* Posts by Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese

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Some smart meters won't be smart at all once 2/3G networks mothballed

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Re: Mesh

It's interesting to consider why they opted for 2G/3G instead of a bespoke network.

A comms mast appeared in the village where I live, and when I looked back at the planning record it said that it was for smart meters, so there's definitely some element of bespoke networking.

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Re: So, smart meter joy is continuing

My energy company has started to bug me as my old spinning wheel leccy meter is outside its certification date. I wonder how long I can just ignore them?

I, like you, have no enthusiasm for moving to a smart meter, but had my hand forced - my digital meter is set for Economy 7 but the signal that controls that is going to be discontinued, and the only option is to switch to a smart meter :-(

US Air Force says AI-controlled F-16 fighter jet has been dogfighting with humans

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Re: Great show.

Fighting from the safety of a concrete box is essentially a war of attrition in terms of who runs out of assets first if both sides have the same tech.

Basically the 'cannon fodder' model as seen in WW1, except that the fodder can easily be replaced by the military-industrial complex (thus acting as a nice little earner for the manufacturers)

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Re: Great show.

Indeed.

Plenty dogfighting since WW2 also...the Sea Harrier was doing a mighty fine job of that thing during the Falklands conflict in 1982 (actually a bit scary when you realise how long ago 1982 actually was, but certainly a lot less than the century that the OP refers to)

Blackstone wants to plug hyperscale datacenter into former Britishvolt battery site

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The irony here being that the site was previously occupied by a power station.

Google location tracking deal could be derailed by politics

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I thought it was a Hill

Microsoft to use Windows 11 Start menu as a billboard with app ads for Insiders

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Probably a complete failure of the Windows 10 update system on your kit.

Ah...that could be it. I've disabled Windows updates for fear of MS-induced borkage.

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"Windows 10 has long featured ads"

I've got a couple of Win10 machines, and I don't recall doing anything special when I first set them up, but I don't think I've seen a single advert. Where do they appear, and any idea what magic trick is preventing them from appearing? Not that I want to see the ads of course, I'm just genuinely curious as to why something which has "long featured" in Windows has never shown itself on either of my Windows boxen.

Tired techie 'fixed' a server, blamed Microsoft, and got away with it

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I can't remember his name, but years ago I saw a video of him giving a presentation about the Registry - his opening slide just consisted of the word "sorry" repeated multiple times.

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Re: "this largely undocumented hellhole of keys and strings and dwords."

Have they still got the trains running round the bookshop ?

They were there last time I visited - absolute gem of a place

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"this largely undocumented hellhole of keys and strings and dwords."

Many years ago I was browsing in my local second-hand book shop (the rather marvelous Barter Books in Alnwick) and came across a weighty tome called "The Windows 95 Registry". This detailed each and every registry key and value that was used by Windows 95. It was only a few quid so I bought it. It never got much, if any, use for reference, but I did occasionally pick it up just to marvel at the amount of work that had gone into compiling such a vast set of information (this was an independent work, not something published by MS as an official programmers' reference guide)

Fancy building a replacement for Post Office's disastrous Horizon system?

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Re: Someone needs to check that

I was going to suggest that the other company name might be Jujitsu, but you beat me to the punch

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Fear not - I'm sure there will be plenty enough up-time to allow data to be compromised via an unsecure bucket

Techie saved the day and was then criticized for the fix

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Re: Sounds About Right

If the use case is to secure a server rack in a secure room that's in a secure room, and the protection was a lock that could be foiled with just a screwdriver, then I'd say the manager is at fault for signing off on such shoddy locks that aren't fit for purpose.

UK government sets sights on £8B tech procurement overhaul

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The GBP to USD conversion at the top of the article looks suspect but seeing as it's a government project it'll go ridiculously over budget, any numbers quoted at this stage are purely academic.

Virgin Media sets up 'smart poles' next to cabinets to boost mobile network capacity

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Re: "digital electricity" technology

Pretty sure 48V DC can kill too

I heard something from an electrical safety course (too many years ago now to be able to remember the details) that a surprisingly low voltage can be fatal, if you're particularly unlucky. The case quoted on the course had something to do with the voltage hitting you exactly in synch with a heartbeat, so you get a kind of effect where the "wave" from the errant electricity resonates with the "wave" in your cardiac system and you get a resonance which is big enough to ruin your day.

(as you can tell from the wording here I am neither an electrician nor a cardiologist - please don't judge my explanation too harshly)

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"digital electricity" technology

which is a prime example of marketing nonsense

Understatement of the week.

What a load of codswallop,

Apple to settle class action for $490 million after Tim overcooked China outlook

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Re: Sour Grapes are a Gripe when Local Apples are Treated Better than Imported Oranges

Grapes? Apples? Oranges? Is that comparison about Mike Lynch being a Limey?

UK finance minister promises NHS £3.4B IT investment to unlock £35B savings

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Re: Cynical? Me?

I think the key word here is "potential", as in if we fritter away £999,999,999 on pointless consultants, then stick that last quid on a horse with odds of 3.5 billion to 1, it could potentially win us £3.5B

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Zero sum game

"costs £3.4 billion but it helps unlock £35 billion"

It's a large-scale, government funded project, so will obviously end up costing 10x the original budget, so that leaves you with a modest saving...probably enough to cover the costs of the Public Accounts Committee enquiry into why it went 10x over budget and to issue a statement about lessons learned, yadda yadda yadda...

Odysseus probe moonwalking on the edge of battery life after landing on its side

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Re: Failure is an option

The success of all lunar exploration missions should be judged on style, control, damage and aggression.

Cybercrims: When we hit IT, they sometimes pay, but when we hit OT... jackpot

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Re: What does OT stand for here?

OT = Operational Technology (as per para 2 "Operational technology security firm Dragos [...]")

Underwater cables in Red Sea damaged months after Houthis 'threatened' to do just that

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Re: Why do they need a submarine?

Indeed. I think that a lot of times that undersea cables get damaged, the cause is from anchors.

I know of at least two companies who provide a service for monitoring shipping movements/behaviour with a view to identifying potential subsea asset damage.

Microsoft Publisher books its retirement party for 2026

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I feel a great disturbance in the force...

...as if a million parish newsletter editors cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Twilio reminds users that Authy Desktop apps die in March – not in August

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What if app isn't an option?

I know of at least one organisation using Authy for 2FA in locations where mobile devices are forbidden for security purposes - only desktops/laptops accessing the network via wired LAN. Could be interesting to see how they cope when the desktop app ceases to be.

Damn Small Linux returns after a 12-year gap

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Re: Cool, a new toy to fiddle about with.

Older, still working, kit such as netbooks etc,

Indeed. I've got an old WinXP netbook kicking around, which I think I need to finally admit is at the end of its useful life, so may be a candidate for installing DSL on. I'm not convinced that I'll have a valid use case for it once it's installed, so would largely be doing it for the heck of it, but sometimes that's sufficient justification.

Europe's deepest mine to become Europe's deepest battery

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You jest, but a few years ago there was a leisure centre somewhere in the UK that was using waste heat from a neighbouring crematorium to heat the swimming pool. I think the scheme stopped after some public outrage (personally I thought it was an OK idea, but the way people reacted you'd think they'd proposed using ashes from the crem to top up the kids' sandpit)

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Pedant alert: if your uranium is sufficiently enriched as to sustain a chain reaction, it doesn't stay in a big pile for much more than microseconds

Further pedantry: ...unless that pile is the Chicago one

Please install that patch – but don't you dare actually run it

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Re: Uptime

UPS caught fire? That gives a whole new meaning to "hot standby"

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Re: Nine nines and an explosion

Presumably his thought process went as far as "what would be the best number of uptime?"

My assumption was that his thinking was "have you exceeded the minimum uptime of 24/7? Then no bonus for you!"

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Re: Nine nines and an explosion

Indeed...'absolutely no downtime' and 'nothing can be switched off' do not work together. If your goal is zero downtime, then you need to have redundancy to allow for unplanned failure, which means you do have the option to switch things off or restart them as and when required.

The literal Rolls-Royce of EVs is recalled over fire risk

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Re: Required edits:

'British marque's' -> 'German marque's'

Indeed...does the "the Rolls Royce of [x]" really mean what it meant years ago? Now that it's "the super-luxury arm of BMW of [x]" is the quality really the same?

Legacy tech shoots down Ministry of Defence's supply chain improvements

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I'm sure there was a quip in Yes Prime Minister along the lines of "if we want to know the state of UK defence forces, it'd be easier just to ask the Russians"

Travel app Kayak offers Boeing 737 Max 9 filter after that door plug drama

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Re: Have they never heard of flanges

I believe you speak the truth. The Mentour channel on YouTube had a good video on this, with some explanatory diagrams and whatnot....worth a watch

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Re: The bigger question

I think at this point, every aircraft that came out of Boeing in the last few years needs to be completely disassembled and put back together with proper inspections this time.

Given Boeing's track record, I think it'd be a case of disassembling all aircraft , putting all aircraft put back together, and then selling all of the spare bits they have left over at the end.

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Re: When a company

The aviation industry works on a principle whereby incidents are investigated and causes identified so that similar incidents can be avoided in future. If the cause of this incident is down to use of incorrect size bolts then this is worrying because I'm sure there was an incident many years ago where a window (cockpit windscreen?) parted company with the aircraft mid-flight due to being "fixed" in place with incorrect size bolts. Whatever procedures were put in place as a result of that incident don't seem to have been observed here.

Junior techie had leverage, but didn’t appreciate the gravity of the situation

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It would seem logical to install a heavy equipment as low as possible

Indeed, but the minion was "told to put the UPS in the lowest free space in rack number one of seven". They may have taken "lowest" as meaning lowest number with slot numbering going top-to-bottom rather than lowest meaning nearest to the ground.

I know from experience of dealing with people who are 'on the spectrum' that they can tend to interpret instructions in a way which is technically correct but not what others would intuit.

Fujitsu will not bid for UK.gov business until Post Office inquiry closes

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It's a small pool of companies that go after these government contracts. Fujitsu's withdrawal will just mean more business going to Capita or Serco, tant pis.

Nearly 200 Boeing 737 MAX 9 airplanes grounded after door plug flies off mid-flight

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"Safety is our top priority and we deeply regret the impact this event has had on our customers and their passengers,"

That's the first item in the bingo card ticked off

New cars bought in the UK must be zero emission by 2035 – it's the law

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target of having six or more rapid or ultra-rapid electric vehicle chargers at every motorway service area in England.

Considering how long it takes to charge an EV, compared against how many fossil-fuelled cars go through the pumps at a service area within that same timeframe, a minimum target of 6 chargers feels ridiculously low

UK government lays out plan to divert people's broken gizmos from landfill

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Re: disposable vapes

The worst example of non-componentisation (is that a word? it should be) that I've seen was the electric fire that was fitted in my Dad's house. After a few years the LED do-dah that provided a warm orange glow decided to stop working. The landlord ended up replacing the whole fire as the LED do-dah was an integral unit and couldn't be replaced. Unbelievable...back in the day it was simply a case of changing a bulb.

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Re: How many

Mandate that the battery can be changed with 1 watchmaker's screwdriver and some patience

I get misty eyed and sentimental about the times when all you needed to to was unclip the back cover of the phone in order to swap the battery. No tools and minimal patience required.

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Re: disposable vapes

I'd question the cigarette butt analogy. Cigarette buts are pure waste and really only fit for the bin, but as you point out the so-called disposable vapes still have a perfectly re-usable rechargeable battery and heating element.

Big Clive has made a number of videos about scavenging disposable vapes from the gutter and harvesting the batteries for use in other projects.

They're just crying out for recycling rather than discarding to landfill.

HMRC launches £500M procurement for new ERP, though project's already a 'red' risk

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£214M vs £500

HRMC said the total baseline whole-life costs of the project would be £214 million. The tender notice put the maximum value of the procurement at £500 million

So before even starting, they're saying that the procurement value will be double the expected whole life costs? Have government departments learned nothing from previous large-scale procurements?

Obviously it'll go over budget by way more than just two times.

Is it 2000 or 2023? Get ready for AI-anchored news. Again

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WTF?

Out of curiosity I googled for ananova and found that there's actually still a news website with that name. Looking at some of the articles, I can't decide if they're real or generated by a bad AI. Take this for example...

https://ananova.news/prince-harry-duke-of-sussex-and-the-royal-family/

Veteran editors Notepad++ and Geany hit milestone versions

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What you said, but it was UltraEdit in my case

Tech renders iconic rockers Kiss genuinely immortal

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Re: Age does not matter in 2025s!

Judas Priest just dropped a new video a couple of days ago - they're going since mid-1970s too!

Their lead singer has recently released a duet with Dolly Parton, and she's been on the go since before the mid-70s

Government and the latest tech don't mix, says UK civil servant of £11B ESN mess

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Re: Hot Air

Earlier this year, the prime minister launched the UK government's plan to cement the nations place as "a science and technology superpower by 2030."

Earlier this year the prime minister remembered that he had friends who own science & technology companies, and so would benefit from being given some government-funded work.