* Posts by LesB

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Trump? Terror? Turkey? Whoa, there's a Tentacool in that Bush...

LesB

Wait, what?

You live in Grand Theft Auto?

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Re: New PM

I'm sure there will be a general election shortly. After all, no less a person than Theresa May expressed the view that a PM without a democratic mandate wasn't an altogether good thing. Though maybe that was only when the PM in question was Gordon Brown?

http://conservativehome.blogs.com/columnists/2007/08/theresa-may-m-3.html

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Re: What they really need is ...

Ooook.

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Latin-quoting Linus Torvalds plays God by not abusing mortals

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Re: Quia ego sic dico

More to the point, Quanti canicula ille in fenestra?

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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They've only just noticed?

Released nearly two weeks ago...

Personally, I can't see anything wrong with a little Trumpton Noir...

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Brits who live in 'smart cities' don't really know or care

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It's a test, isn't it?

Obviously El Reg regulars are completely clued-up and know all about these things, and if you need to ask what a Smart City is, you'll have your commenting privileges revoked, or at the very least be subjected to mockery and obfuscated links to lmgtfy.com

Or something. (Actual search results filled my Buzzword Bingo card)

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US government tells Apple it has security problems that Apple fixed last year

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Re: doesn't intend to patch

Fair point about older devices - iOS9 is supported on the iPhone 4S and later. The 4S was launched in 2011, making it moderately old as these things go. The oldest unsupported iPhone is the iPhone 4, launched in 2010, which is even older as these things go.

Not sure how far any company should be required to go in supporting older kit, but I think Apple goes quite a long way.

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Re: Today????

The images are the same ones used when the new coin was announced in 2014...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/19/new_pound_coin_12_sides_threepenny/

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Hotel light control hack illuminates lamentable state of IoT security

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Re: All that capability..

Wish I could give you more than one upvote for that :)

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Twitter goes titsup

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I miss the Fail Whale

Used to be a common sight, now seems to be extinct, poor thing

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Friends Reunited to shut down. What do you mean, 'is it still going?'

LesB

Hold on...

That sounds more like LinkedIn

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

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Re: All we got in my day . . .

Notorious promoters of illicit substances:

Weeeeeeeeed!

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Re: Good job they didn't, then....

Bob the Builder? Wasn't he one of Village People?

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Good job they didn't, then....

Rainbow was on ITV, preuambly to pander to advertisers of {make up your own guess for stereotypical products}

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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Re: If anything can go wrong...

And even if it can't, it will

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New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day

LesB

Souls?

I'm reminded of the words of Terry Pratchett:

Ankh-Morpork! Brawling city of a hundred thousand souls! And, as the Patrician privately observed, ten times that number of actual people.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: I'm confused

Christoper Robin must have written that...

GON OUT

BACKSON

BISY

BACKSON

C.R.

(Or so Tigger told me)

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BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

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Star Fleet

Not sure if Lt Cmdr LaForge is that much of an expert on the beer formerly made in Newcastle. Perhaps a geordie would be better?

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Claiming 20% back? Now that is a scandal.

If HMRC are letting them do that, then they must be very bad at maths.

Wouldn't it be more like 16.6667%? (Or possibly more decimal places)

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

LesB

More bad reporting

I'm sure "Computing" used to be a specialist IT publication[1], so I was a little alarmed to see their take on this subject:

FUD

[1] In the days when it was 60%[2] job adverts

[2] 83% of statistics are made up on the spot

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

LesB

Pah! Wax cylinders are the only way to go!

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Coat

A shocking omission

Where's "Ethel the Aardvark Goes Quantity Surveying"? (Nice to see it's got a 4.68 rating on Goodreads)

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: models

Those of a certain age will remember the Buckinghamshire crash mentioned on the site. Not to mention the yearly flights to the moon...

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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Space hens

Otherwise known as astrochickens, perhaps.

I was going to say something obvious and boring about the quote being taken from a longer sentence, where the "w" would presumably have been lower case, but you'd have stopped reading that by now.

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Modern-day Frankenstein invents CURE for BEHEADING

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WTF?

How to get ahead, errr a head

Surely it's a body transplant rather than a head transplant? Well, for those of us who keep their brains in their heads, anyway...

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#Facebook: Now all your hashtags ARE BELONG TO US, Twitter

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Re: if this is a new thing....

Or people cross-posting from Twitter (various automagic methods exist)

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Three's mobile data goes titsup in mysterious spreading outage

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Go

Back up for me...

Now working in Newcastle city centre.

Three's last tweet said it was back in London, with everywhere else due to be connected this afternoon.

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Still down for me...

Newcastle city centre. Phone showing no 3G symbol after a restart, MiFi's web interface shows "Connection failed"

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Facepalm

Giraffics?

Maybe that's what he thought he was playing with?

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Biz email slinger Mimecast tumbles over

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Unhappy

Over-confidence, or something

Most service providers have a publicly accessible status page carefully hosted well off their own network. The only way you'll see a service status from Mimecast is if you log into the admin portal, which was a wee bit tricky for most of today[1]. When I did finally get logged in, the status messages suggested that all was well, there were no recent problems and world peace had been achieved. Well, I may have made up the last bit.

I suspect it's been so long since they had a significant issue that they assumed they couldn't....

[1] And last I looked, it was only working on even numbered services[2], which many people won't have been trying to connect to...

[2] Customers have two services to use, one even numbered, one odd numbered. In the event that one breaks, it's supposed to fail over to the other. In this instance, it didn't.

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FAIL

Hardware failure, apparently

They've posted an interim announcement.

http://blog.mimecast.com/2013/05/mimecast-service-outage-update-for-customers/

CEO will be offering his head, errr, making a more detailed report later.

I'm posting this at 16:39. Outbound email queue still backed up, around six hours since this started.

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This is going to cost them...

Down for several hours (and counting) for numerous customers (and that's just the ones who've managed to fight off the angry mobs of users long enough to tweet about it). That 100% SLA is looking a bit sick right now.

One of Mimecast's selling points was that they have a resilient infrastructure, so that the loss of a datacentre would just require a bit of re-routing to maintain service. Explanations and compensation will be expected by all.

(And yeah, we just renewed our contract after three trouble-free years)

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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

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I saw what you did there...

Sapphire and steal, eh? Nicely done.

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The healing hands of guru Dabbs

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Angel

The disappearing computer problem...

This is, of course, a well-known phenomenomenum[1]. It happens so frequently that I suggested getting a cardboard standup thingy of me, rather like those cardboard cops they have in some shops to deter thieves[2].

Most users are convinced that computers are frightened of me, and start behaving as soon as I appear.

[1] Sorry, it's one of those words I'm never sure when to stop spelling. Like banananana.

[2] Well, I assume that's why they're there.

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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New sync services needed....

It's not so much Reader itself going away as the API used by various desktop and mobile apps to sync feeds across multiple devices. Some of those apps will still work, but without the sync (such as NetNewsWire), others seem to have been designed as Google Reader clients (such as Reeder), and seem likely to break horribly...

The long-established FeedDemon won't be developed any further (http://nick.typepad.com/blog/2013/03/the-end-of-feeddemon.html), others may follow.

There's definitely scope for a service to sync RSS - I'd pay for that...

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Gartner has its head in the clouds - and its numbers are WRONG

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I saw what you did there

Surely it's inevitable that cloud services would be nebulous?

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Sacrebleu! Googleplex insists Bush is still le président américain

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Muphry's Law strikes again

It's a well-known phenomenon...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry's_law

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If Hotmail was a person it could have kids now. But it would be a crime

LesB

I'm sure I had a Hotmail address once...

Or twice. Had my own name in it, anyway.

I've even signed up for outlook.com, and got the preferred short version of my name.

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TiVo takes on Cisco in patent knock down

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Have they fallen out?

Vermin Media's TiVo boxes are (or were, at the time I got mine) Cisco hardware....

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Compare The Market can't touch web filth extension - simples

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X-rated Meerkats

So who's got comparethemeerkat.xxx? Will this be the next campaign?

Now trying to block my mind from the thought of the xxx version of Go Compare....

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Sony intros high-end camera storage card

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It's a standard, apparently

According to Wikipedia[1]:

"The format was first announced in November 2010 by Sandisk, Sony and Nikon, and was immediately picked up by the CompactFlash Association for development"

Or even

http://compactflash.org/2011/compactflash-association-announces-the-recently-adopted-xqdtm-specification-as-a-new-memory-card-format/

[1] Yes, yes....

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Google+ opens up to enterprises and apps

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Yes, or no, depending

If Acme-Co has outsourced its email to Google Apps, and the Acme-Co administrator enables Google+ for users, then yes.

Otherwise, no.

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Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S

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WTF?

Quite...

I think we need an official term for this kind of silly writing[1]. Just as anyone who dates to contemplate buying an Apple product for any reason is labelled a "Fanboy", or more likely "Fanboi" by the terminally silly, we need a word for the people who hate all things Apple. Other than the obvious more vulgar ones, of course...

[1] Not to mention the lack of proofreading.

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BOFH: CSI Haxploitation Cube Farm Apocalypse

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Applause, etc

One of the more entertaining boss destructions

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Whitehats break out of Google Chrome sandbox

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I think you have the wrong hat colour

Best practice always used to be to talk to the vendor first. These people seem to be saying that they'll only share their findings with their customers. Or to put it another way, if you want the information, you'll have to pay them.

White hat? Hardly. Possibly not black hat, but maybe brown....

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Sony unsure if PlayStation Network user data was stolen

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Re: i like my playstation 3

I didn't realise the editor of the Daily Fail was a regular on El Reg!

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Wordpress backup vuln published

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Linguistic differences can be such fun...

I recall when the "nonce" was proposed on the WP development mailing list[1], that somebody or other did post a link to urban dictionary as a hint that this might not be the best word to use, but it didn't catch anyone important's attention...

I suspect that devs who speak UKEnglish kept quiet for amusement purposes. Much the same way that apparently nobody told George Lucas that "Yarael Poof[2]" wasn't an altogether ideal name for a member of the Jedi Council...

[1] Called WP-Hackers[2], presumably so people can laugh at the occasional persion joining to offer credit card numbers, or ask for help getting into someone else's email account...

[2] Name seen in credits, character only in the background.

[2] Yes, *we* all know that hackers doesn't mean that, but since lots of other people don't, it's a losing battle...

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George Lucas 'very happy' with 3D Phantom Menace

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Megaphone

George is happy because he hates George

Old George Lucas hates his younger self, and is doing all he can to destroy all that his younger self did.

This, like those "Special" (or whatever) editions, is part of that fiendish plan.

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Apple confirms dev conference, but not much else

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Jobs Halo

No new rumours, at least...

There's no real information either way about the announcement (or not) of a new iPhone model. El Reg's source bases its not very informative article on the speculations of a Gartner analyst whose comments can be boiled down to "well, they usually do that, so they might not this time".

Personally, I tend to put Gartner comments into one of two broad categories:

1. The bleeding obvious

2. Total bollocks

However, they seem to have got wise to this and are branching out into a new category, which I think I'l list as

3. Too woolly to tell

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Beeb reworks Wuthering Frikkin' Heights

LesB

Wait till you see it?

But then it's been said[1] that the pictures on radio are better than on TV...

[1] I'll leave the research to others.

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