* Posts by tim 13

92 posts • joined 16 Oct 2009


Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

tim 13

Re: Not user error

I worked with a guy who used it like that, he had used them since they first came out (he was old school ICL) and was never shown the 'right' way until he had already got proficient like that. While pressing the buttons with the palm of his hand was OK I don't know how he got on with wheel mice.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Re: Other mobile operators around the world are also affected?

Would appear to mainly Japanese network Softbank are the 'others'

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Re: Not just O2

Geraldine Wilson • an hour ago

This is serious - O2 is out in Cambridge & it's been hours! My mobile is my only point of contact & I'm ill with flu right now. What happens if I need to call the doctor, O2?



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RealityCheck Geraldine Wilson • 42 minutes ago

That's terrible news, I think without medication you will probably die, like they did in the old days. Sorry about that.


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N-O2 Geraldine Wilson • 44 minutes ago

Hi, This is Nigel from O2!

I can only apologise for this, its a terrible time to be ill around the christmas period. I will issue this as a formal complain that you feel you have caught the Flu due to our network being down!

Best wishes!

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Re: Users should pay to use Facebook

Whatsapp is free (at point of use anyway) isn't it?

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: The elephant in the back seat

Two Coreys and Heather Grahame? What more could you want from a film?

For wearable analysts, the glass is always half full

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I could google it suppose...

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Re: profilling

perhaps wit was the window tinting, they thought she was black from outside the car, but when they realised she was white they din't shoot her, just arrested her.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

What happens if they both press it?

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Re: Exam question.

I had a test like this. l naturally I didn't read all the way through. When the teacher asked why we had done all the questions, I said that I had read them all through, then done them in order. She didn't have an answer for that.

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Re: Howard

Who is Howard?

'Cuddly' German chat app slacking on hashing given a good whacking under GDPR: €20k fine

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As a rilway modeller, now I'm curious!

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

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Re: Ipads @ work

I find it quite awkward taking my desktop with me to plug it into switches etc...

Microsoft: You looking at me funny? Oh, you just want to sign in

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Re: I Don't Get It...

I gather nonces like accessing secure enclaves

Azure, Office 365 go super-secure: Multi-factor auth borked in Europe, Asia, USA

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Not sure that word means what Microsoft think it means




gerund or present participle: mitigating

make (something bad) less severe, serious, or painful.

"drainage schemes have helped to mitigate this problem"

synonyms: alleviate, reduce, diminish, lessen, weaken, lighten, attenuate, take the edge off, allay, ease, assuage, palliate, cushion, damp, deaden, dull, appease, soothe, relieve, help, soften, temper, still, quell, quieten, quiet, tone down, blunt, dilute, moderate, modify, abate, lull, pacify, placate, mollify, sweeten, tranquillize, remit, extenuate, excuse, commute

"drugs which mitigated the worst symptoms of the disease"

antonyms: aggravate, increase, intensify

•lessen the gravity of (an offence or mistake).

"he would have faced a prison sentence but for mitigating circumstances"

synonyms: extenuating, exonerative, justificatory, justifying, vindicatory, vindicating, exculpatory, palliative, qualifying, moderating, modifying, tempering, lessening

"he would have faced a prison sentence but for mitigating circumstances"

I found a security hole in Steam that gave me every game's license keys and all I got was this... oh nice: $20,000

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Re: Tsk tsk tsk

Don't worry about paying for food, people will still grow it out of passion and share out of a desire to show off.

FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal

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Re: Worship of paper

But she has the best name!

All through the house, not a creature was stirring... especially Samsung smartwatches: Batteries empty at 3AM

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Plug it in overnight...

New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: In the near future

Anonymous Coward, you are fined one social credit for a violation of the Verbal Morality Statute

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

Still happens. "A USB device has stopped responding. Click here for more information"

Guess which USB device had stopped responding....

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Re: I don't get it.

It's not tho'. As pointed out in another comment, in a computer context the master makes the decisions, but also does most of the work, when really it should do as little of the work as possible.

I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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Re: just translate the measures and units dammit. Then maybe we can talk about AI.

I have to check carb content for food for my diebetic son. It often takes a while to find page that doesn't have the quantity per portion, without saying how big a portion is...

Windows 95 roars once more in the Microsoft round-up

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Re: Encrypted Skype?

Iain Duncan Smith?

Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: I can see where this will lead

Plenty of black/dark androids in Star Wars

Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator

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The headline made it seem like the another ramdom anti social media push from a a no-nothing politician. Actually, many* of the proposals seem both sensible and technically achievable.

*Many does not mean all.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: "...hashland would sound silly."

My sister keeps using interrobangs on Facebook

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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But Goolge, while the biggest, aren't a monopoly in anything

Fresh cup of WTF with lunch? TeamViewer's big in Twitter's domination-as-a-service scene

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I could do with some clarification. Are people just using the #teamviewer tag on twitter as code for naughtyness, or are they actually using the application\service to broadcast it?

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: I was once called in to the bosses PC

Not security breaking, just breaking but related to the password issue.

I joined a team rolling out upgrades to a chain of opticians. We were upgrading both the Unix server and Windows client tills. I shadowed a guy the first time then was let loose on my own. I did the server upgrade not problem by following the script, then upgraded the clients, but I could not get them to talk to each other , tried typing the passkey at both end many times.

A visit from another engineer the next day (after they had been down all day for a 1 hour upgrade) showed me what I had done wrong. I normally use the number keys ont he main keyboard, above the letters, but the engineer I had been shadowing used the numberpad soI thought I would try it that way. What I hadn't noticed that was he had pressed numlock. I was typing in the same passkey on server and client, but one with numlock on and one without.

I never use the numberpad now.

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Re: a sort of oversized Meccano.

I worked for a while as a student temp in the Dexion factory in Hemel. It was 'interesting'

Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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We had that too. In a room we didn't know existed. And I'd worked there for at least 10 years at the time.

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Re: "Act normally! Ginni and the team are here to see what Austin is really like."

Cheers, read that and the the wiki page on the Boxer Rebellion. Friday afternoon well wasted!

HTC U12+: You said we should wait and review the retail product. Hate to break it to you, but...

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Not sure about the naming convention

I don't want a phone thats for under 12s

Worst. Birthday. Ever. IPv6's party falls flat

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IPv6 weekly spikes

Looking at the Facebook IPv6 stats, its interesting to see the weekly spikes, but I can't work out if its weekdays or weekends when there is higher usage. Anyone care to postulate a reason?

UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Surely Amazon could just deliver it next day with a drone?

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Re: Unintentional benefits

Took me ages (well many seconds) to work out what an ice car was

There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Re: Yo Dabbsy

Glad I checked the comments before bringing up the train/railway station thing.

Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit

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Re: Does this cover all search engines - or just Google ?

I've been wondering this too. Google was in court, do Bing, Duckduckgo, Baidu etc have to comply?

So the suits swanned off to GDPR events leaving you at the coalface? It's really more IT's problem

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What happens when an (ex) employee wants their details removed from any system logs?

Google: Class search results as journalism so we can dodge Right To Be Forgotten

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Why is it always Google that get taken to court? There are other search engines, not as well used admittedly, but still out there serving much the same results.

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

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Re: It's done

You married your gilrfriend's mum?

Edit: Damn, beaten to it (no, I wasn't going to marry their girlfriend's mum)

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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That was really annoying, it interrupted me listening to Rick Astley

Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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How can you have uncrisp crisps?

1,900 rotten apps bounced out of Google Play every day in 2017

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Re: Why are they accepted?

There is a difference between having apps+plus a lot of crap and not having any apps. At least you can filter out crap apps easier than you write your own.

RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea

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I'd only come across her as a children's writer (when I was a child) I'll have to investigate

Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

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What happens when it isn't hard?

User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'

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Re: Not the brightest.....

I've done similar, moving a heavy monitor with rotary controls on the bottom edge, rested the edge on a desk to shift the weight and low and behold, it stopped working...

Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

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Re: Up to?

I was thinking that. If your the host of the website you are browsing is connected by fibre to the neet, you have fibre broadband?

Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

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Re: UK street price (for a refurbished....

That'll be me then. Been pleased with mine. 64Gb for £199 with a dent in the corner that you can't see cos it's in a case.

It's time to rebuild the world for robots

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Re: yes

The DLR is automated but not autonomous

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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Re: Perhaps developers should work offline

I wish I had known that, it did the same on the Amstrad. I was a master of beating every enemy, by the time I could afford a docking autopilot I didn't need it and I had all the money I ever needed, but without being able to change galaxies the game was effectively over.


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