281 posts • joined 9 Sep 2011
So how long have you had this sheep fetish?
"That's easy to say when you didn't build that light/no touch system, isn't it."
Actually, I did build it. Certainly, it was built upon and using the deployment tools that MS provides, along with some tools and utilities built in-house, some by me, some by others, but yeah, isn't that how it is supposed to be done? Had it been necessary to do so we would have built it from scratch because it would be nuts to deploy systems by hand when you are dealing with any volume.
Or should I have applauded the depiction of a professional BOFH (and the commenter) for a lack of a professional approach to system deployment? Seriously. Complain about Windows, Microsoft, etc. - sure, I get it, and I do. But *this* kind of complaining only goes to show whether or not you approach your job like a professional or not.
"You input the name during the install process?
Sounds like asking for trouble..."
My recommendation was to use automatically assigned names based on serial or MAC but I was overridden by manglement. I agree, it can - but very rarely does - result in trouble.
"By the end drivers, SW and AV is all in place."
"Then the user logs in and everything goes pearshaped..."
Truer words were never spoken.
If you get any questions at all during a Windows install, you are doing it wrong. Seriously.
We deploy dozens of systems each week and not one of them asks a question we don't want asked at a time we don't want it asked. Boot to the media, tell it the machine name (because we don't like the automatic naming convention), pick the machine function, and press the go button. Do whatever other work you like and come back later to a completed Windows install on a computer waiting to be delivered to the end user.
Answer questions during a Windows install for a standard system deployment? Amateurs.
Not just sneak in and steal it - sneak in, swap it with another one, then sneak back in and swap it back without the owner being aware that anything is amiss. Seems *much* harder than guessing a password from afar or even stealing a security token.
Re: RIP Fred
Indeed. He will be missed, but he lives on through his writings - I am encouraged that the first post is one from a new reader.
Re: Not exactly flashing
@frank ly: "Indeed. I'd claim 'reasonable expectaton of privacy'."
There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public place - they were in a shed on display at a retailer for crying out loud! In a shed on their property - fine, but not one in a public place.
That said, the rap is a bit much from my perspective - had someone opened the door to the shed and seen them going at it, *then* called the cops, it would be different. As it was, no member of the public saw his "indecent exposure".
Re: Battery life
"I don't think the OP was asking for [5000 miles] in a single charge, but rather referring to the lifetime of the battery itself"
Um, no, pretty sure the OP wanted 5000 miles in a single charge. I'm pretty sure the batteries in electric cars already last 5000 miles - in fact, Tesla claims that their batteries will retain 70% of their capacity after 5 years and 50,000 miles.
Re: I'll make the obvious comment.
Wonder if it works as well when *adding* a head - if so, I'm in!
...the United States takes Thursday off for its annual "Huzzah, we kicked out the British and will now spell color anyway we like," Independence Day celebrations.
Best. Quote. Ever.
"pinball is a full-contact sport, which is why it doesn’t work on a computer screen"
This. Why oh why do folks insist on continuing to try to make pinball games for the PC? They. Just. Don't. Get. It.
No, they'll just leave that to the commentards - they do it so well after all...
>> it drops calls 85% of the time even with a condom around it
At the risk of a severe pounding...
Clearly, you are holding [your condom covered "device"] wrong.
Paris, 'cause she likes them with or without a condom.
Re: Vast Imprvoements
"Bringing back multiple apps on screen at once
You sort of can already, you just need to use that stupid "snap" system where you drag the apps to the edge of the screen."
Except that only gives you two, and one is mostly unusable, and even then it only works on screens with the proper resolution. Here's hoping they fixed it up a bit better than that in 8.1...
Bootnotes, lad, it's in Bootnotes - you know, that place where El Reg puts stuff that has sod-all to do with IT but generally is of interest to geeks or perhaps is just of a titillating nature, etc.
I can assure from a privacy perspective ... we would lose you and not get you back.
As for those of us who are paying attention, you've already lost us and you will not be getting us back. The only ones you haven't/won't lose are the great unwashed who don't pay attention or even worse, are willing to give up privacy for the shiny trinkets you dangle in front of them.
@Psyx Re: Fixed it.
"Have you been to A&E or an inner-city classroom recently?"
Have you seen the waste, excess, and abuse in other parts of government recently?
Re: One hell of a thing
I see what you did there...
Re: Not the sharpest knife in the drawer
<Stroking beard>Hmmm, almost seems like he wanted to get caught...</psychoanalysis>
"Anyone who can learn to drive can learn to fly."
I'd have to disagree, though I could probably agree with "most people who can learn to drive can learn to fly".
@ Neil Charles, Matthew 3, etc. Re: Trouble is ...
Dear non-pilots, the term "my airspace" refers to that bubble of air surrounding "my aircraft" into which it is dangerous for any other "not my aircraft" to intrude. Given that the great unwashed have substantial difficulty keeping from intruding into "my roadspace" and seem content to think that mere inches of clearance is sufficient, I shudder to think what will happen when they are released from flatland and have to think and manoeuvre in 3D space.
Re: This update affects all versions...
Probably ought to take some reading comprehension classes, mate. That particular bug is in the IE browser, not in the Windows OS proper.
Virtual vs fiat
Can someone please explain to me what the fundamental difference is between a fiat currency and a virtual currency with no intrinsic value whatsoever?
A more complete reading of the article reveals "Under a deal with the authorities, Transition drivers will only need a sports license to fly, which only requires 20 hours of flight time and less exacting aeronautical knowledge. "
Still, have to agree that is will be nothing more than a rich man's toy at this point - but then much advancing, bleeding edge technology starts this way...
Is this sort of thing going to happen every time we use the Infinite Improbability drive?
Re: Oh Lordy ROTM
Forget the flak jacket, where's my shotgun? And ammo? Lots of ammo!
CISPA Dead (for now) in US Senate
Since CISPA is Dead (for now) in the US Senate, this change to EPCA will actually take effect and have the desired result.
Re: "...a newly formed black hole in the heart of the star"
Certainly from our perspective - and does any other perspecive matter?
Re: Godwin's law self-fail
Admittedly haven't had (enough) coffee this morning, but I fail to see the fail.
Re: The picture looks like Raspberry Pi's next model
Actually, I was thinking it looked a lot like one of the older Beagle Board modules.
"Zaphod, I think this would be a more appropriate picture for use on El Reg...
Well played, 4ecks, well played!
"Maybe not "pretty damn hot", and at least a couple of decades on me, but I wouldn't say no."
I would. I don't see anything particularly attractive about her these days - maybe if I was the same age, but even then I see plenty of women her age that are more attractive than she is.
"I think Carrie Fisher still looks pretty damn hot."
Really? Here she is with a couple of friends a year ago:
Define "enemy" - and no, "who we say is the enemy" doesn't count.
Though I don't agree with what he did, that charge seems over the top (not that I expect any less from the government). I also have to give him credit for admitting guilt on the other charges.
What's with all of the smoking - is it that much more of a thing in China or is that just more of the propagandist nature of the animation?
Re: It's an improvement......
Right, I knew that, I was just... oh never mind.
Re: It's an improvement......
They still run the stupid gecko ads, and they are getting progressively worse.
Re: Give an automatic rifle
First, nobody is giving any 16 year old boys automatic rifles. Those are tightly controlled by the BATFE and monstrously expensive (on the order of $15,000 or more). I suspect you mean a semi-automatic rifle, which fires one bullet with each pull of the trigger and does not require you to manipulate the firearm between shots.
Second, given that this is NY I imagine there would be just as much issue with her giving him a semi-automatic rifle and a ton of ammunition as there was for hiring strippers. NY just passed some of the toughest anti-gun laws in the US, and even before that ti was illegal for a dealer to sell to a minor so it wouldn't surprise me if they had added more age restrictions.
Re: 10,000 tons
All depends on your locale I imagine. In the US or GB, 10,000 tons. In Spain or Italy, 10.000 tons. Elsewhere, it might even be 10 000 tons. I should think it was pretty clear from the context, data being from NASA and all.
Re: "a sequence of swipes and key presses"
Nope, it is indeed February 15th. Were there any doubt, this quote from the article should help dispel it: "It worked for us on an iPhone 5 running iOS 6.02, not just iOS 6.1 as Jailbreak Nation suggests."
Re: But the Moon is a harsh mistress.
Once the Loonies discovered they could throw rocks, it was pretty much over, Earth just didn't know it yet...
"this could always be cunning PR plan to hide the fact that there are Martians on the surface with whom NASA has done a deal to keep quiet about"
Please don't encourage them, they are nutty enough on their own!
Re: an uncertainty of a microsecond.
" I find it cool that the computer which does my video recordings knows the time with an uncertainty of a microsecond. "
I find it likely that the poster of this statement doesn't get out much...
Re: Maps are still crap...still waiting on a fix for this!!!
App Store - Search - Google Maps - Install. Done.
It'll be a free-for-all baby!
"I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama. After the address I'm sure Ted will have plenty to say."
In his subdued, reasoned and rational way, I'm sure.
Re: Physical security of server room ?
@Callam McMillan - In our case (as is often the case in companies our size), boss of BOFH is former BOFH himself - they are aware of the wiles of the BOFH and know how to counter them, and (to answer another post) would know the difference between the real server room and a fake.
Re: Physical security of server room ?
To put it bluntly: Security - they are doing it wrong.
Even though I work in a company of only around 100 employees, we have secured and limited access to the server room. I think 3 people have access - our BOFH, PFY and their boss.
No, not joking. He's fun to watch - said something this morning about an iOS 6.1 jailbreak party this weekend. I've seen him at the lunchroom table with an iPhone, iPad, MacBook of some kind and recently what looks like it could bean iPad mini too, all spread out & interacting with them almost all at once.