* Posts by ske1fr

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BOFH: Hearken! The Shiny Button software speaks of Strategic Realignment

ske1fr
Windows

What do you mean, your desk?

In my last post we had 'hot desking', so no one had a designated desk, in the morning you collected your stuff from your designated locker, then played Find A Desk, plus points if it was near your team, then in the afternoon you did it all in reverse. It was a serious time waster/ efficient use of office space, depending on your grade/ attitude. As you can imagine, going from a hot desked office with dual monitor arms singly populated, to home working with a fully integrated workstation (by me) made The Covid Years far more productive...

Stripe commuters swap traffic jams for hydrofoil glam

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Re: the N30 reportedly only costs $0.38 per mile to operate

Nope, I'm not registering to read that on the Irish News site.

HP's CEO spells it out: You're a 'bad investment' if you don't buy HP supplies

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Mushroom

Chips with everything

I'm surprised they're not peddling some kind of "third party cartridges will inject you with tracking and control chips" cobblers.

ABH.

1. Actual Bodily Harm

Or

2. Anything But HP.

Just say no.

Openreach hits halfway mark in quest to hook up 25M premises with fiber broadband

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Mushroom

Bye bye, BT OpenRetch

I'm switching to CityFibre on Tuesday, lately my FTTC through OpenRetch has started buffering, and Zen are happy to switch me to the symmetrical CityFibre connection without penalty. I'll keep the ECI modem in case we move to a non-fttp place. OpenReach should be amputated from BT. Properly. If they're financially viable as an entity then perhaps they could rename themselves Axolotl, or *fish...

Polish train maker denies claims its software bricked rolling stock maintained by competitor

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Trollface

Re: Hackers entering GPS coordinates of OEM repair shops to prevent trains from failing?

I'm sorry, I read that as PRo/Creative. It was the knickers down.

Systemd 255 is here with improved UKI support

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Windows

Optional my ass, <untitled>?

Thank heavens it's not like the old days anymore, if it was I'd still be faffing about with Windows. I fail to share this hating on systemd, it just works, and the number of times I've had to fight with a conf file or whatever lately has shrunk to zero. Now if I could just get Bitwig to play nice with Jack and Pulse and Midi...

Logitech's Wave Keys tries to bend ergonomics without breaking tradition

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Holmes

Make it stop! (hurting)

Bakker Elkhuizen S-Board 840 (recommended by an ergonomist), compact, brings my wrists and forearms into alignment, flat scissor action keys, I no longer need a numeric keypad, the USB sockets let me connect my Contour RollerMouse Red and an old Logitech trackball for when I really need a middle button.

That rubber coating breakdown is real, happens with everything coated that way, you can strip the coating with isopropyl alcohol if you want to keep the device, I expect other solvents will take it off too. Manky.

Lenovo's USB-C Power Banks pack more heat than expected

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Windows

This may explain...

...re the Anker reference, why the great South American river is pushing the hell out of that brand for stuff like chargers at present. No chance, I've found what appears to be a reliable brand instead.

Singapore to deter crypto investors with tactics like those used on smokers, gamblers

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Windows

Too soft

Huh, in the early 70s they wouldn't let guys with long hair into the country! Good job this one got his 13-year old hair cut, or I'd have missed having my naïve mind blown by Haw Par Villa. In fact, the best place for crypto slingers is to become an exhibit in the Hell Museum...

What's really going on with Chrome's June crackdown on extensions – and why your ad blocker may or may not work

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Big Brother

Re: Adverts are ok... but the quantity and quality is not

Ads are really telling you "Our product is shit but you'll keep buying it if we show you pretty pictures and attempt to amuse you", or "We're a big company afraid you'll buy someone else's product so we'll keep waving ours in your faces, suckers". Very, very rarely they'll be selling something useful.

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Mushroom

Re: This, coupled with YouTube's recent blitz

At that point I would have switched banks.

Mozilla tells extension developers to get ready to finally go mobile

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Re: Finally!

I'd not use Chrome.

ske1fr

Re: Finally!

I've been using the specified add-on for ages. I'd rather not add all the others I use on desktop because I'd be leary of FF slowing down on the phone.

Mid-contract telco price hikes must end, Ofcom told

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Mushroom

Re: Got stung this year by Sky arseholes

"throttle traffic for anyone who dares to use a VPN... because turn it off and the pauses go away."

Ah, that reminds me of PusNet, and their Deep Packet Inspecting routers, the reason why they were bought out by the Bastard Telecommunications provider From Hell (BTFH). I got out once I could ride without stabilisers. Eventually I achieved satori.

ske1fr
Holmes

We did

At some point in the past I recall buying handset as part of the airtime deal, then paying it off in a lump sum, it was cheaper at that time than the same handset sim-free.

LG's $1,000 TV-in-a-briefcase is unlikely to travel much further than the garden

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You lost me at LG

A relative has a big LG set that has recently and quite rapidly developed the ability to show everything in a blue way. And not by tuning into the pron channels. That's LG off the list of potential purchases for me.

Producers allegedly sought rights to replicate extras using AI, forever, for just $200

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Stop

Why, you slimy...

Don't these dummies know better than to mess with Pamela Finklestein? (OK phone, how did you know the next word after Pamela?)

Microsoft kicks Calibri to the curb for Aptos as default font

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Mushroom

Trust?

Microsoft? Does this font do some kind of subliminal messaging? No. Not now not ever. And I say that as somone who did thst MCSE bollocks back in the day.

Man who nearly killed physical media returns with $60,000 vinyl turntable

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Re: Balmuda toaster

I'm not interested, even if there's a happy ending.

ske1fr
Mushroom

Re: Poor design in my opinion

Oh God, that was the one I used to run out of the HiFi shop when it was being demoed, it sounded like breaking glass, Dire Straits bad enough but on that thing, argh. The equivalent Phillips at the time sounded bearable with the same Dire disc, at least I didn't have to run from it. Thankfully DACs and circuitry improved. Linn Sondek...no. 33rpm only back then. I've always been a nightmare to ...'creative sales pitchers '.

UK smart meter rollout years late and less than two thirds complete

ske1fr

A strigil?

Jacob Rees-Mogg, estne tu?

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FAIL

Hahaha, smart water meters?

I'm involved in trying to help a relative figure out why their water bill has gone from a few tens of pounds a quarter to more than two hundred. Strange, they were in hospital for some of that time,and the loo was blocked for several days, not the cistern leaking, no leaks anywhere in the property. Lift the lid of the meter, and what's all this clear water in there making it impossible to see the meter that was allegedly read a couple of weeks ago? How is an electronic meter supposed to function underwater? No chance. No rain for weeks either...methinks the main is leaking.

Germans beat Tesla to autonomous L3 driving in the Golden State

ske1fr

Nope

Otherwise I cannot label the right lane speed freaks Berks In Mercs.

Deployed publicly accessible MOVEit Transfer? Oh no. Mass exploitation underway

ske1fr
Trollface

There were two ways to headline this

The first using the Baha Men, the second would have referred to Police Academy.

Millions of Gigabyte PC motherboards backdoored? What's the actual score?

ske1fr
Linux

Phew

Tiptoes away, whistling.

Phones' facial recog tech 'fooled' by low-res 2D photo

ske1fr

I'd know if someone tried this with...

my fingerprint, because my phone would invariably fail to unlock! That's why I gave up on re-enrolling my fingers. And my face? This Nokia (not one of those) is a bit picky even with that.

Most of UK agriculture dept's customer interactions are paper based

ske1fr

Re: Rural broadband

We can't while we are leaving the rural (and urban not-spot) broadband rollout to the likes of OpenRetch, and they are refusing to lay fibre until a community-based system gets ready to roll, at which point the area suddenly becomes profitable enough to attract OR's attention. If they're going to be the problem they should attract the attention of a regulator that's more Smilodon than pussycat.

NYC Mayor: Robo-pup 'out of the pound' and back to police work

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Mushroom

Re: K5 vs stairs

That was where I lost my shit with 'New Who'. Cobblers. Revisionist Daleks? If they had created some kind of anti-gravity generator shirley they ought to have evolved a better mobility device than an oversized pepperpot with monocular vision. I found the original Daleks scary (I was very, very young at the time), the new ones just like manglement in a can.

ske1fr

Re: K5 vs stairs

"He's fallen in the water!" Reader, I recall that from my childhood. Goon Show, for Gen Z.

CAN do attitude: How thieves steal cars using network bus

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Mushroom

Re: Why

Ass-backwards. If you're still manually controlling your headlights instead of leaving it to an automated system built into the car and paying more attention to the road, sigh. And to the occasional numpties who flash me at night when my headlights are on dip, yes, these are modern LED headlights, not faded filament bulbs in fogged plastic housings, or better still, one barely working headlight set to full beam, or fog lights on because both headlight bulbs have blown...Every new thing in cars like auto lights on, auto dip, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise, these all seem to address the carelessness of some drivers I see every day. Actually, it would be better if the car wouldn't start at night unless all car lights were in full working order. All together now, to the tune of Guantanamera: "One working headlight! You've only one working headlight!"

Google: Turn off Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE to protect your Android from Samsung hijack bugs

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Re: Shitesung

Mediatek. Never again. Drove me mad with Bluetooth signsl loss and reconnecting all the time. Replaced that phone with one with Qualcomm and have never had that issue since, this with the same headphones and speakers, and the car. No Apt-X for Mediatek. As for Samsung (I never realised that was how you pronounced it...), had one, hated all the Samsung apps, never again. Your mileage may vary, I hope so.

The Stonehenge of PC design, Xerox Alto, appeared 50 years ago this month

ske1fr
Windows

Refreshes my memory

"Alan Kay: Face Values" in PCW, 1987. Blew my mind, the discussion on Jerome Bruner's enactive, iconic and symbolic representation model was somewhat influential.

Once AI can create endless viral videos, good luck switching off social media

ske1fr
Windows

FOMO?

I cannot imagine how I live my life without regular hits from TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, eBay, I could go on...

I tried Twitter. It was OK for band announcements but it brought out the froth-at-the-mouth-rages, and I realised it was bad for my mental health. And then a MegaTwit bought it, so I GTFA from it. Always get off in Ireland, kids.

What you need to know about the real-time capable edition of Ubuntu 22.04

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No thanks

I already turned off that nagging Ubuntu Pro shilling (thanks for the heads-up Liam), I'll stick with Ubuntu Studio. It works. Ok, the Nouveau drivers that last about twenty minutes before crashing the box should be taken round the back of the bitbarn and inhumed, but once you find the right Nvidia drivers (in my case) it's fun, I'm learning a lot with it. I think I tried the low-latency kernel option, it went clang and died, so not so low-latency...

Amazon mandates return to office for 300,000 corporate staff

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Mushroom

Here's a thought, Amazon

Instead of trying to bully your staff back into offices so your pencil-dick manglers (or power-crazed bitches, could be bitches) can feel that thrill of power, why don't you fix your crappy website so when I search for X I see products made by X, not five million kinds of crap made by anyone but X? Here's another thought. What exactly do you think really happens in all those pointless meetings where you think all this creativity happens? It doesn't produce creative insights; it wastes their time. Time they could use to make Amazon useful again, not the pile of shite it is now. Most of my creative moments happened anywhere but in the office.Here's a final thought: CEO? Chief Excretory Orifice, dumping on the workers. No, not a disgruntled Amazon staff member, just a happily retired worker who hated time waster manglers and was lucky 95 per cent of the time to avoid the manglers in favour of the effective managers who could generate high productivity and loyalty.

And relax ...

Make Linux safer… or die trying

ske1fr

The companies that bought them – and it was a big-business level of expenditure – could afford to pay for highly trained specialist staff to tend and nurture those machines.

Or entities, shall we say, could use their existing staff with an aptitude, hence I got to feed a Siemens Nixdorf upright freezer-sized box with Sony tapes, reset luser's passwords and stuff in a Framed-Access Command Environment front end, and gradually learn some more stuff like vi and cpio for restoring luser's oops-I-deleted-this-file-can-you-restore-it-from-backup cockups. NT servers were prettier (but carrying too many DLTs up and down stairs can really knacker your thumbs, kids), but any form of Windows never really floated my boat. And then I saw Knoppix, and saw what a POS XP was, and that was that.

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Trollface

Re: Rhythm is a Dancer

I'd settle for a fingersnap!

System76 teases features coming in homegrown Rust-based desktop COSMIC

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Good job I don't need to twiddle them. It just works for me. I have tried Gnome and XFCE in the past, the latter was useful for a low spec printer server until 32 bit was deprecated.

User was told three times 'Do Not Reboot This PC' – then unplugged it anyway

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Trollface

"No, the WHITE phone "

I'm so glad I just do deskside and network support for my close family now. I can tell them they're the issue in clear unambiguous terms if necessary. I had to be so diplomatic in an earlier life...and sometimes my inner Bitch Pudding strained to be released. Maybe that should be Conan The Librarian...

Tributes flow as Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo - the mind behind Sound Blaster - passes aged 68

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Pint

Re: Perfect Naming

My Live Value is outside in the garage, in the old Pentium 3 desktop I built, together with the CD Blaster 8432 drive. I was fooling around with soundfonts on it until it got too cold in Autumn. Sadly the M-Audio USB Midi adapter wouldn't pipe into it, so no Midi fun with a newer keyboard than the old one plugged into the gameport. Good job I have something more modern indoors, but Creative have been good fun over the years. RIP Sim Wong Hoo.

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Windows

Re: RIP - thanks for the memories!

Nothing wrong with the CD-RW drives they sold as the 8432. I think they were LiteOn rebadged: I've still got one. They were cheaper than Plextor and good CD rippers. Urgh, packet-writing CD-RW disks...

Five British companies fined for making half a million nuisance calls

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Pirate

Crookedocracy

One of my many work streams used to involve looking at the London Gazette, yes, the dead tree edition. The number of official notices asking for a director of a failed company to be allowed to be a director of a new company with a remarkably similar name to the dead company was shocking. Companies House and company law are not fit for purpose, although I may have a divergent opinion on what's fit and unfit... it's working for some, clearly.

BOFH: Come back to the office. Your hotdesk is nice and warm

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Mushroom

Re: Office

Ah yes, the shitty old monitors without HDMI for your laptop, the skanky keyboards and mice (if someone hadn't nicked the latter for home use), the RJ-45s without latches, the double monitor arms with two mounts but only one monitor, the frankly insanitary loos ( when you flush the first and the product fountains up into the second and third?)...the prat treating us all in the open plan hot desking paradisical office to his phone conversations with his contacts and colleagues all fscking day...how I don't miss it now I've retired. Now my son (post obtained through open competition, calm down) is treated to all this. Working from home for the last couple of years for me was a major productivity and quality of life gain. Offices are for the officious.

Boss installed software from behind the Iron Curtain, techies ended up Putin things back together

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Windows

Re: Accidentally writing malware

I was sad when F-Prot was discontinued by its new owners, but by then I wasn't personally using Windows systems.

Look like Bane, spend like Batman with Dyson's $949 headphones

ske1fr
Mushroom

Prior art

Dyson AirBlade: introduced in 2006

Mitsubishi Jet Towel: introduced in 1993

As soon as I saw the first AirBlade I recognised it. If the deafening over-priced recycling-centre-infesting vacuum cleaners hadn't already convinced me to swerve this shyster's products, the AirBlade finished him. Oh, and remember the contra-rotating drum washing machine?

Here's a thought. Build something simple and effective at a sensible price, and they will come.

Killing trees with lasers isn’t cool, says Epson. So why are inkjets any better?

ske1fr
Windows

Wait!

Waffle House is an actual thing? I thought it was only in the scripts for Dead Like Me! There aren't a bunch of people who always sit together and collect Post-Its from a boss figure, are there...

Windows 10 – a 7-year-old OS – is still having problems with the desktop and taskbar

ske1fr

Re: Too large codebase and nothing we can do with it

The only time my Ubuntu desktops crash is straight after installation when they're running that sub-optimal Nouveau graphics driver. Once they're quickly set up with an Nvidia driver they calm down. YMMV. Not applicable with Intel or Radeon. And even the dreaded JACK is tameable with patience. I think of frequent updates as a sign of responsiveness to found faults. A permanent update would be installing a new version. I prefer fixing any issues with Linux to wrestling with Windows 10 on my wife's laptop, after years with 3.1 onwards 10 is just a shambling chimera out of Lovecraft.

Microsoft's Lennart Poettering proposes tightening up Linux boot process

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Windows

Re: I'd just like to interject for a moment.

Potayto, potahto, tomayto, tomahto. I suspect most people don't care what it's officially called, but they care that it works. I care, because it does work, and does what I want it to do. I'vebeen using it for... I've forgotten how long, Mandrake 9.1 long, and I can't even be sure I remember what GNU stands for! Oh, wait! I remember!

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Trollface

Drive-by update

It's currently running just fine. Microsoft will be along shortly to fix that for you ...

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Windows

Re: Open Source obviously doesn't always mean open minds.

"It's almost as if they are scared of honest competition, which raises the question: why?"

Competition, particularly honest competition, prevents monopoly. A market means choice. This is Microsoft. They have form. They only back down when faced with litigation and potential for losing their place as the biggest kid in the sandpit. (I guess hanging around economists must have given me some basics. Or fleas.)

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