* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Re: Just the Usual...

Lady knocked over cup of coffee on her HP laptop.

When I got it, it was dripping wet. I immediately removed the battery and rinsed it thoroughly with cold water from a tap.

Then let it sit in the sun for the rest of the day to dry out.

The next day it started up just fine, there was a small discolorated area on the monitor, but otherwise it was fine.

That was two months ago. It still is running.

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Dick Gleeballs?

Now that is a name... :)

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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will a helium balloon work with a remote-controlled payload/drone (thruster/rocket-powered) attached to it?

Once it is on the fringes of SPAAAAAAAACE and the balloon pops, manoeuver said drone via remote control towards the ISS...

I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

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Muad'Dib is making plans for an invasion.

Russian 'troll factory' firebombed – but still fit to fiddle with our minds

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You cannot troll a troll.

Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid

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Joke

"A spokesperson told Bloomberg:

Shouldn't it be rather "spokesdrone"?

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First casualty then.

Who will fall/fold second?

But, who will be the ultimate winner?

I'll go out on a limb and predict that said winner will be fat, bloated and lazy close (or after) the 2-year mark.

Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul,

Ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

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I'm part of three G+ communities :

IT professionals

Retro computing

IT security

The knowledge you can find in those communities is most excellent, and something you will not find on faecebook.

Most members of those communities are most upset, and we're deciding where to go from here.

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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On day 4 Microsoft gave me a rolled back update....

What will day 5 bring then? (Moanday)

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Indeed. Doing a CHKDSK /F on DOS produced a couple of crosslinked files (if you're unlucky enough) which you can salvage, but it will not delete stuff.

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What will day 4 give us? Much more joy? And hopefully a good expletive-laden rant from Bombastic Bob... :)

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Will WSUS stop Bloat10 from upgrading itself?

Time to make a slight adjustment to our backup policies then.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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So... was some Halon released?

30 years ago, NASA put Challenger behind it and sent a Space Shuttle back out into the black

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I salute the men and women who risked their lives - and who is an inspiration to us all.

Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

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Merger from hell - TSB and O2 :p

China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts

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But you'll be relieved to hear that "smart clothing remains a highly niche product category serving specific segments such as professional sports". Nobody wants to talk to their trousers.

Dabbsy, here's one for you :)

Microsoft: OK, we have no phones, but look how much we love Android

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Meh, not working on my phone. I can connect and everything, but when I open the icons to do... work... nothing happens.

I have a Xiaomi Redmi 4A.

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Pint

Thanks for mentioning AirDroid. Will download and try it out.

Thanks!

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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Will wait a bit until it get the all-clear from world+dog.

Also explains why my WSUS server is churning like crazy. Meh.

Free for every Reg reader – and everyone else, too: Arm Cortex-M CPUs for Xilinx FPGAs

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Excuse my ignorance, but what can this be used for in the real world?

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Re: New contractor

"P45" is the UK government standard form used when one is invited to seek alternate employment.

Ahh, a "pink slip" then.

Thanks for letting me (and others) know :)

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Re: New contractor

....resulting in a nice shiny new P45.

I have to assume that a P45 is a civil court case?

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Re: Reminds me of the classic

https://www.ee.ryerson.ca/~elf/hack/recovery.html

Was about to post the same. It is a legendary classic by now.

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Too many apps

If lost in a forest go always down. You will reach a stream or gully and leave the forest along it. Going up will inevitably end on a hilltop.

Baaaaah. Tell that to the sadistic programmers of any Adventure text game featuring forests.

Gah.

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Re: Frogger

Ribbit!

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In the old days when visiting clients, you'd consult a paper map, make mental notes where to go, and you'll arrive safe and sound at your client/destination. This also have the advantage of you "optimizing" your route especially if you knew which shady parts of the city/country to avoid.

Nowadays you just plonk your destination into your GPS, and if you land up in the middle of a squatter camp late at night.... (Happened to me once).

I prefer the old way of doing it, by mentally plotting and remembering your route, gives them brain cells a good workout.

Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Patch one bug and create a couple of other fun bugs in the process.

Evil laughter. Muhuhahaha.

Microsoft gets ready to kill Skype Classic once again: 'This time we mean it'

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Skype in violation of GDPR? Eh?

I stopped using it when they pushed that newfangled UI crap out.

It'll go the same route as WinPhone, Mxit, and so on.

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

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Nice way to start off payday....

...NOT.

Pain spotting: Russia's Aeroflot Docker server lands internal source code, config files on public internet

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Coat

If you try to hack Aeroflot's website, you'll get a prize.

One-way ticket to the Gulag.

Leaving for a safe house at an undisclosed location post-haste.

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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I must admit that I'm a bit tired and jaded from too much Android, and would like to see something fresh and new.

Maybe a *BSD or Ubuntu version instead of Android...

One can only dream...

Your specialist subject? The bleedin' obvious... Feds warn of RDP woe

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So wanting to stick a PC with RDP open to the WWW into a DMZ and see what happens :)

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Re: "Are you affected by the outage? Leave us a comment and let us know."

Huh? What outage?

I don't believe in IoT tat. And this is as good as any reason why I don't want such things in my hosue.

Sneaky phone apps just about obey the law, still have no trouble guzzling your data, says Which?

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Seriously thinking of going for a very basic phone that can do calls, emails, whatsapp/telegram and nothing else.

WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war

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The Bourne Codecracker? :) (after the Jason Bourne series of films)

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Fascinating.

Thanks for this!

Did the Germans ever got clued up that their supposedly encrypted message system have been compromised?

Amid Trump-China tariff tiff, Cisco kit prices to resellers soar up to 25%

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Re: How about ...

We are going to pay for firewalls and the Mexicans are going to build them!

And in other news, all jobs in Mexico have been outsourced to India, and Mexico have been importing Indians to do slave work in factories.

Good news: Sub-surface life on Mars possible, moons from big impacts. There is no bad news

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"Sign on tunnel leading into moon's/martian depths : "Abandon hope all ye who enter here - Morlocks be skulking here."

Jokes aside, this is very interesting. We always thought the moon/Mars is cold and lifeless, but a microscopial examination may tell something different.

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Lob a Tsar Bomba at it.

Only way to get rid of that sort of abomination.

Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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Friday. Tick!

Software blunder. Tick!

Clueless manglement making things worse. Tick!

Beancounters ruining things. Tick!

Underpaid staff working too hard on pointless shit. Tick!

Well known company that shall not be named. Tick!

Ticks all my boxes, and it didn't take me all week.

Totally Screwed Bank?

Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

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Commitstrip need to update their "Meanwhile on Mars" series... maybe the Rover is catching a case of the sulks because nobody dropped by for its birthday? :)

See : http://www.commitstrip.com/en/2017/08/08/meanwhile-on-mars-12-birthday-party/

Or maybe they (JPL) can outsource the task of physically going to Mars and fixing the Rover to one of the many call centres in India :p

Fallover Friday: NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank go TITSUP*

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Yay for outsourcing! Let's outsource some more!

And when all the IT techs have done a Brexit and left for greener pastures somewhere else, where will they get local IT support from?

The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

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Fascinating read, thank you very much.

Ubuntu flings 14.04 LTS users a security lifeline, chats some more about Hyper-V

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Kind old Microsoft helped out again with the metadata necessary to get Ubuntu into the Hyper-V gallery.

Microsoft? Kind?

Something's wrong here.

Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

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This is a job for Roger Wilco. Period.

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Nope nope nope nope.

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Will it have a Paranoid Android?

Check out this link! It's not like it'll crash your iPhone or anything (Hint: Of course it will)

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T-t-t-t-triggered!!!

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