* Posts by The Real Tony Smith

99 posts • joined 30 Nov 2010


Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

The Real Tony Smith

But of course to an RF Engineer's eyes, the RF cages were worth far more that the platinum bar was.

A second preview of .NET Core 3? Shucks, Microsoft. You spoil us

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Re: Standalone EXEs - what futuristic sorcery is this?

.com files perhaps? Oh, wait, even Hello World is bigger than 64K after Visual Stupid has finished with it.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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Re: Pesky microwaves

We wanted a link between 2 buildings but didn't want to pay for a fixed line, so we used an infra red link.

Then one day it got foggy........

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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My fault, switched from TalkTalk to O2 this week, must have been something I fiddled with...

NHS supplier that holds 40 million UK patient records: AWS is our new cloud-based platform

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Re: Red flag

"unprecedented levels of protection"

When I see hyperbolic statements like this in relation to security issues, I get very, very suspicious that the security is flawed.

Me too, I remember some time ago I was looking at dongle based software protection only to be told by one vendor that they used 'Military Grade Security'.

Having been in the military in the past I immediately deleted their email and went to another company who were happy to specify which algorithm and key length they used.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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'Hi! Let's team up in getting this issue resolved'

No let's not team up, your problem, you fix it

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: Noisy printers?

Ahhhhhh, the BBC Grandstand teleprinter


EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: Be much more interested in...

I initially thought the universal reference was to USB sockets on mains sockets.

But a quick search revealed this http://www.universalsocket.org.uk/

An interesting read but horrendous design!

Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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Internet Of Sex

Also known as the abbreviation... Oh, hang on...

Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics

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I've had similar and found that a hosepipe spraying a fine mist of water over the heat exchangers worked well.

That and removing all the debris from the (horizontally mounted) cooling grids!

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

"You would be able to keep a safe braking distance from the car in front to start with, at which point the auto-pilot's reaction (full on braking the instant it sees the stationary car) would prevent the collision."

Errr no. The auto-pilot doesn't have any reaction to stationary objects. This is deliberately done to stop the many false alarms that would occur when roadside objects come into the field of view.

UK military may recruit wheezy, alcoholic keyboard warriors

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Re: "At last! A valid use of a 'hacker in a hoodie' stereotype stock image"

That brings new meaning into the phrase 'on the scsi bus, off the scsi bus'...

Ex military types will know exactly what I mean.

Off with e's head: E-cig explosion causes first vaping death

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Re: Souk an e-cig

"Indeed, how long before we discover that vaping is as bad (or worse) as cigarettes..."

If Big Tobacco could throw a million pounds at a proper qualified medical study which found a serious problem with vaping they would do it in an instant, it would just come out of petty cash.

But they haven't.

Instead people rely on a series of (very) bad science and tabloid journalism.

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Re: Souk an e-cig

"I can't say the idea of inhaling anti freeze appeals to me"

You are confusing Propylene Glycol with Ethylene Glycol. They are two completely different substances.

The clue is in the different arrangements of letters in the words.

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

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Jumpers...... no internet..... <sigh>... happy times :-)

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Re: Nearly got fired...

Yup, me too

As I lived half a mile from the calibration lab I was asked to pick up a DSO as it was going to be ready at about 10am. Had a lie in, drove round and picked it up (no paperwork or any sort of ID check!) then off to work with it sitting on the back seat of the Ford Fiesta.

It was only then that I realised that not only was is worth wayyyyyyy more then the car was but possibly more than my house was....

But we got the BT payphones designed ;-)

Vaping on the NHS? Don't hold your breath

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Re: I found it stupidly easy to 'give up' with vapes.

"...Problem is, I vape like it's going out of style, sit there working, puff, puff, puff..."

That's why I still treat vaping like smoking, i.e. going outside for a vape (yes even in this weather!)

And to echo others in this thread, yes, stupidly easy to give up, fag free since July 21st last year after about 30 years smoking.

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: Reminds me of a story

"When she was told to click with the mouse on screen - she took the mouse and physically tried to click on the screen."

She did that because that was exactly what she was told to do.

If she had been told to 'Use the mouse to move the cursor to a part of the screen and click...' then the result would have been different.

Bad teaching!

Auto auto fleets to dodge British potholes in future

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Re: Of course, if the government wanted to avoid pollution or monetize this...

"Of course, if the government wanted to avoid pollution or monetize this...

They'd instruct the cars to drive through the potholes, or make you pay an extra $50 a month to enable the optional pothole-avoidance algorithm"

No, that's a Microsoft car

The eagle has been grounded: Dutch anti-drone squadron retired

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This is on a par with getting dolphins to find sea mines

User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Re: Hmmmm.....

Reminds me of when we had problems with one of the mains phases going off in the building where I was working.

We got an electrician in to put a box with lamps connected to each phase to monitor the problem. These shone through Red Yellow and Blue lenses on the lid of the box.

He couldn't figure out why the blue phase kept blowing when he put the cover on the box, then magically it was on again whenever he took the box lid off.

It turned out he was using neon lamps...........

Boffin rediscovers 1960s attempt to write fiction with computers

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All your dogs are belong to us

Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Re: You'd think after Boaty McBoatface

Vote is in for...

'Planey McPlaneface'

Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

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They just have to get the Cloud involved!

'the app talks to the website's backend via an API, which sends the text messages to registered ovens'

Ummm, why not just let the app on the phone send the text messages?

Family of technician slain by factory robot sues everyone involved

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

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Re: After seen that dialog text, I've one more reason to avoid Windows 10

Take four red capsules. In 10 minutes, take two more. Help is on the way.

Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Re: Unbelievable

>>Re: Unbelievable


>>"Can you imagine Windows 95 going at the speed of today's hardware?"


Try KDE-3, now known as Trinity Desktop Environment


'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

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Re: Genuine BSODs?

The last time I saw a kernel panic was when the kids came to me and said...

'Dad, the computer's gone chav'.

Sure enough, there on the screen was...

Kernel panic, cannot start init.

Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

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Re: We should use neither

"Its too low powered for most proper computing tasks "

Define 'proper'? How about a backup server?

I've got one sitting at home blu-tac'd (yes really!) to a USB hub and a USB hard drive. Each night it reaches out to my office and several servers around the country and backs up the daily data via rsnapshot.

Been working over a year now with no problems.

Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

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Art Desk?

You have an Art Desk??????????

Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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Re: What could go wrong?

"Microsoft do have some prior experience in organising a party in San Francisco"

And who can forget the wild experience that was the Windows 7 launch party..


Lester Haines: RIP

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I can just imagine an honour guard of playmobile figures


Judge slams BT for blaming engineer after 7 metre ceiling plunge

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Re: Sub contractors

Reminds me of when we had a Mercury box installed to escape BT's horrendous call charges.

It was screwed to a plasterboard wall with screws and ordinary rawlplugs. It developed quite a lean and we were all carefull to go to the other side of the corridor when walking past so as not to jog it.

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Possibly he only thought it would be a 7ft fall onto the floor and he didn't realise he'd moved along the loft and was over the stairwell?

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Microsoft has since hinted that its mobile phone business may be nearing its end

Ummm, did it ever get started?

Would YOU start a fire? TRAPPED in a new-build server farm

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Could have been worse

You could have been locked in with some alien eggs.......


Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: If proof is needed...

"Its 2016, and, I can Google for my Drivers boo hoo hoo!"

Why do you need to Google for your drivers? Don't they just come with your OS? And are updated via your OS's central update system?

Linux user for 8 years now, mildly amused by all this driver business with Windows that seems to involve downloading random executables from the Internet!

US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: Holy cow.

> Peer through the tempest/EMP hardened screen at the monitor

Fond memories of hours spent in front of a Beta Bandit :-)

Icon because it was during the Cold War, and if we got it wrong............

The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

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Re: So...

Still using Kubuntu 8.04, released in 2008.

It works......

Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: Vote with your wallet

> > That is the efficient way guys: don't buy it, and you'll see, things will change!


> Didn't have any choice, but to buy it. It's a "free" upgrade to w7 so I paid for w10 when I purchased

> my w7 licences.

Interestingky enough I was just looking at a new laptop from Novatech (where you can get them sans OS) and the prices for MS are as follows..

Windows 10 £79.99

Windows 10 Professional £109.99

Windows 7 Professional £119.99

So the older (and apparently inferior) OS is more expensive!

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Re: Don't blame users for the UI

> Maybe you just need to learn how to use Windows properly?


> Not hard, honest.

Which version?

Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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Re: @Orwell

> Doesn't seem that complex to manually install, similar to the Noobs install http://ms-iot.github.io

> /content/en-US/win10/GetStartedManually.htm

Errr..... no. Downloading Noobs doesn't require you to register for something that includes a 13 (yes, thirteen!) page agreement including such gems as....

'you may experience occasional crashes and data loss'

'The Program Services, if installed on a mobile device, may inadvertently damage your device rendering it inoperable.'

'The Program Services may automatically collect and transmit data to Microsoft and its partners regarding activities on your devices, including personal information'

'The Program Services may stop working, be updated, or removed from your device automatically without notice'

'From time to time, Microsoft may change or amend these terms..... You agree to visit the Program Website at least once every 30 days to check for potential notice of changes.'

'By using the Program Services, you agree to receive automatic updates without any additional notice, and permit Microsoft to download and install them for you. You agree to obtain these updates only from Microsoft or Microsoft authorized sources.'

'Limited or no support may be provided for the Program Services.'

'Software is licensed under the terms of this Agreement, but it may also include additional license terms.'

'Some or all of the Software may cease working on its expiration date. You have no right to use the Software after its expiration date.'

'Microsoft reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Program Services at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever.'

Totally gobsmacked

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Re: No, thank you.

> MS practically gave away XP Home to OEMs building netbooks to get Linux off them. That carried

> on until Windows 7 was updated to work with netbooks and by then everybody (most importantly,

> shops) expected Windows on their netbook.

They didn't 'give it away', they forced manufacturers to install it by threatening to raise prices on their other Windows licences if they didn't.

Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

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Re: How about

> No legacy x86 .. Rap Pi is great for niche use, not to replace existing x86 Workstation (Laptop or separates).

On the contrary, I'm about to replace a 19" x86 rack server with a RPi and cloud based storage solution.

Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Re: Pah!

I've got an EeePC sitting here doing stirling work as a low load database server with the addition of a couple of 1TB USB drives configured as RAID 1.

Also running Debian

BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

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Re: Thanks BT

I foresee a BT Baby Boom

Show us the code! You should be able to peek inside the gadgets you buy – FTC commish

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Re: Open Source FTW

> How much scrutiny is going to go into a light bulbs firmware?

And how many people is it going to take to check it

Waving Microsoft's Windows 10 stick won't help Intel's Gen 6 core

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Re: Let me get this straight...?

Windows 10 has nothing to do with it, this has been available for years in software (Kubuntu 8.10, no idea about Windows)

This just extends it to hardware, always more secure than software.

Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

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Re: What the hack...

And what about some seaweed?

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Re: Moral police - Is it against the law to have your lunch in a strip joint?

"it's not where he has his lunch that bothers me"



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