* Posts by Daytona955

33 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Jan 2018

Linus Torvalds flames Google kernel contributor over filesystem suggestion


Re: Hi, I'm the "Google kernel contributor" that this article is about.

Thank you for your balanced, good humoured, and detailed explanation. How software development happens in the real world...!

The UK's bad encryption law can't withstand global contempt


Is it true that...

...the code name for the WhatsApp backdoor is 'Oakeshott'?

Amazon says Elon Musk's wicked, wicked ways mean SpaceX's Starlink 2.0 should not be allowed to fly


"Plus my rocket looks like a MASSIVE KNOB. So there!"

A developer built an AI chatbot using GPT-3 that helped a man speak again to his late fiancée. OpenAI shut it down

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Re: We'll miss you Samantha.

+1 for the reference!

Future airliners will run on hydrogen, vows Airbus as it teases world-plus-dog with concept designs


2000nm? Sh*t! That IS short range...

The self-disconnecting switch: Ghost in the machine or just a desire to save some cash?


Re: How much?

Don't mess about with paper products not normally found in an office environment. The proper substance to use in these situations is toner...

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


Re: It's not just Laptops and Smartphones

I read it as 9000 *hours*, since the discussion is about failure rate...

Brits may still be struck by Lightning, but EU lawmakers vote for bloc-wide common charging rules


Re: Hopefully the UK will follow this

The plug must be cast in brown Bakelite. None of this Remoaner Snowflake White...

Microsoft boffin inadvertently highlights .NET image woes by running C# on Windows 3.11


Re: VisualBasic developers are daft enough to fail to realize this

'simply ticking the box labelled ".NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)" in "Windows Features"'

Ha Ha!!

Good luck with that. You're far more likely to need to do this if you need .NET <= 3.5:


Beware the three-finger-salute, or 'How I Got The Keys To The Kingdom'


Re: Inconveniently placed keys

At work, we get provided with an HP USB-C dock to go with our HP laptop. The entire top surface of the dock is a fscking OFF switch that powers down the attached laptop if anything so much as looks at the dock. Brilliant piece of design...

Don't miss this patch: Bad Intel drivers give hackers a backdoor to the Windows kernel


Re: Trust Me. I'm a Microsoftie

Or, or rather than being beside, the lake will appear *inside* your shiny new floodplain-located home shortly after you've completed the purchase...

Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope's Click to Pray eRosary app


Re: Saint Isidore of Seville

Normally accompanied by incantations featuring the names of assorted deities interspersed with various arcane and forbidden words...

Holy smokes! Ex-IT admin gets two years prison for trashing Army chaplains' servers


Re: Where is god when you need him?

You mean omniscient. Omnipotent means he/she can smite you wherever you are...

That time Windows got blindsided by a ball of plasma, 150 million kilometres away


Re: isopropyl alcohol?????

"In light of that I've been under the impression that the obtaining of the dreaded isopropyl alcohol in the UK was a matter for dark alley discussions with dodgy contacts possessed of either cockney or Russian accents, all the while nervously checking for narcs."

Or ordering it from your favourite tax-avoiding, minimum-wage-paying box shifter. In aerosol form anyway. Used to pop into Maplin...

New UK Home Sec invokes infosec nerd rage by calling for an end to end-to-end encryption


Home Office. That's where the Maybot's 6 simulated neurons got their initial conditioning. Looks like the training program hasn't changed then...

Let's talk about April Fools' Day jokes. Are they ever really harmless?


Re: April Fool

Much more fun in the old days with CRT monitors - take the back off, reverse the connections to the vertical field coil. Or the horizontal. Or both...

Boring flatscreens. No fun.

Kids can be so crurl: Lead dev unchuffed with Google's plan to remake curl in its own image


Re: Who would use a Google controlled tool by choice?

'Who would use a Google controlled tool by choice?'

That's not a nice way to talk about Google employees...

If servers go down but no one hears them, did they really fail? Think about it over lunch


There is usually a certain amount of reluctance associated with induction...

Mobes 'n' mattresses flinger Xiaomi growing like the clappers – outside China, at least



Just bought a Pocophone - great name :D

Seems OK. If I get tired of the MIUI customized Android, Xiaomi apparently make it relatively easy to unlock it and stick LineageOS on.

Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark


Re: Use cases

Taking them down to -30ºC in an environmental chamber and then bending them is much more satisfying. Nice jigsaw puzzle of shattered unbreakable plastic ruler. If you could find all the bits...

Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on


OLDFARTY fits quite nicely where QWERTYUI normally goes.

As I found out on returning from a trip abroad many years ago.

Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design


Re: Bridge rectifier?

I remember getting old throw-out 405 line tellies to play with in my early teens (~1970), with selenium rectifiers. In one, I remember accidentally shorting out >1/2 the segments by mis-routing one of the connecting wires and letting it rest against one of the fins. The remaining segments objected to the over voltage went pop. And yes it really did stink. I wasn't very popular at home...

Drawing arcs with a screwdriver off the EHT was fun too. Until you got your finger too close to the edge of the insulated handle, and the arc jumped from blade to flesh!

Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised


Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised

It's a bit flippin' late for that!

When I was a fresh faced grad on the milk round in 1978 one of the companies was proudly showing video of an 'AI' targetting system tracking a tank moving over rough terrain with visual obstructions.

I didn't take the job. But I'm under no illusions that my decision made any difference at all to the development of automated tagetting systems.

4% of Google's staff might feel better about themselves, but it won't stop people getting killed by automatically targetted weapons.

Shutting the stable door ~5 decades after the AI horse has bolted...

Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face


Sadly chmod had no such safeguard when I inadvertently tried it whilst running with far to many privileges.

It was a long time ago, on Ultrix. So maybe more modern *nixes have closed that trap for the unwary/stupid...

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business


Re: Maplin Sands of Time

ElectroValue! Was at Royal Holloway mid/late 70s... Remember ElectroValue very well :)

Ubuntu reverting to Xorg in Bionic Beaver


Re: Bionic Beaver?

Open sauce...

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster


Re: Reminds me of a story

I'm 61 and I can remember when the house phone didn't have a dial at all...

'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'


No, RGS High Wycombe. Early 70s.


Drawing an arc between pencil leads was fun too. Haven't done that for years. Probably a bit anti-social these days as I expect it would splat all the r.f. connections we so depend upon now >)


It being far in the past, I can now confess that, in a Nuffield A-Level Physics lesson using a bunch of plastic encased electronics modules, I connected the largest electrolytic I could find across the bench supply as a smoothing capacitor, with the polarity 'accidentally' reversed. It was quite spectacular.

Sorry Mr. Leggett...

User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work


Re: @ Mark York 3

Greetings from Racal BCC (Ruislip & Wembley). I remember 351s & 349s. And Jaguars...

Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times


When I was a lad, VIM was something you threw down the toilet. Nothing's changed...

WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction


He hasn't been in the news much lately...

It's probably just another way of to pump up his profile/ego a bit.