* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

1384 posts • joined 28 Jan 2011

Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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Re: I am astonished

"The Renault 4"

That brings back memories of working in a Renault dealership where the mechanics had given the delivery Renault 4 van some special attention. It went like the clappers and was great fun to drive.

"a hole in the floor...."

Apparently a favourite trick was to fix the floor with wooden planks. A certain MoT failure, but of course as students we worked out which garages weren't too fussy about details like that.

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Re: "...drive a 2CV and B-Class..."

"You'll want to be careful, though - there might be side effects."

Readers managing to read the linked article to the end will be rewarded by the gem that the chap's lawyer hails from Sausalito.

DIY website builder Weebly was secured feebly

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"It's also worth thinking about per-site email addresses."

And as you have done, review your policy from time to time.

While I've used throwaway and site-specific addresses for a long time for sites I don't know much about, I am now finding that formerly "trusted sites" seem to be leaking (think Spam), so am revising my email addresses on those.

Oh God, here comes the artificially intelligent boss bot – look busy!

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Code Executing Officer

IT biz hires new decision-making CEO – a code-executing officer

Does one of those have the power to put nasty bits of code in front of a firing squad?

I can see a use for that.

Open-source storage that doesn't suck? Our man tries to break TrueNAS

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"Z20 scales up to more respectable 400TB"

The table there has this footnote: "* Compression rates vary by application. 2.5x compression factor for Hybrid Arrays and 10x for All-Flash Arrays is reflected in the effective capacity. "

and indeed the All-Flash array at the RHS lists Capacity (RAW): up to 300 TB, and Effective* Capacity: up to 3 PB

Can someone please explain what the 10x factor for All-Flash Arrays is all about?

Sweet, vulnerable IoT devices compromised 6 min after going online

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Re: ISP problem isn't simple.

"Unlike historic email spam bots the current devs are clever. They rely on scale."

Yep. Each device in 3,600 strong herd might only initiate one login attempt* per hour, but if they are all aimed at the same target, that target is seeing one per second. 86,400 initiating one login attempt per day achieves the same frequency at that one target.

Add a few noughts on for the number of compromised devices out there.

* or other bot command

Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

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Re: Rantastic, almost as good as my rants regarding ofcom, BT and pointless G.fast.

"Also, remove Adobe Flash from the macbook. That always helps."

Also, remove Adobe Flash from every system you own. That always helps.

There, FTFY.

VMS will be ready to run on x86 in 2019!

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Re: Ah, nostagia

A given system could support half a dozen users of something like Lex-11 for the each user of ALL-IN-1.

Yikes! Lex-11 takes me back.

To about 1986 to be precise.

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Running OpenVMS in a VM in Linux would be cool !

Already done.

Under Windows, OS X, Linux, Raspberry Pi and others, using SimH

However, that only works for the VAX version of VMS, which at V7.3 hasn't seen any updates since about 2002. The current version is something like V8.4 (on Alpha and Itanic).

Cheer up Samsung! You might get back $400m for copying the iPhone

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Re: Prior art: The VT100

"My first phone definitely had rounded corners and it pre-dates the jEsusphone"

Nice one.

From not too far away on that site, my first phone was a Trimphone, in 1981. I don't recall being offered the option of buying, as per the article, but it might have been was probably an ouch price. The waiting list for the first phone in a house was 6 months back then, so I probably ordered it before the buying option kicked in.

I chose a Trimphone because they came with a 15' lead, which meant I could cart the thing between my living room and bedroom. I was essentially paying the extra rental for a longer cable.

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Prior art: The VT100

The VT100 was the first input/output device I used which had rounded corners.

It definitely had rounded corners

Granted, it wasn't a telephone, but with the right accessories it could select a phone number from a contacts database and initiate a call :-)

Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

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Re: Networked, but not joined up

"A more sensible approach would simply be to put the machine near his desk."

That potentially takes "You owe me a new keyboard" to new levels.

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Re: On the same network as the coffee machine...

"making coffee is hardly a big deal"

It's a very big deal in this house.

Which is why we try to keep it as simple as possible.

Complete with backup systems:

If the coffee machine fails, there's the kettle plus a cafetière (aka French Press).

If there's no electricity, there's the gas cooker plus aforementioned cafetière.

(Yes, we have a spare cafetière)

Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: Flame wars illegal?

"Vi is shit, Emacs rules."

Beat me to it.

Editor wars were the first thing I thought of when I saw the headline.

I'll raise you with TECO, the Real Programmer's editor.

P.S. Where's the volcano erupting icon?

French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

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Re: Apple is a walled garden, get over it

"French developers against a foreign, Anglophone corporation in a French court? I'd have thought the odds were stacked in their favour."


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Re: Alternative solution

"Walk away from Apple's market share. It's not *that* great and if enough people did it then Apple might get the message."

If you read their blog article, you will see that they address this very problem:

iPhones are used everywhere - from executives worldwide to the upper middle class in China, so stopping to support iOS in our solutions would mean stopping support for one of the largest markets in the world (China) as well as the market segment that eventually decides to pay our invoices (executives worlwide)

Bloke gets six years in slammer after fessing up to £4.75m tax scam

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Re: Vital Public Services

"with cash that should have been funding vital public services.”

cf GDS has no real strategy for £450m budget pot, internal plan reveals

It makes you wonder.

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Re: Wow, Six years...?

"So let me get this straight, the guy got more jail time for nicking money, than the average rapist, child murderer gets for destroying or taking a life/lives respectively?"

It's because he nicked from the taxman.

Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

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Seeing similar with GBP/CHF at 1.21 (11am UK time). I'm sure it was above 1.25 yesterday.

NIST: People have given up on cybersecurity – it's too much hassle

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Re: "People believe that security has become too complex "

"I currently see a decent amount of business software that's still under active development moving from dedicated (Windows) programs to stuff running in a browser, with most of that turning out to be browser-agnostic (and, ipso facto, OS-agnostic)."

I've even started doing that myself.

What started out as a bit of Python to grab software package listings and produce a nicely formatted web page has evolved into a template which can be adapted for all sorts of stuff.

Yes, accounts too :-)

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Re: "People believe that security has become too complex "

"Apart from games and some specialist and often hardware-related applications (like SatNav updaters, I'm looking at YOU TomTom, but I gather Garmin are just as bad) there isn't much software that actually needs Windows apart from corporate/enterprise applications written using Microsoft Office."

HP used to be the bane of my life by insisting on Windows for firmware upgrades, even on their own kit that didn't run Windows.

The move to PDF files as a distribution format has meant that there's a much reduced need to have a copy of Office lying around.

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Spotify serving malware, no escape from reality

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Re: F*** You Spotify

"(Finishes rant, panting heavily, lights up cigarette)"

Go on. Tell 'em what you really think.

Citizens don't trust UK.GOV with their data

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Re: I dont trust the government...

"The outsourcer completed the first part of the work - to remove the old lightbulb, but then found that the replacement item had been ordered to match the original specification (ES fitting)."

And due to outsourcing through 3 levels of subcontractor, one of whom was US based, the replacements which arrived were 120 volt models.

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Re: I dont trust the government...

"Given that most UK lightbulbs are BC it's unlikely that any would."

Aha. Change of specification.

That'll be a chargeable extra then.

OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

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Re: @gerdej

"I would expect them to come back with a thesis (detailing the solar system in the galaxy, the Local Group of galaxies, the Virgo cluster, the Laniakea Supercluster and the Great Attractor) and a major philosophical work..."


"42" is more concise.

Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

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Re: On the flip side..

"The Finder, meanwhile still lacks the simplest of usability: it is unable to put folders first in a directory. "

It can do that in Sierra. There's a new option in the Advanced tab of Finder Preferences,

'Keep folders on top when sorting by name'.

Not exactly clear wording but it appears to work.

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And don't get me started on what a pile of crap Preview has become - trying to save a file under a different name now involves duplicating and renaming or exporting or some other nonsense - what was wrong with 'Save' and 'Save as'

Press <Alt> (aka <Option> on some keyboards) in the File menu and 'Save As' will appear.

Where Sierra's version of Preview has really messed up my workflow is taking away the ability to right-click on the filename at the top of the window and see where the file is in the directory tree - clicking on the parent directory would in prior versions highlight the file in Finder, making renaming a cinch.

Looking at that again as I type, it's plain buggy. Some documents currently open in Preview allow me to do that, others don't.

My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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Headlights that steer around corners

"I think the bleeding edge tends to be the biggest risk; think headlights that steer around corners."

Those are not new.

Directional headlamps

The 1967 French Citroën DS and 1970 Citroën SM were equipped with an elaborate dynamic headlamp positioning system that adjusted the inboard headlamps' horizontal and vertical position in response to inputs from the vehicle's steering and suspension systems.

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Low batteries when cold

"as the temperature went down, so did the battery volts."

I once had low battery pings from a smoke detector waking me up in the early hours of a Sunday morning.

Unfortunately the smoke detector concerned was attached to a 12 foot high ceiling and I didn't have a ladder long enough to reach it.

Solution: switch the central heating on.

Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

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Re: macOS is very different than OS X. Oops.

"The market is ripe for true disruption. Many Mac shops are sticking with Apple but gnashing their teeth and looking about anxiously while doing so. "

What Apple seem to have forgotten is that the development platform for iOS is the Mac. If folks get dissatisfied with that, where are the iOS apps going to come from?

"Where do we go?"

That is the problem. I know I'm looking for an alternative.

Yahoo! couldn't! detect! hackers! in! its! network! but! can! spot! NSFW! smut! in! your! office?

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"The NSFW model is designed to take an image and output a smut probability between zero and one ..."

I'll have a 0.5 please, Carol.

How to steal the mind of an AI: Machine-learning models vulnerable to reverse engineering

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"To understand people you need artificial intelligence.

To understand Nature you need real intelligence."

"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge." -- Thomas Edison

BOFH: There are no wrong answers, just wrong questions. Mmm, really wrong ones

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Re: Ah...

"Me? You're the one with all the dirty pictures."

That was done as comedy sketch.

Here's one version but I'm sure that someone more famous also did it.

HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

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Re: "the quality of our customer experience"

Or "I feel so bad about what we did that I'm going to have to take the private jet to the company owned resort off Panama for a couple months of therapy."

Nope. You mean one of the company Gulfstream V jets.

T-Mobile Czech ad man steals, sells, 1.5 million customer records

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Re: forgive me correcting your correction

"You know I can't help wonder what site forums that are about literacy look like when someone gets English a little wrong. The thread must be epic."

Fill yer boots:


Best viewed using a proper newsreader instead of Google Groups' 'orrible interface.

Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

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Re: Eeek!

"Top loaders are more convenient."

You can add extra items during a wash cycle with a top loader.

Used judiciously that can save on complete wash cycles.

Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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Re: Just to add fuel...

"Mine's the one with a copy of Fowler in the pocket."

Very appropriate given your moniker.

BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Post of the day!

"The 0.0001% left who read the entire document will reject it, write a ranty post about why on usenet and go back to recompiling Gentoo from source, so whatever horrors are hidden there won't be picked up by the press anyway..."

Probably true.

Have an upvote :-)

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Re: But surely...

"Erm... would you really use a hotel's MyID login?"

The answer is possibly "Yes" if I'm staying a hotel for several months at a time while working away from home.

I honestly don't know and that's why I'm curious.

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Good news on the FlashPlayer front

"I'd like to see the BBC put much better effort into transforming content delivery by dropping FlashPlayer "

Currently listening to a Beeb Radio programme from Sunday using Safari 10 on macOS Sierra.

No Flash in sight. This is coming via HTML5.

Long overdue but HOORAY FOR NO FLASH!

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" Or they could just investigate the cases where, say, 200 unique MyIDs are quoting a single license number. They have the license holder's details on file."

So what happens if you are accessing it from a hotel?

I assume that any hotel with TVs in bedrooms will have appropriate licences.

Google rushes in where Akamai fears to tread, shields Krebs after world's-worst DDoS

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"I am surprised Akamai could not handle that size attack considering all the load balancing and local CDN work they do for customers such as Microsoft."

I don't know whether Apple still use Akamai to distribute software updates, but they certainly used to.

macOS Sierra was released last week, plus a new version of Xcode, both several GB in size.

Just an educated guess, but it's entirely possible that Akamai had prior commitments to Apple.

UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Or swap the "in" and "by"

""sentenced to 20 weeks in prison by Hammersmith Magistrates' Court"

R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco

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Someone somewhere is going to take these as a challenge...

"these droids are likely to get hijacked and cracked apart faster than a sea otter can open shellfish."

If there's enough interesting circuitry inside these things they are going to be worth prising apart for that alone.

British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

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"The only thing I've ever heard the French bitch about are UK mains plugs and non-mixer taps in bathrooms."

Oh yes, I used to get the non-mixer tap grouse from the French.

The trouble is, once you've got used to them being everywhere, mixer taps are so much more convenient.

IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

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Re: Keep up with the times

"I thought it was cheap and easy to hire a DDoS attack nowadays."

From 2015: $38 an hour is the cost of destructive DDoS Attacks

Pull the plug! PowerPoint may kill my conference audience

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Murphy strikes again

"It is probably rule number one. Never stand in front of the audience with a computer presentation unless you've tried it out there first.

And that still doesn't counter the racket of the air conditioning that wasn't running the evening before when you tested it all out.

Or the pneumatic drills that start up right outside just when you are getting into the swing of your presentation.

Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

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Re: Windows Update is unbelievably shit

"If it wasn't a dark art it was certainly an Adventure."

A maze of twisty passages, all alike.

Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

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"I get about 4-5 very large bits of junk mail from Virgin. Every month!"

Hmm. Liberty Global in my bit of Europe charges a quid or two a month for printed invoices.

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