* Posts by Groaning Ninny

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Crowning glory of GOV.UK websites updated, sparking frontend upgrades

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The whole beta thing is bizarre - people actually working on and relying on these services see them as anything but.

These are big and awesome systems that actually impressed me when I first used them. Applying for a passport is EASY now. The "live flood warmings" system is really good, and scales as well as you expect/need.

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Re: If they *really* want to improve the experience....

Sounds to me more like they have instances turned off overnight to save money.

Appropriate for the nonprod systems, but production?

The systems I know of are actually pretty damned good - the check for flooding one is used nationally (and deals with traffic spikes nicely) when we get crappy weather, and the password application service is simply awesome.

Dumping us into ad tier of Prime Video when we paid for ad-free is 'unfair' – lawsuit

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Re: Question is...

The photos are still unlimited I believe, the 5GB is for videos.

Startup that charged $1.20 a day for coworking space in nightclubs folds

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UK pub chains....

A fair few pub chains offer Work From Pub. Normally include wifi, power, unlimited tea and coffee and may include a lunch and.or beer afterwards.

They also don't include a second screen or anything like an ergonomic working environment.

Samsung to start mass producing 2nm silicon in 2025, first for mobile devices

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Re: 2nm

I'm guessing you're unaware the the 5/3/2nm is not directly related to any physical property, its marketing-speak to show a jump in density and power efficiency.

Three UK goes TITSUP*: Down and out for 10 hours and counting

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A power cycle certainly didn't work for me this morning...

Curiously, I was apparently connected to 3 now and then, but there was nothing beyond that.

Ditch Chef, Puppet, Splunk and snyk for GitLab? That's the pitch from your new wannabe one-stop DevOps shop

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Re: Sounds great

And so... are you saying that reason is obviated or continued by GitLab's approach?

Father of Unix Ken Thompson checkmated: Old eight-char password is finally cracked

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Ken top posts?!

Scotiabank slammed for 'muppet-grade security' after internal source code and credentials spill onto open internet

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Totally off topic, another Canadian bank (ANC) keeps sending account info to one of my gmail addresses. Clearly there's no verification going on there. Additionally, I've tried to get them to stop, but any email I send seems to go unnoticed.

Sadly, the account owner keeps going overdrawn, and it's not a lovely thing to see.

A real head-scratcher: Tech support called in because emails 'aren't showing timestamps'

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At least is avoids following dodgy links. Perhaps we should insist on this for the more clueless users?

Ethiopia sits on 737 Max report but says pilots followed Boeing drills

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Well indeed. They didn't think it would happen, so when it did it all went pear shaped. But hey, it's okay now, because with the patch:

"There are no known or envisioned failure conditions where MCAS will provide multiple inputs."

*envisioned* - not *possible*, but *envisioned*. I can see a difference.

The curious case of a WordPress plugin, a rival site spammed with traffic, a war of words, and legal threats

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It all feels like a beautifully contrived set of BOFH excuses...

DXC Security exec: Yes, I'd have thought we'd spend more on certs and laptop kit for staff, too

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Even gladder than before that I didn't pursue the job opportunity there I was shown a while back. Sounds bad.

Uncle Sam's disaster agency FEMA creates disaster of its own: 2.3 million survivors' personal records spilled

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That's actually very good! Shows a little about being prepared, and about how the CDC would respond to an outbreak of a new disease. Nicely done.

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers

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Oh you have got to be joking. Mental.

Vengeful sacked IT bod destroyed ex-employer's AWS cloud accounts. Now he'll spent rest of 2019 in the clink

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Re: Sack Speedy Gonzalez too.

If that's true it's worrying. It would require monitoring to an unacceptable degree (keyboard logging, cctv or similar). Either that, or the passwords aren't stored securely.

New Zealand cops cuff alleged jackasses who shared mosque murder video, messages online

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Yes, there's nothing illegal about watching the video. That's why people are being told to report it if they see it. Possessing or distributing are quite different.

Okay, I understand that appealing to reason won't work with you because you're already trying to turn this into a conspiracy theory. Sheesh.

Ah... just looked at this person's comment history. Well, there you go then. Nutjob.

Croydon school rolling in toilet roll after Brexit gift deemed unfit for the Queen's Anus Horribilis

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Re: HM The Queen?

To The Tower with you!


Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes

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Following a previous poster to a different topic (Amazon cargo plane crashing in US), I started following the views on PPRuNe. The Ethiopian flight is discussed here:


Very interesting, and also quite possibly used as a primary source for various news sites.....

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system

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Re: Oh so true

I'd not realised what I said could have been a stab at systemd. Opportunity missed ;-)

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Oh so true

All those wonderful plans for that uber-admin swiss army knife script. Nope, just something small that does one thing right.

'It's like painting with atoms'... Watch how boffins form armies of simple micron-sized bots from a silicon wafer

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Re: So actual nanotechnology still as far away as ever?

Because computers have always been wee and handy?

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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I guess you either work from home or don't work.

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Re: It looks like

...more easily than your family...

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Re: Here's my contribution...

Yes, it was a wall of text, but still good to read :-)

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Ah yes, university travel companies....

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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I think we need emergency phones in all abandoned mines, and mobile phone stores required for any settlement over 25 people. Oh, and charging points in lamp posts, mile stones and foxes. Perhaps even badgers. Not squirrels though, on no.

TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates

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Backdated, too!

Meizu ditched hole-free phone because it was 'just the marketing team messing about', not because no one really gave a toss

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I know I'm a heretic, but....

...I think this is quite a sweet idea. Yes, it's non-expandable, unfixable and becomes basically a disposable device (with all the bad karma inherent in the throwaway culture we have), but it sounds - well, elegant.

Of course, as the proud user of a Motorola V235 (with extras for when it fails) I'm hardly the main audience.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Re: Beanie?

Upvoted purely for the polar bear pics (and the bunnies, I guess).

Vodafone exec dons tartan tam-o'-shanter, clutches bottle of Irn-Bru, in snap shared with firm... just before Glasgow staff told of redundo dates

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Article headline

Am I the only person who sees an article headline like that and tries to work out if it's a terrible play on works or something to do to with supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

Amazon Prime Air flight crashes in Texas after 6,000ft nosedive

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Re: The pilot will be blamed

It's also utter nonsense.

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Incredibly interesting - yes, good data, woolly data, wild speculation. Thank you!

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Re: We all thought the same!

Virtue signalling was originally about conspicuously showing one's moral superiority. I'm not doing that. I'm saying this person is behaving like an arse.

Of course, now virtue signalling has become a pretty lazy perjorative to denigrate anyone willing to call out someone's poor behaviour, so if that's how you wish to use the term, go ahead - but I'm afraid the flip side is that you can then be accused of virtue signalling my admitting your own shortcomings (and so being better than me), and so it goes on. Yawn. The OP still behaved like an arse.

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Re: We all thought the same!

Count me as being one of the people who only actually thought about #1 and later #2 (to a degree). I'll admit if there were a chance my parcel had been lost I'd care about it, and perhaps I ought to care about the effects on people who've not had their deliveries made.... but no, right now it's immaterial.

Not virtue signalling, I'm afraid, just not being an arse. Some people aren't.

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Re: We all thought the same!

Speak for yourself. My first thought was about the people who died, not the replaceable stuff on board.

Ah, the "troll" icon. Perhaps you thought you were being edgy or provocative. No, you were just being an arse.

Long phone is loooong: Sony swipes at flagship fatigue with 21:9 tall boy

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Re: 21:9 ratio, you say

But I *love* the idea of the guitar!

Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G

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Re: 6G!

I assumed you were joking but had to check just in case.

Oh heavens.

Then I started reading more of his twittage and had to make sure it wasn't a parody account.

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TheRegister is relevant to me because it brings me (mostly) tech news in text format.

I still don't know what an influencer is supposed to be. This spell checker doesn't even this that's a word...

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Re: local shops

What do think was running the generator?

OK, your boss allegedly called you a lazy n*****, promoted the person you trained ahead of you and paid you less, but you can't PROVE it's racism, Facebook says

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Re: And this my friends

Really not sure what you're trying to say here. I'd like to give you the benefit of doubt and assume you mean you shouldn't employ racists. The alternative meaning I can see sickens me.

Hmm... looked through your posting history. Either you're not particularly nice, or you do a fine job pf pretending so.

Down productivity tools: Microsoft Teams takes a Monday tumble

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What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

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Re: mono.org

Ah, mono. Blast from the past.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Had to click

...just to find out if it was Mr Astley or "I love horses"

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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Re: This somehow reminds me of my school days

I trust they chose a metal with a veeeery low melting point ;-)

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Re: Old story

Sadly not, I can't get hold of it for RHEL/CentOS, last time I looked....

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Never say no

I've seen the adverts. Never say no to Panda.

Here you go.


Makes me laugh.

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

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Re: I expect these to give the border with Ireland a wide berth

The cloud won' affect their power (as they'll be waaay above the vast majority of cloud).

Now, would cloud be an issue for what they're looking at? Possibly, although the beauty of these is that unlike a satellite it'll be easier to tell it to look in particular areas and perhaps avoid the cloud. Note an earlier poster wondered if these could be desired to help the OS map non-UK locations, some of which might be a little less occluded.

Cops looking for mum marauding uni campus asking students if they fancy dating her son

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Such things as "no adblockers", "sign up to read" and this "because of the GDPR" mere;y cut down on the sites I use. There are plently more.

Some of those which actually ask nicely to remove the adblocker (and which don't take the mickey with the ads) get my views and the revenue that's somehow worth.