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Happy Sysadmin Day!

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It's all about....

SYSADMINS, SYSADMINS, SYSADMINS

<does the monkey dance>

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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"In order to offend both the Devonish and the Cornish I take care to put cream on one half of the scone, jam on the other and then ram them together"

I find you get a much better effect if you put the jam on first, then the cream on the bottom half only then put the cream on first then the jam on the top half then bring them together and munch down on it.

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The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

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Re: But shirley...

"I much prefer the idea of having delivery lockers at strategic places around when stuff can be dropped off"

Yes, me too. They've been around for years and new networks are popping up in even more locations.

We experimented with them for field engineers parts maybe 10 years ago. The guys got an email with a code, went to the lockers, entered the code and one would open with their box of parts inside. The downside was that they tended to not be in the places we needed them to be, ie railway stations, city centre petrol stations etc. whereas courier depots tend to be on less congested areas so we went back to sending parcels as "To Be Collected" addressed to the depot. There were also times where the consignment didn't fit in the largest locker or required two or more lockers. It might be time to look again at this.

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Argos changes 150 easily guessed drop-off system passwords

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Re: Argos data security

"Doesn't have to be a different line. Just unplug the phone for 5 minutes."

Or dial the speaking clock or some other service and see who/what "picks up" to confirm the original call has really ended.

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Most likely it's a legacy process from when it was an internal only system but now it's operated from a publicly accessible web page. Still unforgivable of course, but easily overlooked.

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Server vendor has special help desk for lying, incompetent sysadmins

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Re: Not easy to ignore then

"RK05 disks had a diameter of 14 inches (PDF)"

So, they make a nice cake stand? Or a Lazy Susan? :-)

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Re: RE: Support Checklist

"-- > an email gets send around to thank everybody involved in resolving the problem"

...and conveniently misses out the frontline "soldiers" who actually did the work. Bonuses all around for everyone who doesn't actually do anything.

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Someone (cough, cough VeriSign) just gave ICANN $135m for the rights to .web

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Dilution?

I'm still amazed that we keep getting new "record" bids for TLDs. No matter the perceived "value" of any specific TLD, I'd expected the value to drop with the increase in supply. I suppose it just proves that marketing monkeys really rule the world, not the bean counters. (or the lizards)

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"I like Facebook for the fact that it has drawn all the idiots together and keeps them mostly in their own little ball pen. It's like having a soundproofed kids area in a restaurant."

Until "September" arrives and, as with AOL, the users are given some sort of "gateway" out to the wild internet via a Farcebook interface with buttons and think it's just more of Farcebook.

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Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

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Re: Time to dig out the old dial up modem...

They have highly trained police dogs that listen in to dial-up and will bark if they hear the "wrong" type of packets passing by.

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Re: Legitimate use of VPN fine?

"In the UAE, you are presumed guilty and have to prove your innocence."

A relative has worked in Saudi for many years. You become an extremely careful driver and learn to drive extremely defensively. Why? Because the locals drive like idiots and if they crash into you, it's your fault in the eyes of the cops. If you weren't in their country you'd not have been able to "cause" the accident.

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

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Re: Are flights necessary?

"Overflights reveal changes. Although an overflight may not reveal what a change means, it identifies something that needs further analysis, most probably by less overt techniques."

Exactly. Not forgetting that this system was designed for the cold war era but also it was overflights and careful analyses of photo reconnaissance that identified the German V1 and V2 sites, the building of the Cuban missile launch areas etc.

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Here WeGo! Google Maps rival drops Maps branding

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Re: Had a look, but...

"Given what it does, about the only odd permissions there are Phone Call Log and Contacts access."

It probably gives you the option phone the business or whatever you select as your destination. If I can be bothered to pair my Garmin with my phone, it will do that too. I don't pair it though, because then the phone can't be paired with the car and I'd much rather be able to use the phone through the car hifi system than through a barley audible satnav speaker and use the steering wheel buttons for the phone so I don't have to reach up to the satnav touch screen,

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Flight sim records show MH370 captain practiced 'flight' near search area

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Re: There was

"Why isn't there a network admin game?"

Are you saying you don't have your own network to play with at home?

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Re: My personal contribution to "odd" flight sim behavior

Yup, I've not played with flight sims since the pre-VGA days, but like probably everyone else, one of the first things you do is try flying under a bridge (Golden Gate) or buzzing the Statue of Liberty. (Pretty much all flight sims back then came with US airspace as the default, most other places being add on packs. IIRC the first flight sim I played was on a TRS-80 (was that MS FlightSim or had they not bought it yet?)

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Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

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Re: Welcome to the brave new world of SAAS

"Imagine owning a car, and the manufacturer could send a mechanic around to put in a smaller engine, remove or randomly change some of the car's features and plant bugs in the car whenever they felt like it, and you couldn't do anything about it. Thank God MS doesn't make cars."

That already happens when you take you car in for a service, especially if it;s still under warenty and you go to a dealer. They will upgrade the onboard computers firmware and likely not even tell you they did it, let alone what changes have been introduced. No doubt some models which now have built-in internet connectivity can be upgraded/changed whenever the manufacturer chooses too,

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Re: K12? Google Docs

"They should be using Linux and Libre Office. Certainly Linux Mint + Mate + Wine + Redmond "

You'd think that, and I'd love it to be possible, but the entire ecosystem of educational software is all based around Windows. There may even be schools which are non-MS seats of learning, but at primary school level it's all about the "tool" and the ready made teaching aids and no one wants to spend the time or take on the hassle of making that shit run in Wine.

Most school computers are not used for teaching IT (sorry, ICT) or anything close to "computing". They teach how to use a computer in the same way that kids are taught to read and write. After that, the computer becomes the pens, pencils, exercise books and library.

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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Re: Full Autopilot?

"It is just the lazy media that call it Autopilot."

Both Musk and Tesla call it "autopilot" in PR and interviews.

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Speaking as an outsider...

...Trump AND Clinton scare the shit out of me, but Trump more so.

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Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct

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several hotels close to the Trafford Centre including two Premier Inns.

several hotels close to the Trafford Centre including AND two Premier Inns.

FTFY

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Gullible Essex Police are now using junk science lie detectors

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Re: Methods that are more credible than a polygraph

"Tyropyrocereamancy - telling the future through cheese on toast (I am making that up)."

Is that you Grommet?

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Re: "scanty and scientifically weak"

"I'd only believe him if he gave that 98% while taking a lie detector test."

It's not a lie if he really believes it.

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Re: Confessions

"When your safety depends on reading people's intentions it's instinctive, and I'd imagine most LEOs have something similar. Determining exactly what that deception is covering up is a whole other ball game."

Like trusting their eyes to be able to tell the difference between a man holding a gun and a toy truck then shooting the black guy next to him anyway for good measure.

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Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama

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Re: "I'm sure that within 10 years we'll see electric airplanes transporting 50 passengers"

"Commencing any second now, honest, guv. Any second.."

You forget to mention commercial fusion. I believe it''s still only 50 years away.

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Glassdoor spaffs users' email addresses in bcc fail

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"affected less than 3 per cent of Glassdoor users"

Funny how when it's their cockup 3% is "only", "less than" ie by implication it's "just" a small amount.

If the business grows by 3%, it's shouted from the rooftops like it's a huge number.

PR people seem to live in a universe with variable physical laws.

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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Re: The real goal is..

"For contrast watch Battlebots from the USA to see what robot wars is really about. "

Although I agree with most of your comments re Robot Wars 2.0, Battlesbots left me cold. Watched one episode and then treated it like sport. ie never watched again.

Having said, I see it;s time to roll out the venerable XKCD

<posh voice>Oh yes, we do have a TV somewhere in the house. But we only watch University Challenge.</posh voice>

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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

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Re: Many moons ago

I had one too. I don't think I ever got it work reliably.

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Re: Stop making me feel old

"the TV won't sync to the slightly wobbly signal off tape - the sound continues but the picture blanks every few seconds. Feeding the VHS output through an external re-sync device sorted that...what I want to know is why can't a modern multi-standard TV lock on to a slightly wavery signal from an old VHS tape?

That sounds similar to the effect produced when doing a simple tape to tape copy of a copy protected tape. Macrovision??

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European privacy body slams shut backdoors everywhere

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Re: Sweet Jesus

What makes you think any government-like gerontocracy[1] is any different, from the local parish council right up to the UN?

[1] That was a spell checker "correction" I decided to leave in.

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Iraqi government finally bans debunked bomb-finding dowsing rods

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"about as reliable as homeopathy"

Sadly, we have MPs and even Govt. Ministers who believe homoeopathy works.

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UK membership of Council of Europe has implications for data protection after Brexit

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Re: Brexit means Brexit

"They have a strong incentive to make it suck for the UK as much as possible, as a warning to the rest."

On the other hand, the UK is the second largest economy in the EU and one of the major trading partners, and the EU can't really afford to screw with that relationship too much. If it had been Portugal or Greece, then it would be much, much less of an issue and they could "make an example" of them if one or both had voted to leave.

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Apple Watch exec Bob Mansfield 'gets into secret Apple car'

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Re: An iAUto would ....

"No problem, it would only be a pointless 0.5mm"

The word "pointless" is superfluous. Obviously all sharp edges and corners will be rounded off.

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Re: Go back 10 years ago

"(I don't count Samsung because they make everything from chips to ships) such as Apple, Google or someone we haven't considered yet will emerge as a major player."

I suspect Samsung will continue to be a huge player in world markets mainly because they are so diversified. Apple, on the other hand, barely have a dozen products although they do have huge amounts of cash stashed away. A cursory search doesn't indicate they are investing that money in terms of diversifying. It appears to be a simple financial investment fund for all intents and purposes. A sudden market shift could kill Apple, but Samsung would almost certainly survive. (Apple might survive on it's cash and might be able to diversify quickly) Apple seem to be banking on a US "tax amnesty" and bringing the money "home" rather than worldwide business and product diversity. Despite being a worldwide seller and a multinational builder of products, they do seem remarkably insular in their outlook.

Google seem to be diversifying and investing all over the place.

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Re: Car?

" I wonder does an Apple car only unlock with an Apple iPhone?"

Not a problem. If you can afford an iCar then an iPhone +iWatch is just spare change.

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Uber's dud private dick given a hard time by judge in stiff surge case

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Uber is prepared to push the envelope of legality

Isn't this their entire business model?

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All you need for quantum computing at room temperature is some mothballs

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Will this mothball powered quantum computer...

...be able to produce the Mothman Prophecies?

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Re: Interesting

Right, so if I understand you correctly, a quantum computer is capable of instantly providing all of the answers to Life, The Universe and Everything. The hard part is building the bit tells you it's 42?

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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

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Re: 180TBytes/year workload for a NAS drive

"how many typical office workers reference 1G of Word / Excel etc. files per day?"

Probably most of them, and then some. Roaming desktop profiles, nothing stored locally, lots of intranet-based apps and so on. Not forgetting the PDF email attachments.

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Re: Slow handclap...

"HowEver they didn't see the need to CapitaLise the 2nd half of the name."

MayBe! SeaGate! Can! Join! the! YaHoo! MeMe!

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"Does anyone know if WD or anyone else have an equivalent for it?"

Have you tried googling for a firmware/settings change to override the timeouts? I have four in my HP Microserver and they never spin down. Sorry, it was a few years ago, so no idea what links to provide now or if it's even still an option

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"Edit; BTW, why is "BarraCuda" in the photo of the drive capitalised like that (other than contrived consistency with the other names which are made up of separate words)?"

Reminds me of something

BaBaRaRaCuCuDaDa!

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Fear not, humanity – Saint Elon has finished part two of his world-saving 'master plan'

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"Trucks take your stuff from point A to point B, trains take your stuff from point X to point Y none of which is where your stuff is or wants to get to."

Oddly enough, that's how the UK bulk cargo used to work, back when we had a rail network that went to most places. Even after all those cutbacks, every large town, city or conurbation had a freighliner terminal where standard shipping containers were shifted between rail and road pretty easily.

What killed that here was a switch to JIT deliveries (and British Rail silly costs!!) because no one wants capital tied up in en route cargo, they'd rather it was available for overnight investments. The road haulage industry stole a lot of business because of this but in some areas of shipping rail and even canals are taking some back. At least until recently some cola fired power stations were fuelled by canal deliveries.

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Re: Reaching

"Clearly, we need bigger horses."

Or build the supermarkets next to canals. Just don't horse drawn barges to transport the fresh perishables :-)

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Re: Calculator issues?

"This is a CALCULATOR program? And MS Windows 10 cannot get it right? Fer crissakes, already! "

That's probably why they dropped the old stalwart, Solitaire. Too hard!

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Re: am i the only one resisting this

"VirtuaWin virtual desktop manager Windows"

Yes, I have that, but it's not as well integrated as it might be. It's more like separate VMs than multiple desktops.

Actually, I think the thing I miss most when moving from a *nix desktop to a Win desktop is the simple copy'n'past, ie drag and highlight, then middle click to copy. No need to ctrl-c/ctrl-v (which also works, of course)

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Re: am i the only one resisting this

"After having Microsoft trying to force Win10 onto me with all of its considerable might, am I the only one that has developed an aversion for it?"

No, you are not.

Interestingly, the majority of the pluses in the article for upgrading to W10 are features I've had for years on my FreeBSD desktop. I'm no specifically knocking Windows since I use that as well, but it's taken quite some time for MS to realise that things like multiple virtual desktops are much more useful features than smartphone/tablet like tiled desktop menus.

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WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

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Re: Whew that was a close one

"Besides, linguists tell us that English spoken in the US is a good approximation of how it was spoken in England in colonial times. It's you guys who changed the most, not us."

So you're saying the US is quaint? ;-)

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Re: Whew that was a close one

trying to prove – in some sort of asinine, counter-intuitive way – how superior you are."

Oh come oooonnnnnn!!!!! It's about the only chance we get to do so these days ;-)

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IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

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Re: Great planning

That seems to be standard practice for the prosecution. Lay as many charges as possible in case some some don't stick (lack of compelling evidence, technical/procedural errors etc) or to frighten the accused into a plea.

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World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

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"There was a Star Trek TNG episode "

...beaten only by ST:TOS for the same storyline....

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