* Posts by Michael Hoffmann

265 posts • joined 12 Jul 2007

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IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Re: Fired? Nooo surely not

With the never-ending "resource actions" going on, how does anybody at IBM even tell whether it's resigning, firing or laying-off anymore?! Do you get a different coloured hat when walking out the door or something?

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Cosmology is safe and the Universe is one giant version of the Barbican

Michael Hoffmann

Pity...

... I liked the "quantum weather" idea from the aborted Tracy Hickman/Margaret Weis Starshield novels. Use your warp drive for a few lightyears, but then Laws change to a section of the universe where magic reigns and you have to bring out the dragons to tow your starcruiser.

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2,000 year old man found dead near 2,000 year old computer

Michael Hoffmann
Happy

Re: Γεια σου, φαίνεται σαν να προσπαθείτε να πλεύσει το πλοίο

Θα θέλατε να βοηθήσει με αυτό;

(or that's what Google Translate says)

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Down

Insult!

"Toothless Tiger Moth"?

Why is the author dragging the name of this great classic airplane

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Tiger_Moth

into the same realm of this failed boondoggle?

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World's largest internet exchange sues Germany over mass surveillance

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

What am I missing?

With interchange points in the US as well, will they sue or have they also sued the NSA? Or do they know well enough that they may have a prayer in German court, but wouldn't get anywhere in the US?

Seems weird - or very smart - going after the piddly BND and not the 800lbs gorilla.

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Australia boards the slow boat to Brexit

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Re: Free Trade

Shouldn't there have been a Joke Alert or GetMeCoat icon?

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Replacing humans with robots in your factories? Hold on just a sec

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Still a use for humans!

Using robots frees up humans for Testing!

So, volunteer for testing today!

Mine's the one with exploding lemons in the pocket.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, IT school is hopeless: Tech boot camp ITT frozen by edu officials

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Dum...

... deedledeedle dum deedle die?

Sorry, sorry...

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Easy mistake to make?

Looking at the financial and ideological roots of IS/Daesh in the Wahhabite state, it could fall under "loose translation".

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

Michael Hoffmann

Was looking for him on the Aussie ballot, as well, recently. No luck.

Got Pauline Hanson, though. So close...

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

Michael Hoffmann
FAIL

Anybody know any bookies...

... who will accept a few squids on Successful Project?

Reckon I'd get brilliant odds and make a mint.

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Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Re: Time passes.....

"Gold, gold, gold, gold..."

Oh, is that the one they used for the game? Thought back then they would stuck to more of the old classics like

"Gold, gold, gold, gold..." and it's bawdier "Gold, gold, gold, gold..."

Great, now you made me think of Pterry leaving us too soon and I'm heading to work depressed. :(

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Mobile broadband now cheaper than wired, for 95 per cent of humanity

Michael Hoffmann
Unhappy

Australia?

Dare I even look where Australia ranks in that, Simon?

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

Michael Hoffmann
Unhappy

Re: it's moot

Sadly, very much this.

I (have to) use it for 2 things: family and sports/hobby activities.

The former I have a fairly tight rein over (you WILL do this and this and this to have a modicum of protected privacy and security or I will unfriend you - and actual dire threat when much of the family is half a world away).

The latter... clubs have apparently done away with maintaining websites or other means of updating members or other announcements. No matter how much I've tried to caution (even resigned from a secretary position when I just couldn't take it anymore) the "but it's so convenient and *everybody* uses it" just became knee-jerk. As leaving, in my chosen hobby, would be cutting off my nose to spite my face I can only throw up my hands in disgust and resignation.

Best I can do is obfuscate and hope for the effing best. :(

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BEELION-star dataset to land in September

Michael Hoffmann
Joke

FAA Advisory

Please, let somebody include the line in the dataset:

"Not to be used for interstellar navigation"

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Cash-strapped English and Welsh cops prepare to centralise all 43 forces' websites

Michael Hoffmann

Peter Grant - web designer

What, even The Folly? Nightingale will be utterly confused.

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Meet the 1,000 core chip that can be powered by an AA battery

Michael Hoffmann
Joke

In the case of collapse of civilisation...

... can it be powered by a potato?

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PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

Re: Knew it!

Thing is, you may be absolutely right.

Using the missus - non-gamer, doesn't use PCs beyond web-browing, social media, Office and some minor photo-editing - as coal-miner's canary (figuratively speaking, sheesh, you guys!), VR has been a topic of fascination for her.

Even since she read and enjoyed Ready Player One. Now she wants to get on the OASIS!

I had to gently talk her down and explain to her that with the utter incompetence of Australia in getting the necessary network infrastructure in our lifetime, a PC upgrade and some fancy headset wouldn't do her any good.

Still, in some countries with less corrupt and bungling politicians and unions, this may turn out to be the proverbial Killer App.

When the movie comes out is may give this whole complex a boost.

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Grim-faced 'naut Malenchenko prepares to return home

Michael Hoffmann

Re: Russian

The comments are more educational than the article. I say that without judgment on who's right. It's remarkably civil and offers insight about attitudes amongs the self-identified slavs on there.

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EU wants open science publication by 2020

Michael Hoffmann
Headmaster

Principally, yes...

However:

It's actually been long-standing and, I find, quite reasonable practise that give the principal investigator and affiliated researchers exclusive right for 1-2 years.

The reason is so they can get first pick at results, get their papers out, prepare for the Nobel acceptance speech, etc.

Then the data becomes public - if it was funded by the public.

Elsevier is simply a leech that interposed itself here - and if they Wiki article can be believed with less than ethical means. To hell with them, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

I've worked closely with scientists in the Antarctic - they are often down there for long periods of time collecting their data. If they had to make it available immediately, while they're still "stuck" down on the Ice, they would come back to others having published the all-important papers, while they froze their butts off.

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Web site admins: Brace for weekend traffic surges from iOS devices

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Do they...?

But do those Androids dream of electric sheep on the weekend?

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Newest Microsoftie Xamarin releases cross-platform mobile SDK as open source

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Minor nitpick

Apparently to *build* an iOS app you no longer need the Mac either.

I know that because only last night, during a weary red-eye hack session. I was trying to merge several branches that had gotten away from me (yeah, yeah...) and just trying to get them to build. When I finally succeeded, both locally, as well as on my Windows build box controlled through Bamboo, at around midnight, I noticed I didn't even have my Hackintosh VM up and running. Still need it to run the sim or deploy to the iThing, though.

Still a bit befuddled, maybe it will come to me with more caffeine.

(the icon is actually me resting my weary head on my hand)

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

Michael Hoffmann

Two things I wonder about

1) How endemic is it? I mean, what percentage of males in IT commit these crimes (and yes, I consider it criminal behaviour)? A single sociopathic, misogynistic lose has a huge "force multiplier" nowadays and can reach hundreds of women anonymously. Is this the same minority of sick weirdos responsible for as many as 50% of women in IT receiving this sort of abuse?

2) Is vigilantism an answer if the police won't deal with it? >.<

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Jenkins 2.0, where the devil have you been?

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Thought it was just me

But from the comments, I can tell it's not: I really, really wanted to make Jenkins work. Maybe if 2.0 had been out and really production ready. But in head to head and in demo to the powers that be (who are actually tech savvy), Bamboo won out by a large margin.

Once Bamboo was running, remote agents and all, it's done. With Jenkins (1.x) I felt the fiddling never ended.

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NSW Dept of Education IT system still in slow-motion collapse

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Why?!

I stopped reading at "SAP".

Why? Just, why? Years of reading tech journalism and I have yet to read about a successful SAP implementation that didn't come out 5 times over budget. Or that didn't fail outright.

I mean, people bitch about Microsoft, they moan about Oracle, but SAP just seems to take the cake.

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Amazon attempts rule fudge to take exclusive control of new dot-words

Michael Hoffmann

despicable.moi? </minion>

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Video folk, you'll love the 96TB, 2.6GB/sec LaCie 12big HDD

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Re: Units !

Uhm, it says 2.6GB/sec and 2,600MB/sec. I don't see any Gb. Seems fairly clear - or was that changed after you wrote your comment?

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Job ad promises 'Meaningless Repetitive Work on the .NET Stack'

Michael Hoffmann

I was tempted...

Pity it's in Brisbane. Was actually in the process of giving him a ring until I caught that (I scrolled down before I looked in the upper right corner).

I'm fortunate enough that I'm currently working in the absolute opposite - let's call it "Buzzwords Done Right". I therefore have no idea why I feel this strange attraction, yet I do.

Us nerds are weird...

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Lizard Squad back to blast Blizzard’s gaming hub

Michael Hoffmann
Joke

Re: Any Claims?

Pandas?

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Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Memorial...

Are 2204 lbs of gold enough for a life-size statue of Steve Jobs on Infinity Loop? Holding an iThing in one hand and with the other pointing at... oh, I dunno, the main Foxconn plant?

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Trailers Site?

Stupid question: Apple's own movie trailers website (apple.com/trailers) demand QuickTime. What are they proposing for that? "Only access our trailers site through QuickTime on a Mac"?

That's one approach to marketing, I guess...

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Re: Those humans-

Don't you want me, baby? Don't you want me? Aaaaaah!

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Submarine cable cut lops Terabits off Australia's data bridge

Michael Hoffmann

Microwave?

Not by any means a telco specialist, so honest question:

Has a multi-hop microwave link from the mainland ever been considered? Line of sight should work, IIRC - say, Southern tip of VIC, King Island, northern TAS.

Even if just for backup purposes such as this.

Are there technical/financial/environmental issues why this wouldn't work?

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

Michael Hoffmann

Disappointed...

And not one single shopped photo of Merkel as Palpatine with a "and now witness the power..." caption.

Or would that now be the General Hux speech?

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Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Re: unspecified techniques

"Much more civilized."

Using a lightsaber would also be more civilised. Obi-Wan said so.

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Secret Service Silk Road scammer in the slammer

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

From 71 months to...

Off the cuff, anybody have an idea what the 71 months are now going to turn into?

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Hackers mirror 250GB of NASA files on the web

Michael Hoffmann
Alien

Too much X-Files watching

This actually brought back memories: in the early noughties a similar event occurred when Romanian hackers stole some GB of data they obtained by hacking into the South Pole computers.

They then proceeded to try and blackmail the NSF and the Antarctic Program to pay up or the data would be released to Show The World The Truth. The FBI even got involved, but it was somewhat clear that the dorks through that they had stumbled upon data on the Soopr Sikrit UFO bases: the X-Files series and movie wasn't that long ago. The truth was out there, the hackers had found it and the NSF was going to pay ransom or the world would find out about the nefarious alien bases at the South Pole!

In reality, of course, this was science data on the various elementary particle experiments going on there - neutrino/muon/etc detectors and such cool things. And yes, this data would enter the public domain anyway after a 2-year (IIRC) period in which the principle investigators got first rights to write their papers and publish their findings.

For me the outcome was that I was sent to the Antarctic (incl South Pole) to assist the science teams with system lockdown and security awareness training. A once-in-a-lifetime experience I will cherish forever.

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Seagate’s triple whammy: Disk numbers, costs, and flash

Michael Hoffmann
FAIL

Kodak moment

Am I the only one who thought the CEO's snitty comment on spinning rust vs flash was similar to Kodak's dug in heels re: film vs digital?

We all know where that ended.

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Billion-dollar blood-test unicorn biz Theranos 'putting lives at risk'

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Re: Ouch!

Ah, but their feted CEO Elizabeth Holmes is quoted as saying ""I think that the minute that you have a backup plan, you've admitted that you're not going to succeed."

https://twitter.com/stanfordbiz/status/558357949395894273

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Xamarin releases version 4.0 of its cross-platform mobile developer suite

Michael Hoffmann

IDE mark up

What doesn't make sense in their pricing approach is that the jump is essentially only for the ability to use Visual Studio instead of their vastly inferior Studio product. This despite VS itself now essentially being free in a near feature-complete (for just about any "amateur" developer) version.

It's a pity. I found it quite satisfying to learn mobile app development from my already familiar C#/.NET base and see my app appear on both an Apple and an Android device, each with their own look and feel with most of my code base shared in PCLs. I don't play the religious wars thing. But the artificial limit of what ...? 128KB before it tells you to get a business license or not use VS anymore is just ridiculous.

Would have expected that Microsoft as the True Big Boss now would rein them in, but apparently all sides there are quite happy with the state of affairs.

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Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt

Michael Hoffmann

First thought you wrote "more of a nerd thing", then started to clean my glasses, then thought that either is true...

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Strong dollar will deal death to US firms' overseas growth

Michael Hoffmann

Re: Fantastic!

<desperately thinks of counterpoint> Uhm, I heard the Aussie women won theirs?!

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Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Fantastic!

This is great news for Australia! Our manufacturing and high-tech industry can vastly improve on our exports with the collapsed Aussie dollar playing to our advantage!

What's that? We HAVE no more manufacturing? We never really had a high-tech industry? We only have coal and cattle? And China isn't buying what we're digging out of the ground anymore?

Oh dear... did somebody tell our mongrel politicians (regardless of the party)?

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Sexy sock puppets seduce security suckers

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Like SWMBO always says...

... there is nothing dumber than a man with an erection.

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

Michael Hoffmann

Re: Real men use command line

I thought that was troll face, not smug face. You kids and your memes...

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Michael Hoffmann
Happy

Real men use command line

Here I semi-guiltily felt like a bit of a curmudgeon and dinosaur for always switching back to a Cygwin command line session to do all Git SCM from there instead of the VS built-ins.

That icon is intended to be a "smug face".

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Red Hat unleashes EL 7.2 beta on a waiting world

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

Re: Time to look into it.

You know, even 2 months ago I would have likely downvoted as I loathed systemd. Now however, after first having to dive into it because a client insisted on using RHEL7 and then - like you, grudgingly - making an effort to migrate my various home servers to CentOS7, I've gotten used to it.

Maybe it was the lobotomy (scars healing nicely, thanks for asking) or the North Korean style brainwashing by Poettering...

Seriously though, once you "get used to it" you just sort of shrug, adapt to the new commands and move on. Is creation of a new service still a convoluted mess? I think so, but you use a cheatsheet and only do it once anyway, then send those templates around via your OS management system of choice.

I guess I'm just too old to fight any longer. Let the younguns carry the torches and pitchforks.

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Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

Quickstart Bar

One of the first things I've been doing since Windows 7 upward - and which happily still works in Windows 10 - is get the XP Quickstart bar back. I hate the "pin" stuff.

Add a toolbar, select %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch, drag it to where you want it (traditionally towards the left just to the right of the start button), unselect Show text and show title, et voila! One click joy for my favourite apps, like mum used to make them. Or something.

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Dead Steve Jobs' life and times are being turned into an OPERA

Michael Hoffmann
Headmaster

Not Christine

It's Chrisann Brennan.

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Pope loses grip on Antarctica: Clergy withdraw from austral landmass

Michael Hoffmann

Sad

For years the USAP was immune to major cuts, due to "strategic presence and claims" considerations, but ever since the moronic US government shutdown that seems to have changed. Back when I worked down there it was even closer to 3,000 people (including various outer camps). Now McM must look like a ghost town.

Never mind the decline in religious belief, what about the decline in science? Though I expect the penguins and seals are happy about the reduction in "alien abduction" style poking and probing.

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