* Posts by Scott 26

113 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009


Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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09:50am is a bit early for beer o'clock, even in MiddleEarth

Couldn't even get through to premier support (via phone) to log a ticket....

Updated our internal ticket with words to the effect of "world+dog ringing MS, I think they know they have a problem"

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: why won't El Reg ever write an article about why major sites still have Google Analytics on them

>I went to do our equiv of that here,

>and the gubbermint site uses

>(and reccomends) a thing called "Poli".

I was on the NZTA site last night and saw that POLi link - I ignored it and paid by CC.

Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year

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> Still, cool though. Which clearly separates it from the dull-but-worthy laptops,

> the terrible boxing kits, the mold-inducing clothes rack, and the immoral

> vagina-simulator.

Given the device in question is "for her", shouldn't that last bit be "and the immoral vagina-stimulator."

Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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Black Helicopters

South Park's latest episode (aired last night, NZT) is based around a workplace accident at Amazon....


Baroness Trumpington, former Bletchley Park clerk, dies aged 96

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HIGNFY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ollDxiMIejI

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: Where's Rutherford?

>Where's Rutherford?

>Admittedly he was born in Kiwiland but the father of nuclear physics? How cool a title is that?

upvoted, but he is already on our one hundy kiwi peso note.

Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Best of luck, Simon.

You probably don't remember, but one vBeers prior to a Sydney vForum many years ago we met.

Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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Re: Staff don’t care about access to the computers

> "Simple", he answered. "Wheelbarrows".

The one I heard was an old man riding a bicycle for years through Checkpoint Charlie.

Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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>Years to come those apart from Darwin, Newton and perhaps Hawking -

>all those other scientists buried at Westminster are only footnotes whereas

>a Hawking Holiday would make him rather immortal.

Rutherford a fucking footnote?!???!?!?!?

Magic Leap bounds into SF's Games Developer Conference and... disappears

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Re: Weta Workshop

Came here to post that....

RNZ article: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/352809/weta-expands-into-gaming-sector

You'd think they wouldn't be suckers for vapourware.... but whatdoyaknow?

Mayors of America demand net neutrality protections… again

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Re: I look forward to Verizon's next-year offering,

It suspiciously looks like you have written these things before

Contain yourself – literally. You can't avoid Docker, K8s for long

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ObBlackAdder quote

>James Watt didn't invent the steam engine,

>he just improved upon the machine invented by Newcomen

>and also did a good job with the publicity.

Opens newspaper to situation vacant section.

"I see James Watt has invented a moving kettle and wants help with the marketing"

RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

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If we have it installed today, can we keep using it? (Android version).

Going to be hard to go back to google's version of swype :(

You're decorating it wrong: Apple HomePod gives wood ring of death

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Re: Apple home furnishings range.

>In common with other Apple products that have an 'i' prefix,

>maybe they could use a name such as iKea for the range.

I think NZ's alpine parrot might take issue (iSsue?) with that....

MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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This Kiwi enjoyed the American accents pronouncing "Falcon Heavy"

FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

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Re: Too much Daily Mail for my liking

"CYFS" - I take it you are a Kiwi, or at least are in Kiwiland

OK, who had 'Montana' in the net neutrality state pool? Congratulations

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Re: Montana is an interesting state...

upvoting you as a proxy to upvoting the State of Montana

YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties

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Re: Subscribers

@msknight - giving you an upvote to encourage more comments like this from you

Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook

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Same thing happens in NZ too... http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11681182

You're designing an internet fridge. Should you go for fat HTML or a Qt-pie for your UI?

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Smart Fridges

Came here hoping for a SV reference... was disappointed

(So I'll make the reference myself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A48AJ_5nWsc)

Fines for crossing roads while TXTing enacted in Honolulu

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(check the alt text)

Neutron stars shower gold on universe in big bang, felt on Earth as 100-second grav wave

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the cybermen won't like it.....

BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Re: "Yes. I'm the decoy," I say, as the sound of a heavily loaded shredder...

A more Kiwi version: https://www.facebook.com/nostalgickiwi/videos/1028625353852252/

Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

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Re: Signed

No longer a resident, nor a citizen, but shared the video to Social Media (tm) for my UK friends

Puppet plays puppet master, gobbles up automation firm Distelli

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Re: Master of Puppets

Came here for the 'tallica.... was disappointed until the comments

Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

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Re: Making light of tragedy

You forgot: Man with 50 rabbits up his bum - Warren

New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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>>whale oil beef hooked

good idea - render down Cameron Slater

(hmmm, no 'fat blubber' icon)

New Zealand puts the bite on Apple over taxes

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Not defending Apple....

... but how much tax does Fonterra (NZ's largest company) pay in China (its largest market)?

UK's National Cyber Security Centre bungles simple Twitter Rickroll

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Re: Obligatory xkcd reference...

ObReference? it's in the damn article!

Cold callers illegally sold Aussie farmers 1,700 years worth of printer ink

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Re: This just reinforces the stereotype

@stoneshop: Almost want to create another account here so I can upvote you twice.

ZTE-gads! Chinese giant fined $900m by Uncle Sam for Iran trade deals

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Re: وای نه. ما واقعا به دنبال به جلو به که روتر

Google suggests it should be: وای نه. ما واقعا به دنبال به جلو به یک روتر

"a" router, not "that" router....

ahhh, what an age we live in :)

Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

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That word you keep using, I don't think you know what it means.....

"Berners-Lee makes a series of arguments for why EME should be approved: including that having a standard allows for greater inoperability; and that it enables the data provided by content use to be limited, improving online privacy."


Shirley you mean "interoperability"

(or maybe he does mean what he says.... and he wants things to be not working)

Move over, Bernie Ecclestone. Scientists unearth Earth's oldest fossil yet: 4bn years old

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lucky it's not blue

... otherwise it could be the Protomolecule

Furby Rickroll demo: What fresh hell is this?

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Re: Or for those of a certain era....

Jerzy wants to finger your entrails.......

have an upvote for the TYO reference.

Pirates, pirates, whatchu gonna do? Advertisers cop a visit from PIPCU

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So using an ad blocker is actually fighting crime????

Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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ObXKCD, errr, I mean.... ObAbstruseGoose: http://abstrusegoose.com/262

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

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Re: Push back and automate

When I was doing my OE (a decade and a half ago) in London (when I first discovered el Reg!) we had the [7 of surname][first initial]

Nicola Burfoot would happily ring the helpdesk with "Hi, Burfoon here...."

Gerry Grimshaw (an woman approaching retirement age) was less impressed.

Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Black Helicopters

Are you surprised....?

London has more CCTVs per unit area than anywhere else, so conclusion: you Brits love being spied on, therefore it was only a matter of time.... :(

Geo-boffins say 'quake lifted bits of New Zealand by 8 metres, moved at 3km/second

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Low casualties ....

A lot to do it was the timing: 12:02am (local).

Woke the wife and I up, and we just thought "Another earthquake. Meh", and then it kept going and we dashed to the doorway.

A truckie was missed post-quake and the fear was he was under a slip, turns out he was in a comms dead-spot INBETWEEN two slips....

Worse for Wellington where I am, were the floods on the Tuesday - they shut down more of the capital's infrastructure (all roads and rail into or out of the city were unusable) than the 'quake. That said, we have a HEAP of buildings that will be now pulled down before they fall down, and some of them are relatively new (ie post-Christchurch). Questions are being asked of the engineers who signed off on them.

I posted to FB a few days after the EQ and these types of videos and data were coming out "I hope there is an upsurge in interest in Geology as a subject/career choice."

Some very cool (if scary) science in all this.

TfL to track Tube users in stations by their MAC addresses

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Have WiFi turned on as you enter the Tube station, and then turn it off in the middle of your journey - enough people do this and it'll look like commuters have simply disappeared into the rail network somewhere.....

NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

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Paris Hilton

A colleague did something similar, but only to 3,000 external email addresses (from a .govt.nz address), but he had the added bonus of instead of "test", he typed "testes"

damn, no ball icon.

DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

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No irony at all...

... at an article about a DDOS attack that has twitter affected, with a twitter screenshot in it....

VMware's secret security plan revealed

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Re: I think this could be a very good thing

@Doug Some kind of "mapping mode", would go a long way to help you learn an undocumented environment. I likey.

First Wi-Fi box ever is chosen as Australia's best contribution to global history

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Whatever, Australia.... us Kiwis invented the Pav and that's all that matters

Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Nahh, the old Star Trek was for nerds...


I think you are mistaking that with Red Dwarf: Better Than Life :)

If you can't buy bootleg gear online in New York, this may be why

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Black Helicopters

you say potato...

> China’s strict banking secrecy laws

Interesting terminology "secrecy laws" like its a bad thing stopping the research...

Whereas, in the western hemisphere, you'd expect a phrase like "privacy laws"

Human cost of California gas well leak revealed

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If they can put all that methane in one stadium, why don't they put a match to it?

No more methane..... (no more stadium either for that matter)

Microsoft releases major PowerShell update after long preview

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ctrl-break has always stopped scripts, what's new is ctrl-b to drop you into the debugger without having to previously create a breakpoint before starting the script...

Millions of families hit in toymaker VTech hack – including 200,000+ kids

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Re: Bah!

ads? What are these "ads" you speak of?

Kim Dotcom slams 'dirty ugly bully' Uncle Sam as extradition hearing ends

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Re: Dirty ugly bully

Agreed. Bullying is exactly what he himself used to do, especially in the world of online multiplayer games.


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