* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

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Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser

Anonymous South African Coward

I had the (un)fortunate chance of meeting the Fumble, twelve tricks and burger virus.

Not to mention the favourite - the Stoned virus.

And also the cascade one.

NATAS and Exebug joined the fun as well. Exebug was a bugger though

Was fun in those days.

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

Anonymous South African Coward

Programming in x86 assembler without the virtue of a virtual machine was very nice, especially if your buggy code caused the PC to go titsup :)

Or locking up the PC solid was also easy to do :)

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Lawyers cast fishing nets in class-action Seagate seas

Anonymous South African Coward

Pfft, hard drives != reliable

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UK govt right to outsource everything 15 years ago – civil service boss

Anonymous South African Coward

What I've been saying all along - outsourcing is NOT always the answer.

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Give me POWER! Under resourced, overloaded - a moving story

Anonymous South African Coward

Hindsight is the best teaching tool.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

Anonymous South African Coward

Yeah.

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VMware axes Fusion and Workstation US devs

Anonymous South African Coward

What's this supposed to mean?

From the article :

News of the layoffs made it onto Twitter, of course, and has also reached a blog by former VMware team member Christian Hammond. a target="_blank" href="https://www.thelayoff.com/t/FDYpcKY">Thelayoff.com also features where former and current employees lamenting the decision on the grounds of having been fired or feeling VMware has made a silly decision.

Silly formatting got borked by the chef.

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Airbus, Boeing aero parts maker loses $54m in cyber-stick-up

Anonymous South African Coward

Did they retrench a couple of their permanent IT employees and outsourced their IT operations recently?

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Spaniards trouser DARPA robotics cash

Anonymous South African Coward

Rise of the Machines(tm)

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Gotcha: Symantec fires reseller nabbed in tech support scam

Anonymous South African Coward

Excellent, one down, one less to go.

Made my day.

But another one will just spring up in its place...

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Samsung sued over 'lackadaisical' Android security updates

Anonymous South African Coward

And just one offtopic question : why is the i8190 more popular than the i8200? Both are S3 minis, but different... :(

I have the i8200, and it is a battle to get a good, working ROM...

bleh

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Anonymous South African Coward

This attitude from Samsung forced me to try and upgrade my two Samsung phones to something better.

My original S-GTi9000 is now running Cyanogenmod 11, which is way better than the stock Android, and also does not have the **** applications Samsung pushes off on its customers, whether they want it or not.

My S3 mini (S-GTi8200) took a while to upgrade as ROM's are very scarce, but I managed to pull it off. It also runs much better without all the bloat Samsung pushes out on their phones.

I also have a Nexus 2012 (wifi) which also is running CM11 ~ tried upgrading to CM12, but it was a disaster. CM11 works quite nice too.

And also a Huawei MediaPad T1-701u, still waiting for upgrades... at least the urge to upgrade it is not so strong as Huawei installed a lean stock Android on it, which works fine. If they can push out a CM12 ROM then I'll be happy...

Wife's upgraded to a Galaxy Neo (against my wishes, but it was her choice) and there's one or two niggling issues with it... but what the hey, that's her problem and not mine...

I will never purchase any Samsung phones.

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

Anonymous South African Coward

Oh and... we have to assume that this commentard section won't get locked after the usual time so us commentards can throw our ideas around...

...fun times! :)

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Anonymous South African Coward

Robots must have some sort of clearance underneath them?

A balloon sandwiched between two thin aluminum slabs, slipped underneath the offending robot, and then air is pumped into the balloon, thus lifting said robot off from the floor for leisurely demolition/wrecking/inspection/disablement, and as soon as that is done, the air is let out from the balloon, the robot is let down on the floor in a disabled state, and the process is repeated on the next robot.

Not sure about that pussycat robot though... it have a high floor clearance though, if tipped the wrong way...

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Anonymous South African Coward

Draw inspiration from the BOFH...

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Late night server rebuild led to 'nightmares about mutilated corpses'

Anonymous South African Coward

In the heady days of Novell 3.12, DOS 5.xx and POS software that ran on DOS...

...client of mine got a new server with a VLB IDE controller card (ooh, fancy, fancy), dual IDE HDD's and, of course, Novell 3.12

VLB was supposed to be faster with SFTII setups (disk mirroring).

Set up Novell, restore data successfully from a backup of their old server, configure all, and ship it off to the client on a Friday afternoon.

Saturday I got woken rudely by my pager doing its beepery stuff. Phoned the client, heard server shitted itself. Went there, rebooted, and got the dreaded Non-system disk or disk error message.

Took it to the office with their backup. Reinstall Novell, throw all their shit back on the server and took it back.

30 minutes later the client rang again. Same story. Took it back to the office, ripped out the fancy VLB IDE card, punched in a standard IDE controller card, reinstall all the shit, and everybody was happy thereafter.

Chucked said VLB IDE controller card into a common heap for somebody else's delight...

(Luckily for me there was no internet or internet access at that time, access being with archie, telnet and FTP... )

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Anonymous South African Coward

My motto is never to push out anything on a Thursday or Friday, especially patches or the such to servers. Or do last-minute "adjusting" at COB... that will come back to haunt you big-time!

That can wait for a Monday. Not in the mood to have my weekend ruined by some arb service going down just because a patch did something naughty and kicked Windows in the ganoonies when it should not have.

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Murderous necrophiliac kangaroo briefly wins nation's heart

Anonymous South African Coward
WTF?

Who looks at wobbly bits on animal photographs?

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Beware the terrorist drones! For they are coming! Pass new laws!

Anonymous South African Coward

Cat is out of the bag anyway.

Wonder how long will it be before we hear of the first mass attack by drone. Any shopping centre or sports event will be a ripe target.

Scary.

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Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

Anonymous South African Coward

I hate micromanagement and all that comes with it. Just a waste of time, really.

I prefer to give underlings their work, a deadline and expect them to stick to that.

Monitoring users just to get better performance out of them just is not on... it will never work the way you want it to work.

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Anonymous South African Coward
Trollface

No more knuckle-shuffles under the desk anymore?

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Swiss try to wind up Apple with $25k dumb-watch

Anonymous South African Coward

Nah, give me a good old casio digital watch... cheap models work just as well as their expensive brethren.

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Harman to TowerSec: 'How are you with stable doors?'

Anonymous South African Coward

It's only starting - and cars will get more complex.

Give me a 1960's Beetle or Combi any time...

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Anyone seen my DVD? Ohio loses disc holding 50,000 citizens' records

Anonymous South African Coward

"oops, shredded the wrong disk"

"shut yer gob and keep yer head low"

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

Anonymous South African Coward

Yay for less SHOUTING

Always come back to El Reg for my newsies and BOFH fixer-upper. I don't know (and can't remember, and don't care anymore) on how I stumbled on El Reg way back, but it is one of my favourite sites barring Simon not writing for long periods of time.

And more On Call!

Keep up the good work!

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Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

Anonymous South African Coward

Meh to callouts

Got a call over a weekend - a critical server was down. On a weekend, and during my leave as well.

Assessed the situation... the dsl line was working, but somehow the server stopped responding to pings and other gropery stuff.

Informed the one damager that I need to go to the office, damager flatly refused to pay callout charges, overtime etc.

Phoned my direct manager, tole him the situation. He insisted I go and fix things, and assured me that my claims will be paid out.

Just pissing me off that some damagers think nothing of IT workers, especially when they did not consulted said IT department (or workers) of new critical requirements being added to $company's servers.

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T'was the night before Christmas, and an industrial control system needed an upgrade

Anonymous South African Coward

Updates/work in the silly season

Short and sweet - it is not a good idea, unless planned for well ahead.

Our support department recently did an update on a remote site - I'm still waiting to see said updates/upgrades coming back to bite their a$$es, especially over the 24/25/26th...

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Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

Anonymous South African Coward

I did already - created an OS/2 VM

Was sorely disappointed to find out I could not run the latest iterations of Mozilla (thunderbird etc) due to the 16-bit tcp/ip stack... Work on fleshing out said VM stopped dead cold with that sad discovery.

I got EscapeGL working, took me a while to remember the installation password... and I found out they released a free version...

But a bare-metal OS/2 will be really nice, and a plus would be that it supports a wide range of hardware, including network cards etc.

I will most certainly purchase a copy and run my old DOS applications (SuperCalc etc) in it. I don't need M$ office and nasty macro viruses, or CryptoLocker tomfoolery on my system.

Only need to find a working copy of WordPerfect 5.1 and all will be well.

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Anonymous South African Coward

Ooooh... SuperCalc5! Best of the best!

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Anonymous South African Coward

Will OS/2 eZine also be given a new lease of life?

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Anonymous South African Coward

Still got my original copy of "Master of the Empire"....

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Predictable: How AV flaw hit Microsoft's Windows defences

Anonymous South African Coward

What about a default-deny OS?

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It's nearly 2016, and Windows DNS servers can be pwned remotely

Anonymous South African Coward

Yoh.. fun times for sure.

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Is ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? Well, yes, but …

Anonymous South African Coward

Was also thinking of going back to OS/2 - but then the ne'er-do-wells will start to code and target OS/2 as well.

A hardened, minimal Linux distro should do the trick.

Unfortunately, no matter the OS, the weak point is the technical person maintaining/installing the system... if you can get said tech in your pocket, then you're guaranteed access to the kingdom.

Unless said machines are set up and tested before they're getting rolled out, and the field install tech only need to plop it down and switch it on. Also, said field install tech will NOT have the password(s) for the currently installed OS.

Meh, can be going on for hours like this. There's too many security vulnerabilities.

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ASCII @dventure game NetHack gets first upgrade in ten years

Anonymous South African Coward

Taking a shufty at DoomRL as we speak...

I don't have eyes for the new glitzy games, for me it is 48k speccy games or a spot of Doom 1.3 (shareware version)... more than that I don't need.

And a spot of Wii games with the kids when we make some time for that as well.

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IBM kills Hack A Hair Dryer women-in-tech vid after backlash

Anonymous South African Coward

Still the typical old IBM...

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Bank fined £1m after outsourcing faults led to improper transfers

Anonymous South African Coward

Re: Meanwhile

Time to call the Shredder in?

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

Anonymous South African Coward

Alternative...

www.mr2ice.com

pity no IMAP support...

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Android on Windows is disruptive because neither Microsoft nor Google can stop it

Anonymous South African Coward

So going to try this out.

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How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

Anonymous South African Coward

Time to break out that Nokia 5230 from long-term storage...

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Uncle Sam's IT bods find 2,000 data centers they FORGOT about

Anonymous South African Coward

Re: "Lost datacentres"

KZERRRRRT!

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Android's accessibility service grants god-mode p0wn power

Anonymous South African Coward

Another alternative is, as the first commentard said, to go back to basic phones - but the problem is that most of us BOFH's are reliant on emails, IM and the such... most especially when we *must* know where the CFO is at the precise moment...

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Anonymous South African Coward

Sounds great. Just great.

I don't want to go to Apple, as they're too expensive, and Windows mobile doesn't have a lot of apps and support yet.

I installed "warez" only once, and never again, it dumped something on my phone which make it run hot and useless. A factory reset sorted that out, luckily.

Still waiting for the promised Android updates for my devices, but I have to assume that these will never come.

Then the time is right for an alternative to Android to take over... just not Windows or Apple, thanks.

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Apple's Faulty Powers moment: iPad Pro slabs 'temporarily bricked' during recharge

Anonymous South African Coward

Aggg, just use it as a clipboard (the dead iPad).

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PNG pongs: critical bug patched in ubiquitous libpng

Anonymous South African Coward

expect some ne'er-do-well to combine stagefright and all the other fun android packages into one...

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

Anonymous South African Coward

Also happened to myself.

PC was off, nobody could get it to switch on. First line support suspected a dead PSU, so they sent me off to investigate.

Never swapped the PSU out, took one look at the monitor (was dead as well), searched for the circuit breaker distribution box, and reset the tripped circuit breaker, and hey, presto! All fixed! 1 hour charge plus callout fee for 10 minutes' work.

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BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

Anonymous South African Coward

And, yes, I will get one myself as soon as it launches here in South Africa.

The physical QWERTY does it for me :) I may be an old fart, but, let's face it, typing on glass doesn't give the feedback as does a proper keyboard....

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Anonymous South African Coward

Good to read that they decided to put a fatter battery in and not make the phone thinner.

Wish all manufacturers will follow suit with fatter batteries that can last a day or two... I really don't need an ultrathin phone that need to be charged every x hours....

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No C&C server needed: Russia menaced by offline ransomware

Anonymous South African Coward

<insert bad word here>

not nice!

was victim to cryptolocker once, but backups saved the day!

not in the mood for a repeat of that!

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