* Posts by Santa from Exeter

362 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Oct 2009


Rocket Lab launch streak goes up in smoke with 41st mission

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Re: Falcon 9/Heavy are working out pretty well

I see every indication of just that in the sentence beginning 'While we've been staring goggle-eyed at the conflagrations coming out of Elon Musk's SpaceX,' linking to the Starship explosion.

comparing Apples and Oranges.

80% of execs regret calling employees back to the office

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Re: Idiocracy

How far in the past do you want to go? Just far enough where the mill was the only place to work and was 15 minutes away (as was the mill owners shop)?

Or maybe far eniough back that you had to walk a day to get to the local Town, so were forced to use the village shop?

I live in a subutrban area of a smallish city and the main thing within 15 minutes walk from me is charity shops, hairdressers and a dog shampoo parlour, unless you want to but a fireplace.

Facial recog system used by Met Police shows racial bias at low thresholds

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To Arrghh is to be a Pirate?

Fujitsu bags £142M UK government work since Horizon probe announced

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Re: "We can't undo the damage that has been done."

Erm, no, it isn't easy.

How do you compensate for those who took their own lives because of this?

IT boss arrested over Cash App exec Bob Lee death

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Re: Parsing it Out - Read the whole quote

"But I hope today’s arrest can begin a process of healing and closure for all those touched by this tragedy."

He's been prejudged alright.

Parisians say au revoir to shared e-scooters

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Re: "the French capital was taking a step backwards in environmental sustainability"

Quote - 'Interestingly, e-bikes are ~3x more CO2 efficient than push bikes as human food is much more CO2 intensive than electricity.'

I call bullshit on that one. I don't consume any more food when I ride a pushbike thatn I do normally and, at the end of it's life (well longer than a battery) my pushbike won't have the same amount of hazardous waste as an e-bike.

EU 'poised' to OK Microsoft's Activision biz gobble

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For everyone complaining about Microsoft games look to Sony, You know, the ones who refuse to collaborate on any cross-platform stuff whilst introducing a virus to your PC.

Microsoft and community release scripts to help mitigate Defender mess

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Re: While You're Flogging Microsoft for this

Oh Look. A link to an 8 year old article. Pray tell, how many times has Microbork screwed up since then?

What do the US midterm election results mean for a federal privacy law?

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Re: Deja Vu yet again

Yup, Ole Warty Face didn't even like the Parliament that his bully boy Pride had given him.

Typical Military Dictator.

NASA's cubesat makes it to the Moon to test orbit for human visitors

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Well, it's here folks, El Reg has gone fully Yank.

I know it's a story about NASA, but a sloppy conversion to kg from lbs (that *only* Americans use) and not even an attempt to convert from Miles is really taking the biscuit.

Truly we should have the 2.8677 Adult Badgers sized cubesat in an orbit of 25146.7257 Devon fatburgs by 3258299.6947 Brontosaurus'.

Darth Vader voice actor James Earl Jones allows AI to take over the role

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The Original Darth Vader

Actually, I read it in a West Country accent.

(Is that a Cider I see in your hand?)

The truth about that draft law banning Uncle Sam buying insecure software

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Imagine the scenario

Ubcle Sam is about to roll out a new version of Windows when, surprise, surprise, it's found to have a security issue. No updates for you lot, keep on running the buggy crap we already have (note, this only covers *new buys*)!

Two years on, Apple iOS VPNs still leak IP addresses

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Typical Apple

Gull the Public into believing their " Apple is more secure than 'X' " crapola all the while leaking like a sieve.

Why is IBM selling post-quantum crypto when it's still a pre-quantum company?

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Re: "Have you seen the forms?"

Of course there isn't a 'Dollar Price', that would be like saying "How much for a Ford".

How many cores do you want?

How Many LPARS do you want?

Do you have a Z/OS workload or is it all Linux guests?

Beginning to get the picture?

IBM highlights real-time fraud detection in z16 mainframe

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Pause button

The On/Off may be *designed* to only be used twice, but you have an outage of all of your Linux guests whenever you patch an LPAR

Reg reader rages over Virgin Media's email password policy

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It's worse than that Jim

Unless they have changed their internal policies (I very much doubt it) The password is available in plain text to Hell Desk staff.

Singapore introduces potent anti-scam measures

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Re: "accelerate adoption of – and preference for – mobile banking apps"

Did you miss the bit about also making the victim responsible for the losses?

"Furthermore, Wong said customers and banks would have a shared responsibility for any losses in the future"

IBM Cloud to offer Z-series mainframes for first time – albeit for test and dev

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What's the point?

I really don't see the point in this, if Big Blue are trying to use this to entice new players into the Mainframe buying scene they are deluded.

Anyone who needs one already has one, and if they need a T&D stack, they'll have a physical one already.

The only way we might use this is when we come to refresh our hardware, so IBM would lose out on that side (also lose out on their nice little reselling sideline).

Colour me Confused.

New York Times outlays seven-figure sum for 1,900 lines of JavaScript – yes, we mean Wordle

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Rather interesting to see "Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation" in the middle of the code!

Twelve years after Intel was fined $1.2bn for unfairly running over rivals, an EU court says: No need to pay

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Re: Open banana courts @LC

Downvoted for the Bullshit Ani-vax Anti-masker 'Muzzle' comment

Employers in denial over success of digital skills training, say exasperated staffers

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Training Gap

From the Article -

"Most employees believe that employers should invest in their future by providing skills training, and younger employees have higher expectations, according to the report. In Germany, 69 per cent of employees aged 18 to 29 agreed with this, while in the UK, the age category agreeing most was those aged 30 to 49, at 65 per cent."

You might well find the difference in the age band between the UK and Germany is down to the training available to the differing age groups.

In the UK, it's not uncommon for companies to invest in early years training, which then tapers off significantly by the time you reach 30.

I don't know the situation in Germany, but its possible that the reverse is the case there.

Weed dispensary software company's ambitions pruned after Spotify trademark clash

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Trend Following

As it's intended to give ratings, they could just follow a well know trend and call it -


Games Workshop has chucked another £500k at entrenched ERP project with no end to epic battle in sight

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Re: Profit before tax £88.2m

Only if you don't go for the Forge world addons to your Astra Milliwhatsit force.

Not looking forward to a greyscale 2022? Then look back to the past in 64 colours

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The swap is Hugh Cornwell strumming bass like his usual guitar and JJ Burnel resolutely not playing a guitar.



Robotic arm on China's space station does a demo, swings out 20 degrees and back while holding cargo ship

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Re: Lifting in space

That's tonnes old bean. China isn't as backward as to use tons.

Hauliers report problems with post-Brexit customs system but HMRC insists it is 'online and working as planned'

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Re: Hmm

Oh, there was a build up to 'The Troubles' (nice conflation of those with the recent woes over Brexit induced customs tomfoolery).

The build up was, once again, the fault of those Damn Europeans, specifically the Frenchies.

You *were* aware (like any half decent historian) that the Pale was established by the Normans, weren't you?

A moment of tension as the James Webb Space Telescope stretches sunshield on way to L2 destination

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Re: In space

Imagine the sound of an indrawn fart

Developer creates ‘Quite OK Image Format’ – but it performs better than just OK

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Re: Colour me impressed...

I also grew up with analogue TV and the snow was frigging abysmal.

You might have been lucky enough to have a perfect picture, but I bet you lived about 10 feet from the broadcast mast, unlike most of the country.

Police National Computer not pwned by Clop ransomware crims, insists Home Office

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Re: I would like 100 upvotes for Christmas please.

Downvoted. Bah Humbug.

-> Closest thing to Scrooge

US bags Russian accused of bagging millions after stealing pre-release financial filings

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Is that above or below what a competent company analyst would hit? Is this just a case of Wah,Wah they're better at it than us?

US distrust of Huawei linked in part to malicious software update in 2012

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So, a 3 man band reporting on All things War, staffed by an ex-American forces guy is expert in this now?

Do me a favour, it's another American whitewash.

Insurance firm Admiral fails to grab phone location data of 'fraud' claimant's mother

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Re: And in Germany...

You would have thought that the Judge mifght have demanded some actual proof from Sony, rather that just a wild claim.

It's not as if sony don't have form.

OK, boomer? Gen-X-ers, elder millennials most likely to name their cars, says DVLA

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Just a couple

The first car I named was a Citroen BX, one of the early models with no stalks around the steering wheel, a revovlving drum speedo and an LED Tacho - The Big Red Rocket Ship, it also had the Weber carb so as a 1600 it could nail the speedo to the 120 mph max.

The second was a Black Montego. When the wings had to be replaced and the Scrappies only had white ones it became Ska.

The third was a Race edition 2.1L diesel Espace I named the Flying Wardrobe on Wheels. Used to enjoy leaving the local boy racers standing at the lights with that one.

The last one I named (just scrapped it) was a green Chevvy Matiz, called the Pea, because it was small, green and felt about the size of a peapod.

ESA's Solar Orbiter will swing past Earth this week – sure hope nobody created a big cloud of space junk up there

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I'm assuming that, as this is Science, the times quoted are UTC, but it would be good to get a clarification in the article.

Not only MSPs: All cloudy firms are in line for UK security law crackdown

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CE+ No thank you

CE+ is an absolute joke.

It's squarely aimed at Small Enterpise where the 'Security Team' is also the teamaker.

Working for a reasonably sized endeavour, where we have seperate Networks and Platforms Teams we *really* don't need it explaining to us that our "BT Home Hub is a router"

Additionally, the definition of 'supported software' used is complete bollocks, as apparently RHEL6 is unsupported, even if you can provide evidence that you have bought the Extended support package!

Load of old Crap

There's no Huawei back now: Biden signs law that forbids US buyers acquiring kit on naughty list

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Re: “concerns that 5G networks powered by Chinese kit COULD include backdoors‘“

Unlike the American kit where they *do* know it has backdoors.

But that's okay, because they are *their* backdoors.

CentOS Stream^W^W Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 emerges in beta form

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Elephant in the room

For me, the elephant in the room with RHEL9 is the insistence on using Network Manager to manage interfaces.

Tho 'old' network scripts will no longer work, which will mean a major headache for us, as we use Puppet extensively to manage interfaces/ bonding etc.

NASA picks spot at Moon's South Pole to perform first ice-drilling experiment

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Re: Before you start building colonies there

Cue the computer on the next mission being called Adam Selene.

Locked up: UK's Labour Party data 'rendered inaccessible' on third-party systems after cyber attack

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Or possibly, Totally Inebriated Student Union Party as a description of Labour?

Hey, Walkers. What's the difference between crisps and chips? Answer: You can't get either of them

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Re: Pedantry

I trump your false pedantry Sir.

Game chips are not the same as crisps, they are thicker.

I apologise for the shittypedia link, but in this case it's actually correct.


Saturday start for NASA's Lucy probe on its 12-year quest to map Jupiter's Trojan asteroids

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Re: Beware!

That's okay, they'll see Lucy and know that Crazy Eddie is up to his old tricks.

How not to train your Dragon: What happens when you teach an AI game sex-abuse stories then blame players

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Re: These are the Beginnings

There was a thunderstorm that looked like your dog?

Euro Parliament backs ban on cops using blanket facial-recognition surveillance

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Heavily made up 'Men' wil confuse it, as will people with what would be be classed by the system as a 'female' face having a beard would be my guess.

I know one guy that, while he was developing his Drag Queen persona, used to wear the drag makeup all the time so that he became comfortable with it, and the reactions it caused in 'normal' situations.

Things that are not PogChamp: Amazon's Twitch has its source code, streamer payout data leaked

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Sometime Twitch user.

'Their community is also a disgusting toxic cesspool'.

Whilst I will grant you that there may well be some toxicity on there, I have rarely seen any in the Streams that I follow.

This *may* be because they are fairly niche, but the worst that usually comes into chat are the hate-bots that quickly get ban-hammered by a Mod.

Personally, I think that most of the toxicity spews from twats like the poster of the code, who is more akin to those who create the hate-bots than the generality of Twitch users.

Is it a bridge? Is it a ferry? No, it's the Newport Transporter

Santa from Exeter

Wind Strength

One small point, force 6 isn't a Gale, that doesn't come in until force 8.


YouTube expands vaccine misinfo crackdown, nukes anti-vax channels for good

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Re: Well known mechanic about to fall foul?

That would not be collateral damage.

He is, if anything, worse than the rabid anti-vaxxers as many can see them for the single issue nutters they are.

If he is slipping in 'gentle homilies' amongst the useful stuff he is subverting people subtly, and therefore harder to spot.

Just treat it as 'Oh Well, he used to be a decent guy' and find another fixit channel.

Ofcom swears at the general public for five days during obscenity survey

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Re: Another one

The *meaning* applid to both, but it was only of true importance to Men.

After all, the Second Son would inherit, if he wasn't a bastard like the First Born Male.

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I just read the very first part, General Words and found an anomaly straight away.

Surely bellend and twat should be in the Body Parts section!

Square-shaped hole in workers' wallets after payment system fails at peak tip time

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I actually experienced the US tipping policy directly.

When in Boston, a group of us went for a Chinese meal, the food was okay (if a little lukewarm) but the service was absolutely dire (possibly leading to the food temperature).

Being aware of the tipping situation in the US, we duly left a tip (which we wouldn't have in the UK as they really didn't deserve one) of 10%, only to have the Manager chase after us shouting "You didn't tip enough, my staff need to live" to which we replied, "Then pay them enough to give decent service!"

A tip should be exactly that, a recognition of good service, *not* part of the wages.