* Posts by Phones Sheridan

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72 flights later and a rotor blade short, Mars chopper loses its fight with physics

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Re: Wait, hang on a mo...

My thoughts are that a blade fatigued causing rotor imbalance and the fatigued blade damaged all the other blades before being hurled off at high speed. YouTube has videos of blade fatigue on wind turbines, one second it’s there, the next it isn’t and the turbine usually shakes itself to bits in another second or so.

Some Intel Core chips keep crashing, game devs complain

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Re: Same old

I remember it as:-

We are Pentium of Borg. Division is futile. You will all be approximated!

Work for you? Again? After you lied about the job and stole my stuff? No thanks

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Web archive user's $14k BigQuery bill shock after running queries on 'free' dataset

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Re: I am sympathetic to "Tim"

It’s probably tied up to a google Workspace account, and helps itself to the credit card details registered to pay for that.

Apple makes it official: No Home Screen web apps in European Union

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"The changes Apple is planning, he said, mean that in the EU, Apple will delete user data associated with PWAs without notice,"

This would fall foul of the Computer Misuse Act in the UK. However private individuals would need to take Apple to court, if they care. It's unlikely that the Government would.

Not sure what the legal status is in the EU, but I can see the EU taking retaliatory actions, they don't like to be given the finger, and by breaking working existing functionality within the EU Apple are sticking up a pretty big finger.

Similar happened years ago when Apple lost a court case in the UK, and they went on the offensive on their website sticking up a finger to the court and attacking it. The court started fining them daily for contempt until they retracted the offending pages on the website, and replaced it with a court approved webpage admitting wrong-doing all along.

Alaska Airlines' door-dropping flight was missing bolts

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The word you're looking for is hubris.

The sound you're listening to is "WOOOOOOOSH!"

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Re: "... when you replace a skilled worker with an unskilled worker ..."

I think that pretty much backs up what I am saying. If the work procedure states.

1) fit frame

2) ...

3) ...

4) ...

.......

25) fit bolts

.......

51) take picture of the finished job and file with work sheet XYZ-123.

The unskilled worker doesn't realized he hasn't fitted the bolts. The picture is there for reference at a later date if something requires it, this report required it so it was dragged out of filing, then a skilled worker looked at it and spotted the error. I bet nowhere is there a procedure that says "All pictures must be inspected by a skilled worker before filing". The picture is a replacement for a sheet full of tick boxes, to save yet more money.

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This is what happens when you replace a skilled worker with an unskilled worker holding a photocopy of a work-procedure. To a bean counter they both look he same, but the results are always that the unskilled worker misses or doesn’t understand his mistakes.

You could have heard a pin drop: Virgin Galactic reports itself to the FAA

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Wooooosh!

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I had my tongue firmly in my cheek when I posted the above, but it turns out Nasa already have form!

https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/duct-tape-auto-repair-moon

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Should it move? Yes ---> WD 40

Should it move? No. ---> Duct Tape.

Adobe has 'no plans' to invest in XD despite failed Figma buy

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I'm having major issues with Illustrator at the moment. It's just so damn slow that our artwork dept is going nuts. Saving files can take literally hours, flattening files, you may as well go for lunch, followed by an afternoons shopping while you wait. You look at the task manager, full memory?, nope, thrashing hard disk?, nope, maxed out CPU?, 5% max, nope. Tried running the same task through Ghostscript, 15 seconds. Look on the forums, lots of people having the same issue going back to 2016. It just sits there doing nothing for so many people. It really is a dogs dinner.

Rant over, feel better now.

Microsoft Edge ignores user wishes, slurps tabs from Chrome without permission

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Re: GDPR breach here we come

It's not really a GDPR issue, as someone has said unless your tabs contain peoples names, DOB, social security numbers etc.

The UK Act that covers this is the Computer Misuse Act 1990, specifically the section starting "Unauthorised, or malicious, access to material stored on a computer.".

Getting the authorities to act on this though is another thing. I believe the last event that prompted the government to act, was Prince Phillip's Prestel account being hacked by journalists. "Prestel" I hear you say. "What's that?". Exactly!

Guess the company: Takes your DNA, blames you when criminals steal it, can’t spot a cyberattack for 5 months

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Re: I got a good idea!

Have a search around this site and you’ll find articles going back almost 2 decades that quote database owners as saying they have enough data stored to identify your fathers surname from any DNA sample uploaded. Think about it, surnames tend not to be changed in the west, father to son. If you have the same surname as your long dead grandparent, you’re identifiable and probably already have been linked.

If your based in the uk, you can use services such as the 192.com website to trawl electoral register records going back decades. Tracking people in that is incredibly easy. If you are registered to vote or you pay council tax, you’re identifiable.

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity will fly no more, but is still standing upright

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Re: Impressive... very very impressive!

Still waiting for the Finglonger!

David Mills, the internet's Father Time, dies at 85

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I'm never able to read this, without it being in John Hannah's voice in my head.

Microsoft suggests command line fiddling to get faulty Windows 10 update installed

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Or hiding them in plain sight, say on the disc.

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“ that allowed attackers to bypass BitLocker encryption by…”

This would indicate to me that the drive isn’t actually encrypted if you can bypass it using a boot disc. Is the patch just hiding the issue elsewhere?

Boffins demo self-eating rocket engine in Scotland

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They made a rocket out of a hot glue gun???

America's first private lunar lander suffers 'critical' fuel leak en route to Moon

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I'm guessing one of the "games" they are playing right now, would be "what would we now do if we had people on board", and they are probably using this as an opportunity to practice things that rarely get the opportunity to be practiced outside of a lab.

Glass raised because they will probably learn some stuff from this.

A tale of 2 casino ransomware attacks: One paid out, one did not

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"So why is it that networks are so Swiss cheese that these guys can actually take advantage of this swiss cheese?"

In my experience, it's users convincing the higher-up-than-mes that they absolutely cannot do their job without admin rights. I'm fighting 2 battles right now, one with a marketing team, and another with the design team, both of which get the CEOs direct attention, cos, ooh, shiny and buzzwords. I've written a report to my superiors why I am refusing to let anyone including myself work with realtime admin rights ( they don't want to have to go through the bother of elevating privs during a task ), and have given them the option to follow my Expert Advice™*, or sack me. I'm getting too old for this same old same old, and I've already retired twice, and changed professions completely.

*I was headhunted out of retirement, so someone thought I knew what I was doing.

Not working with admin privs out of the box stops 99.999% of malware intrusion.

Bricking it: Do you actually own anything digital?

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Re: Gifting

Good point, maybe I should have said I don't really think that you could get that kind of response from forwarding someone an MP3.

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Gifting

Can you really gift digital media? I was recently chatting to a 60 something work friend who fronts an Iggy Pop / Status Quo tribute band. I was telling him how I played rock organ in my youth, and my favourite thing to perform back then was Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds. What followed was an incredulous 15 minute "What's War of the Worlds - You've never heard of War of the Worlds - You know the film, with the tripods, NO??, The HG wells broadcast?, the book?, the Jeff Wayne Musical version?". Long story short, I gave him a CD copy. He was over the moon. A couple of days later he sent me a picture, he'd mounted the CD case on the wall in his recording studio. It was now his favourite thing in the world, and was the top of his play list. I don't really think that you could get that kind of response from digital media.

Europe classifies three adult sites as worthy of its toughest internet regulations

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So what happens if those site cut their subscription numbers back to 44.9 million and refuse further signups? Do they stop being a VLOP? Or is it a case of once a VLOP always a VLOP?

Google coughs up $700M in Play Store antitrust suit

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I thought in the US that lawyers fees for the winning are rarely awarded?

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The government is probably the only organisation with pockets deep enough to keep funding the court cases indefinitely. Bill Gates once said that fighting the government is a battle you will always lose. Even if you win, the government makes a change in the law, and starts again.

UK government woefully unprepared for 'catastrophic' ransomware attack

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Re: Nothing remarkable here

"It's just another easily identified risk for which HMG is woefully unprepared."

Sounds an awful lot like Brexit, We voted for that in 2016 I believe it was, but in 2021 I had a phone call from HMRC telling me that they would not be enforcing their penalising me for my inability to conform to the new rules, because they still couldn't figure out themselves what the new rules were, they then followed that up with a letter offering me £100 compensation for their previous aggressive enforcement of the UK rules because the UK rules were perhaps-maybe-almost-certainly-were in error.

2023 and I'm still having almost monthly back and fro's about this with HMRC. As a business it's a shitshow. Ordinary consumers (i.e. voters) have no idea that my workload has increased 10-fold because of their vote. I may as well just sack my staff, and go tend to my allotment and live a much simpler life.

Doom turns 30, so its creators celebrate seminal first-person shooter’s contribution to IT careers

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Re: "and I am all out of bubblegum"

In game, it was ass and gum in that order. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0GZ4Y9w6o0

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Lsl

Ne2000

Ipxodi /a

I remember religiously keying that in every Doom lan party

30 years later, retired sysadmin. Yup article was right!

Regulator says stranger entered hospital, treated a patient, took a document ... then vanished

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Re: Just the tip of the iceberg.

Because prior to brexit, records were not kept about trade with Europe. I didn’t fill in one piece of paper declaring anything I sold or bought from Europe. Jan 1st 2021, everything is declared in triplicate followed by a non-sensical declaration of estimate of taxes owed if we didn’t have a brexit deal, then we have to pay it and claim it back in the same transaction, and to top it off, once every month the government sends us a PVA certificate of what they believe the tax figure should have been, and we have to change the declared figures to the new approved government figures and re-declare. Funnily enough it’s always a higher value we’re told to declare.

Trade isn’t up, it’s just documented since 2021. Anything before that date is an estimate.

British Library begins contacting customers as Rhysida leaks data dump

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<Lee Mack> What did you just call me???! </Lee Mack>

X/Twitter booted out of Australia's disinformation-fighting club

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Re: False premise

It took 15 years to make the ISPs legally responsible if they resolved the DNS. They did bugger all to TPB, and advertising on TBP sites is well and truly uninterrupted.

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Re: Banner everything everywhere on all media

There was a time we had the rather entertaining Flame of the Week article, where unmoderated comments were posted in all their flaming glory for all to ridicule. Not seen that for years now.

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Re: False premise

It took about 15 years to block the pirate bay at a country DNS level. I was still accessing it via BT dns servers direct until the end of last year.

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Re: Banner everything everywhere on all media

That would open the person placing the message up to claims of slander and defamation. Who gets to be the arbiter of what is true and what is misleading?

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Re: False premise

At that point it becomes easier for Twitter to close any local Australian offices and simply not have local representation. Hmmm, looks like they already have, so any actions would simply put remaining Australian employees out of a job.

https://www.smh.com.au/technology/twitter-closing-australian-office-staff-to-work-from-home-20220725-p5b4ce.html

Fines are not much of a deterrent if you're not around to pay them.

Half a kilo of cosmic nuclear fuel reignites NASA's deep space dreams

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Re: significantly lower power degradation over time

I do suppose there's an argument that being able to run 10 instruments rather than 4 or 5 after nearly 5 decades is preferable. No one expected that nearly 50 years later, the Voyagers are still discovering new science.

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Re: significantly lower power degradation over time

I did a quick google, Wikipedia states that in 1977 the RTGs were generating a total of 470 watts. As you say, Pu-238 has a half-life of 88 ish years, so would lose 0.79% of their power output each year. If that reduction was consistent then today they’ would be knocking out 299ish watts.

The actual figure is lower because the thermocouples that convert heat to electricity also degrade over time, in 2011 for instance, the Voyagers were generating 270 watts, rather than 343 watts.

As of Feb this year, Voyager 1 with it's 4 working instruments only has 8.3 watts to spare. Voyager 2 with it's 5 instruments only has 3.6 watts to spare. To keep comms up NASA will have to either turn another instrument off on each, or come up with clever ideas in typical NASA fashion (along the lines of how they kept the rovers going) to somehow ration the power between all working devices, outside of the original design.

Maybe if a more efficient RTG design had been available in the 70s, the Voyagers could have been kept in service say an extra decade, before reaching the point we are at now where NASA are having to power instruments down. Hopefully in the last 47 years, we've made some progress in power conversion efficiency that can be applied to future devices.

CompSci academic thought tech support was useless – until he needed it

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Re: Remedial Computing Courses

My dad, has for over 30 years now been incapable of double clicking on a mouse, he is just too heavy handed moving the mouse between each mash of his finger. The solution I found was to get him a track ball, then when he double clicks, he lifts his had up off the ball, and pokes the button. I also had to set the double click to slowest speed, and give him mouse trails so he doesn't lose it.

We're getting that fry-day feeling... US Army gets hold of drone-cooking microwave rig

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What else needs saying?

ULLA!!

It's been 25 years since NASA astronaut John Glenn's geriatric jaunt around Earth

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Re: Godspeed John Glenn

I always attributed it to Steve Buscemi!

https://youtu.be/CuAUE58MQt4?si=s7h3l7GF0qtj4bYB

Cybersecurity snafu sends British Library back to the Dark Ages

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Tom Scott did a very interesting short video on the British Library a few weeks ago.

Worth 5 minutes of anyone time https://youtu.be/ZNVuIU6UUiM?si=L6UA_cxv_a7ihHS6

NASA just patched Voyager 2's software but spared Voyager 1 the risky rewrite

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Not a job I would want.

I wouldn’t want to be the engineer responsible for uploading the changes because one day it isn’t going to work, and I wouldn’t want to be remembered by history as the engineer that killed Voyager 1 (/2).

Developers build AI to read ancient scroll burnt in Mount Vesuvius eruption

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Mars helicopter to try for new speed record on Thursday

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Time flies.....

"Two and a half years later"

If asked I would have sworn it had only been a few months.

From vacuum tubes to qubits – is quantum computing destined to repeat history?

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It’s an active work in progress! Chances of success 100%

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Quantum Computing? Will file it along with Fusion and IPv6 in the drawer marked “no meaningful progress in my lifetime”

Europe wants easy default browser selection screens. Mozilla is already sounding the alarm on dirty tricks

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Maybe now is the time to release my internet browser named "Internet Browser"!

Colleges snub Turnitin's AI-writing detector over fears it'll wrongly accuse students

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Re: Advice

Ah, but what’s to stop the AI generating the previous versions too at the same time?

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