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Scary RAM-gobbling bug in SQL Server 2014 exposed by Visual Studio online outage

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From the blog posting:

You can’t, can’t, can’t just “hit the reset button” and say “that fixed it”

This, from a Microsoft employee? He must be new working with Microsoft software...

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Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone's brain

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The simple RISC architecture of the ARM1 makes the circuitry of the processor easy to understand, at least compared to a [contemporary] chip such as the 386

The ARM processor was a 32-bit clean sheet design, with no legacy baggage to support. Whereas the i386 processor has a lot of backwards compatibility, being able to trace its roots back to the 16-bit 8086.

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Government hails superfast broadband deal for new homes

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Re: Still building mud and sticks.

Wires (including 12v and Cat6) should be trunked - you shouldn't need to dig channels in the wall to add or change wiring.

Agree. But that would put up the install cost, and we all know how builders like to install the best value solution...

No UK house should need central heating, sufficient insulation would be fine in our climate.

Er, and where do you live? My gaff is less than 10 years old in the South East, has up-to-date insulation, yet it still gets uncomfortably cold in the middle of the day & night in winter when the heating isn't on.

The flipping kitchen sink should not be under the flipping kitchen window; we have dishwashers these days.

You have a dish washer. I don't. My household is small and we'd either run the dishwasher half empty (or more) or have to buy more kitchenware so we could use the dishwasher every three or four days.

A washing machine would be better placed in a bathroom than a kitchen if there's no utility room.

I can see the logic, but I'm not sure about safety.

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Submarine cable cut lops Terabits off Australia's data bridge

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NSA Balls up

Have the NSA ballsed up hacking into another submarine cable? You'd have thought they'd have got the hang of it by now.

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Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

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@A/C Re: Consumers Vs Business

what customer improvements have been observed

You really think this is all about customer improvement? It's more about lowering costs for Vodafone & O2.

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Re: Meaningless promise

A quick look [...] shows Three hasn't got much MVNO business

My impression of Three is that their focus is/has been on the domestic customer. They've shown very little interest in the business market (Direct or MVNO)

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Re: Consumers Vs Business

How about O2 and Three can merge only if the network (masts, backhaul etc) is spun off as a separate, truly independent company

I don't know about Three, but I know that O2 don't own or run their own mobile phone network. That was handed off to someone else (Arqiva?) some time ago.

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No patches for code exec holes in Netgear management box

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Re: An intuitive web-based user interface?

Is it wise using a web server/client browser to control a security device?

If the embedded web server software is designed and written correctly, then there's no problem.

If you don't use a browser, you'll be using some kind of app to do the same thing, which, really, isn't that much different in terms of security.

The only way to completely avoid this, is to physically connect to the device (e.g. serial port) But that has proven to be consumer unfriendly.

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Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

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WTF?

Why UEFI variables write by default?

Why on Earth are such variables writable by default? I can understand that tools that need to modify then need them to be mount read/write, but surely 99.9% of the time they can be mounted read-only? If someone needs to write to those variables, they can re-mount them as read/write.

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Uni of Manchester IT director resigns after sacking 68 people

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Holmes

In many (most?) organisations, the career progression for specialists (geek, engineer, scientist, teacher, etc) is to become a manager. There are two small problems with this, though.

Firstly, not everyone wants to move away from their specialism and become a manager. Heck, they may even enjoy their current work.

Secondly, some people just aren't any good at being a manager. They may be the mutt's nuts in their field, but they may not be management material.

Unfortunately, our friends in HR don't understand this...

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Scapegoat?

Or he could have been brought in by senior management to do the firing so they didn't have to take the flack if the cost-cutting didn't work.

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BT airs out new business structure as it digests EE

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Last year Openreach made £2.6billion of profits.

Where did you get that from? The article says BT (as a whole) made a profit of £862 Million on revenue of £4.6 Billion.

If Openreach is making a profit of £2.6 billion, some part of BT is making a *huge* loss.

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Re: Points to Openreach and tells Ofcom it is already at 'arm's length'

Currently waiting for a phone number port to BT (from OpenReach)

I don't think that's Openreach but something like BT Operate.

I believe Openreach only deal in the physical cabling. Other divisions deal with the minor details of running ADSL or telephony services.

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Re: Oh good

Or Customer Service?

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Random ideas sought to improve cryptography

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And...?

Do you have any results?

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VirusTotal bashes bad BIOSes with forensic firmware fossicker

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Re: Intel Management Engine ?

According to this FAQ posting on the Libreboot FAQ, with all of Intel's latest toys on the CPU, you can't guarantee anything.

It seems that a modern CPU is no longer "just" a CPU, but a full-blown computer in itself.

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Cisco drops 11 clock-crashing patches for 46 things, probes 142 more

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FAIL

CallManager

From Cisco's BugID CSCux95217:

No release planned to fix this bug

Thanks Cisco...

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'Unikernels will send us back to the DOS era' – DTrace guru Bryan Cantrill speaks out

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Re: Hard and fast

Solaris in.telnetd in kernel space?

Solaris implemented a system called streams which allowed some traffic handling to happen in the kernel rather than bouncing to & from user space. This was to improve performance and reduce overhead.

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VMware says vSphere in decline, new multi-cloud plan will ensure growth

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@Paul Crawford Re: Price

I know it doesn't fix all the problems, but VMWare's Host Client Interface is pure HTML/Javascript and is getting better with every version.

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Price

The declining use of vSphere would have nothing to do with its price and there being cheaper (or even free!) alternatives, would it?

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Re: "...to correct at least 500 years of misinformation that the world is not flat."

According to Wikipedia, Pythagoras thought the Earth was round around 500BC, with the rest of the Greeks coming around to the idea in around 200BC.

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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Government Vs Truth

The government have never cared what is true or right. Just look at what happened to David Nutt.

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Ad-clicking bots predicted to rip US$7.2 billion from Mad Men

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Bot Vs Human

What identifies a bot as having "clicked" on an advert compared to a human? Too many clicks per minute per IP address?

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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

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Re: No H or He?

it's 3.8 billion light years away, meaning it's also 3.8 billion years old

No. Just after the Big Bang, space expanded faster than the speed of light*. So it is younger than 3.8 billion years old.

* Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum - but space didn't "travel" faster than the speed of light, it just expanded faster. A subtle distinction, and the reason why we can only see to the edge of the observable universe, as there as parts that, unless we perfect faster than light travel, we'll never see as the light will never reach us.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Not surprised

When I was a young lad, and looking around at what career to follow, I was quite interested in being a pilot. Even back then, it was obvious to me that flying was less about actual flying and more about watching a computer.

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Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

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just because i am at my desk does not 100% prove that i a actually working let alone being productive.

You could be writing comments on Internet forums ;-)

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How about this for an alternative; you are measured by the quality and quantity of your work

But that would involve your manager having to know and understand your job, plus have some reliable way to measure the quality of your work. Oh - and for said manager to not spend time sycophantically sucking up to the bosses above.

I think this just shows that the managers aren't actually managing and THEY should be fired.

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Re: Becoming all too common...

They've been basing performance on the call center staff on such things as attendance right down to the minute through login logs on the phones and the PC's.

A supplied took me to a customer site for a demo of their contact centre software. The local manager told me that the software allowed them to log how long staff spent, amongst other things, on toilet breaks. Spend too long on the loo and expect to have to explain yourself to HR!

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Microsoft wants you, yes you, to write bits of Windows 10. For free

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Re: No use, no write for...

Maybe I have rose-tinted glasses (and I'm no acolyte) but maybe Microsoft have realised that they have to live and work with open source, rather than trying to bury it. Especially now, due to Android, Apple, Chrome & Firefox, IE/Edge does not have the near monopoly (or large market share) that they once had.

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Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox

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Re: "The escaping particle steals a tiny bit of the black hole's mass with it"

In a normal situation, these matter/anti-matter pairs (which have borrowed energy from somewhere to come into existence via the good ol' e=mc2) annihilate each other and return the borrowed energy. Everything ends up in balance.

But if the particle pairs can't annihilate each other (Because they're on opposite sides of the black hole's event horizon), then the energy they borrowed to come into existence is never returned and so, "something" is in energy deficit. What that "something" is, I don't know. Maybe it's the black hole? I bow to someone with more knowledge than me on the matter (pardon the pun)

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Re: "The escaping particle steals a tiny bit of the black hole's mass with it"

Anti particle's have opposite charge, but not negative mass:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiparticle

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Soft Photons

What's a soft photon? Is it the kind you use to make soft holograms? And how does they differ from the regular photons that my monitor is currently drowning my face in?

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New US freedom of information law aimed at fixing 'broken' system

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UK

Meanwhile, in the UK, the public sector still clings to the idea that the public shouldn't know what they get up to, and does its best to refuse FoI queries.

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Nvidia GPUs give smut viewed incognito a second coming

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Re: Video driver clearing memory

Zeroing a large buffer might take a while

But doesn't an O/S kernel zero out regular memory before handing it to an application? And aren't there specific CPU instructions for doing this to make it as efficient as possible?

GPUs are often touted as having large memory bandwidth, so surely they can use a bit of that to zero out a newly allocated region? Surely a new framebuffer allocation isn't going to be in the "hot" path of drawing an image on the screen but in the initalisation code path?

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Who's laughing now, doubters? Cloud makers rake in £75bn in sales

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Profit

Yeah, £75bn is sales does sound impressive. But what really counts is: What's the profit? That's what the money people really care about. Your £75bn is pointless if you're making naff all profit (or even a loss!)

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Cisco wins wireless net hand-off patent battle

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Re: At least

Too many software patents fail [because]...they are an obvious solution to a competent programmer

But not to a lawyer who gets paid a large sum of money regardless of who wins the case.

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The ball's in your court, Bezos: Falcon 9 lands after launching satellites

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@Elon Musk

There and back again

But did you go under bridges and over bridges?

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North Wales Police outsourcing deal results in massive overspend

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Re: I work in the public sector.. I constantly fight against outsourcing

I used to work in the public sector. My impression was that management would rather believe consultants/contractors as they were paid a lot more money compared to in house staff. It had nothing to do with the skill or knowledge.

Yet they still refused to pay a half-decent wage to their own staff.

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Re: Typical Result

I bet North Wales Police were trying to reduce costs by having fewer contract/project managers. (1 contract needs fewer staff to manage compared to 8 contracts, right..?)

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Canadian live route map highlights vulnerabilities to NSA spying efforts

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Re: Doesn't surprise me

I heard a similar story whilst on a tour of Goonhilly: A major telephone cable in the UK was cut. The phone network looked for the best alternative route for the traffic. It decided that sending the traffic via New York via satellite was the best route around the problem.

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EU mobile roaming rules to save customers billions in bills

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Flame

Don't pity the poor carriers, loosing money from EU roaming charges. They'll make up the loss by jacking up non-EU roaming.

Don't believe me? The carriers are already decreasing EU roaming charges and increasing non-EU roaming charges.

You thought roaming chargers were expensive before? You ain't seen nothing yet!

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Help! What does 'personal conduct unrelated to operations or financials' mean?

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Missing Poll Option

I think the obvious missing poll option is some sort of sexual impropriety.

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'Fairly bad core bug' crushed in Linux 4.4-rc5

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@Amorous Cowherder

I think you're getting all your downvotes because most people never saw the moderator deleted post you're replying to. Without the context of that post, I think people are getting the wrong end of the stick.

Unless, of course, I'm getting the wrong end of your stick!

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Difference of opinion

El Reg have made a story from a bug that was introduced & fixed in a release candidate/beta version of software.

Over at lwn.net, the bug fix doesn't even get a mention..

Could this be an El Reg scare-mongering/click-bait article...?

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Microsoft extends Internet Explorer 8 desktop lifeline to upgrade laggards

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You can't blame Microsoft for accepting custom support agreements. If a customer is foolish/rich enough to pony up and the price covers Microsoft's costs, then why shouldn't Microsoft accept their money?

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Netherlands votes to splash cash on encryption projects

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Mushroom

With this action, it's clear that the Netherlands are terrorist sympathisers. I bet they even let Muslins into their country! America must join forces with the rest of Western Europe and bomb them from the face of the planet. It's the only way to keep us all safe from these peado supporting ner' do wells.

</sarcasm>

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UK research network Janet under ongoing and persistent DDoS attack

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I guess it's been shutdown as everyone was hammering it to death trying to get updates.

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Windows' Nemesis: Pre-boot malware pwns payment processors

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Re: I've seen its like before

How much longer before it's cheaper to throw the computer away and buy a new one, rather than pay a techie hours to disinfect it?

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The gear I use in my test lab: A look at three Trident+ switches

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Re: Just can't seem to quit Cisco.

Yeah, Cisco do seem to be lacking in the low(er) end 10Gb/s switch arena.

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