* Posts by Archivist

208 posts • joined 20 Dec 2010


Scam-baiting YouTube channel Tech Support Scams taken offline by tech support scam


Hardly for publicity

All the time his YT channel is down, his Patreon channel won't get new subscribers. That's where the main income comes from.

I've enjoyed his channel immensely over the years, its "hype free" format suits my taste. Here's hoping he can recover it. Of course he may choose not to, I'm sure there will be fresh job opportunities based on his demonstrated skills, although turning your hobby into your job leaves you without a hobby:(

Latest Windows 11 Preview a well-rounded update – literally


MS late to the roundness party

At lease it'll put pay to all the Apple roundness quips - or will it?

Hubble memory errors persist despite NASA booting long-idle backup payload computer


When I learned fault finding

I was told: always check the power supply first.

Today I shall explain how dual monitors work using the medium of interpretive dance


Re: IT managers were always the most difficult

And if the error is showing in the boot screen, or screen grabs can't traverse across different networks?

I'm happy with a photo as long as it shows the problem.

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech


Bah humbug


Cisco: A price rise is coming to a town near you imminently. Blame chip shortages


Profiteering at it's best!

I bet the total material costs - chips included - barely exceed 5% of the final equipment cost.

Now Cisco make some good stuff but it's "goodness" is mostly to do with their development and IP, that's what we are paying for.

UK data watchdog fines 'pandemic partner' biz £8k: It sent 84,000 marketing emails to people who'd given info for track and trace


Re: A hefty fine

Did I miss the sarcasm flag?

SolarWinds CEO describes overhauled Orion build system after that 'very small, unique' security breach


Reject any criticism

If it can happen to anybody then we're blameless should it ever happen to us.

Philanthropist and ex-Microsoft manager Melinda Gates and her husband Bill split after 27 years of marriage


New models

I guess they are both thinking of a newer model, who will love them for themselves, not for the money.

Would be so cool if everyone normalized these pesky data leaks, says data-leaking Facebook in leaked memo


No accident

Was this an accident? I think not. This is part of the "normalisation" process.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children


Re: Pay by weight

Completely agree. There should be a seat charge plus a body weight + baggage charge.

Not sure what to do with the bariatrics, make then buy 2 seats? Have had the misfortune on a couple of occasions of other's fat spreading over the arm rest into my seat area. Horrible.

‘Radiation upset’ confused computers, caused false alarm on International Space Station


Radiation hardening

I'm reminded of when a colleague opened a piece of land-based kit and found a PCB full of a chip we didn't recognise at all. After a quick search we discovered it was the radiation hardened version of a chip that would likely be used in this application. We wondered why they would use chips that potentially cost hundreds of time the amount. The best conclusion was that they were surplus product that never made it into space and they got them for a song.

Which makes me think that as chip fabrication processes grow smaller, surely the energy to flip one bit becomes smaller too, meaning more bits will get flipped.

We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. A halo of light polarized by a gigantic black hole's magnetic field...


Thanks for publishing this article

It shows that the technology around us can be put to a better purpose than spreadsheets and funny cat videos.

Homo sapiens: Hey you, Neanderthals! Neanderthals: We heard that



Our perception of Neanderthals has changed over the years. When I was young Neanderthals were perceived as thuggish apes and incapable of most human actions.

Is it any co-incidence that since we now understand that we are partly Neanderthal (it's in the DNA of many of us), they have become a cultured alternative human version that don't look too different from us.

I also find it interesting that some Chinese anthropologists have spent a lot of time researching their Devonian branch of the evolutionary tree to try and prove that as a race they have no Neanderthal DNA.

I don't know if I have any Neanderthal DNA, but a European it seems likely that I do. And I'm proud of it!

Citibank accidentally wired $500m back to lenders in user-interface super-gaffe – and judge says it can't be undone


Ha ha ha

I have dyscalculia and through life have found ways around most problems this creates. One I have not, is copying a bank account number. I'm seriously anxious when I need to do this to pay someone because I know that if I make a mistake, it is very unlikely the bank will agree to claw back my money.

It's great to see the boot on the other foot!

Same old complexity beneath Windows 10 Cloud Config means it's unlikely to compete with the likes of Chrome OS


A blinkered future

I respectfully disagree that it is unlikely to compete with the likes of Chrome OS. Indeed I think it will succeed. My reasoning:

Almost all corporate IT departments are filled with managers and technicians who have cut their teeth with MS. It's easier (and perceived as less risky) to follow the MS trail.

I've worked for an organisation where:

If it hasn't got an HP badge it's not a computer.

If it hasn't got the latest MS OS, it's not viable.

In wake of Apple privacy controls, Facebook mulls just begging its iOS app users to let it track them over the web


My heat bleeds

Poor Facebook....

Decade-old bug in Linux world's sudo can be abused by any logged-in user to gain root privileges


Re: An honest question

Good idea! Thanks.


An honest question

As a Debian user, I never enable it. Does that make me safe?

Facebook finally finds something it thinks is truly objectionable and needs to be taken offline: Apple



Your username seems to be a self fulfilling prophesy with this post.

Apple emits emergency iOS security updates while warning holes may have been exploited in wild by hackers


Re: Once.....

Very lucky, or maybe you don't have any peripherals.

You would expect a qualified electrician to wire a building to spec, right? Trust... but verify


Phase to phase

I fell foul of this predisposition of Americans to connect across phases. I was in a hurry (never buy in haste) to procure 2 x 5KVA UPSs. My eyes looked at the options and saw 110V and 2xx volt. So being in the UK I ordered the NOT 110V versions. To my horror when they arrived the connectors were "funny" and as I unboxed one I became horribly aware that the 2xxV was 208V.

The messages from the dealer "special order" and "6 week delay" started echoing around my brain, as did the realisation that I'd have to explain this to my boss. It took over a year to convince the dealer to accept them as a return.

Unauthorised RAC staffer harvested customer details then sold them to accident claims management company


Re: These type of activity is a plague on humanity

My wife gets these, and has a brilliant patter:

We're phoning about about your accident.

Which one?

Umm the one recently.

Oh, the one where I lost both my arms and legs?

(Caller hangs up).

Intel wheels out new face authentication product that works a lot like Apple's FaceID


Re: FaceID and facemasks

Touch ID is great until you have physical project. After a day of working with my hands, it fails to recognise my prints. Mostly the recognition returns but sometimes a re-register is required.

Explained: The thinking behind the 32GB Windows Format limit on FAT32


Re: Whaddabout CDs?

Upvoted as mostly correct. The numbers for NTSC get you 44.056KHz not 44.1KHz because the field frequency is 50.94Hz, not 60Hz, so that's not the reason.

44.1kHz was chosen as a compromise of frequency response (Nyquist) and maximising recording length on a CD.

Apple Arm Macs ship, don't expect all open-source apps to work without emulation – here's what you need to know


Re: Buehler? Anyone?

Microsoft Office, Libre/Open Office, VLC, Dropbox. Most people will have at least one of those and there is no advantage to using the App Store, even if they're available.

LibreOffice rains on OpenOffice's 20th anniversary parade, tells rival project to 'do the right thing' and die


Re: Why I use OO

Um, not really an issue on my 4 year old iMac, it's the load time that makes the difference.


Why I use OO

Have both on MacOS.


Open office: 391MB

Libre Office: 780MB

Opening time from cold:

Open Office: 10s

Libre Office: 24s

Open Office does everything I need. I downloaded Libre Office as it's supposed to have better compatibility with MS Office but I didn't find it any better on documents I dealt with.

Britain should have binned Huawei 5G kit years ago to cuddle up with Trump, says Parliamentary committee


Mark my words

Once 5G becomes more available they'll slow down the 4G and you'll have to switch - and pay more.

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'


Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

Incorrect. My plate was issued in Milton Keynes and begins KO19...

China, Russia and Iran all attacking US elections and using some nasty new tactics, says Microsoft


Kettle black

Of course the US has never interfered in other states internal matters or elections...

Forget your space-age IT security systems. It might just take a $1m bribe and a willing employee to be pwned


Just say no

Having got embroiled and cheated on the deal, he'd better keep looking over his shoulder from now on.

Would have been better to just say no in the first place.

Can I get some service here? The new 27-inch iMac forgoes replaceable storage for soldered innards


Re: Also

"...You can't just mount new storage into whatever directory needs it....

Ever heard of symlinks?


Re: HP's Gen8 / Gen9 Server (Microserver) iLO NAND Flash symptomatic failure

"HP(E) seem to be blatantly flouting UK consumer law by not honouring a replacement / swap out of the motherboard to fix this issue."

I doubt many HP Gen.. servers are bought by consumers. Business purchases don't qualify for this. It's still the wild west for business.

Once considered lost, ESA and NASA's SOHO came back from the brink of death to work even better than it did before


Re: Great Article, Thanks

Thoroughly agree!

I note the initial cock-up was to "save time". This has been a common theme in cock-ups I've seen and been involved in :(

Writing a procedure takes a lot of time and testing. If you are going to change it, at least give the changes as much thought (and testing as you can) as the original procedure.

Of course nothing can take away the fantastic skills and thinking of the team to recover the craft. In a world where a lot of people are doing really stupid things, it's great to see what humankind can achieve.

You've accused Apple of patent infringement. You want to probe the iOS source in a closed-room environment. What to do in a pandemic?


In the viewing room....

Those are elegant looking glasses Mr Hashimoto, oh Mr Kimura has the same taste!

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite


Re: Petty or Pedant?

I think you'll find Gaffer Tape was invented for the film industry. The only squaddies were actors.

Google product boss cuffed on suspicion of murder after his Microsoft manager wife goes missing, woman's body found, during Hawaii trip


Sad but true

It is

Get in the C: Raspberry Pi 4 can handle a wider range of USB adapters thanks to revised design's silent arrival


I think he meant solder mask

"silk screen tweaks to reduce solder bridging in manufacture"


Re: Power to the Pi-ple

The headers connectors are rated at about 1 amp. Happy?

Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything


Here you go

There's a wired version here:


The $4.3bn trial of the century is over! Now we wait for judgment


From the article

"over-inflating revenues"

I think you're over exaggerating.

Ring of fired: Amazon axes multiple workers who secretly snooped on netizens' surveillance camera footage


With apologies to Tolkien

Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them

Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light


Re: Speed of light

Repeat after me:

Electric current does not travel at the speed of light...

(But to my ears it might as well do)

Oh cool, Alibaba's first home-grown AI chip. Oh wait, it's only for its own cloud servers... for now


AI and I don't mean love 愛

This is a signal that every country needs to be in the chip race. Any country that's not will be owned by one of the "chip powers". Take your pick which one!

It's already happening in defence, this will be a hell of a lot relevant to economies and have widespread and fundamental effects down to an individual level.

Pro tip: Plug in your Tesla S when clocking off, lest you run out of juice mid hot pursuit


This is the unfortunate weakness of battery operated devices.

Of course fossil fuel devices never run out.

Titan-ic disaster: Bluetooth blunder sinks Google's 2FA keys, free replacements offered


What is this schadenfreuder you speak of? Even my English spellchecker picked up the mistake.

Or could it be: One who schadenfreudes?

We can do this the easy way or the Huawei, US tells Germany with threat to snip intel over 5G fears


World class bully

This is politics being used to influence economics.

God DRAM, that's a big price drop: Memory down 30 per cent, claim industry watchers


The article's reasoning doesn't make sense

So Intel is "to blame" as it focusses on server CPUs, leaving warehouses of PCs with no memory...

The last PC I peeped into had 2 sticks; the last server had 16.


What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs



There's an RPI in our server room... It's our GPS Stratum-1 time server. Been running for 3 years so far, untouched. Of course it's fully documented.



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