* Posts by Bitbeisser

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Well....

Being faster "under the hood" is all fine and dandy, but why the f*#k did they have to mess with the user interface and look. That parts just s$%ks BIG TIME. And I won't even mention that 95% of my add-ons all the sudden don't work anymore after being forcefully updated a la Micro$oft...

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

Bitbeisser

Re: RE: unwanted infantilism

>however the number of pedestrian deaths caused by cars are around 400 a year

I take it that is the whole UK? Here is Los Angeles Country, a guy killed in Long Beach 5 days ago was the 25th this year in Los Angeles County.

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Bitbeisser
Devil

Re: The Man Who Fell To Earth

>perhaps the cyclist saw some pretty flowers on the other side of the road and turned to go smell them...

Smelling flowers, in November, in England? I seriously doubt that...

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Bitbeisser

Re: Lots of butthurt Tesla owners here?

>There aren't lots of Tesla owners anywhere.

Well, we have a lot of those around here (Los Angeles), in all models and colors (Pepto-Bismol pink anyone?), and a lot of those drivers with quite an attitude ("Look at me, I am driving a Tesla, now get the f*** out of my way!")

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

Bitbeisser

Experienced Apple user, or so he claimed...

Yeah, had several of such cases with my customers. The one of best/worst one was an Apple Fanboi, who had to use a brand new Windows PC on the job despite his pleas with this "higher ups" to get him a shiny Mac, and that new setup included a brand new high end wireless 3 button scroll mouse. After the setup was done, he claimed in presence of one of this bosses that he wouldn't need any help/instructions with the new system from me, as he used to "work with computers for years". Moved on to said bosses office to start and set up his new laptop...

Barely a couple of minutes in the bosses office and the fanboi called and complained loudly (could he every word, even though the call wasn't on speaker phone!) to his boss that this Windows PC is all s**t and doesn't work. The mouse would always move in the wrong direction and not taking his attempts to click the mouse button.

The boss walked with me back over to this bozo, where I then simply turned the mouse with the 3 mouse buttons pointing forward, explaining him that he had to click the left one for normal selection and after a first attempt of objections from him, showed him how he can get nicely context menus when clicking on the right mouse key, much better than trying to hammer his fingers on the top side battery compartment when facing the mouse the wrong way. And the scroll button would also much easier to operate this way. Neither he nor his boss said a word at that point and I went back to set up the laptop for the boss.

When I got back into that office on my next visit a couple weeks later, needless to say, fanboi wasn't working in that office anymore...

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

Bitbeisser

Re: When it hit that limit... everything stopped until we could free up some space

>I'm utterly baffled about these limits. My Oracle database hit 1TB - back in 2001 on Windows NT 4, and

>with no sign of getting anywhere a limit.

How did you get 1TB of drive space for a single database back in 2001?

On Windows NT 4 of all OS, which had a bug that prevented you from creating any partition size above 136GB?

>Doesn't Outlook use SQL server as it's backend? I'm pretty sure >that even back then, SQL server could go over 2TB.

Well, no. Neither Outlook (the email client) nor Exchange (the email server) are using SQL server. Both use their own, internal database engine(s)...

>And in 2012, we still had that Oracle database running on Windows 2003, then over 200TB and growing

>by at least 2TB a month.

Well, Windows Server 2003 had a maximum partition size of 256TB...

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Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

Bitbeisser
Meh

Re: I suspect there are quite a few Java devs out there

> As the saying goes "A good Fortran programmer can write Fortran in any language"

Then there must be a lot of APL programmers working on those C/C++ Open Source projects I looked at... :?

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China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

Bitbeisser

Now there would be a ban for Trumpelstilzchen to enact that I would wholeheartedly support...

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Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

Bitbeisser
Devil

Re: The walking dead

Since the wide spread use of Facebook and texting on smartphones, I would not be sure about this anymore...

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

Bitbeisser

Re: That's Surface crossed off my Christmas list, then!

But then there is pretty much j**ks**t that you can actually do with a Chromebook, beside watching movies and checking Facebook and other (anti)Social media sites...

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Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

Bitbeisser

Thei biggest mistake was plain and simple greed. With a Galileo 3x the price of an rPi and less capable in terms of peripherals, hey just didn't stand a chance. Similar for the Edison and the Joule. Not too shabby but hopelessly overpriced...

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

Bitbeisser

About 17 years ago, I worked at a small computer shop. We got a customer from the neighborhood that repeatedly brought in a computer, claiming it would randomly just reboot.

3 or 4 times I was sitting for hours at the PC on our work bench, without even the slightest such issue. Then the customer himself sat on a Saturday afternoon for a few hours in our store at the workbench, likewise without a single reboot or shutdown, which he had claimed he wouldn't believe me that it never happened during my testing. So we scheduled me to visit him on Monday late afternoon, just a couple of blocks away.

Sitting in his home office, it did indeed happen, about once every 30 minutes. Asking him if he had ever noticed that the light where briefly flickering when the PC rebooted, he mentioned that this would be a very recent add-on to the house, with a basement underneath (unusual for SoCal) and all new electrical wiring, with a brand new electrical panel. At that moment, his wife walked in the room and the small stairs down into the basement. When she opened the door, I could hear a large freezer kicking in and immediately the lights were flickering and the PC rebooted. Turned out that while they planned nicely for a separate circuit for the freezer and for the rest of the extension, because they changed their mind about how to position the freezer in the basement for easy access, the folks who actually delivered the box had plugged it into an outlet on the wrong circuit, as the power cord of the freezer didn't reach to the intended dedicated outlet...

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

Bitbeisser

Let's just hope she won't be eligible for parol for a LONG time...

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

Bitbeisser

It's f**king white space, either way, so who cares?

Oh wait, you are one of those who program in an excuse of a programming language that makes white space significant...

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

Bitbeisser

Re: The problem is staring you in the face

>El Reg posted a bullet list form to say who was responsible.

>Clicking on one entry on the form cleared the previous entry.

>HAT IS THE PROBLEM

>Think about it.

Long story short, it should have been a multiple choice poll... ;-)

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Bitbeisser
FAIL

This is 300% on the CTO!

1. The documentation for the new dev was FUBAR. That's on the CTO, he has to sign off on that.

2. The new dev should not have had access to the production database at this point to begin with. Again, that's falls within the CTO's responsibility

3. Not having working backups means that they do not have a valid DR procedure in place. And that is absolutely on the CTO, he has to sign off on that as well...

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Gordon Ramsay's in-laws admit plot to hack sweary celeb chef's biz

Bitbeisser

Re: Holy drama lama mama!

"This is "celebrity stupid"... soon to be an new TV series...."

Sshhhh, be quiet, don't tell anyone Trumpelstilzchen's backup plan if he has an early exit from the White House...

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How to leak data from an air-gapped PC – using, er, a humble scanner

Bitbeisser

Is it already April 1st in Blighty?

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New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

Bitbeisser

Re: Count me in

> Yeah it must have been a joke. No one could be that retarded.

Don't underestimate the combined stupidity of true Apple fanbois...

And I personally won't care for any iPad until they put at least a SD card slot in it. Now that would be news, but then it would make it actually more usable, and Apple won't have any of that...

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Cold callers illegally sold Aussie farmers 1,700 years worth of printer ink

Bitbeisser

Re: Wouldn't the main reason

If their past methods of shipping small items is any hint:

http://gizmodo.com/5343411/hp-ships-power-cord-in-giant-box-with-attached-pallet

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Bitbeisser

Re: No fines? No prison?

I would much rather suggest they get a recommendation to hang off that Sidney Harbor Bridge...

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Bitbeisser

Re: This just reinforces the stereotype

@chivo243 But they are Merikans. A lot of them make decisions and comments without enough information, the last presidential elections are the proof for that...

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Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

Bitbeisser
WTF?

Get this only on one out of 7 accounts...

and then only on my (Android) cell phone, all my PCs (Macs) that have the same account set up in Thunderbird work just fine...

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GoDaddy CEO says US is 'tech illiterate' (so, yeah, don't shut off that cheap H-1B supply)

Bitbeisser

Contrary to some other replies to your post, I would agree with everything BUT the last paragraph. There are plenty of people with a degree but barely anyone of those actually knows what they are doing. The learned more about how to get through their four years and get a piece of paper at the end or some fancy new paradigms, but rarely know what is required in the real world.

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USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

Bitbeisser

Re: Irrational

>You'd lose.

>

>http://uk.businessinsider.com/f-35-slaughters-competition-red-flag-2017-2?r=US&IR=T

Irrelevant for the way the Harriers are being used (and have been intended ever since they were selected): Close Air Support.

And in that role, a F-35 will just suck, just for the same reason why the A-10 is kept busy over the fast guys in their F-16/F-15/-F18.

An A-10/Harrier can get in close on a strafing run within a couple hundred feet, the jet-jockeys would shit their G-suits out of fear they hit friendlies when doing so.

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Bitbeisser

Re: Irrational

The slower might rather be an advantage when it comes to the use case for the Harriers (or the V/STOL F-35), close air support. There, slow is better, as it helps to deliver it payload closer to friendly troops with better accuracy.

The same reason why it will be a sad day for the US military (and a lot of friendly nations on the same missions) if the US Airforce is ever to retired the A-10. The jet-jockey brass all want to play Ricky Bobby and go fast, but that ain't helping the guys on the ground...

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

Bitbeisser
Mushroom

Re: Fake News

>The link says a minor fire. If it needed 19 fire engines I'd hate to see their idea of a major fire.

Something like this probably will qualify

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Tianjin_explosions

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

Bitbeisser

HBO? WTF!

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

Bitbeisser

Re: First Flight Challenges

Mosquito anyone? ;-)

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

Bitbeisser

Re: Exchange?

Looks like you never used Exchange. If there is one tool that you can't easily replace with Linux application, it is Exchange/Outlook. It s**ks as an email server, but the collaboration and integration of email with contacts and calendar has yet to be accomplished by a FOSS tool. And no, Zimbra just doesn't cut it (yet?) and costs almost the same...

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Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit

Bitbeisser

Re: Have you dodged toxic substances to do a job?

What city department did you work for? "Parks and Recreation"?

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Bitbeisser

"horning in" just makes perfectly sense!

Just picture the parents as a huge dust cloud following a herd of of angry heavy set cattle with lots of pointy horns barreling in your direction...

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'Doubly unacceptable' Swiss vegan forces his way into the army

Bitbeisser

Re: Bang

No, he's gonna carpet bombing them with organic cotton balls...

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No, software-as-a-service won't automatically simplify operations and cut costs

Bitbeisser
Devil

Re: What do you mean, it doesn't "just work"

So if it DOESN'T work, does that qualify as FaaS (Failure as a Service)? Do you think there is money to be made by offering THAT?

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Angler hooks German's todger at nudist lake

Bitbeisser

"Swim at your own risk", Well, "Ab ist ab" as we would say back in Germany...

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

Bitbeisser
Devil

Well, the right answer you tried to give at the end would simply be to quote Götz von Berlichingen...

(just Google his name and you will find the quote for sure)

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'Flying Bum's' first flight was a gas, gas, gas

Bitbeisser
Devil

Re: Look up there, a Kardashian

No, for that the proportions of it's rear end are to small compared to the rest of the body...

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

Bitbeisser

Re: Blessing in disguise?

Well, I work as an IT service consultant and have (tried to) upgrade +200 PCs to Windows 10, with about a 50% success rate.

But unfortunately, Linux Mint (or any other flavor) isn't a solution, as there are lots of real world application that simply don't exist in the Linux world, regardless what some geeks like to think.

Quicken/Quickbooks, AutoCAD, WordPerfect, Legal Solutions (or any legal forms program for that matter) are just a few examples of applications that my users are depending on and there just isn't an alternative for them.

But I have to agree that Micro$oft's antics are getting beyond the threshold that people can take...

R

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Giant Musk-stick test-firing proves a rocket can rise twice

Bitbeisser

Did that first stage actually ever reach "space" in the first place? I don't think so, AFAIK,it separates from the rest of the rocket before even reaching space.

If it would have been to space, it would need to go through the scorching of the re-entry into the atmosphere, which for most cases, only the space shuttles (with one sad exception) have accomplished...

R

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We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

Bitbeisser

Re: MH370 and MH17 were organised by the same people

Bullcarp!

The DSB report states clearly that the front of the plane was hit by the fragments of an SA-11 warhead, and such "butterfly" fragments were found embedded in the recovered cockpit crew's bodies.

And the pictures of the reconstructed front of the plane doesn't look anything like "peppered by cannon fire" (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/mh17-report-buk-warhead-exploded-a-metre-away-from-planes-cockpit-and-started-fatal-break-up-a6692346.html)

On top of that, shortly after the shot-down, the supposedly rebel leader, Igor Gorkin (in fact outed as a FSB agent), posted a social media post bragging that they shot down another high flying Ukrainian AN-26 (they claimed on 3 days earlier, confirmed by the Ukrainian Airforce) only to remove that post as soon as it became clear that the plane they had shot down was in fact a 3rd party civilian airliner. And that despite they claimed later not to have any missiles that can reach a plane flying that high...

Looks like you need to replace your tinfoil head and white-blue-red shades, they seem to be a bit worn out...

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Windows Server-as-a-service: Microsoft lays out Server 2016's future

Bitbeisser
Linux

Looks like the time to move off Windows Server is finally here....

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1 in 20 Wendy's burger joints hacked? No, make that 1 in 3 – 1,025 in total

Bitbeisser

Re: I have no sympathy!

Could be worse, they could eat at McDonalds...

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Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

Bitbeisser
Devil

Re: Is it just me, or...

Well, might be you, after all the article mentions (a) Python...

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Woz says 'Jobs started Apple for money' – then says it must pay 50% tax like he does

Bitbeisser

This is one of the reasons why I always respected Woz but always disliked for Jobs. Jobs wouldn't have anything to make money with if it wouldn't be for Woz' work and ingenuity...

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Microsoft explanation for Visual Studio online outage leaves open questions

Bitbeisser
Mushroom

Well, there is a reason why I stay away from M$ $QL server as far as I can through the installation media...

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MariaDB hires new CEO with code daddy Monty in as CTO

Bitbeisser

Now if MariaDB closes the still existing performance gap, then we could all forget about MySQL and/or Oracle...

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Dialog box shut: Now Microchip is set to gobble up Atmel

Bitbeisser

>PIC users mostly scoff at Arduinos and just roll their own from scratch since hooking up a PIC is near trivial.

So is using an AVR chip...

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Catalan town hall seriously downsizes monarch

Bitbeisser

Re: "well organized militia"

The exact term the Second Amendment starts with is "A well REGULATED militia..." and regulation is what all those gun nuts are ferociously objecting against...

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After eight years, NASA's Dawn probe brings Ceres into closest focus

Bitbeisser
Pint

Re: See icon

> We need a combined thumbs up and beer icon. This is seriously awesome.

Would that be a "beer in hand" icon... ;-)

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Google probes AVG Chrome widget after 9m users exposed by bugs

Bitbeisser

Re: IT Crowd

AVG was good back in the Windows XP days, but ever since they started to support (or not) Windows 7 and later, they have gone downhill pretty fast, including installing all that additional web$h!t that doesn't work any better than a little bit of common sense (ok, I know, a rare commodity these days).

But as far as Windows Defender goes, well, it does something. If that is any good, I am not so sure, there ARE free anti-virus solutions out there, like Avast, that do a MUCH better job, though they also started to go down that dark rabbit hole of trying to install all kinds of crap that is of no use (how do they dare to tell me which programs on my PC are unnecessary for example)...

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