* Posts by Rob Daglish

197 posts • joined 19 Dec 2007


Behold the Bloo Screen of Death: Bathroom borkage stops spray play

Rob Daglish

I can't say I've ever seen Southport being described as close to Blackpool before mind... Preston at a pinch, or Liverpool. Although I suppose they are both on the coast, so what do I know?

That long-awaited, super-hyped Apple launch: Watches, iPads... and one more thing. Oh, actually that's it

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Re: Norfolk (the English county)

Virginia's on the East Coast? I am please for her, about time she had a holiday...

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

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Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

The guy who used to be one of the managers at Stagecoach had the personalised plate WBH 36 on his car. The drivers there reckoned he must have been the first person in the country to have his initials and his IQ on the same numberplate...

Funny, that: Handy script for wiping directories is capable of wreaking havoc beyond a miscreant's wildest dreams

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Re: capable hands of Windows Server 2003

I'm sure I remember being told in the late 90s/early 2000s that Novell had offered to rebuild 1/4 of the MS internet servers with Intranetware and still run a better service than MS could manage...

Mind the airgap: Why nothing focuses the mind like a bit of tech antiquing

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Ah, been on both sides of that one... As a kid wondering if the gap was big enough to get an entire 5.25" disc in (it was). And as a PFY having to take apart machines where people had found out that although the hole was big enough for a 5.25" disc, it wasn't where they were supposed to go...

Gone in 9 seconds: Virgin Orbit's maiden rocket flight went perfectly until it didn't

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Re: Oh. Again?

> Plus most all of your major international airports are near or even have takeoff corridors happening over > heavily populated neighborhoods

I'm sure Ryanair could help out with that...

While waiting for the Linux train, Bork pays a visit to Geordieland with Windows 10

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Re: Need a bit of Raspberry Pi action

I know of a few large installs in UK government agencies where RPis have been used - I used to work for the company doing the hardware support. They seem to have built/bought some kind of management portal for them, but I'm not sure what it is as I only ever spoke to people that used it, I never got to see it in action.

Incidentally, for a multi-national company with lots of employees at all levels of IT, the company I worked for knew F-all about RPi. I had to explain very carefully to my colleagues what to do/expect/change with them if they went out to one...

This is your last chance, HP. There's no turning back. You take blue poison pill, the story ends. You take the red Xerox pill, you stay in Wonderland

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Re: re: So Xerox is lending money from a bank

Yes, and the phrase was North of England ya southern softie :-p

In this part of England three hours north of Manchester and yet still not Scotland, it’s not uncommon to hear things like “Can you lend me a tenner til payday?”

El Reg presents: Your one-step guide on where not to store electronic mail

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I had a similar situation with a user who complained I'd deleted his "Favorites" when I replaced his PC, despite copying the folder from one PC to the other. Turns out what he referred to as "Favourites" was the Internet Explorer Autosuggest list. Which I found could be copied from one machine to another - and then explained to him how to use the real "Favorites" folder. I'm not sure he ever changed though!

Londoner who tried to blackmail Apple with 300m+ iCloud account resets was reusing stale old creds

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Re: Either he was a total n00b or there are known weaknesses in the iCloud

>For apple to have taken the demand seriously and spend 10s to 100s of K on this matter you cannot >help to think that there is something fishy in the iCloud

Yeah, but to play Devil's advocate, having had issues previously, isn't it better to have an investigation and get a third party (NCA) involved and say "we've found no issues on this occasion" rather than just cover up and go "nothing to see here guv"? What they spend on marketing would make this a drop in the ocean, and it would be better for them to be seen to doing something rather than ignoring a potential issue. Or maybe I'm just holding it wrong.

GlaxoSmithKline ditches IR35 contractors: Go PAYE or go home

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Re: @AC Benefits package @tip pc

The last large IT company I worked for had a policy where nobody got any sick pay at all until your SSP kicked in, and then all you got was SSP...

Ireland's B.ICONIC snaffles Stormfront to become largest Apple reseller in the UK

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Re: Limited Range of kit

How about the fact that when you want to look at something, or need to send something in for repair, they are around 90 minutes closer to me than the nearest Apple shop? Unless you want to send me a couple of gallons of diesel and £100 to cover my extra travelling time? Just because something isn’t useful to you, doesn’t mean it serves no purpose...

Den Automation raised millions to 'reinvent' the light switch. Now it's lights out for startup

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Have you looked at Tado? It keeps an eye on the weather and incorporates that into how it uses my heating.

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much

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Re: Come the revolution...

B Ark, huh?

Just remember what eventually happened to those left behind...

The time a Commodore CDTV disc proved its worth as something other than a coaster

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Re: hmm

That wouldn't surprise me. In a slightly Douglas Adams-esqu series of telephone calls, I tried to persuade BG that our house didn't have a gas supply, and that I'd like one to be fitted. They repeatedly assured me that it had, and that bills were being paid for it, which I found slightly difficult to believe as it had been empty for the past 30 years. Eventually, after much going around in circles, they agreed to send an engineer to show me where the gas supply was. Day of the engineer visit, I'd taken the day off work, and sat in the house with flask of coffee, gloves, hat, scarf, big jacket and mobile phone. Eventually, mobile phone rings from engineer saying he's at the house and has found the gas supply, would I care to come and see it? I asked where it was and I'd pop out and see him. He explains what he can see, and I explain he's not at *my* house, he's around two miles away and must have the address confused with someone else. He assures me that he hasn't, and I must have the wrong address. I assure him I haven't got the wrong address, but in vain. Eventually, his colleagues in the call centre tried to convince me that my house was the correct address but in the wrong place...

Quick question, what the Hull? City khazi is a top UK tourist destination

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Re: Pedant's corner

Hmm - no, it's Windermere. You don't call it Lake Grasmere do you? Or Lake Derwent Water? It's only the bloody LDNPA who refer to it as such, and they really should know better, or at least if any of them were local they should...

This summer's hottest sequels: BlueKeep II, III, IV and V – the latest wormable RDP holes in Microsoft Windows

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I can't be the only one who thought of the EEE PC lady on the beach when you said that?

Ikea hopes to spare shoppers the one-way Helvete of its stores with ÅR app overhaul

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Re: Follow the instructions correctly

Obligatory Douglas Adams quote:

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

Bombs Huawei... Smartphone exploded in my daughter's pocket, seriously burning her, claims dad in lawsuit

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They want sued...

...for releasing a phone with such a stupid name anyways.

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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Re: Plus, some options are bosses only

Terry, I think all councils must be the same. The one I worked for wouldn't pay mileage if the journey was over 100 miles, so one day, I had to set off at 5AM to drive to the only place they could get a hire car from (and claim 45 miles to get there...), to travel two hours back to the school in question for 8AM, leave there at 4PM and drive two hours back to drop off the hire car, then drive 45 miles back home. If I'd been allowed to go in my own car, I would have covered a grand total of 102 miles, and saved two hours of my time that they had to give me TOIL for...

Same council used to send a bunch of us to BETT every January. One year, our excellent admin assistant found some 1st class tickets for £87 return. Council made us book 2nd Class, at a cost of £237 for the _same_ journey on the _same_ train. Best value be damned, we can't let the plebs get above themselves and save money! (and before anyone asks, I've no idea why a 1st class ticket on the same train, at the same time, on the same day, between the same two stations was that much cheaper than second class. You'll have to take it up with Beardy Branson, for it was his train.)

We're not throttling you, says Vodafone, claiming slow vid streaming is down to the 'cards'

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I rang up, as I was getting 25-50% packet loss on all of my WIRED connections. I got told I had to change channel on my WiFi. As soon as the 12 months of ridiculously cheap BB is up, I'm moving away from VF...

Hey, UK.gov: If you truly spunked £45k on 1,300 Brexit deal print-outs, you're absolute mugs

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Re: Paper...

*will of the majority of people who turned up to vote. Neither side can claim the ones who, for whatever reason, didn't vote - although Remainers and Brexiters have both tried to.

Remember Woolworths? Well there's a different* one that still exists in Oz. Telstra wants NBN Co to help shove fibre in it

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So - Safeways is Morrisons now. Where do the trucks running around with "Safeway" on them that have recently started showing up fit into the picture?

Britain's rail ticket-booking systems go TITSUP*

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Re: As bad as the trains themselves

Errr- the train could be broken down? I've had that one before. Instead of going rev,rev,rev,rev,grrr and setting off like a scalded cat it went rev,rev,rev,rev BANG! and stopped just before a green signal.

Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

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what's an ID card? </joke> We don't have them in the UK, so we couldn't send one. I've never been asked for any ID for any domain that I've purchased, as long as I can pay the bill...

UK.gov expected to quit controversial harvesting of schoolchildren's nationality data

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@AC - halving the number of pupils...

... would not give double the money per pupil, although it's tempting to think so, but schools aren't funded in that way. It's based on how many pupils there are in the school, the types of pupils, EAL, deprivation, all sorts. Have a look at https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula/supporting_documents/Current_funding_system.pdf for more details. So fewer pupils = less cash in the budget. It makes it very difficult to turn around a failing school, as parents withdraw their child, and every time a child goes, so does a chunk of funding that could have paid for teachers or resources to turn the school around; it effectively becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Military techie mangled minicomputer under nose of scary sergeant

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Re: buttons

I don't believe a BT engineer would put a cable in trunking. I have, however, seen them use a tacker to staple _to_ trunking...

Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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Any number of us who have worked for the NHS have suffered from EMIS - nearly as bad as Crapita SIMS...

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Well that was a lucky escape then - I know which one I’d rather get caught with!

Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!

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probably because women are too sensible to work the stupid hours required by the catering industry - a friend of mine (male) has just packed in his own restaurant as his kids couldn't remember who he was...

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People having sex whilst driving are usually too distracted to be good drivers...

MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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It is. Without BMWs and Audis, how will we know which twits to look out for on the roads?

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Lee, I couldn't agree more. Our nearest airports are 2-3 hours away if we want to be able to get anywhere, so by the time we drive there as there's no public transport here, park, get to the airport, get checked in and go through security theatre, we'd be most of the way to a ferry... It's much easier and more pleasant for all concerned for us to take that ferry (we've done Southampton - San Malo lately), get a good nights sleep, a decent meal, nice breakfast, and an hour or so drive to somewhere nice on the other side, and we arrive not stressed out and ready to enjoy ourselves.

I'm planning to take the kids on a plane so they can say they've done it, but I really can't see us doing it on a regular basis again.

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: Bah!

I feel your pain Stevie. My father had a Scania-engined Plaxton coach. He ordered an exhaust pipe from the local Scania dealer, which arrived before lunchtime the next day, having been flown overnight from Sweden (at Scania's expense) as Scania UK didn't have one available when they should have a couple of spares in the country. At the same time, he ordered a replacement lamp glass from Plaxton's in Scarborough... despite being in stock, it eventually arrived from their Glasgow parts department around six weeks later...

He also had trouble getting a part for the wipers from Plaxton, as they insisted the part he wanted had never been used on that type of vehicle. That involved taking the part off, driving two and a half hours to Glasgow, handing them the part and saying "one of those, please" before they'd believe him and supply the part. Is it any wonder we don't have heavy industries anymore?

Epic spacewalk, epic FAIL: Cosmonauts point new antenna in the wrong direction

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Re: Raise their orbit

I was under the impression the bag of excrement made it to Washington, and was made President as a reward?

Crim-checker IT system update fail has cost UK taxpayer 'MEEELLIONS'

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"The National Audit Office report shows that government took the unbelievable decision to launch it without testing it on customers first."

Surely anyone who has read this site can believe the above statement with ease? I mean, testing costs money, right?

Fujifilm, Xerox throw each other a US$6.1 billion lifeline

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Re: Lifeline

Oh I don't know, it's always more fun going down with company than on your own...

Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

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Re: Copy and paste...

<sighs> it's been so long since anyone has grabbed me by the fuzz...

Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Aye, 'cos I've got a teaspoon and some water handy in the van when I'm fancying a bottle of Bru...

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Re: Is nothing sacred? @John Gamble

May I introduce you to the Soda-Pop then John? Take a half pint glass, add a measure of Tia Maria, a measure of Cointreau and a measure of Vodka. Top up with Dent Special Lemonade* and it tastes just like a cream soda. It gets you drunk from the feet up, because you feel fine until you try to stand up after the third one, but I've never yet had a hangover with it.

*It's toxic waste yellow and fizzy. Other brands of Lemonade do not work. Picture of said lemonade: https://goo.gl/images/gHcYC4

Shopped in Forever 21? There was bank-card-slurping malware in it for, like, forever

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Re: What data are we talking about?

I think it's because they agree to take the hit if the transaction is later declared fraudulent. I'm sure I remember reading about it somewhere...

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Re: A pretty good writeup I think

Some of the horses I've ridden, definitely the horse...

Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit

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Re: Hoover Free Flight Fiasco

Ah yes, my best mate at school became infamous thanks to this - his Dad had bought a Hoover Washing Machine, and when it broke, he was complaining to the service engineer that he hadn't got his flights - service engineer called him an idiot for expecting to get them, so my mate's Dad blocked the guys van in the drive with his wagon and kept the van hostage "until I get my flights"... Lasted a few weeks I think, before Hoover's lawyers got a court order to move the wagon... Would have been cheaper and less bad publicity for them to just buy the tickets, but by that point it was plainly obvious no one at Hoover had much common sense!

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Could have the whole recharging of batteries going on at specialized power plants

Yeah, but all those flags you have to carry to slow down...

ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Re: Also, in an increasing surveilance society

A friend of mine once did something very similar: He was a bus driver, and had a passenger who would get on every day with a £20 note for something like a 10P ride, so it used up most of the driver's change on one passenger (who would arrive the next morning with another £20, and no sign of the previous day's change...) Eventually my mate got totally hacked off, and got £20 worth of 1P coins from the bank - passenger gets on, he goes through the whole "do you not have anything smaller" routine for the umpteenth time, and was handed a couple of bags of 1P coins... And the next morning, he turned up with the correct change!

Fitbit health alert: You appear to be bleeding

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Re: Poor build quality to blame ?

I may be the exception that proves the rule, but my Alta HR has been pretty much bombproof. It's even survived a dunk or two in the fish tank to try and kill it in my attempt to persuade SWMBO that I need an Apple Watch 3...

Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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Re: It's the way things are going @Bob Rocket

Sorry Bob, the problem _is_ that things aren't designed to be fixed. I attended a course to be certified in repairing a certain brand of printer so I could undertake warranty repairs for the manufacturer. Their rep told us when stripping down a high volume laser printer "don't worry if you snap some of those plastic clips, I rarely manage not to". Now, if their own staff are snapping bits, it suggests someone hasn't thought how these machines are going to get repaired...

One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

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Re: Whoa - bullshit detect

Always buy the counterfeit "Beats" headphones if you can - the sound reproduction is more natural than the bass heavy originals...

Vinyl, filofaxes – why not us too, pleads Nokia

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Brilliant, that would be incredible. Especially if it had a physical switch on the side of the phone to toggle the bridge on and off, I'd be first in line for it.



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