* Posts by Andrew Moore

1592 posts • joined 2 Mar 2007

Apple emits iPhone cop-block update – plus iOS, macOS, Safari patches

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Re: With a bit of luck

The easiest way to do that is to us a charging (not data) cable.

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: Only cracking I have done is

Me too. But I've now moved on to regular padlocks...

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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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Doctor Who connection...

I always remember the part in the first episode of The Sea Devils where the Master is watching The Clangers and remarking that they are "interesting extra-terrestrial lifeforms"

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Re: Similar

Thankfully Aardman; and Laika Studios have taken up the mantle.

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: Arresting times past

Same thing happened to me (Four Courts, Dublin) while I was doing a 3d laser scan of the building interior. However, I was told off for using my phone to take a couple of shots. Nothing was said about the fifty grand piece of kit that was accurately measuring the entire area at a rate of 2 million points per second (and colouring those points using a built in camera). The trick is to have your camera not look like a camera.

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Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth

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RIP Harlan

One of the last great SF voices of the golden age.

However it does mean I can release my homage "I Have No Arse And I Must Fart" now without fear of being sued.

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"worth watching if you’re entertained watching an actor trying to emote."

I'm not, that's why I've given up on The Handmaids Tale.

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Ticketmaster gatecrash: Gig revelers' personal, payment info glimpsed by support site malware

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Apparently...

Ticketbastard were notified of this back in April...

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Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

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Re: Not quite the end of the month....

"It works alright on my machine!"

Had a situation a couple of years ago where a company based in Switzerland was producing a piece of software that only ran on Windows 8 (no, I don't know why either). Many people tried and failed to get the software working and eventually it landed in my lap. After many days back and forth with the Swiss developers, I finally got on a plane, flew over to their offices and showed them their software, not working on my machine. Within half-an-hour I'd got to the bottom of the issue- you can't switch off UAC on Windows 8, so the developer had some nasty registry kludge on his development PC which disabled it. The bug was UAC on regular PCs not allowing a deep system call to comms devices.

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Re: @Rich 11

"exactly what I'd asked for" but "didn't do what I wanted".

And when you point out that you did exactly what they asked for they use Default Idiot Statement #1: "but you know what I mean". Which basically means that it is your fault as the developer because obviously you did not use your powers of telepathy in order to ascertain exactly what they wanted.

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Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones

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Re: Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch,

"Apple should have warned the user that their phone was now unsafe, "

It's able to do this with non-compliant lightning cables.

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What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

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Re: Burnout isn't unknown in IT

There is also the fact that that the IT Hero nearly always has to take the blame for the failures; whilst someone else (nearly always middle management) takes the kudos for the successes.

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New York State is trying to ban 'deepfakes' and Hollywood isn't happy

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Re: It's come on

Worst thing is- I think that was a Hepburn lookalike, not CGI...

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Low AI rollout caused by dumb, fashion-victim management – Gartner

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My tuppence worth...

As AI seems to have very limited skillset, surely it's ripe to replace PHBs/middle manglement.

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Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by

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I'm wondering...

If IndieGoGo's only reason for sending the hounds in is because they are now liable for the refunds to each of the backers...

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Visa Europe fscks up Friday night with other GDPR: 'God Dammit, Payment Refused'

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Re: Wake up call

I remember supermarkets where you had to go to a payment desk first to get your card verified and only then could you use it at the till.

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Re: Cashless society

Went to a beer festival last year- the organisers were touting the whole event as cashless and were telling people not to bother bringing cash- even went as far as insinuated that cash would probably not be accepted. When I got there, there were massive lines at all the paypoints, turns out the entire credit card system had crashed. Thankfully, I'd bought cash with me. On the plus side, there wasn't any queues at any of the bars.

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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In fairness, none of the food served would be typical of Greggs so I don't really understand how the punters were duped.

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Amazon can't or won't collect sales tax in Australia

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The problem is a lot of people are addicted to cheap- screw social responsibility, ethical trading, food miles etc. As far as they are concerned, cheap isn't cheap enough.

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How much is the drone biz worth to the UK? How's £42bn by 2030 sound? – PWC

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Re: PWC

Which is what I think happened here- someone (pro-Brexit I'm guessing) wanted rainbows and unicorns regarding the UK's future economic position...

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

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This is one of those "unsolved mysteries that was actually solved decades ago"...

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Senator Kennedy: Why I cast my Senate-busting vote for net neutrality

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Re: Does not compute

"A utility company would not be able to add artificial restrictions to their supply and remove them if the customer pays a special fee."

Phone companies already do: Different rates for phone calls depending on distance. Charges for essentially free services like Caller ID. Different rates for the same service depending on tariff...

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

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"Check, double check, then CHECK AGAIN!"

Universally known as measure twice, cut once.

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‘I broke The Pentagon’s secure messaging system – and won an award for it!’

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Re: Work ethic

I once had management come at me with "Look at so-and-so, he's here at 7am in the morning and most days does not leave the office before 7pm" to which I replied "yes, but some of us are able to do a days work in 8 hours". The look on management's face indicated that was not what they were trying to insinuate.

A couple of days later I emailed a link to them all about loss of productivity by personnel that work excessive hours- I entitled it "Following our discussion about the issue of so-and-so's long office hours".

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Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

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Yep...

I was once visiting a remote client site when I was called into their managers office. He then proceeded to rant and rage at me: someone had made over £1000 worth of phone calls to Dublin, and as I (and my company) were from Dublin, then in his eyes, it was obviously us. I pointed out that: a) I didn't work in his office; and b) My last visit was over a year previous. He asked me what that had to do with anything- I pointed to the phone bill and the dates the calls were recorded on and told him I wasn't in his office on any of those days. I left feeling that he still wasn't convinced that it wasn't me.

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Re: What's a bribe?

Had something similar- we'd ordered up a large number of 64gb data sticks in order to hand very large data sets to clients that we downloaded off of equipment that they'd hired from us. Only, the first time we went looking for them, turns out management had been giving them away as freebies to their mates and there were none left.

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Ha, same here. And it wasn't packets of cigarettes, it was cartons of them. Unfortunately, while I did smoke, I didn't smoke any of their brands (which had a reputation of being very rough).

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When Microsoft borged Visio I was invited to their relaunch event and everyone got a free copy of the latest version, with permanent license key. Which was nice.

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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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There has to be a way to outsource the entire tier out to India...

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India completes its GPS alternative, for the second time

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Compatibility...

From what I remember, IRNSS is not compatible with the other GPS systems- the Indians went away and reinvented the wheel.

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

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Ahhh...

My family has evolved from asking me to sort their computers out, to sorting their smartphones/tablets out. I've resorted to telling them that I am a computer tech and I don't know anything about phones/tablets. When they tell me that they are the same thing, I've been countering them by pointing out all the obvious physical differences ("see how the screen is separate on your computer, but it isn't on you phone? Do you notice how you can put your phone in your pocket, but not your computer?") so that they can't be the same thing.

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Re: Bob Newhart

"And then what do you do Wally? You stick it in your mouth?!?!?"

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Re: My Dad...

That's my dad too. I keep having to tell him that computers don't do things on their own, so now his current defense is that he didn't knowingly do it.

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

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Yup, and they are B-arking mad...

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As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

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"Changing the economy of the bad actors"

For what it's worth, I don't think Steve Guttenberg has picked up a paycheck in a number of years...

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2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

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Ha, my first thought too- MU-TH-UR.

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Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

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Re: Great...

The difference is the number of cyclists who have lost their lives in vehicle collisions against the number of motorists that have done so when in collision with a cyclist...

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Re: Yeah... Right

I have lights, helmets and hi-viz. Didn't stop me from getting hit by a motorist who decided to turn left without indicating or checking that the bike lane was clear.

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Great...

Yet another attempt to shift blame onto cyclists. At the end of the day it all comes down to Inattentive Blindness on behalf of the motorist. Solve that problem and the roads would be a lot safer.

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Prez Trump's $60bn China tariff plan to hit tech, communications, aerospace industries

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My view...

This is what could topple the orange idiot- my feeling was he was safe in power as long as he didn't make wealthy people less wealthy. This is likely to make wealthy people less wealthy.

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User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

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Re: Feeling Old...

I do remember setting jumpers on Serial Cards - Com1 0x3F8, IRQ4; Com2 0x2F8, IRQ3...

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BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....

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Nearly similar situation...

I had a client ask me to investigate a project "and revert". So I set the whole thing back to the previous version. When they complained I pointed out the email said to revert. They tried to explain that meant "respond"; to which I asked "well why not use the word 'respond' then?"

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BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

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Remember...

'The company said in a statement: "We entirely refute any allegation that Cambridge Analytica or any of its affiliates use entrapment, bribes, or so-called 'honey-traps' for any purpose whatsoever," adding that it "routinely undertakes conversations with prospective clients to try to tease out any unethical or illegal intentions."'

Remember, it doesn't have to be true, as long as it is believed...

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Capita screw-ups are the pits! Brit ex-miner pensioners billed for thousands in extra tax

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Re: Outsourcing .....

"If an outside company can do the project and make a profit, it means government could do the same"

It's a fair point. The reason why the government won't do it? Responsibility. Any public sector I have worked with have a rabid phobia of being personally responsible- they pay other (private sector) entities to be culpable; they are not outsourcing in order to get the job done; they're buying scapegoats. The exact same mentality is behind decision-making too.

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Pharma bro Martin Shkreli to miss 2024 Paris Olympics

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Re: what he and everyone else was doing.

Hang on, let me check and I'll get back to you...

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Your mouse can't reach that Excel cell? Buy a 'desk extender' said help desk bluffer

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Nearly similar situation...

Had a user who just couldn't get their head around the fact you could lift the mouse and move it back- we ended up giving him a trackball instead.

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This job Win-blows! Microsoft made me pull '75-hour weeks' in a shopping mall kiosk

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Re: 'Microsoft has us all working extra hours'

I'm guessing the thumbs-down are from all those people who expect free technical support from their IT-savvy colleagues/family/friends.

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Re: 'Microsoft has us all working extra hours'

I fell your pain- I'm also using the line "Oh you have Windows 10? I'm sorry but I don't know that operating system- you're better off ringing the Microsoft support line."

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

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Re: Electrons

indeed- this very thing happened to my great grandfather- he returned from WWI to find these new fangled electric sockets in his house. My grandmother caught him that night, stopping up all the sockets.

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It's not unusual...

Sold a Psion Series 5 to a punter, he returns 10 minutes later complaining that it doesn't work. I instantly see that the supplied batteries are still in the box and I asked had he tried putting the batteries in it? His reply was "oh, does this thing need batteries?". To which I pointed out the set of batteries in the case. His reply to that was "oh, I thought they were a free gift or something."

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