* Posts by Andrew Moore

1637 posts • joined 2 Mar 2007

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Shutdown

Sorry, I was trying to think of the other American corporations that pull the same practice. Thanks for the clarification.

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Re: Shutdown

I'm thinking that aren't the likes of Walmart, Costco et al reliant on the government giving their employees food stamps because they don't pay them a living wage? In that case, the large corporations will be affected.

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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Calling Mrs Merton...

"So.. Lauren, what first attracted you to the multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos?"

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: It's an age thing...

I enjoyed it. Though I would like to point out that "hotshot" Spectrum game programmers didn't use Sinclair BASIC- we were using Z80 machine code.

Until now, if Canadian Uber drivers wanted to battle the tech giant, they had to do it in the Netherlands – for real

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Re: If it weren't so crappy it'd be funny...

Worse is- Uber gets defended by people whose only desire is to have low cost taxi fares- they couldn't care less about poverty or working conditions, as long as they get their "cheap".

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

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And the opposite...

Just finishing work for the week/year here and I have just been told of a major server upgrade that needs to be done* and if that was "something you can do during your Christmas Holidays"

* I can guarantee you that manglement have known about this for months but have only dropped it into my lap today.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: The internet

Yes but that would be illegal as the operator has to have eyes on the drone at all times while in flight.

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Re: Christmas conspiracy

This is the current thought in the office (we fly drones and do drone training). Either that, or there has been some system failure in Gatwick and they are using "drones" to cover it up.

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re: I don't understand...

I mean't when they told us that businesses would not move out of the UK because of Brexit...

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I don't understand...

The Brexiteers swore that this kind of thing wouldn't happen...

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

Everyone does have a firearm and criminals are not afraid to use them to commit crime.

Or, by any chance, when you say "everyone" are you including toddlers?

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

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Re: Embarrasing

We have one of those: He once started a meeting by declaring "I don't know anything about IT but if I want something done, I want it done now!" I pointed out that the first half of his declaration negated the second half.

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures

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Re: Good for Charlemont!

Agreed- good for them. But I would be extremely wary of sabotage; Comcast are not going to want this project to run smoothly.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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In fairness...

...there's 6-7 of these type of devices already on the market. In fact one, (Brewbot) has already gone bust.

GOPwned: Republicans fall victim to email hack

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No mention of Rudy Giuliani's twitter "hack" (according to him)- he left a typo (left out a space after a full stop) which turned the typo into a link which directed people to an appropriate message: https://twitter.com/RudyGiuliani/status/1068570837459050496

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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At this point you hand the user an Etch-A-Sketch and tell them that they will not be getting another laptop until they have completed retraining.

Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

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Nostalgia...

Steve Litchfield??? There's a name I haven't heard since my Psion CIX days...

Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage

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Re: Reminds me of something I heard a long time ago...

Never finish anything too quickly- it gives management unrealistic expectations...

Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Re: Sweet memories...

I had a journalist approach me in 1998 looking for scary Y2K story- I told her that nothing was going to happen because we'd been on top of it for a number of years now and everything should be in place by then. Needless to say, she completely ignored me and found a nutjob that gave the doomsday scenario that she was looking for.

'Desperate' North Korea turns to bank hacking sprees to rake in much-needed dosh

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Re: So how?

Also, a lot of the hacking is done by the agents in the field, rather than in North Korea.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Sounds familiar...

I just love electricians/telecom's engineers who just arbitrarily decide to take a connection- Our company monitors a number of remote GNSS stations around the country- all on their own dedicated phone lines. The number of times we've lost those lines because someone has decided to use it for their own monitoring (usual an alarm company) even though testing the line would have shown that it was busy.

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

That could have been fixed in the OS at a later stage.

Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

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Re: Ajit Pai

Or "Eejit Pai" in gaelic...

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Re: not yours

"Having a legitimate disk copy of a given movie would seem to be a pretty good license to freely download a working copy from the Internet..."

I said as much to an entertainment industry lawyer once and he couldn't give me any legal reason to why I was wrong.

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Re: Do the right thing

As the old anti-piracy advert said "You wouldn't steal a car..." Well neither would I buy a car and expect to find it missing one morning.

'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks

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So....

380,000, when adjusted for PR arse-covering, is 3,800,000 in reality...

Brit teen pleads guilty to Minecraft-linked bomb and airline hoaxes

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Handy...

I keep forwarding articles like this to my daughters who still believe its possible to be anonymous online.

I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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Last year with was all IoT. My boss got an "Smart" Kettle that he can switch on remotely. The one thing it can't do is tell him whether there's any water in it or not. Which I thought would have been a basic requirement.

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Re: An "AI powered cooking assistant"?

I've got a Meater bluetooth probe- it monitors the internal temperature of whatever I stick it into, while it cooks and I can view that data on an app.

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown

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Re: still expected to take away about £1.7m

It's "Reward For Failure". Worse thing is, another company will probably employ him to do exactly the same thing...

Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Re: Ahhh, memories...

Thankfully, I've been out of front-line customer support for many years now. :) I have a team doing that for me (and I'm careful not to pass on any of my bad habits).

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Re: Ahhh, memories...

This was back in the day when the company I worked for suddenly found itself giving free support to a competitor- they'd sell kit, usually by undercutting us, and then hand out our phone number when their customers came looking for technical support- so costing us money. In the end, if I found out that the kit was bought from the competition, I'd just tell the customer that it was faulty and to take it back to where they bought it and get a replacement. This forced the competitor into having to do technical support themselves.

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Ahhh, memories...

Many's the time I've managed to get an nuisance caller (I mean "user") off the line by getting them to unwittingly unplug their phone. I also had a trick where if I worked out that they were on a mobile, I'd just tap the mute on/off repeatedly so they'd think they had bad reception.

AI sucks at stopping online trolls spewing toxic comments

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Nostalgia...

It seems like only yesterday when AI used to be called "apps". And a long time before that, just "programs"/"software"...

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Re: UK has the resources

That's what I was thinking- replicate QZSS. However because it's for military applications they would probably need global rather than regional coverage.

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doubt it, as they are likely to be sharing the same frequencies...

Techie's test lab lands him in hot water with top tech news site

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Re: @Zippy

Okay for clearance, Clarence...

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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Beancounters...

Just back from holiday- before I went away, I put in an order for some critical infrastructure; I'd done everything, identified kit, found supplier, got quotes, pro formas, everything. All Accounting had to do was arrange a bank transfer to pay for it and the jobs done. I get back from holiday and everyone's running around like headless chickens. Our client is up in arms because the equipment we are meant to install this week hasn't even arrived. So, because I was away, the blame got landed in my lap in-abscentia. Until I provided the paper trail, and a statement from the supplier, all pointing the fingers at the Accounts Dept not paying for the order yet.

Now I need another holiday...

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Kinda similar...

The company I work for lost a lucrative service contract. No handover (fortunately), and then I heard most of the techs quit from the company that won the contract because they could wrap their heads around the system within the time-frame required. So the other company then tried to hire us to do the work. Queue much laughter.

We got the service contract back a year later.

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Re: Know what you are

Recently had the higher ups decide that we had to use Exchange Cloud (or whatever it's called) rather than our own in-house email servers. And now they can't understand why it takes days to fix things instead of minutes. And why they are missing half the features the old system used to give them. Hey lads, next time, try involving IT in these decisions before unilaterally forcing change on the entire company.

Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Have you used deception to solve a customer problem?

Who hasn't. Especially when having to deal with management and you have to be careful not to hurt their feelings no matter how fuckwittingly stupid the "issue" is.

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Yeah, thanks for all the effort Simon.

British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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Why???

Surely a system as vital as this should have some form of redundant backup. Even if that backup is a wax tablet and an abacus...

Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

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Not new...

It's not new- I had something like this 15-20 years ago to test GPS signals back when you had to use a special almanac to work out what time of the day you could use your GPS receiver.

Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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Was working in a server room of a government dept. The fire alert kept beeping and then shutting off. I reported this many times (the problem persisted for nearly a year) and was basically told to ignore it. Which was fine, until the day the Halon Deploy Klaxon went off. Once the klaxon went off, you were supposed to have 10 seconds to clear the area before the halon deployed. I don't think I got one second. I hit the doors at speed because they were supposed to electronically lock. Thankfully, the installers fucked that one up too and the lock didn't engage. Spent the next thirty minutes waiting for my hearing to return and picking bits of ceiling tile out of my hair.

The kicker- the company that installed the system tried to blame it on me, claiming I was smoking in the server room. I pointed out that I didn't smoke and hoped that they had proof to back up their accusation...

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.

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...

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.

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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