* Posts by WonkoTheSane

862 posts • joined 17 Jul 2008

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Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

WonkoTheSane
Holmes

BBC are naming names

They believe the "3rd party supplier" are Ericcson.

Waiter, what's this? SpaceX delivery delayed for a day by moldy food

WonkoTheSane

First stage landing was... damp

It did NOT crash, it just went a little off course and gently landed upright in the water, just a few metres offshore, before toppling slowly over. There was no RUD involved. SpaceX have an intact booster to study.

FYI: NASA has sent a snatch-and-grab spacecraft to an asteroid to seize some rock and send it back to Earth

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: Giant wombats in space?

"Maybe related to "Not the Nine O'clock News" phrase "My wombat is constipated"?"

Actually related to a recent scientific study that revealed exactly how wombats make their crap come out Bennu-shaped.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Smart meters DO save money!

But not for you.

Their sole purpose is to allow energy suppliers to "streamline" their meter reading staff.

Tech sector unites in attempt to avoid Oz's anti-crypto push, again

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

"If you outlaw encryption, only outlaws will use encryption."

Like outlaw banks, outlaw government agencies, etc?

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: Starship

The names of the drone ships are from "The Culture" series of scifi novels by Iain M Banks.

From that source, maybe he should've gone with another Culture name?

"Size Isn't Everything" or "So Much For Subtlety" seem likely candidates.

Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked

WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

Re: Still stuck for me

It just came back up. Had to re-add Office365 into Authy though.

Downside is, I have to do workings now...

WonkoTheSane
FAIL

Still stuck for me

MFA popup refuses to accept my Authy-generated code. "Send me a text" doesn't send a text.

Guess it's going to be another quiet day...

Did you by chance hack OPM back in 2015? Good news, your password probably still works!

WonkoTheSane
Black Helicopters

Tinfoil hat time

First thing I'd do when a database that important gets hacked:-

Check vs backup from before hack - Have more clearances been ADDED than there is paperwork for?

OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

WonkoTheSane

Lloyds Banking Group: We're firing 6,240 to hire 8,240

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: Experience go bye bye

"Oh, and if you want to stay with us, just re-apply for your old job, but as a new employee, all the perks that you have earned with seniority are gone. And that spells savings."

Exactly. This is mostly a "Payroll reset" exercise.

Top AI conference NIPS won't change its name amid growing protest over 'bad taste' acronym

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Others have dodged that bullet...

The Northern Ireland Police Service changed it's name to Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) instead.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

"What does Windows 10 tell us about the organisation at Microsoft?"

It tells us that not enough chairs are being thrown.

Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

WonkoTheSane
Thumb Up

Re: Eproms?

Thanks.

I don't (yet) have an eprom programmer anyway. Learning I can get a pre-loaded OS for £30 is all I needed to know.

WonkoTheSane
Boffin

Eproms?

Can I burn it to eproms to install in my STILL WORKING StrongARM RiscPC?

Decoding the Google Titan, Titan, and Titan M – that last one is the Pixel 3's security chip

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: No lineage?

"The screen is on Pixel 3 is superb*, but practically no better than the latest Samsungs"

The IFixit guys tore a Pixel 3XL down to find that the screen IS from Samsung.

They also say that the standard Pixel 3 uses an LG display.

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: New contractor

"P45" is the UK government standard form used when one is invited to seek alternate employment.

Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

WonkoTheSane
Happy

Re: Wait for it...

Called it!

WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

Wait for it...

I expect ex "Face of NCIX" Linus Sebastian to talk about this on his youtube channel Linus Tech Tips over the weekend.

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: This counts as _not_ going to the Moon

Next time, maybe. This is basically a re-enactment of the Apollo 8 mission.

WonkoTheSane
Alien

Re: B-Ark?

"being the first artist to see the view from space should result in something with historical importance"

It's already been done, by one who has walked on the moon.

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: Machine names

SID? - "Space Intruder Detector" from UFO, as any fule no!

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

WonkoTheSane
Alien

Location! Location! Location!

White Sands missile range to the Southwest, Roswell to the Northeast!

Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill

WonkoTheSane

Not just the speaker. Phones also hide the selfie cam there too.

Google cracks down on dodgy tech support ads

WonkoTheSane

I believe someone of that persuasion has already tweeted something along those lines.

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: For those in the UK...

Sadly, no. Scotland had their bank holiday the FIRST Monday in August, the rest of us have to wait until the LAST one.

Australia's Snooper's Charter: Experts react, and it ain't pretty

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

"Short of a whistle blower you'll never know."

So... They ban the sale of whistles?

Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

WonkoTheSane
Linux

This isn't about messaging at all. It's more like the Linux program "KDEConnect", which displays your phone notifications on your desktop, provided both are connected to the same local network/wifi.

KDEConnect, however, also does things like battery state monitoring, file transfer, using the phone's touchscreen as a trackpad, etc.

For "unified" messaging, look into Pidgin

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

WonkoTheSane
FAIL

It matters to me

Having been converted from a 900m-ish EO (Exchange Only) line, the fibre from the exchange now runs all of 20m to a newly installed cabinet in the exchange car park!

Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: Wrong Type of Leaves

Elfin Safety specify no absolute limit either way, but instead rely on the vagueness of the phrase "During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable."

Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Thirty three BILLION Pounds?

Does this projected cost include the rebate for weighing in all the copper?

HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

IT'S ALIVE!!!

Our connection just this minute (13:45BST) returned to life.

WonkoTheSane
Pint

I'm on the wrong side of this break

My current ElReg access is courtesy of hot-spotting my tablet & phone together.

Sadly, our LAN is fine. We've only really lost email because our corporate overlords like Outlook 365.

Roll on, Beer o'Clock!

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

WonkoTheSane
Alien

Not really Dan Dare territory.

More like Warren Ellis' "Ministry of Space" - It even has a suitable variation on the RAF Roundel for them to use.

BOFH: Guys? Guys? We need blockchain... can you install blockchain?

WonkoTheSane
Pint

I think "shitegeist" just became my word of the week! Have a --->

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

WonkoTheSane

I doubt that entered into BT's considerations when pledging to shift all calls to VOIP by 2025, but you never know...

Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

WonkoTheSane

"Making a call is a tedious process, requiring opening the clamshell to dial the number."

What happened to "OK Google - Call Fred!"

Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

WonkoTheSane

Re: Pop Culture References

@GIRZiM

You shouldn't need to avoid Manchester. Most of it was filmed in Birmingham (Jewellry Quarter & under Spaghetti Junction).

WonkoTheSane
Boffin

Re: Ready Player One

I suspect that when this is released to own, many people will go through it frame-by-frame, to see just how many pop culture references Spielberg managed to squeeze in.

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

WonkoTheSane

SpaceX has a good day: Successful launch and FCC satellite approval

WonkoTheSane
Black Helicopters

There is a question from the tinfoil hat brigade

"Why was the launch stream curtailed at 2nd stage shutdown by NOAA?"

Gone in 60.121 seconds: Your guide to the pricey new gear Nvidia teased at its annual GPU fest

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: I don't know for a fact or even if its happening..

And by "66% of their resellers prices", Eek means Nvidia are selling them for the actual MSRP - the price the cards are SUPPOSED to be!

GoDaddy told off for reeling in punters with 'misleading' prices

WonkoTheSane

It's not the misleading deals that offend

It's when they immediately reserve the domain you just checked for availability on their site, so you can't buy from anyone else.

NASA fungus problem puts theory of 'Martian mushrooms' on toast

WonkoTheSane
Holmes

Re: "...swabs taken..."

So, you're saying the samples were taken using already moldy swabs?

On the other hand, that would be the PERFECT alibi for an actual serial killer!

WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

Re: Suggested title...

Awww!

I was saving that for the next reboot of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers".

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

WonkoTheSane
Alien

There is another option

For several years now, I've looked at the Drake Equation with the thought that it's based on a false premise:-

What if we are the "Galactic Elders" that we've been looking for all this time?

I mean, somebody has to be first to arrive at the party!

Millionaire-backed science fiction church to launch Scientology TV network

WonkoTheSane

Re: Sounds familiar

Not Heinlein, Harlan Ellison.

WonkoTheSane
WTF?

I hope it's a subscription channel

So I can file under NOPE!

Oculus Rift whiffed, VR fanbois miffed

WonkoTheSane

Re: A fix has now been released.

Further to this, Oculus have announced that anyone who used their Rift after Feb 1st will receive $15 (or local equivalent) Oculus store credit.

WonkoTheSane
Boffin

A fix has now been released.

See this link

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