* Posts by Sam Therapy

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Atari threatens to hit fourth VCS shipping deadline, provides pictures of boxes as proof of product delivery

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True. The current owners are my former employers, who were back then known as Infogrames.

MP promises to grill UK.gov over revelations that Uber handed '2,000 pieces' of user data to London cops a year

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Coffee/keyboard

David Davis?

Blimey. He's been trained to take people out, you know.

Google wants to listen in to whatever you get up to in hotel rooms

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Coffee/keyboard

Oh, my aching ribs

"No audio is ever stored, and any activities will be wiped from the device when it's reset for the next guest," Franklin promised.

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...

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Fond memories of UPSes

Working for the former British Coal in Sheffield, at their pensions office, a couple of us stayed late to deal with a bunch of system updates. This was back when Sheffield was having the Supertram network built and, at the time, tracks were being laid up the road from us outside Sheffield Cathedral.

Any road up, everything was going well until - as we discovered later - some hero chopped through the city's main electricity cables. Everything in our place went dark, then the emergency lighting came on but nowt else did. Some of our security doors immediately locked - all the ones leading to the outside world, that is - and some of them immediately disabled. All the phones had rolled over and died, and back then, mobile phones were scarce. We had no way of contacting the outside world to let 'em know we were stuck in the building and even the roller shutter on our underground car park wouldn't work.

Eventually, we found a phone that didn't go through the switchboard - it was one of the Directors' phones, naturally - and we called our department head to give him the happy news. An hour or so later, someone turned up with a hand crank to roll up the shutters so we could go home.

Next day, it transpired our mega expensive UPSes didn't work, had most likely never worked and what's more, had never once been tested. Backsides were comprehensively kicked, but fortunately not ours.

Still waiting for your Atari retro gaming console? You're not alone: Its architect has just sued the biz for 'non-payment'

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Re: These retro gizmos

I almost always skip the timings - unless it makes something fall over - and go straight to Turbo. One thing I have never missed about Amiga drives is how painfully slow they were.

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Angel

Aha!

So that's where I left it. Thanks, chaps!

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Buggering fuck.

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer

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Pint

Thousands of 'em. I was one of the poor buggers working in the call centre for "A Major UK Electrical Retailer", as they are sometimes known, and while some of the calls were genuine complaints, either about the products they'd bought or the arsey service they'd got in a store, many of them were either total bollocks or completely insane.

Had a customer phone up in tears, telling us she'd bought a camcorder that was dud and the store refused to exchange or refund, even though it was only a few days old. I called the store in question and had a chat with the manager who told me "Oh, her... yep, she brought this camcorder in and it was completely buggered. Scratched and bashed about, big cracks down the casing, and when we opened it up, a ton of makeup powder fell out. She's obviously wrecked it herself so we told her it wasn't covered under warranty".

I had the joyous task of calling her back to explain. That went well...like buggery it did. She went absolutely bananas, screaming down the phone (and I mean it), threatening to go to the store and kick off, break their windows and stab the manager, and generally being rather displeased.

Any road up, as per company instructions that all threats of violence should be reported to the police, I called the plod and passed on her details.

The daftest one I remember was someone saying their phone started to float in mid air one evening, and tried to smash its way out of the window. I assured the customer we didn't sell flying phones.

Then there was the one my mate took about a printer with a live lizard in the box.

Beer icon because... beer.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Tiny Unhard

Windows 7 goes dual screen to shriek at passersby: Please, just upgrade me or let me die

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Our arthritic old cat died last week.

My Windows 7 box, though, is still going strong.

It looks like you want a storage appliance for your data centre. Maybe you'd prefer a smart card reader?

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That's nowt

Long ago, when mail order catalogues were a thing, my mum ran a Grattan's agency. One of her friends at work ordered a keep net for her husband's birthday present; an ideal choice for the guy, seeing as he was a keen angler.

Anyhow, the package arrived, with a note saying the exact model was out of stock but they'd substituted it with a similar item of comparable quality. Mum's friend took it home, gave it to husband, who, without opening the thing, took it on his next fishing trip with his mates. Got to the bank side, unpacked his tackle, opened the box and took out his brand new... air rifle. Oops.

Before anyone doubts this, back in the 1960s, mail order catalogues very definitely sold air rifles, pistols, and even - upon seeing the appropriate certificates - shotguns.

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard

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Re: Not enough punching going on

I'd be happy to punch Eamonn Holmes on general principle.

A user's magnetic charm makes for a special call-out for our hapless hero

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Not IT related but magnetic field related...

A band I knew back in the 80s spent a lot of time and money recording their forthcoming album in their own very well equipped studio and, when the recording was completed, took the master tapes home to keep them safe. Except... (and I'm sure you know where this is going)

One of 'em - the utter bladder head - put the tapes down on top of one of his hideously expensive and ridiculously powerful stereo speakers, had a few celebratory drinks and played a lot of music through his stereo at very high volume. For hours. No, he wasn't the drummer. Bass player and musical director of the band.

Oops.

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?

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I worked for British Coal's IT dept in Sheffield, many years ago. One of the staff - who was always having computer related problems of some kind - called me to say her keyboard had stopped working. This particular person would always, without fail, turn every minor problem into a huge drama with crying, swearing, threats and, on several occasions, throwing stuff. How she stayed employed is beyond me.

Went to her desk with replacement, found the keyboard cable her - keyboard, that is - dangling off the desk, unplugged.

Plugged it back in, showed her everything was working fine. Explained the keyboard was unplugged. Got a huffy "How the fuck was I supposed to know?"

Another time, same person, same problem. This time the keyboard was full of staples, paper clips and those annoying bits of paper out of hole punches. Turned out she and her mate thought it was a great idea to throw stuff at each other across the desks.

I don't believe in any sort of deity or karma or whatnot but shortly after that, her car was nicked from outside work.

Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace

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Re: Wow

It is not - and never has been - about being ethical. It's about deniability, weasel words and, as the saying goes, disguised compliance.

TalkTalk bollocked after fibre marketing emails found to be full of sh!t

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FAIL

I don't think it's possible to get anywhere near their usage cap, ever. When I had the misfortune to be with 'em, the network was slow as a sloth on mandrax and prone to rolling over and dying every few minutes.

Google causes more facial-recog pain, machine learning goes quantum ­– and how to lose a job if an AI doesn't like your face

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Flame

You beat me to it. My son is autistic but at 10 years old, he's not going to be interviewed for a job yet. I recently found out I'm autistic, too.

Maybe we should carry a little card or something. Just fucking great.

You can trust us to run a digital currency – we're Facebook: Exec begs Europe not to ban Libra

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FAIL

Run a currency?

I don't trust Arsebook to run a bath.

MIT boffins turn black up to 11 with carbon nanotubes that absorb 99.995% of light

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Re: Still waiting for the cloak

Chapeau! I was waiting for a Shadow of the Torturer reference.

In return, I will mention Spinal Tap.

Be still, our drinking hearts: Help Reg name whisky beast conjured by Swedish distillers and AI blendbot

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Happy

EMDL:

External Mouse Driver Lubricant

World recoils in horror as smartphone maker accused of helping government snoops read encrypted texts, track device whereabouts

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Good on you, Kieren McCarthy and El Reg. Lang may yer lums reek, or something.

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions

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Re: I've been recommending it to people for years

You mean you haven't downloaded the Chicken Entrails plugin? Oh dear. ;)

Neptune-sized oddball baffles astroboffins: It has a good atmosphere despite star-lashing

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Re: Oh what an atmosphere

Leave Russ Abbot out of this.

Accenture sued over website redesign so bad it Hertz: Car hire biz demands $32m+ for 'defective' cyber-revamp

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Crikey. They aren't Cap Gemini under another name, by chance?

Google plonks right-wing think tanker and defence drone mogul on AI ethics advisory board

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Google acts like Google

Same old shite.

While this CEO may be stiff, his customers are rather stuffed: Quadriga wallets finally cracked open – nothing inside

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Devil

It was the butler wot did it

Obviously.

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

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Aye but Dixons...

Are a shower of lying bastards anyhow. Before any legal bods get upset/anxious/into sue mode, I can prove it. :)

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Re: You would have thought ...

Frozen?

Just let it go, mate.

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

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The company? Has to be Packard Bell. Famed for making new Packard Bells out of old Packard Bells.

Doctors join wombats in sh!tting bricks to help parents relax about kids chowing down on Lego

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Those who think standing on a Lego brick barefoot is painful have obviously never stood on a UK mains plug.

As for eating weird stuff, my daughter has pica, and has eaten all kinds of things including chalk, wax crayons, play sand and paper towels. She didn't much like the play sand coming out the other end.

UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

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Re: We don't have ID cards...

Some numpties fly the national flag in their gardens. Round here it's usually the ones with Pitbulls.

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Not so quaint. There's no legal requirement for us to carry ID, so this is a backdoor way of forcing the issue.

If we're going to have mandatory ID, we should also have a proper, written constitution and a Bill of Rights.

How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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You plum*

You could have put a knot in the lanyard to make it shorter.

*pun intended.

Huawei's Alexa-powered AI Cube wants to squat in your living room too

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Do Not Want

Not now, or ever, anything like this in my home.

OMG! Battle looms over WTF! trademarks

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Happy

P&G - GTFO & FOAD

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Re: Old joke!

Ordinary graphite pencils, yes. Coloured pencils are more difficult, having a mixture of clay and wax in the core. That's the sort used in voting booths in the UK. It takes a bit of time and preparation to erase a mark made with one of those and, unless you're really careful, tampering is evident.

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

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WTF?

Anyone remember when Amigas changed to socketed chips? The word from Commodore was, If your Amiga starts to misbehave, lift it off your desk to a height of 6 inches, then drop it. This will, in most cases, fix any problems by re-seating the chips".

I am not joking, btw.

Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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Ooh, matron!

Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Good luck

All the best in your future activities and many thanks for a great column.

British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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Happy

On the radio yesterday...

Took the car in for a service yesterday. The garage radio was playing "Rock Me Amadeus".

Coincidence? Yeah, probably.

Your phone may be able to clean up snaps – but our AI is much better at touching up, say boffins

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Re: Stating the obvious, much?

"What was your husband's hair like?"

"Well, you'll see that when you remove the hat."

Really.

Oracle, for one, says we'll welcome our new robot overlords: '90%' of you will obey an AI bot

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Mushroom

Dalek Obsessive alert.

Daleks are most emphatically not robots. They're a squishy mutant squid type thing inside an armoured shell.

So there.

Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: "Flew halfway around the world" = "Auckland to Sydney"?

You utter fucking spoon.

UK! watchdog! slaps! Yahoo! with! £250k! fine! for! 2014! data! breach!

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Re: Please stop

You're! A! Miserable! Bugger! Ain't! You!?

UK.gov online dating tips: Do get consent, don't make false claims or fake profiles

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Happy

Re: Gender balance

I hear they sell coffee and other non-alcoholic beverages in those places.

Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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It is now.

ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...

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Re: How is this helpful?

At least it averages out to a little less than 25p per person so, unfair as it is, it could have been worse.

It would be better, however, to make the top brass - or equivalent thereof - directly responsible and hit them with a fine and possibly some time in HM hostelry.

Google nukes military AI, Amazon happy touting Rekognition to police, and much more

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Headmaster

"it’s god awful stock photos."

It's "its", not "it's". Fucking hell. Professional writers should not make this mistake. Ever.

Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

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“Laughter is a special, higher-order function that only humans possess,”

Starting from an incorrect premise is always going to give dodgy results. Laughter is derived from the standard fear response of other primates. There is evidence to suggest human laugher is still an involuntary fear response, since many jokes depend on the unexpected, or the subject being placed in an uncomfortable situation.

Dixons to shutter 92 UK Carphone Warehouse shops after profit warning

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Re: Too many stores, too close together

It's hardly a shopping mall, either. Half a dozen run down shops, a bus station and a car park.

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