* Posts by Colin Bull 1

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Discord details how it dodged latency with a super-disk made in the cloud

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Happy

Why not RAID 10 on SSD

Back in the day when 4GB memory was about £4k, we would raid 10 our data on live services because a good controller would allow writing to one of the pair while reading the other and because reads do not need use any locks would be extremely fast. This was more expensive than RAID5 or 3 or 4 but much more resilient, allowed for different batches of disks in a mirror pair and was a magnitude faster at replacing a failed disk.

Lenovo updates ThinkPad mobile workstations with AMD variants

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Happy

I would like to get one ....

just because they are offering them with Linux. Have to wait for price though.

Financial exchange's efforts to replace core systems with blockchain founder – again

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Pirate

doomed, doomed I say

For a system to be tied with the Itanic in 2017 seems to be absurd. It was never going anywhere,

Amazon sues 10,000 Facebook Group admins for offering fake reviews

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FAIL

On the other side of the coin ...

Trustpilot cannot be trusted because they remove reviews that are critical of their paid clients even if you prove the purchase and are invited to do the review with a personal email.

Microsoft's latest security patch troubles Windows 11 users

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Only Win 11 ?

Had a support call from my granddaughter. After Win10 upgrade would not boot and BIOS did not see boot SSD drive. After 90 minutes of fumbling around it finally booted. I have not used Windows for at leat 15 years and was proud I never once said install Mint to fix.

CP/M's open-source status clarified after 21 years

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Trollface

Re: WHAT DO YOU WANT THE REGISTER TO DO FOR YOU?

"Where’s the “All of the above” option ???"

Sorry that was taken by Leisure Suit Larry.

Ex-Uber security chief accused of hushing database breach must face fraud charges

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Unhappy

What about the UK too

I would like to see some jail time in the UK for the Uber execs who decided that online medicals for drivers would be a good thing.

Microsoft forgot to renew the certificate for its Windows Insider subdomain

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BT has same problem ?

I had a support call yesterday from a friend who could not access his webmail because he was getting a message that his computer might be compromised. He sent me a screenshot of the error and it was a cert error for xx.btmail.bt.com. When I followed through with Firefox it stated cert expired at midnight Friday. OK today though. Downdetector did not show any particular problem.

Symantec: More malware operators moving in to exploit Follina

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Devil

RTF - WTF

How can an RTF document carry a payload - I thought it was effectively a text document.

Telcos fear Big Tech will bleed them until they can’t afford network builds

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I am crying in my beer

Not only does our monopoly suppler for most of the country BT use hyper inflationary mid contact price rises, they are advertising it as super fast fibre when it is not fibre at all - it is hybrid fibre/copper. And meanwhile Ofcom sit and watch without a murmur.

Luckily for me I have just had the pavement dug up by Wildanet so it is full fibre in a week or two :-)

ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that turned Europe onto PCs, is 40

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Progress

Fondly remembering the sound of games loading from magnetic tape... Was my first computer.

The Spectrum loading from tape had feedback with audio and visual clues.

The tossers at Fitbit could not do either 35 years later.

ESET uncovers vulnerabilities in Lenovo laptops

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worried, moi

I was getting a bit concerned about this but when looking at the Lenovo link it appears only Win 10 is affected. No problem with Ubuntu.

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop

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Devil

Re: The joys of Linux

I had BT Openreach on the phone this morning for 45 minutes to repair my internet connection. I Did everything I was told. Downloaded Anydesk for Windows, tried to run it - nothing.

Looks like I will have to go back to Windows if I want to get a decent internet connection.

Rivals aren't convinced by Microsoft's one-click default browser change

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Easyjet

Sadly I cannot be arsed to faff around the problem so I have installed Brave just for the easyet website otherwise It id Firefox. But yes, the stupidity of having to reboot browser whatever the number of tabs you have open is stupid. I thought Linux apps were better than this.

RIP: Creators of the GIF and TRS-80

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Megaphone

I had a run in at Rotherham Bus Station with Johnny Ball ( No relation) But thats another story.

The right to repairable broadband befits a supposedly critical utility

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FAIL

Orange have form ..

I have a friend who had a tree very large tree fall on the corner of their house in France which had the Orange phone line connection attached. The phone line was coiied on the ground. Faults can ONLY be reported on an Orange land line. Catch 22. After driving to a friends house and reporting the problem they were told the diagnostics were showing the line was NOT faulty, it must be the internal equipment. 3 week later an engineer confirmed the cable on the ground was in fact not connected to the house.

Internet backbone provider Lumen quits Russia

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Angel

Re: Hire a few hundred thousand biplanes.

But the Hugglecote Gladiator would not have the same ring to it !

FreeDOS puts out first new version in six years

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multitasking

You do not need multitasking if it still runs sidekick :-)

Almost there: James Webb Space Telescope frees its mirrors and prepares for insertion

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Lightweight !

Wolfing down ebooks during lockdown? You might want to check out Calibre, the Swiss Army ebook tool

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Re: Calibre is great

Calibre along with whatever version of Linux I am using are the primary destinations for my occaisional donations.

I do not use it as an ereader, I use it to create a library of books I have read and my rating of the author to steer future purchases and prevent duplicate purchases. ( senility has its downsides). And to remove DRM so I can share books with her indoors.

Dedrm (for me ) requires an Adobe ADE cert or some such to work, but MANY MANY thanks to Apprentice Alf and his sidekicks for its existence and ongoing support.

BTW to download books from Amazon you have to prove purchase of a Kindle by supplying its serial number.

Insurance giant Lloyd's hires DXC to migrate org off legacy mainframes to AWS cloud

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Alert

Not fit for purpose

Do they deserve to be still in business if they have had their heads buried in the sand for the last 30+ years.

Canon: Chip supplies are so bad that our ink cartridges will look as though they're fakes

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Mushroom

Linux not the answer for Epson

I have an Epson multifuction printer that generally works OK with Ubuntu. But recently I could not get it to print (when I was in a hurry of course) .

I copied the file to the old womens Win10 box and attempted to print. A message box popped up stating non Epson cartridge was I sure I wanted to risk printing with it. Printed OK and since has printed from Ubuntu.

Predictive Dirty Dozen: What will and won't happen in 2022 (unless it doesn’t/does)

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FAIL

Can we try and get HMG to join the crowdfunding lark

I would like to get my hands on some LF testing kits which HMG say or in plentiful supply. LIARS

If you go on the web sit to order some it will NOT allow you to pre order just states no stock available. It does give you a link to your local pharmacies who have no stock, no way of pre ordering, only pay a visit and being told last batch received ran out in 20 minutes.

Surely they can bring us out of the 19th century by having a web site that can take pre orders and /or link it to local pharmacies.

I predict we will not have an honest government IT system until we are all robots in the 22nd century.

8 million testing kits are being delivered on New Years Eve. If there are 7 in a pack that is just over one million packs. With over 20 million households that is one for every 20 households or 5% of the country. That is without some supply going to hospitals, workplaces etc. Plenty of supply my arse.

Not the kind of note you want to see fluttering from an ATM

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They have form ..

Sainsburys / Argos have got no idea about IT.

Sainsburys Bank for car insurance. Password must be entered twice but cannot copy and paste. MORONS

Argos - ordered item of furniture. Only one date option for delivery. Would not accept . Eventually crashed out but order was placed. Attempt to contact them to confirm date. No way to do this, but pleasantly surprised to receive phone call confirming date so they are obviously aware of problem.

Received email - Please review your item. Was pleased with product so thought will do review. Fill in positive review. Receive banner screen - "You have ad blocker switched on. Please turn off to submit review". Why are thy tracking me for a review - MORONS.

Find a link to contact them. "You have ad blocker. Turn off to continue" - TRIPLE MORONS

Galileo satnav system gets two new somewhat confusing satellites

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Go

Re: OneWeb must be coming online soon too...

'somebody other than BT

Well it looks like FTTP is coming to Torpoint in darkest Cornwall in February courtesy of Widanet. I am happy to pay an extra £5 to £10 a month to BT's competitor for the sake of choice. Every day we have to scramble round the trenches all over town.

Leaked footage shows British F-35B falling off HMS Queen Elizabeth and pilot's death-defying ejection

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Re: Would suspect the

The avionics are probably based on Win 10 and the pilot just got a message to upgrade to 11 which distracted him.

Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers' privacy

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Unhappy

Re: Bad guy vs bad guy

And when your friends browse the internet.

Beijing fingers foreign spies for data mischief, with help from consulting firm

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Mushroom

Metrological data

I cannot understand why metrological data would be an issue. Surely this can be picked up from all those satellites circling above.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W: Nippy stocking filler for the nerd in your life – if you can get one

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soldering advice

What is the best tip for soldering the GPIO headers ? I seem to find to small and it wont melt solder ,and bigger I cannot get in so easily

'Nobody in their right mind would build a naval base here today': Navigating in and out of Devonport

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Pirate

Interesting viewpoint

For the first 6 months of lockdown I was renting a 3rd floor flat in Torpoint which looked down towards Staddon heights. Watching the larger ships come in they would go from left to right and vice versa 5 times. Lots of photo opportunities. The best pics were of the large auxillaries ( such as Tide Force ) as they passed The Edgcumbe Arms, towering over it.

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Re: Nice picture of Southdown

And Southdown has a longer history than the ne'er do wells at Devonport

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Pint

Re: Proper Job

P

roper job is OK, but Big Job is better and proper black is better still ( all from St Austell )

Over 9 months late, England's highways agency launches contract to buy £1bn in IT

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Re: "and provide data to help road users be better informed about their journeys."

About 20 miles of the M6 in Staffs in both directions is currently under speed restrictions because of on going work until 2022. But there is no work going on. It appears to have been fully upgraded to "smart motorway".

What is the delay

Why 20 0r MORE MILES AT A TIME. Why not do it in a rolling 2 mile stretch.

The interest on the cones used in this stretch would probably pay for a few hundred nurses.

Any roadworks increase the likleyhood of accidents, especially in such long stretches. Can the HA/HE/whatever justify these extra accidents.

A speech recognition app goes into a bar. Speak up if you’ve heard it already

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Megaphone

Only once a month ..

Here in the vicinity to Devonport we have the nuclear all clear every week.

And it has been pointed out that if the tragic shootings in Plymouth had happened in Torpoint, no one would have noticed because we have firing practice most days of the week including weekends. And it is usual if you are are on the road in the small hours to see several dark shapes emerging from the hedgerows with pointy things in their hands.

C'est la vie.

Beige Against the Machine: The IBM PC turns 40

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Happy

Re: Edlin

The company I worked for had a customer that only used IBM. But there were not enough slots for all the cards they needed ( until IBM released their extender box for approx £2k). So we supplied the PCs and made a fortune on the RAM upgrade.They wanted HD,FD, 640k memory , clock, parallel, serial. So we ended up suppling XT with AST 6 pack and learning about the wonderful world of sidekick. That was a groundbreaking package and it was free with the 6 pack.

COVID-19 cases surge as do sales of fake vaccination cards – around $100 for something you could get free

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Go

Re: A long way still to go

Boosters are scheduled in Cornwall from around second week in September.

US labor official suggests Amazon's Alabama workers rerun that unionization vote

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The third way

The best employer I ever had 50 years ago embraced the unions and encourage all workers to join. They had a profit share scheme which encouraged everyone to work for the benefit of the organisation. They had a suggestion scheme where someone won a car and thousands of pounds as a proportion of the savings made. The managers and unions worked together.

The owner was an asylum seeker called Mr Schreiber. Oh for the days. There is no reason this cannot be done now if the owners are not too greedy.

Nvidia launches Cambridge-1, UK's most powerful supercomputer, in Arm's neighbourhood

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Cold Christmas

Wasnt there a pop group of some kind that was based at Cold Christmas? And is the Sow and Pigs still going?

Papa don't breach: UK data watchdog fines that other pizza place £10,000 over unsolicited marketing blitz

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Devil

Other options ...

I had a spam telephone call today from a company promoting covid business claims. As I am on TPS I have registered a complaint with TPS.

But interestingly the company is a trading arm of a company of solicitors. As calling numbers registered on TPS is illegal I have also registered a complaint with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Wait with interest what their action wiil be.

As an aside, anyone any idea if a small claims court action will be worthwhile for the time take to record a TPS complaint, as they would also have to pay the court fee which is a worthwhile penalty.

UK data regulator fines American Express up to 0.021p per email after opted-out folk spammed 4.1 million times

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Unhappy

Re: Pathetic waste of time

"encourage individuals to take out civil action each time and then see what happens to UK originated spam"

I am thinking of doing this for spam calls. Butr will I be able to claim a worthwhile amount in the small claims court, or will the court fees be enough to put them off.

If its any consolation Trustpilot are just as bad as ICO and are a waste of space.

And the Turing Award for best compilation goes to... Jeffrey Ullman and Alfred Aho

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Re: Awkward

"And if you've ever used Awk, know that Aho created that with Peter Weinberger and Brian Kernighan in 1977"

The AWK book on my bookshelf is the most used and educational volume I have ever come across. My 3 heroes.

Clop ransomware gang leaks online what looks like stolen Bombardier blueprints of GlobalEye radar snoop jet

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Happy

Easy peasy

Yesterday I set up ftp from my Synology NAS to my 7 year old STB in 5 minutes with a GUI. Now it is set up it is pretty much drag and drop. Total hardware cosr £180, software cost nil.

helloSystem: Pre-alpha FreeBSD project chases simplicity and elegance by taking cues from macOS

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Angel

Re: Further simplicity and ease of use...

"GIMP is that the name is offensive to many people"

When I first started in IT we had a colleague who was named Gay. At that time it did not have any other meaning. Times and preconceptions change. Nowadays that name would be offensive, the not at all.

Gimp was no more offensive than grep.

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Mushroom

Silliest naming

"The silliest naming, I think, is"

Not even close. Naming a railway company with a single digit number (one) is far more stupid. Especially when you think that now and again there might be announcements over the air of train times and platform numbers and other numeric info.

UK Test and Trace chief Dido Harding tries to convince MPs that £14m for canned mobile app was money well spent

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Happy

Re: Catch 22

I was volunteering at a vaccination centre yesterday. The blurb given out at the last knockings is you will receive a call for your second jab at some time in the future.

Presumably all 500+ had only booked first appointment.

Missing GOV.UK web link potentially cost taxpayers £50m as civil servants are forced to shuffle paper forms

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Holmes

Ulteria motive

This might have been deliberate. Perhaps they want all these changes checked by a pair of eyes for security reasons. And it is not only government.

I have been frustrated recently by private orgs that required phone calls for mundane tasks.

AA Insurance - sorry because of covid you will have to sit in this phone queue for an hour to change your address - which could be done online in 10 seconds but we would not be able to try to upsell you. Tossers

Nationwide - I want to pay credit card automatically every month - easy peasy, just waste 20 mins of a help desk ops time to do something quite straightforward and make everyone wait longer for no other reason than we are incompetent.

I feel better now ...

'It's dead, Jim': Torvalds marks Intel Itanium processors as orphaned in Linux kernel

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Re: left the whole server arena about ten years ago

They people that were buying this type of processor were stipulating that it had to be commercially available and supported for 10 years. And these companies are not ones you would mess with -even if you were Intel.

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Mushroom

Re: mulii-core killed Itanic

My impression is that there was a lot of leverage applied by Intel to kill of the Alpha. That leverage could be inducements for HP to buy other intel processors cheaply or backhanders to senior execs.

The Alpha was superior at that time and had a large following.

Europe promises all-out assault on batteries to counter China’s lithium-ion domination

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Re: Hmmmm

"I can imagine there being a lot of protest at mining anything in Cornwall nowadays."

I think not. Cornwall has been mining for thousands of years. It is still seen here as a future source of jobs. We even had Rick Stein euologising about the china clay slag heaps a few weeks ago on TV. St Austell employs enough people in china clay for the local population to work with it. It will be the same with lithium.

Cornwall, Nr England

Four cold calling marketing firms fined almost £500k by ICO

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Unhappy

I am surprised at this much progress

My current complaint through TPS received the following reply

It would appear that **** are misrepresented by a company using the same or similar trading name and/or spoofed their telephone number. However, we have not been able to positively identify the offending company. Please note that TPS does not have the facility to track or trace telephone calls that you have received.

I have replied with email received from them with headers that clearly show the company involved.

But to do this I had to convince them to send me an email.

Most of the Indian call centres used spoofed numbers and TPS are powerless to follow up. I get 1 to 2 calls every day, I string them out to waste their time and try to get them to send an email to get some evidence.

The government need to force carriers to use technology that can verify or track back numbers. This would also stop a high percentage of fraud carried out by telephone.

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