* Posts by Prst. V.Jeltz

1987 posts • joined 17 Sep 2015

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Re: The Sound of Silence

I guess the majority of commentards here would be skilled enough to hatch a BOFH like plan to remotely silence the machines, or failing that - the user.

I recently remotely shutted up a guy playing a youtube music list in the office, not by pskill.exe ing his browser as he'd lose work, i think it was by shutting an audio related service off

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Re: Various office sounds

And our office actually has a dot matrix printer, for filling out one particular form in carbonless triplicate.

but why? someone has to break the cycle!

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Did you know theres an NHS office in wales that digital pictures through the post on a floppy disk?

...to my nhs trust, where I had to find a machine that would run W7, And have a floppy drive! That machine will now be running w10, hopefull w10 knows what a floppy is.

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Re: Wonderful Nostalgia

You forgot to turn file extensions on and explorer.exe view to 'List' or 'details' in the default user.

as did microsoft.

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Re: Oh Gawd...

I remember the bunny! Ran it round a college classroom in first I.T. job -about '96

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The number of missed calls outweighs the number I hear by a factor of 3.

As a phone its terrible at making at notifying you that there is a call.

Me too, I've not seen a handy notification LED on any my phones since the samsung A500 (holds 10 texts , to give you a timescale)

My last was a windows phone that was impossible to have it repeat beep every minute , in case you missed first beep , even if u prepared to write your own app. No led either.

Now have Iphone 5 that seems to do what the fuck it wants ring tone / sms vibrate / volume wise. its different every time!

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ring tone vs vibration

solution:

Set ringtone to "Good Vibrations" . Everyone's happy

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RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer

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Re: Always copying Apple

what by having one of the pioneers die?

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Re: @El Reg

with a company that small ( 4 people ) and one says "I'm leaving to be a silent partner , send me my 25%" then surely the 3 doing the work would pay themselves corresponding salaries to relect the work they were putting in .

In fact , I dont see why they wouldnt follow the amazon model and say "oh , no profit this year , sorry shareholders"

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Re: What this project has really done...

the dead end element though.

Its not even "a jet plane without wings" as someone said up there.

Its a rocket fired horizontally ffs. a missile.

Landspeed record , sound barrier done , job finished , move on .

Surely Da kidz can get excited about something a bit less futile and pointless?

Theres nothing in the whole exciting world of science exciting enough to pique their interest except this futile gesture? whats the point studying it then?

Tell you what if you made a robot (physical , not software) that could hold a ps4 controller and play fortnite , you'd have 10 million converts instantly.

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Re: What this project has really done...

Or 10,000s of children have learnt that STEM is just about fast cars and rockets and jet fighters and so is just for boys that want to make lots of noise and kill things, so not for them.

Quite, It seems getting kids into STEM is justification for any mad cap engineering scheme.

There must be smaller , easier cheaper more useful projects that would grab the kids attention, perhaps one they could even be involved in. In the classroom maybe.

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Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Re: It's seen as bad form to boot people out after granting asylum.

I guess they'll have to be subtle about it :

Increase his chores ...

ration the internet ...

gradually lower the temperature...

cheaper and cheaper coffee...

until he moves out :)

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Re: @James O'Shea

This doesn't stop the UK for enforcing the jumping bail. And they will do that since he's cost them a pretty penny in terms of overtime.

Are they *still* doing the "copper-stood-outside" thing, it was costing a million a year or something ridiculous, or did they call it a day?

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Re: Why would he leave?

Embassy should make him pay his way. Bit of admin , clean the toilets , make the brews

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Ive used some of those pseudonames in the article . Cant say which! ;)

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Re: Are you Sue?

"But pronounced Wy-von-knee, her parents saw it written down..."

When i was a kid , i thought recipes was re-sipes , 'cos i'd only seen it written down

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Re: A different name for every site?

That "prefix your email" thing dosnet work for yahoo,

are they not a big enough player to bother implementing this?

Can someone tell me which ones do? i might change

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: "have you seen the prices Amazon charge for retrieving from Glacier"

all my docs are stored on (and accerssed and used from) a nas , much more central nad convenient.

any of the windows machines in my house can self dsetruct at any time and no data lost .

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Re the my folders

at least XP put the MY this and My that , all within the main My docs folder , now they are all one level back and mixed in with the other profile shit

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Re: Not a good look here.

". "MY Documents" folder should be for just that, no Appdata, which belong in the apps Program folder, "

Dats coz they are your settings , not blanket settings.

p.s. arnt you glad they chucked a whitespace int the programs folder as well? brill!

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Re: The dick phone has already been invented

I use voice recognition ... works both cases ...

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Re: re. micro sd, etc.

"B&Q crate or storage box for different types "

I ended up with one crate full of carrier bags holding the different categories. The benefit of that is , the bags dynamically adjust for size, saving space, whereas if you had a box for each type ... it wouldnt.

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The problem I find isnt that the ones i find lying around are somehow now too small . I could be happy with 512mb of mp3s stuffed into the car radio's usb socket ...

Trouble is the sd cards I find lying around the house are far beyond the capacity of the gizmos i want to use them with ...

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Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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depands on the cardboard , and how much of its box integrity is left. With 1/2 million empty tissue boxes, that might have worked ...

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UK pins 'reckless campaign of cyber attacks' on Russian military intelligence

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Re: Every one spies

If the Skripals had died in a botched mugging then it wouldn't've sent a message to other defectors/would be defectors.

2 Apostrophies , i like it! Its the only way to be sure ...

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California cracks down on Internet of Crap passwords with new law to stop the botnets

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Re: The problem...

@Maelstrom

1 . Irellevent - hey this will bring trust back!

2. yes - now with unique passwords

3. force Set password at first use = easy way, no lead time

4. so what?

5a. if manufactured on orders from Cali - yes it does , besides its no big deal to implement

5b. the shit will still be manufactured in taiwan , with the no issue "force Set password at first use" added

5c. see 5b

6. its bloody obvious common sense , realised by unix community decades ago when it occured to them they should get the admin to change the default admin\admin password at first use. and thats a free os.

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Well ive seen a whole lot of bitching and moaning up above about percieved issues with this iniative.

Cant say I agree with any of them , its an easy and simple improvement to make* with no security implications beyond ones that are always there for all things.

*especially if going the "set yer own pwd at start" route

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Re: But will they give out the "unique" password?

You have a brick. Have a nice day.

Then you press the teeny button on the side , and device reverts to defaults , complete with "set your

own unique password at first login" reactivated . job done .

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Re: The problem...

They will need someone to program a password into each device (or generate one automatically)

NOPE , didnt you see option B?

"a security feature that requires a user to generate a new means of authentication before access is granted to the device for the first time."

So , a tiny mod to make user reset adm password on login - job done.

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UK.gov asks biz for ideas on how to 'overcome' data privacy concerns in NHS

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Re: Someone mentioned herding cats ?

Haha thats brilliant.

Best advert ever , for EDS of all people

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This article reads like one of those BOFH stories that begins:

So the boss wheezes in, all a dither about an article he's read in "I.T bigshots weekly".....

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So the government is saying:

"we've got a phat stack of cash here for anyone who wants to do some of that amazing techy stuff for our NHS , you know get us some Apps up in here , or a cloud maybe . Oh , and lets get some of that Big Data we read about . And if theres time lets buy a blockchain.

Theres a whole lotta buzzwords there.

To me , its blindingly obvious what the first step to any kind of NHS I.T. reform would be - Standardise.

Currently you have 50 odd trusts doing what the hell they want , all buying in one Patient admin system after another , none of which talk to each other and so you have the situation on the news last week - ambulance crews saying "if we end up at a different hospital we cant access patients records"

For Fucks sake! that basic shit surely .

Think of the duplication of effort going on.

Its like herding cats....

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Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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not a single person realised. not the developers. not the support staff. not me. not the testers. not the customer. just made you think... wtf had we been doing for 2 years???

That is Classic! not surprised about the AC!

Bet some of the beancounters were less than impressed , probly on customer side :)

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Re: If rm -rf /* doesn't delete anything valuable

@Aladdin (see what i did there?)

Past who?

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Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

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fax facts-based tale of tech support terror?

Yes , ive dealt with a few hundred fax machine calls 99% of the time nothing is broken.

People dont know its a phone - you can ring it to check if its awake.

"I didnt recive a fax" - 99% of the time - they didnt send it

"I cant send a fax" 99% of the time , you are sending to wrong number , oir recipient has swithced off machine

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Bug? Feature? Power users baffled as BitLocker update switch-off continues

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Re: seen it

well , i tried shutdown from the cmd on friday , didnt work . must need more args , like /full /definte or summat

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seen it

my laptop did this yesterday , spent the whole day with encryption "turned off" waiting for a reboot, and , as the powers that be have policy set "shutdown" to = "snoozemode" these machines rarely get a proper reboot

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: never seems to taste the same?

Their lower voltage means that an electric kettle would take a lot longer to boil.

I'm no expert but but to get x amount of power out of a device you need a bowl full of volts and amps , so if you're limited on volts , just top it up with amps to make a lovely batch of kilowatts.

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Re: Too many apps

"A map app is a map. "

Not yer average satnav app , it just says left , right , and most annoyingly " in 300 yds , go straight on"

As I dont trust these machines I'm not happy with just knowing the next step - i want to know the whole plan, but the missus refuses a) drive or b) press buttons on the satnav to reveal the route its planning , so we go step by mystery step ... or argue ....

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A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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Re: Ironic, isn't it?

"So I open a new tab, find the item on Amazon and know that it will be with me in the morning."

At about 1/4 of the price

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Re: Further reading

I'll wait for the LGR Tech Tales version :)

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While the UN laughed at Trump, hackers chortled at the UN's lousy web application security

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Re: Stop mirroring the media

There was supposed to be a huge guffaw!

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Re: Wait a second

Hey first comment about the security issue at hand rather than the incidental mention of Trump , well done!

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: Am i missing something?

Navigating up and down the country through many Traffic queues, road works etc burns up a large number of hours that I have to allow for to attend meetings on time.

Call me a luddite but ... Dont we have video conferencing now? I'd have thought the motorways would be empty , save for delivery trucks ..

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Re: Madness

It does make it hard to read your bank statement to check the utility company , or BT , isnt ripping you off when its full of coffee and beers ... I gues you need 2 accounts ...

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Re: Memories of Not The Nine O Clock News

I seem to remember Monty Python doing the same "and would you like.." joke on their travel agent sketch

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Am i missing something?

Call me a Luddite , ive not really got into all this shit yet , but why do you need a till AND an app?

why not pay using the app , whilst queuing , or chilling on the bean bags (im guessing here - never been in a coffee shop) then pick up your drink when they have made it?

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Congrats on keeping out the hackers. Now, you've taken care of rogue insiders, right? Hello?

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The other day I managed to trip an alarm the networks team had set up by polling a bunch of machines using nMap and probing certain ports ( for legitimate reasons)

They were quite pleased with my impromptu test drive of their security alert system!

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: Equality in advertising

So you can now sue because someone *doesn't* show adverts to you?

Nail . Head . Best comment.

You cant show all the adverts to all the people all the time , and I wouldnt like it if they did!

Can women sue because they didnt see the "Become a royal Navy Engineer" advert shown during Scrapyard Challenge because they were busy watching Love Island?

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Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

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Re: Naming Schemes

" is the most expensive one, with 512 GB instead of 256 GB RAM"

When we had a colourful naming system the new fancy schmancy machine that arrived and started the convention was HAL, first in a line of psychotic-robot server names.

I remember the server tech proudly proclaiming "Its got half a gig of RAM...."

If your machines got half a terabyte, it surely its new enough to be on the newer 21st century, widely adopted, no bullshit naming system of either a) whatever its asset tag is , or b) some sort of code with numbers e.g. SRV_WEB_007

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"and had managed to turn the rotary contrast knob right down"

yup , ive seen that .

plus many other idiotic reasons for screaming THE SYSTEM IS DOWN!!

the screen is off

the app is minimised

someone has opened ebay.com on top of it

someone has changed to a different screen in the app and user dosent recognise

user cant navigate to a particular part of the system.

and this is , of course , always the users opinion of their client PC not "the system"

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