* Posts by Olivier2553

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Azure admins' cold sweat likely caused by a 'isolated' power problems that browned out West Central USA region

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Or you could fish out the old board games and start doing something together instead if doing something next to each other...

Being bored is good, it the the time when you can let your mind drift out and become creative: I used to draft a lot of project at the time when I rode a bike several hours every week end. I had nothing better to keep my mind busy.

Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper

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Re: DIY bidet installation kits

A small hand shower, plus a T connection, starting price will get you parting with 3 euro.

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Re: Surely,...

I would be interested, but do they have a bog paper liner?

Not exactly the kind of housekeeping you want when it means the hotel's server uptime is scrubbed clean

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Inform the workers once, on second offence, cut the lead of the heater at the plug side. On third offence, cut the lead flush with the heater body.

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Re: The cleaner did it.

But why would you have builders, of any trade, in an active data center, without any proper surveillance from you?

White House turns to Big Tech to fix coronavirus blunders while classifying previous conversations

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Re: Oh my goodness -- the US administration is thrashing?

So it is OK is elderly and those with existing respiratory conditions die, maybe getting infected by their grand kids who had the virus but no symptoms?

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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Re: RE: thinks she has me on a diet

Chocolate is not that bad for a diet as long as it is very dark chocolate, no milk and the lest amount of sugar.

You've duked it out with OS/2 – but how to deal with these troublesome users? Nukem

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Re: Had a mischeif disk...

For some, "takes too much effort I would bother with" is equivalent of "can't'.

That is true for learning languages, after a certain age, it becomes more difficult, but the more languages you learn, the easier it becomes.

Disk stuck in the drive? Don't dilly-Dali – get IT on the case!

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Melted remote control?

One of the kids wanted to prevent his sibling from changing the music on the stereo. So he hid the remote control on top of an halogen lamp. I found out the remote many years later when we moved. By that time the stereo was dead anyway. Strangely, we were never alerted by the smell of molted plastic.

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks

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Re: "I hope no one is playing Doom on those"

I think that the decision to install such or such technology is on the airline companies, not on the plane manufacturers.

I have just seen one airline company advising to install the company's app if you are flying on certain types of airplanes. You will have access to an onboard streaming server, but apparently they won't provide screens.

I heard somebody say: Burn baby, burn – server inferno!

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SPARC burn?

I still have a CPU module with burn scars on the PCB. It was not the CPU but some of the voltage regulation on the 4 CPUs board.

But I cant remember what flavor of SPARC that was for.

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Re: But of course

And that is why I have locked the thermostat for the server room... Air cond setting cannot be changed saved of turning off the power in the building (our setting is like described in the article, air cond shared between lab and server room but I am nice, machines nowadays don't need to be freezing cold).

US Homeland Security mistakenly seizes British ad agency's website in prostitution probe gone wrong

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Would that be the same for .org, .edu, .net...?

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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Re: Topology.

Or in shape of a Klein bottle...

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago

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Air gapped syslog

At some time, I have been toying with the idea of using a serial connection to make a secured backup for syslog.

Log can be pushed on a centralized server, but that server needs to be attached to the network and if your network is compromised, the central log server could be too and the logs could be tempered with. The central log server could print every log line to a printer, but that creates a waste amount of paper and would be almost impossible to search through is you have to do some serious forensic.

So instead of attaching a serial printer, I was considering attaching a small machine to the log server, via serial line and that would record all that is being send. Of course that small machine would not be on any form of network. But the logs would be on disk and could be searched and analyzed automatically if needed.

It never get implemented.

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Re: Got one on the go..

Get some 10base2 to 10baseT bridges.

Or even a co-ax adapter that had thick on one side and thin on the other. It worked on short distance if the network is not too loaded.

And I may even have some Eth *hubs* with one 10baseT connector and eight RJ45. Not sure if I still have the power adapters though.

C'mon SPARCky, it's just an admin utility update. What could possibly go wrong?

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Around the same time in France

Sparc and Solaris was so new that most of the time Sun engineers would not know where the things had migrated (many configuration and stuff had changed location between SunOS and Solaris). Calling the maintenance was always a gamble.

Can AI-enhanced virtual sports presenters do the job? It's a big ask

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Re: To be fair...

100% more just means it removes twice as mush as a manual toothbrush. Well it may. If the manual toothbrush removes 5% of the plaque, that one removes 10%. It sounds OK. Given it is a new gadget, electric, etc. you will tend to use it a bit more thoroughly so it will do a better job.

On a side note, I found that all electric toothbrush I bough developed water leak after one year and needed to be replaced, so they really don't need to make it smart, electric toothbrush is a consummerable item.

Who needs the A-Team or MacGyver when there's a techie with an SCSI cable?

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Re: An SCSI?

In French, I do. In English it is more "skassi".

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Re: Bless..

I recently burned my lip with an hot lighter: after lighting up tens of incense stick for some ceremony, the lighter was hot and I did not want to put it back in my pocket so I started blowing on it. Then I tested it on my lip to see if it was cool enough, it was not.

The picture illustrating the article also reminds me a anecdote during last Chinese new year: we were about to perform when one of my friend had the sole of his trainers starting to peel of. No, I had no glue, no tape, nothing and it was too late to try to find a solution. All I had was an handful of bandages so he had to do with a Frankenshoe.

No IT angle on that I am afraid as this is part of my life completely devoid of computer stuff.

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees

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Re: What is it with all this drinking?

Air conditioning aboard makes the air very dry and you need to drink substantially when you are on a plane, this is even more needed for the pilots because keeping hydrated is part of keeping in good health.

They can't collect your bins or fix your roads. They let Google stalk visitors to their websites. Yes, it's UK local government

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In the same vein

I recently discovered that the newsletter send by the French embassy in Thailand is using a tacking service when linking to the main web article. I informed the French regulator, still waiting for an outcome.

Things I learned from Y2K (pt 87): How to swap a mainframe for Microsoft Access

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I think that was dBase (II, III) I used around the end of the 80's to implement the accounting of our non-for-profit organisation: maintain the list of membership, maintain the list of subscribers to our magazine, call for renewals (these were proper letters, the body of the letter extracted from dBase and then formatted in LaTeX and send by snail mail).

For our couple hundred members, it worked fine enough. I moved abroad in 93 and left my function of treasurer, so I don't know what it became after that.

Beware the Friday afternoon 'Could you just..?' from the muppet who wants to come between you and your beer

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Re: The joys of family tech support

I would think that "running mint" comes from the pristine status of a freshly minted of a coin.

How a Kaggle Grandmaster cheated in $25,000 AI contest with hidden code – and was fired from dream SV job

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Re: And then...

He could also have cheated by training the model on the additional pictures in the test dataset: this would not have shown any trace in the code.

Only he was not supposed to know the adoption status of the pets in the test set. So he could not use it for training.

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It's machine learning, so I guess that technically it falls in the AI basket.

But I have hard time with some students explaining them that no, linear regression is not AI.

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I fully agree. What is the use of a test if the answers are already public. And not by a small amount as 3500 out of 4000 test data were public.

This is a completely missed planned competition.

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Unless I am very mistaken, the source code developed by competitors is not public (it could not be during the competition and neither is after). Many of our students use kaggle competition and datasets and try to reproduce the results as part of their curriculum, we would not allow that if the algorithm were already known.

But is is possible that the one who provided the data for the competition have access to the programs at the end.

Help! I'm trapped on Schrodinger's runaway train! Or am I..?

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But at least they now have shower an loo in the room, with a proper door to the loo.

And when it happened that they had a problem with their water heater, they arranged for me to use a room at the nearby non-budget Ibis and were ready to drive me to the airport in case I could not make it by public transportation because of this incident.

I have stayed in a Formule Un too, Ibis budget is much better.

We live so fast I can't even finish this sent...

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Re: I hate iconese

Here, in Thailand, many road signs are written ones, even when the commonly recognized icon equivalent exists. It makes driving very difficult until you learn some reading.

Icons are good as long as they are clearly readable.

How do you ascertain user acceptability if you keep killing off the users?

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Re: Flashback

The late and very regretted French humorist Pierre Desproges had a text where he praised this sort of vulgar food. You may be the finest gourmet and sometime enjoy very unfit cuisine or cheap wine.

Going only with Champagne and caviar as good as they are, may grow boring and you need to be remembered why you prefer best food.

There is a very twisted pleasure to be had by enjoying bad taste from time to time.

The time PC Tools spared an aerospace techie the blushes

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Re: Edifact

If the file had to be manually uploaded to their web site, at least that part of the process can be automated.

Wham, bam, thank you scram button: Now we have to go all MacGyver on the server room

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Re: Yep, had a very dodgy HP tape array in the noughties

That is why I have one on the same key-ring where I keep the bunch of all 2 different keys that open all the racks in our institution. With a big red cable tie to make the thing stick out in the middle of a mess.

Why is the printer spouting nonsense... and who on earth tried to wire this plug?

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Re: DIY Electricians

I think you are wrong on your assumption of the French electricity, it is normal 230V phase and neutral neutral. And that's how you can easily get 3 phases 380/400V.

You may be confusing with the USA where they tend to create 230V with two 110V in opposing phase (and that'w why it may be very tricky to get 3 phases and they rely on atrocities like rotary converters)

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Not on the wall socket

but I have stumbled upon home made extension cables where the wires were mixed, so as a rule, when I ordered a new extension cable from our worksjop, I would test it before I use it.

Careful with that Axe, Eugene: Excessive use of body spray causes school bus evacuation

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According to Wikipedia, the banishment of Epoisse would be an urban legend. I have never heard of such banishment myself, but I should add that until the cheese had been unpacked, it has not a to pungent smell. In fact there are for more smelling cheeses in France.

The source your are citing seems to be very biases, describing cheese like an atrocity one should keep away from, it is no wonder as it seems to come from a country that believe nothing should have any smell at all and chicken should be bleached. But at the same time they promote atrocities like Axe or Lynx!

If you have the opportunity and fancy tasty cheese, try Epoisse and durian (well, this is not a cheese) and fried insects (those are not cheese either) but stay away from junk food.

Close the windows, it's coming through the walls: Copper Cthulu invades Dabbsy's living room

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Why use the bin?

I don't understand your obsession with people throwing things in the trash can. It's not like they wanted to archive their old tea bags or empty packs of crisps, So why puting them in the bin?

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train

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Re: Making a stink about a.....stink

There was a similar case recently in France, a guy buying an house next to a farm and complaining about the noise of the rooster. It went to court, the rooster won.

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Re: Surströmming for lunch

Facemask do very little for the smell, they are to prevent spreading germs.

I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing

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firstname.lastname at gmail

I don't understand the problem of firstname.lastname being the same as without the dot. Gmail will not allow to register the dotted version if the undotted pre-exist and vice versa.

So if you own the firtsname.lastname another person cannot own the one without dot. They are making a plain mistake in giving their email address, this has nothing to do with Gmail.

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Re: Believe it or not, I have a smilar problem

I wonder what on earth their profiling algorithms make of me apparently living both in the UK and Tanzania.

Send you twice as much spam? Lucky you.

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Re: firstname.lastname

That and some client lack the ability to remove one address that was once typed incorrectly and will time and again offer the same autocompletion with the wrong address at the top.

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Re: Handle Gmail handles with care

Whoever isn't getting their emails is often missing out on really important information

Information must not be that important if people were not able to give their email right to start with.

Hyphens of mass destruction: When a clumsy finger meant the end for hundreds of jobs

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Re: thin fingers, small brain

I never remove a conrtab, I comment out the entry. Because what was needed once is very likely to be needed in the future, so I better keep it around.

Here are some deadhead jobs any chatbot could take over right now

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Re: "Microsoft scammers"

I have been toying with the idea of using a chatbot to reply to email scam.

Same purpose, keep them busy, while they will reply to my artificially intelligent emails, they will not be scamming some less suspicious persons.

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Minitel, really?

Alistair, you are using a service that display the picture of a Minitel on their main page and you are not suspicious?

And miniskirt would be ok if only you shaved your legs first.

When the IT department speaks, users listen. Or face the consequences

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Re: User ignore email

What sanction was applied to your students who got caught?

One week network suspension on first offence, one month on second, decision left on to the VP for academic affairs on third. We had 3 students so far who got sent to the VP.

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