* Posts by Bitbeisser

145 posts • joined 26 Aug 2011

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In a complete non-surprise, Mozilla hammers final nail in FTP's coffin by removing it from Firefox

Bitbeisser
Devil

Re: Fine advice, but not relevant to the article or browser

Hey, they ditch FTP and such so they can better snoop on those people that are stupid enough to use a web browser for their email...

Bitbeisser
FAIL

Well, there is a more or less easy way to work around and use a real FTP client.

But in general, I wonder what bozos started to make the Firefox design decisions at Mozilla. I thought that showing entries in the search field in the address bar was an April fools joke or maybe a glitch that passed through QC, but apparently, they are dead serious about this. Makes me really wonder what's next and if the last usable browser is finally going down the drain...

To have one floppy failure is unlucky. To have 20 implies evil magic or a very silly user

Bitbeisser
Facepalm

Not every programmer understands basic computer technology

Yup, had something like this happen too. Though not at a client but with a co-worker in a programming shop, where she was entrusted to insert/switch the daily backup floppy disc (8", 1MB nonetheless, was about 1985) because the supervisor/sub-boss who usually did this himself was no in that day.

We other programmers were just wrapping up the day, making last minute printouts of what we had been working on all day (BusinessBASIC on an Altos Unix/Xenix multi-user machine).

As one of us had the key to the office to lock up, we were waiting for her to come back up from the basement, where the actual machine was being housed. And waiting. And waiting. After 30 minutes, she still hasn't come back up, so we went downstairs to see what was going on. She was almost in tears, muttering that she couldn't find the previous backup disc in the drive and insert the new one. So she inserted the new one but kept getting an error message from the backup script that no disc was in the drive. Thinking that the disc was maybe bad, she had repeatedly taken a fresh disc out of a new box, carefully labeled it as today's backup as instructed, inserted that one too but just kept getting the error message. The three of us watching her doing this again just couldn't hold back but to fall to the ground and having laughing attacks. Literally.

Turned out she had turned the lever of an empty 5 1/4" floppy drive in the machine the usual 90deg back and forth and inserted the 8" floppy in a thin gap below the actual 8" drive and the casing (custom case, where the opening for the 8" drive was about 4mm to big for the drives front bezel, thus depositing all the 8" floppies within the hollows of that computer case. She turned as red as a raspberry when we showed her that the 8" drive had push/pull lever across the whole width of the drive that would release the disc with a loud clonk and that she had put all the discs instead inside the cabinet. Luckily, we quickly were able to open the cabinet, remove deposited discs, insert one correctly into the drive and start the backup for the day. Didn't told anyone about this, though three days later she gave herself two weeks notice that she wanted to leave the company...

Four women, including TV star, thought they were investing in a software business. It was a scam. Now the perp's going to jail

Bitbeisser

Re: In the Navy!

Would that be the ones referred to as Gravy Seals, from Meal Team Six of the Delta Forks brigade?

'It's where the industry is heading': LibreOffice team working on WebAssembly port

Bitbeisser
Devil

Re: If this is the future...

Yeah...

"This is the way everyone's heading!" (Famous last words of a lemming)

Loser Trump's last financial disclosure docs reveal Tim Cook gave him $5,999 Mac Pro, the 'first' made in Texas

Bitbeisser
Devil

Re: He's not finished yet

Not sure what GJC means, but talking about giving a shot, FMJ would do just fine. Or hollow point...

World’s largest dark-web marketplace shuttered after Euro cybercops cuff Aussie

Bitbeisser

Re: Public Safety........or Not????

>love how you lump the thousand of people that were peaceful with the less than .1% that were criminal.

Sorry, but each and every person that broke through the perimeter of the Capitol has committed felony trespassing. And there were a few thousands of those.

The fact that a lot of those sheeple were being used (what else is new) by people in the background to provide a smokescreen to distract from their ulterior motives doesn't make them "good people". That is exactly the rhetoric that is causing all this mess...

That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave

Bitbeisser

Only in the UK....

(well, a modern digital version of Monthy Python, that doesn't work, or digital Benny Hill skid)

ZX Spectrum prototype ROM is now available for download courtesy of boffins at the UK's Centre for Computing History

Bitbeisser

Re: 16KB

>The ZX80's is 4kb, but its version of BASIC is integer-only.

And more bugs than bytes... >:)

I'm not Boeing anywhere near that: Coder whizz heads off jumbo-sized maintenance snafu

Bitbeisser
Devil

If it's a Boeing, I ain't going...

Finally in the UK: Apollo 11 lands... in a cinema near you

Bitbeisser
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Re: Amazing...

Well, _LC_, try to seek some professional help, maybe there is still hope...

RIP Dyn Dynamic DNS :'( Oracle to end Dyn-asty by axing freshly gobbled services, shoving customers into its cloud

Bitbeisser
WTF?

And Evil Larry strikes again...

Any LibreDNS service in sight yet?

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC

Bitbeisser
FAIL

Re: School kids microsoft basic

"Commodore Basic was Micro Soft (then still with space) based"

Sorry, but Micro-Soft (with a hyphen, not a space) existed only from the founding of the company in April 1975 until some point in late 1976, when it had changed to Microsoft, well before Commodore's version of BASIC in the PET was delivered in late 1977...

Bitbeisser

Re: BASIC predates microcomputers!

" I remember going to a trade show in about 1979 and looking at an Acorn Atom and wondering what it was good for."

Certainly, specially considering that the Acorn Atom came out in 1980... ;-)

US minister invokes Maggie Thatcher, says she would have halted Huawei 5G rollout

Bitbeisser

Re: Belt and Road

"China has been a more or less cohesive empire for some 5000 years in one form or another."

Not by a long shot. Until a couple centuries ago, it has always been a hodgepodge of many different kingdoms of various sizes, with the largest (usually) being referred to the the empire. Anything but cohesive...

UK joins growing list of territories to ban Boeing 737 Max flights as firm says patch incoming

Bitbeisser
Mushroom

If it's a Boeing, I ain't going...

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

Bitbeisser

Re: If that is what he wishes...

"If he'd put satanic rituals in there, he'd have the DB2 EULA."

Don't you confuse that with the one from Oracle?

Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old

Bitbeisser

Re: Just one thing I don't understand...

"It sounds like the sandstone blocks are heavier than what you could easily hold while being hoisted back up into the heli, "

Reading comprehension is not a strong suite for a lot of people it seems. He had to take a helicopter to get to the cliff, because it is so remote. Then he had to rappel down the edge of that cliff, he was not hanging down on a rope from the helicopter. And because it is pretty hard to try climbing back up to the edge with a huge rock, that rock was thrown down to the bottom of the cliff for further examination...

Bouncing robots land on asteroid 180m miles away amid mission to fetch sample for Earth

Bitbeisser

Re: Easy to do

"Just butter one side of the lander, guaranteed to land that side down and stick."

You should patent that trick and sell it to NASA! ;-)

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

Bitbeisser

Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

It actually specifically states "well regulated militia", that "regulated" part is the one that seems to be written in ink invisible to the gun nuts...

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

Bitbeisser

Re: Dislike

"Stop trying to "Make it Easier" it is already easy, people are just lazy."

You can thank M$ for making people lazy, Internet Exploder was the first web browser that would add a "www." in front when you entered just "domain.com". Or add a ".com" when you just typed "domain".

And Apple is/wasn't far behind, as Safari quickly followed suite...

Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

Bitbeisser

Re: LibreOffice doesn't quite cut it

Ever I started to work on my own, I am personally use LibreOffice exclusively and never had just one case where I looked back. It does EVERYTHING I need, and a lot of things that does it better than the equivalent M$ Office product. Much less grey hair since I am using Impress instead of Powerpoint, likewise with Calc instead of Excel and Writer instead of Word. LO is not perfect, then no office suite is, but it definitely works for everyone, if they just get off their high horse (and out of M$ backside) and try it...

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

Bitbeisser

Re: but that's the same as everyone elses review!

"there you go... could make it yourself for 70 quid for a single unit. reduce cost by at least half for bulk purchases and injection moulds."

One thing you forgot in your DIY costs are the LCD display and the mechanics for the buttons. Which brings you certainly above the $105, as labor cost has to be added at the very least as well.

And even with bulk purchases, I doubt there is much of a margin in this, and I suspect that this is rather one of a few dozen "samples" that have been hastly produced in a kind of DIY fashion to finally show "something"...

Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

Bitbeisser

Re: It's not for me then...

"No headphone jack, no removeable memory, no removeable battery, & priced like a kilo of cocaine? Not for me then."

+1

While I could in worst case do without an headphone jack, I like to be able to replace and aging battery and absolutely need the ability to add a microSD card to my phone...

BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

Bitbeisser

Re: Metaphorical chicken

"It all went downhill after Walkers stopped selling the Cajun Squirrel flavour crisps..."

Didn't that get replaced with that Roadkill Tabasco flavor instead?...

My PC is broken, said user typing in white on a white background

Bitbeisser

Why do you seem to be surprised that George is still working for that company?

Sounds like job security until retirement to me... ;-)

Drones replace models on Dolce & Gabbana catwalk

Bitbeisser

Well, they probably got got screwed by their usual models going on a binge eating tour. Won't happen with Dolly Drone...

NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation

Bitbeisser

Re: What were they planning on doing?

Well, the only reason here is that Trumpelstilzchen won't "pull the trigger" here because it would prove that he didn't get the job as 45 by legitimate means...

Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

Bitbeisser
Devil

So they didn't bother to put in the more secure (cough) default pairing code of "0000"? Shame on them.

I think I pass both a Sam Ash and a Guitar Center on my way to clients today. Sounds like a fun day... LOL

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

Bitbeisser

Dunce!

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

Bitbeisser

Re: PC world

[b]Not convinced! Obviously the CD could not have been in a jewel case, but even if you placed a CD still in it's square paper or plastic wrapper into the drawer, would it even close?[/b]

Absolutely! I have had this very same thing happening with a customer in our shop. Cardboard sleeve or jewel case, that would be a tough one, but those thin paper sleeves, on anything but a slimline notebook drive, where you have to press the CD/DVD onto the drive ring, no problem. And even then, there are clients who manage to put a CD/DVD in a drive "shiny side up", which also results in them complaining "that drive doesn't work"...

User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

Bitbeisser

Re: Your Network is broken!

Was that user's name "Captian Obvious"?

PC lab in remote leper colony had wrong cables, no licences, and not much hope

Bitbeisser

Who needs Word for word processing, specially if you consider Linux (in whatever distro) an alternative.

Just get LibreOffice (or OpenOffice) for Windows. Done. You can read and write M$ Office file formats and then some, the only thing that is missing is an equivalent for Outlook, but that might not be a loss after all. At least of Thunderbird hadn't trashed the calendar feature with one of the latest updates... :(

'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

Bitbeisser
FAIL

Re: This is another success story of open source.

No, it isn't. A success story would have been if that bug would never made it out in the wild. Stuff like this should be tested and found before it ever gets released...

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Well....

Being faster "under the hood" is all fine and dandy, but why the f*#k did they have to mess with the user interface and look. That parts just s$%ks BIG TIME. And I won't even mention that 95% of my add-ons all the sudden don't work anymore after being forcefully updated a la Micro$oft...

80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

Bitbeisser

Re: RE: unwanted infantilism

>however the number of pedestrian deaths caused by cars are around 400 a year

I take it that is the whole UK? Here is Los Angeles Country, a guy killed in Long Beach 5 days ago was the 25th this year in Los Angeles County.

Bitbeisser
Devil

Re: The Man Who Fell To Earth

>perhaps the cyclist saw some pretty flowers on the other side of the road and turned to go smell them...

Smelling flowers, in November, in England? I seriously doubt that...

Bitbeisser

Re: Lots of butthurt Tesla owners here?

>There aren't lots of Tesla owners anywhere.

Well, we have a lot of those around here (Los Angeles), in all models and colors (Pepto-Bismol pink anyone?), and a lot of those drivers with quite an attitude ("Look at me, I am driving a Tesla, now get the f*** out of my way!")

Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

Bitbeisser

Experienced Apple user, or so he claimed...

Yeah, had several of such cases with my customers. The one of best/worst one was an Apple Fanboi, who had to use a brand new Windows PC on the job despite his pleas with this "higher ups" to get him a shiny Mac, and that new setup included a brand new high end wireless 3 button scroll mouse. After the setup was done, he claimed in presence of one of this bosses that he wouldn't need any help/instructions with the new system from me, as he used to "work with computers for years". Moved on to said bosses office to start and set up his new laptop...

Barely a couple of minutes in the bosses office and the fanboi called and complained loudly (could he every word, even though the call wasn't on speaker phone!) to his boss that this Windows PC is all s**t and doesn't work. The mouse would always move in the wrong direction and not taking his attempts to click the mouse button.

The boss walked with me back over to this bozo, where I then simply turned the mouse with the 3 mouse buttons pointing forward, explaining him that he had to click the left one for normal selection and after a first attempt of objections from him, showed him how he can get nicely context menus when clicking on the right mouse key, much better than trying to hammer his fingers on the top side battery compartment when facing the mouse the wrong way. And the scroll button would also much easier to operate this way. Neither he nor his boss said a word at that point and I went back to set up the laptop for the boss.

When I got back into that office on my next visit a couple weeks later, needless to say, fanboi wasn't working in that office anymore...

Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

Bitbeisser

Re: When it hit that limit... everything stopped until we could free up some space

>I'm utterly baffled about these limits. My Oracle database hit 1TB - back in 2001 on Windows NT 4, and

>with no sign of getting anywhere a limit.

How did you get 1TB of drive space for a single database back in 2001?

On Windows NT 4 of all OS, which had a bug that prevented you from creating any partition size above 136GB?

>Doesn't Outlook use SQL server as it's backend? I'm pretty sure >that even back then, SQL server could go over 2TB.

Well, no. Neither Outlook (the email client) nor Exchange (the email server) are using SQL server. Both use their own, internal database engine(s)...

>And in 2012, we still had that Oracle database running on Windows 2003, then over 200TB and growing

>by at least 2TB a month.

Well, Windows Server 2003 had a maximum partition size of 256TB...

Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

Bitbeisser
Meh

Re: I suspect there are quite a few Java devs out there

> As the saying goes "A good Fortran programmer can write Fortran in any language"

Then there must be a lot of APL programmers working on those C/C++ Open Source projects I looked at... :?

China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

Bitbeisser

Now there would be a ban for Trumpelstilzchen to enact that I would wholeheartedly support...

Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

Bitbeisser
Devil

Re: The walking dead

Since the wide spread use of Facebook and texting on smartphones, I would not be sure about this anymore...

Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

Bitbeisser

Re: That's Surface crossed off my Christmas list, then!

But then there is pretty much j**ks**t that you can actually do with a Chromebook, beside watching movies and checking Facebook and other (anti)Social media sites...

Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

Bitbeisser

Thei biggest mistake was plain and simple greed. With a Galileo 3x the price of an rPi and less capable in terms of peripherals, hey just didn't stand a chance. Similar for the Edison and the Joule. Not too shabby but hopelessly overpriced...

Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

Bitbeisser

About 17 years ago, I worked at a small computer shop. We got a customer from the neighborhood that repeatedly brought in a computer, claiming it would randomly just reboot.

3 or 4 times I was sitting for hours at the PC on our work bench, without even the slightest such issue. Then the customer himself sat on a Saturday afternoon for a few hours in our store at the workbench, likewise without a single reboot or shutdown, which he had claimed he wouldn't believe me that it never happened during my testing. So we scheduled me to visit him on Monday late afternoon, just a couple of blocks away.

Sitting in his home office, it did indeed happen, about once every 30 minutes. Asking him if he had ever noticed that the light where briefly flickering when the PC rebooted, he mentioned that this would be a very recent add-on to the house, with a basement underneath (unusual for SoCal) and all new electrical wiring, with a brand new electrical panel. At that moment, his wife walked in the room and the small stairs down into the basement. When she opened the door, I could hear a large freezer kicking in and immediately the lights were flickering and the PC rebooted. Turned out that while they planned nicely for a separate circuit for the freezer and for the rest of the extension, because they changed their mind about how to position the freezer in the basement for easy access, the folks who actually delivered the box had plugged it into an outlet on the wrong circuit, as the power cord of the freezer didn't reach to the intended dedicated outlet...

Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

Bitbeisser

Let's just hope she won't be eligible for parol for a LONG time...

Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

Bitbeisser

It's f**king white space, either way, so who cares?

Oh wait, you are one of those who program in an excuse of a programming language that makes white space significant...

First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

Bitbeisser

Re: The problem is staring you in the face

>El Reg posted a bullet list form to say who was responsible.

>Clicking on one entry on the form cleared the previous entry.

>HAT IS THE PROBLEM

>Think about it.

Long story short, it should have been a multiple choice poll... ;-)

Bitbeisser
FAIL

This is 300% on the CTO!

1. The documentation for the new dev was FUBAR. That's on the CTO, he has to sign off on that.

2. The new dev should not have had access to the production database at this point to begin with. Again, that's falls within the CTO's responsibility

3. Not having working backups means that they do not have a valid DR procedure in place. And that is absolutely on the CTO, he has to sign off on that as well...

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