* Posts by 404

1294 posts • joined 20 Jul 2011


I won't bother hunting and reporting more Sony zero-days, because all I'd get is a lousy t-shirt

404 Silver badge

Re: Really? A shirt?

My Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 Midnight Madness t-shirt - I was very excited to receive that one lol. Four downloads over a 56k modem, three eventually failed, no auto-resume... yeeeah... Have a Netscape Communicator one I'm pretty fond of too.

That being said, most of my wardrobe consists of free tshirts from various companies, but I don't have to work for them - you have to pay to make me look at your network. Til then, don't care. No time.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

404 Silver badge

Re: felt pad


I just wanted to see if I could spell the sound I made after reading the above post. Pretty close I think.

Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

404 Silver badge

Re: Useful telephone number.

Oh that's fucking smart.. scammers will end up with the nuke codes...

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

404 Silver badge

Re: Too late

'Maybe no money can buy good laptops anymore, huh?'

Go look at the Panasonic Toughbook line.. - CF53 here, runs fine, lasts a long time...


404 Silver badge

Re: iMessage on Andriod

Hey, I give Blackberry $1 a month for their Hub on Android... I miss my Blackberry(s)....

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you

404 Silver badge

Beat myself up today with this... damnit..

On a Dell box today - just one out of 150+ machines. Uninstalled updates, no love. System restore, no love. New drivers from Dell, no love. Ended up sharing by IP, which worked fine.

Had planned on wiping box tomorrow, thinking something bad, really deep that wasn't being obvious. Nope, just Microsoft.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

404 Silver badge

Re: Mythbusters

Nah, even the fucking wind tries to kill you in Australia...


Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

404 Silver badge

Re: 5 second fixes

^^^ found Sat Nad ^^^


Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

404 Silver badge

I see that boyband on the front page one more time...

I don't know what I'm going to do... cutting my eyes out seems extreme...

Also, I think we're fucked in 2019 as I am reliably informed 'New Kids on the Block' headlined NYC's Time's Square ball drop...

Edit: 'New Kids'... ball drop... bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahaahhaa....

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

404 Silver badge

It could work. I wonder how it tastes....

Like chicken...


Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

404 Silver badge


Been on an AT&T DSL waiting list since 2007 - currently have Viasat @$62/month for 12GBs data and 758ms avg latency... Heard all about the plight of rural areas, yet nada changes...

Living the Dream...

'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

404 Silver badge

Electrolux isn't that great... Had an overbearing mother who believed in biological remote controls, i.e kids. I have experience with Electrolux, Rainbow, Hoover, ShopVac, various commercial appliances, and Kirby machines. The Rainbow was best at dust control with it's water filter trap, ShopVac for vacuuming up water, but the Kirby hands-down wins on suction for everyday household cleaning. Own an Ultimate G Kirby now lol ($200 on craigslist)

I don't know why I wrote that, but it's true.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

404 Silver badge

Re: Doesn't Windows still have an FTP client?

powershell script:

Import-Module BitsTransfer;

Start-BitsTransfer 'https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-stub&os=win&lang=en-US' 'firefox_installer.exe'

& ".\firefox_installer.exe"


Laptop search unravels scheme to fake death for insurance cash

404 Silver badge

Re: I thought Igor was just the lab assistant

it's iGor...

'Whose brain is it?'

'Abby something, Abby Normal.. Yes, that's it.'

404 Silver badge

Re: "nice prosumer Canon camera."

Wondered why they didn't fingerprint or otherwise identify the body, then considered Bumfuck, Moldova and 'hear hoof beats, expect horses', not zebras... Very plausible for damn near any small town/village anywhere.

Disclaimer: happen to live in Bumfuck, Tennessee - so could be considered an authority or at least a witness.

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

404 Silver badge

Re: Will they vet the ads any better than msn.com does?

That one cracks me up - had one recently that fired up the speakers with alarms & voice-over. Reminds me of an 'Archer' voice mail lol.

Points to the person who writes the malware that not only hits your machine, but also does your IoT appliances, causing alarms & strobing lights in your house... <cue IT Ghostbusters theme>

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

404 Silver badge

Re: Well, MSWin is pants...



OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

404 Silver badge

Re: So much for the original intent of the ARPANET

This was a test and only a test...


Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

404 Silver badge

Re: Insanity


Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

404 Silver badge

Re: recompense?

"IME that counts as an unusually lavish reward."

Didn't even get that after our lead programmer, after 10k+ in performance bonuses, left the state three weeks for a new, more lucrative position before the launch of a new domain registrar he'd been working 6 months on. Customer specified a Windows server which had to deal with Netsol's Unix DNS registration system and the_fucking_programming_didn't_work_at_all and was dropped into my lap...

I'll spare you the details, but the customer launched two days late.

Only issue was I aged 127 years in that 16 days. I'm 181 years old now... all because of Chad and his love of Mazda Miatas in the late 90's...

What can I say about this 5G elixir? Try it on steaks! Cleans nylons! It's made for the home! The office! On fruits!

404 Silver badge

Re: US voters get what they vote for

<looking at viasat modem> Currently receiving at -45.3 dBm , cloudy w/light rain. Heavy rain will kill it though..

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

404 Silver badge

Re: Manual override?

Hey Bob, remember 'Zeroth Law'... 'A robot may not allow humanity to come to harm'. Individuals are discounted.

So, about that Google tax on Android makers in the EU – report pegs it at up to $40 per phone

404 Silver badge

Re: "the savvy user always had to fuss with anti-malware"

Patches? What patches? Didn't need no stinkin' patches - I had a Nokia...

Be happy you're alive because I never dropped it through the Earth's core ending all life...


Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

404 Silver badge

oh nonononono...

Beiberizing an unlocked computer is one thing - that's on you - but messing with a person's car? That's an escalation you will not recover from.

Your body will never be found.


From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

404 Silver badge

Re: Dear El Reg, as you are a British .co.uk site


This sounds like something that helps you shit - not a damn cookie...

Krispy Kremes are a Southern thing - really good until the diabetes kicks in. Get a craving every year or so, buy a bunch, then go 'Oh yeah, these things are too fucking sweet', until next year.

Edit: the chocolate covered Bavarian creme ones are my weakness... every year or so.

404 Silver badge

Re: Nah.

>One wonders if my 10 downvoters realize they are trying to "bully" me into conforming to their world view with their votes? Hypocrisy? They may have heard of it ...

Nah, everybody hates you, Jake.


Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

404 Silver badge

Re: The silver lining

> Hench 4 Life!!

Henchmen never get laid, just paid to be bullet magnets/early alarm systems - need to be a motivated evil lieutenant or better.

Just saying...

404 Silver badge

Re: The silver lining

The Chinese read Heinlein - 'The Man Who Sold The Moon' - except in the book, the power satellite explodes ;)

Chrome 70 flips switch on Progressive Web Apps in Windows 10 – with janky results

404 Silver badge


Active desktop... Windows 98... just stahp...

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

404 Silver badge

Still mad about the Shuttle program...

I don't want to talk about it... but it was the quickest I've *ever* seen the Feds do something..

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

404 Silver badge

Re: But muh headphone jack!

Because Options, that's why... If my BT is connected to my car's OBDII sender, it's not connecting to the stereo system to run my AV, so that headphone jack becomes very important. When I take the 4G enabled tablet into the house, it's BT is free to connect to the home system, yada yada yada..

It's having OPTIONS, man!


404 Silver badge

Re: Dropbear

Tigra - that doesn't matter. It's the look and feel I'm looking for. Kinda like sure, you can drive a Nissan Cube around, but it's not going to have the look and feel of a Ferrari lol.

404 Silver badge

Re: If you build it will they come?

Almost perfect - paperback size is/was to accommodate back pocket. Pretty cool.

404 Silver badge

Re: If you build it will they come?

That gvido is pretty awesome! Close, so close lol.

404 Silver badge

Re: If you build it will they come?

Something I never saw in an e-reader was one in a paperback book format - same size & shape, open to see two e-ink paperwhite screens, exactly like a paperback. I'd pay good money for that even now.

Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

404 Silver badge

Cpt Blue Bear - <deleted>

Wrote up a nice bright cheerful description of murder, heads on pikes, etc, but decided that might be a bit much for a Sunday.

I would be quite cross with you had I discovered the stock shenanigans.


Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

404 Silver badge

Surely you can do better than 100kb/yr?

kk, snide remark... my main wifi router is 70' away, thus the AP 10' ft away, in the other direction.

404 Silver badge

Re: V'ger

Please don't faint, but that was good up into the 1990's.

It went:

1950's: Bam, zoom, straight to the moon physical abuse of women.

1960's: James Bond slayed more female sex symbols than you could shake a stick at... Hippies, free love.

1970's: James Bond still swinging it, Disco, Son of Sam, etc.

1980's: Weird Science: creating female sex slaves and ballistic missiles in adolescent boys bedrooms... With Computers & Modems.

1990's: Everybody is Fucking. Even Bill Clinton.

2000's: Age of the Offended. Yet everybody is fucking.

Main theme throughout all is everybody is getting laid and laughing at the same shit - except maybe in front of you.

404 Silver badge

Re: Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago. SpaceX hopes to land on it on Saturday

Elon thinks it would be cool, duh.

404 Silver badge

Re: My oldest application still running and in use

I have relatively important email from 1994 through today - never know when you'll be called up to CYA...

Fruit flies use the power of the sun to help them fly in straight lines

404 Silver badge

<raises hand>

Who held the flask for the bear to urinate in? Trained fruit flies?

Judge bars distribution of 3D gun files... er, five years after they were slapped onto the web

404 Silver badge

Re: Before we had guns ...

Really? That would be cool af.

Post them.

404 Silver badge

Re: Remember PGP

Politicians need to learn - citizens pretty much got it down.

Anyone want some CAD files?


Windows 10 July update. Surface Pro 4. Working fondleslab. Pick two

404 Silver badge

""Windows is licensed, not sold." - Windows EULA"

Here, hold my beer....


404 Silver badge

'A major ballache for us IT admins...'

If thou is truly a perfidious IT ADMIN, then thou has thy power to change thine industrious demon device to thine own flavor of Windows... So sayeth the Clerics of IT Power & Cable.

Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

404 Silver badge

What does Taylor Swift have to do with... nm

Big Tech turns saboteur to cripple new California privacy law in private

404 Silver badge

Re: Private Piracy, Arrr

'There's no incentive to do things for "free" anymore'

Spite and anger work well - the rest is details.

'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

404 Silver badge

that shot messenger...

.. Yeah I don't do that any longer...

I know where a county sheriff's operations server is just hanging out there wide open - ah ain't a-sayin' shite... They don't like me anyways.

It's NOT worth the hassle.

Facebook flat-out 'lies' about how many people can see its ads – lawsuit

404 Silver badge

Re: This is another easy win for Facebook

I wonder what kind of connection the graveyard users have? Getting dug up every few years would kinda suck for upgrades... No 5G for you if you died last year... depending on your will and contract with graveyard. Then you have to make sure you actually *get* the upgrades...

What a bitch. Easier not to die.

If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?

404 Silver badge

Niche item

Have a little mount adapter that attaches to my car's CD slot - hang an Asus Zenpad off it. Monitors car performance, systems, etc via BT, and does GPS mapping duties as well as running audio/video.

Or watch movies/whatever when cooking. That's it. My 2013 CF-53 Toughbook is my main machine, with a seriously overpowered dev machine sitting in the corner for heavy stuff.

If you really thinking about it, 99% mobile sites suck monkey balls and don't have the functionality of a full website, so what's the point of using a tablet?

Apologies for the rambling, but I don't think about them any longer - was fun while it lasted though.


Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019