* Posts by cb7

275 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


After 10 years, Google Cloud Print will finally be out of beta... straight into ad giant's graveyard


Oh no

Remote workers at small logistics companies for example have to print waybills etc remotely from their central system.

Windows Remote Desktop sucks for remote printing.

Google Cloud Print worked flawlessly, even with older non cloud ready printers. And for free.

Right now I'm at a loss as to what to migrate to.

I know GoToMyPC works, but it ain't free. And they keep putting their prices up.

We're so, so, sorry you're not able to get PC chips, says Intel to everyone who hasn't gone with AMD yet


For the first proper PC I built for myself, I used an Athlon XP 3200+. It worked out cheaper than the Intel equivalent at the time.

I outgrew it and ended up with a Core 2 Duo which later got upgraded to a Core 2 Quad equivalent Xeon. Now I'm running an i7-6700K as AMD weren't competitive 3 years ago.

For customer builds, I really want to buy more AMD, but a couple of niggles keep steering me back to Intel:

1. Stability. It's taken a whole years worth of BIOS and AMD chipset driver updates to yield stable performance for serious work like AutoCAD. And I've got my fingers crossed that we're out of the woods now.

2. Reliability. In my 35 years with computers, I've seen more completely dead AMD motherboards than I have Intel. And that's despite AMD having less market share over the years.

3. IPC. AMD still lags Intel when it comes to single core performance and raw clock rates. The gap is much narrower now with Ryzen so I'd be prepared to look past this were it not for the more serious points 1 & 2 above.

I also can't help but wonder why so many WiFi adapters don't maintain stable connections running on Ryzen boards as they do on Intel.

Don't just take my word for it, look at some reviews of Ryzen based laptops.

I know AMD have really done a lot to catch up with Intel when it comes to bang per buck and I really want AMD to do even better. I just hope they can improve on the areas I've mentioned above, because these really are crucial factors for long term success.

Oracle and Google will fight in court over Java AGAIN and this time it's going to the Supremes


From a distance it looks like Java was a big pile of doggy poo. Nice concept, but flawed execution (oh dear). And in a GUI world, Java was clunky.

And now, again viewing from a distance, it looks like Google helped make it much more ubiquitous than Sun or Oracle ever did.

So now Oracle think, fuck me, how dare Google make all this money off of our ideas? Quick let's sue them so we can have some of that yummy dosh.

Meanwhile Google think, hang on, we did all that work to make it work on phones and tablets from a plethora of vendors. Why should we share our yummy cash with Oracle? Who even cares that without Java, we didn't really have a viable starting point for portable code on "our" devices?

It's possible I may be far off the truth, but this is how it appears to me, viewing from a distance.

Shock! US border cops need 'reasonable suspicion' of a crime before searching your phone, laptop


Reasonable suspicion of a crime?

"He/she's brown".

Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro


I bought a 1TB SSD yesterday to slap into my son's Xbox One for the princely sum of £88.98 with free next day shipping. Yes, it's SATA and not PCI-E, but some NVMe drives are available at roughly the same price as well now.

A few years back, I recall Apple charging £400 to go from 128GB to 256GB on one of their devices. When the retail price differential on 128GB was around £50 if that. That's when I realised what a rip off Apple gear was. And looks like still is.

BT launches all-singing converged 5G product for... oof... £58 a month


Re: £58 a month ...

Too bad Vodafone beat them to it and cheaper too at £50/month. https://www.vodafone.co.uk/gigacube/

Sure, we made your Wi-Fi routers phone home with telemetry, says Ubiquiti. What of it?


After getting fed up with unreliable performance from a BT-Hub5 re-purposed as a WAP, I recently dipped my toes into the dedicated WAP world with a Ubiquiti Unify AP.

I was a bit disappointed at having to use Java to run the local controller, but this is only needed to get the AP up and running or if you want to tweak settings or monitor performance etc.

Once the AP was up and running satisfactorily, I've not had to run the controller again. The AP just sits there doing its job, so I'm happier with it than I was with the old BT Hub.

But now this.

So what other well performing, reliable, industrial strength alternatives are there?

Profits dip at BT while troubled biz steams ahead with restructuring


How many BT customers are also on the receiving end of "There's a problem with your computer" type scam calls from Indian sounding "Ruperts"?

BT won't admit it of course, but me thinks, as a minimum, customer names and telephone numbers have been stolen from their customer database by an ex BT Indian call agent or two and used to set up the fake Microsoft Tech Support scams we're all so familiar with.

Running on Intel? If you want security, disable hyper-threading, says Linux kernel maintainer


Re: "Open BSD was right, he said."

Try a decent USB stick

Microsoft welcomes ancient Project app to the 365 family, meaning bleak future for on-prem


Re: SAS = Software As A Service or Sex As a Service

Having given you clap

Come on, you can't be serious: Now Australia mulls face-recog tech for p0rno site age checks


Re: Just another stupid thought bubble...

I don't see the relevance of using TOR or a VPN.

The smut server needs to see you on camera so it can verify you're over 18 by checking the imagery against the gov register.

All it'll need to circumvent it (assuming it ever gets implemented) is a virtual cam that sends imagery of an OAP.

WhatsApp slaps app hacker chaps on the rack for booby-trapped chat: NSO Group accused of illegal hacking by Facebook


Re: "... a misuse, which is contractually prohibited."

I thought "end to end" meant message sender to message receiver.

In any case, that's irrelevant. Everyone who uses WhatsApp and accepted the default switch to WhatsApp backups getting stored on Google Drive now has their precious messages stored in unencrypted format on Google Drive.

The "backdoor" is in plain sight.

Inside the 1TB ImageNet data set used to train the world's AI: Naked kids, drunken frat parties, porno stars, and more


Pictures of bikini clad women

“At first I found it amusing, and I decided to look through the data set”

What he really meant:

At first I found it titillating, and I decided to look through the data set

Good guy, Microsoft: Multi-factor auth outage gives cloudy Office, Azure users a surprise three-day weekend


Re: 11 months to the day...

The only problem is Thunderbird isn't quite industrial strength. It slows down considerably once you get to multi GB mail storage (a necessity for some businesses) vs MS-Outlook on the same hardware. Searching, sorting and general navigation all get much slower on TB.

Good news – America's nuke arsenal to swap eight-inch floppy disks for solid-state drives


Re: Thumb Drive?

I recently recently replaced a 486SX board in a CNC milling machine with a 486DX one.

It was still booting from a 3.5" floppy (connected via an ISA I/O card) because previous attempts to get it to boot from a 2GB CF card connected via an IDE to CF adapter had failed.

Then I realised it was because DOS v7 FDISK could only see 504MB of the 2GB CF card even though I could put in hard drive User Type 47 parameters in the BIOS to define a 2GB drive.

Once a put in numbers to keep it below 504MB, it started booting fine. The whole OS easily fits on a 1.44MB 3.5" floppy and user programs tend to be less than a few KB, so the loss of usable capacity isn't a problem.

My point is, a 4GB drive/card may be "too big" for older systems to handle without careful consideration / testing of any workarounds employed to get it working.

Plus Flash memory loses data from charge leaks over time if not powered up. Not a problem for magnetic media, though magnetic media does have its own longevity issues.

Belgian F-16 pilot rescued from power line after emergency ejection


What were the 100 policemen for? Stop people stealing a crashed F-16?

Watchdog: Hush-hush UK.gov blew £97m on Brexit wonks from six of the usual suspects


The only time organisations employ external consultants is when they've lost their way and hope an outsider will be able to tell them which way to go.

If we had competent leaders, they wouldn't get lost in the first place.

Gonna be so cool when we finally get into space, float among the stars, work out every day, inject testosterone...


Re: Testosterone injections

It's all part of the plan. You don't have to worry about getting pregnant and delivering babies on long space missions. :-D

This Free software ain't free to make, pal, it's expensive: Mozilla to bankroll Firefox with paid-for premium extras


Re: It's tragic really

I've switched back to FF after getting fed up with Chrome crashing everytime I try to create a folder to save a download in.

'Cynical and bullying' TalkTalk hackerhacker getsgets 4 yearsyears behindbehind barsbars


Now there's a kid with real talent.

Sounds like he would have put the money to better use than TalkTalk

His skills would be better put to use as an ethical hacker than wasting away in some cell probably growing bitter and twisted.

Send him on the course he wanted to do first - though he'd probably be able to teach the teachers a thing or two.

This is what's wrong with the "justice" system in this country.

When two tribes go to war... Intel, AMD tease new chips at Computex: Your spin-free summary


It really depends on what you use the machine for.

If you do a lot of video encoding, the speed increase could be significant, but then some of that could also come from a graphics card upgrade.

In day to day use, some of the speed increase comes from the faster storage interfaces the newer chips support.

The i7-9900K is around 2-3 times faster than your chip:


Apple reckons mystery new material will debug butterfly keyboard woes in latest MacBook Pros


They really ought to test the keyboards in dirty dusty environments for a few months or longer with people working on them while eating lunch etc.

Long-distance dildo devotee deploys ding-dong over data deceit


Re: "Press 1 for Yes; 2 for No; and 3 for..."

Is there a male version?

Tesla driver killed after smashing into truck had just enabled Autopilot – US crash watchdog


I know this is really quite dark and somewhat inappropriate, but that Tesla looks like a convertible in that photo. And a damn fine looking one too.

Russian bots are just for rigging US elections? They hit home, too: Kid stripped of crown in TV contest vote-fix scandal


Hmm, looks like she still would have won by more than 7 times as many votes as any other contestant even after discounting the 8000 dodgy votes.

And now the miscreants know how to try and avoid getting spotted, so how exactly will they stop them striking again?

BT to up targets for FTTP rollout 'if the right conditions are met'



Yes, it mandates voice service not copper, but why else would they develop a compromised product that relies on the existing dropwire from a fibre pole instead of replacing the dropwire with something better?

It seems like penny pinching.

"Homes passed" can portray a false picture of how many homes could be on Superfast broadband. It doesn't help when your local cabinet has fibre, making your home one of those "passed", but you're the 325th customer from that cabinet who wants VDSL but you can't have it because the cabinet only has capacity for 324 lines.

used to paint a better picture of how many homes could get faster broadband rather than how many actually do. Sometimes there isn't



When is FTTP not Fibre To The Premises?

When it's Fibre To The Pole.

That's why they say homes passed :-D

If you then replace the drop wire with Cat 6, you could in theory get 1Gbps symmetric at home. But they're only aiming for 300Mbps to start with because they're too cheap to replace the 60m odd of twisted pair copper dropwire. And of course the analogue phone service still needs to run. For now. That's another Universal Service Obligation.

Remember those stolen 'NSA exploits' leaked online by the Shadow Brokers? The Chinese had them a year before


Re: Let me guess

"Norton Security: because we know that every browser, application and website is a virus just waiting to happen, so we block everything."

I stopped recommending Norton Security years ago when I found it was stupid enough to block itself from going online because the subscription had expired.

Age verification biz claims no-payment model for 40% of Brits ahead of July pr0n ban


"Xhamster, beeg, txxx and others with URLs that are too explicit for a, er, family-friendly website"

I can't believe I've been pr0n surfing for over a dozen years and have only come across two of those three today! How is one supposed to find these darn things? Google clearly isn't the best search engine in the world

Huawei, Huawei. Huawei, Huawei. Feeling hot, hot, hot: US threatens to cut UK from intel sharing over Chinese tech giant


The downside to miniturising circuits til you can't see them any more. You can't tell what the fuck they do

Down is the new up at Intel: PC processor sales rise while data center chips fall (So much for that data-centric push)


I predict many tech unsavvies will end up buying new PCs when Windows 7 reaches end of support next year.

Especially with all the nag pop ups Microsoft will no doubt push out.

If Intel really are predicting flat PC shipments with that coming up, they're either being stupid or know they won't have sufficient volume to keep up with demand. I wish I hadn't sold my AMD stock.

Razer – perfectly happy to sell you a laptop for over $2,000, but when it comes to fixing security holes... tough sh*t


So how does one check if one's ME is in manufacturing mode? And turn it off if it is?

And here's Intel's Epyc response: Up-to 56-core, 4GHz 14nm second-gen Xeon SP chips, Agilex FPGAs, persistent mem


"They can’t patch all of it, because the only way to completely get rid of it is to completely get rid of speculative execution in caching, and if you do that, your shiny modern Core i7 performs as well as a ‘286"

A slight exaggeration, but I'll say it again. There's merit in developing cheaper memory that doesn't need 16 clock cycles to get dressed everytime it's asked to go fetch some data.

'Safety will always come first,' insist Arizona biz org in response to Uber self-driving car death


"Arizona is flat, its roads are straight, and new, and well marked, and the climate is dry and sunny. It's the perfect test-bed for getting machines to learn how to drive cars."

Except the rest of the world isn't flat, with straight new, well marked roads where it never rains or snows.

If self driving cars are developed in only these conditions, they'll have to go all the way back to the drawing board to teach them how to cope with curved roads with inclines and less than perfect road markings. Where rain, hail, sleet or snow is a part of evryday life. Heck there may even be salt on the roads or even potholes.

Or something totally random that fell off another vehicle or blew on to the road from elsewhere.

DRAM, bam, thank you Sam: Like a Flashbolt from the blue, Samsung flaunts its fastest RAM


But what about CAS latency? DDR4 typically goes through 15 or more clock cycles before it can come back with data for a request.

Surely reducing this number would yield tremendous benefits?


I can understand devoting R&D to increase bandwidth for GPUs etc., but why not work on inventing cheaper memory with lower latency too? I know SRAM already exists, that's why I added the words invent and cheaper.

Just think how much cheaper, simpler and faster (and more secure) CPUs could become if they didn't have to dedicate precious die space to all that L1/L2/L3 cache, branch prediction and speculative execution type malarkey.

And before you say it, I know it's hard. But like all good solutions, once it's done, everyone will shake their heads in amazement and bewilderment as to why no one did it sooner and instead spent billions on coming up with convoluted cache and speculative execution type arrangements.


And they also seemed stuck coming up with something totally original so took Thunder off Thunderbolt and replaced it with Aqua (?) and Flash.

Quite what Aqua has to do with speed I have no idea. Maybe it got lost in translation from Korean?

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator


They tried running Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all on one platform, but the conflicting privacy rules (all WhatsApp users can contact each other unless explicitly blocked vs complex Facebook rules where some profiles are private) caused the poor thing to tie itself up in knots.

God DRAM, that's a big price drop: Memory down 30 per cent, claim industry watchers


Re: The article's reasoning doesn't make sense

Ah yes, but roughly 30 times as many PC's are sold as servers in a year. And the drop in PC sales hasn't been offset enough by the small increase in servers sold, leading to a surplus of DRAM chips.

SPOILER alert, literally: Intel CPUs afflicted with simple data-spewing spec-exec vulnerability


I still don't get it

Maybe it's just my feeble brain power, but it seems like the explanation goes from describing a way to determine memory locations for the kernel or other sensitive areas to somehow being able to read said locations.

I, perhaps mistakenly, thought modern OS' didn't allow programs access to memory not allocated to them?

Could someone cleverer than me please explain, in plain English?

This is a sincere question.

USB4: Based on Thunderbolt 3. Two times the data rate, at 40Gbps. One fewer space. Zero confusing versions


Re: What about power delivery?

I recently found that HP don't stick to the Power Delivery spec for some of their recent laptops. So despite using a USB-C power connector, you can't just plug in a USB-C charger from say a Lenovo laptop and expect it to work.

So much for a "Universal" standard as you say.


Why tf couldn't they just use 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3... 4.0 etc.? It's not like they were already taken!

When the bits hit the FAN: US military accused of knackering Russian trolls, news org's IT gear amid midterm elections


Why do I feel happy when an Apple device is implicated in a security breach? Am I a bad person?

Brave claims its mobe browser batt use bests whatever you're using. Why? Hint: It begins with A then D then V...


Re: sigh

The point you seem to have missed is that many sites wouldn't exist were it not for the revenue from adverts.

Would you rather have to pay to visit websites? I know I wouldn't.

An analogy would be TV channels like ITV, Channel 4, Film4 et al in the UK.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide


The proof

Firstly, wtf have they waited 8 friggin years to think they'd been shortchanged?

Anywho, the proof of the pudding is in the eating as the old saying goes.

So just run some benchmarks and whilst "8" cores might not yield exactly twice the performance of 4, if it gets remotely close, that ought to be enough to get the case simply thrown out.

Remember Misco? Staff win protective award at employment tribunal


How much work did the administrators actually do to earn that £1.1m?

Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants


A tiny step in the right direction

But why only 2%? Google is forecast to generate £5Bn of revenue in the UK in 2019. Why can't I pay only 2% tax on the pittance I make?

And what about Apple?

I just don't get it. Can someone please explain to me why nobody seems bothered by this?

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax


Does this remind anyone else of Microsoft and having to unbundle Internet Explorer from Windows all those years ago?

Looks like things have gone full circle for Google.

And dare I say, probably for MS too soon with Edge/Bing/Cortana being the default in Windows 10. Only a matter of time before they hit a billion devices and they'll get clobbered with another big fine. Though not sure where they'll find the money if they keep fucking Windows up with every update.

Time for a cup of tea me thinks.

Now this might be going out on a limb, but here's how a branch.io bug left '685 million' netizens open to website hacks


Re: Welp, here we go again.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Shopify is an ecommerce platform, so you could be using it when shopping online without even knowing it.

British Airways hack: Infosec experts finger third-party scripts on payment pages


Re: Looking at the JS

"the big question is how did they penetrate their servers"


As someone else mentioned, a server compromised through an outsourced outfit.

Or a laid off ex employee with a grudge to bear who had installed a back door before they left.