* Posts by tip pc

1337 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Mar 2018


Lawsuit claims Google Maps led dad of two over collapsed bridge to his death

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Re: Process failure at Google

The view from bing

you need to select the streetside view


Airbus takes its long, thin, plane on a ten-day test campaign

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Re: I guess someone had to...

my tolerance is defiantly that 4hrs lon to cyprus on a single aisle.

any longer would be torture

lon to balearics is far more acceptable 2hrs.

last trip via ryanair i could smell burnt toast and looked like smoke in the cabin at the same time. easier to steady nerves for 2hrs instead of 4. i had to drive at the other end so no booze for me :(

i've done a lot of 8hr flights on wide body planes and get cranky after that but a few drinks helps to sooth the nerves, unless of course i need to drive at the the other end like when arriving back in uk.

Largest local government body in Europe goes under amid Oracle disaster

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Re: Compulsory Purchase of private houses

Sadly similar things are happening all over the nation and the msm is ignoring it.

The only thing launched for Amazon's Project Kuiper is a lawsuit

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prefer amazon delivery

Fed up of chasing other couriers for my packages,

With Amazon it’s always delivered on the day they say, Royal Mail take it back to some random place and attempt redelivery random days before taking it to a depot 30 miles away.

Evri decide they can’t find it

Dpd are Surly

Ups next day is actually 5 days.

Europe's tough new rules for Big Tech start today. Is anyone ready?

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Re: deliberate misinformation is not free speech

Plenty of vids on YouTube showing the cleaning power of the red Santa cola.

UK flights disrupted by 'technical issue' with air traffic computer system

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more nationwide outages incoming

there will be more nationwide outages incoming over the coming months.

Both malice and incompetence will be to blame.

Really in trouble when malice tries to out compete incompetence.

Saturn's mega-storms challenge planetary formation models

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Re: Sailing on the 7 seas

Cassini had a go through the atmosphere, it wasn’t designed for that mission and ended up tumbling before it was ultimately destroyed as planned.


High temperatures and pressure would be tricky for any visitor, not as likely for survival as Huygens on Titan


Google Street View car careens into creek after 100mph cop chase

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i guess he thought it most likely a google car as it sped past & he likely couldn't read the bumper writing, later confirmed when it ended in the ditch.

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blurred faces

i always wondered how they blurred the faces

Tesla steering problems attract regulator eyes for second time this year

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Re: And you report on this because...

would help if you post a link to the ongoing NHTSA investigations that you mention

Voyager 2 found! Deep Space Network hears it chattering in space

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Re: All alone in space

just faithfully doing its duty, except with most of its systems offline due to degradation and reduced output from its power plant.

its a bit like a terminal prompt just blinking away with stuff going on in the back ground

Panasonic liquidates its liquid crystal display business

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Re: So who does actually make panels these days?

Panasonic bought Kuro ~2009. People still rave about Kuro's even now.

i have 2 x Panasonic vierra plasmas (2007 & 2012) that are still going strong &show a great picture. I have a Panasonic vierra OLED too which is also extremely good.

Panasonic stopped making plasmas in 2013.

If you buy an OLED the screen is made by LG regardless of the badge on the box/remote/screen,

NASA mistakenly severs communication to Voyager 2

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Re: Variation

you jest but wasn't that long ago (ok actually it was) when people punched holes in tape or card for programming computers.


given the technological progression at the time, punched cards for programming was an obvious method


and of course there is morse code.

Twitter name and blue bird logo to be 'blowtorched' off company branding

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Committed to end twitter

Musk is clearly determined to end twitter.

I see no reason why he didn’t just launch his new thing and incorporate the old with the old name.

A new twitter suddenly evens up the playing field with the also new alternatives.

People likely only stick to twitter because of recognition which is part of its utility, a ridiculous new name won’t help keep people about.

Twitter ad revenue has halved since Elon Musk took over

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Now every third message is 'promoted' but the relevance to my interests is atrocious.

I’d consider that a bonus.

I hate targeted ads.

Feels like I’m being stalked

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Ad. Lockers work really well

I don’t see ads.

Network died, hard, during company Christmas party, leaving lone techie to fix it

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Re: Cisco survival

Sounds like comit confirmed in juniper land.

Does a rollback without restarting

I’ve never understood why Cisco never offered such an option

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Re: "for VTP to work, the command had to be sent to each of the switches"

I'm not necessarily saying that an admin should consult the manual every time, but I would have thought that, just before sending a command that should reconfigure the entire network (not something you do every day, I guess), it might be a good thing to double-check and be sure.

sounds logical but the manual is normally thousands of pages long and often obscure language that means mistakes happen even though the manual has been consulted.

the only way to be sure is to lab it, not with all 80 switches but certainly at least 5 and see if the command does "behave" as expected.

VTP is something that sounds great but truly not.

Its like L2 domains with spanning tree everywhere, just do yourself and everyone a favour and migrate to routed links. spanning tree is the work of the devil and will kick you hard when it gets large

Man who nearly killed physical media returns with $60,000 vinyl turntable

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Worth more in the wrapper

Probably worth £60k in 20 years time if left in the wrapper.

The number’s up for 999. And 911. And 000. And 111

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Apple already offer emergency satellite comms on the iPhone 14


So long as you have line of sight to the sky, the phone will guide you on positioning and let you fire off messages to emergency services including your location.

it truly is a last resort but it is available today on millions of handsets

its even saved people already


not sure why this article is calling for something that already exists

Cisco buys SamKnows to give ThousandEyes a look at millions of endpoints

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Re: ″'I am glad that you are here with me,' said Fr.. Cisco

the ones they put there?

It's time to mark six decades of computer networking

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Re: The obligatory "I was there at the birth...."

you must have met Jake in your travels.

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super geek?

i love reading about computing history & especially networking history.

its a suprise to many that concepts of what we do today originated in the late 1800's tdm having been used from the 1870's as an example.


how about fax machines being invented and used in the 1800's


we take for granted that things just work, i find the story behind it all fascinating.

UK smart meter rollout years late and less than two thirds complete

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Re: @AC

Apologies for the guardian link but……


630 million litres a day lost just by Thames water.

That’s over half the powder mill reservoir lost every day, or the 31k mega litre (me neither) Bewl reservoir every 50 days.


Just stop the leaks then they won’t need permission for more reservoirs.

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Re: @AC

It would help if they lost less water in the network.

NASA to tear the wings off plane in the name of sustainability

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Re: Interesting design

they are making the fuselage shorter so it'll likely weigh less.

would be interesting to understand what that 30% claim relates to because lighter plane plus more efficient modern engines is likely most of that 30%.

would be good to see a comparison of a modern 737-8 / a320 vs the md-90 its likely ~ 20+% already without spending a billion dollars on new wings.

Boss put project on progress bar timeline: three months … four … actually NOW!

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Re: Poor Project Planning

if you've lots of sites and they know your potentially planning on changing provider they are surprisingly helpful.

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He’s lucky it’s wasn’t UPS

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Poor Project Planning

"Those magic words and the explanation of the contract renewal issue made the entire CAB go from hostile to 'We agree with your description of BT's anatomy: changes approved!'"

I have seen issues like this plenty times before, normally a call to the BT/GC/VERIZON/AT&T/VODAFONE account manager sorts it especially if it’s only a month or 3.

Otherwise it’s poor planning on the PM’s side as if new circuits are being installed you’d also need to understand costs of decommissioning the old circuit including any unspent time on the contract.

Metaverse? Apple thinks $3,500 AR ski goggles are the betterverse

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Definitely for pr0n

Outside of the existing commercial use cases these goggles will be used by and for people participating in pr0n.

I do like the concept and they’ve thought about ui but it’s a lot of money and enables just 1 person to use it, typically in the comfort of their own home.

Certain websites will be throwing millions at providing content for this.

M2 Ultra chip lands in 'cheese grater' Mac Pro to displace Apple's last Intel holdout

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I wonder if memory can be added using a pci expansion card?

Facial recog system used by Met Police shows racial bias at low thresholds

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Re: How could it possibly go wrong?

It’s not often you meet your doppelgänger


Have you seen meet the fockers?

Europe’s biggest city council faces £100M bill in Oracle ERP project disaster

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Re: Hmm

It be long before they blame it on evil Torries.

Keir Starmer's techno-fix for the NHS: Déjà vu disaster or brave new blunder?

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Re: Big government big disaster

Government controls the training of staff. Controls the resources to the NHS. Sets the rules for the NHS. This isnt a technology problem, it is a government problem.

It used to be the BMA setting the cap


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Re: Beer Korma? Really?

It’s looking like most conservatives don’t want to vote conservative, they won’t be voting liebour either.

It’s more a case that all the main parties are spouting stuff no voters want.

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we all deserve a better solution to the Tory problem rather than something a little less bad but ultimately the same as we'll get with Starmer's party.

Can’t agree more, I really can’t see myself voting for any of the 4 main parties.

I’ll be eyeing up the independents in hopes they at least care about my local area.

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the system that is the NHS is the problem, not the concept

None of this means technology cannot help the NHS. The technology can be improved, and it might even produce efficiencies if correctly specified. But hoping you can use technology to magic away deep-seated and complex organizational problems is a fool's errand. And you could make it worse. ®

The NHS is its own problem, it’s too weirdly in its operation and not willing to change for huge numbers of excuses.

The quoted last paragraph sums up the mess the NHS is extremely well.

NASA's electric plane tech is coming in for a late, bumpy landing

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Re: My plan

Just organise some kind of voucher system to limit the number of flights anyone can take to (say) two return flights per year.

what about the pilots & trolly persons?

We regret to inform you Earth will not be destroyed by an asteroid within 1,000 years

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Re: Bummer.

Who do we start with?

North Korea shows off surveillance satellite it claims it can launch

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Amazing they’ve been able to do this

Given how backwards and insular North Korea is & is perceived, it’s amazing they can develop this kind of technology in country.

Especially given all the sanctions they have imposed on them.

I’m not supporting them, just wondering how they’ve been able to achieve these things under the conditions they are subjected to.

Telco giant Vodafone to cut 11,000 staff as part of its turnaround plan

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$140k per global employee in profits

$140k per global employee in profits and they think they are struggling.

Are some of those layoffs in anticipation of the merger with 3UK & others later this year?

YouTube's 'Ad blockers not allowed' pop-up scares the bejesus out of netizens

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Re: Trackers

Doesn’t work so well if they don’t know who I am because I’ve not logged in.

Also I blat the unique ad id thing etc.

I know it’s not fool proof but we can both pretend it’s ambiguous enough they can’t be sure it’s me.

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Re: blinkered thinking?


i see TikTok vids people post on whats app but don't go out of my way to engage on the platform, just like i do with facebook, InstaGram etc


So you don't like FB/IG because of their incessant tracking, but allow TikTok... an app/site being blocked by governments around the world because of security risks

I think you may be wearing your blinkers the wrong way round

Your the 1 with the ill fitting blinkers.

I treat TT/fb/ig etc the same, I only watch the TikTok crap as It doesn’t make me login to view. FB/IG insist on you being logged in to view content there, if I didn’t need to be logged I. Yo see fb/ig stuff I’d likely watch that too.

I don’t have the TT app, I don’t have a TT login, if my tech is compromised because of a TT video then I could likely be compromised by an ad on another site or unsolicited email purporting to be from tescos.

It’s my choice and I believe that the safeguards built into my tech are sufficient to make it safe to watch some crummy TT vids without my device succumbing to some vulnerability that the ccp will use to empty my bank account (already emptied on pay day) or god only knows what.

Hackers are a different kettle of fish, but the ccp state will be wasting their time trying to hack crap from my handset.

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It's the same with adverts. Despite the data rape, AlphaGoo doesn't seem to know my actual or preferred gender, or lack of kids. So showing me ads based on those categories is just a waste of advertisers money. But AlphaGoo has their money, and doesn't care. It also doesn't care that showing the same ads ad nauseum isn't going to encourage me to buy something, usually it'll do quite the opposite.

if they don't keep bombarding you with adds about kids or stuff you think your not interested with then you will never be interested in those things.

If & when you do relent then you'll have all those ads in the back of your mind and know what to google and therefore the ads would have proven to work in the long run!!!

there are stats on these things but you may need to hear/see the same ad 30 times before your persuaded to buy.

Depending on what it is and how saturated the market for those things is you may need even more ads to buy from that brand.

If its warm and you fancy a beer what brand are you going to reach for especially when your preferred brand is not available? the one you cant remember the name of or the one you've seen endless ads for and is front and centre in the cab in the shop.

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blinkered thinking?

I don't use or go to TikTok because I understand nearly all of that is crap. I could be wrong though as I've never looked.

instead of taking other peoples views on it why don't you go check for yourself?

i see TikTok vids people post on whats app but don't go out of my way to engage on the platform, just like i do with facebook, InstaGram etc. I especially steer clear of FB & IG as i don't like the incessant tracking that goes way beyond the site. But those are the choices i make by myself and not on what the fashionable narrative of the time is.

avoiding something because some randoms on the net make it out to be something to avoid seems like totally the wrong thing to do especially when these platforms attract billions of users, avoiding it because you've tried it and don't like it is totally the thing to do.

Don't turn it off and on again: Expired Cisco cert cripples vEdge SD-WAN kit

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Re: Certificates are... hard

if your writing the software to check the cert then you can decide what state you want to reject at.

In this case the cert has failed due to the date expiring, you could put a warning and allow the cert to still pass x (i recommend 3) months after expiry so long as its not been revoked.

Revocation is the main thing for certs, dates just guard against bruteforce attacks as the cert should expire well before the feasible date it could be bruteforced.

a recently expired strong cert is not a super huge risk.

A revoked cert is a risk

An expired cert that that should have been revoked but isn't as the makers knew it was expired would also be a risk if the checking software permitted its use beyond the expiry date.

What you need to know from today's Google IO: PaLM 2, Pixel Fold, AI everywhere

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Big Brother

am i the only one?

While i think AI may have its uses am i the only one who wants it to be separate and distinct instead of rolled & baked into everything?

I don't need AI to make a call

I don't want AI listening to my call to put a message on screen that i'm 51st in the queue ( i can see how that is handy for some)

I'd like AI to ask my permission to do stuff instead of it doing stuff by default.

Cisco: Don't use 'blind spot' – and do use 'feed two birds with one scone'

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And the Amerification marches on

With or without strawberry jam? Ditto cream? And is the cream on top, or the jam?

Perhaps meeting with Pope Francis did help iPhone sales

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Re: Batteries

i'm on my 5th insurance replacement iphone x.

the recent ones have had truly iffy batteries, to the extent the phone would power off even though the battery health manager reported 85% capacity which sucks considering I only got the handset a few months before.

The current one i got at xmas and is still showing 100% capacity but at times is slow as.......

the recent experience is such that I'm considering going with a cheaper android despite being an apple user since ~1991.

Capita admits some pension data 'likely' to have been accessed in March breach

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Re: Stupid

t1 is ~1.5 mbps

e1 is ~2mpbs

token ring is 4mbs