* Posts by John Brown (no body)

7022 posts • joined 21 May 2010

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Re: Microsoft time

"I just wrote a batch file and did it through dos / command prompt.. the copy took about a week that way!"

I hope you used xcopy instead of copy then! IIRC, copy did one file at a time, in 64KB chunks if the files were big. xcopy would fill a ram buffer with as much as possible then write it out, noticably faster on big files, but lots faster when coping many small files.

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Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

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Re: But

"Greys have ZERO traffic sense, while Reds tend to stay up in the trees - no doubt sniggering as their more drab cousins get squished."

Driving into York, as I do a few times per month, it's not unusual to see a grey tree rat run up a tree, across the branches and down a tree on the other side of the road. It helps(!) that the traffic is usually less than walking pace down Clifton Road on the approach to Gillygate.

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Re: Best traps

""Electrocution traps are best, and some can even be remotely monitored by SNMP "

IoT, Internet of Traps? Is that a thing? How good is the security or might hackers cause the mousepocalypse by interfering with them? Would that be a DDoT?

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Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

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I thin k you mean Henry the Numatic. Hoover don't make Henrys

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Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them

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Re: Beware strangers bearing gifts

It's the CIA being talked about. What makes you think some random CIA operative is just going to give a "present" to a "stranger". These are the people most likely to be working undercover and infiltrating groups and organisations.

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Re: Re. hacked laptops

"I too had a server like that. Turns out the IDE chipset was faulty and feeding too high a voltage to one of the drive lines."

Yes, this. I've seen a number of hardware devices with out of spec failures which have caused attached devices to fail first, sometimes multiple devices, and their replacements. It's relatively unusual, but far from being unheard of. I've seen one recently where a DVD drive was causing odd fails and crashes. Pulled the DVD drive out and the problem went away. Tested the DVD drive in an identical system and the faults appeared there. The DVD drive appeared to be otherwise working normally in between the system crashes.

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Re: You don't bug the phone in the factory

"Then make it appear to run through the same "unboxing" sequence as a new one, and the victim is none the wiser unless he tries to jailbreak it and found that's already happened."

Is it possible to jailbreak it in a way that's undetectable? eg you install some banking software that refuses to run on a jailbroken phone?

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US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories

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Re: Wiretapping made legal...

"if you've consented to it then they can do it."

That seems to be a fundamental difference between the US and UK/Europe. Here in the UK you can't "consent" to give away your rights/consumer protection by agreeing to Ts&Cs. That would be an "unfair contract" and at best, those clauses are null and void, at worst the entire "contract" could be struck down.

Most of these onerous Ts&Cs will attempt to take away your rights with lots of jargon and legalese but they will, at the very end, state something along the lines of "this contract does not over-ride your legal rights", effectively negating chunks of what you just agreed to.

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Re: My Goodness

"It was quite common a few decades ago for people to be told by their doctor to drink milk stout when recuperating from an illness."

A few decades ago I remember my granddad being in hospital and getting a daily bottle of stout with his lunch.

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Re: Perscription

"Can't wait to get my 2 pints on a daily perscription"

They'll probably class it as individual prescriptions per "dose" and refuse to fill a 30 day prescription.

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Re: Small beer?

"Not recently, there have been tax breaks in the UK for lower ABV brews, and these are proving quite popular."

Well, now that beer is a health drink and proper consumption could save the NHS beeelions per year, maybe the VAT and duty should be abolished?

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Re: Education PC seller says Apple is no good in that market

"On the other hand, the primary school where my grandchildren go to, has over 100 iPads..."

My work takes me into many schools, and it always surprises me how many have recently (ie last couple of years) have bought in and issued iPads for all the pupils. Chromebooks do seem to be taking over, but considering how much cheaper Chromebooks are, I can't quite see the financial reasons for those schools which choose Apple. (Since the last thing on most educators minds is data slurping, I'll assume that's not a factor in not choosing Google over Apple)

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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Re: "where is the alien comm chatter"

"which is currently beyond our ken."

Yer right! I just asked our Ken an' ee was like, subspace? Wots that then?

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Re: More Magic than Goldilocks orbit distance...

"It's life, Jim"

Ok, I upvoted you for making me smile, but I really wanted to downvote you for reminding of that bloody song"

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Re: one in a million combination

"Space is a lot bigger than most people can possibly concieve."

Yep. Look very closely at a "black spot" of sky which apparently has no stars, and many, many galaxies are there.

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Uber bans 'brilliant jerks', will train staff on Why Diversity Matters

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Re: What profits ?

"The thing is, Uber is operating in the billions range, and that matters."

To big to fail? :-)

Never mind, Uber don't employ anyone anyway and their drivers are all self-employed part timers who happen to be driving in certain directions and make a little extra on the side by giving someone a lift </sarc>

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Re: Loved to Death

"but Rex Tillerson, for one, has no experience in the public sector or the military, "

I'll see your Rex Tillerson and raise you a Boris Johnson!!!

Icon, because they both are!

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NASA to fire 1Gbps laser 'Wi-Fi' ... into spaaaaace

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Re: Shooting data at Hawaii?

Better than using Huwei. You don't want a backdoor to open unexpectedly when in a vacuum.

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Re: Latency...

"Short enough for voice communication but long enough to be quite annoying on an interactive terminal or the like."

You just switch local echo on for xterm.

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Re: To Netflix...

"So you don't xerox a copy ?"

Outside of the US? No, we don't, we just make a copy, do a copy or photocopy $something although a true 18th century purist might say they Watted a copy :-p

(other jurisdictions and languages may apply)

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Grab 'em by the pussy! Trump's lawyers 'send cease-and-desist letters' to a KITTEN website

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Re: Trademarks

Well, I'm 54 now and I was giggling at "Trump" at least as far back as when I was 4 or 5 years old, especially the smelly ones.

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Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Netflix just added Linux support

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"Awesome. Netflix is about to get another 3 customers..."

And think of all the new customer when the WindowsPhone (or whatever it's called this week) version is released.

(And no, that wasn't a typo)

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FYI anyone who codes outside work: GitHub has a contract to stop bosses snatching it all

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Re: Interesting, but..

CSCO, JNPR, BRCD, ORCL and MSFT

Who are they?

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Home Office admits it's preparing to accept EU ruling on surveillance

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Re: Serious Crimes Act 2017

"Unless the poor aforementioned pig is still alive."

Considering how vicious and violent a pig can be when still alive, and it's very nasty bite, especially when upset, I think I'd quite enjoy watching politicians placing their own body parts inside the mouths of live pigs.

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In the land of Google, Holocaust denial, death threats – all fine. LGBT? Oh, no, that's sensitive

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Re: The customer is doing it wrong.

In this instance, because she also wanted results from other sites, but hopefully with priority for IMDB. Otherwise she'd have used site:imdb.com the magician :-p

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removing the assumption that the customer is always right

Yeah, wifey was searching for something and entered

imdb the magician

Then she complained that the first 15 results were for The MagicianS

Google decided to "correct" a correctly spelled word to something they thought was more correct.

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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I like the bit about "no comment" on the list of banned items from certain source countries, as if it''s some sort secret! Yeah, we might have banned certain items but we can't tell you which ones or which departure airports are affected.

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Re: Complete f'ing idiots compounding their Security Theatre fails

"Canada usually adopts all security measures introduced in the US after a short delay. Furthermore, many flights to/from Canada (and often flights between two Canadian airports) overfly the US and are subject to many of the same restrictions and rules (including the US no-fly lists, for example) as the flights originating or terminating in the US."

Oh great. Thanks mate! Wife and I were considering a holiday to Canada next year and my wife was wondering if there was a way to get there without going via US airspace. And now you tell me this? Looks like we won't be going there either if it's bad as a trip to the US.

Oh well, the other option is the Virgin Islands (not the US one!!!!)

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Re: I'm sorry for my country.

"That's no choice at all, and what is the electorate supposed to do with that?"

Vote for Jerk C or Jerk D? Some may claim it's a wasted a vote, but it's better than not voting at all when you hate Jerks A and B :-)

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Re: I'm sorry for my country.

"The problem with replacing trump is that we'll be stuck with pence, who his hell-bent (snicker) on creating a theocracy!"

Just watch and see if he "comes out" as Nehemia Scudder!

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Norfolk County Council sent filing cabinet filled with kids' info to a second-hand shop

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Re: Norfolk County Council...

"so don't expect anyone to be named as responsible for this latest dropped bollock any time soon, if at all."

Well, it's not as if there were a lot of victims. You can count them on the fingers on one hand!

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"something along the lines that the person responsible looses their job for instance."

If it was traceable to an individual, then they will likely have embarked on a trip down the disciplinary procedures. If someone higher up was responsible for putting a procedure in place and they'd not done it, they the same may apply to them.

I've not personally had dealings with ICO incidents, but a friend at a local council has been (as an observer, not a participant, natch!) and he said the report back to the ICO was supposed to include tracing and placing of "blame" where possible and measures/sanctions taken. This implies that the ICO want to see relevant individuals at whatever level taken to task.

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"Or it could have employed people who had a modicum of common sense."

...and followed by lots of comments about written procedures etc, but I wonder how many people here have a filing cabinet and would think to or remember to, pull all the drawers out properly and check down inside in case any documents have fell through? The fact it's documents relating to only 7 people suggests this as the most likely scenario and, in hindsight, something that should have been checked but I'd be prepared to bet that even with a written procedure, the majority of people would think that opening the drawers and checking they were empty was ll that was needed.

Many filing cabinets don't make it easy to remove a drawer so you might have try to get your head in there somehow (health and safety issue??) or scrabble around blindly with your hand down behind the drawer.

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MI5 man to steer GCHQ as Trump wiretapping saga continues

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So.. it wasn't "fake news" then? Or "alternative facts"?

How very dare you! It was a "news" show on Fox, The Presidents favourite channel (and the reason he doesn't need daily security briefings)

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Re: Are you sure?

"What Trump alleges is possible."

Lots of things are "possible", including the likelihood of me dying after being struck by a meteorite in the next 30 minutes. It's not especially likely though.

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Europe will fine Twitter, Facebook, Google etc unless they rip up T&Cs

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Re: Good

"I'll even accept adverts provided they are static, don't obscure the content I'm paying for and are guaranteed not to contain or link to malware and the provider accepts liability for adverts or content that fails this last test."

Your dreaming, but I'd like to live there too! If you've seen the state of US cable TV with many advert breaks and ads over the bottom of the screen during the show, then you'll realise the "masses" have already been trained to accept adverts on a paid for service. (yeah, most pay channels around the world have ad breaks too, but at least some don't paste an animated ad over the show itself!)

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Re: Long overdue

"In short, it's unrealistic for these sites to do 100% screening by humans."

As I understand it, that's not what is being asked of them. Germany in particular is asking that Facebook implement a proper complaints procedure which requires Facebook et al to actually act on said complaints in a reasonable time. Germany has posited 24 hours as reasonable. I'm sure that will be subject to negotiation. You don't start that process by offering what you think the other guy will take because no matter what you offer, they will try to "improve" their side of the final agreement. I'm sure Facebook et al will have a whole raft of "technical" reasons why it can't be done in 24 hours, but will probably claim they can do it 7 days. At which point Germany and/or the EU will demand 4 days and they'll probably all walk away happy, both sides feeling they gave a little and took a little from the other.

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Re: Long overdue

I always find it interesting how none of these companies every allow a case to get to court if challenged on their T&Cs. Maybe it's because they know damned well that they'd lose? I see Lyft have just bought their way out of a court case too over employment.

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Lyft drops $27m on the table to make annoying driver lawsuit go away

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"All the app-taxi firms have done is automated the middle-man process and payment collection and remittance with new tech. But that's all they've done - it really isn't a revolution, just evolution as tech has evolved."

Dunno about you, but around here, at least one private hire firm was using an app before I'd heard of Uber. Maybe they'd heard of Uber before they expanded to the UK and copied the idea. But those private hire firms use licenced drivers. Uber sort of does and doesn't. They don't seem to care. THAT is is the disruptive element. They are undercutting by breaking the law and running at a loss. That's not a "disruptive" business model. That's a predatory and anticompetitive model. Maybe in the long run we might look back and see that the business needed a shake-up, but Uber are pumping billions into a massive attempt to shove out the incumbents in many places around the world and they are doing it using illegal methods in many places.

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Isn't sad that the drivers have agreed to be bought off now for a one off payment rather than settle the issue once and for all.

Cake today....The American version of capitalism at it's finest.

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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"As to the petition, I suppose you find it acceptable that people cant end their life in a dignified manner for what ever reason they choose?"

Then you suppose incorrectly. Unless it's on-topic, your petition is just noise. As for the spying/surveillance aspects of your disjointed posts, your teaching granny to suck eggs in these forums.

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"Whats inane about the petition?"

The utter and total irrelevance in where it was posted, for starters. I guess that's why El Reg have now deleted those posts.

And why the personal attack? Can't you make your point rationally?

I think you ought to go read the forum guidelines, especially item 15.

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Re: Tin Foil Hatters have taken over the free world

"Then they set up a dummy company that sells ultra-secure unbreakable encryption in a variety of easy to swallow packages. "

Soma? It might not be encryption but, hey, no one will care anyway.

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@ tr1ck5t3r

You still here? After you spammed your inane petition all over the forums the other day I expected to see your account pulled.

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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"Minor American English quibble: if the children were three or four year-olds, then over here it's a "nursery school". Kindergarten is (generally) for five year-olds, the class just before first grade."

Thanks. AFAIK, nursery school here in the UK is until they start "proper" school, which may be as young as 4 in a reception class, normally 5. That can vary from town to town, but there's nothing in between.

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Re: He'll Go Far

"Helpful young fellow. Too much trouble/money to just swap out a keyboard?"

Maybe it was a long enough ago that keyboards were still expensive and accessible enough to be repairable and he was leaving the user with the self-inflicted damage which s/he should have been aware of to then log as a new call when s/he realised what was happening when typing in a document. Back then it was often a disciplinary offence to eat or drink at or near your computer. More recent experience, especially with some expensive laptop repairs tells me it still should be!

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

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"but military blimps w/ lasers might be more practical."

You think the yanks might want this back?

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National Audit Office: Brit aircraft carrier project is fine and dandy... for now

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Re: So not enough planes to fly off the carriers, not enough escorts to protect them,

"The best news is that the affiliation with the USMC means that the RN can access USMC Ospreys to provide Carrier Onboard Delivery of needed personnel and spares."

Could they do AWACs duties too?

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Re: Beg, Steal & Borrow

"NATO member Holland currently has 2 F35-A aircraft and 0 carrier ships."

Isn't the A the non VSTOL one? No cats'n'traps for them.

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Face down in a Shoreditch gutter: Attack of the kickstarting hipster

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Batteries

Anyway, who’d be mad enough to have gadgetry surgically installed into their bodies when it is certain to be out of date within six months and wholly obsolete after 18?"

I'd be more concerned about battery fires!

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