* Posts by Bibbit

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Survey of astronomers and geophysicists shines a light on 'bleak' systemic bullying

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I am so out of touch

“ lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer “

I must have missed a meeting but I though “queer” meant “gay”. And “lesbian” is basically a subset of “gay” yes? I’m very confused by the sentence.

Can someone set me straight (no pun intended)?

That time a startup tried to hire me just to push clients' products in job interviews

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Re: Current par for the present course of future event horizons

He’s got a silver medal too. Next stop Skynet.

Smuggler caught with 256 Intel Core processors wrapped around him in cling film

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Apologies in advance

He was obviously trying to pull some silly con.

Boffins show sleight-of-hand tricks to Corvids, find they are smarter than people

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Coat

So this was that bird study everyone’s been raven about.

VC's paper claims cost of cloud is twice as much as running on-premises. Let's have a look at that

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Mushroom

Re: On-prem obviously cheaper than cloud hosting

That has melted my brain.

Salesforce fell over so hard today, it took out its own server status page

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Business-speak I’ve missed?

I’ve not heard “out of impact” before? Is this a new one or have I just been living in a cave?

I’m still not comfortable with the phrase “going forward” so it’s probably just me.

Like a challenge in a high profile 'face-of-IT' role? Welcome to the Home Office

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One good reason not to

Priti Patel.

Linux Mint users in hot water for being slow with security updates, running old versions

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Trollface

Easy solution

Just use snaps. Sorted!

Australia facepalms as Facebook blocks bookstores, sport, health services instead of just news

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Re: Screw Australia's clumsy attempt....

Yup. That’s exactly what they are doing.

EncroChat hack case: RAM, bam... what? Data in transit is data at rest, rules UK Court of Appeal

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Re: In storage...or in transit....

How dare you? My mother was a saint!

Crowdfunded Asahi project aims for 'polished' Linux experience on Apple Silicon

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Agree

It is the right thing to do AND I really want Linux running on one of those. Wouldn’t it be easier to get a BSD running though? Saying that if Linux is his specialty...

Confirmed: Barnes & Noble hacked, systems taken offline for days, miscreants may have swiped personal info

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Re: Salt in the wound

https://www.zdnet.com/google-amp/article/hacker-leaks-passwords-for-900-enterprise-vpn-servers/

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Re: This is hilarious

Good timing. I don’t reckon their current IT / SCO staff are very amused just now, though (unless they wanted the overtime). :/

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Salt in the wound

I wonder if the bad guys utilised Amazon Web Services just to take the piss?

Apparently the scumbags could have got in via corporate VPNs that had been unpatched for months.

Nvidia promises once again to let Arm keep its Switzerland-of-chips biz model – and even license some Nv GPU tech

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Promise into one hand, sh*t into the other and see which fills up first.

NHS COVID-19 app's first weekend: With fundamental testing flaw ironed out, bugs remaining are relatively trivial

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Picky but...

This is not the NHS’ app. It is from the private sector; Serco last time I looked. Can you not abet the government’s insurance policy of blaming the NHS when any of these shady schemes (primarily designed to fill Cummings & pals coffers) goes TITSUP.

China sets out world domination plan for its digital currency

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They might as well go the whole hog and call it E-Coin. Am I now living in Season bloody 4?

Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village

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Analogue killed the digital star.

Could be a song in that.

I can 'proceed without you', judge tells Julian Assange after courtroom outburst

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Sod him

Maybe JA should have fronted up to those sexual assault charges he says he didn’t do and not skipped bail in the first place?

When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan

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Just reading that made feel sick.

Mortal wombat: 4 generations of women fight for their lives against murderous marsupial

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I love the headline. It would indeed make a good film. Perhaps starring Holly Wallaby.

Ooo, a mystery bit of script! Seems legit. Let's see what happens when we run it

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Re: Last time my car stalled...

Did your dead partner have a laptop you could use?

US piles yet more charges on Theranos CEO, COO. We could do with good blood testing now... and this wasn't it

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There was a great documentary on HBO (I think) about this. Worth a watch. “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.”

Nervous, Adobe? It took 16 years, but open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape now works properly on macOS

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Tempting

As I’m tight-fisted I’ve been running AI in a Windows VM with my legit copy of CS5 installed for years. May give Inkscape a go.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Linux

Given its approach to Linux...

The Smiling Assassin seems appropriate.

Microsoft puts dual-screen devices and Windows 10X in the too-hard basket

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Bluetooth?

Don’t knock fully functioning Bluetooth. My 2012 MBP hopes to get one for Christmas, finally.

Cosmo Communicator: Phone-laptop hybrid is neat, if niche, tilt at portable productivity

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The article mentions wanting a good 11” laptop. but I got myself an Asus EEEPC 901 for £25 at an online auction. 10” screen, great keyboard. I bunged minimal Xubuntu core on it and it is a nice little machine for travel stuff.

Very little helps: Tesco flashes ancient Windows desktop on Scan-As-You-Shop device

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Pardon?

“Mouth-breather”? Your profiling of people doing low-paid but nonetheless perfectly acceptable jobs disturbs me. Perhaps you think self-scanning makes you an aristocrat?

Despite your anonymity I’m going for Baron Von Twat?

'Supporting Internet Explorer is hell': Web developers identify top needs – new survey

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Local preference

Perhaps the article forgot to mention the survey was conducted in St Petersburg?

Email blackmail brouhaha tears UKIP apart as High Court refuses computer seizure attempt

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I love this

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of fellows.

Your duckface better be flawless: Huawei's Nova 6 mobe has a needlessly powerful selfie camera

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Over powered selfie camera

Handy for compulsory facial recognition, no?

COBOL: Five little letters that if put on a CV would ensure stable income for many a greybeard coder

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Re: Worth learning today?

Thanks for the advice!

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Worth learning today?

If I wanted to get into programming/IT would this be a useful language to have, say in conjunction with something more modern? It looks quite cool.

You look like a fungi. Got mushroom in your life to build stuff with mycelium computers?

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Gimp

Iain M Banks was a genius

If I remember correctly in his 2010 Culture novel “Surface Detail” the galaxy’s virtual “hells” were housed and processed on a fungal substrate beneath the grounds of a country estate. I miss him.

Overstock dot-gone: Surplus biz CEO now surplus to requirements, ejects after Russian spy fling, deep state rant

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WTF?

He’ll be back...

And there goes the next president of the United States of America.

Incognito mode won't stop smut sites sharing your pervy preferences with Facebook, Google and, er, Oracle

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Gimp

That explains a lot

No wonder I have been getting 20% off voucher codes from "World of Gimp".

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean Google isn't listening to everything you say

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Re: I thought everyone knew!

I had intestinal parasites once. They were free too.

Bill G on Microsoft's biggest blunder... Was it Bing, Internet Explorer, Vista, the antitrust row?

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Biggest mistake...

Surely Steve "Developers, developers, developers" Ballmer?

Who left a database of emails, credit cards, plain-text passwords, and more open to the web this week? Tech Data, come on down!

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Re: wheres the quote?

Do not worry. They take their customers' security very seriously.

Naming your company 101: Probably best not to have the word 'Oracle' anywhere near branding

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I take it "Larry Ellison Sucks Haulage" was also in breach of the rules?

Thunder, thunder, thunder... Thunderclap: Feel the magic, hear the roar, macOS, Windows pwnage tools are loose

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Thumb Up

Thanks for that

I skimmed the article but the headline made me smile.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: 1984

It was not a terror cell; it was an anarcho-syndicalist commune.

And no-one lives in the castle, either.

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What defines "Terrorist Propaganda"

And does this include The Daily Mail?

Mobile network Three UK's customer details exposed in homepage blunder

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Only 3? Does not sound serious.

Fine, we'll do it the Huawei, says Uncle Sam: CFO charged with fraud, faces extradition to US over Iran trade claims

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Re: Not unfair at all, and certainly not the result of lobbying by US companies

Surely Iran started it when their democratically elected goverment tried to nationalise their sovereign oil reserves at the expense of the UK and US petroleum companies?

Schoolboy error.

Rule Brittania etc.

Google-whisperers beat reCaptcha voice challenge with 90% success rate

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Re: idiots like this

But responses to interesting images could not be used to train AI for self-driving cars on the cheap...

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Great article

More like this. The morse coding (flashbacks to Das Boot "My God, Philip") and fog-horn ranging was particularly interesting. Great to see analogue skills are not being left to rust. I remember when Addenbrookes Hospitals e-Hospital system had another spasm and everyone had to revert to the paper system to keep the show on the road.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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Has more chance of sorting it than parliament. Go for it lads!

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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"This should send a clear message to anyone considering committing crimes of this nature that we have the tools and methods to identify you and bring you to justice."

...for 20 months.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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Yoof speak

Surely "getting down to sick beats" is just what middle-aged people think yooths say, right? It is not actually a thing?

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