* Posts by Tom 38

3145 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

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"Home taping is killing music!" - If only...

So what you're saying is, I need to buy more tape recorders?

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Re: "Making the pirate experience less fun is part of the strategy."

Broadcasters would love to show every single game live, the reason they don't is that they are forbidden from doing so by the clubs and the politicians, who fear that if all the games are on TV, no-one will go to the games.

In the US, every single game (of basically everything, as far as I can tell) is televised, but you won't necessarily be able to watch it, for pretty much the same reason. In Chicago, if either the Cubs or the White Sox have a home game, you can't televise either of the teams to viewers in the Chicago area.

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Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

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Hull is a statistical outlier

The survey had to be filled in online

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Cassini captures pieces of Saturn’s rings

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Re: precise measurement of the length of the Saturnian day continues to elude us

Tea is at 3.40pm and will be taken in the pavilion.

I'm afraid you didn't take in to account the inevitable rain delayed start to play means tea was delayed.

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Re: precise measurement of the length of the Saturnian day continues to elude us

What, cold and rainy with tea and scones at 4pm?

This tedious inaccurate stereotypical portrayal of England is boringly predictable and something for which I will not stand.

Tea is at 4:30pm.

(Alternate punchline: "Sometimes it's just rainy")

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In the Pearl River Delta's electronics souks, AI lets the haggling happen

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Re: Differences

More like Spanish and Portuguese, they are different languages not different dialects. There are *many* Sinitic languages, most are tonal and are quite unintelligible to each other whilst retaining similar characters. The article delves in to that a bit too, as characters look different in different scripts - so the Cantonese word for "dog" written in Simplified looks the same as Mandarin for dog in Simplified, but looks different in Traditional.

Actually, Spanish and Portuguese are very close, a better analogy would be Greek and Dutch; they are both Indo-European and share common words, but pronunciation has shifted/evolved.

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Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

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Hungary suffers a lot from crony capitalism/statism. Lots of EU money comes to Hungary for things like building roads; these contracts are allocated on the basis "Who do you know, and how much are you prepared to pay in kickbacks". Cigarettes can only be sold in special single purpose shops, funnily the licenses to operate them seem to only go to relatives of local politicians.

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Feature snatcher Microsoft tweaks OneDrive

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Apple cloud storage

Bit rich to say that Apple's cloud storage is not well used, as almost every single iOS device is backed up to the cloud, seamlessly. It's one of the things that Apple do really well, replace or upgrade your phone and you walk out of the store with a new device that is also exactly your old phone.

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No one still thinks iOS is invulnerable to malware, right? Well, knock it off

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Re: iOS more popular?

Depends on your definitions.

If 5 years ago, 1 million people used phones, and 50% of them are Apple, but now 100 million people are using phones, but only 25% of them Apple, then a higher proportion of the population are using Apple devices than were 5 years ago, but Apple's share of sales has decreased.

Its not the most popular, but it is more popular than it was.

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Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

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Uber

While Uber has a clear path to monopoly profits one day – by wiping out the local taxi competition and installing itself as a municipalities delivery infrastructure

Utter bollocks. Uber do not exclusively control the only useful commodity - drivers - and the average consumer uses Uber because it is subsidizing fares, making it currently cheaper than other Lyft or Gett or any of the others.

If they did get to their glorious promised land of monopoly, and raised prices to a "gouge-worthy" level, people would switch to another provider. If Uber has forced all the others out of business, one will restart.

It's exactly like complaining that China have a monopoly on rare earths; if they raised the price, they would no longer have a monopoly as other mines would start.

Uber will only increase its share whilst it is subsidizing fares.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: This is the BBC making a quota

I can choose not to watch it, shame I can't choose not to fund it.

You get that we sell Doctor Who for more than it is made for, right? "Who" is actually subsidising everything that you do watch, so stop frothing.

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The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

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Re: Dave Clark and four passengers

Yeah, but they all got out ok, so Glad All Over. They shouldn't have been playing Catch Us If You Can with the car behind, they wouldn't have gone Over And Over and ended in the marsh - perhaps he Likes It Like That

Any Way You Want It, the accident could have been avoided

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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PC fan makes noise when people bump the desk. Just for shits and giggles I walked over and bump the desk. Her response was you have to hit the desk harder.

bow chicka wow wow?

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

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Re: Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity,

Most of those references are letters written by Paul.

Saul, who was a tax collector, heavily oppressed early Christians while Jesus was alive.

After they started growing as a cult, miraculously JC appeared to him on the road to Damascus (no-one else with him at the time saw or heard), and he turns up as a religious leader who no longer works and lives from the munificence of his worshippers.

At least most of the Koran actually comes from the Mobot himself. The bible is a bunch of stuff written by men who are not the original source, tens to hundreds of years after the events they talk of, edited even further hundreds more years later and selected in order to build a book of mostly coherent religion that suits their needs to control people.

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Re: Its offensive that I must treat people who claim to believe in a sky fairy...

Even joining the Scouts or Girl Guides required an affirmation of religious belief.

Still was ~25 years ago, "On my honour, I promise: to do my duty to God and to the Queen, to help other people, and to keep the Scout's code"

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Re: But hang on...

Of course, Easter, the festival where we celebrate fucking and fertility by painting and eating eggs, worship the image of a golden bunny rabbit, and then round it off by eating some delicious roast baby lamb, the first bounty of the feast of fucking.

Oh, and this stuff is so good, one guy literally came back from the dead for his roast lamb.

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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Go on then, tell me in simple terms why your cat says I can't double the database size, storage, bandwidth and processor (transaction) power

I just asked my cat, he said "Algorithms dear boy. Taking a system that can handle X number of records, and scaling it to handle 5X number of records does not necessarily mean you can get by with 5 times as much compute power. If the algorithms in play are O(n log n), you will probably need at least 10 times as much compute power; if it is O(n²), you'll probably need 25 times as much compute power"

Actually, he looked disdainfully at me, and went back to licking his paws.. I'm pretty sure that meant algorithms though.

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Re: Wishful Oxford PPE & Classics + Crapita thinking

The UK is set up for a train wreck due to incompetent government.

OTOH, good time to get in to government IT contracting...

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Virgin Trains dodges smack from ICO: CCTV pics of Corbyn were OK

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Funny how time changes peoples recollections

* He *did* find seats, they just weren't adjacent for him and his party, so they didn't sit there

* He had booked seats on an earlier train, but decided to miss it and take a later one

* Empty reserved seats can be sat in for the non reserved part of the journey, and if still empty after leaving the reserved departure station

* After they filmed their video, an attendant saw them and found them seats

Trains are crowded, but this was a proper stunt.

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Two-factor FAIL: Chap gets pwned after 'AT&T falls for hacker tricks'

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Re: Yubikey + U2F

How do you use a YubiKey on your phone which has no USB ports?

I tap it on the phone, as it is both USB and NFC enabled. As explained under the first hit if you google "yubikey phone".

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Yubikey + U2F

Don't accept substitutes.

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Just in time for summer boozing: Boffins smash world record for the most perfect ice cubes

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Re: Ice Wars

Cucumber, orange, borage and mint. No-one objects to some whole raspberries and strawberry slices, best to save limes for the mojitos. I disapprove of apple in Pims because it doesn't soak up enough booze

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First time I saw a moon dog

I'm a rational man. I follow the scientific method. However, the first time I saw a moon dog, with a full moon centred within a giant glowing ring, like a giant cosmic eye staring directly at me - I completely understand how people believed in gods.

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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Re: If he had been in the UK

They would not have had the right to sack him as he was not in work due to his disability, which cannot be counted as sickness.

Oh please, they "didn't" sack him due to missing work due to diabetes complications, they "decided at the end of his probation period that he wasn't a good fit for this role". Sacking people is now an art form to certain HR types - you know why they sacked you, they know why they sacked you, but the reasons for the tribunal are completely different.

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Bloke takes over every .io domain by snapping up crucial name servers

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Re: 90% of the time

One in a million shots come good nine times out of ten, according to the books I read.

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

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Petrol is around $7/gallon in the UK, so you can see why it appeals over here...

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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@DougS

They are also usually hardback, because students looove that extra quality and durability you get by paying three times as much for a book...

Of the 30 or so CompSci books on my bookshelf that I bought for uni (many) years ago, I think about 4 have ever been re-read after the course had finished - Design Patterns (by the GoF), Modern Operating Systems, Computer Networks (both by Tanenbaum) and Software Engineering (Sommerville)

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Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

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Re: There's no such thing as a "cyber" cease fire

DougS, he's talking about the latest attempt at US-Russian ceasefire in Syria, not a ceasefire in cyber attacks between US and Russia.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Re: The long night has come...

Andromeda is truly the worst written show in history. Each season had a pivot that made no sense in continuity to the previous season, and by the 3rd season they just gave up with continuity all together.

There were only two things that made it remotely watchable was Lexa Doig, and the comedy factor of the writing.

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Re: Name a time and a place

What about Andromeda?!

OK OK, I'm leaving...

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Nothing could protect Durex peddler from NotPetya ransomware

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This is why they think it is a state actor, NotPetya was crippled to *not* attempt to spread via the internet, and only propagate itself to machines in the same private network. The initial infection vector for the private networks was via a dodgy update of MeDoc, which is mainly/solely used within Ukraine. The intention was (probably) to cripple Ukrainian companies.

Multinationals who have offices in Ukraine, and are required to use MeDoc, got infected in their Ukraine offices, which then spread outside the couuntry via internal network links.

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Most of them don't believe in evolution.

Don't worry, evolution believes in them!

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Re: Worse..

1. The announcement is not from ITER, it is from their own where they share a nice 3 finger salute contribution.

2. If you have not tried to work with Chinese on IPR and in International standards organizations, what you get from them is a nice 3 finger salute contribution in the form of outright perversion, subversion and sabotage.

3. If you are not convinced by 2, I suggest you have some dig around on the subject of Chinese and open source. There you always consistently share a 3 finger salute contribution.

OK, but why do their computers keep needing rebooting?

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TfL, WTH is my bus? London looks up from its mobile

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Re: There, there children. Sorry your pacifier is b0rken.

Timetables might work in your dinky donk toy town; in the big city, timetables are just a guideline.

And also, once upon a time, we used to just stand there at the bus stops, waiting, waiting, waiting... with a feed, we know that the bus is 15 minutes away, we might as well take a different bus and change.

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One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

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Re: Not knowing who or what KH is

Umma Hopkins. Unless there is part of her back story I've missed...

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Re: KATIE Hopkins Is FRIEND KF AMONERIC

So Katie's thoughts are Like a BAG. OF AGAR.

Transparent, barely edible, attracts bacteria? I'd agree, but agar has culture.

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Surely, as IT pros, our first tweet from beyond the grave should be something like:

"Finally got the routing right! w00t! You have no idea how tricky IP over Angel Radio is, makes IPv6 seem like childs play!"

or perhaps

"You thought BT was bad? Took me !!6 MONTHS!! to get ADSL in Hell! And it's run by Verizon :("

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The website claims it doesn't matter whether the message activation delay is set to five years or 75 years

Because they don't ever plan on delivering them at all?

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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I find amusing that no one here is asking why systemd-resolved was introduced, or what problem was it intended to solve, read this post:

To paraphrase for anyone not wanting to read it: "DNS is probably too complex for you to manage, so we're adding an extra caching resolver to every machine, which simplifies certain desktop configurations".

If I'm going to be treated like a child, I expect milk and cookies at 3pm, and then a nap.

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Re: Just like to point out..

confirmation of your lack of knowledge of systemd, you have to pick up mistaken use of a word.

So one brain can contain either systemd knowledge or a grasp of the English language, but not both?

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Re: Hang on, all y'all ...

HOWEVER, this is just a bug, people. All code has bugs.

Right, all code has bugs. However this bug is a direct consequence of putting kitchen sink + all in to init. This is the bug that most everyone who has written software and looked at systemd thought it would eventually, inevitably, get.

Is it wrong when someone is hoisted by their own petard, that we point out the crater of the explosion?

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Re: If THIS isn't a reason to hate systemd...

When it comes to SW the trick is to make sure that you're not exposed to the risk of bugs unnecessarily. Design your SW so as to limit the impact of the inevitable bugs.

It's unclear whether you think that the language should have protected the developer from risks, or that the software should have been composed of more coherent, smaller, and less tightly coupled components.

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

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Re: "Windows XP used on 4.7% of systems"

Really? XP on a server? Win2003 on a server, sure - fuck, even Win2k on a server.

XP? --->

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Re: You have have a million Cyber (euughh) security professionals...

All these trusts had CTOs at the time. You don't need a million, but if the one you get to lead your technological efforts doesn't ensure simply things...

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Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

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@Powernumpty

That's not even taking in to account the ridiculously slow speed of windows update downloads. I installed Windows 7 for a friend the other day, it took over 3 hours to format, install OS and install updates - a good hour of that was downloading 600MB of updates, and that's with gigabit fibre internet.

I suppose you don't get what you pay for...

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123-reg resolves secure database access snafu

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Catches up with https everywhere memo

Took your esteemed organ quite a long time to catch up with that memo too.

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Cloud may be the future, but it ain't all sunshine and rainbows

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Re: Another excellent heads-up

Cloud is nice.

It allows you to not deal with most of the plumbing

In my experience, you still have to deal with the plumbing, except now you have bits which have metric connectors AND bits which have imperial connectors, and you have to hook it up to something that Heath Robinson* rejected for using pre-industrial age fittings.

* Rube Goldberg for those of a left-pondian

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Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

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Re: Hmm

I'd be surprised if overall battery consumption actually went down with compression.

Be surprised then. For starters, guess what? It's already using compression, just gzip compression - 15-40% is how much better brotli is compared to gzip at compressing.

Less radio usage results in less battery consumption, and these are very simple decompression algorithms. Radio on for 5 seconds vs radio on for 1 second and 0.1 second to decompress, which do you think is better for the battery?

Brotli in particular is designed to be at least as fast as gzip in decompression, as good at compressing as bzip2, but at the expense of not overly caring how slow compression is.

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Stack Clash flaws blow local root holes in loads of top Linux programs

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Re: Why am I not surprised to see sudo there?

"Why can't you just give the permissions you need to the relevant user? "

Because you should always run with the least possible permissions required to do the operation you're carrying out, not the maximum you may need across all operations you might perform.

And because "giving the permissions you need to the relevant user" is exactly what sudo does. How else would you suggest doing it?

I think you are arguing against yourself here - running with the least possible permissions is the opposite of what sudo does. Say you want to run a program to write a CD, and your user does not have access to the CD device. You could run the program with sudo, in which case it can access the DVD device, but also everything else.

Alternatively, you could create a group for CD access, change the group on the device and make it group writable, and add your user to the group. You can then run the program without sudo, and the only thing you can access is the CD device.

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Re: Optional

Can you not have virtual monitors in windows yet? IE partitioning a single physical screen into multiple logical display screens.

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