* Posts by Andrew Moore

1410 posts • joined 2 Mar 2007

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'Tesco Bank's major vulnerability is its ownership by Tesco,' claims ex-employee

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Unfortunate...

Do they really refer to themselves as 'TB'? Every time I read it, I thought 'tuberculosis'...

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Florida Man cleared of money laundering after selling Bitcoins to Agent Ponzi

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Sounds to me like they wanted to get their money back. Are they in one of those states that allows the police to keep the proceeds that are taken in evidence?

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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there's the issue- the parents that scream and froth at the mouth about these kind of things are usually the ones that are trying to deflect attention from their own parenting...

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Stay out of my server room!

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I've been thinking of building a biltong box on the back of one of ours...

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Re: Ahhh...

The cleanout event got nicknamed "The Purge". For ages after, any management request for hardware (new keyboard, printer cartridge etc) would get turned down with the response "well, we used to have that but it got thrown out during The Purge". Eventually management relented and gave us a budget to buy up new replacements and spares.

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Ahhh...

A couple of years ago, management decided to have a big clean out of our offices- without telling anyone. They hire a bunch of monkeys to just come in and throw anything not locked away into a skip, on a weekend. We came in on the Monday to find our entire spares cupboard stripped clean. We complained but it felt on deaf ears.

Cut to two months later and the NIC failed on an "important" server (one that produced reports for management- so not critical). There was much screaming, wailing and gnashing of teeth, and the accusation was levelled at IT that we should have seen that kind of thing coming and we should have prepared for it- our answer: We did, but you lot threw out all of the spares that were being stored for that very reason. Queue: mumbling and grumbling and "well, you still should have been prepared"...

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Re: Easily fixed

We had a similar situation- customer had a support contract, but on-site visits were extra. Which was handy because one of the remote offices demanded an on-site visit for every minor issue (one included me arriving to the site and just plugging back in the computer that the cleaner had unplugged the night before). This stopped the moment we showed him how much he had accrued in extra on-site charges, for the first half of the year.

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Re: I generally now won't help any family members or friends with any IT problems

One of the best things about everyone being forced into Windows 10 is I explain (kindly) to the friend/family member that I cannot help them because I have no experience with Windows 10. If they try to push the matter (usually by explaining "it's a simple problem" or "all computers work the same") I then tell them that I have not even upgraded our office computers to Windows 10 because it was so different and everyone would need retraining. Again, underlining that I have no experience with it.

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Google knifes Eclipse Android Developer Tools

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Re: Android Studio

Agreed- really liking the Instant Run feature...

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Groupon buys Living Social

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These sites still provide a valuable service...

They allow me to see which restaurants are selling discounted meals- and avoid them.

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Hackintoshes hackable

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Better Headline:

Hackintoshes Mackable!

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Swedes ban camera spy-drones for anything but crime fighting

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Re: _

When chickens are outlawed, only outlaws will have chickens...

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Despite best efforts, fewer and fewer women are working in tech

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Re: Yup, women are smarter.

My eldest daughter told me that I didn't understand the internet; I replied that I, and people like me, invented the internet.

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The main thing to watch here is "barrier to entry"- as long as no one (including women) are being stopped from entering the field then the numbers would indicate what interest there is. On the other side of the coin, there's a 5:1 gender split (female:male) in marketing jobs.

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Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed

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The only thing I could say about this is that it would probably suit the Russians to have Trump in power so there might be an element of truth in it.

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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

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Ideally...

you want "F'tumch" but not "Orgo"

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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Re: I had a first gen go wacko

Why was JL ringing you instead of the manufacturer?

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In the name of love, don't scalp your U2 aka Dreamfest tickets, warns Salesforce

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Not quite sure if the scalpers know what they are doing...

So the tickets are $1,799, but they are appearing on Craiglist for as high as $1,250?

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What’s that Sooty? You want a girlfriend?

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Of course, we don't even want to go into the connotations behind "Ramsbottom"...

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

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Wayne?

"At least Nic seems to have been was spared Stairway to Heaven."

"Denied" surely....

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Sinclair fans rejoice: ZX Spectrum Vega+ to launch October 20

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Hmmmm...

"other 80s classics like Elite..."

You'd need a BBC Micro emulator to do that one justice.

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Shopkeeper installs forecourt khazi to counter mystery Dublin dung dumper

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In fairness...

...Finglas is a shithole.

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The Great British domain name rip-off: Overcharged .uk customers help pay for cheaper .vodka

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Re: Yes, but....

We need to do the same here in Ireland with the IEDR

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Pull the plug! PowerPoint may kill my conference audience

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Re: Ho Hum

Exactly- the number of presentations I've had to sit thru which was just basically a trained monkey reading text from a screen. At that point I'm pretty much thinking "you could have just emailed me the PPT and I could be sat back in the office going through it"

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If we can't fix this printer tonight, the bank's core app will stop working

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Same thing happened to me...

The boss couldn't print out any of his documents because his printer was broken.

We bought him a new printer.

Crisis averted.

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Half! a! billion! Yahoo! email! accounts! raided! by! 'state! hackers!'

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Coat

Main suspects...

the Houyhnhnms.

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'What this video game needs is actual footage of real gruesome deaths'

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In fariness...

It does say "farming simulator" not "abattoir simulator"

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

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Re: Can they extend that....

and also "from..."

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Elon Musk says SpaceX Falcon 9 fireball investigation is 'biggest challenge yet'

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Re: Really?

a Gert Frobe made of Thunderballs?

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Really?

A robe made of fireballs???

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The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom

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Ah, Psion...

Nothing like a nice bit of nostalgia on a Friday. I knew both Harold and Corinne back in their Psion days.

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Is there paper in the printer? Yes and it's so neatly wrapped!

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Another lock-in

I was working in a government department's server room on a Friday and found that everyone had buggered off at 4pm and locked me in. Thankfully a chair through a window sorted that problem out. And security didn't even notice the broken window until it was reported to them on Monday morning.

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You're guilty but broke, judge tells Wash.io – the 'Uber of laundry'

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Re: Where is the "Uber" of washing machines?

And to take it further- rather than you having to handle the money directly, you could put an interface on the washing the machine that handles cash and card payments. And, for privacy reasons, house the washing machine in its own unit, accessible 24 hours a day. And in order to maximise profit, have a bank of washing machines, rather than just one...

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

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Re: Cool kids are all Bluetooth

Exactly my first thought- "oh look, they've toilet-proofed the iPhone..."

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Hacker takes down CEO wire transfer scammers, sends their Win 10 creds to the cops

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Re: Make a phone call

Usually it comes after years of weakening of standards at the management/board level. Controls and protocols are bypassed as they make "business difficult". Of course, the rank and file employee is still intended to jump thru all the hoops.

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Re: I'm not so pessimistic

once there are autonomous vehicles there would be no need to own one- Just set up a continuously operating fleet of vehicles and you just call one (think Hailo/Uber) when ever you need to use it.

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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Indeed, and when the article says "And Ireland is currently sticking to its guns, saying it will appeal the ruling." I'd like to point out that it's the Irish Government/Revenue and not the Irish people that are sticking to these guns. We look at our underfunded and cut schools and hospitals and think, "You know what, that money would come in handy...". Might help out with the homeless issue too...

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John Ellenby, British inventor of the first laptop, powers off

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Re: Aliens

Never understood why they removed the robot sentries (and Ripley's search for her daughter) from the original film.

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Operational distance...

At 7,000ft up we are not talking toy shop drone- this was commercial or military.

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Europe to order Apple to cough up 'one beeellion Euros in back taxes'

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Meanwhile in Ireland...

Government on Water Tax: People of Ireland have to pay the tax because Europe told us so.

Government on Apple Tax: Europe ruled what??? We have to fight this...

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Ireland looks like it's outpacing Britain in the superfast broadband rollout stakes

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Fine if you are a farmer...

Unfortunately the roll out seems to be more about getting fast internet out to the rural areas whil ignoring business areas in Dublin- We're limited to 1mbs here in the office in Dublin 22 with a telco that can't even give us an idea of if the line will ever be upgraded.

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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We had an American colleague fly to Iceland instead of Ireland. Only realised it when he got into a taxi at Reykjavik and asked to be taken to Dublin city centre.

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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Re: Really ....

"and all this doom and gloom..."

It's called reality.

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Cats, dogs starve as web-connected chow chute PetNet plays dead

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Re: More dead cats :)

If a cat leaves a carcass at your back door it's because it thinks you are useless at hunting.

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Re: Treason

sedition I think.

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Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

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Re: TI99/4A

Another TI99/4a user here. I always heard the reason why it was slow explained as "it's like a city with 16 lanes of traffic but with no place to park". But Parsec, Burgertime and Moon Patrol were excellent games and many an hour was wasted playing Tunnels of Doom.

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Nintendo to investors: Pokémon Go won't make money come

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Here's an idea- give the game away for free and have a once-off in-game purchase of 99c to unlock the full game. No bullshit with coins and the freepers still get to play alongside those who paid.

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Re: People don't listen

"they amount to telling people they should become hermits and never interact with anyone if they can't do it face to face."

There's the problem though- Social media does tend to make people hermits in real life. If a family member of mine moved to a new place, I'd like to think that they are interacting with their new community, face-to-face, rather than secluding themselves away and only relying on the internet to connect them to the people they know, long distance. Meanwhile, that person is getting a reputation in their new community...

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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Re: Full marks for extra experience!

Nearly the same experience (no champagne though), it wasn't a faulty connector- it was the "tang" missing from the top of the RJ45 which meant it kept slipping out of the socket. 10 seconds with my crimp tool saved large amounts of money.

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A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

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Always reminds me of my favourite line from The Sound Of Music when Mother Superior asks Maria "What is it? You cunt face."

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