* Posts by Bitbeisser

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Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old

Bitbeisser

Re: Just one thing I don't understand...

"It sounds like the sandstone blocks are heavier than what you could easily hold while being hoisted back up into the heli, "

Reading comprehension is not a strong suite for a lot of people it seems. He had to take a helicopter to get to the cliff, because it is so remote. Then he had to rappel down the edge of that cliff, he was not hanging down on a rope from the helicopter. And because it is pretty hard to try climbing back up to the edge with a huge rock, that rock was thrown down to the bottom of the cliff for further examination...

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Bouncing robots land on asteroid 180m miles away amid mission to fetch sample for Earth

Bitbeisser

Re: Easy to do

"Just butter one side of the lander, guaranteed to land that side down and stick."

You should patent that trick and sell it to NASA! ;-)

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

Bitbeisser

Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

It actually specifically states "well regulated militia", that "regulated" part is the one that seems to be written in ink invisible to the gun nuts...

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

Bitbeisser

Re: Dislike

"Stop trying to "Make it Easier" it is already easy, people are just lazy."

You can thank M$ for making people lazy, Internet Exploder was the first web browser that would add a "www." in front when you entered just "domain.com". Or add a ".com" when you just typed "domain".

And Apple is/wasn't far behind, as Safari quickly followed suite...

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

Bitbeisser

Re: LibreOffice doesn't quite cut it

Ever I started to work on my own, I am personally use LibreOffice exclusively and never had just one case where I looked back. It does EVERYTHING I need, and a lot of things that does it better than the equivalent M$ Office product. Much less grey hair since I am using Impress instead of Powerpoint, likewise with Calc instead of Excel and Writer instead of Word. LO is not perfect, then no office suite is, but it definitely works for everyone, if they just get off their high horse (and out of M$ backside) and try it...

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

Bitbeisser

Re: but that's the same as everyone elses review!

"there you go... could make it yourself for 70 quid for a single unit. reduce cost by at least half for bulk purchases and injection moulds."

One thing you forgot in your DIY costs are the LCD display and the mechanics for the buttons. Which brings you certainly above the $105, as labor cost has to be added at the very least as well.

And even with bulk purchases, I doubt there is much of a margin in this, and I suspect that this is rather one of a few dozen "samples" that have been hastly produced in a kind of DIY fashion to finally show "something"...

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Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

Bitbeisser

Re: It's not for me then...

"No headphone jack, no removeable memory, no removeable battery, & priced like a kilo of cocaine? Not for me then."

+1

While I could in worst case do without an headphone jack, I like to be able to replace and aging battery and absolutely need the ability to add a microSD card to my phone...

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BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

Bitbeisser

Re: Metaphorical chicken

"It all went downhill after Walkers stopped selling the Cajun Squirrel flavour crisps..."

Didn't that get replaced with that Roadkill Tabasco flavor instead?...

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My PC is broken, said user typing in white on a white background

Bitbeisser

Why do you seem to be surprised that George is still working for that company?

Sounds like job security until retirement to me... ;-)

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Drones replace models on Dolce & Gabbana catwalk

Bitbeisser

Well, they probably got got screwed by their usual models going on a binge eating tour. Won't happen with Dolly Drone...

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NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation

Bitbeisser

Re: What were they planning on doing?

Well, the only reason here is that Trumpelstilzchen won't "pull the trigger" here because it would prove that he didn't get the job as 45 by legitimate means...

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Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

Bitbeisser
Devil

So they didn't bother to put in the more secure (cough) default pairing code of "0000"? Shame on them.

I think I pass both a Sam Ash and a Guitar Center on my way to clients today. Sounds like a fun day... LOL

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A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

Bitbeisser

Dunce!

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

Bitbeisser

Re: PC world

[b]Not convinced! Obviously the CD could not have been in a jewel case, but even if you placed a CD still in it's square paper or plastic wrapper into the drawer, would it even close?[/b]

Absolutely! I have had this very same thing happening with a customer in our shop. Cardboard sleeve or jewel case, that would be a tough one, but those thin paper sleeves, on anything but a slimline notebook drive, where you have to press the CD/DVD onto the drive ring, no problem. And even then, there are clients who manage to put a CD/DVD in a drive "shiny side up", which also results in them complaining "that drive doesn't work"...

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User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

Bitbeisser

Re: Your Network is broken!

Was that user's name "Captian Obvious"?

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PC lab in remote leper colony had wrong cables, no licences, and not much hope

Bitbeisser

Who needs Word for word processing, specially if you consider Linux (in whatever distro) an alternative.

Just get LibreOffice (or OpenOffice) for Windows. Done. You can read and write M$ Office file formats and then some, the only thing that is missing is an equivalent for Outlook, but that might not be a loss after all. At least of Thunderbird hadn't trashed the calendar feature with one of the latest updates... :(

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'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

Bitbeisser
FAIL

Re: This is another success story of open source.

No, it isn't. A success story would have been if that bug would never made it out in the wild. Stuff like this should be tested and found before it ever gets released...

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

Bitbeisser
Thumb Down

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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