* Posts by Robert Moore

585 posts • joined 14 Aug 2007

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Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!

Robert Moore
Megaphone

My experience.

Probably 90% of meetings could much more effectively be dealt with by a simple email.

I include all meetings with more than 3 people in that group.

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

Robert Moore
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6Ft cubes

I worked in an office with lovely 6Ft tall cubicles. (One of the best things about that gig.) They got in some consultant (Moron) who told them what they needed to do was cut down all the cubes to 3Ft, the company of course started planning to implement the change, and announced it to the staff, as a fantastic new productivity increasing corporate innovation.

This resulted in open revolt. Senior people started openly looking for work elsewhere.

Strangely this resulted in the decision being reversed, and the cubes remained 6Ft tall. Just goes to show that sometimes if you fight management you can win.

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New Android P beta is 'very close', 'near-final' but also just 'early'

Robert Moore
Joke

Re: Not as exciting as I thought at first

But.. will it be a Damp Squib or a Roman Candle?

Doesn't matter, as long as it isn't a Damp Squid, I will put it on a Pedal Stool.

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White House calls its own China tech cash-inject ban 'fake news'

Robert Moore
Mushroom

So...is it official White House policy now to decry everything as "Fake News" unless they personally released it in a press statement?

Yes but there are exceptions. Sometimes they even claim "Fake News" for things that they did personally release in a press statement.

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Big Cable unplugs Cali's draft net neutrality protections yet AGAIN

Robert Moore
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Re: No surprise

"Well, they'll have a new revenue stream with all that tax money from the sales of cannabis!"

Not until October, or later. IIRC, it was supposed to be done by now.

Not a pot head, no interest in legalization other than the Gov stops wasting my money enforcing a foolish law.

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Open Internet lovin' Comcast: Buy our TV service – or no faster broadband for you!

Robert Moore
Angel

So glad I am Canadian

While our system is far from perfect there are at least third party providers. About two years ago I told Shaw Cable to get stuffed and signed up with aebc.com

No requirement for getting TV service, and speedtest.net tells me I am nearly always getting more than the speed I am paying for.

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Fresh docs detail 10-year link between Geek Squad informers and Feds

Robert Moore
Joke

Re: @DougS

BTW how do describe someone who looks the part?

your question is difficult to answer exactly. But if you walk into the washroom, and take a look in the mirror... That's the look.

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My PC is broken, said user typing in white on a white background

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: Broken monitor

Who remembers the "Good old days" when you could steal the ball from someone's mouse...

Even more fun these days, is to take some clear (Scotch) tape, and put it over the sensor on the bottom of an optical mouse. This introduces just a bit of randomness to the mouse. Add layers to make the mouse less and less responsive. A piece of non-clear tape makes the mouse not work, and people think their computer has frozen, and the user usually reboots. I did this one April first to an entire office of mice.

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Paul Allen's six-engined monster plane prepares for space deliveries

Robert Moore
Paris Hilton

Re: Balloons/airships ?

I seem to recall El Reg was working on this Technology.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/08/tridge_lohan_linux_conf/

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You can Ring my bell: Amazon pays ONE BEEEEELLION+ dollars for smart home upstart

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: I just bought a smart doorbell

You should patent this technology. You could be next in line to cash a $1B cheque from Amazon.

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Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!

Robert Moore
Gimp

Couple this tech with the video face replacement tech and there really isn't any good uses for this. Things were scary enough and about to get worse.

You just know someone is already working on a video of Hillary Clinton pegging Donald Trump.

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A dog DNA database? You must be barking

Robert Moore
Coat

Would they read them their rights?

You have the right to remain silent, if you give up that right, anything you bark may be used as evidence against you.

Mine is the one with Milkbones in the pocket.

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Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

Robert Moore
Alien

Give it away.

I am sure there is some group of organisation that would be happy to keep it moving around, and sending back data.

Heck, if they asked for donations, I would chip in a few $, I bet they could dig up the $12 million in a few weeks on gofundme.

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Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: @TheOldGuy "But when we arrested them, they said they had come for fishing and were tourists."

<Don Adams voice> Ah, yes! The old "innocent tourists" trick!

Missed it by that much...

Mine is the one with a shoephone manual in the pocket.

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NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: Flat Earth Heretic

They have to return otherwise it's obviously a coverup by the Iluminati, even then they were probably brainwashed...

I think you misunderstand. This is not an educational trip, this is a disposal trip.

Just strap them to the side of the rocket. Duct tape should work well enough. Maybe we could talk Elon into sticking one or two into his car before he sends it to Mars.

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Lenovo's craptastic fingerprint scanner has a hardcoded password

Robert Moore
Linux

Security is hard.

Really glad I never setup the fingerprint scanner on my Lenovo laptop.

For that matter, running Linux on it probably doesn't hurt much either. :)

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

Robert Moore
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Re: Reminds me of a story

and, more importantly, playing Solitaire!

In the early days of the internet I spent many a day helping people who had just got their first computer so they could get on the "Information superhighway". Most of these people had little or no experience with computers. The first thing I would do is get them into Solitaire for a a game or two. I used to think of Solitaire as the mouse use trainer.

This was always time well spent. I have never found a more effective method of teaching the basics of mouse use.

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Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: The very definition of "security by obscurity"

I have been thinking about this for a while. I think it is time fro me to make up some fake biographical information for these types of questions. EG:

Mother maiden name: Stalin

City of birth: Hiroshima

Pets name: Cujo

Elementary school: Goebbels Elementary

You get the idea. Obviously I would need to store these in my password manager.

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President Trump turns out the lights on solar panel imports into US

Robert Moore

Re: Wonder what the effect will be in the rest of the world?

I hope you are right. Because I was going to look into solar here in Canada in the spring.

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Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: Polygraph Examiner

What other pseudo-science do they use there? Graphology? Lay Lines? Crystals? Dowsers? Tea-leave readers? Trump?

If you leave out phrenology you need your head examined.

I prefer Reverse Phrenology. Where you change the bumps on the head to change the personality. Cheap and very effective. :)

Mine's the one with a large wrench in the pocket.

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Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

Robert Moore
Coat

I would have thought that if the earth is moving away from the sun, it will get cooler so we will need global warming to compensate.

But that's me being a cynic with tongue in cheek....

That's it I am headed right out to buy the biggest SUV I can find.

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Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so

Robert Moore
Angel

I doubt it.

I am starting to see companies pulling back from the cloud.

I am seriously thinking about specialising in systems repatriation.

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Sad-sack Anon calling himself 'Mr Cunnilingus' online is busted for DDoSing ex-bosses

Robert Moore
Coat

Long time

15 years with no practice, He will have to give up his title of Mr. Cunnilingus.

I expect he will learn some new oral skills in prison for that long.

Always look for the silver lining.

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China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: anyone know

What salvage rights exist here? If you lose control of a spacecraft and someone else flies up and fixes it, who can claim ownership?

There was a great documentary on this exact subject.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078681/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: What One Desires.....

If your consent to this sexual relationship is predicated on the "100% monogamy" clause then should your partner have an affair without your knowledge...

I trust her not to break our agreement. If the day ever comes that I no longer have this trust, that is the day I leave, and sue for visitation with her dogs.

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Robert Moore
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Re: What One Desires.....

I want a 100% monogamous sexual relationship, with all the wining and dining aspects too - with a woman who has her own place, as i have mine, and they do not want anything more.

Is this possible - and it would be good if there was an app allowing people to contact one another for this.

You betcha. I have had that exact arrangement for the past 6 years. It is fantastic. You just need to be open and honest about what you are looking for going in.

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A drivers’ guide to upgrading your IT to a hybrid cloud engine

Robert Moore
Coat

Here is my

one word guide to upgrading your IT to a hybrid cloud engine.

Don't.

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Azure VMs borked following Meltdown patch, er, meltdown

Robert Moore
Holmes

> This is down for 8 hours and still no ETA. Is this the kind of support we should expect from Microsoft.

yes?

If you are not expecting this level of support from Microsoft, you have not been paying attention.

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SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: Coming soon?

They're not "pre-owned" they're "pre-loved."

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OK Google: A stranger with stash of pirated films is spamming my Google Team Drive

Robert Moore
Thumb Down

I'd prefer Mrs. Clinton's missing e-mails.

You are the only one Bob. She lost (Due to a technicality.) your idiot (Technically) won. Get over it!

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Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: You can already buy one

You can buy a 64bit arm laptop running Linux for £72. It's called a pinebook.

I would buy one in a second, if they would make the 11" version available again.

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

Robert Moore
Coat

It is known

That 8 out of 10 people admin to looking at porn on the internet, and the other 2 people are liars.

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

Robert Moore
Mushroom

Re: Dark Star...

I know what I am watching tonight.

Double feature, Silent Running, and Dark Star.

My two all time favourite movies.

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Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: Sounds fine to me

"... we don't archive Facebook very well."

Yes, but it FriendFace went away, nothing of value would be lost.

(Except the Cuke game, that was awesome.)

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: PBKAC

"I never realised some laptops had an actual volume dial."

Watch out for those WiFi slide switches, too.

When I bought my first laptop, I spent about 10 minutes looking for the WiFi switch. I couldn't find it, and I am deeply ashamed to have to admit I looked in the manual. (Don't judge me!)

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Dumb autonomous cars can save more lives than brilliant ones

Robert Moore

Re: automatic breaking

When I was a kid, (Several million years ago) my father bought an AMC Hornet Station wagon, bright yellow with fake wood grain panels.

This car had a very robust and reliable implementation of automatic breaking. As I recall the car spent more time in the shop than on the road.

I always felt the yellow colour was quite fitting for a complete lemon.

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Robert Moore
Angel

Re: Well, duh!

With apologies to the late great George Carlin.

Think of how bad the average driver is, and realise half of them are worse than that.

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Stop worrying and let the machines take our jobs – report

Robert Moore
Pint

Re: Vinod Khosla of Silicon Valley VC fame disagrees

Does programming an AI to automatically turn a malfunctioning server off and on again count? :)

As Roy and Moss showed us so clearly, it doesn't require AI, just a reel to reel tape recorder.

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Robert Moore
FAIL

Re: Vinod Khosla of Silicon Valley VC fame disagrees

He thinks 80% of IT jobs can be "highly leveraged, maybe replaced" by "AI-type systems"

He is wrong.

For several reasons:

1. There is not, nor will there be any true AI.

2. Expert systems and "Machine learning" do not count.

3. Anyone who has used computers for any length of time has solved a problem with a fix that makes absolutely no sense.

4. There will be no sentient AI. I know I mentioned it twice, but I thought it was important enough to need repeating.

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Apache OpenOffice: We're OK with not being super cool... PS: Watch out for that Mac bug

Robert Moore
Linux

Re: LO vs. AOO

LO is installed with Mint, so its the one I know a bit. But in simple lay mans terms how do the two stack up.

No idea how they stack up. but as a Mint/LO user. I would highly recommend downloading the latest version direct from LO. A lot of updates, and fixes have not made it into Mint yet.

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Beware Paris Hilton's investment advice, SEC tells investors

Robert Moore
Paris Hilton

"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV"

Could you look at this mole on my butt?

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French senator demands public inquiry into Microsoft military deal

Robert Moore
Linux

Re: Good

Because MS costs less, is easier to use and is a lower risk than any other realistic option.

Stop. You're killing me. I have never laughed so hard in my life.

Tell the one about Total Cost of Ownership next. It's a real knee slapper. Please...

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Biz quadruples value overnight by adding 'Blockchain' to name

Robert Moore
Angel

Re: I'm gonna go for VC cash now

With my new company "VR DevOps 4DPrinter Neuromorphic SelfDriving BlockChain 5G, Plc"

I am buying stock in that company.

Then selling about a week later.

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Robert Moore
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International BlockChain Machines

That should pump the stock values up a bit. :)

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Brit cities overrun with middle-aged dronies, reckons survey

Robert Moore
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Re: "Mid-life crisis" is a pejorative term that needs to go!

I mostly agree with you. But I embrace the term "Mid-life crisis".

Take "Mid-life crisis" and make it your own. It is not a pejorative term if you don't accept it as such.

I call my Italian sports car, my "Mid-life crisis mobile."

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Hackers nip into celeb plastic surgery clinic, tuck away 'terabytes'

Robert Moore
Joke

What a bunch of boobs.

Couldn't resist. :)

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Google adds planets and moons to Maps, but puts bits in the wrong places

Robert Moore
Coat

Re: Google can now automatically sort photos of animals from pics of people

But can it sort my pron collection?

I'm sorry, Google, AWS and Azure combined, do not have sufficient processing power to complete this task before the heat death of the universe.

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Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

Robert Moore
Linux

Feature creep?

Or layered protection?

Maybe a little of both.

Since I don't use windows it doesn't really impact me, but I will probably keep recommending for non-technical people to use chrome.

I hate cleaning up after virus infections.

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Someone liked dwarf planet Haumea so much they put a ring on it

Robert Moore
Angel

Planet of Ace Rimmers

As soon as I saw the rings I knew it has to be the final resting place of all the Ace Rimmers.

Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast.

Or alternately:

Stoke me a clipper, I'll be back for Christmas.

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Gartner says back-to-school PC sales failed. IDC says they worked

Robert Moore
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Re: Gartner?

Why are they still in business?

Because they are a fantastic reference.

Whatever they report, or predict. Base you business decisions on the exact opposite, and you're golden.

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