* Posts by eldel

139 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009


'I wonder what this cable does': How to tell thicknet from a thickhead


Re: Fun with RJ-45!

As I recall from those dim and distant days the argument was that TR was deterministic, i.e. you "knew" that the data packet would get to its destination whereas ethernet was merely statistically probable. In real life this just meant unnecessary overhead on TR but the banking, legal and health types seemed to think it was the killer argument.

Bad news, older tech workers: Job advert language works against you


Re: Anon CVs

Probably the technical knowledge free screening in HR. In a previous job I was amazed at the applicants that HR was trying to reject once a (very senior) VP decided to bypass them as we weren't seeing anyone vaguely suitable.

What was more interesting was the responses when they were challenged on the matter. It consisted basically of <shrug> and the HR director backed them up.

Everyone back to the office! Why? Because the decision has been made


Re: that jerk with the annoying voice and that other bastard who sniffs all day.

I resemble that remark.

Signed a boomer who is pig sick of the fuckwits that think screwing up a planet is a virtuous act and are now hell bent on screwing up the political system for their own short sighted advantage. That's without considering the theocrats that are turning the US into a radical christian theocracy - and they have a habit of exporting their crap.

Micron aims 1.5TB microSD card at video surveillance market


Re: "a mean time to failure rating of two million hours"

Probably fail to turn on. Safer that way. You never know when a "convenient failure" inadvertently fails to happen and leaves awkward evidence.

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux


Re: Windows didn't suck...

Hmm, dunno, 1700 BCE sounds about right. End of the neolithic, start of the Mycenaean project. Yeah, I'd say lawyers probably came crawling out from under their rocks about then.

Seriously, you do not want to make that cable your earth


Re: almost whoops

24 I think since they perished. Loved working there. Not unlike the 60s if you remember the parties ( Xmas, launch etc) you weren't there.

When they went into liquidation everyone had to go get their personal stuff from the office and the receivers had a couple of heavies on the door making sure that nothing else was taken out. What they didn't seem to realize was that the 'machine room' was on the ground floor and had opening windows. Apparently by the time anyone twigged to this there wasn't a lot left. It would appear that the windows were large enough to get HP 'N' (?) Class servers out through. Allegedly.

How ICE became a $2.8b domestic surveillance agency


I hadn't realised that we had a cross posting agreement with THE TRUTH. 4 posts in the last month - looks like we got all of it as well.

I do love watching the trumpettes whining about "globalists" when the USA has been exporting its inflation to China for decades to allow it to finance its military empire. Of course when their fuhrer employs dubiously documented peons to work in his money losing ventures that's somehow OK. Or the MAGA hats made in Pakistan. Note to trumpettes - Pakistan is not a town in Pennsylvania. It's an actual country out there in the grey mist called "not the lower 48".

In the graveyard of good ideas, how does yours measure up to these?


Re: Examples.......and more to come!

I think the python example is a little disingenuous. Putting proper unicode support into P2 broke so many things that they just said "screw it - let's put all the breaking changes in at the same time". Which made the transition larger than anyone wanted (anyone who's had to port some badly implemented nested dictionaries that 2to3 can't handle can probably appreciate this) but hopefully a one time event.

Yes - this was caused by the poor initial design of P2 - but given where they were it was probably the correct decision.

Microsoft claims breakthrough in quantum computer system


Re: Whatever next? Spiders from Mars? RATs from Venus?

I have to admit - I (tried to) read the article and thought you'd written it.

Geomagnetic storm takes out 40 of 49 brand new Starlink satellites


Re: At least they're not additional, long-lasting space garbage

And if you design and build sensitive enough detectors to actually measure that amount of ionized debris in the atmosphere (not just at the putative point of "impact" with said atmosphere) then I suspect you've got either a Nobel prize or a very lucrative DARPA contract coming your way.


Re: Skynet

To the best of my knowledge the only satellite with a sail that's currently up there is Light Sail 2.

You could try asking the Planetary Society (who own and operate it) if the storm had any effect.

Bouncing cheques or a bouncy landing? All in a day's work for the expert pilot


Re: Expert?

Some years ago I was visiting friends and being a Sunday we decided to drink lunch at the local. This is in a small village in the middle of nowhere. The actual boozer fitted most of the preconceptions I had, including the elderly but still sprightly landlord and a barman of similar visage. Anyway, closing time is approaching and one of the locals we were chatting to goes to the bar and orders another round. The landlord demured, pointing out that he would need a magistrates order to extend opening times. The putative customer looked pointedly at the barman who simply shrugged, poured himself a double and said "granted".

Spruce up your CV or just bin it? Survey finds recruiters are considering alternatives


Re: Coding is not the end

The only 'coding interview' I ever had to suffer was a few years ago. It was in one of those all day multiple session interviews that the tech bros seem to love. By the time the coding part came around it was already pretty clear that I would be a poor fit - not least because I was probably 3 decades older than everyone else and apparently that meant I wouldn't be able to keep up.

Anyway - comes the coding section and tech bro hands me a problem statement and asks me to code a solution. I did it in Python the way I normally code - simplest suitable constructs and methods. TB looks at it and asks why I didn't use a lamda expression in one part. I just shrugged and said why? The answer was that it would be 'more pythonic'. At which point I'd decided this was a lost cause so I asked would it make it more efficient at run time? No, would it be easier to maintain? No, then why bother - I don't code for style points.

Unfortunately for my ego I can't claim that rejecting me was a calamitous mistake on their part, a mutual contact that knows the place tells me they are going gangbusters and I probably missed out on a very healthy stock distribution. Ah well.

Nothing's working, and I've checked everything, so it must be YOUR fault


Re: Blue flash

Many eons ago, for my 40th birthday, my wife bought me a day at a 'tank driving experience'. Great fun. I even got congratulated by the ex Armoured Corps sergeant who said he'd never seen anyone get an SPG (Sexton?? Abbot?? memory fails me - big bastard anyway) sideways before and would I please not do it again.

Offering Patreon subs in sterling or euros means you can be sued under GDPR, says Court of Appeal


Re: So if a UK based business

US courts typically assume everyone is subject to US law. Lord Palmerston would be proud of them,

A lightbulb moment comes too late to save a mainframe engineer's blushes


Re: Surgical Safety Checklist

Heh - I had a neurologist who was on the point of booking neck surgery for me due to the state of my neck (many decades old injury) contributing to the pains in my left arm. Until I pointed out that the problem was in my right arm.

The ideal sat-nav is one that stops the car, winds down the window, and asks directions


Re: My experience

>I can even navigate a map on my computer, and push it to the device !

You can do that on google maps as well. Along with rest stops, fuel stops etc. An interesting twist I found on this the other day is that if you 'export' the route as a link - you can just save that link. That way you can have a list of routes in a file which you just click to activate in gmaps and then push to the phone. Actually works quite well.

I don't know if they've pushed this capability to the civilized world yet - but combining that with the maps download means that you effectively have a standalone gps unit.

Survey shows XP lingers on while Windows 11 makes a 0.21% ripple in the enterprise


The coming of the Borg

Took delivery of a new laptop yesterday. Booted it up and the Win10 install promptly upgraded itself to Win11. OK - let's try that.

Start with - create admin user that isn't a microsoft account. Hmm - nope. Lots of web searches and trials. Still nope - all the helpful suggestions are no longer valid. OK - create a fake new account, complete the login process. Create local user, reboot and log in with that.

Install Brave browser, set DDG as search engine, set Brave as default browser (which, in itself, took 20 minutes and a lot of reading). Click on a link - get Edge. Reboot. Try again. Same thing.

Check pi-hole and see a *huge* amount of traffic going to microsoft sub domains that I've not seen before. Blacklist domains. Random stuff stops working - e.g. volume control. WTF?? And I thought Android was bad.

Put Mint 20.2 on flash drive, boot from that, install with complete wipe of disk. Fully working laptop with no stupidity 20 minutes later.

NASA delays crewed Moon landing until 2025, citing technical infeasibility


Re: So NASA will *never* make it to the Moon

it needs to land 100s if not 1000s of times from orbital velocities before you put people anywhere near riding on top of it

Yeah - I don't think so. A dozen, maybe 20 tops. How many 100s of Dragon capsules do you think they landed before the crewed ones?

Rolls-Royce set for funding fillip to build nuclear power stations based on small modular reactor technology


Isn't there a (theoretical) design for a fast breeder variant that will "burn" the plutonium in a second stage? I'm pretty sure I read about one.

Calendars have gone backwards since the Bronze Age. It's time to evolve


Re: Day planner. On paper.

Well, yes - but how do you know where you are supposed to be? Collect someone from doctor's appointment - better be on the calendar. I'm going to be out at a match on Sunday this week, then at the sanctuary next Thursday, then I'm going to a concert with my daughter in a month. Whatever. How do I communicate that to everyone else? Can it be done - sure - I did it successfully for decades. Is it easier to do it with a shared electronic calendar that everyone can see? Yup. For us at least.

I'm talking family here of course. I've found over the years that a healthy dose of honesty and reality tend to get one disinvited to corporate meetings, Which suits me just fine. I don't call meetings - if I have information that I think someone needs I will impart that in a direct and succinct way and avoid wasting time on feeding some managerial ego. I will even take the time to write it up - thereby increasing the clarity of my own thinking - instead of blurting out whatever comes to mind.


Re: Day planner. On paper.

Meh - I loved my Time Manager dead tree planner. Used it for many years - then Psion brought out the 3a. The planner lasted about 2 months after that. Whilst I agree that the current computer mediated calendars need serious improvement - there's no freaking way I'm going back to trying to synchronize different people's schedules on paper.

Especially at home - goodbye and good riddance to the schedule on the fridge door.

Yahoo! shuts! down! last! China! operations! as! doing! business! becomes! 'increasingly challenging'!


Re: Applaud The Move, Despise The Reasons

legally take their IP

I don't think legality has much to do with it. Well, not according to international norms anyway.

Orders wrong, resellers receiving wrong items? Must be a programming error and certainly not a rushing techie


Re: Fun with punch cards

Little known factlette - punch cards are the ideal thickness for setting spark plug gaps. At least they were for the Ford 'engine' (and I use the work loosely) in my Cortina in the 70s.

Boeing's Calamity Capsule might take to space once again ... in the first half of 2022


A customer dilemma

I noted the issue of 'turnaround time for ULA rockets'. You mean you don't just pull one off the shelf?

"If Sir would like a new booster please choose from the right hand side of the warehouse. Otherwise please feel free to select one of our flight proven models from the center and left aisles. Yes, of course we can have it ready for next week"

<mumble mumble>

"Ah, Sir would like a bigger booster. Of course Sir, which 3 of these would Sir like us to strap together?"

<mumble mumble mumble>

"Ah, no Sir, I'm afraid we don't stock that model. The recovery accuracy of that model is not quite adequate for our rather small barges. Apparently they can only specify which ocean they expect to hit"

Globalfoundries files for IPO


I'm sure I've seen this mentioned before - but 2 chip factories, which need a huge amount of water, in one of the driest states in the US, during a historic drought which shows no signs of abating any time soon. Using, no doubt, the rapidly shrinking aquifer as a supply. Seriously WTF??

BOFH: You'll find there's a company asset tag right here, underneath the monstrously heavy arcade machine


Re: Personal heaters

I have a pair of ML350s which are much quieter than the pizza boxen but provide nicely adequate amounts of heat.

Some stayed in Croatian castles. Some hid in cars. We speak to techies who experienced lockdown in very different ways


Sometimes you just get lucky

The project I was working on (80 hr weeks - crappy management - all on-site) got 'rightsized' just as the COVID shit was hitting the fan. I scored a full WFH job with sensible management and decent planning. I actually went to my previous boss and thanking him for canning me. I don't think he was expecting that.

Updated Python support in VS Code brings browser editing and ditches open-source language server for Pylance


The problem (for some of us anyway) is what's the alternative. Some large US corps banned Jetbrains stuff because "reasons", Eclipse is a dinosaur and Pydev seems to be stuck in the neolithic (let's not get into it's Git workflow). Sublime is just Vi on steroids (not that there's anything wrong with that per-se) and Atom could be great if I want to spend a not insignificant amount of time getting the customization sorted out.

VSCode is free and does the job better than anything other than PyCharm. The Flask and Django support are also free - the last time I looked PyCharm was still charging for those.

All in my opinion of course - but as it's my time and effort spent using it - that's the only one I really care about :-)

Spring tears down math geek t-shirt listing because it dared to mention the trademarked word 'zeta'


Re: Oi - Merkins

Actually the sun setting bit was the Spanish, under Philip IV. We just borrowed it to describe our own rapine behaviour when we set out to steal everything that the Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese missed the first time around.

UK's National Data Guardian warned about GP data grab being perceived as going 'under the radar'


Re: Listen?

There will of course be an 'opt-out' for citizens to use. Which will, in the normal run of things, be either impossible to access or will revert after an unknown and variable period of time. Or even both - just to make sure that you don't interrupt the money flow.

Unless you are an MP or otherwise 'excluded' person - after all they are far too important to be grouped with the masses.

Google Groups kills RSS support without notice


Re: RSS isn't dead.

It is, however, yet another reminder (as if any were needed by now) that relying on a free service, especially from Google*, is simply a way to fail at some point yet to be determined.

*Yes - I know gmail, chrome and maps aren't going away. Android either. I seriously wouldn't bet on anything else though.

Dallas cops lost 8TB of criminal case data during bungled migration, says the DA... four months later


Re: "data migration of a network drive caused [...] deletion"

This is DPD. The initial copy probably failed so they reverted to their default action plan and shot it. "This is what happens when you don't comply"

Good news: Jeff Bezos went to space. Bad news: He's back


Re: Oh dear

I, rather unfortunately, resemble that remark.

I watched it during the reception for my cousin's wedding. It was so important a whole room of Scots stopped drinking to watch it. Rarely has such an event been seen. (Moon landing or Scots not drinking at an open bar - take your pick)

Restoring your privacy costs money, which makes it a marker of class

Black Helicopters

And here is the list of the cross-site trackers on this page alone ..









Annoyed US regulator warns it might knock SpaceX's shiny new Texas tower down


The most feared words you can hear

I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.

The FAA have an 'interesting' view of where their authority stretches to - probably because many (most??) airports in the states have been in receipt of grants for infrastructure improvements. The rider that comes with the grant is that it gives the FAA a huge amount of say in the ongoing activities at the airport. This is often a good thing when local governments try to sell off a local airport to generate money and find that they can't. For subjective values of 'good' of course.

I rather suspect that attitude is being shown here despite this not being an FAA funded operation.

BOFH: Oh for Pete’s sake. Don’t make a spectacle of yourself


Re: Brilliant

You say that as if it was a bad thing

You want a reboot? I'll give you a reboot! Happy now?


Re: Hands up, intentional mixup

Email (and it's associated audit trail) are a lifesaver and the reason that I refuse to do anything on a verbal/zoom/chat instruction without an email confirmation that "yes, as per your instruction/request/recommendation, I will be doing x". I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer but even I learn eventually.

The silicon supply chain crunch is worrying. Now comes a critical concern: A coffee shortage


Re: A year on from the great bog roll hoarding ....

FTO is about 3x that price nowadays (was about 2x a year ago)

For me anyway ...


Boldly going where Elon Musk will probably go before: NASA successfully tests SLS Moon rocket core stage


Re: Musk

Whilst you are correct I think you are somewhat misrepresenting the situation. SLS is a throwaway - in the best pork barrel traditions of the US Gov. The Artemis 1 mission could fly on Falcon Heavy and you'd still have the boosters.

Starship (both the 'capsule' and the booster) are early representatives of the next generation - SLS is just another iteration of the same tired old system. So for the record it's Starship 1 out of 10 'successful' landings vs Boeing 0 out of 0. Hey - at least they are consistent, Also - SpaceX do seem to already have a 7 seater human rated capsule that has flown 2 more missions than Orion - so if you are comparing like with like that would be a closer one.

For the record - while I think Boeing/ULA are little more than a highly efficient leach on the public purse and long ago stopped innovating - I really really want the Artemis program to work and be a spectacular success. It's a popular conception that NASA were once a freewheeling outfit that degenerated into a bureaucracy - but if you read the accounts of the early days it was always thus. They were just given political ego generated unlimited budgets. They still managed some of the most stupendous achievements in history despite the paper pushers and I sincerely hope they continue to do so.


Drinking in Tx

You omitted the 10000 kg of sugar (or suitably cancer inducing alternative) and approx 10000 lt of "colorings" from the recipe. Not that I have opinions about the drinks they serve in Texas - no Sir - not me.

Oh - and enough ice to clear the Weddell sea - what? they already did?

If at first you don't succeed: Engineers power up the computers of NASA's monster SLS core stage once again


Re: What could possibly go wrong?

From whose perspective?

Boeing? Hardly - they're (re)using those propellant barges to move their massive cost plus payments so they don't care. It's also the closest to booster reuse they'll ever get.

NASA? Well they care - but they are at the mercy of congress critters who are using public money to fund re-election campaigns in the districts that make the bits.

SpaceX? The company doesn't really GaS although they're largely staffed with space geeks who want all rockets to succeed. They've got boosters almost as powerful that you can order more or less off the shelf (and re-use them) which would easily cope with the early Artemis loads (note - I think they would have issues with the capsule width though) and by the time Boeing et-al get Artemis II payloads ready I strongly suspect the Starship booster will be firing.

Blue Origin? Boeing/ULA MK2 - just funded by Bezos rather than the taxpayer. They'll probably have something in orbit around Earth by the time NASA are around the Moon and SpaceX around Mars.

Anyone living within 20 miles of the test? I suspect that they have ear plugs and strong windows.

Recovery time objective missed by four weeks, but Parler is back online


Re: Disqus provides no way to contact them about this

I think "wooosh" is appropriate here :-)

Salesforce: Forget the ping-pong and snacks, the 9-to-5 working day is just so 2019, it's over and done with


Re: Up yours to HP and Yahoo etc

HPE were one of the first to ditch the cube farms and declare remote as the ongoing norm.


My bad! So you're saying that redacting an on-screen PDF with Tipp-Ex won't work?


Re: Amazon drivers

I'd have to agree with this. Especially when compared to the demented gibbons employed by UPS hereabouts.

Musk see: Watch SpaceX's latest Starship rocket explode while trying to touch down


Re: Maybe it needs a clunk tank

I'm fairly sure I read that (one of the points of) SN8 was to test the pressurised header tank. This one talked about the landing tanks. I would have assumed that they would also be pressurised given that they have to supply fuel from a 90 degree (ish) angle to allow it to align for landing.

Whatever the reason I suspect that we'll find out about it in a few days. Muskies girls and boys seem to be very open about what went wrong. Of course - when you aren't having to justify another $XB from congress that sort of thing is probably easier.

Cisco intros desktop switches, one with USB-C to power your laptop


Re: NIC?

HP as well. My work laptop is sitting next to me - a single USB-C cable from the dock. Drives a pair of 24" monitors, USB ports for headset, keyboard and mouse and an RJ45 to hook up to the office switch.

I think that's a fairly standard arrangement for modern high(er) spec setups. Certainly seems to be reliable once you have the correct drivers in place.

Engineers blame 'intentionally conservative' test parameters for premature end to Space Launch System hotfire


Re: Well That Doesn't Sound Too Bad

I'm not so sure - and that may be the reason that Space X and Blue Origin to a lessor extent are moving much faster than Boeing. They leave it to fail and gather more information.

In this test Boeing stopped it at the first sign of trouble - no doubt to try and protect a politically imposed launch date - but now have no idea if the problem would stabilize or get worse and cause a catastrophic failure and when. Space X would just let the bastard blow up and thus characterize the whole thing.Yeah it ain't cheap - but when you have stuff rolling off an assembly line instead of hand crafted by a cost plus band of artisans then it's a quick turnaround and another learning experience.

SLS has effectively been in development since 2005 (if you include the Constellation program) - only 3 years less than Space X has been in existence. Not only that they even had the engines 'gifted' to them so they didn't have to develop them. Since 2011 the development costs for the first stage booster alone are running at somewhere north of $20B and all they have to show for it are some politicians getting fat bribes. For reference Space X developed the Falcon 1 and 9 for around $400M.

Suckers for punishment, we added a crawler transporter to our Saturn V


Re: Meccano Vs Lego

I had a couple of basic kits then around the mid 60s 'inherited' a huge amount, like 3 large holdalls full, from one of my father's colleagues who had a large collection of nieces but no nephews. Note the date - gender equality was a far future concept back then.

Twas wonderful - building 'motorised' models with the clockwork motor sets. 10 years later, within a couple of months of me leaving home, my mother had 'donated' it because she thought it was a waste of space and I was 'too old' to care about such things. The sudden change in the earth's magnetic field is a result of her spinning in her grave at being reminded about it. Again.

Elon Musk says he tried to sell Tesla to Apple, which didn’t bite and wouldn't even meet


Re: Both SX and Tesla have come a very long way in 2 years

Heard an interesting (well, I thought so) take on Apple getting into cars the other day. Before the world's biggest cash cow of consumers paying $1000 every other year to replace their pocket computer at huge mark up - the previous biggest cash cow was people paying $000s every 5 years to replace their car.

Remember the "what's good for GM is good for America" meme?



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