* Posts by Adelio

380 posts • joined 19 Jan 2015


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

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Re: Fastly 'fesses up'

Any changes should be rolled out in phases over a period of months.

A Pain I know but then if a bug IS introduced it hopefully will affect less of the system.

I know more testing could have been done, but it is almost impossible to test every possible permutation, especially in a reasonable amount of time.

Australian cops, FBI created backdoored chat app, told crims it was secure – then snooped on 9,000 users' plots

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Re: * The Man:

MY own opinion is that certification is ONLY useful at the start of someone's career. Once they have spent a few (> 5 years) in job then the skills that they have from their past jobs are more important than certification. If you are 40 years old and have college or university degrees, these are not very useful in gauging a persons current skillset.

G7 nations aim for global 15 per cent tax on big tech and bin digital services taxes

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Re: Define "currency" ?

Anyone who uses these fake currencies deserve EVERYTHING that they get.

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Re: Too soft too weak

do not forget individulas in the UK have a threshold amount thery do not pay tax for (approx 12k for basic rate taxpayers)

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Re: Too soft too weak

maybe what they should do is ignore costs from other parts of the company that are not related to physical goods.

So costa coffee camen islands cannot charge a shed load of money for licencing to costa coffee UK.

any anything they do charge had to be at market prices. Not charging $1000 a kilo for coffee.

Now that Trump is useless to Zuckerberg, ex-president is exiled from Facebook for two years, possibly indefinitely

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Re: Punishment?

Not using facebook myself I do not see the issue.

In fact i am appalled at how many people still think that facebook is the way to live their lives.


Get a life, a real one.

BMA and Royal College of GPs refuse to endorse NHS Digital's data grab from surgeries in England

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What is the rush, unless they are expecting to get a load of cash from "other" parties.

Spend 2 years getting it right and broadcasting the message of the benefits and how it is to be used. There have been too many instances where things are rushed and done badly.

China reveals plan to pump out positive news about itself. Let's see what happens when that lands with social media fact-checkers

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Re: Pushback against decades of propaganda might be futile

is not the problem with most of these "socialist" states that what they really mean is that the people running the party get all the goodies and the rest of the people slave to keep the party leaders in power.

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maybe there should be tit for tat bans of social media. If facebook is banned in china then facebook should ban all official and unofficial propaganda from China

What to do about open source vulnerabilities? Move fast, says Linux Foundation expert

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Re: The problem with testing

I found that if i had a problem then walking through the code with someone else generally helped.

"carboard cutout" mode.

Activist millionaires protest outside Jeff Bezos' homes to support tax rises for the rich

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I think the issue is NOT about them paying more tax (as a percentage) than us but paying anywhere close to the SAME percentage as us. I guess Bezos probably pays less than 10% of his income in tax. probably a lot less.

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Re: Tax avoidance costs

The one thing i will add is that Amazon, like most large corporations try very hard NOT to pay their general staff too much or pay much in taxes, as i recall AMAZON spent many years trading at a loss (apparently)

The imbalance between the top earners in a company and the rest of their staff is just getting worse and worse.

And these rich people managing to pay less and less taxes just insults everybody.

Most of us would love to pay (as a percentage of their wage) as little as the top 1% of rich people.

Ransomware victim Colonial Pipeline paid $5m to get oil pumping again, restored from backups anyway – report

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Not sure how culpable the IT department is, most likely they have been telling their bosses unless they need to spend more money on IT defenses this was going to happen. but that would reduce the bosses current pay/bonus.

Elon Musk hits the brakes on taking Bitcoin for Tesla purchases

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What is the point

There are 2 seperate things arounf crypto currencies

1. The "ledger" used for all transactions

2. the generation of new "coins"

Although i can see a reason and a use for the "ledger" I have never understood the reasoning for "mining" Why not just have a central repository "like the central bank" that "generates" or Creates the "coin" and distributes it.

The mining seems to have NO purpose in of itself except to soak up billions of watts of electricity.

Does anyone have a good reason for the "mining"?

43 years and 14 billion miles later, Voyager 1 still crunching data to reveal secrets of the interstellar medium

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Voyager shows us that NASA knew how to build stuff.

Lead with brilliant engineers and you get great results. Long may NASA (and the other agencies) continue

As another vendor promises 3 years of Android updates, we ask: How long should mobile devices receive support?

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In my eyes depreciation is something that companies do. people just buy items and expect them to work the same on days 1 as for now.

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More to the point, people were updating their phones even when they could not really afford it. (My sons parter, i am talking to you)

I have a s9+ and plan to keep it for at least 5 years.

As any phone i buy MUST have a headphone socket and a memory card slot I probalby am not going to find many phones to buy!

I think that manufacturers that remove the headphone socket did so for only ONE reason. Money.

'A massive middle finger': Open-source audio fans up in arms after Audacity opts to add telemetry capture

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Re: Democracy?

Hard to trust ANY politian, but the thing is what do you do without them.

I know there are some honest politians, just not always easy to find.

Microsoft has gone to great lengths to push its tech, but survey suggests many devs slipped through the .NET

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Re: The top choice is ASP.NET Web API

This is the thing. When I was writing standard windows applications (thick client) I just used all that microsoft provided plus some third party UI controls. It worked a treat.

Now with web based apps if you are not using at least 10 different tools. Angular, MVC, etc, etc then you are doing it wrong. REALLY? Why is it all so complicated now.

You look at job adverts and the list of required skills now seems to fill the page.

everyone seems to insist on reinventing the wheel every other week!

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Have to agree, any simple form can be written in most languages (that handle UI) but once you get to more sophisticated interfaces where you might be accessing tens of tables with multiple views and complicated descision tress data binding just does not cut the mustard.

That was always the problems with microsoft code examples, so simple my six year old granddaughter could have done it. But once you get to a sophisticated business application the examples weree a total wast of time.

Samsung stops providing security updates to the Galaxy S8 at grand old age of four years

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Re: Have you actually seen the performance of a 5+ year old iPhone with the latest Software?

My current phone is an S9+ and is out of contract.

I always by phones with micro SD slots (and a headphone socket).

The way Apple sells phone (Zero ability to upgrade storage and charge a hefty premium for the previledge) was something i would not consider.

There are very few phones left for me to buy that have a headphone socket and expandable storage.

If they would also allow me to replace the battery then that would be evn better.

My wife has an S7 and is not interested in upgrading. It still works.

Intel laid me off for being too old, engineer claims in lawsuit

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Re: So he waited

Absolutely none, you are correct. After working in the industry for many years school accademic qualifications as meaningless.

Appeals court nixes online blueprint sharing ban on 3D-printed 'ghost guns'

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Re: Why bother with 3D printing

Conscription exists in Israel for all Israeli citizens over the age of 18 who are Jewish (both genders)

that means that most of them will have had professional training on the use of weapons.

I do not think you can say the same for most Americans,

Just pop to Walmart and get a passle of guns. Do you know how to use them? no. Are you a fit and able person to use them responsibily? No, of course not. They have then 2nd Ammendment that gives them the goddam right to own and use guns even if they are idiots.

Gun ownership is NOT a right, it should be a priveledge and you should have to be passed as reliable AND have had sufficient training to use them properly.

and selling firearms should have the same rules wether it is a private or commercial transaction.

I live in the UK, we have approx 65 gun deaths a YEAR for 67 million people. America has 37,000 gun deaths for 350 million. I would suggest that American needs to tighten up the rules on owning and using firearms. YOU DO NOT live in the WILD WILD West, Yehaw.....

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout

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Re: Yankees and roundabouts

The thing you have to remember is that each type of junction has it's uses. Traffic lights work well in some places, roundabouts in others. Horses for courses. Ther advantage of rounderbouts is that no electricity or computers required. unlike traffic lights which 1) sometimes do not work, and 2) can be red for you when there is no other traffic. (when will i ever see inteligent traffic lights that can read the cars on the road?)

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Re: Hemel Hempstead

I always get the impression the the American version of a driving test is "can you trurn the radio on?"

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Re: Er ...

And after the disaster of the power cuts many texans do not like the texas power companies.

PCs continue to sell like hot cakes and industry can barely keep up with demand – analyst

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But PC are now powerful enough for most people that a 5 or 7 or even longer lifetime is acceptable.

I am still running an i4-4330 at work. must be at least 6 years old.

16Gb ram and a SSD so it runs ok.

For home i want something more powerful and i have an i7.4790 w 16gb > 5 years old. I plan , if I can ever get a reasonably priced video card to upgrade to an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X.

Thing is I have no idea when video cards will actually be available, and at a reasonable price.

I was never an avid gamer requiring a TOP end card, last time i spent <£200 of my video card. Now looks like I am going to have to spend double. again assuming I can actually get a card.

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I respect people that prefer laptops.

Me i hate them and always have. Rubbish keyboard, I hate the mousepad and the screen too small (I use dual screens at home and work)

I have never needed anything portable. Why would i want to lug a laptop around with me?

GCHQ boss warns China can rewrite 'the global operating system' in its own authoritarian image

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Re: Didnt you notice

" forcing ALL motorcyclists to have trackers on their bikes"

Really, I find it very hard to believe, link please.

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Re: Obvious irony aside...

I live in huddersfield and via Virgin I have 200mb broadband (coax) and can go up to 300mb. City fibre has already laid fibre around huddersfield, i presume sometime this year I can go to fibre > 1gb.

39 Post Office convictions quashed after Fujitsu evidence about Horizon IT platform called into question

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Re: Cowards and Liars

ANYONE who has worked in software knows there is NO SUCH THING as bug free software.

It just does NOT happen. EVER!!!!!

And i also mean the firmweare in the chips that the software runs on.

iFixit wants you to be legally able to break software locks to repair gizmos. Unsurprisingly, manufacturers are less keen

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Re: Environmental repair tax

Oh, no, but think of the company profits!

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Yes, but havn't companies tried to patent DNA sequences, totally wrong and should NOT be allowed.

BOFH: Postman BOFH's Special Delivery Service

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Re: Peace and quiet

I plan to be retired by this time next year, if they introduce hot desking i may retire earlier.

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Re: Peace and quiet

HotDesking, I cringe at the thought. Whoever thought it was a good idea should be shot.

Starlink creates risk of internet investment doom cycle, says APNIC researcher

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The real issue is that broadband companies have had years of government money to bring high speed internet to the poorer served people but never actually did it. they just kept the money for themselves.

Complaining about starlink is silly. Starlink has never said that they were there for large conurbations. just like you would not use existing satalite broadband in a city, so the same applies to starlink.

If you have a QNAP NAS, stop what you're doing right now and install latest updates. Do it before Qlocker gets you

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Re: "follow the 3-2-1 rule on backups"

Hard to do an optical backup when you have more that a very small amout of data.

CD 600mb, DVD 4/8gb. My goodness, just my photos take up > 380Gb.

I used to do Optical backup in the day but i ended up with a LOT of discs (CD)

Bank of England ponders minting 'Britcoin' to sit alongside the Pound

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Re: Global Warming?

I presume the Government would "mine" the coins and then "sell" them on.

Why do people think it is a good idea to "mine" these things?

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Another Stupid Idea.

As said by others. most of these people have NO idea what they are suggesting, how it works, the risks etc.

It would be worthless outside of the UK, no one is going to use it. Probably will contain tech to track us even more closely.

Google's FLoC flies into headwinds as internet ad industry braces for instability

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Re: How does El Reg feel about this?

try installing ublock origin, cleans up el-reg nicely

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But as far as i am concerned they should not KNOW who i am or what other sites or things i look at outside of the site.

So google should not know about anything outside of doing a google search

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Re: It's imperative that the new technology ... allows for legally compliant data-sharing

In my honest opinion if i never have to experience a single add EVER again it will not be to soon.

Even if large swaths od the web dissapear.

Facebook, Twatter etc. They can all disapear as far as I am concerned.

Microsoft calls time on Timeline: Don't worry, more features that nobody asked for coming your way

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Re: "Local activity history will remain on Windows 10"


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Re: Timeline? What the hell is that?

Yup, who actually wants or needs a Microsoft account. I do not and never will.

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The other thing that microsoft do is launch something, then rename it, then rename it again... and again and then finally drop it!

Google proposes Logica data language for building more manageable SQL code

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Re: All depends on the author coding

Although for me anything ORACLE should normally be avoided, the one thing I DID like about ORACLE SQL was the fact you could have a single package with multiple methods, functions, some public others private. Easier to keep things all together. SQL server the same thing could have 10's of seperate SQL stored procs and functions. Makes to code base a bit more messy.

And yes, once you get over a hundred lines it can become a paid to read. Not really designed to do lots of complicated stuff easilly.

having 16 joins or more in a SQL is a Pain.....

having people design tables without knowing what they are doinf and they having to deal with the consquences afterwards is also a real pain. Not everyone has the option of refactoring a database (OR part of it) to make it more meaningful.

What the FLoC? Browser makers queue up to decry Google's latest ad-targeting initiative as invasive tracking

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I do not want ads

I may be how google (and others make money) in part but it does not mean I want ads, let alone personalised ads.

I get sick and tired of seeing emailed etc about products I have looked at or bought.

If I want to buy something I will look for it. If I have already bought something why would i want to buy another.

Please do not send me ads ,ANY ads, EVER!

After years of dragging its feet, FCC finally starts tackling America's robocall scourge

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Re: I fuck with their heads...

They should positivly block ANY company that does more than a reasonable number of calls a day (say 5000) then the company has to prove that they have a valid case for making so many calls and the number they expect to make (on average)

NASA writes software update for Ingenuity helicopter to enable first Mars flight

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Is this more sotware written (and not tested) by boeing?


I have great respect for the NASA people, these things happen and I know they can fix it. Now if Boeing actually did write the software!

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

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Re: Not necessarily.

assuming 69kg per adult passenger may not work as well in the USA, there are a LOT of big people.



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