* Posts by miket82

51 posts • joined 12 Jan 2012

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Forensic accountants appointed to pore over Post Office IT scandal

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So, who runs this?

No doubt the CEO, and others, take large salaries but have no responsibilities or accountability for anything other than ensuring their salaries (and bonuses) are paid on time. Can I have some, please.

China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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Chuff chuff

Powered by Aussie coal no doubt.

Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Lucky or just creative?

Have 7 machines. 2 laptops, an i5 3 year old Dell and a 5 year old pentium Acer Aspire, a 5 year old i3 HP desktop, and 4 home built desktops (1*i3, 2* i5 [all 3 gen], 1*AMD II x2) all on mobos bought over eBay using whatever memory and HDD's I had laying around. I updated, manually, each one to Creative, starting from the most ancient first, ending with the Dell. All have VMware and Oracle VM Virualbox loaded as well as other stuff I experiment with. All work!

Stuck on a coding problem – should you Bing it?

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Coding is easy

The first bit is easy. The hard bit is the second bit, eliminating the user who doesn't know the work around.

You have a 'simple question'? Well, the answer is NO

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The real answer

No nothing (phew) about Apples but I do know the answer to the meaning of life. IT'S 42.

Or, for the nerds that's equal to 00110100 00110010

Tell us about your first time ... on the internet

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Re: Tell us about your first time ... on the internet

Signed up with Demon in 1992 but before then I booked a holiday to the Faro's in 1987 using a BBS system. At the same time I bought 8Mb of RAM for 32 quid and a 32Mb HDD on a card for 230 quid and wondered what I could do with all that space. But, I could shell out of NewWord into VisiCalc without the machine crashing.. Progress eh?

Who wants to work on a 264-Core, 6TB RAM supercomputer?

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Re: Who wants to work on a 264-Core, 6TB RAM supercomputer?

Can I play pong on it with sound or is that tooooo much?

Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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One up to the underdog

Need I say more?

I don't know HOW our market share sunk say Microsoft

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FAIL

I don't know HOW our market share sunk say Microsoft

Neither did Lotus, Ashton Tate, Word Perfect to name just three who also thought they had it all sewn up.

Romanian 'ransomware victim' hangs self and 4-year-old son – report

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Re: If people are starting to die from it . . .

I agree, but when did the powers that be ever do anything that does not increase there sense of power. Morality is a word not in their vocabulary.

Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Galileo Galilei

Yet again the 'know alls' didn't know better. The head deserves a medal as does the boy. The naysayers should be sent to the flat earth they obviously believe in.

Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

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UK cloud and Google

I stick my data on the cloud and it's not leaving the UK. So, the NSA and GCHQ are not interested? The only sure way of it not going where the sun don't shine is not connect to the web. Simples.

Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Stop

Bunch of bureaucrats

Nothing unexpected here. Enough said.

Oldest gear that's still in use?

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Alien

Re: Oldest gear that's still in use?

My son, living in NZ, tells me he has many customers using Win 95 on a regular basis. Shops, gas stations and farms. Reason, they are not web attached and it does what they want it do do. His biggest problem is finding hardware replacements when something goes belly up.

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Re: Oldest gear that's still in use?

My voice. I shout 'what does 2 plus 2 equal'. Minions shout back 'four'. The accountant answers 'depends on the criteria'. Simples.

Powerline Networking

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Re: If Only

I also have 2 consumer units with no problems with powerlines. Check your connections. In times past I have had complaints of slow dial up connections (any one remember them?) and simply re-tightening all the connections removes the problem. Even more important with a.c power lines where they can work loose if the original connections were a bit dodgy.

Otherwise, why not use a powerline wifi range extenders?

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Simpler

I use a Simpler pass through. 150 feet to my shed from the main router, runs a 5 port switch,3 PC's and a network printer plus whatever else I throw at it. No problems, ever.

Current system 25.6 Mb/s DL, 7.5 Mb/s UL as I write this.

Can you trust accounting software numbers?

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Boffin

Re: Can you trust accounting software numbers?

In the early prehistoric days of spreadsheets I remember my budgeting numbers were always +/- 2p out. Our accountant, trained as an auditor would always bring this to my attention despite my always noting that the true figure was whatever it was below the bottom line.

Because I could never be sure whether the 2p would be up or down I couldn't fiddle (amend) any figure because whatever numbers were entered the total was always +/- 2p.

The danger is not with the software rather with the user who should not assume the machine is always right.

How many time has the shop assistant said 'it must be a million because that's what my calculator says.'

Or how about this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPbxYsWxp8A

World's cheapest tablet just got CHEAPER

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British Industry once again

Only interesting thing about this is once again British Industry screws up. Takes me back to the sixties when everything was on 6 to 9 months delivery, if you were lucky. I recall waiting for a lift to arrive before we could continue building. After some six months of phone calls it turned out the lift had been dropped off at a layby halfway down the A1 for another unit to pick it up. No one had told the pick up firm it had been dropped off! Nothing changes except the incompetent who seem to survive what ever is thrown at them. No doubt the CEO of Datawind got his Christmas bonus and the shareholders their dividend.

Weird interview questions

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Given your age

Once asked where I wanted to be in 10 years time. Alive and doing your job I replied. I got the job. He had seen my c.v and knew I would move on long before that and wasn't threatened he told me some weeks later. We got on very well and more than a few bevvies were downed before I did leave some 2 years later.

I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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Re: I have better idea (Classic Shell)

And it's free.

Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Machine code £

The comment about printing the £ (I hated the # sign) reminded me of my DOS days. I solved it by writing a small 90 byte machine code routine (most bytes were my credit line) that loaded through config.sys that redirected the print code to see the £ code rather than the hash code. Staff often asked me what the line

"Money added to system"

meant when they switched the machine on but then I always did have a weird sense of humor.

BT engineers - missed appointments

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Re: BT engineers - missed appointments

Been with BT since before carrier pigeons. Always on time and I always benefit. Most recent : I complained that the external cable was coming off the wall. Result, he rerouted the master cable to a more convenient position and gave me a new router.

Worst case : we had been abroad for some three months and had stopped all outgoing calls during our absence. On arriving back, no connection, our line had been used to service another user. On complaining and on the same day, they attended and fixed it. What happened to the person using out original line I've no idea but that's another story.

Moral : BT equals Best Telecomms.

Lighting bods blind designophiles with LED-powered lounge lamps

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Brilliant

Brilliant.

Dumb terminals

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Facepalm

Dumb terminals

Lots of chatter about O/S, hardware and less often the cloud.

Anyone remember dumb terminals?

May be a bit early whilst the big boys fight it out but I can see the return of dumb terminals on the horizon. Switch on, the bios connects to the internet, downloads whatever it needs to fit the hardware and away you go.

Big advantage, PRISM, NSA, GCHQ et.al can save all that money spying on us as they will be the source of all our needs. Oh dear, maybe not such a good idea after all. Scrub this post.

Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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Unrecognised talents

I once asked a woman I was interviewing what her skills were.

She replied 'none, for the last 22 years I've been bringing up our 4 children'

I replied 'so you don't consider that being an expert in HR, financial management, social work, catering, health and safety, time management, transportation logistics and well developed negotiating skills to name just a few are important?'

I doubt the current crop of HR based assessment centres and their psychological tick boxes would have picked her skills up.

She got the job and went on to become very successful.

My point. Forget the past, look at the future and the potential. Gender is only one aspect to consider and is no less or more important than any other attribute.

US starting to kick out software patents too!!!!

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Re: US starting to kick out software patents too!!!!

New Zealand does its own thing.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11118087

Software patents

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Software patents

They may be at the other end of the world but NZ has taken the lead in something other than sheep s*****g.

Software patents are to be banned. Next step, ban curved edge patents. Together they would make a pear (not to be confused with the other fruit).

Gartner complains no public cloud is good enough for business

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And the real answer is?

I take no credit for this but it sums (pun intended) the question up so choice your answer.

A mathematician, an accountant and an economist apply for the same job.

The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks "What do two plus two equal?" The mathematician replies "Four." The interviewer asks "Four, exactly?" The mathematician looks at the interviewer incredulously and says "Yes, four, exactly."

Then the interviewer calls in the accountant and asks the same question "What do two plus two equal?" The accountant says "On average, four - give or take ten percent, but on average, four."

Then the interviewer calls in the economist and poses the same question "What do two plus two equal?" The economist gets up, locks the door, closes the shade, sits down next to the interviewer and says "What do you want it to equal?"

Indian spooks snooping without ISP knowledge

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Integrity

And there was me thinking someone or somethings, some where had integrity. Silly me.

Reports: NSA has compromised most internet encryption

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McCarthy

Here we go again.

Air mattress blast blows German man across room

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Re: How do you become an expert in matress explosions?

Baked beans does the job for me.

Gov IT write-off: Universal Credit system flushes £34m down toilet

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Ctrl Alt Del

Rebooting, no boot them all out and zero down the memory.

Universal Credit CRUNCHED: Dole handouts IT system to be rebuilt

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Not working, b*****t.

Of course it's working. Think of all the politicians, their cronies, civil servants, and contractors who would all be out of a job if it stopped not working. Or we could always blame the 'other lot' for creating a false positive.

Met Police spaffs £250m keeping 'ineffective' IT systems running - report

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Now now wot 'av we 'ear

I was proceeding in a norverlee direction when it all went pear shaped. I feel a section 7 coming on.

PayPal fixes critical account switcheroo bug after researcher tipoff

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Swag

Whatever happened to to 'stick em up, give me the money'.

True story, you couldn’t make it up.

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IT Angle

True story, you couldn’t make it up.

Once worked for a government dept and prior to the mandarins deciding to out source our I.T maintenance I did most repairs myself. Being a taxpayer and saving myself money I used to buy whatever I wanted using a personal account and invoice the cost to our treasury. This saved pounds as I always managed a better discount than their purchasing dept.

Then we went all contractee and the work was passed to a well known National service provider.

A PC fan failed and I knew I could do the job for under a fiver. But, following the book (the treasury stopped me doing my own thing) I rang and placed an order, including the details of the machine. Details not required as they already had them, or so they said. 3 weeks later a parcel arrived and I phoned the contractor to say the part had arrived. Another 2 weeks passed and a ‘tech guy’ turned up. Gave him the parcel, directed him to the machine and left him to it.

Thirty minutes later he came back to me and explained he couldn’t do it as the wrong part had been delivered. How long does it take to remove 2 screws I wondered so asked him to show me how he knew. At that point he hesitated and admitted he didn’t know how to get into the machine. So how did he know the wrong part had been delivered I asked. It was too small was his answer. A bit of a shaggy dog story followed but I won’t bore with the details. Come with me I ordered I’ll show you.

Removing 2 screws I took the fan from him, replaced the faulty unit and in probably 5 minutes the machine was up and running. You can’t do that he said you are not qualified. OK, at this point the farce is beginning to make me smile at the idiocy of it all so I said OK, here’s the screw driver, you do it.

30 minutes later he heaves a sigh of relief, switches on and the machine blows up. Told you it was wrong he says, hoping I had failed to see him drop and leave a screw laying on the mobo. Listen I said, if you say nothing about me being ‘unqualified’ I won’t tell on you, just give me a new mobo, I’ll fix it and you can go on your way. Don’t have a mobo but I do have a new machine he replied. Deal done.

Cost of fan if I had done it my way £3.59p.

Contractor cost (eventually all passed on to the taxpayer of course), £726 for the new machine, £24 invoice price of ‘wrong’ fan, £49.50 per hour not including travelling time for the ‘tech guy’.

I feel sorry for whoever who got our old machine which mysteriously was DOA.

Government contracts eh, don’t you just love ‘em.

Amazon DISAPPEARS from internet

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Re: In the meantime

Paper? book? highstreet? What the hell are they?

Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet

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Legally obliged

So, if you don't tell us what we want to know (section 7) we will imprison you and destroy all your goods after we have copied your copies. It will all be proportionate and within the law as we interpret it. Bring back carrier pigeons.

'Silent' staff stood by as £100m BBC IT project tanked – DG

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Burnt cakes

I just burnt some cakes, not my fault the oven didn't tell me it was too hot. Wife has suspended me but when I asked for hefty bonus for trying, guess what she said, 'you're not working for the BBC'. Real life eh.

Yahoo! web! traffic! BIGGER! THAN! GOOGLE! in! July!

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Yee Har

Or something like that.

Firefox takes top marks in browser stability tests

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I blame Mosaic

If only they had got it right.

Fear the JOBZILLA! 150ft STATUE of Steve planned 'lest fanbois forget'

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God, my a****

This for a man who thought he could beat the system by funny quackery and was wowed when it all went fruit shaped and ended up beaten by a higher and more intelligent being who had the nerve not to agree with him. No doubt visitors will charged outrageous fees for viewing and patents will be applied for for the rights to erect statues. Oh, provided you have paid for the right to have eyes that work. Who threw that curve? Sorry patent not applied for, scrap that.

India's subidised student tablet lands in US schools

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Corruption!

No idea why India is causing problems but my guess is somebody wasn't offered enough money. That's how the system works, I know, I worked there. The people are great, innovative and willing to learn. The problem, much like elsewhere in the world are the people in power who cry democracy but only when they benefit.

Brazilians tear strip off NSA in wake of Snowden, mull anti-US-spook law

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Be careful what you wish for

State of Fear by Michael Crichton says it all. I'm surprised it's not on the list of prohibited books.

Tiny fireball exoplanet completes one year in 8.5 hours

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Ice pack

I've got the ice pack concession but I'm open to offers.

12 simple rules: How Ted Codd transformed the humble database

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Holmes

DOB

There is a rather large relational database in the UK called the registrar of births and deaths. Codds Date of birth could be verified by a simple query. Nothing like a primary source for data integrity! On the other hand try the internet, that's never wrong is it?

Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

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F3 - no keyboard found

Sorry about that, I switched it off and then on again. Problem solved.

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F3

Keyboard not found, hit F3

Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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FAIL

Take it to the tip

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/fail_32.png

I remember the excitement of DOS 3.3 arriving and the ability to network it. Windows 3, interesting but not much use. Using Win95, brilliant, from there to Millennium (despite all your groans, it worked for me) and getting to grips with NT 3.1. How unforgiving that was. 30 odd steps to achieve something and no warning for a wrong move.

On to Server 2000 and Active directories and the nightmare of NT quickly forgotten. Then, XP and unexpected crashes became a thing of the past. Quickly moving over Vista we arrive at Win 7. XP with go faster stripes but I still knew where the gears were.

Oh dear, we come to Win 8. If this is an automatic please can I go back to manual, better yet what about the blinking C: prompt. At least we knew we were expected to know how to double de-clutch. Win8 removes the windows and replaces them with blinds.

MS says it has listened to the customer. Seems to me only those that toe the line have been listened too. The rest, as certain political parties (read MS) will say, are themselves to blame for not liking it.

The start button is back for Win 8.1 ('oh no it isn't' the audience shouts) which I quickly replace with a well known freeby which does (sorry about that MS) exactly what I want my start button to do. Plus I do not have to plough through endless giant Icons hunting for what I want. It is my screen, not a bill board for the clever(?) people at MS and I will fill it with what I want, not what some meja graduate says I want.

Before car makers gave us rev counters and the like there was a strong and competitive after sales industry for car accessory addons. In other words the customer wanted choice. Most have now gone out of business since the makers now provide those add ons. Those that did not address quality issues and / or ignored the customer have either moved to a niche market or have simply gone out of business. MS needs to understand the customer is very much KING and if they insist on doing their own thing the customer will, quickly, do their own thing. If the sales numbers are true, they already are.

Wake up MS, we have a choice. Numerous linux systems and its derivatives, Android, and not wishing to upset some, the fruit machine that is not a pear.

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