* Posts by Alistair

2458 posts • joined 18 May 2007

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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Re: @ psychonaut

@Pascal, And this is why I hunt down WoW time cards rather than give them a CC number. Damn I can't wait for Blizz to get the BlizzCash cards out......

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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Re: Old Linux ?

@ PeterM

Similar hardware, my mom gave me a copy of minix for christmas. Had a blast.

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If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?

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Re: big screen landfill

"Erm no, as I can't hold a keyboard a tablet and wipe my arse at the same time as I love using a tablet while on the toilet. "

Sounds like its time to invest in a bidet.......

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We've Amber heard a NASty rumour: Marvell man touts private cloud box

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Re: As old fashioned as I probably sound

@GIRZIM:

I'm going to have to take a flamethrower to your post, if only for the mention of G.P.'s stupidity sink. Possibly for the lack of the sarcasm font, but I suppose I can't blame you for that.......

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Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?

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Re: No-one will ever...

I'm sorry Pen-y-gors, I cant see anyone doing that.

And the pod bay doors are still locked.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

Without a stylus my touch pad signature rather looks like it was written on board an outhouse atop a Falcon 9 as it passes through maxQ.

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: Wasps

I found diatomaceous earth to be more effective than poisons.

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Security did no homework, just gut reaction

@Iain: "when a scumbag whose name isn’t worth remembering "

Thank you. This is something we need to do more often in cases like this, both on SocMed and in journalism! Kudos!

Looking at the tweet, yes, it is in context clearly a joke by someone who is actually *capable* of the implicit 'threat', the problem, I suspect, was that someone in the security team on the hotel side went "Oh shit man, this guy could make all the slot machines shit tokens all over the carpets!"

Issue: Cost management processes, the hotel is employing cheaper security and they've not the wherewithal to deal with the idea that someone could live by the 'just because you can doesn't mean you should' perspective.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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Re: Luxury

I have a (dead) CDC Hawk 10MB that I could use as a boat anchor hiding in some closet somewhere......

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: "Heard of the term "Red Fascist"?

In this case, extremes are far more much alike each other than moderates.

Political ideology is circular.

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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i have apparently become the being that computers fear. I have friends that are convinced that when I walk into a room the computers decide to behave. I had not one but *three* managers who were convinced that I had this talent (and I got pulled in on a HELL of a lot of sev 1 and 2 calls then).

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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AI can figure out comma's period's?

I tought commas were male.

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Re: Am I missing something ?

@PST:

Eeeeeeeeeeeew, gag me with a spoonspune!

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First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

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well, that's one

interstellar transporter failure.

Glor@z~rjk unfortunately was reassembled minus whit's Cr%~~*julk, resulting in instantaneous vaporization. Sadly, there will be no viewing and the funeral will be held on the plant Mrrrrngaga on Glubar 15th of Rndaakr next orbit.

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Hey, don't route the messenger! Telegram redirected through Iran by baffling BGP leak

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Re: Unep Eurobats

@diodesign:

Sooo, you'll be applying for a Canadian residency permit ?

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Re: Backronym alert

Moto 68000 : SHARQ (shift arithmetic right quick).

Still to this day needs a LASR

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Sitting pretty in IPv4 land? Look, you're gonna have to talk to IPv6 at some stage

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Java 1.6.48 through 1.6.128

-Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=true

quite simply because there was no ipv6 in the environment, but WL decided to try anyway.

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You couldn't talk to an IPX-based NetWare server using IP, and neither could you talk to an IP-based Unix box using IPX. We therefore have to deal with two different protocols

I'll allow that on the point of having the word "based" in there - but whilst we were moving from Netware to MS Winders, we had *both* protocols active on the network for about 3 years.

*shudder*

And for the first 8 months I was one of two (2) people in the entire org that had identities on both sides of the wall. And was the only one who could reset passwords on both sides.

*shudder*

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CableLabs sends its time lords to help small-cell mobile nets

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Re: GPS

HAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHA!

@AC

You have a) never worked for a telecoms company

b) have no idea what an atomic clock is

c) have little concept of what you speak.

There is a reason that the major atomic clocks are run out of (generally) government sponsored research operations.

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Apple takes an axe to its App Affiliate Program

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Re: Shooting themselves in the foot..

Wait, Cnet still exists?

toddles off and pokes at firewall block list.

Damn -- good thing I've never pulled that off of there *chuckle* its the second longest resident on my banhammer.

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Riddle me this: TypeScript's latest data type is literally unknown

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Re: Good and Sad.

Modula-2 was good also for writing device drivers even on Win32 as the libraries had named pipes and all NT security features.

1991, OS/2 ATI modem drivers....... *cough*

/shifty eyes.

*I* have *no* idea what you are talking about sir.

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How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign

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I recall, a *very* long time ago, when a cron script for an scp choked because someone changed the IP of the Ad Host Gateway.

We used to poll said gateway every 30 minutes. The ad files were pngs and named according to the shape/size/relevance. Copied em over to the webserver and reloaded. At least I then knew all 12 of the yuman beans that put those ads together.

No more will this be apparently.

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Please forgive me, I can't stop robbing you: SamSam ransomware earns handlers $5.9m

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Must be a Canadian hacker.

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The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past

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Re: Highly volatile noble gases?

@Big John;

Gassy? calling the media gassy is an insult to Jupiter and Saturn.

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The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

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"That would just be a subdomain of of.islam"

Wait, don't you mean of ofglen?

Oh, sorry, wrong religion.

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Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

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Somehow

I'm reading about Pai, and hearing The Major General's song (in my head) and of course from there I fall into Tom Lehrer's "The Elements". That is far more entertaining and logical than anything that has come out of the FCC since Pai was handed the chair.

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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I see Dabsy:

You've finally found this comment:

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Re: Anonymous apparel

@David 18:

The logo branded shirt I'm most proud to wear has a small red vulture on it. And I'm one of the grizzled oldsters today (haven't wielded the blade about the yawp in a bit)

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Re: A bit late

@Chris G:

I have photos from the 70's with shoe company logos on all sorts of shite.

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Re: They Live....

@sorry:

For some of us this is a biannual thing. Taking care of what eyesight we retain is for some of us worth the expense. My SO has a degenerative eye condition that is accelerated by overly bright lights. It may be a few years yet before we get grands, and she really does want to see them.

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@Steve:

Yer still too yoof. Thats *orf* dammit.

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US Homeland Security warns of latest hacker craze – ERP pwnage

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Re: Proofreaders?

@ZSF

minimize the attack service on their ERP software.

I suppose it was a typo, but I'll tell you, considering the way some legal tents are bending around the world, I would imagine that the Admins aren't told about the attack service. Just the TLA's.

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Sen. Ron Wyden: Adobe Flash is doomed, why is Uncle Sam still using it?

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Eating a Renault? Hell I can't even get mine to grease a bike chain......

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Oracle Database 18: Now in downloadable Linux flavour

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The RPM will require a couple of weeks because they fired the guy that does cpio, and the two fellas that know how to strip out the redhat branding are having to learn a new talent.

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Intel Xeon workhorses boot evil maids out of the hotel: USB-based spying thwarted by fix

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Re: and in other news

@DropBear:

Hell no, I know three off the top of my head, and thats in a small pool!

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400GbE party. Loud knock at the door. Music stops. In jumps Juniper

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vast majority of our hardware is 1Gb/s (dual path) -

Big Data does a *crapton* of stuff over the wire - it and our exadata infra are on 10Gb/s

10Gb default connectivity is coming but oddly the backup infra is getting it first -- we really don't see the load on payload yet to make it worth it.

Now, in the big data territory - I could happily use 100Gb/s or 400Gb/s -- just to remove the tendency of the horrifically conflicted HP/Cisco switch connections to go into throttle down. (although we've managed to get that mostly under control)

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Whisk-y business: How Apache OpenWhisk hole left IBM Cloud Functions at risk of hijacking

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http call, can call init. can wipe and reload the container.

That is a rather open wisk. Someone should pwug it.

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Dust yourself off and try again: Ancient Solaris patch missed the mark

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damn good thing we don't have ............

oh

eeeeeeeeeeeewwww. Patching *those* is gonna suck.

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If Brussels wants Android forks, phone makers aren't helping

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Re: Why I'm abandoning commercial smartphones

He gonna build his own with COTS hardware and an Open Source OS.......

(and to tell the truth, if I could GET COTS phone bits, I would too)

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Alien sun has smashing time sucking up planets

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I think this star

-- read about black holes on the interwebs, and it is now practising at home...

-- next thing you know it will be posting instagram videos of itself trying to consume tide pods.

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Good luck out there Simon.

Hope you enjoy your new endeavour. I'll be honest, I'll kinda miss your work. It's always nice to have some perspective from the 'lower' commonwealth. ;}

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Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines

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Re: " researchers at the University of Bordeaux Centre d'Études Nucléaires de Bordeaux-Gradignan"

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get to the hospital to have this spare eye growing out of my left ear looked into

I hope your health benefits package is all paid up this month. That could end up costin ya!

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Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

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It is somewhat interesting.

Reading through this thread and realizing how many folks on here read only one side of any story.

That said:

WMD treaties are there to provide a structure for getting around to removing the real nasties from the 'war' equation. And don't get me wrong here, the folks that go out and organize those are doing so mostly from good intentions. The issue is that if one reads through the WMD treaties and the articles of war relevant to these things the signatories and non signatories for some of them make for exceptionally ironic news articles at times. (The US, China, and Israel come to mind as having ironic media, at least on several fronts the Russians of late have been brutally forthright)

The really really interesting question here is why is war always meant to be fought by soldiers on the battlefield, in the air or on the waves. Why do governments pay corporations ridiculous amounts of money for the hardware to equip those soldiers. Why has there been an active war *somewhere* on the planet for the last 70 plus years?

(playing quietly in the background, Edwin Starr track)

(why yes, I DO think that if countries end up going to war we should have the leaders that make that decision battle to the death in unarmed, naked, mineral oil coated hand to hand combat)

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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and for all the 'why not use the weight on wheels' -> not flat and not level, and wings + ambient breezes.

Oddly, whilst eldest was in air cadets, this entire calculation is discussed in minute detail for everything from gliders on up to massive air freight haulers. With a *very* interesting discussion about in flight refuelling tanker craft. (and yes, load weight on a glider is indeed relevant. To the pilot of the powered craft that will be towing it off the ground).... somewhere buried under a ton of paper I have a book....

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Microsoft to pay new bounties for identity services holes

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Re: Banyan Vines

Oddly Bob,

Banyan drivers were much smaller for DRDOS. And the early (3.x 4.x) GEM actually had a driver manager for BV.

Damn. I've been doing this shit too long.

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Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

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Re: WIMP

Alister:

There are executives that did that, during midwinter dinner parties.

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Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

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@Shaolin 12:

I'll warrant you are perhaps *not* a native english speaker, and allow the syntactic errors. I agree with much of what you put down in your comment, but I suspect that you may not realize that the small errors in your commentary make you sound tinfoil hattish, even in my context. Perhaps we should fire up the BBQ, have a beer or two and clear up some minor issues in your diatribe.

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@Dal90

Sadly, watching from up north, I have to agree with you. The issue is however exacerbated by media moguls dancing along *leading* the batshit crazy political mouthbreathers *further* apart.

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@IAS

well -- lets make it simple -

White Phosporus:

Discuss military usages and signatories.

GO.

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Re: Don't get sheep herded by the fake news media

I have to hand it to you naive;

1) the handle is incredibly appropos

2) you do catch a *lot* of fish.

Sorry, I just cannot upvote a troll account.

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