* Posts by Mark York

23 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

UK transport minister's website pwned

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Hosted in the.....

Meanwhile from Canada, the jobserve.ca (as well as US, Aus) website are hosted in Blighty & has been taken out by the numpties in Ilford working on the Olympic venues.

Playmobil Bible faces wrath of lawyers

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Alien Loves Predator


Very funny.

Battlestar Galactica eyes 'technology run amok'

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Gods Plan

But even that is too much certainty. So the Number Six adds: "That, too, is in God's plan."

You know it hates that name.

Throughly enjoyed every frackkin minute of the whole damn thing, especially true of the end episode(s).

Those that haven't seen it yet have a real treat in store.

Speeding, driverless Nissan finally stopped by US bombers

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@hans II

"Still, we Brits aren't so smart anyway. Don't we have a naval base at Yeovilton? Hmmmm . . ."

The RN have a fleet air arm section based at Yeovilton, also as the crow (or Apache) flies they have Westland helicopters at Yeovil close by. The coast isn't that far away to the South or North East either.

Helicopters obviously.

You did what? The trials of supporting remote users

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Remote Access

I had a call drop into my support teams group late one evening & I took the call as it was one of my less clued up (despite enough letters for two whole alphabets after her name) users in one of my supported building.

The call read as follows:

"Ya**in is in Spain on a audit, every time she tries to dial in for remote access, she hears the "engaged" tone. Please contact on her mobile phone & assist user with connecting via Remote Access".

I sent her an e-mail (typical BOFH attitude), stating that if she was hearing the "engaged" tone,

that perhaps she might want to :

1 - Wait until other remote users dropped their connection.

2 - Identify who she wanted me to kick off the remote access server so she could take their place (I didn't have those powers, but no harm in letting her think that).

3 Check that she was in fact dialling the right number.

I closed the call with a note that Level one support should have stopped this one at the first hurdle.

She never followed up my e-mail, on her return to site, though she did log other classic calls such as this classic Remedy Request & subsequent phone call:

"My printer isn't printing out"

Are the lights on & any flashing error lights?

Yes & No

Have you checked the printer cable between the docking station & printer?


Have you reseated the laptop & docking station.


So I walked down to 225 (in the pouring rain on a winters afternoon IIRC) & strolled into PQA (nice bunch of ladies, aways trying to poison me with weird& exotic chocolates from their jollies.....I mean overseas QA trips, their sole male manager had his own office with shutable door inside the department seperating him from this gaggle of 5 women & understandably rarely came out, except for meetings, bog breaks, his own jollies overseas or to go home).

A quick examination discovered an "air gap" of some 3 feet from the end of the printer cable & the printer itself, moving the printer closer & reconnecting the cable resolved the problem.

Cable was disconnected love, thought you said you checked the cable

"But it was connected"

No it wasn't

"Yes... but no... but yes.... but no.. but yes" in true Vicky Pollard (she was oblivious to the character) style only in a Indian accent, before conceding defeat..

PH because we have all been there.

In the ditch with DAB radio

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DAB - Dead A Brick

Which is what our existing radio's will be.

Getting me coat as I am fucking off to Canada this year.

Luke Skywalker's lightsabre goes on sale

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For Sale Second Hand Lightsabre - What is thy bidding, my master?

Did anyone else wonder why, when after his hand and lightsabre fell, they werent waiting for him at the bottom when he also came to a halt ???

/mines the one that ISNT the one you're looking for

IIRC Luke falls & "forces" (Sorry) himself into a ventilation shaft, then stops on a trap door which opens & drops him to Cloud Citys Freeview aerial.

I always imagined the hand\weapon being picked up by one of Vader or his lackeys.

Severed hand FOR.

Brand new Star Trek prequel pics and trailer

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Anyone else spot Kirk's log

in "Kirk and Uhura get it on".

Paris obviously.

One-eyed woman wants techno-vision

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Prior Art

Just as long as she doesn't look like Herbert Lom (Doppelganger aka Journey to the far side of the sun) or G'Kar

Paris because she doesn't look like G'Kar or Herbert Lom.

Guy Fawkes stunt arrives early

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It seems he has finished the book?

I DON’T seem to have anything to read at the moment, so I went into Waterstone’s half an hour ago and bought “Dreams From My Father” by Barack Obama. Thought it might be appropriate to read it right

From the blog.

David Tennant quits Who

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caffeine addict

Time lords have 13 lives, from 12 regenerations.

Flame due to the firey phoenix style of regenerations from the new series.

Boy band sings praises of Windows 7

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Holy Bluescreen of Death Batman

I can't beleive you watched that twice, I gave up after 45 seconds.

Getting my coat & going to the pub to wipe that video from my mind.

Noel Edmonds defies BBC's jackbooted enforcers

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"Please excuse my American ignorance on this matter, but you people over there are really charged a fee to view your TV? What kind of nonsence is that?"

It's the way the BBC is funded, with a complete lack of ads during the programs, with ones for BBC TV & radio channels (& BBC merchandise ocassionally) along with trailers for shows between the programs.

The commercial channels show ads I would guestimate every 12.5 minutes or so

"I was wondering if it was possible to buy a Dish network satilite on line and view our American TV? I dont know if the Dish Network Satallite is viewable from the UK's vantage point or not. It might be kind of low on the horizon."

I wouldn't think for one moment that's practical or possible, but it wouldn't change anything as the licence is required per household to watch TV irrespective of the method of delivery be it Satellite, cable, digital or analogue or indeed the channel being watched at the time.

Getting my coat & moving to Canada despite the frequent ads during programs (sometimes even between the opening credits & this weeks special guest stars) & the "This program contains content of a adult nature - Viewer discretion is advised" announcements that pop up at the start of each episode & resumption after the ad break when watching something as tame as Stargate SG1.

BOFH: Remote access malarkey

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Typical User

Classic - Love the new BOFH logo.

China to combine four ships to form space station

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Commander Makara

Zoltar from Battle of The Planets, in it's original form as Gatchaman Katse (Zoltar) was really confused about his sexuality.

Paris because she isn't confused about her sexuality.

Daily Mail loses employee info

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This also affects my son as he was a paperboy for the local rag & he received one of these letters as well.

Barely 16 & already his info is now out in the public domain.

RAF strafes Next in pirated duvet copyright rumpus

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Bernie The Bolt?

"To paint little targets on the aeroplanes?"

The Germans used them for that very purpose, cue requests from pilots to make them smaller as The Bosch were shooting them down rather easily.

The Germans obligingly in the spirit of fair play gave the RAF a nice big X to aim for on their planes & the Japanese had a nice big red spot on their aircraft.

Piracy for the copyright infringement & marking up the number of kills on the side of the cockpit.

Labour isn't working for IT contractors

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Not alone in that.

"One of the full time workers in the IT department is contemplating giving up his job because he can't afford to travel into work every day."

I am thinking of taking 6 months gardening leave myself, as I don't get mileage to site anymore & the cost of fuel has gone up making my current contract untenable.

Master Kantractor: Quickly as you can, snatch the wages from my hand.

Young C(h)aincellor tries to do so and fails

Master Kantractor: When you can take the wages from my hand, it will be time for me to leave.

With apologies to Kung Fu, I'll get me Shaolin monks robes.

West Yorks rolls out cop cams, ignoring plod nod probs

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Nodding Plod

Can't believe you missed that pun.

Paris cause her head also nods (or bobs) a lot.

Dubai mobe cracking demo barred by Heathrow boffin bust

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Canada's still a pretty good place to live.

Canada's still a pretty good place to live. Lots of room, comparatively cheap housing and fuel, good quality of life, reasonable health care, etc...

"Go" icon because I am collecting our visa's next week from CHC London. :D

BBC Micro creators meet to TRACE machine's legacy

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I had a Acorn Electron (bought at my first trade show while working for Modem House in Sunderland), work had Beeb's with 3" (Amstrad PCW) floppies.

Fond memories, bought & used a works Beeb for my HNC in electronics in Swindon.

Now contracting in IT for Somerset CC, seen a few Beeb's thrown out for disposal & about 5 (still in original packing & in one complete hit) Masters.

I would have rescued them, but THO would have divorced me & not very practical to export to Canada in the next year or so (& theres enough crap (as she calls it) floating about to junk already).

US woman fingered for Porky Pig drugs outrage

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Keeping up with the Joneses

"one Sue Jones of Grand Junction, Colorado"

Was she related to Chuck Jones perchance

Air France compensates 170kg passenger

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Having been the unfortunate skinny person sat next to the unfortunate guy with extra mass

I have been the unfortunate skinny person sat between two very obese middle aged American females on a centre aisle seat on a 13 hour overnight flight back to the UK.

Not one of my more pleasant flight experiences, especially when coupled with the pain of the inflight movie The Wild Wild West.

I now book my seats in advance.


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