt with, e.g.

"The European Parliament may approve or reject a legislative proposal, or propose amendments to it. The Council is not legally obliged to take account of Parliament's opinion but in line with the case-law of the Court of Justice, it must not take a decision without having received it. "

So the EU parliament, the only place you have a vote in Europe, can be ignored.

The legal system differences between the majority of the EU and the UK, how are these expected to be reconciled.

UK system has common law, precedent, and is also based on 'that which is not banned is allowed'.

EU ( most ) no common law, no precedent and based on 'that which is not allowed is banned'.

These questions will also be relevant for the, no doubt, inevitable new Scottish Independence Referendum.

Maybe our political servants will answer these questions then, but I won't be holding my breath.

LIGO team may have found dark matter


Re: Sample size?

also there may well be a hypothesis regarding black holes or dark matter that matches the data so far. This would make for a plausible theory for further tests to be carried out on.

What they have done is to propose a path of research, not state that this must be true.

Queensland creep cops charged with snooping through police records



Would it not just be a lot simpler to put her name into an image search?

The intelligence level seems to be no better than over here either

OpenIO pulls up ARM controller SOCs: Kinetic's Marvellous... can anybody do it?


Re: Looking for a problem to solve...

This looks like they are aiming at SME or large home installations. Pointless though it might be in the majority of cases in some it will fit, in others it's the bragging rights.

My household is up to nearly 6TB but I doubt that's enough justify an object store.

Lester Haines: RIP



Terrible news, my thoughts are with his family and friends.

I'll certainly raise a glass to him

Get outta here, officer, you don't need a warrant to track people by their phones – appeals court


Re: What about StingRay?

Not only am IANAL I'm not a US one either ...

I think it breaks down like this.

The third party they reference would be the service provider for your phone. The one you pay vast sums to so that you may call anyone you wish.

To provide the service, they require your location data. So you allow them this voluntarily otherwise it doesn't work.

Your phone company is now the third party that is referenced and is required to hand over the data if it is available, thereby providing an end run around the 4th.

You don't pay to connect to a Stingray device, so it is not your provider.

You don't voluntarily hand your data over because you don't know it's there, you could argue that this data has been 'stolen', at the very least misappropriated.

Stolen or misappropriated evidence is a no-no in the US hence all the fuss over 'parallel construction'.

So finally, to make this data court valid requires a warrant.

It's likely that it has always required one but it takes a while for any legal system to wake up and smell the coffee.

Disk death: Three-quarters of PCs will run SSDs by 2020


Re: only 3/4?

That depends, supply is restricted because many manufacturers were unsure about the value of investing that heavily. If the price starts to drop too dramatically then the cost of investment may not be recovered. Although some have announced new fabs things like xpoint etc are putting a brake on that.

I updated my laptop from an 750 GB SSHD with an 8GB Flash cache to a 500GB SSD earlier this year.

The boot time is directly comparable to the extent that I haven't actually noticed any real difference between them. As far as loading of programs go, the difference is easier to discern the larger the program is but is still not onerous.

When I'm given a laptop to repair, most still have a standard HDD with only RAM cache.

I suspect that the life of HDD could be extended by sticking a small SSD in front thereby giving the perception of being much faster because the boot time is comparable and this is what most people consider.

Once the supply ramps up properly and the cost of a 1TB SSD is less than twice the cost of a 1TB HDD then the consumer market will collapse

Troll seeks toll because iPhones work


Phone call but mobile

I think Apple are fully entitled to counter sue for vexatious litigation, after all the first actual calls from a mobile phone was what? 1973 ?

Half their cash hoard should be a sufficient amount with lack of due diligence by these people regarding worthless USPTO paper not being properly done.

Unless the USPTO can be bought into disrepute regarding it's rubber stamping crap nothing will change.

Spied upon by GCHQ? You'll need proof before a court will hear you...


Curious that no one has stated the obvious reasons

Exactly what does mass surveillance actually mean?


1. I am British and thus a spying target

2. I am not British and thus a spying target.

Or do I have the wrong interpretation of 'mass surveillance', always a possibility of course.

HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll


And of course

Will HSBC pay massive amounts of cash to train the person who your being made redundant for?

Oh colour me surprised, thought not

Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief


Re: It was a very serious crime.

Up voted but for the last line, too many use the word until instead of unless.

NYPD anti-crypto Twitter campaign goes about as well as you'd expect


A demonstration

of just how good the authorities are with how stuff works on the web. Saying they really suck just doesn't cover how appallingly bad they are.

The countries of the world are obviously in safe hands because I doubt this level of crass stupidity is restricted to the US.

Where's that bottle of decent Scotch gone? I need to find oblivion for a few hours.

Huawei's P9 flagship: There's a lot to Leica



My Jolla was on it's last legs and I went looking for a replacement running Sailfish because I quite like it. Cheapest I could find was 650GBP which is about 350 more than I paid for the Jolla.

I looked around and came across the oneplus 2 which did catch my interest especially since it's only 250 notes.

For the money I am very impressed by the hardware, the Android overlay, OxygenOS, is reasonably light without anything actually getting in the way. As far as I can tell the only things missing from a 'high' end phone is the NFC and IR neither of which I require, others might I don't.

I find that, on a personal basis, it's become very difficult to actually justify buying a phone that costs more than about 400GBP.

I cannot see the difference between the P9 and 1+2 that's worth nearly the cost of another 1+2, It may just be the fashion, I've never been good at fashion.

Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?


Re: Improve PC Specs

With you there AC, and I don't even use MS products. From what I have seen Win8 and 10 do work smoother than 7, but the GUI, oh hell that GUI.

Microsoft SQL Server for Linux is a brilliant and logical idea


Re: Why

You don't have to use the standard postgre.

You could use postgreXC and if you want commercial backing with management tools, support, replication, large doses of Oracle compatibility and training etc then you then you could always try Enterprise DB which builds on top of postgre XC.

It will still cost but you should manage to keep your eye and your leg attached.

I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!


Re: Unprofessional

I'm with you all the way on this, absolute discretion is a requirement, anything less than that is a breach of the trust that the person whos system your fixing has put in you.

I always request that they take a backup if they can before handing to me so that a full wipe is possible, if not I have a 1TB external that can be cleared to house the backup and a virus checker run against that before restore. I get the person to check that everything is there and then wipe the drive within a couple of days of handing back.

I try to view as little as possible and I would never mention what I may have seen to anyone. This should be the minimum standard applied when this kind of trust is placed in yourself.

Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI


Seems to me that short term memory is at fault.

Early on in this fiasco, I seem to recall that Apple have assisted in the recovery of data from hundreds of iPhones, their quote, for properly presented warrants for law enforcement. The requirement being that you have *not* reset the iCloud password associated with the iPhone.

Did not San Bernardino Police thank the FBI for helping them reset the password on the iPhones iCloud account or do I remember this incorrectly?

If that is the case then why are the FBI beasting Apple over the FBI, who should have known better, having screwed up recovery options? Recovery options that they cannot deny knowing about having used them before with properly issued warrants.

I don't use any Apple products, I don't actually like the way they work, but I'm with Apple over this one. The FBI screwed up the ability to recover the data. They are now scabbing about in the depths of the law system trying to find a way out without shouldering any blame.

Apple is quite right to give them the legally approved method of the Long bowmen two finger salute.

Crowd-funded OpenShot 2.0 delivers graphic Linux package


Apologies Chemist

Was looking at the minuscule size of the time line that Outcast posted a picture of and FF didn't repaint quickly enough, then I caught the down vote button on your post :P

Five Eyes nations must purge terrorists from the web, says Theresa May


It's OK AC, they said all terrorists, no more .gov.uk either by my reckoning

Free science journal library gains notoriety, lands injunctions


Re: Sounds like russian's don't know how copyright works...

I take it you did read the article?

Otherwise you may have noticed the term 'she' being used, just a heads up so your better prepared for your next troll.

No, no, no need to thank me it was a pleasure to help improve the level of trolling around here, it's been quite poor of late.

Women devs – want your pull requests accepted? Just don't tell anyone you're a girl


Fuzzy stuff

I've found that women are, in general, far better than men at a task if there is a lump of fuzzy type logic somewhere in the problem space. Where it is generally just plain hard/tortured logic I found that men were generally better. This is with quite a large cross-over between.

There are differences between men and women, apart from the obvious physical ones, that mean they will think and act differently. This is not always nurture, the nature word comes into it as well. This is not a bad thing. I look at it as men and women are complimentary, they can each fill deficiencies in the others method of thinking or doing things. Teams should include both sexes as it can vastly improve how a team operates.

I have seen sexist wide-boys in my time and, initially, women would just suffer it. Over the last decade or so they have really started to assert their right to be recognised and this level of sexism is retreating. The people who treated women the worst, however, were women who had been promoted 2 or 3 levels higher. To refer to those ones as bitchy is to underestimate the disrespect they would show to other women. This I have not seen reduce by a significant amount.

When it comes down to it, some men are just tossers and some women are real bitches. Do these people a favour and forget where the ladder is when they stop digging.

Europe makes it rain for cloud biz: £30m of gold showered on BT, IBM etc


never known this one

It doesn't say explicitly that it hopes to save money, presumably to avoid being embarrassed later

If they could actually be embarrassed for wasting other peoples money rather then being embarrassed being caught doing it then that statement would have some validity.

Not that I think it's a waste in this case, but more along the lines of ensuring that EU specific data stays within EU borders.

Won't stop the creepy boys but then what would?

When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'


Re: Surely the last one is obvious?

With you all the way on this one, work all the way to a logical stop and get off the programming bus then.

CMA to review BT whinge over superfast broadband price setting


just split Openretch from BT so that BT has no control and has to pay wholesale prices same as everyone else.

These kinds of splits have been carried out before, there is no reason why it can't be done now.

SanDisk offers super-slim terabyte SSD to tablet-pushers and other bulge-watchers


Re: ...in search of a problem?

They're just a little unimaginative.

Apple Mac laptops with one of these little sticks in anyone?

General PC type laptop no CD required, thin, light?

Then of course the 2.5" drive version.

Major boost for your file/application server, maybe an upgrade?

Depending on price a raid of them.

Replace the spinning combo 32GB SSD/1TB rust bucket in your own laptop ( my intention )

All the usual stuff just bigger, probably a lot pricier as well, but prices fall

After eight years, NASA's Dawn probe brings Ceres into closest focus

Thumb Up


Much more of this please Reg, some one closely involved with the project who can describe what they do with an eloquence and enthusiasm that gets us to read the entire article.

Well done to everybody on the Dawn project, you are all indeed deserving of the accolade boffin

Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban


Re: The guy is the hard-core Democrat's dream.

I didn't realise she was wearing a mask, thanks for pointing that out.

On a different note,

Syrian McKellen?

The mans an ignorant fool, Do not argue with a fool, they'll drag you down to their level and beat you on experience.

I think there are four horsemen saddling up ready for a positive result

Adobe's Flash tools now embrace HTML 5. Sadly Flash is still alive


No, please just no

/holds head in hands and weeps

Walmart spied on workers' Tweets, blogs before protests


just out of curiosity

Exactly how did Walmart monitor all their employees posts?

Did they purchase the software from LM and feed it everyone who works for them?

Did they give LM a full list of their employees to monitor?

In the first case, this is both very paranoid and creepy, in the second they actually handed a 'private company' full details of their employees? see first case.

What are, if any in the US, the legal implications of handing data such as this to a separate company?

As an aside, I don't have FB or twit so don't know if you could search real names for handles but how would Walmart or LM find these?

Spying does evoke a lot of internal emotion in a context such as this so consider this.

Assuming Walmart does not have employee handles what techniques where used to obtain them by either Walmart or LM and would this not be spying?

VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe


Well I wonder what happens now?

Now that diesel is essentially a busted flush unless you piss on it, will they go back and look at lean burn petrol?

The Marmite Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was pushing LB engines in the 80's page 127 at home and abroad but got over-ruled regarding R&D funds by a Europe that wanted diesel for climate change reasons.

I don't suppose any of those useless, feckless, spineless cretins in charge these days will be spreading Marmite on their toast.

Researchers say they've cracked the secret of the Sony Pictures hack


Re: Welcome back the WORM drive

http links are inserted as normal bird of prey

Amazon can sometimes be your friend

One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day


Re: Trivial

Some of us techies work in negative logic so use negative logic. You just have to remember to invert the meaning before your fingers/mouth communicate it

Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'


Re: But

How dare you diss VMS, mixed with DCL was a wonderfully easy system to use, and only 20 encyclopedic manual required.

CloudFlare drinks the DNSSEC kool-aid, offers it on universal basis


Trust is supposed to be a two way street

A visible chain of trust is all very well, but is it possible to trust any US corporation if your not a US citizen?

The very fact that these keys will be in the US to begin with is potentially damaging in and of itself with the current issues that are unfolding.

Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC


Gift or curse?

Has a client offered you an interesting gift after you sorted out their mess?

You would call a free membership to any political party a gift?

Either I need another cuppa to nudge my sarcasm detector into action or the world is getting madder

Identifying terrorists: Let's find a value for needle in haystack


Rejuvenate your mattress

and download porn from different sites to /dev/null 24/7. Make VM work for that extra few quid every month.

Then apply for a job to a government agency

How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year


Re: We are thankful

I think a more appropriate one would be from dear old Boney

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake

see icon


Re: @Vince - Undoing all the hard work in trustworthy computing...

Vince is entirely serious. Companies trust Microsoft because they don't normally have a plan 'B'.

The one I work at has a couple of mainframes, some Linux based servers, more MS based servers and every desktop is Win7, well apart from the 12 that run XP and a bit of software that 7 vomits all over.

The servers are slowly ( only about another decade to go ) being moved over to linux but the desktop is geared to stay solely MS.

If MS closed up tomorrow there would be panic in the upper echelons with what are *you* going to do about it questions. Talk to anyone in a large company with real decision making authority and they probably aren't aware that there is another OS other than MS. Even apple will be seen as 'those gadget fellas'

Millions of people forget to cancel Apple Music subscription


Re: Satisfied Customer

Mostly I'm with you, but for the trip to and from work spotify is a good way of listening to new stuff from different artists in the genres that you prefer.

I'll listen to a few tracks and if I like it I'll hunt down a CD, if not no real loss of time because you're travelling.

It certainly has its uses and helps me expand my music collection without wasting money.

Man goes to collect stolen-car court docs found in stolen car in stolen car


Re: Oxymoron List

You most definitely forgot

Honest Politician

Subscribe to your free El Reg newsletter and save 95% on Wired (UK) mag


It's nice to sit in the sun with a dead tree tech mag, slathered in your anti ginger factor 50 sun cream, and get away from the k/b for a while.

You should try it, there's a whole wide real world outside of your basement

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bacon and egg sushi


Re: Ermmm

but you want it cold so pre-prepared is the only way to go.

Get that tankful down, open fridge, gorge

sounds good to me

Ex-Apple bods suing Apple for bag searches get class-action upgrade



A lot of places have the right to search in the site rules.

These give the company the right to search your bag. In the UK this is legal as long as the site rules are available and there are signs displayed indicating right to search will be used.

Using it everyday for everybody may be considered excessive in a court but probably not illegal.

In some cases you can be asked to empty your pockets as well.

IANAL YMMV etc etc

Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees


Re: I'll stick with my MATE

may be a bit late for you but this still applies to the latest version of Mint as well


Since your the one setting the system up this is ideal for you

'Right to be forgotten' applies WORLDWIDE, thunders Parisian court


apart from the normal

Since the US seems to think their laws apply worldwide, apart from the arguments that normally go with that erroneous assumption, why shouldn't the French/EU?

If there was something about me that was linked internationally I would probably be ticked off since I am a supposed 'private citizen' but I think public officials should require a higher bar before something like this should be allowed.

Google is wrong here by not making that distinction between public and private individuals, and thus are violating the 'don't be evil' mantra.

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.