* Posts by Down not across

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Japan solves 5G airliner conundrum: Keep mobe masts 200m from airport approach paths. That's it

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If its Boeing... (a gift that keeps giving)

"Boeing has announced flight restrictions on all airlines operating the Boeing 777 aircraft, and we have cancelled or changed the aircraft for some flights to/from the US based on the announcement by Boeing," an ANA spokesman told the Mail. We have asked Boeing for comment.

More beancounter inteference? Or just state of their engineering these days.

(yeah I know cheap shot but I couldn't resist)

Plumspace's Smart SFP TAP can monitor, capture or relay gigabit-speed comms – for legitimate business reasons

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Re: There ARE legitimate reasons out there, though

The idea strikes me as interesting for interim analytical use - I can't see this survive long as part of a fixed installation because I fear heat will reduce the life of this quite substantially.

I agree. The fairly low power ARM has limited grunt for anything serious, but I could see some use as something like a temporary ntp server or ERSPAN (or netflow) collector.

You're not wrong about the heat, i seem to recall that the article I read elsewhere said it got rather hot after a while.

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Re: Throughput not great

Ahem yes. my shift key is bit temperamental, but at least in the less annoying way.

Obviously I did mean to write 125 Mbps, still rather lot less than 1Gbps "wirespeed" and their specs and datasheets even mention 10Gbps links.

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Throughput not great

I read an article by someone who played with that and using it inline might not be so great since throughput was about 125mbit/s, so big hit if you're expecting gigabit link. Far short from "wirespeed" as the company advertises. Perhaps it could tap in to traffic rather than be "in-line" and the chap writing the article missed that.

Software guy smashes through the Somebody Else's Problem field to save the day

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Re: It's a sad day for this IT rag...now reincarnated as HHG recollections

Five sounds about right. Fourth and fifth in Foundation trilogy were okish, but six and seven were stretching it a bit too much.

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Tracing cables

A difficult job due to a combination of the fact that every mains cable was black cable with an IEC plug on one end, and a standard 3 pin mains plug on the other, and the fact that there was almost no light in the back of the cabinet.

That's where having a tiny zip tie or somethingequivalent is really useful. Wrap it around the cord at known end and slide it down to the other end. Of course if there are any tight bundles that its unlikely to work very well.

Could BYOB (Bring Your Own Battery) offer a solution for charging electric vehicles? Microlino seems to think so

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Re: I want to see Jeremy Clarkson test drive it...

They also had the funky Trident.

Looks like electric versions of P50 and Trident are available...


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Re: I want to see Jeremy Clarkson test drive it...

Wasn't it the old Peel P45 ?

Microsoft rolls out Files On-Demand with tighter macOS integration – but it defaults to 'on' and can't be disabled

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Re: Teetering on the edge of chaos

Random app from some company that can access, modify, delete, scramble or sell anything on my computer, that they can change or break at will with the mandatory auto-updates. In case the opportunity for them to screw my computer up wasn't enough, they want to open me up to supply chain attacks. (I refer to cloud OS integration apps generally).

Surprised they don't just do it. Ah maybe that's why they want to force MS account login on Win11....

Microsoft poaches Apple chip expert for custom silicon

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Re: ARM on Azure and...

No reason why it couldn't be. For example A64FX from Fujitsu (that they're replacing SPARC64 with in HPC) is a good example that performance is not an issue. GPU is where the heavy lifting to great extent happens in a console, so the CPU architecture is less important as long as you got enough PCIe lanes.

Would make it bit more cumbersome for the PC-ports of the games tho compared to fairly effortless port.

Wipro, Infosys and TCS feel pain of staff attrition as the Great Resignation continues

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Re: Social dumping

How much is the average salary at TCS, Infosys, and Wipro?

Median might be better measure, there will be the managment (and probably some TUPE'd employees) that will skew the average.

Given not that there have been number of articles on the three and attrition and alleged "pay hikes", we can probably deduce something.

Halo Infinite ups the nostalgia factor for fans of the originals, but it's not without limits

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Re: Confession: I am a massive Halo fan

Halo CE is/was the definitive game in the franchise. I didn't even bother with ODST and more or less gave up on the franchise at that point. I did, in a weak moment, get Guardians and played that through.

I wasn't even going to bother with Infinite, but after the review and comments like yours perhaps the franchise deserves another chance.

You wood not believe what a Japanese logging company and university want to use to build a small satellite

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Re: If anyone can...

@Chris G

You b...... you owe me (a clean one!) -->

With hindsight, I should've known no story is safe for reading comments while drinking coffee.

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes found guilty of fraud: Blood-testing machines were vapourware after all

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She committed fraud - she's not a psychopath.

Are you sure about that?

i'm not saying she is (i'm definitely not qualified to make that or any diagnosis), but on the other hand I wouldn't be the slightest surprised if she turned out to be one (if properly assessed).

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Re: Now, if only ....

Easy, just issue arrest warrant on graduation from Eton.

The year ahead in technology fail: You knew they were bad, now they're going to prove it

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Re: Splitting up...

The problem is, we've taken commodity white goods that we expect to last at least a decade and stuck a cheap 10€ PCB in it with no support that will turn the item into a dangerous insider in your network within months, that is ready to betray you to the next passing hacking crew.

Within months? I'd say out of the box...

With manufacturers having to carry spare parts now for a decade, at least, that puts the white goods back into the realm of where they should be... Except that they should NEVER be put on your home network, especially, they should not be left on your home network if they are not getting their monthly security updates!

Any so called "smart" things (take TV for example) in my house will be either without any network access or on sewer VLAN with no access to outside world so updates don't matter so much.

It's annoying that its getting more and more difficult to avoid "smart" thingys due to what is available to purchase.

It's the day before the grand opening but we need a firmware update. It'll be fine

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The article brings up memories from dfecades ago when I was designing system based on 68HC11. One chap in the team was not too impressed with BUFFALO and rewrote his own spiffy monitor. Loved working with it tho, must dig through boxes, must still have some cards left somewhere.

The cycle of UV-erasing was fun especially if you didn't pay attention to slight variations of how long was needed for erasure or what the programming voltage of that specific EPROM needed to be.

On Christmas night, a computer logs a call to say his user has stopped working…

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Merry Christmas Alistair

And thanks for the laugh.

Although, I don't think that is too far from what will be happening.

BOFH: The vengeance bus is coming, and everybody's jumping. An Xmas bonus hits me…

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Merry Christmas Simon!

Thank you for the very seasonal, and traditional episode. I'm all set now in proper mood as I'm about to log out and turn the phone off until next year.

New submarine cable to link Japan, Europe, through famed Northwest Passage

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Re: Starlink

If that happened, then \<sarcasm mode\>civilisation as we know it would end. All those who got rid of their terrestrial telly dish would be without telly - and for those of use still using terrestrial, some material might be slower arriving on our channels. Hordes of zombies would be unable to drive anywhere through lack of directions from the electronic back seat driver.

That sounds like an improvement.

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Re: Starlink

Clacks towers you mean?

Online retailers delaying sales of Raspberry Pi 4 model until 2023, thanks to a few good chips getting scarce

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Bah...CM3/CM3+ would do...

Sure Pi4 would be nice, but I'd be happy to find some CM3+ (or CM3) to populate TuringPi with...

Wi-Fi not working? It's time to consult the lovely people on those fine Linux forums

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Re: And the silly thing is...

I had a HP laptop once that had temperamental capacitive touch panel for volume control (may even had wifi switch but can't recall for sure). Fix for when it acted up was to unplug PSU, remove battery and press power on for few seconds. At least with removable batteries you can do a proper reset, unlike the modern laptops with built-in batteries.

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Whilst possibly sufficient I have had enough cases where only real power off is sufficient to resolve issues (with crappy consumer access points especially) so the previous posters of using a timer to cut power to the unit for a minute is (IMHO) more reliable option.

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Re: "first read the fine forum thread until the end"

When you've been in the industry as long as me, you have an allergy to anything made of paper.

Speak for yourself. I've been doing this for few decades and I prefer good old paper. It is always available whether you have connectivity or not and is not subject to vendor's whims of what is made accessible.

Of course today nothing ships with any actual paper manuals. You get some leaflets of safety or legal blurbs in umpteen languages and any actual manual needs to be downloaded from manufacturer's site which sometimes is an adventure in itself.

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Re: Machine that weighs less than its operating manual.

I found the HP3000 and MPE/V manuals very comprehensive. Especially the manuals about SPL and all the intrisincs. Much fun (for varying values of fun) was had with IMSGE (TurboIMAGE) and COBOL.

The monitor boom may have ended, says IDC

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Re: Monitors are overpriced

I needed to replace a 22" monitor and ideally wanted something bit larger, and likewise ended up getting a 27" curved TV (the desk it went on didn't really accomodate anything larger) at probably less than half the price of equivalent monitor. Picture via HDMI is perfectly fine. The only annoyance is the energy saving "press a button or the tv will turn off" every so often.

MySQL a 'pretty poor database' says departing Oracle engineer

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Re: Captain Obvious

Access is evil as front end. It (possibly depending on backend) seems to have a habit of locking tables at backend effectively locking all other users out.

(or at least used to, when I last encountered end users using it as front end 10+ years ago...)

When civilisation ends, a Xenix box will be running a long-forgotten job somewhere

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Re: At Grace, re: temp solutions...


My toolkit usually also contains C-Kermit. Available for many quite obscure systems as well so often common denominator. Scripting is quite flexible as well. Self-presevation mode in my brain is preventing me from getting into details of some solutions crafted with that.

It's 2021 and someone's written a new Windows 3.x mouse driver. Why now?

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I loved OS/2, and, TBH, given the choice, I'd choose it over Windows now.

Hear hear. It was a lot more reliable for running Windows programs than native Windows ever was.

A lightbulb moment comes too late to save a mainframe engineer's blushes

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Re: Watchen das blinken Lichts

I've seen quite a few variations of it. I believe the original goes like this:

Achtung! Alles turisten und nonteknischen lookenpeepers! Das komputermaschine ist nicht für der gefingerpoken und mittengraben! Oderwise ist easy to schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparksen. Ist nicht für gewerken bei dummkopfen. Der rubbernecken sightseeren keepen das cottonpicken händer in das pockets muss. Zo relaxen und watschen der blinkenlichten.

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Re: Positive signals

Although, in that case the three lights are because there is one light for each wheel to indicate if its locked up, locked down, or something in between.

British Airways Executive Club frequent flyers have their airmiles grounded

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Re: The nice sharp pointy end is on a Concorde

Thank you Neil for the link. That was fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable.

That made me think surely someone has made similar model of Vulcan, and I was not disappointed. XH558 still flies, in a fashion.

Ubuntu desktop team teases 'proof of concept' systemd on Windows Subsystem for Linux

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Re: Might As Well Use Windows

So yes, POSIX *is* Unix; it is the core of what makes Unix programs portable between distributions and vendors.

No its not UNIX. But you are getting closer.. key is in the name

MPE/iX is definitely not UNIX, however because it was POSIX compliant you could port lot of things from UNIX to it relatively easily.

Survey shows XP lingers on while Windows 11 makes a 0.21% ripple in the enterprise

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Re: Computer says NO

if only Win 10 had had same thing instead of sneaking in.

Randox's Certifly app for vaccinated international arrivals has to be side-loaded onto Android phones

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Re: Scamdox

You need a test 3days before arrival to the UK

Only if you're not double vaccinated. If you're vaccinated you don't need pre-flight test.

BOFH: You drive me crazy... and I can't help myself

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Re: Same energy

Workbench? Solder? Err..

On a more serious note. Only done it once. Learned from it.

The Ministry of Silly Printing: But I don't want my golf club correspondence to say 'UNCLASSIFIED' at the bottom

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Re: Back in the early 90's

Along with dBASE.

To think I used to run dBase II on CP/M machine, on floppies. And now we have clustered instaces hooked up to massive SANs with SSDs and tons of cache (or running on ExaData or something).

Ashton-Tate (or was it bought out by Borland then already, can't recall) did cock it up with dBase IV and hence dBase III was the last "usable" version.

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For those unfamiliar with the beast, Uniplex provided an integrated suite of office tools, including word processor, spreadsheet, and calendar applications. Quite some time before Microsoft Office became the behemoth it is today.

Digital Equipment had the ALL-IN-1 on VMS

AMD reveals an Epyc 50 flaws – 23 of them rated high severity. Intel has 25 bugs, too

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Blessing in disguise perhaps

Ironic that so many critical flaws in the PSP. You would that is one bit where they would be extra vigilant.

Perhaps, that is a blessing in disguise and the flaws can be used to improve our security by offering a way to disable or at least effectively neutralize the abomination that it is.

What a clock up: Brit TV-broadband giant Sky fails to pick up weekend's timezone change, fix due by Friday

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Personally I think the concept of DST is a great one and I wish we went double during June. It's ridiculous how much gorgeous daylight is being wasted between 5am and 7am when it's little use to anyone. Shift it to the evening where we can all enjoy it :) (*)

Who is stopping you from getting up at 5am to enjoy daylight if that is what you want to do?

SQL Server on Linux: Canonical offers official support, AWS Babelfish helps users move to Postgres

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Re: Why?

You have software from a vendor that only supports commercial databases? SQL Server is lot cheaper than Oracle, and if you need one I would rather run it on Linux than windows. You might also have some Sybase databases that you can't get rid of in which case SQL Server license is likely to be again lot cheaper than new ASE license.

If "something else" is supported, then hell yeah it probably is better option.

New World: Grindy? Check. Repetitive? Check. Fun? We hate to say it... but check

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Re: Another plotless hack'n'slash?

And FF XIV also has "jobs" where your "class" is based on the weapon you wield. So you can do everything with one character if you really want.

It is also possibly the most bug free MMO I have ever played (I am referring to the relaunched version after they pulled the oirignal and rewrote it)

Element celebrates The Great Facebook Outage with a Signal bridge for Matrix

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Re: How does Signal fund itself?

[Interestingly, the support for the Signal Technology Foundation is apparently in the form of an interest-free loan (see page 31 of non-textual PDF), rather than a donation (thanks to Signal Technology Foundation article on Wikipedia for the link).]

I wonder if being a creditor, help shield the foundation from potentially hostile actions.

Firewalls? Pfft – it's no match for my mighty spares-bin PC

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Re: Bodged rack mount server

I like SCSI. Mostly. As long as you don't accidentally mix LVD and HVD. Use of proper active terminators is a must. Internal termination (if offered) on most devices might work if if you only have couple of targets, but I'd avoid it and use decent terminator instead.

It can also get messy when it comes to the time to perform the obligatory sacrifices.

Open-source veteran PostgreSQL emits release 14: Tweaked, scalable, and ready to get heavy

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That's like asking: Does Ferrari do rock climbing? Jeep does.

Check your bits: What to do when Unix decides to make a hash of your bill printouts

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Re: HP LaserJet 4

Service Manuals are available. other sources for the manual exist too.

LaserJet 4M is almost infinitely repairable.

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Re: HP LaserJet 4

You are not wrong. Well a Canon LBP-8II (but uses same Canon SX engine as LaserJet II).

Admittedly I use the various LaserJet 4s more (and LJ 4700 when I need to print in colour).

I would drive 100 miles and I would drive 100 more just to be the man that drove 200 miles to... hit the enter key

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More widespread than routers. Problem with too many (most?) web pages these days is they a make all kinds of assumptions (screen/font size) or worse and try to force things look exactly how they envision it instead allowing the browser to render it.

I suppose I better mow the lawn now...

In space, no one can hear cyber security professionals scream

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Re: Obscurity

There is only one man who would dare give me the raspberry!

Lone Starr


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