* Posts by Dan 10

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Ashley Madison invites red-faced cheats to bolt stable door for free

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Re: Odd modus operandi

" there will be a few dozen who have the talent, the knowledge and the tools to find out who is behind this"

Sounds like a quote from a new "Taken" film...

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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I have to 'go' before I go out on my bike, because cycling makes the turtle put in an appearance. Add to that the strain of climbing trees to dismantle spotlights, I reckon this guy must leave the house a good few hours before a well-timed deposit.

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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Re: Heading south to start a family holiday

"London closed to traffic" - that's a crazy statement right there.

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Re: Very eerie in London

"first and only time that strangers talked to strangers on London transport."

That pisses me off about people - it's ok to talk to me when they're shitting themselves, but look down their noses at everyone else as long as they are feeling nice and secure? This happened when the lights went out on a tube train - suddenly they're chatty in the darkness.

I watched two pre-teen siblings do this - bickering for an entire holiday flight, until the descent got a bit rough and suddenly they were hugging each other. At least they were kids.

To the OP, thanks for sharing. A sad day indeed.

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Police, firefighters, ambulances, hospitals: 20 per cent still rely on Win Server 2003

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Support

I know the Custom Support Agreement provides hotixes and updates (although only critical one, and that's as judged by MS), but does the CSA provide continued access to tech support - given that you need a premier support agreement in order to purchase a CSA? Or has 2003 tech support been killed as part of this?

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Music platform for home

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Music platform for home

Hey folks, not sure if this should be here or in 'Consuming Passions', but here goes:

I'm moving to a house where the previous owner installed some fancy ceiling speakers for multi-room audio. Assuming that these are patched to a central point, can anyone suggest an appropriate music system? I'm thinking of a server that can see my iTunes library and spotify, and maybe rip CDs for example, and some sort of client in each room to choose the locally-played music. It would also be handy if there was an ios app version of the client.

I believe he wired cat5 throughout as well, but I guess wireless clients would be more user-friendly.

I don't know if he patched the lounge speakers into the AV for integration with the TV, but that functionality might prove handy.

Any advice appreciated.

Cheers,

Dan.

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FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros

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Re: I can top anybodies.

Crikey!

"I say we take off, nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."

I am reminded of the on-site tech who called me on the service desk (yeah, my first job) to ask if resetting the users password on the AS400 would resolve the SCSI id boot error on the workstation. Explaining that the client bios config had no concept of the os2 user, let alone the mid-range box on the other end of a 3270 session was like teaching Chinese to a toaster. The client config was a company-wide standard build, so it was either a one-off error or a hardware failure (and he hadn't tried a reboot). The best bit was that he got the password reset, rebooted the client, then because it booted ok, he called me back to call me a clueless fuckwit!

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Re: Stuff kids say

Genius. I once blagged a ticket for a Liverpool-Fulham football match, separated from my friend and in a stand with the opposing Fulham supporters. Liverpool won 2-0, met with much hurling of obscenities by those around me, including the man next to me who was with his son (I know, great example!). At the end, this lad, probably about 7 yrs old, turned to his Dad, and pointing to me, says "he's not made a sound for 90 minutes, do you think he's a Liverpool fan?" His Dad said something like "No, don't be silly, be quiet", and I just thought was that he was one of the most observant people there. I wanted to tell his Dad, but chickened out!

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Three things you need to break down those company silos

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Re: Timely

Thanks Hollerith and Mayhem - the business units have their own devs related to the integration aspect, so there's no fooling them in that respect, but I see the points you are getting at.

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Raising a stink in court: Innocent poo banditry warehousers win $2.2m

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Re: More common than you think

@x7 - good grief, I thought you were being sarcastic for a minute, talking about standing on the seat. Perhaps you're right, we should have embraced him (*ew*) as an innovative thinker!

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Re: More common than you think

@Laura Kerr - Indeed! Took a while to get any cash through when the whole ship sunk, didn't it? Still, I enjoyed the after-work social life while it lasted.

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More common than you think

A place I worked at launched an HR enquiry to investigate the source of turds in bin bags, left by the side of the toilet. The cleaners were going ballistic, and company emails were expressing concern for mental health of colleagues ("there's the loo, right there, so why else wouldn't you use it?"-type thinking), until what was thought to be a muslim chap owned up in confidence. He was devoutly religious, and perceived the toilet to be 'unclean'. Quite why he couldn't do the squat-stand like other self-respecting OCD geeks I don't know.

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BRAIN STORM: Nine mislaid cerebra found near railway line in New York

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WTF?

Police

I like how the Police removed one of them, and left the rest on the street!

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Google's Cardboard 2.0 virtual reality device is a triumph for humanity, said no one sane, ever

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16 Go-pros

My thoughts exactly - the way to make this one work is produce a 360 degree cardboard template for 16 of those disposable things you get from Boots - what are they, about £7 each? Oh, and a shitload of confusion when you go through the faff of getting the old-school film developed and they get mixed up.

Still, that would kybosh the standardisation of 'critical' stuff about field of view etc.

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

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Oh look

The reg just devalued a credible technical article by including a large but completely irrelevant image of a hot girl on the front page, topical only because she's holding a phone. You guys keep rocking that last-century approach to attracting women into the industry.

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Re: Shit happens. Hope they patch soon.

"most round here won't need to" - speak for yourself! :-)

I don't have a dev background, so all this is really interesting to me.

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Private cloud has a serious image problem

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Re: Private = Privacy

The stated use case for hosting in different regions is the regulatory impacts. So if, with AWS, I choose Ireland as my primary location, and Frankfurt as secondary, then in the event that AWS still cough for 'the man', the benefits of multi-region hosting start to wobble.

'Course, given that there isn't a UK host region (yet), that still mightn't be sufficient for regulated industries.

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

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Re: Five minutes of internets sleuthing..

Clive-sleuth + retina display = jaw-dropping desktop

Wow, thanks!

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: A little damage was enough

Indeed - 'Vulcan 607' by Roland White, mesmerising feat of engineering and logistics. I seem to recall something like 90 aircrew, 14 aircraft and umpteen in-flight refuellings. Don't ever tell the RAF that something is impossible!

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Pint

I always used to smile when the Vulcan passed overhead at the airshows, leaving a series of blaring car alarms on the first couple of rows of parking. There would be people scrambling all over the place looking for car keys...

Also, XH558, thanks for keeping me dry while I ate my sandwiches under your starboard wing. Hat well and truly tipped.

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OpenStack private clouds are SCIENCE PROJECTS says Gartner

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No regrets

In 2011 I set about deploying a strategic BI platform - everything from server tin to fancy front-end tools. I was challenged to use Openstack at the time, but I didn't feel it was ready. Ended up with Intel, VMware, Sharepoint etc, loads of capacity for new projects, sadly no chargeback capability, but looking back, I still think it was the right decision.

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Reader suggestion: Using HDFS as generic iSCSI storage

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I wondered recently whether HDFS would provide commodity iscsi storage for an ETL staging layer using an extract-once, read-many approach, but ISTR the random reads and variable file sizes (and other stuff I can't recall) didn't make it very friendly. The more obvious GPFS appears a better choice.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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I think there's an element of selective quoting - Cameron is implying that you can be an obvious baddie(TM) but as long as you obey the letter of the law, then legally they can't currently touch you, which is what he wants to change. Think extremist preacher who causes the media to blast the government as inept because said preacher is 'untouchable under this country's weak laws' etc etc...

Clearly though, if not properly thought through, this will be ripe for abuse.

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There's little spending on Big Data, object storage and OpenStack

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Surprise

Storage spending is where it's at! Says, er, storage company. With a dodgy methodology.

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RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

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Why the criticism?

So then, no-one is allowed to ask for anything because there is always someone less fortunate than you? What a load of cobblers.

That said, at £500 between a group, I don't see why they don't just crack on. Add a bit of generosity from the likes of bpfh (above, re switches) and you're away. When I felt a bit remote in the Falklands, I ended up saving £3k in 4 months, get to it lads!

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'Shadow IT' gradually sapping power and budget from CIOs

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If you can't beat em, join em

Which is why, despite umpteen years in corporate IT, I now find myself taking time to acquire skills in AWS...

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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Re: "there is no derailleur....so the prototypes are fixies"

LOL at the idea of a fixie e-bike - you WILL pedal all the way to work... and past it... etc

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Almost EVERY SAP install hackable, researchers say

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Eye-opening stuff, including some of the horror stories in the comments. However, how many of these SAP instances are accessible from the corporate network anyway? If the host LPAR is in it's own network zone with only the appropriate ports open to permit access from an authorised front end, most of the risk is potentially from a malicious authorised dev/admin, no? Not that this is a small risk, but I can see why C*Os everywhere accept the risk...

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Ex-NSA security bod fanboi: Apple Macs are wide open to malware

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Hey, thanks other commenters for the tips. (Netstat shows a connection to Twitter, when I don't even use Twitter?!)

I know I prefer OSX to Windows or Ubuntu, but I'm the first to concede that I don't know all the ins and outs of the OS.

Little Snitch looks useful. Seems there is also a rudimentary IDS called 4shadow - appears to just be a front end for a bunch of scripts/commands etc, but at only £4 I might give it a whirl.

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Teradata tumbles off Wall Street pedestal, buys back paper

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@Beachrider - I'm not so sure. The Aster and hadoop products push them into the big data space, complete with their own hardware appliances. I wonder whether there is a combination of forces; industry hesitation (at least at the purchasing level) about how all this stuff is tied together, and why it's a good idea to have both a DW and Big Data platforms, the in-memory performance of things like SAP HANA, and perhaps recognition that if you get the data architecture and usage right, then cloud hosting, with it's "upload and process as much as you like, pay for the download" approach lends itself to analytics, and doesn't involve £3m on your own hardware?

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Security audit finds dev OUTSOURCED his JOB to China to goof off at work

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Re: Fallen star

Doesn't surprise me, I worked with some genius devs who, once outside of the pure programming world, didn't seem to know one end of a computer from the other.

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Vibrator guru on pleasure tech: 'Of all the places you'd want a quality UI....'

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Re: "sexual health and wellness"

Blimey, that's an odd story. Seems I missed my calling!

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Eric Schmidt heading on mystery mission to North Korea

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Re: Why Hello Hans Blix

"Hans Brix you f***ing w@nker!"

My mate nearly did himself an injury laughing at *that* sex scene.

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Delay climate mitigation, escalate the costs: study

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Re: Propaganda still winning hearts and minds?

Alternatively, perhaps it's merely indicative of the Reg being frequented by the kind of people that would rather see data and evidence than hyperbole.

But of course, rather like climate 'science', you conveniently ignored any possibility which didn't suit you. Funny that.

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Re: Message Translated..

I was thinking more along the lines of:

Buy one window or door and get one free, ONLY at SAFESTYLE UK! But hurry, this offer is strictly time limited! Honest!

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The latest tech firm to be accused of tax dodging: Microsoft

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Dodgy

Any higher indeed. What bothers me most about this is that the capitulation of Starbucks, while great for UK public funds, has established a precedent whereby the government can look at something they don't like, realise there's nothing illegal, therefore set the UK lynch mob of media and screaming masses upon the target and wait for them to cry 'ok, ok, you win!'. How is this different from the insipid whinings about being tried 'in the court of public opinion' by Harman or Wacky Jacky or whoever it was a while ago?

Sorry, but it's a companies duty to act in the interests of it's shareholders. If I was a shareholder, and the company declared a £10m write-off 'because it seems like a fair thing to do', I think I'd be rather miffed.

It might seem like a good idea currently, but this is nothing more than tabloid-inspired lynching, and it won't be long before the same approach is tried on other things where we might not be as keen.

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Curiosity finds organics on Mars, but possibly not of Mars

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Coat

Re: Hang on a minute

David Bailey-n? (Try saying it)

Sorry.

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

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Re: Also obligatory

Damn. I came here just to post that!

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Is lightspeed really a limit?

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Re: Limits.

@Chemist. I find this interesting:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-09/20/warp-drives

"The drive works by using a wave to compress the spacetime in front of the spaceship while expanding the spacetime behind it. The ship itself would float in a "bubble" of normal spacetime that would float along the wave of compressed spacetime, like the way a surfer rides a break. The ship, inside the warp bubble, would apppear to be going faster than the speed of light relative to objects outside the bubble."

Now I'm no mathematician or physicist, but this seems to broadly concur with the Adelaide prof mentioned here?

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Hapless Kate topless, toothless law useless

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Re: In Royal News Today!

to quote Cartman:

"You've warped my tiny little mind!"

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How talent-spotting boffins help Team GB bag Olympic gold

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Re: Trivia Fact

Apparently one of the American swimmers is not as tall as his wingspan and that makes him great at butterfly stroke - he's the one with underarm muscles like batwings.

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Hobbyist builds working assault rifle using 3D printer

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Re: Metalwork class

No, more likely the 3D printer that my wife's school bought for £3k last year - and the prices are tumbling all the time.

Wait for it, and the biggest growth in torrented data will be *.sta (think that's what they're called) files that can be pointed straight to the printer. Once these relate to illegal items or those with copyright, this shit's going to get interesting.

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Atos IT workers threaten strike during Olympics over 'living wage'

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Re: Atos IT workers are threatening to strike

Sorry I've obviously completely missed this one - what's the score here? Are ATOS contracted to complete assessments of claimants of incapacity benefit or something?

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HP patents teleprompter-esque transparent screen tech

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Re: Questionable utility

"there isn't much use for this". Seriously?

One the big growth areas right now is mobile, closely related to location-based apps. This tech provides the means of seamlessly overlaying the two.

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Computer error triggers mass rocket launch

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Re: Result

Stiff neck

I've always wondered what a display would look like if they set everything off at once.

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The touchscreens that push back, thanks to Brit hi-fi boffinry

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Nice!

"dehydrated bacterial slime that Sony used for diaphragms"

I've got this half-formed mental image of a slimy blob creature breathing (diaphragm) via headphones. Bravia-branded, perhaps...

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CERN catches a glimpse of Higgs-like boson

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Yep

Checking Google news for this as soon as I logged on, the first link was for The Telegraph. This story is like a magnet for religious nuts!

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Techies evac'd as raging wildfire menaces $100m Colorado data centre

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I know it's the reg and all...

...but all the comments above this one just seem random

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So you wanna be a Wall Street techie? Or anyway, get paid a lot

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Re: Impossible to answer interview questions

knowing zilch about pianos, I was thinking that the question referred to a tool of some kind, in which case I thought your reply was going to be "what about the basic ones owned by all the piano players?"

Regardless, I'm sure there are many many piano players who can do basic tuning. He didn't count them either. Can't blame you for withdrawing your application.

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Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

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keyboard

I think the cover doubling up as a keyboard is a cool idea, I can see a third party offering an iPad equivalent.

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