* Posts by PermissionToSpeakPlease

22 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Aug 2017

Tech renders iconic rockers Kiss genuinely immortal


Re: Better than real

There's no value at all in a live performance that just replicates a studio recording. A good live performance should give you a whole different level of energy, and new insights into the music being performed.

World's largest nuclear fusion reactor comes online in Japan


Re: Tilting at windmills

@Elongated Muskrat

Agree with you on the first 90%. However as a Dutchman residing in the UK for the last 25 years, I'm very sorry to have to tell you that even a "grown-up system of PR" doesn't stop politicians chasing populists policies - so our last elections from a couple of weeks ago... (and also having a national grid with significant difficulties in places)

RIP Kevin Mitnick: Former most-wanted hacker dies at 59


Re: Takedown

Also Freedom Downtime is available on YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN4fCK23Srk

UK smart meter rollout years late and less than two thirds complete


Re: I'm not sure why you've got so many down votes

"E7 still makes some sense given the load profile of our grid (and that's all Octopus Go is really)"

Go is indeed similar to the old E7/10 style tarrifs, but Intelligent Octopus is a bit more clever than that. It actively tries to seek out the "best" slots in which to charge, and isn't just limited to the standard off-peak hours. That's where smart meters have really enabled a whole new style of tarrif to exist.

Launched the year Netscape Navigator was born, the UK's CHIEF customs system finally has a retirement date


Plenty of time to go wrong

"HMRC plans to complete key CDS development work by January 2022"

That's 11 more working weeks of development work. Easily enough to lead to a 12 month delay.

Want to check out Windows 11 but don't want to buy a new PC? Here's how to bypass the hardware requirements


Security update


There's a security update for a OS that was released yesterday?

Oracle's 'self-driving cloud data warehouse' hides SQL behind a GUI... if needed


Re: Auto Scaling

There is a choice - autoscaling can be switched off

Oracle Database 21c bridges NoSQL gap with native JSON support, plays catch-up with relational rivals


Re: Sorry, what?

Also "Willie Hardie, Big Reg's vice president of database product management,"

Author probably meant to say Big *Red*

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse


So effectively an upgrade to my old trusted M570 trackballs. I absolutely love them.

Try it out, and don't look back! I don't see how anyone can be happy dragging a mouse around.

Trump fires cybersecurity boss Chris Krebs for doing his job: Securing the election and telling the truth about it


ex-USSR countries

You might want to brush up on your historic European geography

We've paused Sigfox roof aerial payments, says WND-UK, but we'll make you whole after COVID


Re: I don't get it £840k a year for something you could do over LTE

I might not understand this fully, but I suspect that in your solution everthing that you track has to have that connectivity, so paying your £20 + (12 x £5) = £80/year for each thing you want to track.

Whereas their system allows you them pay pennies for the trackers, but maintaining a relatively low amount of base stations to pick them up.

There are going to be a lot more things to track than stations to build the network, so they're betting on these economics working out.

Someone must be bricking it: UK govt website for first-time home buyers snapped up for £40,000 after left to expire


Its not even 9, and you've already won the Internet for today.

The rest can stop playing and try again tomorrow

Working from home on Virgin Media's broadband? Too bad. Outage hits English capital


With ISPs you roughly get what you pay for though.

If you want a service with SLAs and pentalties, you can probably get it, but you'll be paying more than what you're paying for your Virgin connection.

As another VM customer, I would rather keep it as-is. If you force them (and others) into financial penalties for outages, then all prices would go up. I'd rather go with my existing and cheap backup plan (tethering over 4g phone connection)

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea


"Copper still thinks he can spot a criminal from how they look" - and other non-news of the day

The point of containers is they aren't VMs, yet Microsoft licenses SQL Server in containers as if they were VMs


Per core makes much more sense than per instance.

It's about paying for for the software to get through a certain workload in a certain time.

In your model of per-instance pricing, if I only had machines with limited amounts of cores and needed say 4 instances to get through that workload in a certain time, I would be paying 4 times as much than if I had bigger machine with more cores to throw at it. To run the same workload in the same time, with roughly equal amounts of hardware (except some motherboards etc).

You pay more if you use more cores because the software you license gets to do more.

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database


How to be vigilant...

Got their email, and was struck by the advise on "How to be vigilant by not providing your personal information to anyone suspicious".

Bit late for that now, right?

Register Lecture: Can portable atomic clocks end UK dependence on GNSS?


first lecture of the decade

Will surely be in 2021, not 2020...

Azure certifications are awful, Microsoft admits, so it has made new ones


experience vs certs

"readers opine that hard-earned experience is a far better indicator of skill than vendors’ exams" (...) "Microsoft night be onto something this time with its mantra that “certs = credibility with employers = fatter paycheques”. "

As employers tend to not know how to test real skills, both can be (and too often are) true at the same time

Shhh! DropBox 'quietly files' for IPO


I'd go for storage through Pied Piper

Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach


Re: equifax stock price still ~$90

"Since sep8 it has only dropped around $50. I would have expected much worse"

They haven't lost any customer data. They've only lost some data that they were selling anyway, nothing for their customers to be overly worried about. There's just a one-off cost involved to be seen to be doing something now, but other than that there shouldn't be too much impact on long-term proffitablity from this. (sadly).

Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee


Re: FFS. Vodafone, it's a stupid policy.

where did they say that the employee isn't allowed to have a break?

RBS sharpens axe again: 900 IT jobs to go by 2020


Comparing your cornershop with a multinational makes sense how?