* Posts by tony trolle

530 posts • joined 19 Jul 2007


Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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why did he do that ?

Service call goes out for a mainframe tape deck, engineer turns up later on & phones to be left in.

Someone walks down to main door and lets him and another man waiting next to him in.

A minute later second guy said "oh big red button" and presses it.

Operator and engineer look at each other, engineer said "why did he do that? "

Turns out it was some random nutter they let in.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: I guess it's a good time

or PCLinuxOS...........

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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Re: Spiders: Permitted sizes

In a mountainous area in So-Cal I saw some spiders the size of outstretched hand but was told they don't get bigger as the lizards eat them........

Yes some pet monitor type lizards escaped and roam the hills

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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Re: Darned tech!

Ctp Eric Moody . class

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Re: Push volume button to mute

American 70's cars have this as well

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

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Re: Honest Gospel Truths For Future Advanced IntelAIgent Builders

why does the early stuff sound better ?

selective memory ?

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: Right

I have had police turn up at work while re-imaging a old PC they wanted to look at; luckily old drive was swapped out and bagged (90 day fire safe hold). I guess this had happened before.

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

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Re: In our data center...

was sent a photo back in the 90's after some floor tiles were lifted, lots of Carling Black Label cans....

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: C

some golf tees fit some UK handles......

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

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Re: Re. Death by a thousand (budget) cuts

I have a old Dell laptop with a old socketed i7 and new SSD, docking station two 21" monitors, it has a keyboard that I can really use (anyone happy with the new models, all touchscreen BS) so well my "good" USB keyboard is not used.

Liked it so much bought a i5 version as a spare

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: IBM memory and keyboards

seen the tin plated ones get dirty and error, fixed with a hard rubber/eraser over the contacts

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Re: Console

ICL let you dump the console printer to tape. I think; been a while.

Secret IBM script could have prevented 11-hour US tax day outage

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not as good as the earlier stuff

Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

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guess someone will sue the landlords

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Re: Penny pinching boss

don't remember its own printer. remember the little balls in the developer tho.

Linux 4.19 lets you declare your trust in AMD, IBM and Intel

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Re: This is actually useful

and there's me thinking some distros were crap.lol.some are

The off-brand 'military-grade' x86 processors, in the library, with the root-granting 'backdoor'

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panasonic toughbooks can take a battlefield but a cop can break one in a few months

'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Does a running gun battle to the airport count?

Executive Outcomes did IT ?

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Re: Long ago.

I whistled to see if Fax or modem, Fax does a handshake tune modems don't

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Re: Long ago.

that is so useful. Back the day a co-worker set up two servers facing each other so the cd/dvd drive with a rubber snubber glued on could hit the reset button of the other. Beat a 4 hour trip and an hour plus; going though security after a problem was noticed and logged

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: Looks excellent!

"You don't hear Ferrari owners moaning because their knobs squeak a bit,"

The factory just said they will wear in, don't you just hate that.

Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Did you once work for ICL ?

Tech Shutdown Blows: IT chaos cost Brit bank TSB almost £200m

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In America that be know as Wells Fargo's little game.

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: Their part in his downfall

Bob Monkhouse served in the Air Force, picked it up then I guess

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in my mind I just heard some sounds

ding ding ding-ding

Sonic the Hedgehog

oh dear

BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

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Re: Technical, English and Idiot.

The joy of M$ Paint. also funny watching managers try and copy your work and do the same "highlights" in a PowerPoint presentation

... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Big Brother


think its on El Reg somewhere.

The RAF only let officers fly drones, were as the Army lets sergeants fly drones. Apart from this Watchkeeper joke the Army crashes less.

Actual control of Windows 10 updates (with a catch)... and more from Microsoft

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Re: Device Update Center


Device Update Delay


Control Resource Active Patch

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Re: ScreenPad?

Just use that app that lets you use a phone as a pointing device.

You may have your freedom.

And later on a newer version will give you the same full functions as m$ and crApple devices.

BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....

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Re: cellphone, mobile, handy

lot more than half, 80% I would guess.

Still find Americans saying chimney funny

*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

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Re: Disasters I have seen (or seen dodged)

At less he knew, I was at a site for a DR test and fuel ran out. Seems the two big generators had a smaller startup engine system each with its own tank. Guess which tanks was checked for fuel. The only reason the main tanks had a small amount of fuel was the delivery driver knew the difference of the tanks and the person ordering didn't.

Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Re: Great news


Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks

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!oh dear

Heard there were copies on that 'bad sailor cove' website

Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1

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Re: MS Give Windows 7 & 8 users a Virtual Machine with their previous Windows 7 & 8 O/S in it.

well there is that VMware vConverter tool to make a .vmdk in a live system then use that in VirtualBox or VMware Workstation Player.

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Hava ?

Hava = Have awful viable acronym

pronounced jah-vuh

Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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As a student on work placement many many moons ago, a Halon system was being tested.

The "dry" run out tho the emergency door/hatch proved the 10 second delay in the Halcon flood was still going to be fine after some new kit was installed.

But I asked why does it smell if its a dry run.


Was told its just the bit of gas left in the pipes venting.

But I smelt it while the 10 second alarm was going off.


Yes wired wrong. no delay been like that for 6 years.

Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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thought we had them.

think they are called pringles, hell they even did Pumpkin Pie Spice Flavor

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Re: <insert word>'tard

I remember yorkie bar adverts for men, and flake adverts for women

Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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Re: Actually, NASA has the code.

archeologists are too busy looking in the car parks for dinosaur fossils, check the news for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland and dinosaur fossil poop.

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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what could happen lose control of a space station....

anyway dumpsters are fun


Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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Re: How accurate are these things?

they do, think there might of been a story on here about it on here er or was that the GPS wifi wargaming.

Take a former NSA head hacker, a Raspberry Pi, weird Kiwi radios and what do you get?

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tot ?

"Joyce turns out tot be one of a small band"

Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

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Californians in general can't drive

On average in a 60 min freeway journey expect to see one near big miss and a couple of minor misses.

Double that for morning freeway commutes. Most drivers tend to drive as if the car or truck ends at their ears and most biker riders think their bike is as wide as their ears.

Add fact that uninsured motorists is at the minimum 10% you can see why the road to Las Vegas is busy at weekends.

BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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Why is it always a green door?

Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

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Re: We had this...

We had a car take out a green junction box, still wonder about the speed needed to jump a 10 inch curb, any way it took out 4 ADSL lines and some T1's. We were down for over a day.

Anyway we had a new fibre cable run in from the other end of the road and on our first real weekend DR test found out the backup batteries needed to be replaced, but the big and do mean big generators worked every time.

The second weekend test failed as starter motor system was run off the batteries and someone left unplugged when news ones got swapped in; the second "second" test worked after a few hours, and double checked a few more times.

The third weekend test failed as no one filled up the diesel for the donkey starter motors.

The off site DR test is another story.

Don't gripe if you hand your PC to Geek Squad and they rat you out to the Feds – judge

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Re: Frequently overwrite free disk space to remove any fragments

" BTW I don't know of any tools to overwrite the said "free space""

Poor Ramazan never used CCleaner ? it has that option

Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Re: Missing an item

maybe Trump supporters. lol

BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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Re: Like!!

about 6 bucks each on ebay, looking at the uk site someone has a drive.

Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Re: Airspace, $381

its more, it went up to $446 in most areas years ago, Signs only get replaced when knocked out.

The fine is $100 really, its all the all the add-ons like "penalty assessment" and "surcharge" and the $1 hanging around, night court fee

<edit> found it

Base fine: $100

Penalty assessment: $260 (260% of base)

State criminal surcharge: $20 (20% of base)

Court security fee: $30 (flat)

conviction assessment: $35 (flat, $30/35)

Night court fee: $1 (flat)

Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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Re: Please do this TfL. @MyffyW

Only person I remember using this Treacle word was Mike Reid and someone in an episode of the Sweeney.


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