* Posts by A Non e-mouse

1948 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010

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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Consumers typically want "cheap" & "good". Unfortunately, they are opposites.

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UK privacy watchdog to fine Facebook 18 mins of profit (£500,000) for Cambridge Analytica

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Income Vs Profit

a net income of $5bn in its latest quarter, making that £500,000 about 18 minutes of quarterly profit

Income does not equal profit. You can have a huge income and still not turn a profit.

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BGP borked? Blame the net's big boppers

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Azimov's advice

Lots of fancy words which can be boiled down to: Don't trust the s**t your customer sends you.

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Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?

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Re: The joys of "market forces"

Market forces and short(ish) term franchises mean there's no incentive for one incumbent to buy new stock, and then hand them over if they lose the franchise in the next round

Virgin said this multiple times: Make the franchise longer and we'd invest more money.

I believe this is one of the many issues that Southern encountered. They took over a franchise which had too few drivers as the previous company stopped training drives as they knew they weren't going to get its renewal.

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Passengers excited by the prospect should keep in mind that things move slowly in the railway world

Just remember that the Class 43 (HST 125s) were just a short-term stop gap but are still in use 40 years later. Of course, the best is the Class 483 trains on the Isle of Wight line: Originally built in 1938! And the new class 230s are actually refurbished tube trains originally built in 1980.

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: Only cracking I have done is

There's the (in)famous example of Richard Feynman breaking into locked filling cabinets at Los Alamos. This YouTube video gives the details of how Feynman managed it.

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They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today

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Overloaded Servers

Users at my company used to complain when emails to Hotmail accounts would take hours to arrive. Looking at our server's SMTP logs, I could see lots of "Busy Here" reject messages from Hotmail's SMTP servers.

Somehow, though, my users insisted it was my problem to fix.

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'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Insurance Black Boxes

One of my kids had one of these when they got their first car. After six months the insurance company cancelled the insurance saying they'd caught them doing over 100mph round a roundabout. We tried to get them to engage their common sense, but to no avail.

Moral of the story: Don't trust those insurance black boxes.

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When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?

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@ Throatwarbler Mangrove

Exactly. At all the places I've worked, I've offered to be on call IF they pay me for being on call and there's a sane rota (I have no desire to be on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year) But none of them wanted to pay, so when things break at the weekend, they stayed broken. The people on the front line of the business complained like hell, but they understood the situation.

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My significant other works in a small retail shop. They use a web/cloud based till system. If there's a problem, you have to log a support ticket and wait three days for a response - even if your business can't function. No way to flag an issue as urgent, no telephone option, no way to pay extra for better support. You just have to wait.

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Boffins want to stop Network Time Protocol's time-travelling exploits

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Re: Time NTP was upgraded(See what I did there!)

Also the companies behind them seem to be populated by muppets that don't understand the products or service they are selling.

To be fair, you could say that about most companies.

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So how's this different from specifying multiple servers for the normal NTP client? When I do that and one server is out of whack compared to the others, you know what? The NTP client rejects the dodgy server as a time source.

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WPA3 is the magic number? Protocol refresh promises tighter Wi-Fi security

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Re: Apple wins then loses

My Apple airport hasn’t had a firmware update in a while. I wish it did have - maybe Apple would fix the IPv6 support in it.

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Brit reseller Aria PC's appeal against HMRC VAT fraud finding gets under way

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Re: The future...

Er, this is the appeal...

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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Re: Oh how the might have fallen...

Forget professional trolling, Atari and Amiga owners have been trolling each other since before "trolling" was a thing.

Bit late to the party you lot were. Us Speccy/Amstrad/Comodore 64 kids were well versed in trolling - I can assure you! (Those rich BBC kids never got involved)

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HPE CEO pledges $4bn Edge R&D splurge

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Rinse & repeat

This sounds an awful lot like what happened in the 80s & 90s. Instead of having dumb terminals talking to the central mainframe, you'd have smart PCs that could add more value to the data in the mainframe.

Having gone back to the old dumb client/central server setup (Cloud & web browser*) we're now heading back to the fat client.

* If the web browser were truly dumb, we'd probably avoid a lot of the security problems with them.

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Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home

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Re: State Secret.

The story is that Churchill et al wanted to keep secret the fact that we broke Enigma, et al, as we knew the Russian's had collected a load of the machines from the Nazis at the end of the war for their own use.

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Or Tommy Flowers

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'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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Emacs

You are not able to write an OS, a DBMS, or even an Office suite with an scripting language

Does LISP count as a scripting language?

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Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Re: SCADA systems running windows

I had to (briefly) work with a Linux based system that was so old it only worked on servers you could buy on eBay.

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The chances of anything really new coming from storage are a million to one, but still they come

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Thumbs up for the War Of The Worlds headline.

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Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi

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Re: "The US president claims he’s a negotiator"...

I have yet to see him perform in any way like a Statesman or true politician

But isn't that his main claim? That's he's not like the usual career politicians and is a breath of fresh air?

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Worst. Birthday. Ever. IPv6's party falls flat

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@ Waseem Alkurdi

You forget to include "Think of the children"

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1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded due to botched IT migration

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There was a BBC News article on how Sweden is pushing very hard to go cashless. Many shops their now only accept card payments.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Surely you mean SCCS?

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Your F-35s need spare bits? Computer says we'll have you sorted in... a couple of years

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Re: I'll have some of that business please

The actual software engineering time is probably just a fraction of the cost. Most of it is probably made up by all the paper pushers (Project managers, lawyers, etc) who insist in being involved to oversee the work.

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You should find out what's going on in that neural network. Y'know they're cheating now?

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Gigo

It all sounds like a case of Gigo: Garbage in, garbage out.

If you don't truly understand the data you're feeding into your model, you're never going to get anything meaningful back out.

As any seasoned programmer will tell you: Know and understand your inputs! This applies to any system: From neural nets all the way down to simple sed commands.

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A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash

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I'm not a massive fan of the "+=" and "=+" shortcuts. Far too easy to confuse them (or, like the article, just miss the plus sign out entirely!)

Even if you have very long variable names, the autocomplete in modern IDEs should make this a trivial thing to do.

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Testing

Yes, we've heard of it...

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International Maritime Organisation turns salty gaze on regulating robotic shipping

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Re: Tortuga bound

Whilst there’s no crew to take hostage, there’s a big ship to loot (i.e. cargo!) with no-one getting in your way.

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Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke

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Re: VoIP... SMH

The worldwide telephone system was built in the days when a gentleman's word could be relied upon. i.e. Everyone trusted everyone else. (i.e. you never needed to validate incoming numbers). But those heady days are long gone. It's so easy now to spoof calling numbers that they are practically worthless.

Add VoIP to the mix, and phone numbers can no longer be trusted to tell you anything. e.g. At work, we have a SIP connection with a major UK telco. The phone number that is presented to the emergency services is from a city 50 miles away. (And no, we can't change that!)

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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Re: Out of sync

Those cheers are unlikely if England are playing.

I heard a story of a school child in Wales being asked who they'd support in the World Cup as Wales didn't qualify. "Whoever England are playing" was the answer.

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Re: Test Area

I recall reading that they had to keep the Freeview transmissions at a lower power to stop them interfering with the analogue signal. Once they switched off the analogue transmitter in an area, they could ramp up the Freeview power (and also switch on more transmitters)

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Re: Out of sync

When digital TV first came out, the BBC announced that they would no longer show a clock before, say, the news, as they could no longer guarantee how long it would take a digital signal to propagate end to end.

If I listen to a radio station via a TV and them walk into another room and listen via, say, FM, I'm surprised at the difference in time between the signals: 2-3 seconds usually.

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You know me, I don't know you: Hospital reportedly raps staff for peeking at Ed Sheeran data

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Re: He has records? Lucky chap!

I had a job working in a doctors surgery. It was surprising how often they failed to find patients records. Some were literally found down the back of the filing cabinet.

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