* Posts by The First Dave

1330 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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

The First Dave

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?

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

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Headmaster

Re: Its all in the name

Only two decimal places? Meh.

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

The First Dave

Re: Parking kiosk

Downvoted for incorrect use of (sic)

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

The First Dave

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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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Decision time for AI: Sometimes accuracy is not your friend

The First Dave

So what?

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Call your MEP! Wikipedia blacks out for European YouTube vote

The First Dave

Re: Animals

Do you/they mean a non-human animal?

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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 ?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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

The First Dave

Re: Films - meh

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

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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...

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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?

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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.

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

The First Dave

So, Fossil Fuels are _increasing_ ??

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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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FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds

The First Dave

What makes you think Beardy Branson knows that he doesn't own it?

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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

The First Dave

Re: Building "death tools" is not a choice

The British are to blame for many things, but 'partition' as it is known, occurred _after_ India re-gained independence.

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Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

The First Dave

Re: Not usually one for pedantry

"Explosives are triggered by pressure"

That is fundamentally the difference between "an explosive" and a "High Explosive" - the latter detonates, while the former burns rapidly. Shock alone will not set off Gunpowder (unless it generates heat on contact), while most kinds of Plastic explosive will burn safely.

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Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

The First Dave

Re: putting a fueling station into orbit

AS the article said, it _IS_ a question of whether the vehicle can take it. Clearly there is a concern it isn't strong enough to take the force of three motors, so five is going to be way too much without a major structural upgrade.

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Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

The First Dave

Re: x8, x 4, x2

Any kind of fire extinguisher, if used correctly, will put out a gasoline fire.

Not quite the same when a battery short-circuits itself.

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The First Dave

Re: Oh look, another one.

On the contrary, what we need is MORE people publishing papers - far too often research that fails to produce anything with commercial potential is dumped unceremoniously, potentially resulting in other people repeating the same research.

The saying goes "we learn more from failure than from success"

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WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

The First Dave

Programmer? No.

Work Experience kid who doesn't know how to keep test code out of Production? Yes. Probably now a senior manager.

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Security catch-up: Nigerian prince email ring cops collar ... Louisiana OAP?

The First Dave

Mainly by not being Muslim

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

The First Dave

My house is two years old. Gas meter is outside, but 'leccy is inside the garage.

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Judge rm -rf Grsecurity's defamation sue-ball against Bruce Perens

The First Dave

Re: I want cake

"Why can't gr security go to court, prove what they do is indeed legal ..."

Who would be the other party?

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Bigmouth ex-coppers who fed media MP pr0nz story face privacy probe

The First Dave

Re: Those ex cops need prosecuting

It seems fairly clear to me that if these ex-coppers were still serving, they would (pretty much) immediatly be dismissed for Gross Misconduct, and probably charged with "Misconduct in a Public Office".

The fact that they are no longer serving _shouldn't_ make a big difference.

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SCOLD WAR: Kaspersky drags Uncle Sam into court to battle AV ban

The First Dave

Re: Interesting legal theory

Kaspersky could probably make a fairly good case purely for Libel.

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

The First Dave

" through telescopes with the naked eye."

WTF?

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OK Google: A stranger with stash of pirated films is spamming my Google Team Drive

The First Dave

"the US constitution has an electoral college for good reasons"

Most of them to do with Money?

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No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

The First Dave
Boffin

Re: "Green Prince of Darkness" at FauxScienceSlayer > photovoltaic fraud

There are no dinosaurs left to liquefy, so "Peak Oil" is most definitely a thing, whether we have reached it yet or not.

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Foil snack food bags make a decent Faraday cage, judge finds

The First Dave

Re: Problem not bunking off...

Does anyone know what the grounds of his appeal were?

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That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features

The First Dave

Re: Oh so THAT'S what Hypercard was for

Hypercard was much later than 70's

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Today in non-depressing news: Boffins build biggest quantum sims

The First Dave

Re: If they put enough of them together to acheive a critical mass ...

"If they put enough of them together to acheive a critical mass ... "

... then it will go boom, or at the very least fizz madly.

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Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

The First Dave

*Really* *really* *really* *really* smart ones follow the digits of Pi, interleaved with the digits of Tau

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

The First Dave

Re: No car tax?

A better idea might be to dump the car tax completely, we pay more than enough via fuel duty + VAT

A few years ago, the main reason for the tax disc was actually to ensure that you had an MOT...

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Would insurance firms pay out if your driverless car got hacked?

The First Dave

"the car that you parked in the evening may have a whole range of new functions added overnight"

That'll be the day! If these cars are built by the likes of Samsung or Google, then they will lose a feature every night, totally unrelated to them trying to sell you the latest version that has yet to lose said features.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

The First Dave

Re: Perl.... Arrggh

No, quite the reverse. I've used both PERL and JS fairly equally, and would rather work in JS any day.

My biggest gripe with PERL is that there a thousand different ways to achieve anything, so when you visit SO or whatever, you never have a clue what style of code you are going to find, or if it is going to be a dirty hack or elegantly robust. In JS if it works, and doesn't use EVAL, you are pretty much fine.

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

The First Dave

Another question no-one has asked, that is routinely found to be an issue with 'regular' speeding tickets is the actual signage - if the signage is defective, how does the car challange it (regardless of who would pay)?

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How is the big switch to the public cloud working out?

The First Dave

Why was this article 'illustrated' with a picture of a set of points?

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Gov contractor nicked on suspicion of Official Secrets Act breach

The First Dave

Originally, "in the neighbourhood" meant 'close enough to take a useful photograph - there's no point saying 'no photography' on the fence of a base otherwise.

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IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

The First Dave

Re: Err

CI-A, CI-B, CI-C (and indeed CI-E) were all tasked with more important things at the time.

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