* Posts by Shooter

211 posts • joined 13 Jul 2009


Enough with the notifications! Focus Assist will shut them u… 'But I'm too important!'


Re: Does your neighbour have kids?

Makes a certain amount of sense in this particular use case - a battery too drained to power the car's drive motor would still have plenty of juice to operate a few LEDs and a speaker.

On the other hand, it's not like Junior is driving a Tesla through Death Valley. No big deal if the toy car just grinds to a halt.

Rejoice! System Administrator Appreciation Day (SAAD) is nigh


Brother, does that ever ring true!

British intelligence recycles old argument for thwarting strong encryption: Think of the children!


Re: Surveillance

Smart TVs...

No more fossil fuel or nukes? In the future we will generate power with magic dust


Re: "some of the daylight that the sun carelessly drops in our direction and is just going to waste"

"a Cambridge physicist calculated a few years back that, given the typical density of UK housing estates (20+ dwellings per acre), geothermal heating would not work except for the few, as there wouldn't be enough to go round."

Holy crap!

My house sits on a one-acre lot, and I sometimes think my neighbors are *still* too close for comfort. I can't imagine living with 19 other homes on the same size plot.

(I know - I'm privileged.)

Switch off the mic if it makes you feel better – it'll make no difference


Re: Four......

The way I play, they are!

Thinnet cables are no match for director's morning workout


Re: Full names please.......

During the course of my professional duties I have made the acquaintance of both a Randy Dancer and a Rusty Cox.

Have you tried restarting? Reinstalling? Upgrading? Moving house and changing your identity?


So that you can be locked out if you don't pay the subscription.


Why should I pay for that security option? Hijacking only happens to planes


Re: Would they ever...

This reminds me of the only time I ever managed to put a blemish on my mortgage payment history.

Back in the day (about the turn of the century) I had the habit of spending my Saturday mornings paying the upcoming bills. Writing actual checks by hand, as I wasn't yet comfortable with internet banking and bill-pay. Then off to the post office to drop them in the mail, and continue with the rest of my Saturday chores.

Then one day I had a phone call from my mortgage company, letting me know that my payment was a bit light that month. Turns out that I had inadvertently put the check for the electric company in the mortgage envelope and vice versa. I immediately called my bank, to be informed that the electric company had already deposited my mortgage check. So I then called the electric company to ask why they had done that, and ask for a refund. The electric company said they thought I "was just making an advance payment", even though the check wasn't made out in the name of their business. And was roughly twenty times the amount of my normal bill (budget plan - same amount every month, adjusted annually. Makes it easier to plan the bill payments).

I immediately wrote a new check to the mortgage company, but I didn't have enough money in the bank to cover it until the electric company returned the over-payment, which took a LOT longer than it did for them to cash the check in the first place. By the time the mortgage company received my new check, it was past the grace period, so I was charged a penalty and got a black mark on my payment history.

I don't blame the mortgage company - after all, the initial screw-up was all my fault. Nowadays, I make sure I have enough funds in the bank to cover several months of bills in case of any problems, but at the time I was freshly divorced and things were a bit tight. And I've learned not to pay the bills until AFTER the first cup of coffee!

Software guy smashes through the Somebody Else's Problem field to save the day


Re: Why cant you

For the uninitiated:


Reg reader returns Samsung TV after finding giant ads splattered everywhere


Re: Used to be so easy . . .


That's what children were for!

Oh! A surprise tour of the data centre! You shouldn't have. No, you really shouldn't have


Re: I could only wish

I believe he may be referring to the fact that thecodelesscode hasn't been updated for over five years.

I have no answer for that one.

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


Re: Back in the olden days

Audiovisual Auto-Alert Fuse!


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


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!


Re: Hands on...

The guy's "tackle" was the issue.

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


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


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


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


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

They call it "poke da pig".


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.


>>when bread with domestic pigs

I call that a ham sammidge!


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...


Re: I, for one,

Have you seen Washington, D.C.?

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


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


Non-idiot colleagues

My what?

Never heard of those!

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


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


Club Fed


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


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



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


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

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


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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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


Re: Communicating with only obscenities?

I'll just leave this here...


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


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


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'


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?


Re: When you say "pants",

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


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?


Re: Just imagine if...


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


Re: The power of coincidence

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


Re: Just imagine if...

Once is happenstance.

Twice is coincidence.

Three times is enemy action!


Re: Money making exercise

Timing is everything!

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


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?


Re: Club 50+

>> I am now disposable?

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


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


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:


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


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?


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


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


Trampled to death by the crowd.

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


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


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


Nobody said Vogons are speed-readers!

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


Taciturn president

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



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