* Posts by grumpyoldeyore

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Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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Flame

Not XKCD, but Larson...

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheFarSide/comments/3sae3u/rocket_scientists/

Well, can't get hacked if your PC doesn't work... McAfee yanks BSoDing Endpoint Security patch

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Big Brother

Security Well, can't get hacked if your PC doesn't work...

Well your OS and your GUI may be borked, but from what we've learnt recently, the processor manager may still be running....

Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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Paris Hilton

Well...

... most existing EU countries have ID schemes already, a large number compulsory. (I think it it is only the UK, Ireland and Denmark that don't), and the non compulsory ones make having some form of Identity compulsory.

The UK's been bringing it it by the back door anyway - notice how you have to use your NI number now, for example to validate your driving record when hiring a car.

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

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RE Eric Sykes plays a Hitman

Griffen in the liquidator ?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059390/characters/nm0843059?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t7

Viacom exposes crown jewels to world+dog in AWS S3 bucket blunder

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Paris Hilton

A folder called mcs-puppet

s/cs-p//

There - fixed that for you.

Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Swan Song....

.. Not SwonSong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqgPyqyh4X4

Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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Joke

Verification

Usually I would read about these cases in the "Courts" section of the London Evening Standard, but today I can't find a copy anywhere.....

IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

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Black Helicopters

Management & HR....

.. always advocate taking a helicopter view ....

WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now

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Pint

Re: Remember the Millenium Bug?

I do indeed. In 1995 we set our new recruit the boring task of setting the clock calendar chip on our kit to just before midnight 1999, No problems. He then used his initiative and repeated the test for 2000, 2001, 2002 , 2003 at which point we were back in 1897! Was a bug in in a calendar library. Updated the library, issue fixed. Many of these bought for our persient apprentice.

Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

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Facepalm

Re: standing room tickets

Well, not officially anyway : http://avherald.com/h?article=4a55f544&opt=0

LastPass scrambles to fix another major flaw – once again spotted by Google's bugfinders

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Pint

Re: "potential known-unknowns."

You are Donald Rumsfeld and I claim my free beer

Tesla, Atlassian told to go through front door in effort to save Australian industrial civilisation

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IT Angle

How about...

.. a giant Didgeridoo? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/04/140416-solar-updraft-towers-convert-hot-air-to-energy/

Most of 2016's holes had fixes the day we knew about 'em. Did we patch? Did we @£$%

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Unhappy

Re: Three out of Four Adobe Reader users don't patch?

Sadly I've had to install Reader DC for some technical review work, and I've found myself back in XKCD land https://xkcd.com/1197/

81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic

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Re: Interesting machine, but hamstrung by TI marketing

@Steve Todd - I never knew it went back to the 9900 - all the early technical press referred to it using the 9995. The 9995 was designed to be cheaper by having a lower pin count - hence the multiplexed bus. I'm pretty sure that the 4 phase clock went as well. We used the 9900 where I worked, and looked at the 9995 as a possible cost saving but decided that the re-design was not worth it, I've also a vague recollection that the hardware integer divide was removed from the instruction set which was the USP for the 9900 in the first place. (memory may be clouded by the passage of 35+ years).

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Re: TI was backwards

From memory, that actually depended on which version of which data sheet you read. A new circuit was being built at the first company I worked for, using aTI9900. At board bring up, the data bus was fount to be "the wrong way round". The PCB design team had a V1 data sheet with D0 as the MSB and created the library shape thus. The HW designer had a V2 data sheet with D0 as the LSB. I also recall that the programming manual had A16 as the MSB and a long philosophical discussion about A0 which didn't actually come out of the chip, but was replaced by a "byte selector".

You're taking the p... Linux encryption app Cryptkeeper has universal password: 'p'

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Joke

P for a password ?

Isn't that a bit too verbose for *nix?

Police pull up van man engaged in dual carriageway sex act

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Pint

Re: Fly-tipping

@stumpy:

indeed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-26663278

MH370 hunters call for new search of extra 25,000km2

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Flame

Re: Scary - DaLo

Ah! you mean an Emergency Locator Beacon like this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/18/uk_investigators_finger_emergency_beacon_for_787_heathrow_fire/

Also I've read another report (can't find a credible link) which reckoned they only worked in about 40% of cases anyway

Nokia's great lost smartwatch? #SavedYouALandfill

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Joke

Re: Microsoft smart?

"HoloLens still exists, hasn't been killed yet."

I will be when the analysts see through it...

Automatic laundry folder

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Coat

Nightmare

I don't know why but now I have a vision of opening my sock drawer and finding a neatly creased Alistair Dabbs grinning at me through clenched teeth...

Mine's the one with the "Do Not Iron, Do Not Fold" label...

Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8

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Go

Re: Easy Answer

That is more polite than BUG_OFF() which could be open to mis-interpretation.....

Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Happy

Re: Is there any other type?

Ah like this one you mean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUS9htHp580

IBM lifts lid, unleashes Linux-based x86 killer on unsuspecting world

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Re: Awesome

I once put "This Page Left Blank by the Photocopier" into a large design document to see if any of the reviewers queried it.....

My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Coat

3D - printing your Orifices is so last week...

The real advance aill be a squad of nano-bots, which will correctly position the headphones, mould them in real time, and operate the balance deck to maintain the optimum sound. The mind reading will be an illusion, as nano-bot scouts will be recording you actions and reporting back, thereby giving the illusion of mind reading.

Mines the very small one with the Pitman shorthand pad in the pocket....

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Unhappy

Re: sunnies after dark ? @AC

My commute takes me over the undulating road round Windsor Great Park. Correctly aligned or not a Range Rover/ BMWX5/Whatever (and there are loads round there) on a crest coming the other way is straight into the eyballs. The worst aligned headlights, conversly, appear to be on MINIs (Kraut Krap ones, not Austin/Morris/BMC/BL ) which can blind even when they are coming down the opposing down slope.

Goats boost solar power

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The trouble with goats....

... is that having polished off the weeds they'll turn their attention to the fence, the cables and the solar panels...

IT glitch causes 'nationwide' Post Office outage

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Coat

which country's P.O.

The Post Office. We don't need to put our country's name on our stamps either.

Mine's the one with the Stanley Gibbons in the pocket.

'No password' database error exposes info on 93 million Mexican voters

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Joke

I Wonder if...

... they'll now receive "Vote Trump" mailshots ....

Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

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Pint

Obligatory Flanders and Swan Reference

"... and I'm reminded of the old lady who once said to me 'If god had intended us to fly he would never have given us the railways' ". So beer by slow train it is for me:

https://www.pragueexperience.com/places.asp?PlaceID=1395

UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'

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Flock of Drones

Already happened..

http://www.avherald.com/h?article=49642a2e&opt=0

Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

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44,080 pounds of lead

Wasn't the electronics manufacturing world lead free by 2006 ? A year before the iPhone?

Serious question as it is over 20 years since I've been close to HW implementation.

Aluminum-wrapped robbers fail to foil bank

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Coat

The one they caught.....

... will the cops be able to give him a good grilling?

Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

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a tractor company producing real sports cars

Ah! You mean when a tractor company won an F1 race?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four-wheel_drive_in_Formula_One

Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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"its not a strip club. Her skirts on and her tits are covered"

Derek Jameson v the BBC "That 's not a nude - She's wearing a hat!"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9539712/Derek-Jameson.html

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IT Angle

Re: Fail on four counts (at least)

Fail (1)

Fail (2)

Fail (3)

Counting from zero? IT angle - well an off by one error....

Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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WTF?

Ad Blocker, What Ad Blocker ?

Back in January, a couple of regional newspaper sites that I visit to keep in touch with areas, friends and relatives, started putting up pop-ups and diabling content, because I was using an ad blocker. This came as something of a surprise, because it I've never installed an ad blcoker. Turned out out that Firefox's default 'do no track' setting was enough to somehow translate to 'Ad Block + installed'. Somewhere in the middle of February, this behaviour was itself disabled, once again allowing me access to the sites. Not being a web guru (low level HW is my bag), I'm none the wiser.

Spare ship found to fix broken submarine cable slowing Oz internet

grumpyoldeyore
Holmes

Under the Sea.....

"...

Under the Sea,

No little signals are coming to me

Under the Sea,

Under the Sea,

Something has surely gone wrong,

And it’s broke, broke, broke;

What is the cause of it does not transpire,

But something has broken the telegraph wire

With a stroke, stroke, stroke,

Or else they've been pulling too strong."

James Clerk Maxwell, The Song of the Atlantic Telegraph Company, 1857.

Subscription music download service drip.fm closes

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Coat

Will the last person out..

.. please collect the blue canary from the attic. It's by the lightswitch.

iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

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Joke

The 1970s...

The decade that time and taste and Apple forgot....

Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

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FAIL

a meeting to discuss the number of meetings

They're call "Retrospectives" where you bring up the things that went badly (an ever growing list because none of the previous things are ever addressed) and things that went well (a perpetually empty list). You have them at the end of a sprint, which can be any length but the Agilists insist only two weeks works.

Agile - doncha just lurve it....see icon.

Health and Safety to prosecute over squashed Harrison Ford

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Thr but for...

You may laugh - but doors can be fatal.

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2016/01/09/stage-door-boss-is-charged-with-manslaughter-over-concert-venue-deaths1132717/

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Re: Are all employer liable?

Recent case : http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/14/sas-march-organisers-face-prosecution-after-verdict-of-neglect-over-deaths

Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Pint

Can't for the life of me remember what it was called

Stonehenge Ales Sign of Spring? http://www.stonehengeales.co.uk/sign_of_spring.html

I've drunk it and lived to tell the tale

Password-less database 'open-sources' 191m US voter records on the web

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Facepalm

Re: What's the concern?

Ah - the Jeremy Clarkson effect : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1574781/Jeremy-Clarkson-eats-his-words-over-ID-theft.html

'T-shaped' developers are the new normal

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WTF?

Is this a Turing Test?

A wierd mix of Worstall & Bong! It can't be a human author, surely?

Mystery object re-entering atmosphere may be Apollo booster

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Pint

Re: Cylindrical, you say?

A million to one, he said.

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Alien

Cylindrical, you say?

Was talking to my mate Ogilvy in the pub last night. He was unimpressed.

If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

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Go

Re: stare at a screen of hex and infer something

"A truly outstanding programmer can find bugs buried in a

6-megabyte core dump without using a hex calculator." (Real Programmers Don't Use Pascal, Ed Post, Tektonix, 1982).

PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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How do you get money out of ATMs then?

Like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fafCK6j8hx4

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