* Posts by Vinyl-Junkie

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Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that

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Oh I can vouch for stapled floppy disks!

Many, many years ago, long before anyone had heard of data protection or privacy BR used to have a mainframe based personnel system named PEARLS (I forget what it stood for). BR being one of the first to get involved with networked PCs with interfaces to mainframes they were able to update records from any depot, office, etc that could get access to the mainframe. Offices that did not have mainframe access could still submit changes using a standard form; the output from which was saved to 5.25" floppy disk, sent to the nearest depot or office with a mainframe connection and processed there. In the early days it was not at all unusual to receive a batch of change forms (for filing) with the relevant details on and the floppy disk all stapled together!

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Mushroom

Re: Careful of what you write

It's not just IT Helpdesk systems, either. Back in 2005 I took responsibility for the library management system covering over 50 local libraries. The customer entry had a free text field for notes. Not only did this have some extremely rude comments regarding customers in it but an upgrade (from a thick-client interface accessible only by library staff to a web-based system) meant that the field became visible to customers who could now manage their account via the Internet. I had to get the developer to write me a script to purge the notes field!

Pants-purveyor in plea for popularity: It's not just any pork push... it's an M&S 'love sausage'

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Re: M&S and MS

Now where did I put the plans for that 'B' Ark...

UK and EU crawling towards post-Brexit data exchange deal – reports

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FAIL

Investigatory Powers Act

Pretty sure that as the High Court has already ruled the IPA as incompatible with EU law (this) there will be no adequacy deal, let alone an "adequacy-plus" one unless substantial changes to the Act are made.

Especially as the six months the High Court gave the government to amend the act seems to have expired today with no changes having been made!

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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WTF?

It might just be...

...extremely poor resolution on the cameraphone that took the picture, but I can't see a single cable coming out the back of any of those keyboards! If that is the case then either it's a very large load of wireless keyboards (unlikely!) or whoever disposed of them carefully cut off all the cables first. In which case: WTF?

Can neural networks, deep learning and GPUs help your business now?

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Thumb Up

Re: Can clean toilet paper help your business now?

Agreed! I was more using it as an excuse to share the aide-memoire given to me by a Red Cross trainer some years ago!

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FAIL

GPUs

Can you please leave GPUs to us gamers instead of driving up card prices by using them for cryptocurrency mining or, in this case, deep learning? The latest generation graphics cards are expensive enough without people creating shortages by using them for other things.

You want deep learning? Develop your own damn chipset!

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Coat

Re: Can clean toilet paper help your business now?

It's spelt DIARRHOEA. An easy way to remember this is:

Doesn't It Always Run Really Horribly Over Each Ankle

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: As you might expect...

The annual subscription to the OS app (which includes both Landranger and Explorer maps) is about the cost of two printed OS maps (which you always need for anywhere you are visiting as you can guarantee that it will be on the boundary of two maps!). You can download as much of the map as you wish to your device, so you are not reliant on having a data signal, and you can use the credentials you create your subscription with to log into the OS website, where you can print off as many parts of the map as you like, if you wish to have a printed version with you while you walk.

Unless someone turns off both GPS and the phone system it will always be able to triangulate you and so it is impossible to get truly lost. It will also track your activity if you wish it to so you can see how far you have walked (including vertically, it has the best terrain height information of any mapping app I've used). You can plot routes in advance and then follow them without either ruining your map or discovering halfway around your walk that the pencil you used to mark it has rubbed off.

It also includes an augmented reality function where holding your phone up to the view will tell you precisely what you are looking at.

This is one area where new tech really does beat the old tech hands down.

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Coat

Re: Alternativly

Are you Granny Weatherwax?

“Granny Weatherwax was not lost. She wasn't the kind of person who ever became lost. It was just that, at the moment, while she knew exactly where SHE was, she didn't know the position of anywhere else.”

― Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters

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Re: Hahaha...

I think they're pathologically afraid of it in some areas. I had a friend who lived in Palos Verdes, south of LA, and she reckoned she'd call the police if she saw someone walking around the area, as "no-one walks here". I did walk down to the local mall a few times whilst staying there and got stopped twice by the police to ask what I was doing. As soon as I opened my mouth they realised I was just a crazy Brit who didn't know any better.

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As you might expect...

...the Ordnance Survey app is excellent for walking in the UK.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: the Disturbed cover of the song is absolutely worth checking out

I totally agree; I am rather partial to S&G, and although my music tastes mostly cover the rock spectrum I find Disturbed somewhat too heavy. I was therefore horrified when I heard they'd covered The Sound of Silence...

...until I actually heard it! I still prefer the S&G original, but The Disturbed's version is one I'll turn up on the radio, rather than down or off.

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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Re: Just need two chevron keys and a space bar...

Of course if you'd rather play it than watch it

Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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Re: Grand Slam

Also Tallboy and Grand Slam were precision weapons, only dropped by 2 squadrons (617 and 9), and required much training to use effectively. The HC bombs were purely designed for area bombing and did not even have fins or streamlining.

Tallboys were not considered expendable; crews were under orders to bring them back if they could not drop them on the designated target (which must have made landing interesting!).

There's a lovely story in Paul Brickhill's The Dambusters. When the first Grand Slam was completed the RAF and Wallis wanted to examine the in-flight stabilisation provided by the fins. It was therefore decided to bury a high-speed film camera on the range, pointing vertically upward, in order to capture the required footage. After much debate it was decided that the safest (if also the most cynical) place to put it was in the centre of the target. Of course, 617 proceeded to release the bomb in precisely the right place, ensuring that with Wallis' superb design the bomb arrowed down, striking the target less than 10' from the centre of the aim point. Bye-bye camera...

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Re: 300 lightning strikes

"The 300-strike-equivalent bombing was presumably much more localized than a typical thunderstorm.."

In the latter days of the war, once we'd developed precision bombsights, H2S, Oboe, Pathfinders, "Christmas tree" marker flares and so forth then yes. Early days of the war? Not so much!

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Headmaster

Re: C'mon, we're all anoraks round here

A quick look at the markings will tell you that those are RAF C-47s (and Far East command ones at that) and they are therefore Dakotas, not Skytrains.

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: Is "designed by computer" better ?.

The point about designing by computer is it allows you to test the aircraft's performance in flight without putting test pilots' (or other pilots') lives at risk. Have a read about the yaw damper problems found on early 707s, one of which killed four people and another of which would have killed many more had a Boeing test pilot not been on board at the time.

The first Boeing 707 crash occurred a year after it entered service during a training flight simulating a variety of landing problems. Boeing modified the rudder on existing and future aircraft to give a greater degree of lateral control at low speeds and power settings.

With the modern design process both the yaw damper and rudder problems would have been identified and solved before the first aircraft left the production line; as the aircraft would have "flown" both in purely computer simulations and hooked up to a full motion simulator.

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Thumb Up

Re: More than 8 hours

Looking at the museum on Google Earth it seems that the outside collection of the museum is pretty amazing, not just the US types but a whole host of other nations' aircraft too. So far I've spotted a Hunter, a Lightning, a Vampire, a Hunter, a Gnat. the Shack and Gannet already mentioned! Plus a whole host of former Soviet stuff.

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Re: The pilots walked away, so that's a perfect landing.

No, that's a good landing. A great landing is one where you can use the aircraft again afterwards and a perfect landing is either a)one where the occupants don't notice you've landed until the nosewheel hits the deck or b) unobtainable; depending on which of my instructors I was flying with that day. The theory behind b) is that a good pilot will always think of something he/she could have done better, no matter how good the end result.

Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: Wasps contribute *nothing* other than eating insects which has all the bird lovers up in arms.

So you totally missed the part about wasps being general pollinators? I often see wasps alongside the bees on the flowers in our garden, flying in and out to collect nectar and in the process pollinating the plants. Given the reduction in bee numbers we ought to think twice about reducing the numbers of other pollinating insects, aggravating or not.

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Re: You're not thinking BIG enough

Flippin' 'eck; I have a copy of that on my shelves (no doubt courtesy of a second-hand bookshop or sale). Might have to dig it out and reread it; it's been a while....

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Re: Yep, wasps are assholes

Also Bicarb for bees, Vinegar for Vasps is a handy way to remember it. At least it's always worked for me since the age of about 10.

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Alien

If a wasp was strong enough...

That would be this one...

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Re: Wasps contribute *nothing* other than eating insects which has all the bird lovers up in arms.

Untrue.

Wasps are a vital part of our ecosystem:See here for details

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

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Pirate

"there are active campaigns to hack the US vote".

There is another theory that states that this has already happened....

(C) DNA.

Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Re: I think I'll..

Sounds about right! I bought a CD by The Gift (UK prog band) last weekend; 57 minute running time, 6 tracks...

Beam me up, UK.gov: 'Extra-terrestrial markup language' booted off G-Cloud

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Holmes

Re: Overlords

Lord Vetinari would make a far better City Boss than May...

I don't think that's much of a recommendation; my dog would make a far better City Boss than May...

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Re: My wishlist

The only one of those my S9+ doesn't have is a user-replaceable battery. Otherwise it has the 3.5mm jack, the battery lasts two days with average use (phone calls, messaging on a variety of platforms, social media, camera etc) and it has a micro SD card slot which will support cards up to 400Gb.

Don't know about the others...

Jimmy Hill feted in Shoreditch

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Happy

Instead of Jimmy Hill or David Attenborough, who would you like to see commemorated instead?

How about Douglas Noel Adams and Sir Terry Pratchett on the same mural? Two great minds who left the world far too soon.

Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link

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Re: Pirate radio stations could not just say forget the past

No pirate radio stations were allowed to become legit following the implementation Marine Broadcasting Offences Act in 1967. Radio Caroline, the only surviving UK pirate radio station, did not become legit (as an Internet only broadcaster) until 1991. They did not get their MW licence until last year, some 50 years after the passing of the Act.

Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

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FAIL

If you have it in a proper 50l barrel (keg?) it needs to be hooked up to a CO_2 bottle on the tap

That is absolute rubbish!

CAMRA has this definition: Real ale is a beer brewed from traditional ingredients (malted barley, hops water and yeast), matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide. (Emphasis mine)

Beer that is secondary fermented (which includes traditional lagers) in the barrel continues to generate enough CO2 to maintain the beer in good condition throughout the serving life of the cask (which should normally be about three to five days). The beer can be drawn direct from the barrel (gravity), via a traditional handpump/beer engine, or by electric pump (frowned upon by purists :) )

You do not (and never have) needed extraneous CO2 to dispense proper beer; brewers prior to the widescale bottling of CO2 managed to get on pretty well without it!

The lines in a traditional pub or bar were short enough to allow the drawing of beer by hand without the need for extraneous gas (yes it needed some muscle power but not much - I've worked in numerous pubs with unassisted handpumps and I'm no Hercules!). It is only modern pubs built since CO2 dispense became normal (those massive 60s estate pubs, shop conversions of the Wetherspoons type) that some pubcos have resorted to CO2 assist to dispense real ale.

UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

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Joke

Re: Er. just Sky ?

he'd missed not one, but two England penalties

Don't worry, he won't be the last person to miss an England penalty!

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Coat

Re: BT was fine all weekend

There's actually an arborist round our way called "T'ree Fellas". Makes me grin every time I see one of their lorries.

Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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WTF?

Re: What's going on? amanfromMars1 made sense to me!

I know - scary, isn't it!

First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Re: I still cannot understand why Airbus cancelled the A380 Freighter variant.

According to what I read it was down to weight to volume; you could reach MTOW with average density loading before the cargo space was more than 2/3rds full. So unless you had a market for something carrying lots of low density items it was unlikely to be viable.

Microsoft sinks another data centre with Natick 2

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Coat

Re: Wonder what OS it's running...

Don't be silly, it's running O(ff)/S(hore) 2!

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Joke

You were only supposed...

...to SYNC the data centres!

SpaceX flings SES-12 satellite into orbit, but would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack

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Re: Odd!

Thanks - it's the fact it appears to be leaving a trail behind it but I guess that's an artefact of the camera sensor.

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Odd!

If you watch the launch video here at MET 00:00:17 something large and flaming falls from the rocket back to the pad.

Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour

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Re: Competition?

Don't knock the wurst pun...

Brit water firms, power plants with crap cyber security will pay up to £17m, peers told

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Joke

Simple solution: don't.

But then they'd have to hire actual people!

Biometrics: Better than your mother's maiden name. Good luck changing your body if your info is stolen

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Coat

To summarise the summary of the summary...

...people are a problem!

(C) Douglas Adams

Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence

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Flame

Re: US Prisons

"If anything our prisons do the exact opposite, taking in petty criminals and spitting out hardened ones."

Or dead ones. I came across this article when playing around with the Random Article button on Wikipedia, and couldn't believe what I was reading. This reads like something from a Japanese PoW camp in WW2, not a supposedly civilised country in 2009.

Disgusting.

Score one for the bats and badgers! Apple bins €850m Irish bit barn bid

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Joke

I feel a song coming on...

Slowed by the citizens of Athenry

Where once we watched the Apple execs try

To build a data thing

They had taxes and "incentives" to bring

It's still so lovely in the fields of Athenry

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Re: "Noisy" Concorde

Indeed; those who complain about Concorde's noise are almost certainly too young to remember "proper" jet engines, as opposed to today's fanjets. The BAC 1-11, Boeing 707, DC-8 and VC-10 were all way louder than Concorde, especially as you got further away from the runway, as Concorde had a very aggressive climb profile, which minimised the noise footprint if you were more than a mile from the end of the runway.

Until 2013 it was still possible to appreciate just how noisy the VC-10 was. I was standing in Port Meadow in Oxford, approximately 12 miles from Brize Norton, listening to a VC-10 doing circuits; it was possible to hear it clearly through every stage of the circuit!

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Re: Supre Cruise

Supercruise simply means the ability to sustain supersonic flight without afterburner.

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Headmaster

Re: Surprise Sighting

The Filton Concorde was flown in; there's footage of the landing here, for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4UHTiMJqpM

The barged Concorde was en-route to The Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Scotland.

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Supersonic flight

"although its characteristic sonic boom was no longer heard above populated areas by the 1990s in the wake of complaints from those whose windows had been shattered."

Concorde was never allowed to fly supersonic over land during its commercial operating career. On transatlantic flights the aircraft would fly subsonic over land before transitioning to supersonic mode over the Bristol Channel. Whilst the boom was audible, and occasionally loud enough to rattle windows in North Devon and North Cornwall, it certainly was never loud enough to shatter windows. The only damage that was attributed directly to repeated sonic booms from Concorde was the loosening of the pointing between slates on some roofs.

That's no moon... er, that's an asteroid. And it'll be your next and final home, spacefarer

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Re: The Heinlein story

That would be this one https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphans_of_the_Sky

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