* Posts by The Bloke next door

18 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Sep 2016

Is the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope worth the price tag?

The Bloke next door

Yes, it is

Jwt, $10billon uk test and trace, £38billion..

One is a complete waste of public money, the other will stun the world with images from the beginning of the universe.

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 ...

For a moment there, I thought I knew you....

When I first joined Sun in '87 the sales database in the local offices was Ingres. During a demonstration of how to run a task on a remote machine via the new "on" command, the office became noticeable busier with increasingly raised voices.

Upon asking what the issue was, it transpired that the Ingres database had disappeared, cue some detective work. It appeared that "on" mounted the whole directory containing the programme being run on the remote machine under /tmp. Read /write too..by anyone.

At the remote site, fed up with people putting files in /tmp, a colleague had a cron job that periodically scanned /tmp and removed extraneous files (and directories).

Hindsight is a wonderful gift.

Someone's getting a free trip to the US – well, not quite free. Brit bloke extradited to face $2m+ cyber-scam charges

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It's only money...

If he had killed someone by driving on the wrong side of the road and then fled the country, being extradited is fair.

But having committed the cardinal sin of stealing money from an American company, the U.K. quietly fulfils its subservient role to the US.

You Musk be joking: A mind-reading Neuralink chip in a pig's brain? Downloadable memories? Telepathy? Watch and judge for yourself

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Are there any?

If you can't understand how Instagram 'influencers' make millions, good luck with these virtual ones doing even better

The Bloke next door

Why bother with a real job...

What do you want to be when you grow up son?

An influencer!

IBM's sacking spree reaches Australia – and as staff wait to exit, they're offered AU$4k to find new workers

The Bloke next door

American companies seem to think grey hair is a mark of senility; I fell foul of that too.

Accounting expert told judge Autonomy was wrong not to disclose hardware sales

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If an English court finds Lynch / Autonomy innocent, why would the UK send him to the US?

As for extradition, forget it. It's not like he killed anyone by driving on the wrong side of the road and then skipping the country.

Log us out: Private equity snaffles Lastpass owner LogMeIn

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Re: Ouch

Bruce is not the author of keepass; his is called Password Safe.

Canonical adds ZFS on root as experimental install option in Ubuntu

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Re: Wow

Been running Debian with zfs for root for the past 18 months. Works a treat. But then, have been using zfs since 2005.... I can snapshot before I update ..just in case.

Oracle's legal woes deepen: Big Red sued (again) for age and medical 'discrimination'

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Isn't being replaced by a younger model...the pod hasn't matured yet.

Skynet for the win? AI hunts down secret testing of nuclear bombs

The Bloke next door

Re: AI training

As inferred by people like Mordechai Vanunu ?

Former HP workers one small step closer to throwing one giant sueball at tech goliath

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Not just HP

I could name another American company with a presence in the U.K that pulls the same stunt.

GIMPS crack whip on plucky processor to find largest prime number

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Re: Thats my new password sorted

My pin number is the last 4 digits of Pi .

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Re: but has since been put to practical use in cryptography

No more up votes .. 3 is enough.

UK prof claims to have first practical blueprint of a quantum computer

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Just asking..

... can it solve The Halting problem? .. what about self applicability?

I would genuinely like to know ..

Meet the slimeballs who are openly sabotaging Virgin Media

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Re: Dire puns

Virgin media's service literature and help guides are littered with infantile language. They think we all "hip".

And don't get me started on the awful choice in music they play whilst waiting on a call....

Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Will everyone be welcome?

Well I dreamed I saw the silver spaceships flyin'

In the yellow haze of the sun

There was laughing, crying and colors flying

All around the chosen one