* Posts by jake

8732 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

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Re: mice love to chew

Had to "get beneath" a van to eyeball a coil wire? New one on me, those things are usually as high as possible on the engine, to avoid getting shorted out when it rains.

But yes, rodents chew. It's kinda their raison d'être.

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Re: Ants

Laptops were a couple decades out when the first public access information system in local government was implemented. Good story otherwise.

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Mosquitos.

Rather than re-typ(o)e it:

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2654325

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Re: But

The Whippets and feral cats agree, squirrels are quite tasty. Only thing the two seem to agree on.

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Re: Sqirrel Latrine

Replace printer with circular file. Proper place for both Boss and Squirrel output. Sorted.

Now come up with a way to get rid of racoons shitting in the valley between roof and dormer. Garbage fed racoons shit the most vile smelling shit I have ever had the misfortune of dealing with. Especially when fermented nicely in the morning sun. It permeated about 1200 square feet of a modern, energy tight, air tight building. My solution was to staple strawberry anti-bird netting over that section of roof ...

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Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing

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Sillicon Valley reporting in ...

... I've never heard of "Medium". From the description, I'll probably never hear of it again.

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Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks

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Re: sunspots missing. News at 11.

"W(he)(ea)ther"

That's a dreadful spell of weather.

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Re: What am I going to blame random outages on now?

I use "stray cosmic ray(s)" ... works for almost everything (~85%) when you have a need to quiet the peanut gallery for an hour or so while you nip off down the pubhave a think ... "We're waiting on the results of the Perk Test" works for another ~15% ,,, you're on your own for the final ~1%; how do you think I make the big bucks?

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Re: Solar Constant....is NOT constant....

Don't confuse Faux with facts, Doc ... Faux has ANECDOTES and TESTIMONIALS on his side!

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Maunder Minimum, here we come :-)

Ready for serious global cooling, all y'all?

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Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

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Re: Let the drop fall where it may.

Better to hide the innocuous drop satiating the Gawd/ess than to force him/her to take a whole glass right in the middle of your new Axminster.

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Re: No engineering required.

No research money to purchase wine, either.

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Let the drop fall where it may.

It satisfies the Wine Gawd/ess.

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Strangely enough ...

... I haven't seen interface errors[0] like that since I stopped using or supporting commercial operating systems. Come to the FOSS side, Dabbsy. It'll do your ulcers a world of good.

[0] Well, what do YOU call it?

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Strike that: 17,000 AT&T workers down tools in California, Nevada

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Re: AT&T was never UDPed.

@home was to be UDPed in early 2000 ... They cleaned up their act before it became an active "cancel at will" UDP. Mission accomplished. Remember, the intention of a UDP was as a threat ... Nobody involved (that I am aware of!) wanted to actually carry one out. UDPs existed as a defense against the extreme waste of resources characterized by USENET spam and it's "cost shifted advertising" business model.

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AT&T was never UDPed.

I can't even remember them being threatened with a UDP. Compuserve, Netcom, UUNET, AOL, @home, BBN, Erols, TIAC were all threatened with a UDP for hosting spammers, and a couple were actively UDPed. These are just the larger outfits that I can remember off the top of my head, there were many smaller companies. I issued quite a few cancels myself. But AT&T? Not that I remember. (I started running news servers in the days of Bnews & UUCP; I still run a hobby server based on INN).

TINC

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Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

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Re: So...

Actually, hand-massaging of compiler output prior to assembling & linking is kind of fun, when you approach it with the right attitude. Jars of nuclear waste? Not so much.

Disclaimer: I code in C and rarely touch the super-set clusterfuck known as C++ ...

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Oh, goodie!

Yet another C++ "How-To" book. That's just exactly what the world needs, judging by the dearth of such tomes on Uni bookshelves.

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Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

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Indeed.

Rockall will always mean Lester to me.

Speaking of which ... Whatever became of the "podule" collective noun?

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This AI stuff is all talk! Bots invent their own language to natter away behind humans' backs

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Re: First sentence

My deep mining 'bot drilled its first hole and said "I bored".

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Re: je ne comprend pas

"Isn't this my STOP?!" - Zippy

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Re: An infinite number of bots with typewriters

Blue Pumpkins like the sound of The Gang of Four? Who knew!

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"connect the invented languages with English via having the agents communicate with English-speaking agents"

That would be tweets & twitterers, right?

But seriously, am I the only one who is sick and tired of this being called "artificial intelligence"? The current line of research is never going to become I, no matter how many dollars they throw at it. All it is is game theory. Martin Gardner's probably spinning fast enough to power a small town.

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Uber president quits, says company's values inconsistent with his own leadership style

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Ever notice ...

... that people who use terms like "SJW" in casual conversation are rarely invited to the good parties? I wonder why that is ...

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Rats.

Ships.

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Like a BaaS: IBM offers Blockchain as a Service

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Re: Blockchain-as-a-Service

Also study why "private blockchain" is nothing more than an extremely cumbersome database.

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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Re: Back in the 1990's...

I picked up a pallet load of IBM 5152s with model M keyboards for US$25 total from Weirdstuff Warehouse over a decade and a half ago. All were new old stock, still in the factory shrinkwrap. Best keyboard ever made, I'm typing on one now :-)

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Marigold manufactures gloves for a very wide range of uses, from dish washing to surgery to high voltage electrical work.

I've used their products for years, but this is the first place I've ever seen the brand name used as a generic name like "kleenex" or "hoover" ... and I'm not certain it's a good place to even try to use it as a generic name. Was the original poster talking about a throw-away "dime a dozen" latex gloves, or a pair of US$500 lineman's gauntlets? Marigold manufactures both.

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Re: You missed out

No. Stew. Recipe follows:

1 elephant

5 rabbits (optional)

cooking oil (I use lard)

enough flour to dredge the meat, seasoned if you like

6 hundredweight onions

4 hundredweight carrots

2 hundredweight celery

50 pounds salt

50 pounds pepper

1 bay leaf (if you leave it out, you'll miss it!)

4-5 barrels good red wine and enough water to cover

Cut the elephant into bite-sized pieces. Dredge in flour, and brown in the oil. While the elephant is browning, dice up the veg. Throw it all into the pot with the elephant. Add the salt & pepper and bay leaf, give it a good stir. When the onions are translucent, add the wine & water and bring to a simmer. It is done when the elephant is tender. If you are serving more than 2500 people, cut up and brown the rabbits with the elephant ... but be careful, most people don't like to find hares in their stew.

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Re: jam

I used to use "the any is often on the bottom of the keyboard" ... flipping it over had the desired result.

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Re: You missed out

6 tons of dead elephant? Easy ... make stew!

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I pulled a ...

... partially eaten PB&J sandwich out of a Betamax player once. Years later, the abuser of said Beta machine called me to own up, and to tell me ... rather than re-typeing it, read here:

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/1649281

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Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name

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"If you are not guilty should you care?"

Yes you should, AC. Unless you're all for the concept of having a plate-glass window to the outside world installed in your shower. You're not guilty of anything whilst showering, right?

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The law is not only an ass ...

... it also traditionally has issues with keeping up with technology.

Google & other in-the-spotlight companies could use their influence to teach. They could call themselves, oh, I don't know, maybe "friends of the court"?

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San Francisco reveals latest #Resist effort – resisting sub-gigabit internet access

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Re: San Francisco is old enough

Your "plan for such an eventuality" is not a plan by any stretch of the imagination. It is a scenario. A "what if" story, as much loved by criminalspolitical committees in search of easy loot. It is quite simply (and I quote) "A Report of the Urban Search and Rescue Emergency Advisory Committee on the State’s Readiness and Resource Needs". It's basically a feel-good, "look at us, we're important, give us money!" piece in the wake of 9/11.

The report mentions utility poles once. And even then, it only mentions the possibility of failure in passing. As an afterthought. It offers no input on prevention or mitigation or recovery whatsoever. There is no plan, no matter how hard you squint at it.

Again, the engineering is already well known. It was bought & paid for a century ago. It does not factor into the cost of installing new poles. When I installed the twentyish poles on this property, all I needed to know was location, size, material, depth, distance apart, drainage, and anchoring. I looked it up in a little booklet, available from the state. PG&E and $TELCO came out and made sure I dotted the Is and crossed the Ts, and that was the complete extent of the installation. The in-ground wire was just as easy. No cognizant engineer required. And before you ask, my insurance company was quite happy with the end result. My premiums actually dropped slightly after I ripped out the clusterfuck that came with the place.

The wind damage you cite wouldn't have happened if there was such a thing as routine maintenance ... but please take note that such maintenance is only included in the cost of new installations "for the life of the pole". Usually spelled out as 35 years. After that, caveat emptor. The Santa Anna damaged homes are outside the scope of this discussion. To say nothing of the fact that we were discussing San Francisco, not Southern California.

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Re: San Francisco is old enough

Charles, see where I said "in the last century"? Can you imagine why I used that phrase? I was here for Loma Prieta and have a brother who survived North Ridge. We were both pulling wire for a living in that timeframe. We saw absolutely zero, none, nada, zilch, bupkis, downed poles that weren't already compromised. (Some in San Francisco are so rotted out at the base that they have barriers around them so they can't be toppled by a badly parked Tesla.)

We were talking about San Francisco, and the California State UBC, not Kathmandu and it's lack of a UBC. As a side-note, did you notice the massive overloading on one quarter of that pole? Methinks it was about ready to topple even without the quake ...

We were talking about earthquakes, not tropical storms. However, since you brought it up, in all of recorded history there has not been a single hurricane/typhoon/cyclone that managed to even graze California.

Got any more strawmen that I can topple?

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Re: San Francisco is old enough

Telegraph pole technology hasn't changed in a century, Charles. There is no added complexity or cost to installing a new pole, or wire on an existing one. The engineering (such as it is) was done decades ago. As "proof", I've never seen nor heard of a telegraph pole failure during an earthquake, unless that pole was compromised in some way prior to the quake.

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Re: Big Cable is why we DON'T have fiber to our homes

Boddingtons hasn't been drinkable since the early 1980s. Try a local brew, it'll do you a world of good. May I recommend Anderson Valley Belk's ESB in its stead?

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Re: San Francisco is old enough

Nice theory, Doug. Looks good on paper, even. Until you look at the age of SF's existing, rotting, utility poles, many of which are held up by the wires they are supposed to support ...

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The City would do well to talk to Palo Alto.

Palo Alto has been making noises about bringing fiber to all addresses since around 1983[0]. They still haven't done it. Guess why. That's right, money. Palo Alto keeps trying, but the total cost always is far more expensive than any financial returns could possibly justify.

[0] Yes, I know. Very early. Palo Alto's always been progressive. As an example, they started brainwashingteaching kids about recycling in schools in the late 1960s, with a recycling center opening in 1971 for household drop off; curbside household pickup started six or seven years later.

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tantrum

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Re: tantrum

"Bronze More than one year members and more than 100 posts in the last 12 months."

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/01/register_comments_guidelines/

HTH, HAND & a beer.

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Ubiquiti network gear can be 'hijacked by an evil URL' – thanks to its 20-year-old PHP build

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Re: 20 year old PHP implementation?

Sure, Tom. But would you put Solaris 2.5 online, in a network facing environment?

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Re: 20 year old PHP implementation?

No, there is nothing inherently wrong with 20 year old code. I run an instance of a 30 year old OS. It's online[0], even. For small values of "online". It's a DEC PDP10 running TOPS10. It's serves an ancient MUD (and a few other old games like DECWAR) that I keep going for some friends. Invite only, sorry. The actual machine that users log into is one of the BSDs, which acts kinda like a terminal server for the PDP10, with an input sanitation function. And THAT is behind yet another BSD box that is configured as a stateful firewall ... Somebody will probably manage to break into the kludge eventually, but it'll hardly be an issue.

But intentionally exposing to the TehIntraWebTubes a general purpose scripting language interpreter, from 20 years ago, that was barely in what I would consider Alpha release even back then? Intentionally for sale to the general public, in modern hardware? That is stupidity no matter how hard you squint at it.

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20 year old PHP implementation?

That's what, 140 dog years? Or roughly a dozen generations in Internet time? Whoever is in charge of that particular bit of stupidity should never work in the industry again ...

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Jim Kubicek Cumming Forsythe Chamber of Commerce

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Re: Jim Kubicek Cumming Forsythe Chamber of Commerce

OK, I'll bite.

Seems a two-bit penny-anti operator tried to swindle a client, and got busted. He will face The Beak at the convenience of the Court. This all took place in Forsyth County, Georgia (a sparsely populated county in the Deep South with only one incorporated town, the county seat of Cumming, population ~5,500). It is purely a civil issue, one of tens of thousands of similar cases in progress throughout the US.

So I have a question? Who the fuck reading here at ElReg gives a shit?

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Dungeons & Dragons finally going digital

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Re: Going Underground...

Followed shortly by The Complete Annotated Rules of Fizzbin, no doubt ...

Charing Cross

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Re: "We'll know in a few months just what Wizards has up its sleeves"

Ponys.

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Time crystals really do exist, say physicists*

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Re: Great

And what were you smoking, Squid?

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Re: Great

Smoke was fresh twigs off a gravenstein apple tree, set on red oak for coals. It's spring, the sap is running in the apple, makes for a nice sweet flavo(u)r. Usually I use a mix of seasoned white oak for coals and green manzanita for smoke.

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Sad fact of the day: Most people still don't know how to protect themselves online

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Re: "You make it sound like such a chore / probably wants his mummy to put his socks on"

"gray warriors"? I think you'll find that us "old greys" built the system, and are quite aware of its limitations when it comes to privacy. It's the millennials that I have to keep bailing out of online trouble ...

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