* Posts by Plest

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Husqvarna ports Doom to a robot lawnmower – not, thankfully, its chainsaws

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Perfection!

Every time I see one of these stories it's a testament to the cultural impact of DOOM on gaming and how cool Romero and Carmack's tech genuinely was back in the day.

Pick up a copy of Romero's autobiography, it's an incredible read for an techie nerd.

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be coders, Jensen Huang warns

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nailed it

The best justification of why I myself still bust a gut to work 45+ hours a week in my mid 50s doing sysadmin work, instead of taking my camera, my walking boots and buggering off to Scotland to live a simple life just walking and taking photos!

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Re: "longer necessary to prioritize computer science and coding education"

One skill AI can't replace, IT people with 20+ years experience of dealing with panicking, headless-chicken PHBs in P1 calls shouting the odds and demanding full rollbacks on a project that's 27 hours down the track and has some minor issues!

Yeah AI coding will get you out of that sort of situaiton, not years and years of on the job diplomacy training in handling managment during a P1!

As a very famous character used to say, "Am I bovvered?!"

LockBit ransomware gang disrupted by global operation

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Oh yeah!

"Teacher caught me...."

Ivanti discloses fifth vulnerability, doesn't credit researchers who found it

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Safe to say by now that Ivanti should be on your vendor blacklist.

Microsoft's Notepad goes from simple text editor to Copilot conspirator

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Re: Why?

Because MS can, it's their app and if they want to ruin it then we all known they will!

You're not imagining things – USB memory sticks are getting worse

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The only two USBs I've ever had that were shit hot where a Buffalo 16gb that I used for about 9 years as a boot device countless times for Linux, OSX and Windows, I still have it and at almost 10 years old now it's still working perfectly despite it's smashed case now wrapped in black leccy tape! The other device I have is a Rocket 512gb USB by Sabrient, absolutely superb! 3 years old now and still lightning fast and never had a single failure.

I have a drawer full of old microsSDs and USB sticks, almost like you have a drawer full of old biros. Just have to find time to test them and throw out the busted ones!

Apple Vision Pro has densest display iFixit's ever seen, and almost-OK repairability

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BTL

Apple, take your enslavement devices and piss off!

Whenever I see VR goggles all I can think of is "Red Dwarf : Better Than Life", junkies locked into a fantasy game world , never able to leave unless they want to ( they never do ) and tryign to forcibly eject them by ripping off the system, is instant death.

Keep your brainwashing devices the hell away from me thanks, not in the least bit interested!

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Check out YouTube, plenty of videos of people already driving while wearing them, yet another job for the boys in blue, pulling over morons wearing their 1980s designed techie ski-goggles.

Raspberry Pi Pico cracks BitLocker in under a minute

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So Bitlocker is basically yet another piece of "security theatre" to make us all "feel" more secure but if it's worth it to someone then they will crack it. Glad I never wasted my time with Bitlocker, seems like a pointless exercise now as it's no more secure than a bog standard 8-char alpha password!

UK government plans to spend over £100M on AI ... but copyright code is held up

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£100m eh? Well I reckon 3 contractors and a PM will happily burn that off in about 2 months on the right nepotistic and incestuous contract once all the pigs get their snouts in the AI trough!

SAP hits brakes on Tesla company car deal

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Re: Why does a software company need company cars?

Software doesn't sell itself and the PR and sales teams have to go out to clients? The techies have to go places? Not all installs are in cosy datacentres under the watchful eye of Nadela or Bezos, still a lot of on-prem and/or high security, out of the way places where stuff runs.

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Re: Billions off share price

"I am old enough to remember ...... pubic hair in porn"

OK, note to self don't read El Reg during lunchbreak!

Whether to move off Oracle is the $100M+ question for Europe's largest public body

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Speak to the resident pinhead PHB and I'm sure all will become very clear, very quickly and probably no surprise to learn a lot of charts were shown alongside glitzy screenshots by PR droids, and then out came the chequebooks!

Return to Office mandates boost company profits? Nope

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Peronsally I like going in 2 days a week, my kids have left home and it's just me and the missus at home now so it does us both good to have "5 mins" apart. My company is still WFH, we have 500 employees with one office with 120 hotdesks, and I reckon most days I go in you'll be lucky to get double digit figures for attendance!

As my manager's manager said, "If we have to spy on people or keep tabs on grown adults, then we're failing as managers.".

Tesla power steering probe upgraded after thousands more incidents reported

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Re: So, can't even get power steering right

Care to provide some evidence? Not saying you're wrong but please "put your money where your mouth is".

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Re: Woke mind virus meaning

If you know why the modern Star Wars franchise is now in such a dreadful state, then you will already know some aspects of "wokeness" even if you don't the word and it's current trendy use.

LockBit shows no remorse for ransomware attack on children's hospital

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Re: FFS.

You're making excuses for convinience. That's where we're going wrong. There are plenty of ways to secure systems and data to the Nth degree and they will always get in the way, to quote "Eternal vigilence is the price we pay for freedom.". You have come down hard but politely on people to educate them that the days of 1990s easy-IT and open PCs are long gone. If I have to lock up all your USB ports , put in AV software on PC, gateways and firewalls, then install multi IDS boxes, firewalls, 2FA, hardware sec tags for access to everything, website scanning and active blocking, then I bloody well will 'cos I know that the scum are kept at bay and you can keep your job as a user, making money for the business or keeping your charity running.

If you can't send a cat picture to Aunty Doris from your work account 'cos I blocked "webmail.com" then put it simply "Tough titties 'cos I don't care I'm afraid!". I care about keeping users safe and the business running 'cos the scuzz that inhabit the internet wont' stop, don't care about anyone but themselves and who will fleece for every penny you as soon as look at you. No excuses.

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Re: It's time

While I agree with you, these scum should be dealt with, messed up insecure IT kit is still someone's responsibility. These scuzzbags got in 'cos someone shortchanged this hospital on their IT setup. They need to look there for responsibility.

Criminals will always look to exploit, we as adults need to do our best to not make it easy, hopefully impossible, to be exploited by scum.

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Of course it's disgusting that a bunch of scum would target a hospital but they're not normal, they live on the other side of the law where morals are already bent and so they have not issue with discarding them completely.

Howvever this is where we end up when technology is simply thrown into situations and is not properly set up or maintained. You wouldn't let your neighbour service your car's engine and MCU, so why do people insist of installing IT kit and letting "the friend of a mate's brother who did some Windows installs" set up entire IT kit?

IT is no longer just putting a few computers on a few desks, shoving a Novell Netware server in and everything's funky! That was 35 years ago now, gazillions of bytes of data have been processed and stored and it's all worth something to someone, this is what these sickos know all too well.

Your data is basically worthless to anyone other than you as data, but as a exploitable it's priceless. About time people started to take IT and their data way more seriously, chucking a copy of Bitdefender on your work PCs will not stop these scum, installing IT kit properly and doing the proper job, and that I'm afraid means paying ( in "beer" or money ) for professional IT people to do it right. You'd pay a plumber or a mechanic a proper wage and expect a proper job, don't shortchange on your IT kit.

Having said that I hope the hospital has some way to recover and hopefully gets some help to secure their kit, as this is not fair on anyone.

Add bacteria to the list of things that can run Doom

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Working class hero John Romero!

I just finished reading John Romero's autobography "DOOM Guy", absolutely fascinating, inspiring and well worth a read if you're techie, a gamer and were around when the big D came out.

Oracle quietly extends Solaris 11.4 support until 2037

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Re: "Patch Tuesday" vs "Reboot one of the 6800s?: WTF!"

I feel you! The Windows mob had SQL servers boucing up and down all week, we needed to boot a Solaris box running Oracle after 600 days uptime and we had 3 weeks of planning meetings to do a 5 min Saturday morning reboot!

Raspberry Pi on IPO plans: 'We want to be ready when the markets are ready'

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Re: memberries

"Pepperidge Farm remembers."

Linus Torvalds flames Google kernel contributor over filesystem suggestion

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Re: Linus being shouty is not really news

Ballcocks!

Sometimes a quick 20 second slanging match is needed to clear the air. Then immediately do what they both did, calm down, sit down and talk through what caused things to get so bad, work the problem over and then everyone moves on. That's how frustrated adults often clear things up and form stronger bonds. If you have something to say then just come out and say it, have it out and then we have something to work on. That's how stuff sometimes has to be solved when you mix egos and testerone.

Virgin Media comes top of the flops for customer complaints

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Virgin Media...the Ratners of the comms world!

"VM are shit!" and in other news large brown furry creatures observed defecating in densely packed leafy areas.

To be honest been a VM customer since they took over from C&W. never had a single problem with their support desk, probably 'cos I've never had the misfortune to ever had to call it thank god.

My father on the other hand has been waiting 3 years now for them to sort out an email account problem, he calls them once a month ( mostly for fun as he's retired and bored! ) just to check and never any update, still broken!

Akira ransomware gang says it stole passport scans from Lush in 110 GB data heist

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STOP SCRAPING AND KEEPING!

Tell me, in the name of that's holy and blessed, why the fricking hell a shop that sellls fricking soap, needs to be storing customer's passport scans?! Employees in the HR DB, fair enough but customers?! I hope they had a damn good reason else GDPR will be ragging their arses once the hackers have finished having their fun.

Major IT outage at Europe's largest caravan and RV club makes for not-so-happy campers

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Here's to caravanning!

Bought one in 2010, 10 years of cheap carvan holidays and long weekends away, we paid off our mortgage in 9 years! Sold it and only lost about 20% value and now we're enjoying being mortgage free for the last 5 years. While I'm not longer one of Clarkson's Most Hated I have nothing but praise for caravanning as it allowed us enjoy a very financially secure life from now on.

Amazon Ring sounds death knell for surveillance as a service

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There's always upsides and downsides to everything, but granting some faceless shopping corporation selling plastic shit a 24/7 live view of my live is certainly not on the upsides list. Bezos can keep his spy doorbells thanks, I'll make do with my CCTV cams where the first "C" actually means the most to me thanks.

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Re: Are these pervy doorbells mandatory?

Add in the meme "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!" and you have a $1tn global business!

Lukewarm reception for Microsoft's Copilot Pro amid performance, cost grumbles

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Classic MS are making people put up something they don't want nor need yet

Classic MS all over again, the company rammed computers into everyone's hands back in the 1990s whether they actually needed one or not are at it again. They're ramming AI up people's noses, have to be the first have it on desktops as a usable product, sadly all I can hear in my mind is "Your plastic pal who's fun to be with!". Sorry but most AI seems to be a half baked solution looking for problems to solve, or at worst creating them so it can solve them.

Burnout epidemic proves there's too much Rust on the gears of open source

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Bascially what we all say when we get pissed off, "I don't get paid enough for this shit, the managers do so let them worry about it!". Ha ha!

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Re: "Burnout"

How about some "reductio ad absurdum"...

If I take a meal to my aged neighbour I'm depriving a council worker of a job delivering meals on wheels.

If I take photos of trees for fun, I'm depriving a local forest ranger of a job cataloging trees.

If I make a sandwich, I'm depriving a cafe owner of making a living.

If I teach my 2 year kid not to shit their pants, I'm depriving a nursery teacher of a job!

I can keep going but no matter what you do there is always someone going to be paid to do that same thing, at some point in some place. Oddly enough as a professional IT person i don't get the urge to be a prat just 'cos someone I know is learning to write some basic code, if anything I'm willing to double-down on giving my time freely in order to help them take a step up, that applies to anything I can do!

Shut up and get off your soap box, you're just making an arse of yourself.

IT consultant fined for daring to expose shoddy security

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Re: Wait, what?

Not familiar with the phrase "Damned if you do, damned if you don't."?

- Come clean privately, you get sued for coming clean pirvately!

- Broadcast it, you get sued for broadcasting it!

- Do nothing, you get sued for doing nothing and saying nothing!

You can't win 'cos the game is rigged by those with something to hide, usually their embarassment if anyone finds out about how bloody incompetant they are.

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Re: Not Surprised

We certainly do if the message is likely to embarass anyone wealthy or with any modicum of power. Can't have we plebs getting above our station now can we!

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Re: Summarised perfectly

Jeez, missing a sense of humour more like, bet you're a good laugh down the pub on Friday lunchtimes! Lighten up FFS!

NOTN is a comedy prog, satrical parody sometimes requires that you suspend your disbelief and just accept the comedy for what it is, basically stop overthinking it and just enjoy something funny, god knows we could all do with more laughs given the state of the world right now.

For a moment there, Lotus Notes appeared to do everything a company needed

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We used Notes as a browser for a short time!

Back some point in the 1990s we used to use Lotus Notes as a browser, simply as it was able to do it and it allowed us to track what people were doing. Once IE got off the ground properly, we set up proxies, firewalls and standardised on IE but for aout 6-9 months Notes on desktop functioned as a basic internet browser for about 50 people in our place.

I wasn't the Notes admin but I believe Notes was rendering the HTML as a proxy as it wasn't as fast a Netscape off one of our Sun boxes at the time but it was just about usable.

AI political disinformation is a huge problem – but harder to fight than ever

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As the updated saying goes...

"There's lies, damned lies and AI generated shit!"

Microsoft touts migration to Windows 11 as painless, though wallets may disagree

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Re: TPM 2.0

You can just switch that crap off during install if you like, takes 30 secs to disable that check and push on through the install.

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If you don't need anything W11 offers, I wouldn't bother

As I have said many times, W11 is alright but I can't really see any reason to upgrade unless you're forced to. I only use it 'cos I get it through my work MSDN and we're about to roll out in the next 6 months so we need to get some practice in finding where MS have hidden everything useful!

I tell a lie, you get tabbed version of Notepad! Whoop-de-effing-do! ha ha!!

John Deere tractors get connectivity boost with Starlink deal

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Re: "Great for Farmers"

Where's the profit in that?!

Come on, we don't buy products these days to benefit us, get real! Manufaturers are no better than drug dealers, first hit's free and once you're hooked then they've got you for life on a permanent subscription for their product. Just try working with cloud microservices for more than 6 months, then you start to have a some small idea what heroine junkies go through!

The New ROM Antics – building the ZX Spectrum 128

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Love it!

I rememeber when Amstrad took over Sinclair and you could pick up so much old Sinclair kit of "pennies" I bought about 10 Sinclair machines of various types for about £600, drives and disks. I'd just started my first job, living at home and had money to burn!

My parents refused to buy Sinclair micros when i was a kid they'd both bought the original Sinclair odds and sods electronic kits and hated them, so we had to have a "Proper home computer, not that cheap Sinclair shit!", so we had two Dragon computers, then various Amstrads, Amstrad PCs and then Tandem XTs before me and my dad started building our own PCs. My Dad is now 82 and still build his own PCs and does stuff with Arduino, and he still hates Sinclair with a passion! LOL!

With OpenAI GPT Store imminent, apps are already being ripped off by copycats

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Don't even have to rip anything off, there's a million and one copycat code samples on how to write almost any AI enabled apps you like on practicallly every dev site you frequent. "Last Days of Rome" thing seems to spring to mind as the AI coding mass orgy is in full swing but pretty soon dawn will break and a million hungover headaches will commence accompanied by lots of genital itching!

The Hobbes OS/2 Archive logs off permanently in April

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People hoarding junk like garbage raking racoons! Ha ha!!

This is just a dead O/S that's had it's day, I know as I coded lots of REXX back in the day and I enjoyed using OS2 a lot but you have to move on, let things go. 18 months ago I literally recycled 700 DVDs and 150 VHS casettes. Yes it was painful for a few weeks but junking old crap is a very cathartic exercise. It's like when a HD blows out and you had no backup, you can sit and cry or just let it go, console yourself with the fact that if it was important you would have backed it up so it could never have been that important.

The older I get the more often I raid the spare room, bin the junk and always feel so much better once the skip is collected and removes my worries. Keep the important stuff of course, but most of the crap we buy and hoard is worthless.

Learn to let go and move on.

What if Microsoft had given us Windows XP 2024?

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XP background

As a semi-pro photographer I wished I was the one who shot that famous background XP image. I seem to recall the snapper in question saying, "I can't tell you how much I got paid but safe to say that I won't ever have to worry so much about finding work for the rest of my life, all from that one shot."

Windows boss takes on taskbar turmoil, pledges to 'make Start menu great again'

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Just ask for one tiny thing....

STOP F**KING HIDING USEFUL STUFF 6 LAYERS DEEP IN DIALOGS!!!

I want to adjust the sound settings, stop making me remember of 176 convoluted commands I need to run, or make me wade through 5 dialogs to find stuff.

New cars bought in the UK must be zero emission by 2035 – it's the law

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Hmmm..

1. All that extra draw off the NatGrid both locally in streets and on public charge points.

2. Home breaker boards to be upgraded due to the bigger draw required.

3. Charge spots, there's just 4 in my 60,000 pop size town about 10 miles outside London!

4. Fast forward to 2045 when all those batteries will need replacing, you mean we don't have plans to set up huge plants to handle recycling millions of batteries a year?

5. Average new EV cost today is around £50k and average 2nd hand petrol car is around £5k, inflation and people's budgets's stretch already.

6. Fuelling a petrol/diesel can be done in 5 mins, EV charging is around 3-4 hours min.

7. Are the RAC, AA, GreenFlag, etc all ready to head out and repair EVs? I assume they're already doing some of the work on the road. More spares in vans needed during the final 5 year countdown.

Just the few I could think of while I'm on lunch break.

Doom is 30, and so is Windows NT. How far we haven't come

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Re: Computer did get faster, software did get bloated.

Some people still care and since moving from Python to Go and Rust I've found I need to up my game a lot and actually knuckle down and remember what i was taught in CS coding classes, else my code runs like a dog.

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Re: No imagination any more

Javascript peaked after React and every year since all we get is a new "revolutionary" Javascript lib every year! Progress is dead in that language.

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That cost two devs their jobs in our place!

Back in '94 two devs did that in our place, 4 hours later they were escorted out of the building for a) playing games on work kit and b) DOOM had the worst network code imaginable and it would flood ethernet with a torrent of packets and cause entire rigs to slow down!

We used to play it overnight in the work training rooms, we had to isolate the training room net from the rest of the company as we saw the overnight backups slow down by around 75% when we played DOOM!

Women in IT are on a 283-year march to parity, BCS warns

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How many more times?!

It's often too late to convince women to enter STEM fields by the time they graduate, you want more diversity in STEM then start teaching it properly in junior schools and even introduce simple tech and ideas around mechanics to kindergartners, make STEM subjects as mundane and run-of-the-mill as maths and English and then you'll get more diversity automatically.

Forcing diversity quotas and such like does not work as all you get are mediocre applicants who have no passion for the fields. If you're going to work in tough, well paid careers you need to have a passion for those careers, that goes for any career path, if you don't have people with passion then you will not get the results from those working in it.

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