* Posts by gerdesj

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Facebook reveals new logo, in a TWEET

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Re: You have to wonder how much they spent

If I had to guess, I'd say something of the order of £50,000 - that does not include extras, that just gets you the logo and a report full of shit. I'm not joking.

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Rosetta spots potholes IN SPAAACE: Someone call the galactic council

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Re: Calling the galactic council might be easier than calling Ealing council...

Yes, mate: I thoroughly understand how this is the right forum for a whinge about potholes.

There is a lump of rock that is so far away from here that it almost doesn't matter where "here" is. Despite that a mob from somewhere called the US (who haven't heard of Ealing - for shame) decided to send a little robotty thing to it. How the fuck it got there in one piece and still works, I'm not sure - good skills. The fact that they have any idea where it is and can get it to do stuff is (almost) beyond belief.

Here in Somerset, the roads are complete shite and you're correct: the council should pull their finger out and sort it.

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Amazon just wrote a TLS crypto library in only 6,000 lines of C code

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s2n != OpenSSL

s2n is a library that implements <stuff>. OpenSSL is an entire suite of apps and libraries that implements <lots of stuff>. They are not directly comparable.

For example I doubt that you will find a binary in s2n for generating an entire PKI thingie. How do you use it to create a CA, inter-CA and then various certs? No, it doesn't.

OpenSSL is not perfect but it has the benefit of having gone and is going through the mill and like all other systems, sub systems and apps has been found wanting and has patched flaws when found.

Apples != Physalis - shock.

(Sorry, forgot to include a suitable icon)

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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Happy

"And there was me thinking that 17.1 was a good version to standardise a bunch of our customer's machines on. I haven't even finished rolling them all out yet :(

Ho hum, hopefully most of the package updates should keep coming for a while yet."

... and here's where I drop the fanboi pose and make a few suggestions: Don't rush to upgrade! You still get Ubuntu updates and also those that Mint themselves provide so you have a good, stable platform that will receive security updates to work with. Stick with what you have already and then plan for moving forwards.

Find examples of a few nightmare users - the one's with big mailboxes etc and clone their machines or P2V them to a virty system. If necessary you can always use rsync -rav to get a copy of a system out to another to play with whilst they are using it. You might like to learn Arch or Gentoo to learn the way to do this and get away with it, ie create a skeletal system, slap files on it and get it to boot. Practice upgrading and then job's a good 'un.

If the above is a little intimidating, it is probably a bit excessive. Make up a plan for an upgrade, try it, rinse, wash, repeat. However: remember there are loads of forums that will give you a hand. The Gentoo ones are generally pretty friendly to "foreigners" including Mint users, so don't restrict yourself to one lot.

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Re: Goodness.

You might like to compare the following workflows for updating my wife's laptop (say) compared to a Win updateathon:

$ssh me@wifeslaptop

$pacman -Syu

<hit a few keys and then ask her to reboot when she's ready or not bother mentioning it, it'll still work>

Start -> Run -> mstsc -> .... -> r click yellow thingie -> click on - well you know the drill here. Reboot and wait for some time

rdp back in. Fumble around to find out where the graphics driver and other vendor drivers are. Download, extract, install, try to avoid "extras". Curse Adobe, Oracle, and all other vendors for wanky installers. Several reboots

rdp back in. Run through apps installed and download updated versions or allow various update services to do their thing

rdp back in

Clean up extras that got through. Reset homepage(s) and spend some quality time in the registry especially HKLM and HKCU to review/remove the extra extras

To be fair, the Win update process is nothing compared to a Gentoo updateathon 8)

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Re: Goodness.

"If ever proof were needed that this website is basically a Linux fansite then surely this is it."

Fansite? You're new 'round here, boy.

"If Windows 10 gets anything near this positive a review on this site next month - bias or not I'll show my arse in ASDA."

If Linux ever got the exposure on this site that Windows gets, then I'll kick your arse around Asda (Wal*mart)

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I've always had a soft spot for Minty

... although for some reason I stuck Arch on wifey's laptop when Win 7 pissed her and me off enough. I prefer a Gentoo experience but nowadays am grateful for a Core i7 + 16GB RAM on my lappy to crunch the code!

To everyone else who asks what to try on a personal machine, I recommend Mint and it keeps getting better. Time for a download and another KVM I think.

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Re: minty fresh....

"KdeConnect will notify you of things on your phone"

I discovered this thing a short while ago - amazing. Use your mobe to control your laptop's mouse when wired up to a big screen - instant pointer and a bit cool. It also mutes the speakers when a call comes in and other clever, thoughtful things.

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'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow

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"Apple did not conspire to fix ebook pricing and this ruling does nothing to change the facts,"

Two courts say otherwise.

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Microsoft's curious Sway comes to iPad and iPhone

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Re: Oh the silly names. My eyes! My eyes!

"echo Flick | sed s/i/u/ | sed s/l//"

Ahh, thought so. Incidentally I believe fikken and fokken (I think that's right) are implicated as potential roots for the English "fuck". No need for sed 8)

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Re: Oh the silly names. My eyes! My eyes!

My Dutch is a little rusty, please do enlighten us.

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Generous EU Commish gives Google SIX MORE WEEKS to respond to antitrust charges

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"That's the creepy version of "Charlie and the chocolate factory", it's just WRONG."

Nope - it's appropriate for this piece, given it's about a creepy organization filled with Oompa-loompas.

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Apple Music available on Sonos by end of this year

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Re: FU UK?

Sales tax is 0 - 9.45% in the US. VAT is 20% in the UK and already included. $10 + 1ish = 11USD, todays rate gets you about 7GBP.

Worst case in US: ~£7. Hmm, that seems fair.

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LG's six-sided battery to take smart watches into new timezones

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Wot?

"The idea here is simple: smart watches are round-ish. Batteries today are usually rectangular. So by building a hexagonal battery (not a symmetrical hexagon, sadly) it becomes possible to pack extra power into a wearable."

I'm wearing a watch, it's not "smart". Unfortunately I have no idea what shape the battery (cell) is because I've never seen it. The watch is over 10 years old and I've never had to do more than be exposed to sunlight occasionally to charge it. It tells the time pretty well.

Cells in watches today are usually circular in one elevation and being three dimensional might be described as "cylindrical". The vanishingly small market of "smart" watches compared to "working" watches might like to dally with odd shaped cells (in 2D if that is their thing) but that is their business.

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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

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Genious

"Don’t blame the ... : it is entirely the fault of senior departmental managers ... . These are people ... whose job description insists they should know fuck all about anything beyond cars and golf."

Dabsy, you have encapsulated a vast amount of what goes wrong in IT in a very pithy sentence which I have abbreviated somewhat above.

Cheers

Jon

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Apple's iPhone 7 to come loaded with depth-sensing camera, supply chain spies claim

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Two cams?

To get a consensus you need three ...

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We need to know about the Internet of Things, say US Senators

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Re: Smart TV

"For that matter, if it's not connected to an external network, how does it know there are " vital security updates" in the first place?"

It will still be connected to an external network: where do you think the pretty pictures and sound come from? Not all the bandwidth consumed by digital TV is content, some of it is guide data, Red Button stuff and other things like update signals.

Best wrap the telly with lots of aluminium foil and keep it in a Faraday cage, to be on the safe side 8)

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Dyre banking VXers LOVE Mondays, Symantec says

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Re: Bloatware from Mountain View

"iptables -I INPUT -j DROP"

I hope you are sat at the console of your firewall/router mate, otherwise it's a long drive to the DC or a long walk down the cellar steps etc etc!

You could also:

# echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv[46]/ip_forward

Other OSs are available.

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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Re: "30 OEMs to get them preloaded"

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30 OEMs to get them preloaded

One MS to rule them all,

and in the darkness bind them.

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Hey, Sand Hill Exchange. Shouting 'blockchain!' won't stop the Feds

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Re: "there's no way of selling a house you don't own to speculate on falling house prices"

"Can somebody explain why this is a real-world problem for normal people?"

Nope, you've stumbled into a discussion of economic theory that has already had unicorn shit, sorry - farts - invoked. At that point most of us must give up hope.

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

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Re: Two slight modifications from a network guy

"make sure the switches support the method you use. " - Please Mr Network Guy, make sure you are stacking your switches and my bonding will work ... I do both (networks and systems) and I know exactly where you are coming from. It's even more "amusing" seeing people simply plugging multiple NICs into the same VLAN and expecting a magical speed up without bonding or worse only doing one end. Also that e on the end of Cat5e is important. On the other hand that a after Cat6 gives me flashbacks to things like Twinax.

I instantly (when I've found some scissors or whatever) cut the ends of any cables I find at Cat5 only and any missing/broken clips - it pisses me off to see cables hanging out or delivering awful performance. Sorry, I fill in an emergency change req, bollock the customer and then go in with the scissors.

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SEC joins hunt for FIN4 attackers

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RLY?

"At that time, FireEye had been unable to establish di9rect [sic] evidence that the phishing attack had yielded information to run trades."

Perhaps more direct methods were used. When large amounts of money are available the baddies might not rely on emailed .pdfs and instead do boring old espionage or perhaps both together. People do daft things sometimes like open attachments. They are probably more likely to do that if the attractive operative that has got the mark pissed up claims it has their phone number and address details in it. The remote connection is established ...

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Phishing attack

I can imagine the successful attack:

Dear Sir or madams

I am deceased recently relative of PRESident aid Mhongo of THE People Democratic Republic congo. He left for charitee an considerable sum USD450000M and wished me to move it to a trusted person in you to disbursal and invest in market. Please send bank name and password and I will give 20% percent for trouble. Also need computer name and passowrd to help transfer.

your love

Miss Mhongo

144544 Street (not really) in London (with a stupidly long number)

London

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Google's new free music service is classic Google: Take someone's idea and slap ads on it

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Songza?

Almost straight out of a Dabsy ran^Warticle: Songza, Wangka, Nobba and Tossa.

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

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This is important(ish)

amazon.co.uk or amazon.com (int al) - that's the home for a commercial entity. .amazon should be the webby home for either the river or the female warriors.

Stop fucking around with t'tubes. The land grab for silly .bollocks TLDs simply slows down the internet through adding extra load to the DNS and adds absolutely no value for the end user, who finds a site through a search engine or bookmarks and rarely knows where the URL bar actually is in the first place.

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Google presses 'send' on 'undo send' – AT LAST

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RFC?

I expect that someone will attempt to create a RFC for email along these lines. We could add it to the mayhem of SPF, DKIM and DMARC - all great ideas but flawed due to one small problem (well several actually).

Email wasn't constrained in any way from birth - it wasn't necessary to lock it down when it was invented. Then it became ubiquitous. Now we have a bit of a spam problem and things like alphabet soup were deployed to combat it. Unfortunately the vast majority of users are content with a background noise of crap with unpleasant oases of serious shit - phishing, etc etc.

So: SPF - can work but inadequately used, usually ends up as ?all or ~all instead of the useful -all. DKIM: Can be useful, broken by some mail lists and bad use of relaying. DMARC: well engineered, could have been brilliant but breaks mail lists (unless they all change marginally in their method of distribution) p=meh.

*sigh*

Back OT: Carefull when you hit send and be even more careful who is doing the sending on your behalf.

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

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Re: I miss System 7

"smoko."

I take it it's lunchtime down south (NZ?) 8) Me, I'm off to bed

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Re: can't resist

Oh FFS, it's a good hack is all. There is a long and distinguished tradition of booting another OS on something a bit odd that wasn't designed for it.

Have a look at Alan Cox's page on G+ for some nifty examples of resurrecting old hardware to boot some form of Linux kernel and other, frankly weird but cool, experiments. Also I believe someone managed to get Linux to boot on a hard disc (that's "on", not "from" - even I can do that)

I note it's not a native port which boots directly from the hardware, running only in an emulator but it is still a good hack.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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WINE

To do list:

* Run up the assembler and simulator in WINE.

* Learn just enough assembler to try and understand what on earth is going on.

Sounds like a project for tonight.

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Redmond: IE Win 8.1 defence destroying hack ain't worth patch, natch

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So that's alright then

"Microsoft says it did not patch the clever bypass of its important defence mechanism because 64-bit as opposed to the affected 32-bit versions of the web browser derive most benefit from ASLR."

It would appear that 32bit gets no benefit from ASLR now. Never mind, 64bit versions might be fine.

Somehow I doubt that is _exactly_ what they said.

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It begins: Time Warner Cable first ISP accused of breaking America's net neutrality rules

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Out in the open

It's good to see this sort of debate out in the open at last but it's a really tricky one. Computer networks are designed to generally not have enough capacity to cover the sum of the possible throughput off their endpoints. In fact very few flow based networks are designed that way.

So how do you distinguish contention due to good design and naughty downstream messing? Unless you have a bill or invoice that you can wave in court for "throughput uplift services" then we are going to be seeing some pretty complicated court cases involving a weird combination of network architects and lawyers and bemused laymen (wrt networking) asked to pronounce judgement on the mess.

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Incoming! Linux 4.1 kernel lands

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Re: WTF...

I'll take your comment at face value: sarcastic.

Mind you, why AC? Do you really care about your UVs and DVs that much?

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Re: WTF...

WTF are you on about? This isn't the GNU/Mach micro kernel thingie, it's Linux. Rather than typing any old bollocks, what actually offends you within that list of updates?

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ITU: we'll have 5G standards ready by 2020

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"The standards body expects to complete its 5G vision statement to be completed this year, which will let it start serious work on 5G technical performance requirements at the beginning of 2016."

Always get the vision statement in first before you do something useful ...

"We will create a new faster G" - there you go in 5 seconds flat. Now crack on and do it.

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20 years ago this week, Microsoft just about killed Australian PC manufacturing

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Wangaratta *snigger*

It's a sad story that was told out across the world as well. In Britain the story was similar but a few survived: Acorn for example did quite well.

Also see the parlous state of the software industry until the noughties were done. Thankfully, nowadays we see a much healthier ecosystem across the board. Some of it much reviled, depending on your point of view, but at least there is diversity and choice.

However, PCs are STILL blighted by the Windows + preloaded crap thing.

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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Re: BS, there is no will at Amazon, tech won't help.

"How about 183 reviews since Apr 8 2015 from one 'person'?"

Supreme Eye Treatment Cream by DIVA Fit & Sexy - 5 stars, comment: Great Helpful

Wild Willie's Beard Elixir - 5 stars, comment: Really, really great

Alex is certainly a person of few words. Still I'm sure that rejuvenated beard looks great whilst following the advice from "Deer Hunting For Beginners" ("Great Guide")

This stuff: "FLUSH By Pursue Nutrition" frankly scares me but it must be OK, Alex says it's ......... "Great".

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Say 'cheese'! Cassini probe ZOOMS IN on Saturn's craggy Dione moon

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Oooo it's quiet here all of a sudden

There are comments that are listed as deleted above. Now my recollection is that they weren't particularly controversial nor offensive but I glossed over them and responded to VeganVegan. If they had been naughty, then I _would_ have bit (probably)

So we have el Reg possibly censoring broadly due to offences caused elsewhere (outside this article's comments).

I think it might be nice to see a short censorship reason tag applied to removed comments. It's a good thing to note them but I think a red top with integrity (very rare breed your red top with integrity) should go further or my tinfoil hat will be replaced with a 1.475mm thick hyperdimensional artifact manufactured from, well ali OK Al, diluted 50 billion times in bullshit and stuff.

Just a thought.

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Re: Astonishing feats of celestial navigation

Aye, agreed: it really is amazing when you start to think about the challenges involved:

Imagine you have a really stiff neck, backbone, legs and, obviously, upper lip. Now imagine you are pushed on the soles of your feet upwards with an acceleration that makes your eyes water. Imagine trying to simply stay upright in response to tiny sideways forces. OK you've now made it off planet.

Let's step up the acceleration for a while (there's no wind resistance up here and gravity is less of a problem as a negative acceleration backwards). How the hell do you determine your velocity here anyway, when do you stop being pushed? You've still go to keep yourself pointing in the right direction and not start tumbling and you have to report back and respond to orders from far away.

There are no Goog maps or TomTom here. Actually there are no roads, you've not got enough power to stay conscious for most of the journey and your alarm clock has to be really good to wake you up at the right time. Also there are no Hobnobs for millions of miles.

Astonishing? Not enough expletives!

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Virtual reality below the prehistoric waves: David Attenborough's First Life

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"More seriously, it is a pity that exhibitions like this very seldom leave London. £6.50 is an entirely reasonable price but it bumps it up a bit if you have to add in the cost of a return flight or train from Edinburgh or Glasgow !"

Wouldn't it be nice if nationally important exhibitions were held somewhere more accessible to everyone? Now I'm not a massive fan of my proposal, but I think it is close to fair: Birmingham (that's the one in West Mids county, UK and not Alabama, US!)

OK, does anyone actually know where the UKoGB&NI's population metacentre lies?

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Google: Help us! Our search engine is STUFFED FULL of your 'revenge smut' pics

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Re: Silly question

"i.e. make sure the same birthmarks, caesarean scars, stretchmarks are all there for comparison"

I have birthmarks but the rest ...

Your choice of determinants leads me to believe that you haven't considered that men could be affected by this issue.

It's unlikely anyone is going to post pics of me in the altogether: I have a small EMP device setup for deployment should the need arise.

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Re: That's nice, but

I UVd your post because I think you are making a good point but invoking the "slippery slope" mantra can lead to a dangerous fallacy eventually. I think you managed to stumble into that fallacy because the slippery slope needs to be a continuous, smooth slope with clear links between each component . However you manage to jump from nudie pics on t'tubes to Carrie - there's a pretty large disconnect there. I see where you are coming from but the article is about one and not the other.

Nice use of the slippery mountain argument structure in the second para though. That makes a pleasant counterpoint to para one.

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Badger comment icon

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Good hack Mr Coder. I might have to put something together myself to pop: "Design/graphics/icons/comment/dead_vulture_48.png" into my comment img field. I too spend rather a lot of the time staring at a (BASH for me, probably Korn for you) prompt and it might be nice to have a text based reader for the forums here.

Oh well, I'll pop that into the FIFO stack of stuff to play with that seems to have a nasty - short circuit for work related stuff - bug.

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At last, switching between rubbish broadband providers now easier

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Re: THe MAC (And PAC) were there for a reason...

""We see something like 5-10% errors in transfers, so not too bad odds. "

Not too bad? That's a disgusting error rate!""

You are right it is pretty bad for a population but for an individual it is not bad odds - different thing.

Also, when I say error - not all are as bad as others. For example, my own home connection! I did my own simultaneous provide to a new line. The FTTC connection went fine and I assumed that the phone line was OK. 6 months later I put in a POTS to VoIP terminal so that I could support emergency dialling at home (I have a PBX with SIP trunks and emergency dialling costs a fortune that way, just to set up). No dial tone. Bugger. Anyway after a lot of fettling by me including testing the last 30m of cable that I could get to and not re-connecting A and B in my master socket - honest, I logged a call and it was connected after two working days. Turns out it had never been connected!

We are all eventually customers of BT OpenReach in the UK. Who guards the guards?

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Re: THe MAC (And PAC) were there for a reason...

As a supplier (reseller) this will come in handy for those times when the previous supplier got a bit tricksy with timeouts on MAC codes and then going suddenly unresponsive but I predict one or two "accidents" (slamming).

We'll have to be doubly careful now when wacking in provides let alone sim. provides with transfer.

A transfer failure will mean either or both your phone and internet will go missing in action for anything up to 2 weeks. Add another line and migrate to it if you value your connectivity. It will cost you an additional ~90 quid for a new provision and double ISP charges until you cease the old line. Oh and a change of fixed line number - less of an issue nowadays. We see something like 5-10% errors in transfers, so not too bad odds. A new line also means you get to re-position the termination and run it through conduit if you provide it before BTOR turn up. Sometimes new wiring might get you a better connection but no promises here.

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Open-source Linux doesn't pay, said no one ever at Red Hat

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Re: Even if it doesn't pay.

"Does KDE still have the little yellow turd "

I take you mean the "cashew" although turd is a good one but now I come to look at it - stomach! Not unless you want it to appear there. I think it was there by default but that was a long time ago for me.

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Take that NATS! Jocko IT is also totally rubbish. BOOM!

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It's nearly the weekend

Have one of these mate and cheer up -->

Cheers.

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Australia's Senate demands access to NBN business case that doesn't exist

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Re: Bingo!

Thanks for diving in - we probably ought to get around to discussing the subject at some stage.

I'm personally happy with "schlep" - I see it as a word from en_US via Yiddish? - a burden or heavy thing, "a downer" maybe. However, we all have a good grasp of our own en_XX dialect and a tenuous grasp of most of the others. I shudder to think what the intersection of all that lot looks like nowadays.

Although I personally love to use one word where many would do the job better to a wider audience, I am not a journo. The process that lead to "doctrinaire" might be better served with your original thoughts. "biased" and "political reasons" always look natural together in a sentence in any language.

Thanks for the write up and enjoy your hols.

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Re: Bingo!

Ahh an answer - cheers mate. I can get pretty pedantic at 0100 after hitting the plonk.

Our common language diverged pretty smartly a few years back and both have borrow words and phrases, which is a good thing. That's part of the reason (in my opinion) why it has been so successful as a lingua franca (Frenchies' language!!) Add to that en_SA, en_NZ, en_CA int al and even the backwater represented by en_US and you get real hybrid vigor. Also, you should hear what the Eastern Europeans, Asians and others bring to the party - linguistically - here, it's fantastic. Obviously that is also happening down your way as well

However, if you lot go around dropping a word like doctrinaire into conversation on a regular basis then colour me deeply concerned.

I'll be sure to return the little doggies' biccies. Slipping? - you're having a laugh.

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Re: Bingo!

"Seems like a justified use of an economical word to me"

Do you mean it is a term used in economics or it's a short word! I'm 40-something (hence spoken, read and listened quite a lot) and happy (bordering on ecstatic) with English being an extremely malleable language with many different flavours and nuances brought on by its ubiquitousness.

When I encounter a strange word I normally manage to work out what it means by the context and that was missing here. That normally means that it's a word from a dialect remote from my own en_GB eg en_US and co. I'm not talking about pidgins here - that's a whole different mixed metaphor.

This beast (doctrinaire) is alien to me and I'm intrigued as to where it came from and was ranting about why the article's author would think that it is in common parlance on a widely read .co.uk website.

Cheers

Jon

PS I'll take your trumped up and add "charges". Then I'll add "literally" and "tap" as simple insanities of language. The first for a blatantly wrong modern meaning and the second for too many meanings.

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Re: this whole situation is one gaint clustf**f

"Whilst the public are holding a stripped copper wire"

At least you, personally, know how to terminate it effectively. Judging by your spelling you put a morse tapper thingie on it STOP

Sorry, couldn't resist 8)

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