* Posts by Wexford

9 posts • joined 17 Jan 2015

What's Farsi for 'as subtle as a nuke through a window'? Foreign diplomats in Iran hit by renewed Remexi nasty


Re: Seems like standard diplomatic practice

The Americans do it to protect us. And stop calling me Shirley.

Facebook cuts off independent political ad reviewers, claims security concerns


Re: How is this done ?

Try being less...robotic

As netizens, devs scream bloody murder over Chrome ad-block block, Googlers insist: It's not set in stone (yet)


Re: Google doing this might actually HELP Chrome dominate

That's a pretty risky assumption, given most users are lazy and will just move on to the next (read: competitor's) site rather than taking action of any kind.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home


Re: Pesky microwaves

On a school trip in the 1980s our coach broke down in the Western Australian outback (east of Carnarvon). The driver got on the radio, and wound up being picked up by a truckie in New South Wales, who relayed the message to the coach company.

Not the same range as NSW to Vietnam, but wow!

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame


Re: And that's why...

Pfft, my IPv8 MITM laughs at your IPv7!

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD


Re: Backing off

I ran a Solaris farm with NIS+ for directory services in the 90s. A cron job that ran every minute would check a file for updates to apply to mail aliases, then do a "nisping" in a loop to commit until the new alias showed up in the table.

Sadly I once made a change that, when someone deleted their alias via the front end, the damned thing would delete it then do a nisping in a loop to commit until the new alias showed up in the table...which of course it never did.

Once this loop started, the NIS+ database would get corrupted around two days later. It took me a few weeks of daily restores of the entire directory, during which emails would bounce because the user principals were missing, before I diagnosed the problem. I'd noticed a regular ticking noise coming from the server. "What's causing that disk activity?" I wondered and found the looping process.

Stay out of my server room!


Re: Your room has been repurposed...

That's great! When they fill up the storage room and need more space, there's an ideal spot with identical environmental conditions waiting to be used.


Racks are for files, not switches

Routine visit to our communications closet, only to discover the switches hanging at the side of the rack by their power leads, with the rack shelves themselves occupied by lever arch files.

Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS


Re: It works at the circus

I signed up with The Register just so I could upvote this post.

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