* Posts by LesB

103 posts • joined 6 Jul 2009

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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

LesB
Linux

Is it just me?

But every time I see or hear "Davos", my brain auto-corrects it to "Davros".

Which actually makes sense in this context.

To me anyway.

Wibble. Penguin added because I like penguins, not for any Linuxy reason.

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

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Fawlty Towers moose incident

It's up!

It's down!

Looks like the wet string used to fix this morning's incident has dried out[1].

[1] I think that's what they said

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LesB

Or you could have the actual information

Title: Can't connect to Exchange Online

User Impact: Users may have been unable to connect to the Exchange Online service.

Final status: After a period of monitoring the service, we can confirm that rerouting traffic restored availability.

Scope of impact: This issue could have potentially affected any of your users intermittently if they were routed through the affected infrastructure.

Start time: Monday, September 18, 2017, at 7:20 AM UTC

End time: Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 AM UTC

Preliminary root cause: A subset of mailbox infrastructure became degraded, causing impact to availability.

Next steps:

- We're analyzing performance data and trends on the affected systems to help prevent this problem from happening again.

This is the final update for the event.

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

LesB

Re: D'oh - it's obvious

As Pterry pointed out, a cat in a box has a third state, BLOODY FURIOUS.....

Yeah, let's have that icon

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Trello boards the desktop with Mac and Windows apps

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Re: I Know I'll get down voted

Saved me asking :)

Just had a look at the site, and apparently:

Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.

Sounds like something I'd prefer to avoid, really...

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

LesB

Re: Hmm..

Shouldn't that be DuckDuckGone, or maybe DuckDuckWent?

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t'internet?

You must be from the south.

Well, south of here, anyway

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Stuff the movement of celestial spheres, let's sit down and watch Bonnie Tyler on TV

LesB

Re: Bonnie Tyler?

Bother, you beat me to it, Cap'n

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Seagate SNAFU sees Cisco servers primed for data loss

LesB

Blame Tigger for bouncing the server

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

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Re: i hope the moons are dougal and zebedee

Magical comments like that make we wish I could give more than one upvote

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Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home

LesB

Re: The 1920s onwards

Have an upvote for mentioning Jasper fforde!

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Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

LesB

Re: Alternatives/ Replacement

And the PDF-XChange Editor is sound alternative to Acrobat Pro (doesn't *quite* do everything, but enough for many users), with volume licence pricing that's quite friendly....

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Ancient IETF 'teapot' gag preserved for posterity as a standard

LesB

Re: Instant of Tetleys?

Quite. I was offered something claiming to be "Turkish Apple Flavoured Instant Tea".

In a moment of weakness, I tasted it. It struck me as being a wee bit too sweet.[1] I managed not to spit it out, but it was a close thing. I then read the label and all was explained. Ingredients: 96% sugar, some flavour, and probably a tea leaf or two waved over it.

So a more accurate description would be "instant sugar drink with a hint of flavouring"....

[1] Note: this may be an understatement

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GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

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Talking of Godwin's Law

Mike Godwin has spoken:

https://twitter.com/sfmnemonic/status/896884949634232320

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: ""A piano could drop on her head tomorrow""

So you're not planning on using a piano.

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BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY

LesB

Re: Benedict?

Possibly, but I suspect it's a reference to a Mr Arnold. No doubt when people wake up in the US, they'll explain....

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

LesB

Re: Maybe we need coffee tipping bins next to the other bins in the street?

slap a posh name[0] on it and sell it.

Isn't that what Starbucks do already?

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

LesB

Making Flippy Floppy

Been a while since I've seen a BIOS update on a floppy. Or a BIOS update that would fit on a floppy, come to think of it. Or a floppy[1], for that matter.

[1] Which is absolutely not a cross reference to any railway-related topics on El Reg today

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Train station's giant screens showed web smut at peak hour

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Meh

Station stops and other such things

And have you noticed that the thing you're sitting[1] in isn't a train any more, it's a "service". As in the next station stop for this service is Lesser Picklington[2]...

It all started getting silly when they started calling us "customers" rather than "passengers". At least the latter implied some suggestion that the ride they were taking you for was a literal rather than metaphorical one.

[1] Or standing, depending on the time and location

[2] Or wherever

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

LesB

Multiple disks

We had some PCs a while back with slimline optical drives. Due to some oddity of the design, it was possible for a suitably skilled user to insert the disk in such a way that it disappeared into the PC case. Some users were particularly good at this. Not that they mentioned it when the first or second disk vanished, of course...

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Re: Paper yes...

Ooooh - reused paper!!!

We had an accountant (well, of course) who liked to use the other side of previously printed on paper in his departmental DeskJet. It was all fun and games until he fed it a stack of pages that were stapled together. That took a bit of disentangling...

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LesB

Re: Paper yes...

*Shudder*

Once had a user who'd run out of the special (and expensive) laser printer acetates and decided to use some designed more for writing on with pens. One destroyed cartridge.

Then there were the (several) users who (several times) decided that putting partly-used sheets of labels back through the printer was a good idea, even after they destroyed the drum the previous time and had been told not to do it (again).

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What augmented reality was created for: An ugly drink with a balloon

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Is that Leisure Suit Larry in the header pic?

Ahhhh, nostalgia!

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Fire fighters get grinding on London man’s trapped genitalia

LesB
Childcatcher

There are worse things

Many years ago, I recall "New Scientist" commenting on a report in a medical publication on the eye-watering subject of gentlemen's injuries caused by hand-held vacuum cleaners[1].

It seems there were a number of cases of chaps getting their, err, chaps into these devices, either "accidentally[2]" or for their own reasons. Apparently believing this would be quite safe, the unfortunate visitors to A&E had interactions with the internal fans.[3]

Just thought I'd share....

[1] The name "Hoover Dustette" sticks in my addled memory for some reason

[2] "It turned itself on" (editorial response: and him to, presumably)

[3] I recall a comment along the lines of "driven to new lengths by the experience..."

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Cabinet Office losing grip on UK government departments – report

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Facepalm

Isn't "challenge" one of those civil service euphemisms?

You know, like "courageous" means "this will end your career"

Left as an exercise for the reader :)

(Sorry, re-watched Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister recently...

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

LesB

No need to start any Blasphemous Rumours.

And I'm sure the conference Enjoyed the Silence when the feedback stopped.

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Welcome to my world of The Unexplained – yes, you're welcome to it

LesB

Re: Dictionary recommended for this man

I'm not sure you know what the word "upon" means

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Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game

LesB

Re: SWAINOATS ??

Presumably a relation of Rumpole's SWMBO?

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Is! Yahoo! dead?! Why! web! biz! will! rename! to! Altaba! – the! truth!

LesB

Re: JCEYUIJOKVBYHUJIOK.com

Quick! Somebody register the .TE TLD! (Assuming we're going for funky spelling domain names, that is)

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TalkTalk hacker gets iPhone taken away by Norwich Youth Court

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Re: Someone give him a job

Obviously a definition of "up north" I was previously unaware of. Unless you're Australian, in which case, ignore me and carry on,

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Pedant Point

The Royal Mint doesn't do banknotes - the Bank of England is responsible, with manufacturing being done by De La Rue.

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

LesB

Re: No overland

<confused>Manchester to Leeds via Dubai?</confused>

Seems a bit of a long way round (though better than the current train service most days)

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Typo made Air Asia X flight land at Melbourne instead of Malaysia

LesB

Re: On the subject of typos

You should have gone for the Captain Mainwaring response: "I was wondering who'd be the first to spot that..."

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

LesB

Re: OK Jeremy--renationalization--what then?

That was actually the *two* previous franchisees who both walked away being unable to pay the ludicrous sums they'd bid.

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Trump? Terror? Turkey? Whoa, there's a Tentacool in that Bush...

LesB

Wait, what?

You live in Grand Theft Auto?

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

LesB

Re: New PM

I'm sure there will be a general election shortly. After all, no less a person than Theresa May expressed the view that a PM without a democratic mandate wasn't an altogether good thing. Though maybe that was only when the PM in question was Gordon Brown?

http://conservativehome.blogs.com/columnists/2007/08/theresa-may-m-3.html

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

LesB

Re: What they really need is ...

Ooook.

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Latin-quoting Linus Torvalds plays God by not abusing mortals

LesB

Re: Quia ego sic dico

More to the point, Quanti canicula ille in fenestra?

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

LesB

They've only just noticed?

Released nearly two weeks ago...

Personally, I can't see anything wrong with a little Trumpton Noir...

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Brits who live in 'smart cities' don't really know or care

LesB

It's a test, isn't it?

Obviously El Reg regulars are completely clued-up and know all about these things, and if you need to ask what a Smart City is, you'll have your commenting privileges revoked, or at the very least be subjected to mockery and obfuscated links to lmgtfy.com

Or something. (Actual search results filled my Buzzword Bingo card)

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US government tells Apple it has security problems that Apple fixed last year

LesB

Re: doesn't intend to patch

Fair point about older devices - iOS9 is supported on the iPhone 4S and later. The 4S was launched in 2011, making it moderately old as these things go. The oldest unsupported iPhone is the iPhone 4, launched in 2010, which is even older as these things go.

Not sure how far any company should be required to go in supporting older kit, but I think Apple goes quite a long way.

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

LesB

Re: Today????

The images are the same ones used when the new coin was announced in 2014...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/19/new_pound_coin_12_sides_threepenny/

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Hotel light control hack illuminates lamentable state of IoT security

LesB

Re: All that capability..

Wish I could give you more than one upvote for that :)

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Twitter goes titsup

LesB

I miss the Fail Whale

Used to be a common sight, now seems to be extinct, poor thing

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Friends Reunited to shut down. What do you mean, 'is it still going?'

LesB

Hold on...

That sounds more like LinkedIn

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

LesB

Re: All we got in my day . . .

Notorious promoters of illicit substances:

Weeeeeeeeed!

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LesB

Re: Good job they didn't, then....

Bob the Builder? Wasn't he one of Village People?

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Unhappy

Good job they didn't, then....

Rainbow was on ITV, preuambly to pander to advertisers of {make up your own guess for stereotypical products}

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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Re: If anything can go wrong...

And even if it can't, it will

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New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day

LesB

Souls?

I'm reminded of the words of Terry Pratchett:

Ankh-Morpork! Brawling city of a hundred thousand souls! And, as the Patrician privately observed, ten times that number of actual people.

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