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* Posts by G.Y.

156 posts • joined 15 Dec 2011

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Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

G.Y.

Re: I remember once

"it is amazing how hard it is to understand something when your livelihood depends on not understanding it"

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How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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ANY Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

I am told lots of Russian keyboards have "ANY" (in Latin characters) handwritten on the space-bar (Russian has no definite article)

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Multi-GB Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

When goody-bag USBs are multi-GB, there is no room for decent error messages???

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Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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virtual card Re: gets worse, the bigger the company ...

Capital One lets you create per-supplier virtual credit cards; can be killed as needed.

(I am just a satisfied customer)

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Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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gateways

https: gets mad when I have to log on to a gateway (e.g. Starbucks) to get on the internet. I learnt to use http://xxxx.com to get to their login. (Use to use xxx.com, but one place came back with "why this porn site??")

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US military manuals hawked on dark web after files left rattling in insecure FTP server

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ISBN Re: Probably just as easy...

When the US military published a book on battlefield surgery in Iraq &Afghanistan, someone had the bright idea to not give the book an ISBN, so it would be hard to find.

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Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

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not always 0000... Re: Data format parsing

I once had to add someone to a US health insurance program, who did not (yet) have a social security number. 0000.. was no go. Playing with the last digit was no go. I then noticed a tax form that had a grey 222222... where the SSN has to go. I typed that in -- bingo!

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credit-card Re: Data format parsing

Accepting that credit-card number (4 groups of 4 digits) was something Fortran _1_ could do, back in neolithic times.

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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month names

A colleague tried to avoid US/Europe date confusion by outputting 12-May-2018 etc. Worked A-OK until the French insisted on French, the Hungarians on Hungarian, the Esperanto guys ...

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The HAVE been robbed: Re: The Internet is international - and so are many supermarkets.

Rent was paid by quarter, laborers were paid by the day. The quarter around September 1752 (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal_(Unix) ) was bad news for renters.

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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The implementer's motto: Re: In the days of pen and paper, initials were double edged too ........

"if we can't fix it, it ain't broke"

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HPE: Exafloppers need to be 'memory-centric' as world cannot afford internode data slinging

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1^15=1

It should be 10^15

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Microsoft sinks another data centre with Natick 2

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why pressure

Why a pressure vessel, rather than high-pressure air/nitrogen?

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US Senator Ron Wyden to Pentagon: Encrypt your websites

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munitions

US law _DOES_ define crypto as munitions. See http://www.mattblaze.org/papers/export.txt

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Re: Had the fire brigade called to a five star hotel, in Malta....

Some reactor in Chernobyl also had the safety devices disabled during an "unauthorized experiment" ...

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FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor

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Is this the same

Is this the same FBI that got repeated calls about the Florida school shooter, and did nothing whatsoever?

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Hypersonic nukes! Nuclear-powered drone subs! Putin unwraps his new (propaganda) toys

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P Re: Possible scenario

"P" stood for Pursuit -- later became "F" for Fighter

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Amateur astronomer strikes it lucky with first glimpse of a Supernova

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8" Re: My Precious...

The Lowell observatory sells an 8" scope for a petty-cash sum

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That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it

G.Y.

memorize? Re: Border crossings, with or without Network access

all you have to memorize is your 1st name &home 'phone number

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Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe

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Re: old lessons well learned

A medical device company went DD-MMM-YYYY. Worked OK _until_ the French customers wanted French months (just Jan-Fev-..., not Brumaire, Frimaire ...), the Germans wanted German, the Esperanto customers ...

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Solitaire Re: Reminds me of a story

I believe this is what Solitaire was invented for

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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Trump gave Putin some Mossad secrets _without_ any backdoor ...

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: AMD not vulnerable

X86-64 is an _AMD_ architecture, which Intel had to adopt after Itanium crashed &burnt. Guess who copied from whom ...

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'Suspicious' BGP event routed big traffic sites through Russia

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Mr. P has already got it

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Night before Xmas and all through American Airlines, not a pilot was flying, thanks to this bug

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Re: Nickname

USeless air

Now merged with AA

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You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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resurrect Re: FBI can't unlock smartphone

Maybe they can then resurrect some of the dead ...

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Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

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"and here follow my conclusions

upon which I will base my facts"

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

G.Y.

humidity Re: Heating / Aircon

At one place, half the people complained it was too hot, half that it was too cold. The AC people ran round&round with a thermometer.

They never checked humidity; but one person would ride her bike to work, put her sweaty sweatshirt on her chair to dry -- and after 9+ hours it would be still sweaty.

I suggested they replace their thermometer with an astrology book -- more fun, and equally misleading.

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Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams

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coVfefe!

The V is missing!

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Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

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Re: I had a boss that kept forgetting his password.

Dialog re: bluetooth

me: use the 'phone # of the girl that would have been your girl firiend if only she had said yes

Turner Whitted (yes, him!): 722...

Me: hey that's a Seattle 'phone #!

Turner: I didn't specify the area code ...

This was the home 'phone of young Kathy Pappas, who is now (&has been for a while) Kathy Whitted.

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Bloke fesses up: I forged judge's signature to strip stuff from Google search

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letter to authenticate letter

At one place, a guy had a degree from a university they did not recognize. They asked for a letter from that university, to verify the degree was really a degree. I suggested they also ask for a 2nd-order letter to verify the letter, a 3rd-order letter to verify the 2nd-order letter, ...

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FBI probing Uber over use of 'Hell' spyware to track rival biz Lyft

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Re: RICO

The $1M goes into a private person's pocket. Ask Charles I how this worked out.

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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life&death? Re: Did He Have An Option ???

The shenanigans were not deadly to any individual; and if all polluters were murderers, the jails would be very full.

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Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

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Re: Wasting the courts time

Israel's wage protection act lets the judge award up to 5% per week; this is mainly to make employers' legal departments to avoid delaying tactics.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

G.Y.

195X Re: do not enter the hypen!

Fortran 1 could do it back in 195X

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

G.Y.

Chap.12 "the wheel of life" in "when the air hits your brain" https://www.amazon.com/When-Air-Hits-Your-Brain/dp/0393330494 has a similar story

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No laptop ban on Euro flights to US... yet

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NZ, Canada &Australia Re: Why Israel didn't ban electronic devices on flights to Tel Aviv?

also to the point: NZ, Australia &Canada share "5 eyes" intelligence with the US. If they have not banned laptops, what is different about the US?

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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battery Re: Security Theater

It's way easier to put out battery fire in the cabin than in the hold

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Steppe thugs pacified by the love of stone age women

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(alleged) locker-cave talk:

"I grab women by the [deleted]; when you're a neanderthal, they let you do it"

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Airplane bomb fears spark America's laptop, tablet carry-on ban

G.Y.

per http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39425532 and http://fortune.com/2017/03/28/trump-electronics-ban-iata-criticism/ , the IATA boss does not believe this is about security, has mentioned protectionism.

I notice Canada, NZ and Australia, which share intelligence with the US and UK, have no ban

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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why a _reading/writing_ test, and not oral? I don't usuallycommunicate with a cab driver by paper notes ...

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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IBM VP

when Intel demonstrated the 487, they showed how "a nontechnical layperson" can just plug it in.

Unfortunately, they chose an IBM VP, who plugged it in wrong way round and broke it.

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Super-cool sysadmin fixes PCs with gravity, or his fists

G.Y.

I took care of a hard dive once by putting it on a stone step and treading on it. The drive enclosure got bent 45 degrees; disk was unlikely to spin again

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Search for MH370 called off after new theory about resting place is ruled out

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encrypt Re: Commercial Aircraft Locations

Data could be encrypted, with the key safe on the ground, sealed up, junked upon safe landing.

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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CYA Re: Aaand it's gone

Thus, the hackers can hack as before, but the general public won't get to the site ...

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Security! experts! slam! Yahoo! management! for! using! old! crypto!

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1973 Re: Teach, train, don't complain only...

The documentation for the 1st Unix to get out of Bell labs tells you how they salted password. This was in 1973.

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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

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no! Re: Fairly pointless, really

If the crypto is public-key, with the private key kept in a safe country, the journalist in the field cannot be forced to decrypt.

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CIA: Russia hacked election. Trump: I don't believe it! FAKE NEWS!

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other way round

The CIA didn't tell Bush; Bush &Cheney told the CIA

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Report: UK counter-terrorism plan Prevent is 'unjust', 'counterproductive'

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suit

If this were the US, the school would have been sued for a large sum of $s; concentrates administrators' minds wonderfully.

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

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Re: Engineers!

Russian has no definite article; I gather lots of Russian computers have "ANY" (in latin characters) written in sharpie on the space bar.

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