* Posts by Michael Hoffmann

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Pretend Python packages prey on poor typing

Michael Hoffmann
Unhappy

There but for the grace of god...

Ugh, I mistype a fair bit before my first or after my fourth mug of caffeine. I presume these are just the ones they fund (sic!)?

Unless the spoofers are so thorough they also post docs, a more reliable method would be to grab a full list from reathedocs or such and correlate it? What fun!

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China orders immediate shuttering of Bitcoin exchanges

Michael Hoffmann

Already back up?

A glance at Coindesk (which came up first on google) says it's already back up by over 15% in the last 24 hours. Didn't check any of the others, I confess I'm quite cryptocurrency ignorant. Maybe somebody more knowledgable can comment on "what it all means".

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Linus Torvalds' lifestyle tips for hackers: Be like me, work in a bathrobe, no showers before noon

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Last time I tried to work in a bathrobe...

... they wouldn't even let me on the train to the office! <ba-ching-boom>

As for showering: if I don't get my morning coffee and shower I'm not even functional. Never mind smell.

Blessed be working for a company that has a very generous WFH policy. I swear my boss is in the office less than I am! But even then it's stumble to the coffee maker, curse for the millionth time that you need coffee to be conscious enough to make coffee, zombie-walk to the bathroom for the 3 S's. Go on Mr Hyde, come out Dr Jekyll.

You could say I am NOT a morning person.

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Atlassian kills God, rebrands as a mountain, a structurally unsound 'A' or a high five

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

facepalm?

The forehead above the face that is being hit by a palm?

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Following flat financials, Telstra pins hopes on NBN renegotiation

Michael Hoffmann

Re: A wireless future?

Not sure why someone would downvote you: I'm presuming you're NOT saying it's a feasible alternative to the NBN due to its superiority, but because it may be the only viable alternative, when the only other choice is NBN's increasingly lazy default of dumping you on Skymuster if they can't otherwise be bothered.

That said, Optus has a good deal if you can get it. For many of us country yokels it's Telstra's eye-wateringly expensive 4GX, at $150/month for 50(+30)GB/month. SMB tax write off, but still. When your NBN has been pushed out to dates unknown and then you find out they just cancelled the FW tower, your options are slim, with otherwise a piece of rotting copper in the ground.

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hiQ prevails / LinkedIn must allow scraping / Of your page info

Michael Hoffmann

Putrid business model?

Never mind the scrape-or-do-not-scrape, is this the company that is making money off selling employers whether their minions are using LinkedIn for job hunting and networking? What the hell else do people seriously use LI for? It sure as hell isn't those endless "motivational updates" by sales and marketing droids. If so, that putrid mob needs to be burned with fire!

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Roland McGrath steps down as glibc maintainer after 30 years

Michael Hoffmann
Trollface

Roman emperor Diocletian?

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Google Chrome's HTTPS ban-hammer drops on WoSign, StartCom in two months

Michael Hoffmann
Unhappy

Alas, StartCom

In the days before Let's Encrypt StartCom was a good way to get a basic and free SSL cert.

Now, they're part of my "remove trust" process in my browsers.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

Michael Hoffmann

Re: Be careful what you wish for

What hogwash!

The chances of anything coming from Mars, are a million to one, I say!

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Plutus Payroll clients given hope pension payments will land

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

Simon, the job you are doing, reporting on this and keeping it in the limelight at least here among techs is beyond praiseworthy. It seems the whole story has already faded out of the MSM. Not enough sex, drugs and violence for them, I suppose. (EDIT: looks like The Age now has it in the top section).

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

Michael Hoffmann
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Thought process?

I just don't get the thought process here?

What makes the laptop more dangerous in the cabin than in the checked-in luggage? If it's something about detection - well, then extend the detection mechanism to all scanners?

What happens when the Li-Ion batteries bring down a plane? "Oh, now we can blame Samsung/Apple/HTC/vendor for killing hundreds of people but our hands our clean because we only care about terrorists and we Did Something About That, now please re-elect us"

As for the inconvenience to business travellers who can't get work done: I don't think they care.

Not the politicians - and not even the corporations who will just expect you to squeeze that work time out somewhere else ("get up earlier before your flight or don't sleep at all to get that presentation/program/document done").

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Horse named 'Cloud Computing' finds burst of speed to beat 'Classic Empire' in actual race

Michael Hoffmann

Re: pet food

Heh, yeah, as a horse owner and avid equestrian, I have no problem with horse meat. It's quite game-like, though needs proper preparation. I'm amazed at how some horsey-girls go into paroxysms of rage and tears when you dare mention eating horse. Yeah, I draw the line at cats and dogs - too high up the food chain as carnivores. Not entirely consistent, oh well.

Hmm, Solingen you say? I'll be near there in a few months.

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Michael Hoffmann

Re: Take offense at "nag"

If you're bored, spend some time browsing http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/

They highlight "inbredidness" (that's not a word...) by showing when there's common ancestral horses on both sides. (mine has a common great-grandfather on sire and dam side, not too bad as these things are considered, but then he's a WB not a TB).

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Michael Hoffmann
Headmaster

Take offense at "nag"

If there's one thing these horses aren't it's "nags". I would have applauded however, had the author deigned to use the word "inbred" in there somewhere.

Seeing as all thoroughbreds come from a mere 3 stallions to be registered, they are so highly inbred that, to paraphrase the great Pterry, they might as well try to breed with themselves. As a friend once remarked "you either get something that can win the Derby or the Preakness, or you get something with 3 heads".

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

Michael Hoffmann

Game on!

Now where did I put those old 3 1/2 disks with Stardock's original Galactic Civilization?

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No laptop ban on Euro flights to US... yet

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Re: Pilots use laptops as well...

Having stood in a line at US airport security (domestic flight, Phoenix Skyharbor) next to the captain who was going to fly the plane I was heading for and watching him take off his shoes and have his bag scanned, told me all I needed to know.

I started blurting out "but, you're flying the aircraft, if you wanted to bring it down, you could just..." and stopped just in time as I didn't want probes stuck into every orifice by the TSA. The pained look and nod he gave me I shall always remember.

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Payroll-for-contractors company named at centre of AU$165m tax scam scheme

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

Re: Good reporting, el Reg

Yeah, Fairfax media is showering itself with backpats for its "Exclusives" right now. Pchaw!

As far as I'm concerned, Simon is the man of the hour, digging into this weeks before anybody else!

Is there an Australian Pulitzer? ;)

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Vigorous tiny vibrations help our universe swell, say particle boffins

Michael Hoffmann

Re: expanding from?

The analogue most often (mis)used is 2D/3D example of the inflating balloon for our 3D/4D universe. As I understand nobody has yet found the dude who's blowing at the nipple of the universal balloon. ;)

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Have a go with this WW2 German Lorenz cipher machine – in your browser

Michael Hoffmann

My grandfather regaled me with stories about his work with the "Enigmas" during WW2. How fast he was with them, how uncrackable they were.

I wonder if it's a blessing in disguise that he passed before Ultra was declassified, so he never found out that (accounting for the above-mentioned cat&mouse game) for the most part the Allies (and therefore to a certain extent the Soviets) were reading over his shoulder.

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China staggering under WannaCrypt outbreak

Michael Hoffmann

Re: Nervous criminals

Heh, precisely what I was thinking.

And now apparently, there's pointers fingering the Norks based on code fingerprint similarities with prior attacks/scam against the Bangladesh bank recently. For whatever that's worth.

China would NOT be happy with the His Chubbiness the Dear Leader, not at all, precious.

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Amazon's Alexa is worst receptionist ever: Crazy exes, stalkers' calls put through automatically

Michael Hoffmann

Why wouldn't you just block the number without keeping the contact?

OK, I guess to answer my own question, unless you need to keep the ID info because you need it as evidence that said ex is breaking the restraining order?

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CERN ready to test an EVEN BIGGER gun

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

How many inverted femtobarns...

... until one of them gets to dress up as Palpatine and cackle about "fully armed and operational"?

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docker rm Ben Golub

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Flashbacks to VMware, EMC and Diane Greene?

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

Michael Hoffmann
Coat

Aaaah, the two words that strike more terror into the heart of ATC than a 7500 transponder code... "student", "pilot".

Mine's the one with the C150 ops manual in the pocket.

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nbn™ to offer 100Mbps fixed wireless service

Michael Hoffmann

Talk to the people who have and are having major congestion issues, due to too many RSPs still doing the "unlimited" thing without backing that with enough CVCs. There's a couple or so that don't - AussieBB, IIRC and have less issues if you manage to be on-net.

However, another unmentioned issue: the current generation of issues antennas are/were had two versions: 1 only supported 50mbps aggregate, and 2 went up to 75 mbps. So, will they upgrade those (for free)? Ensure that all new installations get one capable of 100 mbps (V3?)?

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

Michael Hoffmann

Re: We won't be living on alien planets.

Cue "The Expanse" theme music... and I don't mean that snarky. You sound like a fan, just like me! :)

But as geologic history (and the books/show) demonstrate, sooner or later you get a big rock or rocks in the head and that's the end of it all.

Will those trillions, born and growing up in a fraction of Earth gravity still be human after a few generations?

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Apple empties gas can, strikes match, burns bridge to hot-patch apps

Michael Hoffmann
Gimp

Stuff like this...

... is how you end up with backdoor code that makes the magnetic bottle of your Epstein drive go super-critical and turns you into a star for a very brief moment.

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

Re: HTFU?

Thank you! It's Friday evening and I barely had the energy to make myself a martini and type this. I have no strength or brain cells left to search on UD (but don't need that many to post on El Reg ;)

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Turnbull transforms tech right off his agenda

Michael Hoffmann
Unhappy

Better laughing..

Sorry Richard, but us down the back would rather be laughing, because otherwise we'd be crying.

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Ooops! One in three tech IPOs now trading below their starting price

Michael Hoffmann

Ask a what?

Don't expect an answer on that from a hedgehog.

It can never be buggered at all.

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

Michael Hoffmann
Boffin

Re: Will nobody think of the tax payers?

Had to upvote this, because my eyebrows crawled way up my forehead as well.

Something that normally requires something of the magnitude of black holes smacking into each other and then sets of microscopic shifts and here there's one covering half a planet?

I though El Reg was oversimplifying for clickbaity reasons but reading the abstract in Nature that's precisely what they're saying: mountain gravity waves.

Anybody here able to explain what they mean? Same term for something different?

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Putting the 'Port' in Portal: Old-school fan brings game to Apple II

Michael Hoffmann
Gimp

UCSD or Borland?

Apple's own UCSD Pascal (which you needed the 16KB extension card for) was a bit of a dog, but then along came Borland Turbo Pascal and it was brilliant. Made some of my first money with it back then, writing some for small businesses in the early 80s.

All that money then flowed back into getting the A][ tricked out... CP/M Z80 card, 80char card, second disk controller... I think I had every singe slot full.

One of the biggest regrets was selling it all in '86 when I needed the money. :(

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Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

Michael Hoffmann

Re: "unexpectedly poignant"

And who had an astonishing memory.

Among the 10s of thousands of people he met, I was fortunate to do so twice. Across 2 continents and 10 years apart. The second time (in Australia), he remembered me, where we were the first time (Silicon Valley), what we were doing (I bought him sushi lunch because his publisher agent was a useless c*nt and wouldn't get him anything, and then took him to a Fry's for gadget shopping). He remembered things I'd forgotten - name of the shop, other people there.

It was gobsmacking.

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Tell us about that $1m horse, Mr Samsung: Bribery probe slips deep into South Korean giant

Michael Hoffmann
IT Angle

Thoroughbred?

OK, this is admittedly a ridiculous nitpick, but what is that woman (a dressage rider, by all I could find and not even an eventer), doing with a thoroughbred?

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, those of you with SOs who have the horse bug, go ask them. They'll explain. At length.

(giving myself a where's the IT angle icon)

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Body cams too fragile for Canadian Mounties – so they won't be used

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Confused equestrian here

I can see the battery life criteria, but durability?

Going by the basic fact that they're horse-mounted police, I'm confused, as eventers use helmet or other mounted cameras regularly and what they drag the cameras through would surely match any durability requirement? OK, maybe Canadian winters, but I've used cameras in the Antarctic and they survive and work.

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RAF Club members emailed fake invoices. Has it been hacked?

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

Love the photo

The Hurricane (always one of my personal favourites) probably throttle-to-the-firewall and the EF with its high angle of attack, every flap-n-friend extended, likely still practising slow flight at the edge of stall. :D

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

Michael Hoffmann
Joke

Re: Missing item in the series?

Reverse Polish Notation with only those two affected?

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

Michael Hoffmann

Ah the memories...

From personal experience I can tell you one professional group that is worse:

Nurses!

To the 'tude add the look you get of "I've seen more men naked than a 2-bit hooker, often with a syringe in my rubber-gloved hands, therefore I know what you look like without clothes and I'm not impressed. Fix this computer problem or I swear I'll use a turkey baster as the syringe".

Truly frightening.

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Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Up

Re: Obviously...

You beat me to it.

I wonder if it'd be possible to place a target over her desk and then position yourself in an office across the hall for some crossbow shooting practise.

But, good lord, these people are educators who work with kids? Time to pull out Pink Floyd's The Wall methinks.

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Re: Naming

Why am I not surprised, going by your comment history, that you would spout that "the Nazis were left-wing" rubbish?

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Str-NAND-ed: Flash chip drought hits tech world

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Things that make you go...

... hmmm.

Just can't help thinking it may be an artificial shortage. We've been here before haven't we? With DRAM? Other storage? Anything to stop the price decline?

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

Michael Hoffmann

Re: It's WAR

Bah!

The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, I say!

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Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' – AWS is 'gone'

Michael Hoffmann
Facepalm

Amazing coincidence

My timestamp on this article says 14 Oct 2016 at 11:39, and lo presto, at 14 Oct 2016 at 15:08 I see:

"Cisco's cloud whisperer CTO Zorawar Biri Singh blows free"

"His role was to drive “thought leadership” around Cisco’s technology roadmap, platforms and architectures. Singh would, we were told, set the foundation” for Cisco’s long-term investments.

Less than two years on, however, and Cisco is slashing heads: seven per cent of its global workforce, some 5,500 people, are getting canned in the current financial year and Singh is one of the casualties."

Hmm.

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Blighty's Home Office database blunders will deprive hundreds of GB driving licences

Michael Hoffmann
Pint

Re: Archibald Tuttle, not Archibald Buttle!!

Clicked on comment to post just that reference to Brazil. Beer to you for thinking alike!

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Without new anti-robot laws, humanity is doomed, MPs told

Michael Hoffmann
Gimp

Ticket for the migration fleet...

- intelligent machines preparing to eradicate or remove us - check!

- generation growing up with miserable immune systems (thanks to hoverparents) - check!

- preparation for fleet of space vehicles to get off-world started - check!

So, turns out *we* are the Quarians!

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Boffins eschew silicon to build tiniest-ever transistor, just 1nm long

Michael Hoffmann
Boffin

Abundance a problem

Silicon is number 2. Molybdenum is 54... sayeth Wiki. 2th most abundant in oceans.

Largest producers: The world's production of molybdenum was 250,000 tonnes in 2011, the largest producers being China (94,000 t), United States (64,000 t), Chile (38,000 t), Peru (18,000 t) and Mexico (12,000 t). The total reserves are estimated at 10 million tonnes, and are mostly concentrated in China (4.3 Mt), US (2.7 Mt) and Chile (1.2 Mt). By continent, 93% of world molybdenum production is about evenly shared between North America, South America (mainly in Chile), and China. Europe and the rest of Asia (mostly Armenia, Russia, Iran and Mongolia) produce the remainder.

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IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

Michael Hoffmann
Meh

Re: Fired? Nooo surely not

With the never-ending "resource actions" going on, how does anybody at IBM even tell whether it's resigning, firing or laying-off anymore?! Do you get a different coloured hat when walking out the door or something?

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Cosmology is safe and the Universe is one giant version of the Barbican

Michael Hoffmann

Pity...

... I liked the "quantum weather" idea from the aborted Tracy Hickman/Margaret Weis Starshield novels. Use your warp drive for a few lightyears, but then Laws change to a section of the universe where magic reigns and you have to bring out the dragons to tow your starcruiser.

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2,000 year old man found dead near 2,000 year old computer

Michael Hoffmann
Happy

Re: Γεια σου, φαίνεται σαν να προσπαθείτε να πλεύσει το πλοίο

Θα θέλατε να βοηθήσει με αυτό;

(or that's what Google Translate says)

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

Michael Hoffmann
Thumb Down

Insult!

"Toothless Tiger Moth"?

Why is the author dragging the name of this great classic airplane

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Tiger_Moth

into the same realm of this failed boondoggle?

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