* Posts by TVC

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Orders wrong, resellers receiving wrong items? Must be a programming error and certainly not a rushing techie

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The delights of punch cards

An early finish to a night shift was often guaranteed by the addition of an extra hole to a punch card deck, resulting in a failed job which would be blamed on the punch card machine. Not that we ever tried it, of course not.

Italian stuntman flies aeroplane through two motorway tunnels

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My best through the Blackwall Tunnel was

My best through the Blackwall Tunnel was about 105 on my bike, after several beers, when it was socially acceptable to drink. Some of the trip may well have been on the walls or ceiling! Great days.

UK's Surveillance Camera Commissioner grills Hikvision on China human rights abuses

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I've got a Hikvision CCTV system - do I bin it?

I've had a Hikvision CCTV system for a while and it is very good, the best I've had and excellent value - though someone in China can probably watch our cats and foxes as well as us.

After I bought it I realised Hikvision is probably a company I should avoid, as I do with Huawei.

Nothing I can do now. They've had my money so no point in scrapping it and any replacement is also likely to come from China.

The only solution is for British companies to get competitive. I'd willingly pay more for non Chinese stuff.

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

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No doubt systems have improved but..

Quite a few years ago my corporate system was able to scan graphics in email looking for pornagraphic images and forwarding any it found to my IT team. Apart from the tit and bum photos there were loads of innocent false alarm pictures of kids in baths etc, taken by parents.

It will only take one false alarm to screw up someone's life or career.

'Login infrastructure issue' blamed as sustained Xero outage threatens payrolls

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Best use an in house system

Maybe best to use an in house system. It will probably go down as often, for some reason, but at least you have someone ( your IT people) local to go and shout at or sack.

UK's National Museum of Computing asks tunesmiths to recreate bleeps, bloops, and parps of retro game music

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Re: Wot! No mention of the Hybrid Music 5000?

Brings back memories of Take Five played through the speaker of a TeleType console of an ICL 1904. Loaded via paper tape if I remember correctly.

Apple patches zero-day vulnerability in iOS, iPadOS, macOS under active attack

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Don't remember having all this trouble with transistor systems and ferrite ring memory.

Remember the bloke who was told by Zen Internet to contact his MP about crap service? Yeah, it's still not fixed

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I guess some jobs just go wrong.

14 years ago I was with Plusnet. I got fed up with 300k downloads and being told I was too far from the exchange. I moved to Zen and my download speed increased immediately to 5mb. Never looked back.

Every time since, any problems have been proved, with Zen's help, to be at my end.

After staring over the precipice once before, Kent County Council considers £500m in outsourcing again

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They wouldn't be so short of money if they spent it wisely

KCC have a track record of wasting money.

For example, they just reintroduced operation "Brock" which partly closes the M20 when there was no need to do so.

Russia's Pirs ISS module scheduled to fall away, much like Moscow's interest in the space station

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Anyway

What exactly do they do up there all day?

Subcontractors working on CityFibre's £45m Derby rollout threaten to 'rip up tarmac' in dispute over payments

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I'm only having a small single storey extension to my house and nothing has happened for three weeks because of a lack of floor beams. People who I rent the site toilet from are doing OK as I pay the rent plus cleaning and emptying but it's not be used.

Toilet company say its the same everywhere.

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip

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Re: Awaiting FlatTards....

All done in Pinewood Studios.

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Re: Bring back Concorde - much more impressive.

Two Nations but hardly any computing power and able to take 100+ passengers.

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Ryanair have just bought a load of 737Maxes and are hiring 2000 desperate pilots.

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Bring back Concorde - much more impressive.

Not really as much of an achievement as Concorde was 46 years ago.

11-year-old graduate announces plans to achieve immortality by 'replacing body parts with mechanical parts'

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You're too late kid.

You're too late kid I already started a few years ago and it's no fun:

Right Knee is metal (now worn out)

Left knee is metal

Artificial heart valve (wearing out)

Teeth implants and caps.

Just look after what you have and make it last as long as you can.

And BTW, IQ is no substitute for experience and common sense.

Kaspersky Password Manager's random password generator was about as random as your wall clock

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I don't understand

How do brute force password crackers work?

If I get my phone password wrong a few times it takes a photo of me and wipes itself. Other systems typically lock after a few goes.

Is it that some systems just let you keep trying.

What am I missing?

Laptop option on the way for ortholinear keyboard hipsters in form of MNT Reform add-on

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All this new fangled stuff

I started my I T career 50 years ago using a Teletype machine with a roll of paper for a screen. It did at least have a small speaker so you could tell if your program had stopped. Never did learn to touch type but I was a very fast two finger typist even though I was also very inaccurate.

Hubble memory errors persist despite NASA booting long-idle backup payload computer

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Give it a thump? Somehow.

Any opportunity for a bit of percussive maintenance?

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU

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Wait for Windows 12

On the basis that every alternate version of Windows is crap, Windows 11 is bound to be as well so by the time 12 comes out I'll be ready for a new machine and it might all work.

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps

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Windows 10 may be my last Windows version.

Just checked my main machine and it won't run Windows 11 so Windows 10 may well be the last Windows version for me.

SEC still digging into SolarWinds fallout, nudges undeclared victims

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Re: Team of 1000

If it was a government agency then, probably, 998 thought about and discussed it and 2 wrote the actual code.

From I'm feeling lucky to I'm feeling Brave: Browser maker erects web search engine beta

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I too started using Brave on both Android and Windows a few weeks ago and my experience has been positive. Firefox kept behaving oddly so I gave up with that and Edge is improving but everytime I try it, it annoys me. Will now try the Brave search engine.

Chinese web giant Baidu unveils Level 4 robo-taxi that costs $75k to make

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Jump in and if it doesn't like your face it locks the doors and takes you to a Uyghur concentration camp.

There are a lot of people out there who'd like to fire Jeff Bezos into space – but he's doing the honours himself

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Amazon Smile

Others have mentioned it here but I'll do it again.

Sign up to amazon smile and 0.5% of what you spend goes you YOUR nominated charity. No hassle at all.

It's not a lot but if everyone did it .............

Today I shall explain how dual monitors work using the medium of interpretive dance

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Laptop + Monitor = two computers?

I had a user who had a laptop and external monitor. It was beyond him to understand that he did not have two computers. I suppose having an external keyboard and mouse as well didn't help.

Still he was only the company accountant so you can expect much.

Seagate finds sets of two heads are cheaper than one in its new and very fast MACH.2 dual-actuator hard disks

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I remember fixed head disks.

Nothing new.

I remember using disks with one set of heads per track.

Bloody huge though. Seem to remember seeing one that must have been over a metre across.

Ransomware victim Colonial Pipeline paid $5m to get oil pumping again, restored from backups anyway – report

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Phew. Glad I'm no longer in I T

So glad I no longer work in I T. I'd be heading for a nervous breakdown.

Preliminary report on Texas Tesla crash finds Autosteer was 'not available' along road where both passengers died

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Re: Best just make a full size scalextric

Perfectly good white lines??

You obviously don't drive on British roads.

We don't even have perfectly good tarmac.

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Best just make a full size scalextric

So autosteer needs white lines painted on the road to work then. Might as well have a slot in the road to recharge the car and steer it at the same time. IE a big Scale Scalextric.

BTW what happens if two driverless cars meet each other on a single track road?

Train operator phlunks phishing test by teasing employees with non-existent COVID bonus

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I did something similar

I created a spurious email account that had the real company name in it then sent a random selection of staff an email saying we were upgrading their computer to make it faster and asked them to send me their passwords.

25% did. One even admitted they thought it was a scam, but still sent it.

These were generally highly educated, well paid individuals, but obviously idiots.

On another occasion I went round and inserted key loggers into some machines to see what rubbish passwords they were using and to test their eyesight - some were left in plain sight. No one noticed, many were using stupid passwords.

Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it

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An ex GCHQ bod once told me never to use GMail

Odd. An ex GCHQ spook told me that if you want everyone to know within 5 minutes put it on GMail. Mind you that was a few years back so maybe things have changed.

I always assume that as soon as you put anything on the Internet it's probably public anyway.

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you."

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99

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Re: No TV

I'd love to hear about the vacuum cleaner problems. Far more interesting than this wall to wall, repetative twaddle.

He's dead, sad, happens every day, move on.

UK terror law reviewer calls for expanded police powers to imprison people who refuse to hand over passwords

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Surely Government departments like GCHQ can already read all our stuff without a password or don't they want to admit that?

Patch alert for Apple fans: Cybercrooks have already been exploiting this flaw in iPhones, iPads, and watches

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Never mind the crooks I'd worry about governments.

If you want to crap yourself about cyber security have a read of "This is how they tell me the world ends". All about the Cyber Arms Race. A really good read and rather terrifying. I knew some of it but not the extent of government (friend and foe) involvement in taking advantage of zero-day vulnerabilities.

A Code War has replaced The Cold War. And right now we’re losing it

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I'm currently reading This is How They Tell Me the World Ends by Nicole Petlroth. I worked in I T for 40 years and some of that involved me in cyber security but this book is a real eye opener and a thrilling read to boot.

Google to end free unlimited online photo, vid storage, will eventually delete files if accounts go over their cap

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Glad I'm backward and don't store stuff in the cloud if I can help it. Have a nice NAS box in my remote backup store (the garage).

Researchers made an OpenAI GPT-3 medical chatbot as an experiment. It told a mock patient to kill themselves

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The UK government must be using it

Now it makes sense.

The UK government are consulting it for their Covid policy.

Trucking hell: Kid leaves dad in monster debt after buying oversized vehicle on eBay

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If you want to get in the shit, let your kids play on your computer. Otherwise, don't.

Simples!

Space station update: Mystery tiny but growing air leak sparks search for hole

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how to find the leak though.

Plenty of good solutions for fixing it but none for finding it.

I suggest soapy water and a sponge and look for air bubbles - you're welcome, no charge.

Oh what a feeling: New Toyotas will upload data to AWS to help create custom insurance premiums based on driver behaviour

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I suppose if I buy a new can I'll just have to get it wrapped in tin foil.

NHS tests COVID-19 contact-tracing app that may actually work properly – EU neighbors lent a helping hand

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Can't see it working.

Only works if the infected are carrying a phone with the app.

Most people (and M & S sandwiches) will not have the right phone and app and most sandwiches, even those with a meat content have too low an IQ to work a phone.

Chinese ambassador to UK threatens to withdraw Huawei, £3bn investment if comms giant banned from building 5G

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Oh dear. Bye bye.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline

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BOC Datasolve 88 Old Street London.

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Plugs? A lot of this was three phase stuff!! Needed more power than a small town.

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BOC Datasolve Old Street - they were all over the place at one stage.

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It was the 1970s and the end of a busy nightshift in an ICL mainframe computer room of a Datasolve computer bureau (anyone remember those?). The line printers were kicking up a row. The tape decks chugging back and forth, the EDS60 disks spinning and clicking, card readers doing what they did.

In comes the caretaker and his vacuum. All of a sudden.

Total silence. Power fail?

All eyes focus on the caretaker, rapidly reversing towards the door still cleaning with his now dead vacuum.

He had hit the emergency stop button with his elbow.

The guy was a walking disaster: once scrapped a whole bin of punch tape that took hours to create because he thought it was rubbish.

Those were the days.

Is it Patch Blues-day for Outlook? Microsoft's email client breaks worldwide, leaves everyone stumped

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Thanks for nothing Microsoft.

Thanks. Now I know why my standalone copy of outlook 2016 broke yesterday and why I wasted the whole evening. No error messages, nothing on the Internet. Tried to run in safe mode, rolling back, reinstalling, running fix up programs, etc. eventually started to work again.

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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My experience is that the dealers have a scant understanding of how the systems in the cars they sell actually work, not helped by the fact that there are frequent software changes and updates. Took me 3 years to find out why I could not get all the functions in my ex demoToyota - it needed a subscription, which also defeated me so I have to hit a cancel button on every trip to save it asking me if i want to set up a connection.

A volt from the blue: Samsung reportedly ditches wall-wart from future phones

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Any chance of a half decent, (or even crapy) protective flip cover for my £1200 phone instead?

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