* Posts by Long John Brass

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Make Adama proud: Connect your Things wisely, cadet

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> VLN has gotten up to 200Gbps

> It will also be pretty much useless outside of that room

Wasn't there a hack against various bits of networking kit that has LEDs connected directly to the TX/RX lines. If I remember correctly "attackers" were able to pull data from another building via a telescope & some electronic trickery.

Anyone who tells you; Oh no don't worry, it's very short range should be treated with snide derision.

Hint Telescopes and Antennas are effectively the same thing

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "shy tory"

But wait! There's more!

For $9.99 you can get your very own call blocker

Call now on 0800 fck you for details

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Plod wants your PC? Brick it with a USB stick BEFORE they probe it

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would it not be better to...

Splat a clean file system image over the top of the partition? That way you can say, encrypted data? What encrypted data?

All that random data? No that's just a very old install that I blew away ages ago

Or better yet ... Nope; it's just a swap vol

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Singapore's prime minister releases source code for his hand-coded Sudoku-solver

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Deep work

Jon Blow did a talk about deep work & how it changes the way you think

It's probably a good thing if more politicians do this kind of thing ... makes em smarter

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo7cTlaVJdQ

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C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

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Re: C++

> Bjarne had aspirations of academia (or maybe even politics), whereas K&R just wanted to get things done

And therein lays the rub

C is a language built by engineers for engineers; to get things done

C++ is a langues designed by comp sci profs, for comp sci students; to appeal to an ideology

You know who I mean ... Dijkstra and the reset of the evil language elves.

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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QEMM and Quarterdeck

Those are names that bring back somewhat fond memories :)

And the Borland C compiler

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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Dumb question

Why not set up some exhaust ports off the main engine feed at say 45deg from the centre line

That way you could get better throttling of the main engine by opening up the off axis "engine ports"

You would be able to get some steering from them as well

Any rocket surgeons care to comment?

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: "soi-disant"?

> Who does the Register want? Bjarne Stroustrup?

Hell NO! That man should never be allowed anywhere a compiler again!

C++ is a crawling horror. It's C that has had to put the lotion on its skin. Java is the bastard son of C and COBOL.

The lat true hope humanity has is JAI; when / if Jon every get to releasing a version we can play with

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Help! We need to pick a platform for our desert adventure

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XenCenter may be a viable equivalent for ESXi

VyOS is a handy dandy router distro with a built in squid proxy, dunno if it offers content manglement

Another option may be to run FreeNAS which can run Linux VM's in a jail

the Tested guys have a quick run down here http://www.tested.com/tech/500455-building-home-server-using-freenas/

http://doc.freenas.org/9.3/freenas_jails.html

Jails may be a better option given that they are lighter weight than either Xen, vmWare or VirtualBox

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Your home automation things are a security nightmare

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Who didn't see that one coming

Really who DIDN'T see it coming ?

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Blaming it on the SatNav in ... 3, 2, 1

Drugs, guns & cross dressing .... musta been one hellova party :)

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Coffee/keyboard

I remember a time ...

When as a PFY, I was handed a bottle of iso-prop, a toothbrush & a jewellers screwdriver to clean a second hand DEC drum printer we had acquired second hand.

My job was to use said toothbrush, jewellers screwdriver & iso-prop to clean the decade old remnants of printer ribbon & paper dust that had caked up the print drum to the point where it only printed letter-ish smudges.

I emerged many hours later from the computer hall looking very much like a giant smurf; but the printer was sparkly clean & worked a treat :)

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OpenSSL preps fix for mystery high severity hole

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Welcome to software written in C

<grumpy old man mode>

Bah! You can build bugs into software in any language. go back to logo and turtle graphics if you can't handle a real language. And get the hell off my lawn

</grumpy old man mode>

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AMD, ARM, Imagination, Samsung alliance publish official shared GPU-CPU blueprints

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Fortran!

Is that still a thing?

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

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Re: Hypnotism

<Calm computer voice>

Your avalable music choices are

1 - Killed by death (Motorhead)

2 - Don't fear the reaper (Blue Öyster Cult)

</Calm computer voice>

<Passengers>

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

</Passengers>

<Calm computer voice>

Playing .... crazy frog

</Calm computer voice>

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'Roly poly' soft, wobbly robot BANGS EXPLOSIVELY, leaps 0.5m in air

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Re: Cat Scarer

I'm building an ed209 in my garden shed for the same reason.

For some reason the local authorities got a little twitchy when I tried to import the twin .50 cal. Cobra cannons I need get the weapons systems online.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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How about

A kickstarter ?

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Re: Bah ... philistines

Stove top can make a good cup of coffee; IF you don't run it too hot.

Many espresso machines run the water temp too high & scald the grounds

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Bah ... philistines

Bodem (French press) is the only way to go.

Percolated or "drip" coffee is ghastly; only allowed if the alternative is instant.

Fastest way to get your jolly java fix

1) Boil jug

2) Wait till water comes off the boil (IE don't scald the grounds)

3) Add to freshly ground coffee

4) wait a minute or two (the longer you leave it the more bitter the taste)

5) plunge

6) Drink

The mistake people always make, it steeping the grounds for ages in the hope of making a stronger brew. It doesn't, it just makes it bitter, if you want it strong add more coffee grounds.

Don't have a grinder any more; but Roasted Addiction Dark roast comes close :)

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

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Just goes to show....

Every place I've worked; the SOP has been to flush the pre-installed OS image & re-install.

But these days consumer PC/Laptops etc you don't even have that option; You only get the OEM's rebuild partition

Not so much of an issue for me, most everything I buy (except fondleSlab & phones) get re-imaged with Debian. Maybe MS could do something nice like say .... "Our OS must be installed from OUR media by the END USER"; Won't work of course ... The pubic outrage would be enormous.

So....

. Sony are out due to rootkit

. Samsung are out due to ad injection & voyeuring via your TV

. LG are out due to phoning home all your media watching habbits

. Lenovo are out for on purpose pre-installed scumware.

Who else have I forgotten off my shitlist?

Could it really be that Apple is the last honest platform standing?

Shit; I need off this rock, like right now.

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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DropBox

Does this mean my content on DropBox is knowable?

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In Barcelona, no one can hear you scream ... HTC, Valve unleash Giger-inspired VR headgear

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This is the one I want

http://technicalillusions.com/

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Flash flushed: Google's AdWords to convert ads to HTML5 automatically

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Won't fix

<rant>

*HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY*

The "bug" where the flash ad auto plays at max fucking volume --- Heyyyy you want Viagra!? --- How bout some cute Asian, Ukrainian, Russian women? If I wanted a wife/girfirend I'd rent one *BASTARDS*

Looking you too ElReg ... I understand that websites require advertising to bring in the pennies; But if you launch that shit in my face every time I land on a page, AdBlock gets installed on that machine pretty damned quick.

Every man & his dog monitoring every single thing I do down to breaking wind and you can't even deliver on the promise of all that monitoring? Accurately targeted advertising; Targeted my arse.

Yes I'm nearing 50, yes I'm currently single; No I don't want to see "older" friking ladies with their cleavage hanging over the edge to the ad window; Show me shiny laptops, cars, gadgets show me expensive holidays to tropical paradises...

Bad spam-vertiser... BAD

Now ... get the hell off my lawn

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Lightbulb moment for visible light networking: 200 Gbps without a fibre

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Re: In Ceiling

What about a HomePlug <--> LedLighting style adapter

Visable light for the meatbags

IR for the iFondleThings

Mains power for the back-haul to the router

The downside would be no network connectivity when the lights are off, Which will make night time happy time difficult unless you make it a "smart" light bulb along the lines of the Philips Hue style units.

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Joke

IrDA all over again

My ancient PalmPilot networked using the same technology :)

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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Heard this before

Wasn't it 4GL & smart systems that was supposed to put us all out of a job in the 1980's ?

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Re: WTF!

Setup another DHCP pool that allocates the IP address of the devices to a new subnet with a bogus default route; You can assign em based on the MAC address. If the device can't route out of your network, it can't talk back to the mothership

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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FAIL

Revenge of the Fappening

Wonder what happens when the great and the good get re-broadcast el-unnatural

Wonder what the prime-minister is up to this morning ... Slurping Earl Grey

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Red-spattered Android figures sinkhole Sony's healthy financials

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Check my math ...

If their revenue WRT the mobile division is ¥429bn then according to google that's $68bn (USD)

How the fuck can they only make $80m in profit? are their margins really THAT thin?

Or is this some creative accounting for tax purposes?

Or have I utterly misunderstood the article?

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Surface RT

Nice hardware, shame about the software

I don't suppose the M$ will allow us to unlock the bootloader so I can finally install Debian on it?

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New claim: D-Link router exposes unprotected config controls to web – DNS hijackers, ahoy!

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WTF?

Colour me shocked

When will they learn; When will they stop rolling thier own shitty interfaces & builds

If they got alongside the WRT guys, we could have a secure & up to date build on these trice damned boxes.

But Noooo .... The drooling lickspittles have to nail down our ability to get a decent WRT distro on the boxes; while simultaneously allowing the window licking scipt kiddies in through the front door.

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Bill Gates – I WISH I was like Zuck and spoke Chinese. Yep, I drink poo

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Re: I've never understood @DropBear

Doesn't have to go to sleep for millions of years, Not unless it wants to go interstellar

Plenty of sunlight for electrons & material for spare parts right here in the solar system

I guess the assumption I'm questioning is that any given AI would want to rule over us like any other brain dead sociopath IE: Politician. It doesn't need to eat, fuck or climb the social ladder, so why assume it has our drives WRT to ruling the world?

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I've never understood

The paranoia around strong AI

Why would such an entity want to hang around this dirt ball anyway. Lets face it Plenty of free energy & materials to build things in space. An AI won't give a fig about living in hard vacuum. Wanting to stick around just to subjugate us meatbags shows a distinct lack of imagination; Any AI doing so would be considered a distinct fail in the I bit of AI

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Who's afraid of a virtual switch? Not big bad Brocade

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Alas poor Vyatta

Get your fork on here http://vyos.net/wiki/Main_Page

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VDI is heading for a minor DAAS-aster

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> Pure-play DaaS is already handy for things like desktops for temps, the paper says, largely because it requires no capital expenditure.

Other than the screen, keyboard, mouse plus what ever connects those things to the local LAN

Or am I missing something?

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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[tight beam, M32, tra. @n4.28.885.1008]

xROU Killing Time

oGCV Grey Area

Hey ... wanna see the monkeys freak out?

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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Re: I'm not nine

Agreed, utterly & completely

But as you say, the trick is to use that style of language at the right time for maximum effect.

Some of my workmates over the years have effed & Blinded every second word; sort of dulled the impact of the *censored* words in question.

I've always taken a twisted sense of pride in trying to get the same effect as swearing but with only "standard" descriptive language (it helps exercise the vocabulary). I was once oven able to make a co-worker blanch without a single foul syllable :)

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MARS NEEDS BROADBAND, insists Elon Musk

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Re: At last

Didn't one of the IP(v4) dads set out to design an "interplanetary" internet?

Personally I always thought that a bastardized version of Fido net(tm) would be a far better solution for such a high latency network. a 4 hour lag means hitting a website is impractical. Mail & file transfer is all you need in this case. Even Mars is what, a minimum delay of around 4 minutes and the maximum of around 24 minutes?

*sniff* ... Is it sad that I miss the sounds of zone mail hour? *WOOF*

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

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Odd - redux

> "Never trust a computer that's too heavy to lift" - can't recall where I first saw that one, but it has served me well. ;)

I have the same policy with regards to girlfriends :)

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

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Re: Extreme Fisting

He was a Tory peer; Wasn't he?

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Why blades need enterprise management software: Learn from Trev's hardcore lab tests

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High hopes

Once upon a long time ago; when dinosaurs walked the earth

The was a project to opensource PC BIOSes, the original design was to do something similar to

SUNs OpenBoot (The FOSS one was OpenBIOS I think?).

The hope I had for this was... being able to talk to the BIOS firmware settings from the OS

Sadly, SUN, OpenBoot/BIOS all seem to be gone now

/me sad

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400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes face SUPPORT DOOM

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Re: "...customers see the need to migrate"

> A server OS that requires a touchscreen? Are you sure you haven't been sold an iPad or something?

The brand name wasn't Etch-A-Sketch by any chance?

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Re: Please oh Alien Overlords, save us from the madness!

> It's because of inanity like this and other things that just beggar belief

... things that just bugger belief

There fixed that for you

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Thought tab sales were in the toilet this year? Hah! Wait for next

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+1 for slablet

I hearby gnomeinate slablet as ElReg HR approved slango!

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Old laws

I see a lot of scoffing at old laws (Burn the witch, burn the witch)

But; May I remind you that the law against murder is pretty old too

Yes, older that the USA even.

Perhaps the answer for apple/google/etc is to up-sticks & move to a country with freedom & proper laws and other silly little conveniences like that; I hear the the norks are looking for some tech help :)

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ESA's spaceplane cleared for lift-off in February 2015

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New machines

Many machines on Ix. New machines.

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Greening the copper with NFV, lower power optics from GreenTouch

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Hell no!

I'll keep the smarts to my home network where it belongs. Under MY thumb.

If you start letting the ISP/Carriers etc get more control over function & features, they will eventually fuck you with it.

Give me a big dumb internet that just whourks packets back & forth

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Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

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> given how complex this area is and how hard to isolate

Easy ... in the last 20 years violence in society has been steadily dropping. In the last 20 years there has been a huge explosion in computer games; If video games make people violent then we would be seeing more violent crime not less

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