* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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I dimly remembered that Clangers was also aired on our local SABC back yonkers ago when I was a wee tyke...

Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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We are Borg.

Resistance is Fut>KZERRRRT<

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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Here in SA you will need to wait for an attendant to come and fill your car for you.

They have some sort of electronic key fob on the pump which need to be triggered by its counterpart which the attendant have on his person. (Think it is meant to stop theft of fuel).

So you rock up, attendant activates the pump, and fills you up, then you pay (or drive off if you want to feel lucky). To counter that sort of thing, all fuel stations have cameras all over the place.

And currently we're paying over R15 for a litre of engine juice. :(

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: Entering New Zealand

ISO-whatever's just for show. You never know what things are really happening behind the scenes.

The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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El Reg.

Not shy.

Will say it out loud should a product be shoddy.

Good.

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Re: Leave a little present.

The comment about cabbage - reminds me of the time when we scored a lot of free cabbage leaves from our local shop.

Fed it to our chickens who loved it - but the pong when they decided to do their No2 business was another matter entirely.

Never did it again.

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Re: Leave a little present.

Bonus points for evacuating the entire building by the power of your air biscuits. :)

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"Should you need private meeting spaces, utilize the 4th floor. DO NOT TOUCH any items or objects you might see around the space, including signage, TVs, chairs, and tables."

Now I'm really curious as to WHY.

Firefox hooks up with HaveIBeenPwned for account pwnage probe

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WebExtensions can now hide tabs as well as manage the behavior of the browser when a tab is opened or closed, so you can expect to see exciting new ...

...rickrolling features to pop up all over the place".

It's getting more and more Azure'd: For Microsoft, sorry seems to be the hardest word

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Microsoft slipping its tentacles into every pie all over the world.

Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

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Little Bobby Tables.

At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

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Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash

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And that's why, once you're in a car and driving, your mobile/cellphone/phablet should be stowed away and be left alone for the duration of the trip.

BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

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cliffhanger of note

Please tighten your passwords and assume the brace position, says plane-tracking site

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Zoom out and see a lot of planes in the air.

Especially over Trumpmenistan and over the EU.

Scary.

By gum, that's chewy: Samsung's NF1 fattens M.2 card capacity with wider gumstick format

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What you gonna do with 1.132PB of storage? Fill it up with torrents and pr0nz?

Mind = boggling

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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Pwned.

Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering

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The Cloud = another man's computer. Somebody else's responsible for the hardware and other things such as cooling, electrical supply etc etc.

The Cloud = as soon as somebody else's experiencing DC issues, you can do nothing.

Your own server = you are fully in control of things and you are responsible for everything.

So therefore people who go over to cloud-based solutions want to offset part of the responsibility of their businesses to somebody else, whilst paying peanuts for that, and expecting no problems.

Surprise. Whether you're in the cloud or hosting it yourself, you will still get issues, no matter what you do.

Google cloud VMs given same IP addresses ... and down they went

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Re: Five nines of uptime

Once a month: An engineer makes a mistake and everything's dead on a Friday afternoon.

A law need to be passed that anything critical must not be done on a friday afternoon, only on a moanday morning (or, even better, tuesday morning).

This will allow world+dog techies to collect their beer at pub o' clock and not having to waste their friday afternoons wrestling with issues some daft ******* caused in the first place.

Audi chief exec arrested over Dieselgate car emissions scandal

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Damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

Gives new meaning to be between a rock and a hard place...

Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Wot? No hill named "medium cockup"? :)

Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

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Or is it a Corbomite manoeuver in disguise?

Because of Corbomite, it'll sell like hot cakes on the market.

BOFH: Got that syncing feeling, hm? I've looked at your computer and the Outlook isn't great

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It's Friday. On-Call and BOFH perused.

Luch consumed.

Now what? Pub o' clock? Too early for that... methinks it is time to have a quick shufty at the NTP controller for our domain and set it forward with a few hours... >clickety<>click<

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Here's to us!

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: Mouse balls.

In the old days, if I was feeling particularly mean to someone I might substitute their mouse ball for one from another mouse that was slightly smaller.\

Ever tried a grape? The funny shape of the grape will make the mouse go all funny.

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My first mouse was the boxy Genius mouse. Worked well until it had a case of ball fuzz. Opened it, cleaned it, and continued.

Dunno where it is now.

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Optical mice FTW

until somebody put some prestik over the sensor window ... :D

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Good luck, he will most certainly need it.

And I would like to have such a phone, free of all things Google.

Cisco opens its network automation system to the unwashed masses

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Ne'er-do-wells will most probably have a go with it hammer and tongs and try to exploit any vulnerabilities on world+dog...

Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Ick - googled myself and had a shufty at the images - only two pictures was of myself - and the rest... some was pictures which I've posted yonkers ago and is now on some other servers (which made me go WTF) and the rest is of people I don't even know.

HTF did google got a screenshot of my OS/2 Warp 3 desktop? o_O (did not display when safesearch was ON, but with safesearch OFF...)

Scary.

Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards

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How did the ne'er-do-wells manage to gain entry in order to milk the data?

My reasoning - if the system is properly secured at the perimeter, then only three ways -

1. Email with malware attachment

2. Disgruntled employee

3. Bad field technician

The chances of anything really new coming from storage are a million to one, but still they come

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Thumbs up for the Pterry reference.

Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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Realpolitik

UK! watchdog! slaps! Yahoo! with! £250k! fine! for! 2014! data! breach!

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No doubt some beancountery type will be going Yahoo! at this news....

Apple: No currency mining for you in our App Store thank you

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It wears them out, why would you want to add charge/discharge cycles unnecessarily?

Ne'er-do-wells won't care, it is not their hardware that's getting abused.

US tech companies sucked into Russian sanctions row

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This is but the start of things to come.

Who knows what Trumpmenistan will try to block or sanction next, and could it affect YOUR company (who've been quietly minding their own business in No1 Bagshot Row for ages)?

Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Had the dreaded update on my Lenovo X260 Stinkpad - and nothing seems to be amiss...

....yet.

I've resurrected an old HP 7600 desktop PC, added some extra RAM and loaded Linux Mint on it, for the kids @ home. Not going to stick with M$ anymore, next thing you know is that they hosed all existing Win7/8/8.1 installs with a funny windowsupdate thing.

Mistakes will continue to be made and Windows users can expect a lot of data loss not to mention productivity loss to be the inevitable result.

Every bloody gadget in the house is ringing. Thanks, EE

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Thanks, but NO thanks.

I reserve the right to receive calls on ONLY one cellphone. And most certainly won't like it if every single gadget decide to give me a tinkle in order to let me know that person X want to talk to me.

Chances are it'll be either a cold caller, telemarketer or spammer.

One device is easy to manage - just put it on silent and ignore its frantic buzzing. A whole host of beeping and whirring devices? Not so simple...

Xiaomi the money? OK, here's a one beeeeellion dollar loss ahead of IPO

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Using a Redmi 4A device - and is impressed with it.

Usually a phone will slow down after 6 months' heavy use and need a factory reset, but this phone just chugs on and on.

Very impressed.

Looks like Huawei and Xiaomi's going to cause big grief to Sagsmug in the long run.

IBM to GTS: We want you to 'rotate' clients every two years

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What are the chances that the engineers will have to fund their own training?

Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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And this is why I will still prefer old school cars without autopilot or any such fancy gimmickry. I want to remain in control of the car at all times.

At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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Words fail me... not another one.

It's chaila o' clock anyway.

Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

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Re: But ... I don't want more cores.

Heh, reminds me of something back in the OS/2 days - somebody soundproofed their PC - then put a resistor over the terminals of the CPU fan to keep it slow as OS/2 doesn't cook your CPU.

Was a really quiet PC.

Nowadays it is like McDonald's farm, a fan-fan here, a fan-fan there all fan-fan-fanning.

You get fans with LED's and allsorts of blinkenlights. Why?

And some components (esp RAID cards) with passive heatsinks really get hot, I prefer to have these cooled with active cooling. More noise. Plus dust is the bane of fans.

In the end it may be better to just get a bar fridge, stick everything inside with a couple of fans and have a really quiet PC (until the fridge compressor kicks in). And have a filter inside which'll filter the air continuously.

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Microsoft will come to the party sooner or later - they'll have a "basic" version of their product restricted to 10 cores.

Want access to an extra 10 cores? Buy an extra licence. etc etc etc...

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

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ATFS

African Time File System

because it gets delivered... whenever!

1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded due to botched IT migration

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With this and the Visa shambles last week, is a cashless society really the best idea?

I have to agree - it is tempting to go 100% cashless, but then you'd stuck up the proverbial creek sans paddle should Mr Murphy decide to poke his grubby fingers in where they don't belong.

Cash still is king. Plus it feel nice to fan some large notes and pretend you're the richest in the world :)

Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption

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Why fix it if it ain't broke?

We routinely use IPv4 on our sites.

I expect we will continue to do so - and just have a firewall NAT'ing between IPv4 and IPv6 should all the ISP's go over to IPv6 anyway.

Will have to wait and see what happens. Until then I'm not going to break anything yet.

VPNFilter router malware is a lot worse than everyone thought

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Lovely.

Running Smoothwall behind our router, so the ne'er-do-wells will not have any luck with that.

Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by

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Definitely vapourware then.

What a pity.

Watchdog slams TSB boss for underplaying extent of IT meltdown

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Too Shy to Bank properly....

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