* Posts by G.Y.

195 posts • joined 15 Dec 2011


Surge in Zoom support requests was 'unexpected', says tool team as it turns taps down


bug Re: Not surprised

that "which only seem accessible during a meeting" is a bug+-

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style


Re: Test, test and test again...

I saw an IDE (ANT?) where the tests are generated together with the code. A new project starts with a test "is 2+2==5?", which fails. The rest is left to the engineers to implement&fix


Re: Experienced tester.

a while back:

Me: I gave the student compiler "ali baba +40 thieves" to compile -- and smoke came out!

Older guy: Hell -- I give my compilers .OBJ files to eat, and they better not crap out!

Family meeting! Chocolate Factory makes its business-like video-chat service free to anyone with a Google account



Plain Google accounts (i.e. not G-suite) can only JOIN meetings, not start them

Keen to go _ExtInt? LLVM Clang compiler adds support for custom width integers


50 Re: Sounds like a good idea

DEC's RADIX50 (using base 40) was a better idea; hence .OBJ rather than .OB

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT


700BC Re: Proper lash up

Carthage is Poencian/Punic for "new town". Founded 700BC+-

Ditto (mutatis mutandis) Novgorod

Absolutely everyone loves video conferencing these days. Some perhaps a bit too much



direct != nonstop

I hav been on a direct flight where the plane shrank between legs

Things I learned from Y2K (pt 87): How to swap a mainframe for Microsoft Access



When I use a Swiss army knife to do a job for a craftsman tool, I don't blame the Swiss army for the resulting debacle

Russian super-crook behind $20m internet fraud den Cardplanet and malware-exchange forum pleads guilty


timetable Re: hostage

That hacker spent a long time in Israel while courts decided on extradition


confirmation Re: hostage



Re: hostage

reference: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51301827



Due to that extradition, the Russian put an Israel girl in prison for 6 years, due to (alleged) 6 grams of cannabis in her checked bags in transit through SVO.

If Russia needs a hostage from your country, watch out for Aeroflot connections

Taxi for Uber: Ride-hailing app giant stripped of licence to operate in London


re: "not going to xyz"

I am sure Uber would be happy to collect complaints about such, forward to TfL, and keep nagging.

Boffins show the 2017 Nork nuke can move, move, move any mountain (by a meter)


Re: Not a big problem, IMO - until

Sarajevo 6/28/1914 was also a family feud ...

I'm not Boeing anywhere near that: Coder whizz heads off jumbo-sized maintenance snafu



W. Kahan: "optimization is replacing something that works by something that almost works &is faster"

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?


Re: Luxury!

When faxes were new, we asked a supplier "do we need specially beautified paper for it?". He said "you can use bog paper!". We went to the toilet to check this out.

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool


I have seen a user SHITE on a list of logged-in users, once at Intel

The time a Commodore CDTV disc proved its worth as something other than a coaster


Re: Any key

I gather lots of PCs in Russia have "any" written on the space bar. (Russian has no definite article, so "the ANY key" is now visible)

Auditors bemoan time it takes for privatised RAF pilot training to produce combat-ready aviators


2 or 3 elsewhere

The Israel air force used to take 2 years. Now it is 3, to add time for a bachelor's degree.

Trump blinks again in trade war bluff-fest with China: Huawei gets another 90-day stay of US import execution


j Re: national security

dJt, not dt!

Here's to beer, without which we'd never have the audacity to Google an error message at 3am


Pauli Re: Coding under the influence

Wolfgang Pauli was reputed to need schnapps to do his good physics

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue


G Docs

I never explicitly saved a Google Docs document yet; they get saved "by magic"

Cop a load of this: 1TB of police body camera videos found lounging around public databases


encrypted Re: ALL police body cam footage...

But: encrypted hard, only decrypted by court order (or: following policy)

Hot desk hell: Staff spend two weeks a year looking for seats in open-plan offices


Re: Open plan is fine

Way back, Intel/Haifa had some voice-driven CAD systems (?Calma?), and put 4 people in a room

This isn't Boeing to end well: Plane maker to scrap some physical cert tests, use computer simulations instead


838 Re: A new name you say.

If it were named 838 on day 1, it would not ave happened: no pretending it's "just a little change", no covering up new aerodynamics by clever software, no ...

If you're worried that quantum computers will crack your crypto, don't be – at least, not for a decade or so. Here's why


McEliece Re: The article assumes todays crypto is secure.

Daniel Bernstein is a great guy; but his post-quantum crypto is a variation of McEliece crypto

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it


Re: Driving staff away

The shekel has been much more stable for the last generation+-

Ah, this military GPS system looks shoddy but expensive. Shall we try to break it?


galil Re: Miltary testing

and the bottles used to be opened with ammunition clips (magazines), not with the M16 rifle itself


Re: Miltary testing

The galil's bottle opener is in the bipod

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?



I once had a system was no backup tape; they told me "back up 1 disk to the other"

"what if there's a power cut?"

"you're on a UPS"

Then a technician plugged a vacuum cleaner into the UPS, 4 times running, and blew it.

I politely inquired as to why she was not shot at dawn.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late


MUMPS Re: Remember Y2K?

MUMPS did that; crashed on the 32768th say of the last century ..

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it



Way back then, a prof told Intel about flaky FDIV; he was ignored until the web exploded. Not a security issue.

A few weeks ago, a mother told Apple about flaky FaceTime (her son hit the problem); she was ignored ("go pay for a developer license 1st") until the web exploded. Very much a security issue.


air bags

or your air-bags (just hypothetically) ...

Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'


Re: Apple boredom

Backup video camera


Re: Apple boredom

Backup video

Jeep hacking lawsuit shifts into gear for trial after US Supremes refuse to hit the brakes


switch Re: So...

At least the network should have an on/off switch (default: off!)

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong


WHAT? Re: Mythbusters

"most transistors were valve affairs " -- ???

Why, you're no better than an 8-bit hustler: IBM punts paper on time-saving DNN-training trick



A-law on mu-law codecs use funny 8-bit floating-point formats

Clunk, bang, rattle: Is that a ghost inside your machine?


IBM Re: Spooning toner into the copier

A lot of IBM PC guinea-pigs did that -- enough to make IBM rewrite the user manual

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...


Re: I remember once

"it is amazing how hard it is to understand something when your livelihood depends on not understanding it"

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank


ANY Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

I am told lots of Russian keyboards have "ANY" (in Latin characters) handwritten on the space-bar (Russian has no definite article)


Multi-GB Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

When goody-bag USBs are multi-GB, there is no room for decent error messages???

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early


virtual card Re: gets worse, the bigger the company ...

Capital One lets you create per-supplier virtual credit cards; can be killed as needed.

(I am just a satisfied customer)

Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks



https: gets mad when I have to log on to a gateway (e.g. Starbucks) to get on the internet. I learnt to use http://xxxx.com to get to their login. (Use to use xxx.com, but one place came back with "why this porn site??")

US military manuals hawked on dark web after files left rattling in insecure FTP server


ISBN Re: Probably just as easy...

When the US military published a book on battlefield surgery in Iraq &Afghanistan, someone had the bright idea to not give the book an ISBN, so it would be hard to find.

Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month


not always 0000... Re: Data format parsing

I once had to add someone to a US health insurance program, who did not (yet) have a social security number. 0000.. was no go. Playing with the last digit was no go. I then noticed a tax form that had a grey 222222... where the SSN has to go. I typed that in -- bingo!


credit-card Re: Data format parsing

Accepting that credit-card number (4 groups of 4 digits) was something Fortran _1_ could do, back in neolithic times.

Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century


month names

A colleague tried to avoid US/Europe date confusion by outputting 12-May-2018 etc. Worked A-OK until the French insisted on French, the Hungarians on Hungarian, the Esperanto guys ...


The HAVE been robbed: Re: The Internet is international - and so are many supermarkets.

Rent was paid by quarter, laborers were paid by the day. The quarter around September 1752 (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal_(Unix) ) was bad news for renters.

Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside


The implementer's motto: Re: In the days of pen and paper, initials were double edged too ........

"if we can't fix it, it ain't broke"



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