* Posts by Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

297 posts • joined 17 Nov 2011


Dowden out, Dorries in: Is UK data protection in safe hands?

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You can't spell clusterfuck without Dorries.

Isn't Dorries the woman who, when Damien Green was caught with pr0n on his ministerial computer said:

'My staff log onto my computer with my login everyday, including interns on exchange programmes'?

She sounds the perfect candidate.

No, no, let's hear this out, says judge waving away Apple's attempt to kill MacBook Pro Flexgate lawsuit

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In all my years of fixing laptops I have had display and backlight cables fail but I guess I've been doing it a lot longer than you have.

Used to be a thing on Compaq laptops back when dinosaurs and 386 chips still roamed the earth :)

Encrypted phones biz Sky Global shuts up shop after CEO indictment, police raids on users in Europe

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Re: Talk about painting a target on your back

"There is a legal UK cocaine industry?"

Yes, there is.

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s

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Interesting thought, given it's illegal to smoke on the workplace

The wrong guy: Backup outfit Spanning deleted my personal data, claims Cohesity field CTO

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Coincidentally a colleague used your backup to memory stick scheme for all the pics of his children, the data recovery bill for the the failed hard drive wasn't too terrible, only £500 quid.

I'd trust a memory stick less than almost any cloud backup, they have a nasty habit of being fine ten minutes ago to where's all my data gone?

They're only any good for transferring data between machines, the number of "high quality, lifetime guarantee" sticks that have failed for me isn't small.

And yes, I use name brand sticks, no they're not cheap knockoffs.

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

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Re: Presidential Library.

He's desperately upset about losing access to the books in the presidential library.

He'd not finished colouring some of them

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Far nicer if it isn't and all he gets to see is a page telling him he's still banned

Pop quiz: You've got a roomful of electrical equipment. How do you put out a fire?

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Re: Sprinkler myth is all wet

Also just occurred to me, that hypoxic system just highlights the complete bullshit talked by anti-mask idiots.

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Re: Sprinkler myth is all wet

Umm, not really.

A deluge fire suppression system has one valve and 'dry' pipework, once the valve is opened then all sprinkler heads spray.


It's used in places where risk of leaks from pressurised pipework is a "bad thing".

Best fire system I ever saw was a 'hypoxic' or reduced oxygen system, the datacenter had an oxygen depleted atmosphere, five or six percent lower than atmospheric, which made it impossible to light anything that didn't have its own oxidiser but perfectly possible to work in unless you had severe lung problems.


The Novell NetWare box keeps rebooting over and over again yet no one has touched it? We're going on a stakeout

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Re: Many many years ago

Nah, big printers often have a 'tinsel strip' to discharge the static build up caused by moving paper at high speed, when the tinsel strip wears out or gets disconnected/removed you get static problems.

Possibly someone had remover it, it was worn out or, as occasionally happened with some record players which suffered with *loud* static pops, some well intending person had replaced the lid with a piece of random acrylic which wasn't static passivated.

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Re: Not a high bar.

That irony hadn't escaped me either

Attack of the cryptidiots: One wants Bitcoin-flush hard drive he threw out in 2013 back, the other lost USB stick password

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Re: E-waste is an environmental catastrophe

The 'pink doodad' is *not* Beryllium oxide, it's almost definitely Alumina which is considerably more friendly than BeO

The insulators you need to watch out for are white ceramic, they're far more likely to be BeO

Pizza and beer night out the window, hours trying to sort issue, then a fresh pair of eyes says 'See, the problem is...'

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Config files?

Hold my beer...

Once drove 2 hours to site to unplug an unused SCSI cable on a Compaq server which failed to boot with a POST error* that halted the machine, on site had insisted the machine was 'blown up' after a site power down so we got the wheels in motion to courier a complete replacement machine out and for me to meet it on site to commission it.

total time taken, 4 hours and 5 minutes (included signing in at reception).

* The crimped on terminator had failed and the SCSI controller was smart enough to recognise that and refused to let the machine boot.

Lay down your souls to the gods of rock 'n' roll: Conspiracy theorists' 5G 'vaccine' chip schematic is actually for a guitar pedal

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Re: Doh!

Fits perfectly but hardly your phrase, I've been using that for years after I heard it spoken by a customer at my first IT job 30 years ago

Glastonbury hippy shop Hemp in Avalon rapped for spouting 'plandemic' pseudoscience

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Re: overwhelming evidence ?

0.01%, 10%, 20% are all better than 0%.

Maybe what we need to do is educate people how to use masks properly and effectively instead of casting doubt on the efficacy to make a case for not wearing them at all.

You could compare it to using a condom during sex or a seatbelt while in a moving vehicle, neither are 100% guaranteed but are more safe than not, do you refuse those too?

As for 'looking silly', would you rather look silly for a few months and possibly save a life or look like an inconsiderate dickhead and possibly spread a disease that might kill?

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Re: People turning to nonsense

Similar, have fit, previously healthy young relative who now has diminished lung function after a fairly mild COVID infection, doctors can't tell him if he will ever fully recover or if there will be other long term effects.

I've lost family to this, one in his 50s, in poor health already so the mask and vaccine deniers will try and tell me he should have died anyway (and they'll suffer immediate, short term physical effects if they say it to my face) and another who was a fit, healthy, regular sports player, gym goer in his mid 40s.

There is simply no way to know how this will pan out, if we can vaccinate now and get the current strains of COVID out of the general population then more people will survive, it also reduces the opportunities for COVID to mutate into milder or nastier variants plus it gives our bodies a better chance of being able to react to those future variants.

But the anti-vax, anti-mask, anti science, anti expert people out there trying to push the survival stats don't seem to understand that they can infect other people.

Arecibo Observatory brings forward 'controlled demolition' plans by collapsing all by itself

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Re: ::insert moment of silence::

Space Farce surely

Let’s check in with that 30,000-job $10bn Trump-Foxconn Wisconsin plant. Wow, way worse than we'd imagined

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Everything Trump does...

Just when you think the Trump lies and bullshit can't get any worse he reveals another, even deeper swamp to sink into, now we know the only reason he wanted the swamp drained was so he could fill it with his own leeches

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer

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Re: Social Media incompetence...

That brought back memories of clients to walk away from.

"All you have to do is write a web page that keeps my business at the top of the search results for ********* in Manchester" (in perpetuity, with no updates required, ever) and "I've not got a huge budget but I've been told you're really good so it shouldn't take you very long to do".

Google's OpenSK lets you BYOSK – burn your own security key

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Re: SIMs

Nah, your average phone thief will lift everything and chuck the bits they don't recognise in a bin, rover, pond, street, wherever.

They aren't likely to try and use the phone or the dongle to access your online accounts/data but they are likely to deprive you of access to them.

Surprise! Plans for a Brexit version of the EU's Galileo have been delayed

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They've had issues training the unicorn

Any time soon it'll start to look a bit like brexit is the most insane idea this stupid little country has ever had.

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

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Re: Speed of light

I'd be glad to help them reach their full potential *charges cattle prod*

Beware the trainee with time on his hands and an Acorn manual on his desk

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Re: Oh, the joys

Being able to eject the CD drive tray on other networked machines via management console was always fun too...

The US Army recruits WALL-E Chris H as its next-generation bomb disposal robot

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Please tell me its not IoT enabled?

See you in Hull: First UK city to be hooked up to full-fibre broadband

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Re: Well done KCom

Nah, PR and ad people first, they're the ones who lead the way with spin, without them politicians might actually stop with the doublespeak.

Chinese sleazeball's 17-year game of hide-and-seek ends after drone finds him on mountain

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Dirty, unwashed, lived in a cave for 17 years?

Which Linux distro did he write?

Our hero returns home £500 richer thanks to senior dev's appalling security hygiene

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Re: Ahhh passwords...

I've mentioned it here before, an estate agency where the MD and accounts direct refused to allow me to set password complexity and re-use rules, they had two passwords each and rotated them.

Idiots, they also went the same way, after they took over the business they managed to take a thriving city letting agency and drive it into the ground, after 2 years of their 'management' it was sold off for around a hundredth of the amount they got it for.

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General

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Can you encrypt any further comments so we don't have to read them?

Poetic justice: Mum funnels £100 into claw machine to win single Dumbo teddy for her kid

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Umm, moron alert?

Rigged is an emotive term, they're classed as a game of skill so the usual rules about percentage returns on gambling don't apply which means they can give you a prize every go or never or anywhere in between

They are configurable to 'win' a prize every so many goes with a variable 'fudge' factor which gives the owner a guaranteed return (An ex colleague owned an arcade in a holiday resort, the grab machines made the most money of any machine in the building apparently which is why there are arcades stuffed with the things)

But, the crucial bit, it still won't give you a win if you're a dullard who can't position the grab properly.

Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards

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Re: Customer service?

Did you enable the indicators?

Giga-hurts radio: Terrorists build Wi-Fi bombs to dodge cops' cellphone jammers

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Re: RDS anyone?

RDS Encoders are dirt cheap, under $20 for a breakout board that contains an FM transmitter complete with RDS encoder, google for Si4713, there's even open source software to control them for Arduino FFS

Talk about a ticket to ride... London rail passengers hear pr0n grunts over PA system

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How unusual...

At least Southwestern got something going like a train

Buying a second-hand hard drive on eBay? You've got a 'one in two' chance of finding personal info still on it

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You'll find it difficult to get your hands on such a perfectly flat, first surface mirror for the price of a hard disk too, the glass platters are exceptional

Ignore the noise about a scary hidden backdoor in Intel processors: It's a fascinating debug port

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Re: I blame Microsoft.

Yeah, but Apple use the same chips so...

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: RF Jammer?

Well, no, you can't but you can spoof GPS and confuse the drones, maybe even force them to crash.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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Yeah, 'satire' is great, especially when it's deeply offensive to minorities right?

Here's a tip, Felix is Swedish, why don't you go and have a read of some history books, specifically the role of the Nazi's and their sympathisers in Sweden, then see if you can work out why his targeting of Jewish people in his deeply offensive video is not 'satire'.

If you still can't work it out, try replacing the word 'Jews' with any word used by bigots, maybe one that has been used to abuse you or someone you like and/or care about and see if it's still 'funny' when it's on a youtube channel with 70 million plus viewers who will defend the person posting the video

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Re: Representee of the 9 Year Old Army

Poppy, making anti-semitic jokes is wrong wherever you do it, you're still a terrible person but you're only a terrible person in front of a small number of people.

Unless you've got 70million plus people watching you.

If you think that sort of 'over the top joke' is acceptable then you need to take a long hard look at your your life and circle of friends.

Handy tip, to help work out if a 'joke' is acceptable, try replacing 'Jews' with one of the terms of abuse used by racists, mysoginists, homphobes etc. etc. and see how acceptable those jokes are then.

Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean

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Re: what's soap?

Or petrol, it melts enough of the rubber to glue the grip to the metal.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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Re: subs

You might also consider that the antenna used in your watch is ridiculously undersized and inefficient, you wouldn't want a surveying GPS antenna on your wrist.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Sprouts

Stir fried sprouts are also a good thing, as is a Boxing day breakfast bubble n squeak made with leftover (I know, but there are only so many kilos a man can eat) sprouts.

Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Just to clarify...

Was its directionality dependent on the ability of the wearer to, ermm, 'point'?

Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching

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Re: Apple's bug description

" If Apple had known of the issue from Intel they would surely have fixed this long before."

Yeah, that'd be it, it's Intel's fault.

Apple are known for jumping on and quashing exploits and bugs as soon as they are informed of them.

There's not a single bug, security flaw or exploit Apple know about that hasn't been fixed by Apple as soon as they find out about it.


CableLabs sends its time lords to help small-cell mobile nets

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There are stock traders with Cesium atomic standards in their networks because high frequency trading requires such a level of accuracy that nothing less is sufficient.

Hell, there are two atomic frequency standards in my home workshop, precisely because telcos use them in almost every cell base station and they replace them regularly, selling the old gear off for scrap which eventually makes its way onto eBay for cheap, you can pick one up for a little over £100, Cesium standards occasionally turn up from the same telcos and I've seen them sell for a shade over £300 at the cheapest.

There have even been Hydrogen MASERs sold off and bought by hobbyists, rich hobbyists admittedly because they're expensive to run, you need hydrogen rated plumbing, a lab grade supply of hydrogen, a lot of power, a temperature and pressure stable room which takes a lot of space and backup power because (like all frequency standards) they take time to come up to temperature and long term stability so you don't want to have to switch them off and on again too often.

But, if you want a cheap frequency/time reference that's potentially as accurate as a Cesium reference then you can't get much better value than a ten quid GPS receiver with an outdoor antenna.

Atomic 'clock' is a pop science term used to describe an atomic frequncy standard, electrons don't know when it's pub 'o' clock (more fool them) , they just have a very precise energy state transition period which can be used to measure time.

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: BS


It's the very nature of Basic Input Output System to provide access to the underlying hardware and if it's not in BIOS then it has to be coded into the OS.

It's not difficult to request a modified 'secure' BIOS if you buy enough/have the right connectons (think government agency)

Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Re: SCADA systems running windows

Pfft, there are still Trumpf laser cutters out there running Windows for Workgroups 3.11 on some of my client's networks and we're talking laser cutters that hack apart sheets of 3mm thick stainless steel as though it's a piece of A4 80GSM...

Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Hold on

And if his case gets thrown out?

He'll be back?

Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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"Were they 'proven' to be a threat or was it more that they are close to the Chinese Government and have been busting American imposed sanctions?"

A conspiracy theorist might make a career out of the various warnings surrounding ZTE gear but:


Yes, I'd say they were a threat, I'd be similarly suspicious of Huawei, despite GCHQ's oversight.

Unfortunately that kinda leaves good old 'merkin companies and their gear is known to have been compromised by the 'merkin TLAs

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ZTE were proven to be a threat to national security weren't they?

He's selling out America (and allies) for corporate greed and by extension, making himself even more rich (I don't believe the billionaire claims he seeded in the media, fake news)

But he's missing a trick if he doesn't monetise the Nork meeting hashtag 'Trumpkim' to market a range of pocket money extorting cute toys aimed at six year olds.

Ex-US pres Bill Clinton has written a cyber-attack pulp thriller. With James Patterson. Really

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The Spitting Image

Nice title but why didn't anyone pick up the typo?

's Brain

Mirror mirror on sea wall, spot those airships, make Kaiser bawl

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And as a follow on (as well as mentioning this technology and how it was superseded) Most Secret War by R.V. Jones is a very informative read.



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