* Posts by MrBanana

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Japan assembles superteam of aircraft component manufacturers to build supersonic passenger plane

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I've been on Concorde

I first enjoyed Concorde sometime in the early 1970s. Alas it was a short journey of 0 miles in a static display of a prototype at the Farnborough Airshow, . Cool that it was, it's good that the flights are short, as it was more cramped than Ryanair.

NTT slashes top execs’ pay as punishment for paying more than their share of $500-a-head meals with government officials

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Sushi + Saki + ...

$500? That is *a lot* of sushi and saki. Those execs may have already had their punishment waking up the next morning. Or maybe it was the kind of restaurant where the young girls kept having to bend over to pick up a fallen chopstick.

Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page

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Re: Details

It is what Apple has decreed in the second decade of the new freedom- the just repairers are not mortals. Hail the the anointed, only they shall be sanctioned to fix the iThingy. Let the Apple, righteous repairers release the daemons from the holy device. Sacred are the repair manuals - let them never be seen in plain sight.

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Re: Details

"Apple's vendors have notably failed, but that doesn't tell us much about effort or rate."

Apple's effort - slap a non-disclosure on the whole thing. The rate of incidents should be zero. anything else is unacceptable.

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Re: In before . . .

Someone stole their Edit Post button.

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Re: How to tell if you're stupid.

Try substituting 'nude pics of yourself' with 'pictures of my mother dying alone in a hospital bed'. The total disregard for personal privacy is the issue here, not the actual data involved.

Michael Collins, once the world's 'loneliest man,' is dead. If that name means little or nothing to you, read this

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He took a picture of the LEM, as it left the Command Module and headed for the Moon. As well as Armstrong and Aldrin in the LEM, it includes the Earth, and the Lunar surface - it could have been framed by Kubrick. So that was a picture of all humankind, except himself - I think I would feel alone in that instance.

Won't somebody please think of the children!!! UK to mount fresh assault on end-to-end encryption in Facebook

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Re: One obvious problem with backdoors in end-to-end encryption......

I seem to remember that there was a case where it was proposed that the in-flight encrypted payload was somehow considered "stored" in the network and could be treated the same as a file. But I can't find a reference to the outcome.

Facebook says dump of 533m accounts is old news. But my date of birth, name, etc haven't changed in years, Zuck

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Re: Does anyone trust Facebook with their real details?

Whatever identity obfuscation you have chosen, you're still on Facebook - so, yay!, good job, well done...

A floppy filled with software worth thousands of francs: Techie can't take it, customs won't keep it. What to do?

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Re: re: Welcome to the information age!

I have an RSA produced tee shirt, with the algorithm printed on it. Also passed though USA security a few times and disappointed that no one noticed. I suppose it is no different to having E=MC2 on your tee shirt and being accused of having a nuclear weapon.

Over a decade on, and millions in legal fees, Supreme Court rules for Google over Oracle in Java API legal war

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Dictionary definition required

Oracle comment: "...spent a decade litigating as only a monopolist can".

The irony is strong in this one.

Yep, you're totally unique: That one very special user and their very special problem

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Re: ran out of ram

"I also specialise in sliding shell components over the cable in the wrong order or orientation"

Ouch! That must hurt twice as much as forgetting it.

New systemd 248 feature 'extension images' updates immutable file systems without really updating them

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M-x apropos systemd

No apropos matches for ‘systemd’

I think we're safe in that direction.

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Re: why in hell?

In recent years, across a number of publications, it seems more common to post implausible but actually real stories. Instead of making something up. Maybe the world is now so messed up that April fools day will be abandoned, as we can enjoy it all year long.

You put Marmite where? Google unveils its latest AI wizardry: A cake made of Maltesers and the pungent black tar

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Re: Marmite Icing

I see a smiley face, not a joke icon. Dare I?

In any case, I'll see your Marmite humus on spuds, and raise you a sausage and marmalade sandwich. Extra points for opening a split in the sausages and shoving in some baked beans.

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Re: Marmite Icing

I'd just gotten through a jar of Marmite and peanut butter - not terrible, but easily reproducible, and controllable, without having to buy a whole jar. Then I saw Marmite humus. No, just no.

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Cheap liver + chewy tubes = yuck. I hatted it at school, and when it was a family dinner. In more enlightened times, with good quality liver, it is perfectly palatable - curried for breakfast in Bradford, or from a street stall in Mexico.

Satellites, space debris may have already brightened night skies 10% globally – and it's going to get worse

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Re: "The authors attribution doesn't, neither does Send us news..."

You're in the business of accurate reporting of facts. If you mean only "links in the articles" then say so. It's quite different to "Every link on the page...". How much of the rest of this article, or any other you write, has such sloppy reporting?

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Re: Blankety Blank

I agree. I hadn't noticed any change in behaviour as reported by the OP, and obviously use middle button for a new tab. I was just responding to the incorrect assertion that "Every link on the page..." opened a new tab.

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Re: Blankety Blank

Quite a few don't. The authors attribution doesn't, neither does Send us news, or any of the MOST READ. Maybe that's just me - Chromium on Linux.

UK terror law reviewer calls for expanded police powers to imprison people who refuse to hand over passwords

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Re: Plausible deniability

"It pains me to see the UK descend increasingly rapidly into a police state."

Agreed. My ticket out is booked for mid April. Goodbye, and good luck.

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Re: Plausible deniability

I'm only generating random test data, the uncompressed version is all they have to examine. They could see a bunch of of compressed versions, but what would that get them?

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I'm sure they are unable to confirm or deny that speculation.

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Plausible deniability

How do they know it is an encrypted anything? I generate files full of random data to test compression and indexing methods. Ain't no password on them, no siree plod.

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Re: Protect?

"Walking around with an offensive wife."

Known jailbird apparently.

Apple iPad torched this guy's home, lawsuit claims

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It isn't so much the battery

"I am nervous each time I connect a device to charge"

A battery is only likely to be a problem through misuse or manufacturing defect, uncommon for internal batteries in a well known brand. I would be more worried about the charger being used. Plenty of scope for a rogue charger causing the battery to overheat, or for a cheap charger to start the fire. Even the charger itself can be a problem without being connected to a battery. Check out some of BigClive's tear downs for chargers presenting mains potential on the USB output.

Shedding the 'bleeding edge' label: If Fedora is only going to be for personal use, that doesn't work for Red Hat

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"My current workstation is a MacBook Pro. I won't even update it to Big Sur as it "just works"."

My current workstation is also a MacBook Pro. I won't Update it from Ubuntu 20.04 until the next LTS release.

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The single code line maintained by Ubuntu makes a lot of sense. Dip into the interim releases as required, otherwise stay with the LTS drops. My only reservation is the insistence on a fixed date for the release. If some things are not ready then I would prefer to see a delay in the schedule than produce something half-cocked. But that's why many people never go for a 1.0.0 release, and wait for 1.1.0.

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s/Red Hat/IBM/g

As we've already seen with CentOS, anything relying on a Red Hat code base is doomed when IBM start meddling.

From Maidenhead to Morocco: In a change to the scheduled programming, we bring you The On Call of Dreams

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Re: Creative Expense Reporting

"a stack of taxi receipts and fill in a few (a lot) in small amounts to cover it."

At a previous company, on trips to the US, we were allowed to use the little tear off restaurant receipt coupons and blank taxi receipts, and could fill them in as we wanted. A little creative scribbling, and a slightly padded expense claim, made for a more comfortable visit. I confessed this to our accountant at one Christmas party. He wasn't at all shocked, in fact he knew who was doing it, and by how much. The blatant transgressors were very obvious and would get warnings and worse. But for the most part the actual amounts were relatively small, and would be dwarfed by the overhead that a strict expenses policy would cost him to implement. He was quite alright with letting people think they had got away with it, kept everyone happy and more likely to go on some of the less appealing customer visits.

Big problem: Nominet members won't know how many votes they're casting in decision to oust CEO, chair

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Re: Tin pot dictators

I think even some tin pot dictators will be raising their eyebrows at these shenanigans. Certainly a number of them will be taking notes on how to organise a "vote".

SQL now a dirty word for Oracle, at least in cloudy data warehouses

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No, I want the other figures

Sales Manager explains the report he wants, all the inputs and the data set to work on. I go and write some real SQL to run the queries required. "No, that's not the answer I want" he says. After a few more goes at this he decides is easier to be vague about the inputs and the data, and just ask for the result he wants. I stuck it out for a couple more months before leaving, somehow they stayed in business for nearly a couple more years.

Third time's a harm? Microsoft tries to get twice-rejected compression patent past skeptical examiners

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Prior misdemeanours

Microsoft has previous history in the art of pushing their own version of standards on the world. How many ISO committee members were "encouraged" by Microsoft to sign off on their interpretation of the Open Document Format, when it had blatant flaws in it that benefited only Microsoft.

Why yes, I'll take that commendation for fixing the thing I broke

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Change control is good - when it is properly controlled

I sometimes get engaged in trouble shooting or performance tuning for customers. Review their configuration, spot all the out of the box defaults that weren't changed after the initial install, make a change request and wait for however long for it to be actioned - hopefully less than 24hrs. One time I spotted something that had been changed from the default setting, but not to something that I thought normal. That's odd I mused, somewhat outside the remit of the task I had been asked to perform, but I changed it to what I would normally recommend - who wouldn't want that improvement, even if they hadn't asked? Of course that single modification caused havoc once the 24 hr change window had completed. Oh crap. Hastily come up with a "slight incompatibility issue" excuse, obviously tweak some inconsequential parameters and surreptitiously change back the broken one. Try to get emergency change control initiated.

At the other end of the scale I was at one customer and made config recommendations, with the caveat that they need to be proven in a test environment etc. before being implemented in production. I saw the DBA edit a config file and expected it to be the test system or a change to production that would be implemented after testing and change control had agreed. But being a "real" DBA, he had made the change to the production system and then restarted the database server, without any warning, in the middle of the day. There were about 500 sessions connected at the time. Phone starts ringing. He ignores it - "no problem, they'll just get a coffee and reconnect".

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s

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Re: Smoking

And even towards the end, as the smoking section got ever smaller, it made little difference to those next to it. As all the other smokers on the plane would just walk back and stand in the smoking section, doubling the horrid fug.

Gummy bears as a unit of measure? The Reg Standards Soviet will not stand for this sort of silliness

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Eating Wales

Isn't it the Japanese who eat wales - oh wait, I see my mistake.

Mines the one with a big harpoon in the pocket.

Another Windows 10 patch that breaks printers ups ante to full-on Blue Screen of Death

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Re: Drivers crashing the OS

Not sure why the down votes for a true statement - although dating it as a 1980s fork is pushing things a bit. And it's not even a good fork, just some bastardised runt that sits unhappily alongside the pile of shite that comprises the rest of MacOS.

I have to run MacOS for work and it frustrates me all the time compared to the Linux system I also use. It's a new MacBook, and had to be downgraded to Catlina for our business apps to work correctly. My previous MacBook had a hardware failure and could no longer reliably run MacOS. Works fine as a Linux system though. Gotta love Apple.

What happens when cancel culture meets Adolf Hitler pareidolia? Amazon decides it needs a new app icon

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Re: 'you make it sound like...'

Yup, it wasn't real. As everyone knows, in 1968, after seeing the visual effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey, NASA hired Stanley Kubrick to fake the Moon landings. But, being a perfectionist, he insisted on shooting everything on location.

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The Sunday Sport - top reporting

I believe he was joined on the Moon by Elvis, and they lived together in a double decker bus. Or was it Lord Lucan riding Shergar?

IBM settles £36m Direct Line insurance platform project lawsuit, after claiming Teradata tried to usurp its spot

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Top news?

Is there any point posting yet another failed IBM project implementation in the top banner any more? A much, much bigger news story would be a successful IBM project - but I'm not holding my breath.

Retro Microlympics concludes with possible reopening dates for UK computer museums

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Re: Elite

Very fascinating. Or you could just copy the cassette version with two tape decks.

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Re: Elite

It was a clever trick, the playing area was the code itself. They used the microcode that ran the game as the data that defined the universe.

You have to do stuff like that back in the 8-bit world. I wrote a program for the BBC Micro that could scan a PCB, find the component locations, then after swapping the scanner for a drill, it would make the holes (badly - it wasn't really designed for a drill head). The biggest problem was a large enough buffer for all the image data. Solved by drawing the PCB image on the display, and using direct access to the screen memory as my buffer. I could even make the hole finding algorithm visible by changing the colour map on the screen.

Revealed: The military radar system swiped from aerospace biz, leaked online by Clop ransomware gang

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"how many people are still running a 10 year old ISP supplied router which hasn't had any over-the-wire updates for some years."

I would hazard a guess to all of them. My recent experience of EE, Virgin and Vodafone is that you can't apply firmware updates at all, ISP supplied or otherwise [*]. The exception being the updates that get forced on you without asking, and invariably have "solved" a problem by simply removing the function that they couldn't be bothered to fix or make secure.

[* At least not without having to solder some header pins onto the board to get access to the serial port and cock about with telnet/ftp. ]

Apache foundation ousts TinkerPop project co-founder for tweeting 'offensive humor that borders on hate speech'

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Re: words fly away, writings remain.

"If you want to express something stupid, say it, don't write it."

In the UK both can be prosecuted equally - libel or slander, take your pick.

SpaceX small print on Starlink insists no Earth government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities

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Re: Rama continued

"Does Elon know something we don't?"

Elon is obviously setting up his exit strategy. He has been amongst us long enough to study our weaknesses, and to formulate an invasion plan. He now just needs to set up a rendezvous with the mothership to make his way home. Why not Mars as the landing site?

Nominet sets the date for extraordinary meeting where members could fire CEO

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Re: Quandary or not?

I'd vote for giving Jackie Weaver the chair, she took no nonsense in the Handforth Parish Council meeting.

Facebook and Apple are toying with us, and it's scarcely believable

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I love all types of watches, from the ridiculously naff gold LED retro watch from eBay for £10, the Russian Pilot with a mechanical alarm, my dad's old Omega Seamaster, and the first serious watch I bought with an unexpected company bonus. It's a Rolex, but an understated midsize from the 1950s. You wouldn't know what it was unless you looked closely, Even then most people go "oh...", in a an obviously disappointed way. I don't much care what they think.

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Re: Feel odd

"...neither Google or Facebook are taking on the music industry."

Google = Youtube. They have become guardians of the music industry. They scour the uploaded content, looking for just the smallest snippet of sound that could be construed as belonging to someone else. A stated "fair use" policy is anything but. If you are lucky your inclusion of 10 seconds of sound will get your video demonetised, worst is a copyright strike against you. Three strikes and your channel is deleted.

Healthy 32-year-old offered COVID-19 vaccine because doctors had him down as 6.2cm tall with BMI of 28,000

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Re: people replaced by algorithms ... or just poor coding...

Agreed, there are two very common programming mistakes, divide by zero, memory allocation issues, and off by one errors.

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Re: consequences of mistakes in medical records

"If it's just something simple like my not wanting to give them my mobile number (maybe out of stubbornness, but mostly because I know perfectly well that if I do they'll phone that instead of the number I've told them to) I'll fake one."

I've not had a problem with me giving out my "absolutely necessary" but non-existent land line number. Area code 01234, number 567 890. Even directly over the phone - just get the cadence right, and I've never been questioned over it. They will even repeat it back to me without any sign of recognition.

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