* Posts by That 8 Bit Guy

25 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Feb 2020

British IT teacher gets three-year ban after boozing with students at strip club during school trip to Costa Rica

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I'm sure you lot remember the teacher strike of 1985. Teachers including the deputy head (that are wanting more pay and always had new cars in the parking lot) always ended up at the Savoy at lunch time, and so was 20 of us of the sixth form, paying for the plonk and Guinness for the old leeches. No shandy for us. Good times.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

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So a 16 year old girl would be considered a near miss in this situation?

Why make games for Linux if they don't sell? Because the nerds are just grateful to get something that works

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Actually CDMA was designed and built by the Russians.

So somewhat anticapitalistic?

SolarWinds releases known attack timeline, new data suggests hackers may have done a dummy run last year

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One of the best quotes from a fictional technical engineer that holds true today.

"The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain".

Unsecured Azure blob exposed 500,000+ highly confidential docs from UK firm's CRM customers

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Saving money on physical data couriers.

At least the new method of safely (leaving) moving highly sensitive data is not in costly laptops or USB drives via British transport.

That has to be some kind of progress.

US Department of Homeland Security warns American business not to use Chinese tech or let data behind the Great Firewall

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It is not Wyze to monitor the living room with it.

For some reason every time I trace the data going from my Wyze Cam V2 from my network it keeps sending to an unknown Chinese IP address before forwarding it to the Wyze US server.

I now have it pointed to the 3D printer as I cannot trust it now.

I know it is made in China, but why can it not connect to a US or UK server?

I hate to think how many of these cameras (and they are pretty good for the price) were bought for home defense, etc.

There should be stiff penalties for pulling crap like this on oblivious consumers.

$900bn coronavirus stimulus bill includes $600 for most Americans, $50 in monthly internet subsidies, $1.9bn to help rid the US of Huawei kit

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Decisions, decisions

Last time it was a nice new UHD TV I got free from the government.

I wished they would make their mind up as it will be the difference between the RTX 3060 or the RTX 3090, and the suspense is killing me (they will be in stock when the money gets here).

Buggy chkdsk in Windows update that caused boot failures and damaged file systems has been fixed

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Quit complaining

It keeps me in a job.

Last month was so quiet there was a big probability for the office to move to Jamaica without us.

Now we are getting calls again. "My PC won't boot" was music to our ears.

Quit complaining and please Microsoft, please fuck up on the next update too while you are at it?

Just not my Xbox. That is fine as it is.

As UK breaks away from Europe, Facebook tells Brits: You'll all be Californians soon

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Californian is not what is was twenty years ago.

Well being Californian isn't what it was in 2000. Most people here are unemployed and homeless, or have moved to Nevada or Texas, as it is cheaper.

I would prefer to be home in the UK than in California. The UK was self sufficient before moving to the EU, it will be again. Sterling will be stronger than the dollar globally, as the UK still has the gold to back it up.

California is penniless and a sanctuary to the undesirables.

Facebook needs to go back to school.

Cruise, Kidman and an unfortunate misunderstanding at the local chemist

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Re: Hmm

My dad took stills at various movie studios and developed them himself in his commercial lab. I had lots of fun helping him carry the film in canisters to the studio executives and producers at Universal and Desilu.

Ad blocking made Google throw its toys out of the pram – and now even more control is being taken from us

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I never thought the day would come..

..when Uncle Google demanded that I shut my Pihole. It not like I am gabby or something.

Don't like YouTube adverts? Well get YouTube Premium in India. Costs me like $2.50 a month and I can download to my hearts content or YouTube's content anywhere in the world. I do like me a bit of Bollywood though.

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

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How much do I get?

So if this does get to the class action part of the lawsuit, and enter it, are we expecting to get only $0.25 of the settlement cheque and waive any future claims against Google Android?

Microsoft warns against SMS, voice calls for multi-factor authentication: Try something that can't be SIM swapped

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I totally agree. I have an old CDMA phone and nobody calls me on it.

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Re: Mother FA

I've been using 123 456 on my luggage for 10 years and the TSA still hasn't been able to get access. I always put some sticky tape to check.

So remember to use an easy password and put some sticky tape on your phone.


(I have a new lock code sorry TSA.)

Brit accused of spying on 772 people via webcam CCTV software tells court he'd end his life if extradited to US

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Re: Team America: World Police

You can never have enough license plates.

2020 hasn't been all bad – a new Raspberry Pi Compute Module is here

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2020 hasn't been all bad

"2020 hasn't been all bad"

You are kidding right?

LibreOffice rains on OpenOffice's 20th anniversary parade, tells rival project to 'do the right thing' and die

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He's dead Jim!

No love for Office 365?

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets

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Why not just use Access 2003?

17k of csv? Easy peasy. And you can have excel as a front end too!

Windows to become emulation layer atop Linux kernel, predicts Eric Raymond

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This sounds familiar.

Oh, great. Another OSX clone....

AT&T’s CEO has a solution to US broadband woes despite billions sunk into the problem. You’ll never guess what it is

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Taking the rough with the smooth

I work for them and take all level 3 calls. They buy out all the local telcos, change the terms and conditions of service and give customers less for more money. Yet we have access to internet and quality (hysterical laughter) and the plebs pay through the nose. 60% of workers are online. How many companies pay internet fees, rent, insurance? Why would they?

My department has closed offices permanently. I am my own IT. My car insurance is 70% less, I work more hours. Rural areas have free unlimited 4G (60gb) service for payg from At&t. Nobody else does that. Makes it that you can work from anywhere. Thanks At&t.

I can 'proceed without you', judge tells Julian Assange after courtroom outburst

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A lot of bother about nothing

If Assange gets a one way ticket to the USA, Trump will pardon him and send him to the land of Aus.

Trump will do this to p*ss off the dems, just like Trump will pardon Snowden.

Anyone else noticed that the top countries for broadband speeds are well-known tax havens? No? Just us then?

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A change of network habits is required

I can remember not too long ago internet speeds of 512K/128 was the sh1t. We all got by pretty good and when it was raised to 2mbt/512 we all got our music/updates/movies downloaded and we organised our downloads/torrents at night, and life was good.

Now we are stuck at the home office and the speeds requested are totally unrealistic when you can get by with 10mbit/2mbit speeds, and yes those 92gb downloads of FS 2020 will have to be done at night too.

That speed is more realistic than 1gbit/1gbit speeds that will cost the earth, and in reality won't be achievable. Countries with tax havens have their sh1t sorted out. UK had the chance to have fiber only to have the councils delay the laying of cable, and the issues with BT mentality. Well it is grim up north of London.

So basically you do not need fast internet. You do need to go out and kick a ball (wearing a mask) instead of kicking your slow internet out the window.

BTW does the Isle of Mann have fast internet? Not until 2025. So not all tax havens eh?


Big B likes you to use large amounts of high speed internet and will have a good snoop at the same time.;)

UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts

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Re: This project is, though

Did we not free them from German tyranny 75+ years ago, at a great cost to the UK? My Mum still remembers that, so it wasn't too long ago.

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Re: This project is, though

I don't think that will help you considering all the launches Elon Musk is starting to make his free global Internet become reality. What was it? 10,000+ satellites in low orbit? I wouldn't want to bump into his stuff.

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

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Hammer Time!

So that PC XT must have had either a RLL or MFM drive, and possibly full height.

Due to the weight of these 5mb hard disk drives, a hammer would be the only tool to use for recovery and "interactive" purposes.

Hopefully the hammer technician checked to see if the terminator plug was still attached......