* Posts by Anonymous IV

545 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011

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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 new a 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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Robot solves Rubik's Cubes in 637 milliseconds

Anonymous IV

The World Cube Association

What a fascinating organisation name!

Nowhere near as pretentious as The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists...

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

Anonymous IV
Facepalm

An arrowing experience

Compulsory pun, sorry!

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

Anonymous IV
Unhappy

Re: Daeshed Hopes

Very worryingly, quite close to GCHQ in Cheltenham this morning I saw a coach bearing the title:

Daish Holidays

I don't dare make any comment...

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James Dyson's new startup: A university for engineers that doesn't suck

Anonymous IV

Re: That Dyson guy...

As opposed to a 'left flaming fag', maybe?

His motivation is money, and producing first-class British engineers.

For more noble and selfless Britishness, see the first four paragraphs of this ...

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Donald Trump running insecure email servers

Anonymous IV

Re: TrumpOrg.com why not trump.org

Why not trump.org? Because someone else [Registrant Name: chris puchowicz] got there first!

And it says:

"Vote NO to Trump

He wasn’t even organized enough to purchase this domain (or www.trump.tv) at public auction, and he wants to run the U.S.A.?

Days after I won this domain at public auction I received a letter from Trump attorney’s threatening to sue me for trademark infringement for purchasing this domain.

Guess who still owns the domain… not that guy."

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Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!

Anonymous IV

Obvious question on pair programming

What would Verity Stob do?

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Pivot3 produces ROBO Edge Office

Anonymous IV

Ambiguation

Why couldn't they call it something other than Office, which is a quite-well-known Microsoft suite of programs?

Yes, I know Microsoft has already put its foot in it with outlook.com and Outlook, but that's no reason to add to the confusion.

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Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8

Anonymous IV
Joke

Surely all the stuff and nonsense would never happen if Linus did all the work on the kernel himself?

An intergalactic super-hero and the world's most fabulous man* should find this quite straightforward!

* grovelling apologies to Captain Kremmen.

And Carla...

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Edinburgh University to flog its supercomputer for £0.0369 per core hour

Anonymous IV
Alert

Edinburgh gets in quick before the Met Office!

One is expecting to see the Met Office in Exeter doing something similar in Spring 2017, when its contract with the BBC (mostly) finishes, leaving ITV still using the Met Office for weather guessing forecasting.

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‘Andromeda’ will be Google’s Windows NT

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RFOS

Will Andromeda be a rant-free operating system (RFOS)?

Please say it is so!

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

Anonymous IV

Re: It's easy to stop people wanting to talk ..

> take along a durian

That will be Yet Another Linux Distro. one supposes...

Rather more intelligible than Pregnant Pangolin or Weedy Walrus.

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Anonymous IV

Re: Ah, the French... Ou est le chat?

It's amazing that the French cannot speak/understand their own language!

I once asked a French teacher, "Comme êtes-vous ce matin?", and she didn't have a clue about what I was on...

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Crusty Cat 5e/6 cables just magically sped up to 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps

Anonymous IV

Re: Dictionary

Yes, sped. "past and past participle of speed", says OED.

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Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

Anonymous IV

Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardishians

Surely the headline is wrong, and should read: Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardoshians ?

(used in the sense: "British, informal [mass noun] Money.")

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

Anonymous IV

> Or "whenever the fuck they feel like it" in other words.

More precisely, when they feel there is a need for it. Do you think Microsoft produces updates just to keep their programmers busy? Sheesh.

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Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

Anonymous IV

Re: Why the fuck...

Because it seemed like a pretty neat idea.

At the time.

Before any risk assessment was carried out...

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BT's Wi-Fi Extender works great – at extending your password to hackers

Anonymous IV

> ...the hacker won't know where you live...

Really?

A surprising number of the SSIDs round where I live are of the form "23 Railway Cuttings" or "Joe and Josie Bloggs". Even an unintelligent hacker might take these as significant clues as to the location of the routers...

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

Anonymous IV

Re: "Have you been forced to do utterly pointless work?"

We actually had a time sheet category named "Filling in Time Sheets" - but we weren't allowed to charge more than 15 minutes per week to it!

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35,000 ARRIS cable modems at risk from firmware dumper bot

Anonymous IV

Compulsory pun

May I be the first to say that they don't know their ARRIS from their elbow?

And to repeat a statement I lifted from a much-earlier comment:

"Virgin Media SuperHub:

Warning! Device might be at least 80% less super than advertised..."

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Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu

Anonymous IV

From the blurb about Graham Cluley in the linked article:

"Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s."

No mention of the fact that those security companies included, for several years, Sophos itself!

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'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'

Anonymous IV

Re: It's not quite a BSOD...

The scrolling matrix signs in the waiting areas outside most of the departments of my local hospital show the current time.

This is exactly an hour out for at least a week following the change to or from BST, or until some IT bod notices (whichever is the longer)

I do hope that the doctors and surgeons do not rely on this time source...

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Robot babies fail in role as teenage sex deterrents

Anonymous IV

This research study cannot be any good...

... because it didn't include the obligatory final sentence:

More research is needed.

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Irish Olympics' officials digital devices seized in Rio

Anonymous IV
Facepalm

Re: Irish hospitality: A thousand welcomes (at the same mark-up)

I do hope you meant "some dodgy practices"!

"Doggy practices" would be an entirely different charge...

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Password strength meters promote piss-poor paswords

Anonymous IV

@phuzz

"I was trying to configure our Virgin Superhub* 3 the other day...

* (actual hub may be 60% less super than advertised) "

Your comment made me laugh - but I think your percentage is too low...!

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More gums than Jaws: Greenland super-sharks live past 400 years old

Anonymous IV

The Greenland shark [...] can grow to over 400 years old

<pedant>

A year is not a unit of growth. Strewth.

</pedant>

Looks like the Reg sub-editors have been given the day off.

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