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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: Another 'could be' law?

"You're the police, it either IS or ISN'T."

They're exercising the "make it up as we go along" laws. You know, the ones that they enact when things aren't going their way...

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Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015

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I'm going to reserve my judgement till we see the length of the lines outside Apple stores for this.

Because everyone knows *that* is the true measure of poopularity. Yes, I spelt that right.

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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I can't believe "you're holding it wrong" hasn't been brought up yet....

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Re: Ah, right.

"That explains this, then. I did wonder."

"I do hope the iPhone 6 has lots of gimmicky features. I feel confident that it will."

I'm confident that us(lus)er won't be dissapointed... :-)

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Nokia: Read these Maps, Samsung – we're HERE for the Gear

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Re: Sounds like a petrol station special

"My relatively old S3 wouldn't even charge while doing satnav duties until I bought a chunky 2A car adapter."

You're doing wrong. I've been using <shameful sell here> Oziexplorer for nearly 15 years over a variety of laptops (including a PIII and an Atom), several WinCE devices, and three different Android phones. Although it offers an "online" map display, I've only ever used offline, and all still get used regularly on battery.

Bottom line is, if your phone gets hot, or you need a charger at all to get any reasonable charge life out of the battery, then you paid too much for your satnav application. If it was free, you especially paid too much for it. I'm sure there are other apps that do a suitable job, just not any of the ones mentioned here it seems.

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RIP MSN Messenger, kthxbai. Microsoft finally flicks on KILL SWITCH in China

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Re: Ok I'll bite....

"Soooo what should we be using... If not Skype?!"

I ask exactly the same thing of the "don't ever use Skype" crowd, especially when the user asks, "will all my friends on Skype still be able to talk to me when I use XYZ?" "No?" "Not an option."

For good or bad, Skype has momentum, and the "don't ever use Skype" proponents never think of that.

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Did the bird programmers offshore their jobs to India while they were busy getting beers?

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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At the first trial: "That’s not going to happen. That’s not who we are at Mozilla."

Today: How quickly they forget, when you drive a dumptruck full of money onto their doorstep...

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Cisco teases UCS refresh with most of 2014's best buzzwords

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Ohhh! "Internet of Everything" sound much more flashy than "Internet of Things".

It'll be a hit!

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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

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"I assume that that when the cables went to manufacturing HP used a company that was used to making 230 volt cables so they used a wire that was suitable for that forgetting that 115 volts cables require heaver wire - Something that HP QC should have picked up very quickly."

Sometimes you don't pick it up. We've seen many IEC mains cables supplied with much less copper than is required, even though they're marked (fakely) as 10amp capable along with all the other auth stamps.

Using it with the supplied USB external drive or whatever won't matter much, but being IEC cables, they're really easy to "repurpose" to somewhere else that DOES drink the juice.

I'm guessing the chinese built HP cables have had the same thing happen to them.

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"(as a result, we simply banned any further purchase of Brother kit)"

(turns around from desk and looks at work-supplied Brother printer)

At least I didn't pay for it, and it hasn't tried to kill me yet...

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NBN predicts a million premises next year

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"NBN opponents who pointed to low take-up rates in the early stages of the network will be somewhat confounded"

Not at all. We're still waiting with no timetable on the horizon, in metropolitan Sydney. It appears the "haves" and "have nots" are highly selective areas with more political clout than anything else.

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HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE

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Re: "Now you can deliver highly engaging ads ..."

"that privacy option in iOS that limits ad tracking."

You mean like "do not track"? Fat lot of difference that made.

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Re: Adverts.....

"I want one even less now."

But it's really, really shiny!

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: it'll all end in tears

"The simulation's "self-awareness" level is a tricky one to get through."

No problem, the cheat codes are available on the holographic interweb.

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Broadband slow and expensive? Blame Telstra says CloudFlare

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Telstra charges lots of money for lesser service than others.

News at eleven.

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In-flight slab-fondling and mobe-stroking in Australia at last

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"Users will still have to put their kit into airline mode throughout the flight."

Stiff shit, that's what I was doing before, how do think my MP3 "player" worked through their "kiss your arse goodby" speech. Let's face it, if you're in a plane and you hit the ground, your head's proximity to your arse is the least of your concern.

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Pay attention to me! Pay attention to me! Pay attention to me! Pay attention to me!

That's pretty much everything that comes out of crackbook. "Cleaning it up" isn't going to leave much.

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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"An amount of intellectual input is required to be the owner,"

Err, that wipes out the vast majority of Gen-Yers who think planking is fun, especially the ones who kill themselves while doing it.

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Big content seeks specialist court for copyright cases

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Re: Criminalize AFACT

"No idea what the state of the paly is now, after several re-writes of the copyright act."

It's been fixed. Now everyone is guilty by default.

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Amazon to dig DEEPER into YOUR shopping habit BRAIN with targeted ads system

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Re: @Mint Sauce

"That is because they know that the one they just sold you is crap."

Funny you should say that. I steered away from one high quality part that would have cost $50 + delivery, to go for a $32 box of 100 cheap chinese nasties.

If I replace one every 3 months broken or not (and it'll last at least that long), the box will probably outlive me.

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NBN Co claims 96 mbps download speeds for FTTN trial

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NBN Co claims 96 mbps download speeds for FTTN trial

But still has no firm or sometimes vague plans to actually install any NBN it huge chunks of metropolitan areas of cities. Or some country towns for that matter. Heck, they can't manage to install a workable POTS system in some places.

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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

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Re: Anybody know if the SLAs for Azure include chargebacks for loss of business?

"That is a downtime of 365.25*24*0.001 = 8 hours 46 minutes per annum."

This reminds us of two important factors:

1/ Nothing is infallible.

2/ Everything is more fallible than the marketing garb makes you might think it is.

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Ad regulator pulls down Branson-backed magic undies

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No problem, re-purpose the pants as a hat (with ventelation) and you have yourself a brand new product!

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: Hook the meters up to the mains?

"Hook the meters up to the mains? Probably cheaper in the long run."

This is something that makes perfect sense, but is actually a complex issue. And by "complex" I mean it comes down to money.

Some time back, I was dealing with someone from a government department (won't say who - you know who you are!), who was testing some equipment before perhaps rolling it out. He mentioned that the solar/diesel generators out there at the time were expensive and troublesome, as there are cost, council placement rights, noise issues etc to deal with.

I mentioned the same thing you did. Once he decides on the right (permanent) location, you can get grid power into it, and the solar/generator issue will no longer be a problem.

Here he rolls his eyes and cites even greater cost and administrative issues with dealing with the troublesome power companies. So I casually mentioned no-one seemed to be having any trouble rolling out speed cameras everywhere, and they're on the grid...

He responded with a non-descript Humm and Hawg, but I got the gist of how it works: When you have a device that is documented and guaranteed to generate MILLIONS of dollars a year FOR EACH CAMERA, as long as everyone gets their cut, all and any problems magically disappear.

Likewise, we have many parking meters here on mains, and you can be whole heartedly assured, that everyone involved has their pockets suitably lined with a part of that booty.

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Re: They may indeed have used alkalines

"My experience for toys and other high-drain devices is that you need your head examined if you don't use rechargeables."

While I agree with your comment, there are conditions where convenience overrides pure economics. For hand held equipment that is used onsite, I look for devices that use regular batteries, because I can keep a stock of a couple of loads for some dollars, rather than the alternative of purchasing a Li-Ion at $50-100.

Not only that, "regular" flavours come in not only NiMh, but they're available off the shelf as Lithium Iron Disulfides, which would be better suited to low temperatures than the other chemistries.

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Re: sell by?

"Why is it that the big name brands put a "Sell by" date of ten years into the future? I don't know the internal resistance of these batteries but that does seem a bit optimistic. Any battery boffins out there?"

The "shelf life", is part of a cells' (or battery's) specification that defines the length of time that will need to pass, at the nominated temperature, that the cell (or battery) will lose 10% of its capacity.

Typically, with good name brands, you're currently looking at 2 years for carbons, 8 years for alkalines, and about 15 years with lithiums. From memory, going back in time, Carbons were 6 months, and alkalines were about 5 years - so their battery chemistry fine tuning is certainly getting better.

Of course, for this "Shelf Life figure" to be useful, you need the date of manufacture - and this is where some FUD comes in. Sometimes I've seen cells with the month and year of manufacture stamped on the side, sometimes there is only a "Best By" date into the future. This means very little, partly because we don't know if it actually is the shelf target date, and party because if it's a fudged date, it's meaningless. Personally, in long term applications (blackout lighting, remotes etc) I use a labeler to mark the purchase date of said battery, and gamble it it wasn't very long between manufacture and sale. Usually, it's reasonably short.

The "sell by" date is a little more complex, and ironcially, much more arbitrary. This is a date set by a committee group, that juggles how long they can hold onto a product, and it still be in "salable quality", as defined by either some law or (in the case of batteries) how long you can get away with without the customer finding out. In real life, a battery sell-by date of 10 years will never *actually* be met, because it's simply not the type of product that would hang around that long.

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Re: But it said, "Heavy Duty"

"i have never seen a battery that dosent say "Heavy Duty" on it"

Here in Australia, the only batteries that are marked "Heavy Duty" are carbons. Presumably so it'll entice people who think lottery tickets are a good idea to buy them. No-one would be "Regular Duty", or "Light Duty" after all.

Then again, if you need additional proof that people will buy anything just by looking at the cover, when Energizer E2 Titanium batteries were first introduced here (some time back) we looked at the promises first, and the datasheets second. Double the price for a marginal improvent in capacity.

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Re: @ Ian Emery (was: Smoke Alarms....)

"It costs under £1 each, and you can't sensibly buy a battery that you would expect to work for any less than that."

I'm sorry, were you expecting "sensible" from the council person who ordered a truckload of carbon batteries for a low temperature, long term useage cycle?

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Re: @ Ian Emery (was: Smoke Alarms....)

"They are also quite a small load, so even the cheaper batteries last ages."

No they don't, but due to shelf life rather than purely capacity. Alkalines in smoke alarms are changed every year, even though if you do the math, they'll last two. This is normal practice for mission-critical equipment. Well, even if the "critical" bit came from some backyard factory in China.

"Cheap" batteries (carbons) are good for about six months before they start whining. But depending on your temperature environment, your milage may vary as the saying goes.

Simlar reasoning goes for remote controls, power draw is very light, so the batteries last their shelf life. Carbons might have the potential to last longer according to total energy capacity, but their self-discharge will kill them before you do.

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Re: Smoke Alarms....

"I'll change to branded batteries the day I find the temperature in my house has fallen below minus twenty Celsius. Fleece lined coat - natch."

It's not that easy. Choosing the right battery chemistry is critical depending on environment. For instance, at 0C (freezing point) Alkaline Maganese will only present 10% of their capacity verses Lithium Maganese. So even though the lithiums are three times the price of the alkalines, in that environment, they make economic sense. It's all in the datasheets.

Don't even consider Carbon, they're only good to someone who thinks lottery tickets are good value.

A fleece coat only works for humans because we make our own heat, electronics doesn't have the luxury of that unless they sacrifice part of their battery charge to self-warm (like satellites).

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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

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For all those people who nag at me to install auto-install updates, right now, without delay:

Now you know why I don't.

Or perhaps you don't, considering you're too busy looking at a blue screen...

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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I sweat so much that I could power a medium sized city while reading this article. I'll be auctioning my power off through the usual means from tuesday - get in soon while the juice lasts..

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Dead Steve Jobs sued by own shareholders in no-poach pact brouhaha

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Re: How does this make sense??

"So you're a shareholder, and you want the company to pay you…"

Is that the idea? You'd be hard-pressed to find a shareholder that DIDN'T go into it hoping they'll get their money back plus interest.

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2,285,295 Aussie logins nabbed in Russian password haul

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Re: Why not name and shame?

"My concern is that it won't do anything to just silently contact the companies"

The most likely outcome is they won't even do that.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Re: "select markets"

"Normally I'd be livid to be singled out in such a patronising way if I'd been born in one of these countries."

It's not that bad, there's likely to be ebay sellers willing to ship offshore.

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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They understand plenty enough to keep charging 25c for it.

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Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'

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Ahh, how I remember the good ole' days:

Today, 85 bitcoins buys you $50K worth of server kit.

I remember long, long ago when it would buy you a bag of sweets and an icecream.

You remember, way back about 5 years ago?

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eBay bans CD sales of metal band Burzum, citing offensive material

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Re: Ebay

"Its policy has always been to only give a shit when someone complains."

The complaint has to be supplied in a very specific manner, otherwise they'll ignore you...

And even then, they only loosely adhere to the giving a shit policy.

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Google's 'right to be forgotten': One rule for celebs, another for plebs

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Fine, since I don't have the Interweb telling me anymore, I'll just make the assumption that all slebs are drug and sex crazed hippies. And anyone who plays "football". And any polititian (hey, they've been known to partake in a bit of this and a bit of that...).

What the hay, I'll just assume that *everyone* is a drug and sex crazed hippie and be done with it.

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

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Why don't they start by cutting off the nads of the 419, dating site other other scammers there?

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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

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"it's becoming increasingly clear that our politicians have no idea what they're proposing."

You mean there was a time when they did know what they were proposing?? News to me.

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Synology and the NAS-ty malware-flingers: What can be learned

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Re: Remember it's not just Synology

"etc..etc.. You could at least slap all of them equally for their incompetence over the years."

You forgot QNAP.

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: "a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"

"Registry tidying tools seem to break a lot more than they fix."

My favorite are the massive speed increases that are claimed.

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Remember Palm's WebOS? LG does – check out its smart TVs

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"Here's what you just did"

After LG's recent past actions (re channel logging), that bothers me a lot.

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Users should PAY for their piracy says Turnbull

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"They've gotta be prepared to sue people, sue mums and dads and students who steal their content."

As you can see... Our polititians haven't yet grasped the concept of political suicide.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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It's quite clear now.

Windows 7 rules the roost. XP still doing quite respectably considering it's 13 years old and past its use-by date. And best of all, MacOS has a better share than windows 8.x. I used to make fun of them only having 5% of the market. Microsoft has certainly shown Apply how to bollocks things up.

Now all I have to do is convince a friend that the 8.1 notebook they bought would be better off on 7. It would make my life easier, the updates would work instead of lock up, it would give me a good excuse to bypass all that bloatware, and they'd get a machine that's at least familiar with what they had (XP).

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Apple ebook price-fix row: Stiffed readers inch closer to $450m windfall

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Re: ... in contrast to Amazon's approach

"and she only sued for medical expenses.."

Originally yes, but not later on. Aside from the inflated punitive damages, all of that was tossed out on appeal, and a "non-disclosed" amount (wikipedia claims less than $600K, Snopes claims $480K) was eventually awarded.

This more than covers her damages, as she originally sued for $20K, which would have *just* covered her actual damages.

That said, she deserves the 480K anyway, Mcdonalds had been kicking her arse in every response before she kicked theirs. :-)

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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"explaining to your cat why your source code wont compile."

I tried that once. He stared at me blankly, and walked over the keyboard. For a moment there I thought the "random" keypresses would find just the right combination for me to see the problem.

It didn't work. In fact, it made things worse. So I fed him some biscuits and put him out of the house.

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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Re: responsibility

"I do so every friday to the USB3 disk drive that they did not supply using software that they did not supply."

I was tasked with recovering a very important USB drive where everything was deleted, and the off-site end user thoughtfully suggested an "unerase" utility, and how I could go about registering such software. Even though we worked for the same company, he clearly was not aware of the purchasing and capex policy of for software that did such frivolous things as data recovery.

Either way, I'm still not sure why he didn't store it on the company server, which is backed up nightly, of which he had a VPN connection into - I mean, he couldn't have been able to do too much work otherwise...

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