* Posts by ABehrens

19 posts • joined 29 Apr 2015

He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended


Re: Wheeled office chairs Alsace-Lorraine

That's not a left-pond spelling. It's simply wrong, on both sides of the water.


Re: Wheeled office chairs

They just call it a German Shepherd dog. But of course in German: "Deutscher Schäferhund".

Wrap it before you tap it? No, say Linux developers: 'GPL condom' for Nvidia driver is laughed out of the kernel


Sid Marshall — is that you?

What are we more likely to see? A smooth Windows 10 May release... or a xenon-124 decay? Oh dear, bad news, IT folks


Re: The Xenon-verse

You meant "odder than we thought".

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?


Alpha Micro backups

In the 1980s, I was writing software for Alpha Micro computers. These were inexpensive multi-user systems designed for small offices, with hard drives and multiple RS-232 ports. Because standard computer tape drives would have been prohibitively expensive, you could buy an adapter card that would allow you to use an ordinary consumer-grade VCR as backup storage.

These video recorders had a pretty high error rate: if you're watching a movie, you'll never notice a few dropped bits in a video frame. The software got around all the errors by massive redundancy. Each block was recorded 16 or 32 times. You could take a hole puncher and punch half a dozen holes in a backup tape, and it wouldn't care. If the tape broke, just trim it back an inch and use a splice kit. The missing data would be repeated later on the tape, so it didn't matter.

Google to kill Symantec certs in Chrome 66, due in early 2018


Re: Old certs surely?

Topbulb.com got one of the last Symantec certificates (issued Nov 2017), and it won't expire until Jan 2021. They haven't yet noticed that the number of customers dropped off sharply last month.

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID


"Domin, Sue" is certainly an unusual pseudomyn.

Printer blown to bits by compressed air


Re: Dangerous

Think of the possibilities: you could open a tattoo parlor for people who are needle-phobic.

Perhaps the AIpocalypse isn't imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is


Re: Translating Czech

The Czech Republic shares a long border with Germany and Austria. People who often deal with tourists are likely to understand German also.


Can't rely on humans either

Even if you don't use computer translation, you can get in trouble. Consider the Welsh municipality that emailed their staff translator to find out how to say "No entry for heavy goods vehicles". The answer came back promptly — "Nid wyf yn y swyddfa ar hyn o bryd" — so that's what they painted on the new road sign.

Unfortunately, that Welsh phrase wasn't their translation; it was an automated response that means "I am not in the office at the moment".

HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM


Re: The 'quality' of its printers was enough to do that

> it's clearly better than most of the shitty printers being pedalled these days!

You must be referring to the ones that use re-cycled ink cartridges.

'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'


Re: @Emmeran: Maybe...

If you write mean spirited folk, you're taking about people who are mean and also spirited. If you meant "people who are mean of spirit", that's a compound adjective and needs to be hyphenated; mean-spirited folk.

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again


I've got better things to do

I always leave the toilet after using it. You think I want to sit there all afternoon reading my email?

Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux


Re: Thank You

That's worth repeating: "Zero redundancy doesn't necessarily make for good writing/journalism".

Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote


Congressman Ted Lieu has a degree in computer science from Stanford. He certainly would understand the utter stupidity of this bill.

How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?


Re: And your point is?

There seems to be some confusion between key fobs (which attach to the key ring) and key transponders (which are built into the key).

Fobs transmit a signal to lock or unlock the doors. They certainly require a battery, which can go for years before it needs to be replaced.

Key transponders do not have a battery. They are powered by induction, and transmit a code while they are near (within a few cm) of the ignition lock. When away from the car, they have no power and don't transmit anything.

519070 or blank: The PINs that can pwn 80k online security cams


Re: Too much information?

Specifically, if's the postal code for the Zhuhai Science & Technology Industrial Park.

Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?


Re: no heating needed

Did your electrician forget to install fuses or circuit breakers on this circuit?

BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...


Re: "Is there another internet?" @Dropbear

Nope, it was Solaris, which had been released a year or two before the the SPARCstation 5 came out. (And then some marketing genius decided that they didn't like the name SunOS, so they retroactively called SunOS 4.1 "Solaris 1" and Solaris "Solaris 2". Fortunately nobody paid attention to that idea).


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