* Posts by Santa from Exeter

201 posts • joined 20 Oct 2009


Go big (with our bandwidth) or go home, Verizon: Texas mulls outlawing 911 throttling after Cali wildfire fiasco

Santa from Exeter

Re: What you are missing

"(Can you download the entire Internet several dozens of times before Lunch, every single day, on your plan? Why not?)" - Speed, I only have 70G download speed!

" Have you not read the contract you have with your carrier?" - Yes, and it says absolutely nothing about throttling me when I reach any seemingly arbitrarily defined limit.

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

Santa from Exeter

My name is *not* Alice

I was driving along one day when I got a text message. Thinking it might be about the event I was driving to I got my other half to answer it.

The message was "Hi Alice, can you get (random assorted groceries) and some bleach"; I suggested that my S.O. should send back "Alice, who the fuck is Alice".

A second text quickly followed with "Oh and some Victory V's".

Intrigued as to what was intended with bleach and Victory V's we, nevertheless, simply sent back "I think you have the wrong number, this isn't Alice".

In reply we got "Hello Alice this is Grandma, I think that you wrote your number down wrong in my address book"!

We did manage to persuade 'Grandma' that if she had the wrong number for 'Alice' we certainly didn't know it :-)

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

Santa from Exeter

Re: That's nice dear ...

The only reason "everyone" runs Outlook is because "everyone" uses Exchange. As ever, Microsoft have gone down the lock in route by making it practically impossible to get anything not owned by them to play nicely with Exchange due to closed source (and woeful lack of documentation).

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

Santa from Exeter

Re: Re-Moaners ... You lost

Yet more BeLeaver rubbish.

If the actions of Rees-Mogg, Johnson et al can't convince you that the Leave campaighn was based on lies, damn lies and absolutely no statistics you are blind.

If by 'the majority of the population' you actually mean the *minority* of the population who voted to leave in the first place and the minority of those who still want this, you may be correct.

Oh, and if these's another referendum will the leavers find anything true to say about what would happen if we leave? The supposed 'scare stories' were mainly predictions about what would happen *when* we left, an important distiction that the leavers blatantly ignore with their 'See it hasn't happened so it all a fear campaign' mantra.

We are already seeing shortfalls in funding in a number of ares where companies, universities etc. can't bid for funding or to be part of a joint project which extends beyond March. Exactly where do you see this extra funding coming from if we do leave? Pretty sure it isn't going to be coming from any British government.

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

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Re: "Floating"


Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

Santa from Exeter

Re: Starship (Culture names)

As it's designed to carry 'nauts I just hope it doesn't decide to become the alternative name for Grey Area i.e. Meatfucker!

FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface

Santa from Exeter

Re: Units @Fizzle

In which case you should be using Kelvin old bean.

Herr(e) Farenheit wasn't English you know :-)

Memo to Mark Sedwill: Here's how to reboot government IT

Santa from Exeter

Re: Simple solution.


Tired of every tech Civil Servant being painted with the GDS/Crapita brush.

Read TFA and you'll find it specifically says that when the actual techies are involved it works.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

Santa from Exeter

Re: Oh-Oh-Whoah-Oh-Oh @ Michael Strorm

And exactly what's wrong with a bit of Bob Calvert?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkMMUOp3Y4k (Vaguely NSFW, Go Stacia!)

Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

Santa from Exeter

Re: Conspiracy theory? @ AC

One of the issues here is that these particular Bloomberg journos seem to have form in the bullshit stakes https://twitter.com/RobertMLee/status/1049617855396933632.

Bloomberg stood by them in this as well.

The reason I distrust Bloomberg is that as was stated in an earlier Reg piece, the reporters are regarded by how much their reporting influences stock proces. To my mind that's just another way of saying Bloomberg manupilates the markets.

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

Santa from Exeter

Re: Should they email you notices

That might work if you also get your mobile from them.

I don't and deliberately don't hand out my mobile number willy-nilly

Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

Santa from Exeter

Rules are not equal

Please don't conflate the rules of civilised tax nations to those of the US who demand US taxes on money earned by Americans working and living outside the US in addition to the local Income Tax already paid: likewise the stupid tax on 'repatriation' of profits. The stupidity of double-dipping in this way is purely an American thing and actually harms the Us by keeping money outside their economy. I would not, however, be in the least bit suprised to fiind the Orange One demanding more money from EU companies, that fits perfectly with all his other policies on Nationalistic Protectionism.

Hey you smart, well-paid devs. Stop clicking on those phishing links and bringing in malware muck on your shoes

Santa from Exeter

Re: Sysadmins + Devs = possibility for the perfect mixture

Quote - " because internal IT are too lazy to administrate our servers.".

And there Ladies and Gentlebeans lies the problem!

1. 'Internal IT' are probably too busy to stand up your servers, based on your half-arsed requirements document, to your stupidly impossible timescale.

2. They are not *your* servers, they belong to the company and you don't get to do anything that you want on them.

I fully expect downvotes from the Developers on here, but I hope the SysAdmins recognise the 'Entitled Developer Syndrome' and can be bothered to upvote as well :-)

Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

Santa from Exeter


The melting point is not the same as the freezing point at all.

For instance, here on Earth, the melting point of water ice is 0 degrees C, but water can exist in a 'super cooled' state well below this.

This is the origin of true 'Black Ice', which is rain cooled below zero freezing when it hits the road and creating a layer of ice with no trapped air.

Wikipedia is actually pretty good on this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercooling

Former wig-wearing Twitterphobe replaces Hancock as UK.gov's Secretary of Fun

Santa from Exeter

Re: Rats ahoy, me hearties! @ AC

Quote "anyone who voted for Brexit who then said "but I was only voting tactically, I don't really want to leave"

These are precisely the buffoons who managed to get us into this shit show in the first place

Quote "to go back on it now is to declare 'Democracy' as practiced in the UK is dead"

Too late, that has already been proved by the fact that the lying gits and their moneyed cronies managed to sway enough of the terminally hard of thinking into voting the same way as the Xenophobes and Daily Fail Readers.

Incidentally, I think that you have a poor grasp of what Democracy actually is. It isn't 'We will make a decision and never change it.' Nor are referenda legally binding.

If you take the tack that those who don't vote are happy with the status quo (spoilt papers count as abstentions) you will find that a large majority actually *didn't* want to leave.

The paper for the referendum, along with any hard information leading up to the event, was woefully lacking in any detail whatsoever, further confusing many I have talked to who are certainly not pro 'Hard Brexit'

When you consider that Farage stated before the referendum that (to paraphrase) If the vote is close, say 52% to 48% we will have to have another referendum, he shut up about that pretty quickly afterwards!

Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

Santa from Exeter

Re: @jake - "wimpy US gallons"

And if you knew your history (which many Septics don't) you'd realise that your precious 'US' gallon is actually a very old English gallon which the rest of the world long abandoned when they moved on. Hint, look up Queen Anne Gallon.

Thanks for playing Tosspot.

Bill Clinton's cyber-attack novel: The airport haxploit-blockbuster you knew it would be

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Re: The President is missing? @CrazyOldCatMan

Our senior lady prefers sleeping in the plant pot occupied by the Rubber Plant.

'Normal Cat'? How many moggies have you owned? No such thing old bean!

US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

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Quite the contrary. I think that you will find that the practice of taking scalps was known to *both* sides well before white men his continental America.

Incidentally, it wasn't until fairly recently that Canada stopped (theoretically) offering a bounty for such.

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

Santa from Exeter

Autopilot == Audi Driver

To quote "The autopilot is not able to decide to let the car slightly ahead on the neighboring lane go ahead"

Just like a meatsack Audi driver then.

Mailshot meltdown as Wessex Water gets sweary about a poor chap called Tom

Santa from Exeter

Re: Strictly speaking (Rostering ...) @ Martin an gof

Billy Wigglestick spelling his name a variety of ways proves nothing about grammar. He was doing this in the age before Sam Johnson's dictionary regularised spelling (actually in Georgian times, not Victorian)

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

Santa from Exeter

Re: Are we going...

Now *This* is a Spitfire in space - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrEQOj4ep8U

Britain to slash F-35 orders? Erm, no, scoffs Lockheed UK boss

Santa from Exeter

Re: Today's word...

I think it's beyond SNAFU and has now reached FUBAR

SpaceX Bangabandhu-1 launch held up while Dragon splashes down on time

Santa from Exeter

Wait, What? you mean it *didn't* say BhangBhangduc?

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

Santa from Exeter

Re: to say it with that nice song from the South Park movie

Okay, so not South Park but I liked this one -


Best thing about a smart toilet? You can take your mobile in without polluting it

Santa from Exeter

Re: Seen in an analogue lavatory years ago @ Cronos

I think you'll find the complete version is -

Some people come to sit and think,

Whilst others come to shit and stink;

But I just come to scratch my balls,

And read the writing on the walls.

Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine

Santa from Exeter

Re: Next question from the prosecution...

Remember, innocent till^H^H^H unless proven guilty.


Red Hat is in the pink: Cracks $3bn revenue run rate as subs take off

Santa from Exeter

Re: Satans' Spawn From Hell @DCFusor

Whilst I am no fan of systemd, and now have to live with it in RHEL7 at work, you can hardly blame Red Hat for Debian adopting it.

If you are rolling your own builds, there's info in removing systemd from Stretch here http://without-systemd.org/wiki/index.php/How_to_remove_systemd_from_a_Debian_Stretch_installation

Seen from spaaaaace: Boffins check world's oceans for plastic

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@Lee D

The benefits to you (and everyone else) of recycling are numerous and pretty obvious. If you really can't see any benefit to it, I suggest that, as an opener, you start your own landfill in your back garden/yard and see what happens.

Santa from Exeter


I don't know where you live but down here in Exeter the only thing I have to pay for offloading at the recycling centre is building rubble.

Another day, another self-flying car pipe dream surfaces

Santa from Exeter

Re: That's all we need

Whilst you are technically correct I have lost count of the number of times that I pass CLOC* members in the outside lane of a motorway whilst doing 70MPH, only to have an Audi undertake both of us at 90+ in the inside lane.

*Centre Lane Owners Club, according to a Motorway Copper I know :-)

Now Europe's largest trade union squeezes Euro Patent Office's pips

Santa from Exeter

Re: You like to write about EPO, why don't you mention this?

Potemkine, you seem to be defending Batistelli despite repeated, well documented abuse of staff.

Is this because you have a personal liking for the man?

(Or are you just a sock puppet?)

Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse!

Santa from Exeter

Re: Well done Google....

And of course *everyone* uses the same hosting company as you.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

Santa from Exeter

What to do with it?

Use it as a Frisbee of course!


Software that predicts whether crims will break the law again is no better than you or me

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Read it again @ AMBxx

There was no data on race used. The authors are simply stating the fact that “Black defendants are more likely to be classified as medium or high risk by COMPAS, because black defendants are more likely to have prior arrests," IMHO this could just have easily have been left out, as the same would be true if a white defendant had the same conviction profile.

Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds

Santa from Exeter


To quote "nerds don't do sex nor drugs nor rock and/or roll."

Must make me a Geek then :-)

I find them Reasons to be


Oh and decent beer goes with most of the above.

Intel, Microsoft confess: Meltdown, Spectre may slow your servers

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Re: There you have it: security or performance or switch to AMD @ ThatOne

Stop! You're saying something stupid.

Sorry couldn't resist :-)

Although the fix is indeed baked into the OS, in Linux at least you can turn it off selectively.

See here - https://access.redhat.com/articles/3311301 for an example

IBM melts down fixing Meltdown as processes and patches stutter

Santa from Exeter

Potentially worrying

Quote "The documents also say some Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers aren’t rebooting after patching" whilst we haven't seen this happen with anything we've patched so far this could be concerning if there's any real evidence of this. Anyone experienced this or IBM just blowing smoke?

Judge says US govt has 'no right to rummage' through anti-Trump protest website logs

Santa from Exeter

Re: I am still surprised that

I'm not. Most of the likely suspects for that sort of thing seem to agree with him!

NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

Santa from Exeter

Re: Size matters

Neither, everyone's reading it wrong.

They're not going to throw *a* fridge, they're going to throw *The* Fridge!

In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

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Big Brother

Re: So it was nothing but God that held us back....

He said Jehovah


Icon because apparently he 'watches every sparrow that falls'

Europol, FBI, UK's NCA ride out to Ukraine's cavalry call

Santa from Exeter

Re: England's National Crime Agency

Surely, that would make it the Inter-National Crime Agency.

BTW, does anyone else immediately think "Oh, the National Crime Agency, must be responsible for all the crimes committed then."

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

Santa from Exeter

Re: "An"? I had no idea!

According to a certain IBM gentleman, RHEL was pronounced R-Hell.

He soon stopped when i started taking about I-Bum

Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

Santa from Exeter

Ship Name

As it lives in a kennel on a barge designed to catch falling flaming rockets I would have thought that 'Screw Loose' from The Player of Games would fit admirably.

Well-rested women in danger of bouncing their men into early grave

Santa from Exeter

Simple answer

It's obvious. The article didn't mention the sex of the women's partners. Get yourself in a nice Menage a Trois and only participate occasionally. Satisfaction and long life all round :-)

Ohio bloke accused of torching own home after his pacemaker rats him out to cops

Santa from Exeter

Re: So the doctor just says he is guilty, so he must be?

If you bothered to read the linked article -

"According to court documents obtained by WLWT, a cardiologist told police that those actions were "highly improbable" because of Compton's medical condition.

Police sought to prove that by collecting electronic data stored in Compton's electronic heart device. They wanted to know Compton's heart rate, pacer demand and cardiac rhythms before, during and after the fire."

So, no, the doctor didn't say 'he was too unfit to survive' just his story was improbable given his existing condition. The log from his implant proved it.


2017 is already fail: Let’s try a Chinese reboot

Santa from Exeter


It's not Riff Raff, it's Magenta!

Magenta: I ask for nothing, Master!

Frank: And you shall receive it, IN ABUNDANCE!


Facebook bans Russia's RT ahead of Trump's Inauguration Day (then changes its mind)

Santa from Exeter

Silly you indeed

The ostensibly 'Free World' has "over reaching government" in spades!

New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'

Santa from Exeter

Adblocker - blocked :-(

I would read it, but as I run an Ad Blocker, Wired has decided not to show me anything past the first screen.

Creaking Royal Navy is 'first-rate' thunders irate admiral

Santa from Exeter

Re: Theory vs HE

Good post, but a couple of common misconceptions which only become apparent when actually using the weapons in question.

Matchlocks are actually *more* reliable in the rain (and generally) than flintlocks, the match can be kept in a specially designed cover and only brought out immediately before using, whereas the frizzen (the case hardened steel face that the flint strikes to generate the sparks) on the flintlock is always exposed to the weather. Additionally, good quality match (actually made by soaking cord in saltpetre) burns pretty hot, so the main issue is 'keeping your powder dry' :-) The main problem with flintlocks is that you are hoping that 1, enough sparks are produced and 2. they end up in the priming powder. Wheellocks are better in this respect, as they produce a *lot* more sparks, however, as you state, they need to be 'spanned' regularly. Flintlocks offered no quicker rate of fire, as they were still muzzle loading. The use of cartridges could speed up the loading process somewhat, but the black powder was issued loose, requiring the cartridges to be made up in advance..

The idea of 'massed charges' of Pikemen is inaccurate. Pike formations are fairly cumbersome and, as such, trying to move at speed negates the effectiveness as they quickly become disorganised. In reality, the 'Press of Pike' usually happened fairly late on in a battle, when your enemy was either short of powder or had his nerve severely rattled by the cavalry if they used the more modern Swedish charge rather than the earlier tactic of riding in Caracole. All this relates to the early to mid 17thC, both during the '30 Years War' on the continent and the 'War of the Three Kingdoms (AKA English Civil War) here in Blighty.

AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

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Re: Lack of Research

@ AC "Where is your pull request"

Is this one categorized under 3. other or israel_hands' "wanking"?


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