* Posts by gerdesj

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Ever found yourself praying to whatever deity runs Microsoft Teams? You're not alone

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Code Brown

(The medical slang link is worth following)

In IT a "Code Brown" is part of the process leading up to an incident log. It often proceeds the "Java Shuffle" where you rapidly install, configure and remove multiple versions of Java until one works with the awful vendor interface to your horribly expensive equipment. Nowadays you now have 10 VMs on standby with OS versions that have security policies best described as "lace doily".

Hidden Linux kernel security fixes spotted before release – by using developer chatter as a side channel

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Re: Fear mongering

"A bit like Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean and co then?"

Are you seriously comparing Linux Torvalds to Guy Burgess? LT and co. work in a world where their every code commit is public, their comms are in the open and repeated via email and a lot of internet. GB had to use a telephone with a rotary pulse dial for long distance comms - 1:1. Oh and he was a British Soviet spy - lol.

LT is a Finn by birth and probably a Yank now. I'm fairly sure that LT is not a Soviet spy because he can hum the stirring parts of "Finlandia" which is a well known way to ward off any Soviet sympathies.

GB was a traitor that still invites investigation. LT is a Linux kernel developer and maintainer and has nothing to do with the other nonsense.

Larry Ellison abruptly pulls rug from under philanthropy foundation after two years to 'focus on COVID-19 fight'

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Re: Oh, so now he's focusing on something ?

I don't think we can call a rich bloke out for simply being minted.

Ellison is simply a person who has access to more money than you and me and possibly the UK. It does not matter. When you get to numbers like that, then value ceases to be an issue. There is no value any more. There is simply a number.

Here's some words we never expected to write: Oracle said to offer $10bn cash, $10bn shares for TikTok US – plus profit share promise

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Boffin

Tithe means one tenth. Oracle never stoops to such a paltry profit margin.

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles

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Headmaster

Re: International Recognition

Funnily enough a Briton (ie someone from the northern side of La Manche, not from Brittany) was elected to l'Academie a few years back. I mean the organisation tasked with keeping the French language pure. Them's the one's who object to le weekend and le blue jean etc.

lol: bloke wot speaks the lingua franca is tasked with keeping another lingua franca clean!

Marketing: Wow, that LD8 data centre outage was crazy bad. Still, can't get worse, can it? Finance: HOLD MY BEER

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Coffee/keyboard

TT leased lines

It seriously screwed up some leased lines I know of, including one of ours. This is what the ISP gave out as info: https://noc.enta.net/2020/08/tt-device-outage/ one of the messages there mysteriously rewrote itself but I still have the email copy ...

I have no idea how they are all intertwined but IPv6 vanished along with quite a lot of the internet in my office and for another site (same ISP) the whole internet vanished. The outage lasted from just after 0500 to about 1600.

CREST: We are investigating NCC Group certification cheat sheet scandal – and not with NCC personnel

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lol

I was CREST accredited. I just did the exam and passed.

So, I am a single data point that shows that the material is already in the public domain and counts as general knowledge.

I didn't bother renewing. I put it up there with MSCE (int al), VMware thingie and CCNA: nearly worthless. I've done all of those and when they are presented to me as sole evidence for knowledge and experience quietly shuffle the CV down the stack. I am being a little unfair but those are memory tests not experience or even knowledge. My first check for the value of a quali. is to see if anyone is offering "boot camps". If they are it is discounted.

I studied for three years how to build bridges, dams and roads etc. I am an IT consultant with a qualification that blows most of IT industry qualis out of the water. I learned how to think like an Engineer. (I also know way too much about concrete and some of my DIY jobs are a bit bigger than your average!)

Shocking no one, not enough foreigners applied for H-1B visas this year so US govt ran a second lottery

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Re: Oh NOSSSSSS!

Your comment is virtually a dictionary definition example of racism.

Piss off.

This NSA, FBI security advisory has four words you never want to see together: Fancy Bear Linux rootkit

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Re: "Center"

"Are you sure it's not Latin that is the lingua franca?"

No, French (or Frankish) is the language of the Franks.

ZX Spectrum reboot promising – steady now – 28MHz of sizzling Speccy speed now boasts improved Wi-Fi

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Mushroom

Re: i've chipped in

My C-64 (a real one off of the '80s) was fixed up a few months back. It now rocks a multi GB SD Card with nearly everything ever produced for it huddling in the first few 100 Mb.

https://www.thefuturewas8bit.com/

It feels a bit strange running Attack of the Mutant Camels and other Jeff Minter classics on a 50" screen within seconds. It still sounds ace given what was available to work with.

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

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Childcatcher

Re: How?

"Wicked child ... devil's dumplings"

(Please complete your own White Adder quote)

'We stopped ransomware' boasts Blackbaud CEO. And by 'stopped' he means 'got insurance to pay off crooks'

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Paris Hilton

Re: No consent for data sharing in the first place

"which I attended many years ago"

The GDPR was only available in peppermint back then.

Singapore to give all incoming travelers wearable tracking device

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Pirate

2020 is when 1984 finally finished rolling out.

AI assistants work perfectly in the UK – unless you're from Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast...

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Black Country Accent

Yam yam. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hNzbDP9ll4

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Re: Eleven!

aon-deug

Psst.. You may want to patch this under-attack data-leaking Cisco bug – and these Ripple20 hijack flaws

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Childcatcher

Re: Phew

You know those green boxes on nearly every street of the UK? The ones that carry all your internets. At least some of them contain gear that isn't made by Huawei, not many though.

Raytheon techie who took home radar secrets gets 18 months in the clink in surprise time fraud probe twist

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Re: Nope

It is also quite surprising what can also happen "off plan". Our destroyers at the time had quite a lot of magnesium (so I was told by someone who probably knows) in their superstructure (nice and light).

This happened: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Sheffield_(D80)

One of the Exocets (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exocet) deployed by a Super Etendard hit, went in through the side but failed to detonate. Instead, the heat of its still burning rocket set the ship on fire.

Extinguishing a fire involving metals like Mg is quite tricky on land, let alone at sea. The damn stuff tends to carry on burning regardless of what you throw at it. On a ship it's much worse because the whole point of a ship is that ideally the water stays on the outside.

There were several other compromise design decisions. For example, whilst chatting back to base in the UK via satellite, quite a lot of radar had to be switched off to avoid interference. That means that you don't even know that a pair, flight or even a sodding wing of Super Etendards are heading in your direction, equipped with missiles that are deployed BVR. They siddle up to you after a refreshing stroll around the wave crests and a couple of tube rolls and then punching a hole in you and burn you to the waterline or explode and make a real mess of you.

The explanation given in WP is probably better than mine but then I knew someone who was there. Who knows? I note some discussion on the talk page about Al but I distinctly remember Mg being mentioned by my source. I may be wrong about that - it was a long time ago.

Brit unis hit in Blackbaud hack inform students that their data was nicked, which has gone as well as you might expect

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Paris Hilton

When I were a lad at Plymouth Poly, I used to leave my maths responses in a pigeon hole, ready for collection by the tutor for marking. Thing is, I was always quite early. Every fortnight a carton of 200 fags would magically appear in my digs.

I studied Civil Engineering and there is a small but fair chance that if you are a Brit, you have driven or walked over a bridge designed by an engineer who had a few snags with fourth order differential equations back in college.

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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Linux

Re: Last time I checked ...

-9 is SIGKILL. See the output of kill -l. According to my laptop, there are 64 signals but 32 and 33 are missing. I have no idea what SIGWINCH does but I already have several rabbit holes to explore ...

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Gimp

Re: Last time I checked ...

# killall -KILL

... is terminally fatal

# killall -HUP

... isn't

# killall -WINCH

... is taking the piss.

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Childcatcher

Your name is *pants and that sounds masculocentric. ... Natalie!

Only EU can help us, pleads Slack as it slings competition complaint against Microsoft Teams

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Childcatcher

In liberal democracy ...

... Teams install you.

The sodding thing installs itself whether you want it or not and so does that fucking file sync thing they do. Don't say it's name three times because you'll summon it.

That's surely a move towards the definition of anti-competitive:

We installed other stuff and shoved it in your face when you installed a product you bought from us

lol laters

Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up

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Flame

Re: "16th century failed assassin Guy Fawkes"

"Does justice" is one way to describe what happened to Fawkes and Co. It got pretty medieval in their last few hours breathing. Who can forget the old rhyme:

Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot.

Rip, rend, tear, crush and burn the fuckers ... lol

Penny for the Guy mister?

Is it Patch Blues-day for Outlook? Microsoft's email client breaks worldwide, leaves everyone stumped

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Childcatcher

Re: Other options

I have a customer who is still using it for several hundred users. I use Evolution to connect to our corp Exchange.

I missed this news when it was still exciting.

CEO of motherboard maker MSI dies after plunging from headquarters' seventh-floor

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That is not perfectly correct English (should such a thing exist.) It is probably a translation by someone for whom English is a second language, which is fine. The colleagues are not being mourned.

All staff are deeply saddened and in mourning is what was meant. My use of the word staff instead of colleague is my own pet peeve.

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"All colleagues felt deeply saddened, and mourned."

That is an unfortunate miss-translation.

Asia’s internet registry APNIC finds about 50 million unused IPv4 addresses behind the sofa

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Childcatcher

Wont someone think of the routing table?

When the time comes and the global routing table for IPv4 has 4 billion entries in it, will that be the time to migrate to IPv6?

Boolean bafflement at British Airways' Executive Club: Sneaky little Avioses - Wicked, Tricksy, False!

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Re: Mult[iu]ple choice Booleans

I bet Sir pTerry (May he rest in peace) would have found a peppermint Boolean as well.

Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again

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Windows

Edgy

"Other notable improvements in this version included browser tabs ... Edge ... appearing during Alt+Tab navigation"

There are a few problems with this: Some of my colleagues open so many tabs that you can barely see them. No one I know uses Edge.

Someone must be bricking it: UK govt website for first-time home buyers snapped up for £40,000 after left to expire

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Gimp

Re: Cultural issue

We had a thruppenny bit so let's see what a four penny bit would become: foppnny or perhaps fappnny!

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Megaphone

You spread the CC like butter with a knife and dollop jam on top with a spoon like a Devonian.

I'm half Devonian but I lived in Plymouth for several years (PP, PSW, UP and townie) which meant that I sometime got ambivalent thoughts about the subject. After enough self flagellation with a huge pasty (top crimp of course), I soon recovered.

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Windows

Re: There is a third option:

*Sigh* Post pub neck filler test engaged.

Oh bollocks, no pubs.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Re: Poxy Greys

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37949557

"What we're trying to tease out now is did the squirrels get leprosy from people and have just been carrying it ever since, or in fact does it work the other way round - were humans originally infected from squirrels?"

Windows 10 Insider wondering where Notepad has gone? Fear not, Microsoft found it down the back of Dev Channel

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Re: Better alternative, skip MS

"ZZ"

ESC :wq!

By emptying offices, coronavirus has hastened the paperless office

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Gimp

"you need really, really good screens to replace reading the dead trees."

We do have access to really decent screens these days for not much money.

(I have only just sent a 19" Sony LED monitor off to an unrepentant retro re-user after 15+ years of use. It was one of the early "flat" panels at about 3" thick. Cracking piece of kit and a snip at ~£1,700)

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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Windows

"or or one furlong by one chain."

One furlong by one rod (pole or perch.) Oxen are easier to prod with a rod than a chain. A chain is what a surveyor used to use for measuring length.

Tens of millions of Internet-of-Things, network-connected gizmos at risk of remote hijacking? Computer, engage shocked mode

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Childcatcher

lol

VLAN and a properly configured firewall.

I have several VLANs at home. There's THINGS (802.1Q tag: 15) for the usual IoT stuff and there's SEWER (Tag: 16) for stuff that scares me even more. SERVERS, LAN, MANAGEMENT, PHONES and a few others are obvious, along with DMZ, DMZ2 and more. There's also a ROFLCOPTER VLAN (tag: 22). That's for the wife and her laptop. Her laptop sports Arch Linux and has done for about eight years now.

Anyone who wants to improve their sysadmin fu should try to please their SO first (lol, fnar). If you want to play with IoT and Home Automation etc then get it approved by the Boss. Think you can do Internets? Ask the Boss. Want to mess around with web proxies and MitM? Get the Boss to test the end experience.

Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'

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Re: @AC - Amen

Gosh is it that time already?

Look out chaps, the Yanks have woken up. They are all dressed up as Guy Fawkes and have not taken their dried frog pills.

The UK's favourite lockdown cheese is Big and Red but doesn't require a stinking great audit after consumption

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"But the worst cheese in the world is mild cheddar"

You haven't faced the choice of "Would you like American, Cheddar or Swiss?" All three taste the same and differ only in colour. The taste starts off bland and rapidly runs behind a sofa and hides.

I live near Cheddar Gorge and it's not right what some of them do to cheese over there ...

BBC voice assistant promises to summon streams even if you're just a little bit Brahms and Liszt

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Alien

"OK Beeb" not "Whats up Buck?" Besides, Twiki will be an American robot in roughly 500 years time.

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Gimp

Mockney

If you are going to mess around with Mockney, for God's sake get the experts onto it: Dick Van Dyke.

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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Childcatcher

Terminals could wrap at 80 chars but centre justify, just like modern web pages.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Mushroom

Re: Crossing the International Date Line/Equator

When I was a lad it was German Starfighters that did that, sadly.

To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it

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Windows

"the problem is email, not people."

No, surely it's their keyboards or perhaps their hands. That's it: cut off their hands.

Windows invokes Sgrîn Las Marwolaeth upon Newport

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Gimp

Llundain

How on earth did London manage to sprout a voiceless alveolar lateral fricative? It has had names like Londinium and Lundonwic in the past but never Ll...

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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Re: 8.3

"flashbacks to a bygone era "

lol, rofl etc. Now try to get to grips with punchcards as programming. A lace doily is not just something your grandmother puts on the table to avoid your tea cup spoiling the varnish on her mahogany in a decorative way. You still spill and fuck up anyway.

... anyway a lacie is also a punch card, fully punched. It can bring a punch card operated system to its knees. lol, rofl etc

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Micros~1

It is simply the name of the company. Only the display format has changed and that according to their own rules.

Genius.

Australians can demand visitors to their homes run contact-tracing app

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Gimp

Can we borrow Tim Watts up here?

He sounds a bit clued up. Our Parliament could do with some witty insightful comments bouncing around it.

Nine in ten biz applications harbor out-of-date, unsupported, insecure open-source code, study shows

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Re: Cheap shot at open source, it's the same with closed source.

If you go full stack open source then when you update the system, absolutely everything gets updated. *BSD, Linux et al will update the whole lot. I wrangle a lot of Windows servers and workstations for many different customers across a lot of industry sectors. Keeping that lot upto date is not much fun. For starters, each application is independent of the OS and may have its own update checker eg Java, or not. Do you even know what all those crufty old runtimes listed in add/remove programs does or if they are still needed? App management on Windows needs SCM or Zenworks or similar to even start to be manageable.

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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Holmes

Re: Chavs in Hoodies

You don't know what a hoodie or a CHAV are, do you?

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