* Posts by PerlyKing

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UK takes a step closer to domestic launches as Skyrora fires up Skylark-L

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Rocket names

Is it these Union Jack shades I'm wearing, or are British rocket names so much better than the rest? ;-)

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Re: 1% are the 1%

The Goons probably borrowed it from the Marx Brothers, recycling is nothing new!

Ying tong iddle aye po!

Russia admits, yup, the Americans are right: One of our rocket's tanks just disintegrated in Earth's orbit

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Re: Telescope should be put where the cost/performance tradeoffs work out best

The point is that if Starship works out (which it probably will, as Musk seems to have the money and determination to do it), it will drastically change the cost of putting things into orbit. And also make it easier to launch larger items - a lot of the problems with the JWST are to do with having to fold it up into a small fairing for launch and then get it to unfold itself.

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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Re: Test, test and test again...

This sounds lovely. I must be in the wrong industry :-(

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin

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Re: What kit are you using it with?

Mine is plugged into a MacBook Pro running Ubuntu, connected through Citrix to a Win10 machine at work %-}

While we're talking about Model M keyboards, I turned mine over to see when it was made and it says "Date: 03-04-19". It has been in my possession since 1995 (or maybe 1996) so I can't make head or tail of this! Does anyone out there know what it means? Did an early Y2K issue truncate the year? Virtual pint for any help! -->

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Re: are these mechanical keyboards any good for actual work?

It's very subjective of course, but I like the feel of mine (IBM Model M "borrowed" from a server which ended up in a rack :-) more than any other keyboard I've tried in the last 30 years or so. It is too loud for a crowded office but is getting a lot more use now than it has in the last few years!

It's like using really good hand tools instead of cheap and cheerful - they both get the job done (usually) but one feels better than the other, and that makes the whole experience more enjoyable. I think it's well worth paying a premium for something that improves your life for eight hours a day or more.

Dumpster diving to revive a crashing NetWare server? It was acceptable in the '90s

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Re: Overtime <CR>

This reminds me of a proto-BOFH I knew at university. Faced with a choice between working all night on a project which was due the next day, or going drinking, he spent all afternoon reading up on and experimenting with the "at" command so that he could send an email in the middle of the night begging for an extension %-}

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

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Re: In 1999 the Internet was thirty years old

Alright, maybe I was being a bit picky :-)

My main point was that you would have had a lot more trouble ordering pizza via your computer in 1969 than in 1999. Networking had been around for a while, but the Internet as we know it today was if not in its early days at least in its early years, and still mostly a time-wasting toy. Maybe some things never change :-D

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Re: WORST. PIZZA. EVER.

The worst pizza I ever had was also in Edinburgh, more like 30 years ago. I have no idea what the toppings were, but it was folded in half, battered and deep-fried.

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Re: In 1999 the Internet was thirty years old

Yeah, no. Not according to Vint Cerf, Jon Postel et al. There were networks such as ARPANET, but not the Internet.

Upstart Americans brandish alligators at the almighty Reg Standards Soviet

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Re: Standard seconds

Also the OhNoSecond - the length of time between hitting "Return" and realising what you've just done.

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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Re: Build it into the aircraft's own software to reboot automatically every so often

This is bad enough when Windows reboots in the middle of your pr0n Powerpoint session - picture the pilots' faces when the aircraft decides to reboot on final approach!

Announcing the official Reg-approved measure of social distancing: The Osman

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Re: dubious benefits

Thank you sir!

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2

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Re: Been screwed by something similar

I support a, er, user who still won't save Word files until they're finished. Although why Word doesn't still doesn't create a default file is beyond me.

My default (in any editor) is to Ctrl+S (or equivalent) any time I pause during typing.

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92

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Re: O tempora, o mores!

It didn't really work for me. I "studied" latin at school until I had the chance to drop it. But I still have a vivid memory of my Latin teacher asking each of us in turn whether we knew any Latin expressions and I trotted out "timeo danaos et dona ferentes" (Asterix the Legionary). Then he made me translate it, or at least tried to.

Thank you, Goscinny, Uderzo, Bell and Hockridge!

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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Re: It deifies rationality

That makes a change!

Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper

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Re: an anti viral chicken preparation

Chicken soup? Which my wife always calls "Jewish penicillin" :-)

Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake

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Re: What's the difference?

Well, "egg-shaped" or "oval" is often misused to describe ellips{e,oid}s. Eggs are usually bigger at one end than the other, which can lead to All Sorts of Trouble ;-)

Microservices guru warns devs that trendy architecture shouldn't be the default for every app, but 'a last resort'

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Jack of all trades

the developer has to be a DBA, security engineer, systems engineer, and programmer who understands the flows of *everything* in and out of their environment

Sounds like rubbish to me. Just because a service is, er, micro doesn't mean that it has to be developed in isolation by one person. Even if the function of each service is distinct that doesn't mean that you can't use the same security layer in each one, call on a DBA for support, and so on.

And surely "the flows of everything" becomes a lot simpler for a microservice?

As the article says, microservices are not the answer to everything but they should be understood for what they are, the same as any other tool in the box.

Hey, fatso. If you're standing desk-curious, the VariDesk Pro Plus won't break the bank

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Re: Learn to touch-type

Definitely not Spartacus:

Can't you have paper at a similar distance to the screen?

I hadn't thought of that, but it doesn't really suit how I work. If I'm reading from paper it usually means that I'm scribbling making notes on the same piece of paper. Or (more likely) I'm fiddling with my phone.

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Re: One pair of glasses

I know what you mean, but I'd have to say you've got to roll with it: accept that you need glasses and work around that.

I didn't wear glasses at all until about ten years ago, when I started getting frequent headaches. Reading glasses cured those immediately, although they were a bit of a pain to carry around, take out of the case and then put away again, especially on my commute. I tried one of those neck chain things but didn't get on with it.

Then I needed distance glasses as well. I tried varifocals but couldn't get on with the blurry transitional areas, especially in my peripheral vision. So now I have one pair of bifocals for computer work, and another pair for everything else. And I have to change glasses every time I leave my desk. It's not ideal but better than eyestrain. All part of the fun of growing old, and on the whole better than not growing old.

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Re: Learn to touch-type

I can sort of touch type, but I also occasionally need to read stuff on paper ;-)

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Re: Glasses

I have what my (UK) optician describes as "occupational bifocals" for work: the lower section is my reading prescription which works for the keyboard and the upper section is a mid-range prescription which works for monitors.

I have to wear different glasses for walking around, driving and so on. Such is life :-/

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry

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This is not the first time Goodenough's ideas have met resistance

I see what you did there ;-)

Vivo's APEX 2020 concept smartphone grabs life by the gimbals to shoot stable snaps

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The proof of the pudding

From the fine article:

as always, the proof will be in the pudding.

You will write out 100 times:

the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

See details here.

As you were.

The Wristwatch of the Long Now: When your MTBF is two centuries

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Re: such craftsmen could not possibly survive

I think there are a few Swiss watchmakers who might disagree. Not many, and it's definitely a luxury segment, but that's how it was 200 years ago.

Auf wiedersehen, pet: UK Deutsche Bank contractors plan to leave rather than take 25% pay cut for IR35 – report

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Re: I currently collect £24k VAT

...which is then reclaimed by your client. So that's £27k to HMRC, not £51k.

I'm a contractor too and I agree with the thrust of your argument, but leave fudging the numbers to your accountant ;-)

Best buds? Apple must be fuming: Samsung's wireless earphones boast 11 hours of listening on a single charge

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$150 == £159

WTF?!

Not that I'm in the market, but still. WTF?!

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey

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Re: VAT

VAT is a tax on the end user. VAT-registered companies in the supply chain reclaim whatever VAT they pay out (with minor differences for those on the Flat Rate Scheme) so it makes no difference to them.

It's a Bing thing: Microsoft drops plans to shove unloved search engine down throats of unsuspecting enterprises

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Office 365 ProPlus

Is that the student edition?

Not call, dude: UK govt says guaranteed surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period. Brits left at the mercy of networks

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Re: Enjoy your self-inflicted wound Brits!

If we were a province of Russia, why would we be singing in German??

Otto wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Otto: Apes don't read Nietzsche!

Wanda: Yes they do, they just don't understand it.

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest

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Re: It works

It mostly works. Searching seems to be a bit hit and miss

A few days ago I wanted to find an email from the previous week. I knew the date and approximate time, and that it was still in my inbox. Except that it wasn't, not in Thunderbird. No problem, use the search and there it is! Except that when I tried to open the email from the results tab, there was nothing but emptiness. And of course it doesn't tell you anything useful like which folder it's in. Eventually I found the email through my phone (using K9), in the inbox where I'd thought it was in the first place!

And then there's the random order in which search results are presented by default....

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit

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Re: Developers

@Alistair:

No, this is land in Essex. Sorry to hear about North Pickering ;-(

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Developers

There's a developer near where I live who's been trying to build on Green Belt land for years, so far unsuccessfully. One of his scams was to sell off "building plots" to the general public, without mentioning that they wouldn't be able to get planning permission to do anything. As a result, his large parcel of land now has several chunks out of the middle, the owners of which hate his guts!

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UK rules

The Isle of Man is not part of the UK. See icon :-)

Astroboffins discover Sun is surfing on 9,000-light-year gas wave that acts as Milky Way's stellar nursery

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Re: Forget bringing a towel when hitch hiking the galaxy

See also: Dark Star.

It's always DNS, especially when you're on holiday with nothing but a phone on GPRS

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Re: F-Reg

Not really helpful unless you specify the F being at the end or the start of the reg :-)

The Peugeot 405 was released in 1987. Your move ;-)

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Re: You're thinking of emacs

Some time ago, as the resident Emacs-head I was called over to another team who couldn't work out how to save and exit from Emacs (or just exit, they didn't care at that point!). I walked over, already basking in the nerd-glory that was to be mine for solving the insoluble, to be presented with Emacs running on a Prime computer. So what? Emacs is Emacs, right? Not always, it turned out. C-x, C-c did nothing. M-x did nothing. Swearing at it did nothing. I eventually had to retire, defeated.

The Register disappears up its own fundament with a Y2K prank to make a BOFH's grinchy heart swell with pride

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Re: 1st PHB

Technically speaking the first PHB is Dilbert's boss.

A user's magnetic charm makes for a special call-out for our hapless hero

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Re: 50,000 rps

Revolutions per second?! What was the radius?

WhatsApp chaps rapped for crap app group chat zap: Infosec bods find a way to nuke messages, fix issued

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Re: Why?

+1 for "Get Carter" references! :-D

Bad news: KeyWe Smart Lock is easily bypassed and can't be fixed

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Re: As usual, "smart" is anything but

Not every thief needs to know how to use Wireshark, it just takes one enterprising one to package everything into an easy-to-use kit. If enough of these locks are ever fitted to make it worth their while.

Oi, Queenslander who downloaded 26.8TB in June alone – we see you

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Re: Quick maths

Unattended speed test?

Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors

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Re: Often there is only one copy of a document in a committee meeting.

So we're only ten years away from the Paperless Office?

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Centralise! Decentralise!

That sounds like feature creep to me - it sounds lovely in the first meeting but once you get into the details it all ends up more expensive and less efficient.

Or is it just another round of the centralise/decentralise game?

PSA: You are now in the timeline where Facebook and pals are torn a new one by, er, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen

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Re: moderatoin

While I sort of agree with @ArrZarr, big social media companies not having enough moderation is a problem of their own making. Adding moderation cuts into their profits? Well boohoo. If they can't control what they've unleashed, maybe they shouldn't be allowed to do it at all.

I used to agree with the "common carrier" defence, i.e. FB et al. just provide the medium and can't be held responsible for the content posted by their users. But seeing how that has played out has brought me around to believing that there does need to be some sort of control, either voluntary or regulatory.

There will always be a few bad actors who will game any system for their own benefit regardless of the consequences for others and as a society we need to be able to protect the majority from these people.

"With great power comes great responsibility".

No wonder cops are so keen on Ring – they can slurp your doorbell footage with few limits, US senators complain

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Re: Infuriating

Meanwhile in the UK the Information Commissioner's Office has recently dropped the requirement to register with them, put up signs and pay an annual fee if your CCTV covers the world outside your property, and the police are encouraging people to set up their CCTV at head height to have the best chance of getting recognisable mug shots of suspects members of the public.

Royal Bank of Scotland IT contractor ban sparks murmurs of legal action

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Re: Life goes on.

I don't think you know how VAT works.

VAT is a tax on the end user, only raising revenue on retail goods and services. A VAT-registered contractor charges VAT to the client and pays it to HMRC (roughly, there is also the Flat Rate Scheme), from whom it is then reclaimed by the VAT-registered client. So in this case VAT raises no actual revenue for HMRC.

Bloodhound gang hits 1,010kph, retreats to lab to work on smashing the land speed record

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I heartily agree!

Only replying to use one of my favourite icons, which feels particularly appropriate in this case :-D Particularly in light of one of the JCB guys giving permission to max out the engine for the last runs, saying something along the lines of "we've never run it like this, even on the dyno"!

50 years ago, someone decided it would be OK to fire Apollo 12 through a rain cloud. Awks, or just 'SCE to Aux'?

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The more I learn about it...

...the more I am in awe of the accomplishments of the Apollo program.

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