* Posts by defiler

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The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

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Not convinced the insects would thank anybody for the fish.

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Re: An entire replacement IT infrastructure?

A friend and I were reminiscing just last weekend about the 'click' when our Orchid 3DFX cards kicked in. That was when you knew something glorious was going to happen!

Besides that, there's now a Glide wrapper so you can force the 3DFX calls to Direct3D for newer cards. I was playing Dungeon Keeper 1 last night. :D

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Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

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Re: Microsoft FAIL

Nope. It proved that the whole world is already in agreement that NOBODY wants a machine that's woefully undersupported by its own manufacturer. Bart Simpson's secret twin in the attic got more love from his parents than RT..

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Ach, there was talk of porting NT3.5 to ARM way back in the day. They'll probably not care much.

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ARM chip OG Steve Furber: Turing missed the mark on human intelligence

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"I guess that's the time to hand it over to the B team."

s/team/ark

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Re: Two parameters involved

Everyone knows Rastamouse has rhythm.

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Re: The film "Idiocracy"

SHUT UP!! 'BATIN'!

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Google adds planets and moons to Maps, but puts bits in the wrong places

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Re: Bugger

Thumbs up for '39 - it's been a long time since I heard that.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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Re: Ian Rankin is dangerous!

You're probably easier catching Rankin in the pub around these parts :)

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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Re: Squeezebox

"Eleven???! That is quite a lot."

Indeed. Tin - where do you live, and when are you going on holiday?

I'll... umm... water your plants - that's it!

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Coat

Anusol?

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Re: Squeezebox

Thumbs-up for the Squeezebox.

I have a Squeezebox 2 and 3 Booms. Love them, and with the open-sourced server anyone can jump in and make a device. It'd be nice to be able to buy an off-the-shelf device that would work with it...

I know you can slap together a Pi with SqueezeLite, and there are half-decent DACs and amps you can hook into it, but a nice, neat turnkey box (like a Sonos) would be great.

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Western Dig's MAMR is so phat, it'll store 100TB on a hard drive by 2032

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Microwaves? :-/

But they told us not to put metal things into microwaves.

Still, be good for a sly burrito at the cabinet...

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Look! Over there! Intel's cooked a 17-qubit chip quantum package

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It's all witchcraft

I don't understand how it works, so it can't possibly be real. I know how my dad feels about normal computers now...

Thumbs up for the subheading though!

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El Reg was invited to the House of Lords to burst the AI-pocalypse bubble

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Re: Sarah O'Connor

I see I was beaten to it. I was worried things had gone off the rails around here!

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Terminator

Sarah O'Connor and AI?

Come with me if you want to live.

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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Re: Midland Bank

I stand corrected!

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I believe it was Barclays. But you're quite right.

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Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

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Re: Million to one chances occur nine times out of ten*

You noticed that too?

I can confidently put my hand up and say that we have a tape library that didn't read a batch of labels. Some it would read inconsistently, and others not at all. Got hold of a label vendor and gave them the make/model of the library. "Yes, we'll provide labels that work." And they did.

Another On-Call that I've lived and breathed...

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Intelsat and Intel reckon satellite spectrum could help with 5G's coming capacity crunch

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I keep telling people

There's only so much spectrum to pass around.

Surely the sane urban solution is more towers at a lower power, handling fewer users? And for people to accept that eventually these things get full. Also for people with static applications to use a wire...

Aren't the smart electricity/gas meters supposed to report via GPRS? Because once they're rolled out they'll be in the field for a long time, tying up that spectrum and forcing the mobile phone operators to support GPRS for decades. That can't help - it'd be like having an 802.11b device permanently on your wireless...

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Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

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Very helpful of the Russians

But at the same time, you can bet they'll be logging every packet going down that wire. If I had North Korea on my doorstep I'd want to know exactly who's speaking to them.

Friends close and all that.

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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Re: I find such projects a bit sad

"Although I agree Linux and Python are a bit of a mouthful to swallow at once compared to switching an 8bit on and typing "10 print 'hello world'"

That's why I'll be setting one up for my lad with RiscOS. BBC BASIC FTW!! And it's got enough poke to do big-boy stuff. And if he ever decides that's what takes his interest, there's an ARM assembler in the box too.

By the time he gets to that stage, a bit of Python and C shouldn't be beyond his grasp.

I'll even encourage my daughter to give it a bash. She has a very different mindset, though, so I'm not convinced it'll be her thing.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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"Politicians didn't listen to the sneering experts"

There's a reason for that, you know. "People in this country have had enough of experts" - Michael Gove said so, so it must be true.

I'm just wondering where all the tax revenue is going to come from when the entire financial sector collapses due to an international loss of faith in the encryption of British comms...

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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

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Re: Don't need to simulate that star a few billion light years away...

Is this the bit where I say "Right on, Commander"?

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Vibrating walls shafted servers at a time the SUN couldn't shine

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Re: At DEC's headquarters in Maynard

@JamesPond

"And that is why you should have an external system monitoring and alerting, not rely on kit on just one site."

And that is assuming there is the budget and the equipment to do this. Most company IT systems don't have that luxury. And a big part of the problem, for a long time, was BT - let's be honest. Given the cost of leased lines back in the day, it was cripplingly expensive to monitor client equipment.

In 2000 we had a guy come in to demo Unicenter TNG to us. Nice South African chap. He tried to push it that we could use this to monitor a remote system over a simple leased line. Then we explained to him how much leased lines cost in the UK...

Somewhat different these days, but it still assumes that you have multiple sites to play with.

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Re: At DEC's headquarters in Maynard

"RAID is not a particularly useful way to maintain reliability"

RAID is a magnificently useful way to maintain reliability. It's just not a perfect way to maintain reliability.

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Re: Did anyone else expect something else?

Until I realised I'm the only one with plans to a diesel powered vibrator

Really? I've suggested this so often - it almost designs itself...

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

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Re: Improve gdp?

@John

Exactly what I thought? Is it because the employers can pay minorities less because they're clad of the job? :-/

Doesn't really help...

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Gov contractor nicked on suspicion of Official Secrets Act breach

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Re: Wow...

"Yes, Minister" was a documentary.

The West Wing were the people you'd hope were in charge

Yes, Minister were the people you'd believe were in charge

The Thick Of It were the people that probably are in charge

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UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

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Re: Central Manchester

@AndrueC

The fibre run is Virgin, not Openreach. And you're right in what you're saying - when Openreach work they're (generally) great. But when they don't it turns into a game of pass-the-parcel with the problem.

I've had a DSL line problem bounced between ourselves and three other agencies for about 2 months before I walked onto the site with snips and a punch tool and reterminated it. Worked great after that. And I have had a number of episodes like that...

In the case of this Manchester site, though, I reckon there's water in the cables, and that would be a mammoth nettle to grasp. The client are delighted with their fibre line. And Pulsant were an easy choice because that same client have had SDSL and EFM from them for years beforehand with exactly zero issues.

(I don't work for Pulsant, and I accept that they've had their issues over the years, but their business comms have been pretty robust.)

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Central Manchester

One of our clients had super-shonky ADSL. I think the duct is flooded or something, because it's bad all the time, but really takes a crap in foul weather. FTTC, we though - that'll get us past some (lots) of the ducting intact. Exchange is live. Cabinet scheduled for <5 months. Then they pulled the plug on the upgrade so they can push out FTTP.

What? So we can't get FTTC in there this year and FTTP later? We ditched Openreach and got an all-fibre line in via Pulsant. Sorted.

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NASA, Roscosmos: We're building a lunar space station!

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Well, if we're just talking...

...with no commitments at all, I propose Citadel Station. It'd operate as a mining facility orbiting Saturn.

Quick bit of AI to keep everything ticking over, and we're done.

Cheers,

Ed.

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Australia commits to establish space agency with no budget, plan, name, deadline …

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Re: A name?

Australian Space Development Agency - ASDA.

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Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

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Fiddling the VAT...

The first rule of being VAT registered is "you don't fuck with the VAT man".

The second rule of being VAT registered is "YOU DO NOT fuck with the VAT man".

Virtually nobody ever got jailed for swerving their PAYE / NI / Corp tax. Loads are in the clink for VAT.

What a trumpet.

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

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Re: Had this from the IT tech side before

@Franco

Yeah - 2012R2 was per-CPU with minimum 2 CPUs. 2016 is per-core with minimum 8 cores.

Of course, most of our servers are 10-cores per socket. Sigh...

Also - I am not Microsoft Licensing. I just have to steer people in roughly the right direction from time to time. They have an 0800 number if you need to speak to them and they've always been very friendly with me!

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Re: Had this from the IT tech side before

"used Datacenter Edition on everything no matter what"

Not clever, but if you're running reasonably dense VMs it means that you license the hardware once and all of your Windows VMs on that hardware are covered. Of course, Microsoft have got wise to the ever-increasing number of cores on a CPU, and there's an element of per-core in there now, but it rapidly works out cheaper than Server Standard if you're cramming the VMs in.

I don't know how this works with Server 2016 and Containers. Anyone?

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Blame Canada? $5.7m IBM IT deal balloons to $185m thanks to 'an open bag of money'

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Re: Not a surprise

IBM would of excelled at in the old days.

You mean they'd just get a machine running Excel to do the work and wrap it up in a huge box with P O W E R stamped on the front? Thought they'd use Lotus 1-2-3... :-/

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Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

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Re: Conficker

Just for shits and giggles, Password123 meets the Active Directory password complexity requirements. It's not all that complex...

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Re: I'm unintentionally awesome at work regularly

Ach - I bumped into an old boss who'd bumped me. Long, bitter story...

He did volunteer, though, that since I was away everything kept breaking. People had problems with all sorts of things. All because I wasn't there spinning the right plates at the right times. They had no idea how much of what I did in that place.

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I'm unintentionally awesome at work regularly

At least on a weekly basis. It's a shame that managers, users, basically anybody outside the thin seam of experienced techies ever realises. Until I've left, I suppose...

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IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

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Re: Slightly inflated cost estimate here?

Also you're forgetting the military markup - anything for the military costs at least 3x what it does on civvie street. Hell, sometimes it's even for good reasons, but I suspect this may be a case of "we're used to paying over the odds - shut up and take our (government) money!!"

I'm sitting here wondering how a middle-aged man becomes so petty as to wilfully try to damage an ex-client's system. I mean, I'm no stranger to losing my exquisite cool over client stupidity, but I wouldn't even consider this. Especially if they've just changed suppliers at the end of a contract run.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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Re: What use is a Quad HD screen?

To drive the price down so we can get them in the next-gen VR headsets :)

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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It looks like you're trying to drive in circles

Fuck off, Clippy!!!

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

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@MyffyW

"availability achieved on their own on-prem service for the last five years"

My On-Prem mailbox availability has averaged 365.2 days per year since 2012-09-18. That is, I have not had a single day when the users were unable to access their email in five years.

Yes, I'm proud of that. No, I'm not taking it for granted. If we're going to punish me, we can drop it to maybe 365.1 days and accept that there's maybe been a half day in total when the Transport Hub has stalled on a machine and has needed a swift kick to resume committing messages to the Information Store.

I'm generally fairly generous and call it Office 358. After all, everyone needs a week off from time to time.

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A todger, a 2.5kg dumbbell, the fire brigade... and the inevitable angle grinder

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Ummm - I fell...

Seriously, I think it should be part of the CE regs that all holes must be clearly too small to stuff a penis into, or too big to get one stuck.

Either that or there should be legislation that said appendages are forfeit to the Gods of Misadventure.

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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Re: 'Hope somebody answers you that way'

"just a shame some ( I SAID SOME - NOT ALL !!!) of the users are arse wipes."

Some of the users are arse wipes everywhere...

I'm sure we can all agree that there are arseholes on Linux (but when you find an answer on the fora it tends to be very thorough). There are definitely arseholes on Windows (but you learn which sites have great responses). There are arseholes on MacOS, iOS, Android, Solaris, AIX, RiscOS, OS/2, TauOS...

Wherever you get enough people, you'll find an arse there souring it for everyone. But, again for *all* of these systems, the genuinely encouraging and helpful people always outnumber the arseholes.

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'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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Re: A long time ago....

It's pronounced "nukular family"

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Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

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Re: Virtual ?

"Virtual servers aren't run in bags of gas, you know."

Wait. What? :-/

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AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

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Re: there's a moderately-sized DC in central London that had water fire suppression ...

@Lysenko

Nope - the wet DC I'm thinking of up over near Aldgate. Well, that makes two then! Water-cool-a-go-go!! :)

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New Horizons probe awakens to receive software upgrade

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Re: RFU

"The update procedures have become more robust"

They tend to come with dual memory banks for the firmware these days, so if it borks it can fail back to the other. Not so much in the old days, and I wouldn't like to be on that with New Horizons. Every byte is payload.

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