* Posts by MiguelC

1154 posts • joined 22 May 2014


Fukushima studies show wildlife is doing nicely without humans, thank you very much

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"coastal areas and rice paddies in Fukushima (...) where many rare creatures live"

Like the two-headed calf, the three-eyed fish and the four-legged chicken (besides the mentioned, probably fluorescent, nuclear pig-boar)?

Nothing works any more. Who decided that redundant systems should become redundant?

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When I bought my new apartment there was a conveniently placed laundry space, which seamed perfectly made out to fit a washer and a dryer side-by-side. Until the builder doing the renewal told me it wasn't wide enough. The architect, probably a sadist, made that space 115cm wide.

Long story short, did you know you can shave 5 centimetres from an exterior, although non-load-bearing, wall?

Indian broadband connections top 800 million … sort of

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The 90's just called, they want their 512Kbps 'broadband' back

UK Ministry of Defence apologises – again – after another major email blunder in Afghanistan

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Re: "the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (Arap) team"

ARAP is just a small part of the MoD's general "Country Relocation and Assistance Policy"

Senior IBMer hit with £290k demand from Big Blue in separate case as unfair dismissal claim rolls on

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This is quite different, those agreements usually mean you must stay for some predefined period before being due the payment. In this case, the employee had already been paid and Big Bad Blue is asking for the return of the money, although it was Big Bad Blue's decision to terminate the contract. It sounds even worse than when they renege due commissions...

Fix network printing or keep Windows secure? Admins would rather disable PrintNightmare patch

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"Security is our utmost priority", says company after being hit with malware

So, choosing between stopping users from printing or opening their companies to actively used exploits, some admins choose the latter? Or are they forced by management to 'choose' that?

China discloses new space tech: Coloured cargo labels to replace beige ones taikonauts found fiddly

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Re: "a unique ingredient extracted from crab shells"

You're saying there is a difference?

Clegg on its face: Facebook turns to former UK deputy PM to fend off damaging headlines

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Re: "I don't know how a british politician can bear (...anything...)"

Ooh! Ooh!I know that one: "money"!

So I’ve scripted a life-saving routine. Pah. What really matters is the icon I give it

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Re: I wait for the statue erected for Ron Jeremy.That one should be exciting ^^

I hope they never have to choose between honouring Ron Jeremy or John Holmes, that might turn into a cockfight

Forget that Loon's balloon burst, we just fired 700TB of laser broadband between two cities, says Alphabet

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Re: X

Being in the middle of Africa, 360kms from the ocean, there are no sharks available, but....

Lasers on crocodiles --> mobile net!

Electron-to-joule conversion formulae? Cute. Welcome to the school of hard knocks

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Once I stopped by a PFY trying to fix an user's Access application that had stopped generating email reports. He was at wit's end, having tried for hours everything he thought might possibly solve the problem. I nonchalantly asked the user if IT had done any upgrade that day. "Hm yes, they installed new printer drivers".


After changing the default printer to PDF, the emails started once again being generated. It seems Access (at least the old version in this case) needs the printer driver to generate reports, even if they're not being actually sent to be printed.

Bepanted shovel-toting farmer wins privacy payout from France TV

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The last two paragraphs are pure gold, have a well deserved cold one on me!

Ransomware crims saying 'We'll burn your data if you get a negotiator' can't be legally paid off anyway

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Re: It is easy for us to say "don't pay"

In the following tale it wasn't ransomware but, to the effect, it's the same as if it were.

In the (late) 90's I was called to "rescue" a largish occupational health company that had all of their information (I really mean everything, client info, contracts, test results, payroll) in a single 700 MB Access application. They had an hardware failure that crashed the .mdb and their most recent backup copy was over a month old. Unfortunately (for them), we were unable to restore it, we only managed to salvage parts of tables, unlinked to anything else.

They ended up losing several contracts over the issue but, hey!, they weren't in IT and didn't know any better at the time.

BUT.... do you think they learned the lesson? Well think again because they just rebuilt from the backup copy and manually re-inputted all that could be saved from the crashed file, leaving everything else as before.

I really have no idea if this was part of the reason but they are now, in fact, out of business.

Ex-US intel, military trio were cyber-mercenaries for UAE, say prosecutors

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America proves, once again, it has the best Justice system money can buy

Amazon abuses dominance to keep wholesaler prices high, says DC AG in updated antitrust complaint

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Re: That would explain

That depends, lots of brands set their own store price as the indicative market price which some stores undercut and others don't (larger chains will sell at exactly the same price point).

It's also a balancing act between low price and wide distribution, if brands set their own store prices too low, where's the margin other stores need to justify selling that brand?

A speech recognition app goes into a bar. Speak up if you’ve heard it already

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Re: Bunker

On a totally unrelated note, are you Austrian, perchance?

Oh! A surprise tour of the data centre! You shouldn't have. No, you really shouldn't have

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I once spent an hour and a half on the bottom of a ski slope watching all my mates ski on (initially) pristine snow while I did remote support for a piece o SW I'd had the misfortune of taking over mid-development some weeks earlier... adding insult to injury, when I came back, I spent days knocking on doors until someone at my company "magnanimously" signed-off to pay me back the roaming charges

Of course none of the other members of my team, who were not on holiday, could take the call...

Banned: The 1,170 words you can't use with GitHub Copilot

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Re: 1170 blocked exit points, any blocked entry points ?

Funny that "Jebus" is on the list, but not the now more common "Jeebus" (or even the original "Jesus")

Maybe they're not fans of The Simpsons?

Facebook: Let us tell you WhatsApp – we don't want to pay that €225m GDPR fine

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Re: "We will appeal this decision"

While I can rightfully understand your feelings in this case, this is fortunately not how courts work - a right to appeal a decision is something everyone (yes, even Faecebook) should have without fearing reprisals

Google delays back-to-office recall until at least 2022

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Re: Let Republicans Rapture

They're so nutty that they even booed T**** at a rally when he told his audience to get vaccinated!

Leaked Guntrader firearms data file shared. Worst case scenario? Criminals plot UK gun owners' home addresses in Google Earth

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Re: Consequences

And to demolish every one of those homes too and never allow another living space to be built there? Because potential burglars have no idea if the gun owner still lives at that place or if it has been sold or rented to someone else, who might unknowingly be at risk.

When everyone else is on vacation, it's time to whip out the tiny screwdrivers

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Re: only one screw leftover!

Acer are evil: although the HDD and the mounting plate both had four holes to put screws in, only two screws were tightening the original HDD... it took me quite some time to figure it out

Fix five days of server failure with this one weird trick

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Re: The "inspector"

SGI Indigo2 workstations were used for 3D modelling at one of my first jobs (although my part was doing collision detection / avoidance - it was a marine life simulator for an exhibition, fish swimming though each other might be frown upon :) )

See that last line in the access list? Yeah, that means you don't have an access list

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Re: "The contractors were fired."

In my first employment, as a junior dev, I was working with an expert just contracted for his extensive DB2 knowledge. He was supposed to set up a battery of DB tests on a Friday for me and my mates to follow up during the weekend (as this was a Y2K project and time was running short, we, the minions, would be there - but not the expensive contractor).

The bad news is that he managed to screw up on every single test he was supposed to prepare by not allocating disk. space - and the leaving logs of it for us to see. That meant he had just wasted the whole team a Saturday By the end of the day I'd managed to redo - this time correctly - everything the expert was supposed to have done for us and our team got it's work done for others to take on next Monday.

The good news it that the following Monday, our manager heard us arguing about what had happened (I may have been expressing in not very pleasant terms how pissed off I was about all that sorry affair) and, after investigating it, called me apart and told me I didn't need to worry about it any more as the 'expert' was no longer working there.

Even better news is that I also got promoted a month or so later, with the way I handled that incident being a factor.

United Nations calls for moratorium on sale of surveillance tech like NSO Group's Pegasus

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Re: Oi!

And if it isn't enough, a stern letter should do the trick.

Samsung's foldables fall to more realistic prices and harden up

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"prices that are no longer outrageous (...) at $1,799 and $999 respectively."

They aren't????

Microsoft responds to PrintNightmare by making life that little bit harder for admins

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You've possibly seen it in these fora

Come fly with me. But first we need to find a boot device

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Re: Sentient Urinals?

was the urinal called Marvin, perchance? being pissed on all the time would make for a really depressed Android...

Alibaba fires manager accused of sexually assaulting colleague

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Re: "web giant lacks formal sexual harassment policy"

The "you're fired" bit must be in the sexual harassment policy of the company, how else would they get there?

Breaking Bad or just a bad breakpoint? That feeling when your predecessor is BASIC

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So... a regular Tuesday?

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns

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Re: So Apple have solved the problem of what to do with that pile of cash?

Wanna bet that the next iOS update will only install after you accept new T&Cs that explicitly allow Apple to scan your device?

Paperless office? 2.8 trillion pages printed in 2020, down by 14% or 450 billion sheets

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Re: "Paper per se isn't so much of a problem(...)"

Paper manufacturing is intensely pollutive and energy consuming, and the kind of trees used for it are mostly eucalyptus, who are among the worst water draining and soil exhausting species, so paper production is very much a problem.

Chinese state media describes gaming as 'spiritual opium' that stunts education and destroys families

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Re: It didn't help my studies much either

Almost the same here, only I started with a ZX Spectrum - I started programming simple BASIC games and sharing them among my friends, then moved to assembler (making it probably the only academic subject I was interested in at the time - but my parents saw the positive in that, owing to an engineer uncle who told them that I was doing great). It allowed me to start making money writing small programmes and games, until it was enough to buy my first proper PC (a Schneider with - not one! - but two floppy disk drives!), rinse, repeat. And still going strong (although, through the years, it's less and less hands-on and more SW design)

Russia tells UN it wants vast expansion of cybercrime offenses, plus network backdoors, online censorship

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Re: "providing a backdoor for authorities"

Or maybe a nice cuppa of polonium tea?

(really just wanted a reason to bring up this magnificent photo)

You MUST present your official ID (but only the one that's really easy to fake)

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Re: It's an anachronism anyway

I have dual nationality, and so have my kids, but owing to each country different idiosyncrasies, their surnames are not the same in both nationalities.... Might be useful one day, if any of them needs to perform a quick and dirty disappearing act ;)

AWS gave Parler a chance, won't say if it talked to NSO before axing spyware biz's backend systems

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Re: Wow Amnesty International

Don't know if I should give you an upvote for congratulating Amnesty International on their good work, or a downvote for the suggestion they usually don't do good stuff

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item

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Hmm.... how is that simpler than just creating a blank document where you want it to be?

India IT minister denies illegal use of NSO Pegasus spyware

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Re: "has denied the nation illegally used the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware"

OTH, don't believe anything until it has been officially denied

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Re: Many policemen, most of the judges and prosecutors should have been revoked in 1944

You know a place where it was tried and went really well (/s)? In 2003's Iraq, after Saddam was overthrown and the new US-supported government decided to exclude every ex Ba'ath party member from any public service employment. Not only did those services lose most qualified people (as it was almost de rigueur that you should be a Ba'ath member to work in public service) but many of those excluded turned to crime and insurgency, with a profound impact on the country's security situation and economic outlook.

Research "de-Ba'athification" for some more, if you'd like.

Xiaomi parties like a winner after coming second on world smartphone sales charts

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Re: I would like to buy a phone made by free range workers paid living wage at very least

So, what are you waiting for?

Boffins find an 'actionable clock' hiding in your blood, ticking away to your death

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Re: So? What's his secret?

poor donkey...

Windows 11 still doesn't understand our complex lives – and it hurts

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Re: Browser sessions don't work as you've described

Firefox supports exactly that (allowing several separate workspaces, not forcing you to log in in each tab) through container tabs. Each container (with n open tabs in it) is a separate workspace and you can log into different Google accounts (or Microsoft or anything else) simultaneously

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip

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Re: Not quite as high as a SR-71

Don't confuse feet with metres, please.... it's record altitude was 25 929 m (i.e. 85,069 feet)

The world is chaos but my Zoom background is control-freak perfection

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I've been in the ISS for some time now, self isolation dialled up to 11 :)

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Re: No 10 Briefing Room

A colleague uses an Oval Office backdrop like this one

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"black metal filing cabinets"

Is that where you keep youy Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, Immortal, Emperor, Satyricon, Enslaved, Carpathian Forest and Gorgoroth vinyl records?

Ex-IBM whistleblower's suit back in court, 8 years after he alleged irregularities in $265m IRS software deal

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Mind blown!

The first judge basically stated that, as the victim was too incompetent to understand they were being fleeced, there should be no penalty for the perpetrator

Massive 3D catzilla gets crowds purring in busy Shinjuku district of Tokyo

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Let's just hope people aren't too captivated by the gigantic feline, accidents could be catastrophic



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