* Posts by Bonzo_red

102 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Feb 2016


The chip that changed my world – and yours


Is the Zed 80 the British cousin of the Zee 80?

IBM to acquire Hashi for $6.4B, hopes it will boost software biz and Red Hat


Are they using the same advisors as HP used for their acquisition of Autonomy?

Microsoft really does not want Windows 11 running on ancient PCs


Exactly - with my 7500u based laptop it was a relatively trivial task to install W11, and the SSE4.2 issue will not arise. As an ASUS device, installing W10 with the incompatible sound driver was more of an issue.

UK elections are unaffected by China's cyber-interference, says deputy PM


Cambridge Analytica

Zero investigations? I would call the Information Commissioner's report an investigation even if it came to the conclusion they were not involved.

Beijing-backed cyberspies attacked 70+ orgs across 23 countries


Re: Could this be related

You are suggesting that Earth Krahang are UK based and as a result of their lack of pasties they have decided to while away the time with such activities?

Reddit gets a call from Nokia about patent infringement ahead of going public


Re: Reddit was started in 2005

At a guess the tech concerned is some form of video codec which wasn't around in 2005.


Re: Patents were created to avoid the "trade secret" problem.

In the term "Letters Patent", the "patent" bit means "open" as in not secret. So by being granted a "letter patent" you are opening up your secrets to the world. Patent is derived from the Latin pateo, to lie open, exposed, accessible.

Apple pulls Watch Series 9, Ultra 2 from shelves in US after Masimo patent brawl


Re: Such a stupid system

Has Masimo offered to license the patents or would they rather sell their own blood-monitoring smart watches in greater numbers?

Brit bendy chip firm Pragmatic scores funding to boost production


World leaders in semiconductor innovation

For a world leading innovator, the company appears to have remarkably few patents - there is a rash of five applications from 2021, perhaps encouraged by the funding round, but on the face of it little else.

German budget woes threaten chip fab funding for Intel and TSMC


Debt brake released

The German government has decided that at least for 2023, the "Schuldenbremse" can be overridden. Prsemably they can do the same for the following years if they do not come up with a solution to their budget problems.

Car industry pleads for delay to post-Brexit tariffs on EVs


The tariffs were brought in because Uncle Sam refused to let cars from the EU have the same rebates as US built cars - they were intended to catch Teslas but ended up hitting domestic industry.

Intel hit with $948.8 million VLSI infringement verdict


That is a generalized summary of the patent, not the claimed scope of protection, which reads, for example, "a system for processing information, the system comprising: a memory configured to hold data; at least two processors, each configured to perform operations, and to generate an access request when one of the operations involves access to the data, wherein each access request includes an indication of whether or not this occurrence of the access request is to be performed in a sequential order among other occurrences of the access request and, if so, an indication of a specified order; and a controller configured to receive the access requests from each of the processors, to determine a performance order for the access requests, and to provide the access requests to the memory in the performance order, wherein the performance order conforms to the specified order when the access requests indicate the specified order."

Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain's first high-tech monarch


Re: Titles not necessarily constant

Wales was not a nation though, it was a principality, and the English took it over only 65 years after Llywelyn and his friends decided to call it theirs.


Driving Test

Not sure about that driving test bit. My mum had a full UK driving licence but never took a test.

CERN draws up shutdown plans to save energy


Re: Ukraine is a (large) straw that broke the camel's back

Strategic gas storage? You mean the two weeks' storage? Hardly strategic compared with Germany's 2 months' but then Germany doesn't have much North Sea gas. The UK's storage was only ever there to smooth out the supply/demand differences.

Intel to spend €17bn on chip mega-factory in Germany


Re: This fab is going to require electricity, I assume.

Electricity is one problem but a lack of water supplies is going to be an even bigger one. Elon's Tesla plant had problems because the environmentalists considered it would be extracting too much ground water and this fab is going to need a lot more than Tesla.

Germany advises citizens to uninstall Kaspersky antivirus


Re: Who do I trust?

Can I trust that an unistall has removed all the software without leaving a nasty package or two?

European Commission sticks 'in-depth' antitrust probe into Nvidia-Arm merger plan


Re: The EU?

There is also the concern that the merger will have a negative aspect for customers in the EU.

Hellfire and damnation: Two French monks charged over 5G mast arson attack


True Faith

I guess they put their faith in the 1G and considered 5G was too polytheist.

International Space Station stabilizes after just-docked Russian module suddenly fires thrusters


Hammer of Thor

Is it too late to send them the 'big hammer'?

Huge if true: If you show people articles saying that Firefox is faster than Chrome, they'll believe it


Slow Boot

Speed may be one criterion but Firefox is damned annoying at that the moment, taking many seconds to load whereas Edge is near instantaneous. Disabling the two plug-ins has no effect.

HP: That print-free-for-life deal we promised you? Well, now it's pay-per-month to continue using your printer ink


Re: Carlill vs. Carbolic Smoke Ball Co.

I wonder how they proved an influenza infection back in those days - PCR testing was not available, I believe.


Re: print-free-for-life plan was "an introductory offer,"

A printer's for life, not just for Christmas.

Elizabeth Holmes' plan to avoid her Theranos fraud trial worked out about as well as her useless blood-testing machines


Re: I thoroughly recommend...

Is the Tesla one on sale yet?


So did the European Patent Office award her the prize of "inventor of the year" for her testing, her book keeping or for her legal defence?

Good news: Boffins have finally built room-temperature superconductors. Bad news: You'll need a laser, a diamond anvil, and a lot of pressure


Be thankful that the article included K and °C to make it understandable in the light o the use of "colored" and "sulfur".

Here's US Homeland Security collaring a suspected arsonist after asking Google for the IP addresses of folks who made a specific search


Presumably once the recent decision of the EUCJ has been implemented, such crime-fighting techniques will not be available in the EU.

Cisco ordered to cough up $2bn – yes, two billion dollars – plus royalties after ripping off biz's cybersecurity patents


Lots of Patents

The numbering system doesn't mean there are ten million patents to negotiate. US patent number 1 was issued in 1790, for example.

We're not getting back with Galileo, UK govt tells The Reg, as question marks sprout above its BS*


Re: Launching



Stock market blizzard: Snowflake set for £33bn IPO as valuation bubble keeps on expanding


With the shares now at around $220, I hope you didn't find a way.

Woman dies after hospital is unable to treat her during crippling ransomware infection, cops launch probe


Citrix VPN

According to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the crims exploited a known vulnerability in a Citrix VPN product.

GCHQ agency 'strongly urges' Brit universities, colleges to protect themselves after spike in ransomware infections


Re: You have nothing to Fear

Try convincing the family of the woman who died because the Dusseldorf University hospital had been compromised. She had to be taken to another hospital as a result and arrived too late to save here life.

Tech ambitions said to lie at heart of Britain’s bonkers crash-and-burn Brexit plan


Re: State Aid? Trump??!

"Vote early, vote often" as the saying goes. Thinking about it, that could be Trump's next slogan.


Re: State Aid????

Well since the US has hamstrung the WTO's dispute resolution mechanism, the rules are there to be broken.

Here's some words we never expected to write: Oracle said to offer $10bn cash, $10bn shares for TikTok US – plus profit share promise


Tick Tock

Just hope that after the acquisition, Oracle does not claim it owns the copyright to "tick tock".

Ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain loses US appeal bid against fraud convictions and 5-year prison sentence


Re: "We rather regard any resort to the privilege against self-incrimination as a black mark."

Or in other words, if you use the time between arrest and trial to dream up some cock and bull story, the courts are entitled to view this with suspicion.

Trump administration labels WeChat, TikTok ‘threats’ to national security, bans transactions with both


Re: The DeathStar analogy is apt...

Are his tweets not poetry to you?


Re: The DeathStar analogy is apt...

I see him more as a Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz character myself.

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible


While his feathers may have been ruffled, at least he wasn't being fleeced.

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up


Re: He is a pedo ...

I think you are missing an "Actively" there.

Police drone fliers' wings clipped to prevent them bumping into real aircraft


COVID support flights

Over what timescale were these support flights operating? Evidence that it is a western plot after all?

Vodafone chief speaks out after 5G conspiracy nuts torch phone mast serving Nightingale Hospital in Brum


I think just "wankers" is better.

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP


Re: Simple updates to the system

From the screens I have seen, it looks like the software was written in the era of MS-DOS.

Uncle Sam's nuke-stockpile-simulating souped-super El Capitan set to hit TWO exa-FLOPS, take crown as world's fastest machine in 2023


World's Fastest Machine?

What are the chances that in 2023 the Chinese will have surpassed the planned figures for El Capitan?

All that Samsung users found on UK website after weird Find my Mobile push notification was... other people's details


My way

Popped up on my Huawei as well.

Nah, just kidding.

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin


Re: Performance? Art?

Now if he were to get together with a few mates and manage to map out a traffic jam in the shape of Homer Simpson, that would be art.

Alan Turing’s OBE medal, PhD cert, other missing items found in super-fan’s Colorado home by agents, says US govt


I hope the authorities do not treat her too harshly. She is clearly a view drums short of a bombe.

Post Office faces potential criminal probe over Fujitsu IT system's accounting failures



The bugs are listed in an annex to the decision:


And then there were two: HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy


Re: cognitive skills

I guess the 2WW ships sunk at Bikini Atoll are not too valuable though.