* Posts by upsidedowncreature

37 posts • joined 4 May 2012

Not exactly the kind of housekeeping you want when it means the hotel's server uptime is scrubbed clean

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Re: Simply Ghastly...

No good if the UPS isn't in use - it wasn't in the article. An intriguing device though!

Amazon drops battery-powered Echo speaker so you can play Despacito on the go

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Boomer indeed, I'll have you know I'm Gen-X and proud of it. And consequently knackered.

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I thought the word "drops" in the headline meant they were stopping production, not introducing a new model.

That's what makes you hackable: Please, baby. Stop using 'onedirection' as a password

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Re: Uncomplicated

Eh? How is enpass.io not an online password application? Also, why are you undermining yourself by storing text copies of passwords?

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Re: 1-2-3-4-5?

That's odd, all I see is * * * * *.

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard

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Trollface

It's acceptable if you use an oxygen-free directional USB cable, as long as you spend a few days conditioning the cable first.

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"Apple argued any move compelling it to ditch the Lightning port, which has been a staple of the iPhone for almost a decade, would inconvenience its customers, simultaneously creating an "unprecedented volume" of electronic waste."

Funny how those considerations weren't important when they ditched the 30-pin connector for lightning.

Microsoft boffin inadvertently highlights .NET image woes by running C# on Windows 3.11

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Re: BTW if you need a cross-platform GUI development solution

Good point. Even applications from Microsoft don't all follow the same rules.

Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero

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Re: Simply Ghastly...

You've given this *far* too much thought.

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future

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*raises hand*

$30/month email upstart Superhuman brought low with a blast of privacy Kryptonite

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cf Whatsapp

I can understand the privacy concern, but how is this different to Whatsapp, which indicates when a message has been read?

Meet the new Dropbox: It's like the old Dropbox, but more expensive, and not everyone's thrilled

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Re: Simply Ghastly...

I think that might have been aimed at me...Nescafe and a four year old Dell here :)

I just don't think the new features are compelling *for me* and given that I only use a fraction of the space I'm paying for I reckon I could quite easily get by without it.

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Bye bye Dropbox

Don't want the new features, was quite happy to pay the annual $99 for 2TB but no more than that. I'm going to see how I get on storing everything in Evernote.

Never let something so flimsy as a locked door to the computer room stand in the way of an auditor on the warpath

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Re: whether if they'd had their sidearms they could have shot the lock off instead

Mythbusters: testing a hypothesis by experimentation. Maybe you can pick holes in the method, but it's still science.

Microsoft slaps the Edge name on SQL, unveils the HoloLens 2 Development Edition

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Re: Unfortunately

"Or there is my design, see the US PTO?"

Link please.

NASA fingers the cause of two bungled satellite launches, $700m in losses, years of science crashing and burning...

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Re: Aluminum

IIRC the element was originally named Aluminum (the American way) and we Brits decided to call it Aluminium to better fit in with other element names ending in -ium.

Sky customers moan: Our broadband hubs are bricking it

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Re: It's been years since . . . .

No, as mentioned above you can put the Virgin hub into modem mode and connect your own router to the one port that remains active. I'm on Virgin and using my own Draytek router. As long as your router has an RJ45 WAN interface, and I think the Drayteks mostly do, you should be OK.

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Re: It's been years since . . . .

Does your Vigor router have an RJ45 WAN interface, i.e. a network socket for the WAN side? If so you should be OK.

Put the Virgin hub in modem mode, connect the WAN socket on your Draytek router to the specified port on the superhub - only one works when it's in modem mode, it's either 1 or 4, can't remember.

The peelable, foldable phone has become the great white whale of tech

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"Pholdable"

Ugh.

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?

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Re: More urban myths busted

I was explaining a large and complex spreadsheet to a director on my new, superfast 486DX PC with 14" CRT Monitor. He wanted to draw attention to a particular row of figures, so he took out his red biro and underlined them neatly on the screen.

Are you sure you've got a floppy disk stuck in the drive? Or is it 100 lodged in the chassis?

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Re: Floppies and Stiffies

I ordered some seals for a motorcycle brake caliper that arrived folded up. Didn't fancy fitting them.

Fortunately they sent replacements out fairly quickly.

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Re: Ex apple genius.....

This is also the technique for getting plectrums out of acoustic guitars. Technologically very different items, but both prone to user stupidity and clumsiness.

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If it fits...

About 15 years ago I finally got fed up with my DVD player misbehaving so decided to replace it. As I removed it from the shelf I noticed an uncharacteristic clunk. Upon opening the case I found a music CD rattling around inside.

The CD was Rooty by Basement Jaxx - the one with a picture of a cartoon gorilla. I reckon my toddler son had found it, thought he'd like to watch cartoon gorillas and not knowing how to open the disc drawer had just stuffed it through a gap in the case. In his defence he was only around 2 at the time.

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes

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Re: Simply Ghastly...

What is an E*** M***?

Edit: Duh, never mind, the coffee kicked in and I figured it out.

Tim Apple. Larry Oracle. Ginni Layoffs: It works so why the heck not?

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Don't bother Richard Herring today, it's International Women's Day, his busiest day of the year. 19th November, by the way.

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?

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Re: Today I learned...

Or sing Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. I knew the word was in there, never knew what it meant.

Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G

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Re: local shops

Is this peak hipster? Were there any fixie bikes around?

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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Re: Maximum Password length

Also sites (usually financial institutions) which ask for specific characters from your password, thereby betraying that they actually store your password in plain text.

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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Well obviously he can't because he's missing vital olfactory organs.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Re: Not sure...

India Pale Ale?

Oh, SSH, IT please see this: Malicious servers can fsck with your PC's files during scp slurps

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WinSCP 5.14...

...isn't released yet according to the download page I'm seeing. All the 5.14 versions seem to be beta, it looks like the current released version is 5.13.7.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Re: Acronyms

Indeed. '"MVP" mentality' - Model/View/Presenter mentality? Most Valued Professional mentality?

Customers baffled as Citrix forces password changes for document-slinging Sharefile outfit

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Re: What about other Cisco services?

Citrix != Cisco.

And IMO regular forced password expiry != a good idea.

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

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Re: Calm down

He's not even a real pie.

Symantec cloud portal goes titsup after database crash

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Getting worse...

It looks like it's not just user management now, the web filtering service appears to be knackered as well. Every page is being blocked and the Symantec message doesn't have any explanatory text.

Size does matter: Outlook.com punters want meatier passwords

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IT Angle

Passwords, hashing,salting...

This talk of password hashing, salting etc has made me realise...when I log on to my bank's website, I'm asked for (say) the first, third and sixth letters of my password. This must mean they're storing the passwords in either plain text, or hashed in a reversible manner (is this the same thing as unsalted?). I'm no security expert so: is my conclusion correct and should I be concerned?

Engineer Doe thought people's private info 'might be useful'

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Re: Good point

Yeah, maybe have four questions with the answer to each one being a digit from 0 to 9, that should do it.

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