* Posts by Rob Daglish

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

Rob Daglish

Re: It's the way things are going @Bob Rocket

Sorry Bob, the problem _is_ that things aren't designed to be fixed. I attended a course to be certified in repairing a certain brand of printer so I could undertake warranty repairs for the manufacturer. Their rep told us when stripping down a high volume laser printer "don't worry if you snap some of those plastic clips, I rarely manage not to". Now, if their own staff are snapping bits, it suggests someone hasn't thought how these machines are going to get repaired...

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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

Rob Daglish

Re: Whoa - bullshit detect

Always buy the counterfeit "Beats" headphones if you can - the sound reproduction is more natural than the bass heavy originals...

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Vinyl, filofaxes – why not us too, pleads Nokia

Rob Daglish

Brilliant, that would be incredible. Especially if it had a physical switch on the side of the phone to toggle the bridge on and off, I'd be first in line for it.

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Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet

Rob Daglish

We used to get this issue frequently...

When I worked for Cumbria LA,every school bar 6 went off to the net via our 4 proxy servers, so it looked like they were generating large volumes of traffic, and we'd get the CAPTCHA form quite regularly. Usually took a day or two to get sorted.

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Rob Daglish

Re: re: Unless it's the patients using google translate to understand the foreign staff?

Try West Cumbria, AC. We've a great mix of nationalities, skin tones, accents and languages, all with varying levels of English speaking skills. We had a situation last week where my wife took the little one for a checkup as she has a cough, and due to a language mix up, thought the (German) Doctor was giving her antibiotics to placate her, so never bothered filling the prescription. This week, the little one is still unwell, so she went back and saw a different (also foreign, but from Oz) Doctor explained that my 3 month old daughter has a chest infection and needs antibiotics ASAP...

In fact, in my own GP practice, we've got 1 x Australian, 1 x German, 1 x South African, a lovely locum from the Ukraine (who most people will quite happily wait for!) and a blooming Scot!

Personally, I think if they want to come here and look after us, so much the better for us, but given some strong regional accents, it can get confusing at times - I have known people who've had to translate between Glaswegian and Cockney before now!

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

Rob Daglish

Re: BT need to sort out CLI

There are some legitimate 5 digit numbers - certainly here in West Cumbria anyways (01946 and 01900 both have some). Causes all kinds of fun when PABX installers come along and don't configure call routing for 5 digit numbers to the local area code!

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Government calls for ideas on how to splash £400m on fibre

Rob Daglish

Re: Typical government thinking!

Well there's a wrong headed thought. In the public sector, if you have money left over for any reason, you should spend it on something (anything - Scott Adams recommends loo paper, as it's flushable if you need the storage space later on) as if you don't spend your full allocation, you obviously won't need as much in future budgets...

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Yorkshire council hit with prolonged web outage

Rob Daglish

Re: Local Gov Bin Schedules

Yeah, we've got Copeland (Borough Council), which was made up from nowhere, and their neighbour, Allerdale (Borough Council), also a made up name, and the made up Cumbria (County Council)...

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Rob Daglish

Re: Tha's not in't cloud lad...

Thou's frae?

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Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

Rob Daglish

Re: It's the sun

We had something similar with a pair of Canon BubbleJet A3 (called "Billy" and "Benny") printers from the local teacher training college - kept getting sent in as they printed, but nothing appeared on the paper, despite multiple new cartridges. We'd fire them up in the workshop, they'd test fine, but back on site, no good. Turns out that the ink used to separate if it got too warm, and they were baking them gently underneath a window...

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2016 just got a tiny bit longer. Gee, thanks, time lords

Rob Daglish

Re: Manipulating time

Have you been at that Terry Pratchett again? (I'm re-reading Hogfather,and I seem to remember +++Divide By Cucumber Error. Please Reinstall Universe And Reboot +++ is from that isn't it, although I haven't got that far in the book this time round? (ducks under table to avoid incoming flames for getting the book wrong))

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Linus Torvalds releases 'biggest ever' Linux 4.9, then saves Christmas

Rob Daglish

When isn't Linus angry and ranty?

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Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

Rob Daglish

Re: Is this a UK only problem?

Did you miss the bit in the article that says:

" Proximus in Belgium also says a Windows 10 update is breaking network access" ?

Admittedly, it was only one line...

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

Rob Daglish

Re: In the dark ages

Well, if we're talking 4x4, the whole point of JLR kit wasn't how fast it was, it was that it could go basically anywhere, and pull anything while it was doing it (pulling the Land Cruiser round the Camel Trophy late 90s?). Until it became a vanity project and they killed the Defender because of.... something, I forget what ;)

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

Rob Daglish

Pity...

... we'll never see them up here then. We've seen pretty much every other aircraft the RAF (or their partner services) have flown on low flying practice, but if these dont' like rain, they won't be here in winter as it rains too much. Nor SUmmer, as in summer we get warm(er) rain...

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

Rob Daglish

Re: Other OSes exist

In an ideal world, you're totally correct. However, whilst I'm sure that everyone of us sets our own systems up properly, if you've inherited any system, or had a system installed that syncs to your users by anyone other than yourself, I'm prepared to bet that there will be something undocumented waiting to trip you up later on... It might even be something you've done yourself, which, for whatever reason, hasn't been documented and you've forgotten about. I know it shouldn't happen, but the man who makes no mistakes makes nothing...

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2.1Gbps speeds over LTE? That's not a typo, EE's already done it

Rob Daglish

On a different topic...

What the hell is that face supposed to convey? The photographer stood there and said "OK, show me ...." what? Suprise? Incredulity? Lobotomy?

On topic, EE have always been OK coverage wise for me, and I've never had a problem with their customer service. My wife has had terrible experiences with them, on the same contract. YMMV

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

Rob Daglish

Second hand Fire 7 for$20-$30? I bought my Mam one for her birthday brand new from Amazon for a shade over £30, so given the exchange rate, why bother with eBay?

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Sysadmin gets 5 years for slurping contractor payments to employer

Rob Daglish

Re: hmmm...

Christ, that's a bit strong - by all means behead someone, but taking them to Halifax first counts as a cruel and unusual punishment, surely?

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

Rob Daglish

Re: In reality...

I've said for years it would make sense to do this. Scrap VED as a standalone, charge it on fuel and you can't avoid paying for it (unless you're stealing fuel, and if you do that, would you be paying VED anyways?) Everyone pays a share based on how much fuel they use, which will be determined by driving style, engine size, mileage covered, so it's as fair as you can make it.

In an ideal world, I'd scrap car insurance as well and have a blanket scheme paid for by a fuel levy as well, because it would mean you couldn't be uninsured as long as you paid for fuel...

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Lester Haines: RIP

Rob Daglish

Bon Voyage Lester...

...I always enjoyed Lester's articles, he always seemed to be enjoying himself, and I suspect he'll be sorely missed at El Reg. My deepest sympathies to his family at this awful time.

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US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

Rob Daglish

Re: "We'll see how well that goes"

Fax - May 27, 1843 (sorry, electric printing telegraph). Alexander Bain, Scotland,

Scanning phototelegraph, Bidwell, 1881.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

Rob Daglish

Re: I have my summer house at a similar facility

AC, I'll have two of whatever you're smoking. I think

"Historically, the Lake District in its current form was created in the 18th and 19th century"

is a slight overstatement - yes, Thirlmere, Haweswater and Simpson ground were for Manchester, Kentmere was for mills in Kendal, and there are two other reservoirs, but there are over 60 bodies of water that were nothing to do with mankind - or did the 18th/19th century mill owners send steam-punk robots back in time to use glaciers to carve out the lake district for them?

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South Korea to upgrade national stereo defence system for US$16m

Rob Daglish

Re: £16m

Apparently not, they worked for more than three minutes...

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

Rob Daglish

Less 3D please

I've been to the cinema, but not paid to go and see a film on quite a number of occasions now - having planned to go and see a 2D film with friends, it's sold out when we arrive, so they go and see something else in 3D, which I refuse to pay for as I can't see it due to really bad vision in one eye (I end up not seeing 3D and having a really bad head afterwards, so I avoid it now). There is also a tendency in our local cinema to only show some films in 3D, so I just wait for a DVD to come out. YMMV.

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BT hauled into Old Bailey after engineer's 7-metre fall broke both his ankles

Rob Daglish

More info needed

I appreciate it's sub-judice for the time being, but I hope el Reg are going to follow this up? At the moment, it really does feel like we don't know the full story, especially why he was on a roof seemingly without adequate equipment?

From the linked story, the guy was working at a flat on St Stephen's Road, Bow - a quick look on Google Maps suggests I wouldn't be keen on being on top of any of those buildings...

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

Rob Daglish

Re: Freedom

There is a BBC Law In Action program regarding this debate, based on the case of a bakery in Northern Ireland who refused to bake a cake because the customer wanted it to promote gay marriage - the shop refused to make it, the customer claimed it was because he was gay, the shop said they didn't know that and only refused as it was against their christian beliefs to promote gay marriage, and it's all gotten a bit political. It's worth a listen, but if you're not in Blightly I don't know how you'd manage that ;)

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

Rob Daglish

No IT Angle.

That's why it's in "Bootnotes" - are you new here?

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UK Home Office seeks secret settlements over unlawful DNA retention

Rob Daglish

Re: whats wrong with retaining DNA data?

Yes, that's the scientific method. Police method is one of the following:

1) Look for something to prove what we've already decided. Ignore anything else.

2) Find a likely suspect, beat them round the head until they confess to whatever you want.

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Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally

Rob Daglish

It's not adaptive brightness...

...it's a change in the colour temperature (brightness makes no odds in this case), reducing the amount of blue light in the colours. I have a pair of glasses that do this all day, and a pair of Zeiss digital lenses for when I'm not at a computer, it's suprising what a difference it makes using them. But I have a proper optician...

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I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

Rob Daglish

Didn't Look, was shown...

...the videos a mate had taken of his missis after I sorted some viruses on his PC. Mind you, about 8 other people got shown the videos that day. I still can't play pool...

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DARPA to geeks: Weaponize your toasters … for America!

Rob Daglish

Too Late...

The toaster has already been weaponized:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxYeHNoa8XU

Is it nearly Christmas yet?

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

Rob Daglish

I would normally say "station" on it's own, not "railway station" or "train station", but I guess I'd be thinking "railway station". That said, why is a "bus station" not a "road station" then?

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Intravenous hangover clinics don't work, could land you in hospital

Rob Daglish

Re: Not quite

My tap water might be clean, and arguably healthy, but it tastes disgusting - way too chemically for me. It's OK with fruit cordial in, but on it's own, no thanks, pass the San Pellegrino, even if it does cost more!

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

Rob Daglish

There is nothing sensitive about the boil on the arse of the world that is Barrow-In-Furness, trust me. (For anyone who hasn't been, imagine the worst place in the world you can think of, and then imagine you're there and being rained on, in a force 10 gale, while being whipped with a wet fish. This is, somehow, still nicer than a day in Barrow.)

Joking aside, x 7, my late father-in-law told me of a colleague of his who taught chemistry at a Barrow school: he needed to "get rid" of some surplus chemicals, namely sodium and potassium. For a bit of a lark, he put varying amounts of each into metal tins (imagine the sort of tin golden syrup comes in), punched a hole in the top and bottom of the tin, and then dropped them into the Buccleuch Dock opposite the school (StreetView - https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@54.108485,-3.2283646,3a,75y,145.42h,102.19t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sxq_BobTs8ql6ORRKmYjFYg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1) might explain why Plod took a dim view and asked some searching questions...

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Between you, EE and the lamppost ... this UK cell network is knackered

Rob Daglish

Oooh! I noticed a problem this morning...

For once, I appear to be in the "small number of customers".

Mind you, I've noticed a pattern when there is a mobile outage: when it's O2, everyone complains O2 are terrible. When it's 3, everyone complains 3 are terrible. When it's EE, everyone complains EE are terrible. When Vodafone is out, everyone complains Vodafone is terrible.

I'm left to conclude we have no decent mobile phone service providers in the UK.

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Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

Rob Daglish
Mushroom

But what if...

Morgan suggests that you start by finding the radio so you can contact air traffic control and say “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! This is Delta 1603. Both pilots are unconscious and I am a passenger flying the aircraft.”

But what if I'm not on Delta 1603, won't this just confuse ATC?

Sheesh, 99 comments in, and no one has bothered to ask this simple question. I'm starting to wonder about some of you guys...

How my Flight Sim landings normally end ----->

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

Rob Daglish

So length wise...

...30CM is about a foot in old money? Or the length of a Subway? It seems much bigger than that against Katarina, or is she unbeliveably tiny?

In any case, this Gatsby looks much nicer than a Subway!

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

Rob Daglish

Re: Not directly a computer problem but

I had a similar thing with disappearing emails - we'd had lots of problems with NHS identity service for one particular user, who'd had multiple PCs, keyboards, smart cards etc to try and solve it, I eventually got sent out as the local field engineer to do some digging and get it going, which eventually I did. As I was wrapping up and asking her to check that everything worked OK, she asked if I had any idea why her email had started disappearing since she'd been given the new PC. I did some quick digging, couldn't see anything in Deleted Items, so settling down for a look on the Exchange servers, I asked when it was happening: "oh, it's stuff that comes in last thing in the afternoon usually - if I don't get it done that night, it isn't there in the morning". At that point, I twigged that the email wasn't disappearing, it's just Outlook 2010 moving it from "Today" (which was expanded) to "Yesterday" (which wasn't). Explained it nicely, user happy and not embarrassed, good day all round.

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Rob Daglish

Re: I love these stories, it shows what a nasty, immature disfunctional bunch we are.

I remember when we first gave PCs to our County Councillors - at the end of a council meeting, we had a pile of PCs in boxes (Acer 486/DX2 66s), 15" CRT monitors in bigger boxes, and some little Canon BJ-200 printers in little boxes.

"Please take one of each box" we told them, and then we'll come and set them up in your houses for you. For the majority, this worked reasonably well, except for the ones who took three monitors, (presumably bigger box=more powerful?) or one who took three printers as "they didn't have a lot of room for a computer".

Some years later, we did a second roll out, and we took the new kit with us to avoid the cleanups we'd had to do first time round. Again, this worked reasonably well, except for one guy who was very difficult to get an appointment made with, until he asked if we couldn't do it while he was out. Guess which councillor had specified that we could only install kit if the councillor was on site while we did it...

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

Rob Daglish

Re: Really?

Brings a whole new horror to surviving a plane crash, waking up to find you've landed in Teletubby land...

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

Rob Daglish

Re: Also Parent and Child bays

Clue: P&C bays aren't about your legs not working. It's about having room to open the car door wide enough to be able to put the kids into their car seats without me having to mash your car door to do it.

I do realise they are provided as a courtesy, but they do make life a lot easier, especially as there seems to be some rule that says you need X car parking spaces for every square foot of floor space, but no rule that says the spaces have to be big enough to take anything larger than a Smart Car...

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

Rob Daglish

Not continuous, but...

We've got a large client who are gradually moving away from their 14ish year old IBM M52/55 fleet running XP to some new HP EliteDesk 800s. Running W8.1. :(

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Trustworthy x86 laptops? There is a way, says system-level security ace

Rob Daglish

I remember trying to scan a ten pound note into photoshop a few years ago - I seem to recall it came out with a purple transparency over it. I was in a printing company, using Apple Macs, and needed to test that one of their new multifunction machines could scan to the mac over the network, as the MFP installer would only connect it to a Windows system - I seem to remember that I got the same result doing a straight copy on the MFP as well.

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The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

Rob Daglish

Re: This happened not three weeks ago

Glad I, not the only one to prescribe solitaire to new users!

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Rob Daglish

Re: Keyboards

Had a user whose ir mouse didn't work on a new pc. Swapped it with another users mouse, and the dodgy one worked fine, but the borrowed one showed the same issue. Reinstalled windows just to be sure it wasn't a screwed install, and then got asked to replace the pc - eventually, we figured the boss whose mouse it was had a sheet of glass on the top of his office desk, which was otherwise identical to the others. One mouse mat later, sorted! Seems like the glass interfered with the reflection enough that the mouse couldn't work out what it was doing.

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Rob Daglish

Re: My favorite floppy story...

My personal favourite for AOL cds, hanging behind white christmas lights outside a friend's house, so they reflected the lights, and you got some lovely rainbow effects as the wind blew...

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Cisco forgot to install two LEDs in routers

Rob Daglish

Re: "looking at the device for confirmation that it's working"

Doubt it. I started working on C801/803 ISDN routers in 1999, and they were most definitely Cisco boxes - proper IOS and everything - I'm still running an 897 at home, which was especially nice when TalkTalk wrote to me to tell me that they couldn't scan my router for security issues as they couldn't connect to it...

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

Rob Daglish

Re: opps - Nope, Risk = Impact X Likelihood

I suspect for my friends whose houses were underwater, it doesn't matter if the defences "did not fail" or were "overwhelmed in a few areas" - when you've got to move out while repairs are made when there was something there to prevent that happening, then that something failed!

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Is ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? Well, yes, but …

Rob Daglish

Are there different levels of XPE?

Because I've used Point of Sale and some Carl zeiss meditec equipment running XP Embedded which had "shell, file browsing, control panel, start menu, address bar, etc."

One of the meditec had the default shell changed, but the other you'd have been hard pressed to tell it wasn't desktop XP

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