* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Re: When squirrels were squirrels and men were men

" Using tape is surely a great mechanical way to solve the problem. But it isn't necessary with a basic understanding of how computers work."

KISS principle.

Keep It Simple, Stupid.

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UK credit broker fined £120k for spamming folk with five million texts

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Re: "hefty price"

2.4 pence per text.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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Re: "immediately useful when it launched"

"My FF opens about a dozen home tabs and it probably takes about 20 seconds to load. Is that such a big deal once a day? I can spend that time adjusting the chair, putting the pencils in the right place, cleaning the specs, scratching the arse, etc."

I leave Firefox running all the time; startup is something I only do in response to new FF releases or OS updates which require a reboot.

Like you say, a delay while you can be doing something else productive isn't really a problem, it's more a matter of planning.

When I'm researching a particular topic I can easily get to a few dozen tabs and really, really don't suffer performance problems, except for overbloated websites.

Having said that, I do have my systems maxed out with RAM and that probably makes a big difference.

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Re: Silver lining

"I don't think I'd trust one, nor the genuine-wipe on return."

What the article is missing is the advice given to visitors to China a few years ago, namely be prepared to junk any piece of kit you use there once you get back.

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Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones

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"How accurate can you be against a moving target at anything over 20 feet?"

Build your own trebuchet

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Oracle refuses to let Java copyright battle die – another appeal filed in war against Google

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"Y'know, Einstein said that doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result is a definition of insanity."

Einstein never used Windows.

P.S. Apparently there is some doubt as to whether Einstein actually said this.

Proof that if something is repeated often enough, it becomes accepted?

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Planned Espionage Act could jail journos and whistleblowers as spies

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Hadrian's Wall

"Oh, hang on, there's a wall up there already..."

Aye but that would need to be improved to meet modern building regulations, and be classed as renovation, incurring VAT.

Could save a bob or two by constructing a new wall.

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Explained: Apple iCloud kept 'deleted' browser histories for over a year

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Re: Software does NOT happen by accident

"Highly-specific actions like storing and retaining data do not happen by accident! This function was quite deliberately built into the product, nothing else makes sense."

I'm pretty sure that the reason for this is to allow you to move seamlessly from one device to another using Apple's Handoff feature

Synchronising stuff on multiple devices is a tricky thing to get right so I wouldn't be surprised if there are bugs in there.

Short answer: Can't say for certain what happened here, but can probably blame Apple for lack of testing.

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Re: Such a truly stupid and lazy plan perfectly setup to fail horribly

"how safe do you think your passwords will be in the hands of stupid government agents?"

When the Pentagon of all places has badly secured servers, things don't look good.

Security flaws in Pentagon systems 'easily' exploited by hackers

Several misconfigured servers run by the US Department of Defense (DOD) could allow hackers easy access to internal government systems, a security researcher has warned.

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Dan Tentler, founder of cybersecurity firm Phobos Group, who discovered the vulnerable hosts, warned the flaws are so easy to find that he believes he was probably not the first person to find them.

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RethinkDB is dead? Rethink that thought: NoSQL database is back

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AGPL...

The AGPL requirement that code used in a web service be released as open source can be a show stopper for the very practical reason that not everyone has the knowledge or resources to do that.

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Facebook's dabblings in TV suggest Zuck isn't actually a genius after all

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Which would you prefer?

"Effectively, they watched it together, in their separate living rooms/bedrooms/kitchens."

While that might sound like a Grim Future, it's probably better than being forced to watch whatever my parents wanted (and/or putting up with their moaning when we got our own way).

On balance, a second telly in the house would have sufficed.

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We don't want to alarm you, but PostScript makes your printer an attack vector

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Re: What about wireless printers?

"If it does postscript it's probably a fair game."

Should be easy enough to work that out, because their wireless Ids looked like a model number.

The idea of a Postscript webserver is not new. First hit from a search gave me this post from 2002

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What about wireless printers?

When out and about in a nearby town over the weekend I was looking for the free wireless service that's available there and was surprised to see a couple of HP printers advertising themselves.

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We see you, ransomware flingers, testing out your baddest stuff on... Germany?

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Re: Occam's razor says...

I can confirm that last year there was a serious uptick in the number of email nasties coming my way which were in German.

It seems to have dried up since the end of December, suggesting that someone either got closed down or had a contract until the end of the year.

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I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key

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Re: Whats the point of an autonomous tractor?

"in places like the Ukranian Steppes a tractor can travel 10s of miles in one direction sowing seeds, spraying weeds or harvesting grain,"

That also implies coordination with other vehicles for refilling hoppers and tanks or offloading grain. Knowing how much you are going to use or collect on a given pass or per hour or per shift helps greatly with planning that.

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Learn to code site Code.org loses student work due to index bug

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Re: That's very funny...

I was preparing a wisecrack until I got to the bit where they'd only lost an hour's worth of work.

Not bad at all in the grand scheme of things.

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Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

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Re: Stuck-in-time Overflow

There is some perfectly good old code out there that needs love too. ;)

The few times I thought I'd had a reasonably definitive answer to add to SO, it's refused to let me post due to lack of points.

I gave up trying.

Is SO ageist?

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"a forthcoming BBC puppet programme for the under-fives TheDonaldTrumpton."

Priceless.

Priceless indeed.

But shouldn't that really read "... for the under-fives of any age ..."?

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Meet 'Moz://a', AKA Mozilla after it picked a new logo

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Will anyone recognise it?

They have been hiding the http(s):// bit in the URL bar display[1] for long enough that most non-techs won't realise what it is.

[1] not that Mozilla are the only ones here

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Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

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Beat me to it with R

"I would have thought the answer would be R and / or Matlab, in conjunction with an enterprise-level DB like Sequel Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, etc.

As you say, serious data analysts look for R and / or Matlab. R can cope with more databases than you can shake a stick at, and that includes the latest NoSQL stuff.

R doesn't suffer from Excel's nasty habit of altering data

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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Re: How much to review your spam call messages?

Can overseas callers provide a number CLI? I thought part of the problem was that BT can only show "international" .

I can see incoming international numbers displayed on a phone in Europe, so that's probably a lack of willpower on BT's part.

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I'm sure more can be done with this network-to-network authentication of CLI information, and I wouldn't be surprised if standards have been written on the topic - but I'm not in that field...

I understand that there is sufficient information within the data packets to verify that the billing data isn't getting spoofed, but have no idea how feasible it would be to cross-check that with the CLI data.

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Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail

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Re: Ignorant Brit here

"In most places in the US system, 'freshmen' are first year, 'sophomore' are second year, 'juniors' are third year, and 'seniors' are fourth or higher;"

Thanks for the detailed explanation, but what age is the typical 'freshman'?

Still a bit confused.

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AWS, you crack us up. Rebrands Westminster 'Webminster'

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Re: Notting Hill Gates...

Pimlicloud gave me a good chuckle.

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It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

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Re: It never stops...

In case you're out of the loop on what's going on in "Creative Cloud".

CC is also an acronym for Cash Cow.

A Cash Cow in the software world usually means a product which is no longer actively developed, but enough customers are locked in to milk it all the way.

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Former car rental biz staff gave customers' details to phone pests

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Re: Write "not known at this address" and put in a postbox - ...

"In my experience, this does not always get the entry removed."

The last time I tried that, it all came winging back.

Threatening to invoice them for "administration costs" if it happened again did work.

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Uh-oh. LG to use AI to push home appliances to 'another dimension'

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" The refrigerator can do things like refill the ice tray:

So the thing needs plumbing into the water supply as well?

'whilst the washing machine can change conditions to “counter the effects of hard water on clothes".'

The last time I looked at the installation instructions for a washing machine, there was a little dial inside that you set according to the hardness of the water in your area.

An "intelligent" water hardness sensor could be useful for the washing machine on your boat, of course.

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

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Reboot the house!

"Not so long ago the politicians here in UK were getting concerned about the standby power consumption of appliances, that it was destroying the environment, and legislation was clearly necessary."

One idly wonders if this reveals the real purpose of "smart meters".

"No 47 Acacia Avenue using too much juice while owners not present. Reboot house."

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Yorkshire council hit with prolonged web outage

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Re: On Ilkley Moor...

In the universe where HTML strike tags work.

Mystery solved. Thank you.

Here that's more a case a case of "the universe where HTML strike tags work visibly"

Enlarging so I can see the pixels, the strike through is only 1 pixel high out of a possible 12, and at 4th up from the bottom not even at the half way mark. Even the dot at the base of the question mark is 2 pixels high.

Latest Firefox on macOS Sierra (10.12,2)

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Re: On Ilkley Moor...

"Er, that's what I wrote."

Pray tell, in what universe is "Baht 'at IT?" the same as "Baht IT?"

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Re: On Ilkley Moor...

Baht 'at IT?

Almost but not quite.

Baht = without

'at = hat

Baht IT

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

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... verbal gesture ..."

Huh?

That's the French version which catches the shrugs and arm movements.

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Re: Smart water meter data as evidence

"The Police have CCTV of the car at a filling station that shows that the back of the vehicle was clearly sitting lower on the suspension than the front."

Really? With the weight of one human?

Filling station CCTVs aren't usually very high definition.

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How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

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So how much does a Chromebook cost?

"At Timberland, Google has paid out $18,130 to fund a request for 35 Chromebooks. "

Looks like $518 apiece to me.

I thought these things were supposed to be cheap.

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Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

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Re: Magic hands

"Who thinks of these things? Two different types of on/off switch in two different places!!!"

Had that with a Samsung monitor back in 2010.

Assembled it, tried switching on as per the instructions. Nothing,

Checked the instructions again. OK, must be DOA.

Taking it to bits again I found a conventional switch just by the mains inlet. Black on black of course.

Checked the instructions yet again. Nope, the mains switch wasn't documented.

One sentence would have done.

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"I kept a thick jumper at work."

"Why are you packing a thick jumper to go to the tropics?", enquired the girlfriend.

The light summer suit is for the office.

The thick jumper, thick socks and thick jeans are the order of the day when working in a tropical computer room.

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Bad news: Exim hole was going to be patched on Xmas Day. Good news: Keyword 'was'

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Re: Much better

"As a self employed person I regularly ran updates especially on Fridays. I'd have the whole weekend to fix a potential problem...

But being salaried and exempt (US terminology for no overtime) nowadays I too see the sense of running updates early in the week and early enough in the day."

BTDT in both scenarios, but it was more a matter of when I/we could get the system(s) than employment status.

Production scenario: you can only book system downtime on a Friday or Saturday afternoon, but can work into the night if you have problems.

Test & Development scenario involving multiple teams: here you are not simply applying an upgrade which requires a reboot, you are implicitly including a test of shutdown and startup procedures at both the OS and application level.

In the latter case, it makes a lot more sense to do this during the day when your development and test teams and DBAs are around to sort out their bits in the event that something breaks. In my last position in this environment, any upgrade which required a reboot would be scheduled for late morning (but not a Friday), and we'd have the support of the various teams available for the whole afternoon. External support, if needed, could be invoked inside the normal 9-5 (or 8-6) cover without incurring out of hours costs.

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Christmas Eve ERP migration derailed by silly spreadsheet sort

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Re: Bugger off you lot.

"314 million files on the volume"

I wish you a Hap-Pi Christmas.

Times 100 million.

:-)

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What gifts did ol' kitten heels May get this year?

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Joke

"What do you give the girl who has everything?"

Penicillin?

(Very, very old joke)

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

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VirtualBox Extensions Pack next?

"Always read the license that software comes with."

The Oracle VirtualBox Extensions licence changed on 17 November 2016

One wonders if the VirtualBox Extensions licence will be next in line for auditing.

The previous licence hadn't changed since 2010. Notes on its usage from a 2012 blog post

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

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Re: legitimate/illegitimate

It was probably auto suggest that screwed him.

There's a special place in Hull reserved for the inventor of auto-correct.

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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

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How much???

"Well, your honour; " replied the detective. "The accused did steal a Purdey shotgun, and saw the barrels off to rob a bank of a few thousand pounds".

How much does a Purdey cost?

The cost of a classic Purdey side-by-side now begins at £57,340. A sidelock over-under based on an improved Woodward design costs £67,562.

The Sporter will cost in the region of £20,000 to £25,000 including VAT, a price made possible by the style of gun and its innovative method of manufacture.

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

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Cheap == Good is a fallacy

"Good because companies that do that are then able to undercut their competition, which means lower prices for the same good or service for the consumer. Excellent, that's what we want - we want cheaper products."

You might be happy to fill your home with tat based on price, but some of us prefer to be selective and get better quality goods.

Cheap does not always mean good.

What you propose is a race to the bottom.

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TalkTalk hacker gets iPhone taken away by Norwich Youth Court

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Re: Who caused it?

"However, as the original hacker made the information available (and had no legitimate reason to do so) then I reckon that a good legal eagle could make a case for aiding and abetting."

To use an analogy, this is a bit like someone leaving a house key in a flowerpot by the door.

Anyone who goes looking will find the way in pretty easily.

IANAL but any unauthorised person who uses that key to gain entry won't be doing the "breaking" bit of "breaking and entering". The victim will probably get all or part of an insurance claim denied (if the insurance company finds out).

What the young laddie did here was the equivalent of announcing the location of the key in the pub.

Applying this analogy to the "homeowner", well it's not a home here, but a business, and TalkTalk not only left the key in the flowerpot but left personal details of customers in unlocked filing cabinets.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Spartacus is Definitely On Topic today

"I'm Spartacus! (providing Roman slave rebellions aren't effing copyrighted now)."

Kirk Douglas is 100 today

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Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

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Re: Energy supplier resonse

"I refuse to use the word 'Trash', although that is what the folder is actually named."

Quick survey time...

"Trash" on macOS,

"Wastebasket" on openSUSE and Scientific Linux.

Wastebasket is the winner on the systems I have here.

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Re: "enjoy the unreadable EULA as it flashes past"

And Oh, the Irony: <!-- GOOGLE ANALYTICS TAG -->

The Privacy statement has in addition to cookies, Flash Cookies, Web Beacons, and "We may associate your IP address with the PII you provide."

Though for once, the Privacy Policy (4,550 words) and the Terms of Service (7,008 words) are readable and not squashed into a tiny letterbox as seen on Youtube.

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Having read the book...

It will be interesting to see if the film has the bit about filling out surveys as part of the job.

There's a nice little twist in there that I haven't seen any reviewer pick up on.

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I was a robot and this is what I learned

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Re: Picture paints 1000 words

"I'm imagining a Segway with a screen stuck on top, and a computer with Skype and a joystick at the other end. Is that accurate?"

Have a look yourself

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