* Posts by Erewhon

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What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

Erewhon

"Cloudy Bollocks"

Other peoples ale, made from piss and wind, and you don't buy a pint you rent it.

A sensible Internet of Things investment house? Breed Reply looks like it

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IoT only makes sense for data gathering and processing

One great idea would be multiple sensors to be used on farms monitoring temperature, rainfall, humidity, soil moisture, & soil acidity/alkalinity.

Couple this with the use of an automated drone using GPS to navigate over each of these sensors to act as the 'remote WiFi' to collect this locally stored data, which would overcome the issue of the lack of WiFi/4G signal over large rural areas.

Or just add WiFi repeaters across the estate too, to create a local hive network.

Call it PHARM - Portable Harvest Agricultural Realtime Management.

That'll be $5 million start up capital to get me up and running please.

#ActuallyQuiteSerious.

NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars

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Re: Murrica

"I imagined it as a William Shatner voiceover."

I imagined Carl Sagan...

Just how screwed is IT at the Home Office?

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"She doesn't seem to have stuck around very long at any of the myriad of jobs she's had since 2010"

Typical Pigeon Manager - moves in, squawks a lot, ruffles feathers, shits everywhere, then flies off...

Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

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Re: And here is why windows is trash

"So much for code signing."

RTFA -

Caveats:

SFC scan errors will most likely occur as it will believe the integrity of the system has been compromised

Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

Erewhon

Re: Joyous news!

"Vegetables are for fermenting"

or

"Vegetables are for feeding animals to make Meat!"

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Re: Cider!

"What does Buckfast count as?"

One of your five fights a day

Former car rental biz staff gave customers' details to phone pests

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Re: Buying stolen details

"Shouldn't it also be illegal to buy or obtain "stolen" information"

You mean like the UK and US government spooks, who simply steal it rather than profit financially from it.

Or Google/Facebook etc, who take your usage of their systems as implied consent in order to profit from Advertising revenues

These diabetes pumps obey unencrypted radio commands – which is, frankly, f*%king stupid

Erewhon

Renamed

Onetouch Ping of Death

Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

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Re: Why the fuck...

"... is Autoplay on USB even a thing?"

because users are idiots and expect 'things to work' without any understanding or effort on their part. Put a CD in a CD player - user sees it plays music. Put a thing in a slot, expect it to 'do something'.

The alternate is for them to, open file explorer or My Computer, navigate to the newly created drive letter and click it, then review the contents, whilst understanding the nature of file type extensions & not just look at the icons and assume the picture of a document is actually a document and not an executable, and then not ignore any warnings about the file being potentially dangerous.

So they chose the 'make it do something and hope for the best' as the default auto-play setting.

Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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"So how long will those spiders be able to live outside their natural habitat?"

You mean like a nice warm house with bananas in it.....

Elon Musk says SpaceX Falcon 9 fireball investigation is 'biggest challenge yet'

Erewhon

Re: Really?

He meant - a probe made of ireballs!

Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

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"I propose that we rename Windows 10 to Windows Schrodinger edition"

It's both working and not-working at the same time, but you only find out which one it is by clicking on the box....

Wearable fart generator

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And yet...

It still makes more sense than Internet of Things

Jacob Appelbaum is a bullying sex pest, says ex-employer Tor Project

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Re: Takeover of TOR

Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you....

Google snubs 'dark money' questions at AGM. Shareholder power? Yeah, right

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Re: Eh?

"Look at the world of flyover America? The mom and pop stores have been crushed by the tax dodgers of Amazon. The blue collar manufacturing jobs have been outsourced to China by misguided "free trade" agreements, and the professional and white collar jobs have been outsourced to India"

THIS

HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

Erewhon

Re: The Real Ale Defence

That is depressing on so many levels.

Facebook image-tagging to be tested in Californian court

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Re: How does this work?

Leibnitz invented Calculus not Newton.

Let's argue about something that matters....

Man pleads guilty for serving white hat with DoS, swearbot, sex toys

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Re: The guy is a fuckwit and...

That's because the US is a police state with prisons run for profit.

Screw the economy and steal millions, then you are a hero of a business man.

Piss about with some low level website nonsense and get 10 years in jail.

Ooooohhhh say can you seeeee. ...

Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

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Re: "aircraft fumes"

"If seals aren't quite as tight as they should be"

There's your problem. Bringing seals onboard. Seals belong in the water. Eating fish. FFS!

Helpdesk? I have a software problem. And a GRIZZLY BEAR problem

Erewhon

When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

Erewhon

Re: Christ

However if they have no Internet Explorer they have no need for you as an ISP. So unless the missing E issue is solved the customer will cancel which is bad for business.

Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

Erewhon

Re: FreeBSD

"3 legged would be better"

It depends how we define 'stable' - if this is meant in terms of 'resilience against failure', a 4 legged table could afford to lose 1 leg and would still remain more stable than a 3 legged table that lost 1 leg.

Same goes for those horses in the stable. However they are more likely to end up in a Findus Crispy pancake should such a failure occur.

Erewhon

Re: Power Supply Work

" As for prolonged power supply work, never heard of a generator?"

Eh?! How does having a generator help if you have to swap a power supply inside a server?

Many servers (e.g. HP) have bays for redundant PSUs and redundant CPU/internal cooling fans - so this would have been a way to keep a server running whilst swapping out a failed PSU or fan - but a generator is of no help at all.

Who's laughing now, doubters? Cloud makers rake in £75bn in sales

Erewhon

Re: So....

Resellers no longer offer any added value when you can buy direct from source. One less middle man taking a cut.

Erewhon

Amazon turnover is Billions. They make no profit.

Of course it's a tax dodge but it's a business model most Internet firms use.

Of course the old 'making a profit = successful business' intuitively makes sense. But in the the dotcom 2.0 bullshit it's about being 'worth' billions without making any actual profit.

VDI comes to the Raspberry Pi

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Only on the Pi v2

Forget using the disk image for Citrix on a Pi v1 - it's stops and says it's unsupported

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Does this work with Citrix Netscalers?

The last hacked version they released didn't.

If it does, this will be a killer piece of kit for our Citrix Netscaler farm fronting our Windows desktop VM clusters.

Janet pulls open network info for good after DDoSers exploit it

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Dropping ICMP (ping) using a Firewall

Is that the best you've got?

Why no DDoS protection on your network?

Just because you are 'open' doesn't mean you have to walk around with your trousers round your ankles!

Thin Client Devices Revisited

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The main benefit is data security

If you use a thin client with access to centralised, fire-walled virtual machine desktops, then you have all the benefits this brings.

These include simplified support, lower end-user hardware cost, centralised management, consistency of build, security control of the data, perimeter security regardless of user location.

In addition there are benefits to the user in terms of being able to work anywhere whilst accessing the same apps and data, without the overhead of a laptop to get stolen.

Citrix Xen Desktop on high performance ESX hardware is a great combination.

And no - I don't work for either of these vendors. I work as a grown up where these security challenges around data are real problems that VDI solves.

Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

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Re: Stop being a dick.

Yes educate. Put people and processes in place to give feedback on best practice and why certain coding approaches are incorrect or suboptimal. There's no need to be a dick about it.

And if your version control mechanism doesn't allow you to block updates from persistent offenders, then there is a flaw in the process. Fix the process. There's no need to be a dick about it.

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