* Posts by bigphil9009

151 posts • joined 7 Jul 2009

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

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Re: If the government had better tests...

This must be the first time in Register history that a computing analogy has been used to explain an automotive issue :-)

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Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank

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Nice to see a Playmobil image

Fond memories of Mr Haines. Perhaps we should have a new Playmobil icon in his memory?

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Lester Haines: RIP

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R.I.P Lester

My thoughts and condolences are with his family, and his friends all over the world.

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

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Re: "Of Course I Still Love You"

Naughty naughty. Don't let those Minds hear you calling them AIs ;-)

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Grim-faced 'naut Malenchenko prepares to return home

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I'm pretty sure that on the Horizon documentary broadcast just before MTP's launch there was a moment when Yuri said something like "My name is Yuri Malenchenko and I am Russian cosmonaut, that's all there is to say" and then gave a brilliant grin as if to acknowledge his own taciturnity, although I could have dreamt that last bit...

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Microsoft thinks it's fixed Windows Server mess its last fix 'fixed'

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Re: Cluster Disk management gone bad...

I'm not sure I agree with this sentiment - I've used Storage Foundation for many a year and with many a complex multi-LUN-concatenated-volume-in-a-failover-cluster horrors and never experienced a problem with it. I used to marvel at the technology when initiating test failovers and watching the LUNs disappear from one node and magically re-appear, in the right order, on the second.

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LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

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Using "linkedin" as a password

If you don't value your LinkedIn account particularly, as a lot of people probably don't, then the use of "linkedin" as a password isn't all that bad - after all, you're unlikely to be using that password elsewhere, and that is where the real problem lies.

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Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

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Re: Where...

Sunday Morning, I'm waking up.

Can't even focus on my coffee cup.

Don't even know who's bed I'm in,

Where do I start, where do I begin...

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White hats bake TeslaCrypt master key into universal decryptor

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Brings back memories

Ahhh, the ASCII art in that screenshot - reminds me of the 1990s. Now get off my lawn!

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: I'm not saying it's aliens...

You've probably seen this, but in case others haven't, here's the oblig xkcd...

https://xkcd.com/1235/

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: from three 'double u's to one single 'm'

Err, you might need to edit that again ;-)

I have checked and triple chequed my posting to insure that there are know typos in my response, I think I'm cleer.

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

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Tat bazzar

And just think people, this utterly brilliant advancement in rocket science and possibly in our next phase of discovery has been funded by people using a certain payment service to buy random items of stuff - we can probably all claim to have contributed to this incredible achievement and I for one am incredibly glad of this.

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Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

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Re: You can't fix this kind of stupid

No, you're just a twat.

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Apple goes to crapple in stock plunge kerfaffle: $113bn wiped off in days

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Re: Non Story

I guess the problem with this is that one sells in the short-term, not the long-term, so isn't that more important than the long-term performance?

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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

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Except of course...

Domain joined machines don't actually get the "Download Windows Update" app(lication). Yeah, I know the other avenues mentioned in the article are still available, but the situation isn't as dire as immediately presented...

http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/windows-10-upgrade-and-installation-faq-we-figured-out-who-pays-and-who-doesnt

(I know it's not an MS site, but it's as good as)

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TERROR in ORBIT: Dodgy rocket burp biffs International Space Station off track

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Seveneves

As someone who has just read Neal Stephenson's frankly excellent "Seveneves" novel, I can only assume that this event somehow presages the imminent destruction of the moon and the extermination of all life on earth. This is not a good thing.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Re: "Babylon 5's a big pile of shit!"

Me too :)

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Another picture gripe

If you are going to insist on bunging a bloody great picture at the top of each article, at least put the bit of the picture that the article is talking about there! I spent a lot of time wondering where this plume was, and wasn't until I saw the much smaller picture at the bottom of the article that I realised that the bit I was looking at in the main picture was probably the polar (dry) ice cap.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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This is brilliant!

This is great, for the simple reason that it allows one to justify _any_ other expense.

"Yes, love, I did just spend £5,000 on a new bicycle, but look! I could have spent even more on some stupid cables - this bike has loads of cables on it - it's good value!"

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

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AAISP

Are also XKCD/806 compliant, which is nice.

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NASA prods sleeping New Horizons spacecraft: Wakey, wakey, Pluto's calling

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Re: What is this I don't even

Brilliant comment! :)

Quite prescient too - 2001 is being re-released this month in cinemas. Yey!

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: A Recommend

Thank you sir, for giving me the opportunity to post a link to an excellent XKCD :-)

http://xkcd.com/657/

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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Staggering Pictures

Somehow I had always had the impression that comets were just amorphous blobs, almost sponge-like, but these pictures really show just how interesting they can be. How did those "mountains" form? Where have they been?

Science - it rocks!

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Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries

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Re: Bakeoff?

Pedant's corner, I know, but it's actually spelled "Dictionary"; I'm sure there's a book you can use to look up the correct spellings of things, but I can't remember what it's called.

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Re: Well I never

God, that website makes me want to vomit diamond cutting-wire harvested crystals.

They have finally reached the point where they are a parody of themselves. It's incredible.

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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

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Apple Support Document

There's something odd going on here - on that support page, they infer that the packet capturing interface is innocent and secure and what-have-you. They then link to a developer page that has the following text in the iOS section:

"iOS Packet Tracing

iOS does not support packet tracing directly. However, if you're developing for iOS you can take a packet trace of your app in a number of different ways:

If the problem you're trying to debug occurs on Wi-Fi, you can put your iOS device on a test Wi-Fi network. See Wi-Fi Capture for details.

If your app uses HTTP, you can configure your iOS device to use a debugging HTTP proxy (such as Charles HTTP Proxy).

In iOS 5 and later you can use the remote virtual interface facility."

Which makes no mention of this innocent, secure feature.

Are they trying to retcon something here? Or am I just being paranoid?

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Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!

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Question

Does anyone know why it will take 9 months for the full data download to occur? It can't be the distance (the report says that the light RTT will be about 8 hours at that distance). Is it bandwidth-related? Or can't they get enough time on the Deep Space Network?

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Re: HONESTLY?

For a long time I thought she was singing "honestly, I want to see if it breaks" which struck me as an odd marketing message. Bit of a wishful thinking mondegreen methinks.

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I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

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Re: Automatically unlock a phone in a known environment

I totally agree with you - my colleagues are a threat to any unlocked phone in the vicinity. It is lots of fun though ;-)

And I think you're right about that statistic, I'm sure I caught the guy in the keynote say something along the lines of "if you're one of the 12-15% percent of people who enforce security then..." so the stat might be even worse than that!

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bigphil9009

Re: Automatically unlock a phone in a known environment

The article isn't very clear here, but after watching the keynote, here is what I think happens:

The phone doesn't "auto-unlock" in the sense of becoming active, but it suppress any PIN-code or pattern-unlock requirements that may otherwise be enabled on the phone, allowing the user to just to slide to unlock (in the same way that you can if there are no security settings enforced)

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Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS

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Oh I was there when it was still cool and now it's just a commercial borefest and blah blah blah blah blah

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Amazing never-seen-before photo of colourful hot young stars (Thanks Hubble)

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Re: Ultraviolet?

That is a great question, and one I'd like to know the answer to, too.

The clearest answer I can find is this:

http://hubblesite.org/reference_desk/faq/answer.php.id=42&cat=galaxies

Which seems to say that it's not these ancient galaxies that we are observing in UV, but closer, younger ones. But this doesn't either answer your question into why we see this UV at all, unless - like you say - the radiation was originally in the form of X-rays or gamma radiation, nor explain why this is being discussed with relation to the HDF image (which by definition is of old, far away galaxies).

Can any astro-boffins help?

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Samsung, with this new 3D NAND SSD, you're really spoiling us ... or perhaps a rival?

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Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

Let's just call this a day. Hopefully you have satisfied your need demonstrate how much better you are than others through the medium of internet posts.

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bigphil9009

Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

I'm quite proud to have elicited such a response. Proud, but also a little bit scared. Trevor, old bean, you seem slightly upset by this whole thing - opinions, buddy - that's all they are - opinions on a website. The fact that a euphemism has been in place for ages doesn't mean I can't criticise its use does it?

Also, thanks for giving me the phrase - but it's probably not much of a sacrifice - after all, you seem to have another 49,997+ words to keep you company. I'm really impressed by that, by the way.

Yours, the ferro-magnetic princess.

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bigphil9009

Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

"Ferro-magnetic princess"

If ever I start a band I will steal this for the name - once I have wiped off the flecks of spittle, of course.

Seriously, why all the keyboard rage? All I was after is a modicum of accuracy. I have no affiliation to mechanical nor to solid-state drives - they each have their uses.

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Re: As a 1TB flash drive ....

Please, for the love of god, stop with this "spinning rust" bullshit. It's not rust. I know you're trying to look knowledgeable and all, but a man of your otherwise demonstrable intelligence doesn't need to.

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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

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What a horrible website

Sorry for the rant,but that geek.com website has an awful layout. Why, in this age of relatively low-res widescreen laptop and desktop screens would they take up nearly 1/4 of the available horizontal space with those borders? I don't really care how many people have shared the story!

Now I'm off to chase those kids of my lawn.

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Symantec: Antivirus is 'DEAD' – no longer 'a moneymaker'

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Re: 1000 thumbs down can't be wrong

Oh, hi Eadon!

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Re: OH NOES THINK OF THE CHILDREN

I'd like to propose an amendment to Godwin's Law - all IT discussions will eventually end up with a motoring analogy. :-)

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Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

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Strange Article

Perhaps issued in a rush (and understandably so!), this article is not of the usual quality found here - full of typos and Citrix is mentioned twice as being in trouble when the linked article says only one of the nine products are affected. The affected product needs sorting, sure, but it's not as bad as the article makes out...

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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

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The cloud...

It just works!

Seriously though, I like the part about "your data is still available at your home or your office" - that's very generous of them, but it worries me that people may start to think of local access as being a feature of "The Cloud".

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: Still doesn't look as usable

How on earth does this idiotic post garner 8 upvotes? Are people so quick to hate that they'll agree with any old nonsense?

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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I think you mean no "u" :-)

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The Mac at 30: Hardware and software wars – again and again and ...

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Wikipedia?

Much as I hate to belittle a frankly excellent series of articles, was that a link to a... a Wikipedia article I saw??? That must have hurt :-)

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IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

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I hope this is OK, but I'm reposting "thesykes" fantastic comment on the original story. I think this is one of the best comments ever made on this forum and probably as equally appropriate here:

To me, there are two trains of thought that exist in management.

Train A goes something like: We employ 1,000 IT staff and, because of this, all our systems run smoothly.

Train B, however, goes: All our systems run smoothly, why do we need 1,000 IT staff?

Unfortunately, it's standing room only on Train B, whereas Train A has been cancelled due to lack of demand and a bus replacement service is now in operation.

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Google to web: SHUT YOUR MOUTH or Chrome 32 beta will do it for you

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Obligatory

http://xkcd.com/1280/

:)

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'Modern warming trend can't be found' in new climate study

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So much of the debate on this, including the article upon which we are commenting on takes the form:

Journo: "Hmm, some new science has appeared which contradicts my inviolable belief that something is/isn't happening to our climate" [delete as appropriate]. "I must immediately discover some other science that I can put all my faith in, so that I can be reassured that my position is safe".

This abuse of the scientific method in order to back up or deny a fervently held, almost religious, belief saddens me.

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Apple Time Capsule 2013: Next-gen wireless networking, anyone?

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Re: Seems like a straightforward appliance

Yes. A web browser. For browsing the web. Not for running applications. I know "browsers" have become considerably more advanced these days but I can't help thinking this is a double-edged sword - a sizeanle fraction of browser exploits are most probably due to this massive increase. Give me a lightweight client application any day of the week.

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Boffins find evidence Atlantic Ocean has started closing

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Re: BBC "Rise of the Continents"

Damn straight! The modern Horizon format makes me weep - a better example of style over substance it isn't possible to find.

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What did the Lehman Brothers implosion look like to a techie?

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Informative article, but gads! Did anyone actually proof-read it beforehand?

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