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15249 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: Milk in Bags?

True. And a leg at each corner.

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Re: anti-crime

"So, are you root-at-provider-dot-com?"

In order to patch a kernel he must have been at the relevant time.

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Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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Back in the days of character-based server applications we had the problem of users switching off their monitor at night & wandering off home (or maybe someone else's home - who knew?) without logging out. We had a motd that reminded users to log off but that didn't always influence behaviour. Eventually we added "This includes you $name" and changing the name whenever we discovered someone else logged in. The message got through fairly quickly and the time between name changes got longer until the last miscreant's name was their so long their manager rang and asked us to remove it.

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Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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Re: Unexpected load? Really?

"Properly configured, the worst a customer will see is a long response time."

Properly configured a customer should not even need someone else's computer unless they need access to the system when they're our of range of their own WiFi. And, just in case the WiFi goes down, if they're at home they should be able to do whatever's needed through the control panel.

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Nature imitates art

the cron job that played "cuckoo!" the appropriate number of times on the hour.

The converse of that: back about 1970 when said gadget was the status desk accessory a starling that habitually perched in University Sq Mews in Belfast had the Trimphone ring tone down to a T. I wonder how often the owner of the phone came dashing back to answer non-existent calls. Maybe this is the way to deal with annoying ring tones - have various PCs around the office emit the tone at random times until the owner gives up on using it.

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

A coworker attended a wedding where the music for bride's entrance was "Highway to Hell".

A friend of ours had "Entry of the Queen of Sheba".

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: Devious masterplan?

"Be taken to the Ecuadorian mainland for the hearings."

That means transiting the UK. Are the Ecuadorans going to give him diplomatic protection to stop him being nabbed for bail jumping on the way? I doubt it.

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Re: Won't someone think of the cat?

"when a cat agrees to live with you"

Did the cat get any say in the matter?

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"But anyone with half a clue knows that probably the least restrictive extradition treaty is not the Sweden/USA one"

With a European Arrest Warrant in place the UK couldn't have extradited him to the US anyway. He'd have had to be sent to Sweden. If he'd succeeded in appealing the warrant here then he would have been at risk had the US applied for extradition. It's a moot point whether the then US administration would have bothered with him. The US administration now seems to want to get their little hands on him.

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Re: Lets Get Real

"To be honest if he had not skipped bail he would at most done 6 months at Her Majesty's Pleasure"

If he hadn't skipped bail he wouldn't have committed any offence here, he'd probably have been shipped back to Sweden. It's his skipping bail that makes him liable for imprisonment here.

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Re: Tic-tac-toe < Checkers < Chess

"Not much of a future as a floor painter either."

He proved that when he went into the embassy in the first place. Mind you, the results have been somewhat more entertaining for the rest of us than watching paint dry.

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Re: I really hope he gets the boot

"That the US just doesn't give a damn about the self-important little twat,"

The difficulty with this happening at present is that it could turn into a pissing match between self-important little twats.

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"his situation must rank with being confined to a cruise ship"

Not even that. He can leave at any time without needing to be able to swim.

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Find these, er, appealing? UK.gov takes red pen to spy court rules, asks for Parliament's OK

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"The ECnHR can be made much more difficult to access by rescinding the 1998 HRA"

I think the Good Friday Agreement obligates us to keep the HRA. However, post Brexit it looks like that could be a dead letter anyway.

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Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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"Treating him as a dirty rapist who should be thrown in gen pop without a trial is supposed to be wrong?"

Nobody's suggesting that. He should be sent back for trial. What happens after that depends on the outcome of the trial. Whilst not wanting to prejudge such trial one has to wonder if his leaving the country indicated his expectations of the likely outcome of the trial based on his own knowledge of his actions.

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Re: Another question...

"Basically, was he ever in any real danger in Sweden, aside from becoming a convicted rapist?"

Maybe the danger was conviction and then being deport back to Oz from where he very likely would be extradited if anybody could have been bothered. The other danger, of course, was that of being ignored as a no more that a nasty little sex offender.

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Re: Considering....

"The question becomes what if Ecuador grants him diplomatic immunity?"

ISTR that one was considered and dismissed.

"Or if they sneak him out? Surely the UK is not searching diplomatic vehicles."

Setting a precedent that might lead to such searches wouldn't be a good idea.

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Re: Please, someone set up a GoFundMe

"shovel money at you."

Your choice of verb is greatly appreciated.

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Re: So in other words

"one has to wonder why Ecuador bothers with the guy."

It's one of those things that seemed a good idea at the time and now they're stuck with it.

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"To be sure, he will then get different rent-free accommodations. And a free flight to sunny Sweden, followed by more rent-free accommodations."

After trials, of course, and assuming he's found guilty. In fact, it's trials he's trying to avoid.

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In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Re: Gross Negligence at it's finest

"Only problem I have with this attitude is that I can’t actually remember when I last actually paid for a MSft product"

You paid last time you bought a PC unless you bought one with no OS installed.

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Re: Installing Windows 7 on Sky/Kaby Lake CPUs

"There's nothing wrong with a new OS being different. "

Actually there's a lot wrong with an interface being different without good reason. For avoidance of doubt "ooh - shiny" is not a good reason.

The whole idea of separating interface from implementation is that the implementation can change without affecting the way the entity is used. That applies to GUIs as well as programming interfaces. So the first rule is, don't change the interface. The other rule is, change the implementation if need be but don't break it.

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Re: 10 does help improve support revenues mind...

For those of us doing unpaid support, friends and family tend to get moved to something that works, as Codejunky said.

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Re: Windows 7 "outdated"?

"So by what objective metric is Windows 7 supposed to be outdated?"

Not enough sales. Need to sell "upgrades"; sales on new PCs only aren't enough especially with the PC market reaching saturation.

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"how come it fails for so many peoples."

Shhh. Your turn may be coming.

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Re: Last time

"when did ANYONE last use a CDROM?"

A few weeks ago. Debian or Devuan CD-ROM, boot up minimal installation disk, do a network install.

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Re: Installing Windows 7 on Sky/Kaby Lake CPUs

"I've got Windows 10 installed on so many devices and it's rock solid. Granted there have been a few hiccups with dodgy releases via Windows update"

Make your mind up - which is it? Hiccups with dodgy update releases does not amount to rock solid.

Personally, I'd rather stick to a nearly 50 year old operating system. It's not out-dated and it works.

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Re: Do you people work in I.T?

"Waaaaah I can;t find control panel"

You seem to have trouble finding your apostrophe key. You were just as bad in your last attempt. Go and find a grown-up to show you where it is. There's probably one working in IT.

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Re: "It has been a hellish couple of weeks for the Windows giant"

"I should be able to make MS pay for every trip to the fix it shop"

Remember the user who successfully sued MS in the small claims court for pushing W10 onto her computer?

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NASA gently nudges sleeping space 'scopes Chandra, Hubble out of gyro-induced stupor

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Re: The Optimal Number of Gyroscopes

"So, three gyroscopes are good, one is ok, but two are not an option?"

I think there's a saying about never going to sea with two compasses. One you have to believe and with three you can disregard the odd one out.

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Re: Great news

"Spin up a few pints for the NASA boffins!"

Not quite yet. Don't drink and drive spacecraft.

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Just because you can do a thing it doesn't mean you should.

Icon: tape over the mic might not be enough.

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Business opportunity..

Website with a title such as titsup-again showing current TITSUP sites and list the last time(s) they had an outage. Sell links to their competitors alongside.

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"my internet service has gone down, plus landline & tv is intermittent."

Eggs...basket.

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Penta-gone! Personal records of 30,000 US Dept of Defense workers swiped by miscreants

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If it was a 3rd party travel company that was breached why would it just be Pentagon staff records that were copied? I suppose the vendor could have had a very restricted client list but if not there could be many more victims that they're keeping quiet about.

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GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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"One might think these were stating the bleedin’ obvious"

No one might not. The bleedin' obvious is "If it costs us money and we can get away without doing it we won't do it". The way to fix IoT security is to make it impossible to get junk into the market place. Make it illegal to sell insecure devices and illegal to connect them to the internet with an obligation on ISPs to enforce the latter. If Joe Punter discovers that the £1 cheaper grey market device bricks his internet connection until he removes it he'll be a bit more careful where he spends his money in future.

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NASA's Chandra probe suddenly becomes an EX-ray space telescope (for now, anyway)

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"It's difficult to budget for replacements when the gubbermint keeps cutting said budget."

This is the trouble with buggerment budgeting. If you don't spend this year's budget next year's gets trimmed back to match. In this case it's probably "You're still using the old one so you don't need a new one.".

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It's the real Heart Bleed: Medtronic locks out vulnerable pacemaker programmer kit

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Re: Not the only issue...

"Nobody tried doing that yet"

??? Surely Old Used Programmer did just that.

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Facebook mass hack last month was so totally overblown – only 30 million people affected

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Translation

People's privacy and security is incredibly important and we're sorry this happened: Abusing users' privacy is our prerogative.

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So victims are told looking after the consequences ID is a DIY job. I suppose it's arguable that they can't do a worse job than FB. Nevertheless I trust this puts the GDPR fines into the top tier.

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Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

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Re: Ha Ha

"I don't remember all the levels but Irish Citizens came out on top."

What about UK citizens with Irish parentage or grand parentage?

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Re: Your cold one...

"You will only get your cold one if it is brewed in the UK and does not include imported ingredients."

And doesn't require carbon dioxide in its dispensation.

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Re: And all we can do...

"Going in to the Referendum it was made very, VERY clear that it was a one-time vote with a binding result."

Does the word "advisory" ring any bells?

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Re: And all we can do...

"Whether you support the outcome or not, it is critical that participants respect the democratic process."

Let's try a thought experiment. The Flat Earth Party has won a referendum to abolish gravity (or define pi as 3). Should the democratic process be respected?

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Re: And all we can do...

The people who want Brexit need to go away and only comeback when they have a properly costed plan.

FTFY But a distinction without a difference.

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: As far as te BBC uis concerned...

"and the Beeb haven't offered you a job yet?"

It's probably the Milton Keynes bit that's stopping them. Neither London nor Salford.

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Re: Irish names in Irish or English.

"Stale ones, obviously."

Yup. AFAICR babies get to smell stale very quickly.

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Re: It's only a matter of time...

One day, a telemarketer phoned up and was most insistent in wanting to talk to "Tiddles"

"OK, just hold the line and I'll go and call her."

Eventually they might get the message all is not quite as they expected.

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Re: A different name for every site?

"You end up having to keep complex records to remember who you are for sites which you only visit every month or so."

I wouldn't call KeepasX complex.

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Re: Silly first name.

"I'm a sassanach too. It was a term used by the Highland clans about anybody"

And a failed attempt to pronounce "Saxon". Applied by both Scots and Welsh even if the ethnicity of the person being spoken about was Anglian.

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