* Posts by Androgynous Cupboard

722 posts • joined 7 Mar 2012


The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: I guess it's a good time

Or Windows

The reductio ad absurdum is complete, you can stop now.

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Re: "environmental terrorists"

Environmental activists they may be.

But intending to terrorise someone is surely a fairly key aspect of being a terrorist. If that's no longer the case you're left with a word roughly equivalent to "someone I disagree with".

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Re: TMP=temporary? I hope not!

And if you continue to misuse it the punishment is 20,00 lines!

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Re: TMP=temporary? I hope not!

Far beyond the seas, there are strange countries filled with wild men that use decimal points where you would use a comma, and vice versa, when formatting numbers.

Dark matter's such a pushover: Baby stars can shove weird stuff around dwarf galaxies

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Re: One undisputable property of "dark matter" ...

@Milton's "4MꙨ Gorilla"

Thank you for using one of my favourite glyphs, the "Monocular O" from biblical Cyrillic. In my opinion it's only bettered by the "double monocular O", or Ꙭ, and that wins purely because it looks like boobies.

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Happens at a corporate level too

http://yeslab.org/project/salzburg is worth a read. They even got a feature film out of it, which is pretty funny.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Long term use of Paracetamol can cause vicious, long term headaches too I believe.

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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Google's infrastructure is generally considered to be on the large side.

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Re: The problem with that is...

As I understand it, booting from BIOS in 2018 requires all sorts of horrible hacks to get it to work with modern hardware - it's early 1980s technology after all. Just because it's familiar and these hacks exist doesn't mean that continuing to use them is necessarily a good thing.

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight

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I'm rather fond of doing a proper curry from scratch and I could never work out what they did in the curry shop next door to make them all come out in 8 minutes tasting exactly the same. Now, I know their trick: as above, plus a pint of sunflower oil.

Also, if you can't tell Halloumi from Paneer, even half cut, you should probably see a doctor. Something is very wrong.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Re: Anyone see the drones ? Anyone at all ?


You've been posting here for two days now saying they don't exist, and frankly, even without your attempts to shoehorn in your anti-immigrant rants it's getting a little tiresome. Why don't you change it up for a bit and rant about vaccines or 9/11 being an inside job?

Either half the Sussex Police force, several hundred journalists and the 50-odd people who have reported sightings are all in on the worlds most incoherent false flag operation or you're wrong. Perhaps you should stop typing for a minute and consider what it is that makes you doubt everyone else but not yourself, despite presumably being nowhere near Gatwick. You're all noise, no signal.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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I did a round of home-made port once. Best bit was the label; from "South London Estates", the tasting notes included "best drunk from a paper bag when hope is lost".

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Re: How desperate are you folks getting?

So true. Probably being spread by a pesky Ukranians, now they've finished filling the Black Sea with Cholera. And whatever did happen to the Skripal's cat?

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I can't decide whether to upvote you for being correct, or downvote you because nothing related to this sorry tale could ever be worthy of an upvote.

Remember Misco? Staff win protective award at employment tribunal

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If its got no assets to pay staff then it's been trading illegally. You have to wind up before this point. I'm a bit rusty on the insolvency act but I think it was staff first, then HMRC (although it could be the other way around).

(edit: whoops, forgot the highest priority: the insolvency practitioners themselves. no matter what, they get a slice of cake)

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

Or alternatively, Parliament shuns the deal and its revision and - unable to push it through - she reluctantly calls a second referendum to break the impasse, at which point the slim majority of the country that can perform basic maths votes to remain and she walks away, holding up her hands and saying "I did my best" while privately thinking "thank fuck for that".

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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My flatmates once replaced a burned out bulb with another burned out bulb, then sat in the dark for a week waiting for me to come back from a trip, as they wanted me to call the electrician.

AI snaps business titan jaywalking

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Re: Jaywalking

Being wary of french drivers is wise wherever you live. They can be tricky to spot in your rear view mirror, at least until they pull back a few feet.

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Was wondering when you'd cover this

I think it's one of the most interesting tech stories of the year to date.

* Will we see US companies throwing their toys out of the pram and refusing to come at all, or arriving with burner laptops/phones in the same way security-minded folk do when going to the states?

* Will the US gummint equally throw their toys out of the pram for a foreign country daring to assert their will over a US-based money spinner?

* Will the UK finally grow a backbone when dealing with the US? Ha, just kidding on that last one.

Peers to HMRC: Digital tax reforms 3 days after Brexit? Hold your horses, how 'bout 3 years...

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Re: VAT? Huh! What is it good for?

£125 billion. That's what it's good for. I think axing that shortly after we've told 6m or so tax paying European workers to fuck off home might be a bridge too far myself

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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Re: I am a bit disappointed ...

You shouldn't name a broom, you risk becoming attached to it. The same goes for any cleaning product really - before you know it you have empty bleach bottles sitting around because you can't face breaking it to them that they're off for recycling.

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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Any language where the amount and flavour of whitespace is significant should be strangled at birth. Sorry python folk, but it's just not on. Braces are useful for more than holding up your trousers

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

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Re: “Oh look, there's a drone”

Reread the bit where the guy said "I only realised there was a helicopter there when it switched on the big light", revisit your tail rotor comment, then imagine your family are on the ground beneath the helicopter. Done that? Good. Still all fine?

Woke Linus Torvalds rolls his first 4.20, mulls Linux 5.0 effort for 2019

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Linus Torvalds, Master Signwriter

I was reading his comments and kept hoping at the end he would add "PS. FUCKING POX-RIDDEN COCKWOMBLE" or somesuch. In fact if he did I'd probably subscribe to the LKMS, just for the bantz.

Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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Spare a thought for the translator

Here's a copy of his pre-wikileaks site: https://cryptome.org/iq-org/IQ.ORG.htm.

Turning that into english is hard enough, let alone spanish. Amanfrommars may have found his antipodean... well, his antipodes.

Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants

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Re: Brexit coin

Try the new Brexit coin! Accepted in 52% of shops everywhere! OK, not in London, but everywhere else.

'We broke a few things and will continue to do so... in a careful way' – Oracle's Reinhold on Java renovation work

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Re: The high levels of change seen in other languages is exactly what kept devs at Java ...

Could not have put this better myself. I've just had to post an article for our customers explaining that now applets AND Java Web Start are both dead, we have no means of "light" deployment for them. They now have to handle deployment themselves by distributing an application.

Applets I get but JWS I do not - it feels like it was killed because Oracle couldn't be arsed to maintain it anymore as it was no longer shiny. Over the horizon we have JavaFX slated to lose support in 2022, Swing in 2026. It's a wholesale abandonment of the Desktop, on a relatively short timescale.

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Norman Mailer

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Re: Christian values from the source

Nice versus what? Nasty? Don't leave us hanging!

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Americans Don't Know...

The Profanasaurus is amateur hour. This is how it's done properly.


Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Re: I'm new to Ubuntu

Actually after 15 years on macOS I am considering jumping back to Linux. Back, because I ran it when I had to roll (and patch) my own kernels to do so.

Why? It feels like the quality has gone. Stuff used to "just work", and work brilliantly - Snow Leopard stands out in my memory as a high point. But now... time machine fails so often my trust has gone. I'm unconvinced I could restore from backup to a new machine when required. iTunes breaks virtually every rule of user interface design that has ever been written. Login for various online systems seems to work, or not work, depending on whether the cloud is having a good day. I can't delete or move certain things around in / unless I reboot to some sort of safe mode, even as root. If I upgrade my Macbook I have to lose USB-A. And, most significantly, despite half a lifetime in UNIX I can't diagnose and fix anything because I haven't got any f*ing documentation, logs or source code to help me through.

So I've ordered a comparable laptop and will be testing Linux on the Desktop. I'm going to give Ubuntu and Mint a spin I think and see how it plays out.

Design and money are not a factor. This is an engineering decision - I suspect I will spend less time trying to get Linux working properly than macOS.

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Re: @SVV Please, someone set up a GoFundMe

Hi, it's the Internet here. I think you'll find it's spelt cat GIF, not cat CIF.

Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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Re: Why go public?

The intelligence services have been playing "we own you" for as long as they've existed. I imagine demonstrating this publicly is quite satisfying.

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: RE: Mooseman

She has an impossible hand. She is literally trying to ensure free movement of people and goods across the Irish border while, at the same time, restricting the movement of people and goods across the border.

I would almost feel sorry for her if she wasn't the one continuing to maintain that there's a solution.

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: The best solution seems to be Starbucks

How can there be a best solution that ends with you having to drink Starbucks coffee?

Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

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That's a different American, and I believe it's a mushroom not a turnip

Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

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Re: Musk the weed smoker

Thanks for your personal insights on hiding, anonymous coward.

It has occurred to me that Musks's recent history of being a bit of a bell-end would be an excellent way to depress the stock price prior to a buy back. Although the more likely explanation is that he is, in fact, just a bell-end.

'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks

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Re: Missing from the press release -- CVV status

380,000 cards in 3 weeks? Seems like a lot. Apparently they fly 145,000 passengers/day, so if nothing else it's likely the attack was across the whole company not one region.

Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world

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I'm going to sit it out a few years then move my business to Scotland when it leaves.

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Re: See the bigger picture people

You say "Europe red tape" - what do you think all those famous EU subcomittees are for? All that standardisation of regulations, that categorisation of bananas - it's all to allow free movement of goods, services and people.

These regulations require our governments to standardise rules for importers into the EU, and remove the red tape for the half a billion people living within it.

In our brave new world the red tape will reappear as forms, declarations, customs duty, border queues, restrictions on UK-EU trade and movement. And we'll get all this without losing any of the existing red tape that currently applies when we move goods, services and people between UK and the non-EU world. Brexit is going to be a boon for red-tape lovers.

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Re: Can anyone

"Except doctors etc come under skills we accept worldwide" - well that's jolly good, because we're going to need a lot more

Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

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Re: 'I guess you don't travel enough and the paranoia is showing'

Mr Gumby, we concede, you're correct. The USA has a similar approach to policing as the UAE. Finally something we can all agree on.

Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report

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Re: I don't believe anything Apple does is worth looking at anymore

Er, would this be the "Apple supporting gay rights" issue? Most people don't think of this as a political issue you know: they think of it as fucking obvious, and I think we can safely presume this includes the resoundingly gay Mr Tim Cook.

I'm sure the loss of a few customers still stuck in the bronze age won't trouble the CEO of a trillion dollar company too much.

Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

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Re: Caesars have proven themselves incompetent

Thank you phuzz, for pointing out the nine hundred pound pink tapdancing elephant that ZPO is wilfully ignoring.

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Re: Caesars have proven themselves incompetent

Well now that I know everyone can be armed in the hotel and you're allowed to shoot people if you feel threatened, I for one would be able to sleep soundly in my hotel bed. Dreaming of cinder-block walls.

As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange

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Re: Why not use a Mexican Bank?

Well what nationality is it then? Assuming a publicly traded entity has such a thing?

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

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Re: Not just small companies

One of our customers was Lehman brothers, before they went tits up. We used to offer terms on our software - 30 days I think - but after 6 months Lehmans still hadn't paid. We were in the UK, they were in the US, it was only a few hundred quid so all we could do was email, email, call, email. Eventually they paid up.

As a result we changed our policy to pay up front - it's just a license key we issue, the software runs with a DEMO stamp without it. When the time came for renewal Lehman, very importantly, said they don't do that and always require terms. I had the pleasure of explaining to them that we had changed our policy as a direct result of them not paying their bill for six months.

They paid up front, then went to the wall a few years later.

GitHub goes off the Rails as Microsoft closes in

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Show me code that connects to the database?

Show me code that makes this stupid &%@£ing program crash repeatedly

Show me code that I can pinch for my own project

Show me code that I don't fully understand and can't really describe properly, which is why I am using a "natural language" search to search for something technical.

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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Re: As usual, incredible claims come from far away

Statistically, most of anything comes from far away: incredible claims, things made of plastic, food, tourists, cobalt, trees, large mammals, icebergs. Shall I go on?

Former NSA top hacker names the filthy four of nation-state hacking

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Re: Rofl

You insistence on the same evidential standards as you might get in a trial is effectively giving state actors a free pass. Normal standards of evidence can be met because the state has the power to compel people to give it.

But we don't have that leverage over another state. You're never going to get a smoking gun that shows Russia invaded the Ukraine, or they supported/supplied the rebels that shot down MH17, or they used Novichok in the UK, or murdered Litvenenko, or had an organised campaign to sow dissent amongst their enemies by attempting to balkanise their politics

Finally you assert that Russia has no interest in weakening the EU? That's absurd. Russian policy towards Europe for the last 200 years has revolved around 1000 miles of battlefield between Moscow and France/Germany and allies. The EU's expansion east threatens that directly. Ukraine discussing joining first NATO and then the EU were a direct cause of Russias invasion.


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