* Posts by claimed

102 posts • joined 8 Jan 2021


Startup rattles tin for e-paper monitor with display fast enough to play video



I have the Dasung display, so if its the same hardware then popping a different frame round it is not a big step forward.

To use it requires pissing about with display settings to turn on high contrast mode etc. The resolution is not quite good enough to make out buttons like close/minimise, but is *just* about good enough to work with code, but there are some problems. Typing code in a modern IDE has a lot of contextual information like underlines/colours that you miss, so basically back to notepad; a fair trade for being outside, perhaps. The main issue is OS support for greyscale is not good, everybody has a colour monitor and even in high contrast mode, using ubuntu is hard at times as menus are contextual and fonts are thin.

Plus the biggest issue, which these guys might actually solve, is I'm plugging an external monitor into a laptop, so the awkwardness of moving outside requires a table and power cords and faffing about. Good luck, cant wait for this to be easier! sun + code, yes please

NASA's 161-second helicopter tour of Martian terrain


Re: Outside our original design limits

I think its just that to be *sure* something will survive 'x', the statistical bell curve of how long it will really last is by definition going to be pretty far to the right.

Example: design me a pane of glass that the average man can hit with a hammer 3 times and it not break....

How many hits do you think such a pane of glass would withstand? Closer to 5 or closer to 500?

Still impressive either way when you're only aiming for 3, well done NASA


You probably don't want to whack 'air' onto a surface attached to the chopper due to newtons 3rd law.

Might also be scratch risk as dust is sharp on Mars, but I reckon point 1 is why

CockroachDB adds command line tool as database hits version 22.1


Brave, DuckDuckGo to unplug Google's AMP where possible


Re: "Google [..] maintains that AMP is here to help make the web better"

While I don't know who's right, I would add they would only turn AMP off if there was a drastic change. A leeching of revenue might not be noticed, "the whims of the market" can explain that stuff.

Terra Quantum nets $75m for cryptography, security work


That abstract reads a lot like a salesman in a bar: "hold my beer, I've got a fucking brilliant idea", and not much like "here's the evidence".

Still, it got them $75m, so I doubt they care about me turning my nose up.

Best of luck building a real world piece of technology, chaps.

C: Everyone's favourite programming language isn't a programming language


Re: I prefer ...

Dangled on a string from a drone doing laps round a track, boom

Has Trickbot gang hijacked your router? This scanner may have an answer


Re: Visiting the MikroTik website..

Dumb...? Supplying a device that is default broken, that's dumb. You shouldn't have to lock down admin access to internal, that should be default. Default password, either do better and provide a unique device specific default, or make the user change it. How? How about only allow one device to use the WiFi until its changed... That'd fix 99% of the people that buy this stuff as they'd quickly wonder why it was ignoring other devices. Don't blame users, blame designers.

Half of bosses out of touch with reality, study shows


Re: Bollocks statistics

I don't know about 'woke'.... Its use in this context would constitute a synonym, I think.

There is no political or philosophical association implied so not sure how the label 'woke' would apply, unless you mean 'new' instead of 'woke', but then I don't see why you're complaining about synonyms ;)

Linux botnet exploits Log4j flaw to hijack Arm, x86 systems


Troll, don't feed it.

We all know it hits anything that runs Java, and we all know all systems have vulns.

Microsoft proposes type syntax for JavaScript


Not true for Rust, sunshine, inference is done at compile time so its all rock solid at execution and fast as it can be (you can still write shit code in Rust ;))


Short answer, type inference. Its easier to parse let x = 5; and let x: int = 5; if you know let x is going to be first no matter what.



Study: AI detects backdoor-unlocking DNA samples



Came here to say the same. Fucking snake-oil wanker selling nothing to people who think they're at the forefront of technology because they deal with DNA.

El Reg, you should have slammed these pricks not stroked their ego, shame on you

US to attack cyber criminals first, ask questions later – if it protects victims


Re: that extension to a modern adaptation of a very old law enforcement technique

You fucker I thought you were a bot! I was impressed at a bot forming such an accusation. I am now disappointed to see the "1" indicates you're just a troll. I imagine most of your up votes to earn that silver badge are based on other people making the same mistake and awarding you a vote for a coherent post

Ericsson admits it may have paid off ISIS terrorists


Re: Baksheesh

If you call paying for decorators to do up a politicians flat 'sophisticated'...

Journalist won't be prosecuted for pressing 'view source'


Sorry is this post in Unicode or are these glyphs images? I'm worried a about my browser decoding your data and whether or not I'm breaking the law by reading it...

I wouldn't want to willfully decode ASCII either, so I think the reg should make sure all comments are the exact images we tap on our keyboards.

This is going well: Meta adds anti-grope buffer zone around metaverse VR avatars


Re: Humans are not assaulting other humans.

Stop feeling about my chess and get out of my personal barrier!

US Navy in mad dash to salvage F-35C that fell off a carrier into South China Sea


Re: Probably similar to the experiences of some Tesla drivers.

Who gives a fuck if it's better? I'm not washing my clothes in the river on a washboard and I like it that way.

The point of automation isn't improving (though if that happens, and it often does, brill); the point is me not having to fucking do it.

What on earth are you on about...

US-China chip cold war? It's only helping the Middle Kingdom, silicon makers warn


Re: Sanctions

Ah the old, "it's my football so if I can't be a striker I'm taking my ball home" technique

IntelliJ IDEA plugin catches lazy copy-pasted Java source


Re: Does nobody do code reviews any more?

Formatting is easy. You pick a formatter and run it prior to check in, as part of CI, whatever. If you can't customise it and desperately need that brace in a different place, write an add on or get over it. Everybody uses the same and no exceptions....

Right... let's talk about the logic in the actual code.

Developer creates ‘Quite OK Image Format’ – but it performs better than just OK


Re: Incredible

If you're being asked to use a different style then you're not working by yourself; therefore if the style you've chosen is not canonical but serving a functional purpose, your comments in the code have failed to articulate why. Consider that when complaining that your team members havnt got a clue, it might be because you've done a poor job explaining why you're doing what you're doing.

Contrary to popular belief, if a programmer needs to work in a team, they need to be able to communicate their intent... I've not heard of civil engineers intellectually peacocking by making themselves the only ones who know whats holding the bridge up!


Re: Incredible

Wow, you're so much smarter than everyone else!

Even if you're trying to multiply by 2, shifts are less readable.

Worse, they're pointless too if you're using one of these new fangled compilers...


Cryptocurrency 'rug pulls' cheated investors out of $8bn in 2021 – report


Prepaying is still paying toward a system that's built on integration, you moron, even if you pay in cabbages you pull out of your ass.

You think an Internet service provider could raise the capital required to lay the nationwide infrastructure required to provide your Internet connectivity without the guarantees of governmental/political system assuring a profit turning business for the time required to repay the debt, or on the ownership of land or the protected concept of 'property'?

Don't tell me it's wireless; there are protected radio frequency bands, and don't get me started on satellites...

You're *benefitting* from your government, not opposing it, - the fact you're quiet just helps politicians ignore you.

Who will you call if your (by the sounds of it, very desirable) setup is vandalised/stolen? ...probably the police, right? (Or are you sheriff in town too... in which case also paid for by... hold on a second...)....

...Raise an army, then try opposing your government and let me know on the results.

Azul lays claim to massive efficiency gains with remote compilation for Java


80-100 per cent faster than what you can do with static compilation

Ahhhhaaaa haha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

Oh wow, ***wipes tear from eye***, thanks El Reg, that's cheered me right up.

***walks off, chuckling***

What a bold claim

Google launches lawsuit against a blockchain-enabled botnet


Blockchain backup?

So I assume that's something that says: if you see this wallet number in a transaction, get the new C&C domain name from the metadata...?

So not a backup, but a decentralised recovery for already compromised machines... f*cking Bitcoin (etc al)

Rust dust-up as entire moderation team resigns. Why? They won't really say


Let it be.

Let them eat cake.

Let it be known.

Let me explain.

I dont understand what's wrong with let, let x = 5, it's a directive. Also isn't that what a lot of formal maths/science proofs use? Let blah be a smooth infinite plane...

Sheffield Uni cooks up classic IT disaster in £30m student project: Shifting scope, leadership changes, sunk cost fallacy


Re: Out of curiosity, here is a question:?



Swiss lab's rooftop demo shows sunlight and air can make fuel


Re: Hmmmm

I was thinking that there is a lot less water in the air in the Sahara than in Switzerland...

Trojan Source attack: Code that says one thing to humans tells your compiler something very different, warn academics



Clearly not an issue for real developers as its not like they would copy and paste code off stackoverflow, right?

Here comes the blob: Asia's top 'net boffin thinks 'shapeless services' could replace the Internet


Re: I predict

The main argument is that BitTorrent relies on people wanting to share an identical file, so peers going offline doesn't mean you lose your data. It also uses small chunks of files so peer bandwidth and latency don't slow you down. If I email someone in another timezone, I would have to leave my computer on until they turn theirs on, or we'd all have to agree to share encrypted blobs of other peoples emails, and then sync all the email in the world so we can peer it. So all computers on all the time? It's a crap, crap suggestion.

You might enjoy applications that hog resources, but designing in Network and CPU wastage seems sub optimal. Just think of all those SSL auth cycles and the extra electricity your suggestion requires. PGP hasn't caught on, so we're still talking plaintext email or plaintext over SSL.

I hope you're not a delegate at COP26!


Re: I predict

Pretty sure they thought of that in the 80's... so if the sender is the one who has to monitor all the destinations, and you send to a mailing list of several thousand emails, who are all now offline, your network connectivity is going to go to pot while you wait for your contacts to pop up online for 10 seconds to check their email.

That is not a scalable or desirable design, which is why email works the way it does.


I predict

Email will still be around. Perhaps some service layers will fracture, which sounds reasonable, but addressing globally is damn useful for lots of things.

HPE campaigns against 'cloud first' push in UK public sector


I can think of multiple reasons why you might rent even when you can afford a house. That's beside the point.

Don't call people idiots because you don't understand their motives.

Chestertons fence.


Like renting? A publicly accessible, but occupied house. Landlords with scale (e.g. block of flats). Lots of people rent, they're not idiots.

You were making an ok point but messed it up at the end.

Snyk: 50% of security jobs unfilled… any solution predicated on devs 'becoming security experts is doomed'


Yea but Adam Smith.... multiplication factor.... the path to prosperity is specialisation. Look if we just all specialise enough, we'll all be millionaires, OK?

Stop asking me to think about problems, I want to think about solutions.

Giant Tesla battery providing explosion in renewable energy – not as intended


Re: Smoke 'em if you've got 'em.

There is always overcapacity in a grid system, to prevent brownouts. By capturing it you prevent it going to waste, which is what currently happens. So you're giving the energy to the future instead of throwing it in the bin, so you can respond to fluctuating demand without scaling your power generation... that's where the savings come in.

Same thing happens with hydroelectric pumps in lots of places, when you've got a surplus you use it or you lose it.

So... reliability, check. Prices, in theory. Jobs, TBC.


Re: Smoke 'em if you've got 'em.

Quite a lot of copper piping about. If it's as rare as that, we'll be ok

I no longer have a burning hatred for Jewish people, says Googler now suddenly no longer at Google


Re: Speechless?

Lots of things existed before North American Nations, what does that have to do with anything? My objection is the medium of communication and his apparent shock that he got fired. As an aside, to your point, I could not give a shit about the historical/sacred prejudices; either prejudice can be recognised and analysed by each and every generation (and hopefully regress to the mean), or it can't. I don't care if its your uncle, your brother or your nan... either your prejudice is acceptable or its not. ( e.g. due to a childhood trauma I think all black and yellow insects are wankers and they all get 10 seconds to get out of the open window or they get killed - I am unlikely to be convinced otherwise )

He articulated himself badly and doesn't get to be surprised that he was misunderstood. For example, his missive starts by asking you not to stop reading... then later asks you to stop reading to go and read the book 'sapiens'.

As evidenced by this exchange, a few words do not really capture one's thoughts adequately for proper and robust debate.



Maybe if he'd publish this 30 years ago it would be impressive.... it comes across that this is a recent change (social media is a place for "here's my mind fart right now").

Might have been better off in a memoir, it would probably have come across more as a distant recollection.

I dont think we have all the facts here, but in general it is a positive thing to be able to change your mind.

I dont want to be in a society formed by children's parents doctrines. But to be declaring this at 50 implies it took a long time to learn the pretty basic lesson that a smart cookie should pick up quickly in his mid-twenties, as soon as he was exposed to 'others'

Refreshing: An Office update that won't frighten the horses


Re: Yeah that ribbon

Which isn't very helpful as Microsoft Teams trains in the muscle memory that CTRL+Return is a newline.

I've almost sent many an unfinished draft due to that.

To reduce mindless "ok" responses, non spell checked emails, and follow ups that say "oh, sorry, I meant Y not X: it would be much better if it was slightly harder to send an email, in my opinion.

Report: 83% of UK software engineers suffer burnout, COVID-19 made it worse


Re: "the same old type of business calling themselves Agile"


Exciting? When has a real engineer described their job building bridges and buildings that are safe and don't fall down, as exciting?

If you want quality, it's boring, precisely because humans in general get bored and would rather wander off and play than finish the task at hand if it's 80% done.

Backbench Tory campaigner promises judicial review of data grab of English GP patients unless UK government changes tack


Re: Mr no papers Brexit

He's always been all over the privacy legislation (or lack thereof). I thought he got stiffed with the Brexit gig to shut him up and discredit him... seems to have worked

Report picks holes in the Linux kernel release signing process


I dont think so, unless you're a lunatic that's using SSH keys for symmetric access.

You could use a shared key to get the public key of the next token, but that is not going to be of help to you.

Using your existing access to the developer machine is going to help get the next key, but having the key only works as long as its accepted by the target server, a new laptop and new key and you're locked out, even if you havnt been noticed (horizontal movement obviously ignored).

Changing passwords means you're reliant on humans to invent new ones, who, we've found, will generate weaker ones or open alternate security holes in the process. The same isn't true for SSH keys as they are machine generated so there is no fatigue going into the process.

Updating in production, like a boss


No, no, no!

I'm not having this. A prime example of the worst sin of all in database creation: not using a unicode encoding.

There is more to the world than American English.

South Korea’s nuclear research agency breached by North Korea-affiliated cyberattackers, says malware analyst group


Re: Vulnerability in a VPN..

Safe as houses.

Safe enough for most.... but safe? What is safe?

Chrome 'Conformance' for JavaScript frameworks says: If you don't follow our rules, your project won't build


Re: Locations On By Default

Huh, you seem to be presenting the user with a choice to opt out... Best practice is 500,000 individual tick boxes of random orientation and a "saving....." spinning wheel for no fucking reason.

No, you may not override this best practice.

Huh, you seem to have forgotten your Google analytics snippets....... sheesh, everyone does this, don't worry - we'll automatically and silently add those in for you, you're welcome

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'


Re: Tricky to do that with people.

I'll try and bring this back to the article. Why don't you SHUT THE HELL UP

Home Office slams PNC tech team: 'Inadequate testing' of new code contributed to loss of 413,000 records


Re: an affective spell checker

Their are mistakes there making when they're spell checker doesn't pick up real words in the wrong place


Looks like the article is missing an affective spell checker

Man found dead inside model dinosaur after climbing in to retrieve phone


Re: Poor sod..

Version without paywall




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