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* Posts by Tom 38

2357 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

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fighting against engineers using the terms "master" and "slave" in their documentaion

But we don't call the HA service checking them "overseer", we call it "heartbeat". Because we love shitty Sunday night ITV dramas.

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Suffering SPITZER! Boffins discover Milky Way's MISSING ARMS

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… both surveys were looking for different things

This is fascinating, does it mean that two of the arms have only "cooler, lower mass stars like our Sun", and the other two have only "massive" stars?

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

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Re: Cue lots of pictures appearing on the internet

If you're mugged in London, the police don't even look at CCTV to see if they can ID them, why would they look at user produced footage?

This would divert them from important work, like entering the details of the next mugging in to the system.

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

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My Atari ST came with this, Carrier Command and Bomb Jack - legendary games, and conversions that were a lot better (imo) than the 8bit versions.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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Re: Who cares!!!

There is no list

How the system (probably) works is:

* Every user account at an ISP is given a flag

That is a list. "Each user account" is a list that can be enumerated and iterated, "a flag" is something that can be extracted from each entry in the list. It is unequivocally and unquestionably a list.

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Re: Who cares!!!

sky and BT said there is no list (dont know about other isps)

If there is no list, where does my preference get stored?

In case that was too subtle for you, if there is no list, then there is nowhere to check whether a user has opted out of filtering or not. Since there is a check to see whether a user has opted out, then there must be a list.

What BT, Sky, et al have said is that they are not sharing the list.

tl;dr, you're a moron.

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Re: Who cares!!!

The point is, to opt out of the filter is to put yourself on a list of carnal campaigners, feminists, pornographers, perverts and men in dirty macs (as described by the register, and thought by mumsnet/mail/etc).

If the filter was the other way around, an opt-in filter, then you would be putting yourself on a list of "parents who like to shelter and mollycoddle their kids".

It does not fill me with pleasure to have to self identify as the 'pervert' demographic. It makes me especially angry that the reason I have to identify as a 'pervert' is because parents are too lazy to opt-in to a web filter.

Finally, it's not even porn that is being censored - its porn, drug education, sex education, mental health issues, even information about proxy servers (how is censoring information about proxy servers protecting children?).

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I read it as Nom-i-nom-nom-nom - think it must be lunch time.

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The problem is making lists of people that are considered "deviant".

Currently, our government and police force are thick as two bricks. They mean well, but they haven't got to grips with data yet. Once they are doing the things with data that we are already doing in the private sector, your presence on lists like this will invade every aspect of your life.

Maybe there is a little paranoia in there, but instead of us giving it a rest, how about you have a think about where this can go before blithely dismissing it?

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Re: Censorship is alive and well in Britian

Too right, the only discussion about these filters has been about porn, and "Do it yourself or we will legislate" from the government.

This gives us this situation, where BT has decided (almost certainly with assistance from the various moral crusaders) that these things are also verboten:

Discussion of illegal drugs

Discussion of suicide

Because, obviously, if little Johnny can google "heroin", how much longer before he is injecting it in his eyeballs.

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Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push

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It depends, are you worth a billion dollars or more? In which case, most registrars will just bend over and take it (hp.com, ms.com, ad.com). Alternatively, can you rig the contest (uk.com).

Everyone else, three characters or more please.

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Sky broadband goes TITSUP ALL DAY, thwarts Brits' Xmas web shopping

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Re: Oxymoron's on Twitter

oxymoron

ˌɒksɪˈmɔːrɒn

noun

1. a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction

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Fisher-Price in hot seat: iPad bouncy chair lets APPLE BABYSIT tots – parents

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Re: iPad vs plastic trinkets

The ipad is interactive and prompts cognitive development and motor skills?

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Poker ace's vanishing hotel laptop WAS infected by card-shark – F-Secure

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Re: Dyes and Markers, Bats and Nails

A baseball bat with nails and a cloaked room guard (able to evade heat detection from out in the hallway) batting and beating the ass of the intruder like the crowbar attack in the tunnels in CounterStrike might knock these invasions down a tick or two.

… and …

The hell have you been smoking?

Firstly, Counterstrike is a game. You left-click to whack someone with a crowbar.

You two should both be ashamed of yourselves - there is no crowbar in counter strike, you have a KNIFE, left click is slash, right click is stab.

The game with the crowbar you are both thinking of is Half-Life. Shocked and appalled…

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Romance is dead: Part-time model slings $1.5bn SUEBALL at Match.com

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Re: Doubt she'll win

Thing is, HairyNigerianTruckers.com is still down, so you have to go on to match.com

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Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

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Re: He needs medical care

That said, in this case, there is no confusion writing BMWs, so the apostrophe usage here is grammar Nazi manna.

Mythical jewish grammar nazis from heaven?

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MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas

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Re: "some 2 person Luxembourgian office"

To be honest, I've no problem being in a Maastricht treaty style agreement with countries with similar taxation policies. Being in one with countries whose economic existence is based upon them being tax havens is batshit insane though. These principalities need to exit the EU, and countries like Ireland need to stop offering stupid tax incentives to multi-nationals.

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Re: Agree with most comments here...

I do realise that Corporation Tax is levied on profit, not turnover, but Amazon would have us believe that all their economic activity in the UK actually happens in some 2 person Luxembourgian office.

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: Even the dumbest porn-addicted teen...

A particular IP address flags a request to be checked against the blacklist, but the blacklist can then block individual pages etc at an IP address, so it's not nearly as crude as simple DNS manipulation. However proxy servers etc can obviously still be used.

Are you implying it does DPI to inspect my HTTP request, determine whether the URI specified is on a black list or not before deciding whether to forward the packet on or reset the connection?

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Krakoom! OCZ flies into the ground. Time to salvage the engines and look around

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It will be a bad thing if your 480gb revodrive goes titsup the day after they go titsup (or the month before tbh).

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I bought a couple of refurb OCZ SSDs to use as cache devices - no-one else will touch them, so they are dead cheap, and it doesn't affect my server if they do crash.

Both are currently working OK, but I don't trust them at all!

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False widow spiders in guinea pig slaughter horror

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Re: Webs? 5 of them?

I'll bet you dollars to donuts that these guinea pigs died of hunger, thirst or cold. Better not to blame poor Jordan though…

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Re: Steatoda bipunctata

Clarify for me, if you will, the difference between Steatoda bipunctata* and the false widow spider.

Bonus points for attempted pedantry and use of latin.

* AKA "Rabbit Hutch Spider" or "False Widow Spider"

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WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

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Re: Tech-fetishism meets control freakery meets Big Brother

Everything is "a geek thing" until it is so useful that it is an "everyone thing".

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** fishtank-app01.local PROBLEM alert - Food_Dispenser is CRITICAL **

***** Nagios *****

Notification Type: PROBLEM

Service: Food_Dispenser

Host: fishtank-app01.local

Address: 172.31.1.1

State: CRITICAL

Date/Time: Wed Nov 27 08:17:50 UTC 2013

User:

Comment:

Additional Info:

FOOD_DISPENSER CRITICAL - has it all gunked up again?

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

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Re: Beep!

It's a personal computer that sits on top of your desk - how can that not be a "desktop PC"?

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Re: The Archimedes was popular in schools?

I really liked Archimedes, we had a mixed suite of them and BBC-Bs at school for 5-6 years before we even had a single PC. Much better documented than a PC, you could easily sit down and write applications. I'd written programs for the BBC before, but the first WIMP application I wrote was on a A3000.

I even went on a day trip to Earls Court to some Acorn/Archimedes tech show where I saw the Newton for the first time, at that time, for a kid from the country, it was almost unbelievable.

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Schmidt: Social networks will FREE THE PEOPLE of China

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Schmidt should talk to Patten

In order to save himself some trouble, Patten can fill him in quite succinctly on how the leaders of the Middle Kingdom like gwai lo barbarians telling them how to run their country.

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John McAfee punted from Portland party pad

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his rented party pad … shelling out at least $US1200 a month for his digs

So, less than I pay for my 50 m² box in London then?

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Dude, relax – it's Just a Bunch Of Disks: Our man walks you through how JBODs work

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Re: Nice one Trevor!

It doesn't have to be that pricey, I picked up two Rackable enclosures for $100 each from ebay, each is 3U and has 16 hotswap bays. They are hooked up over mini SAS to a (Dell) LSI HBA, £70 on ebay. They sit in an Ikea LACK side table (£25), which is a very cheap 6U rack on castors. I also had to replace the PSUs and exhaust fans for silence.

Downsides are SATA-2, so I can "only" pull 1.2 GB/s out of each enclosure - does me fine, the disks I buy can't push that anyway and, as Trevor said, since this is for MAID, who gives a fuck - 300MB/s would be fine.

The other cheap option is a DIY with a Norco chassis, which isn't actually that cheap once you've bought chassis, backplane, psu and expander card.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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Re: Is this a story?

The purpose of shit jobs is to motivate us to get better jobs. I've done a mind numbing number of mind numbing jobs, some are shitter than others. I would put this amazon picker role as "meh" on my own personal "would you do this for cash?" scale, alongside other similarly light physical labour jobs that I've done - bar work, boxing dog food, bulk mail sorting, postie, gas meter man and so on.

Compared to some of the more hellish jobs I've had though, and it seems like this guy is just winging. Try cutting turf for 12 hours a day, or working in the (very) unclean side of a hospital laundry.

However, it is much much harder than some of the more cushty roles I've had - receptionist, delivery driver, data entry clerk, software engineer - the last one is a doddle btw, no way I'm going back to cutting turf.

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Google coughs up $17m to end Safari STALKER COOKIE brouhaha

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Re: Why only the US

Who said the consumer benefits from this? All the money will go to lawyers, any remnant will go to a consumer NGO, conveniently run by lawyer's OHs.

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US senator asks: Will Bitcoin replace Swiss bank accounts?

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“Are Bitcoin wallets going to replace the my Swiss bank account?” asked Jeff Merkley, a Democrat Senator for Oregon, who was worried about his money laundering.

FTFY

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Apple BIGGEST LOSER in Blighty's Battle of Fondlers

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Disaster!

Apple only grew sales by 8% during a recession, they are clearly done for.

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

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Re: Does your TV not have audio out connectors?

Of course his TV has audio out, his issue is that his "amp" has no audio in. He likes that his speakers "look cool", are wireless, can be moved around the house and be arranged in to zones, but dislikes that he can only use them to stream content from the internet.

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Problems with your speaker system?

Have you tried throwing money at over priced tat and then having a rant at the intertubes because it doesn't work as you want?

You want a receiver and speakers. You bought an amp. It's a damn fancy amp, granted, but it is not a receiver. Your main complaint here is that TV speakers are rubbish, your Sonos speakers are awesome, but there is no way to connect the two. As far as I can work out, the Sonos system can't take any audio input at all - it's an amp that you can only use for streaming stuff from your phone, using their app.

If you had a receiver, you would plug your video and audio sources in to the receiver. You plug your TV into the receiver. You plug the speakers in to the receiver with wire. You hide the wire under skirting boards, carpets or floorboards, or pin to the walls and paint. Sound goes to speakers, video goes to TV.

A bargain receiver costs about £100, bargain speaker set around the same, add in any streaming device you like - well, any that provide an audio out option...

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London businesses to signal UNSWERVING LOYALTY to capital with .london domain

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Re: Not Good

I think you'll find they twig pretty damn smartish and have toll gates up ready for the summer season.

I think you'll find they are much smarter than that already - you can get in to Cornwall for free, but to leave you must pay to get back across the Tamar

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Re: For me, a good sign

There's a Sutton in Surrey and one in the West Midlands.

and Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire and Suffolk and Devon and Kent and Leicestershire and Hampshire and Lincolnshire and Norfolk and Nottinghamshire and Somerset and Oxfordshire and West Sussex and Wiltshire and Yorkshire and Dorset and Essex and Derbyshire and Cheshire and Lancashire ...

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Re: Not Good

If Scotland votes Yes, there is no reason to put up with the pretence of Britain anymore, we should devolve to the ancient kingdoms of Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria, Wessex, Kent, Essex and Sussex. The Welsh can rule themselves, no-one tell the Cornish and we'll see how long it takes for them to twig.

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Eat our dust, spinning rust: In 5 years, it'll be all flash all the time

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Re: Doubt it

This is just incorrect. Tapes, HDDs and SSDs all can seek to specific positions. In tapes, the seek is excruciating, in HDDs the seek is painful and in SSDs the seek is almost non-existent. Of the three, only SSDs could be described as random access.

This goes back to my original point, they are the same, the differences are just technical - transfer rate, seek time and so on. You might think that tape is dead, but for storing mass data that you read back sequentially, its the fucking dogs.

Even today, there are applications where tape is supremely better than HDD, and it is the height of foolishness to think that because SSDs are superior to HDD in terms of seek speed and transfer rate that there will be no application where HDDs are the superior solution (and therefore that HDDs are doooomed).

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Re: Doubt it

SSDs are the same as HDDs in the same way that HDDs are the same as tape. They all store blocks of data. You can write data to all of them. You can read back the data from all of them.

The only differences between any of them are the underlying technology and performance characteristics of each technology.

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Doubt it

SSDs won't mean the death of HDDs any more than HDDs signalled the death of tape.

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Linux backdoor squirts code into SSH to keep its badness buried

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Re: @AC re slipstream SSH datastream

So there is a vector (possibly OS specific) that was used to break into SSH, and SSH itself is a vector to compromise whatever OS is being used. Which may be Linux.

No-one has suggested that sshd was broken in to, only that once the server was broken in to with enhanced credentials, that allowed them to install a backdoor that hooked itself in to sshd.

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Re: Infection Vector?

Place your bets:

Unpatched Apache flaw or zero day Apache flaw ?

Do you even know how little of httpd executes with enhanced credentials? I would very much doubt that that is the vector.

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Another day, another Bitcoin burglary as Bitcash.cz goes titsup

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OH noes, the hackers again

The cynic in me is insisting this is just a bunch of shady exchange operators seeing a chance to walk off with a bunch of bitcoins.

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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Re: Apple does it again ...

"Someone with common sense" complains that ipad is a waste because the apps won't use that power, and then asks for a 5" tablet with an i7 inside it.

"Someone who hasn't taken their meds" sounds more probable.

PS: Did you know that all Apple phones and tablets with Lightning ports come with a free USB to Lightning adapter so you can charge from USB ports? It's just like the cable you use to charge your iphone 3G, but one end is tiny instead of fat. I can see how this might upset you.

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Re: Why mock?

You've got it wrong, this is just the appropriate point in the story cycle. Wait a few months after launch for the stories "Why Apple is failing to launch new things" and "Apple insider rumours insist new iphone fellates you".

It's all click bait to get the people who either hate or like apple to post, but you need to use a different lure depending upon the season.

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WTF?

I want to defecate on Steve Jobs grave every time I hear the word Retina…

Nice to see you are taking this news in a calm manner.

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Server, server in the rack, when's my disk drive going to crack?

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… disk-makers' claims for longevity

I'll bite; which disk makers are these? I bought an OCZ SSD the other day, 6 month warranty. Seagate Barracuda drives - 1 year warranty. It's laughable - it used to be 5 yr warranties by standard.

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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WTF?

Is that really the ONLY reason you can think of JDX?

Is the idea that MS might force obsolescence on an otherwise functional browser-OS combo in order to drive upgrade sales completely unthinkable for you?

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