Re: Gah. Users.
@Lilolefrostback - and with that I now have the Galaxy Song stuck in my brain (again) - especially the last line...
1936 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008
And the article doesn't even have the best (or rather worst) part - on mobile they decided that a background in a shade of bruise purple would be just the thing to top everything off.
So basically they've taken a logo that they were worried about people cocking up the implementation of, and more or less pre-cocked it up for them.
Absolutely awful. You've had your fun, now can we have the old logo back please?
It's a rare and happy day when we take something emitted by Microsoft that we're told is busted and find it works a treat.
You kinda get the feeling someone in Microsoft has got their parity bit flipped, or at least has a reversed understanding of what "working" means compared to the rest of us.
Either that or this really is an alternative reality mirror universe? If so do we have to grow a hipster goatie like Mr Spock?
Verily, I am the literary equivalent of an embarrassing robotic vibrator.
Well you've always referred to yourself as a "a freelance technology tart", so what'd you expect?
Not to say that it wouldn't be a great line to have on your business card, somewhat like the "consultant nymphomaniac" ones that a female friend of mine occasionally used to use when she was feeling wicked...
...and scientists theorise that smaller objects have settled in the valley, or "neck", where the lobes meet, giving a brighter appearance
Nah, my money's on an interstellar scarf. Just wait for the further images when a giant carrot and a few large lumps of coal are found on the surface.
We've had rubber ducks and now a seasonal(ish) snowmen. Nice to see that nature really does have a sense of humour. Top boffinry all round though!
It's one of the first things you learn at uni when you go into post-grad education (and for the advanced player even undergrad education).
Forget professors and lecturers - if you get on the good side of secretaries, security, storesmen and technicians (including syshacks) you can get absolutely anything done and in an amazingly short time.
The best lesson I ever learned in education, one that's served me very well in my real life pretending to be gainfully employed (well I pretend to work and they pretend to pay me, so it balances!).
Editted to add - I see I wasn't the only one to learn that lesson. Nice one big_D!
So brush up on your CHR, DEX and INT*. Syspaladin or open-sorcerer, Lawful Good or Chaotic Evil, you too could solve those office disputes with a simple cast of a 20-sided die. ®
* Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence... Sigh. Sadly, we didn't have to look this up. Other fantasy games can be played with a D20. Not sold separately. Ahem. [Reg dork-desk]
Umm, isn't CHR charisma, not strength? Probably more appropriate in the circumstances I guess though, at least unless things get less than diplomatic.
The D20 has always been a useful solution for such things, either by rolling as this time or if all else fails as a projectile weapon...
Or you could always just follow the link in the article to the mentioned thread and the details therein?
Anyway, to save the time:
(the key is all one line, but el Reg's board is too thin due to having so many ads down the sides)
Ah yes the memories of EcoNet come flooding back, the joys of A-level comp-sci in the 80s...
My teacher foolishly let me borrow a copy of the manual, at which point I of course duly wrote my own versions of all the priviledged commands which worked surprisingly well. I think it may have been a rite of passage thing anyway towards earning system privs, which I ended up with later on (the project I was working on conveniently needed them).
That said when I did get such privs of course the first thing at least two of my peers (who hated one another) asked was for me to give them the password of the other one (so that they could "have some fun" with the content of the accounts). So I of course duly obliged, by swapping the passwords over so they each had the password of the others account but no longer of their own. To say the resulting Mexican stand-off was quite interesting when they realised they'd got just what they asked for, but not what they actually wanted.
Even the teacher enjoyed that one, with a stern wagging of finger at me before promptly cracking up laughing and complimenting me on an interesting way of coping with the request and dealing with the two of them.
Likewise, a little while back. Albeit on only one of my landline phones - an old wired one which is kept in service for exactly that purpose.
All of the other ones (DECT cordless jobs) were of course absolutely dead as the power cut had taken out the base station so no transmission to them, and of course the phone designers (BT, or at least the phones were branded as such) hadn't thought to include a back-up battery or capacitor cell in the base station for such eventualities.
Given that those DECT phones seem to be about all that many retailers sell these days, one has to wonder in the case of such events how many people are actually effectively cut off from landline phones as well. Not that it matters so much in this age of mobiles I guess, but it's certainly a though.
You forget these are Microsoft minutes of which they quote...
We have learned from copying and downloading times in File Explorer and Internet Explorer that they bear very little resemblance to real-world minutes in duration, and are best thought of as measured on a rubber wristwatch...
The one we used to do on "left unlocked" machines was to make up faked contact versions of various higher-up people in the company (using their address-book name but a bad email address), and then send nasty/dodgy/embarassing email to them from the machine, with a cc to the users email address. And of course deleting the contacts afterwards, plus the bounce messages from the fake addresses.
So when they came back, they found a message in their inbox that they'd apparently sent to various managers/board members/anyone we felt like and duly of course panicked. It went on for a surprising length of time, both for people not learning to lock their machines but also not hearing about it being done.
Most companies that do use Windows 10 are probably rather more picky about if/when they do update stuff, so that the unfortunate public can act as the canaries for all of this.
For example I'm typing this on my company PC, which has a fairly much uneventful Win10 config, albeit the 1703 build rather than anything too cutting edge. I doubt our corporate IT group are unusual in such caution.
Aside from the public users (of which I'm also one at home, although I don't rush to update there either) it's the small business users I feel especially sorry for. Those not large enough to be able to be so choosy about what, when and how they run, but in real financial danger if it does go tits-up.
Shirley wouldn't it be Donim, Sue ?
Anyway given the modern propensity for people to give their kids name variants that just makes them look either dyslexic, illiterate or just plain stupid (or all three - my kids have classmates such as Aymie and Joolee for examples) you do have to wonder if it's quite as obvious as it might be...
Apollo 7 was so successful (despite a slightly poorly and stroppy crew)
Come on, given what happened to the previous crewed trials on Apollo (the Apollo 1 fire) you have to give them serious credit for having the balls to set foot in the thing at all. I think a little slack should be cut for them there, especially given they probably also knew NASA wouldn't put their top astronauts on such a test...
Plus is was also the first use of the Saturn 1B rocket as well of course as being the first Apollo mission to actually go into space, both just to make things even more interesting...
Brings to mind a story I heard regarding a new security guard at a semiconductor fab, who thought it would be a good idea to also patrol the cleanroom. Unfortunately no-one had told him of the requirements for bunny suits etc, and so he just casually strolled in wearing his normal uniform and apparently even with a cup of coffee in hand.
Still at least this cleaner story didn't involve the usual suspect of nylon tights, or indeed other garments worn around the same region...
Have to say that whole area is very good for a short (or indeed not-so-short) holiday for people interested in heritage industry and that sort of thing.
Not just the whole Ironbridge area (there's a lot more than just the bridge - Enginuity plus several interesting museums all available on one ticket price), but Blist's Hill and of course now this as well.
A few years back we did a week in the area, and it was very enjoyable and fascinating (and I'm not sure we saw everything even then). Would certainly recommend it, a very good time indeed.
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