* Posts by hopkinse

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Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers

hopkinse

Re: All too late

We had a reputation to diminish? I think you'll find that fuckwitts like Gavin Williamson et al have already destroyed what was left of it.

hopkinse

Re: Bots or scripts or sunnink.

You need to confirm by email by clicking on a link before your vote will be registered. Presumably only one vote per email address. I'd imagine it would be more than trivial to spam that significantly with bots.

I voted several hours ago but haven't had the email to be able to confirm. The total has only crept up by 100,000 odd in the last three hours. Wonder how many other people are still waiting for an email? Seems like a good way to knobble the process :-)

How I got horizontal with a gimp and untangled his cables

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Re: Bah!

hahahahahahahaha. I work with a guy who is the spitting image of Wally, even down to the smattering of hairs sticking up.

hopkinse

Re: GIMP is hard to master

He is writing in what used to be known as normal english, before text speak took over. If you have dificulty following him, you should try legal contracts :-P

hopkinse
Coat

flippers?

" I thought he was a police diver who'd taken a wrong turning while hunting for his misplaced flippers."

No police diver would be looking for his flippers because they call them fins. Flippers are for amateurs that don't know any better :-P

Strictly speaking, flippers are on water living mammals on the vestigial equivalent of their front legs

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

hopkinse

Re: It is possible to produce an idiot proof interface.

We had all the old crap in those machines. Apart from the 1st gen Sony CD drives ( complete with caddy ) that came in at about £400 a pop everything else was pretty long in the tooth for the early 90s - kyocera and various other 25Meg MFM drives, no-name wd1003 controller cards, various no-name MDA cards. If you were lucky you had a white screen monitor rather than the usual orange. Ahhh those were the days :-)

hopkinse

Re: It is possible to produce an idiot proof interface.

Sounds familiar :-) Our machines used to live on a shelf under the till counter and I think had Hayes or Akhter 1200 baud modems to transfer sales data back to head office. I think they shared the line with the phone on the counter so comms during shop hours couldn't be relied on, hence why updates were sent out on floppies!

hopkinse

Re: It is possible to produce an idiot proof interface.

In the early 90s I worked for a company who had systems in John Menzies shops ( UK high street newspaper, stationery, music, books, computer games seller ) across the country that produced copies of 8 bit home computer games on demand.

The system was just a 286 in a custom case with drives such as 3.5", 5.25", cassette drive and amstrad 3" in bays on the front, plus a bunch of blanked off spare bays for future expansion.

We used to send out updates on 3.5" floppy disk and the users were supposed to put the disk in the drive then select an update function from an admin menu in the system software and follow the prompts. Should be pretty simple but, when the first update went out we got lots of calls from shop staff saying they were getting disk not present errors or something like that.

After a lot of head scratching it turned out that they were forcing the disk into the gap between the drive bay blanking plates rather than into the drive itself!

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

hopkinse

Re: Cotton, really?

It's a closed ecosystem so much of the water consumed will be re-cycled: water is broken down as part of the carbon fixing process (photosynthesis) but my guess is that the bulk of the water consumed is through transpiration, i.e. evaporation through the stomata pores in the leaves.

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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That would be Silicon Computers I think near Haymarket. Vendors of all things grey :-)

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I used to have an Alcatel badged blister pack of I think 4 floppies - windows 2.0 :-)

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Stop

Re: 'Murica never ceases...

keep your guns to yourself please

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Coat

Re: Talking of films ...

I now can't get Black Lace out of my head....

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

hopkinse

errr you can do a transaction log backup that just simply truncates the log contents without doing an actual backup. No need to switch recovery model of the database.

hopkinse

Re: Something is missing about this tale

It wouldn't have been running anything other that Windows if it ws MS SQL Server - NT4 and up

DBA drifts into legend after inventive server convo leaves colleagues fearing for their lives

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Coat

That's amost as much fun as using a binary editor to change system messages by modifying command.com back in the good old days days of DOS. This was in the days when viruses were just starting to appear, so a couple of carefully re-crafted messages caused much panic and head-scratching :-)

Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-

hopkinse
Coat

Re: re The bad old days

She was Billericay Dickie's bit on the side. She used to take day trips to Thanet :-)

hopkinse
Flame

Re: Ah, the old days

Usually, with embedded installs of SQL/Oracle/whatever database, there are no maintenance routines put in place so the system slowly grinds to a halt as the database(s) fill up, become fragmented, the filesystem fills up, etc, etc. Then you find out that all of the database access is via the system administrator account, with default passwords. This is especially true if you've paid consultants to come in and set it up who then don't have to support the system - throw it in and forget!

Indiegogo pulls handheld airport pervscanners off crowdfunding platform

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Joke

Re: It's time

Was it you who ripped me off with that advert in Viz?

As one Microsoft Windows product hauls itself out of the grave, others tumble in

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Joke

schrodinger's browser...

"if a browser tab crashes, but no one ever uses it, did it really crash?"

Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old

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Joke

Re: David Dickinsonia

Where's the bottle of fake tan ;-)

It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

hopkinse

Re: Nokia is dead! Long live Nokia!

It's a bit different from the usual brand badging, in that Nokia have a stake, and input into the company and a lot of ex-Nokia people are working there. It's not the Nokia of old but time will tell if they can survive.

hopkinse

I'm still using my 1020 I bought when it was released, still on it's original battery too!

Thunderstruck: Azure Back in Black(out) after High Voltage causes Flick of the Switch

hopkinse

Re: Whole Lotta Rosie lights on my status panel

only those with big balls succeed :-)

Florida Man laundered money for Reveton ransomware. Then Microsoft hired him

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Joke

Re: Lost it

But it does get a bit old after a while. And there's not much sport in kicking the afflicted :-P

Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

hopkinse
Mushroom

Meh

I'll stick with my Joo Janta 200's

Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

hopkinse

Re: NT

I threw out a set of SCO Xenix/386 install disks not that many years ago that had been used in anger circa 1991/92. They were on 5.25" disks and there were shitloads of them - can't remember quite how many but I remember them plus the manuals in their boxes took up a couple of shelves in a big bookcase in our office.

RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

hopkinse

What about noggin the nog and ivor the engine and Basil Brush, to mention but a few. They were the first TV I remembered seeing

Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

hopkinse

Re: So let me see .....

And when your C programmer decides to walk at short notice and you discover that it'll take 6 months for someone to reverse engineer the changes and the tools used are no longer supported..... Not an uncommon scenario. If you've got the resources to deal with that then that's dandy, but if not...

Horses for courses

Former Google X bloke's startup unveils 'self flying' electric air taxi

hopkinse

Re: I'm not an aviation engineer...

I presume the wings aren't for decoration, i.e. once it picks up a bit of speed the wing takes more of the load and the vertical fans are throttled-back, therefore the wing behaves as normally expected, until it needs to slow down when the fans will kick in again

Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ brings the pane for unobservant workers

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Coat

disaster area...

They have moved into building design after Hotblack had a change of career into property letting....

https://www.sciencealert.com/vantablack-hyundai-pavilion-pyeongchang-winter-olympics-asif-khan

Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

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Alien

Re: slang v gospel

Has destroyallmonsters been resurrected from cryo suspension?

Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

hopkinse
Mushroom

Re: Kiss goodbye to that roadster

Perhaps he wants to emulate Hotblack Desiato and is going to fly it into the sun

Pickaxe chops cable, KOs UKFast data centre

hopkinse

Re: Still issues

was past 22:00 before ours came back to life. Time for some contract re-negotiation!

hopkinse

Re: Still issues

5 hours and counting....

hopkinse

Re: Still issues

Lucky you - ours are still down/incommunicado 3+ hours later!!!

Blighty flogs Qatar a bunch of missiles and Typhoon fighter jets

hopkinse

The UK has historically had closer links with Qatar than Saudi - Bahrain, Qatar and the trucial states ( UAE ) were british protectorates until the early 70s, unlike Saudi...

Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

hopkinse
IT Angle

WTF???

Is The Register now a sister publication to the Daily Star?

User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'

hopkinse

Re: It's all black

Was his name Hotblack? :-)

Your future data-centre: servers immersed in box full of oil, in a field

hopkinse

Re: Surprised

erm I think that's actually Bowmore distillery that does that. The distillery is right next to the only high school on the island and is in the biggest village. I'd be very surprised if it was Lagavulin as you would be lucky if there are more than a dozen or so locals in the vicinity...

Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

hopkinse

Re: Finally

Why would you expect it to die after a year? My 1020 is still going strong and was bought in September 2013! The battery isn't quite as good as new but it still gets through a day without needing a top-up.

NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

hopkinse
Coat

Re: Time to go PaddyPower

before wondering why there is a sperm whale falling beside it....

Koh-no! Silicon Lucy blocks Qualcomm from wriggling out of FTC's chip monopoly trial

hopkinse
Coat

Re: SEP = Standard Essential Patent

May i borrow your towel? I seem to have left mine in a lift

HPE Labs manufactures monster memory Machine system

hopkinse
FAIL

Re: ????

yesterday there was just an empty template article every time I looked....

Shadow Brokers resurface, offer to sell fresh 'wine of month' club exploits

hopkinse
Joke

Re: Language analysis

It's the meerkats. They are taking over with their cuddly personas

Giant spawn hammer on Antarctica map. Thanks, Google Waze

hopkinse
Joke

I think you'll find the correct term is spam dagger, according to Rogers Thesaurus

FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald

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Paris Hilton

Re: Carrot with envy for a strong man

Apologies to those non-Brits ( non-Scots even ) who won't have a clue who I'm talking about but.... Gary Tank Commander with a Dougie Donnely wig would be the perfect candidate. He just needs to ramp up the fake tan. Paris, cos she will be playing all the female parts :-)

Spanish cops snatch suspected top spammer as US moves against Kelihos botnet

hopkinse
Big Brother

Russian propaganda TV channel.....

Yeah and the BBC is a paragon of virtue and unbiased reporting!

My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

hopkinse

It's disturbingly close to the scottish word 'huey' which means sick/vomit or the act of producing such! 'Nuff said! ;-)

Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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FAIL

Rolson tools are what Pounstretcher and other cheap shops sell. Fine for re-wiring a 13A plug but not much else :-|

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