* Posts by PerlyKing

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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

PerlyKing
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

PerlyKing
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

PerlyKing
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

PerlyKing
Go

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

PerlyKing
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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

PerlyKing
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

PerlyKing
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

PerlyKing
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

PerlyKing

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.

PerlyKing
Go

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

PerlyKing

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.

PerlyKing
Go

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

PerlyKing
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

PerlyKing
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

PerlyKing
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

PerlyKing
Go

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

PerlyKing
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

PerlyKing
Go

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....

Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

PerlyKing
Go

Re: If you can't fix it with duct tape...

...you may need some cable ties.

Duct tape: for when it shouldn't move but does.

(Rocket) WD40: for when it should move but doesn't.

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

PerlyKing
Meh

Re: Personal payments

> the user is the new CEX, who started today and wants "new" shiny tomorrow

I wasn't there etc, but I hope that in a similar situation I'd get the new CEX (what's a CEX anyway?) to shell out from his own pocket before paying from mine.

I'm sure there's an adage about never lending money to anyone richer than yourself - an amount that matters to you probably seems petty to them, to the point of genuinely slipping their minds.

Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

PerlyKing

Re: It's a lot easier to clean a house when it's not being lived in

Without a *huge* change in attitudes as much as technology, exploration is not going to lead to an emptier Earth. When Europeans colonised the New World they didn't all move out of Europe.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

PerlyKing
FAIL

Re: £750m for the NHS per week

Get your facts right - it's £350M per week ;-)

Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

PerlyKing
WTF?

"Doogee" smartphone

With a soft "g"? Seriously?

Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

PerlyKing
Terminator

"Dazed and confused", surely?

"We're both total metalheads!" Geddit?! --->

That is all.

Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

PerlyKing
Facepalm

Re: "anti-authorian"

They didn't like the author?

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

PerlyKing
Boffin

Re: James Clerk Maxwell

I hadn't heard that story about James Clerk Maxwell not graduating from Edinburgh University. I guess that either they didn't bear a grudge or were toadying when they named the James Clerk Maxwell Building. Happy days....

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

PerlyKing
Facepalm

Really special characters

I recently had to do a factory reset on my Android phone. When it came to signing in to my Google account afterwards, I discovered that my randomly-generated password contained a character which is not available in the stock Android keyboard. Now that's secure! ;-)

Notes/Domino is alive! Second beta of version 10 is imminent

PerlyKing
WTF?

I used to hate Outlook...

...then I had to use Notes.

One niggle which still stands out in my memory was the F5 key. I don't know what it was bound to in Notes, but it was not "refresh" as it is in a lot of other applications. I do know what the effect was though: it froze Notes solid. And I'm pretty sure that I wasn't the only user to fall for this, as at the company in question there was a top-level entry in the Windows menu called "Kill Notes".

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

PerlyKing
Meh

Is it just me?

I thought that companies moved to open-plan so that they could cram more "human resources" into the same space, saving money. Or is that just me?

Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

PerlyKing
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Re: Perhaps they never will

@Will Godfrey: Upvote for Don McLean "Vincent" reference!

Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself

PerlyKing

Re: Obsolescence

AC: "So the obsolescence life of a PC is now 5 years max?"

Snarky reply: yes, only Macs last longer ;-)

More serious reply: this is about software, not hardware. My 2010 MBP is running fine on Sierra. My wife's 2010 Lenovo X201 is running Windows 10. I won't say it's running fine, but it's running.

Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

PerlyKing
Facepalm

Re: An all-Airbus support team

I'm going to assume that the tankers and SAR aircraft are existing RAF assets. Unless the contract includes full infrastructure support, which might make it seem a little less expensive!

Tor-forker Joshua Yabut cuffed for armoured personnel carrier joyride

PerlyKing
Meh

Re: BBC technology coverage

To give RCJ the benefit of the doubt, he's writing for a completely different audience than El Reg. This may give some insight into the technological understanding of the average (or maybe below-average) reader of the BBC's web site.

UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

PerlyKing

Re: How would a downed pilot be picked up quickly?

When we had Nimrods they were able to drop life rafts to ditched crews, I think by chucking them out of the back door. For the chosen air-to-air refuelling option do the tankers accompany the tankees? Could they drop life rafts if required? I should think that life expectancy increases dramatically if you can get out of the water.

RIP to two 'naut legends: A moonwalker and a spacewalker

PerlyKing
FAIL

Re: fewer real men

I disagree with your disagreement. I suspect that there are plenty of brave men (and women!), but they're being held back by red tape and lack of money.

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

PerlyKing
Facepalm

Re: I simply disable preinstalled apps that I don't want.

This is not always possible, at least not without rooting and not all of us want to void the warranty on a brand new phone that we've just shelled out hundreds of pounds for.

Xiaomi the way: Hyped Chinese giant begins its battle for Britain

PerlyKing
Happy

Re: good luck to Huawei

Huawei may need luck as well, but the article was about Xiaomi ;-)

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