Shame that some one year certs....
.....are actually two year certs that presumably get revoked if you don't renew, it seems.
Welp, that makes things a bit more annoying.
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"Rogozin is known for being outspoken. In 2014, after the US announced economic sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea, he hit back and suggested America could deliver its astronauts to the ISS with a “trampoline” instead."
Funny looking trampoline, that Dragon Crew Capsule and the rocket that launches it - and can land itself for re-use, innit?
(I'm no SpaceX/Musk fanboy, but I bet those words proper sting today)
...and although I can be snobby about keyboards (with a pragmatic streak - a good £15 keyboard is always a nice surprise, thanks Logitech) it's really rather good. I've been using it constantly since working from home and now that I've become familiar with it again, it's great for typing, it's well enough built, and as it cost £40 a few years ago, if it dies in a few years time, I'll not feel as annoyed as if I'd spent £100 on a 'better' keyboard.
You still need to go drag out a spare keyboard if the fancier one shits itself, and then diagnose the problem, order the replacement parts. I'd be fine getting another £40 keyboard, honestly.
I've used better keyboards, but it's plenty close enough for the price.
Steven "clicky clacky" R
(the KM G8 is basically what was reviewed, but without the RGB stuff and a slightly more compact profile, as far as I can tell)
I tried this yesterday and it's really not bad at all. Found privilege escalation to be a bit confusing but that's probably just a case of me having never used it before and not knowing some little tricks (every time it popped up a UAC prompt, I'd lose control until the end user agreed to it, etc).
Cross platform and works out the box for the most part, I like it.
The Salmon of Doubt (ISBN 0-330-32312-1) is worth a look as well, as it contains about a third of the proposed third Dirk Gently novel, and also has loads of Adams' collected writings (early and later), memos to other people, musings on tech, and lots of generally very interesting, entertaining stuff.
I've mislaid my copy. Must pick up another one some time soon.
Steven "Someone Elses Problem" R
On a related note, the death of that computer was when I tried to install OS/2 on it.
I'd used Doublespace (I think) to make more space on the disk, and tried to install OS2 on it. It didn't like doublespace and so asked me to remove it.
So I cleared down the space, and set Doublespace to decompress everything. Which would have been fine.
Had Mother Dearest not turned the machine off part way through because it was making annoying rattling noises.
I wasn't quite sharp enough at ten years old to know how to fix it, and mother dearest didn't want to spend money on a 'toy' so it was permafucked.
I became a console user for about a decade after that. Ah well.
Steven "Parents feck you up" R.
I tried to run it on a 486 SX 25 with 4MB ram.
Then set up a virtual RAM disk on my HDD (a 120mb IDE jobby) to give it another 4MB of memory. I couldn't tell you how on earth I did it, but I'll wager it was an autoexec/config.sys hackery with something being preloaded at boot. It was over 20 years ago....
Game loaded. Awesome. But every time it hit the 'swap' section, it'd take a couple of seconds to load the data.
And the data was literally every sound, or animation frame it couldn't fit in to real RAM.
It was a lot.
I went back to Doom after that as RAM for that computer was pricey and I couldn't get mother dearest to justify it. She got annoyed enough when I played Doom for hours at a time....
Aaah, good times.
Steven "Blow it out your ass" Raith.
Well, if you find nihlism and cynicism delightful, which has been a streak that runs through all IT support people with some good chops that I've worked with - male or female.
In my experience - which is of course, a sample of one, so entirely anecdotal - we're a lovely bunch of downtrodden, cynical darlings, we are.
Much love to all <3
Steven "feeling a bit nostalgic today" R
The future, with electro-fags, has it's own risks.
I used to vape heavy VG liquids in a large atty at low nicotine strength, typically 80-100% VG + 3% nic, does the *very* thick clouds.
Eventually, the PSU popped. The VG had condensed inside the PSU, then when warm, slipped down into the transformer. POP.
So it didn't reek of smoke, but it still killed the machine (or more accurately, the PSU - a replacement PSU fixed it).
I've sinced switched to high nicotine, 'lighter' liquids (50/50 PG/VG - mostly for vaping subtly in the office, and I've come to prefer it) and the buildup is now non-existent.
Just a heads up for the Reg vape collective, be careful where you blow your clouds!
Steven "Should have seen that coming, really" R
(to be clear, it looks like Shaun or the editorial team updated the article just as I posted the above comment, which was within the hour of VLC tweeting it - not bad, El Reg, not bad.
Could be a juicy little story about the lackadaisical attitude of Mitre and Certbund in there as well...)
Similar story, but beforehand we (me as tech, our network op and our sysadmin) had managed to fake a call from The XFactor to get a particularly annoying colleague to 'audition' down the phone.
Changed the startup background to a picture of them, and the startup sound to the worst part of their audition.
They were not impressed.
Everyone else found it hilarious. They really were a bit of a prick.
Some sniffing around suggests the OpenGL3.X compatibility will likely mean more accurate emulation of 3D stuff, so yes, it should be an improvement, although as I understand it most of the popular emulators and retro gaming megapackages will need a bit of tweeking to be happy with the A72 architecture.
I'm interested in this use case as well, can you tell?
I like to justify these things in terms of takeaway dinners.
I mean, £50, that's two Dominos pizzas. Well, it is by *my* standards...
That said, my next project (seeing as I've just thrown PiHole onto a RaspPi Zero W after testing it on my old Pi3B+) is a used Proliant DL360, because if you sniff around (and aren't too fussed by power consumption - I justify that by reminding myself that I've replaced a dozen lightbulbs in this house with LEDs...) you can find them, sans disks admittedly, for around £50-100.
I'm sure I'll be picking up a Pi 4 once the software environment has matured though.
Steven "tinkering rather than moping and being depressed" R
They did note on a HackerNews post ( https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20262214 ) that Level3 appeared to be the source of a route leak, although it's been edited since.
Screenshot here - sorry if it's competing with ElReg but I can't find any other decent source with a screengrab:
The edit suggests they don't think it's *just* L3 however, so pinch of salt and all that.
Apparently fixed as of 30 mins, ago, which is reflected in two of my dozen sites I look after no longer intermittently alarming at me.
Steven "it always seems to be Level3, doesn't it" R
That's a surprisingly new addition to most CPUs though, in the grand scale of things - the last CPU to not have it were (IIRC) Netburst P4s and Thorobed Athlons.
I dare say some more specialised chips had it, but from a consumer grade standpoint, I think that's where thermal cutouts started to be 'the norm'.
Steven 'this is just off the top of my head, correct me if I'm wrong, commentards' R
Has to be said, this comment thread made me dig out my Raspberry Pi, throw an image of DietPi on it, and bop PiHole on it.
It's not perfect (uBlock origin is damned seamless when it comes to removing ads - PiHole obviously can't do some browser based stuff, etc) but it's pretty straighforward once you get into it and once it's up and running, just bang it as your DHCP servers default DNS assignment and you're away - zero client side config.
So on Monday, I'll be replicating that in the office, on a VM, and blocking all ads at the network level in there too, methinks.
Good shout, Commentards. Good shout.
As I recall, they didn't say there was no case to answer - they said there was no way to progress the case, as Assange wasn't making himself available (by leaving the country, then eventually claiming political asylum with Ecuador).
"No case to answer" and "no way to progress the case" aren't the same thing, and the statute of limitations is still applicable for the crime he's accused of in Sweden, as far as I'm aware.
Anyone know what Swedens 'official' position is on the case? I've tried sniffing aboot, but being busy at work and most of the results being 'people calling for sweden to extradite' aren't making a clear cut answer easy to find for me.
"Reddit is inaccessible in China..."
"That isn't to say that Redditors didn't get a bit hot under the collar, cooling themselves off by posting images of the popular children's character Winnie-the-Pooh over and over again. The image has attracted the ire of Chinese censors in the past due to some wags alleging a resemblance to the country's President, Xi Jinping."
Is it just me, or does the logic there seem flawed? I mean, if it's not available in China, what's the poi....ah, it's Reddit, there is no point.
Steven "Grumpy today" R
Nah, more likely he claimed that as 'justification' for his behaviour - claiming insanity, etc; the actual psychologist determined ASD instead.
Basically, however, that doesn't ago him from being a manipulative little shit hawk with a penchant for attention seeking based on his potted history listed by the beak....
Ash Vs Evil Dead was cracking good fun.
The, I think, penultimate episode ending musical sting was very good.
Only three series, but all three were very good and worth a watch if you like comedy, gore (lots of gore) and some reasonably atmospheric horror elements - and of course, with Lucy Lawless and Brucey in there, more ham than a pork factory.
Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago were, it must be said, also well matched to the series too.
Better to go a bit early while good than to go on too long and get....well, look at the Simpsons.
"They should make a new version of Star Wars Holiday Special - I want to see the funny shenanigans of Jar Jar and his family!"
I don't wanna see Jar Jars dad watching the equivalent of cross species porn, though.
(seriously that was one weird sequence in the Holiday Special...)
They want to remake Army of Darkness?
I'm not sure how they can do that, given that it's basically a loose story tied around Bruce Campbells ability to do physical comedy, ham it up, and spit out false bravado like it was going out of fashion. The rest of the plot is fine, but is basically an excuse to do some neat practical effects.
(army of darkness is genuinely one of my all time favourite films, so I might be biased)
I'd suggest whomever they polled have never actually seen any of the more recent reboots.
I mean, name one that is anything other than 'better than expected', when 'expected' has become 'utterly godawful' lately.
Steven "it's OK though, the originals will still be enjoyable so don't stress too much" R
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