* Posts by Tim Jenkins

454 posts • joined 30 Oct 2007

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

Tim Jenkins

Re: Its not unusual

"...emergency power off button right next to the electronic door exit button..."

Also see server cases where the power button is ANYWHERE in the vicinity of the one for the optical drive...

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

Tim Jenkins

"An American version of the Spectrum reboot?"

Except with (as of today) the equivalent of £2,228,572 to burn through before evaporating.

RCL only had £512,790...

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Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?

Tim Jenkins

Re: Optimists

"...fact find missions to the Patpong area of Bangkok, looking for erm.... low cost manufactures."

Touchpads or joysticks?

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Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer

Tim Jenkins

I'd be willing to hazard a guess that a significant proportion of Reg readers stick the the adage that 'if it has an ethernet socket, use that*'.

(*which baffled the heck out of my Sky Q installer, and I ended up having to wait until he had spent hours faffing with wireless boosters before grudgingly accepting that my Cat 6 distribution was there for a reason).

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

Tim Jenkins

"Kaspersky branded socks and foul-smelling aftershave"

A spritz of unidentified liquid from Russia: what could go wrong?

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Australian Feds cuff woman who used BTC to buy drugs on dark web

Tim Jenkins

Re: Where's the science sub-editor?

Recycled from here?

https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/blog/powerful-opioid-fentanyl-poses-serious-risk-fatal-overdose

“Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more concentrated than morphine,” says Professor Farrell. “It’s very difficult for people to know just how much they are extracting from the patch and injecting."

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The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players

Tim Jenkins

Chance to parry?

Oh, RuneScape

For a minute there I thought we were talking about RuneQuest.

Carry on.

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Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

Tim Jenkins

Re: bike or not

How many people are killed every day by human drivers???

16 in the USA (and rising)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2018/02/28/pedestrian-fatalities/376802002/

"Although reasons for the recent rise have not been scientifically determined, experts suspect that smartphones and marijuana use are key factors in the deadly trend."

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Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

Tim Jenkins

Re: Bought laptop from Dell online - pre-configured with Linux

"Who the fuck shops at PC World?!"

Parents-in-law. That's who.

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Who would have thought it?

The outlet famous for £9.99 USB leads added to every £40 inkjet purchase ('because there isn't one in the box, you know'), its £80 metre-long HDMI leads ('to get the best from your new TV'), and the compulsory Norton box / Office key / Extended warranty with every £299 laptop turns out to have dodgy sales practices...

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Millionaire-backed science fiction church to launch Scientology TV network

Tim Jenkins

Re: Sounds familiar

What kind of sick, twisted individual would be making bets with Harlan Ellison?

Oh, right, L. Ron.....

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

Tim Jenkins

Who needs a battery anyway?

Anyone remember the Apple Powerbook G3s with a bay on each side for removable batteries and/or optical/Zip/floppy drive? The ones where if the user had emptied the bays to use another accessory on both sides (or just to save weight), then forgot to reinsert a battery before booting the laptop away from mains, it ate the tiny on-board NiCad and died? RTM to somewhere in Holland, as I recall, for £200 surgery...

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Capita's UK military recruiting system has 'glitches' admits minister

Tim Jenkins

Re: Cuts?

"Trident is largely a sunk cost "

LOLZ

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Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data

Tim Jenkins

Re: £320,000

Love that there's an early payment discount, but only if you don't appeal. When did the ICO get taken over by ParkingEye?

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Stop your moaning, says maker of buggy Bluetooth sex toy

Tim Jenkins

Re: "We used it at a bar while playing pool"

Playmobil renactment?

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Osama Bin Laden had copy of Resident Evil, smut, in compound

Tim Jenkins

Re: @Khaptain

“Uh, sir, phrenology was dismissed as quackery a hundred-sixty years ago.” – Mr. Smithers

“Of course you’d say that, you have the brainpan of a stagecoach tilter.” – C.M. Burns

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

Tim Jenkins

"... the fighting teeth of the RN, used to ward off potentially hostile surface ships and submarines alike..."

Good to know, when we finally track the Taliban Navy to their secret Afghan port.

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Web uni says it will get you a tech job or your money back. So our man Kieren signed up...

Tim Jenkins

"...a good percentage of the population is not suited to programming..."

Damn right. I know I'm not. Proved it in many, many failed attempts. Fortunately there are lots of other IT-related roles which I AM good at, and I've been doing those for 30 years. Now my kids are being told they have to 'do coding' at all costs, by politicians who haven't a clue what that even means. I'd far rather they, and 99% of their fellow teens, were educated to become at least barely adequate technology USERS, and leave the 1% who actually have the brain type necessary to program WELL to get on with it in relative peace.

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A todger, a 2.5kg dumbbell, the fire brigade... and the inevitable angle grinder

Tim Jenkins

Re: You missed the back story...

I'm so naive.

I genuinely thought that this might have been a tragic accident, where the gentlemans gentleman had somehow become trapped between the flats of two weights, perhaps while stacking them with sweaty, post-workout hands.

Then I began to wonder why all that rescue equipment was required, and why it was necessary to shatter the disk to 'extract' him.

And then I read the above...

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The Next Big Thing in Wi-Fi? Multiple access points in every home

Tim Jenkins

Sky Q TV hardware certainly has its own PowerLine built-in; it's even enabled by default on the main box (the one with the satellite feeds and hard drive), but for reasons only known to themselves, it's still not officially supported on the Q Mini boxes 18 months after Q was released, and there have been some suggestions in the Q user forums that it doesn't play nicely on the same mains circuits as other PowerLine kit. Intrepid users can enable it via a 'hidden' menu, though, and in some cases it does seem to help fill in for inadequate WiFi links.

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The great phone squeeze wheeze: Getting squidgy with HTC's U11

Tim Jenkins

"The phone performs some dimensioning using sound waves on your skull"

It does what?

Really?

And when you put it in a trouser pocket?

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Virgin Media to close flagship Oxford St store in August

Tim Jenkins

Re: Virgin, Oxford Street.

Remembering happy times looking through the windows into the CD-pressing plant in the basement....

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

Tim Jenkins

One for the Tesla programmers

From: THIRD WORLD DRIVING HINTS AND TIPS By P. J. O’Rourke

"Drive like hell through the goats. It’s impossible to hit a goat. On the other hand, it’s almost impossible not to hit a cow. Cows are immune to horn-honking, shouting, swats with sticks and taps on the hind quarters with the bumper. The only thing you can do to make a cow move is swerve to avoid it, which will make the cow move in front of you with lightning speed.

Actually, the most dangerous animals are the chickens. In the United States, when you see a ball roll into the street, you hit your brakes because you know the next thing you’ll see is a kid chasing it. In the Third World, it’s not balls the kids are chasing, but chickens. Are they practising punt returns with a leghorn? Dribbling it? Playing stick-hen? I don’t know. But Third Worlders are remarkably fond of their chickens and, also, their children (population problems notwithstanding). If you hit one or both, they may survive. But you will not."

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

Tim Jenkins

Re: The worst thing in the world for Assange...

Given the nature of the original allegations in Sweden that sparked this whole sorry saga off, Assange and Trump might find they some interesting anecdotes to swap, and maybe some hair-care tips too.

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Brit uni blabs students' confidential information to 298 undergrads

Tim Jenkins

That's going to be

interestingly expensive for them. Nice big fine from the ICO PLUS a fair chunk of the named students reaching for personal injury lawyers, given the kind of intimate situations usually claimed as extenuating circumstances...

(We had one such claim, back in the 90s, where the student stated the University had rendered them unable to complete their coursework owing to us restricting their IT access due to their taste for late-night viewing of inter-species relationship tutorials in the PC labs)

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

Tim Jenkins

Re: Typo? Looks strange

Everyone should read the Rogers Commission appendix by Richard Feynman at the very least:

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled."

https://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/51-l/docs/rogers-commission/Appendix-F.txt

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

Tim Jenkins

Re: If it got interrupted...

"IT staff rarely go near the electrical stuff, it's far too dangerous for that."

As a significant percentage of BOFH plotlines have taught us ; )

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Crapness of WannaCrypt coding offers hope for ransomware victims

Tim Jenkins

Re: Filepaths

I've mentioned previously in these forums my encounter with a senior member of academic staff back in the Win '98 era who kept all his folders within the Waste Basket, because "it's always where I can find it". Which didn't help me at all when I Ghosted a new image onto his PC and then found that said location was specifically excluded from the University backup regime...

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

Tim Jenkins

Yay; no more DRM

"The requirement for companies to remove "electronic protection applied to ... any communications or data" was written into the Investigatory Powers Act last year"

Excellent: that should make all those DVDs so much easier to, uh, 'back up', not to mention the output from my Sky Q box. Oh, and the pesky encryption on the Sports and Movie channels too...

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No laptop ban on Euro flights to US... yet

Tim Jenkins

Re: Pertaining to WTF

That's OK. Neither does he.

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Waiter? There's a mouse in my motherboard and this server is greasy!

Tim Jenkins

Frickin' magnets

Quadriplegic brother-in-laws very expensive powered wheelchair ground to a halt one Christmas Eve. Nightmare wait until after Boxing Day, plus expensive engineer call-out, to diagnose and remove novelty Xmas decoration applied to the mouth controller by doting sister, which was holding open a vital internal relay...

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Web celeb product whores told to put on the red light – or else

Tim Jenkins

What they meant to say was

Teh Interweb I̶n̶s̶t̶a̶g̶r̶a̶m̶ has become a Wild West of d̶i̶s̶g̶u̶i̶s̶e̶d̶ advertising

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

Tim Jenkins

Re: Dangerous

"Industrial vacuum cleaners can be just as lethal, if someone was dumb enough to inspect a blocked intake too closely it could suck the air out of the chest collapsing the lungs."

To be fair, that's not the usual failure mode for human / vacuum cleaner interaction. At least, not for the male portion of humanity...

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'Completely offended' Sheila calls cops over price-gouging ganja dealer

Tim Jenkins

Re: This:

"that's why you breath in deeply and hold it. To capture as much "carbon" as possible. It's all very green."

Not if you're leaking methane from t'other end...

Darn you, lentil-fueled vegan tokers, darn you to heck!

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

Tim Jenkins

Re: I am obviously alone in this.

'Weirding Modules' killed it for me; a major part of the genius of the Dune universe is that FTL travel is possible, but projectile weapons are useless (and lasers worse), so combat is gladiatorial. Giving the rebels guns was such a cop-out...

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'I AM TWEETING TRUTH TO POWER: AND YOU CAN'T STOP MY FACTS, MR PRESIDENT!'

Tim Jenkins

#alternativefacts

Some of them were working on Climate Change mitigation, so now Climate Change isn't happening, they have more time to Tweet...

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Shocked, I tell you. BT to write off £530m over 'improper' Italian accounts practices

Tim Jenkins

Re: A corrupt Italian business

*shrugs*

*orders caffè latte*

*flirts with barista*

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Leaks password, check. Leaks Wi-Fi password, check. Can be spoofed, check. Ding! We have an Internet of S**t winner

Tim Jenkins

Just a thought...

If you don't want to identify the make and model of a flawed IoT device, best not copy and paste the feature list from the manufacturers website. Or was that not an accident?

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Dell to reveal 'micro data centres' for outdoor use

Tim Jenkins

On a related note, it will be interesting to see how well the new vented BT/OpenReach roadside cabs stand up to being buried in snow*, particularly that nice solid stuff studded with rock salt that gets chucked up by ploughs, now they are packed full of FTTC kit...

*assuming we ever have snow again

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ will ship on time, developer claims amid doubts

Tim Jenkins

Oh cr*p, we ARE back in the 80s

A Spectrum being delivered on time? Nah; we'd have a female Tory PM, a socialist Labour leader and the Liberals going nowhere before that happens...

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Australian border cops say they've cracked 'dark net' drug sales

Tim Jenkins

“910 doses of an amphetamine type substance, 380 LSD doses and 72 capsules and 15 grams of MDMA

So about a weeks consumption in a regional nightclub. Phew. I'll bet the citizens of Oz feel safer already...

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

Tim Jenkins

Re: Some important fire safety advice

We are on economy 7 too, and do run the washing machine overnight. Quite agree with you about tumbledriers though; a 3 kilowatt heater full of lint is basically a time-fuse...

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

Tim Jenkins

Re: I miss not having Lewis around to comment on this

I was assuming he's currently paddling a black canoe up the Tigris with a Fairbairn–Sykes in his teeth...

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Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

Tim Jenkins

"...I don’t find this at the school gate, where £100-£150 Fitbit and Garmins rule the roost..."

At our school gates, parents don't wear watches. If they need to know the time, they ask Facebook. If they need to know where they are, they ask Facebook. If they need to know what to think, they ask Facebook. If they need to know their heart rate, they ask, oh, wait, why would they want to know that?

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Apple killed OS X today and binned its $10,000 BlingWatch too

Tim Jenkins

Re: So that's cutting edge design then ?

"the primary function of the jeans, that is keeping... your underwear hidden"

N.B. Does not apply to school-gate mums.

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

Tim Jenkins

Re: standard operating procedures

Uh, what's a 'milk float'?

Actually, being a 60s kid, I know, but my kids wouldn't have a clue: some kind of cocktail, perhaps?

P.S. One entry from the Tesla 'First Responder' guide (https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/firstresponders):

"Warning: Handling a submerged vehicle without appropriate PPE can result in serious injury or death."

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

Tim Jenkins

TANSTAAFL*

*'Launch', of course...

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'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'

Tim Jenkins

Re: Thanks for the migraine

Dennō Senshi Porygon*

*The Pokemon episode in '97 that made hundreds of Japanese kids fall over.

Then the strobing segment was repeated in TV news reports of the incident later that day...

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

Tim Jenkins

Re: Bugger...

Really big stir-fry, while watching the video on a loop?

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Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

Tim Jenkins

"It is not fair the people living in London can enjoy 4G... where in many parts of Wales people can't even get a single bar"

It's also not fair that people living in, I don't know, say Finsbury Park, can enjoy the Royal Opera House, Regents Park Zoo, the Natural History Museum and the Tube, when here in Wales, I can't.

I look forward to a brave new Socialist future where, under the enlighted rule of Comrade Jezza, we all get to host them in turn, just like the nice young SWP chaps in the pub say is our democratic right...

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