* Posts by david 12

1186 posts • joined 6 Jul 2009


Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Re: In defence of the guacamole-eaters...

>I've done front end coding in my time and tbh it was considered part of the job<

So have I, and so it was. And when it still looked unbalanced and confusing, I'd get approval to take it next door to the design firm, and in 15 minutes they'd have something that was better than something I'd spend all day on.

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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I had the LWB MKII from 1969, and the factory manual was very good (they told the parent company that we were a 'dealer' to get us a copy). And I can't remember the other publisher of the good m/c and Toyota manuals I had. For stuff that I owned, all I can say about the Haynes manuals is that they made the competition look good.

Cover your NASes: QNAP acknowledges mystery malware but there's no patch yet

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Re: New year?

OK, let me rephrase that for you: "We didn't see your email request because Taiwan was shut down at the time."

Fake fuse: Bloke admits selling counterfeit chips for use in B-1 bomber, other US military gear

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Sorry, which dictionary are you using? Is this a new and different meaning? Are customs and excise going to start raiding second hand shops that sell used Prado, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Hermes? Or is it a traditional meaning I've never heard of, and the police already confiscate second hand fashion goods?

Or perhaps part of the story wasn't fully explained.

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Counterfeit because they're recycled?

E-waste partly to blame? Is this a new an interesting meaning of "counterfeit"? Or is there some part of the story that is missing?

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Re: "Prevaricating" means "lying"

I see that usage is going up again after a long decline. Perhaps the UK meaning reported here (but not in my London published old, small dictionaries) is newly popular?

OK, it's early 2019. Has Leeds Hospital finally managed to 'axe the fax'? Um, yes and no

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Re: Problem ?

>Has anyone come across a fax machine that implements any type of security <

Yes. They're sold to hospitals, doctors and other people who need Encrypted / HPIIA compliant / TLS fax machines.

Not much in the UK only because hospitals were told not to use them.

Intel to finally scatter remaining ashes of Itanium to the wind in 2021: Final call for doomed server CPU line

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Itanium /was/ a RISC-ish architecture like the universities were advocating. Reduced Instruction Set? Check. Compile-time optimisation? Check. In-order execution? Check. Parallelization? Check.

Boffins debunk study claiming certain languages (cough, C, PHP, JS...) lead to more buggy code than others

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Non the less, an interesting result.

It tells us that if you get a random library from git hub, it probably doesn't matter what language it was written in. Libraries that required more work to make them work are just as likely to work as libraries that took less work to make them work.

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc

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Re: Muppets

Clearly, this kind of behavior is the /reason/ why people in the UK voted for BREXIT.

Insiders! The good news: Windows 10 Sandbox is here for testing. Bad news: Microsoft has already broken it

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Re: Windows sandbox

Which can only mean IE is dependant on Windows System code? Dam that's disturbing.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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This should send a clear message that you can make a lot of money by scamming people out of their banking details.

They say software will eat the world. Here are some software bugs that took a stab at it

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Re: That's news

In other words, it's always somebody else's fault. Who knew?

New Zealand health boards write down losses on Oracle implementation

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New Sydney Healthscope Hospital

Meanwhile, the new hospital in Sydney, run by Healthscope, has suffered a complete failure of their "supply chain solution" -- something they've managed to keep pretty much out of the news, with reports like this:

"The staffing and supply shortages at the hospital were characterised as "hiccups" and "teething problems" by Health Minister Brad Hazzard, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the chair of NBH’s medical advisory board Dr Stuart Pincott"

Among other failings, they decided go with a "just in time" ordering system, which hasn't delivered supplies "in time" at all:

"Anaesthetists at the new $600 million Northern Beaches Hospital (NBH) have threatened to cancel all elective surgery, and doctors have called a crisis meeting within hours of the facility's official opening."

Of course first reports were very positive: "Visitors were served beef and vegetables for dinner, and a hot breakfast of bacon, sausages and an omelette." -- "Visitors" don't see software, so who cares?

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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Re: Security and but also third party issues

"If the address is valid" is no more secure than "if the phone number is valid"

In any case, the NHS could move to Encrypted / HPIIA compliant / TLS fax if they wanted too -- it's not like it's a new idea that nobody offers.

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Re: Sending a photo via SMS

The technology is called MMS -- Multi-Media Service. It's quite popular in some parts of the world. It was supported on Feature Phones, (that is, not-smart phones) which I think are also still quite popular in some parts of the world, but it's also supported on many first-world networks for use with smartphones

MMS sends MIME information, so basically it works like HTML: if you phone supports the picture type, you can see it.

NHS supplier that holds 40 million UK patient records: AWS is our new cloud-based platform

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"encourage new businesses into the market"

By shifting to AWS.

Because surely Amazon is just one of many new businesses competing in that space?

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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Yes. the question was slightly loaded: I was trying to be as polite as I could be while still asking the substantive question.

I wondered if that had changed: evidently not. Racial politics still plays a part in pilot selection in Indonesia.

Having said that, it's just as well that everybody reading this should realize that locally, some people are going to be blaming one pilot because he is foreign, and other people will be blaming the co-pilot because he is not foreign.

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Small Indonesian airline. That suggests that the pilot was an experienced foreign national, and that the co-pilot was not. Was that the case here?

GTA gamer cuffed, charged after PS4 live mic allegedly overheard him raping teen girl

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18 year old man

18 is always a "man" when he does something bad. It's always a teenager (or even a child) when something bad happens to him.

CubeSat buddies, like those sent to track Mars InSight landing, can be used in future missions

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postitioning fuel

Long-term devices have some means of adjusting the orbit and orientation. Sending up these pebbles would have been a lot more difficult and expensive if they had been able to remain in position.

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Re: Spoilers in Tech Docs!

"You select YES, you don't click on YES."

You use the TAB key to select YES, then you trigger the YES action by pressing the [ENTER] key.

[SELECT] is already a defined action, different than [CLICK]. You can't have that word, and it's not what you want anyway.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Re: Trident

Test flights of the Trident missiles used GPS payloads to calibrate and test the inertial guidance system.

The Trident missile system has multiple-independently-targeted warheads: I don't know how they work. Nothing I've seen suggests that they use GPS (there are problems with reception, lock-in, and speed), but I don't have any specific information.

One of the first possible suggested uses for a proposed satellite navigation system was to provide location information for launch sites, to be used with alternate-launch-site missiles. I don't think GPS is used by submarines to get accurate launch location information (in any normal scenario, they would be underwater for long periods before launch), but again, I don't have any specific information.

Talk about a cache flow problem: This JavaScript can snoop on other browser tabs to work out what you're visiting

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I was browsing without JS for years, but it's almost impossible now.

Most of the sights I visit are unreadable without JS, and many refuse to load without JS libraries.

When selling security awareness training by email, probably a good shout not to hit 'reply all'

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Re: Holland was clearly making a point..

Those users who need reply all should have the clear option of choosing it, or setting it as default. For the reset of the world, 'reply all' should default to BCC, and the target should reset to equal the sender. So that people who have mail set to hide any not-directly-addressed email don't even see it.

And that should be the case whenever the 'reply all' list is longer than zero. Because that will make the behavior consistent, which will be helpful for people who don't really need to reply to everybody using open addressing, and also helpful for people who need to remember to choose the correct option when deliberately replying with open addressing.

Oz lad 'fell in love with' baby meerkat, nicked it from zoo, took it out for a romantic Big Mac

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Re: He got off lightly compared to Tufty.

>mostly cows spreading TB.<

Which is why it's called Bovine TB, (mycobacterium bovis) and why Britain had such high levels of BTB in humans until the belated acceptance of pasteurization. Like mycobacterium tuberculosis, BVT can cause Turbicles or other symptoms in humans. It's not as contagious in humans: most people only get it from milk.

But there is an eradication campaign, and cows with BVT are culled, so I would think that is would be natural for farmers to be pissed off about even small rates of infection from badgers.

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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In spite of misgivings, cam here to see if anyone had anything useful to add.


Upset fat iOS gobbles up so much storage? Too bad, so sad, says judge: Apple lawsuit axed

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Re: It's marketing lies allowed to become reality.

We have TiB and GiB now so that self-important Wikipedia trolls can bask in their smug superiority.

"I'm the only one marching in step. The rest of the army is marching out of step" has been a favorite Wikipedia meme since the online encyclopedia first became popular, with no sign of that changing yet. "Correcting" the meaning of GB is just one of the better known examples.

Goodnight Kepler! NASA scientists lay the exoplanet expert to rest as it runs out of fuel

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Re: Fuel? Why no solar panels?

>nothing to do with sunshine<

The fuel has everything to do with sunshine. Without fuel, they can't keep the panels pointing towards the sun.

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software

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Re: At Charles 9, re: PDF.

Jaws does NOT treat all PDF's as giant pictures. That's simply not true. As in "FALSE".

PDF's are notoriously arbitrarily complex: you may have a PDF that spells "Shadow Systems" by using graphics of the individual characters a d e h m o S s t w. That PDF would have to be OCR'd and the text constructed by the letters. Even text content may be in any order, requiring screen composition before the reader can make sense of it. Businesses exist that take arbitrary PDF's, and convert them into screen readable form.

But JAWS doesn't treat all PDF's as giant pictures that can only be read by OCR. It is a remarkable bit of ignorance to suggest that it does.

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Dir a.b /s

The only way to get search to work is to open a cmd prompt and type DIR.

Perhaps they should drop the name "Windows" and call the OS something descriptive like "DOS"

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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70's digital watch chimes...

In 1981 I started a new year in a lecture theatre with 200 first-year engineeing students. Many of whom had received a new digital watch for Christmas, and had it set to chime the hour. At or around 10:00 AM, 4/5ths of the way therough the 50-minute period, watch chimes started going off randomly across and through the vast quite crowd.... by the next day all watches had been reset to silent.

You like HTTPS. We like HTTPS. Except when a quirk of TLS can smash someone's web privacy

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Follow the money.

Your browser needs to authenticate for private-key encryption to work. Private-key-encryption needs to work to lock out advertisement-replacement. Private key negotiation is an (expensive) compute-intensive operation for major advertisers like google. User-identification and classification is a major revenew driver for advertising companies like google. Major advertising companies like google drive browser development (chrome) and web standards (tls and https).

I've held out with http as long as I could: most of the http web has gone dark.

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Hahaha... -- history and walking --

Cities that were designed after the development of coummuter RAIL are difficult to walk it. It just turned out that a city designed with railways or street cars as the loss-leader for real-estate development, converts easily to one where take your own car to the city.

WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war

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Re: Partial truth, partial cover up ?

>It is however unclear why German counter intelligence was so bad, the incredible losses in the U-boat war, was a clear sign something was off, since Oceans are big, and they seem to be spot on all the time.<

I'm old enough to remember that all the post-war documentories, for many years, didn't make that connection. In particular naval losses on both sides were always attributed to tactical changes. like "using convoys" It's now clear that the post-war picture we had of how the war was won, was completely wrong. It's sad that most of that early documentation will never be correctly re-written.

Some extremely clever chess players were taken to Washington DC, and tasked with analysing navel reports and predicting what the next enemy move would be. By some accounts they were quite accurate, but never really believed, because, well, they were just guessing. At this distance, I've never found out if they were just the cover story for the code-breaking reports, or if the chess was just the cover-story for people doing actual code-breaking work, or if the chess players were just a completely irrelevant parallel effort.

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>She never really got into detail about what she did and whose codes she worked on, <

The IEEE published memories from a Washington WAVE ('we joined the navy to see the world, but all we saw was DC'). She reported that after a strict security introduction, another man got up. They expected the good cop after the bad cop. Instead they got the worse cop: "DON'T EXPECT THAT YOU WILL BE TREATED ANY DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE YOU ARE WOMEN. IF YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR WORK, YOU WILL BE SHOT."

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Re: Not turn them in to apps.

>Notepad does need updating. Nothing much but having an undo buffer and little things such as multi-line tab indenting, column cut/copy/paste, maybe allowing multi-document tabs would go a long way.<

Those would be good improvements to WordPad. Notepad doesn't have to compete with WordPad.

Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Re: $72k per year, not $185k

On the other hand, it IS how you compare FT employees to casual contractors. So it's an entirely legitimate comparison between employee costs and minimum-wage workers.

Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Runtime installers were built to fail

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Re: Reminds me of why I stopped using IE back in the day

HTML /is/ stuff to download files. HTM files, JPG files, CSS files, cookies, xcripts, zips, executables.

You can complain about what your browser does, but simply complaining that it 'downloads files' is foolish.

Hello darkness my old friend, what happened last week in Redmond?

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Re: SMB1: XP & Server2003?

That's a natural response to the misunderstanding demonstrated by the article. MS isn't trying to get rid of XP and 2003 to get rid of SMB1: it's trying to get rid of SMB1 to get rid of XP and 2003.

XP and 2003 have unpatched networking vulnerabiliities.

Running SMB1 on recent server versions doesn't make sence because SMB1 is chatty and (when encryped and run on TCPIP, as on fully updated versions of Win98) , has poor latency. So the only reason to support SMB1 is for old MS and Samba servers, and that isn't a good reason. MS has no love for Win2K3 and Win98: they would have dropped SMB1 sooner but for the old Samba servers, and that is slowly coming to an end.

Nearly half of IBM's $1bn Aussie framework deal comes from mainframes

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Re: final solution

It's not just that IBM made a profit out of both sides of the war. It's also the case that the IBM business model, then and later, was based on the superiority of their ancillary equipment: in the 60's you couldn't get IBM tape drives unless you paid their inflated prices for their mainframe computer equipment: in the 40's you could only get IBM cards and paper from IBM.

So the IBM data processing equipment used to operate the Holocaust used punch cards that were only available from IBM subsidiaries controlled out of NYC

Would there have been a Holocaust and WWII without IBM? Yes. But the machinery of war would have stuck, jammed and torn if not for the active support of IBM.

PS: I've got an original copy of a magazine with a review of the original IBM PC. It says that the computer is ordinary, but that the keyboard redefined PC keyboards.

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Re: final solution

IBM management were traitors in WWII. From my discussion with greybeards, that wouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone who had to deal with the IBM sales team in 60's.

IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Re: "4.3 billion addresses are moe or less all allocated"

You're not paying attention son.

The other 3.3 billion more or less allocated addresses aren't actually allocated to anything. That is, there is no Thing they are allocated to. They are allocated to no Thing.

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"4.3 billion addresses are moe or less all allocated"

A quick look tells me that 1 billion addresses are more or less allocated. The other 3 billion are more or less not allocated.

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: Not to mention...

>Printing error? <

Not printing error: Printer error. Printers are the people who make printing errors.

Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

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You haven't examined the ITU frequency allocation standards...

Pleasant programming playground paves popular Python path

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It's been a long time since I've used Python, but as I remember, "sorted(output,key=lambda x: x[1])" is

sorted(output,key=(x[1] for x in output)), but for people who like having extra keywords in their programming language?

Oz government offers privacy concessions on MyHealth Record

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Re: "Labor’s 2012 My Health Record legislation will be strengthened"

It was amended in 2015 (Health Legislation Amendment (eHealth) Act 2015) to include "Health Care Organization" along with "Health Care Provider". The rest was just renaming crap.

There are a heap of amendments from omnibus amendment acts that cover things like changing the word "record" to "records", and, I think, under current parliamentary practice, can't include anything interesting. I haven't examined them.

Australians almost immune from ransomware, topping lists for data safety

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Single target attacks

Rather, most of the incidents with single targets are probably human error, where data about an individual was lost or sent to the wrong destination.

Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Re: Obviously...

In 1989, Seattle was split into two camps: the overpaid and self-important MS employees, and the underpaid and self-righteous university (unix) community. At parties they would meet and ostentatiously ignore each other.


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