* Posts by KarMann

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Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder

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Joke

Gee…

[P]articularly randy wombats wanting a root?
I didn't even know wombats ate roots!

(They actually do, even if that's not quite what Bruce—no, not that one, the other Bruce—meant by this.)

Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'

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Holmes

Re: Black swan event

The phrase was coined by Juvenal back in the 2nd century CE, discussing the problem of induction, whilst Europeans weren't aware of your black swans until 1697. By then, the name had stuck, with an added bonus of highlighting the problem that just because you haven't seen a specific counterexample doesn't mean it can't exist.

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Boffin

Re: "sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee"

GPS week number rollover:

…is a phenomenon that happens every 1024 weeks, which is about 19.6 years. The Global Positioning system broadcasts a date, including a weekly counter that is stored in only ten binary digits. The range is therefore 0–1023. After 1023 an integer overflow causes the internal value to roll over, changing to zero again.

I'd bet that's what happened here, rather than a pure factory default time. The last rollover was in April 2019, so I bet the default of this time server was to assume it was in the August 1999–April 2019 block, and it just hadn't been rebooted since before April 2019. See the article for a similar bork-bork-bork candidate picture.

I guess back in 1980, they weren't too concerned about the likes of the Y2K problem yet. And lucky us, the next week rollover will be in 2038, the icing on the Unix time Y2K38 cake, if about ten months later.

BOFH: Despite the extremely hazardous staircase, our IT insurance agreement is at an all-time low. Can't think why

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Danger, danger, high… potential!

"Other times… we seem to be the only ones who can see a user's potential and the impact that they might make."
At first, upon seeing the word 'potential' in there, I was assuming it was referring to the user's electrical potential, but then, on seeing it in context with talk of their impact, I'm leaning more towards its meaning their gravitational potential energy. Could go either way, really.

What do you think?

Mine's the one that converts into an emergency parachute. -->

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Headmaster

Re: Linus missed an opportuity

Or 'genetic' (I assume that's what was intended, rather than 'generic').

AWS Frankfurt experiences major breakdown that staff couldn’t fix for hours due to ‘environmental conditions’ on data centre floor

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Holmes

Re: [citation needed]

Controlled tests, and quicklime. Lots of quicklime.

'I put the interests of the country first': Colonial Pipeline CEO on why oil biz paid off ransomware crooks

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Coat

Re: Er ...

Correct!

Global Fastly outage takes down many on the wibbly web – but El Reg remains standing

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Facepalm

Re: Irony... or is it?

Oh, and extra irony, the last XKCD I still had open in a tab before Fastly took it down along with it was The Cloud, after having followed a link from a Register comment earlier today.

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Irony... or is it?

This article posted at 10:46 UTC. At 10:44, Fastly:

Identified - The issue has been identified and a fix is being implemented.

Jun 8, 10:44 UTC

Things do generally seem to be getting better now.

Big Tech has a big problem with Florida passing a law that protects politicians from web moderation

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Joke

Re: Leave the state

Honestly, I would just cut off the state of Florida….
Obligatory Bugs Bunny clip

The server is down, money is not being made, and you want me to fix what?

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Re: Tea

Did Tom Scott send you?

Just what is the poop capacity of an unladen sparrow? We ask because one got into the office and left quite a mess

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Pint

Re: Invest in mosquito screens.

Add me to those who came here to say much the same thing. I grew up in the US, and was quite used to having a screen window outside the glass, pretty much thought of it as the default. I had some idea that standard German windows were different, but when I moved to the UK, I was rather surprised by the complete lack of screens on any windows or doors. One area where I still prefer the US version of doing things, although there is something to be said for the British (& German) swinging windows, v. the typical American home vertically-sliding ones, where I've seen most of the screens in my day.

They do keep a good range of insect sizes out, but in Wisconsin (and many other places, I'm sure), the joke was that the mosquitoes come in two sizes: those small enough to fit through the holes in the screen door, and those big enough to open it.

Microsoft: Purveyors of the finest BORK since the 1990s

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Paris Hilton

Re: It always reminds me of the old...

I'd assumed that it's based on a common typo of 'broke', much like 'teh' for 'the'. Although I also figured its popularity owed much to association with the Swedish (or Japanese) chef's catchphrase.

Big red buttons and very bad language: A primer for life in the IT world

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Boffin

Re: "Mike learned an important lesson..."

I'm guessing it was some variety of circuit breaker or other protection, and when he pushed it in and held it for a moment (before panic ensued), it completed the circuit again, providing power to whatever failed component had tripped it in the first place, which component then provided the obligatory light-and-noise show.

Either that, or it was the magic smoke release button.

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Boffin

Today's misreading

The customer simulation department (think hydraulic-powered flight simulator platforms) presented a particular challenge.
For a fleeting moment as I was reading that, I was imagining the simulation being run on one of those hydraulic computers you see as demos of the principle, usually. What a shame, especially since I used to work on aircraft hydraulics; would've been a nice cross-over.

Help wanted, work from anywhere ... except if you're located in Colorado

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FAIL

Dilemma

"The fact that so many companies are choosing not to hire in the State of Colorado demonstrates how burdensome these regulations really are," [Harpole] said.
Or, it could demonstrate what a bunch of whingy crybabies the companies are. Could go either way, why assume it's how burdensome the regulations?

The future is now, old man: Let the young guns show how to properly cock things up

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Re: Just move some disks...

I thought I answered that? Because bow ties are cool.

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Boffin

Re: Just move some disks...

That's why I wear a bow tie now. Bow ties are cool. And safer. Especially when riding a motorbike.

UK.gov puts feelers into tech market over £650m mobile voice and data shopping list

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Joke

I see what you did there.

[A]fter which we suppose there will an exchanging of token rings.
Nice. You had me going for a moment there, thinking maybe 'token ring' was a Britishism for an engagement ring, or friendship ring, or something like that.

Pics or it didn't happen: First images from China's Mars rover suggest nothing has gone Zhurong just yet

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WTF?

Because 'rover', not 'lander', was specified. Now, why specify 'rover' not 'lander', there's another question.

Not keen on a 5G mast in your street? At least it'd be harder for crackpots to burn down 'a flying cell tower in orbit'

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Megaphone

Just imagine the mast they could put up in Swindon.

its audio equivalent ——>

Rude awakening for O2 customers after network runs surprise test of emergency mobile alert system

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Headmaster

Re: Interesting accent choice

That's probably the voice you have the option to choose the accent for, and the gender. Being a Yank living in the UK, I probably paid a bit more attention to those options than most. But anyway, that US accent is probably on the phone's owner, then, unless this broadcast overrides that option because $REASONS (or @reason, for the perl-inclined, at least).

Preliminary report on Texas Tesla crash finds Autosteer was 'not available' along road where both passengers died

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WTF?

Two men entered the car, one in the driver's seat and the other in the front passenger seat (according to home security camera footage).
Seems pretty clearly rather the opposite. Maybe the article had it backwards at first, and has since been updated?

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Trollface

Needs antecedent?

So, you're going to need to be more specific, if in a very broad way. Ban the cars, then?

Known software issue grounds Ingenuity Mars copter as it attempted fourth flight

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Alien

Re: We just need

Well, I hope you're happy now.

Rocket Lab goes large with Neutron – a big rocket for big constellations. Oh, and it confirms a merger proposal

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Headmaster

Re: Way to go!

Technically, the merger makes fewer. Whether it makes less, remains to be seen.

We need a 20MW 20,000-GPU-strong machine-learning supercomputer to build EU's planned digital twin of Earth

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Terminator

Re: I can see where this is going

Missing icon is missing.

BOFH: 7 jars of Marmite, a laptop and a good time

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Alert

Surprise!

That is not at all where I expected this to be going when I saw that the test involved 'Resistance'. I mean, really, this is the BOFH we're talking about!

NASA sends nuclear tank 293 million miles to Mars, misses landing spot by just five metres. Now watch its video

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Facepalm

Re: Correction

Well, since about 1990 mostly. Then there was that pesky Mars Climate Orbiter incident… 1998/99.

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Boffin

Re: And for us East Pondians

Probably about half an hour or so into the press conference, when talking about the parachute, one of them said that the different colours were primarily so that they could know its orientation, and that pattern did a good job of making it clear which way was which. But secondarily, he strongly hinted at there being some sort of a secret message encoded in it, sort of like how Curiosity has 'JPL' encoded in Morse code on its wheels, so it's in all the tracks it makes. I wonder what the new secret message is?

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Boffin

Re: We need a new reg standard

244 Jub

118 Adult Badgers

1.15 Great White Sharks

0.683 Skateboarding Rhinoceri [sic]

0.0228 Australian Trams

0.0019 LINQ Hotel Recycling

Source

Nurserycam horror show: 'Secure' daycare video monitoring product beamed DVR admin creds to all users

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Childcatcher

A wretched hive of scum & villainy

When I read the Footfallcam article the other day, and some kindly AC posted a link to their Companies House listing, I got nosy & curious and looked at their address on Google Maps, and lo and behold, also 'at this place' were a couple called Magic Mirror & NurseryWeb. I figured they probably had similar QC issues, and would be interesting to look into more deeply. Sure enough, here we are.

UK dev loses ownership claim on forensic software he said he wrote in spare time and licensed to employer

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WTF?

You only release once??

The reality, the judge decided, was… that he created multiple versions of it with improvements and enhancements….

It says that as though that's relevant and implies that it's an indicator that he was doing this as part of his employment. Do they really think that people doing spare-time development never update their software products?!?

Housekeeping and kernel upgrades do not always make for happy bedfellows

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Coat

Re: Just over a billion years ago ...

Kids these days! Why, back in my day, we'd gotten our first Sun about 4.5 billion years ago!

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Linux

Re: I feel for "Aapt"'s pain

One thing that still mystifies me in hindsight is how my first RHL install ever managed to work. I got really carried away with the separate partitions. I mean, really carried away. Like, separate /etc/ and /lib/ partitions carried away. To this day, I'm not entirely sure how it ever managed to function. I'm guessing that mkinitrd or whatever we used back then was smart enough to include the relevant /etc/ bits and necessary /lib/ libraries in the initrd (which was on a floppy then, of course).

Surprisingly, I never really came to regret it in any painful way. The closest I ever had to suffering for it was when I finally did the big upgrade to Windows 95 (it was dual-boot, obvs), and Windows mucked up the Linux parts of the partition table, because why would it care about other OSs? That was my big intro to really getting into the guts of the system, in a sink-or-swim way, since I had to use the Windows to go get the relevant docs, and edit the partition tables by hand to point them at the right places, lots of fun the way the MBR partitions are chained, let me tell you, and using dd to put them in just the right place. (I don't remember just how I was running binary editors & dd at the time; was a live floppy a thing then? I think it predated live CDs.)

Voyager 2 receives and executes first command in 11 months as sole antenna that reaches it returns to work

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Boffin

Re: why 2032 ?

Right there in the previous paragraph, the RTGs will run lower and lower as half-lives pass, and that's when they estimate it won't have enough juice left to keep it in contact with Earth. Unless, of course, we can get a Mr. Fusion unit to it by then….

Someone tried to poison a Florida city by hijacking its water treatment plant via TeamViewer, says sheriff

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Headmaster

Re: Lye?

I don't know if it's more common amongst the Yanks, but it's common enough. But the blame almost certainly predates them; I see what is almost certainly the same root in Norwegian 'lutefisk', the infamous lye-soaked cod dish.

EncroChat hack case: RAM, bam... what? Data in transit is data at rest, rules UK Court of Appeal

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Black Helicopters

Next legal argument:

The data was being stored in the optical fibres, Your Honour….

It doesn't seem too unlikely anymore.

Drone smashes through helicopter's windscreen and injures passenger

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Re: I imagine drones are denser,....

Well, he did say 'denser'….

BOFH: Are you a druid? Legally, you have to tell me if you're a druid

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And a source of never-ending amusement for me, personally, since (allowing for time zone funniness) it's the day I was born. Back when I started in on Un*x-y computers, it quite puzzled me the first few times I saw files apparently created on the same day I was.

Pirate Bay co-founder criticises Parler for its lack of resilience

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Re: Maybe a site of links needs a far simpler setup?

Just like a botanist, bringing a pistil to a gunfight.

AWS has been doing things that are 'just NOT OK since 2015,' says Elastic as firm yanks Apache 2.0 licence

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WTF?

Re: Proprietisation stikes again?

Or even what a software distribution mechanism is.

Police drone plunged 70ft into pond after operator mashed pop-up that was actually the emergency cut-out button

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Alien

Re: Look at that thing in the sky! *thwack*

He says that as though he's never had to listen to Vogon poetry before.

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Neither, in post-Brexit Britain.

NASA pulls the plug on InSight's mole after Martian surface bests boffins

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Boffin

Re: Pile driver?

The other respondents are missing a salient point: That's pretty much exactly what it did. The weight was contained within the mole itself, and driven by a rotating cam (see animation), but in principle, it's very much a pile driver, indeed.

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Headmaster

Re: But whose to say this isnt a house made out of steel?

Or caliche, to those with experience of the stuff from the likes of Arizona, which is probably a good few of the team members, given UA's & ASU's involvement in many of these programmes.

Signal boost: Secure chat app is wobbly at the moment. Not surprising after gaining 30m+ users in a week, though

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Paris Hilton

Looks like at least two commentards haven't seen Star Trek Ⅳ.

That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave

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Facepalm

Re: Prince Vultan

And to be fair, you beat me to 'Gordon's alive!', which I was just checking for before posting.

Loser Trump is no longer useful to Twitter, entire account deleted over fears he'll whip up more mayhem

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Holmes

My first time reading that quickly, I parsed it as meaning that Obama had behaved pretty much as you describe Trump behaving, rather than your actual meaning, which I now take to be Trump harassing Biden's presidency much the same way he harassed Obama's. If others misunderstood the same way I first did, but didn't give it that second read that I did, that might explain it.

Rocky has competition as more CentOS alternatives step into the ring: Project Lenix, Oracle Linux vie for attention

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Devil

They also missed asking who might actually be giving CentOS Stream a go. But then, so did The Reg, in that paragraph.

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