* Posts by Locomotion69

20 posts • joined 28 Aug 2014

Hubble memory errors persist despite NASA booting long-idle backup payload computer


"it is highly unlikely that all individual hardware elements have a problem"

Last time I heard that statement while troubleshooting a problem it made me go right there to look for it.

And for good reason...... Statistics are just "numbers".

Needless to say it was indeed a bunch of malfunctioning units which was supposed to be statistically "impossible".

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language


Re: There are two hard problems in Computer Science

No no no

- Users

- Those who claim to be an "expert" of some sort

- Did I mention "users" ?

Azure services fall over in Europe, Microsoft works on fix


Can I have a copy? Please?

"We have identified a transient issue impacting a backend service and we are actively scaling out our backend resources to mitigate the issue."

I am dying to receive a copy of the software capable in generating this kind of sentences - event politicians cannot be this vague...

Subaru parks plans to make 58,000 cars due to brakes on silicon supply chain


Except that from the middle of next year, everything electronic which is now considered a gadget of some sort will be compulsary on a new car in the EU:

intelligent speed assistance,

alcohol interlock installation facilitation,

driver drowsiness and attention warning systems,

advanced driver distraction warning systems,

emergency stop signals,

reversing detection systems,

event data recorders,

accurate tyre pressure monitoring,

advanced emergency braking systems,

emergency lane-keeping systems,

enlarged head impact protection zones capable of mitigating injuries in collisions with vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists.

My Subaru from 2018 has most of these already installed, not sure about the alcohol interlock thing though.

Cons: more weight, more electronic reliance, and definitely (a lot) more cost.

'Agile' F-35 fighter software dev techniques failed to speed up supersonic jet deliveries


Not the solution.

Agile development is not the solution to this IT problem as it is too complicated to be understood by the ordinary human being assigned to solve it.

As, unfortunately, in most cases.

Last stop before MAUI: Xamarin Forms 5.0 released for cross-platform mobile, new features, new bugs


Re: Another week, another version of another unwanted Microsoft framework...

I read it too quickly: ... much shittier with more lawyers.

Bad software crashed Boeings. Now it appears the company lacked a singular software supremo


Re: It was not a software problem

No sir,

The problem was that the software was relying on flawed information from a defective AoA, the pilots not being aware of the presence of this particular software feature in the first place, and therefore not thinking of the option to just switch it off (button was provided, yet not documented anywhere).

Like Uber, but for satellite launches: European Space Agency’s ride-sharing rocket slings 53 birds with one bang



More crap in space to increase chances for satellite collisions.

GitHub redesign goes mobile-friendly – to chagrin of devs who shockingly do a lot of work on proper computers


Up the ladder

Of moving from a useful tool for some towards useless for everybody.

Azure-hosted AI for finding code defects emitted – but does it work?


But did it check itself?

Before I would burn any money on this: let it check its own source code first.

If it shows defects: it probably works, but has code defects so it cannot be trusted.

If there are no defects: it probably does not work.

Nine in ten biz applications harbor out-of-date, unsupported, insecure open-source code, study shows


O dear

Only to realize someone is not maintaining an app that should legally not exist in the first place...

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you



Just "Pane". As in Window pane.

It wants to be regarded as a "transparant" company. And in most cases, they start that way but soon the dirt settles.

And it sounds similar to "Pain" which is also applicable.


Are you writing code for ambient computing? No? Don't even know? Ch-uh. Google's 'write once, run anywhere' Flutter is all over it


Great solution!

But what is the problem it does should solve ?

14 sailors die aboard Russian cable spy, er, ocean research nuke sub after fire breaks out


Re: Nightmarish stuff

For those on the continent: Submarine "Tonijn" is on display at the navy museum in Den Helder, Netherlands.


Complex automation won't make fleshbags obsolete, not when the end result is this dumb


That is exactly why planes fly themselves - but professional pilots are still there in order to take control if anything goes wrong.

That is also the same reason why self driving cars is an ultimate dump idea as there will be a lot "underaverage" skilled drivers behind the wheel when things go out of control.

IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities


We are screwed

The concept is good as a concept, but every implementation so far proves to be bad. Even worse, nothing will change until someone actually exploits a massive hack and shuts down an entire city/traffic network/airport/hospital/... Once we figure out that securing will be a. extremely expensive, b. make IoT devices going offline all the time thus crippling it functionality and c. does not provide 100% security we are forced to accept to be pwned every now and then.

Microsoft offers Linux certification. Do not adjust your set. This is not an error


The end is near

Windows 11 = Linux core with WinXP desktop windowmanager.

New edition of Windows 10 turns security nightmares into reality

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Actually this makes sense. Now you can test before you deploy. Consider the unlikely event of an update being so crap that it makes your thingy unable to boot. I mean, this has never happened before and, oh wait....

Google spins up 'FREE, unlimited' cloud photo storage 4 years before ad giant nixes it


Re: I pay nothing too.

Same here. And this "service" is something I am definitely not going to use anyway.

Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything


Options extra?

Go buy a car. Basic price may seem OK, but the option list is enormous, and so is the total price at the end of the quotation :(

Nothing new. Happens everywhere.


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