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3195 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

Hole-y ship: ISS 'nauts take a wander to crack Soyuz driller whodunnit

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Wot? No "rocket surgery" joke? I am disappoint!

Christ... watching him wave a knife around was making me cringe. I was just waiting for him to slice a glove. The bad part was when they were mostly through the MLI, and it was enough to get in the way, but not enough to peel back and clamp, and he was just blindly cutting things while wearing a pressure suit.

The Strela boom was complete useless shite. It didn't help restrain him in place at all. Most of the restraint was provided by the second cosmonaut doing his best to physically hold him, and they were complaining/joking constantly that they really needed a third.

Also, they didn't just cut out insulation, they sliced out the sheet-metal micrometeorite shielding as well. Pretty damn invasive for a spacecraft you intend to fly next week.

Dixons Carphone smarting from £440m loss as it writes down goodwill on mobile biz

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Re: hate it. use it

Even better: "We got rid of the headphone jack"... "we have a stupid notch"... "battery replacement? hah!"

Now you get a new phone only when you smash the old one, and I buy online for the best price and the ability to check out specs at leisure without a salesperson breathing down my neck. Plus it doesn't help that the models you want, are not carried in-store anyway.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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Re: Interesting, but radiation killing through water?

It doesn't need to be a direct kill... you just have to kill off the food source at the surface and the chain collapses. A lot of stuff eats the plankton and stuff that lives on sunlight. Kill that and it's a world of hurt.

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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Re: Value added installer

You wrote the startup screens to Kerbal Space Program, and I want my £10

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Unencrypted passwords in user profiles

I remember when my community college (step below a state university) switched from a punched-card machine to a Data General (MV?) box (remember them?) in the mid-80s. I was learning FORTRAN on it. We could still get packs of punch cards with the college logo in the vending machines.

It was running some flavor of DG/UX. I was messing around and discovered where my "user profile" was stored, so I looked at it with a hexdump. And the first part of the file was my unencrypted password. Seriously.

Yeah... when I mentioned that to people, it went to hell in a handbasket pretty quick.

Edit: now that I think about it, this must have been something locally written, not part of DG/UX. DG was smarter than that.

The curious tale of ICANN, Verisign, claims of subterfuge, and the $135m .Web dot-word

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Re: Alternate system

> Who is going to convince multiple big ISPs to switch off the real DNS root to an alternate one at the same time?

When ICANN finally does something really egregious and pisses them off royally, enough to do such a thing.

It just needs a tipping point, like my friends seem to have reached with facebook, to the point they're abandoning it.

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Actually... the power button for my new Samsung U28H75x monitor is on the back, on a joystick.

You have to reach around and feel for the joystick (giggle) then click it in, and a menu pops up. You then click down and click again to select and it powers off.

Seriously.

Yeah, I just pull the damned plug.

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Re: Which is better?

> The only bacon worth eating is homemade.

I wish. Unfortunately after 40 years of trying, I can't reliably cook decent bacon to my liking.

If I could, I'd probably be 600lbs. And so would my dog.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Re: Don't feel so bad Ericsson, you probably did us all a favour!

> How may "zombies" had to stop staring at phones on public tranport and actually read something in the paper, look around them or worse actually talk to other passengers

Not me! I have Solitaire on my phone for emergencies such as this!

Wintel dust up: Intel supply woes vs Win10 demand

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Win 10?

Why do I need a new PC? My current one can delete all my documents pretty quickly.

Waymo's revolutionary driverless robo-taxi service launches in America... with drivers

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Re: She was walking her bicycle across a highway at night

> You could order by mobile phone before Uber. Traditional taxi and hackney companies that treat workers better also have apps.

I challenge you to come to Orlando and try to get anywhere using one of the local taxi phone apps. You'll be sitting for a while, and probably hairless by the end of it.

"Complete shite" doesn't even begin to cover it.

Keen for much-hyped quantum computing to finally land? Don't expect it for a decade

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"where n is undefined but somehow doesn't trigger any error handling"

Nice

He, He, more gassy whoppers: Toshiba spreads 12TB, 14TB drives across gaming and NAS disks

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and the operator's iPhones to die...

Falcon 9 gets its feet wet as SpaceX notch up two more launch successes

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Re: NASA has concerns over SpaceX culture??!?

My beef with NASA being all hoity-toity is not only have they lost astronauts, but they've sat on their ass and not done any significant basic rocket research since the '70s WHICH IS THEIR JOB

They've talked about recovering boosters FOREVER and not done it. Hell, even the very first Redstones that launched Shepard, et al were supposed to be recovered by parachute, but NASA bottled out and put in 300lbs of ballast instead. And Gemini was supposed to be recovered by parasail, and they bottled out again.

Commercial crew is ready to go, except NASA can't get the paperwork together.

They're yelling at SpaceX to get off their lawn, these days.

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Not a record number of cubesats

At least El Reg takes care to specify that it wasn't a world record number of objects launched, as India dropped off 104 satellites from a PSLV XL in February last year.

I know I should be used to incompetent Americans by now, but it still gets my knickers in a twist when I see CNN, Fox, NBC, etc with "SpaceX launches record number of satellites" headlines.

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Re: An optimistic cynics take

> Impacts into water at high speed hurt quite a bit.

Sure, but they're equipped with a good-size parachute these days, so it shouldn't be a high-speed impact.

If you ever felt like you needed to carry 4TB of data around, Toshiba's got you covered

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Re: This has been available for a while

I have the Toshiba 2GB version of this for weekly backups.

I've found the WD MyPassport drives to be horribly unreliable. In my experience, 4 out of 4 drives have failed.

As sales slide, virtual reality fans look to a bright, untethered future

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Vendors

I'll be damned if I'm buying something from Facebook, Microsoft or Sony, and I hear the Vive isn't that great.

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Are these real American cops?

They didn't just shoot him for not pulling over?

Not joking, actually...

Dog with 'psychotic tendencies' escapes home to poop on his neighbours' pillows

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Two can play that game...

I had a similar problem where the neighbor was actually letting their small dog out to roam free, so it'd come dig my yard.

After it "accidentally" got soaked in a tub of motor oil and went back home in that condition, the situation was rectified and the dog lost its roaming privileges.

Sadly, another small dog was simply run over by a car, which is a horrible fate.

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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Police are investigating?

Why weren't they called the moment the owners walked in and saw all the ne're-do-wells?

On this side of the pond, you'd need that for the insurance documentation, possibly trespassing charges, and having the police question and possibly detain these blokes. After they're all gone, there's not much left to investigate other than "yup, your shit is gone"

Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

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Re: Errr....

> but only where the two 120mm fans are located

Well then are the fans backward? If the fans breathe through the filters, then the idea is they blow out the various gaps and vents and so dust is reduced.

However, if your box was assembled by the same morons I usually see, the fans blow out into the filters, which is a complete waste of time.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Happened before

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-krispy-kreme-glaze-orlando-police-20171012-story.html

"The City of Orlando paid $37,500 to a man to settle a lawsuit after police officers arrested him for what they thought was meth but was actually tiny flakes of glaze from a Krispy Kreme doughnut"

So this was $37K for just 10 hours in jail. Hopefully this woman gets millions.

That's the only way to stop this. Hit them in the pocketbook.

Domain name 'admin' role eyed up as latest victim of Whois system's GDPRmeggdon

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Sure, but the data protection act has no teeth. The GDPR does.

Check your repos... Crypto-coin-stealing code sneaks into fairly popular NPM lib (2m downloads per week)

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Debian vetting & trust

You don't see very many stories about malicious Debian packages.

Prospective Debian developers are vetted by "application managers" who are folks that have been Debian developers themselves for at least six months.

Also: "Every application to become a Debian Developer must be advocated by an existing Debian Developer who is familiar with the applicant's work, and who believes that he/she is of a suitable standard both technically and socially."

https://wiki.debian.org/DebianDeveloper

I don't see why this isn't an industry-wide practice.

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe

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The problem is that Apple is double-dipping

Lots of people buy iPhones/iPads because various apps (e.g. Foreflight) only run on them. Thus, the App Store helps Apple sell devices.

They then have the gall to charge developers a large fee for their hard work selling Apple products.

5% or 10% might be overlooked, but 30% is ridiculous.

I'm an Android fanboi because of things like fdroid, which sells open source apps only, and compiles them from source itself, so you can look at the source of the app you're running. You can't get that with an Apple product because of their monopoly.

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Re: Howard

Well, I'm sure he wasn't able to make the deposit he needed to do, so it seems to be kind of an own-goal there.

I expect making tellers/retail clerks pissed off will be its own karma, as I find that making them happy reaps rewards for several years down the road. I've been given free lattes and such, months after helping someone get the job done in a broken situation.

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Re: Bad advice

Since I'm in the Land-Of-Shite-Chocolate, any employees visiting from Europe are commanded "BRING US CHOCOLATE!"

One delicious surprise was Russian chocolates containing 100-proof vodka.

Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe

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Re: Burroughs/Unisys...

> practically ran COBOL instructions natively

Somewhere an ARM RISC engineer is crying

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

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Re: Sic transit gloria mundi

I have a t-shirt that says "We went from landing on the Moon to "This Bag Is Not A Toy" in 40 short years"

Germany pushes router security rules, OpenWRT and CCC push back

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Re: ...and no mention of ugly "cloud" management features...

> reset the router and take it to the local charity shop

Why? Then you create another problem when someone clueless buys it and it becomes part of a botnet.

I would have spent a day trying to config it, and when it was that much of a PITA, it would have gone back to Amazon or Best Buy or whoever. Make it the MANUFACTURER'S problem, because hitting them in the pocketbook is the only way to encourage them to make non-shit products.

Linux kernel Spectre V2 defense fingered for massively slowing down unlucky apps on Intel Hyper-Thread CPUs

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Hell, let's actually use the cores we have!

After watching xosview for a decade, I think the only thing to use all the cores at once is gcc, when it builds kernel modules for VirtualBox, nvidia drivers, etc.

I think other than that, KSP now uses about 1.8 cores.

RIP Bill Godbout: Cali wildfire claims the life of master maverick of microcomputers

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If it wasn't for this guy, I'd not be here

Wow. That article was like a walk down memory lane. My first job was running networked CompuPro boxes, and I did that for 4 years before going to college.

I am just shattered to hear this.

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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A modest proposal

We should rename the kilogram to kibble, and then we can rename grams to bits!

Kibbles'n'bits! They're yummy!

EE, Virgin Media hit with £13.3m fine: Squeezing users for fees for early contract termination not OK

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Re: It wasn't a cease order, but a downgrade - with a new contract!

This is specifically why I pay extra to have the company's legal aid benefit. They write a letter with all the magic words like "sueball" and "FTC" and "massive fine" and the problem goes away.

Dell melts in face of investor dissent, ups offer for Class V stock

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Elmer, is that you?

Do you know the number to the local stroke hotline?

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Re: Spark plugs on not-so-old cars...

If spark plugs are expensive parts, you're going to the wrong garage...

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

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Re: I wish they'd do that for SMALL businesses...

They won't do it for small businesses because they're SMALL and can't promise (and not deliver) hundreds of jobs and lots of tax payments like the huge mega-corps.

I don't see this as bad. Amazon did a shrewd business move with this "contest" and it's not their fault the cities fell all over themselves with handouts.

I know Orlando only offered $400m and a bit of land and honestly wasn't that interested. We've already got Mauswitz, er, Duckau, um, Disney as the local Boss Tweed.

Oz telcos' club asks: Why the hell do Australia Post, rando councils, or Taxi Services Commission want comms metadata?

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That's root access, for certain!

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Re: USB memory sticks should be harmless.....

... except for the fact that USB allows a memory device to do ALL THE non-memory-device THINGS. This isn't just a Microsoft thing, it's a basic design challenge.

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It just needs to be reasonably lawyer-proof so that it would lead to at least a long expensive court case.

This is mostly deterrence, although you do need the nuclear weapons to back it up and the willingness to use them.

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Re: USB bricker?

Yes, it does depend on the device:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/12/usb-killer-fries-devices/

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Re: @AC

> report the email as attempted phishing

Yup. This. I see stupid stuff happen all the time, and people just facepalm without telling anyone that can do anything about it.

The amount of "WAIT. WHAT?!" faces and "well that stops now!" I've gotten when I've asked "do you know about [stupid thing]?"

Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Re: Ah, memories

> I have no idea how you remember the blow by blow (or bit by byte) interaction 20 years or more down the line

Some painful trauma you can't forget, no matter how hard you try...

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Re: Not just assembly.

> so when I inadvertently added 1 to the passed-in constant 5, all "constant" 5s in the program became 6s...

Whelp. My day was shit, but not THAT shit. You win.

Bruce Schneier: You want real IoT security? Have Uncle Sam start putting boots to asses

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Re: More seriously

> putting the logo on the sticker is easy

The CE mark is now so widely counterfeited that it's called the "Chinesium Export" logo now.

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Re: 6 years (and counting) for a fridge

> £300 for a re-gas. Fucking hell what sort of freon are they using? Unobtainium?

That's the new expensive stuff they have to use, since the old cheap stuff is harmful to the ozone layer.

The sticker shock for auto a/c is high for the same reason, and the old incompatible systems need to be completely replaced... where "old" is defined as over 6 years.

This is the exact thing that Bush and Trump have held up as why the US no longer wants to participate in these environmental treaties.

Berners-Lee takes flak for 'hippie manifesto' that only Google and Facebook could love

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Re: Airline industry

> is one of the most regulated sectors

No! It was almost completely deregulated in 1978 in the US, which is when it went to shit

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airline_Deregulation_Act

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airline_deregulation

And tons and tons of Google results...

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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Re: Man...

> modern hard drives can take a few knocks with no ill effect.

Bullshit. I've had a WD MyPassport drive instantly fail because my glasses fell on it.

In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype

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Re: If only

> peer-to-peer

Throttling technology doesn't care. If it crosses its network and matches the criteria for throttling, it gets throttled.

All it would need is one of the ends to be on the Sprint network.

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