* Posts by The First Dave

1356 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009


Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

The First Dave

Re: Lower & slower than a V2

Maybe Concorde couldn't have reached this high (I'm sure it never tried) but it could go just as fast, (and without needing a helping hand) roughly sixty years ago, so I don't see much technological progress overall.

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage

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Re: Java f'in script !

And, theoretically at least, you could compute an HMAC key by hand, before submitting your payment details, as required by the processor.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Re: V2X

You mean it should actually be, like _Autonomous_ ??

The First Dave

Re: Acronyms

All of these were, indeed Three Letter Abreviations (TLA's)

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Re: Off to the tower with Zuck

I seem to recall hearing that at least one of the Kray brothers spent a night or two in the cells there?

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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"Americans, and even Canadians, have big parties on 4-20 - to celebrate Adolf's birthday ?"

Only an American would invent a year with 20 (or more?) months in it.

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Even a keyboard typically has a serial number - the manufacturer may be able to point the finger if enough of them match.

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

The First Dave

Re: "Ethernet is so much better"

Don't forget about AppleTalk either!

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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"What a splendid response. You should offer Norman a job."

I disagree, piss poor show from someone who failed in any way to quote "you know" when it should have been.

That Saudi oil and gas plant that got hacked. You'll never guess who could... OK, it's Russia

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Only the ones that come direct...

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

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Re: 1200 baud down, 75 baud up

Morse code is mostly 2's and 5's - the whitespace is as important as the tones, and comes in two lengths too, giving four symbols overall.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Re: And as any fule kno ...

Which underlines how poor this was - the circuit in question was designed to 'trigger' when the circuit was _closed_ by shorting the Live wire to what was described as a Neutral, but was actually a Signal wire. I'm slightly surprised that turning on the projector triggered the circuit - must in fact have been current driven as the voltage drop wouldn't be anything close to the 'full' 120v

Laser-sharp research sees three top boffins win the Nobel Prize in physics

The First Dave

Re: Congrats to all the winners!

Stunning work, completely regardless of the people involved.

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: The scumbag!

I don't approve of this. Pretty much by definition, this guy was mentally ill - calling him names was probably what started this...

The First Dave

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

Except that Americans have a bit of a problem with bow-hunting too, which is also "shooting"

Double problem really - I believe that they are allowed to do a certain amount of "out of season" hunting as long as they use a bow an arrow, despite modern compound bows being almost as accurate/lethal as a rifle, at the tiny distances usually involved.

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

The First Dave

Re: The real crime

As has been widely noted, something that is an obvious solution to a problem is not _supposed_ to be patentable, and if a particular technique is the only sensible way of doing something, then it clearly fails that test. How this patent failed to get thrown out is a mystery, and has nothing to do with the size of the award.

Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

The First Dave

Re: Thank you, Boris …

It is also possible to make that clear in the article...

Brit armed forces still don't have enough techies, thunder MPs

The First Dave

Re: The army has a lot of flaws career-wise

Then he is still clearly a fool - brand new Ruperts get treated with far more disdain than any squaddie.

Yada yada, take my money: Firms do not scrutinise software support spend – report

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Pretty simple maths really - do you want to spend hundreds of man-hours, and loads of real pounds on implementing a system that _might_ be able to save us a few percent, or do you just want to renew this bill that was due yesterday?

Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

The First Dave

Re: Vonage and 911 (US-specific, sorry)

I thought all phones had the ability to make emergency calls without being unlocked?

Google skewered in ad sting after Oracle-backed bods turn troll

The First Dave

Re: When you actively go looking for mistakes,....

I think the "take away" from that quote was that Cardinal Richelieu had way too much power, i.e. that he could legitimately hang anyone, if he really wanted to

Black holes can briefly bring dead white dwarf stars back to life

The First Dave

Re: End of the world as we know it?

What do photo's interact with now? I thought they were passive objects...

Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten

The First Dave

Re: Due Dilligence

Which is why there has been an official court record for centuries - hence the long-standing rule that an accurate record of court proceedings cannot be libelous/slanderous

Judge bars distribution of 3D gun files... er, five years after they were slapped onto the web

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Re: @Martin-73

No, I don't think these _are_ good points.

That these plans aren't very good isn't the point, it is the _intent_ of them - you can't turn around in a year or two, when 3D printers that can produce metal prints are a reality, and say that readily available plans have suddenly become illegal - the horse will have left the stable by then.

Who are you going to ask about AI? Alexa or our 40 experts?

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Alexa or Forty experts?

I think I'll take Alexa, thanks. At least she will only have one opinion, and I can be sure that it is wrong.

Back to school soon – for script kiddies as well as normal kids. Hackers peddle cybercrime e-classes via Telegram

The First Dave

Pupils already went back to school this week ...

Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan

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Re: Interesting that Oracle worries about "lock-in"

" “Standardizing on a single cloud today makes no more sense than standardizing on a single on premise computing architecture decades ago.” "

But surely everyone tried/tries to standardise their on-premise kit?

Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

The First Dave

Re: Its all in the name

Only two decimal places? Meh.

Porn parking, livid lockers and botched blenders: The nightmare IoT world come true

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Re: Parking kiosk

Downvoted for incorrect use of (sic)

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: University

What I always do is generate half a dozen or so, and pick portions from each, so they have no way of knowing what I used, even if they can work out who I am, etc.

Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

The First Dave

Re: Not good stuff!

So why didn't you just leave it to burn out naturally?

Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'

The First Dave

Can they take it out of this weeks housekeeping? Looks like she has plenty in the jar

ICANN't get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

The First Dave

Re: Slippery slope

If the viewer comes from a country where the viewer is underage, then yes, that must be restricted.

Decision time for AI: Sometimes accuracy is not your friend

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So what?

Call your MEP! Wikipedia blacks out for European YouTube vote

The First Dave

Re: Animals

Do you/they mean a non-human animal?

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

The First Dave

Re: Made it here first!

Are you including, lets say, Paracetomol ?

Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

The First Dave

Re: DEC Engineer

This is _exactly_ why you MUST let the outside person do it. He might be more likely to make the mistake, (though is more likely to check things properly beforehand,) but when things go wrong, it's not _you_ that gets the bullet.

Amazon staffers protest giant's 'support of the surveillance state'

The First Dave

Re: Hmmmmm

@AC: "I feel that the EU is not a democratic enterprise"

Unlike Westminster?

You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

The First Dave

Re: No casing?

A feeder nut will only work if you can keep the thread from rotating.

Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

The First Dave

Re: That's the trouble with...

It's not the amount of travel that matters, its the response, something that Apple keyboards have usually been pretty good at.

UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues

The First Dave

Re: Select Committee !== Govrernment

Such committee's are usually _selected_ almost entirely from current and previous government members. The clue is in the name.

UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

The First Dave

Re: That's good, but...

Are you trying to suggest that a Septic didn't quite understand the Queen's English?

Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

The First Dave

Re: Soldier?

Have a look at EWBB - _that's_ a bridge.

Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight

The First Dave

Out of interest, how fast is the speed of sound at that altitude? Was Mach 1.8 actually fast enough to create a sonic boom?

Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

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Re: Films - meh

Alien was logical throughout??? Even when they made a clone that somehow was already impregnated with an Alien?

Capita screw-ups are the pits! Brit ex-miner pensioners billed for thousands in extra tax

The First Dave

Re: Outsourcing .....

@AC: "The solution widely deployed is to outsource the department"

At which point most of the good staff leave and find a job that suits them better, while the dross continue to work for the new company...

US broadband is scarce, slow and expensive. 'Great!' says the FCC

The First Dave

Why do people think they have a 'right' to roads at the expense of all?

Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

The First Dave

Re: CastleMartin

There is even a regular* public bus service to Imber Village.

*Once a year.

Supermicro is, like, totally harnessing green energy sources to churn out servers, dude

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So, Fossil Fuels are _increasing_ ??

Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

The First Dave

Re: I think the cyclist is at fault.

The trouble with "lane splitting" is that it is only legal in the UK "if it is safe", but it never is. If the surrounding traffic is stationery then you have no where to go to, and if the traffic is moving then (as others have already said) you _have_ to assume that the other vehicles are about to change lanes.

No one ever has a "right to overtake" so I just don't get why bikers think that _they_ do.


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