* Posts by itzman

1583 posts • joined 28 Jun 2011

San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: Typical San Francisco...

Leave Windows out of this...

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Frisco thurd world?

If te definition is completely unaligned with western civilisation, and not aligned with the soviet bloc, that's san Francisco to a T. Its so unaligned its positively bent.

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Re: Friction Piles

Concrete piles don't contain reinforcing steel as the stresses are compressive, not shear.

Euler's slender column theory?

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Windows cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell

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Re: MICROSOFT IS OUT OF CONTROL

And I doubt they'd care. They're Micro-shaft. They're *POWERFUL*. They can DICTATE THE TERMS, and FORCE COMPLIANCE. Why SHOULD they care?

Well...Brexit. Donald Trump.

In some sort of weird 'life Imitates Art' the Users are fighting back against the MCP.

Actually, I suspect that what has happened is that some psychological threshold has been passed, and now >50% of people who think at all, have decided that they distrust being told what to think by people who are clearly much more privileged than they are.

M$ mistake is to think that just because once they were the only game in town, means that they still are.We bought MS because it had stuff we wanted. We carried on buying it, because we had no choice, even when it had optional stuff we didn't want. Now we resent paying for it because it is imposing stuff we really don't want on us.

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Continuing on a theme of...

..multiple solutions I dont need to problems I dont have...

...Surely anyone smart enough to actually use a command line has moved from the dark side already?

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Re: Wouldn't want a power shell

"dates back maybe 20 years.. 4NT."

Is that Blackwood?

(I wonder how many will 'get' that)

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Re: @Homer ... Missing item in the series?

if you have physical access you can boot a live DVD, remove the hard drive...cone the hard drive...

Its a bit like saying that in addition to jemmying the doors, you could also smash a window to get into your house...

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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As long as you use windows

..you need malware protection.

Its desirable elsewhere. With windows its mandatory.

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Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own

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surely the correct flag is the ManBearPig?

nm

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FBI drops bombshell, and investigation: Clinton still in the clear

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Re: I'm glad

No, its mis-spelled, that's all.

Should be 'feisty'

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James Dyson's new startup: A university for engineers that doesn't suck

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Re: Sorry to be a doubter...

The only think wrong with a Henry is there is no Tux on the front.

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Brexit affects....

..the whole world , forever,

In a deterministic Universe, what doesn't?

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Standing out from the crowd with an Android phone? You and 90 per cent of the market

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Re: Numbers of handsets is not everything

Apple probably made more profit from their 40 odd million devices than the rest of the industry put together. Does not seem to get a mention in the report. I wonder why?

No one likes to be reminded that they were suckered into buying overpriced junk?

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: What's truly important here...

Is to have an orange idiot, not a mafia godmother.

On balance idiots do less damage.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: I'm not surprised...

I'm still waiting for printer manufacturers to develop printer drivers for Linux!

You dont need a 'printer driver' for linux. It already exists as CUPS.

What you need are PPDS.

And if you have a winprinter that you bought for $20, then I argue that isn't a printer at all.

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Re: As long as Win10 continues to be a piece of spyware...@Jess

For WIN games, there is dual boot.

For everything else there is VirtualBox. (or WINE)

My WIN XP VM restores from 'saved machine state' in under 4 seconds. I have enough RAM to leave it permanently running, though I dont.

That's way quicker than rebooting to windows, which might be at least a minute, and with no possibility of cutting and pasting between linux/windows environments.

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Ghost of DEC Alpha is why Windows is rubbish at file compression

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Re: Yet another thing Microsoft sucks at

To really grasp why Microsoft is so technically inept, you need to understand that it isn't actually a software development company, it's just a sales company, and salesmen make lousy software engineers.

Or, as we used to say 'Designed to sell, not to work'

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

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Tojours bolleaux, je dites..

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

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Re: Ah, the year 1 school of thought

Did we join the EU in 1946?

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The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

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For a moment there....

I thought the article was about Corbyns Labour party

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Decade-old SSH vuln exploited by IoT botnet armies to hose servers

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Re: SSH and Internet Facing Devices

Why would someone run an internet-facing device with SSH open to the world, in the first place?

Because it makes remote admin and remote access easy. Even from mobile devices that are not on reliable IP addresses.

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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I've been waiting.....

Until the reasons to buy either a smartphone or a tablet became overwhelming...

I am still waiting...

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PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

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Re: I've had the same broom for years!

theseus - yep. I never really get a 'new PC' it s continuous rolling upgrade, driven by hardware failure usually, although the SSD w\s a luxury..

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Unfortunate headline....

Apparently Donald Trump support is increasing...

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Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director

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What a very substandard article this is

Of all the places that are safe to be hacked, a nuclear power station is the safest.

A hint of anything and they shut down.

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Roboats hunt 'mines' and 'submarines' on Ex Unmanned Warrior

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Re: These devices are why it pointless to spend billions on 3 or 4 new nuclear subs

ER, they already have thousands of e.g. sonobouys and various other detection bits operating for those subs. Putting them in autonomous craft scarcely makes any difference.

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FT journo roasts channel leaders for spouting bullshit

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I remember Lucy Kellaway.

She is a hoot.

Some very smart ladies at the FT. Isabella Kaminski. And the one who now runs half the paper whose name escapes me.

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

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Re: Who needs sick pay and holiday time

People who are so unemployable their companies wouldn’t otherwise have given them any.

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Re: Sad vindictive political discourse which appeals to the worst in people

the nasty party has a licence to hop into their time machine and travel back 200 years when it comes to everything.

Oh come on. Corbyn's socialism is only 100 years old.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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Re: Why would anyone have thought IoT was a good thing?

Why were you slashing on a traction control sensor?

Just curious...

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Re: What is 'Smart'?

I am dubious that anything mass produced that is claimed to be Smart, actually is.

Like Babies,you mean

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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Re: Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant and Vengeance

Nukey McNukeface?

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RE: no way that ANY defensive missile system or jet fighter will take out an ICBM

I think you are mistaken.

Anti missile missiles exist, and work, as demonstrated way back in te first gulf war, when they were deployed against tactical nukes of short range, and worked. Do you really think technology has stood still?

Why do you think MIRV technology exists? Because single warheads are vulnerable to point defences.

"The bomber will always get through" was shown to be complete BS in WWII. Throw enough flak into the air and there isn't any space left for bombers. Same with ABMs. If you have enough, warheads won't get through.

ICBMS tipped with MIRV nuclear warheads are there in quantity to make sure that some get through. Enough to discourage attack. But there are plenty of ways to defend.

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Re: Maybe stop exporting arms ....

48 upvotes at the time of writing shows the principles of belling that cat are alive and well.

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'Too big to fail' cloud giants like AWS threaten civilization as we know it

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Re: I don't get it...

Everything fails. Absolutely, but large monolithic systems that have a monopoly on almost all web services will be far more damaging when they fail.

Single point of failure for global IT.

And that, friends, is the problem with globalisation.

Removing the watertight doors from the ship of humanity to allow free movement is fine until you get holed beneath the water line. Then you really need compartmentalisation and to restrict the free movement of stuff that damages, be it people, malware or whatever.

I am seriously and sincerely more worried about building a post industrial global society that can be crashed with one single well targeted attack than I am about many many other things that occupy the front pages of the media.

IN fact at heart that was the main reason to vote brexit. Systems theory shows some horrendous failure modes on huge systems of which no part can function without reference to some other part. Quasi-autonomous smaller systems are resilient: They can function - perhaps in a more limited way - if the overall structure collapses.

Or if the overall structure is completely dysfunctional.

What we are seeing today, politically economically and technically, is what happens when global or near-global political corporate and technical entities get subverted by narrow interests, or disabled by targeted attacks. The shock waves roll round the world.

WE have rushed to embrace the benefits of globalisation, and its IT analogue, large distributed (but interconnected) cloud services.

Now we are about to learn the penalty.

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Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

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Re: Ignore the externalities, as usual

Nuclear waste storage has never been a problem. Anti nuclear propaganda however has proved insuperable.

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Re: we could be world leaders in renewables..

Why ever would we want to be?

That's a bit like wanting to be the first lemming over the cliff..

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Ladies in tech, have you considered not letting us know you're female?

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Re: Typical attitude from the unoppressed...

Typical attitude from the unoppressed...

"All my problems are down to my being unfairly oppressed".

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South Australian mega-storm blacks out whole state

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Re: Silly LNP are blaming renewable energy

Well it played a huge part in reducing resilience and stability.

If someone balances a pencil on its point and a stray draught knocks it over, of course its not the stupid person who balanced it, is it?

It was the fart.

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Windows printer bug fixed

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Re: Mountain tops?

Seriously, why do people pay good money for this stuff?

1/. Because it comes pre-installed and not having it is not an option

2/. Because installing anything else is work.

3/. Because everyone else has it.

4/. Because the world is full of people who make money out of fixing it.

5/. Because their games won't run on Linux (yet)

6/. Because their niche applications won't run on Linux (yet).

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'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

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Branson was a corporate shìt...

Of the first order, so what ever ethos he imbued his companies with is probably best expunged anyway.

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New Gnome emerges blinking into the sunlight

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Re: Old dog

Don't ask me, Mate ;-)

I find exactly the same. What is a desktop anyway? A place to launch programs from and maybe a scratch directory to store stuff temporarily.

As far as I am concerned smart phones and touch sensitive sceens are not Wow! New! but 'How can we make computers smaller and cheaper and still have some utility in them'

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Pi is a maths symbol (Pendant Alert!)

no, TT is the Tourist Trophy - an Isle of Man motorbike race.

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IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

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Re: The mythical NAT router firewall

It IS the NAT function that blocks incoming, because it HAS to.

By default there is no map between and internal IP address: port and an external one unless the internal; machine has requested an outgoing connection in which case the router assigns one until the connection is closed.

NAT enforces a default of 'drop all incoming connections' .

That may not be what it was actually designed to do, but that is in fact what it does.

IP4 addresses behind NAT are UNROUTEABLE. You cant reach them, and unless they make an outbound connection, you dont even know for sure they are there. And even if they do, you cant be sure which internal machine is originating the connection.

NAT is what makes consumer level broadband safe enough to do e-commerce over. The thought of machines with clearly identifiable unique routeable IP6 addresses on the public Internet, relying on user set up firewalls to protect them, scares me ****less.

If I ever setup V6 I will still want a NAT equipped router between me and it.

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

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Re: Nothing funny about comic relief.

Well exactly. All the charities you have heard of are a scam. Meanwhile people continue to do good work for nothing all over the place.

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'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

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Re: why is it that every single piece of the critters is made out of food?

Darling, I dont even know what a twinkie is....

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

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Odd...

that no one actually reported, demanded or even questioned the validity any of the assertions, which could be established by running - say 1-000 people through the tests to see if, actually it did reveal any statistically significant differences.

Presumably that us a risk no politically correct person dare take.

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Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

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Re: 8 bit sound

AM radio typically had 40-50sBN S/N which is about 100-300:1 which straddles 8 bit (256) pretty well.

And a bandwidth of around 5kHz absolute tops, on a 9Khz carrier spacing IIRC, with 3Khz being where it started to fall off a cliff.

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

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This is the converstaion:

Engineering team leader: "This engine will never pass emissions without either detuning or massive urea injection."

Management: "You are not paid to come up with insoluble problems: You are paid to come up with solutions. Fix it."

End of management's involvement in the 'solution'

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Re: Disgusted

Actually particulates don't cause acid rain.

NOx and SOx might though

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