* Posts by keith_w

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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

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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

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"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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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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Kaspersky dragged into US govt's trashcan as weaponized blockchain agile devops mulled

keith_w

Many years ago I had the opportunity to install a copy of Kaspersky's AV. It asked for so much personal information including address, and as I recall, date of birth, that I said what the heck (ok, not heck) is this baloney, (ok, not baloney, but another B word) why the heck (again, not heck) do they need this info and cancelled the install.

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

keith_w

Re: let me guess

and they pay sh*t for it as well.

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Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

keith_w

That would depend on where you live. Here in the Great White North (which includes our Atlantic Provinces which typically get more snow than the slightly more westerly province that I live in, it will frequently take many minutes of flowing air, hopefully warmed up to clear a reasonable portion of the windshield.

I also would like memory seats and mirrors and dual temp controls.

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Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

keith_w

Re: Desire...

"You're talking shit. It was Indiana Jones that shot Greedo first."

Are we sure it wasn't John Book?

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keith_w

Re: Desire...

While Harrison Ford played both Deckard and Han Solo, I think that you will find that Han Solo is the one who shot Greedo

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keith_w

Re: Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

I suppose next you will be wanting a cable to go with your new printer as well? Generally companies don't supply content cables for 2 reasons 1) they assume that the device is a replacement device 2) they cost money that could be better spent (/sarcasm) providing higher paycheques for upper management and/or higher dividends for owners.

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Russian rocket snafu may have just violently dismantled 19 satellites

keith_w

Re: Oversimplifying the simple.

one hopes it's not an sn

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

keith_w

I think that the government should be certifying that the software is fit for purpose through testing the AV, which would alieve any concerns about passenger liability, since the automobile is the driver, any meatsacks in the vehicle are merely passengers. This should result in lower insurance premiums (HA!) all round since there will be much lower exposure to liability. For those who will immediately jump on and suggest that the government will do no such thing, please remember that they already specify many things in our automobiles from lights to restraint systems and already crash test vehicles.

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keith_w

Re: Fair enough, but...

"And then there was a car driving along with no lights on...always on dashboard lights and super bright LED daylight running lights, especially in well lit areas seem to distract some people from actually checking their lights are on."

There's a lot of that goes on. I think that the console lights should not be on unless the headlights are on. Or that they get rid of the light switch entirely and go with auto on all the time.

As for those idiots in Lycra, there are tons of those around here and they seem to think that they own the road, especially the smaller rural roads within our region (and probably all the others as well). There are tons of non-Lycra clad cyclists who don't seem to believe in lights or reflectors either and do believe in dark clothes are the thing for riding your bike at night.

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A draft US law to secure election computers that isn't braindead. Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down

keith_w

Re: Yes the US is big. Yes it has a lot of people. But..

doesn't everyone, municipal, state and federal get elected on the same day? Dog catcher to president if it that point in the election cycle?

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Verizon whips out Big Johnson to lure FCC into axing US states' net neutrality, privacy rules

keith_w

Re: Lisa Simpson said it pretty well

It was (is?) on the DC license plate as residents of DC, not being residents of a state, do not get to vote in federal elections.

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Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

keith_w

Re: Can Sean Connery do a Scottish Chinese accent?

I can't believe you watched that!

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

keith_w

Re: So...

I think that either current taxi companies or auto manufacturers will be the ones renting you the autonomous vehicle. I would be more likely to trust an autonomous vehicle from Ford, GM, Jaguar-Rover, BMW, the VW group, rather than one designed by Uber or Lyft.

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keith_w

Re: So...

My spouse's 2006 Corolla received the air bag replacement last year. So not like cell phones.

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keith_w

Re: Safety-critical updates?

That has been my thought about autonomous vehicles since people started talking about them. Why bother going to the expense of buying one when you can use your phone app to get your favourite luxury vehicle waiting at your door, fully charged and ready to go. Even the vomit from the previous nights last user cleaned up and de-odorized.

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keith_w

Re: Safety-critical updates?

That would certainly be a fun hack for certain types of people.

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Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

keith_w

Re: Surprised

Some are only pointy at one end so as to be able to attach a small outboard motor at the other.

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Ice-cold Kaspersky shows the industry how to handle patent trolls

keith_w

Re: What are lawmakers doing?

Also, do ARM patent or copyright their designs?

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keith_w

Re: What are lawmakers doing?

I would think that Arm's licensing the designs to multiple outside companies would count as "implemented"

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

keith_w

Re: Not really a "survey"

Or a higher percentage of people who had an issue decided to respond than people who haven't had a problem. I have a Surface Pro 1, which admittedly I do not use as much as I use my desktop but I bought it when the Pro 2 came out and I haven't had a problem with it yet.

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US Homeland Security CIO hits ctrl-alt-delete after just three months

keith_w

Re: 99 green bottles hanging on the wall..

I always prefered:

99 bottles of beer on the wall

99 bottles of beer

take one down and pass it around

98 bottles of beer on the wall.

repeat as needed.

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Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

keith_w

Re: Gamers?

It was an IBM engineer, not Bill. The 640K was a limitation of the design an 8 bit IBM personal computer. The maximum memory size was 1024K, of which IBM reserved the top 384K addresses for IO functions, so no Bill had no reason to say it.

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Commonwealth Bank: Buggy software made us miss money laundering

keith_w

It may simply have been that they thought that no one was depositing $10000 at a time through an ATM. As a previous poster pointed out, the machines only accept 50 notes at a time, which means that to deposit $10,000 in a single transaction, ie stuffing sufficient notes in for a single counting episode, would require 10 $1,000 notes, or 20 $500 notes or 50 $200 notes or some combination such as 6 $1000 notes and 40 $100 notes. On the other hand, walking into a branch and slamming down 1,000 $10 notes would have been much more possible.

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Skype for Business is not Skype – realising that is half the battle

keith_w

Where I worked used SfB (and previously Lync). We used it for presentations, sharing screens, we used it for remote support, again, sharing screens while allowing the support person control, we used it for team meetings, sometimes with video, sometimes without. We even used it to allow the company that managed the building HVAC system remote access to their software installed on one of our laptops, via the SfB web access. I won't say that there weren't any problems, but there were very few.

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