* Posts by G R Goslin

455 posts • joined 1 Jun 2007


Google will make you use two-step verification to login

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Are these people real?

I live in an area, so far ignored by 2g, 3g,4g and 5g, so my chances of a second factor coming to my 'phone anytime soon is a bit remote. I keep all my passwords on the Word (Psion) application on a twenty odd year old Psion netBook, which is almost never connected to the 'net. At the last count, it ran to 28 pages of A4, at four lines to an entry, for the most part. Admittedly, a whole lot of these entries are obsolete, Like the Daily Telegraph online crossword, which I gave up when they started to charge an exorbitant for an account. Everyone and their dog is requiring an acount with password. Very few of them can agree on how the password shall be constructed.Never forget that he simplest way to crack a password, is to crack the owner of the password. Usually with a big stick..A cheap and very low tech solution. I once tried to get an account on a hardware forum, for something I was using. After a couple of hours having passwords rejected. Even hitting keys at random did not generate a viable password, I decided that the manufacturer did not want people on his forum, and gave up.

There's no place like GNOME: System 76 introduces COSMIC desktop GUI for its Pop!_OS Linux

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Re: Why the fuck

As a very long term Linux fan, I have to admit that maintenance on my version of Linux is a pain. So many of the present day fundamentals do not work, or work partially, or badly. A major printer company psc printer that I bought when my old printer died, would install the printer side, but zilch on the scanner function, despite the insistence on the install, that psc scanner functions were handled by the printer install.The scanner installer would have nothing to do with a built in scanner. I have a small server farm of Drobo units, each of these units has to be installed by writing them in in fstab, since the system install does not work. Despite many attempts at a bluetooth function, it is still zilch. Which is a shame when I consider the number of bluetooth devices I have working fine on my lone Windows machine and all my Android devices. It rather rubs salt i the wound, when both Windows and Android have a totally hassle free install, and flawless operation with these functions and others. I'll stay with Linux as the nearest I have to the Unix systems I used to work on, despite attempts by the Linux devs to try to imitate the terrible way that Windows and Android seem to think that theirs is the best user interface.

Mullet over: Aussie boys' school tells kids 'business in the front, party in the back' hairstyle is 'not acceptable'

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Yet another authoritarian declaration by a "land of the Free" country. "You can do what you like, in the name of Freedom, so long as it accords with what we say"

Cryptic US Strategic Command tweet reveals dangers of working from home with kids in the way

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Move along, nothing to see...

I'd tend to agree with the official account. . It's all in lower case, and the keystrokes tend to occupy left and right sides of the keyboard. so, no shift keying, , and a plink, plonk distribution. Ever whatched a child beating on a toy drum?

Prime suspect: Amazon India apologises for offensive scenes in political thriller

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There used to be...

There once was a saying in a whole list of useful sayings, that went "One man's religion, is another man's belly laugh". A truism that I've followed all my adult life. It appeared in "Analog" Sci Fi. Wish I could remember the articles title

ACLU sues US govt, demands to know if agents are buying their way around warrants to track suspects' smartphones

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Looks like.........

...........a backdoor of incredible width.With a coin-in-the-slot opening mechanism

Billionaire's Pagani Pa-gone-i after teen son takes hypercar out for a drive, trashes it

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It's also the distance between two adjacent railway lines

Yes, we have a 5G iPhone now. But that doesn't mean 5G has arrived

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Oh, how I wish!

Oh, how I wish we had even 3g around here. I only get 3g since Ihave one of my telco's femto cell units hooked into my router. And that is only effective until I reach my back door. When the signal dies.

Elizabeth Holmes' plan to avoid her Theranos fraud trial worked out about as well as her useless blood-testing machines

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Hold on lads!

This is the USofA, we're talking about. The country with the best justice that money can buy. I'd be surprised if she doesn't come out of with a medal.

A 73bn-kg, skyscraper-size chocolate creme egg spinning fast enough to eventually explode – it's asteroid Bennu

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Was there ever....

... a time before the Cadbury re-sizing exercise? I thought that it had been going on since the beginning of time.

Hydrogen-powered train tested on Britain's railway tracks as diesel alternative

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There used to be....

....a concern with the rail transport of used nuclear fuel. In the end they ran a test by running an entire locomotive, at speed, into one of the containers. Are they going to carry out the same test with the hydrogen tanks? Could be quite impressive

Infor pays UK construction retailer Travis Perkins £4.2m settlement following cancelled upgrade of 'Sellotape and elastic bands' ERP system

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management Initiatives

Like most management Initiatives, ""It was just an absolute mess," one source said"., was about the only thing that could be said about it

Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how many signs of intelligent life astroboffins found in probe of TEN MILLION stars

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Sounds like.....

Sounds like the usual thing "We haven't found anything, yet. But fling us an enormous amount of money, and we'll likely not find anything anyway. But think of the good times we could have, with all that money. We may never have to find a proper job"

Dell: 60% of our people won't be going back into an office regularly after COVID-19

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We seem to have lost the point of commerce

The whole idea of commerce, was, in the old days, to take something of low, or zero value, and by effort, produce something of a higher value, to sell fro a profit. Take farming. The farmer works at the fields to produce wheat, which has a higher value than the inedible weeds that grew on the fields before. harvesting the wheat, he engages a carter to carry it to the miller. The carter is a cost, since the wheat is unchanged before and after transportation. The miller grinds the wheat to produce flour, again a value added exercise. The flour is carried to the baker, another cost. The baker by diligent effort changes the flour to bread, which can satisfy the appetite. Office work is a cost. The victorian industrialists were careful to minimise costs by mainly employing artisans. As one shipbuider once said, "Give me twenty more shipwrights, and I could build more ships to sell for profit. if I engaged twenty more accountants, not a single extra plank would be laid". We, with our office mentallity, have come to the point where we are figureatively taking in each others washing, and saying that we are making a profit. I give my washing to my neighbour to wash, and her gives me his. I charge him, he charges me, and we both make a profit. It does not work.

Just a point. How many WFH people does it take to produce a Dell PC from scratch? Not from the component parts, but from the raw materials that go to producing the finished goods

Amazon gets green-light to blow $10bn on 3,000+ internet satellites. All so Americans can shop more on Amazon

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Rather a pity

Rather a pity that The Register paper aeroplane didn't get off the ground. There might have been a future for paper satellites.

Congratulations Peebles. Felicitations Queenzieburn. Openreach is bringing you FTTP (yes, they're real places)

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Well. I've got FTTP, so there

Oddly, I live in a very small village, in North Wales. We got fttp only a year or so back. However, we only got it because our cabinet was so far behind the times that it could not have fttc installed. As it was, it took six rears from the exchange being enabled, before the village enjoyed the benefits. Looking around, it seems that I'm the only one to grasp the offering when it finally came. Most are still hanging on to their copper connections. And, boy, aren't they bad.

If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Kit maker won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code

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How I'd like to....

Upgrade my D6400 router. But every time I try, it fails with "unknown error" "unknown error" doesn't give much of a clue to resolving the problem. So, my D6400 is due for the junk box, anytime now.

New Zealand government to explain its algorithms to stop robo-bias warping policy

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Re: Algorithm's new? Nah

The commands, too, must be semantically correct. Simply saying "Boil the kettle" will result in some alarming results.

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Algorithm's new? Nah

An algorithm is simply an explanation of how to go about a task. it has nothing to do with computing, per se. A sheet of paper explaining the steps required to make a cup of tea, is an algorithm. if you've ever tried it, explaining the steps required, in making a cup of tea can easily fill several A4 sheets of paper. And that writ small! The main snag in writing algoritms, is to gloss over steps in the process, as being "Oh, that's obvious". In the above case, leaving out "Check tea caddy for sufficiency of contents", will break the system.

Not-so-paltry towers to float: Vodafone reveals IPO plans for mega European masts biz

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Re: Why?

I think you'll find that there are no adults, in America, to take over from the present incumbent

UK weather watcher will make it rain to the tune of £30m for support on new data platform

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Oh, no!

Oh, no. Not more models!. Some time ago, somone did a survey of the Met Office's forecasts. They found that if you assumed that tomorrow's weather was going to be the same as today's, You'd be right far more often than the Met Office.Personally, I get my forecasts from Yr.no, who consistantly get it right. Rather than the Met, who get it as what they think it should be, rather than what it will be.

We're not all about rockets, says NASA: Balloon tech is good enough for economical star scanning

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Re: Stability?

More to the point, how does the telescope 'see' through the envelope? Down is the only clear field.

Apple: Don't close MacBooks with a webcam cover on, you might damage the display

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Everyone seems to be confusing tolerance with fit. Toleance is a measure of how much (notionally), an object may depart from its designed dimension. It is an allowance, not a physical thing. A fit, on the other hand is a physical relationship between two parts. It can be a clearance fit, or an interferance fit. A clearnce if you want a gap and an interferance were you want an intimate relationship. A nail driven into a piece of wood is an interference fit. A bolt in a hole is a clearance fit. between a screen and a case, you hope for an adequate clearnce fit. The tolerance on each part determines which of the two states, it is

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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Re: Sleep easy, it's not a problem

Things do not 'spiral' in. That implies a continual loss of energy. Perturbation, is simply an exchange of energy, one way or the other. The total amount of energy remains the same. The two participaing objects will simply adopt a new configuration. In effect a differntly shaped ellipse. The only exception would be if one of the objects acquired enough energy to change from an ellliptical orbit to a parabola, and was lost.

Looking for a home off-world? Take your pick: Astroboffins estimate there are nearly 6bn Earth-likes in the Milky Way

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Ah, but

Ah, but how many of them have the pubs open on Sunday? Importance is in the detail.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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But are these constants?

I'd be very suspicious if, after wielding incredibly powerful measuring devices, anything as illogical as these figures, would result in only 9, 10 0r 11 significant numbers. It's rather like, and very analogous to, taking the value of Pi as 3.1415926535 89 when we all know it goes on three or four decimal places more. Keep looking lads. There's bound to bew more out there.

EU General Court tears up ban on Three slurping O2. Good thing the latter's not set to merge with Virgin Media, eh?

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Re: Vodathree UK

The short answer to that is "YES" I had a problem with an item being delivered, which did not arrive. I contacted Voda in regard to this. It took seven weeks before the problem was finally resolved, and required almost daily emails and phone calls, since if I did not email, or call, nothing was done. Ever. I thought this was grounds for a formal complaint. This was almost exactly the same, but this time it took seven MONTHS. This time it was not resolved, I simply gave up. In that seven months, I sent emails, letters, letters by recorded delivery. at the ned of the seven months it was apparent that my letters, etc had not received any attention whatsoever.The snag was that the complaint was of poor Customer Service, and my complaint was passed to Customer Service for action.

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Re: Vodathree UK

I sincerely hope not. I left Voda three times, for their appaling customer service. The last time to go to Three, with whom, all my customer service contacts have been totally satisfactory. Anything which risks being ragged back to Voda's characteristic level of customer did-service appalls. me.

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

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Seems to me

It seems to me to be a far better, and cheaper solution would be to send the stuff by Royal Mail. It's for sure that if the Post won't get through it's a foregone conclusion that a drone isn't going to make it, either. Seems to me the usual endless search for ways to spend (waste) the money. In any case, I don't recollect a road 'n rail connection to the mentioned location that the drone system could be five times faster than.

Home working is here to stay, says Lenovo boss, and will grow the total addressable PC market by up to 30%

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All this talk....

All this talk of home working, does make me feel a bit sick. The Victorians, who really knew what 'Work' was in relation to profits, always considered "The Office" as a cost. necessary perhaps, but a cost nonetheless. A famous shipbuilder once said "Give me 20 more shipwrightss and I could produce more ships and make more profit. If I employed 20 more accountants, not a single plank more would have been laid"

Offices PRODUCE nothing, and if my long experience of ofices is anything to go by, most of the employees there are there to massage the egos of those above them. I worked in an office, but it was a drawing office, where we designed the tools which made possible the efficient production of the products which the Company sold to produce the profits that the shareholder required. Wealth is created on the workshop floor, and diluted at the office desk.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Black Hat, White Hat

If I recollect rightly, the term came into being in the early Westerns. The man in the White hat was always the 'goodie', and the man in the Black hat was always, the 'baddie'. Makes them easy to recognise in the film. It had no connection with racism, since the two races were either white or red

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'

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Re: Valid policy

Ah, the Partian Shot! A classic, or should I say a classical, losers manoeuvre.

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Re: Valid policy

I'm pleased to see that there are people with common sense, as in cynic 999. No battle has ever been won by running away from it. Our last, real pandemic was in the period 1939-1945. Millions died, but by not running away, a victory was finally achieved. Rather a pity that we, apparently, have not learned anything from this.

Where's the best place to add Mentos to Diet Coke for the most foam? How big are the individual bubbles? Has science gone too far?

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I suppose....

I suppose someone had to introduce a bit of greeen propaganda. You really should not add assumptions as data into science, as in the latter part of the comment.

"Therefore, discussing the results of my Coke and Mentos experiments provides a great platform to introduce students to various impacts such as ocean acidification associated with increased CO2 in the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels.” ®

UK.gov sits down with mobile big four to formalise plans for rural shared 4G network

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I'll not be holding my breath

I'm still waiting for a 3g signal, despite a fair number of promises, stretching back years.

And they said IoT was trash: Sheffield 'smart' bins to start screaming when they haven't been emptied for a fortnight

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Ah, but getting rid of the steel industry did!

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD

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Why not...

For many years now, the RAM has been a semi-permanent, plugged in feature. Surely, by now the OS space could be considered a similar facility. You buy a PC with the appropriate SSD for the 'guts' of the system, and then have the cheaper, more expandable HDD for your user space. In essence, Linux already (or at least in my machine), has a partition reserved for the exclusive use of the operating system, and the rest for user space. In fact, if the SSD was a 'pluggable' device, you could possibly have a machine that you could easily and quickly change operating systems on. On the basis of 'been there, done that', I did have one of my machines fitted with a data switch, which would do just that.

Huawei to the danger zone: Now Uncle Sam slaps it with 16 charges of racketeering, fraud, money laundering, theft of robot arm and source code

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Business as usual

And here was I, thinking that that is how most of the US's business was carried out in the normal run of things. Can you imagine the chaos and confusion if the spyglass was pointing the other way?

Mobile World Congress now none of those things as 2020 industry megashow axed over coronavirus fears

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Oh, dear!

How on Earth are we now going to learn of all these goodies, that were going to be paraded before us at the show?

Ever wondered how Google-less Android might look? Step right this Huawei: Mate 30 Pro arrives on British shores

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I'd go for that...

I'd go for that, if it were not for the mouth watering price!. Getting rid of the unwanted Google apps has always been my goal, as it was before Google came on the scene. Going back to the early days of the PC, there were always people that produced applications, as they were then, which outshone, by far, the 'in house' stuff. Then, you could dump the limping native offerings and load in the good stuff. Now we're loaded with the junk, which fills the storage space, and adds to the update load. More power to their elbow.

Astroboffins peeved as SpaceX's Starlink sats block meteor spotting – and could make us miss a killer asteroid

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Why is it that research seems to be an ever open chequebook? You select an area of research. You do it. Then you move on to something else, having found all (or most of) the answers. I see no point in perpetuating the exercise beyond this, except that it makes for an easy and perpetual income. Looking at the same meteoroid set year after year, to my mind is analogous to train spotting. It satisfies the soul, but ceases to add to your knowledge. Grow up and get a job.

Hear, hear: The first to invent idiot-cancelling headphones gets my cash

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Go by car

Go by car. It's cheaper, quieter, and you get the carriage to yourself. Even better, it starts where you are and ends where you want to be.

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees

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What is it with all this drinking?

I'm a bit surprised that anyone gets to drink on the job. Many years ago when I served a an engineering apprenticeship, you'd get a five minute tea break in the morning when the tea trolley came round, and nothing in the afternoon. I don't recall anyone drinking in the meantime. There were drinking fountains in the shop, but seldom used, and no-one ever spilt a drinking fountain. If you can go through eight hours of kip without getting up for a drink, I'm sure the same would apply in the day. It's not exactly a manual labour environment, so you're not replacing the sweat of toil.

This AI is full of holes: Brit council fixes thousands of road cracks spotted by algorithm using sat snaps

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Since, presumably...

They're not employing any more or any less men on this as before, I fail to see how this method can be cheaper than the old, of having their employees keeping both eyes open. And that is not taking into account of the cost of buying, adapting and running the software and the infrastructure. It looks to me as if the costs are merely being moved from one cash bucket to another. The classic government system of "saving" money.

Flipping heck: Footage leaks of Samsung's upcoming bendy smartphone in action

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Where's the advantage?

I can't, for the like of me see any advantage of this phone over the conventional. Disadvantages by the score, I can. The only reason for it's being brought out, as far as I can see is to drag cash from the pockets of those with more money than sense. It's unwieldy, delicate, badly proportioned open or closed, thick, and from the video is going to need a conjuror to open it single handed, and three hands to do anything meaningful with it. Like the plate sized fablet, you'd have to use it behind a curtain to avoid the raucous laughter.

UK energy watchdog to probe National Grid and Scottish Power over fault-plagued subsea cable

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An excellent piece of double-speak. Here Ofgem is asserting that they have not made any findings IN THE PAST, of an investigation which has not yet begun. It must be a cloudy crystal ball that they're using!

"Ofgem cautiously added: "The opening of this investigation does not imply that we have made any findings about about non-compliance by National Grid Electricity Transmission or Scottish Power Transmission."

You know the President is able to shut down all US comms, yeah? An FCC commish wants to stop him from doing that

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The ultimate authority

All civilisations seem to have someone who wields the ultimate power. But what is the alternative? We, in the UK have the queen who nominally wields the ultimate power, but wisely never uses it. Devolving it to another party simply move the problem. The difficulty seems to be that a certain type of individual lusts for power, and as the old adage says, "Power corrupts, and Ultimate Power corrupts absolutely". We see this so often around the world, where someone, totally unsuitable to be controlling anything more complicated than a tram, gains power, and then uses that to extend that power indefinitely. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Having seen the antics of our political parties over the past few years, I shudder at the though of allocating anything like the Ultimate Power in anything meaningful.

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program

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Help, help. There's so much pie in the sky, I can no longer see the sun

Eggheads have crunched the numbers and the results are in: It's not just your dignity you lose with e-scooters, life and limb are in peril, too

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has all this been put into context? After all there are thousands of other road/pavement users, who similarly get injured, tripping over their own feet, knocking into other pedestrians, being hit by pushchairs, slipping on wet patches, etc, etc. Singling out a single user type in such a study is totally stupid. Comparisons should be made covering the whole traffic flow. In this I mean the pedestrian traffic flow. Taking the thrust of this article, are the drunk any more liable to injury, e-scooting, or staggering home?

Viz-a-viz helmets for scooter riders. pedestrians too have been seriously injured, killed by simple falls while walking on the pavements. Are you, collectively, considering that EVERYONE walking the pavements should be clad in helmets, face guards, elbow and knee protectors, heavy gloves, against the risk that they may trip and fall while walking. I've done it, I once caught my toe on a minor upstanding ridge of concrete in a pathway, and went sprawling, to the detriment of elbow, knee and dignity



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