* Posts by John 110

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The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

John 110
Angel

Re: All things considered...

"The vast majority of replies here made fun of the article."

I don't think most of the replies are actually making fun of the article.

This is the Register.

We read and comment on articles highlighting all sorts of horrendous catastrophes (and this one is terrible), it's only our sense of humour that keeps us going.

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

John 110

Re: use the mouse to move the pointer

It's easy to laugh at mouse stories, but I remember the "Computing in Medical Laboratories" thing that we hosted in the 80's where guys who were at the cutting edge of Labsystem development (from Norfolk if I remember correctly) were harumphing about those new-fangled mouse things.

"I would turn them over and use them as a trackball" they said...

As an aside, our current labsystem is completely mouse-free once you've clicked on it's icon to fire it up...

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John 110

Re: I wonder...

When I was the technician in a medical teaching lab one of the (many) things I had to do was look after 90 microscopes. You don't want to know what atrocities students can perpetrate on microscopes. Amongst other things, we had to call in the Leitz engineer to lock the lenses in place (he actually tightened them up supertight with a pair of rubber-coated pliers) to stop the students nicking them. And these were medical students - supposedly the creme de la creme.

Ah the 70's I miss them sometimes.

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

John 110

Re: Not just Hollywood

ooh, you got a downvote, Teflon suit man must have read your post. Have a balancing upvote.

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It's 2017... And Windows PCs can be pwned via DNS, webpages, Office docs, fonts – and some TPM keys are fscked too

John 110
Facepalm

Re: The NeverEnding Story Continues...

"I couldn’t help but wonder if we’ll still be patching Windows security issues in the year 802,701 A.D."

Of course we will, it might not be Windows, but every operating system needs patched and will do into infinity (and beyond)

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Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop

John 110

Re: Why

Because it doesn't matter how often you tell people that it's a work laptop, they still think it's theirs, just like my work desktop is "mine".

Generally though, people think that they're going to have time to clear it down before they have to hand it back.

They're not always right...

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

John 110

Re: Hollywood being moribund

Can I vote for Consider Phlebus (Iain Banks)?

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

John 110

Re: Look in the loft

"CPC was crap when it came out"

My CPC with its two ROM boxes was a brilliant wee Word processor and development environment. OK, the games suffered a bit what with being mostly direct ports from the Spectrum, but Elite played fine (what else did you need...)

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US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears

John 110

The answer's simple!

Just issue them all with tinfoil hats, that'll shield 'em.

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

John 110
Flame

Re: Here's your Johnny Cab!

What are you? Some kind of idiot? If TfL had banned buses to make sure GMB members had more passengers, then you might have a point. But instead they banned a company with an abysmal track record who refused to adhere to regulations. Dick.

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

John 110
Headmaster

Re: Ah, 'booking'

@Commswonk

"because it should have been sorcery not sourcery"

"sourcerers are born the eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son"

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Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

John 110
Unhappy

Re: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

Yeah, I've got a pair of them boots that I inherited from a grandson that they didn't fit. They're dead comfy.

What were we talking about? Oh yes, Verity you're describing my wotsit...life... yeah.

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

John 110
Happy

Re: doorstops

@handleoclast

"Hey, you make sure your BIOS is up to date anyway, don't you?"

Not if everything is still working, I don't...

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

John 110

Label as TEST

I think you guys are assuming distinguishing between systems with banners is even possible.

I've been involved in the implementation of three LIMS and two electronic request systems, all of them have literally *no way* to splash "TEST" over every dialog box.

The Test (or Demo) systems are essentially different instances of the same database, running on the same server. In the case of the LIMS the version you get depends on your username.

So there is no way to tell visually which system you are in apart from a four letter code on the menu page, up in the corner.

Welcome to the wonderful world of low volume high throughput software.

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

John 110
Facepalm

@Pompous Git

As it happens, I agree with you that Pournelle wasn't a Nazi. A bit more right-wing than my Scottish sensibilities would like, but definitely no Nazi.

But Nazis weren't Socialists by any stretch of the imagination.

Oh, and while I'm at it, Socialist isn't a dirty word...

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John 110
Mushroom

Ah, so people ARE still falling for that one...

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John 110

Re: IT angle

That's a 404, John 110

Yeah the forum software is truncating the url, but if you go to http://www.slate.com/ and search for Len Deighton, it's the first or second hit.

For those who can't be bothered, it was IBM’s MTST (Magnetic Tape Selectric Typewriter), an early word processor.

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John 110
Windows

"Real soon now"

I think that Jerry got "Real soon now" to describe vapourware from SF fandom, where it was commonly used in the 60's and 70's as an answer to the perennial question "when are you going to pub your ish?"

So popularised, but not coined.

what a fan from the 70's looks like now...-------------------->

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John 110

"but he was not Nazi (a socialist? FFS!)"

Nazi <> socialist

(are people still falling for that one?)

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Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

John 110
Coffee/keyboard

"...have run out of loo roll, anyone a copy of the Daily Express..."

I wouldn't, the ink comes off something dreadful.

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Jocks' USO block shock: BT's 10Mbps proposals risk 'rural monopoly'

John 110

Re: Natzionalism At It's Worst!

Ah, you're the one that falls for knee-jerk "SNP-bad" press propaganda!

(What sort of a word is Natzionalism anyway, you should be ashamed of yourself)

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London Mayor slams YouTube over failure to remove 'shocking' violent gang vids

John 110

Re: All they have to do...

That's all very well, but scumbags don't think that they're the scumbags, they think everybody else is.

These videos reinforce and validate the poster's actions in the eyes of those they see as peers.

Where once they would boast and threaten in front of their mates and 10 people would agree and egg them on, now they can post Youtube videos that are viewed 300,000 times. That's a hell of an egg on and can only serve to amplify a problem that we should be trying to scale down.

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

John 110
Boffin

Laboratory waterbath

My experience was with my wonderful new 19inch CRT monitor that flickered like buggery. But only when the plate pouring crew were next door (Google it for goodness sake, add Bacteriology and Agar to the query). I nipped next door and turned off the waterbath on the other side of the shared wall, flickering stopped.

The head of media prep was too bloody minded to care, so I moved the waterbath when everybody had gone home and problem solved.

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NEWSFLASH Now even science* says moneybags footballers are overpaid

John 110

Re: I'm sorry I read this now...

Yeah, but I'm not living in a different country (with different costs-of-living etc) from overpaid football players.

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John 110

Re: Why nto pay people their useful contribution to the world

I don't believe Mr Anon up there was complaining that he didn't earn enough, I suspect he was commenting on the fact that society appears to value a bloke who can kick a ball goodish over someone who assists in saving lives for a living.

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John 110
Coffee/keyboard

I'm sorry I read this now...

I knew they were overpaid, I just didn't appreciate by how much. Surely a weekly wage that's 3 times my yearly wage is just an obscenity.

I'm going to throw up now.

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Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

John 110

waiting patiently...

I haven't fallen for any of that stuff since I pre-ordered my Spectrum...

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

John 110

...I want proper monster munch...

and Wagon Wheels the size of your head

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NHS trusts splashed £260m on PCs in last four years

John 110

NHS consultants

In Scotland at least, NHS consultants are employed by the Health Board, but they "opted out" of Agenda for Change when everybody else had this foisted on them.

Certain (most?) Managers are also paid outwith the Agenda for Change structure.

Consultants and managers are expensive.

IT staff on the other hand are dead cheap... Wait, I think I see where your IT problem comes from...

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

John 110
Boffin

Re: Will they also ban ads...

There's evidence to suggest that humans are attracted to things that smell like themselves, so spraying their crap on your body might be a great way to attract a woman.

Might be quite specific though.

And there is the problem of the VERY niche demographic mentioned elsewhere

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

John 110

Re: Overstated importance of fans

Oi!! You kids get off my lawn!!!

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

John 110

Re: 2 Wrongs make a right here I think

"Its offensive to me that I must treat people who claim to believe in a sky fairy with respect and not ridicule."

I think you'll find that you're the one that mentioned "sky fairy".

Unless believers are either helping or harming you, you're under no obligation to either respect or ridicule them.

Respect is a basic human right, and should only be withheld for good reason.

That you feel you are allowed to ridicule folk who don't subscribe to your worldview is probably reason enough to allow me to withhold my respect.

But I wouldn't dream of ridiculing you (without checking out all your posts first)

/rant

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John 110
Paris Hilton

Re: One person complained?!

....and aren't they targeted ads? So if you get one...

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

John 110

Re: and yet...

Thanks for the lucid explanations of how business works, guys.

(did I forget the :joke alert: icon...)

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John 110
Joke

and yet...

...when sales of Surface flagged, Microsoft cut the price. I don't understand business...

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Just in time for summer boozing: Boffins smash world record for the most perfect ice cubes

John 110

Re: most perfect

Maybe a mixture with some mixtures having more perfect cubes than others?

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John 110
Pint

Re: Ice Wars

"You can't put ice in scotch!"

Not in a proper single malt you can't, but it enhances a crappy scotch (you know who you are...) and makes it almost drinkable.

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On the couch with an AI robo-doc asking me personal questions

John 110

Frederick Pohl

Have you read "Gateway" Dabbsy?

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John 110

Re: Let me couch this in simple terms ...

Scottish mother (They're all battleaxes).

It's a settee. (I want to spell out "Full stop" there, but that would be overly aggressive)

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TfL, WTH is my bus? London looks up from its mobile

John 110

Demand stops...

"Some stops require you to signal the driver if you want the bus to stop. That involves spotting the particular service bus that you want in time to stick your arm out."

Not useful if you're checking your phone for the bustimes...

(Yes I was...)

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John 110

Re: There, there children. Sorry your pacifier is b0rken.

"I always thought the elderly had a built in radar signal as they always seemed to turn up at the bus stop just before the bus would turn up."

A) only if you are in a hurry

B) they have an app on their hearing aid

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

John 110

Re: Interesting Science

(The traditional method is to have an attractive assistant hold a grey card in the appropriate spot.)

or spots if you're really lucky...

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Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway

John 110

Re: Reasonable compromise

"the transport network needed to accommodate visitors and suppliers"

Pfft! Have you been there? Network.. (giggles to self)

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Blighty's Department for Culture, Media & Sport gets 'digital' rebrand

John 110
Joke

Re: Well, I'm still not much the wiser

According to this Twitter thingy (https://twitter.com/i/moments/881841500618977280), it's the Department of Digital, Culture Media, and Sport.

In a previous life, I was a Virologist. I used Culture media extensively, but as the world turned and we no longer kill monkeys for their kidneys, culture media doesn't take up huge amounts of space in Virology labs' coldrooms.

It makes perfect sense that a new Government department should be created for this obsolescent technology...

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

John 110

Re: Pipe Dream

I'm not sure why somebody downvoted you for this comment. I don't always see eye to eye with you on other things, but this time you're spot on.

Have an upvote.

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John 110

"Those machines running xp , are probably doing so because they have cheap software on that the developer didnt feel the need to upgrade to W7 "

Those machines running xp , are probably doing so because they have eyewateringly expensive software on that the developer didnt feel the need to upgrade to W7

There FTFY

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

John 110

Re: It's all true...

"You mean you didn't take revenge by checking every reference and hyperlink and complaining about the errors - one complaint per week."

I considered it, but settled for dropping hints to a nit-picky colleague as to where the errors were. That way I wasn't the petty one...

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John 110

It's all true...

I had control of the handbook wrested from me* because someone objected to the font I'd used.

Footnote: I say "wrested". In one way I was glad to give it up, it was a bugger of a yearly job because I always made sure I'd checked all the references and hyperlinks in it, and then when it was published to the Intranet, some twonk would say "oh I meant to get you to...".

But my pride was dented by having it removed from me...

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