* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Co-op says IT upgrade project going swell since axing IBM

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Things going from bad to worse for IBM?

Descent of the Machines: Aussie firm boasts of underwater drone swarms

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Nice subtitle there - "descent of the machines"

'ere, 'aff one on us :)

Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

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Now that's lovely.

NOT.

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Wot? no electrified doorknob?

Ahh, those P2's - they're the cartridge type CPU's.

Seen one with a mongo passive heatsink. Good and ideal for dusty environments, but blowing it out'll produce a cloud of dust large enough to obliterate Saddam's No1 bunker.

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Re: I was known in my team as Tommy Tourettes

Do tell us :)

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Re: until you get a colourblind appy

IIRC it was OpenSuSE that does it when you log in as root.

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That works as well - until you get a colourblind appy (or sysadmin)... :)

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I have created tiled bitmaps with the server's name on it (eg NODE1, PRIMARY DOMAIN CONTROLLER etc), so if you log in to a server via RDP you can instantly see which server it is that you're working on.

And, yes, this was preceded by me rebooting the wrong server. Now I can instantly see which server I'm working on, and this avoids mistakes.

Face it, a slew of open RDP sessions on your desktop will invariably cause you to issue the wrong command in the wrong window. Fun.

Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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Pctools (V4.xx and earlier) was quite snappy. Later versions (v5 and up) tended to be bloated and slow.

Edited microsoft's DOS mouse.com (the first PS/2 mice with add-in PS/2 cards) driver to display "machosoft moose" instead of "microsoft mouse" :)

Botched upgrade at Belgian bank Argenta sparks phishing frenzy

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I'll call that spear phishing. With a railgun.

Terix boss thrown in the cooler for TWO years for peddling pirated Oracle firmware, code patches

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Remind me never to do any deals with Oracle then.

Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP*

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One reason why I don't like cloudy services. Your entire company's at the mercy of said cloudy services. And there's also other factors to consider - internet access etc etc etc.

Also keep in mind that the techs at the cloud centre/host are all "shared" amongst more than one company. Meaning if one company experience major b0rkage, then all hands may attend to said b0rkage, leaving you to wait for somebody to attend to your small problem.

Ass-troplastic! Printing parts from p.. er... human waste

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/inserts obligatory poo emoji

My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Re: Real waves

Interesting to know that wifi can interfere with hearing aids.

Glad mine is not susceptible to that...

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Re: Reverse the polarity!

Can't upvote this enough.

But HP power bricks have 3 prongs... supposedly the same trick will also help with that one... :)

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I've never been a huge fan of wireless keyboards and mice in the office environment.

Same here. Wired is much better. As is, I'm using wired keyboards.

Tried wireless once, it is nice - until the battery runs flat and you're in the middle of something urgent (server resuscitation, data rescue etc)....

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All my users do is break the wireless keyboard/mouse dongle, and we have to chuck the whole thing away.

Have ordered a couple of wired keyboards.

And bluetooth with Win10 is an iffy affair. Bah.

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So glad I don't have such users...

Blackberry snaps, yakkity-yak Snapchat app brats slapped with patent trap rap

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RIMjob?

iOS 11.3 update throws Jamf-managed iStuffs into a loop.. into a loop.. into a loop... into a...

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iBricked iToys

They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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Not surprised by this.

Explains a lot. Makes one now wonder about a lot of things. The Walrus have got a lot of talking to do.

*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

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Re: I, for one, can't wait to read about the sequel.

fukubeancounter

^ that ^_^

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Re: more than just IT

Interesting read, thanks!

Hold the phone: Mystery fake cell towers spotted slurping comms around Washington DC

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Any new towers appeared in South Africa recently?

Oh wait, these'll be spaffed as quick as lightning by the locals if not properly secured, so I think we're at least safe here. :p

Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.

EUROCONTROL outage causes flight delays across Europe

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Would really like to hear what caused the hiccup.

Probably a cleaner unplugging a critical server somewhere...

Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let's take a closer look at that

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So now we wait for 2.2.2.2, 3.3.3.3, 4.4.4.4 and all the way up to quad9...

One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

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Use Shovel --> http://www.turnstep.com/Spambot/harassment.html

Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Fun?

Now what if your current employer decide to send you over & they take a shufty at your facebook page, and up pops a message from a friend from 6 years ago full of things that go boomz, goatse and tubgirl stuff, and based on that they decline your visa?

Whose fault would that be?

I have a twatter and faceboob account, but both are used so seldom nowadays.

BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

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We used to have fair iburst coverage at our domicilium. Was good enough for youtubing etc. With unused data rolling over to the next month.

Until the company decided to ditch their old tech and vswitch over to LTE/LTE-A

Which is actually more expensive, you need new hardware, and there's no data rollover.

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Re: "Surprised anyone uses BT"

Sounds almost like Telkom here....

$0.75 – about how much Cambridge Analytica paid per voter in bid to micro-target their minds, internal docs reveal

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Facebook - burping data and getting paid for it.

SpaceX has a good day: Successful launch and FCC satellite approval

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More blipping and bleeping pieces o' junk floating in spaaaaaaaace above our heads.... One of these days we will not be able to get decent sunshine due to the space junk blocking the sun....

Happy 100th birthday to the Royal Air Force

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Wha's with tha' upside-down trollyface?

Ach, April Fewls day...

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

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Mary had a little lamb

And the EFF expropriated it without compensation

Please no Basic Instinct flashing, HPE legal eagles warn staffers

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Annoying nasal whine acceptable?

Six months on, and let's check in on those 'stuttering' Windows 10 PCs. Yep, still stuttering

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Downgrade Upgrade to Windows7 then?

User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Now that takes some beating! Lovely reading, and I'm glad the seller stood his ground and told the buyer off.

Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

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If you want to stop people fly-tipping, then ensure they have ways and means of disposing of their rubbish legally.

Attaching allsorts of strings or conditions to this only mean that fly-tipping will get worse, and will cost the council more money than what it would've cost them if they did it in a better way...

Seems common sense had left this planet a long time ago.

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Here in SA that boat would've been gone and sold to a scrap yard... the tyres gone on a taxi (if still good) or be cut apart for a tyre swing, and the barbed wire, sofa and assorted stuff to a shack owner.

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is it a floater?

Boffins stalk house-hunting bees, find colony behaves kind of like a human brain

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And the Borg? Will somebody study their hive mind?

Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win

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So.

In order to avoid any nasty fallouts due to languages, it is deemed best to code directly in Assembler.

No?

IBMers in TSS: How WILL we support customers after these latest job cuts?

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And it's shareholder interest that is more important than customers interest once again.

Shareholders give no value to a company, only its customers and loyal staff do. Without loyal staff and customers a company can't give its shareholders any value.

Most businesses (especially here in SA) seems to think that shareholders are the most important...

Manchester Arena attack: National Mutual Aid Telephony system failed

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I hear what you say - in some cases outsourcing may work for all parties concerned. That kind of outsourcing I have no issue with.

But in most cases, outsourcing is simply to cut costs. Until the chickens come home to roost.

Penny wise, pound foolish.

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Speaking of which, have KFC managed to pull itself together again? Have read about that big hoohaa, most probably some beancounter trying to cut costs in order to get a bigger bonus.

And this is a prime example of why outsourcing is a big NO.

If properly managed, documented and handed over, then maybe. Not a yes, but a maybe, because you really don't know how that company will handle pressure when it arrives unexpectedly.

Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

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The taller they are, the harder they fall.

Reg writer wins quite prestigious journalism prism

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Congrats from South Africa!

Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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rm -rf /dev/facebook

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1984.

Big Brother.

Welcome.

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