* Posts by herman

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We don't need maintenance this often, surely? Pull it. Oh dear, the system's down

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Mushroom

Time bombs are still a thing

We uncovered a time bomb in a government system a few years ago, with the help of a GPS satellite simulator.

Let's go space truckin': 1970s probe Voyager 1 is now 14 billion miles from home

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2036

Err... 2036 is the UNIX epoch roll over.

After that, Voyager may turn around and come back.

Video encoders using Huawei chips have backdoors and bad bugs – and Chinese giant says it's not to blame

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Re: Corporate Sponsored Industrial Sabotage

" with substantial separation between private businesses and the government. Companies have legal protections, the ability to challenge legal orders, and the ability to refuse to comply with unlawful orders without being summarily executed." - Well, that is the idea anyway. In practice it is not always all that different.

Both in China and in the USA, the little guys are usually mostly left alone, while the big guys with political connections are a state on their own and the middle size Mafiosi live by the gun.

The old wild west telegram to HQ: "Send money, guns and lawyers!" still apply today and I have actually run into a situation like that - in Europe.

People who think that the old/new world is holier than thou, has some growing up to do.

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

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Flame

Static

I fondly remember the years when static electricity was a real problem.

A whole CIT-Alcatel telephone exchange would go wonky whenever a cleaner polished the black perspex doors of the 19 inch racks.

Since then, we have learned how to do grounding and bonding properly and there is even a Mil Spec and three different and conflicting handbooks on static control.

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

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Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

There's no 'O' in 'number plate', but any Cheesehead knows, there is an 'O' in 'Nommer Plaat'.

Is today's AI yesterday's software routines with better PR? We argued over it, you voted on it. And the winner is...

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Paris Hilton

Nematodes

If you consider that even nematodes, crustaceans (and Paris) are considered to be intelligent, then AI becomes rather less glamorous.

No, it's not the trailer for the new Dune, it's the potential view from the 'Super Hi-Vision Camera' on Japan's 2024 mission to Mars

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Raccoon

Is it just the Covid in me, or does the picture show a masked raccoon face on Mars?

Northrop Grumman wins $13.3bn contract with US Air Force to kick off Minuteman III ICBM replacement

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Pirate

Re: Opposite wealth

AK47 is obsolete, but nevertheless, here is an interesting package: https://www.bratislavashootingclub.com/packages/kalashnikov-friends/

A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Devil

Ice Pick

If you jam an ice pick into the camera, it makes a very satisfying crunch sound.

AI in the enterprise: AI may as well stand for automatic idiot – but that doesn't mean all machine learning is bad

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Devil

Annoying Idiot

I always thought AI stands for Annoying Idiot - the technology behind all the tech support bots of ISPs world wide.

With a million unwanted .uk domains expiring this week, Nominet again sends punters pushy emails to pay up

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Re: I feel left out

"Obviously, once the new email address in 123-Reg has been around for a few milliseconds, you'll then get a flood of spam, which will alert you that the Nominet data was updated" - TFIFY.

Everything's falling apart. The Moon is slowly rusting up – and it's probably Earth's fault

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Alien

Welcome Mat

That is just dirt tramped in by visiting Martians.

Here comes an AI that can predict hurricane strength. Don't worry, NASA made it so it probably actually works

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Devil

Wow, Watson is finally doing something slightly useful?

Smash-and-grabbed: Chinese AI academic cuffed by Feds after 'binning hard drive' amid software leak probe

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Re: that is not destroying

Just put the SSD inside a microwave oven for a few seconds, then leave it in your 'everything drawer' for the spooks to find, after a long and exhausting search though the cobwebs and dust bunnies.

(The everything drawer is the one where people put everything, that they do not know where to put)

Funny, that: Handy script for wiping directories is capable of wreaking havoc beyond a miscreant's wildest dreams

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Re: My contribution ...

Oh, god. The worst thing is that we thought the hair and clothes of the 70s were actually sexy...

Dell: 60% of our people won't be going back into an office regularly after COVID-19

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Re: I would hate to own commercial real estate

Detroit seems to be a leader on remote working. Everything moved remotely - the factories moved to Japan and the people moved to California skid row.

Worried about the Andromeda galaxy crashing into our Milky Way in four billion years? Too bad, it's quite possibly already happening

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Angel

It is Eddie's fault

Surely you know that there are eddies in the space-time continuum?

Here's some words we never expected to write: Oracle said to offer $10bn cash, $10bn shares for TikTok US – plus profit share promise

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Re: let's count up the weirdnesses here

I suppose it means yet more geo-fencing of IP addresses.

Corporations keep re-inventing Compuserve and America Online.

US Air Force shows off latest all-electric flying car, says it 'might seem straight out of a Hollywood movie'

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A true braveheart.

The Viking Snowden: Denmark spy chief 'relieved of duty' after whistleblower reveals illegal snooping on citizens

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Well, it happened in the past.

Here is Ian's take on it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsCyC1dZiN8

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Devil

"He must have had some great dirt on various Poli's..." It is not 'What you know'. It is not 'Who you know' either. It is 'What you know, about who you know'.

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Devil

Re: Corruption,... again

He who wins the battle, writes the history and if he is very good, he can make the whole thing rhyme as well, like Homer did with the Iliad and the Odyssey.

RasPad 3.0 converts Raspberry Pi 4 to a tablet – be prepared for some quirks

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Angel

SATNOGS

I think a Raspad will be great as an earth observation satellite station: https://satnogs.org

That is a good one to try after getting some LEDs to flash, of course...

This PDP-11/70 was due to predict an election outcome – but no one could predict it falling over

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Telephone dog circuit

A long, long time ago in a land far, far away, a farmer complained that his phone would not ring, except in the early mornings when his dog would bark and then the phone would ring?!?!

Turns out that it was a grounding problem and that when he tied his dog to the phone earth spike over night - the ringer voltage through the dog's chain, would make the dog pee, completing the circuit.

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Re: Performance Upgrade

Tesla does the same with their cars.

I wonder how SpaceX does it.

Putting the d'oh! in Adobe: 'Years of photos' permanently wiped from iPhones, iPads by bad Lightroom app update

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Paris Hilton

Special, very special

The hacks working at Adobe are far more special than most. Special class material really.

Paris - because she is special too.

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong

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Re: So if they want to win....

'BoJo the clown' - Wait, why did you have to draw Biden into this?

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced techie is indistinguishable from magic

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"hit or tap valves" - Hmm, I had a Klystron valve sitting in a corner - about 3 feet diameter and 5 feet tall. I would not recommend tapping it, or indeed approacing it without paying due homage to the God Thor first.

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"engine which would cut out if you went around a left-hand bend" - I had a Suzuki, where the gearbox would shift down two gears when doing a 90 degree left hand, causing the engine to overrev, hit the limit at 7500 rpm and then cut out, causing a lot of noise, a jerk and a spluttering stop - with any pedestians in the vicinity running away as fast as they can.

You had one job... Just two lines of code, and now the customer's Inventory Master File has bitten the biscuit

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More RAM - program fails

I had a case where adding RAM to a computer made the compiled code fail, due to extra compiler optimization that was done when more RAM was available.

British Army does not Excel at spreadsheets: Soldiers' newly announced promotions are revoked after sorting snafu

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Devil

1 Liner

Well, the old saying in the Army is that 3 lines on the upper arm (Sergeant) means he can read and write, 2 lines (Corporal) means he can read or write and 1 line (Lance Corporal) means he knows someone who can read or write. So the Excel error was probably made by a 1 liner.

Just like when you 'game over' two seconds into a new level... Facebook launches Gaming app without games on iOS

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Facepalm

Not for games

Apple's argument is that the app is not really for playing games. Facebook still releasing it, without any games, proves the point.

Looking for a home off-world? Take your pick: Astroboffins estimate there are nearly 6bn Earth-likes in the Milky Way

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Facepalm

Re: Own Goal

The OP must have a really bad case of TDS. Poor guy - how he must suffer.

The results are in: Science says the Solar System's magnetic heliosphere looks like a deflated croissant

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Mushroom

Hot

'hot pick-up ions' - So Sol Invictus is now a pick-up artist?

You think the UK coronavirus outbreak was bad? Just wait till winter: Study shows test-and-trace system is failing

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Facepalm

6th week of deaths below 5 year average!

If you would bother to look at the official government death statistics, then you would see that it is over. Most people had the infection already.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregisteredweeklyinenglandandwalesprovisional/weekending24july2020

In Week 30, the number of deaths registered was 1.8% below the five-year average (161 deaths fewer); this is the sixth consecutive week that deaths have been below the five-year average.

There will only be a second wave, if there is a second virus.

University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

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Devil

IT Edumakasjun anyone, anyone?

You would think that a University can train people in IT and how to run a mail server on UNIX, but apparently not. It shows that a University IT edumakasjun is much overrated.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

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Re: you never have to print the emai? For rather loose values of 'never'.

I changed mine to 'Sent from my Sub-Etha Sens-O-Matic' and nobody ever commented on it.

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors

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Devil

Not Russians and Norks?

This is impossible, it has to be a state actor - Russia, Nork...

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Happy

Thank you Corona Virus!

Thanks to the Corona scare, I'm working from home and using my Macbook, instead of the company POS.

Battle for 6GHz heats up in America: Broadcasters sue FCC to kill effort to open spectrum for private Wi-Fi

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Re: With so few homes using TV antennas, I could see the FCC getting away with this

The modulation modes will be something like COFDM, so interference between users will be minimized. Cell phones work OK after all.

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Thumb Up

Apple et al is correct in that 6 GHz doesn't go through walls. Microwaves are also highly directional. So indoor equipment will not interfere with outdoor equipment.

Visa fraud charges: Uncle Sam accuses four Chinese eggheads of covering up their true ties to China's military

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Re: Barr

I think what is worse, was how the West stole the Chinese pottery and gun powder secrets.

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Black Helicopters

Re: Links to the army is a bit vague

I am an ex-army signals officer and I have been doing military work ever since. I will not tick those boxes either. The CIA probably knows me already anyway, so why bother.

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Joke

Visa fraud - fortunately Mastercard and Amex were unaffected.

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on

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Re: When I was young...

Also, I would think that many recruits are unable to read and handle a web application. (I am an ex-army officer, so I know what the quality of recruits are like!)

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Re: I get it...

"lack of applicants" - TFA states large numbers of applicants quit in frustration trying to navigate the web site.

About ready to POP3: Day 6 of email wobbles at UK2 after services provider Tucows suffers 'service failure'

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Joke

Full mailbox service

So all mailboxes will be full of fresh steaming cow patties now?

Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up

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Re: Yeah but ...

We need very subtle spray on camo paint.

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Spray face paint

Pretty soon, we all would need to apply camo face paint before leaving the home. I think I prefer wearing the damned Covid masks to a spray on Burka.

Bad: US govt says Chinese duo hacked, stole blueprints from just about everyone. Also bad: They extorted cash

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Re: So let's get this straight

"There are also probably political issues that have influenced the timing of these procedures." - Hmm, like closing one of their minor consulates.

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