* Posts by David McCoy

27 posts • joined 22 Aug 2008

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?

David McCoy

Nothing users do surprises me anymore

Back in the early nineties when the Office of Corrections embraced IT and decided that every Prison Governor would get their own laptop, DOS 6.2, WordPerfect and Quattro Pro* on a basic Compaq with a trackball attached to the side I was often called into the boss's office to explain the finer points of computers eg, how to turn it on. One day he was complaining that he couldn't read files from the "things Spock is always walking around with in Star Trek." Sure enough the disks, a whole 10 pack, proved to be unreadable. While tapping one on my had while trying to think what Moby had done I noticed a slightly roughness on the back of the disk, looking I discovered a hole with a raised edge, turning it over I found a smooth hole on the front. Checking all the disks they had the same hole. I had a sinking feeling at that point, so I asked him a question, Sure enough, El Supremo had been pinning his disks to his cork board at home.

*Moby, why is there a golf sim on your official not to have any unauthorised software government issued laptop? A golf sim? I have no idea how that got on there

Chap joins elite support team, solves what no one else can. Is he invited back? Is he f**k

David McCoy
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Re: not neccessarily very good at brown-nosing...

I find it impossible to love your comment too much. You have summed up my job/life aspirations beautifully.

They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7

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I'm starting to wonder who at Microsoft is on Apple's Christmas card list.

Since w10 came out I have seen a shift away from MS by my clients, who are mainly home users and a few small businesses, to Apple and non-MS Office programs. One small business that had been happily running Win7 boxes that I had built for them years back has just migrated to Apple after the owner's son updated the pc's to win10 (without asking or telling anyone) and a year of continual crashes and other problems.

I have been encouraging other clients to make the move to either Apple or Linux Mint since win10 first reared it's head. With one exception, they have all been happy to make the switch. Often telling me that they wish someone had told them about Mac years ago. The one exception was someone I specifically told he had to stick with windows because of software he ran that was only available in windows format. the other move that has been accelerating for around 5 years has been from desktop or laptop machines to tablets.

Over the last three years I would say my business has moved from 95% Windows, 4% Apple and 1% Linux to 65% Windows, 30% Apple, 2.5% linux, and 2.5% tablet.

Boffins detect antimatter thundering down from Hurricane Patricia

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The Mick of Time got there first.

I think phenomena like this was mentioned in Spider Robinson's Callahan's Key which was published back in 2001

Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen

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Hanna Babera had it covered.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP8NoCcf1LQ

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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The more things change

Ah technology, Soon the old cry of the Totalitarian State "Papers! Now! will be replaced by "Give us yer dabs, Chum"

I expect to see this roll out across the Commonwealth after the next CHOGM.

So glad my grandfather and other family members who fought to preserve the rights of man are long dead.

Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Lifting Body Shuttle?

Because that worked out so well for Col. Steve Austin

Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

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Would you like Windows or Linux as your OS, Why not both?

Since the advent of Vista, I have been offering the choice of OS on systems I build.

Occasionally I get asked to do a dual-boot system, and about 50% of the time I've had it back to wipe the windows partition, and, it must be said, 10 to 15% ask to have linux removed in favour of windows. Usually because they have bought an el-cheapo windows only printer, occasionally because their boss has insisted that their system be Windows, or we can't find a linux equivalent for a windows program that they do need, usually Quickbooks or MYOB.

The pricing of the systems reflect that I can download a copy of, usually, LinuxMint in about 15 minutes and burn it to a dvd and that the setup is far quicker than for Windows.

Windows is still leading the install rate at roughly 80%, because that's what people are used to.

Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

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Re: Human Pilotless Plane? I don't think so, Tim.

I consider that every time I have to have surgery, but I trust my regular surgeon to have the knowledge and experience to do what he considers at the time the best by me. I feel the same way about the people sitting in front of the shiny metal tube that contains me and 200+ fellow meat sacks at 20000 feet. A human will keep trying up until the end. I would trust a human over a computer any day.

David McCoy

Human Pilotless Plane? I don't think so, Tim.

Humans are erratic, prone to error and can break down at any time for any number of reasons, but a human with training and experience can think outside the box, and create solutions where a computerised system will find none.

A human pilot also literally has skin in the game when things go wahoonie-shaped.

A computer has no conciousness, no desire for self-preservation. If the algorithms say,“you're S.O.L pal.', it won't even try to come back with, “think so? Well watch this!”

when they can program a flight system with that attitude, I'll consider getting on a human pilotless aircraft.

BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

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Vintage BOFH

2017 is proving to be a good year for the BOFH.

This may have been his finest ever.

China proposes new world order for cyberspace regulation

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Re: who stirred up amandrommars?

the dried frog pills seem to be working now.

Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Re: HTFU?

I had a client who built a "high spec" gaming system, in a micro ATX box. finding that the honking great graphics card with its three fans and an aluminium heat sink that Scotty could have used to keep the warp core cool was getting fouled on the cables of the hard drive he resolved to move the hard drive forward in the case. He achieved this by taking the hard drive out to his shed, sticking it in a vise, and then drilling four carefully measured, and centre -punched holes via his drill press, straight into the disk chamber. He brought it to me when it mysteriously refused to boot.

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

David McCoy

Re: Fork Handles

I cannot tell you how much I love that.

I'm sure Ronnie B would have liked it

Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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Woody Allen, he's done the role before

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: A final throw of the Minty dice before

I've built 12 Linux Mint systems for clients since Windows 10 reared its head, I've moved another 20 from win 7/8/8.1/10 to it, including my father's win 7 system. I have had 2 hardware issues in that time, both printer related. Everything else just works. They keep on going like the energiser bunny.

A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

David McCoy

Am I the only only thinking of that bit in GC Edmondson's The Man Who Corrupted Earth?

BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Simon obviously has more patience than I do .

if it had been me in his situation the conversation would have ended shortly after

the Health and Safety gremlin uttered the word

"computery"

riiiight

adopt Grytpype-Thynne voice

"neddy, close your eyes and say "ow, my bleeding' head"

thud

roll of carpet, shovel, bags of lime, white van..

Privateers race to capture forgotten NASA space probe using crowdsourced cash

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Re: history repeating itself

isn't that the plot line for "Space Cowboys"?

You put up with CRAPPY iOS 7. You can put up with Obamacare too, says prez

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What about The Poor? Open free clinics. Limit the care, no heart bypasses, no liver or kidney transplants.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

I don't see anywhere in the Declaration of Independence that Thomas Jefferson said, "but only if you're rich"

Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran

David McCoy
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Re: A solar cell factory on the moon...

Upvote for the Moon is A Harsh Mistress reference

'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

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Re: The cost of storing nuclear waste

Just went and looked at the xkcd what if you cited. quite good I thought.

I was particularly taken by the last two sentences;

"But just to be sure, I got in touch with a friend of mine who works at a research reactor, and asked him what he thought would happen to you if you tried to swim in their radiation containment pool.

“In our reactor?” He thought about it for a moment. “You’d die pretty quickly, before reaching the water, from gunshot wounds.” "

Hyperspeed travel looks wrong: Leicester students

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Re: That blooper always annoyed me...

"Too much Heinlein" I think you'll find that is a oxymoron similar to "Too much Mozart"

NASA probe scents crusty bonanza in dark moon bottoms

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@AC1432

Possible contenders, just off the top of my head

Gallaghers Glacier by leigh & Walt Richmond

The Man Who Corrupted Earth by G C Edmondson

at least 4 of RAHs stories including The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

The High Justice short stories of Dr Jerry Pournelle.

And I think Spider Robinson used it in a short story published in Galaxy/Worlds of If magazine back around 1976

Forget the shiny penny, I'll have beer

US mums sue anti-sexting crusader

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Politicians thinking process

"those "naughty" photos we found during our probably illegal confiscation and inspection have aroused me

We must punish these wicked girls and their parents"

"Will no one think of my erection, Ummm I mean election?"

Anatomy of a malware scam

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Brilliant article, well written.

Title says it all really.

I have a computer shop and in the last 4 weeks have had around 1 system a week coming in with this infection. In at least one case the person had paid for the privilege of infecting their system.

holding up against a wall and stoning is too good for the people who perpetuate these sort of scams

Bush makes last-minute grab for civil liberties

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re Now by heystoopid

I agree with you. I have a bet going with an american friend of mine as to whether or not there is going to be a Presidential election come november.

I just hope he and his family have gotten out before then so I'll have a chance to collect.

is it just me or is amanfrommars suddenly making a lot more sense in his posts?

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