* Posts by herman

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

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Beware when your spell checker wants to check your periods and colons. When you hear the snap of a rubber glove - run!

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Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

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It reminds me of Spamradio, which was a joke project to automatically read spam.

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UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather

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Re: Note the target is called the "Coyote"

"Note the target is called the "Coyote"

Because if it was called "Road runner," they'd never catch it.

Beep, beep."

Err... while the Coyote never catches anything.

Maybe the MOD should rather get a some of those Acme Holes to make anything fall into.

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FBI's flawed phone tally blamed on programming error. 7,800 unbreakable mobes? Er, um...

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The problem is that the agents that had to count the phones ran out of fingers and toes to count on and then got very confused.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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I have come to the conclusion that many seemingly respectable people really do live in the boondocks, shit outside in a bog and wipe up with a corn cob - the traditional way.

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Re: We need some ...

The problem is the crap that gets blown up from the floor and surroundings.

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Brit prosecutors fined £325k after losing unencrypted vids of police interviews

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Hmm, now they have an online method to transfer the videos - did they check Youtube for leaks?

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Hey cool, you went serverless. Now you just have to worry about all those stale functions

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Yeah, da! Someone re-invented RPC and CORBA. I want the 1970s back now.

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Red Hat admin? Get off Twitter and patch this DHCP client bug

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I think one could do the same with any networked utility with an exec function such as ssh. Maybe even find could be made to work.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Yeah well, no biggie, just put the data on Dropbox or Mega, or your own anonymous FTP server open to the world or make yourself a netcat transparent proxy on a $5 Digital Ocean Droplet...

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Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

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Laser sunglasses

So, Uncle Sam is too cheap to issue its pilots with laser safety glasses?

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TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

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"Slaughter and Pester" - Seriously? What is this, Monty Python's Flying Circus or a Butcher Shop?

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North will remain North for now, say geo-magnetic boffins

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Re: "...what has a 34,000 year [old] cycle."

My granny had one, but the wheel fell off.

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Re: There is no pole flip.

Damn, it would be terrible if the East and West poles would flip. We would all turn Japanese.

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Re: Upgrade went perfectly

'Seem' - Ayup.

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Eurocrats double down on .eu Brexit boot-out

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Re: What's the difference?

"mountaindi.eu" Mon di.eu or sacre bl.eu would be more apt.

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

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W0t?

“Meanwhile, we’re also integrating other technologies such as 3D printing and asteroid mining into our design.” Nope - this ship will never fly without Cloud and Blockchain.

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Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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Re: Does Wifi Work?

Yeah, well, WiFi devices are so cheap - if I have a problem with one I replace the WiFi adaptor rather than suffer with the damned thing for years and years.

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Cool, now SSH with X forwarding will work again on Ubuntu. Why they crippled their system so badly years ago is just beyond me.

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Medic! Orangeworm malware targets hospitals worldwide

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Re: Security

"hadn't actually selected any data to backup" - I am unable to select any decent response to that one.

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"It isn't clear that "upgrades" are that easy. For example: if the XP machine is the interface to a 10 year old MID (medical imaging device, i.e. X ray, CAT Scan, MRI), the XP machine may be literally the only way to access data coming out of the MID." - That is one of the things that virtual machines are good for. You can run XP with the network interface disabled, configured to store all data on the host file system and be pretty safe against malware.

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

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Follow the money

It is totally clear cut actually.

Does FB get paid to publish an advert? If yes - then they are responsible.

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Chinese web giant finds Windows zero-day, stays schtum on specifics

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"something they are good at" - The Microsoft Mouse was pretty good...

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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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Re: My first laptop ran WIn98

Yup, WIN ME wasn't too bad. It could run for 49.5 days without crashing.

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Hmm, why is it that whenever MS completely rewrites Windows for a new major release, all the old bugs are also faithfully rewritten?

We are now on W10 and it still BSODs for many of the old reasons and the USB subsystem still doesn't work properly - What a bunch of sad sack developers, developers, developers...

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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So what happened to ISDN (Innovation Subscribers Don't Need) and ATM (No not a bank machine)? Those were digital successors to PSTN too...

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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Whois is useless anyway. What is the point of a database filled with fake data?

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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

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Re: How would it feel?

If you can sense polarization, then you can sense here the sun is even when the sun is below the horizon. This is the origin of the "philosopher's stone" (feldspar) used to navigate in northern latitudes.

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Re: How would it feel?

W0t? "Finch-Rodriguez" is human? I thought he is very smart for a bird brain...

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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OK, so now the Lawyer is OK, but the psychiatrist is poor. Obviously he flunked economics 101.

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An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

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Personal data is toxic. It should not be stored. It should be deleted as soon as it was used for a purchase or service. Companies should figure out how to make money from real trade, not the spy trade.

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£12k fine slapped on Postman Pat and his 300,000 spam emails

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The solution is to ensure that all your important things are done online. Then, instead of a mailbox, put a mail slot on your garbage bin. La voila!

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NUC, NUC! Who's there? Intel, warning you to kill a buggy keyboard app

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VNC on Linux???

Use the Secure Shell on Linux. That is what it is for.

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SUSE bakes a Raspberry Pi-powered GNU/Linux Enterprise Server

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I have a 1TB solid state RPi server. It works well.

1TB NAND storage would have been unimaginable a few short years ago on anything, nevermind an RPi.

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India: Yeah, we would like to 3D-print igloos on the Moon

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Moon Fills

I have this strange feeling that there just might be enough craters on the moon to use as land/moon fills. Any garbage will be sterilized by the sun in short order.

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Sneaky satellite launch raises risk of Gravity-style space collision

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That would be the first real vacuum cleaner.

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OK, who is shooting at Apple staff buses in California? Knock it off

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Re: "Who is shooting Apple staff buses in California?"

I'd love to see the Trebuchet used to fling a bus.

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Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

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Electric milk float comeback

Until 40 years ago, electric milk floats were very common in the UK.

"...doing things we used to do - they think are new..."

--- Sir Micky

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Trump buries H-1B visa applicants in paperwork

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No problem

The outgoing sysadmin will be required to write a small Perl script to generate and file the paperwork for his H1B successor.

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Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on

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Hmm, if you want to know how to print 'Have beer in pub' in Brainfuck, then that is the place to ask.

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Australia joins the 'decrypt it or we'll legislate' club

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Comply without complying

Yes, sure your honour, I'll decrypt it. You may be lucky and have the plain text tomorrow, or it may take a while...

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Nope - they give them super expensive sugar pills, which work every time.

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Re: >> Antibiotics for flu?

Note, your ex-better half probably got prescribed placebos instead of anti-biotics. Doctors and pharmacists know how to handle people who self diagnose and insist on medication.

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Well, if you have an 8 inch floppy, then 'Insert Carefully' will not really help.

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Better spam filters

The new craptags will make it much easier and reliable to filter out email spam.

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Meltdown's Linux patches alone add big load to CPUs, and that's just one of four fixes

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Well, if your video playback is already stuttering, then it will be stuttering more and if it was smooth before, then it may start stuttering after. Also, your electricity bill will be a little higher.

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

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The smell of police food? That explains why he is still stuck up.

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You're the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company. Welcome to Hell

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Re: Scrambled timeline, anyone?

Have you ever tried to edit a document on a time share system over a 300 baud modem?

The worst was when you accidentally reached the bottom right corner and the screen scrolled up. All you could do then, was sigh and get some more coffee.

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Plunk: SK Hynix drops 72-layer 3D NAND on enterprise SSD market

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I learned programming in Fortran on a Sperry Univac using punch cards. I honestly cannot say it is a fond memory. Working with old tech was just as frustrating as working with modern tech!

Now, please get off my lawn, eh.

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No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

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On my own web site, Windows is about 40%, Mac about 10% and about 50% is Linux, meaning that UNIX-ish is at 60% share, which is 50% more than the Windows 40%.

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