* Posts by Andrew Moore

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Re: "You have reached your dest..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTcBWo4Aj0g

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

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It also allows Apple to bork older models...

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Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables

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Re: Sorry for your loss Alistair.

Likewise, condolences...

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Re: Nice to see...

"nothing has happened yet"

errr, sterling has tanked. And that's even before Article 50 has been signed...

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Re: Citizens of the US,

"It's not hard."

Have you tried Viagra? I have received a few emails that might be of interest to you...

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Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

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Remember...

Disrupt is better than datrupt...

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How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it

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Re: Use NTP

Google do this- it's called a Leap Smear

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Re: Where's the IT angle?

I do believe that "pap" is proto-germanic for nipple and is still in some use in English.

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

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I had a friend who regularly did business in East German back in the 70s/80s- he said Checkpoint Charlie was a doddle compared to US Border and Immigration.

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Snapchat coding error nearly destroys all of time for the internet

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Timely...

There's a leap second being added on New Years Eve...

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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

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Re: Business Decision

When my CEO pushed for it, I just asked him if he was happy not knowing where business critical and confidential information was being stored. So, no cloud for us (well not public cloud anyway).

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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Re: Available for Comment

my thoughts precisely, I even read the quote in Pete's voice...

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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Re: Not Snopes

Stapling was a regular occurance, if you were lucky, the staple would be in the top left corner and the disk would be untouched. Thankfully, the introduction of the 3" nearly wiped out this practice- I say nearly because we did have one committed site that managed to get a staple partially into one.

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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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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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