* Posts by Proud Father

114 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Mar 2011


Airbus A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours

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Common Remote Data Concentrator (CRDC)

Sounds similar to the CANBUS system used in modern cars ;)

Baffling tale of Apple shops' 'non-facial' 'facial recognition', a stolen ID, and a $1bn lawsuit after a wrongful arrest

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Re: One BEEELLION dollars!!

Doesn't that fall under "contempt of court" to make a false crimimal claim?

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Re: The heavy jackboot of the law

IMO proof that big corp run the USA as their own empire.

Only crimes against big corp matter, anything not impacting the bottom line is not important.

Border guards probe 'suspicious bulge' in man's trousers to find he's packing fluffies

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Closest his dick is getting to pussy for a while.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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Re: Hmm ...

"Blofeld's Cat" that's fucking genius! Shame I can only upvote once.

SentinelOne makes YouTube delete Bsides vid 'cuz it didn't like the way bugs were reported

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Isn't it contempt of court to file false legal paperwork?

Would really like to see some legal comeback on false accusations.

The crowd roars and Ruckus joins in with 802.11ax kit

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1024 QAM?

From what I have read over the last year or so, 1024 QAM is tough to get working in a quiet environment.

Noisy environment? No chance.

Unless IEEE 802.11ax as made some huge leap in this area. I will have to do some more investigation.......

British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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First world problems

It's just a fucking graphic, get over it!

Headless man found in lava’s embrace

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The very definition of...

...having a bad day.

Indian comms satellite gives boffins back home the silent treatment

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Re: Wrong Priorities

"Surely India should concentrate on trying to feed, educate it's population, stamp out child weddings, rape and the killing of newborn females, before looking to the stars and yet happy to take aid frrom other countries?"

This! Aid money is not for building satellites!

User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

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Re: Feeling Old...

>> For not needing an explanation of TSR!


I also did some 8088 assembler programming for local company as an intern.

No virtual memory, just segments. Still find "FAR CALL" humorous today ;)

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke

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..or it didn't happen.

Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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Unchained Melody


Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a hack, claims angry upstart

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Re: Whilst I have sympathy..

"Perhaps I'm looking at this naively and with a lack of understanding, but to me cryptocurrency is nothing more than fools gold."

Indeed, IMHO you have to be pretty dumb to keep large amounts of "money" tied up as virtual cash.

As we have seen in this case, it can just disappear.

Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

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Re: Price googing?


$2.5 Million to NOT delete some data? Really?

Can I have some what they are smoking please?

How to remote hijack computers using Intel's insecure chips: Just use an empty login string

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Never trust user input!

(Programmer for more years than I care to mention)

It's time for our annual checkup on the circus that is the Internet Governance Forum

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There yer go.

HMRC IT cockup misses nearly 1m Scottish taxpayers for devo PAYE letters

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Re: You say England and Wales

Proof that sheep know more about IT than the government.

Brit loan firm gets comeuppance for 7.7 million spam texts

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Re: Sad Aside

>> It is a shame there is no 'do not spam' list anywhere.

There is, but they just ignore it.

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Fine should be £1 per spam text. That will (or should) be a deterrent.

152k cameras in 990Gbps record-breaking dual DDoS

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Re: I'm trying to think of that sci-fi story...


Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

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Re: But the program is error free!

"Halleluja, It Compiled! It Compiled!"...

For some of the developers I have met, this alone is a fucking miracle.

You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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Re: Date maths

Fuck me, whoever did that needs to be shot!

I did a lot of work on date routines in my previous job. That example really is pretty poor.

Even now, I still see people that don't understand leap years and julian dates :(

Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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I wish...

...I could pay my tax bill with loose change found down the back of the sofa.

How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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Re: Maybe, just maybe..

Back in 6th form (in 1983!) we had an unofficial Rubik's competition.

I came 2nd with 1m 20s, 1st place was 58s.

Long time ago now, completely forgotten how to do it now :(

Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss

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Paris Hilton

Stay classy...


TalkTalk plays 'no legal obligation' card on encryption – fails to think of the children (read: its customers)

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Re: do payment processors have an obligation to deal with talktalk?

As I stated in the original article, the major players like Visa/Mastered can revoke their status as a credit card acquirer.

Not being able to process CCs will hurt.

TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

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Re: Does there need to be an obligation to "encrypt" ?



They could be punished by Visa/Mastercard and have their credit card acquirer status removed.

Apple ordered to write a $234m check to uni in A7 chip patent spat

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Using a table to track stuff? Obvious? Prior art?

Only a CNUT would hold back the waves of the sharing economy

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Re: You can buy a chainsaw for that.

Whoa! I had no idea a chainsaw would be so cheap.

Time to finally clear out those Cacodemons in the loft!

Smuggle mischievous JavaScript into WinRAR archives? Sure, why not

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A real shame, but it happens.

I have followed WinRAR for a long time, ever since I bought a license in fact.

The code quality by the author is excellent, the alpha builds are more stable and bug free then some 'release' software I could mention.

There is currently a version 5.30 beta 4 so I'm sure the fix will be applied pretty quickly.

Sky 'fesses up to broken fibre cables as cause of outage woes

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@Kubla Cant

It would seem greed and the pursuit of profits are far more effective at breaking connectivity than a nuclear blast.

332M Kick Ass pirates get asses kicked by scareware ass-kickers

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@Nick Ryan

Lubuntu 15.04, Firefox+uBlock, Deluge client and VPN to bypass those pesky ISP blocks.

All wrapped up nice and safe in a Hyper-V VM. Works a treat.

Official: North America COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

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....I'll bet that Class A address holders are looking at their millions of IPv4 addresses and starting to tot up how much they might be worth:.....

These class A ranges should not be held onto by these companies, they simply don't need them.

It is selfish to hold onto them when they could be used to benefit the whole internet.

DMCA takedown bots must respect 'fair use' of copyright – US appeals court

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Automated takedown notices...

...should not be allowed. They go against the principle of "innocent until proven guilty".

You have to prove the infringement occurred before demanding action.

T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering

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...not unlimited then is it?

These people really need to stop using 'unlimited'. It's obviously not true.

Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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2 Rings

The reason only 2 of the 4 rings are used is because of the Alpha build of NT.

Alpha processors only had 2 rings so it was kept this way for code portability between CPU architectures.

It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

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>> I was just prepping to watch Dark City tonight, too.

Ah yer back when Jennifer Connelly had curves. Well worth watching.

Microsoft rains cash on OpenBSD Foundation, becomes top 2015 donor

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Embrace, Extend, Extinguish

Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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Same here. Bit of a geek back in school.

I had embedded 6052 assembler in my BBC basic programs.

The Spectrum I played with Z80 assembler (precursor to the 8088 if I remember correctly -- EDIT: Google says NO. It was a long time ago ok?)

When I was in college I had a temporary job at a local company writing assembler routines in 8088 for a Basic interpreter. I did the peek/poke routines and some cursor processing stuff. Can't remember the rest. I still laugh when I think of 'Far calls' ;)

7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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Re: Would it help if we banned encryption?

That wouldn't stop criminals and terrorists from using encryption. They are not exactly a law abiding bunch of miscreants.

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Late support

My office was at Goodman's fields, 1 Alie street a.k.a the big red brick building (now demolished).

I was on late support than week (10am - 7pm). There was a high probability I would have been on that Aldgate train if I didn't have a doctor's appointment that day.

Confusion reigns as Bundestag malware clean-up staggers on

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Norbert Lammert

Is that the German version of Norman Lamont?

Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it

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Re: Lubuntu...


"I don't get why you need a GUI for software installs? Seriously, I don't get the point of them?"

Because I want to. It's all about choice.

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...is what I use for light weight Linux installs.

Minimal set of apps and still has a GUI software center.

Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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Re: Memory for names

>> sergeants addressed as major feel insulted.

Don't call me Sir, I work for a living!

Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Oh wow, I remember that. Best 45 single 'B' side ever IMO.

Yes I had that 45, yes I am that old.

The Government Digital Service: The Happiest Place on Earth

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... just the usual dysfunctional money wasting government department.

Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Terminology issue?

I thought the "firmware" was a permanent, but updatable by flashing, part of the GFX card.

Why does the driver need to be doing this?