* Posts by Outski

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Wanna force granny to take down that family photo from the internet? No problem. Europe's GDPR to the rescue

Outski
Pint

Gelderland

Whenever I hear or read Gelderland, I can't help but think of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh7Q4BplCRc

He's blond, he's pissed, he'll see you in the lists...

NASA renames dark-energy telescope after its first Chief of Astronomy and Mother of Hubble: Nancy Grace Roman

Outski

Re: A worthy tribute

You can add Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell to that list as well, who was the first to identify pulsars

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma

Outski
Pint

Re: Third rail

Thanks for that, have an early one ------>>

Outski

Re: Third rail

Third rail in the UK is 750V DC, so (not that I can remember much shoolboy physics) wouldn't that be a much reduced effect compared to 25 kV AC?

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

Outski

"two squaddies, or whatever they are called in the navy"

In this context, I think you could get away with "jack tars", whether jolly or otherwise

Caltech to Apple, Broadcom: You know that $1.1bn you owe for ripping off Wi-Fi patents? Double it, hotshots

Outski

"delay as much as possible"

Yes, I read three million pages submitted and thought, ah, the old bury them in evidence tactic. The shits...

This hurts a ton-80: British darts champ knocked out of home tourney by lousy internet connection

Outski

Re: Actually ...

It's not general expenses, like taxis, meals in restaurants, etc. The extra £10k is specifically to equip their parliamentary office staff and researchers to work at home, if they weren't already equipped. Constituency staff costs are not included, as that's normally paid for by the party.

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?

Outski

Re: Methane Explosion

In a previous life, our servers in London were named things like Jalfrezi, or Dhal, while the servers in Dhaka were called fishnchips, or RoastBeef

Outski
Joke

Re: I'd have gone for Risk!!

We played Risk the other night. One of the Outskit's troops in China got knocked over by a wayward diceroll. "That one had the bat soup", he said, causing me and the Outskette to crack up. (We later stitched her up and wiped her from the map).

Absolutely everyone loves video conferencing these days. Some perhaps a bit too much

Outski

Re: Köln-Paris? Thalys train....

Back in the old days, I used to use a railway line called Aitchesswan, which was pretty damn fast, and reliable too. And it meant that there were more services just between the small villages (Tonbridge, Orpington and the like).

It's all grass nowadays, but I'm told you can still hear the trains in the middle of the night, if you listen hard and the moon's right...

Microsoft Teams gets off to a wobbly start as the world and its cat starts working from home

Outski

Webex Teams is ok for us, at least the 10% of the company that are on it. The rest of the firm happily runs along with on-prem Sametime :o)

Control is only an illusion, no matter what you shove on the Netware share

Outski

Re: "Or heard the sphincter-loosening words: 'What's a backup?' "

Copy pasta? I wish my local supermarket could do that, the pasta shelves are as empty as the TP shelves

Post Office burned £100m in UK taxpayer cash on Horizon IT scandal legal fees, MPs told

Outski

Re: @David 142

Whoops, I guess that would be beneficence, wouldn't it, the opposite of benevolence being malevolence.

Outski
Headmaster

Re: @David 142

I think malfeasance is the applicable term, maleficence would indicate a general intention to do evil (cf benevolence), which, while it may also have a bearing in this case, isn't of itself a criminal offence

As Australia is gripped by bog roll shortage, tabloid says: Here, fill your dunny with us

Outski

Re: Am I missing something ?

"Some of the sprays can be fed via the toilet cistern"

In Malaysia, toilets have a hose with a trigger nozzle attached to the pipe supplying the cistern, ie, not from the cistern itself, which gives you a pretty good clean-up before applying paper. If I ever have the wherewithall to buy a place here in Blighty, that's the first mod.

Trivial backdoor found in firmware for Chinese-built net-connected video recorders

Outski

Re: Who did what?

It's in the very first sentence:

"Huawei effectively built a poorly hidden, insecure backdoor into surveillance equipment that uses its HiSilicon subsidiary's chips..."

Ah, night shift in the 1970s. Ciggies, hipflasks, ADVENT... and fault-prone disk drives the size of washing machines

Outski

Re: Sacrificing systems for gameplay

Ah yes - at university in the early 90s, I'd somehow manage to wangle 24 hour access to the computer rooms (row upon row of PCs), which was unusual for a humanities undergrad. So of course, I made full use of said access by playing DOOM, in black and white, with the lights off, wired on coffee and Scotland's finest after the unions bar kicked out. After a while playing, every slight creak of the door, or footsteps outside would send my heart leaping out of chest like John Hurt's little friend... Fun times!

Accounting expert told judge Autonomy was wrong not to disclose hardware sales

Outski

Although this is a civil case so it's a question of liability rather than guilt or innocence.

US court rules: Just because you can extract teeth while riding a hoverboard doesn't mean you should

Outski

What on earth...?

"If you were awake and not sedated when Dr Lookhart came into the operatory on a hoverboard, what would you have said to him?"

What on earth is an operatory?

Greetings from the future where it's all pole-dancing robots and Pokemon passports

Outski

Re: But the drones!

Unfortunately, we don't all get that option

A sprinkling of Star Wars and a dash of Jedi equals a slightly underbaked Rise Of Skywalker

Outski
Facepalm

Re: Star Wars? I've heard of it.

Thank you for your commendable and entirely meritworthy contribution. It helps the discussion so much...

Outski
Mushroom

Re: Thoroughly enjoyed it, then went for a pee afterwards

Halfway through TLJ, I went outside for a smoke; throughout this one, the wish for a cigarette disappeared about ten seconds after the "ooh, hold on, what's happening here" moment.

Sod all the naysayers, I thoroughly loved it, having seen the original on first UK release as a 7 year old.

For the sith-heads---->

BOFH: 'Twas the night before Christmas, and the ransomware struck

Outski
Pint

Re: Xmas cheer

"I may be sufficiently fortified to watch the best (imo ONLY) Xmas movie ever"

I didn't know Rickman was in Muppet Christmas Carol

Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing

Outski
Pint

Re: So many flaws

Don't mention Shepherd Neame in a conversation about good beer. Not only is theirs mostly rubbish, they took out a protected designation of Kentish ale as requiring water from an artesian well, such as they have within their Faversham brewery. And which no other east Kent brewery has, meaning that a brewery in say, Ramsgate, or Cantebury, can't describe their beer as Kentish.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/271161/pfn-kentish-ale.pdf

(Re-posted with a " 't" included)

And then there were two: HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy

Outski

Re: Bloody Shambles

Ironically, at the outbreak of hostilities in Europe, colonialists/ex-pats in Malaya were raising funds to pay for squadrons in Blighty: my grandfather's squadron was 38 (Straits Settlement) Squadron, the Straits Settlement referring at the time to Penang, Malacca and Singapore (38 was part of bomber command).

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train

Outski
Mushroom

Re: Oh boy.. An egg...

The best description I heard was rancid custard flavoured with cat vomit...

Icon: the only way to get rid of the smell from discarded durian husks in the car park/bin storage yard just down from Jalan Alor in KL, which was opposite our apartment building and hence was the quickest way to the pub for the football on a Saturday night

Blood, snot and fear: Why the travelling lone tech reporter should always knock twice

Outski

Re: Wait, Wut?

Eau, jolie good!

Outski

Re: Hope the hack is up to date with his TB jab

"23 separate needles for the strains"

Are you sure you're not thinking of the scratch test, administered a couple of weeks before the BCG itself?

IT protip: Never try to be too helpful lest someone puts your contact details next to unruly boxen

Outski

Re: On Call

When I was setting up our 24/7 support team in Malaysia, I got the NATO alphabet up on the wall very quickly, after hearing the guys trying to thing of words on the fly. I also learned that it's acceptable to swap London in place of Lima, lima meanining five in malay/java which could be awkward in an ATC situation.

Outski

Re: Where were you 20 years ago?

1997: setting the Y2K testing rubric for Lotus Notes 4.1 in a central govt department. Despite IBM/Lotus' assurances that the code was fine, we wanted to be sure that there wasn't anything going on using text representations of dates that might cause grief.

1998: all clear - devs had been told to use date formats when dealing with, you know, dates, never text.

31/12/99: Long departed from the civil service, but as far as I know it was all ok

Not a death spiral, I'm trapped in a closed loop of customer experience

Outski
Facepalm

Re: More proof of address

Sainsburys, by policy, won't accept a biometric residence permit (BRP) as proof of age or ID when trying to purchase alcohol. The BRP, which does state date of birth, is issued by the Home Office as your official ID for everything - right to work/study, to rent, open a bank account, etc - which you collect having arrived after successfully navigating the UK visa system.

But it's not good enough for Sainburys.

Outski
Pint

Re: Eggmaster

"Thus the modern foodie is trapped in a never-ending loop of buying kitchen gadgets called Something Master that swiftly get stored under the sink with the rest."

That was the whole point of Rhik's (highly entertaining) series of columns. The comments were a veritable smut- and punfest as well.

Friday pint for Rhik ----------->

The safest place to save your files is somewhere nobody will ever look

Outski
Happy

Soft deletions

Domino mailboxes have a default setting of 48 hours before soft-deleted emails are purged from the Trash. Some users at the firm I work at have realised that this setting is editable for the mailbox owner, and have naturally extended it. I think the most egregious extension I've seen was up to about 11,000 years (they put all the 9s in). Shame that soft-deleted items don't get carried over when you move a mailbox to a different cluster.... mwuhahahah

The immovable object versus the unstoppable force: How the tech boys club remains exclusive

Outski

Re: Misguided

And why do you think that might be?

When the satellite network has literally gone glacial, it's vital you snow your enemy

Outski
Linux

Re: Ah, those laser links....

Or a military coo...

ok, not a pigeon, but still... ---------------------------->

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament

Outski

My word, a calm and nuanced post on the WMD issue - what the hell's this doing here!!

World's largest heap of untreated nuclear waste needs more bots to cart around irradiated crap

Outski

Underpaid???

Magnetic cockroaches, dirty money, wombat poo and posties' balls: It's the Ig Nobels 2019

Outski

Re: Engineering? Why?

And this being El Reg, shouldn't it be nappy rather than diapper?

GDPR...rrrse! Mass-mail fail as German biz asks UK resellers for consent to use their dealer data

Outski

Actually, it is an Exchange function, and a Notes/Domino function. Unfortunately, it's not an SMTP function, which means it'll never work outside the particular unified bit of your organisation's disparate mail systems. And even internally, people will often have the option of setting "Don't allow people to recall messages sent to me".

American ISPs fined $75,000 for fuzzing airport's weather radar by stealing spectrum

Outski

Re: USAR ! USAR !

"I'm guessing you've never bothered to learn much about rifles."

Actually, I was going by what I was told by an old mate who'd done his years in one of those (USian) specialist units firing .308s (until his best mate/spotter was killed two foot away from him).

Outski

Re: USAR ! USAR !

"A rifle the will shoot 3000 yards has no place in the city"

A rifle that will shoot 3000 yards (close to 2 miles) has no place outside specialist units of the armed forces.

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)

Outski

So you know what important personal things were on it that hadn't yet been backed up?

I had my laptop and the bag containing it nicked from St Pancras in London a few years ago, from right under my feet by a couple of professional thieves. CCTV was active, but not bloody recording anything (BTP weren't particularly happy with the station management when they found that out).

The laptop was a work one, new, and insured with no PII on it. No harm no foul? In the bag was a toy car of my son's, my son I hadn't seen for two years thanks to the hostile environment, and a journal I'd kept through leaving Malaysia.

There are more important things than a bit of hardware.

Here's to beer, without which we'd never have the audacity to Google an error message at 3am

Outski
Pint

Re: Not on booze...

Or the Cardboard Consultant - as you patiently explain to them what you're trying to achieve and how, the lightbulb goes on...

Cardboard Consultants need beer just as much as fleshy ones --->

Outski
Pint

Googling: referred to in our team as escalating to level 4

Obvious Friday icon ----->

Thunderbolts and lightning very, very frightening as loo shatters, embedding porcelain shards in wall

Outski

Re: Instead of thunderclap, they heard a "thundercrap"

No shit, Sherlock? Are you sure?

The dread sound of the squeaking caster in the humming data centre

Outski
Pint

Re: Gone fishing?

"Preventative maintenance is your friend and all that."

But percussive maintenance can be more satisfying...

When customers see red, sometimes the obvious solution will only fan the flames

Outski

Re: Ahh, spelling errors

This is why auto-saving recently used addresses is blocked in my company, too much scope for PII to go to the wrong people

Outski

Re: Simplified?

It was Noah Webster, of dictionary fame. While there may have been some political animus in his lexicography, some of it merely replicated spellings used in English previously, for example, by Shakespeare

Outski
Pint

Re: My fav

We have an Assistant Director in our office. It's about 2 foot long, weighs about five pounds, is made of steel, has a claw at one end and a point at the other.

We often send the Assistant Director off on user education sessions...

Friday, obv... --------->

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