* Posts by Anonymous Coward

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NBN satellite user waiting for extra gigabytes? Keep waiting

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One customer (about 16 years ago) had satellite internet access, but also had a fax modem on the in-house server - WinFax was still in use back then!

Satellite was so crap that I used the 28.8k modem for internet access while I was visiting. They were amazed at the speed and insisted that I set it up for them to use too. Arranged a dial-up provider for them, switched out the modem for a 56k jobbie and set up internet connection sharing.

Customer was delighted.

It also saved them a lot of money on the satellite connection.

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Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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@Lee D

Sounds like you've got a great setup there. Any jobs going? I'd love to work in a place where the IT department can actually implement their policies.

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Scam or stunt? It's looking like the latter... Xiaomi so sorry for £1 smartphone 'promo'

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Re: Quite unsurprising

Yes, it was listed in the Ts&Cs, but only the day before the sale, not for the weeks that it was publicised beforehand.

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Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Without knowing how long Ben had been there, the only assumption they can make is that either the company has a great hiring practice, or a great work environment and are therefore able to recruit or retain someone of that calibre.

Given the evidence at hand, that's all they could conclude. Given the choice of a company like that, or one that has been shown to have incompetent employees, what route would you take?

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271st law of programming: Constants aren't; Variables won't.

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I've got the key, I've got the secret. I've got the key to another person's DJI drone account: Vids, info left open to theft

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Re: So Open Source is the answer?

By including a 'local data mode' which doesn't send that info to the manufacturer's servers, perchance?

Obviously it needs to be open-source to ensure nothing is leaked that way too.

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Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Just possibly... the main feature of this device is the screen, so by dimming the lights the rest of the device disappears and people can only focus on the (illuminated) screen.

Trivialities, such as colour, that certain other publications would focus on, are for later. Focus on the screen for now.

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UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: "Train Station"

"Do you go to a "bus station" or a "road station"?"

Neither. Public transport is for plebs.

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Google: All right, screw it, from this Christmas, Chrome will block ALL adverts on dodgy sites

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Re: Still worse than an ad blocker (by design)

Because if everybody blocked adverts, websites would have no revenue from them and would either have to charge to use or stop publishing. It's a "for the greater good" thing.

People like me, who allow some adverts to appear, help to fund the websites for everyone to use. You're welcome.

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Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Re: Small problem though

The biggest issue here is that they can reprogram the firmware to decrypt the data without ever knowing the key.

If it was implemented securely, they'd have to reprogram the firmware before the data was encrypted, or reprogram it and put it back in place to capture the user entering the password, before they'd be able to decrypt anything.

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Re: Full Disk Encryption Not Good For SSD

Ignore everything else. Just "have a good backup regime as you never know when it is going to stop working". That applies to any data storage medium, whether you use encryption or not.

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Need electric propulsion for your satellite? Want a 'made in Britain' sticker? Step right this way...

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Re: Dawn breaks...

The s[uo]n goes down on Dawn

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Microsoft claims Office 364 back to business as usual. Oh no it isn't, say suffering sysadmins

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Re: I delete it

Yes, formatting the HDD/SSD (WTF is an SDD??) will get rid of the bloatware. Unfortunately you then need to install an OS and if your chosen OS is Windows 10 then the bloatware will automagically reappear. World of Candy Minecraft whatever - always there, will be reinstalled at just that moment when you think you got rid of it.

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It's raining drones, but just one specimen: DJI's Matrice 200 quadcopter

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Re: Raises an interesting question

How about explosive disassembly on power fail? That way none of the bits that fall would be big enough to cause damage.

Don't need big explosives, just match-head style would suffice in the right places.

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Rise of the machines

or rather, "Fall of the machines"

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Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage

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Re: Note to Microsoft

@Peter2

"I have always put in a GPO on my sites to remove the "shut down" and "restart" options from the start menu of my servers"

I tried that with one particular customer. They were in the habit of rebooting the server whenever there was any problem, so I thought that removing the menu items would stop them. Instead, they resorted to yanking the power cable every time.

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Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Re: Racist?

Damn right it's racist. All of the text there is black. I demand an equal amount of white text in future articles. And a smattering of yellow, to appease the jaundice race.

And some slanty text for the Mediterraneans. Oops, sorry, that's italics, not italians. Always get those mixed up.

Then there's all the inter-racial connotations of having black text on white background. Why is it always that way around? Perhaps whitey wants to be on top sometimes. We should also note that it would be more representative if there was a lot of white-on-white and black-on-black.

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

The username+something@domain is called plus-addressing and has been available in sendmail (among others) since before gmail was a thing.

Don't try claiming that it's a unique gmail feature.

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Belgium: Oi, Brits, explain why Belgacom hack IPs pointed at you and your GCHQ

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Re: If you believe that, I have ...

Clearly the Upper Worthington Railway Modeling Society's Afternoon Tea Arrangements committee is a genuine committee.

The ones you need to look out for are the Railway Modeling Society of Upper Worthington's Afternoon Tea Arrangements committee.

Thanks. Mine's the one with Judean people on the front.

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Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes

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Re: How much space could Apple possibly book?

iPhone box dimensions: 14.5*9*8cm; 350g

Cargo plane capacities vary, but approx 1000m3; 80000kg

Therefore by volume you could get approx 1,000,000 iPhones; but by weight only 250,000

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It's Two Spacecraft, One Mission as BepiColombo gets ready to launch

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Gravity is never zero. It can be minuscule, but never zero.

But the point remains that mass and weight are not universally proportional.

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Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Re: Actually

Why would the P45s be circular?

Oh, you meant "around"...

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Re: Put a heater in the safe then ?

How would you power the heater? Ancient safes generally don't have a power supply inside them, and people tend to not want to set fire to the things inside the safe.

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Chrome 70 flips switch on Progressive Web Apps in Windows 10 – with janky results

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Holmes

I have widescreen monitors too, but like an awful lot of people I have my browser sized to take up about 2/3 the width - because that's a comfortable size/aspect ratio.

Monitor size is irrelevant; it's viewport size that matters.

I have some clients who run everything full-screen, on 23" monitors, because otherwise they 'get distracted' by being able to see other things. Thankfully not everyone gets distracted so trivially.

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Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Re: Monitor

Because monitors (particularly of that generation - it's not explicitly mentioned, but refers to CRTs) occasionally die through movement. Work fine on a desk for years, then you move it to another desk and it's dead.

I've had it happen to me, so I'm sure others have seen the same.

LCDs are slightly more robust, even if they don't feel it.

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Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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Re: If this guy has chosen not to install one of those ...

Maybe he's not even a tenant, but a squatter.

Or just an idiot who has no concept of redundant systems.

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With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Standardisation would have helped

The booster stage failed, but the soyuz capsule worked fine.

Imagine if they could bolt a soyuz onto a SpaceX Falcon, or whatever other combination of reliable sections... There would be no issue now. Part X fails, replace it with known-good part Z from someone else's program.

But no, they wouldn't do that because ... umm ... they want competition or something.

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Happy with your Surface Pro 3's battery? Well, here's a setting that will cut the charge by half

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But

Surely if a device spends all of its life plugged in, the user doesn't really care what the battery life is like.

If they charge the device and then use it until it's flat, then charge and repeat... they probably do care and the battery is being conditioned too.

So where is the problem?

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Indiegogo pulls handheld airport pervscanners off crowdfunding platform

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They would get a more scandalous celeb nude by just photoshopping a with-clothes picture. The resolution of these scanners is pathetic.

You might just about be able to work out whether a push-up bra is in use, but that's about it for the ladies. For the men, you could determine a bit more, but frankly nobody would bother.

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

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Re: bleh...

These days you make sure that the hosting provider has a remote console system (IP KVM, serial console, Drac, iLO, ...) and you don't worry about blocking yourself from the web side.

Of course you then worry about how well secured that remote console is instead.....

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Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

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Re: Ah, that explains it.

Make it 10am to 9:59am and you're onto a winner

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The fur is not gonna fly: Uncle Sam charges seven Russians with Fancy Bear hack sprees

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Re: Largely pointless?

It also says to Russia "We know what you're up to, and now so does everybody else"

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Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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Re: Why go public?

It's part of a united western declaration that Russia is doing naughty things.

The Dutch saying this alone... nobody cares. The Dutch, Brits, Americans, Australians, et cetera all saying similar things together will present a united front and people might listen.

Kinda like the #MeToo movement.

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Sendgrid blurts out OWN customers' email addresses with no help from hackers

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@Pascal

Fair points, but that doesn't mitigate the fact that sendgrid are a steaming pile of shite that we would be much better off without.

I would dearly love to be able to block them on my mail servers, but have got a few customers on legitimate mailing lists which (however misguided) use sendgrid.

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Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

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Re: Actually , no.

Apart from in the last decade or so, people actually haven't given a shit. They just use whatever router their ISP sent them and don't get into the technical bits.

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Resident evil: Inside a UEFI rootkit used to spy on govts, made by you-know-who (hi, Russia)

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Call me cynical

It's almost like UEFI was designed for this sort of crap.

Even if that's not the case, it was blindingly obvious that it would be used as such.

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Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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Other explosives

I wonder whether they've done similar studies for things like shuttle & satellite launches - OK, the explosives are directed downwards but there's still a metric shit-ton of force being expelled.

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Re: Approx

Some of us convert regularly enough that we don't need a calculator.

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

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So many people, so little understanding.

In it's idle mode, these gadgets just listen for a wake word - locally. They aren't constantly streaming your audio to a backend somewhere. Some simple network analysis would show you that.

Fine, go ahead and downvote me for bringing facts to a comment thread. Shocking, I know. I just thought you might like the revelation that amazon don't give a shit what noises you make during sex.

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Re: Mine are dead

Point well made. For people with limited or no vision, a voice based digital assistant is a link to the world which they didn't have before. It's a massive leap ahead of screen readers etc.

So before tarring everyone with your own opinionated brush, consider other points of view.

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Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

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Re: Break date.

Change the question slightly: Why don't skydivers regularly cut away their main 'chute and use the reserve?

It's a basic rule: if it's flyable, keep it. Even if it's not perfect (eg line-over). You just don't know whether the reserve will deploy properly and you don't want to end up in worse shit than you are in already.

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Or to put it another way "better the devil you know"

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

What's the point in banning guns? Surely it would be better to ban ammunition?

I realise that it's possible to make your own ammo, but it's also possible to make your own guns. Hell, a marble sellotaped to the end of a shotgun cartridge is lethal, simple and indiscriminate.

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Microsoft's Jet crash: Zero-day flaw drops after deadline passes

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Windows

I believe it's actually in the MS Office suite and has been since forever (I think I first encountered it in Office 95, but I didn't do DB stuff before that)

But yeah, it is incredibly widely deployed.

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National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe

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From TFA:

"As part of the World Computer Congress being held in Poland"

The participants in the conference will be in a different country. The bombe is noisy, but not THAT noisy!

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If you'd ever watched someone performing a reasonably complex calculation on an abacus, you'd realise that it's actually quite interesting.

It's amazing to realise what can be achieved with simple technology.

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: Gap in CV?

Well, NASA were having problems with the shuttle so....

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Check out this link! It's not like it'll crash your iPhone or anything (Hint: Of course it will)

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Re: And here's the reason it's not good there are are so few browser engines

"And iOS users might not be too delighted that they have a choice of precisely one engine."

I thought that the main pulling-force of iOS was precisely that the users don't have to make any choices? It's apple's way or no way.

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Amazon probes alleged bribery of staffers for data on e-tail platform

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Re: Reviews? What's the use?

Yeah, and dump the iPad - get an android tablet instead

(hopefully obvious trolling)

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Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

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Easy for internal

Instead of faxing a document, simply scan it in and print it to a remote printer.

You no longer need a phone book, but do have a list of 340 printers to choose from each time you print.

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First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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Re: 1st Issue Free Windows?

Missing punctuation...

1st Issue. Free Windows.

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