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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

Mr_Pitiful
Mushroom

OK so

8 million MPH - 93 Million Miles to travel isn't that 93/8 = 11.625 hours

how does that equate to 2-3 days?

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

Mr_Pitiful

RIP Jaws

You will be missed!

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Pint

My Plan

Is to install a 10Kva UPS in the next couple of weeks. (UPS is here, just need to re-cable house)

That will totally screw the stats from any smart meter they install wont it?

We suffer regular power outages, hence i'm up at 4am working due to a 6 hour power outage today.

Beer because - it doesn't need power and I don't have to work tomorrow

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Re: Traffic jams

Naaa, the A303 is still the same around there!

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Mr_Pitiful

Re: So basically...

I think that might still be my local, strange place!

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Mr_Pitiful
Pint

Have a pint on me!

Err maybe not then :(

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Salesforce cloud goes titsup: Users face another long weekend

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FAIL

Doh

It bloody works for me, why don't cloudy things I use, crash!

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eBay, Facebook, Tumblr ALL go TITSUP in me-too MULTI-FAIL

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Happy

I wondered why my wife started talking, I thought I'd done something wrong!

Thank god for Ebay & Facebook, they keep her out of my hair ;)

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

Mr_Pitiful

Who told CNN

That every luser out there uses password as their password?

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Office space outfit Regus suffers 'UK-wide' network outage

Mr_Pitiful

Did somebody search google for google?

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LOHAN Kickstarter bid IS GO: Back our Vulture 2 spaceplane launch

Mr_Pitiful

Hmmm

Just trying to decide what to tell the wife I'm buying into.

She doesn't like letting off rockets with our 7yo at the best of times!

Couldn't you do a "appears on CC bill as strip club" or something?

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Whoops, my cloud's just gone titsup. Now what?

Mr_Pitiful
Unhappy

SaaS

A bit like Microsoft Azure crashing out this morning in Northern Europe then!

I just gave up in the end, I think it's back now though!

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Re: GADSLBI

Cheers

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Mr_Pitiful

GADSLBI

Go And Do Something Less Boring Instead

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

Mr_Pitiful

My opinion

I've been with my ISP since they first came into exsistance in 1995, Eclipse internet. I've moved house on numerous occasions and changed 'options' a number of times, depending on my needs.

I've recently started paying for my phone calls with them and I'm now saving on average £50 per month.

I still have to pay BT for line rental, but they do 'own' the wires after all and will fix usually within 24 hours. I would recommend eclipse to anyone who can get it in their area, customer service & support is pretty good.

Not sure if there would be a problem if I wanted to cancel, but as it's fast, reliable & cost effective, I don't see the need at the moment!

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: Spanners Vs. Wrenches

Can El Reg please expose the spanners please?

Last year i purchased a full set 5mm - 30mm Open & ring ended, now in the box are 5 left, and I haven't had the need to use any. (points accusingly at son)

Son swears blind he put them back in the box after use, so now i'm left with 5mm, 9mm, 27mm, 28mm & 30mm sizes that i have no idea what they might fit!

The rest appear to have de-materialised or turned into carpet mats for an Astra!

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Re: How do they do that?

I recently cleared out one of our sheds! I found screwdrivers from my youth, perhaps they actually went back to the screwdriver phase after becoming rags from a bag that had disintergrated.

Why is it that I can never find a screw of the correct size, when I know they were in a pot, specifically used for rogue laptop screws and I know there were loads in there!

Is there an unwritten rule that states 'you will always have left over screws' or do they multiply overnight if left unattended?

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Mr_Pitiful

What I would like to know is....

Why! when you put a screwdriver down right beside any computer or rack equipment. The bugger decides to move and you physically have to get up and look elsewhere for it!

Happened to me this morning, working on a laptop, put screwdriver to the right of the main body, and next thing I know it's moved itself behind the screen!

How do they do that?

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LOHAN's stirring motto: Ad Astra Tabernamque

Mr_Pitiful

When is the....

Flight going to be. Any Ideas?

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

Mr_Pitiful
Pint

Happy

SysAdmin Day ------>

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

Mr_Pitiful

Thats going to be one pretty big database file

So how do you store everyones metadata?

I'm guessing SQL would probably be a little overloaded in a very short space of time!

Or are they going to have a database per person in the UK, wow that would be a big SQL array

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Forget the mobile patent wars – these web giants have patented your DATA CENTER

Mr_Pitiful

Oh Dear

I guess 'Cloud Storage' might have an end in sight!

As for my servers they are all hosted internally :)

All 40ish of them

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Samsung in Brazilian strip: Robbers snatch $6.3m in gear from plant

Mr_Pitiful

The gang all own Samsung kit then!

They need to keep replacing it because the battery life is so rubbish.

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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

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@ Allan 1

It's not just you with this issue

I was on a Tesco PAYG phone for years and it worked all over the house.

I wanted a contract phone and ended up with a Galaxy S3 on O2

No signal to be found anywhere near where I live, but

If I put the sim into my old Tesco phone, Hey Presto, Full signal on O2 everywhere

I think it's the Galaxy that's the problem, not the network in my area

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Re: IPV4 shortage

Quote "we now have to jump through hoops and fill in loads of forms to justify our usage for each and every one"

I didn't have that problem, I rang my ISP and asked for 10 IPV4 addresses, and within 5 minutes they were allocated and working!

I asked at the time "isn't there a shortage" their reply was "not here"

I think I'll stick to IPV4 for the foreseeable future

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ROBONAUT to find feet after Monday ISS supply mission

Mr_Pitiful

Hmmm

Is the OS XP?

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Win XP usage down but not out as support cutoff deadline looms

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I 'had' to load up an XP Pro SP2 VM yesterday for a specific application.

And I don't see the NHS moving away from this anytime soon.

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'Bank couriers' who stole money from OAP cancer sufferer jailed

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Re: "they don’t disconnect the call [..] you are actually still speaking to the fraudster"

The calling party not hanging up the phone causes me no end of problems!

If it's a call from a mobile, landline/ISDN it simply doesn't time out!

I noticed this in the 80s when a friend called (I was in my teens) and put the phone down saying I would

Call him back in an hour.

When I picked the phone up I thought the line was dead, but he was still holding the phone to his ear

And this still happens to this day

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

Mr_Pitiful

Re: Upgrade to XP now.

I noticed that a few years ago

Many of the ships systems were running DOS 3.1 for sonar or simply NAV stuff for the scientists onboard, it was pretty much all they understood!!

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

Mr_Pitiful
Happy

Baffling

What is this yahoo! thing you mention?

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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Re: Would love to buy a Teamviewer License

I'm now a 'one man band operation'

I purchased Teamviewer with a tiny bit of my redundancy pay in 2013 (few hundred quid)

The only annoying thing is the only way to upgrade to the latest version is to pay again

So I'm stuck with the version I purchased, and a teamviewer_QS I host on my website

I like teamviewer, although LMI was good for certain things

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Is your IT department too tough on users?

Mr_Pitiful
Unhappy

Re: Simples

'CITRIX' makes me cry, it's the bane of my life, 'hate' is too soft a word

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Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

Mr_Pitiful

It's not just Santander....

I opened an account with Natwest a few months ago, using a specific email address only for them

Started getting spam to that address after a few weeks, with zipped attachments!

When I complained, they said my system was probably infected and I should call in an expert!

I think they must 'sell' their email lists to the highest bidder

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I want to play with VMs

Mr_Pitiful

I use Oracle virtualbox on my server

Quad core 8gb with 6tb storage

my vms are Win 98, Win xp, win Vista, win 7 & win 8.1

as long as you don't start them all up at the same time it's fine

just dedicate 1 cpu core per vm and you'll be fine

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

Mr_Pitiful

My opinion

External HDD, placed in the glove box/door of your car, unlikely to loose both!

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Mr_Pitiful

Re: FreeFileSync

Tried this today!! This caused very strange issues

Win 7 ultimate crashed with 99% CPU usage & 7.82Gb of memory usage

Really weird as I've used other cloud backup facilities in the past

Event viewer logged errors I've never seen before, will check on them tomorrow!

Nothing special about my home setup, just a Win 7 ULT box, with Google Docs attached

Had to uninstall it after a reboot into safe mode!

Now stable after removal

Will try this in the VM at a later date

Thought it was safe as it was posted on El Reg!!!!!

Please be careful people!

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Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

Mr_Pitiful

I thought the NHS / Government Orgs had an 'Airlock' between internal systems & the real internet

I look after some NHS monitoring systems and they are pretty locked down, no need for AV

as you can't get to the Internet from them, even though they are visible from the outside for me.

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RIP Bill Lowe: Father of the IBM PC no longer reading drive C

Mr_Pitiful

There are still loads of old IBM pcs out there!

Back in the 80's, I was fixing IBM pc's and learning about MS-Dos....

I guess that's why I'm still fixing them today, in some respect

Recently had a problem with a very old PC, MS-Dos 6.22 I think, could I find any disks to reload it?

and where do you get an antique copy of some spreadsheet s/w (can't remember the name off hand)

But a quick post to freecycle and all the disks magically turned up

Getting it to run on a 'newer' PC was another problem as the IBM P/S2 had completely fried itself.

Godspeed, Mr. Lowe.

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'Modern warming trend can't be found' in new climate study

Mr_Pitiful

I thought it was now global wetting!!

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'Bogus IT guys' slurp £1.3m from Barclays: Cybercops cuff 8 blokes

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Re: This is supposed to be a tech site

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-396632-001-IP-KVM-CAT5-PS-2-Interface-Adaptor-/200710430091?pt=UK_Computing_KVM_Switches_KVM_Cables&hash=item2ebb461d8b

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El Reg seeks new mobile, wireless tech writer - could it be YOU?

Mr_Pitiful

Re: Working out of London Office?

I work 99% from home, I own a mobile, but only use it for making phone calls. (Apparently my phone can do millions of things, I just don't need them)

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Our second attempt to give LOHAN a good banging: Live tomorrow

Mr_Pitiful

Why so late in the day?

Wouldn't it be better to launch between 9 or 10 am?

Then you'd have a chance to track and recover in daylight!

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BRUCE WILLIS (ad) DIES HARD (in Sky broadband telly fib ban)

Mr_Pitiful
Happy

Re: I haven't seen the ad

I don't have TV here!!

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Mr_Pitiful

I haven't seen the ad

Can someone post a link please?

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Transdimensional rift appears above Australian bolt supplier

Mr_Pitiful
Happy

I think.....

My wife has one of those!

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

Mr_Pitiful
Stop

Re: How to survive in the countryside

I have a friend who lives in rural South Carolina

When she drives she always has a booze drink in her cup holder

Usually a pint & a half off White Russian, with hardly any milk in it!

Scary

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Snowden: 'Hey, Assange, any more room on Ecuador's sofa?'

Mr_Pitiful
Go

Are there any IT jobs in Ecuador?

I'm currently looking!

If they want to build infrastructure, security etc then I'm your guy

Please look me up

Paul

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Phones for the elderly: Testers wanted for senior service

Mr_Pitiful
Thumb Up

I think this is a great idea

My mother recently had a fall and broke her hip. She wasn't close to her landline and it took her 3 hours to crawl to the phone to call for help!

A Mobile may have helped in this case and I'm all for it.

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If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news

Mr_Pitiful
Facepalm

I kind off disagree

I pretty much purchase every DVD I've every downloaded or streamed

But I do so at a local car boot sale for £1.00 each and they are not copies (I check)

There is much to be gained from a wonder round at 7am on a Sunday morning!

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Living in the middle of a big city? Your broadband may still be crap

Mr_Pitiful
Happy

30 Meters from Exchange.....

Super fast broadband over copper

never less than 60MBits

Only had 12 - 20 hours outage in 8 years!

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