* Posts by Randy

27 publicly visible posts • joined 4 May 2007

Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'


Re: Three

Same thing happened to me, with Comwave, in Canada.

The first guy wasn't a problem. The "supervisor" was the guy who haranged me for 20 min.

Canadians revolt over draconian internet privacy bill

Big Brother


I live in Canada. I am employed by one of these ISPs. Here's an update:


IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop


Credibility as an IT tech

The guy's cigarette and cowboy hat really make me question his credibility... makes me wonder if his IT skills include running cat5 cable from one mobile home to another in his trailer park so that his neighbour can plug into his Dlink DIR-655 router and share his inet access. What a dork!

Gmail in massive web outage


Also down in Canada

Well in Winnipeg anyway.

Google out-visions Jobs on Mac roadmap


Get a grip

Ok seriously, this was not a bad article, it made me laugh. You guys all sound like you've been reading manuals for your new managed switches all days without taking your coffee breaks. Put down your trade magazines and go outside in the sun for a while.

Firefox 3 downloads hit 7m despite server FAIL


Re: Wow, so here's ElReg's loony bin!

Really not a single comment so far makes any sense and/or resembles coherence, but they're the cream of the crop, having passed moderation...

Couldn't agree more!!!

Honda harness to take the strain out of strolling


Re: Spell Check... Walter Brown

A nifty piece of technology developed many years ago to help the grammatically challenged succeed in life, there are many options to choose from, including versions built into some word processors, and some are FREE too! Even Walter Brown can afford to buy one...

It's So! Not so... first words of sentences are capitalized...

It's El Reg! Not el reg... it's a proper noun

It's I'm! Not i'm... dumbass... I'm not exactly sure of the specific reason for that though...

Its Mine's! not Mines... possessive noun... do you understand any of these words?

Mozilla plugs 10 security holes in Firefox


Re: Alternatives: Andres // Sings in... : Roger

Big Opera fanboi over here... ok now that that's outta the way...

About time you guys realized Opera is a contender. About time you guys realized that Firefox may be nice in a lot of ways, but it is a HOG on resources. Anybody gonna try to refute that Opera is quick like a bunny compared to the Firepig? Compare them side by side in Taskman someday and you'll see for yourself. Anybody care to refute that it's wonderful having a browser with great options out of the box, with no need to install and keep updating a pile of browser extensions whenever there's a browser revision AND/OR extension revision update? Also, if you trust a browser to safely keep your passwords, ANY browser in ANY OS, yes including my beloved Opera... you got bigger stones than I. Hope that goes well for you.

Oh, and for those who believe the only reason to have more than 1 browser is for dev... get out of El Reg and go read Digg or one of the other nancy-boy rags.

Anti-trust committee checks out Windows 7


Re: Anticipation - but not the good sort

**Windows 7 next year, possible earlier. Oh no, not another one!**

I keep thinking about Win98/WinMe/W2K vs WinXP/Vista/Win7... so I for one am really looking forward to it, and hoping for the best.

Pentagon rattles sabre at Google's Street View


google van just "drove by"

I want to see pictures of the google van. Does it have big colorful balls painted on it?

The painter's smock, please...

Yahoo! seeks time out on Microsoft bid

IT Angle

An executive wrote that??

Upon initial scan, there's not a capital letter in the memo to be found. The mind is boggled. Not that I would use Yahoo! in the first place... but this does nothing to instill any kind of confidence in the company. Yes, I think less of people who can't spell.

Where is my IT angle?

Sun grabs patent for magneto-hydrodynamic heatsink


Re: Erm..why?

He said "noise pails"


yuk yuk yuk!


Hitachi adds power-down to mid-range storage gear


@Richard - Spin up/spin down

For myself personally, the energy costs in this really make no significant difference. Keeping a HDD alive and running and not having to swap it out is worth more than energy cost savings.


pwr down vs. leave 'em spinning

Can some hardware guru out there give an educated opinion about whether it's better to power down the drives to save energy/wear and tear, versus causing wear and tear because the drives are constantly starting up from a dead stop/powering back down again?

Retailer sets legal attack dogs on protest website


Posting personal info

How eager will "they" be to contact him, if they know every single thing they say/do/write/etc, including their numbers, calls, addresses are all going to be posted and actively promoted on a protest site? I would certainly skip a beat before calling/writing.

I don't think every one of his comments and opinions expressed on his site are 100% sue-proof either. I'd not entirely certain that I'd be willing to put every egg into his basket.

MIT student walks into airport wearing circuit board and wires


Re: title - Oh come on,

I dunno... you have to admit it worked pretty well in The Matrix.

People are biggest threat to IT security


Re: Criminals are people too... - by Michael


It's just bank sponsored "it's the customers fault not ours" nonsense.


I just assumed in this "article" that they were talking about employees getting infected/targeted... I admit I largely just skimmed through...

Initial thoughts: If a luser ends up giving away confidential info/getting a trojan, and someone gets into his acct and drains it, I wouldn't really consider that a security breach. I would consider that an expensive lesson learned, more along the lines of an inconvenience.

HOWEVER... if an internal employee was checking his Hotmail at work (you mean someone can have a personal email address that is something OTHER than Hotmail?? Ok wait, I don't follow...), and installs a trojan on his workstation, now THAT would be a security breach.

Firefox hits 400m download milestone


Re: Curious, and Inaccurate! and all the other losers

Holy crap, you retards!! Do you not know how to read?!


The number, of course, does not represent the actual number of Firefox users. Even disregarding failed downloads, many users have downloaded multiple copies of the open source browser.


Yahoo feeds Trojan-laced ads to MySpace and PhotoBucket users


Re: The answer is Firefox

What the... ?!

Thank you Andy, for a reasonable evaluation of the situation.

Thank you David, for your cheerful spoutings. Perchance someday when daily we walk hand-in-hand with senility we might, to some small extent, attain your level of bliss, where life is beautiful all the time and I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats...

Google Adwords dive-bombed by American Airlines


Re: again (anonymous)

I want to sue people who apparently don't have a grasp on the concept of punctuation. Seriously, such utter laziness is disturbing.

Canadian iPod user struck by lightning


Re: Divine Attention

Stephen you have enough faith to hold onto your beliefs as an atheist? Good for you!

What's al-Qaeda's take on the iPhone?


Re: You don't get it do you...?

Thank you Robert! It's been a while since I've seen so many people miss the point so completely... going so far as to think the writer really was a Second Life consultant and Web 2.0 leverage advisor.

Having said that... this article really wasn't all that funny... it had it's moments, but it wasn't anything spectacular, really.

Yahoo! fixes bug that gave free rein to user accounts


Re: To Randy

To the anonymous poster who wrote, "To Randy

Posted Monday 18th June 2007 10:45 GMT

Presumably when you said:

"It's probably gonna flame me for being to uptight/anal/etc"

you meant "too uptight/anal/etc"?

Ah forget it, I'll let someone else explain to you what you missed. You picked up on the one word, but entirely missed the concept.


Re: spelling nazis are idiots

In that comment, you used the word "your", whereas it should have been "you're", which is short for "you are", where an apostrophe is used in place of the missing letter "a".

"Your" is used in sentences such as "that is your horse".

Thank you Alan! As a self-proclaimed spelling nazi myself, I go into seizures when I see "your" in place of "you're"... what a blatant oversight, and yet, I thought I was the only one who ever noticed! In today's modern society, no one has the time too make sure things are done right, too pay attention too details. Why has it become the norm for people too just not care about taking care? For example, watch the next post after mine. It's probably gonna flame me for being to uptight/anal/etc, they're gonna tell me too just relax, and they can't believe there are people who spend time being concerned about this.

(who's gonna catch it, and who's gonna miss it...)

Apple plugs holes in new Safari beta


Browser features

Safari is kinda interesting, I don't know an awful lot about it yet, but it is kinda plain-jane. Who knows, it might be a good primary browser if it had the groovy features outta the box like Opera has (most importantly autoload previous sessions when starting up the browser, and content blocker), and after it's been tested and officially released. I'm looking forward to playing with Safari some more after it's gone through a couple of revisions.

P.S. Don't flame me with how good Firefox is with all it's plug-ins, I'm talking about browsers that do cool stuff out of the box without looking for/installing/managing/updating plug-ins and having to reconfigure it all every time I format/reinstall.

FBI logs its millionth zombie address


Re: I say detect and delete

The ISP I am employed by in Manitoba Canada does blacklist people whose traffic, SMTP or otherwise, hits our honeypot and is flagged as virus activity. An account can be flagged as BL smtp mail only, limited browsing, or fully blocked all inet traffic. The customer does call in, claiming Connect No Browse, we tell them they've been flagged and blacklisted, and we remove them from BL after they tell us they've cleaned their machine up. We warn them that if the machine has in fact not been cleaned up sufficiently, they will be BL again as soon as their suspect traffic hits our honeypot.

Yahoo! puts! IM! online!


Re: Crikey!

To quote from the article "Mobile phones no longer used for calls":

"A lot of this is down to the wider adoption of text messaging for communications - once the preserve of the youth, people of all ages are now learning to abuse the English language in pursuit of squeezing meaning into 160 characters."

I am going to whine about people's abuse of our written language. Is it really so difficult to capitalize a word at the beginning each sentence? Does putting a number in the middle of a word really save any 1 any amount of time? Is it not easier to just spell words correctly, as we had originally learned to do in our formative years?