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20 posts • joined 20 Dec 2011

ICO probes BBC after secret British army unit's info LEAKED

Sequin

They didn't lose it, and weren't hacked - the data was stolen by an employee.

All firms are at risk of this, and most will not have blocked USB key devices. No firm (or government department) I have worked for has ever done that.

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Traffic light vulns leave doors wide open to Italian Job-style hacks

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It wasn't Michael Caine who hacked the traffic control systems in The Italian Job, it was Benny Hill!

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WTF is … the multiverse?

Sequin

It's all explained here by Stewie Griffin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYS2RBX7Phw

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Could vegetarians eat a 'test tube' burger?

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Re: There's more than one type of veggie

In the original book (Make Room, Make Room by Harry Harrison) Soylent was made from Soya and Lentil, hence the name. Give me long pig any day!

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

Sequin

Can we ask Microsoft to resurrect their Critical Update Notificatin Tool?

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A well known American quiz show winner sends out a weekly quiz by email which he numbers using Roman numerals. Every couple of months he has to change to Arabic numerals for a few weeks due to the number of spam filters that grab anything with XXX in the name.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

Sequin

Microdrives were ok if you formatted them several times before you used them in anger - this stretched the tape until it settled down, and from then on they were fine.

My wife used to work for a public utility, and they used the Psion database/Wp to store and produce stock letters for customers. To help her out I asked her to borrow the manual and she brought home a strange plastic box with a wierd spring loaded catch built in - this turned out to house the install floppies, which nobody in the offvice even knew existed. I was able to install on my early PC (Amstrad) and rewrite many of the routines and templates, gaining her many brownie points. I liked the software a lot.

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LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

Sequin

Big Red Aeroplane Launch Emergency Stop Switch

AKA BRALESS

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

Sequin
WTF?

One problem

Why pay for a hugely expensive seat of headphones when you have to listen to them with a pair of ears that came free of charge?

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British designer builds $15m iPhone for Hong Kong mogul

Sequin
Black Helicopters

Is somebody snooping on me?

I got a new phone last week (Galaxy Note II, not Apple) and set the wallpaper to a photo I took in Liverpool last summer that is virtually identical to the one shown in the article - SPOOKY!

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Operators look on in horror as Facebook takes mobe users Home

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FAIL

Given the state of the current Facebook Android app, there is no way I'll be installing anything that take over my phone.

The latest app crashes nine times out of ten, is extremely slow on the occasions it does work, and is not fit for purpose. I have switched to using the browser based interface

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

Sequin

Having joined a government IT department in 1985, we were denigrated for years about how inefficient and over priced we were compared to the private sector, who could knock our skills into a cocked hat.

We were later privatised as part of the Market Testing initiative, only to find that we were as good, and in a huge number of case, better than the private alternative. Many of us were motivated by a sense of service, not just a striving for profit, and the whole privatisation initiative led to many of the IT horrors of later years with companies such as EDS and Crapita

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Help-desk hell

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FAIL

Users - don't you just love them!

While working for a government department, I was the only person who could support a legacy system used to receive overtime claims via modem link, which were then fed into a mainframe based payroll system. This ran on an old CCP/M system in the datacentre, while I was based in another office about 5 miles away.

One day I got a panicked phone call to say the system had gone haywire and they needed to get it working before that night's payroll run, or there would be huge ructions if the overtime was not paid on time.

I asked what was wrong with it and was told that most of the menu items had disappeared. Thinking that the programs had been corrupted in some way, I gathered together the backup disks, manuals etc and jumped in a taxi.

After being admitted through the airlocks, I examined the system, turned up the monitor brightness, then walked out again.

It turns out that they had had some IT cleaners in, who were to clean the monitors, mice and keyboards. While cleaning the old green screen monitor, they had accidentally turned down the brightness/contrast so that only the highlighted menu options, shown in reverse video, were visible!

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Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 1

Sequin

That takes me back!

I worked in the Home Office IT department from 1985-2002, and we had several Liberators! We also had a typing pool and a Data Entry pool. We were not supposed to type "Documents" - we had to send our notes to the typing pool, and then wait for several days to get the typed copy back. Using the words "word processor" would have had the union (of which I was a member) walking out the door.

I seem to remember that the Liberator had a 5 (or 7) pin DIN connector for its serial interface - I think I still have one of the printers used with it at home - a small rechargeable Epson unit that used heat sensitive fax paper.

A couple of years later we went really high tech and got a Compaq luggable - about the size of a small suitcase, with an orange plasma screen, which got hot enough to cook bacon.

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LOHAN slips BRA over BOOBIES in ballocket backronym buffoonery

Sequin

Controls

Orbiter

Kinetic

Engine

Height

Enabled

Activation

Device

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Ocker CANNIBAL DEATH SPIDERS invade Japan!

Sequin

Mike Harding did a comedy routine about the red-back many years ago - a blioke gsits down in the dunny and is bitten in an unfortunate place by a red back that is hiding under the toilet seat.

He wakes up in hospital and asks the doctor "Can you take away the pain and leave the swelling?"

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Asda knocks out Kobo e-reader for £49

Sequin

I bought two at Christmas - for wife and dad - both love the Kobo. I got one at my local ASDA on Friday, and am half-way through a big Stephen King novel already. There are loads of hacks out there on t'internet if you care to look.

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Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards

Sequin
Windows

I still remember how I cheated the casino in this game - there were two ways:

1. At the DOS prompt type RANDOMIZE 1 - this would set the random number generator to the same seed, meaning that the same winning sequences would also appear

2. Gamble all of your money. If you win, save the game, then gamble again

4.If you lose, load your previously saved game and try again, repeating until you do win

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LOHAN fires up sizzling thruster

Sequin
Go

An alternative igniter

Big Clive has an igniter here - extremely cheap, probably very reliable, but does require a 12v power source:

http://www.bigclive.com/ignite.htm

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