* Posts by Groaning Ninny

113 posts • joined 8 Sep 2010


Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G

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Re: 6G!

I assumed you were joking but had to check just in case.

Oh heavens.

Then I started reading more of his twittage and had to make sure it wasn't a parody account.

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TheRegister is relevant to me because it brings me (mostly) tech news in text format.

I still don't know what an influencer is supposed to be. This spell checker doesn't even this that's a word...

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Re: local shops

What do think was running the generator?

OK, your boss allegedly called you a lazy n*****, promoted the person you trained ahead of you and paid you less, but you can't PROVE it's racism, Facebook says

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Re: And this my friends

Really not sure what you're trying to say here. I'd like to give you the benefit of doubt and assume you mean you shouldn't employ racists. The alternative meaning I can see sickens me.

Hmm... looked through your posting history. Either you're not particularly nice, or you do a fine job pf pretending so.

Down productivity tools: Microsoft Teams takes a Monday tumble

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What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

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Re: mono.org

Ah, mono. Blast from the past.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Had to click

...just to find out if it was Mr Astley or "I love horses"

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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Re: This somehow reminds me of my school days

I trust they chose a metal with a veeeery low melting point ;-)

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Re: Old story

Sadly not, I can't get hold of it for RHEL/CentOS, last time I looked....

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Never say no

I've seen the adverts. Never say no to Panda.

Here you go.


Makes me laugh.

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

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Re: I expect these to give the border with Ireland a wide berth

The cloud won' affect their power (as they'll be waaay above the vast majority of cloud).

Now, would cloud be an issue for what they're looking at? Possibly, although the beauty of these is that unlike a satellite it'll be easier to tell it to look in particular areas and perhaps avoid the cloud. Note an earlier poster wondered if these could be desired to help the OS map non-UK locations, some of which might be a little less occluded.

Cops looking for mum marauding uni campus asking students if they fancy dating her son

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Such things as "no adblockers", "sign up to read" and this "because of the GDPR" mere;y cut down on the sites I use. There are plently more.

Some of those which actually ask nicely to remove the adblocker (and which don't take the mickey with the ads) get my views and the revenue that's somehow worth.

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It doesn't help that I misread "dear son" as "dead son"...

Ever yearn for the Windows 95 shutdown sound? TADA! There's an Electron app for that

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Sad that I went straight for that first green armour without thinking....

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that

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Re: Best thing to do

I think it's what Clinton was trying to achieve with Lewinsky...

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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Re: I generate the licenses..

You can normally burn them off.

Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears

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Linkedin says....

Well, he's good at marketing *himself*, if nothing else....


"Tenacious, accomplished and entrepreneurial Head of Sales and Marketing with consolidated expertise in B2B / B2C sales, marketing and business development, product development, market access, financial control, turnaround strategies and partnership building.

Demonstrable successes in launching new products, managing adaptive campaigns, utilising strong consumer insight and delivering strategic brand and product support / training gained through a progressive 20-year career in the FMCG sector.

Autonomous and trusted senior executive with a track record in driving business growth and performance through the leadership of multi-functional teams and collaboration with external partners, distributors, retailers, wholesalers and customers."

Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'

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Re: Crypto-busting test case

I think it really means that he doesn't understand that any decent encryption is unbreakable in useful timescales.

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats

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Re: All the usual ooptions

Oh dear to part 3 of that. Innuendo intended, I presume?

'Numpty new boy' lets the boss take fall for mailbox obliteration

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Re: A hint for all you jr. sysadmins out there ...

An upvote purely for the tale of your ancestor's English usage. Really rather lovely.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: Size vs position?

Roughly there.


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Re: The FCC, eh?

"Small beer" used to mean a weak beer. The sort of thing you'd drink all day on the fields.

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up

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It pleased me that at the time this article loaded it showed there were five comments.

Before dipping a toe in the new ThinkPad high-end, make sure your desk is compatible

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Re: Bah

Yup, loving my X220, bought for £110, with a bit of second hand RAM and an SSD making it rather lovely.

Feeling a bit gassy? Toshiba floats 16TB helium whopper

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Re: WTF is 550TB/year workload rating ? limited endurance or something else

I was wondering the same thing. I suppose if this is aimed at archives it makes some sort of sense. Even my possible home use-case (ripping/transcoding/storing/playing DVD movies) would probably be below that 550TB per year, but this really isn't what I'd want to put in my datacentre for general storage.

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

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Storing things in the Recycle Bin.

First things first, this isn't a "friend of a friend", it's about something I did. This is real, despite the fact it's too stupid to be true.

As the main sysadmin I regularly was called on to help out with all the trivial stuff - clearing up disk space, removing unintended programs and so on. One chap reported he was running low of disk space on his laptop, so I did the normal thing of removing the NT Service Pack backups, large temporary files and so on, and emptied the Recycle Bin. Noting really all that radical, only it turns out he stored documents in the Recycle Bin because it saved space.

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Re: Do you people work in I.T?

I guess you're new here...

My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Re: Hipsters discover SlimFast...

Almost. This isn't just designed to give calories, it's made to give a balance of the stuff you need to live, long term. Not much joy in that path, I'm sure, but it should work.

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Re: I really don't see the point

Aha - the difference is that this has all that is actually needed to fuel a human (thus the name). Even consuming all a n energy bar, cup-a-soup, pot noodle and sandwich *combined* won't give you the nutrients that Huel (or similar - other products are available) will.

I wouldn't deny it's expensive and not exactly appealing in itself, but it does a job. I've been tempted to try something like this just to help ensure I get a good balance of essential nutrients instead of the crap I can so easily consume instead for lunch.

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Re: Where's the IT angle?


So you're unable to understand that ElReg doesn't always post strictly IT related articles, you're unable to read the link (which is a bit of a clue as to the content of the article), and you clearly didn't read the article and have no real knowledge on the topic, yet you still felt the need to give us your opinion.

Fair enough, I guess.

Itchy-fingered OnePlus presses refresh, out pops value champ 3T

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Re: 'The capacitive buttons ... make it vastly easier to operate the phone in the car'

Actually, still, please tell me you're not driving. Legal it may be, but safe?

Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense

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Twelve =/= teen

Umm... a twelve year old isn't a teenager. That's all.

Blighty's telly, radio watchdog Ofcom does a swear

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I shout pus and buttocks in the office. Works for me.

The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

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Denmark Street?

If it was the office of an ISP in Denmark Street, I remember a job interview there back in 2000 or so, and I think they were Sun based at that point. One of the selling points was the cool location and listening to people playing guitars. Turned the job down as a chunk of the renumeration was in shares... Still, they still seem to exist, so it mightn't have been a bad thing to accept, but the tide was certainly turning at that point!

Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

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Re: Repair

Indeed - there's money to be made there, but much much pain in the process...

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Re: Embarrassing

I have a greater faith in my ability to deliver a Linux desktop across an enterprise (to a degree - there's only so much a single person can do), and a far greater belief in my software provider not to screw it up royally. Supporting the system is easy, but I agree that user support would be interesting and require more work (initially, at least).

Why do I say this? Well, the teaching and compute clusters I manage just plain work, even with the overall org's Windows-centric print and file solutions. My users are all pretty bright (being PG students and academics) and able to look after themselves in the main. I'd certainly not offer to extend the service to all academics and the admin staff as they have a College based system that works for them and is supported centrally. SEP.

Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

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Re: Monster's inc?

I'm seeing a spot of goatse there...

Drowning Dalek commands Siri in voice-rec hack attack

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Re: Ahhh. Well my phone does not have "Automatic Woyce Weckognition".

I was just thinking of the prince/monster from Willo the Wisp:


Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Re: What are they doing...

For a horrid moment I read that as "monkey butter".

It's been a long week.

Fedora 24 is here. Go ahead – dive in

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And Enterprise

Now wondering what RHEL 8 will look like (in 2018? 2019?). Would that have Wayland, I wonder? I've only just started rolling out RHEL 7, but I had a whole load of infrastructure backlog to cope with from my predecessor...

Fujitsu picks 64-bit ARM for Japan's monster 1,000-PFLOPS super

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Love the idea of a tofu interconnect

Lester Haines: RIP

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Really sorry to hear this. I've enjoyed Lester's bits and bobs for many a year, and can only imagine the impact this will have on those close to him. Lester - thanks.

French B&Q equivalent 'hacked' to offer visitors vulgar DIY tools

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"translation experts"?

Hardly needs an expert, someone with GCSE French from over 20 years ago can get this. I'd hazard a guess and say "internaute" means "internet user", rather than "internet". Oh, and I think you meant "is unavailable", not "in unavailable"...

Looking forward to reading your translation of Castorama's statement, although for a fee I could do it for you instead?

Jacob Appelbaum quits Tor Project amid 'sex misconduct' accusations

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The blog ppst

The blog post (which I assume was linked to in the removed comments above) doesn't appear to contain anything defamatory. It states that allegations have been made which are being investigated, and that the Project is receiving legal advice from specialists in that area.

An interesting part:

"People who believe they may have been victims of criminal behavior are advised to contact law enforcement. We recognize that many people in the information security and Internet freedom communities don't necessarily trust law enforcement. We encourage those people to seek advice from people they trust, and to do what they believe is best for them."

Probably good general advice, but what a world we live in.

IBM invents printer that checks for copyrights

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They might not make printers, but they still create IP....

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Re: prior art

The recognition system's the same - look closely and you'll see the five dot pattern there somewhere.


Label your cables: A cautionary tale from the server room

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Re: Labels

I love you.

Two things I'd not considered before - tape over the sockets and "documents enclosed".

FreeBSD 10.3 lands

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Re: Who uses FreeBSD in preference to Linux and why?

There are three things that appeal to me about FreeBSD:

1. The license. I prefer the permissiveness of the BSD license over the GPL.

2. ZFS.

3. Systemd - or rather, the lack of it.

I'm a RHEL admin, so with the move to RHEL7 I'm stuck with systemd, despite my revulsion. I've seriously considered moving storage and core servers to FreeBSD just for ZFS and systemd, the license is a bonus. Workstations and compute nodes have to remain of RHEL for the users, but these (the systems, not the users) are almost disposable, I'm happy to wipe them at a moment's notice.

IT freely, a true tale: One night a project saved my life

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Very much "Been there, done that" - burnout's no joke, and well worth avoiding if at all possible. If you're in the middle of it all - it will get better. If you're out of it - learn from it, you really don't want to do it twice.


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