* Posts by wjake

68 posts • joined 29 Oct 2009


Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids



Just a thought.

All I want for Christmas is a delivery address that a delivery courier can find


This doesn't help:

I live in an apartment at a street address.

Do I put the apartment # at the end of the street address on Address Line 1?

Or do I put the apartment # on Address Line 2?

With or without the word Apartment, or Apt. or a # sign or no # sign...

Not that it matters, any combination comes back as "Invalid Address"


Re: Oh dear

Emma Peel = M Appeal = Male Appeal = some reason for blokes to watch the show!

Windows terminates here. Please remember to finish setting it up on arrival


Not Yellow

The Yellow line does not run through Rosslyn.

The rest of your comment stands. They will pay for me to use Metro, and I haven't used it more than twoce in 3 years, it's that bad!

Computer shuts down when foreman leaves the room: Ghost in the machine? Or an all-too-human bit of silliness?


Not Love Me Tender

But Aura Lee, or Laura Lee, a American Civil War song frequently used for fraternity/sorority themes and barbershop quartet-style harmonies, mainly because the copyright has expired and the song is now in public domain. Love Me Tender is not, and they would owe beaucoup royalties!



Tea goes in the harbor

Or don't you remember? Besides, we have perfectly adequate coffee makers for that caffeine fix!

Check your bits: What to do when Unix decides to make a hash of your bill printouts


Re: £ vs # vs !

! = "bang" at least to this old left-pondian!

Lost in IKEA? So, it seems, is Windows



Isn't IKEA just another made-up ford in the home furnishings vocabulary? I mean, does it matter how you pronounce, of if you can pronounce it? (HEJNE? SMASTAD?)

Sueball over breach of more than 5 million payment cards at Dixons Carphone hit for six


Home Page Image

That's a baseball, not a cricket ball!

Anyone fancy a Snowmobile full of Bags O'Crap? It'll be on the list somewhere


Not Woot, Bit Meh

Woot no longer does an item of the day, they have all kinds of items on a regular basis. It rotates, so it's different junk throughout the week.

Meh is now the one-item-per-day site. And most of their stuff is pretty... meh.

Gung-ho tank gamer spills classified docs in effort to win online argument


Re: In the public domain

Or extreme right lane? Depending on left or right hand pondiness!

Where's the boss? Ah right, thorough deep-dive audit. On the boardroom table. Gotcha


Re: Patching Closet

"Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon... you know, cause I've worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time."

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"

You folks don't have peanut M&Ms anymore? What a sad world in which to live!!

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


Re: The knob......

Ampex Open-Reel Video Recorder had a knob with an old Dymo label reading "Tune for minimum smoke."

UK Special Forces soldiers' personal data was floating around WhatsApp in a leaked Army spreadsheet


Re: "Who is General Fskup" ?

Corrupting your spreadsheet, resulting in a visit from Colonel Panic...

This week in AI: Man arrested after cops say he rode in backseat of Autopilot Tesla


Already back and (not) behind he wheel

This enormous d-bag has already purchased another Model 3 (from a friend) and is back to riding in the back seat. As he told a TV reporter: ""Yeah, I’m rich as (expletive). I’m very rich.""

Protip: If Joe Public reports that your kit is broken, maybe check that it is actually broken


Sorry, just good practice

This is actually good practice. We used barcodes for the key field of our inventory and maintenance database, but recorded Serial #, Model # and similar identifying information as well.

Turns out humans are leading AI systems astray because we can't agree on labeling


Terrible example

"What would happen if a self-driving car is trained on a dataset with frequent label errors that mislabel a three-way intersection as a four-way intersection?"

What a crap example.

The self-driving car should have accurate map information, so it won't have to rely on recognizing what type of intersection is coming up.

The Great Borkish Breakfast: I'll have a cup of tea, a sausage roll and a side of bork, please


"Should I really be doing this to myself?"

Hmmm, eating sausage rolls?

Or ponying up for Windows 10 on a new PC?

I think we know the answer here!

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


Re: Try turning it end to end

"When we had a problem with a printer cable - we turned it round and it worked ...."

How? Unless it's a network printer.

USB Printers usually use A to B cables, not reversible.

Parallel printers usually use DB25 to Centronics cables, not reversible.

Serial printers (ok, I'm really old!) may have used some combination of DB9, DB25, Male, Female depending on vendor, implementation, etc.

Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah


On the other side(s)

that they aren't showing you it reads...

Golden Palace Casino

Bloated middle age beckons: Windows 1.0 turns 35 and is dealing with its mid-life crisis, just about


Global View!

Former Xerox user as well, we had portrait black-on white screens, WYSIWYG document editing and a building wide network for sharing all this. Plus, there were multiple languages available, important for the government agency using the system. I was sad to see it go, but it was getting old and slow and then the internet came!

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


On the Plus side...

The billions in state tax credits have been revoked.


We bought a knockoff Lego launchpad kit from China for our Saturn V rocket so you don't have to


I am disapoint

Here I thought El Reg was going to start launching things into the unknown again!

UK govt advert encouraging re-skilling for cyber jobs implodes spectacularly


A common refrain

Joe Biden, Dec. 2019:

Biden said, “Anybody who can go down 3,000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well... Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God’s sake!”

So... just 'Good' then? KFC pulls Finger Lickin' slogan while pandemic rumbles on


Member of the Pentavirate!

"Ooh I hated the Colonel, with his wee beady eyes and that smug look on his face! Ohh you're gonna buy my chicken! Ooh! (Dad, how can you hate the Colonel?) Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes you crave it fortnightly, smart ass!"

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds


Re: It normally the Caps lock

We have one particular piece of software that uses an ALL CAPS username and password.

Caps Lock is not the same as shift. You cannot log in with Caps Lock, you have to hold the Shift key while entering username and password.

An unfortunate bit of product placement for Microsoft as Liverpool celebrates winning some silverware


Re: Clarification

As I am an owner of (a small part of) the American Sports League Team from the Green Bay WI area, I can happily and correctly say that "we" won!

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


Re: The Need For Chewed Wires...

Wow. Here in the US, most jurisdictions do not allow machine-digging within 2 feet of a marked utility line. In my only stint in construction, the backhoe operator told me not to worry, he could "feel" the water main through his shovel and would tell me when to jump in and start digging. He was the boss, I had to take his word for it!

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps


Re: Then you "should" be okay with just a recompile

"But the likes of Adobe etc only want YOU to rent software anyway."


Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing


Re: just a reminder

Yes, let me log in to my neighborhood group instead of Facebook, shop at the local grocer (whoops! closed due to covid!) instead of Walmazon, visit my local video rental shop (huh?) instead of Netflix, run FOSS instead of Microsoft.

You're thinking like a Reg reader instead of an average consumer, you and I both know this isn't going to happen on any large scale.

A memo from the distant future... June 2022: The boss decides working from home isn't the new normal after all


Re: It would be so easy to pick apart so many of these points....

The one item that many people cite as a possible Work Near Home solution are these "co-working facilities". Given the immediate cause of teleworking this year, isn't a "co-working facility" just a space to spread viruses to 3-4 different offices, instead of just your own?

Disclaimer: I have teleworked for about 8 weeks of the current mess, and am back in the office because there are some things that can't be done remotely.

If Daddy doesn't want me to touch the buttons, why did they make them so colourful?


Re: Reminds me...

of this:


Tape on floors, etc.

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'


Re: Radar does have issues with recognizing stationary things

I see more interesting pictures in "Captcha" coming our way!

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer


Re: Customers

It's all very clear:

Bill the landlord

Bill the grocer

Bill the Barman

It looks like you want a storage appliance for your data centre. Maybe you'd prefer a smart card reader?

Thumb Down

Tiger Direct?

Good Lord, why would anyone buy anything from that gang of shifty box-shifters? Especially a piece of kit like that! I remember being excited that CompUSA had been resurrected online, until I found out it was just a new web-front for TD!

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party


Re: Lost the opportunity for that one

"Longest patrol in history? Good job lads!"

Not this cruise. Longest patrol in RN history was completed in 2013, by this boat, but completely different crew and Captain. Nice bit of history, but doesn't apply here.

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2


Weird English...

I'm still trying to figure out what "psying" is...

I mean come on people, it even gives you the red squiggly lines!

It's Baaaaaack (or is it?): Microsoft Teams suffers a Tuesday totter


Re: Up and Down across the board

Physical Stores, not the Microsoft App Store

Shipping is so insecure we could have driven off in an oil rig, says Pen Test Partners



So someone could threaten to overturn oil tankers if they aren't paid a hefty ransom? Page Angelina Jolie, the white hats must stop them!

Ever dream of being an astronaut? Now’s your chance. NASA wants new people for the Moon and Mars


The term is "Steely-eyed missle-man" Or, "Steely-eyed missle-ma'am"

Rocket man is either Elton Jojn or that punk in N. Korea!

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest


Re: Who provides the other 80 % ?

Webmail. And the odd Eudora and other legacy e-mail clients I haven't been happy with any email client in years, so I use my ISP's webmail. It's terrible as well!

FCC proudly wastes $90m getting data-capped, pricey satellite internet to tiny percentage of US population


Re: 98%

Rural Mountain West, Kansas, Nebraska, etc.


Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?


Re: Luxury!

You had electricity? In my day we had to set the wheels and crank the `ol Babbage by hand...

Linky revisited: How the evil French smart meter escaped Hell to taunt me

Black Helicopters


Behold the perils of trying to turn the family and friends support line into a sideline


Re: F&F discount

Good grief, why does anyone rent a router from their cable company anymore? Especially those who read and post on El Reg? Find your providers equipment list and go with something better than the crap they charge you for month after month. I've been doing this since my Verizon DSL days (had my own modem, too) and have never had a serious support problem with VZ or Cox. It helps if you are a higher level customer, in terms of speed or overall package, as Cox gives you a separate support line that bypasses the level 1 drone support. And being a bronze/silver/gold poster helps too! :)

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

Big Brother

Because Apple already had a "Wastebasket" with a trash can icon and M$ couldn't afford to be sued again for ripping off the Mac look and feel. (Yes,Apple lost that, but litigation is expensive!)

Divert the power to the shields. 'I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!'


Re: Toothpaste tube caps...

Because we Yanks are not stupid enough to stand in a flooded room and reset the GFCI breaker, without fixing the problem and cleaning up the room first! It also localizes the outage and allows you to identify the problem.

That said, my apartment has one circuit for all the GFCI breakers (balcony, bathroom, 3 in kitchen) If it trips for a non GFCI reason, it usually means I plugged in something that takes too much power in the room I'm in at the time. It all works!

I just love your accent – please, have a new password


Re: Caller ID = Your routines suck!

Windows showing the user name of the last person to log in? Have never seen it where I work! Every morning I have to enter user name and password on the computer that only I use! So do the lowliest staff and the Director. What nonsense is this? Leaving my computer Locked is the only time I have ever seen a username displayed.

Bad news: Earth is not going to be walloped by asteroid 2006 QV89. Good news: Boffins have lost sight of it, so all hope is not yet lost


Re: Uh-oh

“Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.”

Don't Panic!



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