* Posts by Roger Kynaston

318 posts • joined 5 Oct 2007


Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface

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Jaglan Beta, Krikkit, Magrathea, Preliumtarn and Ursa Minor Beta

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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Kill switches

Two incidents come to mind. Once, at the local authority where I worked, we had building work going on in our computer room. I was working upstairs when all went dead. I rushed down with others to find that the builders had been hammering so hard on the door that they had triggered the emergency kill switch near it. Half an hour of doing the headless chicken dance and all was back with the world. In those pre outsourced, pre SLA, pre critical indident days there was a bit of a meeting which involved reading the riot act to the builders and all went back to normal. I dread to think what would happen now.

Second was at the same authority but a different computer room. We had to shut down for weekend electrical work. I was doing the Sun boxes while colleagues were doing the Windows stuff. The facilities guy was there to turn off the power when we were done. I had just got the payroll DB server to the OK prompt and typed the words power off when the facilities guy hit the off button at the exact same moment that I hit return. Cue silence and a lot of swearing from the Windows people who had only got half way through their shutdowns.

Beer cos it is Friday.

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery

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Re: Wow

I agree. I only downvoted for the Brexit bit specifically. :-)

I'll keep my views on that "debate" off this forum.

Have an electronic Belgian beer as I shall be in Bruges in a couple of weeks.

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Re: Wow

Downvoted for the Brexit reference. We are all fed up with it.

Cray will realise 'substantial' loss. But Shasta minute, folks, big iron market will pick up

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Presumably their next big toy will be called Cor. Apologies to the shade of CS Lewis of course.

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China

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In other news

an actual chocolate factory in Germany poured a ton of the stuff into the street.

Deck the halls with ... oh, no. DXC tells staff they may not have a job in the New Year

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I have no idea what this means

"Within Deliver in the UKIIMEA* Region we are continuing the rolling programme of transforming our operating model and structure to better align and optimise to support our client base on the digital journey.

OK. so they always use bullshit bingo as much as possible when doing something evil so I get that there is something nasty about to happen but:how on earth can they think that aligning and optimising can be done without doing it to something. My bullshitometer needs recalibrating as it keeps exploding these days. Poor buggers at DXC though.

Bordeaux-no! Wine guzzling at UK.gov events rises 20%

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I am emphatically not an expert except in transferring contents of bottle to glass and then to stomach. There is certainly an argument that 'old world' wines have traded on their reputation for quite a while. I am not so sure though. As I am almost certainly never going to be able to afford a premier cru I am not going to be able to compare it with an equally expensive Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon. I have had some god awful plonk with fancyish european labels and some exquisite new world wine that cost less. Most recently though the best wines I have tried were a Mas de la Plana from Penedes and a Bulgarian red the name of which has slipped my mind.

With regard to the question of civil servants getting pissed on the taxpayers money - I suppose that if they are they should have the opportunity to do so with decent plonk. Decent plonk being defined as being good value for money of course.

Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN

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I was just wondering if Steve Ballmer threw any when he heard the news.

The Register translates VMware's VMworld Europe 2018 news into plain English – our free guide for every reader

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you missed the REALLY important bit

They managed to get blockchain in there. I head the words but utterly failed to understand what they meant (likely nothing?)

mines the one with the free glass of Cava in it.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Me thinks you mean that Newton was a pioneer in Astronomy.

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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Re: I swear to Cthulhu, Michael O'Rielly is fekkin' insane.

Upvoted and have a beer (electronic one only I am afraid).

Since the orange strumpet is so keen on building walls why shouldn't he have one build round Washington DC?

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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another buy out of my bread and butter

I used to be a Solaris admin. Now I am a linux admin in a red hat shop. Sun was bought by Oracle and more or less died a death. Will the same happen now? I know that Sun and RH are _very_ differeht beasts but I am thinking that now is the time to stop playing on the merry go round called systems administration.

Californian chap sets his folks' home on fire by successfully taking out spiders with blowtorch

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Re: Merkins, eh ?

OT but I used to call our West Pond brethren this until a friend explained what it was. This friend knew a young lady who suffered from alopceia of the nether regions and resorted to a merkin.


Pikiwedia because it must be true.

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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This is a case of youngsters being what the world is coming to

Every group of young people are what the world is coming to. We are of course all doomed - to be grumpy old gits who go on about how it was much better "when I were young. blah blah blah'. I write this as an IT professional who doesn't get this social media stuff.

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Look for someone with a table nailed to their head!

DWP CIO and chief digi officer Mayank Prakash quits

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Re: Who offered him a job?


Just thinkin.

Bouncing robots land on asteroid 180m miles away amid mission to fetch sample for Earth

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Re: Bouncers

You had better not hope that. They will evolve into a charming whimsical bunch of raving psychopaths who will seek to wipe out all life in the universe as it doesn't fit in their view.

Beer (best Sapporo) for the boffins though.

Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta

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Kilometres and parsecs

"So nuclear pasta is in another league compared to our planet's materials. It's like comparing parsecs to kilometres."

So how does this relate the Kessel run?

Mine is the one that will make .5 past light speed. And, sorry, it had to be done.

'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

I shouldn't bite and others have responded more effectively than I can to your allegations. All I will add is that one anecdote does not a trend make. Whether the story about your sister is true or not you cannot extrapolate her alleged behaviour to all women in the workforce.

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Re: Testing

Or those who spend their time commenting on Reg stories about problems in Redmond.

Mines the one with a linux usb iso in the pocket.

If you're serious about securing IoT gadgets, may as well start here

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Radius/EAP/802.1x at home

I look after a part of this at work (Radius infrastructure) and it is not trivial. I can't see being able to get an entire AAA system on home routers being a goer for reasons people have outlined above. BT struggles to get a stable NAT and firewall on their hubs after all.

The principle sounds like a good one though if manufacturers can be persuaded to go along. I think that this might be an area for legislation though. Manufacturers could then be compelled to put a standards compliant authentication system in their toys and also be prevented from using it to harvest/sell personal data.

I make no comment about an internet connected fridge though.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: del *.*

In my final year at uni I had an Atari ST on which I wrote my dissertation. I then lent it to a friend to write hers. She had trouble saving it to the floppy disk so I went over to help. It said the disk was full so I grabbed another disk at random and saved dissert.doc on there. Just as the floppy kicked into gear I realised that it had my dissertation on it and it was called dissert.doc. Cue lots of panic and visions of having to rewrite the whole thing in three days. Then I realised that Atari created a copy called file.bak and was able to recover mine from there. It was a short but sharp brown underpants stuff and I don't think that my friend really twigged how serious it was.

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Re: "the default being a hashtag #."

>I didn't know Amber Rudd wrote for El Reg?

But she would understand it all even less than she does if that is possible. "Someone needs to get control of the octothorpes!"

Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

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My bullshitometer just exploded!

Windows 10's defences are pretty robust these days, so of course folk are trying to break them

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Re: Double edged sword


EE seeks guinea pig millennial hipsters for 5G experiments

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mind bleach needed

That picture is just gross.

I have no idea if 5G will be a good thing either.

Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

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Re: Soldering irons

You sir, owe me a new keyboard!

Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest

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bollockschain shirly.

As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Re: Can't have it both ways, guys.

But I thought the media were actually the illuminati!

Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive

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Not quite as serious

but ...

I worked for a local authority once. We had two V880s next to each other. One of them needed a patch and after installing it the reboot was taking ages for some reason, it had a lot of hardware to do a POST on, so some mug decided to reset it. You held the power button in for five seconds or so and it would go donk. All the disks were quiesced so what could go wrong?

Trouble was I hit the button on the housing management rather than the payroll. Cue a whole department wondering what had happened.

This was the days before strict change control so I got away with it by grovelling to the application lead who just laughed!

Super Cali goes ballistic: mugshot site atrocious

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I do't get why they put the pictures online in the first place

I have never understood why ameriplods feel the need to put mugshots of everyone they pinch on the intertubes for all and sundry (in this case sundry) to see.

Cany any stateside commentards enlighten?

Beer as over indulgence in said beverage could lead to you becoming a victim of these turds.

Brit prosecutors fined £325k after losing unencrypted vids of police interviews

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what will happen with any prosecutions

Assuming that further investigation finds that a senior bod in the CPS has to face criminal proceedings. Will they sign off on their own prosecution?

America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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good youtube channel for this sort of stuff

Vintage Space

How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

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Facefail and not being a product

It is oddly difficult to not use social media. I deleted my facething just before the Cambridge Analytica thing hit the mainstream. But, here at work, they are saying that social media is an excellent way of staying in touch with the users and we should be expanding it's use. Are they going to hoover up all the intellectual property of said university? Am I going to have to reactivate my facething just so I can tell a user that I have patched their server, or rather that puppet has.

Does that make me a sheeple?

Also, no one seems to be getting exercised about what Google is doing with all the data that people hand over to them.

I know that I don't have the answers I just hope that cleverer people than me come up with some.

You're in charge of change, and now you need to talk about DevOps hater Robin

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O/T stand up meetings

What happens when you get stood up at your stand up meeting?

It is too warm at the moment but I'll get mine.

Drama brews on high seas as Playmobil ship running out of steam

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Re: Any other commentards going to the OCC* AGM @Roger

Plus one for the invite though I doubt I'll be making it there this year. Sounds like a fun event.

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Any other commentards going to the OCC* AGM

I am sure any member of the said club would keep an eye out for it.

Cool story though. SPB project for the future?

* Ocean Cruising Club

Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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Parents (in law)

Thankfully my brother provides all the user support to my Mother. My wifes though. They live in Jamaica and are probably the only ones in their family to have broadband. Explaining across the Atlantic that you have to patch it when she struggles to correlate the movement of the mouse with the movement of the funny little arrow on the screen.

The Windrush generation were never taught to type so getting an email sent takes quite a while as well. Sadly, the broadband provider in Jamaica has decided to jack their prices through the roof now and it is not in use at all. That will be something else to fix next time we go down there.

Penguin because I have always had her on ubuntu. Still I will look forward to the rum punch.

B-Ark passengers to control most IT spend from 2019 onwards

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I hate articles like this

How am I supposed to maintain the my schoolfriends and I were the privileged elite who knew about Douglas Adams when the rest of the world were in ignorance of his genius.

Anyway all this talk about cloud compute is just pie in the sky if you ask me.

Total WIPOut: IT chief finds his own job advertised

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Re: Really annoys me when....

I can sort of see the bad logic to this. If you know that the person at the top is on the take. Getting rid of them is going to be expensive and might fail given that they can probably afford good (read bent) lawyers who may make the whole thing fail anyway. Better to cut your losses and only cost the taxpayer a severance package rather than have them fleece the taxpayer of even more in the long run.

I am not saying it is right and the fact that underlings wind up getting shat on is adding insult to the theft of taxpayer money.

Please no Basic Instinct flashing, HPE legal eagles warn staffers

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Re: Confidence!

It must be a struggle remembering that the zip is on the other side.

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

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Will this include other social media

I can't wait till Google and the technology in search of a use known as twitter are caught with their electronic pants down as well.

Beer because I deleted my facefail recently though I know that means sweet f/a to their owning me.

BOFH: Honourable misconduct

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half eaten chicken kebab!

On one of my very few lapses from being a bad veggie I had a chicken kebab and it was revolting. The PFY must have been in a serious bender to stomach one of those.

Paul Allen's six-engined monster plane prepares for space deliveries

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Re: control

You beat me to it. I wondered if it was for when the pilot and co-pilot had had a row. Bit like couples in catamarans!

America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

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I should like to nominate this person for flame of the week.

Beer for the weekend and getting hammered seems the best thing to do in these interesting times.

Boffins closer to solving what causes weird radio bursts from space

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It's obvious

They are being generated by Hoolovoos - superintelligent shades of the colour blue having sex.

Your connection is not Brexit... we mean private: UK Tory party lets security cert expire

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El Reg is more influential than you would think

Just looked at it (icognito as I don't want them to know I look at such web nasties) and it has a green padlock.

Clearly someone in CCHQ reads the Reg.

IT giant CSC screwed its 1,000 sysadmins out of their overtime – jury

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Re: Overtime?

Scott got it wrong on this one.

The cleaner should have said:

¿Esta trbajando tan tarde otra vez Alice?


'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

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Ah Eudora

Where I worked we had a thing called Symian as I remember. It was hideous but better than pine which the students were expected to use. I noticed recently that you can still get Alpine on linux these days for the die hards!

Beer because of it being the last week before the Christmas bacchanalia.


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