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    You Are Not Google...

    You Are Not Google
  2. Thread: One for zeity

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    And given the launch date of 1977 that'll...

    And given the launch date of 1977 that'll probably be FORTRAN IV rather than FORTRAN 77.
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    It's a linguistic device used by cretins to infer...

    It's a linguistic device used by cretins to infer that anyone who disagrees with them is in the same camp as holocaust deniers.
  4. Excellent!

    Excellent!
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    One reason is where different applications or...

    One reason is where different applications or internal web sites have different password requirements. At one place the mainframe timesheet web interface only accepted an 8 digit number.
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    My favourite is P@ssw0rd. That's a complexity...

    My favourite is P@ssw0rd.

    That's a complexity score of 4 out of 4. Just keep going with abcd or 1234 for the required length.
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    This on VAX under SIMH: UAF> copy system...

    This on VAX under SIMH:


    UAF> copy system root/pass=p155f14p5 /nopwdexp
    %UAF-I-COPMSG, user record copied
    %UAF-W-SAMEUIC, new user record has the same UIC as the source record
    UAF> Exit
    ...
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    Hehe. I've been playing with Illumos and SmartOS...

    Hehe. I've been playing with Illumos and SmartOS of late. I really do like properly engineered systems :D

    Itaniums are probably best kept in a shed. Too noisy for the house.

    HP putting the...
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    VMS introduced a naughty words password filter in...

    VMS introduced a naughty words password filter in 1984. You could add your own words to it too.

    I eventually found out what most of the standard ones were. A lot were simply boring stuff like...
  10. The scary bit is that they might completely...

    The scary bit is that they might completely misconstrue some of the stuff you search for.

    Apparently at one point the FBI got pretty excited at the thought of nicking anyone interested in Apache...
  11. Also hijacked websites which take you off to a...

    Also hijacked websites which take you off to a hard porn site etc etc.
  12. Have you not heard of the cases where local...

    Have you not heard of the cases where local authorities have abused the existing anti-terrorist powers to snoop on the use of wheelie bins?

    quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - who will guard the...
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    A James Bond story, set in 1957. It's R4's Book...

    A James Bond story, set in 1957. It's R4's Book At Bedtime offering this week and next.



    Not quite sure of the wording in this last bit. Didn't the originals, er, feature "previously unseen"...
  14. Thread: Fed up now...

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    It was like that here yesterday. Definitely too...

    It was like that here yesterday. Definitely too warm for the winter jacket I had.

    Back to grey today, but with bright bits so there's hope.

    Friday, which means a racket from street cleaning...
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    Mods Please delete this thread

    Blank.
  16. Thread: Fed up now...

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    Grey. Again. Dry but only just. It poured...

    Grey.

    Again.

    Dry but only just. It poured during the night.

    Donnerstag.
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    Could be quite fun pestering them for a change. ...

    Could be quite fun pestering them for a change. From El Reg:



    Here's hoping that someone finds a way to prove that TalkTalk have breached their side of the contract on that one,
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    That wouldn't surprise me. I did a course on...

    That wouldn't surprise me.

    I did a course on analysing malware last year and every single research paper presented addressed 32 bit only.

    Which I thought somewhat odd.
  19. Thread: Fed up now...

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    Grey yet again. The good news is I've got the...

    Grey yet again.

    The good news is I've got the afternoon off.

    The bad news is that I'm visiting the dentist.

    Ugh.
  20. Thread: Fed up now...

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    Grey with the odd bright spot. Coolish. The...

    Grey with the odd bright spot.

    Coolish.

    The nights are drawing in.

    Clocks change on Sunday, which means the days will shortly be shorter.
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    Weird. There must be some angle, possibly the "We...

    Weird. There must be some angle, possibly the "We haven't got any of those in stock but you can have this instead..." sales pitch.
  22. Thread: Fed up now...

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    Grey again. Monday. Ugh.

    Grey again.

    Monday.

    Ugh.
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    Integer arithmetic has changed

    Python 2 must be the only language I've come across where integer arithmetic rounds down to minus-infinity rather than zero.



    V2:

    >>> 7 / 3
    2
    >>> 7 / -3
    -3
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    When looked at Python a couple of years or so ago...

    When looked at Python a couple of years or so ago the general wisdom was to stick with 2 because 3 wasn't ready yet, and a lot of packages were still on 2.

    Revisiting it lately I see that a lot of...
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    I haven't looked at those but is it a way of...

    I haven't looked at those but is it a way of getting an unlocked iPhone cheaper?
  26. Liek NAT said, he's probably got up their nose in...

    Liek NAT said, he's probably got up their nose in some other way.

    I'd go for "not being discreet" in some way or other, and that might be unrelated to his wine making activities.

    Simply being a...
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    Not peer reviewed, eh? The climate change mob...

    Not peer reviewed, eh?

    The climate change mob really rattle on about the importance of peer reviews, don't they?

    I read a bunch of academic papers last year as part of a course I was doing, and...
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    The parents wouldn't let me visit the 6 foot...

    The parents wouldn't let me visit the 6 foot hight snowdrifts at the top of the local hill.

    "Too dangerous" apparently. They were obviously quite ignorant of some of the other stuff I got up to...
  29. No El Capitan nasties encountered (yet), but I...

    No El Capitan nasties encountered (yet), but I don't use Office or Wifi (I use Wifi from my router for the iPad).

    My USB headphones have crapped out a few times since the upgrade though. The...
  30. It might be time to remind them that their last...

    It might be time to remind them that their last company either went broke or became merger material due to adopting SAP.
  31. This one ^ It seems to be quite recent. Thus...

    This one ^

    It seems to be quite recent. Thus far only from Yanks.

    Dunno why but it reminds me of 1970s preachers in the Billy Graham mould.

    It's not just a reminder that they want to suck me...
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    :rollin: The Nokia 3210 is a GSM cellular...

    :rollin:

    The Nokia 3210 is a GSM cellular phone, announced by Nokia on March 18, 1999

    Fond memories of my 1998 Nokia 6110. I only got shut of that because I damaged the charger connection...
  33. Excellent instructions. Ta. You shouldn't need...

    Excellent instructions. Ta.

    You shouldn't need to worry about crossover/straight through cables for modern kit. All the network stuff I've bought since about 2003 has had auto-sensing capability...
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    With the number of exploits for Android which...

    With the number of exploits for Android which exist, the lack of OS updates in the Android world is a serious concern.

    Does anyone know of a cheap and cheerful phone which isn't Android or Apple?...
  35. But not all landlords are evil. Cure the...

    But not all landlords are evil.

    Cure the British attitude that all landlords are there to be ripped off and I'm sure many more would be willing to rent properties out.
  36. Thread: Fed up now...

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    Dry. Cool. Grey. Friday.

    Dry.

    Cool.

    Grey.

    Friday.
  37. "There's an Apéro at 4 o'clock" usually does...

    "There's an Apéro at 4 o'clock"

    usually does the trick.
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    Probably using quantum technology. in which...

    Probably using quantum technology.

    in which case one can never be certain.
  39. Never heard of that one. WTF is it?

    Never heard of that one.

    WTF is it?
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    We had a visiting elf'n'safety girl in the...

    We had a visiting elf'n'safety girl in the mid-90s who recommended regular breaks from your desk. What she said made sense - I made a concious effort to get away from the place for lunch for example...
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    That could well be a contributory factor....

    That could well be a contributory factor. Unheated bedrooms were pretty much the norm when I were a lad, and as this chap found, a lot of weight loss happens during your sleep.

    Why your bathroom...
  42. Thread: Fed up now...

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    Sounds vastly better than hereabouts yesterday. ...

    Sounds vastly better than hereabouts yesterday.

    It's been a while since I've seen it persisting so long.

    Right when I was all ready to set off with the camera to catch some of the autumn...
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    I remembered him for the phrase "Tax the rich...

    I remembered him for the phrase "Tax the rich until the pips squeak" so tapped it into the search box.

    I got this instead:

    "In a speech in Lincoln on 18 February 1974, reported in The Times the...
  44. "'The first thing we do, let's kill all the...

    "'The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers"

    -- William Shakespeare
  45. Thread: Fed up now...

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    Grey again. Days definitely getting shorter. ...

    Grey again.

    Days definitely getting shorter.


    Is it only 3 weeks since I was enjoying 31°C in the Alps?
  46. Thread: Office 2016

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    Nope. The move to distributing documents in...

    Nope.

    The move to distributing documents in PDF has relieved many of the burden of needing Office for document exchange.
  47. Thread: Fed up now...

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    Was grey at 7. Still grey now. It hasn't...

    Was grey at 7.

    Still grey now.

    It hasn't rained yet, but no doubt it'll pour when I go shopping.

    Grey Mondays. Ban 'em.
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    Background on Hodge: Wiki...

    Background on Hodge:



    Wiki
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    It worked for me just now. :confused: Not just...

    It worked for me just now. :confused:

    Not just a language barrier, but a slight problem with Georgography too.
  50. I moved from ADSL to cable 10 years ago and was...

    I moved from ADSL to cable 10 years ago and was pleasantly surprised at the rate the ISP constantly upgraded the internet speed over the years for the same price.

    Anyone who opted for the fastest...
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