* Posts by Prst. V.Jeltz

3247 posts • joined 17 Sep 2015

Keeping printers quiet broke disk drives, thanks to very fuzzy logic

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I read that as the charged times in which we live

Chemical plant taken offline by the best one of all: C8H10N4O2

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been there

the rules about who did and who did not get to go into the computer room were rather more tightly enforced.

I've worked at that place (or similar ) The old man still employed there with the legacy knowledge was the one responsible for the coffee based rule enforcement some years previously.

Its hard to see how it happened in a standard rack environment , but he did it!

Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain's first high-tech monarch

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Re: This is a time of national morning, give it a rest for at least 10 days.

The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul , presumably

BOFH: It's Friday, it's time to RTFM

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Re: Watch for hidden acronyms.

sounds like a ....




an acronym deliberately formed from a phrase whose initial letters spell out a particular word or words, either to create a memorable name or as a fanciful explanation of a word's origin.

"Biodiversity Serving Our Nation, or BISON (a backronym if ever there was one)"

amazing how many acronyns a re coincidentally cool sounding words,

Like RAID , which in some circles has changed its definition from inexpensive to independent.

Salesperson's tech dream delivered by ill-equipped consultant who charged for the inevitable fix

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gitlab seems pretty stuck on using "Issue" to mean

"Future planned development enhancement"

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Towards the end of the 2000s, Norman left an in-house software development “join the ranks of The Consultants.”

Sentence #2 and the grammar is slipping already!

Terminal downgrade saves the day after a client/server heist

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Re: Text based computer interface

The average webpage now takes up more space than DOOM's shareware release!


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Cars got a lot harder to steal I guess

With todays asynchronous encryption it should be absolutely impossible to steal a car without the key or a recovery truck.

...but the manufacturers seem to want to put massive holes into todays security tech like these bloody stupid keys that are so determined to open the car for any tom dick or harry 24/7 that you have to lock them in a tin to stop them .

Stupidest. idea .ever

Then theres the "smash a window and ask the car via its odbc2 port what he key code is" technique, so that you can spoof a key. The manufacturers have for some reason made this info available to anyone with a hammer and a fancy odbc reader.

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Re: Back for more

well this a fun new angle to the joys of being burgled that I hadnt previously considered : (

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Re: Green screens were great!

I think he meant back in the day the screen was all you had - terminal / thin client etc

No "base unit" to rebuild (or hard drive as the users call the box bit)

so you could get another , no configuring , log back on the mainframe.

...unlike when your win pc goes into an unstoppable loop of not completing an update

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Re: Green screens were great!

I thought iiyama was where it was at! I'm looking at two of those right now

Woman forced to sell 4-bed house after crypto exchange wrongly refunded $7.2m

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I was pondering how that worked when I read it in the article.

Did they email her and say "Freeze your accounts please!"

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Re: ..and the interest?

Judges take the law (and their time) seriously, and don't like it when others don't.

Yeah I found that out when pleading guilty by post to missing a speed awareness course!

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Re: hyperventilating and feeling faint

They looked up the account number I gave them and they said "Ooh we have no record of this account, are you sure you wish to make this payment?"

Who said that? you didnt say which bank the money was coming from .

Santander seems to be part of a new thing where they check the name given matches the account number at the other end , but it relies on all the banks joining up , and very few seem to have done that.

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Re: an account number was accidentally entered into the payment amount field

you'd think they would be extra careful with these sums (unless you become so desensitised to large sums you get a little blaise)

Well it wasnt a large sum , but the bank account number is a large number

AMD refreshes desktop CPUs with 5nm Ryzen 7000s that can reach 5.7GHz with 16 cores

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why didnt they just sell it as a 5.2GHz then ?

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I'd have thought it'd be easier for them to just buy two and split the work, rather than trying to supercharge one of them FastnFurious style to get another less reliable 15% out of it

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PC enthusiasts will be disappointed to find that AMD offered no clarity as to whether Ryzen 7000 will support traditional overclocking. According to McAfee, the CPUs will, however, support memory overclocking.

Back in the days of a DX66 , perhaps overclocking was required or justified , and probly easier due to bigger tolerences etc , chips barely needed any cooling back then.

These days , apart from it not being necessary , just why ?

If Ferrari says we have spent millions developing this engine to put out the max power it can , and it revs to 18,000 rpm

I'm not gonna say "Hey thats great , but can you take the rev limiter off it because I want to drive it harder"

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Re: Very impressive!

yeah , I just built one too , and they usually do me for about 10 years

Python tops programming love list – but if you want a job, learn SQL

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Re: Really?

...or get the right shaped pegs

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Re: "SQL coders"

Most Client side coders dont want to even speak SQL , hence the existence of Entity Framework

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Re: The SQL boy error


I always start typing the WHERE before the table , didnt think of putting it on same line for that reason though - good idea

In a time before calculators, going the extra mile at work sometimes didn't add up

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Re: Is it true?

It wouldnt surprise me, given how slowly finance architecture changes (like aircraft)

They probly had to rush that in in '71 and then straight back to the "If it aint broke dont fix it " mentality

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I did enjoy some sums such as timesing (multiplying) something like £5 3s 18¼d

What are you some sort of masochist?

(ok might be fun a few times in class but not everyday in the sweetshop)

I am soo glad I just missed out on all that bollocks , and it amazes me american's keep up with the imperial system.

Albeit their money is decimal and has been a lot longer than ours I'd imagine

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Re: £sd

ooh , that must be why pounds are written as Lb

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Re: Honesty kills

where i worked they called it "Commercial Awareness"

BOFH: Who us? Sysadmins? Spend time with other departments?

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There are murmurs of approval at the thought of more free time and money so the PFY have some spade work to do.


Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop

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Re: LibreOffice is not as good as MS Office

Not only that they should be doing "it" (what their team can do) in the breaks between managing people , ie when not authorising leave.

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Re: LibreOffice is not as good as MS Office

I cant even use files from the same goddam program form the same manufacturer!

windows be all like

that database is for version 0000000001213 not 0000000000001212 so screw you , go find somewhere else to try it.

Strike days should serve as 'wake-up call' to BT's top brass, says union

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Re: Maths

Monthly net is £87k and monthly gross is £166k.

87 * 1.91 = 166.

Therefore each £100 costs you £91.

Lets just take a step back here. I aint no good at them fancy perrcentarges and things, but the one number is twice the size of the other, ergo you paid 50% tax

So each £100 costs you £50 ? (to have it)

Personally I'd have phrased that as "This £50 cost me a £100" (cos if your selling £100 notes for £91 I'll take em all!)


Hey the Paris icon's missing! I needed that for all the dumb questions I ask!

Lapping the computer room in record time until the inevitable happens

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a race between office chairs results in an unexpected escalation

"Stop button" - called it on line two . Well , confirmed it , the thumbnail pic gave it away really . An entertaining story nonetheless!

I paid for it, that makes it mine. Doesn’t it? No – and it never did

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Re: Before computers we used to make stuff that worked

All these posts about rotating the engine and driving the car backwards etc , seem like a lot of trouble to go to keep the distributor dry - and having it on the "lee" side of the engine is hardly a guarantee of that anyway!

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Re: freestanding!

How many things can you think of that did that?

I've got a copy of Photoshop 4 that does that.

Also a toaster.

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Well, perhaps, but only if Hubble itself keeps supporting the kit.

Why does everything have to be "supported" in the digital world? Before computers we used to make stuff that worked until its bearings or capacitors wore out.

Would it be that crazy to make something that didnt drop dead if it couldnt say hello to its creator daily?

like a baby monitor??

I still have the corpse of a Nazbagtag in the meter cupboard ...

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Now 100,000kg smaller

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Re: hype

it seems when most things are recycled all you can make is gravel

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Re: Where does it all come from?

perhaps Thailand and Vietnam will catch on in a few short years then.

I heard Japan are pretty prolific with it too - individually plastic wrapped biscuits in a pack etc

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Re: Where does it all come from?

great article!

clear and concise (none of the trolling , clickbait and political bias im accutomed to)

this graphic at the top summs up the whole thing


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Re: There should be a bonus for this work

Get that robot some more beer!

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"plastic (rope) can only be dumped/recycled"

I call bullshit.

The degradeable hemp seems a great idea though

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It blows my mind that those in the church of unfettered capitalism are able to dismiss any such issue thats inconvenient for them as "made up"

A character catastrophe for a joker working his last day

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Re: Not final day antics ....

a PDP11/73 that was holding up a garage.

Did it have a balaclava on?

My smartphone has wiped my microSD card again: Is it a conspiracy?

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"Naively, I Duck-Duck-Goed "

cool , new verb!

Engineers on the brink of extinction threaten entire tech ecosystems

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Re: I don't want to be an electrician

Engineering degree courses are a lot of work across a lot of disciplines, with electronic engineering being particularly diverse. The theoretical side covers signal, information, semiconductor devices, optical and electromagnetic theory, so your math better be good. There's any amount of building-block knowledge needed, analogue and digital, across the spectrum from millimetric RF to high-energy power engineering. And then you have to know how to apply it all to real-world problems.

I studied that for 5 years , graduated. ("Mechatronics" )

nobody seemed to want to employ me at it so drifted into computers.

I *thought* if I just something incredibly difficult , technical , and vital to the modern world as we know it , I'd be well rewarded for it . seems not .

Amazon sues 10,000 Facebook Group admins for offering fake reviews

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Dontes $10,000,000 to Tory party funds in hopes regulations will be changed in {insert industry}

Thats all fine too apparently

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Re: Amazon's sorting algorithm

They really need some kind of weighted average that takes into account the number of reviews.

That would work, and i guess i'd use it, but it does seem a little unfair on smaller suppliers just starting out but providing top quality goods and service

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""at that price I can't be bothered to return [faulty item]".

For me thats a good review.

Did exactly that with £5 HDMI switcher and immediately ordered same exact one again cos i liked its features.

next one worked, all good , only £10 spent

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as with any public review feedback section , you have to take a large sample and average out .

... and discount the pure crazy ones .

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people who had actually bought the item

You'd think that would be a requirement for the reviews to have any weight. seems not.I'm revising the order of sympathry the author told me to think about.

Fake reviewers 4 cash - criminals

Facebook - Fagin-esque aiding and abetting in criminal activity

Amazon - letting their own market place be polluted with that shit because presumably its more profitable to fence cheap shitty products than offer a reliable quality control


...really cant work out whose the worst here !

Russia fines Google $374 million for letting the truth about Ukraine be told

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"Putin declares he'll make his own Googles now, thanks"

with blackjack! and hookers!


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