* Posts by Picky

50 posts • joined 12 Dec 2014

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

Picky

Standard Operating Procedure

They called the hell-line ..

Microsoft would eventually solve the problem by turning the servers off and on again after applying mitigations.

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Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

Picky

Too much Power

I was sent to a big Printing exhibition in Barcelona to install software for our German distributor.

The Germans brought a load of Compaqs for me to install onto. None of them checked the power first. All the kit blew up - the Spanish electrician had wired the exhibition stand with 440V.

I always carry a testmeter when travelling!

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29 MEEELLION iPhone Xs flogged... only to be end-of-life'd by summer?

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WTF?

£999 ? spend less than £50

Anyone for a Samsung Galaxy III Mini?

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There's a way to dodge Fasthosts' up-to-160% domain renewal hike but you're not gonna like it

Picky
Happy

Re: HeartInternet

I do - they even reduced prices recently ....

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Facebook pays, er, nope, gets £11m credit from UK taxman HMRC...

Picky
Facepalm

Ask Trump?

As he hasn't paid fedral tax for 18 years - and knows the system - ask him and close the loopholes?

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'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

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Mushroom

Having a Fire sale?

Coming soon to a store near you - some really hot bargains

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

Picky
Coat

Re: I don't remember this weekend

Bah!! - I remember booting an ICT 1904S with a bank of toggle switches!

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

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Unhappy

The consumer pays again

The stupid and unfair part is that the cost of "Smart" meters is added to the consumers bill. Suppliers save billions and we pay to let them.

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That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

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WTF?

Avaya and Cisco?

Direct competitors in phone systems.

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R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco

Picky
Angel

Little person employment - remember Max Headroom?

Huge market for little people driving them - R2D2 had Kenny inside, Max was a fake.

Big scam really

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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

Picky
Mushroom

The hackers will turn the lights off

Centralised database - not tested - turn everyone's gas and electricity off?

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Landmark computer hacking archive deposited at TNMOC

Picky
Black Helicopters

Another good book

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cuckoo%27s_Egg

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

Picky
Unhappy

Real customer hit

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-36080667

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SEC chair blasts Silicon Valley for its hokey valuations

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IT Angle

Re: Applaud the letter! Unfortunately its toothless as Unicorns & Bankers are in bed together...

In the UK only politicians get sent to jail.

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Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault

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Unhappy

Users can do it as well

In the 80's I installed publishing systems for about 15 local papers. Each site was given a few boxes of 720k 3.5" floppies for backing up after each edition.

Then one day I noticed that to "speed" things up the Editors were inserting disk 1, then disk 2 then disk 1, then disk 2 etc - to save using disks (needed a box for a full backup)

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Google cloud wobbles as workers patch wrong routers

Picky
WTF?

Easy to do - especially when the boss is involved

About 12 years-ago I did IT for a small University. We had a massive, new, £2M+ Cisco network installed. I emailed the project manager with some patch changes - specifically Floor 5 Box 1 etc, etc. When the whole of my post grad department fell apart discovered that he had gone to Floor 2 Box 1 to repatch.

What made it worse was that he used an Access database - and didn't have a backup/printout of the original patches he had fucked up. I left a year later.

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Toaster cooks network and burns 'expert' user's credibility to a crisp

Picky
Mushroom

Allways carry a multimeter

Many years ago I was flown out to Barcelona to install software at a huge Print exhibition. The hardware was supplied by our German distributers - new Compaq's

The Spanish electricians managed to wire the stand with 440V - and nobody checked - every PSU blew when powered on. The Germans were able to fly in several replacement PSU's overnight - so the show did go on.

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Android Xbot trojan poses as banking app, nicks your login creds

Picky
FAIL

Re: Please. PLEASE.

Indeed, indeed.

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Ex-TalkTalker TalkTalks: Records portal had shared password. It was 4 years old

Picky
Unhappy

Talk Talk Talk

Several years ago one of my clients changed to TalkTalk - without telling me. It was a pub in Birmingham with a few Wifi boxes and a Smoothwall firewall. After 5 HOURS on the phone to them all they could come up with was to reset to factory defaults - which was not going to happen as it would break everything else. Yes they do like to talk Talk Talk ....

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Terrible infections, bad practices, unclean kit – welcome to hospital IT

Picky
Windows

Touch screens for patients

Even doctors surgeries are using touch screens for patient login - a "Typhoid Mary" situation?

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Three-years-late fit-to-work IT tool will cost taxpayers £76m

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Unhappy

Best?

We get the best government that money can buy

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Press Backspace 28 times to own unlucky Grub-by Linux boxes

Picky
Unhappy

Back to the Future?

Do you have to do it at 88 MPH?

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One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day

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Unhappy

Re: hit pump to get it working again

I remember hanging out the back of a Mini (45 years ago) banging the fuel pump - was on the Marylebone Rd in London - in rush hour.

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Dot-gay bid fails again: This time because it is too gay

Picky
Unhappy

ICANN is a new version of FIFA

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Official: North America COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

Picky
WTF?

Wasted space

No more IP4 - some universities have 64K ranges and use less than a dozen externally (134.151.0.0 from personal experience)

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Thousands cut off from email after EE bungles domain renewal

Picky
FAIL

Re: DNS Names should be treated as a proper corporate asset

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/11/06/microsoft_forgets_to_renew_hotmail/

Yup Microsoft

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

Picky
Mushroom

Re: @Neil Barnes

50 years ago I took a home-made contraption into my physics class - made of old GPO relays - you had to tap a switch in time with a click - or get 60V up your arm. No problem. Later I built a rocket powered by Sodium Chlorate - which did get me into some trouble when it exploded on takeoff at the beach. Later in life I ended up as Specials Editor for ETI magazine went on to found 80 Micro in the States.

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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

Picky
IT Angle

But new -GOOD- products can be priced high

Nearly 40-years ago I edited/published technical books about computers. We sold them for $29.95 - unheard off price at the time. Even Radio Shack ordered 10,000 at 50% discount.

There was nothing else on the market - so people paid the price for the quality/information. Bit like the iWatch?

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Apple hypegasm countdown. What will the new, big iPad ACTUALLY be called?

Picky
Happy

iWank

Describes the users?

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BEELION-dollar lasso snaps, NASA mapper blind in one eye

Picky
WTF?

Site visit?

Is the committee planning a site visit?

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

Picky
Happy

Re: Palo Alto is weird.

35 years ago I lived in East Palo Alto - also known as "Whisky Gulch" because it was 100 yards outside of Palo Alto and all the local booze stores setup there!

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Duncan Campbell: GCHQ and me and a roomful of Reg readers

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Unhappy

Great video -- oh oh knocking at the door

Good talk .. must answer - oops gotta go ....

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

Picky
WTF?

It's a pain in the behind ...

Sacrificed a Windows 7 portable to 10 today - 2 hours later and it is SHI*E - no improvements on Win 7 really

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Dough! Dominos didn't register dominos.pizza – and now it's pizz'd off

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Unhappy

They dropped the Pizza anyway

Dominoes dropped the Pizza from their name a while back - and even ran TV ads to tell people - so how can they complain?

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Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

Picky
Flame

How do Apple ship Iphones etc?

Please leave your IPad and IPhone behind ?

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

Picky
WTF?

How long before first SIM rooting?

Oh nice screensaver app ... doh my phone has a new number & I'm being ransomed?

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

Picky
Mushroom

Carry a test meter

I was flown out to a trade show in Barcelona, to install demo software for our German distributors.

The Germans brought a pile of shiny new Compaqs and a server.

The Spanish electrician turned up and connected the display stand.

Bang! 440V on all outlets - I always test the voltage with a meter ... the Germans hadn't

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

Picky
Happy

Plex on a NOW TV box third the price

Sideload Plex onto a NOW TV Roku box (£10) and Bobs a male relative

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

Picky
Happy

Re: Another mess up with the DVLA paperless scheme....

Vanity plates are also available in all US states I had BEBEEP on a Renault 5 in New Hampshire

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'Stolen' art found on nearby shelf. Police keep looking anyway

Picky
Happy

Head in the Cloud storage?

Sounds like an early form of storage system ...

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ROBOTS in sinister public-relations push ahead of coming WAR ON HUMANS

Picky
Happy

As featured on BBC Click

Cool Robot

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Intel imagines chips in nappies to create the Internet of sh*t things

Picky

With a Golden Shower version?

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

Picky

Met my wife

Met my wife on AdultfriendFinder -0 10 years ago - good job I've moved since then ....

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

Picky

Re: Even worse

Aqua-marine contains a hyphen ... ncomputer says no ...

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

Picky

Drone on

Might bring a whole new meaning to "The Blue Screen of Death"

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Summer bust-up expected with new Apple TV and Roku coming onstream

Picky

Re: Apple TV

The NowTV Roku-based box works a treat with Plex for less than £10.

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

Picky

Appropriate advertising?

Found it interesting that the Tesla Youtube on snow video popped up an ad for Funeral Insurance!

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

Picky

Re: Bundling other people's ideas again

In the 90's it was the Wacom Cintiq screen/tablet - still around.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

Picky

Re: California, well known for its tectonic stability

And in the UK we have trees (leaves) and the "wrong" sort of snow ..

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Picky

Abuse/inappropriate reason

+No way to give a reason why a post is abusive ...

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