* Posts by jonathan keith

681 posts • joined 14 Aug 2007


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

jonathan keith

Re: Where is my beloved "SFTW" chronicle?

"FLAs"? My understanding is that the correct technical terminology is "ETLAs"...

Australian wasps threaten another passenger plane, with help from COVID-19

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Malaysian Airlines Flight 134, 2018

This is an excellent and highly instructive video about the problems the wasps cause, how the Brisbane Airport authorities decided to manage those problems, how standard procedures can still be flawed and can cause horrendous subsequent difficulties with aircraft, and how excellently-trained flight crew can save the day (and the lives of the aircraft's passengers and crew).

Mentour Pilot | Malaysian Airlines Flight 134

Mouse hiding in cable tray cheesed off its bemused user

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Re: We used to do this...

Out of interest, what's the policy threshold for 'too much' porn?

... Asking for a f̶r̶i̶e̶n̶d̶ colleague. Obviously.

The sins of OneDrive as Microsoft's cloud storage service turns 15

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Gripe #1

My biggest issue with OneDrive happens to also be a magnificent example of the frankly insane thinking that occasionally crawls into the light at micros~1.

Let's say that your current OneDrive content is perilously close to your storage limit. One obvious way of reducing this is to stop syncing unneccesary folders - for example in my case, all the VST subfolders sitting inside my Documents folder.

Yet OneDrive's behaviour on deselecting folders to sync is to keep the files in the Cloud and delete the folders on your PC.

I can see that under certain circumstances taking that approach makes sense, but I also believe that the alternative method is the one that the vast majority of customers would choose to use, but which isn't even a possibility according to the big brains in Redmond.

NASA's Lunar Orbiter spots comfortably warm 'pits' all over the Moon

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Re: Not Lava Tubes

I have a vague memory of the aircraft in question being a B-17, if we're both thinking about the same quality publication.

And here's the story, although the aeroplane is simply described as an 'American World War 2 bomber'.

If, somehow, I managed to miss the astounding news of a Lancaster being found on the Moon as well, I'll be profoundly grateful for any links to the full story.

Martin Shkreli, out of prison for running a Ponzi scheme, now pushes Web3 thing

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Re: "after serving much of his seven-year prison sentence"

Many. Many of the MPs etc.

Getting that syncing feeling after an Exchange restore

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Re: That syncing feeling ...

Entirely Apple's fault.*

* in this instance. Other megacorps are equally guilty, just under different circumstances.

Tough news for Apple as EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices

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What, something like charging your phone from a three-phase supply?

Ex-Googlers take a stab at building 'general intelligence' that makes software do what you tell it

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Re: Pizza

I'm suggesting that sixty-five million dollars' worth of pizza might not be very good for one's physical wellbeing.

However, I'm not a medical professional or an academic specialist, and obviously therefore not entitled whatsoever to an opinion.

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Re: Pizza

As its closing trick, the AI will be able to diagnose your colon cancer.

Brave, DuckDuckGo to unplug Google's AMP where possible

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Install NoScript.

The Register gets up close and personal with ESA's JUICE spacecraft

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Re: Life resembling art again?

Also this:

"We have developed the spacecraft and the onboard software in particular to be able to detect failures, to isolate failures and to reconfigure them from failures," explains Cavel.

Expect JUICE to send this message at some point during Jupiter approach:

"I just picked up a fault in the AE-35 Unit."

Russia scrambles to bootstrap HPC clusters with native tech

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"In Soviet Union..."

I'm reminded of a tale I heard many years ago, from an entirely unreliable source, and about which I can find absolutely no evidence.

Nevertheless, the story goes that Khrushchev was giving his leader's speech to the Party Congress, and illustrating the vanguard of Soviet technology.

"Comrades," he concluded, "why should these computers of the decadent western imperialists concern us, when it is the Soviet Union that produces the largest microchips in the world?"

File suffixes: Who needs them? Well, this guy did

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Competition time!

I honestly can't think of a good reason for hiding file extensions in the first place. Not one.

A pint of --> for anybody who can.

D-Wave to go public after $1.2 billion merger deal with SPAC

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Re: I can't decide.....

You just need to wait for the advent of the Quantum Blockchain.

Open source, closed wallets, big profits – nobody wins the OSS rock, paper, scissors game

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Axate seems to be making progress on the whole micro-payments for content thing, which I believe is the only thing that will ultimately make the web both private and self-sustaining.

Open source maintainer threatens to throw in the towel if companies won't ante up

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Re: There's something I don't get

Perhaps then it's time to change FOSS to FFNCUOSS*?

* Free For Non-Commercial Use

JavaScript dev deliberately screws up own popular npm packages to make a point of some sort

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Re: Widen the horizon - also affects live web, GoLang, Perl, Rust, etc.

I can see how the practice arose over time, but the current dev methodology of seemingly just cobbling together a bunch of packages from any number of repositories, resulting in a 'packagebase' rather than a codebase is frankly insane. I'm absolutely not suggesting that we reinvent the wheen every time anybody wants to start coding a new project, but there has to be a better way to manage code libraries that this, surely?

It takes more clicks to reject their cookies than accept them, so France fines Facebook and Google over €200m

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Re: Reject all


Yule goat's five-year flame-free streak ends ignominiously

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Excellent piece of agitprop. Have a downvote.

Developer creates ‘Quite OK Image Format’ – but it performs better than just OK

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I haven't. Is it middle-out compression?

Battlefield 2042: Please don't be the death knell of the franchise, please don't be the death knell of the franchise

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If it ain't broken... fix it?

For me the high water marks of the series were BF2 and Bad Company 2. If I could force DICE to do one thing, it would be to reintroduce the Commander slot from BF2.

Leaked footage shows British F-35B falling off HMS Queen Elizabeth and pilot's death-defying ejection

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Re: Would suspect the

"We've installed your updates and we'll restart your computer for you at a convenient time."

China's hypersonic glider didn't just orbit Earth, it 'fired a missile' while at Mach 5

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History Repeating


Google's 'Be Evil' business transformation is complete: Time for the end game

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Re: Wishful thinking

Darwinian evolutionary fitness encompasses a vast range of strategies. "Nature red in tooth and claw" is just reductionist silliness.

Anyway, best of luck in your community of zero-sum-game sociopaths.

Apple's Safari browser runs the risk of becoming the new Internet Explorer – holding the web back for everyone

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Oh god please no, not again.

If Apple allowed Safari to actually compete, it would be better for web developers, businesses, consumers, and for the health of the web.

I still have the occasional nightmare about using Safari on Windows, so on that basis alone I couldn't possibly countenance Bruce Lawson's argument.

Facebook fined £50m in UK for 'conscious' refusal to report info and 'deliberate failure to comply' during Giphy acquisition probe

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Don't fuck with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. They'll forgive you.*

* (with extreme prejudice)

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... when are the CMA going to forbid the merger then?

I'm diabetic. I'd rather risk my shared health data being stolen than a double amputation

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Sorry, but...

Our data is already bought and sold for profit. And we love it.

... and that's where you lost me, after the first two sentences.

I think it's fair to state that - at least among the *informed* audience making up the Reg's readership - the majority are entirely opposed to their data being traded beyond their control for someone else's profit.

Australian PM and Deputy threaten Facebook and Twitter with defamation liability for users' posts

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Re: You keep using that word...

Actually, I entirely agree with you. Rather, I hoped to illustrate (as if it was even needed) the unfettered idiocy of that rogue and charlatan Scott Morrison.

jonathan keith

You keep using that word...

"Social media has become a coward's palace, where people can just go on there, not say who they are, destroy people's lives and say the most foul and offensive things to people, and do so with impunity," the PM said, adding "Now that's not a free country where that happens."

Sounds entirely free to me. Horrible, but free.

Opt-out is the right approach for sharing your medical records with researchers

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I'd be happy allowing my data to be used, but only if certain conditions are met:

1. The scheme is opt-in, not opt-out. As mentioned by many earlier commentards, 'opt-out with assumed consent' is a fox-guarding-the-chicken-coop disaster.

2. Absolute transparency about how data are aggregated and anonymised.

3. Absolute transparency about how data are encrypted and secured.

4. Aggregated and anonymised datasets are not able to be / intended to be downloaded or distributed, and that the doing of such is a serious criminal offence.

5. A written public policy (not 'guidelines') clearly defining the boundaries of acceptable use (which does not - and never will - include for commercial purposes.)

6. Absolute transparency about who has access to the data, and for what specified purposes, in granular detail. For example:

- Name of the research group

- Name of the research group leader

- Organisation the research group belongs to

- All sources of funding, both direct and indirect

- Purpose of research, written clearly in plain english

- The name and position / job title of the Civil Servant or Health Service staffmember directly responsible for granting permission for the research group to access the data

7. Audits to ensure that research teams / orgs are behaving themselves.

8. Clearly-defined protections for whistleblowers.

Set the system up with all that and I'm in!

US nuke sub plans leaked on SD card hidden in peanut butter sandwich, claims FBI

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It's the peanut butter that's the abomination!

Internet Archive's 2046 Wayforward Machine says Google will cease to exist

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Meet the new boss.

Same as the old boss.

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

jonathan keith

Re: Apple don't like it?

But the point is that *all* effects pedals use the same 9V barrel connector. It's not the case that BOSS pedals require a different connector to MXR pedals, and neither fit Electro-Harmonix pedals. All therefore can work perfectly to (in my case) turn a beautifully-clean guitar signal into muddy sludge.

jonathan keith

Apple don't like it?

... fuck 'em.

Macmillan best-biscuit list unexpectedly promotes breakfast cereal to treat status

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Re: Nice...

... also the subject of the finest letter ever printed in Viz, IMHO.

"'Are Nice biscuits pronounced Nice or Nice? I always pronounce it Nice, but my wife insists that it is Nice.' Barry Macbeth, Barnes."

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When I were a lad a McVitie's Digestive was the size of a dinner plate etc. etc.

Fix network printing or keep Windows secure? Admins would rather disable PrintNightmare patch

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Have all of today's upvotes.

If it were possible to evade facial-recognition systems using just subtle makeup, it might look something like this

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Re: Has anyone considered...

As I understand it, they're fine with cosmetic infrared radiation, iffy with cosmetic microwave radiation, and cosmetic x- and gamma ray radiation are definite no-nos.

Just as well they don't use radium in makeup any more. Or butter.

It's time to delete that hunter2 password from your Microsoft account, says IT giant

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Re: Exactly...

If you're using YubiKey, the advice is that you have two keys, and to keep the second in a safe place as a fallback if you lose your principal key.

LA cops told to harvest social media handles from people they stop, suspect or not

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Re: Oh do keep up at the back

This video does a fairly good job of explaining things in the U.K.

jonathan keith

Re: It's left to individual cops to decide...

Don't Talk To The Police.


(If you're in the U.S.)

Australia rules Facebook page operators are legally liable for user comments under posts

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Re: Out of curiosity ...

You're wrong.

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead

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Re: One time pads

Surely you could just encrypt the OTP using a prearranged key such as Fuck-U-R0zzer5! and email it to your correspondant, who decrypts first the OTP and then your SMS informing them that you're on your way but you'll be ten minutes late to the pub?

This drag sail could prevent spacecraft from turning into long-term orbiting junk. We spoke to its inventors ahead of launch

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Re: designed to operate even if the host spacecraft is inactive

You order your Kerbonaut outside for a spot of EVA.

Arms not long enough to reach the plug socket? Room-wide wireless charging is on the way

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It's all fun and games...

... until the first thunder storm.

Windows 11 will roll out from October 5 as Microsoft hypes new hardware

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If I wanted a Fisher-Price OS I'd buy a Mac.

jonathan keith

Re: Opting out -- meaning keeping Windows 10

Cockos Reaper (https://www.reaper.fm/) isn't quite there yet with regard to natively hosting VST/i/s and other plugin formats, but progress seems to be good.



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