* Posts by Tweetiepooh

71 posts • joined 3 Oct 2012


My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


I watched the programming on BBC Alba - failed to understand a word apart from those read in English from Twitter etc but there were English subtitles and the music mostly better than the mainstream BBC.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget


Re: “The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy"

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue is far more entertaining and creative than anything some Whitehall department could dream up. And greater longevity too.

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday


Ah the metric million!!

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


Re: Because computer dates are numbers but real dates aren't

xBase did store dates with 4 character year but lots of coding just used 2. This did mean that rewriting a hospital PAS from Clipper 87 to Clipper 5 didn't need huge changes to the data. And you could change the epoch such that 2 digit year could be interpreted differently depending on usage. So in 1990

DOB : 31/05/91 would store 31 May 1891

Appointment : 31/05/01 would store 31 May 1991

British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update


What that salad is missing

is some nice pieces of rare steak!

Engineer crashed mega-corp's electricity billing portal, was promoted


Re: Promoted for failure...

Methinks the problem is promoting people who are good at their jobs to positions where they have to spend their time managing people who aren't.

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?


Re: Dates

I can never see why people want to use MM/DD, well actually maybe I can depending on how you say dates. Do you say "March the 14th" or "14th of March"?

BTW, Growing up in South Africa in the 70's we were taught to write dates 'YYYY Month DD'.

Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test


As long as suggestions don't interfere with pinned items in new page tab I wouldn't likely see them anyway. If they do interfere that would not be good.

UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production


Re: Lighten up Francis....

Absolutely and who knows if this now turns into a new efficient design that no one every thought of because it's just silly. OK at 7 the chances are the child just drew something but good things have come because someone who doesn't know it's impossible does the impossible.

Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph


With these bases unless there is risk to flyover (actual risk to work, transport, sensitive information) why bother enforcing a no-fly. That just indicates there is something "going on" and attracts attention.

A collection of domes in a field with some supporting infrastructure is hard to hide from physical view and not preventing flyovers really isn't compromising things. I'm sure they'd be aware of the difference between some hot air balloons occasionally passing over and repeated intrusions of a more suspicious nature.

UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs


No matter what your political leanings, given their history you could allow government departments infinite resource and they'd still find some way to cock up any IT implementation, miss the deadline and end up with something almost but not quite usable.

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?


Re: upgrade

One way around this if you have multiple hard disks is to put GRUB2 on to another disk's MBR and then set BIOS (or whatever) to boot from that.

When Windows needs to update with multiple reboots, switch back to the primary disk and let Windows do what it needs. Then once all stable again, switch back to booting from other disk and there is the Linux menu in all it's glory. And you can still select Windows if you need to.

Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki


As a Christian I condemn this action entirely. If the disto is good enough then it will be used and doesn't need this sort of approach. Many of the applications used are easily added to other operating systems. This action is more harmful both to the distro, the organisation and the wider Christian community than it helps.

Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives


Re: Obligatory...

Given the nature of the pastry, I'd keep it dry.

The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film


My parents relate that just after moving us to South Africa (around 68/69) they went out to a cinema in Pretoria. This was a proper fleapit with the owner showing whatever film he could get that hadn't been in the locality for a while. They were amazed that many patrons were still dressed up with furs, jewellery, suits.


We also were in South Africa when the first Star Wars came out and that initial scene with the Williams fan fair then the essentially cowboys in space fast pace of the film. But you did have to get through lots of ads, 2 news reels and the "B" feature first but that was part of the experience.

I think that if you did see the film in a good cinema it stuck far more than maybe the better made later films.

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


We have 2 types of file we edit, in one the space/tab doesn't matter but in the other it needs tabs as a column delimiter. Guess what we don't do - convert tab to space - it's horrid trying to find why the code doesn't work and it's because the data file has some lines with spaces not tabs.

Japanese cops arrest their first ransomware-slinging menace – er, a 14-year-old school boy


Re: for i:=1 to 9999999

If it's true ransomware then he wouldn't need to brute force. (Unless it was time dependant and the decrypt mechanism had expired.)

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


Since this should be a controlled document it's not the (just) author but who ever signed the document off. Authors can make mistakes (likely a cut and paste from their production screen) but it should get spotted when the document is approved for publication which should have multiple signers to ensure technical correctness, non containing of "classified" material and so forth.

RIP Bob Taylor: Internet, desktop PC pioneer powers down at 85


Re: ping bob.taylor

More like

Destination Host Unreachable

Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil


Generally agree about other spaces but

that would mean you couldn't go to those places if you were on-call and needed to be reached in emergencies. I would understand in some situations but not all. (Even though I think mobile phones are horrid things and I don't have a personal one at all.)

Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth


Re: Cat litter + evidence

Wonders about the result if moggie is on some medication that would turn up in the test!

Email security: We CAN fix the tech, but what about the humans?


Preview email in plain text only

This is my tip and it's easy to set up. Most good users send plain text equivalent or you can get a "mess" but with something readable. You can see the actual links are from www.twesbarcoyd.co.ru and tracking pixels also show in just their HTML glory.

There are a few senders who don't make the effort and you see nothing. And where you do trust the sender (and their links) you can read in formatted form.

Nothing is fool proof but it adds another layer to the existing processes.

If you use ‘smart’ Bluetooth locks, you're asking to be burgled


Re: Stethoscopes

Ours is the one with the door wide open that means everyone thinks we are in even when we aren't (OK happened once).

More seriously our road is the one with "P" living on it since almost when it first opened, who knows everyone and has an interest in what's going on. That means we could leave our door open and any misinformed individual who came around and found the door not shut by "P" or another neighbour would likely find a "taxi" with blue lights waiting to take him to his next appointment on his exit.

Medicos could be world's best security bypassers, study finds


Re: Biometric systems

What biometric? Hands in gloves, covered in blood and other fluids, maybe mask on, face shield.

Maybe a solution is to have separate terminals and requirements in different zones, so terminals more open to "outside" use need more security than one in a clinical area where access is more restricted. You can also change what can be done so in areas like emergency treatment where getting info is more important that changing it make terminal read-only or limit what can be changed without additional authentication.

Why the Sun is setting on the Boeing 747


When I was at growing up in South Africa we had a cub field trip to the local crisp factory (at a time when RSA had loads of flavours) and then to Jan Smuts (as was then) airport where we toured the airport hangers and were shown around a 747. The "upstairs" cabin on this model was more than the turn left on boarding. There were only about 4 or 5 seats, each big, luxurious and separate from the others. Had own toilets and washing facilities.

Are you the keymaster? Alternatives in a LogMeIn/LastPass universe


You can share password on LastPass

In fact you can share but hide passwords so the agent/plugin will login the recipient but they can't see the password. I don't know how secure this is but I've used it to allow my kids to login to their own dropbox accounts.

Phone-fondling docs, nurses sling patient info around willy-nilly


It's not communication within the hospital

that is the problem. In that case the "records" are accessible on the "secure" terminals. It's contacting the consultant on the golf course and he isn't going to be carrying multiple devices, affects the swing too much.

Soon your car won't let you drink. But it won't care if you're on the phone


Re: Slippery Slope Indeed....

I think there is the charge of Drunk in charge of a motor vehicle, you don't have to be driving, just sitting in the driver's seat can do.

BOFH: Getting to the brown, nutty heart of the water cooler matter



What a good way to end the week.

Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view



Muting those with an "anti-religion" agenda on the same basis.

TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles


My SatNav used to work like this (sort of).

Plan your journey and points of interest on Google and send the points to the SatNav. Then you just join it together on the satnav. It has a built in phone chip so remained in the car.

Then it all started to fall apart : on board search changed from Google to Here, petrol prices withdrawn, Send to GPS removed on Google maps. It still has some features I like, checks for parking, has a tracker system (I can send an invite to someone and they can see why I am late).

I don't have a smart phone nor want one but the newer units don't have much of this unless you pair with a smart phone.

If TomTom have now started to provide some of this it may get my custom next.

Cash'n'Carrion restocks atomic keyrings


I have some of the originals

when they cost ~£30 for 6 and they are still working fine. Made nice pressies.

BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live


Re: And Radio 3 needs to be kicked off FM

Nope, don't have DAB and main stations I want are Radios 2,3,4 and Classic FM. All that nasty pop stuff should be pushed to AM where it belongs!

Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1



My Nexus 7 (2012) was horrible with Lollipop until I factory reset it. Now it runs fine. Wireless is better but battery life isn't. (I would use Lux to keep the screen less bright but then the NatWest app doesn't work.) I did loose some data not backed up (surprise) but most apps had stored config/status to servers on-line so they recovered nicely.

Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop


My 2012 Nexus 7 is like one of those old cars in movies now.

It splutters and crawls along, then suddenly (like in those movies where the protagonist talks to the old girl for one last race) it speeds along very nicely and then it sort of falls apart and the System UI dies and I go to bed/work/lunch.

The old 4.4 did similar but not so badly.

And every time I restart it I get an "Android updating ... starting apps" screen.

Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, rename terrorist Wi-fi!


Re: letter of the law

38 in a 30 is well over the limit but I think the police need to look at other factors that just the speed and the limit. Doing 30 past a school at end of school day could be in the limit but could be dangerous and careless (maybe variable limits so reduce limits at those times) where as exceeding the limit (slightly) when there is lower risk could be more easily overlooked. Hopefully a live police man (as opposed to some automated system) should be able to take these factors into account. It's not simply they let someone "get away with it" but use judgement about how to respond.

Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth


Shame it's Ardbeg

A local offie used to have single malt tastings and it's the one Scottish product that I really didn't like. Still it's an interesting idea. Wonder how it liked the launch though?

I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/


Re: It's gotten better.

I've often found Linux easier to install than Windows. The former has only ever once failed to see my hard disks whereas the latter wants a driver disk. Windows has been installed by the "builder" and so it works but try to repair the booting and no disks found. Fortunately GRUB can boot Windows for me so all is not lost.

Etsy security rule #1: Don't be a jerk to devs


Bribe developers with tee-shorts

Don't know how I'd respond to a pair of these (American or British interpretation), maybe need a gift card to pay for some gymnastics lessons.

BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE


Question about FTTP

If phone runs on this too how will life line services be provided - phone must still work in power cut? I don't have mobile so need home phone to work.

Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM


Re: wtf

The wild haggis of Scotland may be a myth but here in Hampshire it's the new season pork pies that are becoming available. With children now going to school the nesting sites are much safer and the recent dry weather has helped improve survival by allowing their coats to fully dry out much more quickly giving protection from predators.

Just ask Jake at Hampshire Farmers' Markets http://www.stanstedfarmshop.com/2014/09/10/finest-pork-pie-ever/

Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines


but then there is

Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings (original name changed to protect the innocent/guilty).

Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords


Just wondering

is "belgium" in the list. Really sorry to use that word but I just lost my towel.

LOHAN's stirring motto: Ad Astra Tabernamque


You'd have to have something non-gassy

so lager, nasty fizzy ciders (cidres) are out. Wonder about a nice mug of scrumpy. (Would we get calvados?)

Best use for the fruit machine and other nonsense is ballast and drop it to plummet back to earth.

Darts could be fun as would dominoes as played in certain quarters which is far removed from the genteel game seen in some pubs.

And judging by the general lack of aim found in many pub gents, the urinals would also be interesting.

Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330


Entertainment on board

I'd like to have a view as out of cockpit, especially takeoff/landing (at 11km up not much to see). Nice to have some instruments overlaid and maybe some voice channel as well. That would be great fun and I can't see it costing to much but there is always the ones scared of flying who don't want to be reminded of their current position and I can bet some daft security reasons not to.

At one time a pilot left the door to the cabin open on a medium haul flight so those near the front on the aisle got a goodish view of part of the flight.

Mobe-orists, beware: Stroking while driving could land you a £4k fine


Safety mode on GPS

means you can't do much while in motion without turning off the said mode, even then it can be distracting to select alternative routes and the like.

It is easier to spot folk on the hand held mobiles though. Bigger fines should lead to incentives to get hands free which while not perfect is still safer.

Our courts need the options to impose stiffer fines where needed. Maybe the maximum also needs a "multiplier" for number of times before the bench for related fines. So while you could get stung £10k for a first offence, for the fourth that could be £40k.

Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech wolverine talons


Taps nothing,

I'd check that new toilet (and/or bidet) much more thoroughly.

LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane


If "the scotish vote" goes YES

Then surely the flag will need to change too.

Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield


Re: Things change.

Although I haven't been for years modern road signs had distances in km but some older rural ones where still in miles. This could mean that you'd pass a sign that said 10(miles) then later pass one that said 15(km).

Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88



Politics I didn't like but he was an entertaining speaker and at least you knew he meant what he said.


We had a book on Concorde with a cartoon set in France with a politico, wearing a badge showing concordE, saying that he'd finally made up for Waterloo, Agencourt and so on.


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