* Posts by chivo243

2940 posts • joined 10 May 2010

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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Touchy

Wow, seems that the down voters are out in force with blinders on to boot. El Reg reports a "Soft Journalist" has put forth a sensational claim, tearing down a novelty product at best, backed by a grad student at Yale? Before anyone jumps on that, do you think anybody making any kind of money with a reputation at Yale would touch this project? Then it seems quite a lot of readers-commenters have drunken the koolaid? There are too many steps where the wool could have been pulled over the facts...

There are so many questions that need answers before anyone should take this as science. It's sciencey-ish infotainment. If it quacks like a dog it must be a platypus.

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Re: What had they been eating?

"saliva from kissing a partner, could affect the tests in unpredictable ways."

That was my question, had they kissed anyone just prior to submitting the samples.

Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

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Headmaster

Re: It was...

Yes it was, and why? Didn't MS make it extremely hard for devs to write apps for the WinPho?

The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings

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Headmaster

"grassing" in British English or "snitching"

and here I thought that "super grass" was Queen's English for good weed! ...and not just a Brit Band.

Note to hitmen: Use disposable tech kit when doing a professional job, leave your personal gear at home?

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Trollface

Re: I can believe it!

I was about to start rummaging through their desk looking for staples, "Looks like your stapler is about out of staples too!"

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Meh

Re: I can believe it!

Which leads to one of my favs: RTFS much? I once had a "self proclaimed" techy type D level call for a printing problem. I roll up to their desk and see a message balloon on the screen, print job failed, load paper into tray x.... Open tray x, sure enough no paper... my best straight face ~ Do you want me to fill your paper tray?

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Happy

national security but without explaining what

You seem to have grasped the whole nat'l security concept just like a double naught spy...

I once had a colleague that submitted his FB profile as a 102yr old woman. That's gotta make her at least 115 now!

Oracle boss's Brexit Britain trip shutdown due to US government shutdown

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Flame

Sauce for the goose...

I am appalled that he would be able to travel without proper papers... My son was given the second look as his hair had grown. Glad this shutdown has the beginnings of a silver lining!

There's gold in them thar clouds as Infor guzzles $1.5bn from Koch and Golden Gate

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Facepalm

"phenomenal partners for Infor"*

What CEO wouldn't say "<insert script>". instead of, We're not sure... we will be vigilant, ...protect your investments, ...strive to make the most of

Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

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Facepalm

Re: MDBs? Really?

...What could go wrong? LOL

They start saving attachments within the workbook, each cell getting its own vacation or cat photo... or worse yet, they've been running the whole business out of it! Document archive, accounting DB etc

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Terminator

Re: So that is why it starts

Do beta versions get fired? Or just put out to pasture, or the previous versions page?

First generation hotelbots! Fabulous baby! Hopefully, they will become better, stronger and faster hotelbots in the future. Can I show you to your room Ms. Conner?

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath

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Holmes

Re: This is the Bizarro Universe

+1

However, if it's the inner circle, then the outer stuff is hot like in the Bible right?

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Alert

This is the Bizarro Universe

Really? Top manglement fired, and underlings praised! Did the Eagles get back together? Hell must be frozen over...

*taps on glass* Hellooo, IRS? Anyone in? Anyone guarding taxpayers' data from crooks? Hellooo?

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Re: Social Security Number

Do you work for the SS administration??? Seems I hit a nerve ;-}

So when the gubbermint says DO NOT it's not the same as breaking the law? Especially when you're 10yrs old reading your first SS card.

I have the full form the my card came in back in 1970 something.

YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD

Detach the card below and sign it in ink immediately. Keep your card in a safe place to prevent loss or theft. " Do not laminate your card."

If you don't live in big city usa, walking into an office may be a 200 mile trip in a lot of states, and good luck at those offices these days.

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FAIL

Re: Governing America

I don't think Brits or Americans should be talking about their governments being better than a dog and pony show at this time. I don't remember a time when both gubbermints were so fucked up

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Big Brother

Social Security Number

What a flippin joke. A number that wasn't initially supposed to be used for identification is now the weakest link in the identity chain... The gubbermint issues it on a little paper card(flimsy would be a compliment), you can't laminate it, it's against the law. If it gets lost, look here for replacing it, bad luck if you live in the many states that don't yet have the program...

https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/

It WASN'T the update, says Microsoft: Windows 7 suffers identity crisis as users hit by activation errors

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Windows

(KB4480960 and KB4480970)

You shall not Pass! Blocked at the WSUSGate, banished never to return.

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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Coat

nobody performs well when put in a difficult position.

Shouldn't info like this be kept private?!

My coat with a copy of Kama sutra in the pocket...

Talk about beating heads against brick walls... Hard disk drive unit shipments slowly spinning down

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Best tool for the job

I'll stick with spinners for bulk storage. For end user, boot\system drives I'll take the SSD.

Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe

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Pint

Re: Home users...check logs...

I see what you did there... nice one!

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Re: Home users...check logs...

No, not at all. Germans typically RTFM cover to cover before assembling\deploying anything.

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As this is also all over German news outlets,(a colleague read a few and gave me a quick run down) I'm 100% sure that phone/device has seen the underside of a jackboot...

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Devil

Captain Cook?

Maybe if he talked like a Pirate? Acting like one isn't cutting it...

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Re: "and failed to honour the cynical tradition of built-in obsolescence"

my iPhone 5 will get an upgrade, sadly it's only the battery...

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you

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Windows

You must be new here?

"Others have opted to uninstall and await an official fix to be emitted by Microsoft."

People who have even one braincell remember getting burned, and wait at least a week to embrace the goodness from Dredmond. Glad I have Dr. W. Sus to hold this crap at bay...

Zuck's 2019 tech talk tour should tackle the questions Facebook spent 2018 dodging

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Unhappy

How about?

Either he gets indicted or we just stop talking about him? I remember there used to be a browser extension that blocked any trace of the Kardashian Klan from your browsing experience, can we please get one for "teh Zuckerbrah" too?

Thought Macbooks were expensive? Dell UK unveils the 7 meeeellion pound laptop

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Barfly

Dell computers for all my friends at the bar!

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Holmes

pictures?

pictures, radar blips, courtroom artist rendering? something?

Reg Standards Bureau introduces the Devon fatberg as coastal town menaced by oily blob

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Pint

Re: Can I get a tutor?

@1The Oncoming Scorn

+1

Thanks for the link!

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Paris Hilton

Can I get a tutor?

how many Bulgarian Air Bags would fit inside? I can't find the old article with the measurement!

Maybe Paris knows?

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports

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Re: The silence is deafening

I haven't kept fully informed on this, but searching for "gatwick drone may have been police department" brings up many hits on DDG, but I don't think many are reputable news publications.

Police drones may have added to Gatwick Airport shutdown, police admit. 08:32, Dec 30 2018. ... well," York said after being questioned about a previous report that there may have been no drone at all...

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Mushroom

like moths to the fire

profit profit profit profit profit, where's the profit, ouch, we got burned! profit profit profit profit profit, ouch, we got burned!

It's a shame that Apple isn't putting effort into both gadgets and computers. The gadgets offer nothing new, and the computers are only special because of macOS. The hardware inside isn't even current...

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Recycle Bin

The secret, save for later folder! People kill me...

Marriott: Good news. Hackers only took 383 million booking records ... and 5.3m unencrypted passport numbers

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Unhappy

Really covering their asses?

I got a nice letter from Marriott and friends. Trouble is I don't think I've ever booked Marriott directly, especially during the target years. Was my banking\personal info transferred on by the third party? Or is Marriott just being extra cautious and carpet bombing any past customer with the boiler plate 'we're sorry, and won't do it again' spam campaign?

Pewdiepie fanboi printer, Chromecast haxxx0r retreats, says they're 'afraid of being caught'

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Trollface

Um, no, it's not. It's a subnet of the world. That's better?

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Got it

1. Don't leave unnecessary ports open: easy enough for us in IT. I get their public service message. Maybe if they adopted the "Friends don't let friends drink and drive" approach. Friends don't let friends surf with open ports, or some such frippery, instead of promoting some guy with a weird handle...

2. These guys are jerks.

3. My coat, and soapbox

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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FAIL

What a load of rubbish...

I wouldn't use many of those on the list... Like Dabsy said: FAIL

Insiders! The good news: Windows 10 Sandbox is here for testing. Bad news: Microsoft has already broken it

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Big Brother

Re: Ah, yes. Internet Explorer

@jake

C'mon man!! It's Internet Destroyer! Or Internet Exploder! Back to the education camp with you!!

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Boffin

2nd hand - Free hand me downs

Laughing all the way to the bank. Everything Apple in our house(20 or so items) has been *FREE* except, my wife has an iPhone SE we got from our ISP for €200. A colleague gave me an iPhone 5. I am looking to replace the battery in the near future. And for full disclosure, I've bought drives and RAM for said hand-me-downs. We may have €1000 in total tied up in our Apple Estate, not bad for 20 or so devices...

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Paris Hilton

Re: Let down by the people of China

@N2

Tool - Tim Cook or Cock?

Inquiring minds...

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Meh

Why can't I feel sympathy?

its first year-over-year decline since 2016.

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7

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Pint

NO, it will never be as cool as SpinalTap. Besides it will become just Windows, and it will be a subscription. WindowsDesktopExperience? WaaS? WDaaS?

Put your money away, I just saw this recently, and have not had a chance to test it ;-}

https://www.distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=ghostbsd

Happy New Year!

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Windows

It's my fault

I've installed Win10 so many times, then decided better.

In all seriousness, I have installed W10 as a VM many times, for testing, POC, etc. I even bought my mother a new lappy with W10, but I cannot seem to get out of first gear with it myself. I spend too much time looking for things I used to know the location of, and people say "use the search function", but turns out MS has also carefully renamed some things too... what is it about fool me twice?

The UI is too flat for my liking, but then again, I haven't seen a UI for any OS that isn't a pancake lately. What happened to all the depth and 3D'ish stuff we were promised? I get the feeling that all this flat UI stuff is bad for the eyes?

Bored IT manager automates Millennium Eve checks to ditch snoozing for boozing

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Bygone days of Stupidity

Getting promoted for faffing off? Those days are long gone.

Best wishes to all the commentards here in the forums!

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?

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Headmaster

Re: Vindicated

Mmmmm Vienna sausages arrgggh!

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?

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Paris Hilton

Re: Dopes

That guy flunked\failed Stoners101, and possibly a grammar course where you don't mix your metaphors... It's a sure way to wake up nude on the trunk of your car with your keys up your ass...

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My employer slammed the gate

There is no smoking anywhere on company property. (You shall not pass with a ciggy!) There are only a couple of smokers left now? A few vape now, but most have quit.

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Devil

Educated Users!

Our users think we see everything they do. Now I wonder how they got that idea?

Simon, do you want to say a few words?

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password

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Thank you, Alistair

Thanks Alistair, I don't feel so alone in this technological wasteland. You brilliantly cut through the BS, and then add your own layer, nicely done! Thanks for 2018, looking forward to 2019!

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