* Posts by Colonel Mad

121 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009


Let’s check in with that 30,000-job $10bn Trump-Foxconn Wisconsin plant. Wow, way worse than we'd imagined

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Hi, Wiconsin in file name. great piece though.

Software billionaire accused of hiding $2bn in income from IRS – potentially the largest tax scam in US history

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Old stuff

Thats why I still have some red & black T&E cable in the shed.

Hey Reg readers, Happy Spreadsheet day! Because there ain't no party like an Excel party

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Re: Something I was told in the 80s

Wish I still had Supercalc, loved it.

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced techie is indistinguishable from magic

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Re: Why is it always cold in the morning?

I managed an office block where the tennants complained about the heating, mainly too hot, it had conventional skirting rads on a 3 sided building, there were wind, temperature & sunlight sensors, all mounted in a row facing north.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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UK Wheels

Sorry peeps, the're £699.00 over here too.In Apple World, exchange rates don't exist, try Japan?

Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple

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John Lewis

They also pay for space at my local John Lewis, as well as having the showroom, I used to get my mobiles from them, but its a pain to buy anything other than an apple product because the rest are squirrelled away in some store room.

'We stopped ransomware' boasts Blackbaud CEO. And by 'stopped' he means 'got insurance to pay off crooks'

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National Trust

We have a statement on the volunteer website, and if I understand corporate speak, the NT are far from happy.

Everything must go! Distributors clear shelves of ALL notebooks in Q2, even ones gathering dust over last 12 months

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Oh dear

1.2 million disappointed customers!

Trump gloats, telcos weep, and China is furious: How things stand following UK's decision to rip out Huawei

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What about their stuff, one could re-lable it I suppose, HPE anyone?

A volt from the blue: Samsung reportedly ditches wall-wart from future phones

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I'm fed up with stuff that is wider/deeper that a standard UK plug top, I completely p****d off with wall warts that spew cables in every direction, or ones that resemble a Transformer™, and have be pulled, tugged or whatever to get the pins in what passes for the right pattern. One the other hand, I'll never buy an iPhone, and Samsung are too tardy in the update department for my liking.

Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

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I couldn't give a XXXX

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

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New phrase

Bev o'clock, I like it a lot.

Wailing Wednesday follows Patch Tuesday as versions of Windows 10 stop playing nicely with plugged-in printers

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That explains it, thanks! (Canon MG4250)

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: problems getting started

One of those dy branded jobs then?

Browse mode: We're not goofing off on the Sidebar of Shame and online shopping sites, says UK's Ministry of Defence

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Re: world's biggest English-language news website

I expect the traffic was casued by pop-ups.

Mayday! Mayday! The next Windows 10 update is finally on approach to a PC near you

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Re: Just wait

Mine's already running it, apparently!

At the Supreme Court, Morrisons pops data breach liability win into its trolley – but it's not a get-out-of-compo free card for businesses

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At Last

The Supreme Court doing law, not politics, makes a change!

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc

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Old stuff

There is some advantage to having slightly older kit:, phew, have I escaped?

Firefox now defaults to DNS-over-HTTPS for US netizens and some are dischuffed about this

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Enabled in the UK

I have just looked at my settings here in MK, (I'm with Now TV) and DOH is enabled?

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

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Some people don't realize they are talking to the right person

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them

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I'm alright Jack

My, paid for service seems OK.

BOFH: You brought nothing to the party but a six-pack of regret

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The Conversation

I just love these.

Firefox 72: Floating videos, blocking fingerprints, and defeating notification pop-ups

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Installed yesterday, updated today

How do you ascertain user acceptability if you keep killing off the users?

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Dear Joan


Careful with that Axe, Eugene: Excessive use of body spray causes school bus evacuation

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Re: First one I thought of.

Or Halifax?


PSA: You are now in the timeline where Facebook and pals are torn a new one by, er, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen

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Re: not quite

The Daily Mail?

Mandatory electronic prescriptions was the easy bit in NHS paperless plans

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We have System Online from TPP, it's rubbish and confusing for older, less IT savvy patients, the Phone and tablet interface is the worst piece of software I have ever used.

The time a Commodore CDTV disc proved its worth as something other than a coaster

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Re: I don't do this anymore. I feel much better now.

I once had an entire 100,000 sq ft office block wired up with wall sockets for my cleaners to use, as they kept unplugging equipment from the floor boxes, (To be fair it was during a refurb to install a raised floor & air conditioning) In the meantime all critical equipment was fitted with red MK plug tops.

Reach out for the healing hands... of guru Dabbs

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Dabbsy, you are honoured, the Editor has finally noticed that you are occasionally absent.

Having bank problems? I feel bad for you son: I've got 25 million problems, but a bulk upload ain't one

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Re: "the bank's reputation would be left in 'tatters' "

Mm, not sure about that, I had an issue with my Nationwide mortgage!

UK's internet registry prepares a £100m windfall for its board members – and everyone else will pay for it

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Thanks for the heads up, what a shower!

Thought Macbooks were expensive? Dell UK unveils the 7 meeeellion pound laptop

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Oh yes, there's VAT as well!, order it and claim it back?

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Hang on

It's still that price at 13:15

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight

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Can I recommend "Golden Curry" cubes for a quick Katsu style curry.

On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE

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Re: "MS have pulled the advisories"

KB4483235 reset my search engine to Bing, I now can't find my arse with both hands!

Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

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Re: Cool that Amazon and Microsoft support LGBT

Try asking them " Hey Girls, whats cooking" and see where you get.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Great article.

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Cor, that was funny!

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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The Long Firm

Have you spoken to Mrs Dabbs about this?

Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?

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Normal for Which!

Anyone with a bit of actual knowledge and experience can always find flaws in Which! recommendations

Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update

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Version 1809

Dowloading now

Haven't updated your Adobe PDF software lately? Here's 85 new reasons to do it now

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TV Licensing admits: We directed 25,000 people to send their bank details in the clear

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Re: So, where's the fine from the ICO?

The ICO are only required to take action if a BREACH was not notified within 72 hours.

Milton Keynes: Come for roundabouts, stay for near-gigabit broadband

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Milton Keynes

There are City Fibre bits & bobs in the pavement on my walk to the Pub, not noticed them on the way back.

Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world

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From working in the transport business, it seems that many UK companies are already hopeless at exporting, management clearout required.

Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Be dull without you, all the best, hope the new person measures up.

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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Going, Thanks

Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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Perhaps the Editor would like a tracker on Dabbsy, just to see if he's close to filing his copy!

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Re: This will work...

Or worse?

Are your IoT gizmos, music boxes, smart home kit vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks? Here's how to check

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