* Posts by Peter Mount

162 posts • joined 14 Feb 2008


What's 23 times the size of Earth, uncomfortably warm – and has astroboffins excited?

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Re: Names

Pi Mesae a would refer to the star itself so b is the first planet & c the second.

New Horizons probe reveals Ultima Thule is huge, spinning... chicken drumstick?

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Next news briefing is at 7pm

Hopefully we'll see some of the first encounter images (low res) this evening at around 7pm UK time (2pm ET) as that's the next scheduled one on NASA TV

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: Arrested for being drunk

You can still get charged for that:

Every person . . . who is drunk while in charge on any highway or other public place of any carriage, horse, cattle, or steam engine, or who is drunk

so you can lose your license when drunk whilst being taken home by your cow


Russian computer failure on ISS is nothing to worry about – they're just going to turn it off and on again

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Re: Which computers is this?

I meant iss bloody autocomplete & can't edit a post on mobile whilst in the pub, nor select the beer icon

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Which computers is this?

I presume this is a core system. The 100+ laptops on the issue were switched to Debisn 6 years ago

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Americans Don't Know...

Those who've spent any time over here in the UK know's what Bollocks means but most don't.

Hence why you have Wilma Flintstone say it in an episode & get away with it (Channel 4 broadcasted that episode specifically for that 1 line), or at the end of the film version of Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy you have one of the mice say "Oh bollocks!" - again got away with it as the American's involved didn't know ;-)

JAXA probe's lucky MASCOT plonks down on space rock Ryugu without a hitch

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There's more to come...

Not got a date for it yet but early next year the 4th rover is due to land & before the end of next year the orbiter does a few sampling landings before coming home... this is one busy mission

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Re: 42

Or Captain Kirk has asked Alexa to calculate to the last digit PI

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Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

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Re: Duct tape

It's also good at both low & high temperatures, hence why there's some on the bed of my 3D printer

It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less

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Some taxis still run XP

Ok it was about 4 years ago but was in a London Black Cab & the display's inside were in the middle of rebooting XP Embedded edition

Butcher by name, Butcher by nature? Capita finds new CFO

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Govia != Network Rail

Not sure why the subheadline says from Network Rail when he's from Go Ahead Group - i.e. they who runs Thameslink Southern & Southeastern.

As someone quoted me on Twitter earlier this morning: "From one **show to another, Seems appropriate", more so when dealing with Crapita

Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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Re: Old Linux ?

In recent months I've been playing with ESP8266 chips with NodeMCU - quite refreshing using something again with limited ram

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Re: Old Linux ?

Oh yes, a 386sx33 with a math co-processor & a then massive 4GB IDE drive. I had slackware running on it

Mastercard goes TITSUP in US, UK: There are some things money can't buy – like uptime

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Is still happening

I'm in the pub & a couple had had both their MasterCard cards #fail with transaction blood so ours still playing up.

No beer icon as its not offering me the option on my phone

Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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Re: What does it run?

That was a reduction hence I put -$107

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Re: What does it run?

So would I. Just took a look & hidden under a "more" button is this:

Ubuntu Linux 16.04 - $107.85

So they are definitely penguin friendly

Pi-lovers? There are two fresh OSes for your tiny computers to gobble

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I use alpine for most of my Docker containers due to it's small footprint - ~5MB for the base. Compare that to the basic Debian or Ubuntu images that ends up a big saving if all you want to run is some small app & none of the cruft.

I've not used Alpine on a standalone machine, but will be trying this one out, could be a good alternative for my cluster

Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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Opportunity already has her own XKCD


It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

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SATA on a pi is possible

I know people keep on saying they want sata but sata has been around for some time now in various forms, even Western Digital make one.

For about £20 there's multiple ones out there that plug into the GPIO - just don't know what the band width would be like.

That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

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Re: That probably explains..

Yes these days they are, but my trusty Note 3 has a replaceable battery & even now I've yet to replace it (the battery).

Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

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Re: Chad H.

Indeed, XKCD 1357 Free Speech says exactly the same thing


'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

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Re: Unprofessional bollocks

Just like my now dead HP calculator, can't remember the formula to trigger it, but it had Tetris in its firmware.

Amazon, Google inject Bluetooth vuln vaccines into Echo, Home AI pals

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Re: Grrrr

I'm in the same boat, same watch but the Note 3 - heavily used and approaching 5 years old. I've not had a phone (smart or otherwise) that's lasted this long. Yes it get's slow at times where some apps are now bloated to what they were back then but it's still chugging along.

The watch isn't as reliable, it's the 2nd I've had, first one's power terminals corroded to nothing, the 2nd was £25 second hand.

At some point I'll have to bite the bullet & replace both but whilst the phone carries on running then unless something major happens I'm wondering how long this one's going to last

Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

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They say this is rare... try London

The equivalent BBC article said that it was a rare event.

London Fire Brigade: April 2016 - Feb 2017 had 9 callouts.

9! and that's just for London. They also stated that it's the same number as the previous two financial years combined.


Fire icon as this involves the fire brigade

BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Obligatory XKCD

Everyone should know about XKCD 936 Password Strength by now? https://xkcd.com/936/

Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

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Re: Four years?!?!

Yep, I still use my late 2007 macbook for certain things - only thing failing is the battery so using it as a desktop these days. That said as it's a model with a replaceable battery I should really look for a replacement for that.

Raspberry Pi celebrates fourth birthday with fruity version 3

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You're not the only one, have got every model released including the a's & compute boards.

GitHub falls offline, devs worldwide declare today a snow day

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Re: re: when GH goes down its like a free holiday

Exactly, so unless you were trying to push to the central/public repo it shouldn't stop you at all.

All this did for me was just that - push it to the public repo. It wasn't until about 3am UK time (insomnia before any one asks) before I was able to do that.

Debian daddy Murdock joins the unstoppable Docker crusade

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Re: Top of the heap

Same here, Mint for desktop & Debian personally for servers.

Up until Ubuntu 9.4 desktop was fine then WiFi broke & Mint just worked. Never looked back

BOFH: Power corrupts, uninterrupted power corrupts absolutely

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Re: This rings too true...

I remember a story I was told years ago where, during the oil crisis in the 70s when there were regular power cuts.

Anyhow a certain UK news company who had protected stasis never lost power. Next door was the pub with an inconspicuous cable crossing the street.

Oddly that pub never went dark. ..

Huge, absorbent iPad rumours recycled – and this time it's REAL. True

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Re: Samsung failed .....

I do use my Note Pro 12.2 daily, find it useful for email & notes etc but obviously it's the size of a laptop so it's not something you'd carry around for normal use.

Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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Re: 16 years ago?

To quote XKCD:

"The Phantom Menace would have come out closer to Return of the Jedi than the present"

So yes it's been that long!


UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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I can't remember the name of the film off hand (it's the one about Parkes radio telescope during the Apollo 11 landing), but there they had a power failure & the Diesel backup failed due to not bleeding the fuel lines.

Not saying thats the problem, but it could still happen.

Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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Re: How silly

You mean like Germany's Axel Springer who tried this & changed their minds because they found that they page views plummeted due to the loss of traffic from Google News?

Like you I use it daily, either the web or for a few topics saved searches which I then get an email.

Mighty Blighty filter tilter causes communications chaos

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Re: So the filters are DNS only?

And you've only just realised this?

UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Re: Just popping over to Calais ...

The ISP I use (A&A) actually have an EU sim - UK number but you can switch it from O2 network to an EU one but with the same UK number. Costs slightly increase for calls but it aparently works well.

The only reason I'm not using it is that I use data more than calls.

Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Obligitory XKCD


Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

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Re: Slack

True but I know of several people around here who only have mobile broadband due to land line broadband being non existent or too slow so even WiFi is to expensive if it's mobile for some.

Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: Patience.

That's exactly what I've done having switched to low energy years ago.

The most used ones like the spotlights in the kitchen are now leds and tbh are way better than the low energy ones.

Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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Re: Population density

Victoria is similar - from the station to south of Battersea can be a mobile dead zone during peak hours. 4G is slightly better than 3G but not much.

Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Re: Who takes the picture?

Alternatively what happens if you have a camera triggered by a PIR sensor? You catch that pic of a burglar breaking into your house you cant use the photo as it's copyrighted by the burglar as 'they' triggered the shot?

Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

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sort of true & false

Sadly most places don't know how to keep it right (or just don't bother) but there's plenty of places that do & there it's pretty good.

I'd say you've been unfortunate not to find one of those pubs yet.

Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

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An alternative review

TheOatMeal did a review of the Model S a while back... so a review from an apparently very happy owner.


Did NASA probe detect a KILLER GAMMA-RAY burst in Andromeda?

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Re: NASA have changed their mind

A more detailed description of what happened:


DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Re: Networking's answer to Windows Vista

NAT? That's evil.

Try running certain voip products over it - yes skype works but it does so by detecting you're behind a NAT and creates a HTTP tunnel making the connection flaky (you're router will only hold the connection open for a while).

CNAT/CGNAT is even worse.

Setting up IPv6 is actually easy - took me a morning & it took that long as it was my first attempt at building an IPv6 firewall from scratch.

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A problem with IoT is also lack of hardware

Most microcontroller's don't yet support IPv6 (I've yet to find one).

For example, the Arduino has several Ethernet shields available - all only IPv4. The problem here is that the stack is implemented in silicon so without building a new chip then it'll never support IPv6.

What I do here on my home network (fully IPv6 by the way) is to run NAT64 on my router. That then provides an IPv6 address to all IPv4 only machines (Arduino, rooted Freesat box etc). This only allows IPv6 to access the IPV4 but it's enough right now for my purposes.

As for IPv4->6, the only way I've got to get it to work is via a proxy - but none of my machines talk to the cloud directly so not yet an issue.

Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Re: New features rundown

I have to agree, that's one of the best tutorials on the new features.

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No lambda expressions don't add the multi-core support but the new stream api (which can use them) does, and a lot more.

It's been a long time coming but it's finally good to see it's finally out.

Fanbois SQUEAL as DNS snafu knocks out iTunes website

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I don't know, the "media luvvies" I know are serious old school beer drinkers....


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