* Posts by phuzz

5911 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

The end really is nigh – for 32-bit Windows 10 on new PCs

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Re: Amazed it took them this long

"FF has become such a PIG"

To be fair, I'd lay a lot of the blame for that at the feet of web developers. Even a simple webpage these days is full of megabytes of javascript and ads.

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Re: Probably just as well, given how much RAM it uses..

PAE was supported on Windows XP, Vista and 7 (as well as Server 2003 and 2008).

In colossal surprise, Intel says new vPro processors are quite a bit better than the old ones

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The value is that Intel get to sell both the chip and the wifi module.

Oh wait, you meant value to the customer...

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Re: Does that statistic come with an asterisk?

They're probably benchmarks with the mitigations enabled, although I'm sure they cherry-picked the benchmarks which aren't affected by the Spectre stuff (iirc the slowdown is quite dependant on exactly what you're asking the chip to do).

Third time lucky for Windows 10 2004? Microsoft yet again fiddles with code and adds a go-live SDK licence

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Oh come on Microsoft. You've already skipped Windows 9 (possibly to avoid poorly programmed version checks confusing it with Windows 95 or 98), so how about skipping all public version numbers between 1995 and 2050?

Calling it "2004" makes me have flashbacks to XP 'Media Center Version 2004', and no one wants to remember that.

(Although thinking about that did remind me of the ATI 'All-In-Wonder' cards, that combined a TV tuner in a graphics card. They were kind of cool.)

We dunno what's more wild: This vid of Japan's probe bouncing off an asteroid to collect a sample – or that the rock was sun-burnt

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I hope it had "This is for the dinosaurs" written on the side.

'We're changing shift, and no one can log on!' It was at this moment our hero knew server-lugging chap had screwed up

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Re: It's easy to detect the Aarons of the world nowadays.

Monitoring is a good (practically essential) start though, especially when your environment is too big for any one person to know what 'should' be going on with every device.

I've not spotted crypto-mining yet, but I've spotted servers filling their discs, which turned out to be something writing debug-level logs because the developer forgot to switch them off.

Another vote for Zabbix though. It can monitor practically anything with a network connection, and it's configurable seven ways from Sunday.

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

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Re: They are the virus

"Well those [microwave ovens] the frequencies used by 5G"

Microwave ovens use 2.45 GHz, 5G uses a range between 25-39GHz.

More importantly, 2.45GHz is used to heat water very specifically because that frequency is best absorbed by water (and converted to heat). And that's exactly why that frequency isn't used for communication, because otherwise your mobile would only work reliably in a desert.

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Re: They are the virus

I prefer trolling them right back, but harder, so they waste their time 'debating' with me, rather than bothering people who might not realise that they're lying.

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Re: They are the virus

The problem is with anti-vaxers in particular, that their refusal to vaccinate puts other people (often their own children) at risk.

These people are undoubtedly going to end up spreading CV19 to other people that they've interacted with, who had nothing to do with their protests.

Latvian drone wrests control from human overlords and shuts down entire nation's skies

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If the radar* is picking up returns from below a sensible altitude then you get reflections from the ground, and everything on it (trees, buildings etc.). If you implement a speed gate and only show object that are moving then you pick up every vehicle, large trees, waves etc.

The difficulty with picking an altitude which avoids ground clutter then becomes hills...

* Radar is one of those acronyms that doesn't need to be capitalised in general usage.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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Re: DIMM Slots

It's not a hammer, it's a "forceful screwdriver" ok?

Prank warning: You do know your smart speaker's paired with Spotify over the internet, don't you?

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Re: IoV

So basically add it as part of the CE/FCC/Kitemark* certification process?

* or whatever the UK starts using if/when we finally brexit.

SpaceX's Elon Musk high on success after counting '420' Starlinks in orbit and Frosty the Starship survives cryo test

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Re: Perfect Timing for Bypassing Great Firewall of China

Musk's goal is making money.

If there's more profit in delivering uncensored internet to China than he'd lose due to pissing off the Chinese government then he'll do it. However, I suspect the big Tesla factory he's building in China will mean that he's not going to risk pissing off the government there.

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Re: Would China, North Korea be scared of starlink ?

"Then Musk would have to built satellites capable of firing back..."

No need, just make the bottom into a retro-reflecting mirror :)

(Although that would make it worse for astronomers)

Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app

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Even HMG has to is supposed to obey the law.


Wakey-wakey! A quarter of IT pros only get 3-4 hours' kip – and you won't believe what's being touted as the 'solution'

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Re: Bollocks to cloud....

"I don't know about illegal, because emergencies happen. Let's make it very expensive, so those bosses who don't respect boundaries get slapped by the bean counters."

Congratulations, you just invented the on-call bonus ;)

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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I'd be surprised if whoever set up a publicly facing web portal with no security whatsoever actually had a working log setup, so "to the best of our knowledge", is probably not fucking much.

Aussie immunology legend consults Twitter for his local off-licence opening hours

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Isn't that basically Hooch?

Escobar lines up COO... for lawsuit: Controversial bendy phone slinger sues exec over 'missing cash, YouTube hijack'

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"Colombian pharmaceuticals executive Pablo Escobar"

I'm not sure it's fair to call Escobar a "pharmaceuticals executive".

After all, he was providing a popular recreational drug, not jacking up the price of lifesaving medication. No need to tar him with the same brush as Shkreli et al.

Billionaires showered with wealth as experts say global economy set for long and deep recession

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Re: whenever governments grab MORE control...

And Co-op (sort of).

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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Re: "Get used to the modern"

In the UK a typical socket set will come with half imperial, half metric, tools. Similarly, tape measures and rulers have inches down one side, cm down the other.

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Re: "Get used to the modern"

Have you ever been learning a new language or something, and then you come across one command or instruction which works in a completely different way to every other command in that language?

That's why they're changing this. It was the equivalent of a car with imperial sized lug nuts when every other fastener was metric.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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A few weeks back, one of my friends was explaining to her kid the importance of washing their hands, and how soap would kill the virus.

"In that case mummy, why don't we just eat soap to kill the disease?"

Only three years old, and already plenty qualified to lead the dumbest nation on Earth.

(PS, I'm assuming the QAnon loons are trumpeting it as a sign of how close he is to washing the deep state or some such bollocks?)

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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See, you're just not thinking military.

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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Re: Another elevator anecdote.

"the lift rarely went into the basement"

I wonder what the connection with the lift was then, because the motors for the lifts are stationary, and usually at the top of the shaft. Even if the motors were in the basement, you'd expect them to be causing the same amount of interference no matter where the lift is moving in the shaft.

Perhaps it was the small motor that opens the doors?

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Re: Cars of the day... with good old steel bumpers and side panels

A friend of mine had a very minor argument with a bus in his Tesla, just a small scrape and dent in the front wing.

The bus company were reasonably happy to accept responsibility, up until they got the £20,000(!) repair bill.

(That's more than all the cars I've ever bought put together. Hell, it's close to the brand new price of all the cars I've ever owned, put together)

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Re: Elevator interface

They're not called "diggers", they're "hydraulically operated cable-finders".

Ned to find where a cable is buried? Just let one loose nearby and soon it'll have found the cable, and pulled half of it up.

Want to put a satellite into orbit for US comms? Whoa, says Uncle Sam: Where's your space crash risk assessment?

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Re: The big question

I'm sure all the big aerospace manufacturers (Boeing/Lockheed/Northrup etc.) have various expensive projects to deal with debris, which they'd love to get funded. Ideally on a Cost Plus basis.

This is just a guess, but on one hand you have an industry that likes bribes totally legitimate lobbying, and on the other, an FCC chairman who used to be a lobbyist and by all accounts is still very friendly with the people he used to work for.

Seems like a match made in, if not heaven, at least somewhere sunny like the Camen islands, (or Belize, or Andorra, or Panama etc. etc.)

The rumor that just won't die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length in 2021 with launch of 'A14-powered laptops'

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The shift to PowerPC was a lot better received, because Apple were already using a Motorola CPU, so using one developed by Motorola and Apple (and IBM) was seen as an upgrade. (And of course, it could emulate 68k code faster than any real 68k CPU could run it, so it was a big upgrade).

In contrast, when it was first announced that OSX would be running on Intel's x86 CPUs there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, and lo, they did begin to doubt the word of the prophet Jobs and curse the name of Intel.

Move fast and break stuff, Windows Terminal style: Final update before release will nix your carefully crafted settings

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Re: How about a poll?

At Exeter Uni there's plenty of buildings where you can enter on the ground floor, climb multiple flights of stairs only to walk along a corridor into the basement of another building.

I did used to live in a house where the front door was three floors above the backdoor, which was still above a single storey garage.

Geoboffins reckon extreme rainfall might help some volcanoes pop off

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Re: "We are only just beginning to understand these interactions"

Now I think about it, Pompeii was a terrible example, because of course it was famously never re built. Though of course, many people continue to live near Vesuvius, just not in that particular spot.

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Re: "We are only just beginning to understand these interactions"

Venice was founded in 421 (AD), ie, while the Roman Empire was still about, it's always been pretty soggy around there. And going back to the subject of volcanoes, how about Pompeii?

Work from home surge may work in Wi-Fi 6's favour, reckons analyst house

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Re: "the lockdown may encourage more workplaces to embrace remote working"

"Basically, if your job is to deal with the public, you're not working from home."

Broadly true, but the significant exception is call centre workers. A couple of our clients are finding ways to allow their call centre staff to work from home via VoIP over a VPN.

I don't think we've worked out a way to make it PCI compliant yet, so they'll still have to have a skeleton staff actually in the office.

As to whether this will continue past lockdown, for our customers I think they'll probably prefer to have people in the office. However, the call centre industry in general seems to be pretty cut-throat, so if there's money to be saved from having your workforce at home I bet they'll try it.

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Re: Wired every time

Proverbally speaking, that'll never happen again.

Capita to place bit less sauce in outsourcing execs' share awards packets

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Bright side

At least this whole Covid thing should be helping out manufacturers of tiny, tiny, violins.

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Re: How do they manage to lose money?

What's the point of a "long term incentive plan" If it's long term incentivization of buffoons?

Well, the buffoons are the ones setting up the incentives.

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file

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Re: Ha Ha Ha...

I can understand average users complaining about an interface changing, but as a sysadmin I've always held it as a point of pride that I can pick up any new bit of software within a short amount of time.

I find Win 10 just as easy to use as any other version (back to 3.0, I was Workbench only before that), or OSX, or any of the variety of Linux window managers that I've used come to that. None of them are perfect, but all of them work. I guess the choice is to learn how they work, or complain on the internet.

Just because we're letting Zoom into Parliament doesn't mean you can have fun, House of Commons warns Brit MPs

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[Teams] only works with Chrome

Not sure where you got that from mate, I've just tested it in Firefox and even in IE11.

There's a Linux client as well, although I've not tried that yet.

Adobe’s Flash fade may force vCenter upgrades unless you run dodgy browsers

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Re: This is why

Also handy for old APC devices which force you to choose between plain HTTP and HTTPS but only SSLv2, which won't work on most browsers these days.

Are you fixing that switch? Or setting it up as a Minecraft server?

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Re: OK, so can run a game server on a switch

In a home environment we'd call it a 'router', even though they usually do a lot more than route packets (eg DNS, DHCP, wifi etc.)

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

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Re: Common use machines should always use pigtail extension leads for USB

To be fair, Microsoft have produced some pretty good hardware over the years. The intellimouse has gone through various versions over the years, and all the ones I've tried have been as good as the first ones. Their ergonomic keyboards seem to be well liked by people who are in to that sort of thing. They've invented a design for a battery holder for AA batteries which allows them to be inserted either way around. And at the end of the day, most of their hardware is relatively inexpensive.

If they never made software they'd probably be a well regarded company.

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Re: Thanks for reminding me...

"Cisco router using an RJ-45 for the console interface which was wired differently to the Epson till printers RJ-45 connector"

Which was different again from the one APC used on their UPS's, which they'd usually position so that it was right next to the RJ45 connector for ethernet, and leave you to guess whether plugging the wrong cable in was going to brick your UPS.

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Re: Truely

A few years back I was working at a company that had an SDSL installed.

One day it stopped working. After escalating through our ISP, we eventually found out that we were one of only three SDSL connections in the southwest, and that a 'helpful' BT engineer had been working nearby, seen the wiring for our circuit and though to themselves "that ADSL is wrongly wired, I will be helpful and fix it", which of course utterly banjaxed it.

It took several days to find an engineer that understood SDSL to re-wire us.

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Re: Common use machines should always use pigtail extension leads for USB

Should have bought a Microsoft Intellimouse back in the early 2000's, those things last forever. I still have one at work that gets hauled out when I need a spare (they came with a USB-PS2 adaptor in the box, but I don't remember seeing a computer with a PS2 port for years).

CFAA latest: Supremes to tackle old chestnut of what 'authorized use' of a computer really means in America

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Re: Charges?

I think the OP was asking a rhetorical question and meant "why is there no specific law against a police officer abusing their position for financial gain?". He was charged with two types of fraud, one of which was overturned, neither of which seemed to take his job as a police officer in to account. It's not like corrupt cops are a new thing, how come he wasn't charged with something along those lines?

20 years deep into a '2-year' mission: How ESA keeps Cluster flying

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Re: How ESA keeps Cluster flying ... the original VAX VMS hardware

Alas no:

"Sousa explained that the original VAX VMS hardware was long gone"

Coronavirus lockdown forces UK retailers to shut 382 million square feet of floor space

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That's easy enough if you live next to a farmer (as most of my family do), but not really an option for people living in towns and cities (ie, most people).

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

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Re: Sales

for those of us who learned to use a computer

Ctrl+V works in Powershell, but that's relatively recent. Up arrow (for your command history) has been there since DOS.

This hurts a ton-80: British darts champ knocked out of home tourney by lousy internet connection

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Re: here's something to do :

I'd assumed that (eg) connections to the US would go out via Cornwall, without detouring to London first. However, five minutes of tracerting seems to show international connections being routed through London (I'm in Bristol, on Virgin).

Hopefully an actual network engineer will be along to tell my why I'm worng.


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