* Posts by Steve Foster

651 posts • joined 10 Oct 2007

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Dentist-turned bug-biter given a taste of freedom

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Cyberstalking?

Erm, no, it looks like the FBI raids were the result of the STM reaction, the cyberstalking charge seems to be the outcome of the "he embarrassed LEO" reaction.

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Microsoft to rebuild Redmond campus, including cricket pitch

Steve Foster
Happy

@Wensleydale Cheese

You say that like it's a bad thing...

(as we all know, management are most useful [to us] when distracted by comtemplation of something new, or a grand project, or similar)

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HPE straps AMD chip into 2P/2U server box with Epyc results

Steve Foster

Re: DL 385

Yes, HP have used the model number for a long time, as it's the mainstream 2U dual AMD x64 box in their ProLiant range.

The actual contents are refreshed every couple of years as AMD's 64-bit processor lineup changes.

Over time, it's moved from the original Opteron and 8x3.5" hotswap drive bays to (now) the latest Epyc with a shedload of 2.5" hotswap bays (with, as seven of five says, the option to stuff even more in the back if you're prepared to sacrifice the expansion slots).

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Post-Brexit economy SAVED: Posh-nosh truffle thrives in Wales

Steve Foster
Joke

Re: The Welsh desert

Nah, just the time frame (the figure quoted is presumably per day, not per annum).

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Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

Steve Foster
Joke

Bah!

Surely they could have managed/contrived to hit 42 attoseconds, and thereby keep Douglas Adams acolytes very very happy.

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

Steve Foster

Re: I'd trust the build quality

I have a 1st generation (possibly 2nd) Dyson DC01 that is still working well. It does look a little battered these days, and one or two bits of the plastic have broken off or split, but as I tend to bash about with it (particularly against/under furniture and tight spots), I'm not really surprised about that.

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Portland posts full report on Uber's dirty dealings with Greyball

Steve Foster
Coat

@AC

Indeed, these stories are practically uberquitous...

(yes, yes, I'm going already)

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Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

Steve Foster
Boffin

@AC

Disable JavaScript on the BBC news website. That gets rid of all the "millennial" shiny shiny crap and leaves the news stories (mostly). Yes, links to somemany "stories" will get you to an essentially empty page (because they're nothing but soundbites or blipverts), but after a while it's fairly straightforward to know which ones will be like that and avoid them.

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Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy

Steve Foster

@Paul

I think you'll find that there is now an Openreach Limited (incorporated earlier this year), as well as BT Limited. Both appear to be operating companies within the BT Group PLC corporate structure.

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Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

Steve Foster

Re: It is worth it, you just have to try it...

The metal/glass Nest thermostat does not _need_ to be internet connected to work, though you do have to forego the remote management aspect in that scenario.

I had a Nest installed when my boiler was replaced just under 2 years ago, and it is not connected to the internet. All the clever stuff to do with "just turn the dial" and the pattern learning associated with that are working just fine.

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How to build your own DIY makeshift levitation machine at home

Steve Foster

Re: Like the idea, but...

"an extra layer of unnecessary complexity"

Ah, so that's what the 3D printer is for.

(a two-pronged joke!)

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Commonwealth Bank: Buggy software made us miss money laundering

Steve Foster

Note Denominations (@keith_w)

And are such notes in common distribution ($1000, $500, $200)?

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Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

Steve Foster

Re: Destroy the culture too

Animated GIF would be pretty small too.

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Google Chrome's HTTPS ban-hammer drops on WoSign, StartCom in two months

Steve Foster

Re: So where to next?

Comodo (both directly and under their instantSSL brand) also offer free email certificates.

[this post should not be considered an endorsement for Comodo]

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Twitter will no longer snaffle data allowances on Virgin Mobile

Steve Foster

@JimmyPage

"In other news, Vehicle Excise Duty on TR6s to be zero-rated."

Most TR6s have been exempt from VED since at least last year, and it's only the last ones off the production line that have only recently gained Historic status.

Interestingly, more than 40% of all TR6s sold in the UK are apparently still running (according to Wikipedia), and another 15% are SORNed (presumably as restoration projects).

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

Steve Foster

Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

Intersex, probably.

Collecting the various "non-traditional" categories together in forming the "umbrella branding" seems reasonable (ie L, G, B, T, and I [so far]), but surely the Q is redundant (it's essentially a repetition of G).

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Robocall spammers, you have one new voicemail message: CUT IT OUT!

Steve Foster
Facepalm

If it passes...

...the obvious course of action will be to sign up Ajit Pai's phone numbers to every list that can be found.

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Waymo: We've got a hot smoking gun in Uber 'tech theft' brouhaha

Steve Foster
Joke

Re: The petition might be legit

"Of course the non-jerk employees are horrified."

What, both of them?

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Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: But.... Does it actually work?

"JPALS is a militarised version of this relatively common technology, with all the usual bells and whistles you'd expect to make it resistant to jamming and capable of working on a ship."

JPALS is a militarised version of this relatively common technology, with all the usual bells and whistles you'd expect to make it seventeen times more expensive, much later to arrive and not available when you actually need it.

There, FTFY.

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When corporate signage goes BAD

Steve Foster
Holmes

@Sequin

(without looking) Let me guess... There was some sort of mishap involving the "h", "i" and "e" portions of their signage.

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Two hot Jupiters around two similar stars orbiting at similar distances look similar, right? WRONG

Steve Foster

Re: Need is a strong word

Not when you're writing your grant application, it isn't.

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Capita payments service Pay360 goes TITSUP

Steve Foster
Joke

Clue in the Name?

Unlike Office365, this one might have been more accurately named based on the annual uptime...

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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

Steve Foster

Re: State protected entertainment

"I think this clearly demonstrates that the only thing keeping the BBC alive is state protection, and if it were left up to the democratic vote of consumers' wallets then it would disappear in a bureaucratic puff of smoke."

I disagree. There's plenty of BBC-originated content that I would be happy to buy in a sensible form (although it also makes a lot of dross that I would not want to purchase).

The problem seems mostly to be that while the BBC is supported by the TV Licence income, it appears to be incapable of properly building (and promoting) decent mechanisms for operating in a commercial manner.

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Realistic Brits want at least 3 security steps on bank accounts

Steve Foster

Re: I read the article twice, but couldn't see any mention

It isn't mentioned in the article.

However, it is common practice among many UK companies (banks, utilities and others) when calling you on the home/mobile telephone number they have on file (and often from a number that has CallerID suppressed/ or is clearly bogus) to insist that you have to answer "security questions" to verify your identity before they will talk to you. It is one of the most idiotic concepts ever.

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SpaceX spin-out plans to put virtual machines in orbit

Steve Foster
Joke

Kim Dotcom

Is this a new plan for MegaUpload to place its servers where the US TLAs can't readily get their mitts on them?

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72-layer flash die from SK Hynix towers over all, capacity a bit meh

Steve Foster
Headmaster

Re: "Two times = twice"

I would much prefer "twice as fast" over "twice faster", but there are sentences where that would not fit properly, and "two times faster" would be the appropriate choice.

In the article sentence, both "twice as fast" and "two times faster" are acceptable alternatives.

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Huawei faces UK sales ban if it doesn't cough up 4G patent tithes

Steve Foster

Re: Somthing wrong with those numbers

The article has misplaced the decimal point for Huawei's original offer - according to the PDF, it was 0.034%.

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

Steve Foster
Boffin

Re: Life extension tech

If that were to be Elon's exit, it would at least be fitting if it were a space bus.

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US Marine Corps chiefs declare WAR on stolen sex snap sharing scum

Steve Foster
Joke

Hmmm, coming soon:

All new NCIS, NCIS:Los Angeles and NCIS:New Orleans?

A whole season of cross-over episodes...

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Roses are red, violets are blue, HMRC confirms Verify can STFU

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Not more confusion!

I had reason to use one of my other Gateway accounts today, and, now that the SA deadline has passed, the SMS 2FA configuration has been made optional!

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Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Not more confusion!

I've been registered with the Gov Gateway for some time (indeed, I have the unfortunate problem of having multiple GG credentials for various reasons).

Somewhere in the run-up to this year's self-assessment deadline, HMRC/Gov.uk decided to add an SMS "2FA" element to the mix, and made it mandatory, with automatic enrolment upon login. So when I came to do my return, I couldn't even start the process until I'd faffed about with this useless extra step.

Next time, I'm going back to a paper return - it's easier!

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Apple goes global in Qualcomm license war: Patent spat hits China

Steve Foster
Joke

@Steve Davies 3

Isn't this just the lawyers scrabbling for something new to do, now that Apple v Samsung is nearly over?

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

Steve Foster
Joke

@Hans 1

Ah, so, perhaps this is Apple's first attempt to counteract the internal map errors on iPhones...

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

Steve Foster
Headmaster

Re: Hunt's Capital Gains?

Hotcourses was founded in 1990 (according to Companies House). Jeremy "Spoonerism" Hunt became an MP in 2005. Not sure you could realistically argue that he spent time out from being an MP to create the company!

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Military reservist bemoans frost-bitten baby-maker on Antarctic trek

Steve Foster
Joke

Hmmm

Perhaps this was not the best time to decide to "go commando"!

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Str-NAND-ed: Flash chip drought hits tech world

Steve Foster
Joke

Re: "Sandisk"

Sandisk staff were all busy either cashing WD buyout cheques or being laid off (by incoming WD management), so it's hardly surprising they might not have produced enough inventory.

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Boffins one step closer to solving nanoscale computer challenge

Steve Foster
Headmaster

Re: How high can you go?

If you follow the link to the Grand Challenge, you'll be able to read that specifying it as a 50nm cube is exactly what they have done.

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Belgian court fines Skype for failing to intercept criminals' calls in 2012

Steve Foster

@hardboiledphil

One of the arguments for changing the design away from p2p may well have been this court scenario, precisely to avoid similar court cases in future (MS can be surprisingly pragmatic at times).

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Uber's robo-truck makes first delivery of ... Budweiser in Colorado

Steve Foster
Headmaster

Re: They'll make everyone unemployed

Ah, yes, just as the plough, the jacquard loom, and every other thing we've invented over the centuries has done before.

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And for our next trick, says Google while literally wheeling out a humongous tablet ...

Steve Foster
Facepalm

"creative output"

If it's anything like most meetings, the most useful place for that output is in the round store of infinite capacity (that some other commentard described recently).

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Asda server glitch leaves customers without online shopping

Steve Foster
Joke

Re: "how an unbagged raw chicken could contaminate an entire supermarket"

With an awfully big Nerf gun...

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Banks don’t give a 2FA

Steve Foster

Re: Whoops!

Although Santander don't use 2FA at that point, their login pages do include a personalised display as an anti-phishing measure (I haven't seen any other bank doing that).

And Santander do use 2FA for approving new payees (by sending a OTP to your mobile).

Personally, I think 2FA just to login is probably excessive, and there are reasonably some functions that could be done without it (eg requests that require delivery fulfillment or branch collection [replacement cheque books and such]).

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Ofcom finds 'reasonable grounds' that KCOM failed to maintain 999 services

Steve Foster

Re: 112?

It's what Europe use instead of 999. So while we're (temporarily still) part of the EU, it's required to work here as well (at least, that's AIUI). But, as is usual with EU measures, we continued with 999 for us.

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Microsoft makes massive changes to MCSE and MCSD

Steve Foster
Holmes

Backronym...

Must Consult Someone Experienced.

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

Steve Foster
WTF?

Re: "decorations will be up"

Christmas Puddings are already out on the shelves.

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My God, I've got nothing on! Microsoft's $200m Wunderlist is down

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: That migration to SQL Server's working really well then...

Since it's Tasks, the backend they're migrating to will be Exchange (Office365)...

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

Steve Foster
Joke

Gender Stereotyping...

Obviously, this exhibit was designed by a man. If it had been the product of a female brain, the colours would have been fuschia and lilac.

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Dude, you got a Dell lawyer: HPE sues high-flying ex-exec after defection to EMC

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Hmmm

Interesting that HPE are so desperate for cost savings that they're implementing large redundancy programmes, yet there's enough in the kitty for "blue rectangle" lapel pins.

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QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones

Steve Foster
Joke

Well!

That takes "you're holding it wrong" to a whole new level.

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Appliance-maker Liebherr chillin' with Microsoft, prototyping another Internet fridge

Steve Foster
Boffin

@Dr Syntax

Surely you've experimented with hand-pressing the internal switch that is normally operated by closure of the door?

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