Re: BOFH O'clock
You will need a car with a good ventilation system if you're eating the onion bhajis in it.
2227 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
That's me screwed then. My desktop dates back to 2013. Having said that, I only run Win10 in a VM on this machine anyway, it has always been a Linux box and it's got 32GB RAM in it.
What benefits might I get (running Win11 is not considered a benefit) from an upgrade to a more modern CPU. I don't consider a lighter wallet to be a benefit either. If one is not doing high-end graphics or CAD then why upgrade something that's still working just fine?
First time I found the Swindon one, I was through it before I realised what it was. Clearly my brain is equally convoluted. I did the Hemel Hempstead one a few times, used to visit BSI Labs there, and never had a problem with that either.
In the US they spoil some roundabouts by putting STOP signs on the entrances, so you can't time your approach for the gap you can see coming.
I remember the boss apologising to us when he had an office built where he'd previously been open plan with the rest of us. A shift in company organisation meant he'd suddenly become the CEO rather than the local director and there are things that are required to be kept confidential. To be fair he kept his office door open as much as he could and was open to casual drop-ins if people had stuff they wanted to tell him.
When it comes to typing, they're clearly not old enough to remember typewriters, nor allow for those who used them because we do tend to hit the keys. I'm not sure that "peer" is an alternative to "slave" either, peers are equals, whereas when you have an architecture where one unit is controlling others, the others could be minions, subordinates or secondaries.
They missed kicking the watchdog though, when the nicer term is to pat the dog.
All us HW types will have to think up some creative alternative meanings for MISO and MOSI, found on a lot of SPI documentation.
Time to bring back Usenet (not that it ever went away, but it lost market share to all these annoying web-based things).
US politicians should be careful about taking out section 230, I suspect a lot of them could fall foul of it. If you're going to change it, just provide immunity until a legal take-down notice turns up, at which point there's 24 hours to remove the offending item, and that if the removed party wishes to challenge it they should be awarded costs (and possibly more) against the legal firm issuing the takedown notice if they win the challenge. That should help cap the frivolous notices, I assume most legal firms will be smart enough to pass on such costs to the originator.
If your phone is off or otherwise muted then you wouldn't know about the calls until after the funeral. There are ways to mitigate such things, and in the limit, a new job beckons if the boss is a chronic arsehole. It is said that a lot of people change jobs because of their boss.
The advantage of ignoring the house phone (that's what the answering machine is for) and carefully leaving the mobile I use for work by the bed on charge. It also has a nice Do Not Disturb feature which means it won't make a noise outside certain hours unless it's a call from one of a few people, none of whom are likely to call that phone anyway. The boss also has his own dedicated ring tone so I know immediately if it's him.
That's not to say I don't occasionally check in on work email during the evening, but then it's during the working day now and I'm posting here, so I figure that balances out.
The President gives the order and gives his authorisation code. A bunch of people with him also have to give their codes to certify that he's not under duress and is in a suitable state of mind. In a real situation they would also presumably be privy to other information about the world situation and would also be receiving their own independent data to back up their assessment of the CinC's mental processes and the tactical situation. The process is designed so things can be done very quickly, but there are a few safeguards thrown in so it can't be done at the whim of a single person.
All ads should be selected server-side. That would make it way safer for us as users and stop our browsers being bogged down with badly-written or malicious scripts. It would also make them way harder to block because if done well, they'd be indistinguishable from other images in the downloaded page. Then it's between the ad brokers and the server owners. Given how the money flows, that would give the ad brokers every incentive to make the server-side code efficient.
From a practical side of things, if Google wants to handle everything on their servers and just throw out static images with no scripts running on the client side then I'd tolerate ads way more because that vastly improves security at my end.
Flashy banners and pop-ups are still unwelcome and result in me doing my best not to buy anything so advertised.
One of my son's classes had a practical demonstration of pouring water on a frying pan fire. They did it outdoors in the car park, and invited the local fire brigade along to watch just in case. It was impressive, and hopefully a lot of kids learned an important lesson. The fire chief said his team appreciated the demonstration because normally they don't get to see that bit of the event, they just get invited to clear up the mess afterwards,
There is something to be said for responding and wasting their time for a bit, especially if they've been wasting yours. It might get you through to a real person.
As for the "click here to unsubscribe", if I didn't originally ask for it then I'm not going to click on a link that might be dodgy and merely confirm that the email address is valid and in use. I edit my spam filter and bounce the stuff instead.
It wouldn't be so bad if the DoNotReply at least had a bounce filter on it so it would flag rejected mail as such, either for automatic removal or flagging for a human to check after enough bounces. I also wish spammers were smart enough to take out the email addresses that bounced rather than accepted and quietly dropped.
So what happens when someone with a long-established email address keyed to their country wants to move to a different country? Do they have to give up the old one and get a new one?
I admit to getting a .org over 20 years ago, and have moved country since getting it, so I guess that paid off. I figured out even back then that a demon.co.uk address wasn't readily portable and might not last.
Early on in all the fun and games I had occasion to call Comcast tech support. While we were waiting for the set top box to reboot for the nth time, idle conversation revealed that all their tech support people were working from home as much as possible, presumably if they all had Comcast lines themselves then the company was presumably able to plumb in the corporate phone system out to individuals and let them sit at computers at home and talk to customers. So tech support, especially at this point, should be relatively easy for most companies if only they made an effort.
I wonder what happens if they pick the wrong person? I know other people with the same name as me, so if one of them defaults on a debt, am I going to get bugged by debt collectors because it's easy for them to do on social media?At least if they're required to keep it private it saves them from defamation lawsuits from those they've wrongly accused.
It's sort of sad that it's gone. I wasn't one of the originals but based on my IP address I was somewhere around customer 700-800. Stayed with them a long time and finally jumped ship because I wanted to play IPv6 and they didn't support it. I did see the possibility of losing the email domain well before that though, my personal domain dates back twenty years.
I see that the MX record now points to disabled.demon.co.uk, which doesn't resolve, so presumably mail eventually gets returned to sender as undeliverable.
I think the "relay not permitted" usually comes as a response to "RCPT TO:" because it figures out that it can't cope with that recipient. However, there's nothing to stop someone accepting the whole message and then issuing that response. My local spam filtering will accept the entire message and scan it before issuing a bounce (albeit not with that message, but it would be trivial for me to make it so) if it doesn't like the content. And yes, I do keep copies, helps with the occasional false positive.
Last time I had to fill in US entry paperwork (many years ago now), I recollect them specifying DD/MM/YYYY for the dates. I assume they did it that way because so many people visitng write it like that without reading the form more closely and it made their life easier when processing.
Why am I not in the least surprised by this? Still not got one of those spy devices in the house. I bought a dumb TV (which is getting surprisingly hard to do now if you want a large screen size), although the cable box probably manages some of that on its own. The voice remote sits unused and unpowered on the shelf in favour of the old button-press one that came with the old cable box and works just as well with the new box.
Not yet paranoid enough to remove the microphone from the smartphone, although I did tick some option to tell it not to allow Google Play to access the microphone (about which it complains regularly, threatening loss of functionality even though I've not noticed anything I want failing to work).
I manage with a cup every couple of hours, but then my tea mug holds a pint. I drink it black, and relatively weak, the trick being to get the good flavour before the bitter tannins make an appearance. When it's hot I usually drink water, so my options are cold water or hot, slightly-flavoured water.
I have been known to drink coffee but I save that for emergencies and I think it smells way better than it tastes.
I was a Demon customer for many years, not in the first batch but signed up in the first year. My local exchange back then didn't even support DTMF so dialling in was slow. My old 158.152 address still resolves but to a different hostname now.
As for email, I saw the light on that one back in 2000 when I registered the domain I still use today, which is based on my Demon hostname. I eventually jumped to AAISP because Demon weren't rolling out IPv6 and I wanted to go play with it.
I still ping gate.demon.co.uk as a connectivity test even now, I guess I'll have to stop that.
I think "easily" in this context is like carrying an ice cream in a cone intact through the Sahara Desert - if you've been allocated a /24 and are using 150 of them, not necessarily consecutively, then it becomes problematic to reallocate things to free up some of them, and it's going to fragment route tables unless the excess is given to someone else at the same ISP . Even behind a NAT, I find it convenient to allocate users from one end and servers from the other.
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