* Posts by anothercynic

768 posts • joined 4 Dec 2014


That minutes-long power glitch? It's going to cost British Airways £80m, IAG investors told

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Re: 80million?

Until Ryanair does and they then turn around and tell you to bog off, forget compensation or rebooking, and buy a new ticket. Swings and roundabouts, my friend, swings and roundabouts.

Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

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Re: Ebuyer / Amazon Hard disk prices

Amazon has always been up front about their policy. The price you see is either the RRP (on which they have a very aggressive discounting policy), or the price they've sold items at (on average) in a certain period of time. But usually it's the former (i.e. RRP).

I once worked for a group that tried to use Amazon as a selling channel. Being told by Amazon that they expected to be able to give up to 60% off the RRP (which cut into *our* profit significantly given that the RRP was 20% above cost) gave us enough pause to decline and say 'thanks, but no thanks'.

Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: News to me

It is now for all output, regardless of live or not. As it says in your quote. The law was updated to include more modern equivalents when it became clear people were happy to use an iPad or a laptop to then watch it on catch-up if that meant not having to pay the licence fee.

Ta-ta, security: Bungling Tata devs leaked banks' code on public GitHub repo, says IT bloke

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Re: Public vs Private Github repo?

I'm sorry, but even a private Github repo is *not* the right place to park sensitive (especially when it comes to a financial institution) data. Run your own Git server that's backed up somewhere else...

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Re: Indian coding and support

Except your London devs will be able to code.
This kind of perceived technical superiority will always come back to bite you in the posterior... There's an absolutely lovely saying in the English language: Pride comes before the fall.

DXC Technology puts reluctant office movers on naughty step

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But it certainly had nothing to do with the handy location...

... of his home in relation to a certain rail line.

Oh you cynics! *smirk*

'Fat boy' flies: ISRO's heavy rocket fails to blow up

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Re: It still isn't a heavy lifter

It's all relative... ;-)

But that India is now available as an alternative to the NASA/Roscosmos/ESA/SpaceX group (Blue Origin and Orbital Sciences aren't included because they haven't lifted commercial satellites yet) is exciting and could get even more interesting in the future.

Give the Indians time... now that the Mark III has flown, the Indians are going to build on that and deliver more.

BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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"The Daily Mail..."

Enough said.

Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Looks like the Scaled Composites White Knight...

... Just bigger.

Those turbofans better be GE90s. The GE9X used on the 747-8I might be bigger in diameter, but doesn't output the highest amount of thrust.

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

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If you were to deploy Israel-style security at several airports, you'd probably find they'd move somewhat quicker than the TSA does, primarily because the check-in agents would've been part of the process and would've considered looking at the traveller and made notes, as would agents who roam amongst the great unwashed in the concourse. That all would've culminated in most of the sheeple in the TSA queue being marked as 'armed but not dangerous' or 'sheeple, give 'em a scan and let them go'.

That *would* however require check-in and gate agents to be trained beyond what they are currently trained for, airlines/airports would have to employ extra staff, and passengers would have to get used to the big evil P word... 'Profiling'. Lawyers love that word, especially in the sneeze-in-my-direction-and-I'll-sue-you US of A.

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Re: Why Israel didn't ban electronic devices on flights to Tel Aviv?

Simple... Israel considers such silly security theatre just that... They have *much* more effective mechanisms to identify potential terrorists and prevent them from boarding any planes to/from Tel Aviv. They tend to be somewhat (overly and rightly) paranoid given their history and their location.

Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

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Re: Quick question

@mrdalliard, thank you :-)

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Re: Quick question

@mrdalliard, interesting that yours failed. Which models, if you don't mind me asking, failed?

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Re: Quick question

Actually, quite a few sports people do... the Fitbit is just not accurate enough, whereas the Apple Watch (and my preferred options, Suunto and Garmin) tends to be a lot more useful.

Hardly anyone (well, other than the geeks in our office) uses the damn Apple Watch as the ultimate controller + message reader + this and that and the other... They use it to track their sports progress.

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

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Re: Not surprised...

@Mark 85, it is not difficult. If you look at the scheme, the ATO *was* paid some money, enough to not raise suspicion for a while. But eventually transactions that don't look suspicious on their own may develop into a pattern that *is*. That's how people get caught in scams. They get complacent. They fall into a pattern. That's what raises red flags.

Given the huge amounts of money the ATO (or the HMRC here) deals with on a daily basis, patterns will take a while to become evident... that it screws honest-to-God contractors absolutely sucks, and the directors should be taken to task and their assets seized (and sold off) until the debt (to ATO, the pension fund(s) and the contractors) is repaid. And, just for good measure, they should be banned for *life* from ever being company directors again!

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Re: Not surprised...

Doug, but... but... but... FACEBOOK. GOOGLE. UBER! ;-)

Seriously though, that's why you never got a downvote from this end. I like logic and that is logical. You cannot run businesses for free (unless you have a rich sugar daddy like a venture fund who is happy to let you spend his money)!

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Re: As if...

They had some inside men at the ATO, including Michael Cranston, a deputy commissioner.

This is a *very* dangerous statement to make, TReko. Unless you have proof that confirms Cranston's involvement in the scam, I would be *very* careful to make potentially libellous statements on public fora like this one.

PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Re: The beauty of virtual machines

Actually Steve Button, that *is* how VMs work when you've set them up that way.

'Jaff' argh snakes: 5m emails/hour ransomware floods inboxes

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Re: If you want to help scientifically test email providers for security/etc

You're missing the .eu at the end. It's mesa.jrc.ec.europa.eu.


CERN ready to test an even bigger gun

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Re: "... and its use of hydrogen protons"

Protium = 99.98% of the world's hydrogen. It contains one proton and one electron. It is arguably the simplest configuration. You could smash lead particles together (and there are experiments that do), but you would have to strip all those pesky neutrons out. It's easier to do with hydrogen. Nevermind the fact that hydrogen is... plentiful in the universe (and hence the experiments make sense).

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Re: Upgrading a component in 2017

Actually I have... and several Teslas. And Porsches. Patents and very generous grants/tenures are a fabulous thing.

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Re: Lineac 3?

LINAC. Not Lineac.

LINear ACcelerator.

Your particle physicists thank you.

FCC: Take your spam and shove it, slacktivists!

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Re: A solution.

IP checking is useless. Anyone can get a proxy and bounce their response through there. Also you are disenfranchising those citizens who are currently stationed in/based in/visiting the foreign country but are definitely invested in the issue at hand. At least in the UK, the WhoIsYourMP and Parliament Petition system insist you provide your/a UK address (that it can be verified behind the scenes), but I guess unless systems like the USPS and local governmental information (like electoral rolls) can be used to verify people, you'll *always* have the dodgy stuff floating around.

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Absolutely true...

Try to explain that to people who like to do the quick form response to feel better while doing... nothing (well, clicking a button).

MPs and councils have also been clear that when they discover that form letters have been used (like the 38Degrees, Change.org etc ones) for petitions or 'demand your MP take action' things, they tend to a) ignore them, or b) treat them as a singular petition response. Even petitions collected in a classic form (you know... write your name and address on a list) tend to be considered as a 'single objection' instead of 'these 834 people object'.

If you really want to see a response from your local politicians, start with the form letters, but change their contents sufficiently that it shows you've actually put some thought into it, spent some effort trying to articulate your personal views, and you're actually invested in the response.

How to remote hijack computers using Intel's insecure chips: Just use an empty login string

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One positive thing in this...

... The fruity behemoth never bought into AMT and that stuff is explicitly *not* enabled in the processors in the hardware shipped by them. There are some questions in the Fruity Support forums about when they'd be supporting it (and the answer was a fuzzy 'probably never' or some such).

That said, the question is whether it's possible to switch that on in Bootcamp and then let it continue to run whilst in macOS...

China's first large passenger jet makes maiden flight

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Re: Don't forget Bombardier CS300...

Sukhoi didn't go quiet after the Indonesia crash. The embargoes that were slapped on Russia are the problem. The SSJ is in use by Mexican and Irish airlines... However, given the embargo, this is proving to be 'interesting' for support issues.

The Bombardier CSeries has almost cost the company everything to the point where they're considering selling their train business (merging it with Siemens), but boy are SWISS and airBaltic happy with their examples so far! It'll be a slow burner... like the Embraer E-Jets (which are now practically everywhere).


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Re: as long

You mean the same moving stairways that caused the massive fire at Kings Cross? You know... the wooden ones (that caught fire from a discarded fag end) because we couldn't be bothered to install steel ones? Yeah. Enough said.

Let the blameless one be the first to cast stones...

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Re: Fly on one - if you have a death wish

Some of the Chinese high-speed rail tracts have had some issues, yes (cost-cutting and causing the infamous derailment amongst them), but they are at least pushing ahead with high-speed rail (and yes, they demanded to have access to the IP of Bombardier, Siemens and Alstom to build their own trains). We're still faffing about with century-old Victorian infrastructure and tinkering around the edges (that's ultimately what things like London Bridge, Birmingham New Street etc are, tinkering around the edges).

HS2 should help, but even then, we're still just mucking about amongst the incessant moaning from hoi polloi about the costs and how this is just wrong and don't we have other things to worry about and how shitty the railways really are and how those railway companies are all ripoff merchants (despite the margins in the rail business being to the tune of 2%, and the Treasury being the true rip-off merchant in all of it).

It's almost as bad as when CTRL (now known as Highspeed 1) was being built, yet how many moaners are now happy to park up at Ashford or Dartford to catch a Eurostar, or toddle on down to Folkestone to catch a Eurotunnel train across to the continent? Or better yet, catch the high-speed Hitachi Javelin service from Kent into London for work? MANY.

We should be doing what the Chinese have done... invest into our infrastructure and make it more useful for freight and for people. Right now, we're barely keeping it going for commuters.

New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

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Re: Here we go again

When aircraft parts start washing ashore and give indications of what they were set to when they became detached from what they were attached to, it helps the analysis (given that you'll have a general idea of the ocean current flows). Also given that several parts had part and serial numbers visible, which in turn were confirmed by the manufacturer as having been fitted to the aircraft in question, science recalculates things and thus, things change.

It's not like the Aussies just held up their finger in the air and went "alright, we're going to search here, here and here" based on the way the wind felt on said finger. They went with the best info they had. That the recommendation was ignored is... unfortunate, especially given the subsequent scientific proof corroborates the recommendation.

Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Re: Cheque Mate

Cards present have not been required for cheques for several years, and ATM cards (well, your debit card) specifically say 'NOT a cheque guarantee card', i.e. 'can't use this to verify the person signing is the card holder too'.

Microsoft shrugs off report that Edge can expose user identities from JS Fetch requests

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RE: Microsoft shrugs off report that Edge can expose user identities from Fetch requests

This is *not* limited to Microsoft. Quite a few Opensource projects have exactly the same blind spot.

Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Re: Justice may be happening already

And Cuberon's website doesn't list him as a CEO anymore either. Clearly his business partners (or the angel investors) in the business were not impressed either and booted him.

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This is a gross miscarriage of justice

... Just because he's a CEO he shouldn't be deported?

He can run the company via videoconference from India! His wife shouldn't suffer more because of (undoubtedly) the lawyers pleading that he shouldn't be deported (because OMG, he contributes to society, innit?)

The man needs jailing.

Trump's lips sealed on surveillance, complains EU privacy chief

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Simply assume that he won't

That's the most prudent action at this point, in spite of him still having competent people in his administration. Until he is clear that he *will*, assume that he *won't*.

SWIFT on security: Fresh anti-bank-fraud defenses now live

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Re: Not much of a 'Society' more like a faceless corporate.

To be clear, SWIFT's customers (and owners) are the banks, not you, the man on the street. That's why they are a 'cooperative society' (as per Belgian law); they operate for the benefit of their members.

If anyone is being difficult on telling you what the SWIFT fee for a transfer is, it'll be your bank (possibly because they know they're taking you for a ride). Other banks, like HSBC, are very clear on the costs of a financial transfer between countries. For example, HSBC's SEPA payments (the EU-wide money transfers) are free online, the SWIFT transfers, used outside the SEPA area, can be £4-7 (and that's come down from £14 or so).

That *excludes* any fees the receiving bank charges their customer for receiving international payments (or any commission they charge on the resulting FOREX conversion). Yes, some banks are still assh*les like that (especially in Africa where hard foreign currency is like gold dust).

And then there is of course the case that not all banks choose to be part of the SWIFT system, and thus have to use an intermediary who *is*. Of course that intermediary wants a cut... you think they do it for free? Please. These are banks. *NOTHING* is for free.

LiveJournal trial a storm in a safe harbour

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Re: Another thing too

Thanks for the reminder... I just pulled the plug on mine.

We know what you're thinking: Where the hell is all the antimatter?

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An alcoholic? Nah! Too much fun to be had*! :-)

* speaking as someone working in that sector.

RootMetrics finds provinces stagger to 4G

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I'll trust Rootmetrics on this one...

Ever since they launched, they've been on the penny with their assessments. Vodafone et al would claim that the Harwell Science Campus was 3G covered when Rootmetrics showed it was in fact not (except Three, but there's another story to that). Only 3 years later when O2 and Vodafone started to co-locate did the sciency bunch up on the hill suddenly get not just 3G, but 4G as well.

As for zero signal, I hear Aston in Oxfordshire is an odd black spot where a colleague couldn't for the life of him get any signal on *any* mobile network, yet within less than a mile would have no problems...

BOFH: Defenestration, a solution to Solutions To Problems We Don't Have

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Dear Simon...

You're going soft... that James fella *has* to go. He's sniffing around too much ;-)

Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

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Re: I can hear sirens

Hallelujah for Google. And the NEMJ...

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

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Re: Yay for security theatre

One of the ME3 airlines offers precisely this service... use the device all the way up to the gate, then on boarding, the device is powered down and packed into a box and sealed in front of you. All boxes are then loaded into the hold (one can only assume in a fireproof, blast-resistant LD container). The boxes are then returned to the respective passengers on arrival.

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Re: First AC

It's dangerous in the hold (fact). It's *supposedly* (according to the UK and US security apparatus) dangerous in the cabin, and yes there is a constant perceived terror threat (from the Trumpet regime in the WH) while all privacy and rights are taken away.

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That was not unexpected...

For obvious reasons, just because government says it shall be so does not mean the aviation regulators agree. If anything, the aviation regulator's ruling should be the one deferred to, unless the government rulings refer to mitigation that make it possible to resolve the security problem in the regulator's ruling (in this case, lithium batteries in the hold). Given that this latest security 'spiel' is more just to make the paranoids in the White House happy, I'll side on the side of the aviation experts and aviation regulators who actually consider these things carefully.

Sorry Trumpet, sorry May. *shrug*

ICO fines 11 big charities over dirty data donor-squeezing deeds

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Re: Don't fine the charity...

@Doctor Syntax, that did not stop The Kids Company to go pearshaped...

Half a million 'de-identified' patients records to be shared in Bradford

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<faux shock horror>@Nick Leaton, but... but... but... the ONS would *never* do *that*.</faux shock horror>


US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: Can Canada sue?

@Adair, unless you have a pain problem and need opioids for relief... then Dubai turns into a hell hole because they are of the belief that you're trying to smuggle drugs into the emirate. At least Singapore looks at that more pragmatically.

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Re: Can Canada sue?

Yes, that was the standard procedure for LHR-AKL with ANZ. You were left in a sterile area. These days, you will still require ESTA etc to *transit* through LAX, regardless of whether you *enter* the US (which lounge access passengers will likely do to refresh at the Koru Lounge) or not.

Unfortunately ANZ, as much as they fly to YVR, do not do the LHR-YVR segment. You'd have to fly with Air Canada or Virgin Atlantic (the two default partners) instead.

And because of the convenience and popularity of LHR-AKL (32 kilo luggage allowance on both segments vs 23 kilo via HKG), ANZ killed their LHR-AKL via HKG flights a while back. Now it could be a USP for ANZ to do LHR-YVR-AKL or LHR-HKG-AKL post-Trump (they do LHR-SIN-AKL with Singapore or Virgin Atlantic to Singapore and ANZ the rest).

Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

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Re: Placing an order for Linux box now

I'll have your sporty roadster with trailer hitch if you don't want it... The only problem I have with mine here is that the storage can't be upgraded other than shoving a Thunderbolt drive on. The fact I can upgrade this to 32/64/128GB for a while longer is very useful. The processors will just have to work harder.

SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

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Re: Congratulations to SES and SpaceX

My my @MachDiamond, aren't we pissy! Blue Origin did *tests*. They haven't actually delivered *real* hardware for a *real* client into a *real* orbit on reusable hardware before.

And yes, the Shuttle was *supposed* to be reusable and yes, because of the valuable freight (you know, those things called 'astronauts'), NASA was extremely risk averse and had much of everything replaced. At least it *was* all replaceable, not 'fly it once, then scrap it'.

But doing this with satellites at a much lower cost is a nice goal to achieve.


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