* Posts by Alistair

2806 posts • joined 18 May 2007

Overload: A one-way ticket to a madman's situation

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Re: I meant to do that!

I've accomplished the same thing. I just keep emails forever.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: Land of the Free

I'm no expert but I reckon most soldiers like to be lead-free.

.... well.. .the functional ones ususally are....

Forget BYOD, this is BYOVM: Ransomware tries to evade antivirus by hiding in a virtual machine on infected systems

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Re: Turning the tables

I've just been on these fora too long. Oddly, much of what aMfM posts is comprehensible to me. Weird, off the wall, disturbing even, but comprehensible.

CFOs are crossing fingers and hoping a second wave of COVID-19 does not appear, says Gartner

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Re: If the CFO's are worried

Bob, M'dear;

I'm sorry your world is being shattered with all the incidents of Mr. Donald demonstrating his utter inability to cope with this simple, basic flu like event that will simply dissapear in April. One point you've missed here is that quite simply, the cost cutting, efficiencies and minimalism that has pervaded accounting for the last ooooh, 60 years or so has removed the old world standard in which hospitals always had 25% more beds on hand than they required. Simply put, since we've not seen a disease quite so communicable since we've been /sarc poisoning /sarc our children with MMR and DPT vaccines, the accountants (sadly from your concern about $$ I have to assume you are one) have slaughtered our ability to properly accomodate YOUR BLOCK CAP REQUESTS!!!!

We're going on a vuln hunt. We're going catch a big one: Researchers find Windows bugs dominate – but fixes are fast

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Re: Howabout a breakdown of OS vs Browser bugs maybe?

Bowser would likely bark a lot when the malware showed up........

/me ducks

SpaceX's Elon Musk high on success after counting '420' Starlinks in orbit and Frosty the Starship survives cryo test

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Re: This may be a really obvious question.

I certainly plan on trying it out when out on the water -- I haven't dug into it but it would be a wonderful addition to the boat.

Animal crossing? Nah! Farmyard frolics, courtesy of Novell and pals

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Re: Agricultural College

and I wonder what Tom would have said or sung about the times we are now existing in

The Old Dope Pedlar

I Got It From Agnes

We Will All Go Together When We Go

Be Prepared

As they were, I think they cover the ground

RHEL pusher Paul Cormier appointed CEO to lead Red Hat into the IBM era

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For the record, I joined RH on Oct 8 2018.

It was not good news that IBM had put out to buy them a few days later.

I'm still here, watching closely. I like what I see so far. I'm reasonably confident that I will not end up in something like GDF, which I had the misfortune to experience. (yes I spent time at 3600 Steeles after being outsourced there).

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network

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MUDs

Oddly -- there are still quite a few about.

/me hides since he might still have a character or two on one or three of them....

For the past five years, every FBI secret spy court request to snoop on Americans has sucked, says watchdog

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One has to wonder

Just how thrilled JEH is these days. I mean, you KNOW he would be pounding a desk somewhere screaming BackDoors!!! NOW!!!

One has to keep in mind that the US was initially populated by folks with a peculiarly strict reglious bent. It seems that is still a long way from wearing off despite years and immigration. As to the hypocracy of that group of peculiarly bent folks, well, I'm sure there are entire history texts that cover the issue. You just won't find those texts anywhere near an american school.

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...

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No, its his nephew or perhaps the result of a long alcohol soaked meeting between Bob and aMfM.

World's smallest violin to be played for opportunistic sellers banned from eBay and Amazon for price gouging

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Re: You have to laugh

Apparently here in Canuckistan sex toy sales are up 135%.

Hows that for getting it right?

Google reveals the wheels almost literally fell off one of its cloudy server racks

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Re: A couple of degrees...

@corestore, that quality was laid off and forcibly retired in the late 80's and early 90's. Sadly.

In case you want to flee this wretched Earth, 139 minor planets were spotted at the outer reaches of our Solar System. Just an FYI...

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TNOs = puppeteer's hive colony

Parked and watching closely, ready to depart the instant we figure them out.

Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake

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Re: Not really

@Helpful John:

well... you and that camel you rode in on too!

Microsoft, Google, Slack, Zoom et al struggling to deal with a spike in remote tools thanks to coronavirus

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Remotee for the last few years

Both with my current and previous employer.

Good VPN, Good ISP, and tuned WiFi. And I get to make decent coffee instead of the crap one gets in most offices.

BlueJeans has been fine for quite some time. My boss is in Italy, and most things in his neck of the woods are calm. My team is all over the planet, from NZ, Italy, France, Germany US, Canada and Czech Republic. We're all remotees.

Nice to see the sports industry finally getting their heads out of their butts. NBA, NHL suspended. Hullo football? Junos cancelled and dozens of conferences in Japan, China, Taiwan and several in Malaysia off the lists.

I get the social weeping about these things, but the idea is to *slow the spread* down so that we don't end up with hospitals all over the world having to decide who lives and who dies.

Russia-backed crew's latest malware has discerning taste – when screening visitors to poisoned watering holes

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Re: "the C&C [command-and-control] server replies with a piece of JavaScript code"

@Cuddles:

Are flash updates ever more than scantily clad?

Latest bendy phone effort from coke empire spinoff Escobar Inc is a tinfoil-plated Samsung Galaxy Fold 'scam'

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I....

*sigh*

There are moments in m life where I have no option but to make that face, raise an eyebrow, sigh, shake my head and walk away.

Escobar Inc. That would be one of those moments.

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP

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Re: Shocking!

@AC re TRU64

Umm..... I can think of 5 ... possibly 7 telcos here in NA that still have fairly large TRU64 deployments.... mind you, they're caught in the 'have to test the living crap out of the replacement' territory on those too.

BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?

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There is no icon

or emoji that covers this article. It is quite comprehensive and covers IT to a Tee.

Uber takes a downer as ride-sharing app service crashes

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I forsee an up lyfting experience

for many uber cx's. It could also be a tarmac taxi'ing event.

Biggest benefit in this domicile is that the SO won't be able to order lunch for her 'team' at work and thus save me $80 or so in waffle fees.

As Australia is gripped by bog roll shortage, tabloid says: Here, fill your dunny with us

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Re: Wash your hands as if

I hear experience in that statement.

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Re: Nice marketing move, though

Considering some of the shite shit wipe I've run into in commercial bathrooms, That proceedure is required for some of the tissue thin sandpaper relatives that are labelled 'toilet paper' in public washrooms.

GCHQ's infosec arm has 3 simple tips to secure those insecure smart home gadgets

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Re: Updates

@Cynic_999

Used to own a certain wireless sound system did we?

Is that a typo? Oh, it's not a typo. Ampere really is touting an 80-core 64-bit 7nm Arm server processor dubbed Altra

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to hell with crysis, I want one to run my NetBSD firewall.

Hey, fatso. If you're standing desk-curious, the VariDesk Pro Plus won't break the bank

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Re: Back pain caused by standing

Standing in one place causing lower back pain can be indicative of plantar issues, and trust me, foot problems now mean wheelchair in the future. I strongly suggest a consult with a podiatrist.

Never thought we'd write this headline: Under Siege Steven Seagal is not Above The Law, must fork out $314,000 after boosting crypto-coin biz

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Well, assumption is the mother of all fuckups.

(yes, its sad that I can connect that)

BOFH: Gosh, IPv5? Why didn't I think of that? Say, how do you like the new windows in here? Take a look. Closer...

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Volvo

Having owned a 245D at one time, I can only imagine adding concrete would possibly have it sinking through most road surfaces that currently exist. It was dense enough to start with. However it would make a rather solid stopping surface.

Spider-eyed Lite version of Huawei flagship flies out before actual P40 launch event

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Re: Camera Envy

@macjules:

Kids bought me a good old fashioned safety razor for the last solstice fesitval gift giving chaos. No, no we don't need the $65 12 pack of 5blade cartridges. The $14 pack of 100 blades will do just fine thanks.

Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything

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Re: "as your mum once told me"

upvoted for trackball use. Need more trackball users.

All that Samsung users found on UK website after weird Find my Mobile push notification was... other people's details

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All three samsung phones in this household got that notification here in Canuckistan.

None of us have "samsung" accounts of any sort.

Samsung will be Putin dreaded Kremlin-approved shovelware on its phones, claims Russia

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Re: point out the pun

...... This feeling inside......

<not sung by sam, but what the ell>

One man is standing up to Donald Trump's ban on US chip tech going to Huawei. That man... is Donald Trump

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Re: Different != Better..

@CoC:

I'll agree that different != better. However, his perception of better is quite clearly enveloped by his fog of existance, which as far as I can tell is made up of steam from the fryer of golden potatoes, a haze of oil from the brothers K, gas from his own farts, and quite possibly Melania's bottle of Goop sourced vaginal egg perfume.

Now Internet Society told to halt controversial .org sale… by its own advisory council: 'You misread the community mindset around dot-org'

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Re: "this board already works in a very transparent way”

@Hamish:

Both ICANNt and Icahn't.

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Re: "this board already works in a very transparent way”

Pascal:

You have a thing for that chemical shed. I still suggest that the chemical shed could provide a much more appropriate termination, depending on what is in said shed.

What is it you keep in your shed Pascal?

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Re: Corruption

@jason_derp:

I suspect those who enjoy a nice long low and slow smoke of tasty proteins might find that suggestion unpleasant. I would suggest that sulfur comes to mind instead.

Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations

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Re: It was the end of history....

Martin:

Star Wars is a "Ronny Ray-gun" thing.

Crypto-upstart subpoenas Glassdoor to unmask ex-staff believed to be behind negative reviews. EFF joins the fray

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Re: Sometimes the company ASKS you to take a package

But seriously, anyone who posts something even remotely critical on something like Glassdoor without a VPN and a throwaway email account is doing it wrong.

I'm inclined to Crypto agree with Kraken users of sites like Glassdoor requiring Crypto vpn facilities and relatively anonymous Kraken identities. Especially since the Kraken Barbara Streisand crypto effect can come into play in both directions of crypto.

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Re: Kraken Crypto?

Actually Alister:

I honestly think that in Kraken this case Crypto, that the comment Crypto that you are referencing Kraken is purely a Google Crypto and Kraken reference, or perhaps Kraken a DuckDuckGo crypto reference, or possibly even a Bing Crypto Kraken reference.

<Waiting on AMfM's response>

Parks and recreation escalate efforts to take back control of field terrorised by thug geese

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You should see the marina

Last I was there, despite the temperature being about -10C, and the bay at about 70% frozen, the number of geese in residence had to be close to 6 or 7 *thousand* birds. And damn do they get into some ugly arguments with one another. Loud. In January.

Crazy idea but hear us out... With robots taking people's jobs, can we rethink this whole working to survive thing?

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Re: Economic Basics

@grimmriffer:

Libertarianism has been hammered to death. Many of us here on the boards have read the manifesto, looked at Wall Street, and puked our guts out in revulsion. Uber and AirBNB are *symptoms* of what you want. I'd suggest thinking logically for yourself, if not for your friends and associates.

Like other tech giants, Netflix gets govt takedown demands – and impressively, none of them involve Adam Sandler

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Re: The Bridge documentary is an awesome piece of film

@YAAC:

Uuuuhm. It didn't get a crapton of airplay in I think the first week after the album was released, but certainly both CHUM and Q107 were playing the hell out of it later that month. I've no idea why you think it got banned.

Social media notifications of the future: Ranger tagged you in a photo with Tessadora, Wrenlow, Faelina and Graylen

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Re: Won't anyone think of the Children?

Stand still MrDamage.

Google Chrome to block file downloads – from .exe to .txt – over HTTP by default this year. And we're OK with this

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Re: Not as disruptive as it sounds

@bobsmith2016:

Come on over to Ontario. Where lenovo and google basically paid the bill.

Latest battery bruiser Android from budget Moto G range appears ahead of MWC after an Amazon whoopsie

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Re: Can't hear you!

Can I suggest a bone conduction headset?

At least for one of my associates, where the deafness is the result of a severely damaged eardrum, they provide a stereo experience. And often, they don't cut off one's ability to hear the environment. I'm coming to love my Aftershokz bluetooth.

Facebook mulls tagging pics with 'radioactive' markers to trace the origin of photos used to build image-recog AI

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minor correction:

Sounds like Silicon Valley doesn't like having its pictures lifted for other people's models unless they get $$$ for the images they've seized from their product.

Your mobile network broke the law by selling location data and may be fined millions... or maybe not, shrugs FCC

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Re: WHY DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO MAKE IT ABOUT POLITICS!?

T.W.

Excellent work. I seriously though B.B. had shown up for a moment. Either him or his offspring == the one with 7 in the nick.

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Re: Meteore, smoking glassy crater, pretty please...

@ShadowSystems:

You and me both. I've had moments recently where I actually wish I had not read some of the books, both factual and fictional, that I have read in my youth. It would grace me with sufficient ignorance to not recognise the demise that is running us down.

The show Musk go on: Elon asks Uncle Sam to let him fly his Starship over Texas, scores fat NASA contract

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Well I remember

a Starship concert where most of the audience was already flying about the moon.......

(yeah, a whole lot of iterations there)

(yeah, old fart I am)

2015-member database floats off through breach in Royal Yachting Association's hull

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The word you're looking for is swabbie, plural swabbies.

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