* Posts by TRT

7747 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

University ordered to stop running women-only job ads

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Re: Just the academic staff ?


When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan

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Re: Did you really say...

I think you'll find it says primary device file, and also contains a detailed prediction of the COVID pandemic.

Well bork me sideways: A railway ticket machine lies down for a little Windoze

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Re: Victorian computing

And the word circuit wasn't attached to hybrid. Hybrid was attached to the distinction between circuit switching and packet switching, and suggesting an intermediate situation where circuits where switched to convey traffic from one routing point to the next routing point rather than being established end-to-end, used, then torn-down. One might say that packet switching does similar, but the ROUTE is not laid down or pre-defined in packet switching, whereas with railway switching it is.

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Re: Victorian computing

The signalling might be thought of as that... but it's the railway itself I was referring to, with the information about the train being considered as an analogy to header information and the train as the payload. There's an element of the whole route of the train being known in advance, akin to circuit switching, but during the journey the route is set block by block in response to information "carried" by the train, akin to packet switching. Though the train is not broken up and arrivies at its destination in one pieces rather than needing to be reassembled... apart from the old system of slip coaching of course which sounds like a horrendous idea.

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Re: Victorian computing

Actually it was John Saxby in 1856 that was granted the first patent for a system of interlocking railway signalling to ensure the correct sequence of operation and prevention of conflicting route setting. Although as early as 1843 a system of mechanical points interlocking was operating at Bricklayers Arms Junction in England. I suppose one could view such mechanical computers as the first programmable railway infrastructure. There was also a complex system of electrical communication between signal boxes and even between stations by way of coded bells, and all train movements and communications used to be logged in massive ledgers in the signal boxes. It's a fascinating insight into process... there were special bells for direction, line, the class of train (goods, passenger express, special service etc.), destination... and it was all signalled downstream ahead of the arrival of the train itself, like a virtual representation of the train travelling ahead of and parallel to it. A Victorian version of a hybrid circuit/packet switched network.

MIT apologizes, permanently pulls offline huge dataset that taught AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs

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At least two people never heard of the picnic furore? And that "nitty-gritty" one that'd currently in the news?

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Re: @TRT

It got on the naughty list because of a made up etymology and an association with KKK lynchings.

The generally accepted etymology, though, isn't anything to do with the patois word for young black children, but that it comes from the French for pique and nique literally translated as take a little, referring to a sort of "bring a small dish" communal meal, often eaten outside at a location where the attendees all meet up together like a park or a beach.

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That's more along the lines of the von-Grafenberg Spot. Clitori definitely exist.

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Too true. The article itself uses the word 'picnic'... which got itself onto the racist words bl... erm... naughty-list a few years ago.

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Re: Just do a text search

Le singe est dans l'arbre

Microsoft sees the world has moved on, cranks OneDrive file size upload limit from 15GB to more useful 100GB

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Re: "Where can I find that file?"

Oddly that's exactly what our newest staff member was asking when she was confronted by the legacy of her predecessor who almost got how the Microsoft filing landscape and permissions worked. Anyway the data she wanted was almost inevitably somewhere in SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, Office application storage, her computer's hard drive. Even if she sometimes didn't have permissions to see it because someone had moved a folder whilst tidying up and all the permissions had reset...

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript

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I've now got a hankering...

to pop off for a Barclays myself.

Never knowingly under-digitally transformed: Retailer John Lewis outsources tech function to Wipro

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Re: Director Speak.

Sorry... was that milestone or millstone?

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Re: A Question for the Chief Idiot

I've often said that cleaning and security are put out to the lowest tender, yet they never apply the same principal to executive roles.

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...

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Re: RE: UPS generally shuts down in the time it takes to utter the first four words

I take it you mean in an n+1 scenario if you put one mains supply into the UPS and the other into the mains then you get double loads. You're not supposed to use the load indicator to gauge the UPS capacity. It should only be done on the electrical specs. If you run both mains supplies off different UPS then you won't get exactly the same runtime from both units so eventually one or the other will flake first and you'll get double load on the other. By then though you should have shutdown your server! What I've not yet come across is how systems can deal with dual UPS for remaining time shutdown.

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I used to use APC, but I've changed to Eaton because the APCs used to chew through expensive battery packs with frightening regularity.

Let's roll the 3d6 dice on today's security drama: Ah, 15, that's LG allegedly hacked, source code stolen by Maze ransomware gang

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Re: I'm not entirely clear...

2m? What's that in standard dungeon interior squares?

And would an Orc mask be acceptable?

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I'm not entirely clear...

why rolling 3d6 is used in this context (the 'd' in 3d6 actually stands for 'dice' so the headline makes little sense anyway).

Surely that must be a reference to generating character traits in the D&D game system?

A determination of success or failure in such a system would be a 1d20 roll, which is also the same roll as 'a saving throw', which is scored against the appropriate aforementioned character trait. In this case it would make more sense as a saving throw against a spell or magical attack rather than a physical one, but there is no saving throw against the Maze spell... at least not in the first round following a successful cast. In later editions, there's a roll against the victim's intelligence once per round for every subsequent round, up to 10. But in plain old AD&D, the victim was trapped for a period simply determined by their intelligence.

Am I missing something?

Here's a headline we'll run this century, mark our words: Alien invaders' AI found on Mars searching for signs of life

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Oh, and so I suppose marriage negates any indication of intelligence does it?

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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Re: But Y'know, cake?

Actually... it DOES all sound a bit... familiar.

This was a triumph!

I'm making a note here:

Huge success!

It's hard to overstate

my satisfaction.

Aperture Science:

We do what we must

because we can

For the good of all of us.

Except the ones who are dead.

But there's no sense crying

over every mistake.

You just keep on trying

'til you run out of cake.

And the science gets done.

And you make a neat gun

for the people who are

still alive.

I'm not even angry...

I'm being so sincere right now.

Even though you broke my heart,

and killed me.

And tore me to pieces.

And threw every piece into a fire.

As they burned it hurt because

I was so happy for you!

Now, these points of data

make a beautiful line.

And we're out of beta.

We're releasing on time!

So I'm GLaD I got burned!

Think of all the things we learned!

for the people who are

still alive.

Go ahead and leave me...

I think I'd prefer to stay inside...

Maybe you'll find someone else

to help you.

Maybe Black Mesa?

That was a joke. Ha Ha. Fat Chance!

Anyway this cake is great!

It's so delicious and moist!

Look at me: still talking

when there's science to do!

When I look out there,

it makes me glad I'm not you.

I've experiments to run.

There is research to be done.

On the people who are

still alive.

And believe me I am

still alive.

I'm doing science and I'm

still alive.

I feel fantastic and I'm

still alive.

While you're dying I'll be

still alive.

And when you're dead I will be

still alive

Still alive.

Still alive.

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Re: I heard a rumour

Hm. I know the BDM of NOCRI. I could ask her.

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Re: But Y'know, cake?

I thought the cake was a lie?

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Re: with respect to the UK app

String is so old fashioned, The UK can phone uses TwineFi.

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Re: iTunes more important than pandemic?

The problem with August, is that there are quite a few of them!

Adobe about to pull the plug on Creative Cloud freebie 'at-home' access for students

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Re: Are Adobe products the only ones ...

The construction of illustrations for publication is a major use case. Adobe gives one much more control over multiple layering and colour merging, adjusting grayscale images to get a good illustration. Of course, one doesn't use Adobe products for the actual science bit, but they do come in handy... once in a blue moon, which is why I object to this paying through the nose every month, and you can't get access to the education pricing a month at a time, only in year-long blocks. There's a lot of administrative overhead in swapping Adobe identities around so you can transfer licensing to different people as they enter their writing up phase... it's honestly a massive PITA. Adobe were just money grabbing SOBs when they killed the box products and the concurrent licensing. Now if they had a more generalised network licensing key server like Autodesk it would REALLY help the scientists out. Just buy as many licenses as you need to run concurrently, using the reporting function of the on-prem or in-cloud license server, and there you have it!

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

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Due for amendment yet again in July...

When they announce their solution to maintaining 6 foot social distancing in bars and pubs...they're replacing the pint with the yard of ale.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Re: Never understood this

I've got an annoyingly smart Hoover washer. Washed a rug the other day and it went nuts beeping and flashing a phone number and error code on the display... "Service required... phone 0800 xxxxxx... Fault code F05. Quote serial number WSLxxxxxxxx..."

It was a rug with tassels, and I noticed a lot of fluffy debris in the excess water in the drum. The pump was probably blocked by the fluff.

Why not just say "Clean button trap and drain pump chamber."? Took about half an hour to do and that was mostly draining the drum. Didn't need to call the service number at all! And why make me look up a code for a user performable maintenance task?

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Re: Better smart devices

Actually, I got one. It electrocutes rats and mice. Apparently it knows when that has happened by measuring the HV charge bank or something, and flashes an LED and sounds a beeper to let you know there's a corpse to remove.

Since I installed it, it's never gone off once or caught a thing!

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Re: Never understood this

If one was to dismantle the fridge to the point of being able to get to this component, wherever it is, one might as well repair the wiring!

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Re: Never understood this

Oh, I don't know... I mean, our fridge that I inherited from the ex-wife is totally on the fritz by way of some form of broken wire that connects the door mounted display to the gubbins in the main body. Thus if the alarm goes off, it whistles like a bastard for an hour and there's no display to say why or button to shut it up. I have to couple up the right hanging door wire, re-liven the door panel controls, and kill the buzzer. Same for setting and verifying the temperature.

Now, if they had a simple API available to access all the sensors and set the various parameters, I'd have been chuffed. Don't mind writing my own little web interface for that - I've got ones for the smart speaker that only came with a phone app, and one for the doorbell that likewise only had a phone app. Now both can be accessed from a web browser as well.

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'

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Re: @Def - Yeah but

Beat it! It's the Feds!

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Re: Blacklist to Blocklist but...


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Re: Then, there is Chess...

Then there's that fancy move where you can make a quick hop locally that looks like it shouldn't be allowed and not be penalised for it. What's the term?... Barnard Castling or something.

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There's some research that suggests the white / black & good / bad association is related to personal hygiene. The classic experiment is the Stroop test, where you use coloured words and measure reaction times. They did all sorts of tests with words, virtues and morality words and cleaning products... and found that things like Dove soap and Crest toothpaste were more desirable to people who showed the strongest bias in white/black moral/immoral word associations, whereas there was no such association with Windex and Floor cleaner. Personally, I like Dudu-osun soap if I can get it.

And charcoal toothpaste, or Miswak, but that's more pale brown than white or black.

I've no idea how representative the subject group was for that research, by the way. Probably biased as hell.

The cowboy thing doesn't hold up to close scrutiny either, by the way. Nowt queer as folk, as they say.

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Re: master and slave

Doesn't that come from master / slave circuit terminology? It's a device or circuit directly controlled by another. Other terms like primary / secondary have been used for other descriptions of the operation - it's a different thing. Subsidiary has the same connotation, but it's harder to say.

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Really? I thought it came from cowboy movies. Good job we didn't settle on Cowboys and Indians...

Mind you, if we referenced 1960s adventure serials from the UK instead of Hollywood, the good guys would be driving English marques like a Lotus Elise or a Bentley, the bad guys always seemed to roam the streets of London in Citroens, BMWs etc.

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Re: @Def - Yeah but

I mean... one could align it with red team / blue team terminology, but that would mean... blue hat = good, and red hat = bad... and I'm sure Fedora would have something to say about that.

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I suppose black hat and white hat has to go as well. then.

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

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Re: WTF?

Most of us were in Pizza Express at Woking at the time.

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Re: WTF?

Lost in the post, mate. It happens, you know.

Don't panic: An asteroid larger than the Empire State Building is flying past Earth this weekend but we're just fine

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Re: Aten-class?

Accidentally hoovered up my Chris Barrie mini-fig the other day. Nothing happened.

Laughing UK health secretary launches COVID-19 Test and Trace programme with glitchy website and no phone app

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Re: Good and bad

Do baptists do the communion wine thing?

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: Turn Left.

Whoever put that bug in must have been one of The Trickster's Brigade - and I bet the bug was a Time Beetle.

Chicago: Why I just grin like a dork... It's my kind of Bork

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Re: Jumped up quiche?

And "pide" is a pizza-like food from Turkey. Not sure if it pre-dates the Italian pizza or even the Spanish version "coca". The root of the word may even go back as far as "pitta", used to describe a flat bread all over the Middle East / Mediterranean region.

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Re: LED matrices

If they had run the display from an Amiga, then they might have ended up promoting Eastern Mysticism instead of Bible-belt Beelzebub's Fire and Brimstone.

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip

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Re: Practical test

One wonders if long-term use causes enough heating to stress the comb and shift the frequency spreading. Although I guess with that kind of device it has to have rock solid thermal management - i.e. a massive heatsink, like a lump of silver, and a Peltier to bleed off the excess heat in a controlled way.

Mind your language: Microsoft set to swing the axe on 27 languages in iOS Outlook

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Re: in order to maintain consistency

Maintain consistency = Lowest Common Denominator.

Wanna force granny to take down that family photo from the internet? No problem. Europe's GDPR to the rescue

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St Winifreds... your efforts were in vain.

There's no-one quite like grandma

a laugh we always share

at party times

and Christmas too

we know that she'll be there...

taking photos and breaching GDPR.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Highly sophisticated

It's the customers' own fault. They didn't pay the £5 supplemental charge for the cyber security option.


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