* Posts by Alistair

2547 posts • joined 18 May 2007

EasyJet boss says pre-Chrimbo Gatwick drone chaos cost it £15m

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..... Somewhere, deep in the heart of England, there is a polyethylene prop, popped up from under the instrument panel, gently waving in the breeze from the damaged cockpit window, and a fellow named Victor asking Clarence why Gatwick wont give him clearance to land.

"Dammit Clarence, its just a $#%@#% drone, all I need is clearance to land......"

Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass

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Re: Somebody had to...

@Velv:

I was hoping that perhaps MS had decided to have Leelo demonstrate the new feature. Live. On stage. Somewhere up here in Canuckistan.

Ever feel like all your prayers go unheard? The Catholic Church has an app for that

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Re: Wrong App?

I wonder if there's a tracking component to the prayer app that the priesthood has access to.........

(that thunk you heard was a censer hitting the chapel floor)

DDoS sueball, felonious fonts, leaky Android file manager, blundering building security, etc etc

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Re: Es file explorer went to shit

I'm liking Total Commander at the moment -- I've been looking to replace ES for quite some time.

Now I need something to replace the (ES) task manager that originally attracted me....

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: A clue?

.... on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again....

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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Antecedents perhaps. No report about any of their descendants would be appropriate.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Re: Gah. Users.

@Stevie:

The sum total of intelligence on the planet is a constant. I think, since my early teens, the population has doubled.

Vodafone signs $550m deal with IBM to offload cloud biz

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Re: From Red to Blue

Umm.

"I can quite easily see IBM's customer facing cloud offerings going the way of the Thinkpad in <5 years. Obviously they will keep an internal offering, but they are hardly cutting edge are they? "

I worked at IBM. I can tell you about IBM and "cloud". I've moved on. And moved on again. And been bought by IBM. Again. There's a very simple reason IBM bought RedHat. IBM can't cloud. doesn't cloud.

To the Voda folks; polish resume, get a nice outfit to do interviews, and start looking now. Stick with it until they offer to buy you out and dive out the door with the redundancy pay and a new job waiting. And be prepared to end up in the same space in 5 to 8 years.

Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

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---- ZFS.

/drops mic.

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito

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Its still not intelligent.

Its a well trained algorthm. This and no more.

And its a microphone in my house, managed, controlled and tracked by a corporation that has *already* made mistakes.

Much like the "my ipone camera is SOooo much better than that dslr. I mean if you did all sorts of post work on the DSLR it might look so good". Your shitty little ipone camera *DOES* all sorts of post work on the image, before you see it you tit.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: If all you have is a hammer

@AC "if all you have is a hammer".

Your post is accurate, if and only if you have forsworn logic. Since it is abundantly clear you have forsworn logic, I'd suggest that you log off the internet, light a scented essential oil candle, and go back to reading 'Once and future time travels of my dog'.

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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' Not to mention that technology today is anything but smart. If it is reliable, it's because there is decades of experience behind it. But as soon as it is connected to the mother ship it becomes dumb as a rock, subservient to the whims of its maker, and should be discarded beaten to a pulp, burned to the ground, shot from a cannon and encased in concrete and dropped into the deepest part of the Marianas Trench. "

FTFY Pascal.

I'll just drop this press release on the forum floor.

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I'll just drop this press release on the forum floor.

https://www.redhat.com/en/about/press-releases/red-hat-drives-unified-foundation-kubernetes-and-virtual-machines-red-hat-openstack-platform-14

Spektr-R goes quiet, Dragon splashes down and SpaceX lays off

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Accumulations of cosmic radiation?

Urrrr. I think there's a translation slip there - I'm guessing RosCosMos would be better than that - Accumulated affects of cosmic radiation perhaps?

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath

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Oddly, having worked with a couple of young folks from Singapore a ways back, I 'm thinking this is to be expected. They appear to raise their offspring with an uttlerly different attitude toward 'responsibility' and 'integrity'. Mind you it was only a couple of youngsters, but I appreciated their candor and integrity at the time. And it (only slightly) changed my attitude toward the rest of the world for the better.

)there *is* a reason I use the Grumpy Old Fart icon so liberally(

What a cheep shot: Bird sorry after legal eagles fire DMCA takedown at scooter unlock blog

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Re: Even if you couldn't replace the board

"one careful owner, electric chair to go with that"

.... something to chase down the ambient stupid and dispose of it when and where needed?

Cops told: No, you can't have a warrant to force a big bunch of people to unlock their phones by fingerprint, face scans

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Re: An example of why some things should always go in front of a judge

@Voland:

I'd be inclined to agree. The frequency and depth of damage are accounted for as ROI for the current 'ruling' class. We can only hope it keeps getting more expensive for those to happen. And that there are one or two judges about that decide that the bargain isn't worth the sleepless nights.

Nissan EV app password reset prompts user panic

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Re: Juke hazard

I've never worried about the juke hazard. I just regard all Nissans as a hazard in general. Anything manufactured after they changed names.....

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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Re: Markov rules

oh dear god.

I think we can conclude from your tests that Rudy Juliani is a markov chain implementation of his dead body. Perhaps he *was* in the twin towers.....

Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year

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Re: Look out below!

@Jimmy2moos

Flattery will get you no hair.

Baddies linked to Iran fingered for DNS hijacking to read Middle Eastern regimes' emails

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Hey, Iran

Is that a reciept for yellowcake I see in your email?

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

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Re: Registry key?

Ahhh, that would be where all the horrid article edits are coming from!

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Can't fix stupid

@Adrian4 :

Don't hold your breath. From what I can see it is *far* too likely that he'll be re-elected in 2020. The question is at this point, which G20 country will earn a collective Darwin award first? At the moment, I think Russia is out in front.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: Any computer game after 1994...

Personally, I think Dabbsy needs a monk.

Heck

I need a monk.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore

Uncle Slacky:

Let me introduce you to the HP V class hardware. Specifically the V2600. 9 fans. 9 10" fans. Now they blew *out* the back side of the box. You just plain didn't *stand* behind that when it started up. And at least one tech I know was inadvertently sucked into the front panel for a couple of moments. Since they (four of them) were stacked in two piles in an open area of the DC, we referred to them as the raincoat dryers.

Having worked with PDP-11/720's (which oddly, are similar in size and shape) I can tell you, the HPUX outsucked the VAX in a big way.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Hmmm

Not sure if its the time of year or mayhap something is more 'right' than the last time ElReg updated layout, but this article has been up 5 hours and then some, and only 42 comments. I think last time the comment list was *substantially* longer 5 hours in....

I'm not certain I'm a fan of the staggered layout as it is but, it doesn't look horrible.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon shows up at pad 39A, nearly 8 years after the last Shuttle left

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Its upright and breathing

Which is pretty much the best I can bet on in any morning myself. Good morning Dragon4People.

Until now, if Canadian Uber drivers wanted to battle the tech giant, they had to do it in the Netherlands – for real

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I think there is more truth in this line than in any other statement about Uber I've heard of late:

"Uber's legal position looks increasingly tenuous. "

Which in reality means its now (with market considerations included) akin to a standard elastic band keeping a car from falling off a 250M high bridge.

I feel most sorry for the future retirees and pensioners enrolled in those funds that have stupidly dived into this business.

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

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I'm not sure if the cat pic is because the cat is out of the bag, or the reg is just being a bit catty in the new year, or because the cat as always, doesn't quite fit the box... and we all know MS has never quite fit in the box either. Happy new year. And may your sand stay in the the boxes this year.

DXC hit with sueball over layoff steamroller's share price dip

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Re: Hot Dog Turds?

Oddly, I was also contemplating this construct.

Was the turd hot, or the dog. If the dog was hot, was it in a bun? Do baseball park hotdogs make turds? If the turd was hot, was it because the dog was ill? If you've a handful of sick dog turds that are over warm, is it because you are taking the dog to the vet for medical attention? Why then would you drop them?

-- Yeah, I'm having one of those weird weird days. I suspect I've swapped meds with someone in the house........

Google settles Right To Be Forgotten case on eve of appeal hearing

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Sad that there is no direct outcome in court here. One seriously has to wonder if NT1 has been endowed with any additional wisdom in the ensuing years that can be used to enhance his returns to the business empire world.

Of course, this could just be Barbra having learned a lesson or two along the way.....

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter

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Re: Remember

@Phuzz:

Nah, what was astonishing about what you did was that you had in your hand, to watch SpaceX stick that landing, more compute power than was used to launch, monitor and control all of the Apollo missions.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Re: "No one likes an asshole"

@SirSpoon:

I'm afraid you're correct. Simply a lack of alternatives and foresight. Unfortunately the rabble on both sides are now roused.

Ho ho ho! Washington DC sends Zuckerberg a sueball-shaped present

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Re: @AC Good. Now close FB down

@JohnFen:

Facebook?

Tobacco Companies.

Mining Companies

Oil Companies

Telephone Companies.

Investment Banking Companies.

History indicates you are correct.

Jingle bells, disk drives sell not so well from today. Oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open array...

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Re: @Mr. Bombastic

@Sandtitz:

There is a reason that ADATA SSD is that cheap. Just *don't*. They don't kill the storage, but I've seen/heard/found far too many ADATA disk controllers die. I've patched three (replace controller) for very specific data recovery requirements, But I'm not recommending anyone try that at home without the correct toolset.

Memes, messengers, and missiles: From Twitter to chat apps and weapons, security is ho-ho-hosed this Xmas

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BMDS

So when the NSA/CIA/FBI/OT(F)LA decide that they need more paranoia and more fear in order to slaughter more rights of citizens, they can point out that some terrrist urganization stole Nukular Secrets!!!! and they can't catch the terrrist urganization because those darn terrrists are using enkrypshun!!! ..... and then there will be two countries with utterly ridiculous encryption laws.

One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future

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Re: This is the future

@COCM:

Sadly the truth has become the loudest, most self centred annoying voice at the podium, rather than the quiet list of facts from the academic with the proof in their pocket.

Why you ask does the loud arrogant self centred one get the most attention?

Because the loud self centred one plays off the fears and insecurities of the crowd.

Fears and insecurities that have been accellerated by modern media reporting 'mass shootings' and 'mass assaults' within 3 minutes of them happening around the globe. By social media narrowing and tightening points of view with echo chambers that are self re-enforcing. By extracting minutia from a swamp of data and refusing to look at larger, more complete pictures. By ensuring that the population is less and less effectively educated in each ensuing generation so that logic and reasoning have fallen out of general use and are now looked apon as 'weird' and 'eccentric' behaviours.

Humanity in the western world is once again a slave population, poorly educated, incapable of critical thought and tightly bound to communication devices that can be used to pump them full of fear uncertainty and doubt about their neighbour, their family and their community. They cannot see that the more afraid they are, the less rational their reactions to freedom are. Especially when that freedom is couched in the terms of mysterious, scary, foreign 'others'. Thus each day they gladly sacrifice yet more of their own freedoms on the altar of safety.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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@AC re: re-education:

are you referring to the stalker fans, the fans in general, or Taylor and her crew?

Hole-y ship: ISS 'nauts take a wander to crack Soyuz driller whodunnit

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Re: RTAF?

@Kerplunk

Read The Article....FuckoFuckwit?

FTFY

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

@Geoffrey W.

Bob's not a libertarian. He's Ayn's #1 fan. Even libertarians get twitchy in that space.

Sadly, Bob's not likely to be paving the street in front of his house or fixing the sewer line either. Those are jobs for lazy folks.

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism

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Re: Login box

@Hollerithevo:

" It would be better if each side didn't assume the other side were idiots or evil."

With one line you've summed up the vast majority of all online trollfests. Kudos.

It is the extremist responses and extremist assumptions that have resulted in a certain real estate con artist running the excited snakes, and the reactions of certain elements of the european population to changes in immigration, amongst so many other things.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Re: Thank goodness I'm retired...

@AC

"Yes the buzzwords abound in any crisis from a large company.

However I have witnessed many times that when the engineer looks for and finds why something is wrong they might be tempted to power cycle ........"

I've never in my 30 years in IT seen a gateway do vacuuming for anyone let alone a server.....

HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale

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farewell lotus notes

I forsee an obituary in the next 18 months

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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Re: "It's deeply offensive" says 53 year old man

@joeW

Ding!! Ding!! Dong!!! We have weiner!

Pulses quicken at NASA as SpaceX gets closer to crewed launches and Russia readies the next Soyuz

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Re: Elon & Drugs

@SpazTurtle:

So Colorado's entire government are going to jail are they?

Controlled Substances Act contains a HELL of a lot more than Mary Jay Wanna. And not everything on it is "illegal". They are 'controlled'. There is a subtle difference that tone deaf echo chamber residents have a problem hearing.

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@Voland:

You forgot about peeing on the bus tire.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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whole new meaning to the expression fuck me blue

Some folks will know my history. Including 4 years of IBM hell. I quite literally started at RH on the 8th .......

That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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“In your greenfield you can introduce a microservice architecture so that the developers and new applications can use the latest technologies, build tools, frameworks, and methodologies to help the business innovate and adapt quickly.”

The only greenfield this has direct relevance to is the green field(s) that are now legal here in Canada. Someone done been smokin a bit too much.

I'm the body that knows the 20 year old legacy system. I'm movin on.

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: Console

I was on a DRP exercise once where our Z mainframe ran into this issue as they'd used a FF printer as the 0 console....... Even mainframe's can run out of memory eventually.

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

--- no gun, mass shooting? -- I'd say that would be video coverage of a magnetic linear accelerator?

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