* Posts by Missing Semicolon

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If you haven't already patched your MikroTik router for vulns, then if you could go do that, that would be greeeeaat

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Re: MikroTik Updates

You should be able to just download the source, and patch it. But Microtik don't publish the source for the code that is affected by GPL. Oddly enough.

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PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

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TRS-80 RAM

It was 2114 4-bit-by-1k ram. An extra 12k would be 24 of them. All of them off the component racks at the back of the store, individually blister-packed. Looks like you paid $18.75 each. Ouch.

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Re: re. micro sd, etc.

Releasable cable ties.

Sanity restored!

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The secret history of Apple's Stacks

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"Renewed"????

Patents aren't renewable things. Patented in 1992, expired in 2017. End of.

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Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'

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Re: Maybe the internet has jaded me

Actually, I do buy the "accident" explanation. The movement is extremely odd, almost as if the model is wrong.

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'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls

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Re: The FCC isn't going to do anything that isn't easy

So, you redirect all calls that are not from an address book entry to voicemail.

..... aand now your voicemail is useless, as there will always be loads of spam calls in it. You will never pick up a real voicemail, as your VM box is always full.

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Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month

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Re: Java has been great as a teaching tool

Javascript? No typing, utterly bonkers inside-out scoping rules, quietly fail and carry on error handling, bolted-on-and-fragile object model?

I really think not.

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A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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WTF?

Where does the money come from?

So, the Private Equity "investors" (ha) borrow a shed load of money to buy a business. They then do this what-should-be-illegal reverse takeover shenanegans so that the loan required to pay the original owners is now on the business balance sheet, not the "investors'".

Business goes under.

Don't the banks or other lenders lose out mightily?

Who fills the hole where the money was?

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Some credential-stuffing botnets don't care about being noticed any more

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Fail2Ban works well for this

So why is it so bloody awful to set up? It seems almost deliberately difficult to add a service log file to its search list to detect probing activity. And the default actions do almost no blocking.

Set it up right, and the bad guys will soon give up, as your service becomes invisible to them.

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

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Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

Didn't a PS/2 keyboard only get recognised on power-up? So plugging it in post-boot did not initialise the keyboard, as the entire PS/2 interface had disabled itself. Only power off, plug in, power on worked.

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Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

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What about "Jeff"?

On acquiring the drives, he became the new owner of the data. He actively sold data to which he had no consent attached (duh!) so he himself breached any Canadian DP laws. Surely, as the listing provides contact info, the Police should be round?

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ServiceNow confirms relational-ship with MariaDB: We're protecting our toolchain

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Hmm

On the one hand, great! More money in MariaDB's coffers, more code!

On the other hand, such an investment usually, at some point, requires a payback. Are we to expect to get gouged by the company in the future?

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First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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Re: Hope it works with junctioned directories

"Moving" the user profile folders? Whilst it is supposed to work, usually stuff barfs because there are no files in c:\users\USER

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Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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MISO

So do ALL the data sheets for ALL of the devices with an SPI bus connection need relabelling?

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We're doomed: Defra's having a cow over its Brexit IT preparations

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Whitehall denialism

Simple. On the day Article 50 was invoked, a No-Deal Brexit was possible. So preparations should have started. They've had nearly 2 years.

However, Whitehall, and a sizeable proportion of the Cabinet were (and still are) determined that Brexit should be as soft as possible, or not happen at all. Remember, Cameron expressedly forbade any such preparations whilst PM. So little or nothgin has been done.

This is a kind of reverse brinksmanship. Instead of convincing the other side you can walk away, you convince the rest of your side that you cannot.

Sheesh.

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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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Re: Well, best of luck to him...

"half-a-dozen BC109s".

Blimey, that'll cost you six quid! (yes, I have a pile left over from way back too)

BC547's are 11p, get with the times!

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Boffins don't want to burst your bubble – they create them with sound

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Retrofitted justification

"The researchers believe that studying the bubble formation process in detail will help the storage of food, cosmetics, or pharmaceuticals"

Oh, come on.... it's just very cool. They had to come up with a "real world" use for the grant application.

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Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

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GDPR is ours anyway

Apparently we actually were its biggest enthusiasts. I can't see us rowing back on it now.

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Guys, geez... finally 5Gs: AT&T grows super-fast mobile net city rollout

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Backhaul

Does it suddenly make the operator's backhaul faster? No? Then the lousy data performance and calls that go silent part way through will be exactly the same.

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Nope, the NSA isn't sitting in front of a supercomputer hooked up to a terrorist’s hard drive

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Re: Little guy

Such overlaying of unbackdoored encryption over a legal backdoored cloud encrypted system will simply be illegal.

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Excuse me, but your website's source code appears to be showing

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repo on production?

Someone's developing on live!

Yuk!

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Re: Wack a Mole

@ }{amis}{

Not only will providing an unsnoopable messaging platform be illegal, using it will be too.

So best of luck with the court case when you get caught!

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Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

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Refund due

Since THIS vulnerability is caused by the processor NOT conforming to the operating sequence as documented in the spec sheet this fault is absolutely an Intel design fault.

All Intel processors exhibiting this fault are FAULTY, NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE, and should be replaced by Intel Free-of-charge.

If the device has a non-replaceable CPU, Intel owe you a new device.

This is absolutely as serious as the mandatory recalls that happen whith cars when a safety-critical fault is found. The Manufacturer stands for all of the losses incurred. If Intel gets away with this one (which they will, bastards, look at the share price) , nobody should buy an Intel device ever again!

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Re: Don't need it, thanks.

.. oh, and then try cancelling a print. Without hard-resetting the printer afterwards.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Pinterest.....

... is goin' daaan...

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: VM/CMS

Get yourself an IBM Model M keyboard. And feel the "best keyboard" again!

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"the default being a hashtag #."

I didn't know Amber Rudd wrote for El Reg?

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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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Welsh water

When I was at UCNW Bangor, there was a sign over one of the loos:

"Do your best. Birmingham needs the water"

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Missing the obvious

" England specifically is facing a water supply shortage by 2050 without a plan to curb water usage and wastage"

Well, duh, then actually build some more capacity, instead of sweating the existing reservoir stock to supply more people.

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'It's legacy stuff brute-forced in': Not everyone is happy with Citrix's cloud

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Holmes

"Citrix Cloud"

Somebody else's virtual computer running on somebody else's physical computer.

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Re: somehow $399 becomes €449

It's not the $-£ equivalence I care about (too old, too weary), but £500 for an underpowered tablet seems a bit much.

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Re: somehow $399 becomes €499

Yes, and £400 as well.

Actually £500, as what good is a laptop with no keyboard?

And how much cheek is that? £100 for £20 of keyboard cover?

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Boffin botheration as IET lifts axe on 20-year-old email alias service

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Re: Email forwarding services are passé

I'd love to know your trick for getting GMail to accept your forwarded mail. My Postfix system does it, but only by a method best described as a nasty hack (MAIL FROM different to "From:").

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Thanks for the happy memories, Micron – now beat it, says China: Court bans chip sales

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International rules

.. are as enforcable only as long as each country abide by some international arbitration, even when the result disadvantages that country.

China hasn't been playing that mug's game for years. So, expect the court to rule that UMC's Chinese patents are valid, have nothing whatsoever to do with silly bits of paper from the USPO, and Micron can just go home. After all, who you gonna call?

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Apple is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE

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"relinquished" == "relented"

FTFY

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Disk firmware can kill a whole cluster how exactly? Cisco explains

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FAIL

"low-write, long-idle-time workload"

What, like most drives that are not nearline storage? Full of really important archived stuff?

Ouch!

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Micro Focus offloads Linux-wrangler SUSE for a cool $2.5bn

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The value is not the revenue

.. it's the ability to use the company as collateral for a huuuge loan. Then the encumbered husk can be allowed to blow away.

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No more slurping of kids' nationalities, Brit schools told

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Re: Invasion?

Well indeed. And how does central government plan, without any data?

The problem with this is, not the lack of data, but the hope that by not measuring the problem, the problem will simply cease to exist.

There is a distressingly naive part of the population that seems to think that "Nationality" and "The Nation State" is a figment of the imgaination of UKippers and Dad's Army dropouts.

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UK Home Office sheds 70 staff on delayed 4G upgrade to Emergency Services Network

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"Incremental delivery"

== no plan, never finished, bonuses all round whatever.

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Do UK.gov wonks understand sci-tech skills gap? MPs dish out Parliamentary kicking

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"...the skill set is lacking because universities etc have not caught up with it yet"

Yeah. Companies used to do this thing... ooo what was it... oh, I remember! TRAINING!

Even for graduates!

Instead, you hire a fully qualified experienced grad from abroad. Result, nobody gains the relevant experience.

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Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB

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Re: IBM??

IBM run Nationwide's banking system. It does seem to work.

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What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Re: C++ vs C

There are two things wrong with C++

1) Spooky hidden code. Due to the horrors that are overloaded operators

c=a+b;

Is completely incomprehensible. If a and b are instances, the actual code is presumably in the overloaded operator+ for the class of a. Then, it must create a temporary a on the stack, before using the copy constructor to make c. So, if there are side effects in the constructors, all sorts of shizzle goes on. Plus it can eat up loads of stack.

And, the whole mess was just to make sure that strings are not special objects, but you can still write

foo=bar+"more";

The world already has Perl as a write-only language. It doesn't need another one.

2) The utterly crap reference book. Everyone worships Stroustrup, but the book is utterly useless for learning to write real-life code. It always shows stuff as definitions, ans rarely describes how to separate declaration and definition - the way you always work. The descriptions of the various features are a hymn to how clever they are, not a careful description of the use, abuse, and side effects.

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C++ has been squeezed out

If you want stuff to run quickly, or with few resources in a tiny micro, there's C.

If you have a bigger box, heap, scheduling, whatnot, you use a proper manage language like Java/Rust/Scala.

For code where the expression on a complex algorithm is the main problem, not the cyle-level efficiency, you go higher level Python/R/Go

C++ can't really be used unless you have a heap. If you do have a heap, with plenty of free space, yoiu need memory management, ruling C++ out.

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Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?

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Re: What do they expect?

You weren't around in the 80's were you?:-)

That's the way that home micros got sold for years.

And the 90's too, with the back-of-PC-World suppliers that used today's payments to buy the parts for PCs ordered two months ago.

Oh, yes, we were parted from our money then too!

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Microsoft partners to fling out collabo-visual Ginormonitors this year

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FAIL

Surface hub

They have one in an office near us.

It's still in reception, as it's so heavy, it can't be put on the upstairs floors.

It's left on, even though it's not networked yet. It takes so much power, that if you get within a few inches of the screen you can feel the heat coming off it. Over the vast area of LCD!

So, too big, too hot, and as big a waste of Carbon as you could wish.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Hotmail

Remember them? It was solid, reliable. Then Microsoft forced the operators to move hundreds of servers from Linux to NT Server. It was no good for months.

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At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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If you are a boss in a room full of engineers/devs...

... you have to accept that you are not the brightest person in the room.

Some arrogant sociopath actually thought this presentation was gonna fly?

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Loose .zips sink chips: How poisoned archives can hack your computer

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What about 7-zip?

If that's borked too, truly the end of days is here....

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'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

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Re: Article misses a critical point

"Natural Selection"? Not so far. Name the last company with a massive security breach that shut up shop. Then count the companies with security breaches still doing well.....

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Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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Re: Good. Lyft, Uber & their ilk suck arse.

"Which in turn means that Uber do have to pay minimum wage and all the other guff that goes with it - and yet they're still competitive"

No, they're not. They just have to subsidise the service more. As has been mentioned before, Uber is making a massive loss.

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