* Posts by Rusty 1

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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

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Re: Ticket to slide

Asterisk, armed with an appropriate set of phrases is waiting. Bring it on!

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In brave new 5G world, data centres are pizza boxes... or football fields

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Big multi-storey pizzas!

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Major Tim Peake comes home to a gastronaut's Sunday roast

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So that's the starter. What's for the main course?

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Lester Haines: RIP

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A token

Is there a single token, of any nature, through which Lester may be remembered and identified by?

I have tried to think of one for many hours, but my eyes keep filling up.

In my mind, he is a legend. That will do.

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For the many wonderful articles you have written, you will never be forgotten.

Some of the most memorable involved Rockall. They had me gripped. You understood the challenges through your experiences - that is gold.

For all that you have attempted, achieved, and cooked, I salute you, sir.

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

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Re: Points for effort....

Maybe no bonus score, but I'll reckon they have a massive payload of flight data to analyse and benefit from, so they still come out way ahead.

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TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

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FAIL

I mentioned in a comment on an earlier thread about how difficult it would be with typical domestic connectivity to be exposed to incoming threats, what with NAT and sensible router defaults.

Now it is clear - I understand that people are installing waldos on their PCs left, right, and centre, and *trusting a third party* with authentication and access, to provide incoming access over established outbound connections to that third party, bypassing all natural security. And being surprised by the outcome. Oh ghod.

There is always a weakest link. Doesn't matter who owns it, it's there. The more links, the more likely one is weaker that you might expect or like.

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US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers – and yes, that's a bad thing

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Re: IBM vs. Microsoft way of thinking...

Bang on the money Herby.

The operation of a modern, "idiosyncratic", C++ program is so difficult, bordering on impossible, to reason about given its source. Developers tend to cut-n-paste from previous (possibly simpler, and definitely different systems), and rely of test-driven-development approaches even when that may be utterly unsuitable for the application in question.

The legendary C.A.R. Hoare knew about this a few decades ago: "There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult. It demands the same skill, devotion, insight, and even inspiration as the discovery of the simple physical laws which underlie the complex phenomena of nature."

The first method involves engineers. The second, code monkeys.

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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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Re: Uninteresting, but simple test...

Something I find intriguing about this (potential) suggestion is how to go about achieving it.

Assuming a domestic environment, every router I've come across (OK, not so many - a couple of Zooms, a few from BT, and a bunch from Draytek), really are plug-and-play with complete blocks on incoming connections. You have to fight (sometimes hard) to permit incoming connections.

Just what are people doing to be exposed to intrusions? Is it really as easy as walking naked into the whore pits of 'pork?

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Quiet cryptologist Bill Duane's war with Beijing's best

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The full story/book

Yes indeed.

This has been added to my list of things to check every year whether they exist.

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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Re: We're missing the important question here...

Space graffiti!

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Gravity

Can't they just turn gravity off for a bit, on a quiet afternoon, until the debris has spun away into somebody else's space?

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At the BBC, Agile means 'making it up as we go along'

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Re: At the BBC, Agile means 'making it up as we go along'

Well, yes, you make the most common mistake of saying "Agile" when perhaps you mean "agile". The latter meaning the weasels, agile as they are, will have weaseled off before anyone who does proper project management will have noticed.

"Agile", adjective, quick and well-coordinated in movement - describes the path of your cash.

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

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Re: I have largely given up sorting students.

Is sorting students such a complicated process that anyone is ever upset by it? Surely, a student has one or more attributes (such as name or average altitude on a Friday morning), and students are sorted by an attribute. Now this may well involve something called an index. Sorting is easy. Students, elephants, or badgers - it's all the same.

What were you saying? Do you think seriously think that badgers don't do backups?

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.XYZ files appeal brief

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One of them, or another, should

just use .xyzzy, and bask in all the glory that it entails.

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The Register to publish Mindful Sysadmin adult colouring book

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Re: Stock Up

You could pretend they are SGI workstations.

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Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

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Re: hear that

You mean Microsoft will do "an Oracle". Chip/socket count, core count, MHz, memory, all will be taxed.

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Ben Nevis embiggened by a metre

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I'm glad

I'm glad I climbed it last year. Harder work now!

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Apple fans take iPhone unlock protest to FBI HQ

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"Rallies in spport of..."

"spport"? Really? Did you forget to put tuppence ha'penny in the "what the chuff am I writing" meter?

I sppose you did.

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HP Inc Elite X3: Windows 10 phablet for enterprise-y types

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WTF?

IP67

"The x3 is IP67 tested, meaning it can take a four foot fall"

What? How is a four foot fall related to Ingress Protection? The clue is in the name.

Paul, the only possible way your article could make any sense is if you fixed your typo and continued your sentence thus: "The x3 is IP67 tested, meaning it can take a four foot tall dwarf blowing dust at it from under 15-100cm of water."

But that would be plain daft as you can't blow dust underwater.

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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Re: Wow! Just Wow!

Yep, 'specially as there can't have been any witnesses.

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

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WTF?

The BSD implementation is on version 1.2. Just how wrong were versions 1.0 and 1.1?

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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Alien

Suspicious

Isn't it mighty suspicious that "error 53" is only two away from "Area 51"? Not one away, as that would be too obvious, but two away.

And if you say it quickly, "error" could sound like "area".

It's a signal! They are coming!

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Apple yanks international travel plugs over shock worries

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Facepalm

Just how hard is it

to design and manufacture this type of device?

Ah, no, I know what it is: they're using the wrong type of plastic!

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Microsoft struggles against self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage

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Re: MS Release process

Surely just no awkward and fiddly diagnostics like "the scope of this variable could be reduced".

Some of those bigger and scarier messages like "is read before written", "unreachable" and "unresolved reference" are just too gnarly to wrangle with!

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Data centers dig in as monster storm strikes America's East Coast

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Just the one. And a bag of limes and a bottle of Mescal.

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Re: Planet?

Well, if it's anything like the Kessel Run, about 12 parsecs?

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Gastronomic opportunities

Oh distant ninth, will you provide us with an unknown flesh that will complement the surf and turf, golden eagle, and giant panda we have here already? If so, we'll find the helium and be right over.

If it's all flora, no worries, we have sprouts already.

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Council of Europe gets tough on net neutrality

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But what if the assumed common ISP of the business and home clients has separate contracts upstream for the different clients (for example, they are a reseller) - perhaps they use different ISPs upstream? Pretty reasonable, if you pay for a specific quality of service.

Do you realistically expect that everyone who pays for internet connectivity gets *exactly* the same quality of service. You might well get "up to 45Mbps" - and you may well get quite a few bps less than that.

You want a specific QoS, you pay for a leased line. Yes, that'll cost you a lot, but you'll get what you wanted.

How many organisations do you think sit between your web browser (you bashing in "theregister.co.uk") and the page appearing? It's probably quite a few. Do you really think that all of them should provide a "fair" and "equal" service to all clients? Oh bother, there's that term "fair". Some may have paid more to be "preferred" - that's quality of service! That's commerce! It's here to stay.

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

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Re: the problem with drones...

Why should I have to go to a local R/C airfield to test out my crawling/climbing RC cockroach? If I want to roam the 'hood in search of 'roach fodder, that's what I'll do, thank you very much.

Who ever heard of a flying cockroach! The lunacy of it all!

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"... Boggs is ..."

Oh do please tell us that other parties were Bunce and Bean.

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Patch now! Flash-exploitin' PC-hijackin' attack spotted in the wild by Huawei bods

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Re: First Job

Oh no! You were the poor sap who had to install the patches, *and* stand the stench of the cheese!?

There must be better opportunities weaving baskets.

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Re: First Job

Surely it's not a surprise that this has happened? If you follow in the path of Limburger, you will step in it at some time and experience all that that entails?

Obvious really.

Surely your admin will have sorted all of this out anyway, to avoid you being involved?

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Trustworthy x86 laptops? There is a way, says system-level security ace

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This is why

This is why I have always advocated having roast parsnips along side the tatties. Especially if there are some finely cooked sprouts too.

The tatties may be be compromised for one reason or another, but those delicious parsnips will bring it all home again.

Hedge your bets, or just enjoy it all! I know I do!

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2015 was VMware's Year of Living Dangerously

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Re: Re:fighting like banchies? was Where's the solution?

Damnation. There I was hoping it meant "branchies" and that there was a whole new line of configuration-management based terror and insurgence that I was previously unaware of. Damn again.

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Jez Humble to deliver keynote at Continuous Lifecycle London

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Re: Another junket

Precisely.

For some bizarre reason it has always surprised my Java dev companions that I can run make on any of my current C++ projects, and have a new version of the software running on multiple remote servers within a few seconds. No "snapshots", no maven, no infrastructure other that cvs/svn/git. With master/slave (blue/green, it's all broadly the same thing (except for efficiency of the usage of the target resources), and NOT A FUCKING "dev ops" invention - it has been around a good few decades)

And if, or when, there is a problem, it is the work of moments to track down the build version(s) that caused it. Rollback is just as quick as the rollout. No dramas, not need for anyone to get exicted.

No appdynamics or other crap in the pipeline. Just technical skills.

Ah, and as I wrote that last three word sentence I understood the issue. Let's spunk our money and time on tools rather that skills. Yes, let's do that. And we had better attend all of the dev-no-ops sessions this year lest someone discover that the skills we need were in fact honed back in the '60s and '70s.

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Dear Santa: Can gov.UK please stop outsourcing?

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Re: Agency problems

I think most organisations do incidentally contract for innovation. Innovation as to why something couldn't be delivered due to some really subtle inconsistency or defect in the original spec that really had naff all to do with anything, and only, as it happens, came to light yesterday.

Cue the line from Andy Hamilton's "Old Harry's Game", something along the lines of: "oh no we're 'innovative' bankers, we aren't responsible."

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

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Dulux

I've got a nice fresh 5 litre tub of brilliant white that I shall be applying to walls and watching dry this coming weekend.

I suspect it will be just as interesting but yet slightly more satisfying than visiting a cinema to watch yet another pre-post-prequel-sequel-hope-no-hope-not-these-droids-move-along-hive-of-villany carry on film.

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But what happens

when the bolts are fired at light speed or above? Surely those old fangled Newtonian mechanics just go out of the window?

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Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

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"useful parts of the runway"

Excellent description!

Much like "a useful corner on a country road" or "a useful bit in a byte".

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Oh em gee – Adobe kills Flash Professional (it's called Animate now)

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Unhappy

In other news...

Bubonic plague has been renamed SlightlyUnwell, and the painful death due to radiation poisoning is now to be known as "Oooh the lights!"

So clean slate, surely no bugs in Animate...

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Oracle confesses to quietly axing its UK software support centre

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Re: Australian support staff laid off too...

Of course it is cheaper.

Much like stabbing yourself in your eyes to avoid paying for your next eye test and getting 20-20 glasses. It's all about numbers today, yachts tomorrow, and golden pensions from Thursday onwards.

Clients? Who the feck are they? Oh, yes, they're the dolts we try to position neatly over a barrel or two. Squeeze 'em harder!

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What would you give to create Vulture Sweat?

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Re: 415km of climbing?

More worried about the 85kms - that's 85 kilometre seconds. That's a partially inverted speed, right? I'm having trouble working out exactly what that means in normal terms. Bit of a Gordian Knot really.

workDone / time = force

length / time = speed

speed / force = length / workDone

As this result demonstrates, you can ignore time as it is an illusion, especially at lunch time (as it cancels itself out)

So length / workDone, it's a tractor pull!

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Can't help thinking there is a lack of bacon on them there tops.

Important cause, donation made.

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FBI, US g-men tried to snatch DNA results from blood-testing biz. What a time to be alive

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Re: Rusty 1 Denies goat-shagging charges. Unconvincingly.

Title (singular), hmm yes, I typed it in, once. No need to be excited by that.

Yesterday I changed the direction of my bicycle so as to avoid a small animal on the road - in doing so I may well have experienced an accident (cars hurtling past etc.). I presume, as far as you are concerned, that makes me a hero (self sacrifice in the presence of danger etc).

"hero" - "rape" equivalence - it's all a matter of scale, isn't it? I'm not a hero, you weren't raped.

Oh, and goats, yes I like them. Cooked properly (takes a while!), with a good bit of fresh English mustard, they are quite appetising.

Next Tuesday?

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Re: @moiety and your "r@pe"

No suggestion that *you* might want to commit suicide. However it is a sadly common feeling for those who have received more invasive experiences. Still, this is all about you, isn't it. You just can't park can you? :-)

Your horror just doesn't register on the scale of someone who has been sexually violated. You are obviously a troll. I welcome the collection of your DNA so it may be observed and traits tracked throughout humanity. Perhaps warm baths should be offered after all. Sad, isn't it.

See you around, perhaps next Tuesday?

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@moiety and your "r@pe"

Instead of getting all shirty with a traffic warden who was probably just doing their job, perhaps you might want to learn how to park? Properly. It's not just about stopping. Do you find you are featured on YPLAC?

That you even defend the use of the term rape for what you say happened to you really does suggest that you don't have the faintest idea of the what the real world impact of such a horrific act it actually is. Have you considered suicide? Down not across? Perhaps help it on with a warm bath.

Rape is not what you experienced.

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TalkTalk: Hackers may have nicked personal, banking info on 4 million Brits

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If such information has been really been lost, the next annual PCI DSS compliance review will be a real doozy. Popcorn and peanuts at the ready!

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OH GROSS! The real problem with GDP

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Th biggest problem

Surely the biggest problem with GDP is that the letters are not in alphabetical order. That disrupts the very force that underpins our collective existance.

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HP creates laptop for SITH LORDS

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Re: May the GeForce be with you

I wonder if Queen AMDala will get one?

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