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6 posts • joined 14 Oct 2009

Sinister secret backdoor found in networking gear perfect for government espionage: The Chinese are – oh no, wait, it's Cisco again


Re: Keys

Hey genius?

George Washington lost more battles than he won, and if it hadn't been for the Prussians and the French - Baron von Steuben and Lafayette - you'd still be speaking English.

Oh, and the Lend Lease loan was paid back in 2006 - as you are counting.

Have a nice day.

Customer: We fancy changing a 25-year-old installation. C'mon, it's just one extra valve... Only wafer thin...


Re: Just one extra valve!

A long time ago we were working on a bottling line at a whisky distillery in Scotland, which was a right pain as the line went in and out of the bonded area with security (annoyance anyway) between. You had to walk miles to get from where the line went into bond to get to the access door. The control lines ran the length (tens of meters) of the line inside the conveyor carcass with breakouts for the control ports, gates etc. Everything was sleeved and 'water'proof. All fine and dandy.

Sometime later we were called back for an extension and some additional work. When we came to tap into the control lines there seemed to be an extra sleeve not shown on the installation diagrams. After a lot of puzzling, and tedious back and forth it turned out not be an extra sleeve, but a hose pipe that some enterprising soul had installed to help the angels get their share.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep


The # is the common American symbol for pound weight, and is used where we would use lb - grocery, butchers etc on labels and in adverts.

School IT quango to be expelled


Ubuntu - not fit for purpose

Ah, kool - Ubuntu. And of course, it never has problems. It doesn't drop printer access when upgrading from 'release' to 'release' - or muck up Samba, or cross-platform file sharing, or impose network traffic limits, or drop innocent users into a morass of vi/nano instructions.

And such a support community, too! You never come across arrogant self satisfied responders who delight in obfuscation by referring noobs to 'just sudo this...'

Or provides such wonders as Gimp, which almost, but just not quite does anything you want.

There is a reason business does not use Ubuntu - it's not fit for purpose. And the idea of introducing it into a school environment with the expectation that it will /reduce/ IT frustration and cost is simply risible.

I'll skip mentioning the thought that your attitude to a ICT student seeking a work placement in an environment where thay might learn about Linux pretty much sums up everything one needs to know about the attitude of Linux proponents I have come across.

World+bitch flocking to expose self on Facebook


Prawn sandwich, anyone?

Older readers will remember:


Child porn threat to airport's 'virtual strip search' scanners


Nudity does not equal Obscenity

An image of a nude child is not per se obscene or controlled.

For an image of a nude child to be obscene it must consist of at least erotic posing, even with no other sexual activity. Standing in an x-ray booth is not erotic posing.

Invasion of privacy - maybe. Increasing one's annual radiation burden - maybe (particularly if you come from Cornwall or Aberdeen or some other granite rich area). Child porn - clearly not.

Please get a grip on reality.

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