* Posts by A Non e-mouse

1983 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010

Who's hacking into UK unis? Spies, research-nickers... or rival gamers living in res hall?

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Timing

Could it be that attacking a Uni during term is likely to cause more disruption (i.e. effect) to a Uni than if you do it out of term.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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@Steve Davies 3 Re: Don't let the namby-pambys run the Kernel, Linus!

He could still do the telling off but in private rather than on the kernel mailing list.

Even if he does that, he still needs to do it in a less aggressive manner. Bullying in private is still bullying.

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Re: Don't let the namby-pambys run the Kernel, Linus!

I don't think the argument is that Linux needs to stop telling people off: It's that he needs to do it in a less aggressive/abusive/bullying manner. I can't think of any environment where being so abusive to your subordinates is allowed.

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Brit armed forces still don't have enough techies, thunder MPs

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It's an interesting situation which has also been written about in regards to the US forces. Main point is that those who are good at 'cyber' roles, are probably unlikely to be good at doing it for the military.

In our organization, I'd guess over 50% of the IT staff are "on the spectrum". There's no way they'd last in the military.

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Rigid Hierachy

When I was a youngster I was in the Air Cadets and I was looking to being a pilot as a profession. As I spent more time in the Air Cadets, I realized that I didn't like blindingly taking orders from complete idiots just because they were "senior" to me so I never went anywhere with a rigid hierarchy.

I'm lucky that I've had jobs where my bosses encourage me to question them. The outcome is that one of us learns something which allows us to make better decisions.

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PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you

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@aks - Personal Privacy

Invoking "personal privacy" is complete nonsense. They're an organisation, not an individual

Maybe you're thinking of the wrong end of the call. Maybe the person at the receiving end doesn't want anyone else to know that they're in contact with medical, law enforcement, etc?

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@aks

At our place we have a policy that people can either show their individual CLI or the switchboard's number on outbound calls. When people ask why can't they just withhold their CLI entirely, we ask: "What are you doing that you don't want the recipient of your call to know our organisation is calling them?"

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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He's happy to abandon his family to go talk kernels?

When I was in my early twenties. I was happy to work far too many hours over far too many days. Now, a tiny fraction wiser, I value my time with my family & doing my hobbies. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy my job, I just realized there's more to life.

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Google skewered in ad sting after Oracle-backed bods turn troll

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Re: When you actively go looking for mistakes,....

it's easy to find somebody doing something wrong

"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."

(Attributed to Cardinal Richelieu but Wikiquotes says this is disputed)

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Archive.org's Wayback Machine is legit legal evidence, US appeals court judges rule

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Even DNA tests aren't foolproof and have a certain percentage of accuracy (or chance of mismatch)

The problem is that many people either ignore the error figures, or fail to understand them. Unfortunately, the problem is even worse for fingerprints.

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You can buy Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins' mansion for a cool $13m

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House in California

Pros: Nice climate.

Cons: President Trump.

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A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

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You have to remember that the 30% of paid for content also covers the cost of Apple/Google distributing free content.

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Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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@Wensleydale Cheese Re: Deed poll to the rescue

I wonder why? My partner has reverted back to her maiden name after divorcing her ex. How's that different?

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Re: Deed poll to the rescue

But somewhere along the line, he'll need to tell Google what name to keep out of their database.

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Juniper prepping for a 400 Gbps Ethernet world

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Speed

My random musing is: How do you make the chips that can operate at 400GHz (and over) to drive the optics?

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ESXi on Arm? Yes, ESXi on Arm. VMware teases bare-metal hypervisor for 64-bit Arm servers

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It's all about the money

... the hyper-scale cloud giants preferred their own virtualization technology, so it kinda missed out there.

I suspect it's more about money than "Not invented here". Could you imagine the cost of VMWare licenses for a large hosting platform?

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: I'm fine with that

I don't believe the fairly recent MegaProcessor suffers from these recent CPU issues. Maybe you could start there?

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Re: Section 3

There may be a reason for that: namely, benchmark tests are often propaganda and spin

At uni, a fellow student had the project to assess all the (then) current CPU/Computer benchmarks. The conclusion? They're all a meaningless indication of processor speed.

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Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

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Will the last Windows Phone user please remember to unplug the charger.

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Techie's test lab lands him in hot water with top tech news site

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@I ain't Spartacus Re: Top Boss

On a similar vain, I heard the head of a sports body said to an athlete as the athlete went out for their Olympic qualifying trails: "The future funding of our sport depends on you qualifying for the Olympics."

Yep, the athlete crashed & burned within seconds.

A textbook example of how not to give a motivational speech.

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@Zippy

I'm guessing it's a reference to the film Airplane.

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Top Boss

[The boss] said, ‘I’m not worried that you broke something, that's expected, the most important thing is how you deal with it’,

And that is how a boss should react. Shouting at people for making mistakes doesn't mean fewer mistakes are made. It just means more are covered up.

Admit the mistake and learn from it. I know it sounds like management bull****, but mistakes are fantastic learning experiences. Just don't learn by mistakes too often...

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Facebook flat-out 'lies' about how many people can see its ads – lawsuit

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Percentages

..approximately 4 times (400 per cent) higher..

I hope the lawyer's legal skills are better than their maths skills.

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Here's a fab idea: Get crypto libs to warn devs when they screw up

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Re: OK. Own up. How many coders...

Put code into their apps which silently discard unhandled errors?

I suspect lots as far too many examples at Stackoverflow usually have code that looks like:

try {

...

}

catch(Exception e) {

//Do something

}

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Revealed: El Reg blew lid off Meltdown CPU bug before Intel told US govt – and how bitter tech rivals teamed up

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Re: Out of the box thinking

Are you looking for people abusing the vulnerabilites or people protecting themselves?

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To (ab)use a famous quote:

"A face to face is better than a thousand emails"

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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@Rich 11

What law? If they were unlawfully at large (Or whatever the German equivalent is) then they'd have escaped from a prison or other secure institution. But they had come from a care home, so what law did they break? They clearly knew where they were and they wanted to stay there.

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Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

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It's not that Amazon aren't profitable: They just (lawfully) work the system so their profits are achieved by subsidiaries that are based in locations that have (close to) zero tax rates.

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

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@Wellyboot Re: Pedantry

Ludicrous High Frequency?

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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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Re: IPX - blast from the past

You couldn't talk to an IPX-based NetWare server using IP

In NW3 & 4 you could use a package (Can't remember its name, memory fading) that allowed you to encapsulate IPX inside IP.

NW5 had first class IP support (Although it took a long time for third party software/devices to catch up)

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Birth of IPv6

Whilst July 2017 may be the date of the (latest) RFC for IPv6, some of us have been running IPv6 for over a decade...

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UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom

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Re: Good idea.

Why is it that sudo is used instead of su?

Several reasons. Firstly, sudo logs all its invocations. (If you use sudo -i, that log becomes less useful). Secondly, sudo can be configured to only allow a user to run a certain subset of commands. su is an all or nothing command. Finally, su requires the destination user's password (e.g. root) whereas sudo requires the current user's password (or not at all). One benefit of this, is that when an employee leaves, you don't have to change all the root passwords, you just delete their account.

Is sudo perfect? No. As your linked article mentions, the user's password becomes the keys to the kingdom rather than a separate root password.

Know the facts and make your choice.

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Facebook's React Native web tech not loved by native mobile devs

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jQuery 2.x? I'm only just moving to jQuery 1.10

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People

technology depends on people

Really? I thought with all the AI/Machine Learning going on in IT now, people were there just to amuse our overlords.

</sarcasm>

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Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October

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Dates?

switch off copper-based phone networks by 2025 and go full fibre by 2033

So what do we do between 2025 and 2033? Use mobiles?

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

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Weighing Passengers

I remember going on a school trip and the cabin crew said they had to count the number of adults & children for the captain to correctly calculate the required fuel for the trip. Some of the children were bigger than the teachers, which seemed to make the exercise slightly futile.

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Oracle cuts ribbon on distributed ledger service

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Windows

Why?

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Re: My Comments

Yeah, when a row of boxes doesn't have a full row, the boxes actually shrink. The boxes should stay the same size.

Oh - and can we have the tombstone icon back please? Pretty please?

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Azure certifications are awful, Microsoft admits, so it has made new ones

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Re: Really?

That method isn't exclusive to Microsoft.

I've been on far too many courses where the instructor said: "The answer in the exam is X, but in real life you'd never do that and you'd do Y instead". Unfortunately, Y was often an option in the exam and classed as incorrect.

The other classic, was the course & exam being devised on V1.0 of the product (or even a beta!), but SP5 (or whatever) of the product changed things so the course & exam no longer matched the product you were using in real life.

I still attend the occasional course, but I just don't bother with exams anymore.

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Gov.UK to make its lovely HTML exportable as parlous PDFs

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Re: Print to PDF

The problem with Ctrl-P is that many smart-arsed web designers implement different style sheets for print and screen because they think they know better. (Our in-house templates, for example, include the URL to links when printing web pages out.)

The most reliable way I've found to print out a web page is, unfortunately, to screen shot it.

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Been there, done that

One of XSLT's selling points was that you could take some XML structured data, and with the relevant XSLT files, you could transform into HTML, PDF (Via Formatted Objected), RTF, etc.

The reality of it is a tad bit harder, though.

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Official probe into HPE’s Oz 3Par crashes would create 'further negative publicity' if revealed

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Re: Rotten Apples in the Pork Barrel

That almost makes sense. Has amanfromMars’ account been hacked?

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Apache Cassandra at 10: Making a community believe in NoSQL

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@Voyna i Mor Re: Features-led approach

I heard a similar story about the ethernet AUI connector. (The ones with the slide-to-lock mechanism on the 15-way D connector) I was told this slide-lock mechanism was devised as heavily unionised electricians went on strike whenever they saw anyone near electrical equipment with a screwdriver.

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Know your market

the most common pushback we got from venture capitalists was [...] who's your market going to be?' I think the passage of time has vindicated [our] vision."

From that bare quote from the V/Cs, I'd say it's the V/Cs doing their due diligence. If the V/Cs think there's no market for your product, you have to show them that there is. V/Cs generally aren't in the business of just giving money away with no prospect of return.

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Re: Outrage

In the village where my parents live, BT/Openreach did FTTC for half the village. They didn't bother with the other half, claiming it wasn't cost effective.

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Party like it's 1999: Packets of death, code exec menace Cisco gear

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Re: Seriously, who buys Cisco telephony equipment?

CallManager ain't cheap. But when you're running thousands of phones, it's hard to ignore. Cisco's support is pretty good too.

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Re: Thankfully

Or use crusty old 79xx series phones which don't appear to be affected

That's because the 79xx series phones have bugger all security to bypass!

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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I hope the Python community wakes up (quickly) and realizes what it's done. You must have really screwed up if your dictator leader walks away 'cause you've all been such ****s,

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'It's legacy stuff brute-forced in': Not everyone is happy with Citrix's cloud

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Re: "Citrix Cloud"

Running another person's application.

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East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line

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Re: Exactly the same situation

BT are a cluster-fucking omnishambles

We've still got a lot of legacy BT lines at work and we're constantly getting billing issues. But despite their name ("British Telecommunications") for business customers, you can't phone up their billing department. You have to send an email and hope to $DEITY that, firstly, they read it, secondly, they understand it, and thirdly, actually resolve the issue.

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