* Posts by nichomach

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BT to phase out 3G in UK by 2023 for EE, Plusnet, BT Mobile subscribers

nichomach

Re: Provided...

Mum just got a Doro phone and it's more hassle and less user-friendly than just about any smartphone I've encountered (got involved when she couldn't send texts). I would inflict one on my worst enemy, but I might feel a twinge of guilt about it afterwards.

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

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Where is my fried slice?

IBM's 18-month company-wide email system migration has been a disaster, sources say

nichomach

Re: Dark, chaotic pit of not being able to access email or calendars

I know what you're getting at, and have experienced being in those interminable "I'd better cc EVERYONE" email chains, but there is little more annoying than being in the middle of a complex task that requires concentration and having someone rock up or phone with something completely unrelated that they expect you to deal with there and then. Make an appointment and I'll clear the decks for you and you'll have my complete attention. Rock up out of the blue, and I'll be less forthcoming.

The server is down, money is not being made, and you want me to fix what?

nichomach

Re: What kind of idiot do you think I am?

An event which must make you wonder whether autism actually IS a superpower...

We'd love to report on the outcome of the CREST exam cheatsheet probe, but UK infosec body won't publish it

nichomach

Re: "It's not something I can speak out about"

A cynic might surmise, therefore, that promising that confidentiality at the start gives a tailor-made excuse for never having to publish the findings.

Fancy trying to explain Microsoft Teams to your parents? They may ask about the new Personal version

nichomach

Re: Skype???

SfB is dead in July. I would suspect that Skype is likely to follow, especially as Teams works pretty well with Office, so it's a good way to leverage a free service to get people to take up O365.

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s

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Upvoted, but...

...damn, that's nasty....

The Novell NetWare box keeps rebooting over and over again yet no one has touched it? We're going on a stakeout

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Trollface

"...unless one opted to use one of the flakier NetWare Loadable Modules"

Thought that was all of them...

Oh, no one knows what goes on behind locked doors... so don't leave your UPS in there

nichomach

Well, at least once...

Lost server

CentOS project changes focus, no more rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux – you'll have to flow with the Stream

nichomach

"...we encourage you to contact Red Hat about options, (and bring your wallet)" said CentOS Community Manager Rich Bowen.

TIFTFY

Let's check in now with the new California monolith... And it's gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets

nichomach

Re: Just....

I take it you mean don't ask the MAGAts to recite it, naturally? I can imgine a little Vogon verse would be a blessed relief by comparison....

Xiaomi revenues up by a third due to strong phone sales and triple-digit European growth

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Very happy Redmi Note 9 Pro user here...

...especially after the MIUI 12 update. Nice enough screen, decent camera and a battery the size of Mars. I'm not surprised their sales are doing well.

Solving a big, yellow IT problem: If it's not wearing hi-vis, I don't trust it

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Re: Live that everyday

Dammit, I wanted to get that one in! "nichomach, you have been fined one credit for violation of the Verbal Morality Statute"

Why you... ******* **** ***** ***************

"nichomach, you have bee fined...."

Office 365 for the iPad will feel a little more desktop-ish now Microsoft has tossed it trackpad, mouse support

nichomach

Speak for yourself - my touchscreen HP is very pleasant to use, and I find it a useful adjunct and occasionally much better than using the touchpad.

Unis turn to webcam-watching AI to invigilate students taking exams. Of course, it struggles with people of color

nichomach

Re: Why use the word racist.

Discrimination on the basis of race IS racism. There isn't any extra bar to leap to get there. This is just casual unthinking racism.

nichomach

Re: Why use the word racist.

And that's why reductio ad absurdum is treated as a logical fallacy. Scenario: You are developing a technology to invigilate exams. This depends upon facial recognition. The people being invigilated may be black or white, but you only test on white people. Your product discriminates against black people because it can't recognise them. You didn't *intend* to adversely affect them, but you should damn well have tested your product to make sure that it didn't, and if you were unable to ensure that it didn't, you should not have certified that product as ready for use. That is casual racism; you do not intend to be racist, but you are, because you either do not consider the issue, or ignore it.

With H-1B workers not exactly rushing to America this year, Uncle Sam plans to spend millions home-growing IT staff

nichomach

Re: WFH

Damn, I felt the pain in that reply across the Atlantic.

Microsoft? More like: My software goes off... Azure AD, Outlook, Office.com, Teams, Authenticator, etc block unlucky folks from logging in

nichomach

Teams still appears...

...to be having issues. Mutliple users being unable to sign in.

Single-line software bug causes fledgling YAM cryptocurrency to implode just two days after launch

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Re: I like this new term "a decentralized finance experiment"

Oh, well-played!

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Re: I'm shocked! Shocked I tell you!

This deserves WAY more feckin' upvotes!

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?

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We've been watching Mindhunter on Netflix and it's rather nice to see Anna Torv again - especially after the Watcher (minus hat and opera glasses) turned up as her boss... Who knows, we might get the rest of the Scooby Gang back...

BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?

nichomach

Re: Seems a bit cheap

Presumably their requirement fluctuates up and down rapidly?

Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations

nichomach

Re: Vulcan Jedis!

Understanding is not required; only obedience.

Day 4 of outage: UK's Manchester police deploy exciting new carbon-based method to record crime

nichomach

Re: Never trust a copper with a pencil

*cough* Hillsborough *cough*

Is it a make-up mirror? Is it a tiny frisbee? No, it's the bonkers Cyrcle Phone, with its TWO headphone jacks

nichomach

The headphone splitter thing is real, as evinced by my daughter & her gf.

nichomach

[TEAL'C]"Indeed!"[/TEAL'C]

ICO scammer Maksim Zaslavskiy to miss 2020 Tokyo Olympics over digital currency fraud

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Re: "no investments in any sort of real-world asset to back the coins"

Inscamtion? "We need to fraud deeper..."

UK Info Commish quietly urged court to swat away 100k Morrisons data breach sueball

nichomach

Here we go again...

As I noted elsewhere: "That presumes that the ICO's role is to protect citizens' data. Observation would indicate that in most cases it's to explain that they're not going to."

Eerie sense of deja vu...

Sure, we made your Wi-Fi routers phone home with telemetry, says Ubiquiti. What of it?

nichomach

Re: Cloud product talks to cloud

True, but be aware it uses MongoDB as its back-end. Just ripped out Unifi from here and replaced with Aruba, not least because of the controller's propensity for periodically crapping itself and leaving the database corrupted.

When the IT department speaks, users listen. Or face the consequences

nichomach

Yep...

We provide a batch file that does a backup of the stuff in users' documents/pictures/videos folders. They are told that anything important should go on the network (actually into our CMS). Do they use the former? Sometimes...but not often. Do they pay attention to the latter? Three guesses, but you'll only need one...

Radio nerd who sipped NHS pager messages then streamed them via webcam may have committed a crime

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Unhappy

Re: Humbug

That presumes that the ICO's role is to protect citizens' data. Observation would indicate that in most cases it's to explain that they're not going to.

nichomach
Big Brother

Surprise surprise...

Not that I don't think this pillock should be prosecuted, I certainly do, but the contrast between their lightning-swift reaction to one guy on his own breaching RIPA as opposed to their glacial pace and unwillingness to act against a couple of big companies like, say, oh, BT and Phorm is somewhat noticeable.

Hell hath GNOME fury: Linux desktop org swings ax at patent troll's infringement claim

nichomach

"We want to send a message to all software patent trolls out there — we will fight your suit, we will win, and we will have your patent invalidated," they said in Liam Neeson's voice...

Lies, damn lies, and KPIs: Let's not fix the formula until we have someone else to blame

nichomach

Re: KPIs

Isn't the axiom that when a metric becomes a target it ceases to have any value?

nichomach
FAIL

Re: bigwigs had spent the last year working on ... "numbers totally unrelated to reality"

See, the problem isn't that you mixed the words up, the problem is that you attempted to lecture someone else who picked up on that and had a little (non-malicious) fun with it. Don't blame other people when you pwn yourself?

Former BAE Systems contractor charged with 'damaging disclosure' of UK defence secrets

nichomach

Re: ??

I think this could be more of a "watch this space" kind of item - OSA prosecutions don't seem to be that common, or at least not newsworthy ones, so one wonders what he's leaked.

Oracle demands $12K from network biz that doesn't use its software

nichomach

I'm wondering whether...

...Oracle are on the cusp of crashing; they are so abusinve to their customers (honestly the Redmond Beast is a fluffy teddy bear by comparison), and there are so many other options out there that they might be hitting the tipping point where people simply won't use them anymore. Oh happy day!

Three UK slammed for 'ripping off' loyal mobile customers by £32.4m per year

nichomach
Trollface

Re: Bonuses

Yeah, but they didn't pay extra for a vote that *counted*...

From pen-test to penitentiary: Infosec duo cuffed after physically breaking into courthouse during IT security assessment

nichomach
Trollface

Re: I can't help thinking

Next cell along. Bail hearing's Tuesday.

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein

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Re: Walk like an...

Slide your feet up the street, bend your back...

HP Inc waves bye to EMEA president with 'immediate effect'

nichomach

Re: Home printers are rubbish

Couldn't agree more. Last "genuine" ink I bought was appallingly bad; loads of gaps, wouldn't print some colours. Bought some generic stuff off Mamzon and it works much better. I still get the "you are not using genuine HP ink" message, to which my response is "You're damned straight I'm not, you thieving %#@£s!".

We ain't afraid of no 'ghost user': Infosec world tells GCHQ to GTFO over privacy-busting proposals

nichomach
Big Brother

Here we go again...

"We welcome this response to our request for thoughts on exceptional access to data – for example to stop terrorists."

Or check what people are putting in their wheelie bins. Or whether their dog left a mess somewhere. Or whether you're a furry. RIPA powers were supposed to be used in "exceptional" cases too and now look where we are.

Irish data cops are shoving a probe right into Google's ads

nichomach
Big Brother

An ICO spokesperson said...

...nothing but took an awful lot of words to do it?

Exclusive: Windows for Workgroups terror the Tartan Bandit confesses all to The Register

nichomach

Re: TCP/IP?

There definitely was; we had install disks for W 3.11 where I was working at the time - not that we ever used them!

nichomach

Re: TCP/IP?

There were a number of third-party TCP/IP stacks that worked with Windows 3.x and LAN Mangler (Beame & Whiteside leap to mind), but Microsoft did provide a TCP/IP stack for WFW (I believe it was labelled a beta when it shipped, and I don't know if they ever shipped a release version) which worked OK.

Want a good Android smartphone without the $1,000+ price tag? Then buy Google's Pixel 3a

nichomach

Re: Cloud Storage

That puts me in the "archaic" club as well; still using mine, it's not full yet, only niggle is that the Android 8 update gave me significant issues with Bluetooth, but there we go. Wondering what 9's going to be like on it when it finally pitches up.

Firefox add-ons...

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Firefox add-ons...

So...anyone else been hit with all their add-ons being disabled in Firefox because of the certificate expiry problem?

Boeing boss denies reports 737 Max safety systems weren't active

nichomach
Trollface

Hang on...

...I was next!

Two Arkansas dipsticks nicked after allegedly taking turns to shoot each other while wearing bulletproof vests

nichomach

Re: I was thinking the same...

Don't know how it is in the US, but with certain exceptions for sports in the UK you can't consent to battery.

Airlines in Asia, Africa ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after second death crash in four-ish months

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I'm probably being silly...

...but as I understand it, the indicator for AoA Disagree is an "option", rather than being standard. I would have thought that this was a fairly ****ing important thing to know?

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