* Posts by Gonzo wizard

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Google forced to defend new trademark foundation as Knative community takes umbrage at 'neutrality' claims

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WTF?

"Will any other vendor be able to join the board"

A slightly more hostile version might be "Why aren't other vendors in the founding board". DiBona's answer is revealing - "The only thing that's going to prove neutrality will be time" - time and other vendor representation to keep Google honest. With Google the only vendor on the board, neutrality can't be taken for granted - in either the short or long term.

I don't see this foundation being terribly helpful as long as it looks like a closed shop.

Twitter mass hacking: Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg, Biden, Obama, more hijacked to peddle Bitcoin scam

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Re: Obviously found a security hole in Twitter

It's pretty appalling that so many accounts have been affected. I mean, clearly, internal accounts and tools have been compromised through spear phishing. And once in, it appears that there's no firewalling of access to accounts (it's as if every person with the tools has access to every account).

Twitter's red and blue teams (do these even exist) will be feeling pretty sheepish right now. I watched it happen in real time and saw how long it took for Twitter to respond at all.

Jack's got a lot of work to do, not just to work out exactly what happened, but to also restructure systems and teams to stop it happening again, and finally to minimise the scope for abuse if somebody in operations is successfully compromised again.

This event, and the way Jack et al react to it, could be what decides what Twitter's long term future looks like.

SoftBank: Oi, we paid $32bn for you, when are you going to strong-Arm some more money out of your customers?

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Re: SoftBank bought a goose that lays golden eggs...

Next they'll be wondering why they can't achieve a good price if they do indeed try to divest. The effect of price rises won't be immediately apparent while current customers investigate and adopt alternatives (if suitable ones are available), but in the medium term this could have a noticeable impact on ARM's revenue stream.

Heck, if enough customers jump to the same alternative, that could fund further improvements and give ARM a proper fight...

There's always something to look forward to ;-)

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October

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The rich are getting richer

Wealth becoming more concentrated, so pool of potential customers likewise will be shrinking...

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Re: Starship?

An hour - and more, or less greenhouse gasses per mile? Plus, a rocket launch is so disruptive to the local environment (sound shockwaves especially) that Starliner would quickly become known as the Ryanair of rockets because you can't have a frequently used launchpad close to your population.

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Re: Lost Opportunities

We like to tinker, and lose interest once the problems have been solved. Then US (or Chinese, or Japanese) companies swoop in and buy up the results of our research. If they can't turn a profit in a year, then it gets canned all over again.

See also INMOS (the Transputer) and ARM Holdings...

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Interesting engineering challenges

While this and Starship (mentioned in another reply) are both interesting engineering challenges I fail to see how either can fit in to the future of global transport. Starship is probably a decade away from being certified for such activity - if ever. Development and certification of a fifty seater supersonic aircraft likewise. Then factor in the steep development costs, the coming recession, environmental issues and the very real quite high cost of using such services...

Do sufficient numbers of people really need to move around the globe that quickly to make either of these things viable? I think not. Some people may want this kind of service, some may believe it is needed, but I think their time has come and gone.

I'd like to hope we are sufficiently forward looking to realise that given the state of our planet, these are not paths we should be going down.

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

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Re: History repeats...

Yep, company with long history of delivering, people grow complacent.

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It feels like Boeing suffered from overconfidence and the desire to grow the share price and therefore cutting corners, while SpaceX have more skin in the game (relatively speaking). I hope Boeing succeed, not just to give SpaceX a run for their money but because they are trying different things.

I like the idea of returning to land rather than the sea, with Boeing refurbishing the capsule whereas SpaceX will build a new capsule for each manned mission, the 'used' capsules being repurposed for cargo only. Lots to look forward to.

Purism's quest against Intel's Management Engine black box CPU now comes in 14 inches

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Nice

I think I've found the manufacturer of my next laptop... if I can get one in the UK of course...

Never knowingly under-digitally transformed: Retailer John Lewis outsources tech function to Wipro

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Ooh look at the large number of ACs posting...

Somebody should definitely send a link to somebody senior to get them to read the commends of their staff!

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Re: Madness ...

To be fair, outsourcing to 'cloud' is all about eliminating capital expenditure as far as your company board is concerned.

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

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Yes please

Any charger will do, and I've never been a fan of the headphones. They leak noise. Less waste all round.

Just... don't expect to be able to tell the difference in the price. After all, combined these two things together probably only cost a couple of quid at the volume Apple makes them...

Macs, iPhones, iPads to get encrypted DNS – how'd you like them Apples?

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Arrgh...

There's a balance to be found somewhere but right now I prefer to use Little Snitch to restrict adverts and tracking via the browser, and then private browsing over VPN as the next layer up. The problem with DNS over TLS or HTTPS is that Little Snitch can't tell me the domain that's about to be visited :-(

As long as it's an option, great. But the moment there's no other option, I (we all of us) need a way to be able to selectively block outgoing traffic - by domain name. Please.

Apple gives Boot Camp the boot, banishes native Windows support from Arm-compatible Macs

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EFI certificates required

The EFI most recent version of the Mac only had certificates for MacOS and Windows 8+ installed, thereby preventing the native installation of any other OS. As far as I'm aware that is still the situation.

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Re: No x86_64 Docker

Magic instructions that won't be used by Docker or the linux based containers deployed therein

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Re: Hackintosh?

Can you explain the legal basis for these Hackintoshes and virtualised MacOS instances? Apple famously doesn't permit MacOS to run virtualised except on another Mac. I'd be pretty surprised if there are large numbers of companies running unsupported and unlicensed farms of virtual Macs.

Happy to be proved wrong but the last time I checked and all that... as an ex MacOS Server owner...

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Well...

That's great, provided that somebody is actually going to provide support. Parallels have only committed to say nothing which can only be taken as bad news. VMware Fusion are at least asking the question.

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Downvotes

I never understand why people downvote a post that simply relays something that is actually happening in real life - this isn't an opinion, why does it need to be downvoted?

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Re: So basically

I don't think that Apple will do this. Short term they are focussed on making the platform a success. Medium and long term efforts will be focussed on reaping the benefits - the economies of scale to be gained by sharing both a hardware platform and a single kernel across all platforms. Switching away from Windows support will simply lose a smallish percentage of sales from people who used Bootcamp or removed MacOS altogether to run Windows. Not Apple's target market.

Slack Connect: Hipster chat platform to let different orgs play in the same channel – only for paying users, mind

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Terminator

Nag, nag, nag

My client has been using this feature, sharing a third party's channel for product support. Trouble is, the slackbot army from my client are now spamming the third party's channel regularly, reminding all of us that "this channel doesn't adhere to the naming guidelines" at least once a day. So after a few weeks the channel was de-integrated again...

It'll be back, no doubt.

What's the Arm? First Apple laptop to ditch Intel will be 13.3" MacBook Pro, proclaims reliable soothsayer

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And now it gets interesting

If they do announce a migration to ARM I'm going to be really interested to see how they manage the transition:

- Porting support

- How long they say they will support X86 binaries on the ARM platform

- How the prices compare

This is all about Apple having full control over the chip set, so they get the packaging they want, the power consumption they want and the performance they want. The idea of having a machine that could completely power down some parts of the hardware because it isn't needed is pretty interesting.

Winter is coming, and with it the UK's COVID-19 contact-tracing app – though health minister says it's not a priority

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Re: The German one seems to work

Not only that, Google provides a sample client app and matching notification server code to go with it. As a well known TV presenter used to say...

"How hard can it be?"

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Re: Well that aged well

I think we're both right.

According to Google, their API does more than you suggest: "The Exposure Notification Bluetooth Specification ... uses Bluetooth beaconing to detect proximity." - so an app developer doesn't have to solve that problem, they just need to turn it on.

However, what it does is a bit less than I thought. But Google do provide sample app code and sample notification server code - see https://www.google.com/covid19/exposurenotifications/ - so anyone could build an Android prototype on the back of this very quickly (but won't be able to publish the app).

So I still think the hardest low level technical issues have been taken away from the app developer

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Re: Well that aged well

All the technical issues were around the detection via bluetooth. Now they've delegated that to Google and Apple, what technical challenges remain that requires this much time to do the work?

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Re: The German one seems to work

They won't take you seriously at that price. Add a couple of zeros, at least. I'll take 10% for helping you increase your profit margin ;-)

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Re: Well that aged well

Of course none of us saw this coming...

Any chance the government can re-negotiate the ridiculously over-the-top fee for developing a UI on top of a working solution?

OOP there it is: You'd think JavaScript's used more by devs than Java... but it's not – JetBrains survey

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Re: re: The server is coded in Java.

Harsh but true. I sometimes use Kotlin instead of Java.

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PHP

You forgot to use the right icon. FTFY.

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Thinly veiled advertisement

You've just summed up every conversation with, and press release from, any vendor that is published by a news site (or El Reg). Personally I take that as read from the start for this type of article.

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Long-term IntelliJ user incoming...

First used IntelliJ 4 in 2003-2004, returned to IntelliJ in 2010 and haven't looked back. If you're working outside of iOS/mac/Windows platform development it is a rich and comprehensive product. I pay for (well, rent) the enterprise edition. If I stop paying I have a perpetual licence for the version available at my last renewal.

You can tell that they dogfood but I won't pretend it is perfect. Issues are responded to promptly even if the fix isn't so prompt. JetBrains has been my best experience of product support as a paying customer, end of.

An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher

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Much of it will be down to the heavily used ESP8266 (ESP12)

A lot of IoT devices are built around the ESP8266 which, while having libraries that support HTTPS, doesn't have enough RAM to be cast iron reliable in every situation. It's been one of the things that's stopped me attempting to build any serious prototypical hardware that could be turned into a production run - you've got to ensure your software uses the bare minimum of RAM and that your encrypted HTTP requests and responses don't exceed a certain size, or the stack and the heap collide. So you're left with the difficult choice of not supporting HTTPS comms at all (not good PR), or spending a huge amount of time optimising to death and validating the reliability of your code.

I'm certain a lot of IoT devices will simply cease working if they rely on an embedded copy of a root certificate for HTTPS support.

This makes Zigbee look more and more like a smart choice for IoT devices because expiring root certs isn't an issue in the end device (I'm coming more and more to the conclusion that all IoT devices should be as simple as humanly possible). Mind you reducing price of the ESP32, which has considerably more memory, will encourage manufacturers to switch. The Pi Zero is a better bet for hobbyists though.

MacOS on Arm talk intensifies: Just weeks from now, Apple to serve up quarantini with Kalamata golive, reportedly

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Re: x86 Software

I stopped buying Apple laptops because of their increasing cost and fragility. Fact, not religion or belief.

I moved from Windows to Mac in 2008 because it was a better platform to do my work on. More reliable OS, longer lasting hardware. Fact, not religion or belief.

I would not buy an Arm based Mac in any format because moving to Arm automatically reduces my operating system choices. Fact, not religion or belief.

I will move to Linux when I get my next (non-Apple) laptop. It is a much cheaper hardware/software package that allows me to do my job just as well as I can on my current Apple laptop. Fact, not religion or belief.

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Re: x86 Software

You're mighty confident that Bootcamp will be an option. I'm not. Not at all.

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Re: x86 Software

Even if that ability isn't lost entirely it is likely to be at best crippled, and this simply reinforces Apple's move to turn an all-purpose computer with the ability to run the OS of your choice into one that runs the OS of their choice. I've already stopped buying Apple laptops; this move would stop me buying Apple computers full stop.

I won't buy a sealed, unserviceable, un-upgradeable brick for a small fortune, let alone the large fortune that Apple demands. About the only subset of developers who will be unaffected - or just have to suck it up - are the Apple and iOS app developers.

Microsoft do a demonstrably better job of supporting older software for extended periods of time, while Linux is perfect if you're working outside of the iOS/macOS and Windows bubbles, as most back end and web developers do. (I'd love to see how Apple's sales breakdown has changed over the last five years, and how they predict it will look three years after a move to ARM)

UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

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Re: Data not rendered securely anonymous

In my opinion the AC meant his comment within the scope of the overall discussion: large-scale movement of information to organisations outside the NHS that have nothing to do with providing the service for which we provide that information. Seems a perfectly reasonable position to me.

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

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Re: Conspiracy time?

They can't blame it on anything except their own decision not to conduct the DPIA in the first place. There are, flatly, no excuses. They instigated the whole thing, this should have included all the required GDPR mitigations and actions.

But of course this runs counter to their desire to be like a banana republic - wing it without a care for the law, which only applies to the little people.

Not just its VCS console that's MIA, Atari is a no-show in court, too: Reborn biz ignores hardware architect's lawsuit over unpaid wages

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Re: I worked out what the VCS stands for!

Vacuous Corporate Spouting?

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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Re: Unhearing government

I’ve reported a few - I usually sent email to both the domain reseller and the hosting company. I get a reply about half the time. It’s pretty dispiriting when a hosting company genuinely doesn’t care about enabling cyber-crime.

Usually when I get a response it is because the hosting and domain sales have been done by the same company (or two related ones) - although the big companies tend to be the exception to that experience, either not caring or just not set up to deal.

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Re: re: 1) my phone blocks numbers not in my contact list

My surgery generally leaves a voicemail if I don’t answer. But neither do they block their number.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: Sounds

Also sounds a bit dysleftlegsik...

Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager

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Re: New leopard...

Haha I thought of Apple both when reading the article and in seeing your subject line... Apple are also pretty notorious for this kind of practice. Bottom line, I'd be very wary about getting into this kind of discussion when a company has a reputation...

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Coming soon!

I'd like to announce the launch of my ultra-reliable shark repellant, having successfully trialled it for over a year without having suffered a single attack. It is available in a conveniently sized can at the bargain basement price of £50 (three for £100) and comes with a cast iron money back guarantee - if you're killed by a shark whilst using this product, I'll refund you in full - just apply in person.

I'm also in the final phase of testing on my Elephant Repellant (although this won't be available in Africa or India).

NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?

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Re: One would have throught...

Talking of Apple and Google, I wonder if anyone has reported the app for breaching GDPR and European data protection laws? I’m sure someone will have by now, I’m interested in knowing how Google and Apple justify leaving the app in their respective stores.

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Re: "and the backers of the Google and Apple apps"

Except that the whole focus of the Google and Apple APIs is that the tracking information never leaves your phone, and has only the last two weeks of data anyway. All they'll ever have is a set of tokens corresponding to infected people, that are broadcast to devices. No location data. No personal data. No history. Just a set of meaningless tokens.

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?

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Re: This is not okay

According to a couple of posts I have read, Opera does not permit port scanning the local machine from JavaScript but I've yet to try it for myself.

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: problems getting started

Ah but just like visibly branded clothes, that logo is not to remind you which laptop you bought, it's to tell other people what they should be buying.

I've always felt there should be a discount applied to branded clothing based on the size of the advert that has been slapped on it. The bigger the branding, the bigger the discount... At least laptop branding tends to be fairly small...

Ampere, Nvidia's latest GPU architecture is finally here – spanking-new acceleration for AI across the board

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Meh

OK ok so it's fast

But I wouldn't want the electricity bill. 400W per GPU at full utilisation. And the SuperPod - 1120 GPUs or 450Kw per hour at full utilisation... granted it is a more efficient platform than your regular CPU for ML but the heat... the running cost... :-

Users of Will.i.am's Wink IoT hub ask 'Where is the love?' as they're asked to pay for a new subscription service

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Re: I'm full of not surprise

I've a dozen Innr Zigbee smart plugs, bought from Amazon when they were down to a reasonable price. Never really liked the Chinese WiFi plugs (a) because of the phone home policy and (b) because they never looked that safe. The Innr smart plugs are (were) worth every penny at £33 for a pair. At the current £40 they feel a bit pricey.

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I'm full of not surprise

The story of all proprietary IoT devices is one of inevitably pissing-off of the end user at some point. The free service becomes a paid service. The service, free or otherwise, is withdrawn, leaving you with bricks. A software update removes a key feature, or adds something undesirable... the list goes on. We have to be aware of what we are buying and what the true owner of these devices can do (because it clearly isn't us). I strenuously avoid anything like this but for full disclosure I do have a Nest V2 thermostat and one of their smoke alarms.

I've move on to buying only ZigBee hardware, run through Home Assistant. Anything more complex is constructed by me, with a Pi at its heart and open source software (or my own software). Remote access is achieved via my own VPN. I even send myself alerts on the rare occasion that my public IP address changes (no, I'm not using DDNS at the moment). Nothing needs an internet connection just to work. Nothing sent to third party servers. No bricking, no unexpected charges, I learn a lot and it works well.

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