* Posts by upsidedowncreature

23 posts • joined 4 May 2012

Microsoft slaps the Edge name on SQL, unveils the HoloLens 2 Development Edition


Re: Unfortunately

"Or there is my design, see the US PTO?"

Link please.

NASA fingers the cause of two bungled satellite launches, $700m in losses, years of science crashing and burning...


Re: Aluminum

IIRC the element was originally named Aluminum (the American way) and we Brits decided to call it Aluminium to better fit in with other element names ending in -ium.

Sky customers moan: Our broadband hubs are bricking it


Re: It's been years since . . . .

No, as mentioned above you can put the Virgin hub into modem mode and connect your own router to the one port that remains active. I'm on Virgin and using my own Draytek router. As long as your router has an RJ45 WAN interface, and I think the Drayteks mostly do, you should be OK.


Re: It's been years since . . . .

Does your Vigor router have an RJ45 WAN interface, i.e. a network socket for the WAN side? If so you should be OK.

Put the Virgin hub in modem mode, connect the WAN socket on your Draytek router to the specified port on the superhub - only one works when it's in modem mode, it's either 1 or 4, can't remember.

The peelable, foldable phone has become the great white whale of tech




User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?


Re: More urban myths busted

I was explaining a large and complex spreadsheet to a director on my new, superfast 486DX PC with 14" CRT Monitor. He wanted to draw attention to a particular row of figures, so he took out his red biro and underlined them neatly on the screen.

Are you sure you've got a floppy disk stuck in the drive? Or is it 100 lodged in the chassis?


Re: Floppies and Stiffies

I ordered some seals for a motorcycle brake caliper that arrived folded up. Didn't fancy fitting them.

Fortunately they sent replacements out fairly quickly.


Re: Ex apple genius.....

This is also the technique for getting plectrums out of acoustic guitars. Technologically very different items, but both prone to user stupidity and clumsiness.


If it fits...

About 15 years ago I finally got fed up with my DVD player misbehaving so decided to replace it. As I removed it from the shelf I noticed an uncharacteristic clunk. Upon opening the case I found a music CD rattling around inside.

The CD was Rooty by Basement Jaxx - the one with a picture of a cartoon gorilla. I reckon my toddler son had found it, thought he'd like to watch cartoon gorillas and not knowing how to open the disc drawer had just stuffed it through a gap in the case. In his defence he was only around 2 at the time.

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes


Re: Simply Ghastly...

What is an E*** M***?

Edit: Duh, never mind, the coffee kicked in and I figured it out.

Tim Apple. Larry Oracle. Ginni Layoffs: It works so why the heck not?


Don't bother Richard Herring today, it's International Women's Day, his busiest day of the year. 19th November, by the way.

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?


Re: Today I learned...

Or sing Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. I knew the word was in there, never knew what it meant.

Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G


Re: local shops

Is this peak hipster? Were there any fixie bikes around?

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs


Re: Maximum Password length

Also sites (usually financial institutions) which ask for specific characters from your password, thereby betraying that they actually store your password in plain text.

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain


Well obviously he can't because he's missing vital olfactory organs.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s


Re: Not sure...

India Pale Ale?

Oh, SSH, IT please see this: Malicious servers can fsck with your PC's files during scp slurps


WinSCP 5.14...

...isn't released yet according to the download page I'm seeing. All the 5.14 versions seem to be beta, it looks like the current released version is 5.13.7.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers


Re: Acronyms

Indeed. '"MVP" mentality' - Model/View/Presenter mentality? Most Valued Professional mentality?

Customers baffled as Citrix forces password changes for document-slinging Sharefile outfit


Re: What about other Cisco services?

Citrix != Cisco.

And IMO regular forced password expiry != a good idea.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?


Re: Calm down

He's not even a real pie.

Symantec cloud portal goes titsup after database crash


Getting worse...

It looks like it's not just user management now, the web filtering service appears to be knackered as well. Every page is being blocked and the Symantec message doesn't have any explanatory text.

Size does matter: Outlook.com punters want meatier passwords

IT Angle

Passwords, hashing,salting...

This talk of password hashing, salting etc has made me realise...when I log on to my bank's website, I'm asked for (say) the first, third and sixth letters of my password. This must mean they're storing the passwords in either plain text, or hashed in a reversible manner (is this the same thing as unsalted?). I'm no security expert so: is my conclusion correct and should I be concerned?

Engineer Doe thought people's private info 'might be useful'


Re: Good point

Yeah, maybe have four questions with the answer to each one being a digit from 0 to 9, that should do it.

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