* Posts by Arthur the cat

2309 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009

Datacenter migration plan missed one vital detail: The leaky roof

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The new building of the campus expansion that was allotted to these departments was an architect-designed marvel. However, no one from those departments was actually involved in the planning of the building. So it came down to: take what the architect designed, there's no option to leave it.

It's not just universities that do that. One company I worked for had a spiffy new custom office building made for it, courtesy of our US owners. A big enough place that it was built in three phases. The elevators were installed in phase 2, so until that was finished the only way of moving new workstations to the upper floor was carrying them up an open plan spiral staircase.

Firefox 105 is here, and it's faster and more memory-frugal

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Re: All very well but

Not on Windows myself (my machines are FreeBSD), but maybe try this?

It was creating ui.textScaleFactor that worked for me. Yet another new config parameter, different from the last one I had to tweak.

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All very well but

I'm probably going to waste yet more time finding out why all my menu & bookmark text is suddenly 72 point again. Mozilla keep changing the knobs that let you control non-web text sizes and don't document it clearly. Bloody annoying and no, I don't have a 96 DPI screen, not do I want shouty menus. Just stop fucking around with it!

[I want a steam coming out of ears icon.]

'Last man standing in the floppy disk business' reckons his company has 4 years left

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Re: Speaking Of Ancient Storage Methods .....

I believe they're synonyms when speaking Archaeologist.

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Re: Bummer

Punch tapes readers are incredibly simple so you could probably knock one up using Lego, 8 photodiodes and a small board (Arduino, Pico, etc) of your choice.

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Re: Speaking Of Ancient Storage Methods .....

Middens in Oxyrhynchus.

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Re: Speaking Of Ancient Storage Methods .....

some records have very long legally required retention periods, up to and including pretty much forever.

I vaguely remember being told that blueprints for the UK's nuclear reactors were CNC milled into slate and stored in a disused mine somewhere. Can anyone confirm this?

Tesla Megapack battery ignites at substation after less than 6 months

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Re: Look to Dinorwig

They're also good as a snack, roasted with sea salt and cider vinegar (just eaten a handful).

Excel's comedy of errors needs a new script, not new scripting

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Re: "Make spreadsheets better"

The root of the problem is that there aren't many Good Ideas left at Microsoft these days, but there is an apparently never-ending supply of stupid, pointless, and/or wasteful ideas.

s/Microsoft/most big companies, governments, etc/

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Re: Who is to blame?

Of course that sort of thing was liable to make several layers of manglement unhappy because it didn't need their high-ceremony processes.

It didn't help that the position was often abbreviated to anal/prog.

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Re: Who is to blame?

The problem is that in an environment where everything is wanted yesterday, shadow IT delivers something much faster than enterprise IT. It may be a pile of festering dung that's going to kill the company in the long run, but all managers wanted an answer yesterday and shadow IT gave it to them only 24 hours late so they aren't going to kill it.

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Re: Clueless users

My house is two buildings knocked into one and has two numbers, usually written as <N>–<N+2>. Most address handling systems I deal with can only handle a single number without punctuation. The majority lock onto the lower number, my bank uses the higher. The TV licence lot accepted the dual number form for their main database, but their licence checker only used one, so for years I'd get an automatically renewed licence and threatening letters telling me I hadn't got a licence and they were sending someone round. (They never did.)

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Reincarnation

There is a perennial fad for finding deep truths in religion. Really only one concept stands up: without reincarnation, how can one explain the constant reappearance of old ideas as new in IT?

Never mind religion, think of horror films. The Big Bad has finally suffered an unsurvivable event. The plucky nubile heroine tentatively approaches his corpse. And then he sits up.

Keeping printers quiet broke disk drives, thanks to very fuzzy logic

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Re: The Ex

How was it for you?

Electrifying!

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A friend of mine had a vacation job in a factory that made cling film. Giants reels of the stuff, running over rollers, making an huge accidental van der Graaf generator that could knock grown men flying. They had large knives for cutting the stuff when reels got full and everyone learnt to have one firmly in hand when anywhere near the plastic, as they could discharge to the nearest metal through the knife tip and only feel a mild jolt in their hands.

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WTF?

Long screwdrivers aren't the correct way??? Do tell.

EU puts smart device manufacturers on the hook for cyber security

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Exceptions?

The proposed regulation does provide some exceptions for products such as medical devices, airplanes, and cars, as they are already subject to other regulations.

Right, so the implanted insulin pumps and pacemakers that are known to be remotely hackable by wireless won't be covered because there are already regulations saying they must be made of bio-inert materials. Slightly missing the point I think.

White House to tech world: Promise you'll write secure code – or Feds won't use it

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Joke

Re: Software is flakey and full of holes, get over it

Software written for real time systems is not flakey and full of holes

And software written for planetary missions is even better and can be remotely debugged and fixed.

So all software should be written by JPL and similar programming teams. The upside would be incredibly reliable software. The downside is that we'd all be working with obsolete 16/32 bit processors designed 25 years ago. But as an extra bonus they'd be rad hard.

Rare hexagonal diamond formed by crash of dwarf planet and asteroid, scientists believe

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Happy

if it's 58% harder than diamond. how did they slice it for electron microscope scanning?

Use a search engine to look for "cleavage". I'm sure you'll find something of interest.

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So …

to create Lonsdaleite you need a hefty belt?

China discovers unknown mineral on the moon, names it Changesite-(Y)

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Re: Two letter error...

Emits whistling noises.

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Re: A question

Thanks (to you & Dr. G. Freeman). Knew there had to be someone round here who could explain.

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A question

What's the "-(Y)" bit about? Any mineralogists in the house?

Using the datacenter as a dining room destroyed the platters that matter

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Re: No explosives in the tech support room

Not explosives but one local firm had to introduce a rule saying "no juggling lit fire sticks in the corridors" after various people walked out of their offices and got hit.

Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain's first high-tech monarch

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Re: ta ta Liz

KC3R surely?

Nadine Dorries promotes 'Brexit rewards' of proposed UK data protection law

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Re: Good god...

Good riddance, I say.

I bet that's not what book reviewers are saying.

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Trollface

Re: Good god...

I find being given 2 down votes for stating a simple truth highly amusing. I presume they're from kangaroo anus fetishists.

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Re: Good god...

As I've pointed out before, Nadine Dorries is an anagram of Inane Disorder.

E-commerce pros tie the knot in Amazon-themed wedding

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At least it wasn't a Facebook wedding

with photos from the wedding night being made public because of a random change of default settings policy.

Salesperson's tech dream delivered by ill-equipped consultant who charged for the inevitable fix

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a sharp new suit and a misplaced sense of confidence and superiority

An excellent summary of consultants.

Underwater datacenter will open for business this year

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On Call

It'll be interesting to see the future On Call/Who, Me stories such data centres generate.

"There was a swordfish in the blade server."

"Data centre clams up."

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

the banking system often looks like some design features from the 1980s are still left in

I think you mean the 1880s.

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Although I'm sure someone will try to sell you a cloud connected solution that they claim will.

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Re: It was just a corporate error

A crypto event like this is impossible to diagnose in detail afterwards but it seems likely that she just got fooled

With cryptocurrencies an extra zero or maybe two on the end might be possible but five? There's no way any reasonable person would imagine 10 million was genuine profit when the reality was 100.

Tesla owner gets key fob chip implanted in his hand

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Re: Damnatio Memoriae

That's not cancel culture, it's just having a grasp of reality (unlike CC).

PanWriter: Cross-platform writing tool runs on anything and outputs to anything

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Headmaster

Re: I see.

For some people it's the 58th century, or the 15th, or the 6th, or the 28th, or the 26th, …

There are an awful lot of calendars.

UK government lines up billions to refresh legacy tech in 600-system tax dept

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Facepalm

Just like Dallas

In a few years we'll wake up to find it was all a dream, and HMRC is still running on 600 old systems.

Amazon to buy Roomba maker iRobot for $1.7b

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Ditto. However, an interesting project comes to mind – I wonder if you can get second hand Asimos?

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Re: They need to make a window cleaning robot

If they could invent something that could scrape Artex off ceilings

I think it's called a thermic lance.

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Re: Oh crap!

Friends had cats and a Roomba. The cats ate something that disagreed with them. The friends got rid of a Roomba and several rugs, all in an unpleasant (and smelly) state, and bought a lot of disinfectant.

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Big Brother

Meanwhile, over on Twitter

> Alternative headline: Amazon buys company that constantly maps the inside of your home

https://twitter.com/ow/status/1555555317588451329

The many derivatives of the CP/M operating system

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Marooned in Real Time

Bravo for the Vernor Vinge reference.

Yes, it's true: Hard drive failures creep up as disks age

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Headmaster

Re: I'm shocked

You are getting older and will eventually die.

A mathematics lecturer says: It should be noted that getting older and dying are not commutative.

That emoji may not mean what you think it means

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Re: Eggplant

create a penis emoji, or perhaps two emojis to reflect the typists level of excitement.

I think the latest Unicode approach would be to create a single penis emoji and three(*) ranges of modifiers for erectness, width and length (plus of course the existing modifiers for skin tones).

(*) Maybe a fourth for piercings.

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Re: Eggplant

Emoji primer for old people normies:

[Single set of meanings.]

I believe Millennials and Gen-Z use entirely different meanings. Like you said, in-group slang.

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Re: It's often just the facade of politeness

Ack-Ack Macaque.

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Re: Wha?

Otherwise it could go on all night.

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Re: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I've always wondered, is there a shrug emoticon facing the other way?

=^._.^= ∫

↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑ Appropriate for my username.

NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe

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Terminator

Re: It is always a good idea to talk to the end users

only to see it all undone by a field tech two days later

Field circus engineers - always good for a horror story, though preferably at someone else's expense.

[Icon nearest to an eldritch horror.]

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Re: Uniplex "my God, it chills me just mention the dark lord's name,"

Yes it has been suggested I have "problems".

Your problem is that you're smart enough to not only know, but understand, "if it's not broken, don't fix it". This means they can't sell you the latest and greatest (and expensive) new, improved solution they want to sell you. Keep it up!

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