* Posts by Chloe Cresswell

264 posts • joined 24 Aug 2007

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UK chip and PIN readers fall ill: Don't switch off that terminal!

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Cash on the barrel head

on Friday, Big Johns in Birmingham for myself. They even have a "report it if you don't get a receipt" policy.

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UK.gov to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin

Chloe Cresswell

"has to be solid".

I think the older IT school kids were sort of spoilt there.. Is any modern hardware going to last as long as a BBC B?

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

Chloe Cresswell

Re: what the fuck does PC LOAD LETTER mean?

I haven't had that with a copier.. But HP laserjets? Yes.

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

Chloe Cresswell

Re: No Excuses!

Would I need 2 of them again, as that's what the last system required me to have.. 2 cards, with different names/etc on them.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: FFS - NO

Last time this came up, I was told I'd need 2 ID cards with 2 sets of details on them - sort of made a mockery of the system in one statement at the time.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Not this crap again

Last time this came up, I was told I would need 2 ID cards, with different names and genders on them.. and that the system would be designed to handle a single person having 2 cards.

I thought that it rendered an ID system useless, and wonder if the same will happen with this version too....

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ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream

Chloe Cresswell

Well, I'll leave that sort of question to the Marquis de Carabas....

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Chloe Cresswell

First thought on reading this was..

"Widdershins is anticlockwise, Richard."

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♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

Chloe Cresswell

Re: The song the headline refers to...

Don't forget...

In German, or English, I know how to count down

And I'm learning Chinese!... :)

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Oldest swinger in town, Slackware, notches up a quarter of a century

Chloe Cresswell

Re: First distro here as well

Mine too, in a weird way: I worked in a small computer shop, and a regular came in with the walnut creek 1996 cd set and asked if we could install it for him.

I took it home with a compaq 485sx25, and I still have that CD set in a rack on the wall in my computer room. Stuck with it for many, many years.

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Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

Chloe Cresswell

Is this where people look up the time Cambridge Uni had a halon dump in their mainframe room?

And also found out at the same time there was plumbers grease in the halon vent pipes.. the hard way.

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East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line

Chloe Cresswell

There's a set of these engineers in my area - as we do support for multiple local customers the weirder faults where we see them often now start with the OR engineer going "I've met you before, haven't I...?"

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Up in arms! Arm kills off its anti-RISC-V smear site after own staff revolt

Chloe Cresswell

I've got the Babylon 5 version in my head now:

You should never hand someone a gun unless you're sure where they'll point it.

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UK.gov IT projects that are failing: Verify. Border control. 4G for blue-light services. We can go on

Chloe Cresswell

Well, of course. It's a BBC. Anything designed to try to offset complete destruction by school kids is perfect for government work.. ;)

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Chloe Cresswell

Wouldn't it be quicker to list current government projects with an IT part that was on target?

Seems that would be the shorter list...

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Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Cash, always

Got to love the thumbs down - the only way I can get cash is at a bank counter, so it's actually really difficult to get cash to carry around, so unless you can get the bank multiple times a week, yes, for some of us cash is really hard to keep and use unless you feel like carrying a few hundred on you at all times.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: Cash, always

Cash.. I use when I have it, but I don't want to carry around £200 constantly to fill up twice a week. I think I'm more likely to have a problem then.. Plus the cheapest fuel around me is Asda, so card only/unmanned station.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: "British petrol stations went fully self-service at least 30 years ago"

Friend of mine has a garage, used to do petrol. When he did, it was full service. The insurance was cheaper for him to have him or his mum run the pump, then how much it cost to insure for the general public to do so...

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Chloe Cresswell

I've got the same combination on my luggage!

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Amazon, eBay and pals agree to Europe's other GDPR: Generally Dangerous Products Removed from websites

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Define Dangerous Please

For lighting/etc type items "Has Big Clive bought it" might be a starting criteria.. ;)

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Intel confirms it’ll release GPUs in 2020

Chloe Cresswell

Re: i740 for sale

We used to use them at my first IT job, we had 4. We never ordered any more. 1 of them was thrown out still in it's antistatic shipping box...

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Chloe Cresswell

If this is their first discrete GPU, what was the i740? (Apart from crap..)

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OnePlus 6 smartphone flash override demoed

Chloe Cresswell

Re: So what

Physical access you say.. Sounds like a good point to be someone running USB charging sockets in say, an airport?

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Comcast's mega-outage 'solution'... Have you tried turning your router off and on again?

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Duh!!!

Well, given the US market for this stuff, did they have much of a choice but comcast?

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Visa Europe fscks up Friday night with other GDPR: 'God Dammit, Payment Refused'

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Cash?

I doubt that will happen... How will the politicians get their brown envelopes filled with no electronic trail then?

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Hazard creation

Friend of mine is banned from filling out an accident report at work, it has to be filled out for him.

The reason? When they had a physical accident report book, he had an accident. When filling out the book, he managed to cut himself on the accident book...

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About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

Chloe Cresswell

Neighbour's laptop updated on sat morning, did exactly this, friend in ca.us just posted on twitter they have the same was was able to tell them what they need to get and do.

I'm expecting some more.

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Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

Chloe Cresswell

Re: We shut down central Edinburgh with a fridge

It's still used in fridges.

There are 2 main kinds of fridge: Compressor and Heat Exchanger.

Domestic fridges are compressor based, but heat exchanger ones are still made. Mostly for camping. All you need is heat to make them work due to the way the refrigerant works. Ammonia works well at this.

You add heat on one side from a gas flame, or a 240V heater, or a 12V heater, and bingo, fridge works.

No real moving parts, so ideal for a small fridge.

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It's true – it really is grim up north, thanks to Virgin Media. ISP fined for Carlisle cable chaos

Chloe Cresswell

So let me get this right:

They don't care about their existing network/maintenance.

But now they don't care about new networks/installs either.

Makes perfect sense.

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Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

Chloe Cresswell

Re: 80186

My 80186 based machine was the 512 copro in my BBC master...

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Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop

Chloe Cresswell

I don't have contactless cards, I do use it via my phone though.

You have to unlock the phone to use the payment, where as just having a contactless card is enough to use it..

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My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

Chloe Cresswell

Re: I recall even my mum (a bit like Dilmom) telling me a fire story

We had a client which printed balloons. High carbon content ink dust and AT format PCs.

Got a call one day that there were flames coming out of the PC under the desk, and what to do.

"Can you reach the power socket on the wall above your desk?" "yes" "turn it off and get the hell out of there!"

(my back up plan was "get out of there and turn the isolator on the outside of the portacabin office")

When we got the machine to look at, the PSU was toast, but everything else worked with a new PSU, so we assumed it was the carbon ink dust that ignited for some reason, but it still ranks as the weirdest call I've had.

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NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Paper tape anyone?

What the hell are you worried about? This is 1874. You'll be able to sue *her*.

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

Chloe Cresswell

Ahh, advances. I have a 5 year old HP i7 that does the same sort of thing. It's running mint atm too.

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Chloe Cresswell

Re: phone lines cables are made of copper

Used to be around one area I work where we had the lot. Copper to start, aluminium for middle buildings, and TPON to copper on the furthest.

They took the TPON link out 2 years ago. So we can now get adsl there...

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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

Chloe Cresswell

How does the system know the number is being spoofed?

I once had a call from 1234567890. Becuase the internataional info had not been setup properly in .ve. So it was 100% conviced it was sending the valid phone number.

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McDonald's tells Atos to burger off: Da da da da da, we're lobbing IT ...

Chloe Cresswell

16th for me.. https://twitter.com/ChloeRaccoon/status/985976537148256257

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

Chloe Cresswell

Re: "... he should report any adverts ..."

Not to mention he can only report them when he knows about them, and due to FB's algorithms, I doubt they show these scam adverts to Martin himself very often...

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

Chloe Cresswell

Re: did you notify your Home Insurance Provider?

I had a client move into a shared office building for a couple of months, I advised the building owners to clean the pad.

4 numbers clearly dirty, 1 and 9 were part of them.

So by most people's normal choice of a date there were 2 combinations that would open the doors.

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Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Opt-out vs. opt-in

Instantly thought of...

Sir Humphrey Appleby:

East Yemen, isn't that a democracy?

Sir Richard Wharton:

Its full name is the Peoples' Democratic Republic of East Yemen.

Sir Humphrey Appleby:

Ah I see, so it's a communist dictatorship.

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*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

Chloe Cresswell

Re: My one win over beancounters

We had some servers on the landlord's UPSen in the cabinets. We slowly got our management to mirgate to our own UPS.

That was 2 years ago. The big landlord owned UPSen are still to this day showing failed battery, and the only work carried out has been to turn off the failed battery alarm...

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BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

Chloe Cresswell

Re: What does line rental actually cover?

It's meant to cover the cost of the fixed costs and maintaining the line: EG, power useage at the exchange, upkeep of poles/ducts/etc, plus the call outs to fix it if there's a fault that isn't end user/isp related.

Therefore it probably just goes into the overall budget of the company and disappears into the mix...

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10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

Chloe Cresswell

They built a bypass in my town to skip around the market place. The last section was ready, it was due to be opened.. and Anglian Water dug it up and patched it back down.

The council told them in no uncertian terms they could replace the entire top surface now, as they weren't going to open a brand new road with a patch across the middle...

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PwC: More redundos at HQ of UK 'leccy stuff shop Maplin

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Bummer....

First they need delivery in a couple of hours? It's minimum 24 hours where I am, and even that often turns into "order for tuesday" "delivery confirmed for wednesday" :(

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Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Shouldn't lidar work *better* in the dark?

This is an issue I have with dashcam footage from my cars. I'll see something and think "I'll look at that later", but the camera footage is so different (in range/contrast/etc) to what I can see directly, it's often useless.

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British military spends more on computers than weapons and ammo

Chloe Cresswell

They looked into it, but couldn't afford the graphics cards? ;)

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Up to 25% of new builds still can't get superfast broadband – study

Chloe Cresswell

Re: I don't care about running water, where are my internets?

A set of new houses have just been built across the road from me, and the PV+EV charging point would be "interesting" for them, as although each house has a parking space, it's not actually part of the property.

So I guess each house would need a feed out to where the parking space is for the charging point?

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BOFH: Honourable misconduct

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Script for Leave

I'm worried about how you are transporting and containing beer.. :)

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UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

Chloe Cresswell

Re: But there is no legal imperative for these companies to comply with the code

The information on the current checker is amazingly out of date for some areas too, taking it past a joke.

I have one site with an estimated speed of 2.5mbps, it's .7.

Another has an estimated speed of 4.5, it's currently running at 10.8!

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RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Well at least

And if you're in one of the (iirc) 9 areas they offer prime now?

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