* Posts by Shooter

200 posts • joined 13 Jul 2009

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Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together

Shooter

Re: Back in the olden days

Audiovisual Auto-Alert Fuse!

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5502/10474490106_7a55252c6e_z.jpg

Ah, I see you found my PowerShell script called 'SiteReview' – that does not mean what you think it means

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Re: Dangerous sites?

Way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and there were more than two major cell phone operating systems, I was researching which system I wanted to invest my electronic future in.

Let's just say that when googling for Symbian, you *don't* want to leave out the "m".

Glad to have made that particular error at home, and not at work!

Shooter

Re: Hands on...

The guy's "tackle" was the issue.

BOFH: Where there is darkness, let there be a light

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Re: Anything with a network connection can be scanned

Nope - as Bob specified, the tenth "tail" is used to form the handle.

A real go-GETTR: Former Trump aide tries to batter Twitter by ripping off its UI

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Re: Litigiousness.

A good example is the suit filed by the Dominion voting machines folks.

They are suing *specific* people for *specific* statements that Dominion claims damages their reputation in a way that harms their business. They are not suing over general remarks made by random people. That is generally covered by freedom of expression clauses.

Will Dominion prevail? I have no idea - there is a ridiculous amount of legal mumbo-jumbo from both sides to be sorted out by the judge. But I can guarantee that whoever loses will be appealing the case as far as possible. This will drag on quite a while.

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone

Shooter

Re: The Tower of London collection has just the thing...

Wimps!

My understanding is that Hawaiians will hunt wild pigs with just a knife.

They call it "poke da pig".

Shooter

Re: Domestic cross breeding is the real problem

I spent the early '80s in the army, stationed in SE Georgia (the state, not the country).

Feral pigs were quite a problem, enough that we would sometimes stop patrolling and circle up when the pigs were checking us out at night. Got bad enough that some of us would carry a magazine of live rounds (as opposed to blanks, and carefully segregated from them), or personal sidearms. It was a well-known secret, and officers/NCOs never made an issue of it. The pigs did not seem particularly impressed when we shot blanks, but artillery simulators made them scatter!

I suspect things might be different these days.

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Joke

>>when bread with domestic pigs

I call that a ham sammidge!

Shooter

Serious question

Why do Brits sometimes drop the definite article "the"?

I've heard them say "I went to hospital"; and the same person will say "I went to the library".

Why "the library" and not "the hospital" (as we left-pondians say)?

Thanks in advance...

Shooter

Re: I, for one,

Have you seen Washington, D.C.?

Ouch! When the IT equipment is sound, but the setup is hole-y inappropriate

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Joke

Re: "tales about all manner of things being inserted into all manner of orifices"

She probably could have stuck a matchstick in before the glop set and pulled the mess straight out, but felt you needed a sharp slap on the side of the head just for doing such a silly thing!

BOFH: Oh for Pete’s sake. Don’t make a spectacle of yourself

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Happy

Non-idiot colleagues

My what?

Never heard of those!

Playmobil crosses the final frontier with enormous, metre-long Enterprise playset

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Flat cats

Holy crap! I (vaguely) remember checking that book out of the school library when I was about 10 years old.

Never made the connection to tribbles, though.

Amazon exec's husband jailed for two years for insider trading. Yes, with Amazon stock

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Gimp

Club Fed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2-1wcJYrWA

Dealing with the pandemic by drinking and swearing? Boffins say you're not alone

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Re: The 5 rules of problematic drinking

In my experience, beer in a glass tends to go flat more quickly. But I'm not really a quick beer drinker.

At least, not after the first five or six.

We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again

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Thermostats

I copied this from a comment in a different thread, years ago:

"In the late '70s I used to work at a cinema, and we were constantly beset by menopausal women complaining that the theater was too hot, followed immediately by post-menopausal women complaining that the theater was too cold (I know that sounds sexist, but I honestly don't recall ever having a male complain about the temperature). This was during the "Energy Crisis (TM)", so the HVAC system was set at a government mandated setting, and the thermostat was in a locked plastic box to boot. I quickly learned to respond "Yes ma'am, I'll get right on that! Takes a while to change the temperature in a huge room like this, though." Then I would ignore the issue. Very rarely got a second complaint..."

Icon, for the temperature >>

Whatever you've been doing during lockdown, you better stop it right now

Shooter

Re: That "family" movie review site...

As a counterpoint, may I refer you to the God Awful Movies podcast?

https://www.patreon.com/GodAwful

You don't have to pay to listen, but Patreon was a convenient (not player-specific) link.

How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful

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LG G4

Kept mine specifically for use as a media player/remote control.

Currently, all my TVs, set top boxes, etc., are older than the G4, so I haven't had any issues with programming codes not being up to date.

And when I'm working around the house, I can use it to listen to music without being too concerned about damaging an expensive phone.

For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine

Shooter

Re: Communicating with only obscenities?

I'll just leave this here...

https://archive.org/details/JackWagnerattr.MontyPythontheWordFuck

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99

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Re: No TV

People are still obsessing over the *gasp* tan suit incident.

Yep, you're totally unique: That one very special user and their very special problem

Shooter

Took my wife car shopping about the turn of the century. Her car was about 15 years old, my truck was about 8 years old, so we weren't really up on the current design trends...

During our test drive of a Subaru (she was behind the wheel), she somehow managed to turn on the wipers. On high speed. During a bright sunny day.

Neither one of us could figure out what she had done, and she was getting panicky enough that she almost rear-ended a car at a stop light. I made her pull into a parking lot so I could skim through the half-dozen or so booklets in the glove box. I finally found the culprit - the stalk on the right side of the steering column, where we were used to having the gear selector. Should have clued in earlier, as the actual gear selector was between the seats, near the hand brake.

Mullet over: Aussie boys' school tells kids 'business in the front, party in the back' hairstyle is 'not acceptable'

Shooter

Re: Very open-minded

It's not just the girls that do that.

I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?

Shooter

Re: When you say "pants",

I miss the days when my inseam measurement exceeded my waistband measurement.

Shooter

Re: When you say "pants",

>> but thankfully my waistline has never expanded with age.

No offense, but I hate you.

Rookie's code couldn't have been so terrible that it made a supermarket spontaneously combust... right?

Shooter

Re: Just imagine if...

Thanks!

I knew that was a Bondian quote, but couldn't quite remember the details.

Shooter

Re: The power of coincidence

Nope - it was on the left side of the pond.

Shooter

Re: Just imagine if...

Once is happenstance.

Twice is coincidence.

Three times is enemy action!

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Mushroom

Re: Money making exercise

Timing is everything!

So, just where *did* you set off the underground bomb?

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Re: The power of coincidence

Early on in my industrial maintenance career I was tasked with making a few minor repairs at a paper mill. The mill was in the middle of their week-long maintenance break, and had throngs of outside contractors all over the place - millwrights, electricians, pipe-fitters, you name it.

I had just come back from my lunch break and was getting ready to start on a new repair. I reached out to the safety switch so I could lock-out the machine. At the very moment that I threw the switch, the entire mill went dark!

Other than a few points of light from workers who just happened to have flashlights on them at the time, and some woefully feeble emergency lights, pretty much pitch black. Dozens of workers in the dark, many of them in precarious positions in or on the machinery.

Although I couldn't imagine how that switch would turn off an entire paper mill, I immediately returned it to the "ON" position and wandered away wearing my best "Who, me?" expression. No, the lights did not come back on...

Turned out that the mill engineers had arranged for some type of electrical upgrade to the incoming power feeds, which necessitated shutting down the mill for about four hours. Somehow, word never got passed along to the crews doing the inside work.

Oddly enough (or maybe not), that mill shut down about five years later. Shortly thereafter the mostly empty building caught fire in what was widely suspected to be an insurance scam.

You want me to do WHAT in that prepaid envelope?

Shooter

Re: Club 50+

>> I am now disposable?

Depends. Are you in Texas? The Lt. Governor would like a word with you.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/akw87e/texas-lt-governor-thinks-old-people-are-happy-to-sacrifice-themselves-to-coronavirus-to-save-the-economy

Oops: Google admits failing to wipe all Android apps with location-selling X-Mode SDK from its Play Store

Shooter

Re: So how many infringing apps were still in the Play store?

The update to the liked El Reg article goes into more detail about this:

https://www.theregister.com/2021/02/03/location_tracking_report_xmode_sdk/

Google’s Pixel phones to measure heart rate and breathing, other ‘droids coming soon

Shooter

Re: Innovation?

I've used Heart Rate Monitor in years past, on previous phones. However, I have a very irregular heartbeat due to chronic A-Fib; the app doesn't count for a long enough time to give an accurate result.

As I said, it's been a few years and a few phones ago; maybe it works better now.

My bad! So you're saying that redacting an on-screen PDF with Tipp-Ex won't work?

Shooter

Re: Multi-coloured Tipp-Ex

>> while that response may be accepable in the 00s or 20s it was definatley not acceptable in the 80s.

Well, it would certainly have involved a long wait...

Vote machine biz Smartmatic sues Fox News and Trump chums for $2.7bn over bogus claims of rigged 2020 election

Shooter

Re: “We are proud of our 2020 election coverage ..."

In the US we have the Fox Network, which is an over-the-air/cable/satellite broadcaster (similar to ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.). It runs shows such as The Masked Singer, The Simpsons, movies, and sports programming.

Separately, there is the Fox News Channel, where the talking heads such as Dobbs, Bartiromo, Hannity, and Carlson hang out. They do some actual news reporting, but the prime time shows are all opinion pieces.

They are distinct entities, but I can see how someone could easily get confused.

Loser Trump is no longer useful to Twitter, entire account deleted over fears he'll whip up more mayhem

Shooter

Trampled to death by the crowd.

While wearing a "Don't Tread On Me" flag as a cape.

https://www.salon.com/2021/01/08/pro-trump-protesters-who-was-crushed-to-death-in-capitol-riot-carried-dont-tread-on-me-flag-_partner/

I can't find the source for the cape part, but the flag is confirmed by multiple sources.

Shooter

Re: An elephant in the room

It will consist almost entirely of his Twitter archive.

Windows might have frozen – but at least my feet are toasty

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Re: Chihuahuas

Can confirm. I have three, various sizes.

There are two sides to every story, two ends to every cable

Shooter

Nobody said Vogons are speed-readers!

So bye-bye, Mr Ajit Pai. You drove our policy into the levee and we still wonder why

Shooter
Happy

Taciturn president

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

Behold the drive-thru of the California Highway Patrol: Fry me a river, has 'CHIPS' stopped working again?

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Joke

Re: Chewing Hard Indigestible Potato Skins, perhaps?

"The food was terrible! And the portions were so small!"

Panic in the mailroom: The perils of an operating system too smart for its own good

Shooter

Re: That reminds me..

I still have in my possession my final paycheck from a former employer, from almost thirty years ago.

For $0.02

I always hoped that it screwed up their account balances for months!

He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended

Shooter
Happy

Re: Never heard of anyone ever doing that

No kink shaming, please! Whatever makes him happy...

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

Shooter

Re: Which is why I always turn off email sigs...

I've got a Proficiency in Computering Certificate from my company IT department!

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

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Happy

Re: eX-hamster

eX-hamster

I see what you did there...

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

Shooter

Re: "The IT manager turned up clutching a clipboard"

Exactly.

A clipboard, a flashlight, and a pissed-off expression guarantees that no one will bother you!

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

Shooter

Re: Is it true

I had never heard of Nebraska Man until now, so thanks for that.

Shooter

Re: Thoughts and prayers

"So, if it's the older population that dies then there goes the Congress, the Supreme Court, and much of the Executive branch including the guy at the top. Not to mention many of the top corporate guys."

No, the people you mention will all be fine. They will have access to daily testing and the very best medical care money can buy.

Grandma and grandpa Joe Public, however, are screwed.

Shooter

Re: Simple Response.

There is both an official presidential Twitter account, and Trump's personal account.

He prefers to use the personal account. Shut that one down. Force him to use the official account, or shut up.

Shooter
Coat

Re: Worst American president ever

You might be surprised.

A group of crows is called a "murder" for a reason!

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

Shooter
Unhappy

Re: Fear the

Well that sucks!

Back in March he tweeted that SFTW would be in "self-isolation" for the duration. Never saw a thing about him leaving El Reg permanently

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