* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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Re: What if...?

"If the device is plugged in at a separate address, you will need to be covered by a licence at that address."

Echoes of the TV licencing for students away from the parental home.

You didn't need a separate licence as long as you used a battery powered telly, rechargeable batteries not allowed.

Knowing what a dent radio batteries put in my pocket money as a kid, I wasn't going there.

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Hackers steal millions from ATMs using 'just their smartphones'

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"At what point in the article does it mention anything about ATMs with wifi?

The last sentence in the article.

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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"There were no computers at my grammar school in the late 1960s"

Circa 1971 someone "kindly" donated a computer that had been decommissioned from their workplace.

It was delivered in bits so what could have been an exciting project was thwarted by the cost of getting it put back together again by an engineer familiar with that kit.

It was still in bits a couple of years later when I left.

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SCSI and goats

"SCSI is NOT magic. There are fundamental technical reasons why it is necessary to sacrifice a young goat to your SCSI chain now and then."

-- John Woods

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Re: Been there, done that

"Replace Compaq and IBM with HP, and been there as well."

Hat trick!

All three, plus DEC and spinoffs thereof.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: Perhaps ....

"They did not want to re-learn."

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"the employees will want a machine like the one at work"*

I believe that this business about not wanting to re-learn is something of a fallacy. There was also a fear of the unknown and many opted for something they knew would work.

The massive and swift adoption of smart phones and tablets says the opposite of "Don't want to learn something new".

* Being forced to use a Windows PC at work was what made me look for alternatives for home. I didn't want the hassle I had at work in my free time.

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Since you love Flash so much, Adobe now has TWO versions for you

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Re: Administrate

Well this is in my OS X Dictionary:

administrate |ədˈmɪnɪstreɪt|

verb

less common term for administer ( sense 1). the person administrating the database system has left the company. the cost of administrating VAT.

ORIGIN

mid 16th cent.: from Latin administrat- ‘managed’, from the verb administrare (see administer) .

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: Law of Unintended Consequences

"Not once they classify envelopes as a form of end-to-end encryption"

Postcards only.

After all, you've nothing to hide.

Have you?

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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Generation gap: Tupperware is so 60s/70s to me

"Tupperware is so 80s"

Ahem. According to Wiki

Tupperware spread to Europe in 1960 when Mila Pond hosted a Tupperware party in Weybridge, England

As result of our parents' devotion to the stuff, my generation saw Tupperware as distinctly uncool.

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A bad day for DBAs: MIT boffins are replacing you with a mere spreadsheet

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SIEUFERD

It'll not sell well until it gets a pronounceable name.

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macOS, iOS betas out today

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The risk isn't so great

"In short, given the risk that running a beta always brings with it, only the most dedicated fanbois are likely to find it worthwhile at this stage."

It's not really a risk if you have a spare machine to put it on, or you could stick it into a VM.

I can see plenty of developers going to the effort to see if their apps need reworking.

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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flying cupboards

"last thing you want are cupboards flying around all over the shop.."

Misread that as "ship" and had a mental picture of what happens if you don't fasten stuff securely when afloat,

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I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

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Gercher

"I would like to know what Gercher derives from"

Probably short for something like "Get yer arse/ugly mug out of here", cf "Gotcha".

also see Gercha! - "London Slang: a mild threat as if to say 'what a load of rubbish !' or 'get out of here !'."

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Deploying software every day is... actually... OK – what devs tell their real-life friends

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Re: Redefining failures as success

"Multiple deployments a day?"

It sounds like what I know as "Continuous fire-fighting" i.e. putting out lots of small fires rather than addressing the cause.

It can be satisfying because it keeps you busy, busy, busy, but ultimately, how productive is it?

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Docker taps unikernel brains to emit OS X, Windows public betas

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Not so fast

"Yeah, we know it's called macOS these days, not OS X."

Early days yet. I'm planning on using "macOS" to refer to the new version, not the current one.

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Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

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Adobe *still* can't get the name of Apple's OS right

From the Adobe Security Advisory

"A critical vulnerability (CVE-2016-4171) exists in Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.242 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Chrome OS."

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Google Research opens machine intelligence base in Zurich

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Re: Why is there a picture of Lake Geneva...

They've fixed that now with a piccie of the River Limmat in Zurich.

Plus some unknown lass.

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

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Re: ZFS

While I'm sure Oracle's purchase of Sun was part of Apple's decision to drop ZFS, they withdrew from the server market at the same time.

OS X 10.7 (Lion Server), the first one to be bundled as a (significantly cheaper) add-on to the base OS was released in February 2011 without ZFS).

Many are happily using ZFS now, but letting it loose on consumer kit 5 years ago was going to be one hell of a risk.

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British Airways slaps 'at risk' sticker on nearly half its app delivery dept

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BA

"Having flown with them many times, I always have sympathy for BA customers"

I've avoided BA for many years now and I'd consider paying a premium to go with someone else.

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Update your buggy Samsung PC bloatware to plug privilege bug

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Re: I would never

Quality stores never add this shit, but the mass market ripoff stores do in spades and should be avoided IMO.

The last HP laptop I had to deal with was full of the stuff, from HP itself.

After wiping and reinstalling from the manufacturer's disc, it took me over an hour to identify and zap all the extra crud HP had installed.

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Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS

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Re: MacOS

As far as I can tell, Adobe never cottoned on to the fact that the new name was "OS X", repeatedly calling it Mac OS.

Perhaps it was easier for Apple to change the name back than convince Adobe to change.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Re: Just closed

"The big question is 'were you able to wipe all your data', or is it still there lurking on their servers for MS to slurp as necessary?"

A recent set of emails from LinkedIn would suggest that yes, they still have some details (e.g. email addy) related to the account i closed about 4 years ago.

That might have been no more than a last minute drive to boost member numbers before the takeover, but we'll probably never know.

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Re: Cortana?

In the not too distant future...

$ apt-cache install Cortana

Building dependency tree

Reading state information... Done

The following extra packages will be installed:

Windows-10 Windows-Telemetry

Suggested packages:

Office-365

The following NEW packages will be installed:

Cortana Windows-10 Windows-Telemetry

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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"We voted"

"No-one under 45 voted lad."

The EC Referendum was on 5 June 1975.

The minimum age of anyone eligible to vote was 18.

Therefore only those born on or before 5 June 1957 were allowed to vote.

I make it "No one under 59 voted."

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Aquaboffins sink lost Greek city theory

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Re: Atlantis claims were obviously wrong

"BOOMwupsygeologicalfaultgluglluglug"

That phrase is worth 100 upvotes on its own.

Sadly I can only give you one.

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

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Re: This Bond chap, who wouldn't give you any useful information

"was his first name really Simon?"

It's a little known fact that in the Bond family those with names from A to M go into the Foreign Office and those with names from N to Z go into the Home Office.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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Re: There is *something* somewhere ...

"Or perhaps on a person's wrist with a band to anchor it."

When I enquired of a young lady why she used her phone for the time rather than a wristwatch, her answer was "A wristwatch ruins the suntan".

Sometimes you just can't win.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Still copying Apple

"Samsung Kies regularly provoked kernel panics on mine. Got rid of the Mac and got a PC instead, problem solved."

The 2013 version of Samsung Kies for OS X was such a pile of poo that I got rid of it. Blowing it away was considerably cheaper than replacing my Mac.

The Credits file hadn't been updated from the out of the box Xcode defaults for the time:

"Engineering: Some people ... With special thanks to: Mom"

Samsung Kies: Even the Developers Don't want to Take Credit!

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Re: Sleep and Hibernate have always been iffy

"To everyone saying You just have to live with sleep and hibernation problems, go and try an Apple MacBook."

Exactly. I was doing this with an Apple iBook back in 2002, though the longevity of batteries back then was a limiting factor.

My main work nowadays is on a desktop, where I suspend and resume virtual machines under VMware Fusion on a regular basis. The guest systems (various flavours of Linux, *nix and Windows) cope extremely well with disconnecting then reconnecting their virtual networks as part of the suspend/resume process.

Once you get used to the way suspend and resume "just works" you wonder how you ever did without it.

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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HR works its own brand of magic again

"To thank us, they paid us all double time for the hours worked, specifically including the hour skipped when the clocks went forward."

HR managed to do the reverse of that once.

I was a subcontractor on this one:

The project was a server upgrade for a customer during an Easter weekend plant shut down, and the agreed pay was x per day for 7 days straight, to include customer training after the upgrade.

HR somehow got involved and insisted that we'd want Good Friday through to Easter Monday as an unpaid holiday.

I politely said "No thanks".

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Re: January 1st?

"Or, another variation - has anyone ever worked out what HR does?"

a) They write contracts of employment

b) They do the legal paperwork required for redundancies

It's worth keeping an eye on the size of the HR department. A sudden expansion is a good indicator that redundancies could be imminent.

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Victims stranded as ID thieves raid Aussie driver licences

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According to my German-English dictionary

Mit der Dummheit kämpfen selbst Götter vergebens.

With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Re: Great article

ts not Victorian technology. Its Edwardian (Heath) technology IIRC.

I thought Ted Heath was a lawyer. Or Big Band leader, take your pick.

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Salesforce.com crash caused DATA LOSS

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"Fair call. Maybe I should have said WTF was Saleforce doing allowing new data to be created while its systems were too fragile to handle it."

That has me thinking of a particular system outage which happened just before the start of work one day.

The post mortem revealed that what they should have done was say "Let's cease processing right now and start restoring", but instead they waited for someone senior enough to arrive and make that decision.

Unfortunately by the time that decision was made, things were in a real mess.

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Re: Oh Boy !

+ "central role"

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Nearly two billion in the bank and yet this VC is slowly losing his beach-blocking battle

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Re: Is he German by any chance?

Nope

"Vinod Khosla (Gurmukhi: ਵਿਨੋਦ ਖੋਸਲਾ; born 28 January 1955) is an Indian/American businessman..."

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"How in the fsck do you remember what you read 40+ years ago to the month?"

I cannot answer for the OP but I can often associate events with places* and work back from there to an approximate date. Perhaps the OP read it while on holiday?

* admittedly this works better for me with music than stuff I read.

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

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Re: Needn't stay on paper/micro

"Having worked on many very large backscan conversions for financial clients (jobs with resultant repositories in the 10s of TB), it's very possible that any old paper, fiche or film files would have been converted at some point in the past and form a fair chunk of this 2.6TB."

Yep, did a much smaller project like that back in 1992, which is 24 years ago. Think legal departments who wanted easy access to contracts stretching back years.

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Re: meh

"Still do not understand what is that MS is trying to accomplish here. (Other than causing damage to Canonical)"

Going on past form, many partners have come off much the worse for collaborating with MS.

I'd be quite worried if I were Canonical.

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Adobe will track you across all your devices with new co-op project

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Re: Slurping and Subscription? ...Time to boot Adobe, M$_Win10, Autodesk etc...

Ooh, new word:

Slurpscription.

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Pope kicks off Easter week by triumphal entry into ... Instagram

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Top rocket exec quits after telling the truth about SpaceX price war

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Re: Huh???

"You guys lack imagination. You have four choppers with a giant net strung between them. The rocket just falls into the net. No mess. No risk. No danger."

I've perhaps seen too many episodes of "Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner", but the snag in that is the bit where the rocket hits the net and the helicopters get abruptly pulled towards each other,

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'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

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Re: Bah!

Have an up vote for the Cobol observation.

Another problem I came across in Cobol days was the amount of folklore around about what constructs were efficient or not, usually gleaned from a previous course for a different compiler written for a different hardware architecture.

It made sense to benchmark such claims yourself, and it was not uncommon that they turned out to be false for the compiler/hardware combination you were now using,

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Re: Effing 'Merikans

"The only standard date format is yyyymmdd:hhmmss (for storing dates)"

You forgot the time zone or offset from UTC

And for human readability it's better with dashes, No colons in the time field when used as part of filenames please - that causes cross-platform problems.

/pedant

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Re: Not all of them...

The first three letters of the month name works in English, but not French.

Jan, Jan,

Feb, Fev

...

Jun, Jui

Jul, Jui -- ooops

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Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

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Re: 'Keeps trying to sell me something called 'DevOps'...

And bacon sarnies.

Just preaching to the converted, really.

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

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Re: The price baloons. To what exactly?

"I expect we Europeans will have to wait until 22/July for delivery!"

Our maths teacher always told us that 22/7 wasn't accurate enough.

Which is quite appropriate for advertised delivery dates :-)

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Re: The price baloons. To what exactly?

"To something that's not π-based. You missed the hints. 314GB? $31,42? Helloooooo?"

It was also announced on 14th March, which of course is 3/14 in US date format.

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Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

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Windows at work meant I wanted to avoid it at home

"it is time to realise that people who spend 8 hours a day working on a windows PC for their job, are familiar with Windows and applications, so they want windows at home too."

Not quite so fast.

I started looking for an alternative to Windows for home precisely because I was using a Windows PC for so many hours a day at my job. I specifically did not want to repeat the experience at home.

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Email pioneer Raymond Tomlinson dies aged 74

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Re: Food for thought

Which reminds me that in some countries the @ symbol in email addresses is voiced as "strudel".

Affenklammer in German - try looking at it with your head tilted by 90° and it sort of looks like an ape holding a wrench over its head.

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