* Posts by WorsleyNick

22 posts • joined 22 Apr 2010

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP


Re: Bye bye.....

Sometime in the '90s I had spent Christmas Eve cannibalising my computer and the children's computer (plus newly purchased components) to build 1 computer for each of my children and a new computer for myself. By about 3am on Christmas Day each computer was up and working but I could not get dial up to work.

On the off chance I called Demon support thinking that I would get a recorded message. I was surprised when the phone was answered after one ring by bright, cheerful lady. She was very competent and soon helped me sort it out. I apologised for calling at 3am on Christmas morning; she said she was glad of the call, not having had a call since she came on shift at 9pm. We spent sometime talking about her Christmas, she had volunteered for the Christmas shift (Demon were rewarding handsomely).

Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe


Re: Click bait

You were lucky, I'm still trying to get the whiskey (John Power, if you must know) splatter out of the keyboard :-)

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe


Re: Missing Information

If it was a setup, then one hopes that he did not leave a data trail (email/sms etc) that led the committee to know that the package was there for the taking. Face to face after running into Newspaper man in the Hotel lobby might do, anything as long as there was no data trail.

Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions


Re: Lira?

'The only reason Germany and the Netherlands have "extra" manufacturing is because they make a lot of the tools that go into factories.'

I thought the 'tools' went into Parliament and only occasionally went into factories when publicity was required, like that Gideon character. He certainly looked as out of place as a Politician. At an Olympic Award Ceremony. Watching our politicians at the moment they seem to be behaving as designed, German tools, making a right fist of Brexit.

Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech


No you would be expected to pay for your own. As I remember it, we would have been expected to pay for our own ID Cards, even though we, as tax payers were already paying for the infrastructure.

Remember standing on standing on the bridge at midnight?

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


Re: Magic blue smoke...

"He decided to replace the huge main electrolytic smoothing capacitor in the power supply.

He got it the wrong way round (quite a feat of carelessness, but not impossible)"

After retirement I did a level 2 PC maintenance course. One of my fellow students had a certain, how can I put this, lack special awareness perhaps. The student managed to rebuild a PC with the RAM reversed, back to front. How it is possible to do that we could not work out. not just a feat of carelessness, requires a large measure of cack-handedness.

A strong smell of overheated PCB pervaded the room, before a fuse blewn the PS.

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata


Re: Suggestion for a new name

EnemaData - The Shite Company (long handled spoons provided)

Which reminds me the Quack has given me a tube to fill with a crap sample. The handle provided is ridiculously short.

EU aviation agency publishes new drone framework. Hobbyists won't like it


Re: Regulate footballs also

My problem with footballs is when they are on the ground and some fiend has filled it with concrete.

User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows


Re: As any good medical professional will tell you

They were lucky, I was only sent for a 'Short' weight. My arse did not get time to touch the chair before the stores clerk told me that I could go. I refused to go for a 'Sky Hook'.

World's largest private submarine in mystery sink accident


Re: There are worse ways to sink a submarine

The old story, in British Submarines was known as 'getting your own back', as you had to lean over the bowl in order to flush.

Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals



This looks like Daily Fail journalism. The writer appears to have failed 'Journalism 101' and be sailing dangerously close to falling foul of an action for contempt of court

'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'


Re: Easily fixed...port? uh.. oh yeah- left


I can easily figure out which is port or starboard etc, after a couple seconds through the use of conscious thought, but NOT when I'm driving a car at high speed and someone shouts "Turn LEFT NOW!"


There is the problem, if you have the time to think about it. After nearly 70 years I know my left from my right, I do not have to think about cycling on the (paws for thought) left, I just do it. But if you say turn left, turn right (but not straight on, that is easy), I have to think about and feel (I do not need to touch it, the sensation is always there), the rather long and tight scar on the most sensitive part of my (paws for thought) right index finger. I often wonder about the other little boy who stamped on my finger, with his cleated boot.

I am left or right handed, depending upon what I am doing and in some things either; ironing depends upon which side of the ironing board I am standing, until I try to iron round the buttons on my shirts.

Ontheotherhand, I used to hate providing support to left handers who did not swap the buttons round on their meeses.

BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles


Re: bit complex and risky

Try that with a band printer.

EE, O2, Giffgaff, BT Mobile customers cut off as mobile networks fail


Re: none UK time zone at the bottom

Being in the UK, reading an article about the UK, I did wonder. At first I thought it might be Philippine time, but then it is 8 hours the wrong way. Smug West Leftpondian arrogance, I would suggest. I would have been happy with UTC.

Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT


Re: Methodology?

Those who click on a link in an e-mail from an unknown source deserve everything they get, however having been on a survey panel that is not how it works.

The survey company knows quite a lot about the members of the panel. They selected a representative sample from their survey panel and contacted them asking them to log into their accounts, but not via a link in the e-mail.

That said, I thought the quiz was banal or irrelevant. I knew the answer to the Twitter question, precisely because it is one of the reasons that IMHO believe is useless.

Why should I be able to recognise a face in a pretty awful photograph of an executive of Farcebook.

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. Hmm does that mean that if you know what it stands for, you understand its use and why it is used?

and so on.

Dinosaur embryos FOUND: Resurrection 'out of the question'* - boffin


Re: "resurrecting a dinosaur is out of the question"

the resurrected mother's much delayed burial service is next Wednesday.

Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think


Cats and prey

Over the years I have been owned by many cats and can say that their behaviour is vary varied and much of it appears to be learned in their youth and their is a fair amount of learning by copying as well as experience.

Unfortunately my wife is very definitely not a cat person and we have a two legged cat predator in this area, who chopped the head off our last cat. Which is a pity because we are plagued with mice in this area.

I have a feeling of gratefulness to my near neighbour who is owned by two cats. They are both mousers, and appeared to have honed the skill to perfection, I hope. They both associate mice with food. I have watched them stalking mice, playing with them (in reality not play but a way of ensuring that they are not bitten by the mice), killing them and then settle down to a fine meal. After eating a mouse they then settle down to a well earned clean, polish and sleep in the sun. These two cats eat the whole mouse, I have been owned by cats that leave the liver.

If a cat has successfully learnt to catch mice and rats (even) they, being creatures of habit, rarely, in my experience, seem to graduate to birds. It is probably only sick, poorly, birds that they go for. Around here (inner London), it seems to me that the greatest amount of predation of small birds comes from Corvids, squirrels and foxes. I have seen Magpies and Crows going through my trees looking for smaller birds nests, and it happens every year. I know when it is happening, the Corvids and the small birds put up one hell of a racket.

British Waterways charity mapping data handed to Google for free


Re: Better that Google has it than stuffed away in filing cabinets.

This is very sad news.

There is already a free handy interactive graphical tool which provides boaters, walkers and cyclists with all the route planning they might wish for. It shows distances, locks, bridges , which side the towpath is on and photographs of canalside features. It has been developed by enthusiasts and is not for profit. There are a small number of adverts which pay for the server costs.


I have found the tool much better than anything that I have seen on Google. I am left wondering if CART (the successor to British Waterways) is run by people who know or care what happens on their system.

This will undermine the 'business model' as Google will swamp the hits on canalplan and its advertising will dry up.

TfL wheels out digital bus info upgrade

Thumb Up

Not sure why anyone would want to use an ap, the system is easy to use. SMS to 87287, a unique five digit number, which is posted on most bus stops (admitidly not all bus stops :-( ) and usually a list of buses, their destinations and ETA comes back within a minute. Well impressed.

Iran to attend Olympics, despite 'racist' logo



When I first saw it, it said Schutzstaffel. Reminds me of the lapel badges of the SS.

I joke note.

We Londoners are paying for this Corporate and Media junket, and to massage the already inflated egos of Lord Ceve Stoe, Tony Pants on Fire and all the rest.

Cobol cabal will take over THE WORLD Australia


Old Programmers

Reminds me of a story current a few years back. A programmer had himself cryogenically frozen on the 1st January 2000. He had worked all the hours given him and a few more, had been well paid for his pains but could not face the thought of all those parties and worse still the people who said that the Y2K bug was all a hoax.

Eventually he was de-frosted into a very different world. He was treated like royalty and taken to see the World Presedent. He asked the World Presedent why he had been de-frosted now and why he was being treated so well. The World Presedent explained that it was January 2999 and looking at a peice of paper he said 'It says here you know COBOL' (or BAL, PL1 etc).

Sorry, I'll get my coat and leave quietly.

McAfee false positive bricks enterprise PCs worldwide



Well I have not had a virus in the last 15 years, until now. Now I have had the pleasure of dealing with the Mcafee virus. It affects not just the Enterprise packages, it also affects the Home packages as well. Run a tight ship and you get the Mcafee virus. It looked like I had a virus, so guess what I ran a scan. Bang lost all networking and was not able to run a restore. Now have the pleasure of running an install of the whole bloody operating system. Fortunately it was my netbook with no original data on it.

How in heavens name did they manage to let that one through testing. It looks like any PC using Windows XP SP3 is affected and the signs of a problem show pretty quickly.

I suspect that the numbers affected are bigger than Mcafee say, and the people most likely to be affected are those who keep their software up to date.

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