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* Posts by Bob Dunlop

33 posts • joined 15 Sep 2008

Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

Bob Dunlop

Re: Way too simple.

Yeah that's not engineering.

Looks like low grade sysadmin stuff to me.

"I started with Unix v6 on a pdp11" usually works for me. That and an old rather crufty driver in the kernel.

I'd probably fail the "exam" as those are all tasks I havn't even thought about in years.

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Open council web sites. Secret bin collections

Not so long ago Basingstoke and Deane required you to set up an account on their web site (providing numerous personal details like inside leg measurement) just to get the bin collection schedule. We'd phone the office and get them to send us a printed copy, no doubt at great expense, rather than fill in all the details.

The issue is now fixed and the bin schedules are open to public scrutiny, but what where they thinking ?

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ISPs failing 13m Brits on broadband speed, claims consumer group

Bob Dunlop

Re: The ISP needs to be responsible too

Yep another happy A&A customer here.

Was amazed when the ADSL speed was trippled to almost 11Mb/s by changing the wholesale line supplier from BT to TalkTalk. Same exchange, same copper wire. Just shows how happy BT are to sit on their a**e and leave whole communities with poor service.

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

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Javascript disabled

"It looks like you have Javascript disabled. You will need to enable JavaScript in order to use this site."

As a security measure I only enable JavaScript for sites that I trust. Government web site, trust ? FAIL.

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Plan 9 moves out from Lucent licence space

Bob Dunlop

Re: Synchronicity

The lecture was at the Lancaster Gate hotel London perhaps. 1990 I think. Part of the UKUUG "Unix the Legend Evolves" conference.

One thing I remember from that or a later lecture was that when they designed the Plan 9 C compiler the one ANSI requirement they didn't implement was K&R backwards compatability. After all if anyone had the right to do that, they did.

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

Bob Dunlop

We have not received a leaflet.

When I presented the health centre reception with a written opt out request letter for the data protection official they didn't seem to know what to do with it or who that person might be. I suspect it was filed in the bin, I've certainly had no confirmation that it's been acted on.

Zero information about data-protection or this latest attempt to sell our personal data in any of the health centre public spaces.

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You have a Skype voicemail. PSYCHE! It's just some fiendish Trojan-flinging spam

Bob Dunlop

Re: Why single this one out?

I suspect scenario goes.

Dump plod clicks on attachment and gets caught.

To cover his embarisment desides to make it the cause for alert.

The Skype message is so last week, looking at my filter output it's all DHL alerts this week, actually they have been running for some time.

Using mutt/spambogo here so I guess I'm well insulated.

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BROADBAND will SAVE THE ECONOMY, shriek UK.gov bods

Bob Dunlop

I thought 1Mbps was the government definition of "Superfast broadband".

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Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

Bob Dunlop

Why bother with a little plastic car when you can have an Android controlled RoboRoach ?

I'm sure you could race two or more of these.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/backyardbrains/the-roboroach-control-a-living-insect-from-your-sm

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Barbie paints Red Planet pink with NASA-approved Mars Explorer doll

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Does she come with her own twitter feed full of hate mail and bomb threats ?

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Lasers to carry 622 Mbps Earth-Moon link

Bob Dunlop

Since the report said broadband will that be "Up to" 622Mbps ?

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Charlie Miller to tell Vegas punters how to hack your car

Bob Dunlop

The bit the motor manufactures won't like is punters being able to disable the forced dealer service revenue stream.

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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Hey I was taught assembler programming using a pdp11 .

After it's nice clean structure, the mess that was 8086 code came as quite a shock.

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NASA deep space probe sends back video of 'Comet of the Century'

Bob Dunlop

Asteroid 2012 DA14

Gonna pass us less then 25,000km away, 9 days and counting.

Too late to send Bruce up.

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Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?

Bob Dunlop

Monopoly what monopoly

Ofcom Classification

Market 1

This exchange has BT Wholesale as the sole provider of broadband services.

Hence no reason for BT to imporve the service. Welcome to the club.

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Nuisance calls DOUBLE, Ofcom vows to hunt down offenders

Bob Dunlop

Fine BT for calls

Fine BT and the other Telcos ten pounds for every international nuisance call they forward to a TPS protected number.

I bet then the "problem" would be solved very quickly.

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BT to fibre up another 98 exchanges, puffs 'FTTP on demand' offer

Bob Dunlop
FAIL

The least they could do

So the inlaws in Matlock, who hav'nt got a computer could get it. My sister in London, and my brother, but me, the computer professional who could really use it, in deepest darkest North Hampshire can barely manage 4Mbps :-( and we were one of the last for that.

Ofcom Classification: Market 1. "This exchange has BT Wholesale as the sole provider of broadband services."

There's the problem, no competition, so no effort.

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Blighty's new top supercomputer bagged by software boffins

Bob Dunlop

Re: ... 1,000,000 iPads or ....

Uhm someone slipped a decimal point ? That would be 44.79084 square meters per pad ?

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Underwater Greek volcano brewing Lara Croft style earthquake

Bob Dunlop

Re: GPS underwater?

The GPS systems were all on land on the islands surrounding and in the caldera. GPS signal cannot penetrate water to any great depth.

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UltraViolet: Hollywood's giant digital gamble is here

Bob Dunlop

lifetime ?

Lifetime. Let me guess that'll be some strange usage of the word like:

Free, a phone that costs you only fifty pounds a month subscription.

Unlimited, unless you actually try to use any of the bandwidth.

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Stonehenge finds hint at rituals far more ancient than the stones

Bob Dunlop
Alien

Flying saucer repair stand

Aliens land then ancient man stands back, draws air in through his teeth and says "I'll cost you, this is an obsolete model, you can't get the parts you know."

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New 'plasma lamps' to replace fluorescent bulbs, LEDs

Bob Dunlop

The plasma lights can be dimmed

Let's hope that's more than two steps between full on and full off.

And instant on would be good too.

Hording my collection of hot wires here.

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Gas bill climbed £13,000 after correct online reading given

Bob Dunlop
FAIL

Plenty of time to pay

Well Southern Electrics Feed-In-Tariff meter reading page was down altogether when I tried it 6 days ago, had to email the reading in.

They give you just a 5 day window to submit the reading and then say "We aim to make your payment within 65 working days after receiving your readings" so 13 weeks.

If that's their terms when they owe you money I guess it only fair we apply the same terms when we owe them.

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Arduino to add ARM board this year

Bob Dunlop

And there's always Maple

Arduino footprint, ARM cortex M3, 72MHz, 128KB flash, 20KB RAM, available now.

http://www.coolcomponents.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=23_29&products_id=724

I have no affiliation with either company.

And to answer another question, yes you can use "native" code. I program Arduino Duemilanove in C using Gcc, don't see why you'd want to use assembler though. Gcc gives you all the special register and interrupt support you need. Wanting to use sleep modes and interrupts is the reason I didn't use C++ and "Wiring".

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Power out again at Telecity

Bob Dunlop

Guess they found a couple of AAs

Looks like things are coming up again.

Starting to see email trickling in.

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Educating Verity the OU way

Bob Dunlop
Linux

Open or shut?

Do they still insist M$ is the one and only true software as they did a few years ago ?

Open software didn't get a look in on my geology course. The only software support they would give me was "Well use a M$ PC at the local library". Ironic given the name of the institution.

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Ofcom maps state of UK broadband

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Government statistics

Just shows you can't trust them.

Sub 4M here and falling on the BT wholesale monopoly. I can remember when it was 6.5 but as it slows and it falls below the fault threshold, BT look at it and regrade the line with a lower threshold.

Deepest darkest Hampshire.

Down the pub it was suggested the quickest way to get an upgrade would be to burn down the exchange.

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DARPA working on eyes-in-the-back-of-your-head hat

Bob Dunlop

Just the zoom!

What no split screen or Quantel ?

You'll be telling us the nipples don't work next.

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Nokia limits N900 shipments to pre-order customers

Bob Dunlop
Linux

Pre order, what pre order ?

Ordered online Saturday, arrived Wednesday. Can't say I spotted the queue.

It's a pocket computer, not a phone. If you thought you were buying a phone then you are a fool.

We have a shell prompt, now to start porting my own code to it.

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Panasonic DMR-XS350EB

Bob Dunlop

Humax all the way

Thanks for confirming my choice of Humax Foxsat HDR back in December. Been running without a hitch since then. It just works, very smooth even if a few of the operation menu steps feel a little strange, you quickly get used to them and it quickly feels natural.

It seems Panasonic still has some catch up to do, especially at that price. If I wanted a clunky interface I could build my own for less.

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Private ID scans leave fetish club-goers feeling exposed

Bob Dunlop

Thanks for the warning

As others have already said, thanks for the warning guys.

Been to a few SEOne events in the past but guess I'll visit them no more.

Don't want my details associated with any sort of marketing database.

I have government photo ID, with home address verified by a physical police visit, but I'll only show that to someone for the purpose for which it was issued. That's not strictly true, I once used my shotgun certificate to gain access to a lap dancing club, bet that put a skew on the database.

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Geekerati brace for Unix timestamp milestone

Bob Dunlop

RFC-868

Well RFC-868 uses 32 bit unsigned but set a epoch of 1900.

So it's gonna run out in 2036, two years before the Unix clock.

So Unix is gonna outlast the the Internet :-)

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Netbooks and Mini-Laptops

Bob Dunlop

Size is important

A important aspect of a UMPC has to be it's size, how else does it qualify as UM? Since the EEE 701 was launched just about every announcement (with one poor exception) has been for a larger box, where are the smaller ones?

It would be so useful if that table had a column with X*Y*Z in it.

Still looking to shave about 15mm off the width :(

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