* Posts by MrBanana

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Building society caught in middle of high street sharing a little too much on TeamViewer

MrBanana

Re: TeamViewer....

I thought TeamViewer's biggest use was a warehouse full of people in India calling up to tell you that they were from Windows support, had remotely detected a virus on your system, and wanted to connect to your machine and fix it for you.

MrBanana

Re: Inexcusable

Sort of equalled - there is a life size animatronics version at the Cadbury factory.

Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'

MrBanana

I've just fired up Kubuntu 20.04 and, although I see snapd installed, I don't see it involved in anything running on the system. After a dose of "sudo apt remove snapd" I don't seem to have a problem. Apart from a bunch of systemd cruft that has a load of snap components, and the unwelcome /snap/README, left like a stinking turd in my root directory.

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station

MrBanana

As long as they only add seats and screens. The problem with adding meat based intelligence to a system that worked fine when autonomous, is over enthusiasm with buttons marked "Do NOT press this button".

Announcing the official Reg-approved measure of social distancing: The Osman

MrBanana

Re: Short and simple distance estimate:

I have short arms, and it's a pain in the arse buying jackets, coats or shirts with sleeves. But, my finger tip measurement is the same as my height because I have broad shoulders - another fitting issue.

Built to last: Time to dispose of the disposable, unrepairable brick

MrBanana

Re: Tlmlng Belt

After one incident with the interference design, all my cars have chain driven camshafts.

Teachers: Make your pupils' parents buy them an iPad to use at school. Oh and did you pack sunglasses for the Apple-funded jolly?

MrBanana

Re: Universities in US

"On the other hand, my daughter's uni has Matlab, Mathematica, MathCAD, SPSS, and other top shelf technical software all on tap for free student use."

But it's not really for free, is it. Those companies aren't a charity, they are investing in the future by indoctrinating your daughter into "the right tools" to demand when they go out and get jobs.

Hyphens of mass destruction: When a clumsy finger meant the end for hundreds of jobs

MrBanana

Re: Nostalgia ain't what it used to be...

The old mainframes were all about efficiency. Those 100 users would be using green screens in block mode - one network transfer of a few hundred bytes to generate a transaction, not using a web interface with the massive overhead of https and all the crappy scripting that the application GUI has been laden down with. Same with IO - no adhoc query capability and direct ISAM access is way faster (for the very specific task required) than an, almost always badly written, generic database application.

Heads up from Internet of S*!# land: Best Buy's Insignia 'smart' home gear will become very dumb this Wednesday

MrBanana

Re: This is inevitable

"I have the bluray around for some movies that are not available on streaming. Once i find those i will retire the player, take it out back behind the shed and use 'lucille' on it."

And in so doing, you have fallen into the same IoT+cloud trap. What will you do when it stops being available via streaming, and you no longer have the physical media, or means to play it? This is exactly what happened when Apple streaming services "lost" some of its content, removing it from customer access because the deals they had done with one of the studios had not been renewed. I spent way too much time cocking around with that half baked UltraViolet / flixter / Vudu streaming service you get for "free" with you DVD/BluRay. No thanks, I'll just keep hold of the physical media.

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers

MrBanana

Re: Jaywalking ...

In Germany, crossing the road when the red man is lit at a junction is seen as a serious offence. If not by the cops then you will very likely get shouted at by a "concerned citizen". Supposedly to discourage children thinking it's OK to cross the road without automated assistance. I'd much prefer to have children taught, like I was, how to cross the road safely. Stop, Look, Listen - thank you Mr Prowse.

Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero

MrBanana

Re: in all seriousness

"What are you going to repair on such things ? The battery ? unobtainium."

So you didn't even bother reading the article: "One genuine surprise was the inclusion of a standard button cell battery, rather than a proprietary cell purpose-designed by Apple"

MrBanana
FAIL

Re: That vendor's track record for reparability is miserable

I've just worked out my still functioning Nakamichi headphones have cost me about 0.7p a day. But that doesn't count two replacement cables (5 quid) and replacement foam earpads (7 quid), in those 30+ years.

I volunteer for a repair cafe that tries to fix things rather than chuck them in landfill. I spent a few hours fruitless trying to fix a pair of Beats headphones. I can just about get it apart, but the break is in the fragile multicore cable that goes through the middle of the headband. Not available as a spare part, and almost impossible to replace due to the way they have soldered the connections, and then covered them in impenetrable goop. Well done Apple.

Remember the big IBM 360 mainframe rescue job? For now, Brexit has ballsed it up – big iron restorers

MrBanana

Re: Surely a Container's the better option?

Yup, moved from the UK -> US and back again with all my stuff via container shipping. On the way out used lift vans and a shared container (don't do this if the other half of the container is subject to a divorce settlement), on the way back I needed a full container - '65 Mustangs take a bit of space.

Some assembly required as Dream Chaser mini-shuttle's empty husk arrives in Colorado

MrBanana

Was it on the front of a magazine?

Build your own Dream Chaser! Each month you'll get a magazine with a new part of the assembly. First issue costs just £3.99**

** Subsequent issues cost £1million, 749 issues in the series.

New lows at Bose as firmware update woes infuriate soundbar bros

MrBanana

Re: BOSE, yuck

I volunteer for a repair cafe and have seen a few BOSE wave-thingies brought in to be fixed. One had a duff speaker after a gravity induced incident, the others were mostly tired/dirty CD transports. The components used, and the internal build quality is actually pretty good, it's the special BOSE sound processing "technology" that turns the output into nothing more than noise.

MrBanana

Re: What bugs me..

I like Techmoan - an odd mix of retro gear and new stuff culled from eBay or Bangood - very enjoyable to watch if you like odd hi-fi or old video gear. I don't think he would have many positive words for over priced Bose soundbars.

In Hemel Hempstead, cycling is as bad as taking a leak in the middle of the street

MrBanana

Re: Car drivers

"usually said by the morons that dawdle along national speed limit roads, in good conditions, at 20mph+ under the limit and with complete disregard for other road users."

Yes, 39-41 mph seems to be their sweet spot. They don't much care if they are in a 60 limit, going through a village with a 30 limit, or a 20 mph controlled zone. Keep it steady at 41. Perhaps you get given a special type of cruise control for free when pensioners buy a hat and wear it in their Austin Allegro/Rover 213/Honda Jazz/...

MrBanana

Re: Car drivers

That doesn't make it any less trite.

MrBanana

Re: At werdsmith.

"Lycra is not a problem - fashion is for people who cant afford personalities but lycra is for people who dont want massive sores on their arse and thighs."

I have a pair of cycling shorts that have a lycra inner for comfort, and a cotton outer, similar to a regular pair of shorts, so I don't look like a twat.

Full of beans? Sadly not as fellow cracks open tin at dinner to find just one

MrBanana

Re: density

If left for long enough (tested by finding an undisturbed can at the back of the cupboard that was years old) the beans sink to the bottom, and the sauce separates out, producing a layer of water floating on the top.

The top three attributes for getting injured on e-scooters? Having no helmet, being drunk or drugged, oddly enough

MrBanana

Re: That's all very well....

Cycling in the Netherlands is very safe. The extensive cycle path network provides proper separation of cyclists and cars - nothing like the half-arsed cycle paths in the UK. They just carve off a thin slice of tarmac from the main road and mark it with a dotted line. Then when you get to a junction you get dumped into the main traffic flow. The other reason for safe cycling in the Netherlands is that in any accident between a cyclist and a motorist, the motorist is always considered to be at fault.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

MrBanana

Re: About Time

I'd never call anything to do with the insurance business in the UK "a perfectly good system". It still thinks deals are done in Lloyds coffee houses, and does anything it can to refute a claim. It is crying out for modern regulation.

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)

MrBanana

Re: The secret to security is to make your neighbour a more attractive target

I have an old car, not obviously desirable, but valuable (perhaps only to me). If someone did want to nick it then they would be either: be knowledgeable enough to defeat the laughable locks; or just a dumb chancer who would cause a load of damage to the window, door lock and steering lock, and bodge the immobiliser. So I just leave it empty of valuables, and unlocked. Anyway, by the time they have figured out what the fuel consumption was, the thief will have abandoned it at the first petrol station.

MrBanana

Re: That's horrible.

I used to go into town with my dad to bank cash from his business. He would put the money, a few grand, in my schoolboy's satchel for me to cary. He carried an impressive briefcase, with multiple locks, that was empty.

MrBanana

Re: backups

TimeMachine on my MacBook is fragile. About 1 in 3 times that I plug the drive in to make a backup it seems to have forgotten that it was ever a backup disk, and has to be reconfigured. I use rsync to a NAS device to maintain peace of mind. Dirvish on Linux has been flawless.

Oh, and if you're using a Mac, then sorry to disappoint you, but you're already using BSD.

MrBanana

Re: There will always be thieves :(

When driving in London my dad would take the old Mk I Cortina estate instead of the Jaguar, to save it getting damaged by bad drivers, or vandals when parked. Of course the XJ6 was a product of British Leyland, and fell apart all by itself, long before the Ford perished.

MrBanana

Re: Indeed

I did just the same to someone doing a runner from Home Depot. Not sure exactly what they had nicked, but I had enough time to see him running down the corridor, with a couple of guys obviously in pursuit, to make the decision to jerk out my leg and trip him. In a busy coffee shop, with little time to make a judgement call as to what was going on, I probably wouldn't have been able to react in the same way.

MrBanana

Re: That's horrible.

MacBooks have not had builtin Kensington lock slots for years. I have a Maclocks thingy that attaches on to the side through one of the regular case bolts. No deterrent if the thief has a few seconds and the right 5 star driver, but it would have saved the day in this reported case.

MrBanana

Re: That's horrible.

The worst case of car product placement I've seen was in Bladerunner 2049 - Peugeot??? Seriously! Or maybe it has condemned them to the same fate as Pan Am, as featured in the original film.

Don't panic! Don't panic! UK IT job ads plummet as Brexit uncertainty grabs UK tech sector by the short and curlies

MrBanana

There is a problem not just with the increase in the population, but also the age demographic. As our ability to treat ever more complex diseases increases, so does the age and fragility of the population, and there is commensurate increase in the cost. We've added about 10 years to the average life expectancy since the NHS was introduced in the 1950s, but those extra years are exponentially more expensive to support.

Brits are sitting on a time bomb of 40m old electronic devices that ought to be recycled

MrBanana

Re: contain elements that could run out in the near future

I was taking some old furniture down the dump and, while getting it out of the car, I was approached by a couple of people who wanted to take it away for their own use. I said "sure", but was pounced on by the men in hi-vis and told that it was theirs now, and it couldn't legally be given to anyone else. The scumbag jobsworths were quite objectionable, and paid no heed that it was a couple of nuns, just wanting some furniture for a woman's shelter they were running. The dump is the very last resort if you can't find a more dedicated recycling centre.

Dropbox would rather write code twice than try to make C++ work on both iOS and Android

MrBanana

Re: What the hell is C++, Java, C# and the other drivel?

It is not true that ALGOL 60 had no IO - it just lacked a consistent mechanism across different implementations. So no single "Hello World" program could be compiled on all the different variants.

I used later versions, so I am not that familiar with FORTRAN I. But even the Wikipedia entry indicates that, although FORTRAN I was close to the IBM 704 assembler, some things like the IF statement was not a direct equivalent of the CAS – Compare Accumulator with Storage instruction. Also the FREQUENCY statement could be used to give runtime weightings to the brach operator - that's way more high level in language terms than a simple assembler.

MrBanana
Facepalm

Re: What the hell is C++, Java, C# and the other drivel?

Congratulations on winning this month's Specsavers award. For me writing 'simplest "Hello World" demo program', and you reading 'enterprise code'. And yes, I do know the difference.

MrBanana

Re: What the hell is C++, Java, C# and the other drivel?

"the first practical high level language."

So FORTRAN (1957 for the first complier implementation) and ALGOL (1958) were not practical, or not high level? Compared to the horror* of COBOL (1960).

* It is the only language that I have have failed to write the simplest "Hello World" demo program by looking only at the published grammar.

MrBanana
Joke

What the hell is C++, Java, C# and the other drivel?

Looks like something that girls would use. Proper blokes use assembler. That would solve their problems.

Cisco axes hundreds, shares tumble amid China cut-off – but we're winning the trade war, right? So much winning

MrBanana

Looks like the similar employment "strategy" that IBM uses

Bump a few hundred employees out the door, but then say there isn't a problem - Look at the number of job vacancies we have open. Just don't admit that none of those ex-employees would ever be considered for the new jobs.

I wonder if Cisco's "realign some of our teams" means the same thing as IBM "resource action" strategy - sack the old, expensive folk, and bring in fresh, cheap graduates, or just offshore the whole lot of them.

Friends, it's fine. Don't worry about randomers listening to your Skype convos. Microsoft has tweaked an FAQ a bit

MrBanana
Big Brother

Re: Old Codger

For young codgers, I can recommend: The Conversation. A film released in 1974, but full of today's surveillance paranoia.

Apple is a filthy AWS, Azure, Google reseller, gripe punters: iPhone giant accused of hiding iCloud's real backend

MrBanana

Re: Wait a minute

I'll give you an upvote, but Hermes are still above Yodel on the totally shite at delivering something to anywhere scale. "Oh, so sorry we couldn't find your address after 3 attempts in 2 weeks, please drive 30 miles, to the arse end of Reading, to pick up your parcel from our warehouse".

Here's to beer, without which we'd never have the audacity to Google an error message at 3am

MrBanana

Re: Coding under the influence

My most memorable kebab was in Cambridge. While waiting to be served, past 11pm, very busy, a pair of ne'er-do-wells took a crowbar to the fag machine on the back wall. It came off pretty easily, and they then headed off down down the road with it. The speed at which the guys serving vaulted the counter was Olympic (they were Greek). One of them was still holding his mahoosive knife that they use for slicing the kebab meat off the skewer. And shouting, there was lots of shouting.

Googlers hate it! This one weird trick lets websites dodge Chrome 76's defenses, detect you're in Incognito mode

MrBanana

It's just sloppy writing. It is the free article limit that gets consumed.

As many as 100,000 IBM staff axed in recent years as Big Blue battles to reinvent itself from IT's 'old fuddy duddy'

MrBanana
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Re: The red flag

Spot on. I started learning computers by building logic gates and making shift registers. From that to machine code, to assembler, wrote a compiler (badly), explored a bunch of high level languages, worked on 8-bit up to 128-bit hardware, and used more operating systems than you can shake a stick at. Of course, all ancient knowledge now, but at some point you'll be staring at some dump file from the very latest piece of software, on a shiny new platform, and think "hang on, I've seen this before..." and it wouldn't have been on stackoverflow.

MrBanana

Re: "Top emerging talent"

They won't be maintaining Lotus Notes. Like the older employees, many applications have also been shuffled off, out of IBM. A whole bunch of Lotus, Rational, and other products are now maintained by HCL.

IBM are on the downward slope of the rollercoaster, and continuing to pick up speed. But there is no upward trajectory in their future, not even a water splash, just a solid buffer at the end.

Official: Microsoft will take an axe to Skype for Business Online. Teams is your new normal

MrBanana

Re: Skype for Business

"Was a headache to use, not fit for purpose and could be described as at best, a slow and buggy mess to be avoided"

You've clearly not tried Teams yet then.

Dear hackers: If you try to pwn a website for phishing, make sure it's not the personal domain of a senior Akamai security researcher

MrBanana

Yes, great name. Is there a way to generate a hacker name like there is for your porn star name - name of your first pet + mother's maiden name? Of course that one gives away two questions on any list of those tedious "security" questions some companies think necessary in order for you to login.

German patent hoarder IPCom fires sueball at Vodafone over 4G

MrBanana

"They could both spend all their money on lawyers, but then again this isn't a much better result."

This is always the result.

Experts: No need to worry about Europe's navigation sats going dark for days. Also: What the hell is going on with those satellites?!

MrBanana
Joke

Re: Big Outage

They may have spare parts, but 23,000 km is not a trivial distance for the AA van to travel.

At $1k a page, take care when RTFM: Apple-1 documentation sells for nearly $13,000 at auction

MrBanana
Facepalm

Re: Thank you

If you can actually read, rather than just look at pictures, then you would see the comment in the article regarding the PDF copies being freely available on the web.

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

MrBanana

Re: I could train 1st line to be fluent in 'user'

I have something like this. I have to carefully re-read pretty much everything I write as the first draft is likely to contain extra, missing or transposed words. And I see it quite a lot in other (technical) colleagues replies to questions, where they are missing a crucial "not" that would normally alter the sense of the answer to the opposite of what was intended. But from the context of the question, and the phrasing of the answer, you can see the missing "not". I don't know if any AI systems are being trained to do the same.

MrBanana

But if you're not a dumb user

The reverse of this is when an experienced user (me) has a very detailed explanation of a problem, and screen sharing is not always a good idea.

Me: Can you check the host entry for "myexistinghost" in the DNS map as it seems to have been removed, it was working yesterday.

Support: Can you share the screen with me?

Me: I could but it would be a bit pointless as you can try contacting "myexistinghost" from your own, or any other machine, that is pointing at that misconfigured nameserver.

Support: Can you share the screen with me?

Me: Sigh, OK. Here, watch me type "nslookup myexistinghost".

Support: Oh I see you are not using Windows therefore we cannot support you.

Me: It isn't a Windows, or any other client OS issue. It is a networking issue with a misconfigured nameserver. Nothing to do with the operating system I am using.

Support: Thank you, goodbye.

Learn Bluespeak with IBM: Internal buzzword-bingo memo schools staff on this newfangled thing called The Cloud

MrBanana

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