* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

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HPE boss Whitman among candidates for Uber CEO job – report

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The dynamic duo of Meg Whitman and Theresa May

"Err, here's an idea for a very highly qualified alternative: Could one Theresa May be persuaded to step in to save the situation?"

Meg Whitman and Theresa May

What a dreadful combination.

One to move your job to India, the other to restrict your options of emigrating to find another job.

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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

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"1) The app and online form will be put out to tender [Capita or Steria]"

Well they could use GDS, but good luck getting anything sensible out of them.

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Re: Headline is completely wrong.

Correction: "British Government Sponsors Massive Development Initiative of <250 Gram Drones"

My very first thought on reading the headline was:

"Right, that's created a market for 249 gram drones".

It's no different from what car manufacturers do. Put a higher tax on engines over 2,000cc and you will surely get a plethora of models being produced at just under that size.

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Re: Chicken gun

"There is also the one where a woman killed her husband using a frozen leg of lamb as a club."

Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected - Lamb to the Slaughter

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Re: Chicken gun

"Well, dammit. I was told this version over a rather good dinner a couple of years ago by a mate who I (used to!) trust."

I first came across the tale circa 1999-2000. The version that came my way involved a frozen chicken on the first mishap, so they left another one to thaw in the cannon overnight, which is where the cat crept in.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: The end

"I have taken stick from modern IT guys for not using the cursor keys with VI but got my own back just under a year ago. A system got damaged and lost its advanced key mappings."

This.

I had one of these moments a few months ago. I think the remote session was expecting a Sun keyboard, which I don't have.

It was ages since I had used the vi move-by-character keys, but knowing they are there, all I needed to remember was 'hjkl' and 5 minutes later I was rattling away as if I used it every day.

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: Sublimated Ear and Gaseous Elbow.

I misread it as "Gaseous Below"

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

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"I'm always happy to point out that the time I could have wasted getting a degree I was actually spending learning how to do things in the real-world.

A degree is a piece of paper that says you have the ability to learn (at least it used to) - there are other ways to prove that."

Unfortunately, academia (well they would, wouldn't they?) and civil servants the world over disagree. The latter of course includes immigration authorities.

Having a degree makes it a lot easier to work abroad, something that needs to be considered in the light of Brexit (sorry about politics rearing its ugly head)..

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Re: Once it is able

"Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony."

I always suspected that Synchronised Swimming was an attempt to undermine Society and Life As We Know It.

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Re: Not necessarily

"My extension is 9.5cm lower than the rest of the house and Roomba failed to recognize it until I put thick laminate flooring on the landing raising it to 9.8cm."

So let me get this right...

You refloored the landing rather than trying to hack the Roomba?

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TalkTalk posts 3% sales drop, says Openreach should walk the WalkWalk

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Re: TT's TV Adverts

"the rep just kept putting his hand out to shake mine and asking what my name was."

Avoiding eye contact in the first place is your best bet.

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Targeted, custom ransomware menace rears its ugly head

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Re: Sigh...

I dont care what System you're using, but this is "Targeted Malware".

Well said. Even air-gapped systems can fall prey to targeted attacks.

See Ralph Langer on Stuxnet, where he suggests that compromising a laptop used by a hardware engineer might let the bad guys in.

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Re: How much lockdown is enough?

"Of course you dont run all machines as admin! been known since day 1 , been implemented since computers took over the world , which i'll put at 1990."

Pity then that both Windows and macOS default to creating the first user at installation with full admin rights.

1990 is fine for non-Windows systems, but Windows didn't get the concept of usernames, passwords and associated privileges until NT became popular, which meant 2000 or XP for the majority.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Daleks meet Dialects!

"Huddersfieldian"

Skelmanthorpe, apparently.

Which has a place in history as one of the locations chosen for the Survey of English Dialects, which "was undertaken between 1950 and 1961 under the direction of Professor Harold Orton of the English department of the University of Leeds".

Unique in that survey for the topic of conversation being ghosts.

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"Will the programme be renamed to Nurse Who?"

That evokes an indelible image of Hattie Jacques in full matron's uniform.

Definitely working for the baddies.

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annoying Peri

Couldn't watch any of the episodes featuring Peri.

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Re: Bah!

"You will no doubt be glad to hear that Jodie is from Yorkshire."

Aye. but what accent will she use?

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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"'Ive seen Jesus on a bike"

LOL, sounds like a good title for a novel :)

I knew that authoring software I got in a special offer would come in handy one day.

Book outline started :-)

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"what if it had been Christ on a bike?"

I've seen Jesus on a bike.

It was in fact a moped, but the guy himself was a dead ringer for the subject of all those medieval paintings and sculptures you see in churches.

Two years ago, somewhere in Europe, when I was on my hols.

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Media mogul Murdoch's 'Sky dataset' swallow poses 'grave threat'

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"But Murdoch isn't a Labour supporter, so surely the Government will welcome him purchasing the rest of Sky?"

What a short memory you have.

From 2009, Sun turns its back on Labour after 12 years of support

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8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

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"It's 2017, where's my damn flying car?"

... he wrote from a 3 inch by 6 inch pocket computer instantaneously to subscribers worldwide using only his right thumb

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Re: The Goodies had it best...

"9 out of 10 doctors recommend this product. Mind you, we had to search a bit for the right 9 doctors..."

I recall Alan Freeman delivering the line "Four out of five can't tell the difference between Stork and butter".

a) it was hard to tell on the tellies of the day how much Stork or butter was spread on those bits of bread handed out. Possibly no more than a smidgen.

b) some years later I came across mention of an organic compoundr (began with a T?) which only 20% of the population could taste. I did wonder if a similar chemical was present in Stork.

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"I have to admit failure here, I simply can not comprehend the dice example, how 6 and 6 would be any less, or any more likely to come up than 6 and 5, or any other combination?"

Because it can be either:

Dice A: 6, Dice B: 5

or

Dice A: 5, Dice B:6

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Kerberos bypass, login theft bug slain by Microsoft, Linux slingers

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Re: re COMPLETELY NEGATES

"With closed source if a vendor goes toes up then if their product range has any value then it will be sold to another company and you have a support path provided you trust the new company."

Not necessarily. There may be bits of software (e.g. library routines) in those products which were originally licenced from a third party. Any software licencing agreement I have ever seen has had a clause stating that the licence is terminated when either company goes bankrupt.

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Re: Open Source is necessary, but not sufficient

"Open source code makes it easier to find bugs (and much easier to fix them), but they can be found by a sufficiently motivated individual with no access to the code."

There are plenty of bugs which manifest themselves as incorrect program behaviour; you don't need access to the source code to identify these.

Your best bet in the closed source world is to devise a simple reproducer, and I would argue that that is often the best bet for an open source project.

Unless you have the time, inclination and skillset, with open source you are possibly going to get a fix faster by submitting your reproducer to someone who is already familiar with that code. They will quite probably get to the problem far faster than you would.

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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Re: New comedy show. Brandis Laws

"Jean has a long moustache."

Oh dear, the invasion/liberation of France is going to happen with the next 48 hours. Will this madness ever stop?

Well, the post you are quoting was made on 14th July, Bastille Day.

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

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Re: The science fiction angle did immediately jump to my brain

"A sort of Plannet of the Apes, where humans (and perhaps most animals) are no more but the Tardis have plenty of time to evolve and fill all vacant ecological niches."

The Tardis?

Methinks being able to skip ahead and see how things are turning out could significantly speed up the evolution of the line.

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'Help! I'm stuck in this ATM,' writes poor bloke on a scribbled note

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Re: Help Me

"Is it my imagination or does Google make it difficult to find things that were previously easy to find?"

It's not your imagination. Apparent bit-rot in their indexes started for me about half a dozen years ago,

That, plus websites either dropping off the web, or getting a rewrite without a full migration of data, has definitely changed the experience.

Sorry, can't help with your Olympus tale, though I can attest to how well an Olympus lens can catch details like the one you describe.

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US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec

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Border agents threatened to "be dicks"

Man: Border agents threatened to "be dicks" take my phone if I didn’t unlock it

As he sat in a darkened corner of a neighborhood bar, Aaron Gach, an artist and lecturer at a local art college, told Ars about what happened to him in a February 2017 episode at San Francisco International Airport, where he agreed to unlock his iPhone and have it be searched by border agents rather than risk being detained and delayed further.

"I thought, in the moment, that if I gave in and turned over my phone that maybe they were being honest and wouldn't take my other belongings," he said, sipping a Death and Taxes beer.

He turned out to be right. After he unlocked his iPhone SE, agents took it out of sight for five to 10 minutes before giving it back and sending him on his way. Gach still has no idea why.

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

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Re: Already??

"It seems like only yesterday that we had the 'billennium', where Unix timestamps went from 9 decimal digits to 10 and broke some locally-developed stuff."

More than 20 years ago. May 1997.

Even VMS, which doesn't use Unix timestamps itself, needed patches to stuff which had its origins on Unix, like X11.

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Ofcom creates watchdog specifically to make sure Openreach is behaving

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Re: If the government were serious ...

"then all new build houses since (say) 2000 would have been FTTD as part of planning regulations."

Yorkshire Cable were rolling that out to existing properties in bits of West Yorkshire back in 1997, so it was possible. Granted, they were only offering TV, not internet services at that time, but it was a start.

On the other hand, the new build house I lived in before BT's privatisation already had a phone line laid into the house. I still had to face the standard 6 month waiting list for new subscribers.

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Good news: Samsung's Tizen no longer worst code ever. Bad news: It's still pretty awful

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"the school used punch cards as it didn't have a computer with terminals the year I started.

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I used old cards as bookmarks for years (okay, for decades, I had a lot of the things) afterwards."

Punch cards were also excellent for shopping lists.

Unfortunately I never managed to snaffle as many as you did.

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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Re: The unexpected perils fo data centre migrations

an explosive event the UPS manufacturers described as "unprecedented"

Translation from UPS-manufacturer-speak:

"We've encountered plenty of explosive events. We've never seen one this big."

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Re: Condensate

"I would have just put a condensate pump on the drain line and routed it out a window to drip continuously somewhere appropriate."

UK building regulations for domestic properties insist that the overflow from a cold water cistern in the loft comes out somewhere you can't ignore it, like above the front door.

When the builders have skimped on lagging the cistern, said cistern freezes in winter, rendering the float valve inoperable. If you are unlucky, the water overflows through the ceiling. If you are lucky, the overflow pipe does its job.

Ooh look, sheet ice just outside your front door.

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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

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Re: Local admin rights

"Why on earth does an accounting application require local admin rights other than perhaps for installations"

Far too often it's because they haven't paid attention to file ownership and permissions. It goes something like this:

Step 1: Install one or more data files under admin ownership

Step 2: Oh Noes, the app won't run, let's run it under admin instead

Here, the installation program or script is usually to blame, by omitting Step 2a, setting those files to have the correct (non-admin) ownership.

ACLs offer powerful functionality in this area but are all too often ignored.

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Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash

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Practical considerations

"That's an inaccurate description of what's going on. The "proprietary" systems are designed to prevent farmers from making their own repairs, or from going to a non-Deere-authorized repair center. And those rules are starting to be overridden by state "Right to Repair" laws."

There's another angle here with heavy construction vehicles. A lot of these are leased or rented out on short term jobs and the leasing/rental company wants the location (so that expensive kit doesn't simply disappear) and working hours (to organise servicing).

The manufacturer also has a leasing division, so there's competitive data involved. The first thing a leasing company wants to do is to disable the manufacturer's feedback and install their own.

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FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

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Re: An admirable effort.

"Chrome, for example has made it increasingly difficult to check certificates, you can't even get them from the lock icon anymore. They're hidden in the page inspector."

aka the "Trust us, we know better than you" model.

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"Well, they are a registered non-profit organisation."

Which doesn't mean that they have to pay themselves rubbish salaries.

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Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month

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Re: They came for the journalists, but I was not a journalist...

"But actually they came for the semi skilled and low paid jobs first..."

And they came for the skilled technical jobs next,

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Reaching out

"El Reg reached out to Microsoft for comment."

That phrase smacks of someone drowning

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Bible Belt preacher language.

Please don't use it.

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Echoes of the dot com bust

"What is *wrong* with these people that they insist on destroying a perfectly reasonable product?"

"Ah but this is the new way of doing things"

Where did we hear that one before? Ah yes, just before the dot com bust.

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Re: midas != microsoft

"Lately, everything Microsoft touches, instead of turning to gold, turns into some other four-letter word."

Mush

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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Re: Hmmm. Lennart Poettering comes across as one of the more neurodiverse devs.

"He's got the fast track to management written all over him, unless he p**ses off a senior enough PHB and gets shown the door."

Can someone please pull their finger out and promote him before he does more damage?

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

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Re: You can be too cheap as well

"You missed e - you were cheap, but that's because you did not mark up the cost of your product to cover the "hospitality" lavished to win the contract - no "hospitality" no contract is often the case."

It doesn’t even have to be "hospitality". A residential training course for all the staff will do quite nicely.

ICL's Beaumont Training Centre just outside Windsor was a nice treat at the beginning of my career and it was a rather good computing intro course.

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Re: You can be too cheap as well

".chicken and chips for a pound"

That makes me feel old.

I can remember getting chicken and chips for a pound.

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Re: @Christian Berger, re: stupid bills.

"Clearly somebody decided that they couldn't be assed with the hassle of getting a cheque made out, approved and signed for one penny, and so had disposed of some shrapnel in their pocket to get tick off the job."

Nope. Not allowed. It wouldn't get past the auditors.

Now someone might have filled out a chit for petty cash, got it signed, in triplicate, gone to Accounts (only open during the hours of 16:00 to 16:30 on Tuesdays) to swap the chit for the penny, but we can only speculate.

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Re: Not just restricted to governments

"I once worked at a German electronics store, and one customer had an open debt of 1 Pfennig (roughly half a cent). We sent out a letter (costing something like 70 Pfennig) to send the demand note."

It probably cost a lot more than 70 Pfennig in terms of staff time, depreciation on that IBM Golfball and other infrastructure costs.

I recall getting a refund cheque from my local authority for something like 30 pence and having to check that I hadn't gone overdrawn that quarter. "Free banking" in those days only applied as long as I didn't go overdrawn, and the charge for paying in a cheque was more than this one was worth.

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@d3vy

Of course if I'm wrong and there is diversity then perhaps it's not impossible that one of your "employees" would choose to sue "yourself".

You could of course sack yourself, then sue yourself for unfair dismissal.

Then as a shareholder sue the management for damaging the share price.

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Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

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Cringe at the grammar though

"it's all just normal development, just more of it that usual.”

Seems to be a US thing, but why do so many use "that" instead of "than"?

</grumpy pedant>

(and being a pedant, I did check it against the original text)

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