* Posts by Alister

4138 posts • joined 19 May 2010

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

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Re: Mondarin?

That's his Chinese uncle

Now that's a train delay Upminster with which London travellers shall not put

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Re: 'feels like March will never end'

@Unep Eurobats


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: ...delightful cakey accompaniment is pronounced "scone"...

Yes I meant g own, as in OH. not OW

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Re: ...delightful cakey accompaniment is pronounced "scone"...

So you pronounce gone as gown then.do you?

Dems take a crack at banning Feds from using facial-recog tech. Congress will put it on todo list after 'learn Klingon'

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Sadly, in today's hyper polarised society, the mere fact that this is being introduced by Democratic Senators will mean that it gets rejected out of hand by many, without any thought as to whether it is in the public interest.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Re: Journalist missed the obvious

That would be Fox News, and nobody believes them...

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Yep, we are now seeing the situation round here that tourists walking through a farmer's fields are complaining about cows and sheep being threatening, and asking for the animals to be locked up.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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They might as well have done the following:

A trio of Republican senators on Tuesday proposed legislation that requires service providers and device makers in America to help the Feds bypass gravity when presented with a court-issued warrant.

Internet Society, remember your embarrassing .org flub? The actual internet society would like to talk about it

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the executives at the heart of the matter, and the boards of directors for both PIR and ISOC, failed to do their jobs.

It was my understanding that there were a number of individuals who were on the boards of both PIR, ISOC and the prospective purchaser.

No conflict of interest though... no, none at all...

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

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Re: sigh


Don't like Mondays? Neither does Microsoft 364's Outlook Exchange Online service

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Yeah, well it's Europe, innit, It's not like it's anywhere important.

Ooo, a mystery bit of script! Seems legit. Let's see what happens when we run it

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Re: Could have been worse

Did you read the Snopes write-up?

Err, yes, I did.

If you read the Snopes write-up it quotes the apocryphal tale that it was Nat-West, however this is not the case: "a small UK-based company" does not equate to "A large bank".


Only a very small number of “Dear Rich Bastard” missives actually went out, rather than the 2,000 commonly stated in tellings of this event.

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One of our developers wrote a windows service which polled a database once a second, and if for some reason it didn't get the answer it was looking for, he set it to send himself an email. Unfortunately, he didn't put in any code to see if it had already sent a previous email.

He deployed the code on a Friday afternoon (a big no-no in itself).

Later on the Friday evening, some other part of the project wrote an incorrect value into the database. So his bit of cheap and nasty code started sending error emails, once a second.

I got paged on Sunday morning because our SpamTitan spam blocker had finally had enough, and got a bad case of indigestion with 140,000 emails in its queue. It took me a while to identify where all these emails were coming from, and kill the offending service.

The developer was given a royal bollocking on Monday morning.

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Moore's Law is deader than corduroy bell bottoms. But with a bit of smart coding it's not the end of the road

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deader than corduroy bell bottoms


why did nobody tell me?

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?

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My grumpy old heart is strangely warmed by this...

Publishers sue to shut down books-for-all Internet Archive for 'willful digital piracy on an industrial scale'

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Re: Loads are available to buy

55 pages with 12 items per page it seems to me not that difficult to find.

But a lot of duplicates, and not all of the many books are available.

Which was his point.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: Lying Liberace

For example: "The president currently has no power to shut down law-abiding websites in the US just because he disagrees with their speech."

Was this ever suggested by Trump?


"Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen."

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

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Re: Wow. What a whiny ass little b**ch.

Jake, merkin has been used as a synonym for Americans since usenet days, despite it's other meanings.

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Re: So, the country that created the Marketplace for Ideas

Truth is not an absolute defence against Criminal Libel.

There's no such statute any more in the UK.

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Re: Not so sure it will be ineffective...

The steps president Trump took are appropriate.


You're funny.

Unmanned drones to slash NHS delivery times to one-fifth of road 'n' rail transport

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Re: I'm curious to know what it has by way of sensing other aircraft

Last time I was on Mull, I had the bejesus scared out of me by a Lockheed Hercules appearing round the edge of a hill at 0 feet (or that's what it felt like).

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Re: Seems to me

I don't recollect a road 'n rail connection to the mentioned location

Unless you include the CalMac ferry in the road bit there isn't either a road or rail connection to Craignure from Oban. Maybe they should build a tunnel instead...

Raspberry Pi Foundation serves up an 8GB slice of mini-computing goodness

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Re: 640K


After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Re: Astroboffins. Really?


Well done for collecting so many downvotes on your first ever post. That is itself a triumph.

5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane

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Re: At times I despair.

Reply) They are taking out 5G masts. Not every single existing mast that rather shockingly can actually still be used to make calls. I know. Crazy right?

Except they are not, actually. Quite a proportion of the masts that have been targeted so far do not have any 5G provision.

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets

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Re: Not quite right

Depends whether you view a centrally directed economy as left wing, or believe that an authoritarian regime must be right wing

Or maybe, you could accept that authoritarian regimes can be of any political stripe, and thus Fascists and Communists are the polar opposites.

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Re: Not quite right

Internet allows anybody and his friends to attempt to change history with a few clicks

If I might draw your attention to the comments section of this post:


It would appear that a significant proportion of Americans now believe that the Nazi Party was a Left-wing political organisation. Now that's a triumph of the internet over history if ever there was one.

The Last J-Freighter: HTV-9 arrives at the ISS as ESA inks a deal for a third Moon-bound service module

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Re: Space is big

Absolutely. My personal interpretation of "deep space" is outside the solar system - i.e. beyond the orbit of the outermost known body which orbits the sun. However, this may not be the accepted definition.

I believe the ITU defines it as more than 2 million kilometres from Earth's surface, which is quite a way beyond the Moon's orbit, but still within Mars' orbit.

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That first launch will not feature a crew. The second will, if all goes to plan, send astronauts into deep space.

Hmm, not really deep space, orbiting the moon, is it?

The second mission is supposed to be to establish the Deep Space Gateway, which will allow a jumping off point from lunar orbit, but it in itself isn't in deep space.

Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman calls on UK govt to legally protect data from contact-tracing apps

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Re: Oh what a tangled web we weave!

There is fair reasoning. Nazi and commie were fighting for the same left wing voters of Germany. The Nazi policies cleaned up of Aryan talk pass fine with Labour voters in the UK.

What complete bullshit. The Labour voters and socialists were vehemently opposed to the Fascist policies of the Nazis, and many of them went to fight in the Spanish Civil War on the Communist side in an effort to win against the Nazi-backed Nationalists under Franco.

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Re: Oh what a tangled web we weave!

they called themselves a national socialist party, the socialist part specifically to appeal to left- wing voters.

And the national part to appeal to the right-wing voters. So the Nazi party was centrist, who knew?

It doesn't matter what they called themselves, they were a far right-wing party. This is accepted fact wherever you get your information from, except perhaps you and your sources...

Runaway Latvian drone found meditating in tree after shutting down nation's skies

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It's obviously searching for its prey.

Vint Cerf suggests GDPR could hurt coronavirus vaccine development

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At least he knew what colour it should be...

India opens its space industry to private companies

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You and Hasi D appear to be the same person?

NASA launches guide to Lunar etiquette now that private operators will share the Moon with governments

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such as end-of-life spacecrafts.

You do know that the word spacecraft can be singular or plural, don't you?

'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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few have seen their boss nonchalantly strolling through the office, critical piece of infrastructure under their blissfully ignorant arm.

Not quite that, but had a boss who occasionally had a fit of OCD. On one such occasion, he decided to clear out "unused" ethernet and power cables in the racks as they were untidy... He managed to disconnect or unplug two DCs, an ESXi Host with about 20 VMs on it, and the PRTG monitoring server before we could stop him.

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Re: Labels people, and read them!

a big organisation should have had more than 1 DHCP server

But not on the same subnet, otherwise arguments happen.

Tom Cruise to increase in stature thanks to ISS jaunt? Now that's a mission impossible

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Re: Well that'll be a first in the film industry

He will have to take his shirt off at some point though, that's contractual...

Now we know what the P really stands for in PwC: X-rated ads plastered over derelict corner of accountants' website

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Re: I don’t understand...

Hope that clears things up for you.

Not really. You don't, as a rule, "register" subdomains in any way, and therefore they can't expire or lapse unless the root domain does.

You register a domain with a Registrar, and then you create subdomains by adding A (or AAAA) records in the DNS.

the accountancy goliath let its amyca-dev-node subdomain expire or lapse, allowing a miscreant to register it

This bit is total bollocks.

Latvian drone wrests control from human overlords and shuts down entire nation's skies

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But why are you all talking about civilian airport RADAR?

Surely Latvia has some military RADAR which does work under 600ft AGL

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I take it Latvia don't own any RADAR then?

I mean it's not small, it's the size of a light aircraft.

Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app

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Slurp everyone's details and you create a hugely valuable hacker target

Surely not, such information would be securely protected like... oh I don't know, ANPR data?

ATLAS flubbed: Comet heading our way takes one look at Earth, self-destructs into house-sized chunks

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You just can't get reliable comets these days.

When I were a lad, they were built like... umm... like... err... big lumps of rock, but these modern ones, they just fall apart.

This hurts a ton-80: British darts champ knocked out of home tourney by lousy internet connection

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Re: Unlucky, Mr darts neighbour

I'm currently enjoying 250mbps down and 450mbps up from one of them.

Really, are you sure?

Why is your download half the speed of your upload?

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position

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Surely you mean "five by nine" and not "five by five". S5 is only moderately strong.

Depends if you're using the US RST convention or the QSA QRK convention.

QSA QRK are both out of 5, so 5 by 5 is perfect signal, perfect readability.

Google Cloud's AI recog code 'biased' against black people – and more from ML land

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Re: Photographic Quality

I disagree. If you only use studio quality photographs as your training set, then the AI's performance when faced with real world photos - from CCTV for instance - will be even more error prone.

Hi, Google Duplex here, trying to book a haircut for a socially inept human. Sorry, 'COVID-19'?... DOES NOT COMPUTE

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Re: 24hr clock

Good point, well made.

However, booking a haircut for 22:10 is unlikely, I'm not aware of any 24 hour hairdressers...


Consumer reviewer Which? finds CAN bus ports on Ford and VW, starts yelling 'Security! We have a problem...'

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Most drivers are probably not capable of noticing if one or more tyres is flat or running on the wheel rim, El Reg suggests


NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount

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