* Posts by Adrian Jones

284 posts • joined 1 Mar 2007

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

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Tim Peake to return to Earth after six months floating around in space

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09:00 GMT

So, 10 o'clock then.

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

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Re: One wonders

Apparently not too long...

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/743099301174247424

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RUD

I thought it was Rapid Unscheduled *Disassembly*.

The video looked like the Falcon was vertical, but on fire before it cut out. It'll be interesting to see what actually happened.

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BOFH: What's your point, caller?

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Re: How do I order a new keyboard online if this one is broken?

The first company I worked for sold my keyboard.

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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But what was on the shirt?

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Unicorn adopts rainbow as logo

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Re: Well to be honest, it was dealing with photographs

And don't forget that Apple also pinched their GUI from Xerox.

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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So... A system designed to track down terrorists, is incapable of tracking down a fried chicken thief?

That was money well spent.

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Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

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Re: How can I tell if the update is applied?

Mine updated, but I'm not entirely sure when. When I received the email I checked to see what version it had, it was up to date.

I plugged my partner's Kindle Keyboard 3 in and switched on the wifi a few nights ago, thinking I'd leave it overnight to pick up the update. About 10 seconds later it was done. No re-starts.

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Interesting

I had removed and hidden KB3035583 on both my Win7 desktop and Win8.1 laptop and have had no problems since then. My partner's Win7 laptop however keeps getting the nag box to upgrade, despite doing the same to it.

It appears that KB2952664 *was* installed on my desktop, so I've nuked that too. I'll have to spend some time going through the laptops to clean them out too.

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Linus Torvalds wavers, pauses … then gives the world Linux 4.5

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Re: OK. I have to ask

For me it manifested as the scroll wheel stopping working, every time I switched to my Ubuntu box on my KVM. (Requiring the mouse to be unplugged and replugged.)

Other distros had a few seconds of confusion, where the mouse skittered about the screen sending random button presses, before settling down.

Hopefully this will fix both of these.

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Re: All my systems are still using PS/2 mice, at least indirectly

Yup, same here. PS/2 mouse and keyboard, with VGA graphics, because USB/HDMI KVMs are stupid prices.

Hopefully this will fix the issue I have, of having to unplug and re-plug the mouse to get the wheel working again, when I switch to the Linux box.

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SpaceX aborts Falcon 9 launch again

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Re: Possible reason...

Well, I was watching it just before midnight, UTC.

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UK carrier Three in network-wide ad-block shock

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Not new for me

All ads on Three are very effectively blocked for me, together with the rest of the websites, calls and texts. Thanks to the complete lack of service here.

Even their "Three inTouch" app to redirect calls over my wifi doesn't help; it regularly crashes and then has to be re-registered over the mobile network, which doesn't work and not the wifi which does.

Time to drop them and go elsewhere.

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

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Re: Wow

Ah, Diotoir. :)

I remember that a lot of the robots carried a piece of its fur, as Team Diotoir helped so many of the other teams with spares and repairs.

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Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

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Storm in a teacup: Wileyfox does Android cheapie, British style

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Re: Sounds good. But.

According to the specification sheet:

MEMORY Card slot Yes, expandable up to 128GB*

But it needs a replaceable battery.

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Feeble Phobos flaking as it falls to Mars

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Won't somebody think of the Leather Goddesses?

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

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Jennifer?

Was Jennifer watching the rugby this week?

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Hutchison will float O2 … as soon as the Three merger is done

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I presumed that the merger would create a single brand; O3.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: Microsoft VBA Error

In Access 2007 VBA I encountered two errors (2626 and 3000) which gave "Reserved error; there is no message for this error."

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BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

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Re: reminds me of the time...

When LCDs started being included with new computers in the office, one colleague (who was a bit of a hypochondriac) started making noises about the radiation from her CRT making her feel ill.

So the lady who sat opposite her very kindly swapped a nice new LCD for the old CRT.

I offered to explain that the back of the monitor emitted more radiation than the screen, and it was now pointed towards her...

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ZOMBIE Commodore PET lurches out of its 1970s grave – as a FONDLESLAB

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Re: PET 2001

First PET I used had the cassette deck and calculator keyboard and a 40 character wide green screen.

Later, our school had machines with real keyboards, external cassettes and one even had an 80 character wide screen. There was a floppy disk drive for the borough which we got to play with for a little while. Very slightly faster to load programs than the cassette. :)

AFAIR, they were all called PETs.

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It's the Internet of Feet: Lenovo shows smart shoes, projector keyboard phone

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Intriguing...

How do they project the black screen on to a white desk?

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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Re: Hmmm?

Or sitting in front of a really big telly, watching the race, with the timing / track position on a tablet / laptop on the arm of the sofa supplying vital data.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Sounds familiar

A company I worked for had a leave booking system built in Lotus Notes (iirc). If you booked Friday to Monday off, it would take four days off your available leave.

Reporting the bug didn't make any difference, of course.

We soon discovered that putting Monday as the start date and the previous Friday as the end date gave us four extra days of available leave.

Shortly after that the system was scrapped and we upgraded to drawing on a wall-planner.

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Boffins find Jackie Chan's SUPERCOP is good for something

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Surely there were more appropriate films to use?

Solaris?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Facepalm

Hmm, that might've been me

I've carried tower computers home on the train and tube before now, hooking a strap through the case.

Always got funny looks. My usual response was to comment "I asked for a portable computer..." with a sigh and a rolling of eyes.

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Be Your Own Big Brother: Peeking at pussy

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Preventing little presents

Many years ago, there was a homebrew catflap system someone created, which used a diffused disc of light and a webcam to view the silhouette of the cat's face. Then image recognition software decided whether the flap should be unlocked.

It was (iirc) initially designed to keep out the neighbours' cats, but had the positive side effect of preventing the creator's own moggies from bringing in takeaway meals.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Hang on!

If a monkey takes a picture, then it has the copyright.

If a football fan takes a picture, then The Sun has the copyright.

Is that what they're saying? What happens if a monkey takes a picture of a goal?

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

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German Boffin?

According to Google Translate, they would be an Eierkopf or a Tüftler.

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Have any of these had songs sung about them?

I don't remember any.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDlj0jBtYmQ

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Doctor Who writers Neil Gaiman and Terrance Dicks talk to The Reg

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A single story?

What about "Nightmare in Silver"?

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

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Re: Not a DR Who Fan

Nail's? Are you a greengrocer in your day job?

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Sail HO! Look out Bay Area - it's the GOOGLE GALLEON

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Black Helicopters

Three barges?

BAL0010 and BAL0011? What about BAL0001? Does anyone know where that is?

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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

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No Tad Williams fans?

There's a distinct lack of custard in there.

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That time when an NSA bloke's son borked the ENTIRE INTERNET...

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The Christmas Worm

Don't forget the poetry it inspired.

http://www.cs.iastate.edu/~ghelmer/unixsecurity/night-before-morris-worm.txt

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What the CUFF? Nokia shows how a smartwatch really OUGHT to work

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Interesting concept

But if it doesn't beam me up to the Liberator, then I'm not interested.

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ZERO-G DINOSAUR made from bits and bobs by space station flight engineer

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Re: Beware of reapers ...

Curse its sudden but inevitable betrayal!

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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From the WVEC article:

"Authorities are investigating how it came down in the neighborhood."

Gravity would be my first suggestion.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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Get out of hell free card?

I have several of those already:

http://getoutofhellfree.com/

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Boffins create tabletop ANTIMATTER GUN

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Re: Teflon eh?

Just line up behind the queue of people who don't know the difference between your and you're.

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It was the Reg what won it: Online Hitchhiker's Guide thriving

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Re: The online game

How about by going here:

http://www.douglasadams.com/creations/infocom.php

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Arise, Lord BONG

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Baroness Fox?

Don't you mean Baroness Lane-Fox?

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Dragons' Den badboy's biz Expansys is soaked in red

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I bought from them once

And was inundated with spam from third parties.

Scrapped that email address, never used them again.

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Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY

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Re: So, given that my cards are in my wallet

I had an Barclaycard One Plus, which was RFID credit card + oyster card.

When Barclaycard took over Egg credit cards, they sent me a new RFID card, which stopped the oyster card part of the One Plus card from working. Barclaycard swore blind that it wasn't having any effect and refused point blank to replace it.

So I no longer have any Barclaycards, nor will I ever again.

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AWS to ISVs: Let us vaporise your Windows apps

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Cloudy Widow Service?

The mind boggles!

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Brain boffins: 'Yes, math CAN make your head hurt – LITERALLY'

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Math make you head hurt?

Math make me head hurt.

Me bang rocks together. No count rocks.

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Christian footie match ends in almighty brawl

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An influx?

Why is there an influx of non-christians into the clubs? Are they fielding ringers?

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Ten backpacks for tech-heads

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Stop

Crosskase Solar

That appears to be a re-branding of the Infinit Solar backpack I bought last year.

The quality was terrible. One of the interior zips wouldn't close (the zipper moved, but the zip stayed open.), several of the seams have come apart and the solar cell was rubbish.

The battery would charge up, but would be flat again in less than a day. It seemed like the solar cell was draining it. I added adaptors to charge my PowerMonkey from the solar cell (It holds it charge perfectly well, normally) and that was flat a day later.

So I'd recommend you avoid this like the plague.

On the other hand, we bought a Wenger backpack for our accountant's birthday, a year ago and that is still a fantastic piece of kit. I think that'll be my next choice.

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