* Posts by Sam Liddicott

516 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007


'Numpty new boy' lets the boss take fall for mailbox obliteration

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Re: 100% honesty 90% of the time

and modulate it

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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Re: Proppa language bruv

Where do you place ASCII with C?

Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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Re: A Matter of Trust

True dat!

Too many people feel the need to come to a premature conclusion, and get very choppy with Occam's razor to help them do it.

They consider that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and then chop away, not thinking of the extraordinary value that they might be chopping away for want of a little patience.

Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-

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Hacker installed Oracle and then dobbed you in for the reward money

Surprised it hasn't happened yet... or has it?

Click your heels, um, mouse thrice and you've quickly got Ubuntu on Hyper-V in Win 10 Pro

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As soon as "seamless mode" is supported I can ditch virtualbox

Vodafone cops ads rap over Martin Freeman's vanishing spaceship

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Re: They're all the same speed

speed means data rate in this conversation.

The DSL data rate need not be related to the peering data rate, and on a badly managed ISP may be much less

In a similar way, a 5 lane driveway between the front door and road won't reduce your journey time to the Sainsbury's even though the 5 line driveway is in your control.

IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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My printers "google-print" module mysteriously wouldn't work until I disabled ipv6 on the printer.

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: What we need

> And only putting three registers on the 6502 was just dumbfuckery of the highest order.

> Shame on Peddle!

Once we decide something is not worth knowing about, we lose the opportunity to find out we are wrong.

I used to have that view, but years later found out that 6502 page zero access was treated specially and very fast, effectively giving another 256 registers.

Sitting pretty in IPv4 land? Look, you're gonna have to talk to IPv6 at some stage

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Re: Never!

> NAT is *not* a security feature!

and yet it successfully prevents unwanted external access for so many users, while permitting desired external access through uPNP and NAT helpers.

Have you tried pushing an unexpected connection through a NAT router?

Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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Re: Groupwise

Despite the Precedence: junk

header that Unix systems had been using for years.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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At one point British Telecom called # "gate" much to the bafflement of every single one of their customers.

Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

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Re: Paranoia and hot pockets

I hope you start writing for el Reg -- I mean not just in the comments section

Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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Re: Wouldn't it be nice ..

the case -- that makes your phone really thick again but without increasing the battery life.

Why don't they attach a flip front cover to the battery case which is thicker because it has more battery?

Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

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Malicious compliance

I'm waiting for the other side of the story to show up in Reddit's malicious /r/MaliciousCompliance

Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: What do people want in a smartwatch?

"tells the time" <-- wooden bobbins, I tells ya!

My list is:

* time-travels you to whatever time you want it to be -- never be late again!

* charges "Instantly" by time-travelling after charging back to the point at which it need charging

* split-time heirloom mode where on the death of the first heir it time-travels back to be inherited by the second heir (using the diagonal slash rule to cope with any number of heirs and sub-heirs).

* time travel shopping - buy a holographic anti-gravity translator combination from etsy-bay in future end-of-line close-out sales at bargain prices

Devuan ships second stable cut of its systemd-free Linux

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Re: Storm in a teacup

Devuan is here, get over it.

Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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Re: "Don't talk to the ATM..."

"Perform a U-turn where possible"

Not unless you say please

OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right

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Re: Qi Charging

I haven't found a better value phone since my Elephone P9000.

As you say it's usually wireless charging missing, and it's a must.

How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone

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Re: Well...

For those who want to try it: Lazarus-ide using FPC (Free Pascal Compiler) https://www.lazarus-ide.org/

VMware to finally deliver full-function HTML5 vSphere client

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I hope they show network interfaces in a consistent order instead of randomly.

What a mesh: BT Whole Home Wi-Fi users moan over update

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Mine fails to even notice some devices on the network. They can use the network but don't show up in any admin screens as being on the network.

Also, although it claims to have timed blocking rules, but there is no default blocking rule, so any blocked person simply changes their mac address to avoid blocks.

Telegram still won't hand over crypto keys it says it does not store

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They keys are online

The keys can be found in the library of babel. https://libraryofbabel.info/ just point FSB to that.

(Probably equivalent to paying a fine in pennies)

BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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-50% / +100%

The Boris figure is right to within -50% +100%.

The actual amount is only an issue to those who don't care about the principle at stake.

The EU cost could reasonable be as high as £660M per week: http://www.brugesgroup.com/blog/costs-and-liabilities-associated-with-the-european-union.

But even if there were some idiots who somehow thought the referendum was on an NHS budget increase of precisely £350M per week, there were plenty of others who actually read the question on the ballot paper before voting.

Even if the figure were not in dispute, as it was not on the ballot it would be part of the budget, debated in parliament (Gina Miller and the remainers would like that) and in fact could still be granted even now!

On the other hand, Ted Heaths lies were lies in principle, not of quantity, but none of those remainers who get so very excited about "lies" care about that, it was before their time!


The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Re: No Google?

Is it a phone, though?

TalkTalk plans to bail on mobile in major shake-up for beleaguered biz

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This explains why TalkTalk recently increased their Mobile rates; perhaps they wish to make the business look more attractive with higher projected Revenue.

I used it as an excuse to bail out of the contract and move to ID.

Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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some people have annoyed experts without knowing it

Over 15 years ago, a colleague and I worked on the plugin Orange custom home-screen for the SPV1 and early MS Smartphones.

One the modaco forums there was a lot of custom homescreen layouts making use of all the cool features, the main one of which was embedding other plugins into smaller areas.

As I can best recall, one prominent designer seemed to enjoy pontificating the extent and limits of customisation and was in our view quite harsh on another designer whose work was good.

As a consequence my colleague suggested that we provide information on some extra customisation features to the oppressed designer directly so that he could do better designs which were also "impossible" according to the wisdom of the self declared expert. As his work was dissected those features would become widely known, but he was our nominated prophet, so to speak.

I don't know how the expert reconciled this "lowly" designer finding such cool features, but us two and our prophet had a private joke playing out.

I believe that most of the parties are represented here:


ZX Spectrum Vega Plus backers complain of months-long refund delays

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Re: 21st century update of an old saying ...

such warnings by you and/or others influenced me to stay my hand.


Today's WWW is built on pillars of sand: Buggy, exploitable JavaScript libs are everywhere

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Re: Too many dependencies.

For your boss, and your replacement, your code is someone else's code, and they worry about it.

Snapchat coding error nearly destroys all of time for the internet

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Re: Could this explain why

If you want to date yourself you need time travel.

Or a mirror.

Sysadmin 'fixed' PC by hiding it on a bookshelf for a few weeks

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Re: deja vu

I've tried to return "NFF" hardare before.

I've been successful with the demand: If you think it works, then sell it to someone else, but give me a different one.

I need to apologise to the someone else.


Shhhhh! If you're quiet, Linus Torvalds might release a new Linux

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Re: This is a genuine question to all software devlopers...

Supply and demand. People install software with known bugs.

There is no value in being more picky than your users. Give them the choice.

I guess the users that care will consider if the way in which the known bug might affect them is worse than the benefits (and fixes) in the new release.

I guess my server doesn't care if there is a V4Linux regression.

Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Izal

When we ran out of tracing paper, I offered to fetch some as I knew were it was.

My teacher was very pleased with the supply I brought, until he heard I got it from the toilets.

Obviously they had high-class tissue in the staff toilets.

The pupil toilets were old stables or milking stalls or something like that.

Google man drags Emacs into the 1990s

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Re: zx80

"sinclair wanted to make the computer really cheap"

Also likely true of those who bought it over more expensive options like the PET Commodore which didn't flicker like that.

SHA3-256 is quantum-proof, should last billions of years

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Re: We passed the infinite monkey stage a long while ago

Only for very very long keys. As the key is re-used, it is unlikely to keep generating normal-looking text unless it was the right key. But sure, for a block the size of the key length you can come up with a key to generate any text you want.

So maybe, for an alibi for the innocent, make sure your message is longer than the key length.

On the other hand, for an alibi for the guilty, make sure your message is shorter than the key length and after the key length pad out with gibberish.

Maybe even have a "wrong" key which reveals the right message + gibberish and the right key reveals an entire other message and no gibberish.

Disclaimer: I don't know what I'm talking about

Amazon to hire 20,000 seasonal workers in UK

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Cheap goods

If you want cheap goods from Amazon then you are driving down the cost of production and management.

If you also set a minimum wage then you are driving people out of work by making it illegal to employ them for less than the cost of the machine, whether they want to work for that price or not.

HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

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Apart from LOTR which 4K streamed TV movies were shot at more than 24 fps?

Why insist on repeating 24fps frames to the TV 60hz?

Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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Re: it means you can't code against some library without permission from the copyright holder

It's how the GPL is intended to work, but plenty of lawyers and GPL fans think that it has no force there.

Just because some hopefuls intend it to work that way doesn't mean it does work that way.

You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

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swapoff too slow?

On a production solaris box with no failover,, swapoff was too slow and I needed the disk space consumed by the swap file more than I needed the virtual memory.

> /swap.1

was effective at truncating the swapfile and recovering the disk space. The prompt even came back.

It was with a poignant mix of sad humour and annoyance that IT support drove me to the data centre so that I could suffer with them the inconvenience that I had put them too in my thoughtless carefree manner. They were great guys.

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Re: Never delete anything.

Keeping everything IS a terrible idea, but not as terrible as deciding which files might need recovering and which files won't -- especially before the urgent need for recovery occurs to grant resources needed to make all those very many decisions.

If everything is kept, it is then a simple matter for the owner to decide whether or not it is worth trawling through everything.

Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

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Re: (de-)Training ...

The co-op bank did this to me.

They could not comprehend that repeatedly re-assuring me that they were from the bank was as useless as it was easy.

I called them back, on a published number, got through to the extension of the person calling me, only to be told:

We just wanted you to know that know we have merged

with CIS we have a wider range of financial products available...


Japan's Hitomi space 'scope bricked, declared lost after software bug

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Re: RIP Hotomi! We hardly knew ye.

What are 3/8 shifts?

Just less than half a shift?

Three eight hour shifts?

Three days on, five days off?

I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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Re: null output

Real life is indistinguishable from satire.

Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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Re: Init freedom

I also regularly give a pittance to Devuan. It all adds up to the cost of a Windows DVD, so I'm glad they are succeeding.

Awoogah – brown alert: OpenSSL preps 'high severity' security fixes

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Re: Could we fucking kill it already?

or buy yourself an SLA

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: Priorities?

"systemd will have it's own word processor soon"

Systemd could well be the decent text editor that the Emacs operating system has been waiting for

Graphene solar panels harvest energy from rain

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Roof tank?

Catch the water on a roof tank and then let it through a low-speed turbine... how would that compare to the panels?

Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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Re: Open/Closed

agreement of a lunatic is not a condition of use

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Re: Question

...and yet people care about whether or not people care about what Stallman thinks.

Whichever way Linux goes, it's going to be under the GPL2 for a very long time, they'll be no nuances there whatever your black and white thinking would lead us to believe.

Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

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Re: Great looking but...

As long as everyone doesn't buy an electric car on the same day, they might have time to convert

India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Re: Dull

You are not supposed to enjoy saving energy.

You need to SUFFER.


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