* Posts by Korev

1822 posts • joined 26 Aug 2016

Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

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At my university, you got a whole 2MB of disc space and 5MB of email and floppy discs were the usual method of saving files. I soon realised that it was much better to email yourself the files than to put them on the normal file share...

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

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>did they find out what happened to Annie?

I don't know, I'm still trying to get Diana clean, she's so dirty

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Re: If you're gunna be starting something,

Why, we're Just Good Friends

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It could be you: National Lottery hands £16m to England's Jodrell Bank

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Re: This is fabulous

On the other hand, it could encourage the students of the future to take up science.

Moreover, don't forget that we need to convince the majority of people* of the worth of science and technology (even if to us it's obvious).

*These people help to pay for it of course

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Isn't that rather a lot better than someone getting all excited about X-factor or Eastenders?

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Money transfer

Taking money from the stupid and passing it to the intelligent - isn't that a bit unfair?

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Within Arm's reach: Chip brains that'll make your 'smart' TV a bit smarter

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Law enforcement

Maybe the Met Police could use it to improve their face recognition; it'd be the long ARM of the law

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Adobe acquires Magento to go B2B2C and beyond

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Photography

If you sell photographs using the software, would that make it a Photoshop?

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Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole

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Re: Removing speculative execution

>Does anybody know / can make a very educated guess as to how big a performance hit would processors suffer if speculative execution was altogether entirely scraped from their design?

I was wondering the same thing

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You've got to be kitten: Vet recruiter told to pay £1k after pinching info from ex-employer

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Is that the mane part of the tail?

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Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive

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Re: This is the reason....

It depends what kind of a system you run. If you're supporting air traffic control or a hospital's PACS system then uptime is quite important.

The nearest thing we have to an X-ray icon -->

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Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM

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Re: It's just a BS "reason" to allow patient data to be sold off

>It doesn't require machine learning to early detect cancers. It requires repeated high resolution scans of the areas of concern, and diff analysis of the scans over time to detect change.

At some dosage the radiation will cause more cancers than it saves. Moreover, it'd also pick up tumours that wouldn't cause the patient any bother in their lifetimes.

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IIRC there was no AI in that, just some coding errors.

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You know me, I don't know you: Hospital reportedly raps staff for peeking at Ed Sheeran data

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Re: He has records? Lucky chap!

One can assume the tome now resides in storage, misfiled for eternity. I'm rather glad I don't (fingers crossed) have any issues for this to be fatal, others in this situation may be playing russian roulette on emergency admission.

As I mentioned above, I temped in a hospital records library for a while; there was a double-sided shelving unit, maybe 8m long, 2.5m high with individual bits of paper that had not been labeled properly. As temps we were also sent to look for notes which had been put in the wrong place, for example for #10020 you'd check #10200, #10002 etc.

We also spent a long time (two of us for a week) searching for a deceased baby's notes which was the subject for an inquiry. I have no idea if these notes were they'd been "accidentally" mislaid or not.

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My records however are probably in a big brown folder, stored miles away, if you've been in hospital you'll know it takes bloody ages anytime these need referred to. If you're (un)lucky they may be electronic and again take ages to refer to.

After graduating I worked in a "library" as you describe. This particular library was on a different site to the A&E unit, so from time to time an urgent request came through which would be found ASAP and then transferred by taxi. They were just about to start digitising the records when I moved onto a graduate level role.

They operated a reasonably sane way of protecting "famous"* records, they kept them in the locked when empty supervisors' office and were then fetched by senior people when needed.

*Famous = the odd minor celeb, the local football team and an (in)famous criminal** living at Her Majesty's pleasure

**You'd have heard of him if you're British; but for obvious reasons I won't name him

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Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

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Re: Free UPS!

Our computational chemists used to have UPS on their workstations (I can't remember many power outages though), when the batteries died I had to get them replaced. They were almost as expensive as buying new UPS units...

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

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Re: Had you just happened to hit the executive facility?

>I think in most countries there are legal requirements for the ratio of staff to toilets

In my work it's someone's job to do the audit. A couple of years ago they realised there weren't enough toilets for the men (this is an IT group). This really upset the ladies in the office (as you'd expect)...

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Bowel down: Laxative brownies brought to colleague's leaving bash

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That was a crap pun

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Re: Giving a crap

For the “IT angle” you could say she tried to flush his buffers...

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We've found it! A cloud-and-AI angle on the royal wedding

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I'll raise you

I see that and raise you the the Harry and Meghan swimming costumes. Mind bleach maybe required (especially if you wonder where his chin is)...

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Britain to slash F-35 orders? Erm, no, scoffs Lockheed UK boss

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Looks like they've walked into a (cat and) trap

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Re: I understand

Oh you're going, good Knight

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Engineer crashed mega-corp's electricity billing portal, was promoted

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Re: I can forgive 'Matt' for all of his sins...

Except 'I was quite literally working in the dark'

No Matt, no you weren't.

You sound like you'd literally kill him

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Grown up way of dealing with things

The client even learned something – Matt said “additional protocols were put into place by the client to prevent this from occurring again.”

Matt’s company learned something too. “We only install our software on dedicated systems for production environments,” Matt told us. “Oh, and I still have a job - as the senior tech engineer.”

This sounds like quite a grown up company. They didn't hang the techie out to dry for a mistake (which was probably worsened by the Company's procedures) and they change their way of working to lower the chance of it happening again. That sounds good to me.

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Family Planning office warns customers private parts may be exposed

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Re: On the plus side...

I'm going to have to err Clap

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Re: Fire Safety Training

A few years ago in the last(?) Fire Fighter strike I was working in a lab in Cambridge. We were informed that if there was a fire then we really ought to get ourselves out as the soldiers on cover wouldn't enter the building...

Interestingly, the old LMB next door had specially trained some of their staff to go in with the Fire Brigade as the building was such a maze that they'd never be able to find their way around.

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Re: I, for one, welcome our insectile overlords...

There's an urban myth(?) about her punchcards getting insects in them which screwed everything up; hence the term bugs

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Re: Had the fire brigade called to a five star hotel, in Malta....

The joke was then that the university couldn't "afford" to have a fire on a Monday.

Up until very recently the Swiss Airforce only operated in office hours! They had to ask the French and Italians nicely to escort a potentially hijacked aircraft...

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VMware to finally deliver full-function HTML5 vSphere client

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J#

>The second reason was that VMware’s C# vSphere client was - how shall we put this? – bad. Just bad.

Wasn't the old version pretty much the only application ever written in J# too?

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AWS won serverless – now all your software are kinda belong to them

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Re: "As Amazon's serverless ecosystem grows, the more metadata it can mine."

Yes, it's all mine

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Bombshell discovery: When it comes to passwords, the smarter students have it figured

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The most smart students of all...

The smartest students out of the lot will have BOFHed their way into the database and “adjusted” their grade anyway.

Although, maybe the brightest of the lot will edit all the others’ grades first to shift suspicion...

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UK government's cloud spending hits saturation: Love of Microsoft endures

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Re: £751,000 on Office 365

They probably have some contractors too.

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Data centre down: Budget plane-ride mart Ryanair goes all in with AWS

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In case you haven't seen it...

Fascinating Aida's wonderful Cheap Flights song.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Re: We did this

> All in all it locked out only finances access.

Sounds like a Win to me

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Project Lightning, you say? Virgin Media's fibre rollout is pretty glacial

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Re: (If you can get domestic fibre) then Virgin business is the way to go ...

Having said that, LG are terrified that in the UK and elsewhere, other telecoms players will be able to deliver fast internet without a cable network. Already happening in some markets (Switzerland, IIRC),

Correct. The fastest “UPC” (owned by LG) offer is 500/50. One of the mobile phone providers, Salt, is currently offering 10Gb!!! Most of the other vendors are offering up to a symmetric 1Gbs now. Of course if you live halfway up a mountain then you’re on an ADSL variant of some kind.

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The Sun will blow up into a huge, glowing bubble of gas during its death

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I'm not scared...

Didn't Oracle swallow the Sun a few years back?

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Adobe, 'hyper personalisation' and your privacy

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It was two decades ago and you're still AC; I never realised that Adobe product were so embrassing...

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True personalisation

For true personalisation you could go to one of the many handwashes dotted around the UK these days. The guys* there will get to know you over time if you're a repeat customer. If they know you then you might even get free stuff over time or even know things like where your cars gets the most mucky.

*I've never seen a female working at one

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Re: Why do they all have such lame examples of personalisation

>When he gets [to the garage], the personalisation system has good news, the car wash will be free as a loyalty reward.

Wouldn't it have a bigger effect if he was told beforehand that the car wash was free?

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Re: "People are buying experiences, not products"

I'm hearing very good things about the Serif products. When they have good cataloguing features then I'll probably wave goodbye to Adobe

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LESTER looks up, spins its wheels: The Register’s beer-butler can see ...

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Thank you for ginerating such a good pun, it was like a tonic for my afternoon

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Measure for measure: Why network surveys don't count what counts

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Of course they might change their mind suddenly if they need to call the Police etc

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The most important network function people want in the UK – and we gave them a long list – is making voice calls. 69 per cent of people want that. Texting is important for 53 per cent of people, and the web third, with 43 per cent.

In the days of Skype, WhatApp etc. aren't people forgetting that the "web" is the most important criterion for reliability for many people?

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Zombie Cambridge Analytica told 'death' can't save it from the law

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Re: Wow!

Having experienced the traffic in Cambridge, I imagine the first month would be spent getting as far as the A14...

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>the company's decision to close down and re-emerge under another name won't give it an out

Ouch! That's terrible English...

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Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

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Well, the name's a fruit so maybe they got a bit confused about currants?

Mine's the Macintosh-->

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The US has to contend with Ohm's law just like the rest of us but haven't figured out how to get it on their side.

Maybe us Europeans can offer some advice on the current best practice - they may resist though...

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MacBook Pro petition begs Apple for total recall of krap keyboards

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Re: I have an effective and elegant solution.

Such basic boo-boos would have never happened under Steve Jobs

Do you remember the "antennagate"? Steve Jobs himself emailed a user to say that he was holding it incorrectly rather than there being a poor design...

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Whoa, Gartner drops a truth bomb: Blockchain is overhyped and top IT bods don't want it

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Re: "Blockchain" uses concepts that have been around for decades

>almost the entire population of the world has below average intelligence

That's a mean thing to say

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Nvidia quickly kills its AMD-screwing GeForce 'partner program' amid monopoly probe threat

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Re: Not as slow to learn as Intel

>It's expensive to fight the law because the lawyers always win

Fixed that for you...

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