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1917 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

NASA names the date for the first commercial crew demo flight

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Rise of the machines

Admit it - it's an overgrown astro-Tamagotchi, and about as irritating as it's smaller predecessors...

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Re: Prediction

Anyone else get disturbing Tamagotchi flashbacks?

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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Ah yes the memories of EcoNet come flooding back, the joys of A-level comp-sci in the 80s...

My teacher foolishly let me borrow a copy of the manual, at which point I of course duly wrote my own versions of all the priviledged commands which worked surprisingly well. I think it may have been a rite of passage thing anyway towards earning system privs, which I ended up with later on (the project I was working on conveniently needed them).

That said when I did get such privs of course the first thing at least two of my peers (who hated one another) asked was for me to give them the password of the other one (so that they could "have some fun" with the content of the accounts). So I of course duly obliged, by swapping the passwords over so they each had the password of the others account but no longer of their own. To say the resulting Mexican stand-off was quite interesting when they realised they'd got just what they asked for, but not what they actually wanted.

Even the teacher enjoyed that one, with a stern wagging of finger at me before promptly cracking up laughing and complimenting me on an interesting way of coping with the request and dealing with the two of them.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Most definitely - Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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Re: Bear repellant

Only if the delivery address is the Batcave...

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And lo, up pops a new BOfH into my inbox... :)

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/07/bofh_2018_episode_12/

Why is my Windows 10 preview build ticking? Microsoft reminds users that previews have timebombs

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Getting fruity?

Another handy feature sees an orange indicator shown in the system tray to indicate that an update is awaiting a reboot.

So what shows normally when it doesn't need one? A lemon?

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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Re: Classic!

Reminds me of the discussion that happened when the film "Broken Arrow" came out, and what the military term means.

The point being that it's rather scary how often it must happen (or nearly happen) that the military has made up a term for it...

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Re: time to fess up...

Likewise, a little while back. Albeit on only one of my landline phones - an old wired one which is kept in service for exactly that purpose.

All of the other ones (DECT cordless jobs) were of course absolutely dead as the power cut had taken out the base station so no transmission to them, and of course the phone designers (BT, or at least the phones were branded as such) hadn't thought to include a back-up battery or capacitor cell in the base station for such eventualities.

Given that those DECT phones seem to be about all that many retailers sell these days, one has to wonder in the case of such events how many people are actually effectively cut off from landline phones as well. Not that it matters so much in this age of mobiles I guess, but it's certainly a though.

Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

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Speak for yourself - I got paid last Thursday so they're both today for me.

Not that there's anything much I actually wanted to buy either today or last Friday, but that's a minor issue (at least until I find out what SWMBO has purchased on my behalf, or at more accurately on my income).

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Re: Silence once again!

You forget these are Microsoft minutes of which they quote...

We have learned from copying and downloading times in File Explorer and Internet Explorer that they bear very little resemblance to real-world minutes in duration, and are best thought of as measured on a rubber wristwatch...

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

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Get yer boots on

And once again we're back to the Sam Vimes Theory of Economic Injustice...

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

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I had something similar done to me back in the day - my keyboard got swapped with one that had blank keys. But like you it was a shame they didn't realise I too basically touch-type now, and they were a bit upset when I just sat down and started using it as normal...

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Re: the old "rotate the monitor" trick

The one we used to do on "left unlocked" machines was to make up faked contact versions of various higher-up people in the company (using their address-book name but a bad email address), and then send nasty/dodgy/embarassing email to them from the machine, with a cc to the users email address. And of course deleting the contacts afterwards, plus the bounce messages from the fake addresses.

So when they came back, they found a message in their inbox that they'd apparently sent to various managers/board members/anyone we felt like and duly of course panicked. It went on for a surprising length of time, both for people not learning to lock their machines but also not hearing about it being done.

All through the house, not a creature was stirring... especially Samsung smartwatches: Batteries empty at 3AM

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Re: 3AM Eternal

So maybe a million of the watches should be taken to Jura and burned (or given they're Samsung, just left to do it themselves eventually)?

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Re: Alternatively - as a weapon ...

OK, you're Mr Burns and I claim my $5... :D

http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Sun_Blocker

Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch

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Re: I'm just wondering

Most companies that do use Windows 10 are probably rather more picky about if/when they do update stuff, so that the unfortunate public can act as the canaries for all of this.

For example I'm typing this on my company PC, which has a fairly much uneventful Win10 config, albeit the 1703 build rather than anything too cutting edge. I doubt our corporate IT group are unusual in such caution.

Aside from the public users (of which I'm also one at home, although I don't rush to update there either) it's the small business users I feel especially sorry for. Those not large enough to be able to be so choosy about what, when and how they run, but in real financial danger if it does go tits-up.

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

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Great news

Nice to start the day with some good and positive news.

Spin up a few pints for the NASA boffins!

Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Re: Corporate Risk

Easy solution - just put it on the bottom of the hull, somewhere on or near the keel...?

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

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Are you Sue?

Shirley wouldn't it be Donim, Sue ?

Anyway given the modern propensity for people to give their kids name variants that just makes them look either dyslexic, illiterate or just plain stupid (or all three - my kids have classmates such as Aymie and Joolee for examples) you do have to wonder if it's quite as obvious as it might be...

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Apollo 7

Apollo 7 was so successful (despite a slightly poorly and stroppy crew)

Come on, given what happened to the previous crewed trials on Apollo (the Apollo 1 fire) you have to give them serious credit for having the balls to set foot in the thing at all. I think a little slack should be cut for them there, especially given they probably also knew NASA wouldn't put their top astronauts on such a test...

Plus is was also the first use of the Saturn 1B rocket as well of course as being the first Apollo mission to actually go into space, both just to make things even more interesting...

Astroboffins may have found the first exomoon lurking beyond the Solar System

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Re: Moons of the moons?

So it's moons all the way down, or depending on your viewpoint, around...

JAXA probe's lucky MASCOT plonks down on space rock Ryugu without a hitch

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Well given the history of such landers (and landings) a srimech device is probably not such a daft idea to include...

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Re: @big_D

Not to mention Intel and fuses...

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Man's best friend

Just picture it, me striding around public parks with my Pedo app clearly visible on my smartphone screen for all to see. I'm sure to attract a crowd.

And then you could do the variant for those early and late jaunts with ones canine, and have a Dogging app?

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: Why is it always the cleaners?

Brings to mind a story I heard regarding a new security guard at a semiconductor fab, who thought it would be a good idea to also patrol the cleanroom. Unfortunately no-one had told him of the requirements for bunny suits etc, and so he just casually strolled in wearing his normal uniform and apparently even with a cup of coffee in hand.

Still at least this cleaner story didn't involve the usual suspect of nylon tights, or indeed other garments worn around the same region...

Blueprint of modern construction can be found in a tech cluster... of 19th century England

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A good short-break destination area

Have to say that whole area is very good for a short (or indeed not-so-short) holiday for people interested in heritage industry and that sort of thing.

Not just the whole Ironbridge area (there's a lot more than just the bridge - Enginuity plus several interesting museums all available on one ticket price), but Blist's Hill and of course now this as well.

A few years back we did a week in the area, and it was very enjoyable and fascinating (and I'm not sure we saw everything even then). Would certainly recommend it, a very good time indeed.

https://www.ironbridge.org.uk/

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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I need new glasses...

2020 will see the first uncrewed SLS/Orion mission to the “lunar vicinity”

Why did I read that initially as the first unscrewed mission?

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Re: Yesterday someone asked Alexa...

Nah, someone asked it to go and make a cup of tea...

Mine's the robe with the towel in the pocket.

First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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Re: Amber Rudd

Maybe better to use the new super sewer, given it's supposed to help lower the turd count in the Thames?

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I'm just waiting for all this to be taken to its logical conclusion and we outsource the government to the private sector.

Although I guess some would say we already have, given the power of some companies in lobbying etc. and how much contempt they seem to treat national authorities...

Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: Works on my switch

No, Tesla..

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Sam Vimes Theory of Economic Injustice

As ever, Pratchett sums up the fallacy of penny pinching and small budgets to a tee (and applies to servers, PCs and indeed most project items just as much as boots)...

A really good pair of leather boots, the sort that would last years and years, cost fifty dollars. This was beyond his pocket and the most he could hope for was an affordable pair of boots costing ten dollars, which might with luck last a year or so before he would need to resort to makeshift cardboard insoles so as to prolong the moment of shelling out another ten dollars.

Therefore over a period of ten years, he might have paid out a hundred dollars on boots, twice as much as the man who could afford fifty dollars up front ten years before. And he would still have wet feet.

https://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Sam_Vimes_Theory_of_Economic_Injustice

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Re: Sympathy for any employee, anywhere, since time began ...

Reminds me of what happened here a couple of years ago.

I'm a 20-year veteran, so have been there and done that on most things. But we have a new tool-type which is different to our existing run of the mill stuff (I work for a semiconductor manufacturing tool vendor), and I was asked to support it. Also as background I'm a certified trainer on the older tool types.

So get trotted of around the globe for a week's training on aforesaid tool. All very nice and jolly, except I got back home to an email proudly congratulating me on now being a certified trainer for that new tool type too.

Yup, after a grand total of a week's hand-on with the new tool, I was expected to (and indeed actually had to) train both colleagues and customers on them. Shall we say the first couple of courses were "interesting", but at least they sharpened up my skills at winging it and educated guesswork...

SpaceX dodges lightning while storms keep Japan earthbound

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Re: It's almost unbelievable...

Although the warning from history about when the original manned launches went the same way (hint - Apollo 13) may be a timely reminder here to be careful what you wish for.

A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes

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Re: I do all my own stunts?

It was a choice between the Paris and joke alert icons.

But y'know, Paris always wins...

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I do all my own stunts?

Perhaps even the most apparently simple tasks really are best left to the pros.

Yes but how much is the standard rate to employ a professional stuntman/woman/person/being to fall through the ceiling on your behalf?

Paris, for many reasons...

Post-silly season blues leave me bereft of autonomous robot limbs

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Uncommon

“A further 23% would even sacrifice one of their senses,” the report continues, failing to notice the irony that this particular sampling of millennials have evidently done so already.

Common failed to make the option list, as it's already long gone...

Anyway haven't any of them seen Spider-Man 2? Did Doc Oc die for nothing?

Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Re: Do you want fries with that?

CPU - Central Potato Unit?

I think Crispy Potato Unit.

Chipped potato unit?

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: A blood sacrifice on hardware...

It also depends somewhat on exactly whose blood it actually is...

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Re: Giovanni sounds complicit

I thought that kind of viewpoint was swiftly corrected by the midwife slapping you to get you crying (and breathing) shortly after you've left your mother...?

Rather sets the trend for life for the average helldesk or trainer minion...

Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: Copier warning

I think I might need to have a friendly quiet word with my laptop and remind it that it's not a copier, so to stop acting like one based on that...

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The laying on of hands

Percussive maintenance is not just knowing where to hit, but when and how hard.

And there are times when a gentle touch works much better of course. But as with everything, it's knowing where to touch...

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Not in IT...

But usually nowhere does it say that they need to be trained competently, correctly or completely.

Or to be taught all the little tricks and secrets like the precise locations that the machines need to be struck for percussive maintenance to make things better rather than worse...

Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Re: Jukebox

Nah, he would have just snapped his fingers to resolve it...

♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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Re: The song the headline refers to...

Ah well, now that song's in my head I'm just going to have to put on "An Evening Wasted" and go the whole hog...

"Spring is here, spring is here. Life is skittles and life is beer..."

Microsoft's 'room-scale' Ginormonitor probably not as big as a room

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Does whatever a spider can?

Equipped with a 20-point touch display, the screen would be ideal for an expensive, if brief, game of Twister

Or for Spider-Man to give team briefings to the Avengers?

Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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As long as the volume also goes up to 11, then everyone will be happy... ;)

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Employ them to do the entering?

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