* Posts by Chris King

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

Chris King

Just sign the damn papers already !

I'm going to be brutal about this - if you don't sign those papers, I don't want you writing a whiny article lamenting that fact in five years time !

Competence IS in the eye of the beholder, but how can the beholder know you're competent unless you've proved it in some way ? Joining a professional body will help, but you have experience, which is also important.

Sign up, and see how you square up. The worst that will happen is they'll tell you what you need to do to progress.

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

Chris King

Re: Soooo wrong

I was also thinking along the lines of "Product Placement Barbie"....

"Barbie needs a new dress !!!"

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Chris King

Obligatory Harry Harrison reference...

"I Always Do What Teddy Says"

http://opalcp12.wikispaces.com/file/view/I+Always+Do+What+Teddy+Says.pdf

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GRUNTY CHIMPS 'blend in among locals' after moving to Scotland

Chris King
Pint

Or maybe it's...

Six pints o'heavy, landlord !

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

Chris King

Re: Jammy git

I'm the reverse - some ISP's go up like a Bond Baddie's hide-out after I've been with them for a while !

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Chris King

Re: I've seen these kind of ISPs before.

"Several down votes - these will be the people who STILL believe that £1.99 a month can get you fast, unlimited broadband."

Or maybe they down-voted Jason 7 because he missed the point. The ISP's in the article have all been around for a while, and certainly more than "six months".

Zen started in 1996, AAISP in 1997, Xilo in 2007, ICUK and Merula have been around for a while too.

There are plenty of cheap ISP's that have started well and gone to crap in a matter of months, and there are plenty of "Elder God" ISP's out there that have turned into rebranded services (Demon, Pipex, Nildram ?) or seem to have gone nowhere (ClaraNet ?). None of the ISP's in this article belong in either of those categories.

I've been with AAISP for nearly ten years, and the service has been consistently good. I hear lots of good things from folks on Zen and Xilo too.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

Chris King

UKgov response...

"Backups - we've heard of them"

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

Chris King

If they ever do a live-action version of the Simpsons...

it seems we've already found ourselves the Comic Book Guy !

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Chris King

Triple Bag ?

Somebody described me this way once (I prefer "I have a face for radio and a voice for mime") and it sounds all too appropriate...

One bag for his head...

One bag for her head in case his falls off...

And one for the light in case of a double failure.

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Wham, bam... premium rate scam: Grindr users hit with fun-killing charges

Chris King

Re: £1 per second? I don't think so.

Yep, total bollocks on that "pound per second" thing. PhonePayPlus says:

Check a Number - Result

PhonepayPlus has the following information about number:

09136660010

Customer care number: 0203 455 0849

Customer care email: techandcommunication@gmail.com

Search result provided by: Technology and communication Limited

Service connected on: 01 December 2014

Service terminated on: This service is still operating

Name of service: Recorded Football Stars

Type of service: Entertainment - non-adult

Service description: A listening more funny sentences of European footballers.

How much does this service cost? £1.53 per call & £1.53 per minute

If you would like to find out more about this service or have a question about it then you should contact Technology and communication Limited

Unit H, 12/F, Legend Tower

7 Shing Yip Street

Kwun Tong

Kowloon

123

You can bet that the contact details are fake and the London number is a VoIP line, so how was this obviously fake overseas company allowed to operate a premium rate number ?

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ASUS router-popping exploit on the loose

Chris King

...and it's fixed in ASUS-WRT too !

From the ASUS web site:

ASUS RT-N66U Firmware version 3.0.0.4.376.3754

-Fixed infosvr security issue.

-Fixed Cross-site request forgery security issue

Confirmed for RT-N66U and RT-AC66U.

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Chris King

Re: Well that is curious

Where Merlin goes, Asus follows - he contributes a lot of enhancements and bugfixes back to Asus.

Powernumpty's post refers to the AsusWRT-Merlin Changelog, lo and behold:

376.49_5 (9-Jan-2015)

- FIXED: Vulnerability in infosvr (CVE-2014-9583) (Asus bug)

- FIXED: Additional security issue in infosvr (incorrect memcpy()

call) (Asus bug)

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Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

Chris King

Re: Mostly Penniless.

The PC version also had random jump failures that would strand you in the middle of nowhere, and they happened far too often for my liking.

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Chris King

Re: Mostly Penniless.

There was a competition for players who reached Elite status, but all the Spectrum owners were disqualified because of that bug. I remember getting a letter of apology from Firebird, along with a couple of badges.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

Chris King
Coat

Re: They arent a serious party..

Yes, damn those homophones and their same-sounding words with differing meanings, taking over our dictionaries and our thesauruses, they're not as bad as the Synonyms but at least *they* make a decent curry !

(Coat, before Lenny Henry accuses me of ripping off "Go home Cone")

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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

Chris King
Facepalm

Re: Mist the old days

I bet there will be plenty of "botched aircon" stories in this thread, so here's another one...

Early on in my career, I worked for a company that took over a building and needed to keep a bunch of MicroVAXen cool.

Solution: Stick 'em in a broom cupboard and use a bathroom extractor fan with a thermostat to draw in air from the corridor.

Problem is, they wired up the thermostat so that it ran until a certain temperature was reached.

The MicroVAXen got nice and toasty, THEN the fan cut out - so they got even more toasty pretty quickly.

Oh, did I mention this was an ELECTRONICS company ?

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Chris King

One of our LAN rooms suffered flooding from an aircon leak, which shorted out a rack UPS - so it was flooded and on fire at the same time.

My boss asked how this was possible, to which someone said "Well, we usually have the fire on top and the flooding below".

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Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

Chris King

Re: its fiction

Where they crying because they were sad for Danny, or just confused ?

I mean, they turned him into "OEM Iron Man" (no badges or paint job). blew him up and made him give up his last chance for survival. But oh no, this is Dr Who and we'll pull random acts of necromancy out of the hat for dead characters, just not for the ones everybody wants to bring back,

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Chris King
Pint

Re: No. It. Wasn't.

"Love and Monsters" - an episode so bad, the shooting location for the final scene with Peter Kay was smashed flat and turned into an open-air car park. 'nuff said.

Think I'm kidding ? Here's the scene...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZWGeidvrJw

...and this is what it looks like now:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Pellett+St,+Cardiff+CF24+2FN/@51.478469,-3.1703432,3a,52.5y,111.35h,80.94t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s1CPhZKtGXvDUqpBxswFMGQ!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x486e1cb611f5c3cd:0x18daefaa94113a20!6m1!1e1

(Beer icon, because this was also where The Vulcan pub used to stand)

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Google swears no search leg up for new dot-word sites: We drill into claims

Chris King

Re: SEO: Emperor's clothes

Also, keep the *content* fresh and up-to-date, that makes you more relevant to search engines.

The other advice I give to people wanting to put up a website is "Pick ONE domain AND STICK TO IT". Buying up the same name in different TLD's doesn't protect you against domain squatting, and having the same content on different domains can actually hurt your search ranking.

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MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again

Chris King

"I'll ‘try’ not to do it again"

If the constituents of Amber Valley have any sense, they'll make sure of that in May !

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VCs say Uber is worth $41bn... but don't worry, we're not in a bubble

Chris King

Re: It probably IS worth $41B

Only if they're Zimbabwean Dollars ? Hmm, at current exchange rates, that's still a bit on the high side.

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Norks: We might be aggressive but we didn't hack Sony!

Chris King

"Then again, norks with the skills to hack Sony sounds like an XKCD nightmare"

Lucky guesses, more like !

http://www.scmagazineuk.com/weak-passwords-revealed-by-sony-pictures-hackers/article/386610/

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

Chris King

Re: This one's my favourite

Beautiful ! Just beautiful !

It's nice to see someone stand up to the dolts who whine "I'll write you a bad review !" like it's an automatic entitlement to freebies and compensation.

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YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins

Chris King

Exit Procedures and the "V'Ger Rule"

I've ended up writing "Exit Procedures" for previous employers just because they didn't consider this.. and invariably used myself as the first example.

No matter what the reason for my departure **, I like to make sure that my now ex-employer can't claim I left back-doors into systems. and that everything will continue to run without the presence of my user account. If I'm gone, I'm TOTALLY gone, end of story.

(** I've never been sacked from an IT gig, only from a summer job as a waiter. One of my "mates" phoned up the restaurant and posed as an angry customer who claimed that I'd told him to f**k off)

As I said on the Internet Storm Center a few years back...

When I design or build a system, I make absolutely sure that it's designed to what I call the "V'Ger Rule". If you've seen "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", you'll understand.

Put simply, the "V'Ger Rule" states:

"A System must continue to operate in a correct and safe manner in the absence of its Creator".

Or, put another way:

1. No blowing up any spaceships ;

2. No joyriding in Carbon Units ;

3. Fat, balding starship captains are to be shot on sight, especially ones that follow the "If you can't eat it, drink it, steal it, spend it or have sex with it, blow it up" mantra.

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Does Father Christmas expect a happy ending with Clara in Doctor Who?

Chris King

If I was Santa, I wouldn't be so subtle...

"Lying toads, both of you ! You're getting coal again this year !"

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Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

Chris King

People still test ? Looking at some of the web crash-fests out there, you could have fooled me.

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

Chris King

Is The Moff going all religious on us ?

A thought just occurred to me - not that this happens very often, so bear with me...

Clara's wildly changing behaviour - have we got some sort of "Seven Deadly Sins" thing going on here, to go with the "Promised Land" story arc ?

Lust - "PE". 'nuff said (that, and Strax seeing "lots of young men doing sport" during the brain scan in "Deep Breath". At least he thought it was sport...)

;

Gluttony - eating a Chinese meal on the TARDIS then realising she's about to go out for another one ("Time Heist")

Greed - wanting her cake and eating it. Running off with the Doctor, but stringing Danny along

Sloth - leaving the kids exercise books in the TARDIS, probably in the hope the Doctor would file them away and lose them forever

Wrath - "I'll slap you so hard, you'll regenerate !"

Pride - well, she's been smug for most of her existence on the show !

I haven't worked out anything for Envy yet, but there's probably a reference in there somewhere...

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Chris King

Just to add to the confusion, the interior museum scenes were actually shot in Cardiff, at the National Museum of Wales. It's quite a regular filming location for them, along with nearby Cathays Park and the Temple of Peace & Health.

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Chris King

Re: Some vapid netheads ...

Ah yes, the Clangers. Xenophobes who developed space rocket technology to blast alien invaders out of the sky, and the Soup Dragon wasn't much better, assaulting the Iron Chicken for non-use of utensils...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfsMZKwqw3w

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Chris King

Gallifrey 90210

Like most folks, I feel that Capaldi was a good choice to replace Matt Smith, but they've lumbered him with some seriously bad scripts. Jenna Coleman has gone from "Little Miss Smug Deus Ex Machina" (how many times did she have to save Smith ?) to "Little Miss What The HELL Am I This Week ?" - and in the middle of this we've got Mr Pink as the lamest "Tin Dog" yet.

The whole thing seems to revolve round a compulsive liar, a 2,000-year-old cradle-snatcher and a passive-aggressive whiner. Sounds like a great mix for a US-style sitcom. Maybe that's the market Moffat's aiming for now, I don't know.

The bit at the end annoyed me too. I think they *might* have got away with bringing Maebh's big sister home as a thank-you for helping the trees do their job - because lets face it, the Pudding Brains In Charge would have killed everybody by breaking out the Agent Orange.

Maybe they need someone to come up with better scripts, someone like (say) Dan Freeman. Check out "The Minister of Chance" - imagine a Time Lord with no TARDIS, no sonic screwdriver and a bad-tempered companion who frequently refers to him as "Tosser!" and you get the idea. The title character doesn't have any convenient plot holes to get him out of trouble, he has to THINK his way out of peril - more like the Classic Doctors.

They're trying to raise money for a movie version, but it looks like their KickStarter is going to fall badly short of its target. Shame really, because the "podcast" version was rather good.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/934034666/the-minister-of-chance-movie-episode-1

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

Chris King

Re: Birthday present sorted :-)

Cases for the B+ are a bit limited at the moment anyway - ModMyPi and Cyntech have got a new one coming along in a couple of weeks that looks fairly neat, and it can be fitted with shims to make the case taller:

https://www.modmypi.com/shop/modmypi-model-b-plus-raspberry-pi-case-black

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Call off the firing squad: HP grants stay of execution to OpenVMS

Chris King

Re: Metaphor

"That would be NT only, and while it was ported from x86 to PPC and Alpha, those were parallel ports, not serial, like VMS (VAX->Alpha->IA64)."

VMS wasn't ported serially. VAX and Alpha overlapped (with "functional equivalence") from 6.1 to 7.3, Alpha and Itanium were built from a common code base starting from 8.0, with 8.2 being the first stable Itanium release.

I'm guessing that 8.4 will be the final Alpha release, unless HP have something waiting in the wings.

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

Chris King

Re: I feel a vote coming on...

It's more serious for a starship - you get pop-ups on your screens, they get exploding consoles.

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Bitcoin on ATM? Pfft! We play DOOM on ours

Chris King

Or make a deposit

That would give "pay-to-win" a whole new meaning !

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Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!

Chris King

Maybe they just want a little privacy...

Hey, it's bad enough they've been strapped onto a giant bomb and flung into space, now they've got to put up with being watched while they do what comes naturally ?

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

Chris King

Re: Other ISPs

AAISP's issues were self-inflicted, but as is usual for them, they provided a no-bullshit explanation, and apologised. Their MD even publicly apologised to his own staff for messing them about out-of-hours.

The only other ISP that ever came close to that standard of openness and transparency was Nildram, before Pipex absorbed them. BT Wholesale bollixed up my line on a Saturday evening, and I was expecting nothing to happen until Monday morning. On the Sunday afternoon, BT Wholesale rang me directly (and remember, they don't normally acknowledge the existence of end-users) with a grovelling apology and a promise to fix the line ASAP.

(Ironically, the first thing that clued me into Nildram imploding was broken DNS...!)

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Chris King

Better get me a new hamster...

...this one's broken !

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Chris King

VM DNS has been rubbish for as long as I can remember

Walking in to work a few years back, I overheard a couple of students bemoaning the fact that their NTL connections were screwed.

"Nah, you're probably fine, but their DNS is fucked. Just use the Uni's, they're brilliant !"

That's the kind of "appreciation" I (and the DNS servers I run) could do without. When I checked the query logs, I found several thousand NTL IP addresses - not to mention some Uni in the Far East that was using us as a forwarder for all of their queries.

I decided enough was enough, and locked the DNS servers down nice and tight. It was as if a million voices screamed out and were suddenly silenced...

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YouView loses YourView trademark fight, may have to pick new name

Chris King

Re: Huh?

Of course, that didn't stop the MIPS fanbois chanting "Nothing sucks like a VAX".

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

Chris King

Password Reset Theory

The timing seems to tie in with the Sourceforge password reset thing last week - and I don't buy that horse-crap about them doing that to "improve security", NOBODY forces a mass password reset on their users unless something is very badly broken or they're truly incompetent.

Sourceforge was the main distribution point for Truecrypt - I wonder if the Truecrypt Foundation lost control of their assets at Sourceforge during the password reset ? If they can't prove their identities due to their anonymous nature, it's possible that they can't persuade Sourceforge that they're the real deal, and someone else has taken advantage.

Oh, and with everybody running around playing the "NSA Bogeyman Card", let's not forget there are plenty of other "players" who would benefit from mass decryption of data in a blind panic. The other TLA spying agencies in other countries haven't gone away, and don't forget that criminals love sensitive data too.

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

Chris King

Cortana... "Powered" by Bing ?

"Cortana, what's the weather forecast for today ?"

"When the game is over, the king and the pawn go into the same box"

(Yes, I've had some strange results back from Bing, why do you ask ?)

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Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

Chris King

One-year deal...

We're also forgetting something rather fundamental that's happening in just over a year's time... A little something called a "General Election". By next April, the current mob of idiots in charge will be demob happy, and if they don't get back in, it's a problem for another mob of idiots anyway.

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RISE of the LIVING CHAIR: Boffins recruit E coli to build futuristic materials

Chris King

Re: Rise of the Furniture

That assumes that the chair hasn't already injected you with some sort of poison that paralyses you and slowly dissolves your innards.

Something to think about when you go to bed tonight - sleep tight...!

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Chris King

Re: Did no-one else think of...

"The Master's furniture line in Terror of the Autons"

You beat me to it - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXrAK6sUZ_0

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

Chris King

Are they running on XP Embedded ?

According to Microsoft's own Product Support Lifecycle pages, XP Embedded continues on Extended Support until the first Patch Tuesday in 2016:

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?sort=PN&alpha=windows+xp&Filter=FilterNO

Everything else (Home, Media Centre, Tablet, Pro, x64 etc) goes EOL next month.

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

Chris King

Re: It was DNS wot dunnit for me

I lost all connectivity while this happened, not just DNS - couldn't connect to anything by IP address, ping didn't work etc, but things were back to normal before lunchtime.

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Lloyds Group probes server crash behind ATM, cash card outage

Chris King

Re: PDP?

They're his initials (middle name David) and he signs off all his tweets that way.

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Open source project gives cars the Ikea treatment

Chris King

Re: Flat pack...?

Not to mention three separate sets of instructions, none of which actually match the parts list or the item you're trying to build.

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Rap for KitKat in crap app wrap trap flap: Android 4.4 is 'meant to work like that'

Chris King
Coat

Have A Break...

...just not a line break.

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