* Posts by Gotno iShit Wantno iShit

487 posts • joined 16 Jan 2009


Using WhatsApp for your business comms? It's either that or reinstall Lotus Notes

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Re: RE: Alister

That is, by a considerable distance, the politest description of Lotus Notes I have ever encountered.

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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A three-point turn.

Nah, you'll get round in one in a real mini.

Huawei's 7nm 64-core Arm server brain, fresh Intel desktop Core chips, IBM tapping Samsung for Power10, and more

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Re: autonomous cars

.. With move to LED lights dazzle seems to be getting worse

I don't find LEDs as bad as Xenon. Sure they are worse for dazzle than filament but the beam cut line of an LED doesn't seem quite as sharp as Xenon. LED are just as bright as Xenon but the slightly softer transition as the cut line crosses the eye makes it not quite so bad. I am really glad Xenon is getting superseded without ever becoming mainstream. FOAFs who own Xenon really rate them however.

At least that's the way it seems to me , YMMV.

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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Re: Barriers

Thrust SSC came very close to killing Mr Green. It was little more than two of the biggest engines Noble could scrounge strapped to something with wheels, there were good reasons as soon as the bangs were heard they packed up and came home rather than push for a bit more.

The amount of design effort in Bloodhound is in another league. It should be capable of breaking the sound barrier in a controlled fashion rather than with fingers firmly crossed. It's worth doing just to prove the aerodynamics of that feat are solved. If anyone is thinking of posting "but but but aircraft break the sound barrier all the time" I strongly suggest you go do some reading instead.

I agree though that once above the sound barrier numbers are pretty arbitrary. Damn shame.

Three become six as new 'nauts arrive for a visit to the ISS

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Re: Pretty brave

If I were going up on a firecracker the first after an incident is the one I would choose. The level of checking on a return to flight mission is way above the run of the mill.

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

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Re: Arrested for being drunk @Rich 11

One of my mates got fined for speeding on his bicycle. The cops were so impressed that he'd managed 36mph on a winding country lane that they didn't notice he'd inadvertently admitted he was cycling home from the pub

No he didn't. He might have been fined for cycling carelessly or without consideration for others or somesuch but he was not done for speeding. More likely he was simply stopped and given a talking to and inappropriate speed may well have been a factor in that.


Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Re: the wifi hardware in older vs newer laptops.

The wifi driver is not in the kernel that ships in the 18.04 LTS images (inc Mint 19) but it is in the live update line. This means that you need to install and then perform updates using a wired connection (USB dongle). Once the kernel is fully updated the wifi works.

There is also an issue with the 4 speaker system, only 2 work straight off but one user claims a fix. The camera works fine, the fingerprint reader doesn't.

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Woohoo! And bum.

The former as this is another nail in the coffin of the 16:9 fixation in the tech industry. The latter because the RAM is soldered on the main board. Battery appears to be replaceable though.

If it were whiskey lake (which has some hardware spectre & meltdown mitigations) I think I'd be opening my wallet for this despite the RAM. I just might anyway. Time to read up on getting Mint on it.

Peers to HMRC: Digital tax reforms 3 days after Brexit? Hold your horses, how 'bout 3 years...

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Re: FreeAgent

<googles, follows link>

Run your business from anywhere

So that'll be cloud then meaning all my confidential data is held on a server god knows where with god knows who having access to it and I have zero backup on systems I control. Shall I look to see if FreeAgent will compensate me for the fines I'll incur when it goes TITSUP on the last weekend before the submission deadline?

And all for the bargain sum of £261 per year. That works out as £65.25 per VAT return to fill out 7 boxes for me.

Errrrr, no thanks.

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How in hell is filling out 7 boxes once a quarter so complicated it needs automating?

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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Re: Starship

RUD is what happens subsequent to an otherwise successful takeoff.

A RUD can happen at any time, it refers to the whole vehicle whereas as you say hard start refers to a motor. spacecom was surely a RUD of vehicle, payload and significant proportions of the launch complex.

Busy week for ISS as Russia resumes flights and vies for parking spaces with NASA

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A pedant would be wrong.

The launch of the geostationary satellite is the 18th of the year for SpaceX, equalling its 2017 record. Of course, a pedant might point out that the figure is higher, since the Falcon Heavy used three of the things in one go.

Falcon heavy was one launch, the 2017 has not (yet) been beaten. If the same pedant wished to count landings + splashdowns + RUDs then yes the 2017 record has been beaten.

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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B###dy agencies!

I had one gratuitously embellish my CV once. I responded to a motorsport job which sounded like it might fit me but was very short on details. I sent over my CV and was told I was a good fit. A couple of weeks later I sat in a small office at Williams F1 while I and the interviewers tried to work out what the hell I was doing there. I had most of what they wanted but not the one key must-have skill - DSPs. Never been near one then and still haven't.

Clunk, bang, rattle: Is that a ghost inside your machine?

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Re: A real ghost story - Not mine

I wish you'd put at the top that it came from mumsnet, I'd have known it was utter bollocks straight off and saved myself a few minutes.

Swedes grumbling about Apple Store in their park are lucky – in Toronto, Google eats all your data

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Keep your food miles low

In the google town, those big vats top right, is that where the soylent green is made?

Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

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Re: Stink?

I call them nutgeg and mace, until now I had no idea they were the same plant so I thank you for the education. It does rather reinforce my opinion that using different one word names for different parts of the same plant is the more confusing. If our larder contained a jar of nutmeg aril next to the nutmeg not only would I have known they were from the same plant but I'd likely have learned what an aril is before today.

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Re: Stink?

Yes, calling it coriander leaf or coriander seed really is tremendously confusing. Referring to two parts of the same plant by completely different words works so much better and saves the enormous effort of using two words.

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

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You asked



NASA chief in Moscow: 'We will fly again on a Russian Soyuz rocket'

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giving him such confidence in a launch system that a few short days ago nearly resulted in tragedy.

There are so fantastically many things that can go wrong I'm really not sure this launch got any closer to tragedy than a launch that achieves orbital insertion. A failure mode was anticipated, instruments detected it and mitigations in place performed faultlessly. I would imagine that pretty high on NASAs list of goals is something akin to 'Don't kill anyone', this launch achieved that goal.

Had there been a catastrophic failure that they survived, stage 1 blowing as stage 2 departed for example, that would be a near tragedy. It appears this was simply something wasn't right in the lightup sequence of stage 2 so it didn't go ahead. That's just a malfunction not a near tragedy. Anomalies abort launches all the time, they aren't described as near tragedies. It just so happens that this stage 2 anomaly was detected after launch.

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

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Re: Alarm avoidance - of a kind

That's the way I read it too. Really struggling to see how this is in any way good.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Sprouts

I came here to say the same thing. Cooked "al dente", tossed in butter with some bacon lardons and just a hint of nutmeg.

It is truly a crime that I can only upvote this once.

Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

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Re: Aren't Vendors Supposed To NOT Store The CVV?

Correct, they should not be stored and there is no indication BA did. This is why most sources suspect this was a live leak, copying the data to a rogue receiver during purchase.

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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Credit to Microsoft for a truly novel idea

Quality assurance in web design.

Defense Distributed starts selling gun CAD files amid court drama

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Re: I'll never understand Americans and their fetish for guns

Nor do I but I do understand this is not about the guns. Owning guns is legal, making guns is legal, sharing knowledge is legal, sharing knowledge about making guns is legal. So why is sharing knowledge about making guns when in a format downloadable to a machine illegal? It's about what knowledge the government is going to decide it is illegal to share next.

(I'm not arguing for or against anything)

Cobbler feels the shoe-leather: An IP address is still not a human

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Re: IPv4

Flywheel, you've just given me an idea. Hack IoT toilets to create a botnet that downloads Adam Sandler movies over and over consuming all available bandwidth, bytes stored to /dev/null. This would a) save any poor sod from accidently downloading 90 minutes of Sandler arse gravy and b) what better receptacle for the job?

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

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They might well have a complete history of what AnonymousUser142857 has done the web, but I'm not sure how they could connect that with Joe Bloggs from Ipswich.

Dear Faecbook, please provide a copy of and then delete all data held by yourselves regarding the owner of phone IMEI aa-bbbbbb-cccccc-ee. Regards, Joe from Ipswitch.

CADs and boffins get some ThinkPad love

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Every time I see 'Apple like' or 'targeting the Microsoft Surface range' or 'for professional power users' or similar on a laptop review I excitedly open the page. This time like every other I'm disappointed, I didn't even have to scroll beyond the picture at the top to see it was yet another 16:9 DVD player on steroids. Why are Microsoft and Apple the only manufacturers that can grasp that for a professional user having a screen optimised for movie watching is just stupid?

Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Also, there is ALREADY BUILT another 2 versions

That is a magic leap of faith, this is Abovitz talking here. I wouldn't accept any more than:

1) Version 1 has been built.

2) A cloth covering something unknown has been seen.

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

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Re: What's the battery life like?

There's loads of choice on the screens, you can have 16:9, 16:9, 16:9, 16:9 or, wait for it, yes 16:9!

Way to go Dell.

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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Fs#king Pisa Airport!

I've had exactly the issues Dabbsy describes. Multiple times. First time returning a car at Pisa last July I fluked it, no idea how. The next three times through Nov & Dec the befuddlement differed, <Impossibile verificare la carta</I> had that, cannot select a pump - had that. I ended up with a fistful of zero recipts. Those times resulted in me driving off to find somewhere else to fill up. This year I've admitted defeat and just use the one a couple of miles round the perimeter road.

By the way, cash only works if you know how much you need and it is exactly a note (no coin slot). Change is only given in the form of a printed code to type in at your next visit within two weeks. Fantastic con for the only station at an international airport.

Relive your misspent, 8-bit youth on the BBC's reopened Micro archive

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Re: I had a BBC B, Then Master 128, then Archimedes

wondering how they could be transferred onto the computer

With a teletext adapter:



In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: World Gin Day

- the trick is knowing where to pick the sloes, and no, I'm not sharing :)

Miserable party pooper, I'll tell 'em then. At the bottom of my garden :-).

Cold call bosses could be forced to cough up under new rules

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Re: Good news everyone

I'm really not doing well today with the old English and spelling

Going through a bad spell?

Activists hate them! One weird trick Facebook uses to fool people into accepting GDPR terms

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I found it exceedingly difficult to click on that taboola style title. My index finger just wouldn't push the mouse button.

Uber jams Arizona robo-car project into reverse gear after deadly smash

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Re: Admittance of guilt?

Seems to me more likely the culture at that site is deemed irretrievably Kalanick (I know few higher insults). Perhaps Khosrowshahi and Hart see a better culture in Pittsburg. Cut out the dead wood, regroup, regrow.

GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We'll extend Europe's privacy rights worldwide

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@Mark 85

I've not had time to test it myself yet but I'll pass on a tip I picked up on these hallowed pages - Pi hole. Out of the box that provides network level blocking of ads but you can add a list to also block telemetry.



It could be you: National Lottery hands £16m to England's Jodrell Bank

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I was wondering how the hell £12m lottery funding plus £8m government taxpayer funding added up to £16.1m. The taxpayer share is actually £4m (see link below).


HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector

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Re: "most contractors would go permie"

What? Really? In what universe?

This universe. Ask your project manager about the comparative book cost to his project of permies vs contractors. In the oil & gas project I'm on now permies are the more expensive by far. Contractor rates have taken several hits in the last few years, everyone get's an email one day that basically says take a 15% cut or there's the door.... Contractors at Fluor are going through a 10-25% cut right now. What are the chances of a permie getting hit with that? Nil.

It was closer on the project I was on 6 years ago but the permies doing the same job as me were still the higher book cost.

Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change

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Re: Yes

The comparison is not fair. VW cheated for their own benefit, Ofcom are unlikely to cheat for the benefit of Virgin.

It is not clear but I think the chap from Which? might be acknowledging something amiss with their methodology. He certainly shouldn't be questioning Ofcom as Ofcom's testing methodology is the fair one. Ofcom tested the speed of the broadband to the building (92% of the advertised 200Mbps). Which? tested the speed of WiFi in the house, their result (26% of 200Mbps) is the slowest link in the chain and beyond the control of Virgin. Even if Virgin supplied the router they are not responsible for someone running the Which? tool from the end of their garden.

If I ran a Pi off a 9600 baud serial link what would that say about the broadband to my premises?

Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence

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Whether he was drunk at the end of a shitty day making that call is not relevant. What matters is his state of mind much earlier in the day when his rights were allegedly explained to him.

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Re: Signed a Miranda waiver form after being read his rights

Thanks for the link Walter, interesting reading.


It is good to see that US law makes the distinction between writing malware (legal) and deploying it (illegal). Without that most security researchers would be inside by now.

Based on the evidence disclosed so far there's nothing to suggest Hutchins was involved in packaging and deploying Kronos. It seems he wrote some of the code in it but then so probably did hundreds of others if you look at all the dependencies and libraries down to the core. So looking good for Hutchins. Except of course that he'll be a Brit in front of 12 Trumpistani jurors and as any follower of Hollywood movies knows the Brit is always evil.

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

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My guess would have been four letters rather than French.

Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Since we're all being terribly un-pc popping jibes at France I searched for this one I rather like, I couldn't remember the exact phrase:

Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. All you do is leave behind a lot of noisy baggage

I found it on this site which has a Complete Military History of France:


I commend that site to the house.

Bombshell discovery: When it comes to passwords, the smarter students have it figured

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Re: Smartest People (without Fat Fingers)

Raises an interesting question... Do medical students who are used to using ludicrously long terms all day use better passwords than software students who habitually use the shortest possible acronym for everything?

Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK

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Re: "6502 CPU and two 6522 processors"

Thanks, you saved me looking it up. My memory alarms went off when I read that but I generally don't trust my recall system beyond 30 hours. To find it was working right after a mere 28 ish years in my case, all be it faintly, is cheering.

Windows app makers told to think different – you're Microsoft 365 developers, now

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"We want to do things because they're the right thing to do, not just because we can," the veep said.

Oh goody, so you are going to shut down the whole 365 cloud debacle and go back to developing software we control resident on our PCs then? You're Not? You're going to go on pushing a method of software distribution that has advantages for the developer, serious disadvantages in usability, availability and security for the user instead? I don't quite understand your statement then.

Former Volkswagen CEO indicted over emission cheating conspiracy

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Re: Something I have long wondered about...

...is why the other perpetrators are being constantly and consistently ignored in this. VW were only the first ones being caught, and were the first ones by pure chance--the road-test procedure used to check on-road emissions just happened to be tested on a VW Golf Diesel first, because the car was at hand. It could just as well have been an Audi A3 (OK, same company), a Honda Accord Diesel, or even a Jeep Cherokee.

You are conflating two issues. No diesels meet emission regulations in real world testing. That has long been known in the industry and is now known more widely. But there was no cheating going on, it is just a factor of poorly designed test regimes. Or rather - far too well designed test regimes that in seeking to give repeatable results became unrealistic. Take any BMW or Honda off the street and it will pass the test despite being dirty in real world conditions.

But what VW did was go further. Because the test is so predictable the cars were programmed to recognise when they were being tested and switched to an engine map that would never otherwise be used. If you tried to drive an Audi in that mode on the road it would be gutless to the point of being undrivable. Because they then didn't need to concern themselves with passing the test Audi engines on their real map became far worse polluters than the equivalent BMW or Honda.

The two situations are radically different and we should be grudgingly thankful to Audi because without dieselgate it seems unlikely to me that the first situation would be getting addressed. The tests would have just gone on getting tighter and tighter and less realistic very time. What we need are tests that are numerically less strict but applied all driving situations and so far more beneficial overall.

Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

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Re: I have always said...

Humans are no different. I frequently design/build/program according to the requirement spec only to find out when I sit down with the customer to conduct the FAT that what I've done is not what they wanted.

If I do a second degree I'll ensure the course syllabus is curated by Doris Stokes.

45-day drone flights? You are like a little baby. How about a full YEAR?

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Re: Why just police?

Speaking of which, when is the next round of StreetView?

I saw a slurp wagon on the roads of North Yorkshire last Friday. I thought it was a continuous process with a small fleet once a country had been done once.

HP Ink to compensate punters for bricking third-party ink cartridges

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Re: Motherf***ers. I strongly doubt this is the only HP that has done this.

They are not, Brady are worse with their wire marker and label systems. Of course you cannot use 3rd party rolls in Brady printers but that is just the start. The rolls are chipped and a roll of 100 labels can only be advanced 100 places. That doesn't sound a problem until you consider that you cannot tear off the last label printed, you have to advance the roll to get at your label. If you then manually rewind the roll to print on the skipped label the printer will refuse to use the roll before it is empty.

Effectively if you are printing one at a time the cost of your labels is doubled and they are eye wateringly expensive to begin with.

Motherf***ers indeed.


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