* Posts by choleric

302 posts • joined 7 Oct 2014

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Drama brews on high seas as Playmobil ship running out of steam

choleric

moniker

The Trans-Atlantic Yatch Live Online Reports by Satelite, With Interaction From Trawlers (and other nearby ocean going vessels), or TAYLOR SWIFT, for short (ish).

Surely someone can do better than this?

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Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots

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Re: Clearly something wrong here

Something something something I think that's quite atrocious.

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US Congress quietly slips cloud-spying powers into page 2,201 of spending mega-bill

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Re: Paperweight

I was basing my initial assessment on my frequent experience of dealing with boxes of 2,500 sheets of paper. The pile in his arms looks bigger than such a box but it should only be 2,232 sheets max.

However, on a second look this afternoon, I think I could be persuaded that the way the paper droops down at the front of the stack (paper in a box does not do that), and the way the perspective functions in the photo (he's holding it out in front of him while the camera is quite close by) make the stack look larger, while not actually massaging the number of pages in the stack.

Nice point about duplex. That might slow down the already slow printing process a bit more though.

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Paperweight

Methinks there might be a few "This page intentionally left blank" insertions into that stack of paper held by the honourable politician. Perhaps he printed out onto rolled polystyrene?

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Breaking up is hard to do: Airbus, new bae Google and clinging on to Microsoft's 'solutions'

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Re: Did you really just put 'bae' in an article headline?

It might not be de rigueur, but it is punny. BAE Systems (a successor to British Aerospace, aka BAe) has had its own association with Airbus. The reference in the headline implies that this software migration might be similarly messy.

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Your mouse can't reach that Excel cell? Buy a 'desk extender' said help desk bluffer

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He should be Arrested and sent for professional Development training.

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Java EE renamed 'Jakarta EE' after Big Red brand spat

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That'll be an island with more population than any other island you've ever been to. "Tourist island" is not an accurate label.

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Capita data centres hit by buttload of outages

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Re: Data centres...

If you publish your address like that you'll get a flood of emails.

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Sorry, I can't hear you, the line's VoLTE

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re-VoLTE

If at first you don't succeed, dial, dial again?

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Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

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help please

Can they send their experts over? My Apache server logs are infested with geckos.

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Military techie mangled minicomputer under nose of scary sergeant

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The box

Funny how something so basic can save so much bacon. Sometimes the old hacks are the best hacks.

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

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If he goes will he be cleared of all chargers?

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Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

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Apogee or perigee?

See title

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Intel alerted Chinese cloud giants 'before US govt' about CPU bugs

choleric

Re: Possible word to wise...

Hey, don't shoot the messenger. I'm not saying I think that El Reg is small fry, just pointing out that WSJ wasn't above belittling it, which wasn't big of them.

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Re: Possible word to wise...

Yes, but El Reg is only noted with faint praise. Did you see how WSJ only said that the news became widespread the day AFTER El Reg broke it? The point being that our beloved IT Red Top is small fry.

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What do you press when flaws in Bluetooth panic buttons are exposed?

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You call Hawaii

I hear they have a very effective panic button.

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Re: All this talk of breadboards...

I'm board now.

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Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python

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Re: Bah!

Simon? Est ce c'est vous?

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killall -9 python

An encounter with a python, no matter how brief, or even in your briefs, is no choking matter.

Loved the detail about descaling products. Next time the kettle needs a clean I think I'll ask for some reptilian exfoliant. Think I'd have been scared out of my skin.

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: 380b?

Datsun -> Nissan. Basically. Branding for different international markets makes the story a bit more complicated.

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

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a meeellion

"contracts for organic undersea weaponisation"

I see what you did there. Needs a natty acronym though. What about Seagoing High Art and Research by Kids?

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DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

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Silent single point of failure

Just one DNS server IP address? Single point of failure.

And the instructions tell you to simply add 9.9.9.9 to the list of DNS servers already configured on your device, albeit as the first entry. This configuration offers no warning in the case that 9.9.9.9 has been blocked and malicious sites are now being accessed.

IPv6 is good to have, but again, only one, and sadly not as memorable. What about 2001:c001::a1d?

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WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

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Why do we still only have WPA2?

Shirley we should have had WPA3 released by now? WPA2 was signed off in 2004 back when the earth was young. Did we really learn nothing from the sorry saga of playing catch-up with SSL and TLS vulnerabilities?

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What does Elon Musk really need? A personal theme tune, of course!

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Didn't he release that "Sorry" track already?

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Is this cough cancer, doc? No: it's a case of Playmobil on the lung

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This is why

you shouldn't play with Playmobil.

Lego is the superior toy - the sharp edges on most blocks would cause far more trauma to a young child's lungs and require removal far more swiftly.

Won't someone think of the children?

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What's in this Monday morning storage BLT? A 12TB WD HDD, wars of words – and more

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Right, they're looking to noble that part of the market.

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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It's use of English is quite stilton.

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UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US

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Cash 22

The problem here is that after a while if you want a fully patched phone on most Android handsets you have to root the phone and install the latest version of LineageOS or equivalent.

But rooting your phone generally means that you can't use it for electronic payments because it's no longer considered trustworthy.

So you have a choice: use your credit card and, separately, an up-to-date software stack on your phone, or let an unpatched Android loose with your remaining credit balance.

Mines the one with the miniature EMP device in the pocket.

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Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding

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The fix, as described: a simple change to a list, could be delivered OTA, but for the undoubtedly stupefying amount of paperwork involved. Replacing the suspect components on the other hand... that's a hardware issue!

Happy to report my recent flight on board an SIA A350 went without observable hitch, let alone thermal runaway failure modes. I was keeping an eye on the carbon fibre reinforced wings - my kids were more impressed with the touchscreen media systems. Lovely plane.

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Calm down, internet. Elon's Musk-see SpaceX spacesuit is a bit generic

choleric

Agreed. "Esthetics" just looks wrong doesn't it?

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Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature

choleric

Re: remote CSS?

Right, I'm off to dust off my Mutt installation this evening. All in the name of progress!

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Western Digital hauls out weighty tome with 20TB external storage

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Three year warranty

A five year warranty would run the risk of cutting the legs out from under the nice secondary market that is the backup of the the backup. A three year warranty makes sure that enough people are nervous enough to buy two sets, in case one breaks.

RAID1 despite costing you 50% of your storage space doesn't quite offer the protection in this configuration that many assume. Essentially you have two identical disks coming off the assembly line around the same time, being subjected to identical environmental conditions, and similar workloads. The chances of them both failing around the same time are higher than for non-identical disks. RAID1 only offers protection for one disk failing. If both go you're scuppered. The only way to avoid this happening is to open up the new device and hit one of the drives with a hammer/luser hard enough that it will fail first by a safe margin, but not hard enough to break it! Most people prefer not to do this.

So you need a backup of the backup. Hence the three year warranty to underline that requirement.

That being said, I'd still prefer five years :)

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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The ultimate

Godwin's Law is in meltdown. El Reg gets there in the flippin' subhead! No führer comment.

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South London: Rats! The rodents have killed the internet

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Re: Armour is pointless

@Mage That sounds like the perfect reason to ensure all cable access points are housed in Indian (substitute spicy-food-cooking country of your choice) restaurants.

I imagine this would simultaneously increase the number of engineers available to fix problems and the amount of time taken to fix them - "we had to remain on site to ensure the splice was properly cooked".

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Plink: Lego swaps CEO for newer piece

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It'll be a bumpy ride, but I'm sure things will click if he pushes hard enough. He needs to listen to his Creator types, leave the Technic stuff to the experts, get the right results in to the City (no Minifigures!), and if there are any mergers make sure he does his Duplo diligence.

Everything will be fine ... until the Pirates turn up.

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Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

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"OSX and Debian for example come with "127.0.0.1 localhost" out of the box."

So both crazy and sane systems builders do this sensibly... What kind of maniac do you have to be to get this wrong?

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Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens

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Re: boring

Making it a tough nut to crack.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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So in fact it was the pump that pooped.

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Tails OS hits version 3.0, matches Debian's pace but bins 32-bit systems

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Just as long as you don't wait for 3.11.

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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

choleric

Re: Who needs terrorism?

Sounds like someone has been trying to to tipex the incident out already.

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In the face of these charges and a high power investigation this live wire should ohm up and turn himself in. I reckon he will only be free far a day a or so more. Resistance is futile.

His drone returned to earth already. So should he.

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Japanese lab's 'value-aware' SSDs last longer, recognise images faster

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Re: When there's a market that demands reliability

That's not really what happened with ssd is it?

It took upstarts to drag the big players into the market. They were quite happy milking their spinning rust cash cows for a long while more.

Where are the upstarts with the new technology. If there are none then we may be waiting a long time for the existing players to roll out new technology.

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Comet 67P's oxygen could be a breath of fresh air

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O2 may be there, but it's not even 1g. There is little to no prospect of Long Term Evolution.

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

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Re: ITEOTWAWKI

Good point. I got caught up with developments at the end of the story. Maybe it ends up with a, "this town ain't big enough for the both of us," kind of scenario?

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ITEOTWAWKI

So James becomes the new PFY. That must mean the PFY becomes the new BOFH. Which would make the BOFH the new ... >gasp< ... boss?

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