* Posts by rototype

68 posts • joined 18 Feb 2010


Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here


Re: I rather like it, but for one detail

Dell 5590

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time


Re: Nah.

LMFAO - That's Compo!

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'


Re: Fiat 500

Can't see that page, it's complaining that I have adblocker on and wants me to turn it off, which is NOT going to happen.

Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit


Re: The only Mac I ever owned had the worst keyboard I've ever used

I've had many laptops of many different brands over the years and I now ONLY use Thinkpad T series machines, it saves a lot of hassle. (and I don't mind the styling, in my mind that's what a laptop SHOULD look like).

My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?


Re: Magic blue smoke...

Reminds me of an incident that happened one time we were having the warehouse extended at work. Apparently the plans showed the electrical feed at one end of the warehouse and the water at the other - they weren't, they were both in the same trench that just happened to be where the JCB was digging (thinking he was well clear of both).

Here's the IT angle - the digger bucket hit the pipe and cable at the same time and caused some sparks (OK - it took out the whole power feed to that end of the building, sending massive spikes up the earth line) . The first we knew about it was our screens wobbling a bit - went to have a look at the big main server (HP D series Unix box) and as I walked in the room there was a HOOJ explosion as the UPS just shat itself (managed about 30 seconds before it did so pretty good). Managed to protect the main server as well and the only problems were from a couple of incorrectly closed files from the sudden power outage and a new pair of trousers required as I was the one to go in to see what the trouble was just before it went bang.


Re: I recall even my mum (a bit like Dilmom) telling me a fire story

Try looking for paint with the really nasty environmental hazard stickers on it - they generally come in metal cans. (don't think plastic can hold it)


Re: I recall even my mum (a bit like Dilmom) telling me a fire story

Our Chemistry teacher used one of those wide glass bowls for that experiment - Sodium was fine, fizzed and popped over the surface but the Potassium exploded (I think it ignited the gas it was producing) and split the glass bowl drenching the teacher from about the waist downwards. He didn't do Potassium the next year...

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics


Re: Well at least

Anyone else tried RS recently, good prices (I remember they used to be horribly overpriced, or so I thought at the time) and good delivery, as well as 'Trade Counters' which can act as 'Click & Collect' or just pop in if they've got what you need. Or there's CPC/Farnell - similar but don't remember seeing anything about trade counters with them.

Maplin have been going down the tubes for a long time, ever since some Eejit put the beancounters in complete charge of the company, ditching any product if there's a momentary dip in sales. A story I remember from a good few years ago (when the staff actually knew what they were doing) was that the D25 plugs weren't selling as well as the D25 sockets so they were discontinued, 3 months later they discontinued the D25 sockets as well as no-one was buying them there since they coundn't get the mating plug!

Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires


Re: What no-one has mentioned yet... - DRUMS

They were still using MTS when I started there in '89 - just for the 1st years, I seem to remember the machine was an Amdahl, no idea what model it was though (I suspect we night have been told but I don't have any notes from back then any more). I also seem to remember they had a cluster of *nix machines that the 2nd and 3rd years were allowed to play with instead of being hobbled by the old system.

I also remember an old HP analyser system when I started at RR with a fixed/removable platter on it - I only saw the cover off it once when it was being serviced and was told in no uncertain terms never to get your watch or anything that might be magnetic anywhere near the voice coil, even when it was off. Didn't need telling twice on that one.

The analyser was 'donated' to a college (who also had another virtually identical one) when we were granted funding to purchase one that could be moved by one person and was considerably more powerful (it even used 3 1/2" Floppies!!!)

BOFH: Come on, PFY, let's pick a Boss


Re: Explains a lot

A company I heard of did exactly that. I can 't remember who it was or where but here's how it went...

They were a production company and the product they made was pretty successfull and sold well, however they were still making a loss. They analysed the time usage of the higher wage earners of the company (ie the managers) and found 50% of the time they were at meetings, 35% of the time they were preparing for meetings and 10% of the time was spent writing up after meetings, leaving just 5% of actual productive time. They let go 90% of the managers and turned the company around overnight.

House Reps grease the wheels for hundreds of thousands of robo-cars on America's streets


Not quite the right statement

"we must ensure we stay in the drivers seat..." - albeit one without any controls - don't think he properly thought that one through.

Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown


Re: Wait until next year..

"Therefore, expect Her Majesty's Arse to announce that the rules will be expanding to the whole economy, not just the public sector."

As far as I was aware that was always going to be on the cards, hit the public sector this year and the private sector next year.

Funny how the amount they hope to raise (£440M) seems to be about the same as they expected to raise from stopping Umbrella companies allowing contractors to claim expenses. I sense that they'll probably just about make as much from this as they did from the umbrella 'clampdown' so will want to somehow make even more the following year with another hair brained scheme.

UK.gov tells freelance techies to slap 20 per cent on fees as IR35 tax hike looms


Re: > Just the first stage

Of course they don't want self employed people - this means they actually have to individually sort out peoples tax meaning they actually have to earn their fees rather than just having the megacorps hand them the figures (and money) on a platter.


@ Doctor Syntax

Only the liability falls to the agency, it's the end user (Gov/Health/public sector department) that actually decides whether the contractors are actually within IR35, so expect some 'interesting' anomalies due to differing departments policies regarding contractors, and with some policies being blanket applied from several layers above this means some departments that can't afford to lose them will lose their contractors even when the managers of that department can prove their contractors aren't IR35. (think Dilbert and lazy/incompetent managers)

My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder


Re: Food is not only sustenance

A colleague of mine always gets his lunch from the canteen as a carry out and always eats it at his desk - he has found that this is the only way to avoid having the users pestering him with IT issues that should be logged in the proper manner (ie helpdesk) while he's trying to eat.

Burning desire helped us collar arson suspect, claim Danish cops


Re: Evidence

Or perhaps when this evidence was presented to him he 'fessed up to the crimes - what we really need is an update on the story as to what happened once it made it to court (if it did). Playmobile recreation optional in this case...

Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason


Happens all the time in Education circles (and medical establishments for that matter) - They think that because they've managed to get a post as a teacher then they're better than the ancillary staff and as such treat them as morons, and forget about any sort of funding unless it's one of their ideas (meaning they've probably specced up some utter shite and are merrily paying through the nose for it.


Re: funny thing about these requests

Works especially well on morning "I can't log in" od "My PC isn't working" type calls, an hour later you wander over to see how they're doing and you find they'd either forgotten to switch something on (PC, Monitor etc) or switch something off (ie Caps Lock) or they've actually properly checked and re-plugged in the cables.


Re: To the 2IC

"sending a copy to all other parties ie: the 1IC and all board members."

I did that one place I walked out of (made sure I had a job to walk into though) - it was politely swept under the carpet before anyone could say anything. Although apparently a few months later they had an impromptu IT audit instigated by one of the governors....

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*


I just wonder...

... How many Daily Mail readers that 120,000 included

Fatal flaws in ten pacemakers make for Denial of Life attacks


Brings new meaning to the term 'Hack & Slay'

Just makes me wonder if this is the reason for the government wanting these back doors in everything - so the secret security services can assassinate a target without going anywhere near them.

A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)


Re: It's a box FFS. AT £130

Yes, and he has a Mac on it so obviously he's used to spending extortionate amounts of money of toys.

Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail


Are we missing something here

Is there the possibility that this "law" will mostly be there to frighten the more timid veggie/vegan parents into actually thinking about what they're feeding their offspring and adjust accordingly, If this is the case then it's doing what it should - getting the younglings the correct balanced level of nutrition.

As with some other comments, I wholeheartedly agree that parents stuffing fast food down the gullets of their sprogs with the exclusion of anything that could be deemed healthy should be shot on sight. Unfortunately this has ben going on for so long now it's almost regarded as socially acceptable to be overweight or even obese. This has probably come from the PC brigade saying it's not nice to call someone a fatty 10 chins. True, if you are then it's not nice to hear and I agree there are certain medical conditions that can have the same effect but in the majority of cases it's just through eating too much of the wrong sort of food.

Personally my diet is relatively balanced (moderation is the key really) - I eat meat fairly frequently, fish at least as frequently but I also try to have a day or two each week where it's 'meat free' meals - sometimes this is down to availability (an example is when I select the meals from the works canteen as the veggie curry usually has more/nicer flavour than the beef/chicken one). My one weakness is I possibly go a little heavy on certain grain based liquid supplements - my choice and I wouldn't force it on anyone.

Tech support scammers mess with hacker's mother, so he retaliated with ransomware


"We probably all ought to pressure people in power to do more to address the issue."

Unfortunately this won't work while money is being made as those in power just say - "You're making money - where's our cut" (tax/bung etc).

Sadly this is not limited to the developing world or emerging economic growth zones but to virtually the whole world, disguised better and less blatent in more 'civilised' societies.

Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right


Re: Mandatory Age verification on porn sites that are not hosted in the UK?

If they DO end up basically not permitting sites not UK hosted, will this (hopefully) mean the end for facebook etc...??


Re: Mandatory Age verification on porn sites that are not hosted in the UK?

Does this mean that them animals known as 'Merkins' no longer exist?

Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces


Re: Cheeky bastards.

Halfrauds, not sure, some of their 'Pro' tools are actually quite good while not being too bad on price. Don't agree with their policy now of having the bikes and other shite downstairs while the heavy car stuff has to go upstairs (If I want to buy a battery I DON'T want to have to carry it down a big long staircase before I pay for it!!)

Maybe when they do go someone can buy their tools section off them?

Triple-murderer prisoner keeps mobile phone in his butt for a week


Re: Love the honesty

In all actuality they probably leave them switched OFF most of the time, partly to preserve battery power and partly to avoid detection. If they're only using them for the occasional weekly ET then the battery should last for a couple of months before going flat, by which time it would generally have been found and confiscated - thus meaning they probably wouldn't have any need for a charger.

On another note, they'd probably only leave them on Vibrate if they enjoyed that sort of thing.

Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks


Re: Moral police

Dependant on the state in the US that this occurred in they seem to think that anything other than Church or sports bar is unacceptable, and generally have all the subtlety of a howitzer (as well as about the same IQ).

SECRET PROTOTYPE iPAD 'stolen from RANDY Apple employee'


Re: 5 days ?!?!??!

Possibly a couple of reasons - 1) allegedly they dropped him 'over a mile from his home' - if he's an average Merkin geek it could have taken a while for him to i-wheeze his way back home (if he remembered the i-route at all, after all he wouldn't have his i-sat nav any more). 2) if all his i-gadgets were stolen that'd mean (horror of horrors) he'd have to use an ANALOGUE telephone - where's the instruction manual? - Maybe he waited until he got a replacement i-device to phone them on?

Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen


Re: I know where there's one you can buy

It's next to the Brooklyn Bridge, offers anyone?

iPhone owners EARN MORE THAN YOU, says mobile report


It seems to me

A bit like Apple may have 'sponsored' this research in an effort to say "Look! Buy one of our phones and you'll earn more money" - and unfortunately a lot of gullible people are likely to fall for it.

Surprisingly we don't hear much about Bleckbarry any more....

BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down – Auntie working to fix it


Re: iPlayer

I have a suspicion the number of people wanting to get the first episode of a new series with a new Doctor might well have contributed to the downtime, whether thisalone could have brought it down or whether specifically targeted for a busy time or just coincidence we may never know.

Personally I was going to until I realised I only have to wait until Friday and it's re-played on Three.

BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN


Can't beleive no-one'sadded this



Re: responsibility

Would these be the same "Secure USB Sticks" that can be read as plain text when you put them into a Linux machine? (No, I'm not making this up either)

El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse back on the bacon


Re: Next Year

I also should like to participate next year - shouldn't be too bad, I remember back in the 90s there was the 'Baked Bean war' on between the local supermarkets, with a tin selling for 1p - combine that with a disgracefully extravagant 27p for a loaf of sliced white and it was quite possible to live for a week on £1 - which I did for about 2 weeks until my friends started avoiding me (think it was something to do with the after effect of the beans...) By the way I was skint then as well, but I managed to save enough to pay my rent that month. Wouldn't do it again on beans on toast but it's definitely an option worth considering for a couple of meals.

Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'


They've missed a trick

If it's that light, why oh why didn't they give it a decent lightweight hull as well and make it so it's amphibious as well (Ok, the frenchies don't need this but for the rest of us...)

With air sea and land capability they'd probably more than double their potential sails (pun intended.

Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM


Another Option

... is to announce yourself as something like "Welcome to the Gay and Lesbian helpline...... With what aspect of non-heterosexuality may we help you" They soon hang up (well they do if it's a person phoning, if it's a machine it don't really work).

BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer


Re: Are ink jets that difficult?

I bought an inkjet 3-in-1 (printer/scanner/copier) a couple of christmases ago, Still going strong. Ok, so I mostly use it for the scanner - the cartridges officially cost more than I paid for the device in the first place and yes I use it so little I have to clean the heads every time I use it (which I don't if I can help it, I've got an old HP Color LaserJet 4500dtn for most of my printing needs, especially since I picked a s**t load of consumables for it when the company I was working for at the time decided they wanted the space more than it wanted the cartridges for these old printers it rarely uses any more.)

To be honest the main reason for buying it was the fact that my xmas cards that year didn't want to go through the laser printer. I also needed a scanner with a Windows 7 driver (old one came with '95 originally) so £30 was quite well spent. I've since found that some of the cheap replacement cartridges from some supermarkets are 100% compatible and work just as well as the genuine article.

BOFH: Climb the corp ladder - and use your boss as a bullet shield


Re: Serious competition

Yes, I remember, about 13 years ago as I recall... (isn't that the re-spawn interval for crap contractors?)

Worker dumps council staff's private data in supermarket skip

Paris Hilton

This sounds like a classic....`

... passing the contract to one of the senior councillors mates (probably discussed on the golf course/over a few drinkies). - ie a backhander.

The lack of controls is probably due to the fact the person 'awarding' the contract has absolutely no idea what controls are or even the slightest idea what data protection means. It was probably stipulated that the records needed to be unencrypted as no-one doing the processing has the nouse to understand what to do with encrypted files. (probably because they're paying peanuts - you know what sort of staff you get for peanuts)

Paris 'cos I think even she'd manage to do it better.

Judge: Apple must run ads saying Samsung DIDN'T copy the iPad


Re: Timing is perfect!

"Of course, I expect Apple to wriggle a hell of a lot before they'll actually do this. Would they actually pull-out of the UK market before complying with this?"

Would they? Please? PLEASE?

Personally I'd like to buy the Judge a pint for having the balls to say 'You've been naughty and now you have to say sorry - publicly' to Apple.

Comet 'sold 94,000 pirate Windows CDs', claims Microsoft



You mention that Dell come with full recovery discs - only the business models do in my experience, if you've cut corners and bought one of the cheaper home systems then you have to pay extra for the recovery media (I know this was the case a few years ago at lease, a friend was quoted £60 for the XP media alone by the Dell helpdesk!).

HSBC UK systems major outage

Black Helicopters

First HSBC, then NatWest

Who's going to go down next? Are they all taking turns to see who moans loudest then just placate them and sod the rest of us?

US dating site has no 'goodwill' trademark rights in UK


Is it just me..

... or haven't they been advertising very well - as I've never heard of either of them! No 1? I very much doubt. Top 150 UK Sites? Only if you restrict it to dodgy dating sites.

Woman in strop strip for Bermuda airport customs

Paris Hilton

Anybody notice..

the bit in the article where it says she was only going back to close her bank accounts, seems like she's had enough of US control and is leaving for good. Don't blame her, I'd do the same, it's probably only draconian rules saying he has to be there to close it. Most times you can sent a letter in to close an account - but the US always has been a bit backwards on its banking.

Personally I no longer have anything to do with them (despite being 50% US by birth) - they're all tits at the moment so if the while world decides this (probably not too far away) they can all rot in their own mess. (they'd probably not even notice, which is the depressing part).


paris for obvious reasons

School caned for losing 20K details


Only 80?

Try more than trippleing that when you consider actual staff and anciliaries (cleaners, admin etc...) I worked at a school with 700 and there were 150 staff with maintenance, catering, housekeeping etc... we only had 2 1/2 IT staff there (one guy did A/V as a second role).

2200 pupils should warrant at least 5 IT staff full time - and that's being stingy. I'll bet they'd all been outsourced 'to save money', and the outsourcing company couldn't be bothered to do it's job properly ("it wasn't covered in the SLAs")

1 sysadmin, properly trained (and probably costing a hell of a lot less than the outsourcers charge) could have prevented this from happening.

Lightning strikes cloud: Amazon, MS downed


I just wonder...

... if somene up there is trying to send us a messagenot to try and be so 'clever' at creating 'disaster proof systems'. I wonder if the planet has had enough of being f****d around with. (and NO I'm not an environmentalist).

Truck nuts swing onto US freedom of speech agenda


I'm sorry, it has to be said

This is all a load of B******s

BOFH vs PFY: There can be only one (on the exes chit)



True BOFH again...


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