* Posts by keith_w

312 posts • joined 25 Jul 2012

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Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

keith_w

Re: Not Surprised

My 7 year old car has that, as did my previous 2 cars. They also had locks in the door(s) in case the fob battery died.

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: AppData folder

Should they not be dumping them into c:\programdata? Also, the easiest way to clean up APPDATA is to backup desktop, favorites, documents, pictures, video, and music and then delete the entire user profile. When you log back on, copy the stuff back. Did that to my son's machine on Sunday, went from 28MB to 5.81GB on a 32GB (Cdrive 28GB) Asus tablet.

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: OneDrive - Why even touch user folders?

my 32GB acer had 8.xGB free and successfully updated. How much counts as "Not Much"? OTOH, I didn't have any personal files on it as it was strictly used for email while travelling. so of course there was nothing available to disappear..

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New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

keith_w

Re: Australia has more draconian laws

I am pretty sure that nothing in their constitution applies to anyone, citizen or not, crossing their borders, and if you are found within 100 miles of a US border, by the CBP, it also doesn't apply.

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Overexcitable UK ads regulator gabbles that Amazon broke EU law

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Re: Soooo.....

Personally, I buy margarine because it is less expensive than butter. It neither more nor less healthy than butter. They are both based on fats.

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

keith_w

Re: In view of the site preferences

"Loyalty cards used to be used to buy loyalty. Now they are used to track you and to add data points to your "file" online."

This was always the entire point of "loyalty" programs.

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keith_w

Re: Another reason to keep on truckin' a WinPhone

Not available on BB10 either - Hurrah!

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Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

keith_w

Re: Emergency service

the cable modem/phone service boxes that the local cable provider supplies has a built in battery to prevent such an occurance.

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

keith_w

Re: It's become a search engine box?

Bing does that too.

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keith_w

Re: Dislike

Although I don't know how Google Chrome would use, as opposed to display, a website that started "https://www." there are sites that are not available if you do not use that prefix. Specifically, I was working at a location doing deployments where the site id for RSA tokens was https://www.<token location>.<company name>.com. Their DNS would not recognize the request if you did not include the "https://www.". I am sure that that company will truly appreciate it when Google Chrome dumps the prefix for them.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

keith_w

Re: @Sam Liddicott

in mathematics, it's the symbol for Equal but Parallel

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Windows Server 2019 tweaked to stop it getting clock-blocked

keith_w

Re: "Microsoft has included support for negative leap seconds just in case."

Don't forget the Moon! Lunar and, to a lesser extent, solar tidal forces have already slowed the Earth's rotation from 6hrs to 24hrs (approximately) and continue to do so, that will eventually tidally lock the Earth and the Moon together, thus ending the entire issue.

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US drug cops snared crooks with pre-cracked BlackBerry mobes – and that's just the start

keith_w

Re: Illicit drugs and Alcohol/Tobacco

WRT legalizing MJ, Canada will let you know how it goes in a couple of years. Hopefully the number of street dealers will be down, the tax income will be up and everything will be Copesthetic. Of course persons under the legal age of purchase will still be getting their MJ on the street, or ripping off their parents homegrown supply, but why should MJ be different from booze?

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Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics

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Re: 2nd pic

"Utter genius........that has to be the best use of an old RS232 Cisco management cable ever :D"

What old? Looked like the one I used fresh out of the box a couple of weeks ago.

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

keith_w

Re: Only yesterday...

I see that one a lot. I think it is to prevent the radio waves from microwaving the brain. I also see people with wired headsets ) where the microphone is embedded in the wire (the sort that come with phones)holding the microphone close to their mouths.

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Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more

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Mushroom

Re: "...Chinese have developed a laser rifle..."

"And in related news, JeffyPoooh Instant Inventions Incorporated hereby places into the public domain the concept of employing surface arrays of innumerable precision retro-reflectors to send 98% of the high power laser beam 'right back at ya'."

Bullard Reflects: Author: Jameson, Malcolm: Published: 1941: Publisher: Astounding Science-Fiction:

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

keith_w

Re: Random USB

Isn't that what Brother P-Touch or variants was designed for?

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BlackBerry KEY2: Remember buttons? Boy, does this phone sure have them

keith_w

Re: Cack-handed commentard here.

you can get both left-handed and ambidextrous scissors, if you can be bothered to.

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keith_w

"Interviews are via skype"

"that's nice, I don't do skype"

"well, that's our policy"

"you're talking to me on a perfectly good phone are you not?"

"yes"

"so, proceed"

note on interview record, interviewee unwilling to comply with corporate policy, recommend declining to hire.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

keith_w

Re: Fgs

This assumes that the US will allow Space-X to launch your satellites for you. It may be necessary to build a British launch facility near the equator - possibly Belize (formerly British Honduras), which could use the investment.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

keith_w

Re: Yeah - but if I am a "common criminal" I'll definitely find another non-indiegogo to pawn

"two 24x7x365

how do these differ from 24x7 mutts? "

They take leap-days off.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

keith_w

No problem with windows 10 update

got W10 on 3 machines without issue. CPU on the one I am writing this message on (a 4 year old Dell) is between 2 and 9%. Most likely the vast majority of people are in the same situation, no problems so no commenting about it, which I wouldn't have done until I saw this thread.

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

keith_w

Re: Lira?

I wish people would stop pastaing these bad puns all over the Reg!

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Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster

keith_w

Re: Reminds me of French sales

Obviously you are the epitome of a modern Major General.

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UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather

keith_w
Happy

Re: additional energy

Technically, this is precisely how hydro-electric power is generated. The water used to turn the giant electric making water wheels, aka turbines, originally fell as rain at the beginning of its land based journey to the afore mentioned giant water wheels, and then fell again from the temporary fallen rain holding facility to turn those self-same giant electricity producing water wheels. Have a wonderful Friday.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

keith_w

Re: We need some ...

I believe that Dyson has pointed out that if you wash your hands with soap and water (following, of course, the posted health department instructions on how to properly effect this activity) before using their dryers, there should be no microbiological items to disperse.

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

keith_w

Re: Vi

CR/LF (or LF/CR if you prefer) was standard in DEC PDP-11 Basic+ long before windows was invented (or if you really prefer DEC Basic+ Chr$(11)+Chr$(13) )

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My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

keith_w

Re: I recall even my mum (a bit like Dilmom) telling me a fire story

Since it can be, literally, set off by the touch of a feather, or the touch of alpha particle radiation, how on earth do you manage to paint it on a cycle path?

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

keith_w

"April update. That's another worry. I can just see some executive pouring on the pressure to get the thing out while it's still April. And we know where that leads, don't we."

A BOFH post?

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

keith_w

Re: How to solve a problem

fI set up my machines with 3 accounts. One for Me, One for the Wife, both passworded, and one for everyone else, unprotected, and no rights.

As for providing support, my parents lived 250 miles away from me, but close to my brother, a technically sophisticated police officer so he provided all the onsite tech support for them.

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Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

keith_w

Can't they track down who owns the boat? In Canada, where I live, only boats with less than a 10HP motor DON'T have to be licensed, and from what I have seen, the license numbers (on each side of the bow) generally leave an impression so that even if the stickers are faded off, the faded hull around the numbers leave the original numbers visible.

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Sysadmin wiped two servers, left the country to escape the shame

keith_w

Re: No shame in cocking up!

as a poster in a previously read story said, "There's not mushroom for a pun in Reg story"

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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

keith_w

Re: Penny pinching...

I think the real question should have been how much would it have cost to NOT be able to do those restores.

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ESA builds air-breathing engine that works in space

keith_w

Re: Imagine speccing that "wind tunnel".

Sounds like a job for the PFY

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We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?

keith_w

Re: @ Dr Heinrich Backhausen

@123

Scanned documents are images and thus stored at the image layer of a PDF rather than the Text layer. You generlly need to use OCR to convert them back to text

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

keith_w

Re: Thats right up there with

Down vote because you didn't bother to check that it was working before leaving.

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The e-waste warrior, 28,000 copied Windows restore discs, and a fight to stay out of jail

keith_w

Re: t isn't a consumer ready Windows replacement.

"I'd argue that for people used to windows XP, Vista and 7, that Windows 10 isn't consumer ready unless it's only for web browsing and store apps, in which case Android is better / cheaper.

Win 10 for traditional applications:

"It's complicated, confusing, and difficult.""

Really? I better let the 80 year old real estate agent who uses W10 on a daily basis know that - and that the Office 365 isn't either. On the other hand, she already knows that Skype no longer is.

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

keith_w
Alien

Missing the expected heliocentric orbit

Obviously it needs an over the air update to the maps.

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keith_w

Re: Tax write-off

I think you have to actually be driving it (or someone does) in order to claim the mileage.

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‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

keith_w

Crashed Mainframe - Twice

Many years ago when I was a system programmer we had a big red ermergency power off button on the wall by the exit. I was working on a communications box which was directly under the button and straightened up and hit the button with my shoulder shutting everything in the computer room down. The second time it happened I suggested that we cover the button with a plastic flip up cover, my boss threatened to fire me if it happened again instead. The third time it happened, I was in my cubicle and popped up and yelled "Not Me! I'm here!". The plastic cover got installed.

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Fella faked Cisco, Microsoft gear death – then sold replacement kit for millions, say Feds

keith_w

Based on 6 years per device.

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Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe

keith_w

Re: Hmmm ...

We ran a Token Ring network with over 256 devices attached on Phone cable (type 3). One day 2 of my co-workers returned from an IBM info session and stated that they had learned that TR could support all the nodes on the backup route, that is, instead of having all the MAUs connected, 2 were disconnected from each other turning the ring into a horseshoe, and they were going to test our backup route. They pulled the plug between 2 of our MAUs and immediately crashed our network, leading to our discovery that we were already running on the backup route.

Also, although I worked with IBM mainframes as a system programmer, I was not aware that you could not just yank the bus and tag cables off a peripheral without causing an issue. On the other hand, I never had any need to know this as IBM did all our hardware support, and we never removed any older hardware, just added new.

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Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

keith_w

Re: Dividends and pensions

Tell that to the pensioners of Sears Canada (and probably the US as well). It recently declared bankruptcy and, after a liquidation "sale" of the available product, closed all the doors. The pension plan is very 20% underfunded although Sears Canada was paying billions of dollars in Dividends to its owners, mostly, Sears US, while not topping up the fund. The pensioners were warning that Sears was going belly up from at least 2008, yet nothing was done because there was no law requiring them to do so.

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NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

keith_w

WTF?

If I understand this correctly, a bunch of volunteers were attempting to build a Linux based operating system for the National Health Service. They decided to do this by themselves, without an agreement with the NHS and referred to their project using NH as part of the description, which the NHS took exception to.

I am trying to figure out why no one else sees a problem with this process. 1. NHS is a MAJOR user of computer systems. If there is a problem with the OS, who do they turn to for support? The authors are volunteers, what if they get tired of supporting the issues and decline to provide further support? 2. If there is a problem with the OS, and a fix is required immediately, these volunteers are of limited number and employed (hopefully) at paying jobs. Will they be able to tell their current bosses, "Oh, I won't be in to work for a while as I have to fix a problem at NHS?" As we have seen with the Spectre issue, there are problems which are highly resistant to quick solution so how will the OS be sustainable

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GIMPS crack whip on plucky processor to find largest prime number

keith_w

Re: Pedantic Grammar Nazi Inbound, 9 o'clock!

So why didn't you complain about copper's, which is possessive and should have been coppers, plural or, if they had the kabobs with them coppers' (plural possessive) kabobs (plural, non-possessive)?

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

keith_w

Re: Questions

I think that the VM OS will have to be patched because the Guest will be accessing its own OS's version of the Kernel, not the Hypervisor's.

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Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

keith_w

you are aware, are you not, that you can tell W10 when to install updates? Including when you are not there to be interrupted?

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

keith_w

Re: July and August must Go!

"Can't we get rid of May?"

Took me a while to figure this one out since I don't live in the UK.

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The North remembers: York scraps Uber's licence over data breach

keith_w

Re: ... was met with a "huge cheer" from assembled black cabbies at the meeting.

Surely a London TDA driver would be taking you past St. Paul's or the Abbey 3 times, not York Minster?

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