* Posts by The Basis of everything is...

26 posts • joined 28 Jun 2019

Euro police forces infiltrated encrypted phone biz – and now 'criminal' EncroChat users are being rounded up

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Re: But private ciphers also exist...even if end-to-end encryption is broken.......

Thats a code, not a cypher.

Madeline knows already. The cock is cooked.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Re: You say tomato...


For a techie, a system is never done.

That word doesn't exist. Which means I never said that. oh....

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Depends on how good you've been

If I've been good then I get jam with a thick dollop of clotted cream in the middle.

If I've let things slide a bit (and after 3 months of lockdown who hasn't) I get a thin scraping of cream with a smidge of jam on top.

As for scones, Mary Berry has a foolproof recipe and method that my wife swears by. Same for her yorkshire puds.

Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods, warns Bellingcat

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Re: Sorry, I don't believe it.

Isn't a mile close enough for anything to do with atomic weaponry?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a flying solar panel: BAE Systems' satellite alternative makes maiden flight in Oz

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Re: Why, oh why...

Which has more chance of success:

Dear Shareholders. We're going spend 10's of millions developing something cool and then try to sell it to a few people who might want to email cat pictures across the outback

Dear Shareholders. We're going to spend 10's of millions developing something cool and sell it to countries x,y and z who want to see what their neighbours are up to and will pay enough to cover the development costs and 15 years of spares. Plus we can also sell it to anyone else who wants to email cat pictures across the outback.

Also military development is not state aid. Says Airbus, Boeing, you get the idea...

Protesters backing Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou during her US extradition hearings were 'duped paid actors'

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Nothing new

Actors paid to protest outside a court room to create newspaper headlines

Actors paid to queue outside a certain fruity-themed shop to create newspaper headlines

Nah, I can't see any similarity. Nobody in the west would ever do such a thing. Move along, nothing to see here.

Y2K? It was all just a big bun-fight, according to one Reg reader

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Re: But are they GDPR compliant?

Mmmm. Cake!

But every time I have a byte I get bits all over the keyboard.

Why is the printer spouting nonsense... and who on earth tried to wire this plug?

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Bolivian shower

Many years ago I found myself wandering through Bolivia for the simple reason it was there and I had nowhere else to be. Down that way it's very common for showers to have the heating element in the shower head itself rather than in a separate box on the wall. The open mouse-trap style mains switch inside the shower stall was my first hint that electrical standards were a little bit different different, but when in Rome (or La Paz in this case) do as the Romans do.

The shower was really good. Hot water and lots of that left you feeling refreshed and slightly tingly. Almost spa quality and better than many of the hotels I get to stay in nowadays. Until you tried to turn the shower off. That meant using a nice metal tap and suddenly that slightly refreshing tingling became somewhat invigorating to say the least.

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Re: I hate the bastards

Always blame the printer. The ERP system would never go wrong and lose printing 'cos they're designed to be perfect in every way.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

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Re: Its a uniquely American weakness -- or is it?

In the UK - unlike certain parts of the Land of the Free - you can do quite a lot of electrical work yourself in your own home e.g. move/add/replace sockets and switches, replace sections of cables, add spurs etc as long as it's not near water - basically the stuff that's "Part P" exempt. (For viewers at home please don't try this unless you know what you're doing. 240v hurts at the best of times)

If you want to add entire new rings or install an electric shower or run power out to your shed you can still do the work yourself but you need to get it certified by a competent person before you switch the circuits back on. The tricky bit is finding a sparky willing to sign off on somebody else's work for less than paying the sparky to do it all themselves.

There was a call many years ago to ban it all and require annual "safety" checks on private homes too but that got dropped as too big brother and would only have created a nice little payday for the cowboys and drive the real sparks out of business. And possibly the realisation there wasn't enough certified people to actually do a PAT test on every item in every home every year...

Christmas in tatters for Nottinghamshire tots after mayor tells them Santa's too busy

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Santa is always watching

For the last few years I've reminded the kids that the little red light on the alarm sensors really mean that Santa is checking up on them to make sure they're being good.

Another good one for Crimbo Eve is if the ISS appears, sorry I mean Santa's Sleigh. It's too early to get a predicted time from NASA just yet though.

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Openreach's cunning plan to 'turbocharge' the post-Brexit economy: Getting everyone on full-fibre broadband by 2025

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Why do I need Gigabit fiber at home?

My head office runs on that quite happily apart from when we try lobbing 7Tb of test data at a cloud.

Current sync speed of 30Mbit, with 20Mbit tested throughput is more than sufficient to run multiple conference tools, SSH & RDP sessions, remote admin tools etc and the kids can still be watching ceebeebies despite being QoS'd to background.

I'm more concerned about the out-of-contral renewal tricks my ISP are trying to pull than line speed. That and running fibre through to my under-stairs comms rack is going to mean a bitch of a redecorating job...

Nix to the mix: Chrome to block passive HTTP content swirled into HTTPS pages

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Buy stock in certificate authorities now

Cos any server or application is going to need a certificate from a CA that Chrome trusts. Which will be fun for apps with a web GUI for installing certs, if you need to have the cert installed in order to install it.

While I can use a private CA for my own test lab and the few machines I'm responsible for, this is not something I'd like to even attempt to deploy for the entire company. I can't even get a entry made in DNS in less than the life-time of testing, and if certs on the project BoM up front then it means a change request to finance and multiple reviews and sign-off just to get them to spend that extra £79 for something that will last 11 months longer than needed.

Promise of £5bn for rural fibre prompts Openreach to reach for the trench-digging diamond cutter

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Re: An unpopular opinion

Where I use to live, if the winter storms didn't blow the poles down. flying branches proved very effective at shredding the cables. And in the spring young squirrel nutkin and his mates used to really love chew on phone lines. Sometimes they'd chew on power lines too, but they only did that once...

Needs an icon for crispy fried squirrel...

Good news: Microsoft is doubling your OneDrive storage for more than double your money

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Or use Syncthing

Sync your files between your PC, Laptop, Phone, Tablet. Windows, Linux and Android (not sure about Mac/iThing) with no cloudy middleman apart from the internets themselves.

And if you don't trust the projects public discovery servers that helps your devices find each other across the internet you can run your own if you open the right ports on your router.

Only limit on storage is the smallest device you have...

Consumer campaign to keep receiving printed till receipts looks like a good move – on paper

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Previous employer used Concur for expenses. We simply had to take a picture on a phone, add a few details and upload from a phone app or email it to an expenses mailbox from any registered email address.

Current employer has own system. We can only submit PDFs of receipts which means take a picture on phone. Transfer to my own PC as phones not allowed to connect to work laptop. Download to USB stick and then upload to work laptop. Create a word document, attach picture to word document and then print document to a pdf. Then open separate expense site which does not work with standard browser - and runs slower than a Pi proving Tesla's last theorem, fill in all details by hand including receipt ID number and then upload the PDF file and finally submit. Then wait a week for a rejection 'cos you haven't followed expense rules which are loosely based on the principles of Mornington Crescent...

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That's fine until they type in the receipt number to issue the refund and can't get a match on the system. At which point expect a nice chat while they wait for plod to arrive...

Belgian F-16 pilot rescued from power line after emergency ejection

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Re: Pilot now shorter and one chance left

The USAF fitted downward ejection seats on early F104 Starfighters. Not exactly useful if you had an unfortunate event while landing. They were called Widowmaker by the Germans for their poor safety record.

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits

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Big Brother

Alleged benefits?

I remember being told (quite possibly on El Reg) of all the wonderful benefits smart meters would bring.

I'm currently looking for a new fridge since the current one after 15 years had developed a worrying blinkenlight of the I'm dying variety. I can get fridges that can let you use a smartphone to see how many goosnarghs are lurking at back, or can entertain the kiddies with a 4-ft tablet in the door. Not one can talk to your smart meter, decide the 'leccy is a bit expensive right now so shut down for a while to watch a 9-round deathmatch between salmonella united and campylobacter city.

Whoever thought it is a brilliant idea to have your washing machine start up at 2am must live in a mansion and have servants to go down at 3am and put stuff in the drying or hang on the line if it's a warm and dry night. In the real world anything that wakes me up at 2am had better have damn good reason or be wearing body armour.

But we're going to get stuffed by this farce one way or another. When the random disconnections, sorry, I mean load shedding starts to happen on a regular basis I can see a lot of people getting creative with jump leads. Just sayin'.

Fairphone 3 stripped to the modular essentials: Glue? What glue?

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Re: There is no such thing as a "non replaceable battery"

That's what I thought when attempting to replace the RTC battery on an old camera which was soldered to the motherboard. Nobody seems to sell small enough horizontal pcb-mount rechargeable button-cell batteries to the general public any more.

What I said when subsequently finding a spot on the motherboard well away from the terminals of what I though was a safely discharged flash capacitor is another story. And unprintable.

Mike drop, DXC-ya later! Lawrie immediately ejects as CEO from IT outsourcing giant

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"DXC has had an enviable client portfolio, deep industry partnerships and a talented global team," Salvino said in accepting to appointment.

Minor type there Mike.

Too hot to handle? Raspberry Pi 4 fans left wondering if kit should come with a heatsink

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Peltier cooling and funking great heatsink

Of course in the spirit of all things Pi where technical coolness is more important that cost or practicality....

Peltier cooling elements are available from your favourite tat bazaar. At 5v / 1.5 A you'll need another USB power feed - but who isn't feeding their Pi from USB hub these days? At at 30 x 30 mm it's bit on the large side so a nice copper block riser (and thermal paste) might be needed to lift it clear of other components, but then you'll need to get a thermocouple in there to control it as a 65C temperature differential is likely to freeze your poor Pi. And possibly some thought given to controlling condensation to avoid embarrassing shorts.

A suitably large heatsink will of course be needed on the hot side of the peltier array.

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Heats always worth adding

IMHO heatsinks are cheap and electronics generally like to run as cool as possible. If you're up for assembling a Pi then you can manage a few extra pennies and 30 seconds to drop in a couple of bits of ridged metal. It's currently 26C in my office, and my little Pi 2B which is idle at this time of day is reporting 47C with the lid on and 42 lid off. All nicely within spec of course, and a fan is probably overkill plus tiny fans make a noise out of all proportion to the volume of air wafted around.

What I really need is a heatsink for me...

BT staffers fear new mums could be hit disproportionately by car allowance change

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Company car is a company tax dodge

My last few employers gave me the choice of a company car allowance or a company car. It then turned out they had included the company car allowance in the overall flex package so it wasn't extra cash as such.

The kicker is that if you're "entitled" to a company car or allowance, you can only claim 10p - 12p / mile. The company also avoids paying employer national insurance on the part of your salary they've decided is car allowance so funnily enough virtually everyone got this car allowance. You'd be surprised how many didn't bother to reclaim the income tax on the difference between what was paid in mileage and the 45p/mile the tax man says you can have. When doing several thousand miles a year that soon adds up.

Current employer is either unaware of the fine arts of corporate tax avoidance, or just can't be bothered. We get 45p/mile and no messing.

Oh snap! The road's closed. Never mind, Google Maps has a plan...

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West Preston Bypass - 70 years and waiting

They even started building the motorway junction in preparation for it, And no, I've never told people to "come off the M55 at J2 as it's a short cut". Honest guv...


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