* Posts by Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese

1526 posts • joined 22 Jul 2014

EE and Three mobe mast surveyors might 'upload some virus' to London Tube control centre, TfL told judge

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Re: Open door policy?

If I were the mobile engineer, I'd volunteer to abseil onto the roof from a helicopter.

Indeed. If a job isn't worth doing while accompanied by the "Mission: Impossible" theme music, then it simply isn't worth doing at all.

Apple sent my data to the FBI, says boss of controversial research paper trove Sci-Hub

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I saw something the other day where an academic was talking about papers being behind paywalls. They said that if you want to see a paper, you can generally get it quite easily just by contacting the academic who wrote it and asking "please can you send me a copy of your paper?". The response will generally be affirmative and gratis - academics actually care quite a lot about sharing their findings and helping people out.

Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss

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Re: At J27, re: lane lines...

That's an interesting point - makes me wonder how the car reacts if it's faced with a patch of road that utility companies have been marking up with paint to show where various pipes and cables are before starting streetworks. I've spotted a few cases around town over the years which look more like a modern art installation than a roadway.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

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Re: welcome to the new world...

All of your eggs in someone else's basket is risky.

It depends on how highly you value your eggs. There are cloud providers who will allow you to replicate your eggs across geographically diverse, or even continentally divers, data centres. They'll charge you more for a greater degree of resilience but if you need that resilience it still likely works out cheaper than setting up multiple datacentres of your own

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The SBG2 data centre in better days

I was a bit surprised to see such obvious branding on the outside of the building. I thought the practice was to house these things in fairly anonymous-looking buildings so as not to advertise the fact it is what it is.

I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?

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Re: When you say "pants",

My oldest machine still in regular use (ok, as a radio / media player, mpdroid is a wonderful thing!) is a netbook bought ca. 2010. I still have some pairs of trousers that are that old.

I'm with you on the netbook thing - I have one of a similar vintage plugged into my midi hifi system (old school!) as a source of online streams.

In the trousers department....as I type this I'm wearing a pair of jeans that are at least pre-Y2K. They're a bit tatty around the edges, but perfectly serviceable in these working-from-home days. I hate clothes shopping more than just about anything else in the world, but thankfully my waistline has never expanded with age.

Dept of If I'd Known 20 Years Ago: Call centres, roosting chickens, and Bitcoin

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Re: Call Waiting...

I strongly believe that companies should be monitored for average wait time for calls to customer services, tech support, etc. If the wait times are consistently over a certain length of time, then they should be legally prohibited from taking on any new customers, as they're demonstrating that they can't adequately service their existing customer base.

We imagine this maths professor's lecture was fascinating – sadly he was muted for two hours

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and he made a c**k-up of the lecture....nominative determinism at work methinks

Nespresso smart cards hacked to provide infinite coffee after someone wasn't too perky about security

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Re: Nespresso...

The best system I've found for making coffee at home is the Mokka pot, which uses boiling water. Much superior to espresso style IMHO as the water is boiled but not superheated.

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Security matters, people. Wake up and smell the coffee

Death Becomes It: Who put the Blue in the Blue Screen of Death?

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That was a fun thing. I found a copy from years back in the depths of my hard drive but, thanks to the gods of irony, it didn't seem to play nicely with a newer version of Windows

How do you save an ailing sales pitch? Just burn down the client's office with their own whiteboard

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Re: " 220V on which South Korea operates"

A few years ago the village where I live was having some major work done on the electricity infrastructure, so a massive generator was brought in to run everything. Power quality was really good, no brown outs or anything, but I did notice that clocks on things like the VCR (yes, this was a few years ago) the cooker, etc. were running fast. That was when I learned that (a) some digital clocks synch to mains power cycle, (b) some generators run faster than 50Hz

Transcribe-my-thoughts app would prevent everyone knowing what I actually said during meetings

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In a former life I ran facilities for a company's main office. It was a 7 or 8 floor block, hundreds of people, and had a total of 5 meeting rooms that I was responsible for managing booking for (this is very pre-Outlook, and everything was done on a paper booking system, because I am old).

Looking back, it's staggering...not only were there so few meeting rooms for so few people, but they were never all fully utilised. Meetings were the exception rather than the norm, yet the business ran just fine. How I got to the hellish state where my daily calendar is a series of back-to-back meetings (well Zoom/Skype/WebEx/whatever) baffles me.

We regret to inform you the professor teaching your online course is already dead

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Was the course's level of difficultly described as "Medium", i.e. you'd need one if you wanted to talk to the teacher?

Drone smashes through helicopter's windscreen and injures passenger

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Re: seems odd

Is this not the same as a bird strike?

It didn't become relevant in this case, but birds aren't powered by lithium batteries and all the volatility that they entail.

Loser Trump is no longer useful to Twitter, entire account deleted over fears he'll whip up more mayhem

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Re: An elephant in the room

And fighter pilots don't fly nuclear missiles :)

Indeed. Maj TJ "King" Kong was a bomber pilot

Scotch eggs ascend to the 'substantial meal' pantheon as means to pop to pub for a pint during pernicious pandemic

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Re: 11pm and cornflakes

"such as might be expected to be served as breakfast,"

To a functioning alcoholic that phrase means a few beers or a generous quantity of spirit.

Not on your Zoom, not on Teams, not Google Meet, not BlueJeans. WebEx, Skype and Houseparty make us itch. No, not FaceTime, not even Twitch

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Re: Nobody wants to use this stuff. It's dehumanising.

On the rare occasions that I visit an evil beef clown joint I always make a point of bypassing the machines and ordering at the counter. In the same way that I always give the self-service checkout at the shops a wide berth and pay for my purchases at a checkout staffed by a real human being.

What really frustrates me is how eager the staff are to direct me to the self-checkout, even when I've said I'm happy to wait for a person-equipped checkout to become available...it's like they don't realise that they're encouraging me to make them redundant

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For the past couple of video conferences I've been on, a video feed from participants was actually quite useful. Seeing them silently mouthing words gave a visual confirmation that they were still there but had forgotten to take themselves off 'mute' yet f***ing again.

Former Microsoft tester sent down for 9 years after $10m gift card fraud

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Re: Superman 2

Richard *Prior*? That sounds like some sort of monk-y business

Japanese eggheads strap AI-powered backpacks to seagulls

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Re: AI on an arduino? kinda doubt it

If an Arduino isn't up to the job, is it a case of Pi in the sky?

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Re: Warning...

Possibly. If they over-promise on the AI capability and can't deliver then it could be become an albatross around someone's neck.

A cloud server with no network, no persistent storage, and no user access – what is AWS thinking?

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Re: What's the point ?

You may have a ton of data (storage is relatively cheap) but some really intense processing which needs some big scale, bad ass hardware, but you only do that processing once every couple of months. It's not worth paying a ton of cash for a server that you only need for literally few hours per year - it's more cost effective to rent by the hour from a cloud service provider on as as-needed basis.

Other use cases are almost certainly available, but this is the first one that comes to mind for me,

The vid-confs drinking game: Down a shot of brandy every time someone titters 'Sorry, I was on mute'

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Re: Alternate reality

Again, why buy a new house in the rural market town, overlooking the sewage works, then complain about the smell.....

Up here in Northumberland there have been people moving into the area, having bought houses where there's mile and miles of rolling countryside....rolling countryside that happens to be the UK's largest military firing range, with tens of thousands of troops doing live fire training each year....and then the incomers complain to MoD and tell them to keep the noise down.

BBC Micro:bit with boosted specs and onboard mic to go on sale from next month

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more capable for AI and ML tasks

To me that sounds very much like bandwagon-jumping marketing puff. Don't get me wrong, I think this is a cool little thing, and I'm sure that if I was a schoolkid now I'd be having as much fun with it as I had with the class' BBC Model B back in the day, but something like this as an engine for AI/ML has more than the faint whiff of bulls**t about it.

TalkTalk marches OneTel users into a brave new email world

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Re: super secure

...and considering who it is that's saying it, and what their frame of reference for "secure" is, it doesn't really count for very much does it?

I AM ERROR: Tired of chewing up your RAM? Razer tells gamers where to stick its special gum for the RGB crowd

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Re: Soylent is nutritionally complete...

Full of vegetable protein - I tried it once and my abiding memory that it tasted more like the soil that the vegetables had been grown in.

Happy birthday to the Nokia 3310: 20 years ago, it seemed like almost everyone owned this legendary mobile

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I'd say more pocket-friendly than modern smartphones. Small enough to fit in a jeans back pocket, but thick enough not to snap like a twig if you crouch or sit down.

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Re: I'll See Your 33xx and Lower You

I had a 3330 rather than a 3310, but I'm sure that had a pop-off front cover as well.

That's how we roll: OWC savagely undercuts Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels with bargain $199 alternative

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Re: Lifetime warranty eh?

Warranty lasts for the lifetime of you, or the wheels, whichever is the shorter

Voyager 1 cracks yet another barrier: Now 150 Astronomical Units from Sol

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Re: Light years

The thought that struck me was that it's been on the go for 45 years and covered 22,290,082,734 km without any physical human intervention....yet only a few days ago a light came on in my 2-year old car to say that it was time for it's third service because it'd been driven 30,000 miles.

Russia tested satellite-to-satellite shooter, say UK and USA

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I'm more thinking along the second idea, simply because we know that Russia does like "copying" other nations ideas - Tupolev Tu-144 (Concordski)? and Buran (Space Shuttle)? both spring to mind...

Also, they did a respectable clone of the B29 (a fact I only learned recently because it was mentioned in these forums - every day's a school day)

Raytheon techie who took home radar secrets gets 18 months in the clink in surprise time fraud probe twist

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Re: "he had downloaded documents to an external drive against company policy"

I thought it was odd that they only found out about the external hard drive when they did some investigation. If that sort of access is being logged, then I would expect it to be fed into some sort of monitoring system so that infractions can be detected and acted on as they happen, rather than only finding out when doing some retrospective investigation

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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Mind control by 5G is not a risk

At least not for me. Where I live I struggle to get decent 3G coverage, nevermind 4G, so I don't see any risk of 5G waves reaching my cranium controlling (what's left of) my mind

Oh sure, we'll just make a tiny little change in every source file without letting anyone know. What could go wrong?

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rm * was Brad's friend that day

That sounds like the old disaster movie plot device...a closing line that just sets everything up for a sequel

Google employs people to invent colours – and they think their work improves your wellbeing

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I think that the colour you associate with tech equipment is a generational thing...from wood-effect, to beige, to black, the brief dalliance with more colourful colours, to silver which seems prominent now.

Cornish drinkers catch a different kind of buzz as pub installs electric fence at bar

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Re: Can't abide the stuff.

That blackcurrant & rum concoction sounds interesting. Not something that had occurred to me before, and I'm no stranger to a bit of dabbling with fruit-infused spirits. I think I'll be adding two or three extra things to my shopping list, and giving that a try

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Re: Puntastic

The Mho the merrier

All in all it's just another bork on the wall: For pity's sake, begs signage, climb onto the pub's roof and boot me up

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Writing on the wall

One step further towards Rush on Streetview, and it looks like the old signage is for Gents' and children's footwear...an aptly boot-related subject

Hungry? Please enjoy this delicious NaN, courtesy of British Gas and Sainsbury's

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A shame, because an alternative pud option, butterscotch Angel Delight, is a thing of glory (although we're slightly concerned that happy childhood memories of decades ago might be sullied by the adult experience of today).

Last year I was shopping in my local supermarket and noticed that Angel Delight is still a thing, so bought a packet out of nostalgic curiosity. I'm happy to confirm that time hasn't dulled the culinary experience, although as an adult I'm more aware of how many unnatural ingredients I was consuming and how it probably wasn't that healthy a thing to do. Childhood was a far happier time, when I could eat pretty much anything without a care (or an expanding waistline)

Boolean bafflement at British Airways' Executive Club: Sneaky little Avioses - Wicked, Tricksy, False!

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Although Boolean false is usually 0 and Boolean true is usually >0

I'm sure I remember language(s) that I worked with back in the day when I got my hands dirty with coding, that used -1 for true. IIRC it's because -1 is represented as all 1's in binary, compared to False/0 which is all-bits-zero in binary

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Re: Switching on the "monitor stand"

What happened to horizontal computer cases?

Good point. I remember back in the late 80's/early 90's when we all had horizontal cases, it was quite the fashionable thing in my workplace to stand them vertically. IIRC this was an evolution of having the monitor sitting on the desk itself, and having the case (horizontal) off to one side...I think because it was considered to be a bit cooler than having the monitor atop the base unit in a conventional manner. The practice of then putting the base unit vertically was just to save desk real estate. None of the machines even had CD drives then so there was no worries about whether a disc would stay in place.

Well bork me sideways: A railway ticket machine lies down for a little Windoze

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Re: Victorian computing

Given train operators' attitude towards punctuality, presumably such a device would be known as an Indifference Engine.

Yes, Prime Minister, rewrite the Computer Misuse Act: Brit infosec outfits urge reform

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Re: The law is fine and doesn't need changing

If a "security person" wants to "test" the vulnerabilities of someone's computer, then they should ask permission from the owner of the computer before conducting such testing. Otherwise anyone could claim after being caught that he was a "white hat" merely "testing security".

Agreed. All the times I've been involved with security testing, there's been paperwork agreed between the client and the testers with words to the effect of "you're going to do something naughty, but it's OK because we've asked you to (so that we know how to detect/stop other people from being naughty)" and that makes common sense. Therefore there is no "unauthorised" activity.

I've always been a bit mystified as to why people who, without any solicitation, try to break into networks and snoop around are in some way considered to be heroic in their actions because they are highlighting weaknesses in someone's security. Outside of cyberspace, it's the equivalent of going down the street trying to pick doorlocks to get into peoples' houses, just so you can tell someone that they need to replace their aging Yale....something which feels both wrong and creepy in equal measure.

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...

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Like shutting off when the remaining minutes countdown reaches 29.

In my experience, once it has beeped to indicate that it's now active a UPS generally shuts down in the time it takes to utter the first four words of the sentence "I'm glad I've got UPS"

When you bork... through a storm: Liverpool do all they can to take advantage of summer transfer, er, Windows

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Re: Sounds like a night out in this hack's often less than fair city of Brighton

No, nothing compares to a night out in Liverpool for the sheer quantity of alcohol, vomit and threats of violence. Except possibly Glasgow.

I'm slightly surprised about the violence bit - I've generally found Scousers to be quite a friendly, easy-going lot...although I've tended to cross paths with them outside of their home city. Maybe they're a bit more belligerent when they're on their home turf?

BT and Serco among bidders competing to run Britain's unfortunately named Skynet military satellite system

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Re: Wot no Hawaii?

This is Skynet 6 - I think they be better suited to 5.0

Oh crap: UK's digital overlords moot new rules to help telcos lay fibre in sewer pipes

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Re: Fiber in sewer pipes

Well, that will be fun for someone when it comes time to troubleshoot and fix a service outage

Troubleshooting should be easy - there'll be plenty of logs

As anti-brutality protests fill streets of American cities, netizens cram police app with K-Pop, airwaves with NWA

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Re: radio channel

If you have two brain cells to rub together you'd think this would be easy, but it isn't, especially in a big city like Chicago. It's so much easier to just keep using what you already have.

I wasn;t making any comment on how easy (or not) it might be to implement. What I was saying is that in the UK for at least a couple of decades emergency services have been using secure communications (TETRA, provided by the Airwave network) and I know that similar secure networks are used by these services in a multitude of other countries. It strikes me as odd that in the USA they're still using something so insecure for this purpose.


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