* Posts by Tom 7

5024 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

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Windows in a VM is apparently a good idea

I live in a man cave so no Windows but a friend has a VM set up so he very slowly takes the phonefool through booting it and very slowly following their instructions, even downloading their trojan (at around 2 baud) and once all is set up and they've gone away he kills and clones another ready for the next caller.

I believe his understanding of the trojans and their origin and where they send info is of some interest to him but I dont ask as I think I might OCD myself into trouble with that.

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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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I got off by owning up.

A meeting was held to discover why a design change had failed and about 30 people were invited. While waiting for the meeting to start I was tidying up my desk and found a piece of paper in the cambrian layer and realised that it was all my fault - I'd mislaid this instruction to rotate a test component so all the 20 or so devices had this (probably pointless but that's another matter) test component in the same orientation so all the devices could be pre-tested on the same rig before going on to their own individual tests. Oh fucking hell I'm going to get fucking slaughtered here. I made it to the loo before going to the meeting and prepared to die.

The chair started the meeting and I could feel the anger in the room and at the first opportunity in the proceedings fessed up and sat back waiting for the shit to hit and working out what job I could get next and nothing happened. There were some comments but somehow my confession had caused some kind of impedance mismatch and I spent two hours sitting there waiting while the meeting seemed to be trying to hunt down someone who could be blamed for what I'd confessed to. I went from a state of abject terror to one of abject confusion to one of abject amusement if such a state can exist. Which it can and after eleventeen pints that evening I went into work the next day expecting them to have worked out I should really die but I just spent four grand* fixing the problem and updating the procedures and no-one ever mentioned it again in my presence.

*about the cost of the meeting coincidentally.

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Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

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Re: ...mirrored armor

I would bet some total internal reflection device could give nearly as good as it got

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Oracle whips out the swatter, squishes 254 security bugs in its gear

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Two can play at that game

254? That's ten less than java apps we've ditched completely cos of Oracle,

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Facebook job ad hints at homebrew silicon plans

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To be fair

unless you own your own company the chances of it being bought out by some ethically defective fuckwit is around 95% anyway.

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Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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Pivot Table?

I thought anyone in a council who could use a pivot table was compulsorily outsourced. If you have people in a council that can use pivot tables then they might be able to work out outsourcing is a rip off and they'd have to go!

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'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

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Re: Dig

I still have some that I tie onto strings to hang over my brassicas as bird scarer's. They hate AOL almost as much as me!

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Re: With hindsight

Commercial load balancers were a bit shit but you could do something with a fast PC with a handful of network cards installed. They had FDDI on the outside and even then you could install versions of Linux that could then fan out that FDDI with a host of machines with 10Mbit ethernet on the inside, either simple round robin or something slightly more intelligent.

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Defence of the Dark Fibre Arts: Ofcom delays plans to force BT to open its network

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Re: "But apparently that wasn't to the liking of companies such as TalkTalk, Three, Vodafone"

'Given how much control they were asking BT to give up?'

What we need to do is set up an organisation with the power to tell BT and other providers what to do. We could call it the Office for Communications or OFCOM for short.

Do BT vet OFCOMs HR choices FFFFS!

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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RE couldn’t believe my eyes

If I got a begging letter from the tories I'd do a quick check on all my bank accounts in case some Russian oilygark was using an account to launder a vast sum and redirect it and follow it to a sunny tax haven and spent the rest of my life living in fear.

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Re Dont complain about voted in

That only makes any sense if you have a 'None of the above' that actually prevents any of the above getting in.

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Worried we'll make ourselves extinct? Let’s be scientific about it

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Re: Well ...

There is no evolutionary answer to a nuclear holocaust. If we suffered a nuclear holocaust/Carrington there may still be humans left but there are no evolutionary advantages to be gained from this - the people who will survive will survive by luck not some skill or advantageous protein. There may new evolutionary pressures then but human development is far more meme than gene these days.

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Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

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Re: Blame the Tories (and Lib Dems)

I'll let them off a 1/2 inch of the mile of crap they've caused - a farmer round here pointed out we've not had more than 4 dry days since September. Water in potholes causes them to grow 1000 of times faster than when they are dry.

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Re: One F35's worth

The road surfaces in the UK in towns are built on roads from, in some cases, 5000 years ago. As such, once the waterproof tarmac or concrete is breached then, on a rainy day, the hole deepens at a rate the average oil driller would be pleased with. In dense traffic and everyone in a rush people drive nose to tail and by the time they notice the pothole emerging from underneath the car their only option is to drive into it (left here is dead pedestrians and on the right other vehicles coming the other way). As potholes can be very deep wheel rims are bent, suspension is badly rattled and the springs can be bashed against parts of the car they were not expected to hit. a small crack on one soon leads to its imminent destruction by another pothole.

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Re: Or.....

In one of those deja-fuck moments I took the dog for a walk last evening to discover the road at the end of our lane had been resurfaced - 6 months after all the potholes had been covered over (half road repairs etc not just tipping a bit of tarmac in each). Lots of signs saying 'No Road Markings' - when we dont have any on these country lanes. Lots of 20MPH signs too. Which were obviously being ignored as there are, in around the mile I hobbled about 20 new proto-potholes where drivers have braked hard leaving holes in the new tarmac that will, by summer be deep potholes if we get the rain we've been having lately.

Life is wasted on the living.

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Re: Hills Road

We had some potholes near us and the council were forced to put out to tender for the work. A few months later a 10' by 7' pothole had a 1'*2' patch put in the bottom as that was what the contractor had tendered for.

I've had to put a set of cheap wheels on my car after I lost one (and some suspension) in a hole that wasnt there the week before, I reckon for every pound the tories save me in council tax costs me about 50 as a result. Thanks.

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Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

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Operating sytems introducing new looping techique.

The "do what" loop has been introduced to identify developments above and beyond the useful or needed.

Interested to see its using 32bit pointers when even my fridge needs 64bit for non-real ale drinks management.

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El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot

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Re: Ballistic Delivery

Ballistic delivery of real ale is possible, With practice the english pint can be swung underarm and thrown and caught up to around 20' away with 'acceptable' spilling after a few minutes practice. Alas after a couple of hours practice it starts to go wrong again and can require repairs to catching arm and oral interception is to be avoided at all times.

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Re: What's wrong with...

We're talking beer here so no need for a fridge to take the taste away!

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Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

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What I loved about my Psion5 was that it fitted in my breast pocket

what I didnt like it was falling out and breaking while pulling trousers up after sitting on the loo! I will be getting the shoulder holster out when I get one of these - after I've finished a couple of dozen things I need to do with my RPis!

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Patch or ditch Adobe Flash: Exploit on sale, booby-trapped Office docs spotted in the wild

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Re: Jobbs wounded Flash, then Adobe drove the stake into it.

And yet still people keep using it! I found a flash video that was 43MB - all it was was a flash video someone made of an animated gif running for a couple of minutes ffs.

We dont need high speed internet connections - we need to kill Flash and anyone who uses things that reduce effective bandwidth to that of two tin cans and no string.

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'Disappearing' data under ZFS on Linux sparks small swift tweak

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@Tony3 re testing

Testing needs testing too.Sometimes the first time you meet a failure mode is when it fails - a computer can exercise a lot of things very quickly but spinning rust can slow it down considerably, as can the wrapping to ensure you know what's going wrong - which as anyone who has spent time in gdb will know that simply doing that will hide a multitude of sins.

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Ariane 5 primed for second launch of year after trajectory cockup

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Re: @Killing Time

But, I've heard, every $ spent on NASA adds $18 to the US economy. I'd bet the space shuttle kept the US afloat in more ways than one!

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

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Re: When "off duty" and out & about with the Wife ...

@jake - 'to your knowledge' I think you will find if someone learns a language its amazing how the brain can pick it up amongst background noise. My uncle learned morse during WWII and was forever hearing bits of morsey things. You'll find being close to someone a low voice is far less likely to be intercepted as it is too similar to the general mele to be discriminated.

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Re: When "off duty" and out & about with the Wife ...

Be careful with that! A friend of mine had deaf parents and so learned sign language and later taught his girlfriend. After signing across a crowded pup to see if she wanted to go and do the dirty he turned to find his mum had arrived.

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RE:@Franco

I am working on a design for a glink pistol - a small water pistol embedded in my glasses that identifies phone screens held between me and a stage so it can fire some incredibly sticky black glink onto the screen so that I can actually watch what I came to see and not some twats bingo wings.

I may look for public funding on Inkygogofuckoff with your money for this.

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Co-op says IT upgrade project going swell since axing IBM

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Re: Outsourcing cheaper

Cheaper? I think I've yet to hear of one that actually was cheaper.

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Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight

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Re: Sub orbital

Not quite - rubber is in a compacted powder form with a hole down the middle with and igniter and N2O is blown down the hole as the igniter is lit and then the rubber burns in the gas stream. You could replace the rubber with almost anything that will burn in N20 (which is used because it easy to liquify at room temp). I've seem a video of someone who made a hole in a frozen sausage and set that off. It seemed to work quite well but IIRC virgin sausages probably wouldnt smell that good.

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Re how fast

Mach 1 drops fro 760mph at sea level to around 660mph at 35000 feet and seems to stay there up to 60000 ft but I cant find figures for above that. It may be meaningless above there as the mean free path may be so long that any wave front disappears in noise. Perhaps Branson could do some useful science at this level by checking out for his own sonic boom on the way down.

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Re: Perhaps?

TBF it currently is the thing that is most likely to allow me to get 'above' the atmosphere and back alive. There is one chance in a few million I might get up there in this - which, at 6'5 is a lot better than having to earn enough to make my own spacecraft rather than just book two seats on this!

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Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

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The BBC were saying a missile could hit us 'in a few months'.

That's not a missile that's a pedallo.

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How machine-learning code turns a mirror on its sexist, racist masters

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RE Be interesting to run this on the Register.

Don't run it on the Daily Mail FFS. It wont leave rooms for humans.

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UK.gov: We're not regulating driverless vehicles until others do

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Greatly missed opportunity.

5 years ago was the time to start planning the open interfaces these vehicles will need to communicate with traffic control centres, each other and indeed other road users.

Can you imagine the problems that will arise when twenty different vehicle manufacturers arrive with their own systems and a cyclist is forced to pay for an iCar avoidance system before using a bit of road Apple has bribed some town council for test purposes. Or BMW demand a right to overtake and cut in when they feel like it. Or Uber thinking its OK to switch off most of the lidar because they are too keen to get rid of drivers asap.

The potential benefits of driverless vehicles is massive if they can be forced to co-operate with each other and other road users from day one for the benefit of all and not just whoever turns up first with a half cocked system and enough backing to buy a monopoly of something.

The government (and many others) will be on the back foot and end up providing well sub optimal interface protocols because they will be bullied into it and have no f'ing idea of the shit they will be dumping on us.

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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Re: Of all places Open Carry

Always remember, at the start of your killing spree, to shoot the open carry lunatics first. They are easy to spot which and this may, at long last, teach the true meaning of irony to the muricans.

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Linux 4.16 arrives, keeps melting Meltdown, preps to axe eight CPUs

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Re: In other IT news..

Google seem to have taken to making my phone update 11 apps that I dont use every week. I think its because I dont give permission for one of the apps I dont use to do something new so it just updates them every Monday. They are learning from the masters tho.

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Brit Lords start peer-to-peer wrangling over regulating the internet

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pee-er to pee-er shirley

They wear the ermine cloaks to cover their nappies.

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Doomed Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 crashes into watery Pacific grave

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Re: More trash for the ocean

An insignificant amount compared with the average westener's plastic deposits in the same pond.

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Details of 600,000 foreign visitors to UK go up in smoke thanks to shonky border database

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Taking back control

well control-A del Y by the sounds of it.

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re .eu out

there's already one for that - 404.

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Re: register now...

I think you will find any contract you sign for an .eu domain will already have riders in there to allow them to do what they want with their TLD.

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Re: OK How To register fuck.the.sodding.EU

So you are going to start up an entity in the EU to have a rude domain name and pay taxes etc there?

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Re: No surprise

We had 100% control - we could veto pretty much anything we wanted to. We didnt want to be a player. And now we are out in the bit bad wide world we have no-one who took the opportunity to learn how to be a player.

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10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

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Re: You could perhaps make it a bit progressive

But it would be cheaper for BT to rip out the 6 miles of copper and put in fibre for me (or it should be) I've been here 10 years and am on my 4th pair and second pole. I get half a dozen call outs to fix one thing or another.

And the really annoying part is it seems they've laid the fibre - they've just been waiting for the government to pay for it.

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Re: Bill increase of £20

@disgustedoftunbridgewells

But only small percentage of them need upgrading!!!!

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Bill increase of £20

per day knowing BT.

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Machine learning library TensorFlow can count to potato... I mean, 1.7

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Performance is variable,

I've got an I7 8 core laptop. Tensor flow runs one the 'standard' handwritten number recognition rests in around 20 minutes on all 8 cores. This is a bit faster than on my ancient gx720. Caffe runs the same test in about 25 minutes on one core out of the box and a noticeably faster when compiled for the chipset and runs 5c cooler too. I didnt try recompiling Tensor because it didnt tell me it might be a good idea.

Now the GPU on the RaspberryPis is rated at 24Glops and my I7 is rated at 42 or so I'm looking forward to seeing that working ( or rather a box of Pi zeros working - in theory the PiZeros work out about twice as expensive as the cheapest Titan so they are value for money for up to a box load).

I must play with Snap and see if it is that much faster.

I cant think of any reason why Google would release slow software on the world tho...

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Get the message, PHBs: New York City mulls ban on after-hours biz email

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Re: Good luck with that

It would be a lot cheaper to pay people extra to be on call. It would probably be a lot cheaper in the long run to pay for managers who could fucking manage.

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Most FTSE 100 boards kept in the dark about cyber resilience plans

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Re: Plausible Deniability

They can always be told and then they'd have to admit they didnt understand a word of it.

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Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

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Re: Fly-tipping

and soon to be sink tipping too.

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@phuzz

Engine oil and car batteries can be profitably recycled whereas tyres are a fucking expensive nightmare to get rid of without causing some serious pollution.

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