* Posts by Anonymous IV

571 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011

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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'

Anonymous IV
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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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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

Anonymous IV

Re: For a wider viewpoint:

> Ad blocker use rises 30% worldwide in the last year, reported by NY Times Dec 31 2017.

Looks like Trump has some justification for complaining about fake news.

Especially when it happened ten months into the future...

PS to El Reg headline writer - "guilt" is not a verb.

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

Anonymous IV

Re: You forgot to add the mandatory

Possibly because he has not been brainwashed by an exceptionally stupid advertisement?

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Unlucky WD Ultrastar drives are knackered, need replacing ASAP

Anonymous IV
Facepalm

Re: Antipodean?

Since Wikipedia says "Stuckism is an international art movement founded in 1999 by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson to promote figurative painting as opposed to conceptual art" I suspect the answer is "No".

On the other hand, I may have missed the extremely obvious and amazingly funny joke...

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Chap scripts remote Linux takeover for sysadmins

Anonymous IV
Joke

"There's lots of headless uses of Linux"

As in chickens, do you mean?

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Ex-NSA contractor Harold Martin indicted: He spent 'up to 20 years stealing top-secret files'

Anonymous IV
Happy

Re: Data Protection

He is getting a lifetime achievement award!

Ever so many years in prison...

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The best of Reg readers' David Hockney-style logo redesigns

Anonymous IV

Re: Drawing

You are not familiar with Hockney's iPad drawing/colouring-in from 2012?

See, for example, How David Hockney Became the World’s Foremost iPad Painter.

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If Linus Torvalds works well in airports, Linux 4.10 will land next week

Anonymous IV
WTF?

Kernel Bogey

Why is there such feverish interest in minor alterations to an obscure and largely hidden piece of software, and its shouty perpetrator?

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FYI: Ticking time-bomb fault will brick Cisco gear after 18 months

Anonymous IV

Re: MTBF, meet unavoidable entropy

MTBF?

That initialism surely means Maximum Time Before Failure...

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Chinese investors gobble up owner of PCWorld, Macworld etc

Anonymous IV
FAIL

Re: Are we being asset stripped post referendum result?

Interesting that someone describes [Currys/]PC World as an 'asset'!

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

Anonymous IV

Re: Lax Procedures

> Some places really don't have a clue when it comes to proper IT policies. I should have been locked out of everything on the network no later than midnight that evening, and probably no later than the time I walked out the door after my "goodbye everyone" email.

And you are saying that in this circumstance, with known policies in place, a wicked system administrator would have not taken nefarious actions before being shown the door?

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

Anonymous IV
Happy

Re: 100% success record

> I've been rudely reminded how the other half lives with calls selling me conservatories

In the days when I had a land-line I spent quite a number of happy minutes showing mild interest in buying a conservatory to a pushy salesman thereof who had cold-called. I was (apparently) just about to purchase their finest and most expensive model when I told the salesman that there might be a minor difficulty with the installation - I lived on the third floor of a block of flats...

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

Anonymous IV

Inspirational messages should take account of region

If we've gone to all the trouble of specifying United Kingdom for our Windows 10 "Home location", we should not be exposed to North American informal words of unknown origin.

We have adequate quantities of our own Noble British Slang terminology...

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Smart fingerprint padlock startup to $320k backers: Sorry for the radio silence

Anonymous IV

Perhaps they had heard about this research?

Peace sign selfies could let hackers copy your fingerprints.

"Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Informatics have found that fingerprints can be easily recreated from photos taken up to three metres away without the need for advanced technology. So long as the picture is clear and well-lit, prints can be mimicked."

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Drone company fails to take off, tells pre-orderers: You can have your $34m back

Anonymous IV

Re: Something fishy here

> The whole infomercial industry works on the business model that you pre-sell your product and use the cash from the pre-sales to fund the manufacturing.

Do I hear the words "Ponzi Scheme"?

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

Anonymous IV

Re: Guru?

No doubt El Reg locating their computer security guru in Australia was simply to throw people off the scent.

Obviously she lives in New Zealand!

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

Anonymous IV

Re: 18Mbps?

I always argue that the only reason for "super-ultra-hyper-fast broadband" is so that the Windows 10 Updates can download faster...

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

Anonymous IV
Facepalm

Re: Beware the dogs.

"He passed away two weeks later"

Phew! For a moment I thought he might have died...

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Top cop: Strap Wi-Fi jammers to teen web crims as punishment

Anonymous IV

Re: It should be considered...

"As any fule kno"

+1 for the Molesworth reference!

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

Anonymous IV
FAIL

Re: Impartiality

@luminous

That's the second post you've made on this matter - with the same text!

If you're attempting to restrict the word 'Google' to being a noun, I'm afraid that train left many years ago.

From SearchEngineWatch: "29 Jun 2006 - “Google” is now officially a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary. Google already is a verb in some other dictionaries, but the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is considered the most authoritative dictionary of the English language."

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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

Anonymous IV
Happy

Re: Flyer

... which is probably why the author cleverly included the word in the first place, for you to spot!

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Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

Anonymous IV

Re: Diabetes?

It's really rather pathetic for someone to ascribe his incompetence to his diabetes - an eminently self-controllable condition in most circumstances.

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Christmas Eve ERP migration derailed by silly spreadsheet sort

Anonymous IV

Re: AST Premium 386

> Certain parts of the site were receiving mains peaking at almost 270V AC ! Once this was corrected, the workshop boys complained that their furnaces took longer to warm up of a morning

Chance for some clever IT so-and-so to implement Wake-on-LAN for the furnaces, so that they were on and hot by the time the "workshop boys" (isn't this both sexist and ageist?) got into work...

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Peace comes to troubled embedded-Linux-for-routers community

Anonymous IV

Second Law of Thermodynamics confounded!

Will this be the only example of two Linux distros re-combining (should it happen)?

Whatever happened to entropy?

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Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

Anonymous IV

Re: Clothing related malfunction

> They eventually traced it to static charge from her nylon stockings...

You just can't end your anecdote there! HOW?

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Why does Skype only show me from the chin down?

Anonymous IV
Happy

Re: Username funnies

Similarly our user-naming convention was to take the first three letters of the surname and add the first letter of the forename, then a sequencing pair of digits.

An exception had to be made for Tracey Cunningham, and a few others which provided unfortunate results...

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Google turns on free public NTP servers that SMEAR TIME

Anonymous IV
Facepalm

Re: Frustration

There's got to be some sort of pun somewhere about Second Guessing...

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Hull surfers cut off by router attack

Anonymous IV

Better article on the BBC website...

TalkTalk and Post Office routers hit by cyber-attack

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Shhhhh! If you're quiet, Linus Torvalds might release a new Linux

Anonymous IV

Re: Odd use of terminology

One could say that Linus is getting more and more RC...

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Barnet Council: Outsourcing deal with Capita has 'performance issues'

Anonymous IV

Re: Pity the poor ratepayer

It's that sort of mild-mannered lily-livered wishy-washy semi-approval that keeps Barnet Council going...

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

Anonymous IV

Re: The mouse that never worked in the afternoon..

Much the same problem occurred with the mighty Amstrad PCW8512 word processing box! If afternoon/evening sunlight got in at the right angle on the diskette drives, all sorts of unhappiness used to occur.

Solution: interpose yourself between the sun and the drives.

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KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

Anonymous IV

Re: Always back up your data!

I always thought the saying was,

"If it [data] moves, back it up."

And back it up even if it doesn't move...

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

Anonymous IV

"CroydonPractices"

Surely not a distribution list but rather a collection of indictable offences?

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