* Posts by 2Nick3

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As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

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Re: You trust a closed ecosystem ?

At least as much as I trust an AC on a message board.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: A bit drafty

Since they use traditional helicopters for that now, and do it all the time, it's really not a big difference. Plus it's hard to haul someone up to an aircraft in forward flight, and you can't get a boat to a lot of places on the high seas fast enough in most cases. Plus, if you had to bail out of a plane into the ocean, or were escaping a sinking ship, you probably wouldn't care much about how you get rescued.

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I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

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There were numerous "redefinitions" of IBM:

I've Been Moved

It's Better Manual

I've Been Misled

It's Been Marginal

In Boca, Maybe...

I Better Misdirect

I could go on, but then I'd have to post anonymously...

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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Re: jam

"But they couldn't find the key with the legend "any"."

The "any" key? That's the space bar. Manufactures stopped putting a label on it because, as the most used key on the keyboard, the label would wear off and they'd have to replace the key. Not labeling became the standard, and now you have the keyboard you see in front of you.

I had to have used that 50 times when I worked at the help desk for the big TLA. I got to the point where I could tell if a user was going to have issues with pressing "any key" and would just tell them to hit the space bar. Or "W". Why "W"? Why, so it will Work!

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Pure: We see a billion dollars in our future. No, not profits, silly!

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Re: Someone help me with the math

Revenue was $728m, loss of $245m, so costs/expenses were $973m.

Simply put, Gain = Revenue - Expenses. Except in this case it's a Loss, not a Gain.

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Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

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I once worked an OS/2 system that was up for over 5 years. OS/2 2.11 on a PS/2 Mod 80. It was a print server and sat under the table the LaserPrinter 4029 sat on in the printer room. I only had to look at it because the date was wrong after February 28th, 2000, . The print queue got moved over to an Windows 2000 Server, where the date was right but the queue went offline weekly, which was resolved by rebooting.

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'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

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Career limiting?

"While at a careers fair at Lanier Technical College, the IT contractor was pulled aside by officers from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, cuffed, and taken to the county jail."

He probably didn't make a very good impression with pospective employers. Or maybe not - "Hey, we can probably get that guy who was arrested pretty cheap!"

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Re: HTFU?

I once saw a VGA cable that the user had managed to plug in upside-down. Yes, they even got the set screws to thread and tighten. Needless to say the shell was a big mangled and the pins were all bent. But they got it to mount to the port on the PC, and that's all that counts (until you actually want it to work).

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Microsoft foists fake file system for fat Git repos

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GVFS eating its own tail??

Assumedly the GVFS code is checked into Git on GVFS. What if there is a bug in the GVFS code that takes GVFS offline? How will they get to the code to fix it?

Way too deep for a Friday afternoon - off to the pub!

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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CHOAM?

"There was no reason at all it to exist. Nothing useful in the economy. There was no basic trade going on. Only spice trade."

There is a huge amount of trade in the Dune universe. Caladan exports Pundi rice, Hagal jewels, Theilaxu was the source of a lot of medical supplies, the list goes on. Yes, Melange is the most valuable substance in the universe, but certainly not the only one.

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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Ouch. Now that makes one feel old...

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Assange reverse-ferrets on promise to fly to US post-Manning clemency

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Sometimes 140 characters isn't enough

Squeezing his message into just 140 characters obviously took out some of his intended meaning. Maybe a two part tweet next time?

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Did Oculus swipe blueprints from rival? Zuck takes the stand

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Well, they weren't trending on his feed, so what can you expect?

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US Marines seek more than a few good men (3,000 men and women, actually) for cyber-war

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If, after 4 years, you were still counting tent spikes your command had no faith in you to do more than that. Showing no personal drive or initiative is exactly how you make sure that no one minds if you don't re-up, and prevents you from finding opportunities down other career paths.

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Meet the Tesla of the backup world – Datos IO (no, it doesn't make boxes that catch fire)

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Sorry...

...still thinking about cars catching fire or crashing.

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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Paris Hilton

They're as sneaky as a Bene Gesserit's G-string.

Sheer genius, that.

What is Paris listening to? Why, some Toto, of course!

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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"Actually, sod that, I’ll go straight for Chuck Yeager’s Air Combat."

IIRC, that came on 2x 3.5" HD Diskettes.

Which I will now spend the weekend trying to find in my "closet of almost lost things" only to discover, after many hours of trying, that I can't get enough free memory under the 640k line in DOSBOX to run it.

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Microsoft phone support contractors told to hang up after 15 minutes

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15 minutes?

I worked at an internal helpdesk for a large IT company, and it would often take 15 minutes for the user to be able to convey their ID so I could get a ticket open for them. There were times I was given social security numbers, drivers license numbers, gym membership numbers, and once was even offered "my hot sister's phone number." All of which were interesting, but none of which allowed me to create a ticket.

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Norks stabilise non-threatening space speck ... for about five minutes

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Re: Dirty bomb

If the satellite's a rockin', don't bother knockin'...

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Mobile video chat just wasn't ready back when you had to have someone pushing the camera around for you...

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BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

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"Looks like that email was a waste of my valuable time..."

The number of times I think that a week is disturbing, but sadly never as much fun as reading it this time. Two thumbs up, and a toast in about 6 hours, for this week's BOFH!

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Email reply-all cat-nado drenches Cisco inboxes with pics, memes

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Ignore is (almost) your friend.

Hence the "Ignore" feature in Outlook, which works pretty well. At least until you get someone with the brilliant idea to change the subject line, which sometimes confuses Exchange, or better yet start a new email thread and copy/paste all of the recipient email addresses/groups to their new email.

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

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Most shocking!

"Kardashian, a high school graduate..."

That's easily the most shocking statement in the whole article!

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

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CapEx vrs OpEx

CapEx vrs OpEx. CapEx (Capital Expenses - bigger one-time purchases) are often easier to get approved than OpEx (Operatiing Expenses - smaller recurring purchases), and can have tax implications as well. Epson seems to understand that difference and is making an offering on both sides of the equation. Smart.

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Data AWOL? Thank God for backup. You backed up, right?

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It's not just when a server is newly deployed.

And don't forget about re-purposed systems, or those that have "functional scope creep." That file server that had an extra drive added, or the web server that had a database instance deployed on it. It really takes cooperation between the System Admins, DBAs and the Backup Admins to make sure that backups of the relevant data are happening the way they should be. And we all know how well those three groups communicate.

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Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio

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Don't forget...

...that Activision has released the last few Zork entries.

I can see it now - Coming to a theater and game console near you: "Call of Duty - Grue Hunter!"

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