* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

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How the heck did said customer got access to MSDOS.SYS if it had the hidden, readonly and system file attributes set?

Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!

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Combine this with DeepFake and we'll have loads of fun.

Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

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Re: 68000

IIRC Linus started Linux on the QL... May be wrong though, if so, apologies.

And Magnetic Scrolls' The Pawn was also written for the QL.

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Lack of apps will be a serious problem.

This happened to OS/2.

No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

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34 days and counting....

http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/20/suspected-drug-dealer-now-gone-34-days-without-taking-poo-7327236/

It will end badly for all involved.

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reminds me of Dante's Peak (with Pierce Brosnan) and Volcano (with Tommy Lee Jones).... the pressure is building...

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Now, is this poor chap still clamping up on his anal sphincter?

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Uhm, he need to drink some water or liquids, right?

If so, take a leaf out of the BOFH manual and bastardize his lager or liquid refreshment, so that he will impersonate both Timkin Rumbleguts and Grabpot Thundergust simultaneously.

Test crash dummies: Pearson VUE broke half-way into all-day exam

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Trollface

Re: Acronym

I saw that too

Flight Simulator's DRM fighter nosedives into Chrome's cache

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Mind. Boggle.

Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

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I wonder if their detour into ARM territory will lead to the same kind of fallout as with WinMo?

I mean, windows on ARM does not have all the features you'd expect on Intel/AMD hardware... plus driver issues to sort out as well. Sure, ARM chippery have good battery life, but if drivers are lacking... (which was also a problem for IBM's OS/2 Warp and other operating systems).

Reminds me of the failed x64 version of XP, and Vista.

Only time will tell if v1.00 of the ARM foray will be a success or disaster. ARM is a different kind of beast, and you will not get x86/x64 code to run on it, unless in a VM or with WINE.

Hilarity to ensue as sysadmins try to get M$ office to install, only to find out that it is not compatible with ARM ....

Have M$ given thought to the dearth of apps on that specific platform, or are they hoping that software Morlocks will code for ARM-based Windows as well out of the goodness of their hearts?

Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face

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Re: DEL & * catastrophe

Heh, had somebody delete a critical data file from Ulti-Sales (POS system I supported back in the day).

Poor lady didn't know what to do. Of course I tried a rebuild first. No luck. (It was support over a phone, luckily she was computer literate, and knew what to do).

Asked her about backups, and they did have it. I got her to restore the backups to a different directory, then copied the critical file over to the live POS system, and ran a rebuild - and all was well, no data lost.

She was happy. And so was I.

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Qbasic GORILLA FTW!!!!

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A poker face a day keep the pink slip away.

BOFH: Turn your server rack hotspot to a server rack notspot

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Yay for making it somebody else's problem.

If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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Re: Brilliant!!

Ooooh, now I want a luggable.

Looks classy and hip.

Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

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And this brings back fond memories of Windows NT 4 Wankstation jokes *snigger*

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Using Win10 (at work) here, but with Classic Shell.

And whenever I present users with Win8.x or 10, I install Classic Shell for them a bit later. They really appreciate it, and they utterly dislike the newfangled Microslop UI.

I also install Classic Shell on Server2016 servers, it is so much better than the default slop that is dished out.

That terrifying 'unfixable' Microsoft Skype security flaw: THE TRUTH

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Skype still a thing, what with its new and horribilus interface?

Hua-no-wei! NSA, FBI, CIA bosses put Chinese mobe makers on blast

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Facepalm

If America actually decide to physically ban the import of Chinese goods, most especially from Foxconn (who assembles a lot of iThings as well), things will be getting really interesting.

Whose products will the US of A then use? They'll have to produce their own - which means no more outsourcing to "cheaper" firms beyond the US of A's borders - or they'll do all sort of shenanigans to ship their products out, get these assembled, and get it shipped back.... or "import" workers on a short-term contract basis to do the work....

Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Re: What will happen?

IIRC you can set it to display text only, even if the email is HTML.

Or, better still, use PINE in CLI mode.

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AMP = cryptomining / cryptolocking

go north and get lost. Don't want it.

Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Trollface

Can't he come and derail the gravy train here in South Africa?

Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search

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Will have to see what the going forward is like.

Expect a lot of complaints, and badgering of IT support persons by folks who don't want to pay for an image, but still want to download it.

See that over Heathrow? It's not an airliner – it's a Predator drone

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Yup. Skynet.

Boffins upload worm's brain into a computer, teach it tricks

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Skynet rising?

If you haven't already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast

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Bloated goats still alive?

Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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Re: Commas are important...

Obligatory angryflower strip

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Also had a leak in the server room once.

Now, the servers' located in the basement. Which is Not A Good Idea.

However, the buidling is on a hillside, which allows the western part of the basement to be open. So flooding will not be a problem.

Right?

Wrong.

Seems that the builders neglected to check on the horizontal level of the floor (which is now the server room). I've found out only after the fact that it is NOT truly horizontal, but tend to incline towards the western side, which has a wall. The door is to the east, where you enter and exit.

It should be pretty waterproof, but we had to cut a hole in the wall for a fiber-optic (dang word, I never know if it's fibre or fiber, but anyway) conduit. It was sealed properly and everything.

For the first year things went well. Second year, the conduit piping carrying the fiber inside started to crack due to vehicular traffic. Third year we had a nice water leak outside the premises... and yup, water entered the server room.

Luckily the critical servers was high enough to keep their toesies dry. And I'm glad I did not get electrocuted - I waded into that mess barefoot. Water got warmer at a point, then I noticed that a kettle plug had immersed itself in the water - and I skedaddled out of there at a good pace, and refused to enter again until all the water had been pumped out.

It woke manglement up, and the company had to spend some $$$ in getting proper drainage installed to keep water away from the server room.

So far we've had a couple of rainstorms etc, but the server room remained properly dry.

Only time will tell if we'll have a repeat performance or not. If it does happen again, the servers will be relocated somewhere else... which'll be a major PITA.

And for the record, I will not try this experiment again, with a live electrical connection submerged...

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Re: And sometimes the flood is concrete

How did they clean that mess up? (Concrete flood) Should be interesting.

US states accused of skimming cash from 911 emergency call dosh

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Ah, seems like this happens all over... Sadly.

https://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/937893-No-money-for-disaster-areas-because-of-billions-to-bail-out-SAA

BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

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And it also sound like something the Bastard himself will do.

Anybody remember this episode?

You are in a twisting maze of little support options all alike.

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Maybe the PFY realized the BOFH was behind the convoluted virtual agent website thing all along...

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

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Pint

To the winners - well done chaps.

Pub o' clock it is!

All will now disperse in a chaotic fashion to the closest, and use the Bossly Unit's CC.

Cheers!

Wish you could log into someone's Netgear box without a password? Summon a &genie=1

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Re: Yes... but...

Whut?

I've always had a Smoothwall behind such a router - the Smoothwall won't leak such information.

Seems my decision not to trust these routers was a sound decision.

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I still don't know why Netgear, Dlink etc don't use OpenWRT or similar on their devices rather than their own badly written crud.

Come to think of it - why don't they all pitch up together, collect funds and pay a couple of OpenWRT (or whatever) hacks to code a proper OS for their routers/things?

This way they can ensure that the code is Open Source, and bugs will be found, and be patched promptly, and they don't have to do the coding themselves.

Just a thought.

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Yay, more "features" for world+dog to use...

Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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Speccy owners will also fondly remember the days of fidding with the VOL button to get "just the right volume" for loading games.

R Tape loading error was the result if the volume was too high or too low. Fun, especially if you're playing around with a lot of BASIC code you've just typed in from a magazine, and wanted to save it...

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Ahhh, dual tape recorder decks made copying protected Speccy (and others) games a snap :)

I can recall my nephew trying to record some speccy game, using two portable tape recorders and only air in between... didn't work.

It took us less than 30 seconds to find banned 'deepfake' AI smut on the internet

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Simon? You reading this article?

Make note, give us a good BOFH episode :)

Thanks mate! :)

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Re: The Running Man is now reality.

Read the book, watched the movie.

IMO the book was better.

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So... when will the first case be heard should an innocent person be deepfaked onto a rumpypumpy video which causes said person to lose his/her job?

US Senate mulls giving Huawei and ZTE the Kaspersky treatment

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Apple must be gloating... oh wait, they're using Chinese factories to assemble their iThings.

Other cellphone makers (like blackberry and nokia) will eventually be forced out of the market as they're using Chinese parts.

This is going to be interesting.

Popcorn anyone?

No yolking matter: Google Translate cock-up gives Norwegians more than un œuf eggs

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A clucking good story.

Says the ASAC with a couple of cacklefruit generator units on his freeholding.

Now that's taking the p... Sewage plant 'hacked' to craft crypto-coins

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Pint

Re: This surprises me in what way, again?

Hehehe, good one that! And a jolly good idea too!

How many people got "disciplined" by this sort of thing? Just curious to know.

'ere, 'aff one on teh hosue :)

What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

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Devil

Yesterday, SpaceX launched its powerful Falcon Heavy, with the boss's ride strapped on top.

Something Simon will be aspiring to one of these days!

PS : Can we have a BOFH icon? Please?

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

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What really happened to those people who peddled WindowsNT and Win2k source code back in the day?

All the two articles do was to waffle on about the leaked source code, but not a peep about what happened to the people who've had a hand in distributing and peddling said code...

No matter what you do, what security measures you put up, somebody will always find a way to sneak code out of the backdoor.

Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

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Coat

Sad to hear that.

Survival of the fittest, and all that.

But it means more mediocre android landfill, and less proper phones.

Gots lots of good, proper droids in my pocketses.

Registrar Namecheap let miscreants slap spam, malware on unlucky customers' web domains

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Penny wise....

Cops find ATM spewing cash, car with dodgy plates, stack of $20 bills and hacking kit inside

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Question - how did they manage to load malware onto the ATM in order to compromise it?

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