* Posts by Baldrickk

648 posts • joined 26 May 2016


Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: Google are cunts

That's fine then, your site gets its scripts allowed.

Western Digital deploys heatsink on remodelled M.2 to tempt gamers

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I do remember hearing that some of the early M.2 implementations had thermal problems. I'm guessing that's less of an issue now, heatsink or not.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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This is where "it isn't working, so poke all the controls" would have helped.

Or "order out of chaos"

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Re: Nobody Reads Error Messages

That last one seems common when I get called to help. Misbehaving computers and programs belonging to others begin to work when I touch them.

My own devices must get jealous then, as they begin to exhibit issues that stump the IT dept for a while each time, and are more commonly solved with a reset to a working state than an actual fix.

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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it would help if it actually had a suitable name

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up

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Re: Itchy Chin


I love f-strings

what about f'{"+".join(str(x) for x in ["2",2])}={sum(int(x) for x in [2, "2"])}' ?

You know, just for fun.

Reddit locks out users with poor password hygiene after spotting 'unusual activity'

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Re: Death to passwords

I don't know about you, but my password manager tells me if I have any duplicate passwords in it, and in many cases gives me the option to create and update the new passwords with a single click (or in some cases, 0 clicks, as it can do it periodically as well)

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: Not even close

I do love the idea of complaining about ads being present on a site that is paid for by them.

Please, do go on.

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Re: How long...

We're still not there yet...

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Nuked Network Drive

Was called to help another team with some build issues / updates to do with changing code coupled with a SCM migration.

Made the required changes, ran the build script.

Only this build script required environmental variables to be set.

Environmental variables that were not checked to ensure that they had been created

Environmental variables that turned a rm -rf from emptying the target build directory, to targeting the root of the drive

Said drive was a networked location.

I realised what was happening by the time it had munched about half of the data stored on the drive, by which point it had removed some data critical to building something else, which alerted us to something being wrong.

I'm thankful for working backups.

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

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let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

Our Devops guy finished for Christmas yesterday.

We persuaded him to put off a server migration to the new year

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: It's 2018

Am I allowed to both look down on someone for being computer illiterate if I also look up to them for their non computer based skills?

I might need some sort of MC Escher Staircase to do it, but I'm sure it's possible.

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Re: The socket only switches the 'live' wire

Not on all switches. The one I fixed for my father recently, and likely all those in his house and mine disconnect BOTH the live and the neutral.

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: The question to ask is whether self-driving trucks will ever be a thing.

Create new company using robot trucks from the start, undercut prices, companies with drivers forced to downsize or close - nothing a union can really do about that, except try and complain to the government to get the automated vehicles banned.

Surface Book 2 afflicted by mystery Blue Screen Of Death errors

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During the development of Windows 2000, MS gave bug-fixes a higher priority than any other task.

It slowed down development a little, but resulted in probably the most reliable and least buggy version of the OS they have ever produced.

Shame they lost the lessons learned that led to that...

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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Re: Worthless without pictures

Having seen the picture, it's quite like what I expected - a very simple outline. You know, the sort of thing you have to know what it's meant to be in order to realise what it is meant to be.

Regarding the "what if a child saw" comment - they would see an arrangement of lights on a wall and not understand what it is meant to be.

@ExcellentSword - want me to wander around there and take a photo for the article?

Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world

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who really cares about speed?

If its fast enough, it's fast enough.

How fast do you need a mobile network connection to be?

About the most demanding thing I think most people might do on a phone is watch video.

ok, if you use the mobile network for home internet, that's a different matter and you want large downloads (like games for example that can be ~60GB+) to complete as fast as possible, but on a phone?

LastPass? More like lost pass. Or where the fsck has it gone pass. Five-hour outage drives netizens bonkers

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I can say that I honestly didn't even notice

The app on my phone worked just fine for retrieving passwords.

And worst comes to the worst - I run through the "forgotten password" loop for a service I really need access to.

Yes, any downtime has the capacity to be annoying, but then again, I also get all the synchronisation handled for me between devices.

comme ci comme ça

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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Might have trouble landing on them though.

Busy week for ISS as Russia resumes flights and vies for parking spaces with NASA

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Re: The ISS is getting short of parking spots


I could have sworn I saw something there about the Russian side being prepared to split their sections off in the event the US decided to stop supporting it. It might have been this post: https://space.stackexchange.com/a/266/6241 but there isn't much detail there.

Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked

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Re: Office 300 + rand () % 100

uh oh, I spy some bias here.

Germany pushes router security rules, OpenWRT and CCC push back

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Both sides

... have a good point

What would be the problem of accepting the current suggestions, on the proviso that they are still going to push for firmware updates and so on?

I guess it is probably easier to expand the current guidelines that they are proposing, as if it doesn't go into this set, it's going to have to start again from scratch?

Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?

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A family member was having trouble with internet connection over wifi at home, mobile internet was fine, so I had a look.

He had the Opera security/helper app installed (whatever it is called), which amongst other things enabled a VPN (might have been a proxy, it called it a VPN, I didn't waste time investigating further) which had a terrible throughput. It _may_ have been useful against a dodgy "public" wifi point, but not being able to white-list home wifi?

nixing that thing was the best solution.

A 5G day may come when the courage of cable and DSL fails ... but it is not this day

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Black Helicopters

Dead birds?

I hope they are looking out for dead birds around the new 5G sites.

Or not... https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/5g-cellular-test-birds/

These tin foil hatters get around, don't they?

What that snopes article doesn't say is that a couple of years ago there was another sizeable mass bird death - that one was, upon examination of the bodies attributed to toxins from a nearby building site getting into the water the birds drank from (e.g. puddles).

I wouldn't be surprised if something similar was the cause this time too.

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Re: PR & legal Weasels

Microsoft does not use your personal information, [...] to target you for ads.

which makes me wonder where the tracking comes from eh?

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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If you went down that path you would eventually be able to say where that Hydrogen atom actually is and that just isnt allowed...

Of course it is.

Only problem being that you would have no idea where it was going.

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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Re: Past meets future

If you're out and about you don't need the USB-C port for charging and if you're at home you don't need to use your headphones for music.

What about when I'm in the car on a long trip, with the sat nav on and want to play music through my stereo?

Need to charge my phone and plug it in for sound - no Bluetooth audio in my car

Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'

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Re: He actually sounds...

"We sent you the memo" is not the same as "we told you" He may not have read the memo.

Of course he got it, they emailed it to him to read.

Spammer scum hack 100,000 home routers via UPnP vulns to craft email-flinging botnet

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@Joe - we basically said the same thing in our posts - how come I was exclusively downvoted by about the same magnitude as you were exclusively upvoted?

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The only problem being

various tools that do some measure of hosting content that expect UPnP to be enabled - games that do peer to peer/self hosting multiplayer that don't readily provide which ports need to be exposed.

Not that you can't find out, but the hassle is likely enough to get a semi-tech-literate gamer to turn it back on, or someone using a peer to peer voip app etc.

Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses

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Re: Marketurds vs Reality

I thought the whole point of Agile was that you didn't need to know about such things up front, you just dealt with them as you discovered them.

You're going to want key safety issues identified in advance - things like which certification levels are you going for, what technologies you are going to be using/restricting.

Contrary to popular belief, agile doesn't mean you don't do any planning in advance, you just don't plan everything to the nth degree before you begin.

If there are things that are fundamental requirements of your product, then you plan those in advance.

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Re: Marketurds vs Reality

Except agile is a development methodology, there is nothing stopping good, safety critical code being developed in an agile manner, as long as the constraints are known up front.

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Re: The obvious and fundamental problem is

OR, more accurately, that the general population don't understand the capacities of an autopilot and ascribe it abilities beyond what it can actually do.

I've flown a plane exactly once - a red-letter day, I'm no pilot - but I wanted to know everything I could before I went up. The plane had an autopilot - it was two dials, one for desired heading, one for desired altitude. It would attempt to match heading and altitude by adjusting the current by a limited rate, and once reached, hold it.

That's it. That's an autopilot in a nutshell.

Yes, airliners have other systems that are capable of landing the plane etc, but those are additional systems.

Transferring that to the surface domain - an enhanced cruise control is exactly what an autopilot describes.

We have terms for cars that drive themselves - "fully autonomous vehicle", or "self driving car".

"Autopilot" is an apt description of the capabilities of the Tesla. The problem is people thinking that it does more than it does.

I went to a test drive event for the model X - the staff there made it very clear that it was a driving aid, and not autonomous.

I also made sure I got to try it out - lets just say that its immediate insistence on pulling off the side of the dual-carriageway I was on, and that it wanted to accelerate hard beyond the speed limit (signage limited it to 60, the car decided it was in a 70 zone despite a speed limit sign being in clear view) gave me doubts about the quality of the system.

OK Google, what is African ISP Main One, and how did it manage to route your traffic into China through Russia?

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Worth noting

At the same time, the realization that something as simple as a regional ISP misconfiguring a server could trigger a global outage does not sit particularly well either.

Worth noting that this isn't a global outage of all internet traffic, or all traffic to google even.

As the article says, it was "primarily propagated by business-grade transit providers and did not impact consumer ISP networks as much"

so it was mostly "just" business grade providers connecting through one region that lost access to one company's services.

Disruptive? yes, especially when that one company is as big as Google.

Not quite the end of the internet though.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: Fractured

A similar "statistic" is the quite odd one that the average person has less than two arms.

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Re: If someone wants one bad enough

The thing about guns being available isn't that if someone really, really wants a gun he can't get one - that'll happen through means legal and otherwise.

But if everyone and their mother don't have gun/s to hand - when [random member of society] gets themselves into a pissed off state, there isn't a firearm to hand with which they can just go and murder a group of people.

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

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Re: Retrieving documents

The sort of Disk->USB adaptor you'd need for that is not exactly expensive - and if you were to purchase it yourself, you'd also get to keep it yourself. I've found mine very useful on multiple occasions.

Scam or stunt? It's looking like the latter... Xiaomi so sorry for £1 smartphone 'promo'

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Re: I have the list of winners!


Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Home still has most of RDP installed... you just need to jump through a few little hoops to get there https://github.com/stascorp/rdpwrap ;)

Cyber-crooks think small biz is easy prey. Here's a simple checklist to avoid becoming an easy victim

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Re: Size matters

@Claptrap314 It's quite difficult to get folks to drop windows after growing up with it and being dependent on it for critical bits of kit you have no control over (if you are a SMB). By comparison dumping MS Office was easy.

Bar needing it for specific tasks where software and hardware is unsupported on other OSes (whether or not you can get it to work, as a business, you probably want the support) I would have thought moving to another OS would be fairly easy, as long as it still has a task-bar and some sort of launcher that is not too dissimilar to the start menu. - In fact, many Linux distros have window managers with launchers that are closer to old Windows in style and functionality than new Windows...

Failing that, there is always the shortcuts on the desktop approach.

Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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Indeed. The asteroid belt is closer to empty space than that scene from The Empire Strikes Back

Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos

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Then it's a question of how fast explosive bolts and the abort motor light up after being lit up. Hopefully fast enough that the fireball shockwave still hasn't reached the crew.

They're designed to be fast and get the crew away, unsurprisingly.

https://youtu.be/AqeJzItldSQ?t=100 apollo capsule escape system firing

https://youtu.be/1_FXVjf46T8?t=9 spaceX dragon escape system test

https://youtu.be/ESc_0MgmqOA?t=51 Blue Origin New shephard escape system test

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Re: spacecraft design

You have to consider the fuel tank and the shuttle itself as one item at launch. Given that you want the expensive engines back, they need to be connected to the lander. You also want the sources of drag (e.g. the wings and tail) as far back as possible.

Given that the engines are used in the launch, and the whole point is to make as much of it usable as possible, you don't want the entire thing on top of a first stage that is disposed of each time you launch.

The only viable place to put any booster rockets is on the side, like the side boosters of the falcon heavy or any other boosters used on any rocket in the past.

The only alternative design I can really think of would be to mount the fuel tank right on top of the shuttle - in front of the nose.

Of course that would mean that you would require long pipes to get the fuel to the engines, instead of a direct connection.

I don't think there is really another alternative layout for a reusable rocket launched winged craft, unless you were to put a smaller winged pod on top of something like the Falcon Heavy or the BFR where you can land the first stage as well.

At this point though, a good capsule like the Dragon is going to work out cheaper and lighter, which is why of course that's the route SpaceX is taking.

The Shuttle was, as much as anything a product of the technical limitations of the time, as much as it was the technical abilities and the political wrangling that went on.

If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey

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Truth, Lies and Statistics?

Comparing the two different sources of info in the article, is the Which? graph based purely on absolute numbers?

Because the Ofcom graph shows that VM are below the industry average per capita

With a larger customer base, but the same problem density, you're going to have a lot more complaints.

Belgium: Oi, Brits, explain why Belgacom hack IPs pointed at you and your GCHQ

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Re: Other angles

I could imagine that there are all sorts of deals kept out of the light of day for this sort of thing.

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Re: I only want one feature from Windows Search...

Agreed so much. I've turned off the web search, and it still suggests searching on bing, sometimes without returning the result I'm looking for on my local machine when I've even spelled it correctly.

For example, one time when trying to start notepad++:

Type "notepad" into start menu.

ONLY web "results"* returned

This is silly.

(*actually, search suggestions that would launch bing search for the term, I have to admit that it doesn't actually perform the search with it turned off)

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How do you think the indexing works?

The indexing process takes those file names and puts them into a structure that can be searched faster than linearly - like a binary tree for example. That way it can take O(log(n)) time to search instead of O(n).

In fact it can index contents and search that too faster than a linear search of the MFT for a decently sized file system.

Americans' broadband access is so screwed up that the answer may lie in tiny space satellites

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Re: Jug of the Danaides?

Or increase the launch rate.

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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I'm quite happy

to call ethernet over coaxial cable "a coax cable" and ethernet over a cable designed for it "an ethernet cable"

I know in both cases it is ethernet packets being sent and so it is ethernet networking in both cases, but along with the fact I know this, I'm happy to let it go

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Re: Brake or steer

I'm not talking about inaction.

You still make every possible attempt to avoid the incident.

You just don't choose to kill something else.

That's the key here.

When we have a situation where an incident becomes unavoidable, do you make the decision to targetthat granny on the sidewalk?

As harsh as it may sound, if a kid ran out in front of a car within its breaking distance, its an accident. That car choosing to mount the pavement to hit Great Aunt Ethel instead? That's choosing to take a life.


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