* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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Re: You could get away with it 25 years ago

"Today, you're just one web search away from being thoroughly debunked, right after spinning your tale."

There were other ways before search engines came along.

The snobbish pub landlord who liked everyone to think he had hit the rank of Major in his army days turned out to have reached the dizzy heights of corporal.

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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Re: What are the odds?

"Would be better to cover the switch."

Shop floor version: Use Araldite,

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Alphabetti spaghetti: What Wall Street isn't telling you about Google

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Re: Can anyone having the right knowledge tell us

"they're paying insane amounts of money just in the hope that someone might look at those ads."

There was apparently a saying in the (pre-internet) advertising world:

"We know that half of an advertising campaign is a waste of money, but we can never work out which half."

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Think of it like this

"Microsoft need you to "upgrade" to try and make the numbers look healthy....."

Someone somewhere will get a bonus if you upgrade.

They don't give a rat's arse what it costs you in time, aggravation or money.

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Ooh a business opportunity!

"I'd like to as one poster has already stated, feed them cattle shit (including dung beetles) until they either come to their senses or die. I don't really care which."

My venture into organic farming could prove more profitable than I thought.

How many gallons do you want?

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

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"Hum, Let's sort out the digital money first."

Let's also sort out Identity fraud:

"Millions of people are affected by identity theft each year. It might start with a mysterious credit card charge, a bill you don’t recognize, or a letter from the IRS that says you already got your refund — even though you didn’t."

A cashless society carries the risk that you have all your eggs in one basket.

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Re: Transport

"There is currently a surge towards card payment of (eg) train fares."

Something a recent visitor from Oz had problems with was the lack of ticket machines taking cash. Yes he could use his Australian credit card but that incurred a "transaction charge" for each and every use abroad.

It's another way to make your country more expensive for tourists, which at some point means that more of them will go elsewhere, and tourist income will be down for hotels and restaurants too.

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"f the publican believes that they took £1000 but the cashless provider claims they only took £900, how do you prove it?

With cash you do a recount of both ends - till roll and contents. Can't do that in a cashless system."

There's nothing to stop you having a till roll recording every transaction in a cashless system. You need that information for replenishing your stock and checking that some of that hasn't "wandered".

The cashless provider does NOT get to tell you how much you have sold. You keep your records, they keep theirs, and they are reconciled on a regular basis.

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GitHub: We're sorry (again) about (another) outage

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things "built on deployment"

Agreed, stuff that's "built on deployment" can be a real pain in the neck.

The ability to work completely offline is one of the main advantages of tools like git for folks like me.

There's also an unfortunate trend to require constant internet access for product documentation. I've got acres of disk space on multiple devices here, making it crazy to insist I'm online all the time.

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Facebook tells Belgian government its use of English invalidates privacy case

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Re: Two can play at this game

"Nope, still don't understand it [cookie] in the context of computers. Can we have our own Britsih English word please?"

A quick dodge into Wiki reveals that an HTTP Cookie derives from the term "Magic cookie" which in turn derives from "Fortune Cookie", a biscuit served as dessert which is accompanied by a piece of paper containing a "fortune". Curiously this originated in Chinese restaurants in the US, although the practice is unknown in China.

I.e. it's a cultural use of the word and specific to the US.

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Re: Lingua Franca?

@ gerdesj

"Nice, Chrome underlined boeuff (above, corrected now) for me and would have offered the correct speling if I'd right clicked. I've just used a dictionary!"

I've been doing that for years with Firefox on various platforms.

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Two can play at this game

English terms like "cookie"

As a Brit, I don't recognise the term "cookie".

Oh look, I have found it in my OS X English Dictionary:

1 N. Amer. a sweet biscuit.

Nope, still don't understand it in the context of computers. Can we have our own Britsih English word please?

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ORIGIN: early 18th cent.: from Dutch koekje ‘little cake’, diminutive of koek .

They've shot themselves in the foot with that one.

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Dutch computer words

"Actually as a Dutchman I'm having a hard time trying to think of a IT related term not taken over from English in the Dutch language! "

I recall "gegeven" or "gegevens" being used for "data", but that was back in 1982. "Gegeven" is similar to the French use of "données" for "data".

I also remember "invoer" for "input"

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Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles – security prof

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Re: Just use firewalls and intrusion detection systems ..

"The answer, the prof said, was that cars had to have automatic wireless software updates to fix problems as they are discovered"

Why wireless when there's a physical port you can plug a cable into?

And we've seen how automatic software updates can bork systems.

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Re: why?

But the two networks have to talk to each other....

Why do they?

It probably started with a very simple concept such as dimming the radio display when you switched the lights on. Feature creep will have done the rest.

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How to save Wikipedia: Start paying editors ... or write for machines

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Re: Catch 22

I've fallen foul of this one myself; it was removed under the "no original research" rule

The Wikipedia:No original research rule:

"Wikipedia articles must not contain original research. The phrase "original research" (OR) is used on Wikipedia to refer to material—such as facts, allegations, and ideas—for which no reliable, published sources exist"

My example is an entry written by someone about a village. Someone has clearly gone to some considerable effort to write about a place they are familiar with, yet it falls foul of this rule.

Idle, West Yorkshire

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Sight for sore eyes: Dropbox lands on Win 10 with iris recognition

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Re: @ Halfmad

"I think they deserve some credit for that personally, very few companies anywhere in the world would bother with it."

Yes and no. They'll lose a lot of customers in the EU if they simply accede to US requests for data. They aren't doing this from altruism.

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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LAN connectivity useful, internet not so much

I don't give a rat's arse about this being "Internet" enabled, local network controlled is just fine thanks...

Exactly. I can see the point of getting at, say, my central heating via a LAN, but really don't need it connected to t'internet.

Having had a kitchen which was a long trek from the living room, a remote controlled hob and oven together with monitoring cameras would be infinitely more useful than an internet connected fridge, and nothing more than a LAN connection would be required.

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Most recently a couple in their 60' s who installed Linux Mint without assistance

"Most recently a couple in their 60' s who installed Linux Mint without assistance..."

LOL!

Many over-60s went through the hell of fighting with DOS config files and Windows 3/3.1.

Don't underestimate the technical skills of that generation.

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Put your private parts on display if you want to keep earning a living

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Re: The BrownCloud...

Got to love the caption on that article:

Man Builds Chair That Tweets His Farts, Single-Handedly Justifies Twitter's Existence

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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'Or it would have done, 66% of the screen real estate was taken up with a big banner saying "Microsoft recommends you upgrade to Windows 10!".'

Did you get a photo?

A picture is worth a thousand words :-)

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'Wipe everything clean ... Join us ...' Creepy poem turns up in logs of 30 million-ish servers

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A new means of publication?

The idea of a new means of publishing literature and art does have a certain appeal.

It's not for everyone though. The masses using web hosting solutions that don't provide access to logs simply won't see this.

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Cat fight: Watch out YouTube, here comes Facebook

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Re: Difference

"Most YouTube users are now logged in either in Chrome or via the mobile apps."

As I have just discovered with a couple of new OS installations, YouTube now insists you allow identifying cookies, even if you aren't logged in.

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Flare-well, 2015 – solar storm to light up skies on New Year's Eve

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Re: Obligatory warning...

Beat me to it!

Lock yer Triffids up tonight.

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Dear Santa: Can gov.UK please stop outsourcing?

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Re: Law against offshoring

" That's 100 people in the UK not being employed and having to be paid out of work benefits, healthcare costs (to which they are not contributing) and perhaps housing benefit. "

In the context of councils outsourcing, that housing benefit is of course payable by the councils. It's a hidden cost that ought to be considered, although it's probably difficult to pin down accurately.

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Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

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Re: Build room.

"I have the feeling there some information missing."

Remote diagnostics tell me that the Christmas festivities have already started, with similar amounts of booze on offer as that summer's day,

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There's an epidemic of idiots who can't find power switches

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Fuses

"I once had that happen with a fitter, who should know better. He just kept replacing the fuse, then when they ran out of 3 amp fuses tried a 5 amp, then finally called me in. "

We once had a disk array fail. We checked the power and replaced the fuse in the 13 amp plug but still no joy, so we called out the hardware engineer.

He put the old fuse back and hey presto it fired into life.

We never did work out what had happened there.

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The case of the MSIE upgrade

Back in 2010/2011 as I recall, a new version of MSIE would arrive as part of a normal update and pop up a window asking for confirmation.

The trouble was that it popped that window up behind the current one, and apart from the lack of progress it wasn't obvious what was going on.

The trick was to look for an extra icon in the taskbar.

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Oracle ordered to admit on its website that it lost the plot on Java security

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Re: To fix this problem...

"With Linux, one should know how to use your distro's package management tools. I suspect most Apple users are not."

Having tried to remove Java from OS X, it isn't for the faint of heart. I wasn't 100% confident that I'd removed all traces of Java until I did a complete wipe and reinstall from scratch.

Neither was it easy as it should have been on the only Linux distro where I tried to get rid of it. I gave up because it was going to take out too many other components. That was a few years ago though (OpenOffice contained Java dependencies, even if you didn't intend to use those bits).

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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"What did I win?"

Congratulations! You just won a free upgrade!

:-)

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Re: Full Circle

"It sounds like you imagine hundreds of people enslaved in long shifts for pittance to service vast machines"

cf spending countless hours on Facebook et al, supplying them with content and metadata for free.

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Hapless Virgin Media customers face ongoing email block woes

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Re: I hope you're not with rackspace

"24x7x365"

Just to add to the confusion inherent in that, isn't next year a Leap Year?

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Red Hat launches dedicated enterprise cloud platform

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Mystified by the "100GB of data"

"For $48,000 a year, the Linux distro provides a high-availability cluster with five nodes, four application nodes, 48TB of bandwidth, premium support, and 100GB of data."

What does the "100GB of data" represent here?

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No root for you! Google slams door on Symantec certs

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Re: Google alarmist?

"Symantec are million times worse, I have read their recent scare stories about android security."

Similarly, I read their recent scare story about OS X. One attack they emphasised could of course be remedied by using their products, but they managed to omit the simple truth that if you don't have Java installed, that attack is a non-issue.

Java hasn't been a part of the default installation of OS X for several years now.

I rest the case, M'Lud.

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All eyes on the jailbroken as iOS, Mac OS X threat level ratchets up

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Re: This oculd be due to the popularity of windows...

"Perhaps you meant "VMS and BSD", but that does undermine your argument a little. There hasn't been any DOS in Microsoft's OS products since Windows XP came out, whenever that was (I was still Mac-only in those days)."

Not quite. The culture of DOS malware simply moved to Windows as a target as the original DOS elements disappeared.

"The NT kernel was modelled on VMS."

"Modelled" is a far cry from "implemented like". The practice of passing arguments by descriptor didn't make it into NT, and new attack vectors such as Autorun were introduced.

Running everything from the Adminstrator account by default was never a good idea.

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Apple finally publishes El Capitan Darwin source

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Unless anyone has more accurate information...

Wki: Significant BSD descendants

"Apple Inc.'s Darwin, the core of OS X and iOS; built on the XNU kernel (part Mach, part FreeBSD, part Apple-derived code) and a userland much of which comes from FreeBSD"

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Telecoms provider Oricom working with NHS fraud officers in ongoing probe

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Had this debate with a US journalist a few years ago.

In the US, a corporation is always referred to as a singular entity, but in the UK we tend to think of the people who work there, hence plural on this side of the pond.

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Day 2: UK research network Janet still being slapped by DDoS attack

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Re: Strange behaviour

"The only website we could get was Google - we couldn't even reach our own web server which is in the same building. Bizarrely, in the next room, the only website they could get was Bing... how does that work?!"

I had a similar problem several years ago on my home web server. If I restarted the server on some other port than 80 it was fine, but restarting it on port 80 brought the problem back. I couldn't even get a connection from the same box.

I was later told it was a SYN flood attack. More recent switches and routers than I had then can protect against this attack.

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

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Re: Here you go M$

"Have all my eggs to place in your egg-spurtly managed basket."

FTFY

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VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

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Re: Interesting justification.

"Not all members of this forum live in a country with a mild climate like the UK's. "

My first lesson with screen wash in a colder climate:

1. Do buy screen wash that is advertised as coping down to minus 30°C (or whatever). Think wind chill.

2. Don't add water to it.

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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

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Re: Floppy drives?

"Surely the standard boot order should NOT be USB or removable devices before the HDD?"

The HP MIcroServer N40L has USB Priority set to High by default, and simply plugging a new backup drive in will cause it to look at that on the next reboot, even if you have previously set the boot order to look at the internal disks first.

Simple answer: Set the USB Priority to Low in the BIOS.

Not quite so straigtforward when you want to use the internal USB socket for booting on a permanent basis. Net booting or a hacked BIOS seem to be the real answer here.

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Cleaners unplugging computers for the vacuum cleaner

The trick is to leave the screen(s) on overnight. The cleaner will then realise what they've done when putting the plug back,

Did it once with 5 systems coming off one socket, and it never happened again.

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Re: Not very efficient "Can you send me a HD picture of front and rear of the racks?"

"Just emboss or raise the symbols so they are black on a black background because we just know everyone has bright lights pointing directly at the front panel and it's never dark there, no siree."

Anyone tried finding the supplied screwdriver plus drive mounting screws in an HP MicroServer in a dark corner of a server room?

Black on black.

And yes, mobile phones were banned in that server room.

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Re: "...designers know better..."

The gazillion optical drives with the insert/eject button underneath the tray are a testament to saving 5 cents per drive.

The manufacturers probably saved a few million over the years with that design, but every single user pays a price when pushing the button with the tray in the ejected position.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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"Windows knows my email address so I can log in, so it can download my emails, so I can buy stuff."

Some of us prefer to have separate email addresses for different levels of trust.

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Ex-IT staff claim Disney fired them then gave their jobs H1-B peeps

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Re: We all know...

"Finally they will lose the deal to an undercutting rival Indian firm and the whole lot will start again."

Or. They'll move it all "into the cloud".

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Dum dum dum - another cloud bites the dust (Adobe's photo cloud)

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What short memories

the Bean Counters ... want you out at the first opportunity, in order to "reduce the cost of IT"

The whole reason for my biggest project in the early 1980s was that the customer wanted to get away from the high costs of using a third party data processing service.

Just see what happens once the "cloud providers" think they have got you well and truly locked in.

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North Korea is capable of pwning Sony. Whether it did is another matter

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Talent availability

"That all said, I absolutely believe North Korea has the capability to do this."

Agreed. Dunno about North Korea, but many developing countries have programmes to send their brightest students to Western universities for a start.

"Anyone who has the resources to hire a full-time research team and a pair of decent developers can build credible offensive hacking capabilities. This means that most 50-individual companies on the planet theoretically have the resources to build both malware and network-based deployment capabilities."

I'd actually put that at less than 50. A team of a dozen developers/testers can produce some very sophisticated software. Add admin, sales and managers to get to 20-ish. That figure is based on my own experience.

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