* Posts by Santa from Exeter

260 posts • joined 20 Oct 2009


Hootsuite melts ICE deal after staff revolt: CEO vows not to divide biz like agents divided families at the US border

Santa from Exeter


I just downvoted both AC and Bitsminer for the use of the term 'snowflake' as it is exclusively used as a pejorative term by the Right Wing (usually American) Neo-Nazis (see what I did there).

Those same mob can now Downvote away to their hearts content at this 'liberal' comment (ooh another yapping dog trigger word)

Huawei chairman says tech giant's goal is ‘survival’ as it battles ‘non-stop aggression’

Santa from Exeter

Re: A few miles away...

And exactly what the hell has that got to do with Huawei?

Woman dies after hospital is unable to treat her during crippling ransomware infection, cops launch probe

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Re: ASCII art??

Claiming that Linux is 'playing catchup' to Windows is kind of like saying that a bulk shipping carrier is trying to play catchup with Maserati.

One looks fancy, everyone knows the name, but it needs a lot of nursing.

The other one just gets the job done for the whole world.

Guess which is which.

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

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Re: Hospital Slang @stungebag

My partner trained as a Theatre Assistant at the Norwich and Norfolk Hospital and, yes, the expression is used even there.

Chinese database details 2.4 million influential people, their kids, addresses, and how to press their buttons

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Am I the only one who spots irony in the fact that 'A US academic' is talking about 'Open liberal democratic states' when, as far as I am aware, the US is the *only* place in the West where liberal is used as an insult?

Vinyl sales top CDs for the first time in decades in America, streaming rules

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Re: You are all thieves

No, you need Maxell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEe0qqPAC6E

Paragon 'optimistic' that its NTFS driver will be accepted into the Linux Kernel

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Re: @DS999 - Whatever for?

Downvoted for the mention of CUPS. Here's a clue, it's the Common *Unix* Printing System. Just because Apple bought it and hired the inventor (who subsequently left) when it was already GPL doesn't make them GPL fiendly.

Someone please have mercy on this poorly Ubuntu parking machine that has been force-fed maudlin autotuned tripe

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Re: Thanks for the tips

Not Heavy or Shouty enough for me. Now if it had been a bit of StaticX or Killswitch Engage...


UK govt reboots A Level exam results after computer-driven fiasco: Now teacher-predicted grades will be used after all

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I'd not give that a C!

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

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Get Root?

I haven't read all the document so it might be in there. Do the TLAs say exactly how this thing gains root access to be loading kernel modules and 'executing arbitrary commands'?

That is, of course, after a clueless luser has downloaded the 'implant', made it executable and run it!

Trump administration reportedly offers Oracle cheap end to $400m wage discrimination case

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Re: Wish us luck. We'll need it.

I think you are being rather harsh there.... on Charles 1

UK.gov to propose new rules for online political campaigns after last election marred by an avalanche of fake news

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Re: They need to have a word with the so called impartial BBC too

Ah, the ususal complaints about the BBC.

Right Win Leaning - BBC is Left Wing

Left Wing Leaning - BBC is Right Wing

Santa from Exeter

Re: So that's Cummings out of a Job then.

To paraphrase,




Half Truths

Oh, and the last sentence should read "Yeah, Cummings and the rest of the lying Leaver Knobs had to work so little to make Gammons dislike the EU as they had already swallowed the UKIP bullshit."

Apple's at it again: Things go pear-shaped for meal planner app after iGiant opposes logo

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Re: Not the first, won't be the last...

Close, they are tuning forks. I knew about the motorcycles before the musical instruments and wondered at the logo

China slams 'dirty' America's 'clean network' plan, reminds world of PRISM snoop-fest exposed by Ed Snowden

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Re: All money is theft!

sed -i '/s/China/USA/g'

Singapore to give all incoming travelers wearable tracking device

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Re: Looks like Singapore's off my travel list

Got a mobile phone?

An email banning our staff from using TikTok? Haha, funny story about that, we didn't mean it – Amazon

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Re: Another non-event distracting us @big_D

I suspect that it might be exactly the reverse actually. The Article states 'Devices used to access Corporate e-mail'. I reckon that what Amazon are actually saying is that it's fine on a Work Computer, where we control security but not on you crappy spyware infested BYOD device.

Two out of three parachutes... is just as planned for Boeing's Starliner this time around

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Re: Have they demonstrated all parachutes yet?

So it worked when they dropped it from a balloon with an extra pre-drogue chute. When will they actually send in further up than that?

It’s happened again: AT&T sued for allegedly transferring victim's number to thieves in $1.9m cryptocoin heist

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Re: It looks like the Wild West out there

Thank you for using the correct icon.

You *do* know that you aren't actually guaranteed not to lose your money at these amounts if a bank goes bust don't you. In the UK, only the first £85k is protected by compensation schemes.

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

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Re: Just do a text search

Except that this falls down at the manual chack. Thay specifically stated that one of the reasons for not reinstating the database was that the images were too small to be realistically chacked by the Mk1 eyeball.

Civica bags £25m deal to handle web portal for UK National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme

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Re: "behavioural change education"

@AC #1. What a pile of crap! Have you ever had any experience with one of these courses? Trying to equate it to totalitarian regimes isn't just a stretch, it a break. The courses aren't run by the coppers (as you would be aware if you RTFA) you just get a chance to go on one if you get nicked for speeding instead of getting a fine and points on your licence. The points don't magically vanish as, if you are done again in the next 2 years, you get them anyway.

Had a bad weekend? Probably, if you're a Sectigo customer, after root cert expires and online chaos ensues

Santa from Exeter


"In a perfect world, all of your libraries would be up-to-date and you wouldn't be using clownish TLS implementations like GnuTLS," wrote Ayer. "

In a perfect world twats like Ayer with product to sell and an axe to grind would be ignored by El Reg rather than quoted.

China to test digital version of its currency at 2022 Winter Olympics

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Re: Why the uproar ?

sed 's/"China"/"USA"/g'

Equifax finally coughs up the money for its 2017 monster hack… to the banks for having to cancel your cards

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Re: For those that feel aggrieved

Good luck getting that Mortgage then. Or do you like being ripped off by dodgy Landlords?

US govt can talk about the end of lockdown, but Silicon Valley says 'as long as it takes' – and Twitter says 'WFH forever'

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Re: Negatives?

And from the point of view of the work shy slackers it's friggin heaven!

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

Santa from Exeter

Re: Of course, being centrally controlled

And you trust that Apple and Google are actually doing what they claim because?

Snapchat domain squatter loses comedy £1m URL sellback attempt

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Re: Trademarks

Or when Hitler's Tailors took Boss Brewing Company to court for selling Boss Brewing t-shirts

Trello! It is me... you locked the door? User warns of single sign-on risk after barring self from own account

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Old e-mail

The question in my mind is why he didn't remove the AQCME e-mail when he stopped working for them.

A simple bit of sanitisation and housekeeping on his part could have saved all this hassle

Pentagon watchdog sets phasers to none, clears $10bn JEDI contract process but leaves door open for lawsuits

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So even the report thinks they lied


'But, the report notes pointedly, that when they were asked very direct questions including “Did Secretary Mattis say that President Trump told him to ‘screw Amazon’ by locking them out of JEDI, or words to that effect?” - they were instructed not to answer by their lawyer.'

I other words they kept shtumm because they still have jobs to lose and everone knows Trump is a vindictive little shitbag

Linux kernel technical advisory board asks if any maintainers need coronavirus relief

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Re: Mämmi actually sounds delicious

Bet all you like about the sugar matey. Do you eat your porridge properly, with salt?

p.s. we also don't put Maple Syrup on bacon

AMD dials 911, emits DMCA takedowns after miscreant steals a load of GPU hardware blueprints, leaks on GitHub

Santa from Exeter

Re: "why not just leak it to everyone?"

Tissues aside are you saying that the guy *isn't* a total scumbucket?

Deliveroo UK adds 'Don't interact with the help' option for when ordering a burger

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Re: 10,000 or 596?

That's still a ridiculously large multiplier

ServiceNow pulls on its platforms, talks up machine learning, analytics in biggest release since ex-SAP boss took reins

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Re: ServiceNow is great

Hah, if you think Service(withasneer)Now is the worst you've obviously never met Remedy!

AMD takes a bite out of Intel's PC market share across Europe amid microprocessor shortages, rising Ryzen

Santa from Exeter

Re: AMD Driver support...

Spot the Intel shill

Whirlybird-driving infosec boss fined after ranty Blackpool Airport air traffic control antics

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Re: What kind of climate vandal..

Blackpool Airport is actually *in* Lytham!

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

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It'll work for you

It works for me

What simultaneously sucks and doesn't? This new robot vacuum cleaner

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Re: Now THIS is the way an advert should be! @JohnFen

Quote "The cleaning is a little hassle, but fairly minor. It takes me about 5-10 minutes"

So if you had to clean it daily when you had pets that's about an hour a week.

More time than it takes me to do my 3 bedroom, 1 cat house the old-fashioned way!

2001 fiction set to be science fact? NASA boffin mulls artificial intelligence to watch over the lunar Gateway

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Just be careful using Gateway, the Heechee might turn up wanting it back.

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future

Santa from Exeter

The only thing that made sysvinit legacy was the likes of Poettering declaring it so. He appears to want to replace the whole of the perfectly useably text file based infrastructure with stupid binary blobs or databases. The beauty of flat files is that you can grep them, diff them, even tkdiff them if you must! Binary logfiles are a stupid idea to anyone who administers servers which sometimes have issues!

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament

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"This is how you end up with a totalitarian state" Completely the opposite.

This is how the judiciary prevent BoJo and the Mog becoming totalitarian.

We've, um, changed our password policy, says CafePress amid reports of 23m pwned accounts

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Re: GDRP would have had a field day....@ocflyfish

Hadn't realised it had been quite that long that the Yanks thought their laws applied everywhere.

Oracle goes on for 50 pages about why it thinks the Pentagon's $10bn JEDI cloud contract stinks

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Re: Maturity Gap @ Moosh

Except that 'The English Civil War', otherwise the War of the Three Kingdoms, wasn't actually a revolution a la France et al.

A lot of it was actually about the burgeoning middle class acting like the kids and rebelling against the Aged Parents; part of it was about religion, mainly the Irish Catholic Confederacy revolt, but you could also include the introduction of the new Prayer Book in Scotland; and some of it in the earlier phase of the English part was specifically *not* about replacing the monarch, just his advisors.

Dissed Bash boshed: Apple makes fancy zsh default in forthcoming macOS 'Catalina' 10.15

Santa from Exeter


Any decent shell script ever written starts with a #!

If it starts #!/bin/bash as long as bash is on the system it will run fine, if bash isn't on the system it will error immediately.

Let's make laptops from radium. How's that for planned obsolescence?

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Re: Milk Snatcher


Ah, yes, that would have been the Winter months when it was kept on the steam radiator so it didn't get too cold!

EE switches on 5G: Oi, where are your Mates? Yes, we mean the Huawei phones

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Quote -

"This was "a move that makes sense for now," added the analyst who said a lot of uncertainty surrounded 5G in light of the recent security concerns engulfing Huawei."

This was "a move that makes sense for now," added the analyst who said a lot of uncertainty surrounded 5G in light of the US Trade War against Chine engulfing Huawei.


Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin unveils 'Blue Moon' lander, making it way too easy for manchild Elon Musk to take the piss

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Re: Asimov obviously didn't read Clarke...

And Larry Niven wrote Ringworld in 1970, so precedent there.

Don't be Russian to judgement but... Bloke accused of $1.5m+ tax filing biz hack, fraud

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I would have thought that the IRS would have noticed 2 tax returns from the same individual in a given year!

America's anti-hacking laws are so loose, even Donald Trump Jr broke them. So, what do we do about it?

Santa from Exeter


"I'd wager that that far more than 52% would vote for implementing referendum results regardless of their opinion."

And that might well be part of the problem. Referenda should *never* be taken as binding and acted upon. Their whole purpose is to posit the question 'Should we write something detailed up to be voted upon',. This is the real problem with Brexit, nobody actually knew what they were voting for, as the terms of leaving were never discussed. Hence you get the hard-line "Brexit means Brexit" morons who don't even realise that "Brexit" means different things to different people.

All the Drexiteers complaining that the Government is 'betraying the will of the poeple' need to wake up and realise that the Government is perfectly portraying the 'will of the people' i.e. a small majority of those who actually turned out squabbling over what they actually meant, whilst the small minority who turned out (and quite possibly othere who didn't) are united against all of the factions.

President Trump sits down with Twitter boss for crunch talks: Why am I losing followers?

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Re: Ha

@ codejunky

Quoting the continentaltelegraph is hardly proof of much seeing as it's a splinter from the Adam Smith institute, which (although protesting its not political) is about as Capitalist as it gets.

Rising sea levels? How about the rising risk of someone using a nuke?

Santa from Exeter

@Chris G

"Anthropomorphic Global Warming"

I do not think that word means what you think it does :-)




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