* Posts by Natalie Gritpants

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Combinations? Permutations? Those words don't mean what you think they mean

Natalie Gritpants

I often go back and forth on websites, e.g.

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

Natalie Gritpants

I don't know about you but I suspect some houses/electricty-meters have more than one car parked outside every night. I blame those naughty people living together.

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Beach, please... Billionaire VC finally opens way to waves

Natalie Gritpants

Re: How come?

Assholes that are not filthy rich can't afford to become huge assholes.

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Call the doctor! WDC's new 14TB spinner has shingled write scheme

Natalie Gritpants

It operates just like VHS or DAT tape with guard bands between the overlapping tracks so you don't have to write the whole of the rest of the disk when you change a block. You do have to rewrite the rest of the disk up to the next guard band though so that's why it's no good for random writes. I guess the host managed part is to manage the bands of overlapping tracks in a virtual way so as to not limit it to behaving exactly as a tape.

Be interesting to know if they fake read-after-write checking. Difficult to read just behind the write head without picking up the field from the write head and fooling yourself into thinking the media is written correctly. Any further behind (like a second head on another arm) and you have to manage the rewrites that occur. Bit like turning around a ship.

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

Natalie Gritpants

Very skinny arms

No wonder the fingers broke off. I'd prefer a sex bot that looks more like Ripley.

Also, the guy on the left of the video looks even weirder.

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Programmer's < fumble jeopardizes thousands of medical reports

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Markup language

Why didn't you just give up and use what the form filler typed in? most people know how to format their own name, and people with unusual names are used to telling another human how to. Also, lose the first-name last-name crap, you only have a 50% chance of printing them in the order acceptable to the named person.

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Natalie Gritpants

Re: Looks like...

Me -> Your sister

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Universal Service Oh... forget the Obligation. BT offers to stump up £600m for 10Mbps

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Bluntly, everything has the caveat "UP TO"

It is up to 240V, nominal 230V and a minimum that I can't remember.

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Slapping crap bosses just got cheaper: Blighty's Supreme Court nixes tribunal fees

Natalie Gritpants
Boffin

"graph shows how much access to justice was damaged"

Actually, it shows how much access to the courts was reduced, a different thing. I'd like to see the numbers of successful cases on the same graph. I expect there has been a reduction but without numbers, it's impossible to tell how big an effect the fees had.

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SK Telecom makes light of random numbers for IoT applications

Natalie Gritpants

Re: deterministic RNG

Doesn't need a fake chip. The real chip will have a debug mode that replaces the Q bits with zero for production testing etc. All the three letter agency has to do is activate the debug mode.

Nobody takes out debug-mode just in case it breaks something and you have no means of debugging.

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

Natalie Gritpants

In between the thumb and forefinger

might be convenient for waving at RFID detectors but there isn't much in there that isn't useful, much better to put it somewhere a bit of tissue damage won't be too incovenient - like your buttocks. Unless of course, you're a compo lawyer, in which case it's a great idea.

Plus I now know what bit of the CEOs anatomy to chop off when I want to break into the building i.e. both hands just in case they are left handed.

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Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...

Natalie Gritpants

If you're in a situation with guys running the dark web and you don't know who the fall guy is -- it's you.

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Banking app startups go TITSUP as payment slurper keels over. Again

Natalie Gritpants

The Co-operative business banking web site is down

Am I the last customer?

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

Natalie Gritpants

Re: the problem with clueless amateurs...

A lot of good things started in the medieval period. The rule of law, human rights, better farming, universities and distillation. OK, not some many comp-sci inventions.

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Big question: Who gets the blame if a cyborg drops a kid on its head?

Natalie Gritpants

If you put a helpless human in a machine

You are responsible for what happens. That includes prams, pushchairs, baths, car seats, roller-coasters, hot-tubs, robot nannies, rocket sleds etc. Generally, the simpler a machine is the lower the chance of something bad happening so robot nannies are out for me

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

Natalie Gritpants

There is more than one network on a warship. Some of them will be connected to the internet when the ship is docked. Sooner or later someone will replace a switch and the super secret parts of the network will also be connected to the internet and no-one will notice for a while.

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

Natalie Gritpants

On a serious note

Any agreement to not enforce the law would be a bad thing for UK justice. All sorts of rich and powerful people would be given the impression that if they make it expensive for the law to be applied they would be given an exception.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

Natalie Gritpants

Upvotes for this clearly erroneous comment? "I'm think" is spelt correctly. Makes no sense but it is spelt correctly.

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Congressman drafts COVFEFE Act to preserve Trump's Twitter tantrums

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Where's the Blackberry Bill?

The Trump Twitter feed is actually a numbers station, mostly it's padding to keep the channels active but occasionally a message comes through. Does anyone know what happened in the days after covfefe was sent?

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Capita call centre chap wins landmark sex discrimination lawsuit

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Nice to see a win in favour of equality of treatment!

Given that he is on paternity leave, I'd suggest a coffee.

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Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

Natalie Gritpants

Odd refernce to the statue of justice

On Wikipedia most of them from the countries of the Roman, Greek and British empires have the lady without a blindfold, it's the American ones that can't see what's in front of them.

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

Natalie Gritpants

3d holographic comms - load of wank

Seriously, who needs this? Email/SMS/audio/morse is fine for relaying a message. It's only in Star Wars because that is a film and it needed something cool for the audience to gawp at. Other SF films have done it better.

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

Natalie Gritpants

Wonder what they have to do to get zero stars?

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FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

Natalie Gritpants

Can you disable IPv4 on these devices?

Just throwing away IPv4 packets shouldn't slow it down.

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HMRC beer duty bungle leaves breweries struggling to pay online

Natalie Gritpants

Wrexham Lager is not a brewery

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

Natalie Gritpants

Odd that there were network ports available inside the secure area

WiFi I could understand as it is hard to block completely but any ethernet ports should not be there or be routed only to the CCTV recording machines.

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BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call

Natalie Gritpants

Any chance of getting the top ten offender companies directors names and addresses onto a kickstarter fund for a hitman?

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Intel's buggy Puma 6 chipset earns Arris a gigabit-modem lawsuit

Natalie Gritpants

Any more details on the Puma 6 problem?

I worked on the docsis demod part of puma7, it was a complete redesign so have no idea about bugs in 6 or 7, my contract ended at RTL delivery and these things have a massive firmware component to go which may or may not be common. If it's a hardware problem the fix is to send out new modems with new ASICs in them. Am now working on fixed wireless broadband and it uses FPGAs, more expensive per unit but you can update in the field (much cheaper than sending someone up a high tower with a new box).

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

Natalie Gritpants

The actual quote from his wife

"It's taken so many years and he's dedicated all his holidays and weekends to it so we've seen so little of each other I've really started to hate the Focker"

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Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway

Natalie Gritpants

Don't forget the official name of Loch Lochy

is Lochy McLochface

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Banking group denied access to iPhones' NFC chips for alt.Apple.Pay

Natalie Gritpants

So, is Apple the plucky underdog now?

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UK gov draws driverless car test zone around M40 corridor

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Technology to save lives

More and bigger public transport won't work. You can't get a bus down my lane and it's too far to walk to the nearest bus stop even without shopping so I just get in the car.

A fleet of publicly owned driverless cars may work if there are enough for them to be treated as cheap taxis and they may be better for the environment if there are so many that there is always a free one nearby (that's why taxis are so bad - they spend half their journeys with just the driver i.e. zero passengers).

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IT contractors behind IR35 calculator to leave HMRC... because of IR35

Natalie Gritpants

Here's a saw

I want you to climb that tree, sit on that branch and saw it off.

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

Natalie Gritpants

"Now here comes the Creators Update, or version 1703"

Complete with millennium bug by the looks of that version scheme.

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Europe is looking better..

From personal experience the tax regime in Holland and The Irish Repbulic are not as contractor friendly as the UK. I believe Germany is also quite tough.

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HMRC emits IR35 tax calculator onto the web for UK contractors

Natalie Gritpants

Re: What items does the worker have to buy...

My brain is the equipment in question, I transfer ownership from my PSC back to human me at the end of every contract and back again at the start of the next. I have the paperwork to prove it (or will have very soon, wikis are great).

If you're going down the CE gadget route, I would say a mobile phone is better as they usually are allowed on the guest network of clients, You can use it for official work communications and leave your personal one at home/in back pocket. You don't even have to buy brand new.

Of course you can have a shiny new laptop every contract if you want and this is a good reason to get it approved by the CFO.

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

Natalie Gritpants

Puzzled why they went up the tower steps

It's a laser so why not take the lift up a nearby skyscraper and point it through the window? Quieter too and there's posh coffee in the lobby.

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IBM: Voluntary redundo offer? Ticked. Min stat terms? Ticked

Natalie Gritpants

Don't see the point of accepting those terms, May as well stick around on full salary while they get around to forcible redundancy, and drink plenty of free coffee while job hunting on company time.

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

Natalie Gritpants

Much better to dunk the trap in a bucket of water, better for the environment, not the mouse obviously.

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

Natalie Gritpants

Nearly got the full list

Just need to get an onion router and I'm all set. Does a garlic press count?

I tried to do a dab once and got my fingers stuck in a chandelier.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, HMRC confirms Verify can STFU

Natalie Gritpants

That last paragraph looks like the best they can do is lose 300M in 5 years. Keep up the good work guys, obviously going in the right direction.

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That's cute. AI and IoT need 'ethics regulation', mumbles Lib Dem baron

Natalie Gritpants

"I had not realised that an algorithm, programmed by an engineer, can, for example, take the decision to bin an application,"

Probably get better results than say - a busy HR person just binning the bottom two thirds of the CV pile. But heaven forbid, how can I go to one of my old school chums with my child's CV if it's going to be looked at by a thing that didn't go to a nice school.

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New measurement alerts! Badgers, great white sharks and the Lindisfarne Gospel

Natalie Gritpants

I really must remember that the next time I go to pick up a badger

but maybe the priority should go to remembering to put on chainmail.

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AT&T ready to trial latest attempt at pumping internet over power lines

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Can anyone say "SCADA"?

Possibly because if you're getting the internet from a cell tower taking down the power to that tower also takes down your internet connection anyway.

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Chinese bloke cycles 500km to get home... in the wrong direction

Natalie Gritpants

Re: If only all coppers were so nice

Seven titties and two arses in that rant, You need help.

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Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations

Natalie Gritpants

Re: The Oscars are clueless

So your were all ready to go - as what? The carpet licker or the one with mental illness?

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Outage-hit Lloyds Bank in talks to outsource data centres to IBM

Natalie Gritpants

I heard some wise person once say "banks are just websites with a banking license". If Lloyds outsources the website what are you left with? A management team and some high street shops that you are desperate to get rid of?

What's to stop IBM getting a banking license and then offering to buy the Lloyds brand at a knock-down price?

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Tell us about that $1m horse, Mr Samsung: Bribery probe slips deep into South Korean giant

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Thoroughbred?

Wouldn't surprise me if the type of horse got changed as the story got passed around as the real type is probably very complex (e.g. 3/4 Danish warmblood, 1/8 Haflinger, 1/8 donkey). Most people know thoroughbred means expensive, it's the Champagne of horses.

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

Natalie Gritpants

"face-to-face encounter, either in person or through other means"

I really don't fancy a face-to-face encounter without my person being there at the same time.

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Vinyl and streaming sales offset CD decline in UK music sales

Natalie Gritpants

Re: @ It's understandable...

The English vocabulary has lots of words for describing sounds: treble, bass, midrange, soprano, alto, tenor, crackly, wow, noisy.

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