* Posts by 42656e4d203239

150 posts • joined 22 Mar 2021


NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe

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Re: Hobnobs - invented for mans pleasure

>>And chocolate ones are delicious.

With the caveat that it must be plain chocolate enrobing the oaty goodness. The milk choc ones are an abomination and must be fed to unknowing children.

Sadly I can no longer eat oats (for the sake of people around me), so the guilty pleasure of devouring an entire packet of plain chocolate hobnobs is forever denied me.

Google said to be taking steps to keep political campaign emails out of Gmail spam bin

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Surely the spam filter is a system wide one? (rather than specifically adjusted for each user) so the percentages filtered by each mail provider reflect the political bias of their users... I seriously doubt that Google hard coded a left favouring bias in their Spam detector or that Microsoft similarly coded a right favouring bias in theirs.

The big spam filters are claimed to be contextual, rather than based on senders email address, so quite how one might hard code political bias in a spam filter I really don't know - though AI may play a role.

The GoP are concerned that their messages are reaching the libtards and the libtards are flagging it as spam, adjusting the alogrithm as a whole. Sucks to be the GoP spamming Gmail I guess, better luck with Microsfot users.

Linus Torvalds says Rust is coming to the Linux kernel 'real soon now'

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Re: "Real Soon Now."

Now, in a minute....

'Universal processor' company Tachyum joins European HPC think tank

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Extraordinary claims....

...require extraordinary evidence, and I don't think a FPGA quite makes the grade.

Call me a cynic, but a chip that is a jack of all trades will be a master of none (but may do each task adequately) - so the question, aside from "is this ever going to get onto an actual silicon wafer, or is is a grift?", is "will it perform at a better price/performance point that the extisting descrete components?"

I suspect we may be waiting a while for the answer... and 6-12 months doesn't seem, to me, to be realistic.

Rows, columns, and the search for a database that can do everything

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Re: Stop selling snake oil

>>everyone who know what they're doing use PostgreSQL

The very same PostgreSQL that was, quite recently, being encouraged to add column store to its database engine... Linky

Snowflake pledges row-based storage engine for transactional data

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The guy who started Postgres all those years ago is now saying that Postgres should create a column store engine ( El Reg Linky ) and here we have, arguably, a vast column store system adding "row store" to its repetoire.

I wonder - could some unholy chimera of both systems work? <----- joke for those who need to be told.

EU lawmakers vote to ban sales of combustion engine cars from 2035

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Prescient, much?

>>And you can bet your hairy arse that those nice subsidies for buying an EV and installing a charger are going to disappear PDQ

As indeed they have... Govt has discontinued the £1500 grant towards the cost of a new EV with immediate effect...


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Re: Queuing is the least of our worries.

>>So you expect the supermarkets, workplaces etc to just swallow the cost of all and sundry charging on their properties?

Lidl already has two chargers in our Valley. The gear was installed when the store had a re-fit. Given their reputation as a business, I doubt they are "swallowing the cost". They can be used by anyone; indeed the local DPD man who has an electric transit uses them, as do various other commercial, and privately owned EVs.

If a small supermarket in a small valley in South Wales can run a couple of charging poitns at a profit., I guess larger supermarkets can do so as well. It is, after all, not rocket science.

Microsoft accidentally turned off hardware requirements for Windows 11

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Re: Win 10 is good enough

>>Also, I have some sea shells by the sea shore to sell you. - Sally.

Wasn't that Mary Anning?

/mines the one with a Titanites Giganteus in the pocket - yes, they are very large pockets.

I love the Linux desktop, but that doesn't mean I don't see its problems all too well

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Re: Shell-shock-trauma (of sorts)

you missed vines from your list... that may have been my favorite...

IBM-powered Mayflower robo-ship once again tries to cross Atlantic

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Re: curse of El Reg?

oh I take it back - something has decided to use the aux power and steer back to facing the US of A....

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curse of El Reg?

Looks like the poor thing is drifting again...

NW wind at 27Knm, heading 56 degrees (ish), having headed more northerly since I last looked (76 degrees), speed 2 kts, rudder seems fixed at 35 degrees Starboard, no aux power engaged.

Something doesn't add up there; speed is remarkably little for that much wind, heading change/rate of change is wierd for that rudder angle (unless I have it switched in my head)

Lithium production needs investment to keep pace with battery demand

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Re: Sod electric cars

>> Much like you can't take a pile of rust and make iron again.

Ohhhh yes you can.

That's exactly what they do to weld railway rack... OK they use Al powder as well, which makes it not particularly 'green' as a process and there is the small matter of the extreme exothermic nature of the reaction to deal with but, none the less, you can take a pile of rust and turn it back into iron.

icon is flame becasue thats what the Thermite reaction specialises in!

Cars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests

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Re: "three leading systems" WTF?

>>Imagine how well a left-driving remote gnome is going to do in right-driving locations.

Assuming you are referring to remote gnomes located in India (a sensible left driving location; only sensible countries drive on the left), I submit that the 'side of the road' issue would be the least of your worries, given the popular image of the driving environment on the sub-continent.

Nvidia open-sources Linux kernel GPU modules. Repeat, open-source GPU modules

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Re: Lost sales

>>All nvidia cards have pretty decent linux drivers

Ohhhh no they don't.... many Nvidia cards have decent linux drivers.

I guess they do in general except for those cards that Nvidia decides are too old... even though they still do the job they were designed to.

Only Microsoft can give open-source the gift of NTFS. Only Microsoft needs to

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Re: Microsoft Bashing

>>It's all Linux, Macs and mobile OSes.

Which is to say (for the sake of argument) Linux, (these days) Unix and Linux (Android and ChromeOS)+ iPhoneOS which is Unix derived...

Linux/Unix on the desktop is already here; it's just not here in the way one might expect.. We have more Chromebooks than PCs here at work - so, if that is true elsewhere, the days of Windows are, surely, numbered?

Did you know Twitter has an open-source arm? This is what it's been up to

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Re: email address as ID

People of a certain age will remember that, for a memorable ZIP code, 90210 is your friend.... who doesn't want a place in Beverly HIlls?

/mine is the one with an old copy of the TV Times in the pocket ---->

UK competition watchdog probes school software contract revisions

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>> Their new cloud product appears to be a remote desktop server connection over HTML.

IIRC the old cloud product (available in 2014 for sure) was a citrix session in to a remote server... plus ca change...

>>the private equity firm who bought it will pay the price for poor due dilligence

We can only hope; sadly I expect that many schools will not have the expertise required to extract themselves from the SIMS ecosystem - and very few will have been able to do that effecitvely in the 6 months notice that ESS gave.

The local authority here is looking at a move to another product (which, I do not know but Bromcom is a word drifting on the ether)

Microsoft fixes Point of Sale bug that delayed Windows 11 startup for 40 minutes

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shurely shome mishtake?

>Yes, it is 2022 and Windows can still leak memory if you don't turn it off regularly.

"Yes, its 2022 and Windows still leaks memory" is what you meant to say. Turning it off doesn't stop the leak.... no, wait, it does if you don't turn it back on again.

/mines the one with Pedant stencilled across the back.

Rivals aren't convinced by Microsoft's one-click default browser change

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Re: Edge is Default,.... again!!

>>If I wasn't just a few years from retirement I'd get out of the Windows ecosystem entirely.

Well when you retire you can firmly kick them where they deserve.... assuming that it is $WORK that insists you stick with them.

South Yorkshire to test fiber broadband through water pipes

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Re: Great idea...

I am pretty sure a gate valve (or a butterly valve for that matter) will make a great fibre cutter.

Getting the fibre into and out of the pipe will be interesting (not quite NP hard but close!).

Then there is the small matter of the guys typically employed to dig holes by the water companies not, generally, being the sharpest spade in the shed (or, more likely, back hoe in the garage)

I am sure they will spend their budget assessing these issues with due dilligence!

Boeing demos ground-based anti-jam system for satellites

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>>its going to crash into the earth killing all on board.

Assuming it gets off the ground in the first place...

Pint cos many of those can be consumed, instead of holding breath, whilst waiting for the next Boeing based launch...

It's time to delete that hunter2 password from your Microsoft account, says IT giant

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Re: A pain in the rear end

>>Microsoft don't restrict PINs to being just digits

Surely they shouldn't be called a PIN then?

After all that's Personal Identification Number, isn't it?

Surely there is a better term for a 12 character collection of glyphs; how about "Personal Identification Code" or even, shock horror, "Personal Authorisation String Sequence With Only Repetition Denied"?

I am sure others can come up with a better backronym for PASSWORD but thats a start!

Amazon warehouse workers in New York unionize in historic win against web giant

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Re: To summarise...

>>The minimal wage warehouse worker should demand employment protection regulations or move to a jurisdiction that already has them.

Have you ever been a minimal wage worker? both your suggestions require resources not generally available to those workers, hence the need for a union.

The wild world of non-C operating systems

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Re: What about Assembly Language?

>>the latest and greatest intel processors are still carrying baggage from the 8008

Wasn't the 8008 an 8 bit version of the 4004? So the baggage actually comes from an even more ancient CPU... though I did read once that the 8008/4004 microcode has been expunged from modern Intel CPUs.

This approach (maintaining old tech in newer iterations) isn't limited to CPU design though - I learned that Mitel MCD (as it was called when I was installing it) was actually a wrapper around a virtualisation of their earliest (physical hardware) switch - the hardware worked so why change it? convert it to a VM and what could possibly go wrong...

That approach explained the programming interface bacially being a kermit session to the now virtual hardware... which made replicating programming between remote switches rather pedestrian.

GNOME 42's inconsistent themes are causing drama

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Re: Arrogance reminiscent of Microsoft (i.e. just suck it up).......that would be the GNOME folk!


Just installed an Openbox based fork of Manjaro (Mabox if anyone wants to know).. I can honestly say it's sweet as for my use-case.

I may even install Openbox on the host machine in place/alongside KDE Plasma <whatever>

Client demo in 30 minutes. Just what could go wrong?

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Re: Ah, DNS

>>Most of the AD admins I've met didn't even understand the concept of a reverse resolution zone

Where I work this appears to be true.... none of the other windoze DCs (there are many) are set to create/maintain PTRs in their AD Sites (mine are...) and that's for quite a large domain.

There is another small matter, which I will not elucidate more than saying "internal domain controller located in a DMZ", that serves to convince me that the bunch of windows acolytes in charge don't actually know or, indeed, care what is going on as long as the lights are blinking and the rust continues to spin.

Have a pint for Friday ---->

Unable to write 'Amusing Weekly Column'. Abort, Retry, Fail?

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Re: Is Your Message Really Necessary?

>>An obvious example is The operation can't be completed because the disk is full when attempting to delete files (a Mac issue, I believe)

Almost certainly a Mac Issue.

The Mac FS was, in the past (dunno aboout now; pretty sure its ext3 or 4 or somesuch), notorious for poor decisions.

Two that spring to mind are lopsided binary trees (where half - or some large proportion - of the nodes were 0) and requiring a rewirte of the entire index when you do things like delete a file (so yes, you couldn't delete a file if the disk was too full because it needed space to write the new tree nodes)

There were, I am sure, other dleights that I am sure more knowledgeable greybeards than I will elucidate (unless memory of the cluster fuck has been erased by Friday lunctime pints...)

Speaking of which, its that time of the week so have one on me --->

Microsoft slides ads into Windows Insiders' File Explorer

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Re: @b0llchit - Commercial vehicle at a Price per View

I did that for the wife...

You would not believe the grief I get because she can't click on ads that result from a Google search - it's like scrolling the screen down a bit is a world ending problem! Sadly (for her) the PiHole stays so we don't get ads on the "Smart" TV and various news articles just have gaps rather than pop up video adverts.

We have redundancy, we have batteries, what could possibly go wrong?

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Re: One step too few

>>*For the youngsters, 456MB, 19" units, 3 to a cabinet IIRC.

IIRC you could get 4 in an 11/750 sized cab - ours was a RA81 higher than the Microvax cabs (which also had RA81s) (The microvax 2 was shorter again)

I recall having to extract the frisbees from the Alu drive shells when arriving on site to hear the dulcet tones of drive heads grinding their way through platters... on more than one occasion; we had a generator but no power smoothing - so that went about as well as you might expect!

Those were the days - real servers in real server rooms... with real terminals, LN06 printers, HP pen ploltters (no I definitely didn't write a plotter optimised mandlebrot set generation/plotting program in FORTRAN. Nope. Definitely not.) and the odd DecWriter thrown in for the 11/750

/me gets his pint of nostalgia out....

Reg reader rages over Virgin Media's email password policy

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Rainbow tables anyone?

Anyone responsible for setting password policy should be aware that rainbow tables for up to 14 characters are easily available which reduces the pasword crack time for passwords shorter than 14 characters to trivial lengths of time. All the bad guy has to do is get your password hash and boom, he has your password (providing its a password of < 14 characters) - ok it may take a while to find in the table but its much quicker than trying all the possible combinartions against the login.

I expect that in this case the Virgin login page trivially hashes the password and passes it over to the server for storage, so the bad guy in question just has to scan his rainbow table (hence crack times less than a day) and login. Virgin's security mechanisms aren't triggered and our mark gets hacked once more.

Long passwords are best boys and girls - obligatory XKCD

AMD reminds everyone it's still doing Threadrippers

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Re: I'd like to test one.

$1,800-ish on the bay of fleas.com

Deere & Co won't give out software and data needed for repairs, watchdog told

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Re: Set a precedent.

>>Nationalising never solves anything.

Except, of course, for the East Coast Main Line in the UK. Every time 'private industry' has run it, it fails to make a profit; the Govt. takes it back, turns it around and then sells it back to their chums again. Rinse and repeat.

Oh and nationalising the railways back in the 30s did solve loads of problems, mostly with connecting services and standards... but that doesn't count does it?

NHS Digital's demise bad for 55 million patients' privacy – ex-chairman

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As far as I recall NHS(D) was set up to funnel public funds into private pockets as effecienty as possible and sell the data it gathered at the best possible price to its chums. Sounds like sour grapes on the outgoing organisation's behalf...

Startups competing with OpenAI's GPT-3 all need to solve the same problems

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where is this Internet of which they speak?

It seems to me that if you scrape Reddit & Twatter for your training text the "AI" will be generating an awful lot of 'interesting' language.

Project Gutenburg might be more useful, but the generated patterns/word sequences would resemble turn of last century (1900s) language....

Saving a loved one from a document disaster

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Oh the dreaded 11th finger...

Same issue(Ish) for my dear departed father.... He had suffered a stroke and was trying to use his PC in his nursing home. He rang in a rage becasue "the bloody computer" wasn't switching on.

Whilst he was on the phone I could hear the dulcet chime of the BIOS signalling a problem. I casually asked what, other than his fingers, was on the keyboard... cue shuffling noises as his heap "filing system" was shoved out of the way.

Yup an 11th finger, holding down the enter key and causing the BIOS to think there was a keyboard fault (rather than PEBUK, which to be fair to keyboards and PCs everywhere, is almost impossible for the hardware to detect)

That BIOS beep saved a 100 mile round trip.

Cyberwarfare looms as Russia shells, invades Ukraine

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Do the Russians need cyber warfare? Can't they just ask all the politcians in The West who now reside happily in the pockets of the Oligarchs?

I understand that a large chunk of Tory money (and, rumour has it, Republican money, across the pond) has it's origin in the East of Europe... Are they actually likely to approve biting the hand that feeds them?

Google's Chrome OS Flex could revive old PCs, Macs

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that's OK - I upvoted them as well.

The average Joe doesn't care what is actually going on - hence PHB style "Purple has the most RAM" type statements.

The days when a PC was a technical mystery worshipped by us (proportionally) few techs are long gone.

The only time you will get a mass deployed Linux on the desktop is via a Chromebook or Chrome OS Flex for exactly that reason - the mass buying public don't care, they just want a Mac or a Windows Box or a Chromebook at a price within their budget.

I wouldn't be surprised to find, in the future, that newer (than 11) versions of windows make it increasingly harder to do what you want with a PC because "there is no demand" - welcome to the Microsoft/Apple/Google cartel.

The end of free Google storage for education

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Re: Until when?

>>Adobe abandoned the student-to-grave strategy a long time ago.

no, they didn't.

They moved it from "anyone could claim to be a student" to government agreements rule... we are paying £5 per user per year (yup - not per month) for the whole Adobe CC suite. No restrictions.

In this school that means 700 licenses are costing £3.5k which isn't bad, when you look at the retail price of the steaming pile (£49.95 per user per month).

Make assistive driving safe: Eliminate pedestrians

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Re: pedestrianism

>>Also in the dictatorial regimes where it's an offence not to use pedestrian crossings and obey the signals.

Does that include Spain?

I know they had a relatively recent dictator and are now notionally at least a democracy (unless you are Basque or Catalan - let us not go there) but the notion of not using the crossing/obeying the signal being an offence still persists, IIRC (It's been a while)

BOFH: The Geek's Countergambit – outwitted at an electronics store

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After an hour or so shifting 0.479 Tonnes of paper...

Simon deserves a beer for making me ROFL.... Excellent episode. Chapeau!

Your data centre UPS could feed power to the smart grid, suggests research

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>>how come the grid operators don't invest in some batteries themselves?

They do (in Austrailia, at least)

Taekwindow: Time to make your middle mouse button earn its keep

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command line right click

>>Linux has this but also offers a different way: select some text, point the mouse somewhere else and middle-click. The selected text is inserted where you clicked.

Powershell does this only it uses right click.... select text, right click, put cursor where you want, right click. Boom.

Right click also pastes whatever is on (the current) clipboard at the moment - say from another non Powershell window..

Shame the rest of Windows hasn't been modified to do the same (I suspect that Powershell caught it off Linux/Unix in the first place) but I guess that would modify too many right click features - Perhaps Microsoft could adopt <alt><right click> instead?

Jeff Bezos adds some more overheads to his $485m yacht by taking down historic bridge

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Re: Meh

It's not a boat, it's a target... boats tend to be black and go quietly under the surface...

Welsh home improvement biz fined £200,000 over campaign of 675,478 nuisance calls

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29.6p for each call

not a bad surcharge on a call which may net £kkk of bewildered mark's hard earned cash. Just a cost of doing business.

Lost your mouse cursor? Microsoft's PowerToys 0.55 has you covered – with a massive crosshair

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Re: IntelliPoint

Thanks for reminding me - I find Iose the mouse pointer fairly often these days (eyes not what they used to be...plus 3 screens to search).

Interestingly the UI for the mouse control panel says "....when you press the CTRL key" when it actually means "...when you release the CTRL key". Obvious when you think about it, otherwise using <ctrl> based keyboard shortcuts would be a nightmare.

UK government told to tighten purse strings or public will have to foot the bill for nuclear decommissioning

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Ah the grand old Tory mantra

Privatise the profits, socialise the losses

aka I own this pile of turd and profit from selling it to rose gardeners, you pay to clean up after they stop buying me.

UK's new Brexit Freedom Bill promises already-slated GDPR reform, easier gene editing rules

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That's obviously got no possibility for mis-use then....

>>It is set to give ministers more power to change retained EU law more quickly than before, without needing votes in Parliament.

Allowing ministers to change law without requiring a vote is never going to end well.

It is bad enough, IMHO, that Statutory Instruments can be abused but to have a legal means for ministers to alter just about anything they please (I doubt the proposed law will list the acts it applies to.. so therefore it actually applies to all acts) on a whim, relegates us from a (notional) democracy to something far less appealing.

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

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Re: The should have upgraded the Harrier ..

>>*I'm not sailor, but GPS to 6 digits should be enough to record the location ?

The last location it was known to be... on the surface.

It was largely intact and, with nice expensive wings like it has, probably has quite a range gliding, underwater, towards the bottom... up to 4km or so below the surface



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