* Posts by grumpyoldeyore

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Microsoft closes installer hole abused by Emotet malware, Google splats Chrome bug exploited in the wild

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FAIL

WiFi "Fix"

Seems that there is a fix for WiFi vulnerabilities which involves turning on WiFi power saving - so the WiFi drops out after about 2 seconds. Have to dig into the adapter power settings and turn it back on again.

Playing jigsaw on my roof: They can ID you from your hygiene habits

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Re: Don’t joke

As did the STASI in 1989 ... https://www.dw.com/en/computers-restore-ripped-up-east-german-files/a-2483499-1

What a bunch of bricks: Crooks knock hole in toyshop wall, flee with €35k Lego haul

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Re: I was never into Lego

I had Airfix's Betta Builder https://www.brightontoymuseum.co.uk/index/Category:Betta_Bilda

Oh my, Grandma, what a big meteorite you have right there on your pillow under that hole in the roof

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Re: Standard Please

I'll see your American and Association football fields and raise you an Australian Rules Football oval

https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/sport-and-recreation/sports-dimensions-guide/football-(australian-rules)

We're all at sea: Navigation Royal Navy style – with plenty of IT but no GPS

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Obsolete Paper Charts

Apparently they had them on HMS Nottingham, but didn't actually use them...

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/10985/response/28538/attach/html/3/BOI%20Grounding%20of%20HMS%20NOTTINGHAM%202002.pdf.html

Happy 60th, Sinclair Radionics: We'll remember you for your revolutionary calculators and crap watches

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A watch that doesn't display the time until you do something ?

It'll never catch on ....

https://help.fitbit.com/articles/en_US/Help_article/1744.htm

Our Friends Electric: A pair of alternative options for getting around town

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Black Helicopters

Avoiding the cycle tracks

The Warrington Cycle Campaign has a "Facility of the Month" page. Here from April 2018 is a facility in Cambrigeshire with a bypass for the cycle track...

http://wcc.crankfoot.xyz/facility-of-the-month/April2018.htm

(Apologies - not HTTPS)

Is that the sound of the air ambulance I hear? ---->

Preliminary report on Texas Tesla crash finds Autosteer was 'not available' along road where both passengers died

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Re: Into the rear seat?

Mike Hawthorn, the UK's first F1 world champion, was killed when his car skidded off the A3 Guildford bypass and collided with a tree. No setbelt, his body was in the back seat of the car

http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/history-from-police-archives/RB1/Pt3/pt3Hawthorn.html

Train operator phlunks phishing test by teasing employees with non-existent COVID bonus

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Re: IT Security always gets a bad rap.

The last company I worked for - an SME with R&D and manufacturing in the UK and big sales in the US:

1) Signed all employees up to PerkBox ( a ligitimate enterprise) but the invite emails came from Perkbox before the briefing from the company ......

2) Signed all UK employees up to an online training portal but the invite emails came out before the company briefing....

3) Changed the financial institution supplying the UK pension scheme but again failed to brief employees, not only before the invite emails came out but also before the switch had actually been made

4) On at least 3 occasions the CFO (US based) sent out warnings to the whole company of fake invoice emails ... by forwarding the fake invoice emails with the live link .....

5) We had to go through a mass password reset after the CEO (US based) fell for a phising email (possibly off the LinkedIn leak) and gave away her domain login credentials ....

Can't get that printer to work? It's not you. It's that sodding cablin.... oh beautiful job with that cabling, boss

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Re: Printers are the Devil's work

The perverse burglars who broke into the company where I was working in the early 1990s stole the printers - the PCs were too low spec to bother with.

Microsoft demotes Calibri from default typeface gig, starts fling with five other fonts

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Coffee/keyboard

Who wrote those descriptions?

Vogon poets?

"expresses simplicity and rationality in a highly readable form"

"gently organic and asymmetric forms"

"distinctive slice applied to the ends"

"traditional workhorse sans serif but with a warmer, more friendly style"

Microsoft realises constant meetings stress people out, adds Office 365 settings to cut them short or start them late

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Re: The problem is...

I decided that the stress of working out if I could to afford to retire was less than the constant head-banging against a manager who would put the whole company ( approx 80 people) in "required" and the people that were needed in "optional". And don't get me started on the colleagues who would lob up 15 minutes late, interrupt progress to apologise for being late then demand to know what they'd missed.

Oh, and I needn't have stressed the financials.

Off to walk the dogs.

Satellites, space debris may have already brightened night skies 10% globally – and it's going to get worse

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Re: Blankety Blank

@diodesign - the links to twitter don't open in new tabs. My set-up (Firefox on Win10) all the other links in the article do.

That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave

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Flash! Flash! I Love You....

.... but we've only got 24 hours to save the internet!

Woman dies after hospital is unable to treat her during crippling ransomware infection, cops launch probe

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Shades of the Spanair disaster?

When Spanair flight number JK 5022 crashed in 2008 one of the "holes in the cheese" that lined up was that the maintenance database (or the computer systems attached thereto) had been infected with malware, which meant that it wasn't flagged that the plane in question had suffered multiple problems over several days and so should have been taken out of service on the first failed take off.

Subsequently the crew made a configuration error and theconfiguration warning did not sound, so the second take off attempt was made with fatal consequences.

https://www.theregister.com/2010/08/20/spanair_malware/

http://avherald.com/h?article=40b73189/0024&opt=0

Everything's falling apart. The Moon is slowly rusting up – and it's probably Earth's fault

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Joke

How long before.....

.... they find a plastic bag there?

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/article/plastic-bag-found-bottom-worlds-deepest-ocean-trench/

Multiple customers knocked offline as firefighters tackle flames at Telstra's London Hosting Centre bit barn

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Another Ups Fire?

Two in 9 days

https://www.theregister.com/2020/08/18/outage_london_internet_exchange/

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

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Paris Hilton

Re: So what happened?

Well, this is what happened when the theory about sending the boss up first was tried with Portsmouth's troublesome Spinnaker Tower lift :

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/4351452.stm

Netflix starts 30-day video data diet at EU's request to ensure network availability during coronavirus crisis

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Paris Hilton

Re: Why hasn't ...

Because they're all self isolating

Paris 'cos she's in lockdown.

Ex-Arm execs' upstart Agile Analog palmed $5m to sink into AI-driven chip design

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I expect Analog Devices will have something to say about the name too...

UK taxman falls foul of GDPR, agrees to wipe 5 million voice recordings used to make biometric IDs

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Re: It's not that bad

Well, the Guardian would be in favour of anything that didn't need you to spell....

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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Not XKCD, but Larson...

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheFarSide/comments/3sae3u/rocket_scientists/

Well, can't get hacked if your PC doesn't work... McAfee yanks BSoDing Endpoint Security patch

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Big Brother

Security Well, can't get hacked if your PC doesn't work...

Well your OS and your GUI may be borked, but from what we've learnt recently, the processor manager may still be running....

Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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Paris Hilton

Well...

... most existing EU countries have ID schemes already, a large number compulsory. (I think it it is only the UK, Ireland and Denmark that don't), and the non compulsory ones make having some form of Identity compulsory.

The UK's been bringing it it by the back door anyway - notice how you have to use your NI number now, for example to validate your driving record when hiring a car.

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

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RE Eric Sykes plays a Hitman

Griffen in the liquidator ?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059390/characters/nm0843059?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t7

Viacom exposes crown jewels to world+dog in AWS S3 bucket blunder

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Paris Hilton

A folder called mcs-puppet

s/cs-p//

There - fixed that for you.

Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Swan Song....

.. Not SwonSong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqgPyqyh4X4

Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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Joke

Verification

Usually I would read about these cases in the "Courts" section of the London Evening Standard, but today I can't find a copy anywhere.....

IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

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Black Helicopters

Management & HR....

.. always advocate taking a helicopter view ....

WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now

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Pint

Re: Remember the Millenium Bug?

I do indeed. In 1995 we set our new recruit the boring task of setting the clock calendar chip on our kit to just before midnight 1999, No problems. He then used his initiative and repeated the test for 2000, 2001, 2002 , 2003 at which point we were back in 1897! Was a bug in in a calendar library. Updated the library, issue fixed. Many of these bought for our persient apprentice.

Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

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Re: standing room tickets

Well, not officially anyway : http://avherald.com/h?article=4a55f544&opt=0

LastPass scrambles to fix another major flaw – once again spotted by Google's bugfinders

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Re: "potential known-unknowns."

You are Donald Rumsfeld and I claim my free beer

Tesla, Atlassian told to go through front door in effort to save Australian industrial civilisation

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IT Angle

How about...

.. a giant Didgeridoo? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/04/140416-solar-updraft-towers-convert-hot-air-to-energy/

Most of 2016's holes had fixes the day we knew about 'em. Did we patch? Did we @£$%

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Re: Three out of Four Adobe Reader users don't patch?

Sadly I've had to install Reader DC for some technical review work, and I've found myself back in XKCD land https://xkcd.com/1197/

81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic

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Re: Interesting machine, but hamstrung by TI marketing

@Steve Todd - I never knew it went back to the 9900 - all the early technical press referred to it using the 9995. The 9995 was designed to be cheaper by having a lower pin count - hence the multiplexed bus. I'm pretty sure that the 4 phase clock went as well. We used the 9900 where I worked, and looked at the 9995 as a possible cost saving but decided that the re-design was not worth it, I've also a vague recollection that the hardware integer divide was removed from the instruction set which was the USP for the 9900 in the first place. (memory may be clouded by the passage of 35+ years).

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Re: TI was backwards

From memory, that actually depended on which version of which data sheet you read. A new circuit was being built at the first company I worked for, using aTI9900. At board bring up, the data bus was fount to be "the wrong way round". The PCB design team had a V1 data sheet with D0 as the MSB and created the library shape thus. The HW designer had a V2 data sheet with D0 as the LSB. I also recall that the programming manual had A16 as the MSB and a long philosophical discussion about A0 which didn't actually come out of the chip, but was replaced by a "byte selector".

You're taking the p... Linux encryption app Cryptkeeper has universal password: 'p'

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Joke

P for a password ?

Isn't that a bit too verbose for *nix?

Police pull up van man engaged in dual carriageway sex act

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Re: Fly-tipping

@stumpy:

indeed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-26663278

MH370 hunters call for new search of extra 25,000km2

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Re: Scary - DaLo

Ah! you mean an Emergency Locator Beacon like this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/18/uk_investigators_finger_emergency_beacon_for_787_heathrow_fire/

Also I've read another report (can't find a credible link) which reckoned they only worked in about 40% of cases anyway

Nokia's great lost smartwatch? #SavedYouALandfill

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Joke

Re: Microsoft smart?

"HoloLens still exists, hasn't been killed yet."

I will be when the analysts see through it...

Automatic laundry folder

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Coat

Nightmare

I don't know why but now I have a vision of opening my sock drawer and finding a neatly creased Alistair Dabbs grinning at me through clenched teeth...

Mine's the one with the "Do Not Iron, Do Not Fold" label...

Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8

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Re: Easy Answer

That is more polite than BUG_OFF() which could be open to mis-interpretation.....

Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Re: Is there any other type?

Ah like this one you mean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUS9htHp580

IBM lifts lid, unleashes Linux-based x86 killer on unsuspecting world

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Re: Awesome

I once put "This Page Left Blank by the Photocopier" into a large design document to see if any of the reviewers queried it.....

My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Coat

3D - printing your Orifices is so last week...

The real advance aill be a squad of nano-bots, which will correctly position the headphones, mould them in real time, and operate the balance deck to maintain the optimum sound. The mind reading will be an illusion, as nano-bot scouts will be recording you actions and reporting back, thereby giving the illusion of mind reading.

Mines the very small one with the Pitman shorthand pad in the pocket....

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Re: sunnies after dark ? @AC

My commute takes me over the undulating road round Windsor Great Park. Correctly aligned or not a Range Rover/ BMWX5/Whatever (and there are loads round there) on a crest coming the other way is straight into the eyballs. The worst aligned headlights, conversly, appear to be on MINIs (Kraut Krap ones, not Austin/Morris/BMC/BL ) which can blind even when they are coming down the opposing down slope.

Goats boost solar power

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The trouble with goats....

... is that having polished off the weeds they'll turn their attention to the fence, the cables and the solar panels...

IT glitch causes 'nationwide' Post Office outage

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Coat

which country's P.O.

The Post Office. We don't need to put our country's name on our stamps either.

Mine's the one with the Stanley Gibbons in the pocket.

'No password' database error exposes info on 93 million Mexican voters

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Joke

I Wonder if...

... they'll now receive "Vote Trump" mailshots ....

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