* Posts by AndyD 8-)₹

42 posts • joined 14 Nov 2016

Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf

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back then...

Was it R, S, or A that was arrested by (?) Special Branch when they tried to present the algorithm to the (?) Royal Society?

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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Re: Representing himself

iirc the saying is "a man (sic) who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer and an ass for a client".

New Horizons snaps finish buffering: Ultima Thule actually two dust bunnies that got snuggly 4.5 billion years ago

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It is quite obviously a white ceramic teapot - and, unexpectedly, a saucer.

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Re: Off to the tower with Zuck

*Pedant alert*

"The Tower doesn't have any dungeons and never has (as the Beefeaters will remind you. Repeatedly)."

Would that be the Beefeaters actually known as yeoman WARDERS?

Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

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Google tells me:

The OPC is a church with a more "mainline" heritage. It was formed by faithful ministers, elders, and members forced out of the chief Presbyterian denomination in the northern states (the PCUSA) in 1936. It has been characterized over its short lifetime by a strong emphasis on rigorous ministerial examination, a representative (federal) General Assembly, a high view of office, and usually a dedication to presuppositional apologetics. It is not an exclusive Psalmody church.

Sounds a bit like APL?

They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

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"Scary that the people in charge can be so proudly ignorant and divorced from reality."

That is so VERY VERY true - and has nothing to do with encryption!

SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

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"four times the total area of California." - hold on _ thought we were using Reg Units ,,, xxx Belgiums please

BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

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Re: Collapse of Facebook

"a sitting brexiteer UK gov will find not revealing details of the Leave campaigns use of CA is more important than exposing the truth "

Well there it is....

if there's a 10% chance that FB/CA had a >1% effect on the Brexit vote...


10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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Re: Memories... @IMG

"HP were pretty much a law unto themselves, using RPN."

as did Sinclair's

Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members

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Re: As someone licenced to carry firearms ...


Oracle to shutter most Euro hardware support teams

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Yes, been there done that. When told we were moving to Oracle we asked "database, development environment or both?" .... .... deer in headlights ..... errr...Forms and Reports.... Beaming Smile!

Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly

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"It took me a full day to get my head around regular expressions."

Well done - I've been trying to get my head around them for several decades, and still struggling!

Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Re: Maybe we dodged a bullet?

"Two sets of registers and two sets of cache" pretty much *is* the problem!

Pickaxe chops cable, KOs UKFast data centre

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Re: Update from UKFast

New to the job but a fast study?

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@Bloom Energy

Jonathan Fahey in Forbes wrote: "Are we really falling for this again? Every clean tech company on the planet says it can produce clean energy cheaply, yet not a single one can. Government subsidies or mandates keep the entire worldwide industry afloat...."

Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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Re: "Cut the red wire..."

"One way the EOD teams used in WW2 to get round this and timers was to pour liquid oxygen into the fuse cavity to freeze clockwork"

That would be liquid nitrogen I hope - or given the technology available perhaps solid CO2 in acetone.

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Some years ago I went to a steam fair. A traction engine had descended a moderate slope to a stream (presumably to take on water) and had sunk to its axles.

A heavy Scammell equipped with a hydraulic winch was called to the rescue, it sank a barn-door sized spade anchor into the ground and connected up a rusty 3" wire rope. As the winch bit, the wire rope pinged and 6"lengths of broken wire stuck out a right-angles to the rope. vibrating. There were loads of people around, including kids, and no-one seemed bothered. I beat a very hasty retreat and hoped for the best.

BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Re: do not enter the hypen!

"AMEX card numbers (for just one example) are 15 digits. Not exactly 16..."

ah! so that's why most sites don't accept Amex

Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

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Re: Mostly

"written copy in an old-fashioned notebook in the same old-fashioned pocket or handbag where you keep your plastic."

Haven't done that since the 80's when I got home from a PC conference (of all places) to find find my note replaced by one that just said 'wanker'

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Subtle reminders and behavioural priming have been shown in experiments to be a way to get developers to produce more secure XXXcodeXXX methods to de-fenestrate HR wonks, for example.

fixed that....

DNS resolver will check requests against IBM threat database

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Re: Does not work very well

"Of course YMMV depending on where in the world you are located."

--- @Shiningest India:-

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.16299.64]

(c) 2017 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


MeMe@Desktop-Dell:/mnt/c/Users/user$ dig @ google.com A

; <<>> DiG 9.9.5-3ubuntu0.11-Ubuntu <<>> @ google.com A

; (1 server found)

;; global options: +cmd

;; Got answer:

;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 33197

;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 6, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 1


; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 4096


;google.com. IN A


google.com. 293 IN A

google.com. 293 IN A

google.com. 293 IN A

google.com. 293 IN A

google.com. 293 IN A

google.com. 293 IN A

;; Query time: 311 msec


;; WHEN: Tue Nov 21 12:12:54 DST 2017

;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 135

MeMe@Desktop-Dell:/mnt/c/Users/user$ dig @ google.com A

; <<>> DiG 9.9.5-3ubuntu0.11-Ubuntu <<>> @ google.com A

; (1 server found)

;; global options: +cmd

;; Got answer:

;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 40633

;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 1


; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 512


;google.com. IN A


google.com. 294 IN A

;; Query time: 38 msec


;; WHEN: Tue Nov 21 12:16:22 DST 2017

;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 55


UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: Jesus, NO!

Nicotine not particularly addictive?

Why the f*ck do you think all those people smoke?

It is very seriously addictive!

At the feet of the Great Monad, or, How the functional programming craze plays out

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"All the simple and obvious questions were answered 20 years ago"

I wrote my first optimised bi-directional xor bubble sort more than 40 years ago!

'No deal better than bad deal' approach to Brexit 'unsubstantiated'

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The whole thing with the House of Lords recommending we guarantee EU citizens rights was quite likely just a pre-planned piece of political theater

... you didn't read the Hansard report of the debate then.

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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Re: About time

"had a choice" to NOT upgrade. In some cases, closing the dialog box UPGRADED you WITHOUT choice. "Not now" was the only "choice".

... but unfortunately this lawsuit doesn't appear to cover that!

Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

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Re: "Web native" developer?

Legacy x86 Windows applications have been a millstone around the neck of the entire industry for ages now ....We've been bringing up an entire generation of "web native" developers who are all about writing applications without the crutch of platforms past....

To summarise - script kiddies rule - move over grandads - - OK it's all yours son. enjoy!

Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

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Re: Really smart meter?

"Im fairly sure the economy 7 time switches were radios tuned to Radio 4 LW"

... which 30 years ago was on 1500m not quite the same as the current 198khz

AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

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Re: I love the future

*My light switch/ [smart meter] does not depend on the Internet and never will.*

... but I anticipate that I will soon be penalised (and eventually prosecuted) by British Gas for that intransigence!

Infosec firm NCC Group launches review over crap financials

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National Computing Centre

A management buyout - nuff said

Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

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Re: Simple Answer

*merging IT, CGT and NI is obvious*

I largely agree - but I suspect that you have never lived under high inflation - CGT without indexation can be punitive and grossly unfair.

'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Laws change, and popularly known facts become out of date - but - it was a well known fact that you were obliged to reply when asked by the police to give your name, but it didn't have to be your 'given name' - hence the large number of Mickey Mice living in the UK

The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Re: Not right, but not that strange either


"Police sought the order to read communications between Kermani and a man in Syria who had publicly identified himself as a member of Islamic State"

- 'fraid I don't have any problem with that!

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Re: Don't accept it, act on it

"These things are easily discussed and arranged with HR and/or your bosses.

Typically HR keeps a record of who can't/won't travel to which places. "

Quite - as it happens, a few years ago I worked for a company where most of the workforce indicated they wouldn't move to ... Middlesbrough.

Co-incidentally we were all made redundant a few months later.

Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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It seems that you can still be refused entry to the USA if "you are or have ever been a member of the Communist Party".

I didn't know that, and find it rather shocking.

SQL Server on Linux? HELL YES! Linux on Windows 10? Meh

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".... tools that allow those with little to no SQL knowledge to build powerful databases and run queries without learning how to do table joins"

yes, I've worked with some of them; not only didn't know how to do table joins (why should they, that's my job - writing user-friendly views) but didn't fully understand their own data, didn't know why they got so much output, and didn't know what to do with the results even when someone had 'sanitised' their queries for them.

VPN on Android means 'Voyeuristic Peeper Network' in many cases

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Re: How do you think those "free" VPN services pay for it?

<quote>Of course they're harvesting your data</quote>

... whereas Google themselves .........

Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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Re: What are customers moaning about?

BT are sh*t -

just saying that to see if it gets posted

a couple of non-sh#t posts are still being moderated after 13 hours!

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Re: What are customers moaning about?

@d3vy - "my BT infinity 2 costs

Broadband £26

Line rental £20

Call package £14

Charge for not using call package £1

£60 ish (I've rounded the charges up for simplicity)"

Just checked MY BT Infinity bill:

Line Rental - £18.99

Broadband and Calls £10.00

Unlimited Anytime Calls Add-on £8.50 [SmartTalk App - Free]

Total including any applicable taxes £37.49

I signed up with BT last September

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Re: What are customers moaning about?

"My objection is £14 a month call package that is mandatory if you have a line.. so we can make cheap calls evenings and weekends using the phone that we don't have."

Suggestion - upgrade to anytime calls and use BT SmartTalk for 'free' calls on your family's mobiles.

Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

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IBM 2260 (display) control units had things called NiCr delay lines (basically electric-fire wire in a flat metal box) made great toast - no problems either.

A factory in Worcester in the early 60's had a Leo II which ran on 'acorn' valves - they installed ducting from the computer room and heated the whole factory.

Hackers electrocute selves in quest to turn secure doors inside out

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Re: They're still alive after electrocution?

re: I think you'll find that .exe died in 2000.


What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Re: Insider job?

begin transaction;

$b4 = select sum(balance) from allaccounts;

update allaccounts set balance = balance*0.9 where balance > 0;

$afta = select sum(balance) from allaccounts;

$myac = '0123456...';

update allaccounts set balance = balance +$b4-$afta where acno = $myac;

end transaction;


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