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* Posts by Martyn 1

33 posts • joined 30 Jun 2009

Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

Martyn 1
Linux

At least they're not scamming someone if they're wasting their time on you....

Had one call me once while I was watching a film on the telly. Told him my PC was upstairs and I was on a corded landline, so every time he asked me to do something I had to "go upstairs" and then come back and report the status (took 5-10 minutes each time). By the time I had "mystyped" t the URL 4 or 5 times he started reading it out phoenetically, I then had to report that typing "hoteltangotangopappacolonslashslashwhiskeywhiskeywhiskeydot....." into the browser didn't work.

By the end of the call the only time I'd got off the sofa was when I went to make a cup of tea, and had had him on the phone for 45 minutes - I could have kept him going longer but the film finished and I had other stuff to do, and before I hung up I made sure he realised he was a theiveing scammer !

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Naked Aussie gets wedged in washing machine

Martyn 1

So police, firefighters, paramedics, State Emergency Service, and a Search and Rescue Squad all turned up!

You just know the first one on the scene called up the control centre and said "guys you've just got to come down here and get a look at this dude"

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

Martyn 1

One of these:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25197786

would bring it down, only if it comes within 50m though :-(

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Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard

Martyn 1

Another old lag here, from VMS 3.2 up to today, still the most reliable boxes in any of the organisations I've worked for.

What other OS would allow you to exit a script with:

$ exit %xB70

%SYSTEM-W-FISH, my hovercraft is full of eels

$ exit %xB72

%SYSTEM-E-FISH, my hovercraft is full of eels

$ exit %xB74

%SYSTEM-F-FISH, my hovercraft is full of eels

$ exit %xB76

%SYSTEM-?-FISH, my hovercraft is full of eels

$ exit %xB78

Very sad.

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US Navy blasts drones with ship-mounted LASER CANNON

Martyn 1

Shurely too much o a co-incidence?

Kirk's phaser is sold for 250K bucks, and immediately the navy is shooting down stuff with a "laser", maybe it wasn't so expensive after all?

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This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

Martyn 1

Re: Innocent until proving guilty?

Considering he was buried for a year before all this broke I think you'd have to hang him in a net.

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Google denies smacking Botswanan ass

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Re: Trying to be a bit clever...

Yep, if you go to StreetView and back up a bit there's a Landy driving the other direction, on the left.

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

Martyn 1
Alien

Farewell to the one time finance minister of the Monster Raving Loony party :-(

Seemed like a great bloke to me, and still brings a smile to my face thinking about some of his eccentricities, and the first Astronomy book I got from the library as a kid was one of his.

If he did hold some personal views which some people disagree with at least he kept them to himself and just did what he was good at. Unlike so many so called celebrities these days who think their opinions are so important that they have to be foisted on the rest of us.

Stick him into a photon torpedo tube and fire him off into the Milky Way !

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

Martyn 1

IT angle time....

I once Emailed in to the Alex Leicester radio show for a comp and mentioned I worked at HP, he replied back t

AL: I used to work near there can you still smell the sauce from a mile away?

Me: It's HP the computer company not the Sauce company!

Anyway there was too much bacon in that pan, it lowers the temperature and doesn't fry properly.

And another vote for dipping the bread in the fat, rather than Butter/Marge/I can't belive it's not butter/Bugger me it's Marge

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Sysadmins: Your best tale of woe wins a PRIZE

Martyn 1

Remember Thin wire Ethernet?

Years ago in one of the I was working at offices every morning a whole section of the office would have a network failure, causing some of the clustered boxes to reboot and untold woe and a gnashing of teeth. Investigations on the network continued for several days but still each morning the network would go down at about the same time of day. Eventually they tracked the problem down to a segment of thinwire Ethernet (coax cable with a BNC connector on the end), they then discovered that someone in that area had recently got a new monitor, and when connecting it up had decided that every socket on the back should have SOMETHING plugged in so he'd plugged a thin wire Ethernet segment into the Video out connector on his monitor, every time he turned the monitor on it put s spike on the network and brought the segment down.

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'Call Corporate Of Apple and tell them to stop there persuit!!'

Martyn 1
Pint

I came on here ready to jump on my high horse about the headline....

Then I read the article!

I feel so let down :-(

Beer 'cos I've just got back from the pub

(I know it's only 14:45 - Lightweight!)

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North Korean GPS blocking sparks cyber war fears

Martyn 1
Linux

Think about the poor Geocachers

How are they going to find their plastic boxes in Korea now?

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Virgin Media cuts Pirate Bay access for millions of punters

Martyn 1
Childcatcher

Was going to say it will be interesting to see how easy it is to circumvent when I get home tonight, but having read the above comments it seems it will be trivially easy and not worth the effort (I don't use TPB normally anyway ).

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Rogue IT employees - give us the down and dirty

Martyn 1
Facepalm

Dumb extortionist.

One place I worked as looked after by a single BOFH, he got the bright idea that there was a better way to get rich than working for a living. For a whole month he made sure the backups didn't run, although he signed them off as successful.

Then one Saturday he came into work:-

Took a full backup to several tapes

Deleted all files on all disks (including the OS)

Took the tapes home in the back of his car.

He then made a call to his boss telling him what had happened and demanding a ransom for the backup tapes. The boss made 2 phone calls, one to the system vendor who sent a team onto site to 'undelete' all the data (If he'd been brighter he could have erased the data but as with many OS's simply deleting it left it on disk and you just had to find it to recreate the files) ; the second call was to the police. Then on the advice of the police he arranged the meet to hand over the ransom and this dimwit chose the car park of a Motorway services to do the deal, so it wasn't really difficult for the Police to cover all the exits!

The system was back up with minimal impact, although it cost a bit to pay the vendor for the consultancy.

He went down for extortion.

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FBI track alleged Anon from unsanitised busty babe pic

Martyn 1
Trollface

Hmmm

Take pic.

Insert fake xif data.

your boss gets a bust from the FBI in the middle of the night.

NICE

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IT urine bandit fired and charged

Martyn 1

Re: At least it's am original idea!

Well I'm no Brad Pitt myself but having followed the link to the original story I can't see him having much joy myself.

As for the $4,500 bill, I would assume that also includes the cost of cleaning the carpets around the soggy chairs, and if I was sitting in those chairs I'd want the desk disinfected too.

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Ten... digital adult toys

Martyn 1
IT Angle

And what is it makes most of these Digital?

Looks like someone at El Reg has got shares in Lovehoney to me.

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Councils tout £1.2bn for IT whizkid to grab their backend

Martyn 1
Paris Hilton

National flags ?

Is this really such a boring topic that we need to have the thumbnails of various national flags to get us to click on it?

Worked for me though! which flag's next?

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How can family sysadmins make a safe internet playground for kids?

Martyn 1
Paris Hilton

It's OK dear I'm only watching this grumble flick for the sake of research...

"... bypassing the filter, should one wish to access inappropriate sites for the sake of research or similar."

Paris 'cos she's been well 'researched'...

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Page won't show his ring to prove Google+ 'engagement'

Martyn 1

Re: Spearchucker Jones

Yep, me too!

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London 2012 team pulls swamped ticket resale site

Martyn 1
FAIL

bunch of useless b@stards

Have been trying to buy tickets all day, and every time it shows me the tickets that are availble, takes me to the confirmation screen, makes me wait up to 5 minutes before saying the tickets are not available, but they're still showing as available if I go back to the start.

Whoever designed this crap should be used for the targets in the rifle shooting finals.

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Demon Currys iPad showered kids with HARD-CORE smut

Martyn 1

Bet it was her teenager who found the grumble flicks

Any teenager I know can find porn on the net in a lot less than the 10 seconds it took for her to get there.

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Man sues boss for 'condemning him to eternal damnation'

Martyn 1

According to the gospel of QI...

I though our saviour Stephen Fry had established that the number of the beast was 616, and 666 was a 2000 (ish) year old typo?

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Linehan turns IT Crowd off but NOT on again

Martyn 1

Probably good to go out before it started getting really poor.

Count Arthur Strong's radio show was bloody brilliant, so hopefully if they get together there should be some comedy gold in it.

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Name that donkey: Barbarella battles Bathsheba

Martyn 1

Personally I would have gone for Bernard.

Another Blackadder reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nursie

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Fedora 15: More than just a pretty interface

Martyn 1
Linux

XFCE4 is the way to go.

I upgraded my lappy from Fedora 13 to 15 the other evening and was appalled when I logged in and saw what GNOME3 was like.

A quick "yum groupinstall xfce" and I had a new desktop installed in a minute (try that on Windows AC @Wednesday 25th May 2011 09:47 GMT) and was happy once again, I might even have another look at KDE which I haven't used since Ubuntu was still in nappies.

I've still got GNOME3 on there and I will revisit it but I can't see me getting on with it TBH.

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Doctor Who's Elisabeth Sladen dies at 63

Martyn 1
Unhappy

Taken too soon :-(

I too was very sad to read this news.

I loved the Episode where Sarah Jane came back, it brought a tear to my eye as did this news.

Sadly missed.

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Plane or train? Tape or disk? Reg readers speak

Martyn 1

backup error condition./run out of tape... #

Once had a customer who loaded the tape and kicked off their backup every Friday night, when they came in on Monday morning the backup had 'failed' (their words) and uloaded the tape, so they reloaded it religiously and the backup completed in no time.

This was only discovered when they had a disk crash and couldn't restore to the new disk so I was sent onsite by DEC to help. Every tape they had only contained about the last %25 of their data.

We had to send the dead disk off to the factory to be stripped down to recover their data.

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Naked Cowboy wrestles Naked Cowgirl

Martyn 1
Alien

Good Grief!

I'd happily fork out two bucks for here to put some clothes on!

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Boxer sets lawyers on Facebook

Martyn 1
Pint

Lupton Fawcett?

Isn't he a character from Viz? If not he should be....

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Tasered Oz man bursts into flames

Martyn 1
Pint

@Adam 52

"including keeping a safe distance or using the not-a-source-of-ignition baton."

So keeping a safe distance, better hope you can run faster and further than him. And if you came at me with a stick while I was carying 2L of petrol and a lighter, I could chuck petrol all over you before you got your first whack in, then when you're close enough all I've got to do is click the lighter once before you beat me unconcious.

It's sad but if I was the cops I'd have done the same.

Beer, 'cos it's safer than petrol.

Mines the Asbestos one with the fire extinguisher in the pocket.

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Mozilla's servers wobble as Firefox 3.5 hits interwebs

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Thumb Up

Looking good to me

@Paul Brain

A completely non scientific test to start up and browse to El Reg seems to show that FF is marginally quicker than Chrome. Only had FF3.5 for 10 minutes though.

@Iam Me & others

It wiped my bookmarks too, so thanks to AC for the warning as I'd backed them up beforehand.

My addons seem to work too, all in all looking good for me on XP at work, now just got to stick it on Linux at home.

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Firefox 3.5 set to land tomorrow

Martyn 1
Linux

@everyone complaining of problems caused by Flash

Install Firefox

Install the Flashblock addon

End of problems and all the annoying crap.

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