* Posts by KittenHuffer

798 posts • joined 10 Dec 2018


Equifax software bug messed up credit score calculations for weeks

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Re: Whaaaa?

Would there be a sign involved saying "Beware of the leopard"?

Data brokers amass profiles of pregnant women – and, of course, it's all up for sale

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In my youth ....

.... whenever I was approached (normally on some high street) by some religious person trying to 'sell' me their fantasy of an invisible sky friend I would quite happily stand there for half an hour or more trying to convince them that their invisible sky friend didn't exist. I would even describe myself as a proselytizing atheist. I don't think I ever convinced one of them to reconsider their position, but then they never convinced me either. So I guess it was a no score draw in the end.

And it was actually that lack of success, and my time becoming more valuable to me, that changed my tactics to either ignoring them, or in the few cases that seemed to deserve it being downright offensive.

I have sinced become convinced by the argh-uments of a new group whose invisible sky friend has noodley appendages. And I now consider myself a member of the church of the FSM.

---------> I was torn between this one and the 'spawn of satan'!

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Re: I used to be nice to christians, not any more

If there is one thing I can't stand ..... it's intolerance!

Lapping the computer room in record time until the inevitable happens

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Super Mario Chair!

Psst … Want to buy a used IBM Selectric? No questions asked

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Re: Ebay

In that case you're one of the people that feeds the fleaBay trade in 'empty' boxes!

People who buy the brand new 'shiny' have found that instead of throwing the box away they can get £10, £20, £30, or more for the empty box on fleaBay. Unfortunately there is a real chance that the person buying is only doing so to convince people such as yourself that the stolen good they are trying to sell are legit.

Chinese booster rocket tumbles back to Earth: 'Non-zero' chance of hitting populated area

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Re: Re:Fluorescent grey

When I was a biker the best reply was along the lines of SMIDHY (Sorry Mate I Didn't Hit You!)

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I would say ....

.... please let it be Gosport .... it couldn't help but improve the place. But unfortunately they're nearly 51 degrees North!

A character catastrophe for a joker working his last day

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Re: Nothing so severe

So he copied himself, one stayed at w**k to get bollocked, and the other went home?!? There must have been a GIT involved somewhere!

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Not final day antics ....

.... but I have supported a PDP11/73 that was holding up a garage. A daily task for which was to run the backup setting script on the console. Unfortunately the script required the date and time for the backup to start to be typed in, and if this produced a date/time that was in the past the backup would kick in immediately! And the first task of the backup was to logout any terminals that remained logged in. Not good when this happened about once a quarter.

So I ended up teaching myself RSTSE (in the pre-internet era) to tweak both scripts. The backup run scripts to give 10 minutes of warnings that a backup was going to start, so that I had time to finish my fag before sauntering back to the console to cancel that script. And then the backup setting script so that hitting enter twice would use todays date and 10pm as the date/time to start the next backup.

I was loved (not literally [well I did end up marrying one of them!]) by the ladies in the office who would argue over who's turn it was to set the backup before those changes were made.

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I'd say that ....

.... he made a real hash of that joke!

Enjoy them! I'm here all day!

Russian ChessBot breaks child opponent's finger

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In Soviet Russia ....

.... the Pawn sacrifices you!

DARPA seeks portable muon-making machine to see through almost anything

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Re: negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Yes, you are quite correct. They should have shown it as the -47 Hiltons that it actually is!

Russia fines Google $374 million for letting the truth about Ukraine be told

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Re: Gosh, really ?

Please stop feeding the Trolls ..... it just makes them bigger!

NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe

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Re: Why do anything?

I don't


what you mean!

EDIT: Damn!




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Back whilst incarcerated with the NHS ....

.... I visited one of our satellite offices to set up some serial terminal remote connection over WAN software, mainly so that that office could still operate during the frequent serial network failures that were out of our control.

Whilst there I was asked to look at a couple of other issues, and resolved a printer not working (the network lead was missing) and a PC that would crash the network after it was move from one office to another (the make before break thinnet wall socket was upside down). My boss called me in when I got back to the main office to pass on the praise from the manager of the satellite office. Only for me to let loose on the fact that one of my cow-orker and our third party support company had been out to both of these issues on several occasions, and had successfully failed to resolve them.

Apple lets devs in South Korea switch payment providers – with a lot of legwork

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So ....

.... instead of paying 30% to Apple you get to do all the coding, deal with any payment issues, and have to provide for auditing as well ...... and all that saves you 4%?!?

Doesn't that mean that Apple are saying that their contribution for doing all of those things is 4%?

So isn't this Apple admitting that they should only be charging 4% for payments that go through them?

Is it possible that SK might come to the same conclusion and tell Apple that they have to lower their cut on payments to 4% instead?

Chinese boffins suggest launching nuclear Neptune orbiter in 2030

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Re: Neptune eh?

Probing Uranus! Fnar fnar! Ooo errr missus!

Or will this only happen after it has been renamed to Urectum?

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And I'm all alone .... more or less!

First steps into the world of thought leadership: What could go wrong?

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Re: "tediously lengthy and needlessly double-spaced humblebrags"

All you really need to know is they are: dangerous at both ends, and uncomfortable in the middle - Twain

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Re: I Used To Hate That!

I know exactly what you mean. I had the 360 degree bad review a couple of years ago, without being told what I had done wrong. It seems that my attitude has 'improved' since then .... according to whomever.

The reality is that I tend to get these 'bad attitude' reviews early during my time in an employment, when my enthusiasm for doing a good job rubs someone up the wrong way. Then when they have killed off any enthusiasm or drive I have, and I'm only marking time until they p*ss me off enough to find something else, that's when my reviews seem to markedly improve.

The good reviews I'm getting at the moment tell me that it might be time to blow the dust off my CV again!

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

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Re: Unicycle test

I'll join you. When you start Kite Buggy Jumping the question is not 'Will I get hurt?' it is 'When will I get hurt?'

The one thing you learn is that Mother Nature IS a bitch that is just out to kill you in interesting ways!

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Re: Brilliant...

He should just be glad that they didn't decide to give his career a lift!

The perfect crime – undone by the perfect email backups

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Re: ahem...

I could have sworn that CEO the 3rd kind was a film directed/written by Steven Spielberg in the late 70's!

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I once did ...

... some forensic auditing at a garage, following parts being ordered from suppliers, to receipt, and booking out to workshop or bodyshop jobs. And then proving that the parts were not for the make/model of vehicle in the workshop/bodyshop. This was then used in the court case of the mid-management employee that was ordering/stealing the parts to order.

The system was old enough that it printed out an audit trail of transactions at the end of each day, so the actual w**k was wading through stacks of printouts taller than the PFY that I was.

Eliminating the impossible! ----------->

Yodel becomes the latest victim of a cyber 'incident'

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With apologies to Luther!

To dream the impossible dream

To fight the unbeatable foe

To bear with unbearable sorrow

And to run where the brave dare not go


To right the unrightable wrong

And to love pure and chaste from afar

To try when your arms are to weary

To trace the untraceable parcel


This is my quest

To follow that parcel

Ooh, no matter how hopeless

No matter how far

To fight for the right

Without question or pause

To be willing to march, march into hell

For that heavenly cause


And I know

If I'll only be true

To this glorious quest

That my heart

Will lie peaceful and calm

When I'm laid to my rest


And the world will be better for this

Oh, that one man, scorned and covered with scars

Still strong with his last ounce of courage

To trace the untraceable, the untraceable

The untraceable parcel


Yeah, and I'll always dream

The impossible dream

Yes, and I'll trace

The untraceable parcel

Mars Express orbiter to get code update after 19 years

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Re: It never ceases to amaze me ...

I did upvote you, cos I remember those times as well.

The problem is that I remember that the evidence brought out to support that argument was normally along the lines of "Just look at steam engines! Still around after more than 100 years!"

But there was no consideration that the 90% of steam engines that were not built to last are long gone, and that even those that remain represent a small fraction of a percent of the total of that make/model that were built. Statistically there is no evidence that they were built to last any better than modern cars. About the only advantage they have is bulk, in that they take longer to rust away due to the mass of metal involved.

In 100 years, I'm sure there will still be a number of antique petrol powered cars around, and people will be saying that the newer battery/fusion/flatulence powered models just aren't built to last!

Password recovery from beyond the grave

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Re: Having read this story

You also need his Mother's maiden name, date of birth, and the name of his childhood pet!

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Re: R.I.P.

I did that a decade ago, dangling under a kite, with a kite buggy strapped to my arse! (Un)fortunately I was being made redundant three days later, so the three months I lost before being able to get back to w**king were done on my own time and dime!

Leave that sentient AI alone a mo and fix those racist chatbots first

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Re: Customer avoidance

They've tried that as the first entry .... but it always generates a recursion error!

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Re: Do androids dream of electric sheep again?

Ultimately mankind's one legacy in this Universe may be to spawn AI, or a race (or set) of AI, that then live on long after mankind has successfully erased themselves from existence.

This may be the answer to the Drake equation. The AI's can't be bothered to talk to meat bags of mainly water!

Teeth marks yield clue to widespread internet outage in Canada

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Re: Not really novel

Are you suggesting the contractor running the auger was touched by his noodley appendage?!?

Must have been a pirate then! ------->

Google calculates Pi to 100 trillion digits

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Re: They'd get a shock...

First thought would be that 100 Trillion is 1015, so the longest sequence of any particular digit should be around 15 digits in length.

Please correct me if I'm making a dumb error, but I did say it was a first think.

AI to help study first images from James Webb Space Telescope

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Dark matter isn't required just to make one theory work ....


It's pretty much needed as soon as you start looking at the amount of mass required for the Universe to look the way it does. That article was from 2014, but things have moved on a bit since then.


I believe it has reached the point where it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, and very few scientists are still arguing that it isn't a duck!

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Morpheus is searching ....

.... for The One! And he knows he is the one to find it!

Five Eyes alliance’s top cop says techies are the future of law enforcement

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Big Brother

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Next thing you know he'll be asking us techies to write breakable encryption so they can watch everything that everyone is doing.

Japan's asteroid probe reportedly found 20 amino acids

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Re: A statistician would argue ....

Humanity will not be around on those sort of timescales, or at least not as anything we would recognise. We're fast approaching the point where (if we don't make ourselves extinction) we will start modifying ourselves into some uber-post-homo-sapien species where we tinker with ourselves genetically or cybernetically according to our needs.

How about the antifreeze-like blood of the wood frog. That might be a shortcut to cryo sleep, allowing us to build slow boats to other solar systems.

Or the regeneration from starfish, allowing limbs to be regrown.

Or the water handling capability of a camel, allowing you to survive for weeks without access to water.

One thing I'm sure of is that much of the human genome is redundant code, and when we truly start to understand it we should be able to rip out all of that junk dna to come up with a human 2.0.


But then all I really said was that the dinosaurs died out because they didn't have an advanced enough space industry. I never said that I thought that humans had a better long term survival strategy than them.

I think that when you compare humanity to the dinosaurs we will be the candle that burns twice as bright, but burns for half as long. I'm just glad to be alive at a time when I can have this sort of discussion with someone who may be on the other side of the planet!

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Re: A statistician would argue ....

I suppose I should have said a gambler rather than a statistician.

A gambler would take that sample of one and say that the chances of life evolving around a star are greater than zero. Then they would multiply that value by the 400+ billion stars in our (medium sized) galaxy. And then by the 100-200 billion galaxies in the observable Universe. He'll then realise that if the chances of life evolving are even 1 in 1020 then there should be another half dozen examples of life out there somewhere. And they would quite happily go all in on odds like that.

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Re: A statistician would argue ....

Not disagreeing with that at all. But technologically advanced lifeforms will be several orders of magnitude easier for us to spot, or for them to spot us.

And in the long run not having technology is a sure fire way to extinction as well. Just ask the dinosaurs.

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Re: But then the free thinker / crank / conspiracy theorist would argue ....

One of the probable effects of being in a simulation would be that when you start looking at extremely small/large interval/scales/movements, in fact most measurable values, you are going to run into upper and lower limits beyond which it is impossible to measure. And these are likely to be the limits of the stored values for position, velocity, charge, etc. for the system that is being used to run the simulation.

Due to this you are likely to observe differences in the laws of a simulated Universe at very small/large scales, increasing the closer you get to the limits of the stored values.

I'm just glad that we don't see such effects in our own Uni ..... Oh! Did someone mention the Planck Scale? And I think someone else is muttering about Quantum Mechanics! And I'm sure I heard time dilation in there somewhere!

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Rule of life No. 37: Never let the truth stand in the way of a good joke!

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Oh dear! Did I forget the joke alert icon ..... again?!?

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But then the free thinker / crank / conspiracy theorist would argue ....

.... alternatively, if we are living in a simulation (aka The Matrix), then the fact that the nearest solar system is (currently) beyond our reach and that we have not observed life outside of our solar system may just be devices employed by the programmer of the simulation to simplify things so that they don’t have to expend much computing power beyond our solar system.

This means that we could just be some school science project!

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A statistician would argue ....

.... that there is life elsewhere in the Universe. The only questions are how much, how evolved, and how far.

Our best guess is that intelligent, technically advanced life is rare enough that the nearest is far enough away that they haven’t noticed us, or their reply has not arrived yet, both depend on the speed of light and the inverse square law.

It is possible that we might find non-intelligent life within our solar system, but as a previous poster implied there are a limited number of places left that we believe might harbour it.

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After Brexit the probability will be higher!

That time a techie accidentally improved an airline's productivity

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Re: Male vs Female

Does that mean that you don't screw it in?!?

Too easy! --------------->

Amazon puts 'creepy' AI cameras in UK delivery vans

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Isn't there a law ....

.... that you can have any AI decision reviewed by human beings? In which case the footage that was used by the AI to make the decision would need to be available. And since this is not just limited to the 'bad' AI decisions I think ALL of the drivers should request ALL of the footage of their driving EVERY month that the AI is being used to make decisions concerning their pay. I'm sure it wouldn't take long before the big A decided that the cost of having to hand out exabytes of video each month would far exceed the 'savings' made by screwing their serfs out of small change.

Obv! ------------>

Edit: Yup, it's law in the UK! But it's under review by the UK Gummin't!


Failed gambler? How about an algorithm that predicts the future

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Re: Half full or empty

Obligatory XKCD: https://what-if.xkcd.com/6/

We can bend the laws of physics for your super-yacht, but we can't break them

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Re: Different acronym priorities

Fnar! Fnar!

BOFH: You'll have to really trust me on this team-building exercise

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Even more disappointed!

That Jamie didn't bring his magic torch with him!

Though I always did wonder what he did once he'd grown up.

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Re: Wouldn't let me on the cardiac ward

Even better if you can find the valve to the Nitrous Oxide!



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