* Posts by I Am Spartacus

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Thinking of following Facebook and going DIY? Think again

I Am Spartacus

TCO - its never the hardware

Just finished one project where I did manage to get the hardware we needed without any fuss. Part of the justification was when I told the sponsor that the best hardware in the world would still be cheaper than the cost over run when he changed his mind because he hadn't understood the spec for the application (even though it had been explained, endlessly, as to what it did and did not do).

Project that is just about to go live we have outsourced to AWS. Best idea with hardware is to make it SEP.

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WIN a RockBLOCK Mk2 Iridium sat comms unit

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Total Integration Test of System Uninterruptable Power

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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Pint

Re: RE. Re. Meh

Kudos. Have a pint on me.

Where can I send my order?

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Cybercrim told to cough up £1m or spend years in chokey

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He already has 8 year in chokey. The extra 4 are on top of that. The dont run in parallel.

Plus he faces deportation as soon as he comes out.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Mushroom

Sniff, sniff, ahh the heady whiff of bullshit

Before eMail, facebook, twitter, etc, there were other ways of terrorists communicating: face to face, letter, phone.

Phone's they could tap, but they needed a court order. IE, there was oversight;

People they could follow, but it required having those things call spies. But we all know that they can (and did) bug rooms, meetings, etc.

Letters they could steam open and read, but only if the tangos had not used some for of encryption or coding.

Now they are complaining because it is all too hard. This sounds less like a complaint and more of request for the latest and greatest super computer to crack encryption.

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BT fixes home hub drop-out glitch ONE YEAR after denying flaw existed

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Thumb Up

Re: Fixed it ages ago.

My fix was to replace the HH5A with a TP-LINK TD-W9980 N600. It was a £66 pound fix, but the reduction of grief from the family made it worth it.

It was simple to install and get going. I took all the documentation and the provided CD mini disk and through them away. Install the hub, navigate to the suggested URL (http://tplink.local I think) and turned on the network. You need a username and password. The username is btbroadband@btinternet.com and any password will do. Add a password for the 2.6G and 5G wifi networks and your done.

This plugs directly in to the wall socket, mines next to the master socket.

And now, for the first time, I can have DHCP with a set of DNS resolvers that I choose, not which BT force on me. I wish I had this hub years ago,

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3,500 servers go down – so my FIRST AID training kicks in

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FAIL

Re: 1000 out of 3500?

He was lucky. In the 87 Hurricane I was stuck at home, but still had a phone working. I called the office, and yes, they had lost power. I talked to the data centre manager and told him, very clearly, to flick the power switches on the disk packs to off. Then, when the power came back, switch them on one-by-one.

He ignored me. When the power came back on, 40+ disk packs all tried to power up at once. The mains switch gear objected to the sudden surge in current demand and decided to leap two foot from the wall with what I am told is the loudest bang anyone could remember.

They were out for two months before they could get a new set of switch gear.

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FAIL

Re: Late shift running off?...

Oh, I don't know. I work in a trading company. One of our key decision making tools, that lets the trader know what is going to happen, was down. At 11:30 AM the lead DBA decided to go to the gym. When he got back an hour later, we were still struggling with the database. At 4:30pm, with the system still not running he decides to reboot the database server and go home.

I went off like a rocket when I found out. Unfortunately I was not given permission to apply the firing, or even severe boll***ing he deserved. Got to love management.

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Cops cuff Colorado girl for allegedly poisoning mum after iPhone ban

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Pint

Re: What she needed

"It is enough to make you believe in retroactive abortion."

You owe me a clean shirt for that one!

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Coat

All the lonely browsers

All the lonely browsers

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Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

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Better this than being part of a bot net

At least its doing something useful.

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Google wins fight to keep Adwords FBI drug sting docs secret

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WTF?

Do no evil.

And if you find that doing evil is profitable, then use the law to tell the DA that you can't release documents showing you did evil.

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

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Re: Standardised?

@Cuddles

That's the beauty of standards. There are so many to choose from.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: People just aren't angry enough

I Agree.

Imagine the uproar you would get if you said every man, woman and child must carry a tracking device by which the powers that be can know where you are at every moment of the day or night. Unthinkable.

Invent the mobile phone, make it sexy, in pink and an "i" in front of its name. What's that, you want two?

Oh, but that's all right, you can track children when they go missing. And we will only ever use it when it's necessary. Yeah, Right.

It always was so, I have seen MI5 enter a telephone exchange to bug a terrorist in the 70's. I worked in a telco in the 90's, where one of my jobs was to store all the call records of who called whom and when and for how long

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Facebook: Oi, Lizard Squad – we can take down our own site, ta

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Coat

Stop the front page

Facebook goes down and won't update news stories.

BBC: STOP THE PRESS, HOLD THE FRONT PAGE! This is a TOP NEW STORY.

Oh dear, overreaction anyone?

Mines the one with "YouTwitFace for Dummies" in the pocket.

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'Linus Torvalds is UNFIT for the WORKPLACE!' And you've given the world what, exactly?

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Excession

That is all.

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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Holmes

Re: Curious timing

Lets not restrict this to the USA.

I seem to recollect one A. Blair and the 45 minute Dodge Dossier.

Politicians Lie - no shit sherlock

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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@Cornz - Still

You make rum by the milk barrel full? That is impressive. Can't wait for my son to get the wrong one when making coffee on his way to work!

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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

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Mist the old days

In my first job, as a programmer on a VAX11/780 we had the first purpose built computer room in the Old Trafford part of the company, along with its very own AirCon system. I was there early, went in to the machine room to change something and immediately noticed that rather than being icy cold, if was damn hot. Cue call to the guy responsible for building the room and project managing the full install, who rushed in, diagnosed the problem instantly, It was the desiccators that has locked the wrong way, and instead of pumping cool dry air in, they were pumping warm wet air.

He fixed the problem straight away, reversed what ever was going wrong, and cool air flooded the room. Only problem was it crated a fog in the room! The picture of the room through the glass windows, full of fog, with us two unable to see a foot in front of our faces must have been wonderful.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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Happy

Re: Google knows what a lot of people want...

"Say something againt Google, and you get a lot of downvotes", And hey, you got a down vote. Presumably by someone who had to google "avidity".

So have an upvote to balance it out

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Big Brother

Re: So before Snowden...

"I'd be willing to bet that the big scale stuff is disguised as company purchases for intangibles (IP payments perhaps) and looks like any other sales ledger unless a forensic accountant gets her hands on the books."

The correct phrase is non-broker commission.

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I Am Spartacus

This sounds like FUD

Why would a spy chief go on record to say "we can't spy any more"? That sounds counter-productive. So the obvious answer is that they can and do spy, ok maybe it's a bit harder, but it goes on nevertheless.

Maybe he is saying "now that you know we used to illegally spy on you, we can't do it". Well, you know, touch shit. The law applies to GCHQ as much as it applies to me - if I tried to wire tap GCHQ they would be down on me like a ton of bricks, so why not vice versa (hint: bring it on, I do actually have very little to hide!)

So, in all of this, I am reminded of the late Mandy Rice Davis - "He would say that, wouldn't he"

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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And that reminds me

When Private Eye ran a small add, sometime in the 80's, for a box to be sent as a "gift". Inside was a turd (species unreported) and a little card that read "Someone, somewhere, thinks you are a real shit".

You have no idea how many times I have wanted to send that to someone.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: LibreOffice

Or save it's documents as docx files without screwing up the layout.

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I Am Spartacus
Flame

Please don't feed the troll.

That is all.

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Docker: Sorry, you're just going to have to learn about it. Today we begin

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Coat

Re: MainFrame

Have an up-vote. When can I get VM-CMS on my pc and relive the glory days in the 80's?

Mine the one with JCL for fun and profit in the pocket.

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

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Boffin

All things come to he who waits ....

for the Banana Pro.

"LeMaker finally confirm Pro as the upgraded version of Pi. Pro contains three features to benefit customers: 1, Wi-FI module is integrated on board directly; 2, TF card slot is introduced for the great convenience; 3, GPIO is extended to be compatible with Raspberry Pi B+; and thus it further protects the investment of our customers. "

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Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data

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Facepalm

Because of the VAST size of the full snapshots

Fixed that for you.

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Supercomputers: The Next Generation – Cray puts burst buffer tech, Intel Haswell inside

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Coat

Does it run Minecraft?

Says it all

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Forget bonking, have ONE OFF THE WRIST with Barclaycard's bPay

I Am Spartacus

Which wrist do you put it on?

If you are getting on a tube, it need to be on the right wrist. If getting on a bus it needs to be on your left wrist at the drivers entrance. Or do you have one on each wrist.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Meeeh

So, we can clearly say "Prior Art" when Microsoft issues a patent on this, can we?

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Re: Just goes to show

>>My high street, and yours probably, is mainly phone shops, estate agents and card shops.

Don't forget the bloody hair dressers.

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Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

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Pint

@Trevor

You say the room is possibly the worst film ever made. However, that is a very subjective statement. Almost the opposite of what @SuccessCase was suggesting. Besides which, many people (21,000) have rated The Room on IMDB to b3 3.5 stars out of 10. Certainly not the best ratings, I will grant you, but very much not the worst.

So, the argument you use defeats your own argument. Never seen that before, well done.

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CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap

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Down voted for the sense of humour failure.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Pint

Re: Please refrain from NAT66

@Trevor_Pott

Well said. Have a beer and an up vote

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Coat

Re: NAT is a kludge

Just what I needed - an excuse to repurchase all my IPv4 kit that does not support IPv6, I suppose this is the net-dweebs attempt to fix the problem of not enough money in circulation.

Mine's the one with Amazon catalog in the pocket.

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

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Bonnetnote

Love it.

That is all

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NASA: Satellite which will END man-made CO2 debate in orbit at last

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Coat

Re: On the gripping hand..

I was going to reply that there is a difference in photosynthesising sugars to make energy, and atmospheric CO2. Then I realised that the level of comment was so appalling low that talking science in this arena was a waste of oxygen and would generate too much CO2.

Mines the one with "The science behind climate change" in the pocket.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Re: Other way round

I am always amazed when people spell their name "Orange". For years I thought it was "Zero Range"

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US spanks phone-jamming vendor with $34.9 MEEELLION fine

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You can buy a phone jammer?

Who knew. I want one. If only to stop a colleagues very load personal mobile going off and his constant jabbering in ear burning loud Italian.

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Mushroom

Hey thanks - Black cabs

Now I know about Uber. And so does everyone else. Potentially cheaper or I could get an upmarket car. Sounds like a great idea. Just registered.

Nice own goal there.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Paris Hilton

The bigger question

The bigger question is not whether el Reg should publish this (yes, because it seems we are the only buggers who don't know it) but if it is THAT secret how the hell did Snowden come to have a copy of it?

Seems to me that some US agency have been pretty damn open with our countries secrets. What did Snowden need this data collection details for? He was a contract analyst. There is a lot going on in my company that I don't tell the person sitting next to me about, let alone a contractor. Likewise, I only get told things when I have a need to know.

So who told Snowden? And Why?

Now that's a question I would like the answer to.

Paris, because she is not a black helicopter and, well, she tells everybody.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Happy

holy-shit-stop-now panic switch.

Splutter - should not have been drinking coffee when I read that

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NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

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Pint

Thanks for the hint

Just signed up with Hailo and Uber.

Will report back when I have used them!

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Privacy bods win court battle: UK HMRC must 'reconsider' silence over FinSpy spyware probe

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Black Helicopters

Love the terminology

In the linked PDF on wikileaks, it says that if you run out of licenses, you can purchase more, or you can remove the software from a target machine.

But the terminology is at least honest: "disinfect from a target".

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Coat

Re: Sparticus Which flavor folks?

[different Spartacus]

Whilst I shudder at the XP suggestion, he DID say "with Internet turned off". That normally stops most attack vectors.

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@Jake (was Re: whatever.)

@Jake,

Well, your comment was helpful Err, NOT.

This is a thread on the new version of Ubuntu, what if offers, what it takes away, and how good is the new UI.

It is NOT a command to start using Ubuntu 14.04. Or even Ubuntu at all. It is not an attack on MS. It is simply an article on what is in 14.04.

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Megaphone

Re: The fixation with 'serarch' for everything

@Avatar of They

Well, if you have ever been a power user of Word or Excel in their 2010 or 2013 hideous incarnations with that damn ribbon instead of a menu, you will now that power users do use any keyclicks that can to get what the need. This is because MS applications follows the Spartacus Law of HMI.

This says "The probability of the function you want being of a different ribbon to the one you have currently displayed is inversely proportional to you knowing what the correct ribbon menu is".

So if you know that "Remove Duplicates" is on the Data bar, you will already be there. But if you don't know how to change a single page to landscape, then it will not be on the current ribbon, and you will be lost.

Thus, power users who know what they don't know put in short cuts to all the functions they use all the time.

Besides which, real men don't use mice.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed bug sniff tools are 'BUGGY' – what becomes of the broken hearted?

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Paris Hilton

I'll raise your false positive and see you in court

Interesting that the bug detection code is, in itself, buggy.

If I use OSS for my security, that is my look out. Normally OSS is great: there are so many eyes on the code that I have a reasonable assumption that bugs will be found, and corrected in pretty fast time. Heartbleed is exception that proves the rule, but, OK it is a biggy. However, I installed the code, it's my look out, and I am responsible for any bleed from my system. My customers will expect that of me.

But if YOU release some code that says I have the bug, when in fact I don't, and you publish this, then that is your look out. If your publicity of a false situation drives people away from my site, then this is libel - and in a commercial site that could cause me to seek redress.

This is doubly so if you then say that my rivals site is clean, when it isn't. Customers being customers, as we know, will register on the new site with exactly the same credentials as they had on the old site. How many of you use the same password on eBay, Amazon, etc? For most everage punters this falls in to two classes of people: Those that use the same password and those that lie. Now, if someone gets their credentials from the new site they go to, which you said was fine, they get hacked, and come after me because you said my site was still broken, what am I going to do?

Paris - obviously, because her site is always free from bugs...... oh?

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