* Posts by bpfh

382 posts • joined 26 Jan 2011

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Intel's commitment to making its stuff secure is called into question

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Re: Speed

Like the Cobra and the Viper?

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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Someone isn really trying...

To keep out of Apple’s Good Books! No Press Releases for you!

Long may it last!

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: Not a good look here.

‘My’ folders were there before XP, certainly.... but not XP and later’s attempt to make it a view in the file system and attempt to hide the real directory path. Their first public attempt to push out a file system as a database...

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Apple macOS Mojave: There's goth mode but developers will have to wait for the juicy stuff

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Re: Piles is a great name

There must be a cream for that...

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

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Mushroom

Been there, done that :(

And wished that the design team who signed off on this would always be served stale beer for ever and ever. Amen.

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Re: .cobol

"Delete is right above Rename in the bloody menu"

Probably designed by the same person who designed the crontab app then, with the command line options -e to edit and -r to remove immediately without confirmation. Misstype at your peril...

I found this out - to my peril - about 3 seconds before I realised that it was a good idea for a server's crontab to include a daily executed crontab -l > /foo/bar/crontab-backup.txt ...

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Re: If rm -rf /* doesn't delete anything valuable

It makes the sound of a thousand wailing users marching to the Helldesk office armed with torches and pitchforks...

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One Project to rule them all: Microsoft plots end to Project Online while nervous Server looks on

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I thought was part of Office365...

Oh, Wait, we use Excel to manage our project times where I work...

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: Panspermia

> the God I know doesn't often smite down blasphemers.

I'll just leave this Python here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucgU2DJlBiw

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Re: It leaves you wanting more.

Turtles all the way down... It just passes the buck.

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Re: @malle-herbert

I find this offensive as it implies a patriarchal notion of the superiority of the male. And what about same sex couples? Maybe my databases and databasettes want to fornic... replicate between themselves in peace and equality... /sarcasm

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We've found another problem with IPv6: It's sparked a punch-up between top networks

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Re: El Reg & IPv6

Too much salt is bad for you. Unless it’s for your hash :)

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Windows 0-day pops up out of nowhere Twitter

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Re: gpo help?

And half a ton of other services that I do have some diffuculty understanding their reason for being, at least on a home PC...

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Re: Not a problem for me

Won't a torpedo upgrade create a new security hole?

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Windows 95 roars once more in the Microsoft round-up

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Methinks...

That most of my applications will run on NT 4.0... though the lack of built in USB support is a nutache. Cut down Windows 2000 server anyone? 24 meg memory footprint running on a recycled P3 450, adding MySQL, Apache and PHP brought that to 48 meg... and ran part of Kodak France's photo developement tracking systems for more than 2 years. Built and delivered in 2006 on zero budget... I still don't know if I should be proud or ashamed...

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Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

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Re: Boo Hoo

So did the inhabitants of our colonies in 1789 :p

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Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker

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Re: I find it hard to credit the 'printer dots' with her indictment/conviction

Maybe, but a group who is set up to publish confidential info did not seem to take any basic security checks or even ocr/retype (preferably retype), correct and then copy paste to and from notepad to disguise the data they have to take a long hard look at themselves...

I believe that about 20 years ago Tom Clancy mentionned à system where subtle changes would be made to a document to enable source text identification... and that was a fiction novel. After everything Snowden leaked, nobody thought of any abstraction of the source documents before posting it back to the same bloody agency that it escaped from? The mind boggles...

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Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug

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Re: Financial details?

So they can send you a happy birthday mail and a 5% off voucher (valid for any purchase in the next 26 hours over 150 quid or somthing like that...)

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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Re: "no redundancy in the internet link"

So Gatwick generates the raw departures/arrivals data, posts that data to somebody else’s computer, then the screens pull that back to Gatwick. And it only uses 3 megabits...

So 2 questions:

0. Did they really need Somebody Else’s Computer to do this (especially if the computers that run this are still there, but now offsite - out of sight out of mind?)

1. 3 megabits... cut fibre... nobody thought of setting their mobile phone into WiFi hotspot mode - or dare I say it, backup 3/4G router ? Or is mobile internet that crap there?

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Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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SMTP

Simple Massage Transfer Protocol...

MASSAGE FROM

RCPT TO

DATA

Header: (´intensity’:’11´;´duration’:´1800´;’livestream’:´true’)

.

250 Massage accepted for delivery

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed

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dura lex sed lex and caveat emptor

becoming a “director” and being a company director named and registered with Company House are 2 different things. Me wonders if some people may have been a bit economical with the truth when handing out random directorships - and diluting overall responsibility - or even if they were aware of the sort of director they were becoming ?

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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Same question about windows 7...8....10...

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Re: Old Linux ?

486 DX2 66 with 4 meg ram, running OS/2 Warp 3 presentation manager, and running Word 6 in its integrated Windows 3.1 interface. And running what could be called “virtualised” today an ms-dos 1.1 image in a command shell. And MS-DOS 6.11 image in another command shell, and a Slackware image in a 3rd image in a command shell, though it did end up pulling a trap D when trying to boot a QNX image into the OS2 presentation manager...

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Rump steak?

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: Yeah - but if I am a "common criminal" I'll definitely find another non-indiegogo to pawn

AETP rather than PETA - Animals Eating Tasty People...

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♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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Re: unless I am wrong

You can’t afford the Apple tax.

FTFY.

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Re: The song the headline refers to...

Vonce ze rockets goes up who cares vhere zey komm down. Zat’s not my Department...

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Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines

bpfh

Unfortunately too much for my tastes

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Re: Banana Equivalent Dose (BED)

You should be able to get a bottle or two on during Lent - you have to drink somthing with the host don’t you ?

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Re: Grapes do not absorb much

Interesting that rosé has less Cs than reds and supports your cucumber peel reading: rosé wines are either pressed or more often “bled” off, so the actual fermenting juice is separated from the grape skin, so it would seem that it’s concentrated in the skin, and not just on it or in the yeast used for the wine ( the white powder on a grape skin is actually yeast and can be used to ferment the grapes naturally, though it can be filtered out in “post processing”.

As for mushrooms, in Germany if you hunt boar, you have to do a radiation test on them as some of them are not clean for human consumption due to their personal consumption of forest mushrooms and sometimes have to be disposed of as low level radioactive waste, and there have been some studies about using fungi in radiation cleanup as they do clean some radioactive elements from the earth where they grow, following some studies in Chernobyl where fungi growing in the plant were much more radioactive than the supports they were growing on - and explains the glow in the dark wild piggies who love shrooms...

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Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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Re: New version of Cluedo

Aha, the joker card - no body no murderer :)

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UK taxman outlines its CHIEF concerns for customs IT systems

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Then discover

How many customs offices still use office 97 and crash at 65535 lines...

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Bypass autoexec bat & config.sys..

Press F5 or F8 as soon as you see "Starting MS-DOS"?

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Paris Hilton

The boss is coming? I can carry on watching cat videos until she finishes then...

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Microsoft sinks another data centre with Natick 2

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Coat

Well, that takes care of my storage upgrade plan.

Mine is the one with the monkey wrench, crowbar, snorkel and facemask in the pockets...

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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Re: Emergency Red Buttons deserve a label

My high school’s elf of safety decided that the computer classroom needed one of those red mushrooms as a master power off switch in case of fire, and so directed the maintenance bloke to install it, by the door, about 5 feet of the deck.

The computer classroom was small, 12 computers on 2 parallel rows of desks, for the students and one for the teacher, with the door at the back right of the room, desks extending left.

Anyone coming to kibbutz in the room to talk to the teacher generally came in and lent against the rear wall, or a student slinking out for a bio-break was generally followed by a sudden darkness, silence, then wailing and gnashing of teeth especially when the computers were being used to write up end of year reports and where word 6’s auto save was set to 10 minutes...

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And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor

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Joke

Re: Confusing .....

So nothing like "Samsung" "Galaxy" then... I don't know how much they cleaned up their act. At least when they started adding an incremental prefix it got a bit clearer then they came out with the "galaxy" "tab" range of tablets and fablets... though drop the galaxy and just use it's real name things can clear up a bit I still have no idea which one of the galaxies is the latest and greatest though today...

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Ubuntu sends crypto-mining apps out of its store and into a tomb

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Re: Got to give this punk some credit.

512 KiB? My IBM Aptiva 486 DX2 66 came with 4096 KiB as standard and I though they were being cheap bar-stewards!

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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IBM 4019

Almost had one of those catch fire on me. Paper sensor through the hot roll failed, and somehow the fuzer lamp stayed on with half a dozen sheets jammed in the hot rolls. We got the support ticket about a paper jam through just as I had lined up a couple of priority desktop support requests in the same area and thought I would give it a look as I was visiting an office next door rather than sending the PSD guys to get them out of the support office and drinking our coffee, and was surprised to see smoke coming out of the air vents. Probably there just in time to stop the 1200 people at IBM Sainte Marie site from being evacuated...

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Flame

Re: Had the fire brigade called to a five star hotel, in Malta....

About a month ago at the Travelodge Royal Scot, about 10 minutes walk from King's Cross / Saint Pancr(e)as. Worst full English ever, but I digress.

Some of the inmates came down to breakfast, grabbed a croissant and dropped it in the conveyor belt toaster.

It jammed at the back rather than being scooted out of the front, prompting a "ehhhh, excuse me, my Croissant's stuck", followed by the cook/attendant/cleaner/washerupper/handyman trying to prise a quickly blackening croissant out the back of the toaster with 2 wooden spoons, then scooted off to find cook/attendant/cleaner/washerupper/handman #2 to come to lend a hand.

Croissant starts to ignite.

Whilst c/a/c/w/h #1 looks into the toaster at the black, smoking lump at the back, #2 drops off the mugs and plates and walks back 2 minutes later to help #1 pry the now well flaming remains of a burnt offering whose smell pleased $DEITEY, with wooden spoons and bacon tongs* from the toaster.

The whole room is now watching this unfold, starting to pack up laptops and get jackets on before the flre alarms go off, amid a pale blue, sugar and margarine scented haze.

Croissant removed, dropped into bucket. No-one thought of turning the toaster off or pulling the plug (even before they started furkling around with metal bacon tongs). No-one suggested it either, probably waiting for a big blue spark and a 50hz buzzzzert. Nothing in the end, not even a beep from the smoke detector.

So, no, maybe the conveyor belt toaster is not the way to go.

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BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave

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Holmes

Re: We all recognise HP there...

www.altavista.digital.com was the search engine.

/getOffMyLawn

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Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

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Headmaster

Analytica

From Analysis.

Itself from greek, "Lysis", digestion and putrification; and "Anal", from the rectum.

Therefore meaning, "a rotten arsehole".

I think it suits the company.

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UK Parliament roars: Oi! Zuck! Get in here for a grilling – or you'll get a Tower of London tour

bpfh

Re: Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!

Shorter list (ok taken out some of the CDN servers) :

facebook.com

fbcdn.net

fbcdn.com

fbsbx.com

facebook.com.edgekey.net

instagram.com

fb.com

Add those to your ublock domain filter file, though it will nuke access to FB & Instagram's front end sites too. Not that it really bothers me that much!

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Double double, soil and trouble, fire burn and heat shield bubble: NASA cracks rover, has dirty talk with ESA

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Joke

Re: I think I heard this one before....

It could have been worse. They could have come from Uranus.

---> I'll get my coat...

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

bpfh

Re: "I did read Hamlet all the way through"

I thought it was a cigar...

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bpfh

Re: Double entendre?

I live on the South side of the Channel. A lot of Europeans believe that English humour is limited to Mr Bean which hacks me off no end. Some expressions, double entendre (which is French expresson to start with) and imaged expressions and insults fly way over peoples head.

Now back to this being a younger generation thing: in the 50’s and 60’s a series of very well known French films with the dialogs written by Michel Audiard you could almost translate word for word the insults and sayings direct into English, and they work just as well - this was just the way people spoke in those days in that environment (“film noir”). I have seen people in extasy that TF1 is playing “Les Barbouzes” one evening on tv and they can recite some of the phrases by heart and laugh around the coffee machine... but use that same expression with the same end meaning in day to day life in similar conditions (and because that same equivalent phrase is also still used in Blighty) then you will be met with blank confused stares. I still struggle to get this cognitive détachement.

Now get off my lawn, give me back my Amstrad PCW-5128.

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bpfh

Sounds like a load up of Bull Hooks.

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bpfh

I’m sorry? Who has got mites?

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

bpfh

Re: "this time it's for real"

This was already being said in 1999...

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Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

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Coat

Re: Seeing the light

I remember reading an article about this a few years ago, and some pc/mobo manufacturers alleviated this by randomising the flashing when the HDD was being used. I don't know if this ever made it to mainstream implementation though...

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