* Posts by dvd

67 posts • joined 31 Mar 2011


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


Re: Not Unique...

Have you had a cat? Cats only chase mice when they want to, not when you need them to.

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire


Oh, absolutely it's a good idea.

I'm more taking exception to the idea that the technology doesn't exist.


"The energy grid isn't set up to store energy, explained Henry, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, in an interview with The Register. "The whole grid is operated by predicting demand and dialing in supply," he said."

Erm .... Cruachan? Ffestiniog? And a few dozen other pumped storage power stations worldwide? With even a few in the US, so he doesn't even have that excuse.

Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-


Re: For the love of God...

It was from At Last The 1948 Show.....

If you weren't rich enough to buy a Surface before, you may as well let that dream die


Re: Satya Nadella is The Man With The Golden Gum

I upgraded my Dell laptop a few months ago to add an SDD and 3G connectivity to it with very little drama other than finding screws to fit.

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


Re: One meelion dollars

A company that I worked for sold software to banks in Zimbabwe.

They asked us to customise the software for them to add six digits to all the amounts. By the time it was done the six digits were not enough. They talked about getting us to do it again but the order never came. We tried to contact the banks but nobody was answering the phones. We assumed that the employees were to busy trying to get food to talk to us about trivialities like software development.

Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it


Re: 80186

Those Convergent Technology machines were awesome for the 80s. It's a shame they went nowhere.

The operating system (which was an advanced for the time pre-emptive multi-tasking networking operating system) was called CTOS - Convergent Technology Operating System. Burroughs badge engineered them and in a magnificent display of can't-be-arsedness, changed the OS name to BTOS. What did the T stand for? Nobody knew, but it meant that the string length did not need to change...........

What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA


I remember seeing Concorde flying overhead in the early '80s and being almost unable to hear it at all. Dunno what all the fuss was about.

Mind you I was at the Reading rock festival at the time.

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 was there in the early eighties. I can't remember which mainframe it was on though.

Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it


Heating / Aircon

I've never worked anywhere yet where the heating / aircon worked adequately. Ever. One place that I worked had the thermostat in the boss's tiny office in an open plan building of about 10000 square foot. That worked well. And that sort of shit was pretty typical.

I've also never worked anywhere yet where anyone who could didn't fiddle with the thermostat constantly as the temperature was uncomfortable somewhere in the office.

Surely this shit should be sorted out by now.

Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal


Re: Canadian Smuggling Time

I was informed by a Scot that the recipe for haggis is:

- take one sheep

- push your arm down its throat, grab its tail and turn it inside out

- hit it with a club until tender

BT fined £25,000 over second unsafe London roadworks this year


Sorry, but you are an arse.

BT are flouting safety regulations that are there for a reason. Heavy machinery is incredibly dangerous and working near it is incredibly dangerous. People get killed in the construction industry regularly by it. And the HSE quite rightly come down on you like a ton of bricks if it happens. And similarly if a member of the public is injured. Unlimited fines. They are not using hyperbole.

Sites should be properly designed and that includes pedestrian safety. Pedestrian safety means closing down paths, crossings etc AND PROVIDING PROPER SAFE ALTERNATIVES. The rules are there to protect everyone. BT are being chancers.

This is not the 1920s where a few deaths on a construction site are acceptable. Come back when you have passed your CITB site safety course and then you can express an opinion.


Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down


I don't get why forcing you to pay to manage this data isn't extortion, and why mistakes in this information that is shared with third parties isn't libel.

BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits


So company stories are a thing, then? I thought mine thought up that wank on their own.

Lord Sugar phubbed in peers' debate on 'digital understanding'


I had to use Verify the other day. I found it a fucking nightmare and I've got a degree in Computer Science. Lord knows how less computer literate manage.

BA passengers caught in crossfire of Heathrow baggage meltdown


I swore never to use KLM after they made me queue for EIGHT HOURS at the transfer desk at Schipol after missing a connection. It's fun to bad mouth BA but don't hold up another as better. The sad fact is that they are all shit.

Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control


Re: Not Just Us Then

It's not just nostalgia. We are working through it now. It's ####ing hilarious. Stupid but hilarious.

Get it watched.

Orbital boffins cut four years off NASA mission to shiniest object in the Solar System



Isn't the shiniest object in the solar system the sun?

Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution


Re: Renewables are not as green as its promotors claim

Isn't that what vegetarians are for? They are like veal for cannibals. Plus they don't have the strength to escape.

Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace


Nope, I totally haven't. Why would I care about Google's ads? If I want to buy something then I research it then buy from a trusted retailer or one that offers a good price.

Why would I care about Google's spam about stuff that I've already bought?

I might click on a few ads to support a site but that's not the same as buying something.


Has anyone ever bought anything on the strength of a web advert? I know that I haven't.

Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto


Re: shame

The money's owed to you if you have government bonds in your pension.......

Plusnet slapped with £880k fine for billing ex customers


Re: Oh well ....

Conversely I've been trying to get PlusNet to sort out my speed and stability problems for six months. Six fucking months.

Their days are numbered.

Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate


Re: Good going cobber

Nah. They used to be set sensibly, statistically using an 85th percentile. Now they are set for pollution and political reasons. Which leads to ordinary sensible people perceiving the speed limits as being set too low. Which leads to (as even the DoT acknowledges) a general lack of respect for them.

Shock report: 92 per cent of US government websites totally suck


Re: El Reg

The Register app was possibly one of the worst, most unreliable apps it has ever been my misfortune to download.............

Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord


Andrew Scott (Moriarty out of Sherlock).

He'd do a great job.

Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment


I remember a doctor saying publicly that if you need surgery on one side of the body, to mark the side with the procedure yourself and to write something along the lines of 'not this side' all over the other side.

US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement


Fixing them and selling them is the most environmentally thing to do with them that I can think of...

Google 'screwed over' its non-millennials – now they can all fight back


How's that not being evil thing going, guys?

The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly


Re: Am I missing something?

Agree 100% I actually thought that it sounded quite interesting.

It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom



You're too late with your aeroplane idea - the Tate has already had a Harrier and Tornado on display with the paint stripped off.

I got into trouble from a guard for touching the Tornado. It'f a ***ing war plane FFS! It's been to war! I'm not going to hurt it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sysadmin gets 5 years for slurping contractor payments to employer


Computer fraud is easy. ...

It's getting away with it that's a bit of a bugger. .....

Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades



The cover amused me.

It shows a devolution of man type sequence, which seems to go through a hipster phase in the middle.


Re: Two faced Which?

The thrust of this arďticle is that, whatever the merits of windows 10, it instslls itself unasked, and borks too many people's systems. And that Microsoft should test it's code properly.

So not two faced, no.

ROBO-PLOD! 'Droid snatches scumbag's shotgun in standoff


Re: Perhaps it's a north american term

It's common in the UK too - for example an earth work to contain spillages - eg fuel.

You're just not moving in the right circles.

HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way


Re: 'pfaff'?

Yep. I've never spelled faff with a "p".

Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report


Re: It's always hard

Personally I had a great day aboard HMS Belfast and I think it's a much better fate for a ship than getting converted into tat dust gathering knick-nacks for sale in the Nauticalia shop like some older wooden ships.

You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh


Went to Otley instead of Otley road?

Pah! I worked with someone who went to the wrong African COUNTRY on a support call.

In fairness to him it was the travel agents fault, not his. He ended up getting a taxi to the border and walking across in a Checkpoint Charlie sort of deal.

Zuck covers up mic and webcam because sharing isn't always good


Re: Zuckerberg is running Thunderbird

Not decent; just the least sucky in an ocean of suck.

You wouldn't think that a decent email client would be too much to ask for in 2016.......

Buggy vote-counting software borks Australian election


Re: We want the Neville Shute Voting System

Possibly the worst Neville Shute novel ever. He wrote some classics but this was a stinker.

Basically an extended treatise on how to gerimander the voting system too keep the evil socialists out of power.

Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies


Small shoe sizes.

My wife has really small feet - size two or three. Shops never have her size.

The assistants always say the same thing. "We only get a few small sizes in and they always sell out really quickly."

To which I always reply "well why don't you get more in as there is obviously a demand?"

They always look at me as if I'm from mars. Or scowl at me as if I'm the most arrogant arsehole on the planet for suggesting such a thing.

Australia's Dick finally drops off


Re: Next on the list

I agree about Maplin - the guys in there are OK. The stuff is overpriced but if you want something in a hurry or want advice or just want to see it in the 'flesh' it's fine.

I never see many people in there though. And the last thing that I bought was an obscure sized battery for £2.99. I don't know how they pay the rates.

Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk


It shows that there's a public appetite for electric cars that aren't shite.

Viglen staff mark CEO Tkachuk's passing with a royal tribute



A mate of mine worked somewhere that announced a lot of redundancies.

Seemingly a number of the staff went and shat on the floor in the executive washroom.

Best thing was that the cleaners refused to deal with it so the execs had to clean it up themselves.

Science Museum celebrates Ada Lovelace


I went to the Science Museum a couple of years ago specifically to see the difference engine. I said to a member of staff "Where is the difference engine." She looked baffled for a moment, then pointed to a steam engine and said "There's an engine over there."

I've not been back. It's all too superficial.

Why should I learn by ORAL tradition? Where's the DOCUMENTATION?


Re: The only thing better than a weird CMS ...

Ah good old Alfresco.

Loads of detailed documentation that seemed to bear no resemblance to the version that I downloaded to evaluate.

Why Feed.Me.Pizza will never exist: Inside the world of government vetoes and the internet


Re: Architect

Totally off-topic but engineers make buildings stand up.

Architects decide what colours the bogs in the building are going to be.

Seven months of Basil Brush on YouTube: Er, boom boom?



Already got my tickets :)

UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database


The fact that it's untested is unlikely to be seen as an issue with the police.

After all, it's still unproven that fingerprints are unique ..............

Re-light my diode: Trio of boffins scoop physics Nobel for BLUE LEDs


Re: Curious

"Did Edison just go, hmm bit of wire, bit of electric, hey presto light? No he spent a long time trying out different methods."

Actually no he didn't do that either. He nicked the idea from Joseph Swan.......


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