* Posts by J.G.Harston

1647 posts • joined 4 Mar 2009

Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs

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Just a point of pedanty: Sheffield Hallam is *NOT* student-heavy, that's Sheffield Central next door.

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Until I lost it, on my previous phone I used Barwick Green. Then, one evening I was in the audience for Any Questions....

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Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Re: Thing of the past, thank god! -users just do not get why you need to limit their mail to 2Gb

And why on earth store it *in* *your* *mailbox*???? Extract it and store the file as a file in the file space for files.

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Me too. I'd forgotten they went through Blue Yonder. Weren't they NTL at one point?

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

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My ISP was going out of buisness and turned off my service. Argh! I screamed - all my (recent) email is on there! Ok, we'll turn it back on for a couple of hours. Logged in and fetched all my email locally. Phew.

Set up new account on another ISP. Configured my email client. Connected to the new ISP and the email client promptly sync'd my local files with the empty account on the new ISP. ARGGGGGGHHHH!!!!!

On my PC I still have a big directory on the current drive containing files made up from every allocation cluster on the old drive after I imaged it and extracted all the contents, which I go through from time to time. I still have a gap of about a week in my email archive that I haven't found yet.

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Re: Try uninstalling a video game...

Not quite, but TEMP=C:\DOS

Then install something that tidies up the TEMP directory on exit.....

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A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

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Wouldn't you have to legislate to ban people from chosing not to use Solid?

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Hot water...

15A x 120v is 1800W. Here in Blightly we get 13A x 240v = 3120W, almost twice your "plenty to spare".

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The only time I've used my phone for navigation while walking was to check what time it was so I could work out which direction was north.

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Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: MOSFETs and clean rooms

I once had to recover a DOS/Win system where some bright spark had set TEMP=C:\DOS

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Re: MOSFETs and clean rooms

Part of that is idiots who use *your* intray as *their* pending tray, and then they wonder why their work has vanished. Ditto morons who *store* things in *rubbish* bags. It's in a *RUBBISH* bag, so it got put in the *RUBBISH* bin! WHAT. DID. YOU. EXPECT?????

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A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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Re: Anyone got...

Something like:

Business for sale for 100K.

I borrow 100K from the bank and use it to buy the business.

The business then borrows 100K and uses it to pay me 100K which I use to pay the loan I obtained to buy the business.

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I knew Maplin was on the way out around 2005 when I went into my local store to buy some 40pin IDC box headers for an drive interface I was building - and not only did the staff respond in puzzled bemuzement, it didn't even exist in the catalog. I then asked a work colleague with a credit card to order me the bits I needed from Farnell.

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Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

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Re: Bread

The story made me immediately think of this.

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Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

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Re: Dangerous

That's why they're moving to emails within nhs.net, so they're never seen or processed by the outside world. Any flaws in the email process are then entirely internal.

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: "Become a royal Navy Engineer" advert

Well somebody should sue, as they advetise the opportunity to become a technician, not an engineer.

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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"This includes simplified access to .GOV websites"

Why should the UK government introduce ID cards just so we can use US government websites?

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Re: So now your going to upset the Indians and the Hippies?

First Nations and Persons Of Restricted Hygiene.

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So, what verb should I use for the action that occurs when the interupt line changes state and the processor redirects execution away from the mainline code?

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Re: Hold on a moment...

Main/Subsidiary? Then PCBs can still be labelled M and S.

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Re: Blackboards???

If the thing you write on is now to be called by the thing you use to write on it, then that forces us to have markerboards, inksheets and stylusboards.

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UK.gov's no-deal plans leave HMRC customs, VAT systems scrambling to keep up

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VAT: Wasn't it announced last month that all import VAT would be subsumed into normal annual VAT returns, regardless of source of import, regardless of a deal or no deal.

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Nope, the NSA isn't sitting in front of a supercomputer hooked up to a terrorist’s hard drive

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Orac was meant to be fiction, not a blueprint.

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Software dev-turned-councillor launches rubbish* chatbot

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Re: Oh great

- What's the postcode?

+ Doesn't have one, it's "un-named road", 150m from the junction with "un-named road" that runs between the Bxxx and the Byyyy". Grid reference NZxxxx xxxx.

- I don't recognise that postcode.

I had an almost identical conversation with the polis trying to direct them to a car smash at the top of the moors 15 miles from the nearest phone signal.

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Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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Kafka-eqsue

...but the other way around.

There are two fundamental items of information any defendant requires to defend themselves from a legal charge - what am I charged with, and ***WHO*** is charging me.

There are arguments for and against as to whether the public should have access to this information before, during, or after a trail, but *within* a trial it is fundamental.

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Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world

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Re: This Train Wreck is getting interesting

Why would we put tarrifs on things we want to buy?

That is how tarrifs work, you know. The importing country's government forces importing consumers to pay more than they otherwise would.

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US Democrats call in Feds: There's something phishy going on with our voter database

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Re: "This fake website was spam-vertised using bogus emails"

Sorry, but I *would* expect users to notice that the URL was not votebuilder.michigan.democrat.org (or whatever) and at corporate level users should be expected to notice that the URL was not wotsit.mycompanyurl and governmental users should be expected to notice that the URL was not foobar.subsection.gov.uk exactly as I have the responsibility to check that the URL for my party's database is not thingy.myparty.org.uk.

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Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

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Re: The BBC had its chance

The Beeb campaigned for set-top boxes to *not* have a card slot specifically to impede the path to the BBC becoming a subscription service.

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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Re: "if you ever had to move [...] airport to a new location "..

One of my nephews* moved Hong Kong airport overnight.

*not on his own - took about 2000 peeps IIRC. Lovely bit of overtime.

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When they said they were using their standby manual whiteboard display boards, I pictured something like this - like the big display board you see in WW2 RAF movies with WAAFs scurrying up and down ladders. Not a poxy conference room flip chart.

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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This like getting on a 24-hr flight to New Zealand, and somewhere above the Indian Ocean deciding that now is a good time to look for a hotel to stay in.

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Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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I had a provider send their "we're dropping this service" email to the ancient dail-up address that they had terminated when they transfered me to non-dial-up.

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Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level

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Re: Good luck to em

They are two different courses because they are two different things. One is how to drive a car, the other is automotive engineering. If you signed up for automotive engineering and spent the whole time being taught how to drive, how pissed off would you be?

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Re: Look like the back of a bus

Dara Ó Briain in a one-piece? hooo hooo hooo.

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Re: I was thinking similar thoughts

Computer science is not about programming. One of the most famous computer scientists said "Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes", and barely ever touched a computer.

So so true, and I wish I had known that 30 years ago when picking my degree course. I spent three years wondering "when are we going to do, you know, some *actual* computing?" Not realising that I *was* doing "computing", I just wasn't doing what I should have called it, programming/software development/engineering. It didn't help that actual programming/software development/egineering courses were (and still are) called "electrical engineering" !!!!! Yer wot??? I want to be designing code and programming computers, not wiring up houses.

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I bash my head on the desk in dispair as almost every commentator on here completely confuses and mixes up IT (how to drive a car), IT Admin (how to check the oil in a car) and programming/development (automotive engineering). No wonder kids are put off a software engineering career if they are given work experience plugging cables into patch bays. "Oh, but it's all computers, innit". Yes, and *THAT* attitude is the problem. Hey, our kid's interesting in "cars", let's get him a summer job delivering fruit & veg.

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Re: Fundamentals of IT

Essentially, what you have said is a week as a delivery driver put him off automotive engineering. No wonder he was put off.

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Just mandate that all equipment has an IEC power socket. Works well enough for all the rest of my electrical equipment.

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Re: get out quick

I was rewiring my brother ex-council house 20 years ago. Pulled the "downstairs lights" fuse and the stair lights go out. Ok, sorted, that's the right fuse. Start working on the electrics - bang! After a sit down and a cuppa, investigation turns out that the stairs lights - one light at bottom, one at the top, switch at the bottom, switch at the top - somebody had decided that naturally, that had to be wired to both the downstairs fuse *and* the *upstairs* fuse.

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Don't you remember last week's On Call? You have to talk softly to the printer and give it a hug.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Ah yes, The Mail already has permission to print Snowden's "Charles, Diana and William", so I can take a copy and print it myself!

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UK.gov to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin

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The reasons for this are varied...

Most IT people have penises, and in our society anybody with a penis who wants to work around children is a kiddie fiddler?

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Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

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Only a third?

Ha!

Just a couple of days ago I was called by my neighbour who works for the council from home. "I can't find the file I saved earlier!"

- Ok, go through what you did to save it.

+ Opens email, opens document in email, modifies document, selects Save, dialogue opens to Temporary Internet Files.

- Ok, when did you save it?

+ Yesterday

- You see that name "Temporary", that means "temporary" as in not permanant, as in everything gets deleted in there from time to time, usually when you log off. You shouldn't save things there, you should be saving in My Documents or somewhere. Here, do that again and here, click there and there to save in your Documents.

a bit of practise, and time passes...

+ So how do I find that file then?

- Go to your Documents, how do you do that on here? Try that Start button, ok there: 'Documents'.

+ But where is it?

- Well, that's just the first ten entries, they're all directories, try scrolling down to find the files, scroll down, no down, no, click there and, no! not there, scroll, see that thing there, it's called a scroll bar, scroll it by, no! stop!, let me!, like this!

Scrolls on forever, more than 500+ files in Documents.

- You really should organise things in subdirectories.

+ Oh, that's too difficult

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: I can see where this will lead

When I first read Asimov I pictured R. Daneel as "mediterranean" complexion - "dark haired and with bronzed skin" I think he is described as.

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: what the fuck does PC LOAD LETTER mean?

P(aper) C(arrier is empty of the expected letter sized paper,) LOAD (the carrier with) LETTER (sized paper).

Printer has A4 paper, document or printer driver has been laid out to print on Letter paper.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Re: The problem

It's not phonetics that's the problem, it's phonics.

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Re: "... misplaced apostrophe's, ..."

Agh! And subject-verb-counting mismatches. So.... hard... to... read... without screaming!

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'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

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6580?

So, an 80-bit 6502?

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Beam me up, UK.gov: 'Extra-terrestrial markup language' booted off G-Cloud

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A51 Technologies

So, just outside Chester?

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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I was once asked for directions to the Lap Latta club. It took several goes before I realised they were looking for the La Plata club behind me.

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