* Posts by Titus Technophobe

863 posts • joined 25 May 2010


Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Re: When it hit that limit... everything stopped until we could free up some space

> How did you get 1TB of drive space for a single database back in 2001?

Two ways:

a. don't use windows NT (2 - 4 Gigabytes was the address space limit for 32 bit addresses and in 2001 there were systems that used 64 bit addresses)

b. on MS Windows construct the database from more than one database file spread across several Windows partitions

Since you asked.

The cloud is not new. What we are doing with it is

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Re: Indeed not new

No .. surely not .. running your code on another companies computers is never a problem. Just ask how Virgin Atlantic got on with this one using BA's booking system .. it all worked so well.

Why Agile is like flossing and regular sex

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Re: When waterfall is good.

I was thinking "Niagara" .... just could not see any point in lugging a barrel along.

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Re: When waterfall is good.

b) a barrel ... for what?

A bad day for DBAs: MIT boffins are replacing you with a mere spreadsheet

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Re: What's a DBA?

Yes I read the head line for this article and concluded that the author doesn't really know :

  • what a DBA does
  • the various user friendly ad-hoc access tools already available for databases
  • the history of user friendly ad-hoc access tools, the first I heard about was called COmmon Business-Oriented Language, and then another Structured Query Language (**1)

The long and the short of this being that either: the tool is fairly easy to use in which the case the DBA (or more likely database developer) will end up writing the more complex requirements; or it isn't in which case it will spaff off another layer of SIEUFERD developers (or maybe the DBA or developers just pick this work up).

(**1) Look at the capitalization to work out what we tend to call these user friendly tools these days, and these were first "touted" as not requiring programmers.

Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: Andrea Leadsom... @Leslie

You say that but one thing she did not do was hold a referendum on EEC membership.

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Re: Andrea Leadsom...

Which is ridiculous .... she had a biochemistry degree, yes...

Which she put to good use in helping to invent "Mr Whippy".

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Re: greatest female leaders this country has ever had. @Symon

Ah yes the Ken Clarke live mike interview. Don't you think he may just be deluding himself that either one of these candidates would go against the "Will of the people"?

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The effect of brexist may just force the UK into exactly the re-balancing of the economy that the government discussed when they won the general election. Bear in mind when ever somebody loses money, it doesn't disappear, just ends up somewhere else.

Remember "remainers" if there are any on this web site this worked in 1992 following the effects of Black Wednesday.

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Re: Andrea Leadsom...

To me they both look like worthy successors to one of the greatest female leaders this country has ever had.

That said you are right this is a difficult choice, on the one hand Theresa May has the experience on the other Andrea Leadsom has clearly indicated she is in tune with the will of the people.

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You have to look for the positives from brexit. With a weak pound, less employment, UK business can be a lot more competitive. Never mind a new PM the existing government are already negotiating trade deals with India.

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17 million people chose this it was fairly obvious that "Call me Dave" did not have the stomach for what needs to be done.

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Re: What a choice

Independence Day indeed and at last the country gets a good strong leader worthy of the opportunity.

Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: Repeating history

Looking at the statistics for 1974 casualties in Northern Ireland there seem to be 294, and of those 73 were probably army.

Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

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Re: What encrytion was used?

TrueCrypt maybe..the NCA seem interested in the files truecrypt1 and truecrypt2 on Love's computers.

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Re: Plod IQ

It would seem the evidence was described as "The NCA had taken screen shots which showed a list of file structures and a directory of employees from the US Department of Energy (DoE), he said. Other screen shots showed material from the US military.".

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Re: Bah!

Ah yes he had the bible ... "For his latest extradition hearing, Love appears in Westminster Magistrates’ Court wearing a green hat with a bear on it while carrying a copy of the book ‘Saving Gary McKinnon: A Mother’s Story’.".

Although it would seem his extradition request is now scheduled for the 28 - 29th of June. This would be his appearance at the hearing of his own civil case for return of equipment.

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Re: Don't know about UK law

This seems to be the NCA response to Love's civil action to get his computers returned. This may or may not be anything to do with the extradition request .. which would presumably be a criminal case.

The NCA have already returned some of Love's equipment. They didn't return other items on the grounds that they contained encrypted files. It looks to me that Love can either give up the key, and presumably once files are examined get the equipment back, or not allowing the NCA to keep the equipment.

The statement “There is a concern that the NCA is seeking in this application to access Mr Love's data by the back door rather than by the route sanctioned by parliament in Ripa,” by Love's brief is probably an attempt to conflate this case with the extradition request.

Wikimedia’s executive director quits after less than 2 years in post

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Only one thing turns a cost of £3 Million to £100 Million in this sort of time scale ...

only 10 per cent of staff indicated that they had confidence in the senior leadership, while seven per cent agreed that they were kept informed, and senior management had communicated a vision that motivated them.

So very much the sort of result you would expect from people working for an American corporate then ?

One weekend left to save big on Continuous Lifecycle

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DevOps is this the new SCS/DFS?

Sale finishes this weekend .. but we all know it's gonna start again on Tuesday.

No tit for tat, or should that be tat for tit ... Women selling stuff on eBay get lower bids

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Re: Where's Alice and Bob?

No idea about Alice .. Bob would be with Rita and Sue too.

Permies sitting pretty as fifth of contractors see rates cut

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I believe is the latest evolution of agile programming where by rather than releasing every three weeks the time frame shifts to every three hours ....

Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

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Re: We make our own prisons

He is a fugitive in the UK for "Failing to attend court on time as required". This cannot really be disputed as apart from anything else the people who payed his bail lost their money. This is a criminal offence for which the maximum sentence in a magistrates' court is three months' imprisonment, or twelve months in the Crown Court.

In respect of the allegations from the women in Sweden there is a fairly concise legal summary at:


a summary of which is that either rightly or wrongly what Assange did would be rape in the UK as well. Personally I think this is rightly, but then I unlike you do not consider Assange a saint, and do consider that women should have some legal rights.

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Re: We make our own prisons

I have done some further reading on this one. There is other news suggesting that Assange has applied to the "UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention" on the basis that the UK authorities have refused to grant Assange "safe passage" to a hospital for the scan on an injured shoulder.

I can sort of see that just maybe the UN folks might decide that this was a bit unfair ... and I can also see how the UK folks might decide that they shouldn't grant a known fugitive any sort of "safe passage".

Assange will 'accept arrest' on Friday if found guilty

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Re: Gentlemen put away your pitchforks @Bola

It is on record that Assange jumped bail .. whilst I have not passed the bar I really cannot see a court giving this one a 'not guilty'. Can you?

As you say the UK and US fly rendition flights. The UK being one of the countries Assange tried to stay in rather than return to Sweden. This being the most inconsistent behaviour by Assange given his stated fear that the US were planning his extradition. This is even more inconsistent given that (and I repeat) Sweden has laws prohibiting extradition on the basis of "a political offense" or "an offense connected with a political offense".

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Re: Gentlemen put away your pitchforks

It's fairly obvious to even the casual observer that any charges against him are political in origin, ...

No not obvious to me and certainly not the charge of "Failing to attend court on time as required" to which he is almost indisputably guilty.

If you want to talk about countries bending the rule of law for ... that were shown to be "persons of interest" to the US both ended up getting the shaft. It isn't rocket science.

Really? Sweden the country to which Assange had originally decided to apply for residence on the basis of their laws prohibiting extradition on the basis of "a political offense" or "an offense connected with a political offense".

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Re: Maybe not Friday.

I personally think, on the basis of his behaviour, he is guilty of both failure to appear as bailed, and the charges in Sweden.

That said I think that it is indisputable he is guilty of "Failing to attend court on time as required". On the legality of the other charges there is a good summary here -


The recent decision by "United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention" may well be good for Assange but really does seem to fly in the face of the human rights of the women in Sweden.

Outage outrage: Banks need clear targets for improving IT systems

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Or indeed any expertise, or maybe just plain old common sense?

Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

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Re: If its on the internet...

I think of the internet (for the more sensational stuff anyway) as an enormous version of the 'Sunday Sport' newspaper.

New bill would require public companies to disclose cybersecurity credentials

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Re: NACD are qualified to judge?

Yes .. I have a long held theory that 'almost all Companies survive inspite of the senior management'.

Brit 'naut Tim Peake thunders aloft

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Re: As I watched this live...

From then on I craved all the latest science and technologies, and it ultimately led me to the computer science field. You know the rest.

You mean enthusiasm, disillusionment, and eventual full on computer technology phobia ....

The above said, which is more a reflection on corporate computing, and "For he is a jolly good fella" .

Grow up, judge tells EFF: You’re worse than a complaining child

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Re: @ Ole Juul (was: To opine or not)

Whilst I agree with Jake's robust assertion here... a further thought on your point .... "In my case, I rely on the internet for my phone and 911 connection."

I rely on my car, now then, now then, in the pretend democracy in which I live the speed limit and indeed some of the other rules of the road are repressive. Additionally there is a "sort of" three strikes rule. That said because I rely on being able to drive what I do is comply with the rules .... maybe you could do the same with your internet use if it is important to you?

Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Re: I preferred...

Yes and I seem to remember it being on PCs a little before Windows One ?

Yes, GCHQ is hiring 1,900 staffers. It's not a snap decision

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Re: Genuine Question

I think the better approach is to go on the attack. The saying goes "attack is the best defence" applies universally and throughout history. The root of the problem lies in a nation state sized terrorist organisation occupying a large area of the middle east.

Isn't this just the sort of thinking that created the 'Terrorist Nation State" in the first place ....

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Proud to be part of a Country where ...

The Prime Minister has already announced a response to world events ahead of the events. This looks like proactive management to me .. something you see very little of in this day and age.

Met makes fourth TalkTalk arrest, this time a London teen

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Re: Only if you're American

I do wonder if this was a cut and paste job from the BBC web site ...

Police have made a fourth arrest, of a 16-year-old boy, in connection with the investigation into an alleged data theft from TalkTalk.

He was held on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offences after officers searched an address in Norwich.

Police have also arrested and bailed a 16-year-old from London ....

I believe the Police go with a name and birthday being sufficient to uniquely identify an individual. But even they don't just assume unique identification for two people of the same gender and age.

British killer robot takes out two Britons in Syria strike

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Re: Progression

Even the Guardian has articles suggesting that far from being "Extrajudicial killings" these actions were both lawful and proportionate.

Spiceworks in WTF-class social log-in SECURITY BLUNDER

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Re: not good

The quote I found was The company generates most of its revenue through the sale of ads displayed on its network.. Which suggests why they might allow you to sign in with Facebook or Twitter.

That said this might not be the best commercial basis for funding help desk and monitoring software.

Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "Shy Tories"

Back in the Thatcher days .. I never voted for her, nor in fact John Major.

That said a term of Tony Blair from 1997 convinced me that maybe these sort of politicians aren't the best people to run the country.

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Re: "Shy Tories"

I would admit to voting for the Tories.

I don't have any particular political bias one way or the other .. they both seem as bad as each other. I think for me it was the thought that we would get another Labour government in the style of the last few. Where the policy seemed to be to give as much money to people who were on benefits so they would carry on voting Labour.

This was a major contribution to the deficit and doesn't do a lot for those of us who work, have to pay for our own housing and so on.

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Re: Labour

I didn't take much notice of the Blue corner either .. just thought that Ed Cameron was less like Gordon Brown and Tony Blair.

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as people went to vote they remembered Tony Blair, and Gordon Brown thought ah that David Miliband ... would be much the same.

The Apple Watch: Throbbing strap-on with a knurled knob

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WikiLeaks reveals searchable trove of Sony Pictures documents

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Re: Why is it 'hard to sympathise with Assange'?

.. it's a damn' sight harder to see any case for supporting Sony...

Not so sure on that one ...

Wikileaks - sells other peoples material

Sony - sell original material

Surely more of a "toss up" between them both?

BACK OFF, spooks: UK legal hacking code should be 'resisted at all costs' says lawyer

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Re: Problem: GCHQ

Ah yes a good plan albeit with one minor flaw.

MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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Re: Why such a surprise?

1) Bring it out in the open. Make them declare publicly all jobs and contracts they take out while being MPs; or

This is the approach now ... the "House of Commons the Register of Members' Interests"

Canuck Bitcoin exchange gives up after security SNAFU

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Yet ...

as title.

Ross Ulbricht, in the library, with the laptop: Silk Road boss found GUILTY of all charges

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Re: Other than

I can't feel any sympathy for Ross at all. He ran a web site which facilitated many illegal activities. He seems to my my mind, among other things, to have been correctly convicted of narcotics-trafficking, .

His only defense being that he wasn't DPR which given that he was caught red-handed being DPR fell apart. Even Ross and his defense team didn't argue with the charges regarding the legality of Silk Road ... this seems to me one of the more unequivocal convictions of somebody basically caught 'bang to rights' doing the crime.

Obama's budget packs HUGE tax breaks for poor widdle tech giants

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Re: us steals foreign government taxes

and the Cream Egg would still be made with chocolate ... rather than the vomit US equivalent.

Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

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Re: Next step

This might just work ... when it disappeared my theory was that it was sitting on Mar with a screen saying something along the lines of "Press any key to continue .... "



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