1616 posts • joined 2 Mar 2007
Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?
That could have been fixed in the OS at a later stage.
Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money
Re: Ajit Pai
Or "Eejit Pai" in gaelic...
Re: not yours
"Having a legitimate disk copy of a given movie would seem to be a pretty good license to freely download a working copy from the Internet..."
I said as much to an entertainment industry lawyer once and he couldn't give me any legal reason to why I was wrong.
Re: Do the right thing
As the old anti-piracy advert said "You wouldn't steal a car..." Well neither would I buy a car and expect to find it missing one morning.
380,000, when adjusted for PR arse-covering, is 3,800,000 in reality...
I keep forwarding articles like this to my daughters who still believe its possible to be anonymous online.
Last year with was all IoT. My boss got an "Smart" Kettle that he can switch on remotely. The one thing it can't do is tell him whether there's any water in it or not. Which I thought would have been a basic requirement.
Re: An "AI powered cooking assistant"?
I've got a Meater bluetooth probe- it monitors the internal temperature of whatever I stick it into, while it cooks and I can view that data on an app.
Re: still expected to take away about £1.7m
It's "Reward For Failure". Worse thing is, another company will probably employ him to do exactly the same thing...
Re: Ahhh, memories...
Thankfully, I've been out of front-line customer support for many years now. :) I have a team doing that for me (and I'm careful not to pass on any of my bad habits).
Re: Ahhh, memories...
This was back in the day when the company I worked for suddenly found itself giving free support to a competitor- they'd sell kit, usually by undercutting us, and then hand out our phone number when their customers came looking for technical support- so costing us money. In the end, if I found out that the kit was bought from the competition, I'd just tell the customer that it was faulty and to take it back to where they bought it and get a replacement. This forced the competitor into having to do technical support themselves.
Many's the time I've managed to get an nuisance caller (I mean "user") off the line by getting them to unwittingly unplug their phone. I also had a trick where if I worked out that they were on a mobile, I'd just tap the mute on/off repeatedly so they'd think they had bad reception.
It seems like only yesterday when AI used to be called "apps". And a long time before that, just "programs"/"software"...
Re: UK has the resources
That's what I was thinking- replicate QZSS. However because it's for military applications they would probably need global rather than regional coverage.
doubt it, as they are likely to be sharing the same frequencies...
Okay for clearance, Clarence...
Just back from holiday- before I went away, I put in an order for some critical infrastructure; I'd done everything, identified kit, found supplier, got quotes, pro formas, everything. All Accounting had to do was arrange a bank transfer to pay for it and the jobs done. I get back from holiday and everyone's running around like headless chickens. Our client is up in arms because the equipment we are meant to install this week hasn't even arrived. So, because I was away, the blame got landed in my lap in-abscentia. Until I provided the paper trail, and a statement from the supplier, all pointing the fingers at the Accounts Dept not paying for the order yet.
Now I need another holiday...
The company I work for lost a lucrative service contract. No handover (fortunately), and then I heard most of the techs quit from the company that won the contract because they could wrap their heads around the system within the time-frame required. So the other company then tried to hire us to do the work. Queue much laughter.
We got the service contract back a year later.
Re: Know what you are
Recently had the higher ups decide that we had to use Exchange Cloud (or whatever it's called) rather than our own in-house email servers. And now they can't understand why it takes days to fix things instead of minutes. And why they are missing half the features the old system used to give them. Hey lads, next time, try involving IT in these decisions before unilaterally forcing change on the entire company.
Have you used deception to solve a customer problem?
Who hasn't. Especially when having to deal with management and you have to be careful not to hurt their feelings no matter how fuckwittingly stupid the "issue" is.
Yeah, thanks for all the effort Simon.
British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage
Surely a system as vital as this should have some form of redundant backup. Even if that backup is a wax tablet and an abacus...
It's not new- I had something like this 15-20 years ago to test GPS signals back when you had to use a special almanac to work out what time of the day you could use your GPS receiver.
Was working in a server room of a government dept. The fire alert kept beeping and then shutting off. I reported this many times (the problem persisted for nearly a year) and was basically told to ignore it. Which was fine, until the day the Halon Deploy Klaxon went off. Once the klaxon went off, you were supposed to have 10 seconds to clear the area before the halon deployed. I don't think I got one second. I hit the doors at speed because they were supposed to electronically lock. Thankfully, the installers fucked that one up too and the lock didn't engage. Spent the next thirty minutes waiting for my hearing to return and picking bits of ceiling tile out of my hair.
The kicker- the company that installed the system tried to blame it on me, claiming I was smoking in the server room. I pointed out that I didn't smoke and hoped that they had proof to back up their accusation...
Re: With a bit of luck
The easiest way to do that is to us a charging (not data) cable.
Re: Only cracking I have done is
Me too. But I've now moved on to regular padlocks...
Doctor Who connection...
I always remember the part in the first episode of The Sea Devils where the Master is watching The Clangers and remarking that they are "interesting extra-terrestrial lifeforms"
Thankfully Aardman; and Laika Studios have taken up the mantle.
Re: Arresting times past
Same thing happened to me (Four Courts, Dublin) while I was doing a 3d laser scan of the building interior. However, I was told off for using my phone to take a couple of shots. Nothing was said about the fifty grand piece of kit that was accurately measuring the entire area at a rate of 2 million points per second (and colouring those points using a built in camera). The trick is to have your camera not look like a camera.
One of the last great SF voices of the golden age.
However it does mean I can release my homage "I Have No Arse And I Must Fart" now without fear of being sued.
"worth watching if you’re entertained watching an actor trying to emote."
I'm not, that's why I've given up on The Handmaids Tale.
Ticketbastard were notified of this back in April...
Re: Not quite the end of the month....
"It works alright on my machine!"
Had a situation a couple of years ago where a company based in Switzerland was producing a piece of software that only ran on Windows 8 (no, I don't know why either). Many people tried and failed to get the software working and eventually it landed in my lap. After many days back and forth with the Swiss developers, I finally got on a plane, flew over to their offices and showed them their software, not working on my machine. Within half-an-hour I'd got to the bottom of the issue- you can't switch off UAC on Windows 8, so the developer had some nasty registry kludge on his development PC which disabled it. The bug was UAC on regular PCs not allowing a deep system call to comms devices.
Re: @Rich 11
"exactly what I'd asked for" but "didn't do what I wanted".
And when you point out that you did exactly what they asked for they use Default Idiot Statement #1: "but you know what I mean". Which basically means that it is your fault as the developer because obviously you did not use your powers of telepathy in order to ascertain exactly what they wanted.
Re: Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch,
"Apple should have warned the user that their phone was now unsafe, "
It's able to do this with non-compliant lightning cables.
Re: Burnout isn't unknown in IT
There is also the fact that that the IT Hero nearly always has to take the blame for the failures; whilst someone else (nearly always middle management) takes the kudos for the successes.
Re: It's come on
Worst thing is- I think that was a Hepburn lookalike, not CGI...
My tuppence worth...
As AI seems to have very limited skillset, surely it's ripe to replace PHBs/middle manglement.
If IndieGoGo's only reason for sending the hounds in is because they are now liable for the refunds to each of the backers...
Re: Wake up call
I remember supermarkets where you had to go to a payment desk first to get your card verified and only then could you use it at the till.
Re: Cashless society
Went to a beer festival last year- the organisers were touting the whole event as cashless and were telling people not to bother bringing cash- even went as far as insinuated that cash would probably not be accepted. When I got there, there were massive lines at all the paypoints, turns out the entire credit card system had crashed. Thankfully, I'd bought cash with me. On the plus side, there wasn't any queues at any of the bars.
In fairness, none of the food served would be typical of Greggs so I don't really understand how the punters were duped.
The problem is a lot of people are addicted to cheap- screw social responsibility, ethical trading, food miles etc. As far as they are concerned, cheap isn't cheap enough.
Which is what I think happened here- someone (pro-Brexit I'm guessing) wanted rainbows and unicorns regarding the UK's future economic position...
This is one of those "unsolved mysteries that was actually solved decades ago"...
Re: Does not compute
"A utility company would not be able to add artificial restrictions to their supply and remove them if the customer pays a special fee."
Phone companies already do: Different rates for phone calls depending on distance. Charges for essentially free services like Caller ID. Different rates for the same service depending on tariff...
"Check, double check, then CHECK AGAIN!"
Universally known as measure twice, cut once.
Re: Work ethic
I once had management come at me with "Look at so-and-so, he's here at 7am in the morning and most days does not leave the office before 7pm" to which I replied "yes, but some of us are able to do a days work in 8 hours". The look on management's face indicated that was not what they were trying to insinuate.
A couple of days later I emailed a link to them all about loss of productivity by personnel that work excessive hours- I entitled it "Following our discussion about the issue of so-and-so's long office hours".
I was once visiting a remote client site when I was called into their managers office. He then proceeded to rant and rage at me: someone had made over £1000 worth of phone calls to Dublin, and as I (and my company) were from Dublin, then in his eyes, it was obviously us. I pointed out that: a) I didn't work in his office; and b) My last visit was over a year previous. He asked me what that had to do with anything- I pointed to the phone bill and the dates the calls were recorded on and told him I wasn't in his office on any of those days. I left feeling that he still wasn't convinced that it wasn't me.
Re: What's a bribe?
Had something similar- we'd ordered up a large number of 64gb data sticks in order to hand very large data sets to clients that we downloaded off of equipment that they'd hired from us. Only, the first time we went looking for them, turns out management had been giving them away as freebies to their mates and there were none left.