* Posts by Anonymous IV

587 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011

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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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Thumb Up

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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