* Posts by Oengus

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Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

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IBM PS/2

I had a manager who received one of the first PS/2 PCs in our office. We had an agreement with IBM that they would send out someone to install all equipment (including PCs as they were very new to us). The manager the PS/2 was destined for decided that he could install the new box himself. He assembled the system (forgetting to plug in the mouse), fired up the PS/2 and was rewarded with the Windows desktop. When he went to do something he realised he had forgotten the mouse. This was one of the "new" PS/2 bus mice (previously all we had were serial mice). He went to the back of the running PS/2 and plugged the mouse into the appropriate PS/2 port. The PC immediately shut down. All efforts to revive the box failed.

He rapidly re-boxed the PS/2 taking great care to put everything back where it should be and waited for the IBM tech to turn up to install the PS/2.

When the IBM tech removed everything and set it up it failed to startup. The IBM tech declared the PS/2 DOA and arranged a new one. He later told us that it was a defective motherboard.

By all accounts plugging a mouse or keyboard into a running PS/2 could cause a spike that would destroy the motherboard because of the way the PS/2 bus was connected to the system.

To this day I still give that manager a hard time whenever he gets something new and decides to set it up himself (he is a friend of mine long retired)...

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BOFH: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

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Re: Wow!

The lions sleeping with a lamb.

Whats the old proverb? The lamb may lay down with the lions but you can bet they lamb won't get much sleep...

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IBM's next turnaround tool is ... a new open-source font?

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Simple reason for this...

The branding department were next to face the axe in the IBM down-sizing so needed to do something to justify their retention. This ploy means the next department in line will face the axe instead.

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US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

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that if a backdoor were mandated the Russians and Chinese would make it a priority to find and exploit it.

That would be illegal... They would change their laws to require that the companies supply them with the same access they had provided to the US government or have that phone banned in their countries. So much easier than trying to find the backdoor...

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No you gibbon, it's not personal; they purposely designed the operating system so that NO-ONE can access it.

Not quite. I was thinking something very similar...

No you gibbon, it's not personal; they purposely designed the operating system so that only authorised people can access it. FTFY

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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Re: Accelerometer data

It's a good thing that I never carry the damn thing with me. My boss is always telling me off for leaving the mobile on my desk and walking away or leaving it on the passengers seat of the car (if I bother to take it when I go out).

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Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

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Why tracking Mobile phones is a bad idea for this....

However, the mobile phone data "greatly overestimated" the number of people who worked within a local authority.

Could this be because people carry more than one mobile phone (one personal and one work)?

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Re: If there ever was a story perfect for television ...

and the terminally clueless will flock to it in droves, undoubtedly.

Its not referred to as the "Idiot Box" for no reason...

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Official US govt Twitter accounts caught tweeting in Russian, now mysteriously axed

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Yes. They have heard of it. They use it as an excuse to reduce civil liberties and privacy all of the time.

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Re: I get a bit fed up with it.

Basically we've two parallel global economies: one for those in the know with enough resources to use it and one for the rest of us plebs who pay for all the services.

I thought this has always been the case. One rule for the rich and another for the poor... Why do the politicians allow this - so they can exploit it for their benefit.

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SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

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Timing...

It's just gone Halloween and the Zombie awakens...

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Google remembers it has an air-fares API, takes the usual action

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Re: I like this kind of behaviour ...

Google would buy the whole US government I think you have the wrong tense here. I thought Google had already bought the US government and already have them doing their biddings...

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Disney-branded internet filter had Mickey Mouse security

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Re: stainless steel rat

Great series. I remember reading them many years ago and enjoying them. Harry Harrison had a lot of fun with that character. I even used a number of characters as pseudonyms on different websites..

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Hipsterverse horror as Slack takes Halloween hiatus

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Re: Can't happen, didn't happen

You missed "The cloud is God"

All hail our mighty cloud overlords.

Another vote for the sarcasm icon.

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Australian senator Pauline Hanson wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'

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Re: Competition

Hmmm... I am starting to see a common thread with nutcase politicians. This one has red hair as well...

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

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As long as you can keep kangaroos and people with earbuds off the tracks.....

Kangaroos are generally smart enough to avoid the trains. "People with earbuds"... if they are anywhere near these train tracks they are so lost they will die from their "stupidity" long before they can get back to civilization.

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IKEA flat-packs TaskRabbit to crack assembly code

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The Interview...

Applying for the job

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Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

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Favourite

If I have to put a password on a file that really doesn't need the password but some numpty insists I password protect the file I like to use something like "What password" or "There is no password"...

When the user asks what the password is I look at them blankly and repeat the password. It takes some of them ages to realise that I am telling them the password. Some will argue for ages that there is a password and don't get the joke... I just keep repeating the password.

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Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

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What about...

Mainframe (IBM S/390) Assembler???

RPG/II/III/IV??

Fortan - haven't used it in more years than I care to remember... (first language I learnt)

More other obscure languages than I care to count...

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Grab your popcorn: The first annual Privacy Shield review is go

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Reality

the review needs to look at how Privacy Shield is working in reality.

Is that reality anything like the "reality" presented in reality television?

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Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

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Re: Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

fishman, My wife and I could go together - if we were naked.

And with a ceiling of 10000 ft you could join the "mile high" club...

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Google sued for paying women less than men

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And the company is pretty good about storing data.

They may be good at storing data but try to get the data out of them (unless it is in their interests)...

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Google's $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers' alma maters, web giant's pals

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How many times

(Although we at The Reg would like to note that we would be happy to produce 200 pages of proposals in return for $1.1m in cold, hard cash.)

How many times does "Give me the money." have to be repeated to fill 200 pages? I am sure I could copy paste it for $1.1million...

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Germans force Microsoft to scrap future pushy Windows 10 upgrades

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Cost of doing business

Microsoft will be less pushy in Germany

Microsoft will break the deal as soon soon as the fines are less than the cost of compliance (or less than they can make from breaking the law) and they will fight tooth and nail in the courts then come up with a "voluntary" payment with no admission of guilt. Regardless the customers will be screwed over and get no recompense.

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IBM likely to close Australian data centre

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5 minutes drive from Castle Hill station or 5 minutes walk from Cherrybrook station...

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Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

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Re: The answer to the question.

I thought you ate well done steak (carbonized) and squeezed them out.

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Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home

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Super-Toys

I wonder what Brian thought of the latest series of Cloud enabled toys that have come out that are on their way to emulating "David".

I'll raise a glass to one of the people who inspired my love of Sci-Fi as a child.

Vail Brian Aldiss.

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Comp sci world shock: Bonn boffin proposes P≠NP proof, preps for prestige, plump prize

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Re: P = NP only works for N=1

It also works for P = 0. Then N can be any value...

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Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

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Re: Users e-mails?

@ShelLuser Even though I honestly trust Microsoft to keep my stuff safe.

I can't believe you said that without a joke icon...

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Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

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"Zeroth Law Rebellion,"

Wasn't that the whole idea behind V.I.K.I. in I, Robot?

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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Re: Since When...

When was Google ever my friend?

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Toshiba fires off trifecta of SSDs with 30TB range-topping whopper

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Re: All this talk of Fabrics

If the Fabric connection was made of Silk would that be the "Silk Road"?

Right behind you he says as he grabs his coat...

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Ask her this

Would you do your banking over the Internet without "end to end" encryption?...

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

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I love Apple.

in pies, as juice...

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Apple removes VPN apps in China as Russia's Putin puts in the boot with VPN banlaw

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Re: Vaseline

Not as tasty...

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USA to screen tablets,
e-readers and handheld games before they fly

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Re: Nothing to see here...

I thought this was standard practice. I have had to do this in Domestic and International travel in Oz, NZ, India and the Philippines for a number of years. Usually they want the devices (apart from mobile phones) in their own tray so I end up with a string of plastic trays with 2-3 laptops, 2+ tablets and 2-3 mobile phones plus of course the backpack for the computers and the carry on bag with the camera, battery packs etc. In some countries you even have to take off your shoes (and coat) and send them through the X-ray. Of course you then have to repack everything when you get through the security checkpoint...

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Australia cyber minister wants Asia to define new global laws of digi-war

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Really

“comes from the fundamental premise that every government has an absolute obligation to do everything it can to keep its citizens safe”

I thought the fundamental premise of every Australian government was to promise to do exactly what the "lowest common denominator" of Joe Public say they want so they can get reelected (never delivering on any of the promises of course).

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US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

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Re: This is another reason Apple needs to get away from Qualcomm

could insure that no built in telco/spook backdoors are present except their own.

FTFY

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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2 thumbs up for this line

Meanwhile, in Indonesia, Naruto the crested macaque doesn't give a single, solitary fuck.

Best line I have read in a while... and sums the situation up perfectly.

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G20 calls for 'lawful and non-arbitrary access to available information' to fight terror

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unless governments adopt The Middle Kingdom's authoritarian approach to enforcement.

Please don't give these fools ideas. They may think that it is a viable option. I am sure that they have people working in the background to make this appear palatable.

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China pollutes ocean with bloody big rocket

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Re: proper terminology

or aquesynchronous...

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

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Re: Cane toads

Actually, can we make that a mandatory feature... Cane toads are the most obnoxious pest known to man...

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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Ban all communications?

That's what the government want. To ban all communications except their propaganda.

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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Re: instead, they upload malicious code from a USB stick

This is precisely why I refuse to program in "Home" on any of my GPS devices.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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We experienced the same problem on a link that had been functioning flawlessly for years. The link would drop for a short period and re-establish. Everyone was perplexed by the issue and no one could work out what it was until I was sent up to the roof to look at the dish, turned around and looked towards our other site some 15 Km away and saw the newly built crane swing into the line of sight. Management initiated frantic discussions with the owner of the new building and the crane was raised about 5 metres to get above the line of sight. The cable swinging through the microwave link was not enough to break the link but the structure of the crane was. Problem solved.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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(Much the same as a target shooter may exactly specify what they want on the build of their rifle, down to barrel/stock/action & trigger type etc.)

Speaking from experience I know that each shooter may have started with the "standard" stock on their target rifles but then would spend a few weekends (or months) customising it to suit themselves. This would include modifying the the "bed" of the barrel, length of the stock, position of the sling mounts etc. We even had people that would create their own fully custom stock from a piece of wood (this was in the days before fibreglass moulding and Carbon Fibre).

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I've hit targets at 1000yrds (with a gpmg....)

I have watched 2 kangaroos bound across a classification range at less than 300 yards with 10 GPMGs (M60's) firing and watched the fall of the tracers to see the 10 gunners attempt to take out the 2 'roos. All missed and the 2 'roos kept going. I have also done the 1000 yard shoots with a .308 target rifle with open (peep) sights (OMark 44 - shooting the same rounds as the M60) to score 95+ consistently.

The M60 can kill at greater ranges than 1000 yards but the chance of getting hit is pretty slim... mind you if someone is shooting at me with a gpmg you can bet I will be keeping my head down (and that is the purpose of the gpmg...).

A beer for the sniper at the centre of this story.

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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

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Re: Sex offenders covers a lot of ground

Rightwing nutjob population level slowly creeping up in the UK WORLD again though - we need a new frontier to pack these types off to.

Can I suggest Mars or a centuries long trip in a colony vessel to another solar system (don't particularly care which one)?

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DIY self-driving cars are closer than they appear (and we're not talking about in the mirror)

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Re: Bring it on!

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/law-order/woman-70-drives-on-wrong-side-of-south-eastern-freeway-from-murray-bridge-to-mount-barker/news-story/f8aa33bdd03d04e13e8bfb36632cecf7?nk=a0786058216cadd022e3303ba7eb3e04-1497329937

News story from South Australia just over the weekend.

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Google can't spare 113 seconds of revenue to compile data on its gender pay gap

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Too easy

Google,

Give me your payroll data for the year, $500000 and one month. I will run your data through a tool I created to report to the WGEA (Workplace Gender Equality Agency) here which takes into account Part time/full time, Leave without pay/part pay, hire/fire date and other types of payment.

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