* Posts by defiler

958 posts • joined 18 Oct 2010

Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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Re: Downvoted ..

"snatch team"

Very good. I see what you did there.

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Re: Sympathy

...For The Devil?

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I speak Australian, it's definitely missing a "ya cant" off the end of it.

No you don't. I can tell because it's pronounced "Strayan", unless you're doing that for our benefit.

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

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Poisonous vs Venomous

Thank you for getting that right. That's all.

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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8hrs vs 5mins

I once had the MD site me down for a chat, whereby he pointed out that an incoming support call could be routed to:

1) Steve - a call-out, a couple of hours onsite, come back and speak to Dave, back onsite for an hour and get the job fixed. All chargeable.

2) Dave - a call-out, about an hour to an hour and a half onsite, get the job fixed. Happy customer, all chargeable.

3) Me - fixed in ten minutes over the phone. Delighted customer, and bugger all to bill.

I can't say I had an answer for him. I have, however, gone onsite, fixed the problem and got back before my tea got cold. I can't help but feel I maybe had a hand in that company going bankrupt.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Re: Leave 123-Reg

"Its okay as we have secure telephone lines"

Good for you. I don't...

Euro eggheads call it: Facebook political ads do change voters' minds – and they worked rather well for Trump in 2016

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Re: or....

what small recoveries our country has made in 2 years

I'm honestly curious as to what progress DJT has made to 'undo the rot' or whatever you might describe it as in the past two years. Can you give examples?

Seriously, I'm in the UK so I don't see much of USA domestic politics. From an international standpoint, Trump appears to be a dangerous toddler amongst dangerous toddlers, but I really don't know what difference he's made at home.

It's Two Spacecraft, One Mission as BepiColombo gets ready to launch

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Re: Remember the mystery goo container

I've been trying to do docking in orbit, and damn that is hard.

Eventually it's worth just installing MechJeb.

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Re: Remember the mystery goo container

Stories like this always make me want to fire up my copy of KSP.

I've caught the bug again. Been deploying a fleet of landers to tackle Jool's moons. Got to design my recovery craft and then wait for my launch window.

Also recovering a stranded Kerbal from the Mun for my son...

Go, Jeb! Go!

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Remember the mystery goo container

And either a second one, opposed, for balance, or an RCS port and a Reverse Gravioli Detector.

Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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Re: Good luck

Boo! Down with this sort of thing!

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Re: Sadly

Hah - ChangeFSI. I'd forgotten about that. The docs explained how Floyd-Steinberg error diffusion worked, and I used that to write a program to print .PPM files in colour, requesting the closest colour from the printer driver, setting that as the PLOT colour, drawing a pixel to the page, and smearing the difference around the surrounding pixels.

Was slow as hell, but it did a *lot* of OS calls from BASIC. Maybe this is why I pull apart everyone's graphics these days.

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Re: What I grew up with...

I also remember 4th D. As I recall, they did E-Type, Saloon Cars, Holed Out, Chocks Away, and Apocalypse(?), amongst others.

Ah - them were the days. All innocent and full of unicorns, before DooM came and ruined us all.

From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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Remember the good old days?

When we had misinformation on health issues handed around the playground without the internet? With such gems as "you can use a crisp bag as a condom, just not salt and vinegar."

Kids today, don't know they're living.

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Re: Similar scenario with a line printer

We always used to have trouble with new paper jamming in the copiers at an old job. The paper was kept in an outdoor lockup, and (you've guessed it) was cold and damp when brought inside.

Keeping a couple of boxes handy indoors sorted that problem - that gave the paper a chance to warm up and dry out so it wouldn't stick together.

Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Re: Deleted Emails

In the end the only inconvenience to the deleted users was that they had to set new passwords for themselves when they came back a month later


Okay, first of all, well done for getting yourself back up and running - let's not consider taking that away from you. But a month? Gotta love academia... I've seen myself staring down the barrel of a figurative gun if the email server wasn't back up by the morning.

Got any good jobs going?

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Re: Thing of the past, thank god! -users just do not get why you need to limit their mail to 2Gb

...or in a previous job a financial adviser who filled his mailbox with porn. I emailed him several times to ask him to trim it down and he ignored me.

I got the (female) office manager to come with me to his desk, as she was above me in the org chart. He protested that he "needed" everything in his mailbox.

<sort by size>

Me: How about this? <opens PPT full of porn>

Him: Ah - not that one, but I need the rest.

Me: How about this one then? <opens a different PPT full of porn>

Him: No, not that either.

Me: What about this? <opens a pornographic movie>

Him (by this time going very red): I'll have a little clear-out.

Me: I think that would be a good idea.

Office manager wasn't impressed with him.

Besides which, I don't understand why people have this propensity to hoard porn - it's not like the internet is running out any time soon!

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Restoring EDBs...

One of our clients accidentally started a restore in Exchange. I think it was a block-level restore of the database rather than of a mailbox or folder - it was a while ago and I (luckily) wasn't there. When she realised her mistake she pulled the power on the email server...

My colleague had to regedit the hell out of it to force the database out of restore mode, and then restore a complete copy of the database from before the errant command. I don't think that database was quite right ever again.

Still, after I'd left that job, my ex-line-manager managed to torpedo the server nicely in a different way, but that's a story for another Monday...

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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Re: "I’m an engineer, I work in IT..."

Came here fully expecting this legitimate tirade.

I looked at the Yale smart alarms when I was alarm shopping. Then I realised that it offered me almost precisely nothing I cared about and introduced 1000 things that could go wrong and which I was in no control of.

At least one of those should have flagged itself in the mind of an 'IT' 'engineer'. Unless, of course, he's a civil engineer who unjams printers because nobody's pouring concrete just now.

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

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Re: Silicon bugs not fixed yet

That's because they need the capacity now.

Look at it this way. Do you think that the Amazons, Googles, Facebooks of this world will sit back and say "Nah - the CPUs have a really funky little flaw. We simply can't expand operations until <undefined date> when that's fixed."

Companies in particular need them now, or their competitors will take them and move ahead.

It's a cert: Hundreds of big sites still unprepared for starring role in that Chrome 70's show

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Consequently there more more house fires and electrocutions back then, fuses blow for a reason.


Yes, and this leads to more data theft and more fraudulent activity online. But people will still use the figurative nail in their browser. It's the old "it didn't happen to me, so it must be fine" gambit.

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: "were made available for other OS" @ defiler

Just because different GUIs are available on Linux, it does not prevent applications with different look-and-feel from running simultaneously on a system.

I totally accept that. I used to run Xubuntu as my daily desktop. Games compatibility (or lack thereof) put me back to Windows, but I could at least get my fix of KSP!

But you and me are not "the average person". The average person will wonder why one application looks so weird next to the others. The average person will be confused and concerned by the lack of consistency. In fact, the average person will succumb to decision paralysis before actually selecting a window manager. They'll likely have been told that Linux is "quite hard" or "complex", and this is their first step in getting into it, and they're faced with a question that they're not expecting and likely not equipped to make a judged decision about.

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Re: "Too much "fun" and ninja cat and not enough hard graft and data."

Dan Ashcroft, Preacher Man.

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Re: "were made available for other OS"

Mate, Cinnamon, Gnome, KDE, and even vtwm have multiple desktops and have had them since 2005 or earlier.

But, Bob - that's half the problem. You've banged out 5 different window managers right there. Your average user doesn't want five different window managers. They just want one. One that works. One that works sort-of like their old one. One that they know their way around, and that they can collar their nephew into talking them through a fix over the phone.

I've said before about toothpaste. Too many choices! Windows, you get one UI and everybody is (in the main) happy. If they don't like it they can buy a Mac where you get one (slightly different) UI. If you don't like that, sure there's Linux, but people stumble over "do I want Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, What-the-fuckbuntu?"

Choice is sometimes overrated.

Also, I'll take this opportunity to apologise for being rude the other day. Too little sleep and not really any good excuse. You're a bit rabid, and your Linux flag-waving is a bit too much like zealotry for the real world that I live in, but the place would be missing something without your foil-hatted rants!

30 years ago, NASA put Challenger behind it and sent a Space Shuttle back out into the black

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Re: What a machine.

I'm 37 and still want to go in a space shuttle.

Of course, but he's too young to remember them flying. Still, I just checked with him, and given the choice of Apollo/Saturn V, Soyuz or STS, he went with the Space Shuttle without a pause.

They just fire little imaginations in a way that normal rockets don't manage to...

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What a machine.

What a ludicrous, ridiculous, magnificent, spectacular machine.

My 9-year-old son still wants to go up in one.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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The real war stories end up in the comments. The article only seems to serve as an air duster to clear the mental cobwebs away.

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Re: a bit thin?

like tea where the teabag barely hit the water

In Shetland that's called "water bewitched", and not kindly. Sheep, oil, and robust tea. Lovely place.

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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On the other hand...

...it's encouraging that I now know that NASA actually stands for Not the Australian Space Agency.

Glad they could differentiate.

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Re: Maralinga and Woomera

I wouldn't be here without the nukes.

Do you have superpowers? Enquiring minds...

Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one

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Re: Wow.

If a year is 40000 years then <year>=0. No?

Yes, I'm avoiding work.

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Re: Planet X?

known as Planet Nine

From Outer Space? Is that not where Bela Lugosi went to die?

Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

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Re: 11Gb/sec

SWMBO thought the cable count was mad.

That's how it works. I did some moderate cabling in the old house which was useful because WiFi was 11Mb/sec. Then there's been a race between cheap wired and wireless. Every now and then I think I could get away with wireless, and then I hit something that could really use the extra bandwidth.

So when we were tearing the house apart I just went for it. Even the spark was astonished by the amount of cable that went in. :D

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Does that mean we can look forward to cheap uplinks of >10Gb/sec soon? Even 10 is pricey enough, but anything above that is currently eye-watering.

(Flooded my house with Cat6A and crammed some OM4 between strategic points during renovations, and currently driving it at 1Gb...)

Linux, HCI and more, all from the new release of Windows Server 2019

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Re: the arrival of Shielded VMs for Linux VMs

Seriously, WHAT advantages are there to running cloudy VMs on a Windows host, vs something LIKE CentOS or FreeBSD?

Veeam, Bob. They have Veeam. And it's been requested to support KVM, but it's never happened yet. So you can have Veeam without the mental licensing storm that is VMware.

Now fuck off and lie down before you give yourself an aneurysm.

Intel boss admits chips in short supply, lobs cash into the quagmire

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Yep. I agree with you 100% on both counts. Just pointing out that every time I've bought servers, per-core performance and more recently license costs associated with the extra cores have been a significant factor.

I would absolutely love to see AMD going toe-to-toe with Intel in the server market. Save getting gouged for these Xeons...

And whilst I'm writing my letter to Santa, if they could use the same sockets that would be nice too. Being able to swap Intel to AMD on a whim was great. But it was also twenty years ago.

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If Azure proves AMD CPU's work well in the cloud

The problem historically (I don't know if this is still the case, but I believe it is) is that the Intel Xeon chips gave better performance per-core than the AMD Opterons. Now, that wasn't a big problem on the surface because the AMD chips gave more cores for the same purchase price and power consumption, so they worked out well.

Enter per-core licensing.

For Microsoft running their own DCs, I'm pretty sure they'll cut themselves a good deal on the licensing. But for the rest of us, for Oracle users, for anyone not rolling their own or running a FOSS stack that hurts over time. And that's why Intel still rule the datacentres.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: Cleaners and lights

why I was in the ladies' toilets in the dark

...with a hole drilled through to my work bench...

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Re: Inadvertent Van de Graff generator

...or they were nicked from Tesco's for £1 each

Nicked for £1 means bought for a bargain!

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Re: .cobol

when the boss comes in at 5:30 in the evening and says he has a presentation at 10am at CeBIT the next day and needs 40 slides...

That pretty-much means your boss is a bellend. Just saying.

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And then billed 3 extra hours?

Can't be any more dishonest than the IBM guys who would lock themselves in the computer room, eat their sandwiches, read the paper for an hours, and then flick a switch to "upgrade" the hard disc capacity... Apparently...

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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Re: Other OS are available

Take back control people!

Disappointed at the lack of "sheeple" and extra exclamation marks. It's Friday and I could use some good tin-foil-hattery. Might skulk off to ATS...

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Re: but that keyboard tho

*sigh* New phones are great, but I still miss my physical keyboard gamepad.

There - fixed that for you.

/me looks sadly at dead Xperia Play in a drawer.

Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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Re: Approx

But what MPG is that?

US or Imperial?

Blueprint of modern construction can be found in a tech cluster... of 19th century England

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"it does less better with tension"


Nameless Right To Be Forgotten Google sueball man tries Court of Appeal – yet again

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Re: Wouldn't it be funny...

Teabag, water. You don't need anything else in tea.

For the wife, milk, then teabag, then water. But she's one of those weirdos that take milk...

Barclays and RBS on naughty step: Banks told to explain service meltdown to UK politicos

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Re: MPs are not Knowledgeable enough to ask these questions

Banks suck at I.T. and try do anything they can to avoid modernising.

But banks pretty-much *are* IT. They're a machine for storing, processing and moving numbers. When you distill it down, you should be able to completely automate a bank (except for when somebody wants to speak to staff). In a perfect world where nothing broke and everything followed the rules, the operational systems in a bank shouldn't need a human touch at all.

I know, I'm reducing it to an absurd level, but the point still stands that banks are IT with a layer of marketing.

Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

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Re: Break date.

Because if it's working, leave it the hell alone. The number of servers (looking at NetWare) that ran literally for years until somebody noticed a keyboard attached...

It's not something I'd think they would do regularly, but it would appear to be the obvious action in this case.

Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack

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Re: Well worth a visit

Not for me. When I went to visit we all paid, got inside and the place was shut down. They'd gone out of business and the new owners weren't up and running yet. I'm guessing that's around 10 years ago. They showed us some nice bottles as we came out in the style of "look at what you could have won"...

Their beer is very pleasant, and it is indeed a lovely island, but the brewery tour was certainly disappointing that day.

Microsoft's Jet crash: Zero-day flaw drops after deadline passes

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Re: MS Office Suite

For consumer desktop applications, you don't want to be installing SQL server.

Really? It's only SQL Express, the freebie one. I've seen it on all sorts of desktop applications, for well over ten years. Worked with a mortgage adviser once who had 3 different instances of SQL Express on his desktop because different applications were hard-coded to these instance names. Would have helped him a lot to have one instance and three databases...

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