* Posts by Manolo

174 posts • joined 18 Jan 2010


All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer


Re: What?

You met my wife?

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true


It's proverbial.

What the saying really means is that is it easier to start life off poor (the poor drank beer) and then to become rich (and be able to afford wine), than the other way round.

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week


Re: Cloud = held to ransom

You describe the setup I have at home. A Raspberry Pi running Domoticz. It is connected to my smart meter by USB. It receives my weather station over 868 MHz and switches some lights over 433 MHz. It has a Z-wave USB stick that can connect to sensors for movement, light, vibration, temperature etc. It switches Philips Hue lights. It has a WiFi connection to an Opentherm gateway to make my thermostat smart. It receives temperature and humidity data over WiFi from a few ESP2866's spread over the house. Nothing of this requires the cloud or third parties. Everything keeps running if the Internet goes down. As long as the Internet works, I can connect safely to it all over VPN. I think everything together costs less than €500, but I did have to spend some time learning about it and setting it all up.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s


1998, prime minister of The Netherlands tries to use a mouse


(At least he was not called Dik Kok, but Wim Kok)

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?


Re: Look out

"WRONG. get your facts right. some of your points are 'ok' and the biscuit analogy wasn't bad, but then you went off the rails making claims about nicotine that just are NOT true.

Nicotine exists in some foods. "

You may be right, but your point is completely moot. If he had said "your brain would never have been exposed to in natural life" he would have been a hundred percent correct.

There may be nicotine in vegetables, but there exists a thing called the first-pass effect. Blood-flow from your intestines does not enter the general circulation right away (as blood flow from the lungs does), but goes through the portal vein system through the liver first, where a lot of potentially harmful substances are metabolised first. So any nicotine ingested will be mostly metabolised to cotinine and trans-3'-hydroxycotinine and no nicotine will reach the brain. The levels of nicotine in vegetables are in the orders of nano-grams per gram. So to get as much nicotine in the intestine as a cigarette delivers, one would need to eat a hundred kilos of aubergine. Take in account the oral bio-availability of nicotine and in order to get the same blood levels as from a cigarette, you would need to eat 500 kg of aubergine. I would not call that "being exposed to".

And before someone mentions it: chewing tobacco works mainly through absorption of nicotine through the oral mucosa, which is not plumbed into the portal vein system.

Also not plumbed into the portal vein system is the rectum. Nicotine suppositories, anyone?

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Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril


Then you didn't pay attention. It's definitely in the PADI curriculum.


"Also, what I am saying is that relying on wireless kit underwater (which all Suunto integrated computers use)"

Definitely not true. Maybe the newer models. Mine is an almost ten year old Cobra 2 which reads tank pressure through a hose connected to my first stage.

2018 ain't done yet... Amazon sent Alexa recordings of man and girlfriend to stranger



"We were also in touch on a precautionary basis with the relevant regulatory authorities.""

Bollocks to precautionary basis. The GDPR requires you to alert the relevant regulatory authorities of any data breach.

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence


What's the Russion connection?

"Giant Rubik Cube at Huawei mate 20 launch in London

What were they thinking? That much is obvious: they were thinking about something else. Perhaps the consultant who came up with the idea was pitching to a Russian client while working on the Huawei account and got distracted."

Shurely you mean a Hungarian client?

Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown


Re: triple decker

I actually make them occasionally. Surprisingly good.

<fire ball icon because of the liberal amounts of hot sauce applied >

Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again


Buncefield boom

"I was doing a Windows migration in hemel hempstead at the time Buncefield oil depot went up."

Sunday morning 5 AM?

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything


Re: Made it here first!

We had something like that here. A gentleman who during the month of ramadan left his insulin pump running, despite not eating. Ran down some tourists(*) in front of Amsterdam Central Station.

Was deemed to be due to hypoglycaemia, but no prosecution.

* The tourists were Israeli's, which led to a lot of speculation whether this was an accident or an attack.

Lack of communication by police and the strange fact that the dozens of CCTV cameras in front of the station were all switched off or pointing elsewhere only fuelled the conspiracy theories.

Fail icon for Dutch justice.

Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security


Well, most Nexus kit doesn't survive that long anyway.

Currently on my third 5X, replaced under warranty.

First one just bricked itself, second one the infamous bootloop.

Nexus 5, microphone stopped working.

Galaxy Nexus, USB port broke, not charging.

Both Nexus One's broken power button.

Only my Nexus 10 is still working, however that has been having WiFi connection problems since day one.

And don't think you can use a Bluetooth keyboard with it while on 2,4GHz WiFi.

I like the Nexus philosophy of running plain Android and having regular updates, but the build quality

of all my Nexi has been less than stellar.

Hansa down, this is cool: How Dutch cops snatched the wheel of dark web charabanc


Meanwhile in The Netherlands...

Four out of five crimes are not reported, because people know nothing will happen with it and police routinely dis-encourages people from reporting.

(So politics boasts crime rates are going down)

Four out of five reported crimes never get investigated.

Of the investigated crimes, a significant fraction never gets prosecuted.

The ones that get prosecuted and lead to a conviction, lead to very low sentences.

Think twelve years for murder, or community service for assault and battery leading to permanent disability. If your crime was relatively light, you are allowed to await trial in freedom. If convicted to prison, just don't show up. There are actually more people who are convicted to a jail sentence out on the street (around 15.000), than there are people in jail (around 10.000). The Netherlands is a paradise for criminals.

Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo


Re: Mains powered clock

When I lived in the Caribbean, the time on my weather station would mysteriously go back six hours overnight occasionally. I then remembered it has a DCF receiver and apparently picked up the signal from over 7.000 kilometres away. Officially the range of the DCF transmitter (it's in Frankfurt I think?) is stated as around 2.500 km. This happened after I moved to the Atlantic side of the island, on the Caribbean side a volcano blocked the signal :-)

First Allied submarine lost in World War One, found near New Guinea


Re: MH370

Well, the Fugro Equator who found the sub was also involved in the search for MH370, so who knows...

Dnsmasq and the seven flaws: Patch these nasty remote-control holes

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Patches available

I'm running Mint 17.3 and just found the patch waiting for me.

Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders


Re: Mock while you can.

Yes, but the Japanese culture and attitude towards study and learning are totally different than Arab / islamic culture, which focuses not on innovation or critical thinking, but on rote memorisation of quran texts.


Re: Considering everything else about Daesh

Oh, this severely exaggerated drivel about "Islamic science" again.

For the largest part, what they did was conserve earlier Indian, Greek and Roman knowledge, with very little expanding of it.

Consider this: Jews consist of about 0,3% of the world's population. Nobel prizes won by Jews: 197.

For muslims these figures are 23% and 12.

Ducks ding dongs in face of stiff competition


It probably looks like that bulge you might see under the waterline at the bow of a large ship.


Linus Torvalds passed a kidney stone and then squeezed out Linux 4.13


Re: More painful than childbirth...

You forgot the joke alert icon, because sure as hell this can't be meant to be serious.

For starters look at the skull to pelvis ratio between hamsters and humans.

That being said: the oft cited "fact" that women tolerate pain better then men (and the implied "fact" that men therefore must be whingers) is only true during childbirth, due to hormonal changes. Under normal circumstances, men have a higher pain threshold and a higher pain tolerance.

Boffins prove oil and water CAN mix – if you do it in a gas giant


How convoluted

If I want to mix oil and water (or, say a watery substance like vinegar or lemon juice) I don't fiddle with diamonds and hydraulic presses, I just use an emulsifier, like egg yolk.

And like others already pointed out: salts have ionic bonds and dissolving sugars does not involve breaking covalent bonds.

It's 2017, and UPnP is helping black-hats run banking malware


Re: So why US only?

Because American banks have not yet implemented 2FA on a big scale yet, whereas European banks mostly have?

I was in Canada last summer and our host was puzzled when our 2FA thingamajigs came out when banking. All that's needed to clean out his bank account is username and password.

It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists


Re: Also the ISS is still protected by Earth's magnetosphere.

A Faraday cage shields you from electromagnetic radiation, but not from ionizing cosmic radiation.

Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA


Did you use that "surely" on purpose, to facilitate movie themed jokes? If so, have a pint!

Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'


Re: Now, now ...

"There is no moral duty to have savings, "

Of course there is a moral duty to have savings. It follows from the moral obligation to be able to provide for your family.

Even though my job is pretty secure I maintain a minimum of three net monthly wages as an absolute minimum of readlily available savings (i.e. not tied up in stocks or bonds).

And I am not saying you can build up such a reserve overnight, it takes some time and mainly financial discipline.

PC survived lightning strike thanks to a good kicking


Re: I so dislike those switching power supplies.

I am not an electronics engineer, but I don't think that is what "switching power supply" means :-)


Google mass logout riddle deepens: OAuth token fumble blamed


KDE calendar sync?

Could that also be why my KDE calendar sync stopped working?

Have been trying to get that to work again, but no luck so far.

It could of course also be one of the many regressions a penguinista has to live with.

Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228


Re: Re: Surprise

Systemd is a good "principle" ,,,, coupled with a bad design ,,,,, tied with god-damn atrocious execution

So it's like the European Union?

Laser surgery ignites internal methane, burns patient down there


Either the one you asked was taking the piss, or not knowledgeable.

Earthing is used for electrocautery.

If static electricity could lighgt farts synthetic pants would be banned by now.

Sysadmin 'fixed' PC by hiding it on a bookshelf for a few weeks

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Re: Aaron is NOT a twat

The Chinese have a term for this: wei wu wei. Doing something by doing nothing. It's a very valuable skill to have in your bag of tricks, but even more valuable is knowing when to apply it. Looks to me Aaron nailed it. Have a downvote from me.

Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes


Wearing crocs is like getting a blowjob from a dude: it feels good until you look down and you realise you are gay.


Plastic isn't vegan either, as it is made from oil, which is fossilised zooplankton and what not.

Nest Cam: A compelling piece of hardware-software


Re: What would be really nice...

"Even if you did get the photo and the person hadn't hidden their face my experience is that the police wouldn't be interested anyway........ All they want to do is give you a leaflet on how to be a victim and issue you with a crime number for the insurance."

Ah, you must be living in the Netherlands.

EU's one-time antitrust hammer Steelie Neelie had 'offshore interests'


Re: The former competition commissioner now holds advisory roles for Uber and the Bank of America.

Yes, and remember that she proudly declared that after her term she would not take up any job in Big Business? And when she was confronted about this earlier promise by a journalist, she turned very snooty.

And let's talk about the pensions for Eurocrats: she served a ten year term, that earns her a pension of €15.000 a month. I once again congratulate you Brits on leaving the EU.

'Jet blast' noise KOs ING bank's spinning rust servers


(No) business as usual

ING's internet banking being off line is not a freak occurrence. In the Netherlands their systems seem to be more down than up.


What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?


Re: They wanted us involved in their coup?

"If there was a coup in France, for instance, is there anything in NATO treaties or EU laws that say the UK or Germany should get involved to try to prop up the French government against whoever was trying to overthrow them?"

NATO treaty article 5: an attack on one is an attack on all. Support is mandatory.

Not sure though if that includes "internal" attacks like a coup.

An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957


Re: just goes to show how little ...

"I would also like to point out the rise in cancer rate amongst the population of the WHOLE WORLD since the US and USSR started exploding nukes left, right and centre in the 1950's."

Mostly caused by increase in life expactancy.

Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study


Re: re: You mean the demographic of which a whopping ~36% turned up to vote?

From the article at thecanary:

" 'After correcting for over-reporting [people always say they vote more than they do], we found that the likely turnout of 18- to 24-year olds was 70% – just 2.5% below the national average.'

Bruter and Harrison also suggested that turnout for 25- to 29-year-olds was around 67%.

While the media wasted no time in criticising young people for their perceived lack of voting – some even going so far as to blame them – it seems that actually, they went above and beyond. "

Uhm, no. If they were below national average, I wouldn't really classify that as "going above and beyond".

A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden


Re: EU what?

The real problem of the democratic deficit in the EU lies in lack of transparency. All the real decisions are made in ad hoc committees of prime ministers or finance ministers (and while I may have indirectly voted for "my" minister, I surely did not for the 27 others). These committees have no legal basis and no minutes are taken of their deliberations. Doesn't democracy come with transparency and accountability?

And just look at all the secrecy surrounding TTIP. Even MEPs are hardly allowed to look at it. And now with CETA the EC is trying to complete that without involvement of national parliaments.

No, despite the uncertainties and temporary economic setbacks, I think you British have done a wise thing (but maybe for some people without realising it). I wish my people would get a chance to vote. After all, we never got to vote about joining the EU in the first place, we didn't get to vote on the Euro, we didn't get to vote on Schengen, we didn't get to vote on ever closer union. (We did get to vote on the European Constitution, voted against it and got it anyway, with a different name and in a different binder)

Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win


Re: Really?

"This will not be an "ugly divorce". The elites don't want it to impact their pocketbook."

I hope you are right, but I am not entirely sure about that. The fear is that if the UK gets to good a deal in leaving (in beneficial trade deals for instance) it will encourage other EU countries to seek an exit too. Already a majority of the Dutch wants a referendum on a Nexit, with 48% wanting out, 42% in, the rest undecided.

Aquaboffins sink lost Greek city theory

Black Helicopters

Bimini Road

Reminds me of this:


Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?


Re: Raised hands at the beginning of the video

All the shouting of "Allahu Akhbar" would have me worried. It is usually the sign an explosion is imminent...

Being an IT trainer is like performing the bullet-catching trick


Re: "Captain Haddock cosplay contest at a Geography teachers’ convention"

Facial hair is for animals.

Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia


Re: UI changes

"If I install a user desktop, after install, all my hardware had better work, or there is something very wrong and indicates to me laziness and not caring"

Better not install Windows then, where after install you still have to hunt around for drivers for most of your hardware (sometimes even the motherboard).

Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: Hooray

You really think EU is not owned by business?

'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize


Re: stepping on a duck

I've heard that joke before, featuring Helmut Kohl. "Macht nichts, ich dachte, es war das Pferd".

Truly crap exhibition dumped on Isle of Wight


Re: Er, what?

As if cats can be trained.

X-ray scanners, CCTV cams, hefty machinery ... let's play: VNC Roulette!


Re: Well....

Some are off-line, some have a password now. Try checking them on shodan.io first.

Shodan will even have screenshots of VNC sessions initiated by them. One one of them I saw a number of warnings on the desktop of the unsecured system.

This one:


Personally I was shocked about the things you find people leave exposed to the INternet as a whole.

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby


Re: food hygene people!

Catheters for General Melchett!

"Sorry I can't be with you, but obviously there's no place at the front for an old general with a dicky heart and a wooden bladder"


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