* Posts by Dagg

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Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

Dagg

Re: An Attack or a Screwup?

And Pabst Blue beer...

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

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Nah, the lower frequencies are worse

Just look at the damage caused by AM radio. In Australia all the talk back radio and shock jocks are on AM and the amount of hate and damage that is caused is considerably worse than any thing 5G can come up with.

And then consider the ELF band! Able to bring down aircraft especially around the Harold E Holt naval communications centre.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/navy-base-may-have-caused-qantas-mishap-20081114-66mi.html

Blight the power: Jamming attack cripples wireless signals using clever reflective technology

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RFID tags are not passive. They actually emit RF and can be detected doing so.

Australian contact-tracing app sent no data to contact-tracers for at least ten days after hurried launch

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Re: Ah it's nice to see Agile at work

I have never seen agile implemented any other way... The bosses and BA's just love it as it just means they don't need to actually do any work. Just throw a half arsed idea over the wall and issue the command 'build'!

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Joke

I always reminded of the spitting images skit "The presidents' brain is missing"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xExv97cb3GE

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Facepalm

When I was in the states years ago I remember being told "A fool and their money is soon elected!"

Dagg

Re: Trump's Base

Correct, yanks don't understand irony and sarcasm...

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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Pint

Re: Never saw a car crash into a computer

Hope they buried some cable as they came across.

Odds on they actually would have dug it up and broken it...

US govt 'told Germany that Chinese spies bug' Huawei 5G kit. It also told the world Iraq had WMDs ready to deploy...

Dagg

You also forgot 1973 the original 9/11 when the CIA was involved in the overthrow of the democratically elected Allende government of Chile and installation of the dictator Pinochet.

What is WebAssembly? And can you really compile C/C++ to it? And it'll run in browsers? Allow us to explain in this gentle introduction

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Re: Dummies guide:

Maybe play about with it before you comment?

So it will support all of my MFC UI code, my ProC Oracle database access code and other such UI and DAL interfaces?

Over the last 30 years very little of the C/C++ code I have written has been 'pure', for it to work under WebAssembly it would have to have the UI and the DAL rewritten.

Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!

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We had a similar problem, manager moved their desk and because the coax wasn't long enough added a dropper.

Took ages to work it out as it just slowed everything down and made some PC just not work at all. Ended up using a 'scope to see what was going on on the cable.

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls

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Re: Ah, Git ...

Rather have vegimite not so sweet...

Dagg

Re: Ah, Git ...

Nah, the christians stole it from the pagans.

It's in the name "Easter" pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre. Hence all the fertility references like eggs and rabbits.

BOFH: You brought nothing to the party but a six-pack of regret

Dagg

Re: Posters with platitudes

Half full or half empty?

Depends on what it contains.

Warm school milk or beer...

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Joke

Re: 'You brought nothing to the party but a six pack of regret?'

"Country Music is just sittin' on the floor drinkin' a bottle of Jack Daniels with the big, lonely, salty tears pourin' down your cheeks -"

Its like when you play a country music record backwards.

* Your Truck starts

* Your dog comes back from the dead

* And your Wife / Girl friend comes back to you

Windows 7 and Server 2008 end of support: What will change on 14 January?

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>Seriously what could you possibly have a problem with after all this time?

Consumer applications that only only run on Windows such as retail POS, warehouse, pharmacy, doctors surgery management software etc.

It might be possible to move these to the cloud, but the costs involved are high especially for specialist applications with a small installed user base such that it would not be currently economic.

Y2K? It was all just a big bun-fight, according to one Reg reader

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Yes In Australia it ended up being a non event because people like me did things like working bloody hard for 18 months replacing a banking package fly in fly out for a regional bank.

I ended up with an absolutely obscene awesome level of frequent flier points. Me and the misses spent the next year on several holidays including the UK.

Elon Musk gets thumbs up from jury for use of 'pedo guy' in cave diver defamation lawsuit

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Re: Surprised

Maggie was much amused by her portrayal on SI

Especially around the interactions between her and her cabinet.

Waiter: "And how do you want your steak"

Maggie: "Raw"

Waiter: "And what about the vegetables"

Maggie (looking at cabinet): "They'll have the same"

Brewing in spaaaaace: SpaceX sends a malting kit to the International Space Station

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Re: Prelude to Mars

The problem being to make Budweiser you will need to take rice and birch trees along, forget the barley

Tesla has a smashing weekend: Model 3 on Autopilot whacks cop cars, Elon's Cybertruck demolishes part of LA

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Re: I Can't Stop Myself

being employed is literally a get out of jail free card for any type of driving offense including running people down and killing them

Only if you need your drivers licence for employment.

As it is compared to many other countries your normal aussie drivers are crap. Can't keep left, always on the mobile phone, no idea what an indicator is, etc...

Internet jerk with million-plus fans starts 14-year stretch for bizarre dot-com armed robbery

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(in some places, the local crime boss would 'take care of it')

Do you mean the local politician?

Americans should have strong privacy-protecting encryption ...that the Feds and cops can break, say senators

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Those who can do, those who can't teach and those with no clue got into politics...

Reg we need a drooling idiot ICON especially for politicians.

'That roar is terrific... look at that rocket go!' It's been 52 years since first Saturn V left the pad

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Re: solid rocket boosters

everything on location Remember OssianScotland there is a certain ethnic group here who have no idea about irony and sarcasm...

Are you coming to the party dressed as an IMP? ARPANET @ 50

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Pint

security and privacy True, so true. We were so young, naive and trusting in those days.

Hacking was just what you did to get a bit of rough and ready code running...

MAMR Mia! Western Digital's 18TB and 20TB microwave-energy hard drives out soon

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Re: Feeling Old...

I installed one of those in my 1st PC1 replacing one of the full height floppies. We were sooo advanced...

Full of beans? Sadly not as fellow cracks open tin at dinner to find just one

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believed that any food was acceptable as long as it didn't actually trigger the gag reflex

Coming from a commonwealth country with an abundant supply of nature food where butter was cheaper than margarine. I was stunned by the quality of British food in places like the works canteen.

I just could not believe that my work mates considered that this was quality. It was then explained to me the concept of a "school" dinner. Whoa, my immediate thought was child abuse.

I ended up married to an English lady and returning to said commonwealth country and English lady if I'm not careful will revert to type with an evening meal of cheap baked beans on toast or a salad using something called "salad cream" which appears to be a by product of some unknown industrial chemical process making soap or something.

Apple blinks on iPhone repairs, touts parts program for independent tech mechanics... sort of

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Re: Soo....

To be honest sometimes a downvote means you hit the mark.....

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media

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Re: "incompatible with the culture and mission of higher education and our national ideals.”

America to Be White And Republican Again

Err don't you mean America to Be Orange And Republican Again

Dagg

Re: So to gain entry into America you MUST......

I have to say that the USA is a damn fine place to visit and most folk that you'll meet there are damn fine people

NOT in Texas I felt extremely unsafe, wall to wall guns. I've been through Europe, Asia, Africa, parts of the Middle East and the Pacific. The states are the only place I've been in the world where you walk into a club and there is sign check your guns and knifes here.

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Re: Twitter?

The problem with irony and sarcasm is a certain ethnic group is unable to detect it....

Uncle Sam is asking Americans if they could refrain from slapping guns on their drones

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Re: Where in "keep and bear arms" does it say anything about them not being attached to an aircraft?

The word "bear". The moment you're not touching the arm, you are not bearing it.

So if the gun is in the gun rack in the back window of your truck it is now illegal?

I would love to see that one enforced in TX...

Samsung Note10+ torn apart to expose three 5G antennas: One has to pick up something

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Re: Make them repairable...

He identified what people need, not what they think they want.

Nah, he created something then made some people think they needed it. In fact must have it new shiny shiny...

Dropbox would rather write code twice than try to make C++ work on both iOS and Android

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Re: What the hell is C++, Java, C# and the other drivel?

Strictly speaking COBOL was more of a macro assembler

ADD A TO B GIVING C

LOAD A

ADD B

STORE C

Dry patch? Have you considered peppering your flirts with emojis?

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Pint

Re: moron

morons seem to get laid all the time

Mainly via alcohol - beer helping the ugly stupid people breed.

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Pint

Re: Proof that emojis don't work

But us Scots do do parochialism better than most places, unfortunately.

Nah, you only do deep fried (and heart attacks) better that anyone else....

One person's harmless japery can be another's night of LaserJet Lego

Dagg

Re: Heavy...

The luggable had a lovely nylon slip case to go over it

Where I used to work they were throwing out the compaqs I grabbed a couple of these bags. They were extremely strong and nearly indestructible.

Science and engineering hit worst as Euroboffins do a little Brexit of their own from British universities

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Facepalm

Re: Well, you're leaving

When a similar situation happened in Australia not so long ago, one reason was because the windmill operators hadn't RTFM

No wrong, the problem was the whole grid collapsed and I mean collapsed there was a whole line of power pylons twisted and lying on the ground. Bit difficult to continue when a large chuck of your gird is missing.

Attempting to blame everything on renewables just doesn't cut it, just recently in Indonesia they had a total shutdown of the power grid after a single gas powered turbine failed. And incidentally the whole gird is gas turbine powered!

Sleeping Tesla driver wonders why his car ploughed into 11 traffic cones on a motorway

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Pint

Re: God loves idiots or He/She wouldn't have made so many of them.

And "Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition"

Rust in peace: Memory bugs in C and C++ code cause security issues so Microsoft is considering alternatives once again

Dagg

Re: The problem is Windows (actually MS-DOS) - not the language(s)

Not totally correct the first version of OS/2 was for the 286.

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Re: Safer Languages

Used PASCAL in the process control industry nice and safe.

Dagg

Re: C / C++ compilers and libc could do this too

But if I've allocated a and b and already verified that they are the same size, whats wrong with using strcpy?

The elephant in the middle of table table isn't when you first create this beautiful piece of software it is years down the track as it is maintained.

Some future developer changes the allocation of either a or b as they need to store a longer string. Your use of strcpy may several calls below where the change has been made and difficult to spot.

The single biggest cost with software is in the maintenance.

Big Purple Hat is on as IBM closes acquisition of enterprise Linux firm

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and Red Hat will stay neutral, says IBM

Bullsh*t! That is what they told us at PwC consulting. 6 months later we were just box shifting.

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Mushroom

Re: There's a film about this

Yea, get out before they insert the borg implant.

Metropolitan Police's facial recognition tech not only crap, but also of dubious legality – report

Dagg

Re: Why do they keep saying it doesn't work?

My preferred version is

"There are lies, Damned lies, Statistics, Advertising, political promises and religion"

Dagg

Re: It's in its infancy, but it will improve

Apart from the smartphone, same.

I have smart phone, GPS and wifi is always off until I actually need to use it. Saves battery as well.

Must watch: GE's smart light bulb reset process is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity

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Re: Designed by SW engineers

"This sounds exactly like something software engineers come up with"

Yep, I done that a few times as a joke / attempt to push for a requirement. Especially when a dumb ass BA / point haired one won't get their sh*t together. And a couple of these have actually made it into production.

Dilbert is so close to reality sometimes... Wally is my hero.

Dagg

Re: Child-proof reset operation

>>Cookies? Drawers? Ha. We just lived in a hole in the ground.

Ha we lived in middle o' road! ...

Monster magnet in my pocket: Boffins' gizmo packs 45.5-tesla punch and weighs just 390g

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Re: So many "look at this cool thing"

We've had fast charging (and discharging) batteries for decades. A practical use for them may not come for a while

They are called capacitors and they are fundamental to things like RFID tags.

That's a hell of Huawei to run a business, Chinese giant scolds FedEx after internal files routed via America

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Facepalm

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence.

True, so true. Just remember the universe is finite, human stupidity is infinite...

Let's make laptops from radium. How's that for planned obsolescence?

Dagg

Re: better way to dish out the dosh

>>Apparently the reason you don't just hand out real cash to people is because that isn't reversible.

The Australian labor party did just that during the last GFC they gave everyone a handout. Conservative opposition whined about how all the poor would be buying big screen TV etc.

But hey, it worked and australia rode thought the GFC with bugger all problems.

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