* Posts by Diogenes

623 posts • joined 3 Oct 2009


What today links Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram – apart from being run by monopolistic personal data harvesters?


But is IS an Emeeeeeeeergency

In tonight's news, people were requested NOT to ring 000 (911, 999, 112 for left & right pondians) to complain about facebook being down down

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?


When they're not playing, and the red flags aren't flying, those training areas are good for walking, and sometimes more.

I take it you like UXBs then

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it


Wasn't allowed to do the reverse

Travelling from Sydney to Brisbane, I wanted to catch the train & book a sleeper. ABSOLUTELY NOT !!!! All old timetable from the 90's Could have left the Sydney office @ 4pm to catch the overnight XPT leaving at 4:30pm (literally 500m stroll) , arrival at Brisbane @7am , quick brekky at Roma St Station, then up 13 flights in the lift for my 9am meeting in the tower above Roma St. Total cost <400AUD

Instead, my choices were 1) leave the office @ 2pm to catch a cab to SYD, so I could be on the 4:30pm flight to Brisbane, cab from BNE to hotel (can I stay in the hotel that is in the next tower over ?(Roma St has 3 towers - no !). or 2). Get up @3am, catch cab to Springwood Station, then 1.5 hour train trip into the city then cab to the airport for 7am flight with potential to be late as Brisbane's Kingsford Smith Drive in those days regularly clagged.

First option cost >1000 AUD, second would have cost > 600AUD . Not wanting to get up at 3am, I wisely chose option 1.

To add insult to injury , I had a flex day on my return, and would happily have paid a motel for a night myself and caught the day train home (yes I am a railfan- anorak)

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster


Re: We have surely reached peak beard.

Add in -

No Socks!

Trousers 5 inches too short!

Ear Stretching hoops (FFS the most ugly piecing crap anyone can have)

and brown shoes with blue or very dark grey suits !


Re: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same

I open my new class rolls with dread - J'Mia-Glory (have to use both parts),Jakson, Jaxson, Cleopatrah, Mikena(McKenna), Kalais,Dakoter - these are the reasonably sensible ones

After those then we have the boy 'J's - all spelt correctly buuuut inevitable PITAs, especially all the variants on Jack & Jai

Silent Merc, holy e-car... Mflllwhmmmp! What is that terrible sound?


Re: More options needed

Nah a NSW AD60 class garrett or an SP cab forward. 40 years ago a mate of mine owned a mini and fitted it with a nsw 59 class steam whistle and a small compressed air cylinder. The reaction of airbud wearing pedestrians when they stepped out in front of him was hilarious when he hit the horn

Foldables herald the beginning of the end of the smartphone fetish


My phone is my phone

What I really want for everything that does involve making a call or texting (ok with camera) or work (15i SL2) aka media consumption is an 8in high res , lte, sd card enabled tablet with a pen.

Windows 10 1809 looks unlikely to overtake prior build before 19H1 lands


Re: Apps...

Ditto the several thousand computers used in public schools in our state.

Even my home machine uses no app store apps that haven't come from MS (eg whiteboard, onenote and sway)

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?


Re: There's A Bit Of A Slope On It

RE: "When a commonly used word is co-opted as a racial slur, should we stop using it for it's original intended meaning?"

I am outraged that Microsoft has called its popular presentation software what it has as I have heard that word used to describe Asians.

If you are in the UK this makes no sense as Asians are from the sub-continent, everywhere else Asian tends to mean people with pronounced epicanthic folds .

It also makes no sense outside the countries that have diagonal pins and a vertical earth (like Australia - google australian powerpoint)


Re: Aren't we becoming too sensitive to everything???

As has been stated before, US cultural norms are not the norms elsewhere, and IBM has stated that these are actually REQUIRED in some countries, and they should not have ended up on the main site (cut 'n paste error).

BOFH: Bye desktop, bye desk. Hello 'slab and a beanbag on the floor


Re: "digital natives"

Ah yes,

the ones who when using a mouse & keyboard, and need to correct a spilling error, will put the insertion point at the end of a line , and backspace until they hit the offending letter & retype the rest of the line, exactly as they have been trained by their phones and fondleslabs.

This describes my year 7, 8 and most of year 9, about half of year 10, and some of my year 12 students. It drives me insane to watch them, as for keyboard shortcuts - pffft !

Not so smart after all: A techie's tale of toilet noise horror


Re: Fitness trackers can be tricky

We did one of those stupid challenges (the rules said the numbers recorded on the device, not the steps taken)which my project team won by a country mile , but we were disqualified for cheating...

One of my guys taped his to a metronome, another constructed, what in impolite circles would be called a reciprocating rod (think the bit on a steam loco connecting the cylinders to to wheel) and we attached all 8 in the team, we just had to be careful not to exceed the roll over from 99999 steps to 00000

There's no 'My' in Office, Microsoft insists with new productivity hub


Re: Cute

Over past 2 decades with all that usage, weird arsed requests or suggestions made by bosses and other finger painters, there has not been a feature that I have used or needed that was not in Office '97

That may be you, but my low literacy/dyslexic students absolutely love the immersive reader & dictation tools that appeared over the last year. The accessibility checker feature is really handy for me finding issues with documents that trip these tools, and screen readers up.


Re: Pointless?

What about school students who don't byo like my school?

You know the drill: SAP has asked Joe Public to name Munich arena so go forth and be very silly


Does sap have an unofficial monniker

In the 70s BMW was known as Bayrische Mist Werke (Bavarian Manure Works) and AEG as Alles Ein Gammel (everything screwed up).

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app


Re: Do what Microsoft used to do...

For knocking out something really quickly , very little could beat Word Perfect 4.2. Simple function keys to bold underline etc, and you open the a window to untangle the formatting when it invariable went bad after a bit of a changing/moving when you didn't quite select the hidden formatting character


Re: I'm hoping UX/responsive design is a phase

You forgot emasculation, should go somewhere between 1-2 or 2& 3.

That said somebody should do a class action for this one under the ADA.


Re: cat_mara

Everything in OS400 was an object.

Nice mix of CLI & 'GUI' - the CLI used simple commands , remember about half a dozen base prefixs and the name of your object & you were good to go.

A simple list of objects , numbers & function keys quickly got you to where you needed to go on the 'gui'

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?


This happened where I once worked, 2 × ibm 3090 mainframes., supporting about 3k 3270 terminals and 2 3800-3 printers Switch was 6'6" high, operator 7' tall.

Want to know what 2020 holds? Microsoft has a little something for you



With last insider build 2 weeks ago, my version of windows forgot how ro move or copy files and synch to onedrive...

Lucky it is just a test machine

OK, Google? Probably not! EU settles on wording for copyright reform legislation


Or reasonable licencing conditions... 10k for 4-6 seconds of something going on in the background is ridiculous...


Airbus will shutter its A380 production line from 2021


Airbus should sue airlines for trashing the brand

It doesnt help when airlines trash the brand(yes QANTAS, i am looking at you) by cramming them in . I know at least 6 people who have sworn never to fly in the A380 again,. Just this morning one of Mrs Diogenes friends posted on FB... "never again on an A380. Thankfully have a few days in Singapore to recover from 12 hour flight from London on QANTAS. Crammed in, not enough toilets, took for ever to check in and load, bags took ages to be unloaded" followed by airline specific complaints such as inedible food, no service etc and lots of "yep same for us, never again"

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos


Re: Ocasio is nuts

Cant find the analysis now, but if the US were to seize every dollar and asset of every billionaire, it would fund the country for something like 30 days

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home


Re: Pesky microwaves

Back in the 80s I was told that during the Vietnam War, CMF soldiers on an exercise at Appin (just inland from Wollongong,NSW,Australia) were surprised to have a real contact in progress involving US troops come over their net.

All received on the classic "Pr*ck 25" (AN/PRC 25)

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown


Trying to maximise the pain

Seen on another site ...from an article in that well known right wing low rent mag the Wall Street Journal by Kimberly Strassel

Lawyers have scoured other statutes for legal outs. It turns out that Congress’s latest spending bill, the continuing resolution that ended Dec. 21, contained a provision allowing the government to pay certain obligations that came due within 30 days.

That’s allowed OMB to rush food-stamp payments for millions of Americans through February. It was the Interior Department’s own reading of prior statutes that allowed it to use entrance fees to keep national parks open.

Then there’s the past OMB legal finding that unfunded agencies can continue providing services that are “necessary” to funded ones or to mandatory services. An easy example: The Social Security Administration and Treasury Department, both technically shut down, must nonetheless process Social Security checks that operate under continuous appropriations.

This reminds me of a Thomas Sowell thought experiment

Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?

The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.

The example was deliberately extreme as an illustration. But, in the real world, the same general pattern can be seen in local, state and national government responses to budget cuts.

There is no reason these certs could not be renewed.

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow


When I worked for a large qango, someone noticed a pattern that the Director of IT would be on leave when the results of the salary review came out, so an enterprising db admin wrote a dbtrigger that would notify him, and thus everybody else when the review was about to emerge , sorry director was taking leave (always after 5pm on a Friday), so instead of doing a POETS, we would all stay back

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones


Re: I wonder if...

As a teacher of teenagers let me say there is no difference in levels of stupidity,(or violence for that matter) its just the nature that is different

Australia's 'snoop minister' wants crypto-busting law probe wound up, proposals back into parliament


d. According to the ABC, Victoria Police told a magistrate they will use 15,000 intercepted phone calls and 10,000 text messages as evidence that brothers Ertunc and Samed Eriklioglu and Hanifi Halis were allegedly planning an Islamic State-inspired attack.

Right on cue, the minister claimed the investigation was hampered by the three using encrypted chat apps, something backed up by Victoria Police's counter-terrorism assistant commissioner Ross Guenther. Something, of course, must be done about it.

One of these things is not like the other ones

Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked


Re: This deserves a theme song...

Boy does that(!) bring back memories - best forgotten

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul


Re: @ msknight

It was funny when NASA had its Mars landing videos flagged for DCMA violations by umpteen hundred news organisations for footage that it supplied the news organisations, & which, because it was NASA was actually in the public domain.

European Union divided over tax on digital tech giants as some member states refuse free money



Exactly !

It like that hypocrite Warren Buffett - "its so unfair my secretary pays proportionally more tax than I do", yet he has a means of addressing that unfairness by writing a very large cheque to US Treasury's voluntary tax fund "to reduce the national debt"

Clunk, bang, rattle: Is that a ghost inside your machine?


Not a ghost in the machine

At work, a school, it was a Saturday as l had to install some software, it was going on dusk as i headed back to my car, and heard a cheery "Hello Sir !" , turned to a boy who looked about 15, and noticed he had the old school badge on shirt, hackles started to rise, went to reply and then he was gone. I later found out that that "Charlie" as he is called, is a boy who was skylarking upstairs and went over the verandah railing , dying instantly due to skull damage. The teacher that shares my office claims to have given Jenny Dixon a lift https://www.centralcoastaustralia.com.au/news/the-ghost-at-jenny-dixon-beach-urban-legend/.

Supreme Court raises eyebrows at Google's cozy $8.5m legal deal


Re: Original judge

I like the idea of the lottery. Pick 8 members of the class to get a mill each. Failing that a cy pres payment for the 'fund to pay off the national debt'


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


Re: I have a code of conduct

Replace the injunctions to god with the FSM (may you be touched by his noodly appendage) and does the CoC make sense and seem a good set of rules to behave regardless of religious source ?

Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on


Management asked me to prank.

Back in the day when our venerable coding sheets and punch room were being replaced by 3270s on every desk, we were supposed to lock our machines when we walked away, which we didnt.

Threats and punishment couldn't do the trick so my PM asked me to write a script that would be mapped to the F3 (save) key. It was to do a line by line ascii art middle finger salute with a 10 second delay between lines with a reminder to log off ... after it did the save it should do. Hapless dev walks away pm remaps f3 to 'the finger' dev returns no sign until he (and we were all hes) goes to save his work, and 10 minutes later has access to his machine again. A week later the leaving machines unlocked problem was solved.

From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat


Re: It's probably not actually the memes themselves.

As a teacher the meme that cheeses me off the most is "YOLO" , the excuse used by candidates for Darwin Awards to justify whatever stupidity it is they doing.

Google actually listens to users, hands back cookies and rethinks Chrome auto sign-in


Re: Would there be a market...


Over the last few minutes I had the tab open it searched for 'beef recall' browsersoxx dorothy provine, southwest airines, hugh hefner, ipadcases....

you get my drift

First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives


Re: Hope it works with junctioned directories

found it does not reliably work with AppData unless I junction - some idiot devs hardcode c:\users\ \ username\Appdata.

Even worse is when they mix hardcode & softcode - & things crash all over .


Hope it works with junctioned directories

I have many failed installs of 1803 (spring creators update) because the install can't/won't handle a junctioned User directory (or Applications or Program Files according to the reports on the error I get ), and I have way more stuff sitting in my user folder than I have room for on my SSD - can't be bothered shrinking it down & faffing about 'unjunctioning' , there is nothing compelling enough to make want to waste 4 hours of my life doing it

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum


Re: 777?

You are ex-Forces, probably British Army, and I claim my tenner.

Close but no tenner. Ex Lieutenant (4 years) ( and pte, lance corp,corp& sgt - a year each) Australian Army Reserve, UNSW & RNSW Regts to be precise.


Re: 777?

Old yep

First ever flight was a 707 on Lufthansa as an unaccompanied minor ..

Sydney Singapore Bangkok New Delhi Athens Rome Frankfurt. Still remember the awful stench about an hour out of New Delhi, forced to disembark at Athens for 3 hours so the toilets could be fixed and cleaned, but the stew who assigned to look after me was stunning bit of German engineering

Home a year later same stops but a DC9 no issues

Also remember being on beach near RAAF Sale when they still flew Neptunes as maritime recon. The sqn flew right over us, mum grabbed the 2 of us from 5m away, has a shell scrape dug and was on top of us shaking like a leaf in the time between the first sound and them going over - mum was a 10yo in Hamburg during Gommorah

How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls


Re: Dead trees never failed anyone

Indeed there are people out there with no formal education, or just up to A-levels, but who had a talent for software engineering and became good through being self taught.

Sounds like every engineer responsible for the industrial revolution , thinks Stephenson (pere et fils) , Trethevick, Newcomen, Bazalgette, Edison, Otto


Re: Who'd invest in such crap?

Makes one weep . There is a perfectly good replica they could have filmed in its 'home' setting;

Yes it is an anorak :-)

Judge bars distribution of 3D gun files... er, five years after they were slapped onto the web


Re: Before we had guns ...

Kit Kat is ahead of you this has been shown in the antipodes ....


Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks


Re: Actually SF spends a great deal of money on homlessness

Add to that the fact that in most parts of the states to the east of Cali give the homeless a one way bus ticket to SF as it is so liberal & welcoming .

And the spending is worse than the number you gave...

For fiscal year 2017–18, San Francisco budgeted $305 million to provide services and housing for the homeless and formerly homeless

In February, the Fire Department requested an increase of $100 million in its budget for next fiscal year to provide emergency ambulance services that mostly go to homeless people

The Public Works Department recently estimated that it spends more than $30 million a year to clean up things like faeces, needles, and tent encampments,

City Hall also spends nearly $38 million a year responding to calls for service regarding homeless people, with the Police Department footing most of that cost

Add to that business NOT relocating https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Vacant-Businesses-Rising-in-San-Francisco-Real-Estate-Agents-Believe-Dirty-Streets-Partly-to-Blame-479041303.html

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


Re: Making wild and passionate love...

Had a spill chucker that always corrected ours PHB's first name , Meredith to Megadeath - not totally inappropriate I might add.


Re: Actually back in the 1990s I was at a company...

I used to have fun with Advanced Function Printing that came with IBM 3800-3 and moving/replacing letters & numbers around in reports, especially those destined for auditors mwahahaha mwahahahahah

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart


Re: At disgustedoftunbridgewells, re: fingerprints.

If the cost of that laziness is that the police can force me to show them pictures of my dogs, or my inane ramblings on El Reg, then I'm not fussed.

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.

Attrib Cardinal Richelieu

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


I have the kids at school convinced I am a wizard

'Sir , its not working', walk over lay hands on the computer & lo it works.

Also when they are coding. 'Sir I have checked and checked and I got little Johnny to check it as well !' , looks at code for 2 seconds ... "you have missed a semi trailer here, here and here, missing a bracket here, and somehow you you have munged 3 lines together , and since when is 'print' spelled 'pint ?' ;

Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere



Byod. For some reason parents wont trust their kids with a $300 laptop but are happy to send them to school with a $700+ smartphone


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