* Posts by Antron Argaiv

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Russian sailors maroon themselves in Bristol Channel after drunken dinghy ride goes awry

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The sheep were there...

...but these were *smart* sheep. They stayed well away from drunken sailors, knowing the possible consequences.

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Hey, US taxpayers. Filed your taxes? Good, good. $500m of it is going on an Intel-Cray exascale boffinry supercomputer

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Re: Only $500M?

<CSB>

When at University, an assembly language course was required. The standard option was PDP-11, but we EEs were second to the CS students, whose department owned the PDP-11s. In practical terms, this meant third shift (12M - 8A) time slots...not an appealing option. However, due to the fact that the U had just purchased a CDC Cyber-74, which came with a 1 year deployment of an Applications Engineer, there was a second option: two sections of CDC Cyber assembly language, and I jumped at the chance.

Nominally, input/output was via punched cards. I did this once to say I'd done it, then used my personal Teletype for the rest of the assignments. Hardware floating point, 60 bit words, and someone who knew all the tricks to guide us. It was a wonderful experience.

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Re: Do the US already have an Exascale Super?

If it's not public, it's probably NSA.

Gotta take a lot of MIPS to sort through all that realtime audio data looking for keywords.

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Northern border wall

I hear the Canadians have already started on it.

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What made a super high-tech home in Victorian England? Hydroelectric witchery, for starters

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Re: H&S not

and not a GFI to be found anywhere...

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Re: turning the lamp off would mean lifting an electrified vase

"This was a time before health and safety laws." Heh.

Arc lamps have another property: they generate scads of UV. Which is not particularly good for eyes and skin.

However, props to Armstrong for being an "Early Adopter", and for knowing how to live the good life. You just can't get good help anymore, and perhaps, overall, that's a good thing. But it's fun to pretend, just for a while. And good to preserve some relics of the old way of life.

Welcome. You're now in a timeline in which US presidential hopeful Beto was a member of a legendary hacker crew

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Re: Is the "fix" in?

Americans don't think electronic voting machines are a good idea, electronic voting machine companies, the politicians they've bought and people who want to control elections think they're a good idea.

The sane states are using paper ballots, counted electronically. Still room for hanky-panky, but the paper trail of original, voter-marked ballots makes it harder (see NC-09)

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Re: Nice

Be wary of ALL politicians.

That's why they're called "politicians"

http://www.gballard.net/lifes_lessons/girl_rattlesnake/

All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer

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Re: "This will only take a second..."

My brother has a Linux machine. He asked me for a computer, I gave him one. Initially had XP or something, he managed to pick up something on it. I told him he was getting Linux.

I love my brother, but I don't want the only time I spend with him to be fixing his computer. Since I got him on a Linux machine, no more problems.

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Re: Have you ever ended up being roped into doing more tech support than you’d bargained for?

My daughter, too. Undergraduate thesis, though. Open Office Writer let me down.

She has a habit of leaving things like this until the last minute. Still does. My wife and I joke about her and her always needing to use someone else's printer because her's isn't working and she needs to print something due today.

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Re: Have you ever ended up being roped into doing more tech support than you’d bargained for?

Said director's daughter owes you (at least) one of these.

How many Reg columnists does it take to turn off a lightbulb?

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Re: CorelDraw

I loved PSP. Even sent them money. Then it went to a retail version and sucked.

Big and Blue: IBM boss's wage package shrinks in 2018 on her own recommendation

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Re: Non-business travel costs

Whether they deserve it or not is another question...

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A million here, a million there...

(attributed to Everett Dirksen: http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_emd_billionhere.htm)

Raiding party! UK's ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits

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Re: Partial solution

In the USA, you can record the annoying 3-tone "Nonexistent Number" SIT and cause their autodialler to remove you from its sequence (or so I've heard):

http://yourhomenow.com/sit.html

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The company, of course, has no assets. None at all, as they exist only to connect the clients with the phone lines. Any income is quickly shuffled to an offshore account or company.

Fine and/or imprison the directors, by all means, and add their names to "The List". Because they'll pop up elsewhere, doing something else dodgy. (e.g.: William "Rick" Singer, of Edge College & Career Network LLC)

'What's up, Skip?' asks paraglider – before 'roo beats the snot out of him

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Re: This can be easily spotted:

Skippy thought he was a wedge-tailed eagle:

They display considerable adaptability, and have been known to team up to hunt large red kangaroos, to cause goats to fall off steep hillsides and injure themselves, or to drive flocks of sheep or kangaroos to isolate a weaker animal.

When hunting, the wedge-tailed eagle bears down on its prey in a long, slanting swoop.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedge-tailed_eagle

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What's he landing on?

The base of an 85 ft NASA tracking antenna, which has been relocated to Tasmania:

https://www.honeysucklecreek.net/other_stations/orroral/index.html

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Re: Plaid shirt?

Remember...we're all in this together.

Keep your stick on the ice

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Re: We have surely reached peak beard.

The really cool kids are running Linux.

...and ditching the sox might get you toenail fungus which is a bitch and a half to get rid of.

Ah, this military GPS system looks shoddy but expensive. Shall we try to break it?

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Re: Does anyone know the Betamax - VHS conversion ratio?

Go to the landfill, find the electronics recycling box, drop off your <Betamax,VHS> and take one of the appropriate type.

So it's a 1.0 conversion factor.

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Re: wasting taxpayers' cash

Happened that a coworker of mine had borrowed an older logic analyzer (Tek 1240 IIRC) to use at home (this was allowed at the discretion of his manager), and handed in his notice. He was asked if he had any company property at home, said yes, but he had misplaced it, and how much should he reimburse the company (with a nod and a wink to his manager) for it?

An amount was proposed, which was duly deducted from his last pay stub, and everyone was happy.

'They took away our Cup-a-Soup!' Share your tales of bleak breakout areas with us

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Re: From my cold, dead hands!

Bigelow is worse than all of them.

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Re: They tried to charge IT for coffee

Being an EE, I would have worked late one day, opened up the machine and bypassed the card reader in a way that it still appeared to function, but did not affect the operation of the coffee maker.

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Re: unintended consequence

They tried that where I ran the engineering coffee concession. Was told the coffee pot was a "fire hazard".

These are electrical engineers. We told them that was BS, and we were not buying coffee at the cafeteria when we could have our own far cheaper. Our management was part of the coffee concession and backed us up.

Were I in that situation, I would have pushed it, so as to get fired for bringing in my lunch. Then had a conversation with the press.

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Re: From my cold, dead hands!

Carpet in a work area is a smart move. It kills noise, and makes walking around both quieter and more comfortable. Unfortunately, my company has decided that bare concrete is far "edgier" than carpet, and thats what we have to deal with.

The engineers are NOT happy. Open office plans are bearable if done right and counter productive, literally, if done wrong.

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Re: From my cold, dead hands!

Having run the coffee concession at a previous employer, I can tell you that a buck a week from a dozen engineers is enough to keep us all swimming in coffee, including the periodic purchase of a new coffeemaker.

So that argument that it clsts too much is total hogwash. The cost of toilet paper and cleaning services far exceeds the cost of coffee.

I say, that sucks! Crooks are harnessing hoovers to clean out parking meters in Chelsea

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@Valerion: Well, if they eliminate all the spaces, they solve the method-of-payment issue as well.

For some definition of "solve"

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Re: Just wierd

Aspiring pharmaceutical (recreational) entrepreneurs need to get their startup capital from somewhere

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?

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Re: On a similar topic ...

When that happens, I just choose something inappropriate at random

// the Elizabeth Warren approach, I call it.

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Re: Not really someone to hire

...but NCR got all the press:

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local-military/dayton-wwii-role-longer-secret/4pXg9x4wEWAmYZaFD5f8ZO/

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Re: Not really someone to hire

Surprised "Aryan" isn't one of the choices...

Now you've read about the bonkers world of Elizabeth Holmes, own some Theranos history: Upstart's IT gear for sale

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Re: No value left

It's just fine with me if that witch DeVos gets a couple of pennies on her dollar.

OK, team, we've got the big demo tomorrow and we're feeling confident. Let's reboot the servers

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The ability to block your caller ID for one call was an upgrade that cost USD $30,000 for each switch in the network...

...and now, thanks to The Internet, we have caller ID spoofing and video conferencing (not necessarily at the same time or by the same people) for FREE!

Isn't Technology wonderful?

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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...which is something you should have worried more about, had you been the Druid in charge of Stonehenge.

Oh, well, he's dead now...

Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

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Re: A major bank

...local IT staff where now no longer available and most of the IT heavy lifting was outsourced...

It would be interesting, I think, to compare the amount saved in salary to the value of the time spent "futzing around" while the outsourced staff get their act together, over the years.

Our local IT staff, a manager and two specialists, support an office of 100+ at a level which I find amazing. And they do it always with a smile on their faces and with excellent response times. Mostly, because they know how things are set up (because they set them up) and they talk to each other and to us. I would argue strongly that they are worth a good deal more than they cost and replacing them with an off-site "support team" would be a huge mistake.

Many thanks to Heather, Kyp and Greg for all the good work they do for us.

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Re: Perhaps

(Yes)

...and the chemicals to develop it as well :-)

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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Which lasted longer?

National Enquirer's big Pecker tried to shaft me – but I wouldn't give him an inch, says Jeff Bezos after dick pic leak threat

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Re: Never thought I'd be saying this ...

He does...scroll down to see that the National Enquirer website is hosted on...AWS.

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Pub o'clock is coming extremely early for somebody this week :-)

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Re: To quote the Duke of Wellington:

Arkell v. Pressdram:

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2013/08/arkell-v-pressdram.html

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Re: "..as a friendly reminder, please reuse your mugs.."

Place a video camera, looking down on the coffee area. Sign optional, as is actually doing anything with the output of the video camera.

Fake fuse: Bloke admits selling counterfeit chips for use in B-1 bomber, other US military gear

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Re: Counterfeit because they're recycled?

There was a video circulating, I'm too lazy to look for it, made by some component manufacturers' industry group, which showed hidden camera footage of a Chinese recycling operation.

EDIT: JeffyPoooh has one version, below

From e-waste computers being stripped of their PCBs, to people with blowtorches removing active and passive components from said PCBs, to tables of people cleaning them up, to automated re-reeling of said components and their sale in electronics street markets. All very professionally done, you couldn't tell the re-reeled 0.1uF 0603 caps from new.

Now, even considering the self-interested source of the video, I find it entirely plausible that this goes on, knowing how the Chinese value industry, entrepreneurship and money. I'm not faulting them, they and their families and employees have to eat, too, and this is as good a way as any.

But those really cheap components, or those hard-to-find parts that you buy at a hair-raising price from the reseller of that sort of thing, are highly suspect. Huge profit margin, no reputation to protect and Internet sales to customers so desperate as not to ask too many questions, make it a very attractive play.

Original WWII German message decrypts to go on display at National Museum of Computing

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I still say that the two are linked by history, and they would both gain by combining resources.

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Re: Polish plumbers

Well, they weren't given a chance, were they? Spent the war working on low level hand ciphers, according to what I read. "Thanks, we'll take it from here"

Still, there's a monument to the Poles now, and they're starting to get the recognition they deserve.

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Re: Polish plumbers

Not only did they lay the ground work, they handed out gifts:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Enigma_double

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Re: Is this legal?

All those who could object are dead.

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Valentines Day is coming

Wouldn't it be great if TNMoC and Bletchley Park Trust would kiss and make up?

They'd be better together.

Enigma message crack honours pioneering Polish codebreakers

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Re: Polish contributions

Not, however, appreciated enough at the time for the Polish cryptographers to be offered a "seat at the table" at Bletchley.

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