* Posts by Anonymous Coward

1705 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Jun 2008

Bank's datacenter died after travelling back in time to 1970

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Holmes

Re: Yearly tasks....

Once you've realised that this thing needs batteries changing yearly or $things will fail, why not replace (or supplement) those batteries with an external power brick? Plugged into the UPS on the basis that if the UPS dies, that clock will be the least of your worries.

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Re: Priorities

"Anything I can help with?"

Hubble Space Telescope is back in the game after NASA fixes gyro glitch

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Joke

Re: Can't we just send a shuttle....

Or just send up a full replacement telescope.

I mean JWST was built and launched so quickly and cheaply that these space tescelope things are pretty much disposable.

Sysadmin's favorite collection of infallible utilities failed … foully

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Re: Defragging isn't a big deal anymore

I wonder what you think the D stands for in SSD???

Solid State DISK

Musk tells advertisers to 'go f**k' themselves as $44B X gamble spirals into chaos

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Mushroom

Re: murder chickens

Your first paragraph applies equally to both the geese and the US army

Bank boss hated IT, loved the beach, was clueless about ports and politeness

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Re: bullshit detected

One of my pet peeves is when people refer to it as "CAT cable"

The "Cat" in "Cat 5e" is short for category. You're using both unnecessary capitalisation (it's not an acronym) and a nonsensical term (category cable)

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Re: bullshit detected

The RJ series was even designed for that.

In fact, as far as I know, any RJ plug will fit into any higher numbered RJ socket. RJ10 into RJ11. RJ11 into RJ12. etc.

And that's why pair 1 is on pins 4+5 (the middle pins)

"Where it wasn't a perfect fit" would've been more accurate.

Ex-school IT admin binned student, staff accounts and trashed phone system

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Holmes

Re: NerdRageQuit

Doesn't every BOFH have spare accounts that they've created and not documented ready for such an occasion?

Obviously it's in case my primary account gets corrupt in some way, not intended to wreak havoc anywhere.

That time a JPL engineer almost killed a Mars Rover before it left Earth

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Boffin

The clear one is the earth lead.

Not applicable to the Mars rover ;-)

Virgin Atlantic flies 'world's first fossil-fuel free' transatlantic commercial flight

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Headmaster

Re: Greenwash

The word is "pique"

Brit borough council apologizes for telling website users to disable HTTPS

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Boffin

Re: Dear editor

It's also true for websites which redirect the HTTP connection to HTTPS (which is most of them)

Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater

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Alien

Flying cars will finally become a reality.

The aliens will finally reveal why they were so obsessed with anal probing, yet stopped as soon as humans started carrying cameras everywhere they went.

A politician will tell the truth. Sorry, that one might be a bit too far-fetched.

Half a kilo of cosmic nuclear fuel reignites NASA's deep space dreams

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Joke

And yet Apple still can't make a phone battery that lasts more than a day.

Lawyer guilty of arrogance after ignoring tech support

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Coat

Re: GIF pronunciation controversy

You don't prefer "Jraphics Interchange Format"??

No, neither do I

Scientists use Raspberry Pi tech to protect NASA telescope data

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Boffin

Re: I'm reminded of early space exploration

Better to use a wax crayon really.

Waterproof, not affected by orientation, non-conductive, cheap, ...

Hell, they wouldn't even need training as apparently it's child's play.

Tool bag lost in space now tracked by garbage watchers

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Re: Why

When I've had to use similar two-tether systems, the colouring has never mattered. Because each tether is either attached or in your hand in the process of being moved. If you only have one anchor point, both tethers attach there. When you move, it's one tether at a time - doesn't matter which way around.

It just gets very tedious.

But with these bags, I expected the tether to attach to the crew/suit rather than the spacecraft, so wouldn't need much tether moving.

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Why

After the last time this happened, why don't the bags have velcro or some other form of attachment that is mandatory to use? Almost everything else has to be attached to someone/thing at all times.

Bright spark techie knew the drill and used it to install a power line, but couldn't outsmart an odd electrician

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Holmes

Re: Ouch! don't trust anything.

People with colour deficiencies tend to compensate by noticing other details better. There are lots of stories about military camouflage not working on colourblind people as they see the shapes much more than the colours. So as long as the limitations are understood, it shouldn't prevent you from hiring someone (and actually might be beneficial).

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Re: Ouch! don't trust anything.

Plus, certainly in the UK, the colours used are quite specific and the green is quite a blueish green. That makes it very distinct from the other two lights even for the common red-green colourblindness (deuteranopia)

Robot mistakes man for box of peppers, kills him

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Boffin

Re: And this is

Does the cage not have an interlock?

Surely a simple switch on the cage door to remove power would work. And to re-start it would need both the door closed and a button pressed on the outside of the cage?

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Terminator

Re: Enquiry or hearing of any kind?

Why was a robot that's intended to carry boxes strong enough to inflict fatal injuries? Surely the motor/ram should stall before that point.

Suits ignored IT's warnings, so the tech team went for the neck

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Stop

What happened to (c) disable POP3 access ??

European Space Agency grits teeth, preps contracts for SpaceX Galileo launch

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Joke

Re: Stupid idea

What would it take to configure a drone ship as a launch platform? They already land on them, so run a mission that lands on the drone ship and then refuel and attach a second stage on top while out at sea. In international waters.

Simples.

(I wonder how many people will miss the icon)

Major telco outage leaves millions of Australians disconnected

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Switch?

> "government was considering switching critical services to other companies."

How about learning from it rather than repeating the same problem? Don't switch services, add redundancy from other providers.

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Alien

So you have to scale your network to cope with at least twice as many subscribers as you have??

Yeah, can't see that happening.

YouTube cares less for your privacy than its revenues

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Re: Chrome

I stopped watching F1 the moment the rights holder signed a deal with Sky. I'm not giving Sky any money, so F1 was then not available to me. Haven't missed it since.

I wasn't bothered by all the adverts on the cars, tracks, etc; but me having to actively pay a company that I don't like so that I can watch it was a step too far.

Home of the world's longest pleasure pier joins public sector leak club

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Boffin

Re: Excel and FoI basics

And the resulting data should be in a CSV file, both to avoid proprietary formats and to exclude any misused formatting.

Shock horror – and there goes the network neighborhood

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Meh

Not AC based on "The final measurement was supply voltage to the rack. This came from a standard telecoms 48V DC supply"

Otherwise you would've had an upvote from me

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Big Brother

Even if it doesn't immediately break, it then becomes your responsibility if it ever needs anything. Because you're the one who knows what it was like when it was working properly.

CompSci academic thought tech support was useless – until he needed it

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Holmes

Re: On the flip side of that coin, sometime users are right!

The problem is that the L1 support people really don't know what they're talking about. They have to follow the script. If you explain to them what is actually wrong, it won't make any sense to them and you might as well tell them that the seasonal polarity reversal of the doohickey smeared nanofluid over the flanges (and you really don't want nanofluid on those flanges).

This is where the code word "shibboleet" is useful. https://xkcd.com/806/

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Headmaster

> there is only ONE correct spelling of course.

C O U R S E ✓

water course, race course, course of bricks, ...

Mid-contract telco price hikes must end, Ofcom told

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Terminator

Re: Including devices

It varies a bit, but most are "free phone with this £35/month contract or £200 upfront for the phone on a very similar £25/month contract"

So the phone cost is rolled into the contract and hidden, meaning that people continue paying the inflated price after the end of contract unless they actively renegotiate.

Apparently VMO2 charge it separately as a credit purchase, which is far more honest but also enables people to upgrade as soon as the new shiny shiny is out by simply paying off the remainder of their existing phone.

(None of this applies to me as I just purchase phones outright as needed)

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> "An inflation-only metric would provide no additional headroom for this continued investment, which is why we add a small amount (3.9%) on top."

No, that should come from your normal profit margins as this is _continued_ investment rather than _increasing_ investment.

FAA is done with Starship's safety review, now it's over to the birds and turtles

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Boffin

After the launch pad damage, they wanted to try again soon and "internet experts" cautioned that the concrete will need time to fully cure... well, at least it's had that curing time now!

Millions of smart meters will brick it when 2G and 3G turns off

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Re: No corruption here.

Not by default, no. But with suitable additional bits they evidently can. Or perhaps I should put you in touch with the EON "engineers" who installed these systems so you can inform them that the kit they've been provided with to install that works perfectly well simply doesn't exist????

(don't ≠ can't)

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Re: 2G is perfect for this

4G is already used on the "digital dividend" channels - the frequency band freed up by switching off analogue TV in the 700MHz region.

The original bands were around 900MHz (vodafone, cellnet) and 1800MHz (orange, T-mobile)

I have no knowledge of the relative power levels though.

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Re: No corruption here.

I know of at least 2 large properties where the smart meters are connected to the wifi. I know this because I created the dedicated guest networks for them.

Meter is in an ancient metal cabinet, which the first installer didn't realise the implications of. The second installer then had to move the wifi client device out of the faraday cage. They had initially tried using the integral 2G/3G modem but both the cabinet shielding and the absence of any signal in the area meant that didn't work.

Yes, exactly the same story in both locations.

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Big Brother

Re: No corruption here.

The plan is to give you something else that consumes electricity but is pointless. So turning off pointless things then includes the smart meter's display unit.

Simples

Meta's ad-free scheme dares you to buy your privacy back, one euro at a time

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Re: Forward this to all your friends!

Latest research by <highly regarded> university shows...

To prevent 'lost' nukes, scientists suggest storing them in a hall of mirrors

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Big Brother

Stability

It seems to me that this relies on everything being perfectly stable. Any movement at all will trigger a change notification, but the system can't determine what specifically has changed. No any form of seismic activity could open you up to accusations of nuclear war preparation.

Yes, I'm sure it's cheaper and easier than sending inspectors to tick a list. But if there are enough false warnings it'll end up costing significantly more.

Apple Private Wi-Fi hasn't worked for the past three years

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Re: Nobody apparently cared?

And what if you have multiple SSIDs on your network, with one DHCP server behind them. Perhaps a different SSID for 5GHz vs 2.4GHz? Really not that uncommon in domestic settings let alone where someone is explicitly testing things.

Ask a builder to fix a server and out come the vastly inappropriate power tools

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Headmaster

Re: Ouch!

Was she a non-native English speaker? I've noticed certain nationalities use the term "weld" when they mean "solder" and I assume that their native word means both or is otherwise easily mixed.

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Alien

Re: ChopChop

Keystone panels? Yeah, the plastic can get brittle and then those retaining clips don't retain and your convenient socket falls out the back. I'll take a solid unit, thanks. Unless it's for a mix of different sockets which is where keystone shines.

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Holmes

Re: Shocking!

Technically it's usually when the electricity starts moving that problems are caused. If it remained static, nothing would change.

Spacewalk turns into spacework as cosmonauts grapple with ISS leak

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Boffin

Re: Is it any surprise?

"The radiator had been delivered by one of the final Space Shuttle missions in 2010 but only fitted during a Russian spacewalk this year"

So it's "new old stock"

Red light for robotaxis as California suspends Cruise's license to self-drive

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It's not really backed up until you've tried to restore your road.

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Pirate

Crucially it enables the blame to be passed on. Any incidents are no longer the car's fault.

First Brexit, now X-it: Musk 'considering' pulling platform from EU over probe

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Alien

Re: If/when no more X in the EU ... how should Thierry Breton ... "tweet" / communicate?

Who cares?

CIA exposed to potential intelligence interception due to X's URL bug

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Alien

Looks to me like it was initially truncated for display (ie still pointing to the correct place) but then an intern updated the status by copying and pasting the whole thing, thereby losing the hidden part of the URL.

That's purely speculation on my part, but I wouldn't entirely blame X for this without further info.

iPhone 15 Pro Max users report seeing ghostly OLED apparitions

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Joke

Re: Optical Zoom + Motorcycle mount = Busted Zoom

Was it an Apple branded motorcycle? In that case it's an unsupported accessory.