* Posts by Jock in a Frock

114 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Aug 2009


Twitter says it may harvest biometric, employment data from its addicts

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Doesn't this go well beyond any reasonable requirement and start to trigger some GDPR flags?

Is there anything tape can’t fix? This techie used it to defeat the Sun

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Point-to-point microwave radio link installed on top of a BUPA hospital - Started erroring every time the aircon condenser on the roof cranked up. Turns out the microwave beam was being bent off course by the hot air venting from the condenser (think heat shimmer over a hot road bending the optical spectrum - same effect). Solution - move the microwave antenna 6 feet to the left.

Techie called out to customer ASAP, then: Do nothing

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9 hours on a conference bridge with a customer, service manager, customer's equipment vendor, and a tech on site. I added nothing to the process, but customer insisted my tech support role was required.

Lots of double time while I watched the Six Nations rugby and drank beer in my comfy armchair.

Fujitsu to reveal terabit optical transport system at MWC

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Re: If that's really true

Regeneration is indeed different from amplification. Regeneration is an Optical-Electrical-Optical process to reshape and retime the signal, whereas amplification is a purely optical process

So the 6000km reach will still require amplification.

Miniature nuclear reactors could be the answer to sustainable datacenter growth

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"Did someone say teenage mutant ninja servers?"

Heroes in a Bash Shell !

MIT boffins turn black up to 11 with carbon nanotubes that absorb 99.995% of light

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Couldn't be blacker than my ex-wife's heart.....

There's a scarily good 'deepfakes' YouTube channel that's quietly growing – and it's freaking everyone out

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Uncanny Valley

Brad Pitt looks dead behind the eyes in that Fight Club clip.

So I for one think this technology has been perfected.

What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Re: Seems like a good idea...

John McAfee - "I've spent a fortune on drugs and hookers"

Nicholas - "Hold my beer...."

Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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Re: Label, Label Label

Nope, we're still scratching our heads.....

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: Work Experience

Was posted to a sleepy RAF unit in Bedfordshire in June '88. Guard duty consisted of leaving the vehicle barrier open from 7am to 9pm, and drinking tea and watching telly. Mill Hill bombing on 1st August changed all that. Suddenly we had to close the barrier, start to run out barbed wire barriers around the entire unit (that's right, it was all open before that!), and wander around with pick-axe handles until top brass could ship some proper SLR rifles to us. Also banned us from wearing uniform off camp. I was disgusted that we were made to hide away like that. Felt like the IRA had won a victory and cowed us into submission.

Router admin? Bored? Let's play Battleships using BGP!

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Re: On a ten-by-ten playing field?

Do it while cooking a BBQ

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

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Re: Seems like a good idea...

I serviced Creed T150 teleprinters in the R.A.F. We had an instructor with a dent in his forehead, received when he was fixing one. He had removed the airbrake (yes, really), from the carriage return, then fired the print carriage into his head. It probably weighed about a kilogram and was made of cast iron.

BART barfs, racers crash, and other classic BSODs

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Re: GSM?

London Midland have a Vodafone solution, usually using BT DSL links to the wallboards and ticket machines / offices.

NASA starts countdown for Cassini probe's Saturn death dive

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"Probe Dump"

You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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... but can it run away in a Crysis ?

Too Naked for the Nazis streaks to literary glory

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How about 'The Perfect Brazilian' by Anita Bush?

Helpdesk? I have a software problem. And a GRIZZLY BEAR problem

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Good for some overtime

I had a squirrel get into one of my network POPs one weekend. It continually set off the PIR intruder alarm, resulting in a call out for me to reset the system. Made a fortune that weekend.

Does anyone know what their broadband costs? The ASA hopes to change that

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My broadband costs nothing, nada, zilch, zero, bugger all. No line rental, no call costs, no hidden extras

The perks of working for a telco. :)

The designer of the IBM ThinkPad has died

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Lenovo have lost the plot

My work provided Lenovo L440 has some serious design faults. No Caps Lock LED, no HDD activity light, Fn Lock behaviour erratic, poor quality hinges

Bring back my Toughbook CF-71.

NZ unfurls proposed new flag

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Re: Typical

+1 for the word 'hemisphereans'

How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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My best was 43 seconds, fastest in my school. There were only a couple of other guys who could solve it, and it took them well over 10 minutes.

I used to have everyone coming to me at break times to solve their cubes for them. I was doing dozens of cubes a day. At one point I developed RSI and a swollen index finger. My doctor and my mum banned me from the cube for a while.

I can still solve it, but takes me probably about 2-3 minutes now.

Kudos to these speed freaks.

Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

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My wife is a midwife, and has heard a few crackers. One couple called their kid Rogan Josh

Seriously, what's wrong with some poeple?

Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO

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I hope the Feds are seizing and monitoring the assets of ALM and all the top execs. I have a horrible feeling they will be busy obfuscating their finances in a way to avoid liability once the lawsuits start to land.

A horrible company, started by an odious individual, aiming to fleece the gullible, with no concern for the emotional trauma left in its wake.

In redneck heaven, internet outages are the American Way

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Happens here in the U.K.

We have some overhead fibres atop the National Grid network, and routinely get shotgun damage on a section between Plymouth and Exeter near a clay pigeon shooting range.

10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

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Cable labelling

I see people label one end of a cable with the local end details, not the far end (and the same at the other end!)

We now mandate that the label at both ends has details of both ends.

Spy: Acres of comedy talent make this smart spook spoof an instant classic

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Re: Saw it last night

And how do you do Snapchat?

Mondeo Man turns into mutant electrical beauty: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

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Not a hybrid, but....

... I have a 1.6 TDCi Hatchback on order in Ruby Red, should be with me in June. Can't wait, the car looks stunning. Budget wouldn't stretch to the 2.0L diesel, but I'm happy with the fuel economy figures, and anyway, me and the missus need to slow down a bit as we get older!

Tesco broadband goes TITSUP, world keeps turning on wobbly-wheeled trolley

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Unexpected JCB in the digging area . . . .

Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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I work for a telco as a Field Engineer. I got called to a shared office block in Bristol to investigate why our rack in the basement was off the air. The basement had 2 feet of shit floating around, and it had taken out our power and battery backup.

The customer wanted me to hose it down and re-power it within 2 hours!

Wham! NASA claims 'picture-perfect' blast-off for tricky MAGNETIC EXPLOSIONS mission

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+1 for Elite Dangerous reference

HSBC Turkey WON'T reissue cards despite 2.7 MILLION account details going AWOL

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Surely it would be de rigeur for HSBC to replace the cards? How much would it cost? Isn't the bad publicity going to cost them more? For a few quid they could also produce a TV commercial saying how seriously they took security (apart from letting the data out of the door in the first place).

Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

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Ban the voice!

It's about time that the myth was busted over safety concerns. If there was *EVER* the possibility that a PED could have downed an aircraft, they would *NEVER* have been permitted on board. They would have been confiscated at security.

Glad that we're coming round to getting onboard wifi, but I would hate to have 50% of my fellow passengers calling their mates. Let's have data, but no voice.

Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Here you go



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More importantly...

What were the researchers relatives doing in the bush?

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Jeez, what an unlucky rabbit

I expect it had also just broken up with its girlfriend.

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I think Dyson have missed an opportunity here...

There's money to be made by a vacuum manufacturer who includes an insect chopper / mincer in the hose so that it slices'n'dices the offending beastie before it gets into the bag.

New twist as rogue antivirus enters death throes

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No, this article is already out of date. Now you need anti-virus anti-virus anti-virus.

Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

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Re: Boffin?

He's already a boffin:


Sells USB controllers and components for hobbyists (model aircraft / flight sim controllers etc).

Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Burn it! Burn it with fire!

Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

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... will it play Crysis ?

El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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I would laugh my nuts off...

... if the sign saying "I've got a screw loose" - !actually! had a screw loose.

Oh, the iron(monger)y!

Watch Dogs: Eat, sleep, hack, repeat

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B+ from me

Playing on a PC, Core i5-3770 @3.1GH\, 8Gb, Radeon HD6770 card with 1Gb VRAM

Definitely a lot of fun, despite the niggles (uPlay, I'm looking at you!). Frame rate could be better. Mouse & Keyboard have been dumped in favour of an Xbox pad (driving with the keyboard & mouse was cr@p).

Looks gorgeous, facial animations and voice acting are sweet.

Vodafone turns to EU, asks it to FORCE 'fair' fibre pricing

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From the horses mouth.....

I work for Vodafone as a commissioning engineer installing DWDM fibre products, and I am the Field technical prime engineer for the 4G backhaul network (from BT exchanges back into the Vodafone core). Previously I worked for Cable & Wireless.

What we are talking about here is the BT leased circuits from the 4G cell sites to the BT exchanges (where Vodafone then pick it up). These circuits pre-date the C&W acquisition, and were rated at 100Mbps for 3G networking. We are currently upgrading these cell site links to 1Gbps.

This is not about new fibre digs, it's about upgrading existing links to 1Gbps to cope with 4G demand. Despite acquiring the C&W fibre footprint, we are still dependent on BT (Openreach) for many cell site access circuits.

We are also network sharing with O2 to allow both companies to roll out 4G to as much of the country as quickly as possible. From the BT exchanges, we have multiple 10Gbps DWDM links into the core, which is a meshed 100Gbps MPLS data network, with connections into our own internet backbone.

Personally, I am on a 3G connection, and at home I have seen this improve. We are still upgrading 3G connectivity alongside the 4G rollout (the radio base stations are 3G & 4G simultaneously).

This is a mammoth task, please don't underestimate the size of this project, the money we are investing, and the focus this has within the company. This report looks like we are trying to get the best value for money in the spend with Openreach. I wouldn't expect any other customer to do any different.

So if that shameless plug for my employer doesn't get me a bonus this year, I don't know what will....

BT befriends Google's lonely TV dongle – and saves YouView

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S'rAlan didn't make the boxes :-


Nvidia unveils Pascal, its next-gen GPU with hella-fast interconnects and 3D packaging

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... will it run Crysis?

Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

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Re: I wonder...

"I've had enough of these m&*%$rf&*%$ing trouser snakes on this m&*%$rf&*%$ing plane!"

(C) Samuel Jackson, 2006.

Tech City UK boss legs it, dumps project in lap of BlackBerry exec

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A Roman walks into a bar...

... holds up two fingers, and says "five pints please, barman"

Feds to flog off $28m in Bitcoin from Silk Road drug souk seizure

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Has he been convicted yet?

Are the Bitcoins actually his? Can the FBI legally sell them before a conviction?

Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie

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Re: How on earth...

He's a professional athlete, I presume a handstand is within his capabilities.

Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Casio fan here....

I had an uncle (very clever chap), who recognised my knack for maths & computers, bought me my first calculator (basic arithmetic green VFD model, can't find it on t'web), and let me learn programming on his Sharp calculator.

Through my schooling I had a series of Casios (FX82, FX100, FX451 - loved the form factor of that one!). and got a Casio FX7000G for my FE studies.

My son is currently doing GCSE Maths, and I got him a Casio FX-83GT Plus (which his school not only recommend, but sell at a premium!). It's a lovely machine, a throwback to the classics of the '80s. I liked it so much I bought myself one, even though I have no real need of a calculator nowadays.