* Posts by fwadman

30 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Apr 2016

Scientists strangely unable to follow recipe for holy grail room-temp superconductor


Uncle Roger says super conductor like Gordon Ramseys cooking ... soo weak

University duo thought it would be cool to sneak bad code into Linux as an experiment. Of course, it absolutely backfired


Re: Place your bets...

This is what the woke world has come to these days.

Chinese officials declare intention to become network superpower, tout glorious 5G rollout that's smaller than local carriers' claims


Re: Sorry, China.

Given that the internet is now full of woke apologists - censorship seems like a good thing

Another successful flight for SpaceX's Starship apart from the landing-in-one-piece thing


Re: The thought presents itself...

I assume there is a lot of complex sensors which are detecting where the ground is and the readings of these are going to be effected by the interaction between the rocket jet and the ground - so I suspect simulating this X meters off the ground won't help that much

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'


Completely missing the point

You know what's good about a massive project run over the internet? No-one has a clue what colour most of the contributors are. No one sees them in real life, a few (men) I know actually use female names in there online aliases. You are judged by your code and not by your speech issues, lack of personal hygiene, bad teeth, dodgy hair cut, spotty skin, too short, too fat, too week. I find online coding communities the most unbiased and open places (until you start talking about code :) )

And they want to ruin this with politics????


Re: Thin end of the wedge?

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Historic slavery was bad - but let's abolish modern day slavery that's still going on - that's even worse (or if you're a BLM protester does it not matter that your clothes were made by people held in economic slavery)


Re: Thin end of the wedge?

I assume this came from normal numbers written in black ink and negative (bad) numbers written in red so they stand out, but thank you for a most excellent point. When people say "This companies is in the black" there is nothing at all racist about this and until just now it didn't even register with me that someone trying to be offended might object to it

Macs, iPhones, iPads to get encrypted DNS – how'd you like them Apples?


Re: Better late than bleeding edge?

The trouble with the increased encryption is that it makes life for everyone a lot harder than it needs to be and most people get very little benefit from it. People have confused the need to know content is not tampered with the need to hid what you are doing. The ill informed mass move to HTTPS makes everything slower because it kills proxies.

Exactly the same issue with DNS and HTTPS - it's a completely stupid idea and what's worse - it's very hard to block. What this does mean is that going forwards my own top level cert will be installed on machines in my local network and all web traffic will be going via active man-in-the-middle proxying (i.e. my web proxy generates fake SSL certs on the fly and decrypts and re-encrypts traffic). This will allow me to block this mess - however I'm now actively breaking the entire SSL security model.

Kids these days - havne't got a clue :(

1) When I'm browsing the BBC new website - I care that the content I get is from them - but it's public content

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey


Re: HMRC doesn't care either way

Most contractors I've worked with aren't contracting but are disgised perms. The only difference is that have decided to sell their rights (holidays, sick pay etc) in return for more money.

This is fine, but when they get ill they still use the NHS (which they opted out of by not paying there tax), still expect to send there kids to school etc. I'm very happy for the current process to continue as long as they really lose what they have opted out of .... but they dont.

This clampdown on tax evasion cant come soon enough.

Microsoft's only gone and published the exFAT spec, now supports popping it in the Linux kernel


Re: Bring compatibility problems to Window, not the other way around

Because you don't need EXT4 on a memory stick. On a memory stick you want the smallest possible overhead file system and no permissioning. exFAT suits this very well. Why do you want to waste space on my memory stick with another partition with drivers (which will be both out of date .. and also a virus writers delight)

Are you sure you've got a floppy disk stuck in the drive? Or is it 100 lodged in the chassis?


Re: Reliability

There were double density and high density disks. In theory the only difference was the quality of the magnetic material on the disk (older double density had iron oxide … newer and high density moved to Colbalt) and the high density disks had another hole in the casing so the drive could detect it.

The 880K / 720K etc difference was due to the different disk formats used (on double density disks) by Amiga and PC. The physical disk was the same.

Just like people used to turn over single sided 5 1/4 floppies and write on the other side - with newer double density disks you could just drill a hole in the casing and use as high density

NASA's first all-woman spacewalk outside ISS cancelled – due to lack of spacesuits that fit


Re: Basic Logistics

If a spacesuit isn't configured for an EVA … what on ISS *is* it configured for ? World book day dress up costume?

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal


Not a bug ... This is how SMTP works

You know this is how SMTP works right? The to and from headers in the email are completely unrelated to the person that sent or will receive the email

Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?


Bankwidth is free .. web is too big

Seriously … 500 kps is tons of bandwidth .. and it's free!

The problem is that a single web page is over 1MB but contains approx. 1KB or useful content … My browser is showing me that it made 37 connections to load content on this page. WTF ????

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win


So many mistakes in the article

1) Vettel was leading the race when he came into the pits .. not in second place

2) Hamilton had already pitted (when he was leading) and it the VSC had not been activated would have taken the lead when Vettel pitted

3) The sector time when under a VSC is fixed so it's not like Hamilton could have done anything about this once the VSC came out

4) The teams would have been running calculations telling Hamilton how close he needed to be to Vettel to ensure he came out ahead when Vettel made a pit stop

5) This calculations had wrong inputs for the time of a pitstop under a VSC

6) If they had the correct inputs Hamilton could have been told to push harder to close up the gap in the laps before the VSC came out

7) Even with this Hamilton might not have been able to do this

If you need to replace anything other than your iPhone 8's battery or display, good luck


Ah .. good old Renault.

To replace the air filter you need to remove the battery.

To replace the headlights you need to either remove the bumper, remove the front suspension or employ a 6 year old child

The replace the glow plugs - 3 of them are (relatively easy), the 4th you need to get the 6 year old child again or remove the engine

The replace the fuel filter you need to remove the front tyres

The list goes on and on ...

Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'


Site is down this morning ... I guess someone over there is ready the el reg ..

Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died


Re: if he had a researved seat and missed his train he didnot have a valid ticket

Not always. The cheapest advance tickets are typically for an extra train. Miss the train and you need to pay extra to upgrade your ticket to go on any train (at least that's the theory).

The couple of times this has happened to me I've found the guard and been straight up with him and he's said not to worry about it. As with most things in life - if your nice and polite to people they tend to be good to you in return.


Re: Cant see where he lied

in a rammed train you don't have space to sit on the floor ... it's standing all the way

Living with the Pixel XL – Google's attempt at a high-end phone


Re: Wanna buy a Pixel?

erm .. no. IMEI is on the phone, not the SIM. This is why operators block IMEI numbers from stolen phones.

Technically the phone never needs to know it's own phone number - there is space in the SIM card for this to be stored - but this is for information only - it can be anything you like.

Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off


I don't think so. Most users say they care about security - but then happily disable the virus scanner because some website said they needed to in order to get some (pirated) game to work. Of course because the user "researched" this by looking on the internet they know what they are doing and it's perfectly safe.

Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY


Re: If proof is needed...

Triggers Broom in Only Fools and Horses ...


Database man flown to Hong Kong to install forgotten patch spends week in pub


One of my first jobs included going to Paris every monday for client meetings. As a youngest I thought the first few times were great. This was when passport controls weren't that strong on eurostar. After a few months I discovered my passport on the kitchen counter under a pile of papers I hadn't touched for months

Brexit: Time to make your plans, UK IT biz


Re: Time to make your plans

Hi Boris ...


Re: Time to make your plans


All politicians these days seem to want the nanny state. It may not be idle - but the UK is a lot freer than most of the rest of the world.

Really, be happy, nothing to see here ... you can trust me .....

What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?


yahoo, tumbr, flurry ...

all a waste of perfectly good electrons. At least they are in one place so we can have a nice big bonfire.

Obama to admit Moon landing was faked?


Jezza walking around in his y-fronts

I assume as Major had blue ones, Jezza has red?


what a nasty thought ....

Academic network Janet clobbered with DDoS attacks – again


Re: Valid excuse?

ah JANet .... so I came a bit late to the party, but I remember the late night quake sessions during my degree fragging all the normal people on dialup, not because of skill, but because our pings were an order of magnitude lower.

'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca


Bleed the data out over 100 days and it won't show up

Microsoft cracks open Visual Studio to Linux C++ coders


Re: "running as a native Ubuntu binary on a Windows subsystem"

Win 95 was not a child of NT. The NT line went NT 3.x NT 4 Windows 2000 Windows XP

The Win95 line went Win3 Win3.1 Win 95 Win 98 Win XP