* Posts by Chris the bean counter

154 posts • joined 6 Nov 2018


Nintendo revives Game & Watch portable proto-console, adds color to 2.36-inch screen

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School kids of the 80s

May struggle these days seeing the screen

US Air Force shows off latest all-electric flying car, says it 'might seem straight out of a Hollywood movie'

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Is there a more elegant solution than 18 propellors?

Can you get the same lift having them in "parallel" in a tube, bit like a turboprop ?

Cloud now bigger than Dell, HPE, Lenovo, Cisco COMBINED

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I expect Amazon will go after SaaS next

Based on their internal systems or open source ERP etc systems.

Yes that is in competition with their customers but they have form.

Please stop hard-wiring AWS credentials in your code. Looking at you, uni COVID-19 track-and-test app makers

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So Google and Apple do not search for these when approving an app?

Should be quite simple to set up an automated way to find hardcoded login IDs for the principal cloud servers and password keys in general ?

If not must be easy for hackers to download apps to search for these security bugs? or is the app code unreadable when downloaded from app store ?

India to run optic fibre to 450,000 villages in 1,000 days and give 1.3bn a digital Health ID

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Health staff biggest victims of health ID

As all there colleagues will know of their abortions, depression etc.

Happens all round the world especially when there is lots of agency staff as passwords get shared.

Government has so much info on citizens the health info its not that big a deal. They can probably get same info more succinctly by monitoring messages.

Modi a nasty fellow but the rollout of fibre and health records to villages is a good thing.

Intel talks up its 10nm Tiger Lake laptop system-on-chips as though everything is going according to plan

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With Intel its what they didnt say

No mention of yield and iirc performance of Icelake.

Althouugh it was an architecture day if 10nm yield had improved significantly they would have shouted from the rooftops with a % yield quoted.

They didn't so consider this vapourware.

Must be very frustrating for the brilliant engineers to produce great designs that may not be manufactured in quantity

Microsoft runs a data centre on hydrogen for 48 whole hours, reckons it could kick hydrocarbon habit by 2030

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Ammonia is the answer

Easier to store and transport plus a marketable product in its own right.

Yes even less efficient than hydrogen but the scenario is based on super cheap electricity from solar.

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Re: Hydrogen is not the answer

Hydrogen only works if solar is cheap enough. Thanks to wrights law and zero interest rates it is, epecially in politically stable places like Australia and Texas (Regulation lite compared to California so swifter take up of renewables)

At that point you can extract water from the atmosphere which would only add a small overhead to the electrolysis process.

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Alternative fuel for emergency backup hardly a priority

For transition to renewable in UK there is a need for some emergency power for windless, cold dark evenings if a power station goes down. Some of this is supplied by second hand diesel engines sited in unpopulated areas from buses that are being retrofitted for day to day cleaner operations. So cheap it means more money available for the transition.

Data centres would be sited where company confident of a reliable grid to minimise emergency fuel use.

I expect Australia will move to electrolysis though doubt a pipe to Asia. Ammonia can be used in fuel cells and is a valuable chemical for fertiliser, easier to store and also transport.

Good on Microsoft for doing the research however.

Intel's 7nm is busted, chips delayed, may have to use rival foundries to get GPUs out for US govt exascale super

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The attractive quarterly comparisons were with this time last year

Compared to previous quarter revenue in data centre and consumer down 5%ish and income 25%ish...even more for consumer so they may be having to give big discounts

Intel has used the same Auditor E&Y (of Wirecard infamy) since inception 50+ years ago. I expect another auditor would make them write down the investments in their 10nm fabs by a few billion.

Maybe TSMC might find room for Intel if Intel agreed to transfer some of their ASML ordered machines to TSMC at cost :-)

The analyst Charlie Demerjian who was one of the first to call out Intels failings several years back was tweeting a lot yesterday during the earnings call.

SpaceX pulls off an incredible catch, netting both halves of its Falcon fairing as they fell Earthwards after latest launch

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Seaman hanging off the chopper

A teacher told us at school assembly how he witnessed an air sea rescue.

UK intel committee on Russia: Social media firms should remove state disinformation. What was that, MI5? ████████?

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One of the first redactions was

The principal target of Russia was ***.

Which is quite an irritating redaction.

TBH fully understand why intelligence services would not want to touch elections with a barge pole. They would be ripped apart. Happened before with Harold Wilson (almost certainly untrue) rumours.

Given Corbyn & Foot were both named as an "asset" by East European spy agencies in the past and Corbyn's interviews on RT it is little wonder that any interference in elections by intelligence services would be seen as biased.

Yes I expect Russia made mischief and I expect it was more noise with little effect. Bit like comments posted under a news article.

World Health Organisation AI chatbot goes deaf when asked for the latest COVID-19 figures for Taiwan, Hong Kong

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Re: Boss of WHO is not a medical doctor

That is disingenuous too.

A better description than "Doctor" is that he is a "PhD".

The subject he studied may be relate to medicine but he has no medical experience in a hospital.

He is a politician and acts as a politician not a medic.

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Boss of WHO is not a medical doctor

The first time this happened.

Questions were raised at the time about his integrity based on his previous actions in Ethiopia

In his first year he made Robert Mugabe a good will ambassador even though Zimbabwe medical facilities had been ruined during Mugabes rule.

I recall thinking at the time that the job was potentially a top 5 most important job in the world and he was not up to it.

UK.gov admits it has not performed legally required data protection checks for COVID-19 tracing system

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Loosen the rules in a pandemic

There is a balance, especially as bureaucrats use data protection as the go to excuse when they want to avoid doing something. Even if they show good will it creates delays to rollouts.

Not saying abandon data protection just would have been easy for a lawyer to come up with a paragraph or two of sensible opt outs where there will be no prosecution.

Such as public agencies can share details of infected people where it assists tracing and contacting, as long as information deleted and media + social media specifically banned from publishing. Deletion of all details after 1 month plus a sunset clause for the exemption.

Twitter hackers busted 2FA to access accounts and then reset user passwords

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Lets hope Square

Has better security

Babe, I've changed! Twitter wants to try a relationship again with devs after first major API tweaks in years

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Maybe twitter should merge with square

Advertising on twitter not a promising model but as a way to promote Square for payments very useful.

UK mobile network Vodafone channels its inner stroppy teen, begs government to cancel upcoming 5G auction

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Maybe use the money to reduce BBC licence fee

And give all 5G licensees copyright free access to BBC content

UK's Co-operative Group to centralise IT teams across various divisions, warns redundancies 'inevitable'

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Just wrong

The Co-op could have followed the Amazon example and offered their IT expertise as a service.

Many organisations would love the chance to outsource their ITto a non profit British entity.

ReactOS hits a milestone – actually hiring a full-time developer. And we've got our talons on the latest build to see what needs fixing

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Re: Hope springs eternal

Maybe easier to get new scanners?

Motorbike ride-share app CEO taken to pieces in grisly New York dismemberment

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Re: Who dunnit?

Recall something similar in UK.

Lovers tiff ended up with dead body then in panic tries to dismember body to dispose of it and gives up.

Terrible for all RIP

Cambridge student rebuilds Polish Enigma-code-breaking box that paved the way for Turing ... and Victory!

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Re: Well done

Couldn't have said it better.

Shockingly the movie Enigma chose a Pole as a bad guy. Which added insult to injury.

Hypocritically the movie was being screened at the same time that the press was complaining how Hollywood had nicked a true British story about an enigma machine on a submarine and rewriting history with American sailors as the heroes.

To be fair to USA Bletchleys success could only be widely exploited due to US manufacturing brilliance at producing Bombe machines in prodigious amounts.

There is a Polish proverb "Work first, pleasure after" which is why Polish soldiers are instructed that if confronted by a Russian soldier and a German soldier they must always shoot the Russian first.

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October

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Can an electric powered plane fly supersonically ?

Assuming at some point in future a suitable power storage becomes available (maybe green ammonia+fuel cells)

Your 2.3m Instagram fans won't stop the FBI... Web star accused of plotting to launder millions from cyber-crime

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Re: An Instagram super-star

And yet you bothered to comment

Think of a number: A tale of iffy discount codes, supermarket loyalty cards and Hotels.com

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Re: selling the discount codes for between £200 and £750

Read the next sentence for full context. It was a quote so difficult to rewrite

Baroness Dido Harding lifts the lid on the NHS's manual contact tracing performance: 'We contact them up to 10 times over a 36-hour period'

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Ash for Contact details of next of Kin when doing a test


Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

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Re: If China has nothing to hide...

By not picking a side you are by default choosing to not confront evil.

When it is Democracy v Non Democracy it is always Democracy to choose and usually the winning side.

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Re: If China has nothing to hide...

Russia in terrible trouble due to long term low oil prices.

I expect Russia was doing some interference, doubt it had much impact and a lot of the evidence was lacking in credibility.

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Re: If China has nothing to hide...


Economist magazine does the rankings of democracies. Not perfect but pretty much the gold standard. You are welcome to come up with an alternative.

Countries split into leagues with top 2 considered to be a democracy. This comprises 75 countries. UK is league 1 mid table, slightly below Germany and above France.

USA iirc is league 2, mainly due to gerrymandering, lack of limits on campaign spending etc.

Until Xi came along China was heading in right direction. Democracy usually driven by middle class, the only non democracies richer that China were oil states that do not have income tax.

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Re: If China has nothing to hide...

Whataboutism that assists the enemy, another useful idiot.

To compare a tyranny like China with democratic countries is naive or corrupt.

Choose your side

'Google cannot stop it, control it or curtail it...' Inside the murky world of fake addiction treatment center search spam

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Google can easily verify identity and address of the person doing the listing

Not perfect but simple to do and would reduce fraud massively

Boffins find that over nine out of ten 'ethical' hackers are being a bit naughty when it comes to cloud services

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Do clouds do KYC?

iirc my aws asked for no hard to falsify identifiable information other than credit card details.

KYC is imperfect but adds to a hackers hassle...usually deters people if the competitor is easier to sign on to.

From my insurance days we used to find a phone call was a great way to deter fraud (the surname and accent could trigger an alarm for any semi experienced call centre handler) ...although no doubt hackers with their social engineering skills may not be as vulnerable to this.

Google and Parallels bring Windows apps to Chromebooks, in parallel with VMware and Citrix

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Re: "evidence of [..] greater interest in working from home"

Plus a knock on impact to construction, transport and leisure/catering workers if people commuting less and fewer conferences.

Offices outsourcing non core activities overseas will also no doubt get a boost along with loss of jobs in call centres & admin as the move to online got a 5 year acceleration in 5 weeks

Interesting times.

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

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reply later

is a good idea. Hopefully will be copied by others

Facebook caves to Australia's call for explanations of News Feed algo changes

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Oz government should hit facebook with nic big sales tax

And use some of it to subsidise Australian media . Yes difficult to decide who gets it because of bias but I am sure they can have a fair dinkum stab at it.

Arm wrestle round two: Chinese outpost says it's fired the replacement CEO foisted on it by HQ

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Don't bother most of the people on this forum hate Trump with such a passion they don't care about the evils Xi and the CCP commit.

They are more concerned about the latest linux update than Democracy

British Army pulls up its SOC: New regiment to do infosec work even civvies will recognise

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This regiment could really benefit from having additional territorial regiments.

Many civvies have immense hacking talents and would like to give back something.

Also and believe me or not I am being serious, many geeks who may not be the most macho, would love a pic of them in uniform to impress their family (and discretely on dating sites), even if the only time they wore the uniform was for the picture. Maybe a uniform with some sci fi touches.

Moore's Law is deader than corduroy bell bottoms. But with a bit of smart coding it's not the end of the road

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Python 3

Looks like the language could benefit from some behind the scenes tweaking in algos and also to make the most of the Hardware and OS that the program is being run on.

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft

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Electric planes do not need batteries - Ammonia in a Fuel cell may be better

Ammonia can be generated from renewables and in a fuel cell create no pollution

Has very high energy density compared to batteries, when considering its greater efficiency in an electric motor on a par with kerosene.

Drawback is has to be handled very carefully, however that level of competence is a given at the larger airports.

Currently the technology for the fuel cell not good enough but a little tinkering...

Switzerland 'first' country to roll out contact-tracing app using Apple-Google APIs to track coronavirus spread

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So EU told Google & Apple to enhance privacy

Then the individual EU countries ask that they reverse the decision.

Not sure who is right but it is pretty pathetic

Vietnam accelerates – dare we say it? – digital transformation for a fourth industrial revolution

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Apple probably concerned of Western Boycotts of iphones

If made in China.

Yes Vietnam government not much nicer but less of an existential threat to Western Democracy

FYI: There are thousands of Chrome extensions with so, so many fake installations to trick you into using them

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Do Google verify developers identity?

Apple does for their app store along with a small annual payment. Definitely not foolproof but highly effective deterrent

Unmanned drones to slash NHS delivery times to one-fifth of road 'n' rail transport

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What if it is lost in a storm?

No way are they going to risk delivering organ transplants or short of supply drugs by such an unproven method.

I expect RAF helps out in such an emergency

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Re: We shall not suffer our citizenry to be spied upon!

Whataboutism -

USA a democracy, saved UK and West 3 times in last century.

China a tyranny

As Orwell nearly said

" It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of acknowledging help of USA than of stealing from a poor box. All through the critical years many left-wingers were chipping away at English morale, trying to spread an outlook that was sometimes squashily pacifist, sometimes violently pro-Russian, but always anti-American.”

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Re: Its OK...

Twits who buy Apple have blood on their hands.

Xi will carry on using concentration camps for Uyghurs, Killing Tibetans, threaten HK and Taiwan while he sees that Westerners care so little that they still buy Apple products.

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The ARM staff and skills are still in UK which is the main thing

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Re: Is it wrong to be in favour of this?

Tosh , zero evidence that President Trump is under Russia's thumb.

Last year he put a stop to the Nord2 gas line which has caused Russia no end of problems.

Also USA is a democracy , China aint. To me it is always democracy right or wrong. Democracies rarely go to war (yes be a pedant and publish the wikipedia entry of the democracy wars, most of which only happened because one side did not hear that a peace deal had been agreed).

Your Whataboutism is the enemy of peace and freedom.

Imperial College London signs £5m campus sponsorship, 5G deal with Chinese comms bogeyman Huawei

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Nowt so thick

As academics sometimes.

Anyone else would see the optics of this deal are a total disaster.

Unfortunately China has so corrupted British institutions (Barry Gardiner £200K etc) that they have managed to water down the legal protections

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Re: Anyone else reminded of John Hammond

Oxbridge has solvency issues as while very wealthy their pension assets currently guarantee the pensions of all other UK universities pension funds, many of which are probably broke if an unbiased actuary did the calculations.

The calculations used currently are somewhat similar to a stats model beloved by Imperial college

Taiwan trumpets Apple planting next-gen monitor plant in local science park

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Well done Taiwan

Apple probably starting to worry that their brand will be damaged if they manufacture in mainland China



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