* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

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Re: sci-fi ships were the order of the day at my first job.

No one likes the test server Rimmer though...

Rimmer Dall (Scions of Shannara)?

Nah, I tend to stick to boring, functional names.

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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Emnador noticed this heap of objects.

The map and keys are lost forever.

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Re: HMSO

I would've commended you for that... and told the rest of the staff to look at increasing their productivity.

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Migrated over from 2k3 to 2k16 at last, with new hardware to boot.

2k16 and powershell is heaven in comparison to 2k3... you can do diddly squat!

Google's 'other' phone platform turns up in post-apocalyptic mobe

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I was pondering this. And realize I don't use my smartphone to its full potential.

Excel? Work on a laptop.

Word? Laptop.

Email? Mostly on laptop, but there are one or two (Schlock Mercenary etc) that I can peruse on the go, as well as reply to some emails when neccessary.

Games? Meh, not really into games. I do play flow free and word puzzle games.

Boos? Yes, reading a lot.

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Just code a whatsapp and telegram client for kaiOS. That's all I need.

Post-silly season blues leave me bereft of autonomous robot limbs

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Welcome back to forn parts, Dabbsy. We missed you and your delightful columns.

Premera Blue Cross hacker victims claim insurer trashed server to hide data-slurp clues

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Recently had a compromised computer on the network. It was replaced with a good, clean PC, and the offending PC now awaits the proper code to initiate its own self-destruction cycle which should wipe out all life on this planet.

Huawei Mate 20 Lite: A business mobe aimed at millennials? Er, OK then

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Have two Wawee devices - both MediaPads. T1-701u and its larger sibling.

Still going strong despite the 701u having a cracked screen. And no bloatware to boot.

Happy camper here.

Microsoft sharpens its claws to cut Outlook UI excess, snip Ribbon

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The best office was Office2003. Or LibreOffice/OpenOffice of today.

No meh ribbon or the such cruft. Only now am I starting to get used to that piffle of a ribbon.

Meh.

Silence! Cybercrime's Pinky and the Brain have nicked $800k off banks

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They're Pinky and the Brain,

Yes, Pinky and the Brain,

One is a genius, the other's insane.

To prove their mousey worth,

They'll overthrow the earth.

They're dinky.

They're Pinky and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain!

Software dev-turned-councillor launches rubbish* chatbot

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Wot? No more "Skippy McSkipface with a fresh captain's log on the seat in an open field/cul-de-sac/somebody's front yard" news then?

Thunderstruck: Azure Back in Black(out) after High Voltage causes Flick of the Switch

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The Day after Tomorrow...

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Wot? Don't they have Hyper-V replication or clustering in place for their customers' valuable VM's?

Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses

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IP address hoarding

Those who hoard and guard their IPv4 addresses jealously should do well to sell it off soonest, because once world+dog make the shift/jump/move/transition over to IPv6, then nobody'll want to buy IPv4...

Nevertheless, it will be interesting going forward.

Most IoT tat still runs on IPv4? Let's hope it stays so, the less IoT tat is on IPv6, the better :)

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown

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Elephant in the room...

...just how much will TSB have to pay IBM for consultancies? Have they accounted for that?

Or hope that IBM will write it off and everybody will be happy and live in La La land thereafter?

TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably

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Re: The Apocalypse Gathers Steam

Nowadays world+programmer is expected to use "programming libraries" to glom something resembling a working program together without having any idea what happens in the back end.

What the hey.... as long as it works and delivers correct input/output then all must be well even though said glommed program runs at glacial speed and need a whopping terabyte of RAM....

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*applause*

For finding more wossnames for TSB... I've quite exhausted mine!

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Coke in a printer? Will that not leave a sticky mess and give some Clue?

Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Re: Havening fun yet?

I'm havening fun on the Georgening forum, it be a noice place to be.

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Re: Do you want fries with that?

What do you expect from the staff at McDonalds?

What is a compoota?

Experimental 'insult bot' gets out of hand during unsupervised weekend

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replace 'b' with 'w' in 'bank holiday'...

Windows 10 July update. Surface Pro 4. Working fondleslab. Pick two

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At work I use a win10 craptop for work, m$ software included.

A major ballache for us IT admins is that you cannot install office2013 (office, project, visio) on win10 without busting your balls.

Install Office2016, it's much worse - you cannot install any Office2013 stuff at all...

Luckily I have a Mint desktop, it's a pleasure and joy to configure and use in comparison to Ickdoze10.

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

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This is going to be very interesting going forward.

Now if only you can find out how to block that faceboob pixel from "phoning home"...

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Luuuuverly fresh and hot popcorn orders being delivered via non-trackable drones.

Our unique technology will pop the popcorn prior to delivery, so you'll get it instantly fresh and hot without having to faff around with cold or stale popcorn!

Also offered are a range of assorted sprinkle flavours!

Place your order NOW to avoid disappointment!

It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less

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Uhm, but the versions of POSReady2009 I've played around with does not have CHKDSK installed... so what gives here?

It's a real PITA, especially when it reboots and the file system's dirty, and there's no CHKDSK installed.

Maybe I'm missing something here somewhere...

Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

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Eish, going from bad to worse... WinPhones was announced with as much fanfare as possible, then distributed for next to nothing.

TBH Android is getting a bit too long in the tooth by now - if only they can develop and distribute a Google-free (sans any Google apps) Android version for most of the 'droids out there.... or something different like FreeBSD...

Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers

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"When I buy a car, I want to be able to make sure MYSELF it is no longer accessible to previous owners, not rely on their goodwill or attention to detail," IT worker Mike Walters‏ told El Reg, summarising the feelings of many drivers we've spoken to about the issue.

This. Well said.

London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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Oh dear.

So which one's the more resilient?

The oldstyle split-flap display (which cannot display advertisements or lewd pictures *ahem*), or the newfangled one with wide-screen monitors (which ne'er-do-wells can have fun with by displaying pr0nz and other unsavoury stuff, not to mention boring advertisements)?

Not to mention displaying bluescreen errors for world+dog to see and comment on (preferably on El Reg).

Techie's test lab lands him in hot water with top tech news site

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Has el Reg bought a 3rd server yet?

Nevemind that, has they upgraded the hardware, or are they still running on the original servers?

Pocketses got lots of nifty new nanoservers.

The Death of the Gods: Not scared of tech yet? You haven't been paying attention

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Götterdämmerung.

SentinelOne makes YouTube delete Bsides vid 'cuz it didn't like the way bugs were reported

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El Reg to SentinelOne : "Come at me bro..."

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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Re: Rug Pulled by pissed off third party..

Which makes me wonder - what if somebody outsources all IT services, then neglects to pay the outsourcer...

India's Cosmos bank raided for $13m by hackers

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Re: Shutting the wrong stable door

Makes one glad of not using that bank.

Unless you bank with TSB.

Brit banks must disclose outages via API, decrees finance watchdog

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Pre-Y2K and thereabouts one of Spencer F. Katt's columns sported an "This office is K2Y Kampliunt" cartoon.

Sadly, it cannot be found anymore.

And the BOFH himself also had a dig at compliant and complaint :)

Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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Re: Confusopoly

Dilbert comic refers - it is so apt.

Apple pulls iOS 12 beta 7 after less than 24 hrs

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We contacted Apple for comment.

Don't hold your breath. Most probably El Reg is on a blacklist at anything Apple.

Mine's the one with the Matrix Nokias in the pocketses.

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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The BOFH was there!

All Hail the Mighty BOFH!

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Oh yeah...

...does it have a micro-SD card wobble? To make it more authentic for ZX80/81 users...

...mine is the one with the working Speccy in the pockets.

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What a bloody shame.

So it's semi-vaporware then.

The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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But does it have a notch?

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Nah, not interested. "Samsung".

Pass.

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Come over to the Dark Side....

BUT... Where will the money for all this come from?

Oh right, Joe and Jane Doe.

WhatsApp security snafu allows sneaky 'message manipulation'

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And some banks already allow banking by whatsapp.

Going to be interesting.

Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Re: I think I'll..

Can you use Wagner as a Ring tone?

Sauron is not happy at all. Nazgûl are on their way.

Hobbits inna pocketses

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Greebo's just a big old softie.

Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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Set up a PC with tarpitted ports

I'm sure the bank's IT department will be delighted in having their server's responsiveness messed with.

'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Sebokeng, Johannesburg.

During the 1980's a colleague of mine had to visit the clinic in Sebokeng. He had to be escorted in with an army escort. Did his work, then got duly escorted out as well by the army.

In the late 1990's I had to go to the same clinic. Then later on to a house of one of the clients.

All was peaceful (or so I thought) until the cops pulled me over, took a shufty at my car's boot and told me to proceed, telling me to be more careful next time. I was naive at that time...

...but today I would just flat-out refuse to go in there.

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Wah. What a sad tale.

Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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red shirted goons = star trek redshirts?

Mine's the one with the Kobayashi Maru in the pockets.

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