* Posts by MrRimmerSIR!

152 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Nov 2015


Python tops programming love list – but if you want a job, learn SQL


Re: SQL and CSS? Programming languages?

Olli, I'm sure it's not just you. SQL may not be a general purpose programming language in the way that C is, but it is Turing Complete and at the end of the day all languages move bits. It's just that SQL is geared to moving lots of them at the same time.

Software developer cracks Hyundai car security with Google search


Re: *Ford Escort Mexico*

AC Cobra

Database from the 1980s needs time travel says author


"Column stores are just more efficient full stop. At least when you're talking about reads. They're slow for writes (cf Snowflake's newly announced row-centric engine for transactions), but the ability to pack identically typed values into runs of columns significant improves compression performance, and also enables encoding schemes like dictionary encoding and run-length encoding. You can then couple that with clever techniques like zordering on write for scan/seek performance that make traditional indexes-on-rows look like a clapped out volvo from the 1950s.

Or in other words Postgres should almost certainly just adopt Parquet as its column store and be done with it.


Or get the best of both worlds, use SQL Server and have the current table configured with standard indexes and the history table as a clustered columnstore. No need to move data to multiple locations.

NASA's Chandra probe suddenly becomes an EX-ray space telescope (for now, anyway)


They still do

(without sounding too middle class). The manufacturer you are looking for is called "Miele". It was about double the price of an equivalent Bosch, but we got a 10 year p&l warranty on our current (and first Miele) washing machine. Virtually all our previous ones have lasted 3-5 years before becoming uneconomical to repair however one family I know have had their Miele for 20, and that includes washing the rather horsey clothing of their daughter (sounds posh, smells not so).

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms


Re: RE: Mooseman

"On the most minuscule of majorities on an advisory referendum HMG has decided unconditionally that we leave"

A simple majority where 1.2m more people voted to leave than to stay, hardly "miniscule". It's called the democratic will of the people. You might not like it. I might not like it. But ignoring it would not have been an option for whichever government was in place at the time.

Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown


Smoke me a Kipper

Does SMEG do chicken soup vending machines?

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: Is their hardware history better or worse than their software history?

Sorry 45RPM, in your political zeal and general hatred of Thatcher you seem to be a bit confused...

"The sick man of Europe" label was given to the UK long before Thatch was in power:

"Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, the United Kingdom was frequently called the "sick man of Europe", first by foreign commentators, and later at home by critics of the third Wilson/Callaghan ministry, because of industrial strife and poor economic performance compared to other European countries.[9] This era is considered to have started with the devaluation of the pound in 1967, culminating with the Winter of Discontent of 1978–79, the period between the Three-Day Week in 1973-74 and the IMF bailout in 1976 is generally seen by Britons as one of the darkest periods in the country's modern history. At different points throughout the decade, numerous countries such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, and Greece were cited by the American press as being "on the verge of sickness" as well. "

"The banks were supported through deregulation" leading to the banking crisis was Brown's doing=

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13032013. In contrast, Thatchers breaking up of the cosy City old boys network injected much cash into a stagnant part of the economy, making London the financial powerhouse that it remains (so far).

You are right about the lack of investment as anyone who remembers the Transputer would recognise. Unfortunately all governments, regardless of side, seem to shy away from that sort of investment as it hits the borrowing requirement. This is one reason why the railways etc. were privatised as that allowed them to search for capital outside of government restrictions. 40 year sof state ownership did not leave British Rail in an enviable state.

An $18m supercomputer to simulate brains of mice in the land of Swiss cheese. How apt, HPE


Re: Swiss scientists should expect to find a desire for cheese


Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?


Re: If only...

You misunderstand (or maybe I wasn't clear enough). I was commenting on the OPs lack of understanding about why people commute rather than live near where they work.


Re: If only...

Life is a bit more nuanced that you appear to understand. Think about where most jobs are and how much it costs to live within those areas. Then think about the differing needs of people who are at different points in their lives.

MOS-SAD: Israeli govt weighs in on Facebook privacy, promises action


Re: Democracy?

You're not an anti-semite? Really?

Perhaps you should read this example of a definition then...


"Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor."


"Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation."


i could go on but I can't be arsed to trawl through your other posts on the subject.

Do tell me how you're getting on with protesting against the Turkish genocide in or what Iran/Saudi Arabia are doing to Yemen. When you start giving a shit about all the other conflicts in the world (noting that the Syrian civil war for instance has killed almost half a million people compared to the 80000 in the whole of Israel's existence), then you can stand on your moral high ground preaching.


Re: Democracy?

Perhaps you can tell me if this guy is an Israeli stooge then.


I'm sure your Arabic is better than mine, so please feel free to validate the translation from this article



Indeed, it is fascinating to see how much hatred is directed against Israel, out of all proportion and with complete disregard to other similar situations around the world.



Re: Democracy?

At least you don't try to dress up your anti-semitism.

So only Israeli media say they were members of Hamas? I suppose this site is part of a global Jewish conspiracy then... https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/50-hamas-members-claim-does-not-justify-gaza-massacre. Please let me know if I missed the refutation.

How about CNN? https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/16/middleeast/hamas-members-gaza-deaths/index.html

"those villagers to live on land that doesn't belong to them". From the river to the sea?


Re: Democracy?

You mean the ones who were shot... and who just happened to be active members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad etc.? You know, the ones who wanted to break through the fence and kill all the villagers next door? Next you'll be telling us it was a peaceful protest!

Israel cyberczar drops hints about country's new security initiative


@Terry 6

Just got back from Labour Live then? How was it?

Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?


If hospitals don't buy their equipment the industry might just start to listen."

If hospitals don't buy their equipment (from an industry where all the players operate very similar licence terms) people might die.

Uh oh! Here's yet more AI that creates creepy fake talking heads


Re: a tad overblown

Uncle Jo.. lovely chap. Everyone was well fed in the Soviet Union.

Addy, salt of the earth and wouldn't say boo to a goose. Just ask Ken.

I suppose next you'll be telling us that Bashy was just doing a bit of spring cleaning with some chlorine-based disinfectant.

Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source


Re: Re BillG: Keep it going

Try Zoho email. I have finally succumbed to the new front end and I must say it's pretty good. Has a button on the right to view all attachments in one tab.

What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity


Re: Military operation

You actually believe the UN is impartial in this matter?


Re: Military operation

No silly, that's the job of the Pakistani Army.


Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight


Hello Concorde!

(If it was still flying) Just goes to show how advanced the old bird was, and how I will take the regret of never having flown on one to my dying day.

NASA stalls $8bn James Webb Space Telescope again – this time to 2020


Re: Stamp it as "Necessary for the Continuing Security of Israel"

Oh FFS, can you not possibly keep dragging everything back to your pet obsession? Go and do something useful like defend JC on Guido Fawkes or the Graun with all the other Anti Zio-obsessives.

India: Yeah, we would like to 3D-print igloos on the Moon


It was a stinker

I had very fond memories of watching Space 1999 as a kid so took it upon myself to acquire the complete set. They say never meet your heroes. I'd add to that, leave nostalgia where it belongs - in the past.

I haven't summoned up the courage to watch UFO yet. Could it be worse?

Chilly willies: Swedish nudie nightclub opens in -11°C to disgust of locals


Re: IT?

I think the IT angle is that even in this situation, you're bound to find a gaggle of geeks in a corner cooing over their latest gadgets, completely oblivious to the bacchanalian activities going on around them.

Mine's the one with the Gemini in the pocket (left in the cloakroom, obviously).

uTorrent file-swappers urged to upgrade after PC hijack flaws fixed


Re: libtorrent

I have (and used to have one) but wanted to keep the box as silent as possible without locking it away in a closed cupboard as there is nowhere else to put it. The sizzle of a continuously moving hard drive head was getting a bit irritating.



shags SSDs. I had been using qBitTorrent for a while until the cache SSD started to play up. Then I found out that libtorrent doesn't cache writes like uTorrent does, so the SSD was being hammered senseless. Switched back to an old verison of utorrent, without the advertising nonsense. One write burst every 2s is much kinder to the old cells.

Does anybody know of a decent client that runs under Windows and does not use libtorrent?

And lo! Crypto-coins came unto the holy land. And the wise decreed they must all be taxed


@Toilet Duk

Just like any other state. Care to explain the subtext of your sly comment?

Arm emits designs to add iSIM tech to Internet of Stuff


Arn or ARM

No 'arm in asking.

The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like





1990 called asking for its technology back.

iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles


Re: Samsung needs to find Android buyers?

Random search found a phone with a rather similar looking screen. Obviously not the same one form out back of the factory for that price...


US docs show Daimler may have done a Dieselgate – German press claims


Exhaust aftertreatment

Wow! They really were taking the piss.

Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!


Re: Translation?

That's very naively sweet of you. You'd be surprised how many nutters there are in power - when you remove the democratic filter, all sorts of crazy get into power.


Watch out, El Reg!



In December 2012, a Sudanese newspaper reported that the Sudan government had captured a vulture in the town of Kereinek, which they said was an Israeli spy bird and was tagged in Hebrew and equipped with electronic devices. Iran's Press TV later claimed the bird was an eagle "equipped with Mossad’s tracking and other surveillance devices."

Ohad Hazofe, the avian ecologist, told Israeli news site Ynet: "This is a young vulture that was tagged, along with 100 others, in October. He has two wing bands and a German-made GPS chip." Hazofe denied that the device had any photographic capabilities. In an interview with CNN, he stated that "I'm not an intelligence expert, but what would be learned from putting a camera onto a vulture? You cannot control it. It's not a drone that you can send where you want. What would be the benefit of watching a vulture eat the insides of a dead camel?"

NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump



"Like Brexit, YOU LOST. "


No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS



Very good.

Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)


Come the Revolution

There won't be any question of handing over money to a private monopoly provider, as there will be but one State run monopoly to do all the work just as efficiently as it did pre 1980s.

UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?


Re: Tax Laws

How many of the world's 5 largest economies are in the EU?


Don't let any complexities in the argument get in the way of a good rant, eh?


How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini



Two things I wish it had, which have stopped me from ordering up to now:

1. Backlight on the keyboard (would be so nice if the letters would light up like my HP Envy laptop, rather than glowing aroud the keys).

2. Mediatek SoC... AFAIAA, they have not released all kernel source code under GPL, which stuffs up custom ROMs and future versions of Android.

Nevertheless, we'll see what happens. Thanks El Reg!

Lights, camera, 802.11ax-ion!


Chicken, Egg

I don't understand the moaning about "headline speeds", on an IT website of all places This is a brand new chipset for an as-yet unratified standard. Of course it has to be well ahead of the curve. I'm sure that in time infrastructure will change and make these chips (or their replacements) more useful, just as it did when we were all stringing up fast ethernet and 11b and 11g/gigabit was in the horizon.

YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven


Average IQ

Presumably the average is always the same, as by definition 2/3rds are between 85 and 115.

I had a conversation with a friend recently who stated that she was sure that a larger percentage of the population had a below-average IQ now than 10 years ago.

Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1



So far, for all the short interconnects, the ones I bought from Poundland have worked perfectly well, 4k60'n'all.

Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it


Re: Fragile. Very fragile.

I'm sure his replacement will have an iPad to do the difficult stuff.

Robot granted Saudi citizenship has more rights than Saudi women




As if the UN hasn't done enough to be discredited.

NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report


Re: I work in the NHS

Good to hear from someone on the inside. The key here is that it is not possible to lock down the apps or OS on an individual machine, so the bext that can be done is to have firewalls and other access control mechanisms in place.

And when a supplier fails to do what they claim to have done, there should be penalty clauses invoked to make sure they don't fail again. I wonder if said crap company has had moneys withheld? (yes, that was a rhetorical question, I think we know the answer).

It's all very well blaming "the NHS" or "the DOH", but both organisations are made up of people. Again, accountability should mean the pen-pushers responsible for the failures should be personally liable.

'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'


Re: Confused AC

"However one side is supposed to be a first word democratic state so imo has far less of an excuse."

And that seems like a good point to end the discussion... classic case of one side being held to a far higher - and unattainable - standard whilst the other side is allowed to practice the most vile activities with impunity. So many examples from the treatment of the LGBT community through to the very words written in their respective constitutions. How any white middle class Graun reading, left leaning patrician can sit by whilst their unelected "friends" continue to make the lives of their own people as well as those around them so miserable is a continual source of fascination and sadness.


Re: Confused AC

"It was routine for many many years and likely still is."

ohreally? Likely? Proof?

"What Hamas might do is irrelevant."

Of course it is. Because they are freedom fighters? So firing rockets from civilian areas is OK then.


What would any other country do in this situation? Ignore the problem?

Even UNWRA complained!


"Most Palestinians are not members of Hamas."

The point being?

Perhaps you should read the reports you site...

""The State of the World’s Human Rights,” as the annual report is known, documents human rights violations in 159 countries. A press release attached to the report highlights 22 countries as “examples of the rise and impact of poisonous rhetoric, national crackdowns on activism and freedom of expression." The list includes – although the report notes that it was “by no means limited to” – China, Egypt, France, India, Iran, Syria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Israel does not appear on this list.

The report documents how 36 countries, including Israel, broke international law by returning refugees to countries where their safety was at risk. It documents how people in 22 countries (not including Israel) were killed for peacefully standing up for human rights and how war crimes were committed in at least 23 countries (including Israel).

The report does not spare the Palestinian governing bodies either. “Neither the Palestinian government nor the Hamas de facto administration in Gaza took steps to ensure accountability for crimes committed by Palestinians armed groups in previous conflicts, including indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks on Israel and summary killings of alleged ‘collaborators,’” it states. According to the report, Palestinians killed 16 Israelis, most civilians, and one foreign national in stabbings, car-rammings, shootings and other attacks last year."

S'funny how of all the countries reported on, only Israel gets its legitimacy questioned.


Re: Confused AC

Perhaps you should read the articles you post links to...


"Two Israeli soldiers were today convicted of using a nine-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield during the three-week Gaza war in 2008-9 and could face a prison sentence of up to three years.

The soldiers, who ordered the boy to open bags suspected of containing explosives, were charged with inappropriate behaviour and overstepping authority in a closed military trial.

Israeli military protocols forbid the use of human shields."

So, two soldiers were convicted BY AN ISRAELI military court for breaking Israeli law. Can you imagine the same thing happening to a Hamas operative who did the same?


"The Israeli army said it "regretted" the deaths and called a halt to the shelling. It offered help to get the survivors to Israeli hospitals. The shells that hit Beit Lahia beach were the latest of more than 6,000 fired into the Gaza Strip by Israel over the past two months. One possibility is that they had fallen short when being fired at areas on the outskirts of Beit Lahia used by armed Palestinian groups to launch rockets into Israel."

etc. etc.