* Posts by TRT

9318 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Tetchy trainee turned the lights down low to teach turgid lecturer a lesson

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Re: Notes? How old school!

Well you know what they say... how does a lecturer know what kind of audience they have? Well when they start the class and say "Good morning everyone!", if they're teaching an undergraduate degree class, the students reply "Good Morning", if they're teaching an HND class, the students just ignore them and sit waiting for the lesson to begin, and if they're teaching ND the students write it down.

Scientists overjoyed after DART smashes into asteroid Dimorphos, contact lost

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Re: Should have flung a sheep

Is there a maximum velocity for a sheep in a vacuum? Other than c, that is?

Good news for UK tech contractors as govt repeals IR35 tax rules

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Does this rule not apply to public sector, though? It wasn't clear I thought.

Tesla Megapack battery ignites at substation after less than 6 months

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Re: Clearly you haven't been to Milton Keynes.

I did. Thought one of the kids had fallen out of their bunk bed. And I lived about 10 miles away at the time.

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Re: Look to Dinorwig

Oh, I don't know... I think it looks great... as a location for a Dr Who story.

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Re: PG&E has an oil burning plant in Moss Landing

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

US accident investigators want alcohol breathalyzers in all new vehicles

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Re: Sounds like it could be

If it measures it on your skin... well... hands, face, space.

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

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If you're going to stand tall and proud in the world of floppies...

You need to get your assets via Agra.

Letter to FCC: Why are US carriers locking handsets to networks?

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Re: Got screwed by Xfinity Mobile

Never used one (an eSIM) myself. Thanks for the insight! Most helpful.

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Re: Got screwed by Xfinity Mobile

Could it be the eSIM thing?

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

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That's awful. Also genius.

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Welsh, perhaps, for "full" (also "pregnant"), llawn?

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Lonsdale trackie-ites

Only reckon they're geezers wot is harder than a diamond geezer. Init?

Apple patches iPhone and macOS flaws under active attack

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By dropping back to a 802.11a (2.4GHz), you can save energy. Provided the connection is there and you can hear and talk to the WAP to pass just a few keep alive packets every minute you don't need the bit rates and low latency that 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11ac/ax/be gets you with its time-division and channel-multiplexing, and fancy-schmancy signal processing and MIMO etc. If you have a WiFi connected remote, then WOL can renegotiate the WiFi and bring up the connection quite rapidly - as fast as it takes a TV to switch input, negotiate the HDMI and audio standards and warm up the LED backlight (if it has one). Heck, you don't even need to turn on those higher rate standards until you need the bandwidth. You wouldn't notice the difference between 54mbps and 433mbps when scrolling through the Netflix or TV+ menus.

It's a bit like BLE. And why not use BLE as a remote technology? Allows you to hide your streamer away behind the TV (like a fire stick) where IR can't reach.

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One thing I've discovered, since regretfully now switch over to Plasma Cloud* for my network, is that whilst Macs and iPhones idle their WiFi connections when not in use, AppleTV (especially the 4K version) keeps its connections up and running at full pelt 24/7/365. No idling, even in standby mode.

I've no idea what the security implications of that are - constant renegotiation of rate or an always-on connection.

* I mean, hats off to them for what they've done after Datto shat in the swimming pool, but it don't quite work as you'd expect! Makes my hobbyist IoT tinkering a lot more difficult now.

Software fees to make up 10% of John Deere's revenues by 2030

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Re: Customers might complain, but....

Their tech has certainly developed apace... did they get seed funding?

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

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But the damn moon nazis beat us to it anyway!

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Re: Weight

It's not unusual to find people mass debating on this forum.

Dump these small-biz routers, says Cisco, because we won't patch their flawed VPN

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Re: I just set the handoff to bridge mode

ROFL.

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Re: It's the modern way

Hell no. I have that set to modem mode and use a Cisco small business RV series router / firewall. I mean you can trust Cisco, right? Right? Bueller...

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BOFH: It's Friday, it's time to RTFM

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mK.

Drugs are bad.

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I'm WFH today...

but before we can accept any new supplier on contract we also have to have their SoMS (Statement on Modern Slavery), EPS (Environmental Policy Statement) and EDIPS (Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Policy Statement).

FMML.

A refined Apple desktop debuts ahead of Wednesday’s big iThing launch

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Re: Memories

The ICON occupies more memory than an old-school program used to!

California to try tackling drought with canal-top solar panels

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Re: 13GW

I suppose the evaporation rain cycle also helps purify the water... I've never got why solar evaporators aren't used more to alleviate water shortages during a drought. Data centre... sea water... I mean CDNs are best placed near to undersea cable heads, aren't they? And they're putting power plants near the sea...

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Re: 13GW

And of course you can increase the incident radiation by crash-diving a remote controlled space ship into the heart of a nearby sun, thereby causing massive solar flares... Just make sure that your robotic car park attendant doesn't accidentally end up onboard the stunt ship.

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Re: 13GW from four thousand miles of solar panels...

A solar calculator?

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Re: 13GW

There are some nice photos of this coming out of Spain today. They just had a damaging, unfortunate and tragic hail storm.

Former Microsoft UX boss doesn't like the Windows 11 Start menu either

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Every tweak...

Any UI that is designed so that components from a third party source, even one with a whitebook of design principles and laws, is going to come a cropper. Pixels aren't going to line up, rendering is going to be super complex or slow, some swishy new graphic file format won't be supported, text will exceed boundaries because of accessibility differences or use of web fonts or some other kind of a glitch-prone method, colours will clash...

And the tweaks that the coding team will employ to stop these edge case faults will build up and up and up and all the elegance, speed, simplicity, fixability obtained by the redesign will evaporate. No wonder Windows is such a dog, and gets shaggier with every iteration.

Tesla faces Autopilot lawsuit alleging phantom braking

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Re: From the owners' manual

From what I read the owners in the suit were not depending on AEB to avoid or reduce the impact of a collision... they were simply not expecting AEB to result in, or increase the likelihood of, a collision from the rear!

And that *certainly* wasn't in the manual. Unless it was hidden in microdot on the full stop on page 148 of the 400+ pages.

The internet's edge routers are all so different. What if we unified them with software?

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So what's in it for the vendors? I mean, they need a USP, right? So how do they distinguish themselves from alternative providers? Cisco have stood head and shoulders above others for years in many fields, but they do so by supporting standards AND by offering their own esoteric functionality. Which begs the question, why is this idea proposed here differ from the status quo?

BOFH and the case of the disappearing teaspoons

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Re: Classic BOFH

and losing mugs...

UK's largest water company investigates datacenters' use as drought hits

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Re: if only there was a use for a constant supply of hot water !

Yeah, but you only need it to hold hot water... I mean, boreholes would do just as well. I'm not an expert in heat storage technology. Didn't I read something somewhere about hot sand?

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Re: if only there was a use for a constant supply of hot water !

Massive underground heat storage facility... say flooding an old mine or something.

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Re: A quarter?

What's that in Olympic swimming pools?

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One method of purifying water involves evaporating and condensing it again. This, of course, takes energy... heat energy. A lot of heat energy. And makes pure water into the bargain. But you would need a MASSIVE plant to do this on the scale data centres need.

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Re: I'm betting ..

My favourite sport is trolling the Daily Mail.

Smartphone gyroscopes threaten air-gapped systems, researcher finds

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Re: Think it through.

Delicious thoughts of Amazon eavesdropping on themselves and not realising it; eventually the snake swallows itself whole from the tail upwards.

In a time before calculators, going the extra mile at work sometimes didn't add up

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Re: Bank Accounts

One place I lived, in the late 90s, the local number (non-trunk) was 44019[n].

Unfortunately, 019[nn] (slight obfuscation) was the trunk exchange code, and 44 is of course the UK international dialling prefix.

Can you tell what I'm about to say next?

Yep. Had to get the number changed within a few months because it was ringing off the hook day and night with people who had mis-programmed their phones.

As many numbers were now being written down as international numbers, due to the rise of the mobile phone and overseas holidays plus cheaper international calls, there was a lot of confusion about the formatting. Instead of storing +44 (0) 19[nn] 123456, they stored 44019[nn]123456... so when they read it off their phones and dialled it from a local landline or tried programming the memory of their landline phone... bring! bring! All. The. Bloody. Time.

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Oh! Just go forth and times, will you!

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'But' is worse. It basically denies everything that you've just said...

For example:

"I understand your concerns and your feelings on this issue that you believe to be of fundamental importance and I want you to know that I am listening to you, that I value your input on this, and that I also value you as an individual, thinking, living human being.

But I don't think you are seeing the bigger picture."

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Re: Bank Accounts

This weekend I shall be walking and making overnight camp next to a "Loose Bottom".

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So what are you going to do about that?

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Re: The d in £sd

What's the address of the website for Guns'n'Roses?

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Re: Bank Accounts

That was the one! Thank you!

I read a lot of Jennings as a youth. Comes from being at boarding school, I think.

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Re: Bank Accounts

Not the Caernarfon one. The name in many cases refers to Charles II, who was nicknamed such by his mother due to his swarthy complexion and copious amount of wavy, jet-black hair.

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Re: Bank Accounts

Three digits?! Local exchanges varied considerably... but I recall an extract from a book... something to do with two school boys (was it Just William?) who called up their school to find the date of a battle but they didn't have a coin for the phone box. The school secretary answered the phone Hello? Hastings ten-sixty-six? I'll have to go and look that one up now.

Could have been a Jennings book actually.

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Re: The d in £sd

Now THAT I didn't know! Thank you! The Reg is so educational.

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Re: Bank Accounts

I actually saw a shop yesterday, in a little pocket of history* on the edge of a major town, and the sign still had an exchange name and 5 digit phone number. They had added a more modern sign nearby (one of the perpendicular ones that sticks out) which had the full current 11-digit STD code on it, but it still made me do a double take. When I investigated further, they had one of those backlit shadow boxes in the window which had prices still in £sd. The current price list was in a cellophane pouch sellotaped to the door. I fear that if someone had tried to tape it to the window, the act of moving the original 1950s net curtain in order to do so would have caused the nets to disintegrate.

*The row of shops was on the old main road which had, in the late 60s, had a massive new 6 lane 'A' road driven through the houses, gardens and fields that used to be opposite. All that separated this trunk from the old road was a dense line of trees and bushes which has effectively hidden this little parade from passing eyes for 60 years. So complete is this isolation from the modern world that the pub is still called "The Black Boy", AND no-one has started a campaign to get it renamed.

World record for strongest steady magnetic field 'broken' by Chinese team

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Can one mention...

Elon in the comments? I mean, he must have hundreds of Teslas, right? Although some of those are also trying to destroy themselves...

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