* Posts by DaemonProcess

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Planning for power cuts? That's strictly for the birds

DaemonProcess

scope

Do ensure that all of your essential systems are covered by the UPS, DR processes, backups, even documentation...

I did once hear of heartwarming successful UPS tests, building power-cycles and application recovery tests for a company - BUT when the power to an office building cut out they discovered one particularly important infrastructure server was still sat under somebody's desk from 15 years previously and had been forgotten about. Bringing down everything else had never tested this part because up until that point it had stayed operational.

As for loud bangs and flashes, our house was once stuck by lightning. The land line phone was blown right up the stairs as was one neighbour's phone. Clocks blew up as did the TV. I saw plasma glowing around bedside lamps. There was a 3 foot spark from the phone system to the central heating system, which told me that simply switching off or even unplugging probably isn't enough. I even distrust lightning surge protectors now, although to be fair if someone else's house in the street is hit it may help. Our strike even blew up somebody's expensive HiFi valve-based amplifier which was left on permanently - he lived 6 houses away. What saved us was the cast iron Victorian guttering to ground. The only building infrastructure to need replacing was a vertical line of roof tiles from ridge to gutter.

New submarine cable to link Japan, Europe, through famed Northwest Passage

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Resurrect Goonhilly

We should never have chopped Goonhilly in Cornwall. Putin is already threatening to chop our internet cables and our gas over Ukraine.

Of course, these days, it would be better to have 1000 micro-Goonhillies communicating over Starlink or similar.

WSPR anyone? :-)) We will soon be back to short wave and the Lincolnshire poacher.

Azul lays claim to massive efficiency gains with remote compilation for Java

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+O9

Well I have seen large (300%) gains from optimisation, partly from profile-based and partly by letting the compiler go to the max and also enabling linker optimisations. Most developers go for fastest compilation, put whatever is working into test and then nobody wants to change anything for production.

Some optimisations can even effectively re-write source code so that +3 and then +4 gets turned into a single +7 machine instruction.

What cannot improve though is dependency on i/o. A single stream will not go any quicker; - but you will probably be able to run more processes in parallel and have them all blocked on i/o... This is have also seen, but not since 20 years ago.

So, yes, I can believe gains in non-i/o bound cpu-hoggers, such as ML learning in memory, but not for anything much else.

After deadly 737 Max crashes, damning whistleblower report reveals sidelined engineers, scarcity of expertise, more

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1 vs 3

Airbus - 3 sensors - more cost - but a far more reliable quorum.

Boeing - 1 sensor - cheap - Donald Ducked.

When my car window had a short-out the polarity (hot-cold) of my heater controls was reversed. Weird things can happen when electrical parts go bad.

When one goes bad out of a pair then it's hard to know which is right. That's why you need 3 of them.

The same is true of piezo speed sensors (Air France from Brazil icing).

Loving all the comments.

Log4j RCE latest: In case you hadn't noticed, this is Really Very Bad, exploited in the wild, needs urgent patching

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Re: Why should any language be able to load arbitrary code?

This is what made Flash so insecure - bring in anything and run it without question, features over security.

By the way, don't assume subdirectories are absolutely secure, you still have to be careful. There's the well known vulnerability of assuming your script.sh is actually being run from the right location. They just cd to their own directory and replace your script.sh, so that the top level code executes their script not yours. This is a classic escalation of privilege weakness with chmod +s.

The dark equation of harm versus good means blockchain’s had its day

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decryption

Since these techs are based on 256-512 bit hashes and public/private key cryptography, I wonder how long it would take a re-programmed mining farm @ 2000 terahashes per second to actually decrypt some of these public keys so the large wallets (even off-exchange ones) are cleaned out. I also wonder whether any state has already started this effort into producing new ASICs for the purpose.

As for NFTs being useful, to me they are just like Tamagotchi or Pokemon trading cards - on the face of it useless and worthless apart from collectors and they will sooner go out of fashion. I never saw the point of it. Maybe a company will NFT it's software releases one day, to replace certificates.

The other problem I have with the Crypto ecosystem is that so much of the 'use case' is based on financial services itself - a massive house of cards.

It's ironic that some of the pegged stablecoins like Tether and co are the ones being targetted by the authorities because those surely have better integration capabilities to the real world - hopefully each government will sort out it's own digital 'denarius' (=10 asses) soon, once they have got beyond quantum decryption worries and the fact that transactions cannot easily be reversed without owning 51% of the market cap etc.

In spite of that I find the article to be full nay-saying without backing up with much evidence. To help further argument I have to point out that crypto fraud is less reckoned to be less than 10% of the value of currency fraud (e.g. trillions in tax havens, billions stolen by corrupt leaders and banks themselves laundering hundreds of billions (e.g. Danske bank 200Bn told by this guy in this youtube video /v=f8iPIV9cBAs ) Also that the banks themselves now hold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of crypto for themselves and clients.

Desktop bust and custom iPhone 13 Pro made from melted-down Tesla car for the Elon Musk dork in your life

DaemonProcess

Vertu us?

I wonder what happened to all those Vertu Nokia's that were comparatively expensive back in the day. I also wonder if the people who bought them actually care.

Boffins use nuclear radiation to send data wirelessly

DaemonProcess

so not fast enough for a bug ?

I wonder if anyone already thought of using that tech for a remote bug device. Instead of RF EMR you have radioactive particles. DIstance / rmeote source?, detection, power, bandwidth, etc...

Remember when you thought fax machines were dead-matter teleporters? Ah, just me, then

DaemonProcess

Re: Happy Memories of a first time faxer

Its worth repeating this old one, it wasn't just the secretaries but the management who didnt know how the machines worked. I once saw an RAF Wing Commander put his letter into an envelope, address it and then feed the closed envelope into the Fax machine.

Analogue tones of a ZX Spectrum Load set to ride again via podcast project

DaemonProcess

memories

There was a Tron-like Spectrum game called Blind Alley which had the most recognisable sound on tape. I could identify that from about 3 seconds of audio, when fast-forwarding through my tape player.

One thing I did manage once was to use 2 tape recorders and a phone call to transfer a program to my mate round the corner, with a simultaneous SAVE and LOAD and some silence it worked like a non-flow-control modem.

Ransomware-hit law firm secures High Court judgment against unknown criminals

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Mareva order

There used to be something called a Mareva order to freeze assets anywhere in the world that does accept UK high court judgements. So with a judgement under their belt the solicitors may be able to trace the hacker's money to an offshore location and seize it - or even attempt to seize an entire global blockchain of crypto currency if the hackers use that (probably). It would be fun to watch them try especially with a de-centralised project - 'all your mining and validator nodes belong to us now, that's 2 trillion usd' and you have to stop them all from transacting and rewind everything to yesterday morning when the order was signed. Not mathematically possible.

The magic TUPE roundabout: Council, Wipro, Northgate all deny employing Unix admins in outsourcing muddle

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Quiet victory I hope/

I hope the companies don't eventually win because because they will use high court judgements to put groups of more expensive employees outside of regulatory protection. I would suggest they get their MP to ask a question in Parliament but that wouldn't change a thing with the current mob who really want to remove employment protections. Ultimately TV and other mass media may be the employees best bet. I also suggest intensive cloud training like the rest of us.

Fancy joining the SAS's secret hacker squad in Hereford as an electronics engineer for £33k?

DaemonProcess

Re: Which meillennium is this again?

more like an Aston.

Sounds like they are after an Army Q, but wanting post-grad electronics for 33k is pathetic. Also what kind of pressure are the civvies under if it's a Lt Col in command? Sounds like they really wanted a qualified soldier but couldn't find one capable of original thought.

AWS Free Tier, where's your spending limit? 'I thought I deleted everything but I have been charged $200'

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unable to delete either

In the beginning I was stupid enough to try the Lightsail service of "quickly" standing up a server. ( Little did I know that its actually easier to do it all yourself and

it's easier to understand ). Then when I tried to delete it as my ROOT account it told me that I didnt have permission to do this. But...er... I'm root and can delete anything can't I? Well a few queries into the forums found some very smug unhelpful people who said that I had to do some advance IAM to grant my root account the permission to delete what it had just created. This is another way that AWS tries to lock you in for good. Cloud is more of the same old IT business of the past 40 years - vendor lock-in is top priority. I've closed the account completely now, gone to the opposition.

IBM creates a COBOL compiler – for Linux on x86

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too late

Yes this was needed by IBM about 13 years ago, they would have kept more customers if they had had the vision and weren't run by accountants. The internal MF lobby high up in IBM's US management is too powerful and even today is continuing to de-relevent (see wot i did there?) the company as a whole - by saying that people still have a route back to MF if the required performance can't be met. They haven't got a clue. Desperately holding on to the 1970s. Actually in 1989 I was briefly a COBOL programmer, you kind of get into it and it can be enjoyable up to a point.

DaemonProcess

Re: [Aside] Storage media

when i was in ICL the dedicated word processor floppy disks were 10" a-hem.

Blockchain may be the machinery of mischief, but it can't help telling the truth

DaemonProcess

51% attacks, de-fi, tracing/fungibilty

For a start, the blockchains are hackable if you can get 51% of the vote to roll-back transactions and insert your own. This has happened in a couple of cases, e.g. "ethereum classic". However these are publicly available audit-logs, so everyone will know that it happened.

What is more likely is that your NFT's blockchain will simply go out of use in 10-20 years time, to be replaced by something else, so your 'provenance' turns out of be worthless by the year 2050.

Secondly on fungibility Bitcoin is a token which is fully traceable - a multi-million dollar industry has built up in tracing every transaction through every wallet. This means that if you buy some BTC off a dodgy exchange you may end up with a coin that was created and previously used in funding crime and is therefore subject to confiscation by the authorities, together with a nasty audit of yourself. They may be fungible in theory but you had better know who had it before you or else buy through one of the big exchanges that are approved by the FDA/FCA. Only the deep cryptography tokens like Monero offer the best fungibilty and many exchanges are getting out of that because that's the sort of token the dark web prefers.

On the subject of using certification (private/public) instead - the difference with modern blockchains is full de-centralisation (de-fi) which means that they aren't in theory capable of being taken-over by someone gaining control of the root CA because there isn't a root. Transactions must be approved by an accepted number of nodes. Bitcoin is terrible for commerce because of 500+ nodes need to approve everything so it takes hours to do anything. Other modern sharded chains hope to fix this in the next 2-3 years. It's still early days and largely you are betting on a lack of bugs, quality of testing and market take-up. In my opinion there is a lot of FUD being thrown around for and against this, but the tech is incoming regardless.

Microsoft settles £200,000+ claims against tech support scammers who ran global ripoff from cottage in Surrey

DaemonProcess
Joke

dorks of Dorking

Interesting that the dorks of Dorking successfully convinced customers that they were officers of Microsoft.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

DaemonProcess

all bets off

When the fire brigade turn up, all your previous bets around proximity to other local DCs are off. I bet some companies decided to back up to another DC on site in order to save on comms costs, so will be completely unavailable until the fire marshalls agree to power up again. Of course if the power supply wasn't sufficiently compartmentalised then it would be OVH's fault.

Another potential issue is if the any local safe holding backup tapes is operated electronically. Yes some orgs are still glued to tape backups.

What if they also located the backup catalogs on line in one of the DCs - even cross connected makes no difference if it's all down.

However, in the defence of colo DCs such as OVH, some of the FUBARs from cloud providers with respect to DNS outages, storage configuration admin errors and so forth have caused entire regions to go down with poor/slow back-out options when it happened - an even bigger blast radius.

Happy birthday, Python, you're 30 years old this week: Easy to learn, and the right tool at the right time

DaemonProcess

Re: not so easy to learn

AWS expects you to use a serverless piece of python linked to DynamoDB database for that sort of thing. Preferrably with a bit of cache inbetween for more cost. Variables and semaphores are so old-school and way too efficient when you can put 10 billion instructions, a load balancer, filewall and 12 tcp/ip connections inbetween all the parts.

DaemonProcess

not so easy to learn

I am the opposite of just about everyone else here, but that's probably because I like assembler.

I have no problem with the indents because they reduce the number of lines of code (cf. Java's doubling of required lines of code and endless scrolling).

I don't like the packaging horrors and versions hell.

I don't like the partial declarative nature and ability to embed function calls in conditionals by way of adding a . to the end. This is not readable, on a level equivalent to perl. Also the order of words in the code just isnt right. Colons are also dire.

Dont forget abstractions in OO languages are a leap of intuition for beginners, requiring a mental age over 12, which counts me out on some mornings.

Constantly inventing languages is part of the endless cycle of IT eating itself. The same has been happening in AI/ML algorithms for the past 40 years.

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

DaemonProcess

strlen

size_t cmnd_size = (size_t) (argv[argc - 1] - argv[0]) + strlen(argv[argc - 1]) + 1;

Well the first obvious issue is they used strlen() and not strnlen() -doh! Isn't there a pre-processor to check for this?

The second issue is they are subtracting pointer addresses. Taking the address of the last argument, subtracting the address of the first argument and then adding the size of the last one only - what about args in the middle? This code appears to be borked several ways.

I suspect that sudo for a command was scrutineered (? is that a word) in more detail than sudo -e / sudoedit.

This code is nearly as bad as David Korn's initial efforts in su, login, and passwd, which I had to upgrade for pam once upon a time. His code was a horror of #IFDEFs. At least the explicit length check I used had an 'n' in the function call, 25 years ago.

Legacy IT kit is behind 80% of UK taxman's pandemic costs, says spending watchdog

DaemonProcess

problems start with Parliament

I've had a 30 year carreer in IT, including passing quite a few technical exams without issue. Before that when I was a tax collector I completely falied to manually correctly calculate the due date for interest payable, also quite a few collectors would swear that different due dates were the correct one and the IT systems themselves weren't ever up-to-date with the legislation which changes each year. This is symptomatic of the complexity of the law as is debated and accepted by Parliament. The UK tax law volumes are huge. VAT is a similar situation - although easy at first principles it rapidly gets out of hand in the real world.

Sort out the tax law and especially the parallel and even more complicated laws around national insurance, then new IT systems will be easier to introduce.

Dnsmasq, used in only a million or more internet-facing devices globally, patches not-so-secret seven spoofing, hijacking flaws

DaemonProcess

ugh

I always hated dnsmasq. Many distros sadly liked it because of it's ready-for-systemd packaging. Stick with named.

US Treasury, Dept of Commerce hacks linked to SolarWinds IT monitoring software supply-chain attack

DaemonProcess

It is the Achilles heal

All too often these tools are given too much freedom, partly because the CISO people want to see everything, but in doing so they create openings for an attack Network tools and IDS tools are both hugely tempting targets for attack. I can believe that some orgs are fighting people right now who don't want to turn it off.

The nightmare is real: 'Excel formulas are the world's most widely used programming language,' says Microsoft

DaemonProcess

The road to hell is paved with...

... linked sheets with hard-coded drive letters. I once had to migrate an accounts department's IT. The dedicated accounting packages were easy to move. They did not inter-operate and were in some cases more expensive and difficult to maintain than the business ever got benefit from. So the department mostly ran on Excel as the integration tool. 3 sub-teams had differently mapped drive letters corresponding to different file servers in different offices (which used to be different organisations) and these letters were hidden all over the place in their linked sheets. I have my head in my hands just remembering this. Having to preserve historical financials as well, trying to persuade them of the benefits of UNC paths and variables... just horrible. This sort of mess will not be re-factorable (is that a word?) easily.

Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah

DaemonProcess

5th element

It is telling the USA to re-find the 5th element. 70 million of them need Leeloo.

Amazon's ad-hoc Ring, Echo mesh network can mooch off your neighbors' Wi-Fi if needed – and it's opt-out

DaemonProcess
FAIL

Facepalm

As security-conscious as Microsoft were in the 1990s. Never mind the hole straight through your firewall look at this cool sales feature!

Former BT CEO to lead task force that will advise UK.gov on diversifying the nation's telecoms supply chain

DaemonProcess

Re: seen it

Lordy, it was supposed to be a joke... but as usual someone else thought of it first and made money out of it when I didn't. Feel free to submit your own half-baked ideas too.

DaemonProcess

seen it

I've witnessed first support, then product development be moved offshore over the past 30 years. Most western IT companies are just shells of management, sales and project managers, with everything else located in cheaper labour territories.

Maybe we Reg readers can create a product, something like 5G AI-adaptive Multi-layer Blockchain On K8s Managed Above Cloud Storage (5G-AIM-BOG-KMACS). Requires a mere 100000 micro-satellites consisting of a RPI-zero, a USB-drive and a transceiver. Give it a pretty GUI and senior civil servants will leap on it.

Why cloud costs get out of control: Too much lift and shift, and pricing that is 'screwy and broken'

DaemonProcess

Governance

Beware who you give a corporate credit card to and check the bills to ensure cloud providers are not cropping up. This especially applies across countries.

Set up your cloud governance before you move anything and rigidly control it. Requiring Devops pipelines and build templates can help a lot.

Beware customer contracts that say "you will get your own dedicated hardware/server" because auto-scaling 10 web servers across 10 customers won't be possible and you won't get cost savings.

Trying to combine security uplift with a migration will cause delays and cost over-runs. Be sensible about it but don't go to either extreme. Asking security will cause them to list everything in the toy box as a minimal requirement. Similarly I've seen too much *.* just to get stuff going because the IAM was too hard.

Kubernetes (the latest must-have) can in fact cause utilisation to go down rather up (against VMs) when everybody wants their own dedicated cluster, for reliability, contractual or other reasons.

Anyone else noticed that the top countries for broadband speeds are well-known tax havens? No? Just us then?

DaemonProcess

Forex, speed of connection etc

It started with forex, then general stocks, commodities, now it is crypto tokens. Speed of trade is a factor in margin. I have seen trillions in trade$ move from continent to continent every day. Locate your offshore tax-limited trading in a small country and ensure (bribe) the leaders pay for high speed connections. I am sure someone will be trying to split photons to see if they can beat physics next.

The small wealthy population gets a bonus.

Brit MPs vote down bid to delay IR35 reforms, press ahead with new tax rules for private-sector contractors

DaemonProcess

Right to (not) work

This is being pushed in by the Conservatives as a prelude to US right-to-work legislation. Unfortunately I don't believe the UK version will grant employees the same rights as in the USA. It will be totally one-sided in favour of the US corporate sponsors, gerrymandered into trade deals as a precondition.

I also suspect that Brexit will force an acceleration of these changes as a means to creating cheaper employment in the UK than in the rest of Europe. Sorry for bringing up the B word.

Moore's Law is deader than corduroy bell bottoms. But with a bit of smart coding it's not the end of the road

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optimize / optimise

There are after-market optimizing compilers for (even) Node, Python and Java - a language is just a language, GC or not. People just tend to use them in the standard manner (interpreted, JIT or whatever). A compilation stage could simply be added to a devops pipeline, if only people trusted their near-to-non-existent testing these days (a-hem iOS and Android).

I programmed one of the world's first prototype cash machines. It only had 256 12-bit words of RAM in magnetic core storage. Out of that I had to handle screen i/o, cash dispensing and comms. Obviously it had fairly limited functionality and there were separate i/o processors and hardware controllers to handle stuff but it's amazing what skills we have lost. For example had to use self-modifying code to save memory, so the screen output routine was essentially the same as the the cash dispensing and serial output loops, with a few changed words in the middle as required.

As for the comment about C being close to Assembler, there was a language in-between those, called NEAT-3 which was like assembler but with variables, it was a fun way to learn about instructions, stacks and algorithms. Also you get millicode and microcode but those are different subjects.

You are not a real programmer unless you remember when an assembler multiplication of 200x5 could be made faster than 5x200. But then again I did once know a programmer who's idea of a program was a C header followed by 200 lines of un-commented assembler...

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

DaemonProcess

madness

<rant warning> This makes me so mad. It reduces my opinion of the people who design planes. To assume the pilots are too stupid to fly, automating ever more and at the same time reducing training so that the pilots really are struggling in some cases, then putting their faith into software based on the readings of non-redundant sensors. It creates situations not just like the 737 MAX but also the French airlines crash into the Atlantic based on a single iced piezoelectric sensor - the Air France pilots - who were not trained to safely identify which systems aren't working - assumed that if they stalled the plane the software would save them! Incidentally those sensors have since been re-designed twice to improve the built-in heater; actually I would like to see 2 more of each so that the software has a quorum if one of them fails. Add to that is the news that all 4 redundant sets of avionics in Aibus A380s were placed in the same cupboard, instead of separated 2 at each end of the plane and in one airline's case right under the 1st class showers which once leaked and took out 3 of the 4 avionics systems nearly crashing the aircraft. I am not particularly clever but I think even I could do a better job of this. Is it politics? Accountants? Is it the costs of extra sensors? Is it aeronautical engineers treating IT design as having lesser importance? Were the IT architects the stupid ones? I'm so annoyed </rant>

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

DaemonProcess

Not the only one to do that

I also heard of a stuck giroscope that caused a torp to curl a huge arc off Portland Bill and whizz up Weymouth beach at v.fast knots. Thankfully the beach is a wide gentle slope so nothing was hit.

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

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Sinclair ZX Spectrum comms

Before the days of Spectrum emulators, I managed to copy some bits of Sinclair ZX Spectrum BASIC programs which had sentimental value to an IBM PC using 6 paper clips and a piece of twin+earth. It did require an RS-232 expansion box on the speccy but still worked, albeit at 50 baud only. Faster speeds up to 9600 were only possible for brief periods because s/w flow control didn't seem to work very well and I had run out of paper clips, so h/w flow control wasn't possible. Actually the Sinclair BASIC wasn't much different to QBASIC and the programs ran fine. I treated the PC as a line printer, transferring the code using LPRINT command.

German scientists, Black Knights and the birthplace of British rocketry

DaemonProcess

It is worth going into the control room in summer, when I went there a few years ago they had a model of Prospero and some control units.

Linux in 2020: 27.8 million lines of code in the kernel, 1.3 million in systemd

DaemonProcess

Re: I've had .....

totally agree - OSS was / is brilliant, all my problems started with ALSA and JACK. But with that and systemd I simply dont have the time to fix anything any more. Linux is the new Windows.

From Soviet to science fiction icon, the weird life of Isaac Asimov 100 years on

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4th law

Actually the end of the Robots series brought up the requirement of a 4th law of robotics, based around the needs of the many versus the needs of the few, which would under those circumstances allow robots to kill people if it saved others, therefore bringing forth the debate about the quality of information, equality of races, are robot armies justified and all of that - basically an invitation for others to follow on the story developing these philosophical questions. For example would we allow an autonomous robot drone to kill an enemy general if that saves multiple lives elsewhere (I know AF drones are currently remote control, mostly). Topical.

Just in case you were expecting 10Gbps, Wi-Fi 6 hits 700Mbps in real-world download tests

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I'm still sceptical. Until they try it in a paper mill, which is notorious for absorbing wireless, or in my house which has 2 foot thick internal stone walls, I am reluctant to accept a test in a facility which has reflective surfaces.

Why can't passport biometrics see through my cunning disguise?

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Glasses or not and e-gate technique

Firstly I would like to say that I loved the old Iris system, it let me swan past some very long queues in under 30 seconds. However it was all too frequently blocked by people sorry eejits who had never registered to use it and expected it to magically work even though they never showed their passport to anything or anyone.

I wear glasses all the time, this doesn't stop HMPO from insisting I take them off for the photo even though I will never appear at a booth without wearing them. I ignored the instruction and it was ok with the guy who processed my application at the office. However, very frequently the e-gates decide not to recognise me. The assistants tell me to take them off which sometimes works. Once I decided to preempt the anti-glasses dogma and took them off in the first case - it still didn't work, so when the assistant looked away I put the glasses on and hey presto it let me through. After using the e-gates nearly every week ever since they were introduced (my carbon footprint is heinous) here is my advice:

1. Lean slightly forward so your face is closer to the camera.

2. Look straight at the camera lens not at your own picture.

3. Push your passport forward all the way to the stops and hold it down very very very firmly across the page.

Talking a Blue Streak: The ambitious, quiet waste of the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment

DaemonProcess

That rocket on the trolley needs to be towed to a museum. Why not Cosford or IWM?

They terrrk err jerrrbs! Vodafone replaces 2,600 roles with '600 bots' in bid to shrink €48bn debt

DaemonProcess
Paris Hilton

script

No your job is not being moved to another person, you are being replaced by a small piece of Python.

Good news – America's nuke arsenal to swap eight-inch floppy disks for solid-state drives

DaemonProcess

Hercules

Will this run on Hercules-390 on a Raspberry Pi ? Would probably be faster and easier route to hardware replacement.

But IBM would have a legal fit, then try to persuade USG to upgrade to a z15 that uses 0.01 of a single core for the app.

Of course hardware replacement wouldn't have all the latest must-have buzz-words, like micro-service etc

Big bang theory: Was mystery explosion over New York caused by a meteor? Dunno. By a military jet? Maybe...

DaemonProcess

Re: I heard it

Sounds like you heard a meteor. Shame, I was hoping they had re-started the XB-70 Valkyrie program ;-)

Enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're unhappy? Can't imagine why

DaemonProcess

paper tape

Maybe some people could get by on 1940s punched tape as a faster method than their DSL provider. If it gets sent back to base in a loop, it could be put into a recycling mash and re-made. Just a few hours latency on ping, won't hurt anybody.

Remember that crypto-exchange boss who mysteriously died after his customers' coins disappeared? Of course he totally stole them

DaemonProcess

6 months too soon

Its quite ironic that Bitcoin has quadrupled in value since he died.

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