* Posts by Andytug

173 posts • joined 17 Apr 2015


Stop us if you're getting deja-vu: Uber used spyware to nobble dial-a-ride rival, this time Down Under, allegedly


Surely this is their USP, isn't it?

Using digital tech and apps to disrupt the established players in a market and so lead to $profit?

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes


Re: As an aside, one thing that annoys me about my car

Speed limiters are hopeless, cruise control is a far better system. The driver is the speed limiter and should know if they're going too fast for the conditions around them.


Re: MCAS is being misportrayed

To have a safety critical system reliant on just one fundamental input (AOA sensor) is crazy and surely against some regulation somewhere, there should be 3 so that if one fails or goes rogue it can be ignored in favour of the other two?

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system


Right-click, reset permissions on all child objects......

on one folder, or so I thought......oops no that would be the entire workgroup!

Managed to stop it before it had done more than the first two folders, and put them back before anyone noticed.

Also, my old boss had perfect timing. Big room re-org, I take one look at the spaghetti junction that is the patch panel and think "If I try to move any of this it will be even worse than it is now". So I data capture it all, then rip the whole lot out as a big tangle on the floor. Which was very satisfying, until at that exact moment my boss walks in, sees the empty patch panel and does a complete "WTF!!" I explain, he takes a very deep breath, says, "I'll trust you......don't bu&&er it up!" and walked out again.

It did go back fine (and a lot neater), but the look on his face was priceless.

Why are there never free power sockets when my Y-fronts need charging?


And then there's the increasing tend of devices with next to no sockets...

e.g MS Surface Pro. 1 USB, 1 mini DisplayPort, power and that's it. Lightweight devices they may be, but you have to carry a bag full of adapters just in case you need to connect to anything external!

I say, that sucks! Crooks are harnessing hoovers to clean out parking meters in Chelsea


On the other hand, if you see someone dragging a Hooray Henry....

it's probably just a normal Saturday night.....

Windows 10 1809 looks unlikely to overtake prior build before 19H1 lands


And also why on 32GB tablets..

you have to provide extra memory (USB stick) before you can do the upgrade as Win10 takes around 20GB for itself, so there's no room for the updates to happen!


Wonder if....

they'll have put back the vital accessibility option for changing font sizes in toolbars etc that they inexplicably removed in the last update, thus rendering all the toolbars etc too small to read unless your close up vision is perfect?

Microsoft 'welcomes dialog' over HoloLens use by the military, but doesn't have to listen


Re: Super Tuesday...

Just as you're about to fire at the enemy, probably......

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once


Re: I think that viewing terrorist propaganda is good

Nope, but some of their other MPs certainly are (e.g. Mihari Black, Carol Monaghan).


Re: 1984

Not pensioners, but actually older than that.

Last year Tory party donations from wills were double those from living people.

They have become the party of the dead!


Re: I think that viewing terrorist propaganda is good

Dead easy.

Freedom fighter => on our side

Terrorist=> not on our side.


US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?



It's justifiable retaliation for all that wailing tweenager crap they sent over here. iCarly being the worst example.

Prez Trump orders Uncle Sam to step up AI efforts – we all know the White House knows a lot about artificial intelligence


Fixed that for you..

"We must ensure that advances in AI remain fueled by American taxpayer dollars, reflect American right wing fundamentalist Christian values, and are applied for the benefit of the richest American people.”

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

Big Brother

Re: Just because you're paranoid...

*Farage's Law invoked*

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late


Re: I generate the licenses..

It only hurts if you trap your thumbs......

How I got horizontal with a gimp and untangled his cables


You are spot on about the height adjustable desks....

I always raise those when working under them - ever since having (luckily) done so once a colleague clambered under and plugged a power lead in, whereupon there was a flash/pop and the entire room tripped out, he jerked his head up *very* quickly and would have given it a good bash if the desk hadn't been raised...

Strangely the power lead in question had only just been removed from the other side of the room where it had been working fine, suspect involvement of a loose staple or similar.

Techies tinker with toilet-topper to turn it into ticker-tracker



...my arse.

Year after being blasted for dodgy security, GPS kid tracker biz takes heat again for leaving families' private info lying around for crims


It's more likely to be the companies' problem - for falsely advertising these things as safe.

Parents can only make an informed decision if they're given all the correct information - if the product is sold as secure and isn't then the company is to blame. If it's not sold as secure then it's the parent's fault for just looking at the shiny and not the reality.

I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers


Oh great, laser headphones...

Think of how many ignorant audiophiles they'll be able to fleece with those...until they find out they only work if you sit in exactly the right chair and keep your head perfectly still.....

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s


Shameless repost of an allegedly genuine IBM memo from the 80's...

If a mouse fails to operate or should it perform erratically, it may need a ball replacement. Mouse balls are now available as FRU (Field Replacement Units). Because of the delicate nature of this procedure, replacement of mouse balls should only be attempted by properly trained personnel.

Before proceeding, determine the type of mouse balls by examining the underside of the mouse. Domestic balls will be larger and harder than foreign balls. Ball removal procedures differ depending upon the manufacturer of the mouse. Foreign balls can be replaced using the pop off method. Domestic balls are replaced by using the twist off method. Mouse balls are not usually static sensitive. However, excessive handling can result in sudden discharge. Upon completion of ball replacement, the mouse may be used immediately.

It is recommended that each person have a pair of spare balls for maintaining optimum customer satisfaction. Any customer missing his balls should contact the local personnel in charge of removing and replacing these necessary items.

Please keep in mind that a customer without properly working balls is an unhappy customer.

Senior UK.gov ministers asked: So, are we going to ban Huawei or what?


What about other"critical national infrastructure"??

Wil the Government also be looking into the security of water companies, power companies, rail companies, etc, etc, almost all of which have been sold piecemeal or wholesale to foreign companies either fully or partly owned/controlled by other foreign governments?

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?


Re: not really Godwins...

Nope - it's known as Farage's Law.

(- well it should be)


Yes, a lot of people are stupid and untrained....

but if everyone knew how to sort out their IT issues themselves......we wouldn't have a job!

(there should be a happy medium somewhere, though).

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free


"So what happens if a president is democratically elected on a promise to abolish gravity and make pi equal to 3?"

Then you won't be launching any rocket powered vehicles for the foreseeable future, once the first attempt goes sideways across Florida....

Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election


Yup, same here...

All the chain messages, fake news, fake police warnings, etc I get are passed on by friends of my parents and their friends, all over 65.

Mind you, some of them read the Mail and Express, so colour me surprised...….

NHS England claims it will be all-digital within the decade


Re: As with all things this could be great if done properly

It's cheaper because the GPs are "self employed" and therefore the Government doesn't have to spend money on pensions, sick pay, workers rights etc for them.

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports


Re: Just ban drones altogether?

No, what's needed is for people to stop being arseholes to each other and apply some common sense, unfortunately the ability to teach that is gradually being lost in favour of stupid laws that can't be enforced anyway. Plus to do such needs a generation to sort and no politician is interested in anything that goes on longer than their own potential term of office,

Florida man stumbles on biggest prime number after working plucky i5 CPU for 12 days straight


Re: Mersenne

No, that should be a separate law...how about "Farage's Law"?

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong


Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore

If she had complained you should of course have pleaded with her not to start anything......

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones


Re: bbc quotes

Unfortunately the so called "rule of law" is exactly that, it relies on everyone following the rules and not being £%*$ to each other. All it needs is a big enough number of people to start being £%*$ and there's not a lot the police etc can do about it.

Problem is that the number is increasing......

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal


I thought it was

a surprisingly polished piece of work...

Ding dong merrily on high. In Berkeley, the bots are singeing: Self-driving college cooler droid goes up in flames


Re: What happended to Genuine People Personalities?

The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation has clearly been contracted to program the self service tills in Poundland. At Halloween they had a Dracula voice telling you about the "unexpected item in the bagging area" and right now it's Santa doing the same.

Up against the wall with the lot of them, I say!

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?


If the phone to PC cable goes into the desk and back out again (for tidiness) you often also find them with the phone in RJ45 port and out RJ45 port connected together by the same cable, with the user wondering why the phone is dead.....

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics


Re: Children of the Resolution

Very much this......

A number of years ago we kitted out a whole floor of 80 people with lovely new 20" monitors, business case for buying them based on being able to open two full windows at once.....guess what, within a week most had complained the text and icons were too small and set them to 800x600, thus negating the 40k+ spent on the monitors.........ffs.

Waiter, what's this? SpaceX delivery delayed for a day by moldy food


I should hope they're treating the mice right

After all they ordered the building of Earth.......... #adams

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway


Re: Time for a firmware update?

And the A38 "Aston Distressway" where the same two lanes come on and go off again, with a gap in the barrier for both incoming and exiting traffic to share....as well as no central barrier and a centre lane of red tarmac which is into town in the morning, out of town in the evening and shut at other times, controlled by overhead gantry signs. Sort that lot out Tesla......

Three become six as new 'nauts arrive for a visit to the ISS


Re: Still find it amazing

Apparently they have members all around the globe...

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands


Re: If you're going to put up a sign...

In the UK that would probably earn the lad a fine for interfering with police in the cause of their duties, or some such. Same has happened to people flashing their lights at other motorists to warn of imminent speed traps.

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman


Google Maps does it for free...

Satellite photos, street view and real time traffic info. No need for a drone whatsoever.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


Power adaptors are always useful

Several times I've bought things without adapters very cheap, and either found a suitable one at home or made one out of two (one with the correct voltage/amperage, one with the right plug) thus saving money, and recycling in the process.

Sadly this sort of thing will die out, as if Lightning cables are anything to go by they don't last long enough to be re-used, and the cables are so thin inside as to be un-bodgeable.

Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work


Re: Monitor

Best advice for fault finding "Start at Level 1 and work up".


Bodily fluids.....

When I was at college one of my fellow students had a job maintaining arcade machines at the local amusement park. Some of them (e.g. the original wireframe Star Wars) were "sit in" cabinets. Unfortunately the manufacturers saw fit to locate many of the circuit boards under the seat...so if a barely toilet trained toddler had an "accident" urine would leak onto them. Urine and solder do not get on........

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth


Heaters are the bane of our lives

Despite all the desk sockets being clearly labelled 3A (or 5A-printer only) and staff being told they must only plug heaters into the walls, you come to any desk and find half the sockets no longer work due to someone plugging a heater into it. And then into the next one, and the next one, until they wise up....

One of our offices was found during a re-org to have approaching 30% of desk sockets dead due to this.

UK.gov looks to data to free people from contract lock-in doom


We could always teach people to better understand numbers....

but then they might also be able to see through misleading government statistics, and we can't have that, can we........

What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM


Re: What an irony !

I've always wanted to know where the crossover point is between "we have to make these people redundant and employ cheaper ones for the company/make these people take a salary cut for efficiency" and "we have to pay these people more to get the best people"?

Does it vary between companies, or is it a set point?

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?


Not the only example of "Nanny knows best" in W10

It constantly resets the default jpg app to Photos, despite me manually setting it to Irfanview over and over again.

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit


Would think you're right (Renault owns Nissan) as the car bleeps like crazy if you step out of the car with the engine running and the fob in your pocket....


Car makers implementation seems to differ - My Renault has a "two stage" system, if you lock it with the remote button it can only be unlocked by using the other button on the remote, however if you turn off the engine and just walk away the car locks and beeps, in that state if you are within 6-8 feet of the car with the remote anyone can open the door (and presumably also start it). If other cars are set up to allow permanent keyless access then that's a big security hole - or is it that drivers like the convenience of keyless all the time and are therefore leaving their cars open to attack, instead of locking them "properly"?

I always lock the car with the remote unless I know for certain I'm coming back to it in a minute or two, it's parked right next to the house.

A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes


Re: Upsetting non-techies can be hard

I got a call from a user a fair while ago panicking that she had a virus - "Random words keep appearing on the screen!!". So went to see her, and sure enough they were, when it started typing "sheep Obama" and the like was when she panicked.

Turned out she had somehow enabled dictation in Windows XP (and reduced it to a single pixel hidden toolbar at the top of the screen - no idea how) and it was making a very poor fist of translating her conversation with her colleagues into text. Laptop built in mics are pretty poor though.....


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