* Posts by KarMann

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BOFH: HR's gold mine gambit – they get the gold and we get the shaft

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Devil

Re: Favourite CPU socket?

Anything? Even Slot 1? Or does that just not count by virtue of not being a proper socket?

Yodel becomes the latest victim of a cyber 'incident'

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That's a change

"Yodel has experienced a cyber incident that has caused some disruption. We are servicing customers…"
So, they have changed their operations in response, then?

Whatever you do, don't show initiative if you value your job

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Facepalm

Re: jumping out of plane with no parachute

Trevor Jacob would like a word with you.

Brute force and whiskey: The solution to all life's problems

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Re: Feck!

Is that the one titled Love & Rockets, or just one of those by Love & Rockets?

Mine's the Bubbleman suit.

BOFH: Where do you think you are going with that toner cartridge?

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Alien

Re: We had the opposite ...

Ah, that tickled a memory. Babylon 5, the guarded flower. I think I've read some other story even more similar, but Babylon 5 is often the first thing that comes to mind for me.

Foxconn factory fiasco could leave Wisconsinites on the hook for $300m

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Pirate

Re: Other options besides LCD?

That's not a NiFe. This is a NiFe!

NASA's InSight doomed as Mars dust coats solar panels

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Facepalm

Re: Insight?

You're one of those people who really believe NASA just never thought of using a pencil, aren't you?

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-write-stuff/

A discounting disaster averted at the expense of one's own employment

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Re: Is this a repeat?

What am I, chopped liver? -->

ESET uncovers vulnerabilities in Lenovo laptops

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Headmaster

Re: Bitlocker?

The braces or the redundancy?

Microsoft accused of spending millions on bribes to seal business deals

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Are we still doing phrasing?

[Microsoft president] Brad Smith expressing disappointment with those involved and declaring the company's support for ethical business practices.
Hey, who knows, if they keep practising, maybe someday they'll even have some.

"[W]e hope that all of the steps we’ve since taken, including today’s settlement, send a strong message," Smith said.
Nice how the case against them, and their losing it, is suddenly 'a step they've taken,' isn't it?

Toyota shutters 14 plants after probable cyberattack

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Headmaster

Re: Why

Coincidentally, this happened to turn up in a quote in The Guardian about Russia shutting down less-cooperative media, just now:

With our partners, we will continue to condemn Russia’s shuttering [ie closing down] of independent media and technology platforms that refuse to allow Putin to run his disinformation campaigns unchecked.
So, it looks like they agree with you, and feel the need to explain that to their primarily British audience. Me, I would not have guessed that that was one of the specifically American turns of phrase.

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Re: Why

shutter verb

shuttered; shuttering; shutters

Definition of shutter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1: to close by or as if by shutters

corporations shuttering their production plants
2: to furnish with shutters
Sorry, but it just isn't so, and the verb was used in very appropriate fashion here.

ETA: And I'm pretty sure this isn't a very recent usage as a verb, as is often the case, but I don't have a citation handy to back me up on that.

ETA²: Ah, the same link I gave above has it going back to 1826.

Maxar Technologies: The eye in the sky tracking invasion of Ukraine

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Phase 2

The eye in the sky tracking invasion of Ukraine
I can only assume it's going to have to be called The Alan Parsons Project.

BOFH: All hail the job cuts consultant

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Boffin

Re: "Gerard's going to recommend firing the board."

…as long as the cows are perfectly spherical, and in a vacuum, that shouldn't be a problem at all…

Beware the big bang in the network room

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Mushroom

I was expecting much the same at first, but then, after a bit of reading, I thought it sounded more like there would be a server or switch falling off the rack, or the rack tipping over, resulting in the titular 'big bang', especially with that talk of 'tug[ging] at, if not the heart strings, then certainly the RJ45s.' And even that still didn't happen.

Where is the Earth-shattering ka-boom? -->

NASA's InSight probe emerges from Mars dust storm

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Re: There's hope yet.

Were these cash registers solar powered through that layer?

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Boffin

Again: Lander, not a rover. No wheels. No go. No bouncy bouncy.

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Probably because it's over 3,000 km away right now? That would seem to be a bit of an obstacle.

ETA: Also, Ingenuity isn't a quadcopter; it has two sets of blades on a single shaft.

Nothing to scoff at: Crisps and nuts biz KP Snacks smacked in ransomware hack attack

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Neither confirm nor deny, if you can't

Representatives of KP had not answered phonecalls seeking comment.
To be fair, they may well be using IP phones, and so….

Machine needs more Learning: Google Drive dings single-character files for copyright infringement

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Paris Hilton

Re: yes no no no yes no yes!

I'm afraid I've found some prior art going back about two millennia. (NSFW)

IPv6 is built to be better, but that's not the route to success

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FAIL

AC never said that the examples were necessarily from both sides of the comparison.

Ukraine blames Belarus for PC-wiping 'ransomware' that has no recovery method and nukes target boxen

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Windows

What's in a name?

Deployed by a group named by Microsoft as DEV-0586….
Surely they should have changed their numbering/naming scheme again to call this one DEV-Pentium instead?

Planning for power cuts? That's strictly for the birds

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Re: I say it's plausible

I'm not saying I'm going to steal borrow that joke from you, but I'm definitely robin it.

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Holmes

BOFH in action?

It definitely sounds like something from the random BOFH excuse generator to me.

Alien life on Super-Earth can survive longer than us due to long-lasting protection from cosmic rays

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WTF?

Re: Huh?

I came here for exactly that, so no, it's not just you.

Scam, pyramid scheme, environmental disaster: Vivaldi boss shares his thoughts on crypto-coins

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Re: Wall Street?

I think I'm going to need to see a bit more citation or evidence for this supposed implied mutual exclusivity between these two. I see no reason at all they couldn't both be, so it's pretty unreasonable to say that one is, therefore the other isn't.

ETA: Yeah, it's really just rhetorical flourish, but this is one (of many) bit of rhetoric I really don't like at all.

Austrian watchdog rules German company's use of Google Analytics breached GDPR by sending data to US

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Re: Max's wishful thinking

That's somewhat how I was interpreting that at first, but then I got to this sentence in the article:

However, the authority said in its decision that the IP address is "in any case only one of many 'puzzle pieces' of the complainant's digital footprint."
Considering 'the authority' referred to there is not Max, but '[t]he Austrian data protection authority', I don't think your (and formerly my) interpretation stands.

Massive rugby ball-shaped planet emerges from scrum of space 'scope sightings

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Re: Say what?

Rotates, not revolves; i.e., in about a day, 24 hours even or, more applicably for this purpose, 23 hours 56 minute 4 seconds. I meant 'rather less' in the slightly sarcastic sense of 'much less'.

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Boffin

Re: Rugby ball shaped?

I think they're saying it's stretched out by tidal forces along one axis, pointing toward & away from the star, so yes, a prolate spheroid, but with a fairly conventional axis, presumable roughly perpendicular to the orbital plane. The oblate spheroids are explained by centrifugal/centripetal force, nothing tidal to that at all.

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Pint

I don't quite see how that follows; exoplanets aren't necessarily, or even often, cold. In this case, it seems to be about 2,200℃, which should be warm enough, even a bit above room temperature. The night side, only about 1,600℃, though.

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Boffin

Re: Just a suggestion

The planet's rotation doesn't factor into it for those purposes; what matters is the parent body's rotation, i.e. the star's in this case. Given that the planet orbits in less than a day per the article, I'd be slightly surprised if the star rotated faster than that, as would be required for it to be enlarging/lengthening the planet's orbit (cf. the Earth rotates in rather less than a month, which is why it can boost the Moon's orbit around it), but I'm basing that on a sample size of one, knowing that the Sun rotates in about 26 days (depending on latitude).

I've added a data point; remembering Vega being fairly remarkable in its rotation, I looked up that that one does rotate in 12.5 hours, but its rotation is quite egregious, so it's possible but unlikely that this star does rotate fast enough for that to happen. Further checking on Wikipedia suggests that the planet's more precise orbital period is 0.926 days, and if I've done my sums right, the star's rotation period is just under a week, so that wouldn't work for an explanation. But it's definitely worth considering before eliminating it, indeed.

LAPD cops who preferred playing Pokémon Go to tackling robbery can be fired, appeals court rules

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Re: Pokemon Go

Do note that the incident in question happened about five years ago, not long after Hillary Clinton's 'Pokemon Go-to-the-polls' line, so it wouldn't quite follow that it's 'still a thing.'

Logitech Signature M650: A mouse that will barely emit a squeak or a clickety-click

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Add me to the list. I've had my MX Ergo trackball a few years now, and completely love it, except for this one 'feature'. I was a bit taken aback to see the author saying that as though the rubbery stuff were preferred over the plain plastic, given my experience, so came in here to say pretty much just that. In my particular case, by the way, not just sticky, but bubbly, but I am cursed with especially noxious hand sweat, so that might be just me.

What begins with a 'B' and is having problems at tsoHost? Hopefully not your website

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Joke

Re: ing

Wouldn't that just e an itch?

To err is human. To really screw things up requires a wayward screwdriver

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Happy

Re: is there a reason

I do believe 'insulting tape' has made the cut as my Official Tyop Of The Day.

Microsoft rang in the new year with a cutesy tweet in C#. Just one problem: The code sucked

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Go

Re: There's an XKCD for that!

And of course, the classic-but-not-so-coincidental ISO 8601 of 8 years ago.

A time when cabling was not so much 'structured' than 'survival of the fittest'

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Re: Don't mix power tools and alcohol

Ah, I know of JCBs, I've driven past at least one of their plants a few times, but didn't realise the name might be specifically applied to backhoes and their ilk, rather than just any of that yellow construction equipment. Thanks!

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Re: Don't mix power tools and alcohol

Yes, when I was watching something recently about some dowsing rod nonsense with my SO, and it was saying that they have a device that supposedly locates underground pipes and wires, I naturally had to say 'I know! A backhoe!'

Then I had to explain/show what a backhoe is, because either they're called something else here in the UK, or she just didn't happen to be familiar with that particular wire-targeting device.

ETA: Now that I think about it, I believe it was something on a recent ElectroBOOM, which makes it even more relevant to this discussion. He certainly shares that knack with the head of comms & backhoes.

ExoMars parachutes just about good enough to land rover safely on the Red Planet

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Alien

Ob H2G2

As one might imagine, the parachute is a critical bit of hardware, the failure of which could result in the rover being smashed to pieces on impact.
Or, as the rover might put it, 'oh no, not again.'

Spar shops across northern England shut after cyber attack hits payment processing abilities

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Trollface

Other victims?

Given what I've seen on Sainsbury's online shopping site over the past couple of years, I'm pretty sure the cybercrims have been running their web interface all that time. They really should either catch them, or pay them off, or something, rather than just let them keep making such a hash of their website.

The dark equation of harm versus good means blockchain’s had its day

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Joke

They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

-- Carl Sagan

Same logic applies here.

How to destroy expensive test kit: What does that button do?

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Just as a marginally-educated guess, they might spray the tube with water just before firing to absorb some of that thermal energy and prevent cooking off the missiles in the other tubes, a little bit (but just a little bit, I don't think the navies are too concerned with sound volume outside of submarines) like the sound suppression system sprayed water under the Space Shuttle and other large launches. It might also make it easier to recondition the tube for its next use, if it hasn't been heated up so much.

What might happen if they didn't. -->

How do you call support when the telephones go TITSUP*?

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Trollface

Re: Divert

To be fair, your colleagues will only be annoyed if they find out.

Nextcloud boss: You gotta fight … for your right … to 'plug into Windows and offer the exact same service'

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Joke

Re: I sympathise with the opinion

I had data which disprove your hypothesis, but they seem to have gone missing, somehow.

Swooping in to claim the glory while the On Call engineer stands baffled

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Trollface

Re: Hey Rob!

But we would have had next week's Who, Me?

NASA boffins seem to think we're worth saving from fiery asteroid death so they're shooting a spaceship at one

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Boffin

Re: shift some large masses?

There are two basic opposing effects in play when changing a given impulse between mass & speed. Smaller but faster has more of a chance for some of the impulse to be wasted, if it's so small and fast that some of it just keeps right on going through the target. Bigger but slower is more likely to transfer 100% of its own momentum, but will get less potential amplification from the impact throwing debris out from the crater, giving a little extra impulse for your buck. I don't know which effect would dominate over the other, though.

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Re: Impacts are not always bad

So, by that logic, I'm immortal. I've never died yet, not even once. Thanks for that!

A tiny typo in an automated email to thousands of customers turns out to be a big problem for legal

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Joke

Re: A small percentage of the blame should go to the other RDBMS creators...

Not OurSQL?!?

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Re: A small percentage of the blame should go to the other RDBMS creators...

And the other one did? Problem solved!

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