* Posts by PerlyKing

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What do WLinux and Benedict Cumberbatch have in common? They're both fond of Pengwin

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Coat

Does this mean it's finally...

... the year of Linux on the desktop?

Thank you, thank you *ow*

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

PerlyKing

Re: The worst thing about this outage...

The kids I know either didn't notice (FB isn't cool) or switched seamlessly to Discord. The parents on the other hand....

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Re: "The Post Office" couldn't go down

The OP may have been referring to the time when the General Post Office also ran the telephone system, before it was spun out into a separate monopoly.

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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Re: Tree masts

There's one in Epping Forest as well (just north of Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge). It's the one that's 50% taller than the surrounding trees and stays green all year round. It's obvious once you've spotted it, but not so obvious that it jumps out at you. And it's less ugly than the usual grey metal.

Silent Merc, holy e-car... Mflllwhmmmp! What is that terrible sound?

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Tyre noise

I can't back this up, but several years ago I remember reading vague details about a supercar having trouble passing the type approval noise tests, for which they had to drive it past a noise meter at a constant speed. In frustration they tried coasting past with the engine off and it still failed the test just from the noise of the big fat tyres!

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TIE fighter sounds

I once owned a RVF400 with a "sporty" exhaust. A friend of mine told me that when I overtook her that sounded like a TIE fighter :-) Then again the same friend described the experience of following me closely as "like being constantly twatted round the head with a big sheet of plastic". It turned out that the exhaust wasn't totally to blame; some previous owner had packed the baffles with rock wool so tightly that it was effectively solid....

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Re: old, air-cooled VW engine

I heard an old, air-cooled VW engine yesterday morning and it was incredibly loud compared to the other cars in earshot. In fact modern cars in general are pretty quiet these days, I hear more tyre and wind noise than engine noise.

Why are there never free power sockets when my Y-fronts need charging?

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Re: The IT Crowd

That's the episode in which Moss gets rebooted, complete with Windows startup sound - one of my all-time favourite gags from the show!

'They took away our Cup-a-Soup!' Share your tales of bleak breakout areas with us

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Re: First they came for the coffee

It's my experience that when a company starts getting petty about small things, they quickly build up to larger ones.

I've worked at a couple of places where they started by putting out fruit baskets around the office every morning. Then they put out fruit baskets in the kitchen area. Then they stopped putting out fruit baskets. Then they started making people redundant.

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Joke

Re: TPBP

The context suggests that "The Powers That Be" would be appropriate, but that would be "TPTB". So what are TPBP?

* The Powers Be Powers (?)

* The Powers, By Pluto!

* The Pointy Boss Powers

* The Powers of British Petroleum

* ???

Spooky! Solar System's Planet NINE could be discovered in the next NINE years (plus one to six), say astroboffins

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Joke

Re: It's Dark out there.

I was thinking more like Joe "Prince of Darkness" Lucas' big brother ;-)

Not so smart after all: A techie's tale of toilet noise horror

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Re: starting to rub off

Ooerr missus!

'We don't want a camera in everyone's living room' says bloke selling cameras in living rooms. Zuckerberg, you moron

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Meh

That silly "F" somewhere on the page

I rarely see the silly "F" these days. And that should continue for as long as uBlock works, and my email clients don't load images automatically.

I must be doing something right, as I recently got an actual paper letter from my credit card company saying that they're concerned that I haven't opened any of their emails recently. In fact I have opened all of them, but I haven't allowed any images to be displayed.

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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WTF?

Behind the curve

Sorry Dabbsy, the hipsters are ahead of you as they have apparently already re-discovered the Compact Cassette. You'll have to accelerate your plans for "inventing" the CD player, and I'll be rubbing my hands in glee waiting for the moment to offload my remaining MiniDisc collection :-)

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes

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Pint

Re: cardboard and old string for the rocket

+1 For the Goon Show reference :-)

Have one of these ---->

You do realise that this means the end of the horse-drawn Zeppelin?!

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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WTF?

Re: New law - not a chance

It won't pass because it's not a snappy acryonym

I was thinking the same thing :-) He must have been really furious not to even take the time to think up a decent acronym!

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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Re: Mojave on a Macbook Pro 2012

It ran fine before. Mojave has just KILLED the thing making it pretty shite for anything other than a few apps at a time. Fairly pissed off because this is the last decent machine Apple made, imho.

It looks like my laziness is paying off - I'm still on Sierra on my 2010 MBP. What's the best Linux distribution for Macs these days?

Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?

PerlyKing
Headmaster

Re: The root of all evil

I'm not disagreeing with the sentiment, but the correct quote is that it is the love of money that is the root of all evil.

A Delta IV Heavy heads for space at last while New Horizons' fumes OK for 'future missions'

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Aerospike

I always thought this was a cool idea, I hope that these guys can make it work!

HSBC suggests it might have found a... use for blockchain?

PerlyKing
Boffin

Re: Risk Averse?

In an IT sense I'd say they're generally risk-averse. $250k isn't much more than a proof-of-concept in this context.

The IT departments would love to get their hands on the shiny, but I haven't actually worked in many places that will let them.

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Meh

Re: Just an idea

A lot of British MPs are in the "comfortably well off" bracket or above - they could afford for forgo their government salaries for a lot longer than most of us. If US congresspeople and senators are in a similar situation this idea may not work as well as it should.

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?

PerlyKing

Re: Naming conventions

Back in the good old days when computers had names, my team had to give all of our desktop machines (SPARCstations of various flavours) two names each, one for each network to which they were attached. Being nearly all young men, one side was named for missiles and the other for guns. I think mine was rapier/colt or some such. Our boss was away at the time so we had to choose for him. Being a good South Londoner we settled on halfbrick/sawnoff. Which he loved :-)

PerlyKing

Re: Fancy syntax trickery

Maybe I'm showing my own age here, but in a C-based language I wouldn't consider ++i to be "fancy syntax trickery".

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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Go

Talking cargo

I prefer "self-loading cargo" :-)

Anyhow, well done chaps!

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Joke

Re: One of them needs a huge slap

Even better, a "limited number" of slaps. Or maybe that's just the PR department ;-)

PerlyKing
WTF?

Re: These things don't have internet access

@tomalak Call me a dillettante dabbler, but are you telling us that the "core nodes in a telecom network" which provides Internet access to millions ... don't have internet access?! Me not understand X-(

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

PerlyKing

Re: Snark?

You must be new here...

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Re: 1970s?

If there was no year zero, then the year 1980 was actually part of the 1970s.

Nineteen seventy ten?

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Thumb Up

Re: Haggis

And lungs. Don't forget the lungs!

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

PerlyKing

Re: until very recently

@DCFusor, @Alister

YAML might have started as Yet Another Markup Language but unless they are being completely revisionist it's been YAML Ain't Markup Language since 2004 at the latest (http://yaml.org/spec/1.0/), and certainly was when I first encountered it in around 2006 (2007?). I guess we're all getting older because that feels like "very recently" (@DCFusor) to me too!

PerlyKing
FAIL

Miss the point much?

@Glen 1 - "It *is* fit for the purpose of being a markup language (Yet Another Markup Language)"

Er - as the third line of the yaml.org home page (and the article itself) states:

YAML: YAML Ain't Markup Language

The next paragraph explains:

What It Is: YAML is a human friendly data serialization standard for all programming languages.

My personal opinion is that it is more human-friendly than machine-friendly, as I always get tied up in knots when I try to use it. I find JSON easier to understand.

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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Facepalm

Hot transputers

Back when transputers were hot (look it up...) my boss interviewed someone whose CV declared experience in the "Transputer Layer Interface". It turned out that the agency thought the Transport Layer Interface just wasn't interesting enough! Everyone had a good laugh and he was hired.

Mi 8 Pro: Xiaomi early buyers wait for modern firmware

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WTF?

Which web site?

That's the older (I think) xiaomi-mi.co.uk where you can't buy stuff, and then there's mobile.mi.com/uk where you can.

With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships

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Meh

Re: No waterproofing?

"IP67 is a necessity in the tropics."

Wow, there were no mobile phones in the tropics until, what, 2010?

Less snarkily, I had non-waterproof phones for 18 years (in the UK) and managed not to kill them with water. I've had a waterproof phone for four years and have still managed not to get it wet, although I have been less precious about using it in the rain. For me waterproofing is a nice-to-have, not a deal-breaker.

The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month

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Re: If this was five years ago...

Thanks @Ledswinger. It sounds like grey markets have improved since I singed my fingers a few years ago!

By "lack of support" I meant "lack of someone I can visit in person if necessary" - if something breaks and I've got to ship it back to Hong Kong for someone to even look at it then I'm not as interested.

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Re: If this was five years ago...

All phones seem to be manufactured in China anyway, so what's the difference?

I'm shopping for a new phone at the moment and I've been put off Xiaomi because of the lack of UK support. This would put them back in the Mix (sorry ;-)

Californian chap sets his folks' home on fire by successfully taking out spiders with blowtorch

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Stranger in a strange land

I was staying with a friend of mine in California. After a river rafting trip I had a pair of soaking wet trainers which I left outside on the porch overnight. After they had dried out I went to put them on, but my friend stopped me, turned the shoes over and knocked a black widow out of one of them. That reminded me how far from home I was.

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

PerlyKing
Megaphone

Blobby blobby blobby!

Man (many) moons ago someone at work had a .au file of Mr Blobby, and we had a headless server in the area which could be triggered to play it as people walked past. How we laughed!

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

PerlyKing

Re: It's all the rage!

@Daedalus you beat me to it. Usually Captain Hugh Jampton in Sellers' posh army voice :-) The only other ones which springs to mind are Sheikh Rattlenroll, and the Japanese (?) General Kash Mai Chek.

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Re: A different name for every site?

I can't quote the names, but I think my favourite bit of name silliness from Sir Terry was the village men in, er, "Wintersmith"? Anyway, they were along the lines of Baker the butcher, Butcher the miller, Miller the carter, Carter the blacksmith, ... you get the idea ;-)

Oh, and the various incarnations of CMOT Dibbler :-)

PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

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Joke

Re: fully working 10Nm node

I think I see the problem here - they're trying to make chips in Newton-metres. Talk about a unit error!

;-)

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Facepalm

DevOps?

I'm willing to bet my 1996 bonus that Alan did not get "a job in devops" back then.

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

PerlyKing
Devil

What would I do?

Replace Notepad with GNU Emacs :-D It used to be considered a beast, but these days it's pretty lightweight!

30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

PerlyKing
WTF?

Ligatures in editors

The last time I encountered ligatures in an editor was using Eclipse in about 2012. I don't know if it was something weird about my setup, but it insisted on rendering "fi" as "fi" (Unicode character 'LATIN SMALL LIGATURE FI' (U+FB01)), semi-randomly ruining the monospaced character alignment.

Presumably someone somewhere made a deliberate choice to use ligatures wherever possible, but this one is a step too far in my not-so-humble opinion!

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Paris Hilton

Gap in CV?

"rolled off the line in 1994 [...] It spent three years as a flying testbed before being bought by Cathay Pacific, at which point it was completely overhauled [...] delivered for passenger flights in 2000"

What happened to the other three years?

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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Could do better

Should've offered to take the surplus laptops for a smaller fee than the usual disposal people ;-)

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

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Re: Rewritten for "new incantations"

What are you, a software wizard? ;-)

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown

PerlyKing
WTF?

Agree? AGREE?!

"Pester did agree to waive the bonus he was offered for a successful migration"

Says it all ---->

Huawei Mate 20 Lite: A business mobe aimed at millennials? Er, OK then

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Happy

Re: Decision Matrix

Try GSM Arena's phone finder https://www.gsmarena.com/search.php3?

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: My rule on tools:

This reminds me of a friend who had two rules:

1. Always use the right tool for the job

2. The bigger the better

Which is how he ended up entering an enduro event on a BMW R100GS....

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