* Posts by Peter Simpson 1

1442 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

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Tracking/monitoring badge?

I think the odds that it would take a trip through the washer are fairly high. I might even use the microwave to dry it off.

Or, it might just get clipped to my bag and remain at my desk all day. I've worked in several companies that required me to wear a badge, and it was always in my wallet, never clipped to my shirt. Managers were the only ones who wore them. Corporate fear of unauthorized snoopers was always the excuse for asking you to wear them. As both companies went under, I pity the [alleged] snoopers.

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Lights out! Newbie IT manager's dark basement trip

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TV station

A friend was the tech honcho for a US TV station. They had built a brand new transmitter building, all new kit, several stations shared the building. There was a HUGE diesel generator outside and a fairly large UPS to carry the load while the diesel spooled up. Everything tested fine*.

First power failure comes, and everyone's off the air. Cables from the UPS to the generator had been improperly connected. Generator never started. Heads rolled (luckily, not my friend's)

*That is, the UPS tested OK, and the generator fired up when the "test" button was pushed.

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Chinese unleash autonomous airborne taxi

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Re: There we go-

The Future is here, and it is Chinese.

Best not to cast too critical an eye over it, then.

// lest it explode, crash or poison you.

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Philae's phinal phling: Germans made weekend spin-up attempt

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Re: I mean what is the point

Velcro

Penicillin

Vaccines

Computers

Cell Phones

Aircraft

Automobiles

Oil

The Internet

Well, yeah, but apart from Velcro, Penicillin, vaccines, computers, cell phones, aircraft, automobiles, oil and the Internet, what has science ever done for us?

// need a Python (Monty) icon

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Catalan town hall seriously downsizes monarch

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A bit too sophisticated for those boys, I'm afraid

// can you really call a group of 20 armed men a "militia"?

/// note the use of the more polite term "Men" as opposed to, say, "delusional fools"

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Foetuses offered vaginal music streaming service

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Re: Only one album fits

[ahem]

Nothing by Monty Python, then?

// you know the one I mean...

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HPE's London boozer dubbed the 'Hewlett You Inn?'

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Re: Is the company bar a European thing?

Years ago (1978), when I worked for Data General, they had a strict "no alcohol on premises" policy. This was, granted, in the United States of Lawsuits, and I understand and accept that the norm in other countries is different.

But, a bar??? Seems like a lot of expensive square footage which would be seldom used to its capacity (unless the sales weasels have a daily "beer o'clock" meeting)

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Anyone seen my DVD? Ohio loses disc holding 50,000 citizens' records

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Most probable explanation

Disc was left in someone's drive. Drive (and attached computer) then sent to recycling facility.

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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Re: Pedant alert

They will run Windows 7 instead...

No, they've just been force-upgraded to Windows 10.

Try to keep up, won't you?

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Brit 'naut Tim Peake thunders aloft

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Shame...

...SPB couldn't have prevailed upon him to chuck LOHAN out the window on the way up.

// safe travels, Tim!

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Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

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Re: Errr..clarification

So it may well have breached the pressure vessel, but in a location where it "Didn't Actually Matter" (TM)

There is no such place in a pressure vessel.

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Spanish village mounts Playmobil extravaganza

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Re: Xmas In Catalunya

And in the Roman "Battle of Bejesus" scene, was "Romanes eunt domum" spotted on any walls?

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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You needed a Molly-guard:

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/molly-guard

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

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Re: Truth to Power

Here in the US we're finding it difficult to impossible to ignore the traitor in the White House right now.

Not all of us. Some of us think he's doing a better job than Trump could. Especially, when it comes to reasoned discussion of the threats facing us.

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Libertarian hero: 'Satoshi Nakamoto', government funds, the NSA and the DHS

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Where did they find

A card punch and cards to make the title photo?

// National Museum of Computing?

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

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Re: since when...

Didn't you know that the Internet's core router is Bill Gates' kitchen wireless AP...?

No, it isn't -- it's a small black box with a red blinking light, and it's on top of Big Ben.

// or so I'm told

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James Clapper has found another reason why he lied about NSA spying

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He's a spy

They lie. So often, it becomes a habit. And they're in even bigger trouble if they reveal the existence of a classified program.

Not saying it's right, or justified, just that they live and work in a different world, where the rules are different, and they can easily convince themselves that the normal rules don't apply to them.

Also, they tend to have a mentality that they are the last bastion of defense for a peaceful country. So, "civilians" (including congresscritters) aren't capable of even comprehending the momentous consequences of the work they do every day to protect this country. Therefore, the opinions and wishes of the "general public" (i.e.: those without Top Secret Codeword clearances) are mere distractions, and not to be taken very seriously. Honest. You got a little peek into that world during the Watergate scandal: "When the President does it, that means it's not illegal."

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Is John McAfee running for US president? 'My campaign manager told me not to comment'

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Trump...the REAL story

I'm almost 100% convinced, that Trump is secretly being paid by The Onion, to "run for President" as a piece of performance art.

// at least, I certainly hope so

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BOFH: Taking a spin in a decommissioned racer? On your own grill cam be it

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Coincidence?

A 4 year old driving a Volvo dumper:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7kx67NnuSd0#t=0

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Re: Cheap shot, Mr. Orlowski

Perhaps not so much of a cheap shot as a reminder of priorities? Maslow and all that.

It's all well and good to want everyone to have Facebook available to them, but I think Mr. Gates is on the right track when he wants to improve living conditions and provide quality health care to those who don't have it.

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Spanish village celebrates Playmobil nativity

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Re: All that's missing-

Apparently, you can now get the t-shirt:

http://www.cafepress.com/+cheeses-of-nazareth+t-shirts

and there's actually a real life cheese store in Nazareth, PA:

http://calandracheesesofnazareth.com/

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Re: Krampus

...he gets the Disney treatment.

Oh, I do hope not.

The unknown is so much more motivating than the saccharine, where malevolent mythical beings are concerned

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Re: Fred Dagg

And from my childhood:

We three kings of orient are.

Tried to smoke a rubber cigar.

It was loaded,

It exploded,

Scattered us near and far.

No, it doesn't make much sense, but it sure was funny when I was six years old.

Happy Holidays!

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Krampus

Perhaps you need to introduce your daughter to the antithesis of Jolly Old Saint Nick (tm).

Christmas has gotten altogether too cheerful and positive of late, Krampus restores the downside, reminding naughty little boys and girls that maybe a lump of coal isn't the worst that could happen to them.

Krampusnacht...5 December. If you've been good, you'll get to see the morning of the 6th :-)

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Walmart spied on workers' Tweets, blogs before protests

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Re: Look for the union label!

Not a big fan of WalMart, or the way they operate, but I can't see anything wrong with the article. I don't shop there on principle, and would be happy to see them unionized. There's a limit to the depths a company should sink, and my feeling is, WalMart has dropped below that limit.

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How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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"I am but a simple Pole on a complex plane."

Left or right side of the plane?

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Microsoft Windows: The Next 30 Years

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Re: I, me, personally ...

I'm seriously interested in why Microsoft hasn't built the definitive desktop OS.

They've had years of "experience" with less-than ideal software. Plenty of money. Lots of bright people, including some who have built great OS designs in the past. And they're still at the bottom of the list -- which is often a good place to be, because you have examples of what people want, above you, and no place to go but up. You'd think the company would be tired of being the joke of the OS industry -- "Windows, the default OS...just good enough to do the job...most of the time" It would be easy to set up a "skunk works" project to design a better Windows from scratch.

So, why isn't Windows now the be-all and end-all of OSes? The technical ability is present, the money and staff are available...management *must* be willing...

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Amazon resets account passwords feared compromised – report

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How'd they get the logins?

Funny, I just got a strange email, allegedly from Amazon.

"Since you bought [this product], you're eligible for a free year of unlimited Amazon Cloud Storage -- just click this button and sign in to your Amazon account."

I had actually bought the (somewhat pricey) product mentioned on Amazon, about 6 months ago, but it was sold by a different company.

The email was very convincing. Ultimately, I deleted it, although I could certainly have come up with a use for the storage. Just didn't smell right.

// elementary, my dear Watson

Edit: Apparently, it's a legit offer (still declining it though):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/forums/ref=cs_hc_g_tv?ie=UTF8&forumID=Fx1SKFFP8U1B6N5&cdThread=Tx1I1FNUJCFLAGO

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Uncle Sam's IT bods find 2,000 data centers they FORGOT about

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Re: 500 sqft +

The Uptime Institute.

I like it. I may use it at some point in the future.

Either for a band name, or a stripGentlemen's club.

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Re: Every level of government is swiming in quicksand...

Easy-peasy!

Simply inform the third half, that, since their response came in not just late, but after you had started building the facility to support those who had responded in a timely manner, that a SECOND facility will be required to support them. And the cost of this second facility will be coming out of their budgets.

Sit back and enjoy the screams of the wrongfully oppressed.

// that's what the BOFH would do, I'm sure

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Telegram messaging app blocks some 'public' ISIS-related channels

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WTF?

Late to the party, much?

Telegram seems to have had no problem with Daesh using their service up until it was publicised. Now, they decide to take action?

I'm all for allowing freedom of speech, and not censoring. When that speech involves gratuitous beheadings, rape and slavery, my tolerance level is a lot lower.

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eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him

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Re: pretty impressive

After he gets out, he'll be calling you to inform you that he has detected that your Windows computer has a virus.

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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

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Re: Well that's a good solution

Different state, though.

And it was pi=3.2, not 4.

In fairness, it WAS in 1897.

Texas and Florida seem to be in a race to be dumbest (with Kansas and Oklahoma coming up fast)

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

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Pirate

I think we may have accidentally discovered the BOFH's nym.

The PFY wouldn't have had anything to do with his incarceration, now, would he?

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Re: Holy shit!

Silver gets you your own bar of soap

Gold gets it on a rope.

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Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner

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Re: Not just the dinner table

I use the term "iZombie" for those who walk along, concentrating on their phones, utterly oblivious to anything (or anyone) in their path.

I have an overwhelming urge to shoulder them as I avoid them, but, being an adult, I repress it...for now.

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Identify the kid with the abillity and allow them to help you to diagnose & repair the printer. That kid will go on to greatness.

The remainder of the class will work in cubicles.

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Re: Why fucking green and fucking orange Arrrggghhh!!!!

LED Red/Green/Yellow all look about the same to me. I can often pick out the red, but the yellow and yellowish-green (I'm OK with "traffic light green") are a problem.

Yes, I'm color blind. I'm also an electrical engineer and I design embedded systems. I always try to use discrete LEDs instead of multi-color ones for this exact reason. Hope it helps someone.

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Patent and trademark troll stung for £500k after fake renewal blitz

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Re: Swap him for Assange :)

Mr. Jonasson better never set foot on UK soil...

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Old tech, new battles: Inside F-Secure’s formidable Faraday cage

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Rare? Not!

They may be rare in the anti-virus industry, but they are common elsewhere. You'll find these cages (a.k.a. "anechoic chambers") at any EMC test site. Most sites have several. I was in one (a 10-meter one) a couple weeks ago, and I can assure you, your mobile phone will not get a signal when the door is closed.

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

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Re: Swallows...

a sheep in a vacuum?

I tried. They plug up the hose.

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Space fans eye launch of Lego Saturn V

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Re: Count me in!

You have excellent parents!

I watched it. Then, the next day, went out and bought papers. Still have them. One of the times in my life I was acutely aware that I was living through history being made.

I still tear up a bit when watching the landing video...and the Apollo 8 Christmas readings.

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Re: The Real Thing

On the list for the next trip.

Do you have to dress in white shirt and skinny tie before they let you in? :-)

Also, for the doubters - does the LEGO Saturn V come with a little soundstage and a Stanley Kubrick figure to fake the landing?

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

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Mushroom

That being said, as an ex-artillery guy I'd do my sniping with a cannon or a multiple rocket launcher anyway.

Not much left of the deer afterwards, though...

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Startup founder taken hostage by laid-off workers

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Only in India

Could a "food ordering app" be considered a "high tech startup".

// business plans...how do they work?

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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Re: That photo...

The one with the (more) prominent mustache, I presume.

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Nigerian government site popped, used for phishing scam

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Nigeria

Why would anyone in their right mind, have anything to do with any email that even mentions the country?

I have nothing against the country, but its reputation as a global nexus of spam and scams precedes it.

My next thought, is that if you happen to be a Lad from Lagos, trying to get rich quickly, why on earth wouldn't you pretend to be from...Chad? Italy? New York?...instead of Nigeria, which sets off all kinds of alarm bells.

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Facebook's laser-powered internet drone preps for take off

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Lasers at 60-90000 ft?

The airline pilots are going to love this.

There is, of course, no chance that these lasers might point into some random cockpit.

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'I posted winning race ticket in Facebook selfie ... and someone stole it!'

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Re: Enormous mouth

Good teeth, though, and no fillings.

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