* Posts by Ben1892

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LISA Pathfinder sniffed out gravitational signals down to micro-Hertz

Ben1892

Re: Motivating forces.

What ? like "place" missing an L in the sub heading ?

"Better-than-expected performance created 'the quietest pace in space'

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Ran out of igniter fuel

Firstly, this is an awesome achievement and for any mission this is a win, they have loads of data that can improve the thing(s) that went wrong.

Visually, on the landing descent, the centre core looked like it was going to slam into the ocean. There's normally a noticeable amount of flame even when the engines aren't fired up - I'm guessing this must be a steady flow of the igniter fuel you mention, this was absent on the centre core to my untrained eyes so it must have run out a fair way before the landing zone.

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No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

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I recently replaced my dads computer with Linux Mint and Libre Office (from Win XP and Office 2010). I set up and migrated everything to be as close to how he had it before; named icons, everything filed on the desktop, etc. sat with him for half a day explaining everything was where he'd left it, and thought after a couple of weeks he'd be fine with it...

Er no, he tried his best but really struggled, most of his Word documents that he used as templates didn't format correctly and he couldn't come to terms with correcting the formatting, plus he managed to get Libre Office to regularly say "something's gone wrong, I'm going to have to restart"

Most of his other problems were of the type; "well to do <insert task>, I usually click here, here and here, then do that". This is the main problem - there are many users out there who have learned a rote sequence of mouse moves and key-presses - they don't think in terms of "I want to manipulate the thing in this way, so I'll look around the menus for something that does the job I'm after"

FWIW he went out and bought Win 10 and Office 2016 and is extremely happy with it and able to work like he used to.

Yes, those of us that can switch, do switch - but you aren't going to beat this type of inertia in enterprise deployments any time soon

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SHL just got real-mode: US lawmakers demand answers on Meltdown, Spectre handling from Intel, Microsoft and pals

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Don't Panic

So following that through, none of the players had their "Don't Panic" media campaign planned, spokespeople briefed, copy written and fixes ready. But instead, they were going to do that all in the week before the embargo was lifted.

I know we think El Reg is the centre of the universe, but you know what, I don't think that many people pay it much attention, not enough to cause looting and world chaos anyway ;)

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New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

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Would be nice not getting drop out in thunderstorms and not having fugly dishes on the sides of houses tbh but this is a very well executed, cunning move ( net neutrality ends -> Murdochs sell most of 21st C Fox ->Murdochs focus on being an ISP and content provider -> all ur IPs are belong to us ! )

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NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

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I migrated my Dad to Linux last weekend, (from Win XP and Office 2010 to Linux Mint 18.3 and LibreOffice) you'd have thought his world had ended "because the font in my email signature has changed" - tbh I took that as a win, sat with him for a bit and talked him through all his snagging points.

Overall it took me a day of setup and migration for his 3GB .pst plus files and a half-day of hand-holding to migrate him, he was talking about buying a Win 10 license (£100) and Office ( £160) because he couldn't get on with it....

...now multiply all of that that by a million....

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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single-engine A350 ...

That's going a bit far with the fuel economy isn't it ?

Yeah I know what you meant, I'm putting it on and already halfway out the door

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Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Re: UI design 101

Yep, I agree with the visual cues and flip-top buttons, even better, different shaped and coloured buttons, but would you have one for each message; "there's a tsunami Test" "There's a real tsunami", "missile test", "missile really, yes really, quick, jump in the sack with the nearest hottie", "Test red alert", "red alert" (but for that last one, it does mean changing the bulb)

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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Re: Suit!

I've become realistic ( cynical ?! ) about tech in general. We're passed the age of wonder; "it can produce 16-bit colour", "You can store 740MB on it", "you can make circles with your finger to scroll through your entire music collection, and oh yeah, it's the size of a fag packet"

These days I want to be more excited but it just feels rather than making a good product there's kick-starter, venture capital funding, marketing and brand tie-in before you've done anything about designing something that vaguely works **cough** Magic Leap **cough**

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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I forgot the rule when reading BOFH, don't do it in a quiet office. Many thanks, just what was needed on a long week back in the New Year.

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Europe to spend €1bn on supercomputers and big data infrastructure

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It's probably a good thing to be late to the party, what with Intel design flaws and everything ( or do supercomputers not worry about things like meltdown? - genuine question!)

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Intel’s Meltdown fix freaked out some Broadwells, Haswells

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Yep, my Haswell-refresh 4790K has been trying to load the cumulative update since Tuesday with many fails and retries - good job I don't boot into Windows that often, I've just been curious as to real world performance hits

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1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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Re: Sci-Fi is now Sci-reality

And these have only been first steps, when SpaceX Falcon Heavy gets going we'll have an electric car in orbit around Mars for starters, but actual space exploration isn't going to be that far behind - just think what could be found on the Red Planet; A giant ice thawing machine left by ancients?, a cluster of pod-like eggs that open up?, Matt Damon?

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And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows - it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

Ben1892

For local government it's the niche apps with very few ( and normally small) players in the market place that only will code for Windows, the office productivity tools and the OS is the easy bit. But, when you get to the software that manages street lights, trading standards, social care, schools, fire and rescue, road maintenance, planning, bin collection, taxation + business rates, etc. is where you fall over on the only supported OS being Windows ( making something like WINE not an option as it will not be supported by the provider)

I've not read or heard about Valencia migrating 120,000 devices to Linux from Windows in a year, but if they did, then all they were being used for was to send email and create documents.

/edit just read and it was migrating from Office to LibreOffice, this is not an apples and apples comparison with an OS change

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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but why the red off button - did it really need to change colour ?

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Soz, guys. No 'alien megastructure' around Tabby's Star, only cosmic dustbunnies

Ben1892
Coat

Silver beetles

...'nuff said

Sent from: Earth West 1,217,756

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Virgin Hyperloop pulls up the biggest chair for Branson, bags $50m, new speed record

Ben1892

More to the point; how fast would a sheep travel in a hyperloop ?

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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Re: "Can you imagine a scenario where those cables are cut or disrupted?"

I'm not that far off you in age and the same gender, but I'm now already two beers down to restore the clever/stupid balance :)

/goes off to learn spellings of cat-themed memes

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Ben1892

Re: "Can you imagine a scenario where those cables are cut or disrupted?"

Oh noes, I can't has cheeseburger !

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Voda customers given green light by Ofcom to ditch contracts

Ben1892

Interesting, seeing as you're outside the EU when you "buy" the charge for roaming.

tbh it's a good excuse to turn off your phone when you're in the Caribbean and enjoy some rum;

N.B. Drinking rum before 10am makes you a pirate, not an alchoholic

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Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

Ben1892

"I told you I was ill"

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NHS England told to get a grip on patient records after £6.6m blunder

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Re: "Shared Business Services"

So if posting a letter is £9.30 per item, just how big are these letters !

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GCSE compsci kids' work may not count after solutions leaked online

Ben1892

They don't do A*, A, B, C, D, E any more they do 9, 8, 7, 6, 5,4,3, 2, 1 but don't ask me which end of the scale is which in terms of performance :)

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Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

Ben1892

I found this video particularly enlightening/scary; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iffTJ1vPCSo

TLDW;

IME is the tip of the iceberg, AMD isn't safe either, extensible firmware is the wrong way forward, you need to shred your motherboard and buy something with open source Linux firmware.

You can try and neuter ME but you might need a hardware programmer see me_cleaner for details https://github.com/corna/me_cleaner

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Bitcoin drops SegWit2x hard fork after community objects

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The cynic in me is expecting a sudden U-turn, oh and BTW, SegWit2x is back on (ahem, just after we all loaded loaded up with futures in BT2 ). The price ( that it indeed has any value) suggests some people still think the fork will happen and are taking a punt on it.

There are indeed better ponzicurrencies out there with lower fees and better, scale-able design that doesn't involve warehouses of Vega 56s

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Transparent algorithms? Here's why that's a bad idea, Google tells MPs

Ben1892

Re: Playing devils advocat for a moment ...

Yup, the one at the very back of every liquor cabinet, but with added chili and spices

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AMD sales soar, actually makes a profit, beats expectations, share price... decimated

Ben1892

Share price closed @ $14.25 - I think there was some profit-taking then others deciding that cryptomining wasn't going anywhere soon. I have a feeling AMD won't see any of the forecast "leveling off" of revenue, no matter how badly I want a sensibly-priced gaming card !

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Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal

Ben1892
Joke

Re: substitute?

I'm sure there'd be no problem in that, as long as you don't fart after eating - real foods never give you gas

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You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

Ben1892

The funny thing is that as winner of the last 3 cups Larry did get to write the rules, as such, the Kiwis can now re-write the rules and indeed have. They are getting rid of the inshore racing with 60 mph foiling multi-hulls and going back to yawn-inducing displacement monohull yachts, out in the middle of nowhere - not exactly a spectator sport and therefore will be difficult to find sponsors to pay for it. There are teams that have invested in the current AC World Series format and essentially have to throw that away all that R&D and start again with sponsors that are now getting itchy feet.

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What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

Ben1892

Would anyone actually be using it ? Even if you were a pretty small Server 2016 cluster user wouldn't you still have a NAS for your storage? Bigger companies would have a SAN. Infrastructure isn't my specialist area so I may have missed something.

Hands up if you use this feature or have seen it being used please !

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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

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SPOILER ALERT!!!!

You really think anyone with access to a screen is going to manage to avoid seeing the trailer before release date do you? But yup, looks to be the traditional "Good is good, bad is bad, good bad, bad good, pew pew pew, szhuum, szhummm, Booom !"

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BAE confirms it is slashing 2,000 jobs

Ben1892

It's a game of blackmail they play with the MOD/Govt of the day - if you don't buy product X we'll be forced to lay off all these people in this priority geographic area that you'd quite like some votes from come next election. I bet they tried to flog their AV to the UK Govt and they told them, "erm nope, I'd go back to building planes if I were you."

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Yep, door to door electric for the Southampton/Edinburgh type route would, although slower, be near enough the same duration as a jet/turboprop as they don't really get a chance to stretch their legs on the short routes anyway.

I love the idea of ground based assistance too - sign me up for a EMALS launch from Gatwick :)

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UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

Ben1892

Re: Help

"The facts are inconvenient for many, but actually, the UK and Openreach (for all our carping) are doing comparatively well when you look at the data from the comparable EU economies"

Burn the heretic ! You can't say that, you're meant to hand-wring and self-flagellate when comparing the UK to any other country, regarding anything.

If the stats accidentally make us look reasonably OK then go and find a metric that skews it.

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

Ben1892

Do not press

...must ...not...push ...the .... big...shiny.....button

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

Ben1892

Re: @Geoffrey W

Yep, Linux Mint is soooo nearly there, being a Rasbery PI owner I'm familiar with the ISO image writing to USB thingy and creating a bootable installers.

So, fresh hard drive in my main rig, kicked the process off and screen went black. I was pretty confident it was a graphic driver issue ( I mean, who'd expect support for an NVIDIA GTX 970 ) but it still took me a while of head scratching to find out the right set of instructions to tell me what to edit on the GRUB boot-loader command (actually, on a hunch, I ended up unplugging my graphics card and using the built in Intel Graphics before that bit, to prove I was on the right track)

So all I'm saying is that I'm hoping the graphics driver work done to the new kernel helps with that NVIDIA support, as my experience shows Linux is still is an OS that not accessible to everyone.

I did find a nice "15 things to do after installing Linux Mint" video on Youtube that also pointed me in the right direction of maintenance tasks, etc.

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

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Trollface

....technically we'd need to multiply the avg number of failures by the total number of businesses to get a comparison with Office 365 - at this rate I think we'd need less than 700 companies to 'fess-up their failures this year and we'd have 0 days up-time :)

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SpaceX sneaks in X-37B space plane launch ahead of Hurricane Irma

Ben1892

they could go to brown alert but it would mean having to change the bulb

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

Ben1892

Re: Anyone else thinking what I'm thinking

So, what is it?

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As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

Ben1892

Re: "Humans are supposed to be capable of detecting magnetic fields"

Ah, that explains why I keep on walking down the road to the pub then ?? "Sorry Boss, can't come in today, solar activity keeps on steering me to the Hare and Hounds"

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

Ben1892

Not convenient

I use my debit card for tap and pay - far simpler that messing around, unlocking phones and scanning QR codes. Have you even been stuck behind someone in the coffee shop trying to use their phone to pay - exactly !!

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

Ben1892
Black Helicopters

Clearly a cover up "discovery" for the HAARP anomaly that's been used to create hurricanes Harvey and Irma

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

Ben1892

Re: Good braking

children and puppies playing on motorways - erm ?

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British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

Ben1892

...or is it that people really only budget for £23p/m "upto" 17Mbs ADSL with massive contention ratios, they could buy FTTC ~50Mbps but think it's overpriced and don't/can't afford to.

It's like buying a 60bhp car - you'll put up with it but you'll complain about how slow it is to anyone that'll listen.

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Lottery-hacking sysadmin's unlucky number comes up: 25 years in the slammer

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"It worked! I've got the winning ticket, oh wait a sec they'll know who I am when I collect it .... "

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Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home

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Even Batman...

...thought it was a bad idea to have this technology.

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Smart streetlight bods Telensa nearly double full-year revenues

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Coat

I can imagine once you go LED, dimming them to save costs is negligible compared with replacing sodium discharge with LED in the first place - where they'd actually become useful is networking other IoT street furniture - bins that need emptying, gullies that need sludge-gulping, grass that needs cutting, potholes that need filling, areas of road that are flooding ?

I think I may have found a use for IoT after all - maybe I could even connect it to my IoT doorbell and fridge - I've taken it too far haven't I ? Mines the one with the RFID sewn into the lapel

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Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

Ben1892

Too late, you won't get many replies now, it's after 12pm and there's a P1 incident in the Dog and Duck across the road that's occupying all attention.

Seriously, I'm sitting in an empty office ( holiday silly-season) and all is well, there is no better time to hit the local boozer - just there'll be nobody there either :)

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