* Posts by Peter Simpson 1

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BOFH: Taking a spin in a decommissioned racer? On your own grill cam be it

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Coincidence?

A 4 year old driving a Volvo dumper:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7kx67NnuSd0#t=0

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Re: Cheap shot, Mr. Orlowski

Perhaps not so much of a cheap shot as a reminder of priorities? Maslow and all that.

It's all well and good to want everyone to have Facebook available to them, but I think Mr. Gates is on the right track when he wants to improve living conditions and provide quality health care to those who don't have it.

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Spanish village celebrates Playmobil nativity

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Re: All that's missing-

Apparently, you can now get the t-shirt:

http://www.cafepress.com/+cheeses-of-nazareth+t-shirts

and there's actually a real life cheese store in Nazareth, PA:

http://calandracheesesofnazareth.com/

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Re: Krampus

...he gets the Disney treatment.

Oh, I do hope not.

The unknown is so much more motivating than the saccharine, where malevolent mythical beings are concerned

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Re: Fred Dagg

And from my childhood:

We three kings of orient are.

Tried to smoke a rubber cigar.

It was loaded,

It exploded,

Scattered us near and far.

No, it doesn't make much sense, but it sure was funny when I was six years old.

Happy Holidays!

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Krampus

Perhaps you need to introduce your daughter to the antithesis of Jolly Old Saint Nick (tm).

Christmas has gotten altogether too cheerful and positive of late, Krampus restores the downside, reminding naughty little boys and girls that maybe a lump of coal isn't the worst that could happen to them.

Krampusnacht...5 December. If you've been good, you'll get to see the morning of the 6th :-)

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Walmart spied on workers' Tweets, blogs before protests

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Re: Look for the union label!

Not a big fan of WalMart, or the way they operate, but I can't see anything wrong with the article. I don't shop there on principle, and would be happy to see them unionized. There's a limit to the depths a company should sink, and my feeling is, WalMart has dropped below that limit.

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How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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"I am but a simple Pole on a complex plane."

Left or right side of the plane?

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Microsoft Windows: The Next 30 Years

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Re: I, me, personally ...

I'm seriously interested in why Microsoft hasn't built the definitive desktop OS.

They've had years of "experience" with less-than ideal software. Plenty of money. Lots of bright people, including some who have built great OS designs in the past. And they're still at the bottom of the list -- which is often a good place to be, because you have examples of what people want, above you, and no place to go but up. You'd think the company would be tired of being the joke of the OS industry -- "Windows, the default OS...just good enough to do the job...most of the time" It would be easy to set up a "skunk works" project to design a better Windows from scratch.

So, why isn't Windows now the be-all and end-all of OSes? The technical ability is present, the money and staff are available...management *must* be willing...

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Amazon resets account passwords feared compromised – report

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How'd they get the logins?

Funny, I just got a strange email, allegedly from Amazon.

"Since you bought [this product], you're eligible for a free year of unlimited Amazon Cloud Storage -- just click this button and sign in to your Amazon account."

I had actually bought the (somewhat pricey) product mentioned on Amazon, about 6 months ago, but it was sold by a different company.

The email was very convincing. Ultimately, I deleted it, although I could certainly have come up with a use for the storage. Just didn't smell right.

// elementary, my dear Watson

Edit: Apparently, it's a legit offer (still declining it though):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/forums/ref=cs_hc_g_tv?ie=UTF8&forumID=Fx1SKFFP8U1B6N5&cdThread=Tx1I1FNUJCFLAGO

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Uncle Sam's IT bods find 2,000 data centers they FORGOT about

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Re: 500 sqft +

The Uptime Institute.

I like it. I may use it at some point in the future.

Either for a band name, or a stripGentlemen's club.

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Re: Every level of government is swiming in quicksand...

Easy-peasy!

Simply inform the third half, that, since their response came in not just late, but after you had started building the facility to support those who had responded in a timely manner, that a SECOND facility will be required to support them. And the cost of this second facility will be coming out of their budgets.

Sit back and enjoy the screams of the wrongfully oppressed.

// that's what the BOFH would do, I'm sure

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Telegram messaging app blocks some 'public' ISIS-related channels

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Late to the party, much?

Telegram seems to have had no problem with Daesh using their service up until it was publicised. Now, they decide to take action?

I'm all for allowing freedom of speech, and not censoring. When that speech involves gratuitous beheadings, rape and slavery, my tolerance level is a lot lower.

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eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him

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Re: pretty impressive

After he gets out, he'll be calling you to inform you that he has detected that your Windows computer has a virus.

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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

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Re: Well that's a good solution

Different state, though.

And it was pi=3.2, not 4.

In fairness, it WAS in 1897.

Texas and Florida seem to be in a race to be dumbest (with Kansas and Oklahoma coming up fast)

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

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I think we may have accidentally discovered the BOFH's nym.

The PFY wouldn't have had anything to do with his incarceration, now, would he?

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Re: Holy shit!

Silver gets you your own bar of soap

Gold gets it on a rope.

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Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner

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Re: Not just the dinner table

I use the term "iZombie" for those who walk along, concentrating on their phones, utterly oblivious to anything (or anyone) in their path.

I have an overwhelming urge to shoulder them as I avoid them, but, being an adult, I repress it...for now.

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Identify the kid with the abillity and allow them to help you to diagnose & repair the printer. That kid will go on to greatness.

The remainder of the class will work in cubicles.

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Re: Why fucking green and fucking orange Arrrggghhh!!!!

LED Red/Green/Yellow all look about the same to me. I can often pick out the red, but the yellow and yellowish-green (I'm OK with "traffic light green") are a problem.

Yes, I'm color blind. I'm also an electrical engineer and I design embedded systems. I always try to use discrete LEDs instead of multi-color ones for this exact reason. Hope it helps someone.

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Patent and trademark troll stung for £500k after fake renewal blitz

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Re: Swap him for Assange :)

Mr. Jonasson better never set foot on UK soil...

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Old tech, new battles: Inside F-Secure’s formidable Faraday cage

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Rare? Not!

They may be rare in the anti-virus industry, but they are common elsewhere. You'll find these cages (a.k.a. "anechoic chambers") at any EMC test site. Most sites have several. I was in one (a 10-meter one) a couple weeks ago, and I can assure you, your mobile phone will not get a signal when the door is closed.

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

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Re: Swallows...

a sheep in a vacuum?

I tried. They plug up the hose.

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Space fans eye launch of Lego Saturn V

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Re: Count me in!

You have excellent parents!

I watched it. Then, the next day, went out and bought papers. Still have them. One of the times in my life I was acutely aware that I was living through history being made.

I still tear up a bit when watching the landing video...and the Apollo 8 Christmas readings.

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Re: The Real Thing

On the list for the next trip.

Do you have to dress in white shirt and skinny tie before they let you in? :-)

Also, for the doubters - does the LEGO Saturn V come with a little soundstage and a Stanley Kubrick figure to fake the landing?

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

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That being said, as an ex-artillery guy I'd do my sniping with a cannon or a multiple rocket launcher anyway.

Not much left of the deer afterwards, though...

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Startup founder taken hostage by laid-off workers

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Only in India

Could a "food ordering app" be considered a "high tech startup".

// business plans...how do they work?

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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Re: That photo...

The one with the (more) prominent mustache, I presume.

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Nigerian government site popped, used for phishing scam

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Nigeria

Why would anyone in their right mind, have anything to do with any email that even mentions the country?

I have nothing against the country, but its reputation as a global nexus of spam and scams precedes it.

My next thought, is that if you happen to be a Lad from Lagos, trying to get rich quickly, why on earth wouldn't you pretend to be from...Chad? Italy? New York?...instead of Nigeria, which sets off all kinds of alarm bells.

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Facebook's laser-powered internet drone preps for take off

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Lasers at 60-90000 ft?

The airline pilots are going to love this.

There is, of course, no chance that these lasers might point into some random cockpit.

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'I posted winning race ticket in Facebook selfie ... and someone stole it!'

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Re: Enormous mouth

Good teeth, though, and no fillings.

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Thumb over the barcode/number/last name...ALWAYS!

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Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

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Re: Do they not have *** advisers in government?

In the US, they're called "Corporate Lobbyists"

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PM wheels out snoop overseer minutes before latest snoops' charter bid lands

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Re: what a job title!

Pronounced "Ick-Oh"

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Volkswagen: 800,000 of our cars may have cheated in CO2 tests

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No, actually senior management knew nothing, about any of this.

They're shocked, shocked, that a few rogue programmers would do something terrible like this.

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Now VW air-pollution cheatware 'found in Audis and Porsches'

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Re: Is anybody surprised by now?

[Sgt Schultz]

But ve knew NUSSING!

Ve saw NUSSING!

[/Sgt Schultz]

This is a front line German corporation building premium automobiles. Germans have a well-deserved reputation for thoroughness, obsessive documentation and rigid hierarchical organization. I'm sure there are specifications, inspection forms and sign-offs for everything, including employee bathroom breaks and positions of all the labels on the vehicles, specified to fractions of a millimeter.

Now, they expect us to believe that code enabling emissions cheating was added to production software by a few lower level employees, with nothing to gain personally, and managed to remain undetected by management in spite of requirements specifications, source control systems, software code reviews, multiple cycles of testing to those requirements specifications, and multiple years of production? (And the additional "bypass" hardware on the engine? No one thought to ask why it was there?)

Pull the other one.

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Volvo eyes kangaroo detection tech

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Sounds like

...a team has been in the Australian Capital Territory this week "to film and study the roadside behaviour of kangaroos in their natural habitat".

A Volvo engineering team's cunning plan to spend a Swedish winter in a warmer clime.

// no Skippy icon?

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Why was the modem down? Let us count the ways. And phone lines

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Re: <4 yorksiremen> Hardware modem?

In university, I had my own personal Teletype.

I'm probably the only one who has ever programmed a HERE IS drum. Had my login password on it.

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Re: Luxury

The only letters we could send were E, H, I and S.

You forgot T

Can't do SHIT without it...

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DEFCON 1 to DEFCON GONE: One of NORAD's spy blimps goes missing

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Re: Drone shotgun guy time

Gotta deflate it first.

Deflating football shaped objects is a specialty of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots!

(as a bonus, you'll be able to reuse it, unlike the shotgun solution)

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Trio nailed in US for smuggling $30m of microchips into Russia

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Re: Silly Russians!

Because then they'll get counterfeits, duh!

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The iPhone 6 doused in bromine - an incendiary mix or not?

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Ob. Gergel reference

If your legacy after a lifetime of work is a Superfund site, you should have been a bit more careful...

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Russian subs prowling near submarine cables: report

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Re: Reds are under the bed!

Once you get into the deep South...or any of the more remote regions, some of the locals hold somewhat...unusual...views of things. Witness, for example, the recent JADE HELM follies in the more remote areas of Texas.

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Black Helicopters

...or maybe they figured, by the time the Russkies had gone to the trouble of pulling up the damn cable, the jig was probably up, anyway, so why not have a bit of fun with them?

Reminds me of the microVAX story...which you can read here:

http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/creatures/pages/russians.html

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Re: Question of Balance?

But...it's not illegal when WE do it!

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Snakes in the aircon, killer crocs in the river, virtualisation for apps

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Re: Poisonous

When I was a young 'un, we moved to Melbourne for three years. I was told to assume all snakes I saw were venomous. A belief I retain to this day. Snakes and I are happier when we are going in opposite directions.

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El Reg revisits Battle of Agincourt on 600th anniversary

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Re: Fromage

Frogs lost both of those wars didn't they?

They did, but not for lack of bravery. "Hell in a Very Small Place", by Bernard Fall, is an excellent account of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. The French troops gave it all they had, including paratroops jumping into a battle thy knew they were going to lose. The generals who decided that a remote valley was the perfect place to demonstrate French military superiority were the ones to blame.

The Arc de Triomphe is also a war memorial. One can't help but be moved when reading the markers there.

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Fully working U-Boat Enigma machine sells for $365,000

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Longer than you'd think:

http://rijmenants.blogspot.com/2013/01/enigma-challenge-update.html

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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Re: See this article for a completely different slant on

So, a few rogue engineers...who just happen to report to Mr. Winterkorn, and are in charge of engine development and R&D. And Winterhorn knew nothing about it. Yup, just a couple of low level rogue engineers...you just can't keep an eye on all of them, and this sort of thing DOES happen every now and then.

Was that a flying pig that just went by? And I think I just saw the Devil on skis...

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Re: Doesn't matter

I think you may have missed a point about how big companies work.

A former boss referred to it as "f*ck up and move up"

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