* Posts by TimR

84 posts • joined 6 Sep 2012


UK libraries dumped 11% of computers since 2010-11... everybody has one anyway, right?



I know someone who was medically retired from an office based Civil Service job and yet passed the subsequent ESA "medical" (if that's what you can call it) as fit to work

As you say "go figure"


A Welsh Grand Slam And a 11% increase in library computers...! [Cue down votes from English & Irish rugby supporters. And a hat tip to Scotland for such a great comeback]

Seriously, "A statement from the Department for Work and Pensions argued that ... all job centres had free Wi-Fi." Great news for the UC claimants that had to sell their laptops to bridge the 6+ week wait

That's Numberwang! Google Cloud staffer breaks record for most accurate Pi calculation


We could, if there was a 31/4.....

Forget snowmageddon, it's dropageddon in Azure SQL world: Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs


roll forward logs

Back in the dim & distant pass when I had some contact with database administration, I seem to recall something about roll forward logs. Are these no longer a thing?

Microsoft suffers the Tuesday shakes as Exchange Online continues to be wobbly for UK users


Re: Is Daz in sales ?

"how to put myself out of a job even if everything worked 100% as I expected"

No, Daz in an "IT services Manager" - it'll be his tech engineers who will be out of a job....

Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee


Re: Action should be faster

A real shame it spoiled her late night parties.....

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort



I wonder if Peter Alexander could be seconded to GDS for a while?

Working Apple-1 retro fossil auctioned off to mystery bidder for $375,000


OMG! Maybe this will give them ideas as to where to price the next iPhone....

Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones


m0rt - my first reaction was just that it is very sad, but you may have a point...

If Apple can get thousands to pay to queue in the rain for the new shiny, with a bit more creative thinking, what else could they (Apple) get them to do?

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running



A random bullsh!t bingo generator would probably do the job quite well...

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design



Please have a quick look at the above web site - what do you notice?

Hint: all the boxes within a section line up....

Please don't put adverts in one cell on a line of the grid - with an ad blocker enabled it makes the site look awful

SpaceX dodges lightning while storms keep Japan earthbound


The boffins continued to eat through their four-hour launch window

How many other people read that as "lunch"?

Excuse me, but your website's source code appears to be showing


"...two scammer/spammer accusations, and one threat to call the Canadian police."

Just goes to show that the 285th rule of the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition is correct - no good deed ever goes unpunished

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave


Wow, BREXIT fears are hitting our economy more than I thought

"...fined Google €4.34bn (£5bn)..."

IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere


Re: Bah! IBM's data is all in EBCDIC anyway...

You've just reminded me of the "fun" of managing character conversions between EBCDIC, ASCII and ICL 1900 (really!) systems. Known locally as the "Great Hash Pound Debate" - no one could ever agree on the correct mappings...

My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?


Re: When "off duty" and out & about with the Wife ...

If your not as proficient as Mr & Mrs Jake with Morse code, you may find this site useful/of interest


Ofcom to probe Three and Vodafone over network throttling


Re: Rules

According to the Office of National Statistics, the UK Civil Service employed 419,399 people in March 2017

There were 46,356 people employed across all EU institutions, agencies and bodies in 2015 (from theconversation.com)

But don't let facts get in the way - let's just use phrases like "...an army of European bureaucrats..."

Google: Class search results as journalism so we can dodge Right To Be Forgotten


Welcome to the party - even if a little bit late...

Only joking!

No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'


Re: Erm...

"Is the president of China on Twitter too?"

Nice one!

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!



For those not aware of this site:


Post-Brexit economy SAVED: Posh-nosh truffle thrives in Wales


Re: "there are always unknowns"

So, it was unknown to you that it was unknown to me that it was known to you all along

I now know that it was known to you all along

And, hopefully, it is now known by you that it was unknown by me that it was known to you all along

Now I know I've got a headache...


Re: "there are always unknowns"

Apologies - if I had bothered to follow the link, I would have known that you had known


Re: "there are always unknowns"

Surely that should be Donald Rumsfeld...?

Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless


Re: cauldrons of magic potion that Obelix fell into as a baby

Assuming that was the Crown - did wonderful grub last time I was in the area

Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it


"It’ll detect when you eat a particularly spicy curry and automatically tell Alexa to order more toilet paper..."

At last, the killer app for IOT !

Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller


Re: A man is not dead while his name is still spoken ...

I noticed Lester when I copy/pasted it, but forgot to mention it

Looking again, we've also got BOFH & PFY

Wondering if I can get away with tinkering with our proxies now.... The only time I've done something "slightly unprofessional" like this was to use the HTTP 418 (I'm a teapot) code to flag an unusual non standard condition


Re: A man is not dead while his name is still spoken ...

"El Reg still puts out the overhead I believe."

Indeed they do

HTTP/2.0 200 OK

Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:45:21 GMT

Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

Cf-Railgun: 99375e10e7 0.41 0.145329 0030 e6be

Vary: Accept-Encoding

X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett, Lester Haines

X-Reg-Bofh: PFY01

Server: cloudflare-nginx

CF-RAY: 3967d8c2dfe33822-ATL

Content-Encoding: gzip

X-Firefox-Spdy: h2

Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution


Re: I hope they succeed ... but! Economics!

You may find this interesting - http://gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?


Re: So...

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

Abraham Lincoln

Crashed Schiaparelli lander's 'chute and shields spotted


So now we have two (or four) Schiaparelli craters on Mars


Uni students float into Hyperloop finals with levitating prototype


Re: Eric Braithewaite

Neil - sure you don't mean Laithwaite?


The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide


Re: Alistair Dabbs.

Agreed - and it does seem as if he's in training for it....

Go forth Spitzer! To infinity and....


Re: Eh?

Good point, well made. I've followed your advice and even noticed there were two mistakes in that sentence on re-reading it


Re: Eh?

Well spotted - I think the word "million" is missing....

UK.gov depts in post-Mad Frankie Maude landgrab over IT spending controls


Re: Good or Bad?

Hollerithevo - correction noted & fully accepted


Good or Bad?

I wonder which is worse?

wasting (relatively) little money - due to Mad Frankie''s frugality (possibly good) and GDS' insistance of one (simple) size fits all (definitely bad)

wasting lots of money on unrestrained hair brained schemes - but with an outside chance of using the right technology to meet a requirement

Cats, dogs starve as web-connected chow chute PetNet plays dead


Re: Another negative for IoT

"...the vendor will have weasel words in their documentation saying its not their fault if anything breaks (like your favourite pet)."

Yep, from their website:

"You use a Product at your own discretion and risk. You will be solely responsible for (and Petnet disclaims) any and all loss, liability or damages resulting from your use of a Product, including damage or loss to your home, other peripherals connected to the Product, computer, mobile device, and all other items and pets in your home."

BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix


Re: That explains it

Alan - yes, was not very responsive. Swapped over to which helped to a degree

Kepler's K2 mission confirms 104 Earth-like planets


Re: Altitude or attitude?

I guess that's because it has been corrected...


Altitude or attitude?

"The spacecraft could no longer rely on its reaction wheels to control its altitude,"

Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies


Be afraid, be very afraid

This is a "Morton's fork" situation....

Happy Mappiversary, Ordnance Survey


Re: Happy days

"I love OS maps (sad I know)..." - nothing sad about that!


Re: morris minor??

A Morris Minor Traveller - as opposed to, say, a Mini Traveller. Look at the model name on the back door

Symantec swoops on Blue Coat in $4.65bn deal


Re: Does anyone know....

On can only hope that this - "Greg Clark, Blue Coat CEO, will take the helm at Symantec..." - means it will not be the case this time...

EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles


"Asked yesterday why the site had crashed, the Cabinet Office was unable to say but said its executives were in a meeting to determine the cause."

I'm sure that will help....

Scots denied Saltire emoji


Re: our national animal, the unicorn

According to folklore, the lion and the unicorn hate each other - a tradition going back to the ancient Babylonians in 3,500 B.C.


Winston Churchill glowers from Blighty's plastic fiver


Re: Cool, I want one.

I can get you as many as you want when they are issued - £10 each

Non-police orgs merrily accessed PNC without authority, says HMIC


Re: List

Gangmasters Licensing Authority - investigation of slavery/illegal employment, etc

Venezuela tops world lightning conductor league


Re: Old news, surely?

I was thinking along the same lines - interesting but not necessarily news. The Met Office seem to have been aware of this for over a year


"South America’s largest body of water, Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, is the site of “the most frequent lightning in the world”, according to Graeme Anderson, an expert on the subject at the Met Office."

Blighty ranks 38th in World Press Freedom Index


Re: *China* is ahead

"...followed by The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand. China, Syria, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea prop up the table."

I missed the full stop after New Zealand on the first read as well....


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