* Posts by David Robinson 1

66 posts • joined 8 Sep 2009


College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system

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For reasons lost in the mists of time, I'd made a copy of /usr on a system. Time came to remove the copy.

root@server # rm -rf /usr

Yep, absolute path not relative path.

There's the one rule we live by in our office: "No five-minute changes on a Friday afternoon." Violating this rule usually means you'll be staying back 3 hours to undo the chaos such a change visits upon the system.

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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Using a sundial at night

It's easy, just use the torch function on your smartphone to provide illumination.

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Re: Does it even define what it means by "God"?

God is real, unless declared as an integer.

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

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Re: Naming Schemes

We used characters from Lord of the Rings as our naming scheme. It was a Tolkien Ring network.

I'll get my cloak...

Productivity knocks: I've got 99 Slacks, but my work's not done

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The Register Opera Company presents: The Pirates of Penzance, Sysadmin edition

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12 Bugs of Christmas

A bit out of season and I cannot claim ownership, but a surprisingly useful way of handling bugs.


Remember the Yorkie pizza horror? Here's who won our exclusive Reg merch...

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Re: Obvious fix

Upvote for Spike Milligan reference.

It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

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Shut up and take my money!


Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

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I was just sitting here thinking, "Y'know what? There just isn't enough desktop choices for Linux."

PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Re: Ideas for a new game

Desktop wallpaper: Fulchester Metropolitan Police - Cybercrimes Division.

Inspector Sidney Smutt. You don't necessarily say what you're inspecting...

Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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Psion 5mx

I still have and use my 5mx on a regular basis, mainly for the Palmtop Money app to track my finances. I've never found anything yet to replace the app's functionality to my satisfaction. Having a decent proper keyboard doesn't hurt either and runs forever on a pair of AAs.

Oh, and oblig. Psion = Potter's Scientific Instruments Or Nothing that someone usually trots out regarding the company name.

Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Re: All my social media logins...

Careful. You may be arrested for wielding an offensive weapon!

Would that be the phone or when he's in the washroom?

Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Re: Nightmare!

You: Have you ever posted anything to Mumsnet?

Them: Yes.

You: I'm sorry, I will be unable to help you with any IT problem ever.

Simon, is that you?

Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on

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makes Trek in general uniquely unsuitable for basing an MMO on

Damn, better not tell Cryptic Studios, the current curator of Star Trek Online that. It's only a ST MMO that's been running since 2009 on PC and just only this week launched onto PS4 and XBone.

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For those of us who play Star Trek Online, it's already the 25th century.

It's also the 23rd, 29th or 31st centuries if the story arc involves time travel.

Star Trek's Enterprise turns 50 and still no sign of a warp drive. Sigh

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Brings a quote to mind

you cannot accelerate anything in normal space-time faster than the speed of light.

So, are you saying ye cannae change the laws of physics?

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Re: Easy solution

"The only thing to put into a whiskey is another whiskey."

Only if you're Irish or American.

Me, I prefer whisky in my whisky.

BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Nothing happens.

'Boss, I've got a bug fix: Nuke the whole thing from orbit, rewrite it all'

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Re: C is a glorified assembler

C "a language that combines all the elegance and power of assembly language with all the readability and maintainability of assembly language"


Squeeze the banana to log into this office Wi-Fi

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What if you have an Apple device?

Struggling to understand Docker? Let's start with a Minecraft demo

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Any zombie processes would be have the perfect in-game representation.

There is the danger of feature creep(er), which may blow up in your face.

A thousand mile Atom merci mission: Driving from Monaco to London in an open-topped motor

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Re: The Rolls is a sweet-ass ride, I'm sure...

I think you mean The Prisoner, where he drove a Lotus 7.

HP creates laptop for SITH LORDS

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May the GeForce be with you

Sorry, had to be done.

AF-FIR-MAT-IVE: Second suspension for robot-voice helldesker

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Re: Demoted it would seem and they expect him to be Mr. Cheerful?

I think the final straw would be if they took his red stapler.

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Re: Perhaps he has an attitude problem...

I'll just leave this here...


(BTW, BSc Maths here)

Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Smidgeon as a unit of length

When I were a lad, I used to help out my dad in his business. He and his regular employee had a rather mixed system of measurements.

"It's one metre, six inches and a smidgeon."

"Big smidgeon or little smidgeon?"


I was always surprised that things actually fitted together.

Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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There are control flaps for both air intake and exhaust. These allow you to choose between "wake the neighbours" and "wake the whole street".

So you're saying it's subtle ;)

What sort of tit builds non-bird bird boxes? Vodafone

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RFC 1149

A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers


So tablets, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a laptop

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TL;DR version

Dabbsy discovers what most people knew ages ago that tablets are for consuming media and laptops/desktops are for creating it.

Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

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"The lack of a second SIM slot in phones for the European and US markets is also in part to do with the difficulty of meeting emissions regulations whilst having both SIMs active at the same time."

So, care to explain why one can get the non-4G Moto G with dual SIMs in the UK?

BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

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Re: Newky

First off, grrr at Newky. Isn't that a seaside town?

Second, Geordie not Geordi. Latter was the engineer on NCC-1701-D.

It's called Dog, because when slipping off down the pub, the excuse would be "Aam taekin' the dug forra wark."

Five minutes later she cottons on, "Ha'ad aan, we divvent heav a dug."

Pervert's Guide man's new book, an urban myths tome and Youth, an underrated gem

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Too Good to be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends

There already is a digital, on-line version of this, it's called snopes.com.

Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot

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32 comments and not one "Think in Russian" quip?

(Posted from Firefox)

Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Jack Davenport

and Sarah Alexander as the assistant.

Hey, monkey: Just 'cos your mates eat FOUL corn, YOU have to eat it too?

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Bananas and Monkeys

Start with a cage containing five monkeys.

Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him.

After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.

Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana. Why not? Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been done round here.

And that, my friends, is how company policies are made.

Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83

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What, no mention of Dick Spanner? It used to be shown as part of Network 7 (remember that?) on Channel 4. Very surreal and plenty of sight gags in the background.


So, just what is the ultimate bacon sarnie?

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Ultimate Bacon Sarnie

How soon people forget.


The Beatles Yellow Submarine restored

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"Long absent from video stores"

Hmmm, I wonder where my copy on DVD came from then?

Ten... two-bay Nas boxes

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Re: I went down the DIY route

I'm using Linux SoftRAID, just like nearly any LInux-based NAS device uses. You'll find few off-the-shelf NAS devices do hardware RAID. The beauty of using Linux SoftRAID means that if your hardware gives up the ghost you can stick the HDs into another Linux machine.

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I went down the DIY route

HP Microserver N36L, now the N40L. The N40L offers AMD Turion Neo II (1.5GHz), 4 drive bays, 6 USB ports, Gigabit ethernet, VGA out and 2 PCI-E slots. You get a 250GB HD and 2GB RAM included. Power consumption is under 45W. Certified for Windows and RHEL.

Ebuyer sell them for £230-240, and HP have been offering £100 cashback on them for months now. Stick something like Open Media Vault or other OS of choice on there. Far more flexible option if you're that way inclined.

A friend of mine did the same as me, using Open Media Vault, and he was complaining that it all just worked. He was expecting hours of tweaking and fiddling.

Yes, Prime Minister to return after 24 years

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Re: Hmmm

Martin Freeman in the Bernard role.

For the wordplay of Sir Humph, I was thinking Stephen Fry or Rowan Atkinson. But with Rowan, there would be modern day Blackadder comparisons.

Jim Hacker? Hmmm, need to think that one over.

Boffins one step closer to invisible shed

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...an invisible shed is a greenhouse?

Samsung SSD 830

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Argh! Pet Peeve!

b = Bit

B = Byte

You have effectively reduced the reported capacities of the SSDs to an eighth of their actual size.

Punters even more dissatisfied by Virgin Media's package

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Allegedly, the Superhub can be configured to act as modem-only, allowing you to use your router of choice. VM don't supply modems anymore, probably to make life easier for their script monkeys. "Turn off your hub, wait five minutes then turn it back on again." I wish they gave us the choice of hub or modem, with the understanding you may be on your own with some support issues.

SHARKS tempted by BIKINI CLAD Thanksgiving BABES

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Let's hope that none of the women are menstruating while taking part in this experiment.

Then again, if it is that time of the month, I feel sorry for the sharks.

Compact Disc death foretold for 2012

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FLAC doesn't have variable quality settings. It does have a variable compression setting, as in how tightly it'll try to pack in the bits not audio compression.

Broadcast television is 75 years old today

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Another TV birthday

Today marks the 29th anniversary of Channel 4.

DeLorean goes electric for 2013 roll-out

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If you watch this video (1:00 in) you can see how much clearance is required for the doors to open:


Ten... gaming headsets

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Are they all supplied with a USB soundcard?

How many of these headsets are hard-wired into the USB bit, use a proprietary connector or use standard 3.5mm jack plugs? I already have a decent soundcard in the shape of the Asus Xonar DG, are any of these headsets available sans USB?

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s 14in Core i5 laptop

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Re: Keyboard layout

I'm sure I've seen in the BIOS on my Lenovo x100e an option to swap the Fn and Ctrl keys over.


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