* Posts by defiler

958 posts • joined 18 Oct 2010

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

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Re: Free ride available

He can make broom-broom noises all the way.

Hoping for no boom though.

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India signals ban on cryptocurrencies, embraces blockchain

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Sales tax in India

My brother looked at buying a motorbike in India, but anything over 180cc (I think) was hit by such staggering tax (import, registration, whatever else) that it nearly doubled in cost. Which is why everyone is on a 125 in India. Over here we look on 125s as toys...

(Behold my snob-power!)

But yes, importing into India can be a bit expensive...

Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action

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Escom? Escom... Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time.

Didn't they own the rights to Amiga at one point? Or at least believe they did?

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I once saw Phil Mitchell from Eastenders in Luton Airport. The horrors never end!

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Sad that this should end like this.

I'll take that as "sad that RCL should fuck things up so consistently and so completely" rather than "sad that somebody should take them to court over it".

I mean, by now they've screwed the pooch so comprehensively that they could write the definitive book on the subject...

Bring the people 'beautiful' electric car charging points, calls former transport minister

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Re: And where will they be?

Only issue I have is having a vehicle that's 2.1 metres high as some are height restricted to 2m or less.

/me is jealous of your Unimog.

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Re: And where will they be?

I'll play the "I'm alright, Jack" card here, and say that EV would be ideal for me. I generally clock <50 miles a day, and I park in my own driveway overnight. On the odd occasions I'm going further, I'm generally on a motorbike or somebody is paying me to be there (and can pay for my transport then).

I reckon once a year I need a car that'll do >100 miles in a day.

However, I was in one of the dormitory towns outside London last week, and there was not a parking space to be had. No driveways. Cars nose-to-tail on the streets. Narrow pavements. EV just isn't going to work there (even if the power supply were adequate) unless people can plug in at the station or the office all day. Or they all invest in armoured extension cords.

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I do wonder what the capacity of the local grid is to support them if every house was to actually use them.

It's fine. If there's a shortage in the grid, they'll just draw from all the car batteries... :-/

FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

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Re: Shame

I suspect the "celebratory" peak was just catch-up.

Shut up! 'Batin'!

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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Thinking more, it is just the odd numbers which cause problems, so just ban all odd numbers?


It's odd because it's the only one that's even...

User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

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Re: This one, every time

I try to tell them to use Alt+Prnt Scrn but that seems a bit too complicated for some users.

This is even more complicated, but we try to get users to use the Snipping Tool. That way they can just send the error.

Many still take a photo with their phones...

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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Re: when in tandem...

Draytek have released updated firmware

That's great, but I think the router is just broken. Not often a Draytek breaks, but it's not the first time either. I don't have Chromecast or similar in the house, and it was dropping out multiple times a day when I was the only person in the house and I was sitting running a Citrix session. Nothing taxing.

Anyway, Mikrotik is doing nicely for now, although the learning curve to set it up was steeped than Draytek :)

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Re: when in tandem...

Long time Draytek user, but after a number of issues I'll be shopping elsewhere when I upgrade.

I've had a few problems with various Drayteks over the past six months too. It's got to the point where I flung VMware on an old(ish) PC and slapped Mikrotik CHR into a VM. Use the BT Openreach VDSL modem and it's cracking now.

Draytek still does the wireless, so it was no great surprise (although a little disappointing) that Squeezer on my Android handset kept choking whilst trying to connect to Squeezebox Server last week. I guess I'll be in for a new access point soon too...

Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

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But - top tip here - anything sold by the bucket is probably not being "consumed in moderation', nor is it meant to be.

Mr Creosote?

Supermicro crams 36 Samsung 'ruler' SSDs into dense superserver

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How much for 3?

...because I'd be embarrassed about asking for only one, and I can divide.

UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

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Creature report! creature report!

Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

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Re: putting a fueling station into orbit


RIP John Young: NASA's longest-serving 'naut explores final frontier

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Easy to forget

It's easy to forget, when we watch unmanned rockets up and away and landing by themselves, that there were some people who sat on the ends of these things before they were proven.

With WPA3, Wi-Fi will be secure this time, really, wireless bods promise

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It's all secure

Until it gets broken.

Let's be honest - the amount of CPU you're able to carry about with you is very different to that when I first played with a wireless network in 1999. If there's a little hole, it's far easier to exploit nowadays. So the holes are made smaller, but the CPUs are made bigger...

Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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I can help with that $6Bn

I wouldn't even be greedy about it. $100k would suit me down to the ground. They wouldn't even notice, right?

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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That sounds familiar. Data centre in Victoria, Aus?

Nope. Teeny one-rack cupboard-with-a-window in Edinburgh. Come to think of it, it might have been over the weekend. I had MRTG / Cacti monitoring the servers, and I think the serge started on Saturday night.

Ended up running with the door closed and window open during the day, and door open, window closed at night until I could convince management to replace the (stretched) portable aircon with a decent fixed unit.

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Did the same, but I managed to sneak network cards into the UPSs. Meant I could monitor the power to see if it went down (and if it stayed off for 3 mins I could suspend all VMs and power down), and also temperature (same thing if the temperature spiked).

This was after the AC failed in that teeny room, and the Proliants ended up rebooting constantly overnight one night. They were so hot that you couldn't hold onto them, but bless them they were trying.

Only lost one hard disc. The rest recovered with no apparent ill-effects (although I suspect that lifespans were shortened).

European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

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Re: Barcelona, Spain

Oooh, can of worms time! As someone who has 2 close friends, one of which married to a girl from Madrid and one to a girl from Barcelona, I have been exposed to more than my fair share of the ins and outs of this one.

Umm... Am I supposed to say "fnar"? :-/

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Re: Newcastle

Oddly, the Scottish and Newcastle Brewing Company has no breweries in Scotland or Newcastle.

That's why they changed to Scottish Courage / Scottish Courage Brands when they closed the Newcastle brewery. Then SCB sold out to Heineken.

However, they still own the Caledonian brewery in Edinburgh. It's small compared to the old McEwan brewery, but then most Caley beers are brewed in Tadcaster these days. Must be a laugh softening up the water first of all, because around those parts it comes out of the taps in pucks it's so bloody hard...

One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics

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Re: They are full of it. overpriced tat?

Like this (didn't even know you could get patch cable this short til I saw it when in the shop yesterday!)

Perfect for patching from switch to PoE injector. I'll grant you, that's a bit of a fringe case. I have a handful around the house from when I was self-employed and doing a lot of that, though.

How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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Re: Am I the only one who thought the signals would be physical waves across a string?

Pretty confident they could shout it across two metres by then.

Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

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This, and entirely this

It would be nice to see it finally make it to market, but I think that ship has long sailed. They just seem to be a bunch of greedy vermin fighting over an ever-decreasing pool of money. I mean, are they actually operating a company with these funds? Because half a mill won't get you all that far when you start factoring in staff salaries and premises for 18 months.

Shame really. I'll maybe dig out my GBA for some emulated Quazatron instead...

Cost-hurling IBM seeks more volunteers for employment bonfire

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Fucking hell, IBM

Is this becoming daily? It feels like I can set my watch to this.

What are the odds they're using the Christmas break as part of the consultation period as they know most of the staff won't be about to kick up fuss...

IBM opens emergency escape hatch to TSS volunteers

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How many people are left at IBM now?

Surely it must be Ginny and the HR dept left...

WW2 Enigma machine to be seized from shamed pharma bro Shkreli

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Couldn't happen to a more deserving chap.

I dread to think how repellent I'd find him if I actually knew him...

Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

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Re: The headline got my hopes up

This is what I thought too. If Russia and China had their own internet then they could fuck off away from my home server. You'd think they'd have better things to do.

Fail2ban helped a lot, but I ended up just firewalling whole countries at a time.

Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

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Re: how many people buy the new cable before … bought the new TV

Personally, HDMI ARC has been absolutely fine. Samsung telly with an Onkyo amp, just works. Very occasionally the picture will drop out for a couple of seconds whilst it renegotiates or shovels more coal in or whatever, but that's maybe once every few weeks.

ARC has had zero issues on my kit.

CEC has one issue. The telly sleeps very lightly and sometimes screams a "yoohoo!" down the cable, firing up the amp. That said, I've had the same issue with a Raspberry Pi and a Panasonic telly in the bedroom, leading to much broken sleep.

Computers, eh? Still, if they all just worked, most of us would be out of a job.

Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

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Re: Ah - the loud bang

And are prepared to admit it? You are braver then me..

I was young. Foolish. I needed the money.

Also, I got to see when the videogames were going cheap. Got System Shock CD for half price, and then a staff discount. :)

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Ah - the loud bang

Back in in the days when "multimedia" was the cool new kid, I worked for PC World. We had a consignment of monitors delivered set to 110V. Many customers called in with shaky voices from that episode.

We ended up cutting a hole in the side of the boxes and flipping them across without opening them, but we did test one to see how big a bang it made.

Big. That's accurate enough! :)

Sorry 'strange physics' fans, IceCube finds the Standard Model stands

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How about a warm brandy?

Xen Project's plan after AWS goes KVM: Talk up embedded future

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Re: TLAs

When I see KVM I think of all those benchmarks where it was outperformed by Hyper-V!

There's something to be said for licensing costs, you know. Take it from somebody migrating from VMware to Hyper-V for that very reason.

If I could get Veeam on KVM then there's every chance I'd go that way...

Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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Re: Will it run Crysis?

To be fair, Tom's Hardware revisited Crysis recently, and concluded that yes. Yes, it will run Crysis. With max settings, at 4k.

If you're running a GTX1080Ti...

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Problems looking for a solution?

I think you mean solutions looking for a problem, such as AI and Face ID...

Nathan Barley blamed for global GDP slump

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Totally Mexico!

Intel drags Xeon Phi Knights Hill chips out back... two shots heard

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PS. I think you mean Nirvana…

I'm going with Nerdvana.


A self-confessed nerd.

How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

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And the 2000s repeat was Xenon 2 - Megablast?

Uncle Sam to strap body sensors to hackers in nuke lab security study

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Re: It's a Trap!

First you will be baked. Then there will be cake.

DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

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Ouch - I bet you had sweaty palms.

Let's be honest, we're not human if we've not made some stupid mistake at some point. Like installing an Exchange Server 5.5 patch in the sure and certain knowledge that it'll tell you when it's finished and leave you with a restart button for the evening. Then it closes. Then all the other windows close. Then the taskbar disappears. Then you're sitting there feeling clammy, staring at the screen, mouth agape, and gradually going paler and paler. Then the phone rings...

Still, you learn. And when the junior guy suggests just cracking that patch on just now instead of having to waste so much more time in the evening, you can cut him off and tell him you war stories. :)

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Re: AWS has no billing controls...

For some reason you can’t specify a limit

For the reason that Jeff has rockets to pay for!

Easier to make money if you can bill without limit and then grudgingly offer a part-refund if you're feeling lenient.

Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)

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Option 3. Long battery life running thinks at an OK speed.

Well, that's fine, but Intel have come on leaps and bounds on power consumption these past few years (spurred / scared on, I expect by ARM). Surely a small, native implementation of x86 (looking at you, Atom) could be created more efficiently than ARM running an emulator (albeit on in hardware).

Or course, my understanding it that the current x86/x64 chips decode the instructions into smaller chunks, and that the native silicon actually runs a simplified instruction set. I could well be wrong on that (CPU design is not my thing), but that would suggest to me that even Xeons are running "emulated" x86.

And yes, that was a fair few brackets I used there - not even sorry. :P

ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

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I was interested

I rather fancied one of these wee beasts. Not that I have a great reason to have one beyond fleeting nostalgia. I'm really glad I passed now, but I feel bad for the folks who tipped money into this burning pit.

User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Re: Wrong monitor

+1 purely because I have also fought the good fight in the PC World tech department. Wasn't it fun when a family brought the computer in for repair and you could see how sheepish the eldest son looked because he knew there were lots of pictures of naked girlies in a hidden folder? And he knew that you knew.

Packard Bell - that's a name I've not heard in a long time... A long time.

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Re: Is this a test of our credulity?

Is this to be an empathy test?

Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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Just a thought here...

One of the comments above send my mind down a rabbithole. How feasible would it be, with metal 3D printing, to set the device up in a vacuum, and print (say) a sphere with internal bracing against collapse? Then, could you flood the chamber with air and keep a balloon full of vacuum which would float?

And then what use would it be? I guess you could add buoyancy to all sorts of things, but would *lots* of buoyancy be better than just using a lightweight gas?

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