* Posts by Ol'Peculier

444 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009


Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP


I might be wrong, but I'm sure they were one of the first to offer static IP addresses, all you needed to do was ask.

Have to admit, I'd totally forgotten about them, even though I was a customer for years.

Never had any problems, so allowed me to get out for a --->

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals


Re: BBC Micros at college

We developed a password grabber, cracked the file storage system on the MASSIVE 20MB hard drive, and finished by obtaining a complete list of all user passwords!

I did exactly the same thing! Didn't get caught, but I was looked at with great suspicion by the staff.

Happy days!

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers


Apparently, football clubs all have fax machines that they use for transfer window deadlines.

And I wonder how many MFP's are still sold with a fax modem build it, never to be used again, with an abandoned, unused port regarded as an object of curiosity for those under a certain age...

Is Google's Pixel getting better, or just more expensive?

Thumb Up

So far, touch wood, I've not had any issues with my Pixel 3, admittedly I've only had it a week so there is time, but it's a fast little beast compared to the original Pixel.

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons


Re: What sort?

This is very true. I work with somebody that thinks his Apple keyboard, which is about the size of two beer mats, is far superior to anything else. Unfortunately, he's never had the fortune to use a Model M or similar.

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved


Re: Goodnight, Firefox

I've used feedly.com since Google shut Reader, works well and the app on Android is ok too.

Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-


Re: Ah, ISDN

Had a similar issue: client had hi-res images on a local server hooked up to an ISDN line that were accessed by customers logging into their public facing website.

All was well until Code Red came around...

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


I'm convinced I remember reading articles in the Reg about the testing and promotion of this aircraft, when there was a flight that plummeted several thousand feet because the fly-by-wire systems had an argument with themselves? Never been able to find the article since, but do remember my first 777 flight and telling my friend this, who had never flown before. Heh heh heh...

Came back to the UK on one yesterday, still prefer Airbus but you get what you pay for...

Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK


Most reviews seem to, er, focus on the camera aspect of phones nowadays.


At this rate, by 2020 we'll all be back to wearing pagers...

For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully


"the Pie upgrade can be performed in half an hour" - Certainly not in my experience, it took the best part of two hours. (Pixel XL Mk1)

Rather worryingly after using Google Pay last night, it got alarmingly hot and just vibrated when I pressed the power button. Eventually, I managed to get the screen to display and turn it off for a bit to let it cool down. Hopefully just a coincidence?

Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push


My Pixel XL v1 is updating now, but it is taking a verrry long time, hour and a half and only half way through the first step.


Polo? And they come from Yorkshire as well...

Oz retro computer collection in dire straits, bulldozers on horizon


I know, I'd love to help too, but I'm in Yorkshire...


Can the powerhouse museum help? Was quite surprised at the stuff it had on display when I went round it.

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way


Oh boy, I remember the furore of the last redesign. Lob the grenade and one... two... three...

Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop


I must be in the minority. I find unlocking my phone through the fingerprint sensor and waving it in front of the POS terminal is a lot less faff than digging a card out of my wallet. Plus I have a record of the transaction on the the phone, so I don't need to ask for a receipt.

Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown


Re: Why? Just why?

www.llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.co.uk perhaps...

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain


The BA Concord that's moored on top of Intrepid in New York (and looking a little out of place TBH) has tours that allow you to sit down (in the front row, where the Queen sat!) and also into the cockpit. There is a charge for it, but the person that did it was very knowledgeable about it and was happy to ask questions, although my friend and I were outnumbered by non-English speaking tourists, so we kind of had him to ourselves!

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft


I never get these calls. Which annoys me as I even have a VM with Windows XP and a file on it's desktop called "bank details" ready for them.

UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads


Frankly, if I saw an advert with his face on it, the last thing I'd do is click on it. I'd much prefer to punch the smug little git.

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network


When our exchange burnt down (and before mobiles were mainstay, not that it mattered because teh backhaul went down with it) there were police cars at major junctions so you had to leg it down to them so they could radio in.

UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫


It's a shame. The customer posts to their page (especially the complaints, which was usually most of them) were always a fun read. And the lack of empathy from their "social media" team was pretty dire.

Most people would also keep moaning about their lack of Sunday roasts, with no engagement from JDW either.

On another note, the one near me still has a FB page so it's not trickled down totally.

What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently


I was staying in a hotel in Vietnam a couple of years ago and the WiFi had become a bit crappy. I only had a tablet with me, but I logged onto the gateway, guessed they hadn't changed the password, and wham, in I am to the config pages.

All I did was reset the thing which sorted out the problem, and I did deliberate if I should tell reception how bad their security was when checking out but decided not to. I didn't want to spend the next couple of weeks looking over my shoulder...

ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t


Thank Bob the ASA don't have the power to censor radio shows - but by this it appears they don't have a "Clue" either.

A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options


I guess you've never been through a US airport immigration

Unfortunately, far too many times. And will do again this year. Absolutely hate it. By time they process 1K of passports, it'll be time to head straight to departures and fly back home.


1,000 capacity maybe for hub and spoke, could you imagine 1,000 people all waiting for immigration, customs and reclaim?


Flying back to Manchester from Dubai last year somebody had decided to park a Ryanair jet on the gate we were supposed to take, meaning a good 45 minute wait before it toddled off.

I'm assuming Manchester doesn't have the ability to take more than one A380 at a time? With Emirates doing three flights MAN-DXB a day already, I can only assume they will have to modify things at the airport if another carrier wants to start using them?

All aboard the Vomit Comet: Not the last train to Essex, but a modded 727 for weightless flight


Re: Rubber duck

You're never alone with a rubber duck...

The Register Lecture: The Secret Spitfires


Any ideas, for those of us who are lucky enough not to work in London, how we may be able to watch this film?

Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city


Stump Hole Cavern

Am I the only one thinking of this sketch?

"We are of course part of a much wider network of caves that riddle the entire county, including the much larger Redscar Cavern located half a mile to the west. A trifle flashy for my taste I have to say, with their gift shop, granary style cafeteria, and one hundred percent safety record all over their promotional literature. But there you go. Now if we stay in single file we’ll make our way into the main cavern. I do think it’s worth noting that Redscar were served with a council notice, ordering them to replace 115 yards of faulty wiring. Put it this way – I wouldn’t like to get caught down there in a thunderstorm, and no amount of trilobites in Perspex or stegosaurus shaped pencil tops is going to change that.

"I myself am not fond of the darkness – I sleep with the lights on now. It’s in the darkness I see the boy’s face. Eyes protruding, tongue out…black.

The North remembers: York scraps Uber's licence over data breach


Re: Oi!! (II)

Exactly. I read a post on Quora last week from somebody that had gone to a B&B "far in the North".

It was in Thirsk FFS...

Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture


Not past the third paragraph, no.

It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad


Re: Bing?

As many as that?

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles


Re: Initial comments from a guy with a Class A.

Only 4 wheels. Not a lot of traction when hauling 80,000 lbs at 60MPH+ ... or driving from Reno to Sacramento in the rain ... serious safety issue, probable show stopper.

The video shows it having six wheels, just hidden by the cushion.

TalkTalk sees red after chucking £75m on restructuring bonfire


The kind that TalkTalk customers have had, otherwise why would they choose them as an ISP?

Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?


Re: 3D?

I'm another that thought the same thing. I don't know anybody that has ever owned one, or even contemplated buying one.

I do remember going into a pub that was showing a football game in 3D, there were about 4 people watching it looking like rescued Chilean miners...

DJI Aeroscope won't stop drone-diddlers flying round airports


or you can steal one and put someone else's plate on a car. People don't do that because it's illegal.

Except, well, people do. Because if you are going to do something nefarious having a false set of plates is the least of your problems.

The kind of person wanting to do stupid things with a drone near an airport will probably think the same way.

Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics


Re: You cant have it both ways

Actually, Richer Sounds in York is right in the centre of town, and Maplin is on the Clifton Moor retail estate.

Futuristic driverless car technology to be trialled on... oh, a Ford Mondeo



What on earth justifies Nominet been involved in this project?

Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!


One of the hotels I stayed in whilst travelling around Vietnam had the default username and password on the router, I kept logging in as admin and rebooting it when things got clogged up.

I was going to tell them when I checked out, but had second thoughts due to a surprisingly well built Vietnamese gentleman working reception that morning...

EE!? The sound customers make when the interwebz don't work


To be fair, it's not nationwide, although I don't use EE's DNS.

'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you



So if the lorries are squeezed up nose-to-tail, how on earth does anyone other than the leader know which direction to steer in?


Re: Theory, meet reality

And as they attempt to get back in convoy, in between each lorry is Nissan Micra being driven by a 70 year old petrified pensioner that's terrified of moving into the middle lane...

Probing the online phish market reveals thriving, profitable underworld


Other sources are also available...

What we're finding is a large number of fake ecommerce sites that are scraping content from websites, including ours, and passing them off as real.

Some of these sites "sell" our own brand products. We had a case this morning where we are out of stock in one size but a customer got in touch with us and said "Well, www.whatever-site-that-is-only-registered-for-a-year-and-has-an-odd-domain-name. has it for sale, how come you don't when you make it?"

Google paying Apple BEEELLIONS to stay search top dog on iDevices, say analysts


Makes it clear what, or who, is the product here...

Plink: Lego swaps CEO for newer piece


With that churn rate, I the new guy must be bricking it...

The Telegraph has killed Prince Philip


Before the Interwebs, an English cleaner was working in a TV station in Australia where they were rehearsing an obit on the Queen's death. On hearing this, she rang her mother who still lived in the UK with the news.

Mother then rings local radio station to ask if they can confirm the Queen had died. Who duly broadcast such news...

(might have been about '93 as I was working in the media sector then)

Everything you never knew about mail: The Postal Museum opens


Don't they know how London prices work?

It's the kind of thing I'd visit regardless of price, but a very reasonable £16 including a donation is remarkable:

That and another trip round the Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A next time I'm in the smog...

Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup


Does anyone care? Does anyone really pay attention to the domain that is shown from search engine results? (I'm talking the general public here though.) The only one I thought had legs was .bank to be run by a registrar that would only register them to known financial institutions (though the Nationwide's on both sides of the Atlantic might have had to scrap it out in the car park). The rest, just a money grab for ICANN.


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