* Posts by collinsl

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'Scandal-plagued' data broker tracked visits to '600 Planned Parenthood locations'

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Re: Data brokers

Or just copy GDPR or similar so that companies collecting it have to collect it and hold it for valid reasons and must give you access to it and delete it upon request.

Broadcom terminates VMware's free ESXi hypervisor

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Re: Broadcom, where software goes to die

Hardware manufacturers who need their chips. That's it.

Tesla's Cybertruck may not be so stainless after all

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Only in areas where it doesn't rain often

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Re: It's 301 stainless apparently

They're broken by some vegetable, animal, and mineral

They know the cause of spotting and they quote them in the manual

From Elon Musk to spotty rust to resolve them is not possible!

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They had an image they wanted to maintain though so probably chose to eat the cost to preserve their branding since their look was unique

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Re: Stainless?

At least they didn't have sheep

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fILaLb6lsZ0

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Re: Stainless?

Wrong - it was invented by a Brit who spelled it Aluminum first but then changed it himself to Aluminium to more closely match other elements in the periodic table.

Ukraine claims Russian military is using Starlink

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Re: Pickups from the battlefield ?

And if they're used close to the frontline how do you tell which side the terminals are on? You don't want to stop them working if Ukrainian troops suddenly break through somewhere, and if you get the border wrong if the Ukrainians fall back then you've caused other problems.

Also you don't want to block them entirely from the front line area because then neither side can use them.

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Re: Pickups from the battlefield ?

The Ukrainian constitution bans elections during times of martial law. Therefore Zelensky couldn't hold an election whether or not he wants to.

As an American you should hold constitutions dearly and understand that ignoring them is a very bad idea.

CERN is training robot dogs to spot radiation hazards at Large Hadron Collider

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Was thinking this could be part of a video game where the robots get programmed to attack humans using some sort of lasers or drillbits or something, reprogrammed by said evil aliens.

Mozilla slams Microsoft for using dark patterns to drive Windows users toward Edge

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Re: I've been saying

Or like the EU antitrust cases around browser choice screens in Windows 7.

Techie climbed a mountain only be told not to touch the kit on top

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Re: A wasted trip

The original story:

http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/magic-story.html

That's not the web you're browsing, Microsoft. That's our data

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Re: Well now I know....

> koutaliakleptics

Currently you're the only google result for this word so it looks like it isn't.

We put salt in our tea so you don't have to

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> There was also the matter of "no taxation without representation"

1. Most people in the UK didn't have any representation in parliament at the time. Manchester had no MPs for example but there was a sheep field somewhere in the south that had two, because there used to be a village there. Parliamentary reform was necessary to give representation as the boundaries hadn't been redrawn for hundreds of years.

2. This was a line made up by a bunch of smugglers to justify their rebellion in order to be able to trade in the open by getting their own government. It just so happened that it turned into a major (for the time) rebellion which got turned into an international war when the French got involved and won the war for the Americans.

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> but having your own gravitational field

Anyone who doesn't is a physical impossibility and would also almost instantly cease being someone because their atoms would fly apart. Probably would be the end of the universe at the same time too.

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Re: Pointless if potless

> *helps if most of the population don't own firearms and aren't trying to kill you.

Like the UK?

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Re: Pointless if potless

As in "the current can transit through both "legs" of the ring to the socket so you're effectively putting in two cables to each socket. Therefore the thickness of the cable is "almost" doubled.

ICANN proposes creating .INTERNAL domain to do the same job as 192.168.x.x

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Re: I use....

But who would care about the Beef labeling monitoring tasks transfer law?

Macy's and Sunglass Hut sued for $10M over face-recog arrest and 'sexual assault'

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Re: "you will automatically be jailed until you can prove your innocence"

Makes me wonder what would happen if you gave a "no comment" interview like you can in the UK where the officers questioning have basically a "script" of questions they want to ask regardless of what you answer.

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Re: scary

The Victorians were doing that, it's called Phrenology:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrenology

In fact Terry Pratchett invented for his book series Discworld the idea of retrophrenology - where by the preceise and measured delivery of blows to the head you can give people the traits they desire by reshaping their skull/brain:

https://wiki.lspace.org/Retrophrenology

There's also a linked area of pseudoscience called Craniometry where the size and shape of the skull predicts temprament and traits:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craniometry

All hogwash of the highest order.

Tesla Cybertruck gets cyberstuck during off-roading expedition

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Re: Subaru diff lockers?

Subarus are excellent cars for vets needing to attend to animals in a muddy field or down a farm track.

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Re: Sports Futility Vehicle

There's some very interesting videos on YouTube (if you're into that kind of thing) showing how to recover vehicles and load tanks using a similar recovery vehicle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X0Ps4UD_A4

Junior techie had leverage, but didn’t appreciate the gravity of the situation

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Rack mount UPSes can at least be made lighter by removing the battery trays in a lot of cases.

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Install empty rails into rack --> Crane up --> Rails extended next to UPS --> Screw/clip/force in (however they're attached) UPS to rails --> Push off of crane into rack --> Remove crane

To remove from rack:

Pull UPS out --> wander off to get crane --> physics

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Re: More than enough blame to go around

That idea is part of Hell in Sir Terry Pratchett's Eric IIRC. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_(novel)

WTF? Potty-mouthed intern's obscene error message mostly amused manager

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My hovercraft is full of eels!

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Re: "speach"

It used to be called "waps" but got corrupted into "wasp" at some point in the late middle ages/reneissance IIRC.

Google to lay Asia-Pacific to South America undersea cable

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Re: Unbelievably cheap

$40k/mile only gets you to $320m so there's an extra $80m in there somewhere to account for.

Probably "bribes"

How governments become addicted to suppliers like Fujitsu

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For reference Fujitsu became sole shareholder of ICL in 1998 and the rebrand happened in 2002. The subpostmaster scandal started in 1999 so it was after the share purchases but before the rebranding.

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Re: Corruption

Yes and No - Post Office is a private company, but it's 100% government owned. Royal Mail is a private company which the Government sold the shares of off to the general public.

Microsoft suggests command line fiddling to get faulty Windows 10 update installed

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If you turn on "do not connect to any windows update internet locations" and "do not allow update deferral policies to cause scans against windows update" then that won't happen and your systems will just use WSUS

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Something seems odd here because we can't find the update in our WSUS or SCCM servers and microsoft suggest it's not released via these channels, but it is released via windows update (but not the update catalogue website either) - what gives? Why the odd release pattern? Don't enterprise customers or small businesses deserve this update too (in theory)?

While we fire the boss, can you lock him out of the network?

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Re: ?

By nerking it with your cordwangle

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Re: Likewise ...

> Contrary to popular belief, the customer is not always automatically right, and you can fire them.

The original part of that was supposedly "The customer is King" (I.E. you should be nice to them and give them what they want whenever possible) but it somehow got corrupted to "the customer is always right" which is not the original intention and actively harms business relationships sometimes.

Broadcom ditches VMware Cloud Service Providers

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Re: Broadcom are currently taking aim at their foot...

I'd argue they're currently hunting for more barrels to attach to their gun, and some jubilee clips to strap them on with.

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Re: Alternatives at the ready

Just use KVM. No need for fancy web interfaces when you have SSH!

Memtest86+, the little RAM tester, flexes FOSS muscles with v7.0

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Re: I love memtest, but as for ECC...

On Linux you get MCECheck errors from the mcelog or rasdaemon processes which show up in your logs and on the console, and if configured also generate emails to your root account (which hopefully you've redirected to a useful email address you actually read).

CEO arranged his own cybersecurity, with predictable results

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Tape is still routinely used for archival backup so not really a comparable timescale pointer

You don't get what you don't pay for, but nobody is paid enough to be abused

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Re: Question

I've been skim-reading it this entire time as "Regonomize" and was surprised that this wasn't the complaint.

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Re: is 10x $$$ normal?

Depends - the phone network is all BT (apart from those bundled with Virgin Media's co-ax cables) but there are now several fibre providers in some regions (mainly cities) plus VM on cable.

Discord in the ranks: Lone Airman behind top-secret info leak on chat platform

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The US military in general has a penchant for firing commanders when something goes wrong in their commands. Look for example at Captain Crozier of USS Theodore Roosevelt who was relieved for notifying his superiors that COVID-19 was rampant on his ship and he wanted to take action about it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_on_USS_Theodore_Roosevelt

The captain was accused of leaking the memo he sent to "20 or 30 others" however the one seen by the media suggests it was sent only to 3 Admirals including his direct superior.

The USN relieved him mainly because of the bad PR.

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Re: Ensuring improper use will occur 101

People used to glue USB ports shut to stop them being used.

These days you can get something like Ivanti Device Control to control devices on a per-device basis if you like so you can authorize various pre-approved devices but block everything else.

Microsoft floats bringing a text editor back to the CLI

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Re: What like Powershell's tab autocomplete?

It's different - in Linux if you double tab it'll list all available options for the partial input you've provided so far, in Windows it cycles through them one at a time and takes bloody ages to compile the list in the first place.

How hard is your network really, comms watchdog asks telcos

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Re: Power backup

The ONT for my fibre has a battery back up in it, which consists of 4x AA rechargeable batteries. You can plug a phone into this ONT and BT "promise" that with the right service on the other end the phone will remain up for 2-4 hours.

No reason people can't do this with ADSL routers too if needed - just drop out the wireless and networking as that's the power consuming bit but leave the phone line working for emergency calls.

British railway system is getting another excuse for delays – solar storms

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Engine? We haven't used those in years for most passenger services. Most of them these days are multiple units of one kind or another.

Also, signals are not only there to stop head-on collisions, they also exist to prevent trains going into the back of each other.

Bank's datacenter died after travelling back in time to 1970

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Re: Yearly tasks....

A 5V nominal system would make sense given the likelihood of AA cells to vary in voltage output over their lives and between each other.

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Re: Yearly tasks....

And you wouldn't have to pay for a license for the fake user

Amazon on the hook for predictably revolting use of concealed clothes hook spy cam

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Re: I imagine gun manufacturers and sellers are watching very closley

And what are you going to do with your pop-gun against an M1A1 or an Apache with hellfires?

Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater

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Which was all invented by Q from Star Trek

IT sent the intern to sort out the nasty VP who was too important to bother with backups

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Re: Square footage

The UK Civil Service and other government-close organisations (like the BBC) used to issue equipment based on status - if you were a relative junior for example you'd share an office with another junior with a flourescent strip light and a peg board on the wall for documents, whereas if you were an adviser you'd get an office to yourself with a coat hook on the wall. If you were another grade up you'd get a small wall painting, basic carpet on your floor (rather than Lino) and a freestanding coat stand, as well as a basic meeting table. And of course the most senior advisers got an old master on the wall, plush carpet, a secretary of their own in an outside office, coat stand and umbrella stand, and a grand meeting table in their office.

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