* Posts by Terje

116 posts • joined 14 Mar 2011

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

Terje

I'm quite surprised the new auditors didn't have some unfortunate accident with an open window or something equivalent, just getting rid of evidence is a bit to gentle for our beloved bofh.

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

Terje

It's not that strange that some individual prices may be way out there for very plausible reasons, looking at the max values are usually not a good idea rather look at 95 or with a large enough sample set 99% values for this kind of things..

Say you are a hospital with your nice shiny nmr or other expensive piece of kit that need that sd card, assume that it's speced to use a specific kind of milspec sd card that is not readily available, then you may well think it fine to have a courier to pick it up at the us manufacturer and jump on the quickest plane available to get it to you rather then having the machine unavailable. Of course then the price you pay will be through the nose.

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Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

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Re: Good news

I do have to say I'm very happy with my 10 though.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

I for one would recommend Pyramids for a "try before you buy" introduction to the discworld books, as it's probably the most stand alone book, and he's well into his stride. As a close second I would recommend The lost continent, here the recurring characters are limited to the faculty of unseen university.

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Virtual reality headsets even less popular than wearable devices

Terje

I think the lack of uptake for Occulus / Vive is quite simple.

1. Price, of unit.

2. Spec of PC to run it.

3. Lack of appealing content to use it with

I have considered picking one up as my hardware is easily able to handle it, what stops me is the fact that apart from elite dangerous and some racing sim I don't know what to use it for.

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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

Terje

What a shitty piece of advice; If you can't do it first attempt, don't bother. There is no try? Bullshit, there is ONLY try, and if you fail try again, and again until you figure it out.

What you miss here is that at least the way I read it is, you should not go into a task with the mindset to try to do it, but go into it with the mindset to do it. You may well have to make many attempts but if you start out with an attitude of I will TRY to do this rather then I WILL do this you are more likely to fail in the end.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

Terje

Re: On air compression

This perfectly shows the trend that has been going on for far to long now of destroying all dynamic range in music. This is exceptionally obvious in any recent (as in at least the last ten years) remastered album, sure there may be a little less noise, hiss and scratch sounds, but everything is at peak level all the time.

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Hyperscale data centres win between their ears, not on the racks

Terje

I think that one point they do have (even if possibly by accident) is that in many situations it might be better to plan for and expect things to fail and have plans for quick response and recovery then to spend all effort on never failing.

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

Terje

I agree with most of the people above in that I believe that the supported lifetime of Windows has been well above good enough.

If you factor in that Microsoft even added in the option of extra paid for support for those that really needed it and by announcing them having them pay through the nose for it incentivised the beancounters to open up wallets to replace and fix what needed to be done. That some organisations even with half a decade of warning still fail to upgrade is not Microsofts fault.

What I would point fingers at are vendors of kit with a long lifespan that just don't offer upgrades to software and drivers that work on modern systems.

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Gamers red hot with fury over Intel Core i7-7700 temperature spikes

Terje

Re: TCase vs TJuntion

If it's that way, then intel is still at fault, as no one want fans jumping around like crazy when they don't need to, though you may still want to have a proper fan curve to keep things at a decnet temperature independent of load.

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Terje

There must be something dodgy with the thermal design of that cpu, if it even manage to spike up to 90+ degrees with serious cooling. My venerable 5930k with a nice and toasty 140W tdp never get close to 90 even under max load, and the thermal mass should be large enough to effortlessly soak up any spike.

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

Terje

You mean you are not a member?

Must be something wrong with the regs user authentication!

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Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue

Terje

Is there an up to date list of ip ranges to block somewhere? Some light googling got me only some posts with ip ranges that were quite old by now.

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A router with a fear of heights? Yup. It's a thing

Terje

Have an upvote for teaching me something new!

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Terje

I'm in total agreement with the above commenters that arcing has nothing to do with it. The dielectric strength of air is pretty bad, but gets better the lower the pressure goes. So it's likely just a case of running hot under normal conditions and risk reaching to high levels at low pressure

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Third time lucky: ICANN beats off .africa ban

Terje
Coat

To my Ears this sounds very much like a copy of the recent .web affair covered last week.

Mines the one with a somewhat smaller brown envelope this time

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Verisign probed by US Dept of Justice over $135m .web auction

Terje
Coat

This sounds lie something that definitely need to be looked into. Not only Verisign but atleast as much ICANN.

Mine's the one with the thick brown envelope.

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NASA's Curiosity puts cat among the climate pigeons: Lack of CO2 sinks water theory

Terje

We are not talking about todays atmosphere but that of 3.5 billion years ago which was supposedly a lot thicker. (I'm assuming the 3.5 million stated in the article is a typo as there's no way that there were significant amounts of liquid water that late.)

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Terje

if we are looking at liquid water wouldn't the most likely greenhouse gas in the absence of carbon dioxide be water?

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Let's replace Ethernet with infrared light bouncing off mirrors!

Terje
Joke

My main question is do we need to retrofit existing data centres with shark tanks to have something to fit the lasers on?

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

Terje

Hydrogen vs Rubidium

I seem to remember something about hydrogen masers having better short term accuracy while rubidium is more stable over a longer timespan,

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Terje

Re: What times we live in.

I'm not 100% sure, but I think masers predate lasers.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

Terje

What I think he tried to achieve and eminently succeeded in doing was to draw attention to how hard it was to get in touch with and get the information needed to pay his taxes. By paying with five wheelbarrows worth of coins he definitely got the media exposure he would not otherwise have had.

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Joke

I would like to take this opportunity to point you all to my quicklime and carpet delivery service, we deliver 24/7.

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NASA plans seven-year trip to Jupiter – can we come with you, please?

Terje
Alien

I'm quite sure that the arrival of Psyche will activate the automatic defence system that have lied dormant for aeons and will thus herald the arrival of our new alien overlords.

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Sysadmin 'fixed' PC by hiding it on a bookshelf for a few weeks

Terje

Re: Aaron is a twat.

What! Are you implying that the customers of my carpet and quicklime delivery service are on the wrong side of the law?

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Need Xmas ideas? Try CVE-2015-7645, a Flash gift that keeps on giving

Terje

Re: You didn't understand this correctly

Ahh, thanks, missed the patched last october bit at the top.

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Terje

If I'm understanding this correctly, this is a one year old vulnerability that has been actively exploited by everyone and his mother and not patched until now?

If so then it is yet another obvious reason to stop using flash now.

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Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

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WTF?

I just gave up

My experience of Powershell is very limited, there is something improved hidden way down there somewhere, but why on earth does basic tasks have to be so obnoxiously hard to do?

My most recent struggles with it was trying to create a script to replace an old .bat file that just refused to work due to codepage issues (trying to get it to work with Swedish characters in a network path).

Issue 1; getting the beep thing to run scripts at all...

Issue 2: getting it to simply run a program on a network drive with specified (static) parameters.

After solving issue one which in no way shape or form should be an issue, and some tries at 2 I just gave up and realized it would take even more time then I had already spent on it (way more the a dirt simple task should ever take) and wrote a small C# program to just run the bloody thing, took me about ten minutes total and that is with some extra bells and whistles.

Would it be to much to ask that simple tasks like that should be extremely simple and intuitive to do?

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

Terje

Wouldn't it rather be.

Those whom the Gods would destroy, the first give a Samsung?

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BOFH: The Idiot-ware Project and the Meaningless Acronym

Terje

Re: huh ?

I think this is just a ruse to be able to take over the committee, who may be in a better place to take over then the workgroup that already know about the ongoing work. This way there may be a two person committee that will need to suffer through a lot of meetings in inhospitable places like pubs, breweries, five star hotels and similar activities.

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Stripped of its galaxy, this black hole is wandering naked in the cosmos

Terje

My guess is that it's an ongoing merger where the stars and gas have been stripped off and incorporated into the lenticular galaxy, while the process of the black hole wandering into the center is much lengthier.

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Russian hackers target MH17 journalists for embarrassing Putin

Terje

While this is a good point, I think it's highly likely that if this is a Russian operation one or both of the following is true.

1. They don't care if they are found out.

2. They Expect to be found out and send a message of the don't mess with us kind.

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Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

Terje

Re: WEEKS

While you are generally correct in this, I see that in this case it is unlikely to be a long procedure as the main users of apple crap tend to be bosses that like them because they are expensive and the colored crayon department because they have nice rounded corners. As these two groups are much more important then any others i bet changes will no doubt be rushed through in no time!

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Gutted: 6.6M cleartext creds, dox, breached in ClixSense site hack

Terje

Hmm, cleartext passwords and secure... I don't quite see those two matching one another unless you put a "not" in the middle.

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Bug in Microsoft's StorSimple arrays can kill backups

Terje

Re: To state the obvious...

Point 2 not necessarily so. It might well be that no one has suffered dataloss, and that the failure was identified by someone actually doing a trial restore.

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SETI searchers: We still haven't found what we're looking for

Terje

The probably checkd that, but if the satelites orbital parameters were not listed in any of the official sources. then you would have to look at the signal itself looks, ie interesting.

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Terje

Re: It's a conspiracy!

FNORD

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NASA tried turning lost spacecraft STEREO-B off and on again... but it didn't work. True story

Terje

Re: Time for an early version of R2D2?

Just remember to memory whipe the bot regularily!

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DCIG mid-market array guide: Why we left those companies out

Terje

Who in there right mind say something like this when offered a solution "Sorry I don't want your solution since it's able to scale out more then I want"?

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English Uber alles in London taxis? No way, TfL – taxi app titan

Terje

While, imposing regulations to keep a "monopoly" running is not fair, demanding that as in this example a cab driver is:

a) Able to communicate with you to a reasonable degree. A just arrived immigrant from farawayistan, with a grasp of the language only slightly better then the flight ability of a goldfish is not something that will help you get where you need to be on time and with a sane mind.

b) Having a basic grasp of locations without the use of a gps. If you want to go to say a convention center let us call it ye olde convention center but that is not the name under which the gps lists it then you are in alot of trouble unless the driver has the base knowlege to actually know what the place is. Ofcourse there should be reasonable expectations for this sort of thing.

c) Driver having more then minimal ability as a driver, I want to get to the location in one piece, without throwing up and with my sanity still intact.

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Generous Fiat Chrysler offers $1,500 for car security bugs – or two minutes of annual profit

Terje
Joke

Re: What about gear shift recall?

Good sir as a reader of your above comment I noticed the lack of a clearly visible sarcasm warning, this lack nearly caused me to choke on my water causing untold seconds of lost productivity and profit. As a member of the comment reading public I sincerily hope that you do a full recall of the affected comment and install additional sarcasm protection equipment to prevent further injury.

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Laser probers sniff more gravitational waves from mega black hole smash

Terje

Re: Does it have to be specifically black holes?

From my understanding that is decidedly on the let's skip all those nastylooking equations king, I believe that two ordinary stars merging will be a way to "slow" process with not enough energy involved. you could possible detect a nearby merging of neutron stars, but I guess they would have to be very "close",

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Terje

Black hole mergers are not that uncommon, there are a lot of galaxies out there.

If we do a back of the envelope calculation here. let's assume an average galaxy has one merger event every 10^9 years and that 250 million galaxies small and large lies within our detection range. then we would expect about one event every 4 years.

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Hacker bites Datadog, finds hard-to-chew bcrypt passwords

Terje

Let me open the window and check if there are any lowflying pigs around... I can't believe anyone actually stores credentials in a proper way!!! let alone responds to a breach in what can only be described as a responsible manner!!!

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Chinese space station 'out of control', will do best firework impression

Terje

What I find bad about this is that they more or less left it in orbit to wait and see what happened to it, Presumably the agreed upon practice is to de-orbit stuff before they fail to avoid uncontrolled things that may be unable to avoid collisions.

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SHOCK: GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

Terje

While I definitely don't like the big companies in this business who usually have to reach for a dictionary to see what the word ethic means. I feel that we can't ignore the fact that using correct GM stuff can allow us to significantly reduce our reliance on pesticides and fungicides and some more "cides" that I likely forgot that is likely wrecking a lot more havoc then what GM crops can manage. Increased yields is a nice bonus.

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Six-year-old patched Stuxnet hole still the web's biggest killer

Terje

I think (think mind you , no data to back this up) that people are more likely to keep flash updated then java. Not sure if oracle have made improvements to the java installer or not, was quite some time since I decided to rid myself of it.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 grounded by 'sledgehammer' winds

Terje

Also worth noting, supercooling the fuel is something done by machinery on the ground which can be more or less as bulky and heavy as you like I doubt there is that much redesign needed for the tanks and engines to handle colder fuel so it's probably more or less extra fuel and more efficient engine cooling for very little additional cost in the flying hardware.

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

Terje

While better batteries is of course good, I feel that "people" tend to forget some of the issues with a mass use of electric vehicles.

1. How do you generate all the electricity to charge all the vehicles. It's not just a few wind turbines we are talking about here, it would be a significant chunk of all the current electricity generated.

2. Assuming we have all that extra production, how do you distribute it? The existing grid will not be able to handle it, it would need extreme upgrades and rewiring to handle.

My solution to the second issue is to simply bypass it and focus research on better fuel cells and produce hydrogen (something that is comparatively easy to transport) close to the electricity generation source.

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