* Posts by Peter Simpson 1

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Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

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Romani ite domum!

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: Driving for dummies.

Manual transmissions save lives!

// try texting while driving a stick

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Re: What was he thinking?

Round chambered, safety off, and in his sock? Doesn't sound like a very responsible gun owner to me.

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Aussie wedges spam javelin in ring spanner

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Re: King Dick

I would have gone with Ridgid Tools, myself

https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/manual-threading

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Remember

Righty - tighty, lefty - loosey!

Maybe his was a left-hand thread?

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US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

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Re: Good for competition?

Obviously, at some level, you need to look outside the local area. But there's an obligation to provide employment for people in the area, where that is a reasonable option.

I'd argue that importing IT people from India (or, in general, overseas) is in the long term, detrimental to the local economy. The H1B program is being blatantly misused to do exactly that. These are IT people, not professors. IT is a job doable by any graduate of a 2-year trade/technical school with a few years' apprenticeship. There is no reason to import people to do a job which has been done by locals for many years...except to lower costs. If you are a corporation who values your environment, you should offer jobs to your neighbors, because, in the long term, you want to be a good corporate citizen.

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H1B - "degree-level skills"

To handle Windows trouble calls and backup servers?

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Google kneecaps payday loan ads

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Re: APR

How much would you like me to lend you at 36%?

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Unicorn adopts rainbow as logo

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I submit

“reflects how vibrant and diverse your storytelling has become.”

That my storytelling and that of my mates is no more or less vibrant or diverse than in previous years, but that Instagram has only just noticed the vibrancy and diversity, due to the fact that the sample size they see has grown.

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Transfer techies at SWIFT tell Bangladesh Bank: Don't shift blame for $81m cyberheist

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Re: $10 switches are fine

I dunno...there's something about a bank buying a used switch/router for $10 (out of some bloke's car boot in a carpark after work?) that just doesn't inspire any level of confidence at all in their IT infrastructure.

Smoke, fire and all that...

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$10 second hand Router and no Firewall

The bank's going to have a hard time demonstrating that their IT infrastructure was up to a generally accepted standard of security.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-bangladesh-idUSKCN0XI1UO

Bonus quote of the week:

"There might have been a deficiency in the system in the SWIFT room," said the spokesman, Subhankar Saha, confirming that the switch was old and needed to be upgraded.

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French duck-crushing device sells for €40k

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Re: 40K????

Simply place the cooked canard between two sheets of waxed paper, on a flat surface behind the rear tyre of your vehicle, and shift into reverse...

Voila! Your own 40k duck press! And it doubles as transportation.

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

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Re: Don't worry, the upgrade will probably fail

Linux Mint seems to work quite well. I run it at home and on a second PC at work, and it's very solid.

The rest of my family runs Apple gear.

My work runs Win7. It's OK, so long as I don't have to deal with the upkeep. Except that it has decided not to see my USB keyboard. Good thing I had a PS2 one in the drawer. Can't be arsed to figure out why the USB one doesn't work...already spent an hour on it, that's more than enough.

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Re: SAM Broadcaster? And the moral is...

Don't go in for an operation when the anaesthetic machine runs on a Microsoft

You can say that again:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfmaude/detail.cfm?mdrfoi__id=5487204

Personal experience: I work for a consulting company. A client had asked us to prototype a diagnostic tool, using LabView (a bad idea for a number of reasons, but...). We built it up, using a "panel PC", running Windows XP Embedded, and delivered it. Time passes. Client calls up, says the system is running poorly.

I do some basic investigation and discover he's picked up a virus. Now, this PC has no networking, only a USB port for logging of data to a thumb drive. WITH AUTORUN ON BY DEFAULT. Yes, he'd plugged in a borrowed thumb drive and XP Embedded had autorun whatever nasty was on it.

I wiped the drive, reinstalled everything, DISABLED AUTORUN, and told him not to use anything but new thumb drives.

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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At the office -- repairs being made to the concrete parking garage to reduce leakage and improve drainage. Crumbling concrete being jackhammered and replaced.

Fast forward 6-8 months. The heavens open, a deluge of Biblical severity occurs. The folks in the downstairs offices begin crying out for help due to 3-4 inches of water on the floor and a healthy flow.

A soggy wall seems to be the source.

The plumbers arrive. The cast iron drain pipe from the flat roof runs through the soggy wall. At floor level is a cleanout plug, welded in place by rust. Around the cleanout plug, more rust, but not as strong as that holding the cleanout plug in place. The drain pipe has failed, allowing the runoff from the roof to enter the building.

Further detective work ensues to discover why the pipe failed. After all, there should be no back pressure, the water should have just kept going to the storm drain, right? Well, the investigation reveals that the drainage pipe is blocked. Where? A long way away, seems to be under the garage somewhere. A very solid blockage....

Measurements are made, jackhammers produced, and excavation begins.

A 10 foot section of drainpipe under the garage floor is found to have been filled with concrete during the "repairs" half a year ago. It is replaced. The rusty section of drainpipe in the wall is replaced and a shiny new cleanout plug is installed. The soggy wall is replaced. Runoff from the roof again flows unimpeded to the storm drain. All is well again.

At a rummage sale that summer, a recycled life ring is purchased and presented to the building manager, who accepts it with good humor. All repair to the pub.

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Re: Be safe, use a chicken-scented burner phone

'Parson's Nose'

Mum always used to call it the 'Pope's Nose'

(and then immediately told us kids we should never say that)

// she was an escaped Catholic...

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Police in Annapolis – an hour's drive from the heart of government in Washington DC – used a StingRay cell tower simulator in an effort to find the location of a man who had earlier robbed a Pizza Boli employee of 15 chicken wings and three sandwiches. Total worth: $56.77.

Yet when someone steals yer bike, breaks into your car, swipes your iDevice or empties your bank account...they're "too busy", "don't work on anything less than $10k", etc.

Donuts are a powerful drug.

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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Muff Divers

I wonder if they sell t-shirts?

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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Re: On behalf of the human race

TRUMP / PALIN 2016

Twice the crazy -- twice the fun!

// not really

// God, please no

// how much crazier will it get?

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

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Save us from helpful chatbots

Like the kind that answer the phone now, and want you to read numbers and all your details to them.

And when you finally get to a live person, he/she immediately asks for the same information all over again.

Thanks $DEITY we have computers to "help".

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

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Re: "a rundown of your driving"

I'd like to see some research results that indicate a correlation between the quantities measurable thorough the OBDII connector and accident rate.

For example: do frequent rapid deceleration events correlate more highly with increased accidents or only with increased brake wear?

Just because the insurance company has declared certain measurable quantities as indicators of "bad driving", doesn't mean there's any basis in fact.

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

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What with all the layoffs and such, the standard of journalistic accuracy here in the Colonies is not what it once was.

// Walter Winchell spinning fast enough to power a small town

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Re: as if owning IT antiquity was one of those positive character traits

Oh, and I also have a stack of IBM 5081 devices (Google them if you dare!).

No need.

Face down, 9 edge first.

// shopping list in the right-hand pocket.

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Re: as if owning IT antiquity was one of those positive character traits

...because there was too little space on the RK07 drive packs!

I spent two summers in Westfield, Massachusetts, aligning heads and servo systems on the RK06 production line during my grad student days.

RK07 was the double-density version of RK06. About 1977, IIRC.

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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Re: Last question should have been...

How do you feel?

(c) Like I need a trip to the pub...

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How Apple's early VR experiments accidentally led to RSS

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Point Cast Network

I remember that. Not only news, but ads as well.

I never installed it, but a co-worker raved about it.

This was back in the days of the 386 and Win 3.1, IIRC, and it involved, of course, TSRs and extended/expanded memory.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Re: I thought they tried that before

...something like an hour of paid porn per household per day on average. Utah has 700K households or thereabouts - that equates to about a quarter of a billion per year in revenues.

Can we get that in Reg units?

knuckle shuffles per capita-hour?

swimming pools of...erm..."discharge"?

// open for suggestions here

// seems like too good an opportunity to let it pass by

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Re: Erm....

When I'm referencing The Internet (I will continue to capitalize it) in conversation, as a source of information, I always use the phrase "in between the kiddie porn and the bomb-making instructions"

Point being, there's all kinds of stuff out there in the "tubes". Some of it is lowest-common-denominator stuff, but there's also scientific literature, user manuals for equipment whose manufacturers have long since shut down, and great literature. It all depends what you're looking for. And yes, there's porn, and there always will be. You don't have to look at it if you don't want to.

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Small detail

Ralph Yarro, not Yarroo

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Yarro_III

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Obama to admit Moon landing was faked?

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The answer to a question posed in a headline...

...is ALWAYS "no".

// TYVM

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Chinese con-artists cop to US military counterfeit chip switch caper

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Re: Follow the Money

CSB time:

A company I worked for, back in the 90s, bought some hard-to-find chips at an obscene price from a used parts broker (you know, those guys that come up first in a Google search for obsolete parts)

They installed them in the boards, no surprise, they all failed test. Come to find out, some bright light in purchasing couldn't find the parts in distributor stock, so he decided to show some initiative and used a parts broker. Last time we ever did THAT.

Another favourite trick of these guys, is to buy "failed test" ICs from salvage companies (or steal them from the manufacturer while they're not looking) -- these are parts off the chip manufacturer's assembly line that got packaged, but for some reason failed testing. They are then sold by parts brokers as the genuine item.

Several years back, I bought some RAM DIMMs from a well-known vendor. They were made by a company I'd not heard of before. They all worked fine, but all failed within 6 months -- too late for any warranty claims. I have to admire the skill of the manufacturer -- timing is everything.

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US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)

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Re: within the grasp of powerful crime gangs and government agents

The only difference between a criminal gang and the government in the US is ...

The Government's doing it to "protect" you

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Chilling evidence emerges of Kilocat weapon

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Tomfoolery?

TomCATfoolery, Shirley?

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Re: Using the company mail server

A true BOFH would have filed the email under the names of the two people involved. Just in case, sometime in the future, one of them happened to be in a position to do him a "favour".

// Friday, innit?

// yeah, he did the right thing

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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

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Re: What a...

Your "thick forest of hair" is still there...it's just migrated off your head down to your back.

// no thanks necessary, glad to help!

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'Apple owes me $2bn'

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Daisy also sued Reebok in 2000

https://search.rpxcorp.com/litigation_documents/1129951

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Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

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Evidence is available from the phone company

1. There's no urgent need to obtain the evidence from the phone

2. There may be other data on the phone I do not want the police to view

3. The carrier can provide the usage information for the phone

4. A random cop doesn't have the training to operate every kind of phone, and may damage it or erase data.

5. Phones are not the only source of distraction: passengers, radio, makeup, food, nav/gps/"infotainment" system

Bad law, politically motivated and solves nothing.

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UK cops trial £250k drone squadron

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Re: 1080p drone for 50,000 pounds each?

For that price, they had better come with a large flashing blue light and a yellow and blue checked paint scheme.

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This year's H-1B visa lottery jammed full in just six days

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Congress has been slow to act on years of reported abuse of the H-1B systems, but now they are finally noticing something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

That's because they've been paid very well to look the other way for years.

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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House calls? In this day?

And a woman?

You're leading a charmed life, sir.

Best I can do is a phone call from a nice Indian gentleman informing me that my Windows machine has a virus.

// kept him on the line for 30 minutes

// and surely, it was HER tool?

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

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Re: Meanwhile, in t'mill

Mmmm...raccoon porn...kinky!

:-)

// say it in Hedly Lamarr's voice from Blazing Saddles

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Re: Another reason...

IT, Finance and the receptionist/facilities people.

Remember them at Christmas, give them a nice word when you walk by, and treat them with the respect they deserve. They all do boring work, with a smile on their faces, every day of the year. They can make your life easier...or hell -- your choice.

Aside from one facilities person who I seem to have somehow wronged in some obscure (to me) but irreparable way, that strategy has always paid off for me.

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1,000 cats await stadium-sized sandwich bag launch

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Re: "There's probably something seriously wrong"

Either that or you're doing something really fun.

http://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/11/video-boeing-707-barrel-roll-by-test-pilot-tex-johnson/

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Even NASA has to wait for the FAA?

...or maybe, the reason for the delay is the initialism, "SPB" -- FAA saw that and chucked the folder back in the files for another 6 months.

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Chinese red bull (Huawei) attracted to Big Data and big network streams

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Dennis the Peasant

Huawei has a board of directors with a chairwoman and three deputy chairmen. The board is Huawei’s decision-making body for corporate strategy and management. To avoid a CEO accumulating too much power the three deputy chairmen take turns to act as the rotating and acting CEO for a tenure of six months. The rotating CEO is the primary owner of the company's operations and crisis management during their tenure.

1. The above makes good sense (if you're worried about a rogue CEO).

2. I can't help but hear it read in Dennis the Peasant's voice from _Holy Grail_

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Truly crap exhibition dumped on Isle of Wight

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Re: Er, what?

Around here, the coyotes and the foxes take care of the feral cats and dishmop dogs.

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Re: Huh?

You know when you throw an unbaited hook in, just to practice your cast...and you pull something out?

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French mobe repair shop chaps trash customer's phone

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Word of mouth

When my phone broke, I asked the guys in our IT department where they took iPhones for repair.

They immediately answered: "iPhone Curt!"

One man show, 20 minutes down the road (Brighton, Massachusetts). Dropped off at lunchtime, picked up an hour later. Reasonable price and I've subsequently sent some mates, my wife's school IT person and more of my broken stuff his way. Never a complaint.

Another argument for treating the IT guys at work right. I'm a big fan of using local folks rather than large corporations for this kind of thing. And not ever being a dick to them. Make discretion work in your favor, not against you, is my philosophy.

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The Register to publish Mindful Sysadmin adult colouring book

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Re: Stock Up

...UV damaged "white" (i.e.: nicotine yellow)

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Hi! Up here! I'm your Amazon drone. Do you mind if I land now?

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...drones are already used used to attempt to deliver small items to prisoners!

FTFY

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