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Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: All credit to iD games...

Yes, Doom didn't need a math-co, but Quake did. I know because at the time Quake came out, I was using a NexGen NX586, which (for reasons that elude me) didn't have a math chip in it. So I missed the early Quake bus until I saved up enough for a real Pentium. I had to while away my time playing Doom Eternal, Final Doom, etc...

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Doom II

The Arch-vile alert sound remains to this day the only game sound that stands up the hair on the back of my neck. Cyberdemon? Pah, just mecha-noise. Spider-mother? Just a bug to squash. But the arch-vile meant I were about to have a minute or two of a hard time, and possibly get killed.

iddqd

idkfa

idbehold

I miss the old days...

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Cranky

I have to wonder why almost every comment here, made more than 20 minutes ago, has at least 1 downvote. Did anyone check under the bridge? Has corporate sent an emissary to monitor threads about their product?

Maybe I'm just being too sensitive...

Customers baffled as Citrix forces password changes for document-slinging Sharefile outfit

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: An email...

I had a similar thought. I wonder if the spammers are already using the confusion to dupe users into providing their new credentials. Just a simple "Dear user, please reset your password again. The one you did earlier was lost by our server" email, followed by a relatively official looking login page, might trick far too many users. Never underestimate the gullibility of the user base.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: I understand for the Coprophilia forums,....

That's the turd time I've heard that joke today.

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: But...

I always thought Tumblr was basically a soft-porn site masquerading as a blogging platform for moody teens. Seems like if they kick all the pr0n out, they'll be bereft of content. Yeah, like MySpace, but without all the crappy music.

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: FWIW

"What are all the miscreants who have been devoting their energy to "mining" cryptocurrencies with other folk's resources going to switch their efforts to if the cryptocoin markets collapse?"

Maybe NASA should restart the SETI@Home project.

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: There's a non filler talk on that topic

"It seems like there are even whole conferences devoted to nothing but filler material designed to take up space and to make you look innovative even though it's extremely low on content."

So... "Management school" then.

Sysadmin’s plan to manage system config changes backfires spectacularly

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Why use a revision control system?

I use an RCS to backup my switch configs weekly via script. That way, if I dork something up, or have to replace a switch, I've got a recent config file to fall back on for each switch.

BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: New Episode?

"There should be a Christmas or New Year Episode coming in the next 6 or so weeks"

I'm beginning to think that would be a true Christmas miracle. Boys on crutches getting to walk? Pfft, simples.

Pirate Dave
Pirate

So you run and you run to catch up to the BOFH, but he's sinking,

racing around, to come up behind you again.

The BOFH is the same in a relative way, but you're colder,

Shorter of breath, already taken by Death.

Pirate Dave
Pirate

New measurement of time between BOFH articles - how far your hairline has receded since the last one.

I do believe this is the longest gap in BOFH articles since I started reading them here in like 2005. I remember several years ago, Simon took off for like 3 or 4 months. This time, it seems ages longer.

Pirate Dave
Pirate

I remember

the good old days, when we used to get a new BOFH every week. Or two. At least one a month. Now it's been almost 2 months and my funny bone is dry and gritty from lack of use. I'm starting to rethink renewing my Platinum Membership to El Reg...

GitHub lost a network link for 43 seconds, went TITSUP for a day

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"Next manager along didn't understand any of it, so ordered it ripped it out in favour of..."

The mark of a truly gifted Manager is that they can come into a new job and immediately decide to rip out systems that have been reliably ticking over for 10 years. All because they read a "Best Practices" article on a forum somewhere. That's why they get the big money.

Me, bitter? no...

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"By providing a document in the kernel source tree that shows that all people, developers and maintainers alike, will be treated with respect and dignity while working together, we help to create a more welcome community to those newcomers, which our very future depends on if we all wish to see this project succeed at its goals."

Aw, man, Linux is turning beige... Bummer. I always liked LT's rants, they are some of the more entertaining and colorful aspects of this otherwise boring industry. Time for "safe spaces" and singing Kumbaya.

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

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"The old take-a-screenshot-of-the-desktop-make-the-image-the-wallpaper-turn-off-icons trick was a good one back in the day :)"

As was the BSOD screen-saver when it came out. Ah, the gallons tears that one caused over the years...

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: What about the stuff that we really don't want...

"Well many were quite happy with XP and moved to 7 with some reluctance."

I still miss Win2k. Such a nice, clean UI, with things where they should be.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

Pirate Dave
Pirate

I don't get why they used 115 VAC for a signal circuit instead of low-voltage DC. Button-On, Button-Off reads the same at 12 VDC as at 115 VAC.

Pirate Dave

"A man carrying a foot-high piano walks into a bar. <EOF>"

AND??? come on, don't leave us hanging after you've taken us this far...

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Similar has happened to me twice in the past two months. Both times it was in HR. Ah well, I like the easy calls...

US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Test report

No, they're just monitoring the replies to this story on El Reg.

Pirate Dave
Pirate

WWJD???

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Yep

just got it. It even sounded like the old ones on TV.

Not sure why it needed to be called the "Presidential" warning test. That part is kind of spooky.

100,000 home routers recruited to spread Brazilian hacking scam

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: MokroTik

I used a small MicroTik router at a previous job. Nice little box for $30. Was handy as a "cheat" to let me get to equipment in an otherwise isolated VLAN. I was amazed at how many different ways that thing could molest an IP packet. The GUI interface was a bit rough, though, since it had so very many little knobs and buttons.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"isn't that going to be a problem in the EU?"

Probably, but not before Microsoft has made 3 times more money than they'll have to pay in fines. So it's still a Microsoft win, sadly.

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Dear Microsoft -- You Did It To Yourself!!!

"IE wasn't even still a thing when these devices were made!"

Not the devices, no. But when the original firmware was written, it was 2002 and Life Was Better With IE6. No need to patch code that's Known To Work, even 15 years later, right?

IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

Pirate Dave
Pirate

I was a Groupwise admin for 15 years, then migrated to Office365. Never used Notes in the least. For on-prem, Groupwise was hard to beat (at least through 2012 when we jumped ship) - it was fast, took care of its own databases pretty reliably, and was easier to maintain and upgrade than what I'd read about Exchange. But lack of integration with desktop apps (ie - "it's not Outlook"), and Novell self-destructing, eventually forced even me to say "we need to move". As an admin, the biggest benefits I found in O365 were the deep Powershell abilities (we won't talk about EWS, though), and the fact I never have to add another drive to the storage array.

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

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Ahhh, memories...

The one I always loved was the call of "The Internet isn't working", when the actual problem turned out to be that the user had set the browser's startup page to some obscure website Somewhere Out There, and that website was down. Did they bother trying to go to Google or Yahoo or CNN or anywhere else? No. Start browser, get error message, call IT to complain loudly. Lovely.

You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: So this great technical breakthrough was achieved....

Let's not be too harsh - there was probably a committee involved, and possibly high ranking members of the upper Management team. Meetings, lots of meetings to decide WHICH shade of dark, dark grey was most fitting, or should they switch to dark, dark gray instead? Meetings need donuts and drinks, which means caterers needed to be scheduled. And point-release reveals to the various mid-management teams. More meetings to integrate their better suggestions. More donuts. Finally the big release to the Executive Management team, and more meetings to figure out the most politic way to NOT integrate their horrible suggestions.

Surprising they got it out at all then.

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Android without Google?

Wouldn't that be as useless as Microsoft Windows without Internet Explorer? Nothing would work, and users would hate the freedom, um, I mean, hate the lack of functionality.

BOFH: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

Pirate Dave
Pirate

“No, it’s too generic and we already have safety servers."

That made me snort. It's a shame you can only plant a crop in some fields every few years. Usually the cycle corresponds to the changing of the employment status of the Senior Beancounter. If there's nobody around to say "Hey, didn't you buy a new CMS server 2 years ago?" then it's time to do a PO for a new CMS server...

Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

Pirate Dave
Pint

""Why? Do you want to watch your food burn in real time now?".

Ballsy, man. That took some guts. I salute you sir.

Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Why have unprotected cables there at all

"Being a dumb cheapskate costs money."

Yes, but is the first step to a long and fruitful career in upper management.

SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: One definition of insanity ...

"It should be noted that the first 6 posts in this thread were downvoted about 10 minutes after the first post was published."

So now we know what Darl McBribe is doing with his free time - trawling El Reg and downvoting any posts that denigrate TSG. Hard to believe tha anybody but a few lawyers still give a positive shit about TSG - the rest of the world hates them like a burning rash.

A draft US law to secure election computers that isn't braindead. Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Safeguard elections from hacking

"Yeah, we just call it a pencil."

Are we sure the folks in Florida know how to use pencils? I mean, there are two ends to those damn things - one for making squigglies, the other for erasing said squigglies. Might be too complicated...

Microsoft reveals network simulator that keeps Azure alive

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: So....

Maybe Microsoft's internal admins sometimes forget whether they're testing an outage in CrystalNet, or on the real Office365 production servers.

"Hey, let's simulate what would happen if we lost connection to all of our peering exchanges."

"Hey, why's my phone saying it can't retrieve my email anymore"

"Uh-oh..."

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

Pirate Dave
Pirate

RPG

God, I hated RPG. It should've never left punch-card land. IBM (et al) should have never tried to make it Englishy. Leave it on the cards, in the proper columns, where it makes sense. Nobody tries to hand-code mag-tape data, but punch-card holes are just too close to being a real, physical object, so let's turn it into a language-like thing and torment people with it. Not saying it wasn't useful in the real world, but as a "language" it was as ugly as sin and as forgiving as gravity.

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: common::sense .... what???

"now I can't get it out of my head"

Thanks, your ear-worm comment just made me think of Kylie Minogue in her younger days.

Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"Sell it at a premium, too, rather than claim to be cheap but actually be quite average in price."

Have you seen how much Huel costs? I looked at it when it came to the US earlier this year, and blanched at the cost. They sell it in lots of 28 "meals" for $66. That's the minimum I could find. For a "per meal" price of $2.36, that isn't horrible, but $66 is a lot to wager if it turns out I can't force myself to eat meals 2 through 28. So I'm sticking to ramen noodles for lunch...

Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Patronising POS

"No-one, in the history of ever, has booted up a computer purely to use the OS."

Not to nit-pick, but I once booted the PC version of Slowlaris just to see what it looked liked. Same for AtheOS. And Plan9.

Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Blue tinge???

"The Pixel 2 XL, which costs $849, has already raised eyebrows with the blue tinge to its plastic OLED screen."

So to make a Pixel 2 XL, you take a Pixel 2 and give it a Viagra? Makes everything blue-tinged, and much larger than normal. Or so I've heard.

This is no yolk. Newegg scrambles against rotten shell company claims

Pirate Dave
Pirate

NewEgg

When TigerDirect went kaput a few years ago, that really cut into the number of component resellers for "small" things - hard drives, memory, cards, new-old-stock Laptops, etc. NewEgg is my main go-to now, since we have a corp net-30 account, although I am not too pleased by their efforts at becoming a "marketplace" instead of a reseller - some of their vendors take far too long to ship orders. I use CDW-G every once in a while, but their sales people can get annoying and their prices are usually higher than NewEgg. Amazon is OK, but hit-or-miss on some things, and there's no "account rep" to ask questions of. At least with CDW-G and NewEgg I have an actual account rep for the rare times I need one.

I hope NewEgg comes out of this intact.

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

Pirate Dave
Pirate

A complete wipe?

So the advice for a Unix-based system with a virus is to completely wipe it and re-install from scratch? That sounds so Windows-like. There aren't any scripts that can clean all the crap out and get the system back to normal? That does not sound like the Unix-way to me.

Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

Pirate Dave
Pirate

uh-oh. Yeah, back to school for me.

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"Google's parent company, Alphabet, reported $26bn in revenues and $3.52bn in profit last quarter, "

So after a year, the fine of $3.6million is around 1% of profit? Seems like a reasonable cost to get to tell the US Gubmint spooks to go fuck themselves.

Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Age is but a number.

"Why can't young people understand that old people are just young people who are older in age?"

Because that would require the young people to think about someone besides themselves for a second or two, and most of them do not have that capability in their skillset. It isn't called the "Me" generation for nothing...

Don't fear the reap... er, automation: Puppet hopes to make IT boring, says that's a good thing

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Meh

"With that sense of optimism have you thought of a career in IT?"

If he can keep that inner flame alive, he might make it to full BOFH one day...

Pirate Dave
Pirate

"People may be afraid that automation will take away their jobs," said Alanna Brown, director of product marketing at Puppet, in a phone interview with The Register, "but automation has made devops practitioners more valuable to their organizations."

What about those of us who haven't drank the devops KoolAid? I guess we're less valuable now that the slick DevOps guys are in there, talking up the boardroom, showing all the gee-whizzy stuff that didn't even exist when we started 20+ years ago. We might as well be RPG programmers...

Smut-watchers suckered by evil advertising

Pirate Dave
Pirate

eh

I would think the catch rate from this would be pretty low. I would think after 20+ years of "The Internet" that most of the folks who frequent pr0n sites (especially the aggregator sites like this one) would know the sites sometimes push crapware through their ads. It's not like this just started happening last year. Remember the old dialer viruses that would call 900 numbers in the Carribean?

Maybe the Millenials don't know this yet, that could explain a lot.

Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

Pirate Dave
Pirate

Re: Does that mean we can now drop the crappy Win10 interface?

"From the outset of Win8 (which was a much improved base OS) I have claimed that were Microsoft to see the error of their ways and give Win8 (now Win10) and Windows7 interface, all would be forgiven."

Totally agree. MS's subsystem folks did a lot of good with Win8/2012 and beyond, but it was all hidden by the hideous GUI.

Microsoft - the company that can write an entire "safe" programming ecosystem (.net) from the ground up, but can't figure out how to re-write the fucking "Start" menu from 1995 to work with their latest Windows...

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