* Posts by Scott 26

214 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Jun 2009


This ancient quasar may be the remains of the first-gen star that started us all

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Re: In the beginning, there was no heavy metal

Let's not forget those that came before: https://yle.fi/progressive/flash/teema/pdf/Metal_Evolution_Family_Tree_poster_2.pdf

The GNOME Project is closing all its mailing lists

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Re: For a moment...

> I read that as "The GNOME Project is closing".

Whereas I thought it was something about the three-piece band from Antwerp.....

Woman forced to sell 4-bed house after crypto exchange wrongly refunded $7.2m

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Re: an account number was accidentally entered into the payment amount field

> They must have also entered the bank account number in the bank account field, so there's another clue about how to protect against mistakes.

I know I triple check internet banking transfers when doing a few 100 dollars (or even less).... you'd think they would be extra careful with these sums (unless you become so desensitised to large sums you get a little blaise)

Attacker snags account details from streaming service Plex

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Cheery news to wake up to.

But wasn't too laborious to change my password - the only thing extra I had to do was "claim" my media server once I was signed back in and it 'unlocked' my library.

GitLab plans to delete dormant projects in free accounts

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Sorry - my bad, I mis-RTFA - read 'github' for 'gitlab'

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something something microsoft

Charter told to pay $7.3b in damages after cable installer murders grandmother

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Re: $7.3 billion is heartless and cruel

Yes, I was quite sympathetic to the company, right up to when I read that point....

A character catastrophe for a joker working his last day

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Re: Nothing so severe

was this 2000-2001 ish?

I think I might have experienced that...

And of course the tube tannoy saying "please let passengers off first.... oh to hell with it - do what you want"

SCOTUS judges 'doxxed' after overturning Roe v Wade

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bravo! Have a vBeer on me

Pentester says he broke into datacenter via hidden route running behind toilets

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"IP Security"... yeah, I bet you do, mate.

Large Hadron Collider experiment reveals three exotic particles

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Re: Ever get the sense...

So..... the universe's fundamental particle is a turtle? Sounds about right.

Apple's latest security feature could literally save lives

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"coming this fall"


You need to RTFM, but feel free to use your brain too

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Writing docs in our team we used to hand it our to one of our juniors to test in a lab. You heard of "foolproof" - we had to make our doco "xxxxxxproof" (name redacted to protect the guilty).

He would find anomalies and missed logic like one of those K-9 sniffer units at the airport.....

The perfect crime – undone by the perfect email backups

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Re: "Delete" = "Hide"

"FAT table" ... File Allocation Table table.... sorry, that gets you a downvote :)

HCL to end all support for old versions of Notes and Domino in 2024

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Re: none of them can do all the stuff that Notes still can

Domino (the server) was great - the ability to do stuff that would take MS dozens of server to replicate (Sharepoint... shudder!)

What killed was Notes (the client).... the client was unlike anything else on the user's desktop - and unfamilairty = bad.

(But if you were to view teh client like it's own little ecosystem, it actually made a lot of sense - but that was ok for savvy users, not so good for the other 99%)

(It's been a good 1.5 decades since I had dealings with Domino/Notes, so my recollections must be slightly nostalgia-tinted)

Alibaba sued for selling a 3D printer that overheated, caught fire, and killed a man

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Tragic and all that, but "humiliation"?

Microsoft: You own the best software keyboard there is. Please let us buy it

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Like the author, I'm a long time user of Swype - one of my few paid apps, and every new phone, it seems to magically appear. I hate using swiftkey on my wife's phone - just feels so clunky in comparison

Patch your VMware gear now – or yank it out, Uncle Sam tells federal agencies

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Re: The truth is out there and IT can't be handled and/or pwnd

you have a silver badge, shirley you have read amanfromMars1 before.

Cisco says its AI crystal ball can predict network errors

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What if it decides that WE are the problem with the network. Article needs a Rise of the Machines tag/icon

IT blamed after HR forgets to install sockets in new office

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Re: The current poster boy for this being our favourite Russian dictator.

> Trumps supper power is that he is a very convincing liar.

???? So he lies when having a light night-time meal?

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Re: SEP - SEF - SEB - SEx

I thought the 11th commandment was "or your money back"

FreeDOS puts out first new version in six years

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Re: Protext

wp51's alt codes were great - I know exactly where the formatting was going to be applied... none of this WYSIWYDG shite

'Boombox' function sparks Tesla recall

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Re: Could be good uses for this.....

> Many of the other suggestions would be cool, but yours would be sweet.


UK.gov threatens to make adults give credit card details for access to Facebook or TikTok

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yeah - what happened with that? Last I heard only a handful had written and now radio silence....

Polly wants a snapper? Parrot swipes GoPro for sweet views of New Zealand's Fiordland

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Re: Cheeky

That election was rigged!!!

(/s - I voted for the bat, too)

OpenShell has been working on a classic replacement for Windows 11's Start menu

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This article has given me PTSD - I had a 'colleague' (more like a turnip in human form) who installed ClassicShell onto our Server 2012 fleet because he "didn't have time to learn a new UI"

What a twat,

Lawmakers propose TLDR Act because no one reads Terms of Service agreements

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Re: The biggest lie...

> The biggest lie on the internet is the checkbox titled "I have read and understood the terms and conditions"

Followed by "I am 18 or older"

Software guy smashes through the Somebody Else's Problem field to save the day

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I call bollocks on this story - an application guy that knows how to do a ping test? pffft!!!

A proposal to beat below-the-belt selfies: Crowdsourced machine learning using victims' image stashes

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Re: Timescales

I did have to doublecheck the username

User locked out of Microsoft account by MFA bug, complains of customer-hostile support

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the stories you hear on r/realms or r/minecraft are horrific - minecraft players are being migrated to MS accounts, and in the case of issues, trying to get hold of a real person is a nightmare. In the case of realms which is subscription based, it is poor form - they are paying customers.

What if Chrome broke features of the web and Google forgot to tell anyone? Oh wait, that's exactly what happened

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> The idea that there might be someone sitting right now writing their first tentative lines of HTML so that they can launch a webpage dedicated to ostriches is not even considered.

It'd have to be a sick ostrich. Allegedly.

Fake 'BT' caller fleeces elderly victim of £30k in APP app scam

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Re: Incest??

I had a similar one: kept him going with BS for ages, and asked if his mother liked having a goat-fucker for a son?

That set him right off, even threatened to phone the police for my abuse... "be my guest, goat-licker"

Break out your emergency change process and patch this ransomware-friendly bug ASAP, says VMware

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Re: Just using UNIX text editors can be a challenge

> So while you may wish VMware admins are more generalist I find many know nothing other than Windows. While they may have used 'vi' once or twice, if editing a text incorrectly is going to bring down an entire ESX farm you don't want them touching it...

At my org, I find the windows guys have a wider breadth of knowledge than the eunuchs guys....

We have windows guys who can 'get by' in a shell, but their equivalent eunuchs are completely lost on a windows server....

Microsoft Exchange Autodiscover protocol found leaking hundreds of thousands of credentials

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It's the WPAD flaw all over again.....

The Register speaks to one of the designers behind the latest Lego Ideas marvel: A clockwork solar system

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Re: BrisBricks

One holiday in your fine city, we (BIL, SIL, myself) took my nephew to a BrisBricks Expo.... of course taking the nephew was just the excuse 3 grown men needed to wander around in amazement.... ;)

Everyone's going to Mars: Rocket Lab joins the Red Planet Fan Club

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Because - generally speaking - Kiwis are a unassuming lot.... just get on with it, and when the rest of the world says "huh, howthefuckdidyoudothat?" we shrug and say "no worries, mate"

Apple's bright idea for CSAM scanning could start 'persecution on a global basis' – 90+ civil rights groups

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Re: Apple has learned a lot from China

> I can't wait for the federal lawsuits that will be triggered by this moronic idea if Apple doesn't backtrack and forgets about it.

Hopefully before innocent lives are ruined

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns

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Re: re: this seems like a sensible middle ground.

>A thoughtful response. But I think Apple are big enough to just say not.

Except the Chinese ICT market is big. (I mean rally big). And Apple, ultimately wants a slice of that pie. And if the CCP says "you want to operate in our country, then here's some images we want you to scan for"... I bet Apple bends over.

Please, no Moore: 'Law' that defined how chips have been made for decades has run itself into a cul-de-sac

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> Brilliant article, thanks. I learned a lot.

agreed... must find a Youtube video that shows this in graphic form as well..... very interesting.

(How can logic gates make these characters appear on the screen?!?!?!?!)

I've got a broken combine harvester – but the manufacturer won't give me the software key

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Re: Only half the story

but your mate was a repairer - it was in his best interest for everyone to get the unreliable model - kept him in a job.....

Ah, I see you found my PowerShell script called 'SiteReview' – that does not mean what you think it means

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Re: Dangerous sites?

in the late 90s, introducing my parents to the internet, and I explained they needed to be careful what they typed - after all there is a world of difference between allblacks.com and allblack.com (not any more though, the 'wrong' domain is now parked)

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

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Re: Here here

if CCTV has such high bandwidth (etc) demands, why in the Almighty fuck, is footage shown (say in the news) always look crap.....

Now that China has all but banned cryptocurrencies, GPU prices are falling like Bitcoin

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Re: Phew that was close!

upvote, not for the Europe nukes part, but for the total Inability To Support Usual Payments part :D

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz? Detroit waits for my order, you'd better make amends

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Re: Sometimes though....

re that Lake....


What could be worse than killing a golden goose? Killing someone else's golden goose

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Re: "Things were purposefully not documented"

1990 - I would have been a 1st year at Massey (BTech(ChemTech) represent,yo!) and therefore I don't remember this because most of 1990 was an alcoholic haze :)

Staff and students at Victoria University of Wellington learn the most important lesson of all: Keep your files backed up

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Re: New variation on “my dog ate my homework”

> It'll be the next episode of BOFH.

Simon is ex-Waikato Uni, not Vic ;)

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s

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Re: Smoking

Lots of smokers vs non-smokers stories, but one from the UK:

Having a pub lunch in Bristol (?) ... dense fog inside, so decided to take my meal and pint outside... found a (BBQ table style of thing) table to myself... not many smokers outside (weather wasn't 100% suitable).

Halfway through my lunch a guy sits down at my table and lights up. I politely say "excuse me mate, do you mind?". He says "if I don't like it I can choose to go somewhere else"... I reply "yup, just like you can choose to be a cunt". He was speechless at that.

Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy a beer: Beware the downloaded patch applied in haste

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"simon".... "antipodean educational institution"..... are you sure this isn't BOFH IRL?

Facebook and Australia do a deal: The Social Network™ will restore news down under and even start paying for it

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Re: Raising the dead

ahhh - all those downvoters have never heard of Billy Birmingham :(

Wazhe Acrim

Whayamean Wazhe

The sad news that Rabish Binny was left out over night, but wasn't collected in the morning.

SpaceX small print on Starlink insists no Earth government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities

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Re: James S A Corey novels?

It made me think of Space Pirates from a certain Andy Weir novel....