* Posts by Anonymous IV

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Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old

Anonymous IV
WTF?

Re: Bah!

> "I should read the manuals and keep the wholly."

OK, not even Google knows what "keep the wholly" means.

Can anyone enlighten me, please?

I presume it has nothing to do with "keeping holy the Sabbath Day"...

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Re: Us old fogeys

If you can afford it, do volunteer work IT for a local charity or three. They are crying out for people who have learnt over decades of experience that backup is a pretty neat idea (just one example)...

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Anonymous IV
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Re: Automation since the 50s

> Resource (human/capital) management, is being automated now.

The progression is Personnel -> Human Resources -> Livestock Control...

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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Re: It really

> > "How exactly are we going to produce the gigawatts of electricity needed to power all these cars?"

> You make charging at night when the grid has spare capacity significantly cheaper.

Correction: you make charging during the day, to use up some of that surplus solar-generated electricity.

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Combinations? Permutations? Those words don't mean what you think they mean

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Re: HSE

> Why aren't they wearing seatbelts in the picture?

a) because the car is not in motion

b) because they are Americans

c) they are young, so they think they will live forever

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

Anonymous IV
Unhappy

Re: Start menu

I've had Classic Shell cause a desktop restart loop following the previous major Windows update (v1703) - almost impossible to recover from - but reinstalling Windows 10 again from the ISO made Classic Shell work perfectly.

The opinion from the forum was that Microsoft probably screwed something up in the major or minor updates over the past year and more. Reinstalling from scratch was far more likely to allow Classic Shell to work.

After that I realised that all I wanted from Classic Shell was the Control Panel menu entry/desktop icon, which can be acquired by other means.

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NHS: Remember those patient records we didn't deliver? Well, we found another 162,000

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Unhappy

> I noticed she omitted to wipe the injection area with alcohol beforehand, presumably slightly increasing my chances of an infection, but I didn't say anything.

I've done 'finger-prick' blood tests at least four times a day for the last 12½ years without pre-wiping the location with alcohol. Perhaps I am now dead?

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

Anonymous IV
Happy

Re: Best practice is 3% margin?

> I thought it was interesting that there is a "Society for IT Managers" that was stating this.

Perhaps they are henchmen of the spectacularly-pretentiously-named "Worshipful Company of Information Technologists" which never fails to amuse me on the rare occasions they come out of the woodwork?

Or maybe it should be "hench-organisation"...?

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

Anonymous IV
Headmaster

Re: Dover

Hovercrafts weren't all wine and roses: in 1985 the Princess Margaret hit the breakwater at the entrance to Dover Harbour in high winds, killing four people and injuring over 50 of the 370 passengers. The hovercraft captain lost his job...

UPI report - note that this says only two died, which I think is incorrect.

More photos of the Princess Margaret and some technical data.

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El Reg is hiring an intern. Apply now before it closes

Anonymous IV

Re: Surely another bonus of the role...

> Surely another bonus of the role would be getting to deal with all of us lovely El Reg community / forum members :-)

But look what happened to the much-missed moderatrix Sarah Bee - she left (over 6½ years ago, I am shocked to note, sob....)

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我的天啊! China gives Weibo users a week to use their real names

Anonymous IV
Headmaster

Cliché reuse

Does 我的天啊! translate as Yahoo! ?

if not, why not?

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

Anonymous IV

Two points

1) This convoy is going to be implemented by wireless technology.

What could possibly go wrong? :(

2) Presumably the 'guard' in the cab of lorries 2..n can be paid the minimum wage since s/he will just be sitting there, admiring the rear of the lorry in front. No need for any driving skills or experience.

And soon, like for trains, guards will no longer be necessary...

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IT worker used access privs to steal £1m from Scottish city council

Anonymous IV
Happy

That's all right, then...

> Dundee City Council said in a statement: "Following the discovery of this crime, Dundee City Council has taken action to prevent a fraud of this type from happening again in the future."

Well done, chaps and ms-chaps! Lessons have been learned. Nothing can ever go wrong, now...

Back to the office for tea and medals.

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Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

Anonymous IV
FAIL

Re: Obvious and stupid mistake

> One look at any photo and it's obvious as hell the sub was a lot longer than "26 feet", snort. It's pretty obvious the length was 26 METERS. God help us from idiot writers who don't know the difference between feet and meters. Who gives length in feet of anything anywhere in the world outside of the the US?

You're quite right! "Feet" is a measurement of length, and "meter" is a measuring device. You probably were not thinking of "metre" since you spelled it wrong twice.

Who's the idiot writer now?!

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British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

Anonymous IV

> STILL waiting for BT nosuchReach to work out how to provide FTC when all houses in the village connect direct to exchange.

Quite straightforward: get Openreach to stick a cabinet outside the exchange, and wire all the EO lines into it.

Good luck!

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Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

Anonymous IV

Re: Alternatives/ Replacement

> I'll give Sumatra a go, once I turn down the brightness on my monitor. I hope the app is friendlier on the eye than their website.

If you want to change the lurid yellow background to a friendly pale blue, add the -bg-color parameter after the executable in your icon Properties, such as:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\SumatraPDF\SumatraPDF.exe" -bg-color 0xF0F8FF

"Your 0xRRGGBB value may vary."

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

Anonymous IV

Re: New BOFH?

> ..and is Mr Dabbs on holiday?

I do hope so. It will save me the trouble of looking at a perhaps interesting headline, then finding that he had written the article.

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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

Anonymous IV

Re: Will it really make any differece?

> however there are many who do actually want these incredible speeds for many reasons.

... such as being able to download myriad Windows Updates faster.

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Talk about a hit and run: AA finally comes clean on security breakdown

Anonymous IV
Unhappy

"We're so sorry..."

"... Uncle Albert."

Allusion missed.

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

Anonymous IV

Re: @Chris

> Are there other call-home functions apart from this?

Don't bother investigating - just use O & O's oddly-named ShutUp10 and 'check out' the Actions tab. Removes all dubious MS settings in one fell swoop.

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

Anonymous IV

Re: Rock and ..... place

I'm not entirely sure what "5mb" (millibits) would mean. Not even if it was supposed to be 5 millibits per second...

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Anonymous IV
Go

Re: New???

A&A? Yes, you get what you pay through the nose for...

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Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

Anonymous IV
Joke

Re: Safe and trusted

> What does Linus know that seems to be so beyond Microsoft?

Perhaps he is a better despot?

Oh wait...

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Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

Anonymous IV
FAIL

Re: Unity lives on a Yunit

> now if Micro-shaft would only allow the forking of Windows 7...

Good heavens, NO! That would move vague consistency towards entropy, defined as "lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder."

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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

Anonymous IV
Unhappy

Re: can anyone really get

> 24 mb fibre to the house, 75 mb to my 4g phone

Surely we can forget the fibre/copper dilemma until people are clear about the difference between numbers expressed in MB, Mb, mB* or mb...?

* I don't think I've actually seen that 'unit', but included for consistency...

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

Anonymous IV

Response

Isn't this an instance where the MD/CEO announces to the press, "Deputy Heads must roll!"?

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

Anonymous IV
FAIL

Re: Random PC reboots

Amazing! What are the chances of an organisation having a rock-crushing machine down the corridor?

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Boffins find evidence of strange uranium-producing bacteria lurking underground

Anonymous IV
Joke

Re: The usual baloney

> About a decade ago, I ran across an acquaintance I hadn't seen since 1970/71. Like me he had become bored every ten years and commenced a new career. One of them for him had been prawn farming in Queensland.

Since this sub-thread could clearly do with being lightened up a bit, might I suggest that the reason for your acquaintance's new career choice was that he wanted to come the raw prawn?

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

Anonymous IV

Bruce Springsteen

Didn't one of his songs have a deep and meaningful end section relevant to this situation?

Ah yes...

"I'm goin down, down, down, down

I'm goin down, down, down, down

I'm goin down, down, down, down

I'm goin down, down, down, down

I'm goin down, down, down, down

I'm goin down, down, down, down

I'm goin down, down, down, down

I'm goin down, hey bopa d-d-down

I'm goin down, down, down, down

I'm goin down, hey bopa d-d-down

I'm goin down, down, down, yeah

I'm goin down, down, hey bopa hey bopa

Hey hey mmm bopa bopa well down

Hey babe mmm bopa bopa said down

Hey hey mmm bopa bopa well down

Hey hey mmm bopa bopa say

Hey unh say down, down, down, down, down

Hey down now, say down, down, down, down, down"

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

Anonymous IV
Happy

Date of birth

When, for no obvious reason, I am asked to give my birth date, I will usually put 01/01/1980 - the lowest possible date in the FAT file system. This is clearly when obesity started...

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Comey was loathed by the left, reviled by the right – must have been doing something right

Anonymous IV

Re: "He's a showboat, he's a grandstander"

> They said that irony died when Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

For "they" (always a weasel word in a quotation) read "Tom Lehrer"; for 'irony' read 'political satire'. The real factual quotation is:

"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize."

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

Anonymous IV

Re: Slot loaders

> I had one like that, except my one year old stuck a malted milk biscuit in the FDD of my old Mac 8600. That definitely needed a new drive..

And a new biscuit, I presume?

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

Anonymous IV
Devil

Re: Rutherford Advanced Computing Society.

Reminiscent of the old British Computer Society - now stealthed as "BCS — The Chartered Institute for IT".

Or am I thinking of that spectacularly pretentiously-named organisation "The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists"?

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Linux 4.11 delayed for a week by NVMe glitches and 'oops fixes'

Anonymous IV

Re: Good lord, man, testing software?

> Do you mean the Microsoft way of writing code???

Good grief! You waited until two posts had already been made before saying something trite about Microsoft in a utterly Linux thread?

3/10 - should try harder...

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

Anonymous IV

Re: Back in the day...

> Many years ago I was working on the weekend shift when someone spilt a can of Fanta on to the keyboard of the main system console of our production mainframe...

Attempted fantacide, I would suggest!

(Ba-boom, tish)

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

Anonymous IV
Unhappy

"Given the boot"

Really disappointing that the author didn't manage to crowbar this into the piece somewhere.

An opportunity missed. 7/10

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

Anonymous IV

I always thought it was slightly odd that rape-seed oil came from oil-seed rape...

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

Anonymous IV
Coat

Re: I had my Glock on me

"How are things in Glocka Morra?"

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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

Anonymous IV

Re: Patch Tuesday

> 44 reboots per server on patch Tuesdays

For 44 read 1.

Unless you exist in a Trumpal environment...

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Shine on, you crazy Eind minds: Boffins fire out 43Gbps infrared 'Wi-Fi'

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Shine on, you crazy Eind minds

Kudos for this Pink Floyd-al reference!

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

Anonymous IV
Alert

Re: Same here

> ... a (female) supervisor, who also isn't averse to grabbing a cable or a keyboard and running off to keep a user happy...

Am I alone in thinking that this might be extremely dubious?

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Road accident nuisance callers fined £270,000 for being absolute sh*tbags

Anonymous IV
Unhappy

Re: My policy is...

"Robots have feelings, too..."

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

Anonymous IV

What is it called when you do the same thing again and expect different results?

It's probably called 'voting'.

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Anonymous IV
Facepalm

Re: Other uses?

Agnus dei, please - does nobody know Latin any more?

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Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

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Re: I can run Linux and bash and ...

> on Linux, I can also compile Linux binaries directly

Thank heaven, Microsoft has already done this one time only - and it applies to every Windows user!

Think of all those electrons being saved...

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Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable

Anonymous IV
Joke

Re: Capita.

Dead Wringers!

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Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

Anonymous IV

Re: Tech for the Ex

> I gave her manager my card and contract pricing information in case they needed a support consultant in the future, but never heard back from them.

Nor, presumably, from her, either...

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Anonymous IV

Re: Had been together with a barrister myself

That ever-so-witty company Amber Taverns recently renamed a pub in Gloucester "The Doctors".

"Where do you want to go today?"

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BOFH: Elf of Safety? Orc of Admin. Pleased to meet you

Anonymous IV

Re: Right Royal Softly, Softly, ...... Catchee GCHQ and Assorted Monkeys ....

Puts me in mind of the olde saying:

Parsing is such sweet sorrow...

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