* Posts by Kevin Johnston

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SpaceX nails two launches and barge landings in one weekend

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Definitely need the moonbase, otherwise there will be nowhere to store the nuclear waste in order to get an unmanaged de-orbiting thrust. Would help if someone could get building the Eagles too :)

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Re: Doesn't compare.

According to my parents, I did that to the midwife as I was being born. Quite happy to use it for bragging rights even though I was only mostly there

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WannaCrypt blamed for speed camera reboot frenzy in Australia

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Re: No internet, huh?

Colour me a N00b but how would a modem to upload the images to a Police server equal an internet connection?

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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An opinion

To paraphrase Garry Trudeau introducing Calvin and Hobbes...

The utterance an Adult may know to be a lie may well reflect a child's deepest conviction at the moment it pops out...Fantasy is so accessible that the people lied to assume they are being manipulated when the truth is more frightening; they don't exist.

You make your own assumptions about how many politicians/lawyers/CEOs could be the child this applies to

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Genoans flout terror ban with bumper basil hand baggage policy

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I wonder

Does this count as an Intermission in the Security Theatre?

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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

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Simples

Just require them to define their services based on the non-fibre bit which will be measured and rounded up in miles so:-

Fibre into the house=Fibre

Fibre to a cabinet just round the corner =1CopperMile/1CableMile

Fibre to the exchange=20CopperMiles/20CableMiles

Of course this is all pointless until OFCOM/ASA grow a set of balls

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UCL ransomware attack traced to malvertising campaign

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Shocked

I am shocked I tell you

"happy to trade defence-in-depth strategies for single vendor reliance when moving to the cloud"

Moving to the cloud fixes everything, this salesman showed me a report on the internet so it MUST be true

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BT problems impact Department for Work and Pensions services

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I bet the system has 'Smart' somewhere in the blurb sent to the users to say how awesome it is, probably got 'Resilient' too.

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: Add it to the pile of coal.

Replacing the battery on my Land Rover Discovery needed a crane...

Have you SEEN the size of those batteries?

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Scottish govt mulled scrapping £178m car-crash IT system

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Lessons learned

The failings of the programme mirror those of the CAP system in England and Wales.

So they took the plans for the England/Wales system and proved that if you keep doing things the same way you keep getting the same results. Surely there must be something which just needs values, rules and reports added and doesn't require them to keep re-inventing the wheel each time with continually changing numbers of spokes/sides/axles?

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Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Re: π = 3.0

BS Johnson beat them to it when he developed the Sorting Machine

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Yet more reform efforts at the Euro Patent Office, and you'll never guess what...

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Re: "President Battistelli's term ends in June, 2018"

This rather assumes that one of the planned reform measures does not include using International standards for transfer of power. Just like the ones used in Zimbabwe, North Korea etc etc. aka Dead Men's Shoes

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Wi-Fi Dream Home Of The Future™ gets instructions for builders

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Re: Trunking

Maaaany moons ago there was a company in Crawley (Rose Auto Supplies I think) that did a catalogue (yes it was that long ago) and the cover was always tongue-in-cheek.

One year was an electric claw hammer that came in mains or cordless but the one this story is bringing to mind is the dual mains sockets for retrofitting into buildings post-decoration. They were infra-red so no cables to run. They had an amazing number of enquiries apparently.

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Gave you an upvote but really, ethernet over mains? Was there no other choice?

I have managed to install discrete cabling on each house we have been in for some time now and have installed low-power wireless access points in appropriate locations where the kids insist on using their phones/tablets. If it is a laptop then use a bloody cable, you will get much better throughput than sharing a wifi link with half a dozen other bits of kit.

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Whisky snobs scotched by artificial tongue

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waste of a taste

My Father-in-law converted me to drink single malts as he had an amazing collection but sadly he developed a medical condition which precluded him drinking them....Hmmm whatever was a good son-in-law to do? Oh yeah, drink it all for him so he didn't have to look at it any more

I have yet to find one I cannot form at least a temporary friendship with

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Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

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*Shudder*

That 'special tool' to drill into thick ethernet after clamping on a huge block of metal to allow an PC to be connected. And then finding some arse had ignored the 'connect here' markings and because of minimum separation you were not going to be able to connect enough to the carefully planned cable and you have to run a second along exactly the same route

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Amazon pulls snouts from all-you-can-eat cloud storage buffet

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Re: Bah!

Well that was a shock

Just for giggles I had a search for a Parallel port card and I got tons of hits for PCI cards with parallel/RS232 ports. Makes me wonder if I should go back through my box of 'I may yet need this' kit to see what I could have another play with

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Axed from IBM for remote working? Don't go crying to HPE

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Damn right it is down to good managers

In a previous life I was a field service engineer and if I was not at a customer site I was not making money for the company and had little activity I could be involved in.

One glorious sunny summer Friday lunchtime my manager was talking to me and said 'This is the sort of day to be walking a golf course and not sat in an office'. Taking the very broad hint I laid out a sequence of things I needed to do in other buildings and his response was 'See you Monday'. The flip side, when he called me on a Saturday morning to ask me to fly out to a customer in Jordan the next day for two weeks I said 'what flight?'

So many problems all come down to managers either not understanding their role or not being allowed to step outside of the box

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Europe to upgrade its continental GPS

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I recall

a wonderful story about the Nav system installed on a supertanker which could combine various signals from fixed points with GPS to plot the position of the receiver to within 1metre. Seemed slight overkill to me at the time when it could travel the best part of a mile before it could stop.

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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a Mortal Threat...to augmented reality games

Really, Really? That is the best they could some up with?

So in short, private companies want to monetise public spaces with no responsibility for the consequences and they wonder that the guardians of those public spaces have said 'Bog off'?

Most people stop scraping the barrel when they wear a hole in the bottom, others it seem decide that the barrel is of infinite depth and so anything in or under the barrel is theirs to mine

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Re: USSA

That 'private group chat' was on the Harvard web-boards so yes, it was their business as it breached their T&Cs

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The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

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It's the Internet

As has been said so many times by so many people (and most of them better with words than I am) the anonymity of the Internet means you can say things you would not say to someone's face. But this is both a negative and a positive in that some people need to be told their work/opinion is not acceptable and that needs you to be a very confident person to say it to someone's face. As mentioned above, the main problem with text-based conversations is that you cannot determine tone and it is very easy to be hurt by a rejection no matter how well it is worded and then filter the comment through that hurt and see it as offensive.

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Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

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SGI - Playing at work

I was at a Flight Sim company that used SGI for modelling the scenarios and it had the software to fly around the model to check for artifacts, break-up etc and many a quiet hour was spent practising landing the curved approach at the old Hong Kong airport.

There was even a company using SGI systems slapped on a basic cockpit as an starter pack for trainee pilots, the graphics really were that good.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Re: Disaster Recovery anyone?

I think from a management perspective it is not a DRP, but an NMP (Not My Problem)

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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pay-per-view for Ad-Blockers?

Oh dearie dearie me, these people just don't get it do they.

Have a wild stab in the dark guess about why people use Ad-blockers...yep, you guys are pushing total crap through Ads along with opening holes for other people to throw all manner of malwareSpam at us so we are fighting back. Clearly the Ad-blockers are now having enough impact that revenues are threatened so I would say that is a win.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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Cardinal Richlieu?

I think I may have spotted who they are modelling their systems on.

"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."

If you have a multi-page form and links to all their social media that should make finding the right items even simpler.

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Nvidia: Pssst... farmers. Need to get some weeds whacked?

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Re: Assuming it works...

You seem to be assuming the farmer doesn't practise crop rotation. Not going to help much if you are a dead ringer for last year's crop

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: Really a power failure?

It may not have been a hospital and dead patients but I was working in a Flight Simulator company and overnight the cleaners unplugged an external disc unit providing customised scenarios for a customer. Losing the connectivity froze the 'in use' simulator mid session leaving the instructor to show the students how to egress from a platfom stuck 5m up and at a 30degree angle

These things are not all Urban myths

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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

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Re: Beg your pardon?

Ah, but you seem to have missed the punctuation which very subtly separates Mr Lucas from the aforementioned Good Directors

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Microsoft court victory prompts call for data-grabbing regime

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Quite, clearly the current laws and International agreements are too rigid and do not provide the opportunities to have a quick firkle to see what can be dredged up to justify a proper warrant. After all, if you have nothing to hide - put your data in the cloud

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FCC revised net neutrality rules reveal cable company control of process

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"Comcast's lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to the owners of a website that let people search for their own name to see if it had been falsely used to argue against net neutrality"

Not sure about the American legal system but is parody a fair-use defence?

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IoT standards? We've got 'em. And if you don't like those, we got more

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Re: BX[0] (was: xkcd - Standards)

This...so many many times.

As a teenage apprentice I made the mistake of declaring to a real engineer that the connector he wanted to use was not a standard RS232 connector. He politely sent me to the companies Tech Library to read said standard and I was humbled. Who knew you could have a 1 conductor '232 cable? I did after reading the manual.

On my return he explained that a standard was a banner raised in battle to identify the knight holding it and each knight had his own standard. Since those days standards have proliferated

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But surely Elected officials are the definition of AI...You are convinced there has to be some intelligence in there but it's all faked

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DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

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Re: Two Words... F..

Quite, this is the kind of statement put out by companies to set themselves onto the moral high ground and polish their halos while in reality any rules/regs this is to meet will be very localised and could even encourage Government agencies to scope-creep. This is the last thing which was needed after the FAA got slapped down for trying much the same thing with no more legality behind them.

If you want to have a real discussion about limiting non-commercial drones then do it. Make it very public and involve bodies running similar activities such as RC aircraft or hot air balloons and you will get a sensible result if you bother to listen.

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America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky

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Re: stupid l[aw]yers

I may be mistaken, it has happened before on 12th January 1973 if I recall correctly, but there are regulations regarding use of radio controlled aircraft in the vicinity of airfields which would cover your 'student pilot' scenario.

That doesn't prevent people being a complete arse about this stuff but, y'know, use existing rules/laws before playing the sledgehammer legislation card

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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Have to agree, it was looking quite interesting up until that point

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German court set to rule on legality of IP address harvesting

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Identification through IP Address

While the line about 'assigned by ISP' is partly true, if you have a static IP address that fig-leaf becomes a somewhat transparent.

The question I would have is can the same treatment be applied to people using IPV6? (Cue the gags about do you mean both of them?)

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Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

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Re: Quick question

I have a beard and a weird haircut which must make me cool and trendy and I don't have a smartwatch, or a smartband.

Rumour has it that with a little effort such as the odd mugging or string of burglaries I could have a limited edition SmartAnklet. That is guaranteed entry into Fashionabledomness

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Avast blocks the entire internet – again

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All HTTP requests are blocked from all applications including Windows Update

So many good jokes possible from just this one line

Must..Resist..Win10

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Just 99.5 million nuisance calls... and KeurBOOM! A £400K megafine

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Better yet

Add him to as many mailing lists as you can locate plus get his phones added to the calling lists? Sauce for the goose etc.

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Realistic Brits want at least 3 security steps on bank accounts

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Re: Like Razors ...

Abbey (OK, Santander) have 7 each time you try to login from a different PC or if you refuse to allow them to store cookies.

They also try to encourage you to install Trusteer but anything with a name like that has to be Fake News, Facebook told me so.

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IBM: Remote working is great! ... For everyone except us

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Resistance to Homeworking?

I think a lot of the resistance is from people who have always seen a Corporate Ladder which needs climbing. They have only ever 'worked from home' on days they needed to be there for the plumber/Gas man etc and don't understand that without a lot of the distractions of an office environment (and don't get me started on bloody Open Plan offices to improve teamwork).

Anyone that has worked at more than a handful of companies has the flexibility to see that there is no 'one size fits all' method for working and that some people shine when they work outside the box while others need the structure (dare I say limitations?) of a traditional office as a comfort zone. Unfortunately very few managers have the freedom to achieve the best fit as they will have pressures from all sides to fit into a common structure

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Microsoft Azure capacity woes hit UK customers. Yes, you read that right

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Re: Manners.

Does that tower come with or without lube?

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ISPs must ensure half of punters get advertised max speeds

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Wow, gosh

A supplier who thinks giving more information about their service levels will confuse people. I can see his point, they might think the offered service is a pile of poo if only 11% get the top-rated speed compared to this other company where 15% achieve it. That could confuse them into giving their money to the wrong person ie, the other guy

quelle horreur

I would like to see a bell curve of %users vs reported speed, although of course that may look more like an exponential decay curve where 80% get <10% of the best speed

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Forgetful ZX Spectrum reboot firm loses control of its web domains

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We asked the firm about this but it did not respond. ®

So, are they trying to make themselves look as big and important as Apple Inc?

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Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow

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Re: Alternative facts again?

I rather liked the way he included the EU AND individual EU countries, talk about stacking the deck. Not that he even managed to get that right (@Frank)

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Re: non-replaceable battery

I would have agreed with you a few years ago but unless the battery flips to hand-warmer mode in the first few weeks/months then it is likely to last quite some time. I currently have a Q10 which is still on the original battery but am likely to get a KEYOne because the Q10 is getting a bit battered and the USB connector is iffy but I want a phone with a physical keyboard.

If I have not needed to replace the replaceable battery in the four years I have had the phone then it disappears as a significant factor. Thinking back I have only ever once had an extra battery for a phone and that was a long way back when I was using a phone a lot and needed the comfort factor of spare power 'just in case'. These days I carry an emergency battery thing which covers that role for all my devices.

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What is dead may never die – how to get a post-BlackBerry BlackBerry

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I have a Q10 too but it is getting a little tatty and this may be the replacement. With regards to comments below about the keyboard, I am sure I am not the only person that finds the lack of feedback on a virtual keyboard makes typing a real pain

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Game authors demand missing ZX Spectrum reboot royalties

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So...

They say they never refuse a request for a refund but that is not the same as saying they actually process them.

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Irish! data! police! are! preparing! to! whack! Yahoo! over! that! hack!

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Yep, data protection breaches are a monthly or even weekly event, if you went the tax route you only get that once a year.

Oh I see, you meant...my bad

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