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Sure, I'm delighted with the next-day banana delivery service from Amazon Primate.
I have something to tell you...I...I...signed up for something on my computer...and...I ended up getting fucked by people I'd never met before...I couldn't help myself...the thought of something new and different was so attractive I just had to give it a go...but now I feel like I have given away my soul and my private affairs are being exposed for others to pick over...Oh darling, I have made a terrible mistake and I feel there's no going back...everything that was private is now in the hands of others.
Dearest, please don't tell me you signed up at Ashley Madison!??
Oh no, dear - I...I installed Windows 10.
Darling, HOW COULD YOU!!??
"Richard Kiel Memorial Abend # 27"
Netware admins will know what I mean.
No, not *that* classic use of rm -rf, but..
The Financial Director where I worked a bazillion years ago needed to restore from tape the (b)ought ledger files to our SCO Unix box.
Unfortunately, he restored the files to the root of the server's disk, and rather than move them into place, he restored them again - correctly - and then issued rm -rf b* from the root folder.
Things were hunky dory for a few weeks until we rebooted the server during overnight routine maintenence and it didn't come up again.
One trip to the office later and I'd discovered that /boot was missing. Two hours pass and we were OK for the morning, but I had to wake up the MD to open the main office where the master tapes for the OS were stored in the safe.
For when you're hyped up over data security, but can't be arsed to buy drives with instant secure erase (ISE).
/I just know you're convinced the NSA has cracked that eh!?
Having just written a full JSON string parsing routine in bash, and then done the same in DOS BATCH to produce a pair of Linux and Windows plugins for Nagios that need no additional support libraries or installed tools or apps, I am getting a kick...
Yeah, I read El Reg reluctantly - I respect its pedigree and it does publish some good news/articles, but the puns (or poor attempts at puns) and stupid, random, CAPS in the headlines really take the shine off the overall experience; it's all totally unnecessary. I feel like I should wash my hands and sanitise the keyboard after a site visit.
>> The tiniest of the three, the Artik 1, is just 12mm square, which Samsung says makes it the industry's smallest IoT module.
Um, wouldn't that be something like an ESP8266-based module? The -09 variant is 10x10mm. Admittedly, it doesn't have a display output, but if you're an IoT sensor module why would you need that? The entire ESP8266-range does, however, have a full wifi stack and Tx/Rx module in silicon.
Don't get me wrong - Sammy can send me some free samples if they wish!
'sabout now the EPROMs (if any) start dropping the odd bit.
Yeah, about that: http://www.korg.com/us/news/2015/012212/
How about a barcode against every El-Reg article which we can scan with a smartphones to get an instant score of the amount of bullcrap in aforementioned article.
The IoT article would probably result in an integer overflow.
Someone PLEEEEASE give one of these to Lottie Dexter.
Applicants must be prepared to break or STICK the CAPS LOCK key on their PC or laptop keyboard
Tell the system architects we're aiming for SIX NINES, not NINE SIXES.
Nope - swallowed by Seagate,
Which disk have you made it to as of now?
"Hitachi is now the reliable-drives arm of Western Digital"
Sorta, but Hitachi sold the business and it became HGST (a Western Digital Company) and it's totally nothing to do with Hitachi any more.
Also, WD and HGST's drive plants and designs are completely separate and can really be counted as two separate manufacturing entities.
My primary test servers are ADA and GRACE
I have a home Linux server running Serviio and we've been streaming to my son's PS3 since we bought it when it first came on the market - it sees Serviio as a regular UPNP/DLNA server. Never had an issue with it.
Not quite - The Arduino generation can cobble together a bit of code and do a fair amount of simple analogue and digital interfacing, but ask them to throw together a Wien bridge oscillator, whip up a sensor interface with an instrumentation amplifier, generate a sawtooth with a UJT, or calculate the resonant value of an LC tuned circuit and you'll often get a puzzled look, followed by a quick trip to ebay to see if there's a shield for that.
It's modular hacking and not pure electronics - not that there's anything wrong with that.
Hobbies are changing - but not quite changing *back*.
True - I have just bought 100 x 220 ohm 1/4W 5% resistors from another UK supplier for £1.30
Yes, I remember those vouchets. In 1981 the MD of Maplin personally arranged for a box of catalogues to be sent to me for sale on our Electronics Club stand at our school Summer fete.
Sadly the company is a shadow of its former self. How times and hobbies change.
So, I'll no longer face situations like when one Openreach 'engineer' stole our landline from up the pole to provision a new line for a neighbour and it took ten days for them to come and put me back online.
Now - about the FTTC that was slated to go live in our village in March this year....?
To further end user computing ambitions
To further end-user computing ambitions
So which is it?
Grammar: How does it work?
PS: Split infinitive
PPS: No STUPID random caps in headline, so there's some hope.
..and these are the GANGSTERS that have to be referred to in CAPITALS - the real hard buggers.
Reminds me of my time working for a large UK veterinary group - one of our patient/client management apps couldn't work out birth dates or ages correctly - you'd register a new pet and enter the birth date given by the customer and the software would fill in the approximate age field (or you could fill in the approximate age and it would work out the rough birth date).
Trouble was, you'd enter something like 'Poochy'..born 9-12-2005 and according to the software, the poor dog would be something like 402 years old!
After some email correspondence with the support team, their conclusion was 'date handling is complex'.
It was never fixed. We eventually kicked out the system for a myriad of reasons.
1) Extra POINTS to be awarded to the student for apparently RANDOM words TYPED in capitals
2) Strained references to body parts, sexual innuendo or 'fourth form humour' to be considered for merit
3) Half point bonus for inclusion of the word MEELLION (MUST be in capitals)
This article will do as well as any other sooo...
It SEEMS that the fourth formers who edit El Reg as a social media project have got bored with STUFFING article titles with innuendo and have now COME ACROSS the CAPS KEY, which they seem all-too-keen to POKE in order to SLIDE BIG letters in the article titles wherever possible. On a Web page, this looks odd, but in an RSS feed reader it's just painful. I appreciate that El Reg is the red top of online tech journalism, but it wouldn't be too HARD to resist TEMPTATION and SLAP this annoying new trend before it EXPLODES to COVER every single word.
Is there a Web site for reporting "I didn't buy 'x' from your company because...." and putting down a value so that over time companies can see how much revenue their stupid designs or actions have cost them?
If not, there should be.
The first computer I ever typed on was a Commodore PET 3016, but shortly after that turned up at the school, so did a bulky grey 'prototyping' keyboard case, attached by a huge umbilical cord to a standard colour TV. In the front of the case a microcassette drive was fitted.
To cut a long story short, this was a working prototype for the BBC Micro and our school was part of the development/trial programme. I wonder what happened to the unit - it was probably returned and ended up in a skip.
Anyone seen such a beast in a computer museum?
Helium is a PITA to contain as its molecules are so small they sneak past and through many gasket materials.
Maybe there's a new line for Halfords here - as well as regassing aircon systems they could now do hard drive units.
My son's primary school wanted a student file/print server. I think the quote from RM for a Windows-based 'solution' was somewhere around £6K, including all their 'management' software.
I installed a Linux-based server with caddy-based mirrored disks AND supplied a second, fully functional chassis (without disks, as a cold spare) for around £850 all-in, then installed the whole lot and gave some basic admin training as a parent volunteer. The system included full/diff D2D backups to a remote (in other building) server they already owned rather than the overkill 'tape backup solution' proposed for even more dosh by the aforementioned company.
Oh, and those all-in-one screen+PC monstrosities...ugh!
I started off in secondary school with a Commodore Pet 3016
Some exchanges don't support pulse dialing any more but many do. I've just connected an old rotary phone bought at a car boot sale to my home line and it works perfectly.
I bought a 706 at a car boot sale for 15 quid a couple of weeks ago for use as a stage prop. It's ivory and in pristine condition - even the carbon granule mic is as clear as a bell. A couple of diodes and a resistor later and it's hooked up on my home line and working perfectly. I had to give my 13 year-old son a lesson in how to use it though!
I've been using Waze for nearly two and a half years now for a daily commute along the A27 (South Coast) from near Chichester to Lewes (about 1 hour) and the accuracy of realtime reporting has come a long way in that time as more users have taken up the app. Waze has been really useful in alerting me to problems ahead (and confirming that Worthing needs a f**&^!! bypass!) and I have been happy to return the favour with my own reporting and map editing.
That said, I'm just about to start a new job much closer to home (7 mins on a train and a 5 min walk each end!), so I'll miss my daily Waze reporting stint.
Better Google that Facebook IMHO - but it remains to be seen what happens next.
Maplin (singular) have turned into the Tandy/Radio Shack of the generation - all RC vehicles and disco kit at indifferent prices, with a nod towards trying to compete for computing parts.
The company has long lost its reputation as 'the' supplier for hobby electronics. I first bought stuff from Mapin in the early 1980s when I wasall of 12-years old, but when I popped in to a store a while back ('just passing') for a needed CMOS logic chip (12p elsewhere), it was sad to find the pre-packed chip on sale for *ONLY* 99p.
Maplin may be better off remaining 'what they are' but they sure as heck aint 'what they were'.
/get off my lawn etc..
"Tony Blair tips up at wedding in London"
Was he drunk?
Please dont' start using that damn stupid phrase so beloved of the hacks at The Inq (and pretty much nowhere else).
The Public Accounts Committee has announced an investigation into the overspend and ultimate failure and cancellation of the late-running government contract awarded to a 'major information technology company' to develop a database system to maintain and track details of those IT companies blacklisted from future government IT contracts.
An unnamed spokesperson said that the project suffered from numerous flaws and bugs - most notably a mysterious design fault that shut down a user's data entry terminal if they entered the letters c-a-p-i into any field.
Let's be fair; server maintenance can often result in downtime - for example, I recently had to migrate our customer-facing, linux-based FTP server, with its full Extranet, mail server and Large File Transfer app (ZendTo) to a new disk set and then migrate the user database and their passwords and finally upgrade some of the app software. Once this was all done and tested, I had to re-sync the file storage areas, shut down the live site's server, swap out the disk caddys and fire the thing up again. We had an agonising 4 and a half minutes outage for this one. I'll do better next time.
And by 'one set' I mean one of the ten pairs.
Sennheiser HD485s for listening at home. Must be at least 7 years old and sound great.
Sennheiser PX100s when I'm at work or out and about. About £39.
Pack of 10 in-ear phones off Ebay for listening to the radio in bed at night - works out at 37.5p/pair so it doesn't matter if I fall asleep with them on and trash them. One set lasts about 3 months.
Then there's XBMC on my £26 Raspberry Pi!
I received 14 iPhone 4s' for teams at work about 2 months ago. 4 faulty ones replaced so far.
-- posted from my rooted HTC Desire
You mean, never, ever Bullshit like this (overheard in PC World, Chichester several years ago)...
"Yes, it has a dual core processor, which means the Internet is twice as fast..."
"maybe its time or a satnav system to go on the market that has a user editable map online? When the alterations are confirmed then it will go live on the maps for all users to download...
"It's called Waze and it's free.
See if you can grab a copy of Waze for your phone from your app store or marketplace - it's a free, crowd-sourced Satnav app with user-generated/updated mapping and real-time traffic info. It's not perfect but it's getting better all the time. I'm helping to map parts of West Sussex.
The more people start using the app the more accurate the maps will get as Waze also auto-corrects and adjusts the mapping database based on the routes being driven with the app running.
Do as I do when I could stand Gnome no longer on Fedora 15 and install the KDE interface (took all of 5 mins) and go for the next release with KDE as the standard desktop
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