* Posts by hmv

367 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010


Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Re: Simlar ...

I suppose you could try that with an Expert Mouse but it might be easier to grow a third arm. Plus it's harder picking up the ball and throwing it at annoying people.

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Simlar ...

I turned the mouse the right way up - student was using it upside down as a trackball having never used such a device before. Funnily enough I usually prefer to fly a trackball myself these days (an "Expert Mouse").

Well bork me sideways: A railway ticket machine lies down for a little Windoze

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Re: Art Deco

The outside isn't so bad although it just isn't big enough to be a "Transport Palace" but the inside is a bit "meh" - a bit cramped (especially during an incident with large numbers of passengers dumped on the platform).

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

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Re: Linux flavours

I guess that makes me a clueless beardy - I 'recently' swapped from Debian to Ubuntu. Do I get some geek points back for using a tiling window manager?

University of California San Francisco pays ransomware gang $1.14m as BBC publishes 'dark web negotiations'

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I think you need to revise your basic English comprehension - there's no indication within the article that any journalist was involved in the negotiations; they observed.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Re: Hmmm

If you're going to add cider to the mix, I'd keep away from cream. Dipping the scone with cream is going to get messy with cream in the cider; and that just won't do.

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Re: Too much arguing = not enough eating

How do you feel about Sandleford's cider with ginger? After a 20L box, I'm still not sure - I'll just have to get another to see how it works out.

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Re: There is a third option:

Being perverse, I do wonder how well a black pudding in a scone would go down.

Of course as a vegetarian, I can't try this for myself, but inquiring minds must know.

You'd think lockdown would be heaven for us layabouts – but half the UK has actually started 'exercising more'

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Re: Exercies or "exercise"

Strolling most definitely is exercise; it's not energetic exercise and won't do much for your cardio (unless you live somewhere bumpy). Admittedly it's hardly worth bothering if you're strolling just a few hundred metres.

I'm a stroller, and hauling my huge lardy arse around for up to an hour every day has resulted in a small amount of weight loss - 3kilos.

When you bork... through a storm: Liverpool do all they can to take advantage of summer transfer, er, Windows

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Re: Sounds like a night out in this hack's often less than fair city of Brighton

Well there's always Portsmouth which used to have a bit of a reputation - particularly if the Naval Provosts were feeling energetic, and the Russians were in port.

5th July: Not so much pavement pizzas as pavement carpet.

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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Re: So basically ...

Telling someone what they are is not quite at the same level as burning down a "5G" mast.

By emptying offices, coronavirus has hastened the paperless office

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Re: For the last 45ish years ...

There's a fair amount of pollution in the production of wood-pulp paper which is why some people are pushing the use of hemp-based paper. With the bonus of being able to crumple up the paper and put it your pipe to relax afterwards.

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One of the things that is usually missed when talking about 'paperless' is that you need really, really good screens to replace reading the dead trees.

To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it

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These kind of attacks don't require email and in fact predate computers.

That's not to say email couldn't be made a lot better.

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Re: Not bad

And the 3.4% rate includes phishing attacks from the clueless - you would expect a half-reasonable security team to come up with a more credible phishing attack than them!

Linux desktop org GNOME Foundation settles lawsuit with patent troll

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Re: I hope it's a good result

There's a word for people who only pay attention to the costs and ignore the ethics - that's 'sociopath'.

DNS this week stands for Drowning Needed Services: Design flaw in name server system can be exploited to flood machines offline

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Re: Urgently patch your publicly available, recursive DNS server

Yep. On closer inspection - I was distracted by the flames on the victim's authoritative servers and the imminent start of Yet Another Meeting.

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Re: Urgently patch your publicly available, recursive DNS server

Er ... "publicly available /authoritative/ DNS server". Whole different beast and whilst it's relatively rare, there's still quite a few out there.

Windows Terminal hits the big 1.0: Fit for production?

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However I find that the programs I use the most frequently I /do/ remember the names of and "gooey-space, viv Return" is quite a bit quicker than trying to remember where the mouse is, activating the menu, and selecting the right option.

It's nice to have both options.

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Re: A terminal program?

To be fair they're replacing that bletcherous CMD.EXE, so it's hardly pointless. Seems quite nice although I don't have much call to use it (Windows lives in a VM).

As to Unix/Linux "nailing" the terminal, well there are still those tinkering trying to improve it - xterm hasn't entirely stood still since it was released, and my own favourite (kitty) does graphics inline.

DirectX comes to Linux (via WSL2): Microsoft unveils tricks needed to flash a GPU at a penguin

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Kind of handy that my monitor is 4K plus a bit extra on the side then. Whilst it isn't great, at least VirtualBox doesn't crap itself for me.

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

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Re: @jonha - Why do you believe this ?

"Windows kernel achieved supremacy"

Desktop supremacy (except for us weirdos). Actually anyone who knows the word "kernel" is a weirdo - most people don't care. And there might just be a business case for moving Microsoft's gooey and apps over to a Linux kernel - rather than continue to maintain the Windows kernel, they can get others to help with that maintenance. And that would be quite a cost saving.

Enough to pay for the work to be done? Probably not. But neither of us has seen those calculations.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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I wonder just how many times the NCSC face-palms when they learn the details of what "a highly sophisticated source" did to get the data.

And just how necessary is it to store credit card data anyway? I know /we/ don't and we do take such payments.

Windows invokes Sgrîn Las Marwolaeth upon Newport

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Re: Llundain

Welsh autocorrect? It was apparently "Lundein" in Old Welsh, and is probably where "Londinium" came from.

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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Re: Unpasteurised milk

It is surprising how common regulation comes after some abusive practice demonstrates the need for regulation. There's a similar tale from the UK about how flour in bread used to be adulterated which was so profitable than honest bakers were driven out of business.

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Re: K'in eejets.

"Cider is swill."

With 40L of cider on top in the kitchen I can't be said to be an impartial observer.

But, no. You just haven't found the good stuff.

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Re: K'in eejets.

Yeah! We used to drink beer like that - it was called 'small beer' and used as a substitute for water when water wasn't so safe. Now that we have reasonable water supplies, it's no longer popular.

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: Even easier to get wrong with Sun optical mice

I think I've still got one of those mouse mats in the bottom of the drawer at work.

You could also print out a grid and use that … if you were lucky!

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Re: obvious

It's easy to forget how we were introduced to mice - they just appeared on our desks one day without much in the way of explanation of how to use them. I once encountered a student using a lab machine with the mouse turned upside down - it worked in a way (mice still had balls back then); he'd never encountered a mouse before.

Mind you, as someone whose spacial awareness isn't so bad, you do have to wonder why they didn't try the mouse the other way up as one of the first things to try.

Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution

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Or perhaps LyX which is an almost WYSIWIG word-processor with LaTeX underneath.

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Re: Trust Office

It really all depends on your definition of "usable". If that includes /quality/ printed output and you're picky about kerning, etc. then yes marginally usable is an appropriate phrase. If that includes managing /really/ big documents, then yes marginally usable is an appropriate phrase (there's always some bugger who refuses to use styles).

As for competitors, I remember when $work switched from WordPerfect to Word (over the loud and furious objections from those who worked with documents the most) - there wasn't a consideration of any of the competitors.

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And all over the world ...

Helpdesks are handling a surge in calls relating to this mysterious error that appears when they hit "Reply-All" ... it used to work fine.

'We're changing shift, and no one can log on!' It was at this moment our hero knew server-lugging chap had screwed up

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Re: Labels people, and read them!

Front and rear. Guess why I'm so insistent it should be both ends?

And to server manufacturers: Make bloody sure there's enough space. A space for a readable server label is more important than that 12th disk drive slot.

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Re: Labels people, and read them!

It's generally preferable to do application level clustering (as done with ISC's dhcpd server). But yes having two is generally a good idea especially if you insist on using (now) older versions of Windows for doing it with.

Mind you, I would say that as that's what I've been doing for over a decade.

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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Re: Nowadays Macs don't look different than PCs

Not especially - compare it with equivalent workstations from Dell or HP.

Now if you were to say there should be a Mac Pro mini at half the price and half the expandability, I'd agree.

I'm doing this to stop humans ripping off brilliant ideas by computers and aliens, says guy unsuccessfully filing patents 'invented' by his AI

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Re: Plus ca change

On the other hand just because it's a new 'abuse' by humans doesn't mean it should be allowed. Thaler may well be a nut-job, but it's an interesting topic to discuss over a pint or six.

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Re: Brownie?

It may be that the designers were required to avoid making the glyph look too much like any one specific camera - just convey the idea of a camera. Given how outdated it is, and given the subject perhaps Sauron's eye would be more appropriate?

The rumor that just won't die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length in 2021 with launch of 'A14-powered laptops'

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Re: virtulaization

Are you trying to say that ARM doesn't support virtualisation? Because it does.

Are you trying to say that it needs to run virtualised Windows x86? That makes a bit more sense, although it should be possible to do as Qemu does and run a virtual machine with an emulated processor to walk Windows x86. Probably not a great experience, but usable for minor tasks.

Move fast and break stuff, Windows Terminal style: Final update before release will nix your carefully crafted settings

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Re: How about a poll?

Ah! $work used to manage even better than that - one building you would walk in on the ground floor[0] and climb the stairs to floor zero.

0: This assumes that one of the windows hadn't fallen out, and you'd constructed a bridge to walk in on a floor higher than usual. And yes they were known to fall out on occasions.

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Re: How about a poll?

Just to be awkward: NaN

Welcome to life in the Fossa lane: Ubuntu 20.04 let out of cage and Shuttleworth claims Canonical now 'commercially self sustaining'

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Re: I still don't see the purpose of WSL

a) There are definitely commercial software vendors for Linux applications - I've even bought one (Bibble; now Corel AfterShot).

b) Of course there is a market for commercial software applications for Linux - it's tiny in comparison to Windows, and Linux users do have the benefit of many free desktop applications. If Catpure One were to be released for Linux, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

c) I personally don't see any benefit to WSL - I run Linux on the desktop and keep Windows safely inside a VM where it can't do much damage. But in a Windows-based corporate environment, WSL does allow those who would prefer to work with Linux to do so without annoying their corporate masters overly ("It's part of Windows").

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

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Re: "Hopefully he also added a bit of text along the lines"

As compensation for being a proper sysadmin for many years and avoiding tweaking my shell environment too much to cause problems in broken environments, I've since gone overboard in tweaking things. My shell prompt now shows a green ✓ or a red ✗ depending on $?

Honor MagicBook 14: Nice keyboard and ports aplenty – but with a webcam forever fixed on all of your chins

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Re: Camera Angle

And the bonus feature of a nostril-cam ... people are less likely to invite you to the next video conference.

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Re: Sure, USB-C is way more versatile

And it has the advantage that you can share a power cable with the slack-witted fool who forgot to bring his charger (not uncommonly me).

OK brainiacs, we've got an IT cold case for you: Fatal disk errors on an Amiga 4000 with 600MB external SCSI unless the clock app is... just so

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Re: The real mystery is how Paula discovered the clock work around ...

"Thankfully, we are largely past that in this modern day and age."

To fill some of us old-timers with horror and loathing, it is worth pointing out that your USB storage is just the SCSI command set with a fancy new paint job. It also lives on in SAS.

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's an old, old joke about IBM middle-management.

Two lions escape from a zoo and agree to meet up after 6 months to see how things are going. Six months passes, and they meet up in the agreed place; one is bedraggled, clearly starving whilst the other is fine and dandy. The second asks the first "What happened to you?".

"Snacked on one of those humans, and I've been running from them ever since. How did you manage so well?"

"Hung out in an IBM car park and took a middle-manager every day; nobody noticed they were missing."

It's only a game: Lara Croft won't save enterprise tech – but Jet Set Willy could

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So games are responsible for GPUs? Does anyone remember a little company called SGI that produced graphics workstations that included board sets that did 3D graphics (including textures) back in the 1980s? And the three SGI employees who founded 3Dfx?

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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Re: IPv5?

It may have been withdrawn too quickly for "5" to be included in IEN-119 (which mentions the "IP Version Number" assigned to ST).

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash

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Re: Tesla never said it's driverless

I wouldn't be at all surprised.

It would also be interesting to see statistics on how 'autopilot' equipped Teslas compare for safety compared with conventional cars. It may well be that despite the best efforts of those who pay too much attention to the 'autopilot' word or get overtaken by progressive complacency, Teslas are still safer. Or not.

Shipping is so insecure we could have driven off in an oil rig, says Pen Test Partners

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Re: So, the ship is 300M long...and you don't want to walk

On the other hand, most corporate campuses aren't dancing around in a force 10 gale.



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